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AppleZippoandMetronome

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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to 999magnum in What's a good resource to learn about individual coins?   
    I use Numista the most.
    https://en.numista.com/
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to BackyardBullion in BASHING on the forum   
    @cravethatcoin
    10,000 + oz of silver delivered as part of the group orders in the last 18 months. 
    Nobody is out of pocket
    Funny that that does not factor into your risk assessment anywhere
    Nor does the thoughts and opinions of countless others.
     
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from AlphaBeast in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    I love travelling though not quite as much as I used to. I love to be somewhere I've not been before and see something different. The times I've been able to travel the most I feel I've also grown the most. I do certainly agree that the actual moving to the destination area or country can be a pain and it has put me off some trips in recent years. Another thing which has very much put me off is the increase in the Instagram tourists. I am someone that seeks out quiet, serene and beautiful places where I can just be there enjoying a moment. So many places are being ruined now though in the pursuit of the perfect selfie and its hard to watch.
    I have lived in the UK now for 10 years and I am still enjoying travelling around here. When I first moved over I made a list of places I wanted to visit and as the years have gone by other place names have been added to that list. I love nothing more than taking a couple weeks off work in summer, throwing the panniers on the motorbike, taking out the old school map, planning a route with various stops and just exploring. It is so freeing and even here within this relatively small island there is such diversity and so many amazing things to see and do. I love it.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Numistacker in BASHING on the forum   
    Sadly no matter what you are doing, how good your intentions are, how many people you help, etc, etc there will always be one person who takes issue with it. You'll have many of us to fight your corner BYB and the amount of faith put in both you and Numi at this point speaks for itself.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Numistacker in BASHING on the forum   
    Sadly no matter what you are doing, how good your intentions are, how many people you help, etc, etc there will always be one person who takes issue with it. You'll have many of us to fight your corner BYB and the amount of faith put in both you and Numi at this point speaks for itself.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Lr103 in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    Pembrokeshire! I think it is often overlooked by folks as most I know who have gone on holiday to Wales have gone to North Wales (Snowdonia usually) and thats it. Pembrokeshire features some breathtakingly beautiful rugged coastline and tends to be quite quiet most of the year outside of the summer months. I do my best to get out there once a year for a week or two usually either in October or March. The weather can be iffy but that is par for the course in most of the UK. My favourite place in Pembrokeshire is St David's Head. If you are in to walks there is a pretty unbeatable one for breathtaking scenery that starts and ends at Whitesands Bay and basically takes you around the prominent mountain or hill there - Carn Llidi. Here are a few pictures from the last time I did that walk. 




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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to dicker in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    It is fabulous if you can take time off to do it and in style.  I collects over two million Avios over the last 10 years and used it to pay for hotels (not flights) for my family on a 3 month round the world trip. 
    Travel with my family was a pleasure and quite u like the bike jetting and working I have done for the last 15 years.  
    My advice is to go to places you would enjoy, don’t go too fast and hire cars to get around where you can. Plus, never go anywhere at peak season - it’s not the cost that’s annoying it’s too many people!
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Lr103 in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    Pembrokeshire! I think it is often overlooked by folks as most I know who have gone on holiday to Wales have gone to North Wales (Snowdonia usually) and thats it. Pembrokeshire features some breathtakingly beautiful rugged coastline and tends to be quite quiet most of the year outside of the summer months. I do my best to get out there once a year for a week or two usually either in October or March. The weather can be iffy but that is par for the course in most of the UK. My favourite place in Pembrokeshire is St David's Head. If you are in to walks there is a pretty unbeatable one for breathtaking scenery that starts and ends at Whitesands Bay and basically takes you around the prominent mountain or hill there - Carn Llidi. Here are a few pictures from the last time I did that walk. 




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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from AlphaBeast in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    I love travelling though not quite as much as I used to. I love to be somewhere I've not been before and see something different. The times I've been able to travel the most I feel I've also grown the most. I do certainly agree that the actual moving to the destination area or country can be a pain and it has put me off some trips in recent years. Another thing which has very much put me off is the increase in the Instagram tourists. I am someone that seeks out quiet, serene and beautiful places where I can just be there enjoying a moment. So many places are being ruined now though in the pursuit of the perfect selfie and its hard to watch.
    I have lived in the UK now for 10 years and I am still enjoying travelling around here. When I first moved over I made a list of places I wanted to visit and as the years have gone by other place names have been added to that list. I love nothing more than taking a couple weeks off work in summer, throwing the panniers on the motorbike, taking out the old school map, planning a route with various stops and just exploring. It is so freeing and even here within this relatively small island there is such diversity and so many amazing things to see and do. I love it.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to BackyardBullion in **FEBRUARY 2019** Group Order from The European Mint   
    UPDATE TIME
    I have just spent all day doing your postage invoices and also your distribution invoices. I have sent a message to everyone (I think) If you have not received a postage message please let me know. 
    I would appreciate prompt payment of these because with this total order being pretty close to £50,000 I am currently fronting the 1.2% international shipping (about £600) 😉
    Also - and I mean this with the greatest respect - the vast majority of you do not READ your message! 
    Please don't forget to give me your address (even if I have had it before....you will need to confirm it).
    Please give it to me in a single line format e.g. Mr. James Bond, 123 The Street, Street Town, PO15 1BN - this allows me to copy and paste into Excel a lot easier and quicker. 
    Also, If you could also confirm in the message what kind of postage you have selected as well. You would be amazed how much time it takes to manually work out what postage you want having just sent me £15. I have to manually work it out and it takes time. 
    Considering there are 100+ of you to do do this with....you get the picture. 
    I love you all, but it is like herding cats sometimes......
    Hopefully shiny time very soon!
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from argentmajor in How do you enjoy your gold/silver?   
    Couldn't agree more...  I love having these within reach when I am working to distract me from that when needed. I couldn't call these pocket coins since they live in my desk. That being said I do carry a 1968 Canada Voyageur dollar in my wallet. It is one of the first ever "silver" coins I bought when I first got in to this back in 2003 or so. I use quotes there because 1967 was the last year the dollar coins had silver content in Canada. That misjudgement in purchasing though has been more than made up for as I probably have more attachment to that coin which has been with me throughout pretty much every moment in my life regardless of location than anything else. These silver ones though I love getting out, handling, admiring...  they are wonderful coins.

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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from argentmajor in How do you enjoy your gold/silver?   
    It really depends on the piece. Most items I buy are just for the stack. They are generic - will be tested if there are questions of authenticity, logged in the database then put away safely. Some pieces I really like and I'll spend a long while just enjoying having them around - really appreciating the work and details - the art of the piece really. My favourites I keep close to hand so I can just enjoy them whenever the mood strikes. I also have a handful of 80% silver Canadian Voyageur dollars in my desk as I enjoy playing with them. They are by far my favourite coin and it is lovely being able to just pick them up, play with them and again appreciate the design, etc.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Lr103 in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    Pembrokeshire! I think it is often overlooked by folks as most I know who have gone on holiday to Wales have gone to North Wales (Snowdonia usually) and thats it. Pembrokeshire features some breathtakingly beautiful rugged coastline and tends to be quite quiet most of the year outside of the summer months. I do my best to get out there once a year for a week or two usually either in October or March. The weather can be iffy but that is par for the course in most of the UK. My favourite place in Pembrokeshire is St David's Head. If you are in to walks there is a pretty unbeatable one for breathtaking scenery that starts and ends at Whitesands Bay and basically takes you around the prominent mountain or hill there - Carn Llidi. Here are a few pictures from the last time I did that walk. 




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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to AlphaBeast in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    Wow! Lovely images! I previously heard great things about Pembrokeshire but totally forgot about it until you mentioned it. Looks like such a nice, calm, serene place to stay for a few days! Thanks for giving a brief tour of the places in P'Shire to visit. Think you have given me the location of my next 'travel' destination! 😉
     
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Lr103 in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    Pembrokeshire! I think it is often overlooked by folks as most I know who have gone on holiday to Wales have gone to North Wales (Snowdonia usually) and thats it. Pembrokeshire features some breathtakingly beautiful rugged coastline and tends to be quite quiet most of the year outside of the summer months. I do my best to get out there once a year for a week or two usually either in October or March. The weather can be iffy but that is par for the course in most of the UK. My favourite place in Pembrokeshire is St David's Head. If you are in to walks there is a pretty unbeatable one for breathtaking scenery that starts and ends at Whitesands Bay and basically takes you around the prominent mountain or hill there - Carn Llidi. Here are a few pictures from the last time I did that walk. 




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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Lr103 in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    Pembrokeshire! I think it is often overlooked by folks as most I know who have gone on holiday to Wales have gone to North Wales (Snowdonia usually) and thats it. Pembrokeshire features some breathtakingly beautiful rugged coastline and tends to be quite quiet most of the year outside of the summer months. I do my best to get out there once a year for a week or two usually either in October or March. The weather can be iffy but that is par for the course in most of the UK. My favourite place in Pembrokeshire is St David's Head. If you are in to walks there is a pretty unbeatable one for breathtaking scenery that starts and ends at Whitesands Bay and basically takes you around the prominent mountain or hill there - Carn Llidi. Here are a few pictures from the last time I did that walk. 




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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Lr103 in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    Pembrokeshire! I think it is often overlooked by folks as most I know who have gone on holiday to Wales have gone to North Wales (Snowdonia usually) and thats it. Pembrokeshire features some breathtakingly beautiful rugged coastline and tends to be quite quiet most of the year outside of the summer months. I do my best to get out there once a year for a week or two usually either in October or March. The weather can be iffy but that is par for the course in most of the UK. My favourite place in Pembrokeshire is St David's Head. If you are in to walks there is a pretty unbeatable one for breathtaking scenery that starts and ends at Whitesands Bay and basically takes you around the prominent mountain or hill there - Carn Llidi. Here are a few pictures from the last time I did that walk. 




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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to AlphaBeast in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    The UK is definitely under-rated for travelling. Recommend any nice areas? 
     
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from AlphaBeast in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    I love travelling though not quite as much as I used to. I love to be somewhere I've not been before and see something different. The times I've been able to travel the most I feel I've also grown the most. I do certainly agree that the actual moving to the destination area or country can be a pain and it has put me off some trips in recent years. Another thing which has very much put me off is the increase in the Instagram tourists. I am someone that seeks out quiet, serene and beautiful places where I can just be there enjoying a moment. So many places are being ruined now though in the pursuit of the perfect selfie and its hard to watch.
    I have lived in the UK now for 10 years and I am still enjoying travelling around here. When I first moved over I made a list of places I wanted to visit and as the years have gone by other place names have been added to that list. I love nothing more than taking a couple weeks off work in summer, throwing the panniers on the motorbike, taking out the old school map, planning a route with various stops and just exploring. It is so freeing and even here within this relatively small island there is such diversity and so many amazing things to see and do. I love it.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to FrozenMojito in Hoarding   
    I have always been fascinated by treasure hoards that are occasionally dug up in the countryside and so on. In 2007 a more recent hoard was discovered in a garden in Hackney- a jam jar full of American gold double eagles was dug up. It turned out it was put there by a German Jewish refugee in WW2. The Museum of London tracked down their descendants and handed over the gold. Must have been a nice surprise.
    I like to think I am an honest chap but really I'm not sure what I would do if I ever discovered a treasure like that. Especially if nobody else was around at the time.
    There's an interesting book called "Hoards: Hidden History" by Eleanor Ghey published by the British Museum that I highly recommend to anyone else who is similarly fascinated.
    Picture is of the Hackney hoard.

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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to RoughDog in Is Travel all its cracked up to be?   
    I hear what you saying.  Not been travelling much myself but the same things can be said for most things. 
    People say the same enthusiastic things about Christmas parties, birthday parties, Glastonbury, sky diving, cruises.  It only means they enjoyed it, unless they were lying, in which case ….. 😏
    My motto is, do what you enjoy not what other people enjoy.  The two are not equal.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to HawkHybrid in Hoarding   
    would it be easier if they hoarded sovereigns?
     
    HH
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to vand in Wealth Tax   
    All taxation is theft, and we already have a very progressive tax system in this country.  The fact is that the wealthy already pay far more than they ever did towards the public coffers.
    As you grow older you will realise that they can NEVER collect enough revenue to fund everything activists and government want to fund. It is not the funding, it is the very notion of removing market price discovery that make public finances an unsustainable huge black hole.
    I recommend that you do everything you can to shield your income from taxation. Defer it; max out your tax-advantaged accounts. Seriously consider if you want to pursue a  high-flying, high-stressing career just to pay 50p in the pound vs leading a simpler, easy-going life with a more modest income. F%$k 'em, your duty is to look after your own, not your neighbour.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to FrozenMojito in Hoarding   
    I guess many of us who collect/stack silver and gold probably have a little bit of the "hoarder gene"- I certainly do and if I didn't keep it in check, then instead of living with my wife and a few thousand books I'd be living here alone with several million books. Of course with some people it gets a bit out of control and the result is videos like this- a Canadian antique shop owner buys a hoarder's house and spends weeks clearing out all the stuff... following the story through the set of videos is fascinating.
     
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from caloundracats in Anyone feelin inflation take a bite out of their ass?   
    The problem with Canada from what I understand goes back to the 2007/2008 financial crisis. Canada wasn't really affected by this since at the time the economy was largely based upon resources - actual physical things the world needs.There was a minor recession but it was over quick and life never really felt any actual effects. The Bank of Canada though dropped the interest rate down to 0.25% in 2009 compared to the 4.00% it was at in early 2008. I don't know if the Bank expected Canada to get hit harder but the country never was. Instead of being in a situation that the US and UK faced where panic caused the money taps to tighten and turn off off... they were basically turned all the way to free flowing in Canada. The economy was absolutely booming and money was freely available everywhere. Want a house? Take out a mortgage! Want a car? Take out a loan! Want two or three more cars? There are loans for that too! How about a cottage or second home for the holidays? You guessed right...  take all the money!. As a result of all this cheap money house prices started to increase especially in urban centres, wages went up and just about everything else started to cost more and more year on year.
    The problem Canada faces now though is that those resources (especially the oil) aren't worth what they were 10 years ago. Household debt in the country is at catastrophic levels and you have a housing market in the urban centres that fits the description of a bubble in every way. Interest rates in the country are back on the rise with three 0.25% rises happening in 2018 bringing the current rate to 1.75%. There has been a survey conducted in recent years trying to gauge how close to financial ruin households are. In the most recent one conducted in December 2018 it was revealed that 46% of respondents are on the brink of insolvency. The country is on the brink of financial disaster.
    Now for the fun fact. It seems the decision of the Bank of Canada to drop the interest rate to 0.25% when the country was fine - not reeling from financial catastrophe like much of the western world - created the free flow of cheap money which led to unsustainable levels of personal debt and a housing bubble in the large urban centres. This is almost certainly going to lead to financial catastrophe in Canada as the economy slows and rates go up. What goes up must come down after all. Who was the governor of the Bank of Canada at the time the rates were so abruptly slashed? None other than the current governor of the Bank of England - Mark Carney.