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Dancing Bear

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  1. It's a 3 or 5 year locked in speculative punt this year. With interest or bonus on the savings then yes it's it's quite risk-free but with that not happening this year then it's down to the performance of the shares. Previously the share option was a bonus (and a tax free one at that), this year it overtly forms part of the protection of the savings from inflation. For those who've never participated in one of these in the past it WAS a good (and risk free) way of getting a bump in income; this year it's not risk free.
  2. Yes, you are correct they are locked into a lot of stupid high rent, long-term property deals. We're back to the idiot financials again. Being 'bricks and mortar' is not a problem in itself. The problem is the same as the reason we're all here debating; that the leeches have broken the system by just demanding too much rent. Doesn't help that people decide to keep paying it. I could also make an argument that the war on the car by TPTB (who are just behaving like NIMBYs) is killing traditional town centres while they refuse to accept what the population wants to do and tries to foist more and
  3. This isn't correct except for your last sentence.....which they have now missed the boat on unless they go super-agressively after that market as others have filled it. It may look like there are loads of car models but there are now more common parts than there have ever been. In the old days, parts were just common to manufacturers, now they are common across manufacturers as we have same models effectively re-badged for a couple (or a few) manufacturers at a time. Over the last 10-15 years Halfords have walked away from their core markets (which have kept them going all these years) and
  4. Ed is just Liebour's version of what Willie Hague was last time around.....the guy who always wanted the leadership but too stupid to realise now was not the best time. He deserves it if he couldn't see that he was greedily drinking out of the poison chalice handed to him by his own party. The fact he was at the heart of creating the mess we're in means his karma has kicked in rather quickly.
  5. Right, and this is the bit i get and agree with. Inflation and deflation (in my uneducated view) are being used all over the shop and in places they have no right to be used as a definition. The fact is it used in all the wrong places goes right back to my point at the beginning......it is useful for distracting the regular folks as to just what IS happening.
  6. Not sure i get that one. If an employer puts my wages down but keeps their prices high then there has been no deflation or inflation but less pounds in my pocket and more in theirs. That's deflation for me and inflation for them but toal is still the same.
  7. Wouldn't it only be deflationary if prices went down to reflect the fact that folk have effectively got less money? The amount of total money will be the same it's just that some of what is in the employees pockets today (percentage-wise) will be in the BT director and shareholders pockets instead. BT are not known for putting their prices down. Is the deflation/inflation argument a nice sideshow to distract us from noticing the real problem and that's who the same amount of money is now flowing from/to?
  8. While the measure of inflation mis-represents what's actually going on they can target whatever they like....we'll end up in another mess with another stupid tweak to fix it. As always, garbage in = garbage out. They won't see the next one coming either.
  9. I think we'll see a re-run of '92 - tories getting in 5 years later. The sheeple can't see ahead of themselves, only backwards. They'll vote crash gordon out once we have come out the other side. The electorate vote on memories.
  10. Another log-termer who appreciates your persistence - keep it up!

  11. And Huawei have been ripping off Cisco for years - kinda proves the point.
  12. Depends exactly where it is. Right next to Wythenshawe park i wouldn't live there if you paid me. Getting closer to Sale is getting much better but still gets criminal tourists coming in for the rich pickings they don't have closer to home. Got a postcode?
  13. Rachman, if you knew anything about Sale then it's be plain to you that the town centre and places like Tasty's are there to service the cretins who descend on Sale from the outlying hovels that don't have a shopping centre or more than 1 pub. I'm struggling to think of anyone who actually shops in Sale town centre that lives around me. I'd also say that giving the busy main road through Sale (Washway Rd=A56 - main trunk road from Manchester to M6 south) as an example of life living in Sale is a bit of a stupid comment to make. Bowden is almost as silly as Didsbury these days. Houses blate
  14. yep, 2-3 TIMES their budgets. i was shocked and stunned and so were my friends. they are all seasoned managers and say they haven't seen this before - one last splurge maybe? eg stores usually taking 6k per day were taking 15-18k.......that's a weekly sales figure in some stores. this was not only on the odd day here or there either, it was solid for the last 2 weeks. first q i asked was about how much was on any type of credit - cc, tic, anything. the answer i got was that there was the usual rough 50-50 split cash/credit so credit cards not being hammered more than usual. whether this w
  15. WTF???? are you such an idiot that you can't see ACTUAL unabridged news with no spin?? just cos YOU or any of us don't see things happening doesn't mean it isn't happening. 2-3 times a store's budget IS A BIG BLOODY INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR. none of the managers (who are all close personal friends) know where this money has come from, never expected it in a million years........and can't understand it - just like me. i posted as a bit of FACTUAL information not opinion based on how many people i had seen (or hadn't seen) milling about in the usual shopping areas. if it is happening in on
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