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Stannis Eats No Peaches

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  1. She did tell me today that if we did have kids, they’d be very good-looking. I’m taking it as a good sign, but I won’t read into it too much.
  2. Thanks everyone. I knew already that there is no simple answer, besides “don’t pressure her”. We’ll see, I guess. We were both feeling a bit bleak this morning, but we’re now making jokes about it, which is our way of trying to normalise something uncomfortable. I’ll have to have firm words with my parents not to make any jokes about grandchildren in the meantime. I guess all that can be done otherwise is to wait and see, and as you’ve said to give her space to make up her own mind.
  3. This may be beyond the scope of the dating thread, but I didn’t really want to make a new one just for this, so apologies in advance. My girlfriend of 3.5 years and I have reached an impasse on the issue of children and whether we should have them in the next 5-10 years. Her reasons for not wanting them are rational and entirely legitimate, my reasons for wanting them are more instinctive, but I don’t think it’s something I’m likely to budge on. She’s not giving a firm “no”, but she’s certainly leaning more “no” than “yes”. I’ve said that we don’t have to worry about it immediately (we’re in our mid-twenties) but following a conversation about it last night (that she started), I think we’re both very worried about our future together and I’ve struggled to get a conversation out of her this morning. I guess this was more of a vent than a request for advice. I don’t think there’s anything that I can do. I don’t think it would be right for me to try to “persuade” her. The only thing to do I think is wait until one of us changes our mind. We’ve not had an argument over it or anything, no one’s done anything wrong, it’s just that the elephant in the room that’s been slowly growing in size for the past year is starting to obscure my vision. Far from a unique problem in a relationship I know, so if anyone has any pearls of wisdom, I’d love to hear them.
  4. That’s optimistic of you! Why remove the existing rule before everyone is vaccinated? We know these restrictions can’t last forever, but it sounds like it would be significantly safer if they just waited 6 more weeks. Data not dates, my arse.
  5. I got my girlfriend some painting by numbers sets for Christmas, and we’ve been doing them together. It’s been really lovely, given that I’m the last person I would have expected to enjoy painting. It’s been great for getting away from screens.
  6. This is what front-entry wetsuits are really made for. In a hotel in a deeply conservative country of the Middle East, unmarried, with the call to prayer echoing in the background.
  7. Yeah I think the accidental filter is the only boomers-on-Zoom cliché that’s missing.
  8. You’d know if you’d read the standing orders. READ THEM AND UNDERSTAND THEM.
  9. I was never able to finish ME1 because I found it too clunky, but was quite happy to watch my brother play the trilogy back in the day. I think I’ll pick this up if they’ve made the first game less irritating, after release once everyone else has been able to judge it for me.
  10. Yeah no I’m sorry, unless there’s actually a material reason, and there is actually some cross border smuggling scheme from Dublin to Belfast, this makes no sense to me. What point are they proving? “We’re really serious about this vaccine situation and we’re prepared to threaten the peace in Northern Ireland over it, even though it has nothing to do with it.”
  11. I don’t quite get the reason why the EU has now brought in a customs border. Are they actually facing issues where vaccine producers are are trying to export to outside EU countries? Obviously the whole AstraZeneca thing is about tying to get more vaccines into the bloc. Is this just symbolic? Seems like a very unnecessary measure, if there aren’t any vaccines crossing from Ireland into NI anyway.
  12. I’m quite glad the topic has turned to UBI, because I’ve been thinking about it a lot for the past few months. Surely the easiest way to get rid of the stigma surrounding claiming benefits would be to just put everyone on benefits? If everyone has the option to quit that job they hate and retrain, UBI can help to eliminate a serious amount of misery and raise productivity levels. I’ve known a few people who were able to find better jobs because they were furloughed! I’d be curious to find out what kind of tax structure you would need in order to pay every adult in the country, say, £16K. Furlough has been a lifeline for many people, but hideously expensive (according to the government, which has also spent an obscene amount of money on aircraft carriers, but we’ve discussed this already). I wonder what the publicly acceptable, or even economically viable, cost of such a system would be.
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