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  1. Buy to let novice - first of many questions!

    By the way. Sad for Delroy
  2. Buy to let novice - first of many questions!

    Hmmm... Memories. I remember this BTL I had up north (Grimsby to be precise). I bought it pretty cheap which is why I got it. I would've blown the money on something else so thought. Lets tie it down and see what happens. 2 B/R House for less than silly money at the time. Pretty good nick. Bought it outright. I had this tenant for a couple of years. No problem. Paid up on time, no problems whatsoever. Then he left and another guy moved in. should have known something was up when he always paid 6 months upfront. This happened for a couple of years. After the second year, his rent was due and I rang him up. I couldn't get hold of him. I thought nothing of it. After about a month, I rang him up again as I wasn't particularly fussed. Nothing! Decided to go up there one weekend to find him or see whats going on. Got there and the house was totally boarded up. I asked the neighbours. They were clueless. Went to B&Q to buy a crowbar and forced my way in. On taking the board off, I noticed the front door had been smashed in. I walked past the living room. totally bare except a threadbare settee. In to the kitchen at the back and I saw these sacks of fertiliser against the back door and hacked wiring from the meter all the way upstairs. I walk upstairs and the whole top floor was covered in pots, lining, shit hanging from the ceiling. Turns out my BTL had been turned into a proper 'crude' weed growing factory. I called the police who then informed me what had happened and that the guy had been arrested a few months earlier. Took quite a fair bit of time getting the house back to a proper state before I sold it off at a decent profit not long afterwards. From that point onwards, I vowed never to have a BTL that's more than 30 minutes away from me. Oh and Northerners like weed
  3. Bloodbath....

    Think you shat yourself on 'running in' sport+, you're in for a shock at full throttle. I don't use sport+, ever! Flicking the gear stick to the left in sport mode is enough for me on our roads. I do agree with all your observations though. Steering is a bit too numb in comfort mode I feel as well. I specced lumbar support this time around as coming from a previous M135i that didn't have it, sitting was a bit uncomfortable on long journeys so had to have it this time. Glad I did now. All in all, for what I paid. I'm still loving it 3k miles in.
  4. Wheeler Dealers on Discovery

    Awwww... I like him and always watch whats on offer if I come across the programme while channel surfing. I can also say Ive learnt a few things from his in depth knowledge he shares on the show. Wish him all the best.
  5. Family Trip to the Far East Planning Help?

    As you're planning that far ahead, I'd wait a bit for the sales to take place to reduce your flight prices even a bit further or upgrade. Whichever suits you. Bangle always has a running commentary of when they're due or out anyway
  6. Family Trip to the Far East Planning Help?

    The floating market is in Bangkok. Daunting and an experience but pretty fun. From what I recall, all or most beaches I've been to in Thailand are pretty shallow for a fair bit so will be okay for your 3 year old. I cant remember any being a steep drop from the beach onwards. If you want to stay inland and for me exciting. Bangkok has so much to offer for touristy type things to do. There's just so much and wont cost you a packet. What we do in Bangkok the few times we've been is get the government run ferry day ticket for about 4 quid that runs through Bangkok along the Chao Praya river and just hop on / hop off at various destinations along the river then discover what each stop has to offer since at most stops there is something fanciable to do. A running commentary is given on the boat so you know beforehand what you can do. Also, Chiang Mai in the Northern part is another place if you want to see the older parts of Thailand. Flights to most places in Thailand you can buy and are pretty cheap on Air Asia averaging about £30 return to Bangkok as this is where we normally would make our hub, though tickets to Samui can be higher than most other destinations. If you do decide on any destination, lets know so I can give you a few tips that would make your life a lot easier as with all places, there are quite a few tourist traps that might end up being very expensive if you're caught up in it
  7. Family Trip to the Far East Planning Help?

    Without a shadow of a doubt IMO. Koh Samui or Koh Phanang if you want a laid back beach holiday and kid friendly, though Phanang is where the monthly moon party is held and invaded by the crazy party goers. Avoid this time and its pretty laid back and a relaxing place. Samui is beautiful and pretty laid back depending on where on the Island you stay. When we went, we just hired mopeds at about £5 a day to visit every area of the Island since it was only 70km round the whole Island. Yes I know not conducive for kids but you could hire a car which is also cheap as chips. Same applies to Phanang. Just dont hire from the airport if you dont want to be financially raped. Many places provide this service inland though they might take your passport as security for return of the vehicle. Taxis are also more expensive than in any other place you go such as Bangkok. Also be wary of the weather in Samui. Its on the Eastern side of the country so will differ vastly from Islands on the West. There are other places inland of Thailand I could recommend but you wont get your relaxing beach holiday out of this.
  8. Family Trip to the Far East Planning Help?

    What he said. (Bangle) Anything you want to know about Thailand. Ask away. Been to most Islands / Places there. Just don't end up taking your kids to Patong!!
  9. Football results today

  10. Football results today

    Here's the thing. I've said this before and anyone can roll their eyes at me for being so. I normally support any English team in Europe. I will watch any game involving any English team in any European match and support them whatever, provided its not against the main team I support Liverpool. Last night was bad, so bad that I felt hurt by the humiliation of an English team being thrashed the way they were. I even sent a message to a friend who supports Arsenal at 4-1 up saying to him, this is hard to watch as that's how I felt, not revel in their abject failure. I thought after the game, he would do the 'right thing' and we'd have something similar to what 'Woy' did. Jeez! This guy is extremely stubborn. I'm not one for saying or preaching anyone should lose their job, but honestly. It's time to go Arsene. Not for me or your fans only but for our pride in the English game too.
  11. M135i

    Welcome to the club lads. I had the Pre-LCI M135i and am now in to month 5 of ownership of the M140i. Write up here :-) I'm only 2.5k miles in but every time I've been in it, I've always thought. I got the right and best car for me. No regrets whatsoever. Its a great piece of equipment and I don't even drive it to its full potential. By the way, I think the exhaust note noise was reduced even further on the M140i to comply with EU emission laws as I'm sure my previous M135i was louder. I still think its pretty loud enough for me though. I remember once overtaking some slow coach once while on the phone to a friend and he went...Christ! Is that your car I can hear, bit loud isn't it? I just smiled. Obviously that was the symposer doing its thing
  12. Venice....any inputs?

    Weather was actually very nice all through our stay which was a bonus. Sunny on all three days throughout with no overhead clouds. Temps were about 11 - 13 degrees during the day but dropped to about 1 in the evenings so the Ms just had a normal spring jacket (or a hoodie/gilet in my case) during the day and wrapped up warm when we went out in the evenings.
  13. Venice....any inputs?

    It is kind of eye watering when we had 2 cups of tea, a latte and by the time they've added the service charge and cover charge, you're paying close to €60. Made me think. How much does a teabag cost? At the airport buying exchange rates today, that's close to £70
  14. Venice....any inputs?

    Ridiculous. Just checked my Fitbit App Day one - 26 Floors (I presume that would be up the bridges), 17.62km Walked Day Two - 37 Floors, 21.44km walked Day Three - 10 Floors, 11.63km walked. No wonder my feet hurt.
  15. Venice....any inputs?

    Back now so I'll update as I said I would before I forget. Got back last night. Stayed in a fantastic old style (The Metropole) hotel overlooking the Adriatic about 100m from Piazza San Marco which is the main square. As others have said. Extremely beautiful place and being there from Valentines day till yesterday, I think the 2 nights and 3 full days we were there was the right amount of time. By the time we were leaving last night, I was ready to leave. We arrived Tues morning around 11 am, checked in and took a wander round the city. Carnevale was on (Masked party was on) So around the square, professional poseurs in outrageous costumes and masks were milling around the square. A sight to see. After watching them for a while, we just walked and walked prepared to get lost knowing we could always trace our steps back to San Marco Piazza getting to know a lot of the back streets and delving further into the city. It is here we noticed that absolutely everything is tourist driven. Taking in the intricacies of all the backstreets and bridges, there is always a hotel, a gift shop, restaurant or designer branded shop at every turn. Grabbed a Pizza at a place that reckoned it was the first Pizza store in Venice in 1847 or so. Pretty good stuff. Early evening, we returned to San Marco. Sat in the square to have a coffee and a bun and watch the world go by in the early evening sun. Pretty expensive though I must say at €15 for a cup of tea. That made my eyes water but had been walking a while and just wanted to sit down so didn't mind that one time. Valentines evening we got the Vaporetto (the public ferry) about 2 km to the next stop to go to Rivieras as recommended by NNMM. (Try imagine trying to explain who NNMM is to the Ms). Faultless meal though I feel getting a seat would've been difficult if we hadn't pre-booked though. Wednesday, we bought an attraction day pass for about €25 each to visit a few of the attractions. Visited the Doges Palace that's in the square. As we'd watched the programme recommended by Mook above, it was nice seeing everything in real life and knowing the history behind it. Also visited a museum thats in the corner of the square. Didn't get to visit St.Marks Basilica within the same square as by the time we got there, It had shut for some reason. In the evening, walked to the Rialto bridge, over the canal and was just moving from one alleyway to the next when we came upon this small place and decided to go in. Spent the rest of the evening indulging in chicchetti (Italian version of Tapas). Yesterday we visited the Murano glass factory in the morning, the hotel gives it guests a ride to the Island and brings them back. Its €15 each way if you want to do this on your own. Here you'll see how Murano glass is made and be taken around their store afterwards where you can buy a set of six drinking glasses for €750 , Chandeliers for €50k and upwards or a nice glass chess set for €5k. Unfortunately I didn't see anything that tickled my fancy. On arrival back from the factory, we did the mandatory Gondola ride. Paid €120 for the longer route which took us through a lot of the back canals and up the Grand canal before doing a U-Turn upstream back to where we started from. Grabbed lunch, picked up our bags around 6pm last night and left. A nice break and the right amount of time in my opinion. Beautiful. Nice to not see a car for a few days and enjoy the place. My one gripe! Feckin Chinese/Japanese/Asian (Im not pointing fingers) tourists. Is it the norm for them to blatantly barge in to you as you're strolling around and them to continue as if nothing happened? Aaarggh.!! I cant count the number of times this happened. I really felt like tapping one of them on the shoulder asking them did they not realise what they did and lamp em one! Oh and my feet still hurt!