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by Ben@Forest
22 Nov 2019, 9:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 827
Views: 17793

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

Looks dreadful, though. Pale, with dark bags under eyes, rambling, not a coherent routine at all, falling apart even before the hecklers get going. Of course young female anime figures are far more wholesome..... :wink: https://www.awn.com/animationworld/who-are-we-kidding-subliminal-child-porn-ima...
by Ben@Forest
22 Nov 2019, 7:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 827
Views: 17793

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

I quite like the Now Show. Comedians in general are 100% taking the Michael out of the Tories. I cant think of a pro Tory one? Yep, even tonight, on the cusp of a leaders' debate the roasting was more on Johnson than any other politician. It's also notable the show is almost always recorded in Lond...
by Ben@Forest
22 Nov 2019, 5:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 827
Views: 17793

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

The BBC reflects the establishment and as the establishment is largely pro-Remain so is the BBC. We know that around two thirds of MPs voted Remain in 2016, the Governor of the Bank of England warned against Brexit, as variously did the CBI and raft of academic institutions. We also know from a seri...
by Ben@Forest
22 Nov 2019, 9:32am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 827
Views: 17793

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

Weren't the polls showing a likely big majority for the Conservatives when the 2017 election was called (& debate over whether the Tories would have more than 100 seats majority of not). Look how that turned out! I think the pollsters have their work cut out trying to get a balanced selection o...
by Ben@Forest
21 Nov 2019, 5:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 827
Views: 17793

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

I can see them forming some sort of Remain alliance government, but I cannot see them power sharing with any other party without that. They have taken such a strong stance on it. Oddly of course if the Lib Dems got to implement proportional representation they'd have to compromise on a whole series...
by Ben@Forest
15 Nov 2019, 11:31am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 827
Views: 17793

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

Goodness knows who voted for her. I don't think I've ever heard a good word said about her. They must have voted for a Tory government, not a local MP. Coming from a man who, despite the issues of increasing violence, threatening behaviour and even the murder of an MP is happy to state tbat tbe lot...
by Ben@Forest
10 Nov 2019, 8:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tom Watson Obituary
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Re: Tom Watson Obituary

If I were a friend I would be keeping an eye on his mental health. It may be the other way round. I've read he is in love and maybe nurturing that relationship may be more important than dealing with a fractured party. He is divorced so who knows, his last marriage may have foundered because of clo...
by Ben@Forest
10 Nov 2019, 8:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Harrods Means-Testing kids for Xmas Grotto
Replies: 23
Views: 714

Re: Harrods Means Testing kids for Xmas Grotto

I spent 30 years in Newcastle. I never thought of Fenwick's as any other than a nice department store. Exactly. It is nice. And unusually for a department store it still has a food hall. I don't know what it's been like before but it was refurbed with tile, stone and imitation marble a couple of ye...
by Ben@Forest
9 Nov 2019, 3:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Harrods Means-Testing kids for Xmas Grotto
Replies: 23
Views: 714

Re: Harrods Means Testing kids for Xmas Grotto

I have been to a couple of Hard Rock cafe's though I don't have any t-shirts to prove it. :lol: p.s. I have suggested tea in the tea rooms at Herrods to visiting Americans, but I don't know if they did so. I went to Fenwicks in Newcastle the other day. It's the first time I've ever been in there an...
by Ben@Forest
9 Nov 2019, 2:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Harrods Means-Testing kids for Xmas Grotto
Replies: 23
Views: 714

Re: Harrods Means Testing kids for Xmas Grotto

Members of my working class family have never been inside Herrod's, even as tourists. The only person I know who shops there is a flashily conservative sort with a posh medieval house, an SUV, and a purebred hunting dog (I take his word on the dog). Of course I might know folks who shop there and d...
by Ben@Forest
2 Nov 2019, 6:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tower Block Disaster
Replies: 507
Views: 16747

Re: Tower Block Disaster

Again on R4 they interviewed a Grenfell resident who had been a volunteer (presumably like retained) firefighter in Portugal. Early on in the fire he roused all the people on his floor and they all left. Even two hours later after ringing friends on the 21st floor and pleading with them they got out...
by Ben@Forest
2 Nov 2019, 12:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tower Block Disaster
Replies: 507
Views: 16747

Re: Tower Block Disaster

Did you expect anything different under a Tory Government. All fine words but no action. The inquiry has looked at the role of the LFB and I fear that they may end up being scapegoats and the real causes of the fire, cost cutting, bad management and a disregard for poor people in the borough, gloss...
by Ben@Forest
20 Oct 2019, 8:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Savage machines
Replies: 22
Views: 853

Re: Savage machines

Well with all the cod-philosophy and misty-eyed reminisces it's difficult to bother with a professional opinion; but it's worth noting that in 1918 woodland cover in the UK was down to 5% and now it's 13%. It's also worth noting that all our ancestors from Neolithic to medieval man worked forests ou...
by Ben@Forest
20 Oct 2019, 6:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The right way to handle the Scottish Independence?
Replies: 222
Views: 5199

Re: The right way to handle the Scottish Independence?

■■ An independent Parliament elected entirely by people in Scotland will replace the current Westminster system. Under that system, elected representatives from Scotland make up just 9 per cent of the 650 members of the House of Commons... Which is right considering that 8.3% of the UK population l...
by Ben@Forest
20 Oct 2019, 5:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 761
Views: 15653

Re: Extinction Rebellion

It is, but the whole thing was way too slick in my opinion. I am old enough to have been right in the middle of the Poll tax protests, the miner’s protests, and several road building protests, and the Greenham common protests. They were spontaneous, and unpredictable, and the merde hit the fan, mor...