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  1. Yes, abolish freedom of religion you liberal (!) nutter... Does it occur to you that there might be massive variations in belief amongst people of all religions?
  2. Major downside is you have to live in Detroit to take advantage of the slump...
  3. Looks pretty one sided to me (i.e. no pictures of Hizb attacks on random Israeli civilians or context for Israeli defence/reaction to attacks over its UN demarked border.) Sorry to repeat myself as I would prefer to talk HPC. S.
  4. The Sunday Times August 06, 2006 The crying game The dire shortage of top-end homes to buy and to rent in London has led to tantrums and tears, reports Helen Davies The sales market in prime central London may be booming, but behind the closed doors of many of the capital’s best addresses, angry cries of frustration are being heard and tears are being shed. Yes, the market has gone up by 20.6% since January, according to figures from Knight Frank estate agency, but here’s the rub: the massive drop in the number of houses for sale (down 45.7% last month compared with July 2005) means dismayed househunters are being forced to pack up and move into rented accommodation. Yes, strange but true: some of the City’s hardest dealmakers are suddenly finding themselves completely at the mercy of landlords. They may have sold their house in the spring, but they have failed to find another. Now, as well as the hassle of moving house and paying removal costs, they also have to come to terms with the “stigma” of renting. Traditionally, this isn’t that unusual for foreign-born residents, whose London tenure may often be relatively short-term. The top end of the lettings market, where tenants are prepared to pay £1,500-£5,000 per week, is dominated by corporate lets — there is serious fighting over family houses near the American School in St John’s Wood and the Lycée Français in South Kensington — and foreign clients looking for a London bolt hole. Now, both groups have new rivals: demand from local residents is rising and lettings agents in exclusive areas such as Mayfair, Kensington, Chelsea and Notting Hill report a surge of activity. Jane Ingram, head of the lettings department at Savills estate agency, says that in Kensington, where a family home lets from £2,000 a week, rents have risen on average by 7% year on year, and by as much as 10% for a family house. On her books at the moment, for instance, is a six-bedroom house in Ilchester Place, Kensington. It has three grand reception rooms, a study, staff accommodation, and a garden that backs on to Holland Park. The owners are asking £7,750 a week. Last year it let for £6,600 a week. “Prices are being driven up by frustrated buyers who are all looking for the same kind of home to buy and the same kind of house to rent,” Ingram says. “Both sales and lettings prices are rising at the same time, which is unusual.” The shortage of top-end lettings is exacerbated by tenants staying put (maybe they can’t buy, or have had an employment contract extended) and landlords who have taken advantage of the rising sales market and sold up. Ingram has lost 10% of stock in this way. She estimates that compared to this time last year, the Kensington lettings office has 15% more registered clients looking to rent a smart flat with underground parking or a townhouse with a garden, but only half the amount of stock on offer. So now it is not just sales agents who are overseeing bidding wars (and raking in the commission) but lettings agents as well. “It used to happen on about one in 10 tenancies,” says Ingram. “Now it is one in every three or four, especially for family houses.” If you are a high-end tenant, forget about making a deal: paying less and demanding more extras is a thing of the past. Last month, three people fought to rent a four-bedroom, four-bathroom, three-reception room house in Chepstow Villas in Notting Hill. The successful bidder started off by trying to cut a deal: he offered 10% below the asking rent, with a promise to move in within a month. To secure the place, he had to agree to the asking price, sign a year’s contract and move in the next week. The tide has well and truly turned. “People are having to offer sweeteners to landlords,” says Ingram. “Or pay more.” The Notting Hill office of estate agency Marsh & Parsons had two bids within days on a one-bed flat that came on at £600 a week. The successful tenant is paying £625. “Rents have increased by an average of 2.2% in the three months to the end of June,” says Liam Bailey, the head of residential research at Knight Frank. “It is the highest quarterly increase since March 2001, but prices haven’t gone crazy.” But demand is so high in some areas that, for example, the rent for an average three-bed house in Kensington and Chelsea has gone up by an extra £300 a week compared with last year, rising from £1,200 a week to £1,500. Robert Bailey of Robert Bailey Properties, a buying agency that specialises in sumptuous homes for the super-rich, has a backlog of frustrated clients. “They may be rich,” he says. “But they are still homeless.” So this summer, he is also looking for rental properties, because it is just as important to find the right interim home for his clients while he hunts for their dream house. “I have one client (now renting) who has lost four bids this year,” says Bailey. “In one case, the seller just upped the price by £1m. “Another client, a cash buyer, has been looking to buy for over six months. He is used to getting his own way but, then again, so is everyone looking at houses over £5m. At one point, his wife burst into tears and said she didn’t want to be homeless and didn’t want to have to rent.” She had better get used to it: a seamless transition from one multi-million- pound home to the next is no longer assured. Alexis Ede, area director of lettings for London estate agency Chesterton, estimates she has 15% more rental clients this year. She has some advice for those unaccustomed to renting. “You need to be dispassionate when looking for a rental property. It’s a different ball game,” Ede says. “Some people have an issue with renting. One client was nearly hysterical when she saw what £500 per week got her. She eventually rented in Twickenham.” Renting need not be all bad, says Ed Mead, director of Douglas & Gordon estate agency in Chelsea. He actively advises buyers to rent in the area where they are looking to buy. They won’t be in a chain, and will be able to move swiftly. To make sure they can, they should ensure the tenancy has a six- or eight-month break clause. “People get very worried when they are out of the market for a bit,” he says. “They shouldn’t be. The financial markets haven’t been quite so strong the past couple of months. Selling high and renting now could mean picking up a bargain next spring.”
  5. I guess you have never been to a real totalitarian state where people, even taxi drivers, are afraid to speak freely. I have been to a few in Africa, the FSU, Cuba and elsewhere. You should-it might prevent these fatuous comments. Scoot
  6. It was a tough few exams-I don't know how I would have got through life without an indepth knowledge of the Stuarts, the 100 Years war and the Dutch Enlightenment...
  7. So a slightly more specific definition when pushed then eh? A bit better than "a fascist is someone who wants to control an outcome..." A level history? Well, impressive! Me too (got an A grade in 1984 before they went soft ) but I can't remember bragging about it for years. S.
  8. I see what you mean but my feeling is that of France, Russia, China and the British Foreign office/UK Labour and Tory governments, some either have now or have had at the time of some of those resolutions a strong anti-Israeli bias for various reasons, often related to their own Arab/Muslim alliances or to appease restive domestic Muslim populations and often not unconnected to oil or other trade or rivalry with the US. I maintain that the UN is corrupt to the core and in its wider constitution routinely and irrevocably biased against Israel. Aryeh bin Scootrim
  9. Well said! Take John Bull Laden, Sledgy, Tacoma, Mr Blek et al please as well.
  10. That is genuinely a very odd definition of fascism. Have you done GCSE history yet?
  11. Yes, we know that the UN is dominated by non-democratic countries (Muslim and non-alligned blocs) who happen for a multitude of reasons to hate the Israelis. Over half of all UN resolutions have been directed at Israel, whilst Arab/Muslim or other genocides (Darfur/Congo/Rwanda et al) are ignored. That is all that your list proves. The UN is corrupt and poisoned to the core and I am not quite sure why Israel or the US remain as members. Scooterstein
  12. Report yourself first for virulent anti-Israeli comments! Free speech rules, eh?
  13. Islam is (possibly) descended from the Moon God cult, hence the crescent on the flags, but appropriated Jewish/Christian religious figures for their own, claiming they were always "Muslims" thousands of years before Islam, as a way of asserting dominance over all other local religions. Of course the illiterate, possibly epileptic and some would say paedophile Mohammed (he liked 9 year old girls) insisted that once all had been revealed to him by Gabriel (including a lot of false science like insisting in the Koran that the Earth is flat) there would not be any other revelations. Convenient that... Hymey Scooterstein, Zionist Conspiracist (your interest rates are rising!)
  14. Any thoughts oh wise lawyer on the routine use of human shields by Hizbullah? Faking deaths for propaganda purposes? Delighting in genuine civilian deaths because the "liberal" Western media laps it up? Firing random missiles towards civilians? Failing to respect (Israel's) UN demarked borders? Have a look for yourself: http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005687.htm (or is it just evil Zionist counter-propaganda? ) "Fauxtography:" It's all in the framing | Main | Primary night results » "Fauxtography" alert: NYTimes and USNews; plus Time and Reuters' Issam Kobeisi By Michelle Malkin · August 08, 2006 08:58 PM ***scroll for updates...8/9 - The New York Times corrects...*** Case study number one: The NYTimes and the Lebanese pieta Take a close look at the above photo. (Pay close attention to his shorts, his dustless chest, muscular torso, the dust on his hands, and the hat tucked in the crook of his arm.) You've probably seen the image before. It was part of a NYTimes photo essay series published online here. It's an iconic image of Lebanese death at the hands of Israel--even described as the Lebanese pieta. The caption accompanying the photo: The mayor of Tyre said that in the worst hit areas, bodies were still buried under the rubble, and he appealed to the Israelis to allow government authorities time to pull them out. (Photo Tyler Hicks The New York Times) Only guess what? The body depicted "buried under the rubble" appears to have been up and walking in the photographer's photo series of the scene throughout the day as a rescuer, not a bombing victim. Jim Hoft is all over it. Allah is on it. Take a look and tell me what you think: Slide 2: Slide 3: Slide 4: Silde 6: Judging from his clothes, his body, his unique dusted hands, and his hat, it seems like the same man in all of the above slides. Did the pole fall on him in the last slide? Maybe. But that's certainly not what the caption about "bodies buried under rubble" as a result of an Israeli airstrike implies. Or, as Ace asks: "Did he collapse from heat exhaustion? Or did the director here simply decided the production was long on rescuers and short on corpses?" Ask the Times: To send comments and suggestions (about news coverage only) or to report errors that call for correction, e-mail nytnews-at-nytimes.com or leave a message at 1-888-NYT-NEWS. E-mail the ombudsman at public-at-nytimes.com or call (212) 556-7652. E-mail the Editors at executive-editor-at-nytimes.com and managing-editor-at-nytimes.com Update: Fascinating. NPR interviewed Tyler Hicks and featured his photo gallery. The pieta photo caption is very different than the NYTimes website's: Well, that seems to make more sense. If that's accurate, why doesn't the NYTimes' own site reflect that? What exactly happened? *** Case study number two: US News and the smelly fire Take a close look at the cover of US News magazine. It's from the July 31 edition, titled "Lebanon's new ruins"--spotlighting the destruction of Lebanon at the hands of Israel. Thomas S. and Allah and Hot Air readers examined it carefully. The armed Lebanese man is identified on the cover as a "Hezbollah fighter near Beirut." Near what? The image and the story context imply that he is at the scene of an Israeli airstrike or explosion caused by IDF artillery. The same guy appears in a photo taken by none other than ex-Reuters camera man Adnan Hajj. He's pointing a gun at the site of the explosion: Only guess what? The site is... ...as Allah points out, a garbage dump. Dan Riehl has more on the smokescreen. Will the US News editors investigate? Contact US News: Email form Editorial Offices: 1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW Washington, DC 20007 202-955-2000 Update: Reader Robert P. writes: When I saw the US News photo I knew I'd seen it somewhere else as well. This exact same scene is shown on page 45 of the July 31st issue of Time Magazine. The caption reads: "The wreckage of a downed Israeli jet that was targeting Hizballa trucks billows smoke behind a Hizballah gunman in Kfar Chima, near Beirut. Jet fuel set the surrounding area ablaze." The photo credit is to Bruno Stevens - Cosmos. Upon closer inspection the blaze indeed appears to be a tire fire. Bob Newman of KOA Radio reports that he notified Time and received an e-mail acknowledging the error, but no word on a retraction or correction to be published. Update: Here's the Time photo and caption, via Allah and HA readers:
  15. Tuberider, Sorry if you are missing me. I am occasionally here but a bit bored of the argument. I accept that you do not think Israel may defend itself or should even exist and that Jewish national self-determination (unlike self-determination for any other ethnic group) is forbidden. That is a pity but so be it. Arguing with strangers on a forum is pretty unfulfilling. I am equally disappointed that when Muslims whose religion commands them to force convert the rest of the World and who believe themselves agents in a clash of civilizations kill random people on trains or aircraft then the Jews are blamed as the root cause, as we are apparently for every war (thanks Mel!) If I controlled governments and banks, I would have raised interest rates by now and produced a housing crash but anti-Jewish/anti-Zionist conspiracy theories are thousands of years old and will probably persist for a while longer. The odd thing is that you do not recognise your real enemies (yet). Israel (population 6million) is used by endless Muslim tyrants to keep hundreds of millions of their barely educated and often semi-literate citizens under control by providing a hate figure to blame for poor economies, social/political/free speech restrictions, disease and most other problems that might afflict those countries. Again, there is nothing I can do about it but I am disappointed that a lot of vociferous but gullible Westerners spout the same nonsense. If you read into Islam a bit more, you would find it has been clashing and invading and force converting countries (and trying to wipe out Middle Eastern Jewish communities subject to occasional mere dhimmitude) since it was invented and all of this happened centuries before modern Israel was created. Scooter ben Scooter (also another white ex-lawyer)
  16. Time to kick out the Alawite dictator! JB you have already said you are a Muslim (once you dropped that "I am uber British and anyone who disagrees is a traitor" facade) and you undoubtedly hate Jews and Israelis-pot, kettle etc... Scooter ben Scooter
  17. Tahoma, Please, please go and live under the mullahs. Unless you are personally a Shiite Islamist (which is possible based on your posts and your unswerving anti-Israel and pro-anyone who hates israel views) you might find it a little harder than your glib remark suggests. To repeat myself again, Israel has UN approved borders with Lebanon that Hizbullah breached. I know that from your safe armchair in the UK you would have Israelis as unresponding targets for all and any missiles fired from behind (Lebanese) civilians at Israeli civilians but luckily it ain't going to happen. I say again, please, please go and live in Iran-you might really like it as you imply! S. ps I am disappointed to see the excrement called Sledgehead still voicing similarly ignorant views on the ME also from safe little England. I was hoping he had decided to nip outide his council flat and hang himself by now but since he has not, could you take him to Iran with you? Thanks, S.
  18. Yes, anyone who agrees with you is "true British", anyone who disagrees is a traitor of some sort. I am with RB-you are either a BNP neo-Nazi or a piece of Jihadist filth (I cannot be arsed to be as polite and reasoned as RB). You will not be convinced by any alternative argument which is fine but your only recourse is insults so why bother to keep talking? If you care that much, I would suggest you go join Hezbullah and/or Hamas and have a pop at the Israelis (let them kill you so you can have your 72 virgins) rather than just ranting at strangers on a web forum supposedly about house prices. S.
  19. I think my point was he was old enough to remember the last bust. Apparently there are.
  20. I agree about timing. As for "braced for the worst" I suspect most homeowners have not got a clue and do not understand inflation, interest rates or money supply.
  21. Looks like I just happened to meet the one dumb banker at JPM-maybe his mates are sniggering at him from behind the stationery cupboard for going into BTL...
  22. Maybe but I still would have expected better sense from a supposedly high flying banker involved in quite a difficult area of trade.
  23. Just another anectdotal but I was at a party on Saturday, chatting to a JP Morgan banker aged about 40, who you might imagine knew a little about asset prices and bubbles. He announced he was looking for a BTL in London but EAs were giving him short shrift because he was looking to buy something sub-£0.5m. his point, missing the point somewhat, was that there had to be money in offering a better service than EAs currently offer. I could not be bothered to do the usual and ask why he would bother for 4% yields against 6% lending costs plus voids, maintenance etc... S.
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