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    Buying s/h guitars when the economy has tanked

    Sorry, it’s just my shorthand for “secondhand shops”. Not pawnbrokers in this case.
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    Buying s/h guitars when the economy has tanked

    I did once get offered a guitar for such a cheap price that the most likely explanation, under the circumstances, was that somebody stole it. I didn’t buy it.
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    In The Golden Age Did You Actually Pay Attention To The Bar Band?

    …Did You Actually Pay Attention To The Bar Band? Of course! Be rude not to. Looking back me and my mates were spoiled for choice between concert venues and the four student unions we were more or less affiliated to. The bars we drank in rarely had live music. If we found ourselves in a bar...
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    Make up a lie about the poster above you - part 3

    Usually they fold two fingers, or even three. Kirsch fan is familiar with this salute from his time as a goodwill ambassador charged with improving US-UK relations. It would have helped if he’d learned not to pronounce it ‘you suck’.
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    Stupid sayings and questions thread anyone?

    You’re on the right track with 3 sheets to the wind, but without getting all technical here, the sheets were the ropes that were tied to the sails. “Three sheets to the wind” would be three ropes all loose and flapping about, when they should be tied to something and tight! It would definitely...
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    Make up a lie about the poster above you - part 3

    K Hen’s Fan likes to see his name up in lights, so for a while he legally changed it to Walk Dontwalk.
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    Do you always have a pick in your pocket ?

    I used to. *sigh*
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    Make up a lie about the poster above you - part 3

    Dlew found out about Ana’s tic by phoning the International Date Line.
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    Buying s/h guitars when the economy has tanked

    Just wanted to thank everyone who replied. I found that writing the OP helped me get my own thoughts in order. Your replies helped even more. As a footnote, I could ask the s/h shop to make me an offer on something of my own that I already know the value of; that way I could get an idea of what...
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    Buying s/h guitars when the economy has tanked

    That’s it, exactly. I take your point - buying directly from the seller, at a fair price, you both get what you want, or need. My favourite local s/h shop, on the other hand - their visible ethical standards are pretty good (no stolen gear for sale, as far as we know), but I don’t know what...
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    Buying s/h guitars when the economy has tanked

    Maybe I’m over-thinking this, or I’m getting soft in my old age, I don’t know. I have happily bought secondhand guitars in the past. The last one was a few years ago, an Epiphone EB3. It was a year old and was one third the price of a new one. As usual, I thought, I wonder if it was stolen. But...
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    Make up a lie about the poster above you - part 3

    D-Lew thinks K-Fan’s dunny is an attic. It must be that whole antipodes-are-upside-down thing.
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    Anyone here ever tried speed dating?

    A wise man* once said: Surely it’s better that way, than the other way round. *a different one
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    Make up a lie about the poster above you - part 3

    K-Fan was a promising miner until the boss pointed at two shovels and said ‘Take your pick’.
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    When does daylight savings time start and when does the flu season start?

    This may help, regardless of which time zone you live in.
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    Make up a lie about the poster above you - part 3

    Kirchie identifying as an old hippie broad may sound modest and endearing, but it’s all about those concessionary concert tickets, n’est-ce pas?
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    Make up a lie about the poster above you - part 3

    Dlew knows perfectly well that in a stable democracy like the UK, the opportunity to become Prime Minister doesn’t come around very often. There’s two lies for the price of one, you may keep the change.
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    you're 40000 years old if...

    I read that and was all “wait, what?” Then I read it again: toy mouse. Damn this 40,000 years old eyesight, where are my 20,000 years old reading glasses.
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    you're 40000 years old if...

    Well, I agree with so much of what has been said here. But I’m not saying “I’m 40000 years old” because I’m thinking “40000, eh, I’d like to be that young again”.
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    you're 40000 years old if...

    Personally, I think you’ve nailed it. Only thing I might add would be… You wonder “what’s on TV,” when between satellite, cable, and streaming services the answer is either “what’s not on TV” or “whatever you want”, but really you pine for the days when the answer was “there’s nothing worth...
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    I ain't yer pal, chief.

    Exactly. 🙂 One of the most useful things my old man taught me was “Smile when you say that”. And the crucial difference between calling your oppo “You b*stard” versus “You old b*stard”!
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    alternatives to doc martens.

    I love my DMs but they can be a bit inconsistent. Maybe it depends where they are manufactured. I had some spare money a couple of years back, and bought a new pair online*. The sole started to come away from the upper within a month or so. tbf, they got replaced, and I got to keep the ones with...
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    Concerts used to cost a lot less, but still, check this!

    When I was a kid, I thought my dad was a bit out of touch because he liked Glen Miller, who’d been missing for 25 years by then. I wasn’t intolerant, just a bit patronising… There’s probably a “live” hologram Big Band concert touring somewhere as we speak. If there was, I’d go!
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    Auuuuugh people 😩 ! Close the lid before you flush and keep the toothbrush in a drawer/medicine cabinet…

    Like one of those “funny” punk rock names Kenny Everett used to come up with back in the day. Gizzard Puke, meet Fecal Plume.




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