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11 minutes ago, ckw said:

 100% agree. Years ago I ditched Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the rest and I don't feel I've missed out on anything. If something is worth knowing it will appear in one of the proper news channels. Everything else is just noise. I do keep WhatsApp (yes, I know its owned by facebook) simply 'cause it's my kids' preferred method of communication.

 

At the start I thought social media had great potential, but its descended to the lowest common denominator in its user base and become thoroughly monetised.

 

Cheers

 

Colin

 

I've never really touched facebook but twitter does have some good people on it, but because it thrives on outrage and trolling a lot of the times the good ones are either driven off or sidetracked by pointless rows.

It's a shame as, as you say, it could have had potential to be a power for good but just seems to be used to spread nonsense around the world quickly.

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Trying to listen to The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by John McDermott and for some reason i have to sign into Youtube,untill a couple of days ago i had no problem....I wonder if they'd believe me if i said i was 56 and they already had my details (no,didn't think so)...

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On 10/13/2021 at 3:08 PM, Vince1159 said:

I think it was Windsor Castle a tourist on a tour asked the guide who on earth built a castle so close to an airport being under the flight path..

 

That one's been doing the rounds for decades. It's a Windsorian urban myth, but a good one. 😄

 

Ian

(Old Windsorian) 

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eBay. Specifically the constant emails for items I may have looked at or things presumably based on their interpretation of my browsing history. If I was interested in something, I'd either have bid on it or would be watching it! And as for their suggested items, just no. It's intrusive and annoying and I can't find a way of opting out of these emails without a blanket ban on all emails regarding  special offers, etc.

 

Another blinkin' pain in the backside is how searches for specific items can be dumped in a certain category that is almost always too limiting and can miss the majority (and sometimes all of) the things I'm looking for. I have to re-do the search after selecting "all categories" from the drop down list in order find everything relevant. I'm sure they think they're being helpful, but they're anything but. Slightly related is their overriding my search with a "did you mean ------?" search of their own. No I bloody didn't! I can spell, you know!

 

Maybe more serious, it can be nigh-on impossible to report fraudulent, incorrect or misleading listings, as the drop-down menu contains very few options, none of which are relevant. It's almost like they don't want you to..........

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Drivers who indicate for a right turn in a wide road, then pull across to the left gutter, thus blocking the road completely.

Instant fail on test, and would have had a severe jolly good telling off when I was teaching.

Sadly it's becoming more common.

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Trains.  As a means of transport I hate, loathe, despise and detest them and their operators.  Today travelling from Bedfordshire to Nottinghamshire I've had to stand from Kettering to Nottingham with a significant number of non-mask-wearing individuals surrounded by baggage because there's insufficient space elsewhere in the charmless mechanised sweatbox for either.  The train from Nottingam also suffers from a lack of baggage space and trying to get two full, full-sized suitcases along a narrow aisle further encumbered by people who insist in trying to push past in the opposite directiin hasn't helped. 

 

The seats often appear to be designed by morons for mutants, and why do most modern trains have huge ducts along the sides meaning that if you're in a window seat you have to sit with your feet and legs displaced towards the aisle and the occupants of the aisle seats?  I'm going to need another holiday to get over getting to and from this one.

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Historical documentaries on television with slipshod research on the most basic details rather like the last person they might have thought to ask had read the Dummies Guide to insert here topic being filmed.
All too often what is on the screen and being heard is just…… well, rubbish.  
 

Just watched a documentary on battleships. Seemingly HMS Hood was Britain’s most powerful battleship.  And it was the equal of Bismarck too. Probably news to RN sailors on RN battleships. The Scharnhorst was sunk by British cruisers at North Cape. No mention of a certain KGV class ship at all. 
Bismarck was torpedoed by Swordfish - cue shots of any interwar biplane including a Hawker Fury (Nimrod?). Almost every second comment was in error and every other bit of film was of a totally unrelated ship that looked nothing like the ship under discussion 

 

For a programme that sets out to educate it and it’s type are lamentable 

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1 hour ago, PhantomBigStu said:

@JohnT was watching a doc put out by an supposedly esteemed source recently, talking about Spitfires in the Battle of Britain, imagine my shock when I glanced up to the iPad to see footage of Pacific Fleet Fairy Fireflys…

Stu

at least it wasn’t the hackneyed stock film of our brave RAF boys in their Morane Saulniers on a pre war exercise with French markings :hmmm:

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8 hours ago, JohnT said:

Stu

at least it wasn’t the hackneyed stock film of our brave RAF boys in their Morane Saulniers on a pre war exercise with French markings :hmmm:

That was just to bamboozle the beastly Boche into thinking the RAF didn't have Spitfires ...

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There really is no excuse for shoddy research. I sometimes feel as though the viewing public is being treated like a bunch of children......"they'll never know the difference". I saw a documentary a couple of years ago, about the RAF's night time bombing campaign. What did they show? Eighth AF B-17s on a daylight raid!

 

John. 

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1 hour ago, Bullbasket said:

There really is no excuse for shoddy research.

That's only if they bother doing any at all,i've got a load of docu's and found the War Files series to be pretty good and their History Files as well...

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