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Zaranna

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  1. That's nothing on my bargain of the week: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-19155096.html (Though this is also in with a shot at the title. Hope Street indeed. Nice pictures....! http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-17352342.html)
  2. This is the Cambridge process. The Oxford process is as described above by MongerofDoom -- it differs in that candidates for Oxford may be asked to interview at two (or sometimes more, depending on the chosen subject) colleges at the same time: the first and second choice colleges (and sometimes an additional college) may see the candidate during the same 2-3 days, and if the first choice college does not wish to make an offer the second choice college may do so. Oxford does not operate a 'winter pool' system as Cambridge does.
  3. Well, they're not paying for plush facilities here. Your first statement is bizarre.
  4. It is top 10, in fact: we just don't like to blow our own trumpet I'm glad you've posted this as it shows just how far UK HE is a globally competitive brand, even against institutions with endowments many times greater than any of ours have. And we do do this on a shoestring. The vast majority of the North American universities in this list have absolutely huge endowments and investment income to fall back on: they don't run themselves on their student fees alone as we're going to be asked to do. Not even Oxbridge here has enough money to compete in that respect: in fact many Oxbridge coll
  5. Well, I'm not at Southampton. You'd probably be a lot more shocked if you knew where (hint: it's in the global top 20; and after the spending cuts not likely to remain so unless we go completely private).
  6. Rubbish. The vast majority of staff in my institution (Russell Group, area of the SE where it costs over 200k just for an ex-LA one-bed flat) are paid about 32-35k. This is after ten or more years of training, including a PhD, several fixed-term contracts moving anywhere in the country to keep working, and years of additional training including the now obligatory PGCHE or similar HE teaching diplomas. I'm still on a fixed-term contract and can expect to be so until I'm about 40 - that is if there are any posts available then. Payscales are national so not much opportunity to advance (or for yo
  7. Reposted from the Guardian thread, but I probably should have posted it on this one instead! You people are thinking about this all wrong! Ask yourself: why would a Tory chancellor want to incentivise people to earn less? Why would he want to create a downward pressure point on wages just below the higher rate threshold? Why would he be interested in inserting that kind of subtle (but powerful, since it plays on middle earners' fears of losing a benefit they currently have), disinflationary wage pressure into the economy? Think about it. We know that the thresholds are frozen for the next t
  8. You people are thinking about this all wrong!! Ask yourself: why would a Tory chancellor want to incentivise people to earn less? Why would he want to create a downward pressure point on wages just below the higher rate threshold? Why would he be interested in inserting that kind of subtle (but powerful, since it plays on middle earners' fears of losing a benefit they currently have), disinflationary wage pressure into the economy? Think about it. We know that the thresholds are frozen for the next three years. If you were earning, say, 40-43k, and had children, what incentive would you hav
  9. Too many people have no idea about what "free speech" actually means/is: this isn't a free speech or censorship issue at all. Having the right to free speech only means that the state cannot, unless in specific and well-defined circumstances, prosecute you for exercising your right to free speech. This does not mean (and has never meant) that you have the right to say whatever you like free of consequence (libel action, for example). Free speech applies to freedom from oppression from the state: but private individuals and companies are entitled to "censor" (and this is a metaphorical use
  10. I really miss sparring with Casual Observer and Orbital about whether I should buy a nasty 2-bed terrace in Luton for a quarter of a million pounds. Where are they now....?
  11. Of course this "counter-cyclical" argument is rubbish. This is the reason why: The argument only works if you assume (erroneously) that rental yield is the product of a causal or direct relationship between prices and rents rather than a mathematical relationship between prices and rents. In fact this relationship is more complex: as has been pointed out on here many times, rents are a function of wages (what people can afford to pay every month), whereas prices are a function of wages+credit (since, of course, you cannot borrow to pay your rent, whereas prices are reliant on the amount of cr
  12. NOT AT ALL like that case, in fact. If you do some research into that case you'll find that those two elderly sisters were in fact both very wealthy, and simply wanted to keep the entire value of two additional properties worth over 300,000 (as well as their primary residence, which was already valued at 550,000) rather than have to sell it to pay inheritance tax. They could in fact easily have afforded to pay the value of the inheritance tax on the primary residence: they just didn't want to. The media painted it as two poverty-stricken old ladies who were battling to save their home, but tha
  13. Similarly, I was looking around on Rightmove last night and saw a house very near me that had dropped in price (the mad effect of the bubble is that it seemed quite reasonable compared to the prices these houses -- definitely nothing fancy! were selling at last year.) So I used the nationwide and bbc calculators to play around with the figures. Nationwide would still lend me about 220k at reasonable IRs, and I have a decent deposit. I even started -- for a moment -- thinking about buying (sacrilege! I know ). But when I looked at the monthly repayment figures -- well, foook me! 1500 a month!
  14. I'm a lecturer in an economics-related field, so pretty much yes! edit: in response to Prescience's post below: those are the comments (by EG) that I refer to! Only those with an interest in economics and public policy would probably have seen them -- though they were briefly reported on Sky news's internet site and (I think?) v. briefly on the BBC. But largely ignored.
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