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    Happy New Year from a lurker. Tom Jones proving class is permanent. Never seen Celeste before but she's amazing. 2021 has to be better. Starting from a low bar.

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      A song fur de EU to be singing to de Brits
       
      Last edited by Elshambles; 01-01-21, 00:49.
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        Super version.

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          NYE London fireworks were accompanied by a drone light show. The drone bit was amazing good.



          Kicks off at 2 minutes in.
          Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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            Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
            Person...Woman...Man......Camera..TV

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              Originally posted by Denny Crane View Post
              Start the year as you mean to go on hitch, arguing with fellow lectures
              yep! just need to track down raoul's bro now and see if he has a twitter account.
              "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                Originally posted by Emmet View Post


                Super version.
                Brilliant

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                  Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

                  The entire project looks shabby petty and sad and most of all full of uncertainty.

                  My Prediction is that whenever Labour get into power in 3 or 7 years they will realign initially on Norwegian terms rejoining in about a decade
                  I think the ship has sailed unfortunately.
                  Labour can't do what you suggest unless they campaign for it in a general election. And there seems no appetite within the party to do so.
                  If they did campaign as such they would just get blitzed by three work slogans again 'Keep Brexit Done', 'Keep Britain Sovereign'.
                  And could they rejoin just by virtue of parliamentary act, or is there an obligation to have another divisive referendum.

                  But fundamentally, I don't think the EU wants to have a member where one of the two parties of government will plausibly have Leaving as one of its policies.

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                    Originally posted by ArmaniJeans View Post

                    I think the ship has sailed unfortunately.
                    Labour can't do what you suggest unless they campaign for it in a general election. And there seems no appetite within the party to do so.
                    If they did campaign as such they would just get blitzed by three work slogans again 'Keep Brexit Done', 'Keep Britain Sovereign'.
                    And could they rejoin just by virtue of parliamentary act, or is there an obligation to have another divisive referendum.

                    But fundamentally, I don't think the EU wants to have a member where one of the two parties of government will plausibly have Leaving as one of its policies.
                    Oh yeah its gone for good now. Makes us staying in Schengen seem extra shambolic as we need to align with Europe-proper. Has a huge impact on things like visas for non-EU firms and so a knock on effect on jobs. We also need to start learning a widely spoken European language a lot sooner.
                    "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                      Some voice on Tolu!
                      "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                        Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                        Oh yeah its gone for good now. Makes us staying in Schengen seem extra shambolic as we need to align with Europe-proper. Has a huge impact on things like visas for non-EU firms and so a knock on effect on jobs. We also need to start learning a widely spoken European language a lot sooner.
                        Interesting article on that in todays IT by an Irish EU worker.
                        https://www.irishtimes.com/news/worl...bble-1.4443818
                        If I'm reading it right there's an average of just ONE Irish person per year joining the application process for jobs in the EU institutions (excluding those who get there via a government role presumably)
                        Seems an absolute slam dunk for any 20x/30x year old with a degree but not sure what to do with their life. Learn a language to fluency standard, and then purely to keep the numbers up they'll throw a very well-paid job-for-life at you.

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                          Originally posted by ArmaniJeans View Post

                          Interesting article on that in todays IT by an Irish EU worker.
                          https://www.irishtimes.com/news/worl...bble-1.4443818
                          If I'm reading it right there's an average of just ONE Irish person per year joining the application process for jobs in the EU institutions (excluding those who get there via a government role presumably)
                          Seems an absolute slam dunk for any 20x/30x year old with a degree but not sure what to do with their life. Learn a language to fluency standard, and then purely to keep the numbers up they'll throw a very well-paid job-for-life at you.
                          That seems incredibly low but given the roles available in Dublin I'm not particularly surprised they find positions hard to fill.

                          Dublin has quite a lot of entry level roles with decent salaries in all the companies people of that age want to work in.

                          I'd imagine the people they're after are being offered 50-60k+ straight out of uni with the chance of travelling and all the perks.

                          Perhaps best suited to those with designs on Academia.

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                            Originally posted by ArmaniJeans View Post

                            I think the ship has sailed unfortunately.
                            Labour can't do what you suggest unless they campaign for it in a general election. And there seems no appetite within the party to do so.
                            If they did campaign as such they would just get blitzed by three work slogans again 'Keep Brexit Done', 'Keep Britain Sovereign'.
                            And could they rejoin just by virtue of parliamentary act, or is there an obligation to have another divisive referendum.

                            But fundamentally, I don't think the EU wants to have a member where one of the two parties of government will plausibly have Leaving as one of its policies.
                            No need to even think about rejoining for over a decade.

                            The point I'm making is that the agreement rushed through last week leaves it completely in the gift of the government of the day to renegotiate right up to Norway terms without any need for a referendum and how palatable that will be for the British public will depend on things how mush of a whopping triumph the Tories can convince voters in Sunderland and the likes that Brexit has been. Labour will absolutely campaign on the basis of a deal that is de facto Norway whether or not they spell out the details, they will be saying we will do whatever is needed to keep car manufacturers in Britain.
                            I'm expecting that by then the conversation will be about controlling the damage done by Brexit though Theresa's point about people muddling through is well taken
                            .
                            Turning millions into thousands

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                              Start the year as you mean to go on hitch, arguing with fellow lectures

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                                Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post
                                The second of Steve McQueen's Small Axe films Lover's Rock is a last minute contender that snatches the best Movie or TV show and the you can throw in the best music of the year.

                                Incredible... Ladbroke grove 1980 wasn't all that different from Moyne Road 1980 and McQueen captures something really special highlight of the year.
                                it's fantastic. no doubt you'll enjoy the 4th as well. (the weakest one for me was the 3rd, simply because the story didn't grab me as much as the others), but they're all great nonetheless.

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                                  Originally posted by Denny Crane View Post
                                  Start the year as you mean to go on hitch, arguing with fellow lectures
                                  Glitch in the matrix, again
                                  Person...Woman...Man......Camera..TV

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                                    Originally posted by Elshambles View Post
                                    A song fur de EU to be singing to de Brits
                                    watched a crock of gold: a few sessions with Shane McGowan the other day. Crock of shit tbh, but the music parts are great fun.

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                                      Originally posted by shrapnel View Post

                                      it's fantastic. no doubt you'll enjoy the 4th as well. (the weakest one for me was the 3rd, simply because the story didn't grab me as much as the others), but they're all great nonetheless.
                                      Where can I watch these. Netflix and Prime coming up empty.

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                                        Just seen the 'jab and go' Ryanair ad on tv. Wow.

                                        Person...Woman...Man......Camera..TV

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                                          ​​​​​​https://twitter.com/andrewflood/stat...960363010?s=19
                                          People say I should be more humble I hope they understand, they don't listen when you mumble
                                          Get a shiny metal Revolut card! And a free tenner!
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                                            Originally posted by Lplate View Post

                                            Where can I watch these. Netflix and Prime coming up empty.
                                            BBCiPlayer
                                            other than that there are torrents available
                                            Turning millions into thousands

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                                              Originally posted by DeadParrot View Post

                                              ​​​​​​https://twitter.com/andrewflood/stat...960363010?s=19
                                              What's the difference between that tweet and the numbers Gav Reilly is reporting? I dont get it.

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                                                Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

                                                BBCiPlayer
                                                other than that there are torrents available
                                                That you with the Kildare shebeen sp?
                                                "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                  Quiz answers for Solksjaer! and others...

                                                  Originally posted by thechamp87 View Post
                                                  Partaking in a highly competitive annual Christmas quiz and stuck on some questions. Any ideas for the below?

                                                  Q62 Staycation - where are we visiting?
                                                  1. Where two tens combine in Cork Rosscarbery (tens = Ross Byrne and Joey Carbery)
                                                  2. Where the King sips his G&T Castlebar
                                                  3. Classical dance in the kitchen Ballydehob (changed our answer last minute to Ballybofey from Ballydehob...)
                                                  4. Sounds like an ambulance Nenagh
                                                  Originally posted by thechamp87 View Post
                                                  Answer was FF/FG/Green coalition - green line in the middle to complete it

                                                  Originally posted by thechamp87 View Post
                                                  A couple of musical ones...

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                                                  Flew in from Miami Beach B.O.A.C.
                                                  Didn't get to bed last night
                                                  On the way the paper bag was on my knee
                                                  Man, I had a dreadful flight

                                                  I'm back in the U.S.S.R.
                                                  You don't know how lucky you are, boy
                                                  Back in the U.S.S.R. (Yeah!)

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                                                  A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum

                                                  ...
                                                  When we called out for another drink
                                                  The waiter brought a tray
                                                  And so it was that later
                                                  As the miller told his tale

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                                                    Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

                                                    BBCiPlayer
                                                    other than that there are torrents available
                                                    Or amazon prime with a US vpn

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                                                      Originally posted by shrapnel View Post

                                                      Or amazon prime with a US vpn
                                                      Anyone figured out how to make a VPN play iplayer to chromecast?
                                                      Turning millions into thousands

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                                                        The lyrics ones are good.
                                                        Turning millions into thousands

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                                                          First screeners are out and they're good ones (I hope)

                                                          Nomadland
                                                          Promising young woman
                                                          The nest

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                                                            shrapnel

                                                            Any recommendations for restaurants in general Stoke Newington / Finsbury park area that are doing good lockdown takeaways ?


                                                            Turning millions into thousands

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                                                              Ohhhhhhhh. Was wondering why a game I clicked to buy today went from 8 pounds at selection to 6.50 pound at checkout.


                                                              Amazon UK Orders Under €22 Will Be Cheaper For Irish Shoppers From Jan 1st 2021

                                                              This section only applies to items SOLD by or Fulfilled By Amazon

                                                              We have checked on Amazon UK and they are calculating the new post Brexit VAT charges correctly for deliveries to Ireland.

                                                              From Jan 1st 2021 if the value of a package delivered from the UK to Ireland is less than €22 (including delivery charges) , then it will be exempt from Irish import VAT.

                                                              This means that on packages under €22 – Irish shoppers using Amazon UK will see a price reduction.

                                                              This should also happen with other UK retailers if they are doing things correctly. But on a few other UK sites, we tried , they are still charging UK VAT ).

                                                              22 Euro Cut off

                                                              €22 Euro is treated as £19.95 GBP for all of January 2021 . (see further down the page for the method of calculation.)
                                                              £19.95 excluding UK VAT, works out as £23.94 inclusive of UK VAT .

                                                              Therefore , Irish customers should see a 20% final price reduction at checkout on single Amazon items priced under £23.94.
                                                              (Assuming you are a Prime member and delivery will be free)



                                                              We checked the pricing on Amazon UK and were able to order an Amazon Echo Dot for £16.66 for delivery to Ireland .
                                                              This was priced at £19.99 for delivery in the UK .

                                                              Multiple low Priced Items – Examples :

                                                              If you ordered 2 different items , each priced at £18 – and they show at Amazon checkout as one delivery – then Irish VAT will be charged by Amazon on both items.

                                                              However, on the same order of 2 items costing £18 , if on checkout the order is showing as needing 2 deliveries (maybe because of low stock availability) – then no VAT will be charged on the whole order even though it is over the VAT threshold.

                                                              The VAT threshold is per “package” not per order. We have tested this out on Amazon UK – and that is how it worked (on 1st Jan).

                                                              These VAT related price reductions will only last until July 2021 because Ireland is abolishing the €22 import VAT exemption. From July 2021 VAT will be charged on all UK orders delivered to Ireland.
                                                              "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                So it only works if you have Prime apparently because you need to be able to order in amounts of money under 19.95 pounds which isn't feasible if you have to pay delivery. And only works for six months.
                                                                "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                  Something interesting on Amazon. If you now order something that is zero-rated for VAT in both UK and Ireland, they will now add on an extra import fee equal to Irish standard VAT on top, as they assume it is standard rated for VAT in the exporting country.

                                                                  Had an example there of saffron, which I was looking to get after seeing a documentary - zero rated for VAT in both countries as all herbs are. But because it was over £20 cost - they added standard Irish VAT as an extra cost on top calling it 'import fees'.

                                                                  Not sure I've explained it well there, but yeah - essentially be careful buying things from the UK that are zero rated for VAT - food mainly.
                                                                  "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                    Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                    Something interesting on Amazon. If you now order something that is zero-rated for VAT in both UK and Ireland, they will now add on an extra import fee equal to Irish standard VAT on top, as they assume it is standard rated for VAT in the exporting country.

                                                                    Had an example there of saffron, which I was looking to get after seeing a documentary - zero rated for VAT in both countries as all herbs are. But because it was over £20 cost - they added standard Irish VAT as an extra cost on top calling it 'import fees'.

                                                                    Not sure I've explained it well there, but yeah - essentially be careful buying things from the UK that are zero rated for VAT - food mainly.
                                                                    Their estimation may be off for that good, but when they don't get charged you get the money back. Same as ordering from the US amazon if it slipped through the net.

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                                                                      Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post
                                                                      shrapnel

                                                                      Any recommendations for restaurants in general Stoke Newington / Finsbury park area that are doing good lockdown takeaways ?

                                                                      Sorry SP, genuinely no idea.

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                                                                        Originally posted by Pat Mustard View Post
                                                                        Anyone got any New Year resolutions and do you keep them? I always write mine down to review and I've accomplished 2/5 from last year/for this year.
                                                                        I posted a list somewhere, but can't remember where. may have been the years previous though.
                                                                        The only one I remember was 120 training session (10 per month). Didn't get there with Covid putting a huge dent in the year. But somewhat pro-rata achieved in as I hit 90+ with 1/4 of the year with little to no access. The below doesn't count weights/cardio session, only jiu jitsu.


                                                                        Probably had something on there about getting a purple belt, which I did in November. That's taken a few year, a few injuries and one surgery.

                                                                        Will probably go again with the 120 sessions/180 hours target. Sounds easier than it is.
                                                                        Lose the covid weight. Definitely easy. But enjoy alcohol and take away is life now.
                                                                        Will prob add another non sport/fitness one. Not sure yet.

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                                                                          The clip Archbishop Martin is complaining about https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2021...on-martin-rte/

                                                                          Person...Woman...Man......Camera..TV

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                                                                            RIP Liam Reilly. Really was an anthem for Dublin
                                                                             

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                                                                              Originally posted by ComradeCollie View Post
                                                                              The clip Archbishop Martin is complaining about https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2021...on-martin-rte/

                                                                              Wow, edgy
                                                                              the kind of thing you’d roll your eyes at if a 14 year old came up with it
                                                                              cringe for MacGrianna too

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                                                                                Originally posted by Mellor View Post

                                                                                I posted a list somewhere, but can't remember where. may have been the years previous though.
                                                                                The only one I remember was 120 training session (10 per month). Didn't get there with Covid putting a huge dent in the year. But somewhat pro-rata achieved in as I hit 90+ with 1/4 of the year with little to no access. The below doesn't count weights/cardio session, only jiu jitsu.


                                                                                Probably had something on there about getting a purple belt, which I did in November. That's taken a few year, a few injuries and one surgery.

                                                                                Will probably go again with the 120 sessions/180 hours target. Sounds easier than it is.
                                                                                Lose the covid weight. Definitely easy. But enjoy alcohol and take away is life now.
                                                                                Will prob add another non sport/fitness one. Not sure yet.
                                                                                What’s the tracker app you are using?

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                                                                                  Last year, I set, what in hindsight were, totally unrealistic goals for 2020. I also didn't break them down into smaller bite sized pieces which was a mistake. Covid did play a small part in the failure but the majority of the blame has to rest with me.

                                                                                  Am currently working on a more realistic list of goals for 2021 which I will hopefully report back on this time next year!

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                                                                                    Missed one on the book recommendations list: All the Light We Cannot See.

                                                                                    Doesn't have the humour of A Gentleman in Moscow but is an equally wonderful story. Read it in an afternoon yesterday.

                                                                                    "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                      Any series from the last 5+ years worth watching?

                                                                                      Have seen Crown, Queens Gambit, Succession, watched a bit of the Ozarks.

                                                                                      Is Yellowstone any good?

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                                                                                        Gonna make this bad boy tonight. Was searching and phoning all over the shop looking for whole raw prawns and fresh squid. Drove to a fish shop in Lucan to find it closed down. Tried Eurasia Asian store and bingo.

                                                                                        Can't wait.

                                                                                        https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/next-level-paella
                                                                                        I hold silver in tit for tat, and I love you for that

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                                                                                          Originally posted by Denny Crane View Post
                                                                                          Any series from the last 5+ years worth watching?

                                                                                          Have seen Crown, Queens Gambit, Succession, watched a bit of the Ozarks.

                                                                                          Is Yellowstone any good?
                                                                                          a few which spring to mind in no particular order:

                                                                                          the good lord bird
                                                                                          fleabag
                                                                                          stranger things
                                                                                          killing eve
                                                                                          Chernobyl
                                                                                          fargo
                                                                                          umbrella academy
                                                                                          The bureau

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                                                                                            Book review of the year given the book thread is maybe not fully operational.

                                                                                            "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                                              Originally posted by Denny Crane View Post
                                                                                              Any series from the last 5+ years worth watching?

                                                                                              Have seen Crown, Queens Gambit, Succession, watched a bit of the Ozarks.

                                                                                              Is Yellowstone any good?
                                                                                              Is there any decent version of Goodreads for TV shows?
                                                                                              "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                                                Trackt maybe?

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                                                                                                  Testes positive.

                                                                                                  Main symptoms now is breathing is laboured (the odd gasp to get air in but generally feeling like breaths not deep.enough)
                                                                                                  constant headache, no smell or taste.

                                                                                                  Sleeping loads.

                                                                                                  Just keeping fingers crossed that lungs will come out of this ok.

                                                                                                  Will hold off on any NYR's re running for now anyway!


                                                                                                  NB
                                                                                                  Testes are fine. Let's just say I ran a diagnostic this morning and leave it at that

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                                                                                                    Originally posted by PSV58 View Post

                                                                                                    What’s the tracker app you are using?
                                                                                                    A web applet called MatTime.io
                                                                                                    Design for bjj specifically, bit could probably track a lot of data on it.

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                                                                                                      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                                      Book review of the year given the book thread is maybe not fully operational.

                                                                                                      NF_4 A fictionalised...

                                                                                                      All dis readin aint did nothin fur yer writin abilities
                                                                                                      PMA

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                                                                                                        Any nerd who voted for Brexit must be fear conflicted right about now...




                                                                                                        Very Pro-Amazon move by the Tories this, any small business selling into UK must be thinking WTF!
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                                                                                                          I see Bitcoin is now so close to the moon one can smell the cheese.

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                                                                                                            Originally posted by Denny Crane View Post
                                                                                                            Any series from the last 5+ years worth watching?

                                                                                                            Have seen Crown, Queens Gambit, Succession, watched a bit of the Ozarks.

                                                                                                            Is Yellowstone any good?
                                                                                                            I may destroy you and Small Axe are two exceptional series from BBC this year. I think I may destroy you may might be right up your street

                                                                                                            Speaking of up your street I'd be interested in what you think of Industry, IMO it was entertaining and all the actors in it will be stars but it was also very overrated.

                                                                                                            For something a bit off kilter try Patriot and if you like that you'll love the showrunners other series The Perpetual Grace Ltd.


                                                                                                            If you can handle time travel and a quite difficult to follow german language story Dark is the best of the genre. The Leftovers from a couple of years ago is in a similar genre and also worth watching.

                                                                                                            Atlanta, Bojack Horseman and Fleabag are the only comedies of the last few years that I'd rate

                                                                                                            A few other things worth a look off the top of my head
                                                                                                            Happy Valley
                                                                                                            The Americans
                                                                                                            Mrs America
                                                                                                            Trapped
                                                                                                            The plot against America


                                                                                                            Turning millions into thousands

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                                                                                                              Originally posted by Keane View Post
                                                                                                              I see Bitcoin is now so close to the moon one can smell the cheese.
                                                                                                              I've mates heavily involved (well at least I hope its heavily as they never shut up about it) and they are of the opinion that it's going to hit 10 times what its at now

                                                                                                              I have my doubts but clueless really and there are a lot of people looking for places to "put" money at moment



                                                                                                              Have seen pump and dump mentioned though so!?
                                                                                                              PMA

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                                                                                                                Originally posted by Keane View Post
                                                                                                                I see Bitcoin is now so close to the moon one can smell the cheese.
                                                                                                                Will sell at a mil, see you there

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                                                                                                                  Originally posted by Keane View Post
                                                                                                                  I see Bitcoin is now so close to the moon one can smell the cheese.
                                                                                                                  It’s failed at everything it was set up to do-(topple the banking system and all the other utopian bollocks) literally no utility other than an instrument for speculation-

                                                                                                                  now being manipulated by whales and a company (tether- with convicted fraudsters at the helm)printing the primary coin used to prop up bitcoins price out of thin air.
                                                                                                                  going to go down in flames at some stage but def could get closer to the moon before it happens thanks to moron so

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                                                                                                                    Forgot about the scandalous waste of energy (Bitcoin is more energy intensive per single transaction than 100,000 VISA transactions.)

                                                                                                                    even the shills have stopped pretending it has any real world use aside from the digital gold BS

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                                                                                                                      lol, who cares? gambol

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                                                                                                                        Get geared up for the homeschooling.
                                                                                                                        Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                                                                          PSV your bad takes are getting stupider, which is impressive in a way.

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