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inky pete last won the day on December 24 2014

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  1. The issue is Mercury from dental work. They now have to ensure that it isn't emitted in the smoke.
  2. We had a single parent on just after Christmas who had no heating or hot water. They'd called out British Gas since they had been paying for boiler cover, but BG declared the boiler obsolete and beyond economic repair and just offered a £500 discount against a new boiler install quoted at over £3500. Within a couple of hours a couple of the experts had diagnosed the problem and provided details of the required part - including finding a supplier who had it in stock. A local RGI then fitted the part and fixed the problem. Total cost £75 including the part. Needless to say, the user has cancelled their boiler cover - saving them around £30 a month - and now has a local RGI who they can trust and can call on in future. In my book that's a saving of thousands.
  3. No it didn't. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=eagle+and+child+video
  4. I don't propose courses of action which I'm not prepared to personally fight for.
  5. Most of the forums I mod are based around DIY and home improvements. The experts on them go on to freely offer advice to the general public and generally be helpful without expecting kudos or reward. (Thanks and feedback are always appreciated though). On one forum we have about a dozen mods looking after over thirty thousand registered users with probably 500+ regular contributors, so the opinionated fools get either diluted or drowned out. We have our general discussion areas, but because we're national - and often international - we don't tend to get bogged down in local partisan political spats. And when we do have a "frank exchange of views" on a national subject like immigration, terrorism, or the EU, at least we have a degree of mutual respect based upon the expert advice we have all freely given to others. We as mods are also plenty willing to issue warnings, suspensions or bans to users who consistently drag threads off topic, abuse others, or state untruths as facts. As the site owner often says, "You may think this is a democracy, and we here are easy going enough that it often appears to be. But as long as I'm paying for the server space, in the final analysis - my word is law!"
  6. No. The real question is - was the funding too high under the last bunch of profligate vote buyers?
  7. For God's sake put this forum out of it's misery! I'm a mod on a number of other - far larger - forums and know that when every topic descends into the same blinkered, polarised views you know you've just got a forum frequented by people who are just in love with the sound of their own voices. It's time to either wield the axe a ban a load of users, or kill the thing off altogether.
  8. Freedom of speech is useless without the legal freedom to punch pugnacious idiots on the nose!
  9. Funny then how it's those who are "close to the finishing post" who are campaigning most vocally in favour.
  10. They'd save even more energy if they turned off all the lights at the EU................then locked the door and threw away the key! Imagine what the carbon footprint of the whole Brussels to Strasbourg merry-go-round, and MEP's plus staff travelling back and forth to home country's must be.
  11. inky pete

    Icy roads

    There was a forecast of freezing temperatures, freezing temperatures occurred exactly when forecast, WBC state publicly that they will respond to a freezing temperatures forecast by gritting primary routes before the temperatures drop and ice forms. But WBC didn't grit the roads, and have yet to explain why.
  12. inky pete

    Icy roads

    The Met Office do the forecasting, and freezing is below 0 degrees - obviously. Freezing temperatures were forecast for 26th, 27th and 28th well in advance, WBC just did nothing about it.
  13. Lymm is, and always has been, a Cheshire village. I don't personally know about Stockton Heath, Appleton, Grappenhall, Thellwall and Latchford, but Lymm used to have it's own Urban District Council and managed perfectly well. When it came under Cheshire County Council things were also fine. There's absolutely no reason to believe that Lymm would be any worse off under either Cheshire East of Cheshire West - of course, the loss of the cash-cow areas would mean that Warrington would go bust within a year but that's not Lymm's problem. Fire and police services are still run on a county basis (Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire Service), and hospital and health services are nothing to do with WBC anyway.
  14. inky pete

    Icy roads

    WBC's website states that primary routes will be gritted in advance whenever temperatures are forecast to go below freezing. Obviously didn't happen.
  15. We most certainly should expect the board of an organisation to notice when they're missing £30,000! That's why most company boards contain people with financial experience and qualifications. And why was he being given a severance package - by the board, since they would have had to sign off on such an arrangement - until a more junior colleague discovered the thefts?
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