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Live Peasant

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  1. With these sorts of shows the twitter commentary can be amusing to follow. What was interesting was that at the same time as this show went out featuring a significant number from the ethnic minorities the Home Office was tweeting a list of numbers of illegal immigrants caught in this week's 'round up'. All a little bit much for the delicate types who are comparing the present situation to 1936 Germany.
  2. Lots of people now doing stuff with shipping containers. I'm currently talking to one outfit about creating floating homes with a shipping container concept http://www.onecoolhabitat.com/about.html
  3. Having read Galbraith's book and Bernanke's essays on the great depression it was the single line that stood out for me but I can't remember which text it was.
  4. The 75% of the population who were never unemployed during the great depression, nevertheless, took an average 45% cut in the value of their wages.
  5. Evening Standard article Two housing officials were shot and injured today as they tried to evict a tenant from a flat in south London. The man and a woman were rushed to hospital where they are being treated. Their condition is believed to be serious but is not thought to be life threatening. Armed police raced to the scene after the shooting in Strathleven Road just before 10am. They forced their way into a flat in the street and arrested a man. He was unarmed but officers later found a gun at the address. The two officials were said to be in the process of trying to evict the man from the flat when he produced a handgun and fired at them. One report said the officials were chased down the street by the men as he fired at them. One of the pair was shot, witnesses said. Police said no shots were fired by firearms officers during the arrest. The two officials are believed to work for the Metropolitan housing association. A spokeswoman said the pair were being treated in hospital but their conditions were not-life threatening. There are thought to have been three officials, including a bailiff, who were sent to the flat to evict a tenant. One offical who works for the company said : “We know that bailiffs are unpopular but we do not expect our staff to be shot at. They are really shaken up.” A police helicopter was sent to the scene and hovered overhead during the armed operation to arrest the man. A Met Police spokesman said officers were called to Strathleven Road to reports of a shooting in the street at about 9.50am today. A local resident told the Brixton Blog: “The first we knew was when police arrived and ran past our front door. Then we saw them arrest a white guy in the middle of the road.” The street was closed while police forensics experts searched for evidence. He said : “An armed response unit was sent to the scene. London Ambulance Service were also called to the scene. One man and one woman were injured. They have been taken to a south London hospital. “Their conditions are unknown but they are not thought to be life threatening. “A short time later, armed officers forced entry to the suspect’s property in Strathleven Road and restrained a man. He was unarmed. A firearm has since been recovered from the address. “The man was arrested and has been taken to south London police station where he remains in custody.”
  6. 40,000 tvs depreciated over 3 years versus the cost of employing additional screws to keep bored inmates in order. No brainer. The issue here is not that tvs are used to keep prison wings quiet but that NHS managers have been duped into allowing a scam to operate. Presumably for kickbacks.
  7. The rental strategy In the summer of 2011, at an internal presentation by the directors of a major London estate agent, the staff were told about a strategy that promised to improve the bottom line. The plan, and its like at other firms, would have implications for the capital’s home hunters and sellers to this day. The company was facing an unfamiliar situation. The post-crash rentals boom had seen the lettings department offloading properties in hours and lining their pockets with fees, while their counterparts in sales struggled. The strategy announced would brilliantly turn the new market conditions to their advantage. A former employee has told the Standard that the directors instructed their agents to target the small but growing group of wealthy investment buyers with their for-sale properties. This would allow the firm to take its usual sales fee then rent out the property for the buyer and manage it on their behalf — turning properties they would once have sold to families and young professionals into long-term cash cows etc...
  8. faisal-islam-hundreds-of-new-homes-from-help-to-buy-at-what-cost/18168 The Fairclough’s new home looks like an ordinary home, the start of a new life for the couple from St Helens. The remarkable feature of the development has long since disappeared: it used to be the Knowsley Road, ground of the mighty. But this property is in fact an experiment vital for the entire British economy, upon which George Osborne’s hopes for recovery rest. Mark and Lindsey’s pad is the second in Britain in an experiment in which you the taxpayer are invested for the next half decade. etc
  9. The working class is finding a voice. Those who speak for the working class are furious about it.
  10. When he and Balls are starting a 40 stretch in Belmarsh.
  11. Crossfit boxes are all rammed as far as I can see @ 45-50 quid a month but nobody suffers from feckarounditis. Get in, do the workout & go.
  12. There's a planning app in Southampton for a high rise with 150 student flats. No shortage here it would appear.
  13. It seems that a decision to make desinewed meat being used in value ranges illegal was the catalyst. DSM was the replacement for 'pink slime' or meat recovered using high pressure water. The point being, the regulators trying to improve quality against supermarkets desperate to reduce costs.
  14. The model of raising rents to 'market levels' for a demographic that survives on min wage and benefits can only end in one of these associations imploding at some point. Can't be far away now.
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