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  • Bolton is being battered by strong winds, causing destruction across the town.
  • The Met Office has issued a "red" weather warning, meaning there is a risk to life.
  • Trees and signs have been blown over, and buildings have been damaged.
  • People are being advised not to travel unless necessary.

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7:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Loose Talk says...

The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?
The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we? Loose Talk
  • Score: -15

7:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

steveG says...

Oh how I long for the days,pre mass media,when we just got on with it.
Far too many people,employed in the media,with nothing better to do than whip up hysteria,while the majority of us look on with incredulity.
Oh how I long for the days,pre mass media,when we just got on with it. Far too many people,employed in the media,with nothing better to do than whip up hysteria,while the majority of us look on with incredulity. steveG
  • Score: 19

7:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

MissPeg says...

steveG wrote:
Oh how I long for the days,pre mass media,when we just got on with it.
Far too many people,employed in the media,with nothing better to do than whip up hysteria,while the majority of us look on with incredulity.
Some people appreciate being kept up to date. If I was to venture out in this weather, it's really useful to know that a tree is probably blocking Blackburn Road (as they so often do when the weather is bad).

Besides, there are a lot of people probably stranded right now. Do you think they would want to know whether trains are running, etc?! Or would you rather they be stranded at train stations in the freezing cold?!
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Oh how I long for the days,pre mass media,when we just got on with it. Far too many people,employed in the media,with nothing better to do than whip up hysteria,while the majority of us look on with incredulity.[/p][/quote]Some people appreciate being kept up to date. If I was to venture out in this weather, it's really useful to know that a tree is probably blocking Blackburn Road (as they so often do when the weather is bad). Besides, there are a lot of people probably stranded right now. Do you think they would want to know whether trains are running, etc?! Or would you rather they be stranded at train stations in the freezing cold?! MissPeg
  • Score: 11

8:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

Loose Talk wrote:
The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?
I'm baffled as to why you received thumbs down for your post, I couldn't agree more! It is definitely the attitude we require and we should come together in the face of adversity. In the grand scheme of things, we are extremely fortunate that these occurrences are relatively scarce in comparison to treacherous conditions and tsunamis in the Pacific and other parts of the world.
[quote][p][bold]Loose Talk[/bold] wrote: The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?[/p][/quote]I'm baffled as to why you received thumbs down for your post, I couldn't agree more! It is definitely the attitude we require and we should come together in the face of adversity. In the grand scheme of things, we are extremely fortunate that these occurrences are relatively scarce in comparison to treacherous conditions and tsunamis in the Pacific and other parts of the world. Reebok Rhythm
  • Score: -4

8:48pm Wed 12 Feb 14

aardwolf says...

steveG wrote:
Oh how I long for the days,pre mass media,when we just got on with it.
Far too many people,employed in the media,with nothing better to do than whip up hysteria,while the majority of us look on with incredulity.
Garbage. This is when the media comes into its own. Without it there'd be even more chaos.
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Oh how I long for the days,pre mass media,when we just got on with it. Far too many people,employed in the media,with nothing better to do than whip up hysteria,while the majority of us look on with incredulity.[/p][/quote]Garbage. This is when the media comes into its own. Without it there'd be even more chaos. aardwolf
  • Score: 6

9:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Chezzza says...

A Huge thank you to the man in the red car on the 666 who directed traffic when the lamp fell down. You probably saved us from a pile up.
A Huge thank you to the man in the red car on the 666 who directed traffic when the lamp fell down. You probably saved us from a pile up. Chezzza
  • Score: 24

10:16pm Wed 12 Feb 14

tinypet says...

Is it true the gold ball above Preston's of Bolton is hanging off?
Is it true the gold ball above Preston's of Bolton is hanging off? tinypet
  • Score: 0

11:14pm Wed 12 Feb 14

BWFC71 says...

Loose Talk wrote:
The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?
Such a rich nation that we are now 13 milliard (long form) , or 1.3 trillion (short form) in debt and rowing on a daily basis and our GDP is worse than either Greece or Spains!!!


Yes we are a rich nation - NOT! All built on debt and non-repayment!
[quote][p][bold]Loose Talk[/bold] wrote: The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?[/p][/quote]Such a rich nation that we are now 13 milliard (long form) , or 1.3 trillion (short form) in debt and rowing on a daily basis and our GDP is worse than either Greece or Spains!!! Yes we are a rich nation - NOT! All built on debt and non-repayment! BWFC71
  • Score: 2

11:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Loose Talk wrote:
The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?
Idiot, how about the banks pay for everything seeing we bailed that shower of shyte out.
[quote][p][bold]Loose Talk[/bold] wrote: The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?[/p][/quote]Idiot, how about the banks pay for everything seeing we bailed that shower of shyte out. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 7

12:18am Thu 13 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

The only thing that matters is human life and no one is injured or worse.

In times of crisis who gives a feck about who is reporting what, why, when, who is to blame. Get on with chipping in, helping anyone who needs it when they need it, and let's worry about the cost's, who foots the bill on so on later.

There are many tens of millions around the world that are nowhere near as fortunate as we are.

So put-up, shut-up and crack-on in getting sorted and making the best of a bloody bad enough situation!
The only thing that matters is human life and no one is injured or worse. In times of crisis who gives a feck about who is reporting what, why, when, who is to blame. Get on with chipping in, helping anyone who needs it when they need it, and let's worry about the cost's, who foots the bill on so on later. There are many tens of millions around the world that are nowhere near as fortunate as we are. So put-up, shut-up and crack-on in getting sorted and making the best of a bloody bad enough situation! wsw69
  • Score: 16

12:41am Thu 13 Feb 14

The Priceshagger says...

wsw69 wrote:
The only thing that matters is human life and no one is injured or worse.

In times of crisis who gives a feck about who is reporting what, why, when, who is to blame. Get on with chipping in, helping anyone who needs it when they need it, and let's worry about the cost's, who foots the bill on so on later.

There are many tens of millions around the world that are nowhere near as fortunate as we are.

So put-up, shut-up and crack-on in getting sorted and making the best of a bloody bad enough situation!
Very well said wsw69.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: The only thing that matters is human life and no one is injured or worse. In times of crisis who gives a feck about who is reporting what, why, when, who is to blame. Get on with chipping in, helping anyone who needs it when they need it, and let's worry about the cost's, who foots the bill on so on later. There are many tens of millions around the world that are nowhere near as fortunate as we are. So put-up, shut-up and crack-on in getting sorted and making the best of a bloody bad enough situation![/p][/quote]Very well said wsw69. The Priceshagger
  • Score: 9

1:13am Thu 13 Feb 14

BoltonGirlxx says...

Well struggled to get out of my car when i got home, wind was strong! Blowing the door into me, had a 'comedy moment' trying to use my legs to push car door open, Dont worry people, I did get out and am warm and comfy. But that is some seriously strong wind.
Well struggled to get out of my car when i got home, wind was strong! Blowing the door into me, had a 'comedy moment' trying to use my legs to push car door open, Dont worry people, I did get out and am warm and comfy. But that is some seriously strong wind. BoltonGirlxx
  • Score: 1

2:30am Thu 13 Feb 14

BoltonGirlxx says...

Are you having a laugh!! Live updates - she finished at ten!!! Seriously Bolton News you are a laughing stock of local newspapers, I get more news of facebook and twitter. The one thing you could do for the town you stop at 10pm. Just shut down, stop wasting your time. I have become ashamed of your 8 page newspaper
Are you having a laugh!! Live updates - she finished at ten!!! Seriously Bolton News you are a laughing stock of local newspapers, I get more news of facebook and twitter. The one thing you could do for the town you stop at 10pm. Just shut down, stop wasting your time. I have become ashamed of your 8 page newspaper BoltonGirlxx
  • Score: 1

7:51am Thu 13 Feb 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

BWFC71 wrote:
Loose Talk wrote:
The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?
Such a rich nation that we are now 13 milliard (long form) , or 1.3 trillion (short form) in debt and rowing on a daily basis and our GDP is worse than either Greece or Spains!!!


Yes we are a rich nation - NOT! All built on debt and non-repayment!
Very similar to the football club you claim to support, how ironic! It may be debt but it is manageable debt. The economy will not perish entirely and we will not devolve and abstain from new initiatives and measures to stimulate fiscal growth. We will regenerate and prosper in uncertain financial times as there is no other option.
[quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Loose Talk[/bold] wrote: The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?[/p][/quote]Such a rich nation that we are now 13 milliard (long form) , or 1.3 trillion (short form) in debt and rowing on a daily basis and our GDP is worse than either Greece or Spains!!! Yes we are a rich nation - NOT! All built on debt and non-repayment![/p][/quote]Very similar to the football club you claim to support, how ironic! It may be debt but it is manageable debt. The economy will not perish entirely and we will not devolve and abstain from new initiatives and measures to stimulate fiscal growth. We will regenerate and prosper in uncertain financial times as there is no other option. Reebok Rhythm
  • Score: 0

8:52am Thu 13 Feb 14

The Righteous One says...

Reebok Rhythm wrote:
BWFC71 wrote:
Loose Talk wrote:
The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?
Such a rich nation that we are now 13 milliard (long form) , or 1.3 trillion (short form) in debt and rowing on a daily basis and our GDP is worse than either Greece or Spains!!!


Yes we are a rich nation - NOT! All built on debt and non-repayment!
Very similar to the football club you claim to support, how ironic! It may be debt but it is manageable debt. The economy will not perish entirely and we will not devolve and abstain from new initiatives and measures to stimulate fiscal growth. We will regenerate and prosper in uncertain financial times as there is no other option.
The national debt isn't actually manageable otherwise we wouldn't be borrowing millions on a daily basis thus ever increasing our debt. Out National debt is now around 75% of our GDP and even Osborne admits that the debt will go beond 80% of our GDP, by the end of 2015 (which funnily enough is worse than either Greece of Spain, even during the height of their financial problems).

Fact is whilst I do support as much help as possible for these storms through financial incentives (but funnily enough only started to happen when London, itself, was threatened by the floods) but in the long term who is going to pay for this additional money? - the Government will have to borrow more to spend that money!

Also why wasn't this financial help given last year when the North East was under water at least 4 times or when the floods started in the South West almost 2 months ago???
[quote][p][bold]Reebok Rhythm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Loose Talk[/bold] wrote: The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?[/p][/quote]Such a rich nation that we are now 13 milliard (long form) , or 1.3 trillion (short form) in debt and rowing on a daily basis and our GDP is worse than either Greece or Spains!!! Yes we are a rich nation - NOT! All built on debt and non-repayment![/p][/quote]Very similar to the football club you claim to support, how ironic! It may be debt but it is manageable debt. The economy will not perish entirely and we will not devolve and abstain from new initiatives and measures to stimulate fiscal growth. We will regenerate and prosper in uncertain financial times as there is no other option.[/p][/quote]The national debt isn't actually manageable otherwise we wouldn't be borrowing millions on a daily basis thus ever increasing our debt. Out National debt is now around 75% of our GDP and even Osborne admits that the debt will go beond 80% of our GDP, by the end of 2015 (which funnily enough is worse than either Greece of Spain, even during the height of their financial problems). Fact is whilst I do support as much help as possible for these storms through financial incentives (but funnily enough only started to happen when London, itself, was threatened by the floods) but in the long term who is going to pay for this additional money? - the Government will have to borrow more to spend that money! Also why wasn't this financial help given last year when the North East was under water at least 4 times or when the floods started in the South West almost 2 months ago??? The Righteous One
  • Score: 1

9:31am Thu 13 Feb 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

The Righteous One wrote:
Reebok Rhythm wrote:
BWFC71 wrote:
Loose Talk wrote:
The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?
Such a rich nation that we are now 13 milliard (long form) , or 1.3 trillion (short form) in debt and rowing on a daily basis and our GDP is worse than either Greece or Spains!!!


Yes we are a rich nation - NOT! All built on debt and non-repayment!
Very similar to the football club you claim to support, how ironic! It may be debt but it is manageable debt. The economy will not perish entirely and we will not devolve and abstain from new initiatives and measures to stimulate fiscal growth. We will regenerate and prosper in uncertain financial times as there is no other option.
The national debt isn't actually manageable otherwise we wouldn't be borrowing millions on a daily basis thus ever increasing our debt. Out National debt is now around 75% of our GDP and even Osborne admits that the debt will go beond 80% of our GDP, by the end of 2015 (which funnily enough is worse than either Greece of Spain, even during the height of their financial problems).

Fact is whilst I do support as much help as possible for these storms through financial incentives (but funnily enough only started to happen when London, itself, was threatened by the floods) but in the long term who is going to pay for this additional money? - the Government will have to borrow more to spend that money!

Also why wasn't this financial help given last year when the North East was under water at least 4 times or when the floods started in the South West almost 2 months ago???
If it wasn't manageable we would succomb to financial meltdown. Economic growth has fluctuated and increased since the last recession but this is something we have lived through successfully since the early 1900's. Debt mismanagement is epitomised no greater than America's current state of affairs and the weakening of the Petro-Dollar. It's absolutely useless putting negative spin on everything and pointing out the blatantly obvious. We are all capable of regurgitating the same old monotonous statistics but we need solutions. So far I think we have done quite a good job of sustaining civilisation and although times are more challenging than ever, I think we will live long enough to squeeze every last resource and fossil fuel out of the earth.

Glad you agree with the sentiment of helping those in need and it is surprising that other flooded areas did not receive the same widespread attention (E.g the North East). I'm not sure why it would be overlooked as I couldn't imagine there being any favouritism in the country at all.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reebok Rhythm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Loose Talk[/bold] wrote: The conditions at the moment are horrendous but hopefully not commonplace in the future. No government could be expected to plan for every eventuality where weather and other natural events are concerned. Eric Pickles is quite right to point out that, compared with many, we are a rich nation still. If everyone contributed to a fund to be used to cover the cost of dealing with any extreme, natural emergency we would all be better for it. Imposition of a 'crisis tax' of 1p in the £, from pay and benefits, could generate the required cash in a few weeks. We are all in it together!! Aren't we?[/p][/quote]Such a rich nation that we are now 13 milliard (long form) , or 1.3 trillion (short form) in debt and rowing on a daily basis and our GDP is worse than either Greece or Spains!!! Yes we are a rich nation - NOT! All built on debt and non-repayment![/p][/quote]Very similar to the football club you claim to support, how ironic! It may be debt but it is manageable debt. The economy will not perish entirely and we will not devolve and abstain from new initiatives and measures to stimulate fiscal growth. We will regenerate and prosper in uncertain financial times as there is no other option.[/p][/quote]The national debt isn't actually manageable otherwise we wouldn't be borrowing millions on a daily basis thus ever increasing our debt. Out National debt is now around 75% of our GDP and even Osborne admits that the debt will go beond 80% of our GDP, by the end of 2015 (which funnily enough is worse than either Greece of Spain, even during the height of their financial problems). Fact is whilst I do support as much help as possible for these storms through financial incentives (but funnily enough only started to happen when London, itself, was threatened by the floods) but in the long term who is going to pay for this additional money? - the Government will have to borrow more to spend that money! Also why wasn't this financial help given last year when the North East was under water at least 4 times or when the floods started in the South West almost 2 months ago???[/p][/quote]If it wasn't manageable we would succomb to financial meltdown. Economic growth has fluctuated and increased since the last recession but this is something we have lived through successfully since the early 1900's. Debt mismanagement is epitomised no greater than America's current state of affairs and the weakening of the Petro-Dollar. It's absolutely useless putting negative spin on everything and pointing out the blatantly obvious. We are all capable of regurgitating the same old monotonous statistics but we need solutions. So far I think we have done quite a good job of sustaining civilisation and although times are more challenging than ever, I think we will live long enough to squeeze every last resource and fossil fuel out of the earth. Glad you agree with the sentiment of helping those in need and it is surprising that other flooded areas did not receive the same widespread attention (E.g the North East). I'm not sure why it would be overlooked as I couldn't imagine there being any favouritism in the country at all. Reebok Rhythm
  • Score: 0

10:34am Mon 24 Feb 14

marco999 says...

My clothes prop blew over - gutted
My clothes prop blew over - gutted marco999
  • Score: 0

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