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I've stayed at home because I'm meant to be preparing my classes for the new semester, but I have become addicted to watching the children sledging on the webcam of the village they have gone to. It refreshes every 5 minutes.
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I've been there, and rather than shit, it was a time when I felt truly free. I had nothing so therefore there was nothing to lose.

I can look around at all the stuff I've amassed since living here, and sometimes I just feel weighed down by it. And that really is a first world problem.
I do see your point, but for me there were so many things that I could have just done with at a particular moment - but didn't have it. Daft stuff like a screwdriver to fix a wobbly chair or a kettle to boil up some water when I was feeling rough.

But for me the killer was lack of stuff to read. Once a month I'd buy a copy of the Sunday Times or the Observer and read it all, cover to cover - including the sports and finance pages - just to have something to read. I visited some friends who had a bookcase, and I envied them - not for their furniture or their car, but for the fact that they'd never be stuck reading how Rushden and Diamonds let in a goal during injury time or how exciting the economic future of Khazakhstan looked.

I had plenty of good times during those years, but they were despite my poverty, not because of it. Every time I was reminded of how little I had, it made me feel miserable.

I'd rather not return to those days, if I can possibly help it (inshallah!).
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Old 26.01.2014, 12:17
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I've been there, and rather than shit, it was a time when I felt truly free. I had nothing so therefore there was nothing to lose.

I can look around at all the stuff I've amassed since living here, and sometimes I just feel weighed down by it. And that really is a first world problem.
Yes this. It's easier to see from outside of 1st world..

I own up to not getting most of the thread, tbh, growing up in a different world conditioned, turns me into a partypooper here. I nag about people hoarding back home, too, though - no, even if regime changes again or Russian tanks come again, we don't need to hold onto many old shoe boxes and plastic containers, 30yr old school books and hundreds of pieces of wire bits.
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Old 26.01.2014, 13:59
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Having nothing, or nothing of sentimental value, is only nice if you have the means to acquire what you need when you need it.

My apartment here is pretty bare and I could, if I ever have a really really shit day at work for example, simply jump on a flight and return to London without looking back. But this only works as I have somewhere to live in London and savings to cover me through a long period without work if necessary. If I truly had nothing, then owning no possessions still doesn't remove the feeling of being trapped.
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Wawrinka's grandparents were Czech, Musicchick.
I already have more fabric than I have life left in which to use it, but thanks for the offer. Yes, I need to declutter
The problem I have is trying to persuade my old ipad to talk to my even older iphone and my brand spanking new Macbook.
I suppose that makes me a 3i'd monster eh?
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Wawrinka's grandparents were Czech, Musicchick.
I already have more fabric than I have life left in which to use it, but thanks for the offer. Yes, I need to declutter
The problem I have is trying to persuade my old ipad to talk to my even older iphone and my brand spanking new Macbook.
I suppose that makes me a 3i'd monster eh?
I know, Vavřinka is a Czech name. Which nobody believes at work. So is Hingis. Tennis is huge for Czechs.

Good for you figuring out your apple stuff!
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So is Hingis.
As in Khan?
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Old 26.01.2014, 14:16
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I meant her origins are CS.
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I meant her origins are CS.
Chingis Khan was born in a bank?
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Old 26.01.2014, 14:18
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The problem I have is trying to persuade my old ipad to talk to my even older iphone and my brand spanking new Macbook.
Depends why you need them to communicate. Generally, the Macbook (via iTunes with the relevant USB cables as the wifi sync is very flakey) acts as the hub, or you can sync via the cloud (iCloud synchronises iMessages, contact details, notes, calendar entries etc). For more complex stuff (such as using one device to surf the net via the other's data link), the solution also becomes more complex. First world problem indeed.
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Old 26.01.2014, 14:25
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Hahah, I got it the first time, doofus.

Weird seeing CS all over this place.
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Old 26.01.2014, 15:00
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I do see your point, but for me there were so many things that I could have just done with at a particular moment - but didn't have it. Daft stuff like a screwdriver to fix a wobbly chair or a kettle to boil up some water when I was feeling rough.

But for me the killer was lack of stuff to read. Once a month I'd buy a copy of the Sunday Times or the Observer and read it all, cover to cover - including the sports and finance pages - just to have something to read. I visited some friends who had a bookcase, and I envied them - not for their furniture or their car, but for the fact that they'd never be stuck reading how Rushden and Diamonds let in a goal during injury time or how exciting the economic future of Khazakhstan looked.

I had plenty of good times during those years, but they were despite my poverty, not because of it. Every time I was reminded of how little I had, it made me feel miserable.

I'd rather not return to those days, if I can possibly help it (inshallah!).
You were lucky, i read mine in a crack in the road, how come you didn't go to the library?
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Old 26.01.2014, 15:04
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Having nothing, or nothing of sentimental value, is only nice if you have the means to acquire what you need when you need it.

My apartment here is pretty bare and I could, if I ever have a really really shit day at work for example, simply jump on a flight and return to London without looking back. But this only works as I have somewhere to live in London and savings to cover me through a long period without work if necessary. If I truly had nothing, then owning no possessions still doesn't remove the feeling of being trapped.
yes, the savings aspect has been very important to me, my father called it 'f+-k you' money, it means you can walk away if you have to, and sometimes you have to.

there are people who rely on god to provide though, i sometimes find things at the side of the road that i need, last week it was hangers, someone verschenking them, or plates when i had no plates or blankets when i had no blankets.
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yes, the savings aspect has been very important to me, my father called it 'f+-k you' money, it means you can walk away if you have to, and sometimes you have to.

there are people who rely on god to provide though, i sometimes find things at the side of the road that i need, last week it was hangers, someone verschenking them, or plates when i had no plates or blankets when i had no blankets.
You're right there. I found all my very good saucepans on the side of the road, here on that special day when stuff like that used to be collected by the commune.
Now everything has to be taken to the dump, which spoils all the fun for scroungers like me in Lausanne.
It's incredible the perfectly useable stuff that's just chucked out in Switzerland
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Old 26.01.2014, 16:03
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My ring is too big for my little finger and slightly too small for my ring finger.
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My ring is too big for my little finger and slightly too small for my ring finger.
this is the universe telling you you need to buy another ring, problem?, i don't think so
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So, I thought I'd organised history, travel, politics, biographies, English language, foreign languages, linguistics... I'd even got special sections for Greek, Ottoman and Byzantine history... it was all sorted. Tomorrow, I thought, I can make a start on poetry and literature.

... and then I found another box of history books!

Now I wonder what else is lurking in the unopened boxes in the living room, and find myself paralysed in my mission to organise our library.

Waily waily!
i've been opening boxes and cleaning cleaning cleaning for 3 days and still havnt found my corkscrew

Waily waily waily!

and I've been looking forward to it arriving for weeks
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i've been opening boxes and cleaning cleaning cleaning for 3 days and still havnt found my corkscrew

Waily waily waily!

and I've been looking forward to it arriving for weeks
You obviously don't want a drink too badly, or you might have bought a cheap corkscrew by now
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You obviously don't want a drink too badly, or you might have bought a cheap corkscrew by now
i want to see how far i can go without buying anything.. infact selling or giving away more

there are these options, nice warm feeling too knowing you have survival skills

how to open a bottle without a corkscrew
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i want to see how far i can go without buying anything.. infact selling or giving away more

there are these options, nice warm feeling too knowing you have survival skills

how to open a bottle without a corkscrew
That brought back memories. I went to a boarding school and at one point they got rather worried about us doing nothing constructive during the weekends, so set up lots of school clubs. I did a practical science club (run by our French history teacher ) and one Saturday afternoon he had us working out various ways of getting a cork out of a bottle without a corkscrew. He rounded off the afternoon by showing us how to open champagne with a sword (although I believe he used an axe).

Yes, essential skills for the modern young lady
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