Bricks & Mortar

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    Best way to transfer pounds overseas?

    I used transferwise for a couple K to Sweden. Believe it was the cheapest way to do it at the time. I regularly send few hundreds to OZ, and have stuck with paypal for this - because transferwise didn't offer as good a rate. Think I should shop around more, but never got round to that.
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    Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.

    They guy who earned £3m a year at Deutsche Bank, but took a 98% pay cut to pursue politics? Wait... have I got him confused with Macron?
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    Bye bye Treason May?

    They're just ruling on a case brought by 6 Scottish MPs, MEPs and MSPs - (all remainers) - 2 SNP, 2 Scottish Greens and 2 Labour. It's basically a Scottish grenade, tossed in at an opportune moment.
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    Bye bye Treason May?

    For me, it's her deal, coupled with 2 years of "no deal is better than a bad deal" mantra. The remainers talked up a second referendum ever since the vote. I looked at the Irish and Danish 2nd referendums. They didn't insult their electorates by asking the same question twice - they modified it. In Denmarks case, they made a deal with EU - the Edinburgh Agreement - that they could accept the treaty without ever having to join the Euro, or join the European defence organisation, and retianing DAnish citizenship rather than European. - So they put the deal to the electorate. I was thinking, a referendum could only reasonably be run along the lines of deal or no-deal. And she cooked up a real cup of sick for a deal.
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    Brexit Betrayal thread

    I can't read the Spectator article. I'm thinking it's more likely May will stay to March to see Brexit through and make sure this option isn't taken. I think she's a closet hardbrexiteer, and her deal is designed for anyone who wants to have a 2nd referendum. I think the electoral commission would say the options on that should be some re-negotiated offer, against the choice the voters already made.
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    Brexit Betrayal thread

    ^^ I'd say the odds on May staying until March just got a bit longer.
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    The Sweden is fucked thread

    Looks like the yellow vest is catching.
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    Brexit Betrayal thread

    I can imagine they might. Pardon me if this is disjointed, I'm pasting-in from something I wrote elsewhere... It's about democracy, and the lessons of the Scottish referendum, and subsequent elections in Scotland. We've had the chance to vote meaningfully, twice in a short number of years, while in England, only a single time. It divides an electorate into 2 camps, each deeply entrenched. The Leave side are quiet right now. Just waiting for free movement to end, and sovereignty returning to Westminster. In Scotland, the first election after our referendum, the nats said they respected the result, and a vote for them wasn't a vote for independence. They almost cleared the board. 56 out of 59 seats. In the 2nd election, (Scottish Parliament), they made a manifesto commitment to another referendum, in the event of a Leave vote. They failed to win a majority, forming a coalition with the Greens. By the third election, we'd already had the brexit vote and the 2nd referendum had been asked for. They lost 21 seats, and 1/3 of their vote share. I view the mechanism for the swings as a willingness among No voters to change parties to achieve their goal on the independence question. Anti-independence voters left their usual parties to vote for whoever they thought most likely to win apart from SNP. It became less about parties, and more a re-run of the referendum. But, in Scotland, you had one independence party, with the 3 main Westminster parties stacked against. In England, you have the 3 Westminster parties officially pro-EU, with only UKIP officially against. If we deny brexit at this stage, Leave voters have nowhere to go except UKIP. If you create a situation where UKIP takes 1/3 vote share from each of the main parties, they'd likely find themselves in government. (this was written recently, but before I became aware of a possible Farage party)
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    Chinese steel

    Thanks. We've owned a series of transits over 40 years. Since they moved production to Turkey, they just seem to be rust buckets. This one is probably the last anyway. Might try a Renault next time.
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    Chinese steel

    That explains my Ford Transit then.
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    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    Can't understand why people have left their cars in the streets. Are they just hoping for the insurance?
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    London - Grenfell House

    Had a quick read of production methods, and can't see why you'd need a super-fridge. As far as i saw, you mix up your chopped plant with solvent, (choose one with a boiling point lower than the plant oil). - Then boil the solvent off. Job done. What if they were using it as aircon? Maybe with the cooling element up at the open window, the door open, and the fan ducted through or over it?
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    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    Who invented the term 'agent provocateur'?
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    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    Possibly for anti-semitism? Saw quite a few alleging things about Jewish bankers and Jewish controlled French government.