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Weekend Wordle
at 08:45 2 Jul 2022

Wordle 378 4/6

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Anyone else read the FT today? Time to truly fess up to Brexit isn’t it?!
at 22:36 1 Jul 2022

The other aspect is not so much the principle of Brexit, but the way it was enacted.

Did we carefully (ideally in a cross-party fashion) decide what we wanted, set out our negotiating position with clarity, negotiate properly and come to the best possible, functioning agreements?

No!

Months of dithering ("Brexit means Brexit"). Then starting the countdown ourselves, before we were really ready. After a lot of difficult negotiation, a deal (of sorts) is hammered out. The hardliners then rebel, topple the administration and install one of their own as PM. Cue months of bvggering about, flirting with No Deal, posturing and generating hot air, while the timer ran down. At the last minute another deal is cobbled together, containing (unsurprisingly) holes and contradictions.

So we ended up with a half-arsed mess which has created a host of problems, most notably in Northern Ireland. And which the actual same government who signed those very agreements now wants to get out of.
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Any more coicidences about TWTD posters sitting next to each other?
at 10:29 1 Jul 2022

No, that wasn't me. I tend to dress fairly bland nowadays, even at festivals.
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Friday music thread
at 10:20 1 Jul 2022

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Looking forward to the test match against India
at 10:04 1 Jul 2022

The opener situation still isn't properly sorted, tho Lees looks decent. So we're still quite likely to arrive at thirty or forty for two fairly early in the innings. I do wonder how many more chances Crawley will get (good close-in fielding notwithstanding).
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Any more coicidences about TWTD posters sitting next to each other?
at 09:59 1 Jul 2022

I did think about getting a T-shirt or hat with my avatar on it. No words, just the image.
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Friday music thread
at 09:52 1 Jul 2022

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Another Tory MP resigning due to sexual assault
at 09:49 1 Jul 2022

Because there is no mechanism for constituents to sack their MP (outside of a General Election), unless they are imprisoned for more than six months.
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Early wirdle
at 09:34 1 Jul 2022

Wordle 377 3/6

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Any more coicidences about TWTD posters sitting next to each other?
at 09:29 1 Jul 2022

I once sat (stood) next to Rommers at a game, without either of us knowing who the other was, until later when Brogansnose made the connection.
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Looking forward to the test match against India
at 09:26 1 Jul 2022

Think it will work as long as we have an effective, accumulating anchor (Root, obviously, tho Overton and Pope have shown they can do it,too) and more than one player who can hit out, in case the first one goes (in addition to Bairstow, there is Stokes and, to an extent, even Broad).

By having a philosophy of always going for it - to set a target or reach a total - the opposition always have to be on their toes to limit scoring and teke wickets. One slip and England can get away alarmingly quickly. That high scoring rate also ensures there is time in the game, taking the draw out of the equation.

Plus this team have shown that failure in one innings is no guarantee of doing the same in the other. Even a collapse may still not result in a low score all out. England's bowlers can attack with the confidence of having behind them runs not yet on the board.

Also, if Leach continues playing like that, it will be really tricky for opponents.
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Its Friday so the TWTD Greasey Spoon is open
at 09:05 1 Jul 2022

Thanks Keno. Couldn't even have cereal, as forgot to buy milk yesterday.
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The habitable world is being gradually trashed
at 09:03 1 Jul 2022

Think the US Supreme Court will be reformed pretty soon. Ridiculous to have such a small number of overtly political appointees, who then have tenure for life, if they want (thus drastically reducing turnover). Warps it from a legal institution into a partisan forum for driving policy, over the heads of elected President and Congress.
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I have enjoyed my recent foray
at 08:59 1 Jul 2022

Sorry to see you go. Keep well and look forward to your return.

Think it works the other way for me. This place has helped keep me sane(ish) over the years. Pretty much the only social media I do.
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Its Friday so the TWTD Greasey Spoon is open
at 08:57 1 Jul 2022

Sore point, as i have just dropped my last remaining egg on the floor. Currently eating a bacon and fried potato sandwich.
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Thurdle Wordsday
at 09:53 30 Jun 2022

One of those annoying ones where you have the right ending, but lots of options for the first couple of letters.

Wordle 376 6/6

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Petrol stations operating on "razor thin margins"
at 09:48 30 Jun 2022

Same with pubs and beer. You either have to sell a lot, or do food.
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Petrol stations operating on "razor thin margins"
at 09:47 30 Jun 2022

The further down any supply chain you go, the narrower the margins - simply because those upstream have already taken their cut, leaving less room between the purchase cost and what the customer is prepared to pay.

Which is why it goes from costing between Β£5 and Β£30 to get a 160 litre barrel of crude oil out of the ground via shippers, refiners, more shippers and garages to nearly Β£2 per litre at the pump.
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Do we now live in a post joke world?
at 09:33 30 Jun 2022

Tom Lehrer declared that 'Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize.' - in 1973.
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Bernie Ecclestone says he would 'take a bullet' for 'first class' Vladimir Putin
at 09:27 30 Jun 2022

And has always had something of a fondness for ruffling feathers with his public pronouncements.
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