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Spam texters fined nearly half a million pounds

November 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Spam texters fined nearly half a million pounds.

Well done the ICO, about time.
Hopefully all parties that have sold on data will also be punished accordingly.

Common sense, don’t spam without it.

Sainsbury’s to create 10,000 smaller-stores jobs – Telegraph

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

English: J Sainsbury PLC Sainsburys old logo.

English: J Sainsbury PLC Sainsburys old logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sainsbury’s to create 10,000 smaller-stores jobs – Telegraph.

Well done Sainsburys!

Time to put Basel III where it belongs…..#ecb #banks #spiral #stagnation #unemployment

November 26, 2012 6 comments

European banks urge one-year delay for Basel III rules | Reuters.

Loan

Loan (Photo credit: Philip Taylor PT)

Basel III is the classic, ‘shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted’

Whilst banks are moronically told to build up their capital bases for the next potential Armageddon, the economy goes into stagnation overdrive. Without bank lending small companies can’t expand and will eventually die, base rates will stay at zero, no money is created from savings wealth and savers will not spend for fear of eroding their capital base.

What is the likelihood of the next Armageddon, nobody saw the last one and it was painfully obvious to all but the regulators.

What is needed is better regulation (not the same as more regulation), common sense lending and higher interest rates. Without these the economy will be stuck in a rut for decades to come.

here goes Bob again #RMT #strike #Christmas

November 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Keep OFF the tracks!

Keep OFF the tracks! (Photo credit: MeckiMac)

Festive rail strike threat | Herald Scotland.

 

As Cilla once said Surprise, surprise!

RBS branches may focus on business #lightbulbmoment #howlong #vincecable #genius

November 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Light Bulb

Light Bulb (Photo credit: CraftyGoat)

RBS branches may focus on business – Title1.

What a novel idea!

See my post dated 13th March 2012

Common sense, don’t run the country without it.

ITN News » 700 jobs axed at Comet but it’s not too late #jobs #unemployed #skill #set

November 20, 2012 Leave a comment

English: Comet electrical retailer on Briggate...

ITN News » 700 jobs axed at Comet.

I must say I’ve never been a great fan of Comet, overpriced items and not very helpful staff as a generalisation. Another company that has been run over by the internet.

Where they could have shone however, was in supplying fridges, cookers, TV’s etc and arranging their own staff of fitters to ‘plumb’ in these items, instead of trying to sell phones, kettles and video games at prices that were matched and beaten by the likes of Amazon.

There is still a huge market out there for people who can’t fit their own washing machine or TV or fridge.

Common Sense, look at what Amazon can’t do!

There’s still a niche for the future unemployed at Comet, as long as they have the skill set required.

BBC News – London 2012: Quarter of a million Olympics tickets unsold #something #wrong #oops

November 19, 2012 Leave a comment

London 2012 banner at The Monument.

London 2012 banner at The Monument. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BBC News – London 2012: Quarter of a million Olympics tickets unsold.

Although the London 2012 Olympics were undoubtedly a success, it seems odd that several thousand tickets remained unsold.

I can understand that most of these were Olympic football, which questionably shouldn’t even be an Olympic sport (perhaps the ticket sales tell you that?)

What baffles me is why there were 2407 athletics stadium tickets, 1047 swimming tickets and thousands of day passes?

Again I can understand the day passes being unsold as they seemed rather expensive, just to sample the atmosphere but the stadium and swimming doesn’t make any sense.

And to cap it all, it seems that Opening and Closing Ceremony tickets also remained unsold! Something seriously wrong there in my opinion.

I can only hope that the seats were occupied by some of the Olympic helpers or soldiers that made the event such a successful and safe event.