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1   / News and Comment / News judgements
 on: Yesterday at 9:11pm 
Started by Burstner55 | Post by Burstner55  
Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize winner, 3 mins on the 10 o clock news;
Aretha Franklin, pop singer, 12 minutes on 10 o clock news.   And a reprise at the close etc etc
Dumbing down ?  Don't make me laugh !    "We need to appeal to the young" sounds OK but "the young" hardly know Aretha. We were all moved by Mr Annan's brave attempts to bring sanity to a mad world. He is surely the one that deserves R.E.S.P.E.C.T. ?

2   / Pensions / Re: Wasting Pension Money?
 on: Aug 16th, 2018, 8:50am 
Started by V Meldrew | Post by apcwmwl  
A little thought on the part of the pension staff in Cardif could have saved at least the postage on last week's bit of bumff. Today arrived the Annual summary £1bn in the red if scheme were to need to pay out everything. So maybe Victor was right! Undecided

3   / Pensions / Re: Wasting Pension Money?
 on: Aug 15th, 2018, 4:01pm 
Started by V Meldrew | Post by apcwmwl  
What we must all remember is that chap Gordon Brown who denuded us all from being members of a pension scheme that was capable of paying every member of it whether working or not, and still have leftover a substantial amount in reserve. Never should be forgotten or forgiven - shear jealosy despite knowing that he would have a mega payout evenif he had only been a member of his parliamentary scheme for a matter of days - & that was non contributory. I'm sure he can sit back on his laurels now - hope they are prickly!

4   / Pensions / Re: Wasting Pension Money?
 on: Aug 15th, 2018, 12:36pm 
Started by V Meldrew | Post by double-vision  
75pence! Small beer once our pension increases are forced onto the C.P.I. method!
Dave

5   / Pensions / Re: Wasting Pension Money?
 on: Aug 15th, 2018, 8:27am 
Started by V Meldrew | Post by V Meldrew  
apcwmwl wrote on Aug 14th, 2018, 4:15pm:
If you are really that concerned, I'll send you the 75p which it cost!


That is a very kind offer. Perhaps you could send the 75p to a charity of your choice on my behalf?

We are indeed lucky to have such a good Pension Scheme, but that does not mean it should not be accountable to scrutiny.

I was concerned about what I thought was an unnecessary cost to the Pension Scheme. I can understand promoting the online method, but it does not require a pen and a coloured leaflet to do that, and to send it to members that are already signed up..

Do you know for a fact it cost 75p per person to design and print the leaflet, buy the pen and post it out? You seem very sensitive to my posting. Perhaps you are a Trustee or one of the marketing team?

Do you know the overall cost?  There are over 50,000 members of the Scheme, which as a rough guess makes this marketing excercise cost £37,500.

6   / Pensions / Re: Wasting Pension Money?
 on: Aug 14th, 2018, 4:15pm 
Started by V Meldrew | Post by apcwmwl  
If you are really that concerned, I'll send you the 75p which it cost!

7   / Pensions / Re: Wasting Pension Money?
 on: Aug 14th, 2018, 4:14pm 
Started by V Meldrew | Post by apcwmwl  
You really don't understand V Meldrew, the everlasting self perpetuating oligarchy that was and still is "the BBC". We get very reasonable service from Pensions so stop moaning!

8   / Pensions / Re: Wasting Pension Money?
 on: Aug 14th, 2018, 4:10pm 
Started by V Meldrew | Post by apcwmwl  
Just a quicky: especially to John W: Did your manager never tell you that BBC pens are set to self destruct 11 minutes after use? Smiley

9   / For Those Of Sound Mind / Re: Binaural ??
 on: Aug 13th, 2018, 10:47pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by Mark_H  
Hi, Lloyd! I loved your drama!

10   / Pensions / Re: Wasting Pension Money?
 on: Aug 13th, 2018, 10:41pm 
Started by V Meldrew | Post by Mark_H  
I joined partly so I could rant at that stupid, rubber-band-powered thing that snaps into a cube when you take it out of its envelope. Purpose apparently to make me aware of and encourage me to log into the online BBC pensions site (which I already had done way before getting this mailing).

Who ever thought this sort of gimmick was appropriate for BBC Pensions? Just stupid.