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  1. 6 points
    I was well impressed by the muslim corner shop proprietors who prepared little packs of sanitiser and stuff for local people and handed them out door to door. Islam has a strong tradition of charity although extremists give the faith a bad name. I do not normally defend faith systems, but I was touched by this story.
  2. 5 points
    Emergency! Quick! Find a scapegoat! FFS, look around the world, this is no time for Boris bashing nor for using hindsight to explain how the future could be foretold. Nowhere in the world was prepared for this.
  3. 5 points
    Britain has not ever been really socialist, even when the NHS etc. was set up. It just moves a bit to the left when those with power and privileged believe there is a good chance ordinary folks will revolt and sort them out. As soon as possible the privileged move the country back to the right. I don't think wholly socialist governments work long term. We need enterprise and the as much of a capitalistic system that it requires to thrive but tempered with a lot of social justice and that demands multinationals etc to be brought under control and forced to pay their way.
  4. 5 points
    It's a great hope, but so long as people want to buy the cheapest stuff regardless of where it comes from (e.g. China) and have it delivered to their door in an Amazon box this is not easy for governments to fix. If you want to go back to local food/manufacturing then the simple fact is that you'll have to pay for it, the price of *everything* will go up. For those of us who can afford it this is fine, for those on low-paid gig economy jobs it's not so fine... It's like people doing all their shopping at the big supermarkets and then protesting when their local shops close -- you're the ones who bought cheap at the supermarkets instead of expensive at the corner shops, what did you think was going to happen? Everyone wants to blame somebody else for society's ills -- usually the government -- rather than acknowledge that the fault is partly (or largely) theirs; for example they read the papers and tut about the poor pay and conditions of delivery drivers while having Amazon deliver bargains to them and ordering dinner from Deliveroo...
  5. 4 points
    This would be quite safe according to the latest government guidelines.
  6. 4 points
    Not scrapping 17000 hospital beds would have been a start. Possibly noticing the system wasn't working well without them would have been a good follow up. Not letting half your MPs coin it by ripping off the health service by running private health firms would have been another.
  7. 4 points
    Words of advice from a CRT employee (Gareth George London mooring ranger). "Having lots of people contact me asking about this virus business. I've been talking with our head office and some of the London and South East teams and this is what I've come up with. What we need to do is focus on the most vulnerable. At most a regular not at risk person will have to isolate for is 2 weeks if there is someone else living with them. Currently we will be dealing with with requests on an individual basis What we'll need to be doing is ensuring that Boaters who are older or have underlying conditions can get access to the support they need. This could mean support of other boaters or access to food shops and car deliveries so family members can get supplies to them easier. If you have a request to make your self isolation easier contact your local licensing support officer. Everyone else just needs to be mindful of what they are doing. Watch out for what you are putting down the elsans and how you are leaving them. Are the maintenance contractors going to be available to clear a dropped cassette cap or improperly disposed of sanitary products or wipes as this thing progresses. Make sure they're clean when you're done with them. Scrub up well after using them. Report any faults straight away so we can get it fixed before it becomes a problem. Don't moor for longer than necessary on service points. Be mindful where you moor in general. Keep the navigation clear. Be very careful of water and locks. I was told yesterday that depending on how this plays out, anyone who can swing a windlass at the trust may be out doing water control. Help us by making sure you shut paddles, close gates and be slow and steady to avoid unnecessary damage to the infrastructure. Spread out. Being triple moored is not conducive to isolating yourself. If you are fortunate to be able to work from home take the opportunity to go to some of those nicer spots we go to in the summer. Introduce yourself to your neighbours. (from a distance) we need to be there for each other during this crisis. The boating community is in a better position to do this than land lovers. We sort of do it already. If you need to overstay for whatever reason. You may need to self isolate or you may have family that need support and you need to stay near them. Drop your local licencing support officer an email. But most importantly follow the advice of Public Health England. All this and more is being discussed and advice I got yesterday will most certainly be out of date today. This is a dynamic situation and everyone (the whole country) needs to work together to get through". Key points are be extra gentle with infrastructure. Fixing a lock gate just got a whole lot more complicated. And don't camp out on the best moorings right by the services or shops as others will need it too! Everyone should be able to carry on moving albeit perhaps not massive countrywide journeys anymore?
  8. 4 points
    Alan, could I politely request *again* that you stop posting endless copy and pasted bad news items on here every hour or so? It informs nobody, is of not the slightest help to anybody, and is about as responsible as shouting "fire" in a crowded theatre because somebody has lit a cigarette. I don't think I've ever come across anybody who takes such an obvious and gleeful delight in schadenfreude, but I simply don't understand why your aim seems to be to elicit unjustified panic in as many people as possible -- can you explain why you persist in doing this in spite of repeated requests from people to stop?
  9. 3 points
    Well I just have to say having bought my boat yesterday and worked late loading boxes of cloths etc about I returned to Mercia Marina where she’s moored and can honestly say everyone I came in contact with were/are extremely friendly. The marina office staff were very friendly and helpful but what stuck me most was as I was driving to my mooring everyone walking towards me waved smiled and said hello. Going down the pontoon with the biggest smile on my face a fellow boater popped out his side hatch and shouted “ are you the new boy? Welcome to Mercia “ I think the big daft smile gave me away. Having spent all day unboxing and sorting I decided to make my way back to my business here in Sutton in Ashfield but stopped at the super clean toilet block for a Jimmy before the drive back and within seconds of washing my hands ( several times ) I found myself in conversation with a lovely fella in his 80’s who was happy to share some tips and advice as he too lives on a Widebeam. Now yes it was only my first day at Mercia and I’m sure there is bound to be some grumpy old fart I’ll not get on with but hey it’s a promising start to my brand new adventure. Thank you Mercia for making me feel welcome.
  10. 3 points
    Governments could do lots of things which make sense and really ought to be done, except that as soon as the Daily Mail starts screaming about how much it will cost people they usually back down. Plenty of examples apart from the ones you quote -- fuel duty tax, airline fuel tax, inheritance tax, land value tax, minimum alcohol pricing. None of which makes people "Buy British" either because foreign is much cheaper or British is unavailable, for most people the lowest price is all that matters. Banning zero hours contracts and enforcing minimum wages would mean that people would have to pay more for lots of things including stuff delivered to them. People don't want to pay more to buy stuff or in taxes, they want the government to wave a magic wand and fix the problem -- ignoring the fact that in the end the money comes from them, either in higher prices or higher taxes. Until the UK government and people are willing to have a grown-up conversation about the fact that improving people's lives and conditions would be great but has to be paid for by said people, this isn't going to change. People look with envy at countries (e.g. Scandinavia) which have better (health care, schools, pension, unemployment benefits, social care, maternity leave, pay and conditions...) and complain because we're treated much less well than they are, ignoring the fact that they pay about 20% more tax than we do.
  11. 3 points
    Whilst I agree with your observations about eating less meat, many of your other observations are based more on popular myth, rather than supportable fact. I have spent a substantial proportion of my adult life working in rural areas, and still live in a village. in all that time I have only known one farmer who did not treat his animals as well as he should, in fact almost all the farmers I have ever known care for their animals very well, and would never mistreat them, why would they? it is their livelehood. As far as the rainforest is concerned, whilst some of it is used for livestock, much of it has been destroyed to grow Palm Oil trees which is used to manufacture milk alternative Vegetarian spread.
  12. 3 points
    I stand to lose over £1000 and the family more for two holidays three of us as over 70s have been advised not to travel too. In one case the owner (National Trust) has specifically stated that if we cancel we will have to pay because not travelling in the UK is not official Home Office advise. At least our big bucket list holiday seem to be protected at present by European actions. As someone else said - all designed to protect the insurance industry. I will add weasel words to that end and will forecast big business will be bailed out while individuals and small businesses will be left to pick up the cost.
  13. 3 points
    As well as being a canal enthusiast, I’m also a lover of limericks. Last Thursday I had a call from one of my regular yards, wondering whether the current crisis had spurred me to compose something. It hadn’t, but a few minutes later this emerged from my cerebral sludge: This nasty new virus, Corona Quite cuts down the chance of a boner You can cough, sneeze and splutter Sweat, curse and mutter As you lie in your bed all alone-a 😉
  14. 2 points
    Just a quick update.... earlier today I received a blanket email from the hire company we are booked with. In a nutshell it states that anyone with a booking to start within the next four weeks have a number of options including rescheduling for later in the year and deferring it until the same time next year... with no loss of deposits/fees already paid. They also stated that the situation will be re-evaluated towards the end of the current four week period. I suspect (and hope) most hire companies will put similar policies in place if they haven't already.
  15. 2 points
  16. 2 points
    Yes there is plenty of good out there. There's also some using words like "scaremongering" who are taking a bet that they are right and the whole world is wrong and presumably the mass infection is a hoax. They are staking other people's lives on their ignorant, misplaced confidence in their own omniscience in the stupid belief that it's some breed of laudable stoicism. They could kill without even knowing it and still not realise what anti social dirt they are. Shame on them all.
  17. 2 points
    I'm sure this won't surprise any of you, but after discussion with the BCN committee we have decided to hopefully postpone or possibly cancel the challenge for this year,. Depending on what happens in the next few months it might be possible to run the challenge later in the year, with changes in timing to cope with shorter days. If not then I'm sure things will have returned to normal in time for next year. Whatever normal is by then. So Alan, there will be a lot more sleeps before the challenge now. Sorry everybody. I know for those taking part on theri own boats it's no different to being at home, but we couldn't really have a do at the end, and that's a very big part of the event. Sue
  18. 2 points
    Religion is far more terrifying than any bloody virus!! And for absolute sure has been the prime cause of far more deaths than this virus ever will be!!
  19. 2 points
    The bishops have just stopped church services, so it doesn't look like they think at least the Christian god has much to do with it. Anyone got a clue what Allah thinks?
  20. 2 points
    Don't they say that with a virus such as a cold, if you dose yourself up with 'treatments' you can get rid of it within a week but if you leave it to it's own devices it'll hang around for 7 days or so. Unless the symptoms become life threatening and therefore worthy of prescribed treatment I'm never sure what the purpose of over-the-counter treating the symptoms is. The problem is the virus, whether it be a cold, influenza or this Covid-19, by 'treating' the symptoms you are just obstructing your body's response to it, the virus doesn't push up your body temperature, it is the body's reaction to the virus in an attempt to kill it. I recall a number of years ago suffering a minor sore throat and took Strepsils for it, they apparently contain an antibacterial agent (dichlorobenzyl alcohol), however this also seems to retard the body's own antibacterial activity, so the result was that the viral infection that it turned out that I had, suddenly got a whole lot worse. As I've got older I've become less keen to take many medications as a result of that experience. Even when attending the doctor's and being prescribed stuff, I'll always ask the doctor what the chances of it actually working are. Yes, if I get pneumonia and need antibiotics or else I will die, I'll take the antibiotics, but why take stuff just to satisfy the 'something must be done' mentality? The body is an amazing bit of kit and will deal with a lot of stuff unaided. I understand people living with long term chronic pain taking painkillers, but why take painkillers just because you've twisted your ankle or wrist? pain is just the body's way of telling you not to use that particular limb until it has repaired, numb the pain and you can go on and cause even more damage to it. I'm thinking of working with the body processes (under some conditions the body can make alcohol) should I become infected with a virus and, since alcohol is alleged to kill viruses (it's the active ingredient in the hand sanitizers) increasing the level of alcohol in the bloodstream might work, if it doesn't, it doesn't.
  21. 2 points
    Yes, there is a level of mass hysteria isn't there. I expect the reasons for it are more complicated than simply this virus - but the virus is certainly a tipping point. We've been living through some very strange and disturbing times in recent years. People no longer trust authority figures to be telling the truth, nor do they believe infrastructure can protect them. And they are right. Suddenly we are expected to believe Johnson because he's frowning and has combed his hair? Or because he now stands in front of union flags flanked by scientists? At a time when what I think we'd all truly want is trustworthy people of principle and integrity to help navigate these difficult waters - we have none to be seen. Our political establishment is people like Patel, Raab, Johnson - and behind them Cummings. It's pretty grim. Like many, when this government speaks I assume they want us to believe something that suits them today. I don't think I am unusual in this - actual truth based trustworthiness is not a currency recognisable to our leaders, has not been for several years. Its alien to the current PM, for whom avoidance of accountability is the single most recognisable trait, running right through his career from the outset. So right now I see advice that is very carefully couched in language the priority of which appears to be protection of insurers interests. Scientists are being waved about so it's their fault - I think that's what Johnson actually means when he says 'We are guided by the science'. Above all let's not acknowledge that running the NHS into the ground was government policy for 10 years, now that we really really need more from it. Private health to the rescue? As far as I am concerned - there's a storm of empty noise coming from all directions - the WHO says the opposite of our government and any single voice is met by another just as valid. So I have stopped listening for the time being. There is no sense to be found. In the context of an untrustworthy government, and dismissal of 'experts' for years, yes, people are going to take control of their own situation. That's what I'm doing too. I think its a bleak outlook - and frankly I have no idea where it all ends up. But I do feel quite uneasy about where we may find ourselves in a year. Personally - I think my pension might be trashed, but that might be the least of it. Stuff like riots and wars come from this sort of dangerous civil toxic mess. We had MIL's funeral yesterday - just in time. As we gathered for the wake the 'advice' was coming out not to go to the pub. The good news is we don't now have a long nightmare of managing her care at home while not infecting her. I feel for anyone facing that sort of situation in these circumstances.
  22. 2 points
    But governments could do something about it so some suggestions. Impose a delivery tax on the retailer/platform who do the deliveries. Ban zero hour contracts and pseudo self employment and employ sufficient enforcement. Tax the likes of Amazon warehouses a business rate comparable with high street stores of the same volume Insist that all prices must include delivery so price comparison is a level field. Make so called "platforms" jointly libel with their sellers re consumer protection legislation and make them publishers. I have always tried to by specialist parts locally but now its impossible. Try getting brass (not brassed) panel pins locally over much of the country and so on.
  23. 2 points
    I have taught my lurcher to chase carrots. Its paying big dividends now she is older as she is no longer fast enough to catch the bunnies. ..................Dave
  24. 2 points
    Brought about by the media. Shut down the media for a month and all the panic will be gone.
  25. 2 points
  26. 2 points
    I have read both reports (well, 90% of them!) and that spin is at the extreme end of what might be said, consistent with both reports (there are second order differences of opinion in detail between them) In particular, the concerns about the spillway were not described in the latest inspection report as requiring immediate and urgent action, nor was drawn down of the reservoir ordered. Whilst both of these could have been adopted by the Inspecting Engineer they were not and it seems that the culture of dam inspections rarely goes to such lengths. CaRT had plans to comply with the recommended actions well within the timescale given in the inspection report, although one of the above reports did point out that with civil eng projects, starting them later rather than earlier can often lead to over-running the deadline! The principal cause of the failure was in the original design. Without those faults - which none of the preceding inspection reports picked up - the level of maintenance expenditure would have been reasonable. The this level may (and the above reports stress the 'may') have allowed the design faults to appear as they have, even though the design limit for the spillway was much higher than actually occurred, however substantial the flooding this time was. In some ways, an important point in the government ordered report (it may have been in both) was the consequence of BWB (as it was) relying on traditional levels of engineering skill rather than more proactively seeking the latest expertise, in an on-going manner. This must be set against the way in which a number of people react when such expert advice and current regulations lead to much longer projects and use such phrases as, "But in the old days without all this elf and safety nonsense it would have been fixed by now" (vide Figure of Three). In fact, the reports indicate that compliance with the extant dam regulations does not necessarily guarantee a safe operation, given up to date engineering knowledge. We can reasonably expect (if there is anyone left after Covid-19) to have a revised regulatory environment in the near term as a consequence of this incident. This will inevitably increase the level of expenditure that dam owners need to make in the future, with the consequential need to make savings in boater-facing provision! It would seem that the CaRT Board have already anticipated this. I am not an expert on dams (even though my thesis in 1970 was partly about dams - the interest then was because another type of dam had outstripped the then current engineering knowledge with consequent failures) but what I do know is that, however benign they may look (especially earth dams like Toddbrook) they are quite complex engineering artefacts that have long led engineers to operate just beyond the extrapolated knowledge at the time. The driver is usually the demand for either more cost effective designs and operation or to achieve a level of provision not otherwise achievable - eg Aswan Dam) My extremely limited and now very dated exposure to leads me to feel that this is not the time for exaggeration or witch hunting - the best progress in engineering has come from so-called no-blame environments where everyone is encouraged to be as open as possible leading to greater sharing and learning (something the Government is currently learning with Covid-19). Certainly, press and media are not the repositories of best expertise, even if they may be good at asking the right questions - sometimes! I don't think that the debate here and in other canal fora mentioned as possible causes those design faults that these reports highlighted - eg wholly inadequate reinforcing of the concrete, the absence of longitudinal sealing between slabs or the other features now commonplace that prevent ingress of significant amounts of water underneath the spillway structure, mainly because they were not visible and little or no invasive inspection had been carried out for a very long time.
  27. 2 points
    Yes, Ive thought about it a lot. It would be very sad if there were no cows or sheep in the countryside, but there are loads of horses and nobody eats or milks those. 😀 There are also a LOT of baby humans about!!!!! But seriously, our desire for burgers is wiping out the rainforest and so our entire climate. We need to eat a LOT less meat and dairy and treat our animals a lot better. When I first went veggie (20 years ago) I said I would still eat a little meat as long it came from a good source and not factory farmed. This did not really work out cus if you stop eating meat it really knocks you about when you do eat a bit, those who say our digestive systems are made to eat meat might not be correct. ................Dave
  28. 2 points
    Will you self isolate? If you get the virus then you have an absolute duty to do so. I don't mean that personally but I am already seeing the government advice being flaunted and totally unnecessary gatherings going ahead. To me it's akin to showing a light to bombers.
  29. 2 points
    I've been suffering flu like symptoms and fatigue for several months now along with an as yet unidentified neurological condition and gradually deteriorating lifelong lung disease, but I'm not worried because I believe in fate, as in I can't escape it no matter what I do. What that fate is I have no idea, I just relax and let it all happen. Will I self isolate? No idea until I either do or don't. I used to think my life was determined by my actions but in recent years I've come to the conclusion that it just appeared that way 🙂
  30. 1 point
    Yes, as a family friend put it yesterady, Weve moved from the containment stage to the "f***k everybody else I'm alright Jack stage...."
  31. 1 point
    Its utter nonsense to suggest that this country should have a health service permanently able to immediately cope with a once in a lifetime event like this. Year on year its simply unaffordable.
  32. 1 point
    I cant understand why people leave it so late. The thing can be done months early and still run from the official expiry date.
  33. 1 point
    What will be will be. If 80 percent of us are going to get it then 80 percent of us are going to get it. Mum is fitter than I am so she will probably be fine 👍
  34. 1 point
    Lucky you, all our bars are and restaurants are shut and borders closed, i cant go anywhere even if i wanted too. I decided to miss my flight last Friday in case i could not get back, seems i made the right choice as the airport closed yesterday. My dad was 88 yesterday and i wanted to spend a birthday with him, no idea if he will see another. On the plus side roads here are dead and everyone is scared to go out. I bought a new battery for my motorbike today so i am wizzing around tomorrow, somewhere,. Wife is working/moaning from home so i am out having fun. I am over 60 and diabetic and dont give a toss.
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  36. 1 point
    You can still sleep outside in the rain on the Friday then drink lots of whisky and not sleep at all until Sunday if you want.
  37. 1 point
    I think Johnson is a lying self-centred toad, but I'm not sure we can blame him for the "policy reversals and U-turns" -- he was relying on advice from respected experts who said at the time that their advice could and probably would change as more facts emerged, and lo and behold this is what happened. The fact that our government -- and many others worldwide -- had no effective plan in place looks bad, until you ask -- plan for what? Yes it's been said for many years that a pandemic could threaten our society, but without knowing what form such a pandemic would take it's a bit difficult to make specific preparations -- would it be spread though sexual contact (AIDS), food, (BSE), bodily fluids (Ebola), coughs and sneezes (Covid-19), and what would the effect on the body be (immune system collapse, haemorrhaging, pneumonia, digestive system collapse)? It's possible to plan for a known epidemic, it's very difficult to plan for an unknown one except by having an effective health service -- and even that can be completely overrun by a fast-spreading virus like Covid-19, as seen in Italy and predicted here before the latest strategy change. The best you can do is put in place an effective communication/control/management strategy to deal with an outbreak, and most governments failed at doing that...
  38. 1 point
    I'm on the fence with this, but I lean towards your view, certainly with respect to bankrupting many businesses and individuals, (whatever the term is for an individual). If the deaths were to double every day for a week, such that 800 people die on Sunday, and 1600 people die next Monday, I'll be well and truly on board with taking whatever precautions/action is necessary. Nothing you or I can do to change what is happening, just like Brexit, so just have to accept that we are where we are, and see what happens.
  39. 1 point
    Whilst I can have sympathy for those for whom football is an important part of their lives as supporters to hear the possible effects on the sport financially from those running the game disappoints me. Perhaps a contribution from what to many of us is a ridiculous amount of from those who kick the ball around may help to keep them in a job.
  40. 1 point
    Why shouldn't they have problems, everyone else is going to have them? Why should they get away scot-free? The cost and pain of all this should be shared out...
  41. 1 point
    The hot water outlet with a PRV is different water to the engine coolant. Taste it, then taste a tiny amount of coolant from the header tank. Don't taste lots because glycol is not good for you in quantity. The PRV water will taste OK. The coolant will taste sweet from the glycol in the antifreeze. You need to get the air out of the coolant pipes, not the water pipes, so if the water you are getting out does not taste like coolant you are not bleeding the right thing. As Tony asked, send pictures of everything. Engine, pipework, calorifier, skin tanks, header tank at least. N
  42. 1 point
    Pick a quiet street of houses, look for one with an empty weedy drive way and peeling paintwork. Chances are its an old dear living there with no car. Knock and politely offer a few pieces of silver for parking on the drive. Always works for me.
  43. 1 point
    Let's hope this will cause a radical restructuring of supply and demand objectives, logistics, the whole lot. And manufacturing.
  44. 1 point
    Precisely. I will bet money that the ones on here crapping themselves are all members of " Twatter " and follllloooooowwwwwwwww each other 😜 Tony, be careful with ibuprofen!! Its a Nsaid. Whilst it is a minor over the counter one it can still be dangerous if you have kidney problems. My knackered kidneys were virtualy destroyed by over use of diclofenac a stronger version. Just saying like as some people dont know the danger of Non steroidal anti inflamitory drugs 👍
  45. 1 point
    That is not a glow plug test - its a wiring test. They could all have burned out tips and you would still get 12V at the plugs. Use a high current DC ammeter or take them out and put them across the battery to see if the tips glow. Warm engine and 1/4 turn clock wise, then anticlockwise and so on, you will need to snap the carbon around the tips. The smoke sounds more like lack of fuel but it could just as well be the lift pump or blocked filters. Still check the glow plugs first. PS Only a bit over half a day's cruise to Calcutt who know BMCs
  46. 1 point
    I’ve just used this stuff https://www.eurocarparts.com/p/triple-qx-atf-dexron-ii-1-litre-522776082
  47. 1 point
    I don't think cows get milked anymore, I suspect you have visions of buxom milk maids sitting on three legged stools 😀. I think a big machine just sucks the milk right out of them so probly works just as well on nuts. I am getting increasingly unhappy about stealing milk from baby cows and am very much a veggy. I want to be vegan and just as soon as good strong vegan cheddar, and proper vegan Stilton are available then I will become a vegan. ....and a smoked Wensleydale and a few others. I accept that turning nuts into milk is a bit of a waste of nuts, better to put them in little bags and sell them in pubs. ..................Dave
  48. 1 point
    I think people might be surprised to the degree this already occurs, but maybe not. Prioritisation of scarce medical resources and treatment is far from new.
  49. 1 point
    I agree, its a real pain and we usualy sell our cars when we go off cruising. However we dont usualy last long b4 we buy a car or two. Even though retired we do around 25k miles a year and doing that by train or taxi or hire car would cost massively more than two cheap cars. There is no answer that suits all people and all circumstance.
  50. 1 point
    This is what is happening to my mates bookings. No one is paying the final balance. If it continues and is nationwide it will be catastrophic for many holiday firms and hotels etc.
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