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TV, broadband & calls just 19.50 a month Over 60 top TV channels including Sky1, Discovery & LIVING Up to 10Mb fibre optic broadband Unlimited UK weekend calls to numbers starting 01, 02 and 03 Installed within 7-10 days Free installation Until 31st October I love repeats of Prisoner Cell Block H! What does that say about me? F, London users of iPods in public places: just because you cant hear yourself pass wind doesnt mean no one else can. strange but true! Shashi, E7 WHy are there no conspiracy theories at the moment? Are they all being hushed up? Nigel, W4 M (Txts, Thur): more misheard lyrics? Madonnas erotica -- Bill oddie, Bill oddie, put your hands all over my body... Martin, London M: I thought Man In The Mirror lyrics were ...no moustache could have been any bigger. JJ, RH12 M: I thought Macy Gray song went, I wear goggles when you are not here. Turns out its my world crumbles. Kris, TN4 To THe stranger on the train who gave me a note telling me it would be okay after hearing about my break-up: youre a saint. James, N16 PAul (Txts, Tues): if David Hasselhoff still has it, I want it back. I only lent it to him. Hoffman, London PAul: your son spotted The Hoff at liberty on Friday, same day I saw him at st Martins lane Hotel. He was sober as a judge! Mark, TW9 WHos seen dancing lollipop lady, Wandsworth one-way system? she always makes me smile. Tim, SE15 unreAsonABly evil, seemingly mental housemates. so Im moving out. not good at revenge, but keen to learn! Miss Sweetie, Muswell Hill CAnnon sTreeT announcer, where are you from? Mate says Ireland, I say Devon, please tell us who is right. Properjob, SE7 GB (Txts, Tues): animals that are the same singular and plural? I reckon zebra, right? Georgie, SE15 GB: moose, reindeer, Peperami... cheese came into my head but I accept its not an animal. Nadia, BN3 ConkersnIFFA (Txts, Tues): yes, I agree. Theres nothing quite like the smell of fresh conkers in the autumn... Rick, CR5 ConkersnIFFA: Ive a real conker fetish! I have to collect them every year, come home with pockets, bags and bra full of them! Nikki, London JIMBo (Txts, Tues): Wolf from Gladiators is not a real wolf. He used to roar to the camera and had a fine mane so I stand by my decision to roar, not howl, at him. Johnsy, E14 Bloke told off for using his phone in quiet carriage. Complainer has headphones on!!!. Mark, Upminster BournvIlle (Txts, Tues): yes, dark chocolate in your chilli, splash of Coke too! Tastes great! Jools ME13 To All the lovely people helping the Irish girl out on the train to luton on Friday evening -- I made the flight. Thanks so much. JC, NW1 My cat loves Animal Cops. What does yours watch on Tv? Megan, GU14 Shouldweraise retirementage? IT WAS great to see what an effort the celebrities at the Pride Of Britain Awards made to look good. Cheryl Cole, pictured, in particular looked stunning in her ball dress. Ashleys a very lucky fellow. Marlow, Wandsworth DAnnII MInOgue and Tess Daly looked the best of all. unlike some of the others they didnt try too hard. They also both looked totally in love with their men -- and that was great to see! Hannah R, London I DIDnT recognise Kelly Brook without a low-cut outfit, but she looked classy and ladylike. I think she should try and repeat the look next time shes out. Martha, London THose in need used to get council housing. That was sold off, so now they get put in private lets at market rents, even 2,800 a week (Lite, Mon). Thats straight from us taxpayers into the pockets of private landlords. Matthew Huntbach, London All those sniping party- poopers who are having a go at simon Cowell for tacky lack of taste with his lavish birthday celebrations: did any of them get an invite? Thought not. Elizabeth, New Cross Another thing Should cheap booze be taxed? Will Palm Pre be an iPhone killer? WholookedbestatPrideawards? Getitoff your txtYour mobile moans To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageeach text costs 25p plus standard network charges >>Text LL TELLUS to 65400 Terms apply. See thisislondon.co.uk/lite N O ONE will relish the plan of shadow chancellor George Osborne to eventually raise the retirement age for both men and women to 66, but lets face facts. We not only have significant economic problems but also an ageing and growing population. Without this kind of change the welfare state sums just wont add up. Noel, Richmond I dONt think its enough. the country cant afford pensions in the long term. Either tax goes up, by a lot, or pensions go down, or something else is cut, or retirement is raised to 70. It has been put off too long. this should have been done a long time ago. Lepus, London All state spending ultimately has to be gathered in tax. At the moment everyone wants action but wholl pay for it? Carly, Ealing thE retirement age was set when life expectancy was a lot lower but now pensioners can look forward to a decade or more of leisure. there are incapacity benefits for those who genuinely can no longer work, but why should the state subsidise people who can? Saint, London RAIsING the retire- ment age is a sure-fire vote-loser among middle-aged people. My plans are all based on retiring in 2016. If I have to wait an extra year I will effectively be losing a minimum of 5,000. Aeneas, London hOW about the bankers, hedge fund managers and MPs who got us into this mess give up their exorbitant pensions? thatll probably cover the rest of us for a year on the ludicrously low UK pension. Mick, London KEEPING people working longer will stop any younger people finding employment. Better to let people retire early and bring someone off benefits into employ- ment, thus turning someone who is currently a taker into a net contributor instead. Norskyboy, London Textpoll Q: Is Beeb clean-up going too far? OurlastresultShould Anton Du Beke be axed? YES 55% NO 45%*Texts charged at 50p plus your standard network rate. Terms and conditions apply. See thisislondon.co.uk/lite Text LL POLL YES or LL POLL NO followed by your first name and postcode to 65400or at thisislondon.co.uk/lite We have to pay for ourfuturePlan: retire later, says shadow chancellor Osborne e-edition.thelondonlite.co.ukForget your Lite? Dont miss a single edition! Log on to: index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html