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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Moving advice
20 years ago, I might have been quite helpful on this, as I lived for many years in one of the picturesque wee villages between Northampton and Huntingdon. It's probably changed quite a lot and full of forrins or something.

Kimbolton was v nice in its way although surprisingly underserved in good pubs. Spaldwick was decent enough. Barham was my favourite pub, I think, but Leighton Bromswold had the Green Man. Almost 30 years since I was about there, and I'm really straining my memory now!

Truth be told, I miss the idea of English village life far more than the reality.
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Telly Thread
It's kind of amusing that Chicago has made it this far before going "well, this is preposterous rubbish that makes no sense". It doesn't make it less fun though, the Battle Of Winterfell was a terrific piece of television.
I watch highlights and read about it, and genuinely enjoy that stuff. I'm no purist, by any stretch.
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Telly Thread
It's kinda of amusing that TV fans of Game of Thrones are now discovering what it was like for book fans. Hopefully GRR Tolkeimartin is sitting in his porn-strewn writing nook saying "well, I know not to end it like *that*, at least"
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Python project
As a matter of interest, what languages do you already know?
Perhaps it was easier in my day. By a stroke of good fortune, the BBC decided to put a tender out for a computer and Acorn came up with the BBC Micro. We had a model B with a whopping 32kb of RAM. I used to love buying computer magazines which contained program listings you could enter yourself. Debugging was a real bugger because all you ever got was either syntax error at line X, or a crash during runtime. Still, it taught me a hell of a lot and was fantastic for learning about efficient programming methods given the lack of computing resources, something that modern OO programmers seem to have never learnt.
I was a terrible programmer because I couldn't do user interface stuff. No vision for that at all. But learning to code on a VIC-20 gave a similar end result for efficiency which has been very useful in database use.
The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Mundane Moments
Given that this is a pretty complicated issue around TERFs, it directly affects none of us, there are some nasty misrepresentations within both sides of the argument (yeah, I just "both sides" it), and yet here we are discussing it, I think this shows that TalkBack is the legendary Safe Space.