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Leave York alone please

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Posted on 10:01am Saturday 4th May 2013

Leave York Alone Please! I loved Richard Catton's article “Cars are here to stay, Mr Merrett” in The Press on Friday 3rd May. He makes a clear argument against spending £170,000 on an idiotic (my word) experiment to solve traffic problems by closing Lendal Bridge to private cars between 10:30 and 17:00.

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Happy Saint George's Day

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Posted on 9:23am Tuesday 23rd April 2013

The Sun is shining and England looks as though Spring has arrived. York City are only one point from staying in the Football League.

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"We will remember them."

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Posted on 8:25pm Thursday 11th October 2012

I was pleased to see that people are starting to think about the 100th anniversary of the First World War that began on 28th July 1914. I visited battle sites and war graves in France and Belgium with my children as I believe we should all be aware of what war really means.

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Absolute Rubbish

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Posted on 11:30pm Tuesday 24th July 2012

So what kind of idiots are we suppose to be York? If the City of York Council agree an additional charge for emptying Green Bins to get of green waste, then that is an increase in our Council Tax.

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Smile You're English

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Posted on 9:58am Wednesday 30th May 2012

I was surprised to see so little comment on the start of the Scottish Independence Referendum process, leading to voting in 2014.

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Not Another Budget

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Posted on 2:19pm Tuesday 20th March 2012

Budget time again, yippee, I wonder what “new” ideas we will see. Fascinating that there are as many ways of slicing up taxation and spending as there are people in the UK.

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Well Done David!

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Posted on 12:30pm Friday 9th December 2011

Well done David, don't listen to anyone who talks about boats or failure to make alliances. Sometimes when you are right you are the only one!

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Haka Mocker Stopper Shocker!

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Posted on 9:55am Tuesday 25th October 2011

I am shocked that the French Rugby Team was was fined £10,000 because they chose to walk in a V formation towards the New Zealand Team as they performed their war dance “The Haka”.

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Time for a New "Marshall Plan"

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Posted on 12:10pm Friday 21st October 2011

I must admit I am disappointed that there doesn't seem to be one politician capable of breaking the mould by suggesting an alternative to cutting everything in sight.

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Car Park Disgrace Cost Labour York!

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Posted on 10:43am Friday 5th August 2011

As the Union Terrace Car Park fiasco continues. Will it lead to the loss of the York Constituency for Hugh Bailey?

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Is Labour Parking Democracy?

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Posted on 5:09pm Tuesday 26th July 2011

The Press is reporting that the deal to sell Union Terrace Car Park to the University of York St John looks set for approval.

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Human Rights for the English Students?

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Posted on 11:21am Friday 1st July 2011

Non Scottish students in the UK only will have to pay up to 5 times what the Scottish students pay. Other EU students attend for free.

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Celebrate St George Today!

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Posted on 11:36am Saturday 23rd April 2011

Even though it's not allowed.

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Dare You Vote YES to Alternative Voting?

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Posted on 5:06pm Sunday 17th April 2011

Not so long since we all were allowed to have a vote.

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Sticking it to the English, Again?

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Posted on 10:49am Thursday 27th January 2011

NHS given to GPs, sold to anybody along with forests and anything else that can be sold.

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A Change For The Better?

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Posted on 12:47pm Thursday 28th October 2010

New management often make immediate changes but are these good changes?

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Tax Increase Brewing

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Posted on 12:10pm Saturday 4th September 2010

Brewers Drooping now faced with new tax.

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Thankyou for not giving up on freedom!

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Posted on 12:04pm Thursday 22nd July 2010

Poor little David, he’s only learned his history by watching American war films! They have made some really good ones but they haven’t all been historically accurate by any means.

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World Cup Relative Success

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Posted on 11:27am Monday 28th June 2010

So we’re out of the World Cup and those who support teams in the lower leagues will we amazed at the furore over one poor decision from an official that denied England a goal.

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Happy St George's Day!

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Posted on 9:56am Friday 23rd April 2010

Happy St George's Day everybody!!!

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Debate? Am I a Monkey's Uncle?

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Posted on 11:44am Friday 16th April 2010

I that was a debate then I'm a monkey's uncle!

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Snail Rail for York

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Posted on 7:16pm Thursday 11th March 2010

Snail Rail for York

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Still Fighting The Iraq War?

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Posted on 4:14pm Monday 1st February 2010

Pointless Iraq Inquiry

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Why The Budget Panic?

Posted on 10:06am Thursday 10th December 2009

I’m a simple man but I still can’t see why there is all the doom and gloom about the future of the UK economy. Isn’t the deficit we see slightly artificial? Yes there’s been a depression (yes past tense), yes we eventually spent billions buying shares in banks to stop a major economic disaster and along the way avoided millions of minor disasters for individual savers and investors (you and me). There has been a lot of individual pain for many and it isn’t all over yet, but come on get real folks, it’s time to wake up and smell the flowers. Our “investments” in various banks are listed as spending. When is someone going to start to talk more clearly about the fact that these investments will grow as bank shares recover and they will pay back everything they borrowed! There will be share dividends coming in to the exchequer and this will help too. The longer-term view is not so bleak so cheer up people and pundits, it’s nearly Christmas. So what is holding us back? We are fighting a war on terror and shouldn’t pretend that a peacetime economy and peacetime taxation is really going to pay that bill. Don’t forget that the first Income Tax 10% arrived in WW1 and never went away. Does anybody really know what the real economic costs of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and on the Home Front? I’m not arguing for or against them here, but we should all recognise that wars are expensive and have to be paid for eventually, which is why depressions follow wars. So when people are talking about the economy let’s not just hear about 1.5% here and 2.5% there, let’s hear about true total costs in each area and what we need to pay to balance the books. All this sniping and politicking about budgets and who wins and loses is boring me silly!

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British Summer Time Cruelty

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Posted on 10:32am Wednesday 28th October 2009

BST is cruel to animals and people.

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Zombies Rule

Posted on 2:11pm Friday 23rd October 2009

What a brilliant week for entertainment in York. The Zombies at the Duchess on Wednesday were brilliant. Four part harmonies and in tune, wonderful. To see Colin Blunstone (“Say You Don’t Mind”) back with Rod Argent (“God Gave Rock and Roll To You”) ably supported and complemented by Jim Rodford on bass (Argent, Kinks and Animals), Mark Johns on guitar (who has recorded with Jeff Beck, Tina Turner and Sting) and Steve Rodford (also Animals). They played a string of hits (“Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There”) as well as a range of other songs, old and new, that kept the audience enthralled. The sound quality in the Duchess was impressive!

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War Prevention Tax

Posted on 11:19am Thursday 3rd September 2009

I remember that many people of my parents generation saw voting for a Common Market as a way of joining with our neighbours to prevent happening in the future. Well we have had 64 years without he UK engaging in a war in Europe so maybe they were right. In the same way that the union that formed the UK has prevented all out war in Britain for hundreds of years. Although in Europe’s case, maybe the fear of mutual destruction in a nuclear holocaust has something to do with it as well of course. However, as we continue to send money out of the country, upping our daily contribution to the EC from £39,000,000 per day to £45,000,000 per day to help pay for roads and other infrastructure in eastern Europe, I wonder - should we send money further to avoid war? How much would it cost us to spend money not having to fight a war in Afghanistan? To pay for whatever part of the Opium Crop might be considered fair to stop its production. To support and enable a peaceful way of life that may be different from our own, that may be more tribal, but may suit Afghanistan. Could we achieve a lasting result and a supporting role over there without losing any more of our young fighting men and women?

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Southampton To Be Asset Stripped?

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Posted on 11:33am Tuesday 7th July 2009

Southampton To Be Asset Stripped?

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TAX Giveaway or BT Re-nationalised?

Posted on 9:04pm Thursday 18th June 2009

So the Government wants to spend our money to upgrade the phone and data network across the UK, to enable faster broadband access to the Internet.

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Sodje

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Posted on 2:02pm Thursday 18th June 2009

I can’t help but feel sorry for the staff and management at York City Football Club on reading about the departure of Onome Sodje. YCFC seem to have done everything to support and help him in his fight to stay in the UK to play football. This effort was not without cost to a club that is always short of funds. However, with the help of Archbishop Sentamu and York MP Hugh Bailey, the appeal was ultimately successful and Onome has been allowed to stay and work in the UK. Just not at York!

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Two Legs Bad, Four Legs Good?

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Posted on 11:53am Monday 18th May 2009

Does anyone else feel like Boxer, the loyal horse in Animal Farm?

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Back to Willy-nilly Money?

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Posted on 10:59am Friday 13th March 2009

Staggering to see the money supply being increased manually, because the attempts to make credit available haven’t worked so far. I seem to remember when analysts were wailing about the money supply being out of government control because credit was so available the money supply was growing willy-nilly. How times change!

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Is it Service?

Posted on 1:44pm Tuesday 3rd March 2009

I’m a late convert to busses having always driven everywhere since I passed my test aged 17. I recently worked in the centre of York and the only way to get there at a sensible cost was by bus.

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Green and Pleasant

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Posted on 11:14pm Thursday 22nd January 2009

Wow, great to be back on-line!

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Oil The Wheels

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Posted on 11:45am Sunday 23rd November 2008

Am I alone in thinking that politicians of all flavours still seem to be missing something about the economy?

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Breakfast is Waiting

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Posted on 11:34am Thursday 30th October 2008

Amazing to see Alastair Darling advising how his idea (I’m sure they have a listening device hidden in my house because I suggested it) of taking shares in the banks will pay off in the long run when they are sold off. Why didn’t he do that in the first place with Northern Rock? Instead we saw Northern Rock destroyed as a bank and the shareholding of millions of small investors reduced to a few Pence, literally Pence! So not much incentive for small investors to return to investing in the market when things improve is there? Banks appeared to be the one thing that people could “safely” invest in, so I predict a shortage of investment for some years to come. Alastair’s investment of our tax Billions is likely to remain invested for a long time to come, or until our shares are sold to some foreign investor. What will be the last thing we sell to foreign owners, only to wonder why the jobs and the profits go abroad?

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It's Not Too Late Darling

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Posted on 3:08pm Friday 19th September 2008

When Chancellor Darling stabbed the average working family in the back yet again by introducing more taxes on them and their older larger cars. Did he think what the final outcome might be on two car families?

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Still Here?

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Posted on 8:14pm Wednesday 10th September 2008

It’s exciting isn’t it, to think that the world may end when scientists start experimenting with particle acceleration! NO IT ISN’T, IT IS SCARY!!!

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Hazel is our Darling

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Posted on 9:48am Tuesday 2nd September 2008

Looks like other departments have decided they can’t wait any longer for the sadly ineffective Chancellor to do something!

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Gr8 2 B Back

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Posted on 3:52pm Monday 18th August 2008

Great to be back online again, after holidays and site upgrades have kept me away.

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Abbey Dabble Do

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Posted on 9:35am Friday 20th June 2008

Change the name of St. Mary's Abbey to York Abbey, what a suggestion. Where do we find these idiots? More to the point, why do we let them have jobs that affect the rest of us?

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Snot Government

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Posted on 10:50pm Thursday 5th June 2008

I’m just so sick of being kicked around by this bunch of dopes that call themselves a Government. Career politicians who believe the only way to make a name for themselves is to come up with a new idea, sensible or not, and follow it through regardless of the effect upon the voters.

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No Food On The Bus!

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Posted on 10:07am Tuesday 27th May 2008

How about some "joined up thinking" on Public Transport as is often espoused but rarely demonstrated by the Government.

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Independence for Scotland?

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Posted on 10:01am Thursday 8th May 2008

How stupid and superficial are these independence referendum discussions? She said this and we can have it as soon as possible, he said yes but didn’t mean now. Who the hell are these simpletons?

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The Best Colour For Success?

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Posted on 10:22am Monday 14th April 2008

As a lifelong York City fan I was utterly stunned by the antics of the Referee at this Saturday’s match against Woking, who shocked the crowd by sending off 3 York players, no Woking players (should have been two by my interpretation of his rules), and forgot he was in control (I use the word jokingly) of public entertainment.

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My Big News

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Posted on 9:21pm Sunday 16th March 2008

My big news is that I've retired!

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BBC Fair on Trade?

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Posted on 11:47pm Monday 18th February 2008

I watched "Make Trade Fair" (BBC Sunday night) and am appalled! Not in the way I suspect I was supposed to be appalled, but because of the total lack of intelligent questioning to highlight any issues that do or don't exist.

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Men Only

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Posted on 9:46pm Monday 21st January 2008

Well I've tried to "enjoy" the January Sales but have to confess I'm not really built to handle the scrum the way it is today.

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On the 38th Day of Christmas

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Posted on 9:03pm Tuesday 8th January 2008

So now it's all over... no more Christmas lights and flashing Santas everywhere and I miss it, everything looks so dull. I know it's not cool or tasteful but it is colourful at a time of year when colour is in short supply. Maybe I've got SAD syndrome and all I need is a bright light to keep me happy but I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels like this. I'd suggest having all January as part of Christmas, which would make about 38 Days of Christmas. But, and it is a big but, that blinking song about the twelve days of Christmas (changed to 38) would be so long we'd all be suicidal by the time we'd finished singing it, or hearing it for that matter.

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Thanks Billy

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Posted on 10:39pm Tuesday 20th November 2007

Wow, I am staggered by the speed with which the YCFC board have responded to the poor results this season.

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