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  1. This, I think, is at the heart of it. The other issue is inheritance tax. Get rid of the Single Farm Payment (SFP) and inheritance tax (IHT) and the temptation to hoard land recedes. Some of my distant/extended family are in the bracket described... very French names and have held some of their estates since the conquest. They would NEVER mention it but they are probably getting pushing six figures in single farm payment. The whole lot can be passed on IHT free as working farms/using trust structures. If we removed the SFP and abolished IHT the attraction of land as an asset class would be reduced, which might bring down prices. The high cost of land here makes us rather inefficient agricultural producers and less attractive to agribusiness, whilst acting as a bar to new entrants to the industry.
  2. Mostly true. They were actually looking for a heroine. Like many on this board I was a scientist once (left the lab at senior post doc level). I've seen at first hand the way the media portray research and it's likely that what actually happened is very different from the reported version of events. That said Bouman's institution has actively pushed her forward as the sole author. Here's the paper in full, rather more of a team effort than suggested.
  3. Maybe the food was equally shit, but there was really no comparison.
  4. What a fcking surprise..... We have capitulated totally to the EU. They will (probably) approve the extension but just wait and see what juicy conditions they apply to it . We should be going out on WTO rules in 10 days time. Yes, there will be pain in the short term but in the longer term it's the only position from which we will be able to negotiate a reasonable trade deal with the EU.
  5. " Eastwood's wife had suffered a 'huge stroke' shortly after their marriage, could not look after herself and he was her sole carer for the best part of 20 years. " Good for him. Anyone who does this deserves a break. I can't get upset about his low level fraud.
  6. Yup, here in North Devon it's been windy and wet for days. Really persistent westerlies of 40-50mph have made outside work a pain. Heavy rain too. Bizarrely I was wearing shorts and drying laundry on the line a month ago. Temperature is now 7 degrees colder...
  7. Apologies if this has already been posted. From the CAA: " The UK Civil Aviation Authority has issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace. " Still flying in the US I believe, if it was an Airbus it would be grounded!
  8. I've been wondering that too. I wouldn't be surprised if one of them objects, even Macron.... just to be French. Unfortunately I think that is probably our only chance of Brexit: parliament has convinced itself that the views of MPs supersede the result of the referendum.
  9. InLikeFlynn


    Nasty piece of work, Quote from the Guardian " He was also in breach of a suspended prison sentence for two charges of possessing a lock knife and a Stanley knife blade. "
  10. Don't engage with ad_ceng Great Guy, it only encourages!
  11. Mate of mine took his 12-bore to school for wildfowling, kept it under his bed and used to slip out in the evening to flight duck on a local pond. Did the same in his university hall of residence. You'd be locked up for it now.
  12. Try their reserva rioja "Cepa lebrel reserva 2012". Very good for the price but do serve it warm and give it time to breathe: makes all the difference
  13. Welcome. Just to point out that the affordability calculations stipulated by the MMR are only required for a remortgage with a new lender: if things get sweaty you can just remortgage with your existing lender or revert to the lenders SVR when any fixed/discount period finishes.