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  1. I think that StainlessSteelCat's point is that the first class coach is empty, so you can upgrade for pennies :)

    Did that just recently: Friday night, London to Leeds, expected the train to be heaving with the week-long commuters going home (and to be fair, I spotted a fair number).

    But the first class was empty, and we got offered an upgrade for £10. By the time you counted the free meal, free drink, free coffee, free internet... it worked out cheaper than staying in second. So it's a post on penny-pinching, which is perfectly in line with HPC!

    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. Because she usually comes out with all sorts of daft "government should help struggling homeowners" type stuff, while conveniently forgetting the poor sods who have to pay.

    Maybe the UK has reached a tipping point, where the fear of currency collapse, European dictatorships, Public "occupy" uprisings, youth riots, intergenerational war, cats and dogs sleeping together, mass hysteria......

    is now seen as Worse than a housing crash?

    .....therefore a housing crash now looks like quite a nice solution. :)

    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.

  3. But they're not selling 'shoes'. They are selling exclusivity. They are selling membership to a club for those in the know.

    Once it's been seen in the right magazines, the girls will talk about it in hushed tones.

    I used to work for a guy who would 'tag' the girls in the office he'd shagged by buying them ridiculously expensive shoes and they loved him for it.

    It's WAG culture.

    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.


  4. Lets be honest though most MPs understand the problem they're scared to death of verbalizing it. With all the VIs wanting Hpi they know that any comments are fraught with risk.

    Every time that they see the comments below media articles supporting HPC they know that soon they be free to state the obvious.

    And quite a few of them are second home owners and a fan of the 'flip' e.g. Balls n'Cooper.

  5. That's what I thought but I was working there for a stint and it was locals that took me there. Full of the French (out of season) rather than crazy brits. And for a fondue and baby bottle wine it was damned expensive. Still not £700 so I take the point.

    Would anyone taking a flyer ever spend that on a pair of shoes anyway? Strange marketing of a high value item. Targeting the wrong crowd would be my reaction.

    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.

  6. I know that Abbot is a seething mass of contradictions and that a lot of people really can't stand her but, since she put in such a great showing on the public accounts committee back in the Major days and was then thrown off it by Blair for asking too many difficult questions, I've always had a grudging admiration for her. She's certainly very clever, whatever else her faults may be.

    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.

  7. I've got to add this one too. But its actually a huge success but really shouldn't be.

    Near the Sacre Couer theres a restaurant that only does fondue. You all sit behind these crude benches, so tightly packed in a long line that you have to climb over the table to get to the seats. And when you order wine it is served in a babies bottle with the tit cut open but on it. Weird weird place, but hugely popular.

    Odd places really can succeed.

    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'.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. A little investigation of the Pathfinder scheme, where thousands of renovatable houses have been emptied, still lie empty. The objective seemed to be get the poor people out of there home, let developers build new houses, sell at inflated market prices. Scheme developers happy, bankers rubbing their hands.

    In some countries it might be called ethic cleansing.

    Channel 4 did an interesting programme on the cost/benefit option of renovation compared to demolition and rebuilding.

    Property prices are simply too high in this county - due to a credit bubble, government interference and media hype.

    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.

  12. Found where it was from an older story from a local paper.

    On Google Streetview.

    It's number 7, as on the door, before that door has seen some damage in the Daily Mail story.

    http://www.houseprices.co.uk/e.php?q=DL3+6AP' rel="external nofollow">

    Houseprices info for number 7.

    Sales Date: 31/10/2007. Price £109,000

    Sales Date: 08/04/2004. Price: £79,950

    Number 5 sold for £46,500 in April of this year.

    1/4 mile radius on Rightmove from that postcode, 2 bed terraces are starting from Guide Price £29,950.

    What a canny investor - no wonder he can't afford the insurance that most people with a brain cell would have paid for.

  13. I was in Eastern Europe. Much the same.

    Money was showered on the East European peripherals to get them 'on side'. Suddenly there were motorways in Latvia and Lithuania where there were cart tracks. And brand new road signs from one end of the country to another, all with the little blue flag with the yellow stars.

    Interesting to read recently about the great Edinburgh Tram Scandal and the funding problem. Yet even tiny towns in Poland suddenly had swish new trams, no problem, no argument . . all with seemingly endless EU money.

    Now the mood is to blame the Greeks for thinking that money grows on trees and taking advantage . . . well, they were encouraged so to do.

    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.

  14. Different parts of the country saw the bubble at different times - the ripples from a stone being thrown in a lake.

    A business colleague today mentioned that house asking prices are so silly in Swansea at the moment that she feels the height of the bubble is now.

    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.

  15. Back in the mists of time, I can also remember the arguments. Largely they were not rational on either side, purely emotional and nationalistic versus idealistic. And with so little reference to hard information - no developed Internet then - it was really difficult to form a view.

    Equally shocking was the level of debate in the MSM . . . a cursory glance at the papers of the time would lead you to believe that we didn't join the Eurozone because we couldn't accept coins without the Queen's head on them.

    For ordinary people (like the electorate), there was immense trivialisation of the issues. Which is of course how so many daft political ideas get through unopposed.

    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.

  16. I think one problem with EFTA was that it adopted EEC standards and so on, but was not part of the EEC that set the standards. I do think free trade areas are a good thing. Political union with Europe - no.

    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. <_<

  17. The EEC - the Common Market - was a different animal to the EU and Eurozone. I wish we could go back to EFTA - which the UK co-founded.

    And we got the chance to vote to be in the EEC.

    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???? :o

    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.

  18. A lot of Johnny come latelies.

    Peter Shore had the EU card marked as long ago as the 1970s

    Plenty of Euroscepticism on offer at the 1974 Labour Party Conference


    Michael Foots 1983 Labour Manifesto (supposedly the longest suicide note in history) actually called for full withdrawal from the EU


    How quickly we forget

    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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