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by Ben@Forest
23 Sep 2019, 6:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Flushing the toilet twice...
Replies: 43
Views: 1220

Re: Flushing the toilet twice...

661-Pete wrote:Yet another reason why I don't ever want to go flying again. Can I live up to this pledge?


I thought not having a choice between Quorn chasseur and tofu burger would seal the deal? :?

Though can you chasse Quorn.....?
by Ben@Forest
22 Sep 2019, 8:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Humphrys bites hand that fed him (Grauniad + dm)
Replies: 16
Views: 556

Re: Humphrys bites hand that fed him (Grauniad + dm)

What's the issue here? Surely working for any organisation means to some extent accepting the party line... Quite, l work part-time for a public sector body and part of the code of conduct is not publically criticising the organisation. It's one thing to have a grievance, or even be whistle blowing...
by Ben@Forest
21 Sep 2019, 4:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Comfort Women - not well known in the west?
Replies: 27
Views: 741

Re: Comfort Women - not well known in the west?

Coincidentally on R4's Last Word this week one of the obituaries was Jan Ruff O'Herne; a Dutch Australian woman, captured (as a civilian) in WW2 and forced into sex slavery by the Japanese military. She started campaigning for the truth to be told in 1992 and l remember it being raised then, it was ...
by Ben@Forest
21 Sep 2019, 10:40am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Comfort Women - not well known in the west?
Replies: 27
Views: 741

Re: Comfort Women - not well known in the west?

I read this a couple of days ago. I know there has always been exploitation of women especially in times of war for the morale of soldiers but I've never heard of the organised nature of it by the Japanese imperial army. Had you heard it was this bad? Short answer - yes. But it is astonishing how l...
by Ben@Forest
21 Sep 2019, 10:27am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lucky baby boomers
Replies: 94
Views: 1757

Re: Lucky baby boomers

I dont, I said population growth, immigration is just a part of that. Huge rapid population growth and the growth of small time landlords caused by low interest rates has exacerbated the problem. Longevity is one of the primary factors. And every bit of population growth and development to sustain ...
by Ben@Forest
19 Sep 2019, 9:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: PMs honours: who deserves one?
Replies: 49
Views: 1066

Re: PMs honours: who deserves one?

Boycott only received a short suspended sentence and a fine but I don't know where that 'fits' in sentences for domestic abuse in France. According to him the plaintiff asked for a million pounds in return for no case or dropping the case. There is no way of knowing the truth of that, but it leaves...
by Ben@Forest
19 Sep 2019, 9:00am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lucky baby boomers
Replies: 94
Views: 1757

Re: Lucky baby boomers

A lecturer l had at university got his first mortgage, in the 1970s, on the strength of a grant he'd got from NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) to do his PhD.
by Ben@Forest
19 Sep 2019, 8:17am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lucky baby boomers
Replies: 94
Views: 1757

Re: Lucky baby boomers

As am interesting experiment, look at property prices on a website like Zoopla for the the street you bought your first house in and see what salary you would need with a 4x mortgage and a 10% deposit Yes, example (not me but someone l know) bought it for £26,000 in 1986, sold it for 62. Last on ma...
by Ben@Forest
18 Sep 2019, 8:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lucky baby boomers
Replies: 94
Views: 1757

Re: Lucky baby boomers

I was too young for conscription, and no war has been fought in this country in my time. But huge numbers have died all over the world in war violence in my lifetime Relative to the human population the number who die through violence is small compared with previous years. A conservative estimate i...
by Ben@Forest
18 Sep 2019, 8:12am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lucky baby boomers
Replies: 94
Views: 1757

Lucky baby boomers

It's official - baby boomers win! :wink: Partly, I'm sure, because of the age balance on here a lot of fur and feathers fly whenever it's suggested baby boomers had it easier, see threads passim (thanks Private Eye I've always wanted to use that!). An article in the Telegraph (no point in linking be...
by Ben@Forest
13 Sep 2019, 1:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Speaker of the House!
Replies: 40
Views: 1007

Re: Speaker of the House!

This is a speaker who has resisted some of the things the Tory government wanted. By doing so he's got himself disliked and distrusted by the far right of the party. Minority government, only very recently as 'Strong and Stable' pointed out they'd won more votes than labour and had a small majority...
by Ben@Forest
13 Sep 2019, 11:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Speaker of the House!
Replies: 40
Views: 1007

Re: Speaker of the House!

Well before Brexit Bercow started to see how he could limit the power of the executive in favour of the House of Commons. And the Opposition love him for it, but of course if he sets precedents other Speakers follow they won't be so pleased when they wield (or.try to wield) power. Historically speak...
by Ben@Forest
13 Sep 2019, 7:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Speaker of the House!
Replies: 40
Views: 1007

Re: Speaker of the House!

For some Bercow is a hero and for others he is not, but whatever one thinks he has destroyed the traditional impartiality of the Speaker. It is highly likely the parameters of the Speaker's role will be changed. Sir Bernard Jenkin, who is chairman of the Constitutional Affairs Committe just intimate...
by Ben@Forest
11 Sep 2019, 1:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: PMs honours: who deserves one?
Replies: 49
Views: 1066

Re: PMs honours: who deserves one?

I think his arrogance can't have helped his case. His cricketing skills were above average but not great, look at his run rate. Useful bloke to put in and play for time or as a night watchman. If chasing runs he was never the man. His know all comments really spoil any broadcast for me. He always k...
by Ben@Forest
11 Sep 2019, 1:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: PMs honours: who deserves one?
Replies: 49
Views: 1066

Re: PMs honours: who deserves one?

In the UK a prisoner who continues to maintain innocence but who does everything required of him/her, including education or behaviour workshops required, can still be released upon completion of half their sentence. Boycott only received a short suspended sentence and a fine but I don't know where ...