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Eh? Fuck me, this is all too confusing. So we hand out rail franchises, because apparently everything is run far better in the private sector. Then we're told that East Coast, an "arms length" government-owned company, called in to take over after National Express decided to ditch their obligations, is making a fortune and returning loads of money to the exchequer. According to this, the only company actually returning any net benefit is South-West Trains, part of the (private) Stagecoach group. 

Let's cut out the bullshit and be a bit more transparent about the whole operation. 
Figures released by Office for Rail Regulation put plans to reprivatise east coast rail line under fresh scrutiny
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Out of court settlement? 

If he hadn't been a hedge fund manager, he'd have been taken to court like any other pleb. Rules for some...
Commuter exploited Oyster card loophole, paying £7.20 to commute between East Sussex and London Bridge for five years
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I just have to share this. 

via +Peter Michie 
 
Words can't describe how proud we are of this film. We hope you enjoy it - it took 7 months to make, and thousands of hours.
Share +The Kelpies® construction with us, and make sure you watch on the best screen you have, in HD please :)
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Our attention is being drawn instead to the announcement from the employment minister Esther McVey that new claimants will need to have a working email address, have registered with the government's jobseeking website and have prepared a CV before they submit a claim for benefits.

The last time I signed on, I was having a bit of a crisis. I'd been signed off with depression by my doctor, but ATOS told me I was fit for work. There was nothing more I wanted than to get back on the horse and get a job, but I had a somewhat chequered employment history. I'm not incapable of putting together a CV; I just lost a bit of confidence because my CV had many gaps. I told the JobCentre staff about these concerns and they sent me to LifeSkills to get this sorted out. Two weeks later, I got pulled in because I didn't have an up-to-date CV and my JSA was stopped because I wasn't taking reasonable steps to improve my employment prospects! 

The Blair government's mantra was "a hand up" rather than a "hand out". I agreed with that, to an extent. That's all gone. They don't give a shit about your circumstances. They don't care if you've got a disability. They don't care if you've actually worked your whole fucking life and paid in to the system that you were led to believe would look after you if you fell on hard times. 

Sometimes life deals you a hard blow, and how you deal with it depends on how good your support network is. If you've got good links with family and friends, you can ride the storm. Some folk aren't so lucky. 
Ally Fogg: Ideological convictions about why people are unemployed have created a bureaucratic nightmare that manufactures injustice and mistakes
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Bentley isn’t disclosing how much power the electric motor puts out or the size of the (assumed) lithium-ion battery pack. But considering the V8 outputs 505 horsepower, some back of the napkin math puts total power at 631 hp, with the electric motor juicing things up by 126 hp.

Forget the rest of the figures - how many MPG? 
Bentley is showing off its Mulsanne Hybrid concept, the automaker's first foray into the world of electric propulsion.
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I wonder if North Korean officials paid a similar visit to the creators of Team America. 
In recent months it has been reported that Kim Jong-un’s grip over the North Korean people extends to every aspect of day-to-day life – even the way they are allowed to wear their hair.
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Yeah, me too. Can't wait to walk into my local barber's and ask for the Kim Jong-un. 
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Mornin' Afternoon, all. I would like to announce that I actually have a Day Off today.

My hangover is slowly subsiding, breakfast has been consumed and I'm about to grab quick shower before heading back to the pub to see the Dons on their way to the Scottish Cup final. 
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Ah, well. Shit happens. I get pissed either way. :) 
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Seriously, +BT UK - what the fuck are you playing at? My internet just went off. I rebooted every device possible, then called you. I get through to a nice lady who goes through the usual script and I reluctantly answer the troubleshooting questions, only to be told that there was an outage in my area.  

Bollocks! If I'd been asked my postcode in the first instance, she could have checked the noticeboard (I assume you must have one) and relayed the info that there was an outage/upgrade/fuckup at the exchange, as there clearly was. You, like every other moronic ISP, assume that the issue always begins at home. How much time do your advisers (and customers) spend trying to troubleshoot a connectivity issue when actually there's planned maintenance happening. 

I've got a suggestion for you, and it might seem like a completely novel idea - how about emailing your customers before planned maintenance takes place? "Dear Mr/Miss/Ms/Mrs XXXX, we're really sorry, but your internet connection will be interrupted for XX amount of time between the hours of xx.xx and yy.yy. This is due to essential network maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience." It's not fucking rocket science. 

It's not good enough to assume that no-one is awake between the hours of midnight and 8am. Some of us have different sleeping patterns. While it may not suit me to have my internet switched off in the middle of the night, I do appreciate that doing shit in the wee small hours impacts fewer customers than if you chose to do it at tea-time. It's about communication. Didn't you once have "It's Good to Talk" as one of your straplines? 

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The problem is that the front-line staff don't know. I work for a competitor, and any accounts that are affected by a network outage are immediately flagged. I'm unable to provide detailed information, but most customers are content to find out that it's not just them that are affected. 

Funnily enough, after I posted this, I got a text advising of a Major Service Outage, when in fact it was quite minor. Everything seems ok now, so it was a minor glitch in the grand scheme. I just prefer to hear the truth either way.
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Last time I listened to Leftism I was stoned on a couch somewhere. Good to hear this again :) 
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I maintain that rail services in the UK should never have been privatised in the first place, but if we are to have our trains run by private companies, shouldn't "open access" be the way forward, rather than the current shambles we have with franchising? 

The whole reason for privatising anything was supposedly to establish competition in the marketplace so that customers have a choice. With franchising, the customer doesn't have any say whatsoever. 
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