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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Political Change In The UK.

Posted: 12 Jul 2024, 6:32 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 306

The problem with first-past-the-post is that the runners-up get nothing even when they got a lot of votes. I like the idea of proportional representation except when I think of how much better Reform UK would have done if we'd had that. But conversely, Corbyn's Labour Party did better than Starmer's...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Have you ever

 Post subject: Re: Have you ever
Posted: 12 Jul 2024, 6:20 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 177

1. gotten published No. Somebody once tried to market a CD of music I was performing on, but it turned out it needed an expensive bar code to be sold in the shops, so they gave up. One or two people have put recordings I was involved in onto YouTube, if that counts. 2. ridden a unicycle No. 3. gott...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How to teach an autistic person to drive

Posted: 12 Jul 2024, 5:57 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 284

I guess driving instruction is a seller's market, so the "customer is always right" thing gets overlooked. My instructors didn't yell at me so I guess I was lucky. As far as I'm concerned, yelling at people is usually a mistake. It might be understandable, but it often triggers a negative ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Looking for stories of overachievement then "social burnout"

Posted: 11 Jul 2024, 5:52 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 357

I had my moments during my working life. I remember successfully multi-tasking and impressing the boss. Socially, I even stayed afloat at a party or two, and once had more friends than I knew what to do with. But I don't know that I ever exactly burned out. I think I just gradually got a bit older a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: how many WPers here like living in small towns?

Posted: 11 Jul 2024, 5:36 am 

Replies: 24
Views: 419

Depends what's missing from the amenities, but now that town centre shops in the UK are closing down so much, there's not a lot of difference. In theory there are more social opportunities in a city (because there are more people), but there's often a stronger vibe of alienation so it can be harder ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Store canned food

 Post subject: Re: Store canned food
Posted: 07 Jul 2024, 6:43 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 1,011

I hardly ever buy canned food. Most of my life I've had to carry my shopping home, so I've always tended to buy dried pulses and beans, and unprocessed frozen vegetables, as I didn't want to carry water I could just add myself at home. I used to buy milk powder until I switched to soya milk. I also ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Origins Of Your Political Affiliation

Posted: 06 Jul 2024, 4:51 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 374

When I was young I voted Tory once. I thought Labour were just going to drag everybody down to a low level. I didn't have much detail in my politics in those days. After a few years' experience I began to hate the Tories and became more interested in socialism and anarchism. Part of my reason was my...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Have you ever set off fireworks?

Posted: 06 Jul 2024, 4:56 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 298

As a child I had a firework accident because I'd been protected too much. I'd never been allowed close enough to a firework to see how the blue touchpaper worked, so I thought it had to be set alight with a visible flame. One bonfire night I somehow got hold of a firework, and tried to light it in t...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Have you ever set off fireworks?

Posted: 05 Jul 2024, 7:22 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 298

Yes. There weren't many displays around when I was young, so it was normal to buy a box of fireworks and set them off yourself. I don't think I've ever been to a display in my life. I always thought that would be too passive for me. I'm not much of a spectator. It's not very dangerous if you follow ...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: If I have a nice house, will I get more social acceptance?

Posted: 05 Jul 2024, 7:14 am 

Replies: 73
Views: 996

I don't know. I've heard there are many people who revere the wealthy and get impressed by resource displays, people who won't take you seriously if your assets are humble. Personally I've never liked such people so I wouldn't want to impress them even if I could. It wouldn't be me they cared about,...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: 4th of July

 Post subject: Re: 4th of July
Posted: 05 Jul 2024, 6:09 am 

Replies: 21
Views: 432

LittleBeach wrote:
It’s election day here in the UK which is quite exciting (not every year, just this year). There have been some puns in the newspapers about it also being Independence Day.

Yes it was much better for me than it would have been in the USA.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Labour to win next UK general election?

Posted: 05 Jul 2024, 5:30 am 

Replies: 290
Views: 10,552

Disappointing that the Tories didn't fall to 61 seats like the forecast said they would, but for all practical purposes they've been wiped off the map for the next few years, so that's good enough for now. I don't think we'll see much socialism though. And the economy is in such a bad state that I d...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Labour to win next UK general election?

Posted: 04 Jul 2024, 4:49 am 

Replies: 290
Views: 10,552

The Sun is backing Labour. Who'd a thunk? Not that it matters, really. I don't think the papers have much influence any more. But its interesting. It's happened before. The Sun backed Blair in 1997. Why should Murdoch oppose a party that won't increase his taxes? Still, the Mail and the Express are...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are you a "lazy learner"?

Posted: 03 Jul 2024, 4:40 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 286

Yes I'm a bit of a memory-miser. I usually just write things down rather than try to commit them to memory, because my memory isn't perfect.

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Are you scared of smoke alarms?

Posted: 02 Jul 2024, 5:24 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 649

Not scared of them but I hate the noise they make, and they often go off when there isn't a fire. There was no such thing when I was young, so I grew up feeling that fire safety was a matter of making sure I didn't allow a fire to start. I've heard that some types are less prone to false alarms.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Labour to win next UK general election?

Posted: 02 Jul 2024, 4:45 am 

Replies: 290
Views: 10,552

You can't trust the polls they mean nothing unless people actually vote Yes there's grounds for doubting the polls. They predicted Labour and the Tories would get more or less the same number of seats each in 2015, but the Tories won it by 330 to 232. But this time they're predicting something like...
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