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  1. The problem with Game specifically was the awful customer service. I would try every other shop before going there, as there was too much of the "comic shop" mentality that meant you were ignored unless you were regular who knew the staff well. The last time I was in my local Game, the bloke behind the counter ignored me for 5 minutes whilst he talked to the other member of staff who wasn't working, but had gone behind the counter to drop something off for later in the day. And that was typical of their attitude. For a big shop, I was always suprised how much more friendly people behind the counter were in HMV. So if I did want to buy a game, I know where I would go. If you're competing against the internet, you need to offer something more than higher prices and worse service.
  2. So hang about. Even if the USA is secular (and "In God We Trust" printed on the currency doesn't help that particular thought), does their secularism override the UK's supposed Christianity? Is there a league table for this? Does Satanism override secularism? I'd rather be associated with the compassion of Scotland than any of the bile on that site.
  3. I had to take this picture. (Even though they've just moved to the other side of the road, it warmed my heart to see it)
  4. Saving instead of spending saves you the 15% VAT, so even with interest rates near 0%, by putting your money in a savings account you've made 15% (in a creative accounting kind of way)
  5. The BBC had a story last night where figures had risen from 5 million to 15 million, which they called an "exponential rise". Perhaps they need to study some basic maths before using words they don't understand!
  6. ... and so can afford to invest in the infrastructure to cope with the regular snow, instead of investing in snow clearing equipment that's used every seven years, which you would also no doubt complain about as a waste of money.
  7. I always thought of asking prices as a leading indicator, but thinking about it, in a falling market it's the other way around isn't it? People put their house on at a high price, and as it's left on the market longer and longer, they drop the price until it finally sells. So in a falling market, the sale price will be lower than the asking price. That then feeds through eventually to the next person who puts their house on the market, and if they're in any way sensible, they'll put their house on near the price the last one sold. And so as the average selling price drops, the initial asking price will follow it down.
  8. Apart from the fact that it was hugely overpriced for a 2 bedroom terraced house in the first place, this is one of the biggest drops I've seen around my way: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-204...=2&tr_t=buy They do at least seem to have the right idea about bold price cuts! Sat Aug 16 10:49:13 2008 * Price changed: from '£450,000' to '£425,000' Fri Jul 11 20:26:36 2008 * Price changed: from '£499,950' to '£450,000' [Found by mervyn] Mon May 12 13:37:23 2008 * Price changed: from '£549,950' to '£499,950' Fri Apr 11 19:10:21 2008 * Price changed: from '£575,000' to '£549,950' [Found by wheelie] Sun Mar 30 14:05:58 2008 * Initial entry found. [Found by wheelie]
  9. And Bushells closed their branch on Shepherd's Bush Road last month too. Apparently they have "moved" to the same address as their Hammersmith branch.
  10. One warning about using any website for purchasing currency. Even though you're making a transaction in sterling, your card provider may charge you a foreign currency charge. I bought some euros from Travelex on my debit card, and was rather annoyed to find this currency charge. It's a Visa charge rather than my bank's charge, and I'm going to complain about it - as far as they should be concerned, I'm making a transaction, within the UK, to a UK company, and asking Visa to settle a payment in sterling, so I can't see why I should have to pay this fee.
  11. My sister lives in Llandaff, and it seems an average enough area - why is/was it considered "immune" Masked Tulip - my parents moved from Tycoch several years ago - how's it doing now?
  12. I was walking past a "luxury" development in Angel the other day. It looked like it had a grand marbled entrance - until you could see one of the marble "stones" was peeling off the wood underneath! Edit for spelling
  13. That's almost exactly the same rant as I had yesterday, when I was watching the BBC news at lunchtime and Robert Preston said that even though the report recommended against it, now that the chancellor had raised the idea, he was almost certainly going to implement something like it. I simply don't understand why people think they have the right to make money from the younger generation by selling them houses at higher and higher prices - and that they should pay twice, once through a giant mortgage, and once through taxes to allow banks to give those giant mortgages. I'm astonished by how quickly Gordon Brown and Darling have managed to completely alienate me. I'm not a "life long" support of any political party, blindly voting for a party, so I've voted for different parties. But after voting for Labour several times, there's absolutely no way I'll vote for them in any coming elections. How can they not see the damage they're doing with this desperate flailing around? Anyway, rather than simply complain, I'm taking the step of learning another language, so I can leave this country behind, and take my tax payments elsewhere should they make any sort of bailout like this actually happen.
  14. They did say that the £750,000 house had not risen in value at all in the year that they had bought it - and that was back in March. That must be a first for LLL surely?
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