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  1. http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Home-sale-hit-buffers-talk-opening-Devon-railway/story-20622236-detail/story.html#ixzz2tIxg0IXT

    A man who lives in a former train station claims he will not be able sell up because of talk of re-opening the disused railway following the major collapse at Dawlish.

    Eric Rhodes, 67, lives a former station master's house which is still flanked by the old railway platform.

    Pretty Brentor Railway Station was transformed into a three-bedroom dwelling and garden when the Southwestern Junction Line was closed in 1968 under the Beeching cuts.

  2. If you want to see how a particular nuclear weapon would affect the area round a particular location, just have a go at this nuclear simulator:


    A more general look at this site will give lots of info about the horrendous global impacts of only a limited nuclear war.

    Great site, look I've just bombed Cowbridge


  3. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/522209/20131114/wolfson-economics-prize-uk-housing-crisis-simon.htm

    Could you solve the UK housing market crisis through the creation of a new wave of "garden cities" across the country?

    There is £250,000 in it if you can. That's the booty on offer if you win the second Wolfson Economics Prize, launched by the Conservative peer and retailer Next's chief executive Baron Wolfson of Aspley Guise and administered by the right-leaning thinktank Policy Exchange. Runners-up could still scoop £10,000.

    Entrants must submit their up-to-10,000 word theses ............

  4. http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2013/11/essay-competition-winner-has-britain-robbed-its-children

    In September, the New Statesman and the Intergenerational Foundation teamed up to run an essay competition for A level students. The topic was "has Britian robbed its children?" and the winning entry, by Conor Hamilton, is below....

    Britain has robbed its children. It has stopped them from buying a house and failed to support them in the scramble for education and jobs in a globalised world, while saddling them with private debt. Today’s twenty-something, who should be enjoying the best years of their lives, are trapped in uncertainty. If they manage to break out of this uncertainly, they find themselves citizens of a nation riddled with debt that will take until at least 2046 to pay off.

  5. The housing stock in the UK is old and efficient, just like the political and banking systems. There needs to be a national plan to demolish the old Victorian and 1930's housing stock and replace it with energy efficent housing with parking and other modern convinces.

    Building on green belt is absolutely necessary, of course this will not happen and gas bills will be circa £5k per year for your average BTL s poorly insulated terrace.


    The average energy efficiency of new homes in England has dropped from last year, official figures reveal. Figures released by the Communities and Local Government department on Friday indicate the average energy efficiency Standard Assessment Procedure rating for new homes – as required by the building regulations – for England was 79.5 the second quarter of this year.

  6. We're havin' a paaaarty !


    A package worth £3.2m per year has been offered to communities near a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

    The deal, totalling £128m, will last for 40 years, which is the planned lifetime of Hinkley Point C.

    Somerset County and West Somerset councils will get the money but will also share it with Sedgemoor council.

    The government package is separate to the £100m pledged by the developer, EDF Energy, to build infrastructure.

  7. What ever the cuts were, they weren't enough.


    Child actors in Weston-super-Mare could face prosecution if they dance in their break, a theatre company has been told.

    Loganwest, which runs a summer school for nine to 21 year olds, is putting on the musical Grease at the Playhouse.

    Producer Emma Smith said: "They've told us that if the children dance on their lunch break then both the children and our chaperones could face prosecution."

    A council spokeswoman said it had to ensure "children taking part in public performances are correctly cared for".

    Loganwest Productions has been running "intensive" two-week workshops for children across Bristol, Bath and Somerset since 2000.

    Now, according to Ms Smith, North Somerset Council is stipulating that under 16s can only rehearse for five hours a day and must take a 90-minute lunch break.

    Words escape me ....

  8. Thanks. Someone else suggested Portishead. What type of people live in Portishead?

    I'd only live in Portishead if you had a decent view of the 'sea'.

    Houses have small gardens, generally on a slope, you pay premium price as it's Bristol commuter area. If you haven't got the sea view it's just a bog standard town.

    I stand by my recommendation.

  9. I did suggest Wells but the 'boss' didn't like the drive there from Nailsea on winding 'B' roads!

    Not sure Wells has an M&S.

    Although Weston has an M&S and a Waitrose, which shares it's carpark with Asda !

    I still recommend the property I showed you earlier, and unlike Kirsty, I only charge 1% finders fee. ;)

  10. Weston Super Mare seems to tick all the boxes but there are lots of blogs slating the place.

    Is there anyone here who can offer any honest objective views on WSM?

    Great place to live when you're 18, as I did, not sure I'd want to live there now, but it's probably better than Nailsea ;) .

    If you want to be a bit more sophisticated head towards Cheddar, Axbridge, Wedmore, as per he property I sugested, or if you fancy being a bit more on the frontier, like me, come round the coast to the Quantocks.

    Is 15 mins from an M&S really a deal breaker ?

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