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  1. Don't be daft. The film didn't come out until 2018.
  2. Years back, Betty passed through our town on her way to shake someone’s hand. The cooncillors were kept busy for days making sure everything was just perfect. Hanging baskets of flowers, tending to overgrown hedges and verges, rounding up the jakeys and shipping them off to neighbouring towns, the works. About half an hour before she was due, somebody realised there was a pile of grit next to one of the bridges. It was there in case the bridge got icy but has sat there so long nobody really noticed it any more. We couldn’t possibly let her Maj see that such things existed and there wasn’t time to shift it so what to do, what to do? They painted the pile of grit white.
  3. I live in the US so I'm not sure how helpful it will be but...Evergreen Mountain Sports, Conifer, Colorado. If you're going to give them a look, let me know and I'll meet you for a ride.
  4. I do most of the routine maintenance on my bikes myself but take them to the menders for the bigger stuff. The place I've been using for a long time changed hands a couple of years ago and the service has been going steadily downhill since. I have an almost 20 year old mountain bike which was inexpensive when new but it's seen good service and I'm fond of it. That said; I generally just use it for riding the dirt roads around my neighbourhood now. Recently it developed a problem with the gears, which I couldn't resolve myself. So, I decided to give the bike shop one more go. The mechanic looked it over for about 15 seconds before quoting me for new shifters, bottom bracket, front and rear derailleurs, chain and cassette. Basically a brand new groupset which would've cost about 20 times what the bike is worth with labour on top of that. When I balked, he went straight into a sales pitch to try and get me to buy a new bike. I left and took it to a shop which I hadn't used before. £11, ready the following day. And they cleaned it for me too. Today I drove past the first shop and noticed that it had gone out of business. Pleasing.
  5. I would have thought the vocal opponents of Cancel Culture would've been all over this story. Concerned parents are attempting to drive a public school heidie out of her job because they think she worships the wrong deity. She doesn't of course but she does like Iron Maiden. Parents Start Petition to Remove Iron Maiden-Loving School Principal for “Satanic” Imagery "Freedom's just another word for living how we say"
  6. This is US law but I think Britain's is similar. "The federal insanity defense now requires the defendant to prove, by "clear and convincing evidence," that "at the time of the commission of the acts constituting the offense, the defendant, as a result of a severe mental disease or defect, was unable to appreciate the nature and quality or the wrongfulness of his acts" So basically, did they know what they were doing at the time? It very much sounds like Thompson and Venables certainly did, therefore, no insanity defence. That said, the behavior of Venables over the last 28 years would indicate that by any measure, he's completely batshit. And given that it would appear to be just a matter of time before he does something else terrible, I'm not clear why he isn't serving his time in Broadmoor or one of the other facilities for the criminally insane. Maybe @WhiteRoseKilie would know how that bit works.
  7. I'm betting dugs are being stolen all over the place, what with people not knowing whether or not they should be a ware.
  8. If for some unimaginable reason I found myself looking for love on a dating site; I'd want to find out whether or not they were a Tory as soon as possible in the conversation. Absolute deal breaker right there.
  9. Well, I for one am relieved to hear the reason the public are angry is just down to those nasty fibbers in the media. Move along now.
  10. “Privately funding”? This would be money she saved from her paper round would it?
  11. And there folks, is the problem in a nutshell. Here's one of the proverbial "good cops" telling us that it's not up to the police to come up with a solution for the racism, homophobia, misogyny, corruption and criminality endemic within law enforcement. That's our responsibility. Nothing to see here, Couzens wasn't a real police officer, Everard shouldn't have been out, women need to handle these situation betters, the police do a fine job. And don't criticise us unless you have a solution for the problem neither the government or the police top brass are willing to admit exists.
  12. We truly are living in an alternate reality where those in power can literally say whatever the f**k they want with no consequences. And I have a feeling it's only going to get worse.
  13. Agreed. I boils my piss that so many people (police and civilians) trot out that line as a way of dismissing the problems within the force without ever asking the question "So if it's only a small minority of bad cops, why don't the large majority of good cops fucking well deal with them?" If you have 1,000 good officers and 10 bad officers, but the 1,000 good officers don't do anything about the 10 bad officers, then you have 1,010 bad officers.
  14. There was a bit in ''Until death us do part"* where Alf was roaring with laughter during the fuel crisis going on at the time. His mate, who ran a petrol station was loving it because he only had to work 2 hours a day and was making more money than he'd ever done. * "This was in the 70s when racism wasn't bad" ~ D. Brent
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