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I'm positive about:

I'm also positively miffed that Scameron gave away 13000 paraplegics chance to walk again to Pakistan as 'aid' and I think we should make this the new denomination of true value, in which to measure wasted tax payer's money with.

This is the kind of stuff we should be buying plenty of, until everyone who needs one has one... !

It's not only going to be useful for paraplegics, but will have many uses. As an invention, it's on par with the car, because it hugely amplifies the capability of the individual human,

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I'm positive about UK manufacturing. The current network of global supply chains is extremely fragile and is highly susceptible to economic, political and natural shocks. Such supply chains also function best in an era of cheap oil and that era is coming to an end. Furthermore, outsourcing of manufacturing to centres of cheap labour, such as China, is a self-correcting process - as rising waging inflation in China is illustrating.

We will see a resurgence in UK manufacturing based on low carbon technology, a highly skilled workforce and world-class R&D. With short supply chains these manufacturers will be highly responsive to customer needs and able to supply high-quality bespoke products to the European market and beyond.

I accept we are at an early stage and that much needs to be done. However, the UK already has an encouraging position in renewable energy, biotechnology, advanced composites, digital communications and regenerative healthcare (to name a few). For these reasons I'm positive about the medium and long-term prospects of UK manufacturing.

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  • A British government that at least understands that debt is a problem, that ID cards are wrong, that 28 days detention without charge is wrong and a bunch of other stuff.
  • A Canadian government (pretty much regardless of who wins) that thinks the same things only more so.
  • Kids are much nicer than they were 30 years ago.
  • In absolute terms, poverty is decreasing world wide.
  • Modern medicine is fantastic and getting better.
  • Doctor Who is still good.
  • Due to good nutrition, better clothing and vastly less physically stressful jobs, people are much nicer to look at than they were 30 years ago.
  • The interweb.
  • Cars are so much better than they used to be it's not true.
  • Modern bikes are amazing - for the same money as a 3 speed bone shaker 20 years ago, you can now buy a bike that wouldn't have been out of place in the Tour de France in the 70s.
  • Ever increasing computer performance and features.
  • The availability of just about any book on the planet at the click of a mouse.

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Peak oil leading to a permanently high price of oil and seeing more people walking and cycling and less rushing about in cars not talking to anybody.

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# Doctor Who is still good.

# Due to good nutrition, better clothing and vastly less physically stressful jobs, people are much nicer to look at than they were 30 years ago.

First one of these I can agree with - Doctor Who is still good, and in some ways better.

Can't agree with the second one. Too many nose piercings, tattoos and beer bellies. Come on UK ladies! You may have access to better make-up tutorials and nail-bars, but try and keep in trim? As for the blokes, they often tend to have the aggressive shaven head look (which fools no-one) and they've not learnt how to be stylish (include me in that). So generally people are not nicer to look at, with the exception of some of the migrant crowd.

Only thing I'm positive about is that a proportion of talented folk, left for dead by our crazy economic system, will start up their own businesses and prosper. Unfortunately they will be outnumbered by those left beached by the globalisation outsource everything nonsense. An example of this is in the IT industry where the bosses and agents pretend there are skill shortages (if true it can't hurt to train people) in order to bring in migrant workers and condemn local IT workers to poverty. Or the desire by those in charge to constantly try and reduce wages of tradesman. What's that Dave ? We're running out of Poles and Rumanians to undercut our carpenters and plumbers? Why not go for Turkey accession to the EU next?

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  • A British government that at least understands that debt is a problem, that ID cards are wrong, that 28 days detention without charge is wrong and a bunch of other stuff.
  • A Canadian government (pretty much regardless of who wins) that thinks the same things only more so.
  • Kids are much nicer than they were 30 years ago.
  • In absolute terms, poverty is decreasing world wide.
  • Modern medicine is fantastic and getting better.
  • Doctor Who is still good.
  • Due to good nutrition, better clothing and vastly less physically stressful jobs, people are much nicer to look at than they were 30 years ago.
  • The interweb.
  • Cars are so much better than they used to be it's not true.
  • Modern bikes are amazing - for the same money as a 3 speed bone shaker 20 years ago, you can now buy a bike that wouldn't have been out of place in the Tour de France in the 70s.
  • Ever increasing computer performance and features.
  • The availability of just about any book on the planet at the click of a mouse.

:o

Not that I can remember much from 30 years ago - however if people look better now they must have looked horrendous back then. We are certainly fatter today.

Agree about the bikes. Such good value - even though they are 30% more than a few years ago.

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Stem cell research. Anything with the potential to give sight to the blind or hearing to the deaf is beyond amazing.

The internet as both a source of info and porn (actually porn is a valuable source of info as well, some of the things I've seen..... :o )

Cars 30 odd years ago tended to show obvious signs of rusting after a year or too, especial British ones. And going back even further, vinyl seats on a hot day, yuck.

American TV is, in many ways, much better and less formulaic than it was, and can be enjoyed with far better picture quality. Shame UK TV has declined so much, good documentaries are rarer and too much of the drama output is soaps and pseudo-soaps (Casualty).

Being able to own high-def copies of movies that look great on a 50 inch (or larger) screen. In the 1970s, just before home video took off, an 18 minute condensed version of a movie on Super 8 film cost £30.

Yep, many Super 8 movies were 2 hour films cut down to 18 minutes. I never saw one so I can't comment on how effective or otherwise this was. With something like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, that actually might be the optimum running time.

I remember huge projection TVs in the late 70s/early 80s that took up most of a room and produced dreadfully dim pictures. Cost thousands as well.

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Our quality of life in the West is still absurdly high and somehow will continue to be so relative to the non-Western world.

Homebrew drink and home-grown food will become more popular and fun.

I think we will gradually throw off the Anglo-Saxon model of working all hours and return to a more time-friendly way of working. Particularly with long commutes becoming a thing of the past.

The Internet. And modern communication devices - not far from a single phone/laptop combo device that fits into a pocket.

If we are lucky, we may unlock the brain this century and begin downloading ourselves into the Internet. Much fun and games.

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Peak oil leading to a permanently high price of oil and seeing more people walking and cycling and less rushing about in cars not talking to anybody.

No they'll be speed walking and cycling out of breath not talking to anybody.

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1. The internet, especially google!

2. Increasing signs of the 'do not discuss' mentality around religion, immigration, and pseudo-science being broken down in the mainstream press

3. The slow shift from the shibboleth of 'climate change' to tackling pollution and population numbers

4. Constantly amazing HBO series

5. Reading - still one of life's most wonderful events, and now you can e-book!

6. Australia and New Zealand's ability to pull together in a disaster (I helped out with the floods without thinking, as did so many)

7. The hubble telescope

8. Ricky Gervais and his ability to pump out new projects that make me laugh

9. HPC - reminds me everyday that loonies can be right.....

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Not that I can remember much from 30 years ago - however if people look better now they must have looked horrendous back then. We are certainly fatter today.

They looked bad! You're right about the modern flab but against that you have to set:

- terrible teeth

- pasty complexions

- nasty clothes

- home-cut hair

I found some old photos of people from my home town in the 70s when clearing out the other day and it was like looking at a bunch of circus freaks.

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Yeah right! Where are you seeing this exactly?

Mainly out on the coastal paths! I have become a bit of a talker I confess, I was out this morning and said to one couple "brave man behind you" which threw them somewhat but they looked and it was a parascender trying to take off twenty yards from them and they hadn't noticed. Probably talking about house prices.

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.... As for the blokes, they often tend to have the aggressive shaven head look (which fools no-one) and they've not learnt how to be stylish (include me in that). ...

Some blokes do choose a shaven headed aggressive look - others have it thrust upon them (ahem).

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They looked bad! You're right about the modern flab but against that you have to set:

- terrible teeth

- pasty complexions

- nasty clothes

- home-cut hair

I found some old photos of people from my home town in the 70s when clearing out the other day and it was like looking at a bunch of circus freaks.

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No they'll be speed walking and cycling out of breath not talking to anybody.

Britain is a cultural cesspit.

What am I positive about......Same as Frank Hovis. Less rushing around in 4x4's hating each other, & a bit of influence from the Dutch if we are lucky.

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  • 312 Brexit, House prices and Summer 2020

    1. 1. Including the effects Brexit, where do you think average UK house prices will be relative to now in June 2020?


      • down 5% +
      • down 2.5%
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      • up 5%



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