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  1. Well that always happens when too many try to jump on the same specialist bandwagon irrespective of where they’re located. Running might be a big thing right now but supplying only running shoes seriously limits the number of visitors, so to keep them coming back they need to be right on their game. It seems very few shops these days stand the test of time and even the big names are deserting our town centres. Perhaps they should look at stores like Handcock and Woods and see if they can work out what the magic formula is. Bill
  2. Well like most people I’m only going off what I hear and see on the news but if you know better, then feel free to update me of exactly when it was worse. You’ve made your views on climate change/global warming very clear and I even agree with much of what you say but the authorities (while not directly blaming climate change), do say the that the scale of this disaster is down to the weather. The fire authorities said they couldn’t carry out a lot of the preventative burns they normally do, not because of any locked gates or green issues but simply because of the weather conditions this year made it unsafe. Suppose it all comes down to who you choose to believe.
  3. I’m sure they’ll be discussing this very point at their meeting today. Given the strong public opinion, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Queen tells Harry to get this right because one isn’t going to be seen bailing anyone out. Bill
  4. I'm no big fan of Greggs but my grandkids certainly aren't very happy that they've stopped doing the meat and potato bakes. These poor excuses for a proper meat and tata pie were apparently just a northern regional option, who'd have thought that? Bill
  5. Well yes, according to one of the Labour party wannabees, which I found a bit surprising. Personally, I reckon if they want to distance themselves from the royal family and become financially independent, then they should organise their own security, at least while outside the country. Bill
  6. I’d hope that most thinking people would look at the big picture about what’s happening over there rather than take the word of an Aussie drongo with an internet conspiracy theory. Clearly these are the worst fires they’ve ever had and yes, some of the environmental laws haven’t helped but the consensus view of the professionals is that extreme weather conditions over the last year has been the primary cause. These unusual conditions may well be linked to global warming, but equally so, it could just be down to the natural variability of the weather and that’s never going to change. Bill
  7. That'd depend how hungry they were, otherwise they might not have a leg to stand on. Bill
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    Merry Christmas

    Broadly speaking, your are correct Sid. Bill
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    No not at all. There’s always been help for the needy, we just never referred to them as foodbanks in the past. But think about how things have changed since you and I were lads. Back then most people tended to remain in the town where they were born and work there too, so families were always a lot closer together than they are these days. Then consider also the fact that most of us lived in streets where we had neighbours that we could always borrow a cup of sugar from but today the term neighbourly is almost unheard of. Fewer people go to church, socialise in a local pub, shop at local shops, play bingo, the list could go on forever. The bottom line is that we are rapidly becoming a society of fragmented stay at homes whose family are too far away and where friends are all virtual. The lack of face to face contact thanks to our obsession with mobile technology certainly has a lot to answer for. But neither governments nor the general population created these devices but society is now dominated by them. Sorry if anything didn’t make sense but in a big rush to get out to socialise (wife’s birthday!) Bill 😊
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    Merry Christmas

    Never mind the quantity Gary, it's the quality that counts! Bill:)
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    No child in this country should ever go hungry but if they do, who’s fault is it? The poor blame the government while the rich point fingers at the parents but sadly to me, to some extent, they’re both right. It’s all relative though because one person’s definition of poverty would be another’s idea of sheer luxury but wherever we set the defining point for poverty, there’ll always be some who, rightly or wrongly, consider themselves hard done by. This makes it an almost impossible problem to solve, especially for a government, short of driving us all into communism. For me, if anyone is to blame it’s society as a whole which for a variety of reasons has allowed us as a people to become more insular and remote from others who in the past would recognise a developing situation and be willing to help. Bill
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    Merry Christmas

    Same here. I'm starting to believe there might be something in this global warming thing. Only kidding I think it's about 5C at the moment. Anyway, hope all my forum mates all had a very merry Christmas and I'm just going to start getting a bit merrier now I'm done with the day's driving. Bill
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    But wasn't it the case that 90% of their business and staff was already US based? Bill
  14. In any case most of the current hospital isn't that old, probably 20/30 years tops so either the planners weren't forward thinking enough or as Davy says it's just overcrowded with people who should just see a local doctor or take an lemsip. Bill
  15. i agree with Gary, as far as I can see there's nothing wrong with the place other than the lack of parking spaces and too much time wasted on form filling. Bill
  16. Perhaps that's because their always ill from all the bugs that folk take into their surgery. Fortunately I don't often need to see a doctor but when I do, I never seem to have any problems getting an appointment the same day. I was in hospital yesterday for a minor procedure, all arranged and done in less than a week. First rate service which makes me wonder what all the fuss is about. Bill
  17. I wonder how long it will be before they stop doing that? I know it's not that expensive but I always get my ticked validated for free in the market and most times we end up spending money in there so I guess it's working well for the market traders. Question though. The sign in the new car park says the place gets locked at 10 pm which seems a bit early if your going for a night out. ????? Bill
  18. Well that’s it for another five years and I’m just hopeful that it’s an end to all the hostile and negative comments that have plagued social media recently. Some say it was all about Brexit or Corbyn but I’m sure there were people out there who simply wanted an end to the hate and bad feeling that was dividing our nation. This is 100% true. Yesterday when my wife and I voted, there was just other person in the polling station, an elderly lady who went in just before us. She looked fine going in but standing at the booth, we could see she was visibly shaking and had tears in her eyes, so we sat her down. She said that for all her life she had always voted the same way but now just couldn’t do it and this resulted in a huge family argument. How wrong is that! I was always taught that if you want to keep your friends and prevent arguments then avoid talking about politics and religion, especially in the pub and I suppose these days that should include social media. I’ve just removed six people from by Facebook list who clearly had never heard this advice and had become nasty political trolls. Bill 😊
  19. Milky Converting a hundred 747s into water bombing takers that could be deployed at short notice to anywhere in the world might well cost a billion pounds, but that’s absolute peanuts compared to what’s spent globally trying to reduce CO2. The problem as I see it is that when it comes to firefighting services it’s all done at a local level where resources are limited, and the focus is wholly on protecting local people and their properties. The sheer scale of some of these fires makes them so dangerous that they become impossible to control so they’re just left to burn themselves out often taking months. One or two water bombing planes make for good telly viewing but on the big fires you might as well just pee on it for what good it does. But call in International rescue with a whole fleet of carpet-bombing planes and the major fires could be under control in no time, saving lives, properties and most importantly cutting out a major source of pollution. Bill
  20. Your right, we don’t get owt for nowt so we all end up paying for cleaner air and a supply that doesn’t fail every few days. Nobodies being forced to but all electric cars (yet) but with all the major manufactures moving that way it won’t be long before we don’t have a choice. I’d like to think that the brunt of the cost will be born by the initial purchasers and that prices with volume production will fall for us peasants. I don’t think it works like that Davy because the amounts of panels you’d need would be crazy, not that we have that much sunshine anyway. On some cars, they do offer solar roofs which might help maintain the charge slightly but It’d take about a week to charge a flat battery in full sunshine. I’ve read the reviews and the consensus is that it’s more a gimmick that’s not worth anything like what they charge (pardon the pun) 😊 It’s not without it’s problems, especially when there’s several cars and no drive to park in but things will have to change. Have you been on the new market car park and seen the number of electric charging points? I’m more likely to become disabled before I change to electric so Warrington council might be more forward thinking than we give them credit for when they allocated so many disabled spaces. Bill
  21. Whoops you did say heat pumps would eventually use an additional peak of 170GW which added to our none heat use, would probably take us to nearer 250/300GW. The additional load for the cars would be difficult to guess at but in theory they shouldn’t be using anything at peak times as at that point they would be feeding back into the grid. But however we play with the numbers, one thing looks certain and that’s by 2050 we’ll all be driving electric cars with 2,000GW of capacity available to the grid. This will happen whether we frack or not or build new nuclear stations. In answer to Sid's question, I think most electric car manufactures today offer to replace any battery that drops below 75% efficiency within 8/9 years. The actual replacement cost would be high, but a whole new industry is evolving to use the still good batteries for storing grid energy, so it’ll be a case of trading in rather than just replacing them. Over time, it’s probable that used batteries will feed in more power than the actual cars on the road. Bill 😊
  22. There’s not much you can do about volcanoes but from what I’ve read, 25% of the world’s CO2 emissions come from wildfires which is staggering. It’s not that surprising though when you consider how long these things can go on for and the primitive methods that we use to fight the fires. A couple of years back I was in Oregon amidst numerous forest fires. The smoke went on for hundreds of miles with people needing to wear smoke masks. Then we see news footage showing fire fighters hopelessly trying to beat down flames with paddles and getting nowhere. Much of the time the terrain was too difficult to work in, so the fires were simply left to burn. A couple of days later I was crossing the Mojave Desert and saw literally hundreds of perfectly good airliners from all over the world just sitting in mothballs and now I’m wondering why these couldn’t be used as some kind of international firefighting fleet. 25% of the world’s CO2 emissions .... hundreds of perfectly good airliners in mothballs.... Food for thought. Bill 😊
  23. The status quo is what it is now. If fracking’s allowed and prices fell dramatically as in the US, do you think it would only be used for increased security or would everyone want a piece of the action? Nobody’s being forced into installing solar panels or heat pumps. A few crazies might do it to save the planet, but the majority will be those who see it as a way of making or saving money and It’s the exactly the same thing with electric cars. So, in a way, the rich (albeit with government assistance) are the main ones currently paying for the changes but longer term we need to do something to help the less fortunate afford the high costs of home generated power and energy reduction. I’m sure there’ll be no shortage of businesses lining up cash in on government grants so one idea might be to create a nationalised industry to produce and install systems that people can afford. As for the electric cars, they will put more demand on the system but it’s going to be a gradual increase over many years so renewables and energy reduction must continue to match this growth. The good thing though is that given we already have feed-in technology, every additional car adds stability to our grid. Apparently, the average car only spends less than 10% moving and as far as I understand, the tech is intelligent enough know when it’s best to charge and when it’s best to feed back (sell) to the grid so we just have to hope the programmers get this bit right. The current UK peak demand is 75GW so with cars and heat pumps lets guess at a new peak of 200GW. This means that if only 1 in ten cars were connected, in theory we could turn off every power station in the country and still be ok. Here’s a link that shows how this could work. https://www.bbc.co.uk › news › science-environment-48530488 › the-sola... Bill 😊
  24. Just as well our old friend Geoff Settle isn’t around these days otherwise he’d probably be suggesting we all live in cardboard boxes heated by a candle.😁 Oh dear indeed, it looks like Confused is preaching to the already converted again. Just so that you know I’m no eco warrior or environmentalist, I rinse my plastic milk bottle and recycle them and that’s about as far as it goes. What I am though is realistic, enough to recognise that change is happening and nothing that you or I can say or do will have any effect on things once the governments decide on a course of action. Like you I was all in favour of fracking given the fragility of our supply situation and its reliance on gas from places like Russia. And I had no doubts that any UK fracking would be done under much tighter controls than in the US. But if the government’s long-term plan is to phase out the use of fossil fuels like domestic gas then you must question the logic of continuing to expanding it. Nothing is going to happen that quickly and fortunately, for now we do have enough gas reserves to cover a short-term disaster. Changing every home to use heat-pump technology would as you say, probably take 20 years but that’ll also allow ample time for the none-fossil renewables to grow to match the increasing needs. And by this time of course, 100% of cars will be battery powered and able to feed in nearly 2,000 gigawatt hours of power making our grid far more resilient than it is now. It’s all very complex and we can all throw in numbers to suite our own arguments but at the end of the day, the government has set out its plan and It might well be expensive but is probably the best route. Fracking would give me cheaper petrol for my none-eco V8 but it’d also remove the incentive to change and you can’t beat a bit of urgency to get things done. Bill 😊
  25. I doubt fracking will ever succeed in the UK as it did in the states due mainly to the difference in public opinion on climate change. Yes we saw the burning water and dead cows and some of the scare stuff obviously rubbed off on our politicians who then set totally impossible seismic targets for the industry. But leaving aside all the rights, wrongs and technicalities of fracking, we’re being told (and probably right) that burning gas, just like burning petrol, is something we need to move away from, so it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to develop a new technology for something with no real future. So, we’re being told that the future (if there is to be one) is going to be all electric with no burning of fossil fuels. I doubt anything we do on our small island will solve the world’s problems, but if nothing else it should help improve the air quality in our local towns and cities. Fracking could bring the down the cost of petrol and a bag of coal but it’s all a bit pointless if we don’t need either. The country is trying to get us to pay good money buying cleaner cars but that won't happen if we keep reducing the cost of the dirty fuels. Bill 😊
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