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ozneil

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  1. Why you ever joined the EU is beyond me. Sooner you are out the better You ditched your staunchest friends and trading partners for what?... The mess you are now in! If you do decide for a Federal System first thing is ditch House of Lords and replace it with an elected upper house. The Australian system is worth a look. Senate is composed of 12 senators from each state and 6 from the territories. Reps is based on population size with each constituency having the same number of voters +/- 10% . Smallest is in Sydney about 2sq miles largest is Kalgoorlie in WA about same size as F
  2. Was very sorry to hear of HH's ( Robert) passing he and I go back to First Foot days where we had fun upsetting the "Clique". We lost touch unfortunately a while ago. I enjoyed his sense of humour and reading his posts here and elsewhere on Scotland and old Glasgow on other forums as well as viewing his many pics.
  3. another terrible earthquake; My heart goes out to these poor brave people Fey and her family seem to be OK. At least 65 dead but they expect toll to rise . Searchers still getting survivors out Kiwis are an immensely tough & pragmatic people and are performing miracles. Urban Search & Rescue (USR) teams from all over New Zealand & 70 from Australia, who flew in last night, complete with sniffer dogs & all equipment, have been working throughout the night. USA have immediately put all their "Antacrtic Airlift" aircraft which are based at CHCH at the disposal on the NZ A
  4. Lonely British soldier's grave over-looking Buffalo River RSA
  5. Gayle, I hope you are clear on the flooding down your way ...... Good luck
  6. Even in adversity the sense of humour does not desert them A house liable to be flooded in Brisbane
  7. Brisbane city centre earlier this morning. Brisbane is my home town. They are tough and efficient. They will come thru this. In times like this the whole community hangs together and works together. Our Emergency Services are well prepared for this as floods happen often. Last bad flood in Brisbane was 1974 & a worse one in 1890. Search & rescue people & emergency workers from all over Australia & New Zealand are already there. On a brighter note the flood levees round Grafton in NSW have held (so far --- fingers crossed) & the flooded Clarence River has passsed i
  8. Hell thats a normal accent. Imagine me hitting Central Station & meeting weejie for the first time!!!! These road trains are in the Western Plains from WA to the Great Dividing Range in the East. They dont cross the mountains. BTW A "Jump up" is an escarpment. He has just climbed it and is waiting for his truck to cool a bit would be hauling grain to, probably, Dalby where it would be transhipped on to the railways to go to the ports.
  9. For Tam ( this guy is hauling grain) This may interest you inside of truck BTW The guy has a Queensland accent
  10. gees I told you! I just didnt high light it
  11. You mean NEW ZEALAND 49 SCOTLAND 3 or the other one where England beat Australia?? 35-18 I would like to say the poms were lucky!!!!! but I cant they played brilliantly & the Wallabies played like a bunch of girls When Scotland plays NZ the usual question is how much will the All Blacks win by
  12. Therr ya go Harps Hernia t'day goan termorra A Bachelor 'Why keep a cow when I can buy,' Said he, 'the milk I need,' I wanted to spit in his eye Of selfishness and greed; But did not, for the reason he Was stronger than I be. I told him: ''Tis our human fate, For better or for worse, That man and maid should love and mate, And little children nurse. Of course, if you are less than man You can't do what we can. 'So many loving maids would wed, And wondrous mothers be.' 'I'll buy the love I want,' he said, 'No squally brats for me.' . . . I hope the devil stoketh wel
  13. Here Tam anither yin The Gramaphone At Fond-Du-Lac Now Eddie Malone got a swell grammyfone to draw all the trade to his store; An' sez he: "Come along for a season of song, which the like ye had niver before." Then Dogrib, an' Slave, an' Yellow-knife brave, an' Cree in his dinky canoe, Confluated near, to see an' to hear Ed's grammyfone make its dayboo. Then Ed turned the crank, an' there on the bank they squatted like bumps on a log. For acres around there wasn't a sound, not even the howl of a dog. When out of the horn there sudden was born such a marvellous elegant tone; An'
  14. His neice was a doctor in Dennistoun The Quitter When you're lost in the Wild, and you're scared as a child, And Death looks you bang in the eye, And you're sore as a boil, it's according to Hoyle To cock your revolver and . . . die. But the Code of a Man says: "Fight all you can," And self-dissolution is barred. In hunger and woe, oh, it's easy to blow . . . It's the hell-served-for-breakfast that's hard. "You're sick of the game!" Well, now, that's a shame. You're young and you're brave and yo
  15. 49-3 Dont mention Wallaby England game
  16. nice pic LG. Is it your lens or is top floor wall being pushed out by roof?
  17. ozneil

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    Doesnt matter who did the de-regulation. Why didnt Labour repeal the act during their 12 years in office. Blind Freddie could see the damage it could do. Spare us the commercial, de-regulating banks well & truly helped to stuff your economy. It made it too easy to live beyond your means,which you did. Your financial gurus would have known that but for some reason the knowledge was suppressed.
  18. ozneil

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    It means cut the bullshit. Wrong! They should never have been de-regulated in first place. It was a stupid thing to do to lose control of your country's cash. However, I thought we were discussing re-regulation so I didnt bother with the de-regulation in the first place. I thought my post would have been obvious that I considered de-regulation a bad idea irrespective of who did it. The main thing is Labour in 12 years did nothing to correct it. Sure they can blame Tories for introducing it but they should be castigated for their own lack of action to rectify it but they didnt w
  19. ozneil

    Cuts

    Yes All because of a weak ill-informed Government that hadnt the guts to repeal the laws coz it would have restricted credit and made the bubble look even more fragile. They would probably even had to cut their borrowing. You can cut the blarney, cuts no ice its only rhetoric with no real substance to the basic tenets of regulation. We all know there are crooks that need to be controlled. The fault lies squarely with the government for not taking the appropriate action timeously or indeed any action at all so letting the shysters away with it. The Labour party had 12 years to do it but
  20. ozneil

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    If the act was so bad why didnt Labour repeal it? They had 12 years to do so We both know why, the easy money was far too attractive & if Labour had tried to repeal it they would have been immensely unpopular and may have actually lost office ...shock horror.
  21. Thanks Larry. Being a Builder I was fascinated by the schemozzle on the design & building of your Parliament House. I wondered how they could have got it so wrong. I read all of the transcripts of the Fraser Enquiry. Fascinating stuff (at least to me). Straight out of the "Boys Own Book" "How to ##### up building projects made easy" I thought Lord Faser's conclusions were a bit mild The kindest thing I can say about Donald Dewar, on this subject, is that he was totally out of his depth and very badly advised. I know nothing of the man From G12s various posts it looks like mis-in
  22. G12 Im sorry to contradict you about the procurement of your Parliament Building & method of contract but you are wrong. G12 wrote I suggest you read the Fraser Report Viz 4.4 4.22 6.1 7.2 7.6 The lowest tender was not accepted!!! I can go on for ever but believe me your assumptions are wrong. It was most certainly not a "design & build contract and Dewar was certainly involved in the process.
  23. The Architect was chosen by the client to produce design drawings on which the tenders were based. The Building contract was a "Managemernt Contract" where the builder in this case Bovis Lend Lease provided the expertise to plan construction, let and manage contracts for the actual building. Because of the political pressure it was decided to "fast track" the project ie let foundation contracts before building is fully designed and start building before completion of the working plans. This can be done on projects of a well known type eg multi-storey office blocks but on a project of the
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