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  1. Bobba

    Christmas cancelled

    We've had one Xmas day already. Our younger son lives and works in Singapore. His company required him to be in the UK for two weeks. So, last weekend he and the daughter in law came home. Our elder boy and family joined us and we had a family Xmas day. A fresh tree, lights in the hall, the works. With the loft conversion everybody stayed over. As we get older (I'm 76) the opportunities to have our family around us get fewer and fewer. So we make the most of every opportunity.
  2. This goes back a long way in time. In the early 80's the first class carriage of the early morning Bath to London train would be full of MOD senior staff briefing themselves before meetings. Brown folder jackets were "normal": Green were "Confidential": Pink were "Secret". The pink files were quite revealing if you had practiced the art of reading upside down. Not sure whether it was MOD Police or the Spooks that cottoned on to the malpractice but it became known that one morning a couple of "Chaps" wandered through the compartment making notes then speaking to people. It was rumoured that many were later interviewed and had the security breach black spot on their personal file. I would guesse it was those reading Pink jacketed files.
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    The Truth

    One of the best descriptions by a politician of a lie was by Alan Clark during the Matrix Churchill trial. He said he had been "economical with the actualite" The trial collapsed.
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    Clive James

    And let's not forget the immortal words of Margarita Pracatan "I love you Clive James"
  5. Local farmers are saying Somerset has been hailed as an example for councils to follow; the county setup its ownSomerset River Authority, a pioneering partnership of local flood risk-management bodies, following disastrous floods five years ago. Lessons were learnt from Somerset Levels in 2014. They've got rid of the EA from looking after their rivers and now they have a river authority they haven't had any flooding since then
  6. Thanks one and all. As I said, it was a curiosity Q.
  7. A curiosity question which came up in conversation to which we have been unable to find an answer. So, does anyone know whether it is possible to buy 20 bore tracer cartridges? Thanks.
  8. Perish the thought..........
  9. When I was diving Truk Lagoon (Federated states of Micronesia) the Americans were wearing "T" shirts stating "I dove Truk Lagoon". I pointed out (humorously) that the past tense for dive was "I dived". The response was that you Brits drive your cars but the past tense isn't that you drived but you drove. Hence we Americans dove Truk lagoon. Touché.
  10. Two Nations divided by a common language !
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    Order Order

    Should have laid a bet with William Hill
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    Order Order

    A leading contender is believed to be the deputy speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle
  13. Agreed. Feeling somewhat envious of our younger son who lives and works in Singapore. He will have two days to remember. He's off to Japan for the weekend with tickets for both games !!
  14. Which reminds me. Is it an urban myth that on one programme, which included making doughnuts, Johnny, in doing his end of programme summary, said something like "and by following the recipe you too can end up with doughnuts that look like Fannie's" ?
  15. Ditchman, are you in North or South Norfolkstan? I ask because the office of national statistics has revealed that North Norfolk is England's oldest district where almost one in three residents is over 65. So, if you're in North Norfolkstan you brain fade should come as no surprise. 😂😂
  16. The Q is, why is the Surveyor specifying the PCA? Hidden Commision? You will never know. Perhaps you could suggest to your mortgage co that you agree to a specialist report but from an independent Co recommended by your surveyor. either way the mortgage Co will retain the mount until it is satisfied with the damp issue - if, indeed, there is one.
  17. We had a straight changeover Sept 2018. Vaillant out WBcdi Classic in. We also added the additional filter to increase warranty to ten years. Total boiler, parts and labour £2,388
  18. As a suggestion Google "Cruise Advertisements" then select the 'Images' option from the toolbar. You can scroll through the pictures for an hour or two! Good luck
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    Scotland Ref#2

    she never mentions how Scotland will finance itself after a successful independence. If HM Treasury withdrew all Scottish funding calculated under the Barnet Formula could Scotland be self financing? I admit I do not know the answer but it's a vital part of the debate.
  20. Nor in the 60's. Between 1963 to 1969 I played in two Bristol groups. It was not unusual (no pun intended!) to see a fight erupt on the dance floor. We did not stop playing in case it took over the stage and our kit was at risk. Often you'd see some poor sod being kicked only for some yob to stop dancing and run across and kick the victim just for the hell of it. Rural venues were sometimes the worse gigs as they seemed to provide an opportunity for rival villages to settle old scores and seldom were there "Bouncers" present as there were in city gigs. Oh the good old days !!!!!!
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    Did you not ask the a Environment Agency "Why Not?"
  22. This...... No second guessing will help you. There are various law firms advice on line which refer to The anti social and policing act 2014 and if a person has a suspended sentence or served a sentence of between 3mths and 3yrs they are prohibited from Posessing a firearm or ammunition for 5yrs. Sentences over 3yrs is a permanent ban.
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    Sat Navs

    I'm looking for recommendations to replace my geriatric Garmin. Around the £150'ish is my limit. I'm looking for one that updates maps for free, gives updated traffic reports and you can temporarily disable the speed camera function (for driving in France). I have no experience of TomTom and I know maps are a personal choice but which have maps (Garmin / TomTom) more in keeping with iPhone. Wide brief I know but advice based on personal experience is always helpful. For a number of reasons I do not wish to use my iPhone not least of which is they rely on 'phone signals and three times last week in France I didn't have a signal. And the need to update my current Garmin (at a price) became apparent when the road I was on did not exist.
  24. I too believe this to be so. Either a relative or Executor. But in my case my wife dislikes guns so the less she has to do the better it is for her.
  25. Ah, to clarify, I am only SGC so there's no FAC issues. He would remove guns then contact appropriate authorities to regularise matters. Everything is legal and above board and his integrity is beyond reproach.
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