Had a peak at another wee house, this time in Poplar, which is close enough to civilisation to be worth living in or so I thought... Turned out the specific area/street was horrific, a dozen or so nice old terrace houses surrounded my a rats maze of council blocks in various states of decay, also worth noting was the gap in the terrace next to the house I was looking at where its neighbouring house had fallen down. Decided it was worth giving it a miss and as I walked round the corner came across a shrine to a young lad who, as the numerous tributes put it "had been murdered in broad daylight by heartless SCUM".
Next up, thoughts on overpaying on a mortgage, worth it? My mortgage is up, I'm looking at either the same again and repaying as and when I have spare cash or a shorter term and higher repayment. Apart from flexibility/affordability anything I need to know? Rate variations?