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Dangerous Woman

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  1. I don't see any Chinese based banks on that list. A bit curious I think. The world's top three banks by market cap are now Chinese banks. Take for example, ICBC, this is the world's largest bank by market cap, by deposits and by profitability. I would have thought that it might at least get somewhere on this safest 50 list. I know that there are some problems with non-performing loans in their banking system, though these were mainly hived off into bad banks about 10 years ago. Due to restrictions on the Chinese banks, they have not built up much in the way of toxic mortgage-related assets as Western banks have

    Best,

    L

    I thought HSBC was Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank? Don't know where they're based though.

  2. Don't worry - I'm sure Darling is about to announce a scrappage scheme you could take advantage of, so you could finally get a shiny new place an oven in the lounge.

    Yes, fabulous one room living, cook, eat, live, wash up, do laundry, iron, all in the same place. Saves on walking. Why don't they put the toilet in there as well?

  3. Back in the last recession a friend of mine bought a tiny flat in this building for a fortune.

    http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=h...l%3Den%26sa%3DG

    A Housing Association came to view as they were not selling and rejected them as they did not meet their space or storage requirements. When will developers ever learn? We just keep going round in circles.

    I would like to nominate this building for a place on this thread - I think it's earned it.

    http://www.dandara.com/new-apartments-heme...ge/summary-1769

  4. Good to see some more Krusty bashing on here. There's been plenty of previous threads about Krusty, from which the most apt summary I have seen so far was:

    "Fat, stupid c**t!"

    I have to apologise, I can't remember who to credit for this pearl, but nonetheless, spot on that poster!

    It was me! And I own a real pearl necklace. Not a spunky one.

  5. There's an international art index published by some organisation in New York. I believe it showed modern / contemporary art down 35% and antiques down 10%+ in one quarter. Anecdotal evidence worldwide abounds that the art and antiques market is collapsing.

    Nice BS by RICS, probably trying to infer an ongoing flight to assets, e.g. houses.!

    I heard the only antiques unaffected by a recession are musical instruments. Don't know why.

  6. What to make of Kirstie Allsopp? The valkyrie of vacant possession, a strident, snorting hockey captain who, along with that fey bald bloke, made homes into game shows. I swing from feelings of embarrassed fondness to pillow-biting fury. Sometimes, I think she’s a bit of a lumpy treasure; at others, that she should be hanging from her own curtain tassels. Almost all the girls I’ve known all my life have been more or less like Kirstie. In a blaze of intimate self-publicity, she leapt from the sinking property market, abandoning the leftover bald bloke, and bought a derelict house in Devon, which she is doing up on a frayed, genteel shoestring, to show the rest of us how to have a cosy, tasteful recession.

    The wondering about Kirstie is over. She has become a bosomy Wodehousian monster. Who on earth commissioned this format, of a middle-class, strident, plummy wife of a property millionaire, speculating on a £300,000 second home, who goes on to tell the mortgage-strapped, indebted, fearful workers that what they really ought to be doing is finding local artisans, throwing their own pots, blowing their own glasses, knitting their own toilet paper and going through the skips of their betters to make lovely, lovely, cosy, cosy, get-together light supper areas?

    Kirstie’s Homemade Home is such a monstrously patronising piece of class-bound, lady-bountiful do-goodery that it would beggar Paul Whitehouse and Harry Enfield to come up with a more cynical satire. Kirstie has crossed the threshold to become one of television’s undead. She now believes that what she has to say is important, that it’s real, instead of being simply light entertainment. We can only hope she finds some darling, ever so clever little local ropemonger. What’s truly disappointing, but I suppose unsurprising, is that she has such class-bound, predictable taste. It looks like the Princess Diana memorial holiday home — what’s technically known as late-1990s naff.

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