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    For all car drivers.

    The following came from a reliable source as they used to write in 'The Screws of the World':

    Car hi-jackers are on the prowl with some new tricks. This has been experienced mostly in public car parks. If you arrive back at your car and there is a piece of paper stuck to your back window - leave it there. Check there's no one around, jump into your car, lock the doors and drive away.

    If you don't see the paper before getting into your car, you will normally start and look into the mirror before reversing and then you see a piece of paper on the rear window directly in your line of sight, the normal action is to get out of your car to investigate - DON'T. Lock the doors and drive away.

    The thieves will be lurking, concealed somewhere, at hand ready to grab your car and all your possessions when you get out to investigate.
    Last edited by John Green; 16th May 2014 at 17:05. Reason: Tintacks sorry, I mean Sinstax

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    They are welcome to my heap LOL.
    Good to warn people though.Was there any area where this is happening or reported?

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    That makes the assumption that evey driver will either see the paper before getting in or spot it when they look in the mirror. When they what, John?!

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    I think about as many do who also use their indicators !

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    Trump

    I don't know of any particular locality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Green View Post
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    I think about as many do who also use their indicators !
    Yes that's about right.

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    I see that there is another sorry piece in the Press about global warming, which should alert us all to the Stalinist practices of something known as the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

    Since science became politicised primarily as a consequence of the altercation surrounding man made global warming, various academics demonstrating scepticism and with a lifetime spent in meteorology, have witnessed the rubbishing of their various papers on the subject, and their personal removal - not literally - to the fringes of academia.

    One such is Professor Lennart Bengtsson, of Reading University (is there anywhere in this country that doesn't have a Uni?) who has suibmitted papers critical of claims that carbon emission is as damaging - short or long term - as some described. For daring to upset the status quo he has been marginalised.

    He writes that if the entire world economy or, that major industrialised part, is to be re-jigged on the basis of the claims for global warming currently made, then the science supporting those claims has to be blemish free. I would have thought that that was common sense.

    But no, the political agenda that seems to support and encourage pro global warming 'science' is sufficiently influential to encourage the suppression of dissent thus further diminishing the pro credibility.

    What is it these people want? A return to the horse and cart? Are they all Luddites ?

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    A report in my newspaper reveals that where we failed, the Yanks succeeded ! Abu Hamza, convicted by the American justice system where the British one failed, is starting a life behind bars without the prospect of parole or, early release. It is said that he will die in jail.

    Now why couldn't we save a lot of expense and do that while he was here in custody ? Perhaps he has sympathisers in the CPS !

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    Yes,we gave him and his cronies ,money,legal aid and a platform to spout his bile-over in the USA they did what we should've done years ago,good on them.

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    Not necessarily the end of the saga for Sgt. Alexander Blackman. On appeal, it is reported that he has had his sentence - imposed for killing a Taliban prisoner, reduced from ten years to eight. Another appeal has been proposed.

    Don't think that this story does much for Armed forces recruitment.

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    Another news item concerns drones and pizzas. It is reported that a pizza outlet in Bombay, that is in India, for some of our more geographically challenged readers, has made the first air borne delivery of a hot, delicious, mozzarella cheesed with tomato overlay pizza by aerial drone, to a grateful customer in a Bombay tower block.

    If this gains in popularity, I can see a growing competition and perhaps conflict with the resident native population of predatory vultures. PDF's (Pizza Defence Forces) may have to formed and equipped with air rifles to defend one's supper against sudden and swift removal by these aerial equivalents of the WW2 Junkers 87 (Stuka.)

    Vulture Protection Lobbies might arise within the ranks of the Indian version of the RSPB. Training these capable and intelligent birds to carry miniature first strike missiles targeted at the Pizza Defense Forces could certainly give rise to serious conflict perhaps involving UN mediation and ultimately UN Peacekeeping troops of whom the vast majority could be trained by Bill Oddie's Corp of Sanctimonious Twitchers, thus increasing their ultimate battle effectiveness.

    I forsee a re-run of the WW2 B of B. But this time, the Battle of Birds, Bombay or, B of B in B. The title in full, besides being more expressive, will not be confused with Bed & Breakfast outlets in Bombay, India.

    The comments of those members of the forum who have in depth military experience and in particular, specialised avian knowledge would be invaluable. All such, could be rewarded with a weeks supply of drone delivered Bombay Duck.
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    How do you send the pizza back if it's wrong

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    Post it marked 'collect'' !

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    The interesting news snippet is that there appears to be no interesting news coming from that far away land of which we know so little.

    I refer to our sister column - Historic Aviation. The news is that there appears to be a continuum of no news of what some regard as the less than realistic appearence of a spectral vision of a magnificent invention by an engineer and aviation designer; R. J. Mitchell Esq.

    If the writer of this article refers in circumspect terms to this engineering masterpiece which, for the moment must remain nameless, it is out of respect for hundreds of enthusiasts who have contributed their knowledge and enthusiasm to an oft times romantic but persevering quest for what some experts have referred to as an 'aviation Holy Grail'.

    Climate change supporters have mooted that the current experience of an extended monsoon season, might suggest that the monsoon will continue without break from year to year, thus limiting for the forseeable future any further attempts at archaeological incursions. Others - metaphorically spitting fire, are dismissive of such a notion, asserting that it is almost written in concrete that the aberrant weather now prevalent in that far away country of which we know so little is purely temporary.

    Either way, the absence of news has created a rancorous hiatus in the flow of information. Those experts who are engaged in the preparation of lengthy and informative reports some, intended to stimulate book and TV deals are, no doubt twiddling their thumbs while quietly suffering the cold pangs of anxiety.

    I say to them; "Hang on in there, your time will come". If I have to leave Rangoon Towers, my stately pile on the banks of the Showaddy River, to extract news however miniscule, then I will do that even if it means spitting not tacks but fire.

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    A newspaper article refers to comments made by esteemed author and historian James Holland regarding the publicity accorded to British and American military efforts on D-Day, 6th June, 1944.

    Mr. Holland writes that the British, who bore the brunt (numbers and equipment) of the D-Day landings have been ignored and the glamourous Americans whose landings were almost a gallant failure, have cornered the publicity mainly on account of the numbers of reporters and cameramen who accompanied their forces.

    The British developed the plan for the invasion. They invented and built the Mulberry Harbours. Thery landed - with the Canadians - more troops, flew more sorties with more aircraft and were responsible for providing two thirds of the warships, transports and assault craft carrying the invasion troops.

    However, like the Germans, the Americans had the better uniforms !
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    A report by the Royal United Services Institute concerning the cost of Britain's wars since the fall of the Berlin Wall reveals that Mr. Blairs wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost £29 billion. Bruce, with your appreciation for Mr. Blairs 'cleverness' , this news may not appeal to you.

    In addition, the results were strategic failures. Terrorism spread and about 100,000 Iraqis died as a consequence. The RUSI go on to comment that British soldiers were part of an American led coalition, so were unable to influence strategy.

    Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Britain has spent around 35 billion on its various wars.

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    My newspaper 'speaks'. Nigel has done it again. 'It' in this connection means headline grabbing with all that that means for increasing UKIP support and taking support from the Tories.

    He has announced that he proposes to reduce the top rate of tax from 45 to 40% and to place a grammar school in very major city in England and Wales. possibly Scotland too if they are still around.

    If he goes on like this he'll be sounding more like a Tory than a Tory used to sound like.

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    As Bill Sleaze, ace reporter for the Daily Globe would write, a thought provoking article has appeared in the D.Tel concerning nutritional methods of treating some cancers.

    I've often wondered why it is that we chuck cows milk down our throats with a degree of abandonment. Cows milk is surely meant for calves and not humans. Ditto all dairy products says he who worships at the shrine of Cheddar and especially those pasteurized effusions from Normandy.

    The report concerns a woman, a scientist working at Imperial College who contracted cancer some many years ago and who was advised to avoid all products related to and originating from what is referred to as dairy. She received conventional cancer therapy concomitant with her change of diet and eventually found herself free from this life threatening disease.

    Her anti dairy diet lapsed and she found that the cancer returned. Again, it disappeared after she had been on her exclusion diet for some time and she has remained free from concer.

    I realise that one swallow does not a summer make and it would make interesting reading to analyise any statistical evidence that has arisen in support of this particular nutrional therapy.

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    With any luck it'll be about 10 years before it's proved - if it ever is, so I think I'll take my chances with milk on my cereal, cream on my strawberries and delectable fromages francais from time to time.

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    Rugby fans. My paper mentions that England play New Zealand on Saturday, 7th June. Can't find any details - as usual - about start time and which channel is showing it. Pessimism tells me Sky.

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    'fraid so. 0835 on Sky Sports!! Might be on Radio 5 Sport perhaps, but I rarely listen to their coverage.
    Charlie

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    Thanks Charlie. Could mean an early trip up to No.1 son who subscribes. Don't like to make it too often - he might suggest sharing the cost of the subscription.

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    I am 99% certain the other two Tests also kick off same time on the 14th and 21st. So looks like you could be doing just that!!

    Pssst, anyone looking? - look at this......http://www.wiziwig.tv/competition.ph...&allowedDays=7

    Look at the second item. The link doesn't always work but put it this way I have seen a fair bit of Aviva Premiership this season as well as some Top 14 ....and quite a bit of cricket......ssshhh!
    Charlie

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    Tried it and it works !! Fingers crossed for Sat. Looks like I might owe you a pint or ten.

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    Delighted. Enjoy the match. I am away so will miss it but as we will be below strength thanks to the vagaries of the IRB's scheduling I am more interested in the next two tests where at least one win is not beyond the bounds of probability. And that would set up the home match in November nicely.
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    All my favourite and not so favourite newspapers have something to write about with regard to Birmingham, education and Moslems.

    I'm not too sure what all the fuss is about. I was educated at a number of faith schools (Catholic) as were my Protestant and Jewish friends at their faith schools. No one paid any attention. We were each educated in the values and ideals of our respective faiths which, in some cases, differed markedly from each other.

    I don't think that we came to any great harm as a consequence of our different training. We played together, made friends and religeous differences were not high or indeed, anywhere on our list of priorities.

    Perhaps there are serious concerns about which the general public are unaware.

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    We're in an age where religion is increasingly taking a back seat, so of course people find it alarming when their children are being exposed to hardline religious practices.

    I hope this is the start of a process that will result in all schools being secular by law. The indoctrination of children into any religion, whether at home or at school, is highly immoral IMO.

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    Two lads interviewed at the same time in the same school,
    Lad 1 [a muslim ] stated that they weren't allowed to mix with females at the school, Lad 2 then says yes but thats wrong it's an academy NOT a faith school --so they ARE imposing their ways.

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    I don't think stroking "faith" schools with such a broad brush is helpful. I have some experience of both C of E as well as Catholic Primary schools and the last aspect of them which would occur to me was that they were doctrinal. Religion seemed to be gently dealt wirh and certainly lessons embraced other faiths in a general sense. I am not sure that a Muslim school is so liberally minded, is it?
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    It is still a good and workable idea to segregate boys from girls during education. When I was young it was commonplace. Co-educational ideas began with the left wing take over in the 60s.

    Educate boys alongside girls and they become more interested in each other rather than learning to read and write - with the now so predictable consequences.

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