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  1. 46 minutes ago, SuperstarNeilC said:

    Their birth dates exactly 102 years apart.


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    United Airlines Flight 102 



    To be honest, I think you might be reading FAR too much into this.

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  2. 4 hours ago, Saved said:

    It's like the sudden halt we got with 'covid' and feels like mission accomplished.


    Some have suggested that the police know something but are keeping it out of the public's glare for the sake of an investigation that goes way higher than (but involves) this case.


    I'm sticking with my original thoughts at the beginning of this thread - for now.


    The police did say at the start that they believed she fell into the river, and that has turned out to be the case - so they were 'right'.


    Perhaps there is more to this story, or maybe there isn't? Perhaps all the media attention, the endless social media speculation, people obsessing and commenting on this, it really just was a massive distraction and psy-op.



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  3. Oh, more strikes...


    'Entire West Midlands bus network to shut down' after drivers vote in favour of industrial action


    Unite the Union opened a ballot to more than 3,000 bus drivers last month in a row over pay and has announced that "all out continuous strike action" is to begin on March 16.

    They will be joined by more than 200 National Express engineers who voted for industrial action over pay in January, bringing the total number of striking workers to more than 3,300.

    Union bosses said the strikes will severely impact National Express West Midlands’ services, which cover 93 per cent of the region’s bus network, including in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Walsall, Dudley and West Bromwich.

    The ballot results document showed that 2,259 staff voted, with 96.24 per cent in favour of industrial action and 3.76 per cent against.

    from https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/birmingham/2023/03/02/entire-west-midlands-bus-network-to-shut-down-after-drivers-vote-in-favour-of-industrial-action/


    On the same day that more rail strikes take place. Oh, and apparently schools will be striking on the same day too. How considerate.


    What does bother me though is the union's 'justification' for this:


    National Express’ operating profits, released today, have more than doubled compared to the previous year.

    The company reported revenue increased by 29 per cent to £2.8 billion.


    Its underlying operating profits more than doubled to £197.3 million, fuelled by an increase in passenger demand across the group.


    Despite this, the union said it had offered its workers in the West Midlands a "real terms pay cut" and added that some drivers earn as little as £11.80 per hour.

    The figures being quoted refer to those of the entire National Express Group of companies, but the UK bus operation in the West Midlands has only a small involvement in this.


    It's typical communist/socialist 'spin'.


    National Express West Midlands did not make £197m in profits last year, the whole group did, which includes their more profitable ventures in countries outside the UK.


    (There are of course other bus operators in the West Midlands who will be operating as normal on the strike days)


    The timing of this to coincide with rail strikes is curious, as if the union wants to cause the most amount of disruption possible. I also think this is aimed at 'nudging' people to accept the inevitable bus franchising which is on the cards here, as has happened in Manchester and is happening in Liverpool.


    "Corporate renationalisation"

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  4. 15 hours ago, alexa said:


    And if they are anything like the country parks near me, you have to pay to get in :classic_angry:


    You've clearly never been anywhere near Birmingham. Both the Lickey Hills and Waseley Hills, as well as other 'country parks' in and around Birmingham, are free to enter and wander around. You only ever get 'stung financially' if you pop into one of the 'visitor centres' for a bite to eat. 😁

  5. In 2030, there will be two Ramadans...



    The predicted date for the start of Ramadan 2022 is April 2, while in 2023 it will begin on March 23 and so on.


    So, by 2030, it will fall in January. But because the Islamic year is shorter than the western year, it will also come round again at the end of that year.

    The Saudi Arabian calendar for 2030 on the website timeanddate.com explains that Ramadan is likely to be observed on January 6, 2030, followed by Eid al-Fitr on February 5, and then a second Ramadan starting on December 26.



    So we will have Christmas and Ramadan essentially occurring at the same time, or at least one following straight after the other.


    Muslims and Christians celebrating their holy days ("holidays") together. "Happy Holidays!"


    Significant, or just another one of those coincidences?

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  6. I must admit that I saw something this morning that made me feel a little bit sad about this...


    While on the bus to work this morning, we'd stopped in Sparkhill to pick up a load of passengers, and in the queue of traffic alongside us was some livestock-carrying truck. From my vantage point up on the top deck, I could see into this truck, owing to the open slats on the side, and I could see it was full of sheep... absolutely rammed I must add.

    Poor things were all stood up, squashed against each other - a bit like some of the buses I have travelled on recently! - and I did think it looked a bit inhumane.


    I don't know where they were ultimately heading towards, probably some halal slaughter house or other abbatoir is a good guess, or from where they had been transported, but I did feel sorry for the poor things.


    It hasn't changed my mind about eating meat, that is ultimately what these animals are bred and reared for, that is their 'purpose'. What I care most about is that these animals should be properly looked after and cared for during their short lives, and it was a bit undignifying to see them all cramped together like this.

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  7. 23 hours ago, DaleP said:

    Yes, I've read today's Daily Express that a spell of cold weather is incoming....


    As I mentioned in an earlier reply, our local Reach news rag has been running practically the same story for the last few weeks, about we're all going to be blanketed in snow in the next week or so, based on some 'forecasting' by some organisation called WXcharts.


    As for the Daily Express, I'm still waiting for the "100 days of snow" that they warned us about several years ago now. 🤪


    Looking at the 10-day forecast for Birmingham from The Weather Channel (usually pretty reliable), it looks like we might have a bit of snow next week, but I doubt it will cause much in the way of disruption.




    Personally I think once this bit of weather is out of the way - last vestiges of winter and all that - then we can start looking forward to the spring and the warmer weather, as well as all the histrionics about 'how hot it is'.

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  8. This used to be called "Economy7":


    Electric car owners urged to switch to EV-only energy tariff ahead of expected bill rise

    An electric car being charged


    Drivers of electric vehicles are being urged to switch to an EV-friendly energy tariff ahead of expected rises in utility bills this April.

    Nationwide home charge point installer Smart Home Charge has found that those charging their electric vehicles at home could save close to £600 a year by switching to a more economical tariff.

    It comes following Ofgem’s announcement that household utility bills would rise again from April 1, while the Government’s winter-related rebate is also expected to come to an end during the same period.

    from: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/motors/2023/02/28/electric-car-owners-urged-to-switch-to-ev-only-energy-tariff-ahead-of-expected-bill-rise/


    The article doesn't mention if a 'smart' meter is required to take advantage of this tariff, but you can bet that it is likely one of the 'conditions', and another way of 'nudging' people into smart meter uptake in order to 'save money'.



    Electric car owners are currently some of the few able to switch between different tariffs, with Octopus Energy’s Intelligent Octopus currently the leader and ‘most competitive’, according to Smart Home Charge.

    “Although we could see prices rise on all tariffs, including EV friendly ones, the off-peak price is always likely to be much more favourable than a typical standard tariff, so it’s a simple way to immediately reduce the cost to charge an EV. Plus, you can even reduce the cost of using your washing machine or dishwasher by setting a delay so they operate when the off-peak price kicks in.”

    Which sounds almost exactly the same way that Economy7 "dual phase" meters work, where you have a 'day rate' and a 'night rate' - the day rate is typically at a higher price than standard, but the night-rate is then lower.


    I used to have this at my old property, which had no mains gas supply, and had storage heaters for heating and an immersion heater for hot water. The storage heaters and immersion heater would come on during the night to take advantage of the cheaper night rates, and I did used to programme the washing machine to operate during those times.


    But I remember reading somewhere a while back that the plan was to phase out Economy7 tariffs, it sounds now like they just simply want to 'rebrand' it in order to suck in EV owners, yes it may end up slightly cheaper to recharge your expensive EV overnight, but you still end up paying a higher daytime rate for your regular electricity usage.

  9. 5 minutes ago, masonfreeparty2 said:


    CIA Classified Book about the Pole Shift, Mass Extinctions and The True Adam & Eve Story

    In 1966 a well-known engineer released a book with information that could impact everyone on earth. But before anyone could read it, it was classified by the CIA.

    We only learned of its existence a few years ago because of a Freedom of Information request.

    The CIA only released 57 pages of the original 284-page manuscript. And those pages have been, in the CIA's own words, "sanitized".

    Why does the CIA think this book is so dangerous that they had to hide it from the public for 60 years; and continue to hide most of it?

    It's because the man who wrote it describes the end of the world.


    "The Adam And Eve Story" by Chan Thomas has been covered in other threads in this forum before.


    There's a version available to download in this article on my website:




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  10. 3 hours ago, Macnamara said:


    yeah i was always wary of tommy for a couple of reasons. First of all there was a stigma around him because of rumours he had links to british intelligence but he discussed that in the interview he did with gareth, which was a great bit of journalism. Ickonic gave him the space to explain his situation and it was a fascinating interview.


    The other reason i was wary of tommy was because of his myopic focus on islam and my view on that was that although i was highly skeptical of mass immigration i didn't see muslims as being responsible for the conspiracy. Muslims don't own the central banks nor do they control the media or the big trans national corporations and for the most part i saw muslims as victims of the cabal because so many muslim countries were being bombed to pieces by the cabal who were using the US military as their marionette


    But it sounds like tommy has been through his own awakening and seen that the people who were really out to get him wasn't muslims but was in fact the british deep state and lets face it it is the british deep state that is flooding migrants in be they muslim or otherwise.


    The shit that tommy has been put through is a disgrace and hopefully some of that stigma can wash away because at the end of the day he was just trying to highlight an aspect of the conspiracy (mass immigration) but hopefully now he can see that within the wider context of what's going on


    I've actually read his book "Enemy Of The State" and I found it fascinating reading.


    You do get an insight into where he came from, and why he originally did what he did, and why he founded the EDL.


    I can equally believe his reasons for leaving and distancing himself from the EDL, because he found it becoming 'hijacked' by people with ulterior motives.


    There's also some allegations in there about how certain people/groups tried to 'manipulate' him for their own ends.


    I can believe that up until a certain point, he was the 'real deal'.


    But the book only told a story up until this point, and it is my belief that he has since then become compromised, and was recruited by people such as Rebel Media in order to further their own divisive agendas. His trying to become involved with UKIP was also a major 'red flag' for me, and from what I saw as a UKIP member at the time, also contributed to destroying any credibility that UKIP had gathered under the helm of Nigel Farage.


    Yes, I do think he has a very 'myopic focus' on Islam, I think he is right to call out 'Muslim grooming gangs', but yet he says nothing about child abuse being carried out by members of other religious groups, or even political/Establishment groups.

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  11. On 2/26/2023 at 12:03 PM, Greenhulk50 said:

    There is a guy on YouTube Diego who says Hall is a Police man.


    I doubt that very much.


    There's a guy works down the chip shop who swears he's Elvis.


    I doubt that too.



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  12. 23 hours ago, Shy Talk said:

    The timing of the migrant boat disaster off the coast of Italy seems suspicious. From memory there's been nothing similar of note since the body of the dead child on the beach was beamed across the world several years ago - despite hundreds, probably thousands of journeys since. Could it be to do with the fact the new Italian PM Meloni (whose name is always prefixed with either right-wing or far-right on the MSM) came to power vowing to stop mass immigration? Expect a U-turn on that policy sometime soon


    Interesting that there hasn't been a similar 'disaster' in the channel, despite years of crossings. Maybe our government's largesse has something to do with that.


    It'll end up becoming another way of 'softening up' public opinion, and it is surely no coincidence that this happened around the same time our Government announced it is basically planning a 'free for all' regarding asylum seekers.


    After all, you can't be referring to these people as 'illegal immigrants' if they are being welcomed into the country 'legally'.


    Expect to see more virtue-signallers waving their 'refugees welcome' banners again who have absolutely no idea how they are being scammed.

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  13. 7 hours ago, Saved said:

    There are videos being removed by some because of what is happening to 'Curtis Media'. He foolishly uploaded a video of the body being removed from the reeds and is now claiming that he's going to be sued as a result of causing harm to the family.


    That must be this fella:

    Nicola Bulley TikTok ghoul sparks dismay at social media chase for 'likes'



    Readers reacting to a Kidderminster barber filming Nicola Bulley's body being recovered from the river have expressed dismay over the social media race for 'likes and views'. Many BirminghamLive voiced concern over online activities with one saying "all people want to do is film people's misery and grief and stick it on the internet".

    Worcestershire hairdresser Curtis Arnold said he had "learned his lesson" after media coverage of his gruesome eight-minute clip for his TikTok and YouTube sites led to a "devastating" impact on his life.

    The barber added that he had donated 'five times' the amount he made for the clip to the tragic mum-of-two's family and taken the video down.

    Sharon Hayes said: "That's the trouble nowadays. All people want to do is film people's misery and grief and stick it on the internet. Society is sick. Something needs to be done about it."

    Katie Beveridge added: "Honestly, the depths that people will sink to just for likes and views."

    From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/nicola-bulley-tiktok-ghoul-sparks-26344951


    Now while I agree with the sentiments about social media 'content creators' and the depths they will sink to in order to get 'likes' and comments, I find it completely hypocritical of media outlets such as those run by Reach Plc, who have spent the last few weeks posting numerous 'news articles' on their sites, which are nothing more than lazy click-bait journalism, designed to get people to view articles so the website can make money from advertising revenue.


    In case my comment there gets 'deactivated', here it is here:


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  14. On 2/26/2023 at 5:36 PM, Macnamara said:

    UK urged to ‘take command’ of food production

    A British farming union says Brexit, geopolitical tensions, the energy crisis and climate change are weighing on local growers

    The UK government needs to “take command” of local food production, the deputy president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said on Saturday, warning that an ongoing shortage of fruit and vegetables across the country could be just the “tip of the iceberg.”

    According to Tom Bradshaw, the deficit of some fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes and cucumbers, has been caused by volatility arising from geopolitical events, and climate change, which is putting intense pressure on supply chains.


    It's a load of bullshit really, especially blaming 'climate change'. As I have repeatedly stated here in this forum, it is a failure of our own Government to 'plan ahead' following the EU referendum result, and to support our farmers to 'get them growing again', after years of being subsidised by the EU to limit their production.


    Instead, because of 'climate change', our Government thought it better to encourage farmers to have solar panels and wind turbines built on their land instead.

    On 2/26/2023 at 5:36 PM, Macnamara said:

    “What we saw last summer with 40°C heat is climate change in action,” Bradshaw told Times Radio, adding that the weather had exacerbated a supply-chain crisis triggered by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

    Bradshaw also said geopolitical tensions have driven up inflation, particularly energy inflation, to unprecedented levels, leaving UK farmers struggling to meet energy costs.

    "Narrative enforcing" at its finest. The 'energy price inflation' was caused by Governments imposing sanctions on Russia. It's been "very hot" in Britain during the summer for several years before this.


    Perhaps in the UK we should start making the most of this 'climate change' and start growing produce we'd normally have to import from 'warmer countries'?


    It's just excuse after excuse with these people, its always "somebody elses fault" rather than our own.

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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.



  18. 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.

  19. 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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  20. 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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