Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Coffee on the go...

When travelling it can sometimes be hard to find decent coffee.

It is no surprise to find excellent coffee in Melbourne. However Seven Seeds is definitely worth a visit.

Last month I travelled to the US and Taiwan via Hong Kong. My double shot latte at Fuel Espresso, a chain from Wellington NZ whose first international outlet is in Hong Kong, was fantastic. Later the same day I discovered Agnès b. Délices; the coffee was astounding and accompanying French chocolates were divine.

Good coffee in the USA is more problematic. One should, of course, avoid Starbucks but sometimes desperation takes over. Fortunately, I just happened to be walking past Intelligentsia Coffee on Jackson on my way to Union Station in Chicago. Excellent coffee, nice attitude, and a neat iPhone app

Unfortunately, no good coffee stories to report from Taiwan.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Reinventing Discovery

Michael Nielsen's book, Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science, has just been released. From his blog I expect that this will make excellent reading.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Tracking Real Estate prices: part 3

Following on from part 2, page 71 of the latest issue of the Subiaco Post carries the following story: 
Ouch! That hurt ... 
Perth’s declining property market has produced its fair share of losses, but the owner of 40 Wright Avenue, in Swanbourne, was hit particularly hard. The property was bought at the peak of the market in 2007 for $2.7 million. The two-storey, four-bedroom home is just metres from Lake Claremont and the Scotch College playing fields, but it wasn’t enough to tempt the market this time around. After a long period on the market, the property finally sold for $1.74 million, a loss in value of just over 35%. Selling agent Jamie Loh, of Jamie Loh Real Estate, said the loss could be chalked up to market factors. “It’s just a sign of what the market’s been doing recently,” he said. “More buyers are starting to come in, so hopefully it’s about to stabilise.”

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Tracking Real Estate prices: part 2

Following on from part 1, I viewed 66A Excelsior Street, Shenton Park in November 2010. A very nice place; West-facing and located opposite Lake Jualbup. However, it only has 2 (overly large) bedrooms and, although well-designed, the quality of some of the finishes is disappointing.

The asking price then was $1 950 000 (sale by set date, all offers presented 23rd November 2010; page 11 of Residential West Magazine #140 November 9 2010) — which is a lot for a 2 bedroom townhouse.

A Google search shows the history of how the asking price of this has reduced with time:
  • $1 850 000
  • $1 850 000 Sale by Negotiation
  • $1 750 000—$1 850 000
  • $1 650 000
Today the price is $1 595 000, an asking price reduction of $355 000 in 11 months ...