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Everything posted by PansPurse

  1. Yup, this thread has gone so far off the deep end it's hard to follow. Strangely cathartic.
  2. Respect the Vote? You mean the one that, if it had been legally binding, would have been declared invalid because of the lawbreaking? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44856992 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47755611
  3. By diminishing our role on the world stage to the point where we're not worth bothering with?
  4. Just pondering this. Is it possible to get a circulated modern sovereign? I mean nobody's actually using them for their nominal face value?
  5. If you're having trouble with vision it's well worth getting an eye test ASAP. Opticians are specialists in general eye health as well as just figuring out what prescription you need. Carrying on without glasses runs the risk of straining your eyes and, being a lifelong glasses wearer, I have to say they make no noticeable difference to day to day life that I can tell.
  6. It's a good question and I have looked into it. Basically it only applies to current circulating coinage so anything pre-decimalisation is fine (for example). Weirdly defacing is fine, so those machines that take a 2p and stretch it and emboss the logo of a tourist attraction are fine. The only things outlawed are breaking up or melting down. Because making a ring means punching or drilling a hole in the middle it would fall foul of that, so I'm steering clear of circulating UK coins to be on the safe side. There's also, I guess, a question of enforcement and whether a prosecution would be in the public interest but I've absolutely no interest in being a test case 😋 The only other grey area I'm pondering is where it would stand on, say, sovereigns.
  7. https://player.fm/series/tides-of-history/jakob-fugger-the-richest-man-who-ever-lived Bit of interesting listening
  8. I strongly suspect this was the result of one of a survey that includes owning any gold jewelery. There's probably similar figures for the uk if you phrase the question right, doesn;t necessarily mean the whole country is desperately stacking for doomsday
  9. That's a difficult question to answer. Is the company likely to go belly-up and disappear anytime soon? Probably not. Are these highly liquid shares that you can easily turn back into cash? Not so much (not a publicly traded company yet). So long as you weren't hoping for a quick profit or need that money for something else then I wouldn't really call it a mistake ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  10. Actually what can be really interesting is the thinking behind taking silver as a health tonic. Silver does have antibacterial properties, which makes it great for, say, kitchenware/cutlery, and has centuries of associations with purity/cleanness.
  11. Silver is a heavy metal so, like most heavy metals, is potentially toxic, but is only really dangerous once it's inside your body. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver#Precautions Wikipedia reckons it's less bad than some heavy metals, but there's a world of difference between ingesting something and handling it with your hands/wearing it as jewellery.
  12. Why give banks deposits? Buy shares in them instead 😈
  13. That's a dizzying amount to be putting into a pension plan. Yes it's there but in my case I'm not going to retire for well over a decade and 4-5k a year is an impossibly tight budget unless you already own your home and have no children.
  14. In fairness fiat currencies are backed by more than just people's belief in them, they are explicitly tied to the states that use them, which means things like having shops etc legally required to accept them, having them as a recognised way of settling debts with the government through things like taxes and the courts. Cryptocurrencies have no such backing and are basically more like a commodity.
  15. The online tracker went from "Received" to "Processing" today and I have only been more nervous on a handful of occasions 😁
  16. So, a fair few folks are maxing out the H&B sovereign deal. If anyone's interested I have two graded Queen's Beasts 1/4 Oz golds that I'm happy to trade for a trio of bullion sovs. Lion, MS69 Griffin, MS64 (frankly very tempted to send this for conservation and regrading, it looks flawless to me) Pics to follow
  17. I know, it's terrible isn't it, calling people with outspoken violent far-right beliefs by an accurate description of their ideology. Shocking stuff.
  18. I really think this is a great video and I'm fully in favour of normalising talking about mental health stuff. I think often people are reluctant to talk about it because they don't want to be a burden. The thing is, so often it takes barely anything to help someone. Don't get me wrong, there are people in my life I'd be happy to spend all night with talking them down off a ledge, but that's an extreme case. Many times I or someone I know has been in a rough spot, maybe just a bad day where the brain weasels come out to play, and a message or two with a friend checking in/offering a place to talk about what's stressing them can make a huge difference.
  19. Hopefully it'll get all the fascists off Twitter too
  20. I've been seriously mulling whether to jump on this or not. On the plus side it's looking like a fairly easy £10 profit per coin. On the downside it means that if one were to purchase by stretching one's credit then you've got your backside hanging out to the tune of more than half a grand, and then trying to get a quick turnaround on coins when the secondary market is likely to be flooded with offers from other folks who've taken the offer up 😕
  21. I mean, Telegram's not that new. And there's a difference between a messenger and a public social media platform. I mean that's like the distinction between speaking in a town square versus sending someone sealed (and encrypted) messages.