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  1. Indeed, and that just added to the German sense of injustice and search for "revenge".  I don't think there was a sense of regret at the terms of the Versailles treaty on the Allied side at the time (1919); I think it was generally felt that the Germans should be made to pay.  With the benefit of hindsight, a more magnanimous approach would have led to a better outcome, and I think this lesson had been learned at the conclusion of the Second World War, with the Allied nations (primarily America) assisting with the post-war rebuild of Germany and Japan. 

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  2. I've seen old newsreels from the late 1930s, and my impression is that the 'man in the street' wanted to avoid another war at almost any cost.  I think memories of 1914-18 and its aftermath were still too fresh for people in Britain and France. The German people suffered terribly in WW1 too, but in the 1930s they were on a mission (whipped up by the Nazis) to get revenge for a perceived betrayal.  Despite the misgivings of the wider population, it was the job of the leaders in Britain and France to identify this threat to national security and deal with it.  Instead of doing so, they followed the path of appeasement, allowing the Germans the time they needed to fully re-arm. Any move to nip this problem in the bud during the early to mid 1930s may have been unpopular, but ultimately would have been far better than what actually happened.   Ironically in our own time we have the opposite scenario of the Bush/Blair coalition declaring war on Iraq on the pretence of a threat which never existed.  


  3. Frank makes some excellent points, but I disagree that 1st July 1916  can be pinpointed as the start of the mistrust of the ruling class. That was indeed a terrible day, but the impact of the casualties was localised, most poignantly in the areas where the “Pals Battalions” were raised. In the days before radio and National newspapers, not to mention heavy censorship of military information, most of the population were simply unaware of the disaster at the time. The War didn’t discriminate and the ruling classes (or at least their offspring) also suffered badly.  To name just one - the Prime Minister’s son, Raymond Asquith, was killed later in the Somme battle.

    I think disillusionment started after the Great War was over.  Returned servicemen were poorly treated, and the whole “Homes Fit for Heroes” plan from the then Liberal Government proved to be an empty promise.  There was mass unemployment in the 1920s, followed by even worse times in the Depression.  Any person who participated as an adult in the Second World War had experience of the 1920s and 1930s, so went into WW2 with few illusions. My parents were part of the war generation, and they told me that the reason for the landslide Labour election victory in 1945 was that most of the population blamed the Conservative party (primarily Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain) for getting the country into another World War by not standing up to Hitler earlier.

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  4. Couple of points:

     

    1. For all the crying about the drop ball/free kick, it’s not as though Fab slotted a direct pass through for someone to score. Most of the WBA defence and midfield were back and if they’d have done their job and not been so fucking slow about it they’d have cleared the ball when it came free from the initial tackle on Mo. So stop your crying and fuck off back to your sister and mother wives. Which brings me to...

     

    Totally agree.  West Brom had possession, but then played a poor back pass which allowed Sadio to nip in and tee the ball up for Mo. The goal was down to their defensive incompetence, not the free kick which preceded it. 

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  5. I have suffered from sciatica for many years as a result of a herniated disc in my lower back. Fortunately I am still reasonably active and I have found that the sciatica is less of a problem if I keep my "core" muscles engaged - walking briskly, sitting upright, even doing jobs around the garden etc.  The sciatica is much more pronounced if I slouch, walk slowly, stand for any length of time, or do anything that puts direct vertical pressure on my spine. The back specialist I consulted did an MRI scan then told me that the hernia is in the front/side of the disc, so operating would be very difficult, with no guarantee it would improve things - in fact, it could even make it worse.  I've had a cortizone injection into the disc, but it didn't lead to any long term improvement.  I asked the specialist about a brace, and he recommended avoiding that as he feels it is better to build up core muscle strength, and a brace has the effect of weakening the core muscles by removing the load. I am not taking any medication as I really worry about the long term effects of anti-inflammatories and pain killers.  My advice would be first to get an MRI scan and find out the basic cause of the sciatica, then consult a reputable specialist about the best course of action. You never know, it may be operable. Avoid chiropractors, and I honestly don't think pain killers are a good long term solution as he may be doing more damage without realising it. I'm going to make a disclaimer here - I am NOT a medical professional, I have no medical qualifications of any kind, and the above is just a description of my personal experience with sciatica. I have concluded there is no "cure" for my condition, so I have to find the best way I can to manage it and live with it. Good luck with your Dad's diagnosis, I sincerely hope he can find some relief.  

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  6. Two separate cases.  The euthanasia legislation had already been passed by parliament, the referendum was an opportunity for the public to approve or disapprove.  The cannabis referendum asked whether a legalisation bill should be put to parliament or not, so even if the vote had been yes, a bill would still require enactment.  It looks unlikely that the Greens will have much say in the new Government, so there's no guarantee the legislation would have passed even if the public had voted yes. No doubt this issue will be back on the table in future.   

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  7. I'm currently watching the Spurs documentary on Amazon.  Mourinho and Levy come out of it better than expected, but the thing that strikes me most is the absence of real on-field leaders in the Spurs team. Kane tries hard but isn't convincing, while Lloris can influence very little from the back. It makes me realise how fortunate we are to have Henderson, Van Dijk and Milner and appreciate what they bring to the team. 

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  8. We did this trip decades ago, but with a small caravan rather than a camper van. It was great.  Find a nice campsite (plentiful and cheap back then) and set the caravan up, then explore the local area by car.  After a few days, hitch up the caravan and drive on to the next location. Much easier than packing everything up every time you want to drive a few miles to just look around. And take your own empty wine bottles to the local shop in the small villages, they'll fill 'em up at a fraction of the cost of a labelled bottle, and it's all good stuff. The biggest cost by far was petrol, other than that it was possible to have a great time on a low budget.   

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