• Joss @Joss Malden - updated 28m
    The Government has admitted a huge mistake and reversed abolishing the 45% tax band benefitting high earners most of all. The lowest tax band starts at £12,570. The simple way to boost the economy and help every UK tax-payer would be to raise this band to say £20,000? That way all low wage earners would be better off, and able to face the increased cost of living? What say you?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 2d
    When did you last give flowers to someone special?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 2d
    Even if you're not a "twitcher" if you search the title above, there's fascinating information about cukoos, and very much more. Well done BTO - British Trust for Ornithology.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 7d
    The the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is predicted to have drawn in over four billion viewers from around the world, making the event the most watched broadcast in history. We are so very lucky to have lived during the Queen's reign, and our monarchy sets a unique standard.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 18d
    Pope Francis Instructs Vatican Entities to Move All Funds to Vatican Bank by Sept. 30 Is His Holiness planning a share distribution?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 29d
    "Theresa May has earned £715,000 from making nine speeches in 2022 so far". Any guesses what she talks about and who pays £80,000 a go to listen to her?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 1mo
    “In an era where everything is a crisis, then nothing really is one. “How many overhyped panics do we expect Americans to endure before reaching the rational conclusion that the news media, their politically addicted peers, and institutional leaders have lost all perspective? The boy who cried wolf is clogging your Facebook feed with global warming or vaccine memes and hollering about murderous hornets..." Do you think our hourly diet of anxiety finds a crisis where there isn't one?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 1mo
    "FASD is a life-long condition that can affect a child's brain development, behaviour and growth. It's caused by a developing unborn baby (fetus) being exposed to alcohol in the womb. Sadly, in the UK, as many as 1 in 13 babies born to mothers who drink during their pregnancy are affected by FASD" https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/foetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder/ It is vital to every family you know about this, and spread the word. Have you heard of FASD?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 1mo
    This post in memory of a wonderful smile and superb crystal clear singing voice
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 2mo
    There's evidence Trump is losing popularity. Here's why. " Increase in blaming Trump for Jan. 6: A Reuters/Ipsos poll also found that 40% of Republicans said before the last Jan. 6 hearing that they now "believe Trump is at least partially responsible for the deadly riot." That's up from 33% before the hearings. A drop in Republicans saying the election was stolen: Reuters/Ipsos also found that before the hearings began, 67% of Republicans believed the election was stolen, now it's 55%. More Republicans saying they don't want Trump to be the nominee: 55% of Republicans in a recent CNN poll said they don't want Trump to be their standard-bearer in 2024, up from 49% in February. Similarly, Reuters/Ipsos found a third of Republicans said Trump should not run again, up from a quarter before the Jan. 6 hearings." Your comments please.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 2mo
    Who do you think might become leader of the Tories and PM, based on last night's debate?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 2mo
    https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/cuckoo-tracking-project/bluey This is a very interesting way to use advancing technology, and trust you enjoy the insights. PLUS https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/cuckoo-tracking-project
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    "All students must learn to swim, before they are awarded their graduate Bachelors Degrees. However all swimming facilities are closed due to Covid. Therefore we will conduct swimming tests on-line. Students can participate on-line to secure their graduation." 1. Is this a real report in a national newspaper? 2. If so, which University is insisting on this?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 2mo
    However, the Tory Party is having sleaze allegations every week. Will it be a long time before Boris is banished?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    https://twitter.com/_bands_fc/status/1223719021654302720 More interesting signage invited please.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    Been watching and enjoying swifts every summer, but had very few sightings in KT4 this summer. Has anyone else noticed a steep decline in these regular visitors? And the reason[s]?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    New research from Direct Line Motor Insurance reveals Cyprus was the most commonly identified destination for stolen cars out of three UK ports in 2020. Figures from three ports managed by the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS), Felixstowe, Tilbury and Southampton, found 37 per cent of identified stolen cars were destined for Cyprus. A fifth (19 per cent) were destined for the Democratic Republic of Congo, while Ghana (11 per cent) and the UAE (six per cent) were other common destinations. In the first nine months of 2021, £2.96 million worth of stolen vehicles were successfully identified by NaVCIS officers at ports. This is a 112 per cent increase on the value stolen in 2020 (£1.39 million). The same timeframe saw a 14 per cent increase in the number of stolen vehicles identified at the three ports. In 2020, 63 vehicles were successfully identified as stolen by NaVCIS ports officers, rising to 72 in the first nine months of 2021. This means the average value of vehicles stolen has nearly doubled in less than 12 months, from £22,000 per vehicle in 2020 to £41,000 per vehicle in 2021. Range Rover were the top car make identified at NaVCIS ports in 2020, making up nearly two fifths (38 per cent) of all stolen cars identified there. Ford (10 per cent), Mercedes, BMW and Land Rover (all at eight per cent) make up the top five. Insight from convicted car thieves currently serving a custodial sentence suggests that many cars are stolen to order. For example, one convicted car thief said: “People order cars, so you know what you're going out for that night. You go out and get that specific car, van, whatever it is… Half the time I'll already know where there is one, because I know that much, so I can go straight to them”.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    "Boris Johnson has dismissed as "crazy" suggestions that he’ll resign if he loses the by-elections in Tiverton and Honiton and Wakefield. Speaking to reporters before he flew to Rwanda for the Commonwealth summit, the prime minister was asked how much responsibility he’d take if the Conservatives lost both seats. He pointed to last year’s Tory win in the Hartlepool by-election, saying governing parties did not usually win by-elections, especially in mid-term. He has also said he'll be watching the results "with interest". With expectation rife that losing both seats could further undermine the PM’s beleaguered leadership, the Conservatives have been careful to manage expectations ahead of tonight’s declarations. Asked what he thought of suggestions that the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs could change party rules to engineer a second vote of confidence in his leadership, Johnson said the less you talked about Westminster issues, the more you were serving the country," Unfortunately for Boris, many voters want to talk about Westminster and want you removed. Your thoughts....
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    Widely reported in the media, it looks like Boris is reaching out for the "Grey Vote". Is he desparate to cling on to power?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    Am I alone in hoping the two bye-elections on Thursday result in a bye bye Boris?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    What does it take to get rid of Boris? Two bye-elections next Thursday may shift Wakefield to Labour, and Tiverton to the Lib-Dems. This requires a huge swing to show how unpopular the current government is, lead as it is by a man with no integrity. Will he resign if the Tories lose both seats?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    The name Lord Farquaad rang a bell and Wilipedia reveals - "Lord Farquaad is the sole ruler of Duloc. Because they don't fit in with his idea of a "perfect world", he exiles all fairytale creatures from Duloc. He rewards citizens for turning them in to his Duloc Guards, who then put the creatures into cages and wagons. They are forcibly relocated out of Duloc and into a swamp, which unbeknownst to Farquaad, is the home of an ogre. Back in the dungeon of his castle, Farquaad and his henchman Thelonious torture the Gingerbread Man into revealing the location of other fairytale folk in hiding. The Captain of the Guards interrupts the interrogation to announce that they have found the Magic Mirror, much to Farquaad's excitement. Farquaad boasts that Duloc is the "most perfect kingdom of them all", only for the Mirror to inform him that he is not actually a king and therefore, Duloc isn’t an official kingdom. Farquaad takes this is an insult and threatens the Mirror, causing him to elaborate that Farquaad can become a king if he marries a princess." Can anyone tell me more about m'lud?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    This post appeared on another platform. "Has anyone else had golf balls in their garden????? I’m furious as we have had 7 now and yesterday one nearly hit my 5 year old daughter. we cannot see where it’s coming from" Can Sloopers identify the guilty party?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    Spring Watch is difficult for some people to watch due to the presenters over enthusiasm? The first show of the 2022 season is based at Ken Hill in Norfolk, the Keilder Forest in Northumberland, and the Isle of Mull. Here's a note of some of the most repeated words in the dialogue. Fantastic, incredible, exciting, massive, brilliant, amazing, fabulous, chilled, iconic, adorable, astonishing... NB LATE ADDITION - stunning For fun, please guess the most used adjective, and respond. Your views on THIS very popular BBC show invited. [ STICK to the OP - no other shows please! ]
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    When I was very young I asked my Dad why he wore a hat. "So I may take it off when I meet a lady" was the prompt reply. My Mum told me if I couldn't say something nice about somone, best to say nothing. My Mum also taught me to count to 40, if my temper was roused. I still open doors for others, let ladies go first, and when out for a walk I like to say "Good morning" to fellow walkers, and indeed touch my hat brim to a lady when doing so. Personally, I have never down-voted any contributor to SL, and never will. I am saddened by the back-biting that goes on, and hope it might cease. Your thoughts?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    As a morning ritual I look at the weather forecast for KT4. Today... Met Office says thunderstorm at 1pm. Accuweather predicts storms at 3/ 6 /9 & 10pm. BBC weather goes for storm at 3+4 pm. Do you have a favourite and accurate forecaster please?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 3mo
    How many Tory MPs will cast a vote of No Confidence in Boris? At least 54 have made a written request that he should be removed, but what will be the total?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 7mo
    The target is slow moving - 30 miles long and a dual carriageway wide...why aren't the Ukrainians using drone bombers? Your thoughts, military expertise welcome...
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 7mo
    This is the war no-one wants, except V. Putin. Your comments and thoughts about the outcome.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - 7mo
    This is a personal view. No media quotes or sound bytes. What Putin is afraid of is that Ukraine is like East Germany. It has discovered a much better life outside domination by a corrutpt "commumist" government. He cannot allow this in the country next door. Putin could not invade the old East Germany, but he can and will try to overpower The Ukraine and cling on to personal power. Bad decision - do you agree?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 8mo
    The games afoot! When High Tory Andrew Mitchell MP publicly withdrew his support of Boris Johnson this afternoon in the House of Commons debate, that was a sure signal to Conservative members that the revolution is ready. A new Prime Minister by Easter is getting more likely, Your thoughts?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 8mo
    "The latest changes from the Department of Transport are hoped to improve safety and confidence in smart motorways, with £390 million designated for additional emergency areas. In line with the Transport Committee’s most recent recommendations, the rollout of new ALR smart motorways will be paused until a full five years’ worth of safety data becomes available for schemes introduced before 2020. After this point, the Government will reassess the data and decide on the next steps. Government changes to existing smart motorways include the creation of 150 additional Emergency Areas so drivers have more places to stop. The Department for Transport welcomed the Transport Committee’s report, backing how it focused on further upgrading the safety of existing ALR smart motorways rather than reinstating the hard shoulder. The Committee report said evidence suggests hard shoulders do not always provide a safe place to stop, and by reducing motorway capacity, they could put more drivers and passengers at risk of death or serious injury if they were to divert onto less safe local roads. Despite this, at the inquest for Jason Mercer and Alexandru Murgeanu, Sheffield coroner David Urpeth said “a lack of hard shoulder contributed to this tragedy” and that smart motorways “present an ongoing risk of future deaths”. Grant Schapps said >>> “Pausing schemes yet to start construction and making multi-million-pound improvements to existing schemes will give drivers confidence and provide the data we need to inform our next steps. I want thank safety campaigners, including those who have lost loved ones, for rightly striving for higher standards on our roads. I share their concerns.” So the driving public will die over the next five years acting as as the Government's"guinea pigs? Your thoughts?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 8mo
    Marks and Sparks are going to change the name of a traditional and popular sweetie from [ guess the name ] to Mini-Gems - due to pressure from the Petty Concern movement. As there are many thousands of MG Midget [oops] sports cars one wonders how this problem will be solved? Should Bristol Harbour be prepared? Incidentally having just bought a quarter of ##### jacks, what will they be called shortly? Can you think of more brand names that deserve the notice of the woke PC?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 9mo
    Had mixed success over the years, but usually blue-tits have used my bird boxes. Interested to know if you have any tips for the best boxes, where to find them - and anything else that you can suggest please.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 9mo
    Trump is aiming to come back. https://www.postalley.org/2022/01/03/trump-says-jump-alaska-governor-dunleavy-says-of-course/
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 9mo
    Would you like nominate someone who should be recognised for service to the local community, or has earned wider public recognition.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 8mo
    TWELVE ANGRY MEN. If you enjoy drama, setting, acting and resolution - one of the very best. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=twelve+angry+men&&view=detail&mid=8FD2264EBF7A3896C0CF8FD2264EBF7A3896C0CF&&FORM=VRDGAR
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 9mo
    All suggestions very welcome.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 9mo
    "It now becomes an almost irrestible temptation for a school leaver to take three years off, largely paid for in the end by the state, to put off starting work to take a degree which often adds little to their employability". What do you think - and more importantly your ideas what would improve our further education system?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 9mo
    If you've pulled a few crackers over Xmas, please share those corny, witty and awful jokes in your Christmas crackers this year. One at a time please, and give a thumbs up feed back if you like it... Here's a start! Q. How does Good King Wencelas like his pizzas? A. DEEP PAN CRISP AND EVEN.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 9mo
    Putin is a real life Darth Varder. "The hammer and sickle was lowered for the last time on the night of Dec. 25, 1991, spinning the 15 Soviet republics overnight into independent countries. What Putin laments about the Soviet collapse is the loss of Russian dominance over the vast Communist-ruled empire, a “sphere of influence” already shrunk by then after pro-democracy revolutions in Eastern Europe and independence proclamations within the USSR. The 30th anniversary of the Soviet demise has inspired Putin’s provocative buildup of troops and tanks on Ukraine’s border as he threatens once again to retake parts of Russia’s lost empire by armed force." [Quote from article by Carol J. Williams.] Will Putin make his move over Christmas, so he can breathe more easily...
  • Joss @Joss Malden - 10mo
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmore_Leonard In case you've not come across Elmore Leonard, look out for this great writer. Re-reading "Comfort to the Enemy" at present...time well spent.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 9mo
    Good news for the Tory old boys club! They are now very happy. Boris is showing how to work a way out of his job... "Get it done!" was his manifesto. Brexit accomplished, his severe limitations as a political leader are now obvious. Even to him? Will this Sleaze scandal see him off? It's a big step on the way to the exit door. In the smoke-filled clubs of St.James they are delighted current events have him cowering behind the sofa in his apartment decorated by rich friends [allegedly]. When will the Tory party will wheel in the candidate they really expect to win the next election? An interesting time for UK politics in the coming year.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 11mo
    Has some very good write-ups. What do you think? Where is it regularly available at a sensibled price please?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 11mo
    Anything ! SAD ? (Edited)
    Seasonal Affective Disorder. Do you feel this coming into your life now? If so, how much does it affect yuou, and how do you cope?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 11mo
    https://www.postalley.org/2021/10/30/a-new-center-right-party-shimmers-into-position/ This world has enough problems without Donald Trump or a disciple returning to the White House? Here's a recent report about political developments in the USA. Your thoughts please.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 11mo
    Flu outbreak stretches NHS resources. This was the BBC headline...in 2000.http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/6/newsid_2477000/2477943.stm Office of National Statistics published these figures. Total deaths in England & Wales were 608,000 in 2020-21.Population 60 million. Total deaths in England and Wales were 538,000 in 2000-01Population 52 million This shows that the pandemic wasn't the huge prpblem the press and policians would have you believe? In fact the death rate was worse in 2000-01. Your thoughts please.
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 11mo
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/15/new-zealand-council-ends-contract-with-wizard-after-two-decades-of-service What do you think he might do in retirement, or can you think of another job he should go for?
  • Joss @Joss Malden - updated 11mo
    "The secondary school system in Italy, not unlike some other European countries, offers options to students when they are about to enter high school. Eventually attending a university and making a plan to do so is one option. But there is another, equally good one. That is to enter a high school that specializes in specific talents and skills. There are a several types. They include technical, pre-professional, and cultural tracks" Your comments invited. Please address your thoughts to the present and future value of our education system.

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