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  • I really don’t think their intention is to sell cars, their intention is to sell finance packages.

    Too true. I negotiated £2k off a car entirely dependent on me buying £1.5k of service and finance (no discount if you don’t buy the packages). Oh what a surprise that I happened to spot there was a 14 day cooling off period. All cancelled, happy driver, cross salesman.

  • I think you raise some valid points.

    We’re all killing ourselves with (and getting taxed nicely on) booze, fags and sugar, I think it is massively hypocritical to criminalise plants.

  • It’s discriminatory if there is a single point where the price changes.

    Seriously?

    To say this issue is discrimination, Waters down what the meaning was originally intended for such as sex, race or religious descrimination which could have serious consequences to those involved.

    We’re talking about a product that a retailer can set what ever price they want, and a customer who can choose to either buy the product or take their money elsewhere.

    Not exactly descrimination to me.

    As for people who are taller than the average or have larger feet than average, then they have limited options where they have little option than to choose bespoke solutions but that has always been a fact of life.

    How about another extreme such as air travel?

    The seat price is the seat price i…[Read more]

  • troll posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Personally I think lying in Parliament should be akin to lying in court and punished the same.

    It’s not often we see blatant lies, more often massaged facts or omissions.

    The case with Amber Rudd is so clearly an untruth, and a willing deception given the “evidence” of the leaked report.

    That should at the very least mean a punishment or public chastisement if not returning to the ballot box.

  • troll posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    No, I think it’s more related to their incentive… They probably make peanuts so are not incentivized to sell more… People coming to gun store probably have already decided to buy a certain gun, and no convincing needs to be done… you dont have random walk-ins like in other stores

  • troll posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Presumably he would receive a life sentence in either the U.K. or the U.S. Still can of course, once he has served his sentence in Turkey, which won’t be a holiday.

    • Turkey have set a precedent by refusing extradition once, wouldn’t put it past them to do so again, especially in light of Erdogan’s continued antipathy to the West.

  • troll posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    I can never understand why people like this just don’t disappear.

    • I suspect quite a few have, and TBH I think that’s the best thing all round.

      Unfortunately some will find their way back, and the likes of Matrix Chambers will be desperate to have them as clients. What better way to display your social conscience, (and maybe in time make a couple of million off the backs of the British taxpayer), by protecting the rights of mass murders and sadists?

    • I think that I am the only person who openly admits to wanting Capital Punishment on these forums. However, on this occasion, if the two remaining Beatles are found guilty of the alleged crimes then I would like them to be confined to solitary confinement for the rest of their natural lives. And I mean solitary, not even seeing their guards. I believe that this would be the most effective torture which could go on for decades.

  • I’ve heard that the Police fitness test is based on the expected number of trips a junior PC needs to take to carry tea & sausage sandwiches from the canteen to the incident room, and the only reason it’s so stringent, is that senior plod doesn’t like their refreshments to be cold and soggy.

  • troll posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Ok! I’ve got a bottle of my Dad’s Macallan which was distilled in 1965. I was going to open it and celebrate…..but in the back of my mind I remember an article in the paper a few weeks ago saying that older bottles of whisky can be worth a bit as the cohort of people with too much money are prepared to pay for rarer, older bottles. So I googled and found a website of a friendly looking bloke who said, yes, it could be a good find. He sent me a jpeg of a bottle of 1968 Makallan and said could I return one the same as he’d like to check the ‘level’ before giving me a price. The pic he sent me has the level of the whisky quite close to the lid, but mine is further down the neck. I’m thinking he must mean the level that the whisky comes to in the bottle. He’s due to email back again soon……..

    • Old Macallans are very valuable. Your bottle is probably worth several thousand pounds of it is unopened.

      So the whisky should not escape from the bottle at all unless it’s been opened, however each bottle will have a slightly different fill level from the start, especially on older bottle as the bottling was done with inaccurate equipment.

      On expensive collectibles bottles such as yours, a high fill level is one of the things collectors look for. But regardless your bottle I’m sure will fetch well into the thousands. You should consider auctioning.

    • With a cork yes. Old wines, port, etc the level drops and if liquid out then air in and it may have oxidized too much.

      But I never heard of it with whisky, mainly because old whisky is in the cask for a long time, and the bottle for a lot less. It doesn’t change in the bottle, unlike wine.

      With wine it’s bottle quickly and vintages will age in the bottle. Same with port. So it matters that the condition is good.

      I don’t see why a Macallan 1965 is worth much if it was bottled soon after (say a standard expression). Most distilleries aim to maintain a similar bottling with time. If it was a rare experiment maybe, but you can buy a 30 yo Macallan for only £3k and they’ve just released a 50yo for £25k. And these have that time in the barrel.

  • troll posted an update 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Is it true that the level in a bottle of whisky can drop over time? Why is this? Can it evaporate out of a closed bottle? Thanks.

    • Has somebody else got access to your whisky?

      In my experience, no.

    • I believe it can do and often does this constantly, but is counterbalanced by the absorption of cold, weak black tea from the surrounding environment and thus often goes unnoticed.

    • The Angel’s Share is a term used to describe the small amount of Whisky that evaporates whilst it is casked and maturing (over many years this can add up to be quite a significant amount). Once bottled then as as you say it can’t escape unless the bottle is opened.

    • Ok! I’ve got a bottle of my Dad’s Macallan which was distilled in 1965. I was going to open it and celebrate…..but in the back of my mind I remember an article in the paper a few weeks ago saying that older bottles of whisky can be worth a bit as the cohort of people with too much money are prepared to pay for rarer, older bottles. So I googled and found a website of a friendly looking bloke who said, yes, it could be a good find. He sent me a jpeg of a bottle of 1968 Makallan and said could I return one the same as he’d like to check the ‘level’ before giving me a price. The pic he sent me has the level of the whisky quite close to the lid, but mine is further down the neck. I’m thinking he must mean the level that the whisky comes to in the bottle. He’s due to email back again soon……..

      • Old Macallans are very valuable. Your bottle is probably worth several thousand pounds of it is unopened.

        So the whisky should not escape from the bottle at all unless it’s been opened, however each bottle will have a slightly different fill level from the start, especially on older bottle as the bottling was done with inaccurate equipment.

        On expensive collectibles bottles such as yours, a high fill level is one of the things collectors look for. But regardless your bottle I’m sure will fetch well into the thousands. You should consider auctioning.

      • With a cork yes. Old wines, port, etc the level drops and if liquid out then air in and it may have oxidized too much.

        But I never heard of it with whisky, mainly because old whisky is in the cask for a long time, and the bottle for a lot less. It doesn’t change in the bottle, unlike wine.

        With wine it’s bottle quickly and vintages will age in the bottle. Same with port. So it matters that the condition is good.

        I don’t see why a Macallan 1965 is worth much if it was bottled soon after (say a standard expression). Most distilleries aim to maintain a similar bottling with time. If it was a rare experiment maybe, but you can buy a 30 yo Macallan for only £3k and they’ve just released a 50yo for £25k. And these have that time in the barrel.

  • troll replied to the topic Space and time in the forum General Chat 3 months, 4 weeks ago

    Try reading ‘The Fabric Of The Cosmos’ by Brian Greene, then all will become clear.

    Or, as happened to me, little melted bits of brain will fall out of your ears… but then I’m not terribly clever.

  • troll replied to the topic Best Android TV Boxes? in the forum General Chat 4 months ago

    Why Don’t You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go Out and Do Something Less Boring Instead

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

    You just have to do a product google search to find that this isn’t the case! Google and amazon are fixing the online economy together.

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

    @ericPoints Mao, Mariam, Pol Pot , Stalin all wanted to give people free money too because it just that simple.

    Your missing my point. For example lots of tech company’s are worth billions but do not even make a single penny in profit…but are worth so much because they CONTROL their market.

    What would the value of money be if everyone gets free money? But this wouldn’t bother these tech billionaires because they control all the tech that will service us in the future so it doesn’t matter to them if money becomes worthless because they will be ones with all the control.

    If Mark zukerberg and others really wanted to help they would give away 99% of their wealth still leaving them with enough to never have to work again.

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

    It not about money is it though its about control. For example Mark zukerberg made a speech about giving everyone free money.

    Also its bit pathetic talking about democracy and then referring to me as “oldnag clone” just because you disagree with me you want to undermine the legitimacy of my comments by making out im just a clone.

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

    Maybe Google/amazon want to regress to 1700’s economy. Google’s whole business model is based upon controlling the internet.. monopolizing what people can and cannot see online unless companies pay for adwords etc. Also we already seen how various tech company’s including amazon.. uber etc treat their human workers.

    • @oldnag clone why would Google want to take the world back to the 1700s? No one would have any money to spend?

      Why do you that what they want matters? We in the West live in democracies where we can tell companies how they are to behave, not the other way round.

      • It not about money is it though its about control. For example Mark zukerberg made a speech about giving everyone free money.

        Also its bit pathetic talking about democracy and then referring to me as “oldnag clone” just because you disagree with me you want to undermine the legitimacy of my comments by making out im just a clone.

      • @troll You’re not making much sense. Zuckerberg (and many Silicon Valley billionaires) support some for of UBI.

        Again, this is so that everybody has a basic level of income to spend on consumer goods. Which are of course advertised on Facebook. The way you word it, it’s some kind of Dr Evil plot to enslave the world. I’m not saying there aren’t dangers, but do you really think that’s the motivation?

        Also, for the most part these are publicly traded companies answerable to shareholders (eg. mine and your pension portfolios) who demand maximum return – so quite frankly they’re not going to do anything to jeopardise their business model.

      • @troll So Mark Zukerberg is evil because he wants to give everyone free money?

      • @ericPoints Mao, Mariam, Pol Pot , Stalin all wanted to give people free money too because it just that simple.

        Your missing my point. For example lots of tech company’s are worth billions but do not even make a single penny in profit…but are worth so much because they CONTROL their market.

        What would the value of money be if everyone gets free money? But this wouldn’t bother these tech billionaires because they control all the tech that will service us in the future so it doesn’t matter to them if money becomes worthless because they will be ones with all the control.

        If Mark zukerberg and others really wanted to help they would give away 99% of their wealth still leaving them with enough to never have to work again.

      • @troll I agree 100%! I am wary of tech, can see benefits but the control / know all element is becoming more Orwellian. Would never have that Alexa thing or any thing similar, but most of us have net access and wifi. Ultimately what’s in scifi will happen as most are walking towards tech with tunnel vision.

    • No, Google need to sell advertising. In order for advertising to work, companies have to be able to sell products to consumers. Therefore consumers have to have disposable income. Take that away through mass-unemployment and Google go out of business.

      • You just have to do a product google search to find that this isn’t the case! Google and amazon are fixing the online economy together.

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

    I regularly pull a funny face at security cameras.

    Does that count?

  • troll posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    It’s not been officially announced yet, but they usually make it sound like everyone’s expected to come to the whole thing but then don’t mind if you ask whether you can opt out of the non-core-hours part. I’d be surprised if there were any negative consequences for crying off, but I’m a bit annoyed that they’d consider it something that they can expect people to do by default.

  • troll posted an update 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    How to get out of doing Work “teambuilding” event at work?

    A bit of a mumsnet “AIBU” / first world problems style post here, so apologies in advance.

    Basically, work (small-to-medium tech firm) are doing a teambuilding / annual kick-off type event. Local venue, a bit of inspirational “our mission as a company” chat, a bit of building bridges out of spaghetti, a bit of drinking. The catch is that they’re running it on a Friday and it goes on until about 11pm.

    I suspect that I can probably claim some vague but unavoidable commitments to weasel out of the evening segment if I want to anyway, but I’d be interested to know whether people think this seems like a bit of a dick-move on the company’s part in general, and hence worth having a quick moan at my manager about? I’m generally…[Read more]

    • Is it supposed to be compulsory or optional? Compulsory they can whistle but optional then it could be seen as a nice gesture for a fun night.

      I’m running a team building event on a Saturday in June, fully optional. I’m paying for the Total Warrior obstacle course race but there is no pressure, it’s just a fun day out where we get to be a team and the stronger help the weaker on the obstacles.

      • It’s not been officially announced yet, but they usually make it sound like everyone’s expected to come to the whole thing but then don’t mind if you ask whether you can opt out of the non-core-hours part. I’d be surprised if there were any negative consequences for crying off, but I’m a bit annoyed that they’d consider it something that they can expect people to do by default.

    • Depends on your relationship with the bosses and if you think it might be necessary if you want a promotion.

      Like you I’ll do some work at evenings or weekends if absolutely necessary, or if someone at work I like suggests a few of us going out for a beer then great.

      Team-building bollocks on my own time? Nope.

    • It excludes primary carers so borderline discrimination in my book, depending on whether missing the session will impact on your ability to perform more effectively, get promotion etc

      At the least, it’s ridiculously inconsiderate.

    • I regularly pay for a social night out for my staff who attend en masse despite the small risk that I might bore them for a few minutes with a “motivational” address. These occur on any night of the week. There is broad agreement however that Friday night is a suitable choice because all acknowledge that the cost of the evening should not be compounded by a complete lack of productivity the following day. After all, free beer!

      No one however is compelled to attend, nor ostracised for absence. And we do help single parents with babysitting/taxis.

      Let’s be clear however. There are those who rarely attend such events, including midweek when the need to rise early and clear-headed for an iron man event does not arise. This does inform me where their priorities lie. I’m running a…[Read more]

    • There’s currently a disciplinary thing going on at my place of work after someone did something naughty at the annual do. That adds an interesting twist to work ‘social’ events – you’re not at work, but it is a work-organised thing with only work people admitted, so do work policies and procedures apply?

    • My place of work has a policy of not putting on compulsory events outside of the hours of 10am – 4pm.

      Many of my colleagues work in labs and consequently work all sorts of crazy hours, particularly when doing experiments that involve taking a sample every 4 hours or so. Informal social events outside of core hours are common too. The aim of the policy above is to avoid meetings that people would be disadvantaged by not attending from occurring at times when people are commonly picking up/dropping off children and thus prevent inadvertent discrimination against primary carers.

      My feeling about the OP is that the company would be better to do the inspirational chat and spaghetti bridge building during core hours, start the socialising around 4 to allow those to have to leave…[Read more]

    • I think part of being a professional is showing up for events like this and pretending to care. You can always sneak out early after the spaghetti bridges are finished and nobody will blame you.

      Moaning about it to your manager can only have negative consequences and I would not do that unless these events start to become very frequent. Your perfectly valid point will be completely ignored and management will only get one message : “your a clockwatcher and is sowing discontent “.

      Suck it up for one night.

  • troll posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    I would say that it’s down to her to prove that there was a contract and what it included. As the contract is likely to have been verbal, this will be difficult for her.

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