UK car sales hit 2m

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Britons have bought more than 2m new cars so far this year, following an unexpectedly sharp jump in sales in October.

A total of 2.14m new cars have been registered in 2014 so far, the first time the two million mark has been passed in the month of October since 2007, before the financial crisis took hold.

It followed unwavering demand for new cars last month as consumers took advantage of cheap financing deals. Sales were 14.2% higher in October than a year earlier, at 179,714 vehicles, extending the longest-ever run of growth to 32 consecutive months, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Sales of diesel and petrol cars were up but alternatively fuelled vehicles saw the biggest increase, up 59% in October.

Mike Hawes, chief executive at the SMMT, said: “The October new car market outperformed expectations, with registrations showing the strongest growth in a month since March’s 18% rise. With economic confidence still rising, customers continue to benefit from attractive financial packages on exciting new models.

“We still expect the overall market to level off as we head towards 2015, but the exception to that rule will be alternatively-fuelled vehicles, demand for which will continue to accelerate.”

The Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, and Vauxhall Corsa were the top three bestselling models in October and the year so far.

Millions hit in Drupal hack attack

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Millions hit in Drupal hack attack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29846539

Mercedes G-Code concept revealed

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Meet the new supermini-SUV concept car from Mercedes, called the G-CodeMercedes has jumped on the supermini-SUV bandwagon with a new pint-sized concept called the G-Code. As reported by our sister site Auto Bild, it’s roughly a match in size for the Nissan Juke and Audi’s forthcoming Q1 and it’s said to give a strong indication of how the brand’s future SUVs will look.“The G-Code is both beautiful and intelligent, and interprets our typical Mercedes Coupe design idiom,” said styling chief Gordon Wagener. Officially just a design study at this stage, it also features a number of wild pieces of tech that could appear on Merc’s SUVs in the next decade. The trademark two-blade grille dominates the front end – although it’s not a grille at all.In fact, it’s a fancy digital display that changes colour according to how the car is driven – pulsating blue at rest, switching to blue moving stars when in motion and fast-moving red stars if the driver selects “Hybrid Sport” mode.

via Mercedes G-Code concept revealed | Auto Express.

UK total national debt 1.43 trillion

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Ed Milliband’s recent embarrassing conference speech mistake – the bit where he forgot to mention the deficit – led to much talk about how important dealing with it is. Given our apparent inability to live within our national means, it is worth reminding ourselves just how much we still borrow each year and how big our total national debt is. The total debt is now over £1,430 bn. That’s not far off double what it was in 2010. Worse still new borrowing in the first five months of this fiscal year (April to August) at £45.5bn that’s up rather than down from £42.8bn this time a year ago.
Public spending cuts are ongoing, but due to the rise in the personal allowance and a failure of wages to rise in line with inflation, tax revenues are down too. So we are set for another £100bn-plus budget deficit this year. Even now, with interest rates at rock bottom and the market for sovereign debt effectively rigged by virtual money printing, Britain is spending far more on debt than on defence, and almost the same as on education.
Not going well is it !

The Fabled Robin Redbreast

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We see a lot of robins at this time of year, particularly on Christmas cards, because in the past the postmen wore red tunics and were nicknamed ‘Robins’, so they appear on the kinds in their bird form as tokens of the deliverymen. The Robin was originally called the Redbreast but as people began to add proper names to the names of animals and birds they became Robin Redbreast, later shortened simply to Robin; much the same happened with the Jenny Wren and the Jackdaw. In Lancashire there is a rhyme,
“The robin and wren
Are God’s cock and hen.
The spink and the sparrow
Are the deil’s bow and arrow.”
(The spink is a dialect name for the chaffinch or sometimes the yellowhammer).

Iraq – Alliance from hell follows UK MP’s decision – #NoTowar

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UK MP’s commit to war in Iraq. The BBC reported the same evening that Al Qaeda affiliate Al Nusra were now seeking to merge with IS to form an even wider group against the western coalition. Local fighters in Syria were reported to be turning against the USA and the coalition since the support they were promised has not emerged, these are Sunni rebels fighting Assad, who now feel betrayed by the USA for unofficially supporting the Assad regime to target ISIS.

 Iraq war could cost taxpayer £3.5bn

Read More http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-159105/Iraq-war-cost-taxpayer-3-5bn.html

 WHO ARE ISIS

  •  Formed out of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in 2013, IS first captured Raqqa in eastern Syria
  • It captured broad swathes of Iraq in June, including Mosul, and declared a “caliphate” in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq
  • Pursuing an extreme form of Sunni Islam, IS has persecuted non-Muslims such as Yazidis and Christians, as well as Shia Muslims, whom it regards as heretics
  • Known for its brutal tactics, including beheadings of soldiers, Western journalists and aid workers
  • The CIA says the group could have as many as 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria

Read More -> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29390781

 

Alliance from hell: Al Nusra fighters in Syria want to merge with ISIS – creating united army of fanatics

  • Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria under pressure from members to merge with ISIS
  • Demand for alliance comes after both groups were hit by U.S.-led air strikes
  • But sources say it may not work without weaker Al Nusra merging with ISIS
  • Groups share ideology but split during power struggle between 3 leaders

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2770833/Alliance-hell-Al-Nusra-fighters-Syria-want-merge-ISIS-creating-united-army-fanatics.html#ixzz3EX9Wrwzf

Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria is facing mounting pressure from its members to form an ultra-alliance with the rival Islamic State to confront a common enemy after U.S.-led air strikes hit both groups this week.

Al Nusra, long one of the most effective forces fighting Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, was weakened this year by battles with Islamic State, an Al Qaeda splinter group that routinely employs ruthless methods such as beheadings and mass executions.

U.S.-led air and missile strikes, which have hit Al Nusra as well as Islamic State bases in Syria, have angered many Al Nusra members who say the West and its allies have joined forces in a ‘crusader’ campaign against Islam.

The two share the same ideology and rigid Islamic beliefs, but fell out during a power struggle that pitted Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi against Al Qaeda chief Ayman Zawahri and Al Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammad al-Golani.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2770833/Alliance-hell-Al-Nusra-fighters-Syria-want-merge-ISIS-creating-united-army-fanatics.html#ixzz3EX9Wrwzf

Not in my name ! #NoToWar

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David Cameron is building a case for the UK to go to war in the middle east. Is there no alternative ? A less active role, more intelligence support, material support? Why does the UK have to get hot and active again in this region? Lets say #NoToWar

How many defeats does it take to understand that this area of the world will never be defeated by western military powers, certainly never by air power alone  – and what “intelligent” defence strategy announces to the potential enemy what we will NOT do without authority from MP’s – that would be the same nation being led by a man incapable of integrity, and discretion in matters of the state !

Is it not time to recognise that the UK is an island nation. Building up defences at home, increase naval power to defend the island, increase intelligence at home inside the island. Maintain a nuclear capability for ultimate defence (it need not be submarine based). Perhaps UK Governments could also grow some back bone and instead of spending £1.3M trying to deport radicals who pose a known threat to the island, deport them if they are identified as what is essentially a “traitor” to the nation. The UK has become a “soft” target for radicals. In the interests of the rights (human or otherwise) of the minority, while at the same time, ignoring and putting at risk the majority of law abiding multi-cultural citizens of our country, successive governments have been guilty of dereliction of their primary duty – to protect the citizens of the United Kingdom.

Iraq is surrounded by some of the most powerful military powers in the middle east, this is a regional issue to be resolved by regional powers alone. Coalition powers will be sucked into another war lasting years, costing hundreds of lives while the surrounding military powers sit back and watch.

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