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  1. Rather than trying to hot pick the next big thing In my 10 years plus stacking, i have just bought whatever represents "best value for money" on the day of purchase. i have picked up cheapest maple leafs, x100 of britannia 2007's minted sealed sheet a guy had them priced to sell on eBay for quick sale, pandas, kanagroos, roll of koalas, reasonably priced full date run of kooks, variant modern soveriegn designs 2002 2005 2012 at same price is normal soveriegns from my none internet savvy local coin dealer, a krugerrand for spot as was in bad shape, cheap variety of items from Arshi or Yas here on the forum, sometimes just keeping the fiat debt tokens as there was nothing great value on the day of purchase that caught my eyes, the cheapest 'strike on the day' 2017 200 year on eBay as think this will always have upside in future, a mixtures of x50 mixed oz from STG to maximise delivery charges. No set one path The more doing this, i have a diverse, mixed, variety of anything and everything, not really collecting anything in particular, just always caseing the best deal/value
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    Solid gold toilet stolen

    google it " GROOM OF THE STOLE / STOOL ", true as far as i can gather These Royals are just like us commoners dont you know.
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    Solid gold toilet stolen

    The Groom of the Stool The Groom of the Stool (formally styled: "Groom of the King's Close Stool") was the most intimate of an English monarch's courtiers, responsible for assisting the king in excretion and ablution. The physical intimacy of the role naturally led to his becoming a man in whom much confidence was placed by his royal master and with whom many royal secrets were shared as a matter of course. This secret information—while it would never have been revealed, for it would have led to the discredit of his honour—in turn led to his becoming feared and respected and therefore powerful within the royal court in his own right. The office developed gradually over decades and centuries into one of administration of the royal finances, and under Henry VII, the Groom of the Stool became a powerful official involved in setting national fiscal policy, under the "chamber system". Later, the office was renamed Groom of the Stole. The Tudor historian David Starkey classes this change as classic Victorianism: "When the Victorians came to look at this office, they spelt it s-t-o-l-e, and imagined all kinds of fictions about elaborate robes draped around the neck of the monarch at the coronation however, the change is in fact seen as early as the 17th century. History & Origins The Groom of the Stool was a male servant in the household of the English monarch who was responsible for assisting the king in his toileting needs. It is a matter of some debate as to whether the duties involved cleaning the king's anus, but the groom is known to have been responsible for supplying a bowl, water and towels and also for monitoring the king's diet and bowel movements[6] and liaising with the Royal Doctor about the king's health. The appellation "Groom of the Close Stool" derived from the item of furniture used as a toilet. It also appears as "Grom of the Stole" as the word "Groom" comes from the Old Low Franconian word "Grom". In the Tudor era By the Tudor age, the role of Groom of the Stool was fulfilled by a substantial figure, such as Hugh Denys (d. 1511) who was a member of the Gloucestershire gentry, married to an aristocratic wife, and who died possessing at least four manors. The function was transformed into that of a virtual minister of the royal treasury, being then an essential figure in the king's management of fiscal policy. In the early years of Henry VIII's reign, the title was awarded to court companions of the king who spent time with him in the privy chamber. These were generally the sons of noblemen or important members of the gentry. In time they came to act as virtual personal secretaries to the king, carrying out a variety of administrative tasks within his private rooms. The position was an especially prized one, as it allowed unobstructed access to the king.[12]:42 David Starkey writes: "The Groom of the Stool had (to our eyes) the most menial tasks; his standing, though, was the highest ... Clearly then, the royal body service must have been seen as entirely honourable, without a trace of the demeaning or the humiliating." Further, "the mere word of the Gentleman of the Privy Chamber was sufficient evidence in itself of the king's will", and the Groom of the Stool bore "the indefinable charisma of the monarchy". Evolution and discontinuation The office was exclusively one serving male monarchs, so on the accession of Elizabeth I of England in 1558, it was replaced by the First Lady of the Bedchamber, first held by Kat Ashley. The office effectively came to an end when it was "neutralised" in 1559.[11] On the accession of James I, the male office was revived as the senior Gentleman of the Bedchamber, who always was a great nobleman who had considerable power because of its intimate access to the king. During the reign of Charles I, the term "stool" appears to have lost its original signification of chair. From 1660 the office of Groom of the Stole (revived with the Restoration of the Monarchy) was invariably coupled with that of First Gentleman (or Lady) of the Bedchamber; as effective Head of the royal Bedchamber, the Groom of the Stole was a powerful individual who had the right to attend the monarch at all times and to regulate access to his or her private quarters. Incongruously, the office of Groom of the Stole continued in use during the reign of Queen Anne, when it was held by a duchess who combined its duties with those of Mistress of the Robes. Under the Hanoverians the 'Groom of the Stole' began to be named in The London Gazette. In 1726 John Chamberlayne wrote that, while the Lord Chamberlain has oversight of all Officers belonging to the King's Chamber, 'the Precinct of the King's Bed-Chamber […] is wholly under the Groom of the Stole'. Chamberlayne defines the Groom of the Stole as the first of the Gentlemen of the Bedchamber; translating his title ('from the Greek') as 'Groom or Servant of the Long-robe or Vestment', he explains that he has 'the Office and Honour to present and put on his Majesty's first Garment or Shirt every morning, and to order the Things of the Bed-Chamber'. By 1740 the Groom of the Stole is described as having 'the care of the king's wardrobe'. The office again fell into abeyance with the accession of Queen Victoria, though her husband, Prince Albert, and their son, Edward, Prince of Wales employed similar courtiers; but when Edward, prince of Wales, acceded to the throne as King Edward VII in 1901, he discontinued the office.
  4. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7463439/Burglars-steal-solid-gold-TOILET-Blenheim-Palace.html Burglars steal solid gold TOILET worth £1 MILLION in a raid on Blenheim Palace just two days after the 18-carat lavatory went on display at Winston Churchill's birthplace The golden toilet titled 'America' was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan Burglars stole the 18-carat gold lavatory and the toilet remains missing The palace tweeted it would be closed today 'due to an unforeseen incident' Thames Valley Police confirmed the toilet was stolen and they are investigating
  5. on the flip side of happy stories, i will lower the tone somewhat sorry https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/766944/Gold-smuggler-bars-up-bum-India-Hyderabad-airport-Sajilal
  6. During WW2 when the Nazi were advancing, I read some rich guy smelt all his gold, recast them as massive door hinges, secured them to his various sturdy big doors around his home, painted the hinges. He was captured, surived the war, returned home. His wealth still in tact, and his doors hanging despite his palatial mansion having been ransacked to find jewels and valuables
  7. https://atkinsonsbullion.com/pre-owned/gold/pre-owned-gold-coins/pre-owned-2007-uk-gateshead-millennium-bridge-1-p Any Geordie fancies some gold to celebrate their fabulous city, the blinky eye bridge, next to the giant sleeping silver jelly baby
  8. For £95 does it come a privy mark? or should that be called a "piggy mark" 🤣
  9. Remind me of that famous Mr Man Book they banned. I will stick with my free plastic Orange promo plastic pig, I got while working for them. My first and only proper job ive ever had
  10. Lets see if we get our first post this afternoon after the footy or horse racings is over ??
  11. @sovereignsteve the £450 on odds on fav is NOT my bet, I didnt make it. it was a google images find and x25 oz silver set up I made with what i had around in the house, which was equivlent to the screen grab I found, to just show off what pictures to post and thoughts may work for this thread? an accumulator on the footy or a £20 straight win is my limit these days and I am content with that My thoughts for starting this thread it was to try and help folk with a strategy that worked for me to near fully kick my gamble habit, if they find they re-gamble whatever winnings they get, if I can get someone to squrrel their winnings into precious metals it may help them on the road to recovery. Admittance you have/ or have had a problem with gambling, is one of the first steps to recovery