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  1. Yes, I think maybe at one time most of the top UK clubs were run by UK based owners with some local interest. But alas, some of them didn't make enough profit. Often heard complaint as they drove from the ground for the last time was 'If you've got a lot of money to spare don't buy a football club!'. Then we got the foreign owners buying clubs up. No doubt TV money made it more attractive. Still many clubs are not balancing their books, some may be struggling financially if they don't stay up. You could suggest that they cut their wages bill for their top players, but then
  2. A flat with mouldy/ damp bathroom and kitchen in the private sector will most likely not get fixed by the landlord for one important reason - as soon as one tenant leaves and after a bit of cosmetic paintwork, he can find another tenant straight way, usually at a higher monthly rent. I speak as a long time renter who has spent years of my life in these places, trying to keep it at bay with ventilation and bleach. I did once raise it with a landlord who gave me the grand advice to keep the window open and heating turned up - this was in the middle of one of the coldest winters I have
  3. https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2021/03/31/planning-rules-relaxed-for-commercial-to-resi-conversions/
  4. £1K fine for not taking part. What next? Fines if you don't vote in an election?
  5. Yes, see a lot of TV reports about 'roll out' of broadband to the countryside. But there is always a limit on the capacity of a new system. Majority of the locals may only need basic phone/ Tv access and will be quite happy with a basic installation. But say some big shot moves in from the city. He's bragged to his old city mates that he's going off grid and enjoying the quiet life. Then he gets bored and sets up an online business requiring dominant heavy use of the local infrastructure. Not sure how this works, but won't that affect the speeds that his neighbours get?
  6. Let's face it - every government for as far as I can remembered has failed to look after the basics: Food/ Shelter/ Heat
  7. It's more or less ubiquitous now on job applications. Age/ sex/ race/ nationality/ religion/ disability etc. questionnaire. Although there is an option to decline to answer these questions.
  8. Yes, some people talk of Manchester (the city) when they mean (Greater) Manchester - as you say totally different with boroughs quite a distance from the City centre. I've not seen the programme but there are areas some people have mentioned eg Eccles which is not in the City of Manchester but in the City of Salford - a large and expansive place itself, on the other side of the river Irwell to the City of Manchester. Greater Manchester, metropolitan county in northwestern England. It encompasses one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country and comprises 10 metropolitan boroughs: B
  9. I read your post and it set me thinking about any locations which might suit you - say in the North of England - where you could get a quiet, remote place without paying a fortune. Sadly I realised that there are not many options. The ever growing cities are getting more densely packed and the countryside now attracts a premium price. So, the coasts? West side you have Cumbria (Lake District - v.expensive) then the holiday resorts, then you hit the metropolises of Manchester and Liverpool, then Wales. East side you have Tyne & Wear, North Yorks (v.expensive), more holiday re
  10. The usual construction of these garage conversions is timber battens fixed to existing structure/ dpm/ rigid insulation/ plasterboard for walls & ceiling and ditto with chipboard for floors (that might account for the change in level/ heights). Any new internal walls will most likely be timber stud partitions built off the garage concrete floor - you can find out by tapping them. So it should be easy enough to strip out, you could probably do it yourself. You would then need a plumber for isolating where any pipework has to come out and an electrician to rewire where necessary. Where
  11. Yes, but on holiday it's easy isn't it - you are dealing with people who are trying to sell you things - food, hotel, transport etc. They will bend over backwards to help you part with your money. It's their job. I just think that if you have ambitions of settling and working in a foreign country that you should be aiming for real fluency. PS -'do omissions' - I don't understand what that means!
  12. It depends what you mean by 'learning a language'. If you just want to learn how to order a beer and some chips and ask for directions to the train station that's usually basic level 1 stuff you will see in a phrase book which you can look up as required. But to work and live in a place where there are possibly not many English speakers. To be able to converse with locals, often with strong accents not heard on language lesson CDs, to defend yourself in an argument, to get your message across clearly, you need a deep understanding of the language. As adults we don't have the advantag
  13. Is this just a dreamer's thread or are we taking into account practical things.eg : The possibility of you finding a reasonably paid job in Lisbon is low. Then you have the language difficulty. As you are an adult you will have to study this for years - you don't just 'pick it up'. Then what happens to your status after Brexit, access to schools and healthcare etc - that's unknown at the moment.
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