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  1. I still wish I'd eaten there I did once go to Triplets and had a good meal there - huge, but good. I remember the chopped liver as being among the best I've ever had anywhere. I went there with a friend whose son, a wannabe singer/actor, was a member of the waitstaff. They performed at intervals through the evening. It turned out that he was very good, and in fact 10 years later he was appearing in Broadway musicals.
  2. (reconsidered) I'll bet that was a good decision ... but I wish I'd read it first ...
  3. No on all counts. The Dow is today at its lowest level for 12 years. This means that (allowing for inflation) it is has effectively lost 30% or more. Home prices have traditionally risen steadily by 4% per year (pretty consistently for most of the 20th century), so prices today "should" be 60% higher than 1997. In fact in the USA they are 40% above 1997. If you take prices as a multiple of earnings, the effective drop is greater. US unemployment today is 7.5% as against 4.9% in 1997, an increase in 50% And to achieve all of those failures in the economy, as Rich has pointed
  4. I don't see tnhat the Internet bubble was significant. At worst, that just cost a bunch of starry-eyed people with more money than understanding to lose a chunk of cash. It didn't remotely affect the national or world economy. If all the "ifs" you mention above had happened 15 years ago, there would be no recession now. The recession is caused by consumers spending in aggregate more than their country was earning, and that spending was enabled only by the falsified property boom. So no property boom, no over-borrowing and over-spending, no recession.
  5. In the UK, I'd estimate that properties have dropped by 30% since the peak (around September 2007) and they still have 20% to go by the end of this year; so we're very likely headed for half-price, which is probably the one ray of sunshine in the recession/depression we're moving into. There is a little anecdotal evidence that our current mortgage rates of 2-3% are encouraging some very unwise people with short memories to pay close to asking prices for houses. The Bank of England is now on the verge of printing huge sums of money, which will cause sterling devaluation and inflation, foll
  6. The ;point about the follow-on is that Strauss could have given them the hour that evening. He could have bowled Pietersen and Collingwood, leaving Flintoff and Harmison resting in the dressing room. Windies would have been 50-0 overnight, and so what ? That scenario makes no difference at all to the "restedness" of the England bowlers; indeed it's arguable that they would have been better rested. Sending Flintoff in to bat was possibly the most foolish of all Strauss's decisions - how did that improve his fitness to bowl ? Just plain crackers, so that's five bad decisions out of five
  7. What a shame for Andrew Strauss. I had never rated him as a potential England captain. He made four bad decisions out of four. 1. He should have enforced the follow-on. Sure, he had two unfit bowlers, but he had Swann and Broad bowling beautifully (and only the two of them need have bowled), the Windies demoralised, and only an hour to go before stumps. 2. Having decided to bat, sending in Anderson as nightwatchman was ludicrous. His slow scoring rate cost England at least an hour before they might declare, giving Windies one hour less to bat. 3. The main batsmen were sent
  8. I just want you to know that if I happened to be there, I'd definitely come along to throw things at you. But as it is, you'll have to settle for my moral support ... but be sure to duck, in case
  9. It's funny that Batali is "celebrity obsessed". I always avoid the "visiting celeb" restaurants because I know I'm paying for their (comped) meals, and generally I don't recognise them anyway Not long ago as I left a West End restaurant (not known as a celeb spot) my companion remarked to me about the three celebs he'd spotted in there. Two I'd never heard of (they were a soap star and a pop star, apparently) and the third I hadn't recognised. My companion was nevertheless very happy to have seen them, for reasons that I have never understood.
  10. Yes, they really got across the wow-factor. I must make the pilgrimage. Did you manage to share a few words with Chef Blumenthal? Twat. Yeah, quite so Ian.
  11. I loved the game - great piece of entertainment. This is the first football game I've ever seen where (in my view) the coaches were clearly seen to lose it. I felt the game hinged on the turnover at the end of the first half. Whisenhunt took their second time out at 43 seconds when the Cards were a few yards short of a first down, under ten yards from goal, and on their second down. Crazy decision - they could have spiked it or just hurried. Then they got their first down with 18 seconds to go and took their last time out. That was fatal. It was now essential that they pass, becaus
  12. Let's get the pensions/unemployment benefits equivalence out of the way. Unemployment is not certain for an individual, retirement is (apart from untimely death). Unemployment is expected to be of limited duration, retirement is certainly for life. Unemployment is generally something a person wishes to avoid, retirement is the opposite. So unemployment is an insurable risk, and retirement is an investment vehicle. In short, there is absolutely no equivalence between the two. The route to pensions can only be investment, by the state and/or the individual. As life expectancy increases, the
  13. Libel laws are 90% common sense, and basically say that you can't lie about someone in public if that causes them financial damage. Everyone's opinion is valid, until they utter it in public at which point they need to be careful about whether their opinion is based in substantive fact in addition to being valid.
  14. I have to admit that I loved Emmitt Smith almost as much as Walter Payton .... Does that make me a bad person ? I should add that the only reason I hate the Cowboys is that the first Superbowl I attended was 27, which turned out to be a sporting non-event. I wanted to get a refund on my ticket, but to no avail. So the following year I decided to get my refund+ by backing the Bills (on the basis that this had to be their turn...). I've hated the Cowboys ever since.
  15. I get the feeling that Mouthfuls just isn't a football kind of a site. There's probably a Dallas Cowboys fan out there somewhere, which would exactly prove my point, but very little else.
  16. Certainly. Could you please provide directions to that thread ?
  17. Clearly not The season is the 2008 season. That's why what happens from January 1st onwards is called the post-season.
  18. I can't be bothered reading blogs. They're generally worse written and less expert than food reviews in the newspapers, they're mostly written on cheap technical bases which make them awkward to read, and they don't even offer usable facilities to respond or enter into discussion. For most that I've come across, they're used by people as their only opportunity for "celebrity". Sad, really. As to whether they should be able to post on fora such as this one, frankly I don't care. I don't click the links. Nor need anyone else.
  19. Absolutely true. Lemon sole, but no limey sole. That's why we're no good at cricket, probably.
  20. Yeah, but you said "If Ramsay were to cook at the Sportsman", and not "If Ramsay's cooking were to be reflected at the Sportsman" From all the comments I've read, Ramsay's cooking is "reflected" at the Sportsman ... and it's sold at a fraction of the price that Ramsay would be charging if he were doing the cooking himself. That would seem like a good deal to me, and one that would tempt me to Seasalter. On the other hand, without Ramsay in the kitchen nothing would ever tempt me to RHR again, not least because I'm not willing to pay the "Ramsay cooking" prices for "a reflection
  21. If Ramsay were to cook anywhere the guests would die from shock. I doubt that he has been near a stove for many years. And you can be certain that any review of RHR has nothing to do with Ramsay's cooking.
  22. Oh porky, for the last 6 months I've been predicting a major further drop in stocks ... my prediction for the Dow is 6,000
  23. That's a fascinating comparison graph. I hadn't realised how much faster the decline has been than previously. That's probably because of the internet, which transmits information so much more quickly. I am much more pessimistic than most of the experts about what is now going to happen to the blue line. There was an excellent program on UK TV last night (first of a series about the credit crunch) and it brought home to me the reason for my pessimism. This time round, unlike any of the previous crises (even the Great Depression) the financial system is proven to be broken - not just out o
  24. This type of scheme has been around in the UK for very many years. There are plenty of vulture companies which have been formed to do nothing but these policy buyouts, and some insurance companies have responded by setting up divisions to buy back their own policies. There is a simple rule in all this. Anyone who offers to buy out one of these policies is going to make one hell of a lot more money out of the transaction than the policy-holder. This is just another example (as we can now clearly see) of the financial sector inventing a new "instrument". They make it so complicated that con
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