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  1. I think one other factor is that people will be getting 2020 holidays and trips refunded. Our holiday in March got cancelled, and with the flights and car hire finally getting refunded back to the credit card, it's not just reduced the credit on it, but pushed it into a healthy positive balance.
  2. Why bother they've all got their mobile phones with them, should narrow down their position to a good few metres?
  3. It leads to other questions... Does his wife drive? In which case if he had problems driving home, she could have taken over. Why did he make the "test drive" with his wife and kid in the car? Was public transport available - train, taxi, Government car, helicopter?
  4. Also from BBC radio the missing Cryptoqueen podcast is worth a listen. The writer describes it as the “perfect scam”: a multi-billion dollar con that combined a bogus currency with a cult–like recruitment programme that fed into a pyramid scheme. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07nkd84/episodes/downloads
  5. It would probably also make sense to have different countries on standby for different sports. Moving an entire event would be extreme, but if certain elements for a particular sport weren't going to be ready then it could go to the alternative host. It's not without precedent- the 1956 games because of Australia's quaranteen rules, the equestrian events were held in Sweden, they were also held in June with the main Olympics in November (summer in the Southern hemisphere).
  6. There doesn't seem to be very much being said about the Universal Service - ie the principal that with the Royal Mail that it costs the same to post something to the centre of London, as it does to an address on an island in the Outer Hebrides. During a period whilst RM was having a lot of industrial action, the company I work for, looked at using courier services, but found the cost to send to the extremities of the UK was quite considerably more expensive than the mainland (excluding northern Scotland). Presumbly the tax payer will continue to subsidies these deliveries, because I can'
  7. This might have already been covered already - but one of the points in the radio four interview with Danny Alexander this morning was that the housing bubble is much more prevalent in certain parts of the country (ie London and the South East). Isn't there an argument that this Help to Buy scheme should be targetted, or weighted at certain areas of the country - basically encourage movement of people and jobs. I can't see how prices can't rise, I know of two people who are now looking to buy, and if I was selling a house at the moment (particularly if it was attractive to first time buyer
  8. Do you know if the data prices have come down with T-Mobile - it still looks quite expensive on their website for Poland where I'm travelling in a few weeks? I've ordered a 3G dongle (unlocked) off ebay for about £20, and will see if I can pick up a local pay-as-you-go SIM (probably also from the Polish version of T-Mobile) at a reasonable price.
  9. I might be wrong, but I think Aldi is privately held company so no public offering of shares available.
  10. You only get 5% on the first £2,500 in the account, anything more than that balance, and that bit only gets 1% - there are other banks that offer more than 1% on savings account. So I see it as only worth maintaining the £2.5K balance which you get the 5% on.
  11. I see one of the high street banks is offering a current account (online/telephone access only) that offers 5% interest on the first £2,500, and 1% on anything over that balance (12 month offer). The only restriction is it looks like you need to pay in at least £1000 per month in order to get the 5%, otherwise it reverts to 1% for that month. As a basic tax rate payer I think this is worth about £100 per year in interest, so not a huge amount but for maybe 30 mins work setting up the account and doing the transfers over the next 12 months maybe worth it. I'm interested if anyone knows if th
  12. How much do they typically pay out? They should do a deal with the charity shops for vouchers... I'm fairly sure in my local town with it's 6 charity shops on the high street, you could easily pickup a suit, shoes and a shirt for less than £20.
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