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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 17:06
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Fine collection of birds in your garden, Mr Gripper!
Too many wood pigeons and magpies, but at the other end of the scale I hope we'll get some more of these this year



Judging by the antics of a couple of blue tits in the tree the other day, we will

There are some ring-necked parakeets on the golf course nearby - they never come near us (I don't know if that's a good thing or not, but you occasionally see them or, more usually, hear them). They must have got fed up with London and moved out, but I'm surprised they not only made it this far north but have survived for a number of years, especially in the 2010/2011 winter.

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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 17:09
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Great news about your Mum Juud.
Just noticed it whilst having a bit of a read-back. Super!!!

My Mum used to have a Poodle.
It was a lovely little dog, even if it was a bit mad.
She dumped it on us after my Dad got fed up with it.
We had the thing for quite a while, and even managed to
sort out some of it's problems, like NOT being FIRST in the
queue for any treats or goodies that were on offer.
My Mum announced one day that she had found another home
for it. Just like that!! It went to some people in Winchester.
I must admit to having been a bit upset when it went.

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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 19:12
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Off for a weeks shore leave now, nothing planned and no need to be anywhere, just a bit of lazy time to be honest.
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 19:47
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Minimum price of 40p proposed on a unit of booze in England & Wales.

Got to be a Good Thing if it cuts down on NHS costs and allows the police to go after more deserving cases.

Even more chavs heading off to their spiritual home in the Costas. I might go back to UK more often
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 19:55
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Bring back proper civilized opening and closing times for pubs and clubs and bring back proper off licences, only they allowed to sell drink and only at the same opening times as the pubs as it used to be.
Nobody under the age of forty allowed to leave the house unless accompanied by a responsible adult ie someone aged fifty or over.
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 20:09
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Our local weekly newspaper has a column that reprises short news items from years gone by.

50 years ago this week the Chief Superintendent of Police was perturbed by the behaviour of young people indulging in excessive alcohol.

Who? Moi?
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 20:10
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Minimum price of 40p proposed on a unit of booze in England & Wales.

Got to be a Good Thing if it cuts down on NHS costs and allows the police to go after more deserving cases.

Even more chavs heading off to their spiritual home in the Costas. I might go back to UK more often
Except it'll lead to more hooky hooch coming in with the tabs and baccy, so revenue will drop as the amount of people getting ratted at home before they go out increases.

We don't have the same issues with pissed up yahoos over here, there are no "rivers of pee" down the streets? Why not? One suggestion is DROPPING that legal age for beer/wine/cider to 16 (spirits still at 18) and see if that brings in a new generation who don't think that getting off their faces is the be all and end all.

Has to be worth a try
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 20:11
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Nobody under the age of forty allowed to leave the house unless accompanied by a responsible adult ie someone aged fifty or over.
There's one word in that sentence which worries me especially around here!

Interesting article here, although a few years old it does have credibility. Maybe the government should re-consider the baccie tax.

Are Diesels More Dangerous than Cigarettes as a Cause of Lung Cancer?
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 20:16
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Even more chavs heading off to their spiritual home in the Costas.
The thing is Lon, that the police here are still allowed to give them a good clouting, without fear of loosing their jobs. Believe me, if more chavs come here, there will be more clouting of miscreants and deportations by the authorities.

Time to bring in the "competent to travel abroad " test before allowing a lot of them to travel in the UK.
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 20:20
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The root of the drink problem in the UK is the cheap availability of 'white cider' which has a high alcohol content. It's 8% and around 1.00 per litre from supermarkets.

Folks buy it and preload before heading out to pubs and clubs (where alcohol is more expensive).

James Crowden - The murky world of white cider
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 20:43
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I saw one of those consumer programmes a month or so ago about illicit booze being sold at "corner shops" in the UK. The vodka was being produced from industrial ethanol and a decent skinfull would likely blind the drinker. The crazy thing was that the trading standards just confiscated the stuff and let the shop keep trading!
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 21:11
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BELATED Happy Birthday, Thread Bare One!!



luv brockie

P.S. I blame these party animals... totally distracted me hehehe
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 23:29
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just heartwarming
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Old 23rd Mar 2012, 23:57
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the police here are still allowed to give them a good clouting,
Which, in their boozed up state they unfortunately don't feel. Stuff them in a goods wagon and send them on a trip round the European rail systrm for a month before dropping them off, with no money or papers, somewhere inhospitable where the locals think they taste like chicken
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Old 24th Mar 2012, 01:38
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Old 24th Mar 2012, 01:42
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I fear that you might be being stitched-up - if you see the point.

Maybe there's a pattern that you are expected to follow?
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Old 24th Mar 2012, 06:38
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The root of the drink problem in the UK is the cheap availability of 'white cider' which has a high alcohol content. It's 8% and around 1.00 per litre from supermarkets.

Folks buy it and preload before heading out to pubs and clubs (where alcohol is more expensive).
And what did we do before the invention of "white cider"? You had Merrydown, you had MD50/50, you had Thunderbird, you had Buckfast, you had Special Brew, Crucial Brew, etc.


Don't blame it on the Diamond White, because the same thing was being done with other drinks for decades before the "white cider" came out
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Old 24th Mar 2012, 07:23
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Booze kills 7,000,000 brain cells every day!

Unfortunately this will come to all of us eventually!
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Old 24th Mar 2012, 07:24
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I get the idea the Brit binge mentality may take a generation or two to breed out if someone gets around to it. Had a student out from the UK a few years ago. Hardly ever rolled up for a lesson and was permanently wasted. Turns out he figured the cheap beer in SA was a better reason for being out there than learning to fly so he spent all his time in the pub. Refunded the balance of his course fees and left him to it.

Might be age related as well. I find the older pub goers in the UK less inclined to get absolutely face down in the gutter, ratfaced howling drunk. A pint or four in the evening, good banter then drift off home at a reasonable hour. Of course this applies to all older folks I think. They realise their plumbing just isn't up to taking that much abuse any more and modify their drinking habits accordingly.
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Old 24th Mar 2012, 07:31
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Turns out he figured the cheap beer in SA was a better reason for being out there than learning to fly so he spent all his time in the pub.
Sadly that sounds like advanced alcoholism to me. With the ever more well funded society, be it hard work or welfare, so come the problems.
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