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  1. Energy Efficiency - Next year's landlord headache

    If the place is a dump, smoke and CO detectors are something else you can advise the local authorities about when you leave. The regs are quite onerous and I seem to remember the fine is up to £5k. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarms-explanatory-booklet-for-landlords edit: amazingly, the requirement for a CO detector is only advisory for gas appliances, but mandatory for solid fuel. So it's ok to get gassed to death by a faulty gas appliance.
  2. My impression is that farms work for many as the base for farmers' lifestyle. The farm was paid for a hundred years ago, so there's just running costs and council tax to pay. Letting land out pays ~ £100 / acre, so a small farm of around 150 acres might bring in £15k / year. Then there is residential rentals in houses on the farm. Then CAP payments, and any other grants such as Natural England environmental schemes. Then anyone with a bit of get up and go is going to find some form of diversification, could be anything from doing a few shifts a week in the local warehouse to having wind turbines built on the farm. Then they could do some actual farming! Anecdotally, pre supermarket revolution, household spending of the average worker was roughly a third on rent, a third on food, with the remaining third for other expenditure / saving. Compare with today, where I would guess average food spending to be more like a tenth of income. So proportionally there was a lot more money to go around food production industries. In my part of the world (Northants), there has been a definite shift away from livestock to arable. The markets for farm produce are volatile and difficult to make long term predictions about. My guess is that this is driven more by the labour involved - some machinery maintenance and a few weeks planting and harvesting as opposed to the daily all hours drudgery of livestock.
  3. The Bbc Propaganda Thread

    Maybe BBC being moody and hoping PM doesn't start getting ideas from Trump about doing away with publicly funded broadcasters http://www.snopes.com/2017/01/27/is-trump-planning-on-killing-pbs-and-npr/
  4. Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites

    I did register on an appropriate dating site, but quickly concluded that real life is where it's at for me - cannot get fired up about profiles with suspect photos and strained email conversations. Have seen it work out for other people though. I know someone that used to practice family law, so will try her for answers about cohabitation. Google results seemed unclear on teh matter.
  5. Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites

    Would this also apply to getting involved with older women ? Kids more or less 18 and unlikely to have any more and marriage not on the table.
  6. Hillary Clinton

    wtf ?
  7. What about the people in 30's / early 40's who don't have children because they have been in government caused precarious housing and employment situations for the last 15 + years ? I guess they get an inheritance if they are lucky, but it's entirely missing the point that houses have become a drain on society and successive governments could and should have corrected it, but continually choose not to. Gavin Barwell rapidly becoming new hate figure.
  8. Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites

    Builder mostly in the middle of nowhere these days, so not ideal. Sad as it sounds, I'm slowly reaching the point of not being that bothered anymore, just not that keen on getting older alone. First hint of any drama and I'd be down the road because solitude holds no fear.
  9. Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites

    Been single for years, with those attributes, several chainsaw licenses and having worked in a variety of manly jobs, I must be doing it wrong. Would it help to treat women like cr4p more, or maybe go to prison like Mr. Pin's friend?
  10. I heard this second hand, so entirely anecdotal; on the night of the referendum result, a middle aged man came into our village pub later on in the evening and started having a go at people he overheard talking favourably about the brexit result. After a while, he was removed. At closing time, there was a police car in the high street and police manhandling the angry middle aged man and a local couple in their underwear. Apparently, the angry man had singled out the couple's house because they had an England flag in the window, got them out of bed and started a fight with the husband on their doorstep, which his wife joined in with on the street No idea who the angry remainer is.
  11. There was a small migrant encampment on a green lane that runs through the middle of the international rail freight terminal and warehouse hub out my way. Anecdotally, the warehouses prefer to use EE agency workers and drivers, so the camp must have been convenient for work They were moved on after a few months.
  12. Brexit Referendum Poll - In Or Out?

    https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/03/24/eu-referendum-provincial-england-versus-london-and/ is worth a read. From my blinkered midlands centric view of the UK, I cannot understand why Scotland, Wales and N.I. are quite strongly in favour of EU membership ?
  13. Brexit Referendum Poll - In Or Out?

    Out. Still haven't heard anyone in real life say that they will vote remain.
  14. Farmers Fear Brexit

    The small sample of farmers I have asked for opinions on brexit were suprisingly on the fence about it. Generally they want to buy more land (landowners can often borrow very cheaply) and are only keen to sell for big payouts like residential development. Many are quite old, very conservative and inherently anti eu. They often want to pass the farm onto the next generation instead of selling up at retirement.