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  1. It's a shame these things often seem to be about how many people you know above other things. It makes sense in a few situations, like one of my friend's band were in a competition like this to play at a festival, as the people with the most votes have the most fans who would come and see them etc. but it doesn't really make sense in this context.
  2. The winds kept me up all night last night! My rattling single glazing didn't like it one bit. It was so noisy I thought they were going to break! Woke up this morning to branches everywhere, nothing too bad in the streets around me, but all the trains are cancelled today and there's been some damage to cars. On the plus side it snowed about an hour ago so I'm starting to feel very Christmas-y Hope everyone on the East Coast will be okay this evening with the flood warnings, I've got a couple of friends in Edinburgh
  3. Done! I think they've got his name wrong at the bottom (vote for Ben Windard?)
  4. Bit of a more balanced version from the BBC here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24915471 I can't access the paper at the moment to see if the news stories accurately reflect what was published (it often doesn't), but all I would say is it's the research and opinion of one person. Plus the apparent guide lines used to judge welfare in this study were stress levels (normally measured by measuring the amount of a certain hormone in the blood), mortality, bone fractures and pecking other hens. I would probably expect increased mortality in free range hens as they are not as easy to keep a close eye on individuals, more likely to catch diseases from wild birds and Mr. Fox might get access... and I guess broken bones would be more likely if they are moving around more? It's a shame I don't have any lectures at the vet school this year, I would love to ask our chicken lecturer her opinion as she studied this area
  5. He's gorgeous! What a lovely grin (NB to other omleteers- if you click on the pictures you can see them a bit bigger )
  6. My SO's google phone regularly gives him directions to get 'home' to his exact address despite not putting his address into his phone or anything, and gave him directions to my flat just days after I signed the lease! (I think I might have sent him the address over facebook or text but that's the only way I can think they got it). It's scary to think of how much they know EDIT: to make this a little clearer, it gives him a little notification telling him the best bus etc. to get and when the next one leaves without any input from him.
  7. I'm not looking forward to the dark evenings starting tomorrow
  8. I'm another biased towards university (in second year now). I was part of the first year to get the £9000 a year fees. Luckily my fees are only £6750, but most places went for the £9000. We were constantly told to think of it as an extra income tax rather than a loan or debt. You have to pay 9% when you're earning above £25,000 and it gets written off after 30 years. Us students post-fee rise actually got a better deal when it comes to the minimum income for paying fees back and how much you pay a month! I looked for courses which included a years placement. There's quite a few out there. You normally have to attend uni for an extra year, but fees are generally reduced for your year in industry, you get paid and you get a heap of work experience in your degree subject! I've heard numerous stories saying you can end up with a job offer once you've finished your degree if they like you (though they are rumours). For most of the places I looked at this upped your degree to a masters as well As other people have mentioned however, you need a lot of self motivation. I see all around me people who only go to compulsory sessions and hardly ever turn up for lectures. I don't know if that's more common in Scotland because most of them aren't paying fees, but from what I've heard from friends elsewhere I don't think so. If you're worried about their motivation then a year out doing work could be beneficial. I worked 9-5 over my long summer after my A levels and I think even that helped. When it comes down to it, the amount of hours you have to put in at university is less than you would for a 9 til 5 job, so it feels easier in comparison!
  9. See it says not Scotland Don't despair, it's on at 11.30pm on BBC1 Scotland . Yay I might be watching it on iplayer the next day at that time though
  10. Delivery companies I had a package delivered on Monday which no one was in for, but the delivery company didn't leave a package slip, and the tracking details just said I was advised to collect from the post office. Well there are quite a few in Glasgow, so I had no idea which one to go to I ended up having to ring customer services (which wasn't free) to find out where my parcel was. The woman was very apologetic that a package slip wasn't left to be fair, but it wasn't her fault. On top of that my new laptop was delivered yesterday. It was dispatched over a week ago and I didn't get any updates or an estimated delivery date until 8am yesterday morning when I got a text saying it would arrive between 9 and 1! Now I'm very lucky that I only need to be in uni 9-11am on Tuesdays , and I didn't want to miss my laptop being delivered and it coming back at a more inconvenient time, so I took the day off and studied at home. It arrived at gone 4:30
  11. Sorry to hear such horrible news Hope your house is nice and secure now and everything insurance-wise gets sorted out quickly so you can focus on yourself. It's a horrible feeling x Try and get important ones printed or stored on an external hard drive elsewhere. When my boyfriend got burgled they took all the external hard drives and USB sticks too
  12. I felt really sorry for her. Nasty man, hope he gets his come uppance. Very good acting I really felt for her. Though I think she's gone through enough already with Mr Bates going to prison, and it seems like the new ladies maid is planning some nasty against her and Mr Bates
  13. For the last two months I've been getting a dull pain on and off in by lower back molars when I chew etc. it was getting more frequent so I went to the dentist (worrying about a cavity) and he says I've been grinding my teeth. My SO claims not to have noticed me doing it in my sleep, but he's not very observant and we're both deep sleepers, but I'm inclined to believe the dentist as I had jaw pain a couple of years ago and I ruined the retainer I wore after my braces came off. Has anyone had any experience with this before? What treatments did you try and do you think they worked? My dentist suggested a splint to wear at night time, which reading around seems to prevent you damaging your teeth but not actually stop the grinding. I'm going back for a scale and polish in two weeks and he'll take moulds then for the splint if that's what I decide to do
  14. It's all on itvplayer but it's 99p an episode https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/downton-abbey/ Alternatively, if you already have lovefilm or netflix I think they're online on those sites
  15. I couldn't work out who it was until Branson was talking with the servants about her. It could've been more obvious, especially with the face swap. I caught up on itv player this morning, much less adverts
  16. Len moved two floors up, he shot the tall woman after she fell out of the loft. How he got up there so fast when he was so badly injured I have no idea. For such a long build up the ending seemed very rushed and over the top.
  17. Going up the M1 last week I saw two vans, one in the inside lane and one in the middle lane. The vans drove close together side by side (at over 70mph) and the driver of the van in the middle lane lent out of his window to high five the passenger of the van in the inside lane.
  18. Congratulations on everyone's results and good luck in the following year. My brother only took one exam this year (he's in year 10) and got a C, but he seems happy with that, especially with everything that has happened this year. I've just had my results back from my first year of uni. I've spent most of my holidays up in Glasgow revising and doing my exams late as I missed the original set after my Dad died. I've passed them all, and other than one small module I did very well so I'm very happy Mostly I'm looking forward to starting afresh next year, although that's only two weeks away!
  19. Such a shame And I can't believe the staff couldn't let him in when they had already seen his ticket (but I suppose they're bound by the rules...). I hope he gets home safely and isn't too shaken up.
  20. Lads in a flat two floors above me were watching the football game last night, shouting and stomping on the floor It made the whole building shake every time. I wouldn't normally mind as they were mostly quiet after 10, but I was after an early night as I have an exam today
  21. I'm no expert, just know this from observing my parents over the years, but courgettes have female and male flowers, so it is possible the flowers on hollow stems are the male flowers? Not sure Hopefully someone who knows what they're on about will come along
  22. I really enjoyed Matt Smith as the Doctor but this will be a refreshing change. I'm hoping he's going to be very no-nonsense I'm also hoping he keeps his usual accent, I thought it was a shame David Tennant covered his up.

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