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Sunderthine

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  1. Can anyone comment on what this means for the UK? Any sources? Wikipedia doesn't answer the question for me: "The Council of Europe cannot make binding laws, but it does have the power to enforce select international agreements reached by European states on various topics. The best known body of the Council of Europe is the European Court of Human Rights, which enforces the European Convention on Human Rights."
  2. As someone who never watches TV in any form, and is therefore is legally living without a TV licence, the talk of a move to decriminalisation is a big worry. The current criminal status means it would need to be proven beyond reasonable doubt that I'm breaking the law, through some form of evidence or a confession. Both of which would need to be fabricated. Decriminalisation would move it to balance of probabilities... and I wouldn't be at all surprised to find myself before a magistrate who says "So you have a TV, and you don't watch it? Not even a little bit? Not even those fabulou
  3. Hi All - looking for some advice for a friend who's getting extremely anxious trying to get into a new house share. She viewed a place earlier this week through a letting agent, with whom she has no contract/agreement etc in place (basically walked in off the street, said "I'd like to view this place in the window" and arranged a viewing for the next day). After viewing she was keen to move in at 325pcm... then the agent dropped a £1600 fee bombshell. Obviously that's ludicrous and she told them no deal. During the viewing she became friendly with the in-situ landlady, who has
  4. Correct. It's quite rare to find an employer who doesn't have at least a couple of periods through the year during which holiday is mandatory / off limits. Many employees are TOLD when their holidays will be, to fit the needs of the business. All perfectly legal.
  5. Sounds familiar. Back office banker here. It won't be long before exorbitant bankers bonuses are in the spotlight again - the final stages of performance reviews have just finished at my notoriously profligate, major corporate bank employer. Here's how those grades break down (in ascending order of attainment): D - Fulfil all your contractual obligations, meet agreed targets in all metrics = Dismissed, actually or constructively C - As above, plus a bit of overtime if needed = Shortlist for redun
  6. It's OK, as the article says, they're working it so that there won't be any conflicts of interest. Things like, I dunno - David Willetts MP, who has close ties to and shares in companies like SensorTec, Universal Sensors Ltd and Cawood Inc. (developers and manufactures of bio-sensors) could never be allowed to look after Novartis (developer of the world leading Procleix Tigris bio-diagnostic and sensing system). That would never happen.
  7. Myself & missus both 30 next year, no kids 1 cat Renting a flat Combined income of 35K, jobs we hate, pretty much no scope for improvement Savings of 48K which will definitely not be used as a deposit on a house. Kept in GBP ISAs, will no doubt be inflated away within next couple of years - couldn't give a damn any more, nothing worth buying with it anyway.
  8. Myself & missus both 30 next year, no kids 1 cat Renting a flat Combined income of 35K, jobs we hate, pretty much no scope for improvement Savings of 48K which will definitely not be used as a deposit on a house. Kept in GBP ISAs, will no doubt be inflated away within next couple of years - couldn't give a damn any more, nothing worth buying with it anyway.
  9. Must get a sale on the board. Solution, market own ramshackle office as house. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-19184553.html Only round the corner, might go have a nose this week
  10. Not strictly for this thread but I couldn't find anything more suitable in anecdotal: Couple I know - he's on £20k, she £15k, they have a £14k deposit - offered £150,000(!) mortgage by Halifax. ...............Credit availability not a problem................. Today put in an offer on a 2 bed semi in a scummy part of town, on at an already ludicrous £139,500 - their offer? £141,000 ladies and gents. ...............Joe public convinced that prices are on their way up and "bargains" need to be "snapped up".......................... Job done. Defeated. **** buying a house, I'm spendi
  11. +1 "That's a lot of landlords at the mercy of circumstances beyond their control" What, market forces? Cash flow? Resource management? Basic principals of every capitalist business venture ever conceived?
  12. Office "Computer Whizz" shares semi IT literacy with co-workers - More knowledgeable Task Force called in to fix resulting carnage
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