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The English summer of 2013

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We had a cold spring this year, which added to our heating bills, but summer is more like summer now. In the heart of England, this now seems quite unusual. While I’m enjoying the better weather, I am worried about the water pressure. I think they’ve probably reduced it so people will use less water. My shower won’t work! There’s always a catch… We also have a Tory government… (more…)


Mid-week moan | Times are a changing

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Do you remember hand carts? People used to sell flowers from hand carts years ago. They often grew the flowers in their gardens and they made a living out of selling them.

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Finance Friday | devaluing people

A few years ago, the refuse collection service where I live was put out to tender. One of those big ‘outsourcing’ companies won the 300 million pound contract. They now collect refuse, a wheelie bin for recycling, a bin for garden waste in summer, a bin for a kitchen waste and a bin that is supposed to be kept in the kitchen for waste too. The staff got a pay cut when it was all reorganised and that wasn’t the only council service to be outsourced.

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