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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Beady Eye - Bring The Light

Beady Eye - Bring The Light from verstaerker on Vimeo.


Beady Eye is new British pop group, the founder of hte group is one of the founders of Oasis, Liam Gallagher.


There will be The Hangover 2!

Great news for those who loved The Hangover 1! Its was amaizing great and funny movie:)


Release date 27 May 2011 (UK)


Thursday, 25 November 2010

Finance and Management Graduate : Looking for a job..

 You always get from your parents the following sentence  " Go study and you will have a bright future"! Yah, even I say that often to all my friends and family. Now I am in the situation that I cant explain, I have been studying at school and the university, have pretty good marks but no job.. How come? May be its the fact that I just graduated on the wrong time?  It’s pretty hard to find a job in a completely new country and new environment. I have always worked part-time during my studies, as financial administrator at the bank and as junior project manager at the university.  Now, I have applied for many jobs and waiting for the results. On Tuesday I have applied for a graduate position within Phillips in UK and Frankie Haste will decide whether I get the job or not. Dear Frankie if you read this, give me a chance and I will prove you have made a great choice!        

p.s. If you have any suggestions or information that can help me to get a job, please let me know! 

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The price of being single



Living alone costs singletons an extra £250,000 over a lifetime compared to couples, it is claimed. So what is the "singles tax", asks Tom de Castella.
The illusion of single life being one long party has been shattered, was the bold claim.
Carrying the full burden of a mortgage, holidays and bills all adds up and single people spend more than £250,000 over the course of their life because they are not part of a couple, a new study suggests.
Researchers compared the spending of people living alone with couples, says price comparison website uSwitch, who commissioned the study. According to the findings single people are paying a hefty penalty for going it alone - hence the non-stop party illusion being shattered. But is it really true?
"Being single costs a lot and you're bloody miserable - that's what singles themselves say," says Ann Robinson from uSwitch. "Only 20% believe they've got the better deal than couples."
The biggest aspect of the "singles tax" is housing, with people who live alone having to pay an average of £7,080 a year on mortgage or rent compared with £3,804 for someone living with a partner. Then there are household bills and council tax. And while lone residents can claim a rebate on council tax, it is only 25% rather than the 50% it should be to equal what a couple pays.
Expensive single hotel rooms and the lack of opportunity for bulk buying at the supermarket are additional penalties.
The findings were given added impetus by the projection that the number of single-person households could reach 9.5 million over the next decade.
"If you live alone the chances are you're not going to go on holiday so much - 43% of people who live alone don't go on holiday," say Ms Robinson. "You're having to spend on necessities rather than having fun. £5,000 is a lot of money to lose a year - you could definitely have a great holiday for that."
But Stuart Adam, senior research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), doubts whether the situation is as clearcut as the study presents.
"The quarter of a million figure depends first on whether you believe their £5,000 a year finding and I'd need quite a lot of convincing that they'd got their methodology right. Then to get from £5,000 a year to a quarter of a million over your lifetime they've based it on 53 years alone from 22 to 75. But nowadays people change their status all the time, going into couples and splitting up."
Buying power
It's even possible that the research is skewed because the type of person who becomes part of a couple is different from someone who stays single, he says.
And crucially it ignores the impact of benefits and tax credits, which usually favour single people, he says. Recent research by the IFS has quantified that single people claiming benefits are on average £45 a week - or £2,340 a year - better off than those in a couple. So, for those at the bottom of the income league there may be a benefit to being single, although this must be balanced against savings that couples make from economies of scale, he says.
"There are clearly financial benefits to being in a couple, the biggest thing is housing costs," says Mr Adams. "But that's not to say you're better off. We did research on the effect of tax credits and benefits and the bottom line is that it penalises couples. The Conservatives talked in their manifesto about reducing the couple penalty, but they haven't tried to bring it in yet."
Martin Lewis, founder of the website Moneysavingexpert.com, is cautious about the uSwitch figures, but accepts the basic premise that couples have a clear advantage when it comes to buying power.
"There's no doubt that single people end up paying more to live than a couple because of economies of scale. But these economies of scale can vary a lot, it all depends on how intelligent a consumer you are."
The art of being a clever consumer is more or less the same for singletons as anyone else, he says. Dropping down a brand, making a shopping list, menu planning are all ways of cutting supermarket bills. But it's harder for singles when it comes to going on holiday.
"For most hotels you pay by the room," he says. "And even if you find a single room - and they're few and far between - you'll still pay more."
But there are ways around this like going with a travel company who cater for singles by trying to fix you up with someone else. And single travellers are more likely to pick up cheap flights if availability is tight - and they also have a greater chance of being upgraded.
'Stinking rich'
But in the main the odds are stacked against singletons, Mr Lewis warns: "Most companies predicate their prices to the norm and more people are going away in pairs and families than as singles. Is it fair that they have to pay more? It won't feel fair to single people, but it's rational."
Hannah Betts, who writes the column Things You Only Know If You're Single in The Times, accepts that it is "bloody expensive" living alone. Some of her sources complain that going on holiday with couples can be impossibly expensive.
And then there's the question of one's living arrangements. She recalls how a single friend suddenly realised why her flat was such a "student hellhole" compared to the homes of couples.
"She'd stumbled across that time-honoured formula one plus one equals two Visa cards with which to hit John Lewis," she says. "Whereas one plus nada equals squat - specifically, the one you're living in. So there's a reason why couples' homes look so grown up and elegant."
And Ms Betts, 39, dismisses Ms Robinson's point that single people can't afford to have fun.
"The one thing they do is have fun. I go out every night whereas some of my married friends never do. Then there's the SWOFTIES - single women over fifty - who like clubbing, twitter and exotic holidays. They don't have pensions but they're having a fabulous time.
"Part of being single is having this carpe diem lifestyle - when you're single one's social life is one's life."
If there's one positive thing that comes out of the study it's debunking the myth that single people are rolling in money, she says.
"It's a reprimand to those couples who say that by dint of not having children you're stinking rich. And that is a huge area of resentment between breeders and lone rangers."
But in the end the materialists are missing the point, she argues.
"It is expensive,but for me it's more 'what price freedom?' The people I know are single out of choice."






Thursday, 18 November 2010

The Trafford Centre in Manchester

picture source: wikipedia

There are very nice shopping centre's in UK. Most recently I have visited Trafford Shopping Centre in Manchester. I can truly recommend to visit this shopping centre, not only will you find  more than 230 stores and services but you also get the lovely  architecture. Its a pleasure to shop in such a shopping centre. My favourite stores in this shopping centre are : Guess, French Connection,Mango, Zara, La Senza, DKNY Jeans, Coast and more..

Here is Trafford Centre Guide , for more information go to: http://www.traffordcentre.co.uk

Friday, 12 November 2010

Found Vase Sets $83 Million China Art Record in Auction Battle

43 million pounds worth vase.

The vase had been discovered during a routine house clearance in the suburb of Pinner in London. Rather than being offered at the central salerooms of Christie’s International or Sotheby’s, it was sold by Bainbridges, a west London auction house, with an estimate of 800,000 pounds to 1.2 million pounds. It made 40 times as much, at a hammer price of 43 million pounds. After a Bloomberg preview report, dealers traveled to the provincial sale from Asia. Others were in town for Asian Art in London’s schedule of gallery exhibitions, shows and lectures.

“Everyone was excited about this vase,” David Baker, one of the 37 dealers exhibiting at Asian Art in London, said in an interview. “It’s an exceptional Imperial piece in perfect condition with the most amazing reticulated decoration. It’s exactly what Chinese buyers want at the moment.”

Source: Bloomberg

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Bargains

Just saw clothes on "This morning" show, its amaizing what kind of clothes primark sales. I have never been fan of bargains, but the blouse ( £8) and the bag (£12) look amaizing. Perhaps I should visit Primark one day, although I like stores were its more organized,clean and with few people in it.