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    Mini Moke, anyone?

    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/upgraded-mini-moke-go-sale-uk Anyone had one 'back in the day'?
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    A politician with moral convictions? No, I'd never get elected, not even as the local representative for my own block of flats, possibly not even in my own household...
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    No, it has nothing to do with the government. Western societies have been encouraging and nurturing individualism for generations now, and as result our society is increasingly individualistic. In an interesting experiment carried-out recently people from different cultures were asked to...
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    It only brings forward the inevitable by a couple of years, so that's alright then.
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    The EU might not be willing to issue Schengen Visas to foreign journalists, we don't know what their immigration policy looks like from the outside. That said, worse come to worst the BBC could dispatch employees who have dual nationality, that'll work.
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    Presumably the UK is no longer obliged to provide state benefits to British ex-pats who retired abroad? I wonder how these people voted on Brexit.
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    No one (other than perhaps die-hard COVID deniers) disagrees that older people are being hit disproportionately harder than younger people by COVID-19 (and, for many years now, also by Flu). The disagreement is regarding the level of disruption to daily life that younger age groups are willing...
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    Again... have you compared the spend levels of modern hard-working families, to what today's OPAs spent during their lifetime? I would argue that one if the reasons that today's hard-working families save less, is simply because they spend more. Ask working-class OAPs who are currently...
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    However... should they need care, they will be asked to use their own savings and contribute towards the cost of their care. Those with no house, savings, and only a meagre pension pot, will expect the government to provide them with the care they need free of charge.
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    I agree, but it's not only external circumstances that are responsible for hard-working people not building-up a proper retirement pot these days. Modern consumerism, foreign holidays, availability of consumer credit, etc and modern life styles in general are also responsible. To an extent...
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    That's very interesting. One could argue that it's actually the other way around: those who were frugal throughout their lives, were consequently "better-off" at old age. And this is one of the issues with means testing for OAPs - it tends to penalise those who lead modest lives and lived...
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    I am in favour of any support we can give to old people. They deserve it. I don't need it myself, thankfully, but I would be in favour of others getting it. And, old age is the one thing that can't be exploited by benefit cheats....
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    Why do I have this icon

    My W204 has something similar, the collision warning light (not on the LCD though) comes-up during the instrument cluster lights test at start-up. My car has no Distronic or any form of collision detection/avoidance etc.
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    So the expansion is that there's a sudden dramatic increase in an unknown undetected asymptomatic infection, that just happens to coincide with SARS-COV-2? That's the more-plausible explanation then? Why do I get the impression that any explanation - as unlikely as it may be - that seems to...
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