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by DiamondEcho
August 20th, 2018, 11:33 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread
Replies: 418
Views: 22133

Re: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread

Scares me to look at some of those crevices. No wonder we used a guide when ski-ing along the glacier. One of our group thought he knew better, I was forced to overtake such that I wasn’t following him, but at least we all made it down, including the idiot. I used to both ski and dive, now really o...
by DiamondEcho
August 20th, 2018, 11:29 pm
Forum: Bank Accounts Savings & ISAs
Topic: SavingsChampion - Best Buy savings tables, a useful source[?]
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: SavingsChampion - Best Buy savings tables, a useful source[?]

Thanks PD, that's some useful foor for thought. We've our international home removals/container due in tomorrow, so it'll be chaos for a few days, but then I intend to come back to this thread and see what I can do. p.s. an interest rate ladder is one option, but since I'm just retired and prepared ...
by DiamondEcho
August 18th, 2018, 12:52 pm
Forum: Bank Accounts Savings & ISAs
Topic: SavingsChampion - Best Buy savings tables, a useful source[?]
Replies: 3
Views: 245

SavingsChampion - Best Buy savings tables, a useful source[?]

This site was mentioned in an article I was reading this morning. On a quick look it appears useful, but I want to effectively bookmark it here so I can come back to it later this weekend and give it a thorough look through. https://savingschampion.co.uk/ About: 'As the UK’s leading independent expe...
by DiamondEcho
August 14th, 2018, 10:22 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Turkey/Erdogan and their financial and political crisis.
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Re: Turkey/Erdogan and their financial and political crisis.

Just another question? Why is the Turkish currency the Lira causing so much trouble on international stock markets and currencies? 'The West' have loaned quite a lot of money to Turkey, esp. France, Spain, Portugal, Italy. Several of those are vulnerable, as is, within the EU already. Vs a known-kn...
by DiamondEcho
August 14th, 2018, 10:16 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Turkey/Erdogan and their financial and political crisis.
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Re: Turkey/Erdogan and their financial and political crisis.

No IME most dimplomats aren't spies, not at all, very very few are. The vast majority are just administrators posted to a country as middle-men in a government's policy, and used as local hands to interpret the situation to report to 'HQ' back home. It really is as every-day as that. Occasionally on...
by DiamondEcho
August 14th, 2018, 9:54 pm
Forum: Music, Theatre, TV and Film
Topic: Just Some Nice Music Thread Here...Post it Here...
Replies: 264
Views: 10160

Re: Just Some Nice Music Thread Here...Post it Here...

A good old song if ever there was one DE. WRT punk musicians "couldn't play their instruments" I've always thought there were two reasons for this to be put about in the late 70s: firstly because Punk did encourage lots of youngsters to form bands and play live prior to learning how to pl...
by DiamondEcho
August 14th, 2018, 9:23 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now
Replies: 575
Views: 24496

Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

Alas they've just closed our local M+S in London*, but then we have a nearby recently opened Waitrose that it had little chance of competing against. It must have over 100 lines of beer, so plenty to keep me occupied :) *I'd a very nice M+S Chocolate Porter last night, totally off-piste style wise f...
by DiamondEcho
August 14th, 2018, 5:50 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Turkey/Erdogan and their financial and political crisis.
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Turkey/Erdogan and their financial and political crisis.

Sent to me by a diplomat in Ankara [excerpt]: ' Trump Is the First President to Get Turkey Right Good riddance to the so-called strategic relationship between Washington and Ankara. Last Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan published an op-ed in the New York Times outlining his country’s g...
by DiamondEcho
August 12th, 2018, 10:03 pm
Forum: Music, Theatre, TV and Film
Topic: Just Some Nice Music Thread Here...Post it Here...
Replies: 264
Views: 10160

Re: Just Some Nice Music Thread Here...Post it Here...

Late 70s punk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J11IpgVG2I The Damned - Melody Lee The line was punk musicians 'couldn't play their instruments'. Well, this disproves that, and the speed... Same track, Peel Session. Dec '78 [dazzling recording quality of coursec/o John Peel] https://www.youtube.com/...
by DiamondEcho
August 12th, 2018, 9:08 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now
Replies: 575
Views: 24496

Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

Brummie you're on a roll here, the Innis + Gunn beers, and the 'Pastel de natta' tarts, which are very very close to Singapore/Malaysian 'egg tarts'
by DiamondEcho
August 12th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now
Replies: 575
Views: 24496

Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

@BrummieDave - re: WildBeer Co. I bought a 4-pack of that too, from Waitrose. Don't rate it much myself, seems like they're trying to be too clever and failing on the basic foundations. That's my impression 3/4 way through the 4-pack.
by DiamondEcho
August 7th, 2018, 10:19 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Trump brokers Israel/Syria peace; 'no one notices'.
Replies: 18
Views: 652

Re: Trump brokers Israel/Syria peace; 'no one notices'.

Right now I'm not very comfortable discussing where we were, it's still all 'a bit close to home'. Once I get more confident in/relearn what 'liberty' and freedom of expression etc actually is over here I'll chill out I expect. ... Meanwhile I've been going goggle-eyed in the London supermarkets. 8 ...
by DiamondEcho
August 7th, 2018, 9:53 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now
Replies: 575
Views: 24496

Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

Speaking of 'Wild Beers'. Having moved back to London from the beer-drought of the Middle-East I have been on a shopping frenzy in the nearby [sub 100M!] Waitrose. A variety 4-pack of St. Peter's, ditto Badger, and a 4-pack from the Wild Beer Co. Haven't tried any of them yet, there's just not room ...
by DiamondEcho
July 27th, 2018, 10:07 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Quote of the day
Replies: 85
Views: 3341

Re: Quote of the day

'Saddam secured loyalty with public spending and by handing out televisions and cars. One anecdote illustrates how it worked. In April 1988, party officials found a letter from a collaborator in Kurdistan who harboured a grievance. He pointed out that, for years, he had gathered intelligence, brough...
by DiamondEcho
July 26th, 2018, 8:33 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Trump brokers Israel/Syria peace; 'no one notices'.
Replies: 18
Views: 652

Re: Trump brokers Israel/Syria peace; 'no one notices'.

The one good thing they've done in Syria appears to have been to get out of it now, and it's a huge win for Russia. Maybe the West should just let the Middle-East/North Africa fully immolate itself without intervening, and so they perhaps learn that their politics/culture is [apparently] self-destr...
by DiamondEcho
July 26th, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Music, Theatre, TV and Film
Topic: Just Some Nice Music Thread Here...Post it Here...
Replies: 264
Views: 10160

Re: Just Some Nice Music Thread Here...Post it Here...

kiloran wrote:When was the last time you heard a song about cannibalism?


I Eat Cannibals - Toto Coelo [1995]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTvdjlJUO8A

Literal answer. Literal advice, don't bother playing it, esp if you suspect you might know the track ;)
by DiamondEcho
July 26th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: UK govt 'IELTS Language Test' for foreigners seeking residency
Replies: 17
Views: 727

Re: UK govt 'IELTS Language Test' for foreigners seeking residency

That said, it appears as if it is one of those types of tests where some preparation as to it's structure and style would be a major benefit. Well that's you failed! ;) My 'English Language' education was latterly taught by a Welsh Communist, and comprised 2 years of induction on how 'Tribe X' and ...
by DiamondEcho
July 24th, 2018, 10:31 am
Forum: Drink
Topic: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now
Replies: 575
Views: 24496

Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

Augustiner Brau Lagerbier Hell [Note: this is not the well known Augustiner mega-brewery, but a Bavarian namesake]. https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/820/2560/ I lived in Berlin for 3 years, got to drink legions of different local beers, and the above was my favourite. It happens to be a hel...
by DiamondEcho
July 22nd, 2018, 9:54 pm
Forum: Music, Theatre, TV and Film
Topic: Captain Sensible interview: On top form
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Captain Sensible interview: On top form

Nice to see him look so contented. 10 minute interview from the sidelines of a recent UK concert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BziNsT-wTdY
Captain Sensible Interview BST 2017 (TotalRock)
by DiamondEcho
July 22nd, 2018, 8:57 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: UK govt 'IELTS Language Test' for foreigners seeking residency
Replies: 17
Views: 727

Re: UK govt 'IELTS Language Test' for foreigners seeking residency

JMN2 wrote:...open invitation to abuse...my persona can take it.


Not all, I was honestly shocked by how challenging it is. That said, it appears as if it is one of those types of tests where some preparation as to it's structure and style would be a major benefit.

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