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  1. Didn't Peter Simon used to loiter round someone on here's local filling station, like Alan Partridge, hoping to get recognised?
  2. Council estates used to be the main repository for old big-engined exec barges and knackered repmobiles. I can't say I tour rough estates that extensively but, I get the impression, they aren't there now. Mystery where they've gone maybe they don't sell in the numbers to start with, any longer.
  3. At some point the internet advertising bubble will pop spectacularly. Ever bought anything from a sponsored link or paid click-thru? Me neither.
  4. One of the features of the house price madness seems to have been an increasing number of expensive cars parked outisde shitty houses. Previously, on every ordinary residential estate you used to get the one aspirational family that would have a poverty spec BMW 5 series but, these days it's not uncommon to see all sorts of, what would previously considered upscale cars, parked almost anywhere.
  5. I suspect the coalition had been planned ever since there was a media coronation of Cameron over David Davis (who would have been unlikely to agree to a coalition). The coalition was a very convenient way of ensuring little, if anything, was done to reverse the many unpopular New Labour policies.
  6. Because the people that really pull the strings always need corruptible place men.
  7. Perhaps but, frankly, no-one outside their own corporate social responsibility window dressing PR team would believe such twaddle.
  8. I imagine quite a lot are employed in government busy work domestically caused by EU legslation, they're no great loss. Less Nissan Micras on UK roads also no great loss and solid British companies like Ladbrokes or Wetherspoons will have the opportunity to fill the void.
  9. This is a comment someone left regarding a case in the US about a guy (Tertelgte) being prosecuted for fishing without a licence and him arguing why does he need a licence to feed himself. In a related way it highlights well how far we've slid into this unnecessary reliance on the state and now, supposedly, even supra-national state institutions like the EU.
  10. Well it might all go to sh1t, who knows, somehow I doubt it and, in any case, look at it as an exciting adventure. If the argument to stay in is we might upset multi-national corporations, who'll move elsewhere, then those corporations have far too much power. I'm sure we can manage just fine without them.
  11. Although, you are somewhat forced by having to compete in a market against others that have availed themselves of the bank's thin air credit.
  12. Notwithstanding Wonderpup's point there is another issue of inequality between the two parties. Banks are fictional legal entity corporations. If you default, having borrowed as an individual, they will pursue you personallyk through the courts, probably ultimately to personal bankruptcy. If the bank cannot repay your money it goes into receicership and the directors walk away. I think, from a legal point of view it is actually very tricky if one party, hiding behind a fictional legal front can legally engage an individual personally unless someone on the other side is prepared to personally guarantee the company's liablities.
  13. I might come up with some kind of response to that if I thought you believed it yourself.
  14. When I last went to Avonmouth just up the road from Yankee Candle there were masses of cars parked in huge yards. I don't think you can see them from the motorway. Edit to add: I bet there aren't runways anywhere of the car models that are known to be selling well/is a waiting list.
  15. Surely the industry that brought the world 'just-in-time' logistics should therefore be storing them in Johnny Foreigner main dealer's showroom rather than their test track.
  16. Depends if you consider the car industry a normal private business or a state subsidised and controlled make work enterprise.
  17. A lot of the road links around Salisbury, in all directions, are quite poor. Always seems like a long slog from either Bristol or Swindon then a long slog on to Southampton. A303 has terrible bottle-necks.
  18. They go to places that pictures of look nice on Facebook or Instagram. Tourists mean local businesses are crowded out in order to service the tourist demand. The labour to service this market is typically drawn from, usually not very pleasant, satellite dormitory towns. They're generally not very pleasant as their inhabitants spend their working week elsewhere. I've previously lived in Bath, and, still do to some extent, London also Surrey and a variety of Cotswold villages. All places that feature in glossy magazines. It's only when you come away from them you realise how poor to non-existent the community is and where you could say there is some semblance of community there's an all pervasive feeling of social-climbing being a strong motivating factor. Ideally you want a nice village not too full of retired civil servants on fat pensions or 2nd homers and within a reasonable distance of a pleasant market town that has a fairly sustainable local economy not too crowded with aspirational executive Barratt home estates. Impressive historical architecture looks good but can be an horrendous [email protected] The same applies to any sort of 'scene' that's attracted national media attention.
  19. In my view anywhere with too many transient residents, like students and young professionals, or visitors, like tourists, are pretty awful. Anywhere popular with 'down from Londons'/2nd homers is an avoid too. I also think part of the decline of Britain's seaside resorts is the decision of people to retire to the place they went on holiday. Most of the most pleasant places are where there is still a genuinely functioning local economy and community, the majority of whom have put down long-term roots there. I actually think that as London has got more vibrant some of the secondary cities, like Bristol, have got less so than the were 10-15 years ago. Bristol seems mental, quarter of a million quid, for a terrace that should have been pulled down in a slum clearance, in an area no local would touch with a bargepole and a nearby school that's never had a favourable word about it uttered by Ofsted.
  20. I have to say that until the notion of widespread repossessions was politically acceptable I do think this will remain the case. Since Thatcher, and subsequent governnents, turned the widespread homeowning dream into reality it has created a political voice too strong to be ignored. I do now think they will totally destroy what's left of the productive economy before they would countenance snatching back significant numbers of homes from occupants that can no longer, and never really could, afford them. At the same time the gulf between bank credit money spent on houses and real money, earned with labour, and spent on food and warmth will continue to expand and only stop when it finally reaches breaking point.
  21. I think this is dead right. A common thing you notice on Linkedin profiles is ten + years since graduating decent job with whatever blue-chip corporate milk-round type outfit. Then suddenly since 2008 they're working for newly formed company 'their own name consulting Ltd'. Bascially, made redundant and not been able to find anything else so set up on their own. All these people would ditch self-employed one-man-band consulting business immediately if a decent secure job came their way. Sadly, I suspect, the longer they're out of the game the less likely they ever are to get back in at the same level.
  22. The irony is the best solution, to maximise the UK's benefit for tax and wider economy, would probably be to remove corporation tax from all competing smaller UK based companies which immediately takes away Amazon's competitive advantage overnight. I doubt, otherwise, they can actually do anything about it other than engaging in a prolonged and fruitless tax loophole whack-a-mole with the global megacorps constantly one step ahead.
  23. Of what I saw the things she said were naive and showed little understanding of retail, or for that matter any, business beyond aesthetics suited to a Central London department store. The fact these hubris filled charlatans thrust upon the nation, via television, as experts are being shown up for what they are is no bad thing.
  24. It really makes no sense these must just be a brand slapped on someone else's technology - unless Dre is an overlooked genius with a soldering iron - why not just buy the technology?
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