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UK: Flat-pack villages offer chance to pick up an affordable home [from IKEA]
The Times ^ | 7/18/2007 | Lucy Bannerman

Posted on 07/17/2007 8:35:04 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

Nine “Ikea” villages could be built in Britain within a year, in the strongest sign yet that the future is flat-packed.

Plans are under way for more than 1,000 Swedish-style kit homes across the country, to cater for the increasing numbers of first-time buyers for whom most homes are now well beyond budget.

A radical experiment is emerging as a solution to the crisis in affordable and sustainable housing, with developers predicting a tenfold increase in the number of flat-pack homes within five years. Starting with the assembly of 120 timber-framed homes in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, this autumn, the housing revolution is set for Scotland, Tyne and Wear, Yorkshire, the Midlands and Essex, where cut-price homes will be delivered in multiple parts, from the factory floor.

Promoters believe that the BoKlok concept, a joint venture between Ikea and Skanska that began in the mid1990s, could present the key to affordable, sustainable housing. The Prime Minister put the housing crisis at the top of the political agenda this week, pledging to build three million affordable homes by 2020.

Thanks to the Scandinavian design, which includes features that save energy and costs, the BoKlok concept offers a rare opportunity for buyers – a property with a five-figure price tag. Apartments begin at £90,000, and three-bedroom family properties are for sale at less than £150,000, pushing clear water between the price of a flat-pack home and £200,000plus cost of the average British house.

A report published yesterday showed that homeowners moving up the property ladder can expect to pay up to £115,000 for one extra bedroom.

Oversubscription, say developers, is inevitable. “People are desperate,” Alan Prole, managing director of Live Smart, the British partner of BoKlok, said. “The stark reality is that there are millions of families out there who will never get on the property ladder unless companies like us create housing options for them. We cannot create higher volumes of housing using traditional methods. This concept enables us to create a new generation of sustainable housing.”

More than 800 people have registered serious interest in the properties which will be assembled in Gateshead later this year. A lottery is one of the options being considered. Mr Prole said: “In Scandinavia, a local town mayor will draw names from a hat, but that feels somewhat mercenary. That might be a bit too emotional for us.”

Within weeks of being shipped from a factory in Milton Keynes, the brown-field site in Gateshead will feature L-shaped blocks, containing six one or two-bedroom apartments with communal car parks and private balconies. New owners even receive a furniture voucher for Ikea stores. Three different types of tenure will be on offer – shared ownership, below market rent and outright sale, with legal agreements ensuring that buy-to-let arrangements will be discouraged.

More than 2,500 BoKlok homes have been sold in Scandinavia, at about 20 per cent less than the market price for similarly sized properties, and at least 800 are being built every year.

Experts have said that the BoKlok concept may not be the answer to all social housing ills. Pippa Collins, acting editor for Build It magazine, said: “Anything that helps people get on the property ladder should be encouraged, but this is only one specific solution.

“It doesn’t address the national problem of rising interest rates, of the home improvement kits debacle, or address the problem of how buying and selling houses works in this country.”


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KEYWORDS: housingbubble; lego; realestate
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1 posted on 07/17/2007 8:35:08 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

We can build some here to lure tornadoes away from trailer parks.


2 posted on 07/17/2007 8:38:44 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: bruinbirdman
A modular home. Basically, a home can be mass produced in the factory and then delivered to the site and assembled quickly. That keeps costs down and it shows up in the price when the home is sold.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 07/17/2007 8:39:29 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: bruinbirdman

Of course it would be unthinkable to create affordable housing with any taste, charm, or reference to Britain’s historic architectural forms. Dehumanizing Bauhaus-style ugliness and banality represent the only possible aesthetic.


4 posted on 07/17/2007 8:39:38 PM PDT by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: KarlInOhio
"IKEA trash"

yitbos

5 posted on 07/17/2007 8:39:55 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: bruinbirdman

Next they will be promoting “refrigerator boxes” as progressive housing


6 posted on 07/17/2007 8:40:12 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: bruinbirdman
I could deal with the houses but those gray and black “shadow people” and the translucent automobiles would really freak me out!
7 posted on 07/17/2007 8:41:18 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Fairview
I disagree. I admire the Bauhaus aesthetic. The simple can be both useful and beautiful. Strip everything down to its bare essentials. It can really make a difference in how people view architecture. This conservative hates bling.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

8 posted on 07/17/2007 8:41:50 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: bruinbirdman

Sorry I would rather have a hovel made out of stone. The problem is not the cost but rather that outrageous building codes and restrictive zoning have prevented people from being able to build their own home.


9 posted on 07/17/2007 8:42:35 PM PDT by ikka
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To: bruinbirdman

Pretty ugly “home”. They don’t say what the cost is per square foot (or meter).


10 posted on 07/17/2007 8:42:40 PM PDT by DB
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To: bruinbirdman

C’mon, ditch Ikea. You KNOW you really want to use prefab log cabins from Cabelas! ;-)


11 posted on 07/17/2007 8:43:43 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free
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To: Fairview

Sears and other manufacturers did make kit homes with taste and charm - would it be too tacky for IKEA to follow their lead, or just too expensive?

Mrs VS


12 posted on 07/17/2007 8:44:47 PM PDT by VeritatisSplendor
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To: goldstategop
I like detailed craftsmanship. Not bling...
13 posted on 07/17/2007 8:45:22 PM PDT by DB
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To: DB
For me, the classical and timeless always works. It should be fashionable in any century.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

14 posted on 07/17/2007 8:46:19 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: bruinbirdman

IKEA homes? Kinda like the ‘new-aged’ version of the Sears and Roebuck kit homes of the last century (which by the way were incredibly well built, and still standing today).


15 posted on 07/17/2007 8:46:24 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean THEY aren't out to get you...)
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To: VeritatisSplendor

IKEA made a business out of “less is more”...


16 posted on 07/17/2007 8:46:27 PM PDT by DB
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To: goldstategop

I totally agree.

Inside and out.


17 posted on 07/17/2007 8:47:19 PM PDT by DB
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To: goldstategop

I bet this is more than Bauhaus, I bet its low flow showers and toilets for all!


18 posted on 07/17/2007 8:49:26 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: bruinbirdman

When houses are deemed ‘unaffordable’ isn’t the price of the land the main cost driver?


19 posted on 07/17/2007 8:49:27 PM PDT by posterchild (How did trees absorb CO2 before carbon funds started collecting money to manage the process?)
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To: DB
The Bauhaus influence is found in Braun appliances and in the lighting of the German lamp manufacturers Tecnolumen and Holtkotter.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

20 posted on 07/17/2007 8:50:12 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Fairview
Of course it would be unthinkable to create affordable housing with any taste, charm, or reference to Britain’s historic architectural forms. Dehumanizing Bauhaus-style ugliness and banality represent the only possible aesthetic.

Nobody's forcing Britons to buy these. Last time I checked, there's a free market out there. If you can create a superior product, I'd encourage you to do so.

21 posted on 07/17/2007 8:50:34 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: goldstategop
Early American affordable housing:


22 posted on 07/17/2007 8:50:44 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (eHarmony reject)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Kinda like the ‘new-aged’ version of the Sears and Roebuck kit homes of the last century (which by the way were incredibly well built, and still standing today).

I wish they still made them. The small craftsman-style homes that Sears sold were great little houses.

23 posted on 07/17/2007 8:52:18 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: mylife
The aesthetic of the Dessau school was to reduce everything to what's needed for living. Incidentally, the city now most renowed for Bauhaus is Tel Aviv, which is on the UN's World Heritage list for that reason.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

24 posted on 07/17/2007 8:52:35 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I am not familiar with the Dessau school, but thats what these homes sound like to me. Bare bones


25 posted on 07/17/2007 8:54:58 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: bruinbirdman

I can't help but look at this nice scene and in my mind see a pre-fab ghetto with pimped-out or derelict cars and groups of street thugs standing around drinking malt liquor.

26 posted on 07/17/2007 8:56:25 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: goldstategop
Bauhaus architecture - Tel Aviv circa 1930:


There are other buildings in the city that reflect the design - this picture shows an architectural concept that has all the common elements of the school. It always looks fresh to the eye.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

27 posted on 07/17/2007 8:56:40 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: VeritatisSplendor

Mrs. VS, if you are interested in the Sears Kit Home history (or anybody else for that matter) from the Sears website, click archives...and you can actually view the floorplans of the kits (they start in the early 1900s and go thru the 40s). What is neat is how you can see the home styles progress (a storage chamber could be made into an indoor lavatory—in the earlies ones); and then in later ones kitchens were built to include refridgerators. It is a really cool site (if you like houses). I found it because there was a ‘kit’ home (build around 1910) for sale in my area and I was intrigued by it (and I ddin’t want to go to the open house by myself and DH refused to go).


28 posted on 07/17/2007 8:56:58 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean THEY aren't out to get you...)
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To: ikka

AND, environmental issues, too!


29 posted on 07/17/2007 8:57:04 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: goldstategop

Oh, and Dessua, sounds to me like Stalinism.
Everyone in an identical concrete apt.

Hell I hate tract homes!


30 posted on 07/17/2007 8:57:10 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Yep, there’s a nice Sears Kit home in Odell, OR where my husband’s great grandfather put one up....sold for about $156,000 a couple of years ago.


31 posted on 07/17/2007 8:58:30 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Yep, there’s a nice Sears Kit home in Odell, OR where my husband’s great grandfather put one up....sold for about $156,000 a couple of years ago.


32 posted on 07/17/2007 8:58:33 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: Fairview
Of course it would be unthinkable to create affordable housing with any taste, charm, or reference to Britain’s historic architectural forms. Dehumanizing Bauhaus-style ugliness and banality represent the only possible aesthetic.

You mean, like something that average people might actually want? But that would cut down on the snob appeal and elitism! They don't want anything the common folks would like.

I went to architecture school for five long and frustrating years from 1992 on. God help the poor student who tried to present anything that didn't look "postmodern" enough. A concern for context and tradition? How trite and backward. Ego and pretentiousness are the main thing.

I actually think this a great idea. It would be a greater idea if they asked the public what they wanted. Art stopped being art IMHO when it stop being about creating beauty and instead became a celebration of the self.

Art has detached itself from the public. Until it reconnects it won't make much of an impact on the world.

33 posted on 07/17/2007 8:59:37 PM PDT by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: SIDENET

We’ve looked at the Lowe’s Kit homes (Katrina)....a couple of them could be put together to make a decent home.


34 posted on 07/17/2007 8:59:53 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: bruinbirdman

But what will the illegal construction day laborers do? :)
(Yes, I know this is Briton, but I’m sure they have similar illegal day laborers from the Middle East, Pak/India and Africa also.)


35 posted on 07/17/2007 9:00:04 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: mylife
A planned housing development will have a common face. On the outside, the condominium project of which I'm a part of looks the same from the outside. Appearances though, are deceiving. The true spirit of individual expression is manifested inside the home. Therefore, no home can ever be exactly the same as another home.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

36 posted on 07/17/2007 9:01:20 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: SIDENET

There was a grand one for sale nearby not to long ago. The real estate ad even featured the Sears Kit info...it was/is a house that always caught my eye when driving by. There is a timelessness to good design...and the Kit homes that are in my area (there are others as they were shipped via railroad) all still look like they could (or should) be rebuilt today. Some of the mid-century stuff...well, it just looks ‘dated.’


37 posted on 07/17/2007 9:02:19 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean THEY aren't out to get you...)
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To: goldstategop

I don’t like it. I lived in a condo association once. I hated it


38 posted on 07/17/2007 9:03:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
I do understand. Such a life is not for every one. People have different needs and that's why there are - and will always be - differing housing solutions to satisfy them.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

39 posted on 07/17/2007 9:04:59 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Oh, and that condo was in Ca.
And they told us what we couldn’t do inside as well.

I understand your philosophy but don’t subscribe to it completley


40 posted on 07/17/2007 9:05:32 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: goldstategop

I must admit yardwork is pissing me off when its 95 outside L0L


41 posted on 07/17/2007 9:06:45 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: goodnesswins

I loved all of the ‘extra’ features they put into the kits. A built in sideboard in the dining room; pantries in the kitchen; nooks and window seats galore. And porches...if I remember so many of the designes had porches off of the living rooms. Really cool site.


42 posted on 07/17/2007 9:06:56 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean THEY aren't out to get you...)
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To: SIDENET

Yes I tend to agree there. The only way to prevent such low cost housing from turning into the American style ghetto apartment blocks, is to make these communities gated neighborhoods. Also there would be a need to charge fees, such as in condo complexes, for services, and hopefully some decent rent-a-cops.


43 posted on 07/17/2007 9:08:28 PM PDT by AKSurprise ("Massachusetts: 10,555 Sq. Miles surrounded by reality.")
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To: mylife
I have complete freedom to furnish and customize my unit as I want. I knew what I got into when I bought it and so far the rules have been more than fair. Although that's not going to be true of every HOA. It pays to read the fine print before deciding you can settle down into a condo life.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

44 posted on 07/17/2007 9:09:05 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: bruinbirdman

Details/photos of BoKlok/IKEA houses in Europe:

http://www.boklok.com/


45 posted on 07/17/2007 9:10:17 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: mylife
I hate the yardwork. I didn't want that responsibility as a homeowner and I like to leave to others to maintain the exterior and the grounds. Life is too short and I just want to be able to enjoy it. LOL

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

46 posted on 07/17/2007 9:10:51 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop; Fairview

Mies van der Rohe got on his wife’s bad side one day. He spent weeks in the bauauhaus.


47 posted on 07/17/2007 9:13:19 PM PDT by Erasmus (My simplifying explanation had the disconcerting side effect of making the subject incomprehensible.)
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To: goldstategop

True. but those associations can wind up with nazis in charge after the fact.

In ours you couldnt’t change out a light fixture to something nicer without hiring an electrician and getting board approval.
Then you would have to hire an electrician again to change it back to the old fixture, should you decide to sell.

All this was pending board approval. A royal pain in the rear.
I could swap out a fixture in 1/2 hour, but the board says, you might burn the place down. Hooking the white wire to the white wire is a complex matter L0L

You couldnt paint, couldnt paper, couldnt put out a windowbox.

I found it oppressive


48 posted on 07/17/2007 9:16:35 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

THAT is oppressive.....I’ve lived in 5 condo’s....and the one we are in right now is the only one that has suffered a couple of Nazi’s....but, we had elected some VERY experienced and reasonable people to the Board that helped shut them down.....course it took us 2 years and $5000 in attorney fees.....one of the “Nazi’s” is a retired attorney! But, our most experienced Board member is an 83 year old former construction manager.....who runs circles around all the young’ns here. He was a godsend! HOA’s are Political playgrounds....ya gotta play it that way.


49 posted on 07/17/2007 9:23:25 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: mylife
Some HOA's are very picky. You generally can't do anything outside. Inside is another matter. The outside is owned in common by all the tenants so the rules are the same for every one living in a condominium.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

50 posted on 07/17/2007 9:23:48 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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