Re: "experts", who are blinded by their fanaticism, ignorance, and own motives.
@AC Upvoted for the History Today reference.
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"Government-owned Network Rail runs the British railway system. It owns the track, stations and all the other bits except the trains. Those belong to the TOCs..."
No. The TOCs have to lease the trains from the ROSCOs (Rolling Stock Companies); the latter having a licence to print outrageously large sums of money at the TOCs', and ultimately the passengers', expense.
"9 and 10 year olds aren't interested in religious debates or Atheism"
Nonsense. I had to go and see the local Brownies leader after my daughter refused to write a prayer because she didn't believe in God. I doubt she's that rare in having already formed a strong view.
They're helping people by moving them from XP, which will be unsupported soon but with which the user is familiar; and which has millions of pages spread over the web solving just about every problem ever likely to be encountered, to Ubuntu, which they know nothing about, which is in practice unsupported from day one and has considerably fewer millions of equally helpful pages.
I've read this book, and it's fantastic. There are no explicit passages in at all, but I can see how you could make a grumbleflick from it, as the main character (whose name is - wait for it - Hsi Men) does get about a bit.
What's great are the insights into Chinese culture and technology some hundreds of years ago. Plus the perpetual sex and corruption.
You'll find it on eBay or Amazon, and I think there's been a new translation since I last read it.
The title varies, but my copy is called 'The Adventurous History of Hsi Men and His Six Wives', or the Chin P'ing Mei (or similar).
I need to get the movie now, by the sound of it.
Of course there's such a thing as a lack of skilled workers in certain fields. Always has been. There will never be an exact match between supply and demand, especially when the skills required are so fluid. Back in my day employers were expected to TRAIN their employees, instead of moaning to that ferret-faced Secretary of State for Education that schools ought to be doing it all for them.
If you're not prepared to train then you've no option other than to offer big bucks.
Of course there's such a thing as a lack of skilled workers in certain fields. Always has been. There will never be a match between supply and demand, especially when the skills required are so fluid. Back in my day employers were expected to TRAIN their employees, instead of moaning to that ferret-faced Secretary of State for Education that schools ought to be doing it all for them.
If you're not prepared to train them then you've no option other than to offer big bucks.
Gerard Hoffnung, in his late 1950s advice to tourists visiting Britain, said 'Upon entering a railway compartment, be sure to shake hands with all the occupants', so he recognised that commuters are hardly an outgoing lot.
Mind you, he also said 'All British brothels display blue lights'.
I have no reason to doubt the figures, but I don't understand it. The 2003 act introduced a single licence covering booze, entertainment and late night food. So every pub in the land had to reapply for their licence (unless they intended to go temporance). If they couldn't be arsed to mention that they occasionally offered entertainment then they can't have been to bothered about losing the right to provide it.
Still glad the law's being loosened, though.
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