I think you and I (or 'i'!) are the only ones on here who carry on old habits and I suspect our combined age is well in excess of the combined IQ of the Cabinet.
The BBC is funded by the license fee, but is less independent from government influence than it used to be, and the license fee has not kept up with inflation.
Even if you have reservations about the BBC, there are plenty of other credible news providers, for example ITN, Sky News, Euronews, RTE, NOS, ARD etc.
It was the same for me at school. If you made the Scholarship Sixth form you were automatically made a sub-prefect, if you hadn't already 'achieved' that, but it never happened in my case! To say I couldn't care less wouldn't be true, I was dead chuffed as I wouldn't have to stay on after school. I might add that I never had a detention in seven and a half years there, the only one in my year who didn't. Always proudly been a contrarian.Indeed !!!
How come you have not gone from Established to Veteran Member ?
I thought 10,000 posts qualified the new status or has it changed - I am just over the mark as well but have a dodgy disciplinary record
Think the England vs Denmark semi final last Wednesday evening must have resulted in the rolling of the printing presses having been slightly delayed given that it was an 8.00 p.m. KO and then the game went to extra time, but possibly an exception to the norm and maybe the first editions of Thursday's papers for the regions went out with alternative front and back pages.