* Posts by nick_rampart

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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"Do you also think the government should stop funding roads to places you don't want to go, close schools when your kids (if you have any) have grown up, etc. etc?"

Wow, not that old chestnut. Let's think about your argument for a second.....you are seriously suggesting that state provided entertainment is as important as roads and schools? Seriously!?!

Transport, Education = Public spending priority.

Homes under the hammer, antiques road trip = Not.

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Re: Telly Tax or Adverts

I have no idea why people think there's no advertising on the BBC. Full of advertising. For it's own products. And, this advertising isn't just in the bits between programming. Just about every day, they are having 'couples' from Shitly Come Dancing on Breakfast, people talking about how wonderful Blue Planet 2 is. The number of times they advertise something called 'Pesky Blinders', 'Howard's End' or some other such shite. Even people on the endlessly repeated 'Antiques Celebrity Road Trip' are from other BBC shows, and they promote them. You cant escape it. I'll repeat. BBC full of ads. And repeats.

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Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

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Less is more?

There's a continual trend for fewer, more expensive defence assets. 12 Type 42 replaced by 6 Type 45, that sort of thing. The new things are bigger, and way more capable. But sadly, not capable enough to be 2 places at once. I've often wondered if more, shitter assets are the way to go.

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'Data is the new oil': F-Secure man on cartels, disinformation and IoT

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Re: Misspelt?

The kind of F1 driver you'd find at a 'fakes' market stall in a, perhaps turkish holiday town, along with Len Shorman shirts or Coe Coe Channet perfume

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter....

I find the whole concept of this fascinating. You still cant escape it. The child actors are now approaching their thirties. Theme parks in several places. Merchandise still everywhere, from Griffindor scarves to Slitherin pants. And a 'Fantastic Beasts' film franchise, likely to be 5 films.

When does Ms Rowling come to the conclusion that she's got enough money? Is she burning stacks of £50's to heat her mansion. Rest it JK, rest it.

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Re: Harry who?

"They're not interested in HP any more'

This is true. Ketchup is an almost universal accompaniment to a bacon sandwich among the millennial generation.

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This is peak AI: Bot to guest edit Radio 4's Today programme

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Tokenism as normal

Among the usual establishment figures, it's clear that they've selected one of the guest editors purely to represent a minority group. This is pretty obvious : political correctness for the sake of it. There always has to be at least one Ginger in any BBC line up these days......

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

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Re: Still not too late

Yep, building two fucking great big boats at massive cost, built specifically to fly one type of unproven jet, is a bit of an odd choice really. Still, who cares about efficacy : as long as the correct palms get greased.

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Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

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Truly, truly shit.

The batting on about driverless cars was included purely to allow him to make a joke about 'Jeremy, Hammond and May'. Fuck me backwards......

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Increased level of rejections

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Re: Increased level of rejections

Ooops, re-reading that. I meant I appreciated your response. I wasn't asking for another response. Thanks again.

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Re: Increased level of rejections

"but maybe not about shooting your load in someone's mouth...."

That is not what I was suggesting. Honestly. I'd be most ashamed of myself if that's what I was meaning. It most certainly was not. I'm a great believer in 'putting the fucking shovel down' when digging, but without too much detail, I was suggesting any unpleasant flavour would be in my mouth.

"....and making light of sexual assault reports"

Guilty as charged....partially. Yep, I was making light of the current climate of harassment reports. I would not seek to make light of sexual assault. I'm a human, actually a middle aged human with two daughters.

I think perhaps suggestion is ultimately open to interpretation. And I think you've interpreted what I said incorrectly, certainly in the first part of your statement. I'll accept that you could have interpreted the second part of the statement in the way you did.

Anyway, response appreciated.

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Increased level of rejections

Anecdotal browsing around seems to suggest an increased level of people's comments being rejected. Including one of mine. Mine was perhaps a mildly suggestive suggestion of an innuendo, but no worse than I and hundreds more commentards have happily posted in the past. And indeed, many of your headlines, sub headings and stories. Today you were bishop bashing, for example.

The humour in the writing and the comments here is the main reason I come to the site. Shame if it stopped. I'd not like a place I enjoy reading and contributing to, to change.

So.....

1. Is there a reason for this?

2. Anything changed that we should know about?

3. Why?

Hugs,

Nicolas Von Rampart.

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Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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Re: Inject printers cheaper than Laser printers

The Gillette business model.

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Irish priests told to stop bashing bishops

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Yep, it's one of the things I love about it too. Which makes it all the more odd when the censors start rejecting posts from long standing silver badge wearing commentards, who make equally harmless innuendo in a comment thread a few days ago. I would welcome consistency. It was like being policed by a member of the National Viewers and Listeners Association.

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Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

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Re: The cutting room floor is littered with this thread of comments.....

Yeah, but I've gotta say, I'm innocent of anything other than an attempt at wit, no stronger than would have been on display in a 'carry on' film. Still unsure why prudishness seemingly absent normally, came to the forefront when the noble baroness gets mentioned. Its obvious that no one is going to have the courtesy to explain. I'm definitely not guilty. Free the el reg one.

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Re: The cutting room floor is littered with this thread of comments.....

Yup, this is why I'm curious what's wrong..... Never rejected before, and I've said stuff that was *way* closer to the edge that what I said above. I'm open to education, should a censor be arsed. I'm also curious why there should be multiple instances of rejection on this thread. Removals by moderator are like rocking horse shit.

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The cutting room floor is littered with this thread of comments.....

Oooh dear. Looks like I and a few others may have offended here. I'm genuinely not sure what I did wrong, if the censor can reach out and let me know, most grateful. It'll help me behave better in the future......

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Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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On a clear day, I cant see my Sister....

I hope no-one from BT was present at the burning. As Jimbo Jones once said, that would be "every effigist's worst nightmare".

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Oh, Google. You really are spoiling us: Docs block cockup chalks up yet another apology

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Re: Double negative

"recently felt obliged to deny via Twitter that Facebook eavesdrops on users through smartphone microphones"

Ever so slightly off the topic of the article, but I find the above notion quite fascinating. % of people who have a smartphone would be huge. It's an internet connected 'open mic', that most of us carry around with us 24/7. The potential for intelligence agencies must be vast.

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Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

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Re: I wonder...

Up-voted, but bitterly, bitterly disappointed that you beat me to it.

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The EU is sooo 2016. We're all about the US now, say Brit scaleups

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Quite a lot of complex issues have positives and negatives, and the decision is a delicate balancing act. I'm yet to see any tangible upsides to leaving the EU for the UK. The political class has dropped a massive bollock. Cameron trying to silence his internal dissenters, and an aged, empire coveting, french people distrusting, migrant hating body of voters, have taken a massive shit on this country. I want to vote on the deal please : And I'd like "Okay, this is silly : lets stay as we were for the last 40 years" to be on the ballot. In all probability, enough Leavers have probably 'left' the mortal coil in the last year and a bit to swing it. Many of those who have damaged this country wont be around to help clear up the mess.

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The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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Re: Why so called?

"Yes. Ron Ayers,....."

Many thanks Brian, you are a search engine, and no mistake.

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Why so called?

I've had a quick look, but cant find the answer : Why Bloodhound? I'm not a massive expert on doggies, but Bloodhounds and renown for the sniffing, rather than their speed. Perhaps 'Greyhound' might have had American Bus connotations, so not using that is understandable. How about calling it 'Mick the Miller'? Or perhaps Whippet?

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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1966 and all that

Odd that in 1966, it was decided that the RN could not afford aircraft carriers, but could afford other things. Now, apparently it can afford the carriers but not other stuff. There is an odd symmetry about it. I'm not really sure what the RN is for these days. I occasionally wonder if it would have been cheaper and more effective to upgrade the shit out of the Harrier, and replace the 3 'see through' cruisers like for like.

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Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

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John Hayes : A Biography of glory

Basically, he's been shuffled consistently around fairly junior government posts in a wide variety of departments. He seeming has no particular areas of specific interest, or indeed abilities. He's a member of the 'Countryside Alliance', the pro-hunting lobby who are too cowardly to admit it, and pretend to be 'pro-countryside'. He's also a member of the 'Society for the Protection of Unborn Children', and therefore against women's rights to decide about abortion and also bizarrely, against assisted suicide and same sex marriage (which have fuck all to do with unborn children as far as I see, but still). Astoundingly, in the true spirit of Yes Minister's 'Sir Arnold' he's chairman of the British Caribbean Society, which I'm sure he takes advantage of 'during the winter months'. Summary : he's a low achieving bigot who's occupying a safe, rural seat. In short, a classic Tory. Unworthy of having a single shit named after him.

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UK.gov not quite done with e-cigs, announces launch of new inquiry

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Re: Tax

Yup. They want our money. The treasury is the most powerful department, cos they have all the money. Reduce their money, and they have less power, which clearly, is intolerable to them. Changing the subject oh so slightly, the electric car. Currently very very little contributed to the Treasury from them, cos we are being encouraged to use them for environmental reasons. Wait until they become mainstream. The tax take from Road Tax and Petrol tax drops, and they'll be looking to gain that back. Watch as the tax on emission free motoring rises, and the environmental benefits get forgotten.....

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UK's NHS to pilot 'Airbnb'-style care service in homeowners' spare rooms

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Why stop at care?

How about have random people provide simple operations for more cash? Doris needs a new hip? No problem, Malcolm from Rochdale can have a decent go at that for £1500 on his kitchen table. He's got quite a nice set of steak knives, and know's what a hip is.

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Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

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Re: What ?

"Finally, keep your stupid Store..."

The golden age of windows computing, you wanted an application, you searched for it, downloaded it (or possibly got the CD) installed it. It always worked for me, and probably several million others.

Then along comes Apple with their locked down mentality and their 'App Store'. They make lots of money. Microsoft see apple making money from their 'Store' and want some. So they they then trot out the 'manageability / security' stuff, as it's the perfect excuse for them to peddle their wares. Another tactic : remove useful stuff from the OS by default, but make it 'free' to download from the 'store'. I'm thinking Solitare, paint, that kinda thing. You then get to show off other paid for stuff, and get to try to up sell.

The Windows Store (or whatever the fuck it's called) is about envying apples billions, and wanting in. Nothing more.

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Once more, with feeling: Dawn to take a closer look at Ceres

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Re: Hundreds of millions of km away

"ppe wankers"

"It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it."

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

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a 50-km long intact lava tube

No no no, it's clearly an underground rail system. Probably a speculative build, like the metropolitan line in the old days. Build the line, then build houses to sell to commuters. 'Bovis Homes in the Marius Hills, on the shores of Oceanus Procellarum'. I'm already tempted, and that's without reading estate agent blurb. As long as there's a good primary school and a Waitrose.

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Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

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Able to see the rings with binoculars?

Firstly, in the many years people have been looking at Uranus, the first image of the rings was from Voyager 2. If you can duct tape 2 hubble space telescopes together and get yourself into orbit, you might technically be using Binoculars, but there's one or two logistical problems there. However, I'm totally aware that the 'your anus' jokes are massively more important than, you know, writing stuff that's well.....accurate.

Secondly it's pissing down.

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Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

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Joke

"Age is but a number."

Spoken like a true 1970's tv personality.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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Re: Starting to make sense now

"....once the UK is out of Europe it can become a state of the U.S"

Aware you are jesting, but as an academic exercise, it's interesting. The UK (or England if the 4 nations obtained statehood separately) would instantly become the largest, wealthiest state in the union. Massive downsides to the UK though, especially Amendment 2. One serious benefit for the entire world : the republican party would cease to exist as a viable force. Admitting the UK would be like having a second, larger, more powerful, even more liberal California (with shitter weather), returning a huge amount of ultra-liberal representatives and electoral college votes. The existing California annoys Republicans enough already, so I understand.

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Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade

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Traditionally the highest value suit in a deck of playing cards...

If you like to gamble, I tell you I'm your man, You win some, lose some, it's all the same to me.

The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say, I don't share your greed, the only card I need is...

Some kind of limp, flaccid blue corporate logo,

Some kind of limp, flaccid blue corporate logo.

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Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

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The detail on Mimas is good, but not quite good enough to see the Greggs half a mile from Pangea Chasma.

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

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News, but not new....

People, particularly I'm afraid, men, in a position of power and influence, using that power and influence to get what they want, even if, sometime especially if, it harms others. You can probably find examples back to pre-history, in fact probably before Homo Sapiens.

Not that this person isn't an odious, bullying, low life pervert, who deserves all he gets of course. Shedding light on it is 100% positive. But this is as old as the hills. And, lucky people who've discovered Bojack Horseman will recognize the uncle hanky storyline from season 3.

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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Sonos again El Reg?

Huge supporter of the venerable El Reg, but over the years, I've read articles about Sonos way too often for their technological or social impact on the average reader. Perhaps someone at the towers has some sonos kit and likes it, perhaps sonos lends their stuff out to El Reg hacks. But for your average Joe, Sonos is an irrelevancy. It's not unique, it's not interesting technologically, it's a backwater.

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They've only gone and made a chemical-threat-detecting ring

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Naming protocols

By tradition, it should take the name of the person who's idea it is, and the name of the actual thing. Like a 'Dyson Sphere', or perhaps 'Schrödinger's cat'. Who wouldn't want a 'Wang Ring'.

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El Reg was invited to the House of Lords to burst the AI-pocalypse bubble

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"Then Rory said something interesting...."

Holy shit, that's a first.

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1,000 jobs on the line at BAE Systems' Lancashire plants – reports

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"You can also see them in the skies above Yemen dropping bombs."

Only the most dedicated of plane spotters would take you up on that offer.

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Frustrated Britons struggle to locate their packages: Royal Mail tracker smacked

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'Bake off' standard of innuendo....

"struggle to locate their packages"

Yeah, we've all been there. The weather is getting colder.

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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

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Warning : the below may contain irony....

"out of the £1bn bribe"

Bribe? Bribe? Surely, 'DEAL to ensure strong and stable government'. Not sure you are aware of this, but 'bribe' might be interpreted in the pejorative.

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Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

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“America must be as dominant in space as we are here on Earth”

As 'outer space' is a non weaponised environment (since 1967), wouldn't an ISS style spirit of co-operation be more useful and cheaper? Why the obsession with one nation being 'dominant' in an area where science and progress should be the only dominant thing? Does the Vice President have a micro-penis, that he's trying to compensate for?

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German Firefox users to test recommendation engine 'a bit like thought-reading'

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Re: Illegal

"Under German DP rules...."

Yup, I've seen some of those videos.

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Boeing borgs robot aeronautics biz Aurora Flight Sciences

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Re: Pah! Easy...

"Personal landing device ... a bit harder."

"If you can walk away from a landing, it's a good landing. If you can use the airplane (or personal flying device) the next day, it's an outstanding landing."

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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Re: Audio jack

"it's not a RAM pack..."

If it were, it'd require a piece of blue tac to stop it from wobbling.

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European Commission refers Ireland to court over failure to collect €13bn in tax from Apple

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Neither fish not foul

Ireland basically see themselves on the spectrum of 'tax haven'. Not Monaco or The Caymans, but not quite a normal country either. Not hard to see why a club founded on common trade is taking exception.

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Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

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No place within these walls......

Ned : "I've really enjoyed my time here Superintendent. May the Lord bless and keep...."

Chalmers : "Yeah, take it outside, god boy".

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: Please someone tell me why I should pay the license fee?

"Same reason that some of your taxes..."

Well, it's all priorities really isn't it. Me, I don't think Antiques Road Trip or Homes under the Hammer are public spending priorities. I'm gonna go out on a limb here : Roads, health, and education are. The state should not be providing entertainment. Private companies can do that just fine.

Edit : And irony of ironies, stuff that the state should provide, like Trains, Water, Power etc. are provided by private companies!

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