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by DiamondEcho
October 23rd, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: London lovers
Topic: 4 hours in that London
Replies: 25
Views: 800

Re: 4 hours in that London

With just 4hrs it would assist to know your point/s of arrival and departure in town, since crossing town to/fro could rather wastefully take up a decent chunk of that. For example I could suggest https://www.dennissevershouse.co.uk/ in Spitalfields [nr Liverpool St], but less use if you're coming i...
by DiamondEcho
October 22nd, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Investment Strategies
Topic: Margin account buy dividend stocks
Replies: 16
Views: 1002

Re: Margin account buy dividend stocks

I HYPed on margin [LHYP?] for 5-10 years via Interactive Brokers. On balance across turbulent times it overall was a net +ve for me, but good grief it invited added drama into the day. Bad days always seemed to c.twice as be large as good, plus then when pushing margin your bad day might be say doub...
by DiamondEcho
October 22nd, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now
Replies: 709
Views: 46661

Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

I'm having mixed experiences of late ordering beer on-line for delivery. I'd seen that Wychwood (Hobgoblin etc) have an on-line shop and list 1/2 dozen or more beers I've never seen in the shops. I ordered a mixed case of 12 on Friday morning, using 'Express' which is meant to come with tracking. I ...
by DiamondEcho
October 19th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Music, Theatre, TV and Film
Topic: CSN+Y ' What a field day for the heat' - 60s USA
Replies: 0
Views: 159

CSN+Y ' What a field day for the heat' - 60s USA

Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth 1967
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp5JCrSXkJY

Who effectively morphed into...

Crosby stills nash young almost cut my hair CSNY 1974
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVsbqVJLFow

Wow....
by DiamondEcho
October 15th, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: Sherry
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: Sherry

I's suggest going down to Gordom's Wine Bar, Villiers street off Strand in London. https://gordonswinebar.com/ ... and checking out their wine-list of fortified wines. Only place I've been where they 'pull' beakers of sherry/madeira from the barrel. I learned a lot about sherry in that place, plus, ...
by DiamondEcho
October 13th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now
Replies: 709
Views: 46661

Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

I ordered a small crate of various interesting (and $) beers from Siren - all a bit of a disaster. The order was 8-9 bottles though some were £10 each, the price wasn't really the issue, they promised to be highly exotic, and occasional treats. I sat housebound while the delivery was on/off, only la...
by DiamondEcho
October 13th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Merry Xmas
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: Merry Xmas

An aged relative in East Anglia called last week to ask 'You haven't planned any trips at Xmas away have you'? .... First time they've called in months. And we never plan even foreign trips abroad that far ahead. That's code for 'You ARE staying at ours for Xmas'. Gawd it's depressing, I hadn't even...
by DiamondEcho
October 2nd, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: TransferWise card for holiday spending - good experience
Replies: 2
Views: 585

TransferWise card for holiday spending - good experience

I recently spent a week in Iceland on holiday. Having been scalped previously by the major banks on foreign spending I set up an account with a debit card at TransferWise. I used it for 19 transactions spending the £ equivalent of £432, upon which the total costs were about £2.50 vs the commercial (...
by DiamondEcho
October 1st, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Legal Issues (Practical)
Topic: Share of freehold - who/what are neighbours/tenures?
Replies: 5
Views: 840

Share of freehold - who/what are neighbours/tenures?

I live in a share of freehold building as a flat-owner and with a share in the freehold company. The building is managed (poorly) by a managing agent. I am concerned about who lives in a number of flats in the building, let to one individual, as the tenants seem to frequently change, so sub-letting ...
by DiamondEcho
September 29th, 2019, 10:19 pm
Forum: International & Expat Investors
Topic: UK Sharedealing accounts for non-residents
Replies: 10
Views: 1397

Re: UK Sharedealing accounts for non-residents

I second Interactive Brokers. I opened my a/c (as a Brit) when living in in continental Europe, moved to SE Asia, then again to the Middle-East, then back home to the UK. Most brokers (or at least discount or 'economical brokers') won't even touch propositions like that.
by DiamondEcho
September 29th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Science
Topic: Organisms living on iron pyrites and sulphur
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: Organisms living on iron pyrites and sulphur

Following on from^
Sea-life round hydro-thermal vents, thriving in conditions where 'no life should be possible'... https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/inverte ... -creatures
by DiamondEcho
September 27th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: London lovers
Topic: anthropology museum, near Green Park
Replies: 6
Views: 527

Re: anthropology museum, near Green Park

I had fond memories of the Museum of Mankind, at Burlington Gardens (behind the Royal Academy, so near Green Park), it was there 1970 to 1997, its collections were merged back into the British Museum once the British Library moved out. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnography_at_the_British_Museum...
by DiamondEcho
September 26th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Kamikaze pigeon - Whodunnit/what just happened?
Replies: 13
Views: 1173

Re: Kamikaze pigeon - Whodunnit/what just happened?

The pigeons feeding in my garden refuse to budge unless I make a distinctly hostile approach. And then they usually move on in a leisurely fashion. The only time I see them moving at any pace is when one is attempting to carry out unwanted amorous advances to another. That's very feral urban pigeon...
by DiamondEcho
September 24th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: Who brews Lucky Saint 0.5% Unflitered lager?
Replies: 5
Views: 975

Re: Who brews Lucky Saint 0.5% Unflitered lager?

I trawled via Google, and checked on various beer-rating wbsites where it has been listed, but could find no mention of who brews it. So I e-mailed Lucky Saint and asked them. They advised that it's contract-brewed. I haven't tried it yet so we'll see. But IME 'hiding' such information from customer...
by DiamondEcho
September 23rd, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: Who brews Lucky Saint 0.5% Unflitered lager?
Replies: 5
Views: 975

Who brews Lucky Saint 0.5% Unflitered lager?

I picked up some beers this afternoon, all new to me. I'm trying to determine who brews this beer, but the lable and their website are coy (FWIW/IME this is usually not a very positive sign), I suspect it's contract brewed, and that contract might be short since Google brings up mention that the pro...
by DiamondEcho
September 23rd, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Kamikaze pigeon - Whodunnit/what just happened?
Replies: 13
Views: 1173

Kamikaze pigeon - Whodunnit/what just happened?

I was sitting at my desk reading the newspaper when there was a loud bang on the window; loud enough that my wife in another room asked if I'd dropped something. I got a heck of a shock, I thought something had been thrown against the window about 2 foot directly in front of me. I got up and noticed...
by DiamondEcho
September 19th, 2019, 10:23 pm
Forum: Retirement Investing (inc FIRE)
Topic: Returning expats seeking advice.
Replies: 24
Views: 3703

Re: Returning expats seeking advice.

Agreed; it's like your memory is preserved in aspic, and whilst away you hark back, miss it, and reminisce. But when you get back it's all changed. You might still recognise some locals/neighbours/old friends, but they'll have all changed so much they might as well be utter strangers, odds on many w...
by DiamondEcho
September 4th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Retirement Investing (inc FIRE)
Topic: Returning expats seeking advice.
Replies: 24
Views: 3703

Re: Returning expats seeking advice.

I'm late to the topic. But I last expatted for 10yrs, after 25yrs on/off in total, before returning to the UK, and can caution you for a major shock; it's never going to be the place you knew and anticipate returning to. 'Coming home' seems to require multiple times the adjustment to leaving in the ...
by DiamondEcho
September 2nd, 2019, 11:21 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread
Replies: 812
Views: 54834

Re: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread

Hehe that's no jellyfish, that's the wave pattern of a full-on rip-tide, the kind that readily kills people who can barely swim who venture out of their depth. Swimmers should be alert how to recognise such from 'ground level' as the breaks in particular spots power up the beach.
by DiamondEcho
September 2nd, 2019, 11:15 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: Recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 4995

Re: Recommendations

Although it's only a few drops those going dry should shy off bitters, the ubiquitous Angosturas is 44% abv. It's true Angostura on it's own is high ABV% (as a preservative, or to be in-line with old school cocktail-strenghth ABV% levels?), but a splash in a 12Oz- or pint glass full of a zero-alcoh...

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