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General Discussion Area / Aldi electronic fly swat
« on: Today at 03:05:38 »
I bought this as a bigger hand fly swat where it is shaped like a miniature tennis racket for 4.99. Inserted the PP3 battery in the handle & boy does it move removing annoying flies to the next level. Fly on the window slowly place the bat against the window with it trapped & press the button on the handle & disturb them so they try to fly off, catch them in mid flight or turn on the light to attract them to in the room & then trap them in the light & press the button.

When they touch the HT grid & the outer earthing frame there is a satisfying electric arc, crackle & smell of ozone burning fly, tap it over the bin, to remove the dead fly from the racket, job done. :y :y :y

General Discussion Area / Canadian F1 GP (Spoiler)
« on: 09 June 2019, 21:35:27 »
Same old, same old.

Pressure, crack with mistake, unsafe driving penalty, throw toys out pram again.  ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion Area / Well done....
« on: 09 May 2019, 23:50:48 » the 4 EPL football teams who have made it through to the Champions League & Europa League finals. :y :y :y It makes 52% of us, yet again proud to be British*  :y :y :y

*People of the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland.

General Discussion Area / Happy Holidays
« on: 22 April 2019, 02:02:51 »
I hope you have all had a great Easter holiday. :y :y :y

Christmas next, so wishing you a great Christmas. :y :y :y

You know you needed this yuletide tonic, you really do. :P :P :P ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion Area / The changing face of UK politics.
« on: 17 April 2019, 20:25:51 »
Unlike in most of Europe the Brexit safety valve has mean't we have carried on voting for our hard-left party Labour & our centre-left party the Conservatives rather that turn to hard left & right extremes with them getting about 80% of the votes in the 2017 GE. Both promised to respect the EUref result by taking us out of the EU & both have failed to do so which has badly damaged our democracy & our world standing. The Conservative's under Cameron & May both tracked the Tory party left chasing Labour & LibDem votes & gave us the referendum to neuter UKIP & the very big danger that they posed to the Conservatives in the 2015 GE by promising an EU referendum. Cameron was expecting another hung-parliament coalition with the LibDems who would stop the EUref. Quelle Horreur the Conservatives won with a majority & had no choice after his Lisbon Treaty Ref. cop out which did much damage at the time to gave us the referendum.

Osborne thought the referendum was a stupid idea & was against but went along with his PM pal, so it happened & Cameron fell on his sword. The whole referendum story is covered very well by The Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman in his book "All Out War" which I highly recommend & his followup book on Brexit which covers up to & including her 2017 GE "Fall OUt" which I've got but haven't read yet. The positioning of the electorate on a Gaussian curve mean't the all the 3 main parties were chasing the the same left of centre votes as described in detail in the link below:

This mean't that with Farage leaving UKIP had the right vote to themselves, but they have stupidly repositioned themselves as a far right party & invited the EDL to join their party. This means they have now positioned themselves as the far right of the curve which has a very low glass ceiling, so they will always be a minor kook right party. May, Corbyn & their MPs betrayal of Brexit has created a level of voter anger I never seen before in this country, even the poll tax caused no where near as much. The centre right was vacant again at Farage made a very good speech at the Leave Means Leave Parliament Square protest on how he was reentering politics, where Brexi had been betrayed & he was going to put the fear of god up the current MPs with his political revolution, with a new centre-right party which was finally launched last week very successfully with conferences & videos of the events. Since The Brexit Party website went live 3 weeks or so a go 100k+ have registered an interest, including me, & they have raised of 750k in small donation of up to 500. Farage told us he had put a bet of 1000 at 3-1 that he wins the 23rd May Euro elections with the most votes. After the launch last weekend they polled at 15% & UKIP at 14%. Today the latest YouGov poll gave us these voting intentions:

BREX: 27%
LAB: 22%
CON: 15%
GRN: 10% (TB Party) :P
LDEM: 9%
UKIP: 7%
CHUK: 6% (shorely this party of Allen & Sozzbry has missed a C out 'CHUCK') ;D

I wouldn't be surprised to see BREX top 30% before 23rd May. So the UK political realignment begins & although you can never right off our most successful party The Tories, I'm not convinced they will react in time to become a minor party at best & extinct at worst. I think Cameron's boosting of CCHQ power over local associations, where they parachuted in approved lists of candidates over local selection has been a disaster, where this is where many of the left-wing progressive, wet, remain candidates that have caused so many problems have come from. They are currently mooting Hammond or Rudderless as uniting PMs or a Boris/Rudd dream ticket, but before they can even think of this, they have got to break the Limpet like grip of that waste of good oxygen, PM May has on this office.

What is certain the 2 incumbent CON/LAB party grip on the UK political scene for the last 100 years is now over & we are entering a new era. May's threat of vote for us is now meaningless, because there is The Brexit Party alternative & where many, after Mays Brexit talks, now view Corbyn as May's deputy PM. :-[

This important Pacific battle is overshadowed by the Battles of Midway & Coral Sea, but was an important airborne battle & allied victory which eased the threat of a Japanese invasion of Australia. :y

General Discussion Area / New Dewalt cordless drill
« on: 12 April 2019, 04:13:48 »
A chippie friend emigrated to Australia about 12 years a go & i bought off him his power tools at a good price. The outstanding purchase was a high end cordless Dewalt drill, with it's all metal precision chuck, added to it's small profile mega power. but the Ni-Cad batteries have now expired, so I decided it has time to upgrade to a better Dewalt cordless. Now bought off ebay at a good price their 3-speed all metal DCD996 with case, fast charger (which is fan cooled noisy) & 2 5AH batteries for 260.

I will let you know how I get on over the next few weeks where Ive got many masonry drilling jobs on the house to do.

Various tin tent accessories for those that must & so they are of interest. :-X

Caravaners, tortoises a snails all carry their house around on their back. Scratch chin, hmm what else do they have in common? I'm sure Captain Slow the caravan man, can help here? ::)

General Discussion Area / A very easy mistake to make....
« on: 25 March 2019, 15:11:29 »
...accidently flying to Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf. I'm not talking about a confused passenger here but the regular London City to Dusseldorf BA flight. :-[ :-[ :-[ :o :o :o ;D ;D ;D

Very interesting article from an F1 Aero. designer on Mercedes v Ferrari different 2019 front wing & barge board philosophy and which is likely to produce the stronger more upgradable car over the season.

General Discussion Area / Bad news for those with webbed feet.
« on: 07 March 2019, 15:22:57 »
Where using a new technique they have been able to construct the long term temperature trends for Greenland, it looks like it is not going to be melting any time soon. :y :y :y The hottest decade was 7960 years a go and since then there has been an average drop of 0.19oC / 1000 years.

General Car Chat / Earnie...
« on: 06 March 2019, 12:52:26 »
...and he drives the fastest milk float in the west!

General Discussion Area / Repair or replace
« on: 19 February 2019, 00:23:47 »
We've got an old Indesit washing machine with has been very reliable but with very noisy drum bearings which I've left as a pending job but now can't be put it off any longer ans it shed the belt through slackness at the weekend. Reading up on changing them the advice is to do them sooner rather than later as the earlier they are done, the easier the bearings are to remove. :-[ :-[ :-[ Has anybody done this job and how difficult is the removal of the inner & outer bearings and seal?

The alternative is to get a new washing machine, but knowing several people that have only got a couple of years out of them before they were uneconomical to repair there is a reluctance to go this route, where drums are a complete 150-200 replacement assembly where the outer plastic is now glued together rather the two halves bolted together, with a gasket, like on mine.  :(

Everything else on the machine works fine.

General Discussion Area / Visual Snow
« on: 31 January 2019, 18:45:59 »
I have had this for about 4 months now since my last round of uveitis. It is like having the white noise from a TV with no signal superimposed on to your eyesight and varies from day to day on how bad it is. On bad days like yesterday it makes reading noticeably more difficult and on days like today it is there but not so noticable. It is classed as a rare condition, so does anybody else on here suffer from it?

It is linked to tinnitus which I suffer from and also migraines where I do occasionally get zigzag visual migraines.

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