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  1. Definitely no more Exige or Elise production slots. Have asked - a fortnight ago - 2 separate well known dealers.
  2. UK Government is still behaving as if no one has been vaccinated. As Theresa May put it, why are we less free than this time last year when there were no vaccines?
  3. Exige is not threatened by Emira as totally different cars in approach and rawness.
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    Lotus Emira

    £60k starting price is super competitive for a car that looks this good .. it's cohesive, striking without being shouty, stylish and contemporary, and is perfectly proportioned it will sell well to those who want supercar looks at Cayman prices I love it
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    I don't condone violence but I did very much enjoy this ...
  6. This is what happens when you have a zero CV19 "strategy"
  7. Most, if not all, of the scientists pushing for a delay to lockdown easing have no qualifications to make any recommendations apart from the title "Professor", usually of a no name university, and usually with little or no knowledge of how the virus spreads, its transmissibility, its virulence, its ability to overcome vaccines (none so far) and its effects on hospitalisations and deaths, not to mention the side effects (for example, economic, mental health, lost education and life opportunities) of prolonging lockdown. it is all rent a quote from Professors of "bugger all" for a sound bite to increase clicks. No one actually really knows what they are speculating about as they don't have access to the data, nor are they qualified to make informed observations.
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    BBC - Again!

    Time to make BBC subscription only .. time to remove licence fee
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    TLF GT430 Club

    It's low mileage too. Lovely 😘
  10. Cummings has an enormous over inflated sense of self importance. He talks as if he was the Government and making decisions, rather than his role as an adviser. He apologies for not having called lockdown earlier, as if it was up to him. Talk about megalomaniac. He is telling his "truth" as if it is fact, conveniently forgetting his own Barnard Castle adventures. Conveniently, according to his narrative, his behaviour and actions are beyond reproach, apart from some mea culpas which are actually attempts to justify his own perceived ineptitude; a false modesty. He should never have been allowed to give a press conference in No. 10's back garden. He is bitter, twisted, pathetic and irrelevant. Yesterday's man, if he was ever a man of any importance at all. He forgets that without Johnson's protection and loyalty, he is nothing but a loudmouth with strong views. He is only getting so much airtime and newsprint because the press are out to get a story, any story, to sell more papers and get more clIcks.
  11. what green is that 😘
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    Crypto currencies are unregulated unprotected Ponzi schemes which consume humongous amounts of electricity they are not assets, they are pure gambling
  13. From someone who knows and whose opinion is backed up by data:
  14. Yes, but we don't know anything about its transmissibility or whether it is more lethal
  15. Viruses generally do not become more deadly as that kills more or all its hosts, and end up destroying the virus. thus far, we have had the Kent, Brazil, South African and Japan variants .. none of which have been more deadly.
  16. Yes and no. All vulnerable groups in the UK have now been vaccinated, and 21 million of those have had 2 doses. Therefore, the threat of medical services being overwhelmed is dramatically reduced, if not eliminated. Those younger than 40 form a tiny percentage of those (1) hospitalised, and (2) who died from CV19. The average age of a CV19 death in the UK is higher than average life expectancy in the UK.
  17. Let's not forget that total deaths in the UK for the most recent week was 20% lower than the 5 year average. And total deaths have been lower than the corresponding week of the 5 year average for 8 weeks now. and yet, the Scientists (there are so many Professors of all sorts on the news these days, most of who are not qualified in disease control) want to lockdown again because the Indian variant ..
  18. Ironic that descendants of convicts in Australia now locked up in Australia 😂
  19. This has been on the way for a few years ..
  20. Looking at votes in Scotland, no of votes for Unionists is (albeit by not much) greater than independence parties Unionists: 1,353,377 Nationalists: 1,326,204
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    French complaining about British inflexibility is hilarious given their shenanigans over our shellfish exports and the Calais shutdown last year .. with friends like the French, who needs enemies The French are the worst when it comes to compliance with EU Directives, the Brits were the best.
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    The French really are outrageous but utterly pathetic. The sooner President Moron is shot, the better. Just shows we cannot rely on them for anything. Cutting off electricity is the sort of threat North Korea makes.
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    From The Spectator Why is Ursula von der Leyen still talking about Sofagate? 27 April 2021, 1:51pm Almost a month has passed since the now infamous ‘sofa-gate’ incident where, during a meeting with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan, Ursula von der Leyen was not provided with a chair. Instead she was forced to sit on a nearby sofa. And yet it is this event – rather than Europe’s ongoing vaccine woes – that seems to be at the forefront of the president of the European Commission’s thoughts. Von der Leyen used a speech given to the European Parliament to reiterate accusations of sexism over sofa-gate. The president did everything she could to drive home her feminist message, concluding that: 'I am the president of the European commission. And this is how I expected to be treated when visiting Turkey two weeks ago, like, a commission president – but I was not.' You only need to imagine a man saying those words to realise how grating they actually are. Strip away the guise of feminism and what’s left is a remark that smacks more of hubris than a genuine cry of discrimination. What von der Leyen doesn’t seem to realise is that bringing up this diplomatic faux pas again a month after it occurred betrays just how vast the gulf is between her priorities as a world leader and those of ordinary Europeans. Or, indeed, women. It’s hard for the sisterhood to feel much sympathy for an individual who has risen seamlessly to the top of her profession (and, as Katja Hoyer points out, has largely failed upwards) and whose case for discrimination amounts to having to sit on a rather palatial sofa as opposed to a chair. What’s more, this diplomatic quibble is taking place against a backdrop of a global pandemic in which Europe is hardly faring well. Do EU citizens, stuck as they are in a cycle of endless lockdowns and vaccine delays, really want to hear their president moaning about these sorts of political micro aggressions? This is a drama that is largely of the president’s own making. If she had kept her displeasure to herself during the Erdogan encounter, it’s unlikely any of the press present would have picked up on the sleight. But her visibly wounded pride gave the game away. To raise it again may earn her kudos in fashionable quarters – Vogue has already published a profile piece on her, complete with a glossy photo portrait. But it won’t increase her capital with ordinary Europeans, not that she needs to worry about anything as inconvenient as an electorate. And perhaps that’s the takeaway point from this whole saga. Electorates keep politicians humble. As Boris Johnson is finding, even off-the-cuff remarks uttered in the heat of the moment in a private study demand public scrutiny when you are elected to office. Von der Leyen, on the other hand, can become as wrapped up in diplomatic tit-for-tats as she likes without ever being brought back down to earth by the perspective of the man (or woman) on the street. But with Euroscepticism growing in almost every quarter of the EU – from Italy and Poland to France – von der Leyen does need to choose her words wisely if she wants to keep dissenting voices on side and, indeed, court potential members like Turkey. A good place to start would be to prioritise diplomatic relations over an insignificant personal sleight. Von der Leyen may be used to being treated as a European heavyweight. But in the post-pandemic landscape, it might not be such a bad thing if she finds she has to work a little harder to justify the privileges and platform she has come to enjoy, even if it means taking a sofa seat.
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