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General Discussion Area / Re: How long . . . . . ?
« on: Today at 00:09:55 »
Yep there are old codgers out there who have smoked 60 a day all their life and are still hale and hearty in their 90's!  :y

And then there are the fitness fanatics who drop dead in their 40's!  :-\

There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that after skydiving without a parachute while playing Russian Roulette, smoking is the biggest single risk to life. I know so many smokers who kicked it as a direct result of smoking related disease and conditions.

My sister went last year. Lung cancer. Some years ago I tackled her about her smoking. She was adamant that she was not going to give up "her only pleasure in life". She certainly didn't think that way on her death bed bloated with steroids, zapped with painkillers after chemo and radiotherapy, with tubes in every orifice. A truly miserable death. My brother in law, not very much different died this year.

Rant over . . .

My Nan when I was a child described how her brother died from lung cancer & made me promise not to smoke, so I never have. Both my brothers and sister did, my brothers stopped in middle age but my sister still does and is in poor health, struggling to walk any distance slowly.

Two of my heavy roll-up smoking neighbours died prematurely at 53 and 71. Conversely my great uncle like virtually WWI veterans smoked cigarettes and the cigars and lived until he was 98. The last two winters have had bad flu outbreaks and virtually useless flu vaccinations where they targeted the wrong ones and protect against fewer strains in the UK compared to most western countries.

If you are in an at risk category or over 65 the baterial pneumonia vaccination is work having as it is a major killer with about 10% of people who contract it dying and it is a have once protected for life vaccine. I had it last spring where I'm diabetic.

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General Discussion Area / Re: gremlins
« on: Yesterday at 18:41:14 »
Please be assured that as a poor Nigerian, I will spend the money that used to be in your bank account having much more fun than you would have done. :P :P :P

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General Discussion Area / Re: Broken Smartphone Screen
« on: Yesterday at 18:36:30 »
a) go to Central Milton Keynes,

Has the advantage that you can visit Yo Sushi at the same time.

Well .. I consider that an advantage, anyway ;D
I would rather shag Opti's avatar than eat anything that came from the sea.

Did I mention, I've pissed and shat in the sea?

Birds & rats will have done that with your fruit & vegetables & I won't mention all the extra yummy fecal filling added to the burgers, sausages and other processed meat as they are blasted off the animal's bones. You can't beat minced sphincter & scrotal meat for all those 'extra' flavours. :o :-[ :-X ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Only in Ireland
« on: Yesterday at 18:24:09 »
In other words a joint press announcement by NI MOT centres and a German car manufacturer would be along the lines: "NI MOT standards are proud of their record of attracting sponsorship & partnership with a major German car manufacturer & their joint development of robust diesel emissions standards & testing procedures." ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)

PS: Our non-meter testing has nothing to do with most NI diesels running on fuel containing a red dye. :-X :-X :-X

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Day after day Theresa May's handling of #Brexit shows that she is incapable of managing her government & party. Virtually all the mismanagement of policy, projects, people & teams she has excelled at. :( Being 'a bloody awkward person' is the embodiment of all of the these problems & why she must go.

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General Discussion Area / Re: London Bridge
« on: 23 September 2018, 14:48:23 »
Good interesting read. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Rob Delaney
« on: 23 September 2018, 01:05:02 »
If you've had the sad death of a baby or young child, the daily thoughts & the totally unfair statistical sh*tter of fate, never leaves you. :'(

FME it is always a raw sore for the long life like me, they never have had and they never will. RIP Symon you lost the race of the clock of time in this world but you will never be forgotten. :'(

He would of been 10 on the 28th of November this year. :'(

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General Discussion Area / Re: Broken Smartphone Screen
« on: 23 September 2018, 00:30:58 »
If you are doing it yourself, get a good set of tools for the small screws, screen puller and other useful things like tweezers, connector plastic spatula etc and watch several youtube videos. For multiple connectors make a careful note of the connector order and make sure that the screen reassemble order is setup correctly.

If the glass has to be separated from the screen & touch sensor where they are glued/screwed together, the tape with supplied with the Chinese pattern part will be a poor substitute, which is why I prefer to use a slightly more expensive complete screen assembly.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Mrs May's speech Friday afternoon
« on: 23 September 2018, 00:11:40 »
May as a remainer  . . . .


Her defiance  . . . . is that Chequers is as dead as a Norwegian Blue parrot. Personally I find it embarrassing that out of 30m+ working adults in this country this waste of oxygen has somehow become our PM. :-[ >:(
 

. . . . . . . . door of number 10 doesn't hit her butt on the way out.

An insightful and carefully considered response.

BUT, I have one major issue and question . . . . . did they ever have blue parrots in Norway ?



And meanwhile Comrade Corbyn still keeps fairly quiet. Quietly wanting Brexit to go ahead as it suits his hard left agenda, but ready and poised for some good 'ol finger pointing for anything that goes wrong.

Me adding a bit of subtle parody from the Monty Python dead parrot sketch. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Mrs May's speech Friday afternoon
« on: 22 September 2018, 22:25:30 »
May as a remainer wants her Chequers BRINO, so does he main adviser EU fanatic red Olly Robbins. >:(

May gets no sympathy from me as all she has shown is her total and utter incompetence & created another total political failure to add to her very long list. What put May's & Robbins nose out of joint is that David Davis & Michel Banier have got on with a deal & were well on the way to having a Canada+++ FTA deal sorted. The fact she went over David Davis head (making his and most of his Brexit department position untenable along with our Foreign Secretary so they resigned) with her own/Robins useless plan where the former head of GATT (predecessor to WTO) said the Chequers plan was ill conceived, vague & showed the authors have no understanding of how world trade works tells you all you need to know. :-[

Where Michel Banier said no to Chequers, May then had a series of summer meetings with several heads of major EU states to undermine his position hoping he would be overruled. When May's Salzburg plan was given before she went there, comments was made that she will come back with nothing, well not quite nothing, she did get a red-faced photo op. with Donald Tusk & a slice of non-cherry cake. ;D The EU leaders have treated May rather badly showing with what I took as their total contempt for May our fu*kwit PM and her duplicitous shenanigans, by not letting David Davis & Michel Banier do their jobs. A no deal will work but a Canada+++ FTA is in both the UK's & EU's interest, where the EU will keep their 100bn trade surplus where a big chunk of that is on exports of cars & agricultural products to the UK and attract high tariffs under WTO rules. The fact that both sides start with the same regularity framework & rules where we are an EU member makes this an easier deal for both sides compared to the Canada/EU negotiations.

Her defiance with her speech, saying her Chequers way or no-way shows how politically inept and out of her depth she is. One thing that unites are parties including Leavers & Remainers is that Chequers is as dead as a Norwegian Blue parrot. Personally I find it embarrassing that out of 30m+ working adults in this country this waste of oxygen has somehow become our PM. :-[ >:(

May & CCHQ have banished the word Chequers for all fringe meeting titles at the Tory party conference in a few weeks time. May intends to use it as a platform to launch her 2022 reelection campaign. Tory MPs will probably let her survive until 29th March 2019 so she then fully owns the Brexit shambles & then 48+ letters will go into the 1922 committee and the door of number 10 doesn't hit her butt on the way out.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Investment question.
« on: 22 September 2018, 21:06:35 »
Where we are getting towards the end of a much longer than average economic cycle, plus the current geopolitical/economic uncertainties of Brexit, US/China trade war and growing global political instability cash is king. The other reason I would look at having quickly accessible cash in that timeframe is within the 2022 general election and the black shadow of the Tories delivering a Corbyn government.

Savings rates are low, so you will do well to cover the capital loss through inflation but at least you will keep your capital in these uncertain times. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Novichok claims first UK victim
« on: 20 September 2018, 20:25:06 »
Not a problem when it comes to sources as I do the same and won't repeat things that are just gossip. Occasionally, I will cite things like the Christopher Steele dossier, but much of that has now been substantiated as they are considered reliable sources. The same applies to most ex-spooks as they are by nature cautious with what they report as they put their professional reputations on the line and are consistently right. The same applies to academic sources.

I like referencing and using charts with a good example being a recent report on Cat 3 and above hurricanes that reach landfall on the US East coast from 1900-2017 from the Americam Meteorological Society, which shows there were many more in the early 20th century compared to now.

https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0184.1

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General Discussion Area / Re: Root and Branch rail review
« on: 20 September 2018, 19:57:39 »
If you look at French SNCF debt it has been eye watering at times and the French government keeps writing off big chunks of it with Macron writing off another 37bn. :o Spain have had massive infrastructure subsidies from the EU which has included their roads, railways and regional airports.

We are a net contributor to the EU to the tune of 13bn per year. Hopefully with a Canada+++ or no deal this will stop in March 2019 and can be used in the UK with some of it spent on infrastructure. :y What must be remembered under Liebour recent 13 years, virtually all instructure investment stopped. What Gordon McRuin called 'investment in public services' was nothing of the sort as most of it went on increased running costs through excessive wage rises, increased staff numbers with a considerable increase in non-jobs and indirect subsidies to their union bosses like common purpose courses, full time union reps. paid out of public funds etc., etc. What little infrastructure improvements that were made were through incredibly bad value PFI borrowing schemes, which we are still paying eye watering amounts for. :(

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General Discussion Area / Re: Novichok claims first UK victim
« on: 20 September 2018, 19:15:08 »
Publically available data investigative UK company Bellingcat report on what they have found out so far on the Russian 'tourists' GRU officers is interesting and also shows how sloppy their tradecraft is at times. It is going to be interesting on what else they manage to find out as their MH17 report shows, it was considerable. :y

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/09/20/skripal-suspects-confirmed-gru-operatives-prior-european-operations-disclosed/

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