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About Eddie_shef

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  • Birthday 13/07/1984

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  1. Was it me?! I've had a quick look at my activity log, and my most recent post in the Expat section was in March 2016 - really hope it wasn't before that and you've still been waiting for an acknowledgement!
  2. Don't worry, I've been reading the replies!
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    Loosing interest

    I think you are spot on there!
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    Loosing interest

    Yes yes, I understand that. Much clearer now it is in capitals. I am talking about within threads that have been reported - some posters seem to enjoy immunity, while others are blocked, banned or have their posts deleted. I am not complaining that the forum is not actively monitored. However, it is censored by sentient humans. I've had posts deleted for various reasons over the years that I don't feel are fair - none I think for insulting anyone, but for other issues. One recently was for formatting, even though my quote was from another poster who had made the error, not me. Only my post was removed. I didn't report it, nor do I wish to, but a sentient human who actively deleted should be capable of spending an additional few minutes looking at the context/circumstances. Anyway, this is not designed to be a gripe about the moderation of the forum. It was simply stating that I never understood it.
  5. 2019 is just a few hours away for me, and so I'm using the time to reflect on 2018. What has happened that has really annoyed you, or pleasantly surprised you this year? For me, I've been very let down by politics. I don't live in the UK, and so my gripes with politicians aren't related to Brexit etc. But across a wide number of countries e.g. Britain, US, China, Brazil, Hong Kong, I've been really disappointed with the efforts and approaches of politicians. Without going into details, I just feel that politicans are increasingly empty, they provide nothing - no ambition or plans, merely just vassals to carry out the whim/policies of whoever can help them the most at the present time. Perhaps the more experienced members on here will point out that this has always happened, however I just seem to notice it more and more, and it is so disappointing. On the positive side, I've been hugely impressed with the younger generation. Let me explain! Without going into very boring details, the younger generation is currently experiencing a vast about of propaganda (I'm not talking about Sheffield/UK here, but it may apply). Yet, despite all the pressures e.g. National Education policies, one sided curricula and syllabi, the younger generations have impressed me with their resourcefulness and critical thinking, enabling them to reach their own thoughts/'truths' and not be swayed. This, for me is very encouraging and I hope it continues into the new year. Happy 2019 to all the members on here, wishing everyone all the best!
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    Loosing interest

    Think Wallace is correct here. It has been slowly declining, and the new format hasn't helped. Now that I've worked out how to find new posts, I can browse the Forum as I usually do (as Cyclone mentioned). I don't find the new format bad, but it does seem to have coincided with fewer readable threads. Of course, what is 'readable' is totally up to individuals, but I don't enjoy 'the last person to post' style threads. Hopefully after Christmas it picks up. Thoroughly enjoyed reading the X hundred or so pages on the Brexit thread though - found it very informative. I still don't understand the vagueness of the enforcement of rules e.g. certain posters seem to be able to insult others without any consequences while others are shut down and deleted immediately. But this isn't anything new, it's been something I've struggled to work out since the very start. There also seem to be more posts/posters with specific agendas. Of course, previously everyone had their own opinions and political ideologies etc., but it seems that the number of people with more extreme viewpoints, or those who are willing to provide alternate facts/lies and/or ignore obvious counterarguments have increased. Perhaps this is more symptomatic of the wider global society that we live in today, where discussions can be shouted down and perspectives ignored.
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    Heinz tomato ketchup

    The very next result on the Google page explained a bit how raw honey is better for Type 2 Diabetes than sugar: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317662.php I am not a baked bean fan, but I have always found the Heinz baked beans to be hard. This is probably dating back to the early 2000s.
  8. There is a reason! We have a broken tumble dryer, but can't get one the same size (with the same capacity) to fit in the area it needs to go in. Also, the tumble dryer was quite harsh on the clothes, kept shrinking them etc. The clothes feel much better now.
  9. Dont have a winter like you, but I use a dehumidifier all year round (it's humid) to dry clothes and it works great. I use a clothes horse with the dehumidifier positioned underneath. Dries clothes relatively quickly and they feel/smell fresh.
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    Britain's parking hell

    I think it is about where they are located. I could be wrong here but I think most parent and child spaces are located close to the store entrance. Similar to disabled parking bays. I think this way the parent and children are spending a minimum amount of time in/near the road. So I think that is why the lady is proposing them on safety grounds.
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    Four dead in Darnall crash 09/11/2018

    Hi Stranza, I agree, it is a bit off topic. But the issue of Saudi Arabia was raised following the posts about what should be done with the alleged perpetrators of the crime. I'm not actually sure if Sharia Law is even part of the conversation, that's what I was asking.
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    Four dead in Darnall crash 09/11/2018

    I can't! All of mine are gone. The ones that remain have the wrong quotes attributed to me, but posted by others.
  13. Eddie_shef

    Four dead in Darnall crash 09/11/2018

    Hi, I notice there are still broken/incorrect tags, but only my posts were removed... My comments were following on from Kidley's post where he/she wondered about why Saudi Arabia has a low crime rate. I asked whether he/she thought it was due to the implementation of Sharia Law, and provided a point that other countries with Sharia Law have high crime rates. Bendxxx (can't remember spelling) also raised the point that it is due to family upbringing (although the role of the family in Asian countries is also dominant, yet they have relatively high rates of incarceration). I also suggested and provided links to sources that speak about the Saudi approach with terrorism and also spoke about higher crime rates in Saudi Arabia which has been attributed to socio-economic causes. Hope this clarifies.
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    Dam Flask - low water levels

    Thank you Annie and Dars!
  15. I did a minute's silence at 11:11... genuinely had no idea it was two minutes at 11.... I also donated but didn't wear a poppy. I didn't feel the need to show others or contribute to waste (although I do understand that branding/advertising is important in raising awareness).

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