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Sun 17-Apr-11
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JoannaS
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Oh we had those too, the BBC are absolutely convinced that everyone must have a TV set somewhereroll_eyes

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Did they stop doing it after your MP got involved?

I'll try that again!

Sun 17-Apr-11
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The letters stopped but the visits didn'tcheers and funnily enough it tended to be when some big event was on like FA Cup or something like that, can't think whywhistle

Mon 18-Apr-11
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As the TV licence people said when visiting a friend without a tv " WHY don't you have a tv?"

Didn't seem to occur to them that not everyone wants to own one!

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Mon 18-Apr-11
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Some time ago they used to run adverts on the local buses saying 'two people in So and So street don't have a TV licence'  and once it was my road and I was one of those people but I really didn't have a TV and anyway it's not obligatory to own one is it?  Makes me so mad.

I'll try that again!

Mon 18-Apr-11
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We own one, and pay the licence, but almost never actually watch anything live on TV.  We download the occasional programme from the iPlayer, and use the BBC website a lot, so I guess that's what we're getting for our money.  

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Mon 18-Apr-11
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yes i once worked for 6 months as a TV Licensing officer , never ever again !!! our bosses were the most hidebound dickheads on the planet it was beyond there understanding that life without a TV was possible if you said you didnt have one it was straight to court because you must be a liar , i finally packed it when they decided to have a big push on mobile homes and caravans during the world cup

Mon 18-Apr-11
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Michelle from Oregon
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You need......a....LICENCE....for your.....TV?

eeek

wow.

I thought you guys were winding me up, so I checked.

eeek

wow.

just wow.

So that's ON TOP OF whatever you pay for cable or satelight tv charges?

That would be enough to get me to throw out my tv....roll_eyes

If you can't be a shining example, be a terrible warning!

Mon 18-Apr-11
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So I did ......

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Mon 18-Apr-11
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But, Michelle, speaking to my niece today (who lives in Florida), she told me that if you find yourself lucky enough to win some money on the lottery in America, you have to pay tax on it - is that right across America?

We don't here in the UK.........

Swings and roundabouts; pay some here, pay some there; I suppose steam

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Tue 19-Apr-11
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I reacted with the same incredulity about the American healthcare system Michelle. I was open mouthed when one friend stated that people were really quite happy to pay twice as much as most of Europe just so someone who doesn't deserve health care won't get it. what_the_heck Traditionally the licence fee did mean that the BBC could then fund high quality, educational and informative TV - well traditionally that was the caseroll_eyes

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We switched to digital last April. The digi box I got then works fine. But, I only get a few channels. I can see the relay station from where I am sitting. Because it is a relay station most companies don't bother to pay the extra that they are charged to broadcast to such a "small" audience. So I have no choice, they can get away with it and with pretending that everyone gets better reception and more channels. (Well, we only had 4 before the switch over, so it is more, but not lots and lots.) I refuse to get freesat--why should I pay for a satelite dish to get TV stations who think I am not worth broadcasting to! monster

I am really fuming at the thought of the switch over to digital radio only, as I can get about 7 digital radio stations.

Tue 19-Apr-11
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Michelle from Oregon
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brightspark said:

But, Michelle, speaking to my niece today (who lives in Florida), she told me that if you find yourself lucky enough to win some money on the lottery in America, you have to pay tax on it - is that right across America?

We don't here in the UK.........

Swings and roundabouts; pay some here, pay some there; I suppose steam

 

Yep, but there are ways around it, if you have some fore thought. confused

The best way is to create a trust and have the trust cash in the ticket. Probably for the best in the long run, more legal protection for that much money.

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Tue 19-Apr-11
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JoannaS said:

I reacted with the same incredulity about the American healthcare system Michelle. I was open mouthed when one friend stated that people were really quite happy to pay twice as much as most of Europe just so someone who doesn't deserve health care won't get it. what_the_heck Traditionally the licence fee did mean that the BBC could then fund high quality, educational and informative TV - well traditionally that was the caseroll_eyes

Hmmm, I'm curious.

Who doesn't deserve health care? confused

But let's not get started about health care, we'll be here till doomsday....roll_eyes

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Wed 20-Apr-11
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Apparently illegal immigrants who will sponge off the state, but I agree we won't go there.roll_eyes

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