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Re: The Census

Post by marty » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:03 pm

englishangel wrote: Not everyone

b) has a car with a number plate
?????!!! Surely even the queen has to comply with the laws of the road and put a number plate on her car? Or at least she has her butler do it...
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Re: The Census

Post by J.R. » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:16 pm

marty wrote:
englishangel wrote: Not everyone

b) has a car with a number plate
?????!!! Surely even the queen has to comply with the laws of the road and put a number plate on her car? Or at least she has her butler do it...

Her No 1 Official car does NOT have number plates ! It is the only vehicle in the UK that does not have to have them.
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Re: The Census

Post by sejintenej » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:28 pm

marty wrote: I think I must have been living in a bubble for the past few months because I was totally unaware a) that a census was being carried out; and b) that it was mandatory to complete it. Mrs Elmore says there have been adverts on telly and plastered on billboards but I haven't seen a single one. Anyway, this huge white and lilac envelope arrived in the post a week or so ago. I decided it was ridiculous and threw it in the bin as I do with 90% of the unwanted junk that comes through our letterbox. ]
I'm with you to a certain extent, Marty. I did know that completion of census forms is compulsory but I saw nothing about them on TV because TV is so sod**ng miserable that I don't watch it. Billboards are for Honda and other money grabbers - nothing about the census that I have seen. Nowt in the newspapers either - the on-line versions don't carry adverts so far as I am aware (and certainly not the Aude vbersion of La Depeche.). The only thing I have seen (apart from the forms) was this thread.

As for when I got it the instruction leaflet was a load of nonsensical characters - why can't they write in the form of proper English advocated by the Plain English brigade?.

All in all these Americans have made a pretty awful job so far and should repay at least the entire advertising spend. The jury is our regarding the rest of their fees and ........

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Re: The Census

Post by englishangel » Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:38 pm

marty wrote:
englishangel wrote: Not everyone

b) has a car with a number plate
?????!!! Surely even the queen has to comply with the laws of the road and put a number plate on her car? Or at least she has her butler do it...
There was a Morecambe and Wise film (The Intelligence Men?) where they are working as traffic wardens and Eric goes after the Queen's car because it has no license plate.

I think I read she doesn't have to tax it either but I actually meant not everyone has a car.
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