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Things That Make You Go... WTF?

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Yup, I asked if the school's name began with A because when Fred Talbot* was a biology teacher (at Altrincham Grammar School in Greater Manchester) he was known to show gay porn to schoolboys.

Showing porn to kids is a form of grooming. It compromises them and makes them vulnerable to exploitation.

*Talbot was a local TV presenter and celebrity in NW England, well-loved and respected until his offending against underage boys came to light.
Like Rolf Harris he denied everything and accused his victims of lying and attempting to cash in.
I remember seeing Talbot on Reeves and Mortimer's comedy panel show Shooting Stars, and based on his weatherman antics I expected him to roll up his sleeves and get right in on the jokes and spoofs. Nothing could have been further from the truth, he was a miserable bastard who didn't crack one smile throughout. When Bob pointed out "You've got huge ears, Fred!" it was as if he'd said something unforgiveable about his parentage.

And that's why I went right off Fred Talbot, even before the grooming and sexual assault convictions years later.
 

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Weird coincidence. My only Talbot anecdote involves the same people!

I was on a college trip to Liverpool (1995 ish) and of course we wandered down to the docks to see the famous weather map and hopefully get in the background of whatever programme it was that Talbot was on ('This Morning'?).

Who should come bounding up the steps from the map and run straight into my mate Chris? Only Vic Reeves.

Chris - "Blimey that bloke looks like Vic Reeves!"

"Funny that!" cried Bob Mortimer as he appeared up the same steps.
 

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Today, France bans all domestic airplane flights under 2 and 1/2 hours to reduce pollution.

If your trip is under 2 and 1/2, you will have to walk, bus, train, car, or bicycle.

French business feel they will be hurt.

Personally, I think this is a dumb idea.
 

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Vic 'n' Bob's Shooting Stars certainly revealed much about their guests. Look at the Talbot performance above and add the singer Gabrielle. I recall - perhaps erroneously - that she obviously didn't want to be there. She was probably pushed into it by her manager, and engaged with absolutely no one. Surprisingly, Vic 'n' Bob had the good grace not to poke fun at her, including her hair which she used to hide a drooping eyelid. They tried asking her questions (complete silence) and even her fellow team mates tried to engage her in the banter/team discussions but pretty soon they just ignored her.
Sad, really, because it didn't show her in a good light at all.
 
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Just saw this story about a US man who wanted to kill the internet.

FBI arrest man over alleged Amazon centre bomb plot

US authorities have arrested a man who allegedly plotted to bomb an Amazon data centre, which he believed would "kill off about 70% of the internet".

Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was arrested after receiving a dud explosive device from an undercover FBI agent, and was charged with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive,

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-56719618
 

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Today, France bans all domestic airplane flights under 2 and 1/2 hours to reduce pollution.

If your trip is under 2 and 1/2, you will have to walk, bus, train, car, or bicycle.

French business feel they will be hurt.

Personally, I think this is a dumb idea.
It's where a train journey can be made in less than 2.5 hours that short-haul internal flights will be banned. France has a decent high-speed rail network.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56716708
 

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This could lead to the creation of 'Godzilla'

Fukushima: Japan approves releasing wastewater into ocean

Japan has approved a plan to release more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea.

The water will be treated and diluted so radiation levels are below those set for drinking water.

But the local fishing industry has strongly opposed the move, as have China and South Korea.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56728068
 

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This could lead to the creation of 'Godzilla'

Fukushima: Japan approves releasing wastewater into ocean

Japan has approved a plan to release more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea.

The water will be treated and diluted so radiation levels are below those set for drinking water.

But the local fishing industry has strongly opposed the move, as have China and South Korea.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56728068
Not a great idea, least of all for the food chain but I suppose they have run out of ideas on what to do with it? :(
 

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Today, France bans all domestic airplane flights under 2 and 1/2 hours to reduce pollution.
If your trip is under 2 and 1/2, you will have to walk, bus, train, car, or bicycle.
I'm not certain that the 'to reduce pollution' reason holds water.
Example - if I had a flight booked from Heathrow to Glasgow that would be under 2 hours.
Obviously I'm not going to walk that distance, or bicycle either.
A bus is out of the question, although I expect there is a coach that would do that journey, albeit probably taking several hours (if not more).
A train journey instead is a more reasonable option, however that would require me to get to and from the train station at either end, and would only be less polluting than the flight if you have a modern electrified train for the whole journey.
And for both the coach and train, that is if it is at (or near) it's maximum capacity (so that you could do a 'per head' calculation on the pollution).
Which leaves the car.
Now bear in mind, people that own a car (a lot of people) have already paid out for the tax, insurance, MOT, servicing and other associated costs.
The production of the car had a one-off cost to construct it, so the longer it can be kept on the road in good condition the more efficient it is over all.
The more modern cars are less and less polluting, and electric and/or hybrid vehicles are the least polluting at point of use (pollution is just moved to a central point of power generation).
Plus there would be no other additional journeys to make in order to use a car already owned - it would take one from door to door.
But that car journey would equally be several hours (or possibly a couple of days for an electric car including stops to recharge).
And of course the main question would be.........is it any less polluting 'per head' than the flight???
Additionally, would the extra burden on other forms of transport be more polluting overall than the flights that are no longer being flown?

I could understand that a short flight for convenience (eg a businessman flying from London City to Oxford, say) would be a sensible target for this sort of restriction on flights - there are reasonable alternatives to that flight, and I'm not sure that the flight would necessarily be any shorter or less polluting 'per head' than driving the entire distance in a car, or even the train journey with a taxi to the train station either end.
 

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This could lead to the creation of 'Godzilla'

Fukushima: Japan approves releasing wastewater into ocean

Japan has approved a plan to release more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea.

The water will be treated and diluted so radiation levels are below those set for drinking water.

But the local fishing industry has strongly opposed the move, as have China and South Korea.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56728068
Wait, Japan, radioactivity, ocean?
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however that would require me to get to and from the train station at either end
Your permanent suite at the airport hotel is proving to be a sound environmental investment.
would only be less polluting than the flight if you have a modern electrified train for the whole journey.
I may well be wrong, but I will be astounded if any trains in regular service on inter-city routes in the UK (if not most countries) are more polluting than even the most efficient passenger aircraft.
 

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I'm not certain that the 'to reduce pollution' reason holds water.
Example - if I had a flight booked from Heathrow to Glasgow that would be under 2 hours.
Obviously I'm not going to walk that distance, or bicycle either.
A bus is out of the question, although I expect there is a coach that would do that journey, albeit probably taking several hours (if not more).
A train journey instead is a more reasonable option, however that would require me to get to and from the train station at either end, and would only be less polluting than the flight if you have a modern electrified train for the whole journey.
And for both the coach and train, that is if it is at (or near) it's maximum capacity (so that you could do a 'per head' calculation on the pollution).
Which leaves the car.
Now bear in mind, people that own a car (a lot of people) have already paid out for the tax, insurance, MOT, servicing and other associated costs.
The production of the car had a one-off cost to construct it, so the longer it can be kept on the road in good condition the more efficient it is over all.
The more modern cars are less and less polluting, and electric and/or hybrid vehicles are the least polluting at point of use (pollution is just moved to a central point of power generation).
Plus there would be no other additional journeys to make in order to use a car already owned - it would take one from door to door.
But that car journey would equally be several hours (or possibly a couple of days for an electric car including stops to recharge).
And of course the main question would be.........is it any less polluting 'per head' than the flight???
Additionally, would the extra burden on other forms of transport be more polluting overall than the flights that are no longer being flown?

I could understand that a short flight for convenience (eg a businessman flying from London City to Oxford, say) would be a sensible target for this sort of restriction on flights - there are reasonable alternatives to that flight, and I'm not sure that the flight would necessarily be any shorter or less polluting 'per head' than driving the entire distance in a car, or even the train journey with a taxi to the train station either end.
From what I understand jets use so much fuel that you are almost certainly reducing oil use and pollution on a per head basis.

Public intercity transport may well be better in France than here, a friend sometimes flies from Newcastle to Portsmouth/Southampton as it is quicker and often cheaper than getting the train.
 

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Life’s a Bitche: French town’s Facebook page shut down over ‘offensive’ name

Bitche in the Moselle, population 5,000 and home to the Bitchois, has fallen foul of the social network’s algorithm, which has deemed it insulting.

The town’s page was removed on 19 March without any apparent reason and has not been reinstated despite appeals to Facebook.

Instead, the local authority has created a new page called “Mairie 57230”, the town’s postcode.

“The town’s official page has been removed by Facebook. We have appealed, but for the moment it is still invisible. The appeal process can take several months, so we have created this page to continue communicating with you on social networks,” reads an explanatory post.

Valérie Degouy, a spokesperson for Bitche, told local radio: “I appealed on 19 March but [the page] hasn’t reappeared again. I have tried every way to contact Facebook, through the different forms, but there is nothing more to do. I tried to send a private message on the Facebook France page, I left about 10 messages every day. I was finally contacted and told that they were not in charge, that if I appealed, I would have to wait for a response from Facebook.
 

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Life’s a Bitche: French town’s Facebook page shut down over ‘offensive’ name

Bitche in the Moselle, population 5,000 and home to the Bitchois, has fallen foul of the social network’s algorithm, which has deemed it insulting.

The town’s page was removed on 19 March without any apparent reason and has not been reinstated despite appeals to Facebook.

Instead, the local authority has created a new page called “Mairie 57230”, the town’s postcode.
How long until 'Brest' in Brittany suffers the same fate?
 

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I'm not certain that the 'to reduce pollution' reason holds water.
Example - if I had a flight booked from Heathrow to Glasgow that would be under 2 hours.
Obviously I'm not going to walk that distance, or bicycle either.
A bus is out of the question, although I expect there is a coach that would do that journey, albeit probably taking several hours (if not more).
A train journey instead is a more reasonable option, however that would require me to get to and from the train station at either end, and would only be less polluting than the flight if you have a modern electrified train for the whole journey.
And for both the coach and train, that is if it is at (or near) it's maximum capacity (so that you could do a 'per head' calculation on the pollution).
Which leaves the car.
Now bear in mind, people that own a car (a lot of people) have already paid out for the tax, insurance, MOT, servicing and other associated costs.
The production of the car had a one-off cost to construct it, so the longer it can be kept on the road in good condition the more efficient it is over all.
The more modern cars are less and less polluting, and electric and/or hybrid vehicles are the least polluting at point of use (pollution is just moved to a central point of power generation).
Plus there would be no other additional journeys to make in order to use a car already owned - it would take one from door to door.
But that car journey would equally be several hours (or possibly a couple of days for an electric car including stops to recharge).
And of course the main question would be.........is it any less polluting 'per head' than the flight???
Additionally, would the extra burden on other forms of transport be more polluting overall than the flights that are no longer being flown?

I could understand that a short flight for convenience (eg a businessman flying from London City to Oxford, say) would be a sensible target for this sort of restriction on flights - there are reasonable alternatives to that flight, and I'm not sure that the flight would necessarily be any shorter or less polluting 'per head' than driving the entire distance in a car, or even the train journey with a taxi to the train station either end.
The Heathrow to Glasgow example isn't a great one as the equivalent train journey takes 4.5 hours, therefore wouldn't be affected. It would affect flights to London from places like Birmingham and Manchester if the same rule was adopted here.
 

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Today, France bans all domestic airplane flights under 2 and 1/2 hours to reduce pollution.

If your trip is under 2 and 1/2, you will have to walk, bus, train, car, or bicycle.

French business feel they will be hurt.

Personally, I think this is a dumb idea.
It's not the US. You have to think Europe. It's small. I would consider the drive from the bottom to the top of the UK less than a good day's trip. Paris to Marseilles by TGV is 3.5 hours. It would take more time than that to fly and to get to and from the airports. It's generally accepted that the best travel in the Boston/DC corridor is the express train. Not all the trains in France or the US of course are TGV, but with more ridership they would be. In my many years of work experience I can think of very few times that actual travel was needed in all those business trips I saw go by. A lot of it was people wanting the opportunity to party, whatever that might mean to that individual, away from home. Especially these days you can confer on line and see videos or hire a reputable expert locally if you need something measured (I dealt alot with site surveys.) The hourly amount of fuel burnt by planes is astronomical, especially high for take-off and landing, which are proportionally more used on short hops. I think it's a great idea and I suspect all those French businessmen in Rouen just want excuses to jet to Paris.
 

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Today, France bans all domestic airplane flights under 2 and 1/2 hours to reduce pollution.

If your trip is under 2 and 1/2, you will have to walk, bus, train, car, or bicycle.

French business feel they will be hurt.

Personally, I think this is a dumb idea.
“For every billion kilometers traveled, trains have a fatality rate that is 12 times higher than that of air travel, and the fatality rate for automobiles is 62 times greater than for air travel.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aviation_accidents_and_incidents#Safety

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Trevp666

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I would personally love to travel by Airship.
A proper big one, with all the facilities and amenities on board, y'know, a bar, restaurant, observation lounge etc etc.
They did it with the R101 and Hindenburg (okay so there were disasters) which shows it is possible.
 

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I would personally love to travel by Airship.
A proper big one, with all the facilities and amenities on board, y'know, a bar, restaurant, observation lounge etc etc.
They did it with the R101 and Hindenburg (okay so there were disasters) which shows it is possible.
There was some talk a few years ago of developing new passenger airships, helium filled, rather than hydrogen.
 
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