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by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Science
Topic: Holy Cow!
Replies: 8
Views: 442

Re: Holy Cow!

Slarti wrote:It does seem that the more that "we" can see, the more that there is to see.

I had that exact same experience this afternoon; while I was out 'litter picking' in a local park.
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 86
Views: 1295

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

Anecdotal but a year or so before the feces hit the fan in 2007, I was walking down my home street in North London and a mortgage broker had attached a flyer to somebody's fence which was promoting his services. As best I recall it made statements like this: Only pay the interest. 125% loan-to valu...
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Brokers and Share Dealing
Topic: HSDL again
Replies: 57
Views: 4364

Re: HSDL again

I've already had one moan, following transfer of one of my ISAs to HSDL, about their very peculiar online statements. Now another - moan. :( I purchased shares in a company, Leaf Clean Energy (LEAF), not my usual area, through my HSDL ISA. They are involved in a legal dispute in the USA with anothe...
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 86
Views: 1295

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

I confess I have a few issues with Baroness Altman's article. Such as here: " He introduced mass means-testing for the state pension Does anyone know what is meant here? There is no means testing of the state pension... Indeed. That's what I was pretty sure of myself, so could make no sense of...
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Trump
Replies: 260
Views: 12747

Re: Trump

The man Trump certainly know how to do crass!

Trump tweets image of enormous Trump Tower on Greenland

The Guardian

US president pledges ‘not to do this’ but residents of the icy island have hardly warmed to his interest
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 86
Views: 1295

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

" He introduced mass means-testing for the state pension Does anyone know what is meant here? Is this the top up bit?. Was that him or was it the Conservatives? The catch with getting older and nearer your pension is you cannot remember who stole from it!!! I'm so old I can't even remember wha...
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 86
Views: 1295

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

A view from Baroness Altmann: Chilling. Immoral. Iniquitous: Former pensions minister Baroness ROS ALTMANN gives her verdict on plans to raise the state pension age to 75 This is Money I confess I have a few issues with Baroness Altman's article. Such as here: " Our pensions are too important t...
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Null - avoid!
Replies: 25
Views: 587

Re: Null - avoid!

Also see https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1216707&i=8720 (2015) suggesting it was at some stage on a Merc and may have belonged to Steve Parrish ( He is permanently banned from the Chinese administrative region of Macau after blowing a brothel up with a home-made bomb made out of...
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Update on betting
Replies: 24
Views: 515

Re: Update on betting

Rationally, yes, but people are not rational. Make a convincing enough story that the coin tosser is lucky/skilled and has a track record of flipping more heads than tails and enough people will fall for it for the crowd to give higher odds for heads. And that is precisely how one of the biggest sc...
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Taxes
Topic: Paper Certificate shares / Common Reporting Standard
Replies: 14
Views: 405

Re: Paper Certificate shares / Common Reporting Standard

...I believe (correctly or not) the "answer", to the above post at least, is in my previous post. It's about tax domicile.
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Update on betting
Replies: 24
Views: 515

Re: Update on betting

On the contrary, the more people you asked the closer you would get to a 50/50 distrubution. Are you sure? Isn't this an empirical question? Or at least one that can only be answered empirically. Wouldn't it likely depend on the exact question, or how it was presented? Either: "What is the nex...
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Taxes
Topic: Paper Certificate shares / Common Reporting Standard
Replies: 14
Views: 405

Re: Paper Certificate shares / Common Reporting Standard

...I suspect, rather than anything to do with paper share certificates, it may be more a matter of where the registered investor is domiciled for tax purposes and where the company is registered for tax purposes that is the issue.
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Taxes
Topic: Paper Certificate shares / Common Reporting Standard
Replies: 14
Views: 405

Re: Paper Certificate shares / Common Reporting Standard

The thread referred to does not mention anything about the situation of UK Registrars of UK plc companies with paper certificate shareholders with an overseas address. Were the paper certificate shareholdings in standard FTSE companies such as Barclays plc or Lloyds plc or Next plc, or in some othe...
by XFool
August 20th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Curiosity Corner
Topic: Electric bike on M25
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Electric bike on M25

'Most unusual' vehicle stopped on M25 in Hertfordshire https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-49393998 A homemade motorcycle stopped on the M25 was described by a traffic officer as the "most unusual vehicle" he had apprehended in 26 years. I used to see something very sim...
by XFool
August 19th, 2019, 11:27 pm
Forum: Taxes
Topic: Paper Certificate shares / Common Reporting Standard
Replies: 14
Views: 405

Re: Paper Certificate shares / Common Reporting Standard

What is the situation with a person who lives in France and who holds shares in large UK plc companies in Paper certificate form with regard to the Common Reporting Standard ? Are UK Registrars such as Computershare and Equiniti required to report all of their paper certificate shareholders with an...
by XFool
August 19th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Null - avoid!
Replies: 25
Views: 587

Re: Null - avoid!

He enjoyed driving, and owned the personalised number plates NAB 1 to 8, which he attached to his large garage of cars including three Daimlers. Guess who That was Sir Gerald! Correct! - with the Jimmy Edwards moustache Ended up in the middle of a roundabout, or somesuch... https://en.wikipedia.org...
by XFool
August 19th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Null - avoid!
Replies: 25
Views: 587

Re: Null - avoid!

Very, very long time ago now I once saw: TON 100 on an even then quite old grey Mercedes

Still a long time ago, just not as long, saw: 100 MPH on a black Porsche 911 Turbo
by XFool
August 19th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Update on betting
Replies: 24
Views: 515

Re: Update on betting

. Ask them what the outcome will be from the next flip of a coin - useless. On the contrary, the more people you asked the closer you would get to a 50/50 distrubution. Are you sure? Isn't this an empirical question? Or at least one that can only be answered empirically. Wouldn't it likely depend o...
by XFool
August 19th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Update on betting
Replies: 24
Views: 515

Re: Update on betting

Wisdom of the crowds only works in areas where knowledge and experience helps. Asking a bunch of people with a good knowledge of cows the weight of a cow - good use of wisdom of the crowds. Ask them what the outcome will be from the next flip of a coin - useless. The question is, which end of the s...
by XFool
August 19th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75
Replies: 86
Views: 1295

Re: Tory thinktank - state pension age should rise to 75

A Conservative think tank chaired by Iain Duncan Smith is calling for the state pension age to be raised to 70 by 2028 and 75 by 2035. https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1167028/raise-pension-age-75-says-think-tank I would have thought someone would have known how these things work. Goverment wants ...

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