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JohnnyB

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  1. Yup. London is screwed. Trouble is, most people round here are still under the belief that the London market will hold up well. The penny will drop soon enough.
  2. Look, i'm sure you feel like you are providing a really valued service, but I do not see the point of PCSOs. You look like a policeman from a distance, but with a uniform to let people know that you are not policeman, people intent on crime will instantly realise you are not a policeman on close inspection. PCSOs are kind of like scarecrows. Why not just train a proper policeman instead of wasting money on PCSOs? One real copper in exchange for three scarecrows would be value for money in my opinion.
  3. Dyslexia is just a New Labour way of reclassifying thick people as 'disadvantaged'.
  4. Clearly you don't need an English GCSE to become a PCSO.
  5. Should be okay but you will need to bake me for longer. More like 2hr 30 minutes.
  6. I think you're quoting the wrong person, and intend to quote me. Also, PCSOs are a massive waste of money. I'm not going to go through the whole argument about why, but they are completely useless most of the time.
  7. Oh shit!!! A PCSO with his dreaded Fixed Penalty Notice. Sorry officer, i've learned my lesson now.
  8. I still screw around on my BMX at Southbank, which I've been doing since I was 14. Guess i'm just a big kid really.
  9. Christ, people have just disproportionate loathing for cyclists. You'd think cyclists were going raping old ladies or something, instead of simply avoiding pedestrians. I've seen hundreds of people ride on the pavement and jump red lights, and done so myself thousands of times, yet i've never seen any collissions between cyclists and pedestrians (apart from when I hit one).
  10. No, i'm really not being sarcastic. I ride on the pavement, jump red lights and piss-off car drivers all the time. One of my most enjoyable past-times is riding as quickly as possible through the pedestrianised area of my local town centre on a Saturday. The scornful looks I get really make my day. I've never hit anyone though, apart from some dickhead who stepped into the road without looking. I make sure i'm aware of my surroundings, even if pedestrians don't.
  11. Basically, you're just jealous the the cyclist's ability to get around quickly and easily at very low cost. I should point out that traffic lights, pedestrian crossing, signs, and other such road furniture is the concern of car drivers, not cyclist. We can ride wherever we like, and you're not looking where you're going you can't really blame us for it.
  12. Brooker is a genius. I've been reading his stuff since he used to write for PC Games mags in the 1990s. I always seem to miss Screenwipe though...
  13. If the tenant buys, the money goes to paying for pointless Govt schemes, inflated Govt salaries, and ridiculous public sector pension liabilities.
  14. Been noticing a few positive trends recently in Bromley, a large and affluent borough of London stretched across London travel zones 4,5 and 6. Thought i'd share so people can get an idea of how London's suburbs are rapidly adapting to the crash. Me and my girlfriend are thinking of moving to Orpington (where I grew up), postcode BR6, at the end of our AST as we don't really like Lewisham so i've been keeping an eye on rental costs there to give me some idea of what I might get next summer. About 6 months ago a Rightmove search for properties priced between 400pcm and 800pcm might yield a maximum of 3 results. Usually at least one retirement flat and a couple of 'studio' flats in the entire postcode. Upon searching today I found 20 places in the same price range, including a number of 2-bed flats and three 2-bed terraced houses in fairly nice parts of the town. Good news for me and my girlfriend and I hope the tend continues. I also check out some other areas in Bromley, including bR3, which consists of the very nice town of Beckenham, and some surrounding areas, all located in Travelcard zone 4. I'd noticed for a few months there have been several 'starter homes' on a street in an area called Elmers End availbe at £650 pcm. There are basically tiny 1-bed houses, and I imagine they are entirely owned by BTL landlords as I can't anyone buying one to live in. I'd still consider renting these purely because I like having a garden, like having my own front door, and am not planning on having children for the next few years at least. They tended to be priced at £750pcm, like the ones below: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-213...p;mam_disp=true http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-235...p;mam_disp=true However, today I noticed one on the very same street, now asking 650pcm, below: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-201...p;mam_disp=true These other landlords are probably going to make sure they keep up, and reduce to at least £650pcm. The first two I posted have been on the market for months, and something will have to give sooner or later. Just my little insight into what is happening to rental prices in realtively nice, leafy suburbs of south-east London to give all you renters a taster of what is to come.
  15. A VAT hike to 18.5% would probably be better than the NI hike i'm facing instead. The VAT cut will make very little difference to me and most other people. The savings would only be noticeable if you spend loads of money on consumer goods. At the moment most of my money is spent on food and rent, which don't attract VAT.
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