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    Apologies for the Labor Day delay:

    Grab your hippie-hemp bag, the little shop of package-free horrors is openThe Guardian.

    Now, I'm not daft. I know that there are many people who enjoy eating the same food as their pets. I stayed with a friend last week whose 17-year-old son is very thin. And when you looked in her cupboards you could see why. There was nothing in there a boy human would think about eating unless he was trapped in a desert cave and the only alternative was his arm.

    The trouble is that mothers such as this, and lunatics in Islington and Mr Eckythump, are so earnest that even when they have a sensible idea, normal people, who drive cars and eat sausages and don't buy organic carrots because they're too hard to peel, put their fingers in their ears and hum.

    A shop where nothing is sold with packaging is a brilliant idea. But not when it only sells stuff that appeals to cyclists and squirrels. I would love to buy Frosties without a packet, and Vesta curries and butter. Smokers, I'm sure, would love to buy cigarettes loose rather than in a box covered in pictures of someone's diseased throat. And much as I adore Nespresso coffee and the elegance of the machines that make it, I do despair at the sheer amount of effort and money and energy that's gone into making and transporting those capsules.

    There's another thing too. Because there's so much packaging in our lives, our wheelie bins fill more quickly. Now that might not be too much of an issue for you, but the drive to my cottage in the country is half a mile long.

    So, as I'm dragging the bin full of used coffee capsules over the cattle grids, which is not easy, in the rain and the wind, I have sometimes entertained the idea of taking one of those Nespresso machines and ramming it up George Clooney's behind.

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      Aw, such a cute website...

      http://thezerowasteshop.co.uk/
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        Originally posted by 93Flareside View Post
        Aw, such a cute website...

        http://thezerowasteshop.co.uk/
        For once Clarkson was not exaggerating.

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          Duke Nukem rides again:

          While the CND was blowing up red balloons, nukes were keeping us healthy and safe
          I don't usually reprint Clarkson's Sun column, because it's freely available online, but I'll make an exception for the most interesting bits of this week's edition:

          Stultus es, Jacob
          say his hobby is harmless. But he's not free to practice that hobby. Clarkson libertarian side should realize that he's advocating for the government to decide what opinions are and aren't legal. But free speech for only those whose opinions the government approves of is not free at all. If Rees-Mogg wants to make a thundering idiot of himself, let him. If he hadn't felt free to let us know his opinions, would Clarkson have known he was a such a creep?

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            Originally posted by Revelator View Post
            I don't usually reprint Clarkson's Sun column, because it's freely available online, but I'll make an exception for the most interesting bits of this week's edition:
            Although I did happen upon the Sun column by accident this week, I've rarely seen it. All these snips are much appreciated
            Pete
            Adelaide
            Australia

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              Natural gas is a far worse, though more temporary, greenhouse gas than CO2. If the frozen methane deposits in the Pacific ocean melt, we'll all be in deep crap. Also, I'd be all for new fission reactors if they weren't being cooled with water. Alternatives have been invented and even tested long term. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/deman...nuclear-power/
              Last edited by Mr. Nice; September 12th, 2017, 5:18 PM.

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                This coincides with my own stance toward rats-with-wings:

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                  Current events controversy...

                  Some terrace chants are mean, but Man U fans are just bigging up their new hero

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                    Canada to remove Mackenzie King from the 50$ bill? First I hear of it.

                    http://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes...-polymer-note/
                    Last edited by RdKetchup; September 25th, 2017, 7:47 PM.
                    - Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This... is my BOOMSTICK!

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                      Originally posted by RdKetchup View Post
                      Canada to remove Mackenzie King from the 50$ bill? First I hear of it.

                      http://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes...-polymer-note/
                      Possibly referring to this (see later in story):

                      https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/...he-note-672637

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                        I fear, however, that this argument will fall on deaf ears, because it's a fact that we stole their land and gave them nothing in return, apart from medicine, food, electricity, phones and Las Vegas. Anyone who says otherwise is a racist. And, yes, that would include John Wayne and anyone else who starred in a cowboy film
                        I should hope that if Mr. Clarkson hasn't already come to the United States, gone to a reservation, and seen the abject poverty in which many Native Americans live, that he plans on doing so soon. He should also be made aware that we have no NHS in the US, and many impoverished Native Americans are going without health care.

                        Edit: I grew up near a place called Willow Bay

                        This article mentions how the Kinzua Dam that forms Willow Bay came into being.

                        Also worthy of note, a road known as PA 666 is not tremendously far from there.

                        Further Edit: A song called The Ballad of Ira Hayes is about the man who was from the Pima tribe in the Southwest United States.
                        Last edited by Mr. Nice; September 27th, 2017, 5:20 PM.

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                          He also forgot one more thing the British gave them, smallpox.
                          - Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This... is my BOOMSTICK!

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                            Just a quick note---I'm on vacation until October 12, so no Clarkson until then, unless someone else decides to step in.

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                              Enjoy your break ... we appreciate the posts and we can suffer a little delay
                              Pete
                              Adelaide
                              Australia

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                                Jeremy Clarkson: Terrorists have put half the world out of bounds, and bedbugs patrol the rest of ithttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/j...f-it-q9nj0pfdh


                                THE CLARKSON REVIEW: BMW M760LI XDRIVE V12 (7-SERIES)
                                Dreaming to screaming in an instant

                                03 October 2017
                                https://www.driving.co.uk/car-review...-v12-7-series/



                                Nobody wants to be told when they are 16 that they will spend the rest of their lives standing in the middle of a field while someone throws a leather ball at a man who only has a wooden bat to defend himself

                                By Jeremy Clarkson, Sun Columnist
                                30th September 2017
                                https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/458094...t-a-cricketer/


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                                  Jeremy Clarkson: The best art criticism is done not with words but with craft knife and spray canhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/j...ycan-kpn9388tk


                                  THE CLARKSON REVIEW: 2017 VAUXHALL INSIGNIA GRAND SPORT
                                  All mod cons, but 50 years too late
                                  Published 09 October 2017
                                  By Jeremy Clarkson
                                  https://www.driving.co.uk/car-review...a-grand-sport/


                                  https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/462973...ammond-speech/


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                                    Thanks RedMoon
                                    Pete
                                    Adelaide
                                    Australia

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                                      Yes, thank you very much RedMoon. The links to the Driving and Sun columns were nice touches too.

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                                        Originally posted by RedMoon View Post
                                        By Jeremy Clarkson, Sun Columnist
                                        7th October 2017
                                        https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/462973...ammond-speech/

                                        Technically, LGBT is a type of sandwich

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                                          We all know how the English love to talk about the weather...

                                          Oh blow, our star role in a hurricane epic has gone with the wind2012, that disaster movie with John Cusack. The birds knew the end of the world was coming in that. And they know something's up here too."

                                          Warnings were issued that wind speeds would hit 75mph but then someone decided 75mph didn't sound that bad. So it was converted to 120kph and that sounded much better.

                                          Meanwhile, an amber warning was issued that, said the man in the anorak and storm boots, meant lives were in danger. Millions would be mangled. The UK and Ireland would be wiped out. This would be an extinction-level event.

                                          But then disaster struck. As the hurricane began to near Ireland it decided to become a storm. And then a stiff breeze. But there was no way they'd admit to this because then they'd have to go home and return to looking at isobars. So they stuck it out, desperately finding narrow passageways that would amplify the wind and make their hair look messier, and puddles in which to stand while reporting.

                                          Five hundred hacks raced to the scene of a fallen tree in Dublin. And Instagram was rammed with shots of upended wheelie bins. Three people died. And the roof of a school came off. "And it's heading your way, London."

                                          Well, we waited and at three in the afternoon it looked as if the warnings were all going to come true. The sky went the weirdest colour I'd ever seen, a phenomenon caused, we were told, by Stiff Breeze Ophelia whipping up Saharan dust and smoke from forest fires in Portugal.

                                          By four it was horror film-tastic. And strangely warm. And still. Too still. At any moment I expected a howling burst of energy to rip the Chiswick flyover from its mountings and send fire engines high into the ionosphere. But by five the sun came out again and that was that.

                                          I'd like to say it was the biggest anticlimax in modern recorded history but that accolade still rests with the Great Storm of October 1987. Which was not quite severe enough to wake anyone up.
                                          The Sun column is here and contains the I'd-never-have-guessed-it fact that one of Jeremy's favorite films in Lost in Translation.

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