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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Discussion Area / Re: Tin Foil Hats on Standby?
« on: 13 September 2018, 15:52:56 »
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"There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers but nobody would tell us anything."

Sound like radio amateurs to me, except my club's committee won't sign off my blackhawk helicopter. We've got the other bits, though. ::)

Uww, I fellow geek, sorry amatuer radio operator. I'm a G7 so my license has a little age, but nothing like some on the airwaves.
Yep, me too. ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Tin Foil Hats on Standby?
« on: 13 September 2018, 14:25:32 »
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"There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers but nobody would tell us anything."

Sound like radio amateurs to me, except my club's committee won't sign off my blackhawk helicopter. We've got the other bits, though. ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Playing Russian Roulette again...
« on: 13 September 2018, 11:42:03 »
Sorry to hear this, and I hope you can shake it off without any further permanent damage. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Wasp Nest
« on: 13 September 2018, 11:38:13 »
I'd get an insect-o-cutor, mount it in the loft, plug it in and shut the loft hatch quick. Then bang the ceiling a few times and wait for the buzzing to stop. :y

We got a council guy in to remove a nest in our loft. He just puffed a bit of cyanide powder around the hole they were using to access the loft. He said they only need to tread a small amount into the nest to kill the whole colony, so access to the loft wasn't required. Sure enough, they are all brown bread in quick order.

He did use an external ladder to get to the hole, mind. Strikes me that any pest control bloke who isn't prepared to do that is a bit of a chocolate kettle. ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Chiltern Railways
« on: 12 September 2018, 18:04:11 »
Yep, TheBoy will just need a window glass hammer and a parachute so he can alight at the right place. ;D

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Also @ TB you bought considerably earlier than I did, I only bought when I was 27.  :)
But you still lost in the Smugness battle ;D


Bought my first at 21, when interest rates were well into double figures. Its all swings and roundabouts.


In reality, mine was paid off years ago, I only keep it running because it pisses Barclays off - I have a 125k guaranteed loan at about 1.4% in I want it, that under new rules, they have to show on their books :D
I appreciate the sentiment, my opinion of Lloyd's is broadly similar, but to keep a mortgage hanging around is madness.

Get it paid off and get your mortgage payment invested in something like, I don't know, retirement ::)

If the money were in a decent pension, though, its growth would outstrip the 1.4% by a country mile and get there tax free, so in reality the opposite is best.

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You also have to consider that private landlords have been targeted via the taxman whenever the government has wanted to raise some cash recently. That's only going to come out of the pockets of their tenants.

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General Discussion Area / Re: John Lewis ad
« on: 11 September 2018, 10:55:44 »
I would put Come on Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners way in front of those.

Mrs. KW had one stipulation to the DJ at our wedding.

"If you play "come on Eileen", your electrical supply will be immediately disconnected.

As it happens, his electrical supply was immediately disconnected, but not because he played that particular track. It was because my dad (Beng Hons ACGI FIET) was playing about with a dodgy set of fairy lights during the disco. ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Clear pass.....
« on: 11 September 2018, 10:49:29 »
Well done. I thought an EML was a fail with the new MOT rules.

Which reminds me... New post-cat Lambda sensor required here. :(

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I bought my flat in London not long after starting with Sky, best thing I've ever done. My mortgage payments, were less than equivalent rent by a considerable amount.

I now have 4 bed detached place in Surrey, less than 18 years to go, sub 1k payments and it currently represents ~35% of the value of the house.

If I don't extend the term to move for next house, which is possible on some options out there, I'll be mortgage free before I'm 52.  8)
If its a smugness competition, I might win ;)
Ditto. ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: Some rental car
« on: 10 September 2018, 19:00:10 »
Stale piss aside,the X350 is one of the best looking Jags imo :y


It's a poor pastiche of the trendsetting series1 XJ6 from 30 years earlier, a sure sign of a company that had lost its nerve.

A very nice drive, though - in 4.2 Supercharged form, at any rate. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Selecting home network hardware
« on: 10 September 2018, 17:47:23 »
.. of course, in 5 years time we'll probably all be kicking ourselves for not wiring up our houses with fibre. ::)
I think 10Gbps cat6 will future proof us for the next 10-5yrs.  I don't think the 100Gbps cards are coming down to a sensible price soon, nor are 100Gbps linecards for routers, that are still a smidgen over $1m (list) per card.
Just a tad over budget for my understairs cupboard at the moment, then. ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Some rental car
« on: 10 September 2018, 17:45:05 »
Yes I've seen XJ L and it seemed to occupy about one and a half car parking spaces on length alone :D Rather put off modern Jags[XF onwards]because of their-to me-overly gimmicky interiors-pop up rotary gear selector self opening/closing air vents etc-but at least their screen things are better integrated into the fascia better than BMW,Mercedes,Ford and so on where they look like some king of chav add on!

On the other hand, at least they appear to have ditched the awful "Hyacinth Bucket" mock tudor Rover 75 look of the S type. :y
And the smell of wee from the previous XJs over the last 40yrs.
Yes, you can sometimes detect it although it's normally masked by the smell of stale cigar smoke, brandy and sheepskin jackets.

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General Car Chat / Re: waiting for AA recovery
« on: 10 September 2018, 17:43:25 »
Apparently Jimbob is selling a Zafira ;D
"One careful non-smokingflatulent owner" ;D
Honest, guv. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Is two enough?
« on: 10 September 2018, 15:58:43 »
Lifetime ban by virtue of him having become toxic with a bit of luck, then.

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