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    PositiveDev's trading journey

    Saw this article and thought it may be of interest to you (and others I guess). From what I've read of your posts, it appears that you are interested in the Psychology in and around trading etc. http://www.businessinsider.com/the-gamblers-fallacy-and-the-hot-hand-2014-4 Personally, I don't trade or gamble, so can't comment much. Interesting read nonetheless.
  2. http://techcrunch.co...ment-ecosystem/ Interesting little snippet here though... http://p2pfoundation.net/OpenCoin The LDA link takes me to 'Greater London Authority' website. Which also came up in a search for LDA. Can anyone shed any light on LDA?
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    The Best of Youtube - Music

    Thanks PositiveDeviant, I enjoyed that. Just happened across this little beauty: (Sorry, couldn't figure out how to embed on a mobile)
  4. My old man's courgettes have done really well this year. He waters them every evening - do you do the same? The leaves on his are similar and have been previous years. I don't think it's anything to worry about (perhaps DYOR though ). See if you can get some small leek plants to stick in. They will be fine going in now and you'll be able to have leek and potato soup all winter. Have you got a supply of manure?
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    It's good to get a balanced view.
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    Ha ha, that's a point. Why is there no-one shouting "fiat is in a bubble! get out now!"
  7. We always keep picking them until they 'feel' a bit hard when you put a knife to them. Always try and pick all of them so that new ones grow throughout the growing season. When they start to get a bit hard, we will leave them on the plant and save them for planting next year. As soon as they have dried out, pick them and dry them further by lobbing them in a box indoors. When they are proper dry, take them out of the pods and put them in a jar. ---- Our courgettes have been amazing this year Mabon. Again, keep picking them so that they keep coming. Peas should climb about three foot (ish). We use old broken canes that aren't big enough for the runner beans any more. Like you say, they go a bit straggly though. Anyone grown any Parsnips this year? Ours haven't done as well as usual. Leeks plants (from neighbour) are going in. One of the few veg to keep you going through the winter months. Broccoli just didn't happen.
  8. Welcome RichyB. You have come to a good place for learning. Likewise, I arrived here without a massive amount of understanding. I can honestly say, that reading and soaking in information, listening to different peoples views etc. has given me a much better insight into how best to position myself financially. A big thanks goes out to all who post here. Good luck with your journey.
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    There have been a number of articles in Alphaville about this. I'll try and find them if I have time at work tomorrow.
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    deleted - double post.
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    You would need to know the reason why the previous owners found it hard to make it profitable. For example, maybe they were stuck in their ways and didn't adapt to new markets and/or didn't utilise new technologies. Many farmers are retiring, I think the average age of a farmer now is about 63. Many dairy farmers are quitting due to poor returns and the need for major capital investment. Minimum slurry storage rules will be enforced in Jan 2012. This covers most of the country which has now been classified as a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone. Those without approximately six months storage will have have to invest (non-existent) capital in order to continue. I don't think you would really need to do anything with it. It won't go anywhere. Renting the land out to neighbouring farmers would be an option. I remain optimistic about farming. Maybe I'm just an optimistic person. (I posted this on the 'Have you bought the farm yet? thread as it was digressing slightly.)
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    http://www.gata.org/goldrush2011-london For more information, please contact us: LondonConference@GATA.org
  14. In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.” That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles. The shop sent them back to the Brewery or the Dairy to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didn’t have the green thing back her day. In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a car every time they had to go a mile or so.. But she’s right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they washed the baby’s nappies because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 240 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day. Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a dinner plate, not a screen the size of a football pitch. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then. They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But they didn’t have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the bus and children rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest takeaway. But that old lady is right. They didn’t have the green thing back in her day.