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Bill

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  1. Well I'm still confused then because I've never really understood how street lights equate to speed limits. As far as I know Winwick Road has a 40 mph limit for most of it's length and that has street lights (i think). I've just Googled down Midland Way and see plenty of lamps but no speed signs? Maybe I'll just continue to go with the flow and not worry about it. Bill
  2. Given the size of the UK, it’s probably just easier and cheaper at the moment to use road transport for goods. I’ve spent a lot of time in the states, and there, the railways carry huge amounts long distances so there are very few trucks on the interstate motorways compared to the UK. Even when the cost of fuel becomes prohibitive, I doubt rail as we know it will be the answer and instead we’ll probably use semi-autonomous road trains that can then simply be driven to their final destination. Bill
  3. A slight digress, but what's the actual speed limit on the "Expressway"? I believe it's 30 mph, but when it's not congested, most seem quite happy doing 40 or more. I always feel a bit uncertain when driving along there as I don't like holding others up but equally I don't want a ticket. Bill
  4. Given the choice, most of us would prefer the convenience of a car, however councils seem to disagree with this and prefer us all to use bikes and public transport. But given they can’t force us to use the bus, they instead do as little as possible for the motorist, even to the point where it looks like they’re deliberately trying to make it more difficult for private car owners to get around. Fast forward to 2050 where we’re all electric and most of the environmental arguments won’t exist. People will still prefer to own a private car over a shared-self-driving Ubermoiles but either way, the lack of foresight means we’ll probably still be on roads designed for the horse and cart, traffic lights designed by five year olds and still not enough parking places. Clearly our planners should have watched the Jetsons when they were kids rather than Bill & Ben! Bill
  5. So did you see their plans to build a brand new 1000 bed isolation hospital from scratch? They reckon it'l be ready in a few of days! Bill :}
  6. Following previous outbreaks, think a huge number of Chinese have permanently adopted mask wearing, even to the point where some see them as fashion items. Last year I was on Devil's Causeway in Northern Ireland, miles from any civilisation with a strong wind blowing directly off the Atlantic. You probably couldn't have wished for cleaner fresher air anywhere in the world, yet the place was full of Chinese tourists, all wearing their masks. Bill
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. That'd depend how hungry they were, otherwise they might not have a leg to stand on. Bill
  14. Bill

    Merry Christmas

    Broadly speaking, your are correct Sid. Bill
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    Foodbanks

    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 😊
  16. Bill

    Merry Christmas

    Never mind the quantity Gary, it's the quality that counts! Bill:)
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    Foodbanks

    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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    Cobhams

    But wasn't it the case that 90% of their business and staff was already US based? Bill
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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 😊
  25. 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
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