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  1. I expect the Brits who want and need to work in jobs that Zofia and Nikolay once held, won't be that bothered they can't indulge in après ski this year.
  2. Hitler was a particularly evil and stupid leader. Instead of putting 6 million people to work, making food, bombs, clothes etc, he murdered them.
  3. The age of boomers is between 57 and 75, so many still have a few decades to go.
  4. I read the blog, then I searched "Wuling Mini Unofficial Crash Test" and only found people talking about it on social media; no evidence it's a thing.
  5. For obvious reasons we usually cut out the volatile components of price changes when we talk about inflation. In the past that was simple enough – just remove food and oil to arrive at index numbers that should dictate economic policy. At this point in time a lot of other items have price volatility without any underlying reasons for expecting long-term price increases. In other words the indexes that used to be good for policy guidance are currently inflated and of little use. The only underlying general inflation push would come from increased wages. Some of that cost could be bleeding into prices and remain there (wages are sticky). However, the societal good of higher wages will by far exceed the minimal problems, from a slightly above target inflation rate.
  6. Thanks for your reply. I haven't put in an offer yet. Yesterday I had a third viewing with my brother-in-law who's a very experienced plumber/pipe fitter; he pointed out the lack of a certificate on a new boiler (he was otherwise impressed with its quality) and a slightly rotting sash window (I was aware of that already), but otherwise he thought the living quarters were satisfactory. He brought a ladder to look into the attic space and pointed out some small gaps where light was coming through, because some of the slate tiles had slipped a little - none were missing. On inspection from the outside we could see some work had been done on the more weathered side to correct some of the tiles (with some kind of thin metal inserts), whilst on the other side it looked as though patches of tiles had been replaced. We've had a lot of rain recently and the attic space was bone dry. He also pointed out that the insulation in the roof was way below code. The estate agent said she'd inform the sellers of all of his points and get back to us. The building is made with gorgeous yellow bricks from a nearby (Lincolnshire) quarry, and very dark grey slates on the roof, and reminds me of a mini version of Salt's Mill. I appreciate the risk in having one of the top (first) floor flats, where persuading others to do necessary work might be a problem. The person who put in the offer for the other first floor flat has also put in an offer for the flat below that one - possibly having a greater 'investment' than anyone else would encourage her to facilitate repairs (I'd always pay out if it was fairly done). Anyway, thanks again for your reply. None of my family members have bought a converted anything before, so we're taking all advice we can.
  7. First of all, sorry if this is in the wrong sub. I looked and there isn't one for estate agents. I'm thinking of buying a flat, one of four in a converted building. The blurb says once the last flat is sold, the "freehold of the whole block will be transferred into equal shares to the owners of the flats at no cost to them." My mum thinks this is very unusual, so I'm concerned as to why they're doing it. For background; the two-floor building of 4 flats was for functions, and it's attached to a smaller building which is now a single family house. The large pub and gardens (across a private road) which is selling those 2 buildings will remain as is. One other thing; I'm paying cash, so should I get a valuation done? Thanks in advance.
  8. "No, it won't." ~ signed by institutions and UHNWIs that own 95% of America.
  9. This is what TPTB relied on in the Scottish ref and the EU ref, as told to me by a prominent campaigner and business consultant/leader. "What could happen?" if the status quo changes prevents a lot of scared people voting for change.
  10. I watched a documentary where a professional gambler bought accounts off students. The accounts are always banned, eventually.
  11. Trump wants lower rates because he and his peers have hundreds of millions of debt. Every tweet (especially about Gyna) is aimed at destabilising the US economy, which if successful will lead to lower interest rates.
  12. What / Who will collapse first in 2019 I know what it won't be; housing!
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