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    UK Cost of Living

    This thread has gone off topic, and I have just compounded it. This should, I feel, be relocated to the environment thead. Maisie
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    UK Cost of Living

    I have just finished reading a true account of the Reston Ebola outbreak in the USA. This was 25 years ago. Monkeypox was suspected initially, as it was monkeys in a research establishment that were dying. Eventually it turned out to be ebola, and was named 'Reston' after the area in which it...
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    UK Cost of Living

    I have been with Octopus for over four years now. The only problem I have had with them was when Dave died and I wanted both the account and DD moved to me. They were a bit officious, but I got there in the end. The 'bonus' with Octopus is that they bill monthly so it is easy to keep an eye...
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    UK Cost of Living

    I don't think that J.R. Hartley will ever find that particular publication however extensive his search may be. Maisie
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    Ukraine

    Please - gentlemen, Now is not the time to bicker over the small stuff. Whilst all these things are important, it is the bigger picture that we should be considering and discussing. None of us have any answers. All we can see is the effects of the tremendous rise in prices acros the board...
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    Ukraine

    The end users, i.e. us, will have to foot the bill through rising costs. Maisie
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    UK Cost of Living

    In the second example. Surely, the 'new' owner has purchased what is in essence stolen goods, and as such, the vehicle belongs to the original owner. This is the same as selling a vehicle whilst still owing payments to a finance company and not paying the balance from the proceeds. Maisie
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    UK Cost of Living

    The company Dave worked for had a client, Basildon Dairy Foods. He had to visit frequently measuring up for jobs to be done. He always came home with a few trays of yoghurts and mousses. They had various supermarket labels on them, although the tubs were always filled from the same machines...
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    RIP DENNIS WATERMAN

    So sad. I watch reruns of New Tricks most week nights on the TV. Maisie
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    UK Cost of Living

    The reduced 'yellow label' goods are a real help. I particularly look out for these. Also, goods reduced because the packaging or box has broken. I think I have said before, I was brought up before 'sell by' and 'use by' dates had been invented. In those days, you used your nose and eyes to...
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    Environmental concerns

    Probably in the loft somewhere together with me daisy roots. Maisie
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    Environmental concerns

    Oooooh! Echoes of Lonnie Donegan's My Old Man's a Dustman. Maisie
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    UK Cost of Living

    I have every sympathy for these people. However, it is indeed fortunate that I have never done anything other than eat once a day, in the evening. Therefore, my shopping reflects this. I would be having to make sacrifices if I ate three times a day. I suppose it would be different if I had...
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    Ukraine

    Just listening to Putin's speech. It seems they lost around 20m during the "Great War". But he seems to be skirting round the actual issue. He is saying that currently, Russians are fighting their "enemies". Seems to be calling the Ukraine forces as "nazis". Also announcing that they (I...
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    UK Cost of Living

    When we lived in Warrington (so Dave could work at the office in Kirkby), we got friendly with a couple on the estate where we lived. They were always waxing lyrical about a discount store in Wigan. We arranged to follow them one day. We arrived and parked and went into the store. It was...
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    UK Cost of Living

    When Dave's company wanted him to relocate to their Livepool office, they offered a loan for a deposit and all moving expenses. We accepted. At the time we were living in a rented flat in East London and had about £50 in savings! However, we did not realise the implications of this offer...
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    Ukraine

    Yes, this is a huge and very complex issue. Whilst there is Russian money other than in Russia, any amount of money will be insufficient to compensate those who have lost everything, including family and friends murdered during this war. From reports, the Russian troops are imploding. Surely...
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    Ukraine

    I agree with the idea of Russia paying (however the money is obtained), but who is going to twist Putin's arm? He will never agree to this, even if he achieves his goal to take Ukraine into Russian hands. Maisie
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    UK Cost of Living

    I would have thought that taxi drivers would be feeling the pinch, with a drop off in customers. Maisie
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    Environmental concerns

    So what did the TV aerials look like? Were they external? Were TV aerials those 'H' shaped items? I really cannot remember seeing one of those things that comedians make sketches about. You know, hang out of the window, balanced on your right nostril. Maisie
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