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Comment on We don’t need grammar schools – we need grammar streams by Phil

Streaming works in large schools. In small schools, such as you find in rural areas, there are timetabling problems due to the limited number of specialist subject teachers - sometimes you only have one subject specialist for the school, so you can't have 2 separate classes for the same year, and it doesn't make much sense to stream pupils according to their ability in several different subjects.

Comment on We don’t need grammar schools – we need grammar streams by Mark Charlwood

Streaming is the correct way forward.
Why does Edinburgh have the highest percentage of privately educated children?

Comment on If only you’d invested in: Sound Energy by Kirk Dickenson

I have been a long term holder of Sound Energy stock & have never been more enthused & excited at their prospects before. Although they have risen some 500% over the course of a few short months this is because they are in the early stages of proving up a 'Super gas Giant' on their Tendrara License. Within a year they will be able to announce East Morocco as a world class hydrocarbon province. Their dynamic & innovative CEO, James Parsons, has recently stated the journey has only just begun & that each TCF of gas discovered on the license amounts to £1 on their net present value. Their partnership with Schlumberger (27.5% each but Sound operate) has been crucial as Schlum technically de-risk the asset whilst Sound Energy are able to leverage off the Schlumberger balance sheet, as Shlum are paying 75% well costs on the first three wells. Recently the first well was completed as a vertical & to be commercial they had to flow 3 Million scuffs per day - they actually announced a flow rate of 17 million scuffs!This was announced as highly commercial & unexpected! The second well (a sub-horizontal) is nearing completion & flow rates could be between 30 & 50 million scuffs per day. The formation they have targeted is the TAGGi sandstone & is the same that produces from the nearby Super Giant Hassi R'Mel gas field across the border in Algeria. This is one of the biggest gas fields in the world. The implications for Sound Energy investors are that the present value of the Company is just north of £400 million - when this giant field is proven they can look forward to multiples of the current value & sp, which is still sub £1. The CEO recently stated that Sound Energy have 4 digit potential - or £10 per share plus. With a huge Italian gas prospect about to be commenced before Christmas Sound investors can look forward to two world class projects being drilled simultaneously!

Comment on How to make stamp duty a little less crazy by LG

The reason the buyer pays the tax is tied up with title registration. The buyer has an interest in paying, in order to ensure his title is registered. Whereas a seller has no such interest.

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