Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Future?

Architect Renato Vidal from Italy is the latest to jump on the affordable housing bandwagon with his newest design - an affordable (£24,000 or $32,810) flat pack folding home that requires only 6-7 hours to build. And while style isn’t a necessity, Vidal has managed to make these tiny homes extremely sleek looking - and eco-friendly.
The innovative M.A.Di houses, which are made in a factory, flat-packed, and then easily transported to virtually any location “can be built without the need for it to be constructed on concrete foundations.” The best part? The assembly process requires just three people and a few hours of manual labour. And for those looking to live green, the eco-friendly house has the capacity to become “completely off-grid with solar panels, LED lighting, and grey water systems.”
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M.A.Di Home / mediadrumworld.com
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(M.A.Di Home / mediadrumworld.com)
Building the house is as simple as unfolding each module, pitching the roof, and adding interior walls and flooring and windows. All basic models include a bathroom, kitchen connections and technical installations, and a 60-day delivery guarantee.
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M.A.Di Home / mediadrumworld.com
The tiny house is available in a variety of sizes depending on budget and space needed. Currently, options range from a 290-square-foot tiny home with a one-stage staircase for £24.8K ($32.8K) to a 904-square-foot family home with a two-stage staircase that will cost you £54.9K ($72.8K).
And if you ever decide you need a change of scenery, the M.A.Di home can be easily collapsed and moved to a new location.

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British Budget

The article is far too long to post so pop over to the BBC for a "summary".

But don't expect to benefit personally.

Well Said

Never confuse movement with action.
Ernest Hemingway
US author & journalist (1899 - 1961)

What am I Missing?

PosTeamPWDLGDPts
1Tottenham5410813
2Real Madrid5311910
3Dortmund5023-52
4APOEL5023-122
Is currently how it stands in the Uefa Champions League, with one more game to play (Spurs take on Nicosia in their last game on 6th December) and I can see Spurs are three points clear. But if we do lose and Madrid win, we would have equal points and the Spanish team will have a superior GD, so wouldn't they go through as group winners?

The only thing I can think of is the "head to head" results if it is a draw on points and they ignore goal differences (but why?)- we go top as we have beaten and drawn with Real.

But surely the whole point of using goal differences is to encourage teams to play more attacking football. How can this be ignored?




*confused of Bangkok*

Here we Go

Our tenants have now moved out and we've heard from our agents that the keys have been collected by our neighbours who have taken on the task of refurbishing the flat.

It's a big job for the husband and wife team (Colin and Mary) but they have done a number of these kinds of jobs around the area and we like and trust them to help us out.  Nor will they charge VAT!

Anyway, the pad is off the market for the foreseeable and I hope we can look at getting new tenants in before the year is out.

Quartet

Loved it but it was filled with too much screeching music for my taste- I am not a fan.  But the film was a beauty and will offer you a full range of emotional responses.  Anyway, what this guy says:

What remarkable good fortune that Dustin Hoffman chose this Ronald Harwood play (and screenplay) for his directorial debut at age 75. This is a movie for actors, and there are many terrific performances in this wonderful ensemble piece about the residents of a home for aging musicians, which we saw at our movie preview club.

But the warmth of the story - the vibrancy of the seniors playing string quartets and practicing their cellos and clarinets, their friendships, annoyances, disappointments, and even loves - marks this film as something very special.

Hoffman has taken a beautiful English estate and turned it into a world of music filled with well-drawn and compelling characters: the woman with advancing dementia who relishes the CD of her performing Rigoletto 40 years ago; the flirtatious Wilf, whose "advances" towards the women on staff are never offensive and always charming; the aging diva - the always wonderful Maggie Smith - who is horrified by the thought that by moving in her life is over.

The best drawn (and in my mind, played) character is Wilf's best friend Reggie, who doesn't get Wilf's preferential treatment but has a quiet dignity and love of his life and his art that quietly shines through. His scene teaching students by comparing opera and rap may be this film's best. 

Reggie is played by one of the most underrated and powerful British actors of his time, the estimable Tom Courtenay. It's hard to believe it's been 50 years since he starred as a 25-year-old in The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner. In a performance of grace, nuance, and elegance, Courtenay outshines even Maggie Smith. Perhaps he's inspired by working again from a Harwood screenplay; it was Harwood who wrote The Dresser, an excellent 1983 vehicle for Courtenay and Albert Finney.

One more note: Finney was apparently supposed to play the Wilf role, but unfortunately was not up to it health-wise. But comedian Billy Connolly's performance is just splendid.


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Handy

Printable Dart Double out Chart

Up the Oche

I believe the dart board has been installed at the Corner 93 and so I will leave wifey to the TV tonight and take a stroll down to have a look see.  I even found my old darts (no signs of rust...) so I can take a few throws.

I just hope the eyesight is still up to it.  😁

DYK?

Making Jerky- the Lazy Way

I bought a similar large plastic storage box and decided that I could do without heating the interior as it is so warm here all day/night round so didn't need to cut out a hole for the light bulb.

I also figured I wouldn't need to cut a hole for the fan as I could just sit it on the bottom of the box and let the power cord simply trail out between the box and the lid (the fan was also a more powerful fan to speed up drying times).

Finally to continue on with the holeless scheme of things I improved on the hanging rods idea by simply buying a couple of wire baking trays, the kind you use to allow pastries to cool off and then bulldog clipping them together so they covered the full width and breadth of the box.  To suspend the wire trays I just slipped in four "S" hooks into all four corners.

And as to the hole at the other end of the box to allow the drying air generated from the fan to exit, I simple lifted the lid to leave a portion of the box open.  This also helped with enabling the power cord of the fan to exit.

I think the only original item/idea I retained was the use of the plastic coated paper clips.

Now I can make as much jerky as I want and with the more powerful fan I can get it done for the following morning for instant gratification.

I'll sort out some photos of the unit soon- I just can't be arsed at the moment.

Making Jerky- Professional

Huge fan of this snack food and it's all down to Francois that I am able to make my own after months of bugging him to make some for me.  He gave me his jerky making kit when he moved out of his pad and in with his girlfriend.

Essentially it is a big plastic storage box which he had modified by cutting two holes in the side to allow a bulb (heat) and a fan (to dry) to access the inside of the box and then a series of small drilled holes along the top, just under the lid, to push through some metal rods to hang the prepared beef from.

There was also another hole cut into the opposite side of the box directly opposed to where the fan was located to allow a good draught of air to pass through the box to dry the meat.

You than thread the marinaded beef onto paper clips (must be plastic coated, not bare, as the metal can rust over use and that's no good), hang them off the metal rods (cut down from wire coat hangers), pop the lid on, switch on both the light bulb and fan and wait a day or so until the beef has dried.

It was cool piece of kit, lovingly  put together and it worked a treat, yet I figured I could make a lazier version to speed things up.  I seem to have succeeded- as the next post will reveal.

Viz Bits

Roger’s Profanisaurus – the road less travelled

Double Murder

I'm not sure if this holds in UK law but watching an episode of an American cop show they decided that some guy was innocent of killing his wife because she was already dead before he fired a shot into her heart.  Apparently, aside from being an utter bastard, he didn't break any laws.

Yet we know that you can be arrested and sent down for life for attempted murder, so if that doesn't show intent to want to kill, I don't know what can be clearer.

Six Million Dollar Man

But he wasn't really, was he?  He had 1 x eye, 1 x new arm and 2 x new legs essentially meaning he only had one original limb left.  That makes him more of a robot/cyborg than a gadgy.

Guess what I watched yesterday afternoon?

C & H

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Much Needed

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This may not be familiar to many of you, but it is essential to me for making the most of the infra red "Kinect" gadget that goes with the XBox 360.

It's a simple little clip on shelf that the Kinect can sit on and raises it to the perfect height to use with XBox games that feature motion sensor movements to play.

Currently it is sitting in front of the flat screen TV and it is too low to properly read all body movements to play games accurately.

Anyway, bastard difficult to find in the shops I managed to locate this on-line and Francois has ordered it for me via his account to arrive hopefully next week.  A snip at £3 odd.

Mansplaining?

Is apparently when a blurk feels the need to explain something obvious, such as a fact, concept or idea to a burd.  Said burd is obviously fully aware of the meaning already.

I would love to know who came up with this "phrase"- male or female.  Either way, I feel like vomiting.  Why do we have to put up with these micro fads?  Why can't we ignore the perpetrators and let them all die a swift death.

Hasn't the world been dumbed down enough already?

Joke de Jour

Wifey: You missed a right.

Hubby: Thanks, you Mrs right.

DYK?

Well Said

The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.
Victor Borge
US (Danish-born) comedian & pianist (1909 - 2000)

News Thump

Queen and Prince Philip married for seventy years
As Elizabeth and Philip today celebrate seven decades of marriage, relationship experts have drawn a number of observations and wise tips from their example to ensure any young couple a long and happy marriage.
The tips include:
  1. Make sure you are one of the richest couples in the world. Money can’t buy you happiness, but it really, really does help.
  2. Try to ensure that you inherit an extensive property portfolio. Having a choice of places to live in helps revive a monotonous marriage.
  3. Make full use of any servants. Seriously, make them do everything. If you don’t have to argue over who has to put the bins out this week, your marriage stands a much better chance of going the distance.
  4. Ensure you travel the world regularly, and make someone else pay for it. Travel will spice up a marriage, as will meeting foreign leaders. Try not to be racist to the dark skinned ones, though.
  5. Make time for your individual hobbies. For her, it could be horse riding. For him, maybe some light plotting to murder relatives you don’t like. You know, whatever works for you.
  6. Breed some photogenic great-grandchildren. Their cherubic faces will keep you going through the tough times.
  7. Smoke weed. Seriously. It was nearly called Bud-Ingham Palace.
  8. Remember that in the not too distant future, the Sun at the heart of our Solar System will suddenly expand and engulf the Earth, boiling the oceans and bringing instant death to all that remain. So you might as well try and make that marriage work while you can.
Elizabeth and Philip are celebrating their marriage by releasing some stamps.
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Match Report

When the time comes to pull the names out of the hat at Uefa headquarters next month, none of the second-placed teams will want to draw Tottenham Hotspur. There is no longer evidence of any inferiority complex when they rub shoulders with Europe’s elite and they will fancy themselves against anyone after winning Group H – at the expense of the mighty Real Madrid, no less – with a game to spare after this mature, resilient victory away to Borussia Dortmund.

Their reward is a relaxing evening when they host Apoel Nicosia at Wembley next month and, more importantly, playing the second leg of their last-16 tie at home. Behind to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fine goal, Tottenham rallied in the second half to end Dortmund’s slim hopes of snatching second from Madrid, with Harry Kane scoring his sixth goal in five games, Son Heung-min applying a super finishing touch and Dele Alli producing an unselfish display. For Dortmund, exiting the Champions League was tough to take. Peter Bosz’s beleaguered side visit Madrid, who destroyed Apoel, in their final match and are not even sure of finishing third, but they could not complain. Tottenham were superior.
As Tottenham set off in pursuit of the result that would increase their chances of a favourable draw in the last 16, a year since defeat in Monaco brought a premature end to their interest in this competition for another campaign, it was worth taking a moment to reflect on the brutal manner in which Dortmund devoured them in the Europa League two seasons ago. Tottenham have come a long way since those days, back when they seemed to shrink in the company of the silkiest continental sides, and securing their progress from this most daunting of groups with that enchanting victory over Madrid three weeks ago meant that they began with a sense of freedom at one of European football’s most iconic venues.
However it was also a mark of Tottenham’s tougher mentality that it was difficult to detect any weaknesses in their line-up, three days after the bruising experience of losing the north London derby. Mauricio Pochettino was unwilling to accept any loss of momentum, even though the stakes were lower than might have been anticipated when the groups were drawn, while he knew that Dortmund were not to be taken lightly despite the mess the Germans have made of their qualification attempts.
Two draws with Apoel meant that Dortmund’s hopes of progression were already hanging by a thread by the time news filtered through that Madrid were hammering the lowly Cypriots, and perhaps that explained the muted celebrations that greeted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s glorious opener after 30 minutes.
The goal was a reminder of Dortmund’s class, the Gabon striker drilling a low shot past Hugo Lloris after being released by a stunning flick from the impressive Andriy Yarmolenko, but it was a bittersweet moment, too. The Dortmund manager Peter Bosz, who is under intense pressure after a dreadful run that has seen them slip from the Bundesliga summit to fifth place, stayed in his seat on the bench, his expression impossible to read.
Aubameyang, who was back in the side after being dropped for disciplinary reasons at the weekend, hardly looked delighted, even though the striker was a constant thorn in the side of Tottenham’s back three. The sense of what might have been hung over Dortmund.
Yarmolenko was elusive in the hole, impudently creating an early chance that Aubameyang scuffed wide, but Tottenham also enjoyed themselves at times. Pochettino made four changes from the defeat to Arsenal, bringing in Danny Rose, Serge Aurier, Harry Winks and Son Heung-min, whose movement threatened to expose Dortmund’s risky high line, and Roman Burki had to make excellent saves to deny Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier before half-time.
Despite trailing, Tottenham felt confident of prising open an unconvincing defence and it did not come as a surprise when they equalised three minutes after the break. Dortmund’s self-destructive tendencies were encapsulated when Jeremy Toljan’s indecision allowed Rose to divert the ball to Dele Alli, who quickly shuffled it on to Harry Kane.
The striker had been a peripheral presence, but he bullied Dortmund at Wembley in September and his shot, aimed low to Burki’s right from 20 yards, settled Pochettino’s side. Aubameyang faded, Yarmolenko’s influence diminished and the moment Tottenham were waiting for arrived when Alli, showing great determination and skill, bustled past a series of weak challenges and into the area before finding Son, who curled a peach of a shot past Burki.
TG

Pride is Back

After the appalling performance against The Arse we played Dortmund and came back from 1 - 0 down to win 2 - 1 and guarantee our place in the knock out rounds of the Champion's League.

Not to worry though as normal service will be resumed- we face WBA on the weekend and that guarantees us another loss.

Joe 90

Why would they use a 9 year old kid to become a super secret spy and not an adult or trained agent?  I saw the pilot of this Gerry Anderson puppet show and that question has been bugging me all day.

My Old Lady

Quality film set in Paris where Kevin Kline inherits a huge house following the death of his father but then finds complications when he arrives from New York to sell the place and finds a a sit in tenant, Maggie Smith.  With Kristin Scott Thomas playing the daughter, this quirky tale follows the collision of two worlds as Kline realises that French law is entirely different to US law and not only has 92 year old Smith got the right to live in the building rent free until she dies but he also has to pay her 2 400€ a month.

That particular law is called viager and it is essentially an equity release scheme which allows the release of cash to a property owner in return for an interest in the property on the owner's death.

C & H

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

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Viz Bits

Roger’s Profanisaurus – twat hour

New Arrivals

The Corner at 79 has had a new pool table installed and yesterday we heard the dart board is going in today/tomorrow.  Guess I'll be dusting down my own set of arrows to give them a try out.  I used to be OK but haven't thrown in decades, so I'll need plenty of practise.  Looking forward to it.

Well Said

I know of only one bird - the parrot - that talks; and it can't fly very high.
Wilbur Wrightdeclining to make a speech in 1908
US airplane designer & aviation pioneer with brother Orville Wright (1867 - 1912)

Can Only Get Better?

Spurs, who have already thankfully qualified for the knock stages of the Champion's League take on Borussia Dortmund in Germany tonight.  It can't be any worse than our weekend nightmare against The Arse, can it?

I'll find out in the morning.

Good to See Bangers in the Mix

InterNations recently released its 2017 list of the best cities for living and working abroad although I have no idea why they use New York as the comparison.  American company?  To compile the data, they surveyed 7 985 expats living in 40 countries.

A city had to be mentioned at least 45 times to be included and city rankings were determined based on the quality and cost of urban living, quality of work life and finances, ease of settling into the city and the cost of beer.  We approve as we do of entry #8.

27. Stockholm, Sweden
Cost of living compared with New York City: 12.8% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $1,406.43 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $74.58
Commuter pass: $98.96
Cappuccino: $4.33
Domestic beer: $7.15
26. Cape Town, South Africa
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Cost of living compared with New York City: 59.1% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $716.30 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $58.33
Commuter pass: $24.20
Cappuccino: $1.62
Domestic beer: $2.07
25. Kampala, Uganda
Cost of living compared with New York City: 65.4%
Monthly:
Rent: $234.87 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $51.57
Commuter pass: $29.90
Cappuccino: $2.10
Domestic beer: $1.10
24. Munich, Germany
Cost of living compared with New York City: 21.8% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $1,057.55 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $257.57
Commuter pass: $75.83
Cappuccino: $3.36
Domestic beer: $4.43
23. Zurich, Switzerland
Cost of living compared with New York City: 36.4% higher
Monthly:
Rent: $1,842.98 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $167.61
Commuter pass: $84.36
Cappuccino: $4.93
Domestic beer: $7.03
22. Vienna, Austria
Cost of living compared with New York City: 25.8% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $922.85 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $195.74
Commuter pass: $52.51
Cappuccino: $3.64
Domestic beer: $4.20
21. Seoul, South Korea
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Cost of living compared with New York City: 17% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $824.89 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $149.51
Commuter pass: $49.11
Cappuccino: $4.10
Domestic beer: $3.13
20. Hamburg, Germany
Cost of living compared with New York City: 23% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $854.88 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $259.92
Commuter pass: $102.92
Cappuccino: $3.34
Domestic beer: $4.43
19. The Hague, Netherlands
Cost of living compared to New York City: 18.7% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $987.94 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $149.17
Commuter pass: $81.67
Cappuccino: $3.10
Domestic beer: $4.67
18. Berlin, Germany
Cost of living compared with New York City: 29.7% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $874.85 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $270.39
Commuter pass: $94.49
Cappuccino: $3.06
Domestic beer: $3.62
17. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Cost of living compared with New York City: 28% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $1,882.28 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $172.85
Commuter pass: $66.66
Cappuccino: $4.45
Domestic beer: $10.67
16. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Cost of living compared with New York City: 8.8% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $1,610.99 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $268.13
Commuter pass: $46.67
Cappuccino: $3.71
Domestic beer: $5.83
15. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Cost of living compared with New York City: 34.5% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $1,816.94 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $103.92
Commuter pass: $21.78
Cappuccino: $4.90
Domestic beer: $9.53
14. Auckland, New Zealand
Cost of living compared with New York City: 17% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $1,208.88 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $131.34
Commuter pass: $138.01
Cappuccino: $3.11
Domestic beer: $6.04
13. Budapest, Hungary
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Cost of living compared with New York City: 52.2% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $499.23 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $180.43
Commuter pass: $35.56
Cappuccino: $1.51
Domestic beer: $1.68
12. Muscat, Oman
Cost of living compared with New York City: 48.5% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $755.79 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $59.87
Commuter pass: $25.97
Cappuccino: $4.39
Domestic beer: $7.79
11. Mexico City, Mexico
Cost of living compared with New York City: 62.8%
Monthly:
Rent: $482.29 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $39.07
Commuter pass: $15.70
Cappuccino: $2.02
Domestic beer: $1.57
10. Frankfurt, Germany
Cost of living compared with New York City: 21.2%
Monthly:
Rent: $1,059.52 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $242.30
Commuter pass: $101.23
Cappuccino: $3.28
Domestic beer: $4.67
9. Basel, Switzerland
Cost of living compared with New York City: 29.9% higher
Monthly:
Rent: $1,351.15 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $208.64
Commuter pass: $80.30
Cappuccino: $5.29
Domestic beer: $8.03
8. Bangkok, Thailand
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Cost of living compared with New York City: 45.8% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $636.70 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $83.45
Commuter pass: $30.25
Cappuccino: $2.18
Domestic beer: $2.01
7. Johannesburg, South Africa
Cost of living compared with New York City: 56.9% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $480.83 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $68.83
Commuter pass: $34.50
Cappuccino: $1.67
Domestic beer: $2.07
6. Barcelona, Spain
Cost of living compared with New York City: 34%
Monthly:
Rent: $990.58 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $153.77
Commuter pass: $58.35
Cappuccino: $2.00
Domestic beer: $3.27
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cost of living compared with New York City: 16.1% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $1,646.41 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $179.19
Commuter pass: $104.92
Cappuccino: $3.18
Domestic beer: $5.25
4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Cost of living compared with New York City: 55.6% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $540.08 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $52.45
Commuter pass: $29.85
Cappuccino: $2.53
Domestic beer: $3.58
3. Madrid, Spain
Cost of living compared with New York City: 35.2%
Monthly:
Rent: $919.92 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $138.04
Commuter pass: $63.65
Cappuccino: $1.97
Domestic beer: $3.26
2. Prague, Czech Republic
Cost of living compared with New York City: 49.5% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $703.08 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $184.45
Commuter pass: $25.09
Cappuccino: $2.12
Domestic beer: $1.60
1. Manama, Bahrain
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Cost of living compared with New York City: 42.1% lower
Monthly:
Rent: $940.43 for a one-bedroom in the city center
Utilities: $84.00
Commuter pass: $39.74
Cappuccino: $4.59
Domestic beer: $9.27

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