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MPs are deterred from making good financial decisions or doing proper long-term planning for one pressing reason - they know they won't be in government if they make unpopular decisions so they want to create short-term prosperity. Closing the mines meant short-term financial gain - at a massive cost to the mining areas, not regarded as important because they did not vote for that particular political party, anyway.
TT, I reckon that MPs should have to rent near their work and pay bedroom tax. I have a friend who has a rented flat in a complex for over sixties. She is not yet 60 but got the flat because her husband was disabled. now widowed, she works in the home as a cleaner. Her rent has risen by over a hundred pounds a month because of bedroom tax. She is on a small income and, after bills, will have £25 to feed herself for next month. The complex does not have a one bedroom flat for her - there are only three such flats. All other flats have two bedrooms, but since the residents are over 62, they will not have to pay bedroom tax - she alone has to pay it. It is in the country and since she has no car, she does not have the option to live elsewhere. The cost of travel to work would be prohibitive. She loves her home and is distraught.
MMP, you are obviously an athlete, despite your illness!
hi palaisglide, I live in n.y and I pay 400.00 dollars a month for oil and my electric bill is 300.00 per month. I think the politicians are all getting a one up on us all.There is noooo cheap energy here,the gasoline is cheaper ,but i dont drive.I am also very sorry about the incident that took place in london.I think the world has gone crazy. What has happened to humanity?.If all had to tend to a garden to eat they might have less time to do such nasty deeds.Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
Hi Debra. Good to hear from you. Wow, that's more expensive than here, despite our level of taxation! I think the world is in a very unstable state of change; it is confusing and old certainties are being undermined, which causes some people to react in an extreme way,take extreme views and do extreme things.
I really think you are right about gardening - it anchors people to unchanging realities about the world and is healing to the mind.
Hello Debra, My Daughter lives in Sunnyvale California and their taxes have gone through the roof. The water is sold to other States and Electricity comes from what must be the worlds largest wind farm, I travelled down to the Mexican border and it was windmills all the way, what a way to ruin the views.We have short sighted politicians in all countries, they see only as far as the next election instead of putting proper future needs to the for.We live in a sick world the Murder in London in the name of Islam is an attempt to start an internecine war, it will fail. My skin crawls when school children in the USA are murdered, when will the people realise guns need to be banned.
I don't think America will ban guns because, to their way of thinking, it is an American liberty to be able to defend your home and family. Perhaps it harks back to their Wild West heritage. They think that our laws, that allow someone to be prosecuted for injuring an intruder into his home, are mad.
G/G, i too think them mad, I have my Dads wartime police truncheon handy in a draw and having used them in the Army would not hesitate and to H@## with the consequences.
GG, the swimming was before the dreaded ME/CFS. I was very fit, I used to swim a mile twice a week, (down to 45 minutes on a regular basis), I went mountain biking with my now Husband and his mates (who used to think it was funny when I came off as I taught them some new cuss words), I did aerobics once a week, step once a week, and was learning to ride horses at the weekend. So getting ill was really like having a bereavement, you have to accept that the things you used to do have gone, perhaps forever, and find your limitations. I was ill for such a long time, as I was trying to fight the illness in the same way I fought everything else, it's only when you accept you are ill, that you can find your new limits and start to move on and hopefully get well again. It took doctors such a long time to find out what was wrong with me, I thought I was going bonkers.
I remember a tale told to me, I don't know if it's correct or not, but about an escaped felon in Texas, who shot a policeman and his dog (a K9 unit as they are known over there) who tried arresting him at a gas station. The balloon went up, and all hell was let loose going after him. He refused to give up, and in the ensuing gun battle, was shot something like 263 times (he was more metal than flesh by the time they were finished). At the inquest (or whatever it's called over there), the judge asked why he was shot so many times? The answer - 'Because that's all the bullets we had, Ma'am'.
With the two idiots in Woolwich, they didn't attack the women who tried to help the man, but apologised that they had to see it, I wonder how they feel about women now, given it was a female marksman that shot and disabled them (meaning they wouldn't go to heaven and get the however many virgins and become martyrs)?
I actually met my husband at Archery, if anyone tried to enter our house, once they'd got past the dog, they'd be faced with two target recurve bows. A stab vest won't stop an arrow as it curves and twists in flight, they'd get at least two arrows in them, which would knock them back downstairs. To hell with their rights, once they enter my house I would see them as a threat to my babies, and would shoot to kill accordingly. They're in my house uninvited, they leave their rights at the doorstep.
This country has a lot of things wrong, the rights of wrongdoers being a huge one. What about the rights of decent law-abiding folks, that work hard for what they have, don't they have a right to enjoy the things they have worked hard for in peace?
Know I'm preaching to the converted on here. Perhaps gardening and common sense go hand in hand, as well as gardening being a calming influence?
Self scannning tills....
I usually avoid them like the plague but as I only had a few items today and there were big queues decided to risk it,what a mistake..........
First question...."do you have your own bag?"Yes I do,I care for the enviroment,so I put the bag down as requested.....
"unrecognised item in bagging area".......it is the bag you told me to put down and IT IS ONE OF YOUR OWN SUPERMARKET BAGS WITH YOUR NAME ON IT.......how can you not recognise it,,,,,,
little red light flashes assistant comes and swipes card to clear.
Put through two tins sucessfully then .........."unexpected item in bagging area".............HOW CAN IT BE UNEXPECTED?,I HAVE JUST SCANNED IT,IT HAS,NT CREPT UP ON YOU IN SOME SORT OF AMBUSH MANOUVERE....
Little red light flashes assistant comes and swipes card to clear.
Final items two packets of seeds,first packet goes through ok,I put it in the bag and then.............RED LIGHT FLASHES AND SYSTEM STOPS.
Assistant reappears " Oh seeds always do that they are not heavy enough to register in the bagging area,I need to swipe my card to clear and then lean on the bagging area to add some weight,No,you can,t do that yourself with the second packet,as I will need to clear it with my card first.Sorry can I deal with that other flasing red light first."
I WAITED FOR THREE MORE HELPLESS SOLES TO GET THEIR RED LIGHTS SORTED and then,,,,,,,,,,,,,,she returned,swiped her card ,added her weight to the bagging area and I finished and paid.
Who invented these self scanning tills?I want his name.
Gilly they drive you nuts don't they? When i tried to put a packet of paracetamol through one of them I had to wait - presumably had to make sure I wasn't planning to top myself with it or sell it illegally on the streets...
Don't know how I managed to get the crack cocaine and heroin through earlier....
It,s also really annoying when they look in your bag when you can,t scan an item presumably to check you are,nt trying to steal something.
I assume they did,nt check your bag in view of your comment Fairygirl
GillyL wrote (see)
Hi all,I too shot archery and also sporting clays .I was raised to respect nature ,but here in america I believe the gun rights are to protect us from the goverment of having to much power. we could go back in history and see how easy it is for that to happen I want to believe that everyone is pure of heart. It does seem that criminals have more rights than law abiding folks.I grew up in a house where shot guns were in plain sight.not once did it ever enter our minds to ever touch one. Hollywood has a hand in some of this madness maybe they should start making some films that are less violent ,but that would not be good for there wallets.
debra I have to agree with your comment about the film industry. The violence in films seems to be apparent even in ones aimed at younger audiences and many people seem quite complacent about it. I know so many parents who don't seem to think it's an issue and allow very young children to watch them - too many with tvs and dvd players in bedrooms from the age of 2 or 3 - but surely that coupled with all the violent video/computer games must be a concern. I know there have always been violent films and tv shows but it seems as if we now accept it as the norm and there are definitely people who can't see the difference between fantasy and reality. It's everywhere nowadays. A report in my local paper today is about a cat which had been shot by an air rifle. Fortunately it survived-but as we all know - those who do this often go on to be a serious threat. This is one of the most affluent areas around Glasgow but you still have these things happening.
My Grandson playing one of those war games where robotic figures get shot at with a million bullets asked me if it was like real life.My reply was everything you need in the Infantry you carry on your back and that would not include a million rounds, you learned to conserve rounds and everything else including food, water was more important.The day I handed those weapons in for the last time was the last time I wanted to handle them, this need to have guns seems sick to me. They are deadly dangerous things in the hands of trained people god help us when untrained idiots get hold of them, ban the lot I say.
Gilly, in the SM the other day an assistant I knew said she would put my half dozen items through the self service till, with reluctance I agreed, big mistake.Same thing wrong bag, refused to read the codes, told us bag had unidentified item then after twice the time through a manned till it refused my card twice, that gives you one more go before it eats the card.This is three tries and three failures I told her I will only use the service tills in future, her reply! "I do not blame you"?
Hi fairy girl I have to tell you, my grandmother was born in glasgow ,they owned an ice cream shop..I guess there is still family there .I would love to find out .
Personally, I'm terrified of those self-service tills and would never attempt them. End of story.
MMP, I was really moved by your story. You are right - you have suffered a bereavement. Life as a young wife and mother is tough enough when one is well. I admire your spirit.
debra- it's a small world really isn't it! Glasgow is well known for Italian families with ice cream shops! I expect you could try tracing your relatives with one of those ancestry websites.
Every self service till puts a checkout operator out of a job. I won't use them either. When I was a kid, it was usual to get a Saturday job in a shop, now it's almost impossible. It provided good experience and an intoduction to the real world. Now there are 22 year olds who have a degree but no real work experience.
flowering rose wrote (see)
I wish the person up the road would cut his hedge so as I don't have to get poked in the eye every time I walk past Had this problem locally with a PYRACANTHA. Lovely flowers, but not something we need at eye-height over the pavement. 6am Sunday, bucket, thick gloves, secateurs and a branch saw. Onto the compost heap went the excess. It'll be a denser, prettier tree for it, too.
I wish the person up the road would cut his hedge so as I don't have to get poked in the eye every time I walk past
Had this problem locally with a PYRACANTHA. Lovely flowers, but not something we need at eye-height over the pavement. 6am Sunday, bucket, thick gloves, secateurs and a branch saw. Onto the compost heap went the excess. It'll be a denser, prettier tree for it, too.
Alan4711 wrote (see)
Grandma we have a close neighbor whose leandali stuff leans out half way across the kerb at head height, talk about in ya face on dark nights and its 12 feet high never gets trimmed and is a pain in the AAA Some people seem to go through life in a dream world completely oblivious to others Glyphosate. Bucket. Walk into tree. Be startled. Stumble. Spill bucket contents. Go home grumbling about waste of expensive hogweed-control agent.
Grandma we have a close neighbor whose leandali stuff leans out half way across the kerb at head height, talk about in ya face on dark nights and its 12 feet high never gets trimmed and is a pain in the AAA Some people seem to go through life in a dream world completely oblivious to others
Glyphosate. Bucket. Walk into tree. Be startled. Stumble. Spill bucket contents. Go home grumbling about waste of expensive hogweed-control agent.
Palaisglide wrote (see)
G/G, i too think them mad, I have my Dads wartime police truncheon handy in a draw and having used them in the Army would not hesitate and to H@## with the consequences. Frank.
Advice from a US policeman to his daughter, the day he bought her a gun to take with her to her new home: "If you ever have to use that, you make sure the court only gets to hear your side of the story."
Farmer's complaint about an unfinished drain: "If someone tries to break in here tonight and falls in that, he'll sue me."
Answer: "Not if you fill it in really quickly, he won't."