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  1. This is my generation. I remember these people when they were at school. They were utter [email protected] then. They have not improved with age.
  2. Property Bee server down again right now. I hope nothing catastrophic or sinister has happened.
  3. The Property Bee server appears to be down. Anyone know anything?
  4. The Building Research Establishment did a very thorough study of this type. That will tell you all you need to know regarding the structure.
  5. People who do pointing full time are all mad. The tedium does it to them.
  6. Making bullets is so easy and cheap why would anyone go to the trouble and expense of using a 3d printer to make one. All you need is an iron or steel pot, a camping stove and a mould. I know people who make their own to save money.
  7. It's probably all about developing some spurious rationale for the adoption of more self service checkouts. I was in the supermarket yesterday and a manager was literally begging customers to use the self service. We all ignored him and the lady customer in front of me told the checkout girl 'don't worry, we don't want to put you out of a job'. I wanted to hug her but being English I didn't.
  8. They wont be missed, the farmyard sweepings of politics.
  9. Look at it another way, approx 80% of the electorate in South Shields did not vote Labour. For a constituency in the heart of the Labour heartland that is a pitiful mandate for the successful candidate.
  10. My take on this is that the Libdems are still winning seats in areas where they campaign as the nice alternative to the Conservatives. In areas where they campaign as the radical alternative to Labour they are finished. The rest of todays results will show whether I am right or wrong.
  11. The South Shields result is interesting. Look at the drop in turnout. That's a big eff you to the established parties. Libdems in seventh just ahead of the Loony. Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour): 12,493 (50.51%, -1.51%) Richard Elvin (UK Independence Party): 5,988 (24.21%) Karen Allen (Conservative): 2,857 (11.55%, -10.04%) Ahmed Khan (Independent): 1,331 (5.38%) Phil Brown (Independent Socialist): 750 (3.03%) Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brookes (BNP): 711 (2.87%, -3.65%) Hugh Annand (Liberal Democrat): 352 (1.42%, -12.79%) Howling Laud Hope (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party): 197 (0.80%) Thomas Darwood (Independent): 57 (0.23%) Labour majority: 6,505 (26.30%), down from 11,109 (30.42%) in 2010 Electorate 62,979; Turnout 24,736 (39.28%, -18.42%), down from 36,518 (57.70%) in 2010
  12. Result for Dorset Conservative 60% 27 -1 Liberal Democrat 26.666666666667% 12 -4 Labour 11.111111111111% 5 +5 United Kingdom Independence Party 2.2222222222222% 1 + 1
  13. Result for Somerset Conservative 50.909090909091% 28 -6 Liberal Democrat 32.727272727273% 18 0 Labour 5.4545454545455% 3 + 1 United Kingdom Independence Party 5.4545454545455% 3 +3 Independent 3.6363636363636% 2 + 2 Vacant 1.8181818181818% 1 0
  14. The good thing about a lot of the endowment/interest only deals back in the eighties was that there was no penalty for early repayment. I used one of these to buy my house in 1988, overpaid it from the start and have long since payed it off. The endowment pays out next month. It will in round numbers produce £26,000. The mortgage was £36,000. I had been in the happy position of having a very large deposit to put down. Anyone of my generation who finds this sort of thing a surprise has not been opening their post for a decade or more. we were warned, many times.
  15. At that price in that area it will be on a council estate.
  16. Three bed semi a stones throw from there £994,000. http://www.zoopla.co.uk/property/22-brookway/london/se3-9bj/20896710 Utter madness. Not even a very nice place to live.
  17. So that's what the little garages on modern estates are for, I had wondered. Thank you.
  18. I've been in hundreds of 1920/30s semis and terraces and I would rather have any of them than one of the cramped little hutches on a modern estate. It is ironic that, as you describe, the inter war development boom inspired the 1947 Act. The people who wrote it thought it would improve the quality of the built enviroment. It has done the opposite. The effect was compounded by the last governments insistance on higher densities than had previously been permitted.
  19. Very true. Prohibitions also create shortage of supply which increases prices. This has the perverse effect of diminishing quality as buildings are crammed onto the limited supply of land. Houses built before the Town and Country Planning Act 1947 are mostly more spacious and on better plots than those built after it.
  20. I have no idea what proportion of them will be but my experience suggests to me that some will be. The idea of benefits is that they are a safety net. Why create a hole for the most inept to fall through. Some people may despise such folk but chucking them on the street for their ineptitude is harsh.
  21. Many years ago the firm I worked for was managing a lot of poor quality rental houses and flats. They were in a rough location and the rents were low. The tenants were an assortment of drunks, druggies, minor criminals and folk down on their luck. We liked DSS tenants because the rent got paid. On one occasion we managed to turn a bunch of squatters into DSS tenants and they turned out all right. Then it all went wrong. The borough decided that it would 'empower' the tenants if they were given the rent money to pay to the landlord. So a guy with a heroin habit suddenly had £200 in his pocket to pay the landlord. Amazingly some of them did, but arrears mounted up and our little community of misfits started to break up as people in arrears did a runner etc. With deep reluctance we started to say no DSS. This idea is quite mad and will go horribly wrong. Seen it happen.
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