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Post 17061

Pink Paisley

Actually, I think that in the main, the predictable stuff is generally pretty pointless. It all ends up shifting money around without making much of a difference.

My £1.54 multiplied by the number of people who have benefited by that amount would have been a (maybe small) chunk off the deficit and maybe that would have been a better use.

And whilst fuel was falling in price rapidly, a temporary rise in duty would have netted a hefty sum which would have been a useful income and a rise (against the falling price) which would not have been noticed. It wouldn't have been popular politically though. Not in the year before an election.

PP.


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Post 17062

swl

The woman in the crashed car referenced earlier has died http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-33497318

I feel sorry for whoever screwed up with this in that they'll have to live with it on their conscience.


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Post 17063

Icy North

F1 boy racer Lewis Hamilton gets royal box tickets for the men's singles final at Wimbledon, but is turned away for not wearing a jacket and tie:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/33501951

smiley - snork


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Post 17064

Icy North

Rendezvous with Pluto imminent:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33502944


They've found the sperm whale...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/08/whale_and_doughnut_found_on_pluto_as_new_horizons_flyby_initiated/

... now for the petunias smiley - petunias


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Post 17065

ITIWBS

...Pluto and Charon, as different as Earth and Luna...

The four asteroidal moons of the Pluto-Charon system are also interesting, two each of two types, probably captured as binary pairs as Pluto and Charon passed through Neptune's Trojan nodes, capture mechanics similar to those that put Phobos and Deimos into orbit around Mars.


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Post 17066

Icy North

Daily Star reader discovers giant hogweed:

http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/7D9B/production/_84255123_star14.jpg


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Post 17067

Deek

An item on the Pluto flyby, by BBC Newsnight was introduced with the h2g2 signature music. Nice touch that.


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Post 17068

Icy North

Possibly the world's biggest mismatch (unless you know different), tomorrow the USA will take on mighty Jersey in T20 Cricket:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/33520596

Having said that, the Land of the Free hasn't had a good start to the World T20 qualifying tournament. So far they've played Ireland, Nepal and Namibia - and lost all three:

http://www.cricketeurope4.net/CRICKETEUROPE/2015/WORLDT20QUALIFIER/indexA.shtml


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Post 17069

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

Where'd they find 10 Americans who know how to play cricket.*







*(There are 10 players per side, right? I seriously have no idea. smiley - huh)


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Post 17070

Pastey

12, ish.


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Post 17071

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

Heh, closer than expected. smiley - ok


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Post 17072

Pastey

The 12th man is a very ish thing though, it's like complicated substitutes smiley - winkeye


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Post 17073

Icy North

A reference for all Americans reading this: A5168063

I'll add that it's not the done thing to attend a cricket match and shout "U... S... A." throughout.


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Post 17074

Pastey

That is a pretty good entry that one!


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Post 17075

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

Donald Trump's campaign utilized Godwin's Law ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law ) on itself before anyone else could.

http://m.snopes.com/2015/07/14/donald-trump-nazi-tweet/


smiley - rofl


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Post 17076

Icy North

Just to add that the USA won the cricket easily. (Jersey 87 all out, USA 88/5 after 15.4 overs)

Bullies! Why can't they pick on someone their own size?


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Post 17077

quotes

>>Donald Trump's campaign utilized Godwin's Law ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law ) on itself before anyone else could.

We don't see much of him in the UK, but I well remember him trying to buy out a farmer's land, and the farmer not wanting to sell. Trump threw insults at the farmer, and seemed to be incensed that anyone should want to make their own choices rather than service Trump's greed.

Trump's behaviour in that instance was utterly obnoxious.


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Post 17078

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

They made a documentary about Trump trying to throw those people off their land in Scotland.

http://youtu.be/Zk-MHQE2xPQ


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Post 17079

Yelbakk

The End of Private Messaging in the UK?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/theopriestley/2015/07/13/all-instant-messaging-could-be-killed-in-the-uk-within-weeks/

Therein, David Cameron is quoted as saying the following:

“In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?

“My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not’."


M...kay? Why is there no outcry? Am I just not hearing it? Or have we (be we UKisans, EUisans, or WORLDisans) become too dulled down to even care?


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Post 17080

Pastey

You're just not hearing it. There is an outcry.

Also it's looking like the EU are going to overule him.


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