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  1. From looking at my facebook feed I can say with the absolute certainty of anecdotal evidence that people (not only the youth) have not understood the socialising rules for the last couple of months, and that must be a contributing factor. The rule of six is barely a change.

    It was up to six of multiple households [outside only], or up to 30 if from just two different households [inside or outside].

    Now it's up to six of multiple households [inside or outside].

    I see the main problem as there being a serious lapse in communication about still staying 2m away from anyone not in your household. All over my social feeds I see friends sat next to each other, or adult children hugging older parents, kids from different families crawling all over each other, and so on, and so on. And then they're unironically tagging these posts with things like #socialdistance.

    It's a massive failing from government that these people don't understand they're still breaking rules.

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  2. On 11/09/2020 at 8:37 PM, nightwolf said:

    I wish I could do more for you and the NHS, they have quite literally saved my life. With this update, they'll likely do the same.

    Its been a weird week! It probably doesn't sound like this should be in this thread, but two things happened: 

    - I finally got to see my consultant about my fibroids. Yup, ya gurl has got more that have grown after having a 9-10lb one removed in 2017. Now I've got two and they have no signs of slowing down. Just peachy (I actually have over 20 fibroids currently, but the rest have decided to just sit there and be chill). I was expecting a battle in care as my consultant didn't want to operate/do anything straight off the bat.

    Our chat went really went and I got 45 minutes of one to one care. He's agreed that unfortunately surgery is the only option. So I have to make a choice of a Myomectomy(which is what I had in 2017, with a 7 inchish scar) or a full hysterectomy. Both will include bowel surgery. So its a huge risk either way and both will need my old scar to be reopened - eep.

    I'm leaning towards a hysterectomy, which means complete infertility of course, I'm only 30 so I was surprised he agreed so easily, but the really matter is, I'm not going to get back and I'm already likely completely infertile anyway (its hard to test, but from my symptoms etc two hospitals believe this to be so). It doesn't seem like good news, but ultimately I cannot life the way I am now, so I'm really glad something is being done. 

    Onto the actual good news: 

    - I had a job interview today! There's two roles available, but one isn't publicly available for another two weeks, so I had the interview for one of them and I think it went well? The manager was a lovely chap and we had a few laughs during our chat. I'm not sure how well I conveyed myself as I'm not the best at that, but the opportunity sounds really interesting! So I'm hoping for good things next week.

    Mentally after two days of big life decisions I am now a slug. 

    Was going to react to this post, but was in a dilemma over whether it should be "sad" or "like!"

    I've never had surgery, and it terrifies me. I think I'll probably need knees replacing eventually and that's a far cry from anything to do with bowels. But my son has had plenty of surgery, and surgeons are just miracle people.

  3. 2 hours ago, will' said:

    I just got sent some new Lego:



    Mr brother-in-law works for Ubisoft in Newcastle in the UK, and he said they send things to him fairly regularly, Hyper Scape stuff most recently.

  4. 1 hour ago, Julius said:

    @Mr_Odwin that's a really strange list!

    I started reading it and immediately thought it might have been based on IMDb from how it starts out, but it really deviates quite a bit after the first few. I looked it up on Amazon and the like expecting a source on the top 100, but I found nothing. How odd. 

    Like you say, it looks like a mixed bag - some great stuff on there, but, uh, films like Hachi as a Top 100 film? No offense to it, but I've never seen that film in all the Top 100 lists I've read! Also can't help but notice a lack of foreign films, and at a glance I'm not seeing any Ghibli films either? Might have just missed them skimming through though. 

    Either way, good to hear you're finding films that you're enjoying! Only one I haven't watched from those you highlighted as your favourites so far is Inglourious Basterds, really need to get to that myself at some point, because I really like all the other films you highlighted! 

    We watched Spirited Away yesterday, that's on there. :-) I think Howl's Moving Castle might be too. Cinema Paradiso is foreign I think (I think I remember we watched it with subs), but you're right - there's very few.

    I've seen a lot of the films already so for some it's more of a check for me that they still hold up, and I'm glad that some of them do. Some don't though - Jaws was a bit of a let down, as was Mad Max.

    Inglourious Basterds is so satisfying, get it cracked out!

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  5. On 05/09/2020 at 12:49 PM, Cube said:

    By this time next week, the credit card debt that I've had for around 11 years will finally be paid off.

    I see you're saving for a house so this may not be useful now, but one of the best things I ever did financially was when I paid off my student loans I started paying the same amount into a savings account each month. I didn't let myself get used to have that extra money each month, and after a few years it's now an appreciable amount.

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  6. Close to the start of lockdown I saw this photo on reddit:



    My wife and I have been working our way through it, in order, watching every movie. I'm not sure who came up with this list but there are some films on there only because of their historical value. Viewing them now without having seen them prior is not enjoyable. E.g. The Great Dictator, or Citizen Kane. There's also some stuff on there that is just guff. E.g. Yesterday we watched Hachi: A Dog's Tale, and Before Sunrise is one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

    The best ones we've watched so far (one per row!), IMO, have been Groundhog Day, Inglourious Bastards, No Country For Old Men, and Interstellar.

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  7. On 04/09/2020 at 5:58 PM, bob said:

    I finally joined the 20th century and bought a dishwasher.

    I don't know what to do with all my spare time now.

    It's one of those things that I'm not ever planning to go without again. I get such joy from closing it up with a load of dirty dishes, knowing that I'll not have to stand at the sink washing up. I have friends that say they enjoy washing up, but they are FREAKS.

  8. I kinda bought something this week. I say kinda because really it was my daughter with her savings, but I got to push the button.

    Got this:


    Asus 15.6" Laptop NVidia GeForce GTX 1650 AMD Ryzen 5 512GB Solid State Drive 8GB RAM

    Which is a great deal when you factor in the £50 cashback. It's a bit of a steal really.

    It arrived and it seems very nice. Almost overkill for what my daughter wants - super smooth Minecraft, Terraria and Roblox. My only issue with it is that the wifi seems a bit rubbish. I can stand 2 feet from the router and it "only" gets 50Mbps download speed (just checked my work laptop, and two rooms away it gets 200Mbps). Did some digging and apparently the realtek wifi card they use is a bit rubbish with certain routers. Not sure whether I want to tear it apart and replace just yet, or make her put up with slightly lower speeds than the rest of us get.

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  9. Clearly a difficult line to tread in this thread as you don't want to appear to be too gloating over how well things have turned out for you, when thousands have died, people have lost jobs, and people have really struggled with social aspects ....

    But yeah, overall positive for me too. Working from home has been absolutely eye opening. I love the commute of 0 minutes. I love not having the hum of the office. I love stopping for a few minutes to have a chat with the fam. We've used Microsoft Teams a ton to stay in touch with other colleagues. I've started playing Fortnite online with a handful of work friends that previously wouldn't touch it. My productivity has increased. I've missed the free gym at work, but I've been going out for lunch on my bike - somewhere between 5-10 miles.

    Financially I think we're better off because of the reduced petrol use, and other outgoings that have dropped. Takeaway consumption increased but other things seem to have balanced that out.

    We have a family project to go up a load of peak district peaks that are over 1000 feet. That's fun.

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  10. On 14/08/2020 at 12:55 PM, will' said:

    Oooh me too! Went out and ordered this today:


    Being delivered on Monday. Can’t wait to stop working on our outside table and get comfortable.

    Very nice. I'm working on the table where we eat dinner, so I'm packing away everything at the end of the day, and setting up again at the start of each day. My disconnect from work to home is pretty good because of that though.

  11. Upgrading my WFH life over time:



    I have my eye on a spectacular mechanical keyboard, but not pulled the trigger yet because our house extension is mid-build and I don't want to spend money that I may need if things go over budget. :-(


  12. 6 hours ago, Sheikah said:

    I know of one house about 5 min walk from ours that has a fixed outdoor extractor for air con too - bet they are loving it. I think for the UK a mobile one is probably good enough just because we don't get that many hot days, and my understanding is that the split systems need maintenance (and are limited to the rooms you install the fans in).


    All I'll say is that you won't regret it, it's a fairly modest investment that will pay for itself and last you for years.

    I think I'm going to bear it for the few days that it's hot now, and buy one when stock levels are back to normal later in the year. I get the feeling I'd be getting a bit ripped off.

    This is the only thing that's made me miss the office so far. 🙂

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  13. 19 minutes ago, Sheikah said:

    The split air con systems (i.e. non mobile units attached the wall with an outside extractor) are definitely better, and very quiet. Problem is that they are generally much more expensive and require expert installation/drilling, and here in the UK that kind of air con on domestic properties is unusual and this unfortunately drives the price up (in terms of the unit price and getting it installed).

    Make no mistakes, the portable units are reasonably noisy but I don't mind it - it's kind of white noise, and far preferable to being hot.

    There are five houses on our road and the middle one has an aircon device installed on the outside of her house - so I guess she has corresponding internal units. Last night I noticed that all the houses on our road had their windows all flung open. All except for smug Sue. I was feeling some serious envy, so your post on portable units was timely, after I was looking into them a bit in bed last night.

  14. 1 hour ago, Sheikah said:

    If it helps, we don't fully seal off our window (just feed the nozzle out) and still get great cooling. We also often leave the door to the kitchen slightly open so the cat can get in and out. I'm sure sealing absolutely helps drop the temperature a little more but it's definitely not necessary.

    That does help. Does it just do one room? What's the BTU of yours? Got a link to somewhere we could buy your model?

  15. On 05/08/2020 at 8:07 AM, Beast said:

    I was thinking of reading that but I think I might stay away. Speaking of the author having a strange addiction to "forbidden romance"...


    5 books not to miss: New 'Twilight' novel 'Midnight Sun,' 'Luster'

    I bought this for my Kindle yesterday and read 8% of it so far. It's pretty good. The Twilight Saga was always a funny one for me because I enjoyed the stories and most of the characters but I wasn't a massive fan of the way she wrote. If I remember correctly, I found it off-putting because the conversations became somewhat repetitive. However, so far, this has actually been good and it's been interesting.

    This is basically Edward's version of events in Twilight. So far, it really is like reading a whole new story and with a fresh perspective on something that's already been told, it's interesting. In fact, it's more menacing than anything. Bella's version was more "Oh my God, that boy keeps staring. I'm infatuated" and Edward's so far is "Look at all these humans walking about, they're pathetic. I could have their blood anytime". So far, so good but I think she'd be better doing New Moon considering Edward was gone for most of the time in that. Maybe she'll do a whole Edward series?

    I read all the twilight books and then I read the early leaked version of this but I don't think I'll subject my self to the full 750 pages. To me the books were very moreish, but the whole time I was reading them it was obvious they were trash as well. :grin:

  16. On 03/08/2020 at 6:46 PM, Sméagol said:


    I re-watched Groundhog Day recently and it's almost painful to see this. I understand that you can't stop other people from copying an idea, but "waking up everyday in the same place no matter what you do the day before" is kinda like someone making a film about "rich person builds a dinosaur park with DNA from mosquitos and it all goes wrong for a group of visitors".


    I'll probably watch it, and love it.

  17. On 06/08/2020 at 5:46 AM, will' said:

    Do they have this set up just as a space and whoever wants to go in there can go in and do whatever they want? Religion is a tricky one as I don't think you can explicitly say it's for anything as you risk immediately isolating anyone not mentioned. Companies in Singapore seem to just label them as reflection rooms and never mention anything else.

    Two set aside offices that are described like this:

    o   Multi-Faith room now available (4th floor opposite B----, Sh----- & B----- meeting rooms)

    o   Quiet room now available (next to the Multi-Faith room) specifically for those who need a temporary sanctuary for their personal wellbeing.

    On 06/08/2020 at 5:46 AM, will' said:

    I also find this one quite interesting. I totally get it for people who want to clarify where it might be ambiguous or they have a preference for something in particular. When I see totally normal regular guys putting him/his I'm not sure it's the right approach. It feels to me like saying you have a black friend so can't be racist. Maybe I'm totally out of line on that though.

    I'm also not sure how to navigate this (does using it make me more supportive, even though it's not something that ever affects me) but it's optional so I've just held off for now.

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