Monthly Archives July 2007

Sir Michael Cained

Following an evening in the company of hedonist Sir Elton John, Sir Michael Caine has compiled an album of his favourite chill-out tracks on a new album entitled ‘Cained.’ http://uk.news.launch.yahoo.com/dyna/article.html?a=/31072007/397/sir-michael-chills-0.html&e=l_news_dm You can just picture the scene, Sir Michael and Sir Elton having just enjoyed a gourmet feast with some fine wine or perhaps champagne are sitting around in Elton’s plush and luxurious home, savouring some old liquor and maybe making a more ‘rock n roll’ evening of things in the way only A list celebrities know how… Slightly tipsy and a little bit wayward:- Sir Michael says, “So Elton, what’s
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Problems Switching Electricity Provider

About 3 months ago I was called by British Gas and having a few minutes of free time I listened to what was said. Everything made sense and I could see a definite saving so I agreed to switch from Southern Electric to British Gas. I did what was asked of me, signed what I needed to and left things in the capable hands of a giant national power supply company. The other day, I received my quarterly bill from Southern Electric… Needless to say I was a bit confused. Before calling Southern Electric and questioning them, as to why they
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Secured Loan Arrangement Fees

Have you been shopping around for a secured loan and been quoted what you think is an unnecessarily high fee for arranging the loan? The secured loan market has grown in recent years and as a result there are a lot of companies now providing loans or brokering loans. As with any industry with a lot of activity there are likely to be a few companies charging excessive fees but in some cases the fees are understandable and can be broken down. Secured loans are subject to arrangement fees much like mortgages. A valuation must be made of the property
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Bank of England Base Rate – Interest – ed?

In changing times when the interest rate is rising and is said to continue doing so, it pays to know where you stand. Keeping an eye on the Bank of England base rate can give you some idea of trends and so can keeping updated on inflation and inflation reports. So where can you go to keep updated? The answer is quite simple really. http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/ It’s all there where you would expect it to be. Spewing forth from the proverbial horse’s mouth! You can even subscribe to email alerts for the facts as and when they happen. If you currently have savings in
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Link Exchangers Beware of Sneak Attacks

In the world of online marketing many website owners ‘exchange links’. This simply means placing a link on one website in exchange for a link from another website. Links from other websites are thought of by search engines as ‘votes’ and can help in moving a website higher up the order of natural search engine results. It is quite common if you are the owner of a popular website to receive a large number of ‘link exchange’ requests by email on a daily basis. In order to decide if a website is worth linking with it is quite common to
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Dell, You’re Having a Laugh!

I started experiencing a few problems with my trusty laptop lately and thought I better look into a back-up or replacement. In the DELL catalogue I found an amazing deal. A Dimension C521. Not the latest or highest spec machine around but: Dual core processor 3600+ 1GB RAM 250GB Hard Drive DVD RW 13-in-1 card reader Genuine Windows Vista 1yr collect and return. And…. A 19″ flat panel monitor. All for just £199 (plus VAT and delivery). The catalogue also offered a further reduction to just £179 if ordered before 11/07/2007. Unfortunately I missed out on the £179 deal by
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Page 1 of the Yellow Pages Loan Section, For FREE!

Thanks to the way my local yellow pages organises the adverts on the first page of the loans section they have space to feature the first few standard text listings and I made the No.1 spot! If you look at the loan section of any yellow pages you will see ALL of the boxed or larger adverts contain a string of ‘A’s. If you see a Firstplus advert covering half the page, right at the bottom of the ad, sure enough you will see ‘AAAAAA FIRSTPLUS FINANCE’. I was told in the past by Yellow Pages how this makes the order
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Paid! Finally!

I haven’t written about this until now because I ran the risk of venting on page but I have finally received a long overdue commission cheque. Naturally the first thing I did was jump on my bike and cycle to the bank! (It’s just up the road..) The cheque comes from one of the price comparison sites that advertises on TV. The one that advertises it’s comparison service with a ‘surprise’ gospel choir… Apparently they’ve have not only been replacing their computer systems but they have also only recently replaced their long-term Accounts Payable temp with a permanent member of
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Eat Well, Eat Cheap.

Looking around at various other personal finance blogs I’ve seen many entries about food which is, although sometimes taken for granted, something that we all spend a lot of money on during our lives. Food is also not only fundamental for survival but it is also responsible for the way we feel. A good healthy balanced diet is not only good for the body but also for the mind. As TV documentaries have shown, junk food can lead to depression, illness and weight problems. The most prominent campaign to encourage healthy eating at the moment is the ‘5 a day’ campaign because
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