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by llayercake
18 Feb 2021, 2:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: More better grammer and speeling please.
Replies: 165
Views: 3574

Re: More better grammer and speeling please.

'The question is does it really matter?....... You are learning or re-learning the rules of grammar, but is it necessary for everyone else?"

No, I don't think that it does matter, not in the grand scheme of things.
It matters to me currently because the UK seems to be set on making B1 standard English a residency requirement and it's possible, likely even, that the EU states could retaliate in kind. That said I passed B1 in my chosen language last year.
It's clear that to gain B2 I will have to demonstrate a level which demands an fair understanding of the relevant grammar.
There are plenty of other foreigners here that have learned to communicate using apps, the Tele and through working in low level jobs. They demonstrate that grammar lessons are far from vital in order to live and communicate as an immigrant.
by llayercake
18 Feb 2021, 10:56am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: More better grammer and speeling please.
Replies: 165
Views: 3574

Re: More better grammer and speeling please.

An interesting thread.
I'm guilty of quite a few offences against the laws of grammar.
I passed the English GCE a long, long, time ago and received my early education in the days when it was still acceptable for teachers to reinforce their conventional methods of instruction with physical violence. I'm not preparing the ground for a plea of mitigation due to the effects of repeated blows to the head by the way, I'm only saying.
My lack of proficiency in the correct use of grammar didn't really cause too many issues during the course of my life until recently when I decided to learn a foreign language.
A lot of my fellow students come from far flung corners of the world and it is noticeable that they have a much better understanding of their own language's rules of grammar than I of mine. It might be that the fault is mine but conversations with friends and family tend to suggest that our education system still doesn't place a great deal of emphasis on gaining a thorough knowledge of grammar.
Clearly, I still have much to learn and the original post gave me cause to do some useful research.
Thanks Mikeymo.
by llayercake
19 Jan 2021, 9:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: N Plus X: how many cycles do you own? Vote now please
Replies: 120
Views: 4289

Re: N Plus X: how many cycles do you own? Vote now please

Nice subject.
I have a hard tail MTB, a single gear road cycle and small frame shopper/townbike.
The single gear is used 70% of the time and the MTB 30%. The shopper is currently stored in a bag but is often swapped with the single gear.
by llayercake
2 Dec 2020, 8:59pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Would you take a vaccine against CV? Vote now please!
Replies: 1351
Views: 34271

Re: Pfizer vaccination

Thanks Jonathan, all the information I needed is there in the first 2 links :-)
by llayercake
2 Dec 2020, 8:40pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Would you take a vaccine against CV? Vote now please!
Replies: 1351
Views: 34271

Pfizer vaccination

Hi all.

I've never refused a vaccination in my life and wasn't looking to start now, however, I don't recall ever seeing a government rush to absolve a manufacturer of any responsibility for their product before it even hits the pharmacies.
I think there are a few on here with NHS connections so my question (if they feel inclined to answer) is: "Is this normal procedure?"

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/heal ... 65124.html
by llayercake
15 May 2020, 11:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Antisocial cyclists
Replies: 309
Views: 8030

Re: They snub my greeting - Is it just me?

Roadies have been like that forever. They used to have a name for sociable non-roadie clones, I think that it was 'Nodders'.

Found it. Second definition down. Didn't know the reason behind it until today though.

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nodder
by llayercake
7 May 2020, 8:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Distorting the news
Replies: 176
Views: 4559

Re: Distorting the news

Cunobelin wrote:
llayercake wrote:
Cunobelin wrote:
"Excep that is a lie and not what you posted.....

Your quote was :



You keep on telling us that Boris is part of the Government.....

The Government making claims about the NHS and Scottish independence are exactly the same thing....... you are the only one interpreting that as news/
"

I'm easily confused but what has this quote got to do with my post????

The following isn't my quote either;

"Government praise of the NHS is effectively advertising".


Responded to wrong post -apolgies.


Goodo. Confusion cleared up then :)
by llayercake
6 May 2020, 3:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Distorting the news
Replies: 176
Views: 4559

Re: Distorting the news

Cunobelin wrote:
llayercake wrote:Distorting the news.

The first article made worrying reading in light of the quoted source being a 5 eyes intel document. I searched for a similar report in the Guardian, BBC or Independent but found nothing from those sources until this morning.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... break.html

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theg ... d-from-lab


"Excep that is a lie and not what you posted.....

Your quote was :

Government praise of the NHS is effectively advertising.


You keep on telling us that Boris is part of the Government.....

The Government making claims about the NHS and Scottish independence are exactly the same thing....... you are the only one interpreting that as news/
"

I'm easily confused but what has this quote got to do with my post????

The following isn't my quote either;

"Government praise of the NHS is effectively advertising".
by llayercake
5 May 2020, 6:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Distorting the news
Replies: 176
Views: 4559

Re: Distorting the news

Distorting the news.

The first article made worrying reading in light of the quoted source being a 5 eyes intel document. I searched for a similar report in the Guardian, BBC or Independent but found nothing from those sources until this morning.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... break.html

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theg ... d-from-lab
by llayercake
4 May 2020, 3:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Distorting the news
Replies: 176
Views: 4559

Re: Distorting the news

Cunobelin wrote:
carpetcleaner wrote:As a co-owner of our NHS and of our BBC


Shared many a night in A and E drinking coffee with the Police, and this reminds me so much of the story of the pompous middle aged rep caught doing over 60 in a 30 mph zone.

The guy had replied with the usual "I pay your wages" claim. One of their accountants had worked out the average tax payer's tax, what it was spent on, what the contribution for various sectors was, what went to the police and just how much went to the police wages. This was ten divided by the number of people employed by the Police. The speeding motorist claimed that he was paying the Constables wages, his actual contribution was £0.000210896

Police used to then give the guy 1p and explain that as he had nothing smaller they were refunding his contribution for the entire Devon and Cornwall Constabularies.

How does anyone who pays tax really think they have any form of "ownership"?

It is a sad and absurd claim


I like 'Dark Knight rises' Bane character's response to a similar, but probably more justified, assertion that he is beholden in some way because of a financial contribution, "And this gives you power over me?"
by llayercake
28 Apr 2020, 12:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is the UK government an incompentent bunch of liars?
Replies: 1377
Views: 31423

Re: Is the UK government an incompentent bunch of liars?

However, you can take a horse to water, but you cannot make them think, or in this case, you can educate someone, but if they are a zealous acolyte that does not wish to see beyond their closed fantasy, the chances of them learning is minimal[/quote]

I don't disagree at all, but your statement kind of begs the question "So, in that case, why keep trying?"

I won't quote Orwell again for fear of getting deleted but there is no conviction stronger than that which is enabled by a closed mind.
I recall a phrase that I read in an American motorcycle magazine in the 80s, "Reasonable people achieve nothing." That is a cleaned up version but conveys the sentiment of the original. If you can leave reason out of the equation the sky is the limit.
by llayercake
26 Apr 2020, 3:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Distorting the news
Replies: 176
Views: 4559

Re: Distorting the news

The thing that I like most about the BBC is that it is sometimes accused of bias by left AND right wing supporters. Not something that I've come across too often with The Guardian or The Express etc.
by llayercake
26 Apr 2020, 3:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is the UK government an incompentent bunch of liars?
Replies: 1377
Views: 31423

Re: Is the UK government an incompentent bunch of liars?

reohn2 wrote:I can't see Trump being withdrawn from office,but if he runs again for president and succeeds it'll illustrate just how loopy the US electorate are.


I'd not be inclined to cast the first stone at the USA on the part of the UK electorate. Recent events lead me to suspect that, were he elegible, Trump would romp to victory in a UK election as well.
by llayercake
22 Apr 2020, 3:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What should the UK govt do about Branson & Virgin Atlantic?
Replies: 80
Views: 2419

Re: What should the UK govt do about Branson & Virgin Atlantic?

Hopefully the UK government will look at the company and assess its value to the UK economy in terms of financial contribution, of UK citizens employed and also suppliers.
Anyone made jobless as a result will likely need support from public funds although that's easier said than obtained.

If the cost to the UK of letting the company fail is considerably less than a bail out then presumably they will refuse a bail out. The problem is that the real losers won't be Richard Branson, the myth of "we're all in this together" is dispelled a lot quicker for those that can only just make the mortgage/rent than for those who own entire Islands.
by llayercake
18 Apr 2020, 11:20am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What will we look back on from the COVID crisis: Positive, Amusing, Frustrating
Replies: 38
Views: 1252

Re: What will we look back on from the COVID crisis: Positive, Amusing, Frustrating

Positive

Definitely the family video calls.

Having to be disciplined in order to avoid just laying about all day. Achieving 30 to 60 minutes daily exercise without leaving the flat has forced an element of creativity.

I've started reading 'Moby Dick' for the first time.

I really, really appreciate the time I spent cycling in the mountains prior to the lockdown and realise just how much I took for granted before.

Amusing

Mainly the differences in sense of humour demonstrated by the various videos and jokes that I've received.

The amount of people that have forwarded chain letter advice nonsense. It's been surprising how many people forward such stuff, presumably, without reading it first.

Being made to don transparent plastic bags on top of my rubber gloves at the entrance to the supermarket because they have run out of disposable gloves.

Frustrating

Not having the forward vision to have bought a turbo trainer or punch ball before the lockdown.

Watching the online prices of turbo trainers and punch balls sky rocket. Slightly tempered by the accompanying announcements that they are all out of stock anyway.

Trying to open a plastic bag in the supermarket fruit section whilst wearing latex gloves coated with 'dry' handwash covered by a plastic bag.