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Posted -  14/11/2010  :  06:26
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panbiker
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Posted - 21/04/2011 : 20:40
Oi Bodge, leave the spiders alone, our indiginous species hurt no one and do a good job around the house hunting the very flies that you would poison via the paint.

I have a magnificent specimen of the common house spider that lives in the corner of the coving in the front room. I can see him (or her) from where I am sitting. When he/she sets off down the wall and across the carpet he/she is nearly 2" across when all the legs are going. The youngest of our cats is frightened of the beast. Gender unknown but I call him/her Boris.


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Callunna
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Posted - 21/04/2011 : 23:27
Breaking News: Silentnight profitable but possibly going into receivership owing to shortfall caused by raiding the pension funds.

From the BBC News website:


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Silentnight forced asks for debt help

England cricketer Darren Gough posing on a bed in a promotion for SilentnightSilentnight said it was using the CVA to seek an immediate injection of cash
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Silentnight has said it plans to ask its creditors to agree a rescue plan.

The debt-laden bed manufacturer said it was left with no choice but to seek a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) after banks refused to renew existing loans.

"The group is trading profitably and generating cash," claimed the company's chief executive Neal Mernock.

He blamed the retailer's unmanageable debts on onerous pension liabilities dating back to acquisitions made in the 1980s and 1990s.

The CVA is being used by the Barnoldswick, Lancashire-based company to seek an immediate injection of cash.

"Silentnight is one of the UK's best known brands, with a proud history of manufacturing and distributing beds since 1946," said Mr Mernock.

"The approval of the CVA proposal by our creditors will be a major step forward in securing Silentnight's future."

The firm employs just over 1,250 people across the North of England and the Republic of Ireland.

The company says the move was forced by the decision of its banks to withdraw existing credit facilities, and a the rejection by the pension regulator of a plan to offer an equity stake in the company in lieu of its pension fund debts."With the ongoing support of our loyal suppliers and staff, and on a more stable financial footing, we are confident that Silentnight will continue to generate substantial profits, to outperform the wider market, and to innovate and grow market share as home to both the UK's and the world's biggest bed brands," added the chief executive. 

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In other words "We're stuffed."

 

Edited by - Callunna on 21/04/2011 11:37:42 PM


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Bradders
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Posted - 22/04/2011 : 01:32


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Bodger wrote:
With all the pesent day technology can they not include a insect killer into paint, ie the fly / spider touches it and dies ?, or are their feet poison resistant

Sorry Bodger (and I don't want to pick a fight ).... but  NO !

We need "bugs"....and bugs need bugs .... ad inf.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 22/04/2011 : 06:12
Saw news about Silentnight on news last night. Spooky, I've just gven them a mention in an article. The CEO is just a tad over-optomistic I reckon. The 'CVA' is dodgy, it depends on whether their creditors will accept 65p in the pound to avoid going into administration. If they do go into admin it all depends on the Receiver and whether he can save the company. If that happens the best they can expect is big cut backs. Then there's the small matter of the £100million+ hole in the pension fund. Not good news whichever way you look at it. One thing is certain, if Tom Clarke was alive today he'd be an angry man!

 See this LINK for details of the MAT 120 Cargo Bomb shown on the news last night in Misrata. The thing that struck me straight away was that the wording was in English. So that settles that question, the original reports that cluster bombs were being used was accurate despite all Gadafi's protests to the contrary. US has announced they are going to use armed drones to target government forces. They must be making a lot of them, very heavily used in Afgahnistan. Weird thing is of course that they are Playstation warfare, controlled from command centres half a world away. No such thing as Mission Creep? There are people in Washington who agree with me. The only Plan 'B' that exists at the moment is that someone kills Gadafi. Meanwhile, what is it costing? Apart from an estimate of 10,000 civilian dead there is the question of the money.


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frankwilk
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Posted - 22/04/2011 : 07:14
Stanley plan B

For this reason, it seems sensible that the UK is continuing with its Cougar amphibious deployment to the Mediterranean, comprising HMS Albion, HMS Ocean, RFA Cardigan Bay and HMS Sutherland, together with elements of 40 Commando Royal Marines. Ostensibly, they will conduct littoral operations off Cyprus. But with their ability to provide more imaginative solutions to the crisis, their deployment might be an indication of the way ahead. Although boots on the ground might be a step too far, "fins" on the ground, able to deter and prevent serious attacks on civilians before returning to their ships, might prove acceptable – and the low-footprint approach would get around any sense of them being an occupying force.



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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 22/04/2011 : 09:04
One of my sources told me this morning that the people to watch re Silentnight are the American firm Legget and Platt who bought Wellhouse Springs from Silentnight. See this LINK.


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Tizer
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Posted - 22/04/2011 : 09:59
This grabbed my attention yesterday...In the afternoon we dashed to the garden centre to get some plants to put in the garden over the weekend. As we put them in the boot of the car I noticed a man standing alongside holding a plastic card with my name on it - just like one of those people who meet you at the airport. Strange in a garden centre car park though! He smiled and waved the card at me and then pointed at the card and pointed at me. Then he tried to speak but I couldn't understand him, there seemed to be something wrong with his voice. So he started writing on the card. It turned out he was someone I had worked with in the same science lab from about 1978 to 1984 and I hadn't recognised him! He's had a throat problem which accounts for the lack of coherent speech and the medical condition has probably also affected his appearance. We haven't seen each other or been in touch for 27 years! He left to be a scientist and farmer in Wiltshire in 1984 and I came to Somerset to be a science publisher in the mid-1990s. Now he's become a musician and plays in two bands. He also has a wonderful 1952 Land Rover in pristine condition!


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Bradders
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Posted - 22/04/2011 : 10:15
Terrific post Peter..... Thoroughly enjoyed that !..... (it wasn't Bob Dylan , was it ?)


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catgate
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Posted - 22/04/2011 : 10:35
What a mixture of happy and sad, Tizer. It takes time to accept something like that.

I hope you both now keep it touch. I find it hard to loose a friend.


Every silver lining has a cloud.


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Stanley
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Posted - 23/04/2011 : 03:33
Lovely story Peter, and so unusual. He must be a very reilient and resourceful man!

I see that Towcester racecouse has banned use of the whip by jockeys. I saw the finish of the Grand National and wondered about use of the whip, particularly with two 'Equine Fatalities' as they euphemistically called them laid on the track. Turns out that the stewards thought so as well and suspended the jockey for five days. Perhaps that's why they took the horse straight to the stable afterwards and refused to let anyone see it.


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Stanley
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Posted - 23/04/2011 : 03:38
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/apr/22/vote-for-av-vince-cable

Vince talked sense yesterday. This interview is worth reading. One of the things he raises is the flaws in First Past the Post. It has struck me that we hear a lot about the 4 obscure countries that use AV (Totally spurious argument of course, makes no mention of the ones that use PR, all this proves is that we're voting for the wrong system!) but very little about the fact that in a three party system as evenly balanced as ours approximately two thirds of the population are permanently disenfranchised. I well remember voting in the Skipton Constituency for over ten years when that Tory Bum Drayson got in every time. (Totally useless MP, look him up!) In effect I hadn't got a vote.


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frankwilk
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Posted - 23/04/2011 : 07:34
"Vince talked sense yesterday" 
I do believe he ( Vince ) will be responsible for a Conservative Goverment being elected at the next General Election !!!



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HerbSG
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Posted - 23/04/2011 : 07:53
In Canada we have had a minority government after the last 2 elections.  The present bunch (conservstive) were judged to be guilty of contemp of parliament (first time in history this has happened), the opposition brought the government down.  General election on May 2 will probably produce another minority result.  The presence of a 3rd party in the mix is having the effect of splitting the vote, polls now look like:cons 39%, liberal 27% and ndp 23% which means the government may be either cons or libs...supported by the ndp...this gives the strength to the 3rd party whose leader has been making promises that there is no way he can keep...but he knows he does not have to keep because he will not be the prime minister.


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Callunna
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Posted - 23/04/2011 : 09:50
I too was sickened by the way the whip was used in the Grand National. What's the point? All it does is distress the horse.

If the whip is banned, it won't make any difference to the outcome of a race - the fastest horse will still be first past the post (unless they adopt the AV system to make it fairer...)


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thomo
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Posted - 23/04/2011 : 10:03
Twice last night it was reported on the news that Silentnight of Batley are in trouble, have they got their "B"s mixed up or are we truly in the "no mans land" twixt Yorkshire and Granada?


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