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  1. Amusing News Stories

  2. 2017 Deathlist

    Funny, I remembered Cassidy and Donny as contemporaries, but Cassidy was probably around a bit earlier, then co-existed with Donny - and then the Rollers came along. Can remember my female cousins, their selves and rooms all decked out in tartan...
  3. 2017 Deathlist

    Lots of female listeners in their fifties who had schoolgirl crushes on him in the early 70s? He was a massive pinup for pre-pubescent girls back then, as I recall, pop gossip mags full of him etc.
  4. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    We clearly cannot rely on those inefficient socialistic Swedes. We need to push for stronger EU regulations.
  5. Diving

    Maybe there could be a point deduction the second time in a season that a club had a player banned for diving? Could just ban the player and fine the club for "failing to control its players" first time? Seems a bit harsh to deduct points from a club the very first time that some idiot of a player throws himself down. If one player from a club got banned, then others carried on diving, that would be more of a sign that the club wasn't discouraging it adequately - or maybe even encouraging it.
  6. Coup under way in Zimbabwe?

    On the positive side, Mnangagwa sounds to be much more of a pragmatist and a moderniser, less rigidly ideological than Mugabe - hopefully more interested in restoring living standards and international relations. On the negative side, his instincts are clearly for ruthlessness - and brutality, if required - not for open democracy. I've no idea what the balance of other forces is - or will become in Zimbabwe. Tsvangirai looks visibly enfeebled (he's been ill, I think). This bloke would probably eat him for breakfast even if he hadn't been, though. Mugabe certainly ran rings around him, though Tsvangirai must have a lot of courage to have led the opposition against Mugabe. I suppose the strength of pressure for greater democracy will partly depend on whether the jubilant crowds now melt away or bolster popular movements that continue to demand deeper change. If the latter, then Mnangagwa will presumably have to give some ground, at least, unless he wants a brutal crackdown from the outset. The other potential grounds for hope: it's sometimes hard cases who have the strength to persuade/compel their more hard-line followers to accept change. I'm thinking of situations like McGuinness & Paisley in N. Ireland. Might be wishful thinking, though.
  7. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    I knew there was something I'd meant to watch the other night! Will have to try to catch that via I-Player. I find Stephen Kinnock pretty objectionable myself and I'm a Labour-supporting non-Momentum type. Don't know how he came across in the broadcast, but to me he's previously come across as both massively arrogant and horribly cynical Completely agree that Corbyn was very lucky to face such an abject Tory campaign. I also agree that his lot were mainly responsible for the divisions - as much through the lack of any meaningful policy drive in their first year as through their vicious targeting of "Blairites" (i.e. non-Corbyn-worshippers) and unwillingness to compromise. But uncritical Corbyn supporters don't see it that way. They believe that the Left had its mandate, so it did not need to compromise and was justified in targeting "Blairites"....so they see it as a great recovery by Corbyn after all the problems caused for him by the Blairites, the biased media etc....
  8. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Can't see Umunna having a chance for a long while, unless there's another election and Labour do disastrously or Corbyn stands down or something. Umunna has alienated the Left too much. If a more soft-left candidate were to have a chance, it would surely be someone who had kept in with the Corbynistas a bit - e.g. Keir Starmer, who has also played a tricky hand very well given Brexit divisions among potential Labour voters. But, unless some disaster had occurred, even if Corbyn decided to retire I reckon another candidate from the Left would win....only some of those attracted by the personality cult element would drift away. Tbf, @toddybad did refer to a "minority coalition". Lab would have needed about a 5-party deal to form a majority coalition in 2010 (Lab 258, LD 57, Plaid 4?, SDLP 3? Green 1). But, in theory, they could have formed a minority coalition with the Lib Dems (315 votes, about 8 short of a working majority) if they'd negotiated an understanding that some others - even the SNP - would not bring down the govt to let the Tories in. Would have been very unstable, though....a bit like now. I don't agree that this year's election was a bad result for Corbyn, even despite the disastrous Tory campaign. Labour had been absolutely in the pits, a divided, warring shambles without much of a message. That changed dramatically in the course of the election campaign, so that result was very good in the circumstances, even if it wasn't by traditional standards of an opposition facing a chaotic govt and poor Tory campaign. Where alarm bells should be ringing for Labour is the polls now, which seem to have barely moved since the election, despite this shambles of a Tory govt. That suggests that Labour under Corbyn may have hit a ceiling. Not only will it have to fight a defensive war to retain the support of a massive youth vote, Remainers in cosmopolitan cities & Brexit-voters in parts of the North/Midlands.... It will also have to find a way of breaking through and winning votes that it didn't get last time. It might just win next time if the Tories make an even bigger mess of the country than they already are.....but Lab cannot rely on that. Corbyn & co probably need to find a way of appealing to more of the private sector middle-class, middle-aged, pensioners etc.
  9. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Anyone feeling their age or hating trivia should scroll on.... Labour's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has become a grandmother at 37: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42078457 Whatever you think of her politics or personality (I'm not a massive fan), she deserves credit for getting where she has after becoming a Mum at 16. Good for parliament to have MPs with a broader range of experiences, too.
  10. 2017 Deathlist

    I remember really hating David Cassidy when I was about 9 - incomprehensible slush for girls. I remember buying some packs of pop star stickers, hoping for some good ones of Sweet, Slade or T. Rex, but them being full of Cassidy & the Jackson 5. I was fuming. He went up in my estimation when, many years later, I read that unlike Donny Osmond he hadn't just devoted his attention to bibles, tooth polish and luxury mansions. Allegedly he was a monstrous shagger of groupies who later developed a monstrous booze habit. He seemed quite a human, humorous bloke when I saw him interviewed, too. Good luck in the celestial choir, David!
  11. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Extraordinary. It's always possible for a presenter to mis-speak or an autocue to malfunction, that's just everyday human/mechanical fallibility. But Maitlis should have had the general knowledge and awareness to spot the glaring cock-up and to ad-lib. Beyond that, though, something is very wrong with their editing/approval processes if a pre-prepared script like that can go to air. I presume several people must have read it - unless it was added at the last minute. If so, that in itself is a flaw in the process. It's a shame that it gives ammunition to the old reactionaries who reckon that Newsnight was better with Paxo pouting and blustering at every guest. I actually think Newsnight is a lot better since Paxo left - some good analysis and penetrative interviews from Evan Davis, Emily Maitlis & their specialist correspondents.
  12. The joke thread

    Have you tried their Spanish surrealist menu? I ordered a side dish. It was a little otter served on a whole lobster on top of a telephone - a tarka DalĂ­.
  13. The joke thread

    If he did, he got lucky: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohm "Microsoft Hohm was an online web application by Microsoft that enables consumers to analyze their energy usage and provides energy saving recommendations" Do you reckon he meant "Ohm"? I think you might be right......and I'd just assumed he was super-knowledgeable about techie energy-saving stuff.
  14. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Indeed. You can understand one person getting something wrong, but surely several people sign off a pre-prepared item like that?! One of the worst TV cock-ups I've ever seen.
  15. The joke thread

    Had to look that up to understand the joke, I'm admitting it.