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by stevensfo
September 17th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Solid Gold toilet stolen....
Replies: 22
Views: 612

Re: Solid Gold toilet stolen....

A current ceramic WC with cistern weighs around 55 lbs. Even with gold leaf applied the stolen one must weigh more. And apropos of ... the older boys in private schools used to use the young Fags for this very purpose Indeed. And a good flogging ('tunding' was the term used at Winchester) beforehan...
by stevensfo
September 17th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Suits you, Sir
Replies: 16
Views: 860

Re: Suits you, Sir

This may work in the Home Counties, but out in the real world, they'll probably get people coming up to them and giving them a few quid to buy clothes that fit them. As usual, the expressions on their faces say everything. That fine dividing line between wearing the latest fashion or being a complet...
by stevensfo
September 17th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Investment Trusts and Unit Trusts
Topic: JPMorgan Global Core Real Assets IPO (JARA)
Replies: 20
Views: 1681

Re: JPMorgan Global Core Real Assets IPO (JARA)

Silverstar - a stock-market truism is to never, ever buy an IT at IPO. Another is never to over diversify, so your holding of 51 trusts is frankly rather absurd. How do you define 'over diversify' and what do you base this on? I know all about the very old studies showing that more than 15 holdings...
by stevensfo
September 16th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Solid Gold toilet stolen....
Replies: 22
Views: 612

Re: Solid Gold toilet stolen....

Were Queen Victoria ever to have had such a monstrosity, I wonder if one of the jobs of the the Groom of the Stole* would have been to sit on it for a few minutes to warm it up for her. * whose formal title was Groom of the Queen's Close Stool , although I gather that only Prince Albert had one. Th...
by stevensfo
September 13th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Learning to play the guitar
Replies: 17
Views: 666

Re: Learning to play the guitar

A huge thank you to everyone for all those links. I've just spent the last 30 minutes with my mouth hanging wide open in utter shock and disbelief. I taught myself classical guitar when I was 18, taught myself to read music but never got beyond about grade 5 standard. Half the things in these videos...
by stevensfo
September 12th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Brokers and Share Dealing
Topic: Iweb / Nationwide problems
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Re: Iweb / Nationwide problems

I funded my Halifax Sharebuilder account a few days ago with no problem at all, so since iweb is more or less the same as Halifax, I guess the problem must be at Nationwide's end. Not sure if it's relevant these days but Nationwide is a Building Society and I remember having quite a few problems wit...
by stevensfo
September 10th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Big Issue sellers to accept contactless payments
Replies: 7
Views: 509

Re: Big Issue sellers to accept contactless payments

How long before these card readers are available on Ebay and the software hacked? Well it's been around for over a decade with (as far as I can see) no major issue with fraud, so seems to be at least as secure as other bank payment methods. Scott. Maybe it is, but it's also a personal thing, and I ...
by stevensfo
September 10th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Three little letters
Replies: 22
Views: 654

Re: Three little letters

It's not just people that have been the subject of attempts to prevent the exclusive use of their name. I give you: Iceland. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38201571 Watis I honestly thought for a few seconds that this was straight from the Daily Mash. Unbelievable. God help anyone called Smith...
by stevensfo
September 10th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Big Issue sellers to accept contactless payments
Replies: 7
Views: 509

Re: Big Issue sellers to accept contactless payments

Snorvey wrote:Knock knock

Who's there?

Big Ish

Big Ish who?

Sorry mate, I've nae change.
.
.
S'alright, contactless will be fine sir.

Balls.


Another reason I limit the use of debit cards and contactless in particular.
How long before these card readers are available on Ebay and the software hacked?

Steve
by stevensfo
September 4th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Just got married
Replies: 15
Views: 916

Re: Just got married

Got married earlier this year so thought i'd try to take more interest in TV programmes that the Mrs enjoys, like Strictly. Actually really enjoyed the last series, especially when Stacey's dress rode right up in the final. But now I hear that, due to our PC times :roll: , Strictly 2020 will includ...
by stevensfo
September 1st, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Curiosity Corner
Topic: Electric bike on M25
Replies: 11
Views: 808

Re: Electric bike on M25

Looks like a 1930s Heinkel. D'you think he ought to have been told that his tail gunner had bailed out? BJ Looks to me like a Sinclair C5 that some teenager has tried to jazz up. As far as I know, they're just as legal as BMWs. Though Sinclair C5 owners probably know how to use the indicators! Steve
by stevensfo
August 31st, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Agony Aunt question
Replies: 7
Views: 720

Re: Agony Aunt question

The Goon Show is dated, obviously, but there is the odd gem if you look hard enough (listen long enough) Cough! Splutter! The odd gem? It's packed with gems. For instance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tjHlFPTwVk --kiloran The Goons started Broadcasting before I was born but in my youth I listene...
by stevensfo
August 25th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Oooh, you are awful
Replies: 57
Views: 1966

Re: Oooh, you are awful

Great stuff. Thx. Only the English can giggle non-stop at that ridiculous tosh, so funny. Well the Germans love this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVd_VLO9xcc and are often amazed that we Brits don't know it. Slarti Yes, they watch it every New Year's Eve. I've seen it twice but it reminds me of ...
by stevensfo
August 24th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: In my local card shop today . . .
Replies: 8
Views: 873

Re: In my local card shop today . . .

A card that made do a double-take a few years ago was 'To my Wife on Mother's Day' !! Dontcha just love clever marketing? What a stroke of genius to start making 'To My Teacher' cards. Pity the poor kid who doesn't get his teacher a card at the end of the year and then gets duffed up in the Staff ro...
by stevensfo
August 21st, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: How Do I Invest
Topic: Returning expat advice please-buying ETFs and platform choice.
Replies: 6
Views: 749

Re: Returning expat advice please-buying ETFs and platform choice.

I've had a simple Halifax Sharebuilder account for many years and only pay for the transactions. One advantage, apart from the three or four very cheap 'share buying' days per month is the monthly Cheap dealing day when it costs 3.95 to sell as well as buy, useful for those rare times when you may w...
by stevensfo
August 21st, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Removing bloatware in brand new laptop by reinstalling Windows 10?
Replies: 7
Views: 884

Removing bloatware in brand new laptop by reinstalling Windows 10?

I'm thinking of buying a cheap HP laptop to use for holidays but I know that HP have a reputation for cramming their computers full of stuff I'd never use. From what I read on the internet, a simple way to remove everything is to re-install Windows 10, something that apparently Windows 10 can do ver...
by stevensfo
August 21st, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Bitten
Replies: 19
Views: 1255

Re: Bitten

The worst bites are often not felt, I think due to some anaesthetic effect of the bite. Years ago in Italy, I had a red-black mark on my ankle. A black line spread slowly up my leg and I worried myself sick looking up the symptoms. Finally went to our Medical service at work, where they took one loo...
by stevensfo
August 19th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Rear of the year, apparently not a joke?
Replies: 3
Views: 1106

Rear of the year, apparently not a joke?

An article in Yahoo news made me think I was on the DailyMash website, but I did an internet search and... https://www.rearoftheyearcompetition.com/ I see the funny side but I can't help wondering what would happen in different circumstances. A light hearted competition among students in a US school...
by stevensfo
August 19th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Fire tablet or anything better?
Replies: 33
Views: 2016

Re: Fire tablet or anything better?

Update: I happened to pass by a Currys yesterday so nipped in. I now know I want something on the smaller side - maybe 8-9". The 10" ones are just too big for me/what I need it for. There are a lot of <£100 options at that size, which makes it easier, as there isn't the pressure to ensure...
by stevensfo
August 14th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: New security rules. Bank App or code via SMS text?
Replies: 36
Views: 1709

New security rules. Bank App or code via SMS text?

Given the choice for complying with the extra security rules, is there any reason why I should download an app from my bank rather than have a code via SMS? I understand that the text message may incur a small charge, and the app will be free, albeit with an internet connection, but can I be sure th...

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