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    Brexit-Deal or No deal?

    On betfair you really do need to read the rules of the market you are betting on. That market is for the following question "Will the UK have left the EU with a No Deal Brexit on 30-03-2019? " so it is far more specific that do we leave the EU without a deal - any delay and Yes loses the bet.
  2. This has only been on the market since July 2016 - I'm sure a buyer will be along soon. https://www.onthemarket.com/details/2914143/?utm_source=home_co_uk&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=home_feed
  3. This - most of the time new homes and extensions come with a premium that you would never recover.
  4. I should point out Newcastle isn't my area - I'm there often enough to just about know that local market but in reality I live very slightly north of the Yorkshire Border... Mind you to show how much agents lie the property is also up for rent. Care to guess how much the advertised rent is? £900 as one advert quotes? £800 as the other yield based advert claims? Nope it is £750 (and will probably be rented at £700)... See https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-to-rent/find.html?locationIdentifier=POSTCODE^1539140&includeLetAgreed=false . Also it's been unlet for at least 2 months....
  5. Yep but that's not that surprising prior to the 2008 crash. Currently I suspect house prices up North are back to 2004 or so levels and I suspect that property is worth £140,000 or so...
  6. Seen it plenty of times back in the 1990's. You don't want to drop the price and all agencies think they are God's gift to selling so every agency is willing to waste time on the off chance that they can sell it. It even made sense back in the 1990s as agencies often had different contact lists... Then again this is 2019 and the only thing that matters when selling a property is an advert on Rightmove so multiple agencies won't help - the only thing that matters is the price and £175,000 for 3 bedrooms in Cramlington is utterly insane...
  7. As of last week there are no longer tariffs on cars imported into the EU from Japan. That combined with the fact that Diesel sales are falling faster than a stone has I suspect a lot more to do with this than Brexit - after all why spend £100m moving a plant around the world if sales don't exist to justify spending £100m.
  8. It's why Motel One are very popular in Europe. The rooms are good (but small) and they have a decent lounge area that even Premier Inn don't get right. Plus in Manchester / Glasgow ... they are cheaper than a Premier Inn as well...
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    What's going to collapse next...

    Interestingly (but utterly unsurprisingly) Intu have decided that 4 House of Frasers stores they were happy to see close down can remain open https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46959813
  10. I suspect they will open any practical line that hasn’t already been built on. thats the reason we have the mess that is HS2 a north south line is supposedly required and the central midland line was closed and built on
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    What's going to collapse next...

    I suspect Selfridges (and Harrods) will live a lot longer than anyone else - they seem to know how to be a premium store. Harvey Nicks on the other hand I suspect won't last long in Manchester / Leeds....
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    What's going to collapse next...

    In the USA, Sears seems to have finally given up trying to survive...
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    I think I'm getting too old for all this...

    True but its a lot better to have a skillset multiple companies want and use rather than just a single company plus if you are in a rut Dynamics will give you a plausible escape route within 3-6 months of evening learning. Plus the market is going to very much be a two horse race. For the Applications as a service market its probably between Microsoft and Salesforce and I suspect Microsoft has just about taken the lead from Salesforce, for Cloud computing its between Microsoft and AWS.
  14. Last year when working in Glasgow I saw some decent city centre flats for £180,000 or so (2-3 bedrooms decent locations). Downside was council tax is £3500+ a year before any other costs.
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    I think I'm getting too old for all this...

    It was me and the recommendation is Microsoft Dynamics 365 / Powerapps as that is one of Microsoft's main focus for the next few years - Microsoft think it will be the Access / Visual Basic of the 2020's. And it's easy to get started Microsoft are spending a lot of effort on their new learning portal at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/learn/ More than that its a development toolset that other people use - and that is the most important thing in IT. Unless you keep up to date and ensure you have a skillset that other companies want you are totally subject to the whims of your current employer and utterly screwed if they get rid of you...