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  1. 5 points
    SOCIALISM You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbour COMMUNISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk FASCISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk NAZISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and shoots you BUREAUCRATISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (VENTURE) CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States , leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public then buys your bull. SURREALISM You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons. AN AMERICAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead. A GREEK CORPORATION You have two cows. You borrow lots of euros to build barns, milking sheds, hay stores, feed sheds, dairies, cold stores, abattoir, cheese unit and packing sheds. You still only have two cows. A FRENCH CORPORATION You have two cows. You go on strike, organise a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows. A JAPANESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called a Cowkimona and market it worldwide. AN ITALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows, but you don't know where they are. You decide to have lunch. A SWISS CORPORATION You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them. A CHINESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation. AN INDIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You worship them. A BRITISH CORPORATION You have two cows. Both are mad. AN IRAQI CORPORATION Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. No-one believes you, so they bomb the ** out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least you are now a Democracy. AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. Business seems pretty good. You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate. A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION You have two cows. The one on the left looks very attractive...
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    Sorry for being judgemental. When I heard that I'm paying council tax in our marina (£90 a month) but some guy on benefits doesnt have to pay as much, I kind of went a bit nuts. I've just watched Breadline Britain on TV, and although I fully understand that when someone has no job, it can be demoralising, what none of those folk realise is...the gov gives them...money towards their rent, money when they arent working, the kids get free schooling, they get free medical services, and if they're a married couple and split up...they'll be given even more money! ..." It absolutely boggles my brain that those people then turn around and say it's REDICULOUS that they havent got enough for luxeries. eta...although if I fell on hard times, I would be VERY GREATFUL to receive as much help as possible. rant over. I shouldnt rant..I have no real right to rant...I just dont understand how people think they are entitled to more if they havent got a job.
  3. 1 point
    Sorry, don't care, it doesn't directly effect me
  4. 1 point
    Be specific and comment on why you think it is about time CRT revoked licences.
  5. 1 point
    I love eBay! As someone who used to make a very respectable living as a "Purveyor of Utilitarian Artifacts & Ephemera" (Yes really - that is what my letterheads stated!) I can put my hand on my heart and say that I have sold some stuff for some serious money that I personally considered to be complete trash. I can say with an equal amount of conviction that a good many of the things I cherish in my own home are what others would describe as trash (and some people have told me to my face their thoughts). It is what makes the world go around and it is what makes people so interesting. We have all seen things sell for a hell of a lot more than they are worth and fair play to anyone who can rake the profit in that way. The world is full of delightfully eccentric people and I aspire to be one of them (but fail miserably most of the time) If a forum such as this had provided any of the items I was selling with such a fantastic springboard into profit as this thread did I would have been rubbing my hands with glee. Yes we all had a bit of fun and far from it being at anyone's expense it was for profit so everyone wins. I do not feel my personal conduct has fallen short in any way I need to apologise for. Any comments I have made have been joining in the fun of the thread and in doing so it has provided the seller with a platform to allow a decent profit on their rusty bucket. Indeed it seems if "Ella" is really the seller then they have taken the whole thing in the humour that it was intended so why does he feel the need to critisice those very people? I never really minded who bid on my items on eBay, so long as they could afford to pay me. I suspect I could have attached all sorts of labels to some of them if I had chosen to do so. The fact of the matter is that those bidders are customers and I would never have dreamt of calling them names or ridiculing them publicly. It is, in my mind, biting the hand that feeds you. Maybe I was mistaken and Ella is not Harley? I don't know! I am prone to blonde moments but when I posted I genuinely thought it was and if a seller starts calling those who are helping them make a profit geeks and suggesting they live in a bubble and are not normal then that is just plain rude in my book. If it was not Harley then I am sorry. Obviously my comments did no harm to the auction though so no harm was done. It is a forum - a place where people love to disagree!
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    Oh good grief. Let's examine what you've written to me in your responses to my posts: Your 1st post extrapolated something that I clearly did not say & implied a degree of racism on my part. Your 2nd post then reinforced that implied racism, then added accusations of exaggeration, ignorance & stupidity. In your 3rd post, you engaged in a semantic interpretation of words I used in the original statement you took me to task for. You then used that interpretation to make tenuous accusations of falsehood whilst singularly failing to explain how my statement was innaccurate. Your stating that my point was false does not make it so unless you can counter it with reasoned points yourself, you didn't. So, for reasons best known to yourself, you decided to respond to my statement on a personal level rather than with a proper counter argument & it is this personal attack that I have responded to. The only conclusion I can draw is that you are unable to proffer any sort of sensible response & I have therefore treated you in the manner your posts warranted.
  7. 1 point
    Jim, thank you for your comment. Downsizing from two sites to one and opting to build fewer boats per year has meant that we have made redundancies. No business can afford to keep twice as many staff as necessary, it would be a disaster and within just a short time no one would have a job! As I'm sure you are aware, Kingsground Narrowboats are boat builders but we also own a marina and offer many other services. It's all very well assuming that because we may have altered the business to suit the relocation that we may have 'gone out of business' but it's really not very accurate. Businesses change, they have to to survive! They can't keep doing the same thing day in and day out, The world is an ever changing place and consumers want different things at different times. Our building being used as a Heritage Centre encouraged that we use the move to put our eggs into different baskets and have them more evenly balanced to protect our future and offer the business a more secure foundation for trading. None of those made redundant are out of work, they all found jobs within the industry before their notice period ended with us and, testament of their skills. We believe that we have worked hard over the past 24 months to offer a wider variation of services as we very much appreciate that times are difficult financially and more people are looking to repair and rebuild than have a bespoke built boat. Our build schedule has dropped accordingly. Kind regards, Kingsground Narrowboats
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    Bloody hell Alan, Well spotted. How long is it now since you retired from the Bar? Your work with the Crown Prosecution Service will be sorely missed. Ah, Indian Viagra! Perfect for stopping you from rolling out of bed on those rocky, windy nights.
  9. 1 point
    There is absolutely nothing that would require us to fire up our engine at 10pm, let alone 1.30am! You don't need a shower, you may want one, but a bowl full of hot water (heated with a kettle) and a flannel will suffice. We spend our first two years aboard with knackered batteries and no shore power and while the lights were quite dim at times we were never plunged into inky blackness! I really can't think of anything else someone could claim to justify it. The trouble is boaters like this give the anti boaters so much ammunition to use against the rest of us that abide by the laws and just want to live in peace in our chosen lifestyle.
  10. 1 point
    Considering the free publicity the forum has given to this piece and in the process generated a good profit for the seller I feel there is a rather nasty tone to that message. I wonder what makes Ella more "normal" than the rest of us? It is nice to hear the story behind the item but what pity there is not any real information given like the name of the barge. It could have added even more value to the item. Yes we have had a good laugh but rather than it being at anyone's expense it seems to have produced a good profit so why the sour grapes? If I were one of the bidders I think I would consider a retraction given the attitude of the seller.
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