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I didn't realise the Tibetans had many universities.




(Although I do appreciate that there is an argument against doing business with countries/governments with a record of human rights abuse and attacking/conquering their neighbours... Not that it's ever stopped "UK Plc" before).
I hate this nonesense about China/Tibet. Is it worse than the USA systematically controlling Latin America since 1945, and now the Middle East? Or Saudi Arabia for persecuting 50% of their population by not allowing them to drive and wear repressive clothing? What about Russia for selling arms to the Syrian Government?

Chinas record in Tibet is not pleasant. But Tibet was a backward medieval feudal country until the Chinese brought hospitals, schools and infrastructure to it.
 

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Sounds like we're in the same boat! I moved down here after finishing Part 2, hopefully approaching the end of Part 3 now. After that, who knows, but either way I've more chance of being able to buy back up north than down here. London prices are genuinely unbelievable now.

Hopefully we'll both get back eventually... It's like Quantum Leap...
Ha ha yeah, its a sad irony that theres lots of work down south but no affordable houses, and no work up north but lots of affordable houses.

Good luck with Part 3! I qualified in Dec. Brutal, but once its done, NO MORE EDUCATION. EVER
 

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I can't believe that the North East is going to see any sort of race violence, bar the odd graffiti or heckle.

That being said, it would be prudent to step up a Police presence in vulnerable areas. But I can't see there is a large enough group of Muslims in the region that could be radicalised and the Jewish community in Gateshead isn't that well known for any outside group to attack it.

I suspect its more media hyperbole
 

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The Gateshead community is really well known worldwide, it's probably more under the radar here. It's one of the leading centres of Jewish learning outside of Israel.



Some intresting stats here:
Newcastle 2011 census responses on race

http://localstats.qpzm.co.uk/

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Newcastle 2011 census responses on religion

http://localstats.qpzm.co.uk/
From this website it appears there is over 3000 Jewish people in Gateshead. Significant enough it would appear. Personally I think its great, the more groups of differing cultures and religions can only improve any region, so long as they embrace the fundamental values of the nation as a whole and don't shut them away in private religious schools from an early age and breed segregation.
 

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Apologies - I was an idiot by posting the Newcastle stats. Gateshead has circa 1.5% Jewish population.

Personally [off topic] I'm a firm believer in no religious education in any schools, but if you want to do it in your own time [in addition to minimum national standards] then that's fine.
Here here. Segregating children into 'types' is just about the worst thing you can do. For some reason its socially acceptable.

Its funny how so many countries many years ago rejected any form of government with religion- USA, France, Turkey. But here we are as a country with a religious leader as head of state and unelected Bishops voting on government legislation.
 

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Not sure why you think that any building materials used should reflect an association with Newcastle - do you mean it should be sandstone to match in with Grainger Town? - granite was of course quarried in Northumberland, for instance The Newcastle Granite & Whinstone Company mined in such places as Haltwhistle pre 1930.

Of course the granite walls on the stairs down to the station contain engraved artwork, so perhaps not so 'standard'.

The granite is of course my personal opinion and taste but I have always found it somewhat out of kilter with the wonderful honey sandstone of the surrounding city.

I often get shirty about poor choice of material in relation to the surroundings- even if the material chosen is of great quality. The new copper boxes in central station I find out of place as copper has no relationship to the construction of the station or shed.

Is there examples of granite anywhere in the city? I guess cobbles around the castle are? are some of the Collingwood buildings faced in granite? maybe it's just the reddish hue I don't like. It all feels a bit acontextual. I also do not think sandstone would be a better choice.

Truth is I'm not sure. Newcastle has an interesting material history- timber lath and plaster, brick, sandstone, clay and slate tiles, reinforced concrete and metalwork of course are all found in abundance. All of a natural hue which is why I find the 'zingy' colours of hanover square and tyne tees buildings so disgusting.

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Collingwood Buildings have a neat material palette of sandstone, grey granite and hardwood. Works really well and this kind of palette is still relevant today.

If it were red granite, it might look a little more glaring!
 

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In my mind SSC and our forum has always been about optimism and wanting the best for the region. Whereas people are encouraged to debate and disagreements occur it is always in my opinion been underpinned by everyone wanting what is best for everyone. Racism and other derogatory comments are wholly counter to the values of this forum.
 

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Homeless people asking for money politely is a problem in most of the UK cities and there doesn't seem to be a resolution sadly to this problem.

But what is distinct for some reason that in Newcastle there is a group of charvas that hang around aggressively asking for money. They aren't homeless, they are simply opportunists. The police should arrest these people immediately and they should go to prison as the last time I heard mugging was a serious criminal offence.
 

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What are people's thoughts about the migrant situation? The prime minister said earlier in the year that Britain paid out £900m in aid so would not be taking in any more migrants, yet now he is holding emergency talks to do just the opposite.
We should be doing everything we physically can to help. We are lucky enough to live in a stable developed nation, and part of that is a responsibility to help others less fortunate.

One uncommonly spoken about aspect to the Syria crisis is the fact the destabilisation of the country came from severe droughts in the farming regions, causing mass internal immigration from the desertified framing regions into the cities. The lack of support for these dislocated people within is what caused the civil unrest, albeit geed on from the other Arab springs in Tunisia and Egypt.

The droughts are basically rendering in 50 years time the farmland of Syria useless, and this is no doubt caused by climate change. Something the west is culpable of. This combined with our misguided attempts at interventionism in Iraq and destabilising a region already dominated by fundamentalism doubles our responsibility to them.

I would disagree, however with the militant Left George Galloway style argument that we are responsible for ISIS's fanatasicm. Although we enabled a means for them to arise, we should not feel responsible for the atrocities they are committing. That is them and them alone.

We also need to review the fact that the developed nations of the middle east in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait are doing nothing to help their fellow arabs and Muslims. Jordan and Lebanon are inundated far worse than us, but the developed middle east is not letting in a single refugee or providing aid. They are too busy driving ferarris in the desert, building Kingdom towers and killing Indians through corporate neglect on construction sites. We need to apply pressure on them to do their bit too.
 

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Whilst Corbyn will get vilified for being a communist terrorist loving has been that wants to retrograde this country back to a socialist utopia isolated from Globalisation and ran by militant unions, the people that do so miss the point of what he is bringing that is so popular.

He is a leader that represents democracy and policies with a heart. We want the leader of our country to be a good person, willing to fight what is right morally, not just economically.

He will not turn the UK into a failed socialist utopia. He is bringing back democracy and grass roots movement to the Labour party. Turning them away from policies of media placation and big business corruption and back to asking people what they want, debates about how it can happen and is letting all people within the party have their say.

The trouble with the Tories policy of 'fixing the roof when the sun shines' is the fact that they project false confidence (and money through QE) in the economy to make it look like the sun is shining, but is it really? Its a high risk approach, lets hope to god there is no blip in the global economy or that roof will collapse.
 

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The prices are competitive to prices or similar rated 'high end' smart phones.
Which were set up in competition with apple anyway.

Trouble with apple is that in their transition from alternative to mainstream they left behind their moral edge in pursuit of glorious capitalism. They could have been altogether more ethical and positive but instead are corporate, cynical and greedy.
 

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Not to mention the vast sums of money apple sit on, doing nothing with.
They could pour that money into r+d to produce better products that last longer and can be made cheaper so they can be accessible to a greater reach of global population but instead seem quite happy to only serve the very rich and sit on the interest
 

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An interesting article linked below.

An overview of London with comparative facts and figures assessing its impact on other areas of the UK. Historical references plus Jason Hawkes photography

London-centric - The Colossus
I have posted it here in the 'Skybar' as it is Off-Topic for the Newcastle Forum, but (in my opinion) it is worth a read . . .

Its a fascinating and well researched article as ever by the BBC.

BUT.. yet again, despite being critical in some respects, it is yet another 'celebration' of London.

I would love to see the BBC produce more documentary films/articles/reviews about the rest of the UK. A place where even still, houses far more people and produces more money for our nation than London.

Better yet, rather than over analyse and rebroadcast about London's ascent of the nation, lets here more ideas about how the regions can prosper and contribute within our globalised world.

And by ideas for regeneration I do not mean the following...

- All we need is a posh high speed train to London
(A policy of extending London into the Country, not a policy for extending the country at all)

- Manchester as London of the North.
(A genuine scheme for balancing the nation or a vote winning exercise for the Chancellor's constituency? The North is not the South in the sense that it is a polycentric region of once powerful independent cities, not monocentric South of London with historical pretty non-cities and suburban non-places. Copy and pasting the economic model of the South to the North is square holes for round pegs and in doing so would eliminate the diversity of economic output we could have.)

- Open the coalmines, build ships, live in the past.
(Whereas industrial output should be increased so the UK can produce 'things' to hedge our bets against London's selling of 'virtual things' (Stocks and Shares), we can't rebuild what we built in the past. We need research and business that produce the new, usually high tech 'things' the world needs; be it industrial, scientific, cultural or social.

- Carve up London and spread it around.
(Whereas there is huge benefits in taking our public sector and equally distributing it across the UK, it shouldn't be done with a f**k London mentality. We need to work together, build on London's success, and of course paid for by London's profits. We shouldn't seek through envy to detriment London severely as it still remains the foremost connection and leader of the world. Let's work to each others strengths.)

That last one was far too London friendly, think i need to lie down.
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Like it or not, London is the biggest city in Europe, is a huge financial centre, the main access point to Britain for people outside Europe, and is the capital. The reason it was chosen over other cities( Birmingham and Manchester tried in the eighties) for the British Olympic bid is nowhere else could have coped adequately with such a huge influx of sportsmen/women and visitors. Also its proximity to Europe means the capital is likely to remain a very big deal for decades to come.

Yet London is also crowded, has horrendous congestion, areas which are extremely dangerous after dark, is very expensive and a stressful place to live and work in. Newcastle's selling point is for all there is congestion at peak time and some areas aren't particularly safe after dark, it suffers far less from the problems London has and is cheaper to live in with a wide range of cultural and sporting facilities.

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May I add, that London is bizarrely both a terrible place for new business and the best.

As the centre for finance, being located in the capital, investors are far more likely to invest in a London SME as the familiarity breeds confidence.

But because the overheads are so high they have to borrow much more, which is a risk to themselves and the investors.

Places like Newcastle have the perfect breeding ground for SMEs, with in addition to its strong universities, industrial skill set and lower infrastructure costs provides for high input and low overheads.

But because the country is so centrilised, investors, unfamiliar with the region are less likely to borrow to a company up here.

The answer to the ongoing plateau of the Northern economy to the South East boom lies somewhere in this issue.
 

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Goes to show the Bigg Market isn't quite the Hieronymus Bosch painting its made out to be.

Newgate Street is a dive. The Gate has allowed for a concentration of misdemeanours to occur in an area which must be difficult to Police as it is so congested.
 

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Though when I discussed licencing enforcement with NCC they told me that the Bigg Market was essentially a no go area for enforcement as they couldn't guarantee the safety of their staff.



Aye, unless the character of the gate changes it's going to be worse when the development goes ahead as the street will be narrowed markedly, shunting the 'tired and emotional' into the road.
The Gate really needs to beef up security and take ownership of policing the road.

No go area? The figures do not really speak for themselves.

I see the Bigg Market undergoing a slow gentrification until NCC or NE1 cough up dollar to return it to a medieval style marketplace contemporary public space.

Although its a restaurant quarter, I am personally worried that the dregs will migrate across and lower the tone of the nicest part of town when Eldon Square RQ is completed.
 

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Ever been to Whitehaven late at night? Tangier and Duke St are awful on Saturday nights and tend to be full of aggressive men with shaved heads wanting to fight the world. It's a shame as there are some nice places to drink and crime otherwise is fairly low, but like The Gate certain pubs attract the laddish, yobbish element.
I can't say I have. But I do know that Whitehaven is yet another example of a once industrious and rich Northern town abandoned by the economic policies of our Southern centric governmental dynasties
 
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