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Anyone got breakdown cover with the AA and got it cheaper with cashback?
at 13:54 20 May 2017

Just cancelled my policy with another provider because cost more than doubled so have to use someone else (or just wing it) and wondered if the cashback that the AA offer is a faff or easy to get value out of.
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I'm wavering
at 08:48 20 May 2017

Had decided to vote Labour on 8th June but then the Lib Dems came out with a promise of a 2nd EU Referendum and legalisation of cannabis so I am leaning that way now.

However, got my poll card on Thursday and that told me my postal voting slip should be sent out next Wednesday. If I forgot about voting in the General Election and set off today to go to the match in Inverness and then wander down south at a leisurely pace taking in Historic Scotland properties (membership expires at month end and I am not renewing) before ending up at the Cambridge Beer Festival sometime this week and then having a bit of Suffolk and Norfolk time before an overseas trip. Or I could be a good citizen and come back here after the match and wait around for my voting slip.

Any advice? Glassers - any chance of getting on your hotline to Putin and seeing what he has got rigged up for Skye and Lochaber?
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Animal testing Koch ramble
at 12:19 18 May 2017

Following last week's dynamic and absorbing thump of an animal testing thread I thought it would be a good idea to do it again...

No, I listened to 'In Our Time' this morning and realised we had quite a crap debate last week. What has set me off is their discussion about attenuation, the mechanism that can be used to prevent gene transcription, and therefore the spread of disease. Louis Pasteur experimented on monkeys and dogs to see which species showed successful resistance to rabies - and therefore we have the benefit of a rabies vaccine. Clearly good for humans but halting the spread of rabies is probably quite beneficial for dogs too. And Pasteur's germ theory led to improved fermentation processes in the production of beer and wine.

So I have no idea what benefits could flow from attaching a rat's head to another rat's body but I would not be surprised to see some medical breakthrough come out of it.
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Hatchet job on Delia in last week's 'The Unbelievable Truth'
at 09:48 15 May 2017

For all you fellow Radio Four nerds who are still catching up you might like to raid the iPlayer for a witty, but not brutal enough, set of lies by Holly Walsh. Not recommended for Town supporting Rolling Stones fans though.
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We have had a few threads about depression, anxiety and panic attacks, careful..
at 12:39 9 May 2017

Be very careful if you turn to pills, even when prescribed by a doctor but especially if sourced otherwise:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-39855184
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RIP Craig Gill
at 14:40 6 May 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-39804726

If there are any tinnitus sufferers reading this who ever need someone to talk it over with you can PM me. I have had permanent tinnitus for about ten years now (three different sounds going on at the moment at least) and get down about the state of my hearing at times but not to this extent. It can be lived with.
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Healthy breakfast question
at 07:13 30 Apr 2017

I have a couple of plums, which I think is healthy, and the healthy breakfast option of porridge. Should I put my plums in the porridge?
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Not bothering today - itfcdirect messing me about
at 11:01 29 Apr 2017

Loads of seats available but looks like they are trying to get £30 for £27.50 tickets, beyond that not giving me my 60+ concession price. So rang up the ticket office, cannot buy over the phone and a load of guff about me not using the right type of computer. I've been worn down and decided not to go and brother-in-law not too fussed either (he checked to see if the U's were at home so we could go to that instead - thankfully they are at Orient today. Going to seek out some people to catch up with rather than sit in a poor seat feeling £13.50 ripped off.
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Is that Tesco just off the A14 as you drive towards Needham Market southbound
at 23:12 26 Apr 2017

Is that Tesco just off the A14 as you drive towards Needham Market southbound


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Albannach or Sassannach?
at 13:32 25 Apr 2017

I scored a pathetic 11/20:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/quiz-can-you-tell-the-difference-between-scotl
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Dortmund team bus attack just an attempt to make money?
at 20:46 21 Apr 2017

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/police-arrest-dortmund-team-bus-attack-170

If this suspect is found guilty should he face a greater or a lesser sentence for attempting to turn a profit from a fall in Dortmund's share price compared with a terrorist who bombs from a misguided sense of faith or political conviction?
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Anyone still prepared to argue that Assad did not use chemical weapons in Idlib?
at 07:27 20 Apr 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39648503
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Everton have booted out The Sun
at 13:11 15 Apr 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39608149

Never good to see journalism inhibited but understandable under the circumstances and probably best in the interests of safety as far as their reporters are concerned.
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Pauline Cafferkey - 'duracell' nurse
at 06:06 12 Apr 2017

She has had Ebola twice, and meningitis as a result plus gone through a misconduct hearing and she is still up for returning to Sierra Leone and running a 10k in thirty degree heat!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39553391

The misconduct circumstances get a review here and reveal that things are often not as straightforward as the tabloids make them out to be, either in terms of blame or good intentions.
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Not quite sure what a UN Messenger of Peace does but glad the UK helped
at 08:33 11 Apr 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39562122

Five years on from being almost killed by the Taliban and now being pushed to get straight 'A's in her A levels you might think she already has enough on her plate. Happy to have her living here.
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IS attack Coptic Christians, dozens dead
at 08:09 10 Apr 2017

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/explosion-hits-egypt-tanta-161127070517863

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-39548645

With the recent attacks in London and Stockholm (and a foiled attempt in Oslo) perhaps there is a strategy using 'sleepers' in Europe and more concentrated operations in the Middle East to increase the climate of fear - but a three month state of emergency?
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Photos still have the power to shock - Bosnian war remembered
at 14:50 6 Apr 2017

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/05/150513125005820.html

I do not remember this photo from the time but, whilst it may not be so iconic, the story has a similar impact to the photo of Kim Phuc from the Vietnam War and, for the individual, the outcome was even more tragic.
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