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  • Premier Icon weeksy
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    yeah hysterical that. I’ll just pop outside my door, oh… i can’t… it’s sealed with waterproof ply, sealant and 30+ sandbags… oh yeah… proper amusing that mate. nice.

    peterfile
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    I think it’s taking the piss out of the Daily Fail’s campaign to draw money from african nations on the basis that we need it more here.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    I thought this was good too

    Mail demands foreign aid to be spent on replacing British carpets

    its not meant as a dig at weeksey and flooded folk in the UK, its about the casual xenophobia and cheap political point scoring of UKIP and the Mail

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    How awful for you weeksy. How many of your children has the flood claimed so far? Do you think any of your family will survive?

    I suppose we can be thankful that at least you still have internet access. 😉

    Seriously. Your situation must absolutely suck, but as kimbers says it’s more a dig at the DM/UKIP and its warped sense of perspective. Sorry if it offends you.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Made me laugh anyway:

    Professor Henry Brubaker, from the Institute for Studies, said: “People who don’t have flood insurance either didn’t ask for it, which is mentally defective, or were denied it, which should have caused the first faint stirrings of something being amiss.

    “If we are going to use some foreign aid money, perhaps we could make a film about how not to buy a house on flood plain.

    “It’ll be called How Not to Buy a House on a Flood Plain, it will be 10 seconds long and consist of me holding up a piece of cardboard on which I will have written ‘don’t buy a house on a flood plain’.”

    He added: “Meanwhile, you can still do your bit for Britain. If you meet someone today who has signed the Mail’s petition, try your very best to urinate on their legs.”

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    , ‘For just £159, a Sudanese farmer can give an IT consultant from Surrey a pair of Endura Stocking Foot Protectors. That’s just four months wages to remove dampness from someone’s life’.

    Meanwhile Syria’s Assad today announced a cease-fire in his nation’s multi-sided civil war to allow for ‘a whip round’ for Britons who have lost their second homes.

    and yes if your complaining about stuff on the internet then it’s not that bad really in the list of global disasters.

    peterfile
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    i had a wee chuckle at that too footflaps 😆

    Jamie
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    yeah hysterical that. I’ll just pop outside my door, oh… i can’t… it’s sealed with waterproof ply, sealant and 30+ sandbags… oh yeah… proper amusing that mate. nice.

    Call it a hunch, but I don’t think weeksy does find this amusing.

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    Jamie, earlier today…

    Jamie
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    Even though you messed up the pic, I guessed it was Columbo.

    I’m that good.

    …oh, and just one more question.

    RichPenny
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    awful for you weeksy. How many of your children has the flood claimed so far? Do you think any of your family will survive?

    As I remember, it has undermined an impending house sale. Whilst not life threatening, it is pretty disruptive. If his house does flood, he could be disrupted for months. Nothing wrong with the initial gag, but once you’ve seen someone is upset maybe give it a rest?

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I thought rest was given on my final line, where I conceded that his “situation must absolutely suck” and I apologised for any offence.

    That wasn’t really the thrust of the gag. So again, sorry if it offended.

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    How do we know Weeksy isn’t a refugee from Sudan?
    How many points does he have to score on the PCometer before we show the poor bastard a bit of sympathy.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    I feel terrible for weeksy it must be incredibly stressful to have to deal with it

    however the fact that the Mail and UKIP are using the plight of him and others to further their own agendas is extremely distateful

    Premier Icon franksinatra
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    I seriously want a job at the Institute of Studies, I like the cut of their jib.

    Premier Icon franksinatra
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    How do we know Weeksy isn’t a refugee from Sudan?

    Aaarghhhhhhh, IMMIGRANT OVER THERE!. Burn Him!!!!!!!!!

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    If we are going to use some foreign aid money, perhaps we could make a film about how not to buy a house on flood plain.

    First sensible thing I’ve read about the floods in the media, and it is on the daily mash 😆

    globalti
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    Sudanese people can’t send aid because according to one customer I spoke with this morning the entire Sudanese nation is hysterical with laughter right now at the antics of the Ethiopian Airways co-pilot.

    RichPenny
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    I thought rest was given on my final line

    It was. Just that the first two sentences of that post made you appear to be a goady tosser with no actual sympathy. Not sure you really managed to cancel it out with the half hearted apology.

    Junkyard
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    Well granted he lacks your charm and respect for his fellow humans

    No one is saying his problems are not real what they are saying is that others suffer worse issues overseas

    Would you like to dispute this or just insult someone for being “insensitive” [ oh the irnoning].

    FWIW I though that the Birtish were know for retaining their sense of humour in times of crisis…I know I try to

    You either find the article amusing and making a good point or you do not
    I dont think anyone is trying to mock the flood victims

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    It was. Just that the first two sentences of that post made you appear to be a goady tosser with no actual sympathy. Not sure you really managed to cancel it out with the half hearted apology.

    Okay then, to be clear, I have every actual sympathy for weeksy and flood victims. Their situation sucks.

    But I have no sympathy at all for the public petition to withdraw money from overseas aid based on the barely-concealed xenophobic notion that we, as one of the richest countries in the world, shouldn’t be providing basic life-saving humanitarian aid to johnny foreigners when there are nice people here who, in your own words, “could be disrupted for months”.

    That is the viewpoint which, I hope, the article satirises.
    And that I don’t apologise for.

    Premier Icon unklehomered
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    😆

    #returns to STW after a 6 month absence#

    Ahhhhh, ’twas ever thus…

    cheekyboy
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    Without the overseas aid money Harrods will go bust, causing more misery and strife !

    CountZero
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    globalti – Member
    Sudanese people can’t send aid because according to one customer I spoke with this morning the entire Sudanese nation is hysterical with laughter right now at the antics of the Ethiopian Airways co-pilot.

    😆

    fasthaggis
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    #returns to STW after a 6 month absence#

    Checks STW clock settings 😉

    Premier Icon DezB
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    So I’ve read the thread before clicking on the OP’s link. Not sure what to do now.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Ah, I get it. Weeksy obviously posted before clicking the link too.

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    unklehomered – Member
    #returns to STW after a 6 month absence#

    [url=http://singletrackworld.com/forum/profile/unklehomered]artistic licence?[/url]
    😉

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    franksinatra – Member

    How do we know Weeksy isn’t a refugee from Sudan?

    Aaarghhhhhhh, IMMIGRANT OVER THERE!. Burn Him!!!!!!!!!

    It’d take ages to dry him out.

    Premier Icon spawnofyorkshire
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    It’d take ages to dry him out.

    😀

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Even less sympathy in the letters page of the Guardian:

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    DezB – Member
    Ah, I get it. Weeksy obviously posted before clicking the link too

    I get the joke, i see where it’s coming from. I’m usually all up for a bit of humor and amusement at sometihng a bit close to the edge…

    But the fact that i’m still having this nightmare is truely destroying my soul. Yesterday we had 30 mins of hard rain in the morning, which then once again brings the floods, it brings masses of water gushing towards my property. It then bring phone call after phone call after email after phone call to get someone to get the hell out here to start pumping it. (Yes, if it reaches danger levels we’ll address it ourselves as we’re still hiring 2 pumps at our own cost of £300 a week each !)…. Eventually the local MP sends an email to someone and then people get up and turn up…. drop the level of water again over the next 4 hours with a pump the size of a Corsa, then we’re back to watching it fill slowly, drop slowly… until tonight… where it’s going to rain all night, i’ve then got to make the decision as to whether to wake up the whole village with the pumps, or wait to see if anyone comes out to pump with the Corsa (which is quieter)… While all this is going on i’m supposed to have a job i go to, but can’t… i’m supposed to have a wife and a 5 year old i spend time with. I’m supposed to have a life… currently.. i wake up and deal with flood stuff, go to bed and dream about flood stuff… and repeat.

    officialtob
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    Surely as one of the richest countries in the world we can afford to provide aid (where necessary) to the flood victims AND continue the overseas aid? Why one or the other?

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    why one or the other? It’s the daily racist who need to appeal to the core voter.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Why one or the other?

    because it suits members of certain political parties to pretend that we cannot afford both.

    they get be seen to be suggesting that their core voters are being hard done by as a result of giving help to foreigners.

    All the figures I’ve seen for clean up/pumping costs have been trivial in the scheme of things. We probably spent more on bombs in the first day of the last Iraq war than has been spent on sorting out the floods.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    and just to check as I am on the other side of the world, there are no bodies in the streets, families wandering round looking for swept away relatives, cholera outbreak or any of that yet and most of the costs will be covered by insurance?

    Satire is alway going to upset someone!

    crankrider
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    Weeksy, has your house flooded or are are you in a position where it will if you are not pro-active with the pumps?

    It must be total hell protecting your property from being messed up but there is always somebody in a position worse than your own, like where the house has already been totally destroyed by flood water – Doesn’t make it any better I know but maybe you can at least feel lucky to be holding out (if you are, if not apologies and good luck with the clean-up)

    I do love our press and political system, any excuse for blame throwing etc.

    me and the OH where on holiday when the last floods came (the flash floods of summer that were pretty severe) – I remember it being on the news abroad quickly followed by the floods in another country where a suspected 2000 were dead and an entire town was without shelter, food, electricity etc, kind of put things into perspective!

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    crankrider – Member
    Weeksy, has your house flooded or are are you in a position where it will if you are not pro-active with the pumps?

    It has not flooded… not a drop… and i won’t let it flood 🙂

    It would have flooded though yes.

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