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Member since Sep 2014 • Last active Oct 2021
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    We moved out of London a few years ago to Tonbridge, Kent. Lots of green open spaces, lots of cycle routes, 33-45 minute trains into London every 10 mins or so. Every supermarket and hardware store you can think of. Overall a great place to live. I love it here.

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    Centralisation in the fast moving digital age is dangerous. It just doesn't scale. Massive single points of failure which the global economy relies on are dangerous.

    Even in the online world: Last year a massive amount of the internet went down for a few hours. Day before yesterday Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram went down for 6 hours. People rely on a lot of this tech to communicate.

    IMO we need protocols that turn all our phones into little web servers so the internet is an actual network, not just a massive data centre in California. We also need to invest in 3D printing, high tech city agriculture etc so it is possible for every community to be sustainable individually. I hope technology advances towards that world.

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    Thermafleece Cosywool

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    I insulated with sheep's wool and currently have a pretty bad moth problem.

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    I want to install a new consumer unit in the shed. Got in touch with building control to get it all signed off properly and they haven't responded in more than 10 days.

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    Took a few months to be honest, as we were both working full time and doing it on weekends only really.

    I took a chance on B&Q carcasses, which were the cheapest on the market by far. They were all precision cut, everything felt high quality. It is all melamine faced particle board regardless of who you buy from, unless you go to an actual carpenter and pay for wooden ones. The doors I got were really high quality for the cost B&Q Stevia which were MDF with a thick plastic gloss coating.

    I bought the oak worktops from a supplier on eBay for £300 total.

    Bosch washing machine £150 after Bosch rebate deal from PC World open box deals section in store.

    Bosch slimline dishwasher £180 from Facebook Marketplace, like new.

    IKEA Smaksak pyrolytic oven new in box in bargain corner, presumably a customer cancellation. Haggled it down to £250 from £500.

    The thing that saves you money with DIY is that you can go round at your own pace finding all the bits cheap with a bit of shopping around. With a tradesperson they are getting it all out of a catalogue, even with trade discounts.

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    We really wanted a nice modern German style kitchen but they were all £30k+. Did the entire thing ourselves in the end, from an empty box to a full kitchen, plumbing and all. Electrics were easy as I had all the circuits available from old fitted kitchen. Really proud of it, and it came to £4k in the end, including all the high spec appliances.

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    Yes, it's the same with Starbucks (being considered good because someone once said it was good), which tastes like shit. Actually worse than shit.

    They had the first mover advantage here. An Australian friend of mine told me that Starbucks failed the first time they tried to launch over there because Australians had already made coffee an artisan craft. The UK were still drinking muddy instant water when Starbucks arrived. It's all relative.

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    I'd stick it all into a global all cap index fund. Something like Vanguard FTSE Global All Cap Index. Mostly invested in the biggest tech companies. Tech is probably just going to get richer and more powerful in the long term (even if we have a world war the tech companies will likely be getting rich off the analytics and as communication providers just like in the pandemic and governments would be shovelling cash into them for it), and the incumbents are all more rich and powerful than any company ever has been in history. I mean yes we might see a crash in the next few years, but that is always on the table. Cash can crash (inflation), Bitcoin and crypto crashes all the time, gold can crash. It is all about patience and never investing what you cant afford to lose.

    I am old fashioned and think that having a good honest career that brings in decent wages, changing jobs if your current job pays fuck all and has no prospects, and being frugal and practical/handy gets you very far. It has served me very well.

    (I am not a financial advisor and this is not financial advice. Speak to a financial advisor and don't listen to me, I don't really know what I am talking about.)

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