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General Discussion Area / Taal Volcano
« on: 14 January 2020, 18:20:33 »
There have been some amazing photos flying around on the net of this volcano erupting in the Philippines and here is a compilation of 30 photos.  Enjoy!  :y

Taal Volcano linky

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General Discussion Area / You have 2 weeks....
« on: 06 January 2020, 18:06:20 »
... to join the Labour Party if you want to take part in their leadership election.  :)

25 though....  :-\

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General Car Chat / Corsa Knocking Noise
« on: 28 December 2019, 19:12:32 »
Cadged a lift with a mate earlier in his 08 Corsa that has an awful knocking noise from the front end.  :o

My mate is not slightly mechanically minded and has been told that it's the steering column?  So I'm just wondering if this sounds right?   ???

By the noises as we went over the bumps it could be any of a number of things, but I was wondering if a noisy steering column is a common Corsa thing:-\

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General Discussion Area / Labour Party Leadership Election
« on: 18 December 2019, 14:03:45 »
Emily Thornberry has announced she will run for the leadership.  :)

Great! I hope she wins it!  :y

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General Car Chat / Volvo V70 Drivers Door Problem
« on: 15 December 2019, 12:13:21 »
A few weeks ago the wind caught my drivers door on the V70 and broke the door strap.  :(

At the time I wasn't too bothered as the door opened and closed easily, but at some point the door strap has caught the window track and bent it and now my window won't go down.  :-\

I took the door card off yesterday, but there is only a small hole by the door strap to work through and although I had a go at un-bending the window track with a pair of stilsons, I didn't have much luck.  :(

Other than persisting with my gynecological efforts to unbend the window track through the little hole, any suggestions?  ???  It seems to me that the window track is riveted into the door structure as far as I can tell...  :-\

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General Discussion Area / Meanwhile in Brussels....
« on: 13 December 2019, 10:16:24 »
...European Leaders demonstrate how ridiculous they are by agreeing to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050, but exempting Poland because it is heavily reliant on coal!  ;D




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General Discussion Area / Oven Chips
« on: 04 December 2019, 18:21:36 »
I'd never thought about oven chips until recently and usually just grabbed the cheapest supermarket own brand, until I ran out and bought a bag of McCains from a Spar shop.  Expensive, but far and away better than the own brands I usually buy.  :y

I'm currently wading through a big bag from The Hearty Food Company which cost 90p in Tesco.  Not bad, but a bit greasy.  ::) 

The same size bag of McCains oven chips were somewhere between 2 -3!  :o  When the chips were down, I couldn't bring myself to splash out....  :-[  ;D

So what are your favourite oven chips?  ???

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General Discussion Area / Trade Deals, the NHS and Immigration
« on: 27 November 2019, 19:05:01 »
So Corbyn claims today to have obtained documentary evidence that the UK and US governments have been discussing access to the NHS for American healthcare companies as part of any FTA.   ::)  I don't understand why this provokes such hysteria.  :-\  If the NHS puts a contract out to tender, why shouldn't US companies have the opportunity to bid if other international companies have the option?  Surely it will be against WTO rules to discriminate against companies from the US, whether we have an FTA or not and whether we are in the EU or not?  :-\

The way I see it, there is a lot of medical expertise in the US and we regularly see people raising cash to send sick kids there for treatment.  Surely the NHS could benefit from this expertise? The hysteria seems completely irrational to me...  :-\

Meanwhile Michel Barnier has reportedly told a group of MEP's that free movement of people will have to accompany free movement of goods in any EU-UK trade deal and it will be impossible to conclude a deal by the end of 2020.  ::)

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General Discussion Area / The Andrew Neil Interviews
« on: 25 November 2019, 23:44:32 »
Anyone see Andrew Neil give Wee Kranky a grilling earlier?  ???

I think she gets an easy ride in the media especially by the BBC, but he had her rattled.  Especially over her plans for a currency for Indy Scotland, the deficit and plans for EU membership.  Worth watching on iplayer if you didn't see it.  :y

Tomorrow he interrogates Comrade Corbyn!  :)

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General Discussion Area / Corporation Tax
« on: 18 November 2019, 22:50:11 »
Today Boris has announced that plans to reduce Corporation Tax from 19% to 17% have been shelved.

I wonder if this is because he plans to sign up to the EU's demands for a 'level playing field' in the forthcoming trade talks to make it easier to clinch the deal by the end of next year?  ???  :-\  ::)

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General Car Chat / 100 Best Cars Ever Made...
« on: 16 November 2019, 18:25:39 »
..., well according to The Telegraph anyway.  :y

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/guides/100-best-cars

No Omega....  :(

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General Discussion Area / Sir Tig's thought for the day.
« on: 13 November 2019, 17:56:51 »
When setting a rat trap, don't hold it at the bait end once you've pulled back the arm and set it.  :y

Because it oppsing hurts if it accidentally goes off and gets your thumb!  ::)  :'(  :D

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General Discussion Area / Boiler Short Cycling
« on: 11 November 2019, 21:07:57 »
My 25 year old Potterton Profile keeps cutting out.  :'(

It starts up OK and runs for a while, but then shuts down for a while before starting up again.  Sort cycling I believe is the technical term.  :)

All the radiators get hot when it's running, it kettles slightly but just a mild hiss, and the thermostat appears to work.  :-\

It was running fine until Friday night when I got home after a few days away and the house was a chilly 12 degrees, so I whacked the power up to max from 3 and  all seemed well.  Ever since though...  :(  If I have it on 3 it doesn't warm the house very well at all, on Max it's OKish, but it's not right!  ::)

It's chewed a few PCB's over the years, so maybe it's time for it's next one?  ???  ::)

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General Discussion Area / Fracking
« on: 02 November 2019, 18:22:09 »
Fracking in England has been suspended indefinitely by the government due to the inability to predict earthquakes.   :-\

So is this a good thing? Bad thing?  Or just a stunt to try and 'green wash' the Tories before the election?  Note it is not a permanent ban.  ;)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50267454

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General Discussion Area / Watch Out The Russians Are On Manoeuvres!
« on: 30 October 2019, 23:17:17 »
While we are consumed with election fever, the Russians have sent 10 submarines into the North Atlantic and have also tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, which they fired from a submarine in the White Sea off of Archangel to it's target thousands of kilometres away on the Kamchatka Peninsular in the far east of the country.  A stones throw from Alaska incidentally...   :-X

Maybe these submarines are sat out here in the North Atlantic so the sailors can catch up with their social media accounts for the next few weeks?  ;)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/30/russian-submarines-power-north-atlantic-biggest-manoeuvre-since/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50233511


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