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These demonstrations in Hong Kong, impressive turnout
at 09:23 16 Jun 2019

The BBC report says that the organisers hope for a million to take part:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-48649077

The estimated population of the city is just under seven and a half million, given the wariness about the Chinese regime and the natural disinclination for a proportion of human beings to get politically involved the hundreds of thousands that have marched are very significant. The leaders of the protest really are putting their futures on the line, one can only hope that this is not another Tiananmen Square in the making.
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Can't find the 'Lies' thread so I am going to have to start a new one
at 21:01 15 Jun 2019

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RIP Franco Zeffirelli
at 16:42 15 Jun 2019

I do not know or care about opera but I love film and his were some of the best to look at ever:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24855930
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Looks like they have just unearthed the first B'ong dynasty artefact
at 14:18 13 Jun 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48624784
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Enlightening BBC article on farming and the Nobel Peace Prize
at 06:37 12 Jun 2019

But it's not about peas:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47643456
[Post edited 12 Jun 6:58]
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Did anyone go to the Beattie fund comedy night a couple of weeks ago?
at 17:01 8 Jun 2019

Just wondered what it was like, especially from a hearing loss headliner point of view. I was hanging around in the crowded South until the Tuesday lunchtime but couldn't make it through to the Friday with the Highlands calling.
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RIP Dr. John
at 05:30 7 Jun 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48551452

Apparently he left us on Tuesday so if I missed an earlier RIP I can only say Right Place, Wrong Time.
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Aaron Banks and Nigel Farage, the very odd couple
at 20:23 4 Jun 2019

Try and work this one out:

Arron Banks has said he had "willingly helped Farage and was honoured to do so", adding: "This was all designed to help Nigel get out of politics."

Mr Farage stepped down as leader later the same year [2016], but remained as an MEP before launching The Brexit Party in March this year.

From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48516348

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Seeking foot where?
at 09:26 2 Jun 2019

Oh, there it is at the end of my leg
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OK, which one of you lot was it?
at 03:54 31 May 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48459779
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Interested in someone from Barnsley on Ipswich supporters?
at 11:10 30 May 2019

To make matters worse he likes cricket and is an umpire.

From 'Dickie Bird's Britain' (page 46) about a trip to Wembley, 29th of May, 2000 (I know, I should have got my act together and posted this yesterday like I meant to):

'Even so, it was a great day. If we had to lose to anybody, Ipswich were the team. As in Bobby Robson's day, they are trying to play football the right way and their supporters are amongst the best in the country. You never hear of Town fans involved in any trouble. They are super. As far as rival fans are concerned, that Wembley final must have been one of the friendliest ever.'
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This headline about 45% reduction in British car production due to Brexit
at 10:26 30 May 2019

Can't be right, have they factored in that most of the parts are made overseas? More like 22% innit.

Seriously there are at least two factors in play here. Firstly, a short time period's slowdown triggered by an unusual event (29th March uncertainty) can read at first like a blanket condemnation of Brexit. Secondly, World markets are complex mechanisms bigger messages get hidden by a single issue. Car manufacturing is facing a much more uncertain future than in previous decades and individual nations need a flexible and well informed strategy to maintain a manufacturing presence. High stakes gambles may pay off but are far more likely to crash and burn.

[edit] forgot to include the link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48451024
[Post edited 30 May 10:57]
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Farage - saviour of the EU?
at 16:12 27 May 2019

That's what Matteo Salvini, a 'winner' in the Italian round of the European elections thinks:

"It's not just Italy, it's [Marine] Le Pen in France, [Nigel] Farage in the U.K., it's Hungary, Poland …” he declared. “I am counting on having allies everywhere to save the EU ... to change its rules," he added. "We finally have to change after decades of bureaucrats and bankers' rules."

From: https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-election-results-2019-country-by-country/
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That red outfit May was wearing earlier.
at 18:13 24 May 2019

When she made her date of resignation speech was she doing what the Queen did with the EU hat and signalling something?

It would be the greatest crossing the benches ever...
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