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dubkev

Member since Jul 2008 • Last active Sep 2020

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  • in COVID-19
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    Hey there. I need to get a new phone today, a Motorola G8 Power. Does anyone know which phone shops are open for click+collect? Not clear if Carphone Warehouse do it, here's the level of info on their website about it for example:
    https://selfhelp.carphonewarehouse.com/S­elfHelp/request.do?view%28%29=c%7B269005­90-fe4b-11e0-7eae-f20203001e3d%7D

    Other operators are similarly opaque with information about their shops being open for some limited services

  • in Rides & Races
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    Never seen this before! Question of doping?

    Really hope not. What a fantastic victory. But it was the first thing me and Christine said to each other when it looked like he was going to smash DuM's time.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Do you like house music and riding your bike? Course you do, you wouldn't be in this thread if you didn't. I'll be bringing some very loud speakers in the cargo bike to the I Bike London ride on Sunday, playing some of that music.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Think someone wanted new shoes and might have been looking at vaporflys? Possibly @dubkev ? They release new batch on the 12th at 8am

    Thanks but I went ahead and got something else after doing some internet searches.

    They're still in the box, but I intend on taking them out soon! Today was the first day of school for both kids, I feel lik a hurdle has been jumped.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I'm not overly concerned with treating my home as an investment. Value can go down as well as up etc. It is safe and comfortable, it's in a nice location, we have decent communal spaces including bike parking for our ten bikes, and a yard where I've built loads of pallet furniture for the residents. It's close to breweries now, and places I like to go to are close by on my bike. @rakesmith what are you thinking of when asking? Do you want a way out of renting? Do you have kids?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Has anyone on here got any experience on shared ownership?

    Yeah we've done it. Have been in this flat for seven years. Housing association is L+Q. No more or less problems than other buildings in this area which are different tenures. We have a nice two bed place in Bermondsey next to a park, which we would not have been able to afford outright back then, and certainly couldn't now that the area is so desirable. We haven't staircased or anything like that. We have two kids now and are looking to move on but stay in the area. Where we can go to is depending on a few factors, work and contracts etc., but we are starting to look at ex-council 3 bed flats, but even they are still a bit beyond us.

    It's worked well for us, but I am fairly active in keeping the building up to scratch to be honest. I'm the admin of our block's facebook group which has actually been very good in fostering a bit of community here, long before the lockdown. L+Q do eventually get around to repairs but I'm happy to do them myself and not let the situation get worse. Examples are painting scuffs on communal areas, fixing the lock on the bin room door, cleaning the communal yard up out the back, and so on. But I hear from other people in private blocks and they have the same issues with their management companies.

    It's better than private renting. Our rent is stable and linked to the RPI rate. Our block is a mixed tenure (council, shared ownership, market rent, outright owners) and any problems are not confined to any one tenure. The market rent three beds on the top floor are probably the most long term problematic with noise, dumping bulk waste in the bin room (high tenant turnover), and so on. We have had some issues of late with one council tenant and weed smoke floating into the upper floor balconies, which was probably always there but only brought into focus when people are working from home and have their doors open during the day.

    (thanks for the heads up @T4NY4)

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    Do you mean those vaporfly ones? I thought they were next to impossible to purchase these days.

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    Hello there.

    I have put on weight over the last 2 months. Not been running. Drinking instead.

    Need some new shoes at this stage. Have had Adidas Boost for the last two. Recommendations? Not overly concerned at the cost because since lockdown I seem to have more money in my pocket.

    Thank you

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Seriously considering getting the back of my hands tattooed, now I can primarily work from home and don't have bother too much with keeping up appearances any more. Any thoughts? Regrets from those that have had it done?

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