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scot47



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Guid New Year tae aw the bairns o Adam !
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:14 pm    Post subject: housing Reply with quote

And if you are thinking of retiring to Scotland, think about renting a place from a Housing Association ! Contact me for details

Only mugs take out a mortgage !
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should I cancel my Tenerife winter apartment then?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well our Victorian ancestors did describe Bute as "The Scottish Madeira". In the recent cold spell temperatures were rarely below zero. There are palm trees on the Esplanade !

Although I now lead a righteous life I am told that the local honky-tonks are packed out with demure Scottish lasses just waiting for Mr Right.

What can Pattaya or Phuket offer that Bute does not have ?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a rival website I have received much flak for suggesting that "Social Housing" is appropriate for an ex-EFLer returning to his native land.

It is fine for me ! I have spent some years as a migrant worker and now return from whence I came.

It still seems strange to me that there is this stigma in Britain (especially in England !) about renting accommodation. If it is okay for the Germans, Swedes, Swiss and French why is it "not pukka" in Ukania ?


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artemisia



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(1) Proverb
an Englishman's home is his castle
1. (UK) a proverbial expression of personal privacy and security
Related terms
a man's home is his castle
(Wikipedia)

I think this is the idea that seems to underpin notions of ownership as supreme. Theoretically, your ‘castle’ could also be rented but I suppose you wouldn’t have the same rights to refuse entry to others (landlords). Ideas about desirable lifestyles have always been different on the continent where, as far as I know, renters still have a lot of rights and cannot be easily turfed out. I don’t know what the situation is in the UK with respect to current renting legislation.

(2)There’s a “rival” website??!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Housing Law is different depending on which part of Ukania you are in . North of the Solway and Tweed we have more tenant-friendly legislation.

There is a rival forum (maybe more than one !) Number of users is much smaller than this one ! Moderation on that other forum is very light so the crazies dominate.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the ‘’continental’’ way of life has not been about chaining yourself to a lifetime mortgage, though this may be changing. Then again, in the current economic climate, probably not. Strong laws in favour of tenants and countries where it is socially acceptable to rent all your life tend to go hand in hand. (BTW, I did notice a ... “parallel universe”! Odd. Smile)
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Signing your life away for 30 years of mortgage sounds to me a bit like signing articles of indenture. Not for me !
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

30 years?! I signed up for 18 and paid it off in 16, thanks to the generosity of those Sheikhs in the Middle East.

I'd consider renting it to you, Scotty, but you probably wouldn't appreciate the location (south of the border) or the monthly rent!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would sooner live in a yurt near Ulan Bator than in a house in England !
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scot, I would rather you live there too!Smile)

In fact, having you just to the north of our border with the unwashed celtic hordes is a little too close for this Englishman's comfort!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's still a wall.

Scottish people are friendly enough. The dozen or so chip on shoulder types I've met have been teachers abroad, I'm afraid to say. I mean, would I be allowed to say I would rather live in a yurt near Ulan Bator than in a house in Pakistan? Probably not; it all sounds a bit racist and ignorant.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PC now are we ? My experience is that ignorant bigoted racists are more often found amongst our Southern neighbours !
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EFL is a game for losers - especially in the UK !
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