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  1. As a young man I liked going to work. I had a laugh with the people I worked with, and we'd often go to the pub lunchtime and after work. Lads in the office would mess about and have a laugh. I remember one guy getting into his bosses email and sending an email to a bird in HR asking her out. Imagine what would happen if you did that today? Now nobody is allowed to go to the pub lunchtime. Nobody is supposed to take the piss out of anyone, and I'm having to do online courses where I have to fill in "unconscious bias" indoctrination questionnaires where the "right" answer is that I'm a rac
    42 points
  2. Taking @Hancock's post from the Heavy Industry thread as a leaping off point there seems to be a big sea change in this country where aspiration is falling off a cliff. This isn't restricted to one group but goes from the 16 hour tax credit worker to the person I know in RL and those on here who earn more but shove it into their pension to keep within the personal allowance and retire early; I'm in that latter group. All of these people could contribute or have contributed far more to the economy but for various reasons have decided not to do that. Going back to the late 80s I r
    36 points
  3. I'm feeling your pain this morning. Similar amount in savings myself, been waiting to buy and busting a gut to save more, always outpaced by HPI. I am now expecting massive inflation, against which house prices may rise nominally but fall in real terms. So sitting here with the wife looking on Rightmove and trying to decide whether to: Try to buy a roof over our heads with our cash savings whilst holding on to our inflation proof assets - this would mean a max purchase price of £150k, which is just about doable if we buy some shithole in the bottom of a bigger shithole in shitsville
    29 points
  4. I think the big problem society faces is too many unproductive people. That includes native born brits and dross from the third world. We should be going to a 4 day week for everyone. As it is the productive work more and more and the unproductive do less and less. We really need a benefits system based in contributions. As it is the more hopeless someone is the more they get.
    27 points
  5. We talk about this “BIG KAHUNA”. I don’t know how old you lot are, I’m 53 this year, and feel it. I joined HPC in Oct 2003, having sold to rent in the September of 2003; so put my money where my mouth was. I was eagerly awaiting the big crash. Telling everyone who was sad enough to listen how the housing market was going to crash. I was going to buy back in at 1996 prices. The site was full of rampant posters all going crazy on how house prices had doubled, Could not go on any longer we all said. Bloodbath, Big K. No rabbits to be pulled outta this one we thought. F00k me how wrong I
    27 points
  6. I've felt like the Government have been on my back relentlessly for the last 20 years at least. They've been relentlessly pushing down my wages in nominal terms via the massive use of cheap labour while taxing me more and more - squeezing me at both ends. In addition to that they've relentlessly pushed up the cost of something I really needed - a roof over my head to keep the rain off. I got divorced many years ago and got ass-raped due to Government laws that enabled it. I've thought about it a lot - how much of the value of my labour has been stolen from me over my working lif
    26 points
  7. Same here. Stink of weed seeps through the walls day and night. Fucking stinks. I feel sorry for my neighbours sometimes tbh but they can always move.
    26 points
  8. sarahbell

    Vaccine passports

    Blair's a cunt. Nothing else to add.
    25 points
  9. the gardener

    Roadmap

    I've no idea what the rules are now and I don't care. My brother came round earlier to drop some tools off. He came in and we chatted for half an hour. Is that allowed? Wife has been out for two 8 mile walks today plus a 16 mile cycle with me. Is that allowed? Son went out for an afternoon walk with his friend and family. Allowed? One daughter has visited about 4 friends' houses over the last week - I was a bleeding taxi driver all week. She had different friends round in the log cabin too. Allowed? Every morning I meet and walk with other dog walkers. Sometimes there a
    25 points
  10. I am sure that Saint Marcus of Rashford will personally lead the campaign to boycott this tournament.
    24 points
  11. Cyclicals have high fixed costs where turnover above that means big profits.If a bus breaks even with 12 passengers then it makes £3 profit per journey with 13,they make £6 profit with 14 passengers,so profits double on only an 8% increase in turnover. Oil companies are similar.BP needs around $40 to cover everything,so oil from $50 to $60 doubles profits. Amazon only has margins of around 2% and turnover increasing doesnt leverage anything as their input costs rise at the same pace.
    24 points
  12. I live in a deprived area and it is absolutely soul crushing to look around me and realize i am one of a very small handful of people actually working. The majority of the occupants around me are basically partying every day and smoking weed etc. Its a nightmare , and i am finding it difficult to continue to have half my earnings taken in various taxes to have to sit amongst the "deprived" and watch them spunking that money from earnings on drugs, scratchies, and living it up. None of them have any idea what it is like to have to work to support a family. They get it handed on a plate. They do
    24 points
  13. All valid points Frank. But as has already been pointed out there is the combo of endless demand of many jobs with little or no rewards for hard work that eventually ruins ones goodwill. In the last 3 working days I’ve had to say ‘no’ to three different managers on three occasions for three bits of work that I was being asked to deliver over the next month in addition to an already hefty workload compared to my peers in the coming month (that my manager Is aware of). My reward for this is getting no pay rise this year - ie a pay cut. In this year the average house cost has rise
    24 points
  14. I'm 53 and quit work 5 years ago. I live on the 1k a month rent money , easily doable and i have a safety net of 25k a year income from my isa which allows me to sleep very easily . I pay very little tax and just sit around most days getting stoned and pottering around my garden/workshop before i go back indoors and get pissed. I'm totally unemployable now but i'd rather be dead than go back to work. I have a proper stress free life that i wouldn't swap for anything.
    23 points
  15. Oh yes i've worked there before. After working 14 hour days, 20 days straight i was utterly exhuasted ... one of the clients staff come into the contractor toilets at the end of the shift .. took off his size 12 boots and started washing his feet in the sink. I told him not to fucken do that, and the look in his eyes was pure evil, then he started screaming. I walked away as im not daft enough to get into a fight out there. But then a load of his Jingly colleagues came running over so i thought lets have it ... but things calmed down and i then apologised to the dirty cunt ... h
    23 points
  16. First coma scores of 2021.Some results not yet collated on the sites I use.17 is normally a buy but in a year like last year,you have to use some common sense.XOM and Imperial awaiting more data.Blanks are not in. Company Share price Date Chart Inc BS CF Sector SCS Baker Hughes USD-23.14 18/02/21 3 1 3 2 5 14 BP
    23 points
  17. Sometimes this place makes me laugh. It's more likely that Bojo, Hancock, Whitty and Vallance will be knighted for services during the pandemic than it is they will be hanging from lamposts. The vast majority of the population are malleable fools. If anyone is to be put in prison it'll be those that refuse to follow the "jabs 4 life" playbook.
    23 points
  18. "Man Caves" are for henpecked manginas who won't stand up to their wife, the message being that the only place men are allowed to be themselves is at the bottom of the garden in their little safe space. Fuck that... My entire house is my "man cave". If I want a pool table or a bar in my house then I'll get one, and fuck any woman that suggests I should be happy placing them out of sight down the bottom of the garden when I'm paying half the mortgage. Meanwhile she buys all the shite she wants for "our" house and doesn't give me any say. God only knows why men tolerate this "man cave" shit
    23 points
  19. Im struggling with it all at the moment. It’s the conflicting messages and everyday experiences that are causing the most angst. Last week I had an accident at home, fell top to bottom down the stairs, and it’s left me retarded for a few days, which makes me frustrated with too much time to think. I haven’t wanted to leave the house for weeks now and only go for work, otherwise I’d never leave. Having done myself a mischief I haven’t be able to get to work either. My brain can’t compute what’s going on. I’ve just lost another supplier for my business, they’re letting loads of
    22 points
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  21. £150 to meet a fat woman past her best who wants babies marriage and a mortgage from you asap, and will be on her best behaviour so will probably hold back on the sex cause she doesn't want you to think she's a slut blah blah fucking blah. If I was ever thinking of paying £150 for that, I'd have a wank, and then rejoice in the post-nut clarity and joy of not only just having had an orgasam, but having saved £150. A similar joy that I feel when I tell the BBC that I won't be needing the TV licence this year, but with added wank.
    22 points
  22. Whole lockdown thing is a farce now. Just been for a walk in the park. Hundreds of people must have been technically breaking the law in some way. Children's play area packed with all the children playing together and adults chatting away. A couple of groups playing football. People using the exercise equipment - not sure if that is even legal. Other people in groups chatting. A personal trainer training someone. Apart from three people wearing masks it was exactly as normal. Except busier. I overheard a 20 year old landwhale proudly exclaim to half a dozen less weighty friends that she was th
    22 points
  23. This is my biggest hobby horse at the moment. We are in the process of building the housing infrastructure that our children/offspring will be living in for the next couple of centuries to come. And we are utterly screwing it up. We are building millions of small, cheaply built houses on cramped housing estates with no gardens and little parking. And these are going up everywhere. They are “fine”, but not really aspirational. The government should mandate a minimum number of four/five bedroom houses with decent garden and drive space for two cars and a camper van.. just lik
    21 points
  24. I think you have covered the reasons why I joined that club What else could be added? Perhaps having a personality that is earn it before you spend it so seeing others achieve on tick what you strive to achieve is demoralising. Seeing a system where the fruits of your labours are creamed off to support people doing considerably less, often those people are either the ones doing the creaming or at least the loudest supporters of the system. Seeing the rise of people for whom their fake status and how it is perceived by others, is their be all and end all.
    21 points
  25. They'll support the idea of lockdowns, but not the concept of those lockdowns applying to them in particular. It's not dissimilar to them being very supportive of accepting refugess, as long as they don't need to take one under their roof or have them in their hood. Supporting lockdowns and mask-wearing is en vogue in that echelon of society, following it - less so.
    21 points
  26. A timed exit and later buyback is obviously the best outcome. The trouble is timing it. What do you do if you sell too soon? I can imagine spending 6 months sitting in cash watching the markets going up and up, and then giving up and buying back in just before the crash. My one big takeaway from HPC was that you can outsmart yourself, and end up sitting around - perhaps for decades - perfectly prepared for the rational sensible thing that you're absolutely certain will happen. And then it doesn't happen. Or at least not within a timescale that makes it any bloody use to yo
    21 points
  27. I don't think we are. The problem is that this the Coronavirus, its variants, vaccines, and effects comprise an extremely complicated set of data which is far too complex for 99.999% of the population to properly understand it. I include myself in that 99.999%. The government and media have colluded in order to provide a wildly over-simplistic message on the basis that they want a compliant population following the rules. They therefore massively exaggerate the deaths from Covid, when they are no worse than a bad flu year, and in particular give huge media focus to any young person
    21 points
  28. The problem with lack of productivity in the workers is if you're unable to freeload by being one of the privileged dossers qualifying for the bennie handouts, you'll be increasingly squeezed as you can't afford not to work. They'll start by increasing the mandatory cost of living, council tax, house/car fuel taxation, food prices of the healthier stuff, cost of non-free entertainment whether it be home based (streaming, internet access) or local stuff like the cost of a pint or parking to go anywhere. All on the back of paying for covid, brexit, or the war on climate change. So
    20 points
  29. I worked for a medium sized business in the first half of the 90's. It was just like this. It was a great fun place to work for loads of reasons, but as an Engineer, the constant ongoing investment in plant and machinery allowed me to experience and learn so much. I enjoyed the glory days and left at the end of 95 and, however a few years later they were bought by Ciba Spec Chem, who were then bought by BASF and finally sold/spun off into an American outfit. Of course, the investment has collapsed and its all about saving cash = misery. The workforce has been destroyed during these y
    20 points
  30. Sounds like the worst start to a porno movie ever.
    20 points
  31. This data/analysis is meaningless, there is no context, there is no control group, nothing. The viral wave could have all been down to Xmas or the spreading period before Xmas, every single percentage of benefit could have been some entirely different factor. It is staggering and shameful that the media / pharmas can openly spout these stats whilst both have been guilty of slamming much more scientific evidence of alternative therapies. to the point of silencing /deplatforming / truth shaming / granny killing aspersions for anybody that dare mention them.
    20 points
  32. Ive never been able to understand why people leave their homes to buy a plastic/paper cup with a load of sugar, frothy milk and coffee inside. But i truly don't understand why these establishments are classed as essential. Im currently working away and i'm surrounded by drive through takeaways, if this pandemic is so dangerous surely having other people making your food and drinks should be top of the list of things to avoid. All a load of bollocks.
    20 points
  33. There's something about this picture...
    19 points
  34. Really quite nice to see from 3 aspects . A people having a good time and enjoying their life aspect. And a massive fuck you to that fat dickhead boris and his bunch of clowns aspect. Also a massive fuck you to the miserable nasty wankers that want kids locked up aspect
    19 points
  35. I was once told by my boss that I could not have a payrise because they had a rate for the job. I decided at that moment to stop trying so hard and just give them the job for their rate.
    19 points
  36. I think the realistic choice these days is to try and figure out the best way to become a happy healthy poor person with plenty of free time.
    19 points
  37. https://www.ft.com/content/621685fe-5a08-46b9-abf2-477472a336d9 Telefonica moving along the roadmap nicely now.Key thing to them is getting debt down and with the deals done it should be down to Euro 26 billion or maybe Euro 24 billion by the end of the year.Looking at run rates the debt can probably be paid off over 10 years,so there should be very little interest rate shocks to them and they can re-finance some and pay off some. What the market is missing on the sector is that debts are falling and the whole industry is paying down.I would expect TEF to aim for around Euro 15 to 18
    18 points
  38. Following this logic then I would propose another set of perfectly valid and reasonable restrictions of our freedoms;- All fast food establishments to close - because they are bad for our health. All pubs and offlicenses to close - because they are bad for our health. Cigarettes to be banned - because they are bad for our health. All fatty foods to be banned - because they are bad for our health. Sugary foods to be banned - because they are bad for our health. All fat people to be locked up in forced starvation facilities - because it is good for their health.
    18 points
  39. Spending money they haven't got, to buy stuff they don't need, to impress people who don't care.
    18 points
  40. Alex

    Doing the bare minimum

    I realised long ago that while I could always make more money, I couldn't make more time. So I've lived accordingly. I'm pretty wealthy by today's standards (through a combination of luck and focused hard work) but have proven to myself that beyond the amount of money needed to be comfortable, more wealth adds nothing. The only things I need, beyond a roof over my head and food/drink/clothes, are books, tools, a motorbike and good company. Same now as when I was 18. I did have a full-time job in the early-mid 1990s for about 18 months and that was great; boozy lunches, banter in the workp
    18 points
  41. They did the same with my dad. Years of misdiagnosis led to him losing the use of his legs in his late 60s. An extremely simple surgical procedure would have cured him completely if any of the useless fuckers that treated him had any nous whatsoever. I doubt there is a family in the entire UK without a similar story of medical negligence from our NHS "heroes"... XYY
    18 points
  42. Agreed, walked into Winchester this afternoon. Lovely in the sunshine. Picked up some bevvys from the Tesco Metro, everyone in there was doing the same. We sat in the Cathedral grounds. Loads of people sat on the grass, just being normal. Families, teen-agers, blokes with mates. It made my heart sing. The Lockdown narrative is lost, all they are doing now is damaging businesses.
    17 points
  43. Thats right and its what most are missing.This is fiscal printing,its not mostly going through the clearing system.For the theft of wealth its about a zillion times worse than bailing out banks,and that was shocking enough. An example would be two ex girlfriends of mine. Girlfriend A has now 3 kids and doesnt work.She has one of them down as disabled.She gets £2300 a month.The printing now is going direct to her to consume without doing any work.Everything she consumes then is someone elses labour or saved labour.Thats all saving are ,saved labour,your own or someone elses. Girl
    17 points
  44. Why does that make sense? The vaccines protect the vulnerable. They don't give much protection to the non-vulnerable. They don't stop transmission, so aren't any use in offering herd immunity. Those who take the vaccine will all have similar immunity, and so if everyone is vaccinated the vulnerable groups become at risk of a vaccine escape variant that sweeps through the country (natural immunity might slow it down considerably). What's more, there's currently an unknown risk of longer term complications of taking the vaccine; this might lead to stresses in the NHS etc (or might n
    17 points
  45. So 6 more months, providing no variants emerge. A cynic might suggest this roadmap serves no other purpose than to head off any parliamentary rebellion at the next renewal.
    17 points
  46. Massive reduction in cases in USA and Canada from early Jan, with a slow vaccination rollout. Massive reduction in cases in Japan, which hasn't really started vaccinating yet and hasn't really had a mandated lockdown. And Mexico, Germany, Turkey, Egypt -- the list goes on. The UK is very typical of countries around the world where cases have dropped significantly over the last couple of months, and it doesn't seem to be dependent on vaccination or lockdown efforts.
    17 points
  47. I have added the details to my original post above now I'm back on my computer @Cattle Prod However in case others miss it then and the following is from Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner. You should be able to find more of it online for free. I've pasted some more of it below, with my emphasis added which sounds a bit like some of us and our Bitcoin investments to me and maybe the dating bit was the equivalent to Tinder The old and unworldly had the worst of it. Many were driven to begging, many to suicide. The young and quick-witted did well. Overnight they became free, rich an
    17 points
  48. Out again today in a busier Worthing since the temperature has picked up. Some nice moments: - A pair of older ladies who passed me sitting on the sea wall were enchanted by "The Godfather Waltz" - one of those times I really wished I'd had dance lessons. - I recreated a scene from the movie Shawshank Redemption by playing, not The Marriage of Figaro but Mozart's Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute, possibly the most beautiful piece of music ever composed, in the town square, to quite a reaction; mostly bemusement but some deep appreciation. This one really picks out the hum
    17 points
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