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  1. Another Russian Spy?

    Could be the Dutch Secret Services (AIVD) who have been very successful of late in hacking into the Kremlin's hackers...After MH17 was shot down by Russian backed militias the gloves have been off between The Netherlands and Russia..... "Hackers from the Dutch intelligence service AIVD have provided the FBI with crucial information about Russian interference with the American elections. For years, AIVD had access to the infamous Russian hacker group Cozy Bear. That's what de Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur have uncovered in their investigation"....
  2. In my area of Sussex, it is either DFL's (not a term of endearment in these parts!) selling their cramped one/two bed flats or ex-council in non-prime London zones out-bidding the locals for all the family homes or ex-London renters fed up with the poor quality of life who only need to be in London one or two days a week so suffer the commute... Its not investors....
  3. What/who will collapse first in 2018

    Big profits drop at John Lewis... bonus down.... If JL are suffering what is the likely impact to HoF and Debenhams? The John Lewis Partnership has cut its staff bonus to the lowest level in 64 years after annual profits plunged at the group, which owns Waitrose and a chain of department stores. The company said 85,000 staff, known as partners because they jointly own the business, would receive a bonus equivalent to 5% of annual pay. It is the fifth year in a row that John Lewis has cut the bonus. Last year the bonus – which is the same proportion of salary for all workers, from the chairman to Saturday shelf-fillers – was 6%, the lowest level since 1954, when it stood at 4% of pay. The year before it was 10%, the lowest for 13 years. It followed a 77% fall in annual profits to £103.9m in the year ending 27 January after the retailer took a £111m one-off hit, mainly relating to redundancy and restructuring costs.

    Possibly the biggest news event from this year or even the next decade ? Time will tell.... 'Dictator for life': Xi Jinping's power grab condemned as step towards tyranny Experts and activists react to ‘bombshell’ decision to scrap two-term limit that was designed to guard against Mao-style personality cult in China........
  5. HPI led degentrification

    Thanks for posting . You don't often see this reported (yet!) I know this part of Croydon, the Broad Green area has never been gentrified but it seems that people, like this journalist, have bought in the area on the premise that it would! Presumably based on a lot of EA guff about how the arrival of the Overground and a future shopping mall would bring in a richer demographic lol....If anything its the opposite. Due to Central London HPI, lack of council housing in the inner boroughs, social dumping by wealthier London councils, HMO's, illegal immigration etc Croydon and the outer boroughs is where the poor are ending up. Not that the North Side of Croydon was ever a leafy suburb but it can only get worse as most of London's predicted population increase is planned to happen in the outer zone boroughs with more densification promised. So the journalist does have a point in that it has all the hallmarks of becoming a future slum....
  6. Yes very odd, yet obvious to any Londoner. Here is what they do in Denmark Requirements for non-Danish citizens However, there are certain requirements for non-Danish citizens when it comes to buying property: Unless you have lived in Denmark for a period of at least 5 years, you must obtain permission from the Danish Ministry of Justice (Justitsministeriet) to buy property. However, this restriction does not apply if you are an EU-citizen, and if the property is to be used as a permanent residence. This also applies to citizens from countries that are included in the European Economic Cooperation (EEA). Go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs's website to see the regulations. In any case it is a good idea to contact The Ministry of Justice if you wish to buy property. If Denmark can do this within the EU then there is no reason why we cannot do similar in the UK.
  7. This spooked the elderly neighbours where I live....Probably cost the Tories a few percentage points and seats like Eastbourne...
  8. Is Everyone Flying ?

    Both India and Japan share an enemy that threatens them both.... India gets better technical know-how plus all the income receipts sent back, Japan gets another ally in the region....
  9. End of the urban revival

    I think in London we are some where between "Those who manned the art scene and the kooky shops move out as they cannot afford it" and "only really poor immigrants can afford to work there along with the super rich." Anecdotally, a lot of the arty creative types (at least they think they are lol) I know have left London recently for cheaper North Kent coast (Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate) or down to the South Coast....
  10. Is Everyone Flying ?

    And yet, so far, the population of the GLA area is still increasing, roughly 100,,000 increase per sign of any decline in numbers
  11. End of the urban revival

    If London is no longer calling to the faraway towns, then who is London for, and what does it mean for our capital? Its for those from Bologna, Bilbao, Bescancon and Braga.....(note no German towns included here lol).... it means an even more transient soul less place.... London is becoming a commuting city It always has been a commuting city.... no doubt in 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 etc. 790,000 people a day commuted across the GLA boundary and 18% of all jobs were done by people living outside the capital. Without the people commuting in from Essex, Surrey & Kent everyday the economy of the City would collapse. The 9% increase merely reflects the 9% increase in population since 2001. In fact its probably lower... London is becoming older This is also untrue the demographics of London are far younger than surrounding regions even with the families with young kids moving out. London is becoming less productive This may be true but Evening Standard propaganda is always telling us how productive London is in comparison to other UK regions...
  12. Conservative HQ have read the runes and it isn't pretty for them... They are in survival mode... (should of seen this coming 10 years ago) Was a report in the Evening Standard (Osborne's propaganda sheet) that the Tories face wipe-out in Greater London, even in the leafier outer-suburbs, as more and more property goes from owner-occupier to BTL... private renting 60% of households by 2025?!? think the next budget will be hugely important. Do they roll back on the BTL tax changes Osborne introduced or do they expand on them with more taxes on landlords, stop non-residents from acquiring property etc.....

    Could they join the EEA or EFTA?
  14. Beautiful Female Vocalists

    How about Francoise Hardy ih her 1960's prime

    Looks like Merkel is going to need a 'Grand Coalition' or a CDU/CSU/Green/FDP as the CDU/CSU trending slightly down, ..... AFD getting near 10% and likely to be the opposition if there is a Grand Coalition.. will be interesting to see how German democracy handles that one ! Current polling trends 07.09.2017 CDU/CSU 37.2% SPD 23.5% Left 9.2% Green 7.3% FDP 8.5% AfD 9.5% Pirate - Other 4.7%