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    UK Housing market - late 2018

    Been watching my local housing market (prosperous Midlands town) and I see signs of difficulty. If I were a conventional estate agent I would be starting to get bothered. This time a year ago saw the end of a summer where prices reached all-time highs and were being realised. Similar...
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    Nice Motor Guv!

    Any of you car fanciers out there who think they might fancy the James Bond lifestyle? Forget all the PC & Puritanical stuff that's going on at the moment – I have just the thing for you:
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    Kids at Uni? - this won't help their education!

    Orwell's Ministry of Info rides again .........
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    Says it All !

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    Architecture – another artform

    Wikipedia "Architecture (Latin architectura, from the Greek ἀρχιτέκτων arkhitekton "architect", from ἀρχι- "chief" and τέκτων "builder") is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures. Architectural works, in the material form...
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    Luck or skill?

    Just been watching that elderly Bimbo (Kay Burley) on Sky News doing an interview with Chesley Sullenberger in connection with the new Tom Hanks film about his epic crash landing on the Hudson River. After going through the usual ritualistic newsreader type of questions she ended with her usual...
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    Pat494 - T2W clickbait bot?

    I always read with interest the topical/controversial/interesting topics put up by Pat - just can't resist them! So much so that I began to think that he's (might not be a bloke though?) possibly a T2W human bot put on here to stoke interest and provide quality comment and entertainment - a...
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    The Intellectual Yet Idiot

    Has Nassim Taleb put his finger on & neatly summarised the reason why many in authority and their ilk are now becoming even less trusted and respected? Perhaps there are some lessons in the financial/trading world here? "What we have been seeing worldwide, from India to the UK to the US, is...
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    QE - Nassim's not keen!

    I like this quote from Nassim Taleb (;_ylt=AwrBTz411KhXvAQAF1hXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEycTBjdGd0BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM1BHZ0aWQDQjE5MTBfMQRzZWMDc3I-) “The fact that the world, as a result of quantitative easing, has seen an asset...
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    Anyone got login problems with IG?

    Can't login : "Unexpected error". Just spent 20 mins on phone listening to "Your call is important to us" ! Update: after 25 mins of "your call is important" I hung up but was then able to login - which wasn't possible just a minute previously. Seems that they might have had a problem since...
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    What do we need right now?

    I see that a Daily Telegraph journalist reckons the UK is in need of the following: (in no particular order) 1. Presenter of Top Gear 2. Leader of Conservative Party and Prime Minister 3. Leader of UKIP 4. Leader of Labour Party (previous incumbent still in post, pending further...
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    Brexit Remain Rage

    Is this an entirely new phenomenon? Perhaps this might be the new democracy whereby those in charge just keep making you vote until they get the answer that is required. It's really rather frightening that there are people in authority who advocate this. I suppose in some ways this is...