• https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/may/22/tweet-on-tory-local-election-candidates-account-says-teenage-girls-smell-buttery-and-creamy How can someone be so out of touch they think this is acceptable?
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-61508520 This is an appalling account. There's a programme on iPlayer.
  • https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/may/13/tesco-chief-soaring-prices-ken-murphy-profits
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-61306008 That poor young woman probably chose her dress while twirling in it in front of a mirror, imagining herself walking into a church.
  • Some tips from the Guardian's personal finance pages - people may already know all of them, but I didn't, eg the big difference made by a washing machine turned down to to 30° instead of 40° https://www.theguardian.com/money/2022/mar/29/cheaper-bath-shower-energy-questions-answered-reduce-bills
  • This detailed account of a young man's life and death is so touching. I'm glad the media are picking out some individual stories – I think it brings out the awfulness of war more than a report of a larger number of anonymous dead. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60801586 Not that any considerations of suffering humanity will be troubling Putin, obviously.
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/20/david-beckham-hands-his-instagram-account-to-ukrainian-doctor-in-kharkiv Brilliant move - he has 71.5 million followers, probably some of them Russian.
  • This is an appalling account. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/19/we-have-to-come-to-protect-you-russian-soldiers-told-ukrainian-man-theyd-shot
  • For UK residents who are struggling in the current very difficult circumstances. During the next 36 hours (at the time of posting this), donations will be matched - in my case by Martyn Gerrards estate agents. https://www.charityextra.com/fba/60613
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-60730945 These children got out. Others are dead in the rubble of shelled apartment blocks and in mass graves. I know it's not the will of the Russian people en masse - at least not those who aren't entirely brainwashed – but I don't think I could ever bear to go to Putin's Russia again.
  • I heard about the Ukrainian soldiers defending the Black Sea island on the radio yesterday and just read it in the Guardian - heartbreaking https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/25/ukraine-soldiers-told-russians-to-go-fuck-yourself-before-black-sea-island-death
  • https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/feb/20/credit-suisse-secrets-leak-unmasks-criminals-fraudsters-corrupt-politicians Wow.
  • Innocent subpostmasters and subpostmistresses get sent to jail while the Post Office CEO gets a CBE. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/feb/15/post-office-scandal-workers-computer-system I remember listening to a Radio 4 programme on the plight of some of those poor people a good two years ago, indeed maybe in 2019 when the CBE was handed out.
  • In one thread, a post I commented on has been edited, but there's no SL [Edited] to show that. I've added to my comment that it was in reply to a comment that has since been edited, but again no automatic SL [Edited] to show that my comment has been edited. Has this been discontinued? (Sorry, is that a bit garbled? My own editing capacity doesn't seem to have engaged yet this morning!)
  • I thought I'd post this as many of us are not spring chickens https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/feb/10/study-finds-link-between-alzheimers-and-circadian-clock
  • B Johnson told his independent ethics adviser that he knew nothing about where the funding for the renovation of his apartment had come from. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/feb/09/met-police-considering-whether-investigate-pm-boris-johnson-downing-street-flat-refurb Taking so many handouts he couldn't keep up with where they'd come from or another bare-faced lie?
  • Two or three times recently I've liked my own comment in error, getting confused with another social media site where you need to click on the icons to see who has contributed them. Can I undo this, and if so how, please?
  • https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/feb/03/boris-johnsons-policy-chief-quits-over-pms-scurrilous-savile-remark It's always heartening to see someone prepared to stand down from a good job as a matter of principle.
  • https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jan/22/partygate-inquiry-given-access-to-log-of-staff-movements-in-and-out-of-building It looks as if Johnson might not have to worry about the cost of dealing with the £840 per roll wallpaper that is falling down. From the Times: 'Boris Johnson’s money problems may have gone from bad to worse after it emerged that his peeling £840-a-roll wallpaper is non-refundable. 'The prime minister is said to have hired a team of specialist decorators to salvage the “gold” print after it started coming off the walls of his Downing Street flat. Soane Britain, the luxury interior design company hired to redecorate the flat, does not offer refunds on its wallpaper once hung, meaning that Johnson and his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, could be left thousands of pounds out of pocket.' So much to enjoy about that, including an overpriced design company looking shabby.
  • It's appalling: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/31/uk-governments-covid-advisers-enduring-tidal-waves-of-abuse This morning I saw an idiot on another social media site describing people who go for vaccination as 'uneducated'. The arrogance of these people who've read daft theories on the internet is extraordinary.
  • These people like to claim they are more intelligent and better informed than ‘sheeple’ who get vaccinated, but yet again, they went to the wrong address https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/29/anti-vaxxers-denounce-covid-testing-centre-in-freedom-march-through-milton-keynes
  • Does anyone else here use gluten-free recipes? I just came across this useful blog https://www.glutenfreealchemist.com
  • If I had any doubts about vaccination (which I don’t, I’m triple Pfizered) the presence of that awful Gillian McKeith with her fake PhD at this demo would have sent me running for the needle https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/18/police-suffer-minor-injuries-in-london-scuffles-with-anti-vax-protesters
  • 1 I've lost a lot of PMs, apparently randomly - there are none before August for a few members, while another's messages go back to March but I can see that some are missing as the first message on that date is obviously part of the way through a conversation. 2 Text inputs normally if I start a topic, but if I comment on someone else's thread the text constantly bumps up and down and the cursor doesn't appear where I'm trying to type, which is disconcerting. 3 When I click a link to a group, I see a panel that is blank apart from the icons of my groups on the left-hand side and I have to scroll down to see the group I'm trying to get to, which isn't difficult to do but was irritating until I realized that I have got to the right place each time but just can't see it until I scroll down. I'm on a Mac with a large screen.
  • That's not great, but at least the vaccines are likely to offer protection against the need for hospital treatment https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-59615005
  • It irritates me mightily, though clearly there are much worse things about him - and it gave Jed Mercurio, writer of Line of Duty, an opening to have a go: https://twitter.com/jed_mercurio
  • The Charity Commission advised that 'before any payment was made, each case should be reviewed to ascertain whether the parents had been close to their children and were thus likely to be suffering mentally'. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59346547 People on this site sometimes complain about what various groups in society ask for in terms of recognition and equality, but I'm very glad that more sensitivity about human feelings is generally exercised today than it was in earlier times.
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59351160 I sometimes think that those of us who do ordinary jobs with ordinary earnings and pay all our taxes must be complete mugs. But I prefer to be a mug rather than mix with the likes of Cameron et al.
  • This week's is jazz composer Carla Bley – I've been listening to today's prog with much enjoyment and will catch up on the earlier ones, all available on the BBC site. Anyone else?
  • https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/nov/17/geordie-greig-ousted-as-editor-of-the-daily-mail I don't read it but I know some people here do and might be interested.
  • I think I've recommended this series elsewhere on Scooploop - music of all genres that has really meant something in people's lives. Some of their stories about how and why are very moving. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008mj7p/episodes/guide
  • I found this version of True Colours, recorded in March 2020 during lockdown when the choir couldn't be in physical proximity to each other, very moving. So are some of the comments below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqWQCWc_zCc
  • Incoming email from postmaster@netsrv.live Subject: [5] messages to xxx@xxx.co.uk delayed for 24 hours You have 5 pending incoming messages today on 11.11.2021 You have to resolve it now. Plus a link to click on . . . OK, it's fairly obviously a scam, but one of my addresses is with Plusnet, which has had major email problems this week, and just for a fleeting moment I thought it was connected.
  • This is encouraging https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/14/skelleftea-swedish-plywood-eco-town-20-storey-wooden-skyscraper-worlds-tallest#comment-152514241
  • From the BBC site: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58721085
  • https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/18/want-to-save-the-earth-then-dont-buy-that-shiny-new-iphone?utm Generally I’m all-Apple as I had to get a Mac in the 1990s when publishers started working digitally, but I like the sound of the phone mentioned here.
  • Today, clicking on notifications is taking me only to the thread, not the actual comment. It would be fine if the latest comment were always at the end, but of course it could be in a reply anywhere in the thread.
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58354855 Is anyone else annoyed by this? It's just asking for more bag-snatching etc.
  • https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/08/rightwing-radio-host-dick-farrel-anti-vaxxer-dies-covid Oh dear. Still, if it persuades any other anti-vaxxers to change their mind . . .
  • Products have been withdrawn, but people may have some in their homes: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/aug/05/toxic-cat-food-fear-as-vets-struggle-with-mysterious-illness
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-57777935 An example of why services such as this should never be privatised.
  • Here's a heartwarming tale – and isn't social media brilliant for this sort of thing? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-57763362
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57640550
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/10/nailed-it-man-82-builds-bench-for-wife-in-30-minutes-after-council-plea-ignored? Made me feel slightly weepy - I hope they have many more years together.
  • Maybe everyone else here already knows about these clips, but I didn't - and with the arrival of Delta mutation of Covid, we might be wearing masks for a while yet: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57256776
  • @ScoopSupport There's currently a debate about whether one should ever publicize a private message by pasting it into the open forum. This has been caused by one member posting an extremely abusive PM to another. One member has referred to putting a PM in the open forum as being a breach of etiquette, but where is the etiquette in sending vituperative unsolicited PMs? My own view is this: I exchange private messages with a few people on here and I wouldn't dream of putting any of them on the public forum, but should a person choose to dump abuse in my PM box they can expect to see that held up to the light. People aiming to be abusive gain power by thinking the recipient will accept the idea of privacy and will not expose their abuse to the public view. Should anyone try it with me, I want to take away that power. I find the idea of someone sending PMs like the one sent to someone yesterday, confident that no one on the public forum will see just how horrible they can be, really nauseating. Please could you let us know your policy on this?

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