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About SpoonUnit

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    Fish N Chips. Amusements (2p waterfall/cascade variety). Dogging.<br />Hooke's Law. Minor legal claims.
  1. <wakes from hibernation> Feck me. That is hilarious! The "living" room reminds me of Jonathan Pryce's office in "Brazil".
  2. I am up for an xmas beer as suggested. It might be fun to see if we really are all sad, maladjusted individuals who like nothing better than to argue about HPI and shitty quayside flats. As the most popular "House prices in your area" thread, we owe it to ourselves!
  3. That's odd. I thought estate agents got their bonuses at Christmas.
  4. http://www.iii.co.uk/news/?type=afxnews&am...;action=article edit: To be fair, there is a bearish interpretation to Miles's pompous utterings. It just annoys me that he thinks that this is "sustainable"
  5. What a surprise! Snouts in the trough of a NuLabour "initiative" http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6051464.stm
  6. Depends who you believe, doesn't it? According to the Nationwide, "The North" dropped 0.5% in last quarter and "Tyne and Wear" is up only 1% year on year (effectively a drop in real terms). http://www.nationwide.co.uk/hpi/historical/Q3_North.pdf Myself, I take all the housing indices with a pinch of salt, and prefer to track the local stuff I am interested in. As well as stuff I'm not, like Knightsbridge Court, which may (or may not, only time will tell) act as a canary in the coalmine.
  7. Have a long think about this sentence. Then report back for basic logic boot camp Private Moneymad! Just how many well-heeled STRs do you think there are? Enough to bring "stability" to the entire Uk housing market? I think not. For one thing, to STR you have to have the courage of your convictions. Is an STR going to dive back in after a 2% fall? Of course not. STRs will wait for, what they perceive, is the market bottom. In terms of "toppy" market dynamics, I suggest that they are pretty much irrelevant. SpoonUnit ps Just for the record, I am not an STR
  8. Was in the outskirts of Prague quite recently, and I know what you mean. Good metro system in Prague though, the design of the station concourses reminded me of Logan's Run for some reason...
  9. Knightsbridge Court Again: This flat has just come up on Rightmove at 135k: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-552...=2&tr_t=buy The minimum that anyone has ever paid for anything in Knightsbridge Court is 143k! And that was quite recently (July 06) but in late 2003/early 2004 most of the flats were going for around the 150k+ region. What is it, do you think, that has made KC fall from grace quite so spectacularly?
  10. You take it incorrectly. I can certainly afford one, as can many others on this forum. I agree, though, that the Tories won't do anything to halt the trend.
  11. Good posts, brassfarthing. I too hated Mrs T with a passion but, in hindsight, I recognise that she was doing what she thought needed to be done (rightly or wrongly), even though it eventually cost her dearly in terms of popularity. Having said that, regardless of policies, politics and personal persuasion, isn't simply booting out the current incumbents a good enough reason for voting Conservative at the next election (or, for that matter, Labour if you rewind back to 1997)? Any party, if in power long enough, will descend into rabid self-interest and corruption. Surely our job, as voters, is to remind the government, on a occasional basis, that they can't keep on doing whatever the hell they want indefinitely. This passage from "So long and thanks for all the fish" by Douglas Adams always springs to mind whenever I think about the political situtation in the UK: On [the robot's] world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.' 'Odd,' said Arthur, 'I thought you said it was a democracy?' 'I did,' said Ford, 'It is.' 'So,' said Arthur, hoping he wasn t sounding ridiculously obtuse, 'why don't the people get rid of the lizards?' 'It honestly doesn't occur to them,' said Ford. 'They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.' 'You mean they actually vote for the lizards?' 'Oh yes,' said Ford with a shrug, 'of course.' 'But,' said Arthur, going for the big one again, 'why?' 'Because if they didn't vote for a lizard,' said Ford, 'the wrong lizard might get in.' — Douglas Adams
  12. It's depressing isn't it? You would think these people would learn from the past but they have not. The spirit of T. Dan Smith lives on. Not content with destroying the beautiful Edwardian centre of Newcastle in the late 1960s and 1970s these people, and their kind, have ruined the chance of genuine regeneration of Newcastle/Gateshead yet again with their imbecilic schemes; born of nothing but short-termism and greed. Sorry to get all get het up but it really does make my blood boil! :angry: SpoonUnit FYI: T Dan Smith
  13. ..if you like living on a roundabout. Anyway, have you read this STTAB? http://money.independent.co.uk/property/ho...icle1523046.ece I might be getting nervous if I had bought in a city centre high rise recently.... SpoonUnit
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