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Retsdon

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    Learning blues guitar,drinking the wife's home-made wine, scheming how to get out of the Middle East.

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  1. It was just a fun link to a great song which may or may not be relevant. No big deal either way. But It's worth the link on its own merits. But there we go. Not everything is REALLY abour Brexit, even if Brexit grabs the headlines. Normal life goes on in the meantime.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP5Xv7QqXiM Combine this thread and the Brexit one and there you go .
  3. This is my guess also. And the rest of this post is for the OP because I'm sure Dave knows backwards and more everything that's about to follow. There are two reasons why a dog doesn't obey a command. 1) It hasn't been properly conditioned to respond to the command. 2) It chooses not to respond. The first thing to do is to decide if you're dealing with 1 or 2. Everything else will follow from there. That said, of course naturally there are grey areas between the two. Young dogs particularly will lose focus when things get exciting and will deaf out commands that in training they would respond to. I'd put this in the 1) category and the answer to that would be more responsive conditioning. With perhaps a a little light discipline to concentrate the mind. But that would be secondary. This is the dog making a conscious decision not to obey a command and that's a whole different story. If it were me, the moment the dog looked at me and basically said 'f**you;! ' I'd be running to make it regret that decision. Then the next time that the command was given and the dog responded positively, it would be all effusive praise. Like the Columbian drug lords say 'Plata o plomo?" Money or lead - take your choice. And dogs are OK with that. They're pretty simple animals really, and they're happiest when the choices and parameters are clear cut.
  4. Retsdon

    BREXIT

    Sure, quite a lot. It's free and the articles come written in paragraphs. Do I agree with the overall sentiment behind the paper? Well, I was banned for my constant criticism of how they skew the news, so probably not. But this notion that 'if it's in X paper, I'm going to dismiss it out of hand' is ludicrous. There are articles that are worthy of consideration all across the political spectrum, from far right to far left. And it's the reader's job to judge each on its merits rather than just dismiss something out of hand because of where it appeared. That's a very self-defeating approach.
  5. Retsdon

    BREXIT

    AFTER the UK has left the EU and AFTER the transition no-change window has expired, we'll see who's been scaremongering. As I've said before, I genuinely hope I will be proven wrong. But right now, I can see nothing but a major economic train smash in the offing. Couldn't agree more.
  6. Retsdon

    BREXIT

    Keep telling yourself that. It'll make the mess that this government are about to make of things easier to swallow. Incidentally, if the EU is such a handicap, what's this all about? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/14/angela-merkel-under-pressure-spend-germany-record-budget-surplus
  7. Retsdon

    BREXIT

    Sorry, I missed this. Yes, to a large extent it does.
  8. Retsdon

    BREXIT

    It hasn't been done yet by a long chalk. BJ (I like the name btw) doesn't have a deal. He has a temporary transitional arrangement. Negotiations for the real deal haven't started yet. And what's worrying is that the desired endpoint for this government seems to be extremely opaque - some sort of Britannia Unchained with the details left to chance would appear to be the limit of their horizon. But sooner or later the heady rhetoric will inevitably come into contact with hard reality and hard reality is going to win. Anyway, we'll see. Bedtime here.
  9. Retsdon

    BREXIT

    His opinion on what? Or do you think that goat sex has a bearing on international trade? As I've said before, why not address the man's points? But of course you can't, and that's why you're frantically scrabbling around for dirt to throw. An irrelevant waste of cognac? 😁 You should save them up and deliver the whole lot in one broadside. It would save space on the thread
  10. Retsdon

    BREXIT

    Not at all. The notion that being politically correct or unlikeable automatically negates everything someone has to say is absurd. That's the kind of nonsense that the liberal political correctos pedal. North genuinely knows what he's talking about when it comes to international trade and how regulatory standards effect it . His character or his views on other matters are neither here nor there. He could even beat his wife, it wouldn't matter.
  11. Retsdon

    BREXIT

    No. But it's irrelevant. Here's a thought. Instead of throwing red herrings about, why not address the points that he raises - namely that in a globalized trade world the UK, regardless of what it might want to do will, inevitably have to conform to regulatory standards that are set in Brussels?
  12. Retsdon

    BREXIT

    Wasted? Every little sip was appreciated to the hilt. But not tonight. Read the link.
  13. Retsdon

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    He's not a prophet - he's just someone who has taken the time and put in the hard work to educate himself. And the country would be in a far better position today if our elected representatives and media pundits had done the same thing.
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