pablo

@pablo

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  • pablo posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Thankyou everyone.
    We have a slightly unusual set of criteria for the house/flat and not the biggest budget ever given the area we are in. If we could stretch to another £200 a month it would be a lot easier to find something suitable, but we can’t and there has to be a line drawn somewhere, so we are having to look at things a bit differently…[Read more]

  • pablo posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

    Do you ever feel like somewhere is too posh or something is too nice for you. Is this a feeling anyone else gets?
    I’m flat hunting at the moment (only rental) and have booked to view a place which, asides from an ill-thought out tiny kitchen, is pretty much perfect. It’s a new build but done as a one off rather than part of a big development and…[Read more]

    • Yes you are being silly! If you love the place then snap it up and make it your home. Nothing is “too good” or “too posh” for you (I don’t just mean you, I mean each of us). If you genuinely like something and can afford it then have it.

      No idea re council tax, sorry

    • Yes, you are being silly! You deserve the best. So, if you can afford the new build, put a deposit on it quickly. You can put your own stamp on anywhere you live and can show your good taste through charity shop buys and other bargains, everything doesn’t have to be mismatched as in ‘doesn’t go together’. You just need to choose carefully.

    • Yes I agree with the others your being very silly. I know someone who can afford the very best of everything but delights in furnishing her home with ‘homemade’ shabby chic – nothing matches but she delights in showing people what she has rescued from skips and charity shops and then tarted up. Go for it put your own stamp on things.

    • We felt the same way when we viewed our current house! A beautiful Edwardian house with original tiled hall floor, high ceilings etc. We thought surely people like us can’t live in a place like this? But we bought it anyway and absolutely love it. Still don’t have any downstairs curtains in the living room but hey ho! One day!

      • That’s like me! I bought a derelict Victorian house and did it up. I’d never have been able to afford it if it had been in England. I love it to bits but I still feel sometimes like I’m here under false pretences and one day someone is going to find me out

    • We bought a house that I felt like that about. At first our furniture was swimming in it! Been here 19 years now, we have filled it!

      Go for it, as long as the council tax and heating bills etc are manageable.

    • You should definitely snap it up, (so long as it’s within your budget) and enjoy it. Why on earth shouldn’t you? Furnishing it your own way is what makes it your home and is really fun.
      I started out with all second hand furniture and carpets in my first homes and often checked skips and charity shops for items I could recycle, (and still do). I…[Read more]

    • You are being silly.
      If you love the place then go for it – actually if the fixtures and fittings are good quality then breathe a sigh of relief – you won’t be needing to replace them for ages (if ever).
      It’s not the cost of furniture that’s important – it’s the love and thought behind choosing those pieces that’s important. Everyone has…[Read more]

    • Thankyou everyone.
      We have a slightly unusual set of criteria for the house/flat and not the biggest budget ever given the area we are in. If we could stretch to another £200 a month it would be a lot easier to find something suitable, but we can’t and there has to be a line drawn somewhere, so we are having to look at things a bit differently…[Read more]

    • I think there’s a difference between wondering if it’s too good for you (which is rubbish, by the way ) and something which just isn’t going to work for you. A lovely cream carpet in the hall would feel like luxury to me, but it would be completely incompatible with my lifestyle aka im one dirty person.

      Equally, if you want matchy furniture, it’s…[Read more]

    • You don’t want things that match too well and make it look like a show room, I would find that uncomfortable. I’m in the process of decorating with a combination of second hand and OHs furniture and my random bits and pieces with a few quality new things to tie it all together and I think that makes it all the more lovely and personal. Also I bet…[Read more]

  • pablo posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

    I finally have a box for printer waste collection cartridges which has come through our stationary supplier but I am a bit confused as to whether we should be putting the cartridges in loose or retain them in their original packaging (we did this anyway whilst we stored the used ones in a cupboard awaiting our waste collection box). There are…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    I help out at Food Bank too. AND (a while back) considered becoming a Cits Advice “voluntary adviser” (i.e. unpaid!!) – the commitment they were expecting, one full day or two half days, was IMO way too much commitment to be fair for a volunteer, and the training was 10 weeks where you had to be prepared to commit to two half days either training…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    This is a cool idea. You could even bury them underground in hot or cold climates and isolate the farm from harsh daily thermal cycling whilst still getting energy from the sun. All the more important as more and more regional climates go to hell.

    Eventually when low cost nuclear fusion is cracked (probably not soon…), you can then build very…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    Most of the energy is in forwards velocity, not height, for a stable orbit. Although the OP didn’t specifically refer to orbits.

    It’s not actually that much energy required. A quick estimate suggests the minimum energy required to put mass into geostationary orbit is about 60 MJ/kg or 16 kWH/kg, or about £2.50 worth of electricity at reta…[Read more]