Tuesday, 26 May 2009

I fell in love with this:

It's a renovated farmhouse in Northern Frog... dude who did it up was an engineer and had two big engineering companies; it is geothermically heated and has it's own well; the electrics are state of the art as is the alarm system; it has a great wine cellar, a massive hangar/garage; a perfect vegetable plot; about 15 different fruit trees; an outdoor furnace; and a spankers sheep/pig shed with four small pastures off it all fenced fantasically. All in all it stands on 5.5 hectares (bout 13 acres)... i saw it on saturday... and sunday... and it's glorious. Please someone come and buy my house soon before this gets snapped up...

Friday, 24 April 2009

Kill the pig! Kill the pig! Kill the pig!!!

this is the latest scare hitting mehhico and southern USA... keep an eye on this story gathering steam... shut the borders!! shit the borders!!

*DJ US Official 'Very Concerned' About Swine Flu Outbreak

Mexico shuts schools around capital in flu scare that killed around 20 peoplein recent weeks.



April 23, 2009 - New Swine Flu Has Sickened 7 Americans.CDC has confirmed seven human cases of swine flu this week - five inCalifornia and two in Texas - with more cases likely to emerge. None ofthe infected individuals, who range in age from 9 to 54, have had directcontact with pigs. That suggests human-to-human transmission, but theswine flu source remains unknown, according to Anne Schuchat, M.D.,Director, CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.The new virus called A H1N1 has a unique combination of genes neverbefore seen in pigs or humans. This new swine flu is not lethal like theH1N5 bird flu and is not expected to be the next pandemic flu thatcycles around every twenty years or so. But medical doctors such as JaySteinberg, M. D., Infection Diseases, Emory University Hospital inAtlanta, Georgia, warns: "I can say with 100% confidence that a pandemicof a new flu strain will spread in humans. What I can't say is when itwill occur."

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Don't cry for me rule britannia.... the truth is

i am getting the g-funk outa here...

apologies for being distant for so long.... i got a lot of shit been going through my head of late and there wasn't a lot of point in writing shit cause i didn't know what was going on...

anyways... monday i sat the wife down and told her i needed a definite date for moving to france because i can't do this shit much longer and i need the light at the end of the tunnel and as a family we need to get out of the UK asap... i said so preferably, for me, that tunnel would be a fucking short one... she totally agreed. We have decided to finish painting the bathroom we had done (she chose the wrong colour) and put the house on the mkt straight away.

my reasons:

1; i've fallen out of love with this job over the last year. there's just so much govt intervention and spin in the equity and commodity mkts right now that it makes it a fucking joke to trade and in my mind, it aint about to change anytime soon

2; i've been doing it 14 years in May... i'm 36... when i look around... the amount of mentally and physically sound 40 year olds in this business is not a large number

3; for the kids... the younger they are when they move , i think the better

4; we have a big family in france... here we have my dad and stepmum, my cousin (who's a bit of a nob) and his wife and kids... and that's it... they can jump on a train 10 mins from where they live and be with us in an hour and 1/4 or jump in a car and be with us in 2.75 hrs.

5; the UK is fucked... the budget they just announced is gonna cripple this country... our debt is through the roof, we're going down the tubes and i'll be fucked if i'm staying on a sinking ship to wave the george cross... i wouldn't mind paying 50% tax if i got anything for my money and indeed i probably will in france... france is in a much better position economically and they actually have some industry aside from here, where we have finance... and we all know that's screwed going forwards for a long time

6; the same amount of people live in the uk as france and france is twice as big... i don't like crowded places.

7; i can probably afford to buy a house outright and have no mortgage when we move... and being debt free is the only way to be truly free.

8; the missus can get a job much easier over there, the kids are at an age now when they'll be both at some kind of schooling (also much better quality there than here) so she'll be free to work, which she needs.

9; french drivers are much more respectful of bikers

10; french women are much hotter

there you go... there are a few reasons... i'm sure the likes of the Lone Groover will be disgusted that i'm bailing out and i am so disparaging about the country that i grew up in but needs must... and as i said... i don't wanna be here when the ship goes down and i don't see a rally in house prices anytime soon that'd warrant me hanging onto the lovely house i have here and the great paying job just to knock that house out at a higher price 2-3 yrs down the line and arrive in france better off... if anything, house prices here are gonna shit the bed in the next year or so... and even if they don't, the pound sterling will... so it'll be worth fuck all in real terms anyways....