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  1. “Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting." - George Orwell.
  2. In 1910, as an example, there were roughly 23 million less people living in the UK. Also take into account that today, there are more single people, others putting their decision to have kids on hold (sometimes indefinitely) until they can afford something. Prior to the first world war, people generally had more children, in part because there were more nasty things out there that could kill infants. I haven't read the article, but I would be wary about how the information is interpreted.
  3. I'm a British 'immigrunt' abroad. Obviously slang used in a derogatory fashion. It's hard to accept your previous viewpoint if seek the moral high ground but attempt to give offense. Incidentally I am not offended. Immigrant, expat etc - it's only semantics, doesn't impact either my life or the way in which I view myself.
  4. At least my fruit/veg and wood (fuel) costs remain at zero. Across the channel fuel prices are creeping up slightly. Diesel is now at a high price of 1,39ppl euros, (£1.20ppl), but everything else seems to remain static. However I have a builder coming to sort out some roof tiles, and he said prices were about to shoot up 20-30% over the year, but I never caught the reason why.
  5. I would agree with that. I'm not much into alcohol, but on the few times where I've gone way past my limits, I've still always been very self-aware of what it is I'm doing, even when I don't have the best bodily control and inhibitions are down. It's not like my moral compass has ever got overwritten by the drink. Who knows if they would have acted out the same if they didn't have a drink inside of them, but it's surely indicative of their character, alcohol or no alcohol.
  6. It is strange how certain drugs are accepted culturally, whereas others are demonised and made illegal.
  7. Turns out the person who manhandled Chris Whitty for a selfie was an estate agent, now an ex-estate agent of course! Whatever you think of Chris Whitty, I don't think anyone deserves to be humiliated or manhandled in such a fashion.
  8. "I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened." Mark Twain.
  9. Seems like the perfect anecdote to the way people live. If we obtain a roof over our heads, we're not happy because the neighbour or friend/colleague/relative has somewhere a little larger with a nicer garden, and a better car, or has a bit more disposable income. We're agitated because we think someone else has it better. But then say that person loses their home, or becomes incredibly sick, that's when you start appreciating what you have. Relativity's a funny old thing.
  10. I think they were working on the roof at the time, not that it should have caused something like this. I'm sure there's more to the story that will come out later. I seem to recall reading it was built in the early 1980's or thereabouts.
  11. I imagine Hancock's wife now agrees with Boris, he is totally f'ing useless. Hope he gets taken to the cleaners, and then investigated for corruption.
  12. Different countries eat different animals - what's socially acceptable to one, may not be to another, but granted, you wouldn't want it being passed off in your kebab or pasty. If you keep a balanced diet, I've yet to meet anyone who's died or gotten seriously sick from not eating meat. Certainly solves the problem.
  13. "Our job is to keep people out of poverty, not to enrich the middle classes," I think the problem is the middle classes, generally aren't that rich, and many are going down into that poverty bracket, and if not now then soon.
  14. Never dated a colleague from work. Met my wife in Paris when we were in our 20's, it was only much later in the relationship that I discovered she owned her own place, which was a nice little aside. Eventually I moved there, and we enjoyed a rent free life in the capital before later starting a family and moving again.
  15. I have a relative who will be working from home almost indefinitely as they sold up three of the four offices, and saved a fortune in the process. Their pay increased, and the company sends the occasional present (such as flowers) in the post. Trying to cut 10% from a wage, when saving money is just opportunistic theft.
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