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Ben from Dover

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  1. Don't confuse Iran with the rest of the Gulf - it is quite a different place. Very little featureless desert, in fact a lot of really nice scenery - you can even go skiing (and not in a giant fridge like dubai). they have a crazy government admittedly but the people are generally very well educated and don't see themselves in the same family as arabs at all (in fact the common term for arab in Iran is translated as grasshoper eater). there economy is very isolated for obvious reasons and there are hardships (like ironically a quota on the amount of petrol people can buy) but it is also very independent from the rest of the world and has lots of real wealth. Type iran landscape into google images and you'll see what I mean. It has a population of 70 Million (more than us) which is mostly young work age people so economically it may have fewer problems than we do in the future.
  2. It is actually not very hard to carry pillow cases of cash in a bank and pay it in. I've twice paid £20K in sterling into my UK bank account. It was just my saving s from working in the Middle East which I had changed into notes in a shopping mall out there, put in a bag, taken it on a plane back home and paid it in. Only once got asked where the money was from by some spotty work experience boy and I said that I worked in the Middle East and was taking the money home. He wrote it down and I was on my way. That was over 2 years ago now so I'm pretty sure I'm out the woods.
  3. thats exactly it - there is no 'solidarity' in the EU either outside or inside the eurozone. All bail-outs are done on the basis of politicians trying to work out what the minimum they need to do to stop what ever is going on from effecting their own countries too much. If / when the UK gets to a position where we need a bail-out and if the EU can afford it they would certainly help as the effects on the whole of the EU would be massive. However by that time they certainly wont be able to afford it so it doesn't really matter.
  4. Why does having large sums of money automatically make you a criminal. That is rubbish. They talk about these notes being used to carry the proceeds of crime. What this is really about is stopping people from having the ability to carry the proceeds of anything without using banks. £400 isn't that much money
  5. The last bit seemed to me to be the most interesting. It is essentially saying that the high mortgage costs are causing people to struggle financially and are leading to crisis in the whole economy. HPI = bad coming to a local council near you
  6. http://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/8289-first-ever-gold-bar-vending-machine-for-uae-hotel/
  7. http://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/8289-first-ever-gold-bar-vending-machine-for-uae-hotel/
  8. I really don't get all of this economic/political talk at the moment. I have read a lot over the last few years about just how big the western world's economic troubles are and now finally there is mainstream talk about the 'age of austerity' that we need. Yet all we seem to hear about is stupid tiny little things. New tory government going to make 6 billion of cut - that's nothing (Badger gave away more than that to the EU bailout day after the election and no-one even seemed to notice and we were called stingy). Now the biggest austerity measures in Germany since the war! Which in reality seems to mean swimming pools close, VAT on books goes up and a few other little things. Its a bit like those guys on money saving expert who are in 100,000 pounds of credit card debt and their plan to pay it off is to charge their mobile from the office and pay the balance off the the savings from their electricity bill.
  9. If you had bought $1,000.00 of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49.00. With Enron, you would have $16.50 of the original $1,000.00. With MCI/Worldcom, you would have less than $5.00 left. If you had bought $1,000.00 worth of Miller Genuine Draft (the beer, not the stock) one year ago, drunk all the beer then turned in the cans for the 10-cent deposit, you would have $214.00. Based on the above, 401KegPlan.com's current investment advice is to take that $5.00 you have left over And drink lots and lots of beer and recycle. http://401kegplan.com/keg/
  10. Anyone know who is going to be schools/education secretary yet?
  11. agree with you 100% but still the guy is a sporting celebrity of sorts and must earn a fair wack. If professional sports people regularly representing their country internationally at one of the UK's most popular sports can only afford a distinctly average house what hope do the rest of us have???
  12. Regular England Cricketer is the answer. I used to go to school with him. Crazy market where an England Cricketer can only afford an very average house
  13. Guess what the person who lives here does for a living?
  14. excellent - any tips would be appreciated. I'm sure it has bubble tenancies like anywhere but at least it has a government that runs a surplus and has funds it has saved that it can use to stimulate the economy rather than british deficit financing. I think, from the research I've done, it also has considerably more prospects for economic growth over the next few years. By leaving I am freeing myself from liability for the UK's debts. Very happy to live somewhere that is in a bubble. Certainly beats living somewhere that has had a bubble that is now slowly deflating while simultaneously paying off high national debt.
  15. This post to me sums up exactly what is wrong with all of the unemployed 'too old' IT 'specialists', I have a little knowledge on the subject as my dad fits into this category perfectly. They see the world as owning them a job, regardless of whether they are up to date or able to sell themselves. 'Telesales jobs require no skills' - ha! why don't you try one for a while. Learn to sell and you will never be unemployed. consider yourself an IT 'expert' and you are almost guaranteed unemployment after a couple of years. Obviously such a specialist that only the job center values your specialist skills.
  16. Thanks DeepLurker, My new job sounds quite full on so hopefully I'll be able to stay off this forum and become a wonderfully positive person again.
  17. Might take you up on that Mr P - I'll PM you my contact details once I'm set up out there.
  18. Just got my contract for a new job in Singapore delivered. I came back to the UK about 10 months ago with a decent amount of savings which I was planning to use to buy a house and settle down with. Having been back I have realized how much I hate the UK. The way that the economic crisis and now the political crisis has been handled has particularly demonstrated that to me. It is impossible to work hard and provide yourself with a decent standard of living in this country so feck it I'm out of here. Thanks a lot everyone for your views and opinions and good luck for what is coming. Most of you are smart enough to do well out of whatever happens.
  19. Places north of Ashford are, most of it is where lots of newly arrived immigrants, permanently unemployed stupid people and old retirees live
  20. wow hooo Non-commuter Kent has been ridiculous for ages. There are basically no private sector jobs and out-side of the commuter belt no young people, yet house prices are not much different across the county. Bring it on!
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