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brokenbetty

Member since Sep 2010 • Last active Jan 2022

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    Bumping the boarding thread because I just extended my week in March to two weeks snowdance

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    Are there any column radiator makes to go for / stay away from? And ideally, any suppliers that keep stock and can deliver in a few days?

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    I never knew about them then got investigated and fined for not declaring something on a P11d from 5 years before at a previous job. I ask every year now just in case - never had one since. Since there was nothing different about that year I reckon the first was their error not mine, but no way to prove it since I have no idea what the declared value referred to.

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    This is every night out I ever had in the toon.

    ("Toon" being used psychogeographically not strictly geographically)

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    It was a most odd thing to not see something that had always been there.

    I had a similar experience last time I was in driving into Newcastle. It was night and there was heavy fog on the Tyne*. Driving up to the Tyne bridge we could see the roadway, streetlights, guardrails etc near the ground where the fog was clear but not the arch of the bridge above until we were almost driving under it. It was just like it wasn't there. A very weird feeling. Made me realise how unnerving the post 9-11 Manhattan skyline would have been for the people who lived there.

    (* all mine all mine )

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    I went through Barnard Castle on the way up to Scotland last summer

    Ooo did you see the mechanical swan? It’s a wonder of the age you know! (This is not an obscure tag clue…before EyeTestgate the most notable thing about Barnard Castle was the mechanical swan in the museum.)

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    Having been a teenage girl, albeit a decade or so earlier, this is pretty much spot on. We didn’t think we were kids, we thought at 15 upwards we were grown up young women and equal partners to boyfriends in their 20s. It’s only as I got into my 20s and older I understood how childish teens are in comparison and I realised how icky it was.

    I don’t think those older boyfriends deliberately/consciously groomed us (so that’s unlike what Epstein and Maxwell were doing), it’s more like society in general groomed us to be flattered by older male attention and to want to be seen as women (ie sexual).

    Edited to add: I'm not posting this to say it's ok or excuse anyone, more that I find the current public/media hand wringing quite hypocritical when adult men with teenage girlfriends was so very common back then that a good few of the people who are so very shocked - shocked I tell you - today must have been quite ok with it at the time.

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    Thank you - I've contacted them both. Fingers crossed!

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    I have some battered vintage (60s/70s) wooden Ercol furniture. It's all functional but the joints are loosening so I'd like to get it repaired/restored. Can anyone recommend someone, ideally North/East London area? It's got sentimental value so I do want it done properly/sympathetically.

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    Ah yes, thank you.

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