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Is the lock down ending too soon?
at 04:59 1 Jul 2020

That's basically it.

Thoughts please.
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Is 'shtum' a Welsh word? And do you know what it means?
at 03:56 21 Jun 2020

I always thought that 'keeping shtum' was a Welsh word but I've just read it in a US crime novel and it jarred with me a little. Is this a US phrase or is the writer a Brit?

Where did it come from?
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What words would under 30s not understand?
at 03:10 16 Jun 2020

I'm starting off with:

Vetch

and

Whelk (thanks Ebo)

Shame there aren't any under 30s on this site. I've always wanted to know if that guy Taylor Sheeran is any good. Someone told me that he was the new Des O'Connor.

Or alternatively, what words do under 30s use that over 30s wouldn't understand?
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Why did you pick your photograph
at 03:13 5 Jun 2020

I've always been curious about why people choose their particular photograph to go with their posts. And why some people don't put any photo up.

Even if you're choosing one of your own photos, you're making a decision about whether to post one from when you were younger or as you are today, and that's interesting.

Lord Bony's was of Peter Cushing, and I've no idea why, Darran for example posted a photo of him that would have been a great icon.

Mine is simple enough, I grew up in Gowerton and that's an Irish Water Spaniel (the largest of the spaniels) that reminds me of long, hot summers and splashing around in rivers.

So Karnataka, Lohengrin and everyone else, what's the story behind the photo? And I've always wondered why Lohengrin's pic is Godfrey from Dad's Army.
https://spartacus-educational.com/FWWridleyA.htm
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What newspapers / news sites do you subscribe to
at 20:31 3 Jun 2020

Recently I've been getting a lot of trial offers from the Times, Telegraph, Independent and so on, and wonder which ones do people pay for and consider value for money.

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The Power of Prejudice
at 02:38 2 Jun 2020

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Welsh NHS Staff sing Bridge over Troubled Water
at 13:45 14 May 2020

and are praised by Paul Simon

https://www.nme.com/news/music/paul-simon-hails-brave-welsh-nhs-staff-for-bridge

But come on guys, did you really reed to reinforce the stereotype that all ordinary Welsh people can sing like angels?
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It's Pelican FeedingTime?
at 14:34 7 May 2020

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2020/05/05/watch-the-virtual-feeding-of-the-roy

Are there any other live webcams that you would recommend? Doesn't have to be in this timezone.
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Is Trump correct?
at 04:42 5 May 2020

"The US has recorded 1,015 new deaths linked to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the lowest daily number in a month. Overall, 68,920 people have died with the virus."

They are about 5 times bigger than we are. So are they doing things better than us?
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Will you download the new tracing app to your phone?
at 04:09 5 May 2020

Maybe someone should start a poll.

For myself, absolutely I will.

But I completely understand the concerns of people who don't like Big Brother watching them and doubt if they will reach their percentage target, whatever that is.
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Why don't people do polls any more?
at 03:22 5 May 2020

When was the last one?

I'd start one myself but I just can't be arsed. Caution: anyone who can be bothered to reply to this pitiful, nonsensical excuse for a post better not have an out of date poll attached to their message. Nod.
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ZOOM?
at 01:29 4 Apr 2020

Are the Club or the Trust setting up a Zoom site for Swans fans to join?

Or are there any general Swans websites that people can recommend? Getting a little bit stir crazy here in London.
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Positive news in the Corona virus pandemic
at 16:29 3 Apr 2020

It may be outnumbered by the bad, but it deserves its own thread.

Put any positive pieces of news here. Especially welcome are anything you have witnessed personally.

And on this occasion you are allowed to big yourself up, even if it is something tiny. No false modesty!
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Fact-checking Websites, e.g. Snopes
at 19:12 13 Mar 2020


https://www.snopes.com

Misinformation can kill so it's vital to have websites that can quash unfounded scare stories. Snopes is one of the oldest (and positively mentioned by Tummer). Any others that people here go to every day?
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Brexit means More Red Tape
at 20:16 7 Mar 2020

Well of course it does. Strange that Brexit politicians said the opposite with a straight face.

Here's one of many, many examples. Feel free to add your own.

Or alternatively, provide examples where there's less bureacracy because of Brexit (are there any?).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51783580
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TV Recommendations - any suggestions?
at 15:23 7 Mar 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/07/requiem-to-the-troubles-bbc-to-a

UPDATE: The heading has been changed. If you think there's something worth watching, let us know.
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Should heading be banned?
at 23:08 14 Feb 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/feb/14/former-england-captain-dave-watson

It's not just on the pitch: it's the hours on the training pitch. Of course kids shouldn't do it.
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The last decade was the hottest in history
at 20:54 8 Jan 2020

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/2019-weather-hottest-year-history-eu-c

Last year was Earth’s second hottest year on record, with the decade as a whole the warmest in history, the European Union’s climate monitoring service has said.

Data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) found that the average temperature in 2019 was only a few hundredths of a degree below the record 2016 level.

In Europe specifically, 2019 was the hottest year on record, the EU‘s climate service said. Within the decade, Copernicus also found that the five last years were the hottest on record for the planet.

“These are unquestionably alarming signs,” Copernicus director Jean-Noel Thepaut said.

Global temperatures in 2019 were 0.6 Celsius hotter than the average in 1981-2010. Additionally the last five years were 1.1C-1.2C warmer than the pre-industrial era.

There's a lot more in the article.
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Bobby Madley's statement
at 18:59 3 Jan 2020

https://therefereesword.blogspot.com/2019/12/time-to-move-on.html?m=1

It's an interesting read.

Anyway, a belated Happy Christmas, peace and goodwill to all.
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Growing Up Poor: Britain's Breadline Kids. Channel 4
at 20:57 2 Dec 2019

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/episode-guide

This is at 10 tonight, please watch it if you can bear to because it's hard viewing. And this isn't to do with party politics because both Labour and the Conservatives have let these children down.

If you don't see it tonight, it will be on the C4 site later, fair warning, it's easier to watch a horror movie.

How in our lifetime did we end up with 4 million (four million?!) children in poverty like this where they are going hungry? This isn't families not being hard working, or not being responsible parents, or spending money on crap instead of food and housing. It's just wrong.
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