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by houseman
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Property Management
Topic: After some information regarding buying properties in BG
Replies: 7
Views: 11702

Re: After some information regarding buying properties in BG

Snakes! BG is full of them, fortunately mostly not poisonous and all normally quite timid. Moles! If you get a property where the land is overgrown, you risk getting a Mole City, and they're hard to get rid of (cats help). Experts! BG is also full of them, everyone is a Maistor. By this they mean th...
by houseman
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Real Estate Agents
Topic: BulgarianProperties - ridiculous selling fees
Replies: 43
Views: 28624

Re: BulgarianProperties - ridiculous selling fees

In defence of BulgarianProperties.com we recently sold our beach apartment near Varna through them, having placed it with 3 other agents. Only one other agent bothered to keep in touch (to ask if it was still for sale - after nearly 3 years); the others produced nothing. 3,000 euros is a bit expensi...
by houseman
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Getting to & travelling in Bulgaria
Topic: scot47
Replies: 29
Views: 21671

Scot47

Nice to read of peoples' concerns. We're just one big happy family, are we not?
Belated New Year wishes to all.
:smt039
by houseman
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Media Coverage
Topic: Wizz Air
Replies: 15
Views: 15412

We just flew out from Bristol to Sofia with Wizzair. Single fare £40!! Then got the train from Sofia to Karlovo for 9 lev 1st class. Lovely train ride in one of those Agatha Christie type enclosed compartments which we had all to ourselves. Really delightful! Lucky you Sheila! When we did that trip...
by houseman
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Media Coverage
Topic: Wizz Air
Replies: 15
Views: 15412

scot47 wrote:I never had positive experiences with flights between Varna (or Burgas) and Sofia. Give me the choo-choo any day !

Ah! If only they were REAL choo-choos! These new-fangled electric trains are entirely without character. Only the toilets are from the days of steam.
by houseman
Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Illiterate Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 9950

You make some very pertinent points, Troyan. The one I find most disturbing is the head-in-the-sand approach which is akin to putting a tight lid on a boiling pot: it works for a short while but the result is severely messy; better turn down the gas and let it simmer (then off altogether). On the "r...
by houseman
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Illiterate Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 9950

Can't argue with the generality of what you are saying (ideology etc.) but the projections for example are based on assumptions which can't be left unchallenged. Events have a habit of overtaking predictions in all areas of knowledge and real life. BTW it's only a portion of the most radical and act...
by houseman
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Disposal of TV
Replies: 14
Views: 5334

Why waste good money on producing statistics, and paying people to do it? The figures are in the press and visual evidence is all around. Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU. I run a foundation, all monies are raised through fundraising activities and private donations, and all of it goes to ...
by houseman
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Illiterate Britain
Replies: 34
Views: 9950

I would be more likely to believe the anti-Islam hype of that video if it demonstrated some rigorous research and provided checkable references. Anyone can come up with scaremongering propaganda for unquestioning targets to swallow whole.
by houseman
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Disposal of TV
Replies: 14
Views: 5334

To wander a bit further off topic after those interesting asides: what BG needs is an influential privately funded organisation like the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in UK to keep everyone aware of how many people are "living in poverty", and to make sure that the definition of poverty is constantly u...

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