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  1. England already has one of the the highest population densities of any major country, especially the south east. And there's no reason why it should be the default destination for any or every country in the world that's experiencing a population explosion, unless you want to replicate something like Bangladesh but in the Atlantic. Let them get their birth rates down to replacement level first.
  2. I suspect that Audi are squeezing the most out of their existing models, production lines, and technology base while they can. They have sunk billions into it. I went to the Le Mans 24 Hour race this year, and Audi (or VAG really) have been winning it year after year due to their budget and lead in diesel-hybrid tech, a tech that used to be encouraged because of its relatively low CO2 output per km. This year Toyota won with their petrol-electric hybrid because Audi have withdrawn from the race - burning diesel's just not the image VAG want to project anymore. They will be throwing vast resources into non diesel/petrol power plants. I agree with your last paragraph. I live in a supposedly deprived ex coalfields area, but he number of big 4x4s and new German cars driving around is remarkable.
  3. Oh yes. We live like Harry and Meghan in a 6 bedroom house in the Vale of York, paid for by bennies. We do have to lock a kid in a cupboard though so he doesn't learn to talk, and another is fed exclusively on Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and Sugar Puffs to keep him hyper all the time...
  4. True. She should have at least one with ADHD and another with autism: Autism now so over-diagnosed it will be a meaningless condition within 10 years, warn experts
  5. Not too bad really, considering the UK population was about 62 million 10 years ago, and now it's 66 million and climbing...
  6. There are about a dozen states in the world whose leaders are ok with executing gays and lashing women who don't wear headscarves etc.. etc., and you nominate Trump as the worlds worst human being...
  7. The Democrats in the US are alienating much of their mainstream US supporters. Trump is on course for a 2020 win:
  8. I live in 'the North' (South Yorks) in an ex mining town. I don't know anyone in their 40s or 50s who lives with their parents. Anyway, my UK chain eatery anecdote is that the company I work with recently had a developer come over from southern India. He bought his family with him for a hol. They went to an 'Indian' chain restaurant in Sheffield and got charged about £15 a head for a veg biryani. His wife was scandalized as she said she could knock that up at home for £1 a head in Channai! They ate Italian etc. after that. I'm only happy paying a premium price if its something worth doing it for, e.g. freshly caught fish, or something difficult to cook at home. I'd be happy if a few of the debt laden chains go bust and free up space for independents to have a go.
  9. This would make a good Viz 'Top Tip'. Send it in.
  10. My mate was saying that they're seriously considering putting speakers behind the now redundant* radiator grills to play 'engine' noises like a kids toy car. Bin lorries and busses can spend a lot of time trundling around pedestrian infested areas. I joked that they should have a play and have selectable noises like a Stuka siren... *The actual motor is about the size of a washing machine drum, and puts out circa 400hp at 90%+ efficiency, so there's very little heat to get rid off, unlike a petrol engine that chucks out 50%+ of its energy as heat before it even starts to do any mechanical work.
  11. I was chatting to a friend who designs/engineers electric vehicles, mostly big stuff like bin lorries and busses. I remarked that rangewise battery powered vehicles would never be able to fully replace their diesel equivalents like HGVs. He told me that they were ideal in many ways - they had loads of space to store several of the coffin sized batteries that they use. Especially when the huge diesel engines, cooling plumbing, fuel tanks etc. were removed. Even trains are viable candidates.
  12. True. Back in the late 80s a couple of my mates jointly bought a house in Reading to get on 'the ladder'. It did cause problems when one of them wanted to get married and bail a few years later though (due to the HPC of the early 90s tanking the price).
  13. Aaaaaand: The raffle has been closed down by the Gambling Commission as being potentially illegal, and entrants asked to apply for a refund of their £10 tickets: https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/entrants-told-to-apply-for-refund-after-raffle-to-win-500-000-yorkshire-home-closes-1-9518323
  14. Whenever socialism has been tried it's been disastrous. Among other things 'wealth redistribution' doesn't respect private property (so why work hard to acquire it) and 'workers' controlling the means of production in practice means a cabal of socialist zealots deciding who deserves what, from the USSR in the 1920s, through to Venezuala and Zimbabwe today. And they always wind up living in the mansions of the class oppressors whose stuff they took by violence, like Che did in Cuba when he wasn't shooting kneeling and bound 'enemies of the revolution' in the head.
  15. I could give you twelvety reasons, but I'd have to take my shoes and socks off to count that high. Like Diane.
  16. Dunno if this has already been posted on this thread, but if not I'd recommend this documentary on Netflix (if you have it) https://uk.newonnetflix.info/info/80991272/s If only for the spectacular footage of lithium battery fires. But the chemistry lesson is pretty good too. It was recommended to me by a friend who converts big stuff like busses and bin lorries to all electric. They remove massive diesel engines and replace them with an equivalent output motor the size of a dishwasher drum...
  17. Saw this in the Whitby Gazette: https://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/10-ticket-might-get-you-a-500k-north-yorkshire-home-1-9347670 They want to sell £600k worth of lottery tickets (at £10 each) for their house in Grosmont that is 'worth' £500k. I assume that if they only sell, say, £200k worth of tickets then the lottery is cancelled, or are they obliged by law to still raffle it?
  18. Actually there are several Quranic passages (33:59), (24:31) and (33:55), and numerous Hadith that explicitly command devout women to cover up.
  19. According to a cop who's responsible for street sleepers in Sheffield city centre (on BBC Radio Sheffield a few weeks ago) just about all their rough sleepers have a bed to go to e.g. in a hostel, but a chaotic lifestyle of alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health problems makes them turn down the bed. They may not be able to control their demons, but few are forced to sleep in shop doorways. It was the same in the 80s when I was a student there.
  20. Well the £925k one is still on sale a year later it seems, while the £575k one has sold apparently. I assume the £925k owner are in no rush to sell at all...
  21. The car wash thing is an interesting example of how automation is going backwards due to our barely controlled volume of immigration. The number of automatic car washes has halved in the last 15 years as dirt cheap imported sponge wielding labour makes them uneconomical. It enables some businesses to work stupid instead of smart, and no doubt game the working tax credits system or carry out cash in hand fiddles, etc.
  22. One of the surprising things about this episode is how few pro comedians have defended him. I think only David Baddiel (Jewish himself) and Rickey Jervais have said he shouldn't be prosecuted for such jokes that use Nazis as comedy props. (Whether or not it is a good joke is another very subjective matter.) The Father Ted writer Graham Linehan has been attacking Meecham's on twitter and basically advocating sabotaging Meecham/Dankula's appeal by snitching on him to GoFundMe. Which seems illogical as if Meecham's conviction is sound he'll lose the appeal, and if it's not then a dangerous precedent has been avoided. Ironically Linehan himself wrote an episode of Father Ted that had Ted mimicking Hitler. Stupid waste of public funds and police resources.
  23. Lord Cooper of Windrush (yup it's a real Tory Lord's name) stated that those constituencies where the non indigenous populations are less than 70% will be almost impossible for the Tories to win. He calculated that by 2020 there will be about 120 parliamentary seats where this is the case. This is now the core Labour parliamentary vote. Not the white working class of old. With the demographic changes continuing apace, we are about 2 general elections away from there being a sitting left wing, pro immigration government in the UK.
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