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Fretful Mother

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  1. I'd love to see this on Right Move describing a house: "Although ugly, it is not that ugly by today's standards". Ever considered a career in writing copy for Estate Agents? 🙂
  2. My old neighbour is a retired chartered surveyor. He also used to be some grand Doo-Dah or whatever it's called in the Masons. How cosy.
  3. In summary: Near zero rates at NS&I (but your money's guaranteed to be eroded, rather than stolen) Near zero rates in "normal" banks (but your money's guaranteed to be eroded to a point, beyond which it will be stolen)
  4. Thank you for the clearest description I've seen yet of the theory. I have to confess to being unaware of Constructor Theory until you referred to it on this forum a few days ago. Thank you for not descending into numerical symbols. This theory deserves to be described in elegant words of few syllables. I like the idea that this theory might herald a new paradigm. Everything is related and computable, and information or knowledge, as an unquantifiable something that transcends physical systems, has a part to play as an abstract constructor. One could add stories, gossip and epic poetry to your list of memes and "religions, courts, banks, central banks, money, news media, governments, constitutions, political systems and schools" as social constructors. This hints at a potential revaluation of value, some recognition of the role qualitative data and, one day, some way to incorporate such data sensibly into computations? Isn't it hard not to think of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the idea that Earth is a very, very complicated computer? Maybe humans, pebbles and oceans are aggregations of mini constructors making tiny impacts on little substrates, in search of the ultimate question!
  5. Struggling to follow these arguments, but I can appreciate that the acceptance of "other drivers" does help to support the notion of the myth of equal exchange. Both sides of a transaction believe they are getting a good deal, which might entail paying "too much" for the sack of cement that you need immediately. But beyond the building site, and into the fantasy land of macroeconomics, there are no norms. Instead there is a complex ecology of powers which is inextricably linked to Capitalism. A reevaluation of value, including the recognition of bias in the quantification of stuff, the role of knowledge and affect as drivers (yes, how might Constructor Theory help here?), would be a challenging and interesting way forward. But this would require different thinking, and would upset a lot of people.
  6. I voted. But I am struggling with the idea that anything to do with football is important.
  7. £0 on May's Premium Bonds. What's a person with savings to do!
  8. This is on-topic, but mainly because I'm a fretful mother worrying about the OP's children... I understand that you are only considering roles which are paid work as an employee. It is a fascinating yet phenomenally disempowering portrayal of a wicked state of affairs. To be honest, there's company and community to be found in those bottom layers. The top layers look lonely and precarious. Take care when you show the graphic to your children. If I were a young person I'd take one glance at this (very good representation) of the charade of what constitutes civilisation, think "no thanks" and become either depressed or chemically inconvenienced. The disparity between the highest and lowest paid is distressing rather than inspiring. If I were young and happened to have talent, luck, and the ability to devote all my energies and attention to something worthwhile, I would like to devote that energy into working out how to rectify this unsustainable political and ecological system. The solution is clearly beyond the ability of us old gits' imaginations and yes, the neuro-atypical are of tremendous help in these matters. One of my children is convinced that revolution is the only answer. Another wishes to actively opt-out and live a parsimonious life on the basis of if you don't need it you don't have to earn it. Another is an artist who challenges the way I perceive the world. Of course we need brilliant doctors and lawyers and scientists. But only enough of them. We need a firmament of brilliant thinkers, artists, musicians and revolutionaries too! A graphic of jobs that this society actually needs would be cool! The house prices can adjust commensurably. Just thinking about how things could be...
  9. What did you get back, when you chatted to women, "in your day"?
  10. Shlomo Women truly aren't that mysterious. Chat to them like they're normal human beings, and they'll chat back. Regarding a previous thread: Genuine and appropriate compliments will be accepted. If not, move on. Good luck! Aha! Administering relationship advice is so much easier than commenting on financial/HPC matters! I've found my niche.
  11. Thank goodness that aged 50 she has a good education behind her. Now she has ten years' solid work experience behind her, the children are more independent, and she can continue to earn or to study. Well done Rita!
  12. Not sure if this is on-topic now, but I found my great-grandfather's Lloyds Bank paying in book from 1915. It's a beautiful thing, cloth-bound with gold tooling. I remember as a child, back in the day when one million was a very big number, being very impressed that Lloyds had £26,304,200 in subscribed capital, and thinking everything would be ok because they had £2,900,000 in the reserve fund. However, the inside page was troubling. Customers were advised to call occasionally at the Bank to examine their securities...I suppose 1915 was another troublesome year for banks. ps. I never pursued a career in banking. My best friend, who was in the set below me in maths, did go into banking and earned an absolute fortune.
  13. ...on a public forum ... how very dare they! My thanks to the OP for posting an interesting article, and additional thanks to the folk who managed to raise a few smiles!
  14. For this year's Reith Lectures, Mark Carney will.. "...chart how we have come to esteem financial value over human value and how we have gone from market economies to market societies. He argues that this has contributed to a trio of crises: of credit, Covid and climate. And the former Bank of England governor will outline how we can turn this around." So his "vigilance" oversaw the development of a trio of crises? https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/43GjCh72bxWVSqSB84ZDJw0/reith-lectures-2020-how-we-get-what-we-value
  15. The colour palette, the font and the sentiment are quite Scarfolk. All that's missing is "For more information please reread."
  16. Bizarre divisions. Rather pointless piece of research!
  17. Years ago my parents looked after the little old lady next door. Took her meals, drove her to hospital appointments, sorted out a care home and looked after her affairs. When she died the entire proceeds of the London Zone 6 semi went to the Cats Protection League. I've not felt it necessary to donate to them ever since.
  18. Interesting! Strange that they've just increased the asking prices on the cutesy Redrow Rabbit Hutches near me. I thought it was to make the people who've bought them feel better - especially as the houses that were looking over fields when they were bought are now looking at an identical house.
  19. Agree. Whisk bottles of pee? Hookers in Amsterdam? I doubt that waiting for something to happen is entirely responsible for most of this therapy-worthy catharsis.
  20. Just a diverting note on Game Theory: Game Theory relies on players being rational participants who play to gain maximum "payoffs" (utility maximisation). In order to maximise payoffs, the player needs to not only know what they want but also be able to place the outcomes in an order ( this > the other > that). Then Game Theory might be able to advise the player how to play the game well...depending on the player being rational and not changing their mind or becoming cooperative, because that would need different maths! The maths for game theory is rather boggling, but even harder than that is working out what you want, when it's not just more £.
  21. According to the lady at the Aldi checkout, alcohol sales have been running at 30% above Christmas levels since lockdown. Yes, 30% above Christmas sales levels...for 3 months.
  22. I'm not sure that "The Arts" were particularly well-funded pre-COVID. Short-term contracts, project-based work, hourly rates and having to fend off requests to work "for the exposure". I know lots of people who earned a living before. Some are still thriving. Many are not, unfortunately.
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