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The McGlashan

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  1. Elgin's much nicer than Airdrie. (Tho it is only 5m above sea level. Ulp.) Rhu? Very nice apart from the nuclear weapons.
  2. I'll see your Dundee and I'll raise you Elgin.
  3. I've been trying to tell people that for the last couple of years - since I read Lord Desai's "Marx's Revenge". Have you read it? The Social Democratic and Labour parties of the 20th century, by being inspired by Marx, actually succeeded in turning back the ticking clock on the achievement of the omega point implicit in Marx's study of capital and capitalism, which you've so succinctly summarised. After Marx's death the Social Democratic movements, while espousing socialist dogma, set about very effectively securing the sort of social improvements Marx said were impossible under capitalism. The 60 hour, 50 hour, 40 hour 37 hour week; paid holidays; heathcare; social housing; unemployment benefit; old age pensions etc etc. No condition of alienated destitution for the workers to rebel against. Dictatorship of the proletariat recedes... All the while, to maintain the capitalists' rates of return, hand in hand with productivity improvements we see the triumphant rise of consumerism and its guardian angels of marketing and consumer credit. Nevermind the fact that there is no endpoint to the upgrade cycle on your car/TV/phone/whatever - you get to pretend that you're aspirational, you get to appear to believe you're on the up escalator - but in fact, you can't help but have the nagging feeling that you're just livestock to be farmed by the subscriptions you think you choose to take out because they reflect what you believe to be the lifestyle you've allowed yourself to be conditioned to assert that you deserve. Nevermind that! It's important to have a nice car/TV/phone/ whatever - it's the way you keep score in the ongoing lifestyle competition against your peers! You're not having the excess value of your labour stolen by capitalists in exchange for worthless short-lived tat! No! You ARE a capitalist - you compete (same thing as capitalism innit) don't you? Your drawer full of obsolete phones, cameras and MP3's proves it, as does the shed full of old computers and TV's. It seems to me, that if the herds of 'consumers' were encouraged to take a good look at their lifestyle subscriptions, they might decide that they don't really need so much stuff. They might decide that they don't really need to work all of those 37.5 hours. Maybe they can fulfill their real human needs for food and shelter and a bit of entertainment and socialising with as little as 15 hours work (per Keynes! Jam today!). I hope that this is the phenomenon we are seeing with the rise of part time Britain. A more social (not necessarily socialist) Britain, a slower, quieter, more considered place. Is that the "Big Society"? Am I a "Red Tory"?
  4. Last year.. Compared to this year... Today (16 Sept 2010) For sale : 1788 Added in last week : 86 Added in last month : 466 (26%) Over a month : 1322 (74%)
  5. This month's RoS is published, http://www.ros.gov.uk/pdfs/la_jun_10.pdf I don't have the time to graph it up today - I'll get it done tomorrow. Suffice to say prices up everywhere, at first glance, I think.
  6. The BBC are reporting the Registers of Scotland quarterly stuff... Press release here: http://www.ros.gov.uk/pdfs/ros_statistical_release_apr-jun2010.pdf Statistics in depth here: http://www.ros.gov.uk/pdfs/ros_statistical_report_apr-jun2010.pdf
  7. That ACSEF bunch think they rule Aberdeen, and nakedly attempt to influence politicians. http://otheraberdeen.blogspot.com/2010/07/press-and-journal-i-dont-want-to-turn.html
  8. OMG. I don't know why this didn't sell immediately. It's got a TV in every room! EDIT Actually, i take it back. Bare bulb in lounge. Unforgivable.
  9. Hiya quine, http://otheraberdeen.blogspot.com/2010/07/disneyland-for-aberdeen.html If you read down the comments on the link above, and follow the link on the last comment, all will become clear!
  10. While I'm here.... ASPC for sale. Today (9 July) For sale : 1513 (up 113 from last month) Added in last week : 107 (7% of total) Added in last month : 497 (33%) Over a month : 1016 (67%) IIRC, that's the first time I've ever seen more than 1000 sticking for a month or more.
  11. RoS monthly figures... http://www.ros.gov.uk/professional/eservices/land_property_data/lpd_stats.html Aberdeen down -2% MoM (volume up a bit, about the same as this time last year, about half of peak volume) Up +3.9% YoY Down -8.7% from July 07 peak
  12. RoS monthly figures http://www.ros.gov.uk/professional/eservices/land_property_data/lpd_stats.html Up +0.2% MoM on increasing volume (volume still half of that in 08) Up +9.4% YoY Down -6.3% from peak (July 07)
  13. RoS May http://www.ros.gov.uk/professional/eservices/land_property_data/lpd_stats.html Aberdeen down a little. Everything else static, really.
  14. Who lives in a house like this... http://otheraberdeen.blogspot.com/2010/07/disneyland-for-aberdeen.html Read the comments and links therefrom...
  15. Prices and volumes are stagnant - a little down this month (-2%), according to ROS. Graphs tomorrow... IIRC, YOY HPI in Aberdeen is now only 4% and prices are -9% down from July 2007 peak.
  16. I love the description: "....something out of the James Bond movie Dr No." By contrast to yours - my wife really wants it!
  17. Nothing grasping about our BTL landlords in Aberdeen, http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1767004
  18. Not looked at this for a while, interesting to compare with this time last year... Today (8 June 2010) For sale : 1400 - a big uplift from this time last year. Added in last week : 121 (9% of total) Added in last month : 546 (39%) Over a month : 854 (61%)
  19. RoS time... http://www.ros.gov.uk/professional/eservices/land_property_data/lpd_stats.html Aberdeen +4% MoM, +13.7% YoY. (!) -7% from peak. Volume steady on month, but still less than half of peak volume.
  20. RoS time... http://www.ros.gov.uk/professional/eservices/land_property_data/lpd_stats.html Edinburgh +6% MoM, +10% YoY. -6.5% from peak. Volume up a little on month, but still only about a third (1/3) of peak volume.
  21. This publication no longer appears on Lloyds TSB's website since they all became Lloyds Banking Group. However Here it is.... SHPM 72.pdf And here's the press release accompanying it... HPM 72 Press Release.doc text reads: SHPM 72.pdf HPM 72 Press Release.doc
  22. "Mortgage-debtors." It's factual, and it's not a neologism. And it's not (particularly) ideologically loaded.
  23. I've just been reading ACC's City Centre Vision Report. http://committees.aberdeencity.gov.uk/Published/C00000122/M00000371/AI00005499/AberdeenCityCentre.pdf It's a lengthy read, but contains some vital information. Eeek!
  24. Adrian Peacock: Two Hundred Pharaohs - Five Billion Slaves Megnad Desai: Marx's Revenge: The Resurgence of Capitalism and the Death of Statist Socialism Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Adrian Monck and Mike Hanley: Crunch Time Oliver James: Affluenza Robert M Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
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