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  1. I suspect the owner enjoys messing up his silky black sheets while staring at his horror dollies. Truly nasty.
  2. Ah ok, thanks all. Well if I have to pay for an extra week so be it. I'm in the process of moving out now so will be all moved out well before the 23rd either way.
  3. Bit of advice needed if possible... I started a 6 month tenancy that expired 24th August 2012 and have been on a statutory periodic tenancy since then. My rent, however, has always paid on the 1st of the month. I gave 1 months notice to the rental agency today, and thought that would mean my leaving date would be the 23rd Jan 2014. Rental agency says no, it's one month from a day before the rent date i.e. 31st Jan. Spent a couple of hours googling, but can't seem to find a definitive answer. Any advice/help on this one would be appreciated.
  4. Just read this article at the telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/gilts/8524454/European-Central-Bank-threatens-to-pull-the-plug-on-Greek-lending.html What amazed me though, was this comment from a greek business owner in the comments section: I have lived and run a small business here in Greece since 2004, I would like to add a few observations.The ruling PASOK party are funded by the public sector unions and have dictated policy here for a long time, the following examples were quoted in the local paper posted on the internet, ekathimerini.http://ekathimerini.com/4dcgi
  5. I understand more and more university's are getting in on the student rental market. This is one of Leicester's offerings - 2 minutes walk to the campus, free broadband, with a subway food outlet on the way out the front door. Not much hope for a slum landlord trying to rent out a damp box-room when these modern digs are on the market. google streetview
  6. Now this would make a much better German national anthem... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs5bnVoZK4Q
  7. I had my job location moved in January, so I went from a 4 mile round trip to a 50 mile round trip. Fortunately my employer is paying Excess Cost of Travel Allowance for the next 3 years at 24.8p/mile. Tax and NI comes off this, but still I went out and switched from a 1.6 petrol (35mpg) to a 2.0 diesel (48mpg)
  8. Was in homebase this morning - no trouble parking, only one person in the queue infront of me. I asked the assistant helping me carry my new black glass computer desk whether he had been busy...answer was "no, we've been a lot quieter than we were expecting; only just busy enough to keep us out of trouble"
  9. "•A Notts School wil have to pay hefty compensation to their PFI contractors if they remove their vending machines that sell sweets (which begs the question who runs the school?)" No need for the school to remove the vending machine - simply charge the PFI contractor access to the school's electricity socket at £1000 per week.
  10. Why do you think the government will get the assets? I think the pension scheme trustees would have something to say about that. the governemt is getting the bill, not the menu.
  11. BBC news 24 saying £3 million assets and £20 million liabilities. They just dumped people's money in a bank account and when they were due to send the foreign currency they bought it there and then and posted it off. No hedging, no forward contracts.
  12. I used them with no problem back in January to buy dollars, but over the last couple of months they started spamming "special rates"...trying to scoop up cash no doubt, and a bit suspicious after not having had a single advertising email out of them for over 6 months
  13. NHS kidney research unit I know of carried out more kidney test perfusions in February and March than in the previous 9 months combined...the reason? To make them look busy before year end and get the money spent. Come the new financial year there is absolutely no money for consumables (enzymes etc) so the research staff of 7 postdocs/RAs are twiddling their thumbs. Combined salary must be 250k per year. The "lab manager" there has never done a day's work...just pushes paper, so getting shot of that dead wood would free up a load of money for transplants and research. Chances of lab manager
  14. Worthy of a read, hope you agree. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v32/n01/anne-enright/sinking-by-inches "One of the strangest feelings, living through a housing boom, is that you are rich or poor not because of the money you earn, but the year you started earning it. It is not a question of effort, but of luck. This was part of the impotence and panic that drove Irish people to buy overvalued houses towards the end of the boom; it was the feeling that we were running up a down escalator and had to grab hold of whatever we could, to stop being swept away. There is very little pleasure in buying a house
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