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  1. Thunderbird

    Modern life.

    This is one of the best rant threads in PW history. This kind of thing. (It's a link to a story about people caving in to internet social justice warriors.) And people who think you're weird, evil, or can't possibly be a countryside/shooting person if you dislike dogs.
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    Bean to cup coffee machine

    Be careful going back to capsules after fresh, there's really no comparison. The stuff in the capsules was ground who knows when, the Nespresso stuff I have tasted didn't impress.
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    Bean to cup coffee machine

    Are you fixed on bean to cup? If not consider a separate grinder and machine. I use a KitchenAid Artisan grinder and a Gaggia Classic (the older type, considered better) and always use freshly roasted beans. I like Macchiato so I pull a double espresso shot then heat up some frothy milk with the wand. Perfect. The problem with getting into coffee seriously is that at each level you move 'up' it spoils you for anything less. Be warned. EDIT: Word to the wise; listen to anything davewh100 has to say bout coffee machines.
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    Part time man/woman

    Equality of opportunity is what you want, enforced equality of outcome is the path we don't want to go down, always ends in disaster.
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    Part time man/woman

    The whole gender identity thing is the no.1 cause celebre of the social justice warrior brigade at the moment. It was apparent when Jordan Peterson got all that hate when he spoke out against what he perceived as compelled speech legislation in Canada. Look it up if you're not familiar with it. There is a TV interview doing the rounds at the moment about Yorkshire Police and their 'report non-crime incidents' policy and the commissioner made sure he virtue-signalled by slotting in comments about different 'sections of the community' which of course encompassed the gender thing. I think he mentioned it several times but I might be wrong. I gave up on BBC news a while ago now but it's full of it. I'm sick of it. Like others have said I'm all for live and let live, but when not addressing someone correctly from the growing list of gender identities (I think it's over 50 now) and risking utter vilification (including being sacked and potentially prosecuted) for 'hate speech' it's a slippery slope. If Corbyn's lot are ever in charge then God help us.
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    The "Find Maddy Fund"

    What he may have failed to grasp (I haven't read the book) is that an underclass has emerged, who (mostly) don't work at all. The 'chav' generation, shuffling around estates in their grey tracksuits, are not the modern working class.
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    Weirdness/craziness (not conspiracy related)

    I think one of the weirdest things is that people buy plastic bottles of water from the supermarket when there is perfectly good stuff (which you're already paying for) coming out of the tap.
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    Cheap, reliable laptop for work

    Right, I know little about PCs, having used Macs for 20 years. I'm going to need a reasonably reliable laptop for working remotely. All it needs to do is use an internet browser on wifi, handle email, and use Word and Excel and have a USB port for an external mouse. I don't want to go down the tablet route as editing documents on one is a faff and it doesn't have the functionality I will need. I don't want to spend more than I have to. Any of you got something for that sort of use that you would recommend?
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    Rag and Bone Men

    I didn't realise until clearing out a load of stuff recently how common it still is that people drive around in vans scooping up the stuff you leave out. Bit of a far cry nowadays from Steptoe and Son, but still. I got chatting to one of them, interesting, intelligent bloke, does a couple of hours every evening and either scraps stuff or repairs it and sells on.
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    Packing in booze

    As per a recent thread on energy / diet drinks here, the odd alcoholic drink is in my opinion a whole lot better for you than any 'diet' garbage. I wouldn't touch it. Good quality non-diet tonic or soda would be my soft drink of choice. I lost three and a half stone in about 10 months simply by eating more veg, a lot less red meat, less cheese (and other obvious fatty stuff) and choosing mostly G&Ts and whisky over beer or wine. To be honest it was easy. I'm a pretty good cook which helps I guess. Thing is; didn't feel like I was 'on a diet' - still doesn't. It's great.
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    Energy drinks

    Yes Henry D that definitely rings a bell. Also, I believe the caffeine in such drinks is synthetic (as opposed to natural as in tea or coffee) and I think that also makes a difference.
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    Any business tax experts?

    There used to be a good incentive for low-cost business (consultancy for example) who had business customers who were themselves VAT reg'd to register for VAT even if they were below the T/O threshold due to the Flat Rate Scheme. The Govt. made that a lot less attractive last year so now many people have either de-registered or not bothered.
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    Energy drinks

    I'm no expert but I believe it's related partly to the caffeine and also the sweeteners. Something about the drink preparing the body for the sugar/energy it thinks it's going to receive and then doesn't. A lot of obese people drink diet drinks, which end up making them more hungry then they binge eat. It's along those lines but as I say not my field.
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    Energy drinks

    One of the Gastroenterologists my other half works with would ban energy and diet drinks outright (she has a particular hatred for diet Coke). I tried Red Bull once (in my 20s) and loathed it. My son drinks mostly milk and water, with the occasional fizzy drink (usually Appletiser) at weekends. We measured out the amount of sugar in a can of coke the other day and he was gobsmacked.
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    Stopping drinking

    Don't go mad with it is my advice. You don' need to cut down too drastically. There are about 800 calories in a strong bottle of wine so even half a bottle "extra" a night is 2800 calories a week, plus of course all the extra booze you guzzle at weekends. The main thing (in my experience) is to keep enjoying the drinking that you still do, just try not to do it too habitually, and as I said, wine and beer are the baddies in my experience. It's amazing how a single G&T can taste very much like a double and can last longer than a beer or a glass of wine with 3-4 times the calories.