Ponty Mython

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    Best UK City to live

    "City"? Salisbury gets my vote, assuming a population of circa 40,000 counts.
  2. I sold my SBGL at a net 55% profit on Friday, slightly spooked by the latest NGD news, my holdings in which are now back down over 25% on my buy price (having briefly put their heads above water prior to the latest statement). I have 4 other gold miner stocks, all of which are currently up by between 5% and 50%. I fully acknowledge that luck has played as big a part as research in my current positive position. I can afford to hold NGD, even if it goes to zero - it is my (joint) smallest position. Rightly or wrongly, I subscribe to the mantra of never selling at a loss. I may well liquidate one or two other positions soon, having learned my lesson from previous dramatic swings. Psychologically, it is interesting to observe the effect of selling a stock, only to see it rise massively; this is much more challenging than holding a stock that continues to fall, in my view. The old adage of no-one going bust by taking a profit still carries much credence.
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    Something happening at Salisbury hospital

    An elaborate prank, or something more sinister? https://www.spirefm.co.uk/news/local-news/2808127/huge-russian-flag-unfurled-at-salisbury-cathedral/
  4. Just as NGD had broken even for me too...
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    Great tits

    Massive tit activity in the last few days here in Wiltshire. A beautiful woodpecker has started to visit too, as well as the regular semi-urban pheasant. Nature is fucking ace.
  6. Pure genius, Stokie - have a pint of Guinness!
  7. The sum of the realistic values of the flats where I live is materially lower than the rebuild costs (verified by recent survey and valuation) plus the value of the land. Maybe we should torch the fucker...
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    Wannabee Workers Wankered

    You work in the public sector, I believe? Enjoy it while it lasts...
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    Wannabee Workers Wankered

    Lucky you.
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    Wannabee Workers Wankered

    I agree, but how are you going to change things?
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    Wannabee Workers Wankered

    But you expect your gopher to do so for ten quid an hour? This is a circular argument. Go to Singapore or Hong Kong and it is clear that (most of) the west is completely fucked - right or wrong, in a globalised economy, very few westerners understand just how hard they need to work and at what price in order to remain relevant. Work to live, live to work - it's all bollocks when you are competing against labour with a totally different mentality and set of parameters.
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    Tesco getting rid of folk.

    They were offering high £20ks (it may even have been £30k+) in the mid-90s, along with the A4. I went all the way through the process, but lost interest when I asked to meet a recent recruit, who was dead behind the eyes and looked like he wouldn't make 35 due to over-work. At that time, Aldi didn't open on Sundays either.
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    free market in pay? Don’t be stupid

    Can the system be gamed? ie could someone with absolutely no desire to teach nevertheless apply for training, including a bursary and fees and maintenance grants, then treat the PGCE as a bit of a doss? With no intention of earning over the threshold, the loans would never be repaid and a £26k tax-free bursary would buy a lot of beer and condoms...It does not appear that the bursary need be repaid if a candidate does not ultimately enter teaching. Failing the course does not seem to trigger repayment either.
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    Fantasy investor 2018

    Similar for me, Monday was certainly a sweaty day. I put in a dummy sell at 2p, but had always seen this as a medium-term play, so held on. I maintain the fundamentals remain rock-solid, but this is AIM...
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    Moving Abroad Or In The UK Where Would You Go

    Excellent suggestion - lovely people, great food and not too Latin. John Simpson (BBC correspondent, but don't let that put you off; those who have met him universally describe him as a true gentleman) picked Uruguay as the foreign country in which he could settle - and he has been everywhere.