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Jacko fans get more showsDemand for Michael Jackson tickets is so high that he will now perform up to 50 London shows, and touts are charging crazy prices for tickets. » How much?

Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

Posted Thu 12 Mar 2009 11:44AM GMT by Dave Rumour in Snap, Crackle and Pop
Michael Jackson hysteria continues in the UK and across the world today, by all accounts, after the self-styled King of Pop extended his already mammoth London residency into 2010. At last week's dramatic O2 Arena press conference, the singer told his frothing at the mouth fans this would be "the final curtain call", insisting "This is it!" Well, from an initial raft of ten dates, there are currently 46 to choose from, suggesting he is planning on taking one hell of a farewell bow.

Around a million people apparently want to see his iconic return and tour promoters, AIG, have experienced "unprecedented" demand for Jacko's comeback, with those heading the queue using pre-sale codes distributed by michaeljacksonlive.com. The remaining share, thought to be half the total available, will go up-for-grabs tomorrow morning to the general public. Inevitably, many tickets have already been posted on numerous online sales destinations, with prices ranging from £170 to £10,000, despite face value being between £50-£75.

At the latest count, these are the confirmed dates, with more set to be announced:

July 2009
08+10+12+14+16+18+22+24+26+28+30

August
01+03+10+12+17+19+24+26+28+30

September
01+03+06+08+10+21+23+27+29

January 2010
07+09+12+14+16+18+23+25+27+29

February
01+03+08+10+12+18

Meanwhile a UK tabloid claims to have got their hands on the set-list for Jacko's tour, which makes for pretty interesting reading. It is as follows:

"Billie Jean", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin", "Rock With You", "The Way You Make Me Feel"
"Don't Stop Till You Get Enough", "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Human Nature"
"Smooth Criminal", "Girlfriend", "Man In The Mirror", "Beat It", "One Day In Your Life"
"Heal The World", "Remember The time", "You Are Not Alone"
, "Thriller"

Have you managed to get Michael Jackson tickets? Do you think he's capable of doing so many concerts? What songs should he play? Have your say here...

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The government is poised to increase its stake in Lloyds Banking Group as part of a deal that would also see the group agree to the government insuring its risky assets, the BBC reported.

It said the two sides were on the verge of a deal that would see the government increase its stake in LBG -- created earlier this year from the merger of rivals HBOS and Lloyds TSB -- from 43 percent to up to 60 percent.
This would be achieved by converting the expensive shares already held by the taxpayer to ordinary shares that carry voting rights.
At the same time, LBG are set to agree to ringfence risky assets worth up to 250 billion pounds in the government's asset protection scheme, the BBC reported.
Lloyds insisted there was "no certainty" that it would join the scheme, under which banks pay a fee to have their bad loans underwritten by the government, leaving them with more freedom to lend to customers and businesses.
The group's head of communications, Shane O'Riordain, said talks with the government's Treasury department "are continuing", adding: "This is a complex subject and there is a good deal of detail to be worked through.
"Our conversations have not yet concluded and there can be no certainty that we will participate in this scheme."
A Treasury spokesman said: "Discussions are ongoing. A deal will be announced at the conclusion of those discussions."
Royal Bank of Scotland has already signed up to insure assets worth 325 billion pounds, in return for paying 6.5 billion pounds and promising to lend 25 billion to consumers and businesses this year.
The International Finance Manager of the INL News Group, John Carew-Reid, however had a meeting with a senior Royal Bank of Scotland Development Loan Manager today and Mr Carew-Reid said it seemed clear that  the RBS, even though already 60% owned by the UK Government who have signed up to insure assets worth 325 billion pounds, in return for paying 6.5 billion pounds and promising to lend 25 billion to consumers and businesses this year, have made their lending conditions to businesses a lot more stricter than they were before the banking crisis, and in fac the advertising material sent out in the mail to current banking cisters saying that the bank has billions to lend outside normal strict banking lending rules, is simply not true. The clear impression given to Mr Carew-Reid by the RBS Development Manager, was that bank while publicly making out they were going to make credit fairly easily available to businesses with a sensible business plan outside normal banking guidelines, because 75% of the loan is guaranteed by the UK Government and in fact it was the UK Government and UK taxpayers money that the RBS was in effect lending, the reality is that the RBS have made lending to businesses a lot more stricter and thus 95% of business loans applied for will be refused. This is the same with NatWest is owned by the RBS and thus also effectively controlled by the UK Government. It seems that in reality what is happening, is that the billions handed to the RBS, NatWest, HBOS and Lloyds in cash and guarantees will not be used to lend to business people on reasonably liberal lenders terms to get the UK economy moving, however all these billions will be moved to overseas currencies such as US dollars to gamble on currency trading profits, rather than using these funds as promised to lend to small and medium UK businesses, which was the original condition of the UK Government providing what appears all up to be about 1,000 billion pounds in cash injections, purchasing toxic assets and Government guarantees from UK Taxpayers money stop  up the complete collapse of the UK banking system.
It appears that the directors of the UK Banks such as the RBS, NatWest, HBOS and Lloyds who are receiving around 1,000 billion pounds bail out funding from the UK taxpayer are taking this money on false pretences and are effectively guilty of a conspiracy to defrauding the UK Taxpayer.
What the UK Government should have done is place these funds into banks accounts in these banks owned by the government, and then had the banks lend this money as a finance broker for the UK Government, with instructions to lend these funds out liberal lending conditions to UK
businesses with sensible businesses plans. Mr John Carew Reid, who is a qualified and experienced economist, management accountant and investment advisor for the INL News Group states, that
"because of the taxation collection ability of the UK Government, that in effect gets back about 40% in direct and indirect taxes each time money is spent and circulated in the economy, even if some of these business loans are not repaid in the end, due to the business venture not working in time before the working capital of the business runs out, the UK Government will have recouped more than their original outlay on the loan to the business from direct and indirect taxation from the money circulated into the economy. What in effect happens when a small business person is provided £25,000 in working capital for his business, whether it be a new or existing business venture, these funds are immediately spent on rent, interest, wages, pant and equipment, refurbishment of their business etc. Those that receive these funds for their goods and services, pay about 0% indirect and direct taxation. Then they spend the other 60% on goods and services and those that receive these funds also pay about 40% in direct and indirect taxation, and the cycle continues. After a few times that this £25,000 has been circulated form the original loan given to the business person, the UK Government has had all their money back. So in effect the UK Government do not lose any money on any of the loans that are not paid paid because the business and the individual has gone bankrupt through the failed business venture. At the same time, the UK Government who have financed all these small businesses in the UK with £5,000 to £25,000 have in effect become venture capital providers, just at the business people on the well known BBC TV program Dragons Den are, and in return the UK Government can take a percentage share in the small to medium business in return for the capital injection of working capital. This is what the UK Government have done with the UK Banks who have a proven track record of losing billions. The UK Government have become venture capitalists by providing working capital to the banks in return for a shareholdinng in their businesses.
Mr John Carew Reid asks the question?
"Why can't the UK Government also invest directly into small and medium businesses with business people that have a track record of some successes, and to people who want to start up a new business who are keen and energetic with a sensible business plan, with amounts of up to £25,000 unsecured and up to £1 million secured on commercial real estate, rather than than handing 1,000 billion pounds to just three for four companies all in the same industry, who are all competing against each each for the banking busines, who all have the same products to sell, have a proven track record of having no business sense or ability have lost about 1,000 billion pounds over the last few years of other people's money?"
Any comments can be emailed to:

                                           
                                           
                                   financialeditor@inlnews.com


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John Lewis said its annual profits tumbled by more than £100m as consumer spending continues to dry up.
It warned that job cuts were likely as the company braces for a "very difficult year".
Bonus payouts for 69,000 staff at the partnership will be slashed after the 26% dive in underlying profits to £279.6m in the year to January 31.
John Lewis, which is co-owned by its employees, will share out a £125.5m bonus pot - equivalent to just under seven weeks' pay.
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Like-for-like sales at the department store dropped by 3.4% and are already down 8.8% on last year in just five weeks.
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It has already recently announced the closure of a distribution centre in Stevenage in a move affecting more than 300 staff.
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