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  1. Some HPCers will have seen me about in the wee small hours of the morning. It's because I can't sleep due to my morbid fear of deflation. My eyes are like poached eggs.
  2. It was amusing to see how quickly the harmonious (at least for the cameras) EU quickly degenerated into the same old overt animosities that have been running for centuries. As Sir Humphrey would say, "it's just like old times". Sir Humphrey: Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last five hundred years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now, when it's worked so well? Hacker: That's all ancient history, surely? Sir Humphrey: Yes, and current policy. We 'had' to break the whole thing [the EEC] up, so we had to get inside. We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn't work. Now that we're inside we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing: set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch. The Foreign Office is terribly pleased; it's just like old times. Hacker: But surely we're all committed to the European ideal? Sir Humphrey: [chuckles] Really, Minister. Hacker: If not, why are we pushing for an increase in the membership? Sir Humphrey: Well, for the same reason. It's just like the United Nations, in fact; the more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up, the more futile and impotent it becomes.
  3. In other words, prices are still going up. So... not deflation yet.
  4. Might as well have voted for Gordon Brown. Those were his twin obsessions too.
  5. More? More?!? When people stop fighting each other to get the latest overpriced iGadget, then I'll believe we're in hard times. Apple Fan Started Queuing For iPhone 4S In London Before It Was Announced Has there never been one before?
  6. Not keen on buying farm land. What other hard assets would you recommend?
  7. I wouldn't have thought of Argos. Will certainly bear them in mind for the future.
  8. Not people who are strapped for cash and desperately trying to save money? Cash-strapped families switch £60bn-worth of mortgages to interest-only
  9. Comet said that they couldn't plumb in my washer as I didn't have the connections. My mate plumbed it up in 5 minutes. Both times they tried to deliver it without the required stair lifting gear for the washer (a Miele so twice as heavy as a normal washer). They will not be missed.
  10. Hardly something new, even in these overpriced times. A flat, a terraced or a semi is the more logical choice for an FTB surely?
  11. Wouldn't that leave me permanently in the red?
  12. I have to confess that the only gold I own is the physical stuff. I have some silver with Goldmoney. Mostly because of the extra space requirements and ease of selling.
  13. Wouldn't that be inflationary? (not that Merv seems to care)
  14. Is that the poster for the new Hostel film? Jesus, that guy's eyes, the eyes of a psychopath. I'm staying well away. (That was the desired effect, wasn't it? )
  15. The only thing I plan to take delivery of is cash, paid electronically into my current account, when I sell my PMs. I went with Goldmoney precisely because I don't want hundreds of ounces of silver in my flat. His gold?
  16. Using mind control? Four times the return rate for Linux netbooks compared to XP Buyers give thumbs down to Linux netbooks Oh, my...netbook market rejects Linux again LINK
  17. The cumulative total QE 1 £200 billion QE 2 £75 billion QE 3 £50 billion
  18. Remove Germany and is that still the case? And far from able to pay its way without massive debt. Or does debt = wealth? If I'm drowning in debt that I can't pay, am I wealthy or am I bankrupt?
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