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  1. IEA: U.S. Set to Become World’s Biggest Oil Producer The United States is poised to become the biggest oil producer in the world within the next decade. The Paris-based International Energy Agency says the United States will surpass Saudi Arabia’s oil production by around 2020 with the aid of controversial extraction techniques such as "fracking" and horizontal drilling.
  2. BBC How many new houses were built from 2001 to 2011?
  3. Appreciate your support. from £269,999 update to follow 2014/15
  4. no point, I have been a follower of HPC for some time and thought I would share. Maybe you're right. I know it's a gamble.
  5. I graduated in 2001 and moved from Cheshire to Essex and then to Kent for work. I decided to rent because I thought the housing market was over-heating and I appreciated the flexibly of renting. Being able to relocate quickly was a key factor in getting my first job. For eight years I shared a flat / house or rented a room. Although I had a few bad experiences with landlords the low cost of rent allowed me to save a substantial amount of money for a deposit. In 2009 I married, we moved in together and rented for a year. The rental property was quite expensive compared to my house share (
  6. What should I do with £1,000 savings I have with Santander? Over the past five years I have bought gold coins and invested in a couple of funds.
  7. I opened a student account with Barclays in 1998 and have been with them ever since. I currently have an additions plus account which, for a monthly fee, has benifits. When I opened the account, I remember being very impressed with Barclays. Everyone in the branch knew my name and if I had a problem the branch manager would either call me or meet with me. Wow! haven't times changed! I have a First Direct account for my mortgage - they are slightly better than Barclays. I also have a savings account with Santander who are dreadful. My wife has an account with national wide and they are e
  8. Labour blamed as home ownership falls to lowest level in nearly 20 years while rental sector booms Home ownership has plunged to its lowest level for nearly two decades, official figures revealed yesterday. The research highlights the nightmare of millions of Britons, particularly the young, who may never be able to afford to buy their own home. Just 67.9 per cent of English households own their home, the lowest percentage since 1991, according to the Government's English Housing Survey. Buyers are being crippled by the combination of soaring house prices, modest salaries and a mortgage dr
  9. .... a complete embarrassment to our country!
  10. gold will peak at $1400/oz and then crash massively.
  11. my Conservative council is superb.... .... if Carlsberg did councils
  12. this isn't a Tory Bill - the Bill is edited by the public. it just happens to be instigated by a Conservative MP.
  13. I was hoping to stimulate debate on how land ownership might be reformed.
  14. Douglas Carswell MP has set up a wiki-Bill experiment. Douglas is using the the internet to allow everyone to help him draft a Great Repeal Bill. It has been a tremendous success so far. A real Bill has been drafted by hundreds of citizens on-line - and the wisdom of the crowd has exceeded that of Westminster. THE GREAT REPEAL BILL looks like a great idea to me. hopefully it will gain some good publicity. it just makes one realise how much gimmicky rubbish this Labour government introduced. Which Act of Parliament would you like to repeal and why?
  15. Who Owns the World: The Hidden Facts Behind Landownership, by Kevin Cahill In all territories owned by the Crown, including Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the governments of those countries do not own the land of the country, but may and frequently do administer it on behalf of its owner, HM Elizabeth II. More significantly all forms of land possession in those territories are based, formally and in law, on the Crown's superior ownership. This is why the Land Registry in places like the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia cannot register land ownership, only tenure. This is a
  16. my sister has been renting for 3 years since her wedding expecting hpc (but keen to buy before staring a family). she saw a 6 bedroom town house advertised for 170k after 2 weeks reduced to 150k. phoned the estate agent who said that the couple are desperate to sell and may consider offers as low as 120k. she offered 110k. following negotiation 115k accept.
  17. he'll just have to do another 500k after dinner speech. the rewards, in terms of directorships and shares, Blair will receive over the next 10 years will be vast. The Carlyle Group , among other rewarded John Major (+ James Baker et. al.) Peter Walker, now Lord Walker, became a non-executive director of deutsche bank. There are endless examples of rewards for Politicians that sold out.
  18. Good point. My company only employs 220 people but the head of HR gets 120k + benifits.
  19. I was surprised that some professions (starting out) earn far less than I had expected. My friend inherited 100k and used it to train as a pilot. He only passed 1 GCSE but apparently any healthy person with 100k can become a pilot. After he qualified no major airline would employ him until he had flown for a considerable number of hours. So he worked for a Turkish airline for nothing for 18 months. Then he got a job with Ryanair 30k p.a. starting salary. Another friend gets 30k p.a. starting salary as a Barrister. The medical profession are raking it in though. Maggie never sorted out the B
  20. I know who I will be voting for next year. I can't believe that Vince Cable supports the idea!
  21. I dropped into my local Waitrose (Sevenoaks) to buy a few groceries at lunch time. All was well until I got to the check out. Checkout Lady: "Do you need a bag" Me: "Yes, please" Checkout Lady: *looks at me disapprovingly* 2mins later.... Checkout Lady: *looks at me... looks at the two bottles of beer I wish to purchase... looks at me again* Checkout Lady: "do you have a form of photo identification please?" Me: *standing there 6' 5'' 200lbs wearing my wedding ring smiling politely* Me: "I am 29" Checkout Lady: "please may I see your photo ID" Me: *I hand over my driving license D
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