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  1. I think they made many of the Parker Hale s/s guns around that time.
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    Perhaps they hide one inside another?
  3. JohnfromUK


    I don't think you get blonde moles ......
  4. You are correct,though it was initially a John Major initiative ......... but didn't really happen to any extent under Major - possibly because the terms offered by the PFI people to the government were unattractive. Majors government was much attacked by the Labour party who claimed PFI was backdoor 'privatisation'. Brown (as Chancellor initially) seized the idea of PFI with great enthusiasm (suddenly it was no longer 'back door privatisation') because it enabled him to do things like build new hospitals in Labour marginals without actually spending any 'government money' as such. PFI is a bit like contract lease in that you don't have to find the whole sum initially - but pay on the 'never never' (often 20 or 25 years). Brown in fact increased debt markedly (albeit in part due to international financial crises) but also HUGELY increased future government 'liabilities' to make the ongoing payments on the PFI deals he struck. It is much the same thing as government debt, but not strictly 'owned' by the government. They still have to make the repayments.
  5. You are right; Labour must be well aware they have a near zero chance of a majority and a very small chance of being the largest party. It is not realistic that they will form the next government; this much is pretty obvious from their consistent lag in the opinion polls as well as various traditional Labour supporters (Lord Sugar etc.) having nothing to do with Corbyn, McDonnell, Abbott and Co. Therefore they will almost certainly never have to deliver on any promises made. Thefefore thay can promise whatever they think will make the biggest impact on reducing Boris's possible majority to make things as difficult for him as they can. It is the politics of negativity - something Corbyn has specialised in all of his political life.
  6. I was once at a Game Fair - and was invited to lunch in a business enclosure with a well to do, but very plain speaking businessman from Birmingham. The food was a long cold buffet table and you picked up a plate and waiters/waitresses offered each item as you walked along with your plate, cold beef, ham, sliced turkey, Quiche Lorraine etc. My Brummie friend, when asked "Would you like a slice of Quiche Lorraine, Sir?" replied in his best Brummie accent, "No thanks, but I'd like a piece of that bacon & egg pie please".
  7. That certainly makes sense, but sense and politics are not easy companions.
  8. There is truth in this old saying; Beechwood fires are bright and clear If the logs are kept a year, Chestnut’s only good they say, If for logs ’tis laid away. Make a fire of Elder tree, Death within your house will be; But ash new or ash old, Is fit for a queen with crown of gold Birch and fir logs burn too fast Blaze up bright and do not last, it is by the Irish said Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread. Elm wood burns like churchyard mould, E’en the very flames are cold But ash green or ash brown Is fit for a queen with golden crown Poplar gives a bitter smoke, Fills your eyes and makes you choke, Apple wood will scent your room Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom Oaken logs, if dry and old keep away the winter’s cold But ash wet or ash dry a king shall warm his slippers by.
  9. I think the candidates standing have to be registered (and presumably deposits paid) by 14th November? Also the individual candidates will want to know as soon as possible to make their plans.
  10. And indeed you did (rightly) predict something along these lines shortly after the election was called.
  11. Current predictions are that the BP will not win any seats based on opinion polling to date. It looks like the situation is changing - I have just seen this https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50377396
  12. It's hard to believe, but the Labour Party has just got itself a second Diane Abbott https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7671943/Emily-Thornberry-gets-muddled-tries-explain-Labours-Brexit-stance.html
  13. The problem these days is 'rules and regs'; I don't believe you are 'allowed' to do this. Anything not to regs would be liable to be picked up in a survey (for example if you were selling or had an insurance claim). I would also suggest that if you don't know - or have any way of finding out what is live - it would be better to call in an electrician.
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