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  • They might also begin to ask where does it all go.

    Not exactly hard to find out.

    Isn’t it bizarre how the biggest part of the pie is that part that actually goes back to individuals – both rich and poor – in cash payments? I guess this is the bit that those who complain about how much tax they pay and how it’s all wasted want to cut? Oh, wait a minute…

  • I’m always amused by how many people don’t understand how NI works. Everyone seems to think it goes into some big ‘special’ pension savings account which is then paid back to you when you retire. Sadly not the case.

  • You could get outraged about the automatic enrolement private pensions instead? That’s fairly obviously a prelude to taking away some or all of the state pension we’ve paid for through NI.

  • fred replied to the topic Plastic in bottled water in the forum Health 4 months ago

    I do consume a lot of water via plastic bottles. I mean since a child I have must have drunk thousands of bottles of water, now I am in my 30s I must have consumed a ton of plastic! Now I am getting paranoid about the long term effects drinking plastic will have had on my health all these years.

  • fred posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    In all seriousness, the tin foil hat brigade may be onto something. Some modern TVs are voice activated. Voice recognition works by sending the instruction to a server which compares against a large database. So your conversations while watching TV are being sent via the internet to some big server somewhere. If you have a TV which is turned on by instructions then it will be listening even when the TV is switched off…. Now, where’s my collander?

  • fred replied to the topic I've given up diet drinks in the forum Health 6 months, 1 week ago

    I mostly drink San Pelligrino. Water, so no sweetner, but slightly fizzy as opposed to huge bubbles.

    If I have tap water I will squirt some lemon juice in.

    When I left work I 2014 I was drinking 3 or 4 cans of Diet Coke a day. I also craved sugar, so had ice cream. I can see that the Diet Coke made my body prepare for sugar, so when none came I craved the ice cream to get the sugar hit.

    These days if I have a sugar crave I have a shot of greens juice with smoothie. It is what I call honest calories!

  • fred replied to the topic Worst pubs ever in the forum General Chat 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Why do I have a feeling the worst pub in Britain will be in the Edinburgh area or Birmingham

    @el I have to disagree, compared with Glasgow, Edinburgh is a genteel and respectable place.

    In fact we’ve been living just down from a pub/nightclub for years and in all that time there’s only been two or three fires, only one of which was arson, a drive by shooting and a stabbing. Only on one occasion were more than 100 police, with dogs and riot gear needed to restore order.

  • fred replied to the topic Best Robot vacuum cleaners? in the forum Tech 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    I have a xiaomi mi robot vacuum… sits in its dock, then at scheduled times turns on it’s sensors (all 17 of them) maps out the room and starts vacuuming.

    I was skeptical, but wow. I get a message on the app to say when complete and a detailed map of where has been cleaned. Goes from timber to carpet with no issues. Easiest way to know how effective is to empty the little fella, even on floors I would consider clean he can sniff out stuff to suck up.

  • fred replied to the topic Wisdom Teeth Removal in the forum Health 6 months, 4 weeks ago

    Seriously, get as many strong painkillers as you can from doctor or dentist today or tomorrow so you have them ready. My chest looked like someone had put their boot on it for leverage when the bruising came out, so it wasn’t just my face that hurt. Your post reads like you weren’t given anything for home use except antibiotics which obviously won’t directly help with any pain. If by any chance you can’t manage to get hold of POMs, then get strongest OTC ones after talking to a pharmacist. From my experience these would be best things to do. Sympathies OP. (My surgeon said he would not do mine just before Christmas due to the hamster effect, but obviously mine were not as urgent as your case)

  • There should be no private companies given any government contracts that don’t hold their tax accounts in the UK.

    @nev What if they are not wholly UK based? Virgin may have started here, Amazon and Google didn’t.

    Corporation tax is a mess. What would you like to tax? There is already VAT on the sale, government takes 1/6th of the transaction. Any payments out of the company (dividends, salaries) are taxed again. Why additionally tax money held in the company and not spent – all you do there is reduce the ability of companies to build cash reserves. What really needs to happen is not to tax net profit but to tax all payments out of the country that are solely destined to be dividends. But then you can’t distinguish between the £1 google sends back to it’s owners (which would be…[Read more]

  • fred replied to the topic Windows 10 won't shut down in the forum Tech 7 months ago

    I wouldn’t worry about it myself.
    All the varieties of Windows I’ve had, I just kill the power at the plug socket and it has always booted up fine.
    Make sure you’ve saved any important work first, but I think most things autosave anyway (verification happily accepted)

  • @howard It is worth reading article in full – particularly the penultimate paragraph. So basically we can summarise the article as “our predictions for 2018 (before UK leaves the EU) – very good. After UK leaves single market and Brexit becomes real – not so good”.

    Of course this may still be pessimistic, since the terms of May’s “phase 1” deal means that if we don’t get an Irish Border solution before the leave date, we’re staying in the single market until we do.