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  1. St Leonards / Ringwood, (Western edge)
  2. Totally agree with the above, i see it exactly the same - fantasy and reality finally colliding after 20 plus years. Judging from her indignity i got the impression shes been fairly unencumbered buying 'em flipping 'em and walking off the lot with mad gains. Seems the music appears to have stopped for her, must remember popcorn for lunch next time i'm there.................
  3. Ear-wigging a conversation yesterday whilst hanging internal doors. Heard the above comment from a friend of the customer who came round to gossip/moan - turns out she had her house on the market here in the New Forest for nearly a year and no one had viewed it and shes on EA number four now and still no interest. When i mentioned maybe the price might need adjusting, well - if looks could kill, still - i went back to my sanding with a lovely warm fuzzy feeling the rest of the day. To say its a sea of for sale boards around me is putting it mildly............
  4. Dox the person on FB. I i got nowhere recovering a not inconsequencial amount of money via a gumtree scam from both my bank (HSBC) and Paypal. Even had a crime number but apparently none of that mattered so out of pure frustration and anger i put the guys name, address, FB account and picture of the ad on facebook. Having returned the faulty goods and hearing nothing from the guy for nearly a month, i got a full refund a few hours after posting his details online. Turns out shamings still a powerful motivator/deterent......................
  5. I think thats significant, i can't remember where i read it, but there was an argument for brexit insofar as actually getting these greedy MP's actually working for their money. Think it was Kate Hoey who i first heard mention the fact that the majority of MP's use the EU as a convenient excuse for doing very little yet still award themselves outrageous pay increases so it'd make sense that they want to keep the edifice going.
  6. Its not about that, this is where you're side of the argument get it so wrong - none of that matters to the person doing three jobs to make ends meet, it was the people, not the politicians who decided Brexit. FWIW i couldn't give a fuq about who was fronting the campaign, Brexit's the result of forty years empty rhetoric from politicians on all sides and Cameron was dumb enough to put it to the public. And unfortunately for him that included many who've been continuously shat on from a great height by the likes of Thatcher, Blair & The (Austerity) coalition . So when a 40 hour week isn't enough to provide the most basic essentials in life, i.e. a decent (free) education, a secure job & affordable housing what did you think was gonna happen? Fun fact: 40% of London voted for Brexit............................
  7. Parliament is overwhelmingly pro-remain hence the 'turd' comment i made above - whats your point? That politicians lie? Promise things they can't deliver? What? Lets just sit back and watch it all burn, i may get a cheap house outta this yet..................................been a long time coming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adgx9wt63NY
  8. Exactly the same in my industry. I agree Brexit is very much a repudiation of all things Neoliberal/EU/establishment hence why parliament is desperately trying to figure out which end of the turd to pick up so as to keep their masters in Brussels happy and not get lynched by the masses here in the UK. I voted for Brexit and get a kick out of watching these overpaid errand boys & girls (MP's) getting more nervous by the day as to what to do - me - I have nothing, so i'm happy to watch the whole fkn thing burn including the housing market with a bit of luck........................... *EDIT* Also in my circle its the ones in remarkably safe public sector jobs (who are largely insulated from any economic woes) who rather vociferously keep telling me (the self employed chippy) how its all gonna get worse, its hard to bite me tongue sometimes but i do.
  9. Sounds like you've swallowed the darling/osbourne coolaid to me............................................
  10. burk

    What a ****

    Just another seppo talking shite
  11. Amongst many firms i worked for Mitie (scottish-based services company) used to do that, one of the managers i was close to on a project in the west country told me (i think more out of frustration) how they'd win a contract say, for £2m then tell the site managers they had a million pound to do the job. Pure greed IMO and a reason so many of these companies have gone to the wall now just greedy management up top. FWIW back in the day (2004-8) you could throw a rock at any construction contract and earn £2-500 a day depending on experience, location etc, sometimes that's all i earn in a week now. Average pay for a site joiner today is £25-35K and expect to travel, pay for your digs out of that, CSCS card, £2m public liab ins, own tools, own van etc etc..............just a joke. From the the posts I've read here its heartening (although completely depressing) to know many are in the same boat as me be it in a different industry & yet more and more come here. If the earnings are as bad as mine here in the UK the continent must still be a bloodbath?
  12. So it seems we're all taking a hair cut regardless of industry, job & experience...............................but where does it all end? My inner paranoid nut-job thinks if (in another ten years) we're all on the bones of our collective arses when all props are finally gone (credit, HTB, 100% mortgages, migrant labour etc ) won't the authorities fear a rebellion if there's nothing for the working & middle classes to work/live for - the sham being finally exposed once and for all?
  13. Really? All i hear from mates that got out of my industry and into yours was how good the going was? A few years back mind you. All this reminds me of Mark Blyth's comment on the EU intergration, "its not there to push EE wages up, its to push everybody elses wages down". My late father told some thirty years ago, "the problem with capitalism is it'll eventually disappear up its own arsehole" I didn't know what he meant as a 13 year old kid - now i do, its just a race to the bottom...................
  14. And that's the problem with the building industry: its mostly populated by incompetents, bullshitters & liars and that's just the 'trades' side of things don't get me started on the mgt 😃, two words 'Willmot Dixon'. The only house builder I've subbed to where they had more clipboard dollies/HSE drones goose-stepping around the site than actual blokes building the fkn houses - absolutely incredible. On a more cheerful note nice to see Interserve finally getting the bullet (although its a pre-pack i understand), they tried doing the 90 day terms number on me & the other subbies, needless to say that was a short working day for me - induction in the morning then walked out along with 90% of the room an hour later! Three months to get paid, err go **** yourself! And yet all you read is how the building industry is chronically short of skilled trades just like the argument surrounding the NHS and its supposed staff shortage. There's no shortage whatsoever of people, the only shortage is of people who won't work under those onerous terms for next to nothing, that's the real problem, hence our successive govt's open-door policy on immigration.
  15. Thats a good point you make and i understand alot of people are infact skint as ****** but unlike me are desparately trying to style it out by MEWing and credit cards whereas i've pretty much burnt through all my savings pot now. Plus people are making do and mending rather than having new, i do a lot of kitchen re-sprays and re-dooring /re-topping of existing kitchens and bedroom furniture. The higher end of the market is always the worst to deal with they're the ones with a £5k TV on the lounge wall and a brand new Range Rover parked out front and under the stairs 50 year old bakerlite fuses! Yeah no thanks. They're always the ones desparate to nail you down to two decimal places when giving an estimate - I don't do quotes as i've got caught too many times sorting out unforseen problems, usually dodgy electrics or plumbing / gas or in one case pulling the flooring up to reveal completely rotted-through joists & the client expecting me to cover those costs as according to her "i should've known", me: "I dont think so?" For me personally its been going down hill for me since about 2010 in terms of hourly rate and continuity of work. Makes me laugh when anyone of those twats from westminster appears on the box to tells me things could get a lot worse if we leave the EU and i'm thinking i've been eating a turd sandwich along with everyone else since 2008 and yet they give em selves above-inflation pay increases and keep the gates open. I used to think they were incompetent but i now think it by design, just finished re-reading an updated version Peter Hitchins book, ' The abolition of Britain' and found myself nodding in an agreement with alot of what he says. Still it could be worse i guess....................by how much i don't know. cheers
  16. That's the existential crisis I've been having the last couple of years. Its become increasingly obvious to me that my job as a skilled joiner/ cabinet maker is all but over, the fact i'm writing this in the middle of what should be a work day tells its own story. I think subconsciously i'm done - after nearly 25 years i have no love for the job & no motivation. I'm sick of the 'geezers' and tosser - non/late paying developer/builder types I've worked for who overpopulate my work world over the years as well as a lot of the sun-reading morons i work with (LG's 75%). I spent most of last week in bed - i just couldn't get my shit together. Every client wants the job done cheaper and faster, so far I've walked out on more than a few clients this year when they tell me their budget/cost expectations for the job. I just close my book thank them for their time and get back in the van, i can't be bothered to reason with them or explain to them their shortsightedness, years ago i would - now - I've lost the will and as you & LG have said there's always someone else to do the job cheaper so why waste anymore time. To bring it back to topic, the over-inflated property market has played a massive part in my current malaise as I've watched no end of talent less ***** pack in their jobs and become property developers or builders who - hand on heart - genuinely don't have a clue what they're doing and then there's the client side of things where the homeowners spent so much money buying the house there is a completely and in my opinion - knowingly - unrealistic idea of costs based on how little they have left in the bank. Curiously, this year has seen a fair amount of toffs in the New Forest area cough and splutter over my costs, I'm thinking if they haven't got the money who has?
  17. Not sure really - the first six months nothing really happened to the trees but months 7 & 8 was proper stage four tree cancer, you could see on an almost daily basis the trees dying, proper brown rusty colour - it was both embarrassing to look at but fkn funny all the same considering how much of a pain in the **** he was and they were only conifers (middle class weeds). I think what stood me in good stead was particularly shitty weather for a period of time as the trees demise accelerated coincidentally towards winter time so that gave me a good cover story.
  18. I hear you LG. I've been looking for a bit more security on the job front for few years now (self employed joiner) and the rates to go on the cards are staggeringly bad, i charge myself out at £25 an hour, i'm pretty busy 9 -10 months of the year when you add it all up but i'm tired of chasing money down and after getting on for 25 years in the saddle my body's finally had enough. I guess i'll take the life i have now over 20 days off a year and a few hundred quid a week. You're right though, if no Englishman does the job they'll sub it out to an EE or anyone who's willing to work for nothing - a good deal of my work as a joiner is clearing up the mess and putting right the **** up's made by the previous guy a result IMO of too many coming here and an out of control property market. One of my recent jobs was writing a snagging /fault report on a newly refurbished £1m house local to where i live, it ran to many pages of A4 literally dozens of faults and that was just taking care of finishes/general structure. When the owner asked what she'd be looking at to re mediate the problems i replied, "15% of whatever you paid for place" needless to say her partner went very pale in the face. Turns out they'd paid for a proper survey whatever that means in this day and age, apparently £1500 in her case and no one from the EA could furnish my blokes with a name, address or company who undertook the electrical & gas work on the property. Transco came out the day my gas guy was there as we could both smell gas standing on the driveway, the Transco bloke in front of me asked the owner, "you two got somewhere to stay tonight?" "No, why?" came the reply. Transco guy: "i'm shutting your house down" and he did, then started breaking up the road in front of the drive to get to the gas pipe. I'll post one pic, (i have literally hundreds of this job) here's the waste pipe from the master bathroom that's been clipped using what can only be described as polystyrene packaging blocks to the eves: ****** it here's another one, focal point of the lounge - the chimney breast: This is the new paradigm in house building, get it sold, take the money and run, this is the world we're in now? As i often say to prospective clients when they start coughing about my price, "you don't want a decent job, you want a cheap job - right?"
  19. Had something similar land in my inbox end of last week, a recruitment firm contacted me offering me a job application for a boat builder 20 miles up theroad from me that build multi-million pound yachts, the job was £9 - 14 an hour, 20 days holiday going upto 25 days after 5 years work.! When i put it through a salary calculator and made the relavant adjustments for time going there and coming back plus fuel costs i'd earn £1.50 an hour more stacking shelves in my local Lidl's. And the best bit of the offer "must supply your own power tools & hand tools" for a job where i'd take home a basic after taxes and travel costs of about £350 a week when all's said and done. Christ any power tool i through a rock at in the back of my van costs more than what i'd earn a week, absolutely nuts, and what did the recruiter say to me? "They've got plenty of vacancies you know", me: "er............. yeah - no shit" to be of a standard as a joiner /maker where you're making pieces of furniture befitting the interior of a multi-million pound yacht surely must pay more than stacking shelves in a supermarket and the supermarket job doesn't require £2000 quids worth of tools plus travel time and £70 a week on fuel getting there and back. Must be a new paradigm?
  20. Yep overhanging a good 10 - 12ft in my garden and ended breaking all but two of my back fence posts destroying my fence i had put up at a cost of over a grand. The salt in the wound for me that galvanised me into action was speaking to the council who informed me it was my responsibility to cut back his fkn trees that were in my garden! The neighbour clearly didn't give a **** about the damage it was doing to my property plus the two hours every month in the summer hacking back his trees so we could have some light in the place, so in the end i guess i didn't give a shit either........................................ **** him.
  21. Spent two years politely asking as they were slowly destroying a fence that'd only been up a year when i raised the original complaint. got given short shrift along the lines of "i 'll do whatever i want its on my property", but they weren't they were in my garden, so it wasn't for the want of being reasonable, he was just an incredibly stubborn, entitled long-retired boomer who only relented if i wanted to chip in financially to 'help' take his trees down. Absolute **** of the highest order, i did not feel bad watching them all die from the trunk out, definately had a post-nuclear look to it by the time i got done, all he had to be was reasonable and he wasn't....................................
  22. Had a similar problem with the neighbour at the end of my garden, a row of 30ft high conifers overhanging into my garden around 10ft. Solved the problem with lengths of 15mm copper pipe driven into the ground & lots of very nasty substances poured into said pipe, took the best part of a year mind you but it did the trick. He took what was left down.
  23. Absolutely! I'm exactly the same. FWIW a copy of the daily stoic by Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman might help, i got this as a present last year and it got me out of a bit of a funk although i still truly despise life (or more accurately what we're supposed to value that makes a life worthy in this age: money, wealth, standing etc) for the sheer pointlessness of it all. I share longgone's sentiments, lifes a ton of stress and then you die, in truth all i've been doing these last ten years is surviving, on every level - and yet i'm told i've never been so lucky to have lived in an age where everything's possible. Yet i never seem to have the time for anything as work (self employed joiner) occupies almost every waking moment and for what? To just about keep my head above water. My life has become so many pink floyd lyrics its worrying.............................
  24. That's the part of the argument relating to Brexit I've never understood - the fact so many in the EU see us as a pariah state post Brexit yet at the same time we've never seen so many people from all over the world risking life and limb to come here rather than settle in the EU. Surely if the EU was all milk and honey why are there not more settling on the continent?
  25. I completely agree, when looking at what family members have paid for various places over the years and then a cursory look on the internet to see what the same property sold for over the last 15 to 20 years you're right - many i look at round my way would need to fall at least 60 to 70% to where they were in mid to late 90's. Just goes to show how crazy things have got and how far we've got to go...................
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