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  1. Baker Street tube station occasionally has a French lady announcer, whose voice is very sexy.
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    The Ukraine Chernobyl Thread

    And they are getting an election, the only problem is they won't get the right result so they are trying to discredit the democratic process.
  3. Except the stadia have been/are being reduced in size and capacity, or have been removed all together, and the athlete's accommodation is being sold off as housing.
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    The Ukraine Chernobyl Thread

    What do expect when you involve everyone in the negotiations except the disenfranchised population?
  5. If their lease for the poles has expired, and the poles serve other people's homes, then you could write to them and tell them to stop trespassing on your property. If the poles only serve your property, then you are stuck with them. They will offer to move them for around £6,000 each, at your cost. If you dig your heals in, then they will normally move them at their cost.
  6. In the lease, I would insist on a "lift and shift" clause, at their expense - essentially if you want it moved, then you provide another bit of land on your property, and they pay for the move. They normally agree to lift and shift clauses but at your expense, so you provide the land and then you pay for all the re-building. This will put them offbuilding it. If it was me, I would accept the price of my house, or at least start off at that price in any negotiations. I work with these companies on a daily basis, and they don't hesitate to rip off people on land agreements.
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    Nimbyism Rules Uk

    "No such thing as society" reads completely differently in context.
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    Anti-Benefits Mood Growing

    Don't tell Eratosthenes. He was busy measuring the circumference of the Earth a couple of hundred years before Christ. I get the impression the flat Earth idea is just a theological model, rather than a physical model.
  9. I must admit to being very green when I left university, I had driven lathes and mills and various other machine tools, but mechanical engineering is so broad, it would not be possible to gain knowledge of every aspect. In my ten year career I have never seen a press, and I never expect to. In my industry we use castings for enclosures and I work with those on a daily basis. What a good engineering degree gives you is the ability to go back to fundamentals and work on a problem you have never come across before. You would probably find that those Cambridge undergraduates would be able to crunch through many pages of maths and work out the minimum size of press needed for a particular panel. While you may be able to do this quicker using your experience, and you would probably do it better, if you come across something no one has ever done before, they would almost certainly have the edge. One of my more rewarding experiences was at a process plant which we were redeveloping. I was given the drawings and made a mathematical model of the works. I then sat down in front of the technicians, many of whom had been running the works for years, and listed out problems I had found, where tanks would over flow in specific conditions, or the process was compromised. At the begining the technicians were very sceptical, but when I had listed out all the problems they had been coping with, and suggested methods to resolves them, without every having seen any of these issues myself, they suddenly trusted me to work on their plant.
  10. Dyson claims to have made over 5000 prototypes of his vacuum cleaner, as if this is a good thing. I'm an engineer designing bespoke process plant. We get it right first time, we couldn't afford to do anything else. I always get the feeling that Dyson doesn't understand what engineering is, and feel slightly embarrassed he has put himself forward as an ambassador.
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    Paying In Cash Morally Wrong

    I have two reasons for paying tradesmen, mechanics, etc. in cash. First, the cash flow problems detailed above. If someone is building me an extension, I want them to have as good a relationship with their suppliers as possible, and using cash which doesn't have to clear through a bank is a good way of helping this. I pay him on a Friday with cash, he then goes and pays his carpenter, bricklayer, plasterer etc. with the cash I've just given him. Second, most banks charge businesses for paying in cheques or using credit cards/debit cards - something like 2%. If I can save someone doing work for me 2% at no cost to me, then I will. I always get receipts for the works carried out, at which point I feel my moral obligations end.
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    Should We Build On The Greenbelt?

    Tell that to archaeologists. They keep digging up green field sites and find them littered with the remains of previous built up areas.
  13. Social Identity Theory has shown how people form groups on the most spurious of reasons, and then will discriminate in favour of their own group, and against other groups (as shown in Tajfel's minimal groups experiment). By asking me this question, I have now been forced to form a person identity which includes "white, straight, male" where as previously I did not define myself in this manner, and did not discriminate against members outgroups. With my new identity, however, created as a result of your categorizations, I am now socially and psychologically programmed to discriminate against non-whites, homosexuals and females.
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    RIOTS THREAD MERGED

    Everyone needs a hobby
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    RIOTS THREAD MERGED

    19.51 Gangs of racist thugs are sprinting through Enfield, Guardian journalist Paul Lewis has said. 20.05 UPDATED Guardian journalist Paul Lewis, who earlier tweeted about gangs of racist thugs sprinting through Enfield, says these people were actually vigilantes attempting to protect their shops. #Enfield Hertford Rd witness: "They're just blokes from the pub chasing a way the black kids that been causing the trouble." Not wanting to stereotype the socialist, lefty, lovey dovey Guardian or anything!
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