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by Kiwirob
Fri Nov 04, 2022 9:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.
Replies: 434
Views: 22932

Re: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.

Just in my industry marine equipment used to be covered by MED, the Marine Equipment Directive, MED approved equipment was accepted by all European classification societies, LR, BV, RINA, DNV-GL, now the UK has pulled out of MED and instigated there own new set of UK standards, it's complete BS, it ...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Nov 04, 2022 6:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories
Replies: 166
Views: 7721

Re: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories

I'll tell you what I'm talking about then, if it's so hard to decipher. Smollett, Sandman, Rittenhouse, etc (now potentially Pelosi). Lies on top of lies, to try to make anyone who doesn't agree with the crazy leftists look like some mythical MAGA, extremist. That's the media Clear? In any other we...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 03, 2022 9:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So much for China keeping their word on no military expansion on reefs in SCS
Replies: 41
Views: 3593

Re: So much for China keeping their word on no military expansion on reefs in SCS

https://youtu.be/pEQ-a6sgjvc
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I watched this interview of George Yeo (ex Foreign Minister of Singapore) on why US can not expect most Asian countries, including US close allies to follow US moves to contain China.

https://youtu.be/pEQ-a6sgjvc

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 03, 2022 6:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So much for China keeping their word on no military expansion on reefs in SCS
Replies: 41
Views: 3593

Re: So much for China keeping their word on no military expansion on reefs in SCS

Can you blame them? With the US Hawks banging the war drums for conflict in the SCS they'd be silly not to increase the defenses.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 03, 2022 6:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAAF to Replace C-130Js with MORE C-130Js
Replies: 19
Views: 2268

Re: RAAF to Replace C-130Js with MORE C-130Js

You sure on the KC-130J? Can’t see it listed Link in the first post 30 C-130J Hercules – 24 C-130J-30s and six KC-130J air-to-air refuelling variants. That's a huge boost to refueling capability. 13 tankers is a strong sign Australia will be projecting power to the South China Sea. That is 1 tanker...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 03, 2022 6:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories
Replies: 166
Views: 7721

Re: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories

Well, you have to forgive the rational and thinking brains out there for not quite being ready to swallow another "MAGA" attack. Weren't you one of those screaming the same things when Jesse Smolett as 'attacked by MAGA extremists" :rotfl: No clue what you are referring to, I have ne...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 03, 2022 6:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6532

Re: Brand loyality

Electronics - Apple. I used to be a Dell fan because of their outstanding tech support. Then Dell moved support to India and it went to crap. After a week of reinstalling Windows with no success I dumped Dell and went with Apple. Their tech support is first rate and the platforms seem to be safer a...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 02, 2022 8:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6532

Re: Brand loyality

I can’t imagine another brand of baked beans existing! Fred Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Whan I lived in NZ it was Watties Baked Beans, now in Norway it’s Heinz. Heinz baked beans with sausages to be more accurate, the best of the best. Australia has them but can’t find them here in Norge. He...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 02, 2022 10:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels
Replies: 35
Views: 2466

Re: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels

I rarely drink so large pours aren’t a concern. You know they’ve jumped the shark when fast food outlets have tip jars on the counters.

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 02, 2022 9:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels
Replies: 35
Views: 2466

Re: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels

I like it, I want know who has their hand in my pocket when I am purchasing something. It’s usually the government, but sometimes the airline, hotel. They shouldn’t be able to hide their scams by all inclusive prices. VAT is a very efficient tax because it’s hidden and buyer doesn’t know who steali...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 02, 2022 9:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels
Replies: 35
Views: 2466

Re: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels

Then there’s tipping too…. Since I was told a while back that tipping isn't mandatory and that the establishment owners have to make up the servers wage to the legal minimum I might round up to the nearest $5, but most of the time I refuse. It's gotten out of hand, the first time I was in the US ti...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 02, 2022 9:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels
Replies: 35
Views: 2466

Re: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels

Thankfully in most of Europe the price you booked is the price you pay, same in stores the price on the sticker is the price you pay when you buy it. All these fees and additional sales tax is just unnecessary, with modern point of sales systems all the taxes can be included into the price then sort...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 02, 2022 6:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6555

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

The Koreans are the latest to invest in a future attack helicopter, with this news; https://twitter.com/janesintel/status/1587006464735969280 I would say that to me that looks…very busy, visually. Whatever, it should work for the mission. Looks like Super Puma with additional bit and bobs randomly ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 02, 2022 6:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6532

Re: Brand loyality

Headphones/speakers: Bose - I've had great customer service and support with them over a lot of years. Cameras: Nikon - again excellent customer service over the years although I was in the NPS program so my experience may be different to others. Coffee: Campos coffee (consistent quality) and Lavaz...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 02, 2022 6:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6532

Re: Brand loyality

I can’t imagine another brand of baked beans existing! Fred Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk What I lived in NZ it was Watties Baked Beans, now in Norway it’s Heinz. As long as the canned beans have maple syrup in it, I'm good :thumbsup: I think I've got a mix of Bush's and No-Name in the cupboar...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Oct 31, 2022 3:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6532

Re: Brand loyality

flipdewaf wrote:
Kiwirob wrote:
Baked Beans - Heinz


I can’t imagine another brand of baked beans existing!

Fred


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


What I lived in NZ it was Watties Baked Beans, now in Norway it’s Heinz.

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by Kiwirob
Sun Oct 30, 2022 5:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6532

Re: Brand loyality

Cars: VW - always find that their interiors the best at the price point, plus they're amazingly fun to drive compared to comparable cars and thanks to Megan, we still have a manual option for the GTI and R. Owned 7 so far and had only one major issue - number 8 is on its way. When its time to go EV...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Oct 30, 2022 5:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6532

Re: Brand loyality

Washing up Liquid Fairy Camera Sony Burgers McDonald's Other fast food KFC Pizza Pizza Hut I actually boycott KFC for the one near my house is dirty and food is horrid. Only fast food I refuse to eat next to Weinerschitznel. You need to try KFC in South Korea, it’s beyond any KFC I’ve tried anywher...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Oct 30, 2022 5:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6532

Re: Brand loyality

Fast Food Burger - 5 Guys & Hekkan
Fast Food Pizza - Mano
Whitewear - previously F&P now Samsung
TV - previously Samsung now Sony
Camera - Canon
Cars - Audi, MINI, BMW
Baked Beans - Heinz
Luggage - Rimowa
Airline - SAS
Hotel Chain - Radisson
Outdoor Clothing - Rab
Power Tools - Bosch

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by Kiwirob
Sun Oct 30, 2022 8:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 Years Since Superstorm Sandy
Replies: 6
Views: 821

Re: 10 Years Since Superstorm Sandy

NIKV69 wrote:
So funny what popped up on my FB memories was the pic of my shotgun in my backseat as I drove down our main drag on Looter patrol.


Why does this not surprise me!!

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 28, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MAGAs mock speech difficulties
Replies: 22
Views: 2088

Re: MAGAs mock speech difficulties

Why the age limits? We've had nutters in power from the age of 40+. Why ban my 8 year old daughter from office when, if she can garner enough votes, she wouldn't even know how to feck up the world as much as the orange one, the brown one, or the white one who did ok for a few months at the latter e...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 28, 2022 9:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6555

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

The British Empire put its money into the Royal Navy. True, but even at Trafalger it was at a pretty serious numerical disadvantage. My argument is the entire “peer” or “non-peer” idea is false because a lot more dictates combat outcomes than counting technology. And all of it is very hard to asses...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 28, 2022 9:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6555

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

I was referring to Vietnam helicopter shoot downs. Technology or access to it doesn’t alone describe peers. That is a armchair view, not reality. Most wars were won by the non-peer—Britain v. France during Napoleonic wars, America v. Britain during Revolution and 1812; Afghan and Vietnam v. US. Now...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 27, 2022 8:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of attack helicopters????
Replies: 84
Views: 6555

Re: The future of attack helicopters????

MANPADS weren’t what shot down helicopters, old fashioned riflemen did the it. Manpads are clearly shooting down Russian helicopters. Several examples are available on Youtube. Every enemy is a peer, if they want to be. Ask Russian last January if they considered UKR a peer? Ask them now. Peer advi...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 27, 2022 6:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest
Replies: 85
Views: 4809

Re: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest

Flying is a privilege it's not a right. Its not any governments job to make flying affordable, the market decides the price.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 27, 2022 5:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest
Replies: 85
Views: 4809

Re: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest

blacks usually consider only others blacks as POC, not latinos, Asian or others. Says who? You: a black person? Yeah I've literally never heard anyone say only Black people are POC? Although there is some movement in the US in some places to see Asians as being a privileged group. It you top a lot ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 26, 2022 9:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest
Replies: 85
Views: 4809

Re: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest

Then, only White Europeans are not POC, using European term broadly. Chinese, Indians, Japanese, Africans are all POC? Yup. At least in Canada. In the UK they're calling Rishi Sunak a POC. And given that Biden is President of the US, Canadian definition of POC does not apply: blacks usually conside...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 26, 2022 3:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: UK PM Truss resigns, replaced by Sunak
Replies: 238
Views: 12424

Re: Updated: UK PM Truss resigns, replaced by Sunak

Its about as valid as Sweden's first female PM, neither of them won a general election as party leader, they were given the jobs by their parties in Parliament. What a ridiculous and ignorant comment ... so did an unconstitutional coup take place then? Sunak's position as the PM of UK is as valid a...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 26, 2022 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: UK PM Truss resigns, replaced by Sunak
Replies: 238
Views: 12424

Re: Updated: UK PM Truss resigns, replaced by Sunak

Arion640 wrote:
Excellent how we have our first PM of colour.


Its about as valid as Sweden's first female PM, neither of them won a general election as party leader, they were given the jobs by their parties in Parliament.

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by Kiwirob
Sun Oct 23, 2022 2:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: UK PM Truss resigns, replaced by Sunak
Replies: 238
Views: 12424

Re: UK PM Truss resigns

Racism card against Rishi Sunak - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPYdzIt7p7s He's just saying out loud what the majority of the Tory party membership thinks. The fact that he’s nearly a billionaire must also count against him. In Norway we have the wealthiest man to ever lead the country, he’s Lab...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Oct 23, 2022 8:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should the UK become a Federal nation with a codified Constitution
Replies: 49
Views: 2666

Re: Should the UK become a Federal nation with a codified Constitution

A federal system would do nothing to rectify the huge power imbalance between the current constituent nations. However you fiddle with the "united" kingdom, the point remains that one country, England, by sheer population, will always dominate the others. Even if Scotland, Wales, and Nort...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 21, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4309

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

FluidFlow wrote:
Go to Italy, drive in Italy, and then you start to learn, that the weird signs along the road are just for decoration.


Worst places I’ve ever driven are Poland, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, Italy isn’t a problem..

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 21, 2022 3:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: UK PM Truss resigns, replaced by Sunak
Replies: 238
Views: 12424

Re: UK PM Truss resigns

Dutchy wrote:
Too bad Rory Stewart isn't an MEP anymore. He could lead the way to a more sensible style of governing and salvage what is left of Britain, after this trainwreck of the last six years or so.


An MEP couldn’t be PM, they would have to be elected as an MP first.

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 21, 2022 7:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: UK PM Truss resigns, replaced by Sunak
Replies: 238
Views: 12424

Re: UK PM Truss resigns

£110,000 per year starting the day they leave office. Not bad for less than 2 months work. Is it enough to be doing all right, though? Clearly you must think not as you keep bring it up, as you said you didn't have a problem with how much anyone earns. clearly you do :D My mistake its a €115,000 al...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 21, 2022 4:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: UK PM Truss resigns, replaced by Sunak
Replies: 238
Views: 12424

Re: UK PM Truss resigns

I was just wondering about a PMs pension. And if I understand it right, it seems there is no minimum limit on the term to get the pension! https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn04586/ "Prime Ministers, Speakers and Lord Chancellors are entitled to pensions paid directly fro...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 21, 2022 4:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reversal of Mini Budget
Replies: 189
Views: 8524

Re: Semi reversal of Mini Budget

Seriously, thats pretty much every country right now, so no I dont blame Labour for what right now is a world wide issue - Labour has had more wins than losses over the pandemic. And if you consider Jacinda worse than Boris or Truss, then that marks you as someone without a reasonable position and ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 20, 2022 3:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reversal of Mini Budget
Replies: 189
Views: 8524

Re: Semi reversal of Mini Budget

and Truss a certifiable genius. Ardern's polling may be on the nose, and Peters and Sky News are concerned, but to describe things as worse then "not hiding under her desk" Truss seems to be hyperbole to the max. This analysis piece on Truss by the Sydney Mornign Herald European corrspond...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 20, 2022 3:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reversal of Mini Budget
Replies: 189
Views: 8524

Re: Semi reversal of Mini Budget

I disagree there, but if we want to discuss that then we need a new thread I think. Although I will say Ive seen a rise of far right activity here in NZ over the pandemic period - that has been disturbing. I support the government here tho, and will definitely be voting for them next year. No way s...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 20, 2022 5:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reversal of Mini Budget
Replies: 189
Views: 8524

Re: Semi reversal of Mini Budget

“Would be”, not “am”. Voted Lib Dems last time. Couldnt care less what happens in the UK once the house is sold. Pensions and all other assets are already transferred, do my NZ citizenship ceremony next month. So you moved out of the frying pan and into the fire. NZ is a complete shit show as well....

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 19, 2022 2:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reversal of Mini Budget
Replies: 189
Views: 8524

Re: Semi reversal of Mini Budget

So, you’re voting for the “clown show” but cannot take the risk their proposals come to fruition? Hmmm… “Would be”, not “am”. Voted Lib Dems last time. Couldnt care less what happens in the UK once the house is sold. Pensions and all other assets are already transferred, do my NZ citizenship ceremo...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 19, 2022 9:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.
Replies: 434
Views: 22932

Re: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.

Because this is currently strongly in the EU's interest the EU has just chosen not to insist on UK import checks yet – but that will change once the UK starts undercutting EU standards in earnest, such as when the Australia trade deal comes into force which will not just decimate the UK agricultura...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 19, 2022 4:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reversal of Mini Budget
Replies: 189
Views: 8524

Re: Semi reversal of Mini Budget

So, you’re voting for the “clown show” but cannot take the risk their proposals come to fruition? Hmmm… Labor couldn't be any worse than the clowns running the UK at the moment. It's definitely time for a change in government, just the same as the clowns running NZ right now also need to be given a...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Oct 19, 2022 4:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reversal of Mini Budget
Replies: 189
Views: 8524

Re: Semi reversal of Mini Budget

Worse, the 40% rate kicks in at USD 57,000, which is higher than any US rate. The 45% rate starts at USD 171,000-ish and you lose the personal, untaxed allowance of USD 14,000. It’s expensive. Yes it is and a cause to actually to work less to reduce your taxable income or move it offshore then gove...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Oct 18, 2022 8:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK climate activists
Replies: 31
Views: 1720

Re: UK climate activists

Yes agree. I have no problem with people protesting it’s a right we all should have. But the destruction of property is over the top. Here in Canada, everyone does have the right to peaceful assembly, and that is very important and is protected in our Charter of Rights - but there are rules, and th...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Oct 17, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Funding for Education in UK was cut.
Replies: 35
Views: 2036

Re: Funding for Education in UK was cut.

Arion640 wrote:
sadly the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government of 2010-2015 had to cut the budget after years of overspending from the Labour party.


But they also allowed schools to sell of sports fields and recreational facilities which was a big mistake. No kids don’t have anywhere to play in many schools.

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by Kiwirob
Sun Oct 16, 2022 9:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New MINI Cooper Convertible ‘coming home’ to be built in the UK
Replies: 23
Views: 1854

Re: New MINI Cooper Convertible ‘coming home’ to be built in the UK

Electric Mini production is moving from Oxford to China. Business is booming in Britain. I notice from the discontinued thread in relation to the electric mini moving to China. I also notice that the current mini being built in the Netherlands will be closed and production moved to the UK. I see th...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Oct 15, 2022 2:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Robbie Coltrane - RIP
Replies: 13
Views: 788

Re: Robbie Coltrane - RIP

My son was sad at this news, he’s a big fan of the Harry Potter films, Robbie became famous to a much younger audience as Hagrid.

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by Kiwirob
Sat Oct 15, 2022 1:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks
Replies: 59
Views: 3170

Re: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks

Then surely you know it's nothing like Oslo, Brussels, Paris...etc. Melbourne is full of ethnic enclaves, that’s not multiculturalism, that’s living together but separate, just like Paris, Brussels and Oslo. Melbourne has excellent public support for newcomers, well-managed cultural education and i...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Oct 15, 2022 1:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks
Replies: 59
Views: 3170

Re: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks

As long as the economy is doing well, immigrants are usually welcomed. Trouble always starts when there is less"pie" to divide. But they are not welcome in the United States by one side of the political spectrum. It has nothing to do with the economy. In good times and bad, there are peop...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Oct 14, 2022 6:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks
Replies: 59
Views: 3170

Re: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks

You say racism I say it’s a cultural divide which is very difficult if not impossible to bridge. Well yes, that is correct. You are describing the core of racism. The failure of being racist is when one assumes it is something they can't control personally. But as humans, high intelligence beings c...

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