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  1. That's exactly what I've been thinking. When I'm in Asia I always use the high powered hose provided, ditto the bidet provided in Continental hotels. Much more hygienic than bog roll anyway.
  2. A bit of googling and I have found out that buying 99% isopropyl alcohol and mixing it with aloe vera gel at a 2/3 to 1/3 ratio produces an effective home made alcohol gel. The large Asda I visited earlier has bare shelves where all the hand sanitising products should be, price ramping is apparent on amazon and E bay. I have just bought a litre of isopropyl alcohol off Ebay for £7 and I have an unused aloe vera aftersun unopened bottle from the summer. I refused to take any signatures on my device today, if the management pull me up on this, Ill remind them of their duty
  3. I work as a delivery driver in London.The advice to wash my hands for 20 seconds in hot soapy water is laughable. Where am I supposed to do this? In London's non existent public toilets? The customers toilets which I am not allowed to use, not that I would feel comfortable asking in the first place. I deliver to 30 plus addresses a day, I have to get a signature off my hand held device, perfect virus transmission environment. All the couriers in the major Cities and towns will face this issue, I feel I am in the front line for infection.
  4. WICAO. I always enjoy reading your posts, I have read your blog and truly doff my cap to what you have managed to achieve. I know that you are a believer in passive investments and realize that timing the stock market is nigh on impossible, along the lines of monevator (another superb resource). I would just like to ask your opinion on stock market valuations at the moment. I currently have 55K invested in VWRL. I have a two year fixed cash ISA at 75K which has matured, I know that passive investment should be just that...but with the stock market at a high after a six year bull run,
  5. I live in a very safe Tory seat. For the first time in my life I spoilt my ballot paper. The Tory candidate will win regardless, I cannot bring myself to vote Labour, 13 years of Blair and Brown are still very fresh in my mind. Considered voting Lib Dem, as I thought the coalition government of 2010 were actually not all that bad and that in the event of another hung parliament, the Lib Dems would at least have a tempering effect on the Tories or alternatively produce another General Election with a better Tory leader. When I was actually in the voting booth though I just couldn't bring m
  6. Like spyguy I am a veggie, almost a vegan due to the fact that I have hated cheese, butter, cream etc since I were a kid. the only dairy food I consume are eggs. Anyway, as has been stated on this forum on many threads, the concept of being too poor to eat healthy is simply a false premise. If you can forgo meat and instead use vegetables and pulses, lentils, beans etc that are packed full of protein and cost next to nothing you can save loads of money. I can make a huge pot of dhall, or a veg curry that yields 5 to 6 meals for maybe £2/3. All you need are onions, garlic, lentils, tins of
  7. This is a subject that has preoccupied me for some time. Having realised that there is no way on earth I can afford, or have the urge to buy a house in my overpriced home counties town I am saving for a hopefully early retirement outside the UK. i am saving hard, investing in Index trackers and hope to gain enough capital so live a reasonable life in Spain or possibly SE Asia. I have spent a lot of time in SE Asia, I agree with the comments on Thailand, it is an unappealing place for foreigners, the Thais genuinely believe they are the master race, I have seen far to much nasty business to e
  8. A personal opinion on this. It is July 16th and the first day that anything approaching summer has appeared in the UK. At the end of September Iam flying out to an apartment on the Costa del Sol that is huge, has air con, cable TV a balcony overlooking a swimming pool and has many bars within a 2 minute walk that sell wine by the glass for 1 Euro. This apartment costs £32 a night, what would that get you in the UK, a camping plot? Who cares if the £ only gets under Euro 1.20, it was less than that in 2010 and I would still leave this overpriced depressing country if I only got 50c to the p
  9. I am looking at Spain with a great deal of interest at the moment. After saving for over 10 years to buy a house in the SE of England, I have pretty much thrown the towel in at the thought of buying in the UK. I have managed to save up quite a chunk of cash and I have a modest final salary pension that I am thinking of cashing in at 57 (am 42 now). Looking at the prices in Spain, I wonder how long houses will remain this low? I am thinking of possibly buying a place to use as a holiday home until I can retire out there. The other option of spending my pension and savings on UK rent is not t
  10. I caught a bit of that earlier. O'Brien as noted earlier is the worst type of London champagne socialist. He thinks that shouting over callers he disagrees with in sentences constructed via swallowing a thesaurus makes him look very big and clever. He is an obnoxious, arrogant and contradictory tool and they are his good points.
  11. . You sound like you are in the same position as me I have been saving since 2000 to buy and house and watched in disbelief at the rampant HPI. I have managed to save 130K, yet in the SE town I live in this would only buy a crappy flat. I am not going to let years of scrimping to save to only buy me something that offers zero value for money. To be honest, I sometimes think that I should take to money and go and live in a cheap Asian country. I spent a year in SE Asia and India in 2009. The sort of money that people like us have saved can give you a very decent life in Cambodia/Vietnam/Indi
  12. Yep, £5000 taken from my account also. Hope they quickly replace the £4250 as I am gutted to be missing out on my massive 1.7% Gross interest! Ah well, I am off to find another great investment opportunity for my cash, just as well there are so many outstanding options to chose from!
  13. Breaking news. Nada for applications over 10K, looks like only £750 for everyone under. I put in for 5K, cannot say I am either too happy or surprized to be getting only the nominal amount. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24480450
  14. I am moving out of my flat in just over a week. I rent off a landlord who initially advertised the property through a letting agent, however the LA had nothing to do with me after moving in, he just used them to find a tenant. He was responsible for the repairs and maintenance of the place. He has been an okish sort of amateur LL who got stuff done that needed doing. I handed my notice in via E mail and asked him to respond, which he did with a short "Thank you for your communication regarding the termination of your tenancy agreement." He lives in Spain and I imagine he is going to get his
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