Decided to finally go to the flat we were going to buy to make a final decision whether to pull out. Negotiations have gone on for 6 months and it's getting unbearable. I met a friend of a neighbour and we stood on the street discussing our plans for the fine day. I knew she lived on a local estate and I asked her which one. She explained and I said it was a brilliant location and it looked lovely, what did she think of it.

"It's gone downhill for the past 2 years. All the Asians moving in on the first floor, into the 3 bedroom flats. All the young Asian boys using drugs on the stairways." Amazing how many stereotypes a person can cram into 3 sentences... and all I wanted was to pass the time of day. I didn't say anything. I rarely do.

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