• Too many unknowns here to offer help.

    Do you live independently of your parents?

    Are you unemployed?

    Seeing as you are “jamesg85” that, by my reckoning, makes your 33yrs old, why are your parents still subbing you?

    Do you have a disability?

    Are you seeking professional help for your drinking?

  • Not wishing to sound unsympathetic but it’s not clear what you’re seeking here or how severe each of your problems are individually or as a whole.

    Can you get the boiler fixed rather than replaced with what you have left or live with it while you save? Have you got the support you want/need to change the drinking? Is your debt now under control…[Read more]

  • I have got badly into debt. My parents pay money into my account periodically that I transfer into my savings account. The trouble is I used some of it when it was meant to be left.

    It has caused me a lot of stress, they said I needed to pay for a new boiler with that money but I don’t have enough money. I told my mother earlier today.

    I was 8…[Read more]

  • torie replied to the topic Growers and Shrinkers in the forum General Chat 1 month, 1 week ago

    As a consequence of a small improvement to the hifi, I’ve recently been listening to albums all the way through rather than just picking tracks I know I like. The effect has been that I’ve found a number of tracks that I’d once have skipped past have now rather grown on me. Most recently it was the title track from Paul Simon’s Graceland; didn’t…[Read more]

  • mike replied to the topic Growers and Shrinkers in the forum General Chat 1 month, 1 week ago

    Yeah Sonos ain’t cheap but I hate wires all over the place and I can change sources so easily as well (although car BT and BT headphones can be painful to manage in some cases, but that’s iPhone problem). The quality is awesome and you don’t rely on Bluetooth or wires transferring sound – the speaker itself streams the music over the inter…[Read more]

  • neb replied to the topic Growers and Shrinkers in the forum General Chat 1 month, 1 week ago

    I have experienced this very recently with an album that everyone raved about (in my circle) many years ago when I was a metal head and I just couldn’t get on with it. But recently I re-discovered it on spotify and have listened to little else wondering what on earth I was thinking back in 1988

    Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime

  • goon replied to the topic Growers and Shrinkers in the forum General Chat 1 month, 1 week ago

    Sonos eh!

    They look the bees knees but pricey.

    I’m set up using a standard sony mp3 player as my hub and then connect this to my speaker or car stereo with an old fashioned 3.5mm stereo jack aux cable.

    Deezer, Spotify and the like are really good but I don’t like how you have to pay monthly for the privilege so YouTube to MP3 conversion is how…[Read more]

  • mike replied to the topic Growers and Shrinkers in the forum General Chat 1 month, 1 week ago

    The artists/composers I truly love, I am more than happy to listen to the whole album over and over again. If it’s some random musician I came across, I might listen to their top listened songs.

    Granted, I have Spotify, so it’s easier to do so. The decision to get few Sonos speakers was conscious – I cannot even plug in a line-in to them…[Read more]

  • I’ve experienced this, but with cheese. Moreover, it started off as a grower, then became a shrinker, but is now a grower again.

    With music, not so much, but on a world scale I think both Abba and Led Zep have seen the shrinker/grower thing happen for them, although both were considerable growers in the first place.

  • goon replied to the topic Growers and Shrinkers in the forum General Chat 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    This is true! An album can be more of a journey than the instant gratification you get by selecting individual songs.

  • This is apparently a problem with the streaming generation. In the most part if it isn’t a chart song they don’t get to hear it. My niece questions why I buy an album with only 1 or 2 known songs on it and doesn’t understand when I explain that most of the time there are other great songs if you listen to the album a few times.

  • Some music grows over time (or maybe you grow to appreciate it) – “a grower”. Whereas some tracks sound awesome on the first listen, only to get more irritating the more you hear, “a shrinker”.

    I was massively disappointing by a new album first thing this morning and already (now it’s evening time) I’ve decided it’s the finest creation of the…[Read more]

  • A timely thread.
    I don’t have many pensions, in fact only two, as I’ve only had two jobs in my life.

    I have no idea what I am meant to do. Consolidate into one, or keep them separate (although Trangia’s answer to ceri seems straightforward enough). One is with L&G and one is with Aviva, I have got scattered paperwork all over but BnB’s advice…[Read more]

  • As far as I know there are 3 ways you could do this:

    In the wordpress dashaboard go to Settings>permalinks> in the setting Custom Structure change to /blog/%postname%/

    Or move the wordpress installation to /blog directory.

    Or for more customization use a plugin called “custom permalinks” to change anything and everything about the url for a…[Read more]

  • How to change the default URL path for WordPress blog posts by admin account?

    Previously the URL structure was something like */blog/post-title*, but now the /blog/ part is disappearing.

  • Just leave them til you leave them. I’ve got 5 small ones. It’s no hassle, the companies do it all for you and just pay monthly into your bank account. It’s quite handy as they come on different days and spread the income over the month.

    To the OP. When they mature I’m sure the companies will notify you, they will have your address or previous…[Read more]

  • Not quite the same question, but generally, is it worth transfering lots of little pensions in together, or just leave them until you need them?

  • Just ring the customer services lines of Royal London, Prudential, Aviva and Legal & General one after the other with your NI no. to hand. During office hours the wait is less than 10 minutes each. Ask them to trace any pensions under your name/no. These four pretty much own the whole UK pension industry and the handlers are really helpful. I…[Read more]

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