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mjhodgson

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  1. " saw a 20% fall in profits " Profits? Didn't think mutuals had profits. They have surpluses, which should be distribiuted amongst it's members in the form of decent interest rates. It really needs to decide what it is, a bank or a building society?
  2. I used to run a MythTV box (open source recorder much like what SkyQ is now) and had ad skipping: https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Removing_Commercials Worked 70-80% of the time for me.
  3. That's what shortcuts are for! Setup the filters and then save the URL to a shortcut.
  4. Isn't that under "Filters" then "Don't Show" - "Retirement Homes".
  5. ...and don't forget this particulaly lovely bit of EU slight of hand.... Transit Van Factory Closure
  6. Why am I reminded of the 1980's programme, "Hey Look that's Me!". (Probably only in the BBC South TV region).
  7. Apparently we are one rate hike away from a crash: http://uk.businessinsider.com/hsbc-housing-chartbook-uk-house-prices-affordability-household-incomes-2016-7 Hopefully not one rate cut from a boom though.
  8. This always make me laugh: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2051429/John-Travoltas-table-booking-West-Sussex-branch-KFC-denied.html The KFC in East Grinstead is tiny, but classy.
  9. If you look at the house on street view, you can see the roof slates had been replaced with (rather hideous) tiles. These are probably heavier, but probably no account was taken of the extra weight, with the internal structure. As soon as they started messing about with the walls, it probably gave up... Also they removed the rather nice terracotta decoration running along the top and even stuck the same hideous tiles on the outside porch bit.
  10. I can across this (a somewhat overpriced #~!?hole) in my search area on sale by sealed bid: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-59044556.html If you look at the bottom, there is a link for the "bid pack". In there, point number one: "An Introduction Fee of 1.60% + VAT of the contracted sale price or £3,000.00+ VAT (whichever is greater) will be payable by the buyer if the bid is accepted and a sale results at any time and at any price, irrespective of when a bid is received or whether the final sale price differs from the original bid. The Introduction Fee must be budgeted for in addition to the bid sum; it is non-negotiable and will not be waived in any circumstance." So, I want to buy I have to pay a small fortune (plus VAT) for the privilege? Is this common? Does the seller have to pay agents fees too? I think I give it a miss....
  11. With the ISA replacing pensions thing. What is the ISA classed as? Is it savings or a pension? Am I right in thinking that if I got bankrupt with a pension, then that isn't classed as an asset that creditors can get hold of? Also is that the same for means tested benefits over (I think) 16K?
  12. Or do this: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1205133/How-Steve-Wright-workout-just-Range-Rover-garage-hand.html (Sorry daily mail link).
  13. The greens are making a pigs ear of everything in Brighton! Most of the cities roads are continually dug up for "improvements" I.e. bus and cycle lanes. The latest one about to start will involve the felling of 16 Elm trees in Victoria gardens. Getting around now takes twice as long, I've given up shopping in town now. Not had our rubbish collected for over a week now either. I heard stories about her ownership of multiple houses. And stories about her nose firmly in the EU expense account trough when she was a MEP. Certainly not one of the good guys...
  14. I fail to see how a supposedly mutual organisation can have profits. Call me old fashioned, but surely any "profits" should be returned to the savers in the form of decent interest rates. They are my bank, but I hate them with a passion. What a pointless organisation!
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