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  1. Incidentally, I live in a rather nice apartment building; the car park has no numbered bays, has no restrictions to access and members of the public sometimes park there when they visit or go for a walk. I strongly suspect I've got to take the hit to pay for any charging point, and it means the access to the car park then has to be controlled in some way to prevent anyone else parking in my space and using my charging point. I'd also rather my charging point use my home electric, rather than having to pay for the electric differently. Problem with that, is that my electric meter is something like 70 feet away from where I park. It's probably easier just to move than bother with it all.
  2. The market for used petrol and diesel cars after 2030 is going to be very strong; I've said it before but I think the depreciation on an electric car after 2030 is going to be horrific. Everyone who wants one will have one, as a lot of people won't want one or have the ability to charge one at home or drive too much for one to make sense. You'll virtually be having to give away your three year old Leaf when you trade it in for a new model. Cars will be like old TVs. You either sell it for peanuts or give it away, or you scrap it.
  3. It doesn't seem long ago when people on here were saying how fabulous JL was does it.
  4. The UK has now slid down to 10th place in Europe for deaths per million (where countries have more than 1 million citizens). If death rates stay as they are, Italy will eclipse the UK for total deaths in a few weeks unless they can get a handle on the situation very quickly. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
  5. Even GQ of all things points out the racist undertones. https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/what-does-gammon-mean
  6. https://www.thestar.co.uk/whats-on/things-to-do/sheffield-council-paying-john-lewis-millions-under-new-deal-here-what-investigation-has-found-2974929 That's a disingenuous statement from the council isn't it. SCC gives JL 3.4m to buy out the lease JL pays off the old 42 year lease JL enters into new lease JL new lease rental costs based on JL turnover SCC promises more money to develop the store JL quits So SCC now own an empty building JL is paying no rent as it has no turnover The only money SCC will get back from JL is whatever it costs for JL to buy themselves out of the lease. JL has already not paid rent for X months as the store hasn't made any money, so presumably the taxpayer is already out of pocket! It might be financially prudent for JL to not buy themselves out the lease at all, and just leave the store empty In the meantime, SCC gets no monthly rent as the store isn't making money SCC can't put a new store/stores in until JL leave Building slowly falls into disrepair I'm sure a massive empty building making absolutely no money in rent or business rates will not leave the taxpayers of Sheffield out of pocket. (!) Even if JL pay back all the money SCC gave them, it still leaves a massive empty building costing money to maintain and providing zero input to Sheffield economically. Any potential earnings a taxpayer owned building could make but isn't is a loss to the taxpayer.
  7. I've never heard anyone call Patel a gammon. I think she takes enough racial abuse from one part of society that deems her being 'too white' and enough from another section of society that deems her 'too brown'.
  8. Still exists. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.greennetworkenergy.GNE.phone&hl=en_GB&gl=US
  9. No one cares about being called a 'gammon' - do people even say this anymore? - but I still believe it's a derogatory term and if people take offence at similar derogatory slurs based on the colour of someone's skin then they are hypocrites for calling white people 'gammon'. If it doesn't make sense calling a black person 'gammon' then it's clearly a racial slur. Andrew Neil is right. People can't take the moral high ground and act as if they are bastions of moral virtue and above playground name calling, then go around calling people 'gammon' without a whiff of hypocrisy in the air.
  10. What is it you are trying to send? Which bit have you never done before? Did you struggle with the Parcelforce digital form here? https://www.postoffice.co.uk/mail/customs-forms/digital-customs-form
  11. The Good Friday Agreement doesn't say all checks would be removed at the border. It barely mentions the border at all, apart from saying that as part of the agreement the security installations will be removed. Nothing about customs or other regulations. I'll update this as well to be clear that the GFA existed before Schengen became part of the EU laws via the Amsterdam treaty. Before that, any frictionless open borders were agreed between individual countries. The GFA is also an agreement between the UK and Ireland, not the UK and the EU.
  12. He's just got to tickle along doing what he is told by his advisors until he can step down mid term claiming a medical condition so Kamala Harris can take over.
  13. I'd try re-installing the audio drivers first.
  14. https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/job-vacancies/Joblistings/community-technician 26 to 30k a year in Sheffield for a 'community technician'
  15. No one seems to be mentioning the massive drop in imports and exports across the whole of the EU in January. Because of Brexit? I never knew Cypress was such a big business partner of the UK. https://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2013/december/tradoc_151969.pdf
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