Austin Allegro

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  1. Austin Allegro

    Budapest

    Just read your account - very interesting! Oddly enough I stayed near that hotel in Budapest earlier this year, and it was I agree one of the grottiest and dodgiest streets in BP. That said, I still felt safer than I would in some parts of London - for a start, they had non-stop police patrols up and down the street, so there was always a copper within shouting distance, like British streets in the old days. I cycled quite a lot when I lived in BP, I had an old soviet era three speed bike with a dynamo and coaster brake, which cost me £30 from a second hand shop. I used to enjoy runs down to the little village of Kisduna about 12 miles south of BP. My ex wife got custody of that bike when I left, and I still miss it.
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    Starting your own business

    Yes, I do searches on Amazon and Google to see what sort of things people are looking for. IIRC the biggest areas are health, relationships and finance. I used to fiddle around with pricing but don't usually bother now, I have so many books in the same series that if I put the price up it would take me about a days' work just to do that. I use a little bit of branding for some series, but don't use a great deal, not like the Dummies etc.
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    Budapest

    Be careful - in July and August it can get to over 40c and is almost unbearable unless you have AC, and even then you won't want to go out. Spring and early autumn's the nicest time. Lake Balaton is well worth a visit, it's only an hour by train from BP. Much more like the 'old' Hungary both of the Austro-Hungarian empire (north shore) and the Soviet era (south shore).
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    Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites

    Yeah I thought that too. 58 and that's all he's got to show for it. Probably a fortune round Costessy way though!
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    Is Brexit going to happen at all?

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    Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites

    After just one night together he left her alone in his house, and he had his life savings of £3k in cash in an easy-to-find location. I feel sorry for him, but come on!
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    Starting your own business

    Most of the successes are from identifying niches using keyword searches, and putting together fairly short and simple books catering for that niche. Each book is usually between 24 and 60 pages and takes me between one and ten working days to put together. I'm a skinflint so prefer not to pay for software. I use WPS Writer for word processing, and Scribus for page layouts, with GIMP for photo editing. They are all free. All images used are royalty free or out of copyright. So overheads are basically zero. That said, I trained as a proofreader, editor and graphic designer for book layouts so I don't need to shell out for that professionally. Most of it can be learned fairly easily, I was on a six month training course but you can learn the basics in a couple of weeks.
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    Is Brexit going to happen at all?

    Conscription into an EU army will be a major point against it in the eyes of the Snowflake generation - that was what finished off the USA's involvement in Vietnam. They will try to dress it up as a wonderful chance to work abroad in a humanitarian organisation - lots of pictures of attractive girl soldiers helping headscarved migrant women across fences in the Balkans, etc. But the reality of having to fire live ammunition on rioting crowds in French banlieux will pall after a while. However, I don't think this will happen for a good few years, by which time the EU could have collapsed economically anyway.
  9. Austin Allegro

    Budapest

    Have a look at Flixbus. It's a German company that runs coaches all over Europe. In my experience, very good value, fast and comfortable, and you get to see a bit more of the country than you do from a train. I went from Budapest to Krakow in Poland for £10!
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    Is Brexit going to happen at all?

    If we get May's deal, it at least levers the door open a fraction to enable future leaders (preferably more pro-British than pro-EU) to widen the gap. If we get a second referendum and Remain, it will be like the door slamming shut for a generation. We will be told it is not up for negotiation, the people have spoken, etc etc.
  11. Austin Allegro

    Budapest

    Gypsies have been doing 'find a lady' on the northern side of the Gellert hill for years, by a little stone gazebo thing on the cliff. I'm amazed anybody falls for it but they seem to have a steady stream of dimbo tourists lining up to hand their money over.
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    Budapest

    Budapestians are what is called in Hungarian udvarias. Translates as something like 'courtly'. They are a bit reserved and will be polite but rather formal, until they can be sure you are not a drunken stag tourist ars*hole. That said, I knew Hungarian easterners (the equivalent of northerners in England) who thought Budapestians were miserable unfriendly sods.
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    Budapest

    All this talk of Budapest has made me 'homesick' for my old haunts so I have booked a trip for next spring. Flight £70 and air bnb for £8 a night room in a private flatshare with use of kitchen, a bit out of the town centre which is why its cheap, but it's on a tram line which is about 10-15 mins from the city centre.
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    Budapest

    I read a book recently about a man who cycled the length of the old Iron Curtain and he said of all the countries he visited, Serbia was the friendliest and least spoiled. Possibly being non-EU and something of a pariah state due to its alleged role in the Yugoslavian war has something to do with it. I would definitely like to visit.
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    Is Brexit going to happen at all?

    Yes, good analysis, I think this is probably what will happen. Another possible scenario: May's government showers Ulster with such large incentives that they support her, and EU apparatchiks cobble some modified version of the May deal , sufficient for it to get through.