Frank Hovis

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  1. Charles Manson: the evil monster of the sixties. The Beach Boys: stripey shirt wearing softies. Nope. Dennis Wilson kicked the crap out of him.
  2. Expose yourself to it a lot until you pick up the rhythms and the understanding. Skip the language tuition and just listen to it.
  3. I couldn't find much on t' internet it but I saw a programme on it. With his wife came his mother in law and they were both putting him under pressure to keep earning; he was the classic workhorse in traction pressurised to keep earning and not enjoying a single second of his life. He jumped and then started enjoying life again; ditching responsibility and living for the moment. There was a photograph of him with his wife and mother in law; he looked miserable, fat, and 55 going on dead. Then the police one. He looked about 35, fit as a fiddle, and stress free. The years had dropped from him. IME some women change massively once it tips into a relationship; the fun goes out of it and you become a combination of a wallet, handyman, domestic servant and a wall to shout at. This has been massively explored on the DOSBODS thread so I'm not tipping this thread into it.
  4. I was two streets away from the bus bombing which was part of those attacks on a course and unbeknownst to me, since I had no mobile and was staying up in London for the weekend*, I was the last person accounted for from my company. I returned on the Sunday night to multiple requests to contact HR on my answerphone. I was on a course in a basement room of a hotel so was in no danger and didn't even hear it. * As it was on a Thursday I assume I had taken Friday off which would account for my being the last to confirm they were ok.
  5. I was just picking up those from 2010 but absolutely. Even worst case for the Finsbury Park attack it's still one death versus thirty five.
  6. I can understand why some people see no way out but doing a Reggie Perrin always seems the best way when everything is looking so bleak, this is the best RL example IMO:
  7. 10/10 for being arseholes here: Headline and first linbe of the story: And then reality comes along: Well at least they mentioned islamist anyway. Right wing terror attacks in the UK: one man in a van knocks over an old man. I don't count Jo Cox as IMO that was a benefits dispute. islamist attacks in the uk: 2013, 22 May: A British soldier, Lee Rigby, was murdered in an attack in Woolwich by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, two Islamist extremists armed with a handgun, knives and a cleaver. Both men were sentenced to life imprisonment, with Adebolajo given a whole life order and Adebowale ordered to serve at least 45 years.[49] 2017, 22 March: 2017 Westminster attack – Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old Islamist, drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four and injuring almost fifty. He ran into the grounds of the Palace of Westminster and fatally stabbed a police officer, before being shot dead by police. The attack was treated as an act of terrorism motivated by Islamic extremism.[54][55][56][57] 2017, 22 May: Manchester Arena bombing – An Islamist suicide bomber, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, blew himself up at Manchester Arena as people were leaving a concert, killing 22 and injuring 139. It became the deadliest terrorist attack in Britain since the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. Many of the victims were children or teenagers, the youngest being an eight-year-old girl.[58][59] 2017, 3 June: 2017 London Bridge attack – Three Islamists drove a van into pedestrians on London bridge before stabbing people in and around pubs in nearby Borough Market. Eight people were killed and at least 48 wounded.[60][61][62] The attackers were shot dead by police eight minutes after the incident was reported. All three were wearing fake suicide bomb vests. Casualties from right wing terror attacks: one already sick old man. Casualties from islamic terror attacks: 35 dead, 237 wounded. So which is the story's lead? Right wing terror for fuck's sake. Arseholes indeed.
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    Its 'Nick'!

    Crossing with another thread that was also the opening premise of Blake's 7; the state frames him for similar charges so that he is not only imprisoned but discredited do can never become a political threat again.
  9. I sit corrected. It won't give you that but does show you the track through the day and night; I could recognise the stages of a walk through the pulse record: high pulse = hill.
  10. Fitbit Charge 3 was flagged in reviews as the best for this heart monitoring. So I bought one. It gives you tracking graphs through the day; I find it excellent.
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    Its 'Nick'!

    Absolutely. I will have thousands of images stored on my phone or PC that I have not consciously noticed or Eden seen: various sidebars such as The Mail, advert bars, Microsoft home screens, things carried on the bottom section of the screen that I don't scroll down to so have literally never seen. I presume none of the sites I visit carry illegal images but if they did then I would unknowingly have them stored; even if I regularly clear the cache, which I tend not to bother doing, they will still be there in the memory for a long time until they are overwritten with more data. In the days before ad blocker, no script and pop up blocker it was even worse: you had little control over what you were seeing. Whilst I don't remember any illegal pop ups even back in the 90s I'd accept it is possible that there were. Given that uncertainty if something was planted who could 100% swear that it was given that your computer is downloading a lot of things that per my opening paragraph you literally have never seen?
  12. If someone is a single note poster and you know in advance what they're going to say then putting them on ignore gives you less scrolling to do on threads. I had Injin on ignore on ToS. I had nothing against Injin but knew what he would say every time he posted so much so that I didn't need to read it. I didn't dislike Injin, had never had an argument or fallen out with him but I found the forum better for not reading his singular worldview across thread after thread.
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    I don't like the way that his contacts book is being used as a proxy for a list of the guilty. I used to work, and get on with, a bloke who went on to commit two insurance frauds with the second meaning that he had to do a runner from Kenya to avoid decades in a Kenyan jail. I'm probably in his contacts book despite not having spoken to him for twenty years as he did try once to get me to work for his broking operation; where the first frauds happened. When I knew him he was doing his average job in a reasonable manner and I had no reason to think he would go on to making a career of fraud.
  14. I have noted how a succession of chancellors - Howe, Clark, Major - made great efforts to simplify the tax system and took Tolley's tax manual down from two volumes to one. Starting with Brown and thereafter it has bloated again and all the good work has been undone and more. There is plenty of work for tax accountants these days. What has gone, owing to computers, is the army of clerks that used to total up columns of figures, shuffle and match paper dockets, and work late nights getting the trial balance to balance. I would estimate that compared to the late 1980s when computerised systems were only just starting that two thirds of the headcount in finance departments has gone and all from the junior roles. It's efficient but there aren't the openings for ambitious younger people that there used to be under the old pyramid structure; juniors can now be in their fifties having done the same job since they were twenty so the ways in for those without experience are very limited.