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  1. Like all great ideas, it just moved the goal posts. More centralization = less small problems but more larger ones The issue is that it is almost impossible to price the 'value' of huge issues, but easy to price manpower. Ask anyone who has been involved with citrix migration, saves vast sums of money, until it breaks and you have 3k people sitting on their arses unable to do any work. Management will always see the 200k a year staffing costs, but cant see that 2 hours total downtime costs much more. As ever, the best solution is a mix of both fat/thin local/cloud.
  2. One problem is some of the worst parts of North Shields have a Tynemouth postcode.
  3. The problem is not the cost of transport. It's the cost of the ego boost that people expect with it. Running a small petrol/diesel is cheaper than it was 10 years ago, both in terms of MPG and stealership costs. It's just people expect air con, electric windows, huge name bagde etc etc. If we went back to cars being transportation, things are not any more expensive.
  4. Not really a fad. Just better to eat it, as greys are being culled on-mass.
  5. Ermmm. Just dont heat the whole house all the ******ing time! To keep one room nice and warm costs <£200 a year, even on electricity! There is no such thing as 'fuel poverty', it should be renamed to 'fuel greed'.
  6. It may look country estate, but the property is not ever 25 years old. High scale McMansion.
  7. Money sweetens labour, if you dont do your job there is a good chance you wont have one.
  8. 1) enforce building regs on all planning complaints from properties owners. Those that complain need to honour current regs. 2) link tax K codes to unfunded pensions. So the amount taken out each year is the same as what goes in. 3) Allow strikes, but all contractual advantages (eg more holiday, years service etc) was not honoured for the year when you were on strike. 4) Allow any business to lay off 5% (or min 1) of their staff each financial year without redudancy. Ie basic notice. 5) Scrap min wage and make all benefits subsistence only. I dont think this would fix the economy, it would act as a base to rebuild from. I'm sick of living in the 'now', lets actually think about the future too.
  9. Just pay them back their contributions. Job done.
  10. The rover K in 1.4 form is one of the best engines ever. Plenty of power, nice torque band and no need to trash it. But when you did thrash, it went like stink. Nothing today or even at the time can touch it, due to it being very light.
  11. Please remember that we never offered long term care to anyone. They just assumed we would give it.
  12. I can only comment on the OH who works for the DWP. Her dept is going from 450 >250 over the next 2 years. Fingers crossed she gets the chop as we could basically chill out and semi retire.
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