Make it so. Jon Luke Picard.
Oops.... wrong thread
Hmmm. As someone who was heavily involved with FMD at the time, and seen its massive effects on the farmers I deal with, I fail to see the humour in this. For example, just 2 - 3 years ago, I was walking thru a farm woodland with an agricultural surveyor. He was telling me that it was his job in 2001 to value an animal seconds before it was shot, to be repeated by the hundreds and thousands, day after day. The enormity and shock of the whole sad matter suddenly hit him and he almost collapsed, leaning hard against a tree for support. And that was 8 years after the event. I didn't have a huge bunch of laughs at the time either, something I never want to see repeated. Ever.
Sorry if this makes me a kill-joy, but it was a bloody unpleasant time for many.
nah not funny
they were seriously bad times for those involved
Having read the posts yesterday, looked at the Poke site, then written my post, I sat at my desk really quite shaken and hurt that anyone could find anything remotely funny about what was such a truly awful time. Seeing the corpses stacked up in the photo on the Poke website hit me hard - I was reminded of photos taken by one of my farmers where yard after yard (and they were big yards) were stacked with corpses, sheep and cattle. No bare concrete, just heaps and heaps of dead animals. His life's work, his livelihood. Yards full, legs sticking up all over the place, just like in that Poke website. I accept that tourism suffered terribly, but what those involved at the sharp end were dealing with was real animals, people directly involved, many farmers going though hell trying to save their stock.
I'm going to stop now because I find it quite upsetting to think back to such awful times.
Some farmers did OK out of foot and mouth. There were occasional coach-loads of them went on 'fact-finding' missions to places like Romania, where a decent compensation cheque could buy you a huge expanse of land already stocked with sheep, with a ready-made labour force hungry for hard work and low wages. Ultimately, Romania will be in a position to dump its sheep onto British supermarket shelves, and when people start complaining about it, remember that it might well be ex-pat Brit sheep farmers who are actually driving the business, and undercutting their erstwhile friends and neighbours!
Joke from those 'dark days'...
One sheep complained to another sheep... "I have a sore foot, what should I do?"
The other sheep replied... "Keep your mouth shut!"
i found the article funny. i quite like satire. it isn't real world. just like the real opening ceremony that isn't real. or is it?
stay well away from steve bell cartoons rob.
Friday night and a feeling "relaxed" makes me want to say
the humour concept of this is great but as pointed out there is a side that affected so many others and I know some that lost a load through it.
So, can we change the concept to have the pyre of politicians etc who dont live in the real world and know diddly squat about what they are talking about and also those who decided to waste hundreds of millions, if not billions on the Olympics when it doesnt benefits the while country. Although I am sure some are making a mint out of it !!
Just a little bee in my bonnett about them at Westminser and Olympics
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