I’ve had it with Twitter

October 23rd, 2018

One too many of these not to mention the need to start up my ancient mobile phone just to keep a Twitter account that recently has caused me endless trouble with its manual dexterity tests requiring me to identify fire hydrants, cars, bicycles, traffic lights and crosswalks all in the name of getting back into a social media account I had done nothing to leave, and all tracked by Google. It’s over.

Public Works Loan Board – notes

November 23rd, 2016


Start here -> The_UK_Public_Works_Loans_Board.pdf

As Phillip Hammond outlines his Autumn statement in the HofC with some news on housing I continue to worry about how we (England) can dig ourselves out of the housing mess we’re in with a lack of housing for rent most people can afford. Some years ago I read about the PWLB which seemed to be a wonderful thing and I have thought ever since that this may be the answer if councils ever go back to building housing for rent on a large scale.

Unfortunately comes news that the PWLB is to be abolished and incorporated into the Treasury, further limiting the ability of councils to borrow cheaply.

Then this -> Analysis-claims-labour-councils-secure-worse-pwlb-rates

From -> Local Government Debt Report.pdf

From -> Debt Resistance UK

Now this -> PWLB be scrapped government confirms 15th November 2016

Some history here -> Public_works_loan_board_1817-76.pdf

The current situation here:-

Local Authority borrowing


June 10th, 2016

Since the Dan Cruickshank programme on flats, visits to my blog regarding scissor flats and dual aspect have shot up and these are the top ten at the of writing.

Screenshot at 2016-06-10 08-09-28

In the above image scissor flats are page 5595, crap flats page 884 and dual aspect page 5779.

Bankers and Blair

February 29th, 2016


Memo to Blair

Click image for larger version HT @michaellondonsf

Economics for the election

April 15th, 2015

Click image for article

If your head swims every time the word deficit or debt is mentioned you may like to follow Another Angry Voice and Ha-Joon Chang, the Cambridge economist who is able to put complex economic matters over in terms the layman like me can understand.

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Update 2017 Volunteers help preserve London’s parks as funding withdrawn


Tax the rich: an animated fairy tale

A while back when I was still on Twitter (yes I know) I came across this animated video about unrestrained neo-liberalism.  Despite retweeting it at the time it didn’t take off. I was surprised because to me it is an accurate graphic representation of what is and has been happening to our society in the UK since 1979.

It ties in with an analysis I did a while back of a Stuart Hall paper where he examines what will happen if neo-liberalism is allowed to continue to dictate policy in public life.

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UPDATE: For audio click photos:-

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This list prompted by Tom Dyckhoff @tomdyckhoff on Twitter

1) I wish every architectural and political campaigning organisation would find £50 to buy one of these and use it.


2) Royal Academy podcasts, some but not all -> RA-Architecture

3) History Spot, these are good -> http://historyspot.org.uk/podcasts/latest

4) World Service Archive -> Housing podcast list

5) Politics of Architecture -> Jonathan Glancey

UPDATE: See this page for the programmes -> Programmes

The Architects Who Made London with Maxwell Hutchinson: Series 1

Inigo Jones, Sir Christopher Wren, Robert Adam, John Nash, Sir Charles Barry RA, Sir George Gilbert Scott RA

Architects who made London with Maxwell Hutchinson – Series One

Architects who made London – with Maxwell Hutchinson – Series One

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UPDATE: Oct 2016 Property Week award boycotted by angry student judges

“Unless all students have access to safe, affordable accommodation at every institution and the means to pay for it, there is no cause for celebration, nor the ability for us to award a for-profit sector failing so many of our peers.”

UPDATE: July 2016 I received another email recently, again from Aspen Woolf, only this time I decided to pursue it. Feigning interest in Kingfisher Court I booked a call which occurred the following morning. I was very honest with the bloke, told him I write a housing blog, told him I had heard there is “no exit” (see comment end of page) and what did he have to say?

In short order he told me the product is “more suitable for people over 60 as an investment”. “Not suitable for people with a mortgage”. “A long term investment”.

When asked directly if there is an exit he told me “Yes of course, but they are harder to sell and there’s a £3000 out fee”.

So essentially the guy who wrote the comment at the end of this post was right. There’s an exit in theory but you’re not encouraged to use it and if you try it’s going to be more difficult than selling a house because you have to wait for somebody in a smaller pool of investors in student accommodation to buy you out.

Avoid like the plague would be my advice.

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