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M6 closed at Stafford
at 06:59 26 Feb 2022

And apparently could be for most of the day.

Worth having a look if you were planning on coming that way to Morecambe.
If they open up travel for fully vaccinated...
at 12:38 24 Jun 2021

Anyone know what that would be likely to mean for young kids?

Just tough luck?
‘Blues Host Oxford Aiming to Upset Form Book’
at 08:59 20 Feb 2021

Must be the most depressing thing I’ve ever read.
UK holidays in May half term
at 12:07 26 Jan 2021

What do we reckon the chances are?
Holidays Abroad
at 19:29 8 Jan 2021

Just wondered when the hive mind thinks it will be possible/sensible to look at going abroad again?

I know some people will say it’s not important in a pandemic but I’m not talking about trying to take advantage of a loophole, or squeeze through a gap in government regulations, I’m wondering when people think it may be back to something resembling normal?

I’m craving some sunshine, presume May half term is too optimistic?

August more realistic, or whole year in jeopardy?
U-turn on FSM
at 08:00 8 Nov 2020

How silly are all those Tory MP’s who tied themselves up in knots trying to defend the indefensible going to feel this morning?

at 13:54 6 Nov 2020

Laptop Advice
at 11:59 22 Oct 2020

Sorry, not the most gripping topic but I know we have some IT experts on here and could do with some advice.

Need a new laptop, don't have all that much to spend (<£500) and no idea where to start.

Needs to be windows and will primarily be used for simple web browsing and Microsoft office type work.

Any help much appreciated!

Disgraceful from the Deputy CMO
at 16:32 23 May 2020

All trust in those managing our response to the pandemic, and any pretence at maintaining lockdown, sacrificed for Dominic Cummings’s job.

Absolutely despicable.
Just close the bloody pubs
at 19:10 19 Mar 2020

If it's really that important.

How on earth is Keith Stroud still refereeing?
at 14:11 15 Feb 2020

Disastrous again today.
After all the chat on here this week...
at 15:54 11 Jan 2020

Oxford 3-0 down at home.

It’s a funny old game.
You get the politicians you deserve
at 22:08 12 Dec 2019

Good luck everyone, we’re going to need it.

Blue Action
at 21:11 9 Nov 2019

You're doing a cracking job.

Keep up the good work.
at 19:45 1 Oct 2019

Any good for a weekend break?

Want some interesting sights and easy to get around, doesn't need great nightlife.
So we’ve drawn with 3 teams who will be in the mix...
at 21:39 14 Sep 2019

And beaten 4 who probably won’t (might be a bit harsh on Burton), all without really playing well.

That’s fine isn’t it?

I mean it hasn’t been great, and there are still obvious issues with the balance of the team and style of play but, all things considered, 15 points and unbeaten from those 7 games is decent enough.

Suppose the big question is whether we really are a good team not quite gelling or just an average team. I’m still leaning towards the former at the moment.....
I’m excited
at 09:22 10 Aug 2019


A win today could be absolutely massive.
22 households refuse to leave Whaley Bridge
at 21:30 4 Aug 2019

Not sure that’s fair on the emergency services is it?

Easy for me to say, and it must be a horrible situation, but they are risking their own lives and those of the people who will be required to try and save them.
'Sleepwalking into Fascism'
at 08:39 25 Jul 2019

Someone used this term on another thread and it really resonated with me.

It's always fascinated and mystified me how 'normal' Germans allowed the Nazis to perpetrate such evil but the exact same phenomenon is happening in the West at the moment, with 'the left' the new bogeyman.

Now, I'm not saying this will end the same way but the modus operandi is identical. They have control of the overwhelming majority of the printed media and have launched a relentless, vicious assault on the free press that present a balanced, or left leaning, view (the BBC, Channel 4, CNN etc).

You can see the evidence on this very site. There have always been a few far right English Nationalists but there are many who would consider themselves (and I would previously to have considered) to be normal people, decent people, who have been poisoned. They now spout nothing but hatred and bile, throwing around phrases such as 'Enemy of the people', 'traitor', 'treason' whilst being totally unable to explain why.

I challenge anyone to read the below text and deny the parallels. Scary times.

'Men like me were the greater offenders, not because we knew better (that would be too much to say) but because we sensed better. Pastor Niemöller spoke for the thousands and thousands of men like me when he spoke (too modestly of himself) and said that, when the Nazis attacked the Communists, he was a little uneasy, but, after all, he was not a Communist, and so he did nothing; and then they attacked the Socialists, and he was a little uneasier, but, still, he was not a Socialist, and he did nothing; and then the schools, the press, the Jews, and so on, and he was always uneasier, but still he did nothing. And then they attacked the Church, and he was a Churchman, and he did something—but then it was too late."

One doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to ‘go out of your way to make trouble.’ Why not?—Well, you are not in the habit of doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty.

You speak privately to your colleagues, some of whom certainly feel as you do; but what do they say? They say, ‘It’s not so bad’ or ‘You’re seeing things’ or ‘You’re an alarmist.’

And you are an alarmist. You are saying that this must lead to this, and you can’t prove it. These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you don’t know the end, and how do you know, or even surmise, the end? On the one hand, the believers intimidate you. On the other, your colleagues pooh-pooh you as pessimistic or even neurotic. You are left with your close friends, who are, naturally, people who have always thought as you have.

And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying ‘Jewish swine,’ collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in—your nation, your people—is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed.'

It's time for the liberal (small L) majority in this great country to unite and speak out against the rise of the right. We must not be cowed into silent compliance or things will continue to deteriorate until it is too late.
[Post edited 25 Jul 2019 8:43]
Gav’s going to be busy this morning....
at 06:02 26 May 2019

Not sure about this new guy
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