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  1. Seems you've started something WT, and it's going to cost me!
  2. If that could be arranged I'd be the first subscriber, but I'd happily be the second too.
  3. Ah, don't do that! Andy gets a tiny bit of revenue from them which helps to pay for the server and camera connection costs etc. Click on the ones that actually interest you, but don't artificially boost the revenue by clicking on ones that don't. Every click through helps build a better bedlington.co.uk in a tiny way.
  4. Well, go win one for me Eggy, as it's the only way I will ever acquire a vastly overpriced "Apple product". I get bombarded with ads from the company we already have an internet connection with. So much for Google's carefully targeted advertising!
  5. Ah, yes, yet another nationally recognised family that was a representative of free enterprise and job creation that Bedlington has honoured with a street name or memorial - not! When I mentioned the shameful treatment of the Gooch and Longridge legacy being the product of political myopia some while ago I was ridiculed. I feel that the whole thing goes far deeper, and that our town is now very much poorer (and a lot more obscure) simply because of leftist political dogma. If we are waiting for the teaching profession to rectify this then we are in for a very long wait!
  6. http://www.sirjamesgoldsmith.com/timeline/ Life is full of unappreciated connections!
  7. Sorry, I don't have any medicine to take, and the pretty young oncologist seemed quite happy when she looked over the medical tests on Monday morning. Good for another year, subject to another MRI which is proving difficult due to funding problems here, was the verdict. I might pay the clinic for it myself, but as we've just paid a wodge of income tax to help prop up yet another failing Eurozone economy, I was rather expecting a little of it back. Have you read the Swedish government pamphlet delivered to your house about what to do when war breaks out between the EU and Russia? "Duck
  8. I think the Carillion failure highlights a problem with HOW the contracts are awarded. The government actually encourages shaky companies to underbid, as a large government contract provides them with cash flow to try to dig themselves out of trouble. The government is a monopoly buyer in these circumstances and could easily draft a contract which avoids this pitfall. The contracts should require that when public funds are involved public money is placed in escrow in favour of subcontractors and their employees, any use of those funds to shore up the main contractors balance sheet shou
  9. Shallow thinking CL - the sort beloved by the left. A club where membership requires you to hold two self-contradictory views in your head at the same time, and convince yourself that both accurately represent reality. Amusing that Manfred Weber has stood up in the EU parliament in the last few days and deployed exactly the same spurious argument that you've deployed in the number plate debate. Needless to say the shallow Verhofstadt though this was another hilarious example of British stupidity.
  10. Yup, "the science is settled". That's apart from the fact that anything that IS settled isn't science. Strange days we live in!
  11. I wonder what that flag is Merc? No, actually I don't! That's far from the case here. But... to paraphrase Herr Juncker: The EU flag is losing its importance in Europe. I think CL needs to think a little more deeply on the matter: at least as deeply as those on the Brussels gravy train.
  12. The creator of the petition simply wants the right to be British by default again, and not to have to jump through hoops to assert this. To him/her being British is the default state, and so why should things be different? In part it's generational, but by no means entirely. I'm delighted that your flag is the same as mine, and that neither of us are "xenophobes"!
  13. I understand the EU flag it's pretty much imposed on you; but whatever, the petition is a signal to the government for when the law is redrafted to exclude EU diktats. It's up to the level where the govt has to respond now, so we'll be able to read the response in a week or two. At a practical level: in this part of the EU nothing much is enforced and Brits drive UK registered cars around for years - I will start looking closely but can't remember seeing a GB sticker. I was using a UK driving licence for almost ten years before swapping it when renewal was required, and that's the norm
  14. Happy New Year CL+Pete_+Joe+All! I'm not telling you what my resolutions are though CL!
  15. SIGN THE PETITION 10,373 signatures as at 31st December 2017
  16. The questions are: exactly how much public money was used to gain this estimated boost, and what could have been achieved if this money had been used in a more phased and considered way? Five minutes of fame might not bring too much business to the places that really need it. Politicos have a poor record of spending wisely, and they often can't resist the temptation to do things which they think will gain them maximum votes. This is simply an observation and not a specific criticism, but I do think this sort of thing needs a little more justification than we actually get. The chief proble
  17. Just when you were doing so well Ronnie! You go and support the establishment, and badly damage the UK's negotiating position in the process. What on earth were you thinking by supporting the Tory rebels, and voting against your constituent's best interests? Come the next GE this will be remembered. But, perhaps you've already decided to retire on your parliamentary pension and don't want to rock the boat. Some answers please?
  18. I don't know how to break this to you CL - maybe you need a strong drink too - but the guy behind your house is an impostor! Santa Claus has been here for almost 1000 years after being kidnaped by some local syndicates who made the Turks "an offer they couldn't refuse"! He decided to holiday in Moscow this Summer (and it seems he's quite popular up there) - I blame global warming! After almost 1000 years he probably needed a holiday though. Here's a sneak shot I got of him on his way to Moscow in May (don't you just dig his luggage!):
  19. Was never more CL! Merry Christmas from Santa Claus Land!
  20. Oh dear, it seems that someone did tell the Irish! How could this possibly have happened as we have a UK government and an EU, both so utterly united in themselves and singing from the same songsheets? There must be someone somewhere who isn't thinking of the greater good of us all, and wishes for things to go very wrong. We must find that selfish person and shame them - maybe a Twitter storm or a FB campaign? Now who, in either the EU or the UK government, could possibly be operating to a personal agenda? This is hard, I think I need another strong coffee.
  21. Seems like it isn't only the EU that is two faced. I sort of get the impression that we are heading for a bad case of "irreconcilable differences" before the pantomime is over. Well.. that's what a lot of us are really hoping!
  22. So... "Black Friday" is almost gone, and despite looking and looking I've resisted all temptation. Perhaps temptation is too strong a word, because I've hardly been interested in anything on offer let alone persuaded to reach for my credit card. Have I finally reached maturity at this ripe old age? Is it just that BF isn't what it originally was? Have I already got too many gismos/books/videos? Is this a first step down the path to taking up holy orders even? Or - as I strongly suspect - am I not alone in shunning yet another, and increasingly dreary, consumer fest? Oh, hang on: bef
  23. I'm tempted to reply... sausages - but I won't!
  24. Any relation to Mrs Todd who had the wet fish shop on Front Street West until the mid/late 1960's? Pretty much the left hand side of where the TSB is today.
  25. Thanks for the compliment Merk, even if it was a tad backhanded! It would have sparked mass civil disobedience. The targets would have been obvious, and included the political classes. There's a very good chance that the military would have become involved, and it wouldn't have been on the side of the politicos. We've been a lot closer to a military takeover in our lifetimes than a lot of people would care to admit. As the revolution would have been on behalf of the monarchy and country, the Queen would have had no alternative but to suspend parliament and (after lots of consultation)
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