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June 25, 2019, 02:20:23 am

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General Chat - English / Re: The Conservative Party Lea...
Last post by Slim - June 23, 2019, 19:24:51 pm
It's the party membership, not their voters, who will elect Boris as PM. You only had to hear the response from the audience to Iain Dale's question yesterday to understand that his position has been strengthened.

And it's coming to light now that Boris' would-be secret police neighbours are committed leftard euro-snivellers who have done this as part of a smear and hate campaign that they've been running for some time. It adds up to sympathy for decent, rational people for whom the Conservative Party is a natural home.
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General Sporting Chat / Re: Cycling - 2
Last post by Nick - June 23, 2019, 13:39:07 pm
Close call with a tractor today, locked up the back wheel on a damp downhill, we both managed to stop but in a Devon lane with  vertical hedges there was no room for avoidance and I ended up just touching the tractors front tyre as I came to a halt. Jelly legs.
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General Chat - English / Re: The Conservative Party Lea...
Last post by Nick - June 23, 2019, 13:28:02 pm
Quote from: Slim on June 23, 2019, 13:06:20 pmThe best thing about this is that it will fortify Boris' campaign to become our Prime Minister, not compromise it. 
Looking at the online papers today that is not the effect it's having. Hunt according to one voter poll is now 3 points ahead, Boris has seemed an utter mess this week when he should have been a shoe in. Talking of which he couldn't even put his socks on properly for his big hustings interview. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/boris-johnson-lets-his-socks-appeal-slip-on-big-day-x5bfwcsr5
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General Chat - English / Re: The Conservative Party Lea...
Last post by Slim - June 23, 2019, 13:06:20 pm
Well I found it interesting that it was reported that they were using a "tape recorder". But I think the salient point here is that their North Korean style neighbour-monitoring activities prompted them to call the police, who found that no law had been broken and everyone involved was safe and unharmed.

It's interesting, isn't it, that they provided their nosy neighbour recording to the Guardian after the police had concluded their investigation, and found that there was no case to answer?

A rational person could only conclude that police time was wasted in order to lend a bit of sensationalism to what turned out to be a politically motivated non-story.

The best thing about this is that it will fortify Boris' campaign to become our Prime Minister, not compromise it. Because it's obvious that the Left are very, very frightened of Boris Johnson. And because decent people will want to hit back against their despicable smear tactics.
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General Chat - English / Re: The Conservative Party Lea...
Last post by döm - June 23, 2019, 12:39:59 pm
Quote from: Slim on June 23, 2019, 00:45:57 amI'm only sorry to hear that Boris has the pound shop Stasi living next door, their ears and listening devices pressed to the wall ready to record his every indiscretion so that it can be reported to the police. And of course to the Guardian newspaper, who probably provided them with their tape recorder quite some time ago.
You think they can't afford a mobile phone? 

I imagine if they can afford to live next door to Boris Johnson's residence they can!

I don't think this is some communist plot to overthrow a putative leader.  They approached The Guardian for sure but it's been the front page of every paper. 

It even took 2 days before the Telegraph tried to turn it into a left wing plot rather than a public interest story about the next leader of the country.
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General Chat - English / Re: The Conservative Party Lea...
Last post by Slim - June 23, 2019, 00:56:32 am
By the way - on a related topic, odd that this little episode of mysogynistic violence hasn't been reported so much today?





Apparently Jez lunged at a female reporter who asked him an awkward question and had to be pulled away by his own staff.

Mind you - he was taking a punt having a go at his age. Would have been quite funny if she'd punched his lights out.
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General Chat - English / Re: The Conservative Party Lea...
Last post by Slim - June 23, 2019, 00:45:57 am
Quote from: Matt2112 on June 22, 2019, 20:45:25 pmThere's a fantastic anecdote from Jeremy Vine doing the rounds on social media about Boris turning up at a corporate awards ceremony literally two minutes before he was due to make a speech - without apparently even knowing what the awards were actually for; have you seen it dom..?

Yes, but the point of that anecdote was that it turned out to be an act - came out with exactly the same schtick at the next awards ceremony he and Vine both attended, right down to appearing to forget the punchline from his joke.

We can't know of course whether Vine's anecdote is true; I would not ascribe too much credibility t0 anything written by a left-leaning journalist, especially one who works for the BBC, and particularly when attempting to smear a prominent Tory politician.

But let's say that it is true. I suspect actually, that it is (in essence. Probably a bit of exaggeration). Even Vine concedes that Boris went down a storm both times. He was speaking at an awards dinner and provided some entertainment. He wasn't making a statement to the House of Commons.

He's a very intelligent man and a clever operator. And that anecdote tells me that the UK's status as a meritocracy is alive and kicking.

I'm only sorry to hear that Boris has the pound shop Stasi living next door, their ears and listening devices pressed to the wall ready to record his every indiscretion so that it can be reported to the police. And of course to the Guardian newspaper, who probably provided them with their tape recorder quite some time ago.
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General Sporting Chat / Re: Cycling - 2
Last post by Slim - June 22, 2019, 22:46:27 pm
Lovely day for it and despite being on call, I wanted to do 49 or 50. As usual I devised a rough plan that wouldn't take me too far from home.

While investigating routes on the Strava planner I'd found a stretch just south of Derby that was remarkably flat and wanted to check it out, so I did. Went up to Swarkestone Bridge through Melbourne, turned left and followed the road along to Stenson, where I took this pic at the Bubble Inn.



Hadn't been there since 1992, when I dated a girl called Julie. Difficult memories, but we needn't dwell on that here.

So from there I turned back but kept on the same road past Swarkestone Bridge, along to Weston-on-Trent, where I stopped at a bench and consulted Google Maps. It looked like the best route homeward was back the way I'd come. But mindful of the need to build up the miles a bit without venturing too far, I pedalled along the flat road over to Stenson again, before turning back once more and going back down over the bridge.

The flat road is quite pleasant - an A road, but not too busy. Not my favourite sort of cycling but enjoyable enough. Certainly well surfaced and free of climbing hills.

Took a deviant route around Melbourne where I stopped again for a few minutes. Then after Coleorton and back in my on call comfort zone, I did a run up over Belton way, part of my old "Belton Figure of 8" route.

Took a long detour over the last few miles to get the distance up to 50. Home on 52.25 (the bike computer said 52.22, so very pleasing accuracy). That's the longest distance I've done for over 13 months.

Felt a bit knackered after that, but I think that was possibly the heat and the brightness. Also perhaps because the S Works has a slightly less comfortable riding position. It's been comfortable enough since I flipped the stem but the bars are still a touch lower than the other bikes and I hadn't done more than 32 on it before. Also, I didn't find a suitable wee stop for the whole 50 miles.

It was a proper short sleeves, warm day. I wore a cap rather than a helmet to keep the sun off my eyes. Couldn't help noticing that every other cyclist out today was wearing a helmet, but I have to consider the number of miles I've done over the last 4.5 years (17287) against the number of times my head has collided with something heavier than an insect (0) and conclude that I'm fairly safe.

I did enjoy that. Would have been a bit more relaxed if I hadn't been thinking about the possibility of my phone going off, and if I'd had a spare inner tube. I don't own one with a valve long enough for the Cosmic rims. I must fix that.

I was passed by a couple on a tandem a few miles after I set off, in Coleorton. The rear rider had a laminated sheet pinned to her backpack announcing that they were doing - if I remember correctly - a 190 mile ride for a charity in a single day. Would love to know where they'd set off from and where they were going, but they don't feature in my Strava FlyBys as yet.

https://www.strava.com/activities/2471468164

That's 317 done this month which is over the adjusted target of 292, but still a bit under the original target of 329 for June.
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General Sporting Chat / Re: Cycling - 2
Last post by Nïckslïkk2112 - June 22, 2019, 21:35:49 pm
Wasn't sure how my ride would go today. Tramping the streets of London on Thursday left me with a left knee that could only walk for about 100 yards on Friday without leaving me in intense pain. I think there's something about London's pavements that really does my knees in.

So I set off quite gently, but there was no reaction in the knee whatsoever. Which was nice. That's my than I can say about my thighs at the end of the ride as they were complaining mercilessly. That could be because I did 10 miles more than I thought I would and I did more climbing than I've ever done before.

The 80 miles I did gets me over 500 miles for June and over 3,000 for the year. Still not halfway to 100 miles of elevation gain for the year. Time the weather  settled down.

https://www.strava.com/activities/2471860481
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General Chat - English / Re: The Conservative Party Lea...
Last post by döm - June 22, 2019, 21:34:20 pm
Quote from: Matt2112 on June 22, 2019, 20:45:25 pmThere's a fantastic anecdote from Jeremy Vine doing the rounds on social media about Boris turning up at a corporate awards ceremony literally two minutes before he was due to make a speech - without apparently even knowing what the awards were actually for; have you seen it dom..?
Quote from: Nïckslïkk2112 on June 22, 2019, 21:29:57 pmAnd then the next time Jeremy Vine was at an awards ceremony with Boris, Boris did exactly the same thing.

I think Alexander could surprise us. There's probably an intensely serious guy in the middle of the buffoon that he's doing his best to suppress. The fact that he became Mayor if London twice says something, not sure what, but something.
Yes where Vine was initially amazed by Johnson's off the cuff brilliance only to see him repeat the self same performance at another speech later.

I think that Johnson is living proof that the UK has a long way to go before it becomes a meritocracy.
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