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Random Thoughts- Some Of Them Cheerful [Sep. 7th, 2008|11:34 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz thinks we can live on £150 per month. I think that's pretty steep, but I like a challenge.

At least we don't have to worry about flooding- because we're so high up- though it seems like most other places do. How many flood warnings were issued yesterday? Over a hundred, I think. This new climate of ours- whether caused by global warming or not- is taking some getting used to.

We bought a couple of halogen heaters. One for the living room, one for the kitchen. Apparently they cost about a penny an hour to run.

Sarah Palin is an ignorant woman. I read a report that, as mayor of Wasilia, she wanted to ban Twelfth Night from the local library. Can that really be true? I don't like the thought of her becoming empress of the world.

The scum rises to the top. Pakistan has just acquired a guy notorious for graft as its Prime Minister. I say "acquired" because no-one elected him. He was appointed by the ruling party.

Mind you, no-one elected our Prime Minister either. He too was appointed by the ruling party. Matthew Parris- a columnist I respect- came right out and called him the worst Prime Minister in British History. Is that really the case? What about Anthony Eden?

I watched Longford the other night. Longford was the do-gooding aristo who tried to get parole for Myra Hindley- the most notorious British murderer of the 20th century.  It was a play about identity. Was Longford a saint or a fool or a bumbling egotist? And who on earth was Myra Hindley? Her partner, the clever psychopath Ian Brady, had her down as a "classic hysteric"- a person who becomes whatever their interlocutor wants them to be- a Zelig- a shapeshifter. We're all a bit like that- but are we enough like that to murder children? This is a question we'd rather not deal with- which is why we start shouting and stamping and waving our arms about whenever her name is raised.

Jim Broadbent was Longford, Samantha Morton was Hindley, Andy Serkis was Brady. What a lot of good actors we have in this country at the moment!
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2008-09-07 02:36 pm (UTC)
I need to talk to Ailz about how to live on 150 Pounds a month (isn't that less than $400 USD?). That would truly be a coup in this country. Perhaps I should relocate to yours....
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-07 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oldham is a lot cheaper than London- at least, I assume it is. I have my doubts, but Ailz assures me it can be done- and she's put a lot of work into her calculations.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2008-09-08 02:11 am (UTC)
I pay 2/3 of that amount for rent on my apartment alone. My rent is $195 a month, and believe me apartments do not come any cheaper here in the good old USA. My place is subsidized by the government - fair market price on my place is $1600 a month.
Tony, you make it sound as if it would not be too farfetched for an American retiree on low income to make the move to the UK. Our Social Security checks come to us no natter where we go, or so I understand.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-08 09:21 am (UTC)
I'm not sure about that. There's immigration to be considered for a start. Things are toughening up on that front.

Another thing is we don't pay rent. What we're doing is paying off a small mortgage- and I'm pretty sure that's not included in the notional £150.

And the cost of living is rising sharply all the time. We're tightening our belts because we have to.



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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-07 08:31 pm (UTC)
I think it's a pretty tall order. I know we won't be running our central heating.
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From: nostoi
2008-09-08 10:17 am (UTC)
That is a tall order. For the last couple of years we have had our heating on from Dec - March inclusive, and for a maximum of three hours a day during January and Fabruary. I don't think we could cope with much less as our house is very prone to damp, and our gable end faces the harsh east winds which make it a bit chilly indoors most of the year anyway.

We have a gas fire, a wood stove and two halogen heaters that we use the rest of the time. We managed to cut our gas usage by half in the first year(the bills were exactly the bloomin same of course!).
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