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Old 9th Jul 2010, 13:24
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I accept your surrender. Most gracious.
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Old 9th Jul 2010, 15:15
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I'm with Magnus on this one.I am all for smoking.The people who do it generally shuffle off decades before the non smokers thereby leaving lots of money for me to collect as a pensioner when my time comes.

All I object to is having to share in their habit,not too much to ask,is it?
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Old 9th Jul 2010, 19:40
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The people who do it generally shuffle off decades before the non smokers thereby leaving lots of money for me to collect as a pensioner when my time comes.
That's the real reason smoking isn't banned - it's not the modest amount of tax collected, it's the vast amount that would otherwise have to be paid out in old age pensions.
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Old 20th Jul 2010, 08:33
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Lord Goldsmith's Advice on Iraq War Published - some details redacted

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Old 20th Jul 2010, 12:10
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Piss poor spelling!
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Old 20th Jul 2010, 12:32
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Ah, the burka constitution has finally gone to print I see.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 14:48
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Ya'll worrying about smoking....and not a peep about BP lobbying for the release of the Pan Am bomber.....or criticizing them for polluting the Gulf of Mexico. At least they are paying a price for their corrupt ways....haiving to sell off Billions of dollars worth of assets to an American firm known as Apache. I hope they got scalped!
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 06:33
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Didn't vote for Cameron as I wasn't convinced that he's a proper Tory - definitely won't vote for him in the next election if this is true:

BBC News - David Cameron criticised over World War II history slip
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 10:56
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He plainly tripped up over dates.....but in the context of the topic being discussed he was correct. At what point during the war did the UK actually become the junior partner?

Give the guy a break....he flew BA Business Class to the USA to meet with our Annointed One....the once British loved Barry Boy himself! He, Cameron, seems to be trying to lead by example....something our guy knows nothing about.....leading....and setting the example!
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 11:59
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Nick Griffin will be denied entry to today's Buckingham Palace garden party as a result of him having overtly 'politicised' his invitation.

Earlier:-
BNP leader Nick Griffin defends decision to attend Queen's garden party | Politics | guardian.co.uk

Now:-
BBC News - BNP leader Nick Griffin to attend Royal garden party
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 12:04
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I think this belongs here, but I was unaware that the British public and Armed Forces were becoming estranged. (Or maybe they aren't and somebody is just bitching, per the verse ... )

Someone I know sent me this parody of a Kipling yarn put to verse ... has this been making the rounds for a while, or is it fairly recent?

If it's recent, what's got someone's back up?



When you’re lying alone in your Afghan bivvy,
And your life it depends on some MOD civvie
When the body armour’s shared (one set between three),
And the firefight’s not like it is on TV,
Then you’ll look to your oppo, your gun and your God,
As you follow that path all Tommies have trod.

When the gimpy has jammed and you’re down to one round,
And the faith that you’d lost is suddenly found.
When the Taliban horde is close up to the fort,
And you pray that the arty don’t drop a round short.
Stick to your sergeant like a good squaddie should,
And fight them like Satan or one of his brood

Your pay it won’t cover your needs or your wants,
So just stand there and take all the Taliban’s taunts
Nor generals nor civvies can do aught to amend it,
Except make sure you’re kept in a place you can’t spend it.
Three fifty an hour in your Afghani cage,
Not nearly as much as the minimum wage.

Your missus at home in a foul married quarter
With damp on the walls and a roof leaking water
Your kids miss their mate, their hero, their dad;
They’re missing the childhood that they should have had
One day it will be different, one day by and by,
As you all stand there and watch, to see the pigs fly

Just like your forebears in mud, dust and ditch
You’ll march and you’ll fight, and you’ll drink and you’ll bitch
Whether Froggy or Zulu, or Jerry, or Boer
The Brits will fight on ‘til the battle is over.
You may treat him like dirt, but nowt will unnerve him
But I wonder sometimes, if the country deserves him.

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Old 27th Jul 2010, 22:40
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Oh limp dick games.

Where is the logic in providing financial support (only) to those who can demonstrate a likelihood of winning a medal?

Would it not be better to support those who need to better themselves so that more competitors might win medals?
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Old 27th Jul 2010, 22:53
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I consider, for all their faults, the British media to be the best in the world. Maybe I should get out more.

Why hasn't any organ, apart from Private Eye and dailymash, come out and said that this is a load of rubbish?

The only way to regenerate East London is with 20 kilotons. It would make it uninhabitable, yes - no change there, then.

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Old 27th Jul 2010, 23:00
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Current estimate of the budget (as of March 2007) is £9,325,000,000 . . .

(too late to back out of most of it now, of course, but, IMO it is like the Eurovision Song Contest - only a fool would try to win as it brings with it the responsibility of hosting the next competition.)
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Old 28th Jul 2010, 02:38
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Cameron on Turkish EU Membership

From BBC:

In a speech at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Mr Cameron said he wanted to "pave the road" for Turkey to join the EU, saying the country was "vital for our economy, vital for our security and vital for our diplomacy".

A European Union without Turkey at its heart was "not stronger but weaker... not more secure but less... not richer but poorer".

Mr Cameron added: "I'm here to make the case for Turkey's membership of the EU. And to fight for it."
Full story:

BBC News - Cameron 'anger' at slow pace of Turkish EU negotiations
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Old 29th Jul 2010, 12:06
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Lord Mandelson launches his own perfume





Mandy Pour Homme is a fruity, playful and charismatic perfume,’ said the former Business Secretary, ‘it is effortlessly seductive, infused with hyacinth, jasmine and cedar with just the delicate hint of duplicity and double dealing.’

Speaking at the launch of his new fragrance, Lord Mandelson said: ‘I like to think that this perfume captures the very essence of New Labour. You are initially hit with a glorious burst of anticipation, hope and excitement, closely followed by the fetid after whiff of corruption, deceit and betrayal.’

Mandy is being marketed as ‘a perfume for the modern man about town – in a Cabinet meeting, at the News night studio, on a billionaire’s yacht – a thrusting presence in the corridors of power, jauntily cocking his leg and leaving his scent wherever he goes.’

The fragrance, produced in conjunction with Lord Mandelson’s in-house perfumer Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, is notable for the strong emotional effect it produces upon all those who smell it. Journalists described the scene at the end of the press launch when Lord Mandelson stood, dabbed a little of the perfume upon his silken handkerchief and waved it about, releasing the fragrance into the air

It was amazing,’ said one normally hate-fuelled hack, ‘as soon as we caught a whiff of Mandy we were immediately struck by an uncontrollable feeling of love – it was an emotion so strong that we all felt irresistibly compelled to forgive Peter for all his indiscretions and hold him aloft as the High Prince of purity and innocence. At last I can finally understand how he managed to stay in power for so long.’

Lord Mandelson’s perfume is launched just a few months ahead of the release of Tony Blair’s new fragrance, produced in conjunction with Calvin Klein. Tony Blair’s ‘Self-Obsession’ is believed my many to be so rich, even the faintest whiff of it can induce nausea, headache and vomiting

I really don’t feel that Peter is trying to steal my thunder by releasing his own stench of malignant narcissism before mine,’ said Mr Blair, ‘but enough about him, let’s talk about me.’
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Old 29th Jul 2010, 15:45
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If Turkey joins the EU it'll be the Trojan horse for Islam - I know it's a secular state but that can change. It opens the door for millions more immigrants to the UK.
Does Cameron realise the dangers or is he another politician isolated from reality?
As for Cable [ I mention him because he's now,seemingly, opposing restrictions on immigration] what a miserable grouch he's turned out to be.
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Old 29th Jul 2010, 16:04
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Does Cameron realise the dangers or is he another politician isolated from reality?
He's not interested in the dangers. he has learned from the Bliar very well. The most important thing you must do when you become PM is to set yourself up for the lecture circuits and any other way possible of coining in millions upon your departure from Number 10. Cameron has made a few wealthy friends over the last couple of days. He could even end up being stable boy or 'Envoy' to the Trojan Horse.
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Old 29th Jul 2010, 20:03
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You will need lots of rounds

Britain to be biggest country in Europe by 2050 - Telegraph

Glad I won't be around then.
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Old 29th Jul 2010, 21:20
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Stark statement, but the sentiment is far from lost on me
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