Posts by Horizon

    Sir Philip Green braced for Arcadia showdown

    The extent of the decay in Sir Philip Green’s retail empire has been laid bare in documents posted as part of his plan to cut rents and close stores.

    Proposals sent to landlords last week before an imminent company voluntary arrangement (CVA) show:

    ● Green is considering selling or closing Arcadia Group’s international businesses, most of which are loss-making

    We've mentioned him in several threads including: Will Green keep his knighthood? and Tax avoiders blacklisted from honours, but now his "reign" may finally be coming to a end.


    He's facing pressure over pensions, the MPs still haven't forgotten the BHS scandal and the biggest threat to his empire is the internet. The article goes on to say that Top Shop, in particular, is facing stiff competition from online retailers like ASOS and Boohoo. Suppliers are demanding upfront payments as his insurance has been withdrawn, so things are looking ropey for his empire.


    He has now dropped out of the billionaire league and there are reports he walks alone at his Mediterranean retreat with his head in his hands. Should we feel sorry for him? I bet the BHS staff aren't, but at least he can drown his sorrows on his multi million pound yacht and spend some of the £1.2 billion dividend he paid himself in 2005. There have been other payments.


    Should a business like Green's be allowed to continue in the future, where the owners can take what they want out of the business' and put them straight into their own pockets, or should there be some guarantees towards the business' itself, especially with staff pension commitments?


    Is Green's actions any different to the many owners and CEOs of various companies who award themselves vast remuneration packages while their employees enjoy far less perks?

    Just trying to update some threads and Sky made a very important announcement recently, it could go in this thread too as it's very relevant: Is this the beginning of the end of satellite television??, but I'm sticking it here:


    Sky Broadband Likely to Launch Openreach FTTP Plans in H2 2019

    The wait for ISP Sky Broadband to launch a new UK range of “ultrafast broadband” packages using Openreach’s network may soon be over. Several credible sources have indicated to us that their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based packages will go live in the second half of 2019 and December seems most likely.


    Sky UK Rebrand ISP Packages – Hints at Ultrafast Broadband Plans UPDATED

    Firstly, Sky Broadband’s entry-level Sky Broadband Unlimited (ADSL2+) service will be rebranded to Sky Broadband Essential, while Sky Fibre Max is to become Sky Broadband Superfast (both 40Mbps and 80Mbps FTTC tiers will be sold under this title) and in the near future we’re going to get the new Sky Broadband Ultrafast plans (three FTTP / G.fast tiers will fall under this giving max rates of 160Mbps, 330Mbps and 1Gbps (e.g. the 160Mbps tier will be promoted as 150Mbps average)).

    Murdoch and Sky always said that they won't get involved in network building, but with Murdoch now gone and Comcast now owning Sky, having some kind of distribution of their own is very important to Comcast being a cable company at its core.


    Sky already own a fibre backbone network and have their kit installed in every telephone exchange and FTTC cabinets, so it's not too hard to extend for them to extend the fibre going into those cabinets into people's homes using BT Openreach's telegraph poles.


    So, how all this fits in with Comcast's plans for a global streamer and Now TV, is as yet unknown, but it won't be too long before the whole country will be able to access Sky's "satellite" tv service through fibre optic cable. And to think they used to be a little satellite tv company when they started...


    I'm very interested in this service as I'm fed up with Virgin Media's crappy upload and retention, so await for further details to come. Probably Sky will announce something at the end of summer or in the autumn as regards prices and availability.


    Another relevant thread that maybe of interest and needs updating: BT spins off Openreach. Will it lead to more FTTH (fibre to the home) broadband?.


    Would you be interested in a ultrafast broadband service from Sky and tv service delivered down cable?

    I was never keen when another member kept calling her mentally ill, but for someone on the top of her game, she is prime minister, she seems incredibly naive.


    Now that the ERG has done an about turn after their capitulation last time, there is no way that May will get the numbers she needs.

    Oh dear.:(


    Could be magpies, but I've never seen them go into my ivy, more like foxes or cats. They're not stupid and can see the birds frantic activity as they feed the babies and then of course there is the sound of them too. Their loud pitched squeals are hard for us to hear, unless you're right on top of the nest, but cats and foxes can easily pick up on this.


    I think the nests get attacked around about 4-5am as the sun comes up. I heard a loud noise once around that time a few years ago, but went straight back to sleep only to to find the slaughter later on.


    Ivy is simply too low and there is nothing prickly to keep predators out of it. I wish the birds would find somewhere else to nest, but garden habitats are fast disappearing, at least in my area, and their choices for nesting are dwindling.:cursing:

    Bibbles, your view was the same as mine, but after Chequers as Fidget says, that's when my view started to change. And when David Davis came out and said that No 10 had in effect been operating a parallel Brexit department to his, including their plan, which is the government's "deal" today she's trying to get view parliament, I see her as nothing but dishonest and deceitful.


    She hasn't tried to deliver Brexit, she has tried to derail it and she has had all the time in the world to deliver it.

    And sometimes it's a situation of their own doing or doing somthing they shouldn't.

    You maybe spot on here, Ron.


    A few updates to this thread, firstly from the beginning of the month:

    WikiLeaks' Julian Assange given 50-week jail sentence for skipping bail

    Then, a day after that, this:


    Julian Assange refuses to surrender to U.S. extradition request as legal battle begins

    But the one which maybe relevant to Ron's point is this from the 13th May and perhaps this is the real story here and always has been:


    Julian Assange: Sweden reopens rape investigation

    Swedish prosecutors have reopened an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in 2010.

    The inquiry has been revived at the request of the alleged victim's lawyer.

    Assange, who denies the accusation, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.

    After all the theatrics and leaked secrets, could all of the events over the last several years just be a smokescreen to hide the fact that this man maybe a sexual predator who attacked someone and seemingly got away with it?

    I agree with most of that, but Iran was keeping its side of the nuclear deal.


    Iran is spreading death and chaos across the region through its proxies, so is no innocent player here, but what is more important, dealing with Iran's militias who threaten Israel or keeping their nuclear ambitions under control? I say nuclear comes first, always.


    Interestingly, Andrew Neil made a comment on This Week and said he was in the region last week and said that the tankers that were attacked by Iran did not contain any fuel and this was Iran essentially sending a message that they have the capabilities to disrupt the world's oil supply if they choose to do so. A very dangerous way to send a message...


    I think Iran needs to be stood up to, so I agree with Trump in that sense, but not at the expense of the nuclear deal which now seems dead in the water.

    I have no doubt in my mind that Trump is just itching to have a war/military campaign during his tenure at the Whitehouse, he is no doubt one of the politician types who believe that initiating a war/military campaign during their time in office is the sign of a great statesman.

    He's always said the opposite Ron, so we'll see. But Trump has uber hawk John Bolton in his team, who is very keen to blow the hell out of Iran.

    Lions Gate spikes on report of CBS informal offer for Starz

    This happened a few days ago and is a reminder that the media mergers frenzy is far from over.


    Although CBS' offer has been rebuffed this time, CBS has been trying to buy Starz for sometime as it seeks to bolster its roster of premium drama to fill its streaming service.


    Reminder: Starz was owned by John Malone, ultimate owner of Virgin Media, until he swapped his stake in Starz for a share of Lionsgate.


    Could this move signal a wider merger between John Malone's companies (Liberty, Discovery, Charter etc) and CBS/Viacom, as I predicted earlier in this thread??

    The problem is that certain members of the Labour party, ie. Keir Starmer, wants us tied into a Common Market on a permanent basis, ie. they want to bind us forever so as to prevent a future Brexiter PM overturning it. They are panicking that May be replaced by a Brexiter who won't go along with their Brino attempts.


    This goes against everything that our constitution stands for. I always understood that a current government could not bind the hands of future governments, and it is the most sensible rule ever, which is probably why the non-democrats want to do it.

    Everything can be overturned though, Fidget.


    Even if we were tied into a common market by treaty, we can still walk away from that treaty. Damaging to us, yes, but not disastrous.


    And they are right to panic, because this time, Boris will likely win a leadership contest if Farage does well in the European elections next week.

    Doris Day, Hollywood actress and singer, dies aged 97

    Hollywood legend Doris Day, whose films made her one of the biggest stars of all time, has died aged 97.

    The singer turned actress starred in films such as Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk and had a hit in 1956 with Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).

    Her screen partnership with Rock Hudson is one of the best-known in the history of romantic movies.

    Just thought I'd post the official news link from the 13th May. Lesser mortals have got that in this thread, so she deserves it too.

    I think your conclusion completely eclipses my half-flippant morbidity in #7


    Your dystopian prediction is to be taken seriously. I meant it when I said you can't ban stupidity. Nor can you ban mental illness. But you can ban or do something about lousy education and lousy parenting. It's a long haul to get people to develop a natural immunity against stupidity and self-ruination.


    believe one cannot ban a bad want, indeed, I think that to try and do so can have the opposite effect. Instead one has to teach or condition people, win hearts & minds if you like, to no longer want that want. At which point Hunger Games, the Jeremy Kyle Show and suchlike will be re-perceived as deliberate even horrific fantasy , the very opposite of aspirational or desirable. Influential people one can trust and admire, ie not politicians, need to shame and insult participants of such shows, pour scorn on them but avoid any hint of social snobbery or moral disapproval.

    As you said in post 7, there are lots of people who watch this show too, over a million, so that is a lot of people that need educating and sent to parenting classes.

    I always thought it was about who was cheating on whom and how many people they were doing it with.


    You would've loved my old scum neighbours and the new ones aren't much better either, innit.:P

    The main arrear of concern in this case seems to be the accuracy of lie detector tests, apparently one was carried out and despite the fact at best they are only 90% accurate, there are other trains of thought that suggest lie detectors are only 70% accurate, Kyle always insists that the person is lying if the test says they are, I dont know how many tests the show has carried out but surely allowances have to be made for the fact the result could be wrong on between 10 to 30% of the occasions, do they make allowances for someone's mental state or whether or not the person could be under the influence of drugs etc, even some over the counter drugs can have effects such drowsiness etc which may influence the test results also.

    I think it's obvious no allowances are made, quite the opposite. Staff who used to work on the show have said that the guests were wound up before they went in front the cameras.


    As I said, a gladiatorial arena.

    One of my old neighbours (one I liked, as opposed to the scum) had a fear of spiders too, so much so that she would barely go out in the garden. I think if she had ever seen a tarantula, that would probably have killed her.


    When I was out in my garden earlier, because I was digging various things up, including oak trees, I cut my leg a bit. The worrying thing was, for about a second, a false widow spider dropped on my leg and I quickly got rid of it. I didn't fancy getting bitten in exactly the wrong place!=O^^

    Keep the cats and foxes away from them Heero, if you can. You're lucky having them in your garden.


    Continued taking out some of the oak trees this morning. Left a right mess now that needs to be cleaned up.


    Desperate for more plants, so may take a trip to Tescos tomorrow to buy some packs of bedding plants if they have any and may go to a garden centre as well, if I can be taken. B&N Garden centre is near Chelmsford and in my opinion is probably the best garden centre in the East of England, far better than my "local" garden centre, Summerhill, which has far more limited choice and is expensive.

    What the pilots need to know and what the American Airlines pilots complained to Boeing last year about, is that when they turn off auto-pilot, they are in full control of the aircraft. But Boeing installing a automatic stabilisation system called MCAS. The pilots didn't even know such a system was installed on the planes until after the first crash.


    Boeing are in fierce competition with Airbus and essentially "won" the last round as airlines preferred the leaner, faster Dreamliner to Airbus' gigantic A380.


    Ignoring pilots concerns is a major red flag for concern, so I can only conclude they are putting profit above all else.

    In effect Theresa May is able to hold the Tory Party to random.

    That has been the case, but it looks like her reign is over:


    Theresa May agrees to set timetable to choose successor

    Theresa May has promised to set a timetable for the election of her successor after the next Brexit vote in the first week of June.

    The agreement follows a meeting between the prime minister and senior Tory MPs who are demanding a date for her departure from Downing Street.

    If she loses the vote on her Brexit plan, already rejected three times, sources told the BBC she would resign.

    Yeah!:):):) Although, I shouldn't celebrate yet, as she hasn't gone yet.


    What an aboslute mess she has made over Brexit and even if someone like Boris took over, I think the Conservatives have used up their nine lives with the electorate.