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  1. I would guess that when he signed the original deal, he didn't expect anyone of value to be living there - hence the 21days probably didn't matter. He may have even been paid a little more for such a short time span.
  2. But it is not her house. It is something that he is renting. When he dies, the contract ends. Thing is, he entered a contract, and now his situation has changed. Solution? Move on. That way, she can get the stability that she would need should he die first. Starting afresh means they can write a new contract on the terms that they want. Presumably, he saved the 77% that he cashed in? Maybe he could use that to buy something smaller? Why should the other party have to change the contract because he has a change of situation?
  3. I think you are misunderstanding the situation. A phone line can be "active" even without an account. This doesn't mean you can make calls though, just that the line is still connected at the exchange. Thus, when someone wants to activate a new account on that line, it is a simple process. However, as people are often chopping and changing, an "active" line without an account can be "reassigned" at the exchange at any stage. After this, the line cannot have a new account on it until the line is reconnected at the exchange - and this requires a visit from BT, and a charge (about £130.00).
  4. Especially as the images presented only apply to a very very tiny fraction of Aussies. Most don't even have a pub near them, let alone one near the water like that. Might as well say living in the UK for the average punter means a view like this ... rather than this ... Such statements are great to try and make others feel bad ... unless those others actually know what the reality is like for the average punter. Then, it just looks stupid.
  5. It's only an observation. I live in a "posh" area in the West Midlands. Currently half way through my present lease, I happened to pass through the village where I last lived for 12 months. Interestingly, when I moved in there (a year and a half ago now) there were several properties for sale. They still are. I pass through the village alot, so I get to see what comes up and what sells, and it is interesting to note that some properties sell reasonably fast (when I look into it, generally, they have to drop prices about 20% from initial asking to sell). However, properties that don't dro
  6. You are saying that Victorian British people were better off than those living there today? As a whole, or just as a gross generalisation? Intersting.
  7. *sigh* I liked how everyone was called each other muppets. Can't help it if I see a bandwagon, now can I!? I was saying, China isn't exactlty Victorian England. It's a modern version, to be sure, but it's not that simple.
  8. welllll .. to be fair, it aint either. Dickens ... modernised. Oh, can I join in? "Muppets" *giggles*
  9. 1st - "Don't think so"? Well, the selling of the tokens of the ironmonger in advance vs for payment rendered is very different. But, I digress - unless the tokens exist and change hands, any register is fraud? Hmmm. Why a register then? Why even "tokens"? Let's embrace the middle-ages again! *attempts to have a pint, but is unable to do so as pint is not provided with the labour of ones own hand*
  10. Are we not confusing tokens for services rendered, and tokens for future obligation here? Anyhow, why should the bank keep a large room full of tokens in any case? If everyone accepts they exist, a ledger of tokens would work just as well.
  11. They have my money. I'm not a big fan of the "under the matress" approach.
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