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  1. It's been a big Arab area for decades though, hasn't it? Having lived in my fair share of dodgy accommodation for much of my life this event has touched me. Plenty of the places I lived in had non-fire retardant furnishings, crappy electrics, gas fires which had been condemned and few or no fire safety precautions. It was impossible to open any of the windows in one back to the back I lived in - and the bedroom was on the third story with only a skylight. If there had been a fire on the ground floor at night, it might have been fatal. Friend of mine still lives in a crappy piece of accommodation - but there are fire doors, fire blankets and extinguishers everywhere. Why? Because the landlord felt guilty after a student died in a fire in one of his houses in the 90s. Thankfully, I never lived in a tower block, but I've had family live in similar blocks like this in the past.
  2. I think that sounds about right to me. I have worked for charity organisations which use a lot of volunteers. I have also volunteered for a few more. Volunteers can be excellent - highly motivated, and if you can fully tap into their skills & experience and what they are hoping to get from the experience - extremely valuable. But if you take a "they're just cheap labour" attitude and try to slot them in wherever - it can be recipe for disaster and dissatisfaction. I've seen skilled volunteer developers (which the organisation desperately needed) being asked to do routine admin jobs because their volunteer manager managed to grab them first. Managing volunteers is much harder than paid staff. As you have noted managing for consistency is extremely difficult - especially as some are volunteers for the simple reason that many employers wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. I'd say in most of the examples above, they are borderline volunteers as there's a very tangible exchange going on. You give me your labour, and I give you bed & board. If either party breaks that contract - the other party will walk away. That's a position which is ripe for exploitation imo because there's a considerable power imbalance. If I don't do what you say, I am utterly fucked if I don't have the cash to seek alternative accommodation.
  3. You need shade to notice the light. Due to some rather fine drugs I was once prescribed by the doctor as a teen, I spent 3 months in blissed out contentment. It was absolutely awful. Beyond the occasional bit of caffeine, I've tried to avoid mood altering drugs since then. Kipling is right about being able to treat highs and lows just the same. I'd recommend a book called Happy Money if you are seeking to get the most from your money with respect to happiness. For example, buying experiences (particularly ones you have to spend some time anticipating) tends to give you a better return on investment than material objects. Giving gifts also does. I now allocate a monthly budget for both. Over the next few weeks, I have standup paddle boarding, a floatation tank session and a trip to the cinema booked in. I've never done two of those things before. I'll also get a lot of pleasure from going out mountain biking tonight with a bunch of middle aged to ancient mountain bikers. Otherwise, a lot of small things make me happy. For example, I get a ridiculous amount of contentment from washing clothes on a sunny day (machine powered by solar panels) - pegging them out on the line (probably the best bit of the experience) and then retrieving them fully dry and fresh smelling (must include burying your nose in them just before you unpeg). I don't know - something feels terrifically right about the whole process being powered by the sun. Fucking hippy, eh?
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    Am I too soft

    Some of the posters here do also give me pause for thought, but you are never one of them, Mr P. Also think people here respect your point of view (and it's one I happen to share a lot of the time).
  5. That's one piece of advice I'd never follow - and I can't imagine anyone else following it now either.
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    No, but I suspect it doesn't help with May's uncomfortableness with being in the limelight. There's been a few times where I've wondered if she was experiencing low blood sugar during some of her performances. As a fellow human being (with close members of my family with type 1), I have sympathy - even if not for her policies and political affiliations. From a diabetes pov, I'd say May is probably the reverse of Abbot - possibly over controlled in terms of keeping her blood sugar at low levels. For example, a single chip isn't going to do any harm, but she was clearly unhappy at the idea of munching one on a walkabout. Personally, I will do almost anything to avoid diabetes as it is a right pain in the arse.
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    Not always easy to manage diabetes, and hypos can certainly cause problems. But it is up to her to follow her doctor's advice and manage her condition. May I have slightly more sympathy for because type 1 can be a real pig to get right - particularly if you don't have a routine life.
  8. Sad news and RIP to those who have tragically died in the fire. Awful way to go. Hopefully, like some of the other historical disasters lessons will be learned and changes brought in to prevent a reoccurrence.
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    deer phil spencer

    The guy is an arse of the first order, but even as a veggie I don't really have a problem with people killing the odd animal for eating. Probably better for them, and the animal, than buying some anonymous looking piece of processed meat from the supermarket. I don't particularly like the class stuff around hunting and shooting though.
  10. @DeepLurker is right. This is not the time to be in government. Nearly half of the population don't want Brexit, and those that do probably don't have a unified idea of what they want from it. Further, even if it does eventually usher in a new economic golden age, the next five years will likely be crap economically and full of turmoil. There will be few goodies on offer, and likely the average person will be poorer. All of this is a recipe for an extremely pissed off electorate come election time. Whomever is in power, a year or two after Brexit, will get a kicking at the polls. Labour's best bet is to be an utter pain in the arse to a Conservative led government. One things for sure, the Tories won't be able to use the DUP as scapegoats like they did the LibDems. For the electorate, it may also be the best result. A weakened Tory government won't be able to push through some of their most authoritarian and egregious ideas - and with a bit of luck will achieve f'all.
  11. I doubt she's that computer literate, so more likely frantically selecting undo over and over again on menu.
  12. My politics is probably closer to Corbyn's than May's - but this and another interview feels like denial - even delusional (especially as no coalition of the other parties appears to be on offer). The Conservatives won - even though they don't have a majority. Labour, did better than expected - but still lost. There is no way Corbyn will be PM unless there is another election, and the Labour party does considerably better. As the opposition, he should concentrate on being a thorn in the government's side and that could include trying to force another election. There's a better than decent chance, May will be a lame duck PM from hereon.
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    London Bridge attack

    I too am speculating, but applying occam's razor. The first eyewitness reports I heard on LBC mentioned 3 terrorists. I think it's likely there was 3 terrorists, and clearly they came tooled up to commit whatever mayhem they could manage. Perhaps they intended to return to the van, perhaps they forgot to bring their petrol bombs, perhaps they were too stupid to realise they couldn't carry both bombs & knives. There were reports of two bursts of gunfire IIRC. I think we saw that on the CCTV footage. An initial one, and then another to make sure they were dead. There was definitely a photo of police with guns using a black car for cover. That could have happened contemporaneously, before or afterwards, and the eye witness imagined they saw the guns firing. It's easy to imagine multiple teams of police responding and then after the first encounter taking a lot of precautions in case there were more. We saw two teams on the CCTV footage. I reckon we would have heard if things were substantially different. Not everything is a conspiracy theory cf the missing people. The last one of which was actually missing, until he sadly turned up in the Thames.
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    The Wrong Vagina

    See also Pat Troughton who allegedly died on the job.
  15. 2/3 of Conservative party members reckon May should go: How long do we think she'll last?