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#839214 Schoolgirl's rickets blamed on sunscreen

Posted by ambershee on 28 January 2011 - 09:59 AM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

Who uses sunblock in the UK? And factor 50? Seriously, this isn't the Valley of the Kings.

The only time I've regretted not using sunblock here are the couple of times I've spent trekking mountains - because you get exposed to the sun quite a lot then.



#838025 Tea Party wants to rewrite history about slavery and minorities

Posted by ambershee on 20 January 2011 - 11:46 AM in GNP Duke_Qa

Mike_ - your signature is too wide. It'll rape the tables for people on lower resolutions and render your posts unreadable.

I wanted to go into teaching too. Still do, but once again I have found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is the first year that Sheffield University has not offered the primary PGCE, which is what I wanted to do, so if I want to carry on with this I'm going to have to move. I love this city, but it's infuriating beyond reason.


It takes one year to complete a PGCE. Man up and move out.



#837490 Total waste of time...

Posted by ambershee on 17 January 2011 - 02:05 PM in Technology Talk

Very amusing.

In reality though, as an example if you can already play the violin and the guitar, moving on to pick up mandolin is pretty easy, as the tuning/finger positions are all very similar to the violin, whereas the instrument is played much like the guitar.



#837308 Student goes to federal prison for hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail

Posted by ambershee on 16 January 2011 - 12:30 PM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

Guessing security questions isn't exactly hacking.

In any case, the stupid woman should have been more careful about what her security questions were. If you're a prominant politician, you can't make it easy for people.



#837307 Total waste of time...

Posted by ambershee on 16 January 2011 - 12:28 PM in Technology Talk

Not really. I play quite a few strings. Once you're familiar with one family of instruments it's quite easy to pick up another that's not too disimilar.



#836849 Total waste of time...

Posted by ambershee on 13 January 2011 - 08:20 AM in Technology Talk

I have a whole room full of instruments. £450 was a drop in the ocean compared to the cost of some of them :p



#836561 Total waste of time...

Posted by ambershee on 12 January 2011 - 08:08 AM in Technology Talk

I bought one of these a couple of years ago when they first came out. They're pretty entertaining for a while, although mine has been gathering dust for a while now.



#834198 SANTA HATS!

Posted by ambershee on 28 December 2010 - 02:34 AM in Open Topic

Christmas officially survived unchanged.

Again.



#833554 It's poll time

Posted by ambershee on 21 December 2010 - 04:00 AM in Open Topic

Woohoo - go Rape,Schoolgirl,Rape!



#833432 Dear UK: WTF!

Posted by ambershee on 20 December 2010 - 04:45 PM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

This is the first I've heard of this, and I'm in the UK.

In any case, it's impossible. How are ISPs supposed to go out there and block all pornographic content?

Also, don't blame the service provider, blame the parent who allows one in three 10 year olds to browse the internet unsupervised.



#831455 So tell me how this can ever be right.

Posted by ambershee on 06 December 2010 - 04:40 PM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

You should all stop being so black about it and just Jew off already.



#831454 Beowulf Reviews: Sonic Colors

Posted by ambershee on 06 December 2010 - 04:38 PM in Media Discussion

Sonic 4 was pretty true to the "original trilogy". It was unfortunately very short, and it's obvious the developers pretty much ran out of time and had to throw it out the door in that state.


Sonic Rush remains the best Sonic game in existence - and yes, it's 2d. The sequel has some annoyances (they changed the trick noise to this ridiculously loud one that ruins the game experience D: ), but it's still pretty good.

Still need to pick up Colours for the Wii.

For the record, Sonic: Unleashed is also pretty good, if you can deal with the Werehog sections, just don't expect anything from it other than an average platformer in that respect.



#831090 So tell me how this can ever be right.

Posted by ambershee on 04 December 2010 - 07:44 PM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

British women: The vikings looted the pretty ones. End of fairytale ;)


No kidding. I recently spend a few days in Stockholm.

Walk into a McDonalds, and you'll see ten women who put British 'models' to shame, haha.



#830867 So tell me how this can ever be right.

Posted by ambershee on 03 December 2010 - 05:37 AM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

Come to Barnsley, Ambershee.


I've seen your 'women'.

You can keep them.



#830780 So tell me how this can ever be right.

Posted by ambershee on 02 December 2010 - 08:24 PM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

The oft pervading ideal was for women to be walking incubators to the glory of men.


Those were the days...



#829983 Student Riots in London over future fee increase

Posted by ambershee on 27 November 2010 - 11:29 AM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

What?



#829883 Student Riots in London over future fee increase

Posted by ambershee on 26 November 2010 - 06:10 PM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

On the plus side, I'm looking forwards to the riots here in Preston tomorrow.



#829848 Student Riots in London over future fee increase

Posted by ambershee on 26 November 2010 - 11:52 AM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

Ever heard of the Erasmus scheme? Whereby students in any EU country could go to any other EU country to study and still receive credit? Did you know that that student will always pay the costs of their home university, not to the host university?


It's no secret that up here in Preston, maybe as many as half of the students are international; we have so many students coming from China that they have their own private classes and occupy entire halls of residence - so many in fact that they never really have to come into contact with anyone except other Chinese people and lecturers, forming an entirely insular community. I've been here for 18 months and have not once had the opportunity to even speak to one of them; they're seen going to-and-fro between university and their homes, and that's it. A large number of my friends up here are also not British - most of them are German or Greek, with a smattering of the Polish, French and a few others besides.

Raising taxes and VAT will do nothing but shove people further into poverty from which they cannot escape or afford to work, end up on benefits because they don't have to pay taxes that way and it'll end up a bigger drain on state finances than it already is.


No kidding. People are often already better off on a lower-income or working part time and receiving benefits in the current system - let alone in the new system where they'll be paying even more tax.



#829844 Student Riots in London over future fee increase

Posted by ambershee on 26 November 2010 - 10:08 AM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

What I love the most is how they're still insisting the new fee hike is "fair", when on the day of the first riots the PM is in China explaining that the reason for the hike is so that we can subsidise to cost of foreign students, especially the Chinese.

So the proposal is for saddling future students with a lifetime of debt and cutting back on the quality of their education, so that foreign students can study in the UK cheaper, then piss off back home and pay into their economy, whilst the UK gets absolutely no benefit from it except a generally lower level of education. Genius!

As for the supposed £7 billion all these cuts are supposed to save? Guess who's government has just prepared a £7 billion bail-out package for bankrupt Ireland?

Thankfully, the Irish refused to take it - at least there's ONE government out there looking out for the interests of the British people.



#828713 Why there is no mod in ACT OF WAR?

Posted by ambershee on 19 November 2010 - 07:20 PM in Hosting and Feedback

Who the hell programs in French?



#827883 Student Riots in London over future fee increase

Posted by ambershee on 14 November 2010 - 09:26 AM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

I deliberately keep my reported income under £16,000 by freelancing short contracts and studying part time, which gives me a small grant to keep me going.

Edit: For the record, I have a mixed student loan from having been a student in both the pre-2005 system and post-2005 system, so I pay both back.



#827732 Student Riots in London over future fee increase

Posted by ambershee on 13 November 2010 - 05:02 AM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

In the UK (post 2005), your maximum loan consists of around £6,500 per year. £3,250 of this pays your tuition fees automatically, and the rest is to assist with your living costs. My rent every year is £5,400, so as you can imagine that additional £3,250 doesn't go very far.

I don't have to pay it back until I am earning at least £16,000 per year - after which it is automatically deducted from my income as a tax (usually in the order of £40 per week). £16,000 is less than I'd earn working at Aldi - let's put that in perspective. I'd also lose over £2000 every year, so I'd have less money than those working on minimum wage by the end of it.


The new system wants you to pay £9000 for tuition instead of £3,250 - you get a loan to cover that £9000, plus around £3000 to cover living expenses. In the new system, the bonus is that you don't have to pay it back until you are earning over £21,000 - the median income in the UK. The downside is that it also accumulates interest whilst you are not paying it back. 4 years of university with the student loan (not counting any other loans you might have had to take out to pay for it) comes to about £45,000 - even as little as 3% interest per year would come out to over £1000.



#827524 Muslim Extremists burn poppies in Anti-Armistice Day protest

Posted by ambershee on 11 November 2010 - 08:13 PM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

It's a bunch of twerps deliberately trying to start a fight between themselves and the EDL by taunting them via their own message boards and such. The fact they were even allowed to amass is pretty stupid, let alone continue their 'protest', when they were obviously trying to incite violence.



#827454 Student Riots in London over future fee increase

Posted by ambershee on 11 November 2010 - 03:06 AM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

I've never had to prove any of my credentials - most people take it as a given that you have what you say you have.



#827447 Student Riots in London over future fee increase

Posted by ambershee on 11 November 2010 - 01:57 AM in Current Events, Politics, Philosophy

^ This. Nearly two million people (1 in every 25 people in England) took to the streets of London to protest the UK's armed forces joining the war in Iraq and it did absolutely nothing. It's probably about time to stop protesting so passively and take a leaf out of the French/Italian book - riots, strikes and anything else that's suitably disruptive.