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>> No. 15898 Anonymous
21st September 2018
Friday 12:56 pm
15898 Brit found with tortoise in vagina in Tenerife

>The British ex-pat, living on Tenerife, went to hospital after complaining about abdominal pains.

>Shocked doctors discovered the dead reptile inside her and removed it.


>A police source said: “This incident did happen and the reports are true. The woman does not know how the reptile ended up where it did and we don’t either.”
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>> No. 15910 Anonymous
23rd September 2018
Sunday 8:43 am
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I believe ya m56

>> No. 15911 Anonymous
23rd September 2018
Sunday 12:19 pm
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>but the lobster had laid eggs inside her which had hatched and the baby lobsters were making their way out.

Kind of unlikely. Lobster eggs need a steady supply of fresh oxygen to live. And they need to be immersed in water constantly so they won't dry out. Even if you accept that the moist environment inside a vagina will prevent the lobster eggs from drying out, there still isn't much oxygen constantly coming in from the outside.

So I call BS on that one.
>> No. 15912 Anonymous
23rd September 2018
Sunday 12:53 pm
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If lobsterlet blood has more affinity for oxygen than people blood, won't it just work, snaffling oxygen from its surroundings? IIRC, lobsters don't use proper haemoglobin, they've got some other stuff, so it might go that way? Or, given the size, won't it just diffuse in?
I think I'd worry more about temperature than oxygen.
Not that this story doesn't reek of BS.
>> No. 15913 Anonymous
23rd September 2018
Sunday 1:09 pm
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I heard that one too. Belongs in the realm of taking acid and turning into an orange or glass of orange juice. Wonder what makes certain urban legends stick around and others not.
>> No. 15914 Anonymous
23rd September 2018
Sunday 1:28 pm
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>I think I'd worry more about temperature than oxygen.

That, too. Temperatures inside the uterus should be pretty close to a human body's normal core temperature, and lobsters usually live in temperate waters that don't go much above 20-24 °C. At least not the familiar North Atlantic species that you get to buy in stores most of the time. Maybe some tropical species exist that can handle water temperatures of 30 °C, but again... a lady's private parts just don't seem like a good environment for lobster eggs to develop.

>> No. 9430 Anonymous
26th January 2016
Tuesday 10:09 pm
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Huddersfield charity shop finally says goodbye to a shutter which lasted 26 years


That's it. That's literally it. A charity shop has replaced one of its roller shutters after having the same one for 26 years. It's all go in Huddersfield.

I challenge you lads to find a more pointless news story than this.
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>> No. 15893 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 1:18 pm
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It looks like a load of shit.

>> No. 15894 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 1:28 pm
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The depravity angle is pretty weak though. There's unquestionably a couple of people on housing benefit that would make the performance look like a school nativity play. Why do they get a free pass?
>> No. 15895 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 1:44 pm
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It's just a big fish. Unsurprising to see something like this considering the considerably warmer coastam waters this year.
>> No. 15896 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 2:21 pm
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I know it's trendy in particular circles to say so, but so much of modern art is complete wank. You can almost guarantee that someone who sticks a tube up their arse doesn't have any traditional art talents at all because a lot of art education is also wank.
>> No. 15897 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 3:07 pm
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>It's just a big fish

It took me a while to realise that this wasn't a euphemism as part of the discussion on defecation.

>> No. 15880 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 3:27 pm
15880 Holiday hero slammed for expecting compensation after saving two children

>Hundreds of people have responded to a man who wants compensation for saving two children from drowning on holiday.

>Steven Tartt, from Seaforth , leapt into action when he spotted two children, a boy, aged seven, and girl, aged six, struggling in the water at the Victoria Playa hotel in Santo Tomas in Menorca.

>The dad-of-two hauled the kids to safety and was furious that the on duty lifeguard, who has since been dismissed, failed to respond to the emergency.

>Two months later, Steven has expressed his disgust that he was not compensated, claiming his holiday was "ruined" by the emergency.

What a fucking cunt.
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>> No. 15886 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 5:00 pm
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A local councillor saved someone from choking then went on Facebook and made a post starting "I did something remarkable today" then went to the press about it. Way to save someone's life in the most arseholeish way possible. I'd be the one the family would be making public appeals to saying "can you come forward so we can thank you?" and I'd be like "A ha... No."

I wonder if this guy went to the press himself. They might have even paid him for his story.
>> No. 15887 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 5:02 pm
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ARE Jim'll probably would have begged to differ.
>> No. 15888 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 5:16 pm
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He should sue the shitty kids for being so bad at swimming.
>> No. 15889 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 5:22 pm
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Scouser acting like a Scouser. More at 11.
>> No. 15890 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 9:06 pm
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When my older brother and I were weelads of 9 and 13 years of age, our parents took us to Sri Lanka. Swimming in the Indian Ocean there is constantly slightly dangerous, and on our beach, they pretty much never took down the red flag. But I guess it must have been relatively quiet that day, as our parents let us go in the water within their line of view. But at one point, my brother got caught in a high wave and lost his footing in the chest high water, and the currents began to take him out to sea. A couple from Leeds from our hotel happened to be near us in the water, and the man, a 50 year old, didn't hesitate for a second and went after my brother to rescue him and get him back to the shore. It really looked dramatic, and I remember I could see that my brother was really beginning to panic, flailing his arms and crying for help.

Anyway, the chap really may have saved my brother's life that day. Only he was so humble about it that he was almost embarrassed at the way my parents, who had seen the whole thing from dry land in complete horror, then came up to him and were overjoyed that he had saved my brother. He never wanted any kind of thanks or praise, he just said he was glad that he was in the right place at the right time at that moment. We kept in touch for many years. Very lovely couple.

>> No. 15581 Anonymous
16th June 2018
Saturday 6:30 am
15581 Article 13
I'm really surprised that nothing has been posted about this here. The EU is discussing and voting on a proposal which would require "online hosting providers" to actively monitor and filter all user-uploaded content. As far as I am aware, this is the biggest threat to the freedom of the internet that has ever existed. Are you lads already aware and just assuming that it won't pass because it's unworkable in practice?



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>> No. 15875 Anonymous
14th September 2018
Friday 1:51 am
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And yet I'm sure there's a bore somewhere who'll point out that the speeds and patience you had to exercise with dialup to access those first pages of BBS interaction and grainy Scooby Doo porn actually played a big role in how much of an impression the internet made on you back then. Like vinyl nerds or vintage bike enthusiasts, the work you have to put in to every experience is an integral part of it, and gives it the lasting emotionality that instant access 500,000 YT videos all broadcast in 1080p just can't. Time is linear and finite for us mortal creatures, so naturally we seem to attach more importance to things which take up more of our rather fleeting lifespans, like marriage or the raising of our children to maturity.

Oh - hang on - it's me. I'm the bore. Oh.
>> No. 15876 Anonymous
14th September 2018
Friday 3:00 am
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Yes, there'll be a bore, and they'll be wrong as usual.
>> No. 15877 Anonymous
14th September 2018
Friday 3:12 am
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You just made me look up YTMND and it's still there!
>> No. 15878 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 12:23 am
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Agreed, sleepwalkers wandering into abandonment.
>> No. 15879 Anonymous
16th September 2018
Sunday 6:36 am
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>> No. 15041 Anonymous
10th May 2018
Thursday 5:43 pm
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>Drag queens banned from performing at Free Pride Glasgow event over fears acts will offend trans people


>The organisation said in a statement that it hopes to create a safe space for all members of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) community, and that while the decision may "disappoint" some people "the needs of the most marginalised groups within our community come first."


>Free Pride Glasgow said: “It was felt that it [drag performance] would make some of those who were transgender or questioning their gender uncomfortable. It was felt by the group within the Trans/Non Binary Caucus that some drag performance, particularly cis drag, hinges on the social view of gender and making it into a joke, however transgender individuals do not feel as though their gender identity is a joke.”

Life rarely takes the piss out of itself like this. It almost sounds like the plot of a South Park episode.
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>> No. 15857 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 10:57 pm
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>Julie Furlong

I wonder if she's a TERF.


Yep, she's a TERF.
>> No. 15858 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 11:11 pm
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I have the strongest feeling that if they'd used the word lesbian instead, there'd still have been someone asking why they didn't mention her gender nonconformity.
>> No. 15860 Anonymous
4th September 2018
Tuesday 3:18 am
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Does being sane require its own acronym now?
>> No. 15861 Anonymous
4th September 2018
Tuesday 3:36 am
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Julie, I just want to say, I loved Sugar Rush, but you're really annoying.
>> No. 15862 Anonymous
4th September 2018
Tuesday 3:44 am
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We could call ourselves Non-Radicalised Moderate Adult Laiety. NORMALs for short.

>> No. 15816 Anonymous
27th August 2018
Monday 5:36 pm
15816 Big Brother

A man has been arrested after "distressing" photos of the aftermath of a fatal crash were posted on Facebook.

Police said a 44-year-old man had been arrested under the malicious communications act.

It seems as time goes on, the Internet becomes more & more restricted, what do you lads think the future holds?
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>> No. 15851 Anonymous
30th August 2018
Thursday 1:39 pm
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Freedom of speech doesn't exist here, in any form. As long as a police officer and/or a judge decides something you've said is hateful, you will be prosecuted for saying it.
>> No. 15852 Anonymous
30th August 2018
Thursday 4:04 pm
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>As long as a police officer and/or a judge decides something you've said is hateful

And that's going to be the end of it, is it? Judgements don't get overturned?

Also, police have no power to decide something you've said is hateful. All they can ever do is investigate, and in some cases temporarily detain you when there is a suspicion that you could have committed a criminal offence. They can only charge you with that offence. They do not get to decide if you are guilty of it.
>> No. 15853 Anonymous
30th August 2018
Thursday 4:18 pm
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Also judges don't decide your guilt - magistrates and juries do.
>> No. 15854 Anonymous
30th August 2018
Thursday 4:59 pm
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>Also, police have no power to decide something you've said is hateful. All they can ever do is investigate, and in some cases temporarily detain you when there is a suspicion that you could have committed a criminal offence. They can only charge you with that offence. They do not get to decide if you are guilty of it.
Semantics, lad. Try arguing that with a copper who's busy arresting you for Section 5 because you swore in front of him.
>> No. 15867 Anonymous
13th September 2018
Thursday 12:39 pm
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The idea of censorship has grown on me the more I read about old television. I'm not pro-censorship for it's own sake, but forcing creatives to work around it often seems to lead to a much better end product since they've got to think of something creative instead of bluntly having a character saying "fuck off, you cunt." Now that we're increasingly willing to show everything-and-anything on television and there's no limits to what you can find online, there's no subversive joy in thinking "how the hell did they get that one past the censors?"

>> No. 15805 Anonymous
24th August 2018
Friday 6:00 pm
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>releasing his first album to raise awareness of mental health... and he's recorded it in his own modified shed!

This is obviously one of you two isn't it?

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>> No. 15809 Anonymous
24th August 2018
Friday 8:30 pm
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The geometric distortion of your mum really messed with my head.
>> No. 15810 Anonymous
24th August 2018
Friday 8:36 pm
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Your mum messing with my mum really messed with my head.
>> No. 15811 Anonymous
25th August 2018
Saturday 12:14 am
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Nah, I do all my mentally ill recordings from a first floor flat bedroom.

A shed would be living the dream.
>> No. 15814 Anonymous
27th August 2018
Monday 2:00 pm
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At first I thought he lived in that shed when I read the story.

Now THAT would have been depressing.
>> No. 15815 Anonymous
27th August 2018
Monday 3:02 pm
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You'd pay £900 a month for it in That London.

>> No. 13168 Anonymous
12th August 2017
Saturday 8:38 pm
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Violent clashes have erupted between white nationalists attending a far-right march and counter-protesters in the US state of Virginia.


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>> No. 15496 Anonymous
26th May 2018
Saturday 5:30 pm
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>> No. 15497 Anonymous
29th May 2018
Tuesday 4:44 pm
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>> No. 15702 Anonymous
21st July 2018
Saturday 10:29 pm
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>> No. 15812 Anonymous
26th August 2018
Sunday 9:41 pm
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The incels are at it again.

>> No. 15813 Anonymous
26th August 2018
Sunday 9:50 pm
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Almost seems like a hoax, but there are multiple news articles reporting the story. Bleak.

>> No. 15734 Anonymous
11th August 2018
Saturday 5:34 pm
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Plane stolen by ‘suicidal’ airline worker crashed as fighter jets pursued it outside Seattle

A Horizon Air employee described as “suicidal” commandeered an empty turboprop passenger plane at Seattle’s main airport Friday night and roared low over Puget Sound with a pair of Air Force F-15s in pursuit before crashing it into a small island, authorities said.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer ruled out terrorism, describing the suspect as an unnamed suicidal 29-year-old man from the county “doing stunts in the air” before the crash.

The man, referred to as “Rich” and “Richard” by air traffic controllers in tense recordings, said he was “just a broken guy” as authorities tried to divert the 76-seat Bombardier Q400 away from populated areas.
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>> No. 15800 Anonymous
19th August 2018
Sunday 5:59 pm
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Well I don't have any mates to stop hanging around with and dont encouner anybody anyway.

Please refrain from suggesting some sort of social interaction is going to happen, it never has and there's no reason for it to do so.
>> No. 15801 Anonymous
19th August 2018
Sunday 6:05 pm
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>it never has and there's no reason for it to do so.

That might be the real issue here, no?

Even introverts get lonely eventually.
>> No. 15802 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 1:00 pm
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>> No. 15803 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 1:36 pm
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Oh. 'Story of my life' post. I still enjoy my tea and coffee though, and a bunch of favourite meals.

Rage thoroughly checked.
>> No. 15804 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 3:20 pm
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Not him, but I've been through that phase including dropping all my mates and fucking a an ex-anorexic with drug problems. Currently lost and requesting advice on what to do next.

>> No. 15761 Anonymous
13th August 2018
Monday 9:21 pm
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A GRANDMOTHER has hit out at a holiday company for recommending her an unsuitable Benidorm hotel that had ‘too many Spaniards in it’.

Freda Jackson, of Intack, said she endured a two-week ‘disaster’ trip with her friend, from Shadsworth, at the Spanish holiday resort in May.

Ms Jackson, 81, and her 61-year-old friend paid £1,133 for the holiday and have demanded a full refund or a free holiday from Thomas Cook. Instead bosses offered them a £75 holiday voucher as compensation for the ‘disappointing’ trip abroad.

The 81-year-old from Blackburn, who has been on holiday to Greece, Turkey, Portugal and Tenerife, said: “I have never complained about a holiday before but it was a disaster from start to finish.

I have never been to Benidorm and was really looking forward to it. My friend and I paid for it from our pensions. It was a struggle trying to fund it over 12 months and the holiday was totally ruined. I cried after."

Ms Jackson, who had never booked with the British holiday company before going to Benidorm three months ago, said Thomas Cook ‘mis-sold’ and ‘ruined’ her dream holiday. She claims that one of her biggest disappointments with the holiday was the ‘rudeness’ of other Spanish holidaymakers and the lack of entertainment catered towards British tourists, such as English tribute acts.

The former care assistant, who was born in Whalley, said: “The hotel was full of Spanish holidaymakers and they really got on our nerves because they were just so rude.

One evening a Spanish guy nearly knocked me flying and he just walked off without even apologising. The entertainment in the hotel was all focused and catered for the Spanish. Why can’t the Spanish go somewhere else for their holidays?”
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>> No. 15776 Anonymous
14th August 2018
Tuesday 9:07 pm
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> Think about it, lad. If you were a massive racist why would you go to Turkey? It's full of Turkish people.

It worked out well enough for Rudyard Kipling in India.
>> No. 15777 Anonymous
14th August 2018
Tuesday 9:40 pm
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Enoch Powell spoke fluent Urdu.
>> No. 15778 Anonymous
15th August 2018
Wednesday 12:42 am
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This made it to the front page of the Daily Star, Britain's most well-respected newspaper.
>> No. 15784 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 5:54 am
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She went to Spain and complained about the Spanish, presumably her hotel in Turkey wasn't full of Turks.
>> No. 15786 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 9:17 pm
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Correct. Strangely enough, holiday resorts marketed to the British don't tend to attract local people looking to learn more about their own culture.

>> No. 15730 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 12:34 pm
15730 Big tech warns of 'Japan's millennium bug' ahead of Akihito's abdication

>The Japanese calendar counts up from the coronation of a new emperor, using not the name of the emperor, but the name of the era they herald. Akihito’s coronation in January 1989 marked the beginning of the Heisei era, and the end of the Shōwa era that preceded him; and Naruhito’s coronation will itself mark another new era.

>But that brings problems. For one, Akihito has been on the throne for almost the entirety of the information age, meaning that many systems have never had to deal with a switchover in era. For another, the official name of Naruhito’s era has yet to be announced, causing concern for diary publishers, calendar printers and international standards bodies.

>It’s why some are calling it “Japan’s Y2K problem”.
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>> No. 15731 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 3:50 pm
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Okay so it's nothing. Nice Facebook meme.

>> No. 15521 Anonymous
6th June 2018
Wednesday 9:02 pm
15521 Welsh lad dies in Shagaluv

>Brit tourist fell 65ft to his death in Magaluf after ‘jumping over wall thinking corridor continued on the other side’

>A YOUNG Brit who fell to his death hours into his Magaluf holiday jumped over a wall thinking there was no drop, police believe.

>Thomas Owen Hughes, 20, was found lying dead below the Eden Roc apartment block on Sunday morning at about 11am.

>He was initially described by police on the island as Irish - but they have now said he was British.

>Investigators also said they believed he fell to his death after mistaking the apartment block where he fell for his holiday hotel.

>Mr Hughes is understood to have been staying at Magaluf’s Universal Hotel Florida, virtually next door to the Eden Roc block.

>Sources at the local Civil Guard, the force investigating Mr Hughes in conjunction with a local court, said today they believed the death was a tragic accident.
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>> No. 15565 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 12:46 am
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The secret really is in reading the waters where you plan to fish. And just plenty of "local knowledge". Try to make out where your target species might gather (read up on it on the web or watch a few youtube videos for that purpose), and then your focus is going to be all on how to fool that species into thinking there isn't an angler on the other end of that juicy worm or maggot that's floating in front of them in the water. And if you are new to a fishing spot, always strike up a chat with a local next to you who is fishing there as well. Anglers tend to like helping out fellow anglers and don't normally see them as competition.

I've been on fishing holidays to places like Sri Lanka and the Caribbean, where often you have dirt poor locals, and all the fishing gear they own is a spool of nylon monofilament with a couple of hooks on it, or one battered old fishing rod with a creaky old reel. And I saw them pull 30-pound fish out of the water like it was nothing. While I, with my carbon fibre fishing rod and brand name reel worth a combined £120, with teflon monofilament for £10 a spool, often ended up going home with almost nothing.

>I would imagine a nice rod helps in the same way a high end guitar feels nicer to play or an expensive pan is more predictable to use

It does make the experience more fun. I maintan that your rod really doesn't have to be top of the line, depending on your target fish, nearly any mid-range rod will do. But your reel is where it's at, and where quality is going to make a big difference. A £15 reel from your local shop just tends to feel cheap and not well put together. The bearings will be low-grade, it will be "clickety", and it won't run as smoothly. I wouldn't trust a reel like that to withstand anything large and nasty that has taken your hook (a good size conger or catfish might end up being the ultimate test for your reel). Being that your hands will spend a great deal of time fidgeting with the reel, you really should invest in something proper.

My favourite reel for some time has been my Mitchell Avocet Salt 4000. It's a midsized eggbeater reel, but you can still reel in a 25-pound fish with it no problem. It runs incredibly smoothly, if well looked after (I completely strip it down and regrease it at the beginning of every season), and build quality is flawless. It runs for about £40 now, but I bought it new when it came out for almost £60.
>> No. 15566 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 11:25 am
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I recently discovered that some fishermen use remote controlled "bait boats" to survey the water (using sonar and fish finders). It is apparently very successful, but I'm not sure what the point of it all is.

>> No. 15567 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 1:16 pm
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I went on an offshore big game fishing trip in the Canaries once. They took us a little more than a mile out to sea, and they had a built-in sonar device on their boat. It was definitely convenient, because it allowed them to locate schools of tuna or other fish for us. In open water, with up to a mile of water column below you just a mile from shore, it's otherwise pretty unpredictable where there might be fish and where not.

But I don't see the point of a sonar device for a muddy shallow lake in Britain. It looks more like some sort of cutesy gadget. You will be much better off going by what you actually see. General knowledge about where you might find your target species in a lake and then taking it from there normally does the trick. In that sense, I think a sonar device like that is cheating.
>> No. 15568 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 2:12 pm
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This was an interesting video. I enjoyed it.
>> No. 15700 Anonymous
21st July 2018
Saturday 9:43 pm
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In parenthesis

'stupid cunt'

>> No. 15589 Anonymous
19th June 2018
Tuesday 10:13 am
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>President Trump officially directed the Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military in space on Monday. Speaking at a National Space Council meeting at the White House, Mr. Trump called for a "space force" to ensure American dominance on the high frontier.
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>> No. 15607 Anonymous
20th June 2018
Wednesday 7:07 pm
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>That's what this will be about, I highly doubt it's about having zero g guns so we can shoot lasers at anybody on the moon.
I'm not sure Trump realises this. I get the feeling he thinks his Space Force will be PEW PEW PEWing their way through the Clarke belt.

Who knows, maybe Newt will finally get the moonbase he promised in 2012 after all.
>> No. 15608 Anonymous
21st June 2018
Thursday 11:16 pm
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>I'm not sure Trump realises this. I get the feeling he thinks his Space Force will be PEW PEW PEWing their way through the Clarke belt.

Trump is looking at sanity in the rear view mirror from many miles away any way you dissect it. Somebody who actually bases his foreign, and to a lesser degree domestic policy on watching Fox News and other purveyors of alternative facts, you can't trust to not actually think that there will be a mobile infantry shooting man-sized bugs on Klendathu in twenty years' time.

If you can suspend your sneering at a botched blend of action popcorn cinema and brilliant satire of fascism for a moment, then you will realise that the film Starship Troopers showed us a future that we are more inevitably headed for with every day that passes.

Our future will probably be a mix of the most disturbing elements of Idiocracy and the spot-on caricaturisation of fascism that Starship Troopers is in places.
>> No. 15609 Anonymous
21st June 2018
Thursday 11:59 pm
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To illustrate my point, listen to what the dad from the 70s Show says in this clip.


The worrying thing is perhaps that the original novel wasn't a piss take on fascism, but really more an actual defence of it.
>> No. 15610 Anonymous
22nd June 2018
Friday 7:50 pm
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>The worrying thing is perhaps that the original novel wasn't a piss take on fascism, but really more an actual defence of it.

Anyone who says that hasn't really understood the book, and the definitely haven't read enough of the rest of Heinleins work.

Yes, starship troopers does support certain philosophies which could be considered aspects of fascism, but Heinleins work considered as a whole is vehemently anti-fascist. The central theme through nearly all his books is protecting individual liberties and standing up to unjust laws. The societies he portrays as being closest to Utopian tend to have a strongly communal structure. He has characters from every race and creed appear in his books in convincing roles (far better than hollywood achieves today.)
Case in point: the main character in starship troopers the main character "Johnnie" is revealed inconsequentially to be a Filipino "Juan" fairly late in the book. In the film he's just regular aryan John.

What really shows that Heinlein-bashers have never actually read his books, is the fact that they choose to attack him for fascism, instead of the fact that has actually wrote stories about how great it is for the main characters to carpet-bagger their own pre-teen children.
>> No. 15611 Anonymous
22nd June 2018
Friday 10:54 pm
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All that said, Paul Verhoeven's stated goal was to make the film decidedly a caricature of fascism. Well, while entertaining the public with a sci fi action adventure. An idea that kind of eluded most of the movie going public though. And the film has its weaknesses in places, where it is really not all that Verhoeven must have hoped for and is just dumb popcorn cinema.

But if you look closely, the uniforms worn by many members of the military are very similar to standard WWII Wehrmacht issue. Paul Verhoeven said once that Wehrmacht officers in dark trenchcoats and peaked caps patrolling city streets were among his formative childhood memories growing up in Nazi occupied Holland, and that's why you see a lot of them in the film.

>> No. 15586 Anonymous
17th June 2018
Sunday 1:58 pm
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A retired GP will be found responsible this week for the deaths of hundreds of her patients, The Sunday Times understands.

Dr Jane Barton, 69, is accused of prescribing fatal overdoses of opiate painkillers to her elderly patients while working at Gosport War Memorial Hospital near Portsmouth in the 1990s. A government panel has examined 833 death certificates signed by Barton after previous investigations left “unanswered questions” and failed to result in any prosecutions, leading to accusations of a cover-up.

A £13m investigation, led by James Jones, the former bishop of Liverpool, who chaired the Hillsborough independent panel, will publish its findings on Wednesday. It is expected to find the “brusque and indifferent” doctor responsible for prescribing diamorphine — a powerful painkiller also known as heroin — and shortening hundreds of lives, including those where patients could have recovered.

The panel will not say how many deaths it is reviewing, but the number of people who died suspiciously under her care could exceed the 92 cases examined by police previously and the 833 whose death certificates she signed. The panel widened its investigation to include not only Barton’s alleged killings, but those of healthcare workers acting on her orders. They include a nurse described as her “right-hand man”.

Despite these calls, a source close to the inquiry said it would not refer the case to police or the Crown Prosecution Service when it issues its findings. Asked whether it would press for a criminal investigation, the source said: “No,” adding: “It is not in our remit.”


Sounds like Are Harold's record is about to be eclipsed.
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>> No. 15587 Anonymous
17th June 2018
Sunday 2:23 pm
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Any word on a motive? We know Shipman had his patients changing their wills and so he was speeding up the delivery.

Apparently while he was there on remand, the health of the lags in Strangeways improved markedly.
>> No. 15588 Anonymous
17th June 2018
Sunday 3:40 pm
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Headline for that fascinating tidbit:


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