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2 minutes ago, Bluewolf said:

I don't have a problem with those that get offended as it's their problem to deal with but I do object when those same people are throwing tons of objection and emotion into forcing companies into banning stuff that is clearly out of date or out of touch with modern thinking... Sure some things from the past were unacceptable that's how we learn to change but I do object to others dictating what it is I can or cannot watch based on what they may deem appropriate viewing.. More of this type of thing would be welcome elsewhere

Yeah, I agree with that fully. I think it's mental that some people expect things made decades ago to conform to modern day standards when really in the last 10 years alone there's been a lot of change to what's considered socially acceptable and what isn't. And it's also mental to just suggest that people not watch films, TV, or listen to music made decades ago because it doesn't comply with modern standards either. 

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There are always those that have to go a bit far.... I would love to sit down with those decision makers and ask what their thinking was behind this idea?? 

Mossley Hollins High School in Greater Manchester (Picture: MEN Media)

A school near Manchester has banned its pupils from any physical contact with each other whatsoever, including hugging and play fighting.

Mossley Hollins High School brought in the ‘no contact’ rule stating that ‘no student should ever be touching another student’.

This includes a ban on ‘carrying of other students, cuddling, or play fighting’, including during their breaktime and lunch hour, saying this will ‘not be tolerated’.

The school on Huddersfield Road in Greater Manchester said it had brought in the rule to ‘further improve our positive school culture’.

School bans hugging as part of zero-tolerance policy to physical contact (msn.com)

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On 22/06/2022 at 16:15, Aladdin said:

900+ dead in Afghanistan after earthquake. I felt some shocks last night in bed but I thought I was imagining, there are have quite a few lately I think its just me. 

Over a 1000 dead now, and at least 1600 injured and over 3000 houses destroyed. Some of the affected regions don't have access to drinkable water, food and shelter. So sad.

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Just now, nudge said:

Over a 1000 dead now, and at least 1600 injured and over 3000 houses destroyed. Some of the affected regions don't have access to drinkable water, food and shelter. So sad.

It's always those regions that already have it so hard. Heartbreaking. :/ 

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2 minutes ago, Tommy said:

It's always those regions that already have it so hard. Heartbreaking. :/ 

Yeah... Can't catch a break.

We have a saying "Trouble never walks alone", and thinking about it just made me realise that most of the cultures and languages have some sort of equivalent of the same idiom. 

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27 minutes ago, nudge said:

Yeah... Can't catch a break.

We have a saying "Trouble never walks alone", and thinking about it just made me realise that most of the cultures and languages have some sort of equivalent of the same idiom. 

Ein Unglück kommt selten allein! 🤔

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Not sure how to attach links, but New Zealand have just celebrated Matariki, the Maori new year. With their first ever national holiday for it. I was watching the YouTube stream of the New Zealand TV coverage & found it quite moving that 1 of the singers had tears streaming down her face.

It was nice to find somewhere that seems to be in its own positivity bubble. A refreshing change from Russia-Ukraine, Brexit Britain, Indian diggers, Chinese education of citizens, or keep the rapists babies USA.

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On 23 June,  all COVID 19 regulations ended in South Africa.   If only they can do something about Privatising our electrical grid to stop it going the way South African Airways, Telkom, Transnet, The Post Office did after becoming state entities.    Had another week of level 2 load shedding,  2x2hour outages in a day,  that is the smell of progress. 

 

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This was the funniest saga of the last month.   Ryanair making South African passport holders take Afrikaans tests to prove they are South African due to alleged "fake passports".   Passangers that refused the test would be denied boarding leading to a rather unnecessary but extremely funny discrimination claim against Ryanair.    sanity prevailed and they dropped the test. 

https://www.euronews.com/travel/2022/06/16/ryanair-s-test-for-south-africans-branded-insane-and-discriminatory-by-aviation-expert

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When immigrants come into the country and are prepared to work even for less just to earn a living which was far better than the one they had where they immigrated from.   In true ubuntu fashion we found a solution to that,  we will just murder them.

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-06-27-the-rise-of-xenophobia-is-south-africas-road-to-ruin/

In other news South Africa is reversing full speed into the pre-anglo-boer war days were basic facilities won't exist,  due to government corruption for about 28 years the state owned (formally a flourishing privatised entity) now bankrupt to the tune of 300bn Rand (about 30 quid) and with the grid on the brink of a nightmarish collapse we may have to continue these debates by pigeons. 

https://www.enca.com/news/sa-moving-towards-total-blackout-says-energy-analyst

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/6/28/south-africa-could-see-repeat-of-worst-ever-power-cuts

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4 hours ago, Aladdin said:

Disturbing visuals from Spain, scores of African migrants killed on the border while crossing.

Spanish authorities are putting the death toll at 30 but it looks far more from the images.

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7 hours ago, Aladdin said:

Disturbing visuals from Spain, scores of African migrants killed on the border while crossing.

You'd think Gibraltar would be the entry point.

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On 29/06/2022 at 21:40, Spike said:

You'd think Gibraltar would be the entry point.

Not really, Spain has two ports on the African mainland.

When Tony Blair raised the prospect of joint sovereignty of Gibraltar with Spain, 200 Moroccan troops suddenly landed on one of these ports, Ceuta if I recall properly. 

Spain protested yet the message was clear just as Spain wants Britain out of Gibraltar so the Moroccan wants Spain off their land. 

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On 29/06/2022 at 13:41, Aladdin said:

Disturbing visuals from Spain, scores of African migrants killed on the border while crossing.

I don't know why this isn't bigger news. It's insane.

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5 hours ago, Waylander said:

Not really, Spain has two ports on the African mainland.

When Tony Blair raised the prospect of joint sovereignty of Gibraltar with Spain, 200 Moroccan troops suddenly landed on one of these ports, Ceuta if I recall properly. 

Spain protested yet the message was clear just as Spain wants Britain out of Gibraltar so the Moroccan wants Spain off their land. 

I felt like I knew this once but thanks for the kick up the bum. I probably had it in my head that the ports were discarded post-Franco.

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https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/death-of-african-migrants-seeking-to-cross-into-spain-and-sas-anti-immigrant-sentiment-condemned-f84a7053-bb19-43b0-8e4a-2cf4d74e8639

two takes here.  the first is that illegal migration is a criminal offence and every country should be strict on that.  the second is that apartheid is not even the worst thing to happen in South Africa anymore.  xenophobia is like squid games here, it must be that Ubuntu stuff.

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