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  1. "Leans against" Carney and the BoE as Del Boy and Trig.
  2. I can understand that - as I've posted earlier about Poland I think it's worth pointing out how close the purchasing power is for its own sake as I don't think a lot of people realise it (I'm not referring to HPCers). I think UK politicians also use an old perception to pretend that the UK is better off compared to other countries (on a "you lucky people" basis) than it really is in relative terms.
  3. According to that link Guangzho has just 10% lower local purchasing power than Stoke - they're catching up really fast.
  4. I had assumed the ones I saw had some notional pedals maybe folded away even if only to comply with the law but I didn't see any pedals they were moving so fast - they looked more like small scooters rather than mopeds - travelling at speed. Whatever the law is they were being used on busy pavements. I believe they're very easy to obtain even Argos sells the slower smaller versions. It seems it's not a new thing (albeit in the link below dated 2012 they were on the roads - 8 - 10 year old kids) although it's the first time I've seen them. I'd rather not see them in pedestrian areas again - or even on the roads driven by kids.$ja=tsid:59156|cid:189934165|agid:18091993285|tid:aud-144400486596:pla-141052315045|crid:77627768365|nw:g|rnd:11319733043934765096|dvc:c|adp:1o3&gclid=CMaIh7uz-dICFQPgGwodbgMDmA
  5. China has made rapid progress in local purchasing power over recent decades and on average is now apparently only about 32% below the UK. If the local Chinese supermarket is anything to go by they also have a very varied food selection - from the items imported to the UK from China and other countries around there. Their low wages and relatively low housing costs etc help to make them very competitive.
  6. Strictly speaking by law normal pedal cyclists are not allowed on the pavements. That never stopped them and being against the law never seems to deter or be enforced now - if it ever was. Indeed I believe enforcement has been officially relaxed to allow it for normal pedal cyclists. That's the main reason I made the remark you highlighted - assuming it's just possible it's going to be similarly unofficially accepted if driven responsibly - the kids weren't driving them responsibly. I think any such acceptance would be a real danger to pedestrians much more even than pedal cyclists. Maybe you misunderstood but I wasn't saying it might happen/be a menace. I recently saw it actually happen and a group travelling along a busy pavement "driven" by kids (each with their own one) outside a supermarket - including wheelies. A menace to pedestrians. Like they'd just been bought their latest toys. If the speed is restricted to 15 mph I believe they don't need documentation of any kind although I'm sure the ones I saw were going faster/capable of going faster than that. It might well be illegal and maybe the kids were breaking the law but I assume they maybe thought they get away with it maybe likening it to mobility vehicles and perhaps because of their age. Normal pedal cyclists started on the pavements a bit like that (mainly in London - now everywhere) to get around the extreme congestion. There was no policing there to say they couldn't (and there's probably nowhere else in the near vicinity for them to use them).
  7. The latest menace with kids using them on busy pavements - plus wheelies. That type of thing - not necessarily that exact "funbike". So I guess they can only be used on pavements if there's nowhere else to use them. Max. speed 45 kph although possibly the ones I saw ridden by a bunch of say 14 year old kids on the pavement had a lower max. speed. Crazy.
  8. I don't disagree that it seems unlikely or disagree that the eu lacks credibility as an agent of change, these days it represents something far removed from the ideal, it's a mess and we are well out of it - although it depends on how much TPTB try to muck things up for the people after leaving and if it's excessive then given half a chance in due course an atavistic desire might just come into irrational play again for a bit more U-turn political and corporate churning.
  9. I guess if it had some decent sized windows/doors then that might have dissipated the explosion but maybe there weren't any or they were very small. Normally for gas explosions you see part of the building levelled and lesser damage elsewhere (in media photos etc) - the weakest part (often the roof) dissipates the blast and not such a uniform and complete levelling as apparently in this case.
  10. Indeed he was sending the message loud and clear. Apparently not a sound when the corporates cheat hundreds of millions. So it looks as if the taxpayer is going to have to cough up rather than the company that made the errors or the insurer that you would think would be paid to cover that sort of risk. I guess taxpayer covers all risks these days - sometimes you might think that errors might even be intentional to guarantee a hefty payout for virtually no work. At least there's going to be an enquiry to sweep it all under the carpet. Then the decommissioning work still has to be done Jobs all round for the boys.
  11. . Privatise the gains and socialise the losses is much better. Latch on to the bailout bonus money. You can't buy such wisdom but saving £20 a day for every day of the week only gives you £7000 a year or about £350,000 for a lifetime of work. You're still not a millionaire - and these days you would make next to nothing in interest. Of course you might be good at investing in the casino economy (maybe at the start of a house price boom) but he doesn't seem to be suggesting taking that sort of risk. Saving is good of course but in reality it's discouraged by those running the show and advocating inflation even when it's zirp days (and years and years and years ........). He didn't make his own money that way.
  12. . Housing Minister holding one of the new "apartments" in his hand. Innovative.
  13. . The word "criminal" wouldn't be out of place either.
  14. Cameron went on and on about that for the water stealers. It might have been because he considered it to be above their station.
  15. and I dare say once the UK has left the EU and TPTB have ironed out the wrinkles to their own 100% benefit again, to stitch the people up yet again and then even more than before then that might be the time UK people will decide to push to rejoin the eu (or some other bloc) in order to churn it all again. The emergence of a new party -UKeup (UK eu party)?