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  1. What you're describing (and also from several other posters) does not sound like heartburn or indigestion. The rapidity and reaction to miniscule levels of a natural acids is much more typical of peptic ulcers. Antacids, which partially neutralize stomach acid, make indigestion/heartburn better not worse.
  2. As in steroid inhaler or oral steroids and separate inhaler?
  3. Despite the TV adds that present ongoing indigestion and heart burn as perfectly normal - they aren't - instead they're strong indicators of poor lifestyle. Have you tried eating more slowly, chewing more thoroughly? Do you eat at regular times and in similar quantities? Do you sit upright at a table when eating? Do you go for a No 2 at least once every day and when you've been do you feel like you've really been - if you know what I mean? Are you on any regular medication, particularly NSAIDs? Do you know about Ph balance within the body and have you tested it? There are foods which increase your metabolic acidity and others which are alkalizing; these are often not related to their apparent acidity. Citrous fruits for example are alkalizing, even though they contain noticeable amounts of ascorbic acid. The body will always try to achieve what's known as homeostatsis which is a blood Ph of between 7.35 and 7.45 and it will leech bases (alkaline substances) to avoid a drop in Ph which can lead to acidosis. A glass of water with a big teaspoon of bicarb stirred in is good for stomach acidity but, as with any "remedy", it isn't a cure. (If you hate the saltiness of bicarb add some alkalizing lemon juice).
  4. Which is exactly the problem with all those low capacity turbo engines. They can deliver really good mpg figures but the operating envelope for high mpg is much smaller than a non turbo engine of similar output. In other words the mpg is great on engines such as the Ecoboost as long as you drive economically, otherwise the mpg is pretty mediocre. Non turbo engines have a somewhat larger efficiency envelope, meaning less drop in mpg when driving in traffic or hills etc.
  5. A bit more info please. I'm local to you and I may have some ideas but first... Which was the local company who set it up? Who is hosting your domain? Can you receive emails on the business address?
  6. From the OP it doesn't seem likely to be lawful. An employer can't legally just throw you out of work with no consultation and call it redundancy. However, a nice juicy separation package might avoid too much aggravation even if their actions did not comply with employment law.
  7. An employer is legally obligated to follow due process and abide my statutory minimum paid notice and redundancy pay in order to make someone redundant. If they fail to honour the process, or any part of it, then you have a valid reason to apply for an employment tribunal to held and to make a claim against the former employer for damages and or loss of income. There is no rush to do this but all the information you need is available online and of course there are books on employment law. If you feel inclined to pursue this then the first thing to do is retain all written communications and write down dates, times and details of all related conversations and phone calls. It's some years since it happened to me and I no longer have all the documentation, but although it's not for the faint hearted, it's a good feeling to see your ex employer humbled.
  8. Top Gear magazine hacks absolutely worship Fiestas but they don't have to own them. Surely the overheating engine blow ups are sorted by now, so I reckon your lady would be perfectly happy with one if she doesn't run up a high mileage. It is after all a Ford and trouble free long term motoring - certainly beyond 80K miles and especially on our 3rd world roads - really is not their strong point.
  9. Mobile speed camera vans aren't cheap to run and as for the helicopter that whizzes around all the time...
  10. To be blunt, Browning/Miroku triggers have always been pretty dire. I don't know about "slow pull" but they generally have lots of free play and creep and a somewhat variable pull weight. Plus which some older ones can have very heavy pull weight too. All of which doesn't bother lots of people who perhaps slap the trigger rather than pull it. They are very popular guns for good reasons, but I hate the triggers and that also goes for the several 725s that I've tried. 725 triggers are supposed to be better but they're well short of Guerinis which, despite having a very similar design for the trigger system, have excellent pulls which are much lighter and crisper than Brownings and the later ones have 3 separate adjustments plus a choice of 2 pull weight settings. Come on Miroku... You can do it if you try!
  11. It took Browning 15 years to work out that clay shooters don't like muzzle heavy guns that handle like a pig on a shovel. The above guns, including early 525s, tended to have heavy barrels swaged toward the muzzles to accommodate screw in chokes and continued like that long after Beretta's light barrelled Gold E was outselling Brownings by about 10:1 - mainly because of it's agile handling. Later 525s have lighter barrels which have transformed the gun (and it's sales volume). All modern Browning now have lighter barrels as does every other competitive make.
  12. Westward

    Knife crime.

    Unfortunately, good idea though it is, the liberal elite etc., would call it "racial profiling" and raise enough of a storm to make sure it isn't implemented. That's more or less what happened years ago when the police used stop and search mostly against young black males roaming the streets at night (for obvious reasons). The outcry from "community leaders" and the PC bleeding heart brigade forced the police to stop targeting those that everyone knows would be the most likely ones to be carrying weapons or illegal substances on the grounds of racial discrimination. Great for the smug, self satisfied diverstastic champagne socialists at the Grauniad or the BBC/Channel 4 etc but not so good for law and order since it left the police paralysed in their first practical attempt at crime prevention since the 1960s. That's why, as Peter Hitchens points out, increasing police numbers or patrols would have no significant effect since modern policing methods are entirely reactive rather than proactive when it comes to any form crime, not just knife crime.
  13. Westward

    Knife crime.

    Much as agree with Peter Hitchens most of the time and certainly as far as police numbers being irrelevant to the increase in knife crime, I don't however buy his marijuana theory. In my opinion, parents who raise their children in a proper family environment with standards, rules and values, where the parents take a positive interest in their children's education and develop and prepare them to be adults who can have a place in society as well as setting a good example for the children (especially from fathers) simply don't produce young people who will go out and stab someone. It's not society, it's not drug use, it's not lower police numbers, it's not failing schools, it's not to do with any lack of initiatives from the Mayor, the Chief Constable or the Home Secretary. It's 100% about poor parenting and/or absent parents - specifically fathers.
  14. That's about right. Swing axles have a trick where under higher G cornering such as a swerve the suspension jacks up suddenly, the outer wheel tucks under and the car flips over. It can happen on any car with swing axle rear suspension but with rear engine cars like the Corvair it's much worse. Another bad one was the rear engine Skoda Estelle which the AA tried (and failed) to have banned from sale in Britain for being unsafe but the importers got round it by fitting wider wheels and stiffer shock absorbers. The bodges didn't stop the suspension from jacking up, instead it happened at higher speeds making the car even more dangerous. A lady I worked with was nearly killed when teaching her daughter to drive. The girl turned the steering too sharply and the Estelle flipped over and slid into a ditch which actually saved them from 100 foot fall down a steep slope.
  15. Hi timps. I remember the username now. In the interim I've found a book on neuroplasticity called "The Brain that Heals Itself" and it's fascinating to read about the ways in which the brain can rewire it's pathways when presented with the appropriate stimuli and training.
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