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Reasons to be Cheerful.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by MJB, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Not at all. Politically he is finished. Let him live out his days in peace.
  2. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Couldn't resist it. Co-op had rib joints of beef today. Oh bless lack of ferries and deliveries and stock - and giving us what no-one else wants! Ha!
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  3. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Finally seen an otter. :) Took pictures but likely not sharing quality.
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  4. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Completely unexpected these arrived in the post, was supposed to cheer us up and it succeeded

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  5. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Lucky you. I admit that I am jealous. Yesterday I went to Morrisons with the intent of buying a decent roasting joint of beef, preferably rib, or sirloin. I got sirloin. It was not on offer so it had better be good. Its in the oven as I type. I also bought some 'meaty bones'. Yesterday I roasted them to the point of caramelisation and then simmered them for several hours.Imagine the aroma. And after all that a meal based on fish. I did get a second course of the over-simmered meat from the bones; very nice with a splash or two of soy sauce. This evenings gravy promises to be good.
    I find it appalling that some pet owners buy and then waste these bones like those on their disgusting pets.
  6. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    If the picture is good enough to recognise the animal then it is worth sharing. Not in the appraisal gallery; that might lead to humiliation, but in the exhibition lounge.
  7. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Nah, I'll just stick them in here. Focus was alright on a few but the white balance was a nightmare. Patchy cloud/blue sky plus reflections of reddish rock, green grass and yellow leaves. As soon as I can get back on the computer I'll post a couple. :)
  8. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    How wet was it's pocket?
  9. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Didn't get close enough to confirm, but I'm guessing very wet, and possibly with a slight fishy smell?

    Ok so I know the focus ain't great on this first one, but it sets the scene. Both cropped from original, APS-C sensor + 135mm MF lens.


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  10. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Good start. You know they are at that location. Go for it.
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  11. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    And with its own favourite stone.
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  12. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That’s a great sighting! Why so hesitant about the pics?
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  13. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Because whilst they are fine as a record they are not of great quality. As @Learning suggested, ok to share, but hardly going on the wall! ;)
  14. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Oooh, matron!
  15. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    I also implied that now you know their location that we might see more of them.
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  16. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Personally, I am delighted. Apart from a well supported belief that Corbyn was a 'fellow traveler', I also think he hated the country he lived in. I hope Starmer cleans out the extreme left wing of the party - the 'party within a party' of Momentum - now that the nominal figurehead is out - and brings Labour back into the mainstream of British politics.

    Corbyn's Labour did not represent British workers - it represented a central core of privileged inner city socialist elite, and Britain is not, by nature, a socialist country, particularly as socialism will always end up destroying democracy to survive. After the results of last year's election, it is clear that Labour will not get back into power until it moves to the centre, which means there can be no proper opposition to the present government, which is sorely needed. Only a party that has a realistic chance of winning power can form a strong - and necessary - opposition.

    Britain will be better off for it.
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  17. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    But if you stand for nothing different, only to get into power, what opposition are you? What principles do you have that are different from those you supposedly oppose? You simply perpetuate the status quo of 'if you have it, keep it and get more to stop anyone else having an equal share'
  18. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    At the moment, Labour is not a credible threat. It is less than a year into the current parliament, Labour is split between left and centre, and Johnson has an eighty seat majority - practically a dictatorship within the confines of the law. Now the situation is changing. Starmer would make a credible Prime Minister, he has cut off the head of the extreme-left Hydra, and will, I trust, soon cauterize the remaining neck, although quite who his Iolaus will be, I am not sure. With the combination of COVID and Brexit, and the hardship they will produce, Johnson will realize that the 'red wall' could just as easily switch back to Labour as they switched to Tory last year. Not only will this constrain Johnson's wilder plans, but it will expose Tory policies to stronger opposition - as long as there is a credible opposition, which must come from the centrists of the Labour Party..

    My own opinion is that Lier Hardy's original Labour - a badly needed political party for working people - was seduced into socialism in the fifties by Soviet rhetoric and largess, and Labour has been fighting it ever since. Never forget Kinnock and the Militant Tendency of the mid-eighties!
  19. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    So I take it you don't want a reasonable standard of living for all? Or decent wages for a job well done? Or decent housing for all? Or equality of opportunities in education and health? So be it. Some of us want those things and will not get them if we carry on with current principles in Government.
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  20. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    There's just enough truth in what the Ossifrage wrote to be convincing. Labour has always struggled against the Commiefascist tendencies of groups like Momentum, which have often left an open goal for the tories. It seemed obvious to me that Corbyn was the Conservative party's best friend, with his 1930s rhetoric and his inability to make any clear statement about internal problems for fear of angering the extreme left.

    I want to see Labour back in office. Starmer strikes me as a sensible socialist who, given the chance, will make the reforms that the country needs.
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