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2011

The World’s local bank?

I had cause to travel to London on 29th July 2011. Given that this meant bending the plastic a little, I thought I’d better call the credit card company, in this case HSBC, to let it know that I’d be doing this – after all I did not want the darlings to think a tea leaf […]

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Why use us?

We’ve completed a deal today – not much of a surprise but then there were some challenges that required expertise and show why it is best to use us if you have some difficulties. Our customer is based in North Wales and had a property subject to an agricultural tie, that meant he was already up […]

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The News of the World

There is no doubt that if the News of the World has been doing the things alleged, those involved should have the book thrown at them and the key thrown away. To me, though, it is equally sickening that certain celebrities are jumping on an anti-media band wagon and now acting as if butter would […]

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Under-valued probate house sales – Taxman clamps down

We’ve mentioned before about how the current austerity measures, and the lack of tax take, is influencing HM Revenue & Customs to look under stones. And so it is with the under-valuation of probate properties. According to accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young, HMRC has insisted on revaluations, of probate properties, to collect more Inheritance Tax; it has also levied […]

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Base rate held

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee today held interest rates at its record low for the 27th month in a row. Clearly, the committee feels that its priority is the recovery and not inflation. Whilst some people believe that a base rate rise is necessary, it is the case that the current inflation is […]

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High Court shuts down more land banks

 In the eighties film Wall Street, Gordon Gekko makes an infamous speech about greed being good. It would seem though, that greed and the desperate or gullible might go hand in hand with the conduct of knaves – the knaves in this case being land banking companies. Land banking companies buy areas of land then sell fragments […]

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Supermarkets bullies – no it can’t be true

It is a well known fact that there is an urgent need for a watchdog to stop the supermarkets using bullying tactics with their suppliers. Only recently we suggested that the National Farmers Union was expecting the large chains to act reasonably over the ecoli cucumber scare by not forcing prices down on British growers. […]

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There’s Gold in them thar drawers

Gold is rare and hence valuable Hard to believe, I know, but the entire Universe is made up of 118 known elements (at May 2011). Of these gold is an extremely rare metal; its average concentration is 0.005 parts per million within the Earth’s crust and throughout the World there is between 120,000 to 140,000 tonnes of this […]

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Buy British – how many times do we need to say it?

Would you pay more to avoid E Coli – of course. So the message is clear. Hats of to the National Farmers Union which is shouting the message from the roof tops that British produce is safe and nutritious. The message follows the out break of E Coli in northern Europe. British cucumbers, for example, are World […]

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