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    Barcelona Setting Fire to Their Future

    They apparently sold some of their tv rights to a company they jointly owned with Six Street but La Liga saw through it and said no, that money doesnt count. Bizarre that Christensen has changed his profile picture if right!
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    Running

    In this heat, just 5km. Before the heatwave Id stepped up to about 9km intending to go to 10km-12km. Much more than that and I get lower back pain so greater distances I do on the bike occasionally about 30km. Then I just get a sore arse!
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    Car Detailing.

    Anyone into it? Some people just wash their car using any old sponge aka a grit magnet and even use washing up liquid on the paintwork which is a big no, no. That'll just strip any polish, glaze or wax off the bodywork and leave the paintwork looking dull. Although there's no hose pipe ban in the United utilities area I know of and certainly not 10 days ago, I resisted the urge to use the snowfoam cannon and powerwash on SWMBO Twingo. It hadnt been washed for a good 3 months and that had been finished off with some Meg's quick detailer to keep the dust at bay. But needs must so even though the day was showery and the car already wet, I washed and dried the wheels before setting to with the 2 bucket method. Plunge the washmitt into the clean, wash down a panel or two, rinse the mitt in the 2nd bucket then back into the first with the car wash. After all the car including shut lines was washed down, it's out with the clay bar to remove the dead flies stuck on the front bumper, bonnet and tar spots from the wings, door panels and sills. I prefer Bilt Hamber clay because you can use clean water as the lube. Once all the necessary panels are clayed and between the showers, it was another rinse off then use a couple of waffle weave cloths to dry the whole body including windows off. A couple of large micro fibre cloths helped mop up any remaining water. The sky looked a bit shit and another shower was imminent so I decided there was unlikely to be time to put a glaze on it or attack the interior so that'll have to wait for another day! Finally gave it a going over and buff with Chemical Guys Synthetic Quick Detailer. Also bought some CG Waterless Wash and Wax for when the inevitable ban comes along. Have to go easy with this as you cant use it on heavy dirt. Essentially the car has to be relatively clean else you risk scratching the paint work. I havent bothered cleaning the engine on the Twingo since we got this so I guess I need to get a suitable all purpose cleaner next. Not bad going for just under 2 hours work when normally, it takes a good 4+ hours to do a complete job inside and out.
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    Car Detailing.

    I had a metallic black car back in about 2012 that never looked particularly good even when new. I took it to a detailing guy about 20 odd miles from home and asked if I was ok to watch. He said yeah providing you dont start up as competition. I just watched him go through the process and he gave me some tips so tried to follow them. The best advice was the 2 bucket method, never to use a sponge and how to use the clay. I was going to invest in a trolley jack to take the wheels off and clean the inside of the alloys. Decided an EZ wheel brush and grazed knuckles was a cheaper option and just clean them on the car now. No. I just prefer my car to be clean and the paintwork not full of swirls, scratches or damaged by bird crap. It can make a difference if \ when you come to trade in or sell your car but that isnt the main reason I invest the effort.
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    The Space Thread

    Found this on YT about the the Saturn V's first two test flights.
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    Running

    Is fucking hard work in this heat! Absolutely fucked me just doing 5k on Monday and Wednesday. Not looking forward to today's run.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Im not sure of that. The PL doesnt give a fuck about its FFP. The shite have now spent more on transfers than they got for Richie la. The PL said they were 'working' with the shite to get their £350m debt down. How does that work when the club has spent more on transfer ins than it got for transfers out? Boehly's been given a £200m free hit, unchallenged by FFP for transfers as a condition of buying the club from Abramovich and still seems to be spending way above that. Usmanov could be shovelling loads of cash indirectly into everton and nothing would be done.
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    NFC pass season 2022/23

    Managed to return my seat to the club for re sale. The cheeky twats added a note 'you will only get a percentage of the ticket price if it re sells.' Last 2 seasons, they've given the full price back.
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    Car Detailing.

    Is that a micro fibre 'sponge' and not an ordinary one? I use one of these to lift off all the crud and stuff. I used to have a rotary but I found it a bit too heavy so just go the prevention way to avoid swirls is the best option and hand polish. Thought about using a ceramic coat but they seem a bit too expensive for my taste.
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    Energy Prices

    Providers such as British Gas are acting “irresponsibly” and trying to “rip off” customers by persuading them to sign up to year-long fixed-priced deals that charge thousands more than the price cap, campaigners have said. New estimates showing dramatic increases in future caps have sparked renewed interest in deals that lock customers in for one or two years at a fixed tariff. However, households have been quoted prices as high as £16,000 while others faced yearly bills that cost more than their mortgage. This is despite estimates showing the cap will hit £3,600 in October and £4,400 in January. No deals being sold by energy firms are cheaper than the current £1,900 cap or the estimated cap for October, with the average fixed tariff costing £4,206 per year, according to Uswitch, a comparison website. Customers that have inquired about locking in have received personalised quotes well in excess of the price cap and what they pay currently. Providers have also been accused of using pressure selling language when sending out quotes, as homeowners panic over rising bills. Conservative peer and consumer campaigner, Baroness Ros Altmann, said families were in danger of being “ripped off” by energy firms who were “enticing them into deals they can’t get out of”. She added: “The market is broken. As things stand today these rates are excessive and there’s a danger of customers being ripped off, especially if prices in the free market fall in the coming year, which is entirely possible. “There are big penalties if you try to leave these deals before the end of the fix. If there were a fair get-out clause it would be fine, but at the moment customers are being asked to pay well over average prices, which themselves has soared.” Martyn James, of complaints tool Resolver, said it was “extremely irresponsible” for energy firms to capitalise on people’s fear of not being able to pay, by locking them into excessive or inappropriate tariffs. He added: “Anyone who finds they’ve signed up to such an agreement or finds they were panicked into taking one out should be able to make a formal complaint.” Mr James urged energy regulator Ofgem to step in and force companies to provide a “warning sheet” informing customers of the risks of locking into deals and predictions for the year ahead. Justina Miltienyte, of Uswitch, urged households to check on all the details before signing up to a fixed deal. “It’s crucial that bill payers don’t feel pressured into taking out an expensive fixed tariff if they will struggle to manage the cost,” she said. ‘It was the dumbest offer in the world’ Akshay Shah, from Barnet, London, was quoted more than £16,000 by British Gas for a year’s energy, which he described as “the dumbest offer in the world”. Mr Shah’s costs on his variable rate are nearly half this amount at £8,400. He said the letter from British Gas used emotive language and cited “uncertainty in the energy market” statements, such as “fixing now means you won’t have to worry about price rises in the months ahead”. The letter said: “We want to make sure you know about all the tariff options available to you – and why now could be a good time to switch to a fixed tariff.” Mr Shah said the house, built in the 1970s, did use a lot of energy but the quote was not justifiable. British Gas declined to comment. ‘Signing up would mean my bills are more than my mortgage’ Alison Woods, 49, said her provider M&S Energy quoted her a monthly estimate of £712 for a fixed-rate deal – totalling more than £8,500 over a year, more than double the variable rate. “We’re in a four-bed detached, so I think what we are paying is less than a lot of folk,” Ms Woods said. “But I just can’t imagine anyone paying over £700 a month – our mortgage is half that.” A spokesman for Octopus Energy, which provides for M&S customers, said fixed rates could be attractive to households looking for security from the volatility of energy prices throughout the year, but it is up to customers to decide what is right for them. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/british-gas-offered-new-deal-cost-16000/
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    Car Detailing.

    Do they use a brillo pad?
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    Car Detailing.

    That's a no then!
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Nailed it!
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    Strange Hobbies

    Absolutely awesome! I cant draw for toffee, yet another skill Im no good at but can appreciate what others can do.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    It wasnt getting built until some dodgey financial goings on happened. They still havent severed links to Usmanov only suspended them. We all knew that club was sailing close to the wind regarding the PL's FFP then they suddenly declared they had a £350m 'covid induced' debt at the same time they started ramping up building the thing. Even so, once it is finally built, it will not be the financial panacea they seem to think it will. It will be more like a millstone unless Moshiri is forced to sell up and someone buys the club. Even then, as we well know, they might not get owners who are prepared to throw money at them. Conversely, the lower they sink, the more likely someone will buy them.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    Are we talking about the same Jurgen Klopp backing up the club's PR the same Jurgen Klopp who spoke out publically against the Euro League despite his bosses and FSG being all in favour of it? Asking for a friend.
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    NFC pass season 2022/23

    Contacted the club about the Ticket Exchange option not being available. They said will be in the next couple of days! This is lunacy implementing it so late and Im guessing they'll put this live either late Friday or on Saturday. I just hope they have people working overtime because leaving it this late, the system is likely to go tits up when a large number of people either try to access the Ticket Exchange option or forward to Friends & Family.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Isnt that because we submitted our planning application years before they submitted theirs, ours wasnt linked to destroying a World Heritage site, made in the hope of the Commonwealth Games bid being successful which ultimately wasnt and, using council tax money for the council to investigate and, if possible, obtain funding at preferential interest rates? Or did the council just bend over for 'der redshite' after all that?
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    When are we likely to get definitive stadium news?

    Im not suggesting the club is perfect but they have introduced the reduced price ticket for young local lads. Yeah, they have to jump through a few hoops to get them and, they may be right at the back of the stand etc. The real issue though is the relatively low wage 'economy' or to put it bluntly, the poor pay generally in Liverpool. But the club has to operate at the high end of spending else it's not competitive. Have to admit, Ive always been in the habit of getting to the ground 60 - 90 minutes before kick off, depending on the weather. Get a bag of chips and walk up to the ground, listening to the fans singing in the sandon as I walk past. Not everyone's cup of tea, I grant you. Guess we're just creatures of habit!
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    Energy Prices

    Energy customers receiving details of how much their energy bills will rise in April are braced for higher costs – but a big leap in standing charges has already taken many by surprise. For millions of customers on variable rate tariffs the daily charge for electricity, applied whether you use any power or not, will leap, with some set to pay 80% more when they take effect in spring. While many expected rising unit prices, driven by the increase in the wholesale cost of gas, they are questioning why other charges have gone up so much. One Observer reader got in touch last week about what she described as an “inexplicable” rise in her electricity standing charge. A customer of SSE (now owned by Ovo), she said the rise in unit price from 20.6p to 28.46p was “reasonable in the scheme of things” but questioned why the standing charge was going up from 24.11p to 43.39p a day. Her annual bill is set to rise by almost £300, of which the electricity standing charge makes up more than £70. “It’s the price of the energy that has changed, not the system of delivery, so I am struggling to understand how this is justified,” she says. Ovo did not comment. On social media customers from a wide range of suppliers have posted reported rises of about 20p a day, or £73 a year. One Twitter user posted that on his mother’s bill the standing charge for electricity had almost doubled, while another complained theirs had gone from £8.43 to £13.43 a month “before I even switch a lightbulb on”. Another wrote: “I can understand a rise in unit prices, but not the standing charge. Even if we cut our usage we have to pay that.” Standing charges are a daily fee for gas and electricity customers and are added to your bill regardless of how much energy you use. Ofgem does not set a limit on this part of your bill – it is down to suppliers how they break down unit and standing charge prices below its overall cap. However, it does make assumptions about how this will be done and, confusingly, publishes average standing charges on its website. These suggest that, from 1 April, direct debit customers will typically pay 45p a day to their electricity provider – up from 25p a day now – and 27p a day for gas – up from 26p now. Those increases add £76.65 a year to an average bill. Ofgem also suggests the highest standing charges are paid by those who have a prepayment meter, or settle their bills by cash and cheque. For prepayment customers, it suggests electricity standing charges will typically be 50p a day, and gas 37p. For cash and cheque customers it suggests electricity standing charges will be 51p a day and gas 32p. These are in line with the changes many providers are communicating to customers. British Gas has told customers its standing charges for electricity will be 45p for those with a direct debit, 50p for prepayment meters and 51p for cash and cheque. Gas standing charges will be 27p, 37p and 32p respectively. Regulatory changes ordered by Ofgem were already set to add around £30 to each customer’s standing charge Andrew Enzor, managing consultant at Cornwall Insight Shell Energy recently warned those living in the east of England that its electricity standing charge was rising from 24.01p to 37.92p a day, or £138 a year. It’s not as big as some, but still represents a 57% rise. The rate for each unit of electricity is up by 40% to 29.24p per kWh. In comparison, its gas standing charges are set to increase just over 4%, but the cost of each unit consumed is rising by an astonishing 81% from 4.05p to 7.34p per kWh. Other suppliers are imposing similar increases. Joe Malinowski, founder of price comparison website, TheEnergyShop.com, says electricity standing charges have almost doubled since 1 January 2019, when the Ofgem price cap was introduced. Then, electricity standing charges for customers paying by direct debit were averaging 22.77p a day. On 1 April this is set to rise to 45.34p. Over the same period, he says, gas standing charges have risen 5.4%. Standing charges cover a range of costs faced by suppliers. Rory Stoves, from comparison website Energyhelpline, says for electricity these include network costs – running and maintaining the system, the supplier of last resort scheme, and things such as the warm home discount. Stoves says network costs “inevitably go up, especially when inflation is high, as there are rising costs for wages, materials and so on”. But a far bigger part of the increase is from the “supplier of last resort” scheme – every household is expected to pay the billions that have gone into rescuing customers from failed companies. Last week, energy analysts at Cornwall Insight said they expected average annual dual-fuel bills could be as high as £2,900 come October. “Regulatory changes ordered by Ofgem were already set to add around £30 to each customer’s standing charge,” says Andrew Enzor, managing consultant at Cornwall Insight. “Since then, there have been a wave of company failures, with each one requiring a bailout, the cost of which is being shared by all consumers. “We calculate the cost will add a further £35 a year per household. Both of these are added to electricity bills, at a time when households can least afford it.” Stoves says with 29 companies failing in 2021, there is a high cost associated with looking after their customers. “Balances are protected when people are switched to a new supplier, but there is money missing because companies have invested some of it, so it has to be clawed back,” he says. This is added to electricity standing charges, as every home has a supply, unlike gas. For customers who want to reduce their bills, standing charges are, unfortunately, not something you can do much about. When the energy market is more competitive, there are sometimes tariffs available without standing charges, but they have higher unit prices so it’s only worth switching if you use very little. Currently, most of us are stuck with our existing provider and the prospect of further rises. Stoves says the “supplier of last resort” element in the current prices “is based on what Ofgem know so far about the cost – there might be more in the next cap, too”. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2022/mar/06/why-is-my-standing-charge-up-by-80-energy-firms-pile-on-the-agony
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    When are we likely to get definitive stadium news?

    Ive great sympathy for those scrabbling around for tickets. I know we dont sell out the Main Stand hospitality, I can see the empty seats every league game. But I gather the cheapest hospitality in the MS is over 200 quid. As far as Im aware, hospitality in the SKD Upper is sold out because it's tiered and cheaper. Perhaps the ARE will be the same? In any event, the club probably works to about 75% - 80% basis of sold hospitality? Like I said before, the option is either make the whole ground home STs only which means the same 58000 will get into league games or limit STs to around 30,000 and have the rest members sales? That's pretty much what they do as I understand it. The real issue appears to be one of priority in the scramble for tickets? If the club gave out 5000 new STs in the ARE, those 5001 and onwards on the waiting list still miss out though. I agree its unfair members credits have been negated and yes, the club should probably have limited the numbers of members. But the demand for tickets has exploded exponentially since 2016 due to Klopp and the team's on field success. STs have also lost out on cup and league away games over time and now you have to be in the ACS to get a ticket. Im not in the ACS and havent been since about 2015 so Im not too bothered about that. I know some STH's 'played' the system for cup finals but no one can tell me some members dont do the same now to maintain their credits. Have to say I dont think it's right or fair that STHs who sell or transfer a match ticket should retain the credit for it if used or resold. As far as Im aware, STH's credits only count if they are in one or more ACS competitions. On a general point, I think all this talk of 'day trippers' conveniently ignores the vast majority, if not every one of the non STHs who turn up at Anfield on match days will be members? Not sure how many tickets get sold via Thomas Cook or whoever but it's surely less than 1000 per game? I really dont get why some denegrate those fans, STHs, Members etc who spend shitloads in the souvie shop. Like it or not, money pays the bills. Some want us to be funded like city while retaining the ability to slag city's financing off.
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    Other Football 22/23

    Watching the 1st half of the Sheff Wed v Sunderland EFL Cup tie, there's hardly any fuckers in the ground!
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    NFC pass season 2022/23

    Fuck it, due to a change in plans I need to sell my ticket back to the club but there seems no option to do this now?! What sort of a fucked up ticketing system do we have?
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    little things that annoy the shit out of you

    Fucking led bulbs or rather the luminosity from them. Before leds, you knew what you were getting, a 40 watt bulb was for minimal lighting, 60 watt did most rooms and 100 watt was like extra bright. Although the leds have a comparision chart, 60 watt equals about 800 lumins etc. Ive just had to swap out two 60 watt R80 bathroom bulbs for the 800 lumin led equivalents. It's now like taking a shower under floodlights the fuckers are so bright!
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Absolutely fuck all. Turns out Leeds werent that bothered because they stayed up. Burnley faced without an ally and the PL determined to do fuck all, decided to throw in the towel.
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