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  1. Going back a few years now, but my sister had a friend from Japan come over, and she thought we all wore bowler hats , carrying an umbrella and a suitcase. Must have been a bit disappointing.
  2. I was studious during my GCSE's and totally indifferent by my A-levels. Education only teaches so much, and it's very much driven by career orientation, and societal and cultural norms. It's not all bad, but it does nothing much for life skills, spiritual thirst, connecting with nature and creativity. I still took my degree, got a good grade, but immediately reinvented myself and went off in a different direction. There's always alternatives and other options. The first week I started working in an office, and I knew I had to get out. I couldn't abide a life enclosed, surrounded by people
  3. I don't know your work situation, but if you're suffering burn out and can afford to take a few weeks or months off, give that a try first. Although not working sounds like bliss to many people, not having a routine and having too much time on your hands can be detrimental for some people too. If you're dealing with schizophrenia on top of it all, it could be really tough, especially if you beat up on yourself thinking this should have given you a better quality of life, and it turns out it hasn't. Balance and moderation are the key, and having something creative to engage in. If coding no lon
  4. I'm not one of those survivalists, with a year's supply of canned goods and a rambo knife, but I do harvest seeds, and grow a great deal of food outdoors, keep a large poly tunnel, have an outdoor well and a gravity filter. This is food without pesticide, things that are expensive and tasteless in the supermarkets, but cheap and delicious homegrown. I keep a small orchard too. We sometimes get taunted for our diet (my kids at school too), but it's okay, we can take it. For some people it's not real food unless it's processed, oily, with added sugar and/or salt and wrapped in cellophane o
  5. Did they not say between 2p and £1.50? Not much incentive for anyone to use the high street shops anymore. Between fuel costs into the city, this potential charge on mileage, and parking costs, they truly want to kill off everything bar online shopping.
  6. I'm afraid I have to disagree. I think you'll find there's very few years in American history, where they haven't been involved in a war (or started one) somewhere across the globe. I think you'll also find that the British were heavily taxed too, especially over the last 1000 years, and that life was not easy (try taking a rabbit from the woods for your meal - the consequences of getting caught hunting in the wrong location weren't pleasant). Look up tally stick - they've been used over the past 1000 years for the collection of taxes and to prove what had been paid - these were used in
  7. Tax is stolen, squandered, used for nefarious purposes, but it also builds roads, schools, maintains hospitals etc... If there were no tax to pay how are these things constructed and maintained, and who pays the workers? And without tax, if wages were larger, surely everything in life would be more expensive still, therefore whatever you gained, you would ultimately lose anyway. If there were no wars, and no theft of assets (oil, mineral resources etc.), many first world nations would be third world nations. We live these sheltered, material orientated lives off the backs of others t
  8. I was in the first round of cuts; hurts the pride a little when you realise you're considered one of the more disposable members of staff. The company was in financial trouble, so I had to take a reduced redundancy pay off (plus I had to pay solicitor fees to sign off on the amended contract), or risk having nothing at all. In the end even that turned out to be a blessing. I left in November. The other employees worked all month, and were due to be paid just before Christmas. They all got laid off, no pay for their month's work and no redundancy settlement. PB. My wife is in a similar p
  9. PB being made redundant was the best thing that happened to me. It certainly didn't feel like it at the time, but it was the shove I needed to go self-employed, which led to me ultimately earning more money, not being tied to a geographical location, and therefore leaving the country and starting a nice life elsewhere where I can indulge in my creative pursuits daily. Of course I'm not suggesting that's a route someone else could or would want to make, but every cloud has a silver lining, especially if you have the right attitude.
  10. Landlord sounds like such a dirty word (not quite so much where I live as there's an abundance of property in many areas), but I agree with PeanutButter, sometimes people need rentals, so why not offer something decent and at value. My wife had a financial investment that in part, was in commercial real estate. During the first wave, that took a pounding with everyone working from home, and although I have no head for finances, I recommended she buy a place in a very popular coastal resort, that's less likely to be affected by future climate problems. The problem with the location is its full
  11. I've spent the best part of two decades working from home, I commute from the bedroom to my office. It suits my introverted nature nicely and saved me a lot of money. I didn't have to pay for childcare for example, and for food, I can just pop out and take something grown from the garden (I keep chickens too), so almost no expense there. Obviously there's a saving in fuel costs, although I do require a car as I'm very rural and remote. I'm also incredibly flexible with my time; I can choose to work a lot or scarcely at all because my living costs are so low.
  12. It can get hot in August, but that's typically when the city becomes a ghost, as everyone leaves on holidays for a month. By suburbs, I'm talking a good hour outside of the city, so probably not even a suburb, just somewhere out in the country. I used to live a minute down the road from the big gated community where Sarkozy's musician girlfriend (Carla Bruni) lived (in the west of Paris), so I'd often see his car and police squad passing by. There were always plain clothes police officers carrying weapons around there. The western side is generally the better, but it depends how far out
  13. I have a sibling in Oxford who works for a publishing company that have three big offices. They've now closed two and are asking many of their staff to work from home, permanently, with a trip to the one open office once a month. For some companies this may be the new norm. Probably suits some people down to the ground, I can imagine others going stir crazy, especially if they have a partner/spouse doing the same, and they aren't used to being around each other all day every day. I don't know exactly how it's affecting the UK, but in Paris property prices have dropped 1% recently, and the
  14. Thanks Peter, so it clearly isn't representative of the rest of London, or at least not nearly to the same degree.
  15. I don't know the channel or the guy in the video, it was just something that popped up as a recommended video on YouTube. He may have his own financial motivations for videos like these, or for attracting such a crowd of conspiracists. Perhaps the city is just sleeping, but if it sleeps too long, it could take a long time to wake up.
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