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by Whyperion
16 Feb 2020, 21:06
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 7851
Views: 332564

Re: POLITICS CORNER

I wonder if the years when the PMs Office and The Treasury ran their own teams (Blair/Brown , Cameron/Osborne) that it was wasted efforts, though two pairs of eyes and challenging assumptions should be a good thing, throw the Cabinet Office reporting and the late office of the DPM and the bureaucrac...
by Whyperion
16 Feb 2020, 20:56
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 7851
Views: 332564

Re: POLITICS CORNER

Yes, Ireland, it was really good idea yesterday to sack the bloke that has just got the devolved parliament back together after months of negotiations. No surprise that Sinn Fein have made massive gains in the polls, the nearest thing they have to socialism on the island. Reunification could be on ...
by Whyperion
16 Feb 2020, 14:48
Forum: Stanley's View
Topic: MUNICIPAL SOCIALISM
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Re: MUNICIPAL SOCIALISM

The cost of maintenance of Parks and Open Spaces seems to be something local authorities are reluctant to prioritise. It seems we know less now how to manage greenspace and planting than was known in VictorianTimes (though they did introduce many excessively invasive species). One reason why Labour'...
by Whyperion
16 Feb 2020, 14:36
Forum: Animals and Pets
Topic: Wildlife Corner
Replies: 854
Views: 62617

Re: Wildlife Corner

Diverting off topic but... I wonder whether it would be a benefit if all children had to join the scouts or guides? They would learn a lot of practical skills and get more familiar with the outdoors and wildlife. :smile: There is the Woodcraft Folk if you dont want to swear alliengence to king and ...
by Whyperion
16 Feb 2020, 14:13
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Seen in the News
Replies: 348
Views: 5470

Re: Seen in the News

I'll bet a lot of apartment block cladding will end up this way... `Fly-tipping: Organised crime behind large rise' LINK Whats odd on that is most of the materials tipped are recyclable. As is the plastic cladding when separated out, if not its good for the fire to engergy centres (though I dont kn...
by Whyperion
16 Feb 2020, 14:03
Forum: Reading
Topic: READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?
Replies: 1306
Views: 84857

Re: READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

M. Piketty seems to have written a new book. Just been interviewed on Newsnight. He's younger than I imagined. He has some fans on here I understand. A large book, and in it he's in favour of redistributing wealth. He recommends that everyone be given an 'endowment' on their 25th birthday of about ...
by Whyperion
16 Feb 2020, 13:56
Forum: Local History Topics
Topic: ILP Clarion House
Replies: 79
Views: 7715

Re: ILP Clarion House

To some extent The Co-Operative movement, while socialist in a theoretical principle , has more been a 'middle -class' system run by traders and the middling clerks and similar rather than a wide workers activity. The working classes for their shopping, have tended to in the 60s and 70s identify mor...
by Whyperion
16 Feb 2020, 13:48
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!
Replies: 2196
Views: 153581

Re: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!

Possibly not wholly spotted by the likes of BBC Moneybox/ Martyn Lewis money saving expert, is that in additon of a flip on overdraft charges from a daily (monthly capped) £ rate to a general accross most banks of a 39.9% APR overdraft rate (this might work out cheaper for some individuals though). ...
by Whyperion
16 Feb 2020, 13:26
Forum: Seasons
Topic: TODAY'S PENNINE WEATHER
Replies: 1530
Views: 39094

Re: TODAY'S PENNINE WEATHER

Last Sunday's trip to Stockport was relatively uneventful from Ciara, except for a tree blown down near Victoria Coach Station- which diverted my local bus and I had to walk back to the Coach station rather than being dropped outside, earlier in the day the wind had meant I had difficulty walking in...
by Whyperion
19 Jan 2020, 01:30
Forum: Local History Topics
Topic: FORGOTTEN CORNERS
Replies: 4292
Views: 275675

Re: FORGOTTEN CORNERS

I was talking about domestic water heating in the Flatley Dryer topic and it reminded me of how we used to manage the combination of the open coal fire and the 'back or saddle boiler'. https://www.oneguyfrombarlick.co.uk/app.php/gallery/image/19631/medium Here's a drawing of the general idea, this ...
by Whyperion
07 Jan 2020, 16:23
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!
Replies: 2196
Views: 153581

Re: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!

Did you know that banks charge a bloody fortune for converting a US $ cheque to Sterling? Yes, Most though are endorsable, living in London we have better currency exchanges and I use one that has branches in victoria and the strand, I think they just pay them into a Dollar account they own in the ...
by Whyperion
29 Dec 2019, 05:48
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Seen in the News
Replies: 348
Views: 5470

Re: Seen in the News

Big Ben's bongs as well as being back for New Year's Eve (the Clock tower is still undergoing repairs) , are being sounded on Jan 31st as UK leaves EU. Anyone would think we had one a war (if we have will we loose the peace, again?)
by Whyperion
29 Dec 2019, 05:46
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 7851
Views: 332564

Re: POLITICS CORNER

..that's one of the reasons why being in the EU was a good thing.. Lady Hale, on the Today programme this morning, mentioned the importance of our Human Rights Act. That's another benefit we got from close alliance with the EU. The Human Rights Act 1998 is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom...
by Whyperion
29 Dec 2019, 05:40
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: TIZER'S SCIENCE NEWS
Replies: 1611
Views: 112575

Re: TIZER'S SCIENCE NEWS

Archaeologists have found stray steel fragments on blacksmith's hearths long before steel was discovered in this country. There's a theory that some of them found out what was causing it and made steel long before it was officially 'invented'. Possibly , see some re-creational archaeology, Time Tea...
by Whyperion
29 Dec 2019, 05:24
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: THE FLATLEY DRYER
Replies: 3593
Views: 183386

Re: THE FLATLEY DRYER

Reverting to Sales, it was often United Drapers (later to become Debenhams) and its local competors who started this. Various items would indeed go on sale, in apparel it could be items of last seasons ranges , often in sizes that had been less popular, describing items as 'seconds' was another thin...
by Whyperion
29 Dec 2019, 05:01
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 1357
Views: 96793

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

Take a break and go to Mustique for Christmas, its only 4315 miles (8630 total) International travellers can fly to Barbados and then take a connecting flight to Mustique. There are regular scheduled flights between St. Vincent and Mustique. Private charters are also offered. Mustique's airport is ...
by Whyperion
29 Dec 2019, 04:55
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!
Replies: 2196
Views: 153581

Re: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!

Once they have ripped out all the knowhow and transferred a few key posts - and loaded the company up with enormous debt. . . . I'm guessing this is the company that was called 'Flight Refuelling 'when I lived in Dorset. I knew someone who worked there. The timing of the announcement just after Par...
by Whyperion
29 Dec 2019, 04:50
Forum: Documents and Artefacts
Topic: New resource
Replies: 5
Views: 154

Re: New resource

One person who shares my family name was reported in a Dublin Newspaper as dying from a fall. But I cannot find out if she was pushed , a domestic trip or something else, she was the wife of the manager of Hengler's Cirque in Dublin, he having moved with her from Scotland to manage the Circus/Entert...
by Whyperion
17 Dec 2019, 15:11
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 7851
Views: 332564

Re: POLITICS CORNER

Boris and Partners have about 12 and a half months to get the first and second chunks of brexit done. Its either ambitious or foolhardy. For riots on the streets I suppose he could un-mothball the water-cannon May stopped him using before. But I don't see 'The Young' as being particulary hard done b...
by Whyperion
17 Dec 2019, 14:58
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Boundary Commission Proposals 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 149

Re: Boundary Commission Proposals 2019

Consultations indicated that the comission would try to respect communities that had historic or meaningful links, that has not really happend, and not only in Pendle.
by Whyperion
17 Dec 2019, 14:55
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: LIGHTS IN THE SKY 2013
Replies: 662
Views: 35894

Re: LIGHTS IN THE SKY 2013

I dont normally do santa hats, (they are quite warm though), but decided this year to give them a go and be a bit more happy to folk , the daylight hours are too short, and by the time I get half the work done I am back to avoiding showers and using the electric in an attempt to see.
by Whyperion
16 Dec 2019, 11:59
Forum: Crafts
Topic: Shed Matters 3
Replies: 502
Views: 18842

Re: Shed Matters 3

Bottom checking trick. Use either a depth collar on the tap as you would on a drill. Put a smaller drill (either end up) in the hole , big enough so it wont wobble, put a bit of masking tape flush with top of the workpiece. this gives the actual depth, match up this depth with the tap and tape off o...
by Whyperion
16 Dec 2019, 11:53
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 7851
Views: 332564

Re: POLITICS CORNER

Has the demise of the desire to buy paid for local newspapers contributed to a lack of local understanding of issues and persons in politics? Without the advertising funding and well-written journalism at the local level to the extent of the past, flimsy sheets with news of everywhere but homeland d...
by Whyperion
15 Dec 2019, 23:52
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 11171
Views: 520103

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Stanley wrote:
15 Dec 2019, 03:17
The fact that our walk yesterday at 15:00 was so gloomy. We need sun badly but our two extremes are chalk and cheese Cathy.
Only a week/14 days to endure. Problem is winter sun is still normally a cold day, unless you can find a sheltered glass house.
by Whyperion
15 Dec 2019, 23:49
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: MEDICAL MATTERS
Replies: 4583
Views: 204304

Re: MEDICAL MATTERS

From your shopping correspondent - Just been to Tesco . Wanted a packet of own brand generic Ibuprofen. Last time I bought them they cost about 30p for a pack of 16 x 200 mg caplets. Last week I tried to buy some, and their space on the shelf was empty - sold out. Today was much the same except for...

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