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  1. Perhaps for me it's childhood memories of summer holidays in a former chapel turned bunkhouse near gwernogle with the extended family that makes it seem a nice idea... Still would only consider it for chump change though - I'd consider it "posh camping" with space to store hobby stuff rather than a full time home. Not bothered by the graveyards so much, more the inevitable covenant to maintain them for access would turn a retreat into a chore
  2. Interesting, I've had an eye on lot 8 for a while on RM, when I first came across it IIRC asking price was 175...now a guide price 100k less. There's been a few £20k chapels around narbeth that would interest me as somewhere to keep surfboards and somewhere to doss whilst out that way more than anything else
  3. Surely the primary concern if you are looking at an outlay such as that should be whether you need a garage or not, not if it will give you a return? If you are storing a motorbike / car etc in it, what impact does that have on insurance premiums, servicing costs, wear and tear vs being left out in the elements. Have you considered that against the bottom line?
  4. Indeed, at the sainsburies in Kingston there is an inner circle of hardcore bargain hunters that descend before closing, forming a ring around the yellow ticket man and blocking the fresh food aisles off from "outsiders"! I'm all for a bargain but these people are positively aggressive...satisfying on the odd occasion you beat them to it though
  5. http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/business/%ef%bf%bc%ef%bf%bcaldi-openly-targets-middle-class-people-who-are-in-the-shit-2014111192645 We can have thousands of people stacking shelfs and selling each other coffees, ultimately without primary and secondary industry it's all based on nothing
  6. Tbf miss airhead probably assumes every household has 4 x5's / rangies on the drive, plus the Bentley, Ferrari etc
  7. Maintanance is not covered by the warranty for starters - only defects. The cars simply can't take being driven 24 hours a day and having 100k put on them in 2 1/2 years. The astra's and focuses could that much better Most of the skoda vrs's in the fleet are shedding coolant constantly and eat tires - an issue not presented with the previous 330d - which is why it's coming back. Stick in an foi if you must and ask why Hyundai are no longer the proffered supplier, even though there should be 3 years left on the warranties of even the oldest cars
  8. Got any evidence about these claims, particularly about the cheaper cars 'falling apart'? Yes, but if you live in London, walk past your nearest cop shop and have a look - all the new motors are fords, the hyundais are being phased out after a year or 2. Considering the Astra fleet usually had 5 years squeezed out of them there is clearly a reason for this...not like there is suddenly a load of cash sloshing around
  9. iPads I wouldn't know about but I have personal experience of reasonably priced cars in the emergency services. It's a false economy. The met replaced the vauxhall Astra with hyundais and the bmw with a skoda. The cars fell apart in a matter of months, maintainance costs were higher and this meant stations were struggling to field officers when half of the fleet was grounded. When you factor in bmw's surprisingly generous rate for supplying the vehicles off the list price the taxpayer wasnt getting the deal it seemed, plus public safety was being jeapordised by regular incidents of, amongst other things, gearstick handles coming off in the hands of drivers, fuze box covers being dislodged and falling underneath pedals, all whilst en route to a 999 call. It rarely pays to go cheap on critical equipment
  10. Bought the missus a Sony e1 sim free from them a couple of months ago as they were discounting, I didn't need much in the way of service having done the research myself, but in fairness they didn't try and up sell me either. If you have been thinking about a new phone anyway it may be worth walking by their stores seeing what cash deals there are on offer to clear their stock.
  11. I think estate agents in particular have triple understanding a post code is for delivering mail, not valuing houses!
  12. Part of the borough of Kingston is in the sw15 postcode?
  13. And there are some villages far out from London that have a London post code, Sewell, Essex for instance
  14. Likewise the tube goes far far out of London in places (Essex end of the central line, met line ) For me it's the London boroughs, although as its not a perfect circle there are parts which fall into a grey zone (ewell in Surrey is 15 miles from charing cross- Malden rushett just over into RBK is 5 more on top)
  15. I do see where you are coming from, I certainly agree there was an exodus of priced outs coming this way in the 2005/7 period in particular. I think since then, and perhaps as a result, surbiton has become more established in the sw London circles as a place in its own right, so I do think its worth considering there are perhaps a lot of people who have seen the light and would rather pay a premium to be able to get away from the smoke but still be within it, as opposed to having make do. My own background is that I moved to London for work when I was 19, around 2001. The only area I knew at first was surbiton as my uncle ran a few pubs in the area through the 80's and 90's, so I was drawn there when I moved. I have seen it gradually change in that time from a part of Surrey/London that few have heard of to the bars popping up on maple road, the tide of yummy mummies, crime stats now being made public and comparable, so I do think the late 20's crowd see surbiton in a new light. Still live in Kingston and think both towns are great, having lived in Camden, kennington and deptford at various points over the last 13 years I can honestly say there is no part of London I would rather be, so it's certainly not a compromise because I was priced out of clapham etc. areas rise, areas fall, surbiton could be the new hackney for all I know. Still think prices are too far removed from reality!
  16. Perhaps people just "like" surbiton? I don't enough to justify working a high powered job for 25 years solid to pay for a few rooms there, but I do like the best of both worlds that Kingston / surbiton offers. Some want to dip in and out of central london at a whim, I think now that is surbitons main draw rather than being the mortgagees compromise
  17. Didn't some nutter declare independence on one of these towers off the east coast, iirc got away with taking pot shots at the navy too.
  18. Being declined the slate on the white x5 mr and mrs bland have got at number 94?
  19. If you live in the north or NI now is the time to buy as prices will never be this low again....how much more one sided are the been going to get? London next week, think I know where this is going...
  20. Sign of a DD recession if you ask me. Time to end the boom and busty once and for all
  21. I have posted on the london forum about this flat in my neighbourhood http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-45515750.html It went on for 450, had a few months of no interest before getting the dulux and twigs/vases treatment, before being "snapped up" at 450. Alas, a week later, the STC sign has been unscrewed and its been listed 25k down. Do people not realise how daft this is when at a whim, they take what is a years wages for most off as if they were offering a discount on a dented tin of beans?
  22. Don't suppose in the paper there is any job adverts for something comparable too? Would be interested to see!
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