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Re: Maybe I should not have watched the news!

Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:30 am

ulrichs wrote:
arcademannequin wrote:...
Germans in particular like their monsters to be exactly 23 metres long and with the Independence Declaration imminent, Angele Merkel's approval of the Scottish monster will be essential. "The days of higgledy piggledy monsters are long past now, and just as our bananas have to be straight, our monsters must be uniform in length"

I'm sure it wasn't Angelas* idea to straighten out the bananas! She was not in charge for rules likes this, at the time, when the rules have been established. ;) I think it was more the time when Gerhard* or Helmut* were in charge!

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Angela - Angela Merkel
Gerhard - Gerhard Schröder
Helmut - Helmut Kohl
:D


It wasn't Angela's idea Ulli. She merely upholds and agrees with this very important rule.

Re: Maybe I should not have watched the news!

Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:14 am

It is a bone of contention with me. Food should not be rejected on the strength of it's appearance.
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Re: Maybe I should not have watched the news!

Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:03 pm

Chris, I apologise for my unserious posting on this thread! :oops: - Hope it can get back on track with some serious discussion! :)

...I see a 48 hour tube strike is about to take place in London, over plans to close ticket offices and cut almost 1000 jobs. - Would imagine this one is going to affect a hell of a lot of people just trying to go about their daily lives. - Wonder what happens with those who have already purchased tickets or have season passes? :? Do they get money back? :?

Re: Maybe I should not have watched the news!

Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:33 pm

arcademannequin wrote:Chris, I apologise for my unserious posting on this thread! :oops: - Hope it can get back on track with some serious discussion! :)

...I see a 48 hour tube strike is about to take place in London, over plans to close ticket offices and cut almost 1000 jobs. - Would imagine this one is going to affect a hell of a lot of people just trying to go about their daily lives. - Wonder what happens with those who have already purchased tickets or have season passes? :? Do they get money back? :?


Your apology is unreservedly accepted. To be honest I do not think most people are really here just for fun.

Now, the tube strike :? I strongly believe in the individuals right to strike. I understand that it can cause disruption and problems for others but maybe one day some of those people will need to do the same ie strike.

I am unusual in my own profession and that is why I have always been in Unison rather than like most of my colleagues who are in the Royal College Of Nursing. When I started my training the RCN had a no-strike policy (that has since been overturned) and having been a member of the socialist party I was not going to accept that. In those days I was in NUPE.

Now, please do not get me wrong. I am in the caring profession because I care. But we also have to care for each other and when you are physically run into the ground, do not have the correct equipment to do your job, have more 'paper work' piled on you etc it becomes more stressful and care levels drop.

If we do not affect what we actually do why will any one actually pay any attention. I have even told some of my colleagues that if they are not willing to take industrial action why should they garner any benefits it may have.

Now, my idea of striking is to hurt the government and not those in most need. And I will probably get totally crucified over writing this. But we can not leave those most needy to suffer therefore (in my area) we will always need to provide care for the frail who have, for instance, fracture there hip. But where it would hurt the government and hospital management is if there was not enough staff to allow planned surgery ie hip replacements. This is where the hospital makes its money and if these operations are delayed they get financial penalties.

With the lack of pay increases or if they are granted the little of what they are worth, decreasing staffing levels etc this might be closer than we think. So in effect, and though I feel sorry for the disruption caused to Londoners I am totally behind the train drivers.
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Re: Maybe I should not have watched the news!

Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:08 pm

Pretty much agree with all of your points Chris. - As I say though, just very frustrating for all those affected. Let's hope some settlement is reached.

Re: Maybe I should not have watched the news!

Sat May 03, 2014 8:04 pm

Just a thought for the poor 2000+ people who've been buried alive yesterday by a landslide in Afghanistan.

2000 people. Only 10 seconds dedicated to the subject on the French News.
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Re: Maybe I should not have watched the news!

Sat May 03, 2014 8:54 pm

zazabi wrote:Just a thought for the poor 2000+ people who've been buried alive yesterday by a landslide in Afghanistan.

2000 people. Only 10 seconds dedicated to the subject on the French News.


I completely agree Zaz. - It was covered on the news here, but not to the extent it deserved, given the scale of the tragedy. - Just awful to see. - I can only imagine just how much coverage this story would have received had it happened anywhere in the western world.

Re: Maybe I should not have watched the news!

Sat May 03, 2014 9:43 pm

zazabi wrote:Just a thought for the poor 2000+ people who've been buried alive yesterday by a landslide in Afghanistan.

2000 people. Only 10 seconds dedicated to the subject on the French News.


That is terrible. Due to work I was getting the news from the BBC website. And did not see that at all. Poor people.

Re: Maybe I should not have watched the news!

Mon May 05, 2014 2:16 pm

Don't know about the news, I really shouldn't have turned on the Yesterday Channel last night! - Watched about three hour long documentaries, all about impending natural disasters! - One was about a volcano on La Palma, which scientists have found out that when it next blows, will cause a huge landslip that will create a mega-tsunami with a 100 foot high wave that will wipe out the east coast of America! :o :shock:

Another documentary was concerning meteor impacts. All very cheerful. - I confess that by the time the third documentary came on, which I think was also about volcanoes and mass extinction, I was getting myself a bit pissed to get over the shock of it all, so by that stage I wouldn't have been arsed if I'd taken a direct hit from an asteroid.

All this should serve me right for looking for 'interesting' programmes and not watching Emmerdale like normal people. :( :x

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