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General Discussion / Quasimodo's "pad"
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:50:59 AM »
 The embers haven't got cold yet and already bucket loads of dosh is being sent/pledged.

I think we can become too sentimental, especially when it's just "bricks and mortar". At the end of the day it's a building. I don't see the Vatican rushing to write out a cheque.
During WW2 the amount of "history" lost through bombing in Europe was incalculable, the vast majority was then newly built with no outpouring of grief, they just got on with it.
Apparently Britain will offer some "help" in what shape we don't know yet, {P.M.Q's in 15 minutes} lets see how much they are going to pledge of our tax dollars.

General Discussion / Ambuchannel
« on: March 12, 2019, 12:48:07 PM »
Over the past week or so I have been watching the Ambuchannel on you tube. It's basically dash cam footage of Dutch ambulances heading out to emergencies and the ride back to hospital, nothing special about that!
Except.....There never seems to be a shortage of medics for any emergency, they are very professional in what they do, but the thing that stands out for me and leaves me absolutely amazed is:-

All the roads they travel on, be it motorway, "B" roads, country lanes... I have not seen one pot hole NOT A ONE!!!!
Come to think of it I don't recall seeing any "scars" of a repaired pot hole they just don't seem to exist.
Maybe it's because we have got their share eh!

General Discussion / British Educational system
« on: March 07, 2019, 12:01:05 PM »
As with most things British especially during the last century our education system was the envy of the world...not so now I fear!

Yes the British elite and the "foreign" elite still send their kids to Oxbridge, because, unlike the plebs, they can afford to give their child {and receive} an A1 education, but it also puts them on that plateau of "It's not so much what you know it's who you know" that will help steer them through life, but what of the standards of education for the rest of us, are the standards dropping in our state schools {and they are} because of lack of funds, cr*p teachers or is it mainly because the vast majority of kids today are becoming unteachable, or all of the above. I only have to stand in the playground waiting to pick up my 6 year old granddaughter and look around at the state {yes the state} of some of those other kids parents and I despair. My granddaughter absolutely loves school and she excels in most things, but listening to her talking about "her day" at school she innocently mentions certain children in her class who are already starting to disrupt classes and has no interest in learning, after all why should they learn, they want to be just like their mum, 3 kids at the age of 20, knows Russian words that end in off, tattooed up the wazoo and living on state handouts, what's the point of an education?
To these people taking their child to school is not educational, it's just somewhere to dump their kids so they can sit watching Jeremy Kyle all day. They didn't bother to learn at school so it's not going to benefit the kid, that's the way they look at it.
When I was at school there were subjects I liked and ones I disliked, but when I left school I did retain quite a bit of what I was taught. you only have to watch quiz shows like "The Chase" or "Tipping Point" to know what I mean. I don't profess to know all the answer but subjects like history the answers NEVER change and to see contestants struggling with the simplest of questions, even if you don't know the answer, and I didn't, you can work it out by deduction if given multi choice answers, like this one the other day:-

Tipping Point....... Which of these was the last battle fought in the English civil war,
Battle of Worcester.....Battle of Hastings.....Battle of Waterloo....Contestant answer, Battle of Waterloo.

American Who wants to be a millionaire {first question}..... Which animals were used by Hannibal to cross the Alps,
Rhinoceri.......Elephants.......Llamas.......Chihuahuas..... Contestant answer, Llamas.

Then again have the chavvy mums and their drug addled boyfriends got a point, Is it worth it? I feel really sorry for the kids of today, will my granddaughter and her classmates ever eventually "make it" in life,  and if they do would it be down to a good education.

Fun Stuff / Tom Pepper
« on: February 17, 2019, 02:15:36 PM »
"He's a bigger liar than Tom Pepper"

From being small to my teens I often heard my dad use this expression when describing someone. I always thought that this was a local saying until I heard Paul Shane use it on an episode of Hi-Di-Hi a few years ago. Turns out it's a common colloquialism and looking it up it's origin seems to be open for debate as they all sound plausible.

Politics / Shamima Begum and ISIS
« on: February 17, 2019, 01:55:27 PM »
Some would say she is a British citizen and therefore should be entitled to return. People say no! but then again Trump says it's the E.U. countries duty to take ISIS captives {if from that country originally} and put them on trial, she obviously being one of them.
Having said that apparently over 300 so called ISIS have returned to this country already over the past months and you have to ask yourselves where are they, what are they doing, and more importantly how many of them are behind bars? all I see is dozens and dozens of ISIS sleeper cells being set up in this country and once established routing them out would be almost impossible.

Trump has got a point, why go to all the trouble of fighting these fanatics just to have to let them go, I believe Barak Obama said when he was president " The U.S.A. are not going to become the worlds police" I honestly don't think it's fair to expect the U.S. to try and house and deal with all these captives as they are from many many countries so it's got to be a shared responsibility.

As for her family begging the government to allow her {and now her non citizen child} back home, I sincerely hope if they agree it's just to put her behind bars. 

Sport / Business or just plain tactless?
« on: February 07, 2019, 02:08:44 PM »
It has been revealed that the French club Nantes is demanding the transfer fee {£15m} of their ex player Emiliano Sala from Cardiff.

Everyone knows by now what's happened, so is this very bad taste on their part or is it business deal that everyone has signed off on and must be honoured.
It's a "funny" one this in so far as this has set a president, we are talking about a human being here not a second hand car.
It will be interesting to see the outcome of this.

Chesterfield Discussion / Today in town
« on: January 28, 2019, 02:01:30 PM »
It's just a trifle really..... but it was one of those rare things you come across and I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it.
I have only ever witnessed this once before in my entire life {apart from hillbillies in films} either that or I should get out more!

A middle aged woman walked past me near Barclay's bank dragging two suitcases AND SHE WAS SMOKING A PIPE!!
As I say not an earth shattering event but an unusual one you must admit.

General Discussion / National Trust
« on: January 13, 2019, 12:49:47 PM »
Anybody out there a member?
Daughter down South just became a member and asked us why we don't join were retired plenty of time on our hands so I thought why not!

Had a look at the prices and looks reasonable, and as with virtually everything I look up on line if I'm going to put my hand in my pocket I check up. So I looked up N.T. reviews on Trustpilot, wow.... basically 60% of reviewers gave them a real thumbs down for one thing or another, for every "good" review there's at least six bad ones.
Among the criticisms were, "encouraging" foxhunting, de-forestation, places shut when supposed to be open, surly/ uncooperative staff, extortionate prices for food and drink, poor administration the list goes on.

I will check on other sites {if any} for more reviews but as of this moment it doesn't look like I'll be joining any time soon.

If you are a member and your satisfied please let me know.

Politics / Jail term
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:15:17 PM »
A proposition has been put forward to basically abolish prison terms of 6 months or less, someone even suggesting it could be stretched to 12 months.
Mr. Stewart {prisons minister} says "If you bring someone in for just a few weeks they lose their house their job their family their reputation
Apparently the voice for the Howard league for Penal reform Frances Crook {how apt!} says "WE should not be using prisons for these people" {drug addicts}

Yes prisons are overcrowded and this scheme would no doubt help, apparently in 2017 approximately 86,000 offenders went to jail for 6 months or less cluttering up the penal system, a system that has been starved of resources for years and is grossly understaffed and the vast majority of prisons are over 100 years old, I personally don't care about the state of the prisons, it's not a Travellodge. Can you just imagine 86,000 offenders who should be locked up "loose" on our streets.

The solution is simple firstly INCREASE the sentences.
The second is adopt the 3 strikes and your out policy {habitual criminals would get life no chance of parole}
The third is pay the USA to build two humongous prisons for us in the Arizona desert, they man it and we send a few million every year towards the upkeep. Send all our lifers there, send all those serving more than 5 to 10 years {with no living relatives} there and send any "Mr. Bigs" there so they can't terrorise other inmates.

General Discussion / Leah Remini Scientology and the aftermath
« on: December 29, 2018, 11:56:29 AM »
Has anyone else been following this on the Quest Red channel.

Quite possibly Scientology is not very well known in Britain although it would appear it is here in somewhat smaller form, perhaps because we are maybe not as gullible as the Americans I don't know. I had heard of them a good few years ago now, from what news drifted to us over the pond, and did watch the Panorama programme on Scientology with John Sweeney {2007}  and that famous "ranting" scene with members of Scientology who were constantly following him around. When I started watching this programme and what Leah Remini went through as she was in Scientology for 34 years ever since she was 6 years old.
{F.Y.I. - Leah Remini starred in the t.v. sit com King of Queens alongside Kevin James}

After 34 years she finally broke away and is now out to tell the world what it really means to be in the clutches of Scientology, it makes  fascinating viewing and I think the word "cult" could have been specially invented for Scientology because that's exactly what it is.
The programme is off air over the Xmas/ New year break, but will be back sometime in early January, well worth a look.

P.S. There is talk that Tom Cruise is beginning to see the light. 

General Discussion / Routinely arming the police
« on: November 22, 2018, 03:34:57 PM »
First and foremost MY opinion is YES the sooner the better.

I think it is long overdue.
An example was the Westminster bridge killings, when an unarmed policeman, among others injured and killed, on duty at the Palace of Westminster was fatally stabbed.
There have been numerous arguments {for and against} and it's a sorry state of affairs when something like this needs considering, but I have drawn the conclusion that our streets are getting more and more dangerous to walk, the police numbers are forever dwindling, our prisons are already fit to bursting and if nothing is done law and order will eventually break down altogether. You have to fight fire with fire, giving criminals the benefit of the doubt is no longer an option. Sooner or later the government MUST realise that long gone are the Dixon of Dock Green days "It's a fair cop guv" even petty criminals breaking into houses now, some just out of nappies, are armed and most would even kill if confronted mainly due to their drug addled state. Look back at 1999 Tony Martin shot dead an intruder, ever since that day that man has been treat like a leper. Even in 1999 I said "Serves them right" and I backed his actions 100% and I haven't changed my stance on the issue.
Even now the armed response units hands are tied, if they do use deadly force on someone say holding a hostage at gun point, if the perpetrators gun turns out to be a replica/fake the man that fired the shot is in big trouble. The Home Secretary should be made to look at a collection of firearms by the A.R.U. team and be asked to point out the fake from the real weapons, and if HE can't do it how does anyone expect an armed response officer to, especially say at night in a poorly lit street in a life threatening situation, and yet at this moment in time they are expected to.
Tasers.... O.K. in their way they can be classed as a deterrent but it's been proven useless time and again against a fairly big person possibly high on drugs.

It's the same with CCTV why do people throw a wobbler over CCTV. O.k. one might say it's been instrumental in cutting down on police patrolling the streets, but over the years it has boosted the conviction rates for people that would have otherwise gone undetected.

If we are to stop violent tooled up criminals from going unpunished then we have to give the police the weaponry, at the same time untying their hands in order to do their duty. It's not a perfect solution, I'm not saying it is I don't like the idea one bit, but the brutal truth is as a country we cannot afford to slip any further into anarchy.

Chesterfield Discussion / R.B.L. poppy badges
« on: November 21, 2018, 12:13:21 PM »
Having read that almost £3.000 was raised by selling the Chesterfield F.C. / poppy badge I can only applaud those that donated. I always buy a poppy and slip extra into poppy tins whenever. I would have been really keen to have owned such a badge myself but for the fact it had the Chesterfield F.C. logo on it and as I don't like football I saw no reason to obtain one.

Perhaps next year a similar badge with the towns crest on it instead would appeal to people like me who don't follow football, and it would encompass all that is connected with Chesterfield {including football}

Chesterfield Discussion / Glass half full {a pessimists view}
« on: November 21, 2018, 12:00:48 PM »
A good while ago now {on the other forum} there was a discussion concerning the "success" of the old colliery site at Markham vale.
Basically in it's inception in 2006 it trumpeted it would create over 4,000 jobs with new businesses being attracted to the site, I didn't believe it then and I still don't.
Thus far, 12 years down the line, there are approximately 1,600 jobs on the site, just over a third promised with roughly 2/3rds of the site being utilised, I'm the first to admit that things take time and not to expect miracles overnight, but at this rate, if true, you will be looking well into the early stages of the 2030's for a capacity site.
The mention of jobs, 1,600.  According to my sources {who work or have worked for companies on the site} the vast majority of their fellow "workmates" do not have English as their first language, so how many "locals" work there?.

I have also read that we lost the main Talgo train factory. As it was put "We narrowly missed out to Logannet in Fife" don't you mean you lost! that's like saying I narrowly missed out winning the lottery as I was only 6 numbers out.

General Discussion / Fireworks
« on: November 06, 2018, 01:58:59 PM »
Every year bonfire night comes round and the "Should we ban fireworks" question pops up {or it should do}
I'm not a killjoy by any means I used to let off fireworks in my youth and we were no saints, by that I mean we were totally aware of how dangerous they were it's just that the fireworks we had were mild in comparison to those on sale today, o.k. they were [still] dangerous but the ones you can get today especially the rockets are like intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Nowadays one of the so called "small" banger's could, and have done in the past, destroy a phone box or garden shed.  These fireworks are lethal, they can kill if someone stands too close.  It wasn't so long ago an organised display went wrong and it was terrifying to watch, I think it was on the Thames embankment, and this wasn't an isolated case.   
You know the old saying "Never give a monkey a machine gun" well this is a case in point. They need to be banned.
You might say "You had your fun with them why can't others" because it's getting beyond a joke some of those explosions are deafening and besides the price of them now, I know someone who bought a dozen fireworks the other day and paid £50 for them and he said he got a bargain.

Chesterfield Discussion / Chesterfield town centre survey
« on: October 25, 2018, 03:05:43 PM »
The survey in this weeks D.T. to be filled in and sent in {or filled in on website} asking you the people of Chesterfield basically what's wrong with Chesterfield and suggestions as to what to do to put it right. 
"WE will collate your views and make sure all Councillors, our M.P.'s are fully briefed on what YOU want to see happen"
Ye'h right!!
In other words pick our brains because the overpaid time wasters at the Council haven't got half a clue between them. I shall be filling and sending it in. As usual they are asking quite a few of the wrong questions.
All this survey needed to be was a yes/no answer survey of about 20 questions like:-

Do you feel safer shopping at out of town outlets? YES/NO
Do you think parking charges in the towns car parks is fair? YES/NO
Are you happy seeing homelessness and drunkenness littering the town? YES/NO
Do you think the empty shops are the fault of the Councils overcharging rent? YES/NO
Do you think more could be done to combat littering? YES/NO

I could go on but you get the gist, and you virtually wouldn't have to sit and think about the answers you have them ready in your head, you could answer 40 of those questions in the time it will take you to answer their "survey"

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