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General Car Chat / Re: Abarth 595
« on: 16 January 2018, 22:34:07 »
695 biposto would be a giggle, if only for a dog box  :y

For sensible money I’d have a rear engined rwd Twingo. Then again I wouldn’t, because I don’t fit. Last time I was in a 500 the driver told me to stop leaning forward because he couldn’t see the wing mirrors.

I wasn’t leaning forward.  ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Carillion
« on: 15 January 2018, 15:38:45 »
When I worked at KPMG (5yrs ago ish), we were their external auditors and I knew a number of people on the team.

This is not a new problem, the business has sailed close to the wind for a number of years.  :-X

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General Car Chat / Re: How did Serek do it?
« on: 13 January 2018, 17:33:00 »
I’ll be using toolstation own brand for a while

As it was free  ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Maths experts please
« on: 12 January 2018, 08:37:35 »
x2 evaluated between 13 and 10.  In other words 132 less 102 = 69

Ahh! I had (mis) remembered that you evaluate f(x) for all integers between the upper and lower bounds. Hence why I couldn’t make sense of it.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Maths experts please
« on: 12 January 2018, 07:01:45 »
Black one resolves to “I’m sec(C) and I know it” I think. Top one, no idea.  :-\

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General Discussion Area / Re: I don’t have....
« on: 10 January 2018, 16:48:52 »
Never mind that, have you remembered to apply for your state pension yet? It isnt automatic.

Didn’t know that! Will give my dad a nudge, he turned 65 this month.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Smart meters
« on: 10 January 2018, 14:03:57 »
Where in reality the average cost to each working taxpayer in green energy subsidies was a £500 tax bill in 2017, which increases to about £550 in 2018 and it will continue rising exponentially. >:( >:( >:(

And yet the latest subsidies for off-shore wind are below the level of the latest nuclear abomination (and that’s before including cleanup costs). Yet funnily enough it’s only green energy that gets talked about when it comes to subsidies  ::)

Back on topic. I wouldn’t have one. Largely because of the potential restrictions on switching suppliers as noted above.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Medium term garage roof fix
« on: 09 January 2018, 22:30:28 »

I've found the paint on repairs don't last very long!

https://www.toolstation.com/shop/p24314?table=no

This has lasted 4yrs and counting on our shed roof. Although as always it depends on the type of leak you are trying to repair. We used it as the wooden shed abutted two walls and the roof wouldn’t support my weight. So re-felting (my preferred option) was impractical.


EDIT: wot flyer sed ;)

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I love the line

“Body kit (never seen another one like it)”

I should bloody well hope not!  :o

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General Discussion Area / A sign of the times - I do hope so.
« on: 07 January 2018, 23:01:05 »
A couple of news stories caught my eye this weekend, it is somewhat apposite that in the same week as a tanker begins burning/discharging over 130,000 tonnes of oil into the sea off the chinese coast, the dutch announce plans for the world's biggest off-shore wind farm, along with an entire man-made island to support it!

http://uk.businessinsider.com/worlds-largest-wind-farm-netherlands-island-2018-1?r=US&IR=T
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-shipping-accident-oil/iranian-oil-tanker-burns-32-missing-after-collision-off-chinas-coast-idUSKBN1EW059

Given that the cost of off-shore wind electric has now dropped below the projected cost of Hinkley point C (which will doubtless be far less than the final cost). Hopefully the dutch project will mark something of a step change and we can move more quickly away from digging things up and burning them as a way to get around and stay warm.  ::)

Seeing as everyone loves to bang on about how renewables only work when subsidised, the below article is worth a read, if only because it sets out in black and white the subsidy paid to Off-shore wind vs Nuclear.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-britain-renewables-auction/new-british-wind-power-deals-cheaper-than-nuclear-supplies-idUKKCN1BM16E

Its also worth noting that no mention has been made of the clearup costs when we finally shut Hinkley, which given that sellafield's costs are currently running at £70bn and still rising every year, will doubtless make offshore wind, solar, (or harvesting the power of unicorn tears) look like a bargain  ::)


PS. The xmas smileys have finally gone  :(

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 07 January 2018, 18:17:17 »
Also topped up screen wash, first time using 3.2 as a commuter in winter. It's thirsty on washer fluid!

The swede uses nearly a gallon a week at this time of year  :-X

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General Car Chat / Re: Car sales.... Not
« on: 06 January 2018, 09:47:58 »
I had the same at HSBC, had to go in to prove my income for a current account (the £250 incentive seemed worth filling in a form for). Went in dressed in DIY attire, some sniffy little man in a suit was very snooty with me until he looked at my payslip.

“Is this your payslip?”
“It’s got my name on it hasn’t it?”
“And this is the amount for one month?”
“No, it’s the amount I get every month”
*cue broad beaming smile*
“Mr Marriott, please do step this way”
 ::)

People in all walks of life do set far too much store by appearances.

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General Discussion Area / Re: NHS Crisis
« on: 05 January 2018, 10:23:30 »


This is precisely why one of Donalds first, and most important so far, jobs was to undo Obamacare... socialist schemes cost EVERYONE dearly... in this case, personal health insurance premiums practically doubled overnight :o

That is just plain wrong. Data shows that the USA's incredibly efficient capitalist system, has spent more per capita than our socialist system, every year since about 1960.

A big issue facing the NHS at the moment is the cuts made to social care. Since 2009/10 total spending has fallen 13.5% (more in real terms) while the number of people over 65 grew 18% and those over 85 grew 17%. Consequently you have elderly people who aren't getting the care that they need (or, haven't saved enough to look after themselves in old age, if you turn it on its head).

So these people get ill and end up in the only place that an ambulance will take them. Then, once the hospital has sorted them out, they often can't be discharged as there is nowhere for them to go where they will get the level of care that they need. As the hospital owes them a duty of care, they can't just kick them to the curb.

I experienced this first hand last year when my dad went into hospital. He was on a ward of 8, 3 of whom had nothing medically wrong with them, but there was no-one in place to take care of them (one needed to be in a home, two needed health visitors) so they just stayed on the ward for the entire two weeks my dad was in, and were still there after he came out. ::)

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So now it's almost impossible to see a Doctor outside office hours and it's damn hard to see one within the Monday - Friday 9 to 5 window for that matter as well!  >:(  Try phoning your local surgery to make a non urgent appointment for next Tuesday afternoon for example, and you'll get told to phone before 8am on the day.  When you do that you invariably get told there are no appointments available, but if it's not urgent they might be able fit you in next year!  ::)

I very much like our local GP's system, you call up in a morning, they assess you over the phone, either give you an appointment of tell you to buzz off to the pharmacy. Funnily enough, when I had a rash, fever and had just got off a plane from china, I didn't have to wait "we can see you in 30mins, but if you start to feel worse come immediately".

Under the system most GP's operate, I'd have been another one in A&E (as it turned out I had cellulitis and needed treatment reasonably urgently) who could have avoided being there.

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General Car Chat / Re: Windscreen wiper theft......
« on: 04 January 2018, 12:35:06 »
As Lizzie comments, it is quite unusual (and sad) to steal one wiper.

Someone once pinched the glass out of my drivers side wing mirror (on a mk3 mondeo no less!). Never had a wiper go though.  ???

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General Discussion Area / Re: birth, marraige certificates
« on: 02 January 2018, 23:26:54 »
What did they want any of that for? I’ve never been asked to produce any of that sort of documentation for insurance  ???

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