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  1. [quote user="Mr Coeur de Lion"]I don't think Beckham has done much for people to be ashamed. It's not like he's John Terry or Steven Gerrard, he's a pretty good ambassador for what he does, although he appears a bit thick. I also think he was very overated, and most certainly is past his best, even when he first joined Galaxy. I don't even know why PSG wanted him. Would he have been that much of an attraction for them? They can afford the best. [/quote] Whatever else he is (or isn't) he is a bit savvy financially, even if he involves an  -agent-confirms-talks-with-PSG to do the deals; and of course they wouldn't enter into negotiations with either side without having some options and leverage.
  2. [quote user="NormanH"]When I came to live in France there were no such thing as cheap flights here. One had to take the train or coach, or pay even higher prices to fly, assuming no car. I believe that Ryanair brought a a new sort of person here, less committed to a permanent full-time stay, as did the abolition of the need for a Carte de Séjour. [/quote] Normy, there is a place for you, with your desired isolation, and language; Sercquiais the native Norman dialect of the island spoken by the inhabitants of Little Sark.[Www]
  3. [quote user="NormanH"]One fewer Englishman in France to be ashamed of[6] [/quote] Normy, Normy, Normy, when I said keep your sense of humour I didn't mean the old vituperative one[:P]
  4. [quote user="NickP"][quote user="Frederick"]They will find themselves in prison where the majority of fellow inmates will be black .... Many also Muslim converts ..... Their  worst nightmare .  I imagine they will find out what the inside of the prison hospital looks like pretty soon . [/quote]  I would hazard a guess that there are more Scousers, Londoners and Scott's in prison than Blacks or Muslim converts, or don't you count them?[/quote] I was unable to find results for ethnicity, but out of curiousity:- Table A1.25 Population in prison under an immediate custodial sentence, by sentence length, religious group and sex. 4 years or more. England and Wales 30 June 2010 (latest figures I could find) Anglican                   6543 Free Church               383 Roman Catholic        4318 Other Christian         1207 Buddhist                     460 Hindu                         119 Jewish                          80 Muslim                     3471 Sikh                           189 Other religions            156 Non recognised          115 No religion               6466 Not recorded             178 Total                    23,685
  5.  .telegraph. /Stephen-Lawrence-murder-jurors-did-not-know-about-Gary-Dobson-and-David-Norriss-violent-past. Why are past crimes not admissable as character references?  
  6. I'm quite glad to read the subtext myself, ''There is no new financial crisis removing everyones funds from the vaults; - and on the weather front no earthquakes have been reported in the Dordogne nor yet a Tsunami reported heading into Dorset (even if we had a little taste of it today[:)]) - Back to you safely returned from your walk; home; munching a crumpet.[:D]  
  7. I do sympathise Kathy,  (I don't think you'd have a problem at an Adele concert though[Www]); I wonder how well they'll fare after years of their ipods and the like though.
  8. Surprised to see the Youtube clip played on BBC news tonight!  
  9. Louis de Funés[:D] Atticus - Sunday Times Dinner for One (Sarkozy und Merkel)  dailymail.  -Sarkozy- Merkels-tipsy-butler-Dinner-For-One-
  10. You know what they say Normy, it never rains but it pours, the important thing is to keep your sense of humour, keep calm and carry on.[:)] Next year might be better, can but hope . . .[B] (hope you can have a beer?)
  11. quote user ="L'Aiffricaine" Da iawn cariad ! Sariad cymraeg ? [:)] Despite spending the official honeymoon in a cottage above Lake Bala (mistake, I learn't the true meaning of being excommunicated, worse still, unable to drown my sorrows) I didn't manage to pick up a single word from the (very) unfriendly natives; unlike the unofficial honeymoon spent in Monaco, where the natives were very friendly and I even managed a few words . . .subsequently of course one always returns to where there is a real welcome in the hillside [:P][8-|][:D]
  12. Young Paddy bought a donkey from a farmer for £100. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day... The next day he drove up and said, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news. The donkey's died.' Paddy replied, 'Well then just give me my money back.' The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I've already spent it.' Paddy said, 'OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey.' The farmer asked, 'What are you going to do with him?' Paddy said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.' The farmer said, 'You can't raffle a dead donkey!' Paddy said, 'Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead.' A month later, the farmer met up with Paddy and asked, 'What happened with that dead donkey?' Paddy said, 'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two pounds a piece and made a profit of £898' The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?' Paddy said, 'Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two pounds back.' Paddy now works for the Royal Bank of Scotland ....
  13. For those of a nervous disposition, Don't look (especially not at the layered headings )[Www] http://www.targetmap.com/viewer.aspx?reportId=4923 -  National IQ Scores vs Average Pen15 Size Obviously there are two sides to the coin here; Wooly will have a smile I guess, having an IQ above France's and a errmm physical advantage larger than the UK[:$] 1 Singapore 108 2 South Korea 106 3 Japan 105 4 Italy 102 5 Iceland 101 5 Mongolia 101 6 Switzerland 101 7 Austria 100 7 China 100 7 Luxembourg 100 7 Netherlands 100 7 Norway 100 7 United Kingdom 100 8 Belgium 99 8 Canada 99 8 Estonia 99 8 Finland 99 8 Germany 99 8 New Zealand 99 8 Poland 99 8 Sweden 99 9 Andorra 98 9 Australia 98 9 Czech Republic 98 9 Denmark 98
  14. [quote user="JohnM"]Not really being a pedant as I am asking for clarification from any linguistics experts...... but I always thought the expression was (is) "Hoist with ones own Petard"... I'm not enquiring about the use of "by" instead of "with", I'm interested in the use of "Hoist" to mean "Injured".... should be turned into HoistED? [/quote] Adjective hoist by one's own petard (idiomatic) To be hurt, or destroyed by one's own plot or device, of one's own doing which one intended for another; to be "blown up by one's own bomb". He has no one to blame but himself; he was hoisted by his own petard. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hoist_by_one's_own_petard
  15. “France should focus its attention on its domestic fiscal problems and the dire situation of its commercial banks, rather than lashing out at Britain or calling for political changes that are not going to occur.” According to Prof Feldstein the move was a mistake. “By attacking Britain and seeking to increase British borrowing costs, France is only creating more conflict between itself and Britain, while creating more tensions within Europe as a whole,” he said.   telegraph. /financial crisis /Martin-Feldstein-French-dont-get-problems-at-euros-heart. When people have a beef about the EU, they no longer complain about Brussels. They complain about Berlin.It wasn’t supposed to be like this. On the contrary, after World War II, a major impetus for creating the European Union was that it would curb German power. Countries that had waged war against each other twice would tie their economies so closely together that future conflict would be impossible. A similar calculation helped fuel the rise of the euro zone. As the price for accepting German reunification, the French president at the time, Francois Mitterrand, demanded that Germany give up its precious deutschmark and commit to a common currency. The goal was to buffer German power, not to bolster it.  globalpost.com/ germany-fourth-reich-euro-zone-dominance It's possible that the desire of the British Govt. to put on hold the Schuman plan before they had sufficient time to consider it at length may not have been all wrong.  
  16. [quote user="Rabbie"] don't lets fall out over this. However I did feel that your words about me were insulting  in both your posts. To call someone misguided and to query their experience (especially when you do not know anything about me) is definitely not complimentary. [/quote]  I would say that nothing is black and white; it is difficult in this kind of forum to debate in as relaxed a manner as it might be around a dinner table or in the snug, with an absence of familiarity or simple facial expression, things are open to misinterpretation occasionally, readers can only read what is written and not suppose alternative meanings. No offence intended or taken. Incidently, to get back on topic, I have had opportunities to work in South Africa, Australia and the US but rejected them all, I have worked in China and Hong Kong, I was happiest working in the UK and holidaying in Europe for all its problems. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy[:D]
  17. I wouldn't attempt to convert non-believers, but for those who miss the original Clarkson, his latest  Clarkson-Powered-Up-DVD is Theatrical producer free, and pretty good unreconstructed Clarkson; New tests, classics, hot hatches - GT2 RS, brace of Ferrari's etc, the MP4 -12C and a  . . . VW Passat[:D]
  18. I think it's best of  tonight . . . Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 on Channel 4 from 11:10pm to 11:40pm
  19. Minor point perhaps, my local TV guy said if I ever wanted to upgrade he would buy a Sony off me, as he couldn't get enough 'previously loved' Sony TV's, he wouldn't deal in any other used make; (I bought the Sony-CX52/32 on his recommendation)
  20. What can be said in New Year rhymes, That's not been said a thousand times? The new years come, the old years go, We know we dream, we dream we know. We rise up laughing with the light, We lie down weeping with the night. We hug the world until it stings, We curse it then and sigh for wings. We live, we love, we woo, we wed, We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead. We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear, And that's the burden of a year. Ella Wheeler Wilcox - she of Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone. For the sad old earth must borrow it's mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.  
  21. I noticed my signature was strangely part missing too, I edited, deleted and reposted, so it may be worth another try . . .  
  22. Having read  Why-Be-Happy-When-You-Could-Be-Normal Jeanette Winterson over the holiday I must say it was neither happy or normal but very compelling, I could not put it down. In one part of the book (I won't spoil it for you) she says 'The best reprieve for me at that time was to go to Paris and hide in the bookshop  http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/ Unfortunately George Whitman has just now passed on, I hope the shop survives for all our sakes. You'll love this Coops, apart from a mother relationship thing, she had an old 911 . . .    
  23. Having read Why-Be-Happy-When-You-Could-Be-Normal? Jeanette Winterson over the holiday I now have Shout by Tears for Fears going round in my head.
  24. Couldn't see enough of the bike to identify the model but I guess it would be covered under  H.O.G.
  25. [quote user="Rabbie"][quote user="just john "]  Then you would be very much misguided; - in areas of the UK there are large sectors of the population who do not have a rudimentary grasp of english, and rely on a few members of their community for the necessary communication, (in Bristol for example the city council has an in-house Somalian translator and a list of over 21 other language translations. .  bristol.gov.uk/ /community_ diversity/Languages spoken .  [/quote]No need to get insulting. The sort of life you describe for these people kis in myopinion more existing than living. Not being able to react with the majority of people without having an interpreter is not a proper life and in fact encourages petty racism. In my experience nothing combats the evil of racism more than contact with people from different backgrounds. It is a good thing that official information is made available in many languages as it is obviously important that people fullt understand it but you need to able to communicate with the ordinary people where you live. Still, don't lets fall out over this. It is the season of goodwill so lets just agree to disagree in a friendly way[:)] [/quote] I stand to be corrected but read the post again, I don't believe there is any element of racism or insult from me. I was stating a fact that in the UK groups do exist perfectly content with their own language in their own communitites and mixing very little, (a bit like some of the Brits in France and Hong Kong to mention a few of my experience) with support for them from all kinds of sources. To be unaware of this is merely to demonstrate the limit of your own experience. (by way of explanation for those who read what's on the page, As a printer, BCC was a client of mine.)
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