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  1. Either that or he knows that there is some really bad stuff going to break in the next few months. Possibly the forced renationalisation of Thames Water and the adding of its 16 billion debt to the national debt for one. Or possibly he has just has enough and wants to go back to running hedge funds. Or to move to the US.
  2. Oh I do, often. Both Anglo-Indian and straight Indian (even though the latter tends to be a bit too vegetarian for my taste). I am planning to cook a beef curry for this evening in fact.
  3. It may well be deliberate, if possibly inappropriate in your case. When presented with a list of possible intended words for a mis-spelling, many people pick the wrong word quite often. So in cases where accuracy is particularly important, you get a better result by forcing people to manually correct it - they are more likely to put the effort in to use the correct word.
  4. We really are talking past each other here, so I shall make some points and shut up. Lax regulation. For years the independent monitoring of water systems into which waste water has been slowly cut back, leaving the companies more and more to mark their own homework. The current public visibility of sewerage leaks is largely down to third parties and random members of the public increasingly noticing and experiencing problems that otherwise might have been swept under the carpet. On there being no instant solution, and how something needed to have been done years ago to have made the situation better today. Absolutely, no one is saying anything different. There is a long term under investment problem. As for the idea that "no one cared about it" 15 years ago. Most people have neither the time nor the ability to look at everything in the country and check that necessary standards are being maintained. We rely on regulators and governments to do that sort of thing. The problem is that corners can be cut for a long time until a problem becomes apparent or builds up to the point of being an issue. To use an example that has been argued before: nobody noticed that building cladding regulations had become dangerously lax until the Grenfell fire disaster (how could they without the relevant expertise and access?), and now there is a huge intractable problem that is going to cost a fortune to sort out (but has so far largely been ducked). Boeing in the US is another example. On spillages in 2023 being worse than 2022. Indeed this was because the weather in 2023 overwhelmed the system. And yes, in worse case scenarios some spillage is going to happen. The question is whether the system should not have been more robust and better able to cope with the heavy rainfall. However, this is all longer term issue than just one year. On lobbying. Example: a couple of years back Johnson tried to weaken the post Brexit laws on waste water disposal. With a quote along the lines of "our streets would be full of raw sewerage" if a relaxation was not allowed. Of course public outcry blocked that one. However Johnson did not come up with that idea all by himself. The water companies pushed him into trying it. For what it is worth though, I personally am happy to believe that water quality checks are still generally done well. After all that is something it would be self evidently stupid to cut back on, with corporate manslaughter charges a possibility if it was, even in today's world.
  5. I have to admit that whenever I tried Mexican food in the UK I was left wondering what the point of it was. To the extant of having given up on it long ago. Perhaps I should try it again when abroad somewhere.
  6. Because those offshore entities have carefully converted their equity into debt. For example, approx 10% of Thames Water's turnover now goes straight offshore as debt payments. And when Thames Water is, as is pretty inevitable now, re-nationalised they will be expecting the tax payer to pick up that debt. Thus basically avoiding any consequences for their actions. Indeed they have been trying to load Thames Water up with even more debt! Edit: though not to say that individual employees of the water companies are not valiantly trying to do their best. Basically much like the NHS, the system is held together by overstretched and under resourced people on the ground valiantly trying to keep things going. Though most of the ones I know have now given up and taken early retirement offers made in one of another of the companies cost cutting measures.
  7. It is kind of the problem. The public are justified in being "vehemently against" the monopoly water companies. When companies have a basically deliberate policy of releasing raw sewerage into the environment on an industrial scale because lax regulation (that they lobbied hard for) makes that more profitable than putting in the effort to make sure it gets processed properly ... That then makes it easy for the public to suspect than when a disease outbreak occurs then it might well be down to more corner cutting on the companies part.
  8. A sign of just how far right Labour have drifted though, that they are willing to accept her in their ranks. Apparently she thinks Starmer will be better at "stopping the boats" than Sunak!
  9. Long trousers are not complete protection, even if tucked into socks or gaiters. Ticks will climb up clothing and try to find a way under it. They often attach themselves around people's waists. A manual or visual check of your whole lower body once you are home is safest.
  10. Well, yes and no. Those theorems prove that often problems cannot be solved perfectly, you can't always be sure that your answer is correct, and sometimes problems can't be solved at all. Human minds can work with these limitations, but more recently techniques to help computers work round them are being used as well. Though this of course means that we can't be sure that the answers the computers give us are correct, we can only hope that they are reasonably good answers most of the time.
  11. Get your husband to watch out for a rash there, particularly a target like one with concentric rings. If in doubt go see a doctor and get antibiotics. Lyme disease is not fun and needs to be dealt with promptly.
  12. In my opinion? There is a big drop off in quality between the first book and the second, and each subsequent book is then a little worse. You can stop reading after the first book, or after the second, or after the fourth to get a coherent ending, so up to you how long you want to keep going..
  13. I see that they have successfully fixed Voyager 1. They worked out that a section of its memory had failed and reprogrammed its primitive computer to work round it. Voyager 1 was launched 47 years ago and is now nearly a light day away from Earth. As a retired software developer with some idea of what was involved, I am in awe of this achievement. https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/04/recoding-voyager-1-nasas-interstellar-explorer-is-finally-making-sense-again/
  14. I imagine he voted the way they told him to, without any fuss.
  15. Just to let you know, that bit about your "ideal self" is nonsense. Your mother is controlling you by throwing a tantrum whenever you try to go against her wants. That is her, not you, and there is nothing you can do to stop her reacting like that. All you can do is chose how you respond to her tantrums (or leave). You did not ask for advice, and I know you have heard it before, but any relationship where there is no open communication and one party has to walk on eggshells all the time so as to not trigger the anger of the other person is an abusive one. Frankly, your posts have given me new understanding of how someone in an abusive relationship has their sense of normal skewed by it and is reduced into constantly doubting themselves.
  16. That would be the police and legal services that have a fair number of sexual offenders in their own ranks, that have been widely accused of often failing to take rape seriously, and that manage to obtain a conviction for about 1 - 3% of rapes reported to them.
  17. The key issue is the ratios. What is the proportion or women who have been raped or otherwise abused to men who have been falsely accused? What is the proportion of women who go in daily fear of rape or other abuse to men going in daily fear of being falsely accused? What is the proportion of women who every day take precautions to avoid rape or other abuse (hint, that is close to 100% of women) to men who every day take precautions against being falsely accused? Personally I consider anyone who says those ratios are not wildly skewed are either ignorant young men or are arguing in bad faith. And this has to colour any discussion of false accusations.
  18. Its an experience, and one that can be had only rarely. I was at Lands End in Cornwall for the 1999 one. Even though it was cloudy it was quite something to have the world go dark. You understand why primitive societies were apocryphally terrified by them.
  19. I seem to remember that in the very early days of D&D (my 2nd edition rulebooks are in the attic and I can't be bothered to get them out) a character had to take time out to level up after they had gained enough experience points. So it only happened at home base between adventures. This was a more "realistic" approach which avoided that problem. Though in those days characters tended to level up more slowly I think.
  20. Me too, if only because of the Burghers of Calais story and the Rodin sculpture commemorating it.
  21. This. I have always been convinced that was how the ending of Dune was originally intended to be read. The later sequels just retconned it so as to carry on the story. Part of the reason why I occasionally do reread Dune, but not the later books.
  22. Well the tabloids have form in waving large amounts of money around to try to get access to private medical records. If someone had managed to get the records and sell them then the tabloids would have had a story. They failed, so now the tabloids get a different story. Win - win for them.
  23. The royals had nothing to do with the video. It was a film of some random couple by a random nutter who sent it to the tabloids. They used it to get a day of headlines about Kate being spotted and then another day of headlines pointing out it was not her after all. But if they do that, they will be forced into a cycle of having to issue a statement every time the tabloids whip up a story out of nothing. Which will only encourage them. I can see their point of view in following the late Queen's approach of ignoring the tabloids whatever they say. It is just getting harder to do in these times of constant mad conspiracy theories fanned by the internet.
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