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  1. 4 minutes ago, winkie said:

    It doesn't have to be arduous....long queues of traffic congestion and overcrowded holiday resorts are arduous.....we are still covered UK global health GHIC card...but can understand if have more complex health issues best not to travel......no £100s of pounds now, can do it per person for about £60 or £70 for fit to travel lateral flow test and a pcr test, shop around....only coming down, hopefully to dissipate at some point.;)

    Not sold 😂 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9957241/Man-FAINTS-waiting-Heathrow-passengers-rage-incompetent-Border-Force-staff.html

  2. 31 minutes ago, winkie said:

    Why can't people visit other countries? what is preventing them to travel?.....many available low cost flights, overseas accommodation at reasonable prices, safe places with plenty of space, no need to quarantine on return, great for kids to experience new places, even get interested in learning new languages ......sometimes even the weather is better. ;)

    Perhaps they look at overseas travel as arduous and bad for CO2 emissions. Perhaps they're more comfortable staying near the NHS. Perhaps they don't like paying 100s for testing?

  3. The number of “holiday let” mortgage deals on the market has more than doubled in a year, according to the financial data provider Moneyfacts – reflecting what one mortgage broker said had been “really incredible interest” this year.


    With rents for UK holiday accommodation rising sharply over the past few months after the pandemic ruled out overseas travel for many, some landlords in popular seaside destinations such as Cornwall have been favouring holidaymakers over long-term tenants.

    This has created what some have described as a coastal housing crisis and there is speculation that the government is planning a range of changes to clamp down on second homes, including giving councils the power to ban them.


  4. 3 hours ago, Riedquat said:

    I don't like how we live today either, as you may have gathered. I'll use the word far too "artificial" for want of a better one (because clearly any house is artificial); there's something very out of place, unfitting, alien, and inhuman about it, always a strong sense of wrongful intrusion wherever it's built that just adds to the depression.

    Give me my 100-200 year old house (don't know exactly when it was built, but almost certainly some time in the 19th century) with a few modern amenities for an ideal combination of new and old, the good of both without the crap.

    Not that everything old's good either. Problem I've got with modernism is that (very generally speaking) whilst it's done a good job in removing a lot of very unpleasant bad I have an intense negative reaction to most of what it's added.

    I do see your POV. I detest the astroturf trend, cars prioritised over people, individualism over community, competitive overconsumption, materialism, the commodification of every aspect of our lives and thoughts (and subsequent manipulation thereof). 

    But I like modernist houses (not modern) far more than wonky, creaky, 'heritage' places. Perhaps we can agree on hating endless tracts of soulless modern houses thrown up using low quality foreign labour and designed strictly for the benefit of big developer shareholders rather than the poor saps who are maneuvered into taking on massive lifelong debt in order to buy one.

  5. Just now, Riedquat said:

    And I would agree with him if I thought his example estate was much better. Be that as it may modern architecture is a massive failing, all the personality of a ping-pong ball, the very personification of the word "bland" and a huge part of why the country's getting an ever-more depressing place to live in, at least for anyone with more than the most superficial and banal concerns. Certain people like to bleat on about "nimbies" when there are objections to the latest plan to hammer another nail in to the country's coffin, without really giving any consideration in to why further development is so reviled (although the sheer amount is part of it). There's something seriously effed up in the head of people who don't have an issue with it.

    I like modern architecture 😂 Nice clean lines, designed for how we live today instead of how we lived 200 years ago.

  6. 51 minutes ago, Riedquat said:

    Which would be an act of vandalism for many homes in this country; there's barely a thing that's been built in the last century that I can understand anyone wanting to live in if they've got the choice. It's a pretty tragic state of affairs when we're seriously considering making houses into ludicrously sealed boxes.

    Most "visions" people have I find to be visions of a nightmare.

    Charles, is that you? https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/paul-goldberger-prince-charless-long-war-on-modern-archictecture

  7. 10 hours ago, Mikhail Liebenstein said:

    Parts of the US will be lost in the next 50-100 years, the big one will be New York if they don't build Dutch style defences. 37% of Lower Manhattan is vulnerable to storm surges.

    I’m actually in the middle of a soft attempt to tell a friend who is trying to buy in NYC this. The only thing helping is that their market is so insanely hot they barely have time to view before the places go for way over asking (one bed Brklyn asking 600k went for 850k).


  8. New homes only? Makes no sense. 

    Outsiders aren’t snapping up cookie cutter new developments on the edge of cute villages, they’re buying out and hollowing the centres, the heritage houses, the valuable, irreplaceable stock. 

    Hence locals being pushed further and further from their roots. If anything this will drive UP the value of classic central housing stock in all the aesthetically pleasing tourist towns and villages the UK has to offer.


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