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  1. https://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/university-set-to-leave-county-campus-246700/ Only 100 students but I believe this organisation are the examination body for a large number of college courses.
  2. We tried to start buying early last year before the pandemic hit. We have had 3 purchases fall through (none our fault) and have seen average prices of the 3 bed semis we are looking at rise by £30k. Meanwhile, in the last year we have paid another £12k in rent to add to the £200k we have paid in the last 20 years. All I can see now going forward is our deposit being eroded by inflation. Unbelievably, the interest rate on the mortgage we agreed last year has dropped from 1.49% to 1.39%. We want to buy as it will instantly save us £300 a month in rental payments. On the other sid
  3. Sorry, showing my age. GasSafe or whatever they are now.
  4. If the gas has been disconnected they probably won't reconnect until the heating or cooling system has been certificated by a CORGI registered gas engineer who, depending on the state if it, night say they can't certify it until the system is completely overhauled or replaced.
  5. This extension is so invaluable, I have been using it for a good five years or more now. Nearly all of us will benefit from it. Please donate at least something if you can - 10p from every 2000 users goes a long way. Decent fast servers don't come cheap! I have no connection with the developer other than admiring his work and commitment and appreciating the usefulness of the extension.
  6. It is mor ethan the 1st peak: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/healthcare
  7. The additional training required was the NHS e-learning mandatory training. I recently completed it in about 5 or 6 hours over a few days as I thought it would help with a low level NHS job I was going for: it is free for anyone to do. If you are a returning professional I would imagine it would be even quicker. It is pretty simple and easy for anyone to complete with a modicum of intelligence. I did laugh when I heard the news reports as it was at the same time I was doing it.
  8. then there is this, admittedly from 2011: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/297421/flho0911bugi-e-e.pdf "Are you at risk? Mapping the risk of flooding from groundwater is complex and is currently not possible."
  9. I have been looking for a house and quite a few I thought were OK for flooding had bad risk from surface flooding. Hard to find, but this Gov map shows both surface water AND sea and river flood risk, as well as from reservoirs: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/long-term-flood-risk/map
  10. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-54842438 Van life: Durham couple's six years on the road (and counting) 'The idea of packing up your possessions to live life on the open road has its appeal, but the practicalities put a lot of people off actually doing it. Six years ago, after one of them nearly died and both were diagnosed with depression, Dan Colegate, 38, and Esther Dingley, 37, swapped their careers and a permanent home for motoring through the mountains, valleys and coastlines of Europe.' 'They found a campervan - quickly nicknamed Homer - a tenant for their flat
  11. He doesn't consider himself a collapse blogger: https://surplusenergyeconomics.wordpress.com/2020/10/01/182-the-castaways-dilemma-part-two/comment-page-2/#comments Last comment: Where collapse is concerned, these things are changing very rapidly, almost by the day. I certainly don’t see myself as a ‘collapse blogger’. My own position is very simple. It is that the economy is an energy system, and not a financial one, as is so widely assumed. My niche, if I may call it that, is modelling the economy from this perspective. This leads to various conclusions and s
  12. I have followed Tim's blog since he started it. I think he stay's fairly much out of politics. Personally I think he is too easy on trump but then even I have to admit that he is possibly the first non warmonger president for a good while. I don't think the concept of surplus energy economics is really peak oil=expensive oil. If you read what he says about shale he states that the only rason it is economical is because of massive cheap credit. It is likely that the extreme price rises will take place at a slewed rate - perhaps a decade or two after peak oil. His SEEDS system seems to pretty mu
  13. Even window glass doesn't need to be expensive - found out how to change sealed units a few weeks back. Most sealed units are only good for 5 to 10 years anyway and then the gas leaks out.
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