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beseku

Member since Oct 2012 • Last active Oct 2014
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    I got stung by Fedex fees after the fact when I lived in Japan and shipped all my snowboarding gear over. They set a Japanese law firm * on me to collect the debt. Which quite obviously shit me right up as I had only just moved to the country! Needless to say I paid, immediately.

    (*) It was also most embarrassing having to take the letter to my Japanese teacher at the time to get help translating it.

  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    Very excited. As well as an Original 1227 Anglepoise (in red, so it goes faster), my lovely wife got us two seats at Game for my birthday. Cannot wait.

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    Has anyone ever exercised the clause in their tenancy contract to give notice because of damage to a property meaning they are 'unable to enjoy it' or whatever the phrase is?

    Our ceiling fell in on the August bank holiday and still isn't being fixed, but we are close to completing on our mortgage and so I'm hoping to use this to our advantage to arrange the best possible date of leaving our rented place. Any thoughts?

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    We used an IFA in sunny Sidcup and he was grand, and took his payment from the lender. No-one I know personally has paid for such advice themselves.

    We finally got the final contracts through to sign, so I've hit another period of absolutely bricking it. To add to that, our mortgage involves my folks depositing some money in a savings account for the term of the mortgage, and no-one at Barclays or our conveyancer actually seems to know how it should work, so I have to chase another solicitor to provide my folks with a letter saying they were advised well.

    One solicitor was bad enough, chasing two is beyond me. Terrified of setting an exchange date without knowing all our ducks are in a row.

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    FWIW I provided our homebuyers report to our estate agent and the seller, simply to foster good will and so they knew we weren't fucking around when asking for additional survey work to be done. At least if/when we ask for money off the offer price they'll know why and might even expect it.

    My view is that I bought it to read, and then it's value is nil. Like giving books away really.

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    Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favourite books but my god is it long.

    I find if you are reading classics like that, get a kindle and get one of the cheap/free classic collections. The Delphi works series are great, I've read most of the Dumas one.

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    The incompetence of people is driving me mad ...

    • The estate agent, who agreed to organise a specialist damp survey on both ours and the vendors behalf, made us wait for two weeks only for them to only get a report done on one of the four walls that we both wanted checking.
    • The bank don't seem to know how their own mortgage works, to the point that I received three contradicting pieces of information from three different sources in one hour.

    Utter fuckwits. It's not like this is the biggest purchase of my life.

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    We use hassle.com and not had a problem in over a year.

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    Same as above, really enjoyed Gone Girl and had been warned not to read the book. Fincher is a magnificent bastard and I'm really enjoying his collaborations with Trent Reznor - the audio for this film is just brilliant.

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    Is he getting Safari to reopen with windows that were there when he closed it? If so, from the menubar:

    Safari > Preferences

    ... and then in General change the top selection box, 'Safari opens with', to 'A New Window'

    If not, it might be a malicious plugin/extension that he has mistakenly installed? Try disabling all plugins in the Security tab of the same preferences menu, disabling and removing all extensions in the Security tab of the same preferences menu and remove all website data.

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