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    Here's something I found interesting.

    A bellwether is any entity in a given arena that serves to create or influence trends or to presage future happenings.
    The term is derived from the Middle English bellewether and refers to the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram (a wether) leading its flock of sheep.[1][2] The movements of the flock could be noted by hearing the bell before the flock was in sight.
    Didn't know that.

    Also also thought it was spelled "bellweather".

    As in "you don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows"

    I guess this must be an American vs English thing then.

    Anyway, just interesting.

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    Yes there was a thread a few weeks back that descended into nonsense with everyone making rubbish animal puns.

    I posted that I wasn't sure wether I found it funny and got castigated for not joining in the fun.

    Oh well.

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    I see Rob.

    I presented myself as living in England (due to the fact that my old man was born there before moving to do dirt farming on probably the poorest piece of land the valley had to offer)

    My results

    Party

    Labour Party:
    55% UK Independence Party:
    51% Green Party:
    43% So maybe I'm a UKIPer.

    I can't really say I dislike Brown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    Yes there was a thread a few weeks back that descended into nonsense with everyone making rubbish animal puns.
    I must have missed that one Cy.

    Good thing to.

    I always try to avoid the obvious garbage.

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    Anyway, lest we be inclined to stray from topic......

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    So maybe I'm a UKIPer.
    I was actually going to suggest you look at their policies rather than banging on about the BNP in 'that' thread.

    I suppose I've discounted the lib dems for 25 years because I always thought David Owen was a grade 'A' *hole.

    Not very logical, really.

    In contrast, I've been aware that I identify with the greens. But there again there's the tank tops and facial hair to steer clear of.

    So complicate. Think too mut

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    I think maybe some of us consider all that a part of politics...
    yeah, you might...i don't though.
    "vast and black. the thing that was poised, like a crow over the moon. round and smooth. cannon balls. things that have fallen from the sky to this earth. our slippery brains. things like cannon balls have fallen, in storms, upon this earth. like cannon balls are things that, in storms, have fallen to this earth. showers of blood. showers of blood. showers of blood. " c.f.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    I think it's "affected", I hope it's "affected".
    Mr Pants says is it....although the True Master is J to the Imbo!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    As in "you don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows"
    Nah it's from the castrated bull bit mate....nowt to do with the 'weather'

    Probably didn't actually have them then....you know....there not being any tellys/tellies and that


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    Cameron: I want to put joy into people's souls


    Speaking this morning at the launch of the Conservative plans for a "non-military national citizenship service", David Cameron said that his goal was to "put fire into people's bellies, steels into their backbones and joy into people's souls."

    David Cameron

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    “I’m so excited about what we’re setting out today. It’s been a long time in development – a lot of time and effort has gone into making it a reality – and I think it will be one of the proudest legacies of a future Conservative government,” he said.
    “National Citizen Service is a central part of our vision for a Big Society. Our ambition is that over time, every sixteen year old will take part. That’s hundreds of thousands of teenagers – year in, year out – volunteering, playing their part, making a difference... This is about sowing the seeds of the Big Society – and seeing them thrive in the years to come.”

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    Hell, maybe some of the non -do- wellers on here might have benefitted from some structured discipline at a young age
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    Quote Originally Posted by cameron View Post
    I want to put joy into people's souls
    planning suicide then?


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    He wants 'to put joy into people's souls'? Jesus fucking wept.

    And 'National Ciitizen Service'? Most people that read that bollocks probably won't notice the 'volunteering' part. Yet more insubstantial nothingness from The New Old Conservative Party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    Originally Posted by russellsimpson So maybe I'm a UKIPer.I was actually going to suggest you look at their policies
    Gosh Cy. I wish you would have.

    In any case I've looked at it now. Granted I should have done so earlier.

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    Nothing much of interest polling wise today.

    This is kind of interesting though.

    Finally there remains some sharp contrasts in the levels of support for minor parties – the “others”. Once again the difference here tends to be between the established pollsters and the new online companies, with Opinium, Harris and Angus Reid showing them up in the mid teens, while the longer established companies show them down near 10% or 11%. Even so, the levels of support for others do seem to be falling as we approach the election – notably the most recent Populus and ICM polls had them back in single figures.
    There seems to a five or six point spread between what the traditional pollsters are getting with more traditional methods and what the newer "online" orientated companies are getting.

    Still and all, looks like the Blues are resting nicely at around +10.

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    Fourty, thirty and twenty and holding steady I see according to the Sunday reports.

    I get a feeling that the campaigns really haven't gotten underway.

    So far it reminds me of three guys racing across a pasture full of fresh cow pies.

    There's lots of shit to step it, but everyone is being very cautious not to step in it

    Hopefully somebody is going to.

    Otherwise it's going to be right boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    ...boring.
    riiight!


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    ^

    At the moment yes.

    But still 26 days to go and counting.

    Things may change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    Things may change.
    yeah...they might...

    what would be a 'good' change for you russ?

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