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  1. Missy

     /  April 28, 2018

    Attention Royal Watchers:

    The newest Royal is Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.

    After 4 days of waiting the British press finally found out the name of the baby – as did us all, though to be fair I think only the press were annoyed and frustrated at how long it took to announce the name.

    My theory on the wait is that they did not want to detract from Anzac Day on Wednesday (the day most of the press expected the baby’s name to be released) or from the official announcement yesterday that Prince William will be the best man for Prince Harry at his wedding (well duh!!!).

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    • Gezza

       /  April 28, 2018

      😮 Louis?

      Christ! >:D

      It’s bloody French! What in God’s name were they thinking? o_O

      In America they’ll all call him Lewis. 😡

      I better get onto Twitter & tell them. Maybe it’s not too late to change it? They could put it last maybe? Call him Arthur Charles Louis. I’ll suggest it. 😀

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      • Missy

         /  April 28, 2018

        Yep! seen as a anti-Brexit stance by remainers who have to bring everything back to the EU!!

        I think he has been named after Lord Mountbatten – or maybe he is named after that dude from One Direction. :/

        Yep, the Americans are already reporting his name as being Lewis!! They will get a shock at the christening.

        It is an odd choice, no-one really picked it, mainly because it is one of Prince George’s middle names.

        I am disappointed they didn’t name him Jerry, I would have liked to see Prince Jerry. 😉

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      • Missy

         /  April 28, 2018

        The bookies made a killing on it though, the name was a 20/1 outsider.

        Makes you wonder if Prince William or the Duchess of Cambridge have shares in one (or more) of the bookies…. 😀

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        • Gezza

           /  April 28, 2018

          Cuthbert or Boaty McBoatface would’ve been my recommendations.

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          • Missy

             /  April 28, 2018

            Nah, boaty mcboatface is old news, Princey McPrinceface, and Baby McBabyface were up there as suggestions though.

            I would have though Gezza would have been an option.

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  2. Gezza

     /  April 28, 2018

    US President Donald Trump will meet the Queen and go to Chequers when he visits Britain in July but largely avoid London amid fears of mass protests.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/donald-trumps-america/103455080/donald-trump-to-meet-the-queen-during-his-brief-uk-visit-on-friday-13th-july

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    • Missy

       /  April 28, 2018

      Yep, The calls for protests were under way within minutes of his visit being announced, however, I doubt it will be as big as they are hyping it.

      It is a Friday in July, so if the weather is hot then hardly anyone will turn out for it. There was one protest last summer which was hyped in the media and on social media as being huge, turned out it was a hot day and everyone headed for Hyde Park (as they do) and didn’t bother protesting.

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  3. Missy

     /  April 28, 2018

    Today there has been an interesting discussion on the radio about the processing of bodies through the Coroner’s office.

    The coroner in St Pancras instituted a first cab off the rank system when she started, essentially first come first served, and no-one gets to jump the queue. This was challenged in the high court by a religious group (I think it was either a Jewish group, or it was a combined effort by a Jewish group and Muslim group). Their argument was that in Jewish and Islamic law a body must be buried within 24 hours – or as soon as possible. The Court ruling has said that the system of ‘first cab off the rank’ system was unlawful, though I – and others – are unsure what law the Judge applied.

    The discussion was interesting, mostly atheists called with the view that this ruling relegates their grief as less important than those with specific religious beliefs, which is a valid point, but more interesting were the few calls from Jews and Muslims, and one from a Hindu.

    The Jewish caller basically said that the ruling was correct, and it was important that the body was buried quickly as if it wasn’t the soul would be unsettled and unable to rest.

    There were two muslim callers which both had the same point, whilst it is preferable to bury the body within 24 hours, it is not an issue if they can’t, one had to wait about 5 days, the other 3 months because his loved one was a victim of murder and the coroner wouldn’t release the body until the investigation had been completed. Both said that whilst it was difficult they understood the situation and did not expect special treatment over others. One of the Muslim callers also pointed out it is in all three of the religions – Judaism, Islam, and Christianity – that the body of the deceased should be buried quickly. His view was that religious reasons were given to solve the practical issue of a dead body lying around in the heat of the Middle East for too long and the associated problems.

    The Hindu woman who called also pointed out that in Hinduism they have a similar requirement for the body of the deceased to be buried as quickly as possible, but she acknowledged that it can’t always happen when they may like, and she did not believe any religion should be given precedence. She also believed that this judgement was prioritising the grief of Jews and Muslims over everyone else, and saying that the grief of those that practice those religions is more important than anyone else’s grief.

    I understand that some consideration should be given for religious beliefs, but to prioritise those of one or two religions over everyone else is unfair, and will lead to a perception of religious law making British law.

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    • sorethumb

       /  April 28, 2018

      Everybody should go into a communal compost heap and make a nice big garden!

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  4. sorethumb

     /  April 28, 2018

    Study: Black Working Class Opposes Mass Migration
    Just like whites, blacks without college degrees are more concerned about cheap-labor migration than are blacks with college degrees, according to a peer-reviewed study by a political-science professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
    The data debunks claims that blacks’ views on migration are decided by their community’s sense of collective interest, author Tatishe Nteta wrote in American Political Research journal.
    http://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2018/04/27/study-black-working-class-opposes-mass-migration/

    Craig Ranapia
    “I kind of agree with you, Tom, but here’s the reality check. I’m ashamed to say this, but some of the most racist fucktards I know are in my own whanau and I’ve tried having a serious, rational, reality-based dialogue on the subject of immigration. how long do you smash your head into a brick wall, wipe the blood from your eyes and repeat before you say ‘shit,I’m getting woozy’ and give up?”
    https://publicaddress.net/onpoint/dear-peter-brown-hug/

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  5. PDB

     /  April 28, 2018

    Record cold in the USA/Canada for April…

    USA: “April 2018 is expected to be the coldest month of April in the U.S. since reliable record keeping began in 1895.”

    https://www.nationalreview.com/news/meteorologists-expect-coldest-april-on-record/

    Canada: “Taking the final forecast days of April into consideration, our average mean temperature (average between maximums and minimums) would equate to approximately 3°C for the month, meaning, drum roll… April 2018 will likely end up being in the top 5 of the coldest in recorded history.”

    https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/coldest-april-temperatures-on-record-2018-yyz-pearson-ontario-ottawa-toronto-spring-statistics/100006

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 28, 2018

    Interesting that Mueller is charging those who lied to the FBI but not the ex-FBI heads who lied to Congress.

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  7. Uh oh….how is the MSM gonna spin this….

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