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16 Aug 2019
Gout and about
I have discovered, or rather been painfully reminded, this week there can be consequences for having too much fun. Namely, gout. Serves you right, I hear you say. But it is, painfully dull.
16 Aug 2019
Happy birthday to us – with the emphasis on happy
It used to be said by insurance salesmen of the old school, that the way to sell life assurance was to ‘scare ‘em to death’. So if the salesman was talking to a couple, he’d start talking to the woman. Often the man would interject fairly quickly. The salesman would say to the woman, “No, imagine that he’s dead”. The man would often just keep going. At this point the salesman would get out a small coffin and say, “No, you’re in there!”
19 Mar 2019
Never mind the first-timers, what about last-timers?
The kids are revolting. Well, sometimes they are but these days they are mostly actively engaging in revolt rather than just being silent, misunderstood and slothful.
25 Jan 2019
How to be fair to all of your children
2019 may promise many changes but one thing that won’t be one of them is the need for the Bank of Mum and Dad to help their children on to the housing ladder. But how do you be fair to all of them?
16 Jan 2019
Can I get my house deposit money back if my child splits with their partner?
The Bank of Mum and Dad is equivalent of a top ten mortgage lender, but what happens to the money if the relationship breaks down?
03 Oct 2018
Thanks Mum & Dad, we love you
For those who do not know London, Camberwell, at the eastern end of Southwark Borough, has for many years been rather forgotten by the gentrification that has been enjoyed by its near neighbours, Brixton and Peckham.
06 Jun 2018
Mortgages and mental health – time to act
A quarter of us will experience a mental health issue at some time in our lives.
20 Apr 2018
Never mind the labels, concentrate on the issues
Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of generalisations.
22 Mar 2018
All this finger-pointing isn’t helping the first-time buyer
Announcing well-overdue planning reforms in England this week the Prime Minister acknowledged that young people were ‘angry’ about not being able to buy a home and were ‘right’ to be so.
10 Oct 2017
New students, same old story
It’s one of the great conundra of life. The children leave home (finally!) by going on to university and they do so with your blessing.
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