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  1. Lesinge

    Wooo hooo first brew bottled

    I have never done that with plants but love planting and looking after trees when I get the time - something about having my hands in the soil feels really life afirming.
  2. Lesinge

    Anyone mad enough to grow their own hops?

    I have grown First Gold but killed them. I now have a two year old Fuggle and Challenger hop plant shooting up into the tree that my lines go to- they are in a raised bed and under a Elderflower tree but have already reached the tree. I have a biltong box that my South african wife lent me and a...
  3. Lesinge

    Wooo hooo first brew bottled

    Once you get the bug it becomes an obssession! I think about beer and about brewing and about ingredients almost every waking moment :cool:
  4. Lesinge

    Wooo hooo first brew bottled

    Welcome to the fraternity - I started witha Youngs lager kit and this weekend will be my 251st brew!
  5. Lesinge

    Wooo hooo first brew bottled

    Heartache? Do you mean headache :cool:
  6. Lesinge

    Elections.

    On the subject of parenthood and work I was thinking about this the other day. My Father died when he was 80 and during all the time I knew him we must have talked about his work twice. The same is true of my kids, who know I work but don't know or care anything about it. What I remembered about...
  7. Lesinge

    Elections.

    Agree. The funny thing is that if we take a normal day and looked at how much everything costs, the super rich will pay the same for things as the poor pay. So if a pint of milk is 70p that will be the same for someone of minimum wage as it would be for someone with 30 billion in the bank. That...
  8. Lesinge

    Elections.

    it is all a matter of balance. If the tenth man was given the brewery by his parents, spent all day gambling people's livlihoods on the futures market, had more money than he could spend but still tried to get the other people to work on gig economy wages, then that would be unfair wouldn't it...
  9. Lesinge

    Elections.

    That is why it should be a balance between tax and allowances etc. there is a sweet spot where tax income is higher - in Russian when Putin took over he lowered the taxes but made sure that people paid them, including the oligarchs. In this country people are taxed if they are on PAYE whilst the...
  10. Lesinge

    Elections.

    "You don't go from running your own business to dropping your earnings, working for someone else and making them rich, unless something went wrong with that business." The business was fine I had just won another contract when my wife told me she was pregnant and as she was a high flier in her...
  11. Lesinge

    Elections.

    Yep. However,when I hear Boris speak he even makes me think he is a good guy doing a good job..I have to pull myself up to remember what is going on in reality. Such a pity he is so morally bankrupt as he would make a great PM if he was also a decent guy - personality wasted on the wrong person.
  12. Lesinge

    Elections.

    The world was a very different place back then .. hard to judge them on today's standards. I say that then look at the conflicts in the Middle East an think nothing has changed.
  13. Lesinge

    Elections.

    No idea yet as to why he was imprisoned as the prison record just states Marshal Law. He died not long afterwards and the rumour was that he was shot by the BnTs but I have searched through the records of shot and executed rebels nad have yet to find him. I need to find his death record. His...
  14. Lesinge

    Elections.

    I am looking forward to seeing all the historical sites - my Great Grandfather was imprisoned in PortMcGee in 1921 under Martial Law so that time and the subsequent civil war is very interesting to me. Keep the tips coming!
  15. Lesinge

    How many hops are to many?

    I have a recipe for a 18th century IPA somewhere with IBUs (International bitterness Units - the Scoville scale of Hop bitterness) of 156 - however it was meant to go on along journey so presumably by the time they drank it it would have been much milder. There is of course a limit to the amount...
  16. Lesinge

    Elections.

    Firstly whose business failed? I made a decision to be more available for my children when they were born and having stability suited me - a decison made easier because I was given the chance to get educated and so get on - unlike in the US where if you get ill you will be broke for the rest of...
  17. Lesinge

    Elections.

    Again like Quick say above, you are painting it as either Communist or Capatalist which isn't the case in two of the most successful Industrial countries in the world Germany and Japan. In my case I used to run my own business and very happy I was too and now I work for a large organisation. I...
  18. Lesinge

    Elections.

    Its not either rampant capatilism like the US or Communism like the Soviet Union - there is a big inbetween where things are run fairly - look at Germany, far more successful than us but operating with workers on the board - not locked out.
  19. Lesinge

    Elections.

    Corbyn has gone. I am a member of the Labour party and didn't like Corbyn so that is very much a minority section of the movement.
  20. Lesinge

    Elections.

    Look at East Coast Rail - lost money to its private owners whilst still paying dividends to its rich shareholders and running a shocking service. Put under national control, made money and improved the service only for the Tories to sell it cheaply off to more of its mates. To me they are...
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