Albatros

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  1. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    on fishery : our govt is asking the UK wtf is going on, fishing licences for the 200 miles zone were distributed by the UK on 31 december, that went well, but licenses for the close coastal area, which were agreed to, have not yet been distributed even if -according to our fishing ministry- applications, paperworks and the whole red tape was submitted weeks ago, so either the britanistani's are way behind schedule or this is some sort of fuckery ... pacta sunt servanda
  2. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    ^^^^ but according to the Wayniacs it's all the fault of Europistan for not folding and giving in to the well deserved and righteous demands of that 52% on a lighter note (sort of) : on news here today was that the UK is urging the rest of the world to stop talking about "the British variant" and call it Nelly instead, no kidding, for once that 52% have something really worldbeating they want to negate it ?
  3. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Eurostar urges brit govt to pump shitloads of brtish roubles (and europe's for that matter) into the chunnel operation or it will shut down https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9158203/High-speed-cross-Channel-train-service-Eurostar-bust-months-experts-warn.html of course, Wayne and his elk are too upper lipped and stuffed upper nosed (in their dreams) to ever cross that odeous ditch, but some day they will have to, you will be ever so much welcome !
  4. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    overhere, in same lingo as yours the saying is that Rutte's resignation is purely strategic, more of his teflon politics ... he should have resigned looong time ago but held off until a couple of months before next election, so now it looks like a truely brave move (headlines in flanders went like : "hey nextdoor somebody has the balls to resign" } but in reality timing is such that his resignation now would be just enough to appease people, buy time before next election in a couple of months to let the proverbial waves die down somewhat. All in all, if this is correct and you vote for it, you have been f*cked sideways, straight through the *rse and whatever other orifices you have on offer. if it works, way to go
  5. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    [irony] but there is a slight shady or dodgy side to this person ... he's halfway Belgian in that his grandparents were from the german speaking part here in Belgistan, his missus has walloon ancestry and he still visits his family overhere quite regularly, can't be good all that [/irony] back on subject, in this weekends financial times a nice little remark about the UK about to test the limits of the agreement, was bound to happen and will feed this thread for months to come : apparently Boris and his cronies are now thinking about some new laws that border on or exceed the agreement, intention is clearly to (1) show to Wayne and his elk that they can now do what they want as boasted (2) test the limits of what they can actually do without the EU saying it's over the agreed line and retaliating as agreed too. one example is a proposal floating around about more flexible work time rules which seem to be contrary to EU's social laws and if made to UK law would contradict the non-regression clauses in the EU/UK agreement ... again, this was bound to happen, and no surprise either the proposals are "floating around"to see what reaction would be, more to follow.
  6. If he missed it, Joker might use this one in a little while : a certain Bill Gates has declared a couple of weeks ago that the Biden govt would be eminently suited and have the right people to tackle the corona crisis. Knowing that the Joke invoked the same Bill Gates as a lameass excuse for the title of this thread, he will be happy to divert any future sarcasm to poor ole' Bille Gates ... 't wasn't me, 't was Bill that said it, eek eek.
  7. Albatros

    Now they have gone to far!!

    local name of manatees is sea cows, so little skit on a local satirical program tonite : -a sea cow was seen with Trump on its back (show pic of manatee) -Trump on its back ? -yep -nothing new, he's been on top of how many cows by now ? (showing not really complementary pic of Stormy D. )
  8. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    saw it passing on a little snippet on beeb world, thought it was a joke, but no : https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55622331 Brexit: UK driver has ham sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border, The officials were shown explaining import regulations imposed since the UK formalised its separation from the EU. Under EU rules, travellers from outside the bloc are banned from bringing in meat and dairy products. can't wait to see headlines on Wayne's preferred newspapers and tweets from his elk, this of course also calls for massive retaliation, baguettes and anything containing garlic will be confiscated in Dover and Folkestone for sure
  9. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    I know it's illegal, if they catch me with lobsters in my trunk the vehicle is confiscated, but here is the story : the owner of the paper shop in our village has a little bungalow in a camping at the Oosterschelde and his hobby is scuba ... need I say more ? never did big quantities but if you knew him well on and off you could get one. Funniest part of story is that local police station was just opposite his shop (closed now, retired) each year he would offload a big batch of lobsters to the police who then did not write tickets to cars parking in front of his shop which is a no parking area. Have to say, a fresh Oosterschelde lobster is bloody tasty, best one ever was in Yerseke when showing my british sailing neighbour the fleshpots of the area : couple of oysters for starters, next a lobster and next mussels, seafood nirvana.
  10. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    According to the head honcho of Flanders Trade agency, the most asked questions and the most noted problems are relating to the rules of origin, many companies on either side of the channel coming to the surprising conclusion that there are way more parts going around of which they either thought they were ok (=no paperwork) and they were not or they just didn't know, which was main reason for a number of smaller/midsize companies to stop doing business with the UK ... it was also mentioned that there is an irony here in that this Global Britain lark is pushing companies on this side of the channel to also go more global to cover for whatever trade they won't do with Little Britain and on fisheries, bugger, couple of days ago on auntie beeb's channel saw a UK fisher saying that he stopped going after lobsters as there was no way he could get them in time to the continent, now that sir is unacceptable, especially since my -slightly illegal but hey- supply of Oosterschelde lobsters had dried, Leo, are you into diving ?
  11. another thing : overhere government just approved the practice of getting 6 doses instead of 5 out of each Pfizer vial, only condition is that the seringes are used that were distributed by govt as they are highly precise. logic behind it is that Pfizer puts a bit more of the vaccine in each vial to make sure you get your amount, some even get 7 doses out of one vial but that's rather exceptional. what is not allowed is to mix all remaining little bits to get even more as there could be contamination problems. might sound silly, but you do raise the amount of vaccines on hand significantly if you can get 6 instead of 5 out of one vial
  12. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    you do know what the maritime name is for the roof level of the bridge/house, if accessible at all ? the monkey bridge ... so even if it's just a little jibe we have with our froggie neighbours, it's in this case appropriate ... fetchez la vache p.s. in our case we stick to "l'onion fait la farce" instead of "l'union fait la force"
  13. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    sing after me : aux arbres citoyens
  14. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    sort of like asking an ozzistani the ozzie word for blawjab, but hey, do those ozzie chicks only shave their armpits ? how gross, o wait, you sheepshaggers would be ever so surprised if it would be bald down under ... filtp (fuck etcetarra ... grin)
  15. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    in an interview with one of our big fruit&veg exporters to the UK on the -yawn- consequences of Brexit one remarkable quote came up : "last thursday we got a phonecall from British Customs urging us NOT to ship any containers or trucks to the UK this weekend (we ship daily) because they were going to test their new IT system and were afraid of crashing out if too many records needed to be processed" for the ones without IT savvy this might sound not too strange, for the ones with a background in the development and rollout of large software systems this sounds really dodgy, it goes against normal practices, creates liabilities and gives an impression of desperately trying to jump the normal timeline required to roll out systems safely and in a performant way and also, apart from the pure IT based doubts ... if ever we were to make phone calls to our customers with a request like : please don't use it this weekend, hold your operation, we're going to fuck around with it, heads would be rolling.