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I know no one wants to think about Syria at the moment but....
at 12:50 26 Jun 2017

Interesting food for thought in this Al Jazeera opinion piece on Macron's attitude, also seems to approve of Trump's policy and reiterates Obama's mistake in 2013 by not facing up to his commitment:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/06/macron-statement-enemy-assad-sy
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If no second election before the start of the season should Jezza replace Mick?
at 17:02 25 Jun 2017

If no second election before the start of the season should Jezza replace Mick?


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Looking more likely that we have a few months of minority government ahead of us
at 22:34 20 Jun 2017

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/humbled-theresa-may-sets-out-plans-with-du

Not exactly strong and stable, is it?
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Hypocrisy from the White House?
at 04:39 13 Jun 2017

Condemnation for crackdown on protesters in Russia, that's good:

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/337456-white-house-condemns-russias-c

But an 80 year prison term for trying to disrupt the inauguration?

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/06/01/523860/US-Trump-protesters-Washington-j
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Caroline Lucas has done well
at 06:50 9 Jun 2017

Not just held onto Brighton Pavilion in an otherwise poor night for the Greens but increased her vote to over 50% of those cast.

Perhaps she should be the new PM?
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Anyone ever used blablacar.co.uk?
at 10:37 5 Jun 2017

They reckon they can get me from Krakow to Zakopane in less than 2 hours for 11 zloty (about £2.35), i.e. quicker and much cheaper than the train. I gave a lad a regular lift to Cambridge a few years back but that was through Liftshare when they were a bit less formal (I didn't ask for anything but he gave me a bottle of wine and eight Rammstein CDs at the end), just wondered what a more commercial arrangement is like.
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Left or right?
at 21:46 1 Jun 2017

Getting a train to Warsaw tomorrow and staying there a couple of days but decision to make on Sunday - do I head left for the Baltic states or right towards Krakow and Slovakia?
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Airport security
at 04:52 31 May 2017

Just arrived in departures after going through some twirly thing (a bit like those loos on trains) where you have to hold your hands above your head for a few seconds. Obviously I looked a wrong 'un and had the pat down, and then a comprehensive pat up to testicular level on both legs.

Eventually I am through, just found a 200ml carton of orange juice I had forgotten about in my pack!
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What is a song?
at 04:15 28 May 2017

No one will answer satisfactorily.
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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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