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by AleisterCrowley
September 25th, 2018, 11:00 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Any preppers here?
Replies: 43
Views: 840

Re: Any preppers here?

...a second mobile phone, a cheap pay-as-you-go phone using a different network. Handy hint -if you've got Vodafone or O2 get an EE or Three mobile, and vice versa. Although the networks are separate further up the chain Voda/O2, and EE/3 mast share, so if you lose the mast you'll lose both sharers...
by AleisterCrowley
September 25th, 2018, 10:08 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Tea in hard water area (?)
Replies: 25
Views: 425

Re: Tea in hard water area (?)

I would've thought your move was from hard water to hard water? Hardness in water is basically alkalinity. So if that is indeed your problem, maybe a drop of acid would help? Lemon, for instance. I didn't think Slough water was that 'hard' to be honest. I know a previous link shows it as 'very hard...
by AleisterCrowley
September 24th, 2018, 4:18 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Tea in hard water area (?)
Replies: 25
Views: 425

Re: Tea in hard water area (?)

Just got 1.5l of Highland Spring for 79p, as an experiment
by AleisterCrowley
September 24th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Tea in hard water area (?)
Replies: 25
Views: 425

Re: Tea in hard water area (?)

Problem is, water tastes "different". Whether any particular area is "better" is really a matter of taste. I suspect if you drank West Berks tea for a year and then went back to Slough, you'd have exactly the same problem. ... Gryff It is a truth universally acknowledged, that h...
by AleisterCrowley
September 24th, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Tea in hard water area (?)
Replies: 25
Views: 425

Re: Tea in hard water area (?)

The Slough water tasted bad, but made good(ish) tea. The Theale water drinks a lot better, but the tea is insipid. I can't win...
by AleisterCrowley
September 24th, 2018, 12:08 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Tea in hard water area (?)
Replies: 25
Views: 425

Re: Tea in hard water area (?)

Thanks all I was halfway through typing ' which bottled waters are soft?' - will try Highland Spring as a temporary measure ( I don't like using bottled water regularly, for green/environmental reasons...) Do Brita filters 'soften' water ? The website says "Releases the full flavour and aroma o...
by AleisterCrowley
September 24th, 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Tea in hard water area (?)
Replies: 25
Views: 425

Tea in hard water area (?)

I've just moved to West Berks into a hard water area (apparently) and my first cuppa tasted vile - very watery and insipid I was in Slough and, although the water tasted unpleasant to drink and was heavily chlorinated, it did make a decent brew What to do? I know Yorkshire do a hard water tea, but I...
by AleisterCrowley
September 20th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Reasons to be glad summer's over.
Replies: 37
Views: 734

Re: Reasons to be glad summer's over.

Same way penguins have a unique plumage which deters polar bears. When did you last see a nature documentary showing polar bears attacking a penguin colony? Must work.
by AleisterCrowley
September 20th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: USB hub ?? with long cable (2ft +)
Replies: 9
Views: 290

Re: USB hub ?? with long cable (2ft +)

Thanks all - I was trying to avoid the powered hubs due to extra cabling /lack of mains sockets- getting the sockets at desk level is most important, although my mum will probably want to charge kindle and camera and God knows what else concurrently at some point !
by AleisterCrowley
September 20th, 2018, 10:10 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Reasons to be glad summer's over.
Replies: 37
Views: 734

Re: Reasons to be glad summer's over.

It's spider season...
I noticed the first conkers last week - they are supposed to be a spider deterrent, but not sure if there's any evidence they work.
by AleisterCrowley
September 20th, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: USB hub ?? with long cable (2ft +)
Replies: 9
Views: 290

Re: USB hub ?? with long cable (2ft +)

oddly enough, I'm looking for a tumble dryer cover...
by AleisterCrowley
September 18th, 2018, 10:41 pm
Forum: Pedants' Place
Topic: It's its
Replies: 41
Views: 628

Re: It's its

You should of phoned them to complain.






(my pet hate) :)
by AleisterCrowley
September 18th, 2018, 10:38 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: USB hub ?? with long cable (2ft +)
Replies: 9
Views: 290

USB hub ?? with long cable (2ft +)

My mum's got a 'tower' PC ( a refurb job, nice and cheap) It doesn't have many front USB ports and they are vertically mounted half way down the tower and are not easy for mum to use. She's got a lot of stuff that needs a connection: Kindle, phone, camera etc I'd like something that can plug into on...
by AleisterCrowley
September 15th, 2018, 10:32 pm
Forum: Books and Reading
Topic: 2008 Financial crash
Replies: 14
Views: 315

Re: 2008 Financial crash

My ex -Kaupthing ING accounts certainly ended up with Barclays, until I transferred..erm, somewhere else
Looks like ING are still going, having looked at Wikipedia
(Going off topic, but I was surprised to see a branch of Handelsbanken AB In Windsor..Didn't realise they had UK branches)
by AleisterCrowley
September 15th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: Brokers and Share Dealing
Topic: recommendations for a share ISA
Replies: 16
Views: 581

Re: recommendations for a share ISA

I use Chrome and have never noticed any issues with Halifax/HSDL site.
Few minor niggles - can't download dividend data as csv/Excel - they fixed this on share summary screen.
I've never felt the need to move after 10+ years
by AleisterCrowley
September 14th, 2018, 10:34 pm
Forum: Brokers and Share Dealing
Topic: recommendations for a share ISA
Replies: 16
Views: 581

Re: recommendations for a share ISA

Halifax (HSDL) suits me fine as an irregular trader. £12.50pa (Please check !) and monthly cheap dealing days
The website is clean and straightforward, and I've never had any problems
by AleisterCrowley
September 14th, 2018, 10:25 pm
Forum: Books and Reading
Topic: 2008 Financial crash
Replies: 14
Views: 315

Re: 2008 Financial crash

I'm doing a lot of shredding prior to moving and have just dealt with my Kaupthing Edge statements... Remember them? I did OK out of them actually - massive interest rates, and when they went bust it all ended up in ING nice and safe. Not sure where ING went - they did have a big office in Reading o...
by AleisterCrowley
September 14th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Books and Reading
Topic: 2008 Financial crash
Replies: 14
Views: 315

Re: 2008 Financial crash

The Big Short (M Lewis) and Fool's Gold (G Tett) are ones i've mentioned on another thread recently - certainly good for 'background'
by AleisterCrowley
September 14th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Macro and Global Topics
Topic: Ten years ago this week
Replies: 14
Views: 595

Re: Ten years ago this week

by AleisterCrowley
September 14th, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: A handy guide!
Replies: 37
Views: 857

Re: A handy guide!

stewamax wrote:I am surprised that Trump - meaning to flatulently emit noxious effluvia in a largely unpremeditated and uncontrolled way to the great offence of many - is not included.

I suspect that's a West Mids local expression
'Which of yow dorty sods trumped then? That's mingin ay it'

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