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  1. Exactly! My daughter has hearts, flowers, butterflies and dragonfies decals all over the walls that can easily be peeled off when we move. She has never asked why here walls are a baby blue colour when she is a girl, and I guess as the stickers make it girly she is happy with it..
  2. What a fantastic message! So nice to hear that your family mean more to you than any material possession. I found myself pregnant whilst going through a divorce and having to leave my marital home. I was in such a mess at the time and house prices were just taking off and really didn't know what to do; I thought about a termination, but just couldn't do it as I had wanted a baby for so long, I also thought about staying with my ex (although I hated him as he was a violent bully) but quickly put that thought out of my head. So, I moved into rented accommodation and had my baby 4 months later
  3. You must be one of the lucky ones and it varies from council to council I think. I am an office manager earning just under £17k... when sombody in the private sector would earn £20k +. I took the job for 'job security'... what a misconception that was.
  4. Oh good god, not the 'lets pick on the public sector' post again. Its getting very tedious and boring when this forum does full circle and can't think of anything else to gripe and moan about. What is it with you guys banging on about oversized single mums, kids in coffee houses and public sector workers? Shit, I work for the government in a very busy department which is at the forefront of social issues, I am underpaid for the level of work and stress we get, and to top that off we only got 2.45% payrise awarded to us again for the 2nd year in a row.. Whoopee doo. Get a life, Public
  5. See my revised prices.. there really is no need to spend a fortune on a wedding.. its all for show. Ok, flights to the US might cost a bit, but its all about planning it at the right time ;-)
  6. No, its in Staffordshire but on the south cheshire border. I went to a wedding 2 weekends ago and they spent £18k on the wedding and their honeymoon in Thailand. Ok, it was a nice day, lovely place where they had their reception, but £18k for christs sake!! I got married last December in a log cabin wedding chapel in Tennessee. Wedding cost £300 which included the cake, flowers and 20 pictures. Ok, the flights cost £1k for 3 of us (which I didn't feel was too bad) and we were in the US for 3 weeks staying with my parents, so I consider our wedding very cheap! Some people just go way OTT
  7. Yeah right, whatever!!! I work 37 hours a week in a very stressful job and I get paid the princely sum of £16,536 in the South West. If I am lucky and get our 2.5% payrise this year I will earn just over £17k. However, 18 months ago whilst working for a private firm in Crewe, Cheshire, I earnt £17,200. However I chose this job for the kind of work it does rather than the money which is why I don't get too irked about the salary I am being paid.. even so, the low level public workers earn crap money. I think this is indicating high level staff which get paid ridiculous sums for paper p
  8. Oh yes, where abouts in Gloucester? I live in Gloucester and there definately aren't any 3 bed houses going for under £500!!!! I rent a two bed for £575 in a nice estate so would be intrigued where these 3 bed houses for under £500 are.
  9. This morning whilst getting ready for work I heard an advert for Bloor homes on local radio (Severn Sound). It went something along the lines of buy a home at 75% of the price and take 10 years to repay the other 25%.. and it may work out cheaper than the rent you pay!! It then had some comical twit pretending to be a landlord saying 'what about the rent' and the 'buyer' says 'nope, no rent to pay' and the LL replied 'my rent' and the buyer retaliated with 'not paying your rent, I am buying a house, byee'.. the LL then shouts 'but I will fix the roof and stuff'.. Basically saying that its
  10. Too true!! I work in Government in admin.. and not doing the job I thought I was being employed to do. All the field staff who should be out and about are stuck behind PC's inputting into a database that they do not want to be doing.. whilst the admin staff are doing the really boring tedious crap like filing, and general dogs bodies. Completely bizarre why they would pay a £30k professional who is highly trained in their field of expertise to sit and type stuff into a database and therfore reducing their time out in the field, doing what they took degrees to do.
  11. Its not envy of others wealth.. I think you will find its circumstances that makes us depressed which has put us in the situation of not being able to own whilst the world passes us by.. I have owned in the past.. circumstances dictated to how my life has become now.. not envy.
  12. I had to reply to this.. as it explains why I can't afford to buy at this moment in time. I was married, had a house etc.. but it was the most lousy relationship you could ever imagine. Husband was violent, he had an autistic son from a previous relationship who he did nothing to help with regards to his autism (ie: dietry needs etc) and kept feeding him crap and letting him behave the way he did because he was 'autistic'. He was your weekend dad who took his son to mcdonalds and out for the day, but didn't curb his behaviour or try to change it etc. That was hard to live with, plus my ex
  13. Me too. My long term school friend has made me feel exactly that way. Her husband is a policeman, she is a part time teaching assistant, they have 3 kids together and her husband has one from a previous relationship that he pays CSA for, so not mega loaded.. but they managed to upgrade their house to one in the suburbs and buy a BMW X5. Since she found out I am renting and drive a 53 reg Rover 25, she barely talks to me now. I can live with it, I am not bothered. It hurt at the time and I've had those episodes where I've sat and felt worthless as everybody around me seems to have done w
  14. Try living there for 28 years of your life and you will see a much seedier version of Portsmouth. Here's a little insight for you.. Portsmouth is the 2nd most densley populated city in the UK.. and has the most peodophiles because of Southsea being bedsit land and right by the seafront. Portsmouth IS NOT a nice place... its rough, violent, seedy and there are no real prospects. Nightlife used to be excellent in the late 80's and early 90's but since then its become rough, full of chavs and violence is everywhere. The best thing to come out of Portsmouth... the M27.
  15. I know where these are.. they are right up the eastney end of Southsea seafront. They used to be naval quarters as we lived in similar (farmside gardens) when I was a child. Its strange, eastney is the nicer end of Southsea, but where these maisonette's are situated it looks like beirut.. with a few nicer town houses further on up the road by the marina. I wouldn't give you £134k for one.. not when they were social housing 30 years ago.
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