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What Is 2.25 As A Fraction Explained

What is 2.25 as a fraction?

This is a bit of a rant because a lot of people can’t work out what is 2.25 as a fraction, without using a calculator. Now trust me when I say at school, maths was boring. As I grew older though, I appreciated some of what was taught to me. This helps with dealing with money, measurements and more. So this isn’t a full blown rant, not anywhere near to one. But when I see now that people are ever so reliant on calculators to work out fairly basic maths problems, it annoys me. maybe kids should learn to do manual calculations too?

Anyway, I Digress.

Basically, 2.25 is two parts of five parts. There are five groups, which each have 2 pieces and there are 2 additional pieces that make up the fraction, or total. Thus, 2.25 as a fraction equals 225/100 or 9/4 in simple terms.

2.25 can be written as a decimal by dividing 25 by 100 to get 0.25. How do we get to this stage?

As we have 2 numbers after the decimal point, we multiply both the numerator and denominator by 100. So, 2.25 1 = (2.25 × 100) (1 × 100) = 225 100.

What is 2.25 as a fraction

To convert the decimal 2.25 to a fraction, just follow these steps:

Step 1: Write down the number as a fraction of one:

2.25 = 2.25 over 1

Step 2: Multiply both top and bottom by 10 for every number after the decimal point:

As we have 2 numbers after the decimal point, we multiply both the numerator and denominator by 100. So,

Step 3: Simplify (or reduce) the above fraction by dividing both numerator and denominator by the GCD (Greatest Common Divisor) between them. In this case, GCD(225,100) = 25. So,

When reduced to the simplest form this is 9/4.

 

Learn more about fractions with our guide…

What is 3/8 as a Decimal? – Explained!

Fractions are numbers that represent division of an object. The number before the “/” represents how many equal parts the whole object has been divided into, while the number after the “/” tells you how many equal part…

Read More → Fractions have various uses in mathematics, but they’re also used outside math for measurements and time. Fractions are commonly written by either placing the numerator over the denominator (for example, 2/5) or as a fraction bar with two line segments (2/) on top of one another….

Read More → Fractions are numbers that represent division of an object. The number before the “/” represents how many equal parts the whole object has been divided into, while the number after the “/” tells you how many equal parts that is….

So to answer this question, what is 3/8 as a Decimal  = 3 / 8 is equal to 0.375 as a Decimal.

What is 3/8 as a Percentage?  The fraction 3 / 8 is 37.5% as a Percentage.

Decimal to Fraction:

Decimal values can be converted to fractions that have a numerator that is a power of 10 such as 10, 100, etc. The number of zeros in the denominator must be equal to the number of digits after the decimal place in the number.

Decimal to Fraction:

Fraction to Decimal:

Any fraction can be written as a decimal. To convert any fraction, place the denominator of the fraction over the numerator then divide this by the denominator. An example would be 3/10 divided by 10 which is 0.3 repeating. There are several good online tools to help calculate these for you.

 

Answers for What Is 2.25 As A Fraction Explained?

2/5 Represents two parts of five parts or five groups of two pieces each with an additional piece making up the total.

0.25 Represents twenty fifths or one part out of four groups with five pieces in each group with one piece left over making up the total.

16/32 Represents sixteen parts out of thirty-two parts or thirty-two groups of sixteen parts each with four left over making up the total.

0.0625 Represents sixty-six thousandths or one part out of sixteen groups with nine hundred twenty-five pieces in each group with six left over making up the total.

43/100 Represents forty three parts out of one hundred parts or two groups of one hundred and fifty seven parts each with seven left over making up the total.

1/5 Represents five equal parts,20/40 Represents twenty equal parts,16/64 Represents sixteen equal parts,3/10 Represents three equal parts,9/100 represents nine equal parts,4/25 represents four equal parts,1 1/100 represents one equal part,3 1/4 represents three equal part,45/100 Represents forty-five equal parts.

Fraction to Decimal:

Answers for fractions to decimals explained.

2/5 Can be written as a decimal by dividing 25 by 100 to get 0.25 which means that there are five groups with two pieces each and two remaining that make up the whole number.

0.25 Is two parts of five parts or five groups of twos and one remains making up the total amount…

16/32 Can be written as a decimal by dividing 32 by 100 to get 0.32 which means that there are thirty-two parts in total with sixteen groups, each having four pieces making up the total.

0.0625 Can be written as a decimal by dividing 62 by 100 to get 0.625 which means that there are six hundred twenty-five pieces making up the total with sixteen groups, each having nine pieces.

43/100 Can be written as a decimal by dividing 100 by 100 to get 1 which means that there is one hundred parts in total with forty three groups of seven pieces and one left over….

1/5 Can be written as a fraction by dividing 5 into 1 and getting 1/5…

20/40 Can be written as a decimal by dividing 40 into 20 and getting 0.4 repeating or can also be written as a fraction by putting two lines on top of each other and dividing 40 into 20 like this:

16/64 Can be written as a decimal by dividing 64 into 16 and getting 0.4 repeating or can also be written as a fraction by putting two lines on top of each other and dividing 64 into 16 like this:

3/10 Can be written as a decimal by dividing 10 into 3 twice leaving one over then simply adding the numbers together to get 0.3 repeating or can also be written as a fraction by putting two lines on top of each other and dividing 10 into 3 like this:

9/100 Can be written as a decimal by dividing 100 into 9 three times leaving 2 over then simply adding the numbers together to get 0.2 repeating or can also be written as a fraction by putting two lines on top of each other and dividing 100 into 9 like this:

4/25 Can be written as a decimal by dividing 25 into 4 twice leaving 1 over then simply adding the numbers together to get 0.5 repeating or can also be written as a fraction by putting two lines on top of each other and dividing 24 into 4 like this:

1 1/100 Can be written as a decimal by dividing 100 into 1 three times leaving 2 over then simply adding the numbers together to get 0.2 repeating or can also be written as a fraction by putting two lines on top of each other and dividing 100 into 1 like this:

 

So now you know

It’s easy to work out what is 2.25 as a fraction and what 9/4 is as a decimal too.

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Morclothes Review And Overview

A Quick Morclothes Review

We hadn’t heard of this company before now. That was until someone contacted us to ask our thoughts on Morclothes and explain the issues she had experienced. She’d seen our article on Alsiee and the issues with that website. What we do suggest though is any website that opens up with a URL redirect = AVOID

 

Morclothes is this a scam or not?

The website for this company is morclothes.com, which looks like it is trying to look like the real designer brand Burberry’s official website. It is easy to blame them because they are just a fake replica website trying to steal money from people who don’t know any better, but buying products online can be risky and you never know if this could happen to anyone else reading the article – not only Morclothes customers, but also Gilt or Overstock customers who need to always keep watch over their backs when making purchases!

Replica websites are very convincing with convincing photos that make you think you are buying what they are selling, even though it might be poor quality goods that won’t last long. Do not purchase anything from this website! They are highly likely to be a replica scam site with fake photos, and you do not want to become another victim of their ploy.

Images

The pictures shown on their website are also copyrighted. The pictures that show the celebrities are probably just photos they have found from google images – do not be fooled by them! If you look at all of the clothes closely, it becomes clear that the clothing is just badly sewn together or poorly made.

This does not mean that there are no websites selling authentic products for reasonable prices because Burberry does have an authorized dealer’s list on their official website where customers can purchase their products safely. I hope my article has helped someone out there who might have been considering purchasing something from Morclothes – do not do it! Take my advice and search for the real company to purchase from instead.

It is very important to note that their website is designed very poorly as well, with lots of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors which makes you wonder if they even care about their business at all; why would you want to order replica goods from a company that does not know how to spell or write properly?

You certainly do not want this kind of low quality clothing – do not waste your time checking out their website because I can guarantee you will regret it later when you realize what an awful scam Morclothes really is! No one wants to deal with companies like this who scam people, steal money and send poor quality clothes in return.

Morclothes

This Was An Email I Received From An American Reader Who Got Ripped Off

I have been trying to get my money back from this company for a while now. The items I bought were supposed to be all cashmere, but the website is fake and they ripped me off! They charged me $200 dollars for a horrible quality suit that did not fit! This website scammed me out of my money and I need it back. Do not buy anything from Morclothes – the real company must be very good because their replica site has received too many complaints about being a scam which means Morclothes is probably even better than you think.

The only reason I got tangled up in this mess was because Morclothes told me how much better they are than other replicas by showing me pictures of red carpets at movie premiers with celebrities wearing their clothes.

However, after purchasing my items I realized that the replicas were not even real clothes at all, but just cheap knockoffs made out of low quality material. These guys are professionals at tricking you into believing their replica clothes are authentic and high quality by using fake pictures on their website; do not fall for it.

They also tell you to use paypal so they can get away with your money once they have sent you the wrong products in the mail. Please help me get my $200 back! If anyone has any advice on how to get in contact with this company or how to find a phone number I would really appreciate it! Thank You

 

Please help me get my $200 back!

Reading through the comments, I noticed someone asking how to get their money back – it is clear that they sent the wrong products so you should immediately demand for a refund. Who knows if they will even respond or give you your refund? If this happens to me (and I hope it doesn’t) then I shall be sure to update this article with information on what steps need to be taken in order to receive your money back from them because that is all our concern now.

The designer name Burberry has an authorized dealer’s list; however, Gilt and Overstock do not have any official stores – perhaps Morclothes purchased their products directly from these websites without authorization…but overstock might work with their manufacturers to have products made, so I’d try reaching out to both Gilt and Overstock to see if they can help you figure things out.

Morclothes Review

How To Avoid Online Fake Items From Being Purchased

If you are looking to buy online, I recommend purchasing directly from the designer’s website if possible – this way, you are getting authentic items that are sure to be high quality goods. Sometimes they have products on sale or offer special deals and discounts so you can try not paying full retail price for an item! If you want to take a chance and purchase something at a discounted price, then look at the company selling the product and make sure it is reputable.

I know plenty of people who cannot afford buying expensive items in stores so they shop online carefully knowing that there could be potential risks involved when making purchases through websites that might possibly turn out to be replica scam sites.

You can choose to pay with Paypal when shopping online, but it is important to keep in mind that Paypal only protects you up to $200 for items over 45 days old – anything younger than this may not be guaranteed. If you are making a purchase online through your debit card, then look into the company selling the product before purchasing because most credit cards do provide protection when purchases are made with third party websites.

Please Be Careful Of These Sites

There are plenty of replica scam sites out there that I warn people about all the time! Many people who buy replica handbags or cheap designer clothing never get their money back so please remember this article next time you consider buying something on sale from websites like these! Buying counterfeit products is not worth saving money if you end up regretting your decision later – you can always wait for more promotions or discounts to come up instead of trying to purchase something online now.

If anything goes wrong, you will never know if they will refund your money so it is important to prevent yourself from becoming a victim by staying away from replica scam websites! When shopping on the internet, please only purchase products that are guaranteed by reputable companies with actual physical stores where you can go whenever you have concerns or problems with their products.

Please Purchase Authentic Items

It is worth spending slightly more money than purchasing replica goods because there’s no sense in wearing cheap quality clothing every day – spend your hard earned cash on something that you deserve…not items that are poorly and lose value over time unlike authentic products.

You should never have to wait weeks before receiving an item that you purchase, so if this is the case then please walk away from any site that might be a replica website because it just isn’t worth your time or money. These companies make big profits off of people who are too eager to buy products online without doing their research first – do not fall victim!     Also, remember to take advantage of discounts and special deals whenever possible but always stay away from stores like Gilt and Overstock because they provide no type of guarantee when purchasing merchandise through them.

Finally

I hope I was able to help you out today with my tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of replica websites! If you ever need more information about where to shop online safely, then feel free to check out this article about Forever 21 – they’re an actual reputable company that I trust when it comes to purchasing clothing.

Source: https://morclothes.wordpress.com/ Avoid Online Fake Items From Being Purchased

-Know who you are buying from and of course do your own research just as you would if you were buying something in person.

-If the price of the item seems too good to be true…it probably is so beware!    There’s no magic deal where everything is below $5 & $10 with free shipping and whatnot, sorry but it doesn’t exist!

Ex: If a dress is selling for $150 on one website and $49.99 on another website – it’s probably not the best deal to choose the $49.99 dress because there is usually a reason for this!

-Make sure that you read all terms and conditions before purchasing an item online. If the business does not provide return policies or customer service information, then you should walk away from them and look elsewhere for your products instead of becoming a victim in the end.

-Finally, if anything goes wrong..it is important to speak up so these companies will know what they were doing was illegal & unethical…so next time, don’t do business with them again!      Until Next Time…

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Real Estate Agents Crappy Websites

Why Do Real Estate Agents Have Crappy Websites?

I have no idea, but a lot of them seem to do so.  Real Estate Agents Crappy Websites really is something that pisses people off.  You have to input the different requirements, such as type of property, area, number of bedrooms. Then it offers you the ‘Advanced Search’ option, where you can add more requirements such as the size of the property, size of plot, number of bathrooms, do yo need a pool etc etc.

This is great until you realise you have lost all the previous information you’ve just added and need to start again. We are not talking about buying a tin of beans here, we are looking to invest in the biggest type of purchases that people make in their lives.

Sold Properties.

So once I’ve managed to input my search requirements and finally got it to work and save these, we can check out the listings. Nothing pisses me off more than having to view 9 pages of ‘Sold’ or the ‘Under Offer’ or another is ‘ Reserved’ properties. If the property is not available, I don’t want to waste my time having to scan past these.

Do you think I am joking?  last week, I was looking on an agents site and the first 4 pages had properties for sale, granted with a few sold on there, but page 5 onwards seemed to be all sold or reserved. But, because I was multitasking, I’d kept clicking away on the ‘ next page tab’ and out of the blue on page 9 I found 6 properties for sale. The next 2 pages also had 50% of the shown houses were still for sale.

Location, Location, BS.

When you are searching for different locations close to each other and see the exact same property listed under 2 or 3 different towns/areas. Stop trying to tart up where the property actually is and be honest about it. Damn, I looked on 1 website recently and they had 1 property listed under 3 different listings, 3 different towns/areas and had even gone so far as to use a different featured photograph on each listing.

Enough with this BS, just list the exact location…..

How To Piss Off Sellers Too

How many sellers get very little interest or almost no viewings? How many of these are due to the above, in that their property is stuc on page 9 or 10 hidden after page upon page of ‘sold’ real estate. This means most readers will have logged off the site and moved to another agents site instead.

Real Estate Agents Crappy Websites

Photographs of Properties

A couple of quick rants here, regarding listings and images. Buy a great camera, such as a DSLR  and not your 20 year old mobile phone.

  1. Make The Images Clean And Clear. 

Showing me photos of your ornaments on a bookshelf offers me zero value at all. This only goes to prove to me that people still buy tat for in their home. Show me images that are useful, such as the size of a room, the condition of the garden etc.

2. Ensure Images Are Recent.

Damn, there’s nothing better than looking at a website of an estate agent and seeing the images are dated 2013, but here we are in 2022. Hey, it could be suggested the date on the camera was set up wrong. Trust me it’s not always the case.

How about making sure the photos are current and recent? When you marvel at photographs on a well maintained garden and swimming pool, then g to do a viewing to find the property is overgrown now. The pool is empty and cannot be reached, due to the 6 foot tall weeds and grass.

Final Thoughts On Real Estate Agents Crappy Websites

These property sellers are not making a quick £50 here selling houses and properties. They are making thousands or tens of thousands. So why do they not invest some of this in their websites? Finding the perfect property is time consuming at the best of times. Having to struggle to navigate a crappy website that doesn’t function, really is not fun at all.

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Did YouTry Alsiee Website?

Alsiee Was It A Scam Or Not?

Did you lose money using this  Alsiee website in the past? One thing to check on newer websites is reviews on Trustpilot and other platforms like this. Yes, this is a bit of a rant but also a check sheet type of blog post.

Alsiee

How To Sign Up?

To sign up all you needed is a valid email address.  All you have to do is enter your name, email and a password of your choice then click “create account” then confirm your registration by entering the verification code that is sent to your email. That’s all there is to signing up with Alsiee. Once signed up they will send you an email containing a confirmation set of links

How To Make Money With Alsiee?

Selling your out of date clothing, the items that no longer fit has been popular for many years. This is mainly due to the brand leaders such as Ebay and the like. However, since there are so many other ways of earning money online that you will probably get tired of this pretty soon. So if you just want something extra to do then it’s fine but if you are using sites such as Alsiee to make a living, I’d advise against it!

Where To Find More Information?

Their website was the first time registered on 17th December 2020. This means that they’ve had plenty time to get established. Then they vanished not long ago.

Registration Info

Name
PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com
IANA ID
303
Register website
http://www.publicdomainregistry.com
E-mail
abuse-contact@publicdomainregistry.com
Phone
+1.2013775952

 

It was registered by a business which is a subsidiary of China.

Plus we found that alsiee.com does not have a mail server. This is a quite often sign of possible trouble.

Is Alsiee.com A Scam?

Alsiee.com was NOT a complete scam, but it’s just not the best way of earning money online so I’d advise against it! This is based on the site coming back to life, which I really do doubt. Do a Whois Lookup at least. Here you’ll find Whois Domain Name & IP lookup service to search the whois database for verified registration information.

Is Alsiee A Scam

Conclusion: Is Alsiee A Scam?

If you want to be pedantic, this should be the past tense. If you’re into computers and websites, when you see the owner details hidden, for a large business, then this should be a concern.

Looking for a new method to make money online? There are many ways you can make money online by selling your own old goods. But what is Alsiee all about?

Alsiee.com is a website just like Ebay, Vinted etc where you can offer for sale your clothes that you no longer need or want.

The Alsiee website is a kind of online store that sells different items including shoes, bags, clothes, and other accessories. Like other eCommerce websites, Alsiee also has its rules and regulation about shipping, exchanging, delivery, etc

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PayPal 402-935-7733 What Is It?

PayPal 402-935-7733 Another Old Scam Re-Doing the Rounds

This works in one of two ways, either it’s a phone call trying to get your details, or worse on your bank statement meaning it’s already happened. Sadly there are scum bags out there who prefer to scam their money instead of doing an honest days work.

You might receive a call from PayPal 402-935-7733 or VISA 800-654-9214 telling you that your account needs to be verified. This is a scam. They will ask for your social security number, bank numbers and other information in an attempt to take over your checking account and apply for credit cards in your name.

You should hang up on them.

What Does 402-935-7733 Mean?

The call is coming from a scammer spoofing either PayPal 402-935-7733 or VISA 800-654-9214. They will attempt to gain your trust and ask for your information in order to ‘verify’ your account.

Don’t give them the information they’re looking for and report any phone numbers you receive this kind of call from.

You should always be suspicious when you receive a phone call like this, and never give out your personal information to someone who calls you and asks for it out of the blue.

Seeing 402-935-7733 in your credit card or bank statement ?

This number may appear in your credit card or bank statement due to a recent purchase, but it is not normal. If you see 402-935-7733 in your credit card or bank statements, please call the number on the back of your credit/debit card and inquire about what the charge was for.

So when is the charge an actual fraud? Before starting to worry, go through all your transactions and your purchase receipts. Check:

• Whether you’ve made some online purchases in the past month or maybe your partner or child has used your account to do so.

• If you’ve supported a good cause or charity and donated money via PayPal.

• Whether you have any software or library subscriptions that may require monthly, quarterly or annual charges.

If you see 402-935-7733 in your PayPal history:

It is a fake charge that should be disputed immediately.

Remember, PayPal will never call you to ask for your social security number, bank numbers or other sensitive information. Also remember that phone numbers are easily spoofable so the caller may not be coming from the actual number they display.

Please share this information with your friends and family so they can learn to avoid scams like this PayPal 402-935-7733  one and similar types.

Don't Panic About The PayPal 402-935-7733

Is It a Legitimate Charge?

No, it is not a legitimate charge. PayPal will never call you and ask for personal information, nor should they ever require your social security number to verify an account. If you receive such a call, hang up immediately.

If you’re still unsure about what the charge may be for or who placed the charge, please contact your credit card company for further verification.

Please remember to share this information with all your friends and family members to help them avoid scams like these in the future.

Your bank should be able to work with you on getting the charge refunded – if not, contact your credit card company or debit card service (eg: Visa, Mastercard). The Federal Trade Commission has a guide to Identity Theft and Phone Scams here: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft

A variation on this scheme is reporting that you missed jury duty and therefore must pay a fine, or risk going to jail: https://800notes.com/arts/Jb8OIe-QXg/rachel-from-jury-commission-calls-saying-youve-failed-to-attend

Another variation is a ‘Microsoft support’ scam where the caller claims your computer has been hacked. In this case, they will attempt to have you pay for repairs. More information on this scam here: https://800notes.com/forum/ta-827fa5c1a38ee4b/fake-microsoft-support-spoofs-numbers.

 

Final Thoughts

technically this isn’t so much about making money, more it’s about how to protect the money you’ve made.

Thank you for reading this article about PayPal 402-935-7733 scams . Stay safe!

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The Wales 40-24 England Farce

Remove This Referee From Internationals

At least he gave England players time to get on the pitch before the kick off!

French referee Pascal Gauzere set out his stall early in the game when he was whistle happy from the get go. Supporters and viewers want to see talent on the pitch running and kicking the ball, not the centre of attention being the guy with the whistle.

The stadium lacking the vocals of the singing fans meant that this game was probably going to be quite subdued off the pitch, but the fixture for the players was ever important with Wales going for the Triple Crown.

Wales scored four tries against England for the first time in 23 years and ran out deserved winners after two highly contentious decisions set them on their way to victory over England

First Half

Early penalties awarded against England kind of set the tone for this game, with Wales slotting one over for an early lead. Itoje’s pressuring the scrum half box kicking attempt almost paid off with an England try when he charged down a Hardy kick. Fullback Williams won the leg race by inches to keep him out from scoring what would have been a kickable try.
Farrell put the game back on par with a well taken kick and at 3-3 it was time to go again. It took just 15 minutes into the game for the first controversy to hit home.

England captain Farrell was penalised for failing to roll away from his own tackle on George North. Personally not sure how much rolling away you can do with 2 opponents on top of you, but that’s nothing compared to the farce that followed.

Step up Pascal Gauzere, into the spotlight once again.  Gauzere told Farrell to tell his team to “change their behaviour” and said “time off” indicating that the clock was stopped. Accordingly, Farrell did just that, calling in the wingers from the wings and the backs. On came the water carries to enable the England team in their huddle to get water taken on. They’re still being briefed by Farrell and breaking up the huddle as they hear the whistle blow, despite the water carriers still on the field in the huddled group. Biggar kicked out wide and  Josh Adams catches the ball to go over for a try.

England captain Farrell argued vehemently there were water carriers on the field and his side had no chance to reset after being asked to speak to his team about their discipline. The referee had zero interest in listening to his complaints and brushed him aside like he didn’t exist. Try stood and was converted. A second Farrell penalty brought England back into the game.

 

What Next?

Well, you may well ask. Almost another 15 minutes passes then we see Wales wing Louis Rees-Zammit attempting to take a chipped kick from Adams, but he knocks it forward with his hand, but it comes off his own leg. It then hits Slades leg, all without touching the ground and Liam Williams is there to touch down for a try to make the scoreline Wales 17 England 6.

Could this be a new sport? Keepy Uppy with the rugby ball? Just a thought.

 

Knock On Or Not?

From where I was sitting in front of the tv, it looked like he’d lost possession of the ball.

Former England and British and Irish Lions captain Martin Johnson; “I would have thought he’s lost control of the ball. Everyone who has ever played rugby will think that’s a knock-on.”

For the record, World Rugby’s laws state: “A knock-on occurs when a player loses possession of the ball and it goes forward, or when a player hits the ball forward with hand or arm, or when the ball hits the hand or arm and goes forward, and the ball touches the ground or another player before the original player can catch it.”

 

Wales went back to the changing rooms enjoying a fortunate 17-14 half-time lead!

 

Second Half

Hardy took advantage of a correctly awarded penalty against England lock Hill and his tap and go try was converted by Sheedy. England never gave up and tries by Anthony Watson and Ben Youngs, saw the hour mark scoreline 24-24. As good as they are in going forward, England need to sort out their discipline.
Wales replacement fly-half Callum Sheedy kicked three penalties, before Cory Hill’s last-minute try sealed a commanding bonus-point win. The scoreline was flattering, but Wales were worthy victors.

 

My Final Thoughts

Rees-Zammit the Welsh winger is fast. he was unlucky not to score a try and had the pass gone to him instead of the kick and chase, maybe he would have just managed to get over the line.

Wayne Pivac said the referee was lenient on England in some aspects with star second row Maro Itoje giving away five penalties in total, without being shown a yellow card. Utter bullshit! At least one of these calls was borderline and a second it wasn’t even Itoje who was offside.

The prematch commentary did a focus piece on Alun Wyn Jones and how he has that old head on him to wind up opposing players who he knows will bite. His display against Sinckler in the last game was a wonderful assessment of how this captain looks to try to gain the upper hand.

Nigel Owens, MBE who was interviewed earlier about his experiences in the game and him coming out as a homosexual was a really nice and entertaining pice too. Based on the performance shown today, I’d have happily as an Englishman had him in charge of the match.

Not only have Wales produced some world class players over the years and will continue to do so, but they have also enhanced the world stage with top, top referees. Clive Norling, Derek Bevan and also Nigel Owens.

Yes, I admit that referees do make mistakes, but as glaring as this one was today, French referee Pascal Gauzere should not be on the International Panel. That being the case too, while ever England are giving away so many penalties, then you will get referees who will keep an eye on them ready for the next one to come around.

 

Some more reports from the big boys available here;

The Guardian.

The Telegraph

Sydney Morning Herald

 

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Karma For The BMW Driver

Karma Is A Laugh At Times

So here we are in the middle of Covid-19 Lockdown here in Spain. You aren’t meant to leave your own village/town without a really good reason. If you get stopped and you are not meant to be out, kiss €3000 goodbye when you get fined.

Brexit Aftermath

So thanks to Brexit, as a Brit you’re allowed to stay 90 days every 180 days unless you have a green card. So if you try to duck and dive, this would mean the next time you try to come back into Spain you run the risk of being turned back at arrivals in the airport. Not a pretty sight I imagine. This means that you can apply for Residencia which is basically the legal right to remain while you are living here.

As the Mrs had already got hers sorted I decided to apply for mine. Went to the local Police Station, with all my paperwork ( exactly the same as the Mrs had taken ) and a translator who did this day in, day out. Arrived and joined the masses waiting there, but we were second in the queue. That was the good point. Sadly the policeman had ventured away for his 10 am breakfast…..
Anyhow, by 11 am I’d been told NO. Seems he wouldn’t accept my health insurance policy which was online only, was online only and as such I had no ‘original’ certificate but I had printed out a copy as proof. Despite the translator explaining this 4 times, he was adamant it wasn’t proper and correct, so my application was rejected.

Next Steps

With a deadline of 31st December 2020 in place, I needed to get this sorted. Instead of a 20 minute drive into the nearest big town, I now had a 90 minute drive to Granada city to the foreigners’ office. I managed to get the first phase done thanks to a wonderful solicitor down there. Forms submitted, bank statements etc and then we went down for the appointment and fingerprints.
Advised that if all was good in 4 weeks I’d have my green card to collect. Back to the top of the page, as we are now in Covid lockdown I needed a letter from the solicitor to explain we had official business at the police station ( in case we got stopped ).

Driving down the motorway, sat there at 120 kmh ( 74 mph ) and I saw a warning sign advertising roadworks ahead. The next signs were for 100 kmh, then after that one for 80 kmh. The motorways in Spain generally are 2 lanes, so this was signposted we were going into single lane. In my mirror, there were 3 cars behind me and we were all deaccelerating accordingly, all except this gopping coloured BMW 3 Series that came tanking down the outside lane. Now on a normal day, I’d have accelerated and left him with 2 choices, drop in behind me or plow into the cones. As I dropped down a gear, I was aware of blue lights ahead on the other side of the motorway. There were 3 police cars and a van, all parked up in a roadblock. I braked a bit more to get down to the speed limit for the roadworks, just as the BMW idiot blasted past me.

Fat Lad Says Karma

Yes, you have guessed it. He then slammed on as we rounded the bend in the road and there we had 3 police cars traffic cones and several policemen stood in the road flagging cars down and sending them into the chicane cone system checkpoint. Like a good lad, I slowed right down, indicated and to my surprise was waved on. As were the next 4 cars behind us. The checkpoint was full with 8 vehicles all being inspected. This meant Mr. BMW was now parked at the back of this line of 8 cars and at a standstill.

Needless to say, had I not let him overtake, then I’d have been the last one to get pulled over. What makes me smile even more is the fact he was in such a hurry to blast past us as we were slowing down and keeping in the limit. No doubt he’ll have lost at least 4 or 5 minutes while he was being in the checkpoint. I have no idea if he was allowed to carry on his journey without a fine or was it double karma and he was travelling without good reason and was fined for doing so. Not sure if he just lost a few minutes of his journey or € 3000, but it seems that BMW drivers in Spain are the same as in the UK.

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Loyalty In The Premiership.

It’s Mainly About The Money

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, 26, will receive a £3.78m loyalty bonus from the club on 1 July. Hey, that’s a nice bonus for doing not a lot. What makes it even funnier is the French midfielder being on record as saying it “could be a good time to move elsewhere”

Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes players (who already earn obscene amounts) earn bonuses for winning things. Now, I’m not sure where this bonus for Pogba arises from, but as he’s won sod all this season with his club…. The mind boggles.

 

Raheem Sterling Screwing Over Liverpool

Ever touch, kick or run he gets booed and shouted at when he returns to Anfield.

His departure from Anfield was bad-tempered, with the Sterling ( under the guidance of his agent Aidy Ward ) opting to reject the Reds’ offer of a new contract, saying he wanted to join Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City side instead. With Liverpool missing the Premiership by a whisker, then Louis Suarez moving to Barcelona, thus splitting up the SAS partnership of Sturridge and Suarez, the pressure was on Sterling to step up to the mark. He failed, he didn’t produce what it was thought he could do/ would do.

Aidy Ward, gave an infamous radio interview which was another part in his loathing by Liverpool fans. Here he stated that his client wouldn’t accept a deal, even one that was worth £900,000 a week.

Sterling then told Liverpool manager at the time, Brendan Rogers;  he had no desire at all to travel to the Far East and Australia for the pre-season tour. Now forgive me if I am wrong, but did his contract state he could pick and choose which matches he played in? I doubt it.

 

Sicknote Sterling

So in early July, Raheem Sicknote failed to report to training supposedly due to illness.

Selling him in the £49m move to City, which at the time actually made him the most expensive English player in history was a profitable move.

 

Suarez

He arrived as the replacement for Fernando Torres, who had been sold to Chelsea for a then club record £50m. Torres made it public knowledge he wanted the move to Stamford Bridge. Another player who decided to make it public he wanted to move to Spain, to Barca. This then came about after rumours of him refusing to play for the Reds.

The same  Reds, who defended him when he was accused of racially abusing Manchester Utd player Patrice Evra. Luis Suarez was found guilty of misconduct charges for racially abusing Evra in a game played 15 October 2011. The club and felow players stood by him, even training in matching t-shirts, to show solidarity.

Luis Suarez, when not suspended for biting opponents, had fired in 82 goals and recorded 47 assists in 133 games for Liverpool. Norwich City feared him, as it was hattrick after hat-trick against the Canaries. Yes, he’s gone on to do well at Barcelona but his antics in the recent Champions League semi-finals against Liverpool have put him on the list of loathed former players.

His overreactions in the first leg after his first goal then the over the top celebrations for the other 2 goals, kinda showed the guy for what he is.

I guess his promise not to celebrate at Anfield in front of the home fans, was one he well and truly kept. Thanks to the 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona in the second leg, it was Champions League Final, the next stop. We all know the outcome there, don’t we?

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A New Life In The Sun With Dumb & Dumber

” Disaster strikes again as Bill and Betty have 24 guests arriving in 45 minutes and they still have to build the second bedroom”

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind watching a bit of tv from time to time and this is a show that I enjoyed the first series. What seems to have happened now though is the majority of the people in this show couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery.

” With guests arriving tomorrow, Sandra decides to try the shower and sinks in the gite, to ensure the water is connected”. Shock, horror although they have owned the place 8 months, they haven’t bothered to check the water or the electrics work in the gite, they’ve just decorated and built up a new bed from IKEA. No running water, but the curtains look pretty!

A New Life In The Sun The Carry On Film Version

” Claudia has rented this stunning 9 bedroom villa in Southern Spain for a whopping £3k a month on a 24 month lease and wants to open a yoga retreat. She needs this to work as she has tied all her money up in this new venture”

Maybe Claudia should have asked that one, all-important question prior to signing her life away with this 2-year lease. The question being;     ‘Is this property totally legal for me to run a business here’

Clearly asking this would save the heartache and embarrassment of finding you cannot run any business nor use it for any type of business, because it’s an illegal build. Not to worry, instead of charging your £500 a week ( excluding flights ) for your yoga retreat spa breaks, you can go to the market to sell your cheap and cheerful yoga pants instead.

Spain – Andalusia – Marbella

 

Described as – Series following intrepid expats as they chase a dream life in the sun. It’s more like watching Mission Impossible at times. yeah Fat Freddy who has supped 20 pints a week in his local, decides to sell up and move to Benidorm because he wants to open a British themed pub there. He’s never run a pub, nor even worked behind the bar but that’s not stopping him.

Next on the list is Maria, who after getting a divorce has decided to move abroad and set up as a hairdresser in Marbella. She’s going to work from home to save on costs and operate as a mobile hairstylist to the ex-pat community. She’s bringing across her 5 kids and 3 dogs, coming in her trusty 2003 Nissan minibus.

Finally, in this episode we drop into the French countryside to check out the new B&B operation run by Michael and his husband also called Michael. They both left high flying corporate jobs and have opened this business under a new name, after buying it as a going concern from the previous owners. Despite both Micheals never running any form of hotel or B&B, neither being a chef, never worked in hospitality and neither speaking a word of French, they decided to move to France for a new way of life. As funds are tight, they have decided not to employ staff but do all the jobs themselves and also rely on Google translate.

 

As they’ve no bookings they have decided to have an open day and invite all the locals round to visit their new business. Luckily one of their new neighbours speaks a little English and has offered to help promote the event. This will give the boys a chance to show off their culinary skills, by laying out some cold meat, cheese, pieces of cut up bread, a couple of dishes of nibbles and of course copious amounts of wine.

 

Now don’t get me wrong, I love new ideas, I love that people want to leave dull, boring jobs in the grey, cold and wet of the UK. Yes, it’s fucking fantastic to be sat outdoors at 7am, enjoying the sunshine, enjoying the freshly squeezed orange juice and having a coffee for 9 months of the year. If you have a trade under your belt, such as a plumber then go for it. The ex-pat areas are always looking for jobs doing, repairs to their homes. Hey, it’s easier to deal with a guy who speaks the same lingo as you, rather than risk getting lost in translation.

What I’d say though is use your common sense. Why try to open a British Bar in the middle of Benidorm, to compete with the other 100 down the same street. They all offer Sky tv for sport, Boddingtons on draught and a full English fry up. All you’re doing here is competing on price. Ever ask yourself why these bars are easy and cheap to buy? Because the previous 10 tenants have lost a fortune, found it too hard and packed up and gone. Do something different!

 

What Is Different?

Run a B&B in France or in Spain but add value. If you’re in the middle of a cycling or motorbiking tourist route, then cater for these people. If you have a large enough plot, look at running a campsite or caravan pitches. If fishing is your thing, buy a place with a lake and offer fishing holiday. People want more than a square box shaped room, so a nice French Gite or a rustic Spanish Cortijo is a better choice to buy. If you’re able to offer something more, then this gives you additional revenue streams. Cooking classes, pottery making, glass blowing, cycling holidays, bird watching or the fishing lake setting.

 

Take inspiration and ideas from the show, but please do your homework first. Remember it’s fine going to Lloret de Mar each year for 2 weeks of laying in the sun, drinking 5 pints every night and doing sweet FA for your time there. Life’s much different living and more importantly working in the sun. 40 degrees during the day in July and August is energy sapping. learn about different places in Spain, take time to visit them. It’s even worth taking a month off and doing a rental in the area you’re interested in or doing a 3 week road trip, visiting several different resorts or areas and getting a feel for the places. Same applies to France, check out the different areas and regions by researching, then go and visit them.

 

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Vehicle Hire Upgrade

You book a van rental online, 10 months in advance because you are a very well prepared person. In this instance, you’ve gone for the smallest size van, because you need to move a dozen or so boxes and a few other pieces. It’s easy as anything, so you’d think.

Fast forward all these months and the day before you are picking up said van, you get a phone call. The purpose of this call is to double check, you still want the van. Answer is positive. You almost hear the groan on the other end of the phone. “good news, we have given you a complimentary upgrade, to a Ford Transit” Is the next line of conversation.

 

That Is Not An Upgrade

Actually, it is a fob off. They screwed up, they have no little vans available. Despite booking 10 months earlier, they have screwed up the booking, so instead are offering a bigger van. This is no good to man nor beast. The idea of the tiny van, was to be able to zip into the town centre, park and go to a couple of shops and a bank, then pop int a supermarket. Parking a car sized van is fine, you don’t need to worry about height restrictions on car parks etc. Trying to get a Transit into most town centre car parks isn’t going to work. Same with multi-stores where these vans are too tall.

Are the bigger vans more fuel efficient? No they aren’t. Had we wanted a Transit sized van, guess what sweetcheeks; We’d have hired one. You have not given us a complimentary upgrade, you have fobbed us off with something not really fit for purpose, but something we didn’t ask for.

 

Complimentary Upgrades Defined.

When you check into a flight and are told we’ve upgraded you to Business Class – That is an upgrade.

When you arrive at your hotel to be informed, your double room booking has been upgraded to a suite –  Yes, that is an upgrade.

Collect your hire car and are told the Audi A3 you booked has been upgraded to an A5 then that is an upgrade too.

You get the drift here, these are nice surprises, they put a smile on your face and make you feel happy.

Being told the small van you booked isn’t available, so instead here are the keys to your bigger Ford Transit – NOT AN UPGRADE!

 

Sort Your Shit Out Hertz.

If I wanted to hire a 16 seater minibus, to drive mates to an event or the airport, booked it months in advance and at the time of collection I’m told, sorry we only have a 52 seater coach available – What use is that?

The idea of booking in advance is to get a good price, but more importantly to ensure you have booked what you need, for the dates you need. You pay there and then, so the hire company have your funds, so they are responsible for delivering the ordered product.

This is not the first time this has happened when we have hired and prepaid for van hire. This is not good enough, especially on bookings made in advance like this. Let’s get this straight – You did not upgrade us, you fobbed us off with something not what we wanted because you screwed up and couldn’t supply what we had paid for.

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