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  1. I went to school in Sheffield with a Sean Hoare, I hope it wasn't this Sean Hoare. The guy I knew went to St Catherines til 1983, he went to Notre Dame after that.
  2. I went to All Saints from 1983 to 1990. It was a good school, good mix of pupils from all social strata. I enjoyed the cross country runs through Norfolk Park, but only because I was good at running and c**p at all other sports. My first form teacher when I started was Mr Sawyer, who now I hear is the headmaster.
  3. I know you can't really do this, but I have added up the total votes and calculated who would win the individual Sheffield constituencies at the next general election. First of all though, a look at Sheffield as a whole. The LibDems won 45,449 votes, only 211 more than Labour on 45,238. In terms of percentages, the state of play was LibDem: 34,2% (max 56% Fulwood, min 6% Burngreave) Labour: 34,1% (max 61% Manor Castle, min 6% Dore) Cons: 14,6% (max 36% Dore and Totley, min 5% Hillsborough) Green: 9,7% (max 36% Central, min 4% Mosborough) BNP: 3,4% (max: 24% Shiregreen (!!!), 19% Southey, 17% Firth Park, 13% East Ecclesfield, 10% Stocksbridge, 9% Hillsborough, didn't stand everywhere) Others: 4,4% Transferred to the new boundaries, the results in a gerenal election would be: Brightside and Hillsborough: safe Labour Labour: 48,5% LibDem: 18,6% BNP: 12,6% Cons: 8,2 % Greens: 6,6% Respect: 5,6 % Central: new marginal seat, too close to call. LibDems should be doing better, Labour saved by the Manor with a projected majority of 381. Labour: 35,8% LibDem: 34,0% Green: 20,9% Cons: 8,6% Respect: 0,8% Hallam: LibDem safe LibDem: 53,0% Cons: 25,1% Labour: 12,6% Green: 8,6% Heeley: on local results a wafer thin marginal with a projected LibDem majority of 17 (!), my bet is it will stay Labour in 2009 LibDem: 35,4% Labour: 35,3% Cons: 13,2% Green: 9,4% UKIP: 2,6% BNP: 2,3% Others: 1,9% South East: safe Labour Labour: 48,5% LibDem: 18,2% Cons: 15,1% UKIP: 7,2% Green: 6,3% Respect: 4,7% Penistone and Stocksbridge: includes three Barnsley wards and is a three way marginal, difficult to predict because of independents in Barnsley. Penistone is naturally Tory. Should be a key regional rural Yorkshire target for them. LibDem: 28,4% Labour: 26,7% Cons: 22,7% BNP: 8,9% Ind: 8,4% Green: 5,1% We will know on the day...
  4. We talked about this a good while ago. Based on the 2004 council election, Caborn would be in the pub and a LibDem would be in the executive suite. http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?p=194389&highlight=constituency#post194389 The final recommendation changed and keeps the Manor in the constituency. On the basis of the 2006 election is will be a marginal: LibDem: 35% Lab: 36% Green: 21% Cons: 9% Of course we can't predict general election results on the basis of council results, but it shows that Caborn might have a fight on his hands.
  5. I see no reason why bikes shouldn't be allowed on trams. After all, wheelchairs are allowed. Letting bikes on would be a step towards an integrated transport policy too. There are plenty of tram systems that allow bikes, such as here in Düsseldorf. It just costs an adult fare, so the company earns on it. Of course, the owners have to be considerate, but so should all passengers be. Others towns I know just let bikes on at off-peak times. That's probably the best solution. Banning them is just short sighted.
  6. Paul, James and Nicola Perrozzi all went to All Saints School on Granville Road in the 80s. In think Nicola is a high flying advertising executive in London.
  7. I have the the greatest respect for Her Majesty. I sure she would love to retire, but she can't because of something a selfish uncle did when she was ten years old. And so she goes on, doing work far more strenuous and more tedious than most of us do. The debate about who should follow her is a red herring. Charles will accede upon her death, should he still be alive. There is no constitutional provision for chosing the head of state. If that's what you want, fine. But be aware of the result: republic. More jobs for retired politicians and their cronies.
  8. Also Caesarian 1971, my brother too in 1967. Thank God for modern medicine - Think of all the women who used to die in childbirth!
  9. I am not surprised that many of you have nominated the usual current darling of the right-on, Chavez. It just proves that media coverage can help. There is one omission, however, which astonishes me, especially in a place like Sheffield. So I nominate Clement Attlee as the man who led the best post-war government, imlplementing the welfare state, including, most importantly, the best of British, the NHS. He also reunited the Labour movement after Ramsay Macdonald had thrown it to the dogs. He never lost the "popular vote". The election of 1951, when the Conservatives under Churchill regained power, was the UK's Florida-2000. Labour achieved 49% to the Tories 44%. The Tories still won an overall majority.
  10. Hull is Yorkshire. Local authorities have nothing to do with historic and ceremonial counties. You were obviously never in Hull when the ghastly Humberside existed. Humberside was never accepted, that's why it was abolished. If your argumentation holds true, then Sheffield is not in Yorkshire because there has been no County of South Yorkshire since 1986. Sheffield remains Yorkshire however, historically the West Riding. And it's not debatable whether the East Riding of Yorkshire is Yorkshire. The name says it all.
  11. This isn't true, Abdul. I'm being pedantic now, but Wakefield is a city. The six cities in Yorkshire with date of royal charter are: York (time immemorial) Ripon (1836) Wakefield (1888 ) Sheffield (1893) Leeds (1893) Bradford (1897) Hull (1897) More on topic, Look North is certainly biased, but it's because the BBC is based there. People in Doncaster and Barnsley moan about their local BBC radio station - Radio Sheffield - being too Sheffield oriented.
  12. Of course it was cheaper in Ireland. The place is much smaller and has hardly a road network. The total length of the motorway network is about as long as the M18. So that's not a good comparison. I used to be a great fan of Metric. In school I only learnt metric. my brothers children in Hampshire only know metric, they say they are 1m 30cm and 42kg. In Germany I use metric measurements every day. They work. But I don't see the point in changing systems that work and are understood. I don't think it matters whether miles or km. We may be the only country apart from the US, Liberia and Burma who uses miles. But is that a measure of being modern? A measure of being modern is surely free education for all, equal opportunities, good climate for investors, extensive broadband access and use, good health provision etc etc. Not weights and measures.
  13. Oh, this is the sign of the times. There is nothing you can so, and there is nothing you should be able to do. Your neighbour is stupid to smoke, but he is doing it in his own house. Maybe when you bought your property or moved in there it didn't bother you much because you weren't aware of it. Now we are much more aware of smoking and treat it differently. In future I suspect surveyors will be required to check properties for such points. It's true though: Exhaust fumes do us more damage, yet we seldom complain about the roads in front of our houses because we have cars, want cars and use cars. Maybe in 25 years the middle classes will realise that the motorcar in its present form and the pollution it causes is so odious that it becomes anti-social. But I digress. Close your window.
  14. This is a very difficult subject and one that has been spoken about many times before here on the Forum. If you take the administrative areas, then Leeds is larger. If you take the "core city" (the administrative area pre-1974), then Sheffield was larger in 1974. Sheffield has lost more people than Leeds since 1974, so Leeds may be larger on that scale now, too. If you take contigious built-up area (conurbation), then Leeds, as the centre of the West Yorkshire conurbation, is larger the Sheffield, which is only contigious with Rotherham. You might take the "city region" (travel to work area), where again, Leeds has a greater take in area than Sheffield. (Barnsley is in both TTW areas). We all know Manchester is bigger than Sheffield. Go there, feel it. Yet in the statistics it is only marginally larger than Doncaster. Which leads me to the conclusion: is it important?
  15. That may be the case. However, when American English literature is translated into German, there appears the comment on the cover "Aus dem Amerikanischen von ..." (translated from American by ....) So there seems to be a differentiation between English and American in the written language when seen from a non-English speaking perspective.
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