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  1. #121
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    You can't do it forever but you've got to make hay while the sun shines. Plus not having a job and not having any money can be more stressful than doing a 50 hour week but not having to worry about money because of it.
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  2. #122
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    You can't do it forever but you've got to make hay while the sun shines.
    Absolutely, and I've been there, as you know. The situation I'm in and enjoying now didn't just fall into my lap...

    However, if folk were happier with simpler lives and less material possessions, the necessity to work to pay for it would subsequently reduce, and with it the associated stress. It's a simple equation

    I was utterly astounded when I read recently that 'your friend and mine, over the road', at the age of 70 is paying a mortgage of £1600 a month!!! That's utter MADNESS

    At that age, if you've been at all lucky and/or successful in life, you should be mortgage and debt free, living a stress-free existence of sun and Sangria!



    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

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  3. #123
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    Depends on your outlook I suppose. I'm happy with a fairly modest life and no debts that's why I've never moved up to a better house. Didn't want to add to the mortgage when it is almost paid off. I don't mind working, it gets me out the house, but with a big mortgage you have no choice about it. Nothing worse than having no choice.
    Martin



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    Technics SL1200 with Sumiko h/s & Nagaoka MP50 * Firebottle valve MM phono stage * Parasound CDPi1000 * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *



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  4. #124
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Nothing worse than having no choice.
    Exactly! What price FREEDOM, and having TIME to do what YOU want, when YOU want?

    I'd rather live in a flat in Stoke, which is fully paid for, earning £25k a year, working from home, than a big house in London, earning £100k a year, working all the hours under the sun to pay for it, whilst having no time to enjoy myself!

    Ultimately, TIME (to do what you want, when you want) is more important than money....

    I blame some of the women that folk marry, who 'demand' having a certain type of lifestyle, and expect you to fund it..... A £1600 per month mortgage, at the age of 70 (and with poor health) is just lunacy, IMO, and seriously smacks of a gold-digging female being behind it.

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

  5. #125
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    dunno, a lot of men are vain too, and are desparate to impress with all the trappings of a successul life. If you get 2 together then watch out
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  6. #126
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    Indeed, and I just don't understand that mentality. It smacks of deep insecurity!

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

  7. #127
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    You can't do it forever but you've got to make hay while the sun shines. Plus not having a job and not having any money can be more stressful than doing a 50 hour week but not having to worry about money because of it.
    It depends. really. When I was last unemployed, for about 6 months in my early 20s, I was happy as Larry. No money, but also no responsibilities, apart from rolling up at the dole office every other week to sign a form. My outgoings were almost nil; I spent very little on food, and back then the idea of forking out a couple of quid for a coffee would have seemed laughable.

    I'm not in the slightest bit 'driven', and it was only the acquisition of responsibilities (mortgage, wife and two children) that got me out of bed in the morning. Other people can't abide being idle, and will work until they (literally in some cases) drop.

  8. #128
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    It's not a case of being idle though, Joe. It's a case of having other interests/hobbies in your life other than work, so that when you retire, you've got other things to do, which fills that void.

    And therein lies the problem... If your life revolves around work (often without you realising it), then once the work stops, you don't know what to do with yourself!

    You should really try and get yourself into a position, where you work as hard as is necessary (that's also the time to work stupidly long hours), early in life, so that you can retire at a reasonable age (no older than 65), thus allowing you to sit back and ENJOY the fruits of your labours, and most importantly, spend time with your loved ones.

    This 'working 'till you drop' nonsense really needs to be sorted out, but the problem is the whole system/structure now is geared towards folk working longer than ever, and then being strangled in a mountain of debt until they die!

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

  9. #129
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    It's not a case of being idle though, Joe. It's a case of having other interests/hobbies in your life other than work, so that when you retire, you've got other things to do which fills that void.

    Marco.
    Damn right Marco. Dunno how I ever found the time for a job. Being retired is a full time occupation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    It's not a case of being idle though, Joe. It's a case of having other interests/hobbies in your life other than work, so that when you retire, you've got other things to do which fills that void.

    And therein lies the problem... If your life revolves around work (often without you realising it), then once the work stops, you don't know what to do with yourself!

    You should really try and get yourself into a position, where you work as hard as is necessary (that's also the time to work stupidly long hours), early in life, so that you can retire at a reasonable age (no older than 65), thus allowing you to sit back and ENJOY the fruits of your labours, and most importantly, spend time with your loved ones.

    This 'working 'till you drop' nonsense really needs to be sorted out.

    Marco.
    Personally, I retired four years ago and paid off the mortgage at the same time. I'm also quite happy being idle. 'Dolce far niente', as some folks say.

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