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>> No. 450863 Anonymous
19th April 2022
Tuesday 11:04 am
/b/450863 Fighting for countries other than your own.
General discussion about going to war for countries other than your own. Any anecdotes or experiences?

A guy who worked for my dad fought all over African in various late/post-colonial conflicts and said he did it for the rush rather than money.

I find myself in a strange place. I want to volunteer in Ukraine, and I’m ex army with above average experience.

My hesitation is twofold. Firstly there is a ton of confusing information about how best to volunteer, some of it probably propaganda from multiple sides, so I’m not sure if the Ukrainian Foreign Legion is the way to go. Currently it seems they are mostly held back as reserve units and on logistics and medevac duties. My background is light infantry and forward observer, so from a professional perspective I would feel I was taking a massive step down, something that has happened in my civilian life too. There are other options, but they all seem to be under septic command and full of a mix of Afghan vets acting out some sort of shock therapy and military walts who are trying to pass themselves off as snipers from tier one units when they were forklift drivers in Bastion.

Secondly I’m not sure if my motivation is entirely healthy. My life in civvy street has been mostly disappointing. I found it very difficult to have meaningful friendships or even conversations with people who are upset about trivial shit like pronouns when you have dealt with hundreds of people who have lost everything, been tortured etc. And I will admit that I have always been drawn to danger and extreme situations.

Autism because this might be better suited to emo or pol.
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>> No. 450974 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 1:01 am
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My initial reaction is "don't go". To address the points you yourself brought up, firstly my understanding is that the Ukrainian Foreign Legion requires you to sign up until the war's done, which could be a very long time indeed. Though I have also read they let you go if it's obvious you can't hack it for one reason or another. As for your second concern I'd add this; you will (probably) end up on civvy street again anyway, unless you become .gs' very own John Rambo. So whatever the problems you currently have probably won't be made any better by a stint in the Ukraine. However, you also have to consider how shit civilian life could be after you're on the wrong end of a flurry of 20mm autocannon fire, deafened by shelling or with a plain old knackered knee from landing wrong with an NLAW on your back. Being captured doesn't seem like much of a lark either, as Aiden Aslin appears to have had the shite kicked out of him since being made a POW.

Don't be a tourist.
>> No. 450975 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 1:03 am
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My apologies, so is /b/ just for people who understand cockney rhyming slang?
>> No. 450976 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 1:16 am
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Not at all, I was just being glib.
>> No. 450977 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 1:21 am
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Fair enough, sorry for taking it like a dick
>> No. 451150 Anonymous
29th April 2022
Friday 8:37 pm
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>and said he did it for the rush rather than money.
back before the invention of video games, theirs was the only way to experience playing "the most dangerous game".


>> No. 3840 Anonymous
19th September 2013
Thursday 10:03 pm
/£$€¥/3840 Pensions
The OFT have come out and said that many old (i.e. set up before 2001) pension schemes have high charges and offer savers poor value for money. They've also suggested a cap for auto-enrolment schemes, but it's going to be an almost meaningless gesture as you'd be very hard pressed to find a provider offering auto-enrolment terms with annual management charges greater than 1% anyway.

The pension scheme I'm in at work (contribution: 5% employer, 5% employee gross) has management charges of 0.6%, which I'm alright with as it's less than I'd get if I was investing in collectives through an ISA.

However, I've put the charges and contribution details into Invidion's pension calculator for an idea of what I'd get when I'm 65, 40 years from now, and if my salary increases in line with National Average Earnings and I took the 25% tax-free lump sum I'd be looking at a pension in today's terms of 27.5% of my current salary. If I wanted a pension that would be about two-thirds of what I'm earning now then I'll need to contribute, assuming the employer contribution stays at 5%, 15% gross (12% net) of my salary every year for the next four decades. This does depend on what annuity rates will be like then and I'd also be getting the State Pension, as long as they haven't upped the age you receive it to 80 by then.

If it wasn't for the tax relief and my employer matching my contributions then I doubt I'd bother and I'd look into other ways to support myself while I'm in retirement. What about you lads? What are your thoughts on pensions? In my opinion to have any form of decent retirement income you're at the mercy of your employer offering a good pension scheme.
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>> No. 9228 Anonymous
7th April 2022
Thursday 11:39 am
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I have c. 5% in UK smaller companies, c. 4% in gold and c. 4% in infrastructure. There's 20% in Aviva's global tracker fund (which has shat all over the Vanguard FTSE Global All Cap Index). The remaining two-thirds are in the two ethical funds available via Aviva. The gold holding was higher, but I took some of the gains during that September 2020 peak and moved into the infrastructure fund; I know that market timing is nigh on impossible, but gold is so volatile it's not overly hard to buy when it dips and sell when it goes up because the shit is hitting the fan - even if you don't get it spot on with the peaks and troughs you can make good money flipping it.

Most is invested sensibly, but I've been making tactical calls for over a decade and they have been paying off. As I said in my last post, over the past four years the portfolio I've made is well up on what I'd be in a global tracker. I know it's not possible to consistently outperform the market, but I've been able to generate enough additional growth during the periods of outperformance to justify this - I know full well my returns are by being more aggressive rather than any particular skill I have, but I have the investment timeframe for this.

Charges are very important, but only when you're making a like-for-like comparison. If you're not investing in the same thing then it is comparing apples with oranges because the actual asset allocation will have the highest impact on the overall net return. No point reducing costs if the net return goes down, which is why I need to weigh up a similar strategy to now with Aviva vs. doing it on a platform like AJ Bell or iWeb.

Your investment strategy is a classic case of focusing on the charges to the detriment of everything else. The HSBC Global Strategy Adventurous Portfolio outperforms LifeStrategy 100 and their Global Strategy Dynamic Portfolio outperforms LifeStrategy 80. This can be explained by the UK bias of the LifeStrategy funds whereas the HSBC funds are more aligned to global market capitalisation. Vanguard might be marginally cheaper, but the ultimate returns of HSBC's comparable funds would mean you're net better off overall elsewhere. You need to be looking at value vs. cost and asking yourself why you want to be overweight in the UK if you believe in global equity indexes.
>> No. 9257 Anonymous
29th April 2022
Friday 9:15 am
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Fuck it. I've set up an account with AJ Bell and requested the transfer of my Aviva pensions with them. I just need to hope things go down rather than up over the next 2-4 weeks whilst I'm out of the market.

AJ Bell's interface is absolutely atrocious though.
>> No. 9258 Anonymous
29th April 2022
Friday 6:42 pm
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I just transferred an old pension too and now have tons of cash in my SIPP. Thinking of YOLOing the lot into Rolls Royce and Simec Atlantic Energy.
>> No. 9259 Anonymous
29th April 2022
Friday 7:48 pm
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>Simec Atlantic Energy.

I thought they'd have gone bust by now.
>> No. 9260 Anonymous
29th April 2022
Friday 7:54 pm
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I have doubled my money on them.


>> No. 5175 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 11:00 pm
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I'm relatively new to weight training. How much would you need to lift to have a body similar to Mac's? I know the aim is to continually increase the amount you can lift but I've genuinely no idea when looking at various physiques how much they'd roughly be able to and it'd be nice to have a mental benchmark to be working towards.

Thanks, lads.
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>> No. 6068 Anonymous
22nd February 2022
Tuesday 5:07 pm
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The aim of this seems to be damaging gym equipment, than anything.
>> No. 6106 Anonymous
29th April 2022
Friday 12:24 pm
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Are there any sort of, well not couch to 5k but that sort of thing but about doing press-ups or other home exercises starting from zero and gradually progressing that you lads would recommend? If that makes sense?
>> No. 6107 Anonymous
29th April 2022
Friday 1:07 pm
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Whatever you do, do it every day. I don't have any specific details but that's the most important thing.
>> No. 6108 Anonymous
29th April 2022
Friday 1:12 pm
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Aren't you meant to have rest days?
>> No. 6109 Anonymous
29th April 2022
Friday 1:55 pm
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An app called Thenics is good, it's built mainly around learning skills (e.g. how to do a planche), but gives you video examples and structured workouts of progressive difficulty. This is probably the closest thing to what you're looking for.

If you just want a load of ready-to-go workouts, I really like the following YouTube channels.

This guy's videos are deceptively hard and are really well-designed follow-along workouts. He gives some indication of the time and intensity in the video titles:

If you like martial arts, there's a good few options for good follow-along workouts. Boxing burns loads of calories, and this one mixes in bodyweight movements. You can start out with the 3 - 6 round workouts just to get into it. As a warning, though, the ones where he throws in burpees at the end of the round are an absolute killer:


Sorry if this is a bit obvious, but how long you need to rest scales with how intense and damaging your workouts are. I'm familiar with powerlifting and bodybuilding programmes, and how many rest days are realistic for a certain level of volume is really well recorded there -- no idea about bodyweight stuff, though.

My guess is that bodyweight and calisthenics workouts generally require a bit less rest time unless you're doing something extreme.


>> No. 70849 Auntiefucker
29th April 2022
Friday 12:31 am
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Cheers son's crying. Nice one.

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>> No. 70850 Crabkiller
29th April 2022
Friday 12:32 am
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I think I've broken it.
>> No. 70853 Paedofag
29th April 2022
Friday 7:41 am
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>> No. 70854 Anonymous
29th April 2022
Friday 9:01 am
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it was.


>> No. 451009 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 12:53 am
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Ok I drank a 24 pack of bud light this weekend finishing with about 10 beers this evening
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>> No. 451091 Anonymous
27th April 2022
Wednesday 9:14 pm
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In Rayner's 2003 review of McDonald's he said he "quite liked the berry and yogurt crunch. The yogurt was sharp and there was real fruit in the berry mixture."
>> No. 451092 Anonymous
27th April 2022
Wednesday 11:11 pm
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I wonder if foodies would be fooled if you took a Maccies burger and cut it into really small vertical sections, then presented it on a slate with a smear of ketchup next to it, and called it a "deconstructed American grill" or something like that. I feel like they would almost certainly give it more credit than it deserves in that context.

It's probably a testament to my culturally impoverished upbringing but to me a Maccies or a Burger King or whatever still feels like a bit of a treat. You'd have to ask your mum to take you for one specially as a bribe when she dragged you around doing the big shop after school, instead of being able to go out with your mates; or you'd get to take a couple of the lads to Maccies and then see a film for your birthday. It's a treat I have, in my less proud moments, given myself upwards of three nights a week, as an adult, but nevertheless, it's a treat.

It doesn't really matter that it tastes like shit. There's a decadence about just eating shit.
>> No. 451094 Anonymous
27th April 2022
Wednesday 11:41 pm
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Both McDonald's and shit beer are fine but if it's all you eat and drink then you're fair game for a bit of abuse.
>> No. 451102 Anonymous
28th April 2022
Thursday 12:15 pm
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That's exactly the kind of thing I was getting at, yes. Sometimes predictability trumps overall quality, and once I twigged that I finally understood why people eat there.


Just out of curiosity, do you feel the same way about drinks?

My girlfriend has great taste and I can definitely appreciate her choice of food and wine. At the same time, there are some moments in life when nothing beats a greasy-spoon egg and chips with a strong mug of tea, or a burger and a tall glass of weak-as-piss beer. I could happily polish off a few bottles of Budweiser on a sunny afternoon.
>> No. 451103 Anonymous
28th April 2022
Thursday 1:08 pm
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>Sometimes predictability trumps overall quality

Service management lad here. The quality of a product or a service is highly subjective and varies in its perception from person to person. A lot of people value predictability of service and products, often preferably at a low price point, because they will reasonably know what they'll get each time. Then again, with other products, the perception of quality lies precisely in the fact of predictability. And then to other consumers/customers, they will see decisive marks of quality in individualised and bespoke service as well as in the variation of meals or products offered. Many people probably won't keep going to a high-end restaurant for long if they never have any specials. Then again, other customers going to the same restaurant will precisely value the consistency of that place's standards, and not so much the fact that they have a new fusion-cooking experimental dish every other week.

In a very general way, the more a customer pays for a product or service, the more they'll expect to get some sort of preferential treatment or (high-quality) variety. In essence though, as with everything, know your customers, so you can tailor your service or product to them.


>> No. 70838 YubYub
25th April 2022
Monday 7:21 pm
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Is the song "big girls don't cry" about fat lasses or do they mean "big girl" as in grown up?
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>> No. 70839 Samefag
25th April 2022
Monday 7:57 pm
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They didn't mince words in those days, but if they meant big as in overweight, it probably would have been more along the lines of "Fat girls don't cry because they can't get a husband".
>> No. 70840 Billbob
25th April 2022
Monday 8:21 pm
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Old-timey people knew the score.

>> No. 70842 Anonymous
26th April 2022
Tuesday 12:54 am
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I refuse to believe they would be so cruel. They had better things to sing about, like a young man losing his virginity.

My dad used to do the hot drink thing for when my mum came home and have dinner on the way. She seemed to appreciate it and it probably saved their marriage, but the thing is I have no idea whether he'd listen to the traffic report ahead of time or if he spent decades of his life tipping tea away whenever there was heavy traffic.

Of course these housewives were wasting their time as everyone knows the look of excitement from the dog is what cheers everyone up.
>> No. 70845 Moralfag
26th April 2022
Tuesday 1:33 pm
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They don't write them like that anymore.
>> No. 70848 R4GE
27th April 2022
Wednesday 12:44 am
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>They don't write them like that anymore.

No, they do not.


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>> No. 28060 Anonymous
28th December 2021
Tuesday 8:58 am
/g/28060 MP3 player + headphones
It's been a long, long time since I last did cardio and in the interim I lost my iPod Nano. I know phones seem to do everything these days but I'm a stubborn dinosaur who likes owning his data and I'm looking for a good MP3 player to use. Amazon is predictable full of dodgy-looking Chinese garbage but perhaps one of you good fellows has a recommendation.

I also need some decent noise-cancelling headphones, both for gym use and general commuting. I'm not a trenchant audiophile but they should have a good bass, and if possible I'd rather not shell out more than I have to for Bose or Beats (though I hear rumours the latter are crap anyway). Anyone else in my boat or similar?
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>> No. 28100 Anonymous
26th April 2022
Tuesday 7:43 am
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Some wireless headphones come with a headphone jack e.g. Sony ones.
>> No. 28101 Anonymous
26th April 2022
Tuesday 8:26 am
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I've no idea, I doubt it.

Thanks, lad. Any recommendations for wireless headphones with a jack?
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26th April 2022
Tuesday 3:14 pm
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>> No. 28103 Anonymous
26th April 2022
Tuesday 3:35 pm
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But don't get from Curry's they're shit.
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26th April 2022
Tuesday 9:06 pm
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I have MPOW H10 noise cancelling, for work, which are pretty adequate and have both BT and a jack that I've never used. They don't seem to exist any more, but Amazon offered me this, which claims 2 BT connections and a jack. If you don't want to support the evil rootkit empire, then why not support our data harvesting Chinese overlords?


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>> No. 15085 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 3:53 pm
/nom/15085 Inb4 Jaffa Cakes not a biscuit
What're your favorite biscuit,

I usually go for the good old digestive, sometimes hobnobs or rich tea, rarely a pack of malts, but usually buy a box of broken biscuits (lower overall quality but usually a reasonable selection).
Foxes biscuits are okay but they're very oily, so much infact that you can see it on your tea after dunking 2 or 3. Hobnobs similarly.
I haven't had pink panthers wafers since Grandma died.

Feel free to suggest more creative common names for your favorites; most of those in the picture are shit.
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>> No. 15095 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 9:17 pm
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I like those ones with "BOUDOIR" written on them.
>> No. 15096 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 9:23 pm
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I'm eating some cheese on "Rivercote" rosemary crackers from Lidl. They're pretty good.
>> No. 15097 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 10:26 pm
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Not a biscuit m8.
>> No. 15098 Anonymous
26th April 2022
Tuesday 8:31 am
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They're the same basic principle as Carr's water biscuits, ergo biscuits.
>> No. 15099 Anonymous
26th April 2022
Tuesday 5:13 pm
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I like Party Rings a lot. I was never allowed them as a kid because they were full of e-numbers and sugar, but since I moved out of home I have them regularly. Also like pink wafers, golden Oreos, pink 'n' whites.


>> No. 70844 Samefag
26th April 2022
Tuesday 8:38 am
/iq/70844 Baked Bean Fanatic Thinks His Small Penis Is Hurting His Love Life
> Captain Beany, the UK’s greatest and most eccentric baked bean fanatic, is looking for love. Lately, however, both his obsession and below-average penis have made it difficult.

> But for the superhero formerly known as Barry Kirk, now officially Captain Beany, they’re his lifeblood, practically a religion at this point. However, in his quest for a partner, not everyone is quite so full of beans.

I don't think it's the size of his winky, more his obsession with Baked Beans that might be holding him back.


>> No. 22563 Anonymous ## Mod ##
7th December 2018
Friday 11:41 am
/e/22563 Discord Game Server Stickied
So, lets shift focus a bit. We have a Discord now, so we have a place to organise playing games with each other as well as shitpost. This is permanent invite link, so you can come and go as you please with no hassle.
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>> No. 25656 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 11:41 am
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Multiple people have animals as their pfps, they may not consider themselves furries but if you want to insist they are that might be interesting.
>> No. 25660 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 1:14 am
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Who cares just join m65
>> No. 25663 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 6:37 pm
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I did, it wasn't very active and kind of shit so I left again.
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25th April 2022
Monday 8:13 pm
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Yeah .. There're one or two interesting characters but overall it felt a bit odd, like familiar strangers struggling to converse at a bus stop.
I quite liked the idea of it being a pub you'd virtually pop into every now and then, but to roleplay it would be weird.


>> No. 24446 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 12:27 am
/v/24446 Kino
We got any kinolads here?

(A good day to you Sir!)
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>> No. 24447 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 1:45 pm
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A thread died for this.


>> No. 8729 Anonymous
18th April 2021
Sunday 12:42 am
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Previously on Britfags: The Origin

It's exciting times as I've now saved up enough for a deposit on a small house for myself. It took 3 years of saving, living in a tiny flat, cutting corners where I can and corona-induced savings and market returns. Even chased meagre bonuses at work and sold holiday time.

Only no. In my excitement I forgot about all the other bullshit with surveyors, legal fees, any repair work etc. It looks like I'll need another £10k just when things are opening up again.

Is there a way out of this predicament? Looking at the market I'm about to be priced out of even a converted shed if I don't buy soon.
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>> No. 9252 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 12:05 pm
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Today's house search annoyance is how many listings I've come across with this "Comitted Buyer Process" shite, where they try and make it sound like they're doing you a favour ("Committed Buyer is a new, innovative and pioneering process for buying and selling property" my fucking arse, jesus motherfucking christ), when they're really just asking for an extra three grand just to reserve the place, on top of the deposit and solicitor's fees and surveyors and shit you're already paying for.

If I didn't know better it just seems like another way to keep ordinary people out of the market and keep it ring-fenced for investors, who can afford to drop an extra few grand for a guaranteed sale, whereas for an ordinary first time buyer that extra three grand might be another six month's saving on top of the deposit they already had to spend years scraping together.
>> No. 9253 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 12:53 pm
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you have to pay a substantial lump, non-refundable, before surveys, to have the vendor make a half-hearted promise not to sell to anyone else within a short period? Fucking hell, this is the end game. This level of insanity says nothing but run awaaaaay, with a late 80s vibe.
I really feel sorry for you poor bastards trying to buy somewhere. Stuck between a rock, hard place and a load of larcenous cunts.
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25th April 2022
Monday 1:02 pm
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Thinking more about this, I should advertise my house with one of these, and then just refuse offers that come in. A few £3K payouts a year would be nice. Maybe I should advertise other peoples' houses, too. When you understandably pull out because it's not mine to sell, well, fuck you, I've got your £3k.
This time next year, I'll be a miwwionaire.
>> No. 9255 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 1:10 pm
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This situation won't get better until you start kidnapping and liquidating the jefes at companies at Persimmon, Barrat and any estate agent you see.
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25th April 2022
Monday 1:23 pm
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Exactly. It sounds dodgy enough to me I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole, the trouble is there's some really nice looking places and they're all using it.

Entire fucking game is a scam for robbing bastards at this point.


They only take the fee if you accept the offer, in fairness, so you can't just refuse the offer and get a free three grand. But interestingly, nowhere does it state the seller is obliged to sell to you, even once you've agreed to the contract and paid the fee. It's merely that they agree not to sell to anyone else.

Definitely looks like a scam of some sort to me anyway.


>> No. 22518 Anonymous
9th November 2018
Friday 10:37 pm
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I guess this is the right board for it. Time for a boardgame thread?
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>> No. 23822 Anonymous
10th June 2020
Wednesday 8:21 pm
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>> No. 23898 Anonymous
23rd June 2020
Tuesday 1:05 pm
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Been playing Kingdomino, which is quite fun if you want a quick game that lasts about 10/15 minutes.
>> No. 25384 Anonymous
29th December 2021
Wednesday 12:48 pm
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What's a decent board game for young teenage children?

I'm buying someone one of the Quacks of Quedlinburg expansions as a present, which will be about £15 when most gaming sites have a minimum of £20 for free delivery, so I might as well look to buy an extra game now for my daughter's birthday in June rather than paying about a fiver for postage but I'm not sure what to go for.
>> No. 25661 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 1:17 am
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I've been playing Twilight Imperium with a bunch of mates from work and it's fucking brilliant. Although it takes about 9 hours to finish at present, but I'm not bored for a single second of those 9 hours.


Catan's a timeless classic and personally I think it's could be easily understood by 12 year olds.
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25th April 2022
Monday 1:20 am
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I remember reading about it in middle school in the US


>> No. 31601 Anonymous
6th February 2022
Sunday 6:00 pm
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I thought rather than keeping derailing the mid week thread I would go with my own.

I don’t really know where to begin, so I’ll start with what I posted the other day. My current relationship is pretty great, except I feel my girlfriend is pretty indifferent about sex. She enjoys it, she says, and I make sure she gets off. That said, I think she just isn’t sexual like I am. Sex can feel very mechanic and follows a very similar structure a lot of the time, she’s not the kind of girl that would just grab my parts casually, or engage in sexy talk in the build up.

I’ve talked to her about this in the past and she has gone nuclear every time. I first tried over some dinner one day by saying I felt a bit frustrated and like we weren’t quite connected sexually and she cried, stormed out and said we were breaking up which was bizarre. I’ve brought it up maybe two or three more times and the reactions have been similar, with her saying she just won’t initiate but she’s definitely sexual. A few weeks ago a little drunk at the place we live she basically was a bit sexy for what felt like possibly the first time ever, being seductive whilst dressed up nice, dancing and grinding. When I made a move she rejected me and said it ‘didn’t have to be about sex’. I said she obviously doesn’t have to have sex with me but a night of drinking, grinding on me, exposing bits of herself and other stuff did make me feel I was being given some signals. I explained I just find it strange she wouldn’t perceive the possibility I might get an idea about where the night was going. She called me, drunkenly, some hurtful things and said she just isn’t going to initiate and she has a good job so I should be grateful and if I don’t like her not discussing these things I should leave.

This felt to me a bit like weapons grade cringe even if a bit drunk. I find her successful career appealing but I couldn’t give a fuck whether she worked in my local shop or was a Facebook exec as long as I loved her and she was right for me. I couldn’t get the comments out of my head and that’s when I had a conversation a little while ago telling her I think I’m unhappy and I’m thinking about leaving and she cried. I sometimes don’t feel this at all, sometimes quite noticeably. She said it was because of a million reasons and none of which made sense before saying I see her as an English rose but she is actually a sexual person, I just need to ask for what I want. The problem is I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve never had to explain to a girlfriend before what is sexy and what is not, or that I would like oral, or how to give me a handjob. They just got these things and we discussed preferences, but broadly had an idea of what was going on once we got going.

Rewinding a bit -just before we got together a few years ago I had been unceremoniously dumped by somebody who I had no business being upset about. Even more bizarrely I decided to peruse a breakup subreddit so I felt less alone about it to indulge in common experiences and I met a girl randomly through a chat on reddit because she posted a very emotional message that nobody read and I wanted to reach out to her because I felt so sorry for her that nobody read her message. I made an account to wish her well and tell her things would get better. We progressed to talking on Reddit and I ended up being linked to this Instagram page of this girl. I assumed it was a catfish because this girl, who lived some way across the world away, was stunning. This progressed to messaging, calls, video calls and contrary to the risk averse over thinker that is me, I said fuck it, and agreed to meet her somewhere in Europe for a holiday. I told nobody about this because I felt a bit strange that I was meeting somebody I’d only ever met online and started to develop some sort of feelings.

I arrived in an AirBnB in a beautiful European city, waiting for her to arrive from her part of the world the day after. I remember getting to the airport and staring at the arrivals gate filled with dread, scared I’d fallen for some bizarre prank or was about to see somebody that was not this beautiful, charming woman walk out. She messaged me and said ‘got my bag, coming through now’ and then I saw this beautiful girl walk out and I felt like I was living. I could have been Brad Pitt riding a motorbike up a misty mountain at 5am or Thomas Edward Lawrence riding through the desert with a legion of followers behind me. We exchanged a few mumbled words and a quick peck before we headed into the lift where she snogged the face off me, before we got back to where we planned to stay and had lots of enjoyable sex. The rest of the week followed like some sort of cosy dream. Nice meals out, sex, no cares in the world, ice creams on steps of famous monuments as the sun went down, drinking, art museums, trips to the beach. I’d never met somebody who felt like the female me personality wise.

Upon getting back to the UK I kept up contact every single day but weirdly kept it a secret from most people because of some sort of fear of being seen as weird for having somebody so far away from me in the world. A mistake, I now know. She was, to put succinctly, overwhelmingly loving and I could do no wrong. She did come to the UK for about a month, and we had a wonderful time, although some immaturity on my end and stresses of my career meant I didn’t book all the time off I should have and didn’t do the time justice. She parted from the airport and the last I saw her in person was crying as she checked in and I left. We did what we had done for some short years though, message daily, video call, play games together, whatever we could do to bond many miles apart.

I fucked up from this point, I think. My current gf entered the scene, it was convenient because she lived literally around the corner, I didn’t
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>> No. 31602 Anonymous
6th February 2022
Sunday 6:19 pm
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It sounds like you're going to regret it if you don't.
The term "chasing the dragon" springs to mind though. There's always the legendary "one who got away".
>> No. 31603 Anonymous
6th February 2022
Sunday 6:31 pm
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Goodness me lad, what a yarn. But there are some eerie similarities between your life and mine. I've had a long distance fling with a dream girl who seemed far too good to be true, I've thrown away a girl who loved me to bits because I got restless and I thought the grass looked greener. Some of the bits are in a different order or the other way around but if nothingness, rest assured, I've been where you are and I know how you feel.

You don't have to take my advice, but were I in your shoes right now I'd definitely get rid of the frigid girl you're with now. You know, deep down, that it's just not right, and her reactions when you've tried to bring it up are a big red flag to be honest. Communication and openness is vital in a healthy sexual relationship and she just doesn't sound capable of it. Sure it can be a very sensitive issue but you don't get anywhere with it if you just have a tantrum every time it's brought up.

I said as much in the last thread, but I've just come out of a similar relationship myself. I tried and tried to be as patient and understanding as I could, but ultimately, after three years of it, I had to come to terms with the fact the reason she wasn't putting in more effort for me is that she didn't want to. Whatever she saw in me, whatever part of me she loved and mattered to her, it simply wasn't the kind of love that made her want to nosh on my knob. If I was to stay with her I'd have to come to terms with the fact I would always have to be the one taking the initiative, and getting a response out of her in kind was always going to be like squeezing blood from a stone.

It's like that Meatloaf song. For her, "that" meant "any kind of selfless display of intimacy or affection"; and the fault lies as much on my shoulders for not accepting that about her, as it does on hers for being so sexually one sided in the first place.

Secondly I'd give it a go reconnecting with Too Good To Be True girl. Obviously there's every chance she'll tell you exactly where to shove it, and she'd probably be right to do so, but you never get anything without asking do you?

For me this actually happened the other way around, I'll spare you most of the details but due to some other unfortunate events involving a mutual friend, she popped back up in my Messenger inbox after nearly 6-7 years, and the chemistry hadn't gone anywhere. I'm going to be seeing her next week, and I'd be lying if I didn't say having her come back into the picture wasn't part of the wake up call that prompted me to end the last relationship. The unfortunate part is theres no realistic prospect of us making it into a long term thing; but what the hell. You only live once. I'd be a fool not to take the chance while it's there.

I'm telling you all this because my broader point is that what I realised was something very simple, that deep down I already knew, as you probably do to. But it was just a matter of coming to terms with it. You know you aren't happy, you know what the right thing to do is, the only thing that's stopping you is that where you are now is safe. It's dependable. You have your finances in order, a cozy place to live, you have your routine, and you don't want it disrupted. I'd wager you're the kind of person who likes to carefully plan your moves and not make rash decisions, so you are instinctually averse to something as major as a break up.

In the end though, and again, you don't have to take my advice- In the end I think you know that's what you need to do.
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>> No. 31679 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 1:00 am
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Sounds to me like your current girlfriend is quite toxic, and should probably be chucked if she continues.

The long-distance girl might be a foregone conclusion, but there's no harm in throwing her a message and seeing how she responds. The worst that can happen is that she tells you to get lost, and you're exactly where you are now. But you would have more clarity about your situation and wouldn't be playing what-if in your head for years to come.


>> No. 30730 Anonymous
4th May 2021
Tuesday 3:09 pm
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I think i just accused someone of inapropriate behaviour around children.

A public swimming pool with glass walls around, one directly on a footpath.
The person was stood against the window with a young dog, peering into the pool of children across the far end.
As i aproached, it seemed to me a lifeguard was also coming 'round to investigate from inside - no eye contact was made. What other reason would staff have to come all the way to the opposite end of the pool where no users were present?
As i passed i asked loudly "Do you have a family in there?", to which the person said yes and mumbled something as i walked off.

It's generally known that this location is inapropriate to stop at, especially so if your face is pressed to the glass like this persons was.

All i can think is to talk with the receptionist/manager and offer to pay for blinds to be put in the relevant windows.
I'm trying to convice myself it was right to 'confront' this person yet i feel bad for doing so.
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>> No. 31617 Anonymous
17th February 2022
Thursday 10:53 pm
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>> No. 31618 Anonymous
17th February 2022
Thursday 10:57 pm
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>Essentially I tried to convince him from the room where he was disiplining his child, thinking that the method was sustaining the problem rather than solving it.

You undermined his parenting in front of his son? Even if you were in the right that was never going to go down well.
>> No. 31670 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 12:28 am
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You confronted somebody being a creep at the pool and you're concerned that *you* are you problem? Chill out OP.


Where did they go? There's nowhere left.


Sounds like you have a good soul but your brother has issues that are too big for you to handle yourself.
>> No. 31671 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 10:09 pm
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>you're concerned that *you* are you problem?
Well, yeah. It's abnormal behaviour to confront this sort of thing, and the fact that I appear inclined to see child abuse 'everywhere' could show it's an issue in my perception, not reality (but I don't want to convince myself that because the risk feels too great). Do you see what I mean? Not to mention the inversion of all this stuff going on in my mind.

I have a complex; for one reason or another It was charged considerably when I made this thread.
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25th April 2022
Monday 12:39 am
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Just because it's abnormal doesn't mean it's wrong per se, so long as you handled it tactfully. From the situation you describe it does seem like he was being a bit of a creep and warranted a bit of "what you doing mate?"

>the fact that I appear inclined to see child abuse 'everywhere' could show it's an issue in my perception, not reality

Yes I think you're right. Absolutely everything we observe is passed through the lens of our perception. Many of us have neuroses that cause us to have funky behaviour in certain situations. Talking this through with a mate or therapist or whatever can be very helpful... I find that I can convince myself of all sorts of bullshit when I don't have the opportunity to talk about it with another human being.

If you're feeling a bit cringy after the fact then in future you could have a quick word with a member of staff, then they can decide what that person's conduct amounts to.


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24th April 2022
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>> No. 450997 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 4:53 pm
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RIchard of York gave blowies in Vegas.
>> No. 451008 Anonymous
25th April 2022
Monday 12:25 am
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And all I got was something contagious


>> No. 59246 YubYub
3rd January 2018
Wednesday 7:40 pm
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>A homeless man who stole a purse and a phone from victims of the Manchester Arena attack has admitted theft.

>Chris Parker, 33, was initially dubbed a hero after claiming he comforted a seriously injured girl. CCTV footage played to Manchester Crown Court showed him wandering between stricken victims. He kept returning to injured Pauline Healey, whose granddaughter lay dying nearby, before leaning over her and taking her handbag to steal her purse.

I don't get why bleeding heart do-gooders bleat on about the homeless. They're all scratters who are on the streets through choice, usually because they choose not to stay in a hostel as they know they wouldn't be allowed to do drugs there.
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>> No. 70833 Moralfag
24th April 2022
Sunday 4:04 pm
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Does that happen in his country? They were just sat there, often in hi-viz. Some had paper cups for change, others held barely legible signs written on cardboard. All in places where pedestrians wouldn't walk directly past them but they kept staring forward rather than looking at the cars going past them or attempting to beg.
>> No. 70834 Searchfag
24th April 2022
Sunday 6:04 pm
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The final sign of the death of the high street - even the beggars have gone drive-thru.
>> No. 70835 Auntiefucker
24th April 2022
Sunday 7:12 pm
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This has happened to me in Cardiff.
>> No. 70836 Moralfag
24th April 2022
Sunday 7:42 pm
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Just wait until they master receiving contactless payments. We'll all be fucked then.
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24th April 2022
Sunday 7:59 pm
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>> No. 449993 Anonymous
14th March 2022
Monday 1:05 am
/b/449993 Limmy's show
I feel like I'm going insane. Can somebody link me to the Limmy's Show sketch where he zaps somebody whose trousers are hang down round their arse. I can't find it anywhere on Google. Cheers.
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>> No. 450735 Anonymous
16th April 2022
Saturday 3:25 pm
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In the exact same sense that humans are horrible, sure?
>> No. 450963 Anonymous
23rd April 2022
Saturday 11:33 pm
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I started this thread and haven't checked since this reply and find it fucking hilarious how fast you lads got into a row about Limmy cucking
>> No. 450981 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 5:36 am
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Things have changed since the early days of this thread. That was all primitive, reactionary bellyfeel stuff.

I have a much more comprehensive analysis these days about how the rising prevalence of cuckolding (and similarly pathological sexual fixations) relates to worker precarity, loss of agency, and social atomisation in the neo-liberal hegemony.
>> No. 450984 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 10:20 am
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I thought it was just a class thing?
>> No. 450991 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 3:28 pm
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I don't quite have the data to add class analysis to my theory, but if I were to blindly make assumptions I would say the lower classes are more likely to conform to something resembling more heteronormative, traditional patriarchal sexual mores; the more deviant tendencies we are focussing on here are likely to be most common amongst the lower middle class.

University graduates who find themselves exposed to a world that doesn't offer the same kind of security and opportunity it used to, at the same time as having been exposed to changing norms on gender and sexuality, people for whom more traditional sexuality is unfashionable. Hipsters, basically, is what I'm saying.

But of course that's all entirely pulled out my arse.


>> No. 8707 Anonymous
27th October 2014
Monday 6:03 pm
/beat/8707 Cover songs
The Pet Shop Boys' Always On My Mind has been voted the top cover version of all time in a BBC Music vote.

The song, written by John Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, was first made famous by Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley in 1972.

Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt came in second place, followed by The Stranglers' version of Dionne Warwick's Walk On By. Jimi Hendrix's take on Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower came fourth. Jeff Buckley's cover of Leonard Cohen's classic Hallelujah completed the top five.

Not keen on that version of Walk On By but I like the rest. I reckon I'd have to have a good think about my favourite covers and I'm sure I'd still forget some.
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>> No. 13118 Anonymous
20th April 2022
Wednesday 9:05 pm
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That shirt and necklace is ridiculous.
>> No. 13119 Anonymous
20th April 2022
Wednesday 9:26 pm
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Anybody would think he's some kind of one of them non-binary weirdos.
>> No. 13120 Anonymous
20th April 2022
Wednesday 9:31 pm
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At least you knew where you stood with Peter Gabriel.
>> No. 13121 Anonymous
20th April 2022
Wednesday 9:39 pm
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He's dressing like your Nan so people don't mistake him for Theon Greyjoy.
>> No. 13123 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 5:53 am
13123 Exotic Functions: A Very Friendly Tribute to Throbbing Gristle
A netlabel called moon musiq just released a compilation of Throbbing Gristle covers this month


>> No. 95589 Anonymous
14th April 2022
Thursday 7:43 pm
/pol/95589 PRITI AT IT AGAIN
So the genius plan to stop asylum seekers applying to live in the UK crossing into the UK illegally and dangerously when there are so many safe and legal routes they could take instead, we are going to pay a country halfway across the world to take them off our hands and dump them in one of their huge overcrowded refugee camps, from which people are already desperately trying to get out of and find routes back to Europe.

What could possibly go wrong?
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>> No. 95612 Anonymous
18th April 2022
Monday 10:28 am
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>Britain has agreed to take refugees in from Rwanda under Priti Patel’s landmark deal, it has emerged.

>Those who fled war or persecution and were granted asylum status by Rwanda will be able to come to the UK under a reciprocal scheme signed by the Home Secretary last week. The crucial detail in the agreement’s small print – which could lead critics to reappraise the agreement – emerged only after Miss Patel returned from the East African nation on Friday.

>It states: ‘The participants will make arrangements for the United Kingdom to resettle a portion of Rwanda’s most vulnerable refugees in the United Kingdom, recognising both participants’ commitment towards providing better international protection for refugees.’

>A Home Office source said it would apply to ‘a number in the tens, not hundreds’ of people who have already been granted refugee status in Rwanda. However, the agreement states no limit. The refugees who are brought to this country are likely to be those with the most complex needs, it is understood, such as those with physical or mental health problems.

Let's replace able-bodied migrants from the Middle East with those needing mental health services from Doctor Congo. After all, the NHS and mental health services in particular aren't under strain.
>> No. 95613 Anonymous
18th April 2022
Monday 10:56 am
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It's all going to plan old chap, the trouble is Poles and Lithuanians weren't profitable enough. Our hard working property investors need much more stable assets.
>> No. 95614 Anonymous
19th April 2022
Tuesday 10:19 am
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Most of those post are made by the same person, Simon Ombongo.
>> No. 95624 Anonymous
21st April 2022
Thursday 6:40 am
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The official travel advice is a bit of a roller coaster:

Petty crime is low outside of Kigali, but beware of occasional grenade attacks.
>> No. 95631 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 1:32 am
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>>95602 Perhaps you could ask your MP and then let us know? Maybe you could also ask why our Home Secretary is a cross between Indira Modi and Rita Repulsa?


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