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horrible little fox

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 19:12

No need to worry about a confrontation. The fox would run a mile - or several!

horrible little fox

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 18:39

It'll be far more scared of you! They can climb and jump quite high if they really want to, so it's not always easy to make any garden "fox-proof".  Two slightly annoying /worrying things about them are

a) they often have mange which can affect domestic pets such as dogs, and

b) fox poo is sticky and smells awful, and dogs seem to love rolling in it.


Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:00

Do you know what type of deer it is?  From what you've said so far it sounds as though it might well be Muntjak, which are spreading all over the UK now - they are solitary deer rather than herd animals.  Because they're quite small I don't think they can jump very high, and they probably push their way into your garden through gaps in the hedging. 

If it is a Muntjak, the chances are you can keep it out by using strong stock netting - the type which is made from wire (a mixture of squares/rectangles rather than hexagon shapes) - and this is easily obtained from fencing suppliers.  It's straightforward to install and only.needs the kind of posts which - when put in - leave around 4ft above ground level.

Independence Day?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 19:04
Dovefromabove says:

I think that a huge part of the problem nowadays is the widening gap between the rich and poor in the UK.  

The life style and life experience of a pretty large portion of society is a long way removed from that of the rest of the country, and it has been proved that social mobility nowadays is getting worse rather than better. This has lead to a large 'underclass' who feel totally alienated .......... in the past in other countries  this has lead to revolution .... 

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I don't think the gap is really so very different from how it was in the not-so-recent past.  The difference is that people now feel more confident/arrogant (choose whichever suits!) because of relatively recent legislation etc which protects workers' rights and so on.  It's less than a century since women were enfranchised - not exactly insignificant - and because of modern-day communication, rebelliousness can grow and possibly become uncontrolled far faster than was the case only a few decades ago. 

Not a totally bad thing, but - like many other issues - there are what you could call "pros" and "cons" -  as always!


Independence Day?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 12:57

It's easy to forget that we're using this forum because we're interested in gardening - a minority of the population really.  I reckon I'm perhaps reasonably familiar with this because I meet lots of people during the course of my work for an estate agent and what most of them seem to want is at least two off-road parking spaces rather than a garden. If they have children, they just seem to want enough space for a trampoline, and an astonishing proportion of them can't even distinguish between weeds and what they'd call "plants".  Most recent example was a house viewer/prospective purchaser who had brought his mother with him to look at a rather expensive house down a country lane.  He had to ask her what the "white flowers" were in the boundary hedge.  ...................  it was a hawthorn hedge.

Independence Day?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 12:27
punkdoc says:

Results of presidential election in Austria, have just been annulled.

A precedent?

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Don't think so. Apparently the Court decision was made because of irregularities regarding the "count" - postal votes being opened before voting day, people "signing off" things which they hadn't actually seen, and so on. I think I read somewhere that the majority was only around 30,000 so calls for a re-count in this case might be seen to be valid.


Independence Day?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 11:20

That happens when people vote for personalities rather than policies!  It's clear to me that - as I'd expect - there will have been far more back-room negotiating than the journos want us to think about.  i.e. "I wasn't there, so I didn't hear it" - so it's not brought to our attention, other than gossip which we  can choose whether or not to believe.

My guess is that Boris  is looking further ahead than the next few years, as far as his own political future is concerned.  We also don't know whether or not there's something they've "locked up" as regards his own history, and he's decided he'd better get out of the limelight.

I don't really want to hear about their personal battles, I just want things to settle down and I'm prepared to wait and see.   ....................  I'm quite accustomed to doing that!.

What's interesting to me is that the Tories seem rather better than the Labour Party at negotiating between themselves, and that might prove to be a good  thing, in other ways, in the end.

Independence Day?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 10:08

Do you call it lucky that women weren't encouraged to have a career?  It was much more like "just get a nice little job until you get married, dear" and teaching or nursing were seen by the majority as the only so-called "professional" jobs open to women.  It wasn't just a "glass ceiling" - it was more like a cellar!

The age of pension entitlement was based on the average life-span of the population then - not now.

If a woman worked in a bank, for instance, when she got married she had to leave.  Yes - fact - it happened to somebody I knew then.  What triggered  "Women's Lib "?  - it was things like that.

As far as property/prices etc are concerned, the causes of the rise are many - and much of it is based on the banks etc who want to lend more than is often a sensible amount in order to increase their own share of the business.  A house is only worth what somebody will actually pay for it - and if people are encouraged and allowed to borrow more than is wise they will use this to offer more. 

Some of it is also down to the social changes we've seen - nowadays people don't continue to live with their parents and save until they can afford to buy a home of their own,  No - they want their own independence before than can really afford to pay for it.  I know that these days working people have to adjust to being more "mobile" geographically than used to be the case, but what really annoys me is the way that some people seem to feel they are entitled to almost everything, rather than having aspirations and ambitions and the patience and motivation to see things through. 

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 19:19

Thanks Obs for your contribution to this thread.   Like you, I think it's so foolish not to consider those who - by taking advantage of the NHS when their troubles are self-inflicted - are a part of the cause of things being the way they are. 

I'm sure that when the NHS was inaugurated it was a mistake not to allow for the fact that people would live longer as a result of better medical treatments and so on, but, as the saying goes "hindsight's a wonderful thing",  However, I don't imagine for a moment that it could have been anticipated that people would actually demand things like cosmetic surgery to be available on the NHS and that the system would be abused in the way it now seems to be by some people.

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 09:24
punkdoc says:

I see things rather differently to most on here.

FTSE 100 is more a measure of the global economy, and although it has recovered since the referendum, it is still down 20% this year, due to BREXIT fears.

The FTSE 250, a much more accurate measure of the British economy, down 30% this year.

Increase in hate crimes, not a BBC scare story, but actual cases reported to the police.

Scotland want to leave the Union, maybe NI. to.

Everything is not returning to normal.

The EU has deep flaws, but it will be very hard to change things from the outside, and the rest of Europe will want to punish us.

Boris the next PM? No effective opposition, the list goes on.

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 I do check a part of the FTSE from time to time myself and in January 2012 this part was below 6000.  In January 2015 it hit what was then said to be an "all-time high" of just above 7000 though this was only briefly.  In January 2016 the highest point was around 6500 - now it's around the 6300 mark which is what it was before the  referendum results came out.

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