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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:54 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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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:14 pm 
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Could only be the BBC. #-o

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

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they have form :wink:

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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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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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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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so it's not only PH drivers watching TV whilst driving then

https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/lincolnshire-police-stop-driver-on-a1-for-watching-a-television-screen-while-driving-9154750/

Police stopped a motorist driving down the A1 whilst watching a tv screen as part of a special operation

The TV viewer was one of 80 car and lorry drivers stopped as part of a 3 day operation between 18th and 21st January along the Lincolnshire stretch of the A1

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I'm absolutely fascinated by this ongoing saga.

GameStop: Global watchdogs sound alarm as shares frenzy grows

Regulators have fired warning shots over frenzied share dealing in GameShop and other firms fuelled by social media chat on sites like Reddit and Facebook.

Watchdogs in the US and UK said they were monitoring activity and potential lawbreaking, and warned traders they risked facing huge losses.

Traders should ensure they are familiar with all rules, "including market abuse", the UK's regulator said.

GameStop is the focus of a trading war between amateurs and Wall Street pros.

Shares in the US bricks and mortar video games retailer surged again on Friday, rising 74% at the start of trading in New York. Another stock in the traders' sights, AMC Entertainment, jumped 60%.

That bucked broader market trends, which saw all three main US indexes fall roughly 2% in early afternoon trade in New York.

Some share trading firms temporarily halted dealings on Thursday amid extreme volatility in GameStop, which has soared as much as 700% in the past week. AMC Entertainment and Blackberry, which have also seen huge trading activity, were among the other companies also hit by the restrictions.

UK traders have also been sharing their thoughts and tips on trading chat forums amid mounting concerns about misinformation and share ramping.

London-listed companies have also been the focus of social media attention, including publisher Pearson and cinema operator Cineworld, although the share price movements were minimal compared with the GameStop surge.

In a statement on Friday, the UK's Financial Conduct Authority said: "The FCA is aware of the situation and continues to closely monitor trading in UK markets. UK investors should take care when trading shares in highly volatile market conditions that they fully understand the risks they are taking. This applies to UK investors trading both US and UK stocks.

"Firms and individuals should also ensure they are familiar with, and abiding by, all regulations including the market abuse and short selling regimes in the jurisdiction they are trading in."

In the US, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) warned against illegal "manipulative trading activity".

The regulator added: "Our core market infrastructure has proven resilient under the weight of this week's extraordinary trading volumes.

"Nevertheless, extreme stock price volatility has the potential to expose investors to rapid and severe losses and undermine market confidence."

The SEC also said it would review actions that could "unduly inhibit" and "disadvantage investors".

'This is unacceptable'

The war between amateur private investors and heavyweight firms like hedge funds centres on so-called short selling. Over recent months, hedge funds had made big bets that shares in loss-making GameStop would fall.

But an army of private investors, swapping tips on social media, spotted a chance for a buying frenzy that would push up the price and "squeeze" the hedge fund short sellers.

Many private traders made profits - and losses - along the way, but their actions also dealt a big financial blow to hedge funds that spent billions of dollars gambling GameStop's shares would tumble.

The decision on Thursday by several brokerages to halt purchases of shares in Gamestop and some other firms sparked outrage among investors, who accused the companies of working on behalf of traditional Wall Street investors who were losing out to the army of amateurs. Some disgruntled investors said they were preparing legal action.

Investor anger over their temporary ban from trading spread beyond the investment community, with rappers and US politicians on both sides of the Washington divide joining the backlash against Wall Street.

'Years of distortion'

"This is unacceptable," tweeted Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat. "We now need to know more about @RobinhoodApp's decision to block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit."

Her tweet was shared by Republican Senator Ted Cruz who commented "fully agree." Tesla founder Elon Musk, whose shares have also been a retail favourite, also commented on Ms Ocasio-Cortez's tweet, saying "Absolutely".

Much of the anger was directed atRobinhood, a new breed of broker popular among a new generation of younger, tech-savvy investor, but which has been accused of "gamifying" share trading.

On Friday, a Robinhood chat forum on Facebook was also removed for breaking its Community Standards rules, although the social media giant did not expand on the reasons.

After the backlash, Robinhood late Thursday said it would ease the restrictions. The firm also said it had raised more than $1bn from existing investors to bolster its finances amid questions about strains caused by the buying frenzy.

But Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat known as a supporter of tougher financial rules, said the chaos was another sign of "years of distortion in securities markets that have allowed the wealthy few to artificially inflate and deflate share prices and reap short-term profits while exacerbating wealth inequality".

She said regulators must review the trades and make changes to ensure that markets "reflect real value, rather than the highly leveraged bets of wealthy traders or those who seek to inflict financial damage on those traders".


Why have GameStop shares surged?

Key to what's going on is "short selling" or "shorting", where a big investment firm such as a hedge fund tries to make money by betting that a company's share price will fall.

The hedge fund borrows shares in a company from other investors (for a fee) and sells the shares on the markets at, for example, $10 each, waits until they fall to $5, and buys them back. The borrowed shares are returned to the original owner, and the hedge fund pockets a profit.

GameStop - which saw heavy losses last year and was described as "failing" by one big investor - is the most shorted stock on Wall Street.

But in the last week, amateur investors who follow the Wall Street Bets forum on Reddit have poured money into buying the company's stock with the aim of pushing up the price.

If the price rises dramatically, short sellers face big losses and they need to buy back the shares they have borrowed quickly to prevent bigger losses - a process known as covering.

However, buying back the shares only adds to demand for the stock and pushes its price higher still.

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In other words conmen and pirates they are all.


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