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Old Nov 11th 2010, 12:47 am
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Originally Posted by shelley748 View Post
Poole is my hometown- my Dad still lives there. He and Mum bought the house in 1971 for 5000 pounds- now its approx 220,000......I think that house prices in the UK are in need of a major correction! I would'nt be able to afford a rabbit hutch if I went back right now!!!
I was reading that there would likely be a larger correction in the North than the South of the country although even the South should come down slightly in price over the next year. Sure hoping we are able to find something when we head over there this month.
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Originally Posted by dontheturner View Post
Hello Impey - all you mention, is still there, but I think one of the shops in the town, is empty - not too bad really. There is a narrow track road from the valley, up the side, and on over the top, to Ratlinghope. - avery isolated place. But I digress, Changed the car, for an almost new Austin Allegro Vanden Plas 1759 Twin Cerb, Car, and took it for a spin, up there, anywhere, half way up, and the clutch was slipping so badly, had to reverse all the way back down on the brakes! - but drove it back to Shifnal, where the Garage was. A very hairy drive! my wife ( number 2) was terrified.
Impey, if you look on Google Earth, and go into street view, you can take that memory of yours! Going back sometime? PM if you wish. dontheturner
Don hi,

Thanks for the up to date info on Church Stretton, will look on Google Earth.

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Thanks Impy,
Sorry to hear about you Osteo Arthritis it must be very painful for you,
About the local bus pass that I will apply for when I get back, you say that if it has a red rose on the front then I could travel all over England, could you please clarify this for me if you dont mind, does it mean that say for example I wanted to travel on the coach from say Portsmouth to Plymouth, what Im thinking is I would have to buy the ticket for the coach to Plymouth ---- but when I get there I will be able to use my bus pass on the local buses there just like I would in Portsmouth?
Yes your right I have someone picking me up at Gatwick, (my Daughter) she also thankfully lives in Portsmouth,
Well you take care wont you,
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Rodney hi, I don't think you can actually use the National Express coaches using the red rose. Let's say you fancied seeing the lights in Blackpool for example, you would have to pay on the coach, but once up there you could ride around for nothing.

If my memory serves me right, you used to be able to pay just £1 on the National Express coaches, but since then they have altered it. I will check their website shortly to see what they say and let you know.

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My two bites worth.

Related to prices of homes. When we look at the prices and we think they are high, as I do, is it because of the rate of exchange for the dollar?

After hearing on the news tonight the big cuts that they are proposing in the US budget and those in the UK we are going to go on a very rocky ride financially (well they have to come up with the money from somewhere to pay the CEO's on Wall Street). If you haven't heard they want to cut social security and eliminate cost of living increases and then they want to cut medicare and raise the age for social security eligibility. Oh, and raise the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon.These are just some of their proposals. Unfortunately, no word on cutting the benefits of congressmen (fat chance)

OK enough already! I only bring this up because we, on this forum, are making plans based on our ability to pay when going back to the UK. We see the plans to cut spending there so we have to keep an eye on that also.

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Rodney,

I got confused and I thought you were going back to Bournemouth, sorry, I'll check on Plymouth from now on.

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Originally Posted by Impey View Post
Rodney hi, I don't think you can actually use the National Express coaches using the red rose. Let's say you fancied seeing the lights in Blackpool for example, you would have to pay on the coach, but once up there you could ride around for nothing.

If my memory serves me right, you used to be able to pay just £1 on the National Express coaches, but since then they have altered it. I will check their website shortly to see what they say and let you know.

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National Express had some thing going for $5 anywhere in the country or something, maybe just select routes, you'd have to check.
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If you haven't heard they want to cut social security and eliminate cost of living increases and then they want to cut medicare and raise the age for social security eligibility. Oh, and raise the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon.These are just some of their proposals.
I saw that too and, although I think increasing the gas tax would be a vey good idea, none of that is going to happen. Most of the committee members already said they wouldn't vote for the ideas that were leaked today. So it's dead on arrival.

I think house prices in the UK are high because of the lack of space. More demand, less supply than here. I live 25 minutes outside Manhattan - one of the priciest cities in the world. My house is 2 minutes walk from the train into Manhattan and yet it's worth the same as a smaller house with less land in the Lake District. Nuts but true.
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I saw that too and, although I think increasing the gas tax would be a vey good idea, none of that is going to happen. Most of the committee members already said they wouldn't vote for the ideas that were leaked today. So it's dead on arrival.

I think house prices in the UK are high because of the lack of space. More demand, less supply than here. I live 25 minutes outside Manhattan - one of the priciest cities in the world. My house is 2 minutes walk from the train into Manhattan and yet it's worth the same as a smaller house with less land in the Lake District. Nuts but true.
What I found is that I had to stop changing the pounds to dollars and trying to figure out what it would be costing me back in Canada. A pound shop is just that a pound not a$1.67 or whatever the exchange was at the time. I almost drove myself crazy that first few months, now I don't even think of it.

I watched a programme which was the The Pride of Britain Awards, very moving and certainly put my problems into prospective for me. New reported that studnets went rioting yesterday and broke into the Milliband building and basically went on the rampage, they are protesting their right to free secondary education. Not sure how I feel about this as it cost me over $25,000 to get my degree and I certainly appreciated that I had to work to get it. I do agree that kids who come from deprived homes be given financial help.
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Just a quick update about "Broken Britain."

As I have posted on here a few weeks ago my son went back to England on Saturday 23rd October, both to go to my sister's husband's funeral and he felt the need to re-connect with family.

He emailed me this morning, yesterday their time Wednesday 10th November he was informed he had gotten a job he applied for. It is pick and pack in a warehouse for now but they want to look at him for a supervisor role. It is for a distribution centre for Tesco and he starts next Monday. So not too bad eh? OK he is a lot younger than us, but there ARE jobs out there if you want one........like he said the pay isn't as good as the one he left in Australia, but it's a start!!

So much for Broken Britain and no jobs to be had, less than 3 weeks and he has one..........
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What I found is that I had to stop changing the pounds to dollars and trying to figure out what it would be costing me back in Canada. A pound shop is just that a pound not a$1.67 or whatever the exchange was at the time. I almost drove myself crazy that first few months, now I don't even think of it.
Oh yes I well remember that Peigi, I too almost drove myself crazy with my brain currency converter!!

OH those pound shops are the BEST!! I have had some really good bargains there especially with toiletries and food. And I'm not sure if Home Bargains have headed up to Scotland yet, but they have really good merchandise at bargain basement prices.

Oh and Iceland has some really good bargains in the food department when you are on a budget. Though some of their frozen foods leaves a lot to be desired. You can pick up some good stuff in the canned and packet varieties......

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Just a quick update about "Broken Britain."

As I have posted on here a few weeks ago my son went back to England on Saturday 23rd October, both to go to my sister's husband's funeral and he felt the need to re-connect with family.

He emailed me this morning, yesterday their time Wednesday 10th November he was informed he had gotten a job he applied for. It is pick and pack in a warehouse for now but they want to look at him for a supervisor role. It is for a distribution centre for Tesco and he starts next Monday. So not too bad eh? OK he is a lot younger than us, but there ARE jobs out there if you want one........like he said the pay isn't as good as the one he left in Australia, but it's a start!!

So much for Broken Britain and no jobs to be had, less than 3 weeks and he has one..........
Congratulations to your son Beedubya on getting a job, as you say it's a start and will look good on his CV that he got a job fairly quickly. My son was just as lucky, he returned from Australia to London on a Thursday and started a job on the following Tuesday. Everyone, friends and relatives were very surprised as someone they knew with the same skills had been out of work for two years. After a year at that job, he applied for a better paid job and got it, thankfully. Compared to Italy where employment is hard to find even for Italians, we have always found (and we have been backwards and forwards to Italy for the last 40 years - well that's another story) that if you want to work (at least in London) you will find a job, it might not be very well paid but there are employment opportunities.
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New reported that studnets went rioting yesterday and broke into the Milliband building and basically went on the rampage, they are protesting their right to free secondary education. Not sure how I feel about this as it cost me over $25,000 to get my degree and I certainly appreciated that I had to work to get it. I do agree that kids who come from deprived homes be given financial help.
I hate rioting and violence. But I must admit that I have sympathy for their argument. I grew up in the 70s in England and was entitled to a full grant for my education. My family wasn't deprived but they certainly didn't have the money to pay for an education for me. No one in my family had ever gone to college and none of my cousins did. I was the first and I don't think I would have done it if I hadn't been able to get a grant. I don't think I would have had the courage or self-confidence to take out that amount of debt so I would have drifted into some job with no sense of direction.

I still had to pay for living expenses and books, and to do that I worked as a cleaner in the local school every weekday, so it wasn't a walk in the park, but my life would be so much worse if I hadn't had that wonderful opportunity. I will always be grateful for it and I wonder if the country won't lose out now that the opportunity is denied to other kids like me.

If they need money, I'd rather see them tax those people on the back end. Raise taxes on the wealthiest people and they will pay for that education - only when they can afford it.
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I'm looking at Abbey Road Webcam. Rain and wind and umbrellas flying today!
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I'm looking at Abbey Road Webcam. Rain and wind and umbrellas flying today!
Yes,it was raining buckets earlier - the sun just peeped out, here in Purley. But the wind is still blowing strongly. Oh well, tomorrow is another day! I was planning a bus excursion to a nearby town to buy some shoes, but the thought of taking a double decker in the early morning wind and rain was more than I could fathom. I have no idea how the bus drivers keep calm in weather like there was this morning.
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I hate rioting and violence. But I must admit that I have sympathy for their argument. I grew up in the 70s in England and was entitled to a full grant for my education. My family wasn't deprived but they certainly didn't have the money to pay for an education for me. No one in my family had ever gone to college and none of my cousins did. I was the first and I don't think I would have done it if I hadn't been able to get a grant. I don't think I would have had the courage or self-confidence to take out that amount of debt so I would have drifted into some job with no sense of direction.

I still had to pay for living expenses and books, and to do that I worked as a cleaner in the local school every weekday, so it wasn't a walk in the park, but my life would be so much worse if I hadn't had that wonderful opportunity. I will always be grateful for it and I wonder if the country won't lose out now that the opportunity is denied to other kids like me.

If they need money, I'd rather see them tax those people on the back end. Raise taxes on the wealthiest people and they will pay for that education - only when they can afford it.
The difference between the 70s and now is that back then, 10% of school leavers attended university, whereas now it's almost 50% (over 50% in Scotland, where Scottish students don't have to pay a penny).

It's simply not feasible to offer cheap or free higher education to such a large section of society, especially now that "... there is no money - good luck!" (to quote Liam Byrne, outgoing Deputy Chancellor)
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