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  1. RHB

    Yesterday's budget

    I'm really not sure what I think about George's latest offering. From a personal point of view, an increase in the tax allowance and raising the ceiling before 40% tax rate kicks in, is going to make me better off. From a socially aware perspective, the reduction in benefits for some and a...
  2. Tangled up in Blue

    Wage rises outpaced by inflation for the fifth year running

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/dec/12/wage-rises-outpaced-inflation-official-data Wages rises are still below inflation for the fifth year running.It's official.There is a cost of living crisis.
  3. Tangled up in Blue

    Unemployment rises..

    This news is much more important than Thatcher's funeral. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22180300
  4. France - The Road Not Taken

    Hollande promised an end to austerity when he was elected. Since then he has proposed fiscal tightening of 2% of GDP, the majority of which was through tax rises, particularly those aimed at high earners. The result is a collapsing money supply, EUR 53bn leaving the country in the last two...
  5. Train fare rises

    Had to post this, as I am flabbergasted at what ATOC are saying in response to the 5.9% rise in fares that you poor sods have to put up with. Atoc said the fare increase would be used to pay for "new trains, faster services and better stations". 1) There won't be any new trains. Trains are...
  6. Cricko

    Unemployment rises again

    Nice to see the government are sorting things and we are on the way back.:sad: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15747103
  7. Can a footballer learn to control anger?

    Or for that matter can any human being learn to control anger? Well the simple answer is yes we can learn to control anger. But in general anger cannot be managed simply by someone trying harder next time to avoid getting angry (as some seem to think). I have never heard of footballers...
  8. milhouse

    The Pub

    Not this on-line pub but "the" English pub. RIP? I guess most of you guys visit the hostelry occasionally. For how long is that going to be possible other than via faceless characterless town centre mega-pubs? There was a programme on the radio last night about locals taking over their own...
  9. Elite Player Performance Plan

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/8324495/Henry-Winter-Premier-Leagues-elite-plan-radical-overhaul-of-academy-system-to-help-top-schoolboy-talent.html So, this is the EPL's new scheme to restructure youth development. Effectively, it's a plan to increase the...
  10. Tangled up in Blue

    Jobless recovery?

  11. Mad Cyril

    UK inflation rises to 3.4%.

    UK inflation hits 3.4% Thank god for my 1% pay rise.
  12. Slipperduke

    Jose - Up Close and Personal

    Jose Mourinho smoulders. I wanted to get through this feature without writing anything that might worry my new wife, but there you go, I’ve blown it in the first line. But he really does. He smoulders. He walks into the sweaty, over-crowded press room and sits there in front of the lights...
  13. 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...
  14. Tangled up in Blue

    Tories are losing the battle over class

    News Politics Conservatives Guardian/ICM poll: Conservatives show vulnerability in class battleTories seen increasingly as upper class, but lead over Labour widens to 11 points thanks to a rise in the Lib Dem vote Julian Glover guardian.co.uk, Monday 25 January 2010 18.36 GMT Article history...
  15. Tangled up in Blue

    Rise in hate crime follows BNP council election victoriesBuzz

    <Robert Booth guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 January 2010 19.20 GMT Article historyReports of racial and religiously motivated crime rose following the election of British National party councillors in several far- right strongholds, police statistics have revealed. Complaints of hate crime...
  16. ldnfatso

    Train Strike claims form

    For those who were f***ed up over the last few weeks by those ungrateful b***ards on National Express who don't deserve jobs let alone pay rises. The strike claim form is now available online. http://www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com/commuter/strike_claims
  17. Pale Blue Dot

    so, im closing my shrimperzone acount

    Ha-Ha this is amazing. so i hear (from the powers that be) a few select posters (though i suspect its just the one) have complained about rep comments that i have left recently. rep, what a fantasic invention. a dot on a computer screen, who knew it would shake people up so much? with the...
  18. ozzy-shrimper

    14 Injured In Crash

    Thoughts please for the 14 injured in a car crash. All of them are my girlfriends mates and we both know the boy who was driving. http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/local_news/southend/4182545.Updated__Number_of_injured_rises_in_Thorpe_Bay_crash/ The driver is a good mate of one of my best mates...
  19. Napster

    Mark Bentley and Simon Royce in the Sunday Times

    before their game v Villa From The Sunday TimesJanuary 4, 2009 Aston Villa face Gillingham dogfight Villa’s aristocrats will find Gillingham snapping at their heels Nick Townsend The temperature barely rises above freezing on a raw morning at Gillingham’s Beechings Way training ground but...
  20. Mad Cyril

    C2C fare rises

    Did anyone else notice 25% better service this morning? Outrageous.