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    Paul got a reaction from blab in The Ultimate - "Show us your stack" Thread   
    I hope your window cleaner isn't a stacker
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    Paul got a reaction from blab in The Ultimate - "Show us your stack" Thread   
    I hope your window cleaner isn't a stacker
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    Paul got a reaction from blab in The Ultimate - "Show us your stack" Thread   
    I hope your window cleaner isn't a stacker
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    Paul got a reaction from billp in Gold & Silver storage   
    Storing Gold/Silver Bullion   Whilst there are no right or wrong answers about what is the exact perfect solution to this area of investment, i have pieced together a  small article that hopefully helps new stackers or even established stackers may learn a few new things to about personal storage     The physical possession and control of your bullion is one of the main benefits of investing in physical gold bullion over using electronic/paper gold/ETF's      Allocated Storage   The biggest players out there in the UK are the likes of bullionvault & goldmoney in the channel islands   Bullion by Post has now offered the option of using allocated storage with Brinks Allocated storage offers investors a safe method of storing bullion. But it is an area of debate amongst forum memebers, there are pros and cons and also additional costs    Whilst i have no reason to doubt everything they say is true.  Putting all your eggs in one basket with them could be risky. But saying that i do have a proportional of my precious metals investments in both bullionvault and goldmoney     Safety Deposit Box   A safety deposit box within a bank offers a gold storage solution backed by the additional security measures taken by the bank. But are very hard to get these days in the UK   However, safety deposit boxes require a monthly/annual fee and in the unlikely event the bank was breached and personal deposit boxes compromised,  It is my belief you would not be insured as you do not declare what is contained.  Whilst used to be common place safety deposit boxes are becoming increasingly scarce UK wide, sourcing one locally maybe difficult.   There are several safe deposit centres in London, from my searches Metro Bank offer them also Selfridges Dept Store Oxford Street       Safety deposit centres might seem a good option it is certainly not without risk    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1362561/Bank-gangsters-Police-open-7k-safety-deposit-boxes-discover-50m.html     Home Safe   Whilst it might be the first thing to think of as the safest option home safes are a popular method of storing your gold investment.  A dirty great big safe found under the stairs will say one thing to a burgular....... hhmmmmm ......whats inside ??   Older large safes can be found for very small costs.  But they 'look the part'.   Use this as your 'decoy' and then your stack could be stored in your chosen concealment spots,  A 1oz gold coin measures about the size of a £2 coin, but hold a near £800 worth of value.  use the bulky large safe as the decoy to so they take their "eyes off the prize"   Discrete safes can also come in the form of much smaller floor safes, wall safes, or hiding your safe in the loft or basement of your home.    It is also a bone of contention about whether it is wise to insure your gold/silver bullion at home, declare it on your home contents  insurance and it adds another set of eyes who know you have bullion stored at home.  However on the flip side you know you are covered  in the unfortunate event your property was burgled.    You would also expect an additional premium to be added to your insurance    It has been said on several USA forums that gun cases offer a good solution for silver storage, given silver by its nature ofg being bigger than gold the amount of cubic inch space available in a gun safe is much bigger   However, with home safes it is important one other person has the information to access your bullion if anything ever happened to you.   Again, it is crucial you are discreet, keep the number of people aware to the very minimum.  If you maybe be doing something you should include your wife !   You don't know what a women is really like until you divorce/cheat on her !     It is advised that you don’t share this information freely with people including family members, friends and acquaintances.  Really the fewer people who know you are in possession of bullion, the better.      Creative hiding places   A USA survey said "The Chicago Crime Commission stated that a burglar spends an average of 6 minutes in a victim's home. Put the odds in your favor"   If you are a relatively modest investor of physical bullion bars and coins, then a popular and cost effective method of storing it is at home.  Again, if you do opt for this method of storing your bullion at home, then be creative.  Hide it somewhere unusual, somewhere where if you did encounter an intruder, they would not stumble across it by accident.   Remember gold does not tarnish or damage.  It is will still be GOLD even it is buried   I remember reading years ago when WW2 broke out a Jewish family man got all of his gold smelted down and had them cast as massive door hinges for the all the doors in his house and painted them black the Germans came and rounded them up and sent them off to the concentration camp.    After the war ended and he returned to his home. The gold was all still in tact, he still had his wealth albeit in black coloured hinges instead of recognizable gold coins     Valuable “Rocks” (taken from goldsilver.com)   Camouflaging your storage site into the local topography is a time-tested solution.   Rocks typically do not draw much attention and can fit into a variety of landscapes.   Artificial rocks with hollow storage cavities can be purchased online through a simple internet search.   Search results will feature a wealth of shapes, sizes, and colors, ranging in capacity to accommodate a few dozen to several hundred ounces.   This solution is essentially fireproof and can be extremely labor intensive in the event of theft.   Precious Pets :  Pet Beds or Cat Litter Boxes    Dog beds and cat litter boxes offer ideal spaces for concealment, typically having embedded in them several layers which can provide ample space for storage.   The only limitation to this option are the depth and width of the litter box or pet bed.    Ensure the storage container is reinforced for protection against your own pet and that the box or bed is reassembled properly.   The scent and appearance of the storage site will limit the attention any burglar gives to the area.   Silver Soil: Gardening Pots   The density and weight of larger gardening pots can make them ideal for storing larger quantities of precious metals.  Their bases can be altered to feature a spacious non-visible compartment within.   Larger pots can weigh several hundred pounds and require skill to successfully penetrate, reducing the probability of theft.   The layer of soil acts as a protective fireproof barrier.  A larger base can work well for several dozen coin tubes or even bars.   Remember to always waterproof your metals before storing.   Prized Pipes   Pipes are both abundant and distributed throughout most homes.   A gas or water pipe which is no longer in use is ideal.  Caps can be added to the ends of pipes to hold additional metals.   Coins can easily be hidden either within a non-functional pipe or within a pipe cap you may easily purchase.  Pipe storage also is a theft deterrent because of the unlikelihood that a time-constrained intruder will have time to scan your entire plumbing or gas pipelines system.   Golden Flames: The Fireplace   Incorporating your storage site into a living space is one of the best solutions for concealing your stash.  Rooms associated with leisure are often the last location a culprit would search. This solution may require some masonry work in creating a compartment within the base or along the walls of the fireplace.  The compartment can be customized to meet your storage needs.  Once finished, seal the compartment, and you now have a sturdy, fireproof storage solution.   Final Thoughts on How to Hide Your Gold Silver   Almost any storage solution can be customized to meet your unique security and living configurations.  As with any investment choice, diversification of risk is an important part of the process.  Using multiple locations will not only mitigate your risk but alos give you peace of mind.  Do not limit yourself to your own dwelling; there is a limitless array of options in the outdoors.   Your own creativity is the only limitation in finding the ideal storage solution(s).   Flexibility is critical, and most importantly, use diversification of location to safeguard your metals against the most probable and improbable scenarios.     Search terms for creative hiding places from google yield several excellent sources to helped me pen the above  :   http://www.stashvault.com/   http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/8-secret-spots-to-hide-valuables-at-home-190982   http://www.pinterest.com/fbeaulieu1/hidden-storage-spaces/   http://www.pinterest.com/tammyklick/secret-hiding-places/   http://cdn.preterhuman.net/texts/survival/Connor,%20Michael%20-%20How%20to%20Hide%20Anything.pdf   http://www.familyhandyman.com/home-security/20-secret-hiding-places/view-all   http://www.misdefenseproducts.com/Hiding-Places-for-Valuables-p-1-c-272.html   http://www.amazon.co.uk/HIDDEN-COMPARTMENT-Secret-Silver-Jewellery/dp/B008GDD6KY   http://www.amazon.co.uk/Imitation-Double-Plug-Socket-Security/dp/B00G2MNR5U/ref=pd_sim_kh_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0BTE581RKHFM1TD98YA2   http://www.amazon.co.uk/DREAMdirect-63581-Safe-candle/dp/B000FO6MS0/ref=pd_sim_kh_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=0BTE581RKHFM1TD98YA2   http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sterling-801CD-SafeCan-Collins-Dictionary/dp/B002FGCB5E/ref=pd_sim_kh_6?ie=UTF8&refRID=0BTE581RKHFM1TD98YA2   http://www.amazon.co.uk/Helix-Paperback-Concealed-Security-W61022/dp/B000WTXEIE/ref=pd_sim_kh_10?ie=UTF8&refRID=0BTE581RKHFM1TD98YA2   Google terms to search out :   secret stash Secret safes Secret wall safes Key stone Safe Safe key hiders Stash boxes Hollow books
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    Paul reacted to KDave in GOLD DEALS - See a deal, post here :)   
    Need to go back to selling cheap, 2% on ounces, 3% on sovs of all kinds back to lucky dip, no cherry picking. Hgm sovs were attractive until people cherry picked and then it became obvious some were getting the dregs much of the time, thats when I looked elsewhere and I'm not the only one.
    3.5% sovs are not a good deal, other dealers at least offer premium reductions on larger orders but not hgm. Why not? The pricing of specific dates and heads without guarantee of condition is difficult to justify when others offer the same coin at bullion prices. The old way was better. Hgm used to be good. 
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    Paul got a reaction from Ansel in GOLD DEALS - See a deal, post here :)   
    They are going to lose a fair bit of custom from folk here who are shall we say, overly frugal. 
    If it aint broke, don't fix it 
    The  "+3% on most items" business model was my key reason for repeat buying. 
    No need to do the mental gymnastics and calculations
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    Paul got a reaction from ilovesilverireallydo in Mr-Dead's perfect AirBNB getaway   
    Sorry for the click bait thread title
    I found this YouTube vid on my internet travels today & thought it was very cool so thought I would share.  
    Someone bought an historic old bank and converted it to a home
    It would make a great airBNB for a seasoned stacker I think
    "Honey, little help please, I locked myself in the bar again "   Enjoy folks 
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    Paul got a reaction from blab in The Ultimate - "Show us your stack" Thread   
    I hope your window cleaner isn't a stacker
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    Paul got a reaction from Mark43 in Shopping Around Pays Off   
    Car parking charges
    Nazi gestapo parking goons on every corner to fine you for going over your white line by 1mm or overstaying 1 mins past your ticket
    Having to run the gauntlet of charity muggers
    Having to avoids beggars, alchos and druggies smacked off their head on Spice
    Having to avoid Sky salesmens, survey monkeys and TalkTalk reps
    Having to avoid smoke in my face 
    Avoiding people who are allergic to soap 
    Congested traffic
    Bad roads
    Radgie drivers every where
    Items being out of stock
    Useless staff of under 50 IQ
    Queues because of not enough staff in store
    Cold, wet winter weather outside
    Bashed car door on your return
    ........Oh, and wait, i can get it cheaper to online. bonus
    The price of Prime is well worth it, bring it to me, i will be sat with a mug of Yorkshire Tea waiting for your knock, thank you very much
     
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    Paul got a reaction from kimchi in Shopping Around Pays Off   
    it is EXACTLY and TOTALLY be design how we are in this state of affairs.
    Read Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky from 1971.  It is a playbook of what has unfolded
    Read some quotes from it 
    https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1711776-rules-for-radicals-a-pragmatic-primer-for-realistic-radicals
    What is it that in any area of local government, police, fire service, councils, NHS, politicians and people in authority across all of the UK have all been trained by politic charity " Common Purpose "
    Common Purpose (CP) is a Charity, based in Great Britain, which creates ‘Future Leaders’ of society. CP selects individuals and ‘trains’ them to learn how society works, who 'pulls the levers of power' and how CP ‘graduates’ can use this knowledge to lead 'Outside Authority’.
    Children, teenagers and adults have their prejudices removed. Graduates are ‘empowered’ to become ‘Leaders’ and work in ‘partnership’ with other CP graduates. have trained some 30,000 adult graduates in UK and changed the lives of some 80,000 people, including schoolchildren and young people.
    But evidence shows that Common Purpose is rather more than a Charity ‘empowering' people and communities’. In fact, CP is an elitest pro-EU political organisation helping to replace democracy in UK, and worldwide, with CP chosen ‘elite’ leaders. In truth, their hidden networks and political objectives are undermining and destroying our democratic society and are threatening ‘free will’ in adults, teenagers and children. Their work is funded by public money and big business, including international banks.
    It is important for researchers on this site to realise that the majority of Common Purpose 'graduates' are victims, who have little if any understanding of the wider role of Common Purpose within UK society, nor of its connections to higher government and the European Union. Drawn into CP training by a flattering invitation, or selected by their company or organisation, this recruitment is normally carried out by a previously trained CP person - now recruiting for the cause. Candidates are screened and selected (or rejected) by CP Advisory Board members in their area.
    Both candidates and 'trained graduates' will have no real understanding of Common Purpose's wider role to help achieve a political and social paradigm shift in the UK. The real objective, would appear to be to replace our traditional UK democracy with the new regime of the EU superstate.
    By blurring the boundaries between people, professions, public and private sectors, responsibility and accountability, CP encourages graduates to believe that as new selected leaders, CP graduates can work together, outside of the established political and social structures, to achieve this paradigm shift or CHANGE. The so called "Leading Outside Authority". In doing so, the allegiance of the individual becomes 're-framed' on CP colleagues and their NETWORK.
    Using behavioural and experiential learning techniques, the views of graduates can be remoulded to conform to the new Common Purpose. Most will not be aware this has happened, but we are given immediate clues in descriptions by graduates that Common Purpose training is 'life changing', 'disturbing, or 'unsettling'. Trained and operating under the Chatham House rules of secrecy (details of discussion, those present and location are not disclosed), CP graduates come to operate in 'their world' of Common Purpose. 
    The term 'GRADUATE' is used deliberately so as to prevent disclosure of involvement with Common Purpose. As 'MEMBERS' of CP, which is more appropriate, individuals in the public sector would have to declare their interests. So strong is the Common Purpose bond, that some individuals will lie to hide information and documents considered 'dangerous' to the CP cause. People challenging CP colleagues have been victimised and forced out of their positions.
    Common Purpose is linked to a host of other suspect trusts, foundations, think-tanks, quangos and so called charities. DEMOS is a key example. These organisations funnel political and social CHANGE policy through CP, to re-frame graduates. Examples range from promotion of Diversity in every company and organisation, to Curfews for young people.
    Common Purpose promotes the 'empowerment of individuals', except where individuals challenge the activities of CP, and public spending on CP. These people are branded vexatious, extremist, right wing or mentally unsound. Mrs Julia Middleton, the Chief Executive of Common Purpose, praises the work of German bankers. Deutsche Bank is, of course, a major power behind Common Purpose. Mrs Middleton, earning circa £80,000 p.a. from her charity, is also very happy to promote the term 'USEFUL IDIOTS' in her book 'Beyond Authority'
    Supported by a web of organisations, social enterprises, NGOs, charities and others promoting 'leadership' together with empowerment through applied behavioural psychology. The battle for our minds now includes government Nudging, Happiness and Mindfulness delivered in the covert drip drip drip of an anaesthetic.
    https://www.cpexposed.com/
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    Paul got a reaction from Ansel in GOLD DEALS - See a deal, post here :)   
    They are going to lose a fair bit of custom from folk here who are shall we say, overly frugal. 
    If it aint broke, don't fix it 
    The  "+3% on most items" business model was my key reason for repeat buying. 
    No need to do the mental gymnastics and calculations
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    Paul got a reaction from PansPurse in HGM pricing mistake   
    i have mis-priced  buy it now items on ebay before and had auctions that didnt make what i thought they would
    I honoured the sale although it was at a loss myself.  The price you see is the price you pay.
    If the fault is your own take it on the chin
    Your bottom line always what you look at, you can sheer a sheep many times but you can only fleece him once
     
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    Paul got a reaction from blab in The Ultimate - "Show us your stack" Thread   
    I hope your window cleaner isn't a stacker
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    Paul got a reaction from blab in The Ultimate - "Show us your stack" Thread   
    I hope your window cleaner isn't a stacker
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    Paul got a reaction from blab in The Ultimate - "Show us your stack" Thread   
    I hope your window cleaner isn't a stacker
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    Paul reacted to JunkBond in The Ultimate - "Show us your stack" Thread   
    And my stepson's stack, he is the one to blame for getting me interested in PMs, he isn't a forum member however.
    Full sovs by the way, not like me!
     

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    Paul got a reaction from ilovesilverireallydo in Mr-Dead's perfect AirBNB getaway   
    Sorry for the click bait thread title
    I found this YouTube vid on my internet travels today & thought it was very cool so thought I would share.  
    Someone bought an historic old bank and converted it to a home
    It would make a great airBNB for a seasoned stacker I think
    "Honey, little help please, I locked myself in the bar again "   Enjoy folks 
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    Paul reacted to silversurf in The Ultimate - "Show us your stack" Thread   
    9 months in and my stack so far.

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    Paul got a reaction from PansPurse in HGM pricing mistake   
    i have mis-priced  buy it now items on ebay before and had auctions that didnt make what i thought they would
    I honoured the sale although it was at a loss myself.  The price you see is the price you pay.
    If the fault is your own take it on the chin
    Your bottom line always what you look at, you can sheer a sheep many times but you can only fleece him once
     
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    Paul got a reaction from Mark43 in Shopping Around Pays Off   
    Car parking charges
    Nazi gestapo parking goons on every corner to fine you for going over your white line by 1mm or overstaying 1 mins past your ticket
    Having to run the gauntlet of charity muggers
    Having to avoids beggars, alchos and druggies smacked off their head on Spice
    Having to avoid Sky salesmens, survey monkeys and TalkTalk reps
    Having to avoid smoke in my face 
    Avoiding people who are allergic to soap 
    Congested traffic
    Bad roads
    Radgie drivers every where
    Items being out of stock
    Useless staff of under 50 IQ
    Queues because of not enough staff in store
    Cold, wet winter weather outside
    Bashed car door on your return
    ........Oh, and wait, i can get it cheaper to online. bonus
    The price of Prime is well worth it, bring it to me, i will be sat with a mug of Yorkshire Tea waiting for your knock, thank you very much
     
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    Paul got a reaction from Mark43 in Shopping Around Pays Off   
    Car parking charges
    Nazi gestapo parking goons on every corner to fine you for going over your white line by 1mm or overstaying 1 mins past your ticket
    Having to run the gauntlet of charity muggers
    Having to avoids beggars, alchos and druggies smacked off their head on Spice
    Having to avoid Sky salesmens, survey monkeys and TalkTalk reps
    Having to avoid smoke in my face 
    Avoiding people who are allergic to soap 
    Congested traffic
    Bad roads
    Radgie drivers every where
    Items being out of stock
    Useless staff of under 50 IQ
    Queues because of not enough staff in store
    Cold, wet winter weather outside
    Bashed car door on your return
    ........Oh, and wait, i can get it cheaper to online. bonus
    The price of Prime is well worth it, bring it to me, i will be sat with a mug of Yorkshire Tea waiting for your knock, thank you very much
     
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    Paul got a reaction from Mark43 in Shopping Around Pays Off   
    Car parking charges
    Nazi gestapo parking goons on every corner to fine you for going over your white line by 1mm or overstaying 1 mins past your ticket
    Having to run the gauntlet of charity muggers
    Having to avoids beggars, alchos and druggies smacked off their head on Spice
    Having to avoid Sky salesmens, survey monkeys and TalkTalk reps
    Having to avoid smoke in my face 
    Avoiding people who are allergic to soap 
    Congested traffic
    Bad roads
    Radgie drivers every where
    Items being out of stock
    Useless staff of under 50 IQ
    Queues because of not enough staff in store
    Cold, wet winter weather outside
    Bashed car door on your return
    ........Oh, and wait, i can get it cheaper to online. bonus
    The price of Prime is well worth it, bring it to me, i will be sat with a mug of Yorkshire Tea waiting for your knock, thank you very much
     
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    Paul got a reaction from Mark43 in Shopping Around Pays Off   
    Car parking charges
    Nazi gestapo parking goons on every corner to fine you for going over your white line by 1mm or overstaying 1 mins past your ticket
    Having to run the gauntlet of charity muggers
    Having to avoids beggars, alchos and druggies smacked off their head on Spice
    Having to avoid Sky salesmens, survey monkeys and TalkTalk reps
    Having to avoid smoke in my face 
    Avoiding people who are allergic to soap 
    Congested traffic
    Bad roads
    Radgie drivers every where
    Items being out of stock
    Useless staff of under 50 IQ
    Queues because of not enough staff in store
    Cold, wet winter weather outside
    Bashed car door on your return
    ........Oh, and wait, i can get it cheaper to online. bonus
    The price of Prime is well worth it, bring it to me, i will be sat with a mug of Yorkshire Tea waiting for your knock, thank you very much
     
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    Paul got a reaction from Mark43 in Shopping Around Pays Off   
    Car parking charges
    Nazi gestapo parking goons on every corner to fine you for going over your white line by 1mm or overstaying 1 mins past your ticket
    Having to run the gauntlet of charity muggers
    Having to avoids beggars, alchos and druggies smacked off their head on Spice
    Having to avoid Sky salesmens, survey monkeys and TalkTalk reps
    Having to avoid smoke in my face 
    Avoiding people who are allergic to soap 
    Congested traffic
    Bad roads
    Radgie drivers every where
    Items being out of stock
    Useless staff of under 50 IQ
    Queues because of not enough staff in store
    Cold, wet winter weather outside
    Bashed car door on your return
    ........Oh, and wait, i can get it cheaper to online. bonus
    The price of Prime is well worth it, bring it to me, i will be sat with a mug of Yorkshire Tea waiting for your knock, thank you very much
     
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    Paul got a reaction from Mark43 in Shopping Around Pays Off   
    Car parking charges
    Nazi gestapo parking goons on every corner to fine you for going over your white line by 1mm or overstaying 1 mins past your ticket
    Having to run the gauntlet of charity muggers
    Having to avoids beggars, alchos and druggies smacked off their head on Spice
    Having to avoid Sky salesmens, survey monkeys and TalkTalk reps
    Having to avoid smoke in my face 
    Avoiding people who are allergic to soap 
    Congested traffic
    Bad roads
    Radgie drivers every where
    Items being out of stock
    Useless staff of under 50 IQ
    Queues because of not enough staff in store
    Cold, wet winter weather outside
    Bashed car door on your return
    ........Oh, and wait, i can get it cheaper to online. bonus
    The price of Prime is well worth it, bring it to me, i will be sat with a mug of Yorkshire Tea waiting for your knock, thank you very much