* Posts by Lars

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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Re: Different honours.

Came to think of it, I assume Shackleton has a statue but what about his captain who saved him and the crew.

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Re: And let's not forget this other bloke

Yes indeed, you also find him on "The untold history of the United States" like here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO45iDPV8ro&list=PLL_dafKivtbxxAnd2qvRz9mpfD-xdN5F1

There is also some Dr. Strangelove clips included in that video.

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UK attorney general plans crackdown on 'trial by social media'

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Re: Sometimes

"I do concur, that a jury of random people is not the best version. In our country we do not have jurys, but the "the people" anchor is provided by 2 lay judges in every criminal trial".

I was indeed referring to such a system but I would claim "a jury of random people" is what the British and the Americans understand as a "jury" system. And the Wiki has all about it, of course, and including the history.

To add the IT link, think about the SCO case where they tried and tried to get a jury because in practise it's more or less a lottery with a 50/50 chance of victory due to a random bunch of people who know nothing of the case and the technology.

Add to that the risks involved with intimidation, blackmail and even murder, as has been seen.

"Twelve brave men" was indeed a nice movie but also more or less a fairy tale.

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Sometimes

The solution is very simple, get rid of the jury system, like many other countries. It came to you from Norway after all. It's a rubbish system especially when it gets technical.

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Act fast to get post-Brexit data deal, Brit biz urges UK.gov

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Re: £240bn

@codejunky

You are such an optimist, EU in shock and such, do you hear in a similar way as Trump. Should I point out that Britain like many other EU countries belong to NATO and that Britain does not have any specific British rules regarding NATO. Then there are EU countries outside of NATO who have newer claimed anything regarding the military service from Britain.

I still think you just cannot comprehend that the EU is not a "country" but a union of 28 independent countries.

As for British exports and imports (the world 2016 est) $412.1 billion and $581.6 billion.

About 4-5 months ago on Yahoo there was a Brit so frustrated about the prospect of EU countries trying to "steal" some of the euro clearing from London that he started his rant with "We (the British) invented the world". Could it have been you.

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Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

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Just guessing but

I would assume pics are taken at a normal high speed but the data is buffered and later sent by the speed possible. In this case, as the time is up, there will be nothing to send with.The fat lady died singing.

Those guys know what they are doing, nice work.

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Re: equal taxation

"you should be looking internally for the answer". I would claim that's exactly what they aim to do,

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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Hello Pompous Git, have an up vote for helping all those confused Brits I manged to fool, and for not mention anything about spell checkers.

All well down there I hope, up here it's getting cold wet and dark too early. I wish I could join all those noisy birds shouting at each other about how to travel south in style. And why not for the birds too.

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Ugly boxes indeed and why that massive, but was this story really wordy of us ElReg readers, Scotland or not.

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Achtung! German election tabulation software 'insecure'

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Re: Just a sec

@Stork, same in Finland, but sounds a bit the same in Germany too as this story claims "For what it's worth, Germany still relies on manual counting for final tallies: electronic systems, for now, are used mainly for predictions and exit polls.".

As for decades, a century by now in Finland and for longer in Denmark I would think, that must go for the UK too.

Quite frankly I know too much about programming to let it anywhere near our voting systems.

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Heard the one about the two landmark EU data rights' rulings? These countries haven't

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Re: Thank Charles Clarke and the Barcelona Bombings for the EU DR Directive

"I think I can see why quite a lot of the EU would be happy to see the back of the UK".

Let me rephrase it like this as the nice and modest optimist I sometimes pretend to be, more true too.

"I think I can see why quite a lot of the EU would be happy to see sanity back in the UK".

What I do believe other EU countries are pondering about is if their countrymen also could be as gullible, fall as easily for blatant lies and be as ill informed about even the simplest facts.

Quite frankly I think I should stop here but I believe the two party system was a problem, and a very British problem at that.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Re: Benefits

"Best argument for brexit I've seen so far".

I agree, not much of an argument, is it.

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Tesla hit with official complaint over factory conditions

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Re: @Bombastic Bob ... unions could be beneficial

"Unions are not needed and a source of revenue for corrupt individuals."

Ian Michael Gumby, your brush is too wide your example too narrow, try a ballpoint pen like this "A union as a source of revenue for corrupt individuals is not needed". See how it helps to understand it all.

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You get the unions you deserve

To make it short. Treat your workers like trash and you get "militant" unions and so forth.

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UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

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Re: There 'May' come a time

"The EU have been gagging to get euro clearing into the eurozone before we decided to leave".

No that's total rubbish, Try to check the reality before you write.

One or several EU countries (i cannot remember) argued against London as the UK is not in the Eurozone. The EU did not agree as the UK is in the EU.

With the UK outside the EU London will be on its own and not protected by the EU, nor a member of the EU or the Eurozone.

Hardly surprising that London voted remain and for a number of other reasons too I would claim. What will happen next is anybody's guess but London's position will no doubt be weaker.

It seems to me that many Brits think the EU is a country like say India, could it be that those same people have also forgotten what the United Kingdom stands for and mentally think and behave in the same way.

So much shit.

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Re: Diversionary tactics

@Codejunky "Article 50 wasnt written by us".

Some comments on that from our commentards, but I feel the point was lost. So lets start again. It was written by the EU for the EU by a guy who was a member of the EU. Any problems with that.

Could it be that you have forgotten that it's not the EU that has decided to leave the UK.

Perhaps you think it would be nice and fine and normal if say Scotland could write the rules for leaving the UK as they please when they please.

So try again, why should the UK have written that article.

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Re: They need us more than we need them

"How about Airbus and Rolls-Royce".

R-R is indeed a company to be proud of but Airbus is a rather different animal to what I think you believe.

Quoting the Wikipedia (something I would warmly recommend you to use too):

"Airbus is an European multinational corporation........

...The company's main civil aeroplane business is based in Blagnac, France, a suburb of Toulouse, with production and manufacturing facilities mainly in France, Germany, Spain, China, United Kingdom and the United States. Final assembly production is based at Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; Seville, Spain; Tianjin, China, and Mobile, United States."

"Owner as of September 2016

France – 11.1%

Germany – 11.1%

Spain – 4.2%

And the rest public (free float)".

The guys producing wings in the UK (Wales?) are worried and I would guess some Americans are hoping for the best as Airbus uses US made engines too.

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Re: Diversionary tactics

So far Jacob Rees-Mogg is one of the few whose desire and motive to leave the EU I think I can understand. I reckon he believes the class society England still is will prevail for longer outside of the EU, and he is probably right in that belief too.

Trying to make sense of the "follow the money" is just impossible so it has to be about keeping or getting power. What the majority of the Brexit guys believe in is total fantasy based on lies and feelings I can understand too, only the pill is the wrong one.

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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Re: Worth a read

Yes, it's worth remembering that when sailing ships where given this "right of way" those ships were often big square rigged ships and tacking them was something totally different than turning the wheel on a ship with a motor. I bet those guys did not think of pleasure yachts under sail at all, then long ago.

My advice and experience under sail is to keep away, if possible, not only to stay safe but also in order not to behave like a dick.

The good, if perhaps unwritten law, is that pleasure ships give way to commercial ships (and the navy).

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Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

"the container ship was deliberately trying to ram them. Check the traces of the two ships movements". There was this confusion at first as Fitzgerald, for some odd reason, reported the wrong time for the collision, a later time. What the container ship did was to turn around after the collision to offer assistance, as they should. This has all been cleared up.

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Re: RAM

"the tanker that collided with the McCain". So far I doubt the tanker was to blame. And if so the tanker was obliged to keep it's speed and direction. Again if the tanker was to blame then the navy ship was dumb getting hit. But I suppose it will all eventually be clear.

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Re: What do they all do? @SkippyBang

"isn't it always the vessel that can get out of the way fastest that must change course to avoid the collision".

No there is no such law, but that is what you do unless you are totally mad.

This is all very embarrassing for the Navy. Regardless of who is at fault it should be totally impossible to ram a navy ship even if they dried to. I would advice the Navy to look at things like attitude, Do those guys feel too big and important and "untouchable". Hopefully not, Then there is the question of boredom, nothing is as boring as a ship without sails at sea in the night. And the bridge even more boring, no streptease, no card games, no booze. A yachtsman to my soul but I was in the merchant navy and a short time in the navy too. And then there is the important question about how situation information is transferred from one watch to the next. I Wonder are those guys in tee shirts and unable to have a look outside because it's too cold.

While my comment might not show it, losing ships mates at sea is a lot worse than losing friends in some car accident. Lets not be too harsh towards those sailors and rather concentrate on training for the future.

And for those who do, or do not, understand the difference between boring and not boring ships at sea, have a look at this. One of the very best you can find on YouTube. And there is some Alan Villiers too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icnjC_gJOLQ

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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Re: 22yr olds today

There are some nice clips about 22yr olds in France entering the WWI happily singing,

I really hope our 22yr olds have more sense in their heads. It's also good to remember it was the fairly old farts who started the war (every war).

As for the sentence "Robert Watson-Watt, widely regarded today as the father of radar" I would mend it to "..regarded today mainly by the British as...." or simply "Robert Watson-Watt a British radar pioneer".

Reading about the radar in the Wiki we find that the story starts:

"As early as 1886, German physicist Heinrich Hertz showed that radio waves could be reflected from solid objects. In 1895, Alexander Popov, a physics instructor at the Imperial Russian Navy school in Kronstadt, developed an apparatus using a coherer tube for detecting distant lightning strikes." .......

"the German inventor Christian Hülsmeyer was the first to use radio waves to detect "the presence of distant metallic objects".

And "The term RADAR was coined in 1940 by the United States Navy as an acronym for RAdio Detection And Ranging".

And "Before the Second World War, researchers in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the Soviet Union, and the United States, independently and in great secrecy, developed technologies that led to the modern version of radar. "

And, as always those who have absolutely no experience of war are more obsessed with it than anybody else.

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Re: "a small number were nazis"

"Marxism and Socialism have killed more than the Nazis did.".

What ever, until you understand that there is no difference between the far right and the far left. Same goals, same methods, same people.

How would you define North Korea, is it far right or far left. And if you choose one over the other how would you define the difference and the reality of that country. The simple fact is that if you define it as far left it's because it's in the east, while if it was in South America it would probably be defined as far right.

PS. only American are mixed up with social and socialist, if not all, as was proved by the number of votes Sanders got.

It's also fun to remember how Microsoft realized that calling Linux "socialist" would work only in the USA if even there. This is not to claim "name calling" is not ever efficient which the dear President so superbly proved.

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Re: Nazi is a slur anyway

Used by the Vikings too as a good luck charm (ended up in the Finnish Air force because of that, but that was years before it was adopted by the Nazi) and there is one in the floor mosaic in the ruins of a house from the time of the Romans in England. Should we feel happy they did not adopt the circle or say the cross.

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Kremlin's hackers 'wield stolen NSA exploit to spy on hotel guests in Europe, Mid East'

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Re: This is getting really tiresome

So many difficult questions, how come the worlds richest and best educated country chooses an idiot to become the president.

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Curious to know

How do you patch a Windows system so that it's safe to click on a .doc file, and how do you open it without clicking on it.

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Trapped under ice with no oxygen for months, goldfish turn to booze. And can you blame 'em?

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"so don’t try it". One has to assume somebody has tried or it's just guessing, fake news.

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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@ John Brown (no body)

Don't worry, people here do not compare the US to the more dictatorial regimes like say North Korea but to western democracies, and there lies the problem.

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Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

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Most scans are done wit hout any injections at all, brain scans are the exceptions. As I have said before, Windows is the largest IT catastrophe to date.

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Ohm-em-gee: US nuke plant project goes dark after money meltdown

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Just too grumpy to remember to click the Joke Alert icon.

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Strong and stable, my arse. UK wobbles when coping with ransomware

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Re: That makes for dire reading...

"BMW has just confirmed massive investment". What BMW has confirmed is that they will stick to their plan unless....Even a small brain should recognize the "unless" and take it seriously. It's not the rest of the EU that lives in "fantasy land".

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Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

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Re: The Young Ones fan?

"A truckload of dead rats in a tampon factory". Unless a Google translate "feature" one has to assume it's a comparison between rats in a sausage factory and rats in a tampon factory claiming they are more easily detected among tampons. Or perhaps it's just a silly thing to say.

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Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

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Re: @ codejunky

"It isnt our incompetence we need to worry about yet.". So true, stupid will need to worry about nothing as it's always too late anyway.

Dear Brits why do you accept this stupidity for absolutely no good reasons.

Shitting here wondering what the hell made the year 2016 the "year of the talking arseholes". You Brits look at the USA and laugh at the Twat. We Europeans laugh at both the Twat and Brexit. It's not a nice laugh, not the kind a guy like Wodehouse produced, but rather the kind of laughter you can, or cannot, master when a guy steps into a heap of dog shit, turns angrily around accusing his wife of not warning him.

Not a nice laughter, but also a laughter without any meanness.

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: Government staff: need I say more?

Perhaps you should just understand that they don't claim the whole internet is down, it's just down for them for one reason or another. It has happened to me too for various reasons. If somebody tells you that the buss did not come, and so forth.

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Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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Re: Rules

Kids up to a certain age react like that to food, they also react to how it feels in the mouth.

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Better mobe coverage needed for connected cars, says firm flogging networking gear

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"They can't". Why do you think they are the same "they". It's not a technical problem, it's about some money and most of all about a political decision.

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Students smash competitive clustering LINPACK world record

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Re: Sarcasm, I agree, came to think about it, they have, for good reasons, a statue of Zuse, the inventor of the modern computer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Zuse

PS. Anything about the reaction to the first time a British team has won a major performance award on their home soil.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: Good luck.

The main thing is start and get on with it, and why not rather pay Brits than Microsoft. Kudos to Ubuntu for getting involved. In the long run they will both win on such a project.

When I studied Computer Science in England people from vendors and companies came to tell us about their stuff. A guy from NHS came to tell us about their big project to have the whole population on a computer system with all data linked so that eventually the doctors could have a picture from grandfather to grand kids and so forth. All common sense in my opinion. The year was 1968. I almost assume it's not quite there yet and has any country managed it yet,

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Inmarsat flings latest Wi-Fi-on-airliners satellite into orbit

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Is it not

Grandiosely childish to write "the grandiosely named European Aviation Network".

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Ever wondered why the universe only has black holes in S or XXXL? No? Boffins have an answer

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Just a Germanic oddity with the "v" and the "f" being equal and a bit "undecided".

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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"Google started in in 1998 with a few AIX servers".

Well not really, using the Wiki we get this, and running Linux from the very beginning of course.

"Original hardware

The original hardware (circa 1998) that was used by Google when it was located at Stanford University included:[3]

Sun Microsystems Ultra II with dual 200 MHz processors, and 256 MB of RAM. This was the main machine for the original Backrub system.

2 × 300 MHz dual Pentium II servers donated by Intel, they included 512 MB of RAM and 10 × 9 GB hard drives between the two. It was on these that the main search ran.

F50 IBM RS/6000 donated by IBM, included 4 processors, 512 MB of memory and 8 × 9 GB hard disk drives. ......................."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Data_Centers

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India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet

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Re: India has a space program...

Perhaps you should forget about the Trident too as long as there are homeless Brits.

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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

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Re: Grumble

Snorlax, what's your problem?.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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No, the taxation should be progressive (within limits) for so many reasons. Money makes more money and it's always cheaper to have money, buying in bulk and so forth. People short of money always lose in comparison. You always know who is out for the fixed percentage.

An ever increasing wealth gap is not good at all.

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Re: a sufficiently motivated person could in fact find out exactly how I voted.

"Finding out who someone voted for is hard, finding out who voted for someone is a lot easier.".

Damn it am I tired too.

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Re: How would Storm know?

I agree about the Thursday we vote on a Sunday, but it's that one station or in advance at any post office.

I don't want to sound smug but I must admit I don't think there is anything worth copying regarding the political system as it has been left in the UK,

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What augmented reality was created for: An ugly drink with a balloon

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Re: My first visceral disagreement with Mr. Dabbs

"NOTHING wrong with occasionally being left alone at home".

Women have exactly the same feeling/demand, and now I cannot remember who that cleaver man was who said - "leave your woman often but never for too long". Did he base this wisdom on his own experience or his friend's experience and what about the "too long".

PS. that first pic, what happened to them, hotel something?

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