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Independent/Assisted Living

Nov 30, 2015 - 9:04 AM - by Lon
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I am single, 81 years of age and live in a two bed two bath apartment that is age restricted (55 +) I do my own cooking and cleaning, drive a car and am physically active. Some of my neighbors have someone to come in and assist them with various daily activities. In anticipation of that day when I may require Assisted Living or more I went and toured the many different facilities in my area. Rather than leave this task to my married daughter I thought I would do it myself and tell her which... [Read More]
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Gun control

Nov 30, 2015 - 2:04 AM - by spot
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I wonder whether I could post a very specific question, in the hope that this thread might manage to stay on topic for the duration of the discussion.

It relates solely to the USA.

It relates solely to people who murder with a gun they are legally entitled to possess. The thread might, in passing, like to list a few recent prominent instances.

Question 1: Why would you prefer the law to be changed, or not, in such a way that they had no such legal... [Read More]
    12 Replies | 95 Views

Value v worth ?

Nov 27, 2015 - 1:52 PM - by Bruv
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The world's second-largest gem quality diamond has been discovered in Botswana, the Lucara Diamond firm says.
The 1,111-carat stone was recovered from its Karowe mine, about 500km (300 miles) north of the capital, Gaborone

This news got me wondering,apart from it being used as an abrasive and as a pretty decoration, what really is the value of this "Second largest diamond"?
    4 Replies | 84 Views

Urban Gardening lover

Nov 26, 2015 - 7:27 AM - by alexsowter
Hi, I'm relatively new to this forum, but am a keen gardener, especially when it comes to Urban Gardening.

I work at an NGO which works with smallholder farmers who have been learning from their innovative approach to gardening.

For example, they've recently taken inspiration from smallholder farmers to design a beehive, vertical garden and bug trap for the home. The products are super cheap at $15 (~£10), due to them being made out of foldable material. Anyone... [Read More]
    0 Replies | 209 Views

When might one employ a hyphen

Nov 23, 2015 - 11:44 AM - by spot
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Working with scientists at Durham University and an ancient DNA lab at McMaster University in Canada, museum researchers were able to reconstruct the DNA of four individuals.

DNA study finds London was ethnically diverse from start - BBC News
Presumably, with better funding they'd have hired a more modern DNA lab.
    8 Replies | 166 Views


Nov 23, 2015 - 11:37 AM - by spot
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Christie's 1934 story sees the detective drawn into solving an intrigue on the famous Orient Express train travelling from Istanbul in Turkey to London.

After an American passenger using a false name is murdered while the train is stuck in a snow drift, Poirot discovers everyone on the train had some connection to the murder victim and are all therefore under suspicion.

... [Read More]
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gmail: is 0800-086-8676 phone number to contact gmail email helpline Support technica

Nov 23, 2015 - 5:09 AM - by scottandrew663
What on earth do I do?


Midday, a spam email was sent from my account to all my contacts. I could still log on, see my emails and send new emails but no incoming mails were reaching my mail box. Asked a quesiton on Gmail Answers forum, but got a useless response

Tuesday, by 2pm my account was suspended completely, I can;t log in? I can't reset my password? there is on line form to fill out to contact customer care, I filled it out, but no one... [Read More]
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The Changing face of Britain and the World?

Nov 22, 2015 - 4:16 AM - by Bruv
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There is no doubt the face of Europe and the UK has changed massively over the past 20 years. The town I moved out of London to settle in 40 odd years ago has altered amazingly. We now have a Nepalese restaurant and many Nepalese shops and a hairdresser, several Polish shops and all the super markets have Polish sections.We also have butcher that is staffed by middle eastern looking men that sell African type goods, plantains, strange fish, odd shaped exotic vegetables. And of course there is... [Read More]
    7 Replies | 149 Views

Should Canada and the U.S. tolerate an intolerant Islam?

Nov 20, 2015 - 7:53 AM - by Gnostic Christian Bishop
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Should Canada and the U.S. tolerate an intolerant Islam?

I have linked below to a debate in Britain on Islam and their view of intolerance and as to whether the West should reciprocate in kind and not tolerate Islam and their ideology.

I also have linked to two speakers who look a bit deeper at the Western situation facing Canada the U.S. as well as other Western countries. I have intentionally ignored the French situation as well as what is happening in the... [Read More]
    0 Replies | 335 Views


Nov 19, 2015 - 4:07 PM - by Bruv
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Nov 18, 2015 - 9:30 AM - by spot
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"If you create a product that allows evil monsters to communicate in this way, to behead children, to strike innocents - whether it's at a game in a stadium, in a small restaurant in Paris, take down an airline - that is a big problem," Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC.

Paris attacks: Silicon Valley in crosshairs over encryption - BBC News
... [Read More]
    13 Replies | 562 Views

The use of the imperative

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:02 AM - by spot
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China must stop land reclamation in disputed waters in the South China Sea, US President Barack Obama has said.

BBC News

I note the use of the word "must".

Hah. You and whose army, big boy.

It's scarcely the language of diplomacy and it's a hostage to fortune, since the Chinese are so obviously not going to comply.
    2 Replies | 165 Views

Jonah Lomu, RIP

Nov 18, 2015 - 3:22 AM - by spot
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Jonah Lomu: New Zealand rugby union great dies aged 40 - BBC Sport

Somewhere on YouTube I presume there must be his tries from the 1995 World Cup, I remember sitting in disbelief as he scattered the England team like... [Read More]
    2 Replies | 119 Views

Self Identifiy

Nov 16, 2015 - 5:49 PM - by tude dog
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Way back when such things would have been absurd.

Quietly weeping mourners braved dark clouds and chill winds yesterday to attend the graveside services for Common Sense, which finally passed away this week after a long, painful, and ultimately hopeless battle with Liberalism.
... [Read More]
    0 Replies | 520 Views

Saeed Jaffrey, RIP

Nov 16, 2015 - 5:02 AM - by spot
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What an actor, I'm sorry to hear of his death. He had a flair for comedy as well as a wonderful screen presence in dramatic roles. He was an asset wherever he appeared, I enjoyed seeing him perform.
    5 Replies | 120 Views

Monty Python Argument sketch

Nov 14, 2015 - 4:22 PM - by Bruv
    46 Replies | 625 Views

The War With Isis Can Never Be Won

Nov 14, 2015 - 3:56 PM - by Lon
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The War With Isis Can Never Be Won

Until the Isis Belief System and the rewards of Martyrdom are totally discredited Isis will continue to grow and appeal to some Muslims as well as non Muslims, but who will effectively be able to do the discrediting, and do it in a manner that Isis members themselves will believe the discrediting?

I don't advocate this, but until every Muslim on earth ceases to exist this so called war will never end
    52 Replies | 737 Views

Warren Mitchell, RIP

Nov 14, 2015 - 9:34 AM - by spot
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"The show highlighted the pressures felt by the white working class at a time of great social change in Britain" - Warren Mitchell obituary: Alf Garnett and much more - BBC News

One could, I suppose, put it that way.

I was never allowed to watch, my mother wouldn't let him in the house or hear his name spoken. Which is a testament to his performance, I reckon.

... [Read More]
    1 Reply | 116 Views


Nov 13, 2015 - 7:08 PM - by LarsMac
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This is pretty bizarre. My heart goes out to my friends in Paris, and to the members of FG who live in France. May this be resoled quickly.

"France has declared a national state of emergency and has closed its borders after more than 120 people were killed in gun and bomb attacks in Paris."

Paris attacks: More than 120 killed at Bataclan and restaurants - BBC News
    176 Replies | 2,985 Views

Better pick it up

Nov 12, 2015 - 7:50 PM - by LarsMac
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The new trend in communities:
Colorado dog owners fined hundreds after not picking up pet poop - The Denver Post

I remember listening to a discussion on this a few years back on Public Radio, in Detroit. It has now arrived.

... [Read More]
    4 Replies | 264 Views

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