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A typical council meeting where nothing is achieved except power struggles. My old flat mate listened in on one of these once, held at the Red Lion Hotel by the Cromer branch of North Norfolk District Council. They could have held the meeting in their tax payer funded hall but they chose the Red Lion Hotel instead. One person made one suggestion of putting a marque over the pier. That idea was rejected by the other nineteen people present then they all got stuck into their three course lunch and drinks instead that was, by an amazing coincidence, also entirely funded by the tax payer. I had to deal with the payment.

Best of the Handforth Parish Council Planning & Environment Committee Thursday 10th December 2020 - YouTube
 
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A typical council meeting where nothing is achieved except power struggles. My old flat mate listened in on one of these once, held at the Red Lion Hotel by the Cromer branch of North Norfolk District Council. They could have held the meeting in their tax payer funded hall but they chose the Red Lion Hotel instead. One person made one suggestion of putting a marque over the pier. That idea was rejected by the other nineteen people present then they all got stuck into their tax payer funded three course lunch and drinks instead.

Best of the Handforth Parish Council Planning & Environment Committee Thursday 10th December 2020 - YouTube

I to 1:20 and was so annoyed I stopped watching.
 

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I to 1:20 and was so annoyed I stopped watching.
Politics in motion. The actual chairman should have chosen that moment to out himself as a proud gay man. That would have shut the Judas element up :cool: .. and then put in a complaint of homophobic bullying. The one I hated the most was that bloke aligning himself with everything the pretender to the throne was doing just to cover his own arse. This is where our council tax goes. The chairman should have had a spine and dismissed Jackie Weaver from the meeting that she organised.
 
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Politics in motion. The actual chairman should have chosen that moment to out himself as a proud gay man. That would have shut the Judas element up :cool: .. and then put in a complaint of homophobic bullying. The one I hated the most was that bloke aligning himself with everything the pretender to the throne was doing just to cover his own arse. This is where our council tax goes.

I didn't get that far, we should have stormed their zoom meeting, QAnon style.
 

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I didn't get that far, we should have stormed their zoom meeting, QAnon style.
"And there's not enough butter on the scones!! .. let's smash the place up!!"

edit:.. although to be fair, I don't know what happened before this meeting. Maybe the chairman was corrupt as fuck?
 
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.. and kudos to raypugh at B3ta fo' this

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We can at least be thankful that none of them felt the need to get their kit off.
 

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We can at least be thankful that none of them felt the need to get their kit off.
I want a signed copy .. and a musical ..
 
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I particularly enjoyed whoever it was who just broke into maniacal laughter half-way through proceedings - clearly aware of the madness of it all.
 

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I particularly enjoyed whoever it was who just broke into maniacal laughter half-way through proceedings - clearly aware of the madness of it all.
The one that sounded like Golum.
 

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A list of English names with unexpected (in some cases unexpectable) pronunciations.

Abergavenny: Abergnny (hard ‘g’)
Alnwick: Annick
Arbuthnot: A-buth-not
Auchinleck: Afflck (or as spelt)
Beauchamp: Beecham
Beaufort: Bofoot
Beaulieu: Biew-li
Belvoir: Beava
Bethune: Beaton
Blenheim: Blenim
Bolingbroke: Bullingbrook
Borrowes: Burrows
Broughton: Brawton
Buccleuch: Buckloo
Burgh: Bura
Bury: Berry
Caius: Keys (College)
Calverley: Cahvaly
Capell: Cayple
Carnegie: Cahnggie
Cecil: in the family, Sissl
Cirencester: Sista, or Saye-ren-sesta

Continued until Z!
http://www.johntrainbroadside.com/english-family-and-place-names/
As an American who rarely encounters these unique pronunciations I'm very interested in them. Can someone provide proper phonetic spellings rather than these "should have been spelled like this" versions?
 

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I was rather surprised by the quality obtained from this 1937 tv!

True, there is a black-spot, called ion-burn, in the centre of the tube and the geometry of the tube is bound to create truncation of the picture.

We might wonder about the whole process of getting a modern signal onto the old screen but I was impressed by the quality - which still needed to be captured for our enjoyment! :)
 

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A list of English names with unexpected (in some cases unexpectable) pronunciations.

Abergavenny: Abergnny (hard ‘g’)
Alnwick: Annick
Arbuthnot: A-buth-not
Auchinleck: Afflck (or as spelt)
Beauchamp: Beecham
Beaufort: Bofoot
Beaulieu: Biew-li
Belvoir: Beava
Bethune: Beaton
Blenheim: Blenim
Bolingbroke: Bullingbrook
Borrowes: Burrows
Broughton: Brawton
Buccleuch: Buckloo
Burgh: Bura
Bury: Berry
Caius: Keys (College)
Calverley: Cahvaly
Capell: Cayple
Carnegie: Cahnggie
Cecil: in the family, Sissl
Cirencester: Sista, or Saye-ren-sesta

Continued until Z!
http://www.johntrainbroadside.com/english-family-and-place-names/

My late partner's surname was Mainwaring and he frequently had to explain the spelling and pronunciation to strangers. He bore no resemblance to Arthur Lowe, btw. ;)
 

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My late partner's surname was Mainwaring and he frequently had to explain the spelling and pronunciation to strangers.

Oddly enough, I met a girl who kept insisting that her name was not pronounced the Arthur Lowe way!

This is going back to the days when kids would even have heard of Dad's Army! :omr:
 

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My late partner's surname was Mainwaring and he frequently had to explain the spelling and pronunciation to strangers. He bore no resemblance to Arthur Lowe, btw. ;)
But did he pronounce it 'Mannering' or like Colonel Square always did, 'Main-Waring'??
 

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As an American who rarely encounters these unique pronunciations I'm very interested in them. Can someone provide proper phonetic spellings rather than these "should have been spelled like this" versions?

As one or two other Brits here have pointed out, a few of those above aren't quite right anyway, proper phonetics or no. It's interesting, though, how as a resident of these parts for the half-century or so that I've been on this planet, most of the places cited above seem "obvious". I can't imagine saying "Leicester" or "Worcester" as anything other than "Lester" and "Wooster", and it's easy to forget that not everyone in the world is brought up with such silliness!
 

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As one or two other Brits here have pointed out, a few of those above aren't quite right anyway, proper phonetics or no. It's interesting, though, how as a resident of these parts for the half-century or so that I've been on this planet, most of the places cited above seem "obvious". I can't imagine saying "Leicester" or "Worcester" as anything other than "Lester" and "Wooster", and it's easy to forget that not everyone in the world is brought up with such silliness!

Years ago we were driving up to Warwickshire to visit my family, one of the first times MrsCarlos was paraded in front of the clan. We were visiting my Nan first, so the wife (from Dublin) rang ahead to let her know we were close to arriving.

"Yes, we're on the motorway, we've just passed the sign for By-sesster!"

Cue much hilarity from my Nan, and a wife who couldn't work out what was so funny. Little was she to know how much funnier it would be to listen to me pronouncing Irish place names.
 

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Years ago we were driving up to Warwickshire to visit my family, one of the first times MrsCarlos was paraded in front of the clan. We were visiting my Nan first, so the wife (from Dublin) rang ahead to let her know we were close to arriving.

"Yes, we're on the motorway, we've just passed the sign for By-sesster!"

Cue much hilarity from my Nan, and a wife who couldn't work out what was so funny. Little was she to know how much funnier it would be to listen to me pronouncing Irish place names.

For many years I assumed it was pronounced that way, fortunately I never had to say it.
 

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For many years I assumed it was pronounced that way, fortunately I never had to say it.

Alcester, near Evesham, is one I've heard pronounced different ways.

To me, it's definitely something close to "Ollster", but I've heard many people say "All-sess-ter".

Just noticed that Evesham could be confusing. For the record, it's "Eve-shum" rather than "Eve's ham".
 
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