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#53021 Ladies Room

Posted by Shadow_X on 11 June 2013 - 06:07 PM

Hypocrite springs to mind!

#52544 Baroness Thatcher Dies Aged 87.

Posted by Shadow_X on 22 April 2013 - 05:00 PM

This isn't about other people, its about the countrys very first female prime minister, that defended this country against everyone.

#52524 David Camerons Bedroom Tax

Posted by Shadow_X on 20 April 2013 - 04:07 PM

No one is being forced, you stay you pay, you leave you don't.  It's all your personal choice, no one is being forced to leave.

#52405 Usernames, Isnt One Enough?

Posted by Shadow_X on 15 April 2013 - 08:27 AM

wot pointis that wen u gotnavis on ther that dont  do any thing about  some  being abusiveon main screen ive been on ther loads   only to see   navis all mucking about with  each other they  turn a blind  eye  to pms  ive  tried it i no    some navis  are useless


You don't use chat, so your opinion isn't important.  You are not allowed on chat, so even if a Navigator ignored you, well who cares, you are not supposed to be there.


You keep saying you will never go on chat again, so again, what difference does your opinion make ?  We have lots of navigators, some you don't know, never spoken to, so you don't know how good there are.


Remember when you judge others you are actually judging yourself.


As for more than one username, its only an issue when done in malice really.

#52009 Horsegate

Posted by Shadow_X on 17 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

All supermarkets have had to remove products.  However Morrison's has not had to remove any own brand products.


Fresh meat was not what was at risk, it was only processed products.


All UK supermarkets trace where there fresh meat comes from.


However with processed meat and products they are often made in factories abroad, where the supermarket has no control.


No Supermarket has sold fresh horsemeat.



#51940 Horse Meat. What's The Big Deal?

Posted by Shadow_X on 14 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

I've had horse before, didn't like it, it was too sweet.


However I don't see it as a big deal being in food, the issue is the lack of labelling, if something says beef lasagne or beef burger, that is what you are buying.


If it says lasagne or burger then who cares, they are not lying and saying its a beef lasagne or a beef burger.

#51888 Immigrant On £14K Benefits Refuses Full-Time Job

Posted by Shadow_X on 09 February 2013 - 02:47 PM

lol I've always laughed at the fact people can use a computer for hours but not work.


There are actually many jobs that can also be done at home, for those that can't travel, with many major companies including Sky, BT, Argos and so on, operating at home workers for there customer care and so on.


So not being able to leave the house, isn't an excuse either.

#51739 Best Thing To Happen To An Iphone

Posted by Shadow_X on 24 January 2013 - 01:24 PM

lol they are going to be bringing out 2 new ones a year now, they are dropping behind Samsung and other producers.


People are starting to learn, its an overpriced phone.

#51668 Immigrant On £14K Benefits Refuses Full-Time Job

Posted by Shadow_X on 21 January 2013 - 11:29 AM

Natalija Belova, 33, told The Sun how she spurns full-time work — yet can afford foreign holidays and buys designer clothes.

The Lithuanian said: “British benefits give me and my daughter a good life.”


She has milked soft-touch Britain for £50,000 in benefits and yesterday said: "I simply take what is given to me."


Overjoyed Natalija told how she lives a life of luxury thanks to our “strange” system, declaring: “It’s important to have nice things and good holidays.”



The graduate, who became a single mum after she arrived here, rakes in more than £1,000 a month in handouts — £14,508 a year — to fund her love of designer clothes, jaunts to the Spanish sun and nightclubbing.


She bragged: “I have a lovely, fully-furnished flat and money to live properly on.


“There’s no chance we’re leaving. British benefits give me and my daughter a good life.”


Lavish lifestyle ... Natalija on trip back home to Lithuania
INS News Agency


But she does have one criticism. Natalija moaned: “I think they should help pay for private nannies, rather than just free nursery.”

Her handouts total £279 a week — with housing benefit contributing £183, child tax credit adding £56, child benefit £20 and her council tax being paid to the tune of £20.


She also rakes in £125-a-week from a job she has on the side — perfectly LEGALLY.


And despite the Coalition’s looming cap on benefits — which Labour will again vote against tomorrow — Natalija vowed: “I am not going to work like a dog on minimum wage.”


She added: “I don’t care what anyone thinks. I’m not doing anything wrong.

“I know people won’t like to read this, but what would they do?


“Would they not take the money that was being handed to them to stay with their child all day?”


Natalija told how she did work when she first came here — as a casino croupier — but said she found herself made redundant four years ago.




After falling pregnant with daughter Alexandra — now approaching three — it came as a shock how much she would be entitled to from the State for doing nothing.


Speaking at her two-bedroom pad that came fully furnished in Watford, Herts, courtesy of the taxpayer, grateful Natalija said:

“In Lithuania the benefits system does not pay enough.


"I have a friend over there who is a single mother.

"She only gets £20 a month in child benefit, plus some discounted help with gas and electricity — and some housing help.

"It’s not enough to keep a normal level of life, like here.

"If I was on benefits there, I couldn’t afford nice clothes or the holidays abroad.”

She went on: “I am sure people will say I should return to Lithuania. But that won’t be happening. Being in Britain offers me far better benefits.”


Amazingly she gets to supplement her £279-a-week handouts with a paying job.

The mum is employed by a marketing company to work from home.

She is careful to work fewer than 16 hours a week so that the benefits keep rolling in.

But her wages boost her income to more than £400 a week.


On top of that she gets free childcare, fruit and milk vouchers — and even a clothes allowance for “job interviews”.

Natalija said: “It is a strange system in this country. Basically, the fewer hours I work, the more I can earn on benefits. But that’s the way it is and it is not my fault.”


She fell pregnant by an “on-off boyfriend” after her redundancy. Natalija said casually: “We decided not to stay together.”

She insisted she would be prepared to get a full-time job — but only if the salary tops £25,000.


Natalija said: “I am a highly educated woman and I speak six languages. I would never apply for a supermarket checkout job or a cleaner.


"I am over-qualified. These jobs are beneath me. They are for people who don’t have the education I do.

"Some people may think I am picky. But I am a realist. I need a full-time job that pays at least £25,000 — that is just enough to cover all my living costs that benefits currently pay for.


Foreign hols ... Christmas jaunt followed week in Malaga
INS News Agency


"Otherwise working full time is not worth my while.

"If I worked full time, I’d have to pay for childcare costs as well as rent and all my bills.

"The benefits system in this country means that I do not have to do this.”


While hardworking taxpayers hit by the crunch are forced to forego foreign holidays, Natalija has had to make no such sacrifices to her lavish lifestyle. In September she escaped the dreary British summer by jetting off with her daughter for a sun-kissed week in Spain. Last month she enjoyed a second holiday — back in her Lithuanian homeland.


Natalija, who has three credit cards and loves to go on sprees at designer clothes stores, crowed: “After our holiday to Malaga, we went to Lithuania over Christmas and spent £1,000.”


She continued: “I love to buy clothes on my credit cards and often have a blow-out at stores like Roberto Cavalli and the Armani Exchange.


"I will pay off my credit cards eventually. I use my pay to cover the minimum repayment.


"I also enjoy going to nightclubs and parties with my friends. It’s important to go out and get dressed up. It’s good for my self-esteem.”

The blonde insisted: “Every mother deserves a treat.”


Grateful ... Natalija Belova with daughter
INS News Agency


Her astonishing benefits bonanza emerged as Britain braces itself for thousands more swarming here to join a gravy train they could only dream of in their homelands.


Romanians and Bulgarians are currently barred from applying for a UK National Insurance number unless they have a job lined up before they arrive. But next year that is poised to end — thanks to the EU opening up the floodgates.


A staggering 29 million citizens of both countries will be entitled to flock here regardless.


Any already working here cash-in-hand will qualify for full entitlements too.


Natalija insisted she saw no shame in cashing in herself — because at least she did once hold down a job here.


The migrant said: “While I was working I paid my taxes and National Insurance, so I paid someone else’s benefits then. Now it’s my turn.”



By IAIN DUNCAN SMITH, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

UNDER the last government it became acceptable to choose a life on benefits.

Well, that’s simply not fair to the taxpayer — so this government is putting an end to that and returning fairness to the system. Universal Credit will reward those who work.

This case shows that the system left by the last government gave people no incentive to work.

Our reforms will ensure that no one who CAN work will be able to count on the State — and hard-working taxpayers — to fund a life on benefits.

People will be expected to work in return for support.


'We're clueless'

MINISTERS have admitted they have no idea how much Labour’s open door immigration policy has cost Britain.


Concession ... Ed Miliband
Getty Images



Every Whitehall department was asked to work out the bill for the net influx of 3.2 million people during Labour’s 13 years in office.


But none could put a figure on the extra burden.


Ministers found stats were simply not collected for estimates to be made. The revelation alarmed campaigners demanding systems be put in place before restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians coming to Britain are lifted at the end of the year.

Tory MP Priti Patel said: “It’s scandalous that the last Labour government made no assessment of costs caused by inward migration.”

Labour leader Ed Miliband has admitted immigration was one reason voters lost faith in his party.

#51660 Cbeebies Apologises For Tweenies Jimmy Savile Spoof

Posted by Shadow_X on 21 January 2013 - 09:54 AM

Max appeared wearing a wig and costume in the sketch

CBeebies has apologised after a character from the children's TV programme The Tweenies appeared dressed as disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.


The episode, which was filmed in 2001, was shown on the BBC before 0900 GMT.


In the scene, the character Max appeared in a blonde wig, wearing Savile's trademark tracksuits and using his accent and catchphrases.


Police say DJ and presenter Savile sexually abused hundreds of people during 60 years in entertainment.


The BBC said: "This morning CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of the Tweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile. This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused."


The episode featured the character Max presenting a Top Of The Pops-style programme. He was wearing a wig and used Savile's familiar catchphrase: "Now then, guys and gals."


The gaffe was picked up by fans on social networking sites such as Twitter.


Glenn Ebrey tweeted: "Dear CBeebies, I'm not sure this was a good choice of DJ to impersonate on The Tweenies today."


Kenny Senior wrote "Are BBC trying to self destruct? Max from Tweenies dressed as Jimmy Savile just now nearly chokes on my cornflakes."


A recent Metropolitan police report into allegations of sexual abuse against Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, concluded the presenter and DJ was a "prolific, predatory sex offender" who abused more than 200 people over a 60-year period.


The Tweenies, which was a co-production between Tell-Tale Productions and the BBC was cancelled in 2003 but episodes have been repeated regularly since then.


Episodes mixed stories, song and creative activities aimed at helping children to learn through play.


Source BBC

#51642 High Street Retailers: Who Has Been Hit Hardest?

Posted by Shadow_X on 19 January 2013 - 12:45 PM

The High Street has been suffering in the consumer downturn. Customers have been watching their pennies amid concerns about high inflation and job security.


Here are some of the retailers who have been hit hardest over the past year or so.




Company UK employees UK stores Troubles faced Steps taken

Blockbuster UK

  • 4,190
  • 528
  • Increasing competition from online firms streaming films over the internet as well as rentals through the post
  • Accountancy firm Deloitte appointed administrators on 16 January
  • It is trying to find buyers for Blockbuster to save as many jobs as possible


  • 4,350
  • 239

(230 HMV stores and 9 Fopp stores)

  • Sales of CDs and DVDs undermined by competition from supermarkets, online retailers and online downloads
  • Expansion into live music (now abandoned) and sales of electrical gadgets have failed to stem the overall sales decline
  • On 15 January, the firm announced its intention to file for administration.
  • Administrators from Deloitte expected to keep HMV's stores open while it assesses prospects for the business and seeks potential buyers


  • 1,534
  • 187
  • Hit by increasing competition from supermarkets and internet retailers
  • Improving quality of cameras on smart phones means people think less about buying a dedicated camera
  • Went into administration on 9 January, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) appointed as the administrator
  • All stores ceased trading and most jobs lost on 11 January


  • 6,611
  • 236
  • Economic downturn led many to put off purchases of big-ticket items such as TVs and large appliances
  • Sales of such items have moved increasingly online
  • Appointed administrators on 2 November 2012, after suppliers refused to provide credit in the run-up to Christmas
  • Administrators, Deloitte unable to sell the chain off as a going concern, with the last stores closing on 18 December
  • Government will have to pay the £23.2m in redundancy payments to former Comet workers
  • HM Revenue & Customs stands to lose out on £26.2m of owed tax payments

JJB Sports

  • 4,000
  • 180
  • Sales had been in decline for five years as the over-indebted firm was unable to compete with the pricing of its far more successful rival Sports Direct
  • Announced plans on 24 September 2012 to enter a pre-pack administration following the failure of an attempted sale of the company over the summer
  • On 1 October 2012, Sports Direct said it was buying JJB's website and 20 of its stores, which were rebranded Sports Direct. The remaining JJB Stores were closed.

Clinton Cards

  • 8,300, of which 4,800 are full-time posts
  • More than 750 shops, including 139 Birthdays stores
  • Sales hit as consumers rein in spending, while the retailer has also faced competition from supermarkets and the internet
  • Two loans to the firm from UK banks were sold to Clinton's largest creditor - American Greetings - and then immediately called in
  • Went into administration on 9 May 2012.
  • On 7 June it was announced that US firm American Greetings was buying nearly 400 stores, saving 4,500 jobs
  • In total, more than 350 shops, including all of its Birthday stores, have closed or are due to close


  • 250
  • 10 stores and 16 concessions
  • New owners, who bought the 160-year-old brand in 2009, were unable to stop the losses amid tough economic times in the UK
  • Crucially, it doesn't own the right to sell its luxury products in fast-growing Asian markets
  • Went into administration on 17 April 2012
  • Up to 30 out of 115 jobs were saved when administrators agreed to sell the Corby factory Swaine Adeney Brigg
  • The brand, including the UK stores, has been sold to Hong Kong's YGM Trading

Ellie Louise

  • 439
  • 97
  • Cash flow problems caused by both "challenging" trading conditions, and buying the Trade Secret brand in 2010
  • On 2 April it was announced that the clothing retailer Ellie Louise had gone into administration.
  • On 20 April Liric Limited announced purchase of 57 stores.

Game Group

  • 5,800 in the UK and Republic of Ireland
  • 600
  • Seen increasing number of customers switch to online rivals
  • Company also saddled with debts linked to its £74m purchase of rival GameStation in 2007
  • Confirmed on 13 March that its key suppliers were now refusing to do business
  • On 21 March 2012, Game Group announced that it intended to file for administration.
  • On 1 April administrators announced the sale of Game's 333 stores to investment firm, Baker Group


  • 9,600
  • 611 stores and 49 concessions
  • The discount fashion chain, bought in a management buyout from the founding Peacock family in the mid 1990s, was struggling to refinance its £240m debts
  • On 18 January 2012, Peacocks entered administration
  • Administrators KPMG cut 249 HQ jobs on 19 January, leaving 266 staff at the head office
  • On 23 January, the firm's Bonmarche chain was sold to Sun European Partners
  • Sun will continue to run 230 stores but will close about 160, making 1,400 staff redundant

Pumpkin Patch

  • 400
  • 36
  • Consumer downturn has seen the children's clothes firm struggle in the past six months
  • Firm appointed administrators Deloitte on 19 January 2012 for its UK business
  • It closed five branches, making 60 staff redundant
  • The remaining stores will continue to trade as a buyer is sought

Past Times

  • 500
  • 51
  • The gift retailer entered administration on 16 January
  • Administrators KPMG claimed the firm was a "casualty of difficult trading conditions for the retail sector"
  • Before administrators were appointed, the company closed 46 stores resulting in 507 job losses and closed 72 "pop up" stores
  • KPMG made 67 redundancies on appointment and is looking for buyers for all or parts of the firm

Blacks Leisure

  • 3,500
  • 300
  • The outdoor goods company, which operates the Blacks Outdoor and Millets chains, reported a £16m loss in October and expects below-par Christmas trading
  • Shares have fallen 90% since January as supermarkets offer strong competition
  • On 9 January, JD Sports confirmed it bought Blacks for £20m
  • The sportswear retailer confirmed that any "underperforming stores" would close, but did not say how many
  • The group has about 100 Blacks outlets, about 200 Millets branches and owns the Peter Storm and Eurohike brands

Hawkin's Bazaar

  • 380
  • 65
  • As with other retailers, experienced challenging trading conditions
  • Entered administration on 30 December 2011.
  • On 20 January, the firm was sold in a management buy-out
  • Administrators Zolfo Cooper closed 57 of the stores, making about 300 staff redundant
  • The remaining eight stores will stay open and trade under the Hawkin's Bazaar name

D2 Jeans

  • 400
  • 47
  • James Stephen, from BDO LLP, said "extremely difficult trading conditions" had hit the sector
  • Entered administration on 29 December 2011.
  • Administrators closed 19 UK stores and laid off 200 shop workers at the Ayrshire-based firm. D2's other 28 stores are being run as a going concern while a buyer is sought


  • 3,840
  • 191 stores and 371 concessions
  • Has "faced a downturn in trading as a result of the difficult economic conditions"
  • Entered administration on 8 December 2011
  • On 30 December, it announced 1,610 redundancies after failing to find a buyer for the concessions part of its business
  • Administrators still trying to find a buyer for Barratts' 173 High Street stores, which remain open

La Senza

  • 2,600
  • 146 stores and 18 concessions
  • Blamed High Street "trading conditions" and the economic environment
  • On 9 January, the firm went into administration
  • 60 of its stores were bought by Arabian retail group Alshaya, saving some 1,100 jobs
  • However, the remaining 84 stores and 18 concessions will close, resulting in 1,300 job losses

Jane Norman

  • 1,600
  • 89 stores and 82 concessions
  • Has experienced "severe cashflow difficulties" and depressed sales, resulting in debts of £140m
  • Entered administration on 27 June 2011
  • Edinburgh Woollen Mill bought 33 of its stores However, 95 stores and concessions have closed permanently, resulting in 382 staff losing their jobs


  • 900
  • 33
  • Low consumer confidence has made it difficult for retailers of big ticket items such as furniture, and the home furnishings store made continuing losses
  • It also faced increased competition from cheaper rivals such as Ikea
  • Went into administration on 24 June 2011
  • Home Retail Group (HRG) bought the Habitat brand and three central London stores
  • HRG has retained 150 staff, although the remaining 750 staff were made redundant

Focus DIY

  • Just under 4,000
  • 180
  • Another retail victim of the weak housing market.
  • Entered administration on 5 May
  • Since then, 55 stores have been sold in three separate deals, securing up to 900 jobs. A further 3,000 staff were made redundant


  • 1,300 staff in showrooms plus 1,500 fitters and designers
  • 160 showrooms
  • The owner of brands such as Moben, Kitchens Direct, Sharps Bedrooms and Dolphin, has also suffered from the weak housing market
  • Sharps Bedrooms business has been sold
  • Operations of Moben, Dolphin and Kitchens Direct have been closed down, with 557 staff made redundant
  • Administrators are still trying to sell the brands

TJ Hughes

  • 4,000
  • 57
  • Falling sales at the department store chain led to the loss of supplier and credit insurer confidence
  • Entered administration on 30 June 2011. Lewis's Home Retail has bought six stores but another 42 have closed with about 2,200 staff made redundant
  • Its flagship Liverpool store reopened in September






Source BBC

#51513 Icetears

Posted by Shadow_X on 08 January 2013 - 08:02 PM

He's been about on UK chat for years as well lol

#51439 New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Shadow_X on 06 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

Mine is to kill less people!

#51286 Kaspersky And Chat : Configuring

Posted by Shadow_X on 23 December 2012 - 10:06 AM

Oh do shut up, hes told me nothing I don't know.

I did a SIMPLE solution that works, no need to complicate it, if you and him are too stupid to understand the difference between simple and not then move right on.

He's on about adding subdomains and socket servers and all that, there is no need, chat has lots of different url's that would need to be added based on what he is saying, which would make it complicated, I did it simple, and I'm not going to change that, because of someone who thinks we are all stupid and know nothing.

#51280 Kaspersky And Chat : Configuring

Posted by Shadow_X on 22 December 2012 - 04:03 PM

Don't try and complicate things, my solution will work for everyone on UK chat as it is, no need to play around with it and make it more complicated.