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rowland al

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About rowland al

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    Retired Defence
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    England, Wales

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  1. Am I throwing away my nest egg?

    Yes, and all credit it to you for having the enthusiasm to omit the emoji from my quote.
  2. Am I throwing away my nest egg?

    Edited. Couldn't be bothered.
  3. Sony Car Radio loses power intermittently.

    Pioneer DEH-X7800DAB Car Stereo No remote but download Pioneer ARC app to control everything.
  4. Am I throwing away my nest egg?

    You certainly have to spend a lot of your life working to pay for one.
  5. Sony Car Radio loses power intermittently.

    I had a problem with my old radio on the boat and used it as an excuse to switch to a new Bluetooth one with DAB. I bought a little DAB mag mount aerial and it seems to pull in stations far better than my old FM one. I have an app on my phone for it which lets you control it via Bluetooth and play Spotify music. The old CD changer has gone! Go on, you know you want to!
  6. Sony Car Radio loses power intermittently.

    It could be the radio. Has anything else electrical on the boat been changed since it started cutting out? if the voltage on the batteries can get as low as 11.5v and then a water pump is activated, the voltage at the radio (depending how far it is from the battery and how thick the wires are) could drop below 10.5v and cause it to cut out. I recently replaced a Shurflo pump with a Jabsco. The Jabsco seems to draw more current when activated and hence cause a bigger voltage drop.
  7. Am I throwing away my nest egg?

    The good and bad bit is all that matters in the end. Unfortunately it gets masked by words.
  8. Am I throwing away my nest egg?

    Yes, sadly what usually stops others from finding their true selves and being able to utilise their gifts are people who use control in a bad way. My father was a bit like that but maybe that was his dads fault. It's much better to share our individual and unique gifts nicely.
  9. Am I throwing away my nest egg?

    I agree from a financial point of view that bricks and mortar are a good investment. It's a pity many of us slave away for the healthiest part of our lives to achieve that financial goal/security only to realise later that quality time is all we needed all along. Some of us are lucky and don't have to slave away for those goals. Others are also lucky that they achieve that goal by doing something they enjoy. I guess it's all down to the cards we are handed.
  10. Am I throwing away my nest egg?

    Ownership and money are no more than man made concepts/tools to control others. So in a sense you are correct so long as the landlord doesn't use that control in a bad way. Sometimes it's good to be grateful for being born into wealthy family or/and having talent. Not everyone is poor because they have let themselves down.
  11. Giant puff balls

    It's illegal to kill someone else with a poisoness fungi though. I'm not sure if it is illegal to eat them if you pick them yourself. There's more than one fungi which will send you off on a trip apparently. I read that Laplanders used to feed a few Fly Agarics (the red ones with white spots) to reindeer, then drink the urine. The problem is that one Fly Agaric may contain several times more of the chemical than another. So by feeding a few to reindeer it kind of normalises the strength. Not sure if I'd want to be Father Christmas afterwards though. Edited to add, this interesting article has just come up on the BBC site- Magic mushrooms can 'reset' depressed brain http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41608984
  12. Giant puff balls

    It's illegal to kill someone else with a poisoness fungi though. I'm not sure if it is illegal to eat them if you pick them yourself. There's more than one fungi which will send you off on a trip apparently. I read that Laplanders used to feed a few Fly Agarics (the red ones with white spots) to reindeer, then drink the urine. The problem is that one Fly Agaric may contain several times more of the chemical than another. So by feeding a few to reindeer it kind of normalises the strength. Not sure if I'd want to be Father Christmas afterwards though.
  13. Am I throwing away my nest egg?

    If you can stay within the continuous cruising rules and still manage to commute to work, you could buy the boat then explore that area for a period to gauge where you want to be. You don't need to commit to a permanent mooring straight away. It will also give you time to test the water, so to speak, and chat to other boaters. As regards investment. No, a boat is not a good financial investment. As others have suggested, keep that in bricks and mortar. For me a house will never beat living on a boat, but it's the best way to invest your money..
  14. Giant puff balls

    I've picked and eaten it. To be honest, it doesn't really have any flavour and if you don't cook it right it's just like eating slimy egg white. Like a lot of bland foods, it's what you cook it with which matters. Also they need to be picked early before they start to go off. Be careful out there though, there a a few killers like Destroying Angel and Death Caps.
  15. Bridgewater permits and licenses

    I think we would all agree we need rules as having no rules would probably be a lot worse. Anarchy in fact. The problem occurs when people start to make up rules which are against the interests of the vast majority just to please a small minority. Equally a problem occurs when a small minority don't respect rules which are in the interests of the vast majority, It's a fine balance is the law!
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