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  1. 17 points
    I was in Mumbles today. A small group of people, seemingly in their 50's and older, were waving that flag and calling for a people's vote. They looked like well salaried, well pensioned public sector workers. Got a teacher vibe. They asked me to support a people's vote. I told them that we had one 2 years ago, that the people had won and that they should stop trying to overthrow democracy. They looked shocked.
  2. 17 points
    So let me get this straight. There's this new set of stringent rules about how people can't be made to live by stringent rules, threatened, scared, controlled, tracked, or prevented from seeing friends or family. And If you break these new rules you'll be put in prison. Sounds like the government wants a monopoly on being a controlling cunt. Best do as you're told peasants!
  3. 16 points
    Wight Flight

    James Middleton

    Can we have a 'who is James Middleton?' Option?
  4. 16 points
    I look forwards to seeing this sensible law applied to non-white non-middle-class people.
  5. 14 points
    dgul

    Bezos Divorce

    It is actually an interesting thing that make me think. If you've got nothing, then half isn't a problem. If you're a multibillionaire, half isn't a problem It is the normal, middle class guys for whom 'half' results in them living in a bedsit in the cold. Funny that.
  6. 12 points
    9. Forcing you to obey their rules. Great, I'm off to the pub all weekend. Never been allowed to do that before.
  7. 10 points
    Option5

    Maggots

    I actually find it repulsive that a maggot would eat a lawyer, if it's not cannibalism it's certainly bad professional courtesy.
  8. 8 points
    Its like that in engineering with the youngsters i.e. under 35 with useless managers added to the mix with no experience of what they are managing as discussed in the parallel Line Managers thread. The only thing holding most 'engineering' companies together these days are the 45-65(+) year olds who have and have refused to become managers for an extra 5K per year and all the shit that goes with it. When they are gone, a lot of these companies will collapse especially as 'imported' engineers who are engineering in a foreign language are slow and have a habit of misunderstanding and fucking things up.
  9. 8 points
    One of the responses on that flag trampling tweet....
  10. 8 points
    SNACR

    Sugar - More or Less R4

    I'm still of the opinion that something else has compromised our ability to process sugar or regulate its levels in blood. In the seventies and eighties everyone lived on starchy fast carb shit from Bejams, and if hungry later a nice sugary jam sandwich in white bread, washed down with gallons of orange squash. Fizzy drinks were still pretty prevalent and even delivered to the door. There's some idea diets back then were all good honest wholesome fodder cooked up from scratch by housewives but I'm not sure that's true diets were pretty shit and although nutirionally sub-optimal didn't seem to cause the same issues we have now. Overall I think reducing sugar consumption is no bad thing - although not if that means replacing them with shit like aspartame. Oddly I've always felt sugary sweets and things are more easily metabolised by kids, rather than adults, but that probably assumes they're running around outside all day.
  11. 8 points
    Frank Hovis

    Extremely strange story...

    When special interest groups collide. Man openly trying to pick up women - evil beast, hang him say the feminists. Ah, but he's a muzzer. And the media don't want to show them in a bad light. Here's the cunning plan: arrest him for being a man but don't name him so the public will think he's a white British man. Only they won't. Because this happens every time and whenever a name is not released it is always going to be assumed to be a foreign name and when a description is not released it is always going to be assumed to mean that they aren't white. People aren't idiots; as the police and media routinely withhold these particular types of information then if the information is withheld with there being no specific reason for the withholding then the public will fill in the blanks. If there is no description given if a rapist then I will assume they aren't white. If a person guilty of a crime is not named, and there are no specific reasons for not so doing such as protecting the identity of the victim, then I will assume they have a foreign name. Just how stupid do the authorities think we are?
  12. 8 points
  13. 7 points
    I tend to think its a greed and/or fomo. As a yellow sticker buyer in waitrose and occasionally M and S i see it all. Personally I only take one or two of each offer and let others get some. The boomers in Marks on a sunday are the worst and spend all day in there. I know because over a few weeks I've gone in at varying times to try and work out the sticker time and the same old ladies are there all day standing with their trollies waiting. They don't just take few of an item they take as much as they can quickly grab. They are like a pack of wild animals, it really is a site to behold. As waitrose is a two minute walk for me I go everyday and get what i need for a day or two depending on whats on offer. Thankfully I don't have to wrestle with any crowds and it's quite easy to get some good reductions. However I do see lots of greed where a single person will take everything. Only the other day all the mince was heavily reduced so naturally I took a packet. One lady right after me took the remaining lot, probably 30 bags. I see the same lady in there most days getting her coffee so it's not like she won't get more deals the next day. Very bizarre and a bit sad to see too. You just know in times of serious need or if there issues getting food to the public it would be every man for themselves andwouldn't take much before someone was bashing you over the head for a slice of bread.
  14. 7 points
    I think they just made relationships illegal. Oh well.
  15. 6 points
  16. 6 points
    Frank Hovis

    Extremely strange story...

    Yet nobody has voted for that. The people of Britain have elected into office political parties who have promised to make their lives better. And instead they got what you have listed. The Conservatives under Cameron partly got elected because they promised to bring immigration down to the tens of thousands. Nope, still three hundred thousand every single year ten years on. We have been cheated people.
  17. 6 points
    Great Guy

    Sugar - More or Less R4

    It's just schoolboy physics... Seemingly you can burn 400 calories an hour if you start shivering. You could be watching telly in a cold room drinking ice cold water and you're burning more energy than being down the gym... imho, the body was designed to be cold a lot of the time. People nowadays just don't get cold.
  18. 6 points
    twocents

    Extremely strange story...

    Time and again the evidence seems to suggest that they think we are very stupid.
  19. 6 points
    Sgt Hartman

    Extremely strange story...

    Bloke sounds like a sex-pest and a massive twat to be honest. Anyone who calls themself a 'life coach' or a 'pick up artist' should be slung in jail on general principal IMO. There was a guy in the States who did this full time as well from what I remember, may have written a book? It's a bit sad really.
  20. 6 points
    ccc

    Extremely strange story...

    Oh ffs Two disturbing aspects to this story. (1) The ridiculous leaving out someone's name / background if it's the "wrong" type. Complete arseholes. (2) Picking up members of the opposite sex is "predatory" - err...... And ?! I implied and shock horror - it was right It's very simple. If this was "Dave Smith" the So-Called BBC article would have "Dave Smith" in it. It doesn't. We all know why.
  21. 6 points
    This list is for relationships. Blowjobs are on the separate list for marriages.
  22. 6 points
    So #4 makes 90% of women abusers then.
  23. 6 points
    Phew! For a moment I was worried blowjobs would be on the list.
  24. 6 points
    Woo hoo! Close down the civil service and quangos, stop doling out foreign "aid", stop paying MPs and councillors. Bring it on please
  25. 5 points
    spygirl

    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    Good old momentum and mcdummy and bbc https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46851664 People gathered outside the So-Called BBC's New Broadcasting House before marching to Trafalgar Square, many wearing yellow vests - which national organiser Ramona McCartney said was to show "solidarity with the left and working class in France". France has seen weeks of anti-austerity demonstrations by those wearing the vests, known as the "gilets jaunes" movement. Addressing protesters in Trafalgar Square, Labour's John McDonnell said eight years of austerity was "tearing apart the very social fabric" of the UK. Nope. They are proesting about the tax the french state takes off them and hiw its spent.
  26. 5 points
    Frank Hovis

    The degradation of work and wages

    My department (and wider company) has a lot of people aged 45 -55 who know how everything works. In ten years' time they will all have retired and the company will implode. People who think that things will continue as they always have are missing the gaping hole that computers have punched in career progressions. There is a yawning gap.
  27. 5 points
    JoeDavola

    The degradation of work and wages

    The trick is to find a way to earn what you need to whilst still enjoying the job - there are points of diminishing returns where massive amounts of extra stress are taken on for 5 or 10k a year more, which hen gets taxed at 40%. Best to not be a mug and fall into that trap.
  28. 5 points
    When do you reach a point in society where you just say, ok thanks guys, we don't need any more laws now.. we've got plenty. Lawmakers just seem to be finding ever more intricate ways to micromanage society.. it's all a bit depressing really.
  29. 5 points
    Frank Hovis

    Extremely strange story...

    Mind even the non-stupid tend to let the authorities do their thinking for them. I was told it was alright for me to want a no deal Brexit because I was rich but that was being selfish and I should think of poor people. I gave the example of Tesco and how EU immigration has forced ordinary staff's pay and working conditions onto the floor whilst enriching (in the genuine sense) its senior management and owners. And how if the tap of labour oversupply from poorer countries was turned off then those very employees would be in a position to demand higher wages and regular contracts and be a lot better off. Whereas I, with my equity investments, would be losing money. So instead of being selfish I was actually being selfless. They were a clever person, thought about it, and agreed with me.
  30. 5 points
    Should Brexit be reneged upon, the contract between government and people is broken, there is no foundation for future laws. We have facsism and anarchy.
  31. 5 points
    I suspect those rules will only apply to a part of the population. Mainly those who have been in Britain for a very long time.
  32. 4 points
    ad_ceng

    The degradation of work and wages

    I am in electronics when I graduated salaries for seasoned engineers were 40 to 50k. Guess what they still are now 40 to 50k. Freelance is the only way to work these days
  33. 4 points
    TheBlueCat

    The degradation of work and wages

    Mix of globalisation, immigration and, at the low end of the payscale, tax credits.
  34. 4 points
    Frank Hovis

    The degradation of work and wages

    I have noted that jobs that were advertised at £40 - £45k in the mid 90s are still advertised at £40 - £45k. House prices and tehrefore housing costs have in that time leapt ahead. My favourite graph.
  35. 4 points
    Happy Renting

    moped rider stabbed to death

    Your place has already been arranged.
  36. 4 points
    Frank Hovis

    Sugar - More or Less R4

    I have recommended this programme before but thought its analysis of the research on sugar deserved a specific thread. As background the government has been trumpeting that a greedy fet population is filling itself to the gunwales with sugar and it must stop it. Sugar means free sugars so packet sugar and that in sweets, cakes,bdrinks and fruit juices. Not that in whole fruit or vegetables such as onions. However a proper analysis reveals that consumption of free sugar per adult has been steadily, if slowly, falling since the 1960s (i.e. we are eating healthier) but we are now massively exceeding guidelines for one simple reason: the guideline intake was halved in 2015. Scientific studies have certainly correlated negative health impacts with excessive sugar consumption in children but similar studies in adults have shown no such link. So a reasonable conclusion from that for adults is: the average level of sugar consumption is not damaging so don't worry about it. He then puts these objective conclusions to Louis Levy, Head of Nutrition at Public Health England who attempts to defend their unsupported nanny state lecturing advice with no basis in science with all the suavity and grace of a ten year old who has just been caught red handed for copying their homework. If you like Alan Partridge when he's caught out then this on the money. There's also a very interesting but later on which is our nearest planet which I won't pre-empt. It's the best programme of the week despite its lurking on BBC Radio 4; it's presented by the non-BBC Tim Harford from the FT which helps it to not to contain the usual propaganda. I don't recall its ever mentioning Brexit or Donald Trump for example. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001y9p
  37. 4 points
    satch

    Do Not Stop Article 50 petition

    Signed but will be ignored. And I signed another one some time ago along with 17,399,999 others and that one is being ignored as well.
  38. 4 points
    Frank Hovis

    Sugar - More or Less R4

    I have said, on here and in RL, quite how incredibly cheap I find fuel. That I can shift a heavy car, myself, passengers and luggage ten miles for one pound sterling I find incredible; that most of that pound is going in tax rather than buying the refined oil makes it almost unbelievable. People look at me oddly when I say it though and mutter about paying £60 a tank. Jeremy Clarkson used to mention on Top Gear how petrol was cheaper than both milk and bottled water. People don't or won't see it. Mention shortages and price increases and they pop up with the idea that renewables will magically solve everything; whilst they certainly have their place they have many disadvantages over fossil fuels (storage, portability, chemical derivatives, dependency upon the sun shining or the wind blowing) and won't come close to filling the gap that the absence of cheap fossil fuels will leave.
  39. 4 points
    Hopeful

    Sugar - More or Less R4

    It so simple. Food does three things, it enables growth, doing work and maintenance, and if you include doing work in maintenance then, once we reach 18 and the growth element reaches a plateau, all we need food for is maintenance (cellular repair and work). The less calories we expend doing the work part, and that includes keeping warm, the less food we need. My best exercise is swimming in the cold sea for 30 minutes and wearing a t-shrt and shorts even when the house temperature is ~12C. My amusement is watching farmers get bigger over the last 30+ years. When I worked on a dairy farm in the late 80s I'd get up at 5.00 am and eat the compulsory wedge of rich fruit cake and drink a mug of full fat milk before leaving the back door (compulsory because the farmer maintained it was better to throw up cake if you were met by a bad smell than retch on an empty stomach), must have been about 300 cals. Get the cows in, walk probably a mile in the process of both that and shiftng the electric fence. Milk 100 cows. Go in for a full cooked greasy breakfast at 10.00, couple of sausages, beans, potatoes, several rashers of bacon, couple of eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast and marmalade. Must have been about 1200 cals. Back out to work at 11.00. Back in at 1.30 for a full roast dinner and sponge pudding and custard. Must have been another 1200 cals. Back out at 14.30. Back in at 17.00 for tea, which was a cold roast meat salad and trifle, probably 800 cals. Back out to milk 100 cows and walk a mile. Back in at 21.30 for supper which was always a cheese ploughmans, probably 500 cals. Then off to the pub at 10.30 for a couple of pints 500 cals. That was 7 days a week (no pub on a Sunday). (For all that work I got board and lodging and £20 in my pocket a week.) So about 4500 cals a day and I reckon it could have been more. Never put weight on. But everything was manual, all bales shifted by hand, all shit shoveled by hand, everywhere was walked. Now, nothing is by hand and quad bikes are ridden everywhere. The eating hasn't changed. Farmers have got bigger.
  40. 4 points
    Frank Hovis

    Paris gas leak at bakery.

    Their secret agent, known only as "the gas man", has been captured on film attempting to gain access to the building:
  41. 4 points
    Alonso Quijano

    Paris gas leak at bakery.

    Russians innit. It's their gas!
  42. 4 points
    snaga

    Bezos Divorce

    or tell Hillary that his wife is going to testify against her.
  43. 4 points
    SNACR

    Paris gas leak at bakery.

    Croissant of peace?
  44. 4 points
    SNACR

    James Middleton

    If you mean one like in film and television fiction who doggedly pursues the story, cultivating sources, and fighting the good fight with their editor to get their story published, then unfortunately they don't exist and never have. Beyond consumer issues and trawling the Facebook pages of some unfortunate prole, who's tripped into the limelight by shagging a pupil or putting a cat in a wheelie bin, there never has been investigative journalism. Very often the 'uncovering' of corporate misdeeds are often initiated and manipulated by a rival or it's a proxy war between powerful people or groups.
  45. 4 points
    spunko

    James Middleton

    I want a proper journalist to delve into how this family have so much money, apparently from running an online party store that turns over very little profit. Nobody seems to question it.
  46. 4 points
    SpectrumFX

    Sugar - More or Less R4

    The issue is industrial fake food that has had nutritionally beneficial ingredients replaced, largely at the behest of the bungling government because their previous "this food bad" model targeting saturated fat and cholesterol was bollocks. As an example (picked at random) compare the ingredients in this traditional Cherry Bakewell recipe with the ingredient list on the Mr Kipling version. https://thehappyfoodie.co.uk/recipes/cherry-bakewell The butter and eggs disappear, to be replaced by industrial seed oils. And those are the modern oils. The margarine that was pushed for years (and was in shit loads of processed food) was chock-a-block full of trans fats that proper fuck up your heart. Yum yum. I knew that trans fats fucked you up in the early 90s because I had the fortune to do a Biology degree and a professor that gave it to us straight. That the official health advice wasn't changed sooner is a scandal, but it's all just brushed under the carpet, and we're supposed to just blindly follow whatever over simplistic nonsense they want to peddle now. The tossers can jog on.
  47. 4 points
    Frank Hovis

    Line Managers

    A good manager understands both the work you do and also what motivates you. They will be interested in their staff and this shows in that when they ask a personal question such as "Did you have a good Christmas?" they will be genuinely interested in the reply. A poor manager either won't ask or won't be interested in the reply.
  48. 4 points
    Sgt Hartman

    Extremely strange story...

    I am being a bit tongue in cheek with the locking them up idea though I do think that their behaviour is borderline. It's certainly not laudible and there will be an army of saddo's out there that think this guy is the nuts. A sound bollocking should suffice. Owen Jones should be thrown in jail, immediately. I'm not being tongue in cheek about that.
  49. 4 points
    Nearly all the items on the list would seem to apply to most employers and all governments. Proof positive that irony is not dead
  50. 4 points
    The utter fools think they can renege on their obligations and everybody who's been betrayed and the "other" people (remoaners) who have had to witness this betrayal can just carry on as if nothing has happened. WTF! That the two main political parties in the UK will not be ripped to shreds, that we will have members of the EU parliament that are anti EU... Christ even the monarchy will fall after this betrayal as all they seem to be worried about is fucking each other and spawning more benefit scroungers... on mass. They are truly deluded. It's un-fucking believable. If the best case scenario for your win is the utter destruction of your political viewpoint and the evisceration of your country. Then step back. FFS!
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