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  1. Tangled up in Blue

    Out of recession?

    Business Recession Out of recession – but how did we get there and what happens next?Despite tomorrow's good news Labour fears economy may slip back again by the time of a May general election Buzz up! Digg it Patrick Wintour, political editor guardian.co.uk, Monday 25 January 2010 22.10 GMT...
  2. Thorpe Groyney

    The Southend Pound

    Just been watching Michael Portillo's programme where he goes round Britain on the train (only because I couldn't be bothered to switch over to SSN). One of the places he visited was the Devon town of Totnes. One of the things that struck me was that the local people there have introduced...
  3. Tangled up in Blue

    "Eastern European immigration 'has hit low-paid Britons'

    Influx of 1.5m eastern Europeans means UK's lowest-paid workers are earning less now, report says Jamie Doward, Home Affairs Editor The Observer, Sunday 17 January 2010 Article history An "unprecedented" influx of some 1.5 million eastern European workers into the UK over the past six years is...
  4. Tangled up in Blue

    Tory cuts-warning

    News Politics George Osborne George Osborne identifies cuts for first weeks of Tory governmentShadow chancellor says £178bn fiscal deficit means he cannot wait for initial post-election budget before cutting expenditure Comments (16) Buzz up! Digg it Nicholas Watt, chief political...
  5. Napster

    Player of the season awards

    Batsman of the year OD Jefferson- ave 147.14, runs 1030 Allan - ave 84.1, runs 841 Perry - ave 111.4, runs 557 Honorable mention to Sagren, ave of 60.75 FC Jefferson- ave 152.13, runs 1217 Allan - ave 93.14, runs 652 Perry - ave 64.64, runs 711 Honorable mention to Francis, ave 66.83...
  6. Wrapping presents

    Is it pikey to get them wrapped in a shop, or does it help you get well wrapped presents while contributing to the economy?? My super-pikey friend at work doesn't wrap his presents, he just gets lot of little things for his girlfriend and puts them all in a binbag!
  7. DTS

    Question UK Border Force

    Does anyone watch this. As a current stay at home Dad I am wathcing more and more **** TV but this programme gets my goat and hits me what a ****ing joke this country is. Todays episode they caught a Ghanaian who was here illegaly. He admitted it and has been working here, not paying taxes etc...
  8. The bank bail out

    Listening to 5 Live this morning to a guy called Max Keiser, financial whizz and a severe critic of the way the banks have been bailed out across the western world. Now usually financial matters bore me rigid, but this guy spoke some incredible sense.... the main one that stuck out to me was...
  9. Article in Saturday's The Times about Southend

    Just saw this on Google News. Thought it made a decent read: Mapping the Economy: Can a cultural makeover restore Southend?
  10. Numphgirl

    Government role for Apprentice star Alan Sugar

    Just read this on yahoo news, what are peoples thoughts ? Sir Alan Sugar will receive a peerage as part of a new enterprise role in the Government, a source has said. Sir Alan Sugar is to receive a peerage as part of a new enterprise role in the Government The businessman, star of BBC's The...
  11. OldBlueLady

    I'm in cold water!!!

    Literally....it seems I have no hot water. Now, we have economy 7 bloody rubbish storage heaters, so although the system did 2 baths last night it should have had ample time to replenish. Ok, admittedly daughter has been cooking this afternoon and probably had the hot tap running as she...
  12. Napster

    Battrick - season review and player of season

    Well, it's been an unmitigated disaster. Bottom of OD Level IV, just scraped through FC to stay in my division, and did not much in 20-20. The only good news is Jeffers is now an exceptional/remarkable batsman. I need decent bowlers. Anyway, back to the player of season malarkey. Will do OD...
  13. Aberdeen Shrimper

    Decline in bees will affect our future eating habits

    I watched a interesting/worrying story on the local news tonight regarding the declining population of Bees and the effect this could have on humans.......it is estimated that 1 in every 3 mouthfuls of food we eat are courtesy of pollinating insects. Bee numbers have declined by 10-15% in...
  14. number11

    W.Indies v England Fifty50

    Don't know if anyone is paying much attention to this increasingly irrelevant format, but England won the toss and elected to bat. One-Day star Strauss opened and is out for 15 as we are 38/1 of 8 overs, Ravi and KP in so far. Im not convinced we know how to set a total and therefore usually...
  15. Napster

    Player of the season awards

    Been looking at the season stats and thought I'd do a player of the season thingy. OD - Best batsman - a tough call, two batsmen at the top Jefferson, 812 runs at an average of 90.22 and a high score of 182* Prag, 973 runs, an average of 97.3 and a high score of 134 Given that Prag is only...
  16. Thorpe Groyney

    'Arry Kneecaps - Co

    This is what's appearing in an upcoming edition of the Basildon United programme. See if you can spot through the subtle clues the little known manager it refers to. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Arry...
  17. Slipperduke

    Let The Spending Continue!

    If there is to be a dramatic collapse in the finances of the Premier League clubs, it may not happen for a few more years yet. The much-heralded drop-off in those all-important TV revenues have failed to materialise, which is welcome news for those clubs over-burdened with debt. The Times...
  18. steveo

    Next to Go - Part 2

    How about the UK? Highest unemployment figures for a decade expected to be announced today Millions of tax payers money to get the Banks out of trouble - although didnt they put us here in the first place? Pound at an eight year low against the Dollar - and slumping against the Euro. Quote...
  19. steveo

    Subaru quit WRC

    Subaru follow Suzuki and withdraw from the WRC blaming the global economy blah blah blah. I think they blew it when the dropped the classic Impreza and replaced it with a Hyundai/Kia lookalike. I loved the old shape, in fact I had two of them, but the new one really put me off, and I can...
  20. RobM

    Proposed cut in VAT

    ooh like that will solve the country's economy. So instead of paying £11.75 for something, I'll pay £11.50 instead. The other 25p can go towards the gas bill. Whoopee.