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  1. To be fair - to wear such skimpy outfits on a public photoshoot you do really need the body AND the face!!! Go figure why only one girl has sponsorship on her briefs???????
  2. Thats a plan! It fact playing the same game as the bankers, if you think about it i.e. abusing the system But then that abuse is factored in i.e. High APR on credit cards allows for this I hazard a guess that a plan such as the above, over a reasonable time frame, could easily net you over 100K cash - plus whatever your education would otherwise have cost
  3. Excellent points and anyone thinking of leaving the UK should put some time into considering those points, not just your words, but the underlying points which is kind of individual to all of us, not a 'one size fits all' If you don't mind me asking, how old are you and do you reckon you have benefited from your time abroad aka Had some great experiences?
  4. All making perfect sense A couple of points I would add though, my OP is aimed more at younger people that are struggling or to be more precise are frustrated at the UK way of life and are disillusioned, especially when they feel little security in either rented BTL or are up to their necks in debt/workload because they have taken on a big mortgage for a cr*p property As most of us on HPC know the UK housing market has been massively manipulated over the last 10 years or so, therefore a real crash hasn’t happened and it looks like inflation will take down house prices over the course of t
  5. Living abroad wouldn't be a bad topic title - This thread was moved from the main forum to anecdotal I’m not too sure why???? - as moving abroad or staying in the UK has a lot to do with both Economics and House Prices (the main theme on this forum) Especially aimed at younger people, my OP started with youngsters in mind I knew when I joined HPC just about 7 years back and mostly they are in crap situations and one (not the only) reason is high f*ckin house prices LOL!!! If you can’t and probably may never have a decent home either through purchase or renting with a decent contract i.e.
  6. Friendly people in Yorkshire from my experience - not too sure about the longer term prospects in the North of England though It is not going to disappear, but investment in the future? Down South or overseas will be the trend i suspect
  7. I traveled a lot before before I left UK, but now I am permanently abroad - ChavUK seems even worse when I arrive back for a couple of weeks Don't know if its getting worse or if I am now more aware of it?
  8. As the joke goes "the grass is greener on the other side because it full of Sh*t" and it certainly isn't all green I will spend Xmas with a BBQ (or Braai as we call it here) on the beach and I WILL miss the cold and dark UK on Xmas day for example Stay objective = that is key And depending on your age, if you like many on this forum don't trust politicians 100% and they are now admitting that the UK has another 6 of cra*p coming its way, what do you think the real number is? 12 years, maybe forever? i.e. things will never go back to the good old days My OP is aimed at your people to obje
  9. Actually its not a secret, but rather hard to achieve! well done tho' BTW Cape Town/Western Cape has some of the best biking routes in the world and lots of bikers that take advantage of it - 30 degrees and leather doesn't go well together, but its worth it
  10. I couldn't put it better myself :-)
  11. Makes perfect sense, although would you agree that your lifestyle (meant with envy - not sarcasm) is not typical of the bulk of the UK population? My brother in law is Scottish BTW, from your neck of the woods Funnily enough most Blacks in South Africa are quite nice apart from the ones that want to shoot us - some things never change, no matter where in the World you live
  12. I hope I didn't imply it was a no brainer - far from it Its a big move, but I think the logic is quite simple Look at where you are now - look at the alternatives and like all things in life, its pro's and con's if the pro's outweigh the con's - then its worth some serious consideration back to my OP, I follow UK news because I have UK business Is the UK on a downward trend or is it just me?
  13. If I am honest I now make more of an attempt to see family and friends when I am back in theUK than I did when I lived there (likewise with phone calls)
  14. I had a big reason, small family which helps make the move and I’m only 10,000KM’s away from them or 12 hours or approx £1,000 (all factors) The reasons to move away from UK are many, complex and very individual One thing that has helped my change is paying approx one third of the price for my home in SA compared to the UK Its not the most important thing in life for sure, but IMO far too many people in UK are so badly affected by house prices, the knock on effect is ridiculous Even people I know that have made a fortune out of HPI are now getting f*cked over because their kids can’t leave
  15. You too for sure – as long as you can put up with the cold and I love Scotland but being a ‘soft southerner’ I struggle with the cold, in fact thinking about Cape Town is about as far south as you can go before reaching the Antartic Gated communities etc, are a reality in some parts of SA for sure, but not where I live A bit like the part of Scotland where you live bears no relation to London, Manchester or Birmingham, even though it’s still in the UK You said you spent time overseas in the forces – a straight question - not trying to catch you out, but have you ever been to South Africa?
  16. You need to make a plan! If you would like to leave the UK but have no money (believe me I know!) then rushing off somewhere is a bad plan If you need to save up or get some extra training to set yourself up before you go, it will probably take a few years? But at least you have a plan I’m being very simplistic, but for the sake of example, Australia needed Brit plumbers a few years back (this may have changed, use the Internet, research and be ahead of the curve) Within reason anyone can become a plumber given a bit of time, even if you have to do an extra job in a restaurant to pay for
  17. London for 38 years - Surrey for 10 years and Cape Town for last 2 years I wouldn't recommend South Africa for everyone for sure and depending on individual circumstances EU alternatives are far easier
  18. “If not then why not get out”? It’s a question, not a statement and obviously aimed at people on a forum I do not know personally! I joined the forum back in 2005 and since then the UK has gone from bad to worse. Financially I was doing very well, House prices were NOT a problem for me, but I considered it a problem for us as a society, especially younger people Its now almost 7 years later and the ‘younger people’ I had in mind then were in their early 20’s (friends/relatives) and now most of them in into their 30’s and their situation, mostly.. is not good You get one life – thats not m
  19. i have and I'd agree, although I would change to to "consider getting off this island" So many factors, its not the ideal choice for everyone, but it is certainly worth weighing up the options, especially if you are younger i only left the UK aged 47 and with that lovely benefit of hindsight I wish I had done it a few years before Obviously "The grass isn't always greener" but on balance I am paying approx one third of what i paid in London, I have sun 300 days of the year and the economy is growing from an 'overseas perspective' I see the UK taking at least 10 years to get back to where i
  20. I had the same thing in Cape Town just before the 2010 World Cup – viewed several places – owners/agents were asking too much IMO They pointed out the World Cup was is 9 months time and I pointed out that was only for a few weeks Found a sensible landlord that was willing to take a realistic view and I have been there for almost two years and will renew for another year. Excellent apartment with one of the best views in Cape Town During the last 20 months, apart from a month during the World Cup, the other 3 apartments on my floor have been largely empty i..e 80% of the time (and these 3 a
  21. Not nice for the person being hit, but even a standard 9mm bullet used by most of the police can travel for several hundred meters and still have enough power to kill a bystander Maybe as long as your house is somewhere in London 'out of range' of the ;'ethnic' areas, your house price shouldn't be affected
  22. I've never been attacked by one of them before
  23. Halifax Price index 1st September 2011 Across the UK prices were down on average 1.2% Prime London properties up 0.5% Martin Ellis said "Although the trend was generally down there were a few notable exceptions, for some unexplained reason all apartments above takeaway chicken shops surged by 30%"
  24. Unless of course you or one of your family members or friends had their life at risk - then 'it would be different no doubt? Best to avoided I agree and Brit police are the least likely to shoot anyone, but there are times when it is justified Maybe you don't have any friends of family?????
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