Frank Hovis

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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from whocares in Suspect package explosion Tube   
    We had an official minute's silence at work today for the Finsbury Park van.
    It was pretty much ignored; it is more than your job's worth to openly object but people know when it's becoming stupid.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from twocents in Suspect package explosion Tube   
    It's silly and "diverse" to have this one; I will mention it if there isn't a similar one for all those young girls slaughtered in Manchester.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Roger_Mellie in My Word! Average household monthly spend   
    There is some underlying idea for me of not burning through the planet's resources.
    If I buy a new car every year that takes a lot of resources and energy and creates a lot of pollution.
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Sgt Hartman in Suspect package explosion Tube   
    Careful, that may involve a stand-up meeting with no biscuits.
    You may be sent on a course. A long one.
    In all seriousness though...the person(s) in your office that came up with that and signed it off need a bloody good slap. That seems to be a perfect example of people having the 'diversity' frighteners put up them. In a normal, sane world anyone coming up with that would have been told to put a sock in it and go and put the kettle on, silly wanker. 
    Now, it goes unopposed as people are (understandably) worried that to object could cost them a major bollocking at a minimum.
    Cultural Marxism, it's getting worse, I tell thee...
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Great Guy in My Word! Average household monthly spend   
    Does the jam really improve your life / make you happier though?
    One of my brother's first bosses bought a new car annually.  Obviously financially that's dreadful but he seemed to like that.  I would not like that.  Every day I keep a car I become more attached to it and it becomes more "my car".  I woudl really object if somebody came up tomorrow and randomly swapped my nine year old car for a new one.
    My furniture is a mixture of my parents' forty year old wooden stuff and similar from the people from whom I bought the house.
    Having known several "buyers" the underlying urge seems to be "buy this and it will improve my life".  It doesn't.
     
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Great Guy in My Word! Average household monthly spend   
    Does the jam really improve your life / make you happier though?
    One of my brother's first bosses bought a new car annually.  Obviously financially that's dreadful but he seemed to like that.  I would not like that.  Every day I keep a car I become more attached to it and it becomes more "my car".  I woudl really object if somebody came up tomorrow and randomly swapped my nine year old car for a new one.
    My furniture is a mixture of my parents' forty year old wooden stuff and similar from the people from whom I bought the house.
    Having known several "buyers" the underlying urge seems to be "buy this and it will improve my life".  It doesn't.
     
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Great Guy in My Word! Average household monthly spend   
    Does the jam really improve your life / make you happier though?
    One of my brother's first bosses bought a new car annually.  Obviously financially that's dreadful but he seemed to like that.  I would not like that.  Every day I keep a car I become more attached to it and it becomes more "my car".  I woudl really object if somebody came up tomorrow and randomly swapped my nine year old car for a new one.
    My furniture is a mixture of my parents' forty year old wooden stuff and similar from the people from whom I bought the house.
    Having known several "buyers" the underlying urge seems to be "buy this and it will improve my life".  It doesn't.
     
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Inoperational Bumblebee in Suspect package explosion Tube   
    All new clothing is suspicious; bought specially.
    I would have got off and waited for the next one.
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Van Lady in My Word! Average household monthly spend   
    Indeed!
    I hate household cleaning and do the bare minimum to keep it reasonably clean and tidy using minimal cleaning products. IME lemon juice and vinegar is fine for cleaning furniture etc. .......no need to attempt to kill 99% of all known germs as advertisers would like folk to believe!
    I’m viligant about food preparation though and wash hands, utensils used and glass board with very hot soapy water.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Virgil Caine in When the oil (and sand) runs out   
    I think we're all doing the same although without the lack of concern of the Chinese (I didn't think the Japanese were like that but it's only an impression).
    Our concern is however making sod all difference.  The current vogue for recycling and beach litter picks to save the planet is a flea bite compared to the damage done by jetting off on holiday, commuting to work, having your heating on, buying out of season food and wasting it etc. etc.
    I'm watching a a Car Throttle series on Youtube where they've bought a car with 430k miles on it, I've done 150k in mine.  The sheer volume of fuel being rapidly burned away by cars, lorries planes, container ships and the new fashion for cruise ships knocks any of this 5p for plastic bags / banning plastic straws into a cocked hat. 
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Suspect package explosion Tube   
    Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough
    It isn't fit for humans now
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    Frank Hovis reacted to mattydread in Suspect package explosion Tube   
    'Power surges' when the 2006 tube bombing broke - the explanations generator is working fine
     
    Do you have an annual one for Lee Rigby? Thisis all getting beyond a joke.
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Van Lady in My Word! Average household monthly spend   
    I’m a fan of building up natural immunity. Luckily as a kid I was allowed to play in the dirt and eat unwashed veg from the garden even the odd earthworm etc. Also have been lucky to have always eaten mainly home cooked food but admittedly the quality of food has been declining for years.
    Age 60 now. Never had flu, rarely get colds and never had food poisoning or any major illnesses/operations. Haven’t taken prescribed or over the counter medications for many years
    I’ll probably be struck down with a life threatening condition tomorrow for being smug/gloating!
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Great Guy in Suspect package explosion Tube   
    Watching ITV news. About twenty seconds about this explosion. Then went onto one year anniversary of Finsbury Park attack. Then went onto Syrians being forced to sell organs to raise money to get to Europe. Now onto Trump splitting up migrant families that invade America. 
    Honstly, fuck off ITV.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Suspect package explosion Tube   
    Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough
    It isn't fit for humans now
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Suspect package explosion Tube   
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    Frank Hovis reacted to JackieO in XXXTentacion   
    Islamic slavery is of Africans was historically massive both in scale and duration.
    Western slavery in comparison was an historical blip.
    These days an African can be picked up in Libyan slave markets for $400.
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Great Guy in XXXTentacion   
    Tbh, this is just another black artist that seems to glorify violence. I honestly can't think of a musical genre that glorifys violence that's not dominated by the black community. Can you imagine White people singing about shooting people? 
    From this we can conclude one of two things, either:
    A. Black people have violent music because of the frustrations of living in a white dominated racist society. Or,
    B. Black culture is inherently violent. This could be for cultural or genetic reasons.
    It can't be reason A because even in Africa Black culture is infamous for being violent.... I've read that blacks have more testerone in their bodies. If that's true it's a fairly good explanation for black violence. It also means that all our "outreach" programmes are effectively a waste of time.... Give them pills to reduce testerone... 
     
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Great Guy in My Word! Average household monthly spend   
    Whenever I buy something I always ask myself "I could buy this or retire X days earlier, which is better?". 
    I reckon each £50 I save is one day closer to retirement (ignoring investment returns). Which is better, a new coffee table (£250) to replace my perfectly good coffee table or retire 5 days earlier?
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    Frank Hovis reacted to JoeDavola in My Word! Average household monthly spend   
    Just had a wee check....monthly outgoings are:
    rent: £495
    spotify: £10
    netflix: £8 (could reduce both spotify and netflix by moving to a 'family' account and splitting the cost)
    gas: £15
    electricity: £15
    internet: £26
    mobile: £8
    current account fee (fuckers charging me to give them money): £5
    lunch out once a week: £30
    ....which is £612 so far...only other essentials are food and toiletries...
    I do spend a fair bit on food probably, but I don't measure it. Will be a useful thing to do out of interest to see what the damage actually is. Probably spend more than some do because I eat such a wide range of different fruit and veg.
    I do spend too much during the weekends on overpriced coffee's and coffee shop food, out of boredom if nothing else. Probably need to nip that in the bud to become a fully fledged dosbod skinflint. But based on those figures, I could live on £1K a month; although there'd be virtually no money for leisure activities or stuff like clothes ect...
    And £1K represents 7% of my total cash savings, if only I could get a 7% return on 'em!
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Austin Allegro in When the cost of washing becomes just too much   
    We now make allowances in our very tight school budget to make sure we can buy personal hygiene and washing items, such as toiletries, washing powder and toothpaste, as well as spare uniforms, shoes and deodorant, because we know increasing numbers of families simply can't afford to buy them," Ms Finney said.
    Absolute nonsense. Basic toiletries and washing powder cost a few pence. Uniforms and shoes are available, as far as I can tell, very cheaply from Poundland type shops and I bet are even cheaper bought second hand. 
    This is all bollocks, like foodbanks. Take away the need to budget, and give people free stuff, and why will anyone bother looking after themselves?
    It's just whiny lefty common-purpose type state functionaries who see 'poverty' everywhere instead of calling it the fecklessness it actually is. 
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    Frank Hovis reacted to One percent in When the cost of washing becomes just too much   
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-44532905
    A primary school is considering providing a washing machine for parents who cannot afford to keep their children's clothes clean.
    The head teacher of St Paul's Church of England Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent said she has spent own money buying items for pupils.
    Nicola Finney said it was due to a rise in children attending school with "washing and hygiene issues".
    A study found more than 40% of parents cannot afford basic hygiene products.
    Ms Finney said staff at her school were considering installing a washing machine.
    The charity which carried out the survey, In Kind Direct, provides her school with essentials such as toothpaste, soap, sanitary products and toilet roll.
     
    would anyone like to hazard a guess as to what these feckless parents do spend their money on?  A bar of soap is hardly expensive. Ffs. 
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    Frank Hovis reacted to whitevanman in My Word! Average household monthly spend   
    Married women had to give up their jobs in the olden days. Funnily enough, one average male wage was enough to run a household and raise multiple children. 
    Thank goodness modern women are free from all that horrific patriarchal oppression. 
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Hopeful in My Word! Average household monthly spend   
    A pair of jeans is £14,
    I last bought a pair of shoes 10 years ago: Barkers, Oxford from TK-Maxx £50, these are my suit shoes and also serve as DJ shoes as the events I attend don't require patent shoes or slippers. They replaced a pair of Loake Oxfords that I bought in 1986 and that were finally binned in 2012. DJ must be 20 years old.
    I Will need a new pair of deck shoes soon, maybe next year, but if Evo-stick will keep them going longer all well and good, the current ones are 17 years old.
    Evo-stick has also kept the soles on my daily walking boots attached. My other 2 pairs of expedition boots are 28 and 15 years old, respectively and still going strong and I have total confidence in them and they get hard use - just maintained well.
    This years clothes purchases so far are 2 pairs of £7.99 shorts from Lidl and a pair of jeans from Sainsbury. I tend to wear shorts year round unless I'm wearing a suit or at sea (old jeans 5-10 years vintage under Guy Cotten waterproofs). Shorts are cheaper than trousers. First new shorts I've bought for 2 years. I have 4 pairs of shorts. The old ones will go for 'rough use' - walking, painting, decorating, summer at sea etc.
    Other than 4 pairs of shorts and a pair of jeans (see first line) I haven't bought any clothes for 5 years. £5 per month is generous.
    (I bought the jeans 2 months ago and I haven't worn them yet. Just seemed a good deal. Bit extravagant really.)
    The thick socks I wear in my wellies in winter were bought in 1983 and I'm typing this wearing a polo shirt I bought around 1998 and shorts that must be 10 years old at least. The polo shirt has snags and is missing the middle button in the neck, but WTF.
    So you get the idea.
    I do have clothes in winter that have to be worn in combination, such as a jumper over a repaired shirt, as the shirt is rags, as you suggest.
    The GF is similar, purchases very little.
    Mind you, the landlord who has £millions more than me, wears much more impressive rags than mine.
     
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    Frank Hovis reacted to spunko2010 in Great Guy's "sort your plastic shit out" thread   
    No point in worrying about reducing plastic when 90% of the plastic in the oceans comes from the Top 10 Shitholes.
    https://news.sky.com/story/just-10-rivers-carry-90-of-plastic-polluting-the-oceans-11167581
    Other thing to be aware of is that trying to avoid plastic by buying "environmentally friendly" products that are imported by air or sea freight is creating more pollution than just using the bloody plastic.