Archive for November, 2011

I like watching TV

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I find it relaxes me after a head of busy thoughts all day – but not when the programme presents a view I disagree with!

Who watched “Money” on BBC2 Tuesday 29.11.11? The outcome of that episode …

A – spend money on personal development and wealth, get rich courses and you will just have credit card debts, remain poor and be fooling yourself

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B – it’s not about money it’s about time ...

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Changes to housing benefits – will that mean more babies?

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Recent announced changes to Local Housing Allowance may have a dramatic effect on population growth and has been underestimated by the government.

From January 2012 new claimants under the age of 35years old will no longer be entitled to the one bed self-contained rate (ie one bed flat rate which on my patch is £90 per week) they will only be entitled to a shared rated of £56pw. So what does this mean?

To landlords and ...

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Button, DRS, KERS and Huna

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I recently read a great little book “Create your Desires and fulfil your dreams” by Donald Upton – a remarkable man, one of the original founders of the (now) College of Osteopaths in 1966, well-educated and read naturopath and my friend’s grandfather.

The book turned out to be an easy explanation of Huna, a belief system initially held by the Kahunas (mostly Hawaiian people). It was like a missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle for me and ...

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Embracing new technology Part 1

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2011 has been my foray into the 21st century, some may point out its 11 years later but I say there are still 89 years to go so I am ahead of schedule. 18 months ago Thomas Power said get a Blackberry as I-phones and other androids (get me with the language) were not user friendly – sadly I ignored him. I have clung ferociously to my Nokia 6310 as a dear and droppable friend.

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How many cups of tea do you need?

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I had such a funny conversation with one of my Polish building team recently…. I did a very British thing – I offered tea or coffee. I had made them coffee as they arrived – that’s just polite – I let them know where everything was and that they could help themselves and went back to work.

Mid-morning I came down and asked if they wanted another cup and they explained no ...

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The retirement threat

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If you hold a job that you love then the thought of a dull retirement to day time TV or tinkering in the shed might fill you with dread. If you don’t care for your job or worse hate it then the thought of retirement is like the light at the end of the tunnel (albeit a long one).

Recent government proposals to increase the age of retirement are happening across the ...

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Death, Dignity and Determination

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Sally died ….a year ago today. She was my best friend for twenty years – almost half my life. Her final story was one of determination and with that came dignity.

We first met across the tables in the computer lab at university. It was our first class at the start of brand new degree courses. Sally was a lot older than me, and the 19-20 year olds that made up the rest of the class.

As the lesson finished, Sally and ...

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Strange things happen

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I posted a blog  a few weeks ago and had the most comments, shares and views I had had from any other blog.

The story for me was about the kindness of the post office worker that replied to a little girl’s letter to God asking to look out for and take care of her newly deceased dog.  I rarely post things like that – it caught my eye and I felt the urge to share it.

The next day ...

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Conjuring more homes out of thin air

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So when faced with a dilemma and economic challenge – instead of tackling the challenge – why not just kick the old people out of their houses to make way for families with children?

I first heard this report on Radio 4 and then found this article I am still not sure how I didn’t crash the car.

A recent report from The Intergenerational Foundation has suggested that elderly people should be encouraged ...

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Economically we are stewed

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House prices have reportedly risen by a whopping 0.04% reference have in reality fallen as the rate of inflation according to CPI figures is a massive 5.2%, that means anyone sitting thinking that they have equity in their house and they are okay – is sadly wrong.

Following an evening event listening to the Bank of England explaining policy see my prediction series report, I understand ...

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