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The Welsh Cruiser

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  6. Reason I ask, a relative who I don't particularly get on with is a senior 'hatchet person' within Change NHS. She regularly posts on social media adorned with the latest NHS banner and generally milks all the adulation that's around. Got me thinking. Given that the claps are organised the people clapping, or at very least the organisers, should know who they are clapping for. So, is it all care workers and NHS workers including higher tier management etc? How about the I.T. bods working in the NHS, are they being applauded?
  7. I see. So the 'clap for carers' campaign has already thrown in the towel, conceded defeat, has realised that it can only influence the wages of public sector carers. The problem is that if the campaign is successful, all NHS workers do indeed get healthy pay rises, where does that leave private sector carers? The answer is obvious: worse off. Their only pay increases will be at the decree of the government, should it choose to raise the minimum wage. Meanwhile everything goes up in price from yet another injection of borrowed government money. I'm not sure who is ever going to repay all this money that's been found, do you have a theory?
  8. How about senior managers in the NHS, 'Change NHS' for example, are these bods included in the claps?
  9. Nurses earn at least the median average wage while care workers earn little more than half of this. Nurses also have benefits; pension, sick pay, enhanced redundancy terms that care workers could only dream of. So when it comes to pay rises I'd suggest care workers should be well ahead of nurses. I have to admit though that the organised claps are a shrewd move by those angling for pay rises for nurses, get a gullible public to clap along and without realising it, they are in solidarity with those who will doubtless make a lot of noise for pay rises, in the not too distant future.
  10. If you're happy and you know it clap your hands. We all know that one. Otherwise, clap when other people tell you to. Got that?
  11. I've moved the hose away from the v belt with a thick cable tie. This opened up the hole a little, water started dripping out. I've cleaned the area and wrapped a load of insulating tape around the hose, seems to have done the trick! Is the consensus to replace the hose or just wrap self amalgamating tape around it?
  12. Self amalgamating tape, if that ptfe? I think I have some.
  13. The engine cooled sufficiently for me to do an impression of a small boy, finally managed to get myself in a position where I could see what was going on. Below the water pump was dry, good news. The problem: there's a hose from the water pump which connects to the rest of the cooling system. Somehow this has moved, it's now touching the v belt. There's a very definite groove where the v belt has worn the hose away to the extent that it now leaks. It's easy enough to use some cable ties to move its position a few mm away from the spinning belt. Any tips for a heath robinson fix so I can do a couple more miles, wrap a load of gaffer tape round it maybe? Also, will I lose all my coolant when I replace the offending hose?
  14. Sorry I should have said it's a Vetus M2.04. Is replacing the water pump a big job, engine out?
  15. I cruised 3 1/2 miles to the services this morning. Lifted the deck boards to tighten the stern tube greaser, noticed some liquid under the engine. Checked the oil level that was fine. Checked the coolant header tank it was virtually dry. Checked the hoses and connections I could see, nothing obvious there. The engine was too hot to reach round the front to feel for water but I could hear a dripping sound. Left it half an hour, put some coolant in, half an hour later the level hadn't dropped. Set off but pulled over after a mile, I'd lost maybe 1/2 pint of coolant. It seems that the problem only occurs when the engine is running and my best guess is it's something around the front of the engine. Any ideas on this?
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