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    Selling it for a friend

    My take on eBay for a long time is anything cheap (with good feedback) is probably worth the risk. Gets a bit iffy with higher value items though and probably worth buying in person to inspect the item. Meeting people comes with its own problems though, due to about 50% of people seemingly being loons !
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    Surveyor missed nearly £13000 of Damp

    I viewed one house absolutely riddled with damp. The prongs on the damp meter were literally sinking into the plaster right to the hilt. There was evidence of attempts to rectify this externally with additional air bricks etc. When the estate called me the next day to see what I though I told him what I'd found. He basically called me a liar as nobody else has reported any damp. I terminated the phone call with my opinion of estate agents firmly reinforced
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    Surveyor missed nearly £13000 of Damp

    Read the small print carefully. I suspect they've covered themselves, but it might be wise to search the internet for examples of people successfully taking them to court. I had a survey done on the first house I bought. Once I read it I realised it was a waste of money. Therefore I do my own 'survey' now armed with a damp meter and a keen pair of eyes. If in any doubt I walk away.
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    buskers and tax

    Nevermind the stupidly of making her 'earnings' transparent to the authorities. What about her attempts to set the minimum contribution at £2 ! Outrageous
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    Shipping now in the sights of the emissions lobby

    Anything the twats in charge do is based on money.. The plebs can't even afford a vegetable patch in the UK now so have to burn some fuel whilst driving to the out of town supermarket to buy the veg that's done Christ knows how many 'food miles'
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    Shipping now in the sights of the emissions lobby

    I'm not sure how far they can crack it tbh. I'm told it's the crap of the crap that they burn. Indeed, I spend a bit if time on ships and often look out at the brown haze left behind. I'm not saying we shouldn't try and clean up the emissions but we really should look at whether we need to transport so much stuff about. The powers that be aren't arsed though cos they want the $$$.
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    Shipping now in the sights of the emissions lobby

    Who watched that shite on channel 4 tonight about trucks emissions ? Old trucks are bad, new trucks are good blah blah. Nobody joining the dots on the shit people buy requiring all the trucks to deliver it. And then take it away for recycling* a month or two later.. * Read as mainly burnt at a waste incineration centre !
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    Shipping now in the sights of the emissions lobby

    First post, but been reading this forum since its inception. Keep up the good work ! I know about this business. Bunker oil is pretty horrible stuff, but is cheap fuel. The cynic in me wonders if the recent attempts to demonise diesel cars is because they're gonna need the fuel for ships ! In 2020 ships are going to be banned from burning HFO (heavy fuel oil) unless they fit an SO2 scrubber. This basically creates a dilute sulphuric acid using sea water and it's dumped back in the sea. These scrubbers are very expensive. The shipping industry is absolutely on its arse as well ! I do wonder though - what happens to all the bunker oil if ships don't burn it...