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by Pastychomper
24 Jan 2020, 1:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Are You Woke(n)?
Replies: 18
Views: 580

Re: Are You Woke(n)?

I thought "woke" was used more as an (adj) than a (n). Dictionary.com's definition was probably the original meaning, but I've mostly seen it being used in the more derogatory sense which can be summed up as: Conforming to or agreeing with the beliefs of any of several groups of activists....
by Pastychomper
23 Jan 2020, 10:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently
Replies: 597
Views: 55752

Re: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently

I have no idea where Sod Hall is but I don’t care, its exciting! :D It's in Newcastle. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sod+Hall,+Stocksfield+NE43+7TS/@54.9536869,-1.9717932,13.08z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x487ddaaf8f737b3d:0x6be8bd494fa8c04d!8m2!3d54.9548403!4d-1.9354807 I think it's the country residenc...
by Pastychomper
21 Jan 2020, 10:11am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: fake plastic £10 notes
Replies: 29
Views: 820

Re: fake plastic £10 notes

I remember a story from a few years ago. Someone had made a mould of a 50p piece and used it to cast ice coins, which he used in the gas meter. He was found out when someone came to empty the meter and found water in the coin box.
by Pastychomper
13 Jan 2020, 4:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 91
Views: 2585

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

I recall a cyclist relating to me that he was cycling with his pal 2 abreast, when a car drove into his pal, hospitalising him. The first thing the Police said was "If he'd not been wearing bright clothing I'd do nothing about this!" An utter disgrace. I'd have been tempted to ask the obv...
by Pastychomper
10 Jan 2020, 10:44am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: fake plastic £10 notes
Replies: 29
Views: 820

Re: fake plastic £10 notes

Nobody noticed ............................ other than the banks eventually. Some people did. At least, the lead pounds became easy to spot after a while because the colour faded. I know a bus driver who rejected at least one on his round, and another (coin, not driver) ended up pinned to the notic...
by Pastychomper
9 Jan 2020, 1:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: fake plastic £10 notes
Replies: 29
Views: 820

Re: fake plastic £10 notes

Thanks for pointing this out, it is the first fake plastic note I've heard of but it was bound to happen sooner or later. Switching to plastic put the Mint ahead in the arms race for a while, but a bit of plastic can only offer limited protection against forgery. Hopefully this will remind us all to...
by Pastychomper
7 Jan 2020, 10:32am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hermes false claim for underweight parcel - not a scam
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Re: Hermes false claim for underweight parcel - not a scam

... For me my biggest dislike is the signing for a package. No matter what squiggle the person writes on the little electronic gizmo the driver always enters the recipient's name. So I've signed for packages taken in 8 houses down the street when I was at work. I believe the one parcel I've lost wa...
by Pastychomper
17 Dec 2019, 10:36am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 743
Views: 127496

Re: A positive thread

I finally retired (what was left of) my old mountain bike, a friend took it on as a project. As a replacement I took a punt on a tourer from Fleabay. It turned out to be smaller than I'd hoped with a very racy geometry, but I thought it would suffice. My LBS recommended I get something more robust f...
by Pastychomper
16 Dec 2019, 10:24am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21543
Views: 531406

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

The unquestioning amplifying of anonymous Downing St sources, setting the talking points for the whole day. It happened throughout the campaign (and indeed for months) on all sorts of stories. The decision that Labour's anti-semitism was worth headlines throughout the day, while Tory xenophobia is ...
by Pastychomper
13 Dec 2019, 4:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21543
Views: 531406

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Both sides have accused the BBC of being biased against them, for some time now. I don't watch much BBC news these days but I could hazard a guess at how that came about. Let some random racist idiot spout for ten minutes about how Brexit will keep the riff-raff out, and Remainers are likely to see ...
by Pastychomper
13 Dec 2019, 10:09am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do apostrophe's still matter?
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: Do apostrophes still matter?

Does anyone else remember the late Kieth Waterhouse' Association for the Abolition of the Aberrant Apostrophe ? (A recurring theme in the Daily Fail years ago, I quite understand if anyone doesn't like to admit to being that old reading said publication.) IIrc he said it was an environmental issue: ...
by Pastychomper
6 Dec 2019, 4:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Ride to work scheme - Just Scrap it
Replies: 24
Views: 1417

Re: Ride to work scheme - Just Scrap it

[XAP]Bob wrote:Don’t need to do anything complicated - just drop VAT on bikes...

An excellent suggestion, but if fuels and feminine hygiene products are anything to go by it would end up being complicated, for reasons best left in the thread-that-shall-not-be-named.
by Pastychomper
6 Dec 2019, 4:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21543
Views: 531406

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

People sometimes speak of the idea of keep having referenda until you get he result you want. Is that a bit like May and Johnson keep having elections until they get the result they want? Exactly that, though I'm not entirely sure what it is they want. Maybe we'll find out after next year's electio...
by Pastychomper
5 Dec 2019, 10:20am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Fave quotes...
Replies: 230
Views: 17072

Re: Fave quotes...

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, progr...
by Pastychomper
28 Nov 2019, 1:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21543
Views: 531406

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Yes, but it's still set by the UK government and is currently 20% - a third more than it need be. There's just an agreement between EU governments no to go below 15% which could be changed, if there was will to do so, and do you really want to bet that any likely Brexit government will both want to...