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  1. Vodaphone Broadband

    Firstly, I'm glad you have it resolved - and hope it stays so. Secondly, the actual engineers, when you eventually get one to your site are (in my experience anyway) always very helpful and keen to get things fixed properly (I speak as a retired engineer!).
  2. Vodaphone Broadband

    I am with BT, and a couple of years ago I had a problem, poor broadband speed (was on ASDL not 'Infinity' then) and phone playing up (incoming calls only giving one ring, noisy line). It came and went - being bad in poor weather. Fault reporting was useless (they couldn't fina a fault remotely) - and after a great trial of patience from me in dealing with their call centre, they eventually sent an engineer (Openreach). He arrived on time and was excellent and soon spotted cable insulation where it came down the outside of the house was cracked and letting water in. This meant that when dried out in the sun, all was well, but when wet, it caused a partial short circuit and a 'rectified loop' (which was causing the single bell rings). Cherry picker summoned straight away and whole cable replaced back to the pole same day. Been good ever since. I know people have lots of problems with BT and Openreach, but once I got through the initial 'firewall' at the call centre, they were very good in my case.
  3. Vodaphone Broadband

    EE is owned by BT anyway. https://ee.co.uk/help/ee-is-now-part-of-bt
  4. Vodaphone Broadband

    There are two restrictions to speed (bandwidth) on wired/fibre systems; Infrastructure. Unless you live in a 'fibre to the home' connected area, you will probably get a 'fibre to the cabinet' system, with a copper 'old style' phone wire from the cabinet to your house. This is supplied in almost all cases by 'Openreach', a BT subsidiary who own the cables, cabinets, fibres etc. If you are close (low 100 yards) to the 'cabinet', you may get approaching 100 MB, but as the distance from the cabinet increases, the speed you can get will reduce. If you are a long way from the cabinet, even low !0s of MB may be optimistic. Some (few now) may not even have access to 'fibre to the cabinet', being dependant on a copper wire all the way back to the exchange. This will be slower still. The Provider. If you are fibre to the home, you can get lightning fast speeds, but understandably, faster speed packages cost more. For the majority on 'fibre to the cabinet', the speed may be limited by the system, or the provider may (on some packages) restrict it further. This enables them to 'share' bandwidth, and so offer lower cost. No provider can deliver a real speed faster than the infrastructure can support, so unless you have 'fibre to the home', that will limit what any provider can actually supply. Unfortunately, it doesn't stop them offering "up to xxxMB" deals that can never deliver anywhere near the quoted limit. I have no experience of wireless (i.e. radio/satellite) based systems.
  5. Side by Side Club

    An AyA No 1 is my 'go to' gun and I use it weekly for a few clays and more often 'in season'. Mine is about the same age as yours (1977) and has been fitted to me (minor changes and increased cast) and I think is either 1/4 and 1/2, or IC and 1/4. I can never remember and it isn't important. Mechanically they are almost exactly like a No 2, but have more expensive barrel steel that (in theory anyway) allows the wall thickness to be a little thinner for lighter barrel weight and livelier handling. No 1 is also hand engraved whereas (certainly more recent) No 2s are I understand 'roll engraved'. I have had new firing pins (one was broken and the other 'looked' cracked), so both were done.
  6. Question time

    Other idiots; we are surrounded by them.
  7. Curlews

    Today (21st April) is "World Curlew Day" There was an article this morning on Radio 4 about Curlews and how they have experience a big drop in the numbers of breeding pairs right across Ireland, Wales and southern England. The lady (Mary Colwell) being interviewed had done much research and seemed very 'sensible'. She has written a book (Curlew Moon) about her travels observing Curlews. The Curlew is having a hard time because of reduction in habitat (especially in Ireland) and an increase in predators, particularly foxes and crows elsewhere. Two of 13 species may already have become extinct. The suggested measures to protect the Curlews included predator control, but there was doubt cast as to whether in the present climate, fox control was 'acceptable'. Apparently the UK has the highest density of foxes anywhere. Nice to hear a conservationist with some common sense on the need to take predator control seriously in order to protect the species more vulnerable to habitat loss (which of course is a much 'longer term' and harder issue, but is being tackled to some extent by various conservation bodies). It is sad for me as I remember when I was young, Curlews always used to nest in the river meadows my father then owned - and he used to (try to) keep all dog walkers out (we were banned from walking our own dogs there as well!) when the Curlews were breeding. Since it was sold, the new owners are also very conservation minded, but I haven't seen Curlews there for a few years now.
  8. Rusty knife

    Fertiliser will corrode almost anything.
  9. Side by Side Club

    I think to be honest, the pictures flatter it a bit. The engraving is well executed, but relatively light on coverage, one hammer is non original (though a good match) and re chequering/refinishing wood has left the metal slightly proud in places. The sleeved tubes could also have been 'struck down' a bit more, though the upside of that is that it has plenty of wall thickness to resist dents! At probably 140 years (ish), it has had a few ups and downs in life. Overall, it is a nice honest gun that was not expensive when I got it 30+ years ago, fits me pretty well, and is very usable.
  10. Side by Side Club

    You do find hammerless Powells with this mechanism, and of course the Horsley has a another ambidextrous system - and all of the 'push forward' underlevers (Woodward, Lang, thumbhole Purdey, Murcott's 'mousetrap' etc) are ambidextrous, as is the 'pull up' Darne, though that has a side safety to upset the cack handed.
  11. Packing in the Fags.

    I was like this for some time, but gave up totally about 10 or 15 years ago now.
  12. Side by Side Club

    Your wish is my command;
  13. Question time

    Emily Thornbury (also known under her married name, Lady Emily Nugee) is a rather typical 'Champagne socialist', being in the wealthy 'Islington set'. She sent her children to semi selective schools, despite opposing them and has posted some derogatory comment about "white van man". As you rightly say, she does love her own voice.
  14. Side by Side Club

    Hammer Powell, made 1871
  15. Side by Side Club

    I don't have any pictures on my computer, but will try and get one tomorrow; It is a W & C Scott made gun, about 1880, Jones underlever and back action rebounding locks. It has obviously had 'a life' as it is sleeved (30" barrels), and one hammer is a replacement. I bought it quite cheaply about 30 years ago. Carries (still just visible) the London address on the rib. Shot with it last weekend!