This is too stupid to be real.
The Army have been helping the Ambulance Service in England for so long now that there's an entire episode of a BBC documentary series dedicated to it, and no great fuss is made since sane people recognise the service is hugely overstretched.
When it happens on a smaller scale for a shorter time in Scotland however, Zoomers seem to imagine it's the End of Days.
I highly recommend taking a look at National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy by Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin. It's part of a trend of national populism that has been going on in Europe and the US from decades but has accelerated recently and resulted in things like Brexit and Trump.
There are a number of factors that have drawn people towards National Populism but a very basic summary would be uneducated working class people who hold traditional values feeling like they're being ignored by the political and economic elites and have found themselves getting poorer while others have been getting much much richer.
As to why people in England specifically have gone to the Tories, it's because the Tories adopted National Populist policies and became the English national party instead of the traditional pro-business party that they used to be. Why did they do this? Because they were haemorraging votes to UKIP and the Brexit party. So if they couldn't beat them, they decided to outflank them.
Is everyone here missing the obvious tongue in cheek tone of this story? Do you think Dennis Skinner was being serious in describing the recapturing of his spot on the bench in terms of The Art of War?
Don't take everything too seriously - that means you Wappy! ;)
06:04 into the episode.
> ..and this is what happens when you feed a 15-year-old, like, seven Irn Brus and then put them on a drum set
You are the one making unsubstantiated claims actually so it's on you to provide proof but on that very episode go to about 4 minutes in and you can watch them go to a Westminster corespondent and talk about the PM's approach
humour me, where abouts is it you live roughly? what part of Scotland?
Hi, native Gàidhlig speaker here.
It's an Anglicisation of "Cnoc na Feannagan".
A feannag is a crow, feannagan is the plural, and feannaig would be used in a different tense but I don't understand the technicalities of that, just know how to use it :) so aye, it's Crow Hill basically.
Here's an audio file of me saying it to answer your question:
YSK: Duolingo (free) added Scottish Gaelic - https://www.duolingo.com/course/gd/en/Learn-Scottish%20Gaelic
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Bisto, always Bisto.
Couldn't quite see it properly but the fact that he didn't move his hand much makes me think it's something like an automatic centre punch. Place at the bottom corner of a window and it will shatter tempered glass pretty well.
Repost of what I wrote beneath the deleted comment, since Adam Smith is often miss-quoted and missrepresented:
>I find this particularly interesting as it's a central justification for laissez-faire economics
Actually no. The Wealth of Nations was arguing against the many special interest entrenched in the UK, and the perverse consequences of their actions, and in a larger scale against the mercantilism that saw a path for those special interest to argue their case.
You have to remember he also said: “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”
Or his opinion on landlords: “As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.”
He even argued that the state should provide goods “of such a nature that the profit could never repay the expense to any individual”
Adam Smith could be argued to be the father of ordoliberalism, but to say he carred for laisez-faire is a perversion of his books by an elitist class keen on breaking those special interest to their own benefit.
The National starting to do a subscription wall is just LOL considering they're lucky if they have like 7000 subs.
Think someone else posted it already, but as a side issue if anyone wants a way past some of these
Have a look at the r/Scotland official tourist sticky!
All seriousness aside, when asked for completely generic tourism advice, there are several places we love to recommend: Chester, Ypres, Ghent and Buckfast Abbey are standouts. You'll see.
You are on the Internet. Distance doesn't matter.
Duolingo does a decent course. It's not enough by itself, but it'll get you a solid baseline.
Living there and conversing constantly is just another way of phrasing immersion. You can do a lot of that at home.
Reading: You can set Reddit to display in German. It doesn't alter your subs and the interface is familiar and simple. There are German subs for reading natives. Check out bookcrossing.com and see if you can get someone to post you some easy German books, or just but one off Amazon.
Listening: I stalked your comments. Outside of politics, it seems you are interested in football so you could watch Euro 2016 on German TV instead. It would be a really good choice because the commentators are talking about things you already know and are describing things you can see happening.
Subscribe to podcasts, either directly educational or just about things you are interested in.
Speaking: There are skype groups available for speaking to people. Or team chat if you play video games. If you want classes, you can hire a tutor over the Internet to round out your education, and if you ever go to another town you can see if there's an expat group who might be willing to help you practice in return for a cup of coffee or something a bit more refreshing. Check out meetup.com or facebook groups.
Writing: It really shouldn't surprise me, but I found /r/de_writingprompts.
It's going to be lumpy and a bit shit when you start, especially when you start speaking to people. Deal with it. Practice a little every day and it'll change your world.
>Tom Gallagher lives in Edinburgh. This is his 15th single-authored book and his second novel. He taught political science and contemporary history in higher education for one-third of a century during which time he had the opportunity to study various conflicts of identity across the world. A companion novel to this one, Flight of Novel: A North British Intrigue was published at the start of 2018.
Never heard of (or thought there was a need to clarify) 'single-authored'. He also got the title of his other book wrong. It's 'Flight of Evil' not 'Novel'. The 5 star reviews for that book are worth a read.
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Here's worst case.
So we've left the EU, we now have to wait 2 years for it to become 100% done. Nicola Sturgeon isn't able to get a referendum within that period and has to wait until after the 2 year mark. We have our referendum and we vote Yes. We now have to wait 2 years for us to leave and start on our own. Now we start negotiating to join the EU, because the EU is NOT going to see us as a special snowflake and treats us like any other country wanting to join.
>Croatia applied 2005, got in 2013
>Albania applied 2009, not expected to join until 2020
>Iceland applied in 2009, it's up in the air atm and many people doubt it will happen
>Macedonia applied in 2004, ongoing application
>Montenegro applied in 2008, ongoing application
>Serbia applied in 2009, not expected to join until 2020
>Turkey applied in 1987, negotiations in 2005, currently ongoing
>Kosovo has not yet applied because of issues with Serbia
So now Scotland has left the UK and is floating in Political and economic no mans land with one of the highest deficits in Europe
So now the EU looks at Scotland and asks - Why the fuck do we want a country with a terrible birth rate, high deficit, poverty, over reliant on Oil to be successful economically and a country that left the EU. Add in Spain who would veto our entry, the fact that the EU doesn't want to set a precedent that it's okay to leave the EU and rejoin as a different entity and you have a political fucking quagmire
I voted Remain btw. It's a fucking mess.
Ex-staffers have written a long letter detailing how the company's work culture is toxic, its rhetoric unmet by action and belied by hypocrisy and that:
>Put bluntly, the single biggest shared experience of former staff is a residual feeling of fear. Fear to speak out about the atmosphere we were immersed in, and fear of repercussions even after we have left. Hell, the company once set up a staff committee, under the guise of assembling a team of well-respected individuals to tackle cross-departmental projects, who at their first meeting discovered the actual main task of the group was to address the culture of fear in the business. Well, we can tell you now, you could have asked any single person in the company how to address it, and every one of them could have told you the answer - but you wouldn’t have liked it.
Why not get something like this
No idea if it's good or bad.
The reason animals may like running water Vs bowl is that in nature running water is more likely to be clean and not stagnant
Also they're a 'continuation' (the gang was kind of subsumed in to the Orange Order in the 50s & 60s) of a early 20th century Glasgow gang called the 'Billy Boys' who sprang up in response to Irish immigration into W. Scotland. Famous for the
' Hello, Hello
We are the Billy Boys
You'll know us by our noise
We're up to our knees in Fenian blood
Surrender or you'll die
For we are
The Brigton Derry Boys "
Also why the Rangers song occasionally causes problems, if they forget to sing the 'clean' lyrics :)
Great book on it.
I disagree. My reasonable and affordable "Scotland Electricity Generation – my plan for 2020" https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/scotland-electricity-generation-my-plan-for-2020/ suggests an eventual total of 42 GW (42,000 MW) of intermittent renewable generation, mostly wind, but including solar and others too. My diagram suggests about 30,000 MW of wind power by 2020. We are not on target yet so I would prefer an acceleration of the installation of new wind farms in Scotland.
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Someone here already mentioned trying Jolly Ranchers, I'd give them a go too. As for a Scottish treat, you need to try Tunnock's Teacakes before you die, forget about waiting for your pen pal to get you them!
I hope you had a hard hat!
Had a friend doing urbex in hospital for a month when he got brained by a brick.
The slightest disturbance can cause stuff to fall in these old buildings on a bad day.
They're cheap, too:
And they're worth it. They'll turn life-threatening injuries into literal headaches. They can even downgrade instant death to mere life-threatening injuries. Take it from me as someone's who's done demolition and had shit fall on me.
Thanks for the photos and keep exploring!
I don't believe she could. For example my wife uses a council VPN to access her email remotely. Most businesses make extensive uses of them. This isn't 2005, nowadays end to end encryption in various forms is so deeply entrenched that it's simply not possible to run the internet without it. HTTPS is end to end encrypted of course, and obviously also when you SSH to a server you're encrypted, which reminds me of these techniques using tunneling
Tunneling isn't a VPN, but it's still encrypted end to end just as effectively. So far I've not seen it pop up once on the list of Nasty Hacking Things To Be Afraid Off that May seems to be compiling. Which just underlines this is all so ludicrous it's not going to work.
Aye, a promise of "yes devo" made with a week to go when the last 40 years have been "no devo and if you don't like it you can be on yer bike Jock-o".
they didn't think it through did they, the wee cunts.
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>And the Labour website Labour Uncut has thrown caution to the wind and driven a coach and horses through every electoral law in the country by not only admitting that Labour has been illegally surveying and tallying postal votes, but then actually publishing the findings.
I don't know whether to be angry about how little regard for the law or the process these fucking people have, or just sad that i'm neither surprised or instantly incensed.
I doubt very much that GCC has such power at their disposal, i could be wrong though.
Perhaps they could go after the private rental market for accommodation that doesn't meet regulatory standards, there looks to be plenty of opportunists trying to cash in.
Great wee documentary from BBC Alba, https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000ct1t/birdman-of-pollokcuraidh-na-coille?fbclid=IwAR1cePtlIAmZEphanXJtFltK9SfxBZewUgqeZfYzhaaQqsTLFtKjtaUu3Yg
When divisive language like "sweaty-sock" is used then it totally is a 'them vs us' thing. In my opinion.
However, since this thread started off on the track of /u/Drpinkeye expressing
disbelief that the English could ever be considered a race... I thought that I'd just check the Oxford English Dictionary's online definition of race (the OED arguably being the definitive arbiter of British (:-D) English) and look what I found as the primary example of race as a noun!
Oh, how I laughed.
Consider a VPN (I use Private Internet Access, others are available) or a proxy service:
You may wish to check on the legality of these where you live, don't want to leap from the frying pan to the fire just for cat pictures.
is also a great alternative. Ghostery is owned by an advertising corporation and may/may not be sending data and preferences back to a central server somewhere.
Ultimately though, I think it's more of a matter of personal preference. I found a bit more in the background where I don't need to fuss with it too much.
I remember being at Tynecastle and the Rangers fans were singing at the Hearts fans "You're only part time Proddies". That was probably in the late 80's I think (though could have been in the mid 90s right enough when I moved back to Scotland).
Edit: I just googled "part time proddie" to check the spelling and this was the first page that came up:
Protestant Chaplain jobs, some of which are indeed part time.
So, any Hearts fans out there up for making it all a bit more official and become an actual Part Time Proddie? When asked by your mates "hows it going", you can finally, truthfully respond "just living the dream"...
Right let's take a look at this that tracks the amount of active 5G masts globally. Lets look at the UK and, more specifically, Scotland... since we're on r/Scotland.
There are only 14 active 5G masts in the whole country. The exact same number as there was at the beginning on the pandemic. So it doesn't look like there is any rush from any of the mobile providers to be upgrading the infrastructure during the pandemic. The number for the whole of the UK, 204 masts, has also remained the same since the beginning of the pandemic.
>or part of some plans to further an authoritative agenda, endgame being similar to how China operates?
How does one make the jump from "mobile technology that allows you to browse the web on your phone slightly quicker than on previous technology" to "iTs ThE sTaRt Of FaScIsM"? Gonny enlighten me because I just really can't get my head around that at all.
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This recent Guardian article might answer your question:
"Languages on the brink of dying out should be preserved in the light of evidence that multilingualism is good for the brain, according to an expert."
There's a super easy way to check...
That second one is the Gaelic broadcast on BBC Alba, produced by a completely different production team (NemetonTV) than the main BBC coverage (Input Media), as shown in the copyright at the end and it's exactly the same.
a) I doubt the Gaelic production team would mute the Scottish national anthem
b) if they were, I doubt they'd somehow manage to mute everything perfectly in line with the BBC Four production.
No, different video, approx 26:20 minute mark:
What your video shows is exactly what I was expecting, a cutaway with associated audio change. Not changing the audio would be jarring, so that's 100% fine.
That in isolation would be laughable, however to see it repeated verbatim at a second game where there was no cutaway is very odd.
Duolingo are currently working on an Irish Gaelic course. It'd be great if there was eventually a Scottish Gaelic course too, but that would be a long way off. Does anyone know how similar/mutually intelligible the two are?
Aye that's definitely a weird one. Did they think Civic Scotland was something like Scotland in Union?
Edit: cunts a somewhat prolific commenter: https://disqus.com/by/disqus_d1NVjZhZHn/
How has he made that many comments on there and not been banned?
I don’t agree with you on your first point.
We need to improve representation in parliament, and yet there is a real issue that aspiring politicians face significant financial outgoings just to get considered for candidacy - let alone campaign for election and then set themselves up with staff and an office and so on. These expenses far exceed what most of us pay for the first month of a job. It’s easy for the likes of the Rees Moggs, who have plenty of money to burn. They can take the hit, which is in part why the richest in society are over-represented in parliament.
But parliament shouldn’t be a collection of just those rich enough to take a financial hit. We need people from all walks of life, including those like Emma Roddick who haven’t had a privileged upbringing.
So this does need to be an issue, and I congratulate Ms Roddick for bringing it up. If we want to encourage people from less privileged backgrounds into politics (and we should), then we need to remove the financial barriers to public service.
This is explored as part of Isabel Hardman’s excellent book “Why we get the wrong politicians”, which explores many issues with our current political system. It’s Westminster focussed, but undoubtedly most of it also applies to Holyrood and is a highly recommended read.
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As a UK citizen^1 you will need to be on a tour^2 to visit Iran. You can alternatively request a travel agency such as this to arrange for you to receive a visa and then see the country on your own.
WikiTravel has an extensive and regularly updated entry on Iran.
If I understood correctly from news on the independence vote.
Citizens of 174 other countries than the UK, the US, Canada, and a few others can receive a 15-day tourist visa at the airport when they arrive via international airports.
A lot will be one offs of real people stolen from around the web or some are even from things like this https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/
Occasionally a reverse image search will bring up something, but in the modern world of digital warfare the bots and troll farms will be quite "smart" about faking up profile pictures. If they even bother, many bot accounts just use generic avatars. Or even some still have the 'twitter egg'.
A lovely book full of Scottish words is "Cauld Blasts and Clishmaclavers" by Robin A Crawford. You can get it on Amazon in the Uk but not sure where you are. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1783964782/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_37ASWP09SSY489SRV5MC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
GPS works everywhere, but you'll only get strong data signal on your phone while you're on the east coast. Once you reach the north coast it gets spotty and there's almost no signal around the west coast or further inland. So don't plan to rely on anything that uses an internet connection.
Bring a good map... Or two. Whatever digital maps you want to use, make sure they still work offline. My favourite (which I used for the NC500 last month) is All-in-One Offline Maps for Android, as it's free. Before you leave you'd download the full general overview and closer detail views of the general route and nearby areas you'll be visiting. It lets you zoom in close enough that you can see features like waterways, tracks, car parks and interesting walks. Mapnik and the Hike/Cycle maps are brilliant, both based on OpenStreetMaps. Download an offline view in Google Maps too for in-car navigation if you don't have a standalone GPS.
Tourist information centres sell wee booklets of walks around different parts of the north, highly recommend these. I don't know how you're doing it, but in January, I'm guessing driving from B&B to B&B? The most memorable experiences you'll have will be on foot in wild places. The walk booklets contain walks for all levels of fitness. Just make sure your footwear is waterproof and you bring a spare set...
Stop and explore anywhere that looks interesting, not just the tourist traps. The OSM map I linked shows paths and tracks so you can explore along your route and get an idea of where there may be good walks which aren't signposted on the road.
The main big supermarkets are a mega-Tesco in Wick in the north-east coast, a Tesco & Lidl in Thurso on the north coast, and a Tesco in Ullapool on the west coast. I don't do restaurants or pubs but there were no shortage of those, just some odd opening hours.
this article describes the dangers to the GFA associated with the Brexit
Now that Britain will need a degree of border controls with EU countries (even with Ireland not being in the Schengen Area), there is risk that restrictions will have to be placed on travel across GB and Ireland. If a border control is placed over the Republic and Northern Ireland, this will essentially mean a nullification of the free movement provisions of the GFA. Placing border controls between both the Republic and Northern Ireland would question N. Ireland as a fully integrated member of the UK, more-of-less dumping the country to Irish and Ulster nationalist. In both cases, it would either undermine the GFA's peace or the Brexit pledge to control travel between Europe and the UK.
That was the original headline, the BBC must have changed it.
Do you want me to repost it with the new headline, or leave it as it is ?
Guess what's on the front of this book…
No worries, saw you'd put one study down and thought I might as well link to those of other countries. If this is something you're interested in I think I first came across the English Collective of Prostitutes in Sex, Power, Money with Sara Pascoe which is a series of interviews with SWs from various parts of the industry.
This should give you a rough idea as well -
Note - playing about with the "vaccine rate" and toggling between "last 7 days" and "Scottish goverment's plan" gives very different dates at the moment, possibly due to the current slow down of vaccines this week.
No idea how reliable it is, but this vaccine queue calculator supposedly gives you an idea of where you are in the queue. Fuckin miles from the front basically
This is really funny.
I was going to make a joke about adding gangsta rap to the long list of things Scotland has invented, and then I remembered a radio show from about a year ago, which talked about the old Scottish tradition of Flyting which was a popular form of entertainment in the 15th/16th centuries in Scotland, consisting of a poetic contest of insults. Each poet had to recite/improvise poetic verse, in an attempt to outdo or beat the other into submission.
So we actually invented rap battles too!
There's always someone flogging it on gumtree.
60p a can or 55 quid a crate, it's a volatile market.
Despite the pelters it takes, Bing is good for this kind of thing as the maps have an OS layer.
I've made a graph to show how income tax works (you can find it here). Here's how the plans would affect people of different incomes (the actual people aren't too significant - it just shows a range of incomes):
Note that extra tax as a % of income will approach the limit of 1%, but never actually reach it (even someone earning £20 million a year will still pay basic rate tax on the first £31,785).
> 1. no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning: a defunct law; a defunct organization.
> 2. no longer in existence; dead; extinct: a defunct person; a defunct tribe of Indians.
Seems to fit criteria 1.
Did you review the dictionary definition of 'defunct'?
> Twice as many Scots suffer from ME as suffer from MS, yet the Scottish Government is pouring money into MS research while ME gets nothing.
Whilst I think there needs to be more put into ME/cfs setting areas of research against one another is counterproductive.
This is interesting:
Nope, that is the Test & Trace app, not an app that gives you access to your patient records etc (which would be a privacy breach due to Bluetooth/GPS use - this is why the new Check-in app is separate) and not the one which is proposed to be used for this "COVID Passport".
This is the England one: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline
Nice wee find! As an ex-pat, must share that Amazon Prime in the US does the same recipe bottles for $2.28 a bottle in a 12-pack. Also good for finding other UK treats.
It is not to say anything of stupidity or anything else-
as mentioned in the above page, with all things being equal will agree rather than disagree- for example-
'Do you agree that we should take the left path?'
Even in absence of any information whatsoever about the possible ways one could take there is an instinctive 'of course'. Salmond plays with loaded die, he understands or has people with him that understand the primitive psychology of the mind. Perhaps if you have a moment you could read 'Predictably Irrational' which illustrates just how sensitive people are to subtleties
The independence debate has already been mentioned, but it's very untrue to suggest that was the main reason for the vote.
Ideologically, Scotland tends toward the left-wing and socialisism far more than England or Wales does. The Conservatives have always had a very weak presence here, doing very poorly in national elections, while our current SNP government is very left-leaning, focusing heavily on welfare.
This trend extends to issue like immigration, which was one of the main talking points of the Brexit campaign. Scotland as a whole (with exceptions) tends towards acceptance of immigrants and refugees - recently, the Syrian arrivals were greeted predominantly with sympathy and warmth. We also took in 1 in 3 of the total amount of refugees coming to the UK, a large number for our size
That's not to say England is all racist or close-minded. Just that,g enerally, Scotland's ideology tends towards the moderate and the progressive. In a debate centred mostly around immigration and foreign influence, dominated by right-wing figures pushing for an exit, Scotland is naturally inclined to vote against it.
I can't find the article. It was posted on here, written by Iain MacWhirter I think. It showed that after all current funding commitments, BBC Scotland had about £10m left for commissioning programming, and I'm sure it had a total budget of around £30-50m. I'll continue trying to find it.
Edit: Here it is! It was by Kevin McKenna.
>Scotland raises £323m in licence fees, yet has an annual budget of some £35m. The corporation has tried to put that figure at £123m, but such a sum includes spending on programmes and projects that are “badged” as Scottish but whose DNA is anything but.
>In 2013-14, the BBC Scotland television budget was broken down thus: news £10m; sport £4.5m; River City £6.5m; TV commissioning £10m; other costs £4.5m. That’s right; BBC Scotland’s chief television commissioning editor sits down every year wondering what he can make with £10m to play with for the year. Ten million wouldn’t stretch to the budget for the ladies’ foundation garments on Anna Karenina.
Seems to not include Radio, but even including that, you get nowhere near the £323m raised in Scottish license fees.
yes and no
Its all about what happens in the future everything could be hunky dory and we trundle along forever. We may not civilisations have a tenancy to collapse every 500 yrs or so. If the Islamic extremists win and were all citing the koran s all truth and murdering scientists as blasphemers i hell a big ass rock might fall out of the sky and just fuck almost everything up setting technology back god knows how long.
I actually think its kind of arrogant to just assume this iteration of society is infallible and will continue forever.
Even if it does as language evolves less and less people understand the original language. look how many people still keep on top of Latin or the old Germanic language that English evolved from. I mean fuck Literally no longer means literally http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/literally
https://ifttt.com/home try downloading this. You can set simple rules so your phone will automate tasks. In this instance you could set a rule that says if your phone disconnects from your home WiFi then activate Bluetooth.
>"In 2014 Standard and Poors said that an independent Scotland would qualify for their highest economic assessment, even excluding it's offshore resources, and would be placed in a bracket alongside the UK and Germany when it came to it's creditworthiness (Triple-A rated)."
> That's what you said. Are you going to admit that it was a complete lie now?
No. Here's an excerpt from the report that Standard and Poors released in 2014, the one we've been discussing. I quoted it earlier, but it looks like you might have missed it:
>Scottish wealth levels are comparable to that of the U.K. ('AAA'), Germany ('AAA'), Ireland ('BBB+'), and New Zealand ('AA-'). Even excluding North Sea output and calculating per capita GDP only by looking at onshore income, Scotland would qualify for our highest economic assessment. Higher GDP per capita, in our view, gives a country a broader potential tax and funding base to draw from, which supports creditworthiness.
I've put the link in again, in case anyone else wants to check for themselves. If they do choose to read it, they'll find that it's a report, from 2014, by Standard and Poors, saying all the things I've said it says, often in the exact same words.
Are you going to deny that again, and continue to accuse me of being a liar, or are you ready to awake from the nightmare you are having here?
From yes minister
>Bernard: That's another of those irregular verbs, isn't it? I give confidential press briefings; you leak; he's being charged under section 2A of the Official Secrets Act.
I think xenophobia is a more accurate word to use in this instance.
> Dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries
A wee bbc series about a couple of boys who do this
did a trip from Fort William to Inverness in lochs and the canal up there. was a lot of fun but weather was mostly shite.
Just in case they lock the directory, here's a zip file with all the info.
Also I don't know why the party leaders are being compared to cartoon characters, but I can't wait to see the context for it.
Aye, if it's something unusual it's often worth comparing several maps, especially to openstreetmap incase somebody local or otherwise familiar with a site has made an edit. You'll often find that folk have a specific interest in certain things as well, like with underground stuff you've got Subterranea Britannica.
For this specific site you've got a much clearer bird's eye view on Bing Maps. See that thing in the bottom right hand corner by the fence, that's a radio signal tower disguised as a tree! A mobile mast disguised simply to blend in with the environment would probably be the official explanation but... ;)
Houghmagandie (meaning fornication).
Here's some references to its use in literature/media.
It was used in the Tommy Sheridan trial:
> a female witness even concluded that one of the venues for the alleged multiple houghmagandie was "mingin'"
Now there's a sentence you don't read everyday.
OK, so technically not a word I grew up with (I think it was in use in Rabbie Burns time), but a great word all the same - I think it's time it was brought back into everyday use!
> A lot of the rhetoric from Salmond and Sturgeon and even from the Yes campaign has been jingoisms such as 'stand on our own two feet' and 'too wee, too poor'.
Dude... that's not jingoism, jingoism is what you see from.. well from the yanks and to a good extent the British state.
Sorry about the misunderstanding I just got the impression that you were planning a large gathering.
Plan a Scottish High Tea for the late afternoon. (Mind you, I'm still wondering how Prosciutto di Parma crept into a Scottish High Tea - gosh we are cosmopolitan). In the background play Aly Bain's "Follow the Moonstone" CD.
A few years back my folks got us all pairs of these rubber anti slip things that go on over the tops of your shoes. Looking on Amazon I found these ones relatively cheap (I searched for YakTrax which is the brand name I'm familiar with).
I've found them to be really useful, can definitely recommend. More compact than full on crampons.
I really enjoyed Scotland: A New History, you can get it on Amazon for pennies.
It goes from the Scottish Wars of Independence to modern day Scotland.
VPNs are extremely easy to get hold of and don't cost a great deal - there's many excellent commercial offering available for £5 a month or less. I use TigerVPN as they have a great set of endpoints around the world you can choose from and apps for easy setup on phones and tablets as well the usual methods on PCs -
If you're in a habit of working in Coffee shops and the like I'd recommend using one as basic security - otherwise you're basically trusting whoever owns the access point to be honest.
If you're really paranoid and computer literate then it's not hard that hard to set up your own. You simply buy a cheap Linux Virtual Private Server somewhere outside the UK with enough bandwidth to service your requirements and install appropriate software. The advantage of this is that you can be absolutely sure that everything is under your control, no logs are kept, and you're not using a common VPN IP to access sites so less likely to be blocked. The downside is you've got to configure the system and security on it so only you can use it, and it's probably going to be marginally more expensive - nearer £10 a month.
Personally I'm not that Paranoid so I just use a commercial offering as all I really want to ensure is that if I'm working away from my office I can be certain my accounts and passwords are not being snooped by a compromised router or the like. However setting up your own VPS/VPN combination is so ridiculously easy if you're prepared to put the effort in to learning a little linux admin I'm surprised that the Government thinks it's going to achieve anything worthwhile.
If you use one of the better VPN services you're paying real money for the slowdown is generally marginal. I've never really noticed any issue using normal web sites - and if you're using one in Starbucks or whatever the limitation on their broadband is probably less than the VPN will slow you down. Just by the way of a test I just tried streaming YouTube through a TigerVPN connection to Copenhagen and everything ran fine from no noticeable difference.
Back in the day the encrypt/decrypt overhead was significant, but nowadays most CPUs will hardly notice the extra cycles. The commercial VPNs often sell themselves on being able to stream video from different countries and whilst that's not always true (trying to stream iPlayer through Tiger's Manchester node is still banned, presumably because the BBC has it on a known VPN IP list) in principle there's no real issue with bandwidth.
It's true free VPNs are notoriously poor quality, but if you're prepared to pay a relatively small amount then for most purposes they're pretty solid.
Ah, okay - sorry I get you now. Monbiot can have a tendency to make grand sweeping statements that aren't actually that helpful - but the article is probably useful if you're just learning about neoliberalism for the first time to basically get a feeling for some of the popular ways it's used.
Other books that would be good are probably Capitalism & Freedom by Milton Friedman; On Our Troubled Times by Thomas Picketty; 'Whoops! Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay' by John Lanchester; The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein; Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Daniel Stedman Jones; Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order by Noam Chomsky.
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>I find this particularly interesting as it's a central justification for laissez-faire economics, while Scotland is now one of the most left-leaning parts of the UK. It is said that Margaret Thatcher carried a copy of his book "The Wealth of Nations" in her handbag.
Give up the pound? For the Euro? Start a Scottish central bank?
There is every reason to think that Scotland can't afford to run itself. The Scottish deficit is set to increase to scary levels. Once Scotland has to match previous UK public spending on a deficit things will start to turn bad very quickly.
Leaving UK now would be total utter madness.
Munich did it, and considered reversing it, but it was such a 'bold' move that it garnered bunch of articles, like so -
From dictionary.com: Word origin and History for shibboleth
late 14c., the Hebrew word shibboleth, meaning "flood, stream," also "ear of corn;" in Judges xii:4-6. It was the password used by the Gileadites to distinguish their own men from fleeing Ephraimites, because Ephraimites could not pronounce the -sh- sound. Hence the figurative sense of "watchword" (first recorded 1630s), which evolved by 1862 to "outmoded slogan still adhered to."
So it's originally from the Old Testament and has been used in English since the 14th century. Not exactly a new term.
A much better reference courtesy of TimeAndDate.com. The eclipse will likely be more pronounced than in 1999 (for most of Scotland at least).
Mostly guns and bombs down south. Maybe the occasional fighter jet, bits of nuclear reactors. Lockheed Martin, British Aerospace, Heckler Koch, companies like that. You really don't want to know who they are being sold to.
Of course, arms sales always seem to be missing from official HMRC press statements...
Krishnan's been equally hard on unionists, here's a good article he recently wrote about the indyref which is pretty level. Paul Mason of C4 News (formerly BBC) has been highly critical of the scaremongering, this isn't the BBC.
Yes Minister covered this
>Bernard: That's another of those irregular verbs, isn't it? I give confidential press briefings; you leak; he's being charged under section 2A of the Official Secrets Act.
Didn't he resign (carry the can?) so they couldn't go after him as a minister.
Fanny - vagina
Baws - testicles
Fanny baws - just silly
You can mix them up at will. For maximum impact, end with "ya bass!". Second definition here, the first one is wrong.
There's a competition on Facebook to win a camera if you can identify the location of that photo! I'm sure I'll offend some people by saying I've got absolutely no idea, it's probably somewhere very famous.
Just got an email from t in the park asking me to fill out a survey for who should play there. One of the options for headline act is Oasis and there can't be more than 20 suggestions, seems like they might know something we don't. Here's the link for those interested: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3BJRSKP
Dualling the Drumbeg loop
or the Achiltibuie - Lochinver road http://wikitravel.org/en/Achiltibuie
Would utterly ruin the reason why people come visit. Yes its a pain as a local, when you're stuck behind tourists rental cars or motorhomes just randomly stopping to take photos, but eight months of the year they're not here...
I want the infrastructure improved/upgraded/created but not just the roads, the NC500 added an additional 26,000 visitors to the North last year, it's probably double that this year, altering the very reason people come here (spectacular driving views and conditions) denudes the reason they come...
Komoot and Ride With GPS. The file is too big to do in one go so this is part one of the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36027121?privacy_code=muVedo1pLiMaxrhA. You should be able to view other parts there too though (I think).
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Sorry I said "A92" twice, I was thinking something like this.
I bet a lot of the pictures are from This person does not exist. It's gotten really good at generating pictures now. If you want a laugh go to their horse section, it's truly an eldritch horror sometimes!
Hang in there.
Think about what you really want from life, define it as clearly as you can. You're going to need a target, something to keep focused on.
Now you need to work your nuts off. No I mean really work your nuts off.
You're young and you have time but why waste anymore of it. You want to get out and change so just fucking do it.
Finish your HNC and have a plan for what to do afterwards, your online so there is an entire world of education that needs nothing more than your input and effort.
Go here https://www.coursera.org/ some of the best schools in the world have free courses here with certificates. You are not limited by where you are or the school you're in these days. If you want more go out and look for it and get stuck in.
It's easy for me to say all this and not so easy for you to do but it's there for the taking when you choose
I'm using uBlock Origin plus Privacy Badger, and recently I've added Pi Hole to one of my wee home servers to see what it has to say for itself.
I may be a bit of a belts and braces type of guy.
They should be using this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=scot.nhs.nes.covidpassverify&hl=en_GB
All the data it sees comes directly from the QR code they scan. It doesn't connect to a server aside from occasionally fetching a public encryption key that means it can verify your QR code was provided by the same system.
This should also mean just having the PDF saved to your phone with the QR should work (it's mathematically guaranteed to be correct if the checker app can scan it), but I will probably find out also on Sunday that bouncers are power mad arseholes as usual xD
What site are you using? I've found wunderground to be pretty accurate so far. They use data submitted form personal weather stations across the world.