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 Post subject: Re: Non taxi news
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 1:54 pm 
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If folks don't want a Big Mac then they have the option to not go and buy a Big Mac.

However for those that do, they now can.



it'll do well there loads of families with children in Oakham and a large 6th form college not far away ! :wink:

It opened quite a while ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Non taxi news
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:14 pm 
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Could only be the BBC. #-o

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54999375

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:14 pm 
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they have form :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Non taxi news
PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:06 pm 
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Police 1 - Dumbo 0

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/1890794 ... e-officer/

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bbc were carrying that one but thought it a bit iffy in the good news stakes

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:21 pm 
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bbc were carrying that one but thought it a bit iffy in the good news stakes

This isn't a good news thread, more an interesting/perculier news thread.

With that in mind could someone please explain in less than 10,000 words exactly WTF this science story is all about? :-k

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55133972

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Oh look what our council are wasting money on now but not a penny for struggling cabbies

Margaret Thatcher statue: £100,000 unveiling event to be underwritten by council

Council plans to underwrite a £100,000 unveiling ceremony for a statue of Margaret Thatcher in her home town of Grantham have been approved.

The statue was offered to South Kesteven District Council after proposals to erect it in Parliament Square were rejected.

The Conservative-led authority agreed to fund the event but "fully expected" the money to be recouped in donations.

oh look there's a flying pig

and how on earth does it cost £100000 just to pull a bit of cloth off a statue :shock:

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:59 am 
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well this is a bit different

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-55370919

A US judge in Michigan has ruled that a 42-year-old man can seek compensation from his parents for destroying his pornography collection.

David Werking, who was living with his parents following a divorce, sued them over the items, which he claims were worth over $25,000 (£18,500).

His parents argued that they told Mr Werking to not bring the items home.

The judge said that, even as landlords, Mr Werking's parents had no right to dispose of items owned by their son.

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It's not only taxis that get pelted with stones !

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-55368150

Santa and his helpers had to make a quick getaway after being "pelted with stones" while collecting for a charity in Grantham.

The man in red was lending his support to the local Lions charity on Thursday night when he came under attack.

Santa was half way down Goodliffe Road when a small group started throwing stones at him, according to Lions vice-president Jerry Levick.

"One hit Santa, but luckily he is OK," Mr Levick said.

When Santa and his volunteers came under attack, they took the decision to leave the area to ensure everyone's safety, he added.

Mr Levick said the charity's volunteers had been on the road for two weeks prior to the incident and had "pulled out all the stops" to get Santa out and about this year due to Covid restrictions.

"What made it even more disappointing was they had to leave before a large crowd who had gathered had a chance to see Santa. It was a shame," he added.

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And this ladies and gentlemen is part of the reason this bug is spreading so fast.

Thick f***ing kids. :sad: :sad: :sad:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-55471235

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And this ladies and gentlemen is part of the reason this bug is spreading so fast.

Thick f***ing kids. :sad: :sad: :sad:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-55471235

One of our Councillors, who is also a County Councillor ha gone To Australia for Christmas and new year. He lived in Oz for quite a while and also played rugby for Australia. He has gone over there to visit family and so far he is still in Quarantine in a hotel. Now I thought that travelling abroad was for essential purposes only, no to go and visit family and friends. if i were in charge I would have sent him home on the next plane. a very poor decision to go in my view.

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Impressionist Rory Bremner 'saved Sir John Major's bacon' amid MPs revolt

you couldn't make it up :lol:

Impressionist Rory Bremner "saved John Major's bacon" when he inadvertently thwarted a Tory revolt against him, newly released files show.

Documents from the National Archives tell how Bremner impersonated the then-PM when he phoned Eurosceptic Tory MPs in 1993, asking for their support.

They had planned to challenge Sir John's leadership at the time of the Conservative conference in Blackpool.

But the lead rebel thought it was the PM phoning and abandoned the revolt.

Bremner, who made the calls in September 1993 for his new Channel 4 show, has since said he had no idea he had helped to thwart a rebellion 27 years ago.

He said: "You think you're being satirical but the reality is even more farcical.

"Honestly, who'd have thought that without a spoof phone call, a group of Eurosceptic backbenchers might have forced the prime minister to resign and taken us out of the EU. What are the chances of that?"

On 21 September 1993 at about 16.00 in the afternoon, top Eurosceptic MP Sir Richard Body received a phone call from someone he believed was the then-prime minister.

With a House of Commons majority of just 18, Sir John was under constant pressure from the Eurosceptic right.

Sir Richard was convinced the caller was Sir John, telling Cabinet Secretary Sir Robin Butler that "if it had been an actor he would have been at the very top of his profession".

Sir Richard rang fellow Eurosceptic John Carlisle who said he had received a similar call.

They and their allies had been planning to challenge the prime minister at time of the annual Conservative Party conference that autumn.

But after the calls, they decided to "take the heat off".

They spoke to their - unofficial -"whips to ensure that others in their group did the same.

But it was Bremner who had called the MPs, gathering material for his new show.

He and his production team wanted to see whether his impression of the prime minister would "fool anyone".

To his surprise, Mr Carlisle seemed to believe him and Bremner then called Sir Richard.

Bremner could tell the MP believed he was talking to the PM.

"It's like being a safe cracker," he told the BBC. "Suddenly - the doors open and you're in."

Mr Carlisle had told another MP, Graham Bright, about the phone calls and the cabinet secretary investigated. A fortnight after the calls, he phoned both MPs.

Sir Richard was insistent it had been the real prime minister. According to an official note of their conversation, Sir Richard told the cabinet secretary that the call had "saved [Sir John's] bacon".

The cabinet secretary then called Michael Grade, then-chief executive of Channel 4.

He told him that in his view and that of the PM the calls had "crossed the boundary between entertainment and real life to an unacceptable degree".

He asked for assurances these calls would not be broadcast, and no new calls would be made.

The next day, Grade confirmed none of the calls to MPs would be broadcast, and that any future calls would require his permission - which he would not give if they "touched on political matters".

Sir Robin accepted this, and the PM seemed satisfied with it as well. Only two copies of the note were kept - and nothing was put in writing to Mr Grade.

A week after his conversation with the cabinet secretary, Sir Richard called No 10, apologising for being taken in.

The file shows the PM himself placed two ticks on the note and added: "Good".

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