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  1. I confess that I thought it was called the Mi16 ... but I did get to drive the hot 405 back in the day and much preferred it to the Sapphire Bosworth. I even thought it looked better too. And of course you didn't need a Rottweiler to guard it if you left it parked anywhere other than a garage with Fort Knox level security. But I think he did say Q cars available today, and there will be very few of those left and finding one for sale would be a task.....
  2. S60/V60 T6 Polestar. Very Q as no-one expects performance (unlike anything with AMG or M-Sport). 345bhp and 0.60 in about 4.5seconds. Not easy to find though.
  3. League started again - same name etc - pick your teams and let the contest begin :-)
  4. I was talking to an ExPat who now lives in Switzerland and he says that people don't even think to buy cheapest, local is always the first priority. They understand that keeping the money in the local economy ultimately costs them less. It isn't regulated, it is just the social norm apparently. Wonder why us Brits are naturally such tight-wads and even fall into that behaviour when it doesn't take a genius to work out it actually costs us more overall.
  5. We try to buy locally for as much as we can. However I am well aware that for many people, they still use the big internet retailers and think that they are financially better off saving the odd £ doing this. It serves all of us better if the area you live in becomes more prosperous and letting your hard earned seep away (often overseas) just increases the spiral as money leaves the area, people become poorer and more is spent trying to support. So I found the stat below very interesting. Compare and contrast .... spend £10 in your local independent, £7 stays in the area... or spend £8.50 on Amazon and nothing does. Worth considering just how much your £1.50 saved is really costing you! "The Federation of Small businesses said that for every pound spent at an independent company, around 70p stays in the local economy."
  6. I got a bit of luck when I gambled on Ferrari just at the time they had a good couple of races, then I switched back to Merc at the optimum time as Ferrari lost it again and Merc got on track. Happy with 2 podium spot household
  7. I think you are missing the point. I don't compare them to other terrorists. I do however believe that history already proves military force has not worked against this kind of threat. It merely adds further fuel to the conflict. We cannot kill them all as our bombs merely help them recruit more to the cause. We need to cut off their funds, stop feeling their propaganda - we need to be more clever than just blowing $billions on more military hardware and deaths.
  8. It is true that, it makes you more interested in what is happening mid-field. Although not sure how motivated I shall be next year when I can't watch all the races in full.
  9. Steve - I think you will find Paul has un-hidden his team now...... What team has everyone else got for the last race?
  10. It isn't necessarily talking to negotiate. I don't have the solution - better informed people are struggling and I am under no illusion that I know better than most - but we need to better understand how 'normal' people get dragged into this, what is causing such unrest, how we can better work with people who may be enemies to come to some resolution that takes the wind out of the ISIS storm. I cannot see how via military means you can defeat something that hides in caves and hills, is not a 'military' outfit as in a 'normal' war, and which with every head removed, it simply grows 2 more. We need to stop the west being seen as the bad guys in the areas where these terrorists recruit. We need to stop providing them with ammunition (both in furthering the anti-west rhetoric via our actions against them, and also in reality with arms trades). BTW - I don't for one moment see this as being comparable with the IRA nor the goals. It was simply the first of many examples where military force was used for years, but never succeeded in resolving. Hence 'talking and other actions'. Fighting fire with fire isn't working.
  11. But we already have lots of history that proves you cannot stop terrorists through fighting, in the end, it has to be talking and other actions. The troubles in Ireland only stopped when we talked to the terrorists. It is unpalatable, but so is the thought of violence continuing in an ever escalating cycle that always hurts more innocents.
  12. Absolute and utter codswallop! In your opinion he is not doing a good job, but for many who do not buy the tea party and right wing propaganda, nor hate him just by virtue of him not being a white christian .... there are a great many who think he has been a breath of fresh air. Intelligent and has achieved much. Sadly he has been hindered from achieving more due to the blockers. Had he be given full support, the US could be a much better place now. I know I am in CA which is somewhat more progressive than some states, but interestingly of all the people I meet and work with over here - it appears that the biggest supporters of Obama are those who are well educated and earn very good money (and so pay high taxes) .... the ones that hold the alternate view are either in a 'rooting-tooting gunslinger state' or in one instance it was a well paid professional but he was a rabid christian of the fundamental sort. Some (not all) of those I know who are employed by the military also don't like Obama ..... but then having a War-monger like that idiot Bush is good for business and long term employment prospects if your trade is military. As for the free healthcare - personally I think it is shocking that one of the richest nations in the world has in the past not treated it's sick. It doesn't exactly cover itself in glory now, but is a little better. "The measure of a society is found in how they treat their weakest and most helpless citizens." - Jimmy Carter "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Ghandi "...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. " Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey November 1, 1977 Washington, D.C.
  13. I just hope that despite the right wing factions jumping to take advantage of this to further their own motivations, that humanity still comes through and we do not fail those who need a good samaritan. Those people who are fleeing violence and devastation of their homes, families, way of life. President Obama today said '“Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values. Our nations can welcome refugees who are desperately seeking safety, and ensure our own security. We can and must do both.” Mary Gauthier earlier posted this poem, first time I have seen it, but it seems appropriate to share. It was written in 1939, we should not repeat the mistakes of our history. Refugee Blues By WH Auden Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes: Yet there's no place for us, my dear, yet there's no place for us. Once we had a country and we thought it fair, Look in the atlas and you'll find it there: We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now. In the village churchyard there grows an old yew, Every spring it blossoms anew: Old passports can't do that, my dear, old passports can't do that. The consul banged the table and said, "If you've got no passport you're officially dead": But we are still alive, my dear, but we are still alive. Went to a committee; they offered me a chair; Asked me politely to return next year: But where shall we go to-day, my dear, but where shall we go to-day? Came to a public meeting; the speaker got up and said; "If we let them in, they will steal our daily bread": He was talking of you and me, my dear, he was talking of you and me. Thought I heard the thunder rumbling in the sky; It was Hitler over Europe, saying, "They must die": O we were in his mind, my dear, O we were in his mind. Saw a poodle in a jacket fastened with a pin, Saw a door opened and a cat let in: But they weren't German Jews, my dear, but they weren't German Jews. Went down the harbour and stood upon the quay, Saw the fish swimming as if they were free: Only ten feet away, my dear, only ten feet away. Walked through a wood, saw the birds in the trees; They had no politicians and sang at their ease: They weren't the human race, my dear, they weren't the human race. Dreamed I saw a building with a thousand floors, A thousand windows and a thousand doors: Not one of them was ours, my dear, not one of them was ours. Stood on a great plain in the falling snow; Ten thousand soldiers marched to and fro: Looking for you and me, my dear, looking for you and me.
  14. If I ALWAYS get what you are saying wrong, perhaps you should rethink how you are saying it. If we always misunderstand, then communicate it differently. TBH, I cannot comprehend how you could be meaning something different to how we have all read it, but I would be very happy to be wrong on this as I would much prefer you to not be what your words seem to convey.