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  1. Last year we were in Sacramento and there were quite a few horse drawn cartridges for the tourists. A bylaw there stated that all the horses be fitted with some sort of poo catching sack which sort of worked but offered no protection from the constant farting that went on. Bill
  2. I think it's mainly the fridge freezers that are the issue because of the refrigerants but at least with these, they're not generally too heavy and can be taken to any tip that accept them. Washer driers on the other hand can be seriously heavy but the local scrap dealers will be more than happy to take them away for their scrap value. Last year we replaced a combined washer drier when I did the new kitchen but because it was only two years old a charity shop took it away for us. Bill
  3. Touch wood I don't seem to have any blood pressure issues, not that I've ever understood the weird number system they use. It used to be quite low when I was younger but now when I've been checked they just say it's fine and that's the sort of medical talk I can understand. Bill
  4. You're not wrong Diz, most supply companies offer to do this these days which makes things a lot easier and eliminates fly tipping. Bill
  5. A lot more to go wrong? There's no engine and gearbox Diz so I'd have thought that there's a whole lot less to go wrong. Ok the battery wont last forever but if it can last for about ten years before it's replaced, your back to an almost new car. Bill
  6. I'd have thought that the significant improvements made by the car manufacturers in terms of pollution control could or would have outweighed the overall increase in traffic volume. I don't have any numbers on this and could be completely wrong but I reckon without these new regulations, things by now would be seriously bad. As Sid rightly says, electric cars will in the longer term solve the problem so people with issues just need to accept it as a fact of modern living and if they can't put up with it then they should consider moving to somewhere where the air is cleaner. Bill
  7. Well I suppose you could argue that July was just before Christmas because that's when I last applied to get arm chair and a sofa removed. The council said it would take several weeks before they could collect so I spent a whole day breaking it up and taking it to the tip but it was hard work and I'd rather have paid them to just take it all away. At least the wood and metal got to be recycled rather than it all go to landfill. Bill
  8. You must live in a different area Milky because as Sid says they've been charging for the service for a good while. I last used them a year or so ago and there was certainly a charge then. Bill
  9. I've just spent a good hour or so trawling through some of the best old photos of Warrington I've seen in a long while. Click on the photo at the start of this thread then use the left and right to scroll though a mass of old photos. Each one can be blown up to show great detail. Bill
  10. I was quite shocked the other day when It was announced that nearly 5000 people commit suicide each year and a large and growing proportion of these deaths were young children that were subjected to online abuse. I have my daughter, her husband and their two children living with us at the moment while their house is being refurbished I now I can see first hand how much their life revolves around their mobile phones. I don't know how typical this is but every single day, these two (aged 11 and 13) literally have their faces in their phones from first thing in the morning to last thing at night and are totally oblivious to anything being said to them or happening around them. Now I'm no expert but I feel that anyone who spends the majority of their life online are far more likely to be affected mentally when things start going wrong in their virtual world. Then because they've lost some of the ability to communicate with the people around them, things can build up that might lead to more serious issues like suicide. Bill
  11. Give it a few years and you'll be accused of being a blondist Latchford! Here's a true one, not quite a joke but made me laugh. Just before Christmas, the wife and myself had been into town on a nice sunny day for some last minute shopping. When we got back home I said to her "It's rained here" She looked confused and asked where? Now I'm confused because she doesn't do that kind of humour. Finally the penny dropped when I realised she was looking for a reindeer. Bill
  12. Can't match that but can just about remember the crossing. Later when the bridge was built I remember we would always buy a programme from a seller who regularly stood just past the top and although I don't think I ever read them that much I was quite proud of my collection. BTW hope you have a very Happy Birthday today!!! Bill
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    Well it's very different for me at the moment Stalard and truth be known I'm not really looking forward to full traditional retirement. I think my problem is I still think I'm twenty years younger than I actually am, to the point where I sometimes feel a bit out of place with several of my friends. Sure I have all the aches and pains that match my age but it drives me bonkers when all the conversation hinges round age related health issues rather than things that interest me. A few weeks ago I went with my wife and a couple of friends for a weekend break at a hotel chain specialising in adults only (Warner). Their adds on national TV show people that must have retied very early in life, whereas in reality, the place was more like an upmarket old peoples home full of zimmer frames and wheel chairs. It really wasn't my cup of tea but unbelievably the others thought it was brilliant and wanted to book another. Noooooooo! Bill
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    Well I've been retired now for two and a half years and other than constantly not knowing what day it is because every day is like a Saturday, I've yet to sample the true relaxing benefits of retirement. My Ahhha's have been more Aggghs of pain or Ah-ah's as I finally find the screwdriver I know I had half an hour ago. I reckon that given a couple more months and it'll be time for a real Ahhha time! I've not really worked out what's going to occupy my time after all my jobs are done but it's certainly not going to be carpet slippers and daytime TV for me. Bill
  15. Looks like I'm going to be disagreeing with everyone then. The level of barracking seen of TV the other day for me went well beyond what many would consider an acceptable level of protest. Obstructing and shouting abuse into someones face is going too far, it's just yobish behaviour that nobody should condone. As for it being ok to do this if they're a MP, no I don't agree with that either. Bill
  16. I can't believe that any regular user of this forum would be so callous as to down vote your post Latchford so this is most likely to be some brain dead lowlife just trying to cause a bit of bother. Bill
  17. I'd leave in place if it's still working and forget about the electricity usage because that's going to be absolutely next to nothing. Bill
  18. And a very belated Merry Christmas from me also. Hope everyone had a good time. Bill
  19. Of course we don't, infrastructures don't happen overnight but the projected growth of electric vehicles can only happen if homes have charging points and they will be bi-directional. Take a look at this link. http://www.ovoenergy.com/guides/electric-cars/vehicle-to-grid-technology.html Bill
  20. There are currently about 30 million cars on the road and if all of these were electric with 100 kwh batteries, that would equate to 3,000 Gigawatt hours of stored energy. Nationally we use at peak demand just over 40 Gigawatts so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that with that much power available on tap, that feeding back even just a fraction of this into the grid would even out our energy issues. The utility companies do store a small amount of energy in batteries but it's prohibitively expensive but electric cars would create humongous energy store. Charged off peak, the owner could then have the option to sell back the power when it's needed. Whether the power comes from a roof solar panel or a car parked on the drive it doesn't matter, feeding power back into the grid isn't pie in the sky but a technology that we have right now. That's the future Asp, not dodgy meters that stop you having a brew when you want one! I think my sums are right but if anyone cares to check them be my guest. Bill
  21. Yes I fully understand how those meeting go as I used to sit on the trade advisory group of Ofcom. The technology is almost boundless in it's scope and the companies producing the equipment all want to push it forwards for their own ends. Can't blame them for that but at the end of the day if the technology is allowed to get too controlling big issues will be created. As far as I know some of the utility providers are using the latest AI systems to be able differentiate between individual domestic devices. Seems like a sledge hammer to crack a nut though when all that's needed is to ask people. Tea time. Bill
  22. Perhaps they should make the game such that if you kill someone, like in real life, they never come back and if you get killed, it's really game over and the software deletes itself! Bill
  23. Oh come on doe's anyone really believe that the public would accept being told when they could make a brew or eat their toast. We've had a referendom because people didn't like being dictated to by an outside party and something like this would be even worse. The public just wouldn't accept such intrusive measures being forced upon them so I doubt it'll ever happen. I do understand that the meter needs to have it's own network if only to communicate with the display and in theory this could communicate with any other device within range. But getting a reliable connection to anywhere in the home is a struggle and it'd be as easy as pie to defeat the system with something as simple as a bit of tin foil. There's only one way to put some degree of control over when people do their washing and that's by pricing. If there's excess power available in the small hours then reduce the price during that time and people choose whether or not they want to take advantage. That said. the glut of night time power will in time be taken up as electric cars become more common. On the plus side though, millions of connected cars could feed back into the network providing energy when the sun doesn't sine and the wind doesn't blow thus completely negating the need for any stupidity like this. Rant over. Bill
  24. Well I think anyone who's prepared to pay well over the odds for a kettle that can be turned on and off by a mobile phone deserves to be hacked. I can understand a company wanting to have a product that's significantly different and gets people talking even if it borders on stupidity but I can't believe that anyone really ever thought that life would be so much better with something like this. For a utility company to be able to take control via a meter, they would need everyone to have all their appliances linked by WiFi and the ability to access their security codes but given they're struggling just to get the bloody things to report back correctly, what's the chance of them getting all this right? If I had to turn off my router and WiFi to make sure I could have tea and toast when I wanted it, I'd simply buy a cheaper standard kettle and toaster and so would everyone else, so the idea of utilities being able to control things this way will never happen. Bill
  25. I don't think I'd feel that comfortable knowing I've got 5 litres of hydrogen at 10,000 psi sitting behind me. That's probably about the same amount as the Hindenburg had! I honestly can't see this kind of technology in cars getting much further than it is now as the charging infrastructure for pure battery powered cars is miles ahead. People would think twice about buying any vehicle, however green they might be, i f the refuelling points aren't readily accessible (a bit like LPG). I've thought hard about going green but in the end opted for a 4.7 litre petrol model weighing in at 1880 Kg so not much chance of getting blown off the road in that in either sense 😃. Bill
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