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General Discussion Area / Re: Just take a Look at this
« on: 21 August 2011, 15:24:35 »
They are both very good, I especially like the Blackberry one, it explains perfectly why modern technology drive us NUTS and we all GRAPE about it  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Ofgen, Ofcom, Ofwat etc are in my opinion weak quangos who only react once the horse has well and truly bolted, and have been easily manipulated by the utility companies  >:( >:( >:(

There has been a fundamental problem with the privatization of the utility companies. Water companies, there was never any competition and while they were bleating about needing more money for investment, so prices must go up,  many were making 25%+ profits.

Electricity and Gas markets were originally competitive, but this has now to all purposes disappeared. IMHO this is due to most of the utility companies being taken over by state run foreign companies or multinationals. When they were privatized the company rules should have made it impossible for other state run companies to buy any shares in them.

State run industries don't have to produce accounts and are entirely open to their Government's political whims. A possible scenario is the French Government needing more money to invest in their own Nuclear power stations, "then take the profit EDF earns from Le Roast Beefs and invest this", if they want nuclear power, say we can only invest if the English Nuclear Premium Electricity Price is set at this level....

We are all also paying through the nose for useless offshore windmills that don't work very often and is currently the most expensive way to generate electricity.  All based upon an unproven hypothesis called Climate Change >:( >:( >:( >:(

Taxation has reached unbearable levels, if you are in employment on an average wage then your level of taxation with employer NI, employee NI, Income tax, VAT, council tax, fuel tax, car tax, TV tax, alcohol tax, insurance tax, flight tax... is 45 - 55% of your income. If you are a higher rate tax payer then it it is even higher (up to 71% marginal rate).  >:( >:( >:( >:(

Taxation is about plucking the most feathers from the goose with the least hissing, so most people don't realize how much they are actually paying! As far as I'm concerned once you are paying over 50% of what you earn in tax you are a "Slave of the State" in much the same way as Lords had Surfs in feudal times.

If taxation was reasonable, so your effective spending power was 50% more, I'm sure many OOFers that are struggling like me would be much more comfortable.

It makes my blood boil knowing I'm keeping people that prefer not to work, I know some and they are having a much better life than I am at the moment, not to mention keeping dictators in Luxury through UK overseas aid, human rights lawyers triples all round etc.

Personally, as a small businessman I've had enough, the risks to make money to reward ratio with current taxation structures don't stack up and my cost base with things like £2000pa council tax for a 3 bedroom house is too high.  >:( >:( >:(

Now I can sit and moan about it or do something about it, which is why I'm emigrating, once I've sorted my house out to rent or sell. All my business interests are Internet based, so as long as I've got an Internet connection, I can do what I'm doing now anywhere.

My Ukrainian wife and my daughter moved to Ukraine just over 10 days ago where my wife has been offered a teaching job at the school where she used to teach and I'm going to be joining them as soon as possible.  :) :) :)

About 100,000 English emigrate every year, with the current state of the country, personally I think the only surprise is that it is not more.

So ends my rant of the day.  :y :y :y

Get one quick before it is limited to 500w  ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Clarksons been rumbled....
« on: 15 August 2011, 01:50:35 »
That's show business  :y

General Discussion Area / Re: I've got this mole
« on: 16 August 2011, 23:34:51 »
But it would make 'an interesting' insurance claim. "I was just trying to get rid of this mole with Calor Gas and...."  ;D ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: I've got this mole
« on: 16 August 2011, 23:28:24 »
If you do this with Calor gas and the lowest point where the mole has dug is beneath you house (as Calor gas sinks) then expect your house to look like this:

It will solve the mole problem as you won't have a house and you won't be living there.  ::) :o :D

General Discussion Area / Re: I've got this mole
« on: 15 August 2011, 21:52:13 »
I had a mole in my garden in France, I tried everything, including traps, poison, electronic scaring devices.  ::)

The end result: Mole 1, Rod 0  >:( >:( >:( >:(

I gave up in the end, so good luck, I hope you are more successful than I was.

General Discussion Area / Re: where did i come from?
« on: 16 August 2011, 23:54:16 »
Very creative.

It brings a whole new meaning to hard drive failure....  ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Vacuum cleaners and the EU
« on: 15 August 2011, 21:21:35 »
....And if nobody complains to their MEP, there will be a clean sweep when it comes to voting on it.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Vacuum cleaners and the EU
« on: 15 August 2011, 21:19:17 »
If enough people complain to their MEP, I bet they will brush it under the carpet.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

I have allway said we have should have attendance centres for people claiming unemplyment benefit. For example a large old office or factory where they have to attend 5 days a week from 8 till 5 to receive their benefit. This would get rid of those false claims and for the others it might be more worthwhile to do a proper job.

Totally agree with you, except I would make them spend all day every day applying for jobs, until they have got one.  :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Just sent this to local council....
« on: 15 August 2011, 02:23:51 »
Send them a final email telling them if they don't reply within 14 days, then you are going to complain to the Local Council Ombudsman.

This should stir them into action.  :y :y :y

I have a great respect for the police on the front line.

IMHO the senior officers in the last 10 years have changed from policemen into policically correct, brown nosed, a*@e licking, incompetent political apparatchiks, with Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom, with his anti-motorist views a typical example.  ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Hope for Bombardier?
« on: 03 August 2011, 00:19:44 »
What I read was that the issue was not technical, but financial. The company who won the contract have to supply all of the investment finance to build them. Siemans are a much bigger company with a better credit rating so they can borrow the money much more cheaply which gives them about a £200m borrowing cost and price advantage.  ::)

If the last Labour Government had set the terms of the contract so the finances were separate from the technical abilities then Bombardier would have been able to compete on a level playing field.  :o :D

Politicians are experts on the laws on unintended consequences, to make sure they include them every time.  :(  They don't care as they have their gold plated expense accounts, diamond encrusted pensions and on the unlikely chance of them being in the duck (sorry dog) house and being kicked out don't forget the big fat severance kickback.  >:( >:( >:(  It is the tax paying likes of us that picks up the bills for their constant mistakes. Just look at this situation and their record on defence procurement and IT projects  :D :D :D


General Discussion Area / Re: ZX10 MOT
« on: 13 August 2011, 03:41:27 »
160 miles with a big grin on face is IMHO worth every penny of £1.13 a mile  :y :y :y

1600 miles with big grin on face even better.  :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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