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by swill453
November 11th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Partner?
Replies: 25
Views: 297

Re: Partner?

Remember the posslq? Person of opposite sex sharing living quarters. Haven't seen it recently. Never heard of it. Wikipedia says " a term coined in the late 1970s by the United States Census Bureau as part of an effort to more accurately gauge the prevalence of cohabitation in American househo...
by swill453
November 11th, 2018, 7:19 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Partner?
Replies: 25
Views: 297

Re: Partner?

When unmarried I used "partner" sometimes, but it always felt a bit of a mouthful. So I tended to call her "the missus" which I felt was a bit more endearing and had an implication of permanence and intimacy. Now we're married it's definitely "the wife". On occasion &qu...
by swill453
November 11th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: 21-11
Replies: 10
Views: 305

Re: 21-11

XFool wrote:P.S. Though the eleventh month would not have been on BST! ;)

Precisely. Means I didn't have to research that aspect :-)

Scott.
by swill453
November 11th, 2018, 10:35 am
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: 21-11
Replies: 10
Views: 305

Re: 21-11

During WW1 Britain, France and Belgium all used GMT. Germany was one hour ahead. France didn't start using CET until much later (either during WW2 or in the '50s, I didn't find a definitive answer when doing a quick lookup). So armistice was 11am GMT. Though I think it might be commemorated in Franc...
by swill453
November 11th, 2018, 10:17 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Smart watch
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Smart watch

I've never really looked at smart watches before, but now think I might have a couple of uses for one: 1 - Primary purpose would be integrating with the Viewranger app on my Android phone. I use this (a lot) for hiking/hillwalking to follow routes on maps and record tracks. Having it on a watch woul...
by swill453
November 10th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Wifi laptop as gateway
Replies: 17
Views: 225

Re: Wifi laptop as gateway

Desktop/TV/YouView Box <-ethernet-> my router <-wifi-> Laptop <-wifi-> neighbour's router <-WAN-> Sorry I don't have an answer, though it sounds plausible. However if it is possible, it seems to me you could simplify it by removing your laptop from the chain. If your router can connect to wifi, the...
by swill453
November 9th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Credit Cards and Loans
Topic: Halifax Clarity T&C change - interim manual payments now not accounted for?
Replies: 112
Views: 5036

Re: Halifax Clarity T&C change - interim manual payments now not accounted for?

So there we have it. A ill-thought-out and even worse implementation of a rule change that took customers from August till November to unpack. Sats I'm confused at your comment. Isn't it just working exactly as promised and as you expected? Payments before statement date are incorporated in the sta...
by swill453
November 8th, 2018, 7:12 pm
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Bathroom light pull chord
Replies: 22
Views: 471

Re: Bathroom light pull chord

Just about every other country I've been to has standard wall switches inside the bathroom for the lights.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm not aware of a major electrocution issue in other countries.

Scott.
by swill453
November 8th, 2018, 4:25 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Car Insurance
Replies: 13
Views: 498

Re: Car Insurance

I put a now-70-year-old friend on my insurance about 5 years ago, and it didn't make much difference to my premium. So I've just left him on since then.

This year my renewal was a fair bit up on last year, so I phoned them. On removing my friend the premium went down by about £30. Go figure.

Scott.
by swill453
November 8th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Taxes
Topic: Email from HMRC
Replies: 10
Views: 537

Re: Email from HMRC

Yes me too. On the "subscriber preferences" page it seems I'm somehow subscribed to "SA 2016-17".

Scott.
by swill453
November 7th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: How best to manage strong passwords?
Replies: 59
Views: 1199

Re: How best to manage strong passwords?

mc2fool wrote:But that doesn't work when the site insists on your password including at least one number and at least one "special" character, which is what Julian's method was in answer to.

Quite. It's the sequence of words that makes the strong password, not the other characters.

Scott.
by swill453
November 6th, 2018, 1:28 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Two fingers up to Ryanair!
Replies: 5
Views: 320

Re: Two fingers up to Ryanair!

And now its a video on line etc its only a matter of time before ryanair cover this angle. Similar things have been around (and publicised) for years and they don't seem to have done anything about it. e.g https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1292933/How-help-17-pocket-jacket-I-beat-Ryanair-gam...
by swill453
November 6th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Mine (and your) Room101 exhibits
Replies: 202
Views: 3897

Re: Mine (and your) Room101 exhibits

Dod101 wrote:it is the so called mini roundabout that gets me (that is, those painted on the road) No one seems to treat them as roundabouts and most drivers simply drive straight over them.

This despite it being a specific offence to do so (one of the MUST NOT rules in the Highway Code).

Scott.
by swill453
November 4th, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Crap sold with food
Replies: 14
Views: 572

Re: Crap sold with food

Not quite on the mark re the subject but we were out to lunch today and a vegan was bemoaning the fact that the pub didn't have vegan sausages or vegan bacon on the menu. Why do vegans want to call the strange mixtures they eat by the names of foods they claim to despise? Possibly because they like...
by swill453
November 4th, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: How best to manage strong passwords?
Replies: 59
Views: 1199

Re: How best to manage strong passwords?

Breelander wrote:https://xkcd.com/936/

The problem is that a lot of sites won't accept a password like that. Rules like - must have punctuation (also can't have punctuation), must have a number, must have capitals, limits on length, etc. etc., so you end up with a difficult to remember one anyway.

Scott.
by swill453
November 4th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Investment Strategies
Topic: Purchasing Method
Replies: 24
Views: 1204

Re: Purchasing Method

How to decide what to add is another issue I have a simple method. When there is sufficient to make the charges worthwhile I simply buy the one on my list that is closest to going ex-div. That seems to me a bit strange. Putting money into the market only to immediately get given some of it back. Sc...
by swill453
November 2nd, 2018, 4:07 pm
Forum: Taxes
Topic: Email from HMRC
Replies: 10
Views: 537

Re: Email from HMRC

kiloran wrote:I also see it refers to "HMRC Business Help and Support Emails", so I wonder if it is just for businesses.

Yes the email address of mine it was sent to might have been the one I used when I was registered as self-employed, but I've been unregistered for quite a while now.

Scott.
by swill453
November 2nd, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Taxes
Topic: Email from HMRC
Replies: 10
Views: 537

Email from HMRC

I've just had an email from HMRC, entirely unsolicited. It was to an email address I might have used in the past with HMRC, but definitely not in the last couple of years. It starts "Dear customer". My first thought was, of course, scam. But I examined the headers and the URL links and it ...
by swill453
November 2nd, 2018, 10:59 am
Forum: Bank Accounts Savings & ISAs
Topic: Premium Bonds
Replies: 227
Views: 13648

Re: Premium Bonds

Quite a strange month this month. My wife and I both have the max: she won nothing at all, and I won 7 x £25, the most I've had in a month.

Scott.
by swill453
November 1st, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: When do you expect to buy your first electric car?
Replies: 41
Views: 889

Re: When do you expect to buy your first electric car?

I fully expect in the next 5-10 years that I will be using some sort of on-demand driver-less car service which may run as an electric vehicle but it I will order it like a taxi via an app (eg how Uber works now) Personally I'm not so optimistic. I still think we're a couple of decades away from an...

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