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  1. nbfiresprite

    Mineral oil

    Wilko Classic Car 20W50 Oil Specifications API, SE, CC.
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    Best small inverter to power 240V fridge

    My prosine 1800i uses less than that on powersave mode. The only noise you hear when inverter wakes up from powersave mode is the fan.
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    Wind speed.

    Was a bit choppy on the North sea last night on the ferry from the Hook to Harwich. Not that it bother me, just no waiting for breakfast this morning.
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    Mineral oil

    I been using Wilko Classic Car 20W50 for over ten years in my old beta 1505. Was there non in stock at Banbury?
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    1" of water in my cabin bilge - what to do !

    No just kept a eye on build. with a weekly inspection to insure it was built to my spec.
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    1" of water in my cabin bilge - what to do !

    My are two feet apart.
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    The moral of the story?

    THE DONKEY An old man, a boy and a donkey were going to town. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding. The old man and the boy thought that maybe the critics were right, so they changed places. Later, they passed some more people that remarked, "What a shame he makes that little boy walk." They then decided they both would walk. Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey. Now they passed some more people that shamed them by saying how awful to see such a load on a poor donkey. The boy and the man said they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed a bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned. The moral of the story? If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss your ass good-bye.
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    Are we seeing the end of High Street shops?

    The underhanded tax avoiding scheme that Amazon use. Namely use two shell companies in Luxembourg since 2003, one of which has no employees or offices, but was used to bring down the company’s tax bill. Amazon EU group, which runs the internet company’s operations in the region, transferred 90% of its operating profits to the holding company ( Amazon Europe Holding Technologies) , where they were not taxed. They paid just €16.5m (£15m) in tax on European revenues of €21.6bn (£19.5bn) reported through Luxembourg in 2016 As a result, Amazon paid an effective tax rate in Luxembourg of 7.25%, compared with the national rate of 29%. Who broked the deal with Amazon, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, who served as Luxembourg’s prime minister from 1995 to 2013, and acted as finance minister for much of that period. These generous tax breaks give Amazon an unfair competitive advantage over smaller rivals. Apple has the same sort of deal with the Irish government allowing Apple to pay a maximum tax rate of 1%, which fell to just 0.005% in 2014. The usual rate of corporation tax in Ireland is 12.5%. US authorities have also been investigating Amazon, but lost in court to the company. In March 2017 a court ruled against the Internal Revenue Service, which had argued Amazon owed the US $1.5bn (£1.13bn) in unpaid taxes linked to its Luxembourg companies.
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    Are we seeing the end of High Street shops?

    The nearest normal store is in Kenilworth not that far from the station but you will have to go via Leamington Spa and change trains. As for the store at the M40 services he sends the duck to doing the shopping so wear a tin hat incase the bag spits while the duck flying back.
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    Boat licence

    But then many of them don't bother with getting a licence or insurance, instead just painting out the name and index number.
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    March of the Widebeams

    Get yourself a second boat to tow behind you, Not only will you have somewhere to store your crap, You have somewhere to hide when the Misses is in full rolling pin mode.
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    Are we seeing the end of High Street shops?

    The thing about out of town retail parks is that you need a car as all to often there is either no bus service or it's a poor one and pricely. Towns with good weekly markets also draw in custom as well. On market day in St Ives (Cambridgeshire) it is packed as is Huntingdon and Ely. As for Hardware in March we have the independent West End DIY chain flag store which gives the Builders Merchant Ridgeons a hammering on both price and service, the other one Buildbase quit the town. West End DIY is the only place that I have come across where you don't have to buy the whole sheet just what you need cut to size. Had to go to Newmarket for the first time the other day what a dump the town centre is. As for online I refuse to do business with either SportDirect or Amazon due to the way both companies mistreat their staff. Leaving the staff in constant fear of being fired. A friend works in A&E in Peterborough (13 miles) where there is a Amazon Warehouse, each week she sees people brought in from Amazon who have fainted on the Job and when you concide that Amazon paid last year less than £12,000,000 in tax on a 5.4 billon plus turnover due to it's use of tax loopholes. The cost to the NHS each year alone from treating Amazon staff must be more than it pays in tax. Plus the poorly paid staff on zero hours have their pay topped up with benefits. So there is a downside to using Amazon. What you save ends up costing the taxpayer.
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    It's also very painful when they do.
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    Maker for chimney?

    I brought two 100cm lengths of steel flue in two diameters as it is almost inpossable to find a 4 3/4" diameter chimmey and mad my own. The two flues are kept apart top and bottom with four bolts. As it does get a bit winded around here, So it is held in place with a pipe clamp. The extra length also gives a better draw on the file when first lit.
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    Are we seeing the end of High Street shops?

    Is the High Street doomed I say not, What does the shopper want? They require easy access both by car (with free parking) or public transport plus a good range of shops. Where you have this the High Street is doing well. Where there is poor access and high parking charges the High Street is failing. The smaller towns also tend to do better on this as well when compared with the larger towns. Take March for example, it has free parking, the bus stops are in the town square and serve the high street. As a result the town is busy with shoppers. The same can be said for the town of Wareham in Dorset again good access plus free parking, shops are doing well, Yet a few miles away in Poole the Shopping Centre and High Street is dieing due to High parking charges, Bournemouth town centrte is even worse, With evener high parking charges, the bus station is 2 1/2 miles away next to the station, You can no longer drive through the town centre you have to take the ring road.

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