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by DiamondEcho
September 23rd, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Kamikaze pigeon - Whodunnit/what just happened?
Replies: 13
Views: 1543

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: 4532

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: 4532

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: 821
Views: 57870

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: 5956

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...
by DiamondEcho
September 1st, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: Investment Strategies
Topic: What's your investment personality?
Replies: 39
Views: 3496

Re: What's your investment personality?

VP too. But then perhaps birds of a feather etc...
by DiamondEcho
September 1st, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: Recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 5956

Re: Recommendations

This may seem sacreligious to some of you but can anyone recommend a non alcoholic beer/lager? I've tried Becks Blue and it's OK but nothing to write home about. It's my turn to drive and we're going to a 70th and as I cannot abide fizzy, soft drinks or anything overly sweet I'd like to take along ...
by DiamondEcho
August 31st, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now
Replies: 710
Views: 48619

Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

Black Isle Brewery has narrowly crossed my radar, and it seems they produce quite a range though they're not something I see much out and about in London. They also brew beers for a uber-poncey/$$$$ local London grocers and I've tried those and didn't think much of them at all.* To me the more a bee...
by DiamondEcho
August 31st, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: DailyMail website redirects to my former proxy IP website
Replies: 2
Views: 1401

Re: DailyMail website redirects to my former proxy IP website

Thanks RC, I was going to do 3 steps. Wait for my wife to return from a few days away and mirror the settings in her internet connection, since I didn't want to risk losing our principal channel of comms in her absence. The proxy web-page you linked outlines how to set it up in the first place but n...
by DiamondEcho
August 27th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Beer
Replies: 7
Views: 1687

Re: Beer

I'd check out: https://www.beeradvocate.com/place/directory/0/GB/ for beer from local towns, and https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g186261-Dorset_England.html Before travelling to a new place (at home and abroad) I usually skim those sites to form a short-list of various places that should f...
by DiamondEcho
August 27th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: DailyMail website redirects to my former proxy IP website
Replies: 2
Views: 1401

DailyMail website redirects to my former proxy IP website

... I know it's the 'Daily Wail' but occasionally I follow a link to an article there. Or I'm skimming the papers and want to get a feel for a broad range of opinion on a given day. But if I try to go to their website I am instead redirected straight to the login page of a web proxy https://www.smar...
by DiamondEcho
July 30th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now
Replies: 710
Views: 48619

Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

I have now tried Wychwood's Hobgoblin, Hobgoblin Gold, Hobgoblin IPA and King Goblin. I have yet to see Black Wych porter or Imperial Red. The standout winner by a long chalk is Hobgoblin IPA . King Goblin is pleasant - tastes like a stronger version of Hobgoblin.... I don't mind 'stronger versions...
by DiamondEcho
July 27th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Music, Theatre, TV and Film
Topic: Just Some Nice Music Thread Here...Post it Here...
Replies: 381
Views: 27304

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

Black Sabbath - "Paranoid" Belgium 1970
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qanF-91aJo

Pretty remarkable quality given it's near as 50 years old....
by DiamondEcho
July 26th, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now
Replies: 710
Views: 48619

Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

I am told that that the brewery also make a variety of white-label beers for Lidl. I must investigate... Labelled under the Hatherwood brand. cf. Uniformly poor>very poor, apart from one line that was above average, and the lower price didn't compensate for the lower quality of any of them. I bough...
by DiamondEcho
July 16th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Music, Theatre, TV and Film
Topic: Crazy Rich Asians.
Replies: 5
Views: 2134

Re: Crazy Rich Asians.

Its a love story. Essentially, poor girl meets rich boy. Full of mega rich elitest Singaporians with very posh English accents, six packs, servants, ridiculous shopping habits and a grudge against the commoner in their misdst. ... Sounds entirely authentic to me ;) Having lived there (full househol...
by DiamondEcho
July 16th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now
Replies: 710
Views: 48619

Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

Tried Wychwood's bottled Hobgoblin IPA for the first time at the weekend. Quite impressed! Must look out for their Hobgoblin Gold and compare the two. Their unpasteurised Dr Thirsty's looks interesting too, but I haven't seen it on display. ... and their 6.6% King Goblin ['lol'], a bit of a solid p...
by DiamondEcho
June 13th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: 'Yellow Pages' category for terrace cleaning/jet-washing?
Replies: 5
Views: 2475

'Yellow Pages' category for terrace cleaning/jet-washing?

I have a roof terrace that's been neglected by tenants for years and looks a dump. It's suffering from moss/lichen and some weeds and needs a thorough clean. It's tiled in 45*45Cm course-textured concrete tiles, with brick parapet wall topped with concrete coping stones. It's small, about 3*4M. I wa...
by DiamondEcho
June 4th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Can this chair delivery fit into my home?
Replies: 9
Views: 2844

Can this chair delivery fit into my home?

I've recently ordered a chair for home delivery and belatedly thought I better just make 200% sure there will be no issues getting it into our home. I hadn't thought of it beforehand as I've previously had notably larger items delivered but since this is a custom order (ie upholstery of my choosing ...
by DiamondEcho
May 31st, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: International & Expat Investors
Topic: Leaving UK to avoid a Corbyn government!?
Replies: 59
Views: 5025

Re: Leaving UK to avoid a Corbyn government!?

.... And Loot, how do you suggest Joe average gets his assets 'overseas'?
by DiamondEcho
May 23rd, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Music, Theatre, TV and Film
Topic: Songs you'd prefer to NEVER hear again.
Replies: 46
Views: 1415

Re: Songs you'd prefer to NEVER hear again.

Off the top of my head, Anita Bell 'You can ring my bell'. ... Going back even further, we had a horrific activity at Infant/Junior school called, I think, Music and Movement, and I sometimes hear the music from those lessons. The only one I vaguely remember by name is '.... and his dancing bear.' ...

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