Frank Hovis

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  1. Frank Hovis

    Freshers Week and bewildered parents

    Yes, and as @Strawberry noted no commenst are allowed. As they will all say the same thing - "no description then? hmmmm"
  2. Frank Hovis

    Freshers Week and bewildered parents

    Ditto, other than I can imagine my life, or career anyway. Local council or tax office at 18 and still there now. I know several people who have done just this; similar situation to me at 18 but didn't go to uni for whatever reason.
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    Football Focus PC bollocks

    I agree that that in particular is incredibly grating; though it shouldn't debar women from commentating if they know the sport. I doubt John Motson was ever paid money for kicking a ball. (I haven't duckduckgoed to check and will probably be informed that he had a twenty year professional football career)
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    Freshers Week and bewildered parents

    A very timely story from the Mail: Fresher's week students 'are kidnapped in Audi and forced to make online transfers of thousands of pounds to robbers before being let go https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6195955/Audi-thugs-Manchester-city-centre-kidnapped-freshers-forced-hand-cash.html
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    Football Focus PC bollocks

    Are we spinning down the irony vortex here?
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    Football Focus PC bollocks

    For what service are they paying you Mr Pin?
  7. Frank Hovis

    Which loo for you?

    I trust that you subsequently scrawled "What a load of utter crap" across it.
  8. Frank Hovis

    Fat shamed by Piers Morgan

    The point is purely a financial one; I don't give a stuff about people I don't know. So I don't care about either fat adults or fat children. It doesn't bother me in the slightest if somebody in, say, Aberdeen wishes to eat all day, reach thirty stone and due young. But it does affect me because their treatment will cost an absolute fortune and it's coming out of my National Insurance. It means that if I need an operation then the waiting list will be noticeably longer because of all the money that treating the medical problems caused by obesity costs.
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    Football Focus PC bollocks

    I dislike the general idea that broadcasters, and specifically the So-Called BBC, has that non-specialist presenters having presenting "skills" can present anything and everything even though they know nothing about it. Men and women, just look at Countryfile with its rotating presenters of whom 75% only know anything about the countryside through watching Countryfile. We're going back a bit but Kate Humble single handedly wrecked old Top Gear (though gets a by credit for the ending of that paving the way for the best Top Gear era) through patently knowing absolutely nothing about cars and just being there as eye candy. Every time she presented a piece solo her lack of knowledge of what she was describing was painful to watch.
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    Fat shamed by Piers Morgan

    I don't agree; per my earlier point about not seeing fat old people if when a fat person goes out they can expect some form of abuse, however light-hearted, they will cease going out and stay in buying online groceries and comfort eating. And if they do they will get fatter and fatter and it will cost the NHS an absolute fortune. People may say that they don't care if somebody does that to themselves but the welfare and health bill will be huge. To me it makes great good financial sense for the NHS to start spending a fraction of its enormous budget in trying to turn these people's lives around before they go past the point of no return. One of the two very fat people I know referred to "her heart specialist"; I wonder how many exercise classes that alone could fund.
  11. Frank Hovis

    The normalisation of female obesity

    That would be where they're hiding then. I genuinely don't see any and go to local theatre and similar where the audience is generally old and none of them are hugely fat; even fat is rare.
  12. Frank Hovis

    Freshers Week and bewildered parents

    It's only the last year where I've heard of parents taking their children to prospective unis for a look round and or interview; it seems to be the new norm. Not just those with a single cosseted child as you might imagine but those with several. I don't think this happened to anyone I knew at school; in every case it was train or coach ticket paid and there you go. If it was a long way (one of mine was Cornwall to Durham) then the uni provided a room. Even doing this is a growing / learning experience to navigate and plan (how do you get from the train station to the uni? though you could usually walk), get on with new people and actually be self reliant. These are seventeen year olds who in most societies at most times in history would be regarded as adults and they are being treated as little children who can't manage to get to another English town and back on their own. No wonder so many graduates are immature and unemployable.
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    The normalisation of female obesity

    To adapt an old adage about soldiers: There are old people. And there are fat people. But there are no old fat people.
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    Fat shamed by Piers Morgan

    What a reprehensible article. To be fat is to be unhealthy, strain your heart, joints, and liver and it limits your life. Yes bullying fat people is bad form but it should be seen for what it is and every encouragement and assistance made by the NHS to lose weight as they will be picking up the far more expensive bill from treating the damage it does longer term. “Sometimes being fat is awesome, No, it just isn't.
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    How popular is your name?

    IMO it's one of those names like Paul or Mark which are reasonably nice and neutral and tend to be cyclical because if there are lots in a few years of school then there aren't many for the next ten years and then they come back. They don't have any particular associations or image as do, say, Tony, Clive, Barry. As in you hear the name Clive and you get a mental image of the person but you don't get this with a Paul.