reached the most in nearly four years in July, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors . That helped push the value of prime country homes up for the third consecutive quarter, Knight Frank said. House prices in affluent areas about an hour from London climbed 1.6 percent during the three months, while those in the remainder of the south of England climbed 1.2 percent, according to Savills. Homebuilders Rise U.K.s homebuilders have been among the biggest beneficiaries of revived housing demand. An index of the companies rose 0.9 percent today to close at the highest in two months. That extended its advance to 48 percent this year, compared with a 10 percent gain for the FTSE 100 Index . Persimmon Plc , the largest U.K. builder by market value, rose the most in almost two months on Oct. 9 after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said the stock may increase by 70 percent within six months. Homebuilders are increasing productivity to satisfy new demand, which may be a mixed blessing for country estates. Prices are moving up against a background of four years of low supply in the country-house market, Bailey said. If this positive sentiment pulls in more supply, that will hang a question mark over the sustainability of this growth. For Hudson, waiting to sell his London home proved fortunate as prices rose in the capital, while he said they fell last year where he was looking.
(Reuters Photo) RELATED Lopez-Granollers in ATP World Tour semis For Rohan Bopanna , positioned as he is just outside the top-10 of the team rankings, the ATP World Tour Finals – the season-ending finale, involving the top eight pairings in London next month – will be a hard chase which he hopes to finish a winner. With two more weeks of competition left – Basel and Paris Masters – Bopanna and Frenchman Edouard Roger Vasselin are looking to their matches and doing the math. “As it stands we need at least 700 points to make the cut. I would say 1000 would be great,” Bopanna said, “But you can’t really tell, there’s bound to be some movement in the order which might in the end increase the number of points you need. There are a lot of good teams in the running and not a whole lot of points separating the teams ranked between fifth and 15th. There are about four places up for grabs and about nine to ten teams in the running.” There are quite a number of teams targeting the London ticket besides the Shanghai Masters champs Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo. Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer; Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco; Poles Mariuz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski; Belarus’ Max Mirnyi and Romania’s Horia Tecau; Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic and Frenchman Julien Benneteau; Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez and American Scot Lipsky; Brit Jamie Murray and Aussie John Peers; Swede Robert Lindstedt and Canada’s Daniel Nestor; Philippines’ Treat Huey and Brit Dominic Inglot and Bopanna and Vasselin are in the running. For the 33-year-old Bangalorean, who is tipped to partner Pakistan’s Qureshi next season, it has largely been a start-stop affair this year. He started the season with American Rajeev Ram and moved on to Mahesh Bhupathi in the spring before settling with the Frenchman in June. In a year in which Bopanna has risen to No. 3 in the individual rankings, with two titles in Marseilles and Tokyo with Colin Fleming and Vasselin, he has struggled on the partner front. In all Bopanna and Vasselin, a sometimes doubles player, ranked 64 in the world in singles, have only played six events together – Wimbledon, Cincinnati, US Open, Metz, Tokyo and Shanghai – making three semifinals and winning a title in Tokyo. “We hadn’t lost our first match in a tournament before this,” a perplexed Bopanna said, following his early exit in Shanghai, “Against Treat and Inglot in the second round, we were up 4-0 in the super tie-break. It was just bizarre, but that’s tennis. A couple of bad points and you are out of it before you know it.” Typically then the big-serving Kodava dumped the math and used the matches to call on his team’s position vis-a-vis the London finale.
After all, the 100,000 people surveyed is a whole 0.16% of the British population. Thats statistically significant. More than youd get for a YouGov poll. But even if it was small, I wouldnt be worried, as people are expressing honest and very deeply felt opinions. I see. I did a survey of 150 Time Out staffs honest opinions and 100% of them said you were an anus face. Good. Fine. thats a valid opinion. Id be interested to hear their reasons why. Look, thats not a valid argument at all. I dont know why youre drawing these parallels. Just seeing how you like meanness.
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