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44 minutes ago, HanoiVillan said:

I never understand why people think we *won't* have a state pension.

Because we have a rapidly ageing  retired population with a forthcoming decline of working population which is supposed to fund said pension?

Birth rates are falling off a cliff and we are doing our best to not to encourage young migrants to come to our country for work.

 

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1 hour ago, The Fun Factory said:

Because we have a rapidly ageing  retired population with a forthcoming decline of working population which is supposed to fund said pension?

Birth rates are falling off a cliff and we are doing our best to not to encourage young migrants to come to our country for work.

 

Population still increasing overall mainly due to a healthy net migration into the UK I think.

People are living longer though. I don't think they'll get rid of the state pension but I can see them pushing the age up even further and possibly means testing it. 

 

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6 minutes ago, Xela said:

Population still increasing overall mainly due to a healthy net migration into the UK I think.

People are living longer though. I don't think they'll get rid of the state pension but I can see them pushing the age up even further and possibly means testing it. 

 

You need to type "uk population shrinking" into Google @Xela

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In fact shrinking birth rates will affect most of the world soon 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-53409521

Fertility rate: 'Jaw-dropping' global crash in children being born

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The world is ill-prepared for the global crash in children being born which is set to have a "jaw-dropping" impact on societies, say researchers.

Falling fertility rates mean nearly every country could have shrinking populations by the end of the century.

And 23 nations - including Spain and Japan - are expected to see their populations halve by 2100.

Countries will also age dramatically, with as many people turning 80 as there are being born.

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What is going on?

The fertility rate - the average number of children a woman gives birth to - is falling.

If the number falls below approximately 2.1, then the size of the population starts to fall.

In 1950, women were having an average of 4.7 children in their lifetime.

Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation showed the global fertility rate nearly halved to 2.4 in 2017 - and their study, published in the Lancet, projects it will fall below 1.7 by 2100.

 

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*The whole thing* about UK politics is that pensioners are the most powerful force in it. That's why pensions are generous now! Because they're the single most important bloc, that politicians dare not anger. All the main parties are committed to the triple lock. And if you're worried about an ageing population, guess what - that means pensioners are going to become an even more critical voting bloc in the future.

When people predict the end of the state pension, what they're really predicting is the complete fiscal collapse of the British state, which . . . I mean it's not *completely* out of the question, but if that happens, we're not just going to have pensions to worry about.

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14 minutes ago, sidcow said:

You need to type "uk population shrinking" into Google @Xela

Latest official figures I could find.

It will be interesting to see what impact Brexit/Covid has had on the population when the next official figures come out. 

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The UK’s population continues to grow, but at a slower rate than previously
The UK population has grown year-on-year since 1982 as seen in Figure 1. The 2019 mid-year population estimates release showed that the population of the UK reached 66.8 million, up from 66.4 million in mid-2018. This population growth marks an increase of 0.5%, or an additional 361,000 people, between mid-2018 and mid-2019. Growth in the year mid-2018 to mid-2019 was slower than in any year since mid-2004.

The UK population is projected to increase further; our 2018-based principal national population projections suggest the UK population will surpass 69.6 million by mid-2029 and reach 72 million by mid-2041 – increases of 4.2% and 7.8%, respectively, from mid-2019

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/articles/overviewoftheukpopulation/january2021

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People who shout abuse out of cars at cyclists or runners for lols.

Doesn't happen very often, and I always ignore it. But when they catch you at a low moment... maybe you've struggled and you're feeling spent... it really does hurt.

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4 hours ago, KentVillan said:

People who shout abuse out of cars at cyclists or runners for lols.

Doesn't happen very often, and I always ignore it. But when they catch you at a low moment... maybe you've struggled and you're feeling spent... it really does hurt.

The wife and I were cycling up a hill a few years ago and had slowed somewhat. A car whizzed past us and yelled something out the window.. 

"Keep going Figgins" 

No idea who or what Figgins is but it cheered us both up and gave us a boost up the hill. We've been using the saying ever since. 

If Figgins is actually something bad please keep it to yourself and don't ruin it for us. 

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5 hours ago, KentVillan said:

People who shout abuse out of cars at cyclists or runners for lols.

Doesn't happen very often, and I always ignore it. But when they catch you at a low moment... maybe you've struggled and you're feeling spent... it really does hurt.

Happens to me about once a month. It really pisses me off.

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My abuse at cyclists is contained in the car. I also had to find a different word to use than words removed as my grandson was in the car. So now the actual phrase used when passing 2 abreast cyclists is the VT swear filter alternative of Word Removed. 

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1 hour ago, Rds1983 said:

The wife and I were cycling up a hill a few years ago and had slowed somewhat. A car whizzed past us and yelled something out the window.. 

"Keep going Figgins" 

No idea who or what Figgins is but it cheered us both up and gave us a boost up the hill. We've been using the saying ever since. 

If Figgins is actually something bad please keep it to yourself and don't ruin it for us. 

Wiggins.  

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On a campsite (suggested meeting you for a pint @bickster but my wife didn’t seem to go for it) and I am sat outside of my motorhome. A **** paintball place next to it and the sound of paintball guns going off since 8.45. 

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1 hour ago, Rds1983 said:

Definitely said Figgins with a F. Heard it very clearly. 

Is that a nickname for Wiggins? 

They probably just didn't know the cyclist's name properly?

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13 minutes ago, Seat68 said:

On a campsite (suggested meeting you for a pint @bickster but my wife didn’t seem to go for it) and I am sat outside of my motorhome. A **** paintball place next to it and the sound of paintball guns going off since 8.45. 

You sure it's paintball guns? The Army base by ours is pretty active this morning and it is just the other side of those trees you are sat in. I suspect those guns is real dude.

The paintball site is only allowed to open so many times a year. Sunday morning ginfire is usually real. It seems to be rifles today, yesterday the fire was automatic weapons

Of course it could be paintball guns, they musty have got them all back from Mario Ballotelli eventually

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4 minutes ago, bickster said:

You sure it's paintball guns? The Army base by ours is pretty active this morning and it is just the other side of those trees you are sat in. I suspect those guns is real dude.

The paintball site is only allowed to open so many times a year. Sunday morning ginfire is usually real. It seems to be rifles today, yesterday the fire was automatic weapons

Of course it could be paintball guns, they musty have got them all back from Mario Ballotelli eventually

It must be real guns then. Couldn’t ascertain if there was anything like that close by. It was happening yesterday and today so that fits. 

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My passengers hurled abuse at two cyclists last night because they caused me to perform an emergency stop on a 50 mph road

The abuse they hurled was "You nearly just died dickheads"

half a second earlier into the bend  from me and they'd have been toast, they had no lights on and were both cycling up the middle of the road, one either side of the double white lines

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31 minutes ago, Seat68 said:

It must be real guns then. Couldn’t ascertain if there was anything like that close by. It was happening yesterday and today so that fits. 

If it's stopped now it's the army base

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3 hours ago, Seat68 said:

My abuse at cyclists is contained in the car. I also had to find a different word to use than words removed as my grandson was in the car. So now the actual phrase used when passing 2 abreast cyclists is the VT swear filter alternative of Word Removed. 

I think my rant at cyclists is on here already somewhere but 2 abreast cyclists piss me off no end.

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