RANDOM THOUGHTS

TO DEAL OR NOT TO DEAL. THAT IS THE QUESTION.

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This sums up Brexit Britain. Have a perfectly ordinary 50p piece for £4,50 +£2,99 p&p, which = £7,49. Only a loss of £6,99. A bargain by Brexit standards.

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Prince Andrew is out of bounds as Duchess of York ducks awkward questions  at Henley Festival

As the government in London announce a four day festival of royal nonsense next year to celebrate 70 years of Lizzy, a survey of young people has shown that more people are in favour of a republic than want a monarchy. No wonder… look at the state of that in the lum hat!

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Embarrassing when even the BBC calls you a liar, um, I mean “mistaken”.

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The Prime Minister is tackling the obesity crisis, which would, of course, have been impossible if we had still be under the jack boot of the EU.

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The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP - GOV.UK

Mr Kwarteng was asked whether he would advise people struggling to pay their fuel bills to wear another woolly jumper and pair of socks.

“It’s up to people – it’s amazing how different people’s cold thresholds can be very different,” he said.

“Some people feel comfortable wrapped up in lots of different clothes, others wear relatively little.

“I think people should be sensible. I think people should do what they feel comfortable.”

The Business Secretary was unable to guarantee there will be no interruptions to gas supply this winter.

Edwina Currie's brother accused of bullying by police colleague | London  Evening Standard | Evening Standard

Wasn’t it Edwina Currie, back in the day, who said that old people who were cold should wear woolly hats?

Oh, how we laughed.

(Mind you she also said that good Christian people didn’t get AIDS. Regrettably, she forbore to pontificate upon whether or not these good Christian slept with a married prime minister…although to be fair, that was before she was found out).

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As Peat Worrier says: “Ah yes, all those folk who “secretly enjoy” not being able to heat their homes, “secretly enjoying” empty stomachs, “secretly enjoying” their universal credit being cut because World War II”.

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Tory MSP Annie Wells's attack on SNP's NHS plan in car crash BBC interview  | The National

Interesting article about job losses in the UK following Brexit. The one that particularly caught my eye was AstraZeneca moving to a €300 million facility in Dublin.

You may remember the hapless Annie Wells criticising our government for calling the vaccine AstraZeneca (weird when you consider that that is its name).

She insisted that it was called OXFORD AstraZeneca, emphasising the Britishness of it all.

Somewhat embarrassingly, she was bombarded with tweets showing photographs of boxes of the vaccine with no mention of Oxford.

Maybe Ms Wells will now start calling it Dublin AstraZeneca?

43 thoughts on “RANDOM THOUGHTS”

    1. Yes, you’re right… So as NOT a good Christain I suppose sleeping with John Major when he was married to Norma wasn’t that bad.

      From Wiki!

      “Currie was born in south Liverpool to an Orthodox Jewish family, who “disowned her when she married a non-Jewish accountant”.[2] She is, however, not particularly religious, stating in a February 2000 interview that she found “religious mumbo jumbo hard to swallow in any faith”.[3] She went to the Liverpool Institute High School for Girls in Blackburne House, in the Canning area of Liverpool, where she was Deputy Head Girl.

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  1. In a bid to beat the Brexit/fuel/everything blues and because Christmas is cancelled, Mrs greig 12 and myself have been busy picking out our favourite cosy gear in a sort of pre- hypothermia beating, cat walk run up to winter 21/22. I’ve opted as lounge wear for a padded long drawers, cotton dungarees ensemble with matching factory shop, fur lined tartan workshirt and polyester gilet. Mrs greig12 being, as she claims, less conventional, although I’m not so sure about that, has went with matching thermal support vest and drawers, a thick fleece jammies onesie topped with a tasteful Asda budget sleeping bag throw and matching oversize faux fur baffie accents.

    See you all on the other side.

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    1. Munguin is impressed and tells me he wants the same look (as you, not Mrs Greig12… what with him being a male Munguin).

      He was wondering if you and Mrs Greig12 would care to do some modelling for the Republic…

      He also says that, as Christmas is cancelled, I need not expect a present, but if I like my job, I’d be well advised to think of something nice for him.

      Hmmmmmm

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    2. Inspired by that stalwart reaction to adversity, I don’t think we should cancel Christmas but should hold it next week.
      I’m sure we can still find turkey mince, fresh or frozen, which we could fashion into a sort of bird-shaped sausage, which could be roasted with some bacon round it (if we can still get bacon) to hold it together. It will be a shame about the pigs in blankets but we can rustle up some stuffing of a few breadcrums, herbs and onion, roast some parsnips and potatoes (probably no sprouts as there may be no pickers but 80% of Brits don’t eat green stuff anyway), and pour over lashings of gravy. For afters, Lidl and Aldi are already selling Christmas puddings and mince pies, and perhaps some chocolates – not quite Quality Street standard but we can get used to the continental stuff if that’s all there is.
      So let’s all enjoy a fantastic time, enjoy our early celebration, get a bit sloshed and then hibernate until February 2022.

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  2. That coin is shocking! It’s an official Tory poke in the eye to every voter who didn’t support Brexit, and the inscription on the reverse isn’t really a Thomas Jefferson quote anyway, (as has been claimed.)

    What Jefferson actually said in his first presidential inaugural address in 1801 was: “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations”.
    I think that the wording is actually nearer to what Jefferson put on the “peace medals” that he had Lewis and Clark distribute to the Indian tribes that they encountered on their expedition to the West in 1804-1806. (And we know how THAT turned out for the Indians.)

    Anyway, even if you choose to misquote Jefferson, you should honor his use of the Oxford comma. In compliance with his punctuation in the inaugural address, there should be a comma after “Prosperity”.

    The Tories might also give a thought to the fact that Jefferson (for all his good qualities in not much liking King George III, was also a slave owner.

    From the Financial Times, about that comma: (I got past their paywall by clicking on a Google hit….Didn’t have to browse incognito.)
    https://www.ft.com/content/db5d893c-4426-11ea-a43a-c4b328d9061c

    Wiki:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brexit_50p_coin

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    1. Trust the dipsticks to get it all wrong.

      Like everything else to do with Brexit.

      I think that they should have credited Jefferson with the quote, then quoted him right.

      It wouldn’t bother Tories that he was a slave owner who enslaved his own children.

      They’d do that too, if they thought there was money in it.

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      1. In the USA, commemorative coins are controversial, due to their official sanction, their impact on US Mint production capacity, their cost, and what proceeds from the coin sales are used for. But there’s always some idiot Congressman or Senator satisfying some pressure group by pushing a commemorative coin idea. Very few actually get approved by Congress.

        This one is surprising in its controversial subject matter, even by Tory standards. It’s also a terrible coin design, with nothing but text (no pictorial devices) on the reverse. It looks more like a cheap, commercially-produced medallion or medal.

        BTW……I never get used to the British and European practice of using commas instead of decimal points, and decimal points instead of commas, on large decimal numbers.

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        1. The Brits usually use commas in long numbers.
          eg: 1,000,000. I think most Europeans use spaces. eg: 1 000 000.

          In money Brits use a point. eg £4.20
          In France, and probably elsewhere, they use a comma. €5,30.

          Me, having lived in both, I mix them up…

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          1. Tris…..Interesting! Good quality shirt-pocket-sized electronic calculators in the states will have a setting for the number display in “European” style, which shows commas for the decimal points……and “American” style which uses periods for the decimal points. I guess I’d assumed that the UK used commas too.

            In the calculator I use, the “European” setting also reverses the punctuation of the separation into three digit groups, of large numbers to the left of the decimal. The “European” setting on my calculator uses periods for the grouping by three. The use of spaces looks like it would actually be more easily understood.

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        2. Oh and yes, the coin is shoddy and second rate.

          They are forever having special 50p pieces designed for all sorts of crap.

          Given that the pandemic has pushed Britain to catch up with the more advanced European countries in ditchi8ng cash money for electronic transfers, almost no one uses the stupid things.

          I still have some paper money in my wallet that I got out of the bank before the pandemic started… ie 18 months and I’ve not spent it.

          I can’t remember the last time I saw any coinage.

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          1. Same here! We seldom use coinage or currency anymore. Historically, US commemorative coins were almost always minted in the large, seldom-used half dollar (50 cent) denomination coin. They are sold to collectors and kept in collections……and sometimes as souvenirs and keepsakes by the public…….but “commemoratives” have almost never circulated as coinage (although they are in fact legal tender coins.)

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            1. Yes, there are a few of that sort here.

              There was a £5 coin for the queen mother’s 700th birthday, or was it 7 000th or something.

              Someone gave me one, but I must have spent it.

              Just after my Hungarian pal went to Sweden about 10 years ago to do his masters degree I was talking to him and was excited to know what the Krone looked like.

              He’d been there I guess 4 or 5 weeks but said he’d never seen one.

              He paid of everything (as everyone did) by an ap on his phone.

              He actually went in search of some so he could describe them for me.

              It took some time but we have more or less caught up.

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              1. The Europeans modernize what they do long before the Americans get around to it. Maybe it’s first Europe, then it gets to the UK, and then finally to the States. Well, more likely from the UK to California, THEN to the rest of the USA. 🙂

                I keep waiting for European high speed trains to arrive here and replace our 19th century railroads.

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                1. Yeah same here…

                  In 25 years years the French covered their territory with high speed trains.

                  In 25 years the Brits have sort of started a line all the way from London to Birmingham, but it’s always cost far more that it was supposed to… and not a rail laid.

                  Still, we probably won;t be able to afford to go anywhere soo, so, what the hell.

                  I read that America is having trouble with driver shortages and food shortages.

                  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/01/america-supply-chain-shortages

                  Are you coming out in sympathy with us?

                  Don’t tell me you USexitted?

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                  1. No Tris…….we managed to screw thinks up WITHOUT “USexit”…….LOL.

                    As the Guardian article describes, first we shipped American manufacturing offshore to low-wage countries…….lots of them across the Pacific in Asia…….and then went to “just-in-time” operations in all parts of the national economy (which depend on a well-functioning supply chain.) So now there are shortages (and correspondingly high prices) for everything. We haven’t encountered totally empty grocery shelves here in the Midwest yet, (except for paper goods and some panic buying early in the pandemic), but on any given day, they are out of familiar items that we’ve normally bought, and which have always been plentiful. Same thing applies to all sorts of goods.

                    For weeks now, there have been news stories about gigantic container ships waiting to unload their cargo from Asia, stretching to the horizon outside the harbor at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. At some times, well over 100 ships have been drifting at anchor. This reflects a backlog of orders from Asia after some easing of the initial Covid restrictions, and which is far beyond what the dock facilities can handle. There are backups at the port of New York and the East Coast ports too! And then when the ships do get unloaded, there’s a shortage of truck drivers to transport the goods. So we have bottlenecks involving everything up and down the supply chain…….with dire warnings about items that may not be on the store shelves for sale by Christmas.

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  3. There are people who can wear a stove pipe hat and those who can’t. Abe Lincoln could pull it off! (BTW, “lum” is a word mostly unknown in the States. I learned it on Munguin’s.)

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          1. Don Don…….EXCELLENT! 🙂
            You not only recognized Alan Pinkerton, you know that he was from Scotland (Glasgow.)

            Lincoln visited General McClellan’s headquarters at Antietam on October 4, 1862. The Battle of Antietam had just been fought on September 17, at Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Antietam was the bloodiest single day in American history (because Gettysburg was a three day battle), with a total of 22,717 casualties and more than 3,600 fatalities.

            Photographer Alexander Gardner took pictures, showing Lincoln in the tent with McClellan (whom he would fire a few weeks later as Commander of the Army of the Potomac,) and Alan Pinkerton on horseback.

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    1. Danny, from watching too much YouChoob, I notice that Americans tend to use hundreds well into the thousands, e.g.:

      thirty-five hundred

      whereas we would say:

      three thousand five hundred

      Another transatlantic discrepancy ???

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      1. Don Don…….That’s one I hadn’t thought of. 🙂
        Actually, I would say that the two might have more or less equal usage in the States, with the number “three thousand five hundred” more likely written out on checks and financial documents, but with “thirty-five hundred” being a more shorthand way of writing it….and especially SAYING it…….. less formally and carefully, especially when it’s an even number like “3500”. A number like “3529” would more likely be said or written out in full in all cases I’d say.

        This brings up something that looked Weird As Hell to me when I first encountered pre-1974 British writing……especially financial and academic/scientific writing……..on the internet. I would see the NAME of the number “1,000,000,000”……..that is to say, 10^9 in scientific notation…….named and written out “one thousand million”…….instead of “one billion” as I’d always seen it named and written in the USA.

        So with some Googling, I discovered the difference between the long and short scale naming systems for large integer powers of ten. Seems that Americans have used the short scale system since the nineteenth century, whereas the British had used the long scale until after WWII, when the short scale came increasingly into use. Finally, in 1974, the British officially changed to short scale. At that point, the British exchequer and the American Treasury could talk to each other about national budgets and international finance using the same short scale language.

        Wiki: American English [by the nineteenth century]adopted the short scale definition from the French (it enjoyed usage in France at the time, alongside the long-scale definition). The United Kingdom used the long scale until 1974, when the government officially switched to the short scale; but since the 1950s, the short scale had already been increasingly used in technical writing and journalism [in Britain.]
        So although American English usage [in the twentieth century after the 1920’s] did not change, within the next 50 years French usage changed from short scale back to long, and British English usage changed from long scale to short.

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

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  4. A bit of an absence from me due to close family deaths, but your mention of Edwina Currie/Whateverthefeck brought back hearing her on the radio last week trying to imply that the workshy work a bit harder/demand more money from their employers/get a better paid job after losing only £20/week (a) gave me the dry boak, and (b) the only time she ‘worked hard for everything that she had got’ was ‘under’ John Major.

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    1. Sorry to hear your new, Indepedant.

      Currie is a particular obnoxious old bat.

      Always was.

      Her advice to elderly pensioners to get knitting and wear woollies, if they couldn’t afford to keep warm in a vicious winter was heartrendingly sad.

      Particularly when you think that when she was handing out that advice the OAPs she was talking to HAD actually lived through the Blitz.

      Maybe she should give that advice to her ex-colleague SIR Peter Bottom-ly and his lady wife, the Noble Baroness Bottom-ly, whop apparently have difficultly making ends meet on his £80,000 salary plus expenses and her £350 a day tax free, plus expenses.

      Either that or they could try working harder while wearing woollen hats.

      Frankly, if they were on fire … I wouldn’t.

      I know John Major could hardly have been called a catch… but lordy, what did he see in her?

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      1. Oh dear, I think I lived through the blitz, or at least the NW Edinbugh version. We heard sirens and could hear the Ack Ack guns trying to shoot down the German planes that came to bomb the Forth Bridge when we were out in our shelter.
        I must be older than I’d realised.

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