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Thread: For Sale: The U.k.

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    uNz[i]'s Avatar Out of order
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    Buy Britain for five trillion pounds
    From correspondents in London
    December 30, 2003

    WANT to buy a largish island off France? Slightly used, with annex. Rains a bit. Trains often late. Nice gardens. Food dubious, but lots of places to drink.

    Yours for under five trillion pounds. Or 7.1 trillion euros. Or 8.8 trillion dollars.

    If the 58,789,194 occupants ever care to sell, that is.

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) whipped up a price tag for the United Kingdom -- that's Britain, comprising England, Wales, Scotland, plus Northern Ireland -- in a year-end tally of the nation's capital assets.

    The precise figure is 4.983 trillion pounds, or 84,760.47 pounds for every man, woman and child as of April 2001.

    The value of buildings, vehicles, machinery, bridges, roads, shares and bank accounts are included in the total, which is based on 2002 data.

    "We found that five trillion pounds was the current market value of the United Kingdom, including the value of the land," said ONS statistician Ian Hill.

    "That's risen a lot over the last few years because property prices have shot up," with the value of people's homes doubling since 1994, he said.

    The estimate is the first of its kind in terms of detail from the ONS, a British government agency, and is based on a "much more robust system" of analysing investment data, Hill said.

    "Economists use this information to look at wealth, and is particularly interesting for looking at household wealth," he said. "It helps them make well-founded predictions of what is going to happen in the future."

    For comparative purposes, 4.983 trillion pounds can also buy 2.516 trillion pints of "bitter" or dark ale at a typical English pub, or nearly 43 million pints of beer for everyone in the country.

    It can also get you 14.655 trillion Kit Kat candy bars -- but not quite enough to match all of the annual gross domestic product of the United States, which in 2002 was 10.45 trillion dollars.

    AAP
    Source: News.com.au

    What do you say folks?
    If we all chip in some cash, we can have our own country and make P2P LEGAL

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    Only five trillion???
    Let me count what I have in my wallet....

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    Who wants to become friends with Bill Gates?

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    Bill Gates doesn't have that kind of cash...
    But, I have no doubt he could get a loan.

    What the hell would he want the whole of England for though??

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    Originally posted by Broken@31 December 2003 - 07:19
    Bill Gates doesn't have that kind of cash...
    But, I have no doubt he could get a loan.

    What the hell would he want the whole of England for though??
    BRITAIN, not england
    <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>BLAH</span>

    <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Wayne Rooney - A thug and a thief</span>

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    Forgive me....
    I&#39;m a Yank. oops:

  7. The Drawing Room   -   #7
    Originally posted by 3rd gen noob+31 December 2003 - 08:22--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (3rd gen noob @ 31 December 2003 - 08:22)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Broken@31 December 2003 - 07:19
    Bill Gates doesn&#39;t have that kind of cash...
    But, I have no doubt he could get a loan.

    What the hell would he want the whole of England for though??
    BRITAIN, not england [/b][/quote]

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    Originally posted by Infested Cats@31 December 2003 - 17:46
    Who wants to become friends with Bill Gates?
    Indeed.. who would want to be friends with that overachiever?

    However, I have a cunning plan:

    We just knock on Billy Gate&#39;s door, thump him on the head and nick his wallet.

    That should give us enough to buy Britain, and have enough change left over to buy a Carribean island for a summer retreat.

    Edit: Typo

  9. The Drawing Room   -   #9
    Originally posted by 3rd gen noob+31 December 2003 - 07:22--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (3rd gen noob @ 31 December 2003 - 07:22)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Broken@31 December 2003 - 07:19
    Bill Gates doesn&#39;t have that kind of cash...
    But, I have no doubt he could get a loan.

    What the hell would he want the whole of England for though??
    BRITAIN, not england [/b][/quote]
    same diff...




    the rest can&#39;t be worth much anyway :-"


  10. The Drawing Room   -   #10
    Well I&#39;m willing to chip in a quid, yes, I know it&#39;s a rather large sum but I care alot. Er, you guys want to deal with the 4,999,999,999,999 left?

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