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  1. SteamyTea

    Millennial don’t need living rooms!

    But that is what local councils consist of at the moment. Why are the young not getting involved? Quick look at the ONS data shows that there were 660,137 birth in the year 2000, so that means we need to build just over half that number of houses, so 400,000. That is assuming that this is exclusively for 'millenniums' and that they are all currently wanting a home. Taking just London, there were 51,632 births in 2000, so an extra 25,000 homes. Now I have a tiny 2 bed house that sits on a plot of about 85m2 including share of access, parking garden and the house. This would be an OK starter home (if the layout was better, see my conversation with @caliwag about this). A football pitch is about 6,875m2 (they can vary in size to to the median permissible length and width) so 80 houses like mine could be built on that area. 310 football pitches worth. Sounds a lot, about 1.5 times the area of Hyde Park (1,420,000m2), or under a quarter of the size of Richmond Park. So I think, if there was the will, it would be easy to build enough houses for everyone born in the year 2000, even in London (and I am not saying you have to build them all in Richmond Park, just saying there is enough land). As an aside, for London (as a whole) there were 858,800 deaths in 2016, so they are greatly outnumbering indigenous births from 16 years earlier. So the snowflake generation can either wait and get a house when it becomes free, do something about it, or bleat like babies on social media. I think I know what they are doing.
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    Millennial don’t need living rooms!

    Why are 'millenniums' not getting elected to local councils and changing things? How many 'millenniums' really decide to either pay 80% or earning on rent or commute? How man 'millenniums' are there anyway? Why are 'millenniums' not self building as a collective group? And finally, why are 'millenniums' not going around every estate agent in the land on a Saturday morning and pointing out that they only have £xxx to spend on a house? And second finally, why should anyone take notice of what an architect writes in a newspaper. Really, final, final point, if you build a smaller home, the market will set the price at what is currently the lowest value. So build larger homes rather than smaller and give people decent quality of life.
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    How respected are Architectural Technologists?

    My views on Architects are well documented on here and on the old eBuild site. It never takes long for an architect to point out that they 'trained' for 7 years and the term 'Architect' is protected. And they just love the use (mis)use of language. There are a couple of architects on here that may like to comment.
  4. Not saying it works or no, but it does smack of a bit of marketing puff to me. Most things kept in a fridge are water, or have a very high fraction of water (cheese being the exception). So you can calculate the amount of energy stored in that water and compare it to the cooler packs when they are changing phase and make your own mind up as to whether it is valid or not.
  5. Had varifocals for over a decade now, I still like to hold onto a banister when going down stairs, feel really old doing that. Having had my old lenses vibrated, vacuumed out and replaced with new shiny acrylic, I would love glasses that just work. But got to live wonkey eyesight and a large amount of my left vision missing. For anyone having their cataracts done, think very carefully what you want from your eyesight. By default they set your new lenses up for distance, makes reading very hard, especially if you have astigmatisms, binocular instability and a 'lazy eye'. Oh and the contrast on a screen can be painful after a few minutes.
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    OH F**K!

    That should happen more often. Car shops need to sell an long stick with a trigger on it that takes a spray can.
  7. That happened at a friend's parents house. I put a double socket on it I was changing a bathroom, had to drill though the wall for a new pipe. Measured carefully, then drilled into the water cylinder!
  8. I always leave my homework until the last minute. Works for me. Generally, I find that having others rely on me is a good motivator. I once had the production manager of the company I work for ask me what I actually did. Rather than explain to the ignorant twat, I said I would stop and he would find out after 3 weeks. I have a bad habit of making my job look easy and seemingly having a cavalier attitude towards work. Not done me any favours. But as the old saying goes: "When you are in a hole, stop fucking digging"
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    Land grabbing — anyone done it?

    I know a few people that 're-fenced' their back gardens. While doing that they took an extra 20 yards or so of land. The strip of land had been unused for many decades (part of an old mine. Just the other side of the strip some new houses had were being built and they were worried that they would put a road in and build some more (the developer had implied this in a local consultation). I seem to remember that that the people that pinched the land were claiming they had possession of that land (they did not) and were relying on the 12 year rule. Personally I think it will come back to haunt them and they will be paying out a lot to defend it against the developer. It is an odd thing, people want to live somewhere nice but at the expense of stopping other doing the same.
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    OH F**K!

    I drive like your Nan. A £270 speeding fine sorted that out. £270, and that was over 10 years ago. £270 to the Norfolk courts, they could a years worth of turnips for that.
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    OH F**K!

    To be more correct, I used to make the Marcos GRP panels
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    Heavy man

    Taking a more left view of this problem, you thought of using dynamite. it is very effective at stunning fish. Then just scoop them up with your net. Rod fishing is like fox hunting, a very poor way to catch something.
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    Heavy man

    Uranium, fairly safe as a metal. 19.1 Lead is only 11.34 There is a fair amount of it under my house, not too deep either.
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    Current sensors - Power Measurement

    That is my experience when using CTs. Though I found, on average over the whole range things tend to sort themselves out. The only large inductive loads I have are the washing machine, vacuum cleaner and the bathroom fan. They are no used that much in the scheme of things.
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    Korean forced labour

    More a case of the Dismal Science (Economics is not a science).