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  1. Today's Observer - priceless! http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/05/dublin-housing-market-crisis-bailout This is a good bit: "Another resident is Niall O'Farrell, the founder of a chain of formalwear shops, Black Tie, who stars on the Irish version of the television show Dragons' Den. O'Farrell is trying to sell his house – initially for €14m, although the price has been drastically cut in recent weeks to €8m."
  2. I just listened to this, and the first half was pretty good (summary: the baby-boomers screwed subsequent generations): then it gets a bit silly, to be honest. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00vky79/Off_the_Page_Living_Cheap/ Blurb: "My name is David Collins. I'm 69 years old and I live in an almshouse." Everyone tells us we are living in tough times, so three guests explain what that means for them. David Collins is an actor who has found a medieval sounding solution - an almshouse - to the big squeeze. Laurie Penny is a 23 year-old recent graduate who writes for free on her blog Penny Red, and until recently was living in a house she described as a scene from 'Withnail and I.' And Pauline Black, the lead singer of the Selector, resists the charge that it was her baby boomer generation that has spent all the money and messed up the economy for everyone else.
  3. Just to say, sorry to hear about this and I hope everything works out for the best for you and your family. It must be a very stressful time. Best of luck!
  4. Bad news if you recently bought a place in Hopetown, WA, I guess. The whole place expanded due to a mining boom that subsequently fizzled out. The brand-new houses they built for the miners are being taken down - they were never occupied! Jeeez. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7973559.stm
  5. Give me a few cubic km of air, please. Here are my hard-earned savings! Air only ever goes up...
  6. True, I suppose. The very name of this site tends to reduce the sample-size and concentrate the opinions of people who already have a common point of view. Presumably you mean "there"? OK, I believe you. Now let's see you go ahead and actually do it. It's easier to believe somebody is "damn right" if they can actually prove it. Yeah, I respect your right to that opinion. However, it IS relevant to everything that I said; because I have done it. So, although my "point remains poor" I suppose it does have the considerable advantage of being based upon experience. What, precisely, is yours based upon? I suspect that may be true. However, I guess the only way to find out for sure is for you to do as I suggested above: try it. And then write an article about it. In French. Seriously, give it a try! It's a "piece of piss" once you've learned the language and the culture. Within "three years". I wish you all the best - honestly. No harm in a respectable joust on the forum; and you are a worthy adversary who deserves respect, and has mine.
  7. It certainly is! However, nobody on this thread seems to be claiming "it" is BETTER in France. Personally, my comment just indicated that I, myself, feel happier here in Paris than in London: despite the strikes and dog$hit!
  8. It sure is! You're absolutely right: there are some truly crap things about living here, too!
  9. My job was relocated. Is that "random" enough? Did you actually mean "randomly:" or "unexpectedly"? They are not quite the same thing. Anyway, then I carefully decided to stay here, once my contract ended. Sorry about the "uninformative" nature of my contribution: was yours any better? Fair enough. I'll re-phrase it to appeal to the pedants among us: How many British journalists could create a piece that cogent, in a foreign language? Conversely, I know plenty of foreign ones who could do it in English. This guy can, for example. And I can. Can you? Thought not: Lame Neither did I. I just said that I felt happier in Paris than in London. Having actually tried both, for a decade. Have you? Thought not: Lame I completely agree with that paragraph. Fair point.
  10. Actually, that's a good point! I'd never thought about it that way, but you're spot-on. Why is the "broadcast" part even an issue?!
  11. As a Brit living in Paris, on a modest wage, I am so much happier than I was in London (on a huge salary- ten years ago). Don't get me wrong: I know France has its problems. Tomorrow, for example, the whole country is grinding to a halt because of a strike - that's pretty annoying. However, every time I return to the UK (London or elsewhere) I am reminded of how lucky I am to call Paris, "home".. Through sheer hard graft, I learned how to speak their language and understand their culture. As well, or better than the French themselves do; just like the journalist who wrote the article that the OP quoted. Honestly, how many British people could write an article like that in French - or any other language? Not because "it's a useless language - nobody speaks it in business," - but just for the cultural challenge of trying a new language? Humility is such a useful trait; in business and elsewhere... I remember pulling into Waterloo (when the Eurostar still went there,) having had an amazing 2-hour conversation during the journey from Paris with a divine French girl of about 20. She symbolised everything that I love about France: she was beautiful, clever and utterly cultured. Unlike some English girls of that age, she wasn't at all wary or cautious about talking to me. We talked about books, food and politics. (Yes, I do still see her ) It was her first trip to England as an adult. As we arrived in London, the train stopped just outside Waterloo, while a local commuter train made its exit to those lovely grimy suburbs. That train, too, stopped. We found ourselves right next to a stationary carriage full of people in suits. A window in the other train was lowered and a commuter proceeded to puke voluminously, all over the side of the train, right opposite our window - all of 50cm away. All the time gurgling and swilling from a can of beer. A suit-wearing commuter, presumably a well-paid professional. It happened to be a woman. I know it's not that amazing to see someone chuck-up because they've been binge-drinking. Well, it is unheard of here in Paris: but in the UK, it is not that unusual. But what a welcome for a French person to a weekend in the UK! A metaphor for decadent consumerism? I'm enjoying a glass of wine and then I'm heading out to a Jazz club here in Paris, so "santé" to everyone at HPC! Between the UK and France, I know where I feel happier, and I'm looking forward to another decade on the continental side of the Channel.
  12. I'd say New York was one of the many places NOT to be in the building trade right now: "Putting aside the long-discussed public projects that are endangered or doomed (the Second Avenue Subway, the West Side Railyards, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Moynihan Station, etc.), dozens of private undertakings have stalled or died. The calls go out to the architects: pencils down. We have inherited, from the good years, a glut of housing, almost all of it of the unaffordable kind—condos galore—and an increase in office space amid a sudden, steep decrease in the need for it. Throw in the high cost, or total unavailability, of capital, owing to the credit freeze, and you have a New York that may be frozen in time. The skyline, which has been very dynamic recently, like a stereo’s equalizer display, should sit still for a while. The clothes in our closets today will be the ones we’re wearing when we’re old." http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2008/12/08/0...talk_paumgarten
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