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576  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: October 17, 2011, 07:25:26 am
Maybe I should have posted these before, but these be the public meeting times and locations.


10 October
Ramada Hotel, Belfast

11 and 12 October
Britannia Hotel, Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3LA
Ramada Hotel, Belfast

13 and 14 October
Ramada Leeds North, Millgreen View, Ring Road, Leeds, LS14 5QF
Brook Mollington Babastre Hotel, Parkgate Road, Mollington, Cheshire, CH1 6NN

17 and 18 October
Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH
Holiday Inn, 97 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN
Civic Centre, Rickergate, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8QC

19 October
Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh

20 and 21 October
Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0FK
The Golden Lion Hotel, 114 High Street, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8PP
Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 9HD
Radisson Blu Hotel Liverpool, 107 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9BD
Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh

24 and 25 October
Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0UJ
Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ
Lewisham Town Hall, Catford Road, Catford, London, SE6 4RU
Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RQ
Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena


27 and 28 October
Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB
East Ham Town hall, Barking Road, London, E6 2RP
The Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby, DE24 8UX

31 October and 1 November
Northampton Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton, NN1 1DE
Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU
Town Hall, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PJ
Crowne Plaza, London Gatwick Airport, Langley Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 7SX

3 and 4 November
City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH
Ramada Maidstone, Ashford Road, Hollingbourne, Near Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1RE
Lincoln Hotel, Eastgate, Lincoln, LN2 1PN
Copthorne Hotel, Paradise Circus, Birmingham, B3 3HJ

7 and 8 November
Town Hall, George Street, Luton, LU1 2BQ
Ludlow Conference Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1RZ
Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre, Bond Street, Bristol, BS1 3LE

10 and 11 November
Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4SA
Alverton Manor Hotel, Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1ZQ
BW Gonville Hotel, Gonville Place, Cambridge, CB1 1LY

14 and 15 November
County Buildings, Martin Street, Stafford, ST16 2LH
The Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH
De Vere Royal Bath, Bath Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 2EW
Edinburgh City Chambers, High Street, EH1 1YJ

16 November
New Lanark World Heritage Site, ML11 9DB

17 and 18 November
The Guildhall, High Street, Exeter, EX4 3EB
St George Hotel, Durham Tess {sic} Valley Airport, Darlington, Co Durham, DL2 1RH

22 November
Teacher Building, St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB


24 November
Town House, High Street, Inverness, IV1 1JJ

29 November
City Chambers, 14 City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BY






577  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / New British 50 banknote introduced 2nd November on: October 04, 2011, 12:40:28 am


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The Bank of England announced on Friday that the new note, replacing one featuring the first governor of the Bank of England, Sir John Houblon, will go into circulation on 2 November. It also pointed out that it will be the first note to feature two men on the reverse

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Matthew Boulton.... was an English manufacturer and business partner of Scottish engineer James Watt. In the final quarter of the 18th century the partnership installed hundreds of Boulton & Watt steam engines, which were a great advance on the state of the art, making possible the mechanisation of factories and mills. Boulton applied modern techniques to the minting of coins, striking millions of pieces for Britain and other countries, and supplying the Royal Mint with up-to-date equipment.


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James Watt....was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both the Kingdom of Great Britain and the world.

While working as an instrument maker at the University of Glasgow, Watt became interested in the technology of steam engines. He realised that contemporary engine designs wasted a great deal of energy by repeatedly cooling and re-heating the cylinder. Watt introduced a design enhancement, the separate condenser, which avoided this waste of energy and radically improved the power, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of steam engines. He developed the concept of horsepower.[2]

The SI unit of power, the watt, was named after him.
578  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 18, 2011, 01:32:58 am
Looking at all the regions now, I think some will be completely changed, not a single proposal will remain

There are some regions where I suspect the changes will be only minimal or not changed at all - I'm going to predict that Eastern England, East Midlands and North East England are falling in this last category.
579  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 14, 2011, 10:04:40 am
Ah really? What info have they given?
580  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 13, 2011, 02:45:39 am
I've just booked myself a seat at the two meetings I need to get to Smiley
581  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 05:42:05 pm
LOL. The fact that i'm moaning about the fact that my ward doesn't belong in Wallasey is one thing...



They're having a right laugh with that one. Gordon Brown's lost his PPS from Wirral South anyway - nice MP, saw her speak with him on the day of the leadership result before he got to conference.


That is BEAUTIFUL.

Totally unworkable, I mean.  The BCE have done one very good thing - they've managed to do all this without splitting a single ward, anywhere, and that's to be appluaded

However, the consequence is seats like this.

My backyard is Lancashire, where some absolute corkers have been proposed.  Putting Fishwick, one of the most socially and economically challenged wards in England, with the rural expanse of Ribble Valley is tasteless....
582  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 12:51:52 pm
Wales is going to be fun isn't it Cheesy


We've got all the way to January to wait for them.....
583  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 12:50:43 pm
I wonder how the many cheerleaders for this idiocy are feeling right now.


I've already answered you elsewhere Wink
584  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 10:12:35 am
Is that what they've done, call it "Houghton-le-Spring" ?
585  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 09:58:12 am
They needed to scrap "Rossendale and Darwen". I would not have scrapped it in quite that fashion....
586  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 09:37:34 am
I have a sneaking suspicion that these proposals will not look anything like this in the end.....
587  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 09:28:53 am
That's nothing. Their "Leigh" doesn't include.....Leigh.
588  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 09:14:50 am
The entire thing has been leaked to Guido's "Order Order" website.
589  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 09:06:37 am
I'm hearing Manchester Central has taken Salford city centre, which if true, is utterly mental.

Leigh (Andy Burnham's seat) is also said to have been split into pieces.
590  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 08:48:10 am
It is pretty much confirmed that the public release will be at midnight on the BCE website. I suspect they wanted to wait until late morning but that has been scuppered by the leaks and rumours

(about which something interesting might come because the Boundary Commission did warn Party Reps that too many rumours and leaks could mean they're not so friendly towards helping them out again....)

I have a feeling it might crash Tongue

So big question....who wants to do the notionals? Cheesy

I have no doubt it will crash.  Log on at about midnight, it'll go under at five-past....
591  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 08:44:33 am
Rumours Hazel Blears has lost hers....
592  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 08:25:06 am
It is pretty much confirmed that the public release will be at midnight on the BCE website. I suspect they wanted to wait until late morning but that has been scuppered by the leaks and rumours

(about which something interesting might come because the Boundary Commission did warn Party Reps that too many rumours and leaks could mean they're not so friendly towards helping them out again....)
593  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 08:01:37 am
Other rumours leaking out -

*"Doesn't look good for Tim Farron" according to Paul Waugh

"Greater Manchester to cause a stir"

The MP for Brigg and Goole,  a former teacher, has tweeted a request for any teaching jobs.....
594  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 07:15:31 am
MPs have been queing up like students on exam day waiting for their results

Some leaks are coming out from this (as they would)

Gloucester city centre moved into Forest of Dean

And this from journalist Paul Waugh

"paulwaugh
Paul Waugh

Sounds like Vince Cable's Twickenham seat being merged with Zac's Richmond Park: cd spell end of St Vince
43 seconds ago reply retweet favourite
"
595  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: No more Scottish Tories? on: September 12, 2011, 06:18:18 am
I tried to watch Murdo's speech on YouTube the other night. His opening jokes.....bombed, frankly. His approach is interesting - lots of "centre right alternative" and "progressive..."


If it didn't sound so clunky, then "Scottish Progressive and Unionist Party" could just about work. If I was in marketing, I'd go for "Progressive Scotland"....
596  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Let the great boundary rejig commence on: September 12, 2011, 05:39:49 am
The Boundary Commission for England are:


1) Giving MPs and party machines an embargoed preview of their proposals today
2) Announcing the proposals on their website tomorrow


The Boundary Commission for Scotland are:

1) Announcing their proposals on 13 October.


The Boundary Commission for Wales are:

1) Waiting until January 2012

The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland are:

1) Apparantly not bothering with updating us about anything.
597  General Politics / International General Discussion / Quality of Life Index 2011 on: August 17, 2011, 12:58:12 am
598  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / The Liverpool accent... on: August 15, 2011, 02:14:58 pm
...doesn't get much stronger than this.


Warning - rather strong language from the very start. NWS


http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0d3_1313262184
599  General Politics / International General Discussion / Ed Miliband - repeat, repeat, repeat on: July 01, 2011, 07:21:19 am
http://youtu.be/PZtVm8wtyFI



Get the message?
600  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Inverclyde by-election on: June 30, 2011, 10:28:30 pm
For those of you who like to see the announcement - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13985622
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