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Alvin Zhakata's walk

Jul 21, 2019 - 4:25 AM - by spot
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This is just plain heroic, there's no better word for it.

When the 32-year-old arrived in the Egyptian capital last week, completing his 44-day 10,000km (6,200-mile) trip, he said it was well worth it despite some nerve-wracking experiences.

And he says he has learnt a lot about himself and Africa. "I used to
... [Read More]
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On the departure of Theresa May from Downing Street

Jul 18, 2019 - 3:31 AM - by spot
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I note the following observation in today's Guardian.

There is no evidence that the nation thinks warmly of her, although there is respect for her tenacity, stamina and probity. It is easy to find critics of her judgment, but no one thinks she has been venal. Critics who think her principles were the wrong ones acknowledge at least
... [Read More]
    3 Replies | 109 Views

Gardening advice

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:21 AM - by spot
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Banks newly quicksettid, som weding do craue.

(Which is why I always pot out seedlings instead)

I could post the remaining observations in the new edition of Tusser's "Fiue Hundreth Points Good Husbandry" if I'm encouraged.
    0 Replies | 373 Views

Jeffrey Epstein

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:29 PM - by Ahso!
Another of Trump's good friends will hopefully soon be behind bars for good, this one a pedophile. It's not a good time to have been a Trump friend. Manafort is broke and in a jumpsuit, Michael Cohen is in the system, and now Epstein, There are other friends of Trump who've lost quite a bit, too. Now, all we need to do is get this disgusting rapist out of the White House.
    8 Replies | 453 Views

A$AP Rocky

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:37 AM - by spot
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I note the following report:

[...] Fredrik Wallin was responding to claims on website TMZ, reportedly from a US Embassy official, that walking into Kronoberg prison is like "walking into a toilet". The website had claimed the rapper is being held in a "disease-ridden" prison where the food is
... [Read More]
    7 Replies | 532 Views

Leak of emails from the UK ambassador in Washington

Jul 07, 2019 - 6:06 AM - by spot
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The extraordinary leak of diplomatic briefings from the British Ambassador in Washington to the Prime Minister's office in London coincides with the final month of access to such documents by Theresa May's very small team of political advisers. It can't be hard to work out which one has a sense of humor, I don't for a minute think it was a civil servant which is today's press deflection.

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    17 Replies | 618 Views

Website /blog help please? Urgent

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:57 PM - by magentaflame
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and how to transfer a manuscript onto a pc so I can print it off.

yes I've been doing things the old fashioned way...I freehand my writing...but now I have to begin putting it on a website or something or other to allow others to view it for criticism etc.

does anyone have any suggestions. The publishers want to be able to see it apparently and have suggested a website for promotion and a blog style thingy that I can press print and the story comes out all... [Read More]
    12 Replies | 567 Views

The Presidential Election of 2024

Jul 04, 2019 - 1:11 PM - by spot
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The general consensus in the UK is that the inevitable 2024 winner of the Presidential Election will be female, Republican and 42 years old.

Presumably this is a recognized likelihood in the America too?
    8 Replies | 358 Views

Trump Foreign Policy

Jul 01, 2019 - 5:37 AM - by Ahso!
Was yesterday's N Korea visit by Trump a photo-op or was it more of a resolute act to soften relations?

I give Trump credit for turning certain traditional policy norms upside down.

1- Attempting to normalize relations with NK and Russia
2- Standing up to our intelligence agencies (though I doubt he would have had they not gone after him personally)
3- being as vocal as he is on at least on one end of the corporate press (again, he appears to have done... [Read More]
    0 Replies | 515 Views

Conversation Piece

Jun 30, 2019 - 3:06 AM - by cars
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When your new holder is seen by visitors, most likely they will start a conversation about it with you! Would you put up holder like that, I would? I can't get the picture to open automatically, click on link.
    10 Replies | 560 Views

Life After Death (Or how I learned to appreciate being alive again.)

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:16 AM - by Saint_
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In light of poor Minx's loved one, I wrote that death is a "bitch" but only to those of us who are left behind. To the dead, it's blessed relief from pain, illness, and stress. Here's a little story about how I died and got to see the back of my own head.

Believe it or not. That's up to you. But it happened.

For a year, I was getting sicker. The doctors couldn't figure it out. I felt like I was filled with wet cement, I was getting stiffer and stiffer,... [Read More]
    6 Replies | 590 Views

The Presidential Election of 2020

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:18 AM - by spot
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Perhaps we should consider the platforms of the assorted candidates.

I usually start a thread like this with a photo but I'm a bit stuck this time.

This will do to be going on with.

    33 Replies | 882 Views

Assisted Death

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:57 AM - by minks
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I don't even know where to put this, I am not grieving I am just needing to get this off my chest. Be warned I may ramble...

My husbands Aunt is in the hospital, she has terminal cancer, 3 kinds in fact, bone being 1 kind and it is extremely painful for her.

2 weeks ago she opted for assisted death. Paperwork is all in place, and tomorrow she meets her maker (so to speak). She told my husband 2 weeks ago, she is in so much pain, and does not want to linger and... [Read More]
    21 Replies | 1,115 Views


Jun 23, 2019 - 10:18 AM - by spot
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The BBC has started making reference to the LGBTQIA+ community.

This is beyond unsayable. I have tried reeding the passage aloud and whether I use the letters or the full text (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual and others) it screws up my sentences.

From now on I'm going to quite legitimately add myself to the acronym as an undecided, and the term for... [Read More]
    3 Replies | 735 Views

BRAKING BAD :so what do you think?

Jun 23, 2019 - 8:53 AM - by gmc

I think the judge was quite right. She was part of a "throng" crossing the road, in a car you would stop the the way was clear not sound your horn and push your way through expecting them to leap out your way it's no different if you are on abike. Even if the lights are at green you do not proceed unless... [Read More]
    6 Replies | 690 Views

Distasteful lip filler

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:51 PM - by spot
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"Do you also think it's horrific and offensive when women dress up as witches on Halloween? Why not? Real women were persecuted as witches!"

Handmaid's fail: Kylie Jenner faces backlash for themed party
Well... [Read More]
    8 Replies | 969 Views

Gene Wilder RIP

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:26 AM - by spot
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What a pleasing actor he was over the years. The first time I saw him act was as a doctor throwing caution to the winds with an Armenian sheep. His talent was clearly extraordinary.
    11 Replies | 775 Views

It's a dark day in Australia

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:54 AM - by magentaflame
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The Australian Federal police Raided our national broadcasting company offices yesterday. a couple of days before raided the home of a prominent journalist (completely different matter) I keep saying "it has begun" I knew this government would do this. Something is very wrong . When the polls put Labor ahead and the new PM says "this is a miracle" because even he didn't think he had a chance. Now we have have an extreme right wing/religious nutter government that raids the... [Read More]
    17 Replies | 1,091 Views

Things you won't see mentioned in the mainstream media - yet

May 29, 2019 - 10:32 AM - by gmc

Scottish Independence referendum bill published at Holyrood.
    9 Replies | 1,018 Views

I met the NUT in the neighborhood - yes - I called the Police

May 28, 2019 - 9:55 PM - by Patsy Warnick
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I walk every afternoon - I speed walk and step up on the curb & down - step up & down.
We have these half moon shaped streets I call them loops. So, I go out my front door and walk a loop which leads you right back out to my street then 1/2 block there's another loop and so on.
I'm walking & I hear something - take my ear bud out & turn - there's a truck revving up his motor - tires are burning & here he comes - I'm frozen.. I'm backing up but it doesn't seem... [Read More]
    16 Replies | 1,665 Views

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