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    Quote Originally Posted by John Green View Post
    . Co-educational ideas began with the left wing take over in the 60s..
    No, they didn't; from 1945 to 1951, I was taught in classes that comprised boys and girls; at the 11-plus boys and girls, who passed, were sent to separate schools, while those who remained behind stayed in mixed classes until they left school.
    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
    Not until puberty sets in; prior to that they largely hate each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Green View Post
    It is still a good and workable idea to segregate boys from girls during education.
    That really wouldn't work these days. Some of my 'best times' () as a teenager were spent meeting up with girls from a local all girls private secondary school, they were far more promiscuous than the girls at my mixed school. And with social networking, it is next to impossible.

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    Tory MP asks watchdog to probe Oxfam food bank campaign

    The Charity Commission is assessing whether an advertising campaign by Oxfam broke its rules by criticising the government's austerity programme.

    The charity put out a tweet speaking of a "perfect storm" caused by "zero hours contracts, high prices, benefit cuts, unemployment and childcare costs".
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27783331

    Is it just me, or does this campaign have the foul stench of the Labour party all over it?

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    The literally minded thrill me to bits ! Edgar, for your benefit, let me tighten it up slightly. Like you, I was educated during the time you mention. I attended both boys only and co-ed. The expansion of co-ed became fashionable and rapidly became the majority system during the 60s.

    I well remember the scale of the arguments for and against, that were aired by educationalsts. Or, perhaps I dreamt it.

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    My newspaper confirms unwelcome news; I am delusional. I thought I remembered some short while ago, that Britain and America plus a few others took military action in Iraq, the purpose of which was to depose a rather rancid dictator and his equally rancid family and usher in a new beginning of genuine democracy plus a bounty in oil with most of it going to the Yanks.

    Seems it never happened. Iraq is currently in turmoil with open warfare involving Islamic jihadists and their threatened take over of the country with their Islamic neighbour Iran holding out the prospect of joining forces with the Americans to throttle the jihadists in their tracks.

    Now let me see (strokes chin) how much exactly in blood and tribute did that last little exercise cost the British taxpayer - for what exactly ?

    Will we ever learn ?
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    News to give some cheer !

    England beat a watered down version of the Alll Blacks. England 38 - Crusaders (topical name) 7. Let us hope for more 'cheer' next Saturday.

    Beats watching all the 'nancies' in something called the 'World Cup'.
    Last edited by John Green; 18th June 2014 at 09:44. Reason: Wholly un-necessary triumphalism

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    Some cheer, yes and good to see some of the support squad given an airing. But it's the Tests which matter and although we have performed well there is still some distance between us and NZ. Another close loss on Saturday will not be good enough. We need a win to be confident of a win at Twickenham in November. And then we are set up nicely for 2015.

    Sorry, I thought the World Cup was next year.....!!
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    Every newspaper I pick up is full of comment about the England manager Roy Hodgson's future prospects. I admit that I'm not a fan of soccer. The mendacity, greed and duplicity that is so much a part of this game, starting with those who run FIFA, downwards to the players, present as repellant a picture as is possible to imagine.

    As the chief architect of an underperforming national side Hodgson has to resign, there is no alternative. What incentive is there for a player receiving two or so million pounds per year, whose heritage connection with England is slight, to perform to a level that demonstrates excellence ?

    Things might change if pay was related to performance.
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    I know little and care less about soccer. However a simple statistic belies any theory about today's players and today's management. Apart from an aberration when England won at home in 1966, the national team has rarely reached the last games of the tournament since our first appearance.

    Year Round
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    Brazil 1950 Group Stages
    Switzerland 1954 Quarter-finals
    Sweden 1958 Group Stages
    Chile 1962 Quarter-finals
    England 1966 Champions
    Mexico 1970 Quarter-finals
    West Germany 1974 Did not Qualify
    Argentina 1978 Did not Qualify
    Spain 1982 Round 2 6
    Mexico 1986 Quarter-Finals
    Italy 1990 Semi-Finals
    United States 1994 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
    France 1998 Round 2 9
    South KoreaJapan 2002 Quarter-finals
    Germany 2006 Quarter-finals
    South Africa 2010 Round 2
    Brazil 2014 Group Stages
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    A report in yesterday's news, features a person named as Abu Waleed. He is described as a 'jihadist' which term implies an enthusiasm and support for Islamix revolutionary zeal.

    Mr. Waleed - evidently speaking in this country; from Cardiff no less, is an ardent advocate for the establishment of an Islamic government in this country, otherwise known as a Caliphate. Mr. Waleed enthuses about the time, not so far in the future when a black Islamic flag is flying over 10, Downing St. and the Palace of Westminster and all the people enjoy the benefits of Sharia governance.

    He makes plain and in some detail exactly what the imposition od Sharia will entail. It is not all good news. Reading the report put me in mind of a similar situation back in the early part of the last century. Then a certain Adolf Hitler made no secret of his political ambitions for the rest of the world revealing all in his tome; Mein Kampf. Not much notice was taken at the time or subsequently. Which was a pity.

    Forewarned is still forearmed. We ignore Mr. Waleed at our future peril. His prophecies are not the ravings of some demented lunatic but rather more a sign post, clearly marked: 'To the future'. If we connect all that is currently happening around the world; the political turmoil and upheaval in almost too many countries to list, then, we are left with a clear and unequivocal picture of fundamentalist Islam on the march.

    The potency of the threat is enhanced by the mythology or perhaps it was the reality of the 'Trojan horse' concept. Much of Europe is home to large populations of Muslims, some pacific, some not so pacific. How radicalised they are or, how radicalised they will become is not known, although there are suspicions, based on recent terrorist attacks in London.

    Was there ever; has there ever been, a more significantly compulsive law than; "The Law of Unintended Consequences" ?
    Last edited by John Green; 1st July 2014 at 09:37. Reason: Two spoonfuls of anti moralising medicine

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    With regards to the above, I would say that the UK is already an Islamic state. From my travels around the country, I would suspect that there are a greater number of practicing Muslims in the UK than there are Christians now.

    Perhaps our saving grace will be the LBGT community, as it is completely incompatible with Islam.

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    Hardly with about 11% of the population being Muslim numbers of whom, like my newsagent, do not practice in the conventional sense. About 65% count themselves Christian although large numbers do not practice in the conventional sense.

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    A Press report to-day commented that there was an estimated 40,000 tons of plastic floating in the world's oceans, primarily in the Pacific. What makes this statistic so terrifying, is that most of it has been broken down to a size of particle that makes it easily available as an accidental food source for fish.

    Pathological analysis of fish taken in various areas of ocean are believed to show that these tiny particles of plastic are readily mixed with a major food source; plankton.

    Have we so poisoned the oceans that we really should not be eating anything that comes from it ?

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    It sounds a huge amount but against the total mass of the oceans of 1,400,000,000,000,000,000 metric tons it is a miniscule percentage. I believe that these small particles of polymerised material are unlikely to be poisonous in themselves. If you accidentally swallow a small piece of milk bottle or plastic pot it will pass through you and come out the other end.

    So I don't think it is correct to say the oceans are poisoned, but I if we have any polymer scientists in our midst they can perhaps corroborate or dispute my contention.
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    Hitler Youth tweet Labour candidate resigns

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...itics-28106688

    A Labour parliamentary candidate has resigned after tweeting an image of the Hitler Youth in relation to a protest outside BBC Scotland's HQ.
    Now, to start with it seems odd that a Labour Candidate of all people should be so concerned. I guess it highlights the unholy alliance that is the Labour party and the BBC.

    Ms Wiles has apologised and resigned as a candidate for the seat of Angus.
    The Labour Party said it would swiftly get a replacement.
    Ironic that the above quote sounds exactly like something the Nazi party would have done. I'm sure an apology for inappropriate humor would have sufficed.

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    It has long seemed to me that the Left - that includes the BBC, is largely humourless, especially when it comes to political humour.

    It is that lack of earthy humour that is really one of the most intimidating features of left wing socialist philosophy.

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    FGM Failure a national scandal

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28127678

    It seems to me that we're not going to get a grip on this issue until our politicians have the balls (no pun intended) to actually say which group in our society this practice is accepted in. Sadly, as with other issues such as ritual slaughter and certain facial garments, the politicians are too afraid of speaking up.

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    Re 137

    FGM is one of the entirely predictable outcomes resulting from the constant promotion of multiculturalism. When other ethnic identities are encouraged to maintain their way of life this, then, is what happens.

    As you correctly identify, it is the politicians who caused the problems in the first place who are now so reluctant to take action.

    But, strangely enough, not French politicians.

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    Exactly right. The French know how to deal with problems involving immigrants who do not confirm. The UK has lessons to learn!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT48H6fVKX0
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    News from America. The D. Tel. &th July, reports that the state of Georgia has announced a new weapons law called bizarrely; the 'Safe Carry Protection Act' !

    This law allows weapons to be carried openly almost everywhere: Churches, airports, bars and the classroom. It strengthens the rights of gun owners and prevents the Police from making random 'stops' to check for valid permits.

    You can imagine that this Act has raised a bit of a storm.
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    Today's news reports that if you try to board your flight with an uncharged cell phone you'll be redirected to rhe bus or railway station instead. This is the latest anti terrorist, flight safety precaution emanating from America.

    Is taking a flight these days worth all the accumulatedl safety hassle ? I think I'll stay at home and save some money. Now, if 'they' adopted some ethnic profiling, that would begin to make sense. Most of us would be a bit more tolerant to the idea of standing in a mile long queue for what seems like eternity.

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    Doncha jus' love 'em ? That pillar of social justice and probity known as The Socialist Worker, the saliva speckled mouthpiece for the Socialist Workers Party has entered the lists with a spiteful piece on the story of the schoolboy attacked and killed by a polar bear on Svalbard Island.

    "Eton by polar bear", was their headline. Hilarious ! Horatio Chapple was a pupil at Eton. With others, he was on an Arctic expedition when the group were attacked at night by an aggressive polar bear. The bear killed the youngster and then attacked, severely injuring others.

    All rather strange with, one would have thought, little capital to be made from this story however, it seems that according to the Daily Telegraph wherein this story was reported, Charles Kimber who purports to be the secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, is an Old Etonian !

    Much outrage has been expressed against this variety of gutter commenting - I won't refer to it as journalism.

    Horatio Chapple RIP.

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    Well it could have been the other nest of the over privileged then it would have been a Harrowing experience! Aggressive Polar Bear? It was only doing what bears do,look for food why shoot it when it was leaving. From what I understand it was a trip doomed to failure. Rifle failed to fire twice, petty unlikely unless the guy was peeing himself or it was badly maintained lie the trip wires. As to the boy I feel the same amount of regret at his death as those who are killed on an almost daily basis by stupid motorists or murdered.
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    Irrespective of any allegations of negligence - which remain to be proved. Irrespective of whether the bear was aggressive, highly excited or out for an evening stroll, the point of my comment was that the piece in the Socialist Worker (there's an oxymoron for you) was an entirely un-necessary jibe that was inconsiderate and distressful especially to the family of this unfortunate youngster.

    How does 'privilege' creep into this ? Because young Horatio went to Eton, is his life worth less than someone at a comprehensive?

    There is nothing quite like a good tablespoonful of moral comparison to justify a muddled opinion.

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    The following was discussed on these forums some considerable while ago:

    To-day's Mail carried the story that British security and anti terrorist units have been in discussions with the governing body of British aero modellers regarding the threat posed by explosive carrying, radio controlled, model aircraft or drones.

    There is evidence that terrorist groups in the Near and Middle East have already experimented. One wonders what exactly would be an effective form of defence ?

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    One would have thought simply transmitting on all frequencies used near any targets would disrupt their flight. Trouble is by having to jump through all these loops they have already won.

    You will never win playing the nice guy, you need to use the tactics they use to defeat them.
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    For the last 25 years we've been dithering and debating the location for a new London airport. A press report, (Sun. 12th July) tells us that the Chinese in preparing for a new airport were somewhat restricted by the topography.

    So they have demolished by explosives the tops of 65, yes, 65 mountains and then filled the valleys with the spoil to create a new regional airfield at about two to three thousand feet elevation. Heaven forbid that we take such action, what would all the Oddie's and Attenborough's of this world have to say about that. In any event we don't have any mountains, at least proper ones.

    Judged even by British standards of procrastination, twenty five years is a long long time to be talking about siting a new airfield.

    I wonder how many risk assessments were prepared by the Chinese ? How many impact assessments on the wild life ? How many committees were convened to discuss the social and environmental impact ?

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    The answers to your last three questions are probably none, none and none. Nothing untoward in a totalitarian state.

    I doubt many of us here would swap the frustrations of British procrastination for the Chinese model. But I could be wrong.

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    Yes, but the way things are progressing, they, the Chinese will finish up very rich and successful in a totalitarian state and able to well pay their way and we will possibly be very poor, living in a make believe democracy under the beneficial order of Herr Juncker and the equally totalitarian EU.

    Who would you regard as a potential winner ?

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    This must be in the realm of fiction.

    The D. Tel. (report, 23rd July ) relates the heart warming story of a doctor who after sexually assaulting at least three women in the course of his work, has been cleared by an enquiry and allowed to continue practicing unsupervised !

    This creature works at a private hospital - the name of which was not published.

    I am not skilled in these matters but, I would have thought that, as a matter of commonsense, the welfare and safety of the public should have been uppermost in whatever passes for the minds of the tribunal.

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