It’s possible that house prices will fall a little in 2008. It’s just about possible they may even fall by a lot (although I’d happily stake my life that they’ll fall by less than 20%).
However, it’s absolutely certain that house prices by the end of 2012 will be higher in real terms than they are now. And it’s highly likely that the return on house prices between now and the end of 2012 will exceed the base interest rate.
“So, why don’t you put your money where your mouth is?” – well, because I’m quite happy in my current rented set-up, I’m not sure about where I’m going to be living for the next two years (during which time I accept I could lose money), and I don’t want to be a landlord right now.
Still, anyone who thinks that an investor with more than five years’ liquidity/time before they’d like to sell will lose money (say, the government on Northern Rock’s house estate…) is an idiot.
[sorry, this post is written in Incomprehensible Geek. If you don’t understand what the four letters and three characters before “www.johnband.org” on your screen to the top-left of this post mean, then it’s not for you. On the other hand, if you’re using a browser esoteric enough that the address isn’t displayed Up Top, then it almost certainly is.]
Does anyone know of a blog that’s hosted on a secure http site? Or perhaps more relevantly, can anyone think of a reason why the hell anyone would choose to host their publicly accessible blog on a secure http site?
What about ftp? Does anyone write a blog in text documents and upload it to their ftp server? Does this strike you as a sensible thing to do? How about writing your blog on Usenet and linking to articles in a “news:xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx” format? No? How about hosting it on a telnet server, for that true retro 1980s feel?
Let’s be honest, here – if you have a blog, then its URI will always, always, always begin with “http”. So why the sodding hell do some of the comedians who write blogging comments software insist on you including the protocol when asking you for the site address? ‘Ah yes, thanks for rejecting my comment there; after all, I didn’t specify the protocol, and wouldn’t want people to miss my amazing Gopher page’.
Eejits. Just because you’re programming a computer, doesn’t mean you have to accept the same degree of meaningless anality about your inputs that a machine would…
Apparently it’s Daniel Davies Day today (even if the TV schedulers and sellers of greetings cards have failed to notice).
In tribute, I’m linking to his two best ever pieces: It was a wonderful headbutt and (allegedly, pseudonymously) Why the Bombings Mean That We Must Support My Politics.
If you don’t follow Dan’s writing, a) you should; b) you’re an idiot. Go here, here and here, and keep reading for the rest of the day…
This is good: spoof Tube announcements, from the woman whose voice is used on the real ones.
My favourites include “will the gentleman in the pinstriped suit“, and “passengers should note“…
The largest number of people ever carried by a Boeing 747 was 1,122.
NB while these passengers were Ethiopians, any use of 1980s playground jokes is nonetheless strictly frowned upon.
I’d thought it was a nearly-amusing coincidence that Northern Rock’s ex-chairman Matt Ridley shared a name with the journalist and science writer.
But no, apparently they’re the same guy. Now, I know that chairman is a non-exec role, but even so – if I were selecting a chairman for a major bank, I’d probably opt for someone with more experience in financial services than, err, none at all. Or at least, someone with more experience in running a medium-to-large company than, err, none at all…