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Sir Leigh of Somerset

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  1. A nest!? Bloody luxury that. I grew up in a family of 12 and we all lived in a clump of dock-leaves......
  2. I can only assume that this is all part of a Covid-inspired cost-cutting exercise so no room for marginal decisions. Maybe?
  3. I've run out of but the posts on this thread have given me the best laugh in quite a while. Thank you A.R. Great stuff.
  4. Come on now, don't rain on their parade.....
  5. Roll Away The Stone - Mott The Hoople
  6. The Waterboys did a pretty good version of Purple Rain here. When the violinist lets rip towards the end......
  7. Really, really sorry for your very sad and painful loss. Although I didn't manage to enter the draw in the end, I have just made a donation to The Foundation which will hopefully help you continue the great work you're doing in Ben's name and reach out to other families in need of support and comfort.
  8. You've debunked it so I'm right out of here....... Seriously though, if the gesture does have less effect over time (and it will), then even if it doesn't actually have a negative effect wouldn't it still be better to find a new approach and re-energise the campaign? I think the 3 big questions are 1) when is it the right time to stop 'taking the knee', 2) will it be productive to carry on with some form of new symbolic act and 3) if so, what form should that symbolic act take? Personally, I'd like to see more governmental/societal substance over symbolic style if you get my dr
  9. Yeh, I see where you're at now. I think I was blinded by a number of things (including the sheer scale of the carnage over the pond) but mostly by my mathematical inability! All it needs now is for someone to debunk the logic of my thought on 'taking the knee' etc and I'm right out of here;
  10. Apols if I've misquoted, misunderstood or misinterpreted the stats but could you explain how you've calculated your number there. To me, if white people form 86% of the population and account for 85% of 'police deaths', that might be as we'd expect. I thought the numbers for the deaths of black people v asian people were interesting because they're a sort of mirror image - 8% of people killed were black who represent 3% of the population while 3% of people killed were asian who represent 8% of the population. They're the numbers that seem out of synch but I didn't try to draw an
  11. In terms of the 'interesting' stats, the question of what they have to do with the UK is, I think, a fair one to pose. Assuming that it is a credible source, this might help (same source as used for USA figures above - UK figures over 10 years); https://www.statista.com/statistics/1122775/deaths-in-police-custody-in-the-uk-2019-by-ethnicity/ These stats show what I think we all know in that the UK is a very different place than is the USA. In the UK it appears that the deaths of white people is proportionate to the population (85% of deaths in 86% of the population) and, th
  12. Does this help? https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/ This may be a carp source and/or I may be reading it wrongly altogether. However, if it's accurate, it shows that while more white people than black people are killed by the police in the USA, the death rate (ie deaths per million of the population) is much higher for black people than it is for white people or hispanic people or asian people. (Apols - took too long writing this and it's been posted!!)
  13. Stones - throw - glasshouses.....
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