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beseku

Member since Oct 2012 • Last active Feb 2016
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    Whereabouts? I'm in Herts, so out of town too. Did you go for a particular brand of door?

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    Has anyone here installed/had installed a new composite front door? Ours is an old wooden thing that swells in the rain, meaning we can't use it reliably.

    Getting them from a national glazing co. comes in at £1500 inc. installation (with Safestyle). However you can source/buy them online, without fitting, for ~ £650. Is it worth doing that and organising fitting sperately? Anyone done similar?

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    Important to remember raw chicken won't hurt you, only contaminated raw chicken.

    One of the most challenging things I've ever eaten, purely in terms of preconceptions, was chicken sashimi *. Lovely, but took me a minute to accept that I could.

    * In Japan, in a restaurant. Don't try this at home, kids.

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    Oh we totally had this, and still do - we just got back from a holiday in New York and it feels parochial and small being back. As said above, it's all about the compromise and we found we could live with it here. But it is still a compromise.

    The only other 'con' is that I miss riding my bike to work.

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    We moved to Hitchin (previously renting in Herne Hill, Brixton before that). We've been delighted.

    Pros:

    • Trains are very very good, far better than the St. Albans line in terms of reliability/seating, and they run until 1:30 at night (or two if you want to cab from Letchworth). Takes me 1 hour door-to-door to get to my office in Fleet St.
    • Town is lovely and new, decent places are beginning to spring up. There's two good indie coffee places and a great tapas place. Only downside is the relatively few good non-chains pubs, although there are a couple I like.
    • Access to countryside for riding, village pubs is great.
    • Loads of lovely old Victorian housing stock.

    Cons:

    • Roughly £3700 for a season ticket, (train only)
    • Just got rated #9 in fastest selling houses outside London
    • Prices are going up.
    • It is between Stevenage and Luton. These places are shit holes. You have to pass through them a lot.
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    Appreciate all the replies folks. As I said, it wasn't a judgement, just a question.

    From my point of view, from the other side, I moved out of London to Hitchin, for a 25-30 minute train ride into Kings X. This means we can afford a nice, big three bed house for £300K, have a decent local town with shops, pubs etc. roughly equivalent to anywhere I lived in the past (Balham, Tooting, Herne Hill) and countryside/lovely riding 1km away.

    On the flip side, as said above, it potentially restricts my choice of where I work in London and brought with it a £3.5K annual season ticket. I can't commute on my bike, which I loved to do and miss massively, and I have to make that awful decision of last train (a decent 1am) or more beer and an all nighter.

    For me the pros outweigh living in W12 or similar (I grew up in Sidcup, so have a built-in dislike for London outside of zone 3-4), but from what I see people post on here, its still a difference of £50K plus more for a similar place 'in London' and you're talking about similar commuting time and combining buses/trains/tubes.

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    A serious question after a lot of the talk about different areas on here ... is the reason people would rather stay in London but 'isolated' rather than with a short* commute but not in London a result of train fare prices or something else?

    * around 20-30 minutes I'd say

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    Has anyone swapped out the HDD on a 2014-is 21" iMac? Is it hard and do I need special tools? I've been running off a thunderbolt-connected 128GB SSD but need more space and so want to put a new 250-500GB SSD inside.

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    I realise that the answer to this question is probably that people just don't read road signs/markings but please help me retain my sanity - does this set of signs/markings show that the priorities on this roundabout are reversed and drivers have to give way to their left, despite it being a roundy-bout?

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    Yeah, I found it a bit flat, all in all, and the pacing seemed really off, as my mind wandered, a lot.

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