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  1. I can take or leave Marmite. I've only tried tea twice in my life, and that is twice too many. This usually meets with more incredulity than me being a woman who doesn't like or want kids, which I find quite funny. Cinnamon can get lost. I don't think this is an unusual food opinion but my office says otherwise
  2. Sorry to derail a bit- would you be able to tell me what goes on when the council gets a report of an unregistered landlord? Half the flats in my building are rented out by unregistered folks, one owner has lots of other properties and is, to cut a long story short, not a nice guy and has recently got a few new tenants in who seem really nice. They are brand new to the country and won't know what the rules are and I don't want them to be screwed over
  3. I've stayed here twice and it was great both times: http://www.expedia.co.uk/Berlin-Hotels-Arcadia-Hotel-Berlin.h14127.Hotel-Information?chkin=26/10/2012&icmdtl=ON121016tiQlJuJJtJRYzFy1RbSSWgAAI.14127.HSXMLvQ.T.TOP.240154.fi.1611.187323.en_US..&icmcid=TRIPA.Expedia_UK-H_B14.12932.T&chkout=28/10/2012&rm1=a2& It also has a vending machine that dispenses Jagermeister on each floor :/ Seems to have changed name and got a bit pricier though. It's a couple of stops out from the centre (5 mins on the underground) and it's a 3 minute walk away from what the guide book called a "party street" but instead of obnoxious drunk people and crap clubs a la Belmont Street like we were expecting it turned out to be a street of really nice independent pubs and restaurants with people sitting outside having a good time until the small hours.
  4. They have definitely been upgrading the city centre exchange. I signed up for Infinity Option 2 the first day they started taking orders and we've got an engineer coming next week. You'd think they'd have told you if that was the case though, easier to wriggle out of providing crap service if they can claim to be upgrading. Hope that was the problem and I'm not just signing up for hassle. Going from under 8Mb download to 52.5Mb and 13.2Mb upload belongs on the ace-ic thread though.
  5. What moose? Woman can't recall dramatic collision http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2012/05/11/nl-moose-memories-511.html
  6. Snowball

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    I genuinely think these guys have moved in below me. If not then they're in the same mould, two little skinny twats that can't even look you in the eye to say hello but at the weekend watch out! Sounds like they're taking a sledgehammer to the floorboards. I used to say I'd love to know what they're doing to be making that much noise. Then one of my bf's mates was waiting outside for him one night and saw in the window we got the answer. They were hurling themselves at high speed into their living room wall.
  7. I don't buy any, can't find one I'm happy paying for. Most recently was quite interested in the premise of i then I gave it a read and it seemed to consist entirely of everything it claimed not to include in the ads. Very disappointing. I read BBC online pretty comprehensively every day and anytime I'm asked about something that's been in a paper (usually by my mum) I know what she's on about so I figure I'm not missing out. Oh, and any time I'm in the mood for some mind blowing jaw dropping hypocrisy I take in some of the "showbiz" articles on the Daily Mail website.
  8. I notice the P&J website today has in the first sentence of the online article about the CGP that the government is now "prepared to lend tens of millions of pounds to make the CGP a reality". If they could have been this clear one week ago this may have prevented a lot of the "but Ian Wood is paying for it all" comments that were flying around. Not saying that it would have made any difference to the vote but I think it is putting it mildly to say that the city deserved far more good quality, clear and unbiased information from BOTH sides in this whole debacle. I know one of my friends voted retain as she took to heart the part in the campaigning statements saying to vote retain if you felt that you had not been given enough information- feel that more people should have done this (going by comments I have seen online only). Notice as well that now the referendum is over they posted a very pretty picture of the gardens at night too, all very well lit and looking very appealing in my opinion... but now I'm just being bitter and cynical!
  9. Depends on how you interpret fantastically well. I am sure it is making him a lot of money, yes, but it is riddled with problems and falling to bits already.
  10. I know exactly what a TIF scheme is and how it would work, as I read up on the details as part of deciding how to vote. I wish that more people had as I am seeing some rather uninformed opinions being bandied around which is pretty frustrating. I think it's quite interesting that California, the state that invented TIF schemes, now no longer allow them to be used. As a friend said to me the other day, "it's like giving a homeless man a mortgage, with the thinking that having an address will mean he'll get a job and be able to pay it." Seemed like a reasonably good analogy to me yet this person still plans on voting for the project! I think that getting the inference from my post that I am likening Aberdeen to Lagos and Luanda is a bit of a stretch, although undoubtedly comparisons could be made, depending on the way you look at it. As you say yourself, they are nowhere near Aberdeen in terms of skill sets and R&D and in fact often have corruption and terrorism issues to deal with yet successful businessmen still open bases there. This implies to me that the facilities and "niceness" of these places are at the bottom of the list of considerations, compared to say the location of the city next to profitable oilfields, and the opportunity to make a good return. Hence why I don't think the argument that we need to level the gardens and have some auditoriums and a garden (when there is already a perfectly serviceable garden) in order to attract business is a good one. In the debate, Ian Wood directly said that the project would in his opinion make the city centre nicer, more vibrant (insert all the buzzwords we all know and love here) and so would attract business. He was then asked if, as a successful businessman himself, he had ever attached a lot of importance as to how nice a city was when deciding to locate there. Using the likes of Lagos in the question was clearly a bit biased. However if he had been able to say yes and explain, turning the question away from those places and maybe using another example then in fact that question would have allowed him to strengthen his argument. The fact that he couldn't/didn't answer made it seem a lot weaker.
  11. I have always been pro UTG and can't see that the CGP proposals have a single resdeeming feature. I went to the BBC Scotland radio debate recording tonight and I'm glad. Lewis Macdonald MSP was outstanding (even though I'll never vote Labour in my life). Ian Wood was also good in a "you would rather have him on your side than against you" devious kind of way but not in a "he has made convincing arguments and changed my views" way. I did think the CGP people were coming across well, until I realised that they were being very careful to only say things that everyone is in agreement on i.e. Aberdeen city centre can be improved in some way. They actually never answered a single question put to them (even though they talked a lot), only blustered and did not provide satisfactory answers to any of the issues. Their argument seemed to include that this money will mean businesses flock to industrial estates in Dyce and the BoD because the centre of town is a square and so is a bit nicer. It conflicted horribly with Wood's stern warning that everyone will up and leave when the oil runs out- what about all these people flocking to the industrial estates then to pay the sorely required business rates, are they only short term? Long term enough to just repay the loan and no more? Less? When the issue of the previous ignored consultation and also ignoring the public's opinion of which design to go for was raised they fared very poorly as they just didn't have any answer at all. Tellingly, there were far fewer CGP supporters and the vast majority arrived with I Wood and S Milne and then pretended not to know them. They were also far more obnoxious in clapping louder and yelling so it would seem like there was more of them. The woman in front of me, when she wasn't wringing her pearls (seriously) or sitting up high in her seat trying to grab the mike like an impatient 8 year old, was biting her nails. I would say the average man in off the street was against the scheme. The one thing that I'm still confused on is the TIF thing- the CGP people said the TIF would mean that Aberdeen got to keep more of its business rates than before (to great exaggerated whooping). But they also said in the same sentence that these rates would be used to pay off the interest on the loan. So the way I'm seeing it then we either don't receive these increased rates because we don't have a TIF and a "nice" new area, but we have no interest to pay either- i.e. a net nil OR the scheme works and we receive more money, but it all has to be spent on retrospective financing of the thing that created the extra income in the first place- i.e. a net nil so the same result. Waiting 25 years until the loan is paid off before we can enjoy any of the benefits doesn't sound sensible to me, but nobody got the chance to ask about it. Moment of the night (paraphrased) "Mr Wood, your company has bases in Lagos and Luanda- are you saying when you set up over there you seriously factored in how nice the city centre was when making your business decision?" Doesn't sounds particularly high impact now but at the time it rendered him speechless and gave everyone on both sides a bit of a laugh. That guy deserved a high five.
  12. When you've been an adult so long you can't remember most of the cool stuff you did at the start of adulthood, like holidays etc. I have a crap long term memory anyway. When I realise I went to my first gig 10 years ago and when the students disappear from the King St area for Easter break it'll have been 6 years since I got three week uni holidays Oh thought of another one, when the celebrities you fancy go from way older than you to the same age or younger and you could theoretically have a relationship with the famous folk you liked the look of.
  13. Snowball

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    I would agree with you there as I live in a block of flats with no service buzzer in the city centre and the postie pushes our buzzer more often than not if we have a parcel. We do occasionally get the immediate red card though. Maybe it's a new policy? I hope not.
  14. Snowball

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    Pet hate today is the bus driver who doesn't know which stops her route is supposed to use (having me signalling not being enough of a hint) and making me sprint up Union St and round onto Broad St at half past fucking seven this morning to the next stop (bus thankfully being stuck in traffic), thus violating my strict Do Not Run For Buses policy. I have no idea what happened to the other guy waiting for it with a holdall but he did not make it round to the next stop on time. I was raging. The irony is it was the express service so she only had 4 bloody stops to remember. All my Pet Hates are bus related, I am very dull, yet at least £300 a month better off now I don't run a car. Honestly doesn't seem worth it sometimes though :/
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