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  1. Discrimination is fine if you can play the religion card. I'll try to find the wording but it's basically "practising Catholic" and you'll need a priest as a referee to confirm you actually go.
  2. One thing my wife has reported is that all Catholic and C of E primaries look set to become academies. This has led to a larger than usual number of heads looking to get out as they are generally thought of as being worse places to work. Add to that an increasing desire among Catholic schools to only hire churchgoers and there are many more vacancies in them than usual. So for prospective applicants with 2 hours free on a Sunday morning, and who are prepared to compromise their secular principles, employment prospects are good.
  3. "t.ex" - Is that Yorkshireish for "my former partner"?
  4. Mrs blobloblob's class has 7 different 1st languages spoken. She says it's better for the kids to speak their 1st language at home because this teaches them grammar and language structure in general. The kids whose well-meaning parents try to speak English at home can introduce problems by reinforcing mistakes. Of course though, in spite of being best practice, this increases workload on the school. I guess if she was the sort of teacher the "13 weeks' holiday" brigade seem to believe is the norm, she'd just leave them to it and not bother.
  5. I want to leave because I'm the sort of person who wants a democratically elected legislature. It surprises me that there are some people who want to use the forthcoming referendum to vote against democracy; the ultimate irony.
  6. Have you seen the asking prices, even in the duller areas of the New Territories? I find it hard to believe that as many as 2826 sellers were able to find great enough fools.
  7. I might take the day off myself, not to shop but to watch all the desperate scenes on the news.
  8. EU won't unlock further funding to Greece It's RT, therfore shameless anti West propaganda, or the only truthful source of news, or possibly neither.https://www.rt.com/business/321305-greece-eu-bailout-delayed/
  9. Good point and you've made my mind up. I'm strongly in favour of a dislike button. Less bothered about a like button though, to be honest.
  10. They won't be able to get any new legislation through and will lose a vote of confidence as soon as there is one, although I think there is a rule that says they can't have one for a year or so. Apparently the president thinks a lame duck minority government is more stable than the combined opposition with their overall majority.
  11. So this £400 figure that's being bandied about, that's just cash in hand is it? What else would she get on top? HB? Free/discounted anything else?
  12. Andrew Charalambous: Quite a bit in there. Reduce demand through less immigration is the obvious UKIP soundbite headline. Also tax incentives to reinstate empty properties and to clean and build on brownfield. Changes to the planning system. Changes to leasehold: introduce commonhold. Oh, protect green belt. He's on Twitter as @woodlandsandrew http://24dash.com/news/housing/2015-10-05-Opinion-Solving-the-housing-crisis-the-UKIP-way
  13. Documentary from RT. 1 1/2 hours but I'm off to bed. Will watch tomorrow. http://www.rt.com/shows/documentary/250217-troika-imf-ecb-eu/ What is happening in Europe in the name of the troika? A must-see for anyone who wants to understand the situation in Greece and find out why the austerity policy imposed by Germany has failed. The European Union and International Monetary Fund have lent more than 400 billion to Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus to keep these countries solvent. The lenders granted enormous power to the three institutions of the so-called troika: the IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Commission. Without any public accountability, the troika is forcing the crisis states to implement policies that are tearing the social fabric of their countries apart. German journalist and best-selling author Harald Schumann traveled to Athens, Lisbon, Dublin, Nicosia, Brussels, Washington, New York and London, in order to find out who has actually benefited from austerity measures. He puts this question to ministers, parliamentarians, economists, bankers, doctors and also to the victims of these policies, the unemployed and the ill. Among the many people he meets are Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman, IMF Director Paulo Batista and Yanis Varoufakis, the newly elected Greek finance minister. Schumanns revelations are often devastating and shocking. Given the negotiations currently taking place between the newly elected Greek government and their European partners, this film is of great political and economic relevance.
  14. The more influence they have, the nearer Greece will be to default.
  15. Massive defection from SYRIZA's central committee http://www.ekathimerini.com/200910/article/ekathimerini/news/massive-defection-from-syrizas-central-committee Fifty-three members of SYRIZA's central committee, including Euro MP Nikos Chountis, resigned Wednesday slamming the leftist party's U-turn on its election promises. A statement released Wednesday spoke of developments that will go down in the history of the Left in bleak colors. The 53 attacked outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for calling early elections without prior consultation with the party's central committee. As members of the central committee we cannot serve a new memorandum... which will deal the final blow to an already-devastated people, they said. The 53 are expected to join Popular Unity, the newly-formed SYRIZA splinter party led by former energy minister Panayiotis Lafazanis.
  16. Been in Antibes this last week and noticed how much asking prices seem to have fallen compared to 4 years ago. Still about 4 times higher than 15 years ago though.
  17. East West Road links are more important than rail. As has been alluded to, the M62 from West of Manc to East of Leeds is hopelessly inadequate. The current scheme of 'upgrading' to an 'intelligent' motorway won't even come close to fixing it. You'd have to build one if not two new east-west motorways to cope with the demand. Or just price people off the road.
  18. So in the event of a war, countries inside the EU will only stick up for other countries inside the EU? Would any non EU countries side with the EU ones?
  19. What have Golden Dawn been up to lately? I haven't seen them mentioned in English speaking press lately, other than their leader was arrested and bailed.
  20. More than 2 million Portuguese emigrated in 2013???? http://www.publico.pt/sociedade/noticia/mais-de-dois-milhoes-de-portugueses-emigrantes-em-2013-1702486 "Outside Europe, the main countries of destination of Portuguese emigration were, in that period, Angola and Mozambique."
  21. No rise for years. No matter what the circumstances, some excuse or other will always be found to keep things as they are now.
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