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  1. I know from having lived near Glasgow for a couple of years that many, many Scots believe that their country is largely ignored by London because they're 400 miles away. (They should try living in Gloucestershire which is totally ignored by both main Parties!) NS of course plays on this "poor neglected Scotland" image and it resonates with large percentage of people living there. She also makes a point of always doing things differently from the hated Tories and that goes down well too. The mystery to me is that Scots are famous for resisting authority yet NS is the most controlling and authoritarian leader in the free world and the SNP is steeped in a form of socialism which demands a subservient population. And as for why NS is so obsessed with breaking away from a union of friends where Scotland can participate fully in democratic government and joining a union of rival nations run by a hideously expensive bunch of officials and mandarins who got there by appointment rather than by any form of democratic process frankly escapes me.
  2. With you there. Back in the 80s I worked for a US company based just outside Boston. I was there once in winter and stayed the weekend at my boss's house. We got up on Saturday morning to about 18" of snow, so after coffee we set about clearing the driveway. Pretty soon a snowplough came through and soon after the postman was along too. We finished the drive by about 10 and had breakfast, after which we put the trash bags into the station waggon and drove up to the town tip to dump the trash. Seemed like half the town was there doing the same thing. The point is that life was back to normal within a couple of hours. There was no "chaos" or "havoc", and no main lead item on the news, not even a mention, because it was an entirely normal event which happened several times every winter. Much as it was in this country in the 60s. Spending huge amounts of our money deploying fleets of gritters to throw salt all over the roads before it snows is nothing to do with whether or not it's a good idea or helps anything, it's simply procedure because the public sector is obsessed with blame avoidance. If they don't grit the roads and 1 car crashes all hell breaks loose, but if they have gritted the roads and 30 cars crash in the ensuing chaos caused by fresh snow lying on melting snow, it's always the drivers who get the blame. It's the same blame shifting principle as when you renew your SGC and the FEO comes out yet again to check the same house, the same security, the same cabinet in the same location as everything was the last 4 times it was checked.
  3. They don't think that deeply. Any threat of snow or temperature below 1 degree or so and out go the gritters. As Walker says above, it isn't hard to drive a normal car on pure snow, even when it's a good few inches deep, but when the snow lands on salted roads and starts to melt underneath, chaos ensues even if it's only a couple of inches deep. What they should do is wait for the snow to stop, plough if necessary and then apply grit. Y'know, like they do in countries that get real snowfalls.
  4. Using antifreeze or any other stuff to partially melt the snow is a bad idea. That's why deploying fleets of gritters before a snowfall causes so much havoc.
  5. Keep in mind that low price deals advertised by the big name providers are often for a fixed term, after which the price goes up. Also, most have spotty reviews for customer service. I changed to Zen Internet and got a free modern router, free setup, standard fibre broadband and landline rental for £29.99/month. This price is guaranteed to never increase and their tech support is staffed by people who's 1st language is english. They do charge a nominal amount for making landline calls, but we always use our mobiles. Alternatively, if you have a decent 4G signal, all the phone providers have packages including a choice of 4G router to handle all your internet traffic and devices. That way you can ditch the landline permanently.
  6. The Anzacs did not "own" the Gallipoli campaign, but it's easy to think they did. In fact they represented 25-30% of the infantry which was roughly the same as the French contingent. British troops accounted for about half the land forces. As always the Anzacs fought with distinction and suffered disproportionate casualties, much as they did on the Western front. By 1915 the army had worked out that they had about 10 crack divisions at their disposal and that included the Australian and Canadian divisions. These top divisions were used over and aver again and were thrown into all the major battles. Consequently they all took heavy losses. My grandfather's division was in France or Belgium for 4 years and suffered 35000 killed, including my grandfather, which was about 3 times it's original strength and roughly half as many as the total Australian losses.
  7. Australians like to blame poor British generalship for sending them into attacks that cost huge casualties, but they do tend to overlook the fact that it was their own Australian generals who gave the orders and it was often their own recklessness in attacks that cost them unnecessary losses.
  8. Anyone care to explain how a bump start could possibly damage a timing belt? Surely it's the case that whatever way the engine is started it's always the crankshaft that drives the belt so a bump start doesn't do anything the starter motor doesn't do.
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    CNN is politically biased to the left just like the Beeb and some others. That annoyed Trump so he turned on them; something Boris, to his credit, hasn't done. Very few broadcast media channels are truly unbiased and most are dominated by leftish, metropolitan liberal types. By definition they're anti pretty much anything right wing and waste no opportunity to put the boot in. Dear old Donald only has to open his mouth to get them bouncing off the walls.
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    I think the makers of dramas these days believe diversity and equality are more important than accuracy, storyline quality or technical integrity. Hence the main character is a woman and the men are either loudmouth bullies, ignorant insensitive louts or unimaginative numpties. Nowadays it's the men being typecast, just like women were years ago when most were portrayed as either sexy and decorative or hopelessly dippy. Who'd want to be a white, heterosexual male actor these days?
  11. There's no doubt he's an authority on British wildlife, especially birds, but I agree with Gordon. Being an expert on one topic doesn't qualify him to campaign against activities he doesn't fully understand such as fieldsports. Unfortunately he doesn't recognise his own limited knowledge of theses things and the BBC does nothing to rein him in - hence the petition. I think it's entirely likely that many of the urban based liberals who dominate the BBC share his uninformed views.
  12. Indeed. The survey is just a PR exercise so they can brag about serving the public.
  13. It's Lockdown Puppy syndrome. 10s of thousands of puppies are being bought by people who want a "pastime" as they can't go to work, but in too many cases have no idea what it entails or what their responsibilities are. The rescue centres are going to be overflowing with neglected young dogs and the councils will be flooded with nuisance complaints about barking and distressed dogs.
  14. Yes although there's a rumour they may reintroduce the Onyx, but all 686 and 687 models from the same generation have exactly the same actions, barrels & chokes.
  15. The Artemis is made by B. Rizzini. There are several other Rizzinis out there inluding I Rizzini (now FAIR) & E. Rizzini (now owned by Fausti), both of whom are budget gun makers. Also there is the Rizzini Brothers who make really high end bespoke guns. B. Rizzini have upped their game considerably since Batista's nephews split off and formed Caesar Guerini so I would reckon the Artemis is a decent buy and would have a much better wood grade than a comparably priced Beretta. If you like the comparative rarity then fine but I think CG do a better all round job than either Rizzini or Beretta and their customer support is the best in the business.
  16. I reckon LR are taking the P too. New battery on a 4 year old car... Yet another reason to buy Japanese!
  17. The whackiest theory that I can think of is the one about carbon dioxide emissions being the cause of climate change...
  18. Nothing changes. The Honours system has always been political and apart from a tiny few who've done some good in the world, it's always been for high profile people. Frankly, I don't like being lectured to by smug, virtue signalling types such as Prince Chump and Hamilton when they have no concept of real life. Strewth, F1 isn't even dangerous any more, it's just like a noisy 3D computer game.
  19. IIRC long before we were conned into joining the Common Market, travel in and out of Europe was trouble free. At the age of 15 (We were virtually adults at 14 back then) I went hiking in Belgium, Luxembourg and France and all I needed was a temporary passport. 7/6 from the Post Office. Even in the 80s business took me to Italy, Germany France, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, USA and The Netherlands. Only the USA wanted a visa.
  20. I didn't mean to suggest they're all liars but they do have difficulty understanding certain behavioural boundaries and honesty can sometimes be "flexible" if it suits the objective. Interestingly emotions such as jealousy, spite and vengefulness often do exist though. I have much personal experience through growing up with an Asperger's older brother.
  21. Asperger's syndrome cases many more problems for other people, particularly family and friends, than it does for the sufferers, due to their inability to connect emotionally with anything or anyone except their own obsessions.
  22. Used AVG for years until ZoneAlarm free edition firewall added built in anti virus and anti ID theft and malware features.
  23. Classic Asperger's. They're all like that, pretty much.
  24. I'm not 100% sure Hounslow actually exists and I drive through there several times a year.
  25. All the talk about staff reductions needs to be taken in context. There may well be fewer staff than 15 years ago but it's still almost twice the number from 50 years ago. The reality is that the police have chosen to get involved in all manner of manpower draining activities which have nothing to do with law and order. In fact, according to several Chief Officers that have opined in the last couple of years their priority is Public Safety which strikes me as an admission that they'd rather have a nebulous and unachievable primary role than deliver what the public expects of them which is the maintenance of law and order. 2 days ago there was a news item about a sparrowhawk that flew in an open door and roosted on top of a lady's Christmas tree. Local wildlife experts came in and released the bird unharmed but also in attendance was a police officer. Why? In what respect could it ever be considered a matter for the police?
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