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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #40 on: October 16, 2017, 01:41:35 PM »
Ah.......but London....

Best customer service in UK, as experienced in best hotels and restaurants.

Best for arts and entertainment.

Best for shopping.

All served by an incredibly efficient transport system.

It’s got everything. Aberdeen doesn’t even have one excellent restaurant!
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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #41 on: October 17, 2017, 10:00:45 AM »
I'm not defending Aberdeen but I can guarantee that Eastern European customer service is just as pleasant and efficient in Aberdeen as it is in London.

Arts and entertainment? are you only comparing it to other shiteholes in the UK

Shopping is for girls.

Most expensive transport system in the world?

Everybody likes a different city for a different reason so fair enough.

Full of pretentious arseholes at one end and thick minker arseholes at the other as far as I'm concerned. 

Worst of all they seem to equate being ridiculously expensive with quality, a sad error.
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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #42 on: October 17, 2017, 10:51:29 AM »
The reason why customer service is better in London is the amount of competition. You’ve got to be good to survive. Increased choice also provides wider price ranges. Camden Lock and Brixton market offer a massive diversity for every taste and the quality is as good as food can be and not expensive.

Arts and entertainment. London has it all. Probably the biggest choices on the planet. Even football spectating has more choices.

Shopping isn’t just for girls. Men wear stuff too.

Pretentious people as a genre died out years ago. There are the inherited wealth arseholes you come across very occasionally in the expensive places but the biggest “class” for disgust are the moneyed Arabs who treat the service staff like shit and stare at our women’s tits. Minkers are everywhere but the majority of people in every city are neither minkers nor pretentious. You don’t know the place.
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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #43 on: October 17, 2017, 11:50:18 AM »
Well, it's been a while since I've been, I'll give you that.

However I've paid at the gate at Upton Park and White Hart Lane.
I've been a guest of the BBC at Television Center and their Westminster studios.
I've squatted in the East End.

So I've seen a fair bit of the place, I avoid it like the plague.

The closest I've been for a long time was a couple of weeks ago when I had the misfortune of frequenting Luton Airport for a few hours.
I wouldn't go as far as blaming the city of London for anything as obnoxious as Luton Airport but it did give me a wee reminder of the superior  attitude of the South East resident which I can well do without.

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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #44 on: October 17, 2017, 12:18:58 PM »
Luton is a shithole, I'll grant you that. I stayed there for 3 nights last month, my first time there for years. But the pub around the corner from the Premier Inn city centre was awesome, down-to-earth folk, working folk, non-working folk, father and son getting a good drink in, ethnics of all sorts, a good pool table - the pub team captain took me ages (5 frames over two nights) to eventually beat, a barmaid I would've shagged, tattooed criminal-looking types, tattooed non-criminal-looking types, folk having a joint in the beer garden and a fucking great atmosphere and vibe. They all knew each other but they were friendly to a stranger who didn't walk in expecting it to be a shithole and who was free from preconceptions. Attitude, it's everything.

You will find shite in every place if that's what your looking for/expecting.
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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #45 on: October 17, 2017, 12:30:29 PM »
I agree

But in some places it's floating in front of you.

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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #46 on: October 17, 2017, 12:45:48 PM »
One man’s floater is another man’s cocktail.

Kirkcaldy. Lochgelly. Cowdenbeath. Now these places float and not with nice imbibements. Closer to home, Brechin appears to have zero redeeming aspects. But London, I love the place.
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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #47 on: October 17, 2017, 01:36:42 PM »
I dinna mind Brechin.

Not that I would want to stay there mind you but at least the bloke in the butcher's a Dons fan

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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #48 on: October 17, 2017, 07:22:20 PM »
Spent my formative years growing up in Glenrothes...fantastic in the 70s but an absolute toilet for the best part of 30 years. Kirkcaldy is utopia by comparison. I get what you are saying about Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly though.....

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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #49 on: October 19, 2017, 11:19:04 PM »
rocket’s daughter just won...

https://www.mrc.ac.uk/news/browse/2017-max-perutz-science-writing-award-shortlist-announced/

Not quite the best day of my life - I was there on 11.5.1983 - but so proud.
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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #50 on: October 19, 2017, 11:53:29 PM »
Congratulation to her, you must be vewwy pwoud!
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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #51 on: October 20, 2017, 01:29:11 PM »
rocket’s daughter just won...

https://www.mrc.ac.uk/news/browse/2017-max-perutz-science-writing-award-shortlist-announced/

Not quite the best day of my life - I was there on 11.5.1983 - but so proud.

Well done indeed. Do we get to read it? Not suggesting I'd understand it like.

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« Reply #52 on: October 20, 2017, 01:46:32 PM »
I'm sure you will understand it. The whole point was making it comprehensible to us lay people. The articles are all on that website now.

“When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all”
That’s actually a quote from the TV show Futurama but it’s also a clear way of explaining why people are not always good at taking their medications. Imagine: you‘re taking a drug to prevent yourself from having a heart attack.
But if you don’t feel any different after taking the drug, how can you know it’s even worked? Maybe you weren’t going to have a heart attack anyway? Maybe the drug you’re taking is giving you side-effects and besides, it isn’t worth it because you felt fine before. You don’t want to bother your doctor getting a new prescription and your blood pressure wasn’t that high anyway...So you stop taking your drugs and you hope for the best.
But heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. And it’s preventable.
This is particularly bad news if you happen to live in Scotland, where we lead the way in the number of heart attacks, strokes, and more-or-less everything that can go wrong with your heart. But why? We have access to lots of different types of drugs for your heart, and in each of these groups there are a range of specific drugs to choose from, so there should be something that works for everyone. Shouldn’t there? Unfortunately the problem isn’t that simple.
Once your doctor has identified high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or anything else that might increase your risk of a heart attack, a few steps have to happen to reduce that risk:
o Step 1 is prescribing a drug.
o Step 2 is taking the drug.
o Step 3 is the hard one.
Step 3 is taking the drug at the right time and continuing to take it for as long as you need to. And that’s hard. It’s hard because for the drugs we‘re talking about, ‘as long as you need to’ can mean ‘for the rest of your life’. And the rest of your life can be a long time.
 
So my research project will look at: how well people in Scotland manage to stick to Step 3, who is and who isn’t sticking to Step 3, and whether sticking to Step 3 does actually improve your chance of avoiding a heart attack or stroke.
To do this, I’m going to be using patient data from across Scotland to look back over the years and see whether or not people are picking up their medications from the pharmacy on time. This might sound straightforward before you remember that there are over 5 million people in Scotland. And, as I said before, we are not the healthiest bunch. So that’s a lot of people, with a lot of unhealthy hearts, and a lot of drugs prescribed by their doctors. To do this I’m going to have to enter a world that has always seemed distant, complicated, and honestly a little bit intimidating: the world of Big Data.
Firstly: what is Big Data? Is it Facebook working out your personality based on the number of cat pictures you like? Or apps predicting the next flu pandemic based on the number of people tweeting about a runny nose? Or targeted adverts based on your google history? The answer is, in a way, yes. Big Data is all those things and more. Big Data is what it says on the tin: data, but a lot of it.
For me, Big Data is looking at everyone in Scotland who has ever been prescribed a cardiovascular drug – or more simply, drugs for their heart – and looking to see if they picked up their next lot of drugs around about the time their first prescription should have run out. If they don’t, it means they are more likely to be skipping days, having gaps, or they might have stopped taking them altogether. By linking this to medical records I can see if people who aren’t taking their medications are statistically more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or even die.
And by looking across the whole country I can also see if people are more likely to take their drugs if they fall into different groups: if they are older or younger, male or female, or if they are living in wealthier areas or not. By doing so, I will be able to see if certain groups of people are more likely to miss their medications, and with that information, I might be able to work out who needs help at sticking to Step 3. If we know who is at risk, we know who we can help.
And if we know who we can help, maybe we can mend a heart before it breaks.

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Edit: And she's a Dons fan, she was at the Parkred final.
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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #53 on: October 20, 2017, 04:14:23 PM »
Congrats to you min.



My daughter's a genius too ;D

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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #54 on: October 20, 2017, 07:02:28 PM »


It’s got everything. Aberdeen doesn’t even have one excellent restaurant!
The Garlogie Inn ya cheeky cunt :thumbsup:

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« Reply #55 on: October 20, 2017, 07:05:39 PM »
rocket’s daughter just won...

https://www.mrc.ac.uk/news/browse/2017-max-perutz-science-writing-award-shortlist-announced/

Not quite the best day of my life - I was there on 11.5.1983 - but so proud.
Fucking hell rocket man, congrats to rocketette. I think this may be better than ECWC and you're just being typically modest.
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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #56 on: October 20, 2017, 09:36:06 PM »
Is Leigh McKenzie the new Vicki Butler-Henderson? Vroom vroom!

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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #57 on: October 31, 2017, 12:18:16 AM »
Before the tyrannically hypocrite mod wades in with his Abbott or Mundell-like power to put ma lights oot - despite him lying about voting to keep me - spurred on by his illiterate, incoherent new mate, a gift for you.

Socks. Don’t underestimate them. When you think you’ve got a full wardrobe, shoes and boots and jackets for every eventuality, trousers and jeans for every occasion, shirts of every colour and style, you’re fuck all without socks.

I started with Chup and GlenClyde but get your feet into Anonymous Ism. They’re the best. You’re not complete without kwolity socks. Fact.
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Re: New enthusiasms
« Reply #58 on: October 31, 2017, 02:41:24 PM »
OH!  put a sock in it.








Sorry, I delayed writing that for about 12 hours but temptation got the better of me.




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« Reply #59 on: November 30, 2017, 10:52:10 AM »
Bloody daughters.

Here is the full edition of the email I got yesterday.

Having a great time, we are now in Queenstown in the south island, it is very pretty.



Within half an hour I hear a exclamation from Mrs Donsdaft who's looking at her facebook shite.
What's the cause of her expletives?
Pictures of said daughter skydiving from 15,000 feet.


Very pretty indeed

She's getting kept in.