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  1. It is just to provide a general course, not for any specific exam. When I did O Grade Economics at school, we covered the sort of basic course. The Higher Course was basically the same! Only a bit more intense and the exam was harder. The first year at uni was also very much like the school level! I am also thinking of looking at online resources, but I wish I still had my old Economics notes from school that the teachers gave us, they were very good....
  2. Hi, I have been asked to take up a post tutoring a child in economics. I did economics at university, but I still remember the best books were the course book I had at school in Scotland, for what was then called O Grade and Higher Economics (circa 1987-88). I did buy a self-help book at the same time for the English A-Level Economics course (a big book with a large orange "A" on the cover), but I remember thinking it was not quite so good. Does anyone know the best place to go for old economics textbooks? Or maybe you can recommend the best recent one, which goes through basic economics from supply/demand and opportunity cost to OMO and free/fixed exchange rates...?
  3. Has anyone had any experience of taking care of a property, especially rural and in isolated places? I mean, being a caretaker of a place, whether it is just to guard or take care of animals/the place in the owner's absence? Usually rent-free but in return for security/upkeep services. I have a book to write over the coming year (no doubt, two years ) and the perfect solution for me would be to find a place where I could guard/keep up/look after a property for someone in their absence. To be honest, anywhere (in Europe) would be fine for me. I would like to offer my services, as I am mobile, fit and have good references, but I have not found any good sites, except "Home Carers". Any suggestions, experience or anecdotes?
  4. I have always been interested in Economics and I studied the subject at school and university. I went to the local comprehensive in Scotland and a (supposedly) top school of economics at a British university. The teaching at school was very good. Our teachers basically told us what was what, explaining fractional reserve banking, the gold standard (I came away understanding it was the best system), money as debt and the current state of the economy (I can still remember the prices for crude oil at that time, mostly $18, will probably soon be experiencing deja vu!). Then I got to university and it was a complete farce. It was all so wrong that it completely put me off Economics and I followed a different career, despite having an honours degree. In fact, it was only when I reached the honours course that we seemed to do anything relevant, like international finance. The neo-Keynesian theories just did not make sense, without being able to fully understand why, because criticism did not come into it. The other business subjects were taught in an equally dire fashion (the first lesson in Accounting, which I had also done at school, was "why do we do the things we do?"... wtf??). I wonder if anywhere there is a course in economics, online or whatever, which describes things the way they really are? Not just the Austrian approach, I mean more like the plain facts you get on the Keiser Report, but backed up with statistical evidence, not just their soundbites. I would love to teach my own course to people, only I have been away from the subject for too long and, anyway, do not have all the facts and recent developments at my fingertips...
  5. Please write to your Con candidate if you live in a Labour-held or other constituency, saying that the prospect of Krustie as housing minister has made you decide to vote UKIP instead. I have already written.
  6. But isn't half the reason for the slide just because the pound is now worth less euro (and the other way around)? I believe the UK was so high in the first place was because the pound was previously so high against other currencies. I believe Britain is going to come out of this worse than most big countries, but what is all this talk about the Eurozone, USA, China out of recession? Spain? Ireland? United States? If unemployment at 25% in real terms, currency trashing and enormous public and private debt from which none of them will EVER recover, let's face it, translate as "out of recession", then I would almost want to be IN recession! So everywhere is going to have positive growth now? I think not. It is like a tsunami, we are at the point when all the water has suddenly disappeared, and everyone is standing around wondering: where did all that aqua go? Don't worry boys, it's coming, it's coming...
  7. Yes. And if I start reading a thread that has two pages, and it eventually climbs to three, when I go back to the contents it tells me that the thread only has two pages. Has the contract for the new format perhaps been awarded to Capita?
  8. Yes, thank heavens this has come and can be latched onto him. But he will just fall back on "it started in America" anyway. I just started a topic complaining about the annoying black rectangle that flashes up whenever you open a new page here and the unusable format and it was pulled straight away, not even moved to off-topic. Why is that?
  9. WHAT IS THIS BLACK RECTANGLE THAT FLASHES UP WHENEVER YOU GO INTO A NEW PAGE? IT TAKES UP THE TOP HALF OF THE SCREEN. IS IT ONE OF THOSE 25th FRAME THINGS, PERCHANCE, TELLING US TO "BUY HOUSES, SPEND SPEND, TAKE OUT A LOAN"?? And why does the new format sometimes chop off half the text written in a post? When are these technical problems going to be fixed? The new format stinks, everything is so hard to read it hardly makes it worthwhile coming here, because trying to look at the list of posts is a struggle as it is. Why fix something that was not broken? I am sure total clicks on this site must be down since the changes.
  10. I thought Costa Rica was full of Americans. It seems to be the done thing to go to South/Central America and buy a ranch or a banana plantation. But I would love a place that has nice nature and wildlife, with maybe just enough land to grow some roses. And I've always thought that Argentina was the best place to be for when WWIII breaks out. Look at a map. It's quite isolated and ery big, so lots of room and space. Plus, if they start making it hard to live there permanently, you could always jump over to the Falklands, which is, I believe, a colony of Britain and so more or less the same rules of residence as Blighty I should think.
  11. +1 I just pray that one of them gets cancer (preferably both, but it is wicked to ask God for too much all at the one time).
  12. To be honest, I feel the dollar is undervalued and the euro is incredibly overvalued at the moment. I would want to be in $ rather than in any other currency, possibly even yen. Because the whole world is going to go into meltdown, and the $ is the reserve currency that everyone is going to jump into. It is like when the Titanic goes down and the dollar is the last bit of wood left in the ocean that everyone will want to jump on at once. If the markets go into meltdown again, then sterling should be very badly hit - maybe less so if it is just a continued depression that brings high unemployment but maybe not a stock market crash.
  13. If I were you, I would write to the bishop or whatever it is, expressing your concern that one of his ex-employees has taken advantage of your dad, borrowing money without a formal contract. I believe the individual is no longer a minister? Still, if he borrowed while he was still in the pay of the church, this letter might carry some weight. I find that in these situations you have to be pro-active and look ahead - what will put you in a better position when this BTLer defaults on the loan or just refuses to pay it back, especially if it ends up in court or other legal proceedings, even exchange of lawyers' letters...
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