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|>>|| No. 441558
New midweek thread: chip butty edition.
Is it even midweek? The days have all blurred into one and lost all sense of meaning.
|>>|| No. 441625
Currently the youngest non-illegal on there and I arrived in 2012; concerning. Hopefully the dadlads will let their kids take over their accounts when they pass on.
|>>|| No. 441627
You mean that britfa wasn't built because britchan was dying a slow and obvious death? Didn't we also used to have an /i/ board back in 2009 when the whole mask of shame thing was still going on? Britchan and, to a an admittedly slightly lesser extent, britfa were still a part of that general "anonymous" scene that was kicking about after 4chan/chanology got popular.
|>>|| No. 441628
>She has obviously never met the .gs mods.
Reckon she's just mad about getting a comedy grammar ban.
Something's wrong here. If the results of this poll are to be believed it would mean that more people post here than me, you and otherlad.
|>>|| No. 441629
> If the results of this poll are to be believed
I've just taken a closer look and it appears that the poll page is protected against poll spamming by means of cookies. Which is somewhat easy to circumvent, and then you can mark it any number of times.
|>>|| No. 441630
>you can mark it any number of times
It's not meant to be scientific, that's obviously impossible.
|>>|| No. 441631
Turns out I actually quite like working nights. It seems my main issue with work is tolerating every other cunt, when it's just me and I can crack on at my own pace without anyone interfering I'm happy as the proverbial Larry.
We'll see if I think the same by the time the sun's coming up and I've still got another hour left, but there we are.
|>>|| No. 441632
What are you doing at this hour? If you're a hitman and you need a partner to get into a horror situation for a bad student film drop me line. I'm always getting attacked by vampires me.
|>>|| No. 441633
The trouble with staying awake through the night is the next morning takes on a strange colour; somehow dull but simultaneously brilliant. It must be the foggy brain.
|>>|| No. 441634
I worked nights every summer and christmas holiday of uni.
I liked the fact there were no customers in the shop and we were generally left to do our own thing. I liked the extra pay as well. I'm a night owl as it is, but there's something different about actually working through the night rather than being up playing games or watching YouTube.
It fucking gets to you after a while. Not just the fact that if you want to do anything administrative with your life you've either got to stay up or get up early, it's been shown that working nights decreases cognition and general health. I am generally a terrible sleeper, but my sleep problems got worse (and, coincidentally, my caffeine withdrawal symptoms were ten times worse for whatever reason whilst I was on nights). Everyone there on permanent nights chainsmoked, and I can sort of understand why.
In winter you never see the sun (though to be honest this winter who has?), and in summer it's a circadian mindfuck as you try and get to sleep in blazing morning sunshine. I'd highly recommend the thickest blackout curtains you can manage for those days. Also, if your neighbours decide to do a bit of DIY or have a domestic and it's keeping you awake, there's little recourse as it's 'normal' time for everyone else.
|>>|| No. 441635
I have to go to live, in person training at work tomorrow, to be trained for something nobody on our team will ever have to do (and in fact will not be allowed to do, because of union rules involving a third party provider that are not going anywhere). It doesn't really feel very 'essential'. The trainer on site is fucking awful, and has demonstrated effectively over the last year that he knows less than even our most junior staff in operations, and his teaching method is to read verbatim off a powerpoint.
Anyway, I made a particularly beany chilli for dinner and I've had it quite late, and am planning a (hopefully gaseous only) dirty protest tomorrow. That room will be thick with the stench of five types of bean.
|>>|| No. 441636
>Also, if your neighbours decide to do a bit of DIY or have a domestic and it's keeping you awake, there's little recourse as it's 'normal' time for everyone else
This is the worst part, I think. You end up furious at someone for daring to drill holes at 11am on a Tuesday, but know deep down you're powerless to do anything about it and they're not actually doing anything wrong. My direct neighbours were very nice and would actually postpone DIY if they knew I had been on shift the night before, but the sound of construction travels so the bloke a street over getting his driveway done would still keep me up, and so on.
Earplugs and blackout curtains help, but I also don't think anyone should really do permanent nights, at least not for more than six months at a time.
|>>|| No. 441637
I've watched the sun come up many a time through all night sessions and psychedelic drug trips, so I'm used to the surreal state of a new day dawning when you have watched the transition in real time. I think it'll feel rather different driving down the motorway knowing I'd normally be one of the people heading the other way, though.
Luckily it isn't permanent, it's a rotation between days and nights, and in theory it's only for three to six months anyway; but that's all up in the air with the current situation.
12 hour shifts though, so I'm living the 3-day week dream technically. Shame the woman in charge of the rotas is an incompetent alcoholic who couldn't make a sensible shift pattern even if you promised her a free bottle of Bombay Sapphire but you can't have everything can you.
|>>|| No. 441638
I think anything with variable shifts is just bound by some higher power to be shit. I worked in a reputable fast food establishment for some time but that didn't stop multiple managers timetabling people on overnight shifts, 1 day off then breakfast shifts where you come in at 6am. Wankers.
|>>|| No. 441639
You pair are going to be green with envy, I just found a couple of loose Mint Imperials in my draw.
|>>|| No. 441643
You can cry foul at my typo all you want, I can feel the jealousy coming off your post.
|>>|| No. 441644
It's not a typo though, is it? You actually call it a draw. The mask had slipped, Northumberlad. I, for one, don't even like peppermints.
|>>|| No. 441646
That mask didn't slip, I left it in my trouser pocket when I put the washing on and now I can't go to the shops, idiot.
|>>|| No. 441671
It's been getting pretty warm in the south. I've barely had to use an extra blanket.
|>>|| No. 441673
Not even any rain here today in central Manchester, though I hear from family it's fairly thick snow in the 01924 2 region. I love walking in the snow, so I hope it does fall.
|>>|| No. 441677
My friend's dad has offered to pay her university tuition fees, going as a mature student. This would wipe out his life savings and he'll never have that kind of money again. Is this a poor person thing? I've seen it quite a few times now where people who've barely got a pot to piss in want to pay their child's uni fees, doing something daft like cashing in their pension or equity release, because they don't want them to be in debt and don't really understand how student loans work.
|>>|| No. 441678
How dare the paupers try to give their offspring the kind of leg up in life wealthy kids had access to? They should know their place.
|>>|| No. 441679
It's pissing their money away. The student loan won't ever be fully repaid and if her dad really wanted to give her a leg up he'd give her the money for a house deposit.
|>>|| No. 441681
It's not a leg up. Student loan is there for the taking, and it's the best loan she'll ever have, and there's multiple ways to avoid paying it, not least dumping future earnings over the payback threshold into her pension, while her dad makes up for that shortfall in salary by way of either an allowance, a trust fund, or a deposit on a house.
|>>|| No. 441682
>not least dumping future earnings over the payback threshold into her pension,
Care to elaborate on that a bit mate? How do you do that if you're on PAYE and the money is just getting taken out automatically?
I'm a thicko with this stuff so please explain like I'm a simpleton (which I am).
|>>|| No. 441683
Not him, but it's only really an option if your employer's pension scheme uses salary sacrifice.
|>>|| No. 441684
>Is this a poor person thing?
Not exclusively - for the genuinely wealthy, £27k is a sufficiently piffling sum that it's easier to just pay up front than piss about with the Student Loans Company.
Most companies offer a salary sacrifice pension scheme. Rather than you paying into a pension out of your salary, they reduce your salary and pay the difference into a pension on your behalf. Doing it this way means you don't have to pay national insurance on your pension contributions.
The Student Loans Company calculate your repayments based on your income, but salary sacrifice pension contributions are classed as "unearned income" and are only counted if they're more than £2000 per year.
|>>|| No. 441690
In what universe can you possibly say giving someone near thirty grand is not a leg up, you bloody carpet-bagger. I don't care how good of a loan the student loan is, not having to bother with it is an advantage.
|>>|| No. 441693
>In what universe can you possibly say giving someone near thirty grand is not a leg up
It's a meaningless waste of money. A student loan isn't really a loan in the conventional sense, it's effectively a graduate tax. You only have to make repayments if you're earning over £25k and the repayments are automatically taken from your salary via PAYE. The repayments are piffling and the loan is automatically forgiven after 30 years, so most people never have to repay the full amount.
If you've got £27k to give to your kids, you'd have to be absolutely mental to pay their tuition fees. Give them fifty quid a week for housekeeping so they don't have to top up their maintenance loan with a part-time job and put the rest in a Lifetime ISA for a deposit on their first house. That is a real leg up.
|>>|| No. 441694
You're not giving them 30 grand, you're giving the university 30 grand to avoid the softest loan you'll ever find. 10k in an ISA would be so much more of a leg up than paying three times that for tuition fees.
|>>|| No. 441695
Why call it a loan at all, or set it up as such, rather than a graduate tax? It seems almost designed to be misunderstood, or maybe to open the idea of student loans up to a public for whom university education was tuition free until a generation or two ago.
I also wonder if it's also American influence adding to that misunderstanding, where their student debts are truly punitive.
|>>|| No. 441696
>It seems almost designed to be misunderstood, or maybe to open the idea of student loans up to a public for whom university education was tuition free until a generation or two ago
Literally yes. "loan" sounds a lot better than "tax", and that's all that's needed. I'm honestly surprised they didn't call it an Educational Advance to further obfuscate.
It is literally a loan though, the way it's set up. The SLC is a company that exists and is the debtee.
|>>|| No. 441698
>"loan" sounds a lot better than "tax"
In the minds of most people, "loan" means you get money, "tax" means money is taken from you.
The fact that they're given money with a loan which will never be theirs is something they conveniently tend to forget.
It's the same with your mortgage. Your house isn*t really your house until the day that you've fully paid it back.
|>>|| No. 441701
>it's effectively a graduate tax
A tax she'll never have to pay,.
I'm not saying he wouldn't be better off putting it into am ISA for her, he would, but it's absurd to say it's not an advantage all the same.
I wouldn't be surprised if she suggested something better to him and he, being old and afflicted with daft backward old people ideals, went "No, bugger off, I'll pay your tuition but I'm not just giving you a hand out, that'd be spoiling you."
|>>|| No. 441705
This sort of branding why they came up with the name Lifetime ISA. One of the main uses for it is for your retirement, but if they put pension in the name it carries a lot of stigma with it that they were worried would switch people off it.
|>>|| No. 441707
In fairness it would be misleading to call it a pension ISA because they're also intended to be used for first home purchases. Help to Buy having had the opposite problem. I'd argue it should go further for 'lifetime' so you can withdraw X amount when you have a child or for upskilling but that would probably be too complicated.
I suppose telling the truth with a 'put yer tokens in this bastard and we'll 'ave ya propping up the UK housing market and (maybe) let you work part-time at 60' ISA would be less appealing. People might look at the price of homes before they open one for instance and instead simply decide to set fire to a landlord.
|>>|| No. 441712
Cabin fever is definitely setting in. I've just had a Teams call with someone I work with, who is unattractive by just about every objective metric there is but because she's obese she also has massive tits. I think it must have been the camera angle accentuating them, but I could feel a stirring in my loins. I don't think I've ever even checked out her tits before because she's a gargoyle.
|>>|| No. 441713
Our Teams calls are usually with about six other people, and one of them also has pretty big boobs, but she's really fit too. I sometimes just catch myself staring at her for minutes, safe in the knowledge that she'll have no idea that I am, but hoping that I won't be doing it when all this corona nonsense is over and we go back to our usual day to day office jobs.
|>>|| No. 441714
Ah mate, Teams has a new set-up screen where you can see yourself and check sound when you click join. You have to click join again to get into the call.
|>>|| No. 441715
I just had a fuck off greasy chowmein with oovercooked crispy chicken balls. Full of salt, fuckers forgot the sweet and sour sauce, now i feel sick as a pig. My pores seep oil.
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