August 2019

Oh tee hee indeed

From boom to bust: changing tastes and hefty costs leave Victoria’s Secret and lingerie rivals exposed

The subs will have squeezed themselves with joy over that one.

Actually, not, because the Telegraph doesn’t have any subs any more but still, whatta pun, eh?

But what will be the effect on the children?

A school will be built with obscured ground-floor windows to prevent paedophiles from looking at the children, plans have revealed.

Concerns have been raised over the opening of a large school next door to a probation centre frequented by convicted paedophiles.

The new Livingstone Academy will take over a closed magistrates’ court building in Bournemouth, Dorset.

But the site is just a short walk from a probation office that is used by “people known to offend with children”.


And what will be the effect upon children of no natural light on that first floor? Greater or lesser than the ill effect of being perved at?

Isn’t it nice of the Times to translate it for us?

Mr Cummings struck a defiant note at the regular Friday meeting of the special advisers in Downing Street last night.

He reportedly told the group that he was “p***** off’ about people briefing ‘bull****’ about spad pay and the lack of gender balance among advisers. He added: “If you don’t like how I run things, there’s the door. **** off.”

He told advisers that if they had a problem with his style they knew where the door was he said they could talk to him in private if they had concerns, The Times reported.

Jeebus peeps, you can do better than this

Britain has long been proud of its historically progressive attitude to slavery, frequently pointing to the fact that this country abolished the trade across its territories as early as 1833.

OK, perhaps the Telegraph no longer can do better than this.

The trade went in 1807. It’s slavery which went in 1833 in the Empire.

We knew this, didn’t we?

Vegans could be lacking crucial nutrient for brain health, warns expert

Sadly, we always face that confounding factor. Is it the congenital idiocy that leads to the vegan diet or is it the vegan diet that causes the congenital idiocy?

Polly is actually proposing A Civil Service coup here – Oh Where Art Thous Treason Act?

The sense of violation of democracy reverberates everywhere. But what should civil servants do when power is seized in front of their eyes? Do they carry on obeying orders to drive the country into a no-deal Brexit disaster when they see parliament barred from that nation-changing decision? I asked Bob Kerslake, former head of the civil service, where their duty lies in this unprecedented situation.

“We are reaching the point where the civil service must consider putting its stewardship of the country ahead of service to the government of the day,” he said. That is a devastating verdict.

Mark Sedwill, the current head, should, along with all other senior civil servants indeed consider the democratic validity of any instruction to facilitate a no-deal Brexit without parliamentary assent. A no-deal Brexit was never proposed in the referendum, three-quarters of the public are against it, along with the overwhelming majority of MPs. Johnson has not been elected, commands no majority, avoids interviews and now sends parliament away. Consider, in her favour, how many times Theresa May was willing to stand in parliament taking the pain on Brexit statements for hour after hour, out of respect for parliament.

Damn that Tony Blair, eh?

Umm, no, not really

Greta Thunberg arrived in New York on Wednesday, stepping on to dry land after crossing the Atlantic in a zero-carbon yacht with a passionate message to tackle global heating.

Crowds had gathered to welcome her for hours beforehand, ready to welcome Thunberg’s arrival on the unconventional solar-powered craft.

Pretty sure the propulsion is wind powered. Which is how we’d normally refer to it, the propulsion, not whatever feeds the navigation lights.

No, no, of course this is all just one brave teenager taking a stand:

Her vessel had been welcomed by a flotilla of 17 sailing boats, each with one of the 17 sustainable development goals written on their sails.

My arse.

Really not sure it works this way

Normal savers now have the chance to bank like the super rich, as a cash tool used by the elite opens its doors to the less well-off.

Unlike most people, who take their money direct to banks, the mega-wealthy have access to savings platforms that not only make it easier to move their cash but offer them better rates.

The largest, Flagstone, has dropped its minimum deposit level by 80pc from £250,000 to £50,000 due to increased demand from those with smaller pots.

These hubs let customers save directly with any lender that has signed up, cutting out the hassle of opening individual accounts with each one.

I would suspect that the reason to drop the limit is that they’re not getting enough of the superrich – who can go direct without needing an intermediary – so therefore they’ll chase the would be.

But then it has occasionally been said that I’m a bit of a cynic.

How to Save Personal Space When Dating

Independence in personal life is very important. But a person in love often blurs the line between themselves and their partner, as a result of which the relationship between a man and a woman ceases to be harmonious. Do many people wonder what can be done to ensure that the relationship is long and happy? Do not forget about the importance of maintaining personal space.

  • Which couples will have no problems with personal space?

Those where both partners do not support the stereotype that beloved hearts should always do everything together and honor their right for personal space. But, more importantly, they respect the partner’s desires and fully trust them. They know that wherever their partner goes without them, they will remain faithful and will never cheat. And trust in relationships is paramount. Indeed, in families with no trust, jealousy arises. Jealousy, in turn, leads to constant conflict and such a marriage cannot be saved.

  • Benefits of saving personal space

Love will get stronger. There are frequent cases when people make a kind of idol out of a loved one, trying to constantly devote all their time and attention only to this person. The partner often becomes uncomfortable in the assigned role and tries to distance from the partner, while those who have feelings for them are tormented by round-the-clock thoughts about these feelings.

To prevent such destructive relationships, it is important to respect the personal space of the lover, as well as to find time separate interests and activities. Those who remember this feel much easier and freer in their relationships.

Self-improvement. If your world does not revolve around one person, then you will always find free time for yourself. These hours can be spent not only on TV shows or films but also to good use. For example, try to study foreign languages, create, or just do your favorite activity. Having your interests will help you not only to diversify communication with a partner but also feel more confident.

Stress resistance. A person for whom the preservation of personal space is a familiar quality is more resistant to stress, which is especially important in a modern rhythm of life. In this case, any problems and obstacles in your personal life will no longer seem intimidating. This will only happen if the partner pays special attention to one aspect of life, for example, the relationship between a man and a woman. Therefore, it is important to remember harmony in everything and to direct your attention not only to your loved one.

The pain of loss does not make life senseless. If you treat your loved one as the center of the universe, then breaking the relationship will be especially painful. It is important to always remember your own life, your goals and values, and not “dissolve” in your partner while preserving yourself. In this case, a possible parting with them will not deprive you of plans for the future.

  • Now let’s move on from words to deeds and see what a person needs to do to maintain personal space for their partner:

1. Understand that if you invade your partner’s personal space, and they are silent, this does not always mean that they are happy with everything. An invasion of personal space is a time bomb that will explode at the very moment when you least expect it.

2. Think about what you want too. Maybe you too feel restricted by your partner sometimes and the problem of total control is common for both of you. Then you should discuss possible ways of expanding the limits of what you should and will be doing on your own and not only allow your partner more but receive a kind of freedom yourself. This will make the process only pleasant, and the chances that your partner will agree for such changes will grow.

3. Get your life busy doing something interesting and new. There should be other interests other than love and relationships in your routine; stop thinking about new places to visit or things to do with your loved one. Maybe there are some activities you were refusing because your loved one is not interested in them, and you felt an obligation to do everything together. Now it’s time for all those guilty pleasures, explain to your partner that you now want to go shopping alone, watch the film only you are interested in or even travel to a relative in another city on your own.

4. Stop trying to control. It has become a habit for you to ask your partner how was their day if they are not willing to tell themselves, wonder about their plans, or even read the phone when they are in the shower. Try to step into their shoes, and you will see this is not pleasant. Every time you want to cross their personal space, stop and ensure yourself that you love and trust your person without checking every step.

Now redo the numbers

The tax subsidy the private sector pension now receives annually has already provided the private pension sector with more cash each year than it has paid out in payments to those in retirement. The result is that the situation has already arisen where every single penny of pension paid in this country is at cost to the state.

He’s measuring tax relief now against pensions being paid now.

But the correct calculation is tax relief now as against pensions to be paid from the funds that have received the tax relief. And at that point we’ve also got to work out what will be the tax paid on those pensions so that we can deduct that from the amount of tax relief being offered.

No, I’ve no idea either but that is at least the beginning of getting the sums right.

Amazing how up to date the Senior Lecturer is

But on this occasion she cannot avoid responsibility precisely because her role is constitutional and it is the. constitution that is in jeopardy. She does, therefore, have to act. It is her duty to reject Johnson’s call, which has the sole purpose of denying parliament its proper role.

If she does not do so then I think they days when she has a role are over.

And in that case there is no justification for the civil list.

Her Majesty should think long and hard: I’d suggest there is rather a lot at stake here for her and her legacy as well as the rest of us.

Well, yes:

In the United Kingdom, the Civil List was, until 2011, the annual grant that covered some expenses associated with the Sovereign performing their official duties, including those for staff salaries, State Visits, public engagements, ceremonial functions and the upkeep of the Royal Households. The cost of transport and security for the Royal Family, together with property maintenance and other sundry expenses, were covered by separate grants from individual Government Departments. The Civil List was abolished under the Sovereign Grant Act 2011.

That expansion of the universities to include Islington Technical College was a really great idea, wasn’t it.

Br’er Boris

But they don’t take into account one key option available to the UK: that of reverting to our historic position and declaring unilateral free trade by abolishing all tariffs. This would, as Patrick Minford has been telling us all this past decade and more, be hugely beneficial to us all.

If we do that, the worst that can happen to the UK would be that we get to buy, as we wish, from the finest and most economic producers of everything around the world without restriction or limitation. The Prime Minister is therefore in a rather handy position when he discusses who sends who a cheque in the near future – please don’t force me into that thicket of free trade to the nation’s great benefit.

And if Johnson can’t win a negotiation playing such a hand then we’ve still got a few people left who haven’t had the opportunity to be Prime Minister yet, haven’t we?

Seems sound

Behind the charm and ready smile Bell was a volatile and insecure man of robust, right-wing opinions. He believed in capitalism and disliked the high-minded liberalism that he claimed dominated the media and universities. He was hostile to the EU, opposed most regulation of businesses and loathed such Tory “wets” as Chris Patten, Ian Gilmour and even John Major.

Especially that last…..

The Terrors

Maps of the US and Canada dot the wall above Steve Ahearne’s desk at Pinpoint Manufacturing Ltd in Swansea, south Wales.

The company, which produces tough, high-quality bags used for lifting tools and components mainly for the wind turbine industry, has ambitions of expanding into North America.

“In an unhindered world we’d be looking to crack on and truly go global,” he said. “As it stands we’re a bit unsure, nervous about how we should be investing. We want to expand but we may have to delay. Our order books are a bit quieter than we’d like them to be and our investment plans are up in the air.”

The reasons for the hesitancy are twofold: uncertainty over what shape Brexit will take, of course,

Brexit’s really going to have a big effect on exporting into the US and Canada, isn’t it?

No, the Canada/EU deal does not allow re-export to the US.