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The Crown at Inchbrook by Not Required
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:06:47
NR 11:53 - I don't recall mentioning that I didn't have a good paying job. Both myself and my spouse have what can be considered well paid jobs. Ten years ago, we would have been considered middle class. Unfortunately, wages in the UK haven't necessarily kept up with the increase in the cost of living, including housing. And yet we still can't afford to buy in the town we love so dearly. Market forces do, indeed, drive it all. But it's bordering on the ridiculous now and I think most would agree (particularly first-time buyers).

We viewed a property recently that was the size of a bird house. 2 bedrooms, no dining room, tiny tiny kitchen, needs a HUGE amount of work including repointing the whole place and a full damp proof course, replastering, new windows, etc.. As we viewed it, we realised it wouldn't be at all right for our needs. But that still doesnt stop the owners from pricing it over 230k! No, we can't afford anywhere near that. But we viewed it to get an idea of what was going for what.

In speaking to a neighbour who happened to be outside at the time, we found that the owners paid less than 130k for it just 2 years ago. They bought it 'as-is', did absolutely no work on it and now expect a 100k return. The estate agent said a Londoner viewed it and thought the price was reasonable for a weekend getaway home. We laughed all the way back to the car. And then we cried as we realised we won't be able to raise our child in the town we have grown to love.

So...Market forces or just plain greed?

It has nothing to do with having a good paying job (depends on what your definition of 'good paying job' is, though). It has everything to do with estate agents/owners being greedy so-and-so's and driving honest hard-working folk out.

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Not Required
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:08:16
It will be interesting to see when New Labour are finally sent into the political wilderness what the present government financial books will show up by way of national debt for their escapades. Which as always.we as tax payers will be expected to cough up to put the national kitty right. Comes to mind immediately, the expense of our presense in Iraq and Afghanistan, there must be a bob or two spent there, 2.5 Billion on a NHS computer system now agreed by the Minister concerned, that it is a failure. Oh. another 2,5 billion on a bad deal, selling gold reserves when the price was rock bottom. This last a real goody by way of ministerial decision, on the part of our hopeful new prime minister, against expert advice at the time to the contrary. Tons of money pored in to the NHS, resulting in 20,000 Doctors now facing lay off, and now yesterday/today potential rationing of NHS treatment. Life saving drugs dished out according to post code. Marvellous legacy by his nibs ! What a fabulous record to be proud of eh?

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Sinnikal
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:12:16
Gulab Jamun

Ingredients:

1 cup Carnation Milk Powder

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tablespoons butter -melted

Whole milk just enough to make the dough

For the Sugar Syrup

2 cups Sugar

1 cup water

Oil for frying

How to make gulab jamun:

* Make the dough by combining the milk powder, Bisquick, butter. Add just enough whole milk to make a medium-hard dough. Divide the dough into 18-20 portions. Make balls by gently rolling each portion between your palms into a smooth ball. Place the balls on a plate. Cover with a damp yet dry kitchen towel.

* Heat the oil on high and then lower the heat to medium. Slip in the balls into the hot oil from the side of the pan, one by one. They will sink to the bottom of the pan, but do not try to move them. Instead, gently shake the pan to keep the balls from browning on just one side. After about 5 mins, the balls will rise to the surface. The Gulab Jamuns should rise slowly to the top if the temperature is just right. Now they must be gently and constantly agitated to ensure even browning on all sides.

* If the temperature of the oil is too high then the gulab jamuns will tend to break. So adjust the temperature to ensure that the gulab jamuns do not break or cook too quickly.

* The balls must be fried very slowly under medium temperatures. This will ensure complete cooking from inside and even browning.

Sugar Syrup

* The syrup should be made earlier and kept warm. To make the hot sugar syrup add mix the 2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water. Add 4-5 cardamom pods, slightly crushed and a few strands of "Kesar". Mix with a spoon and then heat at medium heat for 5-10 minutes until sugar is all dissolved in water. Do not overheat, that will caramelize the sugar.

* Transfer this hot syrup into a serving dish. Keep warm on stove. Add the fried gulab jamuns directly into the warm syrup. Leave gulab jamun balls in sugar syrup overnight for best results. They can be served warm or at room temperature.

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Who?
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:19:58
To the NR of 15:06. If the people who put their house up for sale at 230k sold it for 100k less, they would be extremely foolish and stupid.

I'm sure they would rather be greedy and 100k richer than stupid.

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Nailsworth eye
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:21:15
if you do not want to see the old Inn demolished then now is the time to put your objections in to the SDC!

Anyway who would want to live right next to an electicity sub-station?

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Not Required
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:35:41
NR 15.06. I don't know or want to know what you earn or indeed what you consider a well paid job to be in order to purchase or not purchase the property you mentioned. I don't consider the price you quoted as being unreasonable in today's market. It is not greed by estate agents or sellers, it is what the market supply and demand is prepared to pay. By London standards and some other major cities, 200/250 thou is today, dead cheap. It is fact of life. I accept that it is hard or virtually impossible for first time buyers on limited incomes, but that is how it is. The situation as I understand it from people in the know in the property business. is that in a few years time. It will be surplus cash in hand buyers and not mortgage borrowers will have the pick of the property crop. Interest rates are rising and they will certainly rise further and stay high. Making it impossible for those on limited incomes. Not a nice scenario for some I will agree.

Did anybody see this mornings report on the news that IKEA are to sell flat pack housing? £100.000 as a kick off for a prefab house. not very encouraging when you have to add in the land cost.

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Cowardly Not Required
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:42:45
NR,

Here are some commas, ,,,,, some apostrophes ''''' (please use them carefully) and some new paragraphs.

Feel free to use them as many times as is necessary to make your posts readable.

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Sinnikal
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:44:58
And of course 'Market Forces' must be obeyed

Oh no, hang on, what did he say earlier? Man devised the market? Was that right? But the market dictates............oh hell, he doesn't know what he means

Aaaaaaaargh!!

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Sinnikal
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:47:02
And here's some CAPITALS. You can use them after your full stops

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Who?
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:47:15
Sinnikal, market forces don't have to be obeyed but it's damned hard standing in their way.

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Nailsworth Eye
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:50:11
You're in luck, because if Gordon Brown has his way he wants even more houses built!

We will soon all be living in a concrete jungle covered in houses and roads.

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Betty Mills
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:53:07
Times change. Originally there were plenty of customers for the Crown. People from Forest Green walked past it to Newman Henders.

Before the A46 arrived It was one of 9 on the route to Tetbury. via "Pitches" from Inchbrook Hill, The old Chapel, Today's Burmah Road, Dark Lane to Market St, where there were several pubs.

Later,when the wool trade failed there were 9 commercial outlets based on the mills "flock and shoddy was produced in mid C20. When the C.F.village people found the site it had a huge "tin factory" intended for use by railway workers. Today, most people drive or bus to work so the demand for a pub is not what it was and the last two pub owners had problems. The CF residents would have loved to have a convenient pub where they could meet up with locals who might then realise that they were not idle rich, but lucky to be able to retire without being a charge on the rates. The lovely staff, many from Forest Green are one of the best things about the village

Thanks to the splendid managent of Renishaw's

site, it is easy,at present, to cross the road by foot or car. Were the pub re opened it would cause extra traffic. I understand that the application includes tidying up the corner.which could only be a benefit.

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Cowardly Not Required
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:54:39

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Sinnikal
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:54:44
Well that kinda, sorta, maybe suggests to me that the 'market' could do with a good ol' human hand at the tiller. Markets are manipulated ALL THE TIME.

Any government is able to intervene in the market if it desires. Whether the population is prepared to make the necessary sacrifice for the greater good is a different matter.

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The Crown at Inchbrook by Sinnikal
Date: 09/05/2007 Time: 15:56:49
Kudos CNR, magnificent work today

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