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>> No. 441097 Anonymous
30th December 2020
Wednesday 5:57 pm
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Which brands are actually worth the additional cost?
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>> No. 441212 Anonymous
1st January 2021
Friday 11:31 am
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>Happy New Decade

You'll be needing the "Resting Actors" thread.
>> No. 441214 Anonymous
1st January 2021
Friday 12:06 pm
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I guess I'll tell you about a subject I know about... mountaineering.

Specifically moutaineering coats... North Face summit series. A lot of north face stuff has become just overpriced branded 'streetwear' clothing. But the summit series is one of about 5 brands that makes outdoor clothing you would want to wear whilst facing off death on top of an Alp, and of they are the best value and probably the only one you might find on a normal high street. Arc'teryx is actually the best mountaineering clothing brand but they cost twice as much as anyone of the other real brands and everyone else was already charging way more than you would think these things should cost. The others are Rab, mammut, and the uncreatively named mountain equipment and mountain hardware.

Anyone else selling you clothes that look similar are usually of dubious quality or practicality.
>> No. 441216 Anonymous
1st January 2021
Friday 1:00 pm
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I think brand-name tea is worth the additional cost. I switched to Lidl's generic tea for a while when I was unemployed and proper skint, but if you buy commercial-brand tea in bags or leaf, then the little bit of extra cost is absolutely worth it.

I was a real tea snob though for a while. There was a small Indian tea shop in my old neighbourhood where you could buy loose leaf and where they had about 25 different black and green tea flavours in boxes behind the counter. Always smelled delicious when you walked in. If you didn't mind paying up to £7 for 125g of their finest Earl Grey, it was your kind of place.
>> No. 441224 Anonymous
1st January 2021
Friday 4:51 pm
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Echoing this sentiment for motorcycle clothing. Fashion trends will regularly cycle in and out of moto-looking aesthetics, but it should go without saying that their protective value is virtually zero. It sounds obvious, but sometimes even clothing manufacturers will deliberately blur the line between fashion and riding leathers (Barbour, Belstaff, and Schott spring to mind).

There is a growing market for motorcycle gear that looks more like every day clothing and a lot of little leaps forward have been made in achieving decently protective gear that it doesn't feel odd to wear off-bike. Knox is a good place to start. The YouTube channel "FortNine" also has some very good videos on safety ratings and clothing recommendations that meet a decent standard.
>> No. 441226 Anonymous
1st January 2021
Friday 5:14 pm
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If I can add to your list Buffalo and Montane - their pile and Pertex smocks and salopettes are phenomenally good in extreme weather. Not cheap, not attractive, but virtually indestructible.


Co-op 99 > *.


>> No. 8022 Anonymous
28th November 2020
Saturday 5:26 pm
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In strictly income related terms, what is 'doing alright' in 2020? What is middle class?

There are rules of thumb that were established a long-time ago, earning your age being something of a minimum standard while earning 40-60k meant you owned an Aldi. You will probably notice that these rules originate from the 00's though and while calculators do exist they seem to apply national averages which seems odd as a large bottom doesn't mean you eat lots of camembert.
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>> No. 8068 Anonymous
31st December 2020
Thursday 6:27 am
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It's a different risk/reward tradeoff, that's all. Training as a mechanic will provide you with a reliable income that you can raise a family on. Getting a degree might give you a start in a great career, but it might also end up being an albatross; that's especially true if you don't have the wealth and family connections that are all too often essential in getting your first break. Middle-class kids can afford to aimlessly shamble through their 20s until they figure it out, but working-class kids don't have that kind of safety net and need to hit the ground running.

It's also worth pointing out the hidden pitfall in student funding - maintenance loans. Even if you're entitled to the full loan, it's nowhere near enough to live on in most cities. That's no real problem if your family can afford to send you a few quid if you can't find a part-time job, but it causes a lot of working-class kids to drop out in their first year because they just can't make ends meet.
>> No. 8069 Anonymous
31st December 2020
Thursday 10:18 am
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The people I know from school who are doing best tend to be the ones who trained to be electricians and plumbers and the like rather than those who went to university. We left school in 2004.

I suppose it's about getting some decent career advice early on in your life. There are people who didn't go to university and learned a lucrative trade and those that have a menial minimum wage job, just like some people who went to university and have carved out successful careers and others who didn't have a clue what they were doing and are still working in call centres. What really matters is having a career plan and direction towards being successful.
>> No. 8070 Anonymous
31st December 2020
Thursday 1:32 pm
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Actually all careers in trades require a ridiculous amount of time to break into earning proper money and most don't because of the significant informal barriers for independent plumbers, carpenters etc.

Mechanic is especially bad because you're working in a freezing cold garage paying off debts to big-toolbox with a sketchy employer. My brother did it for 10 years and was miserable while his mate went to uni to study engineering so he could get a cushy job working for Mercedes.

This is the opposite experience for me because I left school before the Great Recession. Maybe I just didn't grow up in as big a shithole as I remember but a fair few went on to be solicitors and the like.

Although I'll agree that if you have shit-for-brains and don't pull your finger out then you're going to have a hard time. I suspect daddy's money is being a bit overstated here as you can dodge call centre bullshit by securing internships or just being aware that places like the government are always hiring. Obviously university should also be about learning and doing what you want to do because ultimately I'd hazard most don't end up in their career path and struggle in something shite because they feel they have to. Who knows how much talent has been wasted this way.
>> No. 8071 Anonymous
1st January 2021
Friday 1:24 am
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>a fair few went on to be solicitors and the like

Between an oversupply of graduates and cuts to legal aid, a lot of solicitors are really struggling financially. Top graduates can still find entry-level jobs paying £100k+ in a top London firm, but at the other end of the spectrum you've got people doing Legal Aid work earning less than minimum wage.
>> No. 8072 Anonymous
1st January 2021
Friday 8:59 am
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I've also read recently (>>29347) that background matters a lot. Students from poorer backgrounds who go to the same universities and earn the same grades (e.g. earning a first at Cambridge) still earn considerably less than their more well off peers.


>> No. 29239 Anonymous
6th December 2020
Sunday 8:12 pm
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>'On a knife edge': Britain and EU in last-ditch trade talks

>Britain and the European Union will make a last-ditch attempt to strike a post-Brexit trade deal this week, with probably just days left for negotiators to avert a chaotic parting of ways at the end of the year. Ireland’s prime minister, whose country would face more economic pain than any of the other 26 EU member states in the case of a “no deal”, cautioned against over-optimism, putting the chances of an agreement at only 50-50.

>British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke over the weekend to get their teams back to the negotiating table after talks stalled on three thorny issues. They are due to hold another call on Monday evening in the hope that, by then, stubborn differences over fishing rights in UK waters, fair competition - referred to as the level playing field - and ways to solve future disputes will have narrowed.

>“This is the final throw of the dice,” said a British source close to the talks before they resumed in Brussels on Sunday.

So what is the current status of your rice and do you reckon there will be a last minute deal?
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>> No. 29640 Anonymous
30th December 2020
Wednesday 5:29 pm
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Her husband is proper posh.
>> No. 29641 Anonymous
30th December 2020
Wednesday 5:50 pm
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Not sure but it's just German for "of" or "from".
>> No. 29643 Anonymous
30th December 2020
Wednesday 5:56 pm
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How about this

How about that N. Ireland is in the single market and the rest of the UK isn't? This threatens the break up of the union, with Scotland asking why it can't be part of the single market too.

How about the fact the 80% of the UK economy is services and it is not covered under this deal?

How about the fact that wasn't Brexit meant to be about cutting "red tape" but this deal has instead created a bunch? Notably in trading certain goods (which need certificates), travel of pets, driving abroad etc
>> No. 29646 Anonymous
30th December 2020
Wednesday 7:19 pm
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It did and they did, but you still see it in surnames from time to time.
>> No. 29648 Anonymous
30th December 2020
Wednesday 7:46 pm
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I just read up on it. Both Germany and Austria lost their distinct social class of nobility when their respective emperors abdicated after WWI, but Germans were allowed to keep their surnames and titles. Austria went a step further and by law stripped people's surnames of anything indicating nobility. In Austria, a former Count of XYZ was thereafter only Mr. XYZ.

But apparently, that loss of class status mainly hit insignificant noble families, who weren't wealthy or influential and had little more than their surname itself to distinguish themselves from the rest of the general population. Whereas the household names of Austrian higher nobility largely continued their lifestyle, even though they lost their class privileges on paper, and still form a tightly knit group today.


>> No. 5540 Anonymous
28th December 2020
Monday 6:58 pm
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I need to improve my concentration span.
For the past few years I've realised I can't really commit to almost anything. Even things I am interested in like films and games. I used to read a lot. Nowdays, no chance. This is seriously impacting me, I feel completely unsatisfied and aimless. All I do is browse the Internet on my phone. I've deleted all social media on my phone/life but it was never really that. Its just mindless browsing. I do take Sertraline for depression and I'm thinking it could be that, but not too sure.
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>> No. 5553 Anonymous
30th December 2020
Wednesday 12:25 pm
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6 times I have seen this image, and I have had to go for a wank. I think it is the thighs...

I need to block it.
>> No. 5554 Anonymous
30th December 2020
Wednesday 12:52 pm
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I've been thinking the same for the past couple of days about her, if it's any comfort.
>> No. 5555 Anonymous
30th December 2020
Wednesday 1:00 pm
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Mirtazapine isn't any good for concentration either. It sent me to sleep quite well and promoted some crazy dreams, but also made me really hungry during the day. Don't think I've ever eaten so many Tunnock's caramel wafers.
As for shagging and wanking, it was the same for me as before, during and after taking it.
>> No. 5556 Anonymous
30th December 2020
Wednesday 1:09 pm
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>> No. 5557 Anonymous
30th December 2020
Wednesday 1:53 pm
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>> No. 91885 Anonymous
28th December 2020
Monday 12:18 am
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>> No. 91897 Anonymous
28th December 2020
Monday 11:49 am
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I can't wait until Chuka Umunna joins!
>> No. 91900 Anonymous
28th December 2020
Monday 1:20 pm
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It's almost like he's creating more problems than he's ever solved.
>> No. 91903 Anonymous
29th December 2020
Tuesday 12:34 pm
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>> No. 91904 Anonymous
29th December 2020
Tuesday 1:22 pm
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Himself, by fucking off to America to lick Trump's arse.
>> No. 91905 Anonymous
29th December 2020
Tuesday 9:22 pm
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"Brexit impact on food prices 'very modest'" is a fun way of saying that food is going to become more expensive due to Brexit.


>> No. 5772 Anonymous
20th March 2011
Sunday 6:01 pm
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What is the king of confectionery boxes?

I used to think it was Cadbury Roses, but I had some lately and they've greatly reduced the variety and quality of chocolates available. I've heard Cadbury have also done the same with Miniature Heroes; taking out Crunchie, Picnic, Time Out and Caramel with a nut in it (can't remember the proper name for this).

Quality Street? Celebrations?
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>> No. 13916 Anonymous
10th November 2020
Tuesday 5:32 pm
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>Cadbury has reduced the size of its selection box Fudge bars by 12 per cent in a bid to tackle childhood obesity.

>> No. 13917 Anonymous
10th November 2020
Tuesday 5:48 pm
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>bid to tackle childhood obesity

And it just so happens that Cadbury already tried to get rid of Fudge a couple years back. Fucking bullshit, it's been a death spiral ever since the Americans bought it.
>> No. 13918 Anonymous
10th November 2020
Tuesday 6:04 pm
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It's since the Kraft takeover that all these additional party flavours came out. 'Fruit and chopped nuts' are just the last grains from the bottom of the barrel, as are the crossover varieties which ingredients failed to pass quality control for the main products. It's good to reduce waste and all but to sell it as a new product at full price? disgraceful.
I rarely buy Cadburies nowadays. Kraft can suck a dick.
>> No. 13919 Anonymous
10th November 2020
Tuesday 9:27 pm
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a box of roses by any other name...
>> No. 14029 Anonymous
29th December 2020
Tuesday 8:13 pm
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These are proper shit.


>> No. 5517 Anonymous
1st December 2020
Tuesday 4:09 pm
/fat/5517 I want to learn how to swim
I am 27 years old and I still don't know how to swim. I would like to pick up the skill. I also think it would be good for me because I am morbidly obese and swimming is a low-impact exercise.

I'm concerned about using public swimming pools because of stuff I've seen on TV where somebody swimming tastes urine in their mouth or sees poop floating on the water. I'd really like to avoid such experiences even though my experience with swimming (with floats) as a child was fine.

What's your opinion on swimming in public pools? Is it acceptable or should I just stick to the treadmill?
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>> No. 5535 Anonymous
28th December 2020
Monday 2:12 am
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We don't know who wrote the gospels, but we're damned sure it wasn't any of the apostles. The gospel of Luke literally admits to being a second-hand account in the first paragraph.

>Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
>> No. 5536 Anonymous
28th December 2020
Monday 2:31 am
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There are multiple references to swimming in the Old and New Testaments, but yeah, sure, whatever, your theory is perfectly reasonable.
>> No. 5537 Anonymous
28th December 2020
Monday 4:00 am
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Jesus had miniature boats on his feet for buoyancy. He was a master carpenter, after all.
>> No. 5538 Anonymous
28th December 2020
Monday 8:57 am
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I think what this proves is that some pricks want to appear so intellectual from pouring scorn on religious scripture that they will make up explanations for miracles that are almost less believable than the miracles themselves.
>> No. 5539 Anonymous
28th December 2020
Monday 2:26 pm
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Indeed, I'm as irrelgious as they come, but thinking ancient Levantines had never seen a man swim before is straining credulity far more than even Genesis does. Also the fact the bloke who brought this up mentioned Christ traveling Europe makes me think it's some weird far-right thing, but I'm wired about that sort of thing.

Unless OP is unable to control his magical water walking abilities I don't think it needs discussing here anyway.


>> No. 441049 Anonymous
28th December 2020
Monday 2:30 am
/b/441049 It can be done
Confidence and it can be done.


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>> No. 91398 Anonymous
11th November 2020
Wednesday 4:31 pm
/pol/91398 In the not too distant future
This man is going to become the Chairman of Hong Kong, and it's going to be fucking awesome.
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>> No. 91810 Anonymous
28th November 2020
Saturday 5:27 pm
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>real issues around a lack of trade union culture

Like Amazon hiring Intelligence to surveil their staff and ensure the workplace is not conducive to Union formation?

Or Amazon using Lib Woke talking points as a weapon to ensure the workforce doesn't Unionize?

No you're right. These CEOs are saints, they are not to be expected to adhere to any kind of Social Contract, nor should they be yoked with any additional responsibilities for their staff with all the power and privilege they wield.
>> No. 91811 Anonymous
28th November 2020
Saturday 5:29 pm
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>The situation might be worse in the US
In the US they're subject to mandatory 100% exit searches, and aren't paid for the time this takes, which can be upwards of an hour on a heavy shift.
>> No. 91812 Anonymous
28th November 2020
Saturday 11:51 pm
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I don't know how hard you'd work for under a tenner an hour, but my old boss had a phrase I've always rather liked.

"If you're paying peanuts, you'll only get monkeys."
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29th November 2020
Sunday 11:21 am
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>Nearly a year after doctors identified the first cases of a worrying new disease in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the country appears to be stepping up a campaign to question the origins of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

>State media has been reporting intensively on coronavirus discovered on packaging of frozen food imports, not considered a significant vector of infection elsewhere, and research into possible cases of the disease found outside China’s borders before December 2019.

>The official People’s Daily newspaper claimed in a Facebook post last week that “all available evidence suggests that the coronavirus did not start in central China’s Wuhan”.
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28th December 2020
Monday 12:25 am
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>> No. 30315 Anonymous
26th December 2020
Saturday 8:32 pm
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How do you go about finding a good wife? Otherlad scared me by talking about women in their 30s and baggage.

I know this sounds like 'how do I get a girlfriend' but I'm looking for something more where I can have children and all that stuff yet still be happy in the long-term. I'm not a bad catch (my mum gave me a note saying so) and even convinced women to be in a relationship with me but they never felt like people I saw a long-term future with. Always a catch like I'd have to go live in Australia or we'd be sexually out of sync or they're impossible to live with etc.

This is where the 'good' part comes in where I'm not sacrificing my happiness to settle for someone I can have children with or importing a mystery wife like a saddo - it's an impossible desire but I must've missed the class on this. I get that it's ultimately a roll of the dice so should I just grab someone with money and/or looks and hope for the best? Where do I go to find a wife? Should I copy television and construct a double life as a mild mannered accountant with a close web of work friendships and get in a relationship with Sue from sales after a drunken kiss at the Christmas party?
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>> No. 30321 Anonymous
27th December 2020
Sunday 1:33 am
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As an over simplified guess of someone who has never succeeded in such things but has had a lot of failures. Make friends with decent upstanding people, they will introduce you to other decent upstanding people. Eventually you will network into a wife. You probably aren't going to meet her through easy pick up routes of a club or online dating.

In terms of knowing when you have found them. If you get the feeling they treat you as expendable or of low priority, it will never be a good relationship long term.
Be willing to make big steps to accommodate the relationship if necessary, it isn't supposed to be a thing of convenience.
>> No. 30322 Anonymous
27th December 2020
Sunday 4:18 pm
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I honestly wish there were a formula on how to reach the right people with whom you share common interests and are romantically compatible with. Thinking about it, I'm sure some sociology or stats wonk has tried.

I've given the advice in other threads, but it may actually be more appropriate here: pursuing things that matter to you and that you're interested in, as fully as you can, in a way that brings you in touch with a greater number of people, is about as sure a way as any to meet someone with similar values and aims.

>Be willing to make big steps to accommodate the relationship if necessary, it isn't supposed to be a thing of convenience.

Good advice. I'd also add that if the other person is up to scratch and someone you enjoy spending time with, you'll probably find yourself more willing to make the sacrifices. It's not all about gut feeling, but I've certainly noticed in myself I steer towards things I like and see a future in.

Anecdotally, I've been seeing girls where it felt like a drag and an inconvenience to walk the ten minutes to their flat, and other girls I've been more than happy to sit hours on the train just to see for the day.
>> No. 30323 Anonymous
27th December 2020
Sunday 5:04 pm
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Make your girlfriend complicit in a terrible crime, so you're both bound together by a secret that only becomes more awful with time. That way, neither of you can betray the other without ruining your own life.

Either that or find someone whose dreams matter more to you than your own.
>> No. 30324 Anonymous
27th December 2020
Sunday 5:36 pm
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He could just impregnate his girlfriend. They usually tend to want to get married after that, if they don't want to abort.
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27th December 2020
Sunday 11:17 pm
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>> No. 67739 Auntiefucker
24th December 2020
Thursday 11:53 pm
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One constant across all of human history is that farts are funny. Fart jokes appear in all human societies and are one of the most basic elements of human communication. To roll your eyes at fart jokes is not only antisocial but anti-human, the true mark of a tyrant.

Prove me wrong.
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>> No. 67740 Moralfag
25th December 2020
Friday 12:22 am
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>> No. 67742 YubYub
25th December 2020
Friday 1:03 am
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I knew I should've looked up swf like the otherlad seems to have done.
>> No. 67743 Crabkiller
25th December 2020
Friday 2:06 am
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Buttholes are brown. They are meant to be brown. Or whatever colour your butthole may be, such as purple and reddish due to haemorrhoids. That's a fundamental truth for all human beings. And farting through those holes may be situational, but in the right light it will always be funny.
>> No. 67744 Samefag
25th December 2020
Friday 4:36 am
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I thought this was going to turn into some rhythmic prose tbh.


>> No. 15041 Anonymous
10th May 2018
Thursday 5:43 pm
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>Drag queens banned from performing at Free Pride Glasgow event over fears acts will offend trans people


>The organisation said in a statement that it hopes to create a safe space for all members of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) community, and that while the decision may "disappoint" some people "the needs of the most marginalised groups within our community come first."


>Free Pride Glasgow said: “It was felt that it [drag performance] would make some of those who were transgender or questioning their gender uncomfortable. It was felt by the group within the Trans/Non Binary Caucus that some drag performance, particularly cis drag, hinges on the social view of gender and making it into a joke, however transgender individuals do not feel as though their gender identity is a joke.”

Life rarely takes the piss out of itself like this. It almost sounds like the plot of a South Park episode.
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>> No. 29427 Anonymous
19th December 2020
Saturday 1:39 pm
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The Graun's reporting of the bloke suing his parents for chucking his $29,000 porn stash used this glorious image.
>> No. 29444 Anonymous
19th December 2020
Saturday 6:39 pm
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I might need to email them to see if I can have a full HD sized version to use as a wallpaper. I really like the Hustler with the woman dribbling ice cream all over herself, high art.
>> No. 29445 Anonymous
19th December 2020
Saturday 6:46 pm
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Getty have it.

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19th December 2020
Saturday 7:59 pm
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Setting this as my missus' wallpaper to get her back for that little Owen Jones stunt earlier this year.
>> No. 29538 Anonymous
24th December 2020
Thursday 8:33 pm
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This had fucking better be automated. If some spamming cunt thinks this place is a likely venue for shifting such tat, I despair.


>> No. 3181 Anonymous
25th March 2011
Friday 8:06 am
/spo/3181 Vroom
F1 2011.

Red Bull look boss, as usual.

Mclaren looked shite in testing (but as of now as fast in practice at the first gp)

Ferrari look about the same.

Tyres probably key to the whole deal this year.

Anyone else watching?
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>> No. 9068 Anonymous
22nd December 2020
Tuesday 7:12 am
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He made it abundantly clear he wasn't interested and told people not to vote for him.
>> No. 9069 Anonymous
22nd December 2020
Tuesday 10:51 am
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Which shows just how boring the British public have become. Threatening legal action to be removed from the awards shortlist is infinitely more interesting than anything Hamilton has ever done. We saw a perfect opportunity to make a mockery of the whole thing and chose the totally dull option instead. No craic.
>> No. 9070 Anonymous
22nd December 2020
Tuesday 11:03 am
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Well, Mr. Charisma Andy Murray has won it three times. The British public are fucking idiots.
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22nd December 2020
Tuesday 11:45 am
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Mr Murray is not boring, he just has a dry sense of humour.
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22nd December 2020
Tuesday 12:48 pm
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The impression I get from Murray is that he's so dedicated to his sport that he is indifferent to, and maybe even resents, the personality/celebrity aspect of things.


>> No. 30284 Anonymous
21st December 2020
Monday 9:01 am
/emo/30284 Here you go lads.


>> No. 67722 Moralfag
19th December 2020
Saturday 3:01 pm
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>christmas lads
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>> No. 67727 R4GE
19th December 2020
Saturday 5:03 pm
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Because your idea of normal is abnormal to people who are used to doing the things that you find to be abnormal!
>> No. 67728 Crabkiller
19th December 2020
Saturday 5:10 pm
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I want to be a Christmas Lad - I've got about £70 on my Iceland Bonus Card and I plan to spend it all on Glen Moray and Jameson.
>> No. 67729 Billbob
19th December 2020
Saturday 5:40 pm
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Pretty sure they just use Sinterklaas in the Netherlands.
>> No. 67730 Anonymous
19th December 2020
Saturday 5:54 pm
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Don't fuck with the yule goat.
>> No. 67731 Are Moaty
19th December 2020
Saturday 6:03 pm
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SINTERKLAAS is just Christmas Man's zero-hour contract worker who takes naughty children to Portugal. He just gets lots of attention now because he's a symbol against American cultural imperialism.


>> No. 26516 Anonymous
27th July 2020
Monday 9:48 am
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...It is important to state that it is not communities that commit crimes but individuals. Those convicted are squarely Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, not thousands of innocent people who share their heritage. Tarring all Travellers with the brush of these men’s callousness is as unfair as tarring all Catholics for paedophile priests or all eskimos for daft militant wog attacks.

Yet to completely ignore the cultural context of this crime is wrong. Henry Long, the ringleader, was removed from school at the age of 12; he followed his father and grandfather into the thieving “trade”. Albert Bowers left school at 11 and before the trial had already picked up three youth convictions. These young men could not read or write. For years they had not known school or structure. Their education was in petty crime.

Such problems do not solely beset Travellers but they are far more prevalent among Traveller communities. If we want to be a country where all are treated the same, where all live by the same rules and where the state does its best to furnish each with a decent chance in life, we have to end the squeamishness that prevents open talk about Travellers. This squeamishness is down to two fears. First, the fear of retribution. After the verdict on PC Harper’s death it emerged that the judge, Mr Justice Edis, brought the first trial to a temporary halt over an alleged potential plot to intimidate jurors. Extra security measures were brought in. Jurors were referred to by number not name. One juror was dismissed for acting oddly in court, mouthing pleasantries at the defendants. Whether she was motivated by misplaced friendliness or fear of someone up in that public gallery we do not know, but most will not be shocked by revelations of intimidation.

The fear of the bullet, the knife, the burnt-out car; this helps the lawless elements of Traveller culture maintain a certain power, and gives the law-abiding majority of Travellers a terrible name.

The second fear is that of being labelled racist. Since the Equality Act 2010 recognised Gypsy, Roma and Travellers as ethnic minorities, race has been used to shield this culture from due scrutiny. Sensible questions about why those within these groups are more likely to be in prison, more likely to be illiterate or more likely to suffer domestic violence prompt cries of racism. In April a Channel 4 Dispatches programme titled The Truth About Traveller Crime was dubbed “dehumanising” by activists and investigated by Ofcom. Desperate not to offend, the authorities turn a culturally sensitive blind eye.

The fears hush most into silence, and the silence means the stand-off between Travellers and the rest of society continues uneasily. Many feel disquieted to see the mobile homes rolling on to a local beauty spot, a portent too often of littering, mess, anti-social behaviour. Meanwhile those in Traveller communities are hardly “living their best lives”. Travellers die about ten years earlier than the rest of us. They have higher rates of chronic illness. Their suicide rates are six times higher.

You might argue that they choose to live like this, but the babies born into that life don’t. Many are destined to repeat the same pattern: leave school in your early teens, drift into a life of odd jobs and petty crime, never move beyond the circles you were raised in. As long as the culturally sensitive force-field exists around Travellers, these children are abandoned to a fate that should not be tolerated in 21st-century Britain.

It is a scandal that some Gypsy and Traveller children are taken out of school at primary age; that some start work as young as ten; that about 65 per cent of Traveller children are persistently absent from school; that they have the lowest attainment of all ethnic groups throughout their school years and are far more likely to be excluded. Are we to be surprised when they choose crime?
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>> No. 29388 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 2:50 pm
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The verdict was pretty much "we're almost certain that you knew you were dragging him behind your car, but we can't completely prove it."
>> No. 29411 Anonymous
18th December 2020
Friday 11:03 pm
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Yes they were scum, completely without remorse.
>> No. 29412 Anonymous
18th December 2020
Friday 11:16 pm
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>> No. 29413 Anonymous
19th December 2020
Saturday 4:09 am
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What law forbids being unremorseful?
>> No. 29416 Anonymous
19th December 2020
Saturday 4:56 am
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No law forbids it, but it's a recognised factor in sentencing and parole guidelines.


>> No. 27687 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 12:21 pm
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I'm a silly sausage. I used alcohol gel to clean my laptop screen at some point in the past. Some residue must have remained when I closed the laptop, creating something that looks like a permanent smudge. The smudge, incidentally, perfectly matches up to the trackpad and a little protrusion in the keyboard.

Cleaning it with a cloth dampened in warm soapy water appears to remove the smudge temporarily, but it reappears when the screen dries, suggesting the alcohol has damaged the outermost layer of the screen.

Is there any way I can lessen the appearance of this damage?

I did not take the OP picture, but it's like a far less extreme case of the attached (a few mm in thickness).
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>> No. 27692 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 8:33 pm
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I have the same problem but I hardly notice it while the screen is in use. Same pattern, btw. Short of getting a new device and religiously using a microcloth to divide the keyboard and the screen it will happen.
>> No. 27693 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 10:39 pm
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Is this a troll post that will actually melt my laptop?
>> No. 27694 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 10:47 pm
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It won't melt your laptop, it'll just completely remove the anti-glare coating. That's why they tell you not to use window cleaner on your monitor. If your anti-glare is damaged, it might be preferable to completely remove it.
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17th December 2020
Thursday 7:37 pm
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It didn't melt the scanner so I'm guessing it won't melt your laptop, unless these things perhaps react differently on whatever a laptop screen is made of.
>> No. 27699 Anonymous
18th December 2020
Friday 5:46 pm
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Scanners are plain regular glass.
Laptops, tablets and phones have special coatings. Some laptops still have plastic screens.


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24th March 2018
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I know I'm a bit late to the party but I'm considering getting either a PS4 or an Xbox One. I'm assuming these days there's little difference between the two other than having the odd exclusive title. I've seen a few Xbox One bundles in the region of £150 - £200 so I'll probably go for one of them as they're cheaper than what I've seen for the PS4.

Have I left it too late, as in are the next generation of consoles expected any day now? Also, which games do you lads recommend? I'm a bit out of the loop with gaming.
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>> No. 24524 Anonymous
30th October 2020
Friday 10:10 am
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>>24523 Painting works OK at a tolerable manufacturing cost, but since all gamers live in dingy hovels with no sunlight, UV yellowing isn't really anything the manufacturers worry about.
>> No. 24532 Anonymous
30th October 2020
Friday 4:44 pm
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Plastics have improved hugely over the past few decades. White plastics still have a tendency to yellow a bit over time but it's barely a problem now compared to how it was in the 80s and 90s.
Yellow PS5s might be something that vintage tech collectors 50 years from now will be worrying about, but it's not really a concern for the usual lifespan of a console.
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18th December 2020
Friday 9:32 am
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>How many Xbox exclusives are there?

>> No. 24605 Anonymous
18th December 2020
Friday 11:19 am
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This post aged well.
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18th December 2020
Friday 4:22 pm
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>> No. 23217 Anonymous
3rd October 2020
Saturday 8:22 am
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What are some decent British films from the past few years?

The last one I properly enjoyed was Sightseers, but I've heard good things about The Gentlemen.
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>> No. 23224 Anonymous
3rd October 2020
Saturday 4:10 pm
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The Personal History of David Copperfield
>> No. 23225 Anonymous
3rd October 2020
Saturday 6:33 pm
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If you liked In Bruges then try The Guard and Calvary.
>> No. 23230 Anonymous
4th October 2020
Sunday 12:10 am
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I'm only 17 minutes into it but Say Your Prayers seems like a good shout.
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4th October 2020
Sunday 1:45 am
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>I'm only 17 minutes into it but
Yep that's a good British film. Maybe 15 years too late but still essentially a solid film.
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18th December 2020
Friday 2:44 pm
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I saw Make Up when the Cinemas first reopened and it was a excellent kitchen sink horror/thriller. Not sure whereabouts it is available at the moment.

For something a bit more indie, try and track down some films by a guy called John Williams. He makes some really good horror comedies, The Slayers and Crispy's Curse are excellent. I think they have US DVDs, not sure about UK releases, but he'll probably sell you copies directly. He has a new anthology coming out soon too.


>> No. 27676 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 12:19 am
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Lads, help me out with some troubleshooting as I'm at a bit of a loss. I've not been able to get to a professional repair place for months and when I tried a local place a few months back they told me to fuck off because of Covid.

Laptop seems to be suffering from some mysterious process causing it to often slow to a crawl and then sometimes it will freeze, fan runs into overdrive and I have to unplug it and put it away for the battery to discharge.

Assumed initially that it was poor internal cooling causing it to overheat so I cleaned the inside and later bought an external cooling pad but no joy. Speccy does not show anything unusual on temperature when it slows.

Nothing unusual on task manager, have done a reset to see if any apps were causing it, issue seems to be system-wide from testing different apps. Disabled dogshit Lenovo plugin.

I guess I will have to buy myself a new laptop soon which is annoying as I'm looking to get a mortgage in the new year and want to show my life as boring. Plus if I can fix it but still buy another laptop then I can give this to my mum who will just use it for facebook.
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>> No. 27685 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 4:03 am
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Those specs look very recent - are you still under warranty? I wouldn't bother troubleshooting anything weird if I can just get an RtB.

Failing that, my first course of action would be to open up Resource Monitor and wait to see if anything weird happens; any runaway process that is using up all of your CPU should make itself known. If that reveals nothing, I'd use msconfig to reboot into minimal Safe Mode to see if the problem still occurs. If it doesn't, then I'd use Device Manager and msconfig to disable every non-essential driver and background process, then re-enable them one by one.

Caveat: I admin Linux boxes in a professional capacity, but am very much a non-expert when it comes to Windows.
>> No. 27686 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 8:56 am
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Is there no warranty or what have you? Have you tried bitching really hard about it to customer support? Looks like a newish laptop so I'm sorry if that's not an option.
>> No. 27695 Anonymous
17th December 2020
Thursday 1:15 am
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>7gb dual channel
>> No. 27696 Anonymous
17th December 2020
Thursday 1:29 am
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Gig for GPU m8
>> No. 27697 Anonymous
17th December 2020
Thursday 2:01 am
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Ah, so the system shares a pool of memory. Fair enough, never had a Laptop with an APU in it before.


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