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  1. Funny that is the way most people used to look at houses - as a costly liability and the bigger the house the bigger the liability. I remember having several conversations along these lines in the early 90s in London when rents were cheap and house prices falling. People would openly say that their house / flat bought pre-crash was a liability; I particularly remember somebody with a house in Islington opining just this sentiment with its primary advantage being that he could get into work on the bus rather than the tube. I would say that is a much healthier way of thinking of them
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    Amigos Dos Amigos? (I actually thought it was a football firm) https://insightcrime.org/tag/amigos-dos-amigos/
  3. Plus it's Saturday so they're looking for fillers. I'm conflicted on this because he seems to be a decent, if unremarkable, old man whose professional PR daughter / daughter in law / granddaughter whoever managed to propel to headline news for <drum roll> walking around his garden. And for this feat of walking around his garden he gets an award from the Queen and a state funeral and we're all meant to think that this is both brilliant and well-deserved. If I had been him I would have been highly embarrassed by the enormous media exploitation of a modest personal aim.
  4. The channel was founded by Adnan Ebrahim, as featured in the cued up video below; the three presenters are employees. It can be entertaining, particularly the sections trying to find a car to particular criteria across the selling platforms; but Alex's obsession with BMWs, in which I have zero interest because I agree with Scotty Kilmer that they are a "piece of crap", means that there are a lot that I don't watch. It does have a mini-Top Gear dynamic going on as the presenters are always trying to score points off the others. Overall I like it.
  5. Well done you Pinny. And it might stop you watching daytime TV. I think they decided to make iPlayer freely accesible to anybody with just this in mind; to encourage people to watch it illegally so that they could then send these blanket emails with no knowledge of anyone's online habits to make people feel guilty and pay up. Personally I only ever used to watch two BBC programmes on iPlayer, Top Gear and Dr Who, and when they wrecked both of those (Dr Who by the crap writing that started in the Capaldi days and Top Gear by replacing an intelligent crew with morons) there was no rem
  6. The radio obituary programme this afternoon covered Ian Pattison who wrote the chairman's script (introduction about the town they're in, Samantha) on I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue for many years, amongst other things. He had a successful career with most recently Shell when whilst on holiday in Gibrlatar in 1988 he was filling his car at a Shell garage when shots started ringing out and three men were killed. This was the SAS killing IRA men planning a car bombing as per the link. This resulted in him having a nervous breakdonw and leaving his job. Then he started writing comedy.
  7. New BBC scare tactic: emailing people to tell then that they have been detected watching BBC iPlayer and must buy a licence. This has only just started and is only going to people who have gone online and declared that they do not need a TV licence; meaning that they have your email. Per the below video this is going to everybody whether they actually have watched BBC iPlayer or not.
  8. It was from a Terry Pratchett book. From memory: When a woman becomes a mother the rest of the world acquires a badge that says "child".
  9. Predicting solar eclipses is something else but knowledge of the movements of celestial objects because, well, what else was there to watch at night? Seeing constellations ascend at particular times of year and using that as your celestial calendar would IMHO have been pretty much universal. Plus for many people they were literally looking at their gods. Citing the Bible again the coming of Jesus was foretold as the coming of a bright morning star several times. This being of course the planet Venus (which they knew to be a planet = wanderer) and after which the city of Jerusalem is na
  10. I am sure that Saint Marcus of Rashford will personally lead the campaign to boycott this tournament.
  11. My old one actually had a Bargain Booze franchise within it.
  12. Yes, the younger Dryas event as remembered in the Book of Revelations, casts a very long shadow indeed. Revelation 6: [12] And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; [13] And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. [14] And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. [15] And the kings of the earth,
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