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  1. Would doing that actually change anything because I’m sure that section of the river is tidal. Wouldn't dredging just make it easier for the tide to come up. ??? Bill
  2. As I remember, not that long-ago Warrington used to be on the list of the top ten towns classed as being at high risk from flooding. I think the early topographic computer models didn’t factor in the ship canal, so for years we probably paid over the odds for our home insurance. Looking at the current maps though, we don’t seem to be at any risk of flooding from rainstorms and the only threat is from storm surges coupled with a high tide. But that's always been the case. When I moved to Woolston in the seventies, the fields just past the Rope and Anchor pub were all marsh land so I was a
  3. Latchford. Well according to the UK spokesperson, it’s the Chinese that need to learn from us on how to do things democratically, but they would say that wouldn’t they. How can we be globally competitive if everything we do here is wrapped up in so much red tape that it takes years of debate and consultations before anything gets started. Take Heathrow’s third runway as a classical example where they’ve been talking about it now for over 25 years and they’re still arguing now. Bill
  4. I see the Chinese have offered to tender to take over the job and have it done in less than five years. As Mr Punch would say “That’s the way to do it” Bill
  5. A few years back I had keyhole surgery for a detached cartilage. The surgeon said that the inside of the knee was one of the best early indicators for arthritis and because mine was perfectly clean, he said I should never suffer from arthritis. I’d cross my fingers that that would be true (if I could). Bill 😊
  6. It does seem a lot to pay out to cut a few minutes off the travel time. I get a bit of a feeling that we’re doing this partly because as a nation we want to be seen by the rest world as modern and progressive. Personally, I’d have liked to have seen something a bit more futuristic that got us to London in ten minutes, now that would really show the world something. The problem we have in Britain is that the place is so blooming small, so there’s never enough distance between the stops to really get your foot down. Just making the trains faster It’s rather like trying to use a Ferrari as a
  7. I think most of us here are in the same boat but to some extent I do get what Latchford’s saying. If Geoff want’s some new hips to stop pain, then can’t argue with that but he makes it sound like he wants the hips so he can do more of what possibly contributed to the problem in the first place. Isn’t that like wanting a lung transplant so you can be better drag on a cig in your final years? I always liken the human body to a car. Look after it, and don’t constantly rag it and it should last a good while. You know its eventually going to reach a point where where the performance drops off
  8. Confused. There are many similarities, but I believe that the taxi trade is far more demanding in what they expect a system to be able to do and how much they should pay for it. We started off manufacturing PMR based data terminals back in the early nineties but now it’s 100% internet based which has made life so much easier for us. No more scuffed knees and bleeding knuckles from installing hardware into to impossible locations, we simply give the driver a pre-programmed dual sim smartphone that talks to peripherals via Bluetooth. The smart-phone performs meter functions, accept pay
  9. Sid. That’s true, and ironically in this case the tender process would probably cost a lot more than the total system. Given our taxi systems work with between 1 to 1000 vehicles, the council could just take one unit on a try before you buy basis so there’s no financial risk. I doubt any of the companies offering mega expensive tailor-made solutions could do this. To test the system, all that’s needed is to simply put a single modified mobile phone in a bus. As for not having smart phone, well you can’t win them all. I suppose It could be done by text or IVR but without GPS location, the
  10. Those electronic devices at the bus stops were always going to be a prime target for the vandals so it makes sense to use an Uber style mobile app where the only hardware used is the customers own mobile phone. The way I see it is that a bus is not that much different to a taxi so I can’t understand why the council don’t just use an off the shelf taxi system that will probably give them everything they need. I think the council run about a hundred busses?? The total initial cost for a taxi company with a hundred cars, including the custom app design would be about £15k worst case. After t
  11. Of course they have trucks just the same as we do for the local movement of goods but for longer distances, a lot of their stuff is moved by rail. Without the heavy trucks, the main motorways don’t need repairing anything like as much as ours, so there’s infinitely less traffic disruption. Over the years, I’ve lived and worked in the states and driven the length and breadth of the place and other than in the cities and suburbs, driving over there is a real pleasure compared to the UK. Bill
  12. Didn’t they install a system a few years back to track and display the busses so people knew how long then next one might be? Maybe they didn’t do it as far as Newton Le Willows. (Edit) Don’t bother answering that I’ve just checked, and it’s been replaced with an App that’s about as useful as the old printed timetable we had in the first place. No live data and no idea if the bus is on time or late but you probably knew that already. BTW my business provides real time tracking via custom apps for some of the taxi companies across the UK including Warrington. They pay next to nothing for t
  13. I think someones going to have come up a cleaver solution for the terraced house but come on, if we can send a man to the moon then surely we can dream something up. But before we start panicking about charging points, we need to take out of the equation, all the homes that have a garage or drive, where cars can be easily be charged and that'll reduce the numbers significantly. Then allow for the fact that the national average daily car use is only about ten miles, meaning that most cars may only need topping up once a week and if taken to a pukka charging point, it can be done in less t
  14. Obs, Yep that could easily happen but begs the question would the technology or person have spotted my car the other week when it was only just making 20 mph? Milky Goods are moved long distances by rail and it's quite impressive to see the trains with three or more engines and about a mile or so long. This is why the main Interstate roads don't have anything like the volume of heavy goods vehicles that we have. Once you get nearer large areas of population though, somewhat smaller trucks do the local moving about. Bill
  15. That was all a bit of long winded and not half as scary as I was expecting it to be. Bill
  16. Milkey. America doesn’t have anywhere near as many heavy goods vehicles as we do so road repairs are less common but where they differ dramatically is in their safety restrictions. I reckon we go well over the top, with safety measures taking longer than the actual repairs. US roadworks tend to be a few hundred yards with only a slight reduction in speed so I don’t see why we couldn’t do the same and keep the traffic moving. Bill
  17. Pretty much all the major car companies have already committed themselves to electrification, so much so that I believe that the law won’t be needed by that time. As for keeping old cars running forever, well it does happen in some hotter drier countries but here in the UK any car that’s used on a daily basis will end up just rotting away due to our lousy climate. Take my old Alfa for example, it’s 14 years old now 150,000 miles on the clock and starting to show its age. I keep it running but it’s getting more and more expensive to repair and parts are getting almost impossible to find. If I g
  18. Nah!! Vintage and classic car enthusiasts aren’t going to keep a muti-billion-pound oil industry in business, there’s just not enough about. Most cars do last longer these days but very few will ever qualify as classic, so while the old Nisan Micra is still a daily runner, it’ll get increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain. I reckon that petrol prices will rise and garages will become scarce and while that’s not a problem for me and my Mazza, it’s never going to work out for the Micra owner. The oil companies must know the cards are on the table and will be planning to divers
  19. I think you're right Davy, at least about there being a future for Hydrogen fuel cell in cars but it won't be a Betamax/VHS situation because both can work equally well. I suspect car owners will end up having a choice between a chemical battery or fuel cell but as Asp says, the gas is dangerous and I wouldn't feel safe knowing I'm effectively sitting on a bomb. As for the Oxygen, I don't think there's a shortage as such but ocean waters are tending to be short of it in certain areas due to warming and other factors. Bill
  20. I wouldn’t feel sorry for the younger generation Obs, we’re just leaving them with a bit of a challenge in their lives that I’m sure they’ll solve in time. I don’t blame my parents or grandparents for the pollution they passed onto me, it’s all just part of evolution. The amount of dirty coal they must have burnt over a couple of lifetimes would have been tremendous and all done without ever hearing about carbon offsetting. So where has all that carbon gone? I got a bit rattled last week when a report on www made Warrington out to be one of the worst places to live with talk about d
  21. But why should we even attempt to try and rehabilitate these people. To my way of thinking, we shouldn’t be incurring any of the huge costs keeping these people locked up for long periods or for endless police surveillance. We need a deterrent so powerful that it’ll stop them even considering becoming a terrorist in the first place, and that way everyone’s a winner. Some say deport them but that doesn’t work given any Tom, Dick and Mohammed can sneak back into this country and that’s assuming they don’t already have a UK passport. What should be done is poor shame on the immediate family,
  22. Even so Sid, if this was done here in the UK we'd spend ten years just debating it. 😂 Bill
  23. Then in fifty years when they get out, they'd probably be even more determined to seek greater revenge and become a martyr. Most rules for dealing with crime in this country were made well before Islamic terrorism was even thought of and as such, are simply not applicable. If the ultimate punishment is death, then that's exactly what these people are looking to achieve, and they're not bothered whether that occurs in jail or on the streets, What's needed is a completely different type of punishment that would probably break every rule in the book by specifically targeting Islamic extrem
  24. Did anyone else notice that the coaches transferring the people to the isolation hospital last week each had someone at the front wearing a full isolation suit and visor. Sitting right next to them was the driver who was wearing a short sleeved shirt and tie. Bill
  25. Ah but, computers are much better. I went for a blood test a few weeks back but when I got there, the receptionist said there should have been a form included and that I’d have to go back to the surgery to get one printed. I asked why, if everything is on the computer, they couldn’t just print one for me. Not allowed, confidentiality, human rights etc. So all the way back to the medical centre, where no medical questions were asked, just my name, address and a quick press the print key. This took about ten seconds, but my round trip was nearly an hour and I got bloody soaked in the proces
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