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Sports, Martial Arts / Re: Moto 2 World Championship
« Last post by Roger on August 11, 2019, 08:16:31 PM »
TW - why can't the Photographer get his camera straight ?

OH - it was  ;) 

Frightening stuff for an ex- 'Norman Nippy' driver  ???
Sports, Martial Arts / Re: Moto 2 World Championship
« Last post by Thaiwolf on August 11, 2019, 06:36:51 PM »
Somkiat Chantra finished 12th in the Austrian Moto2 GP today.
Sports, Martial Arts / Re: Moto 2 World Championship
« Last post by Roger on August 11, 2019, 04:47:29 PM »
That's great TW - well done Thailand  :)

Also I was reading encouraging words about Alexander Albon's performances in F1 today   :)   :)
Sports, Martial Arts / Moto 2 World Championship
« Last post by Thaiwolf on August 11, 2019, 12:37:27 PM »
Somkiat Chantra qualified in third place at the Austrian Moto 2 event yesterday. A rare event indeed for a thai rider to qualify on the front row of a  world championship event. Good luck tomorrow in the race.
General Discussion / Re: Brexit
« Last post by Roger on August 11, 2019, 10:29:17 AM »
Some interesting reading in the DT these days - Daniel Hannan - straight talking from him :-

''Sure enough, the EU pushed and pushed and, shamefully, Britain conceded and conceded. By the end, we were reduced to taking our stand on just one face-saving point. We would accept the financial penalties, the period of non-voting membership, the one-sided acceptance of EU rules, even the principle of the backstop – provided it was not permanent. Parliament, unlike the PM, had a bottom line. It was not willing to swap an arrangement that had an exit mechanism (EU membership) for one that did not (the backstop).

It should have been game set and match to Brussels. Here was the fifth largest economy in the world, the second largest in Europe, offering to become a captive market for EU exporters, retaining the various barriers that keep out more efficient global rivals. Here was the country that had twice helped to liberate the continent volunteering for semicolonial status. All the EU had to do was to offer a standard break clause of the kind contained in almost every international treaty

Sports, Martial Arts / Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
« Last post by Thaiwolf on August 11, 2019, 08:21:18 AM »
Could today be Milos Joksic's last game at Korat. Massive vitriole against him from local thai fans. I personally hope not but perhaps his position is becoming untenable.
General Discussion / Re: The Boris Johnson thread
« Last post by Roger on August 10, 2019, 03:50:04 PM »
Alfie I wonder if this is to be regular BJ feature ?  Let's see how it goes - I hope it doesn't descend into the sort of chaos that Trump has wreaked in the USA with his Tweets  ::)
General Discussion / Re: Brexit
« Last post by Roger on August 10, 2019, 03:44:41 PM »
An election is coming soon in Italy and if Matteo Salvini has success, more trouble for the EU ?

Interesting article in the DT today :-

"Just look at the chaos across the Channel and it's blindingly obvious we are right to leave the EU "

''In Eastern and central Europe I find a constantly growing anger and resentment against the EU. Not just because Berlin and Brussels have spent recent years attempting to force migrant quotas on these countries. But because time and again the Western European countries treat their fellow member states to the East like the slow kids in the class. MEPs from countries like the Netherlands berate their Eastern European colleagues, treating them as though they are backwards and bigoted. They lecture them as though the West is best and that until such a time as it grows up the East needs to sit in the corner and write lines. But the east-west divide is not the only one in Europe.

Across Northern Europe – and nowhere more so than Germany – there is an ever-simmering resentment about the marriage they have found themselves stuck in. After bailing out the Mediterranean countries, northern Europe does not feel any closer to Athens or Rome. There is simply a deepened, engrained awareness that the south of the continent is another country where they do things differently.

And of course it is not as though southern Europe lacks sources of resentment towards northern Europe. Greek and Italian politicians do not look north and see their saviours. They look north and see unnecessary punishers at best and slave-masters at worst. In reality, both north and south are at fault. But the point is less over who is to blame than the fact that everybody thinks everyone else is . . . .

. . . . . There is no shame in having spent these years attempting to ensure that we remain a sovereign, self-governing nation, with a Parliament elected by and accountable to the people. Indeed, what question should better occupy a nation?

General Discussion / Re: Roman Catholic? What do you think of all this?
« Last post by Roger on August 10, 2019, 03:15:15 PM »
C of E indeed Alfie - my mistake and thanks for pointing that out.

I wonder how many Folks will actually go up to look at the roof - it's a specialist interest although these constructions are awe inspiring of course.

Maybe something a bit less 'odd' would be better as you say.
General Discussion / Re: Roman Catholic? What do you think of all this?
« Last post by Alfie on August 10, 2019, 02:50:21 PM »
^ It's only temporary so why not. It will give people a chance to better see some of the one thousand bosses in the church. I think long-term, they might want to consider a different kind of structure that they could install and remove quickly and one that would look a bit less "odd" in a church.

By the way, Norwich Cathedral isn't a Catholic church but is Church of England, isn't it?