Wednesday, 21 October 2015

WHILE SOME PEOPLE WERE HUNGRY, SOME COLD, AND PARLIAMENT VOTED TO REMOVE WORKING TAX CREDITS, THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE HAVING A JOLLY GOOD DAY AT OUR EXPENSE, WHAT!

Arrival.
Instead of customs, he gets met by the queen
What on Earth does Theresa May look like and where did they hide Philip Hammond?
Anyone know what that says?
If you got enough money adn sufficient servants you can scrub up well
He must think that we drive in the middle of the road, and haven't quite got cars yet.
She looks like she's having a good time with the old racist.
I wonder how many times he's managed to insult her.
Just like home
I wonder if that what you had for dinner f you were down at the food bank yesterday.
Is that her bus pass she's got on that blue thing?
Just a few people round for supper...after all she doesn't have to pay for it. You do.
And the booze is free too.
Down side is you have to listen to one of Liz's interminable speeches, which may Philip Hammond sound interesting and animated. 
Not everyone is happy.
Specially steel workers...
...And Tibetans, who get an even worse deal from the Chinese than Scots get from the Brits.

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  1. I think one of the famous Duke's gaffs was when on a visit to the Far East some years ago,he claimed "If you stay here long enough you end up slitty eyed,just like the natives".
    Perhaps this time he may have asked the Chinese leader "Do you like flied lice?".
    Wouldn't put it past him!

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    1. I remember that. He's one of these people who thinks that he can say whatever he wants becasue he's the Queen's husband. They have been saying for ages... Oh well, he's old...

      But he's always been like that.

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    2. The chookie Embra opened the Lochgelly Center in 1976 it was meant to be the quine but she couldn't be arsed getting out of her bed in Balmoral (word on the street was she had a hangover) so he came with a face like fizz and he could not have made it any clearer he'd rather have been anywhere else than a shitty little Fife town if he'd tried. the mans an arsehole.
      jdman

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    3. He he... Not the nicest of people, and unlike most of them, totally unable to mask it.

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  2. Tris

    While I think this countries government are sick I think this is more about the economy being in the toilet, when I went to work today people are worried sick about their jobs at DCC and the government are spending how much on this shit.

    Bruce

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    1. I wonder how much it all cost Bruce.

      What a waste.

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    2. BTW: What's the story with DCC and staffing?

      Are you safe?

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  3. The French and the Russians had the right idea, obviously I'm not saying we execute the royals but, removing them and replacing them with an elected head of state. The elected head of state's duties would be solely ceremonial, and absolutely apolitical. A new EHoS, elected every 5 years or so, with no more than 1 term allowed and definitely no familial dynasties.

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    1. I'm intrigued by the Swiss model, where they elect someone for a year, after which he or she returns to their original job...farmer, clockmaker, lawyer... whatever, with no pomp.

      I'd dearly love to be rid of the royals. I'm more angry that they all lied to us about what their function was. They have no power; they are only ceremonial, they said.

      Rubbish. They have a stack of power, and the privy council is a way of getting around government. They can't go fast enough for me.

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  4. With regards to the nuclear program, why? We live on an island, tides happen like clockwork twice a day, every day forever, what about wave energy, unlimited clean energy, the sea is always moving, no down time, power always available.

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    1. Osborne and friends going ahead with their nuclear program without anywhere to dump the waste.....haha that will be right!
      Cumbria,it is coming your way whether you like it or not.

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    2. But it is horrendously expensive... firstly in the building... and of course no one in England has a clue how to go about it, so the Chinese design and finance it and the French operate it.

      But the French would only do it if they got a fantastical price for the electricity. And it is now guaranteed that they will get twice the going rate... and you and I will pay because we are on a UK wide grid.

      Then there is decommissioning. and the fact that teh half life of the material is, to puyt it mildly, quite long.

      I realise that wind is not totally predictable, but as you say Jim, there is always waves caused by tides. No one much going to do anything about that. Then there's hydro, and although we don't get that much sun, it still does power a lot of stuff.

      This is madness.

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    3. And if they can;t bury the toxic stuff in Scotland (and they will probably try), the nearest place to it, Cumbria, is going to get it.

      Remember a Labour government in Scotland would probably agree to nuclear waste.

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  5. When I read your headline I thought you had seen the article on MSN from the Independent, apparently 22,000 people did in Scotland last winter because they were cold, and I imagine hungry and of course this is all the Scottish Governments fault, well according to those self same people who either voted for cuts or did the next best thing and abstained.
    Of course the Family who are descended from a whole lot of gang members still get their protection money paid. I agree with Jimnarlene this lot need to go, they prop up the Establishment and make sure nothing changes. What to do with those many many stupid people who worship at their feet.

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    1. Really don;t know Helena.

      I have neighbours that do just that.

      They are different from us, better... Truly that's what they believe.

      Very hard to keep a civil tongue with morons like that around, but as long as their are, then that's the way it will be.

      Let's hope that Charlie puts a load of them off, and we can move into the 21st century.

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  6. Gae tall for Chinese are the visitors no? I assume if you are from a background in Mao's inner circle then you would not be affected by malnutrition and famine inflicted on the general populus. I suppose he'll be right home with our unelected Head Of State, and indeed addressing members of the unelected house. Maybe Dave can seek Chinese expertise on swine culture,I hear pigs heads are a delicacy there.

    I wonder if unelected Baron Forsyth Of Drumlean will get to meet him and discuss how disgraceful one party states are - especially ones that have free and fair elections under a proportional system?

    Saor Alba

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    1. Well, he'll be at home with Dave if that's true.

      The UK iws the least democratic state in the West, so Mr Xi will feel right at home here

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  7. I agree with the article and comments.

    However, the steel for the new Forth bridge was Chinese. That doesn't sit well with me, considering recent events.

    zog

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    1. There were no Scottish tenders, nor indeed plants big enough to fulfill any, sadly. Not the fault of the Scottish government.

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    2. Jim is bang on there. Johann Lamont asked about Scottish steel at the time the project was started. Alex Salmond explained 3 or 4 times to her that no one in Scotland or indeed the UK could provide the type of steel what was needed for the job.

      What we didn't want was a repeat of the Thomas Bouch Dundee bridge that fell down in a storm because they used inferior steel.

      It would have been fantastic to use Scottish steel for the bridge... but imnpossible

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    3. Some 9000 tonnes of Scottish steel was used. According to Mr Ewing.

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    4. Didn't know that. They must have had jobs that Scottish Steel was suitable for.

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  8. Perhaps the Chinese should be asking for reparations from the British for what was done to China during the so called opium wars, or maybe for the total destruction of the summer palace in Beijing, considered one of the greatest gardens on the planet.

    The Chinese are in the UK because the English have begged them for money, the English are as usual skint and can no longer afford basic infrastructure projects necessary for a supposedly 21st century country. ha ha.

    Having travelled about the world a wee bit I have been to China as an individual, not in a group, I have never met such charming, cheery, pleasant, helpful, wonderful people in all of my life.

    Even in far flung corners of China with little of the Chinese language your confused western face sticks out and they do their best to help you.

    Sure they have their problems if I was younger I would go and live their for the rest of my days. If you get the chance go to China, as an individual that way you will meet the Chinese

    Oh and when you come back you will realize with some horror what a horrible third world country you inhabit.

    wullie

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    1. I've heard the same from many people Wullie.

      My brother has been to China many times (indeed he's only back yesterday from a trip to Russia, Mongolia, China and Myanmar). Like SE Asia, they are lovely people.

      People here tend to believe the garbage they read about living in the best country ever...

      Those of us who have travelled (and been somewhere other than a beach abroad) know that this is not true. Of course every country has its problems...even the near idyllic ones like Iceland, Norway, Denmark...

      But the people and the way of life in so many countries puts our grasping greedy unpleasant lives to shame.

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    2. You should read Craig Murray's piece on it... perfection.... It's in the side bar +++>

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    3. Have to agree with you Tris, there are poor bit in the Caribbean who take more care of their population. I remember the guide in St Kitts talking about the Chinese, he said they had enough of slavery and did not want them in their island.

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    4. Some people have learned that money isn't everything (although it helps!!)

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  9. Anyone know what that says?

    Please sir please Eejits and I read that menu as mince a la carte.

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    1. Did you notice they didn't get any soup?

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    2. Pork fritters speciality of the house.

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    3. You try eating soup with chopsticks.

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    4. I wondered if there would be pork on the menu. I have a nice cartoon of that somewhere... I must find it and put it up.

      I take your point about the chopsticks. Can you imagine Phil with chopsticks?

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  10. You are all being silly

    It clearly says "Scottish Indepenence Now"

    ______________________________________

    I have tried Google Translate, and I have no idea what it actually says.

    But I'm going with that being the translation.

    Is there anyone here that can actually translate it?

    Timewasters don't need to re-apply.

    And that includes you tris. Skelpt wrist or summat!

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    1. it says GTF, NO REALLY!

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    2. Munguin says go ahead and slap his wrist. He needs it, but remember he has to type... or no pay.

      GTF is a good guess!

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    3. It says something about rule evenly or something like it, the first character is yún (even), the second is wáng (rule or monarch). I'm struggling with the third.
      If you have a better tablet/computer than mine, that supports java you could try this..
      http://www.chinese-tools.com/tools/mouse.html

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    4. The third character seems to be a composite of two words, the pronouciation I can't find but the words are, body and dangle; the rough translation being dick ( as in the male genitalia). So hell knows what they were on about.

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    5. That's an interesting too there Jim...

      I wonder where Dean is when you need him. He's off in China teaching English and he must have picked up something by now.

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  11. jimnarlene is quite correct - even in my little island where the two tides meet. which they do all the time, it is powerful enough to stop my wee boat momentarily in it's tracks and yet all over Scotland that energy is wasted.

    Incidentally, I imagine the old philistine when he saw the Free Tibet sign probably thought it was part of the menu....

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    1. Totally agree.

      And it seems to me one of the least intrusive ways to making electricity.

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  12. "Anyone know what that says?"

    I think they're letters they say...G...T...F I think?
    jdman

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  13. 1989 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan is £1,450.00 per bottle according to a link from Artistic Taxi Driver. No wonder we need to cut tax credits and other benefits, I mean spending has to be controlled.

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    1. PP. Good piece of information. I'm just off out, but I'll look into the costs of the rest of the wine when I gt back.

      If we are going to have any more of these dos we will have to stop the retirement pension to pay for it.

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    2. Blooming heck PP, I thought I was pushing the boat out last weekend when I paid £12.46 for a bottle of Gewürztraminer. Now I know Marie Antoinette did not say let them eat cake but Brioche, but looks like we will be eating gruel shortly and being grateful for it.

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    3. You were, Helena...

      £5.00 max for a bottle of wine here.

      I had a look and the Haut Brion is by far the most expensive.

      Ridgeway appears to come in at about £28; Meursault is £37; Klein is £180 and the Port is £90.

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    4. Now I do draw the line at those prices, and generally mine comes from Aldi, most expensive £6.99 and that is a really good bottle. Got a taste for Gewürztraminer on Holiday and bought a bottle in of all places Lidl at £8 odds but guess what they ran out. Won't be buyng any more soon, Hektor has been in the wars and emergency vet fees and that, well you know what it is like with Munguin and the specialists he wants?

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    5. I make my own wine, not from a kit but, from red grape juice, sugar, water and yeast. It's easy, as long as you keep everything sterile. It's tastey and packs a punch, works out about 60p a bottle too.

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    6. Is that the same ingredients for moonshine? :p

      I remember my dad years ago making wine. Paint stripper was less potent.

      zog

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    7. You can, if you so wished, make it in to a spirit by distilling it, though it's strong enough so not worth the hassle.

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    8. Helena: Munguin sends Hektor his best fora speedy recovery. I know that cost. Swiss clinics.... sheesh!

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    9. That sounds really tasty Jim... I think I might try it.

      60p is just my kind of price!

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  14. It says " Chairman C is in the U.K. "

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    1. Ah, thanks FJ...

      What does the C stand for though?

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  15. A group of us were in London speaking to our MPs about stopping TTIP and went along to demonstrate for the Tibetans.
    One even took the Tibetan flag and did a turn in front of the Chinese demonstrators, but was asked politely by a policeman not to cause an incident!

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    1. While they allowed protests they were clearly keen to keep them to a minimum, Brian.

      I think I heard that they had been some arrests of protesters, but it's hard for them to arrest people who are behaving peacefully...well, at the moment anyway.

      Bravo to you guys for supporting the Tibetans.

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