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argon
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31 of 44  Fri 12th Jul 2019 5:32pm  
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MR. Coupled with certain experiences I have had recently, I think that we are now in an Alice in Wonderland world. It pays to be insane!
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PhilipInCoventry
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32 of 44  Thu 1st Aug 2019 4:42pm  
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Awful news for folk in Derbyshire. Weather related disaster looming - huge dam disintegrating.
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PhilipInCoventry
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33 of 44  Fri 2nd Aug 2019 4:42pm  
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I'm keeping these posts clear of the weather topic, for easier admin tasks, but please feel free to post your thoughts on this awful catastrophe. A brief weather respite today & tomorrow, but very wet weather forecast from Sunday onwards. The current forecast data makes very grim reading. When are they going to get back home? The reservoir is not for drinking. It's a canal system top-up. It was pencilled in to be used as a north to south drought water feed, where the canal system could be used as an emergency water supply to London & the Home Counties.
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Midland Red
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34 of 44  Sat 17th Aug 2019 1:46pm  
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Full marks to the Spanish authorities - news item
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PhilipInCoventry
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35 of 44  Mon 23rd Sep 2019 3:38am  
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Morning all (too early) Thomas Cook demise. Very sad. It's early days too for an inquest, but some of the writing was on already on the wall. Too many cooks for one thing. They acquired the former Co-op Travel shops, so increasing their ground crew in many localities, at a time when other competitors were shutting High Street shops. Their High Street presence was welcomed, but not in such an expensive way. The slight downturn in business is all that was needed to cut their margins. Many reasons are being sited, political & so on, but by far the biggest wave into package travel is online. Any business that that can be done over the phone or online is vulnerable. At present, no technology exists where a pair of scissors can come out of the screen & cut my hair, but if all I want is a razor, that can arrive in a day if needed. That's the dilemma that every business person has to face. If a business is supplying only (nouns) it better watch out. If a business is supplying a service (verbs) the internet has limited intrusion at present. ps. It wouldn't surprise me to find a consortium of thieves in the boardroom, as has been the case in so many iconic catastrophic business failures. I wonder if, or what, holidays the auditors were promised!
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PhilipInCoventry
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36 of 44  Thu 7th Nov 2019 6:45pm  
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Hi all Wave A tele program on channel 3, ITV is going to highlight the treacherous nature of equity release on the property that you are living in. I have spilt so much ink on our forum on this issue, that I believe is far worse than the endowment link mortgage fiasco. Folk just don't realise the implications. ITV. 7.30 TONIGHT.
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Helen F
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37 of 44  Fri 8th Nov 2019 9:37am  
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I agree that this is shaping up to be a new scandal but the car loans bubble is going to break first. The adverts are irresponsible, trying to persuade people to part with an asset in return for cash to give to grandkids or build a conservatory.
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Kaga simpson
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38 of 44  Fri 8th Nov 2019 10:03am  
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Three hundred or more of us stood in line to meet our new commanding officer - on the parade ground no-one seemed to know much about him. We had been waiting in heavy drizzling rain and were starting to get browned off at the scene. Then we heard a jeep come through the gate, we were brought to attention. The jeep rolled forward and stopped, but the passenger seemed to be struggling to get out, the driver raced round to help. He limped towards us and we were all on tenterhooks. He had one arm and leaning heavily on one crutch. He had one and a half legs, one eye, and face badly scarred. He was in a real sorry state. He stood us at ease, and said in broad Scottish accent - "I'm Colonel Jock Simpson, and I'm your new commander, and you look like drowned rats, so why don't we all bugger off to the mess hall and have a wee tot of rum." The place erupted, cheering.
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Midland Red
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39 of 44  Sat 30th Nov 2019 9:01am  
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Sorry state - our legal/justice systems Angry Not only Hillsborough Angry but London Bridge yesterday Read this - recognise anyone’s name? Angry Angry Angry
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PhilipInCoventry
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40 of 44  Mon 6th Jan 2020 7:24pm  
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Hi all Wave Those that know me, Pam included, know that I am an optimist. Sadly, I'm not such an optimist these days. Even leaving aside world politics, as hard as that might appear just now, it's the natural catastrophe events that are scaring me even more. We have forum members who are witnessing their neighbours, friends and maybe even closer, whose homes are going up in smoke. Nothing that all the King’s horses or all the King’s men can do anything about. Closer to home, most folk are experiencing flooding scenarios not seen in a lifetime. The UK has had bad floods in the past, at the time of the Norman Conquest a third of England was flooded. That's why the census is in two volumes. Boats had to be built, volume two took twenty years to complete. Africa is becoming a dustbin, whilst Greenland is going green & the polar regions are liquidating (not financially), but it maybe. For our Australian friends, I / we, I am sure, are all so, so sorry and sad. Don't watch this if you are easily frightened. It is dreadful.
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pixrobin
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41 of 44  Tue 7th Jan 2020 8:31am  
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I hear there are problems in North Island, New Zealand now too.
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PhilipInCoventry
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42 of 44  Tue 7th Jan 2020 8:03pm  
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Hi all, Since posting the link on my previous post, The Sun have removed the devastation night time picture that a satellite camera recorded of Australia, being ravaged by this inferno. So many readers couldn't cope with the content.
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Helen F
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43 of 44  Tue 7th Jan 2020 10:57pm  
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Philip, I wasn't sure if the image was a moment in time or a composite of all the fires there have been recently.
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PhilipInCoventry
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44 of 44  Wed 8th Jan 2020 11:01am  
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It's a cumulative over twelve weeks, Helen.
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