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  1. Not sure if these are exclusively from St.Helens, but I remember them being in common use when I was a kid, Doo lally (somebody a bit mad) three sheets round the bend crate egg All me ars'e and Betty Martin (describing a liar) Paste (to smack) like Stowers 'orse (erm, well endowed or lengthy urination) same as a seh (used to start every paragraph when it was your turn to speak in a conversation) A right tat-ar (person of ill repute)
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    The EU and your thoughts

    That will probably happen by default over the next few generations. We are just lucky that we already speak the language that is likely to become the standard, although would it really do any of us any harm to learn a common language? It might even be fun. Esperanto anybody? One thing is for sure, the language barrier will slow down european integration. Wouldn't you think them there lazy bastard foreigners would get a move on and learn English like what we do.
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    The EU and your thoughts

    The exact opposite is maybe a decade or two away. Hopefully within my lifetime, when all people of all races and social backgrounds and sexual orientations can gather in a place like Blackpool at the same time and treat each other without prejudice. Treat each other as equals. With respect. Like each other, or indeed dislike each other, based purely on the personality of the individual rather than some preconceived notion based on the colour of each others skin or other such ridiculous filtering system. I don't want to mix only with my kind. [To get away from Blackpool for a while and back to the EU topic..] I want to have friends from other countries, talk to people about their different cultures, find out about other peoples belief systems, to be free to roam wherever I wish and for them to be able to do the same. To be part of one big melting pot. Bring on the European super state, it can't come soon enough for me.
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    The EU and your thoughts

    Oh my god. I am so glad I didn't experience that. It sounds hideous. That would be the time that everyone hated everyone else from outside their county borders? Presumably why they were all split up? Where mods fought with rockers? Where the gays got beat up? Where people with long hair hated them with short hair etc? Where the working man hated them that were peas above sticks? Where you stayed away if you had anything other than milky white skin? I am so glad that this clannish insular small mindedness has been consigned to the dustbin of history. Give me total diversity over this stiffling vision of horror any day of the week.
  5. <bump> A bit of new news, doctors have voted to ease restrictions on abortion. Story here.
  6. A far more healthy place to be IMHO. It is too easy to dismiss these stories because they are not scientifically proven. For example, why are ghost stories consistent the world over? They all tell of a semi transparent human shape that does not interact with its viewer, can pass through objects ect. Chinese ghost stories don't tell of shoe shaped spirits, Turkish ones don't mention talking ghosts, Australian spirits don't bang their heads walking through walls, Siberian ones aren't solid. The stories are the same the world over and have been for many years [before instant communication]. This leads me to think that there is an element of truth in them. But on the other side of the coin the same question prods the cynic on my other shoulder. Sleep. Why, if the spirit is a seperate entity with it's own power source external to the host body, does it need to sleep? Why does it not stay awake and protect the host..scaring off burglars, checking you stubbed out that last fag and pulling the quilt back over your exposed toes? What is it doing when you are asleep? Why doesn't it help with the housework? It makes no sense, really. If it is awake, then why are we not aware of it? More to the point, if it does need to sleep presumably it is because the host sleeps, so does it sleep all the time when the host dies? It is hard to believe this spirit is something different to our physical awareness when it seemingly follows the same paterns of conciousness. The jury is still out.
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    Possibly only gay foxes.
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    Interestingly, after 25 votes, our representative [the MP] is only aligned with his electorate [us] on 20% of the issues highlighted. Banning fox hunting and homosexual rights.
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    If any of the 21 people who have voted so far wish to alter their vote on the question regarding homosexuality and you wish it to remain private, then pm me your new vote option and I will take it into account and republish the figures when the voting ends. Furthermore, anyone in any doubt over the wording of questions please seek to clarify their meanings before voting. I am really glad I bothered doing this poll now. It's been so much fun.
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    Then your vote would have been innacurate, as the bills that were voted on by this MP did include concepts of a homosexual lifestyle and that is what you are voting on..your agreement or disagreement with your MP's vote quite specifically on these bills. edit typo
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    I would be surprised if either Jeff or Dave did not understand the meaning of the question. Are you suggesting that, if it had been worded your way, that they might have voted differently?
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    No, but you may have heard proposals to increase the number of gambling establishments and loosen the entry requirements and the question is pertaining to this. Dave, as a test I wrote out the original question [re homosexuals] and Donks alternative version. I sat in a darkened room with minimal distraction and tried to answer them with abject honesty. I then got an impartial passer-by that was mincing walking by to mark them. Amazingly my answer was the same for both. Spooky or what? Perhaps the easiest thing is to close the thread?
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    I have lost the option to edit [it times out] so could a mod [or Dave] please edit the aforementioned question to the above to avoid confusing, offending or misleading anyone else. Thanks.
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    The question was worded by me. You suspect wrongly, I have more of a problem with pedantic suppositions than homosexuals. I gave these two options quite a bit more thought than the others to ensure that neither were biased, hence why I put 'not for 'em' rather than 'against 'em' ; that would have been emotive. If the wording bothers you that much, suggest an alternative and I will gladly edit it. For 'em. Homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals, including an equal age of consent and right to marriage, and that children should be taught that homosexuality is a valid lifestyle [Our MP 78% agrees] Not for 'em. Homosexual practice is not an acceptable lifestyle which should not be taught about in schools, and is against giving any additional rights to homosexual couples, including a reduction in the age of consent.
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    Ciders linked to a great website that records how the MP's have voted. At the bottom of the page that the above link points to [the St.helens north MP] there is a list of the main policies that have been voted on. If we were collectively one MP, how would we [the electorate] compare with him [our MP]? Lets see. [because there are only 10 options allowed on a poll some have been merged or left out. The vote definitions are from the publicwhip website as is the MP's voting record on each issue. I can't vouch for their accuracy, or the validity of the percentage calculations!]
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