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Post by Tizer » 16 Feb 2017, 09:45

Some information in today's newsletter from moneysavingexpert.com about the new pound coins and £5 banknotes....

"The new 12-sided £1 coin is being rolled out next month, and the current round version will stop being legal tender (and so won’t be accepted in shops) on 15 October 2017. After that, if you still have any old £1 coins, you won’t be able to spend them....Many banks and building societies have told us they will continue to accept the old pound coin even after 15 October. But all those we asked, including Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds/Bank of Scotland, Nationwide, RBS and Santander, said they’d only do this for their own customers."

"The shiny new plastic fivers are already in circulation, and the older, larger fiver is leaving us even sooner than the pound – the withdrawal date’s set for 5 May. Now technically, unlike the pound coin, the £5 banknote is produced by the Bank of England and not the Royal Mint. This means that, even after it’s been scrapped, the old fiver is covered by what’s effectively a Bank of England ‘buy back guarantee’ – old banknotes officially hold their face value “for all time”. That means if you’re stuck with an old fiver after 5 May, you can still exchange it at face value with the Bank of England in London, in person or by post (at your own risk). What’s more, while they’re under no obligation to do so, many banks and building societies say they will accept the old fivers from their own customers."
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Post by Stanley » 17 Feb 2017, 05:08

I'm all right, I have given all mine away. Another advantage of being poor......
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Post by Tizer » 17 Feb 2017, 12:26

The £5 note is worth so little now it's becoming transparent! :wink:

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Post by Tripps » 24 Nov 2017, 14:27

Stanley wrote:
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Good idea David, I hope it catches on!
Well it didn't so let's try again :smile:

May I recommend Rubens apples. Just got some from Tesco, and it quite the most flavoursome apple I've had since last year's Coxes. I read the label (of course) expecting it to be from Chile or some such, but found it was gown in East Kent by one Simon Mount, and is quite famous in growing circles, which is a bonus.

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Post by Tizer » 24 Nov 2017, 16:44

Thanks for raising this topic again Tripps...

My recommendation - before buying from Amazon or Ebay have a look online for any small businesses selling what you want. They may even be local to you. I often find them selling cheaper than the big web sites and giving a more personal service. You can find yourself communicating directly with the man or woman running the business and they're more polite and provide full street addresses rather than hiding behind only a web address. :smile:

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Post by Stanley » 25 Nov 2017, 04:40

never seen those apples David....
Tiz, I agree. Last example was my slow cooker, bought it in the town, instant gratification, personal contact, a good price and no postage.....
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Esse Factory Cafe down on the Ouzledale Foundry site by the canal. Muddy boots and dogs welcome.

I shoved a few more words about it up here with a link to their site;

Esse Factory Cafe
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Post by Tizer » 26 Nov 2017, 11:23

The cafe sounds a bit like the good old days when you could pop in for a pie or fish & chips and it didn't matter what you were wearing and it was cheap too. Also reminds me of Prague in the communist days where you could go to a big communal cafe for a filling hot meal of soup, dumplings and stew, all washed down with good lager while sitting at long wooden tables. Shop owners in suits sitting next to labourers in overalls. Again, all very cheap.

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Post by PanBiker » 26 Nov 2017, 13:46

Post communist days and the cafe is still going strong. It was there when we went to Prague a few years ago. I think it was somewhere around the equivalent of about £3 for two beers and two bowls of potato and dumpling stew with a chunk of bread each, a proper lunch. Doubt that it ever needs to change, they still had the long tables and benches, we went twice during our stay. :biggrin2: :extrawink:
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Post by Tizer » 26 Nov 2017, 16:43

I never guessed I'd meet anyone else who'd been to it (or to one of them if there are more than one). It's a small world. I also went to a small restaurant in a basement that was frequented by Czechs who had been aristocrats and intellectuals before the communist takeover. Had dinner with a couple who had been booted out of their country home with only what they and their family could take with them on a horse and cart. He was a scientist and friend of the director of the British research centre where I worked at the time and that's how I got invited. The director used to drive to Czechoslovakia in his Daimler Sovereign to holiday with the family and the car always caused a stir and much interest in and around Prague! Coincidentally, when later Mrs Tiz and I bought an old Daimler Sovereign as a classic car (described elsewhere on OG) it was the same model in the same colour and had one previous owner, a man who worked in `the City' and only used the car to go on holiday in Greece.

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Post by Stanley » 27 Nov 2017, 04:55

In the days when I was on the tramp and one of my bases was Glasgow I often had a meal in the British Restaurant on Clyde Street. They were started during the war and on the same lines as the Prague offering but no booze! (LINK)
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Post by Tripps » 27 Nov 2017, 20:08

Went to visit my son yesterday. He's got one of these and insisted I get one as well.
I got mine from Argos for instant gratification the same price - which is quite ridiculously cheap I'd say. :smile:

Kindle Fire 7

I already had a gumtree Hudl tablet, and in theory this isn't as quick, but I find this a lot better. It's also an experiment to escape the clutches of Google. Seems to be working at the moment, but you can't get into it unless you register with Amazon. Their clutches seem to be easier to avoid though. Supports an enormous SD card so should be good for pictures and videos. When I think back to what I've paid for gadgets over the years - this one is amazing.
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Tripps wrote:
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It's also an experiment to escape the clutches of Google. Seems to be working at the moment...
Come to China, the land of crippled Google.

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Post by Stanley » 28 Nov 2017, 04:27

I haven't mastered all the analogue technology in the shed yet so I don't want any new gadgets.
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The above link to the Kindle Fire 7 now shows a price of £50 rather than the £30 i paid only a few days ago. Warm glow developing. :smile:
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Tripps wrote:
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..Warm glow developing. :smile:
Could be your lithium battery over-heating! :laugh5:

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Post by Tripps » 09 Dec 2017, 00:21

Been meaning to put these people up for while now. Try the Kransky Sisters. Bit of an aquired taste but unique. :smile:

PS I also recommend South African - ZALZE 2016 14.5 % abv Shiraz - Mourvedre - Viognier.
Very good to accompany the music. - :smile:
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Post by Tizer » 09 Dec 2017, 11:56

At 14.5% it probably tastes more like port than the modern lower-alcohol port does!

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And gets you posting silly things late at night. . . . :smile:
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Post by Tizer » 09 Dec 2017, 16:52

Shortly after posting about port a friend visited and gave us a bottle of M&S `Special Reserve Port'. It's 20% alcohol so I take back what I said about `modern lower-alcohol port'! :smile: M&S port

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My 'As We Get It' can be 65% depending on the cask..... (LINK)
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Post by Tripps » 10 Dec 2017, 11:41

I do wish you hadn't shown me the M&S Port. When I realised the price was for six bottles not just one I got interested. :smile:

As for the cask whisky I like the comment -

"A drop of water ought to help it not overwhelm the palate".
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Post by Tizer » 10 Dec 2017, 12:23

A fire extinguisher might be useful to have around too!

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Post by Stanley » 11 Dec 2017, 05:06

Actually, the whisky is quite acceptable if you take a very small sip and let it wander round in your mouth. Very smooth, no bite at the back of the throat and you get all the flavours and keynotes. I usually do the sip and then drink the rest diluted with tap water, that way you get the best of both worlds.
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