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General Discussion Area / Re: The Trump train set
« on: 21 July 2018, 10:10:48 »
If I shared this with some of the family it would start a war.  Hmmm ::)

Thanksgiving is going to be an interesting get together, then? ;D

I need to find an Afro-donkey t-shirt.

By the sound of it .. it's probably good that you are firearms trained, as you might need to defend yourself from the family members! ;D ;D

[edit] And you're talking of moving to Chicago, so I assume you'll be concealed carry 100% of the time, anyway ;)

Funnily enough, my firearms training means little to them even though I have been trained to a higher level than most military peeps. They wanted to see how I handled gun safety before they would let me hunt with them.

As for the concealed carry, not interested. Chicago is not a place where I feel unsafe. However I have not ventured to the south side. Besides, Chicago is still just an option (albeit the favorite). It could end up being DC or (God forbid) Houston.

General Discussion Area / Re: The Trump train set
« on: 21 July 2018, 10:04:58 »
Russian citizen Maria Butina being arrested this week, in the US, on being an unregistered foreign agent, which means spy, is going to have a good few senior GOP politicians having sleepless nights and sphincter control problems over the next few months, judging by the number of photographs she is in with them. :o

As one ex-NSA CI spook put it, "if you've had your di*k in her", contact your lawyer and then phone the FBI. :o ;D

From the BBC:

Ms Butina denies the charges against her. She is not accused of being a spy.

Still, you never let the truth get in your way.

I think the courts will decide that!

Her arrest led to the feds getting their hands on the NRA's financial records. These apparently showed Russian money being fed through them to the Trump campaign and Republican coffers.  People at the NRA could go to jail over this.

General Discussion Area / Re: At last I have Windows 7 on a PC!
« on: 21 July 2018, 09:59:57 »
Just in time for Windows 7 to go out of support in 18 months

General Discussion Area / Re: The Trump train set
« on: 20 July 2018, 08:15:45 »
If I shared this with some of the family it would start a war.  Hmmm ::)

Thanksgiving is going to be an interesting get together, then? ;D

I need to find an Afro-donkey t-shirt.

General Discussion Area / Re: Down to the nitty gritty
« on: 19 July 2018, 12:22:50 »
Had ours on 2 months now, good amount of viewings but no offers yet. Doing good at 3 weeks, worth holding out for more  :y

That doesn't bode well for mine.

Location, Location, Location

In Sandhurst apart from a small amount of infill building, there is no building land, just protected meadow and heath land and a very good place to live with full amenities and a good community. Hence, if you have a place to rent: on the market at 9am, best renter selected by midday. Realistically priced property is typically sold in a day to a week, with the agent moaning he needs more like this and if not offering asking price you are ooing to be gazumped! :( :o

Must be similar in Four Marks given the pile of "Have you considered moving?", "Free no-obligation valuation" and "Recently sold in your area" junk mail I have to wade through when I get home every evening. ::)

2 of my neighbours with identical houses sold theirs recently.  Both within a day, both very close to asking price which was very close to market value.

General Discussion Area / Re: Computer question.
« on: 19 July 2018, 12:13:02 »
You cant WiFi to the screens unless they are 'smart' or have another device connected to them that supports the functionality.  Depends also if you mean casting to the screens or just providing Internet access through WiFi from where they can stream TV and media.  Either of them will require a device connecting to the screens to enable the functionality.

In terms of budget you can get a half decent desktop for about 250 leaving you 350 for screens, a couple of Raspberry Pis and the keyboard/mouse.  Very doable.

WiFi signals and throughput will differ a lot depending on the neighbour's traffic, the hardware used and where it is placed along with the fabric/size of the home.  Each channel has a finite bandwidth or throughput.  If all your neighbous used the same WiFi channel then regardless of your setup you could have a very slow connection.  This can be further restricted by the quality of the backbone on the WiFi router, generally the more you pay the better you get but not always.

General Discussion Area / Re: The Trump train set
« on: 19 July 2018, 12:04:28 »
If I shared this with some of the family it would start a war.  Hmmm ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Talking of selling houses....
« on: 19 July 2018, 08:19:50 »
No, but given that estate agents are universally shite (in my experience, anyway); how much worse could they possibly be?

Some years ago (North London) we were in a position to move significantly upmarket. We knew the area we wanted to move to. Walked into Estate Agent right in that area. Told him what we wanted, and what we would be selling. He deterred me from absolutely every house I enquired about and didn't even want my contact details. He prejudged. We bought a house that was on his books but via a different agent. Years later we sold up to move to Wales. The same agent was still in business, but no way were we going to use him.

There are some good ones that are proactive and actually try to sell houses, but I agree most are a waste of space.

I had the same experience in the 1980's, going from living at home to buying a big detached house. The only two agents of seven that sent through details, one of them sold me my house at the full realistic asking price. Non-estate position down a small private road in the middle of Sandhurst at the same price as the equivalent open plan estate market grot, that I drove past and rejected. I've never had any regrets as it is a great place to live. :y :y :y

Maybe so but as a former student of the academy South Camberley is as close as I want to get ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Down to the nitty gritty
« on: 17 July 2018, 19:02:29 »
Had ours on 2 months now, good amount of viewings but no offers yet. Doing good at 3 weeks, worth holding out for more  :y

That doesn't bode well for mine.

General Car Chat / Re: Spotted
« on: 17 July 2018, 14:57:44 »
Yesterday spotted a silver estate dragging a pikey-bus, or should I say trying to drag a pikey bus as it was broken down on the M25 anti-clockwise ivo the A3/Cosham services.

General Car Chat / Re: Fuel Duty
« on: 11 July 2018, 10:28:46 »
We have over the years had relatives on extended stays with us in Spain. Some with EHIC and others not. Inevitably we have ended up in A and E , usually broken bones from falls.

*makes mental note never to stay at Chez Varche* ;) ;D

OK but they were either inebriated or just old and prone to falling. :y

I told you that beer fridge was too close to the pool.   ;)

Can it ever be too close?  I have been looking at a swim-spa with integrated drinks cooler.  Perfick :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Happy Birthday OOF
« on: 08 July 2018, 16:14:28 »
Happy birthday OOF and Jammie! :y

Who says it was an admin/mod?  ::)

General Car Chat / Re: Fuel Duty
« on: 05 July 2018, 08:50:32 »
It would if people were educated to budget for it...  ::)

It's seriously expensive though and became more so after Obamacare came in.  ::)

2 examples that stick in my mind from my trips to the US are:

30 year old non smoking male with no pre-existing conditions - $400 a month

The young guy was an odd jobber, pools, maintenance anything he could find to make a buck, but as he was self employed had to buy his own insurance and told me that this was the cheapest most basic policy he could find.  $400 a month is a big chunk of his take home ((before tax!)  :o

Late 50's non smoking couple, again with no pre-existing conditions - $5000  a month.

The couple were very wealthy, ran their own company and this was the best all singing, all dancing policy.  I guess they could have been on the company's scheme, but chose to buy their own.  Which probably tells you something about the quality of workplace health insurance schemes in the US which most people rely on for their family's healthcare needs!  ::)

.. and, if you have a "pre-existing condition", you're shit out of luck. >:(

Insurance companies are satan's spawn itself. I sure as hell hope I never have to rely on one for my health.

I must admit that element does worry me a bit, but apparently the wife's insurance company are willing to take me on their policy for no extra charge than if I didn't have a chronic illness :y

General Car Chat / Re: Jag trip computer v brim to brim test
« on: 04 July 2018, 18:53:13 »
And I NEVER expect to get anywhere near manufacturers figures. I simply can't drive like our resident Sky employee.

22.8mpg average currently on the 3.2, not been reset since last year.

It does run far, far better now itís my daily commuter and not used just weekly for odd run.

I get 27-28 mpg out of my 3 litre S-Type which gets driven fast used every day.

Oh wait, that's the ford jaaaag computer reading.  Let me do a brim test and get back to you  ;D

 23-24 MPG. :)

Still better than the XJR was.

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