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  1. Prof

    Digital Switchover

    That's news to me, and I fit aerials for a living. Maybe if you've got a defective aerial (water getting into the dipole connection box), then yes, rain will destroy the signal. If you are in a good signal aerial with a decent aerial, no problem. And for those who have poor reception (assuming your area transmitter hasn't "switched over" yet), there's a good chance you'll get good reception once the switchover takes place. I still think there will be problems, even when all transmitters have "switched". It's as much a problem with the reception equipment as with the transmitter/aerial systems. Tried to tune in a Technika TV yesterday. It found most of the Freeview channels, and displayed them perfectly. Switched the TV off, and it lost the channels. Read the manual (sometimes you have to !), and it states that the TV requires a signal strength of > 85%, or it won't store the channels. I was getting a strength of around 65%. I measured the signal with my trusty meter, and my meter said "this signal is fine". The customer had already taken the TV back due to this problem., Absolutely rubbish design.
  2. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s108/the-apprentice/news/a281215/lord-sugar-kirstie-allsopp-is-a-lying-cow.html
  3. Conclusion. It`s only bad "up North", and prices are still a tad higher than they were a year ago. Why did they send a reporter to a street in Sheffield, and hire a bunch of "extras" to "perform" in the background ? Could it be that they are implying that the 3.6% falls are only in areas such as this ?
  4. Grab `em while you can. Those nasty FSA people are talking about stopping them. How will we ever carry on ?
  5. Nationwide, let me see....... Yes, another organisation that don`t seem to be able to do what they are supposed to do. Someone I know recently got a credit card through NW. Already got a Flex account with them. First CC bill arrives, I told them to take the bill into the branch and pay the balance by cheque or transfer (this person doesn`t do internet banking). I told them to ask if the balance could be paid off monthly automatically. The cashier said "no problem, do you want to payy off the minimum or full balance each month ?" Answer was "full balance please". No problem, said the lady, pass me your cards and i`ll sort it. A month goes by, statement arrives, and is ignored, because the direct debit is set up. Another month goes by, and I get a phone call..... "just got the September CC statement, and there`s a £12 charge on it". I looked at it, and it`s for non-payment of the previous balance. 15 minutes waiting on the phone for some help from NW.... "how can I help you ?". My reply was "answer the phone a bit more quickly". Evenually the matter was sorted, but it`s another example of shoddy service.
  6. Prof

    Vince Nails It

    I listened to some of Vince`s speech. I also thought he spoke a lot of sense. OK, it might be just talk, but at least it`s been said.
  7. Nah, the approval values of the few properties sold might have fallen 3.37%, all other UK property must be worth at least 1% morth than the previous month. Because we`re worth it.
  8. Prof

    My 'property Crash' Story

    I`m one of the 98.7%. I sat back and watched as the debt junkies binged on easy credit. I predicted and waited for their day of reckoning. It seems that the day of reckoning has come for the prudent, while the debt junkies have escaped with a minor scratch. What kind of message is this sending out to the next generation ? "Mummy and Daddy took on a huge mortgage, three credit cards and a 4 x 4, and it didn`t do them any harm.........." Maybe this will change, but I`m getting tired of waiting.
  9. When I mention "Liar Loans" (Eric said I could use the term, as long as I didn`t used a large, bold font) to the Bulls, they tell me that it`s not a widespread problem. However, we keep getting a news drip-feed of mortgage brokers being "found out". And as I always reply to the bulls, fraud, by it`s nature, often remains undiscovered. I wonder how many other cases will be reported over the next year or two ?
  10. Prof

    Nationwide August Hpi

    When you say down, do you mean even more negative ? They shouldn`t use the word "dip", I think "easing" sounds much more pleasant.
  11. Prof

    Nationwide August Hpi

    Fionulalalalalala wasn`t capable of uttering the words "house prices have fallen", so she was removed from her job as head of BBC advertising, sorry, media spokesperson just before the crash.
  12. Prof

    Nationwide August Hpi

    But, but, they used to "surge" or "rocket"............. what`s gone wrong ?
  13. Prof

    Nationwide August Hpi

    BBC News 8AM. No guest from Nationwide. No mention in the headlines. House prices can`t be falling, surely the BEEB would report it ? They always report increases, so prices must be staying the same.
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    Celebrity Mortgage Brokers

    I hope you never find her. I`m sure she must be closely related to "perma-grin" Hazel Blears. House prices went up x% again in the month of x (grin), great news for homeowners (grin). The best thing for for me about then end of the property boom was not having to see "LaLa" every month on BBC Breakfast news.
  15. Prof

    How Can Educated People Be So Dumb?

    Good summary.
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