• Joss @Joss Malden updated 2d
    "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 2d
    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 2d
    Am I alone in hoping the two bye-elections on Thursday result in a bye bye Boris?
  • Joss @Joss Malden updated 6d
    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 12d
    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 13d
    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 14d
    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 12d
    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 17d
    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 18d
    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 3mo
    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 3mo
    This is the war no-one wants, except V. Putin. Your comments and thoughts about the outcome.
  • 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 4mo
    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 5mo
    "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 5mo
    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 5mo
    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 5mo
    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 5mo
    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 5mo
    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 5mo
    All suggestions very welcome.
  • Joss @Joss Malden updated 5mo
    "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 6mo
    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 6mo
    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...
  • 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 6mo
    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 7mo
    Has some very good write-ups. What do you think? Where is it regularly available at a sensibled price please?
  • Joss @Joss Malden updated 7mo
    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 7mo
    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 8mo
    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 8mo
    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 7mo
    "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.
  • Joss @Joss Malden updated 7mo
    Where are your favourite walks within 10 miles of Old / New Malden please? A good description, degree of difficulty, and whether it's wheel-chair friendly would be helpful. And parking + loo facilities much appreciated.
  • Joss @Joss Malden updated 8mo
    “Newcastle has sold its name and reputation to a brutal government with a brutal ruler,” Your thoughts please?
  • Joss @Joss Malden updated 9mo
    Imagine a country where the [male] leaders decide families should only have one child. Imagine the tradition is every family [husband] wants a male heir. Reality. As a consequence there are many more adult males than females. Reality. The feminist movement has gained huge popularity since the introduction of social media. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-55744860 Your thoughts please...
  • Joss @Joss Malden updated 9mo
    REVIEW: "A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room …" AUTHOR: Amor Towles Fine writing that draws you directly into a different world a hundred years ago.
  • Joss @Joss Malden updated 10mo
    McDonalds runs out of milkshakes amid disruption to supply chain. When the milk, tea or spuds run out is time to worry? What would you miss most from your shopping list?
  • Joss @Joss Malden updated 11mo
    More than half of Covid hospitalisations are patients who only tested positive after admission, leaked data reveal.... The newspapers are full of headlines to distrust data...over a year late. What do you think, and who do you believe? Journalists or politicians?
  • Joss @Joss Malden updated 11mo
    Below are nine letters - from those make as many words as you can of four letters or more:- "E" MUST appear in every word. P I O V L L T U are the other 8 letters you can use. Tip - put the eight letters in a circle round "E". There is definitely a nine letter word to be found. TARGET 25 or more words. [ this target includes place and river names ] Please enter one word in turn with other players. Definitions of unusual words are most welcome - likewise obscure locations! GAME ENDS IN 48 HOURS APPROX.
  • Joss @Joss Malden updated 11mo
    Below are nine letters - from those make as many words as you can of four letters or more:- "U" MUST appear in every word. E A D T I P L T are the other 8 letters you can use. Tip - put the eight letters in a circle round "U" There is definitely a nine letter word to be found. TARGET 25 or more words. [ this target includes place and river names ] Please enter one word in turn with other players. Definitions of unusual words are most welcome - likewise obscure locations! GAME ENDS IN 48 Hours. [ so only two sleepless nights ahead ]

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