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About sarahleyburn

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  1. That's a mistake by The Sun. In the PR, the £595k figure refers to the total advantage of owning over renting including the asset price, not to the asset price alone:
  2. Yep, it's still timing out here. My ISP is Plusnet. (It's happening with all browsers I've tested, with or without AdBlock.)
  3. Rural North Yorks (Yorkshire Dales). Where the only people who have bought in the past 10 years seem to be incoming retired people and second home owners, and all the locals under the age of 35 rent - or, more often, live with parents or move away. Apparently house prices here have risen faster than in any other region, and four times faster than incomes. So rents are already relatively low compared to house prices (I'm amazed anyone bothers to be a landlord here without capital appreciation). Can't say I'm seeing a drop in rents though - I suspect many landlords who bought in the past 10 yea
  4. Spoke to the letting agent today to apologise for being a few days late with the rent this month (first time we've ever been late - just forgot!). The letting agent told us not to worry - we're among the very few tenants on their books who normally pay on time every month, and around half of their tenants are in arrears right now...
  5. I agree with some of this. I'm just not sure about "the UK pays most, we'll go there" point. I think most people will go wherever they have the best chance of getting work - ie somewhere where they speak the language and know a few people already. But I'm just speculating. My argument isn't really with your points above - it's with the general Daily Mail type demonisation of immigrants (which wasn't what you were doing - I just happened to start ranting in reply to your post, sorry). I think the demonisation happens because it rationalises the anger people feel at the numbers of immigrants he
  6. 1) Possibly, but it seems unlikely that every individual I've met wants to come here to work, and I've met none of what you suggest is the majority - people who want to come here for benefits. 2) My comment was around the question "What I don't understand is just why is the UK so attractive to immigrants?" a couple of pages back, not about how their behaviour changes once they get here. You may be right - although my suspicion is that the immigrant population behaves much the same as the UK population once they get here - some work hard, some play the system, some fall down on their luck and
  7. I know what you mean and have spent a lot of time thinking about it - and I don't know the answer. But the most likely conclusion I've come to is that the paradox you mention is the answer to your question; the incredible riches offered if you have control of the natural resources juxtaposed with the widespread poverty breeds corruption. The same goes for aid; the sudden influx of huge wealth from the West (/North/whatever) almost inevitably creates a sordid scrabble for control of that wealth (Dambisa Moyo's book, Dead Aid, is a really interesting read on the links between aid and corrupt
  8. Agreed - and while that's not an issue that particularly upsets me (there are plenty of other causes of the high cost of living that bother me far more), I understand why it angers people.
  9. Couldn't disagree with your first paragraph more (Agree with your second point on the cost of living.) For immigrants from the developing world or whatever you want to call it, this is just not true in my experience. In Africa (where at least 300 people asked me for help with their visa applications / sponsorship) the reasons to come to the UK were: There is peace, stability, a perceived opportunity to earn a surplus income to send home and a perceived lack of corruption (I had lots of discussions on that last point...). I didn't meet a single person who mentioned benefits; everyone I met
  10. Heh, well spotted. (I'm not from Leyburn itself, but I'm not a million miles away.) Yep, tis a lovely part of the country.
  11. If you're happy to take a local wage... Richmondshire, North Yorks (where I live): Average house price: £245k Median income: £18.8k
  12. I'm still betting on 2013 being The Year, but with decent (say 10% nominal) falls this year - with the London juggernaut slowly grinding to a halt and then turning (and no longer masking falls in the rest of the country), and with rents starting on a slow downward trajectory (causing some accidental landlords to capitulate). But sentiment is the weirdest thing, so who knows.
  13. Agreed, but it's not quite that black and white. People in a wheelchair as a result of a spinal injury often have associated problems, including susceptibility to infections, skin sores necessitating bed rest, regular appointments eg to change catheters, pain management medication etc - meaning employers may have to be understanding about time off, which they tend not to be. Probably why so many people with spinal injuries go self-employed if they can.
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