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  1. I was visiting a couple of old, just under 90, aunts in Derry a couple of months back. They were amazed when I told them that yiu would not see an automatic car wash in this part of London these days. I was quite surprised that I did not have to explain why, it was obvious to them.
  2. The same thing happened me. I was buying a new to me car and I transferred £10 initially. When I knew that the tenner had got to the right account I transferr the first 10,000, that being the limit on my account for a single transfer. Nationwide wre on the phone in very short order to confirm that I had meant to do that, what was it for and had I actually seen the car. Fair play to them. Funny thing was that when I had sold my previous car the guy who bought it coule only £20,000 in one go and he wanted to take it away the next morning. so we went into his bank, got the £20,000 transferred and I got the rest in cash. I walked across the road to Nationwide to deposit the cash. The girl on the counter quizzed about where I had got the cash but there were no questions about the money that had jsut been transferred in.
  3. Everybody talking about a hard border is thinking about the army/police security checkpoints during the troubles. This was nothing to do with the customs border. In fact, when I was pulled in and searched by the army I would often tell them how much cheaper things were in the North.
  4. As heading. Saw the agent showing a family of parents plus 3 children the one bed flat above me. By one bed I mean small one bed. Is it legal?
  5. Yeras ago, possibly as long as 45 years ago I took home a van or somthing to wherever I was living maybe Parson Green. Some council bloke pulled me about leaving a commercial in the street, reckoned it should be in some lorry park.
  6. That is what I menat when I mentioned on some other thread about fining trains operators when things go wrong or indeed any body like say an NHS trust or an airline. No point in fining the body, at the end of tha day the user/customer will pay in some shape or for. Some high up decision making person within that body has to pay personally and heavily for the screw ups.
  7. I was in the same boat.
  8. I suspect that the bubble may well be in the process of bursting. I sold an interesting car just about a year ago after a few weeks on Pistonheads. At the moment there are two pretty similar ones advertised there at the same sort of price that have been there for a couple of months.
  9. Their food is good. Burgers great although I'm not fussed on the chips.
  10. That's the truth, the billions in Africa, that most people are either totally unaware of or are in total denial of.
  11. Looked at a couple near me and they look as though they may in fact be repos by the Bank of Ireland.
  12. True, lots of wage rises in the 70s. The trouble was that prices rose faster.
  13. In fact there was a little more to it all. Back in the 70s Miras did exist but it was much more common the fill in a tax return and have one's tax code ammended to reflect the interest paid. I forget under what circumstance a Miras mortgage would have been used, I only knew one guy who had one and he is dead now. With Miras, in the 80s, people cottoned on to the fact that not just a couple could claim the £30k but a group of people could. I knew a few people who were trying desperately to get out of such arrangements in the early 90s. Miras itself was phased out gradually in the early 90s. I forget when interest rates came down to bearable levels even though I was paying a mortgage at the time. In our case the mortgage was for £55,500 so we would have had tax relief on £30,000 of that. Again I forget the exact figures but the payments were still scary at the time. Especially as at one point I became unemployed and the DHSS lost my NI payments. Took a year for them to sort it out. The super high %15 interest rate that people talk about was in fact never real. It happened for one afternoon when Lawson was doing his ERM swansong. I was at a wedding in Dublin that day and there was a radio on in the bar. I could hear the interestest rates going up and up. I forget whether it was that evening or the next morning that they dropped and we started to hear how much money had been squandered trying to stay in the ERM.
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