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'Bart'

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  1. Sony stuff tends to get good reviews and I've bought Sony stuff in the past based on that. And it's been OK, not brilliant, but OK. Sometimes Sony just shoot themselves in the foot. Example: I bought a Sony PRS-650 ereader. Nice bit of hardware, it has the premium feel that the Kindle lacks (although I still prefer my Kindle). But the Sony software was rubbish. No choice of fonts, limited choice of font sizes, dreadful brightness/contrast sliders. It was only when I put http://ebookapplications.com/ software on it that I realised how good it could be. Ok, books take 10-15 seconds to load now, but the greater control I get over the fonts, screen gamma etc. is more than worth it.
  2. Eh? What strike? Seriously, this is news to me.
  3. If only a politician in the UK had these policies... After decades of listening to political horsesh1t I've reached the conclusion that it's not the policies a politician has that matter, but the ones they actually carry out. The Boy David's recent u-turn on the surveillance state for example. You said it brother. Wait a minute, you said that? David Cameron defends secret courts and surveillance plans Cleggy similarly criticised Labour's surveillance state plans yet now backtracks, while googly-eyed Milliband says what he thinks the public want to hear. If he gets in office, prepare for more of the same. Hollande may well deliver on his promises, but wait until he does before singing his praises.
  4. Peter Oborne? I've liked some of the stuff he did for Newswipe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7mLBMNKQF8
  5. I initially read that as "take control of Tesco". I couldn't work out if that was a good deal or not.
  6. Shopping at Clinton during the Christmas rush is like a vision of purgatory.
  7. Soooo.... is wet weather good or bad? Or both? dou·ble·think/ˈdəbəlˌTHiNGk/ Noun: The acceptance of or mental capacity to accept contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, esp. as a result of political indoctrination.
  8. Can't interest you in an Apricot with free Orange broadband then?
  9. Politicians trying to "run" the economy? (Into the ground.)
  10. That was pretty much the pattern I grew up with as a kid. 1970. 1974 (twice). 1979. It seemed as if the pattern would continue with Mrs. Thatcher in 83/84 but for Labour veering sharply to the left and a little spat in the South Atlantic. There are always "mid-term" reactions against the incumbent government. However, turkeys don't vote for Christmas, so expect Prime Minister Milliband within 3 years.
  11. Mike, you do know that Coronation Street isn't real? The two pubs closest to me are now a curry house and a 7/11 convenience store. I've not been a "customer" of either for about 38 years. And I've never been inside either one. In those days I sat outside with my lemonade and crisps. Costs are a major factor no doubt, as is the smoking ban. But people's drinking habits are changing (especially those of younger people). If I meet friends for a drink, we meet in town, as we're scattered all over Sheffield. And we meet in a bar, not a pub.
  12. You're not referring to the incident where the fragrant Ms Harperson was charged with two offences of driving without due care and attention and driving whilst using a hand-held mobile phone? Allegedly.
  13. When Adobe produce versions of InDesign that run on Ubuntu, I'll think about it. (WINE is not the answer BTW.)
  14. He's a disaster at predicting inflation. LINK And by the time 2009 came along.... LINK BoE 2010 inflation report LINK Mervyn King in 2011 LINK And from the BoE February 2012 inflation overview LINK
  15. Bank of England Governor admits failures (ITV News link) Still, at least Merv's pension will be alright.
  16. Does it mention John Cowperthwaite? Please don't speak in absolutes, the case is far from overwhelming. Just ask anyone from Hong Kong. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOsqBf5hDjI Time index 54:24 But in a country where the state has to scrub some people's floors, it all seems a bit beyond poor old Blighty these days.
  17. The same rate, yes. (I speak as someone who inherited nothing and works more than 40 hours a week.)
  18. Oh aye? I wondered what that was. In the original article, the picture was so small, it looked like a Wurlitzer organ. A £60,000 kitchen? That's more than some houses are worth.
  19. You'll regret that when you're sitting in a cold room lit by candlelight, an empty plate on your lap and the street next door in flames. Although, in such circumstances, maybe a can of beans isn't going to do much to cheer you up very much. Live now, pay later.
  20. Can some kind soul give me the version of what this all means. Prince George: "This is all beginning to sound a bit like dago talk to me".
  21. I've merged the identical thread in the Investment sub-forum into here for now. Makes it more centralized. After a period of what Dr. Bubb calls "seasoning" on the main board, it can go back there eventually.
  22. Sticking with the Britain's Trillion Pound Horror Story documentary theme, that's exactly what happened in Hong Kong. LINK That 15% rate was for top earners. Most people in Hong Kong pay no income tax at all. Yet Hong Kong's transport, health and education systems make the UK's look third world. LINK I think the guy behind Trillion Pound Horror Story Martin Durkin is barking up the wrong tree if he thinks that Britain can emulate Hong Kong though. The modern UK mindset is all wrong. The government (it seems) must manage the economy, although the record of successive governments in doing this has been pitiful. We're like one of those characters in a slasher pic set in the woods, who will invariably choose the path that leads to their doom.
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