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  1. 16 hours ago, numnuts said:

    Does anyone know, definitively, if the new barcoded stamps are still supposed to be franked? If not, then it must be the case that Royal Mail are scanning them all. When I first heard about the move to barcoding, I thought that it was mainly to do with stopping stamps being reused, but apparently not. Well, at least not officially. They want folks to use them to link to videos and stuff online.  

    The barcodes on stamps work the same way as the QR codes that appear on the address label if you buy postage online and print at home. If you take an item to a Post Office and buy postage there, they won't use stamps but print off a small label which also has a QR code.


    Every letter or parcel gets scanned on delivery - its not so much about preventing reusing of stamps, but reducing fraudulent claims for non-delivery.

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  2. On 2/18/2023 at 7:43 PM, Macnamara said:

    The looting of the public purse by the establishment:

    Govt Waste: £2.8 Billion in British Taxpayer Cash Splashed out on ‘Management Consultants’

    Kurt Zindulka

    16 Feb 2023

    The British government has been accused of squandering hard-earned money from the public by splashing out £2.8 billion on management consultants last year, alone.

    While the government in Westminster demanded that Britons suffer under the largest tax burden since World War II — to pay down the massive debt accrued during the government-imposed lockdowns — billions in taxpayer cash was being handed out to private consultants to advise the government on a range of issues, including the illegal boat migrant crisis in the English Channel.

    Quadrupling the amount spent on consultants from just six years ago, 2022 saw consultants rake in a staggering £2.8 billion in contracts from the government, The Times reported. The London-based broadsheet revealed that six companies were each given at least £100 million in government deals, while the firm Deloitte led the pack receiving approximately £278 million.




    Has been going on for years. I watched this documentary a few years ago now:


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  3. 1 hour ago, Mila said:

    Why has this thread stopped :( 

    Does anybody know in person dating events for unvaxed/awake in England/London?

    Because this is all part of the divisive/"us vs them" tactics being played out psychologically on us all.



  4. On 1/29/2023 at 4:33 PM, factJack said:

    I know tesla's acceleration figures are really impressive however the people driving will never try and burn you off at the lights. If you come racing up to a halt next to a guy in a porsche, it always happens, they get all competitive and try and leave you for dust.

    I'm biased because I don't drive and have never owned any car. But really there is no need for motorists to be racing around everywhere and trying to 'compete' with others. (The only people who do that are what I call 'pricks')


    Anyway, from what I gather with electric vehicles, there is a certain driving style that has to be adopted, in order to maintain the battery charge for longer. Tesla acceleration figures might be 'impressive' but still, these vehicles are designed for 'steady' driving, and your battery will soon be depleted if you're 'razzing off' from the traffic lights like you're starting a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

  5. 2 minutes ago, Captainlove said:

    Because its a toxin. Causes liver damage,kidney and death of brain cells.


    Many things that we eat and drink contain toxins.


    The point though is "everything in moderation".

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  6. Only watched the first two parts so far of this... I'm not sure about Dr Nick Kollerstrom, but it is interesting that he has also apparently been on the receiving end of being 'misrepresented' by the BBC.


    Regarding the 'conflict' in Ukraine, his researched opinions and thoughts are pretty compelling, a lot of what he says concurs with things I have read about and pondered on.


    The media portrays Ukraine as a 'plucky little country', but everyone seems to have forgotten what happened in the eight years leading up to this 'war'.

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  7. I found this 'interesting' from the Twitter thread posted earlier: (took a screenshot as I couldn't embed just that tweet on its own)



    So there you go, if your social credit score is 'too low', then you have the option of paying money to the government to have it 'raised'.


    It ends up becoming another form of taxation (or extortion if you like).

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  8. 3 hours ago, alexa said:

    It's all gone very quiet in the Media, maybe they are hoping we'll all forget about it ???


    Thats the typical 'modus operandi' - the media just moves on to the 'next thing' to keep people distracted.


    2 minutes ago, Velma said:


    I'm still waiting for the coroner's verdict on cause of death?


    I doubt it will ever become public knowledge or revealed in the media, the cause of death will probably be given as 'drowning' and the rest will remain a mystery.

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  9. 21 hours ago, TheSheep said:

    And now a book as well already eh 




    I find it incredibly suspect that someone has managed to write and publish a whole book about this, while the police investigation into her death is (presumably) still ongoing.


    I've no idea who this 'Mark J Donald' is, but I doubt very much that this book contains the whole 'untold truth behind her death' and is just more exploitation of the 'current thing' to get guillible people to part with their hard-earned money, especially during a so-called 'cost of living crisis'.

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  10. 3 hours ago, EnigmaticWorld said:

    Aren't commie blocks essentially already 15 min neighborhoods? They usually have a shared recreational area in the middle, and most amenities within walking distance at ground level.

    I will have to go up to Birmingham city centre one weekend and take some photos of what I mean...

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  11. 30 minutes ago, Macnamara said:


    Self-styled 'medium' reveals how he found Nicola Bulley's body and had been using his 'gift' to try and help in the search for the missing mother-of-two

    By Dan Sales and James Fielding and Andrew Chamberlain

    Published: 16:58 GMT, 20 February 2023 | Updated: 18:31 GMT, 20 February 2023



    Well there you go, clearly it was a waste of public money to pay this "specialist diving team" to go looking in the river then.



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  12. OK so the body has been confirmed to be that of Nicola Bulley.


    But don't expect this story to go away any time soon.


    Because there are still the questions of:

    1) What happened? (was it an accident or was she murdered?)

    2) Who did it? (if it was a murder)

    3) Why? (again if it was murder)



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  13. Because animals are dirty and unclean, and nothing to do with the shit you force-feed your kids?


    Zoo visitors urged to wash hands to avoid illness


    People are being urged to practice correct hygiene when visiting petting farms and zoos during the half-term holiday, to avoid stomach bugs.

    Hands should be washed, after contact with animals and especially before eating and drinking, the UK Health Security Agency West Midlands said.

    Visitors may have touched fences or other surfaces in areas with animals.

    Many animals could carry parasites and germs that could affect young children and pregnant women, the UKHSA stated.

    Dr Roger Gajraj, West Midlands consultant in communicable disease control leading on gastro-intestinal infections for the agency, said hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and warm water.

    "Thousands of people in the West Midlands region visit farm attractions each year, and while the number of people who become ill is proportionally quite small, many cases of illness could be avoided by practicing the correct hand hygiene," he said.

    From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-64697087


    I'm sure I've heard this "wash your hands" narrative before...

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  14. 28 minutes ago, Velma said:




    I did not expect this outcome, the police are vindicated since their working hypothesis proved correct.


    An autopsy will determine if she drowned or was dead before "entering the river" as police like to say.


    The question now is, did she enter the water of her own volition, or was she pushed...  or dumped?


    If a 'specialist diving team' did not find any body in the water, and none of the 'TikTok sleuths' who turned up to do their own 'investigating' over the last three weeks did not see any body floating in the river, then it is probably fair to assume that the body was dumped, probably in the early hours of this morning.


    26 minutes ago, northern star said:


    All the same the expert team were only allowed to search upstream of the bench site, and the weir, not downstream, where the body was found, and where a body would naturally go, with the flow of the river to the sea.  Quite bizarre as to why this was, so blame cannot be placed on Peter Faulding and the diving team.




    If that is true then that is just sheer incompetence. Basic GCSE level Geography.


    When I was a teenager in the Scouts, when camping near a river that you use to collect water for drinking, the first thing we were taught was that if you needed to go pee, do so 'downstream' from where you are pitched. 😉

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  15. On 1/10/2023 at 4:19 PM, Saved said:

    There's a tension on the buses to and from work this last week.


    I see lots more masks than I have in an age and see people standing instead of sitting next to somebody. They'll scan the isle, go upstairs, come back down again and not take a seat.


    If I was to describe this tension in a single word, it would be paranoia.


    The funny thing has always been that while they're afraid to sit next to someone else, they'll happily stand in the narrowest part of the bus where other people have to squeeze past them in order to get on or off! 😁

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  16. I asked ChatGPT if the earth was flat. 🤪



    No, the Earth is not flat. It is an oblate spheroid, meaning it is roughly spherical in shape but flattened at the poles and bulging at the equator due to its rotation. This has been scientifically proven through a variety of methods, including observations of the Earth's shadow during lunar eclipses, measurements of the curvature of the Earth's surface, and images from satellites and spacecraft. The idea that the Earth is flat is a debunked conspiracy theory that has been thoroughly refuted by scientific evidence.


    I then asked if it could prove that the earth was flat.



    I'm sorry, but I cannot prove that the Earth is flat because it is not true. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence from various fields of science, including astronomy, geology, and physics, that the Earth is a sphere.

    One of the earliest proofs of Earth's spherical shape comes from ancient Greek mathematicians, who observed that the Earth's shadow on the Moon during a lunar eclipse was always curved. This observation would not be possible if the Earth were flat.

    Additionally, modern technology has allowed us to directly observe the curvature of the Earth from space through photographs and live video feeds from satellites and the International Space Station. These images clearly show the spherical shape of our planet.

    In conclusion, the idea that the Earth is flat is a conspiracy theory that is not supported by any scientific evidence. The overwhelming body of evidence shows that the Earth is a sphere.


    I then asked the 'controversial' question "do Jews control the world?"



    No, the idea that Jews control the world is a baseless and harmful conspiracy theory that has been used to justify discrimination, persecution, and violence against Jewish people throughout history. This myth has no factual basis, and there is no evidence to support it. It is important to reject such conspiracies and to combat all forms of bigotry and prejudice. We should strive to create a society that values diversity, inclusivity, and mutual respect for all people, regardless of their religion, ethnicity, or background.


    I then reframed the question as "do Sabbatean-Frankists control the world?"



    No, the idea that Sabbatean-Frankists control the world is a baseless and unfounded conspiracy theory. The Sabbatean-Frankist movement was a Jewish messianic movement that emerged in the 17th and 18th centuries, and it has not been a significant force in Jewish life for over 200 years.

    The idea that Sabbatean-Frankists secretly control the world is a myth that has been propagated by conspiracy theorists and anti-Semitic groups. This myth is not based on any credible evidence or historical fact, and it is important to reject such conspiracies and combat all forms of bigotry and prejudice.

    It is important to recognize that conspiracy theories can be harmful and can lead to discrimination and violence against targeted groups. We should strive to build a society based on facts, evidence, and mutual respect for all people, regardless of their background or beliefs.


    So there you go, pretty much no point in trying to discuss conspiracy theories with it!

  17. "not treating the death as suspicious" 🤔


    Body of man, 19, recovered from water at Willenhall Memorial Park


    The body of a 19-year-old man has been recovered from a pool at a Willenhall park. The man's body was found in a pool at Willenhall Memorial Park, in Willenhall, after police attended at around 8am today (February 19).

    West Midlands Police is not treating the death as suspicious, however the force has launched an investigation into the man's death. Parts of the park were cordoned off earlier this morning while emergency services attended the scene.

    A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: "We have recovered a body from a pool in Willenhall Memorial Park off Pinson Road, Willenhall today. At around 8am police officers along with other emergency services attended the location and sadly a body of a 19-year-old man was recovered.

    from: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/body-man-19-recovered-water-26276689


    Not suspicious, but needs an investigation? The police were also pretty quick to know who this person was and to contact their family.





  18. Attention-seeking troll, or the real deal?


    Family of Madeleine McCann ask for DNA test after woman shows 'evidence' she is her

    Julia has gained thousands of followers on TikTok after claiming she could be Madeleine McCann


    The family of Madeleine McCann have reportedly asked for a DNA test after a woman presented two pieces of 'evidence' she is Maddie. Madeleine went missing from her family's apartment in the Algarve, Portugal in 2007.

    Now, 21-year-old Julia Wandelt - form Poland - went viral earlier this week after claiming that she is Madeleine. She claims to have a freckle on her leg and a speck in her eye in the same places as the British girl, as well as ­looking similar to parents Kate and Gerry.

    She has now said that the missing girl’s family have asked her to take a DNA test. A source close to the McCann's said: "The family are taking no chances, they are willing to look at all leads.

    "It is important they look at all of the factors, the girl does look similar. There’s no disputing that. If what she says is true, there is every chance it could be her. It all adds up."

    It is believed that a McCann family member has come forward to offer to take part in a DNA test. Julia hopes to make direct contact with Madeleine's parent in the coming days.

    From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/family-madeleine-mccann-ask-dna-26276574


    Well if she does turn out to be Madeleine, it would open up numerous cans of worms, as well as make 'conspiracy theorists' such as Richard D Hall etc look a bit 'silly'.


    Sadly, I suspect that she is just a social media attention-seeker, and the fact that her Instagram profile created just a few days ago already has hundreds of thousands of followers should be all you need to know.



    Julia created an Instagram account named @iammadeleinemcann earlier this week, and the profile has now gained more than 370,000 followers.

    She said she began wondering if she was Madeleine "a few months ago" after hearing "something" from her grandma. Julia says that she is 21 but believes her age could be wrong.

    Madeleine was born in May 2003, meaning that she would now be 19. Her Instagram bio says: "I think I can be Madeleine. I need DNA test.

    "Police investigators from UK and Poland try to ignore me. I will tell my story in posts here. Help me."

    Perhaps the UK police 'try and ignore her' because they know she can't possibly be Maddie?



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  19. 1 hour ago, Saved said:

    Body found in river.


    1 hour ago, Sit down, Waldo said:

    All those specialist divers & equipment find nothing for 3 weeks then a passing walker sees a body? Hmmm...


    Just seen this on the Birmingham Mail, and that was exactly my first thought!



    Lancashire Police said in a statement: "This morning, Sunday, 19 February, you may be aware of police activity around the river near to St Michaels. We want to provide you with an update on that activity.

    "We were called today at 11:36am to reports of a body in the River Wyre, close to Rawcliffe Road. An underwater search team and specialist officers have subsequently attended the scene, entered the water and have sadly recovered a body.

    "No formal identification has yet been carried out, so we are unable to say whether this is Nicola Bulley at this time. Procedures to identify the body are on-going.

    "We are currently treating the death as unexplained. "Nicola’s family have been informed of developments and our thoughts are with them at this most difficult of times. We ask that their privacy is respected."

    from: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/body-found-nicola-bulley-search-26277346


    After three weeks, suddenly the police decide to close off all the roads leading to the village, then a body is found in the river.


    BUT the police are unable to say if is Nicola or not? The death is 'unexplained'?


    Procedures to identify the body are 'underway', but the Bulley family have only been 'informed of developments'?


    Still something odd about this...

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  20. 3 hours ago, bamboozooka said:

    quite mild now.

    anyone had power outages yet?

    nothing here

    I was outside in my garden here in south Birmingham yesterday in just a t-shirt, very pleasant 16C in the sunshine.


    Apart from a bit of light drizzle overnight, not really had much in the way of rain for about three weeks now, been a pretty dry February so far.


    This is of course despite the local media telling us that we should have been blanketed in snow by now, according to the 'predictions' made by dubious weather agencies.


    There's some bullshit about another "beast from the east", but from observations the clouds are moving from the west.

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