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Post by Tizer » 09 Oct 2019, 08:52

Hot off the press...
`Rival buys all 555 Thomas Cook stores' LINK
`All 555 Thomas Cook stores to be bought by rival Hays Travel in a move that could save up to 2,500 jobs.'

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Post by Stanley » 10 Oct 2019, 02:14

Yes but they know there will have to be a cull, many high streets in the NE will have two Hays shops in them.
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Post by Tripps » 10 Oct 2019, 09:29

Every silver lining has a cloud. :smile:

They sound like a good well run family company. I doubt they will have millions in debt on their balance sheet. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 11 Oct 2019, 02:37

That's the key isn't it David. And I'll bet they don't have any higher management on millions a year either!
Many say that this is necessary in order to get the talent. Some bloody talent!! It's an illusion in most cases.
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Post by Tizer » 11 Oct 2019, 09:53

I hate the way business execs talk about `talent' instead of people, employees, staff etc as if it was just another raw material to be shipped in.

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Post by Tripps » 11 Oct 2019, 19:58

I had only vaguely heard of Hays Traveluntil the last few days.
I hope they make a go of it all. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 12 Oct 2019, 00:56

I hate all 'business' speak. Blame McKinsey for it and its spread to almost every 'spokesperson'.
In the army we used to call it bullshit baffling brains.
David, neither had I, mainly a NE operation I'm told.
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Post by plaques » 12 Oct 2019, 13:14

TV licence.

The House of Commons media Select Committee are suggesting that the move to cancelling the £154 free access to TV viewing should be reviewed. BBC "Behind closed doors" negotiations over licence fee funding - which led to the June 2019 decision to end free licences for many over-75s from next year - were "flawed" on both sides, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said. However the BBC are pointing at a survey which indicated that 52% were in favor of abolishing the free scheme.
190,000 people consulted on the change. 52%in favor of reforming or abolishing free licence scheme.
It looks like a rerun of the Brexit referendum but without any lies? or consultations.

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Post by Tripps » 12 Oct 2019, 22:48

This chap His appointment has raised some eyebrows as he seems to be male, heterosexual, and,would you believe it - a Yorkshire man. :smile: A very rare combination for the BBC.

He is also an old Ermystedian (if that's the correct word) I believe there are a couple of others (semi retired) amongst our august membership. :smile:

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Post by Stanley » 13 Oct 2019, 01:57

I can't see anything wrong with crumblies getting a free TV licence, god knows we have paid in long enough!
Never heard of the bloke David. I shall listen to him with interest! They sacked Wilfred Pickles from reading the news because of his Yorkshire dialect.....
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Post by Stanley » 16 Oct 2019, 05:26

At first sight THIS looks like a very encouraging story about the recovery of humpback whale numbers in the Atlantic which, if the information is accurate, has recovered to pre-commercial whaling levels.
The near extinction was largely down to us I'm afraid. The whaling station on South Georgia was run by British companies to fill the demand for fats to feed the margarine and soap industries. (See Charles Wilson's two volume 'History of Unilever' and weep.)
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Post by Tizer » 16 Oct 2019, 09:10

Watching Sky at Night I heard about the Japanese starting a project to capture space debris using deployment of nets. Perhaps this will help take their interest away from the poor whales!

This is fascinating...
`Plant 'takes' world's first selfie in London Zoo experiment' LINK

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