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Shouldn't this thread be expanded to take in Sunday 27th and Monday 28th (a holiday) though? Especially since traffic is likely to be fairly light.


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Morning and a very Happy Christmas to one and all!

This being 2020, opening presents was via Zoom with us at home and kids in two different places...fortunately everything we sent seemed to arrive safely.

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Shouldn't this thread be expanded to take in Sunday 27th and Monday 28th (a holiday) though? Especially since traffic is likely to be fairly light.

Good idea. I had a little trouble fitting it all in the box :lol:


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Shouldn't this thread be expanded to take in Sunday 27th and Monday 28th (a holiday) though? Especially since traffic is likely to be fairly light.
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Today it seems we will be mostly cooking.
I have prepared sprouts, switched on the lights on the sylvian landscape and watched last night's Miss Marple.

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for chess afficionados watched innocent moves (the search for famous american chess player) the other night. Came out in 1993 - lot of Queens Gambitishness in parts.

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Vermouth prohibitively expensive in Finland.

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I'd like an advent calendar counting down the remaining days of Trump world.

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Good morning.


Hope everyone had a good day yesterday.
Thursday's snow was still lying so it looked quite festive here, gone now.

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Here's everything you might want to know about the deal.

https://twitter.com/DavidHenigUK/status ... 3227206656


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The EU can take retaliatory action against the UK if we weaken labour standards, weaken pretty firm climate change targets, unfairly subsidise, or just in general seem to be out of line. There are processes to follow, but it looks like the PM did it again...


Final one for now. Quite how Labour gets itself in such a fuss about whether to support a deal with the strongest labour and environment commitments ever seen in a trade deal is a sign of just how far it hasn't moved on from leaving.

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Festive cooking day 2. The boxing day curry.

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I've been marinating.

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Morning all.

Ah yes, the Erasmus scheme that we're definitely going to participate in...oh.

https://twitter.com/frankotron/status/1 ... 0629198851

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I've been marinating.

In what?


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Here's everything you might want to know about the deal.

https://twitter.com/DavidHenigUK/status ... 3227206656


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Final one for now. Quite how Labour gets itself in such a fuss about whether to support a deal with the strongest labour and environment commitments ever seen in a trade deal is a sign of just how far it hasn't moved on from leaving.


I suspect its maybe not as big a "fuss" as some are making out.


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Morning all.

Ah yes, the Erasmus scheme that we're definitely going to participate in...oh.

https://twitter.com/frankotron/status/1 ... 0629198851
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Matt Goodwin lying about non-EU immigration control when we were in the EU? Surely not!

https://twitter.com/jdportes/status/134 ... 30/photo/1

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Great, just what we need...

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Having succeeded in getting out of the EU it'll be the Council of Europe next and the ECHR will go.

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Even if true its pure cynical performative culture war stuff.

There aren't the votes in the Commons (even with a big Tory majority) to approve its restoration or indeed a referendum on that subject.


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Another bit of Priti Patel...you need to work through the bits about walking, cake, spending time with kids...but when you get to hers...oh my.

https://twitter.com/hardcastIe/status/1 ... 6395401218

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RogerOThornhill wrote:
Another bit of Priti Patel...you need to work through the bits about walking, cake, spending time with kids...but when you get to hers...oh my.

https://twitter.com/hardcastIe/status/1 ... 6395401218
Warped, dangerous and unprofessional statement for a UK government minister to make
She's demonstrating an immaturity and unfitness for her position
The government and her party are wrong letting her continue without censure


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Speaking of warped
Trump is just bizarre

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... e-shutdown


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Good morefternoon, all.

Anything happening?


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Morning all.

remember that thing I wrote about schools claiming all kinds of things they were able to do now that they were academies and not tied to those horrid councils?

Well, that'll be Brexit... "look at what we can do now that we're not in the EU!"

By coincidence, I expect most of it come from the same person who was around then now that he is in the Cabinet Office...

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Brexit trade deal means ‘freedom’, but at a cost: the arguments will be far from over

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/co ... egotiation

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But whatever the future holds, the difficult decisions will not go away – greater liberalisation of services trade, for example, would at the very least require the UK to accept freedom of movement. And negotiating with the union from the outside will remain an unpleasant experience: just ask the Swiss.

The EU-UK relationship will slip down the news agenda, but it will not disappear entirely. Our proximity to each other, and the fact that the EU remains the UK’s most important economic partner, means negotiations over something or other will continue for decades to come.


Deals - like borders - have two sides and you can's assume that just because we want something, that's what we'll get...

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Scotland is taking a different course on vaccination, my niece is a clinical psychologist in Edinburgh and has had her first dose, all NHS frontline are priority.

My understanding is that the only NHS workers being vaccinated at the moment in England are people who are nearby when there's a spare dose or 2 in the vial.

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RogerOThornhill wrote:
Brexit trade deal means ‘freedom’, but at a cost: the arguments will be far from over


Johnson holding on till the last possible minute seems to have been a reasonably successful political strategy, domestically, so far at least.

The idea that the EU would 'fold', however, has been proved to be utter bollocks, as most of us here expected.
We've gained nothing from months of prevarication.

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Bizarrely, Clive Homage says more red tape with EU will make us “match fit” for trade with rest of world (7,4).


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Morning all.

remember that thing I wrote about schools claiming all kinds of things they were able to do now that they were academies and not tied to those horrid councils?

Well, that'll be Brexit... "look at what we can do now that we're not in the EU!"

By coincidence, I expect most of it come from the same person who was around then now that he is in the Cabinet Office...


*ahem*

Good morning...

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Blanketed in snow here


Better late than never?


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No snow here so far. No sleet or rain that was forecast either, though, so a better day than expected.

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So are we "following the science" or not I wonder?

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Gove said a "staggered" return this morning. We shall see.

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Schools in Scotland not going back till 18 Jan, I'm told.

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damn cold
what sun there was is fading
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