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Re: The UK thread

Post by gnome » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:15 pm

Is that an official prediction? How many years do you refer to?
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:17 pm

gnome wrote:
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Is that an official prediction? How many years do you refer to?
This is assuming no major revolution of course.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:18 pm

It'll be after the Queen dies, so it might be a while. ;)
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:37 pm

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Is that an official prediction? How many years do you refer to?
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:40 pm

It might not be all at once.

First the C of E will become more "inclusive" ...
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:51 am

ISPs’ listed speeds drop up to 41% after UK requires accurate advertising

Only one of top 12 ISPs raised listed speed after new truth-in-advertising rule.

Most broadband providers in the UK "have been forced to cut the headline speeds they advertise when selling deals" because of new UK rules requiring accurate speed claims, according to a consumer advocacy group.

"Eleven major suppliers have had to cut the advertised speed of some of their deals, with the cheapest deals dropping by 41 percent," the group wrote last week.

The analysis was conducted by Which?, a brand name used by the Consumers' Association, a UK-based charity that does product research and advocacy on behalf of consumers.

"BT, EE, John Lewis Broadband, Plusnet, Sky, Zen Internet, Post Office, SSE, TalkTalk, and Utility Warehouse previously advertised their standard (ADSL) broadband deals as 'up to 17Mbps,'" the group noted in its announcement on Saturday. "The new advertised speed is now more than a third lower at 10Mbps or 11Mbps."

"TalkTalk has completely dropped advertising speed claims from most of its deals," the consumer group also said. "Vodafone has also changed the name of some of its deals: Fibre 38 and Fibre 76 are now Superfast 1 and Superfast 2."
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:36 am

Aw, shocking!
We lady aristocrats demand equality too! Daughters of hereditary peers are going to court to fight for the right to inherit titles and seats in the Lords which have always gone to male heirs
  • Daughters' Rights group is campaigning for equality to inherit titles from fathers
  • Headed by Charlotte Carew Pole they want to see the aristocracy modernised
  • They are asking to allow firstborn daughters to inherit titles and be able to stand in the House of Lords
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... itles.html

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:28 am

They will claim what is theirs in fire and blood. dracarys!

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:10 pm

Wait a minute.

Didn't the UK eliminate hereditary peerages a while back :?
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:40 pm

“the 1999 House of Lords Act. An important amendment allowed 92 hereditary peers to remain members of the Lords for an interim period. “

Note: there are over 600 peers in the House of Lords. Most of them are life peers, not hereditary.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Doctor X » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:04 pm

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Note: there are over 600 peers in the House of Lords. Most of them are life peers, not hereditary.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:13 pm

Giz wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:40 pm
“the 1999 House of Lords Act. An important amendment allowed 92 hereditary peers to remain members of the Lords for an interim period. “

Note: there are over 600 peers in the House of Lords. Most of them are life peers, not hereditary.
So what are the ladies on about?
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:44 pm

The 92 seats I guess.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:09 pm

What's all the fuss about monastic brewing? Introducing the first English Trappist ale

Henry VIII has a lot to answer for, but the lack of monastic brewing in Britain probably isn't the first thing that springs to mind. Yet had the Tudor monarch not decreed the Dissolution of the Monasteries, perhaps it would not have taken us until the 21st Century to get our first Trappist brewery. Still, better late than never. Monks at Mount Saint Bernard Abbey in Leicestershire this week revealed their Tynt Meadow beer - the world's first English Trappist Ale, on sale from today.

The monastery, which was established in 1835, previously operated a dairy farm. But by 2013, in common with many other farmers they found themselves no longer able to generate enough income from it.

"We decided to close the farm and we needed something to replace it," says Father Erik, the Abbott of Mount Saint Bernard, explaining the decision to start brewing. "We need income to maintain the buildings and to be able to do our charitable work. We also wanted something that we could do as a community."

A Trappist brewery may be a UK first, but Monks in Europe began brewing beer as far back as the 9th Century. The earliest known drawings of a modern brewery, made in 829 AD, were part of architectural plans for St Gallen monastery, in Switzerland. Some of the famous Trappist breweries producing beer today have been doing so for hundreds of years.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:23 am

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Ah! London… :mrgreen:

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:31 am

Following the Murican lead?
Cases of type 2 diabetes among young people rise 41% in three years

Leap brings calls for ministers to act to prevent so many children getting grossly obese

Growing numbers of children and young people are developing type 2 diabetes, a disease usually seen in those aged over 40, in the latest sign of worsening childhood obesity.

The number of people aged up to 25 with the condition in England and Wales increased from 507 in 2013-14 to 715 in 2016-17 – a 41% rise.

The sharp rise has prompted concern among doctors and led to renewed calls for tougher government action to tackle the relentless increase in the number of dangerously overweight youngsters.

“Type 2 diabetes is a disaster for the child and their family and for the NHS,” said Graham MacGregor, a professor of cardiovascular health at Queen Mary University of London who is also the chair of the campaign group Action on Sugar.

“If a child gets type 2 diabetes, it’s condemning them to a lot of complications of that condition, such as blindness, amputations and kidney disease,” he said.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... dit_is_fun

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:57 am

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“If a child gets type 2 diabetes, it’s condemning them to a lot of complications of that condition, such as blindness, amputations and kidney disease,” he said.
At least they’ve got the NHS. Over here, some of those conditions would cost an arm and a leg!

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Re: The UK thread

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:10 pm

Notting Hill Carnival 2018: Man stabbed and 30 officers injured (BBC)

A good "view with alarm" story.
One million people attended the carnival over the bank holiday weekend


One million people, no deaths, and only one stabbing?

If "Taste of Chicago" had those odds I might go see it for a change.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by asthmatic camel » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:40 pm

Fucked if I know what's going to happen. On the one hand I have friends who think it'll be a disaster, on the other those who are adamant that it will free us from European bureaucracy, massive membership fees, trade barriers and open up huge world markets.

As long as they don't start a war, I couldn't give a flying fuck; life'll be the same for me; might be a bit more awkward for the well-off who may have to pay more for their pate de foie gras, Mercedes and Ferraris. Still, they'll barely notice it.
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