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  1. Reading is fairly obviously not a slum, however it is city-sized and has some of the consequent traits. In terms of feel then I suppose it's the Essex to neighbouring Surrey in a way, there are fewer private schools for example and obviously rather less money washing around. So it makes sense for property to be relatively cheaper, though it's not in a unique position - you could look nearby to say Farnborough, for example. I went to look at Ashford, Kent, and the town is proper-grim, and if you want to actually use the train, it's a good 50% more expensive than from Reading. If you're happy to do all your shopping online and like having your own land, then it's obviously much better!
  2. You what? An old PT Cruiser might be worth £1k but attracts VED of £500. A new one (if they still made them) with the same engine would only be taxed at £140. So the newer one is much more desirable. £140 (new) vs £0 (old) is not so big a deal as £500 (old) vs £140 (new).
  3. hmm, " 'This enabled me to get on the housing ladder 13 years ago, as the same square footage in a flat or a more conventional house were going for a lot more money at the time.' " They spent £325k in 2002. 18 x then national annual average wages. Now they are asking £855k. 32x average wages. not great for getting on the housing ladder, eh?
  4. you would have said that about living in Peckham not so long ago. Honestly people need somewhere to live and all of the jobs are in London (ok you can probably have a better standard of living on a lower wage in Kilmarnock, but a lot people don't see it that way)
  5. Yeah this is right, it's 23 minutes from St Pancras. £250k http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-36543732.html vs £475k http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-45878424.html (St Albans)
  6. Yeah I went there once, I was like 'cool, Thai food, I like that'. It was ok, but then I saw literally everyone paying with taste cards and I felt like a mug. Haven't been back. The food was reasonable but those discount card things are a bit annoying. Plus I am rarely ever satisifed with Thai food, as I like things 'Thai people spicy', which you don't generally get outside of Thailand. Only place I ever was happy with was Lumpini in Dunstable.
  7. Yeah it's a total scam. In a pub it's £1.75 for a half, £3.50 for a pint or whatever. But in one of these places you look at the menu and it says '330ml £4.50', and you think 'crap, 330ml? I'm not going to be satisified after just one'. And then you scan the menu for a larger bottle, and either there's nothing, or it's £6.50. So you end up sitting their nursing your single tiny beer feeling sorry for yourself because you don't want to pay £9 for basically a pint of beer. I don't have a problem with people selling poncey beer for £5 or £6 a bottle, to be clear, but there should always be a choice. I've been in places where there's a choice of a pint for £3.80 or a bottle of Belgian nun's tits tripple for about £5, and I've gone with the Belgian. But I don't want to be tricked by these people.
  8. I'm in Surrey, the local paper was bigging up the new opening in Guildford of some useless American chain concept (Jackson & Rye). They spend £x on a standardised refit with furniture out of a faux American saloon catalogue and bam, instant 'atmosphere'. People seemed very excited, but it's so obviously crap. I guess it probably helps that these places are run by companies who know the value of PR, etc., so their useless, soul-destroying overpriced, boil-in-the-bag betty swallocks gets people all excited. I must admit I've been taken in by some of these places in the past. And of course a lot of independent places are also junk. Italian restaurants selling pizza made with reformed ham? Die. Roast dinners not a patch on what I could make at home, for £15.99? Get lost.
  9. That's how they make their money. They are run by accountants. Wine at Jamie's, for example, is £5 AND UP for a 175ml glass. At Byron a standard burger costs 'only' £6.95, but with the upsell toppings most people probably spend £10. And then that's without any chips, which are £3 and up. A small beer is £4.35 for something they buy for around £1. Everything is very carefully costed and priced to extract maximum income. And then there's the promos of course, to maximise the value of their space at time's when it's quiet.
  10. I'm not familiar with all those names, but Five Guys and Byron are not bad and as you say Wahaca. Is it just me or is Britain moving more towards these chain concepts? Are independent restaurants not profitable? Or what?
  11. Hmm, that last one was kite-flying to start with. £360k in 2014, £300k in 2012. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detailMatching.html?prop=46883501&sale=45187503&country=england Someone apparently paid £450k earlier in the year. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detailMatching.html?prop=54662836&sale=87896235&country=england Still a lot to go there. Seems like prices went a bit crazy in Knaphill? Don't think it's as bad in Woking itself.
  12. I'm not seeing much evidence of that. This is dross for £500k http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-56599603.html 3-bed detached sold @ £690k http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detailMatching.html?prop=53843221&sale=88435008&country=england
  13. Typical dodgy Remain nonsense. To be clear, the UK imports more from Europe than it exports. Therefore Europe is the loser if it imposes tariffs.
  14. The restrictions are hardly that strict: "A person employed, about to be employed or last employed in Cumbria; or A person who has, for the period of 3 years immediately preceding his occupation, had his only or principle residence in Cumbria. " And the restrictions were ONLY imposed because he wanted to convert it. I.e., the planning permission to turn it into a £900k monstrosity was based on that condition.
  15. New neighbours of this family in Morden: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?_rdr=p&fbid=10153301583562741&id=674367740&refid=28&set=a.10150156211207741.289912.674367740 And basically they are sending SMSes next door to say 'we are going to have dinner outside now, can you bring your child inside'. Entitled f***s.
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