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beseku

Member since Oct 2012 • Last active Sep 2015
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  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    To be fair though, it gets a lot of shit and yet is one of the most comprehensive, best run systems in the world.

    I've only ever experienced comparable (well, better) at the same sort of scale in Tokyo, and that is expensive too (though commuting is normally covered by your company).

  • in General
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    Not a commute (because I'm too far) but the irony was not lost on me that the closest pass I had, by far, on my local loop over 25km was a police car.

  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    A friend is getting married in Toronto on New Years Eve and we're going out there for a fortnight and considering taking our boards.

    Doubt we'll be able to afford a trip all the way to Vancouver - anyone have any recommendations of resorts a bit closer to Toronto, Canada or US, that might have good snow at that time of the year?

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    To be honest I'm only going on what the chimney/fireplace folks said. I'll definitely be getting a few more quotes on the work. The pictures and videos he took do suggest a fair amount of rebuilding to me though :(

  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    Yeah, we (well Barclays Bank on our behalf) own the freehold. The folks next door are tenants so we need to chase them for the owner.

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    So we have now encountered what is (hopefully) that one big unforeseen expense you have to stomach when you buy a new house that everyone warns you about.... we had new fireplaces put in yesterday and while up on the roof to add bird guards the installer discovered the entire chimney was in a pretty awful, bodged together state. Looks like it'll cost ~ £2.5K to rebuild the top 3-4 roes of bricks and fix/replace the pots.

    Our only hope is that, since the whole chimney needs work and we share it with our neighbours, they might chip in too. What are the chances?

  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    All added to my wishlist, ta.

  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    So, what would this thread recommend for someone * who isn't a big fan of the mainstream (Marvel/DC) superheroes but really enjoyed Hellboy, Walking Dead, Y: The Last Man, Fables and just got up to date and loved Saga?

    * Me

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    We're in Hitchin - 25/35 minutes to London with a last train at 1am. Lovely countryside and great cycling, esp. Heading out to Cambridge.

    Houses are around £150K less than in London and my commute is less than an hour (though it does cost £3K p/y).

  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    I know it's not for everyone but I'm glad I'm off the London rollercoaster. We shipped out to Hertfordshire and houses here are showing some increase in value (5-10% in 6 months) but in the current market, how can you put down any roots in London when you might be priced out of upgrading a few years down the line?

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