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by UncleEbenezer
January 20th, 2017, 6:15 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Advice pls.....which laptop to BUY?
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: Advice pls.....which laptop to BUY?

For basic usage such as this, almost any specification will do the job. Put some thought into the screen and audio quality. Is the viewing angle OK, can you handle the reflections from a glossy screen or would a matt screen be better? --kiloran Yes and no. Yes, any modern machine will do the job. I...
by UncleEbenezer
January 20th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Trump
Replies: 24
Views: 238

Re: Trump

Snorvey wrote:I was hoping that they'd give Kanye a turn at it.

Erm, Kenya just had a turn ...
by UncleEbenezer
January 20th, 2017, 5:37 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Trump
Replies: 24
Views: 238

Re: Trump

Good grief! Isn't the inauguration supposed to be top-grade choreographed glitz? So how do they have a complete non-singer delivering their national anthem? Was it some Trump family member? I can kind-of see that kind of thing happening in a British occasion: the political correctness of featuring s...
by UncleEbenezer
January 20th, 2017, 1:25 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Corgettes
Replies: 40
Views: 667

Re: Corgettes

To get back on topic... Just back from Sainsburys. Plenty of co u rgettes there. £1.30 for a pack of three so not exactly cheap, but nothing to panic about. Scott. What's the use of a pack of three? Too much courgette to use at once, and way too much packaging. I only ever want to buy single, loose...
by UncleEbenezer
January 19th, 2017, 4:46 pm
Forum: The Meaning of Life
Topic: Plainsong
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: Plainsong

I am not especially musical but I like among other things traditional (pre-1800) Anglican / RC church music. All very pleasant. Hmm, I didn't realise much Anglican church music existed before about 1800. The Catholics had all the music to speak of until Bach wrested the crown for the Lutherans, but...
by UncleEbenezer
January 19th, 2017, 4:14 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Alas poor Gambia...
Replies: 11
Views: 277

Re: Alas poor Gambia...

Having heard quite a lot of coverage yesterday and today, I have two big questions. The first is obvious (though doubtless more complex than I can formulate), the second perplexing: ⋅ Where do Gambia's own military/security forces stand? ⋅ Why isn't Question 1 top of the Agenda f...
by UncleEbenezer
January 18th, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: Poll
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Poll

"in the middle". Point of order: a "neither" certainly doesn't imply "in the middle". I gave one instance in the other thread, and could have gone on at more length without ever having to introduce another subject beyond myself. As it happens, I'm a self-selecting Neit...
by UncleEbenezer
January 18th, 2017, 6:56 pm
Forum: Venture Capital Trusts (VCT's)
Topic: Proven Growth & Income Delay
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: Proven Growth & Income Delay

Wow! Looks like we have the first Big Offer of the season to fill early. I guess the moral is, get in as soon as you can for any offer.
http://www.investegate.co.uk/proven-gro ... 0809H2020/
by UncleEbenezer
January 18th, 2017, 8:04 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Giving up sugar in tea
Replies: 39
Views: 586

Re: Giving up sugar in tea

I'm not sure what made me decide to give it up, but I found it far easier to stop having sugar in tea than in coffee. I now find the slightest trace of sugar in either is revolting, and since giving it up, I've found both tea and coffee quench the thirst far more than they did when sweet. Staffordi...
by UncleEbenezer
January 17th, 2017, 11:28 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: Wine Glasses
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Wine Glasses

Following the discussion of beer glasses, I wonder if folks have any thoughts about wine glasses? I'm inspired to ask by my experience at a Thai restaurant this evening. We drank a Pinot Grigio, and the glasses supplied were huge - maybe as much as a half-litre, and rounded in the manner of a brandy...
by UncleEbenezer
January 17th, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Giving up sugar in tea
Replies: 39
Views: 586

Re: Giving up sugar in tea

This is from distant memory: I was in my late teens when I gave up sugar in tea. What worked for me was when I started exploring different flavours of tea. I think I first found I loved Formosa Oolong with no sugar, then Earl Grey. After a week or two drinking those, I moved back to "regular&qu...
by UncleEbenezer
January 17th, 2017, 1:29 pm
Forum: Drink
Topic: Beer glass preferences, what's yours?
Replies: 49
Views: 464

Re: Beer glass preferences, what's yours?

When people refer to 'the South' they often mean the home counties. I'd argue that the residents of Somerset/Devon etc probably have more in common with us Marches types from Shrops/Herefordshire than Surrey stockbrokers and Essex wide-boys ;) That being said, the Cotswolds are probably 'honorary H...
by UncleEbenezer
January 16th, 2017, 11:19 am
Forum: Pensions - Practical Problems
Topic: Relief on tax not paid
Replies: 1
Views: 103

Relief on tax not paid

This year I'm paying myself national minimum wage. With the aid of a couple of small charitable contributions and crowdfunding investments, that takes me below the threshold for paying income tax. So I can still get relief on up to £3600 pension contribution, right? Of course it gets taxed on the wa...
by UncleEbenezer
January 15th, 2017, 4:34 pm
Forum: Health & Wellbeing
Topic: 5:2 Diet
Replies: 21
Views: 355

Re: 5:2 Diet

Do you have actual experience in any relevant field? I am a scientist (BSc) with knowledge of scientific study design and statistical analysis. ... [chop] This is not just what I have gleaned from the popular press. John OK, gotcha. So you do know what you're talking about here. Apologies for any s...
by UncleEbenezer
January 15th, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: Health & Wellbeing
Topic: 5:2 Diet
Replies: 21
Views: 355

Re: 5:2 Diet

Is there anything to suggest causation (as opposed to just correlation)? There have been many large well controlled studies that show time and again that not only is mortality worse in those with BMI under 20 but (contrary to perceived wisdom) the best range for lower mortality is to have a BMI bet...
by UncleEbenezer
January 15th, 2017, 12:03 pm
Forum: Investment Strategies
Topic: Moving out of the pound
Replies: 17
Views: 576

Re: Moving out of the pound

Hello, I've got a few tens of thousands in sterling sitting in a deposit account. Is there an easy way and quick way to put this into either dollars or euros, otherwise reduce my exposure to the pound? (I'm in the UK by the way.) Won't any of the banks give you a foreign currency account? I used to...
by UncleEbenezer
January 15th, 2017, 11:39 am
Forum: Drink
Topic: Beer glass preferences, what's yours?
Replies: 49
Views: 464

Re: Beer glass preferences, what's yours?

It's a tactile thing; I just feel that a beer glass should not be held like a teacup. It should be clutched around its body with a manly grip. Beer and tea. The two drinks best drunk by the pint, in a big chunky vessel with a big chunky handle. Other drinks are best consumed in smaller measures (or...
by UncleEbenezer
January 15th, 2017, 10:40 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Recover laptop's hard drive?
Replies: 19
Views: 311

Re: Recover laptop's hard drive?

But no guarantee they'll recover the files you need. If they recover any file, you pay. I wouldn't assume any such policy to apply universally. Good wheeze though: "we recovered your WIN.INI, here's the bill". (n.b. WIN.INI is just something that sounds likely: I don't have a windows mach...
by UncleEbenezer
January 15th, 2017, 10:30 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Motoring news.
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: Motoring news.

panamagold wrote:...and we all know what will happen there. The law will just roll-over and end up papering over the cracks.

That would be disappainting, would it not? Could render the whole thing paintless.
by UncleEbenezer
January 15th, 2017, 12:21 am
Forum: Health & Wellbeing
Topic: 5:2 Diet
Replies: 21
Views: 355

Re: 5:2 Diet

There is research that shows being slightly overweight as an older person is better for longevity than being underweight and certainly a BMI under 20 would be seen by some as less healthy for an older person than between 20 and 25. (I don't know how old you are but I guess 0ver 70) Is there anythin...

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