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Alan de Enfield

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  1. Alan de Enfield

    Brexit 2019

    I didn't see any racism, but we did not see the 'off air' preparations. From the article : Those who falsely cry “racism” to cover up failure or inadequacy discredit themselves and do a terrible disservice to the cause. Abbott, of all people, should know this. Perhaps she should consider her own prejudices – and what instant class-based judgements she makes of someone like me. It wouldn’t have mattered whether Abbott’s skin was black, white or the colours of the rainbow: she would have been mocked for trying and failing to defend the indefensible. She knew it; the audience knew it; and they reacted with the derision that her party’s cynical, incoherent and opportunistic Brexit policy merits. If that’s racism, then I’m a jellybean.
  2. Alan de Enfield

    Brexit 2019

    I also watched the programme - I didn't think that she was treated any 'worse' that the others - she was maybe 'interrupted more often' because of what she 'didn't say' (answer the question) rather than because of things she said.
  3. Alan de Enfield

    Brexit 2019

    Interesting response by Dianne Abbot & the Labour party to her appearance, and 'treatment' on Question time. They have complained that she was unfairly treated, and the audience 'wound up against her' before the show. Dianne Abbot claims ".. the BBC needs to start treating Mr Corbyn and his ministers as "legitimate political actors" and accord them the same respect they give to Tory ministers and MPs on the Labour right". I guess that about sums it up - ACTORS, not 'proper politicians' A spokesman for Abbott told the Guardian: “We are appalled by the treatment of Diane Abbott on BBC’s Question Time. “The media must stop legitimising mistreatment, bias and abuse against Ms Abbott as a black woman in public life. “The BBC should be ashamed that their programming is complicit in such behaviour.”
  4. Alan de Enfield

    Roof Vegetable Garden

    I suppose there can be no argument there !! (very little sunshine in tunnels)
  5. Alan de Enfield

    Ammeter wiring

    If the inverter is 'in the line' where the ammeter is then you will have problems. The inverter will be taking 120 amps, ammeter is only 60 amps
  6. Alan de Enfield

    Brexit 2019

  7. Alan de Enfield

    Brexit 2019

    Moi ?
  8. Alan de Enfield

    Brexit 2019

    You didn't, but you said you did 'exactly the same' as Dr Bob who was Morris Dancing - ergo you were Morris Dancing If you had said "I did the same when Tap Dancing and fell off a tap" it would have been clear.
  9. Alan de Enfield

    Brexit 2019

    But you said you were Morris Dancing - make up your mind, don't you know the difference between a car and a tap ?
  10. Alan de Enfield

    Brexit 2019

    You used to Morris dance on a tap ? Pretty tricky with all them hankies, bells and sticks.
  11. Never before in human history has the Pole moved so far in such a short time. What are we doing ? Should we all go 'Vegan' ? January 14, 2019, 11:23 a.m.Magnetic north shifting by 30 miles a year, might signal pole reversal.The magnetic pole is moving faster than at any time in human history, causing major problems for navigation and migratory wildlife. Whenever you hold a compass, the needle points to magnetic north near the North Pole. For centuries, magnetic north has led navigators and explorers around the world. But the magnetic north pole is currently shifting at a faster rate than at any time in human history. "It’s moving at about 50 km (30 miles) a year. It didn’t move much between 1900 and 1980 but it’s really accelerated in the past 40 years," Ciaran Beggan, of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, told Reuters. A five-year update of the World Magnetic Model was due in 2020, but the U.S. military requested an early review, according to Beggan. The update was going to be released on Jan. 15 but has been delayed until Jan. 30 due to the government shutdown.The changes are causing major problems for aviation, navigation and migratory animals that use the Earth's magnetic field to orient themselves. Some airports have had to change the names of their runways to better correspond to their current direction relative to magnetic north. https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/magnetic-north-shifting-by-40-miles-a-year-might-signal-pole-r https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00007-1
  12. Alan de Enfield

    Sticking flexible solar panels

    If it is not too late - It is better to NOT use 'stick-down solar panels. They don't like the heat (from hot tin roofs) and the performance is degraded. Solar is inefficient enough without adding in avoidable reductions in output. Far better to use 'solid' ones and mount then a couple of inches above the roof to get an air flow under them. As a matter of interest the maximum output of panels is usually on a bright frosty winters day (assuming you have Sun) It may seem counter-intuitive, but solar panel efficiency is affected negatively by temperature increases. Photovoltaic modules are tested at a temperature of 25 degrees C (STC) – about 77 degrees F., and depending on their installed location, heat can reduce output efficiency by 10-25%. As the temperature of the solar panel increases, its output current increases exponentially, while the voltage output is reduced linearly. In fact, the voltage reduction is so predictable, that it can be used to accurately measure temperature. As a result, heat can severely reduce the solar panel’s production of power. In the built environment, there are a number of ways to deal with this phenomenon. How to Reduce the Effects of Heat After the module technology is selected for an installation, there are several ways to minimize the negative effects of high temperatures: • Install panels a few inches above the roof to allow convective air flow to cool the panels down. • Ensure that panels are constructed with light-coloured materials, to reduce heat absorption. • Move components like inverters and combiners into the shaded area behind the array. Another source of similar information : https://solarcalculator.com.au/solar-panel-temperature/
  13. Alan de Enfield

    Brexit 2019

    That'll be an indirect vote for Corbyn then.
  14. Alan de Enfield

    Tardebigge Times

    I think that is probably because they are salty water fish.
  15. Alan de Enfield

    Wondering if this is a good option for newbies?

    Yes there are boats that will meet all those requirements BUT they are not what is known in England as 'canal boats' Something capable of crossing the Channel is very different to something for the UK Narrow waterways. Don't get hung-up on the Thames. There are much nicer rivers (and many more miles of cruising) in the North
  16. Alan de Enfield

    Wondering if this is a good option for newbies?

    There are narrow parts and there are wide parts.
  17. Alan de Enfield

    Wondering if this is a good option for newbies?

    The French, Dutch & Belgium canals are 'proper' canals designed for big commercial freight and barges (BIG BIG ones) The English canals are (jokingly) known as 'muddy ditches' (gjørmete grøft) You can maybe get an idea of the size from this photograph (the boat is 7 feet wide - and the tunnel ahead is 9 feet high)
  18. Alan de Enfield

    Wondering if this is a good option for newbies?

    No it will not fit on any of the UK Canals. (it is a Blue-Water, Ocean going vessel) 23 foot wide and 80 feet high mast. You will not find many non-UK designed boats that will work on the UK canals as the depth is generally less than 3 feet and the width on the 'narrow canals' is less than 7 feet. My other boat is a 14 foot wide Motor Cruiser and again that is not something that I can easily take onto the canals (width, height and depth problems) If you look at something like the Dutch Barges, they are fine for our Rivers and SOME of the canals but you could by no means 'explore the whole of the UK' If you decided to go for something like the Motor Sailor I linked to it would open up not only the UK Rivers but the 1000's of miles (English miles - not Norwegian miles) of coastal cruising as well.
  19. Alan de Enfield

    Wondering if this is a good option for newbies?

    Just one example of a motor sailor at around your budget. https://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/Sailboats/-custom-built-steel-motor-sailor/244234
  20. Alan de Enfield

    Wondering if this is a good option for newbies?

    I know it is a bit above your budget, but I have a sail boat and its light, airy and quite homely, I am 1mt 85 cm and can easily stand up (even jump in the air). Don't discount sailing boats there are many options. have a look at a Motor-sailor they tend to be more like motor boast that can sail, rather than sailing boats than can motor. My boat :
  21. Alan de Enfield

    Brexit 2019

    Apologies - maybe I did not explain clearly. If you live in Spain and have done for many years why would you feel that you should be allowed to vote on a subject that affects the UK ? The analogy was You move from Essex to Manchester so you vote for the Manchester councillors, Manchester MP etc. You would not expect to vote for the Chelmsford councillors or the local Essex MP As we are (currently) within the EC and allegedly 'without borders' as far as freight is concerned what else would you suggest 'had increased the need for checks' apart from EU requirements ?
  22. Alan de Enfield

    a reasonable offer.

    Indeed, one may pay an 'unrealistic' price for an item to fill a gap in a collection (for example) which is why I suggested the 'market price' is the level at which two people are prepared to pay. I do not see how a seller can determine market price, he can have an asking price which is what he wishes to achieve, but the market price will be what the market is prepared to pay. If the seller refuses a lower offer then it will not sell, when the seller accepts an offer then that becomes the market price.
  23. Alan de Enfield

    a reasonable offer.

    Agreed but :
  24. Alan de Enfield

    Barge Transport

    He didn't want you to see him reversing down the slipway at 30mph and then slamming on the brakes as the rear wheels touched the water, and the boat 'slid in'.
  25. Alan de Enfield

    a reasonable offer.

    The 'market value' is simply an estimated figure. But a Market Price is set & achieved solely by the buyer. It could be argued that the market price is what two potential buyers value it at, but that the final purchaser has actually paid 'one-bid' over the market price to secure the item.
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