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Yes, Prime Minister

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 22:02
B3 says:

I think it's a  shame that it is assumed that the only measure of success is academic achievement. How much better it would be if a child who was not academically gifted. could aspire to be a great engineer or plasterer or bricklayer or gardener and achieve equal recognition.

Come the dystopia we may be hurtling towards, who will be of more value?

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 Amen to that.  My nephew is a bright kid but would lose the will to live if he was stuck behind a desk all day.  He applied to join the Marines and passed the initial tests including the medical.  A couple of weeks before he was supposed to undertake some more appraisals he was kicked whilst playing football.  Long story short - he ended up with a blood clot on the lung so end of possible military career.  For a while he didn't know what he wanted to do.

A chance conversation with a distant cousin ended with him starting an electrical apprenticeship, and he loves it.

Great engineers can achieve great recognition, but when did you ever hear of a sparks or chippie getting a knighthood?

Yes, Prime Minister

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 17:59

It wasn't my intention to start a discussion on education, although I have no problem if one develops.  Previous episodes have covered the Home Office, Foreign Office etc etc.  It's the underlying reality that civil servants actually run Government, and that little ever actually changes.

In today's episode they mentioned the school leaving age being raised to 16, and Sir Humphrey said it was nothing to do with education, it was to keep the unemployment figures down.  I was at DWP when it was raised to 18, and we said exactly the same thing then.

Yes, Prime Minister

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 15:21

I watched them first time round too.  Brilliant then, and still so now.

Yes, Prime Minister

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 14:54

Now that I'm in the wonderful position of having time on my hands (i.e. recently retired), I'm enjoying watching Yes, Prime Minister over a cuppa in the afternoon.

What I do find disconcerting is that it was made about 30 years ago, but could just as easily have been made last week.  Truly nothing does seem to change in politics!  Today's episode was all about failing schools and a failed education system, sound familiar????

Invasive grass around pond margin

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:15

I had a similar problem with a pond.  I don't know what the 'grass' was which grew through the liner, it was triangular in cross section.  It grew through a thick butyl liner, but fortunately was self-sealing and I lost very little water through leakage.

That one looks like a large pond and the work and cost of replacing the liner would make the job a near impossibility without getting professional help in.

If / when the worst comes to the worst, and work has to be done, I would be inclined to firstly remove the fish, plants and crud in the bottom.  Then try to find the edge of the liner, lift it back and remove as much growth from below as possible.  Finally overlay the existing liner with a new one.  Absolutely no point in removing the existing one.

New GW...??

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 08:15
Tetley says:

What`s wrong with Joe Swift then?  Why so many moans and criticisms?  We have a super one hour long gardening program covering all sorts of subjects for all sorts of tastes by a variety of presenters, and all we get is niggles.  Some people seem to be impossible to please.   

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 One persons niggle is another's expression of opinion .  As for what's wrong with JS?  Where to start!!

Invasive grass around pond margin

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 08:10

I would be concerned about using any chemicals that close to the pond.  Even tiny amounts of some garden chemicals can be lethal to fish.  I would be inclined just to use a strimmer to clear the grass from the side nearer the house, and leave that at the back.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 11:00
Doghouse Riley says:

It was inevitable.

She was the second worst dancer as far as the judges were concerned and she was less popular with the public than Ed Balls. That must have been a shocker for her as she's practically a household name.

But if you're not much good at dancing, then to survive on Strictly in the early weeks you need a warm personality, she ain't got one

She wasn't as good as Anastasia in the dance-off.

I don't watch the programme she presents, it might be on when I'm searching for the news headlines on the red button, but for me she just goes through the motions, i.e. can read the auto-cue and follow the director's instructions, no  warmth.

Compare her  to Carol Kirkwood a previous  contestant, whose job is just to present the weather forecast, who comes across   as much more "viewer friendly."

Last edited: 16 October 2016 20:18:49

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 There's a big difference between being a household name and being liked.  Tony Blair was a household name!  She does often come across as arrogant on Breakfast, in fact there was one occasion when she asked a question (thankfully of one of the reporters) and Charlie said that the reporter had just explained that.  Her response "Oh, I wasn't listening" and a dismissive wave of the hand!

Carol Kirkwood she ain't.

Long garden design that preserves the view

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 17:45

I agree with Buttercupdays.  Curving path(s) and planting beds can break the garden up without interfering with the long view.  Tall grasses and similar plants can be used to separate areas, again without blocking the view.

New GW...??

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 10:38
KT53 says:

Hogweed, it's things like the incredible disappearing gaps that could/should be explained now that they have the time available.  I suspect it would be a case that the ground levels around the beds have been adjusted.

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 Watching GW last night, and pleased to see that they have been reading this topic .  Adam Frost went into quite a bit of detail about the paths in the veggie patch.

I really do think the hour long version is coming into its own.  There was the added benefit last night that the section with Joe Swift was just long enough to go and make a cuppa, without missing anything else!

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