Porsche 928

Posted by Mark on Aug 24, 2011 in Auto, Prestige

I just saw this image of a Porsche 928 concept and thought it was really nice, so thought i would post it.  What do you think?  I think it is cool.


An explanation of the UK tax system: Are you the 10th man?

Posted by Mark on Apr 22, 2010 in Prestige

An explanation of the UK tax system:

Every day, 10 men go out for beer & the bill for all 10 comes to £100.  If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The 1st 4 men (the poorest) would pay nothing.  The 5th would pay £1. The 6th would pay £3. The 7th would pay £7. The 8th would pay £12. The 9th would pay £18. The 10 man (the richest) would pay £59.

So, that’s what they decided to do.

The 10 men drank in the bar every day & seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until 1 day, the owner decided to help them out.

‘Since you are all such good customers,’ he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beers by £20. Drinks for the 10 now cost just £80.’

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the 1st 4 men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other 6 men – the paying customers?  How could they divide the £20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’  They realized that £20 divided by 6 is £3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the 5th man & the 6th man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, & he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay. & so:

  • The 5th man, like the 1st 4, now paid nothing (100% savings).
  • The 6th now paid £2 instead of £3 (33%savings).
  • The 7th now pay £5 instead of £7 (28%savings).
  • The 8th now paid £9 instead of £12 (25% savings).
  • The 9th now paid £14 instead of £18 (22% savings).
  • The 10th now paid £49 instead of £59 (16% savings).

Each of the 6 was better off than before & the 1st 4 continued to drink for free, but once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a pound out of the £20,” declared the 6th man. He pointed to the 10th man, “but he got £10!” “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the 5th man. “I only saved a pound, too. It’s unfair that he got 10x more than I!” “That’s true!!” shouted the 7th man. “Why should he get £10 back when I got only 2? The wealthy get all the breaks!” “Wait a minute,” yelled the 1st 4 men in

unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!” The 9 men surrounded the 10th & beat him up.

The next night the 10th man didn’t show up for drinks, so the 9 sat down & had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something v important…. they didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill & that, is how the UK tax system works.

Are you the 10th man?

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Campaign for a Waitrose in Reigate

Posted by Mark on Mar 10, 2010 in Prestige

I love Waitrose.  If you’re not familiar, Waitrose is a food store that does quality and service.  If you’re in the US, think of Wholefoods without the american-ness of everything, and genuine friendliness and helpfulness.  I have always been a fan, even when i was studying at University and probably should have been shopping elsewhere.  I now live in Surrey amongst loads of other well off London City Commuter belt types with loads of cash, and yet we lack one thing… A Waitrose.  Rather than doing the classically english thing and whinging about it but not doing anything, i have decided to do both of those things at once.  I have started a campaign on facebook to get people interested in the idea of pressuring Waitrose into opening a branch here.  You can view my group here…


Please feel free to join, and tell your Reigate based friends!!

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The Aston Martin Rapide, stunning, fast, desirable, classic and 4 doors – i don’t think i want a DB9 anymore?

Posted by Mark on Feb 14, 2010 in Auto, Prestige

Aston Martin badge imageThe new Aston Martin Rapide is joining the ranks of many other car manufacturers who have realised that a lot of people who drive large, prestigious sports cars, often like to take more than 1 person along for the ride.  If you’re in the market for a large luxury car with 4 doors that isn’t a bit generic, then the options are limited. Mercedes Benz started the craze a few years go with the CLS which blended curvy body work with 4 frameless doors based on the hum drum e-class floorpan. There are now a host of cars that take the ingredients of sports car and luxury 4 door saloon and try to combine them (some more successfully than others).  The recent Porsche Panamera is a capable beast if a bit of an acquired taste on the looks front, Lamborghini have the Estoque on the cards and Maserati have the refreshed but still slightly awkward looking Quattroporte.

Aston Martin Rapide Video in Barcelona

Aston Martin Rapide Video


Aston Martin Rapide Appeal vs the competition

The Rapide is the one car out of all of them that doesn’t look awkward, it’s slightly increased length seems to fit well with it’s proportions and it looks like a desirable car in it’s own right rather than a compromise.  It does leave you asking yourself, if the Rapide looks so good and sounds just like a DB9, and is hardly any slower, why would you buy the DB9?  Ok, it’s 140K GBP, but apart from that? I think it’s the perfect compromise of performance, looks and desirability with a dash of practicality that result in one of the most aspirational cars around. The only thing it doesn’t have is four wheel drive.

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