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Doc Holliday

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    Rock Climbing/bouldering, running swimming, cross fit, British Military Fitness, Kayaking, kite boarding (although haven't done it for a couple of years now), photography, the allotment, solving problems.. think that's about it. Well it will do for now.

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  1. Doc Holliday

    Problems with Neighbours (again)

    Can anyone give me any advice on how we can deal with our neighbours. In our part of the road there are 5 houses (3 terraced and 2 semi's). The main instigator is the old girl (in her 70's) who lives in the terraced closest to us. I'm not entirely sure what her problem is as she doesn't talk to us. In the past, she went through phases of talking and then not talking to the point where I just couldn't be bothered. She now seems to have the ear of everyone else, or has had for some time, and everyone blanks us, which is fine as we keep ourselves to ourselves, but just for the record we did try to be neighbourly with folk, trying to help out where possible and saying hello and the likes. I know she's spreading gossip but I just can't find out the finer details as now other 'neighbours' (ones from over the back) also blank us. What has prompted this post now was something that happened yesterday. Mrs H had a visit from the RSPCA. Someone had reported us for trying to poison cats in the road. The fact of the matter is that we put out some raw Huss for the foxes. There are three of them that live over the way and they regularly do the rounds. We bought the Huss from a shop down on the South Coast and it wasn't very nice and so, over the past few weeks, had put it out on a strip of grass opposite from the house as we retired for the night so there was no chance of someone's dog picking it up (we are generally the last to bed up our way) but Sunday morning I got up and saw it hadn't been taken. Between me getting up, emptying my bladder and going out to clear it up (about 0730) it had gone and thought maybe the fox had finally been, as we see them sometimes. I'm not overly bothered by the gossip and backstabbing as we don't have anything to do with them and think it all childish but Mrs H is getting miffed by it all. I said I would look in to it and so turn to you guys.
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    Charging a business for not cancelling

    Just wondered if there is any recourse to charge a business for not cancelling a pre-booked appointment in good time? The background - I booked my van in for a service a couple of weeks back to be done today. Arrived punctually at 0900 as asked only to be told it's nit happening. The reason - the technician who was booked to do it lefr on Saturday and took all his tools with him and the one on duty didn't have the tools to do it. Now, I'm a fairly easy going bloke in general but if they knew on Saturday that the person booked in to do work was leaving thrn why the hell couldn't they have called me at any point until close of business yesterday ti let me know rather than let me turn up and then tell me? It would have allowed me to bring work forward and it wouldn't have been an issue for me apart from a small ball ache in getting it booked in elsewhere. As I am not able to do that now I have lost a day's inxome and intend to send them an invoice for it. To my mind, it is no dufferent to a business having a cancellation fee for when clients don't show or cancel at the last moment.
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    Survival tools

    What is it about taking a woman along? As if it wouldn't be hard enough trying to survive but you'd actually want someone pulling your best efforts to pieces to boot? Sorry guys, but remembering what May West said, "Show me a man who's not interested in sex and I'll show you a man who's just had some", I think I'll be quite happy going solo, in more ways that one. It's interesting to see that no-one has listed a water purification kit. I'd definitely have one of those. You can go longer without food than you can water and sod having dysentery for a laugh. Paracord,.for convenience. Decent quality Multi-tool with sharpener. Nordic style field Axe with sharpener. Stainless steel pot (double up as a makeshift spade/shovel).
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    Survival tools

    I'm going to narrow this down to your choice of 5. Guns or weaponry other than knives are not allowed. What would be your choice of 5? Just out of curiosity 😁
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    VW claim

    I think one the main issues is that the admission of the false emissions affects the resale value of the vehicle.
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    VW claim

    Is anyone pursuing a claim against VW for the emmissions do-dah? A client asked me if I was claiming and I told them I wasn't, due to not really having looked in to it. He told me I most likely did qualify and he checked for me as we spoke. Turns out he was right. Further investigation turned up the usual plethora of law firms offering their services if you signed up with them. The only thing was they offered different sums. One was suggesting a figure of £2500 whilst another was saying £8500. The latter is not chicken feed and could probably go towards my PPL.
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    One for the Pilots - LAPL or PPL(M)?

    Interesting replies from the experienced pilots. Thank you.
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    One for the Pilots - LAPL or PPL(M)?

    During my recent annual break I decided to have a go at conquering a long standing issue I've had with flying. I'm not scared of flying, per se, but more a fer of something going wrong during the flight. Daft, I know, but hey-ho! I know flying is statistically safer than driving and I have no real reason for this anxiety other than it's a frame of mind I seem to have created without due cause. That aside, I decided to grab it by the balls and tackle it head on and went up in a 4 seater Piper Archer II with Mrs H under the most excellent wing (no pun intended) of our pilot, Malcolm. Malcolm is a member of Lydd Aero Club and we had called in the previous month to look in to having a flight experience. Malcolm detailed about how he usually conducts a flight for nervous/anxious fliers and he instilled a great deal of confidence in me, to the point where I felt totally comfortable going up with him. Now, it's important to say that he is not an instructor but is a pilot of a experience. Once up in the air he offered me the controls (after once refusing his offer) and we did a few manoeuvres so I got a better idea of how the plane responds to which actions and controls are applied. He was very patient and extremely accommodating and, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I will be looking to have a few flights with Malcolm so I can get a better understanding of what goes on. I have also looked in to taking it further with the possibility of going for either LAPL(A) or PPL(M) (Flights with Rosie offer this in an Ikarus C42 which is classed as an Ultralight Aircraft but has the look and feel of a Cessna or Piper type aircraft). I know the LAPL(A) is a stripped down version of the PPL(A) but I am unsure whether the PPL(M) is an even more stripped version of the LAPL(A) or whether it is a good alternative with the possibility of maybe upgrading should one be so inclined?
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    Possession and the law

    Just had a discussion with a colleague regarding the title. Can anyone shed light on this as to whether there is any truth in it and if it would actually stand up in a court of law.
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    System boiler questions

    Your best bet is to get an online quote from a company called Boxt. No one can touch them on their prices. I spoke to one of the guv'nors a few months back after a client got a quote from them, me and another company. It was for a commercial boiler and the prices were £4500.00 including VAT, £6500.00 plus VAT and £14,000.00 plus VAT respectively. My client still went with me after I knocked off £500 as he knows my work, and I was still making ok out of it. They guarantee the prices they give online and I wanted to know how they could do it so cheap and he told me they were out to corner the market in replacement boilers. I don't really have a problem with that as I can do other aspects of heating & plumbing, more on the technical side of things, which I prefer. He said they use guys from up North and pay them £400 for a regular boiler swap of £800 for a conventional to combi conversion, and they get that regardless of how long the job takes. They are in partnership with Bosch so tend to use Worcester boilers (apparently) and includes filter, flushing, signing off, etc. I thought about getting them in to do any replacements for me directly but they don't want to get involved with that. I don't know what their backup service is like and it was that which concerned my client as to how long he'd have to wait for them to turn up if it went AWOL.
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    One for the Aerial engineers

    The vertical one is shown from both my house and from the rear of the house with the aerials. Unfortunately, this is the best shot I can get of either. The other one runs at diagonal and is inclined. The guy who lives there thinks he's a bit of a 'Secret Squirrel' type and, before retiring, was apparently known to boast that in the event of WW3 breaking out a helicopter would land in the road to collect him. Mrs H was concerned that he may be listening in on those around him, mainly her I think, but I'm sure this isn't the case as I think he'd have some compassion or empathy for me for some of the stuff she talks to me about but he walks passed without so much as nod or a wink or a 'Kiss my backside!".
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    One for the Aerial engineers

    As per the title. I'm hoping someone will be able to shed some light on what these kind of aerials would be used for. There are 2 kinds here. One is fairly straight up (photographed from the rear also) and the other is at a diagonal angle. I thought there was another, like a cone shape with an antenna from memory but I think it may have been upgraded recently for the diagonal one. Hopefully the photos give enough info. If not then please PM me. aWill explain more later. Thanks in advance.
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    Neighbours dog

    Mods, I know this is about a dog but it's more.to do with the owners that's why this is in Off Topic and not Dogs. Next door have a West Highland terrier. You can count up on one hand the amount of times it goes out of the house but the issue is it doesn't stop barking when they leave it, and this dog can bark for hours. Unfortunately we don't get on with them, not through lack of trying but some people just aren't worth the emotional investment. I have seriously thought about reporting the dog to the RSPCA as it has a skin complaint that doesn't seem to be getting treatment but that's a seperate issue. I have already put a relatively polite note through the door on Christmas day last year as it was barking all afternoon and in to the evening. They didn't acknowledge it but things did seem to improve for a while but this summer it has got to the point where I could quite easily blow my top over it. Naturally, I'd like to try and be the better person but I'd like the PW Collective's advice on what would genuinely be the best next step. I did say to Mrs H that maybe another note saying that the dog clearly has seperation issues and it is not fair to leave it so long or for us to endure its incessant barking and that if they didn't address it then we'd have no option but to report it, adding that perhaps if they gave it a good walk and maybe one of those toys that dispenses treats to keep it occupied may help but she thinks I'm being provocative. I'd rather not be confrontational as things can get said in the heat of the moment and we have to live next door to each other. We don't even acknowledge each other since he came knocking at 10pm one night asking me to move my van as I was parked too close to his wife's car (wouldn't have been a problem if they park on their drive instead of the road). Needless to say I asked if he was taking the rise and he and his Missus stood out there trying to bawl me out but that's another story. Answers on a postcard please.
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    Windows 10 driver issues

    Is anyone else having a real problem with their drivers on windows 10? Things are running so slow at times it's like the old dial up days of internet. Other times the wifi just ain't having it, which is most often as it happens. My tech guy said 'Up date your drivers. It can be a pain and can take up to 24hours depending on how many you have to update, but usually around 8 - 10'. I've read accounts of people updating their drivers and it not resolving the issue. Ruddy Windows 10 being the ritualistic pain in the proverbial. When it works, it works really well but it really does have me pulling my hair out.
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    Environmental question....

    Has anyone else watched the 'Billions in Change' movie? I wasn't entirely sure if it was legit or wind up. I think it is legit looking at the website and they have some very good ideas, not to mention some very cool toys to play with.
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