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  1. On 7/15/2018 at 9:26 AM, arwebb said:

    Not a moment too soon in the case of the latter. He should never have been appointed.

    I may be in a small minority on this one, but I actually feel sorry for Theresa May and I think the link posted above is well wide of the mark because it overlooks the domestic political reality. Ever since the general election of June last year, May has been in office, but not in power. But while she faces the impossible task of coming to a position that will keep her party happy, none of those agitating against her, particularly on the Brexiteer side, have so far had the intellect to come up with an alternative strategy or the courage to try to topple her, because they know that risks a general election and the potential for them to lose.

    That position is the natural progression from a referendum campaign that was based on, at the very best, a complete lack of clarity to the British electorate of what their post-Brexit position would look like. At no stage in the past two and a half years since the campaign began has there been any coherent attempt by the Brexit side to explain what it is that they want. So when the government eventually tries to find a way out of the mess, May finds herself being carped at both by the Brexiteers who won't take responsibility for the mess we're in and a European hierarchy that still doesn't appear to understand they need to work with us too.

    So what should happen now? Personally, I support the idea of a referendum on a final deal if, and it's a very big if at the moment, we get to that point. However, my preference would be to go much further than that and suspend the entire Article 50 process, if indeed that is possible, to enable our nation to decide what it wants from Brexit, probably through another general election. A depressing thought perhaps, but I don't see a better alternative.


    Just makes it all the more depressing that so many people voted for Brexit without any clear understanding of what this meant or what it would entail? By their foolishness and shortsightedness they have plunged this country into a political and economic turmoil that was absolutely unnecessary and utterly avoidable.

    The trouble with further referenda is what if the people vote against it again? I now greatly distrust referenda and the havoc they cause after the farce of 2016. When a final Brexit deal is agreed there should be an immediate General Election so that the electorate can decide which party they trust to implement this along with other matters.

  2. Mixed fortunes for the home nations at this edition of the Commonwealth Games. There's no getting away from the fact that England were soundly trounced by Australia in the medal haul and the Aussie media were predictably not slow to spot it. Such a disappointing turnaround from 2014! What the heck happened?<_<

    Maybe we've been getting a bit too cocky and complacent at beating the Aussies in the Olympics lately?:blink:

    BBC report:







  3. On 27/01/2018 at 3:35 AM, Sir Rols said:

    Not that I’ve made much of an effort myselfhere lately, but time was this would’ve been a hot forum topic. This time last year we were arguing La La Land and its effects on the (then) 2024 race.


    Went to see this yesterday, and gotta say, really enjoyed it. Is it a whitewash of Harding? Possibly, but it doesn’t really pretend to be THE truth. Whatever you think really happened, there’s no denying you go out of the film with a lot more sympathy for Tonya. As I read in one review, when you see the real footage of Tonya on ice just before the credits, you sure look at it in a new light.

    Olympic-wise? They sure recreate Lillehammer 94 well. Not the exact look, when you compare it to the real footage, but pretty damn close. A little bit of Albertville in there as well, but I can’t remember the origina from 92 well enough to comment on that. One thing they got glaringly wrong (from an Oly-nerd standpoint) was her coach telling her, AFTER Albertville, that the IOC had only “just” decided that the next winter games would be held only two years hence. 

    And Margo Robbie did I (almost) all her own skating in it. Pretty remarkable! Her performance is great - happy to see her get an Oscar nomination. Allison Janney as the mum is the real scene-stealer, though.

    Anyone ese see it yet (I know Puppy has)?



    How do they 'skate' around the Kerrigan incident (if you pardon the expression)? Do they try to make out it was a genuine accident or that it never really happened at all?

    I wonder if Kerrigan is planning to bring out a sequel, "I Nancy"? ;)

  4. 4 hours ago, Ikarus360 said:

    Lol, this was just a couple of weeks ago. These kind of statements kind of makes one even more happy russians get screwed over badly. 


    Also apparently some of Rodchenkov friends indeed died on recent years on mysterious circumstances, like Nikita Kamaev who resigned shortly after the whole doping scandal exploded. This whole thing feels like a conspiracy novel



    That just about says everything we need to know about the character of the men in charge of the Russian Olympic team. Case closed!

  5. 2016 was truly a bizarre year!  Both the British and American electorates had massive brainfarts resulting in the tragi-comedies of Brexit and Trump and we are seeing their inevitable consequences in action now!

    Where Trump is concerned, I'm just hoping that he will be removed from office as soon as possible because the longer he is in power the more dangers there are to the stability of the US and the world in general. Beyond all the comic absurdities of the man is the sobering fact that he is the one with his finger on the nuclear trigger and that is what's so frightening!!!

  6. 4 hours ago, Rob. said:

    Call it dark humour if you like :unsure:


    Sure Rob, no problem and I don't mean to sound so heavy-handed. It's just that the whole subject of Brexit still makes my blood boil and the pointless time and money it is eating up at Westminster. The latest estimates are that it's going to cost us over £ 40 billion to quit the EU!  That's money that could have been more meaningfully spent elsewhere if my fellow citizens who decided to vote Leave last year had only given the matter a little more consideration. I wonder how many of them still think they made a sensible choice? :rolleyes:


    Anyway, off my soap-box now! B)

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  7. 7 hours ago, Rob. said:

    Fun development today

    David Davis at risk of contempt of parliament over Brexit reports, says Speaker


    Can anyone really regard the absurd fiasco that is Brexit as 'fun'? The whole thing is diverting Parliament away from tackling the REAL issues of importance to the country instead of struggling to deal with the consequences of one of the most stupid political decisions ever taken by a British government on the back of the most stupid and ill-advised referendum ever undertaken? <_<

    There is nothing  'fun' about Brexit. Only dire consequences for the future economic well-being and political standing of this country. Consequences that are becoming only too predictably evident with each passing day. Could anyone with an ounce of common sense REALLY have thought this would not be the case???  :rolleyes:

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  8. On 19/03/2014 at 8:31 AM, JMarkSnow2012 said:

    Certainly better than he initially had on his victory tour in the US.

    I read that he was never received at the White House by President Roosevelt or even received a congratulatory telegram from him! :angry:

    FDR is one of my favourite US presidents but I was always greatly disappointed in him for the way he ignored Owens!! :(

  9. Well, traditional bidding will certainly be off the table now for another 8 years at least!  Already the lack of interest in bidding from potential host cities has had a noticeable knock-on effect on this forum. The place is almost a desert now compared to what it was even a couple of years ago.! So many well-known and familiar posters have disappeared or gone into cold storage (I too have been posting here only very infrequently compared to what I used to do).

    I can only hope this trend wil reverse itself eventually but frankly don't expect much improvement at least until the next Olympics (Paris 2024) approaches. It's a great shame because this has been a wonderful site for me and I can only hope to see it pick up and become so again! 





  10. The whole mess is unfolding precisely as the unnecessary nightmare I always knew it would be. The so-called EU negotiators (Barnier and co) understandably don't feel inclined to do any serious negotiating with the UK at all and are just content just to sit back and adopt a stance of punishing the UK with sneers and threats (Barnier and Juncker).  The UK government on the other hand is running around like a headless chicken trying to make some sort of order and sense out of the grotesquely irrational decision it has made. What  a wonderful next couple of years we can all look forward to! :rolleyes:

    I've always despised Conservative politicians but now I hate and despise them even more for plunging us all into this unnecessary and costly mess with their anti-EU rhetoric culminating in Cameron's disastrous referendum . Has any European nation been so ill-served by its politicians lately as the UK??? :angry:




  11. All the tension and excitement of a budding bid process and, in the end, it was just a formality. Always expected and looked forward to a Paris Centenary Games and now they are here without the inconvenience of a vote. Félicitations Paris 2024!!! :D



  12. At least LA won't have to wait so long this time for its next outing as Host City. A mere 44 years compared to the 52 years that elapsed between its first 2 hostings. They're getting narrower!

    Keeping up this trend, I wonder if the 4th outing will be around 2058 (not that it'll make any difference to me of course)? ;)

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  13. This certainly seems like the  ideal solution given the unfortunate crisis the traditional bid process has fallen into with so many candidates pulling out shortly after entering.  I for one will greatly miss the traditional bid process with all the excitement of speculating who will win culminating in the tenseness and drama of a host city election which was one of the reasons I originally got attracted to this site in the first place! :(

    At least we are now assured of a Paris centenary Olympics followed by a 3rd outing for LA one of the event's most successful host cities. Hip hip hooray for that and bring it on!!! :)




  14. The Blair Effect? With his youthful good looks and dashing manner, Emanuel Macron appears to be France's answer to Tony Blair and his presence at the crucial IOC meetings could well have the same galvanising effect on Paris 2024's chances as Blair's did for London 2012. I kind of think Paris already has this in the bag anyway but, then again, many of us thought the same about the 2012 bid.  IMO Macron should go to Lima and make sure there will be no last minute hitches for the bid by avoiding the tactless gaffes made by Chirac that helped scupper the 2012 bid. Both he and Estanguet present a fresh, youthful air that should be more appealing to voters than their dour, middle-aged predecessors of 12 years ago!

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  15. 6 hours ago, Roger87 said:

    Yep, having Mike Lee on their side definetely helped Paris. Adding the Trump mess in foreign relations, Paris 2024 is 99,99% close deal (At least until now)

    Is Mike Lee helping with the bid? I didn't know that. Paris is certainly making sure they are covering all bases this time round. Good for them! ;)

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