Mortgage Dreams

On Saturday we played an April Fool on ourselves by pretending we could afford to apply for a mortgage. It was merely a fancy, but we got quite into it and spent nearly an hour checking out information about house prices and mortgages.

Before moving we’d have to know where we were going, and then what we could afford there. The BBC has a page where you can check house prices in your area, but it’s only a rough guide- average prices from the past year across a fairly wide geographical area. There’s no way a terraced house in East Manchester is going to go for the same amount as one in Withington or Didsbury.

Houseprices.co.uk is more thorough, giving actual sale prices for houses by postcode. One thing’s for sure, we’re not buying anywhere on our current street.

Probably more important is knowing how much we could afford. Based upon projected income we might just be able to buy a semi-detached somewhere in North Manchester.

And all that is before we add in my desire to buy somewhere that is, or can be made, low impact and eco-friendly. One of the things that’s beginning to get to me about renting is that you can only go so far with energy efficiency measures before you’re looking at changes to the structure or fittings, stuff you can’t or won’t replace when the house isn’t yours. We should probably look at a Green mortgage and buy a sound shell to insulate and solar power to our hearts’ content.

After a while reality kicked in. We’ll be renting for a few more years. Maybe house prices will stagnate, or even drop, in that time and we can get a more optimistic valuation in 2008.

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Almost every time they dig up a street in manchester they uncover these setts. It’s a shame they always have to tarmac over them again. They’d be high maintenance, but on certain streets they could make a more attractive alternative to speed bumps. I could see parts of didsbury clamouring for the status associated with going cobbled.
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As recommended by City Life

Welcome to all the visitors who have come to Spinneyhead as a result of the City Life article on blogging.

I’ve been blogging since January of 2001, though in the early days I had a tendency for very brief posts. There have been a number of changes in emphasis and design over the years. Check out the archives, at the bottom of the left hand column, for a taste. If you check out the individual posts you may even see examples of the last couple of page layouts. For a more detailed look at the evolution of Spinneyhead’s style (or lack of it), you could check the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive.

Greatest Hits

Some posts get more attention than others, and you can’t always tell which ones will be high performers. The Sex Toy post has been consistently popular and spawned further posts and some clothes. (If you want to claim your free vibrator, click on the button below.)

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The next three most popular links all involve videos-

Fred the Dursty Parrot, which samples and mocks the Limp Bizkit front man’s sex tape.

Take My Breath Away, a video for a cover version (found on the site of Didsbury based Hippocamp records) of a soft rock “classic” which involves exploding aeroplanes, freefall cats and GW Bush giving the world the finger.

Queerest of the Queer, another bit of impromptu mockery, this time of a former WWE wrestler turned right wing nutjob.

Around Spinneyhead

There are seven blogs in the Spinneyhead family. You can see the most recent posts from each of them in the column down the right hand side. Briefly, they are-

Spinneyhead- a group blog that is still dedicated to wasting time at work (where there is Internet access andthe filters let it through). This is where all the stuff that doesn’t fall into one of the specialist categories goes.

How to Save the World for Free– I started this because my parents are planning to build a low energy eco-house. The subject matter has expanded to encompass more than just the kind of equipment and designs they’ll need, but that original idea lies at the hear of it.

Spinneyworld– all about the cool stuff that goes on around us. The idea is to recruit a blogger from each time zone to report on events such as festivals that happen in their area.

Digest– dedicated to good food, whether it be food that tastes good or food that is good for you. They’re the same thing more often than you’d think.

Dig– Spinneyhead has an allotment, though work on it has been slow this year. Dig is a lazy person’s guide to growing and harvesting their own food.

Scale– because I’m a geek who never grew out of his modelmaking phase. Mostly about my own projects but occassionally spiced up with interesting news and photo reference links.

Steam Geek– this is my Fred Dibnah blog. It’s all about fascinating old technology, mostly from the Victorian era onwards. This is another blog that is going to provide lots of photo reference material, just for some very strange models.

There are other sections to the site. The Galleries are here. They spawned Discontinuous Infill, an occassional zine-on-a-disc about all sorts of writing on walls.

Cycling On The Pavement is a selection of longer articles and fiction. There are a few chapters from ongoing novel projects in there. I self published a print-on-demand novel a few years ago. There’s an expanded downloadable version here. Treat it as shareware, you can pay as much or as little for it as you want.

Deputised Experts is syndicated by Webcomics Nation. If you have a website and want to put a regular (Mondays and Fridays) crime comic strip on it then you can “tooncast” it. You get extra content, I get more exposure. It’s cool to be the creator of a cult comic, but it would be better to be the creator of a popular one.

Update A few things I forgot to mention in the first draft. I’ve recently had problems with the way the blog appears in Internet Explorer, which appear to have been more IE’s fault than mine. They’re fixed now, but I do recommend you use Firefox to read Spinneyhead, or subscribe to all the RSS feeds, where the formatting issue won’t be such a problem.

And I really ought to give a shout out to everyone else from the article- Stephen Newton, who wrote it, Lord Rich, Southern Bird, I love air guitar, Call-centre confidential (RIP), Airport Exile, North West Passages, United Rant, Manchester Buccanneers and Bitter and Blue.

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