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blackhole

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  1. They sound lonely and un-integrated into the community, despite being a teacher. Not sure moving will even fix that....
  2. It's actually your right to refuse viewings - quiet peaceful enjoyment trumps all as your right as a tenant. I actually did this on the basis I had already handed in my notice. EA couldn't do a thing legally or otherwise. (they put for sale as remortgaging failed, place didnt sell, laughably overvalued for what it was)
  3. I know two firms who just did this during the pandemic ... nevermind all the others who literally fund projects this way.
  4. Those people often do pay rent though ? BTL could get hammered by this in particular.
  5. Early studies are showing much more than a small % of people suffering from breathing issues, but again its much too novel to really make a call at this point.
  6. I do agree, I think the "novel" nature has been taken advantage of a little too much. IMHO before the vaccine they should place much efforts of trying to determine the likelihood of being whacked hard with this virus or not. The public dont have faith in the current track+trace system, which is not helping matters. Death isnt the issue, its reoccurring long term issues that may become the issue IMHO. Being fatigued for 2-3 months at a time etc. We're only just starting to understand the long term consequences, but rarely is it ever discussed widely. Interestingly I wonder if weak employment rights are somewhat to blame? Lets say somehow you got COVID and as a result you're not performing 100% for a good 3-6m (with some of that off sick from work). Surely if an org had to cut back, they'd be first in line? Given many people live month to month, this could be a real sticky issue.
  7. I asked a french friend (sent him the rightmove link) and he basically said its got wine ... and that's about it. A few consultants I've worked with over the years are based in wales, they absolutely love the quality of life (as well as value). Can only see the dispersion effect growing from here onward. They were both remote heavily pre-COVID too.
  8. This. Sweden's population behaved as a collective not individuals so for them at least, not locking down is an option as they'll adapt for their own good. The UK? Don't get me started...
  9. Many teachers are 50, sometimes 60+ with underlying health issues. Understandably they're concerned. It's Apples vs Oranges comparing country to country and their response. UK's population isn't nearly as healthy as say Sweden's, so I somehow doubt we'd have had a similar response as it swept through the UK without a lockdown. And yet this silly gov decides to encourage people to pig out "on the gov". Well done ?
  10. You would be surprised how many down south are "economic migrants" which to me, basically means "not from the south". But yes being realistic its too much a jump for most. Simpler going north for many.
  11. For me it's about sweet handling, involving, yet predictable cars are my thing hence the Renault Megane RS mk3, Renault Clio cup series; a lot of low TCO/depreciation fun for £10k or less. e46 BMWs also worth a look. If you want to go closer to £5-6k the Megane RS mk2 (later cup, LSD variants) will get you there too, just a bit more "raw" to live with which might be a good thing for a daily toy. If your comfortable spending a little more good Porsche Boxster/Cayman 987s are showing up now , but they will have a higher TCO ofcourse if not outrageous ala 911, so need more time / research / brave pills.
  12. These are teething issues to a degree, but no doubt they're painful. If your at a level of chasing one another via calls / emails regularly you'll need to revisit your processes / comms as that's just not a sane way to proceed over the long run. That's the real issue. But there's certainly a learning curve.
  13. TBH I think its the lack of driver training which leads to these issues. I actually had a session booked for March till the dreaded arrived. Also some cars do have a tendency to snap near their limits. Part of the fun is the risk mind.
  14. Having tried the full VR sims, they're definitely fun, if ultimately limited in experience. Can be quite a workout too!
  15. Kind of; it's not just memories but the pure joy of using it daily. Plus there's a ton of fun options for not a great deal of money in terms of running costs or depreciation these days. Seemed like a better place to hold cash than the bank!
  16. Hello fellow Alfisti indeed!! First Alfa admittedly having been a french hot-hatch tart for a long time prior (mk3 Megane RS was a particular gem - very cheap to run, amazingly fun over 5yrs+ - highly recommended for anyone who wants a pure FWD thrill machine without breaking the bank) I still have very fond memories of being a passenger in a GTV6 24v coupe, good god that Busso.... I made the mistake of test driving the QV first then didn't even bother with the Veloce ?
  17. Lease market "best value deals" might be dictating this more than we realise. Certain cars (the Alfa QF included) had god awful finance deals, hence you dont see many on the road. Absolutely, some of these are quite frankly pinnacles of their generation. Picked wisely you'll get many many years of economical motoring too.
  18. It took me a while to understand that somethings simply have an intrinsic value that is much greater and long lasting than the paper specification could convey. So good the "itch" disappears. I ended up with an Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio as a result. Every journey is magical.
  19. Have you seen much lately that suggests otherwise? I will give you a bit of credit, the comments sections on housing articles is certainly turning bearish, but its a drip in the ocean compared to all the "forever hpi" signals.
  20. Stamp duty + pent up demand driven calm before the storm. Meanwhile everyone's favourite pet rocks / cryptos also heading to the moon. Who's right? Find out soon I guess.
  21. Also saw in his emails repeatedly. Moral hazard is off the charts, hence the s**tstorm we're in.
  22. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/m7jxvn/corporations-receiving-bailout-billions-have-laid-off-staff-and-paid-investors Interesting - if not entirely shocking - outcomes. "In total, 26 companies receiving financial assistance through the CCFF have cut jobs or announced plans to make lay-offs, totalling at least 42,848 UK jobs. Of the companies issuing dividends during this period, three have also announced redundancies totalling around 6,000 jobs." Help to Fire scheme, anyone?
  23. pffft, we're peer pressure? Holy. Didn't think we impacted anything here judging by the forever hpi++++ ?
  24. It's comfortably affordable and what you want, why feel stupid?
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