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Alan de Enfield

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  1. There is only one electric car that has been approved for towing (The Tesla)
  2. It'll all be over after next week when they all have to go back to school. It appears that parents are using the 'demonstrations' as a creche - keeps the kids busy whilst they can go off to work. It was surprising the number of 13, 14 & 15 year olds they interviewed the last few days.
  3. It seems that not only are the EU & the Conservatives worried about Farage, Labour cannot make up its mind but now there are further splits at the highest level : Second referendum is only way to beat Nigel Farage, warns Tom Watson Labour deputy leader in shock intervention that threatens to ignite row at party’s highest levels Labour will never defeat Nigel Farage if it continues to “sit on the fence” over Brexit and offers only “mealy-mouthed” support for a second referendum, the party’s deputy leader says today. In an extraordinary intervention that exposes the tensions at the top of the party over Brexit strategy, Tom Watson warns that Labour will lose to Farage’s new “far right” Brexit party in May’s European elections if it continues to give the impression that “we half agree with him”. Writing in today’s Observer, Jeremy Corbyn’s deputy argues that Labour needs to give much clearer and more enthusiastic backing to another referendum and also spell out a positive, radical vision of how a Labour government could advance socialist values by working with other centre-left parties inside the European Union. Labour can’t defeat Nigel Farage by sitting on the fence Tom Watson Read more Stressing that Farage is a real threat not just to the Conservatives but also to Labour, he writes: “We cannot just sit back, watch this fight on the far right, and allow Farage to prosper with a backward-looking brand of politics that offers no solutions. Instead we must offer a radical alternative based on our values that speaks directly to the people we represent and demonstrate Labour has a way forward out of the crisis.” He adds: “Labour won’t defeat Farage by being mealy-mouthed and sounding as if we half agree with him. We won’t beat him unless we can inspire the millions crying out for a different direction. We won’t win if we sit on the fence about the most crucial issue facing our country for a generation.” How many more ways can the remainers divide their efforts ?
  4. O' dear - figures are obviously not your forte. 110 arrested THIS MORNING During November & the first 9 days of December there were 4523 'yellow-vests' arrested and detained. I do not have the last 4 months figures. Makes the piffling London 750 pale in comparison.
  5. Britons no longer just want to leave the EU - they want to change politics for good by smashing the two-party system The rapid rise of the Brexit Party in the polls just days after we launched formally has sent a shiver down the spine of the Conservative Party. This sense of apprehension is well deserved, as far as I am concerned. The omens for Theresa May do not look good. Take Councillor Barry Lewis, the Conservative leader of Derbyshire county council. On Friday, he confirmed that his group recently supported a motion not to take part in the European elections on May 23. Just think about that. The faithful servants of one of the oldest political parties in the world are on strike. They refuse to go out and canvass, such is their anger – and, no doubt, sheer embarrassment – at the appalling mess created...
  6. The Yellow-Vests are back in full swing again : As of 1 pm, 110 people had been arrested and placed in custody, the Paris prosecutor's office said. Several demonstrators clearly alluded to the catastrophic fire at Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday, which prompted an outpouring of national sorrow and a rush by rich families and corporations to pledge around 1 billion euros for its reconstruction. 'Millions for Notre-Dame, what about for us, the poor?' read a sign worn by a demonstrator. 'Everything for Notre-Dame, nothing for the miserables,' read another sign that evoked Victor Hugo's well-known novel
  7. A well written article with many 'home-truths'.
  8. I was very pleased that my MP was approachable - after months of me telling the Local Authority Planning department they were acting in ways which contravened the actual planning laws, he got involved and told them I was correct, and to sort it out, and agree on some compensatory payment for the inconvenience and stress. (It probably helped that he was QC as well)
  9. I'm very tempted by the 'MOD Motor Launch Liveaboard' (but two boats is enough really) https://www.findafishingboat.com/boat-list/live-aboard-conversion The colours in the bedrooms might need a little 'toning down'.
  10. Don't think - it is dangerous (and expensive) Too 'deep' for the canals. In that condition they should (I'm serious) be paying someone to take it away. This one is "free to anyone who will take it away" and its in far better condition (but shorter) https://www.findafishingboat.com/coronet-24/ad-102630
  11. As you won't be going above about 6mph on any Inland waterway (canal or River) the boat shape won't make much difference If you are stopping on the canals / rivers then there is not much point having humungous engines guzzling fuel just sat there burbling away. When on the River I generally have to run on one engine to get slow enough - makes steering more interesting. Also - check the draft and air draft of your intended boat. When you have a boat in mind, post it up on here and you'll get some comments.
  12. No. I had a Fairline with twin Volvo 6-cylinder engines - at fast-cruise (20+ knots) I was getting 1.25 miles to the gallon. I now have a displacement hull trawler with twin Ford 6-Cylinder engines and at cruise (6mph) I use 10 litres per hour - under 2 litres per mile. It takes a lot of power to push thru water. Its a simple enough formula but basically hull design Vs more Speed = Fuel usage. A semi-displacement hull will get up onto the plane, and once there it will use less fuel. Keep it at displacement speeds (under about 15 mph) and it will use pretty much the same as any other similar sized boat.
  13. Nom idea on the engine but if I may suggest you get rid of that 'Black & Decker' twin (orange cable) - having it running over the water pump and fan belt is not really 'good practice'.
  14. From the Guardian : Only remainers could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory like this Meanwhile, the past couple of days have yielded up a couple of eye-catching polls. First came a YouGov one on European parliament voting intention, putting the Brexit party out in front on 27%, with the pro-remain parties (Lib Dem, Change UK and Green) mustering 25% between them. Next came a ComRes effort on voting intention in any EU referendum, which put remain on 58% and leave on 42%. Well, now. I know you come to this column for all your seriously granular psephological analysis, so let me summarise these two snapshots as “Wow, Nigel Farage’s helpfully named Brexit party is leading one poll less than a week after it launched!”; and “Wow, the biggest remain lead for three years!” Those wishing for a highly scientific synthesis of the two results are offered: “Wow, how badly will remain turn out to have shat the bed for these Euro elections?” Barring an unexpected elevation to competence, it does feel like it’s going to be a question of degree. Since the disastrous snap election – in fact, since the referendum itself – the only entity to have had less of a strategy than the prime minister are the forces of remain. I honestly couldn’t tell you what the plan was. Ever since MPs voted to trigger article 50 by a majority of 498 to 114, apparently without a clue as to what that decision actually meant, developments on the remain side have felt best experienced as a sort of moodboard, rather than a series of coherent steps toward achieving a goal. One by one, over the almost three full years since the EU referendum, disparate things have been pinned on this moodboard. Let’s take a look at just a few of them. Item one: some rich and occasionally unlikable people act like they’re trying to litigate the result away. Item two: haute remainers continue to complain about the BBC. That’s a plan, right? Even if the leavers are doing it, too. To the victor, the spoils! Then, of course, are the little vignettes that somehow illuminate the entire process at any point. For instance, item three: Vince Cable, centrist leader of a remain party, misses a key Brexit vote in order to attend a London dinner party about the setting up of a new centrist remain party. Item four: a march by ordinary people, which at the 11th hour appears to give some MPs the confidence to say in public what they have long believed in private. Until it was definitely clear that we were leaving the EU before the elections, all parties – particularly those who wished not to leave at all – should have had some clue about how they were going to fight them, if required, and what the likely stakes were. They seem to have had other ideas, which we can presumably expect to discover in the coming days and weeks. This is great news for those who look to the European elections as a crucial step in ushering in one or other new kind of politics, and not a grim-as-you-like basic dogfight in which that tweeded Red Baron is probably going to win. Ditto for anyone who regards the forthcoming ballot as just the forum to indulge the narcissism of small differences. For other remain voters, the prospect feels less appealing. Still, I suppose it could be intriguing. As we wait for the unveiling of the various master plans, I am keen to hear from atomic scientists. Is it possible, under laboratory conditions, that there could be ways to split the remain vote even further?
  15. I believe that there are quite a number of islands in the Nile. Example : In the middle of the Nile between the Aswan reservoir and the High Dam stands Heisa Island like a rocky gem in the Nile. Serenity reigns over this virginal island that has been untouched by modern technology.
  16. Lets just look where the top 20 financial centres are in the world - how many are in Europe I wonder ? (Not many it would appear) Can you find any reports showing that we cannot work with non-European regulators ? I bet all those who threatened to set up shop in Paris or Frankfurt now feel a bit daft. 1 New York City 794 6 2 London 787 1 3 Hong Kong 783 4 Singapore 772 3 5 Shanghai 770 4 6 Tokyo 756 10 7 4 Toronto 755 27 8 1 Zurich 739 7 9 1 Beijing 738 5 10 Frankfurt 737 7 11 4 Sydney 736 2 12 3 Dubai 733 11 13 Boston 732 7 14 2 Shenzhen 730 4 15 5 Melbourne 729 30 16 2 San Francisco 727 3 17 1 Los Angeles 724 3 18 6 Montreal 722 32 19 1 Vancouver 721 12 20 3 Chicago 717
  17. It looks as if the sky won't come crashing in after all :- GERMAN finance bosses have stepped up preparations for Brexit by signing an agreement of understanding to work with Britain after the nation unshackles itself from the bloc. The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Germany’s BaFin, Britain’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) means the two nations will work together to avoid a cliff-edge Brexit. German moves to cooperate with Britain comes as Europe’s strongest economy is plunged into a financial crisis amid trade disputes and Brexit uncertainty. The agreement of understanding will ensure financial supervisors can continue to work without interruptions. It regulates the exchange of information between the authorities and cooperation in the fight against money laundering and in the licensing of companies. BaFin President Felix Hufeld said: “We have ensured that we will be able to work together with the British supervisory authorities in the future.” It comes after Germany recorded a string of weak economic data, pointing to the economy grinding to a halt.
  18. I had a headmaster who thought on similar lines.
  19. It may be changing - I don't know. But - in the past the population of France has been very laissez faire about managing the environment, they have virtually no wildlife left (including birds) after shooting it into extinction, they even shoot migrating swallows - not much point in that. Their fishermen 'pillage' the sea taking undersized fish with the head of France's National Fisheries Committee supporting the taking of undersize fish. The French have decimated their historic woodlands as shown by their lack of Oaks to re-build Notre Dame. There are some very nice French people, in fact some I would class as good friends from when I had a factory outside of Paris employing 200 France is a lovely country but spoiled by the occupants. A couple of news reports : France gets record fine over fish France is being penalised for endangering fish stocks The European Court of Justice has fined France 20m euros (£14m; $24m) and imposed an extra rolling penalty for flouting EU fishing rules. France will have to pay 57.8m euros every six months if it fails to comply. The fines are the biggest ones the court has levied against a member state to date, the court confirmed. The head of France's National Fisheries Committee (CNPMEM) reacted angrily to the fines, calling them "completely unacceptable pressure on France". It is the first time the court has imposed such a "combination" fine on a member state. Pierre-Georges Dachicourt of the CNPMEM told France Info radio that the court was unfairly singling the country out for criticism. "Tonnes upon tonnes of small fish are unloaded in Spain, Portugal. There is fishing over and above the quotas in Scotland, Britain and elsewhere, and you never hear anything about it. People always point the finger at France," he said. "We follow the letter of European rules," he insisted. The court press service told the BBC News website that no fines were currently envisaged for any other EU members apart from France for fishing violations. Bird hunting in France A crusade against migrant birds Hunting of migrant birds, as also trapping, is still a national sport in France and, since the days of the French Revolution, is considered to be a citizen’s right. In no other EU state is hunting such a natural part of daily life - with fatal consequences for nature and the environment. The hunting of waders - here a Ruff, in decline in Europe - is still widespread (© Marek Szczepanek/wikimedia commons) Every year some 1.3 million French hunters, almost twice as many as in Italy, take to the fields and woods to hunt. It is hardly surprising that more birds are shot in France than in any other European state. According to government sources more than 25 million song birds and migrants (in Italy the figure is 17 million) are the victims every year of an extremely long hunting season, long lists of huntable species, and an often not very law-abiding hunting community. The main prey of the hunters is, in addition to Pheasant, ducks and partridges, above all song birds. Each year more than 5.5 million thrushes are shot, including more than 2 million Song Thrushes and a million Blackbirds, and far more than 600,000 Skylarks. These figures do not include the millions of thrushes and larks that are additionally legally killed in traps that are elsewhere banned by EU legislation.
  20. The Duke of Rutland has offered to donate mature oak trees grown on his estate at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire to help restore Notre Dame. The 850-year-old cathedral in central Paris lost its spire and much of the ornate timber roof during Monday's devastating blaze. French cultural heritage expert Bertrand de Feydeau said France no longer has trees on its territory big enough to replace Notre Dame's ancient wooden beams, which were cut in the 13th century from primal forests. But the Duke of Rutland and a number of other owners of historic British estates have now offered to provide some of the oaks.
  21. For those that like to quote the YouGov polls : "A YouGov poll put the Brexit party on 27 percent, ahead of Labour on 22 percent with the Conservatives trailing on 15 per cent. It means the new party is on course to crush opposition at elections to the European Parliament if Britain is forced to take part next month". And : Pro-European candidates are set to suffer a hammering at the European elections in May as a shock study reveals more than half of the electorate have lost faith in the EU The European Council of Foreign Affairs has warned would-be MEPs there could be as many as 97 million swing voters to convince ahead of May 23-26 ballot. According to the in-depth study, 54 percent of voters will have “no faith in politicians and political systems at both a national and European level” or “would like to see a reparation of power from Brussels”. One of the study's authors, Susi Dennison, has warned that EU politics finds itself in a "highly precarious moment of system failure". The think tank collected data, alongside pollsters YouGov, from 46,000 participants across 14 member states, between January and February 2019 which make up 80 percent of the European Parliament’s seats, finding that 57 percent of participants are unlikely to cast their vote.
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