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General Discussion Area / Have you had Covid 19?
« on: 11 May 2020, 11:20:14 »
I have polled might have. My brother had a dry cough for weeks in Feb/March. When I arrived early March my dad had dry cough for three weeks. I picked it up presumably from him and mine also ran three weeks. Worse at night. Midway through we got thick catarrh and pounding head and temperature. Felt rubbish for ages. How do you know without testing. 

General Discussion Area / Masks
« on: 23 April 2020, 10:08:51 »

I see our UK government advisers say you don't need to wear masks in public. They won't stop you getting it but might prevent you giving it. Guided by the science? Or guided by there aren't any masks?

Same day Germany announces plans to make face masks compulsary across the country. Austria has face masks must be worn in shops. People have been wearing masks for some weeks in Spain with each household being issued by the local town hall.

Who knows?

Anyway a true story. A well dressed couple recently left Scarborough Tesco and took off their masks and gloves and threw them away. The Gardener challenged them with "who is going to pick those up?" They picked them up and put them in the bin. 

General Discussion Area / Panic Buying
« on: 22 March 2020, 12:45:24 »
There seems to be no let up.

Raises a lot of questions for me. E.g. where on earth are they putting it all? Especially the frozen foods?

By now , I was expecting the situation to ease but  no it continues. Is this latecomers to the game panic buying because their neighbours did last week? Surely soon it will normalise?

General Car Chat / Disposing of a 17 plate Ford Fiesta
« on: 20 March 2020, 19:23:47 »
Looking for some advice please on obtaining a reasonable price for my Dads car when this "CV19 crisis" is finished. His driving days have ended.

Good points.

17 plate Fiesta
No hurry as I shall be using it for some time
Nice paint colour
Interior fine
Nice highish spec
only less than 12000 miles
New recent clutch
not buying anything else

Bad points
some bodywork damage to passenger side and rear end from parking encounters.

How would you determine the price to not go below?
Best medium for advertising such a vehicle?

General Discussion Area / Phone scams
« on: 19 March 2020, 14:32:42 »
Fortunately my dad can’t hear the phone. Gosh what a lot of scammers out there.

In the last 24 hours we have had:

Two calls that failed on answer to be allocated  someone  at heir call centre.

One from “ you house is on the register as having been insulated. We have found a problem with damp as a result”

One from  “BT” .  Automated. “ We see you have been having problems with the internet press 1 if , press 2 if........”

One from  “ you qualify for a free replacement boiler  under some scheme or other”

Anyone else plagued with them?

General Discussion Area / Bank Accounts
« on: 17 March 2020, 00:14:27 »
Here is one to maybe get the conspiracy theorists going.

Governments are going to be cash strapped very soon from baling out failing airlines and a host of other worthies. No tax revenues coming in so where will the money come from.?

One answer is your bank account if it has more than £ 8320 in it.. the frozen account would have course be re instated at a future  very distant date  after  the economies get going again.

The precedent has been set with I think Cyprus during the banking crisis. Might be time to stuff biscuit tins.

General Discussion Area / The Internet
« on: 16 March 2020, 22:50:30 »
Is it robust?

How long before it fails. The whole of Europe is whatsupping, video calling, netflicking, porn hubbing as well as “working from home”.

Cant go out and no internet! How would people manage  ;D

General Discussion Area / The Budget
« on: 11 March 2020, 23:24:18 »
Wow that is a big money tree!

The forecast for the National Debt is shocking at 2 trillion.

General Car Chat / Carista OBD adaptor
« on: 01 March 2020, 11:56:38 »
Anybody use one of these on their car? I bet Tunnie has one!

Handy for resetting service intervals or disabling stop start.

General Discussion Area / Corona virus Europe
« on: 24 February 2020, 11:03:47 »
Anyone still thinking it is all going to pass over and nothing to worry about?

I wonder how many folks foreign holiday trips will be hit come this summer.

General Discussion Area / Flood defences
« on: 15 February 2020, 16:55:16 »
Just a thought, why isn't the government spending money on permanent measures.

The initial cost would be far less than the misery and clear up costs and insurance claims.

General Discussion Area / Moseley swimming baths
« on: 12 February 2020, 17:43:24 »

Lovely to see these restored.  I worked in Birmingham around 35 years ago and a group of us used to go at dinnertime.

Anyone else been there?

General Discussion Area / Irish election results.
« on: 10 February 2020, 11:33:02 »
Interesting developments.

Initially I thought things might get awkward for Boris Johnson but then I still think he is expecting a no deal in trade talks with the EU(all 27 have to agree), hence why he put an end date on negotiations. There could still be negotiations later when all sides realise what issues a no trade deal will actually create for Germany, Netherlands and France.

How likely is a Border poll ? 

First call for MigV6 to come to the forum!!

General Car Chat / Car in Pale Horse
« on: 09 February 2020, 22:02:02 »
Anyone know model of car Easterbrook is driving in this series please?

General Car Chat / Autonomous cars
« on: 06 February 2020, 18:47:29 »
I see one did a journey of around 230 miles in UK the other day without manual intervention other than charging hook up half way. Mix of roads including motorway. Clearly progress is being made and room for more to come.

The question I would ask is how does an autonomous car deal with those situations that are difficult? One springs to mind. There is a dual and three lane roundabout near us that is really big and busy. The only way on is to expertly judge a way in and sometimes hope for a person not to hit you. I am sure everyone knows of a similar roundabout.  An autonomous car waiting for a safe entry might create a huge tail back. On the plus side a god mix of autonomous cars might slow the racers on such roundabouts.

The other scenario is does it adjust its speed to the prevailing conditions or gaily do just below the legal limit. I am thinking those scenarios where 10 mph is fast on packed snow or thick fog.

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