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Doesn't Commute Anymore

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  1. ha ha Fishfinger! 1500 silver coins (£27k - not exactly a house purchase is it!) is a bit like the adage about Fort Knox - there's no need to worry about much bullion being stolen as its too darn heavy to shift anywhere else quick enough. I did have a burglar 5 years ago in my house, and they found - but left - the silver as it wasn't viable for a quick getaway. They stole UK passports (£3k each on black market, I believe!). They never found the gold which was hidden rather better!
  2. Thanks to FF and TMBTL for the advice. I bought so many years ago, I had lost touch with whom was best to trade with. Both were efficient and reasonable in terms of offers. Gold is sellable anywhere, silver again no problem but too bulky to rucksack if you have even a low 1000s stash, platinum harder to find a buyer but HGM were good and offered fair. COVID-19 means slow progress in waiting for the small ATS office to be clear (only one customer at a time). I am currently bullion-free for the first time since college years, which was many many years ago, but I have more urgent need for the money. (in those days, grants still existed a bit and you were deducted any cash savings in your award, so I used to buy Britannias from summer work and declare no cash savings)
  3. Apologies for the bluntness of this message. I am urgently needing to liquidate bullion to fund urgent legal action due to a serious family matter. I have made arrangements for my silver and gold sale but can any good member of this community help me with : a) where to best sell platinum coins b) where best to sell scrap gold Replies on or off list welcome. Thank you.
  4. A controversial one to answer this, but I will bite. Seen it many times across my HE/FE/school teaching years. You need a certain minimal level of Maths and English to be genuinely employable in the high-tech world. Companies like Honda in Swindon want Maths, English and a Science all at a minimum of C to do even the most basic entry role in their factory. Why when the vital skills they need on the factory floor - such as craftmanship, precision and dexterity - are not so academic? It's all because a blue chip company wants to invest not just in you but also in your future potential. Without basic writing skills, competent numeracy skills and some ability to understand the underlying science/engineering of their processes, you cannot move up in their corporate structures to more advanced tasks. You can only do fixed tasks as told. You lack the maths competence to do a simple analysis on a bunch of data to suggest improvements or the english skills to write a coherent and internally consistent report to define a technical problem. I think these companies are basically correct - if you cant get Cs in these three subjects - and that means being respectful with retakes and encouraging learning achievements later in adult education as there are plenty of late bloomers left behind by schools - there are limited roles in modern industries in the modern world.
  5. The Open University was a once-great institution centred on pedagogy and good learning practices, which really did improve social mobility and provide transformatory second chances in life (I did my first academic post there, and was proud to work there at the time ). How much is a national retaining programme needed now for those who will have to build a second career post-COVID19? I guess this is where its lefty reputation comes from. Ironically, the OU moved away from its core function, as I outline above, and tried to become more free-market and commercial, like other universities. Hired lots of managers while neglecting and binning a lot of wonderful teaching talent (that was its only real resource). It became a brand with an image not an organisation that created second chances. Now its like any other tinpot low ranked uni peddling cheap, low employability courses. Very sad to write this, but it's true.
  6. I suspect he's been told by the PM and Tory Grandees to kill the matter today. If stories about his behaviour drag into this week, he will need to go. So who fires the PM's enforcer? 1922 committee chair?
  7. He's sitting at a really crap desk (deliberately). I bought something like that for the barbecue food and prep for £10 at Wilkos.
  8. Yes, it sounds very Prince Andrew doesn't it? If he survives, he wont be allowed near a TV camera again.
  9. That town centre development is looking like a terrible move. More retail just not needed, commuter flats at 500k+ no longer needed. These will become slums and ruin the town centre. That said, Woking is far far better value than Guildford unless you have a million or so to throw at your house purchase* * - housing costs plus 11-16 education costs for your kids (great 6th forms!). Lots of bad school catchment areas unless you are rich, but that's Surrey.
  10. I live nearby. Its patchy - but the nice parts are really quite nice. Crap secondary state schools barring two with tiny catchment areas.
  11. BBC main headline. Coronavirus: 'I don't regret what I did,' says Dominic Cummings. This isn't going to go away with headlines that that. Country getting annoyed as schools back next week and nobody knows how it will work safely (kids simply can't socially distance). Instead we get a weasily winy moaner. "Were the public stupid to follow the rules?" just asked.
  12. BBC main headline. Coronavirus: 'I don't regret what I did,' says Dominic Cummings.
  13. The plan is to make a long, dull sob story that covers all the anomalies. Barnard Castle was to test if he could drive, the sighting of him in woods was to take the kid to the toilet suddenly. That's how its going to be done. The risk he is taking is that more evidence appears to counter this long-winded excuse. God, he's very uncharismatic. A behind the scenes kinds of guy.
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