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Everything posted by Retsdon

  1. If you got them before the US market opened it was a very well-timed purchase!
  2. I nearly lost a very valuable border collie once on account of a thunder storm (the dog I used to use as my avatar). The thunder scared him so much that he tore his chain out of the wooden wall of his kennel and just took off. As he was outside, I didn't know he'd gone until I went out of the house after the storm. Eventually, about 5 hours later, as I was driving around a large suburban village/ development about two miles from the farm in the landrover, whistling out of the window, a woman came out of her house and told me their neighbour had a strange dog trailing a chain in his back garden
  3. Since 2016 the Brexit arguments have all been philosophical and abstract. Tonight at 11:30 the country enters the realm of empirical Brexit science. Let's see how the abstract theories hold out.
  4. Well, the Prime Minister did once famously say, "**** business!' Perhaps for once he's being true to his word. 😄 But the money that paid this chap's tax contributions and his workers incomes will now need to come from somewhere else. Rishi's magic money tree perhaps?
  5. No, they haven't. They have had no idea what to plan for. Until a week ago nobody even knew there was a trade deal forthcoming, let alone what it looked like. How can any business plan or budget for that?
  6. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-fish-to-the-eu-from-1-january-2021#eels He can't export anything - at least not in the meantime. His business is dead in the water.
  7. At least there'll be less red tape...LOL! https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948978/December_BordersOPModel_Medium.pdf
  8. If Evgeny Lebedev,can get a knighthood for hosting good parties, why not Lewis Hamilton for winning car races?
  9. And what make it even sadder is that he actually appeared in a Brexit campaign video. It seems he trusted the wrong people....
  10. I'm pretty sure this is an old picture. The thing is though, in real life it is movement or lack of movement that's nearly always the giveaway. In a still picture that rather crucial element is missing so obviously it's much harder to pick. I see by the link it is an old picture. And looking at that Daily Mail link, it's a swizz anyway. They weren't even there in the first picture!
  11. Is vigilante-delivered capital punishment justified for crimes that, taken through the proper channels under the law of any state in the world (even Saudi Arabia), are nowhere near capital offences? That's a poser, isn't it? This lockdown is addling your minds....
  12. But that's a different issue. And having members of the public killing either each other or innocent 3rd parties (he could have killed anyone driving like that) isn't a solution. Sure, he was angry. But so is the bloke who discovers his best friend in bed with his wife and takes a hammer to them both. It might mitigate the sentence but anger should never absolve the crime.
  13. I don't feel the slightest bit sorry for him. The fact that his bike had been stolen is irrelevant here. He wasn't defending himself from an attacker - he was driving like a maniac, completely reckless as to who else he might have killed or maimed while trying to catch and do in the thieves of his bike. On which point- though it's perfectly valid to argue that it should be - twocing a bike is not yet a capital offence in the UK. And even if it were, it's not, never was, and never should be, up to Joe Public to assign to himself the roles of judge, jury, and executioner. This bloke's very
  14. The OPs point was straightforward enough, but the rest of the thread seems to have gone down the rabbit hole somehow...:) A gentleman never expresses preferences about that sort of thing...take it all in your stride.... Here's my thoughts about the topic though. It's a global shift of power. When we (baby boomers) were growing up, the west reigned supreme. So we were privileged. These days, an awful lot of social and economic power has moved overseas, particularly to Asia. Go to Asia, and the younger generation has never had it so good. They see the future as bright. They've never had mor
  15. Just for next time, unless he wants to clean the fretboard or make some kind of alterations it's probably better to change the strings out one by one, leaving the others tensioned as you fit each new one. That way the neck doesn't get completely de-tensioned and tensioned again. Even so, as others have mentioned, changing the string gauge will alter both the action (height of the strings) and the intonation (how true the notes play when fretted higher up the fretboard).
  16. For anyone who's interested in that period of naval history I can highly recommend a book called A Line Upon The Wind . It's a very well researched book about the minutiae of the naval war , but what I most took most from it was that duty and honour were not just words in those days. Rather, they were the underpinning code and motivating force which drove decisions and actions and which everyone at sea - from the Admiral of the Fleet down to the lowest powder-monkey -lived by. When was the last time you heard anyone say 'Its the honourable thing to do?' Or - outside of some jobsworth
  17. She didn't do a runner. She was basically ordered onto a plane by her government. And for anyone who has never shifted from left to right, or right to left hand drive, go and try it for a bit and then come back and moan about sometimes getting it wrong. Did she make a mistake -sure. But this witch hunt is disgusting to behold.
  18. It was worse in the past. During the Blitz my mother was a 16 year old trainee nurse in Great Ormond's Street children's hospital in London, and I can remember her telling me that one night when she was on duty, in the course of a particularly heavy air raid a bomb fell in the street next to the hospital. She was carrying a full china bed pan at the time, and the shock of the explosion caused her to drop it. For that, she had a dressing down from the Matron for being far too nervous, and the price of the broken bed pan was stopped from her wage! I don't think that would happen today....
  19. I'm a very big precious metals fan but while I still hold a core position, last week I sold most of my mining ETFs and bought protective puts on what I've kept that I plan to sell when the metals (gold and silver) bounce off medium term support. My GLD position that I'd written covered calls on was called away on Friday, and I'm not planning on buying more just yet. Basically I've had a fantastic run for a few months but short- term I can only see more downside than up right now. A 20+% correction is on the cards. Gold, for the last few years anyway, has run up through spring and peaked
  20. Dogs are like horses - you have to desentitize them to the point that they just metaphorically shrug their shoulders at thing they don't cant' explain to themselves. If it were me and I'd bought a dog that had been kennelled most of its life and was half scared of its own shadow (and I've done exactly that in the past) - I'd just take it everywhere with me. Shops, cars, buses even, town, whatever. Eventually the dog will get accustomed to (and tired of) being startled by new stuff, and become philosophical about it. The key is variation. What you don't want to do is to fixate any one thi
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