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Comment: Re:The problem with our railways is not speed (Score 1) 329

by ambrosen (#38673104) Attached to: UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

It's never cheaper to buy on the day. Sometimes a flexible ticket will be cheaper, but you can always buy that in advance, and get free booked seats with it. The fact that split tickets can be cheaper is infuriating, though, although they may remove the obligation for the railway to get you to your final destination (by taxi, if your last connection is not available through their fault, although they may not do this unless you demand it).

Comment: Re:Not just railway lines (Score 1) 329

by ambrosen (#38672944) Attached to: UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

I'd be interested to know, too. Press coverage at the time says Bel Mooney (married to Jonathan Dimbleby) was dead against it (and it is hideous, though I only visited here once before it was built).

I've no real information about who was for it at the time. But if traffic was coming down what is now the Gloucester Road through Swainswick, then boy, oh boy, that would have been ugly.

Comment: Re:Completely? (Score 1) 550

by ambrosen (#36794084) Attached to: Re. medication requiring a prescription:

What's so bad about the healthcare system in the UK? As a frequent flyer with the NHS, I see nothing but efficient processes, helpful consultations, quick referrals, proper monitoring and all the necessary care given.

Which also reflects my point of view as someone who helps those services get arranged and delivered in a mental health trust.

Comment: Re:Seriously, what the fuck! (Score 2) 371

by ambrosen (#36443812) Attached to: How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access

Not quite, in that with the UK system, those details only allow people to set up a Direct Debit, which can only be used for certain types of Consumer to Business payments, and are automatically refundable on the consumer end, but still makes it worth keeping your account number and sort code private.

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