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BleakRefs

Member since Sep 2008 • Last active Feb 2020

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    Thanks! any good books?

    or any internet recommendations also

    You should be able to find How Music Works on YouTube or 4OD / iplayer - it's excellent.

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    Clean af. chefs kiss

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    With a recession likely in the near future I’d imagine they will continue to remain low. Not sure the current very low rate will remain that whole time though. We’re going for a 5yr fixed

    I went for a 5yr fixed last year and I feel a little trapped by it tbh. A finance pal of mine recommended a 3yr fixed at the time - to take advantage of the protection from fluctuation but still maintain some flexibility. I wish I'd taken his advice. I only repeat it here in case its useful.

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    Blair favoured it and also encountered push back. The core opponents have been against it no matter which party is in power.

    This is a really pointless thing for me to argue against because there's no way to know, but I wonder if this was an early polarisation issue. I.e. I protested when the Tories wanted to do it, but I'm a dyed in the wool leftie. However I didn't give a monkeys when Blair wanted to do it because I trusted him. I wonder if those who protested against Blair doing it were dyed in the wool Tories - each would trust our 'own' side to do it but not the other.

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    Yeah, as a forrin I always saw the left and liberal resistance against the ID card scheme as a collective case of the genetic fallacy; if the Tories want it it must be bad.
    A centralised citizen registry would have been a perfect baseline against which one could measure any number of social ills. The ones that immediately come to (my) mind would be homelessness and unemployment. In the UK, it seems perfectly possible for a homeless person to gradually fall out of every registry and eventually not exist in an official capacity at all.

    When they tried to bring them in I would've argued vociferously with you on everything you've said. With the benefit of hindsight, I agree with it all.

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    If you can buy a DVD of How Music Works by Howard Goodall, I would recommend it. In four hours it taught me more about the way music is structured and works logically and emotionally than pretty much any class I've ever done. Very piano-keyboard focused too.

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    What good reasons?

    This is something I've had a bit of an awakening on recently. When the Tories tried to bring in compulsory ID cards we all pushed back against it - Orwell, big brother, etc., and they backed away. That felt like a good reason at the time.

    However those cards would've enabled quite a lot of the nonsense that Farage and his ilk talked, especially the stuff about 'open borders' and 'not knowing who's here' and so on, to be challenged effectively.

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    I'm not usually given to schaudenfreude (especially since the schauden is shared among all of us) but as this guy also enjoys trolling cyclists, I'll make an exception in this case.

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    My other half went off to Ikea recently to replace the induction hob as it was cracked in one corner when we moved in. Wasn’t until we’d torn off packaging and installed it we realised that she’d been handed the ceramic rather than induction version by a helpful employee. They weren’t up for a return and now we’re stuck with a useless ceramic hob until I eventually get annoyed enough to go and buy a new one

    Lol I bought an Ikea oven Smaksak oven because I specifically wanted the self-cleaning incinerator function. Got it home, got it installed, and realised I couldn't see any such thing. Contacted Ikea, turns out there's another Smaksak which I should've chosen in the planner which was fifty quid more expensive but looked identical in all other ways. Infuriate.

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    If you could just let me know when it's been resolved I'd appreciate it.

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