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>> No. 33825 Anonymous
30th May 2021
Sunday 1:47 pm
/news/33825 Coronavirus #4
Thread #2 was over 1,700 posts long; thread #3 (>>27266) is now close to 2,800 replies and no longer loads on my phone at work. Let's have a new, hopefully final thread.

The current situation:
Everything is expected to reopen on the 21st of June 2021.
It might not, because cases are rising from the lesser reopenings and the dreaded Indian variant.
Vaccination is going well in rich countries. UK deaths are ~10/day.
Speculation is starting again that the virus might have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, because it's such an intriguing coincidence, but reasonable people do not currently believe it was a deliberate Chinese conspiracy.
India is currently the country with the worst COVID-19 horror stories.

Will Dominic Cummings give any more evidence about the ineptitude of government handling, or has he said everything he wanted to say now?
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>> No. 38835 Anonymous
29th June 2022
Wednesday 1:18 pm
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You've got a much worse illness, no-friends-itis
>> No. 38836 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 1:28 pm
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Covid's back on the BBC front page now. Didn't see that coming with everything else going on.
>> No. 38837 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 3:54 pm
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When did Sarah Millican become a racist?
>> No. 38838 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 8:10 pm
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You won't fool me with your fake headlines. Heather Watson is shit at tennis.
>> No. 38839 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 9:36 pm
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If you really used paint you're a fucking madman.


>> No. 23560 Anonymous
16th November 2016
Wednesday 6:49 pm
/emo/23560 Minor angst and existential dread, Mk. I
We tend to have a lot of repeated threads here, but I also get the feeling people don't tend to post in /emo/ unless it's a big issue.

With this in mind I suggest that we have a thread for stuff that's got you down a bit and you need to get off your chest, without it being major enough to make an entire thread devoted to it. We can also use it as a go-to for minor relationship advice, work problems, social drama, and things like that.

Everyone gets down from time to time, let's put some Sisters of Mercy on and wallow together for a while.
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>> No. 31759 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 6:49 pm
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Can you go to the court and ask them in person? I am a big fan of interacting with people whose job it is to help me, and I've only ever wanted to violently dismember two of them with my bare hands. Also, check the paperwork you have signed so far; it's the bank's job to find these things out about you and if you get a CCJ after you've been approved, the bank obviously didn't care enough beforehand to stop you. People who are two or three years into paying off a mortgage probably get CCJs all the time, and the bank doesn't revoke their mortgages.
>> No. 31760 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 7:14 pm
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Nah, haven't been approved yet, the valuation survey is on Thursday, so while presumably they will have checked my credit file before they booked that, I'm assuming they'll still flat out reject it when they run a proper check.
>> No. 31761 Anonymous
29th June 2022
Wednesday 5:17 am
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Never pursued social recognition, never pursued relationships (platonic or romantic) with any real gusto, stopped falling for materialistic trappings long ago. Main goal was to avoid work but I realised it would take less effort to treat easy work as a kind of waking meditation than to work to avoid work. I'm content but it feels like everything around me is trying to force an artificial discontentedness upon me.

I was going to say that this is a weird kind of headspace to exist in, but the very act of recognising this particular thought stream has rendered any judgmental power it might've had inert.
>> No. 31762 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 11:56 am
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Addendum to this: It's from a parking ticket by the modern day highwaymen of ParkingEye.

It's bullshit for multiple reasons, not least of which the fact I appealed it at the time, because I was parked completely legally, and never heard back from them. But they have the legal power to just directly fuck you up the arse, for absolutely no reason, without you being able to do a thing about it. Frankly it's criminal. But I bet they've got a mate or two in the Tory party to see to it they're allowed to just extort people like this. I digress.

None of that makes a difference to the here and now. Apparently there's a process to go through to appeal and overturn judgements that have made without your knowledge, like this one, but the process itself could take weeks and if it fails (I don't fancy the chances knowing my piss poor luck) you're stuck with an unsatisfied CCJ which is even worse. So it looks like my best bet is sucking it up and paying it even though it's horseshit.

I can't fucking take it lads. I think this is going to end in murder suicide. Just find me a fucking board member of that company. I've had it with living in Terry Gilliam's fucking Brazil.
>> No. 31763 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 1:14 pm
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Sometimes I wonder if I might be depressed, based entirely on just how much motivation I have to learn computer hacking to bring down multiple massive corporations , and yet I never actually even try to learn or do it.


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>> No. 91916 Anonymous
15th January 2021
Friday 1:42 pm
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Has there been one single actual advantage of Brexit yet?
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>> No. 96085 Anonymous
29th June 2022
Wednesday 8:32 am
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I'm guessing it's Brexit related, but it's impossible to get carrots recently that aren't going off after a few days. Often they've started going a bit mushy at the tip when they're still in the shop.
>> No. 96086 Anonymous
29th June 2022
Wednesday 3:07 pm
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I think that's because they get pumped full of water, rather than going off at all. I've been having this issue for months and they absolutely are all horrifically watery. I've been tempted to try roasting them to see if that dries them out a bit, but I am no chef.
>> No. 96088 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 12:03 pm
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A lot of the cost of living Crisis is being blamed on Ukraine or Brexit or whatever but the profit-inflation spiral was predicted and studied in detail by Nobel Prize winning Japanese Ecinomist Yakamoto Futunari as far back as 2011.

Google Futunari Inflation to learn more.
>> No. 96089 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 12:06 pm
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It'd help if you spelled Futanari correctly.
>> No. 96090 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 7:04 am
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Thanks fellow economistlad


>> No. 426868 Anonymous
16th May 2019
Thursday 5:49 pm
/b/426868 Dream Thread Mk. II
Fitter when she was fat edition.

You know the drill lads. Here are a few helpful links in order to help you further your proficiency at dreaming, and hopefully elevate the quality of discussion about our nocturnal adventures:
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>> No. 451680 Anonymous
22nd May 2022
Sunday 11:29 pm
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There's something quite likeable about her as the Fanny Godmother, giving out advice like some kind of menstrual Martin Lewis.

Also, why are all the other women incredibly skinny? Did they hire actors in their twenties to represent adolescents? Is there some kind of one-BBW-per-advert limit? Has Our Scarle been nicking everyone's dinners?
>> No. 451682 Anonymous
23rd May 2022
Monday 7:10 am
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Maybe she has it in her contract that she can be the only hefty lass in a scene.
>> No. 451683 Anonymous
23rd May 2022
Monday 12:48 pm
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>Sounds like you're definitely not putting it up far enough
>> No. 451895 Anonymous
5th June 2022
Sunday 4:57 pm
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I'd been frozen for several millions years and when I awoke the world had ended in some technological cataclysm that had left only a few fractured remnants of humanity. It wasn't a nuclear war or AI but something had subtly altered the physics of the universe like in Stalker leaving little physical destruction but everything as slightly broken in some irreparable way "like a clock stuck on a continual tick".

I was wandering the silent world contacting isolated groups of about 5-10 people to acquire parts to build a time machine to go back and stop whatever happened from occurring. They were reluctant to help me aside from the leaders who were aware that the genetic bottleneck is such that humanity is doomed over the long-term anyway. Given the length of time that had elapsed I was wondering both the Earth but also time where the latter could only be judged by the movement of the stars and the size of the Moon and shine of the Sun in the sky.

In my second dream I was dating a woman who was a murderer who liked to kill mothers and sons by poisoning. Rather than stopping her I joined her in killing a group of people we both knew and who trusted me, staying one step ahead of anyone finding out while also cheating on her with another woman.
>> No. 452290 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 6:31 am
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I made up a song in my sleep, but the more I try and recall it the more it eludes me. It was an absolute banger. I can vaguely remember the music video.


>> No. 4917 Anonymous
30th July 2013
Tuesday 6:01 pm
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Sounds like the knob-jockeys need to man up.
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>> No. 9891 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 12:35 am
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Brazilians don't really like the Piquet family. They are conservatives who back Bolsonaro, and silly snake-oil remedies that anti-vaxxers love. Even though he is a triple world champion, everyone hates him and can never reach Senna's status in Brazil. Brazilians like Hamilton more than all of the Piquet family. Nelson still calls Senna a flaming faggot up to this day.

As for the word - it can be used between close groups of friends. It has generally fallen out of favour and viewed as an offensive word. But, if you listen to the whole thing, what is weird is how he calls every driver by their name, but calls Hamilton "that nigger." So it is very obvious what he was doing.

Also, Kelly Piquet can't speak Portuguese.
>> No. 9892 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 12:40 am
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Awww, I bet you were crying for ARE SIR SAINT MARCUS RASHFORD MBE when a few russian bots sent him emojis on Instagram and the shrine built in his honor was unspeakably defaced with a bit of graffiti, you woke lefties are hilarious.

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 9893 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 12:54 am
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What a profoundly embarrassing way to conduct oneself in this, the forum of gentlepersons.
>> No. 9895 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 5:56 am
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You do not belong here.
>> No. 9896 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 6:24 am
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The Cavani one was bollocks, but this one is definitely questionable.

The closest translation in context would be Piquet calling Hamilton "the little blacky" after referring to every other driver by name. The term in itself isn't necessarily offensive, but the context in which it was used almost certainly was.


>> No. 448288 Anonymous
10th December 2021
Friday 12:55 pm
/b/448288 Guess the word
I will post a new image once a correct guess is registered.
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>> No. 448379 Anonymous
14th December 2021
Tuesday 7:08 pm
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You know I tried a dozen times to get purple aki to work and didn't get anywhere.

Shame it took us this long mind.
>> No. 448380 Anonymous
14th December 2021
Tuesday 7:13 pm
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That's because the prompt wasn't "purple Aki" but something like "Black man".
>> No. 448382 Anonymous
14th December 2021
Tuesday 8:00 pm
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Yep, but I just used his full name "Akinwale Arobieke", instead of purple Aki.
>> No. 448383 Anonymous
14th December 2021
Tuesday 8:49 pm
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Tbf i've been trying to generate something I could post in /x/ but no luck.
>> No. 452288 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 2:59 am
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You know they are getting really quite good these days.


>> No. 8860 Anonymous
6th October 2019
Sunday 8:37 pm
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This man is going to be the next World Cup winning captain and it's going to be fucking awesome.
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>> No. 8864 Anonymous
10th October 2019
Thursday 8:40 pm
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ENG/FRA and NZL/ITA cancelled due to inclement weather. On the one hand, we'll never know which French team would have turned up, but on the plus side this will be the first time Italy haven't lost to New Zealand by double digits.
>> No. 8865 Anonymous
13th October 2019
Sunday 6:48 pm
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Why are the porridgewogs so bad at sports compared with the other home nations? Even Norn Iron and Wales qualified for Euro 2016 in the football.
>> No. 8866 Anonymous
13th October 2019
Sunday 11:56 pm
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I don't really think that's fair to say. They ran up English cricket scores against Russia and Samoa without conceding at all. Their undoing was Japan shocking Ireland, which put them at a four-point disadvantage in the first place.

I think this tournament has so far turned out even better than 2015, which I thought was the best in a long time. The crowds have definitely been getting their money's worth. Pools A and D in particular have been particularly heavy on action.
>> No. 9888 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 12:08 am
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Is this the rugby thread?

>Culture secretary Nadine Dorries confused the two rugby codes in a speech at a Rugby League World Cup event in St Helens on Thursday.
>Dorries thought Jonny Wilkinson's 2003 winning drop-goal for England against Australia in rugby union's World Cup final took place in rugby league.
>"I've always quite liked the idea of rugby league," Dorries said in her speech.
>"My long-standing memory is that 2003 drop-goal."

>Billy Vaughan, vice-chairman of Portico Vine rugby league club in St Helens where the event took place, said: "I thought it was comical. No detriment to her, somebody writes that speech for her, they just need to do their research. It's a little bit disrespectful to the various codes and there's a big difference in the codes."

I have no idea which rugby's thread I am posting this in.
>> No. 9894 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 2:17 am
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This is a union thread. Though laughing at Mad Nad is fair game in any code.


>> No. 66920 Billbob
12th October 2020
Monday 9:55 am
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Do you even respect the war if you're not wearing a poppy yet?
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>> No. 71168 R4GE
30th June 2022
Thursday 8:18 pm
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Remember when they found Richard Thee Third's skellington all smashed up in a Leicester Car Park? I bet he was dug up and killed all over again because of the local parchments' scurrilous accusations of being a male fisherperson and trying to put abortion rights in the Magna Carta.

Whatever really happened, at least it led to an amusing double entendre and a top choon:

>> No. 71169 YubYub
30th June 2022
Thursday 8:51 pm
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>the Magna Carta

Sort it out m8.
>> No. 71170 Are Moaty
30th June 2022
Thursday 10:23 pm
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Apologies. "Ye" Magna Carta.
>> No. 71171 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 12:11 am
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This one was better.

>> No. 71172 Crabkiller
1st July 2022
Friday 12:17 am
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Sometimes people show you something that you thought you had missed at the time it happened, and you realise that you missed nothing. Bit like histrey innit


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>> No. 23449 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 11:00 pm
/v/23449 What are you watching right now?
I suppose we need a /v/ equivalent of the /e/ and /beat/ threads.

I've started watching Life on Mars again, but this time in HD on Netflix, and have only just realised it was filmed on... film. That or transferred to film and re-digitised for Netflix. The version Netflix has is absolutely covered in dust marks.
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>> No. 24475 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 9:14 am
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Been watching Ellie & Natasia on BBC Three. It's reasonably amusing, but also quite sexually intimidating.
>> No. 24476 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 3:06 pm
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Won't watch as comedy isn't funny, but I'd give anything for Natasia Demetriou to piss on me.
>> No. 24477 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 5:50 pm
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Pretty much everything Rik Mayall has done has aged magnificently. I mean, who else could be the Sod in an adaptation of "How to Be a Little Sod"? He was born for the part.

I miss him Lads.
>> No. 24478 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 10:41 pm
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Watching Channel 4's Space Cadets. It's a great shame that current geopolitical landscape makes such scientific collaboration impossible.
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30th June 2022
Thursday 11:03 pm
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I just watched the first episode of The Undeclared War on Channel 4. I think they've put a lot of effort into certain parts of it, getting the technical stuff right and making sure everything is plausible, but they haven't put a lot of effort into making the programme even remotely good.


>> No. 15185 Anonymous
25th June 2022
Saturday 7:34 pm
/nom/15185 Mystery Food
I just got these frozen star things from the food bank and I have no idea what they are.

Can someone identify them?
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>> No. 15208 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 5:57 pm
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Those remind me of the time I ordered Prawn Toast from Asda, and instead of two slices of toast cut into quarters, I got 5 fucking star-shaped pieces of buffet fare as a replacement. Asda did not get 5 stars on this occasion. Harrumph!
>> No. 15209 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 10:11 pm
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Maybe I'm a miserable old git, but does food being in a star shape improve it at all? When I'm eating pork stuffing with cranberry and apple, I never wished it was a star shape. Same thing goes for the turkey twizzler, just give me a slab of meat, not some ostentatious spiral. This obsession with show offy food is probably why Iceland closed down in my town, the British public are sick of this nonsense.
>> No. 15210 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 10:21 pm
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Clearly never had a Tower of Soup.
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30th June 2022
Thursday 11:00 pm
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Stars aren't a good shape for food, but have you ever eaten triangular toast? It's magic.
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30th June 2022
Thursday 11:02 pm
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Stars are just more triangle.


>> No. 12985 Anonymous
15th November 2021
Monday 12:11 am
/beat/12985 What you feeling right now? Part VI: The Undiscovered Compilation

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>> No. 13230 Anonymous
29th June 2022
Wednesday 8:30 pm
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I showed one of my mates Bustin' a few years ago, then he posted it on Facebook and it ended up a popular "meme" within our circle. But people attributed it's discovery to him, when it was me who'd shown him it, and I was always quite resentful about that.
>> No. 13231 Anonymous
29th June 2022
Wednesday 10:13 pm
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Get your own back by playing Wonderwall at his wedding.

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30th June 2022
Thursday 3:26 pm
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>> No. 13233 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 8:23 pm
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I remember hearing that when it was new, and believing it genuinely was the original version.

There's an excellent clip on Soundcloud somewhere of Kanye West's Niggas in Paris please don't ban me for saying it which is very similar to this, but I can't find it because it has some random title and any search for "Kanye West Soundcloud parody" brings up such awful shit that I refuse to look too hard.
>> No. 13234 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 9:32 pm
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It's a shame that Mike Flowers didn't have more hits. But I guess you can only take ironic easy listening to a certain point before it becomes annoying. He did a collaboration with Cornershop a few years later but not much came of it.

Speaking of Cornershop -

And from the same era -

- which was nicked from Ad Gloriam by Le Orme:
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>> No. 14457 Anonymous
13th June 2022
Monday 12:19 am
/job/14457 Strike action
The news keeps talking about the impending big train strike, and the economic landscape looks like a fertile place to give rise to many more strikes in future. So I'm going to start a thread for assorted strikes now, and assume everything's going to go full 1970s very shortly.

Here's a link saying the government will allow agency workers to replace rail workers if the rail workers will go on strike:

I assume the general attitude to union action will be largely positive. But train companies are wankers. The striking workers are already very well-paid, and if the bosses surrender to all their demands (hurray), then that won't mean less money for shareholders; it will just mean higher ticket prices because trains are still a monopoly and they can charge the rest of us whatever they want (booo). So I am less supportive of this strike than I would be of, say, Amazon or Uber or Deliveroo. I'd love to see all the train companies be nationalised, but that wouldn't stop the workers from striking, and they might even strike even more since they would then be the entire rail network.

Are either of you planning any strikes?
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>> No. 14515 Anonymous
24th June 2022
Friday 12:53 am
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Someone like him as Labour leader would be amazing.
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24th June 2022
Friday 2:46 am
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lalala I don't like when reality doesn't match my ideology so I'll just pretend
>> No. 14517 Anonymous
24th June 2022
Friday 3:50 am
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>Neither the decision to withdraw the stock nor the failure to deliver replacement stock has anything to do with the DfT.
Nonsense. It was within DfT's gift to allow them to keep running until the replacements were ready. The 455s on SWR have been refitted and will be running for anything up to a decade.

>455 diagrams are currently being filled by 377s.
... which takes them away from their own services. Lots of services being removed or curtailed from 8 to 4 cars. Which Southern couldn't do without DfT approval.
>> No. 14518 Anonymous
24th June 2022
Friday 3:52 am
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Beeching envisioned a lot of those lightly-used services being replaced with buses. Obviously, that didn't end up happening.

FWIW, general consensus among industry types that want to improve transport is that a simple "reverse Beeching" probably isn't the best way to go in most cases. Lots of places are genuinely too small for a rail connection, and extra stops need to be factored into timetabling through services on a mixed-traffic line. A useful rule of thumb here has come from the Scottish Greens, who suggest that nowhere bigger than 5k should be without.

FWIW, London demonstrates a good case of integrated transport at work, where in the outer boroughs you have bus services that will take you to rail and tube stations. This is something that's lacking in the rest of the country outside of a town's main station having a bus interchange nearby.

If nobody wants to drop a thousand or so new homes near your village, then the very least it should expect is a bus to a nearby station on the line so you might have, say, a 5-10 minute bus connecting into a 10-15 minute train service, instead of an hour-long ride on the bus getting stuck in suburban traffic. Depending on the lay of the land locally, it might be your village that gets the station that people in adjacent villages on the line might travel in to.
>> No. 14519 Anonymous
29th June 2022
Wednesday 11:17 pm
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>British postal workers and train station staff have voted in favour of strike action, their trade unions said on Wednesday, as workers across the economy grapple with employers as surging inflation bites. The Unite union said around 2,400 managers across 1,000 Royal Mail (RMG.L) delivery offices had voted to strike in a dispute over job cuts, pay and working conditions, and said it would announce strike dates in the coming days.

>"Our members have had enough," Mike Eatwell, Unite national officer with responsibility for the Royal Mail postal group, said in a statement. "Senior management at Royal Mail has lost the support of their own managers and need to reflect carefully on their next steps. They need to come back to the negotiating table with a set of constructive proposals, otherwise strike action will go ahead causing chaos to letter and parcel deliveries across the UK." Another union representing staff at Royal Mail are also balloting their members for action.

>Further disruption on the railways is set to follow. The TSSA union said on Wednesday its members in train station roles at Avanti West Coast, which operates passenger services including from London Euston to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, had voted overwhelmingly for strike action. "The ballot result at Avanti is only the beginning. Our union is balloting members across almost another dozen train companies and Network Rail," TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said. "If they had any sense they would come to the table and sort this out, so we have a fair settlement for workers."

This is the perfect time to promise to send a package only for it to sit on a table for 2 weeks.


>> No. 90436 Anonymous
25th August 2020
Tuesday 2:30 pm
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Rishi Sunak is going to be Prime Minister next year and it's going to be fucking awesome.
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>> No. 95975 Anonymous
7th June 2022
Tuesday 1:12 pm
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BBC News again full of pro-Boris vox pop.
>> No. 95976 Anonymous
7th June 2022
Tuesday 2:02 pm
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Sooz Kempner is the one with cracking norks who does standup shows about retro gaming.
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7th June 2022
Tuesday 10:23 pm
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She looks like a lass I used to know who was a serial online slag, which is quite satisfyingly as it takes me back to being 19 and watching her flash her tits on webcam. Kids these days are spoiled when it comes to sexting, back in my day you had to find a gem.
>> No. 95981 Anonymous
8th June 2022
Wednesday 4:39 pm
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I do miss the days of AoL Chat, MSN Messenger and the like.
>> No. 96087 Anonymous
29th June 2022
Wednesday 11:00 pm
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>Senior Labour MP Harriet Harman will lead an inquiry into whether Boris Johnson deliberately misled Parliament over parties in No 10 during lockdowns. The cross-party Privileges Committee, made up of seven MPs, issued a call for evidence after meeting on Wednesday. It said it would be seeking "witness information and evidence" and that hearings would begin in the autumn.

I think the important question on all our minds is will ARE SOOZ do a follow-up top? Followed by which is her favourite clan on VtMB.


>> No. 5456 Anonymous
4th April 2014
Friday 3:02 am
/lit/5456 Vurt
This was really good.
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>> No. 7401 Anonymous
5th May 2022
Thursday 12:57 am
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Finally got around to reading Children of Time and yeah it was alright. The book is Avatar done right where the alien civilization is actually radically different and it's all accounted for which is pretty neat to explore for worldbuilding. Plus there's the whole dying embers of humanity subplot that take place over thousands of years due to the non-FTL universe.

Reading the sequel now but how was that the happy ending. Imagine letting a race of sentient spiders with virus symbionts mess around with your brain and permanently alter your genetic makeup to make you docile and useful to them. I knew it wasn't going to end well when humanity didn't push a dinosaur killer asteroid or two towards the planet either on the outgoing (out of spite) or trip back.
>> No. 7402 Anonymous
5th May 2022
Thursday 1:30 am
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Children of Time is one of the best episodes of DS9, never knew it was the title of a novel.
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7th May 2022
Saturday 1:29 am
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This was entertaining enough, but it did leave the impression what could have been an impressive novella was stretched out by at least a hundred more pages than necessary.

I might try one of his other books down the line, see how he developed as a writer. I don't know if dated is the right term but there were a few things in the book, like the occasional use of 'retarded', which did make it feel like it was of its time and giving a snapshot of how gaming/internet culture was c. 10/15 years ago.
>> No. 7404 Anonymous
22nd June 2022
Wednesday 3:09 pm
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I had been reading If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino, but I made the mistake of putting it down for a week and I just could not get back into it.

Anyway, I had intended to read Lost Boy by Christina Henry as I'd heard good things about her dark fantasy re-tellings of fairy-tales but for some reason (probably because it was cheaper) I ended up getting The Mermaid instead. It's about a mermaid who leaves the ocean after falling in love, although she ages much slower than her human husband and after years alone she eventually agrees to become an exhibit at showman P. T. Barnum's museum so she can earn enough money to travel around the world. It wasn't bad but the writing felt rather simplistic at times and the points it makes through the eyes of a non-human about society, religion and how women are treated as inferior to men, particularly in them days, is done with all of the subtlety of a brick to the face.

In short, meh.
>> No. 7405 Anonymous
29th June 2022
Wednesday 1:11 pm
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I enjoyed this, although I imagine Sedaris would be rather insufferable in real life.


>> No. 92282 Anonymous
12th February 2021
Friday 8:11 pm
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Perhaps the problem with Labour wasn't actually Jeremy Corbyn?
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>> No. 96066 Anonymous
27th June 2022
Monday 10:08 am
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I'm not talking about being out of ideas on policy. I'm talking about being out of ideas on how to propagandise their way to victory.

They got themselves here with a simple narrative about the benefits fraud and the immigrants. All that tabloid white noise for years and years that I remember throughout my teens and early adulthood, that's all it was ever about. That's what put people off Labour. "Well they want to bring in bloody bongos until there's no room left and give 'em all free houses don't they!", that was the achilles heel that brought Labour down, and it's what kept the current government in power for a long time. It's why they eventually had no choice but to hold the Brexit referendum, to stop UKIP splitting their vote. They made a Faustian bargain by unleashing that old National Front undercurrent of working class patriotism and instinctual xenophobia, and Mephistopheles will be coming to collect soon.

Now, for the first time I can remember, none of those issues are at the front of the public's mind. We've got our way and got the Brexit, so obviously the immigrants are solved. The benefits system has been cut down as far as you possibly can without outright starving people to death, so nobody can claim they're the ones ruining the economy. But more importantly, the papers haven't been running those sorts of story for a long time, so it's fallen out of the public consciousness. They're desperately trying to keep that flame burning with shite like the Rwanda plan, but it's not working. It's not touching the sides. People are feeling very real economic pain, and there's no convenient narrative to blame it all on. So the blame falls squarely at their own feet.

Their time's not up just yet, to be sure, but we've come out of a period of extremely unusual political tides, and fallen somehow into a very conventional and easily understood one. Prices going up, everyone getting worse off, and the government basically telling us "lol deal with it". That's very easy to capitalise on even for a party as pathologically averse to imagination as Labour- Hopefully, they will pay someone to have an imagination for them.
>> No. 96067 Anonymous
27th June 2022
Monday 10:39 am
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Also the last visible sign of ARE CUNTRY BEING FLOODED WITH THEM BONGOS is the channel crossings, which can't possibly be blamed on Labour.

What tickles me about the current moment is that it's basically 1978 but with the roles reversed. Labour got their reputation for being shit with money in the 1970s, when inflation was running rampant and the unions were striking for 15% pay rises. Wilson and Callaghan made a lot of genuine mistakes, but they were also the victims of unavoidable bad luck, particularly with a massive increase in oil prices coinciding with a global recession.

The current crisis could have implications that last for decades.
>> No. 96082 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 9:18 pm
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This is the exact mindset I'm talking about. Even if Starmer runs full pelt away from every vaguely leftwing cause, he's still going to be labled a bloody red communist by the likes of Johnson, his cabinet and his allies in the media and in business. I'm not saying Starmer call a new international, form people's militias and start a revolution, what I am saying is that you have to take a hold of the narrative or it will leave you behind, or worse be turned against you wholesale. I already explained why much of the population is lukewarm on strikes, because the only people setting the agenda about them are right-wing politicians and media. If you're going to be forced the share the responsibility for the strikes no matter what, then you may as well make the case for them. Even if you aren't wholly in support of them, the idea that the opposition can be seen to have effectively no opinion on massive, nationwide strike actions is absurd. It makes Starmer, and Labour as a whole, look like a nonentity. Also absurd is the thought that "oh well, people don't like strikes, what could we, the Labour Party, possibly do to change minds on this issue?" This is nothing to do with ideology, this is everything to do with practicality. It's certainly no more ideological than pretending to have nothing to say about anything, no matter how hard you try to arbitrarilly draw the line at which "sensible politics" ends and "dangerous ideology" begins.

There's also the risk that come election time, no one will know what Labour are going to do if they are elected. Will a few weeks really be enough time to impose themselves on the minds of the British public? What if some new, colossal, monstrous news story is hogging the news coverage? A Third World War or a COVID-19 variant the size of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier? If you spend four years playing the political umpire people might not find it credible when you suddenly climb down and pick up a racket.
>> No. 96083 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 10:34 pm
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I share your frustrations in the Labour is unwilling to take the swan by the neck (is that a saying or have I made it up?), but at the same time, too much pragmatism becomes a dangerous ideology all of its own, I fear.

The trouble with strikes and a good old fashioned people's movement these days, is that the only people who are still unionised, and still have enough clout that their union actually matters, are pretty well off already. You know, because they are unionised, and because their union has clout. So we could see a near total public service strike, but it'd be dead easy for the papers to write it off, and always will be. GP's are moaning that they might have to work Saturdays, for instance, and I'm sorry, but even as a dyed in the wool red and NHS worker myself, I simply have no sympathy at all there. I mean, cry me a fucking river. Know what I mean?

The people who need to be striking are the people who are always forgotten about at the edges of the NHS, people who are buried in boring admit jobs at your local council, people who are criminally undervalued but nevertheless vital to the running of the country. People who it can't be argued are spoiled already. People who you can't spin to look like they're making unreasonable demands.

That's stage one of the problem, but stage two is actually having the influence to get your message across. The media will never be the left's friend, so there needs to be actual grassroots support. You can't seize the narrative if nobody will print what you say, if nobody on TV will give you airtime, and when they do, it's only an invitation to dig yourself a hole. That's the part that's really hobbling Labour these days.
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29th June 2022
Wednesday 12:35 am
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>That's stage one of the problem, but stage two is actually having the influence to get your message across. The media will never be the left's friend, so there needs to be actual grassroots support. You can't seize the narrative if nobody will print what you say, if nobody on TV will give you airtime, and when they do, it's only an invitation to dig yourself a hole. That's the part that's really hobbling Labour these days.
I'm reminded of these lines from again.
Worse, I'm reminded that Labour's still stuck in the same trap. It seems probable that, whatever else it does, the next Labour government will do nothing to make it easier for the Labour government after that to take office.

Labour could do with an actual cynical-pragmatic faction, rather than the status-quo seekers that currently make up the "pragmatists". Imagine a gang of sociopaths who couldn't care less about workers, but want to give unions more rights because it'll mean more membership subs, which they can convince unions to donate to Labour so they can continue sitting around the cabinet table. Or at the very least a few Shirley Porters in local government sticking homeless shelters in the wards that don't vote Labour...


>> No. 71161 Are Moaty
28th June 2022
Tuesday 9:18 pm
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>> No. 71127 Samefag
22nd June 2022
Wednesday 6:33 pm
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does anyone else remember that you've been framed video from about 30 years ago where the baby shits in the woman's mouth or have i just imagined it?
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>> No. 71149 Searchfag
27th June 2022
Monday 10:49 pm
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Are you saying he won't actually post the reply?
>> No. 71154 YubYub
28th June 2022
Tuesday 3:34 am
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>> No. 71155 Billbob
28th June 2022
Tuesday 12:49 pm
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I think it was sick, not shit.
>> No. 71159 Searchfag
28th June 2022
Tuesday 3:11 pm
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If so, then actually I do remember that one. There might even have been more than one.
>> No. 71160 Billbob
28th June 2022
Tuesday 4:52 pm
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the one i'm thinking of was definitely poo


>> No. 51753 Anonymous
11th November 2013
Monday 11:24 pm
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Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis. A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,800) per month from the state, with the aim of providing a financial safety net for the population.

Under Swiss law, citizens can organize popular initiatives that allow the channeling of public anger into direct political action. The country usually holds several referenda a year. In March, Swiss voters backed some of the world's strictest controls on executive pay, forcing public companies to give shareholders a binding vote on compensation. A separate proposal to limit monthly executive pay to no more than what the company's lowest-paid staff earn in a year, the so-called 1:12 initiative, faces a popular vote on November 24.

I'm not entirely sure what to make of these. I reckong that if they tried the 1:12 thing over here then the lowest paid members of staff in some large organisations would end up being made redundant and replaced with contractors.
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>> No. 93682 Anonymous
16th May 2021
Sunday 6:30 pm
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Because of their scarcity - the weather also plays a big part in the variability of food prices.
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17th May 2021
Monday 8:20 pm
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The great economist Abba Lerner actually put forward a similar idea to this, in response to the stagflation of the 70s.
>> No. 93684 Anonymous
17th May 2021
Monday 10:52 pm
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Surely if wage stagnation would arrest inflation then the past 10 years would've proved it, if not been part of a long-trend of multi-decadal deflation. Unless it's all been counteracted by the government giving free money to people with connections and property 'investors'. Oh dear I've made myself angry.
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17th May 2021
Monday 11:31 pm
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Theoretically, maybe, but it presents a huge co-ordination problem. One of the key catalysts of the Winter of Discontent was the imposition of pay increase controls in an attempt to limit inflation.
>> No. 96081 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 3:13 pm
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Wales basic income: Pilot will give care leavers £19,000 a year

A £20m experiment offering a basic income to young people leaving care will launch in Wales on Friday.

From 1 July, the Welsh government will offer about 500 18-year-olds £19,200 a year before tax - no strings attached.

One care leaver said the cash would be a "safety blanket" and others hope it will help give the 18-year-olds a good start.


>> No. 13192 Anonymous
22nd January 2020
Wednesday 5:53 pm
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This is going to be our food review thread.
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>> No. 15198 Anonymous
26th June 2022
Sunday 11:15 am
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They do but they don't like to. Last time I asked for some, the barman refused until I read out the relevant part of their license to him.
>> No. 15199 Anonymous
26th June 2022
Sunday 11:22 am
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>I think the bars legally have to give you tap water/fill a water bottle up if you ask

It's anywhere that serves alcohol, although I'm not sure you can go in with a 20 litre water bottle.

People confuse this with the American right to water (owing to the climate) and try to argue this with takeaways and the like, usually they just give the drunks water to save the hassle perpetuating the Americanism.

What's the figure on bird's feeling uncomfortable asking a bloke to go up for them?
>> No. 15202 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 12:54 pm
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Simply dreadful.
>> No. 15203 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 1:09 pm
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The clue would have been in the name.

Fake meat is always shit.

I want animals to live and die miserably for my dinner.
>> No. 15204 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 2:17 pm
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I think I'd rather eat the veggie option if we're talking about six months out of date ready made chicken katsu. Or I'd just make it at home given it's fried chicken.


>> No. 62741 R4GE
19th March 2019
Tuesday 3:21 pm
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Vorderman from the front.
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>> No. 71013 Billbob
28th May 2022
Saturday 1:44 pm
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Nadine Dorries is a massive retard but she's super hot and I would be willing to entertain her shit opinions if it meant I could do sex with her.
>> No. 71014 Ambulancelad
28th May 2022
Saturday 2:42 pm
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Off to Guilty Would with you!
>> No. 71156 Are Moaty
28th June 2022
Tuesday 1:00 pm
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Vorderman off to go paddleboarding.
>> No. 71157 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 1:01 pm
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Vorderman with her sandbags.
>> No. 71158 Are Moaty
28th June 2022
Tuesday 1:02 pm
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Sandbags with their vorderman.


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