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    A_P reacted to Bricks & Mortar in European Election: How will you vote?   
    Could have done with an option for Will-Not-Vote.  We usually win this thing.
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    A_P reacted to UmBongo in More bad news for smoothies   
    Does a Terry's Chocolate Orange count as part of your five a day? 
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    A_P reacted to swiss_democracy_for_all in Is it just me?   
    Can only ever be local for the moment.
    Mass immigration is continuing. Cheap money is still available. Building is limited.
    Until all of those things change, there will be no generalised crash.
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    A_P reacted to stokiescum in Moths   
    I like moths especially the big fuckers mind I used to be in the international herpitolical society so im
    biast 
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    A_P reacted to Sucralose Ray Leonard in Moths   
    The cool veneer of a carefree shagger is slipping....... 
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    A_P reacted to NogintheNog in What's going to collapse next...   
    As someone who was employed in this very industry for 20+ years until 2015 when the bogeyman finally caught up with my employer, it is sad seeing TCG teetering on the edge.
    However TCG have as we can see been here before, back in 2012-13 when the shares were hovering about this level, but support from the banks enabled them to weather the storm and the European banking crisis. Now apparently the 'profitable' airline is up for sale which will cushion the tour operator side of the business for the future.
    However I just don't see who would buy the airline, with well paid expensive staff, pension liabilities, and an ageing fleet. As a predominantly short haul fleet the airline has A321 airbus aircraft doing most of the legwork sprinkled with a few A320's and ancient Boeing 757-300's. Long haul served by a small ageing A330-200 series.
    Who would want the aircraft and the staff liabilities? EasyJet operates a modern A320/319 fleet, IAG does the same on shorthaul.
    The only value is in the slots, especially at the bigger airports. When Monarch folded in 2017 they had a predominantly ageing A321/A320 fleet. No buyer wanted to buy the aircraft or staff (although the prized engineers survived the bust). The airline was fed to the wolves and the slots then bought up afterwards, primarily by IAG at Gatwick.
    To my mind Thomas Cook is in a death spiral, with Citigroup saying the shares are worthless!
    One for the brave! Who dares wins and all that.....
     
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    A_P reacted to Bedrag Justesen in Would you vote for UKIP   
    MSM tradition of smears to discredit wild cards much weakened as people abandon legacy broadcasting.
    What use is a witch hunt against Arron Banks and Farage on BAFTA Award winning C4 News now almost nobody watches it.
    Gen Z when asked about Sargon of Akadd hatchet job on Victoria Derbyshire looked blank and replied...
    Who the fuck is Victoria Derbyshire ?
    MSM power waning fast.
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    A_P reacted to The Generation Game in Would you vote for UKIP   
    And when the camera isn't rolling. 

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    A_P reacted to gibbon in M & S Food   
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    A_P got a reaction from spygirl in Thomas cook fucked   
    Plus our own weakened currency. No matter where you go now it feels expensive.
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    A_P reacted to stokiescum in Zombie millennials   
    Ironicly I’ve ordered that film and Conan the destroyer and 10,000 bc lots of killing and easy to follow plots once im
    pissed has a cunt it’s looking like a good weekend 
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    A_P got a reaction from Gordie Lastchance in Thomas cook fucked   
    Plus our own weakened currency. No matter where you go now it feels expensive.
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    A_P reacted to Malthus in At the third stroke it'll be a bit past 5 or something   
    I know every generation thinks are young people are stupid 
    However millennials might just be that generation, I think it’s because all information is at their finger tips. 
    The ones I work with have no problem solving ability and are totally flummoxed when something doesn’t work 
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    A_P reacted to Bedrag Justesen in Question Time   
    Fiona Bruce has added a new feature to go along with her Clap-O-Meter.
    FB: " Vivien Wilkinson where are you ? Let's hear your question. "
    VW: " Should Aunt May and Wilfrid Brambell be worried about the BREXIT Party ? "
    FB: " Well lots of you are shouting yes.
    A lot of you are not shouting anything.
    So I'm not sure what to make of that. "
    Thank Goodness Fiona is explaining what's happening for us. 
     
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    A_P reacted to Kilham in I’ll drink to that   
    This has been on the radio news all day. It must be the best £4500* their advertising department has ever spent.
    *More like £500 before markup, assuming it hadn't been in their cellar for 15 years.
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    A_P got a reaction from UmBongo in Amateur kitchen cookery query   
    Tin foil shiny side down may help a little  but greaseproof paper tends to better for the freezer/oven ready stuff like breaded fish etc
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    A_P reacted to Hail the Tripod in Zombie millennials   
    Journalist gets a brown envelope to deliver some free advertising. If he’s good enough at corporate brown nosing, one day he may get the job of turning Apple/Marks and Spencer's press releases into “news” features for the So-Called BBC. 
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    A_P got a reaction from null; in Thomas cook fucked   
    As usual it will be combination of things. Even though I do get the impression people are tapped out holidays are the last to go and I've seen no let up from the people I know. Just now someone has come back from two weeks away in Florida, that also had their wedding/honeymoon last Autumn which had a three week fly drive around the states. I have no idea how they can afford it as they only bought a HTB a year previously. Their salaries wouldn't dictate that they should really be able to do that.
    The biggest impact is probably over-saturation and competition in the sector now imo, just too many companies, other avenues D2C etc. Anyone been through an airport recently? In the last quarter I've been through a number of british airports and they're busier than they've every been.
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    A_P got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Thomas cook fucked   
    As usual it will be combination of things. Even though I do get the impression people are tapped out holidays are the last to go and I've seen no let up from the people I know. Just now someone has come back from two weeks away in Florida, that also had their wedding/honeymoon last Autumn which had a three week fly drive around the states. I have no idea how they can afford it as they only bought a HTB a year previously. Their salaries wouldn't dictate that they should really be able to do that.
    The biggest impact is probably over-saturation and competition in the sector now imo, just too many companies, other avenues D2C etc. Anyone been through an airport recently? In the last quarter I've been through a number of british airports and they're busier than they've every been.
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    A_P reacted to gilf in Has privatisation run its course?   
    I can't see how you can really have a private company running something that doesn't actually generate a product or service that is chargeable. 
    You can certainly reduce costs and run things more efficiently, but that has to come to an end eventually and there is nothing stopping a publicly owned company doing the same (I know they don't).
    Transport and utilities you can make a case for, something like a the probation service I don't think you can. The only way to turn a profit is cut corners or offer a worse service.
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    A_P got a reaction from gilf in Thomas cook fucked   
    As usual it will be combination of things. Even though I do get the impression people are tapped out holidays are the last to go and I've seen no let up from the people I know. Just now someone has come back from two weeks away in Florida, that also had their wedding/honeymoon last Autumn which had a three week fly drive around the states. I have no idea how they can afford it as they only bought a HTB a year previously. Their salaries wouldn't dictate that they should really be able to do that.
    The biggest impact is probably over-saturation and competition in the sector now imo, just too many companies, other avenues D2C etc. Anyone been through an airport recently? In the last quarter I've been through a number of british airports and they're busier than they've every been.
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    A_P got a reaction from gilf in M & S Food   
    No where near as good as it used to be. Coming from Waitrose and now having to use Asda in NI I'm really impressed. It beats both Waitrose and marks hands down in the beef department. Also a proper butchers inside too. Only let down really is the merchandising isnt as good.
    Popped into marks on Saturday with my mum to get some towels and stuff. Ended up not getting any felt proper cheap. Then walked around the food hall and was laughing most the way round, they're proper taking the piss. Sheppard's pie, with barely two mouthfuls 😂
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    A_P reacted to Hopeful in M & S Food   
    As a counterbalance
    We had some M&S rib eye steaks last night - very poor. Tasteless.
    We never shop at M&S, we were given these.
    Was very disappointed/surprised given the hype.
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    A_P reacted to Bedrag Justesen in M & S Food   
    Not as good as it was tbh.
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    A_P reacted to Sugarlips in Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites   
    Almost a thread topic in itself, the dosbodders guide how to look minted in a classy way without breaking the bank
    eg the P1800 for 15 large is gonna get attention from the right women imo than the bonkers looking and priced Bugatti 
    Dropping a few hundred quid on a cashmere overcoat and some oxford brogues is going to pay you back more than the latest fancy trainer tracksuit combo