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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 18th June 2013, 14:34 Thread Starter
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This may sound like an odd thread, but I've just had an insurance policy mature and I have £5k to spend and am struggling to find something to spend it on.
I don't like having too much savings in the bank. This due to the fact that my health is not the best and I don't really want tobe leaving money to my relatives after I've popped my clogs. I'd rather spend it while I'm alive.

I don't have an extravagant lifestyle. Don't smoke or drink and haven't been on a proper holiday for at least 20 years.( Holidays are not my thing). I already have several cameras and computers and only recently bought a new TV. My kitchen appliances don't need changing either. I don't wear jewellery and already have a good quality watch.

I like all the furniture I have at the moment and can't see any reason to replace any of it. I'm having my living room divided into two rooms later this year, but that is already budgeted for.

I have been thinking about getting a top of the range fish tank plus all the accessories, but I've not totally made my mind up on that yet. Not sure I can cope with all the work to maintain a large tank.

So. my friends, the question is, what ideas do you have for the man who appears to have everything he needson how to spend £5K. All ideas , wacky or otherwise, are welcome.

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You mean old bugger given your Antara friends anythingHave you a passport if the answer is yes then what about a nice driving holiday stopping a few days at one hotel then moving on to the another, and just enjoying life, visiting places of culture (we love doing that ) France and Italy more Italy then France though, If you do not want to go abroad visit York, Whitby we love North Yorkshire or drive all the way down to Devon stopping hear and there at hotels and B&B's enjoying not cooking and ICE Creme YUM YUM. Thats what we would do.
All i can say Inchy my man is enjoy yourself cause you never know

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You mean old bugger given your Antara friends anythingHave you a passport if the answer is yes then what about a nice driving holiday stopping a few days at one hotel then moving on to the another, and just enjoying life, visiting places of culture (we love doing that ) France and Italy more Italy then France though, If you do not want to go abroad visit York, Whitby we love North Yorkshire or drive all the way down to Devon stopping hear and there at hotels and B&B's enjoying not cooking and ICE Creme YUM YUM. Thats what we would do.
All i can say Inchy my man is enjoy yourself cause you never know
Thanks for the suggestions Wilma. I'm afraid long drives are not in my future due to my disability. Best I can do is to explore the region where I live. I don't have a passport and to be honest, I never really liked being abroad. Too many foreigners for my taste.

Last foreign holiday I had was in 1985 and that was by train through France, Switzerland and Italy. Got arrested in France, Caught food poisoning in Switzerland and had my camera stolen in Italy. All in all, not a very warm feeling about foreign holidays.

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Last foreign holiday I had was in 1985 and that was by train through France, Switzerland and Italy. Got arrested in France, Caught food poisoning in Switzerland and had my camera stolen in Italy. All in all, not a very warm feeling about foreign holidays.
Lol that made me laugh. We won't ask what you got arrested for.

So it looks like the Antara owners club get together is at your house. Plenty room around you for us all to camp or bring the caravans. The drinks and food are on George

Failing that I'm sure you will think of something to buy.
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Last foreign holiday I had was in 1985 and that was by train through France, Switzerland and Italy. Got arrested in France, Caught food poisoning in Switzerland and had my camera stolen in Italy. All in all, not a very warm feeling about foreign holidays.
Lol that made me laugh. We won't ask what you got arrested for.

So it looks like the Antara owners club get together is at your house. Plenty room around you for us all to camp or bring the caravans. The drinks and food are on George

Failing that I'm sure you will think of something to buy.
I got off the boat in Dunkirk, and I was walking out of the docks when a man jumped out from behind some pallets and tried to grab one of my bags. I managed to push him away and just as I swung a right hook and put him on the floor, a police car came round the corner and I was arrested for assault. It took about 3 hours to convince them that I was the victim and I was just defending myself.

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Last foreign holiday I had was in 1985 and that was by train through France, Switzerland and Italy. Got arrested in France, Caught food poisoning in Switzerland and had my camera stolen in Italy. All in all, not a very warm feeling about foreign holidays.
Lol that made me laugh. We won't ask what you got arrested for.

So it looks like the Antara owners club get together is at your house. Plenty room around you for us all to camp or bring the caravans. The drinks and food are on George

Failing that I'm sure you will think of something to buy.

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I got off the boat in Dunkirk, and I was walking out of the docks when a man jumped out from behind some pallets and tried to grab one of my bags. I managed to push him away and just as I swung a right hook and put him on the floor, a police car came round the corner and I was arrested for assault. It took about 3 hours to convince them that I was the victim and I was just defending myself.
That's the kind of stuff that happens to us, and I am not kidding drove down to Derby on Thursday traffic blinking horrendous from Blackpool to near staffordshire stopped at Killington Lake for Lunch I was put off my lunch because I got stressed due to bloody sea gulls (did not want them pooing on my car) got down to Burton-upon-trent ware the hotel was everything fine. Next day drove to Download got disabled parking supposed to be 250 yards to main area was more like a mile (as I site hear I am in pain)although I took a chaire to site on, lol.
driving back to hotel bloody stone bounced up and cracked my windscreen,can not get fixed until This Saturday(poor service) left Burton on Monday the sat nav took us to M6 toll, then we hit to accidents one mile between each I just turned the engine off this time whilst waiting.my hubbie was washing the car this morning and noticed a scuff mark on the upper wing of the car but he fixed it, I think long drives are out as I am not fit anymore, so I understand what you are saying inch, although we are driving down to Whitby in July to stay at a dog friendly cottage.
What ever you decide to spend it on you will enjoy, but just remember we are all coming to visit so get the coffee on and the cream cakes Yum Yum Edited by: wilma08

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like you say a nice fish tank is very relaxing and forgiving.it doesnt have to be large.just if you have the correct formula and equipment the tank will be self supporting. i have saltwater marine fish and corals. dont buy a small tank as you want be happy alsways choose something that suits you.never to tall. i have 1 tank that hasnt been cleaned for over 3 years

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like you say a nice fish tank is very relaxing and forgiving.it doesnt have to be large.just if you have the correct formula and equipment the tank will be self supporting. i have saltwater marine fish and corals. dont buy a small tank as you want be happy alsways choose something that suits you.never to tall. i have 1 tank that hasnt been cleaned for over 3 years
Thanks for the encouragement. That looks a nice setup.

I'm having my living room split into two rooms later this year, and when complete, I will have some extra wall space. I've been considering getting a tank to fill some of that space. I think there would probably be enough space for a tank of around 5 feet wide.

My main concern is I know absolutely nothing about fish keeping. I worry it might be too much for me to handle. I'm also concerned about the weight of water in a tank of that size. My floor is suspended on wooden floor joists rather than a solid concrete one. I reckon a tank of 121x50x62 cm would have about 850 pounds of water in it. Not sure my floor would take that weight. Especially when you take account of the weight of the tank and accessories plus the weight of the filter tank that goes underneath the main tank. I would not be surprised if the total weight for a 5 foot wide tank would be well over 1000 pounds.

There's supposed to be a new Fishkeepers shop opening in Inverness next month, so I will be paying them a visit. Hopefully they will have some knowledgeable people on staff who I can talk to about this. I really would like a large fish tank, but I'm concerned my lack of knowledge of fishkeeping will make it hard to get going. I don't really want to start with a small tank and work my way up. If I get one it will be to fill a space in my house rather than learning a new hobby from scratch and gradually working up to a larger tank.


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Hi again i can help u all the way.dont pay shops.there there to make money.online is the best place and i can give u all the help u need . After keeping tanks for 35 yrs i can give u all the upto date ideas.like what glass to choose right the way thru to the correct spectrum lughting and the cheapest place for best quality.a friend has a 9'x4'x3'on a wood floor.
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Hi again i can help u all the way.dont pay shops.there there to make money.online is the best place and i can give u all the help u need . After keeping tanks for 35 yrs i can give u all the upto date ideas.like what glass to choose right the way thru to the correct spectrum lughting and the cheapest place for best quality.a friend has a 9'x4'x3'on a wood floor.
That's a a very kind offer Smino.

I will no doubt take you up on it if I do decide to get a tank.

I do think it will help me to be able to go into a fish keeping shop and see the sort of things that are available locally. I also like to talk to someone face to face about questions I may have. I'm not sure how good this new shop which is opening next month will be. Wont know until it opens and I pay it a visit.

In any case, I wont be getting a tank until after all the work to split my living room has finished. I find it a bit hard to try to imagine what it will look like when there is nothing there at the moment. Would hate to buy a 5 feet long tank only to find I only have 55 inches of space for the tank. So when the room is finished, I can clearly see what space I have and then think about what the best tank size would be.

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