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  1. Another part of the problem is that the knowledge simply isn't there in the first place as the use of forums diminishes. Car forums used to be a wealth of information when it came to troubleshooting issues as someone else invariably would have previously had the same issue and the fix would be posted which was usually better (quicker) than the workshop manual. These days instead of making conscise posts on a forum people will just post on member only Facebook car specific groups asking a question giving very little info on the problem eg 'my eml light is on what's wrong?' and expecting an instant answer when they haven't even given the eml trouble code. All this isn't crawled by Google so you end up with posts from a few years ago when forums were still the goto place and invariably the page will be missing most the images due to expired hosting or photobucket which culled/blurred their hotlinked photos a couple if years back.
  2. The seller can always break for parts, did that with my old bike after no genuine interest and got more for it than it cost new two years before.
  3. The LHA should be scrapped as then the rents would be based on a level playing field and would go down for all especially low income workers that don't receive housing benefits, had a look on the government's calculator and you can get upto £429.53 LHA per week in London depending on how many children you have.
  4. I know someone who worked for Harris Academy for a short period and he had to go through the agency to get paid and they used one of these schemes, only know about it as I caught up with him at Christmas and he had the HRMC on his back about it. I think it's unfair to penalise low paid workers who had no choice but accept the agencies terms compared to contractors on £500+ per day who willingly chose this scheme to keep under the 40% tax bracket.
  5. The person giving the presentation was spouting bs, there's a minimum weight limit of 6.8kg set by the UCI for competition bikes so it would make no sense for Sky to shave bolts or use thinner paints as bikes are already bang on the limit. It's an outdated archaic safety rule from years back in the era of steel frame which means that even the mid range carbon bikes you can buy straight out of the showroom today are too light to use in competition. Back ontopic I wouldn't consider a new build unless it was built by a smaller company and they allowed you to do spot checks on the progress or be onboard with the construction a bit like in that Grand Designs programs.
  6. You could see the whiteboard at the back of the Beckenham branch that the staff used as a leaderboard, used to be quite full but over the past year barely anything was written on it so the writing was literally on the wall.
  7. Interesting they actually allowed comments in this article about streaming services earlier in the week, perhaps the comments are moderated? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45096610
  8. My Nan took out one of these (unknown to the rest of the family) amount taken out was under a hundred and now she's gone into a home the outstanding balance is over 300k, the interest rate charged on it is over 7% which compared to the base rate is completely unacceptable in my opinion.
  9. What I find most galling is the difference between inner and outer London boroughs, I live in Bromley which is the largest London borough size wise yet gets the least assistance by central government.
  10. Prominently featured article in the evening standard yesterday about sellers reducing price acter receiving no offers in two years. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/homeowners-slash-1m-off-house-after-receiving-no-offers-in-two-years-a3665131.html
  11. Interesting program on Radio 4 just now about the potential for a houseprice crash, worth listening to as it's very bearish http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08x4s84
  12. Walked past this estate agents yesterday and thought of this thread, two of the three windows are boarded up and the final window has had multiple bricks chucked at it.
  13. What's up with flat sold in March last year? http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/SW1E-6PB.html?backListLink=%2Fnew-homes-for-sale%2Ffind.html%3FlocationIdentifier%3DPOSTCODE%5E837435%26minPrice%3D4000000%26maxPrice%3D7500000%26minBedrooms%3D3%26radius%3D0.5
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