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  1. Thanks, I messed about with it yesterday and managed to work it out. I've realised I'm not quite sure where it should be, so currently experimenting with different pressures.
  2. Hi all, Does anyone know if the Pstat on the far left of the below picture is adjustable? I recently got temp strips for my La Pavoni Professional (I think it's a 90s model) and it heats up too quickly. I thought I would fiddle with the pressure but can't work out if it's possible on my model. It's also probably worth mentioning that I am not at all handy; descaling and changing the gaskets is pretty much the extent of my abilities/experience. Thanks!
  3. Same here. 50 Euros is a bit on the steep side at first glance, but it appears to solve a problem. If I can get temp stability on my machine then I'm pretty happy for the foreseeable. Keep us updated if you take the plunge.
  4. Just read up on the bong isolator. Looks very interesting.
  5. Ditto. Although I am pretty price sensitive, so not sure whether I qualify for addition to the list.
  6. I like my tech relatively simple and the Mini appeals to that. It feels like there is less to go wrong with it, and there are already so many variables to making espresso. The digital 'paddle' does irritate me though. @DavecUK, I'm curious if there is there a price at which you would recommend it, or do you think it's so lacking in features/behind technologically that there are better options at all price points?
  7. I haven't voted as my response would be a combination of the first and second options: "I love the way it looks and think it's over hyped and over priced."
  8. AliG

    BBC Tv Licence

    I just realised I am contributing to the problem. I am going to stop posting on this thread now.
  9. AliG

    BBC Tv Licence

    So, challenging opinions or declarations is cancel culture? I would expect a radio presenter to lose their job if they used a slogan favoured by racists. Actually, given the number of times I've overheard racist comments in the workplace with no repercussion, maybe I wouldn't. The Fox character now has a career as a controversialist. I had never heard of him before. He is now famous. I don't see how he has been cancelled. I suspect this is a career choice; the anti-elitist elite always seem to be hiring. The last two examples I honestly know nothing about. It seems that people don't like being challenged for their words or actions. Also, "leaving wokeness to reign supreme". This isn't a very good definition. You've described debate. Finally, I'd like to make the point that focusing on these kind of examples, or on statues or whatever is a very convenient way to avoid talking about the actual issues that people are protesting.
  10. AliG

    BBC Tv Licence

    Thanks for responding, Dave. I really don't want to get involved in a long discussion on this, but this isn't virtue signalling. It's a pretty unedifying and cynical photo op. Politicians do this; they always have. Regarding the universities, what about them? Students protest stuff. They always have. I'm comforted that they still do in an era where they are considered consumers being sold a product. Again, on the BBC, it's really remarkably unbiased. I think they generally lean towards the government of the day, but only sometimes. It's a liberal institution which means it can be dismissive of points of view outside of the centre. I don't think this is a great enough crime to destroy it and leave all our media in the hands of a few men. I think someone mentioned soft power as well; the BBC is a huge asset in that regard. And this complaint about wokeness. It just strikes me that people are uncomfortable with previously marginalised voices being heard. I don't think any of these are threats to civilisation. I do think dismantling the structures that allow liberal democracy to function are probably more of a threat. Anyway, we aren't going to agree on this. I find these posts popping up on here so regularly pretty depressing. They are ruining the forum for me, but they are posted in the off topic section. God knows you contribute more to the forum than I do, so my being unhappy is neither here nor there. Like I said, carry on.
  11. AliG

    BBC Tv Licence

    I don't know why I read these depressing threads, but do you not quite often make personal attacks, regularly call people losers and the like? I think there was some comment or other about dirty, lying krauts (I may have misquoted on the last one but whatever it was it wasn't nice). More generally, the buzzwords used in these threads often mean almost nothing. "The Left" seems to be anyone you disagree with. Incidentally, the BBC is not left wing. As an organisation it almost certainly has a liberal bias, but that's not the same thing. I have yet to find a workable definition of what virtue signalling and cancel culture are, other than expressing opinions certain people don't like. I regret posting this already, but I'm just amazed at how low quality the standard of debate is. Anyway, I'm not adding anything to it as I'm rambling, but this place is just perplexing sometimes. I get enough of these talking points from almost every other place on the internet. This forum was a nice respite from it, but fine. I guess it's a reflection of society. Let's do away with so much of what makes this country special. Sod the BBC. Sod the NHS. Sod being polite. To hell with trying to improve. To hell with democratic norms. To hell with the Union as well. I hope the few that will gain from this race to the bottom are happy with what they have unleashed. Anyway, that's my rant done. Carry on.
  12. Big batch of cold brew? Sent from my Mi MIX 3 using Tapatalk
  13. AliG

    Freedom of Speech

    Haha, ok. Noted. I'll be sure to keep that in mind. Sent from my Mi MIX 3 using Tapatalk
  14. AliG

    Freedom of Speech

    I'm not sure I entirely understand what point you're trying to make. If it's a post under my name, then it's very likely to be my opinion. Sent from my Mi MIX 3 using Tapatalk
  15. AliG

    Freedom of Speech

    Agreed. To be honest, I wouldn't mind a bit of political debate, but that's clearly not what these threads have been about. Sent from my Mi MIX 3 using Tapatalk
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