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  1. Looking to move some (legal) cash out of the UK and frankly away from the thieves in the UK Does anyone have experience of the Liechtenstein system? Can I open an account without having to go there? and if so with whom would anyone recommend? Plus, if you have any other insights, feel free to share! Cheers
  2. Whilst I have some sympathy for that view in regard to the East side of the town, anyone who thinks the west side is a dump has clearly never been there. Expensive yes, overvalued? - very probably. But are you saying that Talbot Woods, Westbourne, Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & the footballers wives haven of Sandbanks are all dumps? (granted the latter are technically in Poole, but it all merges into one)
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14774526 A small town in central Italy has declared its independence and started to print its own banknotes. The authorities in Filettino, 100km (70 miles) east of Rome, are protesting against austerity measures. It has only 550 inhabitants and under new rules aimed at cutting local administration costs it will be forced to merge with neighbouring Trevi. Town mayor Luca Sellari, who stands to lose his job because of the eurozone crisis, came up with the idea. He created his own currency, called the Fiorito. Banknotes have his head on the back, and they are already being used in local shops and being bought as souvenirs by tourists who have started to throng the normally quiet streets. The mayor says there is enormous enthusiasm about declaring the independence of the new principality. There has been such an outcry by small towns across Italy at the government move to abolish local councils and merge them with larger towns that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's coalition may be forced to backtrack. In the meantime the new Principality of Filettino - complete with coat of arms and website - is suddenly enjoying international fame. TV stations from as far afield as Russia have been running news features about Filettino. After all, the mayor says, Italy was once made up of dozens of principalities and dukedoms. As he says, the landlocked republic of San Marino still manages to survive, so why not Filettino?
  4. Ladies & gents, I think this is the closest we've come so far to having a winner. Tangible congratulations to user Constable.... of course, i've now jinxed it and the rally will start very shortly!
  5. Surely no one who watches coronation street actually has a job to afford a mortgage anyway?
  6. -1.8 (last quarter's lies finally catching up with them)
  7. Can anyone explain why my idea wouldn't work Simply do the following. Tell ALL public sector employees that anyone earning 25k or less will NOT have any salary cut. Then knock of 0.5% of the total wage (in excess of 25k) for each 1k after that... So if you earned 26k then you're salary would be reduced by 1x 0.5% = (now be £25,870) not too much of an issue, and not worth striking over... but you earn 40k, and you're 15k over the limit, so your salary is cut by 15x0.5% = 7.5% now £37,000 (a 3k reduction) Thus those at the bottom are fine, middle managers take a bit of a hit, senior managers take a large hit, and people on more than the PM get mullered... 25k = 25k 35k = 33,250 (5% reduction) 55k = 46,750 (15% reduction) 100k = 62,500 (37.5% reduction) etc
  8. £5bn - really? I thought £50,000 x 1000 would be £50 million... (on the basis that 1000x1000 is 1m, thus 5000x1000 is 5m, so x10 = 50m) 50m.. wouldn't even touch the sides would it? By my maths you'd need 10,000 asylum seekers paying 50k for 500m, thus 100,000 for 5bn.. or "East Anglia" as 100,000 asylum seekers might be better described!
  9. Not to go off-topic, but i'm pretty sure they used the coal for powering power stations, and those in London Edinburgh etc still used electricity.. Had the strike gone on much longer then everyone would have noticed, really rather quickly.
  10. Never ever show anything to the 'Independent' advisor as an EA - once they have your financial numbers they know how much you can really afford, and will encourage the seller to ask for more
  11. thanks for the replies. I'll start with the current provider on my own, then shift to using a new IFA if need be
  12. I currently have a private pension, which is invested in a few different types of funds, but I'm keen to change it so that I no longer invest in property (commercial or residential) funds, and instead, invest in companies that have limited exposure to the UK (or at least are exposed everywhere!) and countries that have space, land and commodity assets. The question is, how do i go about changing the setup of my pension? The advisor i used to set it up is no longer alive, so do I just call up a new IFA and do it through them? or can I ring up the pension company and specify what changes I want to make? If the former, then please PM me any recommendations for non-spiv IFAs please! - thanks
  13. 'fraid not. Blowing Libya apart is really only a military showcase for aircraft, think of it like the Farnborough airshow with live rounds... and the Indians have just decided to buy about 180bn worth of Raphale and Eurofighters.. which - coincidently - are the ones dropping the bombs with very good accuracy
  14. Man, that is one ugly house... It's far too big for the style, Huf really shot themselves in the foot there
  15. Bit more info to add to the fire... The Scots Numpty Party (SNP) bases its case for the viability of Scotland’s independence on the idea that wicked England has been “stealin’ ouir oil” and that if only they had control of the tax revenues from UK oil and gas Scotland would become a Caledonian El Doraldo. Sadly for such people a 2009 a Scotland Office paper “Scotland and Oil” dealing with the tax income from oil and gas fields around the UK painted a rather different picture. It concluded that: “• If all North Sea oil revenues had been allocated to Scotland there would only have been 9 years out of the last 27 when Scotland’s finances would have been in surplus. • Including all North Sea oil revenues the last year of surplus was in 1988-89 and since then there has been 18 years of annual deficits with Scotland’s spending being greater than the tax raised in Scotland. • Even if all oil revenues had been allocated to Scotland the total deficit would have outweighed the total surplus by £20bn since 1980-81. “ (see page 1 – all references below to pages without a url refer to this url –http://www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk/scotlandoffice/files/Scotland%20and%20Oil%20-%20Background%20paper.pdf) So there you have it, the official view is that even if all the oil and gas revenues were allocated to Scotland they still would not pay their way. Of course, a substantial part of the oil and gas tax revenue would not go to Scotland because of the fields in English waters. Exactly how much is debatable, but most of the remaining gas is in English waters
  16. Decided to use the money to buy Silver on the dips instead then RB? ;-)
  17. <TFH> Oooh - is it tons of gold? - the stuff that is supposed to be in Fort Knox... are they making spaceships out of it, so that we can finally go and put a man on the moon?? </TFH>
  18. Yep, but I'm pretty sure the place of birth decides nationality, in fact I know a few Scots who've lived in England for 'most' of their lives, but I wouldn't recommend you try to call them English ;-) So we had billions extra flowing north of the border, while the PM, the Chancellor, and even the Speaker were all Scots... Not to mention senior members of the Civil Service... do you think this all might just be a fantastic coincidence?
  19. Would be the same Tony Blair born in Edinburgh 6th May 1953 and spent his formative years there would it? Wonder why he never mentioned being a Scot to the rest of the electorate?
  20. succint, but very accurate. The only thing i'd change is to the last one "People (who aren't labour politicians) realise their mistake"
  21. I love the smell of sarcasm in the morning...
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