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  1. 28 minutes ago, Jim Riley said:

    Ok deniers, explain this...


    I put a kettle on my stove, without the fan the kettle will boil, with the fan it only simmers. Where is the extra heat going, to make a difference?


    When I have the fan on the woodstove at home the temperature is even throughout the room, without it there are cold spots in the corners. Leave the room doors open and the warm air spreads around the house. On the boat it sends the heat to the cold end of the boat. 

    My mate uses two in his cabinetmaking workshop and the workers down the far end know whether they are on the woodburner or not.

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  2. 49 minutes ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

    Dismissing the notion that different groups of people exhibit different tendencies of behaviour is dismissing the very notion of culture. 

    No it isn't as you seem to think Brits are gratuitously violent.   For that to be British culture it would have to be something that the majority of the nation indulged in.   I suspect there are only a handful of percent of the population which do, ergo not our culture as it isn't something the majority do.

  3. 21 hours ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

    So you accept something if it's presented factually, rationally and logically but reject the same argument when it's made in a different way. 

    No if something is factual and rational and is presented logically then it is easy to accept.  However your ideas on stereotyping are neither factual nor logical.  To me they don't seem rational either.

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  4. 18 hours ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

    OK then, let's pretend that every group of people in every corner of the world behave exactly the same as every other group of people. Finally, something you can agree with.

    What a ridiculous post.  I have never suggested that and you know it.  I am sorry my powers of explanation don't seem to be able to put the points in a way that is simple enough for you to grasp.  The alternative of course is that you don't want to grasp them and are desperately wriggling trying to avoid admitting the real situation.

    11 hours ago, john.k said:

    Of course,if you put up "Cities" with the highest crime rate,then Manchester would be near the top......in any case ,to return to the submerged bicycles,tossing yer bike int' canal is not a crime but sport in those regions,and to score top points ,someone should be riding it .

    I have just looked at a table of the cities with the highest crime rate.  Out of the top 50 where do you suppose Manchester is?

  5. 2 hours ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

    Let me ask you a question: have you ever heard of violence in and around British towns and cities on weekend nights? 

    Only by a tiny minority of the population.

    2 hours ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:


    Next question: Do you think this happens regularly in other countries, in the same way as it does in Britain?  

    Irrelevant as you can't judge or pigeon hole  millions of people on the actions of a few thousand.  Well a fair minded logical person can't.

  6. 8 hours ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

    You just don't get it do you. Some British people are involved in more casual violence than folk from most other countries.

    Fixed that for you.

    8 hours ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

    That does not mean that if a foreign person approaches a British person he or she should be scared of being beaten up.

    I have never suggested it did!

    8 hours ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

    However, his or her chance of being beaten up, for no reason other than being in the wrong place at the right time, are higher in Britain than they are in many/ most other countries.

    Provide a reference for this assertion please.  I have managed to live well beyond 70 and never been beaten up with or without a reason.

    8 hours ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

    This does not make British people 'bad', foreign people 'better' or 'worse' it's just the expression of a fact, driven by a cultural trait.

    If it is a cultural trait the majority of the culture will have it.  Clearly they do not so it isn't a cultural trait.  Apart of course from in your somewhat illogical train of thought.

    8 hours ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

    You can try to suppress facts if it makes you feel better but I, and the vast majority of people, won't.     

    You can try to suppress facts if it makes you feel better but I, and the vast majority of people, won't.     The fact is to be a cultural trait the majority of the culture would show it, they don't.   Surely you aren't being daft enough to suggest that cultures are set by what a minority does?   If you are every country is criminal, dishonest etc as you will find a minority in every culture who have these traits.

  7. 16 minutes ago, The Welsh Cruiser said:

    Conditioned into thinking that observations of cultural characteristics/ tendencies are inherently, automatically and by default, negative.    

    You miss the point.  Being a violent idiot is not part of UK culture or the majority would be like that.  Yet without thinking (or because you are conditioned ) you try to stereo type all Brits as being a) the same and b) the same as the violent idiots.


    Stereotyping is by nature negative as you are either granting "good" characteristics/culture to a minority who don't deserve it or attaching "bad" characteristics/culture to a group who don't deserve it. 

  8. 5 hours ago, Alan de Enfield said:

    I'm with Athy on this - I have no idea what is being talked about.

    I am with both of you.  I looked it up and it still not really sure I understand it, it seems designed to make typing things in more difficult than necessary.

  9. 2 hours ago, Tacet said:

    Can't have done.  MtB says that property always achieves at least twice the reserve. 


    Anyway, the hammer price was £809,000.

    Surely it needs to be remembered that the reserve price is the price the vendor won't sell below and generally it isn't public knowledge, so it may have made twice the reserve price.

  10. 13 minutes ago, MtB said:

    Is it just me or do others here also think £17m for a bike scheme is having a laugh?


    Yes, £17,000,000 according to the article.  Let's imagine there are 1,000 bikes. That's £17,000 for each bike. 

    To be meaningful you would need the figures separated into amounts spent on what.   Looking at the photo there would appear to be a lot of shall we call it infra structure particularly for the electric ones.  I am sure quite a lot went on the inevitable studies.


    Having said all that it does seem an incredible price, lets hope a decimal point wandered off course.

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  11. 2 minutes ago, IanD said:

    They *are* in the promo shots...


    3 minutes ago, tree monkey said:

    Note the lack of mudguards on the unfolded bike and the "mudguards" on the folded bike

    Presumably they have then taken us back to the "good old days" of solid tyres.

  12. On 04/11/2021 at 11:35, mrsmelly said:

    The last few words sum it up for me. After over 30 years of emptying cassettes usualy 3 a week all over the country, I dont/didnt find it gagging. It takes a few seconds, all gone, job done. I spose some peeps are of a less hardy disposition? Yes sometimes the elsan points are bad, but not so often and its literaly seconds to dispose of the contents. Cassette bogs dont smell if maintained and good old PROPER blue with formaldehyde is used ;)

    I don't use the formaldehyde stuff but have never had a cassette toilet smell.

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  13. 34 minutes ago, ditchcrawler said:

    But they dont jump up onto the panels and shit all over them

    Firstly it would depend on the breed.  I once was on a farm where everyday the sheep were in a different field.  I asked the famer about this and he said "the stone walls are only 4' 6" they can clear them".  The breed was Jacob sheep.  


    I am sure It would be possible to prevent the birds getting on the panels.  However thinking of bird droppings I asked when we had our panels installed how often I would need to wash them.  The reply you don't you will find nothing stays on them.  This rather surprised me as my bro has to wash his (older than mine) once or twice a year.  However now many years on they have never needed washed

    22 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:


    The problem with chicken manure is the high levels of ammonia which is VERY bad for the environment.


    When chickens excrete, the resulting manure is rich in nitrogen, especially the uric acid which is the chicken's equivalent of urine. When manure becomes wet, the nitrogen within decomposes (known as volatilization), and produces a gas called ammonia, which gives off a pungent smell.

    Air pollutants like ammonia (NH3) are the other type of gaseous emissions from agriculture. They are not greenhouse gases, but they do negatively impacts on human and animal health while also damaging ecosystems.

    Interesting.  However I have come across things urging if you must eat meat then use more chicken and less of the red meats so presumably somebody somewhere has done some check/calculations on this.

  14. 5 hours ago, TheBiscuits said:


    But low grade wool is great for insulation if it isn't just discarded.

    True but again that needs balanced against the increased "greenhouse gases".

    5 hours ago, TheBiscuits said:


    For sensible land use, carparks can be roofed with solar panels.  This will make even more sense with more electric car chargers being installed.  It should also reduce the heat island effect of tarmac in sunny weather.

    Good idea that hadn't occurred to me.

    5 hours ago, TheBiscuits said:


    The cars are undercover when it's raining, in the shade when it's sunny and parked inside a power station.  What's not to like?


    5 hours ago, ditchcrawler said:


    Being ruminants they give of more gas than chickens.

  15. 5 minutes ago, peterboat said:

    But the wool is better than man made stuff

    True but does the increased threat to the climate outweigh the advantages of having wool.   Also the really fine staple long wool breeds aren't reared much in the UK so there wouldn't be that much advantage.

    Just now, MtB said:


    I agree. I have learned to avoid the chippies that are open but empty. 


    But paradoxically I also tend to avoid those with long queues! 

    Our local chippie, which has long queues, has solved the problem if you care to use it.  Order on line for a given time slot and turn up to pick it up walking right past the queue.

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