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Time warp home lived in by the same family for more than a century is put up for sale for £500,000

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A time warp house that has been lived in by the same family for more than a century has gone on sale for the first time since it was built for £550,000.

The retro two-bedroom property, located in the quaint market town of Haslemere, Surrey, features a 1970s-style green galley kitchen with cork flooring and a sitting room with a York-stone style fireplace.

Sitting just a stone’s throw away from the Haslemere Museum, the property, which has been left largely untouched for decades, is one of two houses built by Arthur Berry in the early 1900s prior to the First World War. 

The house, which was built while King Edward VII was on the throne, is now being sold by Mr Berry’s three grandchildren, who were born in the Victorian-style house, following the death of their parents, Freda and Leslie.  

The  time warp house, located in the quaint market town of Haslemere, Surrey, has gone on sale for the first time since it was built for £550,000

The  time warp house, located in the quaint market town of Haslemere, Surrey, has gone on sale for the first time since it was built for £550,000

A step inside the retro property reveals a spacious living room which comes with  a York-stone style fireplace and windows

A step inside the retro property reveals a spacious living room which comes with  a York-stone style fireplace and windows

A kitchen inside the time warp property, located in Surrey, features a fitted sink, a radiator, a stove and fridge and tiled flooring

A kitchen inside the time warp property, located in Surrey, features a fitted sink, a radiator, a stove and fridge and tiled flooring

One of the bedrooms inside the property comes with wooden flooring and provides a view of the green space outside

One of the bedrooms inside the property comes with wooden flooring and provides a view of the green space outside

Arranged over three levels, a step inside the house reveals a spacious sitting room with a York-stone style fireplace and windows that allow plenty of daylight to flood into the room.

The house also boasts a 1970s-style green galley kitchen with cork flooring that comes with a stove, a fitted sink and a radiator.

A step upstairs reveals a bedroom that is fitted with retro-style wallpaper and wooden flooring.

There is also a green bathroom suite, a further bathroom with a shower and two rooms on the lower ground floor. 

The retro property also comes with a mature stepped garden that leads to a sprawling lawn surrounded by hedges and trees. 

There is also a glass conservatory in the back garden to allow the lucky buyer to entertain guests during the summer months.

Peppe de Fazio, from Homes estate agency, said it was very rare for a property to come to the market for the first time in 100 years, even more so when it has remained in the same family throughout the entire period. 

However, he believes the house will appeal to buyers looking for a project to undertake.

The house, which has remained with the same family for more than a century, also boasts a green bathroom suite and a further bathroom with a shower

The house, which has remained with the same family for more than a century, also boasts a green bathroom suite and a further bathroom with a shower 

The kitchen area also comes with a washing up machine, a window and ample storage space for household appliances

The kitchen area also comes with a washing up machine, a window and ample storage space for household appliances 

A step inside the dining room reveals a 1970s gas fire heater allowing the buyer to stay warm during the winter months and a seating area

A step inside the dining room reveals a 1970s gas fire heater allowing the buyer to stay warm during the winter months and a seating area

Another bedroom inside the retro property comes with two radiators and two windows to allow plenty of daylight to flood through the room

Another bedroom inside the retro property comes with two radiators and two windows to allow plenty of daylight to flood through the room

The time warp house is  one of two houses built by Arthur Berry in the early 1900s prior to the First World War

The time warp house is  one of two houses built by Arthur Berry in the early 1900s prior to the First World War

He said: ‘It occupies a really generous plot, which we believe could potentially allow for an additional dwelling, subject to the usual planning consents.

‘This is a sought-after location and, in this road, there are other residential properties that have been extended with loft extensions, so prospective buyers are able to get an idea of what is achievable.

‘We expect local house builders also to be looking at the site as a rare development opportunity.’ 

He said a modernised family home would be worth around £800,000 given the current demand locally and its location. 

Haslemere is an old market town in Surrey within easy commuting distance of London and Guildford and rail links to London Waterloo and the south coast. 

The closing date for new offers on the property is June 30.   

The property also comes with a mature stepped garden that leads to a large lawn surrounded by hedges and trees

The property also comes with a mature stepped garden that leads to a large lawn surrounded by hedges and trees

The house is surrounded by green space

The home features a sprawling lawn

The property boasts hedges and trees (left) in the spacious garden outside and also comes with a green sprawling lawn (right)

Peppe de Fazio, from Homes estate agency, said it was very rare for a property, which is on sale until June 30, to come to the market for the first time in 100 years

Peppe de Fazio, from Homes estate agency, said it was very rare for a property, which is on sale until June 30, to come to the market for the first time in 100 years

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Orange warning in place for five counties on west coast

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Violent storm force 11 winds are expected off the west coast as Storm Barra approaches on Tuesday morning.

Met Éireann has upgraded its marine weather warning to red, the highest category, on Irish coastal waters from Galway Bay to Bantry Bay from 3am on Tuesday morning to 11pm tomorrow night.

A status orange warning is in place on land for the counties of Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork from 6am on Tuesday morning until the same time on Wednesday morning.

Counties included in orange warning could see damaging gusts of up to 130km/h which will head to high waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surge.

The rest of the country will be under a status yellow warning for the same period with the possibility of localised flooding.

Met Éireann head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack told Newstalk Breakfast that the storm system is developing rapidly over the Atlantic at present and will hit Ireland’s western seaboard on Tuesday with strong gale force winds which will quickly extend across the country.

There will be heavy rain turning to sleet and snow on higher ground, she warned.

Met Éireann will meet with gardaí, local authorities and emergency services this morning to update the progress of the storm and provide advice on what precautionary measures should be taken.

“It will be a pretty horrid day,” added Ms Cusack who advised against cycling.

The high winds and heavy rain will continue throughout Wednesday but they will have moved on by Thursday.

On RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland, senior meteorologist Liz Walsh warned that trees could be knocked down during the high winds. She also advised that outdoor street furniture should be taken in or tied down and cautioned that Christmas decorations could be damaged.

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Coronavirus rules for driving tests spark complaints

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Claims of rude testers, of not being allowed to cough and having to drive with windows open due to Covid-19 were among the complaints received from people who failed driving tests recently.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), which oversees driving tests nationally, released a sample of the 1,505 complaints received since the start of last year under the Freedom of Information Act.

New figures show the driving test centre in Cork had the highest pass rate with 75 per cent of people passing, while the lowest was Charlestown in Dublin with a 42 per cent pass rate.

One person complained he had told his tester he had asthma and might need to cough because he had recently changed inhalers, causing irritation to his throat.

“I was advised that if I coughed at any stage, the test would be over immediately. This was difficult to control while under exam pressure and added a huge amount of unnecessary stress and pressure,” the individual complained.

Another individual complained their tester said if their face mask slipped “a little bit from my nose” while driving, the test would be ended.

“I’m in shock how he treated me that day,” said the complainant.

Another learner driver who failed said their car was hot and “very uncomfortable” because the tester said the hot air de-misters had to be kept on to prevent the windows fogging up because the back windows had to be kept open due to Covid-19.

One complainant said the tester seemed to have prejudged the test when they spotted a small stain on the driver’s seat as the car was supposed to be “spotless”.

‘Anxious’

“The tester was clearly taking it too far. I was complying with all Covid precautions as I had just Hoovered and sanitised the car and it was simply a mark on the seat.”

There were general complaints beyond Covid-19 issues. One person complained about feeling “anxious” because the tester was “sitting there shaking his head”.

Another said their tester repeatedly shook his head and sighed several times, and then made notes on the score sheet, which was “extremely off-putting and really unfair”.

Another driver said the tester was “extremely condescending and patronising” and mocked their answer to a signpost theory question about an “unguarded cliff edge”.

“We don’t drive along cliff edges in this country,” the tester was quoted as saying.

The RSA has been dealing with a backlog of driving tests due to the pandemic.

The centres with the next highest pass rates were Clifden (71 per cent), Killester in Dublin (70 per cent), Birr, Co Offaly (70 per cent) and Cavan (69 per cent).

The test centres with the next lowest pass rates were Dublin’s Churchtown, since closed (44 per cent), Nenagh, Co Tipperary (44 per cent) and Mulhuddart (45 per cent) and Raheny (46 per cent), both in Dublin.


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Former US presidential candidate Bob Dole dies aged 98

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Bob Dole, the long-time Kansas senator who was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, has died from lung cancer. In a statement, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, founded by Dole’s wife, said: “It is with heavy hearts we announced that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died earlier this morning in his sleep. At his death at age 98 he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”

In late February, Dole announced that he had advanced lung cancer and would begin treatment. Visiting him, President Joe Biden called Dole his “close friend”.

On Sunday the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, like Biden a Democrat, ordered flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff.

Born in Russell, Kansas in 1923, Dole served in the US infantry in the second world war, suffering serious wounds in Italy and winning a medal for bravery.

His wounds cost him use of his right arm but he entered state politics and soon became a longtime Republican power-broker, representing Kansas in the US House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the Senate until 1996. He had spells as chairman of the Republican National Committee and as Senate minority and majority leader.

In 1976 he was the Republican nominee for vice-president to Gerald Ford, in an election the sitting president lost to Jimmy Carter. Two decades later, aged 73, Dole won the nod to take on Bill Clinton.

Against the backdrop of a booming economy, the Democrat won a second term with ease, by 379 – 159 in the electoral college and by nine points in the popular vote, the third-party candidate Ross Perot costing Dole support on the right.

Dole received both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian honours.

In the Trump years and after, Dole came widely to be seen as a figure from another time in Republican politics.

On Sunday, the political consultant Tara Setmeyer, a member of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, tweeted: “I cast my first ever vote for president for Bob Dole in 1996. A war hero with a sharp sense of humor ? another piece of a once respectable GOP gone.”

However, Dole remained a loyal Republican soldier, telling USA Today this summer that though Donald Trump “lost the election, and I regret that he did, but they did”, and though he himself was “sort of Trumped out”, he still considered himself “a Trumper”.

Dole called Biden “a great, kind, upstanding, decent person”, though he said he leaned too far left.

He also said: “I do believe [America has]lost something. I can’t get my hand on it, but we’re just not quite where we should be, as the greatest democracy in the world. And I don’t know how you correct it, but I keep hoping that there will be a change in my lifetime.”

On Sunday, Jaime Harrison, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, said: “Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Senator Bob Dole. We honor his service and dedication to the nation. May he Rest In Peace.”

– Guardian

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