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  1. Having seen some of your other posts, I'm inclined to think you might actually believe that, and yet have the capacity to understand you're being lied to. Weird.
  2. It's a massive social issue in France, and it's not being reported here. The reason for that doesn't seem to be based on news values. In the comparison with the way a tiny and transient protest in Iran was covered, the issue is laid bare. The Iran protest involving a couple of hundred people for an hour or so, had absolutely no impact on or relevance to British people. So the motive for coverage is not how far it affects Brits. It was covered because doing so furthers the agenda which the UK media have been assiduously following, and not for the reasons which their profession would claim as guiding values. Pour ne pas encourager les autres, perhaps. Don't want to give the peasants ideas. Similar motives were in play when the French revolution happened, I gather. You forgot the fishing boats, that was another one. It's useful to compare what gets reported, with what doesn't get reported, and enquire what drives editorial decisions in both instances. Unless it's a very personal agenda about "my child missed pony school because of these cruel protests delaying the ferry/plane", then it will either be professional judgement, or else political judgement. In this instance, it's plainly the second. Which is interesting.
  3. More interesting reporting, with a massive protest against US occupation of Iraq being reported as hundreds of people. To be fair, there must have been a point in time at which the protest consisted only of hundreds of people, and another point in time at which it consisted of 17 people, or 49 people. But it's not how any objective report would cover it.
  4. Like me, you must have seen many stories in our media down the years about strikes in France. In fact, that's why the stereotype you mention exists here. This time is different.
  5. Interesting priorities and judgements by our media. A couple of hundred students in Iran avoiding stepping on a US flag gets good coverage. Meanwhile in France, we are now in I think week 63 of weekly protests, and day 51 of a national strike in which as well as more common occupations, we have seen lawyers, ballet dancers and opera singers on strike, doing pretty photogenic protests which you would imagine a news editor or picture editor would love. But there seems to be very little coverage. Very strange.
  6. We could do with something to use against dog owners who fail to clear up after their dog. Faecal recognition cameras.
  7. Veg lasagne, using things that were reduced price, getting old, or might have been thrown away, supplemented with some store cupboard ingredients. Quantities and ingredients based on what I had available rather than being a strict recipe. You can vary the ingredients as you wish, but keep the proportion of butter, flour, milk and possibly cheese for the cheese sauce the same as given here. Probably less fiddly in practice than it looks written down. I had some cheap spring onions, kale and mushrooms, all needing used, some courgettes past their best, and some Parmesan rinds which some people throw away. The rest was store cupboard stuff. Put the Parmesan rinds through a heavy duty food processor to grind finely, unless you have a strong arm and lots of time to grind this really hard bit of the chesse. Set aside. For 4 people: Soften three fat spring onions and some garlic in extra virgin olive oil, add 2 courgettes chopped into pieces about the size of halved pound coins. Chop some kale (I had about 300gm at a guess), add to the pan, add a cup of veg stock to get it all to cook down, salt and pepper. In a separate pan, soften a chopped red onion and 3 or 4 fat cloves of garlic in olive oil. Add 400gm sliced mushrooms, soften. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes, a chopped chipotle (I keep a jar of chipotles in adobe sauce in the fridge, really useful), smoked paprika, salt and pepper, a chopped red pepper, a tin of drained butter beans. With both sauces, cook them down until fairly dry, don't want them giving off lots of water in the oven. Make a cheese sauce. Make a roux with 40gm of butter softened gently in a saucepan, add 40gm plain flour and mix in well, add salt, pepper, a little mustard powder or mustard from a jar, a pinch of chilli powder. Add 400gm milk, stir well, simmer gently while stirring until it thickens and doesn't taste of flour, add 100gm grated cheddar. Assemble the lasagne. Put the mushroom etc sauce on the bottom of an oven dish, layer lasagne sheets over, put the courgette sauce on that, drizzle a bit of the cheese sauce on that, maybe a fifth of the total, add another layer of lasagne, put the rest of the cheese sauce on that, and cover with grated Parmesan. I made it to that point before going out for the day, so we could just turn the oven on when we got back. If you don't put Parmesan or something else on top of the cheese sauce, it will quickly form a skin, which won't be great. If you dont have or don't like Parmesan, other grated cheese would be fine. Cook for about 45-60 mins on 150, starting from a cold oven and cold ingredients if you made it in advance like I did, or maybe 30-45 mins if you have a hot oven and are cooking it immediately after assembling it.
  8. Just make sure they spell it right, or you'll get some funny looks in the street.
  9. Can something be blindingly obvious, but at the same time also need saying?
  10. Just wondering, has there ever been an instance of anyone using the odd word "humbled" of themselves, as in "I am humbled by...", where the writer isn't a total arse who is trying to draw attention to some trivial achievement or a bigging-up by some utter ballbag, ie not"humbled" at all, but trying to project their imagined magnificence across whatever platform is available?
  11. Yes, I agree with that. But I can't think of other Labour figures seeming to support repression, intimidation and violence as a response to calls for regional or national autonomy. If she knows what happened in Catalonia, perhaps she could explain why she thinks it's a good example of how to respond, or if she meant something else, what she was trying to say. I don't see any basis for thinking that her personal ambition or some MPs nominating her for reasons which presumably don't relate to these comments should make us think that other Labour figures or the party as a whole take a similar view, if indeed that's her considered view. Perhaps she should clarify what she was trying to say.
  12. Well, she's someone who managed to get enough support among the PLP to stand. Those are individual endorsements, not a party stamp of approval. But then Owen Smith (who?) and Liz Kendall did that, so that's not a great recommendation. I doubt anyone who voted for her did so on the basis of her garbled thoughts on Catalonia, or were even aware of what she thought about it. I'm not even sure what I think she thinks about the issue. It may be just someone who's not very bright or well-read or aware, coming out with a form of words aimed at deflecting the question, rather than trying to say that we should have a fascist response to stirrings of local self-determination. Whatever it is, it's not Labour policy unless I'm very much mistaken, so perhaps best to challenge her as a person individually on this, and not the party as a whole.
  13. peterms

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    I suspect he thinks of himself rather like this. Probably with more people standing passively round him, like some kind of validation.
  14. You need to wait until we also sign Canthitt and Withabanjo.
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