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每日英語跟讀 Ep.K336: About UK - London’s smallest microflat sells for 80% above asking price
A 7-square-metre microflat, cramming in a bed, toilet, shower, sink and a microwave tucked under the pillow, has sold for 80% above its minimum listing price at £90,000.
The microflat, located in a Victorian conversion in Lower Clapton, east London, is believed to be the capital’s smallest-ever property, marking a turn towards tiny homes driven by the UK’s housing crisis of soaring rent and property prices.
The apartment had a minimum price at auction of £50,000, but sold at 80% higher at £90,000.
It was bought for £103,500 in May 2017. But the owner has already recouped their investment by receiving £800 a month in rent.
Topic: 英國數千座紅色電話亭將不被淘汰 Thousands of red UK phone boxes to be protected from closure
Britain’s iconic red payphone boxes may look like obsolete relics in an age of ubiquitous smartphones, but regulator Ofcom said they can still be a "lifeline" for people.
Ofcom is proposing rules to prevent 5,000 call boxes in areas with poor mobile coverage from being closed down. It said that phone booths in areas considered accident or suicide hotspots, and those that have had more than 52 calls made from them in the past 12 months, would also meet the criteria.
BT Group says nearly half of the phone boxes in the U.K. have been removed due to the growth of the mobile phone industry. It said more than 6,500 call boxes have so far been converted into mini community libraries, art galleries or storage units for public defibrillators under a plan called "Adopt a Kiosk."
英國電信集團表示，由於行動電話產業的成長，英國近半數電話亭已被移除，另有6500座在「認養一座電話亭」計畫下，被改造成小型社區圖書館、藝廊或放置公用去顫器的空間。Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1507341 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1500928
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