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  1. http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article12114.html
  2. Well the national identity is based around mostly not being American. A nation very insecure in itself.
  3. You will miss the culture and the differences when you spend long enough looking at stucco buildings, strip malls and North American automobiles.
  4. Funny enough my friend went for an interview at the university for lectureship this week and walked away thinking thanks, but no thanks. Doesn't fancy living in the boonies and being several hours from civilisation. He is from LA, loves living in the UK but doesn't fancy living in the UK's answer to the mid-west.
  5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/8153679.stm
  6. They get enticed into the country by immigration lawyers promising all sorts of delight but then find out that their qualifications are worthless or that they don't have any "Canadian experience" or a combination of both.
  7. Also most metropolitian areas have had HPI, maybe not to the same extent as here. The wifey is from there and we spent a year there a couple of years ago. Seems crazy when you look at what houses are going for in Canada and look at comparable houses (which look exactlly the same) in US Cities just over the border. Canada might not have lent at massive multiples but they were giving out mortgages at 40 years amorization at the top of the top of the market. The standard of living is better to some extent - but it is frigging freezing.
  8. Nice house and nice area, just one thing the school catchment area... Newfield
  9. I went to Bergen in 2000 to visit my housemate from university. Things were very exspensive i remember a pint being £4.50. Norweigens drink at home until late then go into town clubbing at around mdnight so that by that time they are well gone. When I was in China seven years ago a Norweigen friend would shout us all to dinner every night because he thought it was well cheap (well it is if your not on a local wage).
  10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8148528.stm
  11. I best buy before it's too late. Do you get that feeling that the market is moving out your reach again
  12. The better half works for a Russel Group university in international recruitment and they have been told that the whole university has to make savings of £15m over the next few years due to the drop in the number of home students. They are offering volunteer redundancies of a year's wage if you can prove that you position is not needed but you have to be gone by October. Looks like people are queing up for it. Even the OH is thinking about it. My friend who is a post doc told me that his department which is joint first in the country has been told to make savings of 7% which they wanto to be getting the academics to lead seminars rather than PHD students. International recruitment is holding up very well due to the weak pound.
  13. But it must have a slight downward effect due to removing some first time buyers.
  14. Housing tops Brown's policy plans Mr Brown promised to unveil his vision in 2007 but the plans were delayed Gordon Brown has set out his policy plans for the next year - including a move to let councils give local people more priority on housing waiting lists. The programme also includes plans to cut benefits of the young unemployed who refuse a job or training offer. He said his proposals, seen by some as an early election manifesto, would "drive growth forward". Tory leader David Cameron called it a "relaunch without a spending tag" and accused ministers of "dishonesty". His comments came after Lord Mandelson said a scheduled review of spending would not be held before an election. New homes The policy document unveiled by Mr Brown in the House of Commons is called "Building Britain's future" although many proposals relate to England only as a result of devolution in areas such as health and education. Among pledges he told MPs investment in housing would be trebled to £2.1bn, funding 110,000 new affordable homes to rent or buy over the next two years and creating 45,000 jobs in construction. There is a real choice for our country, driving growth forward or letting the recession take its course Gordon Brown At a glance: the main proposals Nick Robinson: election manifesto? "By building new and additional homes we can also now reform social housing allocation enabling local authorities to give more priority to local people whose names have been on waiting lists for far too long," he said. Downing Street said it would mean "new flexibilities" for local authorities in response to the "perception"' that the current system is unfair. Homeless people and those in very overcrowded accommodation would remain a priority, he said, but some preference could also be given to people with local connections stuck on the waiting list for a long time. It is seen as a response to the growth in a few traditional Labour areas of BNP support but is likely to prove controversial. Work 'obligation' At a press conference earlier Mr Cameron warned ministers to be "very, very careful with the language that they use". He said Mr Brown's "British jobs for British workers" slogan had done "a huge amount of damage to the prime minister's credibility and helped to build up parties that none of us want to build up". Mr Brown also told MPs that, from January, everyone under 25 years old who has been unemployed for a year would get a guaranteed job, work experience or training place - and by "next spring" would have the "obligation to accept that guaranteed offer" or face having their benefits cut. When is someone going to tell him that he's run out of money? David Cameron on Labour's plans Those who refuse a suitable job offer could lose two weeks benefit, four weeks if they turn a job down a second time and 26 weeks for a third failure. Children at state secondary schools would be guaranteed a personal tutor - and would get one-to-one catch up tuition where needed. He also confirmed plans to guarantee that nobody needing to see an NHS cancer specialist would have to wait more than two weeks and ensure no one would wait more than 18 weeks for hospital treatment. And he said the government would legislate in the next session to remove the last hereditary peers from the Lords and to allow peers to be thrown out "where there is reason to do so". Royal Mail Mr Brown said: "There is a real choice for our country, driving growth forward or letting the recession take its course." But Conservative leader David Cameron said many of the announcements had been rehashed and said Mr Brown had made no mention of the apparent delay in plans to part-privatise the Royal Mail. He added: "The prime minister talks about building Britain's future, but isn't it time the British people were asked whether they want him to be part of it?" Cameron accuses Brown of dishonesty He accused Mr Brown of living in a "dream world": "When is someone going to tell him that he's run out of money?" And Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg described the programme as "a hotch potch of unrelated Whitehall schemes" with no unifying vision from a prime minister who was "running out of steam". The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson said the plans essentially amounted to the Labour Party's manifesto for the next general election. Earlier on BBC Radio 4's Today programme the Business Secretary Lord Mandelson suggested that there would not be a spending review before the next general election. Mr Brown was asked about it later but would only say that "no government has given more detail on spending allocations" and it was a "matter for the chancellor". The Treasury says no decision has been made. Mr Cameron said delaying the review was a "blatant attempt to cover up the truth about Labour's cuts". He said he preferred to fight the next election on "a straightforward, frank and honest platform" and warned that "riots on the street" might follow if spending cuts were made after an election campaign in which politicians "pretended" they were not needed. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8123723.stm I wonder what this will do to prices?
  15. Listening to a remix of Pearl Jam's Ten having just watched Dazed and Confused. Hey it feels like the early 90s again when the only talk of housing was negative equity and repossessions. Back in the good old days sans CCTV, Nulab and Krusty.
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