• Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 2mo
    Walk one mile in the Queen’s shoes, then say she’s pointless, argues MAUREEN LIPMAN.... I love and respect Queen Elizabeth more than any other world figure. To those who want a republic, wish we were headed by one of the cast of Love Island and fail to see the irony of having a head of state who changes every four years from bluff man in flat cap to toff in trews and sends Katie Price or James Corden to launch a ship, I say on your own crown be it. There is a flashy, emerald-hued envy in the hearts of many republicans – the same envy that sparkled in the raised glasses of those who would bring down Rishi Sunak for the crime of marrying well. When the revolution comes, does it bring better days, fairer times, fuller pockets? Should tsars and kings and their innocent families be murdered so that criminals such as Putin can govern life and death or Macron play the peacock, Viktor Orban suppress and impose in Hungary or China’s President Xi lock up and lockdown millions? Would she have wished for a normal life like the one she enjoyed before news of her father’s death brought her to that solemn day at Westminster Abbey in 1953? Did she regret leaving her children and missing their first steps while taking those slow, wavy parades in the colonies? Does she sometimes wish those red boxes would burst into flames, that her visit to the West Lothian Museum of Weft and Warp was cancelled by swine flu and that she could put her feet up with a corgi or three on the sofa with a box of NewBerry fruits, watching Kind Hearts And Coronets on the Talking Pictures channel? The answers are probably Yes, Yes and Yes. But the routine is No, No and No. Every day for 70 years, barring church on Sundays, she who rules has let discipline and duty rule her. Oh, you Corbynistas and Champagne Socialists yearning for the final days of Royalty’s privileges, why not walk a mile in her shoes? See how much you value your own freedom from duty and responsibility and how wearisome it is to be the guardian of the Church and all the traditions and heritages of an entire country and still be current and aware of every changing trend in a multicultural land.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - 2mo
    Boris Johnson 'declares war' on rip-off petrol stations: Ministers are drawing up ways of 'naming and shaming' garages that fail to pass on fuel duty cut. Boris Johnson is pushing to name and shame garages that don't pass on duty cut The government temporarily reduced duty by 5p in March but prices keep rising Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is said to have mooted 'pump watch' scheme The PM is pushing for action after figures last week showed average petrol prices exceeded £1.70 per litre for the first time - despite the Chancellor introducing a 5p per litre duty cut on March 23. Department for Transport officials have been tasked with drawing up plans to 'name and shame' garages that choose to raise profit margins rather than pass on the cut to customers. Chancellor Rishi Sunak implemented a 5p per litre cut in fuel duty on March 23, two days after average prices were 166.8p for petrol and 180.3p for diesel - but retailers have since been accused of raising profit margins.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 2mo
    Benefits and the state pension will see their largest increase in 32 years, new analysis has found, as Rishi Sunak declined to rule out more cost of living spending in the future. The Chancellor’s promise to increase both state handouts by the inflation rate this September will cost around £15 billion, according to the Resolution Foundation think tank. That will equal a rise of around 9.5 per cent from next April, the think tank concluded - a higher jump than any single year since 1991. The think tank also found that the richest households will be close to £2,000 worse off as a result of Treasury changes this year, while the poorest will be more than £1,000 better off. The analysis underscores that the new cost of living package announced by the Chancellor on Thursday is significantly progressive, meaning the most in need will get the biggest benefit. During a round of interviews on Friday morning, Mr Sunak defended his decision to borrow to spend as well as adopting a windfall tax on oil and gas companies He has argued that the Government cannot “sit idly by” and not protect people from soaring prices and energy bills, in what has been dubbed a cost of living crisis. Boris Johnson expressed hope that the package of measures will see people through the cost of living crunch, "we think it will last until prices start to abate". But Mr Sunak did not rule out more spending to help with the squeeze. The Resolution Foundation found that 82 per cent of this year's energy price rise will be offset by the Government - a huge fiscal intervention. That rises to 93 per cent for poorer households. Analysis showed that the poorest fifth of households will on average gain £1,195 from the measures announced by Mr Sunak for this year. By contrast, the richest fifth of households will lose an average £456. Breaking the numbers down further, the richest 5 per cent of households will lose close to £2,000. Mr Johnson said: “It’s a very considerable commitment to help the British people to do what we did in the pandemic -- put our arms around people, get them through the surge in energy prices. We think it will last until prices start to abate.” Mike Brewer, the chief economist at the Resolution Foundation, said: “The Chancellor has delivered a bold and well targeted support package which, when combined with his previous support, will almost entirely offset the rise in energy bills for low-income families, as well as the majority of bill rises for everyone else. Well done and Thank you.👏👏👏
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 2mo
    Number of migrants to cross the Channel by boat was THREE TIMES higher in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2021 as 4,540 arrived in the UK A Home Office report shows Channel migrant numbers have reached new highs The number of people travelling on each boat has almost doubled in a year The MOD says that more than 2,700 people have arrived this way in May alone And these numbers show no sign of falling According to Home Office data 89 per cent of people who made the crossing in the first three months of this year are male The Government's Rwanda scheme is underway in an effort to deter crossings There is evidence to show the controversial scheme is working, with the Mail on Sunday reporting some migrants are already abandoning their plans to make the crossing in the face of being sent to Africa. According to an analysis of Government data by PA news agency, 99,330 migrants have crossed the busy shipping lanes of the Channel since the start of the year. Minister for Justice and Tackling Illegal Migration Tom Pursglove said: ‘The rise in dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable. ‘Not only are they an overt abuse of our immigration laws but they also impact on the UK taxpayer, risk lives and our ability to help refugees come to the UK via safe and legal routes. Rightly, the British public has had enough. ‘Through our Nationality and Borders Bill, we’re cracking down on people smugglers and fixing the broken system by making it a criminal offence to knowingly arrive in the UK illegally and introducing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for those who facilitate illegal entry into our country.’
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 2mo
    Sunak says EVERY household will get £400 off fuel bills, families on benefits will get a £650 lump sum, and pensioners are in line for £300 in huge £15bn cost of living handout. Well done Sunak, Boris and the Conservative Government. Bravo!!!
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 2mo
    The BBC has apologised for broadcasting "Manchester United are rubbish" on its news ticker. The words appeared at the bottom of the screen on the BBC News Channel on Tuesday, 24 May during a segment about a tennis match. The broadcaster has now apologised and said it was the work of a trainee who was learning to use the system used to input text for the ticker.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 2mo
    When a comment in the notification bell is clicked and we are transferred to that comment It used to highlight slightly darker for a second or two, but now it doesn't. Is it a bug or have you changed it? Thanks. Edit.... I'm using Laptop
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 2mo
    Less than two months after being "nationalised" at a cost of at least £4m, and days after launching a half-price offer to coax in travellers, the operator announced it would cut services by a third from next week in a dispute with the unions. Almost 700 weekday services will be lost, with further cuts yet to fall on weekend operations. It follows a string of disastrous efforts by the Scottish Government to involve the state in business affairs, which is putting pressure on the country’s economy. Liz Cameron, chief executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, says ScotRail’s issues are a new blow to the country’s companies. “When the ScotRail franchise was taken on by the Scottish Government, businesses had hoped to see improvements to timetabling to better suit businesses and commuters, ensure that ticketing is accessible and affordable and deliver network-wide improvements that drive up business use and support economic growth,” she said. “Regrettably, just weeks into the new publicly owned franchise operation, the opposite is happening.” It comes as the SNP still reels from an unfolding scandal over plans to build two new super-ferries that are already four years late and on track to cost at least £250m, versus an initial stated price of £97m. They are being built by Ferguson Marine, which was nationalised in 2019. The enthusiasm for pulling the levers of state has come with a price tag. Scotland’s next set of government figures won’t be published until August, but those for 2020-21 showed its budget deficit plunged to more than a fifth of GDP in the first year of the pandemic – roughly double the size for the entire UK. Even before ScotRail and CalMac, there was the nationalisation of Glasgow Prestwick airport. Ten's of millions in taxpayer cash have been funnelled into the airport since, funding largesse including bonuses of almost £200,000 being handed to its executives. The airport’s operations have largely been propped up indirectly by United States taxpayers, with the world’s biggest military using it as a refuelling station for its aircraft. Other failures highlight the growing omnishambles around Sturgeon’s state. Examples abound of the First Minister and her underlings taking matters into their own hands with disastrous results. On Thursday, the First Minister was forced to concede its census – conducted at a cost of £148m – may prove to be useless because of a lack of reliable data. The project, which was hived off from the UK census at a £21.6m cost to taxpayers, may never reach sufficient return levels despite its deadline being pushed back four weeks – an extension that will cost another £9.76m. Recent events show the dangers of Sturgeon’s penchant for throwing money at difficult problems. They may provoke more caution from Scots next time they are asked to hand the SNP unfettered access to the country’s finances.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 2mo
    A unique but rather rude park bench memorial created a stir after being dedicated to a man who would sit and shout at seagulls to 'f**k off' as they swooped above. The memorial plaque read: "In loving memory of Huw Davies, Used to sit here and shout, F**k off! at the seagulls." 🤣🤣🤣
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 2mo
    @AlanF I'm Very happy. Brexit ✔ Conservative Government ✔ My Borough retaining a Conservative Council ✔ Win Win Win the triple whammy. I can see why you would all be bitter but try and accept it and move on.😁
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 2mo
    We must not let our guard down and get complacent. These threats are still out there. Be vigilant. A man who possessed “extremely harmful” ISIS manuals has been jailed, the Met Counter Terrorism Command has said. Nuh Raheel, 20, was jailed for three-and-a-half years in a youth offenders’ institution, with a one-year extended licence period. During a pre-planned search of his Birmingham home in October 2020, officers discovered Daesh - Islamic State - publications on a phone which was hidden under a mattress. Raheel previously pleaded guilty to five charges five charges of collecting information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism and was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on May 20. Commander Richard Smith, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Raheel sought out and saved manuals that encouraged terrorist acts, and fuelled his extremist mindset. “Police, with partners, work around the clock to identify and act against people like Raheel who access this kind of material, as well as playing a role in getting it removed from the internet. “This type of propaganda is produced to promote terrorist aims, and is extremely harmful. If you come across extremist content online, we would urge you to report it to police. “Counter terrorism investigations are always challenging, and I am pleased that the judge recognised the work of Met counter terrorism officers in bringing Raheel to justice.” In August 2020, the count terrorism unit discovered a digital account which held extreme Islamic literature. Following a search of his property, officers found documents with information about the handling of weapons, how to kill another person, making “jihad”, producing explosives, and how to evade police attention.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 2mo
    Boris Johnson slaps down Jamie Oliver's demands for a ban on cheap food because it 'won't help people save on bills' - as chef faces backlash for holding 'Eton Mess' protest at No 10 during cost of living crisis Boris Johnson today slapped down Jamie Oliver after the celebrity chef turned up at Downing Street waving an Eton Mess pudding to demand the Prime Minister bans multibuy and BOGOF deals in shops and supermarkets. Mr Johnson insisted that scrapping these deals would worsen the cost of living crisis by increasing the price of a weekly shop. The PM said today that the Government would not change its mind on delaying the introduction of a ban on buy-one-get-one-free promotions Britons also urged the celebrity chef to 'read the room' and stop pushing for a 'nanny state' Many critics said he must campaign for affordable, nutritious food instead of pushing for a ban on cheap food.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - 2mo
    After not having a holiday for 3 years it was great to have a break at long last. Although we were apprehensive at first decided to take the plunge and go to Lindos. It's amazing that all restrictions have been lifted and it's like pre Covid. It's not even mandatory to wear a face mask at the airport or on the plane. And no restrictions at the Hotel. This from Greece's web site..... *IMPORTANT NOTE* The requirement for completion of Passenger Locator Form (PLF) by visitors from ALL countries is no more mandatory from March 15, 2022. Furthermore, as of Sunday 01.05.2022, all travellers arriving in Greece, regardless of their country of origin, are no longer required to display a valid certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, or evidence of a negative test result from SARS-CoV-2 infection (PCR or Rapid Antigen test). It was as though Covid had never happened. Fingers crossed it will stay this way with no new variants.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 3mo
    What do you call an identity stealing spaghetti? An impasta! "You can be whoever you want to be!" Instructions unclear. Currently serving time for identity theft. I have the only identity where if it was stolen... The person who brought it would ask for a refund or have it DELETED. What do you call a martial artist who's masking his identity? Not sure, but you might want to use his judonym. It bothers me that someone may steal my identity and use it to make thousands of dollars behind my back. It mostly bothers me because I currently have my identity and can't figure out how to do that.. Hi, You are an identity thief. Your pronouns are you/yours. But Deleted. What do you call the identity of a person who secretly is a priest? It’s an altar ego. I am very upset with my mom. When I was growing up she told me, "You can be whoever you want to be." That's not true. Turns out Identity Theft is a crime! A nosy identity thief is the absolute worst They have that annoying habit of making other peoples lifes their own. As I regained consciousness from last nights car crash. The Doctors were trying to convince me that I'm actually Swedish That I had forgotten my identity... But I am having none of it. I wasn't Bjorn yesterday!
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 3mo
    Britain has LOWER Covid excess death rate than Spain, Germany and Italy - despite doom-mongers insisting UK fared worst in Europe. Britain's pandemic death rate is lower than most major European nations, according to estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO). The UK ranks roughly in the middle of an EU table of excess death rates, coming 15th out of the bloc's 27 member states, behind Spain, Germany and Italy. There were widely-publicised claims by zealous scientists and MPs — including Sir Keir Starmer — last year that Britain had endured one of the biggest death tolls on the continent. But countries were previously judged by Covid death rates alone, which skewed Britain's tally because it was testing more than anywhere else. Excess deaths include fatalities from all causes and it is considered the most consistent way to measure pandemic death tolls because it accounts for a lack of swabbing and undiagnosed cases. Out of the 194 countries that the WHO looked at, the UK ranked 54th with a death rate of 109 per 100,000 people, slightly above the global average of 90. Spain (111), Germany (116), and Italy (133) all ranked higher, despite remaining in lockdowns for much longer than the UK. The US had the 40th highest excess death rate (140 per 100,000). In the most comprehensive look into the pandemic's fatality count yet, the WHO estimated that almost 15million deaths were logged from the start of 2020 to the end of 2021. Click...
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 3mo
    Disgraced former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman to stand again Mr Rahman was found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices by an Election Court in 2015. Disgraced former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman is to attempt to win back his old job, he announced on Monday. Mr Rahman was re-elected in 2014 but was thrown out of office a year later when an election court found he had broken election rules. Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey said he had “driven a coach and horses through election law and didn’t care”. He also ordered Mr Rahman to pay £250,000 in costs. He said Mr Rahman had run a “ruthless and dishonest campaign” to convince the electorate that Mr Biggs was a racist. Other examples of malpractice included ballots being double-cast or cast from false addresses and providing free food and drink to encourage people to vote for Mr Rahman. He should be banned for life!
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 3mo
    Labour finally admit Angela Rayner WAS at ‘Keir beer’ night after months of denials. LABOUR’S deputy leader Angela Rayner was also at the event where boss Sir Keir Starmer had a beer during Covid restrictions. The Labour Party’s admission comes after officials spent three months denying she was at the event last year, when indoor socialising was banned. Both Ms Rayner and Sir Keir have been outspoken critics of PM Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak and their partygate fines, calling for them to quit. The party had repeatedly denied that Ms Rayner had been at last year’s online rally. But after being confronted with video evidence that she had joined Sir Keir, a Labour spokesman was forced to admit she had been there. It also emerged last night that despite Sir Keir’s criticisms over the PM’s “birthday cake” event that led to his fine, he was himself presented with two chocolate and lemon birthday cakes and a card in his office in September 2020 for his own birthday. Meanwhile, further claims emerged that four MPs had corroborated claims Ms Rayner had herself boasted to colleagues of flashing her legs like Sharon Stone in Commons debates to distract the PM. It comes despite Labour’s No 2 having claimed to be outraged by the sexist claims, which she blamed on Tory MPs.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - 3mo
    Anything ! WARNING! (Edited)
    I have noticed that one of our unsavoury members has created a near undetectable replica of my profile and has used it to maliciously participate on SL as me. I have brought it to the attention of SL admins but as yet they have not deleted the account. To all admins of loops and fellow members please be aware of this and don't be fooled. The slight change so as to get the account passed is the capital O in Socrates as shown. I urge SL admin again to delete this account to stop any misunderstandings and deter members from abusing the system. Please click...
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 3mo
    I have noticed that some members block anyone with a different opinion to them and just leave the members that agree with them to comment on their posts. That seems a very pointless sad and cowardly way to behave on a chat and discussion forum. If you are only interested in hearing an echo of your own voice then I suggest talking to yourselves in a tunnel.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 3mo
    I came across this and was amazed how witty funny and such a good orator he is. He should take up stand up on the side. https://youtu.be/Wc9b08J2KrA
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 3mo
    The amaryllis family has bloomed in time for Easter Sunday. And we are wishing you all a happy Easter. Click...
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    The Cockney accent will disappear from London's streets within 30 years, according to new research. A study by Paul Kerswill, Professor of Sociolinguistics at Lancaster University shows the Cockney accent will move further east. In London, Cockney will be replaced by Multicultural London English - a mixture of Cockney, Bangladeshi and West Indian accents - the study shows. "It will be gone within 30 years," says Prof Kerswill. The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, says the accent which has been around for more than 500 years, is being replaced in London by a new hybrid language. The new accent, known in slang terms as Jafaican, is most famously spoken by rap star Dizzee Rascal. "Cockney in the East End is now transforming itself into Multicultural London English, a new, melting-pot mixture of all those people living here who learnt English as a second language," Prof Kerswill says. Traditional Cockneys have moved out of the capital and into the surrounding counties of Essex and Hertfordshire, especially towns such as Romford and Southend, the study suggests. In these areas, the accent and the culture so far continues, with many still proudly claim their Cockney roots, according to the study. "It has been transplanted to these towns," says Prof Kerswill. To mark the change, Kings Place, an arts centre based in central London's Kings Cross, is asking Londoners to talk to elderly relatives and contribute Cockney poetry and phrases to an archive.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    He writes: "Ive made a discovery, an intense interest in current affairs from the viewpoint of spectator rather than participant is also a common indicator of a life going wrong. People who are in trouble mentally, in their careers or in their relationships, tend to develop strong opinions and feelings about the political scene, and to follow the scene with more intense interest than those whose lives are going well". By Leon Shivamber August 21, 2021 He writes: "You have run into people who are obsessed with politics. Right"? "It’s natural to become passionate about a political issue or another. But what happens when that person becomes so consumed, they become obsessed? What happens when they are blinded to logic, unable to engage in ordinary discourse, and become obnoxious"? What do you call someone obsessed with politics? "Someone obsessed with politics is an ideologue, that is intensely or excessively devoted to a cause, having an extreme or reckless concern. Other words that might apply are fanatic, militant, partisan, or zealot". "If they approach issues with the perspective that they must win, and the opposition must lose, and those are the only choices, this way of thinking is inherently divisive and leads to political obsession". "Such behavior is typically rooted in some form of delusion such as grandiosity or paranoia/self-righteousness, which can drive people to take drastic actions as they often see themselves as morally superior". Political ideology can corrupt the mind, and science. E. O. Wilson.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    🎶😁🎶 Worth listening too, it's a catchy little number. https://youtu.be/NdJHvUTWx6c
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    Scaremonger.....Someone who intentionally tries to make people afraid of something when this is not necessary or reasonable.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    It has been brought to my attention, that a fellow member is accusing members that live south of the river of all being one and the same person! It's amazing the twisted thoughts that some have in their minds. I thought all this paranoid fixation of aliases had died a death. But No it's still infecting the accusers and SL.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    The Telegraph Christopher Hope Fri, 25 March 2022, 5:47 pm First MP to take in Ukrainian refugee says she wants to give her ‘the skills to rebuild Kyiv’ Victoria Prentis Conservative Minister for Environment Food and Rural Affairs brought Vika to the UK. However, Vika warned that older generations of Ukrainians might not be able to communicate in English as well as those in their 20s and 30s, adding that there might be differences in traditions and cultures. Vika said her plans were to work in the UK and donate her earnings to support Ukraine’s efforts at repelling the Russian invaders. Above all, Vika said her goal is to return to Ukraine as soon as it is safe to do so, and return to her old life in Kyiv, which she would value more than ever now. She said: “As soon as possible, I would love to come back. Now I’m actually even more proud that I am Ukrainian than I’ve ever been before. “Living in Kyiv now would be much more amazing than it was before because I appreciate it more.” Choking back tears, Vika added: “When you had a normal walk in Kyiv before, it was just like a normal walk. Now I would probably be so excited and so happy to just walk there, just walk there without any bombing and any explosion. “I would appreciate that much more. And I am so proud of my nation – they are unbelievable. ”
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    Had a day out yesterday. This majestic imposing figure was on our car roof when we returned to the car....Waiting to nick our chips! Had to go through the car wash too on the way home! 😂
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    The Independent Sean O'Grady Tue, 22 March 2022, 1:56 pm Looked at from where we are now and all things considered, it’s probably time to admit that Donald Trump was right. Right, that is about one thing, which is that Germany completely has totally and completely (to use a Trumpism) messed up its energy and security policy – and that has made it much harder to save Ukraine. When he came to the Nato meeting in Brussels in 2018 and was rude to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, you have to admit the-then president was prescient. Chillingly so. He said that the Germans (and other Europeans) were getting over-reliant on Russia for energy; and that they weren’t spending enough on their own defence. Goodness, how we mocked his boorish ways, his undiplomatic language and crude analysis; yet Germany and the EU ought to have heeded his warnings. For now we can’t slap an embargo on Russian oil and gas – and stop funding Putin’s war machine – because we’d crash the European economy. This is what President Trump said: “We’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting all of these countries. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia. “So we’re supposed to protect you against Russia and you pay billions of dollars to Russia and I think that’s very inappropriate…I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10 year period, they have to step it up immediately. Germany is a rich country, they talk about increasing it a tiny bit by 2030. Well they could increase it immediately, tomorrow, and have no problem. Which brings us to what we in Europe can do now about energy security – and the importance of drawing the right conclusions. Such is the price of hydrocarbons that Shell is reportedly considering re-booting a plan to pump more oil out of the North Sea, off Shetland. There’s talk of fracking Lancashire. Some might like to re-open the coal pits closed in the 1980s and 1990s. Fighting an economic war against Putin and a war against the climate crisis is going to cost us and be painful; it’s a matter of who pays and who gets the pain.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    Would you please look into the problems that have recently occurred on the app. It started a couple of weeks ago and has been progressively getting worse to the point now that it's practically unusable, I have had to change to the web version. It freezes, slow to respond, throws you out of the site and you need to sign back in and continually receive this notice....I thought at first it may have been my end but I asked other users and they too have said that they have the same problems. Thanks.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    Sat, 19 March 2022, 4:32 pm Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of his neighbour was motivated by the fear a successful Ukraine would trigger a pro-democracy revolution in Moscow, Boris Johnson said. The Prime Minister said Mr Putin was in a “total panic” about the prospect of a popular uprising if freedom was allowed to flourish in Kyiv. Mr Johnson said the war was a “turning point for the world”, forcing countries to stand up to Russia rather than “making accommodations with tyranny”. Failure to support Ukraine now would result in a “new age of intimidation across eastern Europe from the Baltic to the Black Sea”. Mr Putin’s actions were not the result of concern about Nato – “he didn’t really believe that Ukraine was going to join Nato any time soon” – or the prospect of Western missiles being based there. He was frightened of Ukraine because in Ukraine they have a free press and in Ukraine they have free elections.” "It is precisely because Ukraine and Russia have been so historically close that he has been terrified of the effect of that Ukrainian model on him and on Russia”. A victorious Putin will not stop in Ukraine, and the end of freedom in Ukraine will mean the extinction of any hope of freedom in Georgia and then Moldova, it will mean the beginning of a new age of intimidation across eastern Europe from the Baltic to the Black Sea.” Mr Johnson acknowledged there was little hope of an imminent change in Russian leadership. “I don’t believe that democratic freedoms are going to sprout any time soon in the Kremlin, far from it. “But with every day that passes I think that Putin becomes a more glaring advertisement for the system that he hates and despises, and it becomes ever more obvious why we have to stick up for Ukraine.”
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    Now that our two Somalian refugees have moved on. We have just completed our application for the Ukrainians as we have free space again.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    Don't they realise we're on to them by now.... Click
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    Isn't it great when you get to a certain age and you don't give a S**t Monty Python star John Cleese isn’t opposed to a bit of controversy, having previously criticised political correctness in comedy over the past decade, believing anything and everything should be open to comedic analysis. More recently, however, Cleese had his microphone taken away from him after making a controversial joke about slavery. When discussing the subject of “colonisation”. The actor and comedian started to discuss the “competition” between cultures, each battling to be the most “oppressed”. People get competitive about this business of being oppressed,” Cleese commented, adding, “You do know the British have been slaves twice, right?”. “I want reparations from Italy…And then the Normans came over in 1066… they were horrible people from France and they colonised us for 30 years and we need reparations there too, I’m afraid” As reports of Cleese having his microphone “confiscated’ began surfacing online, the actor wrote on Twitter: “Next time the editor of the Hollywood Reporter sends someone to review a Comedy Festival he would do well to send a reporter with a sense of humour. Otherwise it’s like sending someone deaf to review a concert.” His final remarks, “The thing is, I’m going to be dead soon. That’s why I’m in favour of global warming – I don’t want to be cold ever again”. 🤣
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    Would someone please explain to me how best comment is chosen? I've noticed it is not how many reactions the comment gets or how many up votes, it appears to be random, or is it just the choice of the mod in each group?
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    Does anybody know how these fringe political parties exist and how and why they are funded? Most of them have never been heard of by mainstream and the majority of people, except for the novelty ones like The Monster Raving Loony party, Lord Buckethead or this one that no one has ever heard of... N H Action Party that have a ridiculous record... Gen Election 2015 candidates 12, elected 0. lost deposits 10. Gen Election 2017 candidates 5. elected 0, lost deposits 3. What are the logistics involved and Is there any point to them except a waste of time and money?
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    I was testing video conversion in the workshop group. And was pleased that it worked. Members found the TV clip amusing. But have just been informed that it has been removed for supposedly inappropriate content. How can a TV advert be inappropriate? Madness!
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - 4mo
    🤣 https://youtu.be/HseUs3VNw3s
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 4mo
    Sun, 13 March 2022, 5:40 am Tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees could come to the UK and each local council will get more than £10,000 per individual, Michael Gove told Sky News. He also said the UK has now processed "more than 3,000" visas for Ukrainians fleeing the war with Russia. Mr Gove added: "For each individual who comes, just over £10,000 per individual will be available to local authorities. "And then there'll be additional payments for those children who are of school age and need to be accommodated within the education system, and benefits. "Everyone will have access to full NHS care, including mental health." Britons who host refugees will get £350-a-month 'thank you' from the government Also as with Afghanistan refugees there was need of language experts, experts with traumatised families, you need experts who can help them contact their relatives back in the country they've just fled from. "You need people who can sort out schooling very quickly.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 5mo
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  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 5mo
    Who brought you the classic.. The Tin foil Vaccine Rap. Would like to present to you their latest hit.. Putin is an Arshole Rap. Putin Putin why you put the boot in on innocent people and kids... As you know they're not your foe but almost kith and kin... The World night and day is pleading stop... but you turn your head away... You're evil intent is to crush Ukraine but you will lose the day.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 5mo
    Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has said people have become afraid to say what they think for fear of being "cancelled", and that left-wing activists have "hijacked" social media. She criticised online campaigners for frightening young people "who actually do want to engage" in serious debate. She also described negative reaction to her new role as "quite misogynistic". "People were making these comments for political attack and nothing else," she told BBC culture editor Katie Razzall. "I just found them thoroughly unpleasant." As culture secretary, her in-tray includes deciding whether to privatise Channel 4, introducing a law protecting young people from harms online and setting the BBC's funding by deciding the level of the licence fee until 2027. Dorries also announced a further £107m as part of the Culture Recovery Fund to help almost 1,000 arts and heritage organisations continue their recovery from the pandemic. Dorries told the BBC her own strident posts are aimed at campaigners "on the left who have hijacked that space" rather than people who "do want to talk about these issues seriously". As a backbencher in 2017, Dorries famously wrote on Twitter that "left-wing snowflakes are killing comedy". She stood by that comment, noting that some comedians had recently expressed concerns that they could no longer make light of certain subjects. "I just said it first," she told the BBC. She also said she doesn't agree with removing statues and other memorials connected to the slave trade and other aspects of history, such as the Bank of England's removal of paintings and busts of past governors and directors. "You can't, with this whole cancel culture, wipe it all out like it didn't happen and pretend it didn't exist," she said. "You can't wipe away our history, either the good or the bad." Dorries grew up in one of the poorest parts of Liverpool, and said her priority is to help young people from backgrounds like hers to get involved in arts, culture and sport. "Those people in those backgrounds are of every colour and every sexuality but are we looking after everybody when we talk about diversity?" she said. The £107m Culture Recovery Fund money that was announced on Friday will help 925 theatres, museums, cinemas and other cultural venues and organisations "through the recovery period", Dorries said. Dorries is also working on the new Online Safety Bill, which will require social media platforms to remove harmful content quickly or potentially face multi-billion-pound fines or even jail time for executives. She told them to get ready. "They've had notice. They've got fair warning," she said. "This bill is coming. Abide by your terms and conditions now. Remove your harmful algorithms now."
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 5mo
    Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has said the next announcement about the BBC licence fee will be the last - and it was time to discuss new ways to fund and sell "great British content". She said "the days of the elderly being threatened with prison sentences and bailiffs knocking on doors" were over. Her comments come as unconfirmed reports say the government is expected to freeze the £159 fee for two years. The licence fee's existence is guaranteed until at least 31 December 2027 by the BBC's royal charter, which sets out the broadcaster's funding and purpose. The annual fee is then set by the government, which announced in 2016 that it would rise in line with inflation for five years from April 2017. The culture secretary recognised pressure on people's wallets - and the licence fee was an "important bill" for people on low incomes and pensioners, which ministers could control.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 5mo
    Amy Gibbons, PA Political Correspondent Fri, 4 March 2022, 7:01 pm The UK is “bolstering” its package of sanctions against the Kremlin with “new powers in our arsenal to go further and faster”, the Prime Minister has said. Boris Johnson said the changes will “ramp up the pressure on those criminal elites trying to launder money on UK soil”, ensuring they have “nowhere to hide”. The changes also include shortening the length of time foreign owners of UK property will be given to declare their true identity as part of a new register of overseas entities, from 18 months to six months. A further amendment will increase criminal penalties for non-compliance from fines of up to £500 per day to up to £2,500 per day. As set out in the existing legislation, other sanctions will include prison sentences of up to five years. "We will ramp up the pressure on those criminal elites trying to launder money on UK soil and close the net on corruption,” he said, adding: “They will have nowhere to hide.”
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 5mo
    ‘Not in your name’ A tri-lingual video message from Boris Johnson appealing for an end to the Ukraine war has gone viral being seen by around 12 million people including many in Russia. Vladimir Putin is seeking to hide the truth of the conflict from the Russian people, with media organisations in the country referring to a war in Ukraine being closed down. But experts believe the Russian president will find it difficult to conceal the horrors of the conflict from millions of Russians because of social media and mobile phone communications. Hopefully this will go some way in convincing the Russian people that they are being lied to by Putin. continue.... https://uk.news.yahoo.com/not-name-boris-twitter-message-095337797.html
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 5mo
    Manchester City v Manchester United. A premiership derby. Predictions in by 4pm Good Luck.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 5mo
    I've stepped in untill Michael returns. Premiership match. Liverpool v West ham. Predictions in by 5 pm Good Luck.
  • Soc @Socrates Bexleyheath - updated 5mo
    Just a reminder to all you Killing Eve fans, the last series starts tonight on BBC one at 9.15 pm

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