Sunday, April 29, 2012

[The Life of Shaun #446] Swimathon

Hi all,

This is off-topic, so apologies.

As many of you know, my Mom was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in January.  There are lots of events people do to raise money for cancer foundations, but you who know me, it's unlikely I will be running a 10k or doing a swimathon (see where this is going?) any time soon.  (When are they going to have a "Pints for a Cure" event?!)

So I am going to take this chance to plug for my friend, Gerardo (CCed here), who is participating in the swimathon this week.  He is donating all his contributions to Marie Curie Cancer Care, so if you'd like to donate to his swim in acknowledgement of my unlikelihood of doing similar, you can here:

http://my.artezglobal.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=380982&langPref=en-CA

(It's a UK event, but it generously accepts donations from anywhere.)

No pressure at all, but wanted to put it out there.

Hope it's nice where you are this weekend!

Cheers,
Shaun



From Gerardo's sponsorship page:

"Because I am a strong believer of supporting research for the advancement of science and because many dear relatives and friends have lost the battle against cancer I thought I should take active part and make my own contribution. I've decided to do a Swimathon on Sunday April 29th, 2012. I'll be swimming 2.5 km at the Porchester Centre to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. So if you're feeling generous and want to support this cause please DONATE! And because I got in a massive row with Olly Murs for not supporting his charity, please donate generously.

Many, many thanks for your support!"

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Shaun H. Coley | Shadwell | Tower Hamlets | London E1 | UK | www.nocirc.org

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

[The Life of Shaun #445] 100% Slumlord!

As many of you know, when I "bought" my flat, I only purchased a 35% share.  Britain in general, and London specifically, is a very expensive place to buy a home.  To help first-time and lower income buyers, the government has myriad shifting schemes that help you get on the housing ladder.  In 2008, when I moved in, I bought on what was then called "Shared Ownership".  With this I bought a 35% stake in the flat and then paid a subsidised rent to the housing association for the other 65%.  The idea is that in the future you'll buy a bigger share as you can afford it.

Now, today, just short of four years later, I have completed on a re-mortgage to "staircase", in the vernacular, to 100% ownership.  It meant I had to move to a brand new, 30-year mortgage to be able to afford the payments, but I am now officially and fully a slumlord.

Very happy to own my little piece of the East End (and get out of the ever-raising rent portion - was to be 7% this year!).

Cheers,
Shaun

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Shaun H. Coley | Shadwell | Tower Hamlets | London E1 | UK | www.nocirc.org

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