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  1. Went Edinburgh to London for work a few weeks ago. First Class return was cheaper than Standard Class return. Got free booze on the way back too.
  2. Most places manage to keep trading up to and over Christmas, its when the quarterly rent comes due after Christmas that they tend to go bust.
  3. Can I ask a question here? I was a kid in the 80s, therefore I was only vaguely aware of what was going on recession-wise (and my Dad hung onto his job). Did it feel this scary? Because I am no hysteric, but this really feels like we are sliding into a 1930s style nightmare. I fully expect to be taking a wheelbarrow full of currency to the corner shop for a pint of milk within 12 months.
  4. You don't understand the Edinburgh mentality. Maybe this kind of thing would be a winner in Glasgow or Essex, but not here. Some bloke tried to open a private members club a couple of years back, with a celeb-studded opening. Died on its ****. Frightfully vulgar. Edinburgh is one of the most conservative places I've ever been. Stuffed full of white-flighters from London and students from the Home Counties. Oh and hooker shoes are this kind of thing. &noOfRefinements=1"]Hooker-tastic
  5. And quite a few of them are second home owners and a fan of the 'flip' e.g. Balls n'Cooper.
  6. I though things were taking a turn for the worse when Sainsbo's started putting security tags on foodstuffs, rather than just booze.
  7. Fair comment, but the French value eating out, so if the guy was doing top notch fondue (?!) then they'd be willing to spend. This shop is being 1) badly marketed and 2) it is in an appalling location for Edinburgh. There are only a couple of streets where you can put these sorts of shops and it wasn't in either of them. It was right off the wrong end of Princes St. There is still money in Edinburgh, but it is concentrated in the upper middle classes and low-level toffs, who are very conservative in their tastes. £700 diamante hooker shoes won't do, darling. The Crombie shop on George St, selling coats £600 to £1500, still do a roaring trade.
  8. She talked some sense over the riots as well. However, her staggering hypocrisy over her son's education and general smuggery on 'This Week' has forever damned her in my eyes.
  9. Aye, I'm thinking fondue - €10? Shoes £700. That's the difference. Sacre Coeur, central Paris, cheap dinner. Even though its a weird idea, its a cheap weird idea, with a never ending supply of tourists. And people know about it, unlike this shoe 'shop'.
  10. I don't live in Manchester, I live in a chi-chi part of Edinburgh. It was a real attempt at opening a shop.
  11. I went out for lunch with one of my friends today and we were walking back to my place for another coffee afterwards, when we were approached by some marketing flyer girls. They were inviting us to a 'preview' of a new shoe shop. A 'secret' shoe shop. For discerning females with a few quid. The flyer promised free booze, so we said we would take a look. It was fricking weird - no shop front, just a doorway downstairs to what I think used to be a bar. Painted black - you had to go behind a curtain to a Baroque-type room with shoes on velvet pillows, cake stands etc. It looked like the set of a low budget porno (I imagine) and the shoes on offer were what my mate calls 'hooker shoes' - priced up to £700. Either the guy was money laundering or he is unaware of reality. Once it became clear there was actually no booze on offer, we legged it. Will keep an eye on the location to see how quickly it goes bust.
  12. Out this afternoon in the city centre and shops noticeably quiet for this close to Xmas - reductions but not 'prices slashed!' in most shops territory yet. My tipping point will be when the shoppers stop nicking the parking spaces outside my flat. Not so much a depression anecdote, but I subscribe to a property search on a regional property website, they used to email me weekly with new properties. They now email me twice daily with price reductions.
  13. I cannot believe this hasn't been made more of in the Press, its a fecking outrage. Mind, I suppose the boomers that read the Torygraph and Wail think all youngsters are feckless idlers, who wouldn't know a hard day's work if it punched them in the face, exams were much harder in my day etc etc. Good job they're not relying on these young people's tax contributions to fund their cushy retirements.....oh.
  14. You speak a world of truth. Pathfinder is one of the most insidious policies NuLab ever came up with. I was working in Stoke-on-Trent when it began. Nice little 2 or 3 bed terraces with a bit of outside space. Perfect for raising a small family/getting started - selling price £20k to £60k. Ripped down and replace with 1 bed new build shitholes selling for @100k upwards. In an area where the average salary must be £10k to £15k. Utterly criminal. The beggars want shooting for the way they have ruined the life chances of ordinary working people in this country.
  15. What a canny investor - no wonder he can't afford the insurance that most people with a brain cell would have paid for.
  16. I used to visit Dublin a lot in the early 90s as my then boyfriend was working in IT over there. Everytime I went, there would be a lovely new building, major road, transport system with a shiny sign that it was paid for by an EU development fund. Same bribes. You can't blame the Greeks. The whole thing is madness and the big countries are happy to play along and pretend we can all keep going.
  17. What I'm gleaning from this coverage is that most commentators currently in employment on major news channels know the square root of feck all about Greek politics.
  18. This dude seemed to be in the South West, an area of which I have zero knowledge. I always assume that it is stuffed full of second home owners pricing out locals - but that's just something I've picked up from here.
  19. Talking about effects of Eurozone crisis. First clip is of a poor old EA *gets out onion*. He went without salary in 2007, in order to keep his business going. Wasn't 2007, you know, relatively buoyant for the parasites hardworking local EAs?
  20. I was studying A levels 89-91. Post Maastricht, I was an undergraduate at a UK University. We got dispatched on a fact-finding trip to Brussels, staying in a swish hotel, subsidised by the EU (i.e. yet more of our parents' taxes). They gave us T-Shirts with 'Europe - My Country' and a EU flag on them, which made me massively uncomfortable. Right back then, the plan was clear. No need to bother with asking the voters or engaging in meaningful debate.
  21. I'm Brian and so's my wife. Actually, I find your so-called quip quite offensive. This is still, ostensibly, a Python worshipping country... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asUyK6JWt9U&feature=related
  22. I think most 'man in the street' polls would show people agreeing with you totally. Unfortunately, we never got the choice to vote on that bit. Cheers Thatch/Broon.
  23. EFTA was a good idea, indeed. I remember studying the formation of EFTA and the EEC for A level, back in the mists of time. My teacher also thought Foot was certifiable, he was a fully paid up disciple of Kinnock. Voting? What kind of damn fool crazy talk is that???? I would like to see an opinion poll for an EU in/out referendum following this Greece business. Only taken after those polled had listened to Stephen Nolan interviewing Greek voters on 5 Live earlier.
  24. I was just thinking about Foot's call to withdraw from the EEC (as it was then) whilst watching this Greek debacle on Sky News. People thought he was a total loony for suggesting it. Look at the bloody state of us now. That's a great clip of Woy Jenkins 'You cannot cling to sovereignty'. Yep, lets just forget all about those pesky nation states. He could see what was coming.
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