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>> No. 441558 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 8:46 pm
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New midweek thread: chip butty edition.

Is it even midweek? The days have all blurred into one and lost all sense of meaning.
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>> No. 441559 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 8:47 pm
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My girlfriend is seriously considering entering one of those house raffle competitions. The location isn't actually listed on the entry page, but I'm fairly certain it's one of those new builds next to Dewsbury Rams stadium. For actual fuck's sake.
>> No. 441560 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 8:50 pm
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Perhaps a controversial opinion, but oven chips in a butty I feel are far superior to even the best chippy equivalent - I haven't had one for years (haven't had oven chips for years, actually) but I really, really want one now.

I also have no fucking idea what day it is. I think it might be tuesday?
>> No. 441561 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 9:07 pm
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>>441560
I'd say the issue with a chip butty from a chippy is the bread they use. Chippy chips on bread from my bread bin would be optimal for me.
>> No. 441562 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 9:24 pm
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It's Monday and 'editions' is an otherplace thing. This is madness.
>> No. 441563 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 9:26 pm
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>>441562

Welcome to the "new normal". It's all downhill from here.
>> No. 441564 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 9:39 pm
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>>441562
>'editions' is an otherplace thing

We've been doing it for years. From a quick look in the catalogue:

>>423374
>New weekend thread. First weekend of the year edition.

>>424669
>Weekend thread: bangers and mash edition.

>>428949
>New weekend thread: Highland Toffee edition

>>431786
>New midweek thread: Let's enter Robot Wars edition.

There's no need to be a poseur and hint we should stop using one of the commonly accepted formats for this kind of thread, that has been used for years, because you've suddenly decided if other places now use it we should stop.
>> No. 441565 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 9:42 pm
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>>441558
That is a tremendous looking chip butty. You've made me hungry and I'm supposed to be avoiding carbs. DAMN YOU.
>> No. 441566 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 9:44 pm
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>>441564

I propose that we merge all of the threads quoted in this post into one thread.
>> No. 441567 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 9:53 pm
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>>441564
I like how they're all over a period of several months in 2019 for slightly different topics.
>> No. 441568 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 9:57 pm
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>>441564

To be fair, all of the examples you've cited were from 2019. I do seem to remember it going back a bit longer than that but it was almost definitely an import from the other place that was just allowed to slide. Regardless, it's hardly the most offensive thing that could leak over from there.

On the other hand there are plenty of lads on here who would happily get rid of all the "mega-threads" altogether, not just the ones that are posted on the wrong day of the week or whatever.

Personally I think the board is slow enough to warrant their use - I mean I'd rather post about Disenchantment part three in a more recent "what are you watching now" mega-thread than dig up the long dead thread from 2018 when the first part was released.
>> No. 441570 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:07 pm
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>>441568

>it was almost definitely an import from the other place

You'd only know that if you went to the other place, and none of the rest of us do, so you're definitely imagining it, outlander.
>> No. 441571 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:08 pm
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>>441568
Last time we went properly meta (>>420448) the consensus seemed to be that general threads are a bit shit, but the major issue is that people don't tend to create new threads otherwise so there isn't much of an alternative; they're a necessary evil to keep activity going.
>> No. 441572 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:20 pm
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>>441570

Considering the fact that this place was originally built by britchan refugees I would wager that a fairly high percentage of the original users of this site have had exposure to the other place at some point or other.

I'd wager even higher than the majority of newer users (I do believe we get some, even if it's only very occasionally) would have found this place from there. There are the people who turn up from there other place and make a big song and dance about it but I suspect there is a small but non-zero number who find us through there, lurk for a bit, and decide they like it here and eventually more or less blend in, bringing with them things like "XYZ Edition" that eventually merge harmlessly enough with our existing board culture.

The primary crossover boards here used to be krautchan and ylilauta but I'm pretty sure we have more funchan users than you'd imagine. Do you really expect me to believe that all those Warhammerlads never ever take even a peek at /tg/?
>> No. 441575 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:31 pm
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>>441571
>the major issue is that people don't tend to create new threads otherwise so there isn't much of an alternative; they're a necessary evil to keep activity going

I've long suspected that the common denominator on here was a shyness.
>> No. 441576 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:37 pm
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>>441575

I think I lurked the board for about a year before I first posted because, due to the massive number of bans I saw handed out for things like minor spelling or grammar mistakes, I was convinced that I'd be permamegabanned if I ever tried to post here.

I probably didn't realise at the time that the majority were comedy or relatively short-term bans.
>> No. 441577 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:40 pm
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>>441572

I was only joking.

If you want to really despair, search for mentions of britfa.gs on twitter and/or redit.
>> No. 441578 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:42 pm
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>>441577
> If you want to really despair, search for mentions of britfa.gs on twitter and/or redit.

Thanks for the nightmare fuel. I'll save that for one of those days where you sit around listening to the Smiths and Leonard Cohen while stubbing out fags on your legs.
>> No. 441579 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:44 pm
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>>441575
I think you're right. A lot of the time there's quite a few of us lurking but waiting for someone else to make a post that we can then reply to. New general threads lead to an uptick in posts that, for whatever reason, people wouldn't have made to the previous general thread.

I've just heard that there's going to be another fucking hairdressers in the middle of Beeston so I'll cheer myself up by seeing what has been posted about here on Twatter.
>> No. 441580 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:47 pm
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First result is from a furry. That's enough of that.
>> No. 441581 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:48 pm
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>>441575

It might be just me, but there's a weird thing here where it's anonymous, which is why I like it, but it's also small and niche enough that people start picking things up about you, and there's no sense of blending into a heaving mass like you have on 4chan.

It's both good and bad, in that there's actually a sense of community, but it makes me a bit paranoid at times. If someone was so inclined to they could probably quite easily dox any one of the three of us from the breadcrumbs here.
>> No. 441582 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:51 pm
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>>441580
That is distressing.
>> No. 441583 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:56 pm
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YOU'RE ALL FUCKING WOMEN. I FEEL LIKE YOU'VE ALL BEEN PLAYING AN ELABORATE RUSE ON ME.
>> No. 441584 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:58 pm
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>>441581

>If someone was so inclined to they could probably quite easily dox any one of the three of us from the breadcrumbs here.

The trick is to make stuff up from time to time.
>> No. 441585 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 11:01 pm
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>>441584
True. Must go to bed now though, need to be up early to do my hair and talk to my workchums Matt and Chris about this jolly bad virus.
>> No. 441587 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 11:05 pm
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>>441580
>>441582

Well there's at least two furrylads here so you're outnumbered two to one ladm8.
>> No. 441589 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 12:47 am
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>>441581
I'll give them a head start. I'm in a lodge just off the A167 south of Durham.
>> No. 441590 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 1:08 am
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>>441589

>A167

I don't like it when people on here mention things like the road I take to work. Makes it all too real, like those tweets up there.
>> No. 441591 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 1:12 am
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>>441590

How do you think I feel when all three of you live in Beeston.
>> No. 441592 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 8:17 am
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>>441591
What's your view on the controversial 20mph zone from Flushdyke?
>> No. 441593 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 9:46 am
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>>441592
Bonkers. They should widen it to a 4-lane dual carriageway and make it at least 50mph.
>> No. 441594 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 10:32 am
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>>441591
How many time do I have to say there's more than one Beeston.
>> No. 441595 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:33 am
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>>441577
RIP
>> No. 441596 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:51 am
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Some of these are great.
>> No. 441597 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:52 am
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>>441595
It's a shame kc died, it was an interesting space. I quite like ernstchan but it's even more autistic and geeky than here, kohlchan or whatever is just a shitshow.
>> No. 441598 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:54 am
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>> No. 441599 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:59 am
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>>441598
This is anti-bald discrimination.
>> No. 441600 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 12:18 pm
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We're namechecked by Guru Larry in a reply to Ashens, but the original tweet they were replying to is gone. Something about stealing a plate?
>> No. 441601 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 1:22 pm
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>>441597

>It's a shame kc died

Didn't some lad who Columbined his local school get his inspiration from krautchan?

And then there was that other Germanlad on 4chan who knifed his roommate to death or something.



One can only hope that .gs will never have that kind of effect on any of you lot.
>> No. 441602 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 1:32 pm
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>>441601
I think there's a lad here that wants Angela Eagle to bring us up in Parliament. I don't think his nefarious schemes have amounted to much as of yet.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv-C0UQDXb0
>> No. 441603 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 1:40 pm
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>>441572
Britfa.gs and britchan existed, albeit briefly, simultaneously and wasn't founded or built by britchan refugees. The reason /IQ/ exists was to give said refugees a place to post yubyub memes.
>> No. 441604 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 1:40 pm
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>>441601

I always assumed the Mail would be knocking on purps shed for a quote eventually. I think the embarrassing site name has prevented people becoming card-carrying members like the other places get. I bet we've had a few murderers and war criminals on here, they just never implicated us.
>> No. 441605 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 1:47 pm
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>>441602

>unregulated spaces

She has obviously never met the .gs mods.


On the subject itself, I'm not sure it's fair to lump 4chan together with ISIS. When was the last time chronic masturbators, or even just the average apathetic 4chan lurker took hostages or bombed public buildings.
>> No. 441606 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 1:52 pm
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>>441604
I think it's more the iron-fisted moderation that has prevented this place becoming another far-right outpost of madness, rather than the daft name. Eagle wasn't bringing up 4chan and 8chan because she thought You Laugh You Lose threads were played out or to complain about bait being posted on /mu/.
>> No. 441607 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 1:57 pm
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>>441606
Do we need iron-fisted moderation? It makes it seem a bit patronising, as if the rest of us cannot be trusted to deal with it. I mean, I know we cannot ignore the most obvious of bait as someone always bites but we can still call it out.
>> No. 441608 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 2:08 pm
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>>441607
Most bans still come from reports, so our response is almost entirely community led.

I also clear a lot of reports as not needing any action, so if anything you are the ones who are iron-fisted.
>> No. 441610 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 2:12 pm
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>>441607
Look, it's all well and good saying "ignore it" or "tell them to sod off" when some freak turns up touting some psychopathic neo-Nazi bollocks. But eventually another one turns up, and another, and so on and so on, until the freaks outnumber us three by a factor of 200% and the whole site's knackered. Not only that but as the amount of users on an imageboard gets more and more extreme some of them might end up on the moderation team and as the more extreme faction they're more than happy to sideline and undermine what used to be the norm in favour of batshit irrationality. You can have a neutral "anything goes so long as it's legal" style of imageboard moderation, but eventually those who shout loudest win the day, because unless you ban them for being so annoying and loud to begin with "anything goes" becomes "let's discuss the Jewish question".
>> No. 441611 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 2:15 pm
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>>441610
I should add that I'm not saying this as some kind of thought experiment, but as someone who has watched individual imageboards change in real time in this way, a way in which .gs has thankfully avoided changing.
>> No. 441612 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 2:17 pm
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>>441604
On that note, I think if I told any of my gay friends I browsed a site called britfags they'd probably stop speaking to me.

That or, out of context, assume I was closeted...
>> No. 441613 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 2:20 pm
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>>441610
>Not only that but as the amount of users on an imageboard gets more and more extreme some of them might end up on the moderation team

...you lot got asked if you wanted to be mods at some point?
>> No. 441614 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 2:23 pm
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>>441613
I was speaking more broadly about imageboards in general at that point, but I didn't make that explicitly clear. However, it was heavily implied.
>> No. 441616 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 2:28 pm
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>>441613
He can see you when you're wanking
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.

You better watch out
You better not have a teary
You better not shitpost, I'll handle this query
Santa purps is hiring mods
>> No. 441617 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 2:32 pm
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>>441607
I reckon it's the grammar policing that does it combined with the lack of modern features.

Since the site was founded the rest of the internet has undergone a sustained decline in grammar which used to to quite rigidly enforced by communities. KC had specific bans to catch otherplacers such as using '>TFW' which seems like a shorthand only mobile posters would popularise. In recent years I've seen mobile posting manifest in gradually more heinous forms including a lack of capitalisation.

This isn't to say that posting from a phone is in itself the problem but people who have only used late Web 2.0 and don't lurk will have certain lazy habits. They will also universally have shit opinions but we were probably the same at their age. rudgwicksteamshow.co.uk I'm not too sure on but presume that the lack of ability to ban/doxx anyone who disagrees with you must be an unbearable loss of power.
>> No. 441618 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 2:33 pm
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Not sure if I'm only speaking for myself, but I think .gs is also a slightly older crowd, and that seems to have an effect on how crazy things can get on here.
>> No. 441619 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 2:50 pm
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>>441610
Just sounds like you're having a teary again m8. dolphin rape has never been explicitly controlled here but quality has which keeps out the foamy types.

>might end up on the moderation team

Outside of a few specific examples moderators seems to me more left-leaning than the userbase. In fact it's an accusation as old as the internet that moderation anywhere will be accused of a left-wing bias.

>>441618
I did a poll on this a number of years back. The average age is overwhelmingly around 21 so it's still safe to assume that any opinions you read here are worthless.
>> No. 441620 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 2:54 pm
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>>441618
That's not necessarily the case as seemingly every other over-40 in America went insane on contact with 4chan a few years ago.
>> No. 441621 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 3:28 pm
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>>441619

>The average age is overwhelmingly around 21

That should still be older than 4chan by a number of years.
>> No. 441622 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 4:32 pm
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>>441619
>The average age is overwhelmingly around 21

Sounds like bollocks.
>> No. 441623 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 4:34 pm
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>>441619
I've done a new poll so we can see if there's some demographic shift. Everyone please give up your age to the Big Data consortium of EasyPolls.net.

https://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=5ffdcf25e4b01140b9f99683
>> No. 441624 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 5:02 pm
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>>441622
It is. It's the slippery slope into carpet-bagger-enabling.
>> No. 441625 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 5:06 pm
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>>441623
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 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 6:03 pm
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>>441603

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 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 7:04 pm
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>>441605
>She has obviously never met the .gs mods.
Reckon she's just mad about getting a comedy grammar ban.

>>441623
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 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 8:07 pm
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>>441628

> 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 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 8:27 pm
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>>441629
>you can mark it any number of times
It's not meant to be scientific, that's obviously impossible.
>> No. 441631 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:20 pm
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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 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:32 pm
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>>441631
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 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:44 pm
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>>441631
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 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 1:21 am
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>>441631
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 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 2:24 am
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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 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 2:28 am
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>>441634

>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 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 2:46 am
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>>441633

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.

>>441634

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 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 12:41 pm
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>>441637

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 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 1:32 pm
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You pair are going to be green with envy, I just found a couple of loose Mint Imperials in my draw.
>> No. 441640 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 2:21 pm
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>>441639

Keep it in the food review thread lad.
>> No. 441641 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 2:46 pm
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>>441639
>draw
U wot? Back2Berwick. It's drawer, you fucking trog.
>> No. 441642 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 2:57 pm
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>>441641
Is that like a chester draws?
>> No. 441643 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 3:01 pm
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>>441641
You can cry foul at my typo all you want, I can feel the jealousy coming off your post.
>> No. 441644 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 3:10 pm
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>>441643
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 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 3:22 pm
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>>441644
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. 441648 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 3:32 pm
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>>441646
Still banned from the chipshop?
>> No. 441662 Anonymous
14th January 2021
Thursday 12:02 pm
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Bit snowy out.
>> No. 441667 Anonymous
14th January 2021
Thursday 4:26 pm
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>>441662
Snowmageddon in Scotland, luckily I packed_my_neeps months ago.
>> No. 441670 Anonymous
14th January 2021
Thursday 10:50 pm
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Slippery out.

https://twitter.com/P_Andy_Lucas/status/1349688962579914753
>> No. 441671 Anonymous
14th January 2021
Thursday 11:58 pm
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It's been getting pretty warm in the south. I've barely had to use an extra blanket.
>> No. 441672 Anonymous
15th January 2021
Friday 1:12 am
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>>441670
My ABS kicked in when slowing to turn into my drive earlier, I fucking shit myself.
>> No. 441673 Anonymous
15th January 2021
Friday 1:39 am
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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 Anonymous
15th January 2021
Friday 9:07 pm
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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 Anonymous
15th January 2021
Friday 9:21 pm
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>>441677

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.
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15th January 2021
Friday 9:27 pm
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>>441678
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. 441680 Anonymous
15th January 2021
Friday 9:29 pm
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>>441679
That might be something worth suggesting to her.
>> No. 441681 Anonymous
15th January 2021
Friday 9:41 pm
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>>441678

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 Anonymous
16th January 2021
Saturday 11:23 am
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>>441681
>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 Anonymous
16th January 2021
Saturday 11:27 am
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>>441682
Not him, but it's only really an option if your employer's pension scheme uses salary sacrifice.
>> No. 441684 Anonymous
16th January 2021
Saturday 12:06 pm
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>>441677

>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.

>>441682

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 Anonymous
16th January 2021
Saturday 10:45 pm
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>>441681

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 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 6:21 am
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>>441690

>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 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 6:55 am
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>>441690

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 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 8:18 am
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>>441693

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 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 8:46 am
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>>441695

>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 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 1:22 pm
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>>441696

>"loan" sounds a lot better than "tax"

This.

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 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 2:28 pm
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>>441693

>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 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 4:15 pm
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>>441696>>441698
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.
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17th January 2021
Sunday 5:24 pm
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I think you lads are missing the point - yes it is in practice a graduate tax, but it's technically not a graduate tax, and as long as it is considered debt rather than tax, the government can do bad stuff like sell it off to private interests.

https://weownit.org.uk/public-ownership/student-loans
>> No. 441707 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 6:13 pm
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>>441705
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 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 3:49 pm
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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 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 6:54 pm
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>>441712

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 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 7:01 pm
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>>441712
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 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 10:02 pm
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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.
>> No. 441716 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 7:02 pm
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>>441715
You're making me hungry.
>> No. 441717 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 7:24 pm
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I've decided to start dieting from today.

Did my weekly shop this afternoon and avoided all sweets, sugary snacks, and processed foods. Just chicken, fish, lean meat, and plenty of veg. Okay, also some cheese and salami.

I'm edging ever closer to 2 st. gained since the March lockdown, and if (!) there is going to be a summer holiday season this year, then I want to be at least a little bit in shape for it.
>> No. 441718 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 8:29 pm
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>>441716

Same, but if I ate it I'd also take a shower shortly afterwards.
>> No. 441719 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 9:22 pm
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>>441717
It would be nice if there was an Air Show this year, as last years was cancelled.
>> No. 441720 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 9:27 pm
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Do you lads reckon there's fewer woodlice about?
>> No. 441721 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 9:41 pm
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>>441720
Yes all the insects are dying.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decline_in_insect_populations
>> No. 441722 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 12:16 am
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>>441721
Woodlice aren't insects.
>> No. 441723 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 8:54 am
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>>441722
Well we're eating the crustaceans to death too but if the woodlice are dying off it's probably more to do with the former than the latter.
>> No. 441724 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 12:02 pm
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I just shat myself a bit on the way to drop my bike off at the shop. This is one reason to wear briefs instead of boxers. This happened once at uni but I'm a fully sober 30 year old now. I think it was down to gorging on fruit pastilles and mini rolls last night.

Simply feeling a bit squiffy, meandering down the road, and I step onto the pavement and suddenly it's there, in my underwear, from the simple swing of a leg about 15 minutes out the door. I don't want to be late, so I can't go back. After 10 minutes I felt I was adjusting to the sensation, and could no longer feel the 'shape'. I took a chance and hopped back on my bike to glide me downhill, but came down slightly on the seat and the shape felt like it squashed a bit inside my cheeks.

Thankfully the gent just took my bike at the shop door and I got to leave quickly. I told him I'd fitted the new derailleur but couldn't figure out the gears, and he said "Yes, because you've done it all wrong". Another few minutes and it began to sting, but I still had about a half hour walk left to get home. I happen to have quite a thin stride, so I assume my waddle made me look simply somewhat frail, rather than betraying the presence of my watery brown passenger.

I just got out of the shower. Somehow it didn't even get any on my jeans, it looked like it was just a bit of sludge but felt like a lot more. I should be ashamed for even considering not washing them, and I've just sniffed and the perineum smelled like creamed shit.

Would you guys have taken the bus or been worried you would have smelled like shit? Would you have persisted with finding a public building? Tried the YMCA but the toilets were 'closed'. I'm well spoken but you could be forgiven for thinking I look like a smackhead. I was going to pop in Tesco and get wipes and soap then find somewhere to surreptitiously cleanse, but it seemed like I was so close to the bike shop by then. Do you think the bike man appreciated my efforts or did it make me look more of a twat? He's just rang back and said he's replaced the rear cassette and fixed the rear derailleur for £40. Is that a fair price? I feel like that's actually decent for including a new part.
>> No. 441725 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 12:05 pm
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>>441724
I was told that churches are always open and a good place to go if you get caught short.
>> No. 441726 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 12:38 pm
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>>441724

A cheap cassette is about £20 retail, so £40 for the whole job is very fair.

>Do you think the bike man appreciated my efforts or did it make me look more of a twat?

You looked like a twat, but everyone looks like a twat in those circumstances. Bike shop staff are usually grumpy pricks, so don't take it to heart. You can't learn without making mistakes.

>>441725

My local churches are only open for services - there just aren't enough churchgoers to justify full-time staffing. IIRC the local Catholic priest does five masses every Sunday, like some kind of peripatetic carpet-bagger.
>> No. 441728 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 1:58 pm
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>>441724

It took me a remarkably long time to figure out that you weren't being figurative in that first sentence. I kept waiting for the moment something would scare you during your story.

My condolences to your pants, anyway. I hope you're feeling better ladm8.
>> No. 441729 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 2:13 pm
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>>441724
>I don't want to be late, so I can't go back

Why? Sharting is 'taking a personal day' material.
>> No. 441731 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 3:25 pm
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I keep expecting I'm going to die. I'm not suicidal so I'm not going to off myself. I don't have hypochondria so I'm not convinced I have a brain tumour. I've just got a weary acceptance that I'm not going to be on this planet for much longer.
>> No. 441732 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 4:55 pm
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>>441731
Least you didn't shit yourself today lad, chin up. Go watch some Final Destination and maybe look to a head doctor. Are you in generally good health?

>>441725
>>441726
The only comparable structure on the walk is this little colourful eastern temple, not sure if it's Sri Lankan or Vietcong or some such. I don't think I'd have the stones to ask to use their toilet, and I don't like God watching me do business.

The grumpy Eastern European man there sounded authoritative, said Shimano chains were 'cheap shit' and referred to the gent behind mes bike as a 'custom piece of crap' when greeting him. MOT bikes in Walthamstow, 2 thumbs up.

>>441728
Thanks, it still burns a bit but I feel clean now.

>>441729
I figured he might be inclined to charge me extra if I wasn't amenable, and since I was 'just around the corner' I thought it would be fine.
>> No. 441733 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 5:04 pm
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>>441732

>Shimano chains were 'cheap shit'

That's mental talk and I assume he got his hands on a wholesale box of KMC or something. I'm not convinced a 'bad' bike chain exists today.
>> No. 441734 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 5:44 pm
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>>441731
Seems like as good an excuse as any to live everyday like it's your last.
>> No. 441735 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 5:56 pm
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>>441732
So do we call you Shitmanolad now?
>> No. 441737 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 7:24 pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs2JbRLG1gc

why wont they put Dotcomedy on 4od? And other assorted 4later programming.
>> No. 441740 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 8:28 pm
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I've got to come up with a bio to go on the company website this week. I don't think I have anything socially acceptable to put as a hobby or interest, but I need to put something about myself.
>> No. 441743 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:05 pm
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It's been raining all day here, now it's gone absolutely ape with snow. There wasn't any forecast around here so it's quite the suprise. I'd say there's a good 6cm amassed atop the wheelie bin alreadt and it doesn't look like stopping any time soon.
>> No. 441747 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:04 am
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>>441740
Mention that you enjoys cunt-offslively discussions on obscure internet forums.
>> No. 441748 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:17 am
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Today I spent 40 quid to order some Japanese Pot Noodles because a VTuber did an ad for the company.

I need to have a word with myself.
>> No. 441749 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:20 am
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>>441748
I don't respect you.
>> No. 441750 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:27 am
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>>441748
I was feeling a bit down today but thank you it could be worse.
>> No. 441751 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:28 am
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>>441749
That's okay. I also don't respect myself.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eXwtHDze88
>> No. 441752 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:57 am
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>>441751
It's not even funk, man, what are you doing?
>> No. 441755 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 2:39 am
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My sphincter is on fire, but I can't say if it's because I've cooked and eaten very spicy and salty dishes two dinners in a row, or because when I was preparing the salt and chili chicken on the 19th I mistakenly used the knife I had cut the previously raw chicken with to taste the cooked chicken. I think a few years ago I would have had a meltdown at that and assumed my death was imminent, but Patrice Evra licked a whole chicken like it was the most beauitful woman he'd ever made love to and as far as I know he's still alive, so I took solace in that.
>> No. 441760 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 2:09 pm
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>>441748
Right, I've seen the Hololive cult on rudgwicksteamshow.co.uk. It wouldn't be obnoxious if it wasn't for the community desperately trying to pretend that it's normal, do you find that? I got slammed simply for calling it niche. Had people come back with "It's super popular in Japan!" and "1 million subs on YT so it's obviously not niche". Like is the community that filled with otakus who find love and warmth in high-pitched broken English, spoken by animated avatars of women who will never, ever care about you in any significant way
>> No. 441761 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 2:14 pm
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It's not that it's anime based or what have you that makes me dislike it, although I do hate anime, it's more how manufactured and phony it is. I suppose you could say that of any podcast or stream, but the vTuber phenominon seems especially egregious in this regard.
>> No. 441762 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 2:32 pm
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I don't even know what a vTuber is.
>> No. 441763 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 3:04 pm
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>>441760

>>441760
>rudgwicksteamshow.co.uk
Is that a wordfilter? because it's a good one if it is.

I got sucked into it pretty gradually and can't really defend it's appeal. I used to think it was weird that people watched twitch streams at all, this is like a mix between that, Idol fandom, and anime.

I also quite like Pikamee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkktITYDSlk

There's something comforting in watching hours of a person play old video games. I guess it's especially comforting given the effects of this year's lockdown on socializing. Even before COVID though, there has been increasing popularity of these mediums which foster parasocial relationships like podcasts and vloggers.
https://wilwilliams.reviews/2019/01/04/podcasters-are-people-the-intimacy-of-medium-vs-parasocial-relationships/
The causes for the increase in the presence of these online parasocial relationships also line up pretty well with what that 'Shutting out the Sun' book said about Hikkikomori.

Millenials are becoming increasingly alienated from society due to the casualization of labour, increasing cost of living, increasing precarity, and the result is a kind of arrested development.

People are more and more retreating into an imaginal entertainment matrix to escape the banality of the real world.

Weeaboos are no worse than Star Wars/Marvel fandom, people who buy funko pops, women that still like Disney movies, or dudes that get super into history books.

Anime is the opiate of the masses.
>> No. 441764 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 3:19 pm
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>>441763

I struggle to sympathise with these various people complaining that their fans are over-familiar. What exactly do they think is the appeal of what they're doing? Do they not realise what they're selling? It's predictably what happens to all public figures on the internet. This is the definition of doing something over and over expecting a different result.
>> No. 441765 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 4:07 pm
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>>441764

I agree, and believe this extends to most kinds of "fame". Actors and comedians are performing in public as emotionally compelling or friendly figures. It would be naïve to expect everyone you reach to understand the artifice of what they're watching, and show appropriate restraint in light of this at all times (especially when the very construction of a film, piece of theatre, or act is designed to foster a sense of intimacy).

I'm a fairly private person and understand the "meta" aspect of fiction. I'm acutely aware than when I watch a television series that a team of writers, editors, actors, etc. have worked toward creating a certain atmosphere. The rational bit of my brain is aware I'm not really having social interactions, but I'd be lying if I said I never felt like I was living among the crew of the Enterprise D or that I didn't relate to Tim's despair in The Office.

Maybe the new aspect here is in sheer exposure. Television series can certainly last a long time, but a YouTuber can stream multiple hours, every single day, for many years. That would unavoidably create a sense of familiarity, no matter how false.

This post also made me realise I have a similar thing going with RedLetterMedia. They spend hours chatting with eachother, watching bad films, making jokes. The videos are meant to simulate being with a group of friends. Maybe their audience is a bit more self-aware, as a recurring comment/joke on their videos is "I watch this to pretend I have friends".

If you're deliberately aiming at a younger audience, though, using cartoon avatars, playing Super Mario, etc., then you have to expect this kind of thing.

Sage because I have gone off on a proper drunken ramble.
>> No. 441766 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 4:12 pm
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>>441764

The trouble with Youtubers/streamers/content creators etc is that the successful ones invariably reach levels of fame that end up going to their heads and turning them into insufferable egotists. For example I used to like watching NerdCubed's content until he ended up changing his focus to streaming, which really didn't suit his narration style.

His fans' criticism of his streaming content caused him to throw a massive teary and abandon rudgwicksteamshow.co.uk and retreat into his Twitter echo-chamber with his missus ( a far-left "gender non-binary" nutcase who once told a critical fan to "fuck off") and inner-circle clique of mates who produced the videos with him, while completely ignoring the fans who had enjoyed his older stuff and were abandoning him in droves. It's been a shame to see his decline, as unlike Youtubers like PewDiePie who were always insufferable wankers to begin with, in his early days he genuinely seemed like a nice bloke, until Youtube fame went to his head.
>> No. 441769 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 5:02 pm
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Even A-list celebrities complain about being harassed by Paparazzi.

I guess the social wiring of the human brain didn't evolve to deal with the level of recognition and fame that celebs have. ecelebs don't have the same support infrastructure and entourage around them to insulate them from the more insidious aspects of celebrity. Also, the eceleb fame is a lot more capricious and prone to dissapate.

Fredrik Knudsen has some good videos about the early streamers who became victims of their own success.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So7wLuuDiHA
Unrelated, but the video about the Final Fantasy House is so good

Chris-Chan is maybe the most horrifying tale of what can go wrong if you blow up online.

An advantage of having the Vtuber avatar gives the performer an extra layer of privacy. Some of the girls have spoken about almost getting busted in public by people who recognized their voice.
>> No. 441770 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 6:01 pm
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>>441765
>but a YouTuber can stream multiple hours, every single day, for many years. That would unavoidably create a sense of familiarity, no matter how false.

Online it's also much easier to contact celebs than ever before. It used to be the case that the most interaction anyone could every expect to have with your idol is getting their autograph and a "Hi nice to meet you fuck off bye"
Now with twitter/youtube and everything a celeb can now interact much more personally with a huge number of people and it goes two ways, you end up with thousands of people clamouring for attention trying to get a like or comment off someone, and people who do get spoke to suddenly think they're best mates with them
>> No. 441771 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 6:02 pm
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>>441763
I find that video horrifying, it makes me feel dread and I don't think I can articulate quite why.

We're completely fucked as a species aren't we?
>> No. 441772 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 6:05 pm
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>>441766

>The trouble with Youtubers/streamers/content creators etc is that the successful ones invariably reach levels of fame that end up going to their heads and turning them into insufferable egotists.


I still quite enjoy Colin Furze. He's got a huge following by now, but he's still the same guy.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmqm4RQ_1P4
>> No. 441773 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 6:10 pm
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>>441771
>We're completely fucked as a species aren't we?

If you didn't realize that before watching this video you've not been paying attention ladmate.
>> No. 441774 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 6:42 pm
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>>441773
Fair point. Sometimes it still smacks you in the chops though. Humans are fucking demented.
>> No. 441790 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 12:04 am
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>>441769

>Chris-Chan is maybe the most horrifying tale of what can go wrong if you blow up online.

I find Chris Chan interesting not for them but for the complete and deeply uncomfortable obsession of those interested in him. They are profoundly fucked in the head and have driven an already troubled person to the edge (to the point I don't blame them if they never trust another stranger again), I wonder why they are so obsessed.

It seems like a freak show thing but also significantly move invasive to the level they robbed them of any dignity, maybe they don’t consider them human enough to be worthy of it. Maybe it is a deflection from their own flaws, maybe they remind them of their own worse qualities and they hate them for that. Maybe all of the above

I had a friend developed that level of obsession with someone who they considered a celebrity and worthy of exposure for what they had done and was sharing it all over social media, I stopped talking to them because I didn't want anything to do with that kind of shit or people who do, it is only one level above fevered mobs burning witches in my mind.
>> No. 441795 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 11:25 am
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>>441790

From what I've seen of them on sites like Kiwifarms, the type of people who obsess over Chris-Chan are mostly shut-ins who are on the spectrum themselves, they mock them because it gives them a tiny ego-boost of "At least I'm not THAT bad!" while they obsessively catalogue every single thing they have ever done or said, laughing at "autists" without the slightest hint of irony or self-awareness. It's classic projection, similar to the way the alcoholic who drinks ten pints of cider a day will rationalise it by thinking "At least I don't drink spirits like those ALCOHOLICS".
>> No. 441796 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 11:45 am
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>>441795

Not necessarily on the spectrum, there are a wide variety of severely mentally ill people involved. Anyone with such chronically low self-worth they can only feel better by "punching down". The rest of what you said still applies.
>> No. 441797 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 11:51 am
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>>441790

What exactly did the mob do, in this case?
>> No. 441805 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 6:14 pm
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>>441797

It is far too detailed and numerous for me to list off, but essentially think of every dick move someone could do to betray your trust and repeat it ad nausea, and you basically get an idea of it. Essentially imagine if gang stalking was real and focused on him, but also much more proactively cruel, it is that kind of level.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IPtLvxO8hs
>> No. 441808 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 8:35 pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgxj_0xPleg

There's an 80 part long documentary about him which is an interesting anthropological study of how the internet will inevitably lead to the downfall of humanity
>> No. 441813 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 9:01 pm
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>> No. 441814 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 9:02 pm
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>>441813
Well done lad.
>> No. 441815 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 9:13 pm
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>>441813

Today has been a bit mental at the markets.
>> No. 441824 Anonymous
23rd January 2021
Saturday 8:37 am
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I live in a particularly grim part of the North, but you know, coming down the M62 this morning with the sun just coming up, frost on the hills and a pale pink mist towards the horizon, the scenery had a serene kind of beauty to it. It was as though the cooling towers at Ferrybridge had been lifted right off the canvas of a Bob Ross painting.
>> No. 441833 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 2:33 pm
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>>441824

> a Bob Ross painting.

"Painting" is a strong word when it comes to Bob Ross. All he did was develop a handful of techniques and clichéd depictions of mountains, rivers and trees that he recycled over and over in his 30-minute paintings.

In that sense, he was kind of a one-trick pony, because by and large, nearly every picture he created on-screen looked about the same. He democratised a very specific niche of painting and gave people the impression that anybody could do it, but he probably would have been out of his depth painting anything else besides the Alaskan countryside. And if you actually followed his approach, that did not make you an artist. Just somebody dabbling in some cookie-cutter everyman art.
>> No. 441834 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 2:59 pm
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>>441833

Go for a walk.
>> No. 441835 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 3:26 pm
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>>441833

Why does Bob Ross threaten you? Did you fail to get recognition in your dream of being an artist and he makes a mockery of that? Is he Mozart to your Salieri. Does the impression of his method violate your perfectionism and the hours you have spent on your craft.

I've painted along with him a few times. And one of the most facilitating parts to me is how much it is like a magic trick. If the wrong thickness of paint goes on to the wrong part you've fucked it. If you attempt to pallet scrape a mountain differently you've fucked it. It might have changed painting from something that takes weeks to something you can crack out in an afternoon but don't make the mistake of devaluing that. Not having to have perfection in vision to be happy with what you have done and trusting your judgement first time round is a life skill many could do with learning. Including yourself. If your expectation is to be as good as an expert first time out and nothing else will do, you've failed yourself before you have started any task and Bob Ross can teach you that.
>> No. 441836 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 3:28 pm
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>>441835
Impression = imperfection. Auto correct got me.
>> No. 441837 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 3:30 pm
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>>441835

Facilitating and fascinating too. Please fix the mobile interface lad mates in a way I can read what I have written.
>> No. 441838 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 3:35 pm
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>>441837

No. It gives me plausible deniability when I make mistakes to claim it's the website interface that's at fault and not my brain.
>> No. 441839 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 3:35 pm
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At least he doesn't paint by spraypainting space-scapes then selling them for far more than they're worth on the street.
>> No. 441840 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 3:39 pm
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>>441837
Just use Luddite mode?
>> No. 441841 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 4:31 pm
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>>441835

>If your expectation is to be as good as an expert first time out and nothing else will do


No, it isn't. You can have fun expressing yourself artistically without ever having to have the ambition to become an actual artist. And whatever painting you create doesn't have to rival a Monet.

And I'm not saying you can't enjoy painting along with Bob Ross on TV. If you get something out of it, more power to you. I just think that for what he does did, he is overrated.
>> No. 441842 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 4:35 pm
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>>441841
What are your views on Tony Hart and Morph?
>> No. 441843 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 4:41 pm
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>>441840

I am in luddite mode. That isn't designed for purpose though.
>> No. 441844 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 4:48 pm
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>>441841

And I am saying I wonder why you think he is overrated and why that matters.

Americans meme about him being perfect too much because they all have a Madonna Whore complex. But I don't think you can blame him for that. And otherwise over rated would imply he is somehow over represented in the art world, and he isn't represented at all.
>> No. 441845 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 5:20 pm
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>>441842
I am almost certain that they were shagging.
>> No. 441846 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 5:38 pm
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Of all the jars I could drop on the floor, it has to be fucking Marmite.
>> No. 441847 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 6:00 pm
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>>441846

I just burned my hand on a hot oven tray while getting my pizza out. Got some painful blisters on my right index and middle finger now. Should I pop them?
>> No. 441848 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 6:35 pm
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>>441847
No. You would risk infection and in truth the satisfaction of watching them swell and recede over time as they heal is way better than the momentary pleasure of popping them.
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24th January 2021
Sunday 7:53 pm
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>>441847

No. The blister is there to protect your damaged skin while it heals. A thin layer of vaseline and covering it with a non-sticky gauze bandage is what you're supposed to do, even if it's just to protect it from popping if you hit it on something. If you only briefly touched the tray, I would assume the blisters will be gone in a day or two, and they probably won't remain painful for more than a couple of hours. If you had prolonged contact with the tray it may be longer, and beware any signs of shock.
>> No. 441850 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 8:24 pm
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>>441849

I kind of just grazed the tray with my fingers near my knuckles, but it was hot enough to really hurt. The blisters appear to be somewhat superficial.
>> No. 441851 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 9:59 pm
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>>441850

They may look superficial, but if you've got blisters then you've got second degree burns, so you still don't want to pop them. They'll probably clear up overnight if they're small.

I've had a lot of burns, any amount of infection on one is awful and turns a two day ordeal into a week or even month long one.
>> No. 441852 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 10:35 pm
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>>441851

>any amount of infection on one is awful and turns a two day ordeal into a week or even month long one.

I always use IPA to prevent or treat skin infections. It even once cleared up a stubborn nailbed infection on my big toe in less than 48 hours, after unsuccessfully applying a topical cream specifically made for that purpose for almost a week.

My GP has told me that ethanol is generally better for the skin and less irritant, but that IPA is a more or less acceptable second choice whenever you don't have any ethanol handy.
>> No. 441853 Anonymous
24th January 2021
Sunday 11:41 pm
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>>441852
U wot m8?
>> No. 441854 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 12:31 am
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>>441853

Isopropyl alcohol, the second most useful solvent.
>> No. 441855 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 8:28 am
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>>441854
I thought you used that to clean circuit boards.
>> No. 441856 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 9:39 am
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>>441855
Some things have more than one use.
>> No. 441857 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 9:54 am
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>>441855

99% IPA is suitable for cleaning technical equipment.

Concentrations of around 70-75% are a very good disinfectant. It's mostly used for surface disinfection, but you can use it to disinfect skin as well. Ethanol, which is found in most hand sanitisers, is just more gentle on your skin.
>> No. 441858 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 10:14 am
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>>441856
Very true. For instance, your mouth has threefold uses of eating, breathing, and keeping it otherwise shut.
>> No. 441859 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 10:16 am
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>>441858
Yours has four.
>> No. 441860 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 10:21 am
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>>441859
>> No. 441861 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 10:23 am
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>> No. 441862 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 10:27 am
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>>441858
> breathing
That's what the nose is for.
>> No. 441863 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 11:00 am
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>>441858

You can still type on here with your mouth closed.
>> No. 441864 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 11:19 am
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>>441863
That's uncanny. You should post this in /boo/.
>> No. 441869 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 3:04 pm
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For the second bin day in a row I've had to take in someone else's bin because someone else has taken mine. I'd have thought the giant number of the front was a clue but apparently not.
>> No. 441870 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 3:15 pm
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I washed every pair of trousers I owned at once so now I can't leave the house.

>>441869
Genuinely WITH NOTHING TO SAY BECAUSE I AM A CUNT by people who care about this, it's a bin. A bin!
>> No. 441871 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 3:22 pm
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>>441870
Yes but it's MY Bin.
>> No. 441872 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 3:36 pm
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>>441871
Not it isn't, it's the council's.
>> No. 441873 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 3:45 pm
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>>441872
They're yours. That's why most people take their wheelie bins with them then they move house.

https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/5588949/wheelie-bins-council-or-house-property
>> No. 441874 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 3:48 pm
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>>441873

You didn't read past the first reply, did you?
>> No. 441875 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 3:52 pm
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>>441874
Most people saying they own their bins but it depends on the council?
>> No. 441876 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 4:00 pm
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>>441875
Yes, "it depends on the council" being a contradiction to "They're yours".
>> No. 441877 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 4:06 pm
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>>441872>>441873

Different councils have different ways of doing things. My bin says property of <local council> right on the lid.
>> No. 441878 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 5:48 pm
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Did you buy you bin? Y/N

if Yes:
Then of course it is yours, don't be thick.

if No:
Then of course it isn't yours, don't be thick.

/thread
>> No. 441879 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 6:54 pm
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>> No. 441880 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 7:03 pm
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>>441873
But then you'd need to find a new property with the same number as the one on your existing bin. Pretty foolish to limit your options like that.
>> No. 441881 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 7:37 pm
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My shower and bathroom radiator fucked themselves about 3 months ago. I'm desperate for a hot cleansing shower. My facial skin is almost a sickly yellow green from the buildup of oil under it. Thankfully the blackheads aren't horrific, but if i don't do something about it soon they surely will be.
>> No. 441882 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 7:46 pm
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>>441879
Balls of Steel was shit. I never really understood why Alex Zane had a TV career.
>> No. 441883 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 7:56 pm
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>>441882
Yeah it was dire, though Zane's bits always tended to be the best of the worst. He was basically copying Quizzlestick.
>> No. 441884 Anonymous
26th January 2021
Tuesday 7:59 pm
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>>441882
He's actually really, really good at hosting naff TV shows that go out at or after 11pm.
>> No. 441885 Anonymous
28th January 2021
Thursday 9:13 am
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>>441878

I pay council tax, ergo I bought and can therefore jump in that WDH van outside and take it for a drive if I bloody well like.
>> No. 441900 Anonymous
28th January 2021
Thursday 5:19 pm
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>>441881

Do you not own a flannel m8?
>> No. 441901 Anonymous
28th January 2021
Thursday 8:18 pm
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>>441881
You can get yourself one of these electronic camping showers for 25 squid and combine it with a 25 litre brewing bucket for a decent 10 minute shower.

I got one when my boiler was on the fritz and I'd happily use it long-term if ITZ hit the fan and I had to live off-grid.
>> No. 441902 Anonymous
28th January 2021
Thursday 8:24 pm
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Is this place getting busier or is it just me?
>> No. 441903 Anonymous
28th January 2021
Thursday 8:29 pm
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>>441902

It's just you, me and the other lad.
>> No. 441904 Anonymous
28th January 2021
Thursday 9:19 pm
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>>441902

I'm basically blogging in a couple threads at this point lol.
>> No. 441905 Anonymous
28th January 2021
Thursday 9:34 pm
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My ear's doing the thing where I can hear wax or some other detritus being moved slightly by my pulse. It's really annoying, but it's been about six years now and I still haven't gone to the doctor about it. Not that I could do that right now, but moreover they weren't that arsed when I said I wanted to top myself.

>>441902
It's been kind of busy, but mostly it seems like the same few lads going at in the Capitol thread. Not complaining, merely noticing, before anyone has a go.
>> No. 441906 Anonymous
28th January 2021
Thursday 9:38 pm
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>>441905
>it seems like the same few lads going at in the Capitol thread

Feels like it's been a while since there's been a proper cunt-off here.
>> No. 441909 Anonymous
29th January 2021
Friday 12:49 am
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>>441905
When I was living in a less civilized country I needed my ears syringed, but it wasnt so easy to get it done as it is on the NHS. I went to the Dr. and that but they just shrugged at me.

I put olive oil in my affected ear daily for a week to soften up the plug, then made an improvised water pick by poking a hole in the top of an empty coke bottle with a screwdriver and feeding the tube of a biro pen through the hole.

I filled the bottle with tepid water and salt (not water will damage the ear, make sure it is tepid) and proceeded to gently squirt the water in my ear (gently mind as you dont want to rupture the eardrum).

After proceeding with caution and refilling the bottle multiple times I managed to dislodge the plug much to my satisfaction.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQu8nY3CXIw
This is the youtube video I watched about it.

This is not medical advice.
>> No. 441910 Anonymous
29th January 2021
Friday 12:52 am
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>>441909

Should say 'hot water will damage the ear'
>> No. 441914 Anonymous
29th January 2021
Friday 12:44 pm
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>>441909

Alternatively, if you happen to wear contact lenses like me, you can take one of your empty bottles of saline solution and fill it with warm soap water and then squeeze it. The resulting jet of water is thinner and more powerful, but doesn't normally do any harm. It's a good way to loosen stubborn plugs.

My ENT specialist once prescribed me diluted peroxide which I was supposed to drip into my ears to soften the ear wax, but it had almost no effect at all. My ear had become infected and it was too painful to extract it in the conventional way, so he thought it would be more gentle.
>> No. 441915 Anonymous
29th January 2021
Friday 12:57 pm
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Last night my girlfriend made the worst curry I've ever eaten. She used curry paste but she didn't actually add it to the pan until a few minutes before serving, so it was horrible.
>> No. 441916 Anonymous
29th January 2021
Friday 1:03 pm
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It's not a big lump of wax, but thank you.
>> No. 441929 Anonymous
30th January 2021
Saturday 10:08 am
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Everywhere I go I seem to be followed by adverts for jobs to do with the census. I'd have thought with loads of people being made redundant in the past year they wouldn't have much difficulty in filling vacancies but they seem quite desperate.
>> No. 441951 Anonymous
31st January 2021
Sunday 11:32 am
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I propose we put a salted caramel flavour one in Revels.
>> No. 441952 Anonymous
31st January 2021
Sunday 12:11 pm
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>>441951
All those in favour...
>> No. 441953 Anonymous
31st January 2021
Sunday 12:14 pm
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>>441951

I propose we remove the orange and coffee ones, because nobody likes those. The raisin ones are also a bit suspect, because they're almost healthy. We should also get rid of the Maltesers, because you can just buy a bag of Maltesers; by the same logic, the Minstrels can go as well.

Hang on, I think I've just invented Toffee Poppets.
>> No. 441956 Anonymous
31st January 2021
Sunday 1:26 pm
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>>441951

We should campaign for the return of the Peanut ones, so that Comedian whose only joke was about Russian Roulette with allergy sufferers can pay his bills.
>> No. 441958 Anonymous
31st January 2021
Sunday 1:28 pm
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>>441953
>I propose we remove the orange and coffee ones

Fuck off, these have steadily been getting erased from history by Big Chocolate and the coffee ones in particular are always the best.
>> No. 441959 Anonymous
31st January 2021
Sunday 1:33 pm
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>>441953
You people make me sick, can't you just go suck on a bag of Werther's originals?

Coffee Revels are delicious and it's a sign of the sickness in our society that we don't have coffee in more chocolate - coffee flavoured Mars and Marathon bars for instance.
>> No. 441965 Anonymous
31st January 2021
Sunday 2:25 pm
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>>441959
I love coffee flavoured chocolate, but it's very unfortunate that the coffee Revels taste nothing at all like coffee.
>> No. 441983 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 2:10 am
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This seems as good a thead as any to mention that I've noticed that both my eyebrows have started getting rogue long hairs. All my life I've had neat and tidy and completely maintenance-free eyebrows, so this has come as quite a shock to me. I think I'm getting old.
>> No. 441986 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 5:49 am
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Now now lads, nobody's talking about removing any Revels. Why does everything nice have to come at the expense of someone else's suffering with you lot? Is this what the internalisation of systemic exploitation does to a civil society?

I vote all all the existing Revels stay as they are, with an extra salted caramel as well. I just love getting a handful of the cunts and letting all the flavours mash together. Salted caramel would go great with that frankly.
>> No. 441988 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 8:43 am
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Snowy out.
>> No. 441991 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 10:03 am
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>>441983
Mine have been getting steadily wilder as the years roll by, get some growing off at mad angles. Gonna have mad old man brows.
>> No. 441992 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 10:15 am
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>>441988

Can confirm. Had to abandon the car. It was a great disappointment after making it so close to home, but I live up a bloody great hill and there's no way around it.
>> No. 442018 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 3:07 pm
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The light's changed. You don't get this kind of daylight in the winter, well, the earlier bit of the winter.
>> No. 442019 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 3:22 pm
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>>442018
Global illuminaton m8.
>> No. 442021 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 4:30 pm
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>>442019

It was bad enough when it was just Blackpool.
>> No. 442028 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 8:46 pm
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>>442018 There was a big.BIG double flash like massive green lightning that illuminated the clouds just after 7 this evening. Thought someone had nuked the fens, especially as there was a fast jet circling for half an hour later. Probably just our local substation exploding again, though, rather than WW3 kicking off.
It's been a long, and annoying, day, and WW3 would just about top it off nicely.
>> No. 442029 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 10:47 pm
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>>442028
That can happen at sunrise and sunset, but if it was dark it was almost 100% aliens. Should have had a look, maybe they're leggy vampire aliens with 3 knockers for whom spunk is a delicacy.
>> No. 442030 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 10:56 pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIpfWORQWhU
>> No. 442031 Anonymous
2nd February 2021
Tuesday 11:01 pm
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>>442029

This reminds me of a horny dream I had once where we were inter-planetary explorers, and we stumbled across an inhabited planet. They arrested us because thought we were space illegal immigrants, and when we tried to explain that we weren't and this was first contact they didn't believe us because that's what they always say. Then they sent in a hot femme alien who's job was to collect our spunk for genetic study.
>> No. 442051 Anonymous
5th February 2021
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n7mB-P2_M4

Sure you lads have seen this already, but it is cracking.
>> No. 442052 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 11:55 am
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>>442051
"Read the standing orders!" got me.

There's been a bit of drama at Beeston Academy this week as one of the teachers forgot to mute her mic on Teams whilst calling one of her pupils a fucking idiot. As the lessons are recorded one of the kids has filmed that part of it and spread it around.
>> No. 442053 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 12:03 pm
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>>442052

Mortifying. What was the school's reaction?

As a teacher I felt pretty comfortable joking with students about saying dumb things if the rapport was there and I thought the student would receive it well, but if everything is being recorded in perpetuity I imagine the student-teacher rapport becomes much more formal and stultified.
>> No. 442054 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 12:04 pm
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>>442053

I'm not saying I would have called a student a 'fucking idot'.
>> No. 442055 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 12:16 pm
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>>442053
The rumour is that she's been sacked, but I think that's just bored mums gossiping. It only happened on Wednesday and I don't think there's been an official response yet.

It sounded like she was having a quick word with her husband about some basic word she'd set a pupil, even helping him out with it, but he'd messed it up and she couldn't believe how stupid he was. I bet it would be a nightmare if every single thing you say is recorded and one misstep will spread around like wildfire.
>> No. 442057 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 12:34 pm
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>>442055


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb6YmErqOYw
>> No. 442059 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 12:36 pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz9Zy2-C_lY
Things could always be worse
>> No. 442060 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 12:50 pm
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>>442051
Personal favourite was John Smith appearing simply to laugh at everyone for several seconds.

That Jackie Weaver lass though, she needs a right smack. I hate that kind of person. "Appalling behaviour" quite, you're a right cunt and I hope you get told that regularly.
>> No. 442062 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 1:49 pm
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>>442060

https://davidallengreen.com/2021/02/did-jackie-weaver-have-the-authority-the-law-and-policy-of-that-handforth-parish-council-meeting/

I don't know, looking into the matter further I think I'm team Jackie.

The bit when 'Aled's iPad' descended into an angry Donald Duck impression wasn't really very professional behaviour, and it certainly wasn't a manner of deportment and conduct befitting a Councillor.

The prequel offers a bit more context, but it seems like Jackie was brought in to sort out a difficult situation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI6Vq67n5hs

It's mad that this is how the country is run. Procedure and Bureaucracy should exist to facilitate the good order of Society, but here we see it existing only to obstruct, absorb money, and stoke the egos of ugly narcissists. It's even more mad when you consider that this is probably pretty much what goes on behind closed doors at no. 10, but it does make the utter shambles of the government more understandable.
>> No. 442063 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 2:46 pm
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>>442052

Madness. When I was at school the teachers would call us worse than "fucking idiot" quite regularly and they were right more often than not.

No wonder Britain is crashing and burning.
>> No. 442064 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 3:03 pm
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>>442063

We're living with the consequences of a society where it's no longer acceptable to tell thick kids that they're thick.

It's not their fault, they were just born that way, but they need to know that they're thick. If you don't realise that you're thick, life is a bewildering and frustrating ordeal. Everything seems arbitrary and over-complicated, everyone you interact with seems like a complete arsehole who is just trying to fuck you about. Some thick people eventually figure it out for themselves, but most don't, because they're thick.

We shouldn't be surprised that so many people are so angry these days.
>> No. 442065 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 3:12 pm
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'How the country is run'? Mate it's a parish council, they do fuck all. It's like a residents' association with slightly more budget and status. Of course it's going to be full of elderly, arrogant nutters.
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5th February 2021
Friday 3:14 pm
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In the before times you'd make a comment, move on and that'd be the end of it. Make that comment on a medium that is being recorded and it can leave that environment and you'll never hear the end of it because it's always there.

The problem is bored mums who whip one another into an outrage in order to fill their time. DISCUSTAN.
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5th February 2021
Friday 3:21 pm
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>We're living with the consequences of a society where
Doesn't seem to be any worse than the consequences of the one when that Parish Council were growing up.
>> No. 442087 Anonymous
6th February 2021
Saturday 10:32 am
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>where it's no longer acceptable to tell thick kids that they're thick.

I think that's true. In an age of overparenting and parents believing that they have every right to expect their kids to be academic geniuses, it gets overlooked that there is natural variance in children's intelligence. Your child may simply not have what it takes to go to uni, and will be better off doing a pipefitter apprenticeship.
>> No. 442088 Anonymous
6th February 2021
Saturday 10:59 am
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A big part of the reason why we've ended up not wanting to tell kids they're thick is that for generations of schooling with the target of "grades grades grades" as a country we've internalised the idea that you're either booksmart or you're thick.
It shouldn't be like that at all. In reality only a tiny minority of people are so far to the end of the IQ bell-curve that they're good for nothing other than manual labour, but unfortunately kids are being brought up to believe in the idea that if they can't get an office job they're a failure so they just don't aspire to anything else.

That's part of the reason why the recent push to restart apprentice schemes has failed (besides companies who use it as a cash cow), it's just impossible to get school-leavers interested in these roles.
Instead what is happening now is that most skilled-labour and technical roles are being filled by companies taking people on in their late 20s and early 30s and retraining them.
We see it at my company, we need skilled people like CNC operators and quality inspectors and are willing to train people, but the only way we've been able to do that is by taking on labourers in the warehouse and slowly coaxing the smarter ones into having a go at more challenging things.

My last company had things arse backwards, for manual labour they'd only take on old guys who they thought would be dependable to turn up and not cock things up by rushing, for the technical jobs half the time they took on young kids who never seemed to last more than a few weeks, and the rest of the time they just kept trying to poach experienced people from other companies.
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6th February 2021
Saturday 11:09 am
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>That's part of the reason why the recent push to restart apprentice schemes has failed (besides companies who use it as a cash cow)

Have you seen who has recently made millions out of this?

An education start-up co-founded by Euan Blair, son of the former British prime minister Tonty Blair, has raised $44m from investors, valuing the business at about $200m including the new money.

Multiverse, previously known as White Hat, said it provides young people with an alternative to university by matchmaking them with apprenticeships at companies and providing coaching and training.


https://ft.com/content/2d396375-41bd-4793-9148-8696498c95a0

The former prime minister’s son should be congratulated for spotting the potential of apprenticeships

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-euan-blairs-apprenticeship-innovation-mind-the-gap-62rq33qcb
>> No. 442090 Anonymous
6th February 2021
Saturday 12:13 pm
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>Euan Blair, son of the former British prime minister Tonty Blair

The apple still doesn't fall far from the horse.


I think apprenticeships are a good thing. Why not have somebody who is a trained and skilled carpenter, builder, or car mechanic? Nowadays, because nobody wants to do these jobs in Britain anymore, they're often done by Eastern European immigrants with sketchy formal qualifications and shaky English skills, and their quality of workmanship can be very questionable.

And it isn't true that in order to be financially stable as an adult, everybody has to go to uni. For one thing, there are many people with liberal arts degrees making no more than £25K a year, and also, as a car mechanic for example, you could go on to start your own business and have your own garage, which, if you are smart, is a licence to print money.

One of my childhood friends is a trained car mechanic, and he has his own garage and his main income is from buying up wrecked luxury cars from all over Britain and fixing them up. They then usually sell like hot cakes, because loads of people are attracted by a £10K-20K discount on a Porsche or Land Rover that looks good as new, even if the bootlid is a millimetre out of alignment. He's been doing it for ten years and he's absolutely minted now.

And that's what I mean. There's very decent money to be made from a manual trade you have learned, if you play your cards right. While somebody with a degree in sociology will be stuck with a meagre income most of their life, unless they retrain or get additional qualifications.
>> No. 442091 Anonymous
6th February 2021
Saturday 1:17 pm
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Absolutely.

In my opinion, go to University if you are interested in a specific career that requires specific qualifications, or, if you have a genuine interest in a subject (whatever it is) and whatbto learn for learnings sake. If ypu simply want to earn some money and settle for 9-5, get a house and a family going etc, get a trade. Also means you wont be stuck at a desk wearing a shirt and tie every day which is a bonus.
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6th February 2021
Saturday 1:53 pm
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>>442091

On the other hand, a lot of the ones that are bright enough to go to uni for more than a Mickey Mouse degree often don't have much of an idea either what they actually want to do after uni. You get that a lot with people who are going for a law or business degree. They will have started uni thinking, oh well, no idea what I want to do, ask me again in three or four years. I'm not saying you shouldn't go to uni if you have no clear-cut idea in the beginning where to eventually go with your degree, because sometimes you only discover while you are studying for a degree what your real areas of interest are within that field, but there are a lot of law or business school graduates with nothing interesting or noteworthy on their CV to set them apart from hundreds of other candidates for a job opening, and it's then often a rough landing for them into the entry-level job market.
>> No. 442093 Anonymous
6th February 2021
Saturday 2:54 pm
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>>442092

I think the general cluelessness of teachers has a lot to answer for here. Teacher are largely underacheivers who did a degree in teaching because it was dull and practical, and as such have never experienced any other facet of working life than the education system itself, and maybe the Curry's they worked at while they were at Uni.

These people are of course hopelessly ill equipped to guide kids into worthwhile career decisions. We can't seriously expect 16-18 year old kids to make valuable long term decisions about their future on their own- This is the biggest reason why middle class kids have it so much better than the working class ones, at the end of the day. Having a mum and dad who can give you good advice at that age, instead of a mum and dad who, even with the best of intentions, have no idea what they're talking about beyond "Oooh he's doing an -ology!" goes a hell of a long way to shaping your outcome in life.

We all like to believe we're successful based on our own merits but with real, honest self reflection, it should be apparent to most normal people that you really had no fucking clue what you were doing until you were at least 25. It's pure luck and happenstance if the decisions you did make back then happened to be good ones. If you were a smart kid but had a poor background, it's every bit as likely you ended up doing the Mickey Mouse degree as you did something useful like drugs; but you can be sure that even the dullest of well-off Tarquins will have had people around to steer them in to a good reliable accountancy course.

I think it's generally true by now though, that we've had the cart before the horse long enough that the job market has started treating a degree as a gatekeeping method. So it's a double slap in the face for people who either don't have a degree, or have the wrong sort of degree, who are unable to get jobs they might be perfectly capable of with a bit of training.
>> No. 442099 Anonymous
6th February 2021
Saturday 6:15 pm
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>>442093

>and as such have never experienced any other facet of working life than the education system itself

This isn't strictly true anymore nowadays, as there have been various campaigns to get people working in the professional job world to become school teachers.

But yeah, probably the now-older generation of teachers from about age 50 upwards still don't always have much of a clue about the world out there.

I went to school in the 90s, and most of our teachers, even the late-20s to 30ish ones, had been teaching since they left uni and had never done much else, except the odd student job. We did have one teacher who was our career adviser, and I think he worked in an office for a few years before he decided to still go to uni, but that was pretty much the closest thing we had to somebody who could actually teach us the hard facts of choosing a career after school. And then we had that one English teacher whose husband had his own successful company, and he would come in once or twice a year as a guest speaker for a few hours to tell us what employers expected from us. I'm not saying what he had to tell us wasn't interesting, it was actually quite useful, but we probably would have needed somebody like him to be there for us full time.


> It's pure luck and happenstance if the decisions you did make back then happened to be good ones. If you were a smart kid but had a poor background, it's every bit as likely you ended up doing the Mickey Mouse degree as you did something useful like drugs

I think I saw both in my days at uni. There were the ones who were driven by the desire to escape their family's poverty and get a degree that was going to pay some actual serious money so they would be able to rise up the social ladder, but there were also the ones studying politics or geography who were from poor families and in a way only ended up doing those Mickey Mouse degrees because nobody had ever sat them down and told them what kind of jobs are open to you with which degrees. I guess it's often that thing about lawyers, doctors or business entrepreneurs being able to steer their offspring into the right direction, because they had first-hand experience studying the same thing. Somebody who makes their living as a factory worker won't be much help in advising his kids which degree to go for.

Also, there were the toffs whose parents were so loaded that it really didn't matter one way or the other for them what kind of degree they were doing, but you only had a handful of them.
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6th February 2021
Saturday 8:20 pm
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It's a bloody disgrace.

Not a single mask being worn.

Shareing a communal beverage isn't very covidsafe is it wee nippy?
>> No. 442113 Anonymous
7th February 2021
Sunday 12:21 am
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>>442106
The alcohol will kill the virus, innit.
>> No. 442121 Anonymous
7th February 2021
Sunday 2:29 pm
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>>442106
There is a mask exemption for elite sport dressing rooms as they get tested every day, as I imagine probably do politicians who still have to mingle with the proles.

Still a bit odd mind you.
>> No. 442124 Anonymous
7th February 2021
Sunday 2:41 pm
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>>442106
Be nice, there's a 60% chance she gets her P45 before the end of April.
>> No. 442140 Anonymous
8th February 2021
Monday 2:26 pm
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Isn't there a legal, non-psychoactive, form of cannabis that's legal to grow in the UK?
>> No. 442142 Anonymous
8th February 2021
Monday 3:58 pm
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>> No. 442143 Anonymous
8th February 2021
Monday 4:12 pm
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>>442140
I suspect if you go to the effort of doing one of those they'll probably let you off.
>> No. 442144 Anonymous
8th February 2021
Monday 4:38 pm
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>>442140
Not as far as I'm aware because this country is backwards as fuck when it comes to policing drugs.
>> No. 442145 Anonymous
8th February 2021
Monday 6:18 pm
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>> No. 442146 Anonymous
8th February 2021
Monday 6:41 pm
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>>442142
ITS. NOT. FAIR!
>> No. 442151 Anonymous
9th February 2021
Tuesday 1:06 am
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I'm much too old to be crushing on Emperor Julian, but it's happened so I'll just have to live with it.
>> No. 442152 Anonymous
9th February 2021
Tuesday 11:46 am
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>>442146

Bit much.
>> No. 442153 Anonymous
9th February 2021
Tuesday 12:34 pm
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>>442152
There's no need to get catty, Meghan.
>> No. 442154 Anonymous
9th February 2021
Tuesday 2:22 pm
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>>442152

For fuck's sake lad, she doesn't even have a third tit.
>> No. 442160 Anonymous
10th February 2021
Wednesday 12:36 am
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I don't know what I've eaten or inhaled, but I would not bet against myself literally shitting the bed tonight. Farewell, friends.
>> No. 442165 Anonymous
10th February 2021
Wednesday 9:20 am
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Good morning, did you end up with wet legs?
>> No. 442166 Anonymous
10th February 2021
Wednesday 10:46 am
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No, I made it through. Well done, my anus.
>> No. 442169 Anonymous
10th February 2021
Wednesday 5:01 pm
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Got my new cycling glasses in the post today. As soon as the weather stops being a cunt, I want to get back on my bicycle and lose a few of the pounds I've gained during this whole corona nonsense. At least you're still allowed to exercise outdoors by yourself, so it should be a good way to get back in shape.

They were cheap as chips at 13 quid off eBay, considering what you get, i.e. five UV 400-protected lenses and a carrying case. The brand name is Rockbros, which is some sort of pretend Chinese brand. But I have to say I can't really tell much of a difference between these and my almost identical Uvex glasses where the frame snapped in half last summer, and which cost close to £90.

I was a bit skeptical about the UV400 rating, but google says that if the lenses have UV400 stickers and there is a CE mark on the frame, a low retail price doesn't have to mean less protection. Well, unless the Chinese are really playing silly buggers with industry regulations. But even then, it'll probably only be an issue on a bright sunny day. For normal allweather cycling, i.e. 80 percent of the time, I always use clear lenses.
>> No. 442170 Anonymous
10th February 2021
Wednesday 6:30 pm
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I've long used a brand called tifosi, which probably rolls off the same production line as those but for not much more you get UK sellers and a bit of reliability.

Actually it must be about 10 years since I bought my last pair for about £30, the same ones are on sale now for nearly £50, but I think I'd probably still say they're worth that.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tifosi-Tyrant-1120800187-Neutral-060544/dp/B00EKEQ5A6/ref=sr_1_34?dchild=1&qid=1612981719&refinements=p_89%3ATifosi&s=clothing&sr=1-34
>> No. 442179 Anonymous
11th February 2021
Thursday 11:11 am
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No update on your chilli plants? I've got about a dozen now, some surprisingly vigorous.
>> No. 442233 Anonymous
14th February 2021
Sunday 4:58 pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDEEMzMDELY
>> No. 442234 Anonymous
15th February 2021
Monday 3:21 pm
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VR fitness game had be doing 100 squats before I'd even realise it. I can barely stand today.
>> No. 442237 Anonymous
16th February 2021
Tuesday 1:12 pm
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All together, more than 800 trolleybus systems have existed, but not more than about 400 concurrently.
>> No. 442245 Anonymous
16th February 2021
Tuesday 10:45 pm
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Bumping to get fat lass further down the page.
>> No. 442251 Anonymous
17th February 2021
Wednesday 1:09 am
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>>442245
Don't bump too much or we'll lose Tiffy.
>> No. 442298 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 4:17 pm
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When I do stop losing money?

Also, I don't think I've had a solid shit in about a week; it's just been mush.
>> No. 442299 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 4:22 pm
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Invest in sand.
>> No. 442300 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 4:30 pm
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Few red days in a row. No idea why. Everything is going up at the moment though. Don't fret. Maybe short JFU to make yourself feel better.
>> No. 442301 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 4:41 pm
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>>442298
What platform is that?
>> No. 442302 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 4:51 pm
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>>442300
I know Palantir was down this week after posting its quarterly figures and also because restrictions were lifted on some of their shares. Decided to take a punt and invest a further £50 when it was at just over $25 per share yesterday and they're up to almost $29 at the moment.

My main problem is I keep doubling down on BlackBerry.

>>442301
Trading212.
>> No. 442303 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 4:54 pm
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>>442298
When you stop investing in memes after they become popular.

But broadly there's been a few rather bad days across the market the past couple months. Mostly it's just rational corrections but there's a looming problem underlined by recent analysis by Bank of America that tech price-value is at silliness mirroring the dotcom bubble.
>> No. 442305 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 4:58 pm
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I feel like proper stock trading is something with such slow turnabout* that doing it on a phone app is doing it wrong. You're supposed to wait literally years for your stocks to mature, you'll have got a new phone and forgotten to reinstall the app by then. Making it so immediately accessible is just a recipe to overthink it and give any profit you do make away in trading fees.


*as opposed to crypto, which is just mental
>> No. 442306 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 5:01 pm
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>>442305
This is my fun money. I've got my proper money in collective funds that I generally buy and hold, unless I see the opportunity to temporarily move into gold.
>> No. 442307 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 5:05 pm
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>>442305
>you'll have got a new phone and forgotten to reinstall the app by then
Sounds like you're doing phones wrong.
>> No. 442308 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 5:09 pm
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ARE PHILLIP is apparently on his way out.
>> No. 442309 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 5:59 pm
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>>442305

I think these very accessible apps are designed to encourage day trading, or at least frequent trading, because they get to make more money on the spread and more trading data to sell.

The market has been so volatile and so bullish recently that I've been able to make some silly money just jumping on stocks and selling for 10-15% returns, over and over. I couldn't do that with my real broker (plus he'd shout at me) But that's just gambling with a fancy hat on, I wouldn't recommend it.
>> No. 442313 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 10:03 pm
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Spent all day clearing branches and overgrowth from my garden with a kukri. They really might be the most versatile and useful knife/sharp implement you can get. Plus it's a lot more satisfying to use than secateurs.
>> No. 442315 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 10:22 pm
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>>442308
Schofield?
>> No. 442318 Anonymous
19th February 2021
Friday 11:05 pm
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>>442308

Looks like the KFC bargain bucket sweepstakes is back on. Rollover since nobody got to claim it when he was in hospital last year.
>> No. 442321 Anonymous
20th February 2021
Saturday 12:55 am
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>>442308
Thankfully, he's immortal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Philip_Movement
>> No. 442322 Anonymous
20th February 2021
Saturday 1:45 am
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Bottle of sesame oil got knocked over and spilt all over my kitchen top.

Cons: took forever to clean up and sesame oil is sort of expensive.

Pros: kitchen smells fucking fantastic.
>> No. 442349 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 2:07 pm
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>Pros: kitchen smells fucking fantastic.

if by "fantastic" you mean it probably smells like an unkept Asian stir fry take away place, then by all means.


I unknowingly knocked over a small bottle of the stuff in my refrigerator a while ago, and the smell and taste got into the butter, cheese and cold cuts. It was disgusting, and I took the opportunity to clean the fridge inside and out with Dettol bleach.
>> No. 442350 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 2:10 pm
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>>442349
Pussy.
>> No. 442351 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 3:37 pm
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>>442349

Nothing better than a bit of Bertie Bear ham with a hint of bleach in the nose. Gourmet af.
>> No. 442352 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 4:01 pm
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>>442351

Well you do have to get the bleach back out with loads of warm water and a sponge, that's a given. If you do it right, your fridge ends up smelling very neutral when you're done.

I deep clean my fridge and all the shelves in it once or twice a year with chlorine bleach, and I've never had any problems with foods I then put back in it. I've found it's much more effective against odours that build up over time than various other tricks like baking soda or coffee grounds.
>> No. 442353 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 4:38 pm
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>>442349

>if by "fantastic" you mean it probably smells like an unkept Asian stir fry take away place

Not him, but yes.
>> No. 442365 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 8:32 pm
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Had a chip spice omelette, not bad.
>> No. 442366 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 9:31 pm
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>>442349
At least it wasn't fish sauce. That's never happened to me but I fear the day.
>> No. 442367 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 9:53 pm
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I've got some suspiciously rubbery cheddar in the fridge. It doesn't feel at all like cheese should and it's shiny, as though it's been moulded in to shape. I have just tried making a cheesy pasta sauce, and instead of melting in nicely, it's congealed into weird lumps with a separate yellow oil, and ruined the whole bloody dish. Quite miffed about that, but anyway.

They can't make fake cheddar, can they? I thought it was a protected location or whatever that was called. I feel like this was some weird reconstituted artificial cheese product I've been conned into.
>> No. 442371 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 10:10 pm
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Was it Cathedral City? That's the rubberiest cheddar I've had.
>> No. 442372 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 10:10 pm
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>They can't make fake cheddar, can they? I thought it was a protected location or whatever that was called.
Now that the meddling Brussels bureaucrats have been seen off, the British public has reclaimed its God-given right to consume misleadingly labelled dairy products.

Actually I don't think cheddar ever had protected origin status.
>> No. 442373 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 10:23 pm
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>>442366

I use that exact brand of fish sauce when I go fishing. A few drops of it on a dough ball, and you'll attract fish from trout to carp.
>> No. 442381 Anonymous
21st February 2021
Sunday 11:22 pm
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>>442373
Sick little man.
>> No. 442383 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 12:15 am
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Sounds like vegan/vegetarian cheese. It's alright on crackers but you have to be careful with the brand for anything else and assure that it has the right properties for what you're doing because they can't use rennet. I think our resident veggie will be able to elucidate more when she gets back from raiding the frozen food aisle if this is the case.

Clearly I think we can at least rule that this isn't British cheese.

>>442372
Actually Britain still recognises PDO and PGI labels. Cheddar in itself is not recognised but two are that have regional qualifiers in the name.
>> No. 442387 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 8:39 am
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>>442383

Modern microbial vegetarian rennets work just as well as traditional calf rennet. Vegan cheese is a crime against god and nature though.
>> No. 442388 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 10:18 am
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>>442387

Almost all mass-produced cheese nowadays is made with artificial rennet. Simply because you couldn't feasibly slaughter enough calves in order to have the quantities of rennet that the cheese industry needs. Even artisan cheese you buy straight from a dairy farm now usually contains the artificial rennet.
>> No. 442399 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 2:17 pm
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22nd February 2021
Monday 2:28 pm
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>> No. 442405 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 3:21 pm
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mirth
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22nd February 2021
Monday 3:24 pm
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>>442405

Girth.
>> No. 442416 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 7:21 pm
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>>442400
Lightweight. Splorch or nothing.
>> No. 442420 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 9:32 pm
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Lindsay Ellis is dressing like a Goth again and not the late-antiquity kind. I've not even seen a woman for twelve months, I can't handle this.
>> No. 442421 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 9:42 pm
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I'm concerned that the lockdown ending means I'll have to stop eating so much raw garlic.
>> No. 442422 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 10:04 pm
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>>442421
Please don't - garlic is the food of the gods. You will find your people, come lockdown is over; and they will smell delicious too.
>> No. 442424 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 10:06 pm
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I don't understand why you fannies are scared of eating garlic. Do you think it'll put people off you? I say that cowardice is a far greater turn off than smelling like a day old garlic naan.
>> No. 442425 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 10:09 pm
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>>442422

> You will find your people, come lockdown is over; and they will smell delicious too.

Can't wait for some garlic smelling sweaty lad at my gym stinking up the seat of the butterfly machine again right before it's my turn.
>> No. 442426 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 10:12 pm
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>>442425

You probably shouldn't be sniffing the seats in the gym.
>> No. 442427 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 10:14 pm
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>>442426

And you probably haven't spent much time in gyms.
>> No. 442428 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 10:15 pm
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Not the kind where that sort of behaviour's encouraged, no.
>> No. 442430 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 10:32 pm
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>>442428

It doesn't have to be. All it takes is one guy getting really worked up and sweaty who had a big kebab the day before, and he will be spreading the smell around the gym floor like a plug-in Airwick.
>> No. 442432 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 10:34 pm
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>>442430

Your lucky day!
>> No. 442433 Anonymous
22nd February 2021
Monday 10:38 pm
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That's why I go to gyms, for the nice smell. Don't ruin this, Garlic Boy.
>> No. 442440 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 10:20 am
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People blowing themselves up with gender reveal cannons has got to be the most outrageous example of psychotic suburban oneupmanship.
>> No. 442450 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 12:07 pm
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>>442440
What happened to just texting people, Jesus Christ
>> No. 442452 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 12:11 pm
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>>442440

>the most outrageous example of psychotic suburban oneupmanship.

I think the Polynesians completely deforested Easter island whilst building giant stone faces and they had several famines driven by having too generous feasts for the neighbouring villages so there is that.
>> No. 442454 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 12:21 pm
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>>442452

lad did you actually just one-up my example of oneupmanship?
>> No. 442456 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 12:34 pm
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>>442454

I am asserting dominance.
>> No. 442458 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 12:41 pm
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>>442440
But how else are you going to let your mate know whether or not he'll have somewhere to put his iPhone when the baby arrives?
>> No. 442461 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 12:45 pm
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>>442440
'your daddy was an incompetent imbecile'

Shouldn't it be cannon rather than canon and expecting really the right word for the father?

But still, in the name of all that's Belgian, how is a theatrical gender reveal even a thing, except to piss off the pronoun crowd?
>> No. 442462 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 12:46 pm
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>>442458
Oh fuck. Mirth, on a Tuesday. That's unusual. Thanks.
>> No. 442463 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 12:47 pm
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>>442461
It's part following the fad of the day, part narcissism and part an excuse for a party.
>> No. 442465 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 12:51 pm
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>>442458
BRB, designing a fantastically inappropriate iphone stand for my desk at work... And a cherub / keyring holder combo. Eww.
>> No. 442473 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 2:48 pm
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>>442440

I think for the one in Michigan it was the Grandad that was killed by the gender cannon. I'm imagining the tragedy of a potential military veteran having 'cause of death: pink confetti shrapnel wounds' listed on his death certificate.
>> No. 442478 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 6:06 pm
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I don't really know what a gender cannon even is, I'm hoping to remain in ignorant bliss tbh.
>> No. 442479 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 6:13 pm
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This is strange.

https://www.levi.com/GB/en_GB/levis-x-pokemon/c/levi_collections_pokemon
>> No. 442480 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 6:15 pm
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>>442461
>how is a theatrical gender reveal even a thing
It's just people having a party because they're overexcited about having a baby you miserable tosser, it's not difficult to understand at all
>> No. 442481 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 6:19 pm
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>>442480
Did your baby piss on your conflakes, breederlad?
>> No. 442484 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 6:55 pm
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>>442479

It's not weird, you're just old. We're at the point in the nostalgia curve where people who grew up with Pokemon are buying Pokemon merch for their kids in an attempt to recapture their youth, like our dads buying Scalextric and Subbuteo because they really just wanted to play with it themselves.
>> No. 442490 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 7:29 pm
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Have a baby party, sure. Makes sense to have the party before it turns up and the parents get preoccupied. It's the whole 'placing a huge value on the sex of the baby' that I find weird.
>> No. 442491 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 7:29 pm
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Righted the wrongs of that manky pasta sauce the other night with the fake cheese by making a beautiful one tonight with proper, not even vegetarian, nevermind vegan cheese from the deli counter.

What would the Italians call a creamy, cheesy pasta dish? It's penne pasta if that helps.
>> No. 442498 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 7:58 pm
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The power lead for my laptop had a tear on the outer casing so I bought a new cable. I can't work out whether I've been wasteful or if I'm actually being clever in not risking my flat burning down.

My internal debate was that I could just use electrical tape but then I got to thinking that it's probably damaged more beyond the casing.

>>442491
Penne al formaggio. Assuming you're just using one cheese and in which case you might as well call it Mac 'n' Cheese you filthy heathen.

People have an entirely misguided approach to Italian cuisine (and coffee), it's all quite industrial.
>> No. 442499 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 8:03 pm
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>>442498

If the inner wires were intact, a bit of tape would surely have served the same purpose.

I'm just glad I can charge my laptop with a USB C cable now. For all USB's issues, at least I no longer have to worry about fucking about with very specific power bricks.
>> No. 442503 Anonymous
23rd February 2021
Tuesday 8:19 pm
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>>442484

Pokemon is about on scale of Star Wars for cultural impact, It is almost weird it hasn't been milked more, when you think of the absurd level of saturisation Star Wars has for merch. If you walk down any high street in the country in the before time you would see somebody wearing a Star Wars T-shirt.
>> No. 442522 Anonymous
24th February 2021
Wednesday 12:02 pm
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Just discovered Jim Browning's youtube channel.

He is somebody who gives online scammers a hard time.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkCjz7gdePw

The reaction is always priceless when some scamlad on the phone from India realises somebody is on to him.
>> No. 442536 Anonymous
25th February 2021
Thursday 1:12 am
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This happened to my Kindle at some point I'm the last day. The screen isn't damaged (it still displays fine in that area), nor is the digitiser as touch works fine also. Annoying and slightly distracting, but oh well.
>> No. 442537 Anonymous
25th February 2021
Thursday 2:25 am
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>>442536

That's happened to me a couple of times. The screen is damaged, just not the e-ink portion of it. It's a little crack that lets too much of the backlight through, essentially.

My solution has been to ignore it. I doubt it's worth replacing the screen for. If it helps, my spot is right in the middle of the page.
>> No. 442538 Anonymous
25th February 2021
Thursday 7:40 am
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Amazon will replace it for free - just contact customer service and be really nice. Even if out of warranty. Just be nice to them on the line and they will.
>> No. 442544 Anonymous
26th February 2021
Friday 9:38 pm
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I've eaten an entire cantaloupe in little over a day. I can't get enough of them at the moment.
>> No. 442565 Anonymous
28th February 2021
Sunday 9:12 pm
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Does it matter how quickly after making an Amazon order you cancel the subscribe and save? It's a few quid cheaper ordering that way, but I've no need for a regular delivery of them.
>> No. 442568 Anonymous
1st March 2021
Monday 12:07 am
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>>442565

>Does it matter how quickly after making an Amazon order you cancel the subscribe and save?

No, assuming you wait long enough for them to actually dispatch the item.
>> No. 442583 Anonymous
1st March 2021
Monday 9:12 pm
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It's kicking off on the local Facebook group because someone booted a dog.
>> No. 442584 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 10:17 am
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>>442583
discustin they shud be locked up!"!!
>> No. 442587 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 12:46 pm
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>>442584
It was 50:50 between saying the dog should have been on a lead and saying they would have kicked the person's teeth in if they tried it with their dog.

Today's drama is that newly planted flowers in one of the parks have been kicked up. Lots of disgustings, calls for them to be named and shamed, blaming the parents and the lack of discipline, saying they have no respect and saying nothing is sacred these days.
>> No. 442593 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 9:42 pm
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They're fucking flowers, they grow, that's what they do - no one minds us smashing them up.
>> No. 442594 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 9:53 pm
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>>442593
The Inbetweeners was first broadcast in 2008.

Feel old yet?
>> No. 442595 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 10:00 pm
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>>442594

I was feeling old in 2008. By the time we had that thread on the US version I was feeling fucking ancient.

Still not feeling as old as a 30 year old Simon Bird playing a 16yo though.
>> No. 442596 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 10:10 pm
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I fell into a food coma shortly after work and now it's 10. I don't know whether I should stay up late so I can have some fun or try not to but end up staying up late anyway.
>> No. 442597 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 10:16 pm
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>>442594

I was 18 then. I felt pretty old. Now today, this morning, I stood on a step ladder for about three minutes, and it hurt my knee and I've been limping all day. I can't wait for you to remind us in 2031 about the inbetweeners again and I can tell you about my, I assume, multiple heart attacks.
>> No. 442598 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 10:37 pm
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>>442594
No, I never watched it.
>> No. 442599 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 10:45 pm
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>>442598

Are you a septic or just a bumder?
>> No. 442600 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 10:45 pm
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>>442597

You definitely see that we're in different times now by the fact that some gags would be considered massively offensive today.

Maybe the show was possible because it ended right before twitter became widely used. I feel like there is a connection there.
>> No. 442601 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 11:09 pm
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>>442600

I remember at the time thinking some of the jokes were really pushing it, that was, I think, part of the charm, and sort of the point - you do say some quite heinous shit when you're young and trying to impress or shock your peers.

Anything written well enough I think will survive these sorts of criticisms - it's a lot easier to dismiss an off colour joke when it's made by a strong character that's very clearly supposed to be a bit of a tit.

Saying that, Friends is a dogshit show but nobody seems to care that entire episodes or series arcs were written around the bizarre hilarity of, say, a male nanny, or your ex wife being with a woman now.
>> No. 442602 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 11:17 pm
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>>442601

>Friends is a dogshit show

Thank you.

Few people will openly admit that its premise was even weaker than Seinfeld.
>> No. 442603 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 11:27 pm
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Friends is set in New York so I like it. God, why couldn't I have been born there instead of in this shitehole? I used to think this when I was a teenager, then I convinced myself that there are actually far worse places to be born, but I was wrong.
>> No. 442604 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 11:37 pm
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>>442602

It's like the mashed banana of TV. I watched when I was younger, and I'd probably watch it again now and not feel abject disgust, but I probably wouldn't have a great time. It's crap but it's very diluted crap. Something like the Big Bang Theory feels so much worse - I think at least some jokes land in Friends and some of the the actors have some charisma.

Ross as a character did not age well. He's a rapey psychopath.
>> No. 442605 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 11:39 pm
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>>442603

Have you ever been to New York? It's big and some bits are nice, but on average it's like Croydon but with Americans. Awful.
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2nd March 2021
Tuesday 11:39 pm
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>>442603

I've been to New York City and I couldn't imagine ever living in a place like it. It was interesting to visit for a few days, but it really felt like it was just all a bit too much.
>> No. 442607 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 11:46 pm
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I was thinking about how long ago it aired quite recently, I saw the guy who played Jay streaming on twitch under the subtitle "star of the Inbetweeners plays games". There's a lot to unravel there.
>> No. 442608 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 11:47 pm
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No, I've never even been to Croydon. I'm basically Tubbs from The League of Gentlemen. I'm just watching some horrible, grim film and its depiction of the rural north has filled me with existential terror. The script isn't exactly a hoot either.

Film's called Dark River if you want to feel vile.
>> No. 442609 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 11:49 pm
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>>442607

I've seen him in a couple of videos, he's self effacing so that title will be sarcastic I think.

Still though.
>> No. 442610 Anonymous
3rd March 2021
Wednesday 5:41 am
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>>442607

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/feb/27/the-inbetweeners-james-buckley-becomes-the-unlikely-king-of-cameo
>> No. 442611 Anonymous
3rd March 2021
Wednesday 8:16 am
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Think he's actually doing alright for himself, he's a reasonably funny self effacing lad. Also does youtube vids with his missus and >>442610 that shit as well. It's all pretty inoffensive stuff imo, he's managing to get by innit. Fair fucks to him.
>> No. 442619 Anonymous
3rd March 2021
Wednesday 3:13 pm
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>Contains sexual violence and disturbing scenes.
I wish I'd read that before I watched it.
>> No. 442620 Anonymous
3rd March 2021
Wednesday 4:12 pm
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>>442619
To have a box of Kleenex ready?
>> No. 442621 Anonymous
3rd March 2021
Wednesday 4:15 pm
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You're bunch of sick fucks. I'm going to get some fresh air.
>> No. 442622 Anonymous
3rd March 2021
Wednesday 5:12 pm
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Do you use your left hand or your right hand to get that 'fresh air'?
>> No. 442640 Anonymous
4th March 2021
Thursday 11:31 am
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I wanted to try making smoked salt on Monday but it seemed wasteful to run the smoker with just a little bit of something in, so I put about a kilogram of Himalayan Rose Salt in there. That was fine it seemed to work, I was left with about a kilogram of smoked salt. I wasn't really sure what to do with a kilogram of smoked salt so I've blended half of it with garlic and that's drying out in the oven, the other half with garlic, lime and coriander, which is doing the same.

I don't have any particular idea what I'm going to do with half a kilo of smoked garlic salt and half a kilo of whatever pseudo-Mexican salt either.
>> No. 442641 Anonymous
4th March 2021
Thursday 11:51 am
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If I'm making a stir fry do I really need to do anything over than cook ginger paste and soy sauce together? It seems to be the optimum balance between effort and flavour.
>> No. 442642 Anonymous
4th March 2021
Thursday 11:51 am
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And, of course, I can't correct typing over instead of other.
>> No. 442821 Anonymous
15th March 2021
Monday 1:00 pm
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Smelt gas whilst the pipes outside were being worked on. Doesn't seem like there was a leak after all, but that was the most social interaction I've had in ages! Might develop Munchausen Syndrome or something if lockdown's on much longer.
>> No. 442864 Anonymous
19th March 2021
Friday 7:28 pm
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My friend dropped off a homemade curry this evening. It was like a cross between curry and chilli con carne. I'll have to get the recipe off him.
>> No. 442865 Anonymous
19th March 2021
Friday 7:49 pm
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>>442864

½x tin of Prince's Hot Chicken Curry
½x tin of Stagg Dynamite Chili

Use whole tins if "cooking" for yourself and life partner of course

Add Garam Masala and ooze Chili paste (https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/gol-ui/product/cooking-from-scratch-/gia-chilli-puree-80g) depending on what your bum can handle, serve with tricolore pilau

ALSO: parmesan or grana padano are proper good on dishes like this where you want a tang but don't want stringy cheese nonsense
>> No. 442891 Anonymous
23rd March 2021
Tuesday 1:45 pm
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>>442865
He did say homemade, dunno if mixing loads of tins together counts.
>> No. 442893 Anonymous
23rd March 2021
Tuesday 4:37 pm
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>"cooking"

You need more vitamins in your diet.
>> No. 442894 Anonymous
23rd March 2021
Tuesday 6:59 pm
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I went to see my dentist today for the first time in four years. I was going to go last year, but with all the corona what-have-you, I wasn't sure if I wanted to take the risk of going to a doctor and getting corona from somebody there.

My teeth have apparently held up quite well, after four years without maintenance besides brushing twice a day and flossing every so often. The doctor said it could be down to rigorous hygiene, but also probably the fact that I make a point not to have too much sugar in my diet. I will eat a chocolate bar now and then, but for the most part, I really don't consume a lot of fizzy drinks or sweets or cake.

We're going to have to do a professional teeth cleaning and he wants to do a round of new x-rays before he can say with certainty if certain spots are cavities or just calculus buildup, but he assured me there were "no obvious major issues" with my teeth. Which is reassuring, I guess.
>> No. 442912 Anonymous
29th March 2021
Monday 5:37 pm
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A lass has just walked past the house in a jumpsuit due to the warm weather and her arse looked absolutely fantastic. I don't think I'm going to be able to cope, lads. All these women after so long.
>> No. 442913 Anonymous
29th March 2021
Monday 6:16 pm
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>>441558

Fuck it OP picture, I'll have a fish supper tonight then, you happy?
>> No. 442914 Anonymous
29th March 2021
Monday 11:11 pm
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It is mental isn't it? A baby boom during lockdown and I predict an even bigger baby boom afterwards.
>> No. 442915 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 2:37 pm
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Living in the countryside is turning me into a Bolshevik.
>> No. 442916 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 3:14 pm
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>>442915

Sort of makes sense.

Living in the city did the opposite to me.
>> No. 442917 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 4:08 pm
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I read an article that said the boom had been nullified by a higher rate of abortions [1]. As pointed out in the article, I think the lockdown must have been particularly hard for single women in their thirties.

[1] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-56415248
>> No. 442918 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 4:12 pm
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It's mainly been poor people who've been getting abortions.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/23/women-from-poorer-backgrounds-three-times-more-likely-to-have-abortions

Couple this with saving billions in State Pension payments from people dying early and we may get those sunlit uplands after all.
>> No. 442919 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 5:15 pm
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I found this video to be powerfully erotic. I really should leave the house and gawp at all the pretty ladies in their summer clothes, but I'm genuinely a bit worried that I might jizz my pants.


>> No. 442920 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 5:24 pm
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>>442919

God she's annoying.

I'm rock hard.
>> No. 442921 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 5:35 pm
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>>442919

This reminds me of when I discovered the youtube niche of very posh women talking about their very posh lives.


>> No. 442922 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 5:46 pm
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>>442919>>442921

Every day I come here I swear I come across something you lads post that makes my life worse.
>> No. 442923 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 5:51 pm
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>>442919
Rather than having me sit through 10 more minutes of this moron, what's the best Easter egg to get myself this year? Before I pig out on the sale that is.

Last year the Yorkie was good but I haven't seen them.
>> No. 442924 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 5:56 pm
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>>442920

Something about her reminds me of those girls in school who always carried a Jane Norman bag and smelled of Impulse and menthol fags and seemed impossibly grown-up.
>> No. 442925 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 6:02 pm
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Dunno m8, I was too busy wanking to notice.
>> No. 442926 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 6:28 pm
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>>442919

She has a very large head
>> No. 442929 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 7:10 pm
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A lot of my clothes seem to have shrunk in the wash.
>> No. 442930 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 8:51 pm
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Lads, what's that song where a woman goes "hmmmhmmhmmm" at the start?
>> No. 442931 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 8:53 pm
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>>442919

I am debating whether I want to have a great time with her eggs.
>> No. 442933 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 9:47 pm
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>>442930
That seems like quite an expansive question.
>> No. 442934 Anonymous
30th March 2021
Tuesday 11:38 pm
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I am going rollerblading tomorrow. I need to get in shape for when Bozza lifts the travel ban. Went out on my bicycle yesterday. Trying to make it a regular thing again where I'll be doing some sort of extensive workout three times a week.

I really need to fight the flab, I've gained around 2 stone in the last 12 months. My bathroom scale broke in January, not because of my weight but because it was 20 years old, so it could be even more than that.
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30th March 2021
Tuesday 11:45 pm
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I did the same today. Putting on summer clothes was not an enjoyable experience as like what happened to >442929 they appear to have shrunk in the wash. An epidemic of microscopic moths I suspect.

Apparently on Monday there's a chance of snow though so maybe we'll skip the summer and go right to Christmas again.
>> No. 442936 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 1:37 am
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I'm 32 today, lads.

So far I've celebrated by treating myself to a new combustion fan for my land rover's auxiliary heater, and I've been shed shopping too as I've been spending far too many hours in the cold, unwelcoming garage.

People around me have been whinging about having their own birthday during lockdown, but I couldn't ask for anything better, frankly.
>> No. 442937 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 8:00 am
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Happy birthday, ladmate.
>> No. 442938 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 12:48 pm
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Nice. MHR.
Is it one of the night heaters you see on ebay? If so, is it tolerable? I've often fancied one, but don't want to die of carbon monoxide...
>> No. 442939 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 1:03 pm
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>>442933
It was obviously Enya's Boadicea, but I figured it out in the end.
>> No. 442940 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 1:31 pm
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>>442938

>Is it one of the night heaters you see on ebay?

This one is just the factory auxiliary heater that I've needed to fix for a while. However, I've had night heaters in various landys and campers before - they're definitely worth it, though I can't say I've had much experience with the newer selection of chinese copies, I'm sure they're fine, because diesel heaters are ludicrously simple. They're also very safe, all exhaust gases are piped out of the cabin and entirely separate to the heated air, unlike a propane heater, for example.

The Erberspacher I had would shut itself off if it detected an excess amount of CO, and I'm sure many of the chinese ones have the same feature - however, it's diesel fumes - I guarantee you'd notice exhaust leaking into your cabin long, long before it was built up to dangerous levels, but you don't need to even take that gamble, as it's trivial to buy and install a carbon monoxide alarm anyway.

They're really bloody good. Their heat output is phenomenal and they're efficient enough that the idea of running them through the night is realistic. I highly recommend you get one, though I can't vouch specifically for ebay ones, they look like direct copies of the popular Webasto and Erberspacher ones, and basically they're all just very basic oil burners that plug into a 12 or 24v, so there's not much to go wrong in the design or manufacture of one. Treat yourself.
>> No. 442942 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 1:36 pm
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>>442936

Congrats also on well and truly having arrived in your 30s.

Owning a shed and a Land Rover are the true signs of full adulthood.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20B0A4sFRo4
>> No. 442943 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 1:42 pm
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I've only been back in the country the past year, but I've since noticed a good 80% of adverts features black people or mixed race couples. Interesting change. This a post BLM thing, or has it happened over the past 10yr?

(If I could sage twice I would, just curious).

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 442944 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 1:45 pm
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>>442943
where was you?

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 442945 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 1:56 pm
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>>442943
You're not very subtle.

>>442944
And you're not very literate.
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31st March 2021
Wednesday 1:57 pm
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>>442944
I've been in Madrid for the most part, but also Singapore.

I genuinely am not trying to start a shitstorm, it's just incredibly noticeable.

Another thing; littering. Has it always been this bad? People are pigs.
>> No. 442947 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 2:06 pm
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>> No. 442948 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 2:51 pm
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>>442946

>Another thing; littering.

Doesn't Singapore slap you with hefty fines if you spit chewing gum out on the pavement?

I've never been there, but you hear that it is incredibly tidy, pretty much because they don't muck about with litterers.
>> No. 442951 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 4:44 pm
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>>442943
Started in 2012 and became a big deal in 2015. It's probably more noticeable now because we've gone from ethnics being underrepresented to having them in every ad with couples now mixed because it's easier to shoehorn. And because advertising executives are weird perverts chasing diversity awards.

The reason for it is that middle class white people care. Money. There was a report on this delivered a few years back that found that advertising was closer to reality these days but you're not going crazy if you think blacks are overrepresented and Asians under.

>>442946
Littering on the whole has gone up I reckon but you never see plastic bags these days what with the charge. For some fucking reason there's a lot more broken glass bottles than I remember on the pavement.
>> No. 442952 Anonymous
31st March 2021
Wednesday 4:51 pm
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>>442951
Before anyone calls me a crustacean: I'll add that advertising has never and will never reflect reality, a woman's period doesn't involve blue water and salsa dancing. Unless that's what they get up to in those ladies bathrooms.
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31st March 2021
Wednesday 6:27 pm
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>>442951
It probably seems a bit strange if you live in a 99% white coastal village, but you actually see black people all the time in cities, which is where people who aren't nutters live.
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31st March 2021
Wednesday 7:28 pm
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>>442953

I live near a small town and can't remember the last time I saw anyone who wasnt white. It's not just villages.
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31st March 2021
Wednesday 7:31 pm
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>>442952

>Unless that's what they get up to in those ladies bathrooms.

Slightly OT, but I've found that the amount of privacy women need when they are changing tampons varies greatly. One of my exes, for example, had no problem doing it right in front of me in the bathroom, to her it was about as intimate a moment as blowing your nose. While another one really needed to be alone for it and always tried to make sure I wasn't in the bathroom to see it.

Not sure if that's just my observation, or if that's actually a "thing".

Also though, you're not missing anything if you never get to see it. It frankly looks somewhat disgusting, and you briefly question if you really want to put your knob in there again the next chance you get.
>> No. 442956 Anonymous
1st April 2021
Thursday 12:40 am
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>>442953
You have a pretty warped idea of the racial makeup of this country.
>> No. 442958 Anonymous
1st April 2021
Thursday 12:58 am
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>>442951

>you never see plastic bags these days what with the charge

Thanks for reminding me about this one. I've been meaning to rant for the last couple of days.

Remember how when the carrier bag charge came in, it was 5p for a standard bag? Remember how we complained about it and the goody-goody environmentally concerned sorts told us "Oh but it's only 5p"? Remember we said it's a regressive tax on the poorest in society and they said "Yeah but come on, it's still only 5p"?

Well, I was in Morrisson's the other day and they're 50P A FUCKING TIME now. FIFTY. FUCKING. PENCE. That's ten times the initial rate. That's carrier bag inflation of a thousand fucking percent. And you can't say 50p a time doesn't add up. And have you ever tried actually finding a member of staff at the tills to say "I need a replacement for my old knackered bag for life"? Course you haven't, it takes them half an hour to come and approve your tinnies.

Of course, I don't usually notice because I steal them, out of the principle of the matter. But you'll probably tell me I'm a bad person for that andall. This is the hill I will die on, lads- The carrier bag charge is when we let the corporations win.
>> No. 442959 Anonymous
1st April 2021
Thursday 1:53 am
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>>442958
I don't resent you. I agree entirely that the price inflation takes the absolute piss and I'm suspicious of where all that money is going considering they've stopped advertising it. In fact I find nudge theory in general to be a highly cynical ploy to rob us of our agency.

But what can one man do? I gave up and started using a spare backpack (with an XL fabric bag inside for bigger shops) and bought some biodegradable bags off Amazon for general home stuff. I'm a good middle class citizen who loves big supermarket and now finds poor people morally inferior for not opting for my more expensive lifestyle. Perhaps one day I might have the chance to ascend into home delivery.
>> No. 442965 Anonymous
1st April 2021
Thursday 4:37 pm
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Lads can I just vent about my house? Live-in landlady, I signed a standard tenancy agreement which I've just tracked down and am scanning over. I'm livid that I've put so much effort into compromising my behaviour for her and she seems to be coming after me.

Over time I've been shouted at for/told not to use the taps over 11 (because she can hear them in her room), the other night I got back at 10pm and the door was on the latch. I was locked out of my own property for no reason, she eventually came down and told me off for making noise (she said she hadn't heard me and assumed I would be out all night). I emailed the estate agents about everything (saying three times "Please keep this between us, I'm just looking to find out where I stand", got a reply saying "My colleague will email you next week", and then I get nothing back - only the next day, the landlady calls me down and asks "Are you happy here", implying they got in touch with her anyway.

I was fine with this bollocks because it was only a few months left of tenancy at this point, and I appreciate she has sleep issues which are crap, but now I've just seen the notice she's given me for moving out and it's quite frustrating. I've checked the agreement and under 'Landlord obligations' it doesn't even mention guaranteed access, which is shit. The closest thing I can find is the 'Quiet Enjoyment' clause which would relate to the taps. I literally got shouted at for using them at 11, which is surely taking the piss.

She's saying that because my room was messy (absolutely was, because I've got a house worth of stuff in a room. Wasn't dirty though) that she "would like me to get professional deep cleaning services", which seems code for "If I don't see a cleaner then I'm going to contest your deposit".

I was also told I have to shampoo the carpets (which has not been done by any previous tenant), and that there cannot be any stains on the mattress. Which is ridiculous because I'm not cleaning up 3 years worth of carpet accumulation, and the mattress has fake tan stains from a previous tenant.

I've lost my fucking phone with the photos of the room when I moved in, which show the fake tan on the bed, but surely this would be under regular wear and tear anyway. It's with the DPS so she can't kick up much of a fuss can she?

Sage because I'm sure there's fuck all I can do apart from piss in the wind.
>> No. 442966 Anonymous
1st April 2021
Thursday 5:07 pm
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>>442965

>Live-in landlady

Jesus I can't think of anything worse. Get out of there mate, there's no way it can end well. Landlords are entitled cunts at the best of times, nevermind when you live under their own personal roof and they think they have the right to start acting like some sort of parent figure.

Fuck the deposit, just get out. But before you do, leave a prawn cocktail sandwhich behind one of the radiators. It's not the mature or civilised thing to do, but in situations like this, petty revenge is the best you'll ever get.
>> No. 442967 Anonymous
1st April 2021
Thursday 5:29 pm
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>>442966
I mean it was basically fine until the other tenant moved out a couple of months ago. Obviously I'd rather be living alone but she's generally been fine, just pushes it and I'm a 'nice person' so I've allowed her.

I don't really like being petty, but I know I could piss her off endlessly by simply running the taps at night.
>> No. 442968 Anonymous
1st April 2021
Thursday 6:32 pm
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Sue Perkins, Sara Pascoe and Sindhu Vee are all on the latest episode of Hypothetical. In unrelated news, I have friction burns on my cock.
>> No. 442969 Anonymous
1st April 2021
Thursday 7:04 pm
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>>442968

Also, why did nobody tell me that James Acaster got cuckolded by Mr Bean? It's literally the funniest thing that has ever happened.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/03/james-acaster-laughs-off-getting-dumped-rowan-atkinson-opens-louise-ford-split-8796063/
>> No. 442983 Anonymous
2nd April 2021
Friday 2:23 am
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>>442965
The estate agents will have photographs from before you moved in, or at least should, for the opposite reason. If you move out and the place is as clean you started (sans ordinary wear and tear) then you can dispute it and ask them to prove it - although obviously don't tell them that you don't have pictures yourself. I'm not sure how much I'd value it over just getting the fuck out but I guess you can see once you've moved out and they try tapping your deposit for the giraffe you left in the bathroom.

Also you're a lodger not a tenant, people treat them as the same thing but they're not, you're in quite a niche situation regarding your rights. You' know that but I thought I should still call you an idiot and hit you with a newspaper so you don't do it again.

>I've checked the agreement and under 'Landlord obligations' it doesn't even mention guaranteed access, which is shit

I'm pretty fucking sure 'access to the property' is covered as rather fundamental. Unless there's a rule stating time of access. But that doesn't seem to be much of an issue here, she's already covered her arse on what looks like a one-time thing.

>I literally got shouted at for using them at 11, which is surely taking the piss

Standard quiet hours are 23-7. I mean it's bollocks but yeah.
>> No. 443060 Anonymous
6th April 2021
Tuesday 12:54 pm
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Every couple of months or so I get an email and letter from Very with a code to get 20% off my next order. The catch is you're meant to buy it on credit, with a 40% interest rate, but I always pay it off in full immediately. Is debt really that profitable for them they're able to offer 20% off and still be better off?
>> No. 443061 Anonymous
6th April 2021
Tuesday 1:01 pm
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>>443060

Yes.
>> No. 443062 Anonymous
6th April 2021
Tuesday 1:39 pm
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Stupid fucking country, it's fucking snowing. God, I hate it here.
>> No. 443063 Anonymous
6th April 2021
Tuesday 1:54 pm
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>>443062
It's stopped now, you drama queen.
>> No. 443064 Anonymous
6th April 2021
Tuesday 1:58 pm
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Love the snow.

I had a walk out into town yesterday morning, it was bank holiday so I didn't see another person, it was chilly and then it started to snow. That brief moment was the happiest I have felt in months.

I'm dreading summer. It was only about 18 degrees over the weekend and I had to have all the curtains closed.

I really need to move to warmer climates. Preferably somewhere where few people live.
>> No. 443066 Anonymous
6th April 2021
Tuesday 2:05 pm
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Just bought a new set of O rings for my espresso machine. The big boiler seal failed again, it's possible the one I put in three years ago was too thin. Normal lifespan for near-daily use should be upwards of five years.

I've stripped down the innards of the machine completely because it also had one or two electrical faults, i.e. a bad thermal fuse and a maybe-dodgy temperature switch, which was probably the reason the thermal fuse failed in the first place. And there was some other leakage as well, which the new O rings are hopefully going to fix.

My overall investment is going to be £20 or thereabouts for this complete revision, but it's a reasonable expense for a machine that would cost up to £250 new for a similar model. Also, what else are you going to do with your free time during lockdown. Might as well hone your mechanical skills.
>> No. 443067 Anonymous
6th April 2021
Tuesday 6:29 pm
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Some people love to be hard work and unfortunately my parents are some people.
>> No. 443073 Anonymous
7th April 2021
Wednesday 10:34 am
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Just got very nervous as the thought "Skins Reunion" flashed through my brain. Ill tidings.
>> No. 443074 Anonymous
7th April 2021
Wednesday 11:02 am
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I've picked up a 3DS off eBay because there's fuck all new games coming out and even if there were I couldn't play them because graphics cards have gone extinct.

I'm waiting for my SD card to arrive, and then I'll be hacking it and filling it with every emulator and all the roms under the sun as a little weekend project. I'm reliably informed that even PS1 emulation is pretty solid on it now, thanks to some recent breakthroughs. First stop will probably be the newer Pokemon games though, because I haven't played one of the main titles in about ten years, the last one I played was Black.

Anyone have any recommendations? I mostly skipped the DS because by and large it didn't have any real games, just piles of shovelware, but I seem to recall the 3DS having a few decent releases over the years.
>> No. 443075 Anonymous
7th April 2021
Wednesday 11:04 am
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The frost has completely fucked a lot of my garden plants for this year. It's not too late to start again but it is quite frustrating. The cold was forecast quite late and beyond the "last frost" date for my area so I had already put a few things out.
>> No. 443076 Anonymous
7th April 2021
Wednesday 11:26 am
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>>443074
Who needs games? Face Raiders is all the entertainment one needs.
>> No. 443085 Anonymous
7th April 2021
Wednesday 6:05 pm
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Can I register a company in my name just to use to get trade discounts and access to bookers, etc? Or do I have to demonstrate some sort of activity within the company year on year?

It'd be a fake garage so I can stamp my own service books, too.
>> No. 443086 Anonymous
7th April 2021
Wednesday 6:31 pm
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>>443085

You can, but it's a bit of a faff. Forming a company is piss easy (there are loads of agents who'll do all the paperwork for you for about a tenner), but you'll need to file a corporation tax return and a Companies House return every year.

A sole trader can do business under a trading name (e.g. "Joe Bloggs t/a Bloggs Auto Services") without forming a company, so you can often sign up for trade accounts with just a letterhead or similar.
>> No. 443087 Anonymous
7th April 2021
Wednesday 7:29 pm
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>>443086
Could also make your company dormant, after formation, if it's a long one. I'm not sure if that would affect trade discounts though.
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7th April 2021
Wednesday 7:33 pm
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>>443086

>just to use to get trade discounts and access to bookers

You could theoretically, but as >>443086 lad indicates, you'll be putting yourself through a lot of constant recurring paperwork that isn't necessarily worth the few quid of discount you get from having a - pretend - business. And even as a sole trader, the tax and record keeping responsibilities are really considerable.

The only way to get around this is by making less than £1,000 a year from being a sole trader, but it's almost certainly going to arouse HMRC's suspicion in the long run, and can result in a compliance check down the line.


>It'd be a fake garage so I can stamp my own service books, too.

Nobody will believe that you'll keep making less than 1,000 quid of profit a year running a one-man garage. And it could even constitute fraud if you stamp your own service books without doing an actual service, if you then at some point pass a car off to a buyer as having a complete service history.


tl;dr: bad idea altogether.
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8th April 2021
Thursday 12:17 am
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I've only just realised today how many watches I've collected over the last few years and how much money is just sat there on my nightstand. I think I need to sell some stuff off, but almost all of them are associated with an event, a milestone, a promotion, or suchlike. But despite having fancy stuff in there I really gravitate towards Seiko, I think the flightmaster is my favourite, I wear it all the time, I even genuinely use the slide rule sometimes at work to convert miles to knots. I even once did a fuel weight conversion which I'm sure impressed the ladies present.

I'm not sure what my point is, I'm a little drunk and not really comfortable with just now realising how materialistic a watch collection is.
>> No. 443090 Anonymous
8th April 2021
Thursday 7:55 am
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Ah listen, it's the little things in life sometimes lads.
>> No. 443091 Anonymous
8th April 2021
Thursday 8:04 am
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>>443089

You did just point out yourself that you collect them as they're associated with memories and achievements. I don't see anything inherently wrong with that, in fact I collect things on the same basis. I have books on my shelf I'll likely never fully read through again, but they serve as a visual reminder of what I learned from them and the period of my life in which I first read them.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
>> No. 443092 Anonymous
8th April 2021
Thursday 6:18 pm
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>>443089

I'm in the market for a chronograph right now, but I really don't know much about watches as such. My price target would be the £200 to £350 range. I've looked at some fashion watches by Boss or Maserati, knowing that they're private-label, but they all seem a bit pretentious. I guess what I want is a "watch guy's watch", without actually being a "watch guy".

What do you lot think of brands like Citizen?
>> No. 443093 Anonymous
8th April 2021
Thursday 7:30 pm
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>>443092
>What do you lot think of brands like Citizen?

Seiko is a bit more classic and cooler. But each to their own, there are plenty of nice watches out there.
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8th April 2021
Thursday 8:32 pm
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>>443092

For that price point, you're only going to be able to get a quartz chronograph - not a bad thing, if you ask me, the flightmaster is quartz - so that narrows your options for models down quite significantly, most chronographs are in the £1000+ mechanical price range.

Citizen are excellent watchmakers, and their ecodrive technology is, to me, a lot more fun and exciting than just bog standard quartz. They 'shouldn't' ever need a battery changed as they charge under any light source, and they need very little in the way of maintenance, though it's worth noting you do need a specialised citizen service if and when you ever do, but that's not a difficult thing to find, and it'll last decades without one.

At the higher end of that bracket there's not really much out there, honesty - The Bulova Marine Star is one I really think is very tasty and Bulova are likely described as a 'watch guys' brand. There's also a few Tissot watches in that price range, the Tissot V8 is my personal favourite, though honestly I don't know too much about Tissot - but they're swiss so definitely Watch Guy Approved.

Casio, under their Edifice brand, do some fantastic looking chronos, but they're much cheaper than your target. The EFR-526L for example looks the business and does it for £80. They have a few for £150 too, plenty to suit any taste really, and I trust Casio/Edifice implicitly.

I'm a Seiko fan, and Seiko make a LOT of chronos based on the same movement in that price range - due to them having a shit naming system I'm not going to bother reeling off a number of product codes, "seiko chronograph" is enough to find most of them - just have a look and pick one you like, you CANNOT go wrong with Seiko.

If it was me, I'd be looking at a Seiko Prospex PADI chrono, or trying to nab a second hand version of the PADI Sumo, or a Seiko Arnie. But that's me and they're very specific, bold watches.
>> No. 443095 Anonymous
8th April 2021
Thursday 8:40 pm
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>>443093

Forgot to mention, you have correctly identified that fashion watches are pretentious and shite. You really are just paying for the name with a Boss or anything like that. Avoid like the plague.
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8th April 2021
Thursday 10:00 pm
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>>443094

>fashion watches are pretentious and shite

Right, something about a Boss gold watch just screamed rookie Croydon drug dealer to me.

>>443094

>For that price point, you're only going to be able to get a quartz chronograph

A quartz watch is what I am actually going for. It may not be seen by everybody as the high mark of watchmaking, but they are accurate in a way that a mechanical watch never will be, and that's what counts to me.

>>443093

>Seiko is a bit more classic and cooler

I'm open to whatever brand is good value for money and has a stylish looking watch I will like. Another brand that has caught my eye is Swiss Military, which are apparently considered good affordable Swiss-made quality.
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8th April 2021
Thursday 10:05 pm
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>>443096

>It may not be seen by everybody as the high mark of watchmaking, but they are accurate in a way that a mechanical watch never will be, and that's what counts to me.

I had included a very long rant about exactly this in my previous post, but cut it out as it was the ramblings of a mad man, but yes, I agree, it's almost silly to buy a mechanical chronograph if you actually plan to use it as a chronograph.

Do you need a tachymeter bezel or are you open to others?
>> No. 443098 Anonymous
8th April 2021
Thursday 10:07 pm
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>>443096

>Right, something about a Boss gold watch just screamed rookie Croydon drug dealer to me.

Exactly, and they're just a bit boring, from a watch nerd perspective. I'd honestly rather spend a similar amount of money on a high quality fake Rolex, at least that's the sort of fashion statement/lie that can get you some fanny.
>> No. 443099 Anonymous
8th April 2021
Thursday 10:26 pm
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>>443097

>Do you need a tachymeter bezel or are you open to others?

A tachymeter is a nice thing to have, although you will probably not get to use it in a meaningful way on public roads. Which brings us back to pretentiousness.

The much more important point to me is diameter size. I tried on a few chrono watches in shops last summer, and although my wrist size is the absolute average for a male adult wrist, 44 millimetres looked far too clunky to me on my wrist. 42 was already pushing it compared to what I am used to, so I guess 42 is the biggest I'll want to go. It's bewildering how much of a difference two or three millimetres of diameter difference make to a watch's appearance.

I guess that also rules out most diving watches, but I'm also not a fan of typical diving bezels, because again they make a watch look clunkier, and for the ten days or so out of every year that I actually go swimming, let alone snorkelling, it's really not something I need.

What I would really appreciate is luminous hands and dial. That really comes in handy when you wake up in the middle of the night and can't be arsed to reach over to your smartphone on the nightstand.
>> No. 443100 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 10:13 am
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I've got this "All Search Engines" button which is handy for quickly looking up the source of an image but my favourite thing about it is the Baidu tab it opens. If you do a google reverse search for a photo of a person, a lot of the time the results will be photos of people in similar locations with similar poses, lighting and clothes. Baidu does the same thing, except they'll all be Asian.
>> No. 443101 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 10:24 am
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To add to >>443100 the Yandex search does the same thing, but with Russians. It's just less striking. Still, it's fun to have an "Asian/Russian Doppelgänger" button.
>> No. 443138 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 7:40 pm
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My girlfriend hasn't seen a single one out of Fern Gully, The Brave Little Toaster, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Space Jam, any of the Fieval films, Short Circuit, The Mighty Ducks, Flight of the Navigator, the Iron Giant, Karate Kid, Three Ninjas, Police Academy, The Road to El Dorado or Watership Down. I could probably go on, but she's pretty much only watched The Land Before Time and The NeverEnding Story out of everything I could think of. I don't know if that means I had a wasted childhood or she did.
>> No. 443145 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 8:44 pm
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>>443138

Sounds more like she's just a bit younger than you. I'm going to guess your birth year was 1987-88, and hers is 92-93?

My girlfriend wasn't into pokemon as a kid and I always tell her she must be a robot with implanted memories because of it. I refuse to believe someone who grew up in the 90s could have possibly missed out on that craze.
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9th April 2021
Friday 9:24 pm
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>>443138>>443145

I'm 1989 and I've only seen Fern Gully and Space Jam on that list, that I can remember. It's not for lack of trying either, I don't think - I remember renting tapes from the newsagents near my grandparents quite frequently - but either because we never had Sky or because I was usually playing out or on my Playstation, I just think I avoided them.

Not otherlad's girlfriend, by the way. He should be so lucky.
>> No. 443147 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 9:27 pm
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I'm about 80% sure either you lot made up Fern Gully just now and are gaslighting my internet with it or it's been Mandela-effected in from an alternate past.
>> No. 443149 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 9:29 pm
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>>443145
She's six months younger than me; she was born in 1989.

The only kids movies I can recall her ever bringing up unprompted are The Rescuers and Aristocats.
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9th April 2021
Friday 9:44 pm
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>>443146

Also, my ex (roughtly the same age as me) was completely floored I'd never heard of Fraggle Rock, where she was completely obsessed with it. I thought it would be some weird obscure soviet thing she'd accidentally seen, but no, it seemed like I probably should have seen it at least once.

But I suppose we have to remember how different telly worked back then - You saw what happened to be on when you happened to be able to watch it. If my school got out half an hour after yours, we likely had an entirely different TV childhood.
>> No. 443153 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 9:54 pm
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>>443150
Down and fraggle rock, <clap> <clap> (?)
>> No. 443159 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 10:54 pm
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>>443150

Also the CITV vs CBBC thing - in this country, even kids TV is a class signifier.
>> No. 443160 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 11:07 pm
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>>443159

Lad we had four channels, class didn't come into it, I watched whatever I wanted to watch that was available.
>> No. 443161 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 11:20 pm
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>>443160

I'm afraid that makes you a pleb. Sorry, I don't make the rules.
>> No. 443162 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 11:22 pm
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>>443160

I think the real class signifier was when Channel 5 started.
>> No. 443164 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 11:26 pm
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>>443161

Obviously I'm a pleb, we couldn't afford Sky or cable or anything. But I don't see how that has anything to do with watching channel 1 vs channel 3.

For what it's worth I think I watched more CBBC than anything else. I remember watching newsround.
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9th April 2021
Friday 11:36 pm
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>>443164

Sky and cable were for monied plebs. Poor plebs made do with CITV. Lower-middle-class kids watched both but preferred CBBC, upper-middle-class kids exclusively watched CBBC and the truly posh had a tiny television that they kept in a cupboard and occasionally dragged out for Wimbledon or the Queen's Speech.

Fuck knows what the rules are now.
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9th April 2021
Friday 11:42 pm
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>>443166

I don't think I could tell you which shows were CITV and which were CBBC, aside from the obvious like Blue Peter. I reckon anyone with a BP badge is a posho, growing sunflowers and that, fucking toffs.

I think the rule now is that if you have a TV in your bedroom, you're working class, unless it's built into a cabinet at the foot of your bed and it comes up on a motor - in which case, if you installed it yourself you're ultra working class, but if you bought it as is or a man installed it while you were away, you're incredibly posh.
>> No. 443168 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 11:52 pm
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>>443160
FOUR?

I remember getting up really early on a Saturday morning and there only being three channels and absolutely nothing on except this weird Open University thing.
>> No. 443169 Anonymous
9th April 2021
Friday 11:57 pm
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>>443168

Channel 4 launched in 1982. Either your telly was fucked, or you're the oldest person on .gs.
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10th April 2021
Saturday 12:27 am
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>>443169

You'd only have to be 45ish to be old enough to remember that.
>> No. 443173 Anonymous
10th April 2021
Saturday 1:26 am
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Very early weekend mornings were for Teletext and whatever Channel 4 were showing before proper telly started.

I've spent most of the past week falling asleep on the sofa and when I've tried actually going to bed tonight I got a load of motion sickness. I'm back in the living room now and I can hear my neighbour blasting out UB40.
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10th April 2021
Saturday 11:29 am
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>>443138

Did you have cabal/satellite and she didn't? If I didn't have cable I couldn't imagine having seem most of them it's not like my parents deliberately exposed me to any of them.
>> No. 443226 Anonymous
10th April 2021
Saturday 5:42 pm
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I think a lot of it is also down to hoe likely were your parents to let you get video out from the rental shop. I grew up watching my whatever my dad rented, so before the age of 10 I had seen pretty much everything that starred Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, Arnie or Sylvester Stallone. As well as me getting one video on a Saturday, which was often the latest children's Action Adventure or a cartoon film.

I remember getting up really early over the weekend so I could use the TV in the living room so I could play on my Spectrum for a couple of hours before my parents woke up. BBC2 would have the Open University programmes hosted by bearded mean in brown cardigans and Channel 4 would have Teletext.
>> No. 443248 Anonymous
11th April 2021
Sunday 9:53 am
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What was the anime that Channel 4 used to show super early in the morning in the 90s?
>> No. 443251 Anonymous
11th April 2021
Sunday 11:25 am
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>>443248
Medabots?
>> No. 443271 Anonymous
12th April 2021
Monday 1:30 pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_bIaF7P9WA
>> No. 443272 Anonymous
12th April 2021
Monday 1:36 pm
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>>443271
I know they're quite shit, but I miss proper gameshows.
>> No. 443273 Anonymous
12th April 2021
Monday 1:36 pm
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>>443271

I think we've solved a mystery here - that lad wasn't murdered, he just heard Barrymore doing karaoke and fucked himself to death.
>> No. 443274 Anonymous
12th April 2021
Monday 2:33 pm
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>> No. 443276 Anonymous
12th April 2021
Monday 4:53 pm
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>>443274
cripes
>> No. 443277 Anonymous
12th April 2021
Monday 5:07 pm
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>>443274

It's like James Hetfield and Kurt Cobain had an illegitimate child together.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9LiPuVRyU8
>> No. 443304 Anonymous
13th April 2021
Tuesday 8:46 am
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Relevant because this is the chip butty edition- I've been constipated for a couple of days after overdoing it with carbs and blocking myself up a bit.

I've just had my morning coffee and cig and taken the dump of the year, holy shit, is there a better feeling on this earth. I feel like a king.
>> No. 443342 Anonymous
13th April 2021
Tuesday 11:42 pm
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https://www.politico.eu/article/liz-truss-britain-new-iron-lady-uk-conservatives/?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB

>Whisper it, but there are some in the British Conservative Party who believe they’ve finally found their modern-day Margaret Thatcher.

>This potential heir to Maggie is Liz Truss, Britain’s trade secretary. She’s a Northern, state-educated free-marketeer with a passion for dirty burgers (her takeaway of choice is the British fast-food chain Bleecker, from which she orders most Thursday nights) and a hatred of mayonnaise.

>If she reads this piece, she’ll likely strike out unnecessary adverbs and send a late-night email asking for a better-written, shorter version — “It could come back marked TL;DR with dead-eyed emojis,” officials said. She might do so with a cold glass of white wine in hand, and occasionally a Scotch, but only the one: Her addiction is politics, not booze.

>“She’s ferociously, ferociously driven and she’s obsessed by politics,” said a person familiar with her political strategy.

Ye gods, she's going to be PM one day, isn't she?
>> No. 443343 Anonymous
13th April 2021
Tuesday 11:58 pm
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>>443342


>> No. 443344 Anonymous
14th April 2021
Wednesday 12:28 am
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>>443342
You make it sound like Johnson is going anywhere.

>If she reads this piece, she’ll likely strike out unnecessary adverbs and send a late-night email asking for a better-written, shorter version — “It could come back marked TL;DR with dead-eyed emojis,” officials said.

We need to get people reading books again.
>> No. 443346 Anonymous
14th April 2021
Wednesday 12:47 am
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>>443343

I'd open up her pork markets IYKWIM.
>> No. 443347 Anonymous
14th April 2021
Wednesday 12:47 am
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Who's looking forward to World War Three?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56720589
>> No. 443350 Anonymous
14th April 2021
Wednesday 1:15 am
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>>443347
>So is this an invasion force? It could be, but analysts say a big invasion is unlikely

This.

Russian doctrine since Chechnya has become small and smart that emphasises speed and overwhelmingly firepower (and electronics) for limited operations. There's not much in the way of modern equipment to go around so a massive push into Ukraine will be a disorganised bloodbath against dug-in defenders while conversely there's no need to beef up security for a Ukrainian attack anytime soon.

The real reason I suspect is sabre rattling for concessions because Russia's occupation is pulling the country deeper and deeper into crisis. Including in access to water for Crimea:

>> No. 443356 Anonymous
14th April 2021
Wednesday 5:06 pm
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Finished fixing my espresso machine today, after a complete strip down and descaling and seal replace. Chuffed to bits with myself.

Note to self: there should be no smoke coming from your espresso machine instead of steam.

I got the wires to the machine's buttons confused while reconnecting them at first, and that got some wires smoldering a bit, at 230 volts. But I cut the power before there was any permanent damage. Should be fine now.
>> No. 443357 Anonymous
14th April 2021
Wednesday 11:07 pm
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Some days are good, Some days you eat 8 Kit Kats.
>> No. 443358 Anonymous
15th April 2021
Thursday 1:38 am
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>>443357
Chunkys? 2-fingers? 4-fingers (are they still a thing?)
>> No. 443360 Anonymous
15th April 2021
Thursday 11:49 am
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I've had my post lockdown haircut. I could feel my body was really tense when I was sat in the chair, not entirely sure why.

On another note, I've just had a pasta sauce sandwich and it was delicious.
>> No. 443365 Anonymous
15th April 2021
Thursday 10:36 pm
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>>443357

I can easily do about ten if you leave them unguarded. I can't put my finger on what it is but the KitKat is honestly the undisputed king of workhorse everyday biscuit snacks.

>>443358

Four fingers haven't gone anywhere, I have one every time I'm in work out of the vendy.
>> No. 443387 Anonymous
17th April 2021
Saturday 6:03 pm
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>>443360
Just had mine and could barely remember what I ask for. Now I don't like it, going from a shaggy mullet to a bloke's cut messes with your self-image and unlike in my teenage years I was doing a reasonable job looking after my hair. Not missing my fucking hair going in my eyes though.

I think if we go into lockdown again I might leave it long but I have no idea on what you're supposed to ask for at the hairdressers to tidy it.
>> No. 443388 Anonymous
17th April 2021
Saturday 6:18 pm
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>>443387
I usually just say short back and sides, usually a number two or three, and a little bit longer on the top.
>> No. 443393 Anonymous
17th April 2021
Saturday 7:09 pm
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God I hope it's a quiet night at work tonight. I'd rather like to sit on my arse and do nothing for twelve hours. Saturday night into Sunday morning gives the most lucrative pay enhancement so it always feels nice to do very little for it.
>> No. 443396 Anonymous
17th April 2021
Saturday 7:32 pm
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>>443388
I usually get a skinfade with 1/2-1/3 off the top and finish by thinning it out. Then I spend a week looking like a pineapple but it means I only need to get it cut every other month at most.
>> No. 443407 Anonymous
20th April 2021
Tuesday 8:48 pm
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I'm slightly puzzled by the slogan of this takeaway. It's "The only branch in [town]".
It's not the only restaurant in town, and there are no other branches of the same restaurant anywhere. So what's it trying to say?

I've now noticed that the URL and email address printed on the takeaway bag are wrong, they point at a sports news website.
>> No. 443408 Anonymous
21st April 2021
Wednesday 12:15 am
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I may finally have figured out which chrono I want to buy.

The Citizen Promaster line ticks all the boxes, although £400-500 is really considerably more than I was looking to spend. I am going to have to come up with a way to rationalise that kind of frivolous purchase.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bGEaL15SvM
>> No. 443409 Anonymous
21st April 2021
Wednesday 1:23 am
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>>443408

>I am going to have to come up with a way to rationalise that kind of frivolous purchase.

It will last you an entire lifetime, and probably be ticking long after you peg it. Also, the watch market is often fickle, but you never really see anything from a well known brand like Citizen plummet in value, so if you ever change your mind you will be able to sell it for close to what you pay for it, and perhaps even more, especially since they don't seem to be on proper release anywhere but Japan.

It's a fair chunk of change but in watch terms, you're getting a lot for your money - titanium case and strap, radio controlled, world time, sapphire crystal, these are features you often pay twice this price for. Even the more expensive Skyhawk AT doesn't have a sapphire crystal or titanium, this is a fantastic buy.

I really like this one, I've never seen it before. I've always wanted an atomic wristwatch, and I love the slide rule bezel, it's very aviationy. Maybe more so than my flightmaster. I'm not into blue dials, which is the only reason I'm not going to buy one, I think.

You can get one direct from Japan for £380 on ebay by the looks of it.
>> No. 443410 Anonymous
21st April 2021
Wednesday 7:44 am
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>>443408

Are you actually going to use it, or will it just be sat taking up space on a shelf? If you're going to wear it at least semi regularly, don't think twice. You earned that money and you can't take it with you, so if there's nothing more important for you to put £500 towards, just do it.

From a philosophical standpoint, I might be an "eat the rich" lefty by most people's standards, but if you have money to burn (as in, the purchase won't negatively affect your finances in the long term) I think it's far better to burn it than to covet the accumulation of currency entirely for it's own sake.

I have this little conversation every time I want to buy myself something nice. I've never fully adjusted to the way as an adult, I can just buy the sort of things on a whim that would have only been big Christmas treats when I was a lad, and I always feel a bit guilty and spoiled when I do.
>> No. 443412 Anonymous
21st April 2021
Wednesday 11:29 am
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Do you know what I'd do with £500 to burn, take a short holiday to the coast where there's a cool breeze. Bring along a pile of books I pick up in a charity shop so I can escape and just not have to deal with life for a few days. Bracing walks and M.R. James.

Or maybe I'd do my own supermarket sweep. I can feel part of me getting pissed off sometimes when thinking about how much something should cost and limiting my selection for that so that money can be put to other things. I've no reason to worry about an extravagant shop at Sainsburys but still I'll maybe have steak once a year.
>> No. 443413 Anonymous
21st April 2021
Wednesday 11:56 am
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>>443410

>Are you actually going to use it, or will it just be sat taking up space on a shelf?

That's the thing, I want a watch that I'll be wearing every day as my only wristwatch. So there's me thinking that maybe wearing £400-500 around your wrist to have an everyday timepiece which will be subject to wear and tear is a bit much, when that functionality can be had in much the same way from a £250 watch or less.

I have 500 quid in my bank account that I don't need right now. So that isn't the issue.

I've read up on Citizen's Eco Drive today. It seems a pretty nifty technology, but simply put, does it mean that I have to take my watch off and put it under a lamp every few days?
>> No. 443414 Anonymous
21st April 2021
Wednesday 1:46 pm
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>>443413

Also though, the stainless steel variants of the Promaster seem to be around 100 quid cheaper than the titanium one, give or take. I personally like stainless steel, I've had stainless steel watches in the past, even if it's going to mean that a big watch like that will weigh noticeably more than with a titanium case.

I've got my birthday coming up in just over a month, so maybe that'll be a good excuse to treat myself.
>> No. 443415 Anonymous
21st April 2021
Wednesday 2:03 pm
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The man opposite washed his car on Monday and Tuesday. I wonder if he'll do it for a third day in a row.
>> No. 443417 Anonymous
21st April 2021
Wednesday 2:51 pm
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>>443413

>but simply put, do