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  • Just shifted from BT to vodafone for exactly that reason.

    My bill has over halved. The landline is there but I don’t pay any line rental if I don’t use it.

    It was very easy, still have fibre optic. They sent me a router and on the set day I plugged it in into the wall. That’s it.

  • howard replied to the topic Non jobs in the forum General Chat 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    @cam Thats the rather simple and childish view I had when I was 16 – Do you really believe that society should value a slum landlord in the same way it values a heart surgeon?

  • howard replied to the topic how to cure muscle spasms in back? in the forum Health 4 months ago

    It’s worth trying an osteo too! Mine is a goddess – I go in severely leaning to one side and in terrible pain, and come out much straighter and minimal pain. The most important part is improving your core strength and being careful how you bend/lift. It will be slow as my osteo did say that ligaments take a very long time to heal due to the lack o…[Read more]

  • If buying new… work out exactly which model you want. Go in to dealer morning of the last Saturday of the quarter ask for the best price for model X. Depending on the value, popularity (inc. options you want), if you are after an ex-demo, point in life cycle of the vehicle make an offer lower than their best price, you will be rebuffed, give…[Read more]

  • howard replied to the topic I've given up diet drinks in the forum Health 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    @niles I’m sorry about your dad and can see why a story like this would give you concern. After all, it is a risk that you need to judge for yourself, so if you decide this is enough to stop you drinking diet drinks, then fair enough.

    The point I was (rather clumsily) trying to make, is that there are many things that can appear to correlate with…[Read more]

  • howard replied to the topic I've given up diet drinks in the forum Health 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Link to the article if anyone is interested:

    It’s not brilliant study – from a quick skim, the results are only significant in one of the models. When more variables are accounted for, the p-values are no longer significant, which raises alarm bells for me.

    ( Model 2…[Read more]

  • I have had four private ones, all around £10 an hour, all absolutely wonderful. I prefer this to an agency as I trust my own judgement rather than the agency recruitment.

    The ones I have had have also been great at letting the dogs out and putting them away. Some have been more thorough than others, but all have been trustworthy.

  • @jack And who is to say that life needs the same conditions as we have.
    Who knows what kind of life could be out there.

  • howard replied to the topic How to grow taller? in the forum Health 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    The only sure way is to choose taller parents and make sure you have good diet as a child. In your 20s – sorry, you can’t. You could cheat and wear platform shoes…but the only things worse than a man with platform shoes is a Trump-style orange comb-over.

    On the limited off-chance that this is a serious question, the good news is that it doesn’t…[Read more]

  • One possibility is a real ugly wart from Apple…

    If the number now associated with an android phone used to be associated with an iPhone, the number will be registered for iMessage with Apple’s servers, and all iPhones will by default send an iMessage not an SMS to that number, which will stall with Apple.

    See here for how to fix this – h…[Read more]

  • I had this about 10 years ago – worst week of my life! I’ve had stomach bugs and food poisoning since, but nothing comes close (thankfully)

    The best advice I got was DONT EAT. Your body can’t cope and unless you’ve got any underlying medical issues you should be healthy enough to do without food for 24 hours. Sip liquids – flat lemonade is good -…[Read more]

  • howard replied to the topic Wisdom Teeth Removal in the forum Health 5 months ago

    I had my last one out in October. I had a local but some valium as well, so I was happy while they did it, apart from the part where it broke up with the roots still in, but the dentist seemed happy enough, and I was rather relaxed I was relaxed enough that I actually asked the rather youthful looking dentist if he had ever done one before.

    I was…[Read more]

  • howard replied to the topic Amusing Company names in the forum General Chat 5 months ago

    A ready-mix concrete supplier in Hastings: William The Concreter

  • howard replied to the topic Getting taxation right in the forum General Chat 5 months ago

    @jimjam Your hypothetical, multinational company used the infrastructure of country A, relied on training of their staff in the schools of country A, and even if not relied on the entire society of country A generating sufficient wealth for them to sell enough of their products or services to make a local profit (at least when using fair…[Read more]

  • howard replied to the topic Getting taxation right in the forum General Chat 5 months ago

    As long discussed in the EU, the obvious solution would be to tax multinationals a fraction of their turnover in each country, based on an estimate of the profit eventually made from that turnover, regardless of the time and location of where that profit is eventually realised (that could remain at the convenience of the company).

    The onus would…[Read more]

  • Yes it is really sad.
    I didn’t vote for or against BREXIT but I also get sad when it seems that many people would rather see the UK fail instead of supporting the government in making it a success.

    And for those who seem to think that another referendum should be made because both side made some exaggerated claims, be aware that on this basis e…[Read more]