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Comment: Re:Must be nice (Score 5, Informative) 401

by chowells (#41967537) Attached to: Wayback Machine Trumps FOI Tribunal

As of 2006, the licence fee *is* considered a tax.

"Parliament and not Government should set the level of the licence fee. In January 2006, the Office of National Statistics classified the licence fee as a tax for the first
time. We are very concerned about the consequences that this decision will have for the BBC’s independence."

Comment: Re:Oh Boeing... (Score 1) 403

by chowells (#40788161) Attached to: Flight 4590 Didn't Kill the Concorde; Costs Did

No, Concorde *was* really loud. I used to live around 40 miles west of Heathrow, under the flightpath of Concorde. I don't know what speed an altitude Concorde was doing at that point (40 miles gives it a reasonable margin after takeoff to gain some height and speed) but twice a day, inside buildings, conversation would stop because the noise of Concorde drowned out the conversation. Unless you wanted to start shouting at each other.

Lo! Men have become the tool of their tools. -- Henry David Thoreau