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Stanley
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Posted -  14/11/2010  :  06:26
NEW VERSION TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR MEMBERS WITH SLOW CONNECTIONS TO CONNECT.

Follw this LINK for last version.


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Stanley
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Posted - 30/11/2011 : 06:34
One thing is certain about the Lords of the Universe, they are clever blokes. I've come to the conclusion that they know full well that the present system is not sustainable in the long run but have taken the easy/cynical decision to crash on and milk it for as long as they can. The danger of this is that instead of a managed transition to a sustainable and honest system where they relinquish (or otherwise lose) their influence in government their short term thinking will lead to a chaotic failure which will cost us all dearly.

The key to this managed transition is to ban party funding linked to influence by capping party spending above a very low level and financing it directly from the public purse. At the same time the rules governing the 'revolving door' between government and industry employment must be rigidly enforced with punitive sanctions. In terms of how govenment has developed over the last forty years or so, this is seismic change and we need a statesman, as opposed to a politician, to force it through. One thing is certain, whoever grasps this nettle will have tremendous electoral support and in the long run this might be the key.


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Tardis
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Posted - 30/11/2011 : 10:58
Evan Davies on this morning's Today programme easily derailing Ed balls arguements.


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Tizer
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Posted - 30/11/2011 : 14:36
This web site could keep us interested right through Christmas! Lots of interesting information and many wonderful photos and old pics. Some pages have little on them but if you choose well-known companies or brands you will find plenty.

http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Main_Page

And ladies, don't jump to the conclusion that it's all engineering - if you're bored by pictures of machines have a look at the food and medicine categories for instance. Or click on the `Show all Categories' link. Enjoy!

Edited by - Tizer on 30/11/2011 14:38:27


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panbiker
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Posted - 30/11/2011 : 15:04
Good link Tiz, just had a quick peruse around the Royal Enfield pages. My first bike was a 1958 Enfield Crusader 250cc single, built like a tank, did most of my falling off on that one, only ever bust a clutch lever. Bought for £40.00 sold for £40.00. Jap territory after that, happy days..


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thomo
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Posted - 30/11/2011 : 20:50
Tizer, What machines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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catgate
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Posted - 30/11/2011 : 21:57
Wonderful find Tizer. Thank you for sharing it.


Every silver lining has a cloud.


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Stanley
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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 04:49
Nice link, a bloke could get lost in there!


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Tizer
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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 09:40
I only found the site because my father-in-law returned a photo we'd sent him from our holiday and he asked `What is this machine?'. It was the winding gear at the Geevor tin mine Victory Shaft. I'd also snapped the identification plate on the winder which showed `British Thomson-Houston' and I looked them up on Google.


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belle
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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 10:15
I loved the page on Nelson mills..a great swathe of my family tree names in there, obviously keeping it in the family was the order of the day!


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Tardis
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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 12:18
The amount of commercial property in Colne for sale.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 02/12/2011 : 06:04
There was a news item on You and Yours about landlords avoiding paying business rates on empty properties by donating money to charities who then opened the premises up as a charity shop at an 80/100% discount on the rates. Legal and growing.


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Bradders
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Posted - 02/12/2011 : 11:57
If my mobile rings when I'm in a charity shop , I'm tempted to answer with "Sorry I can't speak just now , I'm visiting my tailor "....

Only done it once though !

Edited by - Bradders on 02/12/2011 11:59:17 AM


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Another
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Posted - 02/12/2011 : 13:11
I sometimes answer the phone at home with "Hello, controller Padiham Power Station?" Nolic


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Tizer
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Posted - 02/12/2011 : 15:25
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Stanley wrote:
There was a news item on You and Yours about landlords avoiding paying business rates on empty properties by donating money to charities who then opened the premises up as a charity shop at an 80/100% discount on the rates. Legal and growing.
Not directly related but you triggered a couple of thoughts with the word landlord. First, we are searching in the local town for a flat or similar for my father so he can move from the bungalow he's in now and which needs too much maintenance. We thought we'd found an ideal 1990 `over-55s' small terraced bungalow on a development of similar properties. It's freehold but there's a service charge to pay for upkeep of gardens etc. It all looked great until we found out it was `managed by Peverel' who have been in the news a number of times for being difficult to communicate with, failing to respond to residents' needs etc. It's a big group consisting of many companies under different names so that we, the public, don't notice too easily that they are one and the same. I think `Peverel Management' itself is in administration. One of the biggest dangers is that if the property becomes empty the owner is still forced to pay the service charges of about £1400 a year, and if the owner dies the heirs have to pay it. That's a dangerous trap in these days of stagnant housing markets and a lot of old folks and their children have fallen into it. Apparently, Peverel have not been sympathetic in their treatment of people who have wanted to sell their properties.

Now I thought the Peverel problems were on leasehold properties and that freehold would be different but not so. It all derives from Section 106 of the Town & Country Planning Act. A company wants to build a development of houses and approaches the council for planning permission. Under S.106 the council can demand that the company provides certain services in exchange for giving permission - keeping the area tidy, looking after paths, gardens, etc. The company agrees, provides the services and then charges the property owners to get the money back. Or the company contracts out the services to another company who manages on their behalf. You can see how complicated it gets and there is ample scope for maniulating and ripping off the property owner who might think he/she is safe with a freehold. So beware if you are thinking of a nice little over-55s place...these companies are everywhere and you'll be lucky to avoid them.

The second thought was about the big housebuilders and their `land banks'. In 2016 the regulations on energy efficiency of new houses will change and become much more stringent but the builders haven't done much to prepare for it yet. I was pondering on this when someone in the trade pointed out to me that the big housebuilders can delay their response by five years, until almost 2021, by getting planning permission before the 2016 deadline, then holding off for the full period allowed before they can be foced to build.


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Stanley
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Posted - 03/12/2011 : 04:56
Agreed. I have always seen the service charges as a licence to print money. There have been some really bad cases reported. Bottom line is that they have a gun pointed at your head and once you have signed there is no way you can fight them without enormously complicated legal action. A similar state of affairs to residential caravan site plots. Come under the heading of Cunning Wheezes?


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