It's so funny because I was just rereading this today after George Takei posted it - http://jezebel.com/5946643/reddit-users-attempt-to-shame-sikh-woman-get-righteously-schooled
@Wilgrims You can get a Young Persons Railcard in the UK until you're 26 (or forever if you're a student) which costs like £25 but gets you a third off rail fares. Or sometimes more - for some inexplicable reason, I can get off peak prices (£32) on the peak Birmingham -> London train which costs everyone else an unbelievable £158.
I'd say 'middle class' in the UK is actually code for 'rich, but not nobility'.
I'd say we spend about £50-60 per week for the two of us ($75-90). I actually just did the math from our joint credit card which we mostly only use for groceries, but that somehow only worked out to about £40 a week which can't be right... I think we must use cash occasionally, plus we do eat out once or twice a week.
Speaking of depression, and of hyperboleandahalf, have you seen her new blog post? I've never been seriously depressed, but I read that and I saw so much of my depressed friend in it and it explained a lot to me.
@stuffisthings I've got a £500 interest free overdraft with my bank. When they told me I could have it I was like, "Really? So that's £500 free money then, cool." Occasionally I think I should try to get out of the red (which I'm in by the middle of each month), but then I remember I have actual credit card debt with actual interest accumulating and it doesn't really make any sense to get out of my overdraft.
I've had this photo as my iPhone wallpaper for ages, but I think I might change it to 'Unimpressed Mr Biscuit #2' because it is truly a work of art.
I've pretty much always had a second job (either in bars/ restaurants when I was younger or freelance transcription work now) in addition to my salaried work, and I've been relatively open about it because it hasn't conflicted with my day job. The only time I didn't mention it was when I took on some freelance research work because even though it didn't conflict per se with the work I was doing during the day, I think they would have worried it was taking my focus away from my main job (it didn't and everything was fine, so I decided they didn't need to know).
I think it's a sad that everyone's first thought is that people would abuse it because they're jerks. I think the type of places that do suspended coffee are probably more independent/ community-focused, and I have to believe that for the most part people tend to honour that ethos when they go there (if this was offered by Starbucks it might be a different story). There was a thing about this on the BBC website a few days ago as well, btw - http://bbc.in/14NFs2I