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>> No. 438151 Anonymous
28th July 2020
Tuesday 11:47 am
438151 The New Adventures of Mid-Week
Now that all the excitement has died down I thought it time we redo the mid-week thread. What are you two up-to?


I've organised a date for the weekend but have come to realise that I'd better keep something of a conversation going unless I want to be stood up. This is going to be tedious. I might want to think about doing some work today as well.
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>> No. 438152 Anonymous
28th July 2020
Tuesday 11:58 am
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I may have to hide this thread simply due to that photo. I can already imagine the sort of tedious cunt that would put that on a workplace whiteboard.
>> No. 438153 Anonymous
28th July 2020
Tuesday 12:08 pm
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You can't have a regular thread with both an image and a YouTube video, it uses up far too much screen space.
>> No. 438156 Anonymous
28th July 2020
Tuesday 10:17 pm
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I found a really nice wooden cupboard/chest with full joints in an 'antique' shop. Dovetails across the top edges an some kind of weird stepped mortice tenon on the sides. It looks like an old piece of furniture that's had a modern sand over. They're asking £300 for it, which feels like a huge amount of money for something i have little judge of quality for - especially when some items i've previously bought from the same shop have reapeared with an increased pricetag. The furniture is a bit big for my needs but it loooks really nice. I can't justify the purchase and i could probably make an adequate version for myself if i ever got around to actually doing it.
>> No. 438157 Anonymous
28th July 2020
Tuesday 10:48 pm
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Something recently compelled me to check up on a forum I was quite active on between 2006 and 2013. The place is now almost polared and it seems to be about a handful of posters who have completely shitted the place up, they've full on drunk the Kool-aid of coronavirus being a hoax, microchips in vaccines and in general posting a lot of things that are antisemitic and borderline racist. They also seem to really have it in for Scottish people.

I want to go back to the before times.
>> No. 438159 Anonymous
29th July 2020
Wednesday 9:32 am
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Finally got myself a hair appointment for Friday.
I have longish hair so I don't really have the luxury of sitting infront of a mirror with a pair of clippers.
>> No. 438164 Anonymous
29th July 2020
Wednesday 3:02 pm
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>>438159
'Finally' as in they have been booked solid until now? Or finally as in you finally got around to it?
>> No. 438173 Anonymous
29th July 2020
Wednesday 4:05 pm
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>>438164
A bit of both, I avoided it when they first reopened because no doubt they would have been fully booked and only now just got round to do it.
>> No. 438174 Anonymous
29th July 2020
Wednesday 4:29 pm
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>>438173
I'm avoiding them too, I just don't know how long I should wait so I was hoping you'd be able to provide a report. Things back to normal by now you think?
>> No. 438180 Anonymous
29th July 2020
Wednesday 5:05 pm
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>>438174
>Things back to normal by now you think?

No?
>> No. 438181 Anonymous
29th July 2020
Wednesday 5:46 pm
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>>438174
I got my hair cut a couple weeks ago, just walked in after work, masks were optional but I chose to wear one, only one other person in there. Bloke cutting my hair had gloves apron and face shield on but it was fine.
>> No. 438183 Anonymous
29th July 2020
Wednesday 6:12 pm
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>>438157
You similarly compelled me to look up a forum I used to post on. I don't know what's worse, that everything is now serious political threads or that I recognise some of the people still posting on it who have all been made mods.

AND THAT FORUM WAS .GS

>>438174
I had to book in advance and wear a mask but it was perfectly fine even on the first day they were allowed to open. Just don't be a dick and ask for anything detailed as they're wearing face shields.
>> No. 438201 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 8:14 am
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I've just got an email about the Debenhams sale. I can see why they're going to shit. They might as well call themselves "Regatta, Craghoppers and a few Dad brands" instead.
>> No. 438202 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 12:01 pm
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I need to find a job. I'm decaying.
>> No. 438203 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 12:54 pm
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>>438202
Work doesn't need to define your life m8.
>> No. 438204 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 2:03 pm
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New Warhammer starter set arrived yesterday. That's at least a year's worth of painting accounted for in one box.

Went for a lovely walk around Bolton Abbey too, my entire body is aching now though because I made the mistake of power walking to the summit of the big hill with rocks at the top; then had a bit of a panic because it looks a hell of a lot steeper and more dangerous going back down. Got a bit sunburnt as well.

It's mad actually, when did we start having sun powerful enough to burn you in this country? It's never happened to me until the last couple of years.
>> No. 438205 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 2:16 pm
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Add John Hurt to list of famous people I had forgotten were dead.
>> No. 438206 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 3:52 pm
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Watching starlings pick off flying ants here in the back garden as they emerge from the ground.

Who needs the Discovery Channel.
>> No. 438207 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 4:53 pm
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Must have been constipated all week without realising it because I've had about four massive shits today, and I really don't know where it's all coming from. It's not just been a series of small ones, I mean several massive logs. Is this what being in your 30s is like?
>> No. 438208 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 4:57 pm
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>>438207

Bowel movements are helped along by physical activity. It generally tends to speed up your peristalsis.
>> No. 438209 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 7:53 pm
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>>438204
>It's mad actually, when did we start having sun powerful enough to burn you in this country? It's never happened to me until the last couple of years.
I got sunburned recently. It was overcast the entire fucking day.

Explain that one, science.
>> No. 438210 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 7:58 pm
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>>438209

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/ozone-layer-depletion-chemical-compound-earth-a9445911.html
>> No. 438211 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 8:02 pm
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>>438209

Also, depending on the actual thickness of the cloud cover on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the Sun's UV radiation can pass right through the clouds.

https://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/10/living/guide-to-sun-safety/index.html

(scroll down to Myth #5)
>> No. 438212 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 8:34 pm
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>>438207
>Is this what being in your 30s is like?

Pretty much. Best start increasing your fibre intake and getting used to eating boring food.
>> No. 438213 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 9:51 pm
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It's just been too hot today.

I want it to be winter now.
>> No. 438214 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 10:17 pm
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>>438212

Also, you will involuntarily start to enjoy eating olives.
>> No. 438215 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 10:19 pm
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>>438214
And your nose (and ear) hairs start to get really long.
>> No. 438216 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 10:25 pm
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>>438213
It's the youths in the /101/ thread wot done it with their callous taunting of the sun. Hangings too good for them.
>> No. 438217 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 10:32 pm
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>>438215

Dinner parties will also gradually feel like a Friday or Saturday night well spent.

Pro level: going home just after 11pm and still thinking you had a cracking evening.
>> No. 438218 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 10:36 pm
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>>438217

You'll also find yourself getting really excited about patio furniture.
>> No. 438219 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 10:37 pm
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>>438218
Actually, varnishing your patio furniture, which I spent a very productive three days on this week.
>> No. 438220 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 11:06 pm
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Why's none of the above been my experience. I've just done more drugs.
>> No. 438221 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 11:29 pm
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>>438220

Don't worry, I've done that too, I've managed to find a healthy balance. I'm not sure there's a more accurate representation of the human condition post 30 than pressure washing the decking while on coke.
>> No. 438222 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 11:32 pm
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>>438220
You might think you're blitzed-off-your-Ritz-cracker after half a bag of Builder's Wisdom, but nothing beats the satisfying high of predictable stool and a bamboo chair.
>> No. 438224 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 11:40 pm
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>>438222

I've been high enough on drugs that I probably almost died, but honestly there's no greater buzz than when you shout at a teenager to pick their litter up and they actually listen to you because they think you're an adult.
>> No. 438225 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 11:51 pm
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>>438219

Or keeping your mahogany deck tiles meticulously oiled and telling all your friends at your barbecue to be careful not to put scuffs in them.

A couple that I was friends with used to do that, especially the woman. Fucking annoying.
>> No. 438226 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 12:01 am
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Trying to cut down the weird evergreen that's in my garden. It's an ugly thing that's been growing horizontally taking up space and as it's non-native, not really contributing to the local ecosystem. I don't really have the right tools for it or the budget to get it done professionally so I am making a mess.
>> No. 438227 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 2:49 pm
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>>438226

The blackberries in the back garden here are coming nicely. They originally grew from random seeds probably shat out by a bird, and we decided to dig them up and put them in a different spot where they will have more space. Our neighbour just warned us that blackberry tends to grow profusely and quickly turns a garden into wilderness, but I quite like the idea of not having to drive out to a country road to pick blackberries.
>> No. 438228 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 3:40 pm
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>>438174
Wasn't too bad, had my temperature taken but didn't have to wear a mask since they have face visors etc
It's nice to finally have my head lighter though.
>> No. 438229 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 4:01 pm
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>>438227
I've had that problem with the raspberries but not the blackberries. Something like thirty raspberry suckers to one, maybe two blackberries from three of each plant this year.
>> No. 438230 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 4:21 pm
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Bit on the warm side today isn't it lads.
>> No. 438231 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 4:41 pm
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>>438230
TOO FUCKING HOT
>> No. 438232 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 4:53 pm
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>>438229

We were planning to plant a hedge towards our neighbour to the left who is a right cunt and we just want to see as little of him as possible. We were going to go with cherry laurel because it tends to grow densely, but its fruit are poisonous, and he has little kids that might pick and eat them. As much as we hate him, it's not a chance we want to take. So then I had the idea to just move the blackberry bushes there. There are just four of them now, but in time they should grow into an impenetrable hedge.
>> No. 438233 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 5:05 pm
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>>438231
The heat has got to everyone; it's like cunt off city today.
>> No. 438234 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 5:07 pm
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>>438232
A very messy hedge, plus if you're going to prune them annually for better harvests they'll be quite thin for a large part of the year. I know mine aren't really dense enough one-bush deep to hide the neighbours. Maybe if you double them up?
>> No. 438235 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 5:27 pm
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>>438234

I've just read up on one technique to multiply your blackberry bushes, and that is by tying canes to the ground, where they will spontaneously root in the soil and form new plants. Maybe in time they will grow thicker that way.
>> No. 438236 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 5:41 pm
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>>438235
It'll take some time but yes that should work.
>> No. 438237 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 6:58 pm
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"Sorry for the short notice but I'm going to cancel our date I'm going through some stuff etc etc."

Fucking women.
>> No. 438238 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 7:04 pm
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>>438237

>I'm going through some stuff etc etc.

Writeoff.
>> No. 438239 Anonymous
31st July 2020
Friday 7:46 pm
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>>438237
Something something mental slags.

RELENTLESSLY PURSUE HER.
>> No. 438244 Anonymous
1st August 2020
Saturday 9:43 pm
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I have... "made use" of some of my garden fruit. Yes, the sediment level is fucked.
I have no idea if this counts as wine or cider so I don't know if I should age it a few months (I have some oak chip to add) to drink at room temperature or stick it in the fridge and drink it on hot days.
>> No. 438246 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 3:29 am
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>>438244
Those look great.
>> No. 438247 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 11:05 am
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>>438246
It tastes almost as good as it looks if quite sour. I'm not sure if that's just how it tastes, a result of being fermented "on the pulp" or if some lactobacillus got in there. Next batch I'll do off the pulp and be more rigorous about sterilising.
>> No. 438248 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 2:07 pm
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>>438247

It's worth investing in proper winemaking equipment. I did a few years ago, I've got over £500 worth of equipment in the basement, from a fruit press to an electric filter pump and a lever operated corking machine. It's an expense worth taking on if you want to make wine that's as good as what you find in shops.

An overly sour taste in your finished wine can be caused by too much acid in your fruit, or too little sugar added when you bottle it.

Lactobacillus is normally good, because it converts harsh tasting malic acid into lactic acid by way of malolactic fermentation. Lactic acid improves a wine's taste, and you'd have to allow your malolactic fermentation to go on for quite some time before the lactic acid becomes unpleasant.

As a rule of thumb, white grape wine and most fruit wine should have no more than 7g/l of acid, and the optimal acidity also depends on your alcohol and sugar content. It's called the "harmony triangle" of winemaking, it's basically the idea that acidity, alcohol and sweetness must all be in proportion to each other. Also, red berries often have quite high natural acidity, so you need to make sure you water it down enough when you start your wine.

For now, add a bit more sugar to your wine, and then see if that improves the taste.
>> No. 438249 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 3:18 pm
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>>438248
It's already thick with sugar but noted. I just started the second batch with less sugar, a higher percentage of blackberry, some tea for tannin and some chipotle because fuck it why not?

>you'd have to allow your malolactic fermentation to go on for quite some time before the lactic acid becomes unpleasant.
I managed to do that a couple of times with my rice wine already.

I can't afford any of that equipment but I'll try to keep the rest of that in mind.
>> No. 438250 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 3:44 pm
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>>438249

I didn't spend the 500 quid all in one go, but my hobby gradually expanded, from humble beginnings, when I tried to ferment a big bucket of cherries from my nan's garden for the first time with quite rudimentary means. The resulting cherry wine was a good start but was really kind of thin and mediocre tasting. And that's when I started gradually buying all the semi professional equipment I've got today.

You could have occasional luck finding used winemaking equipment on eBay or Gumtree. I once got a few used glass carboys from somebody for five to ten quid each.
>> No. 438251 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 3:54 pm
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>>438250
Okay.
There's no real reason I can't just add sugar at a later date if the aim is to sweeten it rather than just give the yeast more to ferment, is there? It seems like something that can be done right up until the last minute.
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2nd August 2020
Sunday 5:23 pm
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>>438251

Yes, if there is still some yeast in your wine, then adding sugar will probably feed the yeast, creating carbon dioxide, which can even cause a sealed bottle to burst.

That's why a filter pump is one of the basic pieces of kit you should invest in. With sterile filter pads, you have a good chance of getting every last cell out, and then you can safely add more sugar. There are hand operated so called simplex filter pump systems. Can't remember what I paid for mine back in the day, but it's not hugely expensive.
>> No. 438253 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 5:28 pm
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>>438252

I thought the yeast stopped producing co2 around the point there's too much alcohol in the mixture for them to be active. Alternatively it can be pasteurised or in some cases people put Campden tablets in to kill everything.
>> No. 438254 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 5:38 pm
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Got some ball deodorant today. It works very well. Previously on a day like today I'd be smelling my knackers by 2pm if I bent over, but they've remained neutral all day.
>> No. 438255 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 5:57 pm
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>>438253

Even if a yeast's alcohol tolerance threshold is reached, the yeast doesn't die off completely (it usually does though above 18-20%). Meaning it's enough if you have a handful of yeast cells still hanging in there at 14 percent to turn your wine into sparkling wine if it gets additional sugar.

Pasteurisation is not the best idea, even just heating your wine to 65°C, commonly the temperature threshold where yeast dies, will kill much of the flavour.

A bit of campden is in every wine you buy in a shop, around 0.05 to 0.1 g/l, because it inactivates yeast cells and prevents oxidation of the wine. But to really kill off the yeast and other microorganisms, you'd have to add so much of the stuff that it becomes undrinkable.
>> No. 438256 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 6:11 pm
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Does anyone want to swap neighbours? Mine were out in their garden last night with their kids until gone 1:30am and now they're out again, this time blasting out Baby Shark.
>> No. 438257 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 6:19 pm
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>>438254
Some what now?
>> No. 438258 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 6:41 pm
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>>438257
You can get stuff for your balls to make them less pongy.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/stores/Below+The+Belt+Grooming/page/0586E6AF-F90E-4141-9258-3448AE66D6DE?
>> No. 438259 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 6:54 pm
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>>438255
So I can drop some sugar into a glass of flat to make it bubbly?

I was confused as I'm sure I remember hearing last year about CO2 shortages affecting the price of beer but given that it makes the stuff in the process of brewing it doesn't seem to follow.
>> No. 438260 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 7:19 pm
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>>438259
CO2 naturally carbonates beer if it's bottled or kegged with extra sugar to allow it to carry on fermenting.
On an industrial scale beer is fermented entirely in large vessels, and then carbonated artificially CO2 when bottling, and in pubs it's dispensed using CO2 tanks to pressurise the kegs.
>> No. 438261 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 7:45 pm
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>>438258
This doesn't sound very healthy, lad. Your balls are a balanced ecology with bacteria keeping fungus at bay.
>> No. 438262 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 7:51 pm
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>>438258
Yeah but - if your balls are stinking by 2pm then you have something else wrong with you lad. Couple of days, same pants, I hear you, but if you're showering in the morning your nads shouldn't smell 6 hours later.
>> No. 438263 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 8:19 pm
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>>438261>>438262

Dip your balls in yoghurt.
Or yakult if you're some sort of dairy hating ponce.
>> No. 438264 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 9:34 pm
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>>438263
Just don't do what I did and use a Müller crunch corner. Those chocolate flakes are like sandpaper by the end of the day.
>> No. 438265 Anonymous
2nd August 2020
Sunday 9:37 pm
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>>438264
You clearly should have used the peach flavoured one - would have made your scrote smell sweeet.
>> No. 438266 Anonymous
3rd August 2020
Monday 3:21 am
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>>438262

I work outside, and walk/half run about 15 miles a day, and it was hot as fuck. I will not be shamed for my sweaty balls.
>> No. 438268 Anonymous
3rd August 2020
Monday 3:30 pm
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>>438266
Postlad?
>> No. 438269 Anonymous
3rd August 2020
Monday 3:40 pm
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>>438268
Don't be daft, since when as anyone ever seen a postman run.
>> No. 438270 Anonymous
3rd August 2020
Monday 5:29 pm
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>>438269
All my local posties have those electric-boosted bikes now. They don't even have to walk.
>> No. 438271 Anonymous
3rd August 2020
Monday 5:37 pm
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>>438268

Operations manager at an airport. I don't always work outside but times are tough.
>> No. 438272 Anonymous
3rd August 2020
Monday 8:48 pm
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>>438271

Do we have two airportlads on here, or are you also the lad who has made a number of insightful posts about air travel?
>> No. 438280 Anonymous
3rd August 2020
Monday 10:49 pm
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>>438272

I don't think we have another airportlad, but I'm definitely not the only one to have made aviation related posts here, there's a few avgeeks I think - I would assume the other two are the ones being insightful, where I am more likely to rant for six paragraphs about IATA mishandling yet another industry crisis, or about how commercial pilots are all objectively bad people.
>> No. 438281 Anonymous
3rd August 2020
Monday 10:52 pm
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>>438280
>commercial pilots are all objectively bad people.

Go on...
>> No. 438282 Anonymous
3rd August 2020
Monday 11:24 pm
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>>438281

I mostly only say that because it was a funny way to end a sentence, I don't have anything prepared, but - it's a job that above all else, requires two basic things; a propensity for extensive rote learning of methodical sequences of events, and a lot of fucking money. Some mental acuity and skill is required, but not as much as most people assume - basically a successful pilot is someone who really, really likes boring checklists and has rich parents. And that combination really only really breeds one personality, which is uptight, stubborn, snooty, and deeply uncreative.

You can't just spring a new loading plan on a pilot, no matter how well or how clearly you explain why it's better this way, if it appears to them that your decision didn't take four weeks of planning and a strict cross-reference of "The Rules", they will shut down. You might think a pilot should be able to think on their feet, but they really can't, and aren't trained to - every emergency situation is rehearsed, is enacted step by step.

That in itself doesn't make them bad, but take that rigidness, that inability to accept that there might be more than one method to reach the same result, or, god forbid, a better result entirely than the one they're familiar with - combine that with a privileged upbringing, a set of parents willing to drop 120 grand on their kid's training for a job, then combine that with society's view of that job as an aspirational, elevated position - and you end up dealing with largely middle aged men with the minds of spoiled children who would throw a fit if you try to embellish their bedtime story instead of reading it word for word.

I was too hasty to say "all" pilots, some are actually great, you can usually tell straight away the ones who are in it because they just fucking love planes, and you can certainly tell the ones who took a loan out to fund their licenses (though even those ones can sometimes turn into cunts by the time they're actually flying)

These nice ones aren't necessarily rare, but they're certainly outnumbered and overshadowed by their self-important, and often quite clueless counterparts. The bad ones have no interest or knowledge whatsoever of the operation beyond their flight deck - they know how to drive the plane pretty well but sit on the ground, angrily confused as to why you have to find and remove a passengers bag if the passenger isn't travelling, completely unaware of the mechanisms or even just logic involved in the whole process.

I think 'entitled' is a very overused word to describe difficult people, but there is no better substitute here.

I might sound bitter, angry, or even jealous here - I swear I'm not. I've never had an argument with a pilot, it's not worth the effort. They tried to throw their weight around when I was new, demanding to speak to my supervisor. But if I actually ever gave them my supervisors number to call, or passed them my radio, they would always back down immediately. It doesn't take very long at all to lose respect for people who act like that, and it is, unfortunately, a great many of them - and certain airlines seem to breed it worse than others, I can't say I'm too cut up about BA pilots losing their jobs, put it that way.
>> No. 438283 Anonymous
3rd August 2020
Monday 11:27 pm
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>>438282

I didn't know I had that much to say, fucking hell. TL;DR it's a class thing
>> No. 438285 Anonymous
4th August 2020
Tuesday 12:01 pm
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>>438282

>That in itself doesn't make them bad, but take that rigidness, that inability to accept that there might be more than one method to reach the same result, or, god forbid, a better result entirely than the one they're familiar with

Isn't that dangerous when you're on board and in charge of an airplane? I think I saw on an episode of Seconds From Disaster that inflight safety procedure standards were amended after a particular air disaster, when it emerged that part of the reason why the plane may have crashed was that cabin staff were afraid to tell the flight captain when they observed that there was something wrong with the plane. Something to do with knowing your place as a lowly glorified waitress.


>combine that with a privileged upbringing, a set of parents willing to drop 120 grand on their kid's training for a job

Does being a pilot really still pay well enough to justify it as a lifetime investment? I mean, compared to other careers like a corporate executive, where you spend between £30K and 40K on a bachelor's and master's degree but often go on to earn an upper five-figure, or often even a six-figure income. You hear a lot these days about airlines cutting costs.
>> No. 438288 Anonymous
4th August 2020
Tuesday 4:34 pm
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>>438285
>Does being a pilot really still pay well enough to justify it as a lifetime investment?

No it does not - and there are literally multi-year waiting lists for jobs, even if you get past the interviews; it's something that people really really want to do. A co-pilot on a regional airline is earning areound £40k, it goes up one you're a captain and goes up further when you get to 737s and suchlike. In the old days the transatlantic routes were the best paid, but not at the moment.

It isn't the high paying specialist job it used to be - you do it because you love it, travelling, the lifestyle. Many airlines effectively run their pilots on zero-hours contracts..
>> No. 438289 Anonymous
4th August 2020
Tuesday 5:38 pm
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>>438285

>when it emerged that part of the reason why the plane may have crashed was that cabin staff were afraid to tell the flight captain when they observed that there was something wrong with the plane.

Things have definitely improved since then, the purser (cabin manager, head trolley dolly) is pretty much just as legally responsible for safety on board, and communication between them and the captain is very much encouraged.

Emergency procedures are just mostly checklists now, if a cabin crew member alerted them to an issue there'd be a list to flick through to verify and/or fix the problem, not to mention planes are covered in sensors more than they ever have been, there's not many issues that could/would escape the flight deck computer's attention, but who knows.

>Does being a pilot really still pay well enough to justify it as a lifetime investment?

What >>438288 said, basically no. There are (or were, pre covid) airlines that would entice pilots into their pool with big money, but even then - especially then - there's a waiting list like you wouldn't believe. I've heard cargo pilots get a good gig, but I don't really interact with many of them (the ones I do are gruff eastern europeans who smoke in the cockpit, no point asking them) to verify.

60k-100k as an experienced captain on a profitable type rating (737 or 321) is about right, but it's the lower end of that estimate these days, you'd be doing very, very well to hit six figures now as a career captain. My ground based colleagues and people in roles such as mine end up better paid than most of our pilots, even without factoring in their upfront costs, simply because there isn't a queue around the door for our jobs like there are for theirs. It's a bit weird really.

Most people reading this probably earn more than a relatively inexperienced first officer on a regional airline like Eastern or Flybe (RIP), especially if you factor in that they're paying for their own training/type ratings, which they often do.

Personally I don't see the appeal of sitting on your arse for 3 hours staring at nothing or following a line on a chart, I get the views are nice and all that but it's a lot nicer to go home to my own bed after work every day.
>> No. 438294 Anonymous
4th August 2020
Tuesday 9:42 pm
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I thought I'd try Tinder again after many years.

It was a mistake, of course, but unexpectedly I get most of my likes from China. Well outside my search distance but apparently the app lets you search from wherever now which rather defeats the point. I'd say most of those are from Hong Kong but I doubt it's women looking to make British friends for when they can move over.
>> No. 438296 Anonymous
4th August 2020
Tuesday 11:15 pm
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>>438294
Presumably its blackmail/spying/personal data theft? I can't see why else you would get so many hits from there.
>> No. 438297 Anonymous
5th August 2020
Wednesday 10:43 am
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As if shit weren't already bad enough, now I've got fucking shingles. I'm in a lot of pain.
>> No. 438299 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 3:48 pm
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>>438294

> but unexpectedly I get most of my likes from China. Well outside my search distance but apparently the app lets you search from wherever now which rather defeats the point.

At the start of the pandemic tinder made the previously tinder plus/gold only "Swipe from any location" feature available to everyone. Apparently they've made it plus/gold only again but they have added a new "swipe globally" feature which allows you to see and swipe on people who have also turned this feature on.

It seems to be part of their continuing pivot from "hookup" app to dating app to what now seems to be some kind of "make new friends globally" app. I mean, it's not like anyone sane is actually going to be hooking up with strangers from tinder given the current climate so I guess they had to do something to remain somewhat relevant.
>> No. 438301 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 6:01 pm
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>>438297
I can empathise. I'm currently having to deal with my first case of gout and it's infuriatingly painful, every time I look at it it twinges.
>> No. 438303 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 6:09 pm
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>>438301

I too suffer from gout, it's fucking awful, not least because it makes me feel properly old.

I've found eating cherries (or drinking cherry juice, I suppose) really does help to soothe an attack. Perhaps the lowest point of my life was hobbling around my kitchen eating Kirsch cocktail cherries out of the jar, but it certainly made it a little more bearable.

Hope it goes down soon for you.
>> No. 438307 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 7:02 pm
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>>438303
I got told this by a Spanish friend. Where can I get cherries, even out the jar? Presumably any reasonably sized tesco? Might try and buy some cherry juice from somewhere too, thanks lad.
>> No. 438308 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 7:17 pm
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>>438307

Tesco will certainly have some sort of cocktail cherries, probably fresh ones too, and I've seen the juice in bigger ones. I recently bought a 1kg bag of dried cherries on the internet somewhere, probably Amazon, but I'm yet to see if they offer the same sort of relief.

It's probably also worth seeing if you can find a bag of frozen ones somewhere - I'd bet Iceland would have them, if not a big Tesco.

I also will bet good money Holland and Barratt will do a cherry powder or pill of some sort. I was thinking of looking myself.
>> No. 438309 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 7:22 pm
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>>438308

I was right about H and B, though predictably not cheap.

https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/holland-barrett-cherry-effect-capsules-60030409
>> No. 438311 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 8:41 pm
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>>438308
I remembered that my pal left some bourgeois sour cherry gin mixer at mine last week. 20% sour cherry juice, we'll soon see.
>> No. 438314 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 9:10 pm
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How the hell do two people on this website have gout? What have you been eating?
>> No. 438315 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 9:18 pm
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>>438314

Fillet steak and Rioja for breakfast everyday.
>> No. 438316 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 9:21 pm
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>>438314
The GP told me gout cases are up across the entire practise. Could be a case of less exercise because of quarantine making people more susceptible to uric acid build up in the joints, but maybe I was eating too much red meat and drinking too much wine. Specifically, I was eating a lot of minute steak because I've been on a Japanese cuisine kick of late and have eaten a lot of beef ramen and gyudon beef bowl, which goes great with Gran Reserva IV rioja.
>> No. 438318 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 9:23 pm
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>>438314
Rich man's disease innit, mods are all London poshos.
>> No. 438322 Anonymous
6th August 2020
Thursday 9:59 pm
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>>438318
We literally drink Port for breakfast every day.
>> No. 438330 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 10:14 am
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Decided to give up drinking as for the past month I've been averaging about 15 units a day. I don't have a physical need to drink, I'm just bored and lonely and it kills time.
>> No. 438333 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 10:31 am
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>>438330
I've begun to realise that I just don't enjoy drinking alone, it just leaves me wishing for company and feeling a bit down. And the next day I crack the cans searching for that joy.
>> No. 438341 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 11:44 am
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>>438330
That is literally why I have recently stopped too. I've gotten far too good at drinking.
>> No. 438342 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 11:44 am
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I may have went overboard on the cherries. I ordered fresh, glace, frozen, cherry jam and some cherry scones incase they tried to replace something.

I also got some Polish Cherry and Apple drink.
>> No. 438343 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 11:45 am
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>>438342
Controversial view but I don't care: Cherry Coke is the best Coke.
>> No. 438344 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 11:58 am
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>>438343
If we're on about flavoured cola then I'm quite partial to a Lime Pepsi.
>> No. 438345 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 12:07 pm
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>>438343
Same with Pepsi Max. Sour Cherry goes great with just about anything.
>> No. 438346 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 12:21 pm
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The raspberry bepis is also quite nice.

Shingles update: The rashes have now formed under my armpit meaning I cannot put my right arm down without a considerable amount of pain. I'm going to be stacked after this.
>> No. 438347 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 12:56 pm
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>>438316

In a shocking twist of .gs verisimilitude, I've also been on a Japanese food odyssey and was eating a lot of pork and beef.

Maybe we should delete the Japanese and anime threads for the good of our own health.
>> No. 438348 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 1:10 pm
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>>438204

A few weeks back I entered our local gaming store's raffle for that limited edition Catachan Colonel figure. I don't do Warhammer myself but I knew they were doing daft money on eBay so I thought it was worth a punt. Anyway I won it and much to the annoyance of some friends of mine who DO play Warhammer, I promptly sold it to an Australian chap on eBay for £90.
>> No. 438351 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 2:14 pm
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I think I'm going to have to sack off work for the rest of the day. I'm sweating like a black man on a rape charge.
>> No. 438352 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 3:02 pm
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>>438348

Good lad. GeeDubs must approve of such behaviour or they wouldn't keep doing it.

The recent starter set sold out in something like 15 minutes, cue, of course, rivers of salty tears from people who didn't get one looking at eBay listings for three times the price- Leading inevitably back around to people rushing to order when GW said "Oh gosh, we definitely didn't expect it to sell that fast- Tell you what. We'll do a second run, just this once... But hurry up!"

I was one of the anti-scalping lads in that recent 101 thread but some people do just deserve to be ripped off.
>> No. 438353 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 3:59 pm
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I've just been for my first haircut since this all started. I had to put my money in a tub, for them to take out and put in the till, but they put the change directly in my palm so I don't know what the point of it was.
>> No. 438354 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 4:09 pm
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>>438353

elf n safety gawn mad, EU innit.
>> No. 438355 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 4:24 pm
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>>438151
I hate John Shuttleworth.
>> No. 438357 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 4:49 pm
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>>438351
I'm stuck nudging my mouse slightly every few minutes so that teams doesn't go into an away status. I'd complain about IT not trusting me with the power settings but obviously they had the right idea with this.

I really do need to get one of those plastic birds like the Simpsons episode. Only instead of hitting Y it tells people that I'm far too busy at the moment.
>> No. 438360 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 5:21 pm
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>>438357
Mousejiggler m8
>> No. 438361 Anonymous
7th August 2020
Friday 6:08 pm
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>>438352

Generally I can't abide scalping, and I don't normally doing. I had an equal chance of winning the damn thing though so I don't feel bad about selling it
>> No. 438373 Anonymous
8th August 2020
Saturday 2:22 pm
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Shingles update II:
I've had the worst headache I've ever had since about 6pm last night. It feels like I've had a fight with a garden shovel.
>> No. 438374 Anonymous
8th August 2020
Saturday 4:24 pm
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Alright this is getting out of hand. I now have 20g of shrooms to get through.
>> No. 438375 Anonymous
8th August 2020
Saturday 4:28 pm
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>>438374
If that's wet it'll only be 2g dry.
>> No. 438376 Anonymous
8th August 2020
Saturday 4:38 pm
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>>438374

Can I have some
>> No. 438377 Anonymous
8th August 2020
Saturday 4:51 pm
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>>438374
Wet? That's two portions. (Or one rather large one!)
>> No. 438378 Anonymous
8th August 2020
Saturday 5:06 pm
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>>438377
Wet as in fresh. They're about 90% water by weight.
>> No. 438379 Anonymous
8th August 2020
Saturday 5:10 pm
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>>438378
Point being that when people discuss the dosage of shrooms they're talking about dry, dehydrated shrooms. So 20g of fresh mushroom is equivalent to one reasonable dose.
https://curativemushrooms.com/magic-mushroom-dosage-heroic-dose-microdosing
>> No. 438380 Anonymous
8th August 2020
Saturday 6:10 pm
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It's 20g dried, lads.
>> No. 438382 Anonymous
8th August 2020
Saturday 7:18 pm
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>>438380
That'll last you a while then.
>> No. 438386 Anonymous
9th August 2020
Sunday 12:23 pm
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Thinking about going for a swim at a lake here in the area today

It's a place where there is usually an overrepresentation of Russian family clans, Mideastern younglads, and youtubers running around with their phone on a selfie stick, but what can you do.
>> No. 438387 Anonymous
9th August 2020
Sunday 12:35 pm
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>>438386

Also, who the fuck brings a DJI Phantom drone to a lake. The last time I was there with some friends, some lad incessantly flew his drone over the lake and all the people there, and we joked about trying to take it down by throwing our miniature football at it.
>> No. 438388 Anonymous
9th August 2020
Sunday 4:45 pm
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Visited a Jysk today, which is the Danish equivalent of Ikea. It was slightly better than I expected.
>> No. 438389 Anonymous
9th August 2020
Sunday 5:09 pm
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>>438388

Was everything made of plastic and stackable?
>> No. 438390 Anonymous
9th August 2020
Sunday 6:32 pm
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>>438389
Like really big duplo
>> No. 438399 Anonymous
9th August 2020
Sunday 11:21 pm
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The DMR radios at work set off the shredder when they transmit - what the fuck is causing that? It's just a basic little office shredder, I assume it's something to do with the way it senses that paper is in the slot but - how? I'm not sure what freq range our particular system operates at, which might have given a clue.
>> No. 438407 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 1:50 am
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Shingles Update III:

After the second worst Friday night of my life (a headache that felt like my worst hangover doubles and fever that felt like I was about to burst into flames), things seem to be getting better. A strange thing is that the sensitive area of my skin is physically moving down my arm - it started in my armpit, and has slowly made its way down to my wrist, oddly. Today is the first day where I haven't needed painkillers, but wearing a shirt is still a hassle.
>> No. 438408 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 1:57 am
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>>438399
Maybe the wire from the sensor is acting as an aerial. That's assuming there is a wire, and it's not directly linked to the motor. I don't really know anything about shredders, just thinking aloud.
>> No. 438413 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 11:31 am
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I've just had the second white mite sighting in 24 hours on a laptop. I know they don't pose a threat and it's probably just that I've had my window for a few weeks but still. The fact that I sleep with my laptop on my bed is unsettling and scabieslad has me on guard now.

Either of you have any tips?
>> No. 438415 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 12:04 pm
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>>438413
Do you mean a common house mice or an actual white one? If its a white one, its probably escaped from somewhere. If it's a common house mouse, then you need to take great care disinfecting surfaces - they piss continuously when they walk and carry many diseases.
>> No. 438416 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 12:18 pm
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>>438399
I would check the coax on the base station aerial of your DMR radios, if you have one - specifically, I would check that the shielding on the coax still has proper integrity. When radio antenna coaxes lose their integrity (ie they break, aren't attached correctly to the plugs etc), they are prone to leaking radiation and interfering with other nearby devices.
>> No. 438417 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 12:24 pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tRP5D4JxjM
Midweek, I reckon I'll be cooking some belly pork up, going to dice it up and marinade it in soy sauce, ginger paste, lemon juice and honey. Then I'll stir fry it with marinade, add chilli flakes, tiny bit of cider, and serve with basmati rice and straight boiled cabbage in lieu of pak choi. Should be sticky, sweet, flavourful and moreish.
>> No. 438418 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 12:29 pm
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>>438415
You shit me up for a second there. I'd say these are mould mites - tiny white things although I'd say they are bigger and obviously less common than the ones in THAT video. Looking it up they will only pose a threat to any houseplants but I don't much fancy having them crawling all over my work laptop when I have urgent work to do.

Suppose I'd best check for mould but to be honest I'm still putting it down to the combination of an open window and humidity.
>> No. 438419 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 12:54 pm
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>>438413
Lad, shingles is not scabies.

Scabies is mites you get from skin-skin contact from someone with those mites.

Shingles is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus and there's nothing you can do about it.
>> No. 438420 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 1:23 pm
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>>438416

I don't even know where the base station is, to be honest - it's a network of radios used by multiple companies across a few square miles, so there's likely many different repeaters etc. They're probably on roofs I don't have direct access to, and are managed by an external company. I think I had decided once that they're just ad-hoc, but I don't remember why I thought that - it's probably not correct as there is a "server" listed in the radio's contacts.

I would like to think we'd have noticed RF interference as we work with sensitive equipment, but who knows.

The radios used are very flash, though, Motorola things that are about 400 quid a unit.
>> No. 438421 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 1:33 pm
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>>438417
I just threw this salsa verde together, turned out brown as it's too hot out to walk to the shops for chillies and all I had in was chipotle powder. It's good but it's going to have to sit and ferment a while, let the flavours meld.
>> No. 438422 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 2:16 pm
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>>438421
Looks gr8 m8
>> No. 438423 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 2:19 pm
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>>438421
Looks like diarrhea.
>> No. 438424 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 2:58 pm
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>>438423
Eat some fibre.
>> No. 438425 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 3:00 pm
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>>438421
>salsa verde
>brown

British monolingualism at its finest.
>> No. 438426 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 4:08 pm
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>>438425
Are you also upset that Richard Branson has children? That's the name of the dish, regardless of what colour it actually ends up being.
>> No. 438427 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 4:13 pm
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I'm not confident in the rain this week. 4 degrees cooler for twice the humidity.
>> No. 438428 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 4:31 pm
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>>438427

I think we've been lucky that we've got a week of 30+ degrees straight, during a year where we more or less can't, or at least are discouraged from holidaying abroad.

Who needs to go to Magaluf when London is seething. I still work from home at the moment, but I am almost out the door to go for a swim nearby with a friend. Life is good.
>> No. 438429 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 5:28 pm
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>>438428
Go for a swim? Go for a swim? With a friend?

Do you really think stopping international travel means everything else is fair game at home?
>> No. 438430 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 5:37 pm
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>>438427
The Met Office say there will be random storms and 80mm of rain this week though! Almost like they don't have a clue and are covering their arse.

I can see multiple instances of thunder over the UK on windy.com (which is very reliable) but no actual rain yet.
>> No. 438432 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 6:24 pm
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>>438430
>windy.com
What a beautiful site, thanks for the link!
>> No. 438433 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 6:52 pm
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>>438432
It's not only beautiful, the data sources it uses are very good indeed, and most of the code is open source.
>> No. 438434 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 7:03 pm
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>>438430
>>438433
I'm confused. Isn't this just pulling information from Harwell anyway?
>> No. 438435 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 7:09 pm
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>>438429

>Go for a swim? Go for a swim? With a friend

Are you the lad who told us all how much fun it is to have a wank inside your flat to German incest porn in this kind of weather?

Unlike you, some people here still attempt to have a life in this ongoing crisis. No laws were broken, just two lads cooling off in a lake. I'll get back to daytime wanking in due time.
>> No. 438436 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 8:01 pm
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>>438435
>Unlike you, some people here still attempt to have a life in this ongoing crisis. No laws were broken, just two lads cooling off in a lake. I'll get back to daytime wanking in due time.

Hang on, that was me. While it certainly sounds like you enjoyed your date there's nothing wrong with a night in when the thermometer goes up. Quite refreshing to have some alone time after a busy week if you ask me.
>> No. 438437 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 8:03 pm
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>>438435
You insensitive bastard. You could've given covid to a fish!.
>> No. 438438 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 10:22 pm
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>>438436

>While it certainly sounds like you enjoyed your date

Mirth. I'm not bumderlad, you know.
>> No. 438439 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 10:42 pm
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>>438438
Whatever you say, hun. Did you win the sword fight?
>> No. 438440 Anonymous
10th August 2020
Monday 10:47 pm
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Fucks sake boys it's 2020, are we really still going to make jokes about being gay?

I'll suck all your cocks if you just stop.
>> No. 438442 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 10:52 am
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>>438440
I think we have some new people. They'll soon leave/be banned.
>> No. 438443 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 12:59 pm
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Christ on a fucking bike, it is too hot.
>> No. 438445 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 1:25 pm
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>>438443
I know meight. Trying to work from home like this is tough. I spend all my time splashing water on my face and exhaling loudly (Not in a breathing difficulty way - more of a fuck me it's hot extended sigh).
>> No. 438446 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 1:42 pm
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>>438445
Freeze pops, melon and a fan.
>> No. 438447 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 1:48 pm
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>>438446
Sounds a bit kinky.
>> No. 438448 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 1:55 pm
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>>438445

I was in video chat today with one of my coworkers who is insanely attractive. She was wearing a spaghetti top and had her long hair up. It briefly crossed my mind to just go ahead and have a wank under the table.
>> No. 438449 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 2:37 pm
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>>438448
Should have taken a screenshot and saved it for later.
>> No. 438450 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 2:59 pm
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>>438448
> a spaghetti top
Was it Barilla?
>> No. 438451 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 5:08 pm
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IT'S TOO HOT.
IT'S TOO BLOODY HOT.
>> No. 438452 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 5:13 pm
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>>438451
I've gone for a frozen sports-injury gel pad thing on my brow, secured by my big over-ear headphones. Helping a little I think.
>> No. 438453 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 5:22 pm
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>>438451
I really need a shower, but part of me thinks "what's the point?" because it's not like I'll be much less sweaty an hour from now. It was 53C in Iraq a few weeks ago, no wonder they're trying to get as far north as possible, poor bastards.
>> No. 438454 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 6:08 pm
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>>438451
It's okay, I just invested 100 quid in a new fan, turns up tomorrow. This will definitely herald the end of the heatwave.
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11th August 2020
Tuesday 6:12 pm
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>>438451

I can't take much more of this. I have a dissertation to finish in the next week and I've found I'm too tired in the evenings to get much work done. I honestly don't understand how people ever lived productive lives in temperatures like this before air-conditioning was invented, I just want to sleep all the time.

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 438456 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 6:45 pm
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I'd be an idiot to buy one of those ancestry test kits wouldn't I? Limited novelty value with dubious accuracy in exchange for giving men of science my DNA that will be used when they take over the world.

>>438446
I made the mistake of buying magnums yesterday. They're far too decadent when all my body wants is coloured sugar ice.
>> No. 438458 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 7:42 pm
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>>438456
>I'd be an idiot to buy one of those ancestry test kits wouldn't I?
Yes. Don't.
>> No. 438459 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 8:45 pm
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>>438456

All they do is give you statistical matches of segments of your DNA that have been found to correlate with particular ethnicities or nationalities. So if they tell you you have 30 percent Polish or Eastern European ancestry, all it means is you have some of the same genes as them. Whether they are remnants of ancestors that lived 300 or 3,000 years ago, those tests cannot tell you.

Save the money and get a membership on a genealogy site for a few months. Pop in your family tree as far back as you know it, and see if you have any matches from other users that might be distantly related to you and that enable you to trace your ancestry much further back. You will see that that is much more exciting and insightful than knowing you are 10 percent Pacific Islander.

I'm on myheritage.com, but I am sure other sites offer similar mileage.
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11th August 2020
Tuesday 9:04 pm
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For the past week I've been getting some really good wanks in while listening to the neighbours going at it, only now i've found it's actually the sound of their cats crying to be let in.
>> No. 438461 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 9:13 pm
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>>438460
You're not going to let that stop you, are you?
>> No. 438462 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 9:25 pm
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>>438460
That might actually be one the funniest things I've read on .gs.
>> No. 438463 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 9:49 pm
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>>438460

Best not to tell your neighbours that you wanked off to their cats.
>> No. 438464 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 11:07 pm
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>>438463
These things are all about how you word them, just tell them you've been thinking about their pussy. When it is revealed later you mean the cat the cognitive dissidence of them simultaniously feeling relief, horror and confusion will work to your advantage.
>> No. 438465 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 11:09 pm
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>>438463>>438464
I guess the trick would be to say that he identifes as a cat too, and therefore wanking over one is perfectly fine.
>> No. 438466 Anonymous
11th August 2020
Tuesday 11:16 pm
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>>438464

Like that old joke...

- "Can I stroke your pussy?"
- "Yes, but who's going to watch the cat?"
>> No. 438467 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 12:28 am
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I've just run out of things to do. YouTube just shows me videos I've already watched. I don't have the patience for video games like I used to. Wanking's only good for a few times a day, max.

Nobody's about, and I am currently living in Lockdown Zone Manchester so even if they were, couldn't go to the pub.

When I were a teenlad I could keep myself occupied by playing 12 hours of TF2 a day, and there was generally an ample supply of films, TV shows, youtube, books etc to get me though the first few months of lockdown, but now I've not been so bored for a LONG time.
>> No. 438468 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 12:47 am
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>>438467
>I've just run out of things to do

I was exactly the same, I think I've read every bit of the internet I want to, and a few I don't. I've moved onto the mad DIY and cleaning the house phase, currently painting a room today.
>> No. 438469 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 9:09 am
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>>438467
If the virus mysteriously vanished and all lockdown was lifted, what's the first activity you'd engage in?
>> No. 438470 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 9:16 am
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>>438469
>> No. 438476 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 12:28 pm
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Still no sign of that rain, it's all clear skies with barely any wind. Is this what life is like now, "rain?! that'll be the day" and as soon as the sun comes out from behind a cloud we'll all jokingly say "that's it for winter then".

They've got until 4 before I head over to my local weather station, pitchfork in hand, and make sure nothing like this ever happens again.

>>438469
Well it's Wednesday so I'd probably have to go into the office. I wouldn't mind, first day back is going to be nothing but coffees followed by a trip to the pub. I'll probably have to listen to a few speeches from seniors on how proud they are of us but it fits with a theme of not doing any actual work.

Other than that I've saved buckets of money for hobbies but I'll probably have to decide how much of that money I want to keep reserved as savings. I want to max out my ISA at the start of the tax year and use the rest to (finally) learn to drive. Going back to budgeting is going to be a right pain.
>> No. 438477 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 12:35 pm
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>>438476
There was thundering loud enough to wake people up here in Sheffield last night at about 4am.
>> No. 438478 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 12:39 pm
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>>438469
Massive pub sesh, most likely.
>> No. 438481 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 12:54 pm
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>>438477
That was probably just someone banging on a couple of metal bins. Don't doubt the Met Office conspiracy. They have all the resources of the umbrella fat cats behind them including a drunk Albanian from the car wash with a water hose.
>> No. 438483 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 1:15 pm
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Have summers always been this hot or have they been getting warmer over the years?

This is fucking shit.
>> No. 438484 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 1:28 pm
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>>438483
Dunno if you've heard of this thing called "climate change"? We have a small thread about it.
>While the 30 years between 1961 and 1990 seeing 44 tropical nights, this almost doubled in the years between From 1991 to 11 August 2020, 84 such nights were recorded. 21 of the occurred since 2008.
>Now, thanks to the heatwave, we have seen 16 such uncomfortably hot evenings this summer, with more forecast for this week.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/10/tropical-nights-rise-britain-sees-16-evenings-20-degrees/
>> No. 438485 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 1:34 pm
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>>438481
The work of the clanker man is never done.
>> No. 438486 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 2:49 pm
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>>438483
Oh mate.
>> No. 438487 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 2:54 pm
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>>438486
Lads, I'm aware of climate change. I probably should have asked is this summer hotter than the last one? While I remember it being hot last year, I was wondering if I'm just being a soft cunt now or if it is actually hotter this year.
>> No. 438488 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 3:14 pm
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I don't understand this rain deal at all. I think I hear thunder but the skies clear.

>>438487
For me it feels like it was hotter a couple of years back when we had that miserable drought following on from the spring snow (remember that stuff?). Although last year certainly took the piss with that hot rain in the middle of a heatwave.

That might just be how I remember it though because the trains were being absolute wankers in summer 2018. You were right climate change doesn't work year by year but is a rising average. Obviously it's only mid-August but if it started snowing now it would still just be an outlier.
>> No. 438489 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 3:55 pm
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>>438487
It is actually hotter and will continue to get hotter.
>> No. 438490 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 4:10 pm
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>>438488
>I think I hear thunder but the skies clear.
It might very well be that, as you can have thunder without rain. It's static electricity rather than some property of water.
>> No. 438491 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 4:26 pm
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>>438488

40s lad here. Summers are definitely hotter than they used to be 25 or 30 years ago. I simply cannot remember summers like this in the south of Britain from my teenlad or early 20s days.There should be no doubt in anybody's mind.

The big thing in the late 80s and early 90s was that Greece was increasingly seeing 40 degrees and more, at least in parts of the mainland. We went on holiday there a few times back then, and people told us that it was kind of unusual. Even sun spoiled Greece didn't normally get much above 32-34 degrees before that. I've often thought that that was one of the real harbingers of onset climate change. And look at them now, they get up to 48°C these days.
>> No. 438492 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 4:31 pm
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So do I snort this maca stuff or daub it directly onto my gonads?
>> No. 438494 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 4:47 pm
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>>438492
I see you, Big Mac.
>> No. 438497 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 5:24 pm
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>>438492
Both I reckon - go big or go home.
>> No. 438498 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 5:32 pm
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>>438487
Last year felt hotter to me but that may have been due to my being hung over more often.
>> No. 438499 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 5:41 pm
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>>438498
It hit 35/36 a couple of times last year in Manchester, it's currently 32
>> No. 438502 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 9:26 pm
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So, uh .. when your friend is on a cocaine monologue are you supposed to respond and direct the theme or just nod quietly and wait quietly for the effect to wear off?
>> No. 438504 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 9:40 pm
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I don't know if 2018 was hotter, but it did not rain for weeks and weeks and weeks. Every field was parched and yellow, the horses were deeply unhappy. I also remember watching the entire World Cup and it only rained as France lifted the trophy, which I suppose means it must have appeased God for a time, but judging by this year it wasn't enough.
>> No. 438506 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 9:50 pm
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>>438502

The second one.
>> No. 438507 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 9:53 pm
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>>438502
Cocaine is a shit drug. Nod quietly.
>> No. 438513 Anonymous
12th August 2020
Wednesday 11:52 pm
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>>438507

But don't nod too quietly, they hate that and it will only enrage them. Nod to the same level you would to a colleague repeating a point you felt you already made 5 minutes ago in a meeting but no one else seemed to process and now is being repeated more basically, but at least you are relieved it is beginning understood and things might actually advance.
>> No. 438515 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 12:49 am
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It's too hot to sleep in my bedroom, and it has been the last few nights. I've been sleeping shirtless on top of my bed and with the window open. The heat from the day is in the walls though, and with the window open it takes until about 5am every morning before my bedroom noticeably cools down.

Can we just not do this whole global warming thing?
>> No. 438516 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 1:56 am
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>>438515
But there are profits to be made!
>> No. 438518 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 3:31 pm
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I went get something from my room and the heat was so intense I decided to break out the thermometer, it was 32C. It's clouded over a bit now, but Christ alive I wouldn't love to be able to rotate this house 180 degrees and have the Sun on the garden rather than turning my bedroom into an oven.
>> No. 438519 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 4:36 pm
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I got a hand-me-down TV and a console table today. It feels really weird unpacking my DVDs and old games consoles, as well as actually having a little furniture in the house. I don't really know what my resistance is to, but it's starting to look a little more normal in here. It'll be nice to sit back and watch some DVDs rather than using the PC like i have been, but i feel vulnerable having anything worth knicking visible from the window (only yesterday a friend was telling me about the local fence).
When I was a kid we'd often have bailiffs knocking on the door and mom was always working her mind to exhaustion for debt. I became scared to answer the phone or door, started to withdraw and all that.

Thinking about that now and I feel pretty bad about having this TV.
>> No. 438521 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 5:39 pm
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I am really looking forward to the next few days. Never thought I'd get excited about the prospect of almost a week's worth of rain.
>> No. 438522 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 5:55 pm
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>>438521
It just thundered and pissed it down here, it's passed and is forecast to come back in but already it's cooled everything down, it feels bloody beautiful.
>> No. 438524 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 6:58 pm
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>>438519

Whenever I've lived in a shithole, I've left the downstairs rooms without anything good on show, so it looks like I have nothing to steal, and the upstairs rooms are where I actually spend most of my time and have my PC, TV, consoles, guitars etc. Same principle with my car- Nobody will ever nick it because it's a battered 1.2 hatchback that doesn't even have electric windows. I've left it unlocked on the street before and nobody even bothers to poke their head in and see if I've got a satnav stashed under the seat.

This reminds me of that thing about people who grew up council rarely getting into fights because you know how not to make yourself look like an easy target. Similar sort of thing for property theft I reckon. I remember moving out for the first time and suddenly experiencing, for the first time, a massive anxiety that there really is nothing stopping someone putting a brick through the window helping themselves to all my shit, and when I'm out all day, I'm essentially just leaving everything I own completely unguarded, up for grabs.
>> No. 438525 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 7:20 pm
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>>438524

Where do you live?
>> No. 438526 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 7:38 pm
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>>438525

I'm not going to say where I live now, but I've previously lived in such wonderful places as Beeston and Eastmoor estate.
>> No. 438527 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 8:27 pm
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>> No. 438529 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 8:59 pm
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>>438526
Beeston Beeston or Beeston?
>> No. 438531 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 10:06 pm
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>>438529

Beeston.
>> No. 438540 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 10:15 am
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What are we all up to now the unbearable heat has been replaced with endless gloom and intermittent drizzle then?
>> No. 438541 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 10:52 am
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>>438540
Catching up on sleep mostly. First good nights rest I've had in a week or two.
>> No. 438545 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 2:56 pm
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I forgot the cavalo nero and now I have to leave the house again.
>> No. 438546 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 2:57 pm
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>>438545
Commiserations - worth the trip though.

One of my favourite things to go with pasta.
>> No. 438551 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 4:35 pm
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>>438540

I've had a day of respite but it's gonna back to a terrible muggy heat already. I can't wait for autumn.
>> No. 438553 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 5:51 pm
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>>438546
The corner shop didn't have any or even a like-for-like replacement, I couldn't be bothered going all the way to Asda again so I got a Solero, came home and made carrot soup. Entirely innapropriate for the weather, but I've simply stopped caring. Anyone who has a problem with my thick carrot soup in this tropical weather is going to suffer full scale asymetric warfare the likes of which they have never imagined.
>> No. 438556 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 6:47 pm
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>>438540

Doing some cleaning around my flat here. Couldn't be arsed to mop the floor and vacuum the carpets in the heat, but now the place looks a lot more tidy again.
>> No. 438557 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 7:29 pm
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Will tinned macaroni cheese work on top of beans on toast? I'm about to find out.
>> No. 438558 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 7:36 pm
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>>438557

Bit unusual, but why not.
>> No. 438559 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 8:14 pm
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It looked like an absolute abomination but it tasted alright. Not as nice as a regular cheesy beano though.
>> No. 438560 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 10:43 pm
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>>438557

I don't particularly like beans (don't ban me) but that sounds great.

I have a real love for those pale, gloopy tinned macaroni that really belies my former life in pursuit of fine cuisine.
>> No. 438562 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 11:00 pm
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>>438560
I think with beans it really depends upon the brand. I like Branston and Aldi's own brand beans but outside of those I don't really enjoy them.
>> No. 438563 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 11:11 pm
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Managed to cock up my online banking twice despite being dead certain I was putting the info in correctly. I'm far too paranoid so I more or less convinced I'd been hacked and every penny I had was gone.

It's fine though still just regular poor.

>>438557>>438559
Fuck sake, lad. I will post you some soup just promise me you'll stop living like that.
>> No. 438564 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 11:16 pm
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>>438563
Live a little.
>> No. 438565 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 11:17 pm
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>>438562

Call me a snob, but nowadays I normally only buy Heinz tins. They are a bit more expensive, but you get what you pay for.

That said, Lidl's beans are more or less ok, again for what you pay, I think the worst is Tesco-brand beans. Just bland unappealing gloop.

Also, my Lidl actually sometimes has Heinz tins as limited-time offers.
>> No. 438566 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 11:22 pm
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>>438565
Heinz is a bit too bland and sugary for my liking.
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14th August 2020
Friday 11:25 pm
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>>438564
The combo sounds objectively bad and I subjectively don't care for baked beans or man 'n' cheese. They're both fine, but mixing them together seems like a long walk to a short drink of water. I can think of three things even I could cook that would take about as long and taste much better.
>> No. 438568 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 12:10 am
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>>438565
Heinz beans are to sweet and have too much bean juice. Cross and Blackwell's beans are superior.
>> No. 438570 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 4:25 am
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>>438568
Come on lad, you need to try a bit harder than that. You need a better angle, a successful troll might have insisted you drain/rinse the beans.
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15th August 2020
Saturday 7:29 am
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>>438570

I actually do this, and replace the bean juice with passata.
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15th August 2020
Saturday 11:42 am
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>>438570

>rinse the beans


The mind boggles.
>> No. 438576 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 12:12 pm
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>>438575

You could do it from scratch with dry beans but then you have to go to all the effort of marinading them in tomato sauce to get the same flavour and texture, then rinsing that off to replace it with passata.
>> No. 438577 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 12:20 pm
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A tin of haricot beans in water costs 55p. Aldi Corale beans are 98p for four tins, so 24.6p each.

Buying baked beans and rinsing off the sauce is far more economical.
>> No. 438579 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 1:01 pm
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>>438577
If you were serious about this, you would buy dried haricot beans and soak them overnight; would be about a tenth of the price.
>> No. 438580 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 1:45 pm
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>>438579

Why not just grow the beans yourself, then you don't have to waste petrol going to Waitrose.
>> No. 438581 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 1:52 pm
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Fuck beans.
>> No. 438582 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 2:34 pm
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>>438580
>Waitrose

Oh darling, nobody is going to Waitrose during the lockdown. If it's Heinz baked beans, then all the middle-class people are buying them in bulk from Costco now. About 8 quid for a slab of 24 cans.
>> No. 438583 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 2:51 pm
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>>438582
>darling, nobody is going to Waitrose

So you're going to Waitrose then? Since you're such a nobody that you feel you must project this absurd condescension.
>> No. 438584 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 3:20 pm
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>>438580

>Why not just grow the beans yourself, then you don't have to waste petrol going to Waitrose.

Unless you have your own farm, the beans you can grow in a more or less average sized back garden without sacrificing all your grass lawn or your shed will probably be enough for all of two or three large tins a year.

There is actually wheat growing in my parents' back garden this year, must be from a bird eating wheat from a field nearby and shitting it out. It's just three plants, but the fact that they have grown from seeds (a lot of commercial hybrid wheat nowadays is infertile) is reason enough for me to keep the seeds and plant a proper bed of wheat next year.

But I have no illusions that we'll even have enough wheat for a loaf of bread. It's just something that seems a fun, unusual thing to do.
>> No. 438585 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 3:21 pm
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>>438582
>nobody is going to Waitrose during the lockdown

How dare you. Maybe a "slab" of beans sounds appetising in your family but we're talking about beans on toast here, a national dish.
>> No. 438586 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 3:56 pm
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>>438585
Slabs of beans are used to make soy sauce so that is also a national dish of somewhere probably. Sauce.
>> No. 438587 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 5:34 pm
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>>438584

I grew up in a suburban house with a garden that was so huge (half a Sunday League Football pitch, or an uncalculated quantity of London buses / Olympic Swimming Pools / Waleses), that it was most likely commandeered from an allotment. 2/5ths of the garden was smooth and separated into quadrants by paving stones; the other was pocked by shallow pits that were eventually revealed to me as once having fruit and nut trees. Only the remnants of some brambles and mint plants remained of what would have been an immense Kitchen Garden, and what could have been the trigger for a lifelong and sustainable hobby.

The only problem was that both of my Parents were lazy fucking arseholes and my Dad even made excuses for mowing the barren acres. Oh but my Mum kept the Plum trees because she liked the flowers. Soon got sick of eating the fruit though. Oh how I hated touching my Mother's Plums.

Thanks for reading my weird rant Lads
>> No. 438594 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 8:39 pm
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>>438585
This is a "slab" of baked beans - 24 cans, about 9 quid for the lot from Costco. They're 80p per can in Tesco (85p in Waitrose) right now, ie just over twice the price.

You don't have to eat them all at once. We live the beans on toast lifestyle and agree with your point about it being a national dish.
>> No. 438599 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 11:48 pm
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Moved into a new flat (no more construction!), and it's got FTTH internet.

It was active within 3 days of the phone call (rather than 3 weeks of FTTC), it's blazing fast, and IPv6 ready. The future is now.

I could even get gigabit, but can't justify £70 a month.
>> No. 438600 Anonymous
15th August 2020
Saturday 11:54 pm
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>>438599
Utterly jealous. Is it Hyperoptic?
>> No. 438601 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 12:00 am
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>>438599

Lucky bugger.

Where I live, every street within a 5 mile radius has Virgin fibre optic. Except my block of flats.

Just my flats. My flat is in the only building that doesn't have it. I have 1.5mb ADSL.
>> No. 438602 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 12:05 am
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>>438600
BT or Zen are the only two available options, which is strange because Hyperoptic specialise in FTTH. My guess it's that it's a legal thing. I went with BT because they were cheaper.

>>438601
My parents have had Virgin 100Mbit since 2012, but everywhere I've lived hasn't been covered by Virgin, which is a shame since my parents have never had any serious issues with them - and they've been customers since they were Telewest Broadband.

The 100Mbit in 2012 was absolutely mint. I remember downloading Borderlands 2 when it came out in under 10 minutes.
>> No. 438603 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 12:09 am
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>>438602
>my parents have never had any serious issues with them
>Telewest Broadband

I'm the same - Virgin is made up of what is the old Telewest and NTL networks. I've lived in three houses with Virgin service that were actually the old Telewest cables, and service has mostly been brilliant - bar a few bad days at the beginning of lockdown. I think the NTL network is/was mostly made of shit.
>> No. 438604 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 12:17 am
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>>438603

>Telewest
>NTL

Christ lads you're giving me some nostalgic feelings. Remember when we actually built and improved new infrastructure instead of just increasing numbers of G?
>> No. 438605 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 12:25 am
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>>438603
>I think the NTL network is/was mostly made of shit.

I remember the TV service didn't work half the time which royally fucked off my parents. Online there was the corporate site 'NTL Heaven' which, of course, led to someone making 'NTL Hell' which posted the home addresses of their directors.

Can't say there was any bother with Virgin and the speed was good but since moving out it's been too pricey compared to Plusnet.
>> No. 438606 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 12:31 am
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>>438604

Must have been before my time, and I'm 40.
>> No. 438607 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 12:40 am
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>>438604
>when we actually built and improved new infrastructure

I totally agree with you to a point - but the real problem lad is our fucking roads. When you get down to the nitty gritty of networking, it involves digging holes in the roads, laying pipes, and pulling long bits of string/wire through them.

It is brutally mechnical and manual - I'm always reminded of this at work when our network links go wrong and some dudes will be literally lifting up manhole covers in the middle of some main roads, or wondering which fishing boat just dragged its anchor across some cables in the sea.

A new broadband infrastructure in the UK would involve a lot of fucking digging of holes, and a lot of disruption around the road network. Our roads are already fucked, most people are NIMBYs (I mean look at the hoo-hah around HS2) so nobody wants to even consider that kind of national project. But I do toally agree with you that is the problem.
>> No. 438612 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 1:18 am
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>>438607
>most people are NIMBYs (I mean look at the hoo-hah around HS2)
HS2 is absolutely not a NIMBY issue mate. It's more of a "Not in 108 of our remaining ancient woodlands" thing, a "Not in my actual property that I've been kicked out of and not paid, for either its actual value or anything at all" thing, a "Not in these places where some of our remaining wildlife live that are just clinging on from extinction" thing, a "the trees they're planting won't take enough carbon out the air to replace the ones they're cutting down for at least thirty years, or at least they would do if 82% didn't die in their first year simply because it's cheaper to replace them than to water them, putting off the point they'll start to recoup those losses by even further", a "these people have been repeatedly implicated for corruption yet being pals with the Tories somehow it just never sticks", or a "Not being carbon neutral for one hundred and twenty years by their own estimates in order to shave off twenty minutes journey time - not between cities - between airports" thing. Get a grip.
>> No. 438613 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 2:03 am
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>>438612

There's a lot of NIMBYism though. Alongside all the very real and legitimate concerns you mentioned, there are plenty of well to do retirees in the countryside who don't want a construction site within 30 miles of their cottage.

Do you think there's room for the HS2 project to be rehabilitated into a decent infrastructure program, rather than just the plot of The Animals of Farthing Wood? I'd say something definitely has to be done about our rail network if we're to get people out of their cars and onto public transport, especially in the north of England.
>> No. 438614 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 2:36 am
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>>438612
Those are totally NIMBY things.

Both passenger and freight traffic are projected to grow significantly in the coming decades, and the West Coast Main Line is full to capacity all the way up to Stafford. It's seen two massive projects to increase capacity, but there's just no more room for improvement left. All the margins have been scraped away. Connections from the West Midlands to the East Midlands and Yorkshire are pretty dismal too.

HS2 is very much not optional at this point. The London-Birmingham corridor is needed to move long-distance traffic off WCML South, and the Birmingham-Leeds section effectively completes a triangle with Manchester what with the Trans-Pennine upgrade works already scheduled.
>> No. 438615 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 4:49 am
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>>438612
Ha, you've perfectly proved the point I made in >>438607 by listing a load of NIMBY issues. If you're going to build a brand new railyway in the UK, almost anywhere, it is going to run through some peoples property and, it is going to run through some ancient woodlands and landscape; that's the choice we have to make if we want to get people out of cars, and/or improve our travel infrastructure. Every major road has the same issues.

The carbon neutral bit is also bullshit, as is your comment on the journey time. HS2 is important to the rail infrastructure because it moves a lot of passenger traffic off the regional lines which are struggling, the improvement in journey time is actually a secondary consideration - I wish they were more honest about this. Any route of railway between two major cities is going to have these issues.

Probably agree with you on the corrupt Tories point, and compulsory purchase orders are always a terrible thing, but thats about it.
>> No. 438616 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 8:55 am
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>>438613
> I'd say something definitely has to be done about our rail network if we're to get people out of their cars and onto public transport, especially in the north of England.

>>438614
>Both passenger and freight traffic are projected to grow significantly in the coming decades

Would this still be the case if a lot of people moved to working from home?
>> No. 438617 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 9:52 am
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>>438614
>>438615
What do any of those things, with the exception of people being forcibly evicted, have to do with personal proximity to the project? It's not exactly "I don't like the new view and it'll bring down property prices".
>> No. 438619 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 10:51 am
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>>438615
>The carbon neutral bit is also bullshit
Here's their own assessment saying it's not:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/828986/E27_Carbon_v1.2.pdf

>as is your comment on the journey time.
True, as the high-speed part will start and end outside of the actual cities it'll probably take even longer.

>>Three different posts
>blah blah we need to cut down all the trees in order to grow infrastructure and let more people travel
We fucking don't, we need to work from home. If this sort of thing keeps going on, demand for ways to travel isn't going to decrease, it's just going to keep growing and growing and you're going to be sitting there insisting that we need to cut down just a bit more, just a bit more to accommodate it. Endless growth. It's short-sighted and insane. We already have the least woodland by % in the whole of Europe and you're arguing to press on with the largest felling of trees since WWI.
>> No. 438620 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 11:37 am
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>>438619

>three different posts

No lad, my post said all those points were valid, but that we do need to do something. I asked you what you propose.

Don't just turn it around and start going BUT THE TREES again. Yes, I know, the trees. I'm that sort of person, I get it. But what's our other option?
>> No. 438621 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 11:45 am
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>> No. 438622 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 12:22 pm
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>>438620

Working from home.
>> No. 438624 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 12:39 pm
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I've no fucking idea what day it is because my work shifts have no rhyme or reason at the minute. I'm quite enjoying it though- It relieves you of the burden of that Sunday night dread. I'm trying to bring my colleagues around to this emancipation from the arbitrary nature of weekdays versus weekends, but they're really struggling to get it through their heads that you can still go to the shops on a Tuesday without some kind of quantum paradox sucking the world inside out.

I'm spending this cozy, drizzly Sunday morning learning Rainbow songs, including (but not limited to) Man On The Silver Mountain, and Kill The King. Ritchie Blackmore got a lot of mileage out of that one riff.
>> No. 438626 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 1:24 pm
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>>438624
I've felt the same for months actually - the weekends/weeks all seem to roll into one. I'm supposed to be having the next two weeks "off work" which basically seems to mean I have to do all the things I usually do, but just avoid logging on to one particular computer.

Today I am studying for my Amateur Radio exams. I don't intend to speak to anyone using such radios, but it has been a lifelong (geek) ambition to get the qualification/call-sign, and the excuse to buy a load of high-end radio gear.
>> No. 438628 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 6:21 pm
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I've just found out my brother's girlfriend is looking at spending around £20,000 on a wedding venue. That's just the venue, not the full cost of the wedding.

It's fucking beyond me.
>> No. 438634 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 7:55 pm
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>>438628
I don't understand this either, what a fucking waste of a huge chunk of money. Surely it would be better spent on the honeymoon if you have to spend that much.
>> No. 438636 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 8:05 pm
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>>438634
> it would be better spent on the honeymoon

Or a deposit for a house, maybe, rather than just a holiday.
>> No. 438642 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 9:43 pm
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>>438628

Friends of mine rented the entire roof terrace of a four-star hotel around Canary Wharf for their wedding in 2005. They paid £12,000 back then, admittedly that was the budget for the entire wedding, but which according to the BoE inflation calculator would still be 18 grand today.

I don't remember that wedding being exceedingly lavish, but I guess a lot of it simply came from the fact that it was on top of a four-star Canary Wharf hotel.
>> No. 438643 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 10:11 pm
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>>438634
I think her family have a bit more money than ours, so she's whatever the middle class equivalent of Live, Laugh, Love is.
>> No. 438645 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 11:03 pm
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Going to watch The Butterfly Effect now.

Amy Smart was smoking hot back then.

She noshed off Jason Statham in Crank 2 behind the wheel in mid-traffic, in case you've forgotten her.
>> No. 438648 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 3:56 am
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>>438642

My friends rented an entire fucking castle in Scotland for less than that in 2014. That felt lavish, even though it was a sensible budget. Sure, people had to travel, but it's a fucking wedding, so what?
>> No. 438649 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 1:02 pm
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>>438648
The thing about castles is, I imagine, that you will feel like a bit of a twat after the first 5 minutes. Not only would the castle be a modern construction but you would only feel like a larper who has spent all this money to pretend to be a feudal lord for a day. I bet the staff would all go along with it as well "th'congratulations on thou matrimony, thine King. Th'please vacate the estate by three".

I bet it would be nice to buy a house with a big conservatory and have the wedding on moving in day. Two get-togethers with one stone and it feels rather symbolic. You would spend a week settling in and then go on a honeymoon so you have something to look forward to.
>> No. 438650 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 1:10 pm
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>>438649

I mean, it was just a hotel in a castle, it felt lavish because it's a big fucking castle, not because the bride and groom were being carried around by foot servants.
>> No. 438651 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 1:13 pm
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Try-hard weddings are the absolute worst - particularly if the bride/groom are in their twenties. You generally get hundreds of people, who you don't really know, turn up and take the piss for a couple of hours, who you never see or hear from later in life - it's just a posing event. Older couples have generally figured this out and spend/not spend accordingly. Lost count of the stupid weddings like this I went to in my early adult years.
>> No. 438653 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 1:29 pm
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>>438648

Like I said, 12 grand wasn't just to rent the roof terrace at that hotel including catering for about 75 people. It was the budget for the whole wedding. Other things were sort of pricey as well that they spent money on, such as a classic 1950s Rolls Royce including a driver for the day. I think that alone was over 300 (?) quid.

My friends were both mid-level executives, so it's not like they had to struggle to come up with that kind of money.

Also, I think people who marry at exotic far away locations are cunts for expecting their guests to travel all the way to Ibiza or Mauritius. I'd be willing to go to Scotland, if it's a good friend, but anything further away than that would just be taking the piss.
>> No. 438654 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 1:35 pm
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>>438648
Not a proper castle, just a manor house with turrets.
>> No. 438655 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 1:37 pm
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A 19 year old lass has posted on r/UKPersonalFinance asking for advice as she's been earning about £12k per month since she started doing OnlyFans in April of this year, with that figure going upwards as she gains more subscribers.

It's the type of post that is made on there fairly often, although usually not with this level of earnings. I don't know how I feel with this; I think it's a mixture of admiration for doing so well out of this and jealousy that I'll never have the opportunity to make shitloads of money for so little work.
>> No. 438656 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 1:39 pm
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>>438653

>It was the budget for the whole wedding.

Ah, I think I read the opposite of that last night. Never mind.
>> No. 438657 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 1:46 pm
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>>438655

I feel the same. There's a lass that used to work for us that has an onlyfans with around 500 subscribers on it - at 10 dollars a month she's doing pretty well, I'd say, and she's not particularly attractive, shes one of them chubby, big fake tits, fake lips surgery people.

I have said a few times that if I thought there was a market for it, I'd be wanking off on camera too, but really A) there might well be a market for stocky 31 year old bald men with beards, I just haven't looked and B) I might see it differently if I was a woman who had to deal with being objectified constantly anyway.

So good on them, I guess. It's a fuckload of money, but I can't imagine it being sustainable for more than a couple of years. I don't particularly buy into the "you'll never get hired at a real job again" angle, it's not that easy to find someone's porn unless they use their real name, particularly if they stay in the realm of relatively unknown onlyfans model.
>> No. 438658 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 1:54 pm
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>>438657
The lass who made the post said she intended to do it for the next few years whilst she was at university and then open up a tattoo parlour; she knows it isn't a long-term thing but realises it can be enough to set her up for life pretty much.

I can't see it being harmful to most people's long-term careers. If anything, it seems to be middle aged people posting racist bollocks on Facebook who are the most likely to lose their jobs for doing something online.
>> No. 438659 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 1:59 pm
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>>438658
It's wealth redistribution - disadvantaged young women taking money from lecherous middle-aged men for hardly any effort at all. All power to the sex workerz.
>> No. 438660 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 2:23 pm
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>>438659
It still baffles me that you can make any money this way. That people will pay money for a bit of sideboob that you could probably find on an Instagram. And they do it on the internet of all bloody places.

The world's gone mad.
>> No. 438661 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 2:36 pm
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>>438660
I don't know if there's a bit of girlfriend experience or exclusivity that's part of the appeal. I've not partook in this sort of thing so I'm unsure.

What do you think the background is of the typical OnlyFans customer? As in age, occupation, income, etc.
>> No. 438662 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 2:54 pm
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>>438660

I think people are a lot more amenable to paying little bits of money for convenience or pleasure now - whether it's 79p on candy crush, a £3.99 ubereats delivery fee, or a fiver on that instagram model or lass you went to school with's onlyfans. It's just so easy now - my browser or paypal can store my banking details, I can buy stuff with one click, all that.

When I was a horny young lad, porn was at least £30 a month. I can say with absolute certainty if I could have paid a tenner or less to see Emma from school's tits at 18, I absolutely would not have hesitated. I wouldn't spend any money on that sort of thing now, I'm just too used to free porn, but I get it.

I too have nothing but support and enthusiasm for sex workers, but I am not ever going to be their target market.
>> No. 438663 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 3:03 pm
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>>438657

Good on them while it lasts, yeah, you suppose. This is most people's view of the matter.

The thing is if your proper actual fishmonger types had their way, the type who wanted real structural fundamental equality, not today's pretend cake and eat it type- The market wouldn't exist. Blokes wouldn't be interested in paying $10 to look at tits because a truly equal balance of power between the genders wouldn't support the need for it.

>>438659

And sometimes it's spoiled girls who already had a leg up in life getting an even easier ride than the rest just for flashing their knickers a bit.

Personally I just think sex work represents the fundamental amorality of a capitalist, free market society. I mean it's fair play, if you've got something people want, you can sell it. The thing is sex is something everyone can and should get for free instead, like healthcare or school.
>> No. 438664 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 3:07 pm
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>>438661
>What do you think the background is of the typical OnlyFans customer? As in age, occupation, income, etc.

My initial guess was it being similar to the people who used to call in to those sex lines. That and young morons who have grown-up on a subscription centred internet.

Then I did a google search and while data is hard to come by the traffic seems to indicate that coronavirus has had a big uplift indicating a business model built on loneliness. The majority of models make nothing as well and you will need to be in the top% to see a worthwhile return in a job that is 24 hour where the customer is always wanting more. All a bit depressing.

At any rate, Wikipedia should do a fundraiser where they ask users to share nudes and you can get limited time access with £1. It would make a fortune and go to a good cause.
>> No. 438665 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 3:32 pm
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Happy Animal Farm day.
>> No. 438666 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 3:40 pm
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>>438663

>because a truly equal balance of power between the genders wouldn't support the need for it

How so? I don't really follow. I think I'd like looking at boobs even if women were treated more like men, and male onlyfans accounts still exist now, so I don't get it.
>> No. 438667 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 4:09 pm
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>>438626

Let me know when this happens as a .gs numbers station/SSTV station would be fun.
>> No. 438668 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 4:13 pm
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>>438664

>The majority of models make nothing as well and you will need to be in the top% to see a worthwhile return in a job

Sounds like every creative/entertainment industry I can think of.
>> No. 438669 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 4:16 pm
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>>438668
Absolutely that - there'll be a very long tail of people making ten pounds a year.
>> No. 438670 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 6:44 pm
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>>438667
>a .gs numbers station

Exactly what I was thinking.
>> No. 438676 Anonymous
19th August 2020
Wednesday 3:20 pm
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The rain today is giving me mid-week ennui.

Seems like only yesterday we were moaning about the heatwave, but this storm / rain is all a bit too much.
>> No. 438677 Anonymous
19th August 2020
Wednesday 4:20 pm
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>>438676
>Seems like only yesterday we were moaning about the heatwave

And the week before that someone was moaning that we weren't getting enough of summer. The only logical conclusion is that .gs can influence the weather but it's a power that we've criminally underused.

Personally I don't mind the rain as it keeps things cool. What we need is rain on Tuesdays and Thursdays - hopefully it would keep the temperature at 25 with an acceptable humidity.
>> No. 438680 Anonymous
19th August 2020
Wednesday 5:34 pm
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>>438677

>The only logical conclusion is that .gs can influence the weather but it's a power that we've criminally underused.

If .gs has its way, it'd be raining eager aunties and fruit and veg for 52 weeks a year.
>> No. 438681 Anonymous
19th August 2020
Wednesday 6:09 pm
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>>438680
I think we would probably order snow for at least half the year, so nobody ever had to leave the house.
>> No. 438682 Anonymous
19th August 2020
Wednesday 7:05 pm
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>>438676
The humidity is pissing me off, it's still too warm to shut my windows and everything feels fucking damp.
>> No. 438683 Anonymous
19th August 2020
Wednesday 7:29 pm
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>>438677
Purps has the Weather Control device somewhere in the Shedbunker.
>> No. 438684 Anonymous
19th August 2020
Wednesday 7:36 pm
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>>438683
My garden actually looks a lot like this at the moment.

Hmmm. But it's raining - maybe I have the polarity the wrong way round.
>> No. 438685 Anonymous
19th August 2020
Wednesday 7:40 pm
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>>438684

The average British garden is about three square feet of surface area once you account for the shed. No wonder it's not working.
>> No. 438688 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 1:26 am
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>>438682
It's about to get a lot worse ladm9.

It's going to rain cats and dogs for the next couple of days. It is too late to gather rice, tea or provisions.

Don't leave the house.
>> No. 438689 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 2:23 am
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>>438688
On the contrary, flooding the fields is a vital part of any rice growing operation and tea seeds have to be soaked for 48 hours before planting. This time next year we'll have more tea and rice than all of China! And there will be millions job-hungry man-servants to collect it all.

Believe in Britain, lads.
>> No. 438690 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 11:45 pm
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>>438689

We don't have the climate yet for any meaningful rice growing. There's going to have to be at least 20 more years of climate change.
>> No. 438691 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 11:49 pm
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>>438690
ITZ COMING.
>> No. 438692 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 11:52 pm
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>>438690
>There's going to have to be at least 20 more years of climate change.

Lad, you know full well what happens when we complain about the weather. YOU'VE DOOMED US ALL!
>> No. 438693 Anonymous
21st August 2020
Friday 12:35 am
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It's CAVOK here up north, where the fuck's this rain?
>> No. 438695 Anonymous
21st August 2020
Friday 3:01 am
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>>438693
No rain down South but there is much wind.
>> No. 438704 Anonymous
25th August 2020
Tuesday 9:11 am
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>>438151
RAIN RAIN RAIN RAIN NOT BEAUTIFUL AT ALL
>> No. 438708 Anonymous
25th August 2020
Tuesday 9:50 am
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>>438704
This is definitely a Don't Leave The House kind of day, weatherwise.
>> No. 438713 Anonymous
25th August 2020
Tuesday 11:02 pm
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Well, there goes my paper recycling...
>> No. 438715 Anonymous
25th August 2020
Tuesday 11:50 pm
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The wind just rattled my letterbox and for some reason is was extra Spooky.
>> No. 438716 Anonymous
26th August 2020
Wednesday 12:14 am
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>>438715
The wind keeps moving my wheelie bins around outside, which is quite spooky too.
>> No. 438721 Anonymous
26th August 2020
Wednesday 10:45 am
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How long do Royal Mail hold parcels for? I've ordered some things off eBay because they emailed me with a £10 off voucher code if you spend £20 on their app, which I've promptly uninstalled once it went through, but I'm going away for a week.
>> No. 438722 Anonymous
26th August 2020
Wednesday 11:26 am
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>>438721

Normally 18 days, extended to 30 days due to the 'rona. If you can't be arsed going to the sorting office, you can book a redelivery when you get back.

https://www.royalmail.com/personal/receiving-mail/redelivery
>> No. 438748 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 9:07 pm
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I've been really enjoying the cooler weather over the weekend. Not exactly cold but good enough for a jumper and curling up under the covers once you get indoors.

The best thing about it being colder though is how much nicer a good home cooked meal tastes. Today I made a lovely steak and ale pie that really hit the spot after months of light summer meals. Been enjoying my hot chocolates as well. Summer can stay dead, the run up to Halloween is the best where you can spend the evening indoors with the gentle patter of the rain on the window.
>> No. 438749 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 9:24 pm
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>>438748

Totally agree, autumn has the best weather. Cool drizzly evenings, crisp bright mornings, not so cold that your ears hurt but chilly enough to put the fire on.
>> No. 438751 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 11:46 pm
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A distant relative has kept bugging me to visit him and his wife who run a bed & breakfast as part of their rural farm in Wales. We're third cousins, if I'm not mistaken. So I told him today that I'll come for a weekend in October. I wasn't sure if or how to ask how much they charge for a room for a weekend, and he didn't say either. So I'm not sure if he is inviting me to spend a weekend there for free, given that we're related, or if he thinks it's understood that I will pay just like everybody else. I also don't want to make it even more awkward by calling him again and asking.

Would you lot just go there and quietly assume that you'll have to pay for the room, and then be pleasantly surprised if he says it's on him? Would you then insist on giving him the money anyway? I'd feel bad looking like a freeloader.
>> No. 438752 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 11:55 pm
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>>438751
>quietly assume that you'll have to pay for the room

I mean I imagine he is just hustling for business at this stage - everyone is at it right now.
>> No. 438753 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 11:58 pm
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>>438751

I'd block his number and quietly forget I have such a relative.
>> No. 438754 Anonymous
1st September 2020
Tuesday 12:18 am
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>>438752

He told me that business has been very good the last couple of weeks because many people have spent their summer holiday in Britain instead of abroad. It didn't seem to me like he was hustling. Their farm is less than five miles from the coast, so they get a lot of people who come for the nearby beaches.
>> No. 438755 Anonymous
1st September 2020
Tuesday 12:44 am
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No one ever told me how horny Goldfrapp was.
>> No. 438757 Anonymous
1st September 2020
Tuesday 1:52 am
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>>438755

I dunno how you failed to notice. All their songs smell of poppers and fuck sweat.


>> No. 438759 Anonymous
1st September 2020
Tuesday 6:54 pm
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I want to buy some fruit, but I know the mood I'm in the second I get near the shops I'll end up with three packets of biscuits, a prawn sandwich and half-a-dozen assorted baked goods. Fruit too but by that point it hardly counts.

>>438757
I'd simply never listened to them before. But, yeah, Black Cherry, descent album.
>> No. 438760 Anonymous
1st September 2020
Tuesday 7:05 pm
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Still can't delete posts, but needless to say I wouldn't recommend listening to Goldfrap while you go spelunking.
>> No. 438761 Anonymous
1st September 2020
Tuesday 7:35 pm
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>>438757

This post makes me nostalgic, even though I've never heard that song before.
>> No. 438762 Anonymous
1st September 2020
Tuesday 8:28 pm
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>>438761

Do you have a lot of fond memories that involve poppers? I certainly do.

Seriously, Goldfrapp have a very distinctive retro-modern sound that cropped up everywhere in soundtracks and adverts throughout the early 00s. Everyone in Britain has heard a decent number of Goldfrapp songs even if they've never heard of Goldfrapp.






>> No. 438765 Anonymous
2nd September 2020
Wednesday 12:06 am
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>>438762
>Do you have a lot of fond memories that involve poppers? I certainly do.

>Seriously,... [talks about pedestrian shit]


It was the smell of poppers and fuck sweat, and the visuals, reminded me of a couple of dozen nights out in sex clubs.
>> No. 438774 Anonymous
3rd September 2020
Thursday 1:14 pm
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I really need to get working today but a quiet Tuesday seems to have thrown my week off entirely.

>>438762
My favourite Goldfrapp song is Utopia. They've approached a similar style in more recent albums but nothing that reaches the James Bond aesthetics crossed with statements on genetic engineering and space-tourism that made Felt Mountain.



Maybe what I need in life is an album with songs fit for a Twilight Zone episode (the classic run, even the movie was a letdown).
>> No. 438775 Anonymous
3rd September 2020
Thursday 11:18 pm
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>>438762

They're basically woman Kasabian then, is what you're saying.

Stop trying to pretend it's because you were such a raging perv at all the bumder bars lad, we've all seen a Corsa advert at some point.
>> No. 438779 Anonymous
4th September 2020
Friday 11:42 am
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>>438775
Kasabian aren't good though so that doesn't work.
>> No. 438784 Anonymous
4th September 2020
Friday 11:51 pm
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Went mushroom hunting with a friend this afternoon. Surprisingly, very few mushrooms at all for this time of year. Sometimes even when the edible ones have already been picked in an area, you at least know that there are mushrooms around by the number of poisonous mushrooms that nobody picked. But even poisonous ones were few and far between.

The conditions are perfect at the moment; early peak season, mild, slightly damp weather, and moist soil. But I guess nobody has told that to the mushrooms.

We did find a deathcap. Which is odd because normally they elude me, and even as a frequent mushroom hunter, I've only ever seen two or three of them.
>> No. 438786 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 2:55 am
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>>438784
I wish I was good at mushroom foraging. I just don't know where to start with it; too scary. Maybe you'll get high, maybe you'll have a delicious meal, probably you'll have bellyache and you might even die.

How did you learn it?
>> No. 438792 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 11:36 am
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>>438786

We went mushroom foraging with our parents since I was a weelad. It was a popular weekend pastime for us as a family, and my parents taught me most of what I know about mushrooms still today.

As a rule for beginners, avoid all gilled mushrooms. All deadly mushrooms in Britain have gills under their caps, whereas boletes, which are easily identified by having spongelike tubes instead of gills, will never give you more than the shits for a day or two if you pick the few wrong ones that exist to begin with.

If you want to actually get into foraging, the Collins Guide is your best starting point:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Collins-Complete-British-Mushrooms-Toadstools/dp/0007232241/ref=mp_s_a_1_5

It's always a good idea to take an actual paper book along, because what do you do in the middle of the forest when your smartphone dies with your mushroom app on it.

I can very generally say that mushroom hunting is great fun, and nothing beats the feeling of coming home with a whole wicker basket full of tasty mushrooms after your day out.
>> No. 438793 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 11:41 am
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>>438792
>It's always a good idea to take an actual paper book along, because what do you do in the middle of the forest when your smartphone dies with your mushroom app on it.
This is easily avoided if you only feed your smartphone boletes.
>> No. 438811 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 7:23 pm
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>>438792
I actually have the Collins guide, thanks - that's a reassuring recommendation. I suppose for me the challenge is where to go looking.

Are there particular kind of woodlands one should start with? I know that it's roughly this time of year I should be going, and I have access to a lot of different woodlands locally, but where to start?
>> No. 438812 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 7:25 pm
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>>438793

Poisonous mushrooms don't kill you on the spot. In the case of the death cap, people usually die between 6 and 12 days after consumption. During which time you will be fucking miserable beyond your imagination, with your organs shutting down one by one.

Death rates are low with good medical treatment though, between 15 and 20 percent nowadays. Many people will need liver transplants though, because that's where the toxins do the biggest damage.
>> No. 438813 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 8:08 pm
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>>438811

Many edible boletes grow in fir or pine areas. The bay bolete is an abundant mushroom there because it likes acidic soil, and it's almost as good as a cep or pennybun taste wise. It has no poisonous doppelgangers, so it's the ideal beginner's mushroom (cook/fry thoroughly though).

You want to look for sections of pine or fir forest that have sparse ground cover, bays don't normally grow in bushy areas. Mossy areas are good, they seem to do well there.

Try to go on a weekday, preferably Wednesday to Friday, because by that time, some mushrooms will have grown back after your typical weekend forager has had a go around your spot.
>> No. 438814 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 8:30 pm
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>>438812

Smartphones aren't people, idiot. Obviously their higher metabolisms and lack of livers lead to them dying much faster.
>> No. 438815 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 8:53 pm
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>>438813
>It has no poisonous doppelgangers, so it's the ideal beginner's mushroom (cook/fry thoroughly though).

Boletes in general are pretty safe, but if you're new to foraging it's best to avoid boletes with red caps and stems, especially if they stain blue when you cut them. There are a couple of poisonous boletes with those traits although they're exceedingly rare anyway.
There is also a bolete which is so horrifically bitter that you couldn't eat it anyway, but it catches a lot of people out who mistake it for an edible one until after they've got home and cooked it.
>> No. 438816 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 9:55 pm
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>>438815

You're not entirely wrong, but the bay bolete is a fairly distinctive looking mushroom that is difficult to confuse with other species. And because it's so abundant, it makes mushroom hunting fun for the beginner.

Young specimens can be confused with the cep, but there would be no danger in that. The bay's cap at first glance looks a bit similar to that of the Slippery Jack, which is a bolete that is known to give some unlucky people gastrointestinal symptoms (most people will have no reaction at all though), but they're very easy to tell apart with just one look under the cap.


>especially if they stain blue when you cut them

Many boletes stain blue, both poisonous and edible ones. It's not a useful characteristic to tell them apart.


>There is also a bolete which is so horrifically bitter that you couldn't eat it anyway, but it catches a lot of people out who mistake it for an edible one until after they've got home and cooked it.

That one is called the Bitter Bolete. Interestingly, it's not actually poisonous, but you wouldn't normally eat a whole meal prepared from it because of the unpleasant taste.


The worst that's ever happened to me was that I made a big pot of cream soup with a basket full of slippery jacks, and it turned out that I'm one of the few people who don't tolerate slippery jack that well. I spent a weekend in bed with the shits, but that's the worst it will usually do to you. The symptoms don't set in until about the next day with the slippery jack, so you'll have no way of knowing if you tolerate it while you're eating it.

About the only gilled mushroom I pick with confidence is the honey mushroom. But only because I've picked them many times, and they're a bit of dangerous territory for the novice, because it can be confused with the scalycap which is considered mildly poisonous, or even the deadly skullcap (also called the funeral bell). The honey mushroom usually grows in large clusters on dead wood, so when you happen upon a good spot, you'll have enough mushrooms in one fell swoop to go home and eat a big meal.
>> No. 438865 Anonymous
9th September 2020
Wednesday 12:26 am
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Is Amazon actually checking IDs on the door right now? I don't currently have a photo ID but I wanted to get someone some booze for their birthday, but every delivery I've had since lockdown has had the delivery person at least 5 metres away by the time I get to the door, so it might not be an issue.

Any reasonably priced brandy suggestions would be appreciated, too.
>> No. 438867 Anonymous
9th September 2020
Wednesday 12:39 am
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>>438865
I've never seen/experience them being checked like that - interesting, but then I do look fucking old I guess.

Remy Martin. Accept no substitute.
>> No. 438868 Anonymous
9th September 2020
Wednesday 4:41 am
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>>438865

The internal rule is that every delivery with a restricted item absolutely MUST be ID'd by the driver - whether or not you get a driver who actually conforms to this rule is a matter of chance.
>> No. 438871 Anonymous
9th September 2020
Wednesday 7:35 am
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>>438865
Never had a driver check my ID even when i was young looking enough that shops would ask for it. I've had booze deliveries just leave them by the door without bothering to wait for anyone to answer a knock.
>> No. 438875 Anonymous
9th September 2020
Wednesday 9:52 am
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>>438867>>438868>>438871
Alright, I'll chance it. If they do ask I'll flash my hairline.
>> No. 438879 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 2:43 pm
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I had a conversation with my girlfriend last week where we joked about getting a pizza oven. I'm now regularly seeing adverts online for pizza ovens. I have definitely not looked pizza ovens up myself.
>> No. 438880 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 2:56 pm
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Had my first full fat coca-cola in... years? Saw some glass bottles at the local offie and thought I'd treat myself.

Can barely make it through a 330ml bottle, it's just so overpoweringly sickly sweet and I feel a bit queasy.
>> No. 438881 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 3:53 pm
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>>438880
It's poison.
>> No. 438882 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 4:24 pm
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>>438880
It's so cloying and sweet. You know the worst part? If you drink enough of it, you start to like it.
>> No. 438885 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 4:30 pm
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>>438882
>>438883
>>438884

I don't intend on drinking any more of it - 137kcal in 330ml, I'm fat enough as it is.
>> No. 438886 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 5:02 pm
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>>438882
I think the same applies to other products as well. I find Heinz ketchup too sugary and sweet if I haven't had it in a while.
>> No. 438887 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 5:12 pm
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>>438880
Oh I love it - particularly out of the glass bottle, you can put it in the fridge and I think it gets colder. Needs ice too.
>> No. 438888 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 6:15 pm
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>>438880
Once every couple of months I will buy a bag of sweets and soon come to regret it. I don't know how I managed to snaffle sweets as a kid with, as far as I recall, no deleterious effect. Maybe they changed the recipe like those haribo sugar-free sweets that gave everyone the shits last year.

>Why don't you just eat a little at a time

I'm not capable of this.
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10th September 2020
Thursday 6:52 pm
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>>438887
It won’t get colder in a glass bottle, it will just warm more slowly because glass is a better insulator than an aluminium can or plastic bottle. It will actually take longer to cool in the fridge for the same reason.
>> No. 438890 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 7:34 pm
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>>438887

Coca Cola just tastes better out of a glass bottle somehow. Out of a can or plastic bottle it's rightly considered as sugary rubbish barely worth drinking, but when you get it in the proper bottles it's actually delicious. Sometimes I'll get a pack of them for a treat- Deeply pissed off they've shrunk the bottles to 250ml instead of 330ml though.

As much as I deeply loathe the unlicensed trawlersing tendrils of globalised American corporate capitalism, I do love a nice cold coke. I find people who don't like coke a bit weird, like people who don't drink tea or coffee.
>> No. 438891 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 9:27 pm
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>>438890
>they've shrunk the bottles to 250ml

Yes I noticed - but the Peoples Republic of Costco does sell a whole tray of them for about 8 quid at the moment, so there is that. I mean it's probably better value to just buy a couple of the yuge bottles they sell at Tesco, but I'm certainly not going to finish one of those on my own without developing diabetes or it going all flat before the end.
>> No. 438892 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 9:29 pm
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>>438890

Simply put, glass is much more inert than plastic or a can (which is also still lined with plastic) will ever be. It's also less porous - the combined effect is little to no plastic leeching or loss of gas over time, so you get the "freshest" and fizziest pop out of a glass bottle.

Though I still think fountain coke is the best way to go, but maybe that is just fond memories of drinking a pint of coke from the pub on countryside holidays with my grandparents years ago.
>> No. 438893 Anonymous
11th September 2020
Friday 12:15 am
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>>438892
'Fountain' coke has leeching from the plastic tubes that are much older and much more heavily bent from overuse than a fresh plastic bottle would ever be, and you hear horror stories about the cleaning of those pipes.
>>438890


My hypothesis is the bottles taste better as the glass is thick and a better insulator than the plastic bottle so the whole drink is cold, but in a plastic bottle you're drinking a mixture of different temperatures and that's not the real thing.
>> No. 438894 Anonymous
11th September 2020
Friday 1:44 am
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Original cokedrinkerlad here - the bottle I had was a 330ml glass bottle, and I think I've just about recovered.
>> No. 438915 Anonymous
11th September 2020
Friday 11:45 pm
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Bit more luck this afternoon looking for mushrooms. Found plenty of bay boletes, and a few slippery jacks, which are the ones in the picture. Because there were only a handful of slippery jacks, I took a chance and put them in my dinner as well. I normally get the shits from slippery jacks, but maybe a small handful mixed in with other mushrooms won't do any harm. I made a delicious mushroom vegetable stew from today's haul. It takes about 12 hours to get sick from slippery jacks, if you get sick, so I will know tomorrow morning.
>> No. 438916 Anonymous
12th September 2020
Saturday 12:21 am
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>>438890

>trawlersing

Swing and a miss with that filter modlads.
>> No. 438930 Anonymous
12th September 2020
Saturday 10:23 am
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>>438916

You're supposed to adapt to our whims, not the other way around.
>> No. 438952 Anonymous
12th September 2020
Saturday 10:09 pm
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>>438893

I'm watching you, Slavoj.
>> No. 438953 Anonymous
12th September 2020
Saturday 10:25 pm
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>>438952

Aren't you laid up brain damaged in some Russian hospital while your daughter grifts your remaining followers?
>> No. 438963 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 3:12 pm
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Just spent half an hour watching a squirrel picking hazelnuts off a bush.

They have disturbingly large testicles compared to their body size.

It'd be like a lad having bollocks the size of two mangoes.
>> No. 438964 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 4:36 pm
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I started enjoying Cytube as something to passively watch. Mostly shows like Seinfeld on an endless loop while I prepare and have dinner (I'm a good listener, ladies). The problem is that without any breaks for adverts you end up trapped without a cue to stop and can't pause it either.

I should just give up and buy a big telly. Maybe a nice suburban home to go with it.

>>438963
Do you reckon squirrels jizz all over the place or just that they have more sperm per drop? Surely they must have larger prostates to go with their balls is my thinking.
>> No. 438965 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 5:08 pm
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>>438964
>I started enjoying Cytube as something to passively watch

Then you'll love reboot tube.
>> No. 438967 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 5:46 pm
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>>438964

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/266386467_Size_and_Function_of_Mammalian_Testes_in_Relation_to_Body_Size

> Testes are relatively small in single-male breeding systems (monogamy or cases of extreme polygyny in which a single male does all the breeding). Testes are relatively large in multi-male breeding systems (promiscuous or polygynous systems where several different males mate with each female at the same estrus). In these cases, the evolution of large testes can be attributed to high copulatory frequency and sperm production and the competition among sperm of different males for fertilization of the same female.

So I guess squirrels are quite promiscuous buggers. Especially the females.
>> No. 438974 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 8:54 pm
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>>438963

Same goes for rats. It'd be like if you got on your hands and knees and dragged a pair of melons around in a pillowcase.
>> No. 438975 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 10:11 pm
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People will post any old shite on YouTube and try to call it "content".


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLFe-lAjGj4

This is for all of you out there who are looking for that nostalgic ASMR experience of sticking your head between the front seats of your dad's car while he goes through the car wash with Eric Clapton on the radio. Best enjoyed with your VR headset.
>> No. 438981 Anonymous
14th September 2020
Monday 1:40 am
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>>438975
Many people are desperate to have their own channel, is probably the answer.


>> No. 438997 Anonymous
14th September 2020
Monday 1:35 pm
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Apparently they found a good indicator of alien life on Venus in massive amounts of phosphene:
https://archive.is/L7MT1

I'd make a /lab/ thread but the story is still under press embargo and we've been here many times before. Still, you may as well find out here if anywhere.
>> No. 438999 Anonymous
14th September 2020
Monday 1:45 pm
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>>438997
For a story "under press embargo" there's an awful lot of reporting about it already.
>> No. 439002 Anonymous
14th September 2020
Monday 1:57 pm
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>>438999
We'll find out in just over an hour I guess.
>> No. 439086 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 8:08 pm
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Just measured my wrist because I am looking at a watch to buy. I was always self conscious about my wrist circumference because it looked a bit small, but it turns out that 7.5 inches is completely average for a male adult. Some web sites even say 7.25 is the average for men.
>> No. 439087 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 8:13 pm
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>>439086
>I was always self conscious about my wrist circumference because it looked a bit small

Well, because of your post I just measured mine and it's 6 so I hope you feel better.
>> No. 439088 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 8:31 pm
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>>439087

Mine is also 6". The problem isn't wrists, it's stupidly oversized watches. For several decades, the fashion has been for big diver and aviator watches which - as the names suggest - aren't actually designed for everyday wear. That has shifted up the expectation of the size of a man's watch, to the point that it's difficult to buy an affordable dress watch that actually fits the average man's wrist.

The one salvation is the "boyfriend watch" trend of women wearing more masculine styles, which has brought to market some reasonable-sized unisex watches.
>> No. 439089 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 8:46 pm
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You could simply not buy a watch as you have your phone or some other device on you all the time, making everyday wear watches just posturing or an affectation at this point.
>> No. 439090 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 8:51 pm
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>>439089
That's clearly silly. It is far easier (and sometimes safer) to have a watch, than relying on getting your phone out. Also, battery life.

I would agree that there are many watches solely for posing (nobody needs a watch costing more than say 500 quid) but your point is just stupid.
>> No. 439091 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 9:15 pm
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>>439090
>nobody needs a watch costing more than say 500 quid
Who needs a watch that costs £400?
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17th September 2020
Thursday 9:17 pm
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>>439089

Of course watches are an affectation - that's the reason there's so many different styles of them. They're as much jewellery as they are utility, always have been, even when the time was harder to come by.

Anyway I have beefy wrists, I struggle to find a big enough watch even though that's the prevailing fashion, and the really big ones are fucking ugly.

I have always wanted an Omega Seamaster, but that's an awful lot of money to pay, even for someone who likes watches.
>> No. 439093 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 9:28 pm
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>>439090
If it's about easy and safe then you should have a pocket watch on a chain as one strapped to your wrist is about as vulnerable to pickpocketing as a phone and is clearly very dangerous if it gets caught in machinery might pull you into something.
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17th September 2020
Thursday 9:34 pm
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>>439093
>then you should have a pocket watch on a chain

Much better - you're making me laugh now. I meant the safety of getting the phone out.

I, for one, do not own a Rolex.

I do love this though https://nitter.net/WankersWatch

(and I also love Nitter, which is a much better way of viewing random Twitters without the tracking and JavaScript).
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17th September 2020
Thursday 9:35 pm
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>>439095
>I meant the safety of getting the phone out.
My point still stands.
>> No. 439097 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 9:40 pm
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>>439088

>For several decades, the fashion has been for big diver and aviator watches which - as the names suggest - aren't actually designed for everyday wear.

That said, there are some pretty nice looking diver's watches. The problem is that they usually cost serious money, and while I'd have enough savings in my bank account to go and buy one tomorrow that's £1,500 or a bit more, it just seems an outrageous and frivolous purchase to me. Most of the time, I'd be too worried I'd lose those 1,500 quid dangling on my wrist.

One of my exes had a dad who had his own company and was proper loaded, and he came home one day with a Breitling watch for a cool £4,000 that he had bought just on a whim. I just thought it was a waste of money, even if like him you had more cash than you knew what to do with.


>>439089

I can kind of see why young people today think that way, but I'm still of the generation where you would get a nice watch from your parents for Christmas or for passing your A levels. I feel naked without a wrist watch because I've pretty much always had one since I was ten years old, and it's been massively inconvenient these past few weeks without one that everytime I wanted to know the time, I had to dig out my smartphone from my coat or shirt pocket.
>> No. 439098 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 9:41 pm
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>>439090
>It is far easier (and sometimes safer) to have a watch, than relying on getting your phone out. Also, battery life.

In what situation would any of this be relevant? You wear a watch because it looks good and that's it. If I end up deep underwater on a trip to the supermarket then knowing the time will be the least of my worries.

I just pay £20-40 because I'm not a massive tool. Nobody has ever called me out on it and if they ever did then they can fuck off and die.
>> No. 439099 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 9:51 pm
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>>439098
When walking along, in a public place (say a crowded train terminus or a busy part of London) it is my contention that it is quicker, easier and safer to look at your wrist, than fish out a phone.

I could drop the phone, I could be mugged, it takes a bit of shuffling to undo my coat and get it out of my inside pocket; all of these are less efficient than glancing at my wrist.

(Incidentally, I borrowed an Apple Watch for a few days and this was the only situation I found it useful - someone sent me a text while I was just getting off the train).
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17th September 2020
Thursday 10:03 pm
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>>439098

>If I end up deep underwater on a trip to the supermarket then knowing the time will be the least of my worries.

POTW, lad.


>>439095

It's usually people who came from modest upbringings who are prone to that kind of ostentation. The lad who grew up lower middle class with divorced parents or on a council estate, and who is now for some reason in a position where he can just shell out five grand on an entry-level Rolex. He probably also drives a Ford Focus RS or a slightly older-model Merc CLS or Audi A7, and he is either into some really dodgy dealings or he's a branch manager at Nando's. Most of the time, they're completely insufferable cunts who think they're bloody Richard Branson.

When was the last time you saw somebody really posh, I mean old money-posh, rub their expensive watch in everybody's face. It's more something that you find nouveau riche people doing, is my point.
>> No. 439101 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 10:14 pm
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>>439099
This is a good point.

I remember a couple of times in the past, walking around uni I had some dodgy looking guys ask me for the time. The look of disappointment on their faces when I check my watch is kind of hilarious.

I'm a seiko/orient guy myself.
I've often looked at getting a sub-£1K watch from one of the smaller brands like Oris or Christopher Ward. But so far I've just been wearing the same old Seiko 5 sports for years and haven't even got round to getting an SKX yet.
Then again I have freakishly small wrists for a man, so even "small" dive watches tend to look huge on me.
>> No. 439102 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 10:16 pm
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The only watch I've ever needed is a Casio F-91W, well travelled and has been through everything, yet on it goes, and if it was good enough for Bin Laden it's good enough for me.
>> No. 439103 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 10:30 pm
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>>439099
I've never dropped my phone or been mugged. I'm tempted to put the second bit down to my not being the sort of person to wear ostentatious indicators of wealth, like a fancy watch.
Maybe it's a lifestyle thing but I absolutely never need to know the time so urgently that efficiency matters. If I don't have my phone on me and can't see a clock then I just ask someone the time. I suppose it does just boil down to personal preference.
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17th September 2020
Thursday 10:31 pm
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>>439099
I just keep my phone in my trouser pocket. If you have trouble dropping your phone down the toilet then stop wearing tiny shorts with tiny pockets.
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17th September 2020
Thursday 10:36 pm
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>>439103
> I absolutely never need to know the time so urgently that efficiency matters

Ah, I'm an international businessman nearly always running late for something. I've never owned anything approaching a flashy watch, and definitely in the anti-watch category like Bin Laden >>439102 here.

My current watch is a Garmin which costs about 70 quid and unlike most modern fitness trackers, has a battery which lasts a year. Does the time, steps, and heart rate if I wear the chest strap when exercising; can't imagine going for much more and looks like nothing (also, I wear it facing in).
>> No. 439106 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 10:53 pm
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>>439105
That's the sort of watch and reason to wear it I understand. Simple, practical, not a penis substitute.
>> No. 439108 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 11:13 pm
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>>439103

>never... been mugged

I think the world divides fairly neatly into two sorts of people - those who have never been mugged, and those who have been mugged often enough for it to be a mundane nuisance. I suspect the cultural divide between those two groups says something profound about modern Britain.

>>439104

>I just keep my phone in my trouser pocket.

My phone, like all modern phones, is the size of a small chopping board and made of rather slippery glass. If it's winter and I'm togged up in a lot of layers, retrieving my phone is a genuine nuisance, especially if I'm in a hurry.

The question of how often you need to check the time depends to a great extent on whether you use public transport. If you drive to work, you just set off in the morning and hope that traffic is kind to you. If you take the train, you might make dozens of small decisions every morning that are contingent on the exact time - do I need to walk a bit more briskly to the station, do I have time to get a coffee, do I have a few minutes to kill, do I need to run to the platform etc. The minor nuisance of rummaging about for your phone happens more often and at exactly the time when you don't want to be inconvenienced.

A Timex Weekender is about £40, it reliably tells the time and it'll make you more attractive to women if you get the 38mm model with a beige dial and a jauntily-coloured NATO strap. Don't ask me why, it's just one of those things, like twigs in vases or putting "inspirational" quotes on things or having too many cushions. If I had to speculate, I'd say that it evokes a mix of maturity and playfulness that appeals to whatever part of the female brain contains daddy issues.
>> No. 439109 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 11:38 pm
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I can't actually fucking believe we're really arguing about whether a watch is mildly useful or not. This is absolute peak britfa.
>> No. 439110 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 11:41 pm
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>>439109
Seems like a perfectly reasonable discussion, nobody's arguing.
>> No. 439111 Anonymous
17th September 2020
Thursday 11:44 pm
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>>439109
Nobody has been called a cunt yet, so I would contend that we're nowhere near any kind of peak at all, but given you've mis-spelled our domain name, I am happy to oblige U CUNT.
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17th September 2020
Thursday 11:58 pm
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>>439109

It's still difficult to argue that smartphones have rendered wrist watches completely obsolete. By that reasoning, there would be no point in any watchmaker still offering watches to buy at all. By many accounts, most well regarded brands are still doing alright these days, although they indeed don't have the numbers anymore like 15 or 20 years ago.

Maybe watches are now becoming more of an aficionado thing. That's probably true. In a similar way that most people don't have a home stereo component system anymore.
>> No. 439113 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 12:14 am
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>>439112

The watch industry has been through all of this before.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartz_crisis
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18th September 2020
Friday 12:29 am
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>>439113

Not quite. The quartz crisis was still about a new wristwatch technology replacing an old wristwatch technology. It turned the watch industry on its head, but in the end, people continued to buy wristwatches, quartz or mechanical, and watchmakers continued to produce watches. The point was that suddenly, a quartz watch that was twenty times more accurate than a mechanical one could be had for £20 or less. Nowadays, more and more people rely on a completely different technology to tell the time. And you can't just switch from making watches to making smartphones.
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18th September 2020
Friday 1:15 am
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>>439114

Quartz didn't replace the mechanical watch. Most of the old Swiss houses still exclusively make mechanical watches and still sell them profitably, despite there being a better and cheaper wristwatch technology. The 70s and 80s were utterly brutal for the Swiss watch industry, but they've experienced steady growth since then.

The meaning of a mechanical watch changed - the aspects that made them functional became aesthetic. Hardly anyone who buys a Seamaster will ever go diving, the functional value of a precision chronometer was obsoleted by quartz, but people like owning and wearing an item of fine craftsmanship.

The renaissance of mechanical watches over the last decade is in many respects a backlash against the smartphone. A smartphone is a glowing oblong of inexplicable complexity, but a mechanical watch is just a watch. Take apart your smartphone and you're none the wiser, but take apart a mechanical watch and you can understand how it works through little more than logic and common sense.

The smartphone didn't and won't make the wristwatch obsolete. It created a new category of wristwatch (the smart watch), but quartz watches probably aren't going away within my lifetime and mechanical watches definitely aren't.
>> No. 439116 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 1:17 am
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>>439115

Put more concisely - if the watch is obsolete, then why do Apple make watches?
>> No. 439117 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 1:29 am
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I really like watches. Fashion, useless, outdated, call them what you want, I like wearing them, but I don't think I'll ever go any more expensive than a 'fancy' Seiko. The Seiko Monster is the most expensive watch I own, and as watches go, that's not very expensive at all. But I love it and people notice it. Also, my work involves supervising time critical activities so wearing a watch is hardly frivolous, though admittedly I do wear a digital G-shock at work for accuracy.

It seems a silly thing to debate, really - it's sort of like arguing that shirts are useless items of clothing because t-shirts do the same job with less hassle.
>> No. 439118 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 1:39 am
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>>439116
Current luxury watches are truly marvels of precison engineering at cottage industry scales. A bit like whiskey, they hide their very modern procedures behind a mantle of tradtion and for some reason that makes them desirable to ultra rich folks. To each their own.
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18th September 2020
Friday 10:02 am
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>>439117
> it's sort of like arguing that shirts are useless items of clothing because t-shirts do the same job with less hassle
That's absolutely true though. Every part of a suit outfit is status symbol over functionality.

>>439116
Because Apple are in the status symbol market.
>> No. 439120 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 12:46 pm
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After some consideration, this is pretty much the kind of watch I think I will go for:

https://www.chrono24.co.uk/seiko/seiko-chronograph-sndb63p1-blue-dial-100m-mens--id14322369.htm

I am a fan of high-contrast, instant-legibility designs. If it takes more than about a fifth of a second to make out the time on a watch, then to me it has failed to serve its purpose. I also think a luminous dial is a must-have, it's really helpful when you are outside in the dark, or when you wake up in the middle of the night and want to know what time it is.

Not sure about Seiko as such though. Never had a Seiko watch, you read on the Internet that even the budget ones are decent quality, but I don't know.
>> No. 439121 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 12:48 pm
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>>439120
I've had a Seiko Kinetic watch - wasn't too expensive or flashy, always kept perfect time and didn't need winding/batteries.
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18th September 2020
Friday 12:55 pm
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>>439120

Seiko quartz movements are absurdly reliable. In the unlikely event that the movement does die, you can typically buy a replacement for about £20; Seiko still supply replacement movements for decades-old watches.

The only thing that's even vaguely likely to kill a Seiko quartz is a bad battery replacement - crappy off-brand batteries can leak and corrode and incompetent watch technicians can damage the water seals and neglect to replace them. Pay the extra to get your battery changed by a watchmaker rather than a cobbler and your watch will last a lifetime.
>> No. 439123 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 1:14 pm
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>>439119

>That's absolutely true though. Every part of a suit outfit is status symbol over functionality.

But it's functional status, isn't it? There's absolutely a difference between going to a job interview in a suit vs tshirt and jeans.
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18th September 2020
Friday 1:16 pm
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>>439123

What's a non-functional status?
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18th September 2020
Friday 1:16 pm
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>>439120

Seiko are widely considered the "smart" choice by watch enthusiasts - they are (relatively) cheap, very reliable, and look and feel like much more expensive watches to the untrained eye (which to me is another way of saying 90% of an Omega's price tag is brand heritage, but never mind)
>> No. 439126 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 1:18 pm
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>>439124

Wearing a very expensive scarf around town won't afford you any practical benefits, while wearing a shirt and tie to an interview definitely will.

This point has nothing to do with watches.
>> No. 439128 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 1:37 pm
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>>439126

Wearing a very expensive scarf around town gives you a higher status in the eyes of people who think that's a desirable thing to do. Getting the phone number (or more likely not, the instagram handle) of a young lady who describes herself as "high maintenance" and has "Live, Laugh, Love" in backlit letters on her bedroom wall is a very practical benefit, to some.
>> No. 439129 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 1:42 pm
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>>439128
I should be using expensive scarfs to attract women? Is this where I have been going wrong?
>> No. 439130 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 1:44 pm
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>>439129
Or men, if you prefer. Scarves, if you please.
>> No. 439131 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 1:53 pm
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>>439130
>Or men, if you prefer

I'm not a pufter.

>Scarves, if you please.

I'm not a pufter.
>> No. 439132 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 3:36 pm
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>>439129

Women love a man who can accessorise.


>> No. 439133 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 4:49 pm
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>>439132
Smart casual.
>> No. 439134 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 6:42 pm
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>>439132

Even if the concept has noticeably gone out of use again in the last 5 years, I was never really sold on metrosexuality. It always had a hint of closet poofness to me.

I like a good suit, a good watch, and if I can help it any, a sophisticated looking car, I even have two or three brands of cologne that I always come back to (mainly Azzaro Chrome or Halston Z-14), but I would never do things like moisturise my face, pluck my eyebrows, manicure my nails, or dye my greying hair. That's where I draw the line. There's classic masculine style, and there's being a bit too obsessed with your appearance for your own good. I think at the end of the day, women don't want men that they'll bicker with over who used up the eyeliner.
>> No. 439135 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 6:43 pm
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I once had a rich intern at my work who went out with us for drinks. He had a little jumper tied around his neck like at Wimbledon and when he was a bit chilly I asked if he didn't want to it on - "oh it's just a fashion accessory" he told me.

Imagine having a jumper you can't wear. Bloody daft if you ask me.
>> No. 439136 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 6:44 pm
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>>439134

I see where you're coming from, but you probably should moisturise your face. It's not like having bad skin is a mark of masculinity.
>> No. 439137 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 6:59 pm
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>>439136

> It's not like having bad skin is a mark of masculinity.

Look at Daniel Craig. He wears his rough skin and lines and wrinkles with pride, and it's probably a safe bet that he doesn't use moisturiser. And he can't complain about a lack of attention from women.

What you really mean is probably an ungroomed appearance, i.e. unmanaged facial hair or zits. That's different, and there are skin treatments for uneven skin. But with a healthy diet and an avoidance of excessive smoking and alcohol, even weathered skin can look attractive without the need for moisturiser.
>> No. 439138 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 7:00 pm
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>>439134
You really should at least take care of your skin though, just in terms of reducing the risk of skin cancer alone, but also you'll have healthier skin into your old age, less likely to develop age spots, etc. Everything else you mentioned, as far as I'm aware, has no long term health benefit like that.
>> No. 439139 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 7:02 pm
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>>439134

You'll be 60% more fuckable if you get a skincare routine and a slightly flamboyant pocket square.

Metrosexuality is a bit poofy and there's nothing wrong with that, because gay men make the effort to be more attractive. It's ridiculous how many straight guys moan about not being able to pull, but refuse point-blank to go clothes shopping with a female friend or pay more than a tenner for a haircut. Gay fashion has largely moved over to a hypermasculine aesthetic that's oriented around steroids and chest hair, but if you can't pull that off then poofy is infinitely better than bland. You do get marks for effort.
>> No. 439140 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 7:07 pm
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>>439138
What's your routine? Do you prepare before bed? After you wake up? What do you do after a shower? How would you get ready when going out, or for work?
>> No. 439141 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 7:12 pm
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Oh some people I'm sure will get real anal with it and have all sorts, but I pretty much do the bare minimum. Just get a moisteriser that has spf protection, wash your face with water in the morning and slap it on. Maybe add a bit again if you're going out at some point in the afternoon and the sun's at a high intensity, do the same with some sunscreen on your arms/body if you're going to be out in it a while, but even just doing this will help your skin immensely.
>> No. 439142 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 7:38 pm
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>>439139

If you look shit because you can't be arsed to do a bare minimum of self grooming, or to develop a passing interest in what clothes go together, that's different.

But I know what you mean. Plenty of lads have no clue at all about fashion. In that case, it's a good idea to have a female perspective when you go clothes shopping. Maybe it's because I've gone shopping with women enough times in my life and have taken plenty of their cues on board, but nowadays, I am most comfortable just going on my own. I have enough of a solid concept of what appeals to women, and I believe that even the most dashing outfit that somebody has talked you into will not make you look the part if you feel uncomfortable in it.
>> No. 439143 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 9:18 pm
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>You do get marks for effort

Agree with both of you - it doesn't actually matter what you wear per se, as in fashion, it's more important to at least look like you've made some effort with your personal grooming, have had a wash and are wearing something clean.

Definitely go shopping with a woman at least once though. It helps.
>> No. 439144 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 9:28 pm
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Here's a watch with a Seiko movement, branded as Boss:

https://www.watch.co.uk/hugo-boss-hero-men-s-24-hour-chrono-watch-1513755.htm

I've got a Boss suit that's quite fetching, so this would be something nice to go with it. At 43 millimetres case diameter, it should be adequate for my 7.5'' wrist and not look too clunky.

260 quid is at the upper end of what I want to spend at the moment, but there seem to be places online that sell the exact same watch for £330 and more, so it's still a good deal.
>> No. 439145 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 9:35 pm
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Got a fucking speeding ticket. Never had one before, and of course the camera that got me was one of those blatantly set up to get you as you're reasonably slowing down. Cunts.

Are they still doing the speeding awareness courses with all the covid shit going on?
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18th September 2020
Friday 9:36 pm
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I kind of forgot about my brother's birthday. Well, I knew it was coming up but then I lost track of the date and now it's going to be too late to post something on time.
>> No. 439147 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 9:43 pm
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>>439145

There's one just down the street here that's easy to overlook as it's tucked between a row of large trees.

Sometimes when I walk home from the supermarket, I see people hectically stepping on the brakes when they see it at the last moment. Not always successfully.
>> No. 439148 Anonymous
19th September 2020
Saturday 12:19 am
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>>439145

>Are they still doing the speeding awareness courses with all the covid shit going on?

A lass at work has booked to go on one soon - I was only half listening but I think they're doing them online. This is probably marginally better than doing it in real life, that's four hours of your life you'll never get back.
>> No. 439157 Anonymous
19th September 2020
Saturday 8:16 pm
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>>439144
I personally would go with a Tag Heuer, you can get some pretty decent ones for just above your budget and they actually have resale value unlike Boss and Gucci and the like.
>> No. 439160 Anonymous
19th September 2020
Saturday 9:33 pm
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>>439157

Resale value has never occurred to me as a selling point. Granted, if you spend ten grand on a watch, then it's reasonable to think what you would get back for your watch if you decide to sell it at some point. Much the same way you wouldn't buy a car for that money and not have its depreciation in the back of your head.

Maybe it's because I have never really owned a £300 watch, but my old watches have at some point always ended up in my desk drawer, and I simply bought a new one and didn't ponder getting a few quid for the old one. I was never so strapped for cash that getting 20 quid off gumtree flogging stuff like that was a necessity.

Same with things like old smartphones or even iPods. I value them more as a keepsake and a memory of good old days than I would the combined 100 quid of cash they're probably worth.
>> No. 439161 Anonymous
19th September 2020
Saturday 9:42 pm
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>>439160

Also, I think that the Boss watch just ticks 90 percent of my boxes. Stainless steel and a blue dial are an absolute must, I just think that's a very attractive combination. It also needs to be a chronogaph and have luminous hands and markers.

I'm not against Seiko as a brand, I understand they were the first ones to even make quartz watches. And that Boss watch has a Seiko movement. But I just think Boss has a more glamorous ring to it than Seiko, even if that will probably have true watch aficionados snorting with derision.
>> No. 439162 Anonymous
19th September 2020
Saturday 9:42 pm
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>>439160
That's fair mate, I do the same with a lot of my old stuff. It's a smart watch either way.
>> No. 439164 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 12:41 am
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>>439143
>Definitely go shopping with a woman at least once though. It helps.

Women don't know anything about fashion - have you seen what most of them wear? It's been over 10 years of wearing cut-off denim shorts up passed their belly button. Or in winter, the classic ugg boot and leggings combo.

I don't mean to come across as an chronic masturbator so I'll take the moderate position that they should all be deported back to Venus.
>> No. 439166 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 1:04 am
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>>439164

It doesn't matter whether your clothes look good as long as birds think they look good. I refer you to my previous statement:

>>439132
>> No. 439167 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 1:09 am
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>> No. 439170 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 1:47 am
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>>439167

I'll never complain about seeing Geoff Thompson, but U WOT M8?
>> No. 439171 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 2:07 am
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Why would you dress up in what others think is nice? How about you wear what you like and find comfortable? You lot sound like you want your mums to dress you up again.
>> No. 439172 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 2:41 am
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>>439171

Do you wear pyjamas to a job interview?
>> No. 439173 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 2:50 am
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>>439172
So, unless you mum dresses you, that's what you would wear to the office?
>> No. 439174 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 2:59 am
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>>439173
I don't need my mum to dress me. In the past couple of weeks I've done three interviews and four meetings without underwear or trousers.
>> No. 439182 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 11:09 am
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>long as birds think they look good

Which women don't know how to achieve because it's quite complicated. Looking good isn't something you can mass produce otherwise we'd all be wearing it and much of a what a woman knows of what looks good will be informed by advertising caricatures, context and lighting. And it doesn't really matter so long as you're in good shape and other people think you look good.

Too add to this is the rather obvious fact that I have a feeling you're a pasty white male so you will probably look good in light blues but lasses don't think in blues. You might want to start reading the basics of the /fa/ wiki than listening to a woman.

>>439172
What if he's going to a job interview at a bed-testing facility?
>> No. 439184 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 11:19 am
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Have any of you lads hired a cleaner? On the fence about paying £20 or whatever to have someone come around for a couple of hours a week to vacuum, dust and that.
>> No. 439190 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 12:05 pm
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>>439184
I hired someone with a carpet cleaning machine once. The water that came out was filthy but the carpet looked basically the same.
>> No. 439191 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 1:38 pm
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>>439190
My parents used to have one of those Vax carpet cleaners. They had light carpets and you could definitely see a bit of a difference, but surprisingly little for how much filth comes out in the water.

Just for freshening the house up though I still think it's worth renting a carpet cleaner every few years or so.

>>439184
Work out how much time you spend cleaning in a week, and put a price on how much you value your time. That might help you decide.
Part of it depends how good a cleaner you can find. Plenty of them take the piss with how little they do in the time you pay them for, a few work themselves nearly to death and ask for too little.
>> No. 439193 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 1:41 pm
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>>439184
Worth every penny. I pay about 40 quid a week for someone to come round on Tuesday morning.
>> No. 439194 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 1:51 pm
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>>439191
>Part of it depends how good a cleaner you can find

At work we have an overweight mother daughter duo doing the cleaning. I don't know their names but we call the daughter "arsecrack" because of what you can see when she leans forward; she's really socially awkward and if you pass her on the stairs or something she'll just start rubbing a random patch of the wall with a cloth.
>> No. 439197 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 5:23 pm
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>>439193
For £40 I'd want a happy ending too. She can clean it up after.
>> No. 439198 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 7:38 pm
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Went to see the new Christopher Nolan film, Ten ET's last night. It was alright, not as good as inception but better than Interstellar. It can be summed up without spoilers as a mash-up of the film Primer, that episode of Red Dwarf where time goes backwards, and that one Doctor Who plot point about River Song and the Doctor meeting each other in opposite direction. If it had one weakness it seemed to just rush you along through the foundations of the story without taking the time to establish any of the characters, a bit like the first hour of Inception where you're still a bit like "Okay but who are these people? Why?", the difference is Inception pulls it back with a very gripping personal storyline for Cobb, whereas this film had literally nothing. I think it was an intentional decision to keep things focussed on the broader strokes though. Overall I quite liked it, it's no masterpiece but I enjoy films that give you a few breadcrumbs and then let you say "I knew that was going to happen!" when the pieces start falling together.

On the other hand, my girlfriend sat there sighing and rolling her eyes because "it was dumb", but I think she just wanted to dislike it because people on the internet had been saying it was clever. She still hasn't grown out of that contrarian teenage reverse-snobbery phase yet honestly, and it does wind me up. She just sits there actively trying to be unimpressed with something for two hours, and then she'll sulk when I disagree and tell her to stop being a pretentious dickhead.

Anyway yeah 7/10.
>> No. 439199 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 10:04 pm
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>>439197
Your time must be very cheap if you think thats a bad deal (happy ending or not).
>> No. 439201 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 12:08 am
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>>439144

Am I missing something or have they put the price up since Friday? It's currently £329.00 at that link.
>> No. 439203 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 12:53 am
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Not him but that's £40 a week to run the hoover round. How long is it really going to take? The hardest part in my mind is that you would instinctively keep the place tidy yourself knowing that someone is dealing with your mess and judging you. Then there is the part where you would presumably have to manage them if they start taking the piss or even fire them - they might even talk to you.

It makes much more sense to live in mild filth and pay someone once a quarter to give the place a proper clean. Or do what I did at uni and buy a couple twenty bags to keep yourself always slightly stoned so the mess doesn't bother you.
>> No. 439210 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 5:58 pm
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>>439198
Your girlfriend sounds perfect.
>> No. 439211 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 6:23 pm
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Been a fun old day on the FTSE fucking hell.
>> No. 439212 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 6:48 pm
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>>439211
I wish I had some cash lying around.
>> No. 439213 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 6:57 pm
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>>439211
I hadn't looked at it in around a month or so and assumed it'd still be hovering around the 6,100 to 6,200 mark, then I had a look today. Oh well.
>> No. 439214 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 8:39 pm
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>>439211

I'm mainly invested in American stocks, luckily with a bit of an underexposure to tech, which has taken a bigger beating lately than the DOW. I didn't trust the FTSE coming out of lockdown, with all the other worries the British economy is still facing with or without corona. But I've lost some money too.

Well, it's not really lost, just that somebody else has it right now.
>> No. 439215 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 10:38 pm
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>>439214
>Well, it's not really lost, just that somebody else has it right now.

As someone who is heavily invested in tech and the FTSE I'd like the name of this person. Don't worry, I'll get our money back.
>> No. 439216 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 12:16 pm
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How badly am I going to get the shits from eating camembert that's almost 8 weeks out of date?
>> No. 439217 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 1:33 pm
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>>439216

You may be in largely uncharted territory. Keep us posted.
>> No. 439218 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 1:42 pm
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>>439216

Remember, use by dates are just a con job by Big Fridge. Cheese is just really mouldy milk in the first place.
>> No. 439219 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 1:50 pm
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>>439134.

It's just for a different target audience ladm8. A suit, nice watch and a flash car is great if you want to attract a leggy blonde who likes shopping and fashion; but if you're after a bisexual vegan lass who will smoke weed and talk Alan Watts after you shag, I daresay it won't get you far.
>> No. 439220 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 1:54 pm
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>>439217
No major changes to report yet, apart from now having garlic breath and feeling a little dense inside. I'm attributing sweats to the weather.
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22nd September 2020
Tuesday 3:38 pm
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Answer: huge arse explosion around half an hour ago. Thought I was about to have round 2 but it turned out to be a fart that I daren't attempt if I wasn't sat on the loo.
>> No. 439222 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 3:59 pm
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>>439221

The two of us are praying for you, lad.
>> No. 439223 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 5:25 pm
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>>439221
That wouldn't be an unusual reaction to just having eaten a whole camenbert on your own.
>> No. 439224 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 6:40 pm
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I've started feeding the neighbours cats a little nibble every now and then - only a couple oof Dreamies, not a whole bowl of food - now they've started coming into my house and hanging around on my doorstep. I guess that's what I wanted but I didn't realise they'd be so regular. One of them is sat on my sofa watching me eat biscuits.
>> No. 439225 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 6:45 pm
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>>439224

They know you have food now. They will keep coming.

But cats also lose interest quickly if they realise there will be no more food from you.

They're pragmatic creatures. They don't just come to hang out with you unless you are their owner.
>> No. 439226 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 6:48 pm
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Today I've been tired because somehow I ended up reading about aliens on wikipedia. Read on Jacques Vallée's theory that a malevolent entity is directing human history which seemed quite logical given whatever madness human civilisation distorts into over a millennia will seek to covertly optimise itself without dooming its own creation.

This was followed by changelings and then all the disorders that are thought to have inspired the myth. Picture me, a thirty year old man, turning the light on at 2am because my mind was spooked by the thought of faeries taking me away. Living in the past must've been intense.

>>439223
I've always felt that baked camenbert is too small to share. A big part of the problem I reckon is that the cheese on the outside cools quickly making it unsuitable for dipping.
>> No. 439227 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 10:55 pm
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>Picture me, a thirty year old man, turning the light on at 2am because my mind was spooked by the thought of faeries taking me away.

I honestly think it's something about being at that age - I used to lay awake worrying that one day the sun would go out, and what would everyone do? I guess its something do with understanding / worrying about mortality. It passes.
>> No. 439228 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 11:16 pm
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Passed my (first) amateur radio exam; I've wanted to get the ticket for many many years, but just never got round to it. Picture related, that is how cool I think I am.

Having been on the video conference with most of the other candidates though, I fear I might just be kidding myself.
>> No. 439229 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 11:51 pm
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>>439226

One of my favourite internet hobbies used to be reading about aliens, ghosts, spooky 90s conspiracies, cryptids and all that stuff; I find it much harder to dig that sort of stuff up nowadays though. I think the prevalence of the internet and smartphones etc really killed it- In the old days shaky camcorder footage was compelling, nowadays shaky smartphone footage is all over YouTube and all of it is too easily debunked to capture the imagination.

I feel as though the cultural mindspace occupied by X-Files paranormal spooky stuff is today occupied by 9/11 conspiracies, chemtrails and what have you. If the UFO phenomenon and men in black report and all that were a strange artefact of the cold war era, modern day tinfoil hatters are the much less subtle internet age equivalent.

It's a shame really. I want to believe.
>> No. 439230 Anonymous
23rd September 2020
Wednesday 2:12 am
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>>439227
>I honestly think it's something about being at that age - I used to lay awake worrying that one day the sun would go out, and what would everyone do? I guess its something do with understanding / worrying about mortality. It passes.

It's not existential angst, I had enough of that in my 20s, this is just collecting fan-lore about our own reality. It's fun to exercise your imagination at times and scare yourself with complete rubbish. I probably will keep an inside-out coat in any future child's room. Just in case.

>>439229
9/11 fucked everything imo. A culture doesn't seem capable of meta-plots and the unknown when daft militant wogs turn everything into a gritty thriller.

>I think the prevalence of the internet and smartphones etc really killed it- In the old days shaky camcorder footage was compelling, nowadays shaky smartphone footage is all over YouTube and all of it is too easily debunked to capture the imagination.

For me the problem is that youtube and ghost shows changed the focus from storytelling to reactions and building a cult following by pulling whatever is popular. The latter is especially annoying for me as they suffer the problem that the overarching plot of X-Files had where you just end up ruining the mystery.
>> No. 439231 Anonymous
23rd September 2020
Wednesday 5:18 am
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>>439228

Congrats, mate. I'm actually surprised it's taken any of us this long to start getting the quintessential shed dweller qualification.

I saw a ham radio bloke in his car on top of a hill once. My cars battery had died, so I went over to ask if he could jump me - he looked absolutely terrified that he was talking to someone face to face, and quickly drove off after our interaction. I still feel a bit bad about that, I bet I ruined his day. I bought a quite expensive jump starter battery pack thing, mostly because I couldn't ever forget the horrified look on his little face.

Anyway, I'm sure you're going to change the communities image for the better.
>> No. 439232 Anonymous
23rd September 2020
Wednesday 11:44 am
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I can't get out of bed today. I had a shower and did some washing, but here I am again. I expect I'll get up and head out after posting this, but I've been awake since half-seven, I don't know what's wrong with me.
>> No. 439233 Anonymous
23rd September 2020
Wednesday 5:03 pm
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Im not sure if I miss the days before I became somebody who sneaks off to swig Lidl Bourbon in the kitchen a few times a day.
>> No. 439234 Anonymous
23rd September 2020
Wednesday 6:42 pm
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>>439233

My grandad used to sneak off to the garage to swig Aldi scotch. We all knew. He's dead now. I had to chuck about 30 empty bottles away.
>> No. 439235 Anonymous
23rd September 2020
Wednesday 7:55 pm
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Aldi scotch is good stuff. If I was going to rekindle my excesses, it'd be my drink of choice.
>> No. 439236 Anonymous
23rd September 2020
Wednesday 11:10 pm
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Bought a half kilo bag of frozen shrimp and I'm gonna have a go at making gumbo. Couldn't find any andouille sausage but apparently smoked Polish kielbasa comes close enough.

I wonder why smoked meats aren't really a thing in the UK. I'd wager a smoked Lincolnshire or Cumberland sausage would taste lovely.
>> No. 439237 Anonymous
23rd September 2020
Wednesday 11:20 pm
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I am suddenly getting shitloads of spam e-mail on my main e-mail account. Which is odd because I use it sparingly and only for "official business", and especially not as an e-mail address when registering on web forums or similar. Even my paypal account is on a different e-mail address.

They all kind of look the same, all with a nondescript name of the recipient, one that just came in here is from "Richard Williams", and one earlier from "Andrea Jones". Good old Andrea wanted me to buy deck chairs, and Richard Williams is letting me know about an incredible offer for kitchen cutlery. So there's kind of a pattern there, the only thing that's peculiar is that it only started about yesterday morning, and it's just incessant now, up to ten e-mails an hour like that.
>> No. 439238 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 10:00 am
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>>439237
How many we talking? A year ago I was once hit with around 2000 spam emails in one night only to find one of my accounts had been hacked and they used the spam emails to cover up their tracks.
At the time I just thought "what the fuck" and deleted them all without thinking much about it.
>> No. 439239 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 4:56 pm
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>>439238

I keep getting about ten to a dozen e-mails a day still. It's a proper nuisance. Do the people behind this actually think somebody is going to buy a 200-ft garden hose off them just because they pester people into oblivion with their spam e-mail?

The problem is also that they not only keep changing the sender's name and e-mail address in their e-mails, but they also change around the wording, so that your spam filter doesn't really have any common properties to go on.

You kind of wish yourself back to the days when you got one penis pills e-mail every two days.
>> No. 439240 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 5:01 pm
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>>439239
You might have been hacked, or some database that had your email address in it might have been hacked.

In any event, maybe time to change all your password, and turn on 2FA. Or maybe abandon the email address/delete it.
>> No. 439241 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 5:22 pm
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>>439240

>Or maybe abandon the email address/delete it.

I have been using this e-mail address for 20 years. Abandoning it would be by far the bigger inconvenience.
>> No. 439242 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 7:35 pm
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https://haveibeenpwned.com/
>> No. 439243 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 9:48 pm
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>>439242
HIBP is really good.
>> No. 439244 Anonymous
25th September 2020
Friday 12:17 am
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I ruined my favourite track about a year ago, by listening to it through mid-five-figures worth of listening equipment in a properly set up room with appropriate mood lighting.

It's just never sounded anywhere near as good since.

If I ever come into a very large unexpected windfall, the house is having a listening room for that sole reason.

The track, if anyone is interested:

>> No. 439245 Anonymous
25th September 2020
Friday 5:08 pm
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>>439244
Yeah, it's nice. Thanks for the link :)
>> No. 439246 Anonymous
25th September 2020
Friday 6:03 pm
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Recently I realised that that whole pig-fucking thing with David Cameron must have been a failed blackmail attempt. The question is, what did he refuse to do and who tried to make it?
>> No. 439247 Anonymous
25th September 2020
Friday 6:12 pm
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>>439246
>what did he refuse to do
Pull out?
>> No. 439248 Anonymous
25th September 2020
Friday 6:35 pm
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>>439246

It wasn't a blackmail attempt, it was just a bit of internecine squabbling in the Tory party. The allegation was made by Lord Ashcroft, who has donated millions to the Tories over the years and has previously served as the party treasurer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_Me_Dave
>> No. 439249 Anonymous
25th September 2020
Friday 6:49 pm
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>>439246
If you look into the history between Ashcroft and Cameron you can see a clear motive - Ashcroft was a major Tory donor furious at being denied a position in Cameron's government (shocking, I know). I'm not sure he was aware of how big the story was going to get considering it was a carefully phrased, second-hand, anecdote to help move his book but I guess "Tory PM fucks pig" is one of those stories that clicks in our collective subconscious. Maybe Black Mirror primed us.

I mean, if someone was going to blackmail you about uni days as PM they would just say they have a picture of you smoking the devil's lettuce. Few grand easy money considering everyone's done it. If you want a policy then it would be more effective to blackmail the relevant Minister.
>> No. 439250 Anonymous
25th September 2020
Friday 6:57 pm
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Remind me to knock next time I go in my teenage son's room. Whoops.
>> No. 439251 Anonymous
25th September 2020
Friday 8:59 pm
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>>439250

My mum walked in on me once and I didn't know - I found out some time later when one of my friends told me she had been talking to his mother while drunk about the size of my knob. I know that sounds like the sort of thing the IT bloke from The Office would make up, but it's true (unless my mate was fucking with me, but doubtful, that's not his style)

It's probably the most uncomfortable and disconcerting thing I've ever learned, that and when you finally move out and you work out that jizz stains are pretty obvious to anyone doing your laundry.
>> No. 439254 Anonymous
26th September 2020
Saturday 1:56 am
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>>439251
I started washing my own clothes when I was 15 because that's when I realised that other people can see cum stains so easily.

It has made me a paranoid mess.
>> No. 439257 Anonymous
26th September 2020
Saturday 3:55 pm
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It's fine for a grown man to nap in the middle of the day, isn't it? Half a pie and chips has left me feeling sleepy.
>> No. 439259 Anonymous
26th September 2020
Saturday 5:07 pm
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>>439257
It's a dangerous game because naps can easily become kips and that's just a snooze with better marketing. Come Monday you might have an opposite sleep cycle of waking up at 5 and going to bed at 8pm.
>> No. 439260 Anonymous
26th September 2020
Saturday 6:03 pm
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>>439259
Can attest - have also been in this pattern recently.
>> No. 439261 Anonymous
26th September 2020
Saturday 7:29 pm
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>>439257
>>439259
>>439260

Covid has destroyed any notion of time or space, for me. I have utterly separated myself from the arbitrary temporal enforcements of society, and I merely tend to my needs as and when I need to, like a Sim keeping the bars full.

I love a good afternoon nap. You just have to be careful not to let it go on too long and result in disorientation.
>> No. 439269 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 12:58 pm
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Bought a pack of figs because they're 39p in Aldi at the minute. What am I supposed to do with them?
>> No. 439270 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 1:31 pm
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>>439269

Eat them, or shove them up yer bum, I couldn't give a f___
>> No. 439271 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 3:26 pm
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>>439269

Wash, chop the top off and eat. Figs are great just like that. You can eat the skin without issue.
>> No. 439273 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 4:27 pm
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>>439269
Cut them in half like in the image and roast them at gas mark 6/200C for 15-20 minutes. Then put a layer of either feta cheese or goat's cheese on the top and put them under the grill until browned. Spoon in and enjoy.
>> No. 439274 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 4:41 pm
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>>439269
If they're soft you can just eat them and discard the top.
>> No. 439275 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 5:11 pm
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>>439270
>shove them up yer bum

I thought figging was done with ginger?
>> No. 439276 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 5:44 pm
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>>439275

If I could find a fit ginger bird who'd shove figs up my bum, I think I'd be set for life.
>> No. 439277 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 6:11 pm
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>>439276
A ginger to ungingerly frig you with figs?