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  1. The ultimate "shoot 'n scoot" that Sweden is considering sending to Ukraine. Made by BAE Systems. https://youtu.be/d8x8ITwd4Vg The package includes 150,000+ rounds of ammunition for it.
  2. Have they ever run a "consultation" on whether or not the current populace actually want more folks living here? Because the thought of Ballasalla actually needing a bypass is to me the beginning of the end...
  3. A classic case of "the unacceptable face of capitalism" or greed as most of us call it. Windfarms are appearing all over the place. Mainly, I suspect, because they very much represent "instantly perceived value" ie look we are doing something! My personal choice would be for more to be done to encourage the totally reliable tidal systems. Especially as our weather is becoming more extreme...
  4. I read some of Labour's "Stronger Together" stuff. Pretty decent and very broad brush which is only to be expected. If I was in the Labour Party I would be keeping my powder very dry indeed ie don't give the tories any leverage while they tear themselves apart is the only sensible option. When Thick Lizzy finished her "speech" the £ lost another percentage point and two year fixed rate mortgages hit 6%. She and Kamikwasi are totally to blame for more expensive mortgages but is there any mention of this in the UK right wing press which is to say pretty much all of it? Strangely not... @SleepyJoe what do you base this on? Thanks. "I think the LibDems are leap years ahead of Starmer on policy, & the case for a 'Brexit Upgrade' with some form of return to the single market will have enormous support"
  5. I don't know about awards but I once came away from The Jet Strip (Adult Entertainment Club) in downtown LA with a stripper's phone number. Does that count?
  6. Never mind the BoE the value of the £ has an inflationary / deflationary effect. Had to laugh at Thick Lizzy replying to Kuenssberg about how their ill-thought out (if at all all!) so-called policy announcement had put up interest rates giving mortgage holders nightmares she said that interest rates were down to the Bank of England! An Andrew Marr would have shredded her for that...
  7. Ah yes, David Cameron, the idiot who instigated the brexit referendum because he was running scared from some factions of the tory party. Fool. It's very surprising how bad things have got. Therese Coffee was trumpeting how "no one should wait more than two weeks to see a GP" when it used to be a couple of days FFS! The reason is simple enough. Since it's creation NHS funding grew by approx 4% per annum. Bearing in mind we have a growing and aging population since 2010 that funding growth has dropped to just 1.26% per annum. And still the morons vote for them. Good laugh this. At the Annual Thatcher Seance it seems some spirited soul can legally play the theme "music" from The Benny Hill Show loudly enough to greet the delegates on arrival and exit. That's lovely....
  8. If your customers are ok with it - no problem. As a customer though my expectations are "normal business hours" and if this wasn't possible then I would go elsewhere. No customers = no business.
  9. As I posted way back if you're making widgets then no problem. If you have customers with expectations then, as "the customer is king" to quote a US training course, you have to work according to the way that suits them. No customers = no business...
  10. Squeaky Bottom Time. Best stock up on the Factor 50.... Telling it like it is. Petraeus: US would destroy Russia’s troops if Putin uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine Former CIA director and retired army general says Moscow’s leader is ‘desperate’ and ‘battlefield reality he faces is irreversible’ The US and its allies would destroy Russia’s troops and equipment in Ukraine – as well as sink its Black Sea fleet – if the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, uses nuclear weapons in the country, former CIA director and retired four-star army general David Petraeus warned on Sunday. Petraeus acknowledged that in the event of a Russian nuclear strike the likelihood that radiation would extend to Nato countries under the Article 5* umbrella could perhaps be construed as an attack on a Nato member. “Perhaps you can make that case,” he said. “The other case is that this is so horrific that there has to be a response – it cannot go unanswered.” Yet, Petraeus added, “You don’t want to get into a nuclear escalation here. But you have to show that this cannot be accepted in any way.” Nonetheless, with pressure mounting on Putin after Ukrainian gains in the east of the country under last week’s annexation declaration and resistance to mobilization efforts within Russia mounting, Petraeus said Moscow’s leader was “desperate”. “The battlefield reality he faces is, I think, irreversible,” he said. “No amount of shambolic mobilization, which is the only way to describe it; no amount of annexation; no amount of even veiled nuclear threats can actually get him out of this particular situation. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/02/us-russia-putin-ukraine-war-david-petraeus *All for one and one for all! Errr I think that's from a book by Dumas. You get the idea mind...
  11. If their current staff match the current workload then to achieve the same level of service on any given day they will need more people.
  12. The issue is if you have the correct number of staff to run your business, which you should have otherwise you are throwing money away, then if they all do a 4 day week then you have no spare capacity to cover days 5 to 7. If I buy an expensive laptop or whatever I expect a certain level of support. If it's not there I won't buy from them again.
  13. Kamikwasi's U-turn was humiliating, no question. His "little turbulence" was bollox as well. That's like saying the Hindenberg had a "little fire retardant issue" or some such. However, there is an awful lot of pain that is headed in the direction of, as ever, the worst off: Kwasi Kwarteng may have U-turned, but huge spending cuts are still coming Despite scrapping the 45p tax rate, the government is clinging to £43bn of tax cuts. Public services and those on benefits will feel the pain After the right turn, the U-turn. Despite abandoning his top rate tax cut, the chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, has left £43bn of his £45bn tax cuts intact. A panicked overnight climbdown does not add up to a change in strategy. He is still doubling the tax-free giveaways to those with share options, cutting £1bn from tax on dividends and sanctioning a free-for-all in bankers’ bonuses. He is also going ahead with his tax avoiders’ charter: £2bn for employees who are able to declare themselves self-employed. Still in place is the £2bn he set aside for tax-free shopping for foreign tourists and the £19bn of corporation tax cuts, which Rishi Sunak claimed did nothing for investment; and by continuing to reject a new windfall tax, the chancellor might as well be handing over billions to the oil and gas tycoons. Kwarteng’s meeting with the Office for Budget Responsibility on Friday will have killed off his belief that he could pay for his tax cuts by conjuring up 2.5% annual growth. So after the crash comes the bloodbath: an onslaught of public spending cuts bigger than Osborne’s austerity or the IMF cuts of 1976 – so severe that they will impede rather than spur growth, ruin education and undermine our most precious asset, the NHS. Lying ahead, as inflation erodes the value of departmental budgets is, according to the Resolution Foundation, a public spending cut by 2026 of between £37bn and £47bn, the equivalent of closing every English school. While the prime minister has ruled out changes to the triple lock on pensions, the typical family on universal credit – already around £1,500 short as a result of last October’s £20 a week cut and April’s lower-than-inflation uprating – will now see their losses rise to £2,000 a year if benefits are linked to earnings and not prices. No family I know can afford to lose so much....
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