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Post by Stanley » 19 Sep 2019, 04:26

See THIS BBC report on the controversy arising from publication of an image of him in black-face for a play 18 years ago. He has apologised immediately, he could do nothing else as he is seeking re-election.
This bothers me, we all know that current views on what constitutes regrettable behaviour have changed over the years. My Golliwog badge from Robertson's jam would not be acceptable now but it was OK then. I believe that we should cut people like Trudeau a bit of slack. I wasn't a rabid racist when I wore my Golliwog badge and neither was he when he blacked up. In case you have forgotten, one of the popular TV shows used to be 'The Black and White Minstrels'. I doubt if they will ever be shown again!
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Post by plaques » 19 Sep 2019, 07:35

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See THIS BBC report on the controversy arising from publication of an image of him in black-face for a play 18 years ago.
Does this mean that Moby-Dick by Herman Melville will be on the banned list? One of the main characters was Queequeg a highly tattooed cannibal who threw the harpoon.
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Post by Stanley » 20 Sep 2019, 02:16

It makes you wonder doesn't it P. I get the feeling these surfing vigilantes are attention seekers and it makes me wonder what they have in their pasts. Were they banging on about 'rights' twenty years ago? I doubt it.
I remember my Jewish friend Ethel pulling me up short in NY 30 years ago when I referred to someone being 'Jewed'. I explained to her that it had never struck me it was unacceptable, it was in our dialect. I have never used it since. Does that mean that I was racist or just unthinking?
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Post by Tripps » 20 Sep 2019, 13:46

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I explained to her that it had never struck me it was unacceptable, it was in our dialect.
That would never work today - against someone who was determined to be offended. :smile:

Is there nothing that a University will not 'research Colonising Mars so long as someone funds it. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 21 Sep 2019, 02:35

David, remember that things have changed, the universities are now run as 'profit centres'. They will teach anything if there's money in it!
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THIS BBC story about the rise of 'Corgi Cafés' in the Far east....
While on holiday in Dorset we saw several people in towns pushing prams - and then realised they had little dogs in the pram, not babies! Has it become normal for people to have prams for their dogs? Will Jack want one? :extrawink:

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Post by chinatyke » 23 Sep 2019, 13:36

Whatever next? :confused: :sad:

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Post by Stanley » 24 Sep 2019, 02:32

I often think they are regarded as substitutes for a child. Time to worry is when you see Brenda pushing a pram with a Corgi in it......
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Post by Cathy » 24 Sep 2019, 07:03

See What Attracted Your Attention re Netflix scam.
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Post by Tizer » 29 Sep 2019, 09:32

Take care! Everything these days seems to have a double meaning...
`OK hand sign added to list of hate symbols' LINK

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Post by Stanley » 30 Sep 2019, 03:16

I once shook hands with a bloke and he asked me "Which Lodge?" I said none, I'm not a Mason, that's a broken finger!
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Post by Stanley » 01 Oct 2019, 04:09

Nothing on the web yet but search for Antarctic Glacier E28. Reports are coming in of an enormous piece of the ice shelf that has broken off and is the largest Berg ever recorded. The scientists are stressing that this is not evidence of global warming but simply an exceptional calving.
The BBC has backed down and rescinded the criticism of the TV presenter who commented on Trump. It took the intervention of the Director General.
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Post by Stanley » 02 Oct 2019, 02:47

It was D28! That's why I couldn't find it. See THIS BBC account of the event.
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Post by Stanley » 03 Oct 2019, 05:17

See THIS BBC report of the crash of a privately owned Boeing B17 bomber at Harding in Connecticut.
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Post by Tizer » 03 Oct 2019, 10:24

That's sad but even more people could have been killed if it had happened at the upcoming public air show.

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Post by Stanley » 04 Oct 2019, 02:49

There must come a time when we will have to think about the practicalities of keeping planes this old in the air.....
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Post by Tripps » 04 Oct 2019, 09:58

Exactly what I thought when a Lancaster bomber flew over my hut at a very low height recently. Seems they'd arranged for it to overfly the vintage car show which they hold at the church in the village. They must have some good connections. :smile:
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Post by PanBiker » 04 Oct 2019, 10:51

You can apply via the BBMF website for any of the aircraft that the flight maintains to do a flypast or with some types a display routine. There are much stricter rules for the displays than the flypast's. I got the BBMF Dakota to our 40's event in Barlick a number of years ago. And we got both of the two remaining airworthy Lancasters our BBMF City of Lincoln and the Canadian Lancaster during our heritage weekend a few years ago.

Regarding the maintenance, many of the heritage aircraft are maintained to a much higher standard than they were when they were operational. The BBMF Lancaster had a complete strip down and rebuild a few years ago. It took over a year but it came out more or less like a newly delivered aircraft from Castle Bromwich or Chadderton.
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Post by Stanley » 05 Oct 2019, 02:13

Apart from the fact that every time you stress aluminium you change the structure slightly. They will be monitoring that.
I saw a note yesterday about an Antonov crashing at Lviv. (LINK)
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Post by Tizer » 07 Oct 2019, 09:03

I see this in the news today...
`Unilever to cut plastic use to appeal to Gen Z'
`Unilever, which owns brands such as Surf and PG Tips, says it plans to halve the amount of new plastic it uses in a bid to appeal to younger shoppers.'
`In an interview with the BBC, Mr Jope said Unilever, the UK's biggest food producer and which also own dozens of health, beauty and cleaning brands, was trying to remain relevant to younger consumers who worry about plastic use....He said millennials - normally thought of as those born between 1980 and 1995 - and Generation Z, which is more poorly defined but generally considered to be those born between the mid-1990s and 2010, cared about "purpose and sustainability"....They also worry about "the conduct of the companies and the brands that they're buying".'

I'm always pleased to see things done to increase sustainability but find it offensive that Unilever thinks it's only `young' shoppers who care about the environment, recycling and sustainability. I hope thousands of oldies will get together on Facebook, Twitter or wherever and give Unilever a good haranguing for this attitude! :furious:

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Post by Stanley » 08 Oct 2019, 04:14

I noted the remarks and must admit that I thought oh yes.... could profit motive be at the root of it? Will they actually make any difference? Not impressed..
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I noted the remarks and must admit that I thought oh yes.... could profit motive be at the root of it? Will they actually make any difference? Not impressed..
What's wrong with making a profit? It's not a dirty word.You had that it mind when you had a business at Sough!

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Post by Stanley » 08 Oct 2019, 05:38

Agreed but I never attempted to get in tune with the Zeitgeist without disclosing what my motives were. I don't argue against profit, just multinationals jumping on band wagons which is what this is.
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Post by Tripps » 08 Oct 2019, 10:21

Seems it's Baroness Boothroyd's 90th birthday today. She lives nearby, and I used to see her in Tesco quite often, but not for a while now. I remember wine used to feature in her trolley. :smile:

She once autographed her till receipt on request from my lad who was working on the till. We framed it and put it on the mantelpiece.

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