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  1. There's a report on the low uranium prices, over-reliance on foreign imports from adversarial countries, and struggling domestic producers which Trump is looking at and will be responding to in the next 90 days.. ( well, 80 ish now). He could potentially increase tariffs on uranium imports, or force US uranium consumers to source a certain amount from domestic producers like Uranium Energy Corp. Overall the aim is to support domestic producers for national security reasons, so there's a reasonable chance he'll do something like this, which should be good for any US based producers. I've got a small position in UEC myself. If other friendly countries are included in the quota, it could help companies like Cameco and Denison Mining too. ( my two other uranium holdings ) https://www.rollcall.com/news/whitehouse/trump-weighs-action-uranium-imports
  2. I use IG.com for my current self select ISA. £8-10 trades ( £15 for US shares I seem to recall?) and no annual ISA management fee. They have great charts, particularly in their spread betting section. I'm thinking of using ii.co.uk for this year's allowance and possibly a SIPP. They charge a quarterly fee for the ISA, but this can be offset against trading commissions, and the SIPP annual fee is cheaper than IG - £100 vs £230 ish. Also ii.co.uk seems to offer a slightly wider choice of investments than IG, in particular Canadian shares, which is useful in the mining space. Who are you using at the moment?
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    Notre-Dame

    The flashes look more like reflections of the sun to me, though it's hard to tell given the distance and image resolution. The way they fade in and out over a couple of frames, particularly the second one, which seems to have a large rectangular shape, reminds me of a signal mirror reflecting light from the sun. The colour too, a pure bright white, looks more like the sun than sparks, and there's no indication of a fire starting after the flash. Also, the person is up on the scaffolding, rather than on or within the roof itself, which isn't where one would try to start a fire if that was their intention. So based purely on this footage, to me it looks more like someone moving some kind of reflective object.. A sheet of metal or glass maybe, or some other equipment.
  4. it depends. If they have to prove it it really was their home, i.e. their main residence before renting it out, it wouldn't help most landlords. I think it would be reasonable to distinguish between people who genuinely rent out their home, to work a contract abroad for instance, and those who buy properties purely to rent out. These properties tend to be better quality, with gardens and other features that require some maintenance, and the landlord tends to be more interested in quality tenants, rather than maximising the rental income. If such properties had to be identified in the rental agreement, the tenant could take this into account, and an appropriately reduced rental figure agreed.
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    Pockets

    How about a utility belt for the post apocalyptic look? ( also useful for small gardening tools )
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    Google speed test

    Not bad for a mobile connection to a phone, though I've had up to 90 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload in the past.
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    Dead man's shoes

    Incredible film. Watching it for the second time, picking up on loads of subtleties I missed first time..
  8. Exactly. Three offer free roaming worldwide, or at least in most of the countries 99% of people are ever likely to visit. Yet another thing the EU claim credit for but is actually just a result of falling global telecoms costs and competition. http://www.three.co.uk/Support/Roaming_and_International/Roaming_Abroad/Destinations#countries2
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    Barbers and baldies

    I use this one :- https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7597396 A bit more expensive, but great quality, cordless and chargeable via USB ( useful when living on a boat with 12v electric). It's got a great battery life, enough for maybe 12 cuts at least. Quick to recharge too, and a battery percentage indicator so you don't run out half way. It comes with various guards, but I throw those away and use it guard-less. Unlike some others, the final metal guard isn't adjustable, which is an advantage as this is usually the first point of failure on these things. On adjustable ones, the mechanism works loose over time and once it has, I've found it impossible to fix properly. Cordless is a real advantage as you don't get tangled up, and it's easier to do with once hand. edit: If I want the completely smooth look, I'll follow up with a regular electric shaver.
  10. Damn.. well, at least given it's presumed value and with Coininvest on the case, UPS should be motived to find it. Annoying though!
  11. Was it supposed to come to your home, or a collection point?
  12. A lovely gift....I assume she's aware it's worth rather more than it's denominated value of £10!
  13. True.. Looking at the chart the Dow rose 28% from 297 at the end of May to 380 at the end of August 1929. Even from the previous round top earlier that year it was an 18% gain. Those percentages applied to the S&P, would put the top between 3250 and 3750. It still feels like a long shot,
  14. I think there's an important difference between confidence and courage, and being right or good.. and I recognise that in many respects we always haven't been entirely right or good in the past, or even now. That said, assuming we think our values are at least good enough for us, and better than the values held by those who threaten us, we need the courage to defend them. Without confidence in our values and our place in the world, we lack the will to defend ourselves, whether we're right or wrong, and will lose what we have.
  15. No problem. I'm the same when it comes to regular trading. The potential for lots of small losses adding up, or missing out on a good exit point and seeing a winning trade turn into a loss is stressful. I know I'm opening myself up to some of this with my gamble trade above. Options selling really help in this regard, as long as you do it properly. It's all very mechanical, and you know the odds and your exit points before you enter the trade. It can be just fire-and-forget. With limited risk trades ( where a short option is covered by a long option slightly further away from the current price ), you know you can't lose more than your expect, and unlike stop-losses, which take you out of the trade if the market goes against you, an options trade stays active so if the market turns back in your preferred direction, you're back in play. Psychologically this is a huge benefit. It can all be a bit overwhelming at first, but once you understand how it all works, it's actually pretty simple. At that point, options become a kind of financial lego, where you can construct any kind of trade you like, with exactly the risk profile and profit-loss potential you require, and know the probabilities of it working out before you enter the trade. You can even construct "synthetic" stock positions based on ETFs like GLD that we can't currently access in the UK, which is nice.