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poured STP, checked fluid levels, tightened belts, replaced
"In recent years, companies have tightened belts, gained efficiency and reinvented their businesses to survive in a tough economy."
As the rest of us struggle with frozen wages and tightened belts, they dine on red mullet and quails' eggs for under a fiver thanks to the British taxpayer.
According to the media we're in for a pretty lean time of it again this year to make up for the mistakes of the banks - still our generation are used to tightened belts and we'll survive somehow.