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    ketteringram reacted to oomarkwright in Southampton (H) FA Cup 3rd Round Tickets   
    Why North stand closed? 
    Tink prices are still too high. £40 for me and parents plus booking. May leave it. 
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    ketteringram reacted to Carl Sagan in Aliens off Ireland?   
    Sorry, KR. Completely missed this. 
    Even more sorry to report it's balony. There is no backdrop of absolute space through which things move - it's all about your frame of reference. Yes the solar system is orbiting our Milky Way galaxy over many millions of years, just as Earth orbits the Sun, but normally it makes sense to consider Earth at rest or, if we're thinking in space terms, the Sun at rest. 
    The solar system (Sun and planets and the other bits and pieces) all formed together out of the same cloud of interstellar dust and gas and so all moves together around the Milky Way. It's not a case of the Sun dragging us in its wake. 
    The helical image would only occur as a chance alignment that happened if the Sun's orbit around the Milky Way were exactly perpendicular (90 degrees) to the plane that the planets orbit in (all the planets orbit in the same disc around the Sun). As it happens, I think the Sun is moving around the centre of the Milky Way at an angle of 63 degrees to the plane the planets orbit in. 
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    ketteringram reacted to Angry Ram in watches....to dream on for   
    Got it..
     

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    ketteringram reacted to Mucker1884 in Picture where you and your knee are now   
    Cheating (as it was yesterday!), but it gives me a chance to practise inserting a pic...
     
    Somewhere between No1 & No4.*  
    *(Once we parked up at No1, I just followed Muckerette like a puppy!  LOL!)


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    ketteringram got a reaction from ronnieronalde in Random stuff that people do that annoy me   
    Many years ago, I gave a lift home to a lad of about 18. He'd been out with one of my daughters, on a first date. When they got back, I offered him a lift back to his place.  
    He got into the car, and without saying a word, ejected the cassette from the player (it was a long time ago!), and replaced it with one from his jacket pocket. Then pressed play. 
    There wasn't a second date. 
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    ketteringram reacted to ronnieronalde in Homeless guy   
    I'm literally pooping myself at the thought of what kind of reaction I'm going to get here... but unsurprisingly I've got a view and a story.
    I think it's wrong to question how people give. If they give at all then fair play to them. As individuals all we can do unfortunately is offer a short term boost, or a series of short term boosts. Every single nice and tingly video you ever see on youtube or elsewhere demonstrates the effect of a short term boost, every success story starts with a short term boost.
    Most of the people on the street are there because they've taken a series of kicks, we can all recover from kicks, we're incredibly resilient, I dare say 99% of us have recovered from one, two, three. It's what we do. Sometimes though we suffer from one kick too many and it's impossible to get back up from.
    You need a short term boost, then another short term boost, then another then maybe you start to think hang on, maybe there is a chance. maybe things aren't totally over, maybe I can get up one more time.
    I was staying at he Hilton in Manchester last years challenge cup final weekend, there was a glitzy boxing match going on as well, the place was absolutely packed with hundreds of dinner jacket, fur coat and no nickers types. So many handsome and beautiful looking people all over the place. People walking around with bottles of Moet in reception. £195.00 a night for the room.
    Outside a young homeless guy. He's getting shouted at, he's getting spat at and yes there are some who give him a couple of quid. but the majority don't even notice him. It's been normalised.
    It costs him 12.50 a night to stay in a shelter (is that ********, I don't know, don't really care)
    I sit down next to him and just talk. Within two minutes he's burst into tears. Now he's either a brilliant actor or he's genuine when he tells me no-one ever speaks to him normally anymore. No-one look's him in the eye.
    I can see from his eyes and his face in general that he's not a druggy. I get him some room service, he can order what he wants, he orders hot chocolate and a chicken sandwich, nowt else. I tell him I'm happy to let him stay in my room, while I sleep in the car for one nigh and ask the hotel manager if he's ok with that. He is as long as I take responsibility for any damage or theft.
    The lad wouldn't take the room but did agree to sleep in my car. I asked him how I could help him, . We end up talking till nearly four in the morning, he doesn't need my car after all.
    What would be the best thing I could do for him short term, where could he go to get help
    He'd wanted to go to Devon to see his aunty but had never raised enough in day to pay for both his shelter and a bus ticket. The thing he wanted most in the whole world wasn't food, it wasn't my cash, it was a frigging bus ticket. Now again I'm not so naiive to think maybe that was ******** as well, but I don't care. If that's the story he needs to tell, then let him tell it.
    Do what you can, when you can. Sometimes even just stopping for a chat and not judging.
    Don't make people feel guilty for giving money, don't make people feel guilty for giving food, christ especially don't make people feel guilty for not giving anything at all. All that does is piss people off.
    Two sides of society I'm desperate to help and I will and am changing my life around to try to do that. Homeless and young kids with nowhere to turn to. I'll do what I can, it won't be enough to fix things but it may just give someone the boost they need to get back up one more time.
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    ketteringram got a reaction from reveldevil in Christmas Adverts 2018 🎄 REVIEWS! 🎄   
    To be fair, I didn't know what it was. I didn't make it all the way to the end. He should get a straight ban for posting it 😀
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    ketteringram reacted to Ghost of Clough in bet365 the world has gone mad   
    Uni students. The size of the bets. The regularity of the bets. The number of students gambling. This is a huge problem area. 
     
    In regards to taking personal responsibility. From my own experience, you tend to know you have a problem and you know you should stop, but, you still feel compelled to do it. To simply say they should “take personal responsibility for the actions” is a bit niaive. For a lot of people (myself included), they won’t stop without some sort of ‘shock’ or until it’s not possible to continue. It shouldn’t be a case if things going to such an extreme.
    In my case, I was at uni, and a few of my house mates would gamble online. I decided to join in, and apply the martingale strategy when playing roulette  Sky allowed bets between 1p and £1000 (I think). So using this strategy I’d have to guess incorrectly 17 times before I’m in trouble. Anyway, within 10 minutes in £500 up. Within 1 hour, I’m almost £3k up. The high from winning that much so quickly, so easily, wasn’t anything I had felt before. I come on this forum, brag about it a little, then get warned by Bris. Decide to spend my winnings on random stuff online, head out for the night and splash a little bit of my cash on getting absolutely shitfaced. A few days of hard studying go by, and I decide to return to the roulette wheel. A few minutes later I’m up an extra £500. 1 minute later, I get 17 reds in a row and I’ve lost £1.3k. It surely can’t happen again, so I bet £1k on black... and lose. The shock, the feeling after that, wasn’t something I wanted to repeat. One of the few times I can admit, Bris was right.
    Then a couple years later, I found myself addicted to playing a specific game and buying in-app purchases. I didn’t spend anything at first. In fact, I would create an account, play for a few weeks, then sell it for £100 or so. I end up playing on one account for a month or so, and could sell it for about £2k. I wake up one morning and everything has been destroyed (now worthless. However, I know I could spend £100 and I’ll be able to make it worth that £2k again pretty quickly and then sell up. But, I was hooked and kept buying more packs and try to chase down top spot within the game. Within a 2 year window, I had wasted away around £20k playing this game. A year or so further down the line, I’m back at uni but still trying to play this game and I still feel compelled to spend. It took until I was £3k in debt, struggling to see how I was going to buy food for the next couple of days, and lying about when I’ll pay the month’s rent before I could stop myself - there was no possible way for me to spend more on that game. I needed help but was too embarrassed and scared to say anything to my friends, family, or girlfriend. The ‘help’ I received from my university was non-existent. They couldn’t assist me financially as I was paying cash in hand for the rent. I asked for help from one of the mental health counsellors. But he was of no benefit - he didn’t believe that anyone could become addicted to a game in the way I did.
    I KNOW many other uni student who gambled more, lost much much, and bet more frequently. I KNOW there were loads of people spending more than me on that game, and there were people in much worse financial positions than me from playing that game. But, there was nothing to safeguard me from putting myself in those situations. I feel the awareness of the full range of addictions isn’t good enough. 
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    ketteringram got a reaction from Lambchop in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    Re Therapy. I came across this sentence today, which I recognise from my own experience, in a Michael Harding book I'm reading. 
    'It's a strange thing to be sitting in a therapists chair, desperately struggling not to tell him what you're paying him to hear' 
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    ketteringram got a reaction from Lambchop in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    Re Therapy. I came across this sentence today, which I recognise from my own experience, in a Michael Harding book I'm reading. 
    'It's a strange thing to be sitting in a therapists chair, desperately struggling not to tell him what you're paying him to hear' 
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    ketteringram got a reaction from Lambchop in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    Re Therapy. I came across this sentence today, which I recognise from my own experience, in a Michael Harding book I'm reading. 
    'It's a strange thing to be sitting in a therapists chair, desperately struggling not to tell him what you're paying him to hear' 
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    ketteringram got a reaction from Lambchop in Depression, anxiety, stress and other related issues   
    Re Therapy. I came across this sentence today, which I recognise from my own experience, in a Michael Harding book I'm reading. 
    'It's a strange thing to be sitting in a therapists chair, desperately struggling not to tell him what you're paying him to hear' 
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    ketteringram got a reaction from Steve How Hard? in Picture where you and your knee are now   
    Maybe I've got the wrong day. 

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    ketteringram got a reaction from Steve How Hard? in Picture where you and your knee are now   
    Maybe I've got the wrong day. 

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    ketteringram got a reaction from Roboram in v Sheff Utd (A) Tickets - Sold Out   
    Probably knew I was nearly there 😞
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    ketteringram reacted to angieram in v Sheff Utd (A) Tickets - Sold Out   
    No, it varies. Only a few clubs still do 60+; Leeds, Ipswich, Rotherham, West Bromwich as I recall. 
    Derby put the senior age up from 55 to 60 when my other half was 54 and put it up again from 60 to 65 when he was 59! He's 65 next year so got fingers and toes crossed it won’t happen a third time.
     
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    ketteringram reacted to Bwash_Ram in Do we have any Guitar Players here?   
    This is my axe (Les Paul Studio) had it for 6 months now, it sounds amazing, its just a bugger to play after 30 years of playing a strat
    the strings seem too close together for me , i might be getting rid of it soon, dunno yet.
     

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    ketteringram reacted to Lambchop in Do we have any Guitar Players here?   
    It's tiny and it sounds great!
    First job is getting the hairdryer out and removing the scratchplate...

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    ketteringram reacted to Lambchop in Do we have any Guitar Players here?   
    I know exactly what you mean, and guitar shops are notoriously intimidating. That's partly why I've been going back to the same one for years, even though it's nowhere near where I live. 
    Guitars are more difficult to buy for me than amps, because I actually have to play them. The only time I've really done it properly was with my SG, and it's been my main guitar for fifteen years now, to the extent that I've sold all the others.
    With the amps, I get them to show me what it does, and they're more than happy to mansplain it. Also, I take the pressure off myself with the buy it anyway, take it back, approach. 
    I never try to play anything clever in the shop, just make a few noises. Again, the decent shops will shut you in a soundproofed room. 
    At the end of the day, your ears and fingers are the experts, so no one knows better than you whether it's right for you or not. A good shop should want you to be happy, because their rep depends on it. 
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    ketteringram got a reaction from Lambchop in Do we have any Guitar Players here?   
    I know that's the right way to do it, but I never have. Hard enough sometimes for me to even walk into the shop. When I got that Fender amp, I nearly got caught. Oh, just so happens we've got one set up over here. There it was, hooked up to a beautiful PRS. Help yourself, give me a shout if you need anything. 
    Nah, you're alright mate. I don't play. It's for my lad you see. Just get me one from out the back, and I'll be on my way! 
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    ketteringram reacted to StivePesley in Do we have any Guitar Players here?   
    Bugs me when they put a ton of reverb on guitars in demo videos. I just want to hear how good they sound dry
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    ketteringram reacted to Lambchop in Do we have any Guitar Players here?   
    I'm not really an expert on practice amps as I don't use one; we generally hire a hall and rehearse at gig volumes. 
    I would think that for your purposes though, your main decision is whether you want valve or digital. The advantage of digital is generally versatility, so good for people who play a lot of different styles and want a range of sounds. The advantage of valve is tone quality and responsiveness to your playing. 
    If you mainly want clean and chorus, the various Roland Cube amps have a good reputation for those sounds digitally. If you're disappointed with the sound of the Mustang, I suspect you'd be happier with a valve amp. That would certainly be my choice. 
    For home use in that price bracket I think you've got a reasonable selection. There seem to be a load of small, low wattage valve amps designed specifically for home use, like the Vox AC4 or Blackstar HT5.
    They will each have their own tonal characteristics and feel when you play, so the best thing is to get to a decent music shop and try some out. I've used Coda Music in Stevenage a lot, but there must be something nearer to you. In the past, Coda have let me borrow £3k amps, gig them, and take them back, so they're pretty accommodating. 
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    ketteringram reacted to AndyinLiverpool in Do we have any Guitar Players here?   
    Roland Cube (there are various models), Roland JC22 ( a bit above your budget but the chorus will make you think you are flying among the clouds), Yamaha THR, DV Mark do some nice stuff if clean is your thing.
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    ketteringram got a reaction from steve brummie in Do we have any Guitar Players here?   
    With all those to play, I can see why it took you nearly a year to answer the question! 🙂
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    ketteringram got a reaction from steve brummie in Do we have any Guitar Players here?   
    With all those to play, I can see why it took you nearly a year to answer the question! 🙂
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