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  1. New Zealand is nice. I've been out here for 7 years now. The work life balance is better, there's less crime, people seem happier - life is just more simple. I returned to the UK a few years ago for a family visit and I couldn't believe how much worse it had become in just a few years. Any questions on NZ, let me know. One piece of advice though: avoid Auckland. If you think house prices are bad in the UK then you ain't seen nothin'. Auckland is absolutely out of control, Chinese buyers are fueling a massive speculative boom. If I wasn't already established with property in Auckland I would be looking at Wellington or a nice South Island town.
  2. 4. XFactor, Britain's got "Talent" and other celebrity worship garbage is also a serious malaise.
  3. Lived there for a year or so in the Minster Wharf development, by the canal. Lovely place to live. I'd strongly recommend that area as it's a walkable distance to the town center and also close to the main road into Hull. Good schools, nice little town center, Hull at a safe distance! Town can get a little rough sometimes in the evening but it's better than most. I think most of it is pretty good really. It's the best place I lived in England.
  4. An entire country ravaged by a bunch of bits in some computers traded by testosterone, cocaine and booze fueled gamblers. The situation is absurd.
  5. Exactly - aren't these things just moving the problem? Burning the fuel at the point of use is surely more efficient than burning it in a power plant, distributing it over the grid, dropping it in a battery then pulling it back out again. The various hybrid variations seem like a waste of time to me.
  6. Weed makes you think? In my limited experience it just made me real slow, relaxed and a little giggly. Give me a couple of bottles of Cloudy Bay any day..
  7. If the commission is thorough they will find that only the "very richest" can tolerate any more tax. Nobody else has any bloody money left. I can't believe New Labour might be getting the reigns of power for another five years - it's like the turkeys voting for Christmas. Glad I'm out of that shithole.
  8. I assume AbsoluteZero is just playing devils advocate or trolling. Creating "non-jobs" is not stimulus. Not taxing the "real-jobs" quite so much in the first place would be stimulus. Lower tax would make Britain more competitive and leave more money in the pockets of workers to spend in the private sector. That tax money that just goes "round and round" would be much more productive going "round and round" in the private sector.
  9. That would be awesome. Only the elite want this European Superstate, I hope the people make a stand on this one.
  10. Yup, doomed. Sterling is living on borrowed time. As the Tories have been saying, "we can't go on like this".
  11. Have faith in humanity and our ability to adapt. We have technology now which would have been unimaginable a couple of centuries ago. I think technology will continue to advance at this pace. Next century we could have fusion power or some other fantastic energy source. People may choose to live in virtual worlds with their real-world bodies consuming minute resources. We probably won't be restricted to Earth or its energy sources - we've barely begun to tap the energy the sun is providing us. Sure things may well get tough, but in the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. Some of our greatest innovation has occurred during our darkest times. "Consumerism" drives technology and efficiency - greed is good. All this anti-consumerism/carbon credit/green/global warming crap serves an agenda - to make you poorer and more easy to control, ignore it and enjoy life.
  12. This seems to be the plan that is now coming into plain view. I think it can be neatly summed up as existence tax. At what point to we say enough is enough?
  13. It certainly doesn't start out fair. All the usual crap about his appearance, college "kid" supporters, the bruno incident, "token nutjob" and some weird soviet-association smear attempt. After that its a decent article - were the first two paragraphs really necessary? The man has a brilliant mind, is a self made millionaire and has led an honest decent life - he has never swayed from his morals, despite his relatively powerful position. His ideas deserve to be heard without the offensive "introduction", no other mainstream politicians are treated this way.
  14. Of course its all a scam and has been for years. They've privatized profit and socialized loss. Most on this forum see it, but you're a tiny fraction of the UK's otherwise dumbed down and impotent population. How can a bank that failed so catastrophically even be thinking about bonuses? Attracting and keeping hold of "talent" is no doubt their justification, the whole situation is absurd.
  15. I've been in New Zealand for just over a year now and I still feel incredibly lucky to be here. Only faults I can think of are the remoteness and high house prices relative to income. Its a great place to be. Get out while you can and ignore the "grass isn't always greener" mantra that will no doubt get trotted out by friends/relatives/HPCer's and other poor souls trapped in Britain.
  16. The "experts" always expect what they would like to see happen with the hope of influencing reality. Financial cheerleaders
  17. In theory yes, in practice - no, definitely not. The UK exists as long as the vast majority of people believe in it. This gives it overwhelming strength. It doesn't matter whether you agree or not to its laws and contracts, it will impose itself upon you using violence if necessary. I know I'm being screwed by the ptb, I just try to make the most of life and avoid them as much as possible. The vast majority of people are incredibly ignorant to the world around them, their view of the world is disconnected from reality using bad education and pointless distractions (TV, mindless jobs, fashion, celebrity worship, religion etc.). However, life is pretty good for most of them so they live in blissful ignorance.
  18. No mention of bringing British troops home - that could be a big money saver. What about investigating the cost of the EU? No, they will hit the easy stuff like people's pay.
  19. Much of the electorate has a vested interest in this scam, through buy-to-let, massive mortgage multiples and liar loans. It's in the nations psyche to think rising house prices are a good thing. When it comes to criticizing Brown, I think its best to just "not go there" - it could end up working in his favor. Better to attack public sector waste, terrible pointless wars, the destruction of civil liberty, uncontrolled immigration, MP's expenses, the banking collapse, the promised Lisbon Referendum, the huge tax burden and other New Labour "achievements".
  20. "And if young Americans are not working and becoming productive members of society, they are less likely to make major purchases -- from cars to homes -- thus putting the US economy further behind the eight ball." This is where globalization comes crashing down.
  21. I paid $3.50 (£1.47) today to get into Auckland by train today. The train was clean and timely. I'm convinced that in the UK the train operators weigh up the cost of driving to a location and price the train ticket to be slightly cheaper (with convenience taken into account). Rip-off Britain is alive and well. Do yourself a favour, leave the shithole.
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