Posts by Viewpoint

    They have to adapt or die. But I liked the squirrel story that Heero posted about recently. We have a "thing" for squirrels here. ^^

    I once owned a grey squirrel. I was on a building site when a terrible storm took place, hurricane force winds and heavy rain. As I left the site I saw something move in the grass. I picked it up to find it was a baby grey squirrel. I saw no sign of Mrs. Squirrel so I took him home and gave him milk by soaking crust until she was able to eat solid food. She came into season December 21 when I let her go in the local park where several other squirrels lived. Me and Mrs. V went out with food at least once a day and a few weeks later she appeared with three young. Though I could approach her, she wouldn't hop on to my shoulder as she'd previously done. She was a treasure and an experience.

    Whatever any religion does won't redeem it. Five years ago I sold a 16thC book Foxes Book of Martyrs. I hadn't read all of it but enough to well explain man's inhumanity to man. It's a huge book of some 500-600 pages. This one had lost its boards and a large part of its frontispiece but was otherwise in pretty good shape and with clear print, albeit in Gothic English script and Latin.

    I'll try to get back on track about the public buying second-hand goods and within that description, antiques.

    Much of the begging problem stems from TV shows. People always had a tendency to get a knockdown price but it has now reached ridiculous levels where beggars are wanting to buy often at less than half the ticket price and on the TV shows often win the day. So that when something has a ticket price of say £100 and a buyer gets it for £20 it tells me that the vendor is either waiting for an idiot to walk in; alternatively, if he's making a profit at £20, he's probably robbed someone by paying well below the market value.

    Anyone watching these programmes will know that the competitors and experts are themselves auctioneers and in their day job they attempt to screw every last penny from the buyer yet they beg unscrupulously when wearing their buying hat.

    But they are very much a cause of the problem explained by Ron and I have many experiences that I could relate if there's enough interest.

    A party doesn't necessarily need to be in power for there to be corruption within it, there could be for instance corruption within the party and how they run it and/or choose their leader or maybe how they obtain funding, there are many forms of corruption some obvious and some not so.

    You are right, corruption comes in many forms, not least of which is lobbying. Step forward the EU, where in excess of £100 million is spent on lobbying by numerous lobbying firms based in Brussels; I think it was Nigel who once saidthere was rarely a morning when his mail didn't include lobbying.

    A slight diversion but a survey popped on to my computer screen a couple of days ago from MSN. I don't remember the precise question but I know I replied asking them why a rich organisation with a filthy rich owner would want to plant cookies into my PC that I paid for and pay to run?

    You may see a response from me that is nothing more than a full stop; I know you'll find something to object to. Now explain what I was trying to wash other than your own interpretation..

    No one really knows what goes on within the royal family but I think there should be some understanding regarding Meghan and Harry. Personally I think they're a youngish couple very much in love and I think and hope it will last. I doubt many people who would condemn them would even recognise the trauma that Harry and William went through as kids and I suspect that William, as a future king has had a considerable amount of help in overcoming his trauma. It can't have been easy to see their father's performance as a father and the mother seeking solace elsewhere but, at the same time, never showing any signs of abandoning the kids, quite the opposite in fact.

    I think Harry has been and is being hard done by people close to him, the press and other media, not to mention social networks.

    I've been watching politics for longer than most and I know of very few politicians who neither lie or gild the lily and it happens across all parties, none of which would survive if the lid was really lifted on what goes on. I've been to hustings where big names have been speaking and put one or two prominent politicians to the test, Labour, Liberal, Tory and even UKIP who I later came to support but only because I saw them as the means of rescuing us from the EU.

    Telling lies , making poor judgements, apportioning blame, there are very few who don't take part in some undesirable activity.

    If anybody wants to see real corruption in politics , come up to Scotland and delve into the murky world of the leadership cabal of the SNP. I doubt if there's anything like it in Wales or England.

    Quite. I can recall the highly regarded John Smith doing zero to combat the substantial local council corruption going on in his own constituency.

    It's fair to say the EU have cocked it up big time when it comes to the rollout of vaccinations.

    What with the third wave of covid infections within EU countries turning Europe into the plague continent, the UK has to be very wary and ensure proper precautions are taken with visitors from mainland Europe.

    Just as worrying is the return of Brits from holidays abroad.

    But in the case of my local council they complete sold off every last house to a housing association and are no longer responsible for providing social housing in the area so didn't start building any.

    Many local councils did that but the housing associations should be building social housing though with the influx of immigrants pressure is placed on all accommodation, public and private. Even back in the 50s, after a massive house building programme, there was still a queue for social housing which was ever going to be perpetuated by qualifying criteria of children count; there were only around a 50 million population, there's at least 30% more today. I'm not trying to excuse what's happened just there are a lot of factors involved.

    Well my local council has been tory run as long as I can remember and they haven't invested in building social housing with the money they made from the sell off, so it's not just labour run councils that don't. I don't think it makes much difference what party is in control as its all about what hey can get out of it for themselves regardless as it is in polotics in general.

    As I recall, councils couldn't build more housing until their debt was down to a certain level.

    That's as may be but many in the EU are looking at us and seeing Brexit was worth it, even a substantial element of Hungarians are advocating leaving or advocating substantial changes to the EU being run by what Nigel once referred to as like the Mafia.

    All you've shown is what a bunch of are we allowed to swear on here are the EU. Look at them now, still trying to show how good they are by condemning others, even Hungary have a "we want to leave movement" forming.

    Exactly, for every house that was sold they should have built at least one to replace it, they even went the step further of then selling off the remainder to housing associations, it does raise the question where did the money go from the sale of all those houses. :/

    But the selling off of council houses didn't reduce the number of houses and the money, after paying of the loans that paid for the buildings, was used to pay or part pay off massive local authority debts, almost certainly a major purpose of the scheme and don't forget that what happened was just a re-invigoration of tenant purchasing council houses that was already in place.

    If anyone's interested in Indian cookery I can recommend a book by Dharamjit Singh. I lent my book out and, typically. never got it back but it's a book of traditional Indian cookery, not the Anglicised food to be found in most Indian restaurants. For example I recollect it explained the real purpose of Vindaloo by telling you it isn't a red hot potato dish (aloo is Indian for potato) but derives its name from a different source and is a means of preserving high fat content meat using vinegar with herbs and spices.

    My favourite recipe was Murghi Masala, almost addictive.

    I've just checked, you can buy the book on Amazon.

    Yes, all but 4 of mine are mechanical. There is something a mechanical watch that is magical. Knowing there are all those tiny cogs and springs that work in unison to produce something that tells accurate time, is quite amazing.

    The last watch I sold was a beautiful 1860s 18 carat engraved gold fob watch that I bought in the mid 90s for £55. I tried everywhere to get it repaired but failed. It was chain driven with the chain about the thickness of a bristle. The problem was that the sprocket on which the chain ran was badly worn and useless and not even watch makers in London could repair it. In the end I sold it16 or 17 years later for £360 as scrap gold; it would probably weigh out at £450 now.

    I agree that mechanical watches are a wonder to behold. However, I am a stickler for time piece accuracy and so I'm fully digital with my clocks and watches now. I love the way I no longer have to worry about changing all the devices from GMT to BST each year and vice versa.

    In some ways, I'd love to have a grandfather clock in my hallway, although I suspect the novelty would wear off eventually because of the chiming at all times of the day or night!

    You don't have to have the chimes working just don't wind the chime up once it's run down. Now is the best time in years to buy a long case clock.