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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by The Legendary Shark on Today at 02:15:19 PM »
On Saturday I had to attend a course to get a Certificate of Professional Competence, it lasted from 08:30 to 15:00 and was immensely dull. There were around 20 other people there, all professional truck drivers. Despite the fact that I've been doing this job, on and off, since I was at school, if I don't get this CPC I won't be allowed to drive for a living any more - even though I have never had a single point on my license, ever.
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On the surface, this CPC seems like a good idea - training drivers in such things as H&S, first aid, tachograph rules and operation, correct loading procedure and so forth and on to make us all safer drivers. But...
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Five of these courses must be attended before a CPC is issued and each one costs £45 plus the time, fuel, lunch money etc. needed to attend. Hmph. Furthermore, your CPC is valid for only five years - so once you have one you still need to repeat the courses to get your replacement CPC. Grr.
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More than this, if I get stopped by VOSA and don't have a CPC or have left my CPC at home I'll get fined at least £200. You what?!
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Everyone in the class, including the instructor, found this to be a terrible state of affairs - but not one of them did any more than just grumble about it as if they were just slaves.
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In my view, this whole CPC thing is nothing more than a money making scheme to help the government pay off its eternal debt, through training costs but mostly through fines. And, as the government will never and indeed can never clear its artificial debt, we can expect more CPCs in the future, first for white van drivers, motorcycle couriers and whatever else they can think of, and then for all drivers of all vehicles, including you. You might eventually even need one to ride a bike or even walk down a public footpath. Think of the income from fines then, as everyone needs a CPC and lots of them leave their cards at home for whatever reason.
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And, like the drivers in that CPC class, you'll grumble and moan - but you'll comply. You get told what to do and you do it, no matter how much you disagree.
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I wouldn't have attended if I'd had to pay for it myself but my boss paid and so I just shut up and did it - I do my little part-time driving job primarily because I enjoy it and, because of this, I suppressed my usual acerbic opinions and attended the CPC lesson despite the bad taste it left in my mouth.
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This morning my boss asked me about the course and if I'd learned anything.
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"Yes," I said, "I learned that we are a beaten and dependent people."
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He opined that I'm a proper miserable bugger. He's right, of course.
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General / Re: July/August Short Story Comp - Prizes to be won!
« Last post by Bad City Blue on Today at 02:14:48 PM »
House Rules


Dreena Saryx stood straight and tried to look as pretty as possible. This wasn’t too hard, as Dreena was a pretty girl, with all the right bits in all the right places and a smile that was infectious as Galbraxian Bubo. She remembered her training, where she had been told that it didn’t matter what you felt inside, as long as the outside only showed happiness.

Her job on the Clara Pandy had come at just the right time, allowing her to send her wages back to her family and, in reality, keep them alive. The Saryx family were poor as roaches, and could afford the same standard of motel. It broke her heart not to see her children grow for a year, but at least they could grow with a roof over their heads and food in their bellies.

It was early in the casino, and her Borocca table had been devoid of customers since she came on shift. She actually enjoyed her shifts, because when she wasn’t working she basically stayed in her cabin – when all your money was sent home there wasn’t anything else to do. She flicked her eyes around and was happy to see a well heeled customer head her way.

He was quite young, and handsome in an angular sort of way, and he gave her a big smile as he sat down. Could be a good tipper, she thought, if he gets lucky.

Lady Luck was certainly on his shoulder, as for the next hour he turned his opening pile of chips into one twenty times the size. Borocca had an element of skill, but like most casino games it was luck that won you big. The man, introduced now as Dax, couldn’t put a foot wrong.

‘Here’s a gamble for you, Dreena,’ he said. ‘I’m going to stick my entire stack on the next three chips. Thing is, if I win I’m going o give you half! What do you think of that, then?’

Deena gasped. She looked at the stack of chips in front of him – it was more than she could earn working four full trips on the liner, maybe five. She could return home and maybe buy a small apartment, give her family some actual security! She gulped… staff were allowed tips, and she’d heard of this happening before, but this time it was happening to her.

‘All I can say is good luck to you, Jax’, she said calmly, her heart pounding.

Three chips for him, three chips for the house. The simplest of Borocca hands to play, and thus a simple double up of chips. He chose first, and came up with a  graxnix, a high value chip. She chose a Drenda, and was easily beaten. His second choice was another graxnix, and her heart leapt as she turned over a second low value chip. Finally, he turned over a practoral, the highest chip in the set, and Dreena was already planning her future as she turned over… another parctoral.

Nothing for a pair in this game.

‘Ah, well,’ said Jax. ‘maybe next time – it’s only money, eh?.

Yes, thought Dreena… only money. And she smiled, regardless of what she was feeling inside.

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General / Re: Does Dredd need to be in every Prog?
« Last post by Colin_YNWA on Today at 02:12:44 PM »
As I recall there were quite a few as far back as Oz?
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General / Re: Classic Dredd quotes by non-Wagner writers
« Last post by James Stacey on Today at 02:12:33 PM »
"You betrayed the Luh'
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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills!
« Last post by Michael Evans on Today at 02:01:48 PM »
Enjoying Rebellion's new line of US sized comics.
1. Dredd Underbelly (one shot)
2. Brass Sun (6 issue series)
3. Jaegir (one shot)
4. Dredd Uprise (2 issue series)
Are there any that I've missed? Surely they can't be far off doing a new monthly Dredd based on the film? I'd certainly appreciate it if they took the IDW licence back and did a US Dredd themselves.
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Megazine / Re: Meg 350
« Last post by Theblazeuk on Today at 01:00:54 PM »
That's a capital word crime right there, creep.
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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Last post by Link Prime on Today at 12:27:43 PM »
I was suitably imprresed with issue 1 of Trees. Then issue 2 made me loose faith considerably.


I did try the first issue of Trees; interesting enough premise, but didn't quite make the cut.
I think I will try the 1st trade however (which will likely be a tenner).
I've a feeling it will work better in collected format.

Also, I've read that Jock will be providing guest art for issue 6.
The thoughts of not picking up a comic- any comic- by Warren Ellis & Jock fills me with cold, cold dread.
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New extended clip with them in prison, and Rocket does looks good. Only a week to go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzI-U1Fh9zc

Looks great!!  Really looking forward to seeing this now.
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Games / Re: Skyrim
« Last post by NapalmKev on Today at 12:08:37 PM »
Riften is located in the bottom-right of the map, follow the river you can't miss it.

Playing as a Female shouldn't affect the game at all!

I would also advise against using cheats - they have a tendency to fuck up your game saves.

Cheers
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General / Re: JULY ART COMP - WORDLESS STORIES
« Last post by Fungus on Today at 12:03:24 PM »
A good idea 2T (and reminiscent of another thread).
I'm thinking the best entries for this theme would be slightly impenetrable, elements that aren't clear-cut and can and should be read different ways?
Dr X comes closest to this, I think.
Hope to see some more entries, I struggled to come up with something I was happy with so gave up. But I like the theme, it's more left-field than usual.

Curious how others see it...
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