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'Bart'

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  1. A piffling few billion? I remember when that was a lot of money. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HkaC4cQdtg
  2. If so, it's bound to fail spectacularly and blow up in his face.
  3. And conversely, as someone living beyond the blessed radiance of our shining capital, it is thankfully possible for me to drag my provincial ass onto a train (2 hours 5 minutes) and visit the many and varied wonders to be found in the mighty City of Oz Londinium. Here are some of the unique sights I beheld on my last trip, all sadly lacking in my dismal burgh. Exotic eateries. A much higher quality of litter than is allowed north of Watford. A bus with two decks. Astonishing! The traditional cheery "bobby". Futuristic, hi-tech transport. Yes, it truly is another world. Where else in Britain could you shop at Marks & Spencer, eat in Burger King and ride on a double decker bus?
  4. Bizarrely I once met his brother Ben at a Doctor Who convention in 1988 (Tencon in Liverpool I think it was). He'd just written "Remembrance of the Daleks" and we both agreed that "Destiny of the Daleks" wasn't as bad as most fans thought.
  5. How about no more Question Time threads. Ever. Remember, every time someone on HPC starts a QT thread, David Dimblebore drowns a puppy. FACT! Just say no.
  6. I've often wondered if these lucrative speaking engagements are a strange form of money laundering. Millions of pounds can't just appear in Tony Blair's accounts (or can they?) so if anyone asks, he "earned" it through speaking engagements. $250,000 for a 90-minute speech? Yeah, sure, whatever. That certainly seems like value for money. Following this bribes and payoffs approach to its conclusion, Blair earns more than Brown because he rendered longer and better service to those who pull his strings. Gordon was a bit of a disappointment (isn't he always?) The alternatives are: 1. Blair really deserves his money 2. Some people have money to burn 3. It's a scam to hide otherwise blatant payoffs for services rendered. $42.5 million for "advice" is taking the pi$$ though. Kuwait was invaded by Iraq in 1991. Tony the Quisling acquiesces in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 ("Your man has got cojones" as Bush put it). Tony the Quisling subsequently gets $42.5 million from Kuwait. Yep, that all seems above board.
  7. They must have built the road after they bought the house.
  8. Good news. My lot have recently voted to ditch the ALMO and return to Sheffield Council (link).
  9. Nice place. How much value does the 3 acres of land add to it (in £)?
  10. I think the next step down from my place is the cupboard under the stairs. Still, I prefer it to my mate's (private) flat. So cramped and lacking in windows that I get a touch of claustrophobia when visiting.
  11. The post above (by Tankus) offers a robust alternative to this point of view.
  12. Is this home a flat in a "mixed" block, i.e. some private, some owned by a housing association? I'm trying to think of a scenario where a social tenant would pay service charges. If I bought my council flat I would no doubt get a bill every so often for the (intermittent) cleaning of the communal areas. At the moment, it's covered by the rent I pay. Not sure how Housing Associations work it.
  13. I was surprised to learn recently that a friend of mine, who'd always had money problems in the past, was still in bovver. The reason for my surprise was that with both him and his wife working and both getting decent money, it seemed that their problems were finally behind them. Last year they were able to put several hundred pounds a month away as savings. Now, that surplus is mostly accounted for by increases in the cost of living (they both run cars for a start). Now this about face seemed a bit extreme to me, but I've no reason to doubt his word. Maybe the Coalition is worried about the effect of inflation on the "squeezed middle" and their future voting intentions. Or maybe they just don't have a clue what to do.
  14. Who did you switch to from HSBC? Go on, you can use the "G" word.
  15. I'd almost forgotten that the Times Online even existed. Years ago, many threads linked to Times articles, so it was a regular port of call. If only the Daily Mail would go behind a paywall.
  16. He heard a rumour that astronomers had discovered the remains of his home, the lost planet Krypton. Oh wait. That was the plot of Superman Returns. Ahhh, close enough.
  17. If only. I keep asking them to let me join their club but they never return my calls. No, my income is pretty average, it's just that the place I rent is very cheap (LA flat). Based on prices listed here, my monthly rent would last me about 4 days in Maida Vale and about 6 days in Shepherd's Bush.
  18. He'd need to join the queue. Blanchflower v. Blanchflower (Any excuse to dig that one up again. )
  19. Are economies the sort of thing that need to be (mis-)managed by governments and central banks? They don't seem to be very good at it.
  20. FSA failed to see the financial crisis coming Toothless: Watchdog lets RBS bosses off the hook Alan Steel: 'Much of the work by the FSA has been useless' Tories plan to abolish FSA in radical City shake-up [2009] (They backtracked of course.)
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