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  1. Thunderbird

    I'm going vegan

    Ha ha, too true. Veganism is a first world luxury and at the extreme end can be pretty militant. I'm sure I read somewhere that on a 'life for life' basis, a vegan diet kills more living things due to the killing of pests to maintain crops. But that might be wrong.
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    Grenfell Tower Bonfire Video

    All you need to do to get the police to show up after a burglary (etc.) is to mention that you think you might be transgender and that you suspect it's a 'hate crime.'
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    I think you might have misunderstood my post, I wasn't harking back to any good old days and saying TV was better in the rosy past, it just strikes me that I thought (or perhaps hoped) that by now mainstream TV would be better than it actually is. Still, as I don't watch any of the stuff I'm on about it doesn't matter that much really.
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    I was just thinking the other day, if someone had told my 20-something year old self in the early 1990s that in 2018 the most popular shows on TV would be a baking programme, a ballroom dancing show, and programmes where people (who's mental health in more than a few cases is somewhat questionable) live in close quarters in artificial environments and are voted off by the public, I would have thought they'd run mad.
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    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.