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Charlie_L

Member since Oct 2014 • Last active Apr 2019
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On a bike in the New Forest and London, most of the time. Used to work for LCC, now a free agent.

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I was recently in Vienna. In Austria people (even British people) get to vote from their 16th birthday. My friend's 15 year old daughter was prepared by having lessons on voting and democracy for a year or so before voting. She understands and can explain the EU co-decision democratic process far better than 99% of UK people.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    You know a sports personality/commentator is in deep shit when they have to put out a four paragraph solicitor written apology for something they said.

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    If you put a frog in cold water and slowly boil it will just stay there apparently, until it quietly goes to the place where good frogs go. Are some people who want to leave the EU without a deal a bit like that?

    • John Pienaar introducing his show on radio 5 this morning.
  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    If you do find someone with a Howdens account make sure you only pay them against the actual invoices. Regular customers get 50-60% discount on list prices all the time. This type of supplier and many of the builders who recommend them appear to make a good living from this consumer fraud.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    'You told me what the first rule of wisdom is', I said.
    'What is the second rule ?'

    'That can be answered', he said. 'There are five in all. Always ask any
    questions that are to be asked and never answer any. Turn everything
    you hear to your own advantage. Always carry a repair outfit. Take left
    turns as much as possible. Never apply your front brake first.

    'These are interesting rules', I said drily.

    'If you follow them', said the Sergeant, 'you will save your soul and you
    will never get a fall on a slippy road.'

    ===

    On both ape-human and insect-human scales, 55 per cent of non-cyclists and 30 per cent of cyclists rated cyclists as not completely human.

  • in Rider Down
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    Frightening attack on a road I use often. Hoping for a good recovery for the poor victim.

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    I'm quite a fan of democracy but I see real problems with a second referendum. Mainly what should the question be and if there are three or four options how do we calculate the result?
    If they happen, the next European elections for MEPs may provide a peoples vote, even a vote for Europe. If every candidate was encouraged (forced?) to state their personal position on Brexit (no deal, this deal, that deal, remain etc) we may get a revised view of the will of the people.
    This scheme is complicated by the party list PR election system in GB. Does anyone know how the preselection process works?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    hmm.. just re-thinking the fiendishly complex voting system for the Australian senate. Anning will likely be running against a less well known One Nation racist candidate, if he got more votes and also got that person's preferences he could remain a senator for the next 6 years. My escape route from Brexit is looking bleak.

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