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Bill last won the day on November 9

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  1. Interesting little point I noticed while thinking about the electric busses that don’t rely on batteries. The charge capacitors they use are manufactured by Eaton, who used to have an axle division of their business here in Warrington. Thought I recognised that name and logo. Bill
  2. Looks like the “Oxford” vaccine isn't quite so effective as the first two, but will probably end up being the one that most people will get given the quantities that were pre ordered. Better than nothing I suppose and we don't have to go to the north pole to get it. Bill
  3. My understanding of the advice was to wear a mask and try to maintain a two-metre distance. I’m fine with that, but it’s an advisory distance and the virus doesn’t suddenly stop at two metres. There’s always going to be times when it’s not possible to maintain that distance so for most people, common sense is the rule of the day. I understand that some people take the guidance more as a hard line limit that should never be crossed but with this virus, it’s probably more a case of how worried and vulnerable they feel rather than anything else so it’d be wrong to criticize. We all have to
  4. Scotch whiskey in a two litre bottle, that's some serious hangovers Most of our whisky comes in bottles about a third the size of that but even so we'd still be paying about 15/16 pounds just for the cheaper stuff. Maybe they lower the prices over there because you lot are so poor Bill
  5. Well Stalard my good friend, it seems to me that you’re playing a bit of a game of Russian roulette having convinced yourself that the bullets aren’t real and wouldn’t hurt that much anyway. 😊 To be fair though, there’s just as much a split in opinion here as in the USA over how bad the virus is, however in the US it seems to have a lot more to do with politics than education. We both have very different takes on the matter, but that’s life isn’t it. Just think how boring it would be if we all thought the same, so keep your wacky comments coming. Bill
  6. Life may have been simpler back then, but todays younger generation only have our word for that. 😊 Not quite sure where it will all end up. What’s the old saying? “You can’t put the genie back in the bottle” Bill
  7. I don’t know anybody that’s died of it but my drinking mate Pete, who’s the same age as me, had it right at the start of the outbreak and he was seriously ill for over two weeks. He said that it was the worst illness he’d ever experienced in his entire life. Thankfully, there were no lasting effects that we know of. We all know that the vast majority of people can have the virus and not even know about it, and these are the very ones that represent the most risk of passing it on to others who may not be so lucky. If we get a cold or flu, we stay off work, so we don’t end up spreadi
  8. According to how the app works, you need to be relatively close for a certain period of time so just passing someone less than two metres away shouldn't be a great risk but who knows? When we had the first lockdown, people did seem to put more effort into keeping their distance but now, most just pass by as normal with only the odd one making any visible effort to distance. I'm not so sure about the the largest risk being supermarkets, all the ones I've been in seem reasonable. Then again I'm shopping mid week during pensioner hours and maybe it's a different kettle of fish at the weeken
  9. Some good novel ideas there Sid but back to dreaming how to solve your terraced house car charger problem. In the age of steam, nobody would have dreamt of electrifying the railways, but we did, and it worked, so it’s not inconceivable that we could do the same with our roads, especially since most of them already have power under them. The technology to do this exists now, but it’s a chicken and egg situation. So we’re stuck with electric cars with huge expensive batteries running on roads designed for horse and carts because no government would want to take the leap of faith nec
  10. And others may argue it’s an opportunity to move the country forward rather than try to hang onto a technology that’s had its day and in any case, won’t last forever. It’s just part of evolution but years down the line it won’t be an issue. We didn’t like it when we were told to stop burning coal, but would anyone want to go back to those days? Did that change peoples voting habits? I don't know. And talking of green futures, my green garden waste bin is sitting doing nothing these days since my garden went all plastic so any ideas what the policy is for returning one of these or do
  11. I think there’s more truth in that last statement than most recognise. It’s obvious that a hilly environment would soon flatten a battery even though there’s a down to every up but constant stop start driving on congested roads has the same effect, if not worse than a hill. It could be argued that the most significant improvement in the range of an electric vehicle, could be made by changes to the road network and rules such that a vehicle once accelerated maintains a constant velocity which uses relatively low amounts of energy. I mentioned before that busses are being trialled that have
  12. Forget about a couple of extra miles Sid, a dash charger wouldn't buy you much more than a couple of inches if you're lucky. I read recently that on of the leading manufactures are offering a full roof and bonnet covered in solar and claimed that for every hour in full sun, it would buy you an extra mile. It's just a sales gimmick for the eco maniacs but the maths just don't add up when you consider the additional costs, not to mention how infrequently we get full summer sun days. Right, off to take my gas guzzler for an MOT. Bill
  13. Ah but. The amount of electrical power needed to create hydrogen from water using electricity is three times the power that the hydrogen can give so it sort of doesn't make any sense to do that. Without batteries and until perpetual motion is invented, you'd need a petrol engine driving a generator to produce electricity to produce hydrogen to feed into a fuel cell that generates electricity. The only real benefit of hydrogen is that it's power density gives increased range. New battery technologies are constantly evolving that will no doubt bring them closer to this goal.
  14. It’s take at least a month of full summer sunshine to charge a battery Sid so hold onto your dosh. I’m thinking at the moment that the problem lies with how long it takes to charge a battery but if there was some way of giving it a mega boost every so often while still driving, then it may be possible to make it so that the car doesn’t need to be charged at all outside a house. Maybe something along the line they're currently using on electric busses, where they get a quick boost while stopped. Not enough time to charge a battery but enough to get it to the next stop where the proce
  15. Nothing's impossible Davy, we've just not yet worked out how solve that one but some bright spark will come up with a solution eventually. Where's my thinking cap Bill
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