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  1. Thanks for the reply, which I've just read in full.

    Thoroughly interesting, and has opened my eyes to the internal workings of that sector. For instance, I wasn't aware of the amount of bursaries available - this certainly wasn't the case for the year I attended public school round here.

    I'm going to read your reply again tomorrow as I'm in massive sleep-debt at the mo.

    Thanks again for posting in such detail.

  2. There's no reason why any charity can't get an overdraft, or a loan from a bank. And charitable status isn't switched on or off depending on growth rates in the economy, despite your attempts to troll on " totally fraudulent 'charitable' status".

    Interesting philosophical point - I guess one person's strongly-held view is another person's troll-bait...

    But I'm very interested in the view which you appear to hold. I've never thought the 'public benefit'/charity angle would stand up to much scrutiny in the case of public schools. Always struck me as commercial businesses, with paying customers.

    IIRC, most public schools also charge termly in advance - that's a nice float of money every September, January & April. Surely not many other businesses bill quarterly in advance?

    100% willing to have my thinking changed on this & to stand corrected - please just convince me it's not a tax-avoidance/reduction vehicle, and that there is really some charitable purpose to public schools.

    FWIW: attended public school for one year, aged 8, in UK. Rest of school in state schools in UK, France & 'public' (i.e. state) school in the US. And the UK public school I attended was excellent.

  3. Jamie Macnab, a director of Savills Scotland

    Surely 'MacNob' is a more appropriate name?

    100% VI bullsh!t. Does this paper have any editorial credibility? Are they just humping the 'possible future HPI' story so that Jock McPublic hears what he wants to hear?

    Maybe this article about their parent group has something to do with it?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/nov/1...n-consolidation

    "When you look at property advertising halving ..."
    The shares have lost more than 90% of their value over the past year.

    Desperately bleating out "good news" as they disappear down the toilet...

    EDIT: speelung

  4. Well done to Essexgirl for posting her story here - intelligent, articulate & honest post.

    And yes, it does sound like her husband (& especially her in-laws) need a good slap. The in-laws in particular seem to hold some very old-fashioned, petty-bourgeois views - which have contributed to Essexgirl's situation.

    Didn't Philip Larkin once write a poem about that sort of thing? http://www.artofeurope.com/larkin/lar2.htm

    Genuinely wish you all the best, Essexgirl. Post again at some point & let us know how you get on?

  5. I can get all of my stuff in a van + Renault Clio with careful planning (or 2 van trips).

    I'll take your "van + Clio" and raise you an "entire posessions in the back seat & boot of a Fiat Strada". Moving house was a piece of p!ss - 2 hrs at most.

    Early 90s, before my kid & before accumulating furniture & other general detritus of life.

  6. Tell them to feck off, find another rental through a different agency, then phone them up to tell them about the lost business.

    and in a nutshell that is what is wrong with this country.

    Wrong. In a nutshell, it's what's wrong with some letting agents. Many of them are as scummy & unprincipled as EAs.

    Worst outrage so far? Paying the entire 6 months + deposit up-front for a place while I did a contract, then being asked to provide salary details for the last five years to 'prove I am who I say I am', otherwise no deal.

    I phoned & asked their boss where they were hoping to verify this information. He told me about some rent-guarantee b0110cks. I pointed out that I was paying the entire rent up-front. He gave me some weedy crap about 'it's our policy...'

    On that occasion, I had to give in as I desperately needed the place. But I gave him such an earful of sh!t about how, when he himself is next asked to provide intrusive & unnecessary information for something, that he remember our conversation.

    They turned out to be [email protected] anyway - hadn't checked any rudimentary thing, such as whether gas fire or shower worked. Also managed to mis-describe it as furnished, only for me to turn up & find most of the furniture had been removed. Phone line not ceased & cable co wouldn't help until owner himself asked. Cupboards full of owner's crap, due to poor inventory. Etc etc.

    Only dealt with one principled & honest rental agent in 20 years of renting. Most of them are profiteering scum - really mean that. Currently renting directly from a great landlady/landlord.

  7. "The Point"? That's just so like 'last month'! Don't you know it's called 'Picture House Court' now?

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-214...=1&tr_t=buy

    WTF? Desperation taking hold? As if a name-change would help this bad-idea-made-real.

    The mighty Bee confirms the price of a 25% slice has dropped by £7K in the last 7 weeks. Therefore, the total 'market value' has dropped a smidgen over 20% during this period, if my maths is right (£138K > £110K). That ain't a price crash, it's a plunge down a ravine. Someone is gonna end up in the poor-house...

  8. Is that the same 'intelligence' community who try hard to get their organisations' names in the media every few months with the traditional 'we have reason to believe al-Qaeda are currently planning a major series of attacks' guff? I don't believe a word of it - just more attempts to seed a culture of fear and of 'keep on funding us, pretty please'.

    If their funding is reduced, so what? The war in Iraq was based on frigged, dishonest 'intelligence'. Where were these guardians of our country's liberty when grubby politcos decided to go on their adventure in the sandpit? They keeled over & delivered up exactly what Tony B. Liar wanted. Classic case of policy-based evidence-making.

    As bjorn points out, 'Military intelligence' is an oxymoron. A bit like 'Norfolk wit' or 'Scottish football'.

    How is it risking another Iraq? Iraq was an intelligence success not an intelligence failure.

    WTF?

  9. And if the government was genuine about wishing to save lives, it would require all car manufacturers to fit GPS guided speed limiters on new vehicles. Then the car wouldn't be able to exceed the speed limit, anywhere.

    Impractical & probably dangerous idea. In some cases, a quick stomp of the loud pedal is exactly what's needed in order to get out of danger or complete a manoeuvre safely. Granted, this could push an average speed for a trip over a limit.

    There are no simple answers, but I do get sick of people carping on about speed cameras & their alleged revenue-generation secret agenda. There's a simple way of avoiding speeding fines - stick to the speed limits. Open & shut case. And it's some years now since the hidden ones were made more visible & painted bright yellow.

    The irony is that residential backstreets - where speeding is the most dangerous due to the amount of parked cars, kids playing, etc. - are places where you don't get speed cameras. They're all on main roads. As such, the place that needs speed cameras most doesn't have them, and is therefore open season for people speeding. Seen plenty of evidence of this.

    There are no simple answers to this. Just abolishing speed cameras - or ar$eholes burning them down or vandalising them - doesn't help one bit.

    There are still too many motorists driving too fast & endangering others, just because they can get away with it. Put in place any measures which regulate this & everyone is up in arms, etc etc ad nauseum.

  10. BBC

    I recently cancelled my license fee, mainly due to dire content, So now don't have a TV. I use tinternet and on demand to playback on PC etc

    Anyway, the scum sent me a threatening letter saying they will fine me 1500 if I don't buy a license...despite stating I dont own a TV nor have the equip to receive signals.

    Here's the problem. Even if you watch TV via your PC/Laptop, you have to pay up...that's right! legally, these ******* have the right to collect 145 a year regardless of how you view TV. ******ing scum. This is state controlled VInterest TV in the highest ******ing order.

    naturally my complaints are numerous, via email, letter etc, no replies... These ***** need sorting out big time

    Rest assured. That anything you watch on the BBC is controlled, monitored in every way possible

    Dear oh dear, what absolute [email protected]

    Why do you think you should get something for free, when it doesn't carry advertising? Someone has to pay for this content to be made - why shouldn't you contribute?

    Don't give me some letter-of-the-law rubbish about only watching programmes online after the event. It's a bit like me demanding the right to shag your wife after you've finished with her for the night. Someone else (you) has already 'paid' for his shag, so surely I should be able to have sloppy seconds for free, right? It's nonsense of course - just like your stance.

    The TV licence in the UK is £140 per annum, or approx 38p per day. You can't even buy a bar of chocolate for that nowadays. Even if you think the Beeb's news is biased, VI, or otherwise spun, what about all the other stuff it has to offer? I'd pay that like a shot just for BBC radio & consider it a steal. The BBC is tremendous value for money when you compare it to something like Sky.

    I don't buy your 'dire content' line for one second - what's missing exactly?

    If you're watching the BBC's programmes (whether via broadcast or iPlayer) or listening to their radio, then don't bitch about the licence fee - just pay the fecking thing. It's just as well the UK doesn't have a Misguided Idiot Licence, as I suspect you'd have to take out a large bank loan to pay for yours. The reason they aren't responding to your complaints is that they were immediately fed into the shredder marked 'insert obvious tard correspondence here'.

    PS: no, I don't work for the Beeb or any connected org. I just think it's pretty maligned given how good much of its content is.

  11. Congrats to the OP on his first year of full-timing. Cool truck.

    I'm planning on doing this at some point, having realised that a boat would probably just be too much of a bottomless money-pit.

    Everyone I mention it to thinks I'm mad. I'll now be able to refer them to this thread.

    Well done, mate. More info & updates please.

  12. a return to religious values

    F*ck right off :angry:

    It's you feckers who started the enslavement process in the first place.

    I'm normally vaguely coherent & considered in my opinions & postings, but frankly f*ck you, you pious ar$ehole.

    I'm a 'practising atheist', and seeing opinions like your makes me prouder & prouder to be one.

  13. you are wrong as technology moves on things become MUCH harder to maintain, in the 1980s locknut valves max of 3 per cyclinder were all the rage in engines ,

    <snipped lots of *good* stuff there, purely to keep the thread tidy>

    A related but (IMHO) relevant point is that most consumer goods nowadays are built in a way that they essentially *can't* be repaired when they go wrong.

    Yes, I grant that VLSI-type integration / simplification / miniaturisation have been responsible for lowering costs & making many consumer electronics products affordable in the first place, but when it goes wrong there's nothing modular. There's no way of swapping out a defective part. Getting someone skilled in to look at it costs more than replacement. So just chuck it in the bin & keep the global economy going for one more day by buying a replacement. Repeat process after another 6 months, ad infinitum, etc etc. B0110cks to the environmental cost, too. It ain't sustainable, ecologically or in any other way.

    It's bizarre I know, but perhaps there is a bonus to the forthcoming turmoil. Will people start learning make'n'mend skills again? I'd guess there is a huge amount of people under about 25 who have never even wired a plug, since they're all pre-moulded onto the cable nowadays (more litigation-based bullsh!t if my reading has been correct).

    Difficult to imagine 'making do' & ingenuity taking over from consumerist bullsh!t, but I'm an idealistic kind of person. Perhaps idealism won't be the main driver, when people simply can't afford that 96-inch plasma for their slavebox, and will have to make do with a measly 21-inch CRT (which is working perfectly well, of course).

    Genuine point here. Do we 'need' a war? I mean a proper one, on our soil, not some far-flung, oil-driven land-grab? WWII seems to be the last time the UK actually did any proper thinking about what's truly necessary for life, rather than consumption-based palliatives. Genuine question - any opinions?

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