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1) Message boards : Politics : 100 days to go (Message 1647898)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
With stories like this close to the election...

..... One expects downmarket tabloids like the Mail to try to go dishing for dirt. That particular rag has always been anti the Lib Dems in general, and anti the DPM in particular. I would judge that Mr Clegg Senior and junior, have a good case to go to court for personal harassment. If they did I would be quite willing to be a character witness.

With stories like this close to the election...

..... one expects the usual downmarket commentators with a beer and baccy party avatar to pop out the woodwork. In fact the UKIP sign was obviously borrowed from the pound shops, which would be about right, both are offering cheap tat that won't last.
2) Message boards : Politics : 100 days to go (Message 1647869)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Really sorry to hear this news, He is a good lad and always tells it how it really is. Get well soon mate.

BBC
3) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #2 (Message 1647857)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
You don't progress beyond Inspector in the UK unless you are in Lodge.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What song was #1 the day you were born? (Message 1647829)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
I don't really care! It is totally irrelevant to me as I was was too young to listen to it. I expect my parents had other things on their minds as well.

Gosh what a dumb thread :-)
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 22/12/2014 (Message 1647825)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Sob sob cry weep
6) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1647817)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
The fight back starts .....

BBC
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 24 (Message 1647812)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
A saturday beer o'clock for me now I think, after doing various boring Committee minutes.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 22/12/2014 (Message 1647808)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Aaaaaarrrrggghhhh!!!
9) Message boards : Politics : 100 days to go (Message 1647793)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
I am starting a public collection to pay for Nigel Farrage's one way ticket back to the USA, provided he promises to not come back.

Those who stayed, however, gave a warm reception to the man introduced to them as "a living, drinking, smoking protest to political correctness".

Well he should fit well into USA politics then, and they are welcome to him!

Naff off Nigel!
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy (Message 1647773)
Posted 9 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Scotty
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #59 (Message 1647771)
Posted 9 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Oh my giddy aunt I have won!!!

Thank you Michael, quite unexpected but most welcome :-)

Ooooer .......

OK try this one. Usual rules apply.

12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What song was #1 the day you were born? (Message 1647752)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
I do have some sway in the world of producers and who gets play.

Sigh .....
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tim Hunt/Captain Avatar (Message 1647751)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Even Bouncy from Scotland took the trouble to tell me via text. He was very well thought of.
14) Message boards : Politics : 100 days to go (Message 1647749)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
I like the cut of this woman's Jib :-))

NHS’s answer is in Uranus

THE Tory MP David Tredinnick has claimed astrology could be the answer to NHS overcrowding. Sure. And the Bank of England could start setting interest rates according to the entrails of animals, while we can stop environmental Armageddon with some virgin sacrifices. I’d suggest Tredinnick could cure his own ailments with a lobotomy, but the evidence suggests he may already have had one.

London Standard
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1647748)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Joke of the week

Madonna: I'd have a go at comedy if my music career stalled

Most of us thought that you already had done for years sweetheart!

Many a true word
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1647747)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
And we had proper beer, lager hadn't been invented!!!
17) Message boards : Politics : Open Message to Russia (Message 1647745)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
You do not seem to be very sympathetic with Mr. Putin.

No I am damn well not! Wonder why?

Russia has become a danger to Britain and the country must be prepared to take steps to defend itself and its allies, the former head of MI6 says. Sir John Sawers, who recently retired after five years as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Russia poses a "state to state threat".

But he called on issues with Russia to be addressed by "increased dialogue". He said he was disappointed how, after the end of the Cold War, Russia's and Europe's paths had failed to converge. Russia's threat was "not necessarily directly to the UK but to countries around its periphery".

Sir John said dealing with such threats would require more defence spending.

But, as I referred to in earlier posts, yet another senior man saying that more defence cuts are not acceptable in advance of expected future budgets. We don't have military Coup's in Britain, we leave that to third world banana republics or dictatorships, but the PM and the Chancellor would do well to listen.

BBC
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cookie tracking? (Message 1647741)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
This should be in the number crunching thread.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1647724)
Posted 12 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
I take your point about disabled access in rural unattended stations Richard, but railway companies can usually deal with it if they are approached before the trip takes place. At the specific station you were referring to, the down platform means crossing the tracks to get to the exit on the up platform, via a barrow crossing. Although an unstaffed station there is a train access ramp available, and step free access from the car park to the platforms.

If the train company was approached they could probably arrange for a ticket inspector to be on the train to assist, provided that the passenger was being escorted to or from the train. But to be fair, disabled people or their carers are normally sensible about their journeys, and plan beforehand, and wheelchair users at the above station would be a very rare occurrence indeed.

I was of course mainly referring to underground transport within London with manned stations. With modern trains and track controls guards are not necessary. As I said before, all modern tube trains could be operated fully automatically but the unions insist upon a driver in the cab to protect jobs. But it has to be said that it gives customer confidence to have "a man in the cab", and in an emergency or a breakdown the train can be driven manually.

I remember in the 50's travelling on the old Northern line 1938 stock from Wimbledon to London, but these days the Jubilee Line from Waterloo is a whole world apart, with glass barriers the whole length of the platform and doors synchronised with the train doors. Impossible to fall into the suicide pit. The speed of acceleration and braking is quite amazing on the 1996 stock compared to years ago. I can still remember in the 70's on some tube lines the trains coming into the stations, and if the guard got the timing right, the doors used to start opening a couple of seconds before the train stopped. Probably against all the rules!

On the Victoria line you could see the driver standing beside the cab window as the train pulled in. They run at GoA2, the Docklands light railway runs at GoA3, but still has a man on board. Yet Google and others are experimenting with driverless cars in the UK as we speak, how long before it comes to the railways?

But turning to overground rail services, I can remember in the 50's all the slam door trains on Southern Railways. They would arrive at Waterloo, Victoria, or London Bridge in the rush hour and all the doors would be flung open as the train was slowing, and passengers would leap off and go running along the platform before the train had stopped! Going home at night it was not unusual to see doors opened after the train had started moving and someone risking life and limb to climb in, with the porter furiously blowing his whistle and screaming stand away! Why there were not more accidents than there were I've no idea. Same with the open platform buses really ....

In those days of the 50's-70's of course we had trains with individual compartments, it was later that the open plan type came in with the string luggage racks over the seats. We had the corridor trains as well on the longer routes, still with individual compartments. On a 4 carriage train there was always one compartment labelled "Ladies Only" but they generally went out in the mid 1960's on main routes then entirely in 1977. We had no smoking compartments then as well, but you could smoke in some.

Nowadays you can't smoke on any public transport nor stations either, and that ban is now being applied to E cigarettes. Alcohol on buses and tubes is also banned.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 22/12/2014 (Message 1647691)
Posted 14 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Hi Dan, yes I'll join in that toast as well.


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