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" - Up-Market Furniture Retailer - " Dwell Collapses:

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Telegraph article on the demise/folding/collapse of "upmarket furniture retailer " DWELL:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/reinvent-the-high-street/10127724/Its-the-end-of-this-road-for-the-high-street.html

I loved this line in the article:

"However, Dwell’s expansion plans were scuppered by sluggish consumer confidence and a weak housing market."

But.... BUT....... BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!....................................................

I thought all was rosy in the so-called "housing market"?? :huh::blink: .....

I thought it was all hunky dory -- and "prices" were shooting up thanks to huge confidence .... and the proverbial "green shoots" of recoveraah.......?? :blink::unsure:

WHAT A LOAD OF TOTAL F***ING CODSWALLOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :angry: :angry: :angry:

i.e. The [so-called] "housing market" [actually it's the World's Largest Ponzi/Pyramid Scam] is b*ggered,

& it's F*CKED. :angry: :angry:

Edited by eric pebble

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They always had supply problems. Their delivery lead times were utterly ridiculous. I'm talking 12 week minimum.

And they sold beds in funny sizes.

Lesson is kids - always use your credit card

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They always had supply problems. Their delivery lead times were utterly ridiculous. I'm talking 12 week minimum.

And they sold beds in funny sizes.

Lesson is kids - always use your credit card

Epitome of present day insanity.... :rolleyes:

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The telegraph link's content seems to have changed but from the current link

Let’s turn empty shops into schools and homes – and streets into playgrounds, says Bill Grimsey

There have already been several instances of empty shop units being converted into free schools. The conversion process can take as little as 20 to 35 weeks, which is a fraction of the time of a new build. If less is spent on premises, more can be invested in the quality of education.

The UK has a serious housing shortage. Why don’t we convert our numerous empty shop units into affordable housing? The Government would have to reform the cumbersome planning system, which designates land and buildings for particular purposes. It would open the way for people to start solving what is a real social issue.

Landscape architects could be brought in to spruce high streets up, even make them into giant gardens or playgrounds. Add in a skateboard park or a BMX area, and the young people will soon come back.

Give older people somewhere comfortable to sit and chat, you’d be amazed what a sense of community this simple interaction would bring

Some interesting ideas but as for empty shops being converted into free schools that must mean the taxpayer would have to yet again subsidize things. There does become a limit to what the taxpayer can bear - or is he suggesting that remaining retailers would subsidize it out of their profits. At least he isn't suggesting (or he doesn't seem to be) tuition fee debt for the proposed "free" schools.

He seems to be selling young people a bit short with give them a skateboard park or a BMX area and they'll come and be happy. All right for those young people who like skateboards and BMX but what about the rest and even the youngsters who like skateboards and BMX don't do that all the time.

How about some tennis courts, squash courts, badminton courts some footie areas maybe some athletic tracks and areas for golf training and even some proper dance halls and so on. Indoor sports facilities would be good for when it's cold and raining. If free is the theme then they could all be free as well. Why should the bankers and the like always be the ones to have it on a plate.

Why does he stop short at skateboards and BMX for the young?

You never know if there were sufficient facilities rather than the current threadbare offerings around Britain then as a spin off Britain might start to win some stuff - but the main benefit would be increased facilities for spare time activities.

Strange that those sort of facilities never get mentioned when they talk about spending on "infrastructure".

He's also selling the old people short with just give them somewhere comfortable to sit and chat (at least he says comfortable). Surely somewhere warm would be good as well and they are often much more active than he's giving them credit for. Some of them might even use the new tennis courts etc.

Of course his other idea (and likely that's the main idea being put forward with the other ideas for the so called plebeians just being at the level of throw them a bone) of converting stuff to housing is useful but there's got to be some balance otherwise the high street will degenerate even further and it's already pretty poor as it is. Without the high street the UK will degenerate even further.

Edited by billybong

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