• Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 24 days ago
    If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend Bill Bailey: "Larks in Transit". A very talented versatile musician, (he even plays the cow bells!), comedian and winner of come dancing. On the BBC iPlayer.
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 21 days ago
    This evenings match kicks off at 8 p.m. Good luck.
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 26 days ago
    I'm picking someone up at Gatwick this evening, this is what I've been told. A minimum £5 charge now applies to use the designated drop off and pick up zone in both North and South Terminals. £5 for 10 minutes £1 for each additional minute up to 20 minutes. Maximum charge of £25 and the maximum length of stay 30 mins. Payment must be made by midnight the day after the visit to drop off passengers at the forecourt. Non-payment will be enforced through Parking Charge Notices at a charge of £100, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 27 days ago
    A clash between the two London rivals. kick off 4.30 p.m. predictions in by then. Good luck.
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 26 days ago
    Is it possible to have a "mark as read" option on the app for the local and loops icons, to save having to go via the icon to get rid of the red circle notification symbol even though you have already read them.🔴
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 28 days ago
    This is the latest kick-off time match I could find. Predictions in by 5.30p.m. Good Luck.
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 29 days ago
    I think I have found a bug. Using the app, when I have tried to edit a comment or reply on any loop, I am unable to. This message appears....
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 25 days ago
    On the news just now. Another two energy companies have gone bust, Green and Avro. I'm with Avro. Anybody else's company gone bust?
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    A 15-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after sticking a USB cable in his penis when “triggered by sexual curiosity”. The unnamed teenager received emergency surgery when the wire became lodged after he inserted it through his urethra, according to a study published in Urology Case Reports. After attempting to remove the cable himself, the boy had made matters worse, with both ends sticking out of his genitals, leading to him urinating blood. The teenager told doctors at London’s University College Hospital how the wire had gotten stuck after speaking to them with his mum outside the room. He said he had been using the USB cable to measure how long his genitals were after being "triggered by sexual curiosity." The report said: “His repeated failed attempts to remove the cable shortly after its insertion resulted in gross haematuria and he presented to the Emergency Department of his local hospital. “After urological assessment, he underwent rigid cystoscopy and optical urethrotomy. “This was unsuccessful due to the proximal knotting of the cable. “A suprapubic catheter was inserted under ultrasound guidance, draining approximately 700mls of haematuric urine. “Following this, the patient was urgently referred and transferred to our department for tertiary evaluation and management.” Surgeons removed one end of the cable through an incision near his anus and the rest through his penis, the report added. The teenager was allowed to go home the next day. The catheter was removed two weeks later without any problems and doctors will continue to monitor him. The report said sexual curiosity was among the most common reasons people insert objects into their bodies, alongside mental health disorders and sexual practice after intoxication. Yahoo News Sat, 18 September 2021, 3:13 pm
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    The practice of dolphin hunting in the Faroe Islands has come under scrutiny after more than 1,400 of the mammals were killed in what was believed to be a record catch. The pod of white-sided dolphins was driven into the largest fjord in the North Atlantic territory on Sunday. Boats herded them into shallow waters at Skalabotnur beach in Eysturoy, where they were killed with knives. The carcases were pulled ashore and distributed to locals for consumption. Warning: This article contains graphic details and images some may find distressing. Footage of the hunt shows dolphins thrashing around in waters turned red with blood as hundreds of people watch on from the beach. Known as the grind (or Grindadrap in Faroese), the hunting of sea mammals - primarily whales - is a tradition that has been practised for hundreds of years on the remote Faroe Islands....Story continues https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58555694
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    Shamima Begum recently appeared from a camp in Syria pleading with Brits to forgive her as she was "completely sorry" to those affected by ISIS - but one body language expert claims she showed "no sign of apology". The ISIS bride, who at the age of 15 fled her home in east London to join the so-called Islamic State group, said on Wednesday joining the terrorist organisation was a "mistake". She said she would "rather die than go back to ISIS" as she denied allegations of her helping ISIS pursue their extremist cause. Shamima, now 22, appealed to the British public to allow her to return to the UK, saying she is ready to stand trial in court. "I know it's very hard for the British people to try and forgive me because they have lived in fear of Isis and lost loved ones because of Isis, but I also have lived in fear of Isis and I also lost loved ones because of Isis, so I can sympathise with them in that way," Shamima said. "I know it is very hard for them to forgive me but I say from the bottom of my heart that I am so sorry if I ever offended anyone by coming here, if I ever offended anyone by the things I said." But according to body language expert Judi James, "there are no signs of apologetic-looking body language" in the clip from ITV's Good Morning programme on Wednesday. "This woman appears to have learnt from her mistakes during her previous TV interviews and although her words seem more well thought out she comes across as more confident and even composed as she delivers her pitch. "She appears to have learnt that an apology can be more influential than shrugging denials but in this clip there are no signs of apologetic-looking body language to make her messages more congruent." Shamima appeared dressed in western-styled clothing as she work a Nike baseball hat and a grey vest, along with pink lipstick. In 2019 the ISIS bride gave an interview in which she said the Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people was ‘justified’ because of airstrikes that killed civilians in Syria. Ms James said Shamima's "subtle" shrugging, however, indicates she may not be truly regretful. "The shrugging might have diminished from the early days but it is still there in a more subtle gesture as she speaks about the behaviour of fifteen-year-olds, verbally generalizing to create a verbal and non-verbal diminishing of her behaviours, as though it’s the sort of thing any fifteen-year-old might do. "This is a distanced and rather generalized explanation rather than any visual display of regret. "She also presents herself as a victim at the same level as other victims, and again her body language is maybe not congruent with that message as she appears emphatic and assertive, performing some very small head baton nods to let us know about her suffering. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shamima-begums-plea-forgiveness-shows-24999098
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    Pat Hurst PA UK NewsPA Media: UK News Mon, 13 September 2021, 2:22 pm A man who was part of the notorious Rochdale grooming gang has complained about his treatment in Britain at a tribunal hearing to deport him back to Pakistan. Adil Khan, 51, said the Home Office had taken his driving licence from him and he was “surviving” on benefits. Khan and former taxi driver Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, have been told they are to be sent back to Pakistan for the public good after they were part of a gang convicted of a catalogue of serious sex offences against young girls. Both men are appealing against the decision to deport them following a six-year legal battle after which they lost the right to remain in the UK. Khan got a girl, 13, pregnant but denied he was the father, then met another girl, 15, and trafficked her to others using violence when she complained. He was sentenced to eight years in 2012 and released on licence four years later. At an Immigration Tribunal hearing on Monday to discuss his case, Khan complained about having no rights in the UK. Speaking through a Mirpuri translator, he said: “But I cannot exercise any rights in this country as an individual. I cannot do anything for my family, I’m just surviving on my son’s benefits. “I cannot take my son to school if it is raining, we cannot afford a taxi. The police informed me about a month ago that they have cancelled my driver’s licence, according to the Home Office instructions.” Judge Nehar Bird, chairing the tribunal hearing, told Khan: “Mr Khan, this hearing is to decide how to proceed forward in the hearing of your appeal. “It is not here to decide whether you should be given a driving licence, whether you should be given money, whether you should be sent to detention. That’s not the purpose of this hearing. “This tribunal is here to decide whether the Home Office decision to deport you back to Pakistan is right or wrong, in law.” Rauf, a father-of-five, trafficked a 15-year-old girl for sex, driving her to secluded areas to have sex with her in his taxi and ferry her to a flat in Rochdale where he and others had sex with her. He was jailed for six years and released in November 2014 after serving two years and six months of his sentence. The tribunal hearing on Wednesday heard the men’s appeal is on two grounds, the first being the issue of “statelessness”. Both men have certificates issued by the Pakistan government, which they say represents them legally renouncing their Pakistani nationality. But this was done in September 2018, only after they had been deprived of UK citizenship and the validity and legality, under Pakistan law, of the documents is in question. Expert evidence on Pakistani law is being sought by the lawyers of Khan, who has been granted legal aid. The second ground for appeal, which will be heard separately, but one after the other by the same panel of judges, will consider their rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, arising out of their individual circumstances relating to their private and family life. Judge Bird adjourned the hearing for a further case review hearing on November 29, ahead of the main appeal hearing, probably next year, some 10 years after they were convicted along with seven others in 2012. Both men had dual UK-Pakistani citizenship, so were liable to be deprived of UK citizenship and deported, after then-home secretary Theresa May ruled it would be “conducive to the public good”. For two years from early 2008, girls as young as 12 were plied with alcohol and drugs and gang-raped in rooms above takeaway shops and ferried to different flats in taxis where cash was paid to use the girls. Police said as many as 47 girls were groomed....
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    An 80-year-old woman, who wears an eyepatch, has headed off on an annual seven week trek with her pony, from England to the Highlands. Every year since 1972, Jane Dotchin has packed her saddlebags onto her trusty pony’s back to head off on an epic 600-mile trek from her home in Hexham, Northumberland, all the way up to Inverness, Scotland. This year she set off on the 600-mile journey on August 31, riding her 13-year-old horse, Diamond, and taking her disabled Jack Russell, Dinky, along for company. Covering between 15 and 20 miles a day, the trip sees Dotchin carrying everything she needs on her back, including her tent, food, and a few key belongings. She does all this despite wearing an eyepatch, and plans to keep up the tradition for as long as she can. continues.... https://uk.style.yahoo.com/80-year-old-woman-sets-off-yearly-600-mile-pony-trek-113132136.html
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    Responding to waves of migrants crossing the English Channel over the last few days, Tory MP Natalie Elphicke called France's handling of the situation "outrageous". Despite the government pledged to give France £54 million to support its efforts to stop small boat crossings. She tweeted: "This is simply outrageous. People who are perfectly safe in France brazenly break into Britain day after day. "First it was a few, then hundreds and now heading towards a thousand in a single day. The French just waving them through with a cheery bon voyage." It comes after reports that the numbers of people who made the journey reached 1,000 on Monday alone as warm sunny weather swept across the south coast. The PA news agency has since reported that between between 740 and 750 migrants are believed to have arrived in the UK on Monday after making the journey from France in small boats. If confirmed, this could account for the second highest daily total of the year, following the single-day record of 828 people set last month. At least 12,500 people have now made the crossing to the UK in 2021, according to data compiled by PA. https://uk.yahoo.com/news/mp-accuses-french-waving-migrants-through-cheery-bon-voyage-172106707.html
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    Bexley Council has responded after three friends received the same driving fine within a 24 hour period – and tens more then complained after the News Shopper reported it. The yellow box on the A207 near the Danson Lane junction when approaching Welling High Street is causing problems for a number of Bexley residents. They are finding their cars stuck in the box due to traffic stopping suddenly or because other vehicles are pulling out from junctions, and subsequently being sent fines through the post. Continue reading... https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/19551152.bexley-council-responds-yellow-box-penalty-fine-complaints/
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  • Bloody size of that!!! Did he know it would grow that big when he bought him. It reminds me of them scammers that sold normal pigs as micro pigs when they were in fashion, they had a shock a few months later.
  • Who was the fastest runner? Adam. He was first in the human race. Why was the Olympian not able to listen to music? Because he broke the record! "I have the body of an athlete." "Better give it back. You're getting it out of shape." Q: If athletes get athlete's foot, what do elves get? A: Mistle-toes! Why did the bald man take up running? To get some fresh 'air. Did you hear about the hopeless athlete? He ran a bath and came in last.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    Government plans to relax laws against building on green belt land. The Government has unveiled plans to weaken the rules that prevent homes from being built on green belt land on the fringes of cities. Large towns and cities across the UK have land around them on which development is banned in all but exceptional circumstances. The rule, introduced in the post-war period, is intended to prevent urban sprawl that occurred due to private house building in the early 20th century. Supporters of green belts say the urban sprawl built in the 1920s and 1930s did not produce liveable communities and that housing can be built in a properly-planned way without getting rid of green belt laws.
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    Esther Shaw Wed, 1 September 2021. Chancellor Rishi Sunak amid reports the government is considering scrapping the pensions triple lock. Savers are growing increasingly concerned about the security of their retirement income amid reports the government is considering scrapping the triple lock. This guarantee sets out that the state pension must rise in line with either inflation, earnings or 2.5% — whichever measurement is higher. The triple lock is facing a major threat because wages are now the highest of the three — jumping 8.8%. Earnings data has been artificially boosted by the millions of people returning to work after being placed on furlough....Continue reading https://uk.yahoo.com/finance/news/top-five-reasons-why-the-pensions-triple-lock-has-to-stay-050034811.html
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    Cancel culture mob brands Paw Patrol 'copaganda' which 'indoctrinates children into a pro-police stance' Paw Patrol team facing wrath of woke brigade and show branded 'copaganda' Critics claim the hit animated children's show shows the police in a positive light Cartoon’s detractors say Chase, a German shepherd police officer, is portrayed as being more valiant than the other characters. But now the Paw Patrol team are facing one of their toughest situations yet: the wrath of the woke brigade. Critics of a new big-screen version of the hit animated children’s show have branded it ‘copaganda’ for showing the police in a positive light. In one of the more bizarre social media controversies, the cartoon’s detractors say Chase, a German shepherd police officer, is portrayed as being more valiant than the other characters. In one post, a furious critic wrote: ‘Paw Patrol is absolutely copaganda and the fact that they centre Chase as the star is meant to indoctrinate children early in a pro-police stance. Another fumed on Twitter: ‘Pretty much all of the rescues that happened could be handled by Marshall (fire dept dog) and Skye (air rescue dog) – yet they centred the movie around Chase (the police dog) being the hero.’ Meanwhile, a scene in the film in which Chase says he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder has been accused of encouraging children to believe police are empathetic. It is not the only criticism to be levelled at the U-certificate movie from those on the Left. In its review, The Guardian suggested it was ‘authoritarian neoliberal propaganda’ and criticised its ‘patriarchal gender performance’ as most of the animated puppies are male. Only one of the six original dogs – Skye, a cockapoo helicopter pilot – is female. Variety, the respected film industry magazine, gave the film a glowing review, describing it as gripping and with a ‘cheeky sense of humour’.
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    Richard Moorhead Aug 25, 2021. Reports have emerged revealing that as many as 100 of the Afghan nationals airlifted from Kabul in the wake of the country’s capitulation to the Taliban are on a Department of Defence watchlist for possible terrorist sympathies and activities. Defence One reported on Tuesday that 100 of the evacuees were flagged through the biometric identification systems. It’s possible that the terror persons of interest were previously detained in Afghan government or American jails, where their information would’ve been collected by authorities. One evacuee is being detained for further questioning in Qatar, with American authorities suspicious of their possible involvement with the Islamic State’s “Khorasan” affiliate in Afghanistan. The Islamic State is a fierce enemy of the Taliban, seeing the Pashtun group as insufficient in its adherence to Sharia law and an obstacle to its goal of ruling Afghanistan by itself. Defence One’s reporting on the development was published when a mere 7,000 persons were evacuated from Kabul. Since then, President Biden has bragged about moving more than 70,000 people from Afghanistan to various third countries such as Qatar. It’s almost certain that many more potential terrorists have eeked through the system, many of whom haven’t been logged into biometric ID systems by the United States government. The evacuees airlifted from the Kabul airport are not only overwhelmingly citizens of Afghanistan- as opposed to American citizens stranded in the country- but they’re predominantly young, fighting-age men, those who one might expect to resist the Taliban offensive in combat. Critics of the refugee resettlement operations have questioned as to why evacuation operations don’t seem to prioritize women and children, who stand threatened by the Taliban takeover of their country.
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    Bexley Council have announced two special collection sites for residents to drop off their recycling waste this weekend as workers threaten to stay on strike until October. Bin collection workers went on strike near the start of July in protest against Serco, Bexley Council's contractors, over long-standing pay and victimisation issues. A skeleton crew is still operating in the borough, but recycling waste has gone mostly uncollected for over a month now, and waste has been "piling up across the borough," much to the frustration of residents.
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  • Polish Olympic javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk has auctioned off her silver medal from the Tokyo games to help fund life-saving heart surgery for an eight-month-old boy. Andrejczyk, who herself beat bone cancer after being diagnosed in 2018 to compete at the 2020 Olympics, raised £130,000 by selling her silver medal in aid of a fundraiser for Miloszek, a young Polish boy who requires life-saving heart surgery at Stanford hospital in the United States. The fundraiser for Miloszek is looking for just over £280,000, and the funds from Andrejczyk’s medal has raised around half of that. The youngster’s crowdfunding page has reached 95% of its target as of Wednesday. Andrejczyk said she wanted to put her success to good use by auctioning off her medal to help a stranger in need. Writing on her social media pages, the 25-year-old said: ‘It didn’t take me long to decide, it was the first fundraiser I entered and I knew it was the right one. ‘Miloszek has a serious heart defect and is in need of surgery. ‘He already has a head start from Kubus – a boy who didn’t make it in time but whose amazing parents decided to pass on the funds they collected. ‘And in this way, I also want to help. It’s for him that I am auctioning my Olympic silver medal.’ Andrejczyk added that Polish convenience store Zabka won the auction and immediately decided to give the medal back to her.... https://metro.co.uk/2021/08/18/olympian-sells-silver-medal-for-178k-so-baby-boy-can-get-heart-surgery-in-us-15111599/
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    It amazes me when some people lose an argument. They close a post and run off. 🙈🙉🙊
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    Comedian Sean Lock has died of cancer at the age of 58, his agent has said. The TV star, known for his surreal content and deadpan style, was a team captain on Jimmy Carr’s Channel 4 comedy panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats and spin-off 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. He also wrote and starred in the popular BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High. A statement from his agent Off The Kerb Productions said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/sean-lock-dies-comedian-eight-out-of-ten-cats-cancer-100338555.html
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    This group is not appearing in the Loop list of groups... Glitch?
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    Officers finding one of the dogs already dead in the back of an estate car in Ilford. They try to rescue the other dog, which was still breathing, by rushing it to a nearby vet’s, but it later had to be put down. The dogs’ owner, security worker Richard Armstrong, 47, was convicted this week of causing unnecessary suffering to the two animals. He claimed he had complaints from neighbours in nearby Plaistow about their barking so left them in the car instead of their kennel. Security dogs Hector and Yardie, both Belgian Malinois, were left in the boot of the Vauxhall Astra estate vehicle for more than two hours on a hot day in April 2019 when temperatures reached 24C. Passers-by saw the dogs in the back of the vehicle and called police. They had been left in the back of the car with a fan running. The RSPCA said the kennel in the boot was just large enough for one dog to stand, but without room to turn or move around. There was no water in either kennel and Hector was found dead lying on his side with flies around his mouth amid a strong smell of urine and faeces, the RSPCA said. Armstrong was convicted at Ilford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £750 and a victim surcharge of £90. The story continues... https://uk.yahoo.com/news/police-two-dogs-die-hot-car-rspca-170615533.html
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 1 month ago
    'Yikes': Horrific find in woman’s back after trip to South America. Josh Dutton Josh Dutton·News Reporter Fri, 13 August 2021, 2:14 pm A woman has taken home a stomach-churning souvenir following an overseas trip. The woman, 62, went to a dermatology clinic in New York complaining of a biting sensation in her back, according to the case in the New England Journal of Medicine. Doctors examined her and noted she had six nodules on her back and buttocks. They were particularly itchy and she had received treatment from another doctor who provided her with medication for treating a bacterial infection. But unfortunately, this did not work to cure her ailment and they continued to itch. She told doctors two months earlier she had visited Colombia and believed a mosquito or some kind of insect had bitten her. The “bite marks” were now leaking a small amount of fluid. Doctors examined the nodules closer and found larval movement. Whatever was inside the nodules was alive. “The lesions were anesthetised with lidocaine, and the larvae were removed,” “In total, six larvae were extracted and identified as larvae of the human botfly.”
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    Dalit girl rape and murder: Indians protest over girl's forced cremation! Protests are continuing for the fourth day over the alleged gang rape, murder and forced cremation of a nine-year-old girl in the Indian capital, Delhi. The girl's parents have accused a Hindu priest and three others of attacking her when she had gone to fetch drinking water from the crematorium's cooler. Her mother said the gates were shut and she was threatened when she objected to her daughter's cremation. Police have registered a case of gang rape and murder and arrested the men. Warning: some readers may find this story distressing.....continues. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-58083052
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    I went to golf yesterday lovely sunny day 🌞 first time in 2 years since the pandemic. Didn't play very well, quite rusty. There was a lady playing there started playing her round of golf when she suffered a bee sting. Her pain was so intense that she decided to return to the clubhouse for medical assistance. The golf pro saw her heading back and said, “You are back early, what’s wrong?” “I was stung by a bee!” she said. “Where?” he asked. “Between the first and second hole.” she replied. He nodded and said, “Your stance is far too wide.” 🏌️
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    South Asian food bloggers have criticised the overuse of the word "curry" over claims it is rooted in British colonialism. Earlier this year, Chaheti Bansal, 27, posted an Instagram video calling on people to "cancel the word curry" https://uk.yahoo.com/news/food-bloggers-call-word-curry-063400213.html
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    If you’ve spent the last two weeks believing the BBC’s team of Olympics presenters are out in Tokyo, prepare to have your mind blown. There was a technical glitch during Saturday’s edition of Olympic Breakfast that proved that the skyline of the Japanese capital – which can be seen as the hosts introduce and dissect all the action from the Games – isn’t actually real. The blip exposed that the show’s real set is actually a huge green screen, which has scenes from Tokyo computer generated for viewers at home. In actual fact, the majority of the BBC’s presentational are based here in the UK, rather than out in Japan, due to the pandemic. The likes Alex Scott, Clare Balding, Dan Walker and Sam Quek are all working from a hi-tech BBC Sport studio in Salford near Manchester. On Friday, he even tweeted how Sam Quek had to change one of her outfits because it was playing havoc with the virtual background.
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    As an airplane is about to crash, a female passenger jumps up frantically and announces, "If I'm going to die, I want to die feeling like a woman." She removes all her clothing and asks, "Is there someone on this plane who is man enough to make me feel like a woman?" A man stands up, removes his shirt and says, "Here, iron this!".
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    Best jokes: The funniest winners from the past 10 year's 😄 2019 - Olaf Falafel “I keep randomly shouting out 'Broccoli' and 'Cauliflower' - I think I might have Florets.” 2018 - Adam Rowe “Working at the job centre has to be a tense job: knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.” 2017 - Ken Cheng “I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change.” 2016 - Masai Graham “My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card. He’s a man after my own heart.” 2015 - Tommy Tiernan “Two flies are playing football in a saucer. One says to the other, ‘Make an effort, we’re playing in the cup tomorrow.’” 2014 - Tim Vine "I've decided to sell my Hoover… well, it was just collecting dust." 2013 - Rob Auton "I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa." 2012 - Stewart Francis “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks." 2011 - Nick Helm “I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” 2010 - Tim Vine “I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again.” 2009 - Dan Antopolski "Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?”
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    British holidaymakers to Europe will be forced to pay €7 in order to be allowed in under plans from Brussels. The European Union is progressing with plans to pre-screen travellers entering the border-free Schengen area in order to prevent the need for visas. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will work in a similar fashion to the US Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) which permits citizens from 39 countries a 90-day visa-free stay. On Tuesday the regulations for the system were confirmed. The ETIAS plan was originally mooted in 2016, before the UK left the EU. Once implemented it will cost visitors around £6.20 to undergo the checks. Those granted entry through the ETIAS would be allowed to enter and leave the Schengen area multiple times over a three-year period. https://uk.yahoo.com/news/british-holidaymakers-pay-7-enter-205917335.html
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19484915.significant-number-owners-regret-getting-pets-lockdown-puppydemic-continues/
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    Anti-vaxxer Piers Corbyn was tricked into ‘accepting’ £10,000 on just one condition: that he stopped criticising AstraZeneca vaccine. The prank was organised by YouTubers Josh Pieters and Archie Manners who pranked the brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by posing as AstraZeneca representatives. The pranksters wished to support Corbyn’s cause on the condition that he layed off the AZ vaccine and focused on other serums. In the YT video Pieters and Manners explained that they contacted the anti-vaxxer conspiracist to arrange a meeting. Watch secret recording...Turn on sound. https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/news/piers-corbyn-anti-vaxxer-prank-astrazeneca-v694f290c
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    The UK could help finance the construction of a prison in Albania to house offenders sent back to the country from British jails. Albanians make up the largest foreign national group in UK jails, with more than 1,500 behind bars in England and Wales making up around 10 per cent of total inmates from overseas. In 2015, David Cameron offered Jamaica around £25m from the UK’s aid budget to part-fund a prison for offenders returned from Britain, though the deal was eventually rejected by the administration in Kingston. Since then, discussions have taken place with Nigeria about funding for a jail in Lagos, though again the proposal came to nothing. Under the terms of last week’s agreement, Albanian authorities will have to foot the bill for housing returned offenders in its own jails, saving the UK taxpayer an average £44,600 per inmate. Continue.... https://uk.yahoo.com/news/uk-could-help-fund-jail-113349782.html
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    Virus particles are released when infected people cough or sneeze, and these droplets can then be inhaled by other people who are nearby. This means that most people are infected through their nose or mouth but COVID-19 can also enter your system through your eyes. Continues..... https://www.optimax.co.uk/blog/catch-coronavirus-through-eyes/
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    Patients taking statin medications prior to getting hospitalised due to COVID-19 had a 41% lower risk of dying during that hospitalisation, even after adjusting for other factors like age, gender, other medical problems, said study author Dr. Lori Daniels. https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20210720/statin-users-may-have-added-protection-against-severe-covid-19 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200923164603.htm
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  • Second hand book shop. National trust Red house. Bexleyheath. The 2nd hand book shop is open again at the property. Feel free to pop in and chose a book or 2! Children’s book shelf as well. The donations for the books help to keep the Red house running. The property is open 11-3pm Thursday to Saturday. (To visit the actual House it’s self you need to book online via the NT website)
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    In the darkest days of the coronavirus crisis, Emmanuel Macron took to the media circuit with a scathing attack on the world’s cheapest Covid vaccine – and the only one to be produced at cost. Britain’s pioneering jab, developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca, was “quasi-ineffective” on older people, the French President said. “The real problem on AstraZeneca is that it doesn’t work the way we were expecting it to,” he added. Weeks later, when a study suggested there was a tiny chance that patients could develop blood clots, the vaccine’s use was curtailed across Europe. In America, it was never approved at all. The damage caused by Europe’s assault on AstraZeneca is now becoming clear. The company’s decision to make its jab without taking a profit has squeezed margins. The company is now weighing up whether it wants a future in vaccines at all. Continued.... https://uk.yahoo.com/finance/news/eu-destroyed-astrazeneca-covid-vaccine-161526663.html
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22JgHBb-0dg
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    WARNING...Contains rude words. https://youtu.be/D3IptKA8VUU
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 2 months ago
    A man who joked about not having the Covid vaccine has died after a month-long battle with the virus. Stephen Harmon, a member of the Hillsong megachurch, passed away on Wednesday at the Corona Regional Medical Center outside Los Angeles. The 34-year-old was being treated for Covid and pneumonia and had been a vocal opponent of coronavirus vaccines. In June, he tweeted: “If you’re having email problems, I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems but a vax ain’t one.” “Please pray y’all, they really want to intubate me and put me on a ventilator,” “If you don’t have faith that God can heal me over your stupid ventilator then keep the Hell out of my ICU room. There’s no room in here for fear or lack of faith.” “Even the slightest movements and my heart rate skyrockets and oxygen dependency increases. and please, I’m not asking for anyone’s opinion on intubation, I’ll make my own choice, I’m asking for prayer.” And still they never learn! https://uk.yahoo.com/news/hillsong-anti-vaxxer-dies-horror-153821774.html
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 3 months ago
    WARNING contains rude words. https://youtu.be/iqbdDhQ87_s
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath updated 3 months ago
    The arrests of seven people may have "significantly disrupted" a network smuggling hundreds of Albanian migrants to the UK, police believe. Raids took place in Hartlepool, Surrey, Oxfordshire and London on Tuesday. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the alleged ringleader of the network was among those detained. Deputy director Andrea Wilson said people smuggling saw migrants "exploited for profit by criminals who have no regard for human life." The penalties were "severe and life changing" and it was "simply not worth the risk", she said. Investigators believe the alleged smugglers had contacts in France, Germany the Netherlands and Poland and used lorries and hired vans to move people to the UK from northern France. Some migrants are believed to have paid between £20,000 and £25,000 to try and reach the UK, the NCA said. Financial investigators have identified bank accounts alleged to belong to the network, some showing hundreds of thousands of pounds in turnover. The NCA said about £30,000 cash was recovered in the operation. Branch commander Richard Harrison said the network "claimed to provide a top of the range service and charged accordingly". "This activity represented a significant threat to both the safety of the migrants involved and the security of UK border controls," he said. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-57913790
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