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Lander

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  1. Yes, not too bad, extra £50 with all mods declared. (already had supercharger/intercooler/suspension declared). Still sub-£500.

    VMR.

    That's a lot cheaper than I thought it would be. Have you had to spend much on upgrades, i.e better brakes, suspension, exhaust etc? What engine and car are you using for the project?

  2. Alas, this is the US and not the UK.

    MT, IMO there's a high probability that the fallout from the commercial real estate collapse may tip the already fragile US economy into a full blown depression. Our economy is beyond fragile, we're on a knife edge. Any ripples created by another credit famine triggered by further massive bank losses could feel like a tsunami to us?

  3. I found a nice way round it, put a high power modern engine in a pre-2001 car. I'm having the work done now by an engine conversion specialist, should take around four weeks. Double the power and pollution but none of the pain, car tax bill actually goes down :)

    For the particular engine I am using the equivalent new car tax would be £950 first year, £435 yearly after that (2010 rates from Parkers). In my chassis, it's only £125 per year and also as a pre-95 import (not on the VIN register), it won't even need a cat.

    VMR.

    Sounds good, will you be declaring whats lurking under your bonnet to the insurance company?

  4. Brilliant - the rent does not cover wear and tear and you are paying to get suites that are servicable - you are paying for that service and now are agreeing to pay more to get something that should be provided as standard.

    Do you also doff your cap?

    The rent increase isn't an issue, it's never gone up in 5 years. When it does go up after the work has been carried out we will still be paying below the average for our area.

  5. IMHO if your unhappy refuse to let her to the work until you move out, and look for a new place at the same time.

    Moose, we're quite happy here and have no intentions of moving. However I pointed out to our LL that the suites were getting old and tired and were no longer serviceable so she has agreed to refurbish provided we pay a little more rent.

  6. Just to clarify, we have agreed to the work being done and I've asked my LL if she is prepared to waiver the rent whilst the new suites are being fitted as we will have to pay for alternative accommodation because the bathroom and kitchen will be unusable for 2 weeks. So far she has refused to waiver the rent so I have asked for a deduction, but so far had no reply.

  7. From JHK's blog..

    " My guess is that the current situation in Euroland is unfixable. The "contagion" of Greece has already spread and it's only a matter of months before the Iberian peninsula goes under too. Did I leave out the UK's financial troubles (acknowledging that they are not within the Euro currency system)? Not to put too fine a point on it, Old Blighty is pretty well nigh ******ed. It's on the express line back to the fifteenth century, and doesn't know it yet. Break out the leathern helmets and the wooden ploughshares. The UK is out of oil, out of banking cred (which is all it had the last forty years), and out of time. The one thing they have a lot of is bad paper hiding in their bank vaults -- enough to blow that black hole of capital even wider."

    http://kunstler.com/blog/2010/02/euroland-the-horror-movie.html

  8. From JHK's blog..

    " My guess is that the current situation in Euroland is unfixable. The "contagion" of Greece has already spread and it's only a matter of months before the Iberian peninsula goes under too. Did I leave out the UK's financial troubles (acknowledging that they are not within the Euro currency system)? Not to put too fine a point on it, Old Blighty is pretty well nigh ******ed. It's on the express line back to the fifteenth century, and doesn't know it yet. Break out the leathern helmets and the wooden ploughshares. The UK is out of oil, out of banking cred (which is all it had the last forty years), and out of time. The one thing they have a lot of is bad paper hiding in their bank vaults -- enough to blow that black hole of capital even wider."

    http://kunstler.com/blog/2010/02/euroland-the-horror-movie.html

  9. The recovery will be underway in 2011. There is no way we will be in the same state then as we were in 2007-8 and are now.

    I think this is just wishfull thinking by some desperate HPC's.

    Im not saying things will be great and back to normal, but we will have came a long way from the start of the credit crunch. I have said all along that when 2012 comes we will have had the worst of it and see the begining of more prosperous times. That gives us 5 years to get to grips with whats happened and also to adjust.......it could be ten years (from 2007) till full recovery is in place......but we will not be going backwards as predicted.

    Righto

    :rolleyes:

  10. I'm amazed 99% of you are all in agreement on this thread.

    I just can't see it. Yes i'm public sector and am worried about losing my job. Not that worried though. i dont have much to lose, only my rented accomodation, and i'm converting a camper van so i can shoot almost anywhere at the drop of a hat.

    But all i see is "house prices rocketing" attitudes.

    An anecdotal. Round at my friends house on friday night and they opened there yearly mortgage statement. Its there first year and they were a bit miffed at why they had paid 7grand but only wiped 1grand from their borrowed amount. After a few wild remarks he just said. " oh well. Its gone up 7% since i bought it" I have no idea how he knows this, especialy as the neighbours sold for less than they paid for theirs a few months later.

    sentement seems pretty good to me. people in work seem happy. The economy grew last quarter. I'm not saying i dont agree with some comments. but i cant see the end of the world from here.

    Yes everyone is still happy clappy in public sector employee land. A friend of my GF recently left his job, the firm he worked for did contracting work for the public sector which went bust soon after he left. He was lucky enough to find another job soon after working within the PS, he then went on to say that there has been several redundancies made in his department and they are planning on making further cuts. He then said that he wants another three kids. He already has two.

    The mind boggles.

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