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  1. Perhaps one of them is a typo for the iconic "Scott of the Sahara".
  2. I was actually born in Sheerness, and you could see 'The Wreck' as we called it from the house I was born in on the Marine Parade. Years ago they would offer boat trips round The Wreck. In all honesty, flattening Sheerness would only be an improvement, although loss of life could be horrendous.
  3. Doubts over Brexit as vote backfires on May

    There'd be nothing to bleat about. We'd still be getting 52-odd baht to the £ as the money markets would still have confidence in the UK's future. The Government would not have to be propped up by 10 dinosaurs. The young would have something to look forward to, and the wrinklies would lose their air of smugness for having shafted them. Etc.
  4. Doubts over Brexit as vote backfires on May

    Elections are different animals to referenda. A party receiving 48% of the votes in an election will invariably win, one receiving 33% will invariably lose. Changes of government are regular occurrences, unravelling the previous 44 years are not, thankfully. Glad that you don't seem to think the UK's in a mess, though.
  5. Doubts over Brexit as vote backfires on May

    Agreed. Unlike a General Election, where abstentions just indicate no preference, in the Referendum it could be argued that those who didn't vote were happy with the status quo. There will always be a problem with simple majority referenda: what if the vote had been 50.01/49.99?
  6. Doubts over Brexit as vote backfires on May

    Not quite true. There was no vote for joining the EEC (as was), the 1975 referendum was held to decide whether the UK should remain members a couple of years after joining. As you say, the result was 67-33 in favour, the sort of majority you could start applying emotive phrases like 'the will of the people' to. That should have settled the matter, but unfortunately the 33% were not prepared to accept the result. They became known as 'Eurosceptics', although 'Euroseptics' would be more accurate, as successive governments (particularly Conservative) had to pander to their Eurosceptic wing. As a result, instead of being one of the leaders of the Union, the UK allowed Germany and France to set the agenda. It is ironic that these are the same people who later complained that the UK was being ruled from Brussels, but were too arrogant to admit, or too stupid to realise, that their indifference had exacerbated the situation. Referenda in the UK have only ever been held to appease party political in-fighting for a very good reason: they are a very unsatisfactory method of carrying out government and undermine sovereignty, which rests with Parliament. Certainly any vote on a cataclysmic change such as Brexit should require a 2:1majority, otherwise you end up with the sort of mess we are now witnessing. The only way to save the Country would be for Parliament to override the referendum result, which they are perfectly entitled to do, but of course politicians are not brave enough to do this. Perhaps the answer is a military coup and Article 44!
  7. t Pollsters also tend to exclude from the results people who say they have never voted before (not first time voters). This probably explains why they got the Brexit result so wrong, as a vast number of people voted who had never previously done so at elections.
  8. Quite probably - just covering their costs, and in line with what we were expecting (unless you happened to be a Sun or Mail reader). I was specifically referring to May's approach and postulating that a more measured one might produce better results.
  9. You know you're becoming Thai when....(no. 573)....you vote for the party which promises you the biggest short-term gain. It is clear that May's confrontational approach has angered the Europeans and will lead to the worst possible Brexit deal. Any other vote and hopefully Sterling will eventually return to pre-referendum levels. As a Tory victory has been widely predicted, I am not even sure it would affect Sterling should it happen. The decision to hold an election is looking almost as daft as that of holding a simple majority plebiscite last year.
  10. I wondered how long it would be before someone mentioned the red-whiskered bulbul. My money was on a 20-25 year spread.
  11. But can you envisage Boris Johnson, given his recent erratic behaviour, being responsible for anything?
  12. And flavour - I would far rather my caffeine tasted of coffee than bubblegum.
  13. A couple of pieces of advice I would give to the OP, based on personal experience. Firstly, arrange for a utility bill (water is the obvious one) to be put in your name, either at your rented out property or at your brother's. Secondly, if it's feasible, I would bring your lady friend to live with you in the UK for 2 or 3 months before committing yourself. This would help you to ensure your compatibility, and also remove some of her inbuilt Thai prejudices and misapprehensions.
  14. Not sure I would be too comfortable if the outlaws were younger than me. Mine are about 12 years older and even that sometimes feels a bit close.
  15. I did think about that, but as all the other places mentioned - Sattahip, Koh Chang, Pranburi - are precise locations it seemed inconsistent to throw a province into the mix.