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Brave New World

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  1. Would be inclined to agree, given the current state of 'look at those ghastly Tories you voted for with their snouts in the trough' approach. They fail to say what they would do. However, the last election saw them propose economic policy that was OBR costed (something the Tories failed to do), that had strong policies based upon progressive scandi and German approaches but we're utterly overlooked and played down by the rabid press. This issue is still alive and kicking and the Everest peak that has to be scaled.....when we know it can't be. Hence why we have a over
  2. If you had held your nose in 2002 you would have said property by now. Very sad to see the conformational bias on this site push another person into the delusion of holding out for something that just isn't going to happen.
  3. You missed Brazil, sure they could take you and the conspiracy loon arpeggio. You'd love it over there right now, perfect for the lockdown denier this time of year.
  4. This sentiment is when you know the shysters at persimmon and co have won. Amazing. My gaff is approaching half a millennia and does the whole house thing rather better than the grot boxes of the last fifty years. Warm in winter, cool in summer....those things like a low slow roof on the prevailing wind. A roof and walls that insulates through the basic material used. Built through necessity not bottom line bingo. But yeah knock them old houses down so the lovely chaps from our modern day house building cos can sign you an NDA and stick you in a grot box.
  5. Welcome to villages in the north. Of my experience of villages round west and particularly north Yorkshire they were victims of two things....the property boom conversion of amenities as you point out to houses and also the under or non existent funding of council things like parks, playgrounds, sports clubs. Coupled with some of the northern types who do well out of provincial finance style jobs in York and Leeds who use these villages as a glorified dormer stop and it makes whole swathes of villages dead and lacking any community. Down south and from my more limited experience ther
  6. Some of the guess can get very bitey but as you say one can navigate relatively easy. Really love walking to the local shop and bumping into folk and chatting. Is the same at the pubs. You can go out without the good lady and still sit down for a few pints and a chat with someone you know. Something that is also great for kids. They grow up somewhere where they are part of a community. We used to go out pre co#£d as a group occasionally and they'd be lads in their late teens, late 20s and us older lot. Teenagers being in a suburban environment may actually encourage more loneliness
  7. Yes true re the cars. One bubble into the mobile bubble. Suburbia largely as dormers for white collar workers now characterising it in the present day. Community long since avoided.
  8. The blankness of surbubia....where in more middle class areas means you barely know your neighbors. Countryside you get to know loads of different types and ages, you say hello and chat rather than head down, modern co-existance characterised nowadays by insularism
  9. Haha no. So are you a Milton, Shipton, or the even posher lot up at Ascott? 😀
  10. Yep and lays behind a lot of the them and us mindset, quite rightly shown by locals. Has been amusing seeing the surprise of others who have also moved in to the area that we have made good friends with locals far better than the 'what you got/where you from' brigade who associate size of house, profession etc with the types you should be perceived to be hanging around. The pretension in this set is strong.
  11. Had the misfortune of reading this. She lives not far from me and found the article laughable. Her definition of a new group of friends was irony in the extreme. There is a real problem for locals here with this set of people. We've moved down a few years ago and people locally are really friendly (more so than the parochial, snooty fest that was harrogate). The people who aren't are the M40 set, who are repugnantly showy. Even if they don't live in the most spectacular of places. There are some amazing pubs and a good range (again better than the supposed heartland of Yor
  12. What a scat spray of shite, Alex Jones lives strong in this one. What were you doing for these groups pre the pandemic? Ah no they are totems to your own alt fight mania.....even when science and fact bears testimony to the impact of Covid, to the impact of lockdown, all on a global scale there are still those in the alt reality spouting conspiracy, conspiracy but, but, but cargo cultism semantics.
  13. Heard this from friends of a similar age. Much going for them but the advent of dating going online, being commoditised and social media layered means loads end up in this odd limbo land where dating is only tangible via the medium of swiping/presenting your life in faux social media for initial evaluation. That said the lads I know see online dating as a blocker on getting intimate. With girls happy to send messages back and forth in lieu of actually getting a date and so on. Many have not been out on the old notion of 'the pull'. Chatting up and then getting to know a stranger in
  14. Internet dating has taken the chance aspect out of the equation. Can't imagine what it is like nowadays. Horrific. Prescribed to certain people based on well researched looks and cash potential via social media. Youngsters literally never going out on the 'pull' anymore. Just swiping.
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