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    Originally posted by shrapnel View Post

    The Chinese are buying/have bought most of it, and have big plans
    Population growth I'm guessing is what Hitch is thinking too.

    Currently 17% of world's population while it will be approx 40% in 2100

    Asia will fall from a 60% to around 43% share around the same time.

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      Originally posted by eamonhonda View Post

      What's the theory on Africa being ginormous in a few years?
      A few decades not a few years! I think thats the widely held view and hence why, as shrap says, all the smart money - i.e. chinese money - is going into building africa. Demographics mainly, rapidly rising education rates, its where all the young people with young ideas will be. I read a smart analysis of it a while ago, but can't remember all the arguments. But it seems pretty unstoppable.
      "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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        Originally posted by Murdrum View Post

        Population growth I'm guessing is what Hitch is thinking too.

        Currently 17% of world's population while it will be approx 40% in 2100

        Asia will fall from a 60% to around 43% share around the same time.
        Thats it. Population, but also a way better educated population with less critical distractions, such as famine and war, also.

        Edit: ah, I published a research paper on those pre-emerging countries a few years ago. Was trying to remember how I knew a bit about it.
        "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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          Originally posted by Murdrum View Post

          Population growth I'm guessing is what Hitch is thinking too.

          Currently 17% of world's population while it will be approx 40% in 2100

          Asia will fall from a 60% to around 43% share around the same time.
          Stole my thunder m8

          Literally just presented a seminar on this (the global population) for my Geography class on Friday. Had a nice reply lined up to show off my new found college knowledge until I read your reply lol

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            Originally posted by dobby View Post

            Stole my thunder m8

            Literally just presented a seminar on this (the global population) for my Geography class on Friday. Had a nice reply lined up to show off my new found college knowledge until I read your reply lol
            Tell us something else really interesting you have learnt recently so.

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              Recommend a Snagger anyone?

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                Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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                  Originally posted by hotspur View Post

                  Tell us something else really interesting you have learnt recently so.
                  Tangentially related to geography but I learned last night that various nasty regimes around the world have been engaged in intense competition to build the world's tallest flagpole. There is only one company that makes such enormous flagpoles. I was particularly enamoured with this 165m effort in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The flag weighs 700kg!

                  This kind of totally useless knowledge is what sets me apart.

                  Flagpole_Dushanbe_Tajikistan.jpg?.jpg
                  "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                    Originally posted by dobby View Post

                    Stole my thunder m8

                    Literally just presented a seminar on this (the global population) for my Geography class on Friday. Had a nice reply lined up to show off my new found college knowledge until I read your reply lol
                    I read something a few years ago about population that used Ireland as an example - essentially showing for all countries that their growth spurt happens precisely when they have enough young brightly educated folk. That it was an unstoppable force. I think it was a New Yorker article maybe. The point was - the whole thing is nothing to do with policies, political parties, public services, etc once you get to that tipping point, it was just inevitable. That was my vague reading of where Africa is headed.

                    Would that be the type of thing that ye would look at in geography? I'd be curious to hear if thats just one particular view I read, or some sort of accepted wisdom.
                    "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                      I read something a few years ago about population that used Ireland as an example - essentially showing for all countries that their growth spurt happens precisely when they have enough young brightly educated folk. That it was an unstoppable force. I think it was a New Yorker article maybe. The point was - the whole thing is nothing to do with policies, political parties, public services, etc once you get to that tipping point, it was just inevitable. That was my vague reading of where Africa is headed.
                      That reading seems to assume these young, bright, educated people stay at home.

                      I'm old enough to remember the eighties here and the reverse was the case.
                      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                        Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                        That reading seems to assume these young, bright, educated people stay at home.

                        I'm old enough to remember the eighties here and the reverse was the case.
                        Then you'll remember how the educated young attracted the techs in the late 80s and early 90s then the economy climbed Plus the corp tax of course.

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                          Zutrophs gaf gave me a headache.

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                            Originally posted by Solksjaer! View Post

                            Then you'll remember how the educated young attracted the techs in the late 80s and early 90s then the economy climbed Plus the corp tax of course.
                            Which came first, the low tax chicken or the young educated eggs?

                            Ireland is a bit of a weird example anyway as most of our growth was (and is) predicated on FDI.
                            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                              Originally posted by Tar.Aldarion View Post
                              The French to Spanish jump seems funny, Spanish being one of the easiest languages to learn for a native English speaker, and Spanish is practically the same as Portuguese, so we have those in the bag but we don't bother as we know English. I wish my gfs language (Hungarian) wasn't basically Klingon, so hard. I can't even pronounce the words.
                              I think Spanish is far from one of the easiest languages to learn for English speakers. It’s back to front, conjugations are everything, 4 past tenses, subjunctive which doesn’t really exist in English, genders for everything. Subtle..and I mean miniscule differences in pronunciation and spelling (i instead of e for example) completely changes the meaning and context of a word or sentence.

                              example from today ‘i suppose you she has sent already it but if* no here you have it’ is the literal translation of a sentence.

                              it’s easy to understand on a superficial level but actually having a real conversation is a pain in the ass. Unless you don’t mind constantly having the wrong structure and letting them pick through it for understanding

                              * sí is yes
                              si is if
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                                Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                That reading seems to assume these young, bright, educated people stay at home.

                                I'm old enough to remember the eighties here and the reverse was the case.
                                It did seem like quite an overly pat explanation. It might even have been the original article coining the Celtic Tiger.

                                I guess if Africa ends up 40% of the world population there's not really enough space for all the bright young things to leave the continent!
                                "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                  Anyway, Spring seems to have arrived with a bang when it comes to covid good news. First wave of kids gone back to school, hospital numbers falling fast, vaccines being rolled out more or less to plan....all good.

                                  "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                                    Anyway, Spring seems to have arrived with a bang when it comes to covid good news. First wave of kids gone back to school, hospital numbers falling fast, vaccines being rolled out more or less to plan....all good.
                                    Just hope nobody starts planning on having a 'meaningful' Paddy's day
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                                      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                                      It did seem like quite an overly pat explanation. It might even have been the original article coining the Celtic Tiger.

                                      I guess if Africa ends up 40% of the world population there's not really enough space for all the bright young things to leave the continent!
                                      Africa's biggest problems are governmental and environmental. The former is, at best, continuing on a track of corruption and extremely weak democratic institutions. The latter is worse - desertification and habitat destruction are accelerating, and population growth only exacerbates this.

                                      So I wouldn't share your optimism....
                                      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                        I was given a Sodastream as a present last year and I get great use out of it just for fizzy water which I use loads of. After a while using it you stop noticing how much you are not spending on plastic bottles and instead notice the €20 a go they are charging for a refill of gas that only carbonates 60L. When this lockdown came along it became impossible to get refills so I looked into getting set up to refill them myself. Bought an adaptor from a UK site and a 10 L cylinder of food grade CO2. The gas arrived today and was very much bigger than I expected at nearly a meter tall but was really easy to set up. I'm expecting the cost of a refill to drop from €20 to less than €2 a go.

                                        Looks a bit mad
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                                        Turning millions into thousands

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                                          Davy coning on to Prime Time to talk about Elliott got a feeling I'll be watching this one from behind the sofa
                                          Turning millions into thousands

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                                            Wtf are RTÉ doing having John mcgurk of Gript on prime time to debate the protests at the weekend ?
                                            balance? Fucking idiots- there is no upside to this- just giving a platform to plausibollocks
                                            “PSV was right all along” -Hitch 20 May 2019

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                                              Originally posted by CHDad View Post
                                              Zutrophs gaf gave me a headache.
                                              Did he win?
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                                                Originally posted by PSV58 View Post
                                                Wtf are RTÉ doing having John mcgurk of Gript on prime time to debate the protests at the weekend ?
                                                balance? Fucking idiots- there is no upside to this- just giving a platform to plausibollocks
                                                Well it was either him or...
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                                                  Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

                                                  Did he win?
                                                  Yes.
                                                  "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                    Car crash stuff by Russell.
                                                    "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                      Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post
                                                      Davy coning on to Prime Time to talk about Elliott got a feeling I'll be watching this one from behind the sofa

                                                      “PSV was right all along” -Hitch 20 May 2019

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                                                        I've been boycotting sodastream for ages because of that factory in the occupied territories. But it seems they, ahem, shut that factory in 2015, and then shut themselves by selling themselves to Pepsi in 2018. I need an alert system for when to lift boycotts.
                                                        "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                          Surely they could have got someone better. Literally anyone.

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                                                            Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post
                                                            Davy coning on to Prime Time to talk about Elliott got a feeling I'll be watching this one from behind the sofa
                                                            Ohhh boy.
                                                            sure like tis grand that kinda thing happens down the country, the only problem is mobile phones.

                                                            Reading Elliott's statement he must have been holding back the laughter when stating he had a phone call and without thinking needed to sit down.
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                                                              Won't somebody think of the poor horses feelings.
                                                              is he for real?
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                                                                Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                                Africa's biggest problems are governmental and environmental. The former is, at best, continuing on a track of corruption and extremely weak democratic institutions. The latter is worse - desertification and habitat destruction are accelerating, and population growth only exacerbates this.

                                                                So I wouldn't share your optimism....
                                                                I think that all tends to be temporary. That things eventually come together when education reaches the right level and critical mass. Even that aside, the fact that its going to be just about half of the worlds population does give some cause for consideration as to the impact they will eventually have. We'll see in due course, of course. America seems to share your view and has permanently written off Africa. China and Europe (because of colonial links in part) seem to see a much more positive potential.
                                                                "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                  Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                  I've been boycotting sodastream for ages because of that factory in the occupied territories. But it seems they, ahem, shut that factory in 2015, and then shut themselves by selling themselves to Pepsi in 2018. I need an alert system for when to lift boycotts.
                                                                  Though you'd want to boycott Pepsi because of the Michael Jackson connection? Even if he was ahead of the curve with the face masks.
                                                                  Person...Woman...Man......Camera..TV

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                                                                    Just incoherent nonsense. I respect both the bravery and the loyalty shown but that was disastrous.
                                                                    "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                      Originally posted by Micknail View Post


                                                                      Reading Elliott's statement he must have been holding back the laughter when stating he had a phone call and without thinking needed to sit down.
                                                                      No way - he said that?! Surely not.
                                                                      "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                        Originally posted by ComradeCollie View Post

                                                                        Though you'd want to boycott Pepsi because of the Michael Jackson connection? Even if he was ahead of the curve with the face masks.
                                                                        We need a chart for who to boycott.

                                                                        I'd happily boycott Pepsi for striking agreements with places to only sell Pepsi because they know thats the only way people will drink their crap.
                                                                        "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                          Davy held up well, he looked and sounded more shook than I've ever seen him.
                                                                          Turning millions into thousands

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                                                                            Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                                                                            I think that all tends to be temporary.
                                                                            Environmental destruction is temporary?

                                                                            Phew, tell the Sahara to go into retreat!
                                                                            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                              Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post
                                                                              Davy held up well, he looked and sounded more shook than I've ever seen him.
                                                                              He didn't hold up at all. He literally made no sense.

                                                                              Whatever points he was trying to make just unravelled.
                                                                              "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                                                                                No way - he said that?! Surely not.
                                                                                From strewels quote previously:

                                                                                "I was standing over the horse waiting to help with the removal of the body, in the course of which, to my memory I received a call and, without thinking, I sat down to take it. Hearing a shout from one of my team, I gestured to wait until I was finished"
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                                                                                  Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                                                  He didn't hold up at all. He literally made no sense.

                                                                                  Whatever points he was trying to make just unravelled.
                                                                                  Could have been a lot worse.
                                                                                  Turning millions into thousands

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                                                                                    Originally posted by ArmaniJeans View Post
                                                                                    Surely they could have got someone better. Literally anyone.
                                                                                    Mick O'Leary must really be regretting his decision to pick a fight with WPM now.
                                                                                    "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                      Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

                                                                                      Could have been a lot worse.
                                                                                      Only if he was wearing a horse's head mask.

                                                                                      Actually, someone media-savvy like GAB could have done a polished job in that slot and left everyone feeling vaguely sorry for Elliott, paving the way for a comeback. Opportunity missed.
                                                                                      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                        Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                        I've been boycotting sodastream for ages because of that factory in the occupied territories. But it seems they, ahem, shut that factory in 2015, and then shut themselves by selling themselves to Pepsi in 2018. I need an alert system for when to lift boycotts.
                                                                                        I'm proactively screwing them over by undercutting their most profitable line.

                                                                                        Some of their cylinders have an anti refill mechanism built in but it doesn't really work unless you fill them under too high a pressure.
                                                                                        Turning millions into thousands

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                                                                                          Banana Watch update.

                                                                                          Here is some banana art made from merely bruising the banana.

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                                                                                            I like it strew - destroying them from the inside!
                                                                                            "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                                              Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post
                                                                                              I was given a Sodastream as a present last year and I get great use out of it just for fizzy water which I use loads of. After a while using it you stop noticing how much you are not spending on plastic bottles and instead notice the €20 a go they are charging for a refill of gas that only carbonates 60L. When this lockdown came along it became impossible to get refills so I looked into getting set up to refill them myself. Bought an adaptor from a UK site and a 10 L cylinder of food grade CO2. The gas arrived today and was very much bigger than I expected at nearly a meter tall but was really easy to set up. I'm expecting the cost of a refill to drop from €20 to less than €2 a go.

                                                                                              Looks a bit mad
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                                                                                              Deets please. Got a, sodastream a few months ago instead of buying countless San pelegrino bottles, love it, so keen to try this out as well as refills run out pretty quickly.

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                                                                                                Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                                                                Only if he was wearing a horse's head mask.

                                                                                                Actually, someone media-savvy like GAB could have done a polished job in that slot and left everyone feeling vaguely sorry for Elliott, paving the way for a comeback. Opportunity missed.
                                                                                                Too soon for that IMO. If I could give a fuck about him I'd be worried for Gordons wellbeing, you would hope there are some good people around him. Can't see a better option than him disappearing for a long time, I suppose if there was any chance of that happening it would be down to how well he has or hasn't managed his money.

                                                                                                Jaysus BBC giving it another big feature now Lizzie Kelly and all.

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                                                                                                  Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                                                                  Environmental destruction is temporary?

                                                                                                  Phew, tell the Sahara to go into retreat!
                                                                                                  wha. the sahara has grown ten percent in 100 years. how much do you anticipate it growing in the next 40 years. And environmental destruction is indeed temporary, thankfully. thats why we don't have a hole in our ozone layer anymore (i think?) and most of Europe doesn't smell of coal dust and lead like it used to.

                                                                                                  Its amazing how many places that are written off as zero-hopes suddenly click when things come together. We live in one. Our population fell from about 4 mil post independence to 2.5 mil at lowest ebb. Every young person shipped out, almost until the 80s. The butt of jokes all around the world. Paddy Irishman. And look at us now. Africa will be a whole new step in the growth of the world. Righting the final wrong. Its going to be great.
                                                                                                  "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                                                    Originally posted by shrapnel View Post

                                                                                                    Deets please. Got a, sodastream a few months ago instead of buying countless San pelegrino bottles, love it, so keen to try this out as well as refills run out pretty quickly.
                                                                                                    this is the adapter I got
                                                                                                    https://www.co2supermarket.co.uk/sod...pter-p520.html

                                                                                                    there are cheaper versions for instance
                                                                                                    https://www.amazon.com/Jeffergarden-.../dp/B07RPQKDKH

                                                                                                    Then you need to get a cylinder of food grade CO2 initial cylinder will be about double the price of refills and the price varies a lot depending on where you get it. Cheapest are fire extinguisher companies who do it as a sideline.
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                                                                                                      This is what the taxpayer's money is propping up. Thick, ignorant muck-savages. The mind boggles.

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                                                                                                        Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                                                                        Mick O'Leary must really be regretting his decision to pick a fight with WPM now.
                                                                                                        Price just went up

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                                                                                                          Originally posted by shrapnel View Post

                                                                                                          makes awesome steak tartare.

                                                                                                          i'd read somewhere that the french equine butcher market was massively responsible for the continuation of the huge number of horse breed lines. Without it, so many would have gone extinct.
                                                                                                          Rose tinted glasses.

                                                                                                          The opposite happens now, take for example the homogenising of pig breeds in China to produce more food, and then the inevitable outbreak of disease.
                                                                                                          Won't be long until the next pandemic develops from these scenarios.
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                                                                                                            SP, Id chain that cylinder to something if it was me

                                                                                                            Can be dangerous if for some reason they set off on a wee trip for themselves
                                                                                                            PMA

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                                                                                                              Wanda Vision is some trip.
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                                                                                                                Originally posted by Silly Gilly View Post
                                                                                                                This is what the taxpayer's money is propping up. Thick, ignorant muck-savages. The mind boggles.
                                                                                                                You are a very angry women Gilly all that hate is going to eat you up

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                                                                                                                    "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                                                                        Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                                                                                                                        I read something a few years ago about population that used Ireland as an example - essentially showing for all countries that their growth spurt happens precisely when they have enough young brightly educated folk. That it was an unstoppable force. I think it was a New Yorker article maybe. The point was - the whole thing is nothing to do with policies, political parties, public services, etc once you get to that tipping point, it was just inevitable. That was my vague reading of where Africa is headed.

                                                                                                                        Would that be the type of thing that ye would look at in geography? I'd be curious to hear if thats just one particular view I read, or some sort of accepted wisdom.
                                                                                                                        I thought once you had an educated pop your growth rate declines massively? Usually, once a country gets developed life expectancy lengthens, there's less child mortality, so for a short period the pop grows massively, but once people get educated birth rates drop, eventually the country goes into population decline (Germany/Japan etc)/

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                                                                                                                          This is a bbv mash up.

                                                                                                                          I remember IanMc (remember him) posting Feist years ago
                                                                                                                          And then I think Theresa posted about the Guard loving Boys Noize





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