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Date:11 June 2007 I Comments: 6 I Views:13,163

Is it my imagination or does Direct Line seem to have something against price comparison websites? Their recent run of TV advertising openly refutes the reliability of the information available from price comparison websites and encourages consumers to go directly to them. Obviously no names are mentioned but there are only a few well known comparison sites and the phrase ‘price comparison site’ which is used in the advertising, matches the slogan of moneysupermarket.com who call themselves ‘the price comparison site’. So why have they done it? Have they fallen out with one or more of the price comparison websites? The advert

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Date:4 June 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:3,474

It’s started again. The ‘car crash’ reality tv show that is Big Brother. It’s everywhere.  E4 have even replaced the much loved series Scrubs entirely with the show (a bleak day for television indeed….). Me, I don’t like Big Brother. I think it’s just a fantastic money spinner and the developers of the show deserve a huge pat on the back for their success. I was originally going to focus this article on how much it might cost to advertise during Big Brother and I did a little research but when I came across some publicised figures regarding the profits

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Date:1 June 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:6,389

On today’s edition of BBC’s Working Lunch a brief story advised consumers not to consider using fake pay-slips to borrow more than they can afford. Pay-slips are often used as proof of earnings by lenders to ensure an applicant can afford to repay credit such as a loan or mortgage. If a pay-slip reveals the applicant cannot afford extra borrowing, the credit may be declined. Some consumers have used fake pay-slips to suggest they are earning more than they actually are in order to qualify for borrowing larger amounts. Who would do such a thing? It’s just nuts! Not only could

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Date:19 May 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:6,535

How to completely undermine the nation’s confidence and respect in parliament with one fowl swoop…. “MPs passed a controversial measure on Friday exempting themselves from a law that gives the public access to official information.” Personally I have no faith, confidence or respect for parliament and I suspect there are millions of Britons that have felt the same way for a long time. So many people just don’t vote because they don’t think it will make any difference to the way the country is run. The general feeling is that government will do whatever it wants despite the feelings or needs of the

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Date:16 May 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:7,465

Liverpool Victoria, a popular financial services provider, has recently rebranded themselves as ‘LV’. Liverpool Victoria was founded in 1843 and is based in Bournemouth on the south coast of England. The company provides a range of financial services such as loans, credit cards, home and car insurance and a range of savings and investment services. I’ve been past their head office a few times (never actually been in the building though) and it is quite an impressive and memorable looking structure. It presents an established and respectable impression and is something of a landmark in Bournemouth. The new ‘LV’ branding puts a cross a more trendy and

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Date:15 May 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:6,840

A recent report by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) claims we only have 5 years before the planet could suffer a climate catastrophe. According to the WWF we have until 2012 to make a difference and it is possible for us as a race to achieve some sort of balance and prevent…. well, what exactly? What will happen in 5 years? Floods? Storms? Intense heats and larger deserts? Dry water reservoirs? Will we go beyond a ‘point of no return’ and spiral into an apocalyptic nightmare? And what exactly can WE do? We are told to recycle but I know for a FACT,

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Date:10 May 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:3,039

I can’t even begin to understand how the parents of missing Madeleine McCann are feeling. My thoughts are with them and I’m following the developments in the news like so many other people throughout the world. The news and developments on the case are being updated on a regular basis and people all around the world are praying and offering support in whatever way they can. People are able to download posters to put up anywhere they can think of that could help police with their enquiries or trigger people’s memories. An email and photograph is also being circulated in an attempt

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Date:8 May 2007 I Comments: 6 I Views:6,187

On 1st July England will become ‘smokefree’ and it will be illegal to smoke in virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces. People caught smoking in these places will be subjected to a £50 fine (or £200 if taken to court). Employers failing to display ‘No Smoking’ signs on their premises could also face fines up to £1000 and £2500 if they fail to enforce the policy. England is going smoke free to protect people from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and it’s about time. Visit http://www.smokefreeengland.co.uk/ for detailed facts and figures. Or http://www.gosmokefree.co.uk/ for help on quitting. Not only will

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Date:8 May 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:2,487

I give a little every month to charity but there are so many good causes I still sometimes feel guilty that I’m not giving or doing more. It’s possible to help the WWF (World Wildlife Fund – NOT World Wrestling Federation!) by giving just a few moments of your time now and again. I’ve registered on their website www.panda.org and now they send me occasional emails asking me to click a few buttons and send a petition email to the most appropriate recipient depending on the cause. I’ve been registered for a few months now and have already played my small part

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Date:2 May 2007 I Comments: 0 I Views:2,744

About a week ago I decided I’d really like to go and see The Kings of Leon in concert. There’s something about their sound that really appeals to me and they’re the first band in a long time that I’ve wanted to see live. I’ve been to plenty of gigs and a few festivals in the past but nothing for a few years. I did a quick search online for any sign of a tour and discovered they are due to perform in Bournemouth (just 1/2 an hour away..) at the BIC (Bournemouth International Centre) on July 4th (4th day

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