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Everything posted by Mancghirl

  1. On BBC News right now, evicting a hearing impaired tenant with a young child, as they asked for repairs. At least his scumbaggery is being brought to a wider audience.
  2. She needs to have a word with my old mum: Broadband: £9.99 BT low use tariff for pensioners TV: £0 (freeview built into telly) Mobile: £7pm on Vodafone, which I pay for her. Transport: Free bus pass covering entire county. No car. My mum worked full time until she was 68, and saved every penny after my folks had paid the mortgage off, as she had reduced NI stamp contributions in the 1970s which affects her pension. She knew it was coming, so she sorted it out herself. I feel sorry for her in respect of her ex ripping her off, but having said that, I would never let anyone else get near my savings/investments. My parents both managed their own pensions and savings, and kept individual bank accounts, and they are older than this woman - it isn't that unusual.
  3. Things are clearly slow, seeing more and more at FP and nice stuff in desirable areas not just dross. Definitely less frothy. This time of year is traditionally slow in Edinburgh, there's normally a mad rush to complete and get moved by the end of September, but time will tell if things are heading down *fingers crossed*
  4. I don't speak for the entire public sector, but as someone in a leadership position, I know that Corbyn and his ilk couldn't run a bath. He'd be out of his depth as a till supervisor in Tesco. However, things are so dire in terms of our funding position that even a couple of years of J McDonnell as Chancellor throwing cash at us is looking tempting. The notion that Corbyn is putting the wind up the rigged market capitalist types, given that opinion polls show no chance of Lab getting anywhere near a majority, is a bit fanciful on behalf of The Grauniad. Other factors at play.
  5. Sad for them. I remember when it was a monument to idiotic speculation and development during a housing crisis, and half empty. Oh.
  6. That's what I don't get. I used to walk past it regularly, and it was pretty grim. I'm unconvinced that Crossrail, or whatever else has gone on around TCR in the last 10-15 years has improved matters. I note that the developers are marketing it as 'Covent Garden', so as to conjure up mental images of opera, and strolling through cobbled squares as a string quartet plays. Rather than electronics shops punting cheap amps.
  7. We're past the tipping point of even upper middle classes being priced out of London, but the Tories are so invested in the chaos of Brexit that they're letting much of domestic policy concerns slide, see also policing and school funding.
  8. Excellent, 99% of properdee's listed 'value' - paid annually. That should sort this kind of nonsense.
  9. I'm really coming round to the idea of empty property confiscation. Buy to leave should not be a thing, nor should wishful thinking by developers.
  10. In the article they claim that they have broken even from sales and renting the commercial space on the ground floor, so will just wait until people come to their senses and pay asking prices *roll eyes*
  11. Looking forward to the London crash, at it will stop idiots coming up to Edinburgh with their mad gainz, and bidding £400k for a 2 bed in Newington.
  12. Just seen this, and it is a hilarious read. They're not entertaining cheeky offers, you know.
  13. Also, there's been massive HPI in the last 15 years, so surely the house is worth far more than they paid for it? So they could sell up, and use their equity as a massive deposit on another place that they can afford? Unless they've been remortgaging to buy cars, extensions, new kitchens and foreign holidays. Whilst on an IO mortgage. Presumably with no repayment vehicle.
  14. The Grauniad were massive rampers of BTL to their middle class readers only a few short years ago. How things change.
  15. Seeing a few more things shifting to Fixed Price on ESPC, of course most of it is still way overpriced. Also spotted a couple of repossessions last week, which I haven't seen for quite a while.
  16. Friends of mine have just split and sold up in South Edinburgh. Only bought 2 years ago, were inundated with boomer downsizers and back from London buyers. Sold to a back from London buyer for cash in under a week for 25% more than they paid 2 years ago. Meanwhile, in the Borders, people are failing to sell houses at prices below what they paid in 2006. Edinburgh is completely disconnected from reality, how long can this go on?
  17. We're now at the stage where the first few years of graduates with the full 9k p.a. tuition fee debt are hitting the jobs/postgrad market. Not coincidental. Also factor in the dog's breakfast that Gove made of the teacher training routes, and poor perception of terms and conditions generally. It will take a big recruitment programme, which includes the offer to repay loans, to get numbers back up.
  18. Definitely true. Also HPI creating shortages of Heads etc in the SE. Why would anyone move from an area like the NW or NE where you can afford a pretty decent lifestyle on a senior teacher salary, to take up a senior leadership role in the SE for 5 to 10k more, but cannot even afford a 1 bed flat? We've recruited 2 house price influenced relocators from London and Kent this year (North East England).
  19. Don't even get me started on the exam boards. One thing Scotland has right is the use of one exam board. However, GCSEs were brought in under the Tories, not Labour! (1988)
  20. Yes, we've got 2 excellent Engineering grads teaching GCSE. Very fortunate. However, I've taught in inner city schools where no-one in the Maths team had a degree with substantial Maths content. But as you say, we don't have options - every single UK Maths graduate every year is required to train as a teacher, with current attrition/retirement rates.
  21. Nothing again non RG institutions, but I went to school within a few miles of Manchester/UMIST, so it was inevitable that lots of my teachers were drawn from there. Our two best A level Maths teachers at my present place of employment are graduates of Leicester (non RG) and Open. Both rock solid and brilliant in the classroom. The main issue now is that lots of people teaching Maths at GCSE and A level don't have degree level Maths, but went through top up training due to a chronic shortage of teachers from the 90s onwards.
  22. You need a grade B at GCSE, and to pass an online test, to start a teaching degree or PGCE (which is fairly standard mental arithmetic e.g. a train leaves Birmingham, travelling at 120mph etc) However, you only get 1 or 2 minutes to answer each question, then the test moves on. No calculator either, just pencil and paper, IIRC. I completed it in under ten minutes and hadn't done a stroke of Maths studying since GCSE in 1989, but plenty of basic calculations in the workplace since graduation. When I trained in the mid '00s, one of my fellow trainees still hadn't passed the maths test after 8 attempts (You have to pass it to even begin training now, and attempts are limited). The lack of degree qualified Maths teachers in Secondary schools is having a massive knock on effect on maths skills in the population now. I thank god that I went to the school that I did, with a department stuffed full of crumbly old maths graduates from RG universities, who knew their stuff (even though I hated it at the time). State school, 1980s.
  23. I deal with university admissions in my job - most of the Universities are seeing application numbers in decline, and lots of the post 1992 institutions are giving out unconditional offers like sweeties. Even some of the Russell Group have been giving out lower offers than I've seen in many years. Only Oxbridge and the top end RG are holding firm in terms of grade offers, or courses that are overwhelmed with applicants from middle class young women who will get ABB at A2 (e.g. Psychology, English Lit).
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