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Old Oct 31st 2008, 10:21 am
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......... that people are even more depressed - and for some perhaps not unconnected reason, more verbally aggressive - than I can ever remember.

I have yet to meet anyone on either this or my last visit a few weeks ago who seems to be confident about their or the country's future prospects. The number of people in the papers and on radio phone-ins, etc, who would 'leave the country for good if they could' seems huge. (Not sure why they can't do so, but you get my point).

On the tube in from LHR, I witnessed two quite heated arguments about minor stuff (one bloke's luggage was 'touching' another bloke's, for example ).

The Ross/Brand thing may just be an indirect symptom of this - a need to create something that distracts from everyday misery?

The government is the most hated - no, not 'unpopular', but hated - of all time, and will get wiped out in favour of another lot who will quickly become unpopular, followed by hated.

End of whinge. I could go on in the same vein for hours........
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Old Oct 31st 2008, 10:24 am
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and I bet everyone is dressed in black, grey, navy? not a flash of pink in sight
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Old Oct 31st 2008, 10:27 am
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......... that people are even more depressed - and for some perhaps not unconnected reason, more verbally aggressive - than I can ever remember.

I have yet to meet anyone on either this or my last visit a few weeks ago who seems to be confident about their or the country's future prospects. The number of people in the papers and on radio phone-ins, etc, who would 'leave the country for good if they could' seems huge. (Not sure why they can't do so, but you get my point).

On the tube in from LHR, I witnessed two quite heated arguments about minor stuff (one bloke's luggage was 'touching' another bloke's, for example ).

The Ross/Brand thing may just be an indirect symptom of this - a need to create something that distracts from everyday misery?

The government is the most hated - no, not 'unpopular', but hated - of all time, and will get wiped out in favour of another lot who will quickly become unpopular, followed by hated.

End of whinge. I could go on in the same vein for hours........
I was there two weeks ago and couldn't get out quick enough. Depressing or what.
I stayed 1 night in some small wealthy village on the south coast where the average age was 93.5 and even they were complaining about everything. Restaurants and pubs were almost deserted and the people that were there looked like someone had stolen their false teeth.
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Have people ever been happy?
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Have people ever been happy?
when I was three and in the UK I remember being happy
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when I was three and in the UK I remember being happy
Even when the Germans where bombing every night?
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when I was three and in the UK I remember being happy
lol, i had a nice time there 2 years ago, but hadn't been there in 8 years so maybe thats why!
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......... that people are even more depressed - and for some perhaps not unconnected reason, more verbally aggressive - than I can ever remember.

I have yet to meet anyone on either this or my last visit a few weeks ago who seems to be confident about their or the country's future prospects. The number of people in the papers and on radio phone-ins, etc, who would 'leave the country for good if they could' seems huge. (Not sure why they can't do so, but you get my point).

On the tube in from LHR, I witnessed two quite heated arguments about minor stuff (one bloke's luggage was 'touching' another bloke's, for example ).

The Ross/Brand thing may just be an indirect symptom of this - a need to create something that distracts from everyday misery?

The government is the most hated - no, not 'unpopular', but hated - of all time, and will get wiped out in favour of another lot who will quickly become unpopular, followed by hated.

End of whinge. I could go on in the same vein for hours........
Let us have a few more hours of whinging please. It may cheer up my hubby!
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Let us have a few more hours of whinging please. It may cheer up my hubby!
The Jeremy Kyle Show tends to adjust my view whenever the rose tinted specs snap on .

He's probably just sick of being warm and dry all the time. Don't you remember that deeply satisfying feeling of constantly being damp for months at a time, Living under artificial light all the time, Having to need a jacket whenever you went out for nine months of the year? The yoof culture especially where local welfare benefits would begin their "hard graft" each day by running a blunt implement down the side of your car before going to get some of your tax money...or their Giros rather. I miss silly rates of taxation, "jobsworths" working for British rail companies and other union members. Ah yes, England .
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my 18 yr old went back recently after 3 yrs and never ever wants to go again !!!!!
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Even when the Germans where bombing every night?
now about the Christmas night out .....
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I'm actually missing the rain... no, seriously!

Or maybe I'm missing curling up in front of a fire with a big glass of wine in each hand while it rains outside... yup, that's it.
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I'm actually missing the rain... no, seriously!

Or maybe I'm missing curling up in front of a fire with a big glass of wine in each hand while it rains outside... yup, that's it.
I hear you, sister...
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I'm actually missing the rain... no, seriously!

Or maybe I'm missing curling up in front of a fire with a big glass of wine in each hand while it rains outside... yup, that's it.
it can rain pretty bad out here...just be patient...after a few hours you are bored of it...
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Day 53 of Eternal Sunshine and the housemates are debating what sun cream to use...

I like torrential rain. It's proper rain. Not namby-pamby "I just want to make you miserable" rain... Gosh, I need a holiday!
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