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i must remember not to believe anything tomorrow

31 Mar

london 5.51pm 12.8C sunny thursday 2016

today is the last day of march, and tomorrow is april fools day.

allready some wit is saying because of the leap year, april fools day this year will fall on  the 2nd of april. so expect more of that kind of thing tomorrow.

i shall be reading the news with a great deal of scepticism tomorrow. too bad if it is legit, but my advise to anyone is not to believe or  agree to anything tomorrow. and if u are going to ask anything of anyone dont do it tomorrow. dont have any advertisement u are thinking of doing let it appear tomorrow. otherwise u wont get any replies as everyone will be very wary of it being an april fools trick. 

personally i dislike april fool tricks. to me they are hoaxes and i dislike hoaxes, wherever they are done. i find attempts at generating laughter by using hoaxes are the lowest of the low form of humour.

what is not an april fool trick is that tomorrow all over 25s will get increased pay, as the new minimum rate kicks in. its good news for them, though they might find other benefits are removed , like higher rate for weekends and nights.

to understand why it applies only to over 25s read this.

cleaning jobs

12 Mar

london 8.35am fog (white fog and not the can’t- see- the- hand type) saturday 2016

perhaps fog is quite common around this time of year, but it is still unusual for it to be commented on.this fog is the first time it appears this year.   i forgot that there is fog last year around this time too…i searched my blog and found that fog happened in nov 2015. (and no mention of fog any time else. has there been no foggy days at all before nov 2015 in london?) and today just reminded me of those days. i remember saying it gives a nice ghostly feel to the place.

this morning a article in vice, showed me topshop cleaners are demonstrating. they want the living wage £9.50 an hour, instead of the minimum wage £7.50 an hour (only if they are over 25yrs old)which they will be getting in april. at present they are getting about £6.70 an hour.

as usual demonstrating against top shop is pointless when it is their contracting company that they should be dealing with. the cleaning is subcontracted. and of course the company will go bankrupt if it gives them the living wage when all the other cleaning companies dont. and then they will all be out of a job. it is only osbourne bringing in the increased minimum wage in his budget that forces everyone to up their rates. it is a good thing, i think. though i bet it will mean the companies will be hiring more under 25s, and sacking them when they reach 25yrs old. so the 25s have better up their skills quick to show they are still worth retaining. 

allready businesses are saying there will be job loses when the new minimum wage is implemented in april. though i have a feeling cleaners will always be in demand. 

changes to minimum hourly rate

1 Oct


From today, the uk national minimum wage will rise to £6.50 an hour for people age 21 yrs or older (up 19p). £5.13 for 18-20yrs old (up 10p). £3.79 for under 18 (up 7p); and to £2.75 for apprentices who are in the first year or aged 16-18. linkto telegraph article

the tax disc for cars will be abolished from today. it had been around since 1921 and will put an end to people handing over the unexpired tax discs to new owners when they sell their car. the police will rely on camera reading the license plates and catching those who dont pay their road tax. there is a 25% risk of the cameras misreading the number.

the mayor of london boris johnson recently urged firms to hire more apprentices. but looking at the rates they pay I dont think it is worth it for  over 18yr olds. i guess it is aimed at 16-17yrs old.

Digital StillCamera

a huge amount of grapes which morrisons was selling off cheap. 2kg for 1.79. i had alleady eaten a load of them before i remembered to take this pic.

there are cherry trees growing by the road side in this housing estate nearby and the doves are at it, picking off the ripe fruits.

the cherries are very small, so suit their small beaks.

in past autumns the birds did not find them, or there are fewer of them and so the fruits fall off the trees and get splattered on the ground. but this year, the birds are having a feast and with my grapes so am i.

different jobs payments

11 Apr


I have been chatting to my friends from the usa, and he was saying that businesses have to contribute for your health insurance if they hire anyone who works over 30hrs a week.

so that is why many jobs in usa are parttime, to get round this requirement that lays costs on businesses who hire anyone working more than those hours.

And because working less than 30hrs means people earn less, many have to work more than one job. that explains why so many americans work in more than one job. and why so many dont have health insurance. 

but this is interesting,did u know that  when they get to 65yrs old they get free medicare. not many know that. my friend is 65yrs and he told me he was so relieved when he turned 65yrs without  getting a serious illness before than, or he would be made bankrupt.

but now he is over 65yrs old, medicare means he is safe from being bankrupt if he gets ill.

now i know why there was that theroux program i saw recently about people being kept alive and going through great lengths to prolong their lives even though they are in coma or in long term no hope illness. And there were whole hospitals and doctors there to help them keep alive even though their prognosis is hopeless.

at that time,when i was seeing the program;  i was thinking how come these people can afford that … now i know. medicare pays for it. that medicare bill must be enormous and it will fall on the taxpayer.

isn’t it a paradox! when u are below 65yrs old, u want to die quick if u get a serious illness, after 65yrs old u want to prolong your life even though the chances of getting well is hopeless and the doctors will want to keep u alive for as long as possible. this is in america the great big land of freedom and democracy. i am glad i live in the uk, with our national health. 

we were looking at a tv program on london live, a new tv channel, and they were showing a bunch of workers in the ritz cinema in brixton demonstrating for a living wage. the minimum wage in uk is £6.80, the workers were paid £7.70 and want £8.50 an hour. the ritzy is a small cinema in brixton, which is not really a rich area.

and not like one of the big guns cinema chains in leicester square charging £12 for a film. so it makes me wonder how the workers can justify asking for such high wages. they are actually paid more than the basic wage and they still want more. it makes me realise why businesses dont like to give workers more than the minimum wage if they can help it because it seems u start giving them more, the workers start getting ideas and want still more. 

now i ask myself do the workers in the vue, or anyof those cinema chains in leicester square make more than the basic wage or not. and if so do they want to strike for a living wage?

or do they get overtime and that bungs up their salary and so no need to fight for living wage.

perhaps  they are all  hired full time, seeing that in uk no businesses deliberately hiring parttimers only; because businesses dont have to contribute to  the  national insurance of their workers. it is related to pensions though, businesses will have to contribute an extra % to their full time workers’ pension pots. some businesses may only want to hire on a short term contract, so that they dont have to contribute to the pensions. you can see how govt rules can influence how businesses hire people. or they might want to hire self employed workers. that way they are not responsible for the pensions of those workers. sigh, there are all these bits and bobs that influence who and why and how workers are hired.