Author Topic: The Good News / Bad News Thread  (Read 168444 times)

Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2425 on: July 03, 2018, 04:28:25 pm »
which reminds me, I'd better have a look at mine
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2426 on: July 03, 2018, 05:21:21 pm »
You'll get a reminder from the DVLA giving about 8 weeks notice and threatening dire consequences if your card expires whilst you're still entitled to drive.

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2427 on: July 03, 2018, 09:12:53 pm »
I’ve got two more years so I’m alright. The reason I was concerned is that I took my Motorcycle test in 2008, but I obviously waited for two years before I gave up my paper licence.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2428 on: July 04, 2018, 12:03:12 pm »
GN - Last November I resigned from my job, as it was taking too much of a toll on my health, and importantly I was in a position financially so to do, at least for a while.

BN - When you’re 61 opportunities are limited, but I was determined not to be a “stay away” contractor.

GN - I did get some interviews, one in Feb and two in May.

BN - I didn’t get the jobs, and the second was only 7 miles from home.

GN - A week ago I had an interview for a temp to perm job, and today I heard I’d got it  :)

MGN - It’s just what I wanted, a bit of project work, a bit of engineering, and no customer facing  :thumbsup:

EMGN - It’s 2 1/2 miles from home  :D

BN (sort of) - I can’t start until August 6th because building works mean no office.

GN - I’ll see the heatwave out before I start  ;D

I is a happy bunny.  8)

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2429 on: July 04, 2018, 12:30:52 pm »
That's great.  :thumbsup: 
Also, I had to read back through your post to check if there was actually any bad news, and what it was.  :)
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2430 on: July 04, 2018, 12:53:44 pm »
Lol it’s relative isn’t it  :). And the weather forecast is suggesting all of July will be fine for us next southerners. I suppose the bad news is also that I’ll not be able to cycle quite so much, though cycle commuting is obviously on the cards.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2431 on: August 09, 2018, 09:27:13 pm »
GN: Booked flights with FinnAir.  Never flown with them before, so a new airline to add to my list.

BN: "Operated by American Airlines".  Bugger.1


1 Stronger language may have actually been used.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2432 on: August 10, 2018, 10:52:19 am »
Bah: The recent mild spell warped the outer front door of Larrington Towers to such an extent that it became almost impossible to shut property.  It blew open.

Hurrah: This allowed the postie to pop my delivery of Avon Skin-So-Soft in the porch while I was still hunting for my glasses two floors up.  Also the door has unwarped and now shuts nicely again.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2433 on: August 10, 2018, 03:31:26 pm »
GN: I managed to access details of my Teachers' Pension pot
BN: My part-time service wan't much
GN: My transferred pension pot made it up to a half-decent sum
GN?: My lump sum will only allow me to buy a property outright in northern Sweden* (a distinct possibility) or darkest Hungary (not such an attractive proposition).

*Northern Sweden is being depopulated so rapidly that property prices are ridiculously low. A 100+M2 house in decent nick and a large plot of land for £16K!
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2434 on: August 10, 2018, 04:39:54 pm »
*Northern Sweden is being depopulated so rapidly that property prices are ridiculously low. A 100+M2 house in decent nick and a large plot of land for £16K!
So what is the downside? High property taxes? Risk of being an extra in real-life scandi noir? Or worse, no broadband?  :hand:
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2435 on: August 10, 2018, 05:22:14 pm »
20-hour nights in December. If it's overcast then, you don't even get proper daylight either. -30C is not uncommon. In '94, it was -30C for over 3 weeks when I lived there & dipped down to -36C one day. Sweden is one of the most connected places in the world, so broadband is an absolute given.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2436 on: August 10, 2018, 08:39:11 pm »
*Northern Sweden is being depopulated so rapidly that property prices are ridiculously low. A 100+M2 house in decent nick and a large plot of land for £16K!
So what is the downside? High property taxes? Risk of being an extra in real-life scandi noir? Or worse, no broadband?  :hand:

Those jumpers they wear would annoy me . . . .   (and the price of alcohol)

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2437 on: August 10, 2018, 09:24:23 pm »
Brew your own. Nobody will be round to check...
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2438 on: August 10, 2018, 10:49:04 pm »
the Swedish and Norwegian homebrew scene is thriving

I imagine there may be a few sneaky acquavit stills in operation as well.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2439 on: August 10, 2018, 11:40:08 pm »
Brew your own. Nobody will be round to check...

I think eyebrows get raised if you buy lots of sugar...

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2440 on: August 11, 2018, 12:06:58 am »
Especially if they are buying potassium chlorate as well!
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2441 on: August 11, 2018, 02:13:58 am »
That might raise the roof as well as eyebrows...

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2442 on: August 11, 2018, 01:38:48 pm »
Alcohol is VERY expensive in Sweden in pubs & restaurants. However, Sysytembolaget - the national alcohol monopoly - has a good range of beers at not-too-expensive prices. They are, I believe, the world's largest wine buyer and their wines are also pretty reasonably priced. Their shops are like old-fashioned chemists (or used to be) with the workers in white coats, as if they are handing over prescriptions. They deliver to shops in more remote settlements for sinners to then collect from there. Lowish -alcohol beer is available from supermarkets and that is cheap.
Fullers Porter, about £2/can: https://www.systembolaget.se/dryck/ol/fullers-163412

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2443 on: September 05, 2018, 10:27:40 am »
GN: School has started again.
BN: School has started again.
GN: School has finally started again.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2444 on: September 08, 2018, 11:40:27 am »
GN: For the first time since the hot weather broke I have time to mow the lawn today, it's almost a silage crop.
BN: it's raining.

BN: My endowment had it's 2nd worst year of the 21 its been running (by one method of measure)
GN: If it performs that badly the remaining 4 years it will still hit the target

GN: Blood letting time in Chepstow next week, I had a feeling it was about due.
BN: I'll be in Italy

BN: I was overcharged by Southern Fail when I went to the GBBF, the cheapest price shown online wasn't available at the machine.
GN: I complained and the cheque for a refund of the difference turned up yesterday

GN: The kids aren't screaming and screeching round their gardens all damn day any more
BN: Their parents are trying to kill me on the roads again
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2445 on: September 10, 2018, 05:50:44 pm »
20-hour nights in December. If it's overcast then, you don't even get proper daylight either. -30C is not uncommon. In '94, it was -30C for over 3 weeks when I lived there & dipped down to -36C one day. Sweden is one of the most connected places in the world, so broadband is an absolute given.

I worked for a company that had a facility in Sweden that was 700 km north of Stockholm. I believe at one stage they were literally giving houses away to people to go and live there.

It was nice but very, very desolate (and cold). Very high suicide rate. We had a phenomenon where people would drive to work and couldn't get out of their car. It was most common at the end of the summer as people got depressed with the coming winter.

On the plus side, all the houses I saw had extensive finished basements and a mate of mine (non-Swede) was convinced that it was because the locals were into exotic swinger parties. I never found out if this was true and it probably said more about him than the locals.

I did find alcohol in the state ran shops wasn't too expensive.

Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2446 on: October 07, 2018, 03:02:15 pm »
GN: I have found the Raspberry Pi and hard drive! Finally I can have some decent music!

BN: Where the fuck are the leads?  ::-)
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2447 on: October 07, 2018, 04:05:50 pm »
BN: My last trip has worn out: one chain (new); one pair of brake blocks (Estonian); one tyre (also new).

GN: I discovered this today, five days before the next trip, rather than like last time when I discovered a sheared chainring bolt while packing at the airport  ::-)
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2448 on: October 07, 2018, 10:39:03 pm »
BN: I've just discovered that they've made another Sharknado film.  I suppose that means I'll have to watch it.
GN: Blow-by-blow IRC review coming to the film thread in due course, so you don't have to.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2449 on: October 17, 2018, 04:49:06 pm »
20-hour nights in December. If it's overcast then, you don't even get proper daylight either. -30C is not uncommon. In '94, it was -30C for over 3 weeks when I lived there & dipped down to -36C one day. Sweden is one of the most connected places in the world, so broadband is an absolute given.
It was nice but very, very desolate (and cold). Very high suicide rate. We had a phenomenon where people would drive to work and couldn't get out of their car. It was most common at the end of the summer as people got depressed with the coming winter.
The thing with suicide is that the Swedes are very open about it. A suicide is unfortunate & regrettable, of course, but nothing that society finds shameful. So, the suicide rate appears high, as coroners have no qualms about declaring it as such. Other societies, ours included, go to great lengths to label a suicide as misadventure, an accident or anything that removes some of the stigma. I studied the subject once, a long time ago, and Catholic countries, in particular, were prone to covering up suicides, because of the sin aspect.
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