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goldfinger - 09 Jun 2005 12:25

Thought Id start this one going because its rather dead on this board at the moment and I suppose all my usual muckers are either at the Stella tennis event watching Dim Tim (lose again) or at Henly Regatta eating cucumber sandwiches (they wish,...NOT).

Anyway please feel free to just talk to yourself blast away and let it go on any company or subject you wish. Just wish Id thought of this one before.

cheers GF.

mnamreh - 08 May 2012 15:00 - 16583 of 81541


goldfinger - 08 May 2012 15:33 - 16584 of 81541

I apologise to all for whats gone on here over last couple of days I have taken my eye off the ball and say sorry, their are reasons for this a serious family illness and business commitments plus dont forget I put hours into the other thread chart attack.

Just see some of the times I stay up to to post on their. Youl find posts at 3 4 5 and 6am in the morning plus countless entries through the day.

Ive always looked upon this thread as self governing ie, you all pull together and if someone is ruining the atmosphere you collectively sort it by firstly filtering them and then Secondly getting in touch with management if you feel this is not working.

As a third option I will offer my email address and place it at the top of thread permanently.........

I hope to act as a go between 2 arguing partys and get conflicts sorted. I hope we dont need to use it so often.

Now can somebody kindly tell me what the problem is by e-mail like we should have done in the first place.

Regards Mick.

mnamreh - 08 May 2012 15:45 - 16585 of 81541


goldfinger - 08 May 2012 15:50 - 16586 of 81541

mnamreh, stop being naughty or I will spank your bottom.

mnamreh - 08 May 2012 15:52 - 16587 of 81541


This_is_me - 08 May 2012 16:57 - 16588 of 81541

I thought driverless car was car with woman doing her make-up while talking on her mobile!

goldfinger - 09 May 2012 00:11 - 16589 of 81541

Why didnt Liverpool play like that on Saturday.

goldfinger - 09 May 2012 08:13 - 16590 of 81541

Terry Duckworth in Coronation Street is a star. We should have a bloke like him running the country.

goldfinger - 09 May 2012 08:33 - 16591 of 81541

Looks like Im going to have to dip into my slush fund today.

Euro situation looks beyond repair.

parrisf - 09 May 2012 10:17 - 16592 of 81541

I say we get out as soon as possible.

goldfinger - 09 May 2012 10:37 - 16593 of 81541

Im wondering what the hell are we going to do if we dont.

greekman - 09 May 2012 11:11 - 16594 of 81541

The EU is like a ship that started sinking years ago.
The officer crew continually try to plug all the holes, whilst new ones continue to appear.
These new holes along with the old ones that start leaking almost as soon as they have been plugged make the ship more likely to sink.
The passengers, IE us, know full well that there is no hope, but the crew believe that if they continually tell the passengers everything will be alright, they will believe them.
Already the passengers are heading for the life boats, the problem being is that the crew, with their first class tickets will no doubt be saved when the ship eventually sinks as they have stashed away vast sums of money from their pay, which will leave them none reliant on finding replacement jobs.
The passengers meanwhile have spent all their savings on this over extended cruise and even if they do survive the final sinking many will be destitute.
The passengers are already being offered vouchers for reduced future cruises (for vouchers read high return bonds) which few are taking up as most feel that after this cruise, the EU shipping line will probably go bankrupt, leaving everyone high and dry (Not if the ship sinks they won't).
The good (sic) ship EU has hit several icebergs already, the crew though wont allow any passengers to get off, although they know full well it is only a matter of time before it sinks completely beneath the waves.

The only plan that the officer crew appear to have is to throw a few of the passengers overboard to lighten the ship (the Greek passengers first).
The problem here is that when the other passengers see that instead of drowning, the Greeks although swallowing some water along the way have managed to swim ashore onto a nearby island and have started to make a better life for themselves, they decide that what has happened to the Greeks looks a lot better than staying on the ship which has continued to sink lower in the water.
What started as a trickle, becomes a flood (another intended pun) and more passengers abandon ship
The result contrary to most sinking's is that because there are now few people left on board to continue bailing out, the ship starts to sink faster.
Eventually there is only the Capitan left, Admiral Merkel, who is to be remembered standing on the top deck with just her head above the waves shouting at everyone else that they had made a grave mistake in jumping overboard and that they should return to the the safety of the ship.

Of course the Royal Navy ship (yes they only have one left) is sailing (by sailing, I mean literally due to defense cut backs and increased foreign aid) to the rescue with captain Cameron and 1st officer Clegg on the bridge.
They manage to rescue Capitan Merkel and all those passengers that are still alive after jumping ship and take them back to the UK, where the boarder agency allow them all in without checks and the foreign office grant them all asylum.
And everyone lives happily ever after!

Haystack - 09 May 2012 11:38 - 16595 of 81541

I have always thought that the EU got things back to front. They now want more political union to sort out the finances and fiscal union. That should have come first if that was their long term aim. Without political union it is not possible to impose the necessary fiscal restraints on the members. Several members of the EU would now not pass the convergence cirieria that were required to joing the Euro. Italy and Greece faked their figures when they entered. Spain and Portugal were borderline. There is now a substantial movement in Italy also to leave the Euro and scrap austerity measures. Germany is the only country to benefit substantially from the Euro.

parrisf - 09 May 2012 11:41 - 16596 of 81541

We stopped Hitler are we going to let Eu beat us?

required field - 09 May 2012 11:53 - 16597 of 81541

What's the nonsense belief that because a nation or several might leave the euro that austerity mesures are going to stop ?, they are in place to prevent a country sliding further into complete chaos,'s not much fun but when you have a situation like where most of the greeks have been paying precious little taxes and most of them seem to be bureaucrats with hardly any industry and big demands for the same lifesyle as France and Germany or Holland : this is what you end up with.....none of the med countries should have been allowed to join the euro in the first place.....perhaps Britain along with Sweden, Denmark and possibly Norway could introduce a northern rival to the euro !....(I doubt it would happen though)...just a thought...if some exit the euro : austerity will remain....

mnamreh - 09 May 2012 11:54 - 16598 of 81541


skinny - 09 May 2012 12:06 - 16599 of 81541

Lets wheel this one out again -

Read Aloud For Best Effect!!!

The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

In the first year, "s" will be used instead of the soft "c." Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. Also, the hard "c" will be replaced with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik emthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced by "f". This will make words like fotograf" 20 persent shorter.

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent "e"s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" by "z" and "w" by " v".

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou", and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.

Ze drem vil finali kum tru.

required field - 09 May 2012 12:08 - 16600 of 81541

The fact remains also that politicians do not like bringing bad news as people have short memories and won't vote for them : look at Britain : labour muck it up, get thrown out, lot come along...try and sort out the mess.....people don't like the potion as if you offer them fifty quid in their pocket and a quickfix that's what they'll go for rather than a longterm solution with many benefits down the road but it takes a few years...

mnamreh - 09 May 2012 12:14 - 16601 of 81541


greekman - 09 May 2012 12:33 - 16602 of 81541

Hi RF,

Fully agree that austerity measures are required and that is the only way to get out of the huge amount of debt we and most of the world are in.
We can't spend our way out, but there are very simple things we can do.
For a start the government should start acting instead of being all talk.

1 Cut business red tape (they haven't even started yet, according to business groups).
2 Stop all immigration unless that immigrant can prove he/she can contribute to more than he/she would take out.
3 Rule ourselves (put ourselves first), instead of allowing the EU to rule us (putting themselves first).
4 Withdraw from the Human right Act (whats human about letting the scum of the earth stay in our country to the detriment of us all) and have a British Constitution.
5 Consider any minority group, but only change things if it benefits that minority but not at the detriment to the majority.

There must be many more things that are 'no brainers' and that can save billions of pounds.
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