Economy inn deans bridge road


2011.02.22 18:54 anutensil Infrastructure

The state of the world's decaying dams, bridges, roads, etc

2023.04.02 13:54 No-Pop-2526 SOME OF THE BEST THINGS IN AUSTRALIA


Australia is a beautiful and diverse country known for its stunning beaches, unique wildlife, and iconic landmarks. With a population of over 25 million people, it is the world's sixth-largest country by total area.
One of the country's most famous attractions is its beaches. From the pristine white sands of the Whitsunday Islands to the rugged coastline of the Great Ocean Road, Australia boasts some of the world's most stunning beaches. Bondi Beach in Sydney is particularly famous, attracting surfers, sunbathers, and swimmers from around the world.
When it comes to wildlife, Australia is renowned for its unique animals, such as the koala and kangaroo. The koala is a marsupial that is native to Australia and is known for its cute and cuddly appearance. The kangaroo is another marsupial that is found throughout Australia, and is known for its powerful hind legs that allow it to jump long distances.
In addition to these iconic animals, Australia is also home to a variety of bird species, including the cockatoo and the rainbow lorikeet. These colorful and noisy birds can be found throughout the country, and are a favorite among birdwatchers and nature lovers.
When it comes to landmarks, Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Opera House are two of Australia's most famous. The Harbour Bridge is a massive steel arch bridge that spans Sydney Harbour, connecting the central business district to the North Shore. The Opera House, located nearby, is a distinctive building with a sail-like design that is famous around the world.
Overall, Australia is a unique and diverse country that offers something for everyone, from stunning beaches to iconic landmarks and unique wildlife.
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2023.04.02 13:52 DiscoverEarth I put a tracker in the lining of her bag.

My partner has bpd, she is often suicidal & will just go on suicidal benders (if you can call it that) she goes missing and it normally ends up with her hurt or being sectioned. She's been sectioned five times over the past three years which had led to her spending months in hospital.
She is normally found by the police who section her and take her to hospital arrest her whatever they are going to do this time.
We have a 18 month old son who social services are now involved with because of her attempts on her life.
Anyway after she got sectioned and cautioned on a fail to stop charge a few weeks ago which our son was in the car, when she realised she couldnt get away she stopped the car and run into traffic to get to the bridge across the road and left our son in the car.
I put a tracker in her bag so I could find her if she ever goes missing again.
Am I wrong doing this or is this justified?
Also some advice on my situation would be greatly appreciated.
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2023.04.02 13:00 The_Nunnster #GEXIX [West Yorkshire] The_Nunnster wakes up in Cleckheaton Tesco and ends his campaign

After a very exciting evening in Leeds I think I may have overdone it, I remember giving a speech to passers-by in Leeds city centre about the state of the economy and how rubbish nationalisations are, and the next thing I remember going for a late night dip in Spen Valley Leisure Centre; yet for some reason I seem to have woken up in the car park of Cleckheaton Tesco. I knew that Tesco was one thing that we definitely should have nationalised.
I've got a nasty scrape on my knee, I should probably take a visit to Dewsbury and District Hospital Accident and Emergency down the road - at least I would if waiting times weren't so cataclysmic. That is exactly why your Conservative Party team are pledging to address waiting times, because at the moment far too many people are waiting far too long for treatment in the UK. That is why we are making it a commitment of any Conservative Government to cut waiting times for any treatment (urgent or non-urgent) to at most one month, to ensure that everyone is treated properly and in a timely manner. Sadly it's too late for me, I'll be waiting in A&E for at least four hours sadly, because the current government have done nothing on health policy, but it doesn't have to be this way for the future - we can do better than this, things can be better than this!
If you vote for a Conservative team in this election, with myself as your MP again, you can be assured of a solid team who will fight for you - so please give us a chance to turn things around, you won't regret it!
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2023.04.02 12:41 bandrews4795 How bout a nostalgic country song about the Colorado Mountains

///// this is 3.5 because 4 seems broken right now, prompt is the title
Verse 1: Driving up to Colorado, to the mountains in the west Where the air is crisp and clean, and the scenery is the best I close my eyes and I see it still, the way it was before The snow capped peaks and the deep blue sky, my heart couldn't ask for more
Chorus: Oh, those Colorado mountains, they hold a special place In my heart and in my soul, and I can't forget their grace From the winding roads to the rugged trails, I miss them every day Those Colorado mountains, they took my breath away
Verse 2: Sitting by the campfire, in the quiet of the night With the stars above me shining bright, everything felt right The sound of the river, the rustling of the trees Those Colorado mountains, they brought me to my knees
Chorus: Oh, those Colorado mountains, they hold a special place In my heart and in my soul, and I can't forget their grace From the winding roads to the rugged trails, I miss them every day Those Colorado mountains, they took my breath away
Bridge: I miss the smell of the pines, and the crisp mountain air The sun on my face, and the freedom that was there Though I'm miles away, I can feel them near Those Colorado mountains, they're always here
Chorus: Oh, those Colorado mountains, they hold a special place In my heart and in my soul, and I can't forget their grace From the winding roads to the rugged trails, I miss them every day Those Colorado mountains, they took my breath away
Outro: So here's to those Colorado mountains, and the memories we made I'll hold them close, and never let them fade The winding roads and the rugged trails, they're calling me again Those Colorado mountains, I'll see you soon, my old friend.
/////This one hit me in the feels
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2023.04.02 12:30 FappidyDat [H] TF2 Keys & PayPal [W] Humble Bundle Games (Also Games From Past Bundles)

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2023.04.02 12:12 sir_neatington #GEXIX [Upper Severn] sir_neatington does a ‘soap box’ at Bromsgrove

sir_neatington works his way through the crowd and manages to run all the way towards the Slideslow Drive where he enters a pub, throws himself right in, and finds a twenty-year old soap box. Inspired to conduct soap-box politics, he manages to push the box, stands up and begins his speech, or as we call it, a good ramble.
Uh- hey hello Bromsgrove. Finally, I managed to grab a soap-box and have a steady grip on it. From the times of World War I, the so-called Golden Age of Soapbox Oratory, to the present day, politics has evolved a long way. We have opened up the world for migrants, recognised same-sex marriages, brought two stronger forces in the fray, us and the Loony Left, led by one of the candidates, localds something.
I am pretty sure that the only thing local about their campaigning approach is going to be making an April Fools Joke out of the general populace, and somehow make you believe that you deserve less, and much less than most. The fundamental truths by which politics is run, still hasn’t changed, but rather challenged. The element of public service, national security, and responsibility to the growth of the people, all of that is being challenged.
It is thrown into dismay by a bunch of people, who name themselves Solidarity, and push themselves at the boundary of common sense. From stealing your land, to forcing working class folks to pay more on unnecessary union fees, from forcing you to adopt practices that can harm your family in the future, to not having a concrete plan beyond nationalisations, all of that is being put up to stake.
The last time someone did a soap-box campaign was in 1992, by Sir John Major, another Conservative who passionately cared for the interests of the actual all, and not the union few. In the 90s, and today, a lot is similar, the threat of a government that will force you to poverty, make you beg and borrow for your next meals, tarnish our image abroad, do nothing beyond rambling and call that foreign policy.
I am reminded of a time, when candidates in the 1960s America, when advertising professionals began their inputs into the modern political process, were reputed to be "selling candidates like soap", which was a key phrase to discuss the promotional techniques that were used at the time. Today, that’s how the Left is selling their vision, clean and packaged in new boxes, adding new scents and flavours, only to fool you.
They have decided that by using the word UBI repeatedly, and feeding you with an utopian vision, that somehow their world is superior. Let me show the mirror, their world is clearly a hoax. A falsehood, a mirage which they want you to believe, because it helps them time and again to sit in office.
Beyond vanity nationalisations, and making the poor poorer, and the rich poorer, what has this Government done? It ceases to amaze me that these people, the so-called communists, amongst whom many would proudly stand up for Stalin today, have no vision beyond mesmerising you into a world of unreal making. Let us explore the second person in the room, Labour.
Wait, they’re the copy of the first, no difference except having a perfectly minted brand. They are mere copycats, forgive me if I use a harsher word, they’re lap dogs of the former. The only reason they are in Official Opposition this term was because their big bosses had a grudge about not being Prime Minister, so took the second big talk. In fact it took them nearly a year to go and say, they support Ukraine.
They’ll say that their Shadow Secretary of Defence did this and that, but let’s be honest, apart from being Official Opposition, they’ve done it all. Justifying that by saying that they’re somehow a force for unity, absolute baloney. They are disguising their incompetence by throwing a charade of policies, and call that a difference. If you move a step down, you would see the Solidarity’s big chap, the incumbent Home Secretary and Bees Minister. Bees Minister, really what has this person done for your farms? Hike the LVT, remove your agricultural reliefs, replace the subsidy regime? The whole post was created to merely accommodate a party weight, to prevent infighting.
Let us be honest, a good segment of the Government’s cabinet is merely filled to satisfy the Parliamentary Comrades, rather than determining the best interests of our children and the future. If we ever have to see the record of the current Home Secretary, there is virtually nothing, that is to their name, beyond presiding over a Government that has no plan for knife crime, no plan for safety, no intention to fund the police, no drive to get Britain safer, or even make an attempt to do any of it. The only thing they’ve done is stand behind their Prime Minister and nod through partisan bickering and shouting out how land must no longer belong to individuals, or defending a Budget that takes more, and gives less. The only policy your solidarity chap has been defending is incompetence, and it’s time to show them the door.
Now that we have finished showing you the other records, let’s show you mine. I’ve served as the Actual Opposition’s spokesperson for Treasury, yeah we don’t count the non-positions and sycophants, actively engaging for a better Economy, including by presenting an Act which would have limited the deficit raising abilities of the Government to ensure that your children do not have to bear the burdens of your borrowing, cutting down the vanity nationalisations, that nationalised pubs thing, which makes your pubs and pubes theirs, so that you bow down to the State every time.
Tomorrow, I’m sure they’ll criminalise religious worship, or say that alcohol must not be served in pubs. Wait a minute, that already happened. The Government’s KONSUM Plan actively works to undermine your emotional maturity and somehow forces you to believe that pubs will be safe in their hands. Absolute shitfest, innit. Back to my record, I also brought in a Shadow Budget, which if passed, would’ve increased your Personal Allowance, reduced your taxes, got a 0-interest loan programme to fund innovation, and a better plan for school catch-up. Further, I proposed legislation in this term, which if passed, would have enshrined research and development targets for all Government Departments.
So the red rosettes now hate science and finance too, let us explore the real alternatives to this mess festival, the Conservatives. In this edition of our manifesto, we will be focusing on five main priorities, or as I would like to call them, pillars of modern society. It is our belief that if these pillars are strengthened, it would build our nation better for the future. The first pillar, the one that will actually keep you safe on the roads, Law and Order. We want the gangs out, the muggers in prison, the addictums in their chambers, and most importantly, bobbies in. Our police have been wonderful in preventing crime, and we must do more to help them across.
That is why a Conservative Government, repeat after me, a TORY Government, would be training and introducing nearly 10,000 new police officers on our streets, fund better police management and criminology research at the College of Researching and increase the grant provided to officers for buying police vehicles. This will ensure that our Police are able to reach those who need help at the earliest. Our funding for the Policing College will ensure that we have the best practices in the world, and most importantly, the gangs out.
Another key element to the mugging community is their use of knives. There’s a reason why Knife Crime is, time and again, one of the most common forms of crimes in our society. This has to stop, with us, it will. We have proposed this time, the creation of a National Knife Crime TaskForce, which will work with police forces across our country, to track down and silence the Knife Criminals. We do not need more of them on the streets, we need them back at the Prisons.
We will also be increasing funding for a Knife Crime Awareness Programme, for students and communities across England, to ensure that they are well-educated and informed on dealing with Knife Crime. By creating such programmes, we will be massively preventing the casualties and harmful effects of Knife Crime. It will also ensure we have better reporting of these crimes. We will bring back Stop-and-Search, to ensure the Knives are thrown off the bag, well before they are even used.
It is common knowledge that these provisions helped in ensuring police officers can get the criminals in, but the anti-law and order gang firmly opposed this, yes the reds. The only red thing they have gotten on their hands, is irresponsibility and lack of desire to truly prevent crime. If you thought they really wanted the best for your children, think again. Labour Wales at the moment is opposing plans to help create a smoke-free generation. Is this the law and order you want to see, smoke everywhere, knives being used to kill rather than cut vegetables and meat?
If you want true change, stand with us, here with the Tories today. Continuing on order, we will also be increasing the existent penalties for crimes such as Modern Slavery, and Sexual Offences. People should not commit these offences, and be given a baby sentence. These people should not see the light of society, and must also be stripped off their right to vote. We should not be supporting criminals, and it is sad to see the Government do nothing.
That is why we need the Tories to take on the government, to bring real change, law and order on our streets, enough of gangs and boats. Speaking on those lines is our second and the most important of all our priorities, Building a “Stronger Public Service”. For too long, we have been fed knowledge which says that nationalisation is somehow always beneficial, but having a strong public service is much beyond wasteful expenditure. It is about being meaningful and getting delivery done. Our NHS, our schools, our job market, we need to get them buzzing up.
This is why, as a first step towards funding our services better, the Tories will be cutting down needless bureaucracy and red-tape, which will allow us to have nearly seven billion pounds, which can be invested directly into the NHS System. Enough talk about funding, get on with the substance. We will also be bringing nearly 25,000 new dentists into Britain, to fix our dental system and reduce waiting times for Dental Referrals. We will also be working to reduce waiting times between a visit to the GP and a specialist referral.
We pledge to create nearly 750,000 new jobs year-on-year, which will reduce unemployment and the need for Welfare. We need to make welfare reform a stepping stone for getting jobs, and not a lifestyle choice. This is why we will be merging the existing provisions into a single “Get-Back-to-Work” Benefit for all those who can actually work, yet do not engage in meaningful activity. This however does not include people who suffer from ailments and physical complications, unlike how the Solidarity wants you to think, because this Tory Government, will be, to quote David Cameron, a “compassionate Government, one that cares for all of its people”.
Continuing on the Public Services Principle, we will be working to reform Local Government. It is our local government that handles your daily activities, garbage collection, maintenance of public property, and gets your police forces working. We propose to abolish Town and Parish Councils, since they haven’t helped get Bromsgrove or any other part of England to any betterment, beyond existing and eating up public money. We will be introducing County Mayors across England instead, to ensure your voices can actually cause real change on the ground, along with a mandatory council tax freeze once in every council term.
That is certainly signs of a more compassionate and people-friendly government than those who read the Marxist Pledge of Allegiance and call it home to their pinkish hearts. Beyond employment, what is important is to ensure that those who have served our society, our older populace get the fair share of pensions they deserve. At this moment, pensions are severely lacking, and in some cases, do not even let our older folks have enough to carry out their monthly needs.
It is sad to see many of them opt for second jobs to help pay the bills. A Sephronar Government will ensure that it happens. How, by introducing a Triple Lock on Pensions. A Triple Lock in Pensions would mean that pensions would increase every year, based on national inflation, the average rise in wages, or 2.5%, whichever is higher, to ensure maximum can be provided to those who have put their youth, blood and toil maximum for our nation and its growth.
We will also work to eradicate homelessness by continuing our track record of introducing greater planning reform, which by the way, was not supported by the Government because it actually helped the people be better off. We will also be building up nearly 250,000 houses per year, as a start to ensure that this crisis can be averted. As the United Kingdom grows, it needs to grow in being able to provide affordable housing, and these are the first little steps.
We will also be introducing a new 5G Delivery Plan, to ensure that 5G reaches every corner of Bromsgrove, and other parts of our country. Upper Severn deserves an MP who can actually stand up and support the needs and aspirations of its constituents, not someone whose sole objective is to go back, and be a silent wimp to the party top-cops.
Also did you know, Labour recently said it wanted to rejoin the EU, yeah, four referendums, and the people said we want it out, and now they say we want you in. You see, there’s a pattern of incompetence from the Labourites. First, they campaign for something, then the people tell them to do something, they pretend to do it, and go back on it later. The fact that they are constantly ready to undermine the public, the public services, and the gangs on the streets speaks far more to their inability to accept the public facts and stop being ego wings.
Mr Real Pub Owner, do you want your pub back? Ms Teacher, do you want your children to have a better world? Mr Peter, do you want a more compassionate Government, that actually focuses on delivering the best interests of the people, accepts their mandate, moves forward and actually gets the new British energy going beyond wanting to rejoin the EU, undermining our armed forces, police officers and the British citizens? Then, join me and vote Tories for Bromsgrove!
sir_neatington gets off the soap-box, hands over copies of the Tory Manifesto, has a couple of pints of beer, and walks his way off, as he’s ready for another round of General Election campaigning.
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2023.04.02 12:06 haPPii Northern Ireland in 6 days itinerary help

Hi All, the wife and I are heading to Northern Ireland at the end of the month for a road trip. We have 5-6 days allocated to Northern Ireland and I'm struggling compacting it all down. Would welcome any feedback as to places we must visit or places we could skip. Cheers
Day 1 Black Mountain walk, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin road gaol, Kelly’s Cellars, PEACE WALLS. Stay in Belfast somewhere
Day 2 Carrickfergus Castle, Gobbins Walk, village of Cushendun, Torr Head Drive, dark hedges. Stay in Ballycastle somewhere
Day 3 Kinbane Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, BALLINTOY HARBOUR, Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle, The harbour bar, Mussenden Temple. Stay in Portstewart somewhere
Day 4 Magilligan Point, Malin Head, Buncrana, Londonderry derry. Stay in Londonderry somewhere
Day 5 Letterkenny, Ballyshannon, Lough Achork, Marble Arch Caves, Cole’s Monument, Enniskillen Castle. Stay in Lough Erne Resort
Day 6 Armagh, Newry, Downpatrick, Narrow Water Castle and Keep, Mourne Mountains, Killough Bay, castle ward, Killyleagh, Strangford to Portaferry Ferry, Strandford Lough, Bangor. Fly out of Belfast
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2023.04.02 11:34 gimmecatspls #GEXIX [Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge] gimmecatspls goes shopping in Buttermarket Centre in Ipswitch

My next stop in my election tour is to the historical town of Ipswitch - one of England's oldest towns, and is claimed to be the oldest still continuing town to have been established and developed by the English, with continuous settlement since early Anglo-Saxon times. I find this fascinating, but what I am here for in this election is something very different indeed.
There are thousands of communities around the United Kingdom just like this - and according to the House of Commons Library there are 6,116 villages and small communities in the UK just like Ipswitch which are desperate for some attention and investment.
But these towns and villages are not just numbers, they are not just buildings and roads and shops - they are so much more than that, they are people too, and each and every one of those people have complicated and beautiful lives which need protecting.
How do we protect those lives? Well the best way to do that, in the Conservative view, is by uplifting those people through aspiration and opportunity. As a Government, we want to provide people with the tools that they need to live their best life bestie - and the way to do that is through a strong economy and employment opportunities.
If we give people prosperity, they will take care of themselves - it’s not the business of the state to baby people and carry them through every stage of life; we can do so much better than that!
A Conservative Party Government is promising to lift people out of poverty, and give them the opportunities that they need to get on in life and succeed. As our economy spokesperson said in our manifesto, “Managing Britain's finances in a responsible and constructive way, looking to the future as a source for prosperity and success, is the most important decision in ensuring Britain's continued growth.” I couldn't agree more.
Our economy is one of the most important assets of our nation - we are sat at the top of the world's most developed economies after centuries of work and investment - but this has all been put at risk by successive far-left governments who have attempted to dismantle our economy piece by piece.
We are promising to reduce the deficit, and reduce debt as a share of our economy too - we will also deliver an exciting brand new British investment bank, unlock the potential economic productivity for SMEs, implement a brand new Regional Development Fund to improve economic activity in specific regions of the UK, implement a new Green Export Finance to fund sustainable economic growth, and overhaul and simplify the tax system to favour economic growth and business development.
These simple but important measures will revitalise our economy - measures which Britain desperately needs. So if you want prosperity, you have only one choice at this election - and that is with me in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge and the Conservative Party as the party to go into Government!
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2023.04.02 11:05 ghorkyn Hey everyone, new player here looking for a Survival modlist and got the following mods, would you add or remove any of them?

Unofficial Fallout Patch
Mutant Menagerie
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Functional Bridges
Hunkered Down
Sim Settlements: 3 in 1
Faded Glory
Boston Natural Surroundings
Tales from the Commonwealth
Immersive Fallout
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True Storms
Realistic Sound
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2023.04.02 10:41 Byndbr Daylight saving has had its... day.

A forum for the discussion of daylight saving and whether it has any real future. Please join and show the decision makers you support abolition of daylight saving, wherever you are located.
Daylight saving was useful in the war years, and seemed like a good idea when reintroduced for leisure reasons in the latter 20th century. But studies have now shown that the cons outweigh the pros, and it's time for leaders to take note of its overall detrimental effects on the population and its waning popularity.
Here's a summary of the pros and cons.
  1. Longer daylight hours for outdoor activities
  2. Reduced energy consumption and electricity bills as there is less need for lighting and heating
  3. Fewer traffic accidents and improved road safety due to increased visibility
  4. Boosts the economy and sales as people tend to stay out later and spend more
  5. Helps align daily schedules with natural daylight rhythms
  1. Disrupts sleep schedules and can lead to general fatigue and bodily stress
  2. Increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other negative health effects including depression, anxiety, and insomnia
  3. Can impact travel schedules and cause confusion, particularly for international travelers
  4. Can cause problems for farmers and other workers whose jobs are more closely tied to specific daylight hours
  5. It has almost no effect in tropical countries where there is little variation in daylight hours throughout the year.
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2023.04.02 10:20 squidhandss Thoughts on the Subaru Forester?

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2023.04.02 10:13 Sephronar #GEXIX [Cornwall and Devon] There’s something fishy going on, as Sephronar closes his campaign on the North Pier of Newlyn Harbour

#GEXIX [Cornwall and Devon] There’s something fishy going on, as Sephronar closes his campaign on the North Pier of Newlyn Harbour
After an admittedly overly energetic campaign event at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter, Sephronar awoke somehow back down in the Duchy of Cornwall - far south of the Duchy on the south west coast path down on Newlyn green, next to famous and creatively named art gallery, "Newlyn Art Gallery", where thousands of residents were crowded around him curious if he was dead or not. It seems that the people of Devon thought, after being knocked out by Exeter Chiefs rugby team player Gabby Cantorna, that the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for Cornwall and Devon would appreciate being returned to the close vicinity of their next campaign event. How convenient for the plot - but to be fair, the candidate did swim all the way up from Truro to Exeter so he was probably tired and a quick transition from Exeter to Newlyn would have been appreciated.
Coming-to, there were seagulls circling around the candidate like vultures, and there were many thousands of local residents - perhaps almost the whole population of West Cornwall - who were doing the same thing down on the ground, probably wondering what was going to happen next. Their guess was as good as anyone's!
The candidate got up, and began by shaking hands and introducing himself individually to each and every member of the crowd - passing them on a signed copy of the Conservative and Unionist Party manifesto 'The Plan for Tomorrow' - that was bound to get him a few votes. After getting to the last person, the candidate's campaign manager Danny DeVito hobbled out of the crowd and ushered him away, walking along New Road towards the upcoming campaign event. Sephronar was booked to speak to the fishermen at Newlyn Harbour about what the Conservative Party plans to do for them if they are elected into Government at this election, and they were already running late. With news helicopters circling overhead, and what felt like all the press photographers in the South West trailing behind him, Sephronar continued to pass on through the crowd of constituents, handing out 'Sephronar 4 Cornwall and Devon' stickers to them all as well - more votes guaranteed!
As they passed Lewis Fish and Chips on the corner of Chywoone Hill, they took a left down the Stand - passing the Fishermen's Mission where they finally saw a number of impatient looking fishermen begrudgingly applauding as the candidate passed by; he probably shouldn't keep them waiting any longer. They made another left into the Newlyn Pier and Harbour Commissioners' building, where a meet and greet had been arranged with the commissioners and harbour master. Arriving into the building, Sephronar introduced himself to the board, and thanked them for their patience and their time.
"Thank you all so much for having me here today, I am really excited to be here to talk to you about what I can offer to this area - it's pretty clear that there is any election on isn't it, I've just spoken with thousands of people about our manifesto 'The Plan for Tomorrow', and it's clear that there is a real appetite for change, I honestly believe that a tide is turning in British politics - after months of sheltering from the storm, the boats are finally ready to go back out again and brave the seas. But of course I'm not the only candidate out selling myself to this constituency, you've undoubtedly been hassled already by the ruffians in Solidarity for example - but I am here today to tell you more about what sets me apart from those plebs. Let's have a proper look around first though!"
The fishy party exited the commissioners building and into the fish market - England's largest fish market and where over 50 species are regularly landed from handline, trawl, net, ring net and pot vessels - 100 fishermen and 600 vessels land in Newlyn every day, it is a hub of activity and the local economy is thriving, with millions of pounds coming from the market every year.
After this, the group made their way out onto the North Pier of the harbour - there are plans within the harbour board to expand the operation here, and create brand new infrastructure through a breakwater and new availability for deep water trawlers, as well as new processing buildings which would exponentially expand the capacity here and amount of trade done each year; is it that kind of project which is what politics is all about, and the Conservative Party candidate for Cornwall and Devon knew it.
Walking along the pier, the crowds from the green had begun to amass in the harbour car park, and grew restless to hear Sephronar speak - their wish was his command - he climbed on top of the roof of the famous fish market, eager to address the followers:
"Good morning Newlyn! Wasson! It is a pleasure to be here today, and how amazing it is to see so many fishy faces amongst the crowd such as John Dory, and Finn Current - it's great to have you here, thank you for your time and your very visual and astounding support. I know that this comes from a place of desperately wanting to see change, and I am not going to let you down on that; I have heard you, and I am ready to take action for you. I want to give this constituency the best possible prospects - but they are sadly not getting that from this current communist government, and the lacklustre Member of Parliament who you elected at the last election, who quickly abandoned you to sit in the House of Lords! No other candidate in this election has a connection to this constituency, they have all been parachuted in by their parties, what an utter farce - none of them have taken action this term to support you and your needs, but I have as I am sure that you know and I want to talk a bit more about that firstly."
"This term I presented The Cornwall Bill to the House, in the hope that the House of Commons would accept Cornwall's rightful claim to more self-determination - sadly that first attempt did not pass, and it was rejected by a mere three votes, sadly a victim of circumstance and personalities; but I am determined to keep trying, and I am confident that this coming term Cornwall will be given the tools to govern itself because I have made a central promise in our manifesto to do exactly that. The Conservative and Unionist Party recognise that local people know best how to govern themselves, and that is why we are promising to introduce - if we are elected into Government - tools to give local communities the right to self-governance that they have been crying out for; and that includes Cornwall. A Conservative and Unionist Party led by me will introduce legislation to finally create the Cornish Assembly!" [Crowd cheers]
"But I'm conscious that is not why we are all here today at Newlyn Harbour - we are here to talk about fish! More specifically, we are here to talk about trade, and what we can do to increase trade in our country. We have a plan for this in our manifesto 'The Plan for Tomorrow', and as our spokesperson rightly said in the introduction to the section on trade, "there is one thing which is going to guarantee our security and prosperity as a people and as a nation - and that is economic security, economic prosperity, delivered through stronger partnerships with nations around the world; strong trading arrangements" - I could not agree with Peter_Mannion- more on this, and we are fortunate to have them on our team, he has been central to our strategy on increasing trade around the world."
"Firstly, and it is partly why I am here today in Newlyn, our party has a bold plan to boost our trade outputs - and we will do that by implementing a brand new 'Green Shipping and Marine Opportunities' strategy, which will establish a large number of new Freeports around the country which will service development and investment; these freeport opportunities will bring millions to local communities in terms of infrastructure investments and development, and I am very pleased to announce that we have plans to create a Freeport right here in Newlyn! Newlyn has been exploring opportunities for expanding their capacity for some time - and recently there has been a real push for it, so we want to take advantage of that and make their plans a reality through our Freeport strategy - it will make a huge difference to what you all do here, so if that is what you want to see for our community then there is only one party that you should vote for; and that is for me in the Cornwall and Devon constituency as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate! Together we can make a real difference with 'The Plan for Tomorrow'!"
"We are also taking other bold steps to boost our International Trade, and one which I am very pleased of is our plan to merge the two departments of International Development and International Trade - meaning that Trade becomes a central tenant to our strategy to develop nations around the globe. By doing this, we will create a new central hub to focus on investment and trade deals whilst simultaneously boosting other nations around the world and their prosperity. We will finally get people talking to one another - whether that is by our own civil servants in these respective departments as part of one team, or other nations talking with us. Let me be clear - everyone is a possibility, nothing is off of the table. We will bring billions of new investment into our nation, and invest around the world as well for the good of the whole planet."
"We will however take steps to ensure that those nations who are unkind and unjust towards their people do not see these benefits, and take a bold moral stand against the countries which violate peoples' sacred human rights - countries such as North Korea will not be welcome in Britain's International Trade strategy, unless they urgently change their ways."
"Finally, I want to be clear that I have no confidence in the way in which our current Government have conducted themselves this term - and indeed how Governments for the last couple of years have behaved - so we will take action to immediately open talks and renegotiate all of our Trade deals with nations around the world. Britain can do much better, and we in the Conservative Party believe that we have been getting a bad deal - we will change this, and we will multilaterally reach better trading terms with our partners and potential partners, we believe that Britain can do much better than this, and the Conservatives will make that happen."
"Overall, I think that it is pretty clear who is watching out for Britain's best interests at the end of the day - it certainly is not the communist cabal who have just run rampant with Britain's finances for six months and done nothing for our nation - it is us in the Conservatives who have a plan to finally turn things around in your interests. We have five priorities for Britain; Whether that be building a strong economy, reintroducing law and order onto our streets, reinforcing stronger public services, investing in our education system, or building a new approach to our Union - the Conservative and Unionist Party, and our manifesto 'The Plan for Tomorrow' have a strong strategy and are ready for Government, and we want to dedicate ourselves towards serving you, and supporting communities such as this one to thrive. With us in Government, and me as your Member of Parliament in Westminster, you can be assured that your interests will be safe and we will stand up for you."
"Thank you all so much for your time, it is a pleasure to be standing here in this constituency - the constituency that I am proud to call my home - I hope that you will see that I am the right person to represent you after my track record of service to the constituency. You need a strong local representative, and that person is clearly and overwhelmingly me. I will stand guard over your interests, and protect you from the communists who want to tear this Country apart. Thank you so much! Don't forget to vote!"
With that all said, the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate backflipped off of the roof straight into Newlyn Harbour, where he disappeared - never to be seen again... (Until polling day when he was seen desperately carrying pensioners to the polling station.)
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2023.04.02 10:03 Peter_Mannion- #GEXIX [Sussex and East Surrey] Peter_Mannion- goes for a seaside walk in Brighton

Good day, my name is Peter_Mannion- and I am absolutely overjoyed to have the opportunity to kick of my election campaign in style in the fantastic constituency of Sussex and East Surrey, and where better to start it off than the pulsating city of Brighton - a favourite place to holiday of many senior members of the Conservative and Unionist Party for obvious reasons. Brighton was historically a favourite destination for Conservative Party Conference as many of you will know, and it was a great place for Tories from around the Country to come together and support the local economy.
And that is exactly why I am here in Brighton today - to tell you about how the Conservative and Unionist Party are promising to boost the economy if we are elected into Government at this crucial election. We have, naturally, put the economy at the dead centre of our manifesto - right at the top after the introduction - we need to return some economic competence to the United Kingdom, after it being clear that the country is being run by numerically illiterate toddlers who lose tens of billions due to errors. This party, the Conservative Party, will put our focus into building a strong economy though measures such as a new Regional Development Fund to improve economic activity in targeted regions of the UK; we'll re-evaluate our tax system in its entirety; and we'll deliver responsible economic change such as Green Export Finance to fund sustainable economic growth. You can be certain that we will take the economy very seriously.
In this election your choice could not be more clear - either choose to continue down the road of economic incompetence with the lefties, or choose a strong and stable team who will look out for your interests with the Conservatives. So please lend me your vote in this election and vote Conservative!
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2023.04.02 09:58 WWE_Network_Bot This Day in History: 04/02/2023

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2023.04.02 09:43 abhinavbhaskar87 Why has Bihar progressed or developed at such a slow pace ? What are the key drivers for change ?

I grew up in Patna in the 1990’s. When i go back home, things have definitely changed quite a bit I.E., better roads and malls and stuff but you can still not get basic things done professionally. I was trying to get some work done for my parents home and it was a nightmare.
I tried to find research articles and papers on the sorry state of Bihar’s economy but could not find much. Is it because the so-called privileged class of Bihar is too indifferent ? Is it because of the freight equalisation policy that all industries were shut down ? Is it because caste is deeply ingrained in our consciousness ? Was Bihar always a poor state ?
What can be done to improve the situation ? Manufacturing for export does not seem logical as we are very far from a port. Can Bihar become a hub for research and education ? But, can Bihar give intellectual freedom to people to live life they way they want to ?
I have too many questions :) but it will be great to engage with everyone here to understand their perspectives.
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2023.04.02 09:07 -Bonjour-- Corse, je t'aime

We have been to Corsica several times, and there are several ways to travel to Corsica by ferry: We went to Nice, took the afternoon ferry and were in Bastia in the evening. The next time we took the night ferry from Savona and arrived in Bastia the next morning. And we also went to Livorno once, took the early morning ferry and were in Bastia by noon.
From Bastia, we first headed north on a 110 km coastal road with small villages and breathtaking views. First we came to ERBALUNGA with its massive tower on a rock by the sea has a picturesque location. Then we passed Maccinaggio, Cap Corse, Centuri-Port - a small romantic fishing port and center of lobster fishing - and continued via Pino to Nonza.
In NONZA the houses cluster around a rock that rises 160 m from the sea. We walked up to the Tour Pouline - a fortified tower from the 16th century. From there you can see the black beach, which makes a great contrast to the turquoise sea.
After we had explored the north, we drove from Bastia down the whole east coast - we made a stop at Moriani Plage with a beautiful sandy beach - to Porto Vecchio.
PORTO VECCHIO has a fantastic location and has a lively old town: the Genoese fortress from 1539 is situated on a hill. Porto Vecchio is the third largest city of Corsica, besides the flourishing tourism there is still the traditional salt mining and other trades especially in the suburbs. The malaria mosquitoes were wiped out in the 1950s, so that even in this area could be built without further ado. The old town consists of only four longitudinal and ten transverse streets, it is closed to traffic in the summer. At the Place de la République people like to drink their Pastis or Kir in the evening. In the old town there are many restaurants in various price ranges and boutiques partly with typical products of the country.
Many people come to Porto Vecchio for its beautiful beaches. BENEDUTTU PLAGE - a long fine sandy beach with a view of Punta di Chiappa and also of Porto Vecchio. A part of PLAGE CALA ROSSA is occupied by a luxury hotel, therefore the fine beach is accessible only from the western side. PALOMBAGGIA PLAGE with white sand and turquoise calm water - one of the most beautiful beaches of Corsica - is surrounded by red rocks. At ST. GUILIA PLAGE some hotels are settled in the meantime. Thus, the once paradisiacal bay has now become more of a commercial place. But the beach is still wonderfully bright and the water crystal clear. RODINARA PLAGE - a dreamlike round bay - one of the most beautiful of Corsica. Once only a dirt road led to the lagoon. Since a real road was built, this bay is very busy in the season.
From Porto Vecchio we made a tour to COL DE BAVELLA (1218 m high) - an impressive landscape. There are good hiking trails, e.g. to the Cumpudella (Trou de la Bombe), a huge hole in the rock face, where you are rewarded with an incredible view after a scramble. In season, of course, it is very busy there, and the "real" hikers come as early as possible in the morning.
Near the small village of L'Ospedale is the drinking water reservoir BARRAGE DE L'OSPEDALE. From there you can hike up to the 70 m high waterfall Piscia di Gallo - but it is more worthwhile in spring, when there is still enough water.
From Porto Vecchio we went on to BONIVACIO, one of the great attractions in Corsica - despite the many visitors. The upper town, where we stayed, is built on a 60 m high chalk rock plateau and still has a historical structure. We could see all the way to Sardinia from our hotel - it was beautiful weather.
The harbor is at the end of the long, narrow inlet. From there it is best to make a tour on foot. From the fortress walls you have a fantastic view of the city, the coast and the sea and all the way to Sardinia. On the harbor promenade there is a sea aquarium in a natural grotto. The shore road leads to the fishing port and the ferry port,
The upper town is reached through the 16th century Porte de Gênes. From the Jardin des Vestiges one has the most beautiful view over the harbor. It is hard to walk from the lower town to the upper town, because it is quite steep and with many stairs.
The journey continued to the extreme southwest, the land of blood vengeance - still until 1840. SARTÈNE - the "most Corsican of all Corsican towns" - is an interesting old town, which is virtually stuck on a rock. Almost no ray of sunlight reaches the winding narrow streets, and the narrow multi-story houses sometimes have window holes like sinister defense towers. The center of the old town is the Place de la Libération with some restaurants where you can sit outside and enjoy your drink.
From Sartène we drove to PROPRIANO. This place was discovered late by the tourists, there is a nice promenade between the marina and the pier, where it is lively especially in the evening. Propriano is located on the Gulf of Valinco, here the rivers Taravo, Baracci and Rizzanese flow. Right next to the lighthouse is the beautiful beach Plage du Lido.
On a scenic coastal road you drive from Propriano to PUNTO DE CAMPOMARO. Here is still an unspoiled stretch of coast with calm turquoise water and bizarre granite rocks. Above the small village of Campomoro you can see a 16th century watchtower.
AJACCIO is the administrative center and capital of Corse du Sud. The city with its southern flair has a beautiful old town with the citadel and many restaurants and stores. Ajaccio is probably best known as the birthplace of Napoléon, whose statue can be seen at Place Maréchal Foch. In the evening it becomes lively in the alleys of the Genoese old town with many bars and restaurants.
Unfortunately, the citadel can only be visited as part of an organized guided tour. Worth seeing is the church "Notre-Dame-de-la-Miséricorde" with a large dome, where Napoleon I was baptized. There is of course also a Casa Bonaparte. In the new town, you can still find some magnificent houses on the Avenue de Paris or the Cours Grandval, where there are often stores and boutiques.
Northwest of Ajaccio one comes to the POINTE DE LA PATARA. You can easily walk to the Genoese tower from 1608 from the parking lot. From there you have a beautiful view of the Iles Sanguinaires with the lighthouse. From the parking lot you can also make a coastal hike to the north. There are beautiful views of the sea everywhere and you can walk down to the beach at Capo de la Fena to cool off. However, the surf is quite strong.
The view was magnificent on the CHEMIN DES CRÈTES, but it was also very difficult to even find an "entry" to this trail. And besides, the Macchi was partly so dense that you had to be careful not to hurt yourself on the thorny bushes.
Especially in the south of Ajaccio there are beautiful beaches. First of all there is PORTICCIO with its long wide beach. Porticcio is now a large seaside resort with good infrastructure.
Then comes the bay with the long PLAGE D'AGOSTA with a view of the Isolella peninsula. In the next bay there is the fine sandy Plage de Ruppione between rocks with quite high waves.
And then comes my absolute favorite beach with fine light sand and crystal clear water - SOLE E MARE, and I hope that there will not also be larger hotel and apartment buildings there.
A beautiful small lonely sandy bay with calm water can be found at PLAGE DE PORTIGLIOLO. North of Ajaccio are the beaches PlLAGE SCUDO and PLAGE MARINELLO, very popular with the locals because they are not too far from the city.
From Ajaccio you can make an excursion to PORTO POLLO. On the way we went through the mountains, where we "got lost" a few times, because there were no signs, and we could only drive by "feeling". Porto Pollo is located on the Gulf of Valinco and has a fine sandy beach with many picturesque round rocks. In summer, a lot of people come here. At the end of September however many things are already closed or will be closed.
A recommendable tour south of Ajaccio is the ROUTE DES COLS. Over various passes and through the largest eucalyptus forest on the island, you come to the small village of Coti Chiavari, 486 m high, with a pretty little church. From there you also have beautiful views of the mountains to the sea.
On a hiking tour, we headed towards Corte and then to the small village of Cuttoli-Corticchiato, continuing to the idyllically situated hamlet of San Petru at 888 m above sea level. From there we went to the MONTE ARAGNASCU, a somewhat arduous tour in the blazing sun. But we were rewarded with a beautiful view of Ajaccio, the Gulf and the Gravonatal.
In the GRAVONA VALLEY is the village of Bocognano, from where you can also hike well. We came on the poorly signposted "Chemin", whereby we were also surprised by rain.
Interesting was that we were accompanied all the way first by several dogs, then later one remained. When we eventually had enough of the rain and the bad path and walked back, we encountered some wild boars which did not look very "friendly". The dog started barking at them. And indeed, they sought the distance. It looked like the dog was trying to protect us somehow. Down in the village we met the owner of the dog - the older man invited us spontaneously for coffee - and he told us that his dog was often on the way as a "companion" for hikers.
Another hiking tour led us first to the GORGES DE PRUNELLI and to the reservoir Lac de Tolla, which supplies Ajaccio with water. From there we went to the large farming village of Bastelica, the gateway to the high mountains. From here, many hiking trails lead into the mountains and to some waterfalls.
Another excursion we made towards the north over the Col de San Bastiano to the Golf de la Liscia to CARGÈSE. This place with a small harbor is located on the southern slope of a headland. Worth seeing is the Greek church "Eglise greque" from the 19th century with old icons. North of Cargèse are of course again beautiful sandy beaches.
From Ajaccio in the direction of Corte we looked at the CASCADE DU VOILE DE LA MARIÉe, where the water normally plunges 150 m into the depth. It was quite a climb and then, unfortunately, the waterfall didn't even have too much water at the end of September.
Through beautiful pine forests we came towards Corte past the famous PONT DU VECCHIU, built in 1927 by Gustave Eiffel. Until 1999 this was the only connection across the gorge, but now there is a modern bridge.
CORTE has the only university in Corsica with about 4000 students. The old town, rich in tradition, is situated below a rock with an old fortress built in the 11th century. In 1962-83 this fortress was used by the Foreign Legion. From the Belvedère viewpoint near the citadel, there is a beautiful view of the mountains and the surroundings of Corte.
Also worth seeing is Fontaine des Quatre-Canons, a colossal fountain that served as a water supply for the upper town in times of siege. On Cours Paoli you can find restaurants, bakeries and many other stores. On the Cours Patrimonial, there are some arts and crafts stores. The 17th century church Eglise de l'Annonciation is one of the oldest buildings in Corte.
From Corte we drove along a narrow road through a beautiful mountain landscape to the RESTONICA VALLEY, a nature reserve with many Corte pine trees. By car, you can drive to the parking lot at the Bergerie de Grotelle. The ascent to Lake Melo was quite difficult, you had to climb over many large stones, sometimes you didn't know at all how to continue and had to climb back, and so on. After about 2 hours we had made it and were at the Melo mountain lake. After a 30-minute rest in the sun, we then needed for the descent again 2 hours. Because with one of my trekking shoes the sole loosened, and I had to hold them together in a makeshift way with the shoelace...
From Corte we went first through the NIOLA VALLEY with numerous hiking trails. For a long time this area was only accessible by mule trails. Here wild boars ran across our path. You can see them especially in autumn when the chestnuts fall from the trees.
The large village of EVISA is located in the middle of chestnut forests and is a popular destination. Here begins (or ends) the hiking trail through the wild gorge of Spelunca. Through a beautiful mountain landscape and a 14 km long granite gorge we came to the GORGE DE SPELUNCA, an impressive gorge where you can hike very well - either from Evisa or from Ota.
In the small very popular town of PORTO at the mouth of the Porto River, we had a beautiful view of the Genoese Tower, the Gulf and the mountains from our hotel. The angular Genoese Tower on a headland is the landmark of Porto.
From Porto we drove to the CALANCHES DE PIANA, which start 8 km behind Porto. The granite rocks here are eroded by wind and water into the most bizarre shapes. The colors vary depending on the time of day, in the evening for example bright red. From the old mule trail - Sentier Muletier - you have great views of the rock world. There are also other trails - e.g. La Corniche.
Then we drove to PIANA, perched on a 434 m cliff, which can call itself "un des plus beaux villages de France". The only sandy beach in the area is the Plage d'Arone in a beautiful crescent shaped bay with only a few people.
From Porto, the best way to get to CALVI is to take the coastal road, which is very winding but takes you through some beautiful scenery on the Gulf of Porto. From our accommodation in Calvi we had a great view of the fortress and the Gulf of Calvi.
Calvi, the pearl of the north, is a well known and popular vacation center. Very nice are the lively alleys in the lower town and the harbor quays. In the alleys of the lower town and the harbor quay you can stroll nicely and also find restaurants and stores. The church "Sainte Marie Majeure" with a polygonal ground plan is striking. The first Christian chapel on this place was built already in the 4th century, subsequent churches were destroyed several times. The present church was built in 1774. Outside the town on the Gulf of Calvi there is a long narrow sandy beach, the water here gets deeper only slowly - ideal for small children.
The citadel "Bastion Spinchone" is the landmark of the city, you can walk around it on a ring of walls and have beautiful views of the city and the sea. The citadel was built on Roman foundations and is the oldest fortified building in Calvi.
Worth seeing is the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste in the center of the citadel. Originally built in the 13th century, the church was largely destroyed by the explosion of a powder tower in 1567 and subsequently rebuilt in the Baroque style.
A beautiful beach near Calvi is the Plage d'Argentella, about 1 km long, in the bay of Crovani. You can get to the peninsula on a dirt road. You can make a nice but strenuous hike there. From a parking bay you have a beautiful view of the peninsula.
A nicely situated and rather quiet place is l'ILE-ROUSSEL with a small harbor and the Genoese tower and lighthouse on the peninsula "La Pietra". The village owes its name to this offshore island, which has now been turned into a peninsula by a dam and turns red at sunset.
L'Ile Rousse was laid out in 1765 in a rectangular street pattern around the harbor and is said to have the mildest winter climate in Corsica. In the alleys of the old town of L'Ile-Rousse there are several small shops selling souvenirs, jewelry, clothing, wine, etc. In the Marché Couvert there is a market in the morning. In the surroundings of Ile-Rousse there are many light sandy beaches.
Between Calvi and L'Ile-Rousse in the small village of Algajola there is a very beautiful wide and 1.5 km long beach - PLAGE D'AREGNO. In high summer, the beach is apparently very crowded. When we were there in mid-September, we had the beach to ourselves.
SAINT FLORENT is located in the north of Corsica on the wide bay of the same name - in winter an idyllic fishing village. Since the place is very popular, the population increases tenfold in the summer. A point of attraction for tourists is the large marina. In the center you can find bars, restaurants and many souvenir stores. St. Florent is also called "St. Tropez of the island" because of its special flair. On a panoramic road above Saint Florent one has again and again beautiful views of mountains and sea.
On the way to Bastia you can make a detour to the local mountain of Bastia - the 960 m high SERRA DI PIGNO. On a clear day you have a good panoramic view over both sides of Cap Corse .
BASTIA is the most important port for ferries from the French and Italian mainland and also for freight traffic. Bastia is the biggest commercial and economic center of Corsica with an industrial zone. But Bastia is also a busy center of Corsican everyday life. The Place Saint Nicolas with plane trees and palm trees is 300 meters long and 90 meters wide, making it one of the largest squares in France. The beach Plage Arinella, located south of the city, is very wide and long, but unfortunately not very attractive.
The heart of Bastia's Terra Vecchia district is the horseshoe-shaped Vieux Port with the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste in the background. Walking north through the narrow streets, you come to the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, where a market is held on weekends.
Around the dock there are many restaurants in all price ranges. When we are in Bastia, we always have our aperitif at a bistro where we have a nice view of the small harbor and the church.
The citadel was built by Genoese in 1380. There are the magnificently renovated Governor's Palace, the Cathedral of Sainte-Marie-de l'Assomption - a Genoese Baroque building erected in 1604-1619 - and the small chapel Oratoire de la ConfrIère de la Sainte-Croix, where you can see a cross made of black ebony in a side chapel.
The palace was the seat of the Genoese governors between the 15th and 18th centuries, today it houses the Ethnographic Museum.
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2023.04.02 09:03 Righteous_Fury224 Sympathy for a Succubus - Meridiana’s Story. Part 6

Ahh, dear reader, hello there! So lovely to see you once more... well figuratively speaking that is… or is it?
After all, I am exceedingly well versed in The Arts. Maybe I am watching you at this very moment, with Clairvoyance or perhaps a Scrying Spell or maybe an enchanted object like the good old fashioned Crystal Ball? The Magus has one you know…
Just teasing… or am I? …teeheehee…
Anyway, this latest instalment comes to you courtesy via a Voice to Text application my Magus recently acquired for me, as he said listening to me speak aloud while typing is too distracting for him. I find that interesting considering his immense mental discipline yet understandable at the same time. After all, extoling ones inner monolog to an uncaring audience would be tedious to experience. Hmm… I’ve just thought of a new torture for the souls of the dammed, specifically for writers who think they are better than everyone around them. How ingenious of me!
In any case, I would prefer to distract him in other ways, mark you.
I also must say what wonderfully inventive creatures you humans are! An application of mathematical code, the base language of reality. It is very much like a spell in its function and nature I would say, that it allows my phone, yes the Magus got me one, to record all I say and transcribes it into neatly typed words on its electronic pages. It’s like having a monk-scribe in your pocket! Unquestionably wonderful!
So as I relax in my fabulously hot, luxurious scented, oiled bubble bath, I can easily regale you with further tales of the adventures I have had thus far on this wonderous blue and brown spherical rock that is third in line from our star. And I do not have to type with two fingers either, which is a massive bonus let me tell you!
If memory serves… ahh yes, we had just returned to the car where I saw a sign of my Magus’s humour on display in the form of his licence plate.
I do have to admit dear reader, I was indeed highly amused. He knows he’s going to hell, he just insists that it be on his terms! I love it! Such confidence, such audacious willpower.
That is exceedingly… stimulating for Succubi.
Ok dammit, it makes me tremendously horny, and I’m not talking about the ones on my head either you know! We are incredibly lusty beings, us Succubi, after all.
I was already in a highly ‘excited’ state when we got to the car, so much so that I had to use my Cell Adjustment Psionic discipline to tremendously dull down my inflamed senses as I did not wish to leave the tell-tale mark of my inflamed passion on the lower back portion of my new dress and also not on the car-seat when I sat back down in the vehicle.
After a few moments, which caused the Magus to glance up at me with a slightly puzzled expression, of standing outside the car (he had no idea nor cared… hmmph!) I opened the door and folded myself back inside the vehicle and resumed my seat. I later learned that I could have mostly avoided this… embarrassment… by actually wearing what you call absorbent lined underwear! I wasn’t wearing panties at the time as I was totally unaware of their existence. I do so now as its much more comfortable in lots of ways and in addition, stops the shiver when an errant chill wind blows unexpectedly up your gusset!
Moving on…
Getting into the car, the Magus paused until I had done up my seatbelt before starting the engine, waiting for another car to pass us by before safely pulling out and sedately driving off. I later learned that we could have gone screaming down the road in a cloud of burning rubber if the Magus was of a mind to. I would have if given the opportunity! Something to look forward to dear reader.
Instead, we drifted slowly through the placidly moving traffic as I watched the sun descend below the horizon of the ocean. I had only been back here on Earth for a few hours but every second was total bliss. I do not think that most of you humans realize how good you have it here. Even those who do not reside in the more developed and advanced nations, being on Earth is special.
There are infinity more worse places you can be, let me assure you of that.
We drove back mostly the way we had travelled to this particular beach. This time though it was much later in the day, heading in the opposite direction, I became aware of many more things that had escaped my attention earlier on.
We passed by denser zones and clusters of buildings where I could see various shops, food outlets, restaurants and varying vendors, all brightly lit up now as the daylight was fading. I saw incredibly tall metal poles with blazing, glowing lights illuminating the surrounds with a warm yellowy orange glow making it still easy to see. Electric lighting will never cease to amaze me. Yes dear reader, I can experience a sense of wonder and joy at simple things, even beyond the act of slaughter and soul draining. Would it astonish you that I like flowers? Such strange lifeforms that had developed aromas they use as a method of propagation. Delightful.
Anyway… we shortly crested the hill that we had previous ascended westwards earlier on the way to the beach and then I saw it!
I was awestruck once again.
Towering edifices, glittering, shining buildings monstrously higher than Hagia Sophia was, the most immense human made structure in the world when I was last in it. These glistening towers of glass, metal and stone made that church look like a feeble children’s toy. I could see over a dozen of these buildings of varying size, clustered together in less than a square mile.
The Magus glanced to his left and saw me gaping at them.
“They’re called Sky Scrapers Meridiana. They’re generally office buildings, places of business where people daily work in their wage-slave jobs then go home at night. The buildings are left vacant but light up at night as you can clearly see.”
I turned and gawped at him.
“They’re empty at night?”
I could not comprehend why such space, that had amazing views, would be left empty of an evening?
“Yep. Well most of them are. There will be some that still have people in them, conducting various types of business overnight because its what they do for a living.”
“What do they do?” I asked in a murmur as I turned back to see the vista be obscured by a large set of commercial and residential buildings that we were currently passing.
The Magus shrugged.
“They’ll be doing all sorts of things, financial trading, working back late to do their jobs… various affairs of commerce and such. It’s not that important really Meridiana. I’ll take you into the city another day when we have time for you to be a tourist. Now, if I may, I want to know more about your Telekinesis. I got an idea of how much you can lift, probably over 1400 kilograms at least if my guess as to how much a warhorse in armour with a rider would weigh… maybe more? Probably more but we’ll test that later. Anyway, it’s your fine control skills I’m interested in.”
I turned back to the Magus who was looking ahead, driving us through the busy traffic that had become a factor. I later learned that it was a time of day called ‘rush hour’.
“I am capable of very delicate manipulation with my Telekinesis, especially in regards to the erotic arts,” I said to him with a husky, low, salacious purr.
“That’s cute but I really want to know if you could snatch out of the air and control a very small, fast moving bouncing ball, say the size of your thumbnail?” he asked in an offhand manner as he slowed down due to the traffic which was banking up in front of us.
I inwardly sighed once more. Such a challenge he was!
“Yes I can but why?”
He briefly turned to me and broadly grinned before returning his attention to driving.
“There’s a game that we will ‘play’ after dinner. It is called Roulette. The game features a spinning wheel with thirty seven little slots. Into the spinning wheel a little white ball is spun in and circles around, eventually slowing and bouncing into once of the numbered slots. The slots are alternately coloured red or black and all are numbered from 00 to 36. You can bet where the ball will land, either in red or black and specifically in a numbered slot. If the ball lands in a slot you bet on, you get a payout of thirty seven to one. Ever dollar you bet wins you 37 back. You can also just bet on which colour the ball will land in giving you your money back plus it’s value as a reward. Bet $100, you get your $100 back plus another $100.”
“Dollar... that’s money right?” I said as the implications slowly dawned on me. You could make a fortune from this!
“Yes Meridiana. Dollars are what we use as currency these days. Gold is still used but not in the way you were used to. It’s still valuable as are other precious metals but that’s going to take a long explanation which is a distraction for now. So, do you think you could perhaps catch the bouncing ball with your power, directing it into the number we bet on?”
I thought about it for a few moments.
“I will have to see how the ball moves but I think I could, yes.”
“Excellent. You stand to make us a lot of money tonight. There are other games like card games, slot machines which I’m uncertain that your powers would be able to mess with. Roulette is our hunting ground. We must be careful though.”
I was surprised by his tone of caution. We were power incarnate! What could possibly touch us?
“Casinos hate losing money. Roulette is going to be the hardest one they can prove that we’re cheating on if you use your Telekinesis. We will be closely watched the entire time we are in the casino. There are devices called cameras, similar to Crystal Balls, that observe everything they see, relaying the images back to people in other rooms whose task it is to spot potential cheaters in the casino. They also have people walking the floor, disguised as ordinary folk, always watching everyone else. And I want to avoid the eyes of any infernal beings who may be in the casino.”
“Ahh… I see… a healthy paranoia then, for them and us hmm?”
He nodded once, emphatically.
If you have a fortune, you need to protect it, especially from people like me. His caution in regards to our identity was also most prudent and he was correct that there was a possibility that there may be others of my ilk lurking in the shadows, walking in human form as we often do.
I have to confess dear reader, that I am a master thief as well as an expert assassin, in addition to being an accomplished warrior although I rarely fight in hand to hand combat, preferring seduction, subterfuge and skulduggery as my main methods of killing. Yet still, I can fight and kill extremely proficiently with many weapons, being skilled at one of the highest levels of melee combat, the use of weapons and ways of fighting with them. I’ve been around a while you know? You pick up on things like that if you wish to live as long as I have.
Besides… stabby, stabby, stabby, bash, slash and smite can be loads of fun when you’re doing the stabbing and bashing with a well-balanced blade or mace in your hands. But I digress…
“You have it Meridiana. Yes the casinos’ management are extremely paranoid. We will have to alter our appearance as well before we enter the casino. I shall use a minor low level spell while you can take a new face. We will do so after dinner.”
I nodded then a thought came to me. I asked,
“You said we were going to something called a buffet? I know what the word means as my abilities allow me to understand any spoken language, much like the enchantment known as Tongues. Yet I’m finding it hard to match the word with the concept.”
The Magus raised an eyebrow in interest at this revelation.
“Oh right. Just because you know a word doesn’t mean you automatically understanding it conceptually and in context either. Good to know. Well, a buffet is an enormous array of various foods, hot and cold, sweet to savoury, where you merely help yourself and consume as much as you wish. You pay for the privilege of course.”
“Truly? How much will this cost you?” I inquired wide eyed.
I noticed that we had moved through the traffic and had turned down a descending road and were now going into a massive concrete tunnel along with hundreds of other cars, all slowly moving in the same direction. It was quite honestly astounding that everyone was not smashing into one another. All the drivers were…well mostly were, attentive to their immediate surrounds and situation as we gradually merged our car into the main lane of traffic which was making its way under the earth via the huge yawning tunnel ahead.
Such staggering feats of engineering and construction which would have made the Emperor Justinian weep copious, bitter tears of pure envy. Oh how I wished I could make him see this and realise his idiotic boast was pointless when he finished Hagia Sophia. He bragged that he had surpassed Solomon himself with his church. He had but it wasn’t worth it. Justinian nearly bankrupted the Eastern Roman Empire, all for a useless church and his own vanity.
Still, I shouldn’t care, his hubris ended up sending him to hell anyway so... yay! His actions also exacerbated the effects of the famine and plague that swept the through the empire and western Europe in the year 535 with his stupid desire to re-unify the Roman empire under his rule. You will be pleased to know dear reader, that he is burning in eternal torment for his multitude of sins so it is all good. My thoughts of deceased, vainglorious emperors and their fate were interrupted as the Magus spoke again,
“Hmm? … it should set us back about $80 each I’d should say? A small price to pay in all honesty when you see what is on offer. Drinks will be on top of that price, unless you just have plain water but tonight Meridiana, I shall introduce you to Champagne, one of humanities greatest achievements.”
This was enticing to hear!
“If you say so Magus. I completely believe you as you will not be lying to me,” I said, nodding and trying to think about Champagne.
So many new concepts were entering my mind, it was hard to keep my mind and thoughts in order. I understood that Champagne was a special type of wine, one which had a fizz embodied within it, making it highly regarded but that’s all I could deduce for now.
Also… I had a thought: the Magus could and would never lie to me. The feeling I had earlier, in being able to trust everything he said to me because of the oath he gave to me, was an unfettering sensation.
All my existence I have dealt with bare faced lairs, deceivers, misshapers of the truth who twisted words to suit their own selfish ends. With the Magus, all I had to be concerned with was his agenda, which actually had my interests aligned with his own. Truly remarkable.
I needed that champagne now!
We emerged from the tunnel, traveling with the traffic over wide dark river, again on another immense concrete bridge this time. There was a gigantic colosseum off to our right, all lit up with multiple coloured lights that ran around the circumference of the structure. It was like as though it was enveloped in a rainbow. Frankly, it was amazing to behold.
Beyond that, I could see many more large towers and structures, lining the sides of the vast road we were hurtling along now. The Magus had increased our speed as traffic had thinned out. Never in my life had I moved so fast, well unless I was using a Haste spell to briefly increase my physical speed, which I use in combat if necessary.
I barely had the sense we were travelling in the car at roughly 80kph. Such an odd experience to have for the first time. There was no rushing of wind, no press of air on my face, just comfort and air-conditioning. Marvellous!
After a few minutes later I saw our destination.
Again I was nearly stupefied by the gigantic structure. Multiple massive buildings, all surrounded by lush green, well-manicured and maintained gardens made my jaw go slack with disbelief.
“That’s Crown Casino, Towers and hotel Meridiana. I can see you are impressed. Let me just say that if you think this is amazing, wait until we go to Las Vegas…” he said as he turned the car into the driveway of the complex.
“There’s even more impressive structures than this?”
My mind boggled dear reader. It was almost too much to take in.
“Yep. My city is a small one compared to others around the globe. We will travel to them, in due course. I know you can use your powers of Dimensional Walking, moving through other planes of reality and appearing on a different part of the planet. However, there will be times when we will need to travel together conventionally. Perhaps one day, if I learn the right spells, we will be able to avoid having to fly in an aeroplane and by-pass the utter tediousness of baggage check-ins, airport security and so on…” he muttered darkly.
“HUMANS CAN FLY!?!” I said in a loud strangled astonished voice.
The Magus chuckled with genuine amusement.
“Think back Meridiana. I said humanity has been to the moon and back. I said we can travel safely and comfortably in a machine, called an aircraft, across the planet. Some ‘planes are huge while others are not much bigger than the car. Oh, that reminds me, we will have to construct an identity for you. We will begin that process tomorrow. You are going to need a passport soon enough,” he said as he found a relatively unoccupied parking area west of the massive structures.
He saw my puzzled expression and mistook it for wondering why we had parked here.
“It’s free to park here and there are hardly any security cameras in the vicinity.”
I nodded dumbly.
“But of course Magus…”
He saw my expression as he switched off the engine. A tiny look of… sympathy appeared on his face. He spoke to me in a soft, calm, soothing tone,
“Take a breath Meridiana. Close your eyes and focus upon the stillness within the vehicle. You are safe here with me. Nothing will harm us. Just breathe and relax, let each breath calm you. With every breath you are at peace within yourself and the world around you.”
I did as he said and instantly sensed my whirling mind begin to centre itself, become still.
I may be an ancient and powerful demon dear reader, however I have been imprisoned for nigh on a thousand years and now have been released into a world that I was unable to recognise at all.
The Magus later told me I was suffering from a psychological malady called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Yes dear reader, even us demons can get mentally fucked up. I mean, compared to the average human, we’re all demented, tormented psychopaths which explains a lot about ourselves but still… even a psychopath can suffer from mental trauma. Demons can go insane.
I breathed rhythmically, each exhaling breath calming me. With one final exhalation, I opened my eyes, turned to my Magus and softly smiled at him.
“Thank you,” was all I said. I meant it.
He nodded briefly, his intensely burning eyes boring into mine, deeply searching, looking for signs of any madness that may still be lingering within. Well, there’s always the hunger for sex and mayhem, but that’s natural for me.
“Come on, you look fine now, let’s go,” he said as he got out of the car.
I followed his example, releasing my seat belt and stepping out of the car. Closing the car door behind me, walked over to the Magus then I threaded my right arm around his left as we walked off like a normal couple, casually strolling through the car park towards the casino and hotel.
I could hear the noise of all the adjacent traffic all still travelling busily along the massive road that went past the enormous complex. There was the calls of various birds I’d never heard before, the waft of scented flowering plants and the heavy aroma of moisture in the air from the nearby river. I closed my eyes for a second just to let it all wash over me as I sedately walked along with my Magus.
Soon we came to the entrance. Huge dark glass doors magically opened for us upon our arrival. To my right I could see various coloured signage, advertising the types of ‘fast food’ eateries that people could choose to dine at. They were all brightly lit and mostly clean.
It was at that moment I saw my first wretch.
A dishevelled, unkempt, shabby man sat listless outside the fast food eateries upon the low stone wall that contained a small, well-kept garden. He looked up at us as we approached, his eyes full of misery and despair.
“Got any spare change?”
“Sorry mate, no one carries cash anymore,” lied my Magus to him with a conciliatory voice, a sad but brief compassionate smile appeared briefly on his face.
The wretched man’s face became even more resigned. He nodded back in understanding, returning his fallen face back to morosely contemplating the ground at his feet.
We kept walking, leaving the broken man behind us.
I was about to congratulate the Magus in his treatment of the beggar when I had to stop as I was confronted by an incredible sight.
Before us, in the huge well-lit lobby of the building, was a huge pair of MOVING METAL STAIRCASES!
One staircase ascended while another came down from the landing some 50 feet above us. On either side were normal, marble clad stairs that some people were using. Yet many other people were on the moving metal stairs, all just taking the experience of being raised or lowered completely for granted.
“It’s just an escalator Meridiana. A simple machine that makes life a little more comfortable. Take it, go for a ride. I’m taking the stairs as I need the incidental exercise,” he said to me as he pried my clutching hands from his arm. I had been unconsciously gripping him tightly in my amazement at seeing such a machine.
The Magus walked off to the left, climbing the steps briskly while I gingerly walked forwards, watching the metal stairs endless appear and ascend upwards. The hand rail also moved in synchronicity with the metal stairs. I observed as a pair of young women, chatting intently to each other, walked past me and up to stand upon a metal stair which was part of dozens of metal stairs it seemed. I saw them be lifted by the moving stairs, rising above and away from me.
Summoning my courage, I stepped forwards onto a moving stair, wobbled slightly as I was not used to the speed which it moved, making me grab the moving banister tightly to steady myself as I rode my way upwards. I let out a small laugh as it was such a novel experience. The young women in front of me turned around at my laugh, raising their eyebrows at me as well as actually truly seeing me for the first time. Their smiles faded as I grinned back at them.
The young women could see my infinitely superior beauty on full display. They looked hesitant, now uncertain of themselves as they mistakenly believed themselves to be beautiful. They were, passible, not ugly but not worthy of a harem to be perfectly honest. I later learned dear reader that many foolish young women, especially in what you call the western world, regard themselves as queens, rating themselves ten out of ten on a scale of dazzling good looks. These sad women are delusional. I mean, if they were that beautiful, why weren’t their faces on the covers of the glossy magazines I see in various ‘supermarket’ check outs? No matter, vanity and hubris are all ways to damnation and misery. So many people sending themselves to eternal torment simply because they were raised by idiotic parents who never properly taught their children the need for humility. It’s all win-win for the pits you know…
My Magus met me at the top of the stairs, holding out his hand to me and then leading me through the vast interior of the complex.
“That’s the casino,” he indicated to our right.
Looking, I could see dozens of people making their way inside into the brightly lit and noisy interior of the casino. I caught the whiff of desperation, despair, avarice, lust, elation and a strong aroma of human urine. I wrinkled my nose in disgust. Yes, even I have some standards dear reader.
“Magus, why does it reek of piss?” I asked as we strolled by and proceeded into the most immense, glass covered atrium I have ever seen.
“Oh, you can smell that?” He looked intrigued.
I nodded with a mild look of disgust.
“Hah… interesting. Well… some gamblers get stuck on a poker machine. They sit there for hours, desperately hoping that the machine they are playing on will pay out. The poor fools stupidly believe that if they play at the machine long enough, they’ll win big. So they stay seated, ignoring the need to relieve their bodily urges, to the extent that they prefer to piss themselves rather than abandon the machine that is draining away their money. The poor fools are incapable of understanding that the machine is designed to rarely pay out. Every time they play, it has a simple algorithm that calculates the chance of a payout. Most machines will payout a small amount of money occasionally, thus keeping the gambler hooked in the mistaken belief that the big one is just around the corner. It rarely, if ever, is.”
I stopped, stunned at what I just heard. The Magus stopped and looked at me with a raised eyebrow.
“That’s… diabolically genius!” I stuttered as I considered the fiendish brilliance of the whole concept.
Someone had made hell on earth not only possible but also could make a fortune from it as well as breaking people’s souls and spirits in the process! The concept of dangling hope in front of a damned soul, then snatching it away was one of the oldest known tortures of hell. This was a magnificent, a culmination of the perfection of thousands upon thousands of years of the torture, all neatly packaged in a fairly simple machine designed to beggar it’s user and turn them into slaves to it. Gobsmacking was the only word I could think off that fully encapsulated the way I felt at that moment.
“Yes it is, isn’t it? I have always suspected that those machines were most likely invented by a demon. It makes perfect sense,” he said as he shrugged, then tilted his head, indicating we should proceed onwards.
I noddled dumbly as again, I had been totally overwhelmed by the latest piece of information the Magus informed of. I barely registered the hundreds of people all wandering around the massive lobby of the hotel atrium. Many were dressed finely while others, mostly men, were dressed casually. My Magus was one of them, still wearing his novelty T-shirt and hemp pants. They were clean though and his shoes, a brand known as Babuuk, made him look somehow better dressed then the other men who were similarly attired. Maybe it was just his subtle aurora of power, his sheer confidence and his towering Will that made him stand out from the mouth breathers all around us? I guess it was.
We arrived at the entrance of the restaurant and the Magus was greeted by a short Asian woman, dressed neatly in the hotels livery.
I started to realise that there were people from so many different races of humanity all around us. I had come from a time where only what was left of the Eastern Roman Empire was this diverse, and even then it was but a shadow of the heyday of the full glory that was Rome. Here were people from almost all the lands of earth, all happily co-mingling, getting on with having dinner with family and friends. Very surprising indeed.
The Asian woman at the reception counter spoke to us with a friendly smile,
“Good evening sir, madam. A table for two for you then?” she asked politely, her voice tinged with a broad accent I had not heard before. She spoke English yet I could tell that wasn’t her first language.
“Yes please,” politely replied the Magus.
This was something I did not expect. Despite his and my obvious power, he was respectful and even kind to the servants. All of them. He didn’t condescend nor sneer down at the servants of the hotel. It is still something I have difficulty reconciling. I said nothing, just observed. Oh, he has since instructed me not to call them servants, they are members of staff and will be treated with respect until they show they do not deserve it, then they are fair game. I can live with that.
“Table seventy one is ready for you both, have a lovely evening.”
She actually meant it! I could see it in her eyes, she was truly enjoying her task. She was smiling and joking with her fellow staff members, politely greeting the next people behind us with her cheerful friendly demeanour.
In my prior experiences, servants and slaves were a miserable lot but then again, that was understandable. They had no choice as to their circumstances. They had to obey lest they suffer harsh punishment.
As we proceeded into the large dining room, with over a hundred tables of varying sizes, I could see off to my left where the food was.
I stopped again and stared dear reader.
I have been to banquets with Emperors and Kings, Popes and Princes, all sumptuous feasts but nothing was like what I saw before me. Dozens upon dozens of people had plates in their hands, all calmly wandering around the incredible cornucopia of varieties of food that were on display, all brightly lit up for them to simply help themselves to as much as their plate could hold.
Roasted meats, all neatly carved by expert chefs, freshly shucked oysters all seated in enormous silver ice-filled serving bowls, trays upon trays of cooked vegetables of kinds I had never seen before and… a dazzling array of sweet desserts and treats that made me almost go weak at the knees at the very sight of them.
“Come on Meridiana, you’re starting to drool,” whispered the Magus gently into my ear as he dabbed my wet lips with a soft piece of paper that he withdrew from his pants pockets.
Once again I nodded dumbly as I allowed him to escort me to our table. He even seated me, pushing me and my chair in one I had sat down. After he had taken his seat, a young man, quite a handsome one from the Indus I believed?... came over to us, again dressed in the livery of the hotel.
“Good evening, sir, madam. Would you care for something to drink?” he inquired ever so politely.
“And good evening to you sir. Yes indeed, may we please have a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, two glasses and a bottle of San Pellegrino sparkling water?” he asked with a real smile to the servant… no member of staff.
“Of course sir, I shall get that for you immediately,” replied the waiter with a pleased smile at being spoken to so politely.
“Thank you,” said the Magus then he turned to me and asked,
“Do you need a moment Meridiana? I understand this might trigger you again…”
I shook my head.
“No. It is overwhelming… but in a good way Magus. I have to ask, how can a place like this provide so many people with so much food? Even in the height of the Empire, there were magnificent feasts to be sure but… you say this happens everyday, that this is just a Tuesday and not a busy night?”
He nodded.
“This is the age of abundance Meridiana. Many of us, who live in what is known as The West, have dwelt in an age of such wealth and richness that almost all here never think on their incredible luck and privilege to live in such times. They do not know that it will come to an end. Maybe that is a small mercy. All golden ages end as you well know. So I say, let them dwell in ignorant bliss for now. We can enjoy it while it lasts.”
“Huh? Why do you believe that your golden age will end Magus?”
“It’s a long explanation and one I do not wish to go into detail here and now Meridiana but later, I will share my thoughts with you on this. Ahh, here comes our champagne.”
The waiter and another staff member had returned, with one carrying two bottles while the other had a metal bucket partially filled with ice. The waiter from the Indus placed both bottles on our table, displayed the label to the Magus who briefly nodded. Then, the waiter removed the cork from the bottle with an adroit twist of his wrist. It made a pleasing pop and I could see a little haze of cold… smoke? lightly emanate from the neck of the bottle. He poured the brightly bubbling and fizzing wine into both our glasses, carefully making sure the foam did not overflow them. He was very good at his task.
“Thank you good sir,” said my Magus to the waiter who beamed back at him with a happy smile. He placed the bottle into the bucket of ice and withdrew, leaving us alone, amidst the crowed dinning room.
The Magus took up his glass, holding it in front of him. I mirrored him.
“Here’s to a good dinner with interesting company and later, ripping the shit out of a casino Meridiana.” He pushed his glass gently forwards, lightly clinking it against mine. I wasn’t familiar at the time with that form of salute and toast but went with it anyway, after all… when in Rome as they used to say.
“That sounds… delightful Magus. I am eager for it all.”
I then took a sip of my champagne and was transported into a realm of heavenly bliss.
It was exquisite.
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2023.04.02 08:16 InVeryHarsh Alternate Timeline: Presidency of Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower(1949-1953)

Alternate Timeline: Presidency of Dwight D.
Summary of Timeline: Lincoln and Johnson were both assassinated and President Pro Tempore of the Senate Lafayette S. Foster has become president, but a election is being held in Nov 1865
17th Lafayette S. Foster(Republican, 1865-1866)
18th Ulysses S. Grant(Republican, 1866-1873)
19th James G. Blaine(Republican, 1873-1877)
20th Rutherford B. Hayes(Republican, 1877-1881)
21st Ulysses S. Grant(Republican, 1881-1885)
22nd James Garfield(Republican, 1885-1889)
23rd Robert Todd Lincoln(Republican, 1889-1997)
24th William McKinley(Republican, 1897-1902)
25th Theodore Roosevelt(Republican, 1902-1913)
26th William Howard Taft(Republican, 1913-1917)
27th Thomas R. Marshall(Democrat, 1917-1921)
28th Leonard Wood(Republican, 1921-1925)
29th Robert M. La Follette(Republican, 1925-1927)
30th Charles Evans Hughes(Republican, 1927-1933)
31st Franklin D. Roosevelt(Democrat, 1933-1945)
32nd Harry S. Truman(Democrat, 1945-1945)
33rd Huey P. Long(Longist, 1945-1949)
34th Dwight D. Eisenhower(Republican, 1949-1953)

Vice Presidents:
17th Schuyler Colfax(1866-1869)
18th Henry Wilson(1869-1873)
19th Schuyler Colfax(1873-1877)
20th Wiliam Wheeler(1877-1881)
21st Henry W. Blair(1881-1885)
22nd Chester Arthur(1885-1893)
23rd Blanche K. Bruce(1893-1897)
24th Garret Hobart(1897-1899)
25th Theodore Roosevelt(1901-1902)
26th Charles Fairbanks(1905-1909)
27th William Howard Taft(1909-1913)
28th Charles Fairbanks(1913-1917)
29th George E. Chamberlain(1917-1921)
30th Charles Evans Hughes(1921-1927)
31st Herbert Hoover(1929-1933)
32nd John Garner(1933-1941)
33rd Henry Wallace(1941-1945)
33rd Harry S. Truman(1945-1949)
34th Harold Stassen(1949-1953)

Vice President: Harold Stassen(1949-1953)
Secretary of State: Wendell Willkie(1949-1953)
Secretary of the Treasury: George M. Humphrey(1949-1953)
Secretary of Defense: George C. Marshall(1949-1953)
Attorney General: Robert F. Wagner(1949-1953)
Postmaster General: Jesse Donaldson(1949-1953)
Secretary of the Navy: Harry S. Truman(1949-1953)
Secretary of the Interior: Arthur Vandenburg(1949-1953)
Secretary of Agriculture: Henry Wallace(1949-1953)
Secretary of Commerce: Charles W. Sawyer(1949-1953)
Secretary of Labor: Eleanor Roosevelt(1949-1953)

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

General Eisenhower had done it! He had become the President of the United States, beating the Kingfish. It was not without its controversy however, as the Democrats and Republicans made a public deal to drop Vice President Truman out of the race to prevent a deadlock which saw anger from Long supporters but none more angrier than President Long himself. President Eisenhower quickly made it a point in his victory speech to emphasize unity after the divisive and controversial election. His speech would end up helping quell tensions and create some goodwill between himself and former President Long who was still very bitter about his loss.

Immediately upon entering office Eisenhower would ask Congress to join the UN to repair ties with Western Europe after President Long refused to join the organization. Initially the Socialist and Longist majority Congress opposed U.S. entry into the league. But after much arguing and eventual public backlash as Democrats and Republicans went out speaking about the Socialists and Longists refusal to join. President Eisenhower was able to get Congressional approval to apply to the UN, and after a short time of voting the United States was authorized to join the UN in February of ‘49. As it was a major player in the victory of WW2 the U.S. was allowed to become a permanent member of the UN. With its entry the strained relationship with Western Europe became better and President Eisenhwoer continued repairing relations by visiting France and the UK

After the U.S. entry into the UN, Eisenhower would quickly make a speech now called the Eisenhower Doctrine. In his speech he specified the need to fight Communism abroad as it was the sole enemy of the state, and he pledged that all Democratic nations abroad would receive help from the United States politically, economically, and militarily. His speech set the precedent, and killed any chance of diplomatic relations between the two countries, not that there were much to begin with. His speech saw cheers from the people of Western Europe who went without direct help from the United States under President Long, it was also received well back home with the fear of Communism ever spreading in the country.
In February of ‘49 he would go to Congress with the Europe Revitalization Bill also known as the Marshall-Willkie Plan, helped drafted up by Secretary of State Wendell Willkie and Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall. The bill proposed that the United States would grant Europe billions in economic aid to recover from WW2 and to build defenses against the Soviet Union. However, as he had expected the bill was opposed by the Socialist and Longist controlled Congress who continued to support isolationism and non-intervention even with Communist influence growing abroad. President Eisenhower did not back down though as he, the Republicans, and Democrats argued with the Socialists and Longists that the Soviet Union has to be dealt with as they’ll just attack the United States eventually as seen with their aggressive expansion and attempted spreading of influence in the Middle East. Their argument would sway some Longists and Socialists, but it wasn’t enough, a majority of Longists and Socialists still opposed it. So instead as he did with the entry into the UN Eisenhower would go to the public, and propose his bill that would supply Europe from the destruction of WW2 and fight Communism in Western Europe, and he would specifically point out that the Socialists and Longists had opposed it which saw great backlash from the public who were fearful of Communism. After the public backlash and eventual media storm, enough Longists and Socialists folded, and in March the Europe Revitalization Act was passed. Upon its implementation and over his presidency billions of dollars would be granted to many European countries, mostly Western European countries which greatly helped recover their economies and allowed them to quickly rebuild their countries from the destruction of WW2. The Eastern European under Soviet Control nations would look on in envy as they were still war torn.

Knowing that the Marshall-Willkie Plan would put a strain on the economy, after passing the bill, Eisenhower immediately introduced one of the most ambitious infrastructure bills in the nation's history. Taking inspiration from the smaller bill President long passed, President Eisenhower proposed the Federal-Aid Highway Bill which would create the absolutely giant Interstate Highway System over a 10 year period. Unlike the Marshall-Willkie Plan, his infrastructure plan was far more easily passed in Congress as most supported further infrastructure and the Federal-Aid Highway Act was passed in April of ‘49. Upon its passing, many public works projects would be launched all over the U.S. creating the highway system. Over his term hundreds of miles worth of roads were built which did not only stimulate the economy by putting millions of people to work, but with the creation of these new roads the vehicle industry also increased heavily leading people to buy more cars and business prospered with the new roads that they could use also helping the economy over his presidency.

However after the passing of the Marshall-Willkie Plan the Soviet Union in retaliation to the U.S. giving economic aid to Western Europe started blocking off paths to Berlin in April. The city was over a hundred miles in East Germany and had been split up between the Allies and the USSR, the need to blockade the city was to not allow western supplies to reach the city as if the west recovered better than the Soviets it would be a loss for them on the economic front. Since WW2 the Soviet Union had been slowly but steadily rebuilding Eastern Europe, even quicker than the West due to U.S. isolation after WW2, but now with U.S. money pouring in directly to the west they had to do something. In response the Western European nations and the U.S. quickly came together to make a plan, and after much deliberation they had decided on what to do. Beginning in the mid of May, what is now called the Berlin Airlift would begin, hundreds of thousands of aircraft began flying into West Berlin supplying the city with crucial supplies like food and coal. Over his presidency millions of tonnes of supplies would be given to West Berlin and after just a year the USSR stopped its blockade in humiliation. It was a great victory for the West, and it showed their tenacity, they would not allow the Soviet Union to walk all over them.

President Eisenhower was ecstatic after the success of the airlift, and it only brought the west closer together. Back home after these quick foreign successes the public were also cheering the President, as they bested their rival and enemy the Soviet Union. Under the Eisenhower Doctrine, President Eisenhower along with the leaders of Canada and Western European leaders then began working on creating a massive western military organization to oppose the Soviet Union. And in June of 1949 the United States with reluctant Congressional support along with 11 other countries would join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO for short. As a part of the organization, they all made a pledge to come to each other's defense if any of them were attacked by a country. The United States would also quickly recognize the state of Israel after President Long ignored the creation of the new state, with its recognition its political capital increased heavily, and President Eisenhower got in the good graces of Jews in the U.S. With the creation of the treaty the Soviet Union in retaliation created their own organization under the Warsaw Pact.

After the creation of NATO the U.S. would then begin funding other allies and many proxy wars all over the world. They started funding the French in fighting Communists in French Indochina, Malaya, and Greece. Greece would quickly be won however, as fighting between the Communists had allowed the Greeks to hold off the Communists for years and with U.S. intervention they were finally driven out, and Greece was fully with the west. Eisenhower also strengthened ties with Israel by sending them more supplies to keep them stable.

Most of Eisenhower’s presidency thus far had been dominated by foreign policy issues but that didn’t mean he didn’t do anything domestically. By June at the same time the U.S. joined NATO, he signed the historic Executive Order 9981 which created the President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services. It saw no opposition from Congress besides from southern Democrats and some Longists who opposed Civil Rights. The order mandated that the U.S. military be desegregated, and it saw cheers from African-Americans and Civil Rights leaders all over the country.

In August President Eisenhower also had to deal with some protests that broke out in certain parts of the country due to his controversial election win. Eisenhower would continue to try and emphasize unity in many of his speeches after these protests broke out. His rhetoric did help quell some people, but some protests still continued, some even becoming quite violent which forced them to be put down. Along with the protests to his election win, crime had risen in recent years especially now with many young men who are out and working on the Interstate Highway System. Working with Longist Attorney General Robert F. Wagner, he would work with local officials to help them take on this wave of crime. However when he proposed increasing funding for local authorities, it was refused in Congress which left the local authorities to have to deal with the crime wave.

After dealing with that, President Eisenhower introduced the Public Housing Bill. The bill would create sweeping expansion of the federal role in mortgage insurance and construction of public housing. And the Public housing Act of 1949 was fortunately passed in Congress in a show of bipartisanship in August. Some proposed to Eisenhower that he should try and raise the minimum wage and increase Social Security benefits, but he disagreed saying they were already increased under President Long and were sufficient and he preferred putting those funds into other things.

In an interesting show of bipartisanship, President Eisenhower collaborated with freshman Senator Estes Kefauver in his crusade to take out corruption in the Senate and his own administration. The crusade against corruption busted over one hundred IRS officials and it found some corruption in the Senate with some Democrats and Longists, which brought back accusations of corruption in the Long administration but they fizzled out relatively quickly. Kefauver’s crusade also looked into the Eisenhower administration, but it fortunately found nothing in the administration which helped Eisenhower's reputation. The crusade would span over a few months into the end of the year, it also launched the young Senators career into the stratosphere, Eisenhower even saying in private talks that he wouldn’t be surprised to see the young Senator run for president.

Eisenhower also juggled with the idea of proposing multiple bills that would moderately curb the power of unions as he also believed that their power had increased far too much and a budget plan that would take some funding from healthcare and education to put into the military, especially now with proxy wars happening all over abroad. But with Congress controlled by the Longists and Socialist he knew it would undoubtedly fail, so he decided to wait until the 1950 midterms in the hopes the Republicans would gain numbers in Congress. So for now his domestic policy was put on hold until then.

Unrelated to Eisenhower's policy, Senator Joe McCarthy’s popularity was ever increasing with his insistent attacks on Communism and stoking the fears of the public with accusations of Communism in the government. Eisenhower has agreed with McCathy’s goals but disagreed with his methods and has continually become more and more agitated with the Senators fear stoking tactics.

Over the next few months into 1950, President Eisenhower wouldn’t pass any new legislation besides the Celler-Kefauver Act which was a small bill that closed some loopholes in the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 with some rare willing bipartisan support. He would also maintain and oversee his current legislation, like the absolutely giant InterState Highway system that is currently being built, overseeing the desegregation of the armed forces to make sure it was completed, and continuing to supply their European allies abroad. Unfortunately by 1950 the Communists had all but taken China as even with U.S. supplies pouring in it was just too late for that, the Chinese Nationalists would flee to the small island known as Taiwan. Shortly thereafter, despite some people saying he should create newties with the new Chinese government, President Eisenhower opted to stay allied with the Chinese Nationalists in Taiwan and began to open talks with them. The war in Indochina wasn’t going very well either, even with U.S. supplies pouring in for the French, but President Eisenhower still remained optimistic.

However, that optimism wouldn’t last long… On Sunday, June 25th 1950 South Korea would be invaded by the Communist controlled North Korea. It was a surprise invasion that caught the administration and the country off guard. Eisenhower quickly came together with his administration to come up with a plan on what to do. Do we support South Korea? Or do we let the North invade unopposed? After hours of talks, especially with Secretary of State Wendell Willkie, Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall, and Secretary of the Navy Harry S. Truman, they had decided on what they would personally do. They would defend South Korea. The UN agreed as they unanimously condemned the invasion, and after debating for two days, on June 27 they would publish Resolution 83, which recommended member states to provide supplies for South Korea. On the same day as Resolution 83 was passed President Eisenhower ordered that the U.S. airforce and U.S. navy go and help South Korea, putting a lot of trust in Secretary of Defense Marshall and Secretary of the Navy Truman.

In August President Eisenhower and Secretary of State Willkie were able to obtain congressional approval to send 12 billion dollars in economic aid to the south. And luckily despite the U.S. not having been in direct combat since 1945, President Long had decided to maintain the strength of the U.S. navy and U.S. air force even with the struggling economy under him. There was then the decision on who should lead U.S. troops in Korea, and after speaking with his administration and despite having less than stellar opinion of him, President Eisenhower appointed Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan General Douglas MacArthur. Interestingly, despite calls from advisors and Secretary of the Navy Truman to bomb northern forces, he ordered that the U.S. 7th Fleet be put in the Taiwan Strait to protect Taiwan from China.

U.S. troops would enter in August and as the military had been maintained throughout the Long presidency, U.S. troops fared decently against the northern force, but they were still somewhat pushed back due to the northern troops being veterans and the U.S. troops being fresh. Despite being pushed back and nearly off the peninsula at Pusan, the troops had withstood northern forces and by September UN forces were making landings in Incheon and pushing back up the peninsula from Pusan. By the end of September UN forces under MacArthur started pushing into North Korea in an astounding turn around from the start of the conflict. By October the UN forces were making leeway in the north, and on the 15th President Eisenhower met with General MacArthur. It was highly publicized as MacArthur had refused to meet with Eisenhower before, during the meeting MacArthur ensured that China would not get involved but Eisenhower was skeptical.

But we’ll talk about that later as the 1950 midterms have arrived, and in a success for the establishment Republicans and Democrats made quite a bit of ground in Congress. Mainly being the Republicans who saw great gains under President Eisenhower, and if they can work with the Democrats they have a majority in both houses of Congress. On the other hand the Longists surprisingly struggled in the midterms with President Long out of office people turned to either the Socialists or the establishment. Speaking of the Socialist they were able to mostly retain their number in Congress and saw little change.

1950 Midterms:
House of Representatives -
Republicans: 125 seats
Democrats: 94 seats
Socialists: 153 Seats
Longists: 63 seats

Senate -
Republicans: 32 seats
Democrats: 17 seats
Socialists: 29 seats
Longists: 18

Back to Eisenhower, his skepticism would prove correct, as shortly thereafter Chinese troops would enter North Korea and push back UN troops. UN troops were continually getting pushed back, but it wasn't a fight as casualties would be felt on both sides, and eventually there would be a stalemate near the 38th parallel by December. After the stalemate, the UN proposed a ceasefire, which was promptly rejected and the fighting continued and eventually UN forces were overwhelmed and pushed back further back into South Korea. The setbacks even made General MacArthur consider the use of nuclear weapons, but that was completely shutdown by President Eisenhower, and the arrival of General Ridgeway who reenergized UN troops. After the failed ceasefire, fighting would continue near the 38th parallel and then Operation Thunderbolt and Operation Killer were put into place and it carried out a full scale frontal assault with the Eighth Army and pushed northern troops past the Han River. And then launching Operation Ripper taking back Seoul from the north, and fighting would continue into March and then April without much movement, and China would lose 53,000 suits in the time period.

Then in a controversial move, especially to the public, President Eisenhower removed General Douglass MacArthur from command. There were several reasons for the dismissal. MacArthur had crossed the 38th Parallel in the mistaken belief that the Chinese would not enter the war, leading to major allied losses. He believed that the use of nuclear weapons should be his decision, not the President's. A Congressional hearing afterwards would prove in Eisenhower's favor as they agreed MacArthur violated the president's orders. His dismissal would plunge his approval with some as MacArthur was a popular figure among U.S. citizens. MacArthur would be replaced with General Ridgeway and with the navy mounted many successful counter attacks upon his appointment. More counter attacks would continue over Eisenhower's presidency, UN forces pushing back northern forces under General Ridgeway's leadership, but little territory was exchanged overall.

Eisenhower wouldn’t just focus on foreign policy, he would also begin work to try and finally implement more of his domestic policy. After his decision to desegregate the military in 1949, he wouldn’t just stop there, and with one of the few bills he had in mind that would pass with bipartisan support, he proposed the Civil Rights Bill of 1951(basically ‘57 Act). The bill would protect black voting rights, giving more power to the Attorney General to protect African Americans, and it would create the commission of Civil Rights. The proposed bill was a shock to the nation, as the conflicts overseas had dominated political talks and Civil Rights had been somewhat thrown into the background. But with the proposed bill it was back into the forefront. It was obviously opposed by the Southern Democrats and the occasional Longist, but saw support from Republicans, Socialists, most Longists, and Northern Democrats. And in September of 1951, the Civil Rights Act of 1951 was passed in Congress and it saw cheers from African Americans all around the country as they cheered President Eisenhower, while southerners were obviously furious with Eisenhower. However, over the remainder of his presidency, there were loopholes in the act that were exploited by the south, and a filibuster by Senator Strom Thurmond would only embolden southerners destined for Civil Rights. But the bill did create the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

Next Eisenhower would attempt to pass the Labor Management Relations Bill, otherwise known as the Taft bill which would moderately curb the powers of unions after they were increased under President Long. His reasoning is on the basis of certain documented cases of corruption and some cas of unions protecting bad workers and hurting businesses which hurts the economy. However, despite getting support from Republicans in Congress and Conservative Democrats, it was not able to pass due to the Socialists, Longists, and Non-Conservative Democrats in Congress. It was a big disappointment for the Republicans, especially the Conservatives who only became emboldened by its objection.

Initially President Eisenhower had said he’d be willing to pull some funding from the single payer healthcare system and education to fund the military and reduce taxes, but with the booming economy he decided against it. This decision did see anger from the Conservatives, but saw praise from the Longists and Socialists for not pulling funding. For the rest of his presidency, President Eisenhower would maintain and oversee the situation in Korea and oversee his Interstate Highway System. He would also appoint two moderate Republican Justices to the Supreme Court during his presidency.
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2023.04.02 07:17 Impossible_Cook1389 Gravel vs road… buyers regret

So i bought my self a road bike (kona sutra SE) as I’m planning to head on a bike tour this summer down the pacific coast. Im starting to have bit of buyers regret thinking i should of got a gravel bike instead, like the surly bridge club for example. Ive never owned a road bike before and it just feels very fragile I’m used to being able to hop up on to curbs or ride down a set of stairs if i want to. I’ve only gone on a few rides so far and Ive had 2 tube flats and even got a tear in the sidewall of my tire, Which i think is from hopping onto curbs. I just want my bike to feel a bit tougher and rugged. Is putting gravel tires on this bike s good solution? Or should i just learn to ride more gentle. I know i will be on the road for my whole trip, but i just don’t feel like I’m able to ride this bike as freely as I’m used to.
All replies are appreciated, thank you for taking the time to read.
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