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Blue Peter

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  1. Though Honest EA doesn't say whether they are boomers or not (and it's only little corner of England), it's perhaps worth adding this in for balance: And more at: Anecdotals Peter.
  2. The £400 plus is if you're doing it every day, I'll grant you. However, I'd say £100 might be pushing it; mudguards alone will cost £15 and probably more. If you're starting before 7:30 or coming back after 4:00 at this time of year, you will need better lights than that. Plus, you will need pump, spare inner tube, proper gloves if you're going to rely on it (so I'm not going to give in ). The dodgier the bike, the more likely a puncture or other problem, Peter.
  3. I don't know about that, but most journeys in Oxford and Cambridge are very short, a mile or two. It's an order of magnitude different than 34 miles. But they were time constrained; they had to be at the job centre at some particular time. 17 miles is quite a long way to cycle. I'd leave myself 2 hours, especially if I had to be certain of being on time. If you're out in the country, there probably is only one route, and the most dangerous part will be where you start from. Such a bike probably will do you for a fortnightly trip, but as soon as you start doing more, you'll need a better bike because the cheap one will begin to fall apart and/or not get you there on time. It's not impossible, and I would encourage people to cycle. However, if you don't have any money, that £100 - £150 (and possibly quite a lot more) will begin to look very expensive, and it may well be insurmountable, Peter.
  4. Clearly you can do one of trips on rust buckets, but if you are doing it regularly and relying upon it (the problem was not being able to get somewhere on time), you will need a proper bike and all those things I listed. If you live in the country, you are going to need better lights than basic Halfords, to both see and be seen. Even something half decent costs £50. And if you're doing it year round, and turning up to things like interviews or working, then proper rain-wear is necessary. Cycling is certainly cheaper than driving, but it's by no means free, Peter.
  5. It's not that cheap. If you're getting up early in the winter, then you will need a good light which would set you back £50 for the front, perhaps £15 for the rear. Especially if you're out in the country. A bike capable of doing that distance regularly will cost £400, and you'll also need a helmet, wet weather gear, good gloves, pump, spare inner tube, puncture repair kit, etc. It all adds up. Most bikes that are just "lying around" are not up to that sort of journey regularly, and nor are the cheap ones from Tescos, Peter.
  6. But they don't have all the time in the world. They had to get there Monday morning, at a particular time. Plus, bikes and the associated equipment, especially in winter, are not cheap, as I'm sure you know, Peter.
  7. I suspect that most people are okay/nice and they'd write complete drivel too if they had to turn out article after article.... Peter.
  8. Do you get to holiday at her Tuscan villa? I suppose one should ask, how do you find her? Peter.
  9. For clarification, I take that the point you’re masking is that who spends a pound (me or the government) doesn’t really matter, it’s how it’s spent? Taxes are not taken and destroyed, they are spent, so from a pure flow of money point of view it doesn’t matter. But that might contradict your second paragraph, because whether it’s public or private that it’s spent on doesn’t matter either. It’s just whether you are getting something for your money or not, Peter.
  10. I think that he intends to reduce the debt relative to GDP i.e., the debt will go up, but GDP will go up more, so the ratio of the two decreases. For the above to happen, the deficit must be less than the increase in GDP. Peter.
  11. Is that actual up to sometime in 2012 and then a projection? Or is it a projection from some other period in time? Peter.
  12. But doesn't the OBR prediction require even more borrowing by households? Peter.
  13. Anyone any idea what that might mean for HPC? He seems to have come out of the blue, Peter.
  14. Is that last one quite right? Certainly building a lot more (probably more than we can / will do) would bring rents down. But, we don't actually have a market situation because we have one very large purchaser of rents (HB) which doesn't seem particularly tied to economics - i.e. the country is bust, but it is still able to pay out an awful lot, and indeed more, year on year. (That the amount paid out is more than the economy can afford is given away by the line a couple above which says "a lot of people will have to give up their jobs" - the jobs which the economy can afford can't pay the rent). So, the only way to get rent down is to get HB down. It's not as if, in general, LLs can turn to other high paying tenants if the HB contribution is cut. The "only problem" is a timing one in that whatever HB is set at, and whatever LLs may want, the amount of houses and the number of people wanting to be housed remains the same, and the LLs need to rent to these people, Peter.
  15. Anyway know what the situation is in other countries, given that twitter is a global, not UK think? Are they having similar problems elsewhere? Peter.
  16. To the rich man who asked how he might reach Heaven, Jesus said: “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich. (Luke 18:22) I suspect that the Church would indeed become very sad if that were suggested Peter.
  17. Why? The government has a hole in its accounts, and most land is owned by the well to do and or rentier-types. It would seem to be a good way of tackling the deficit, though it would certainly help if there was a reduction of income tax for the lower paid, Peter.
  18. That's the way science works, though. Here, however, the basic science, I suspect is well understood. It's just that the system being studied is very complicated, so there is a continual process of trying to understand and deal with new facets as they emerge. Peter.
  19. Or just ignore it, apparently: FSA: HBoS would you like us to investigate these allegations of fraud against you? HBoS: No thanks. FSA: Okay. Unbelievable, Peter.
  20. Quite stunning. Since we're a couple of years on, has anyone been jailed yet? Peter.
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