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cannycat

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  1. I am sorry to hear you won't be making the journey across the water though I understand your reasons - as I said in my previous post, Northern Ireland/the North of Ireland is very, very different from anywhere else I've ever lived. After the pink and fluffy, very "English post card" world of Somerset and Devon, I'm certainly finding being here has made me think about identity more than anywhere else. Though I've been here a year I feel as if I am only just beginning to be able to decode the place... Certainly by the time I come back to England I will know exactly where I stand on, well, just a
  2. Hi, I moved here last summer from the West Country to take up an academic related post with no ties to the area - so do PM me if that would help. I have found things quite different here from the West Country and England in general (though I'm originally from the North East of England, so the climate and a lot of the culture in the city itself hasn't come as too much of a shock), and it took a bit of adjusting, but there is a lot that's good - including a lot of live music in the city and also slightly further out, some of the events a little bit out of Belfast are the smaller scale ones tha
  3. Ooops, meant to start the previous thread with "should I post this over in the rental forum as well". From the lack of replies I'm presuming it's a) perfectly normal to have that clause in there and perfectly legal...
  4. Evening all, I'm not sure whether to post this here or in the Northern Ireland forum (or both...!). I recently moved to Northern Ireland from England because of work and am just about to sign a rental agreement with a private landlord. Since I've always rented in England until now and am used to the law there, there are a few clauses that I'm wondering about in the agreement that I've been sent. I should explain the landlord is an accidental landlord, having bought the house some years ago and only having had one tenant before me who's been there for 6 years. In that time, I know the law on d
  5. Evening all, I'm not sure whether to post this here or in the Northern Ireland forum (or both...!). I recently moved to Northern Ireland from England because of work and am just about to sign a rental agreement with a private landlord. Since I've always rented in England until now and am used to the law there, there are a few clauses that I'm wondering about in the agreement that I've been sent. I should explain the landlord is an accidental landlord, having bought the house some years ago and only having had one tenant before me who's been there for 6 years. In that time, I know the law on
  6. Hi, I really feel for you, having been shafted by landlords over the years (I now have a very good landlord, but they're so rare). I hope your luck improves and you're moving somewhere nicer. The gas situation is really not good.... I've learned from bitter experience over the years that the following really helps when trying to get your deposit back. I hope I'm not breaking any forum rules by naming products, I don't mean to advertise, but these are the best I've found in over 20 years of renting. I have also learned the hard way about putting foil in the bottom of the oven to catch any dri
  7. With reference to the management leading from the front and volunteering to give up their 6 figure salaries, gold plated pensions, and general ability to spend hours making bizarre decisions about nothing that has any actual bearing on patient care.... I think the phrase is "not bl**dy likely'. For the rest of us in 'normal' public sector jobs, just trying to keep the place running, we face daily uncertainty about whether we'll have a job or not, and if we do, exactly who our next group of slavedrivers with metaphorical whips will be....the only thing that is certain is that they'll be just
  8. At least you've all managed to actually get a line provided by BT.... after moving REALLY to the depths of the country in Devon, where they're my ONLY option for a phone line (if they EVER get it switched on then they're certainly not providing my Broadband, no matter how many flashy television campaigns they run) I've spoken to BT over 20 times over the last week and this time their catalogue of incompetence has even surprised me. Myy dad used to work for them, as a real engineer, when they were a decent company, and back in the last recession I worked for them for a few miserable months, and
  9. The nicest wedding I ever went to was one where everyone who attended did or brought something that contributed to the day - outdoor style barbecue/picnic as the reception, everyone brought something to eat with them in a pot luck style; the flowers were home grown; the cake was a very simple plain white iced sponge cake that had been decorated with flower petals, sweets and other goodies; the bride's outfit was made by a local dressmaker; another friend made the invites; a group of friends laid the tables and dressed the trees with flowers, banners, balloons, little favour type wrapped up nou
  10. I can just imagine how much fun the down-to-earth Salford local types are going to have with some of these meeja luvvies.... (and yes, I have lived in the north west, though admittedly not actually in Salford!) Although this is the most excessive example I've heard of when it comes to relocation expenses, there are other government departments that also pay out far from negligible sums of money/buy people's houses from them when they're relocated from London to another part of the country, rather than (God forbid) actually recruiting local staff who could probably do the job equally well; th
  11. http://www.nice.org.uk/aboutnice/jobs/jobs...obs_at_nice.jsp Are these type of jobs the real reason the NHS can't afford drugs for people?! (NICE is the organisation that recommends what drugs the NHS can and can't afford.) 'Associate Director, Accreditation' - £52-64K ' Programme Director - Engagement and Management' - £73,617 - £93,098 ' Programme Director-Content and Quality' - Band 9: £73,617 - £93,098 or Consultant Band MC72: £72,403 - £96,962 per annum Am I the only one that's amazed this ludicrous government gravy train is still on the rails?!
  12. I moved here in 2005 and was absolutely astonished at how shockingly high the house prices were and how bad the rentals in Exeter were - grotty, damp, overpriced; and down here, as in Newcastle in the 1990s, 'unfurnished' really means 'unfurnished', unlike in other parts of the UK where you often get the white goods. I do think the place as a whole has a terribly high and unjustified opinion of itself and is overdue for a SERIOUS price correction and will definitely need to 'get real' over the coming years. I know the grey brigade (Devon has one of the highest populations of retired people in
  13. I don't have children or pets, as it happens, or a nicotine habit; and have no strong feelings either way though I think it's fair enough that professional fumigation should be stipulated at the end of a tenancy. I have had the delectable experience of living in a small terraced downstairs flat with next door's elephantine 3 children clomping about all the time. My point was that many landlords (DSS excluded) dictate that they are only happy to rent to those who have no children/pets/smoking habits; though I to some extent it depends on where you live and may, hopefully, start changing as th
  14. Things must be very different in your world from mine!! I've been renting since 2001 in various parts of the south/southwest, a variety of furnished and unfurnished, and before that in the north; and every tenancy bar 1 specified 'no animals, no children, no smokers'. (The unfurnished property that was fine about allowing cats in was because the landlady, who had owned the flat and lived in it herself before getting married, had had her own cat, the stipulation was that the flat was fumigated at the end of tenancy.) Some new build properties won't even allow you to hang your washing outside as
  15. Not at all, I was talking about my bunker. (The one I haven't built yet.) The west country bein' a reasonably good place to have 'em.... with our relatively balmy weather, abundant cows, good solid earth, windmills etc. And as for the bird flu - it's not quite a guess; the establishment has been talking about it, and other epidemics for long enough, I'm amazed it hasn't happened yet. (Then again, I was amazed at how long it took for hpc2 to start, having experienced the early 1990s in not-so-glorious technicolour...) And does anyone but me remember that fake Panorama programme or whatever i
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