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9976 posts since 21/10/05

11 Mar 2022 15:32
The Mulwray in Chinatown is great
swiftus
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1829 posts since 1/7/09

12 Mar 2022 09:31
Best wrote: The Mulwray in Chinatown is great

Cheers man, went with your recommendation, did not disappoint Ubercool
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1829 posts since 1/7/09

posted 14 Mar 2022 14:19, edited 14 Mar 2022 14:19
Need some help from the older London heads…

What was the name of that shop on Beak Street (opposite Upper James St) which used to stock rare kicks back around 2007 time? Always remembered the SB London dunks they had in a perspex box.

EDIT: Found it - Slammin Kicks
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9976 posts since 21/10/05

14 Mar 2022 14:29
It was run by Magdi, think he used to post on here ages ago

https://instagram.com/magdi.dna
RickRude
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4136 posts since 13/1/12

16 Mar 2022 17:35
Energy costs - with Octopus, was about £170 a month for gas and electric (£120 in 2021 and £70 in 2020) - they have just sent me an email saying this will increase to £270 and go up again in October! Anyone else getting this?
OnlyOneStop
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2972 posts since 3/8/08

16 Mar 2022 19:04
Yep. Same. Have you not been keeping up with the news about the energy price hikes coming? Will be with us for at least 2 years…Will fuck loads of households.
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5968 posts since 14/6/11

16 Mar 2022 19:10
Was paying £127, upped it to £175, been quoted £445 a month for a fixed rate Laughing out loud
jplxx
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2219 posts since 3/11/09

16 Mar 2022 19:23
Invest in some candles.
misled
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4476 posts since 3/1/02

16 Mar 2022 19:58
We're up to over £300 a month Roll Eyes
JustinCredible
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2740 posts since 11/6/08

16 Mar 2022 20:23
There is no gas in our village, all central heating runs on oil. We were using £10 a day in oil over winter to heat the house (at £0.60 per litre), it's recently shot up to £1.50 per litre Laughing out loud

Unlike gas & electricity, there is no energy price cap on oil Cry
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999 posts since 26/11/07

16 Mar 2022 20:41
It’s great living in the U.K. /s
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9976 posts since 21/10/05

16 Mar 2022 21:23
All of Europe is affected by this so is not a UK / Brexit thing.

The entire industry is a mess, the remaining suppliers had been making a huge loss due to the previous price cap, Ofgem well and truly screwed up. They also allowed clowns like Bulb to operate which were all now paying the cost for.

If you want hedge, there are some fixed deals out there by they’re £3k+. There is another price cap review in 6 months are the forecasts are enormous so it could be a good idea to get a fixed deal if you can find one.

For those moaning about octopus, they’re the cheapest out there and are selling at cost. There is a £50/60 margin worked into the price cap which Octopus are giving back to the customer, nobody else is doing that
pentonville
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1055 posts since 12/3/12

16 Mar 2022 21:36
What is clownish about Bulb's model? Genuine question, I am in the dark (pardon the expression) about the energy industry. And please declare any vested interests!
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9976 posts since 21/10/05

16 Mar 2022 22:07
Bulb was a great concept, their entire strategy was to land grab (how many people on here shared Bulb referrals…) and flip to a big player / investor but the market conditions and bad set up screwed them.

They (as did many others) sold at a loss since they started the business. It was something in the region of £200-600 a customer a year, for 1.5m customers all funded by VC cash or not funded at all which is why we’re all paying the debts as part of the price cap. This is despite multiple calls to Ofgem to clamp down on predatory pricing.

They didn’t have any sort of hedging strategy, they bought supply on the day which is what eventually screwed them. They also do the shady thing of using customer credit balances to fund the business (as do Octopus).
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10433 posts since 21/3/09

16 Mar 2022 22:13
RickRude wrote: Anyone else getting this?

no I haven’t read any news headlines for the past 6 months
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posted 16 Mar 2022 22:19, edited 16 Mar 2022 22:19
Best wrote: All of Europe is affected by this so is not a UK / Brexit thing.

The entire industry is a mess, the remaining suppliers had been making a huge loss due to the previous price cap, Ofgem well and truly screwed up. They also allowed clowns like Bulb to operate which were all now paying the cost for.

If you want hedge, there are some fixed deals out there by they’re £3k+. There is another price cap review in 6 months are the forecasts are enormous so it could be a good idea to get a fixed deal if you can find one.

For those moaning about octopus, they’re the cheapest out there and are selling at cost. There is a £50/60 margin worked into the price cap which Octopus are giving back to the customer, nobody else is doing that

Well aware this is a global issue, however the U.K. gov can do more and should previously have done so much more on this. In france for example edf have been highly restricted from wilfully raising their prices and the French gov have absorbed most of the price increase and only allowed the consumers to pay a fraction of the price that ironically British edf customers will end up having to pay. Not only that but the energy (or lack thereof) situation in the U.K. has been known about for years and in the interim successive governments have done sweet fuck all about it. Now Boris goes begging cap in hand to Saudi to beg them to supply us. It’s ridiculous.

I’m saying this as someone who’s managed for 1 year at least to lock into a reasonable priced fixed rate for duel fuel and I live alone so don’t have huge energy costs. I feel for people who are going to have to choose between heating or eating. Luckily we are approaching spring but as you mentioned when the next increase comes in autumn I dread to think of the dire straits some people will be in. The U.K. is completely fucked when it’s run by millionaires with no clue what the real world is like.
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4136 posts since 13/1/12

posted 16 Mar 2022 23:03, edited 16 Mar 2022 23:03
swede wrote:
RickRude wrote: Anyone else getting this?

no I haven’t read any news headlines for the past 6 months

you live in a basement flat iirc - when you buy a house and have children you might be hit a bit more by the crazy price increase on everything.

I was asking to see what price Increases others are experiencing - get back in your box negative Nigel
misled
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4476 posts since 3/1/02

17 Mar 2022 00:31
Our govt. could sort this out if they wanted but tory=profits for the company owners and fuck everyone else.
andymakesglasses
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20706 posts since 26/1/06

17 Mar 2022 09:21
jplxx wrote: Invest in some candles.

These are decent.

https://www.thesouthwood.co.uk
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11736 posts since 5/5/04

17 Mar 2022 10:39
misled wrote: Our govt. could sort this out if they wanted but tory=profits for the company owners and fuck everyone else.

MPs recently got a £2200 pay rise to ensure they won't do anything about the increase in energy costs.