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Random Topics / Camper trailors
« on: September 19, 2017, 12:52:51 PM »
In the UK we call them caravans. House on wheels, you get the idea. Having never owned one before (stayed in a few over the years) the boss and I are thinking of getting a new one in the off season; We know which one we're getting and it has a lifetime warranty on it.

But...To those who know these things, what are the 'must do' things when owning a caravan, universal to its upkeep, maintenance, extras that you can't do without and those that were a waste of money. This could also extend to the towing vehicle. In other words the things that years of ownership have made it easier and better to own and use.

Thanks in advance.

Random Topics / Current favourite TV ads
« on: September 12, 2017, 06:02:46 PM »

Sublime..."You're looking,"
Voiced by Lisa Loeb.

Random Topics / Ruin a band's name with one letter
« on: September 06, 2017, 11:54:03 AM »
As the title says...


Rolling Stones..Rolling Scones

Talk talk..Talc talc...Tank tank.

Technology / NASA Moon photos
« on: December 17, 2016, 10:30:17 AM »
This is fascinating stuff. Analogue once again trumping digital. From the 60's.

Hopefully this might attract some unusual but true facts. I'll kick off.

The famous tear drop shaped fuel tank of Harley Davidson motorbikes is made on one metal press. It's known as 'The Tool', and there is no instruction manual for it.

Random Topics / This girl deserves deep respect, US soldier.
« on: May 12, 2016, 10:49:16 AM »
An American soldier has given her Invictus Games gold medal to the hospital team that saved her life.
Sgt Elizabeth Marks told Prince Harry, who presented her with the prize, to hand it to the medical team at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire.

The games might not be that well known, I know, but it was devised for ex servicemen and women by Prince Harry. What a lovely gesture she's made. You should be proud of her on several levels if you're American.  :)

Random Topics / Skyscraper fire
« on: December 31, 2015, 12:39:16 PM »
Fire breaks out in Dubai skyscraper -

Serious shit.

Politics / What a speech.
« on: December 03, 2015, 03:12:19 AM »
There was a ten hour debate before the vote to send the RAF into Syria yesterday. Ayes and nays from all sides of the house. It didn't fall down party lines and had some truly inspiring speeches from all sides.

This one though gave me goosebumps.

His father was a great orator. I didn't agree with much his father passionately believed. Few though had anything but great respect for his profound intelligence, conviction and decency.. The fruit hasn't fallen far from the tree. I won't vote Labour, but this guy is awe inspiring.

Hilary Benn: 'IS hold our democracy in contempt' -

Random Topics / Rugby World Cup
« on: October 03, 2015, 03:55:15 PM »
England have just lost to the Aussies 33-13. At the group stage. Not even the bloody quarter finals...Bugger.

Still no crowing from the upside downers. Yet.

Politics / False flag commie plot?
« on: June 18, 2015, 02:35:03 PM »

I wonder if Alex Jones might present his next show that this was all made up and an amateur plot by Obama to steal yur gurns?

But as long as he was allowed to hold a gun I can't see Jones using that as an angle. Weird.

Random Topics / The wrath of MV shall descend on the hackers.
« on: April 26, 2015, 01:11:31 PM »
Go get the bastards Micheal. Use all means necessary.

Anyway, I love you (but only in a very human platonic way)


Politics / Politicians and social media, oh joy!
« on: January 01, 2015, 09:12:54 AM »

George Osborne is the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK. He controls the treasury and is responsible for allocating tax to various departments; but as you can see, he as a person isn't universally popular, oh no...not even a little bit

Politics / What could possibly go wrong?
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:52:32 AM »

29 year old mother in Omaha keeps a loaded weapon in her bag and her two year old reaches in and pulls the trigger and kills mum. Safety catches are for wimps. Stroke of luck it didn't kill anyone else including the other children she was with.

Politics / The world's governments are pushing to halt climate change...
« on: December 14, 2014, 08:13:08 AM »
Oh, hang on, no they're not. So the myth that the nasty leftists, Marxist, Alankysiststss, thingies are steamrollering legislation through is pretty much still a  myth.


United Nations members have reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change.
Delegates have approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted to a summit next year

Differences over the draft text caused the talks in Lima, Peru, to overrun by two days.

Environmental groups have criticised the deal as a weak and ineffectual compromise, saying it weakens international climate rules.

The talks proved difficult because of divisions between rich and poor countries over how to spread the burden of pledges to cut carbon emissions.
'Not perfect'

The BBC's Matt McGrath in Lima says none of the 194 countries attending the talks walked away with everything they wanted, but everybody got something.

Essentially, they've talked about talking about something that probably will result in jack shit.

Politics / I have popcorn at the ready.
« on: November 15, 2014, 03:28:13 PM »

Muslims discovered the Americas more than three centuries before Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

He made the claim during a conference of Latin American Muslim leaders in Istanbul, pointing to a diary entry in which Columbus mentioned a mosque on a hill in Cuba.

Mr Erdogan also said "Muslim sailors arrived in America in 1178".

He said he was willing to build a mosque at the site Columbus identified.

The Turkish president - whose AK Party is rooted in political Islam - gave no further evidence to back up his theory, instead stating: "Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th Century."

On your marks, get set...GO!

Random Topics / Eric Brown, test pilot.
« on: November 14, 2014, 04:38:11 AM »
This bloke made flying safer for many many people. Astonishing record.

Politics / Standing against China.
« on: September 29, 2014, 07:06:28 AM »
I bet this causes some inner turmoil with those who don't like mass demos. ::)

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters are blocking Hong Kong's streets, shutting down its business hub and ignoring appeals to leave.

The demonstrations have spread to other areas including a shopping district and a residential area.

Riot police withdrew on Monday after overnight clashes in which they used batons and fired volleys of tear gas to try to disperse the crowds.

China has warned other countries not to support the "illegal rallies".

Its foreign ministry said it opposed any interference in China's internal affairs.

Meanwhile the British government called for the right to protest to be protected.

"It is important for Hong Kong to preserve these rights and for Hong Kong people to exercise them within the law," the UK foreign office said in a statement.

Politics / Adolescent boys are Fox TV presenters
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:30:04 AM »
Is it any wonder FOX is mocked? Even it's own staff seem to be trying to lift it from the usual Murdoch gutter but sadly they employ childish little men who aren't fit to lick shit off the boots of the pilot they're trying to make a cheap joke of.

Technology / Technology thickos
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:23:40 AM »
Naturally getting the latest most expensive thing from whoever is what some queue up for days and weeks for.. Why are they not vetted to see if they're capable of functioning on a level that doesn't include apps and basically being told what to do via electronic means?

I give you, the most incredibly stupid idiotic, fuckwitted morons that have access to too much money. Yes, some have done it.

Politics / Cyber space and hypocrisy.
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:07:43 AM »

"These peacetime intrusions into the networks of key defence contractors are more evidence of China's aggressive actions in cyberspace," senator Carl Levin, chairman of the committee, said.


US and British intelligence services are able to secretly access information from German telecoms operators, according to a German newspaper report.

A programme called Treasure Map gives the NSA and its UK counterpart, GCHQ, data from operators including Deutsche Telekom, Der Spiegel said.

The data is said to include information from networks as well as from individual computers and smart-phones.

Not terrible?

Random Topics / Shhh, don't tell anyone. Unbelievable.
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:13:44 AM »
I still find this hard to believe. How paranoid can people be that they they're not sure of their faith they will be this vile to those who are not religious? This is spreading the word of their deity?  :-\
It also suggests some are not that bright either.

Atheists in the US are rallying together, launching a new TV programme and providing support for those who go public with their beliefs.

The parents of Katelyn Campbell, 19, from West Virginia, have been very supportive of her stance as an atheist. Her problem has been other members of the community. "In high school, when I walked down the hallway it would be completely silent, or I would be spat on," Katelyn says.

A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Centre shows Americans would rather have a president who was either in their 70s, or openly gay, or who had never held any public office than one that was atheist.

Astonishingly, a previous poll by Pew suggested respondents in the US regarded atheists as less trustworthy than rapists. One of Atheist TV's new phone-in programmes, The Atheist Experience, has already had a taste of how many Americans perceive "non-believers".

"So you were studying to be a minister, and now you don't believe in God? You're the devil," one caller tells the host. "You're a Marxist, you're an atheist and you're from Russia," says another.

Politics / What's in mean to be a modern Patriot?
« on: July 27, 2014, 03:57:19 AM »
Will Selfs view...Quite interesting if you carve through it.

Johnson himself was a great patriot, and one of the most affecting incidents in his life came towards its end, when George III invited the great lexicographer into his own library so he could practise regal reading habits.

For Johnson, royalism and patriotism were completely entwined - and I think he was right about this. Which is not to say that a republican state cannot have its patriots, only that they, like the subjects of a monarchy, need some thing or one in which to invest their loyalty - the entire nation is too amorphous for this. We can see this if we analyse what "loving one's country" might involve. Does one need to feel passionate about every blade of grass and each sticky crumb of asphalt? Need we love all our fellow countrywomen and men - or only some? And what about its institutions, its customs and its folkways? Again, is pick-and-mix allowed, or does the true patriot embrace everything unswervingly?

Random Topics / Greatest guitar riff
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:33:46 PM »
Not solos..riffs... Top 100, which one is the best? Vote for it. I went for 'She sells Sanctuary' Cult.

Politics / Conservative local government decides what is 'correct'
« on: July 12, 2014, 04:39:02 AM »
Fortunately the wider government and the police see it differently.

NEW DELHI (AP) — A 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in remote eastern India in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother, her family and police said Friday.

Jitendra Singh, a top local police official, said two men have been arrested in the rape case. They include the village headman and the main suspect, identified as the husband of the woman who was allegedly molested by the victim's brother.

The victim's brother has also been arrested on charges of molestation.

The girl's mother told CNN-IBN news channel that she pleaded with the council and other villagers when they ordered the rape but no one listened.

"We kept begging them. We begged with folded hands but they would not listen. They dragged her away to the forest," she said.

The attack took place after midnight on Sunday in a small village in Jharkhand state's Bokaro district.

"They attacked her in retaliation and we are taking this case very seriously," Singh said, adding that police expect to complete the investigation and file charges in the next few days.

Across much of rural India, deeply conservative local councils wield great power. They can pass decrees on any subject they choose — from how women should dress to whether young lovers deserve to live or die. They usually enforce strict social norms about marriage and gender roles.

In January, a council of elders in West Bengal state had ordered the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman as punishment for falling in love with the man from a different community.

The village councils are often the only practical means of delivering justice in areas where local governments are either too far away or too ineffective to settle disputes. Their power is often derived from the fact that they can order that villagers be ostracized for ignoring their decrees.

In some of the most extreme cases, the councils have sanctioned so-called honor killings, usually against men and women suspected of out-of-wedlock sex or marrying outside the community.

(My bold) Yep; you're with us, or you're the enemy.

Politics / Health comparisons around the world
« on: June 18, 2014, 02:57:08 AM »
You know how health care is the perinial topic in some parts?

Here's a chart to compare and contrast PRE AHCA. It goes from 2011-2012...


Money can’t buy everything — including great health care.

The U.S. spends the most of any country on its health care system, and yet it ranked the lowest out of 11 industrialized nations in overall healthcare quality, according to a report published Monday by the Commonwealth Fund.

The report, which covered the years 2011-2013, compared more than 80 indicators of U.S. health care spending, quality and performance to the likes of Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and Sweden, among other developed nations.   

The UK, which was ranked highest, blew the U.S. out of the water, despite the fact that the country spends less than half as much on health care per capita ($3,406 on average, compared to $8,508 in the U.S.). The U.S. also spends the most on health care as a percentage of GDP (17%) than any other other nation.

Lead author Karen Davis, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says the findings were disappointing, but not surprising. This is the fifth time in a row that the U.S. has landed at the bottom of the heap in the semi-annual report, in large part due to the fact that, until recently, access to affordable health care was severely lacking.

Beyond basic affordability, however, the U.S. suffered as well from a deeply fragmented health care system, Davis says.

“[Our low ranking] is also related to time and administrative hassles that come from dealing with health insurers, trying to resolve billing disputes, administrative issues,” she says. “Even doctors report that they spend a lot of time getting [treatments] approved by insurance companies.”

Here’s where the U.S. health care system is failing:

Death rates: The U.S. ranked lowest among other nations in infant mortality rates and  deaths that could have been preventable with timely access to health care. The country also had the second-lowest life “healthy expectancy age” at 60.

Access to affordable care: Low-income people in the U.S. were far likelier to ignore medical issues because of cost than other nations. Nearly 40% of American adults with below average incomes said they did not visit a doctor or fill a prescription due to costs, compared to less than 10% in of adults in the U.K., Sweden, Canada, and Norway. Low-income people in the U.S. were also more likely to wait longer to see a specialist than high-income patients. Even doctors take notice. In the report, nearly 60% of U.S. doctors admitted that health care affordability was a problem for their patients.

Health care quality: Quality was one of the few measures the U.S. showed strength in the Commonwealth report. The U.S. had relatively high scores (4th place) in effective care and patient-centered care (care delivered with the patient’s needs and preferences in mind), but it suffered from low scores in safe and well-coordinated care.

Efficiency: With so much money pumped into health care and so little to show for it, it’s no wonder the U.S. ranked last in efficiency. It scored lowest in reports of administrative hassles (e.g., dealing with insurers), timely access to records and test results, and re-hospitalization. Forty percent of U.S. adults who went to the E.R. in 2011 said their condition could have been treated by a regular physician but could not be seen in time — more than twice the rate in the U.K. The U.S. also scored lowest in communication among healthcare providers and duplicate medical testing.

I'm surprised this hasn't been posted before...  :)

Random Topics / D Day Concert.
« on: June 11, 2014, 01:48:24 PM »
Not sure you can get this in the US--should do I think, but this was quite something. Including a song sung by an old boy who was 15 on June 6th 1944.

Random Topics / Exported TV shows
« on: June 10, 2014, 11:58:38 AM »
Another thread gave me an idea to ask which TV shows/ dramas/ sit coms have you seen that came to you from over the pond US-UK that you really enjoy? Dr Who and Star Trek (in all genres/ Deep Space ( etc) are a given.

For me I loved (in no particular order): MASH, Soap, Hill St Blues, Taxi, Happy Days, Big Bang Theory, Frazier

I'll try and think of others. 

Politics / The crime of being an unmarried mother
« on: June 06, 2014, 01:19:27 AM »
Apparently true Christians will go to heaven. How more true than a Catholic nun? Some might remember the recent sentiments from some about the disposal of aborted feotuses. I wonder what they think of this?

New research looking at child death records has led to the grim conclusion that the bodies of hundreds of infants may have been placed in the tank at a former home run by the Catholic nuns in Tuam, County Galway.

The youngsters are all believed to have died from sickness or disease between 1926 and 1961. The building was pulled down years ago and has now been replaced with a housing estate, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

The mass grave came to light following research by local woman Catherine Corless.

Records suggest the home's septic tank was converted especially for the purpose of disposing of bodies, and bones were first found in 1975 when cement covering the tank was pulled away.

Random Topics / Humourous refutation of moon landing being faked.
« on: May 27, 2014, 04:51:53 AM »

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