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  1. 40 minutes ago, Vince Green said:

    Effectively, millions of families are genuinely better off not working than taking a rubbish job on a zero hours contract with rubbish pay, rubbish conditions and no long term security.

    My understanding (and I admit to not having researched this) was that Universal Credit should have ensured that you are never worse off by adding to your income from work.  My understanding was that you 'lose' 55p of Universal Credit for every £1 earned in work - and are thus 'better off' by working.   Data from here;  https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-your-earnings-affect-your-payments

    It is a complicated system, and one with which I am (thankfully) not familiar, so there may be cases where things are different.

  2. 2 minutes ago, Vince Green said:

    The problem lies in sorting out the real cases. Plus we have no incentive for the "lazy" civil service to query applications. If they get a pile on their desk and rubber stamp the whole lot they are done in an hour and can go back to their crossword or sake an extended lunch.

    If they have to start writing letter and querying things then it starts to look like lots of work.

    My cousin, now retired, worked for the (then) DHSS in Liverpool the whole of her working life. An interesting job, but they were not allowed to call anyone a liar even if they clearly were. So when people walked in wearing paint splattered overalls to sign on every week nothing was said. 

    Entirely agree - but I do think it is a problem that has to be tackled. 

    There is a culture now in some parts of society of "why work if you can be just as well off without working".  Personally (I'm retired now) for the vast majority of my working life, I enjoyed work, but I think I was lucky in working in some very well run small British businesses with some great people for most of my life.  The only part I didn't really enjoy was working for a major multi national (USA owned) employer. 

  3. 3 hours ago, Old farrier said:

    It’s total discrimination 

    the way it’s distributed why should a oap who’s paid in or a disability claiming ex servicemen who has given for the country get less than a person on befits 

    why should there be such disparity between groups of people 

    Because we have (and have had for a long time) a system that penalises the prudent saver, making him/her use his savings before helping, but favours the spender who has spent all he/she has had ......... even if the spending has been unwise/reckless.

    IF someone has savings - the Gov't will penalise you for it.  However, some of us (and I am one) were brought up to be cautious and "put a bit aside for a rainy day" as the saying went.  The state will do it's best to grab that.

    We have also traditionally ignored 'giving service' when it comes to financial support. 

  4. 53 minutes ago, Walker570 said:

    .... I see these fat tattooed needy queuing up at the post office counters and our growers are scrabbling to find someone to pick their produce.

    Why work if you can get paid for doing nothing?  As I have often said on here, benefits should be available (and reasonably generous) for;

    • The (genuinely) disabled (mental and physical)
    • The (genuinely) ill and injured
    • The elderly who have contributed all their lives
    • The victims of crime, accident, war widows etc. 
    • Those genuinely 'down on luck' and looking for work (i.e. redundant etc.)
    • Carers for others
    • Those who have been unable to contribute for reasons like long term illness, disability

    Benefits should be hard to get and subsistence level (or nil) for;

    • Those who choose to live of the hard work of others
    • Those who feign illness, disability, etc.
    • Those who have 'black economy' earnings from cash deals etc.
    • Those who live primarily from crime
    • Those who have never contributed - but are fit and able to do so

    I appreciate it is hard to sort out the wood from the trees here and the lists are far from exhaustive but it gives some idea of how I think quite a lot of people feel.

  5. My fairly large house with electric cooking, 2 freezers etc runs to about 3700 KWh per year.  So at say £0.35 per KWh, about £1300 per year. 

    If a system with batteries costs thick end of £20K, that gives me a 15 year payback time.  Reality is it will be longer because there will be some 'grid' power needed I expect, and some servicing/repair costs.  Do batteries last that long?  What would £20K give me in return elsewhere?

    In truth for my own situation, it is a non starter as I have trees causing shadow much of the year, would need listed buildings consent (unlikely to be given) and on a listed building, installation costs are likely to be higher.

  6. It has always been my understanding that guns with true cylinder were more subject to pattern variation with different cartridges, as any 'control' over the pattern is mainly from the cartridge construction and operation (e.g. pressure).  That may be either a good or bad thing .........

  7. 5 hours ago, Rim Fire said:

    A neighbor of mine sold her house with them on and the couple buying it was told they couldn't have a mortgage with them on the roof so she had a private company to take them off before they could sell 

    Interesting: My former neighbours fitted a large covering of panels (in fact "solar slates"), battery etc.  I know it was expensive.  I don't know what influence it had on the sale/sale price.  However, I spoke to the new neighbours about it very recently, and they are delighted as they run an electric car and the panels are now doing all of the car charging now we have the weather/summer sun.

  8. 27 minutes ago, Weihrauch17 said:

    Is the mining of all the precious metals green no and on top of that there will be nowhere near enough, the whole idea is a woke none starter.

    The BBC Programme "Sliced Bread" did an investigation and found that roughly 6.7 tons of carbon is used to produce a new small petrol car - against 12 tons for an equivalent sized EV, mainly due to the battery.


  9. 18 minutes ago, discobob said:

    there was a line of thought that reckoned that he was killed by arsenic poisoning by the paint in the villa that he was exiled to - as when his body was exhumed years later it was perfectly preserved.

    I saw that on Blue Peter when I was a lad - it's amazing what sticks with you over the time. 

    General consensus now is stomach cancer

    You are thinking of Napoleon who was exiled to the island of Saint Helena off the coast of Africa. 

    Nelson was killed by a musket ball at Trafalgar on 21st October 1805.

  10. 2 minutes ago, Jaggsy said:

    Thanks for this...it was about £25 in Waitrose, the one in the nice wooden box.

    If I was you, I'd drink on a suitable occasion.  I would guess it won't have come to much harm, but if you do hold on to it for longer, put it in the house where the temperature is more stable.  Frequent and large temperature swings are not going to improve it.

  11. 2 minutes ago, Jaggsy said:

    Does port go off... i've had a couple of bottles in my truck for over a year and obviously they've gone from pretty cold to pretty warm, can they still be drank (drunk)?


    It certainly won't have done them any good, but equally - they won't suddenly have become poisonous or something! 

    Basically - 'ordinary' port (ruby, tawny etc.) keeps reasonably in bottle (months, few years) until opened, and once open should be drunk in a few days.

    Medium priced (e.g. late bottled vintage, premium 'aged' ports) similar to above.

    True vintage (expensive) port improves in bottle if kept carefully (not disturbed and relatively even moderate temperature).  When opened it needs decanting (as it is heavily sedimented) and should then be drunk in a day or two.  The flavour diminished with exposure to the air.  If shaken up (before decanting) needs a few days to settle or the sediment will not have resettled and it will be like muddy water!

  12. 3 minutes ago, Scully said:

    Didn’t she claim she wasn’t there ( so she must have had her doubts as to how legit’ it was ) until it was proved she was? 😀

    She did.  She then said she had forgotten she was there. 

    Well - to do a full days of 'working meetings' running right into the evenings with party staff in another constituency, plus travel 130 miles from her constituency (or much further from London) plus (presumably) since they claim to have been working late, an overnight in a hotel and then not remember ... is that credible?

    I'll bet she remembered it when filling in the expenses claims forms!  Not a cheap trip.

  13. 47 minutes ago, ditchman said:

    Africa....this is your final warning.......

    You are right.

    I have known 3 separate families who farmed hugely productively in Rhodesia (as it was then under Ian Smith and before) and ran large productive farms where all were well looked after and by all accounts 'happy'.  The country was prosperous.  It is true that the ruling 'whites' lived very well, but actually most people lived comfortably with plenty of food and reasonable (for Africa) public services.

    Then came "Independence", Zimbabwe and African leadership in the hands of Comrade Mugabe.  That brought internal factional conflict, massive corruption and land grabs from the successful farmers.  Now Zimbabwe is an economic basket case and agricultural production is a fraction of what it once was. 

  14. 6 minutes ago, Bigbob said:

    if its your MP your not going to find out

    I think you would find it was not MPs at all - but Downing Street 'staff' - basically the aides and civil servants (being press officers, advisors, secretaries, researchers, administrators etc.) who support the functioning of Downing Street and the Cabinet Office (attached directly to Nos 10 and 11) as the centre of Gov't.  The overall Cabinet Office has about 8000 employees, but it is thought about 400 are actually work based in the "No 10 and attached buildings group".   No 10 alone has about 100 rooms.


  15. 2 hours ago, Scully said:

    Having your choke opened up will take your gun out of proof anyhow, as far as I know

    Normally - simply opening a fixed choke does not require reproof.  "Not only can opening up choke be a simple solution it does not require the gun to be re-proofed, an added bonus re time and cost."

    The quote is the relevant part from this article - https://www.thefield.co.uk/shooting/adapting-old-guns-for-steel-44454

    Multi choking DOES require reproof to remain 'in proof'.  However as far as I know all companies doing multi choking will include the reproof in the work.

  16. I replaced a very poor 60's 'conservatory' (low single brick walls, wooden upper construction with later aluminium framed windows and perspex roof) with a proper extension (cavity walls hardwood casement windows and Cambrian slate roof).  I can't tell the cost as it was part of a larger programme including replacing drainage, moving utilities and much other work on other parts of the house. 

    However - a BIG driver in the cost of the conservatory replacement was that the building inspector required 1m deep foundations.  The old had been in minimal foundations and although these had no sign of movement after 50 years, were clearly not suited to carrying more weight - but 1 metre was a HUGE change.

    Be aware that depending on what your existing foundations are, your soil type, proximity to trees etc., you may need to do work on the foundations.

  17. 4 hours ago, Scully said:


    Tell you what’s very tasty and very simple Ditchy when you’re on your own.
    Chicken breast, slice it partly through, spoon in Philadelphia soft cheese then seal it all back together with three tightly wrapped rashers of good back bacon. Surround it with veg in a baking tray, splash of sunflower oil and shove in the oven. Lish! 🙂

    I do similar but stuff it with either chopped mushrooms and a bit of butter, or Paxo type ready made stuffing, or a mix of both!

  18. 8 minutes ago, London Best said:

    My two doubles weigh 4lb 1 1/2 oz and 4lb 2 1/2 oz.

    My AyA non-ej boxlock weighs 5 1/4 lbs, but it is a 'somewhat basic full size stocked' wood and finish, and is proof with 3" chambers for a rather large pressure (can't remember the figure off hand).  It handles nicely and doesn't feel 'cumbersome' at all.

  19. 17 minutes ago, Old Boggy said:

    Wow, that is a stunning collection. Many thanks John for finding and posting.


    I think it is much better in real life - in that the pictures don't do them justice.  I knew I had seen them somewhere, and for some reason though it was Charlecote, but was definitely these as I now remember the name of Norman Tulip.   If you ever visit Alnwick Castle (which is very touristy due to it's Harry Potter connections), Hardy's (fishing tackle) have a good museum also in Alnwick, and there is a HUGE second hand bookshop in the old station buildings.  Overall - a nice place to visit.

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