Monday, April 25, 2011

Academic lives in £1m house shocker

Academic arrested over schoolgirl ecstasy death

I'm sure dozens, if not hundreds, of academics at any university have drugs in their house. The extraordinary thing about this story is that a former social worker and part-time university researcher lives in a million pound house. Such a possibility is only open to people who have lived in London for decades. My brother and his wife both teach at Brunel and have a household income well over £100K, but like any of their colleagues who have not lived in London for decades, they could not possibly afford to buy there and instead commute two hours each way once a week. Maybe my brain works differently to other people's, but when the extraordinary is accepted as ordinary, that is as good a definition as any of a bubble.

Posted by monty032 @ 12:08 PM (2621 views)
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13 thoughts on “Academic lives in £1m house shocker

  • I think the more pressing question is why the house value merited a mention in an article about the death of a teenage girl.

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  • there’s alot of things don’t make sense at the moment,however, rest assured this guy will have his life trawled through by the gestapo(and rightly so) and any wrong doing will be punished.

    so if he made any false statements to get this house,he will lose it!

    15 years ago,you couldn’t give away houses in london,I have no doubt the same will happen again…just like dublin or tokyo

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  • London is full of houses which were bought just after WW2 for very little money. Rocketing land values seem to have given “windfall gains”. However, if you look at the way our currency has depreciated (or inflated away) the gains are not that great. My mum has a house in a grotty bit of Stratford, East London. Now an Olympic stadium has been built 7 or 8 minutes walk from her door – this wasn’t planned or expected when she bought the place when I was 2 years old. Needless to say I couldn’t get a mortgage for the house next door – just don’t earn enough!

    Reuters say today’s silver spike is as result of the $ slipping (reasons are beyond this thread). Both the £ and Euro are following downwards with the dollar. As this happens other asssets rise against them (eg: Wheat, Oil, Tin).

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  • letthemfall says:

    monty
    Not sure where you get this idea that 100s of academics are druggies – unless you mean paracetemol.

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  • monty032, what are you playing at? It’s not very often that I feel the need to do little profs job.

    Hogwash!

    No further comment.

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  • must be good money in his other ‘business’ then

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  • shipbuilder says:

    Monty, I wasn’t referring to you personally mentioning the house price, rather that it was mentioned in the article in the first place. I think the Daily Mail saw fit to mention value of the the deceased’s parents house as well.
    Regarding the drugs, although the rather repulsive angles that the papers are taking on the story are suggesting that he had the drugs, according to the law if drugs brought into the house, he would be responsible – unless I’ve missed something I think this is propbably more representative of the reality. The papers are certainly doing their best to paint the guy as some sort of weirdo.

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  • 6. little professor

    Tut, tut.

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  • the number cruncher says:

    The people I know who do the Alexanda technique are normally extremely wealthy. No correlation, its just that rich folk have normally time on their hands to be so self obsessed as to worry about their posture etc. If he has a good practice he can earn 250 quid an hour and claim some of his housing costs as business expenses.

    He sounds like a liberal lefty and no doubt in the mind of the Torygraph should be vilified before the full details of this horrible tragedy emerge.

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  • @shipb, my point also. The Telegraph is as bad as the DM in this sense. It’s almost as if they (the article writer) infers some sort of social status because they own a £1m house! This is very worrying. It means house prices are at the forefront of peoples minds when writing articles. That well and truly means journalists have been brainwashed into thinking house prices are somehow relevant to the readers!

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  • happy mondays says:

    A similar take on the 2 lads killed in the Florida recently.. The press were keen to point out the value of there parents houses?

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  • @Number cruncher
    that is kind of an exaggeration of the Alexander Technique. I practice it, and am not especially wealthy. The lessons are more likely to cost the same as a back massage (and often give similar relief from back pain). Most teachers on a mailing list I subscribe to sound as if they struggle to get enough work from it.

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