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by Ben
Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FSA slams food retailers
Replies: 2
Views: 705

‘While we accept the retailers’ arguments for the need to create an authentic look,’ said the Agency, ‘such as smearing extra sludge on the organic carrots, we do feel that the mud should at least be of the same quality as the vegetables, rather than the ‘value’ low-grade muck we found in our tests...
by Ben
Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: D.Tel: Issues - then hides - scary bank numbers.
Replies: 30
Views: 5820

Ben Perhaps, given their history, Germany should also fear the middle classes having their savings wiped out. (though that could happen by hyper-inflation as well as bank default). Its a common thought that the 1920's hyper inflation brought the Nazis into power, it wasnt. Hyper inflation was well ...
by Ben
Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:34 am
Forum: News
Topic: Exclusive: leading greens in major nuclear U-turn
Replies: 49
Views: 5138

Exclusive: leading greens in major nuclear U-turn

Nuclear power? Yes please... Exclusive: leading greens join forces in a major U-turn. Britain must embrace nuclear power if it is to meet its commitments on climate change, four of the country’s leading environmentalists – who spent much of their lives opposing atomic energy – warn today. The one-t...
by Ben
Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: No fridge? Cool!
Replies: 31
Views: 7806

Having said that, as recently as the 1980s my grandparents had no fridge and did very nicely thank you with just a pantry (and they weren't veggies or anything fancy). A good point, we're very pampered these days. Until recently none of my grandparents had central heating, a car, double-glazing or ...
by Ben
Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: James Hansen's war on coal
Replies: 5
Views: 886

Furthermore, the possible replacements for coal – wind and solar power in particular – are incurably intermittent and therefore cannot be used for baseload capacity. That means that barring a breakthrough technology in electricity storage, wind and solar are likely to contribute only small – that i...
by Ben
Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: No fridge? Cool!
Replies: 31
Views: 7806

Rachel seems to have a freezer in the basement, so not that green. She regrets not being able to have a cold beer; not a problem if you like native British beers. Going fridgeless would be a doddle for me. My cellar is cold, even in the summer. There are meat hooks down there from where meat used to...
by Ben
Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Farm for the Future BBC2
Replies: 143
Views: 32722

Tess wrote:Dave wont let me spend any money when he thinks he can do it for bugger all cost.
Oh, that sounds like me! As a result the house is full of half finished jobs. :?
by Ben
Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Alarm over rise of BNP
Replies: 6
Views: 1141

If we have a Great Depression 2 or an Icelandic style collapse which wipes out the middle classes things could turn very hairy indeed.
by Ben
Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Move abroad to beat the recession blues
Replies: 15
Views: 1937

No mention of Canada on the list, that would be my choice.
by Ben
Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Police cut gas terminal numbers
Replies: 2
Views: 782

Norfolk Police has announced it is cutting round-the-clock protection because government funding has come to an end and the force cannot afford it.
I didn't even know there was round the clock police protection, a bit tough on Norfolk to have to pay for it, I suppose.
by Ben
Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Russia in trouble?
Replies: 18
Views: 2306

When we have all run our of oil they'll invaded the rest of the world using all the oil they've still got. Hopefully they'll run out just as they reach Calais. ':D' I hardly think by that time Europe, let alone little ol' UK, will be worth invading. What would tempt them? Natural resources? Cheap l...
by Ben
Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:16 am
Forum: News
Topic: 'Doomsters' will be proved wrong on UK economy
Replies: 6
Views: 1133

Well I'm fond of the place and am staying put (probably) but I'd have to believe in something myself before trying to convince friends of it, especially those with children. I think the UK has some serious structural problems and skill shortages, few natural resources and a poor transport, energy, f...
by Ben
Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:55 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 'Doomsters' will be proved wrong on UK economy
Replies: 6
Views: 1133

I'm glad to hear that the "doomsters are wrong", but a lot of my friends (non-POs) are now making active plans to leave the country - predicting something along the lines of a Japanese 10-20 years recession. I'm beginning to wonder who'll be left :shock:.
by Ben
Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Farm for the Future BBC2
Replies: 143
Views: 32722

:D What a good programme, Rebecca's certainly got a job on her hands! I hope there are follow up programmes over the years. One slight concern that someone completely new to PO might be a bit confused to learn that such a massive change is necessary and yet they’ve hardly come across a reference to ...
by Ben
Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: D.Tel: Issues - then hides - scary bank numbers.
Replies: 30
Views: 5820

skeptik wrote:
biffvernon wrote:
DominicJ wrote:Her most Britianic Majesties
How many queens have we got now?
Um.. Peter Mandelson, Simon Hughes, Mathew Parris... spring immediately to mind. I'm sure people can think of plenty more.
That'll keep the lawyers busy! :lol: