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  1. My younger brother is mentally challenged and loved dropping rubbish at the skip. All the workers there would stop the equipment when he was there and make him feel like a star.
  2. How long would it take on the streets of England to find someone who cannot find Scotland on a map? Even on this board, several members are barely sentient.
  3. No, that was not great. I suspect we could quickly find people as bad on the streets of England.
  4. We are aware of the USA, as much of the media is based there. They have a loud cultural voice. If you are in Europe, you cannot avoid learning about the USA, but you can avoid learning basic facts about Africa. We have smart people on this thread who did not know a basic fact about Africa. Should it shock us that people from the USA do not know basic facts about Europe?
  5. Some on this forum claim that people have been saying that all Leave voters are racist. But, that has not been claimed and the people saying it has been claimed are lying.
  6. So, can you point to Idaho on a map of the USA? What is the capital city of the most populous nation in Africa?
  7. When food is short, veg is always boiled longer, to release more calories. VItamins tend to be less important in such circumstances. Then, when everyone has central heating and plenty of food, they think they prefer their veg lightly boiled as they are more sophisitcated.
  8. It is the professionalisation of politics. By avoiding power, the can offer the world and indulge peoples weaknesses, which is a large number of votes to be sold. At the moment, there will be genuine anger and disaffection. Most people do not follow the news, so will assume that the reason we have not left the EU and the NHS is not far better funded as a result is that the MP's are refusing the pass the bill that would make all that happen.
  9. Which is why there are so many caveats in my previous post. The Brexit party are a traditional populist party in the European mould. To make money, they have to sell influence. That is not power, populist parties fail horribly when in power. But, we can see how effective the DUP have been at funneling money and outsize influence. The Brexit party will aim to be as successful as the DUP. They can do this by convincing people they are on their side. That is appealing to people who are losing out in the modern world, or blame the modern world for their lack of status.
  10. Yes. Parties such as the DUP in Ireland have traditionally done a terrible job of actually running things, but are have influence and tend to be able to raise lots of money for their key investors.
  11. Were they to maintain their support, it would seem reasonable to suggest they might get up to 10% of seats. They would not want the responsibility of power, but it would enable them to have influence that they could sell.
  12. Indeed. While these might seem lie weasel words, I do not believe Martyn is racist. There might be others who side with Trump, who are not racist either. But, they will take that 'side', not because it is like a football match (as I was replying to), but because they see a threat to society that they see as worse than that. We are only prepared to knowingly swallow propaganda if we believe there is an existential threat to us or our way of life. That goes along with the blind outrage in some parts of society.
  13. Fewer languages than I though, Wikipedia gives it a mention: sinaasappel or appelsien, and sometimes German, Apfelsine, Swedish apelsin, and Danish and Norwegian appelsin,', and Icelandic appelsína', and Lithuanian apelsinas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_(fruit)#Etymology As Portuguese merchants were presumably the first to introduce the sweet orange to some regions of Europe, in several modern Indo-European languages the fruit has been named after them. Some examples are Albanian portokall, Bulgarian портокал (portokal), Greek πορτοκάλι (portokali), Macedonian portokal, Persian پرتقال (porteghal), Turkish portakal and Romanian portocală.[32][33] Related names can be found in other languages, such as Arabic البرتقال (bourtouqal), Georgian ფორთოხალი (pʰortʰoxali) and Amharic birtukan.[32] Also, in some of the Italian regional languages (e.g. Neapolitan), an orange is portogallo or purtuallo, literally "(the) Portuguese (one)", in contrast to the Italian arancia.
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