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  1. Its an American stupidity issue without a solution, sadly. Let's not forget nearly half of them voted for Trumpy who was clearly a couple of pallets short of a full load - oh yes and its the Republicans that love the crazy lack of firearms legislation.
  2. Working for a Texan company, my US colleagues tell me that shootings are so common that most events don't even make the news these days.
  3. Going back to the start of the thread and the threats.... I suspect that the Brussels EU contingent are fearful that the UK being outside of the trading bloc and still doing OK might encourage other countries to consider doing the same - turkeys don't vote for Christmas do they?
  4. Was about £14k from memory, which included all new UVPC windows. We had seriously looked at replacing the entire structure with a conventional building and had a couple of quotes in the region of £25k+, so this wasn't a hard decision to make. The disassembly of the old conservatory and the construction of the new took about two weeks.
  5. Been there - had the same issue, south facing garden, was a furnace in the summer and a freezer in the winter, kept the dwarf walls and base and changed everything else. Ours is a Guardian https://www.guardianroofsuk.co.uk/guardian-roofs/ And inside it looks like this: The roof is actually an aluminium space frame, the tiles are also coated aluminium items too, inside is heavily insulated, plaster-boarded and plastered. Cool in the summer, warm in the winter so use it all the year round now.
  6. Ants love warm south facing lawns - like mine, they don't like rotary lawn mowers quite so much though🙄
  7. It's very hard to justify this cost of these things - there is no justification at all. My father, who sadly died in his mid 50s some 35 years ago , was a nuclear physicist specialising in metallurgy at Harwell - then the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, south of Oxford. I can recall him saying that these kinds of tools set out to redefine our understanding of the basic building blocks of physics and that means everything around us - and ourselves at an atomic particle level. That eternal question we start off with as children 'but why?'. Sometimes the human race makes enormous leaps in the use of technology because our understanding of something is suddenly massively enhanced. Back when I was a lad in the 1960s I can remember going into Harwell on an open day and seeing a laser for the first time - they were demonstrating using one to cut a steel plate. The truth was that it was literally a 'solution looking for a problem' which at the time was all it was - a techno novelty. Roll forward 20 years or so and the compact disc (CD) appeared, CD's are read using a laser beam - our understanding had evolved.
  8. Mmmm kind of think Toxo's original post was a bit of a ramble without reason attached. The NHS, as originally conceived in 1948, functioned in a far simpler world than the one we have today. Huge strides in technology from diagnosis capabilities, through surgical techniques to advanced drug therapies - all of which costs money, the bleeding edge of everything in life is expensive. The NHS is an absolute no-win situation, the medical technologies have improved vastly since 1948 so we live longer, or can be kept alive where previously we would long since died, as the tech advances the life expectancy also increases along with the costs - repeat and repeat again. We are fortunate that we can retire here in UK and get healthcare, funded by the tax payer until we die. If you look to the USA people get health cover as part of their jobs - when they retire it stops hence finding so many elderly people in the workforce over there. My brother has just retired at 63 over in Arizona - health insurance is $25,000 per annum for himself and his wife.
  9. I was contacted recently in a private message on another site regarding an investment opportunity in crypto currency ..instantly wary because a big chunk of the day job is wrapped around internet security I played along and investigated the wild claims of stellar interest rates (was too good to be true). In seeking answers I came across this web site: Globalantiscam.org It's worth a read just too see how elaborate some of the scams are.
  10. You would not normally expect to lose your job over a fixed penalty offence - unless you'd told the nation repeatedly, on live television, not to do something that would be enforced by the rule of law and then promptly gone and broken the law yourself. So we can deduce: 1) Boris and team have no moral integrity 2) Are clearly stupid 3) And, sadly, think the rest of the nation, i.e. us lot; simply don't exist.
  11. Was with a very senior serving army officer at a funeral last week, his insight into the Russian side was interesting, there is much evidence of widespread corruption - tanks with active armour that are actually blocks of wood for example.
  12. Install Adblock Plus - they only advert I see is a Browning Maxus one at the top of the page - and that's it.
  13. Cookies are used for all sorts of different purposes, purge them all and you'll find all your user names and passwords need re-entering, others are used to track your progress around a web site, every link you press is recorded. Have you ever noticed that'll you'll search for something to buy and then a day or two later you'll start seeing adverts for similar products? That's cookies in action. Solution: 1) Browse privately - on a PC right-click the web browser icon and choose it's private option (in MS Edge its 'New In Private Window), most of the cookie features are disabled by default. On a mobile device it will be located under some dots, top right corner of the web browser - usually.
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