8 posts • joined 6 Dec 2010
Re: So smart and yet so stupid.
It's been done - same with Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in betting shops. Feed the machine with £5k of banknotes then print a withdrawal receipt, take it to the counter and collect some nice new banknotes. Betting shop managers have actually got very good at spotting this, and the bookmakers themselves have a legal duty to look for it and report it under the Gambling Act 2006.
Re: So smart and yet so stupid.
Maybe.... maybe not. The gambling of the money may well have been an attempt to launder it, especially if they gambling it particularly smartly (covering 98% of outcomes on a roulette table for example). I used to work in the gambling industry and you'd be amazed how many people try to push a lot of banknotes through betting firms to clean it up.
Lazy journalism. Choice is ingrained in the system now.
It is very unfair to say that there isn't much choice in the NHS - since 2006 every English NHS patient has had the choice to have any elective procedure undertaken at any NHS hospital in England which provides that service. I can't think of many other industries where so much choice is actually available.
Democratic House of Lords?
This must have been inserted as a joke. Or it was written by an American.
Every democracy loving Brit knows full well that the House of Lords is completely *unelected*.
The measures to form the Supreme Court were also taken many years before the end of the Labour administration.
At Woking I really couldn't fault the frequency of the trains, from 0650 they are almost every 5 minutes until the end of peak. Unfortunately, they are all 95% full before they get to us.
Yes its bad - but better than standing
I get the (packed) 0705 from Woking to Waterloo every day which is a "blue" SWT service described in this article. In a typical week, I will get a seat 3 mornings out of 5 and it is always in the blocks of 3. The middle seats are left empty by commuters who don't want to hold hands all the way to London.
The reality is, however, that despite how uncomfortable it may be to squeeze six people in this confined space it still beats the hell out of standing. I don't think its quite as bad as the MP suggests but she is right about working; reading a newspaper is nigh on impossible in this configuration, let alone doing some work.
I typically return home on a "white" SWT (the lower capacity train mentioned in this article) which is incredibly comfortable IF you can get a seat. Unfortunately, by the time this train leaves Waterloo its 12 carriages are completely full. Short of lengthening platforms and creating even longer trains, I really don't see a better solution than stripping out the tables and using the 3+2 configuration.
Blanket ban? I don't think so!
Rio Ferdinand never stops Tweeting his inane nonsense.
Because it isn't a bookies!
As per the discussion last week on matched betting, a lack of understanding on what Betfair is or how exchange betting works.
Betfair is not a bookmakers and they have no interest in whether you win or lose. It is merely an exchange platform for you to trade bets with other users. They take a small commission from your winnings (whether you win or not it doesn't matter, as if you lose someone else wins in this zero sum game) Its a fascinating technology platform and doesn't get the respect it deserves. This is almost certainly because Joe Public thinks it just another bookies - when it's anything but.
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