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  1. BCP area has changed so much in 20 years. It’s a big draw to incomers but getting spoilt now. The best bits will be the coast out of season. In normal times traffic is terrible and the jobs not well paid. So coat of living is high. Okay to visit for a short break.
  2. Our company has brought in 4 day week with 20% pay reduction. For 10 weeks. I wonder if there will be layoffs at the end or another 10 weeks extension ?
  3. Thanks for the advice. I wonder if the family member is aware of the extra charge. I will have to find out more.
  4. What about silver? Heard of a family member buying some recently. Usb it easy to buy and sell?
  5. For a minute I read your comment as: I normally social distance as just sit in a corner of Reading
  6. That's all when and good but what if you work in an office where people travel widely? I work alongside a man who has just gone to India somewhere not far from the Kerala region to get married. The wedding is likely to involve him meeting several hundred guests. He is having about 3 weeks there before coming back. I wonder if he should self isolate as a matter of course when he comes back in case he does bring the virus back.
  7. Not sure if this new train station at Green Park has been mentioned: https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/green-park-station-arriving-one-year-ahead-of-schedule/
  8. Basingstoke is very busy at the moment. The Malls have a reasonable Christmas market and access from the car parks and railway station is good. The older part of town seems to be benefiting from some small independant businesses opening. I think people from 20 miles around Basingstoke will travel there. It's a lot less stressful than travelling into Reading.
  9. +1 Sums up the fiasco nicely: https://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/explosive-a-plain-mans-guide-to-brexit-reality-the-eight-brexit-murderers-named/
  10. I was in Reading at the weekend. Saw the leaning crane against the old Primark building - reported on the South Today evening news. Certainly lot's of characters about - some quite friendly - actually reminds me of Bristol in the mid 90's - there may be some hope yet - well into the next cycle !
  11. For you spyguy the last paragraph made me laugh! BRISTOL is so overrun by ‘relocating’ London twats that it might as well just be in London, it has been confirmed. Thousands are selling their houses in the capital and moving to Bristol, despite the fact that previous influxes of Londoners have already ruined it by opening overpriced vegan milkshake bars. Former London resident Nathan Muir said: “Bristol is really similar to Hackney, but how Hackney used to be in the old days, before people like me moved there and made it an incredibly annoying place to be. “You can pr
  12. Is banana cabarat still there? I remember a female heckler lobbing a glass at the comedian back in 1999/2000!
  13. Basingstoke £645pw in 2014. So £33540. £33540x4.5 = £150930. So with 20% deposit around £181000 for a house. So the best I could find closest to the price: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-46901073.html A bit higher: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-47440947.html
  14. I'll like to believe you - but politicians being politicians .... Perhaps I am just being a tad too cynical in my old age Whatever happens post June 8th it would be good to revisit page 661 of this thread to see who was right!
  15. Brexit - ha ha the Tories have bottled it. It was always going to be Hard Brexit or No Brexit. Hard Brexit being too unpalatable to most of the establishment (and most of the UK workers). Europe have got us by the balls and they know it!
  16. Yes quite - it has been called to save the EU! Look how quick Trump has performed a turnaround re foreign policy. The politicans and media are puppets on a string.
  17. I think this will play out as another referendum with lots of posters up (paid by business and eu supporters) saying you will be worse off by £xxxx per year if you vote conservative and brexit. So a hung parliament could be very likely. We may even see some protests with both sides and confrontations. I expect plenty of turmoil especially as the students will be mostly finished for the summer.
  18. Bristol is looking very toppy at way over 100 miles from London! Must have a lot of well paying jobs there? However to be fair I knew of people living in Bristol and commuting to Green Park in Reading! I've lived there a couple of times in the past. First time was in the early 90's. I knew several people who bought houses in Bristol then. I remember one of them was for £27k in Totterdown!
  19. The council has been spending lot's on road and roundabout improvements in Basingstoke but it seems like they should have been investing in some of the office buildings instead as there seems to be lot's of big companies leaving the area for Reading and London. See article and comments here: Firm moves jobs Also I have noticed a lot of offices being turned into apartments. A company called Severn Capital has recently started on one here: Apartments Basingstoke has always been a commuter place for London and once as a place many people commuted into for work. It looks like it will
  20. The CEO of my previous company (in the FTSE 250) said that he hoped for a remain vote in his internal company blog. I would imagine a lot of influence is coming down to the staff from the top in many companies for the remain vote.
  21. The new fivers are smaller and remind me of Disney dollars. The see though plastic is a bit of a fad so I would expect fthem to be spent a little more quickly than they are now.
  22. Sunday 5th July - An important day for Europe and beyond. Maybe it's European countries Independance Day! It will be an interesting week. I anticipate stock markets will take a battering particularly Germany and France. Money makers will want a resolution to the crisis soon. It would be nice to think that the general populations across Europe and indeed in the UK are beginning to wake up and realise they can protest against austerity and the bankers. If Greece were to cut a good deal and stay in the Euro then the rest of the PIIGS will start causing problems. I think it is more l
  23. I live in Basingstoke - poor me Until the start of this year it seemed that the town's poor reputation was applying some brakes to house price rises. Now after the general election it appears that the brake lines have been cut. I'm in an established quiet area called Cranbourne to the south of the town centre and prices for semi detached have gone up by £100k since the start of 2014. I think people who would have bought in Reading or Guildford are looking this way. Also people priced out of slightly closer places like Fleet, Hook and villages around Basingstoke must now be looking here.
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