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No more Accrington NORI bricks

Sad news. The factory that produces the world-famous Accrington NORI bricks is to be mothballed following a downturn in the building industry. They are one of the strongest bricks in the world, and for that reason were used to build the foundations of the Empire State Building. NORI is IRON spelled backwards; the story goes that they were originally called that because the mould-maker accidentally reversed the letters in the mould.
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Well ... at least the factory is being mothballed.

It is very sad for those who are loosing their jobs.

This whole downturn/recession is ODD. Profoundly odd. Maybe it will become a normal recession, but at the moment it's odd. Take Wome, for example. Over the last six months, we have noticed that more and more households have been adding a second car (filling up the visitor parking spaces), and a steady shift from small cars to sports cars and people-carriers. This could be tenants changing (and people who use to afford houses now taking flats), or perhaps the panic-selling of people-carriers.
There is a lot of panic-selling of bigger vehicles going on. I've heard that many car dealerships are now refusing to take SUVs as trade-in, or reluctantly offering much less for them than they would have a few months ago.