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in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 11 Sep 2020, 20:29

Yeah, I know a few people who have those kind of really good arrangements with folk. Bryan (brotherlouie) was describing one just recently. I have some friends who have landlords who have said - look, do what you want with this place and make it your own- on condition that you don't bother me about really trivial stuff. Paint it whatever you want and you can grow whatever and you can live in it as long as you want. Of course, there should always be things that the landlord makes sure is ok but I like that laid back approach. I suppose it is, however, generally unsustainable and easy to challenge under UK law. Also, living in a different country from my house means I have a management company and they lay down THEIR law, not mine.

I think I would like to do that with my place. Just have someone who wants to live somewhere in relative peace and not mind the age of the house. My house is full of period features that I always thought people liked, and that was why they viewed and it chose it. But oh, no! This beautiful old clawfoot bath is WOBBLY and I MIGHT FALL so we'll get that ripped out and a hideous replacement! These dividing doors between the dining and living room are too smashy smashy for my kids, so we have to get the glass covered in protective mesh! They went to see FIVE other houses that day and chose the one that was full of mortal peril. Arseholes. Don't get me started! Gah, too late.
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Postby kath » 11 Sep 2020, 20:35

chi chi spent years before she decided to rent out that house she has north of the lake, after she retired. the house was built in the 1920s, out of cypress, just loaded with all manner of architectural flourishes and detail from a time when houses were made that way.

i cannot imagine how any of us would've reacted if anybody ripped any of that stuff up. i'm thinkin the phrase justifiable homicide might apply?

edit: i'm gonna add here that chi chi has always added a layer of luxury that normal folk would never have and that i never had in my life apart from her. i know zero about american or UK rental laws. she didn't need the rental money or anything. but that house was gonna sit there and rot from lack of attention. we just don't get up there anymore. so she decided to make the call that someone living in the house and taking basic care of it would be worth the risk of someone fucquin with sumthin for stupid reasons.

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Postby Positive Passion » 12 Sep 2020, 09:37

The Sherman brothers (Mary Poppins, the Jungle Book) also wrote Ringo's huge hit "You're Sixteen".

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Postby Charlie O. » 12 Sep 2020, 09:55

Positive Passion wrote:The Sherman brothers (Mary Poppins, the Jungle Book) also wrote Ringo's huge hit "You're Sixteen".

And I recently learnt (I've already forgotten how or why) that their father Al co-wrote this:


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Postby Samoan » 16 Sep 2020, 12:26

The MP for Bolton North East is Northern Irish.

The MP for Beaconsfield is American-born and is dual national.
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Postby Jimbo » 17 Sep 2020, 14:23

I learned that man is the only animal with crooked teeth. Early man all had straight teeth - but a big ugly old jaw! Thanks to soft food, apparently, our mouths have evolved to be smaller than the number of teeth we produce.
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Postby Flower » 22 Sep 2020, 12:43

That there is something called Naive Realism.

https://www.civilpolitics.org/content/i ... e-realism/
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Postby Charlie O. » 22 Sep 2020, 18:42

That the word anthology literally means a collection or gathering of flowers.
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Postby Diamond Dog » 23 Sep 2020, 02:40

That New York City has a wire above it that is permanently in place - and is 18 miles long:

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/ther ... ket-newtab

To selectively quote :

It's hard to imagine that anything literally hanging from utility poles across Manhattan could be considered "hidden," but throughout the borough, about 18 miles of translucent wire stretches around the skyline, and most people have likely never noticed. It's called an eruv (plural eruvin), and its existence is thanks to the Jewish Sabbath.

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Postby Six String » 23 Sep 2020, 05:44

Diamond Dog wrote:That New York City has a wire above it that is permanently in place - and is 18 miles long:

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/ther ... ket-newtab

To selectively quote :

It's hard to imagine that anything literally hanging from utility poles across Manhattan could be considered "hidden," but throughout the borough, about 18 miles of translucent wire stretches around the skyline, and most people have likely never noticed. It's called an eruv (plural eruvin), and its existence is thanks to the Jewish Sabbath.

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Fascinating, technology eh?

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Postby Minnie the Minx » 23 Sep 2020, 15:55

Koala bears have fingerprints that are very similar to that of humans and often, their prints cause confusion at crime scenes!
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 23 Sep 2020, 15:55

Well, I think ‘often’ may be pushing it, but you know.
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Postby The Prof » 23 Sep 2020, 16:01

There's a suspiciously high number of Koalas in Armley jail so this could explain it.

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Postby Minnie the Minx » 23 Sep 2020, 16:02

:D
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Postby Diamond Dog » 23 Sep 2020, 16:35

You can tell your own countrymen by some very obvious body language :

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/2020 ... obal-en-GB

If you’ve seen the film Inglourious Basterds, you will know that German and British people indicate the number three with their fingers in different ways. (Germans raise their thumb and first two fingers; Britons pin the little finger with their thumb and raise the rest.) Most never realise that this difference exists until they see the alternative, which, to them, looks strange.

I love stuff like this!
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Postby Diamond Dog » 23 Sep 2020, 18:14

That "NEWSPAPER" means North, East, West, South, Past, And, Present, Event, Report.
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Postby Charlie O. » 23 Sep 2020, 18:25

Diamond Dog wrote:That "NEWSPAPER" means North, East, West, South, Past, And, Present, Event, Report.

That sounds suspiciously like something invented after the fact.
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Charlie O. wrote:
Diamond Dog wrote:That "NEWSPAPER" means North, East, West, South, Past, And, Present, Event, Report.

That sounds suspiciously like something invented after the fact.


It does (I agree). I think it's a Mnemonic.

What's an acrostic (I always confuse those two!)?
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Postby Dr. Baron » 23 Sep 2020, 19:24

Diamond Dog wrote:You can tell your own countrymen by some very obvious body language :

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/2020 ... obal-en-GB

If you’ve seen the film Inglourious Basterds, you will know that German and British people indicate the number three with their fingers in different ways. (Germans raise their thumb and first two fingers; Britons pin the little finger with their thumb and raise the rest.) Most never realise that this difference exists until they see the alternative, which, to them, looks strange.

I love stuff like this!


It’s not exactly the same thing but we always enjoy playing “Spot the Brit” in international airports. But that’s generally based on clothes, hair, demeanor, skin, etc
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 23 Sep 2020, 19:26

Dr. Baron wrote:
Diamond Dog wrote:You can tell your own countrymen by some very obvious body language :

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/2020 ... obal-en-GB

If you’ve seen the film Inglourious Basterds, you will know that German and British people indicate the number three with their fingers in different ways. (Germans raise their thumb and first two fingers; Britons pin the little finger with their thumb and raise the rest.) Most never realise that this difference exists until they see the alternative, which, to them, looks strange.

I love stuff like this!


It’s not exactly the same thing but we always enjoy playing “Spot the Brit” in international airports. But that’s generally based on clothes, hair, demeanor, skin, etc


Skin??
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