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  1. I never knew that she was the granddaughter of Nobel-winning physicist Max Born, one of the people who first developed quantum mechanics. RIP
  2. ... which basically buys you a scale and polish, plus a small discount (10%) off the cost of some common treatments, not including orthodontics or root canal work. https://www.bupa.co.uk/dental/dental-care/ways-to-pay/bupa-smile-plan
  3. I think the theory is that the elderly should be paying for their own care out of the money they've saved from all those tax cuts; and that the care itself should be cheap and of top quality because of the efficiencies introduced by delegating it to the private sector.
  4. And yet, in the bad old socialist days of the 40s to 70s, we were able to pay for those benefits at the same time as growing the economy, reducing the national debt and keeping pay rises at least in line with inflation. Benefits including things like pensions, health care, education, council houses, unemployment support.
  5. If that's what you think, then what you've been "really looking into" is not "the science". I think your knowledge of climate science is as shaky as your knowledge of set theory was shown to be a few months ago.
  6. The Times reports that the anarchist (anarcho-capitalist) wing of the Party are seeing this as an opportunity rather than a debacle: Senior No 10 source putting a positive spin on struggles to fill vacant ministerial posts: "Maybe this is a good opportunity to slim down government. We are focusing on delivering and the economy and this is an opportunity to do less better” — Chris Smyth (@Smyth_Chris) July 6, 2022 [Copied from the Guardian's live feed.]
  7. Why else would anybody want to be Prime Minister? We're not living in the 1940s, you know! When we had some well-informed, competent politicians who on the whole acted in good faith in the interests of the people who live in the country (as opposed to themselves, or the people who own the country).
  8. Corporations and billionaire-sponsored "research institutes". Not that he'll be talking about that kind of thing, I assume (as I think you do too). He'll be lecturing more about how important it is not to tax corporations and billionaires, that kind of thing.
  9. Not to mention the after dinner speaking game. “He will be able to command at least £100,000 per speech in America, Japan, China and Australia, and easily do 15 to 20 of those a year.” Even Theresa May is said to have made a couple of million doing that since 2019. And we all know about Tony Blair. 'The record of those people while in office, it seems, is of little importance on the lecture circuit. Nor is it relevant to corporations prepared to pay half a million or so to former leaders to impress their clients.' You just can't imagine say Attlee or Macmillan cashing in like that (not that Macmillan would have needed to). https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jun/11/boris-johnson-stands-make-millions-after-no-10
  10. Reminds me of Spinal Tap: David St. Hubbins: We say, "Love your brother" ... We don't say it really, but... Nigel Tufnel: We don't literally say it. David St. Hubbins: No, we don't say it. Nigel Tufnel: We don't really, actually mean it. David St. Hubbins: No, we don't believe it either, but... Nigel Tufnel: But we're not racists! https://www.quotes.net/mquote/96379
  11. And yet on his web page he is, at time of writing, still pledging to "Work shoulder to shoulder with trade unions to stand up for working people, tackle insecure work and low pay. Repeal the Trade Union Act. Oppose Tory attacks on the right to take industrial action and the weakening of workplace rights." He's even put his own personal signature to this pledge: https://keirstarmer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/KS_Pledges_7_Strengthen.png
  12. Maybe something like this: =IFERROR( IF( MATCH(A2,C$2:C$7,0) > 0, "Yes", 0 ), "No" ) or better this: =IF( ISERROR( MATCH(A2,C$2:C$7,0) ), "No", "Yes" )
  13. "Western Bank Library is a library at the University of Sheffield located on Western Bank" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Bank_Library
  14. The big building on Hanover Way is the 'Information Commons', which is a place for students to hang out and study. Not really a library, though it does have course books. Anybody - the community - can use the main library on Western Bank.
  15. The homicide rate in Toronto is about the same as the average for Canada. The real murder capitals are places like Calgary, Edmonton or Winnipeg. Though even Winnipeg's homicide rate (4.9 per 100k per annum) is only about half that of the Dominican Republic (10.3 in 2021 according to second link below). https://www.statista.com/statistics/433691/homicide-rate-in-canada-by-metropolitan-area/ https://www.statista.com/statistics/984835/homicide-rate-dominican-republic/
  16. And yet according to this website (rated here as being 'least biased', and as not having failed a fact check for at least 5 years), the murder rate in DR is 5.7 times that in Canada.
  17. Oh that is sad. I saw Microdisney live once, on the tour promoting the very fine 'The Clock Comes Down the Stairs' album. I'll give it a listen tonight in memoriam.
  18. Whether that's true or not, it's irrelevant to your thesis that "many vegetarians are not happy at only being given vegan options" in restaurants etc. It would only be relevant to the thesis that you think they ought not to be happy, which I think we have established. OK, so we can scratch that from the list of supposed evidence.
  19. OK let's review the discussion so far. The claim is that "Many vegetarians are not happy at only being given vegan options" (post #37). So far, the evidence for the prosecution is: -- The opinion of your wife, who is not a vegetarian. -- A clickbait article in the Guardian that didn't contain any evidence that would hold up in court. -- An item on Radio 4 which I didn't hear but presumably didn't contain any evidence either, since you describe it as a "love in" and a "pointless exercise". Against this, all of the vegetarians on the forum who have contributed to this thread have said that they don't mind only being given vegan options. Which seems plausible a priori - it's hard to imagine anybody craving dairy products to the extent that they need to have them at every meal. I put it to you that your opinion may be being coloured by your experience of having been served a rubbish vegetarian (vegan) option on an Air France flight - France not exactly being a country that is renowned for its vegetarian (let alone vegan) cuisine. Your premise that vegan food is necessarily lacking in flavour is a false one.
  20. They can if they want to, though many would probably prefer not to. It's true that it would be better if alternatives were easier to find. Modern leather substitutes are just as breathable and if anything more durable than the real thing. There was a shoemaker in Crookes (Springvale Road?) who used to do 'vegan' shoes (as well as ordinary ones). I bought a few pairs - had them re-soled three times and the uppers were still more or less as good as new. But I don't think they're there any more, though it's a while since I've been up that way.
  21. Thanks for posting the link, but that headline is pure clickbait. The only evidence offered up in the article itself is a quick vox pop from Ruth (aged 35) of Manchester, who may or may not be a vegetarian - we're not told either way - plus a cafe owner in Brighton who says that some of his customers have grumbled about his soya yogurt not being very tasty.
  22. Well, that wasn't the question. The question was whether a vegetarian would object to an all-vegan menu in a restaurant etc., and, speaking personally, the answer is no. And yes, vegan food can be just as tasty as other vegetarian food - that's more a function of how good the cook is than whether the ingredients are vegan or not. Apart from the occasional macaroni cheese that I make for the kids, cheese and eggs don't form the basis of anything I cook.
  23. I don't think there is a problem. Can't speak for other people, but I've been vegetarian most of my life, and I wouldn't mind if all the vegetarian options were vegan ones. In fact I'd probably prefer it, as you could be fairly sure that the caterer at least knew what 'vegetarian' and 'vegan' meant. As @altus says, a bigger problem is caterers who think that fish or seafood products are OK for vegetarians, like oyster sauce that has real oysters in it. But those caterers are few and far between these days, in my experience.
  24. Yes, and yes. I think it'd be OK for her to bring her child up as a vegan (if she was careful about vitamins etc.), and then let the child decide when older whether it wanted to eat non-vegan food. If you only ate chicken, your diet would be be 100% non-meatless.
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