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  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 7,568
    Pross said:

    Being the 5th person to flag a spam post and seeing it disappear.


    Trivially annoying that I didn't see it.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 16,747

    Pross said:

    Being the 5th person to flag a spam post and seeing it disappear.


    Trivially annoying that I didn't see it.
    Don't worry. There are plenty more by her/him.
    Just a copy, paste, post.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 29,551
    Just got my second one of the day
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 24,648 Lives Here
    edited 24 September
    Lifted from the things that annoy you tthread
    Pross said:


    Not convinced by the same sex thing though, I'm not bothered about men dancing with men but surely dance is about aesthetics and it looks wrong. I mean it's not as though dancing was lacking inclusiveness for gay men before now.

    Like you I'm really not bothered about men dancing with men, and as you say dancing has always been inclusive of gay men. But, this cheers me up because it will send some idiots into complete and total meltdown.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 17,773
    edited 25 September
    The BBC sent this reporter to cover the fuel problems.

  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 7,568

    Lifted from the things that annoy you tthread

    Pross said:


    Not convinced by the same sex thing though, I'm not bothered about men dancing with men but surely dance is about aesthetics and it looks wrong. I mean it's not as though dancing was lacking inclusiveness for gay men before now.

    Like you I'm really not bothered about men dancing with men, and as you say dancing has always been inclusive of gay men. But, this cheers me up because it will send some idiots into complete and total meltdown.

    This. Especially as I'm pretty sure that those idiots have never batted an eyelid at two women dancing together.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 16,747
    Confirming that I can cycle the 35 miles (each way) to my Dad's house quicker than using public transport. By 20 minutes in each direction. 😎
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 3,945
    Not sure "cheer you up" is right but it made me laugh.


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  • mully79mully79 Posts: 461
    Pross said:

    Finally getting my old local government pension scheme set up on line and discovering I could start drawing on it when I turn 55. Part of me is tempted as the payment only goes up by about £500 a year for each additional 5 years I leave it.

    @Pross Im sure you'd take advice but watch the small print. You might be giving up 40% pension tax relief for the rest of your days if you take a pension early.
  • mully79 said:

    Pross said:

    Finally getting my old local government pension scheme set up on line and discovering I could start drawing on it when I turn 55. Part of me is tempted as the payment only goes up by about £500 a year for each additional 5 years I leave it.

    @Pross Im sure you'd take advice but watch the small print. You might be giving up 40% pension tax relief for the rest of your days if you take a pension early.
    I will echo the bit about advice as it could limit annual contributions to £4k.

    But I think they exempted the public sector by making it not applicable to DB schemes
  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 7,568

    It does make me wonder about the psychology of drivers: meekly sitting there in a queue for an hour, but will try to squeeze past cyclists or yell at them to "get on the f*cking cycle path!!" to save, at best, a few seconds, whilst endangering the life of a fellow human being.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 16,747
    Finishing a session on the trainer with T-Rex - London Boys the random playlist.
    Jump in the shower, switch the radio on and the first song is T-Rex - Get It On.
    This would not be surprising if they were current, but we are talking about songs 45 & 50 years old respectively.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 46,776
    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)
    "I spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars: the rest of it I just squandered." [George Best]
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,551
    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    That was quick!
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 8,949
    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    Good luck with that. I keep looking online, seeing so much tat, overpriced tat and thinking not for me. Went to check one out at weekend, sort of ok on the web, village location good for this country boy. Street view and google maps a bit odd, what is all this nearby? Site visit = no effing way. Some sort of commercial leasehold over 55s estate butting up across the street, way too close and tight, like being in a city in a village.

    Maybe I will just FRO back to the cold wet northern lands...
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 46,776
    edited 5 October
    Pross said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    That was quick!
    Yep, we only viewed the place on 31st August.

    Mostly luck - sellers chose us partly because we still had a cash buyer lined up despite the previous seller pulling out, so we were as close to cash buyers as you can get while still being in a (very short) chain. Already had finance in place; solicitors and surveyor engaged from purchase attempt #1 and the survey and searches came up pretty clean. Sellers had already exchanged on their next place and wanted out to avoid getting an extra stamp duty whammy from owning 2 properties at once so we're very cooperative getting stuff resolved.

    Completion scheduled for the 28th of this month so less than 2 months end to end. Is that some sort of record?
    "I spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars: the rest of it I just squandered." [George Best]
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 46,776
    orraloon said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    Good luck with that. I keep looking online, seeing so much tat, overpriced tat and thinking not for me. Went to check one out at weekend, sort of ok on the web, village location good for this country boy. Street view and google maps a bit odd, what is all this nearby? Site visit = no effing way. Some sort of commercial leasehold over 55s estate butting up across the street, way too close and tight, like being in a city in a village.

    Maybe I will just FRO back to the cold wet northern lands...
    Tbh Loon, we had the same problem, too much tat or disappointment on viewing so we had to go up the price scale to get what we were happy with. That first purchase biting the dust whem the sellers bailed was a stroke of luck, as we needed up getting a better place with sellers who want to move quickly.

    I know I've joked about your headed back North of the border, but seriously you can get a lot for your money and some fantastic scenery etc into the bargain. I guess its where you feel your roots are.
    "I spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars: the rest of it I just squandered." [George Best]
  • diplodicusdiplodicus Posts: 622
    edited 5 October
    Stevo_666 said:

    Pross said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    That was quick!
    Yep, we only viewed the place on 31st August.

    Mostly luck - sellers chose us partly because we still had a cash buyer lined up despite the previous seller pulling out, so we were as close to cash buyers as you can get while still being in a (very short) chain. Already had finance in place; solicitors and surveyor engaged from purchase attempt #1 and the survey and searches came up pretty clean. Sellers had already exchanged on their next place and wanted out to avoid getting an extra stamp duty whammy from owning 2 properties at once so we're very cooperative getting stuff resolved.

    Completion scheduled for the 28th of this month so less than 2 months end to end. Is that some sort of record?
    Jeez, is this considered quick these days? :o
    When we bought our current house it was hand up at auction, pay 10% on the day then ten days later pay rest and get keys :D
  • pinnopinno Posts: 42,695
    orraloon said:


    Maybe I will just FRO back to the cold wet northern lands...

    Oh that was one helluva cold, wet ride out n the sticks that Wednesday you had in summer...
    And the coffee was terrible...
    And Alsager has better scenery.

    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 46,776

    Stevo_666 said:

    Pross said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    That was quick!
    Yep, we only viewed the place on 31st August.

    Mostly luck - sellers chose us partly because we still had a cash buyer lined up despite the previous seller pulling out, so we were as close to cash buyers as you can get while still being in a (very short) chain. Already had finance in place; solicitors and surveyor engaged from purchase attempt #1 and the survey and searches came up pretty clean. Sellers had already exchanged on their next place and wanted out to avoid getting an extra stamp duty whammy from owning 2 properties at once so we're very cooperative getting stuff resolved.

    Completion scheduled for the 28th of this month so less than 2 months end to end. Is that some sort of record?
    Jeez, is this considered quick these days? :o
    When we bought our current house it was hand up at auction, pay 10% on the day then ten days later pay rest and get keys :D
    This wasn't an auction and from what I can see, 2 months is pretty quick these days. Prefer to do a spot of due diligence when I'm splashing the cash, but each to their own.
    "I spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars: the rest of it I just squandered." [George Best]
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 3,415

    Stevo_666 said:

    Pross said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    That was quick!
    Yep, we only viewed the place on 31st August.

    Mostly luck - sellers chose us partly because we still had a cash buyer lined up despite the previous seller pulling out, so we were as close to cash buyers as you can get while still being in a (very short) chain. Already had finance in place; solicitors and surveyor engaged from purchase attempt #1 and the survey and searches came up pretty clean. Sellers had already exchanged on their next place and wanted out to avoid getting an extra stamp duty whammy from owning 2 properties at once so we're very cooperative getting stuff resolved.

    Completion scheduled for the 28th of this month so less than 2 months end to end. Is that some sort of record?
    Jeez, is this considered quick these days? :o
    When we bought our current house it was hand up at auction, pay 10% on the day then ten days later pay rest and get keys :D
    Anyone requiring a mortgage is obliged to get searches. Turnaround time on those is about 6 weeks at present depending on the region so yes, 2 months is good going for a standard purchase.

  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 8,949
    Stevo_666 said:

    orraloon said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    Good luck with that. I keep looking online, seeing so much tat, overpriced tat and thinking not for me. Went to check one out at weekend, sort of ok on the web, village location good for this country boy. Street view and google maps a bit odd, what is all this nearby? Site visit = no effing way. Some sort of commercial leasehold over 55s estate butting up across the street, way too close and tight, like being in a city in a village.

    Maybe I will just FRO back to the cold wet northern lands...
    Tbh Loon, we had the same problem, too much tat or disappointment on viewing so we had to go up the price scale to get what we were happy with. That first purchase biting the dust whem the sellers bailed was a stroke of luck, as we needed up getting a better place with sellers who want to move quickly.

    I know I've joked about your headed back North of the border, but seriously you can get a lot for your money and some fantastic scenery etc into the bargain. I guess its where you feel your roots are.
    Yeah, I know. Been in The Valley more than half my life now but very torn in the 'what do I want to do?' dilemma. The bulk of friends and near family are here. But there's just so so much more houses + houses + houses + square root of fxxk all infrastructure improvement. The few roads are so traffic heavy, thank F for the Ridgeway and my graveller.

    Maybe I should just stop my part time working and go live somewhere nice...

  • ProssPross Posts: 29,551
    Stevo_666 said:

    Pross said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    That was quick!
    Yep, we only viewed the place on 31st August.

    Mostly luck - sellers chose us partly because we still had a cash buyer lined up despite the previous seller pulling out, so we were as close to cash buyers as you can get while still being in a (very short) chain. Already had finance in place; solicitors and surveyor engaged from purchase attempt #1 and the survey and searches came up pretty clean. Sellers had already exchanged on their next place and wanted out to avoid getting an extra stamp duty whammy from owning 2 properties at once so we're very cooperative getting stuff resolved.

    Completion scheduled for the 28th of this month so less than 2 months end to end. Is that some sort of record?
    Searches (and getting hold of solicitors) were the factor when we were trying to complete the sale of my wife's deceased aunt and on my daughter's purchase. More people back in offices has presumably sped that back up.
  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 7,568
    edited 5 October
    Flowers after rain. Doesn't really make up for having a bit of a rubbish day for cycling, but it helps.


  • lesfirthlesfirth Posts: 1,203
    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    Don't start smiling yet. Keep your fingers crossed a little bit longer.
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 20,712
    Stevo_666 said:

    Pross said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    That was quick!
    Yep, we only viewed the place on 31st August.

    Mostly luck - sellers chose us partly because we still had a cash buyer lined up despite the previous seller pulling out, so we were as close to cash buyers as you can get while still being in a (very short) chain. Already had finance in place; solicitors and surveyor engaged from purchase attempt #1 and the survey and searches came up pretty clean. Sellers had already exchanged on their next place and wanted out to avoid getting an extra stamp duty whammy from owning 2 properties at once so we're very cooperative getting stuff resolved.

    Completion scheduled for the 28th of this month so less than 2 months end to end. Is that some sort of record?
    That is good. The number of enquiries we get from people claiming to have bought a place (but have done little more than have an offer accepted) and with totally unrealistic timescales. Hope you don't get any last minute hitches.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

    Liberal metropolitan, remoaner, traitor, "sympathiser", etc.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,004
    rjsterry said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Pross said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    That was quick!
    Yep, we only viewed the place on 31st August.

    Mostly luck - sellers chose us partly because we still had a cash buyer lined up despite the previous seller pulling out, so we were as close to cash buyers as you can get while still being in a (very short) chain. Already had finance in place; solicitors and surveyor engaged from purchase attempt #1 and the survey and searches came up pretty clean. Sellers had already exchanged on their next place and wanted out to avoid getting an extra stamp duty whammy from owning 2 properties at once so we're very cooperative getting stuff resolved.

    Completion scheduled for the 28th of this month so less than 2 months end to end. Is that some sort of record?
    That is good. The number of enquiries we get from people claiming to have bought a place (but have done little more than have an offer accepted) and with totally unrealistic timescales. Hope you don't get any last minute hitches.
    Starting earlier surely helps with the timescales though.
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 20,712
    edited 6 October

    rjsterry said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Pross said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    That was quick!
    Yep, we only viewed the place on 31st August.

    Mostly luck - sellers chose us partly because we still had a cash buyer lined up despite the previous seller pulling out, so we were as close to cash buyers as you can get while still being in a (very short) chain. Already had finance in place; solicitors and surveyor engaged from purchase attempt #1 and the survey and searches came up pretty clean. Sellers had already exchanged on their next place and wanted out to avoid getting an extra stamp duty whammy from owning 2 properties at once so we're very cooperative getting stuff resolved.

    Completion scheduled for the 28th of this month so less than 2 months end to end. Is that some sort of record?
    That is good. The number of enquiries we get from people claiming to have bought a place (but have done little more than have an offer accepted) and with totally unrealistic timescales. Hope you don't get any last minute hitches.
    Starting earlier surely helps with the timescales though.
    It's quite a gamble pushing ahead with a project for a house you don't actually own. And a lot of sales fall through. But sure if you can afford to, it will speed things up.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

    Liberal metropolitan, remoaner, traitor, "sympathiser", etc.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 14,004
    rjsterry said:

    rjsterry said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Pross said:

    Stevo_666 said:

    Getting all the legal bollox put the way and being ready to exchange on our house purchase next week :)

    That was quick!
    Yep, we only viewed the place on 31st August.

    Mostly luck - sellers chose us partly because we still had a cash buyer lined up despite the previous seller pulling out, so we were as close to cash buyers as you can get while still being in a (very short) chain. Already had finance in place; solicitors and surveyor engaged from purchase attempt #1 and the survey and searches came up pretty clean. Sellers had already exchanged on their next place and wanted out to avoid getting an extra stamp duty whammy from owning 2 properties at once so we're very cooperative getting stuff resolved.

    Completion scheduled for the 28th of this month so less than 2 months end to end. Is that some sort of record?
    That is good. The number of enquiries we get from people claiming to have bought a place (but have done little more than have an offer accepted) and with totally unrealistic timescales. Hope you don't get any last minute hitches.
    Starting earlier surely helps with the timescales though.
    It's quite a gamble pushing ahead with a project for a house you don't actually own. And a lot of sales fall through. But sure if you can afford to, it will speed things up.
    Sure, but the best time to refurb is when you are buying, so the balance is potentially the cost saving on time required to rent somewhere prior to moving versus the risk that the purchase falls through. So if it was me, I would start to talk to architects and look at the cost of doing some plans. Ultimately, if a house purchase falls through, you lose the money spent on solicitors and surveyors, so this is just one other item to lose.
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