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  1. Spike Milligan - Father of the Pythons (Read his war memoirs, I cannot recommend anything higher) Eddie Izzard - Live he is incomparable Jim Jefferies - Don't know much of his work but he makes it for the guns routine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rR9IaXH1M0
  2. After a long flight I woke in the middle of the night with really dry eyes. Staggered to the hotel bathroom and sprayed them with the optrex stuff (Not!). In the dark and jet-lagged I had picked up the breath freshener spray intstead, then in a blinded rage managed to fall arse over tit into the bath. The sore head made my eyes feel better, relatively anyway.
  3. Yes mine arrived today also, many thanks indeed all. Just up the road from the Captain, it’s a big world and 2 winners from the same neck of the woods here is a happy coincidence..
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    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    São Paulo.
  5. For anyone interested in this issue of Brexit and wanting to understand how we have arrived at this state I urge you to watch this video. The MP being interviewed, Liz Truss, is actually the Secretary to the Treasury not a back bench newcomer!!! A career politician who is able to rise to this lofty position without the slightest shred of ability, talent, experience or most importantly intelligence. She is not alone, the house of commons is full of them on all sides of the political spectrum. How can this issue ever be resolved with people of this calibre involved ? Please watch this right to the very end and then tell me (even with the low bar we have these days) that you are not truly shocked.....breathtaking that people like this have direct influence over the lives of us here in the UK and Europe. Don't miss the last minute. https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/eddie-mair/eddie-mair-grills-liz-truss-over-austerity-brexit/
  6. This weeks vote on whether to oppose the UK leaving Europe without a deal was possibly one of the most crucial of the whole process. Maybe one of the most important votes in living memory? At that vote 11 Government ministers abstained from voting. In my opinion this is the ultimate demonstration of betraying the electorate and putting their careers before their country and voters. "I approve of the Bill enough to not vote against it but am not prepared to vote for it" All of them remain quiet about their decision with some political commentators indeed expressing the view that they displayed a bravery in defying the whip and not voting with the Government, risking their ministerial post. What hogwash, no wonder the general public has become disenfranchised with the political process. Bloody well vote, that is what you are paid to do, either you are for it or against it, no middle ground. Whatever your political persuasion or your stance on Brexit imagine if your elected representative had been one of the ones who refused to vote? That in anyway this could be excused or justified by the nuances of political strategy shows just how ridiculous things are these days. Solicitor General Robert Buckland Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt Business Secretary Greg Clark Defence minister Tobias Ellwood Justice Secretary David Gauke Business minister Richard Harrington Culture minister Margot James Education minister Anne Milton Scottish Secretary David Mundell Business minister Claire Perry Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd
  7. An excellent post highlighting simply and clearly an aspect of this issue that is often ignored or overlooked. Thanks
  8. OK Ken here goes, after much soul searching and contemplation here is the explanation of the current state of brexit: "We’ve all been on a night out with a mate who says “It’s shit here - let’s go somewhere else.” Then when you leave you realise he has no idea where to go and the place you left won’t let you back in. The UK is standing in a kebab shop at 2am arguing about whose fault it is".
  9. Its a total and utter bloody shambles
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    japanese whisky and coming shortages

    Passing through Frankfurt airport on route to Brazil on Friday and I notice this available at 75 Euro a bottle, not tried it so worth a punt guys?
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    Anyone else HATE moving?

    Moved last week from an apartment to a house. Was a bloody nightmare but was at least in the same city, moving to a different country well that really is the worst! One of the reasons for the move now is to build a nice outdoor smoking area in my large private yard.
  12. I worked in the US for a couple of years, I love the Country and some of my best friends are Yanks, however personally Northern Europe (Particularly Germany, Netherlands and Scandinavian countries) feels culturally closer to the UK particularly if you can find a way past the language issues. I found in my time in the States that often the shared language (well almost shared 😉) would sometimes mask some of the cultural differences.
  13. Almost certainly the vast majority of UK MP's are personally in favour of remaining in the EU as is the Bank of England, the major businesses are also so. I do not believe that it is realignment towards the US, indeed economically at the moment with things like a 25% tariff on British Steel into the US it feels unlikely. Leave drew heavily on older and working class votes with relatively few high profile leadership figures pro leave. Whilst the UK is leaving the EU it remains very much part of Europe.
  14. The leave campaign was able to pull together support and votes from a number of disparate sections of the population each with their own agendas and wishes, loosely based around a nominal leave position. For some it was ideological with a notion of Britain having more "control" over its destiny, some wanted the deregulation and low taxation status that countries like Singapore enjoy, some where xenophobic, some where also protesting at being ignored by politicians for years and wanted their voices hearing, some wanted £350 million a week to be paid to the national heath service (an implied promise from the Leave campaign put on the side of bus but subsequently backed away from the day after the vote as a matter of semantics), the list goes on and on. A particular favorite of mine is being told that "we don't want Brussels telling us what to do with their laws and rules". My answer to this is "please name one UK law that was forced on us by Brussels that you don't like and that could not have been vetoed by the British government? The silence is deafening. Now the vote has been taken to leave many of these groups want to know what happened to the Brexit they voted for? The Leavers cannot agree now what they want, with many different versions of leave still bandied around. With respect to business I am going to give my opinion that more UK businesses where/are in favour of remaining in the EU than leaving, certainly that is the view of the CBI, the Institute of Directors and many other accredited bodies. The leave campaign insisted that setting up individual trade deals would be "the easiest thing in the World", now it is fairly well recognised that the UK will be worse off in the short term financially, a massive departure from the campaigned position, however many leavers now feel that this is a price worth paying. Many of these saying this have the financial security to not be worried about this, the normal people in the street not so much I guess. The bank of England has estimated the each British family is £900 per year worse off already and the IMF have forecast the final effect post Brexit will be a £6000/annum hit for reach family. The accuracy of these numbers can of course be questioned but regardless of the exact figure the basic trend is there to see. There have also been a number of hugely ironic (bizarre/hypocritical) sides to this Brexit, not least high profile business owners who did campaign to leave subsequently relocating overseas after the vote and also some of the most infamous leavers (Eg. Farage, Lawson) making sure that there families have EU country passports. Sunderland was one of the highest leave turnouts in the country, a part of the Country that relies heavily on the huge Nissan factory for employment. A factory set up to produce cars to export tariff free to the EU in an area with one of the lowest immigration levels in the UK. Go figure... The question was asked what are the advantages of leaving the EU, my honest answer is I genuinely do not know and if someone was able to point some out (tangible actual benefits not hypothetical could be's or maybe's ) then I am interested to hear.

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