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Joined on: Friday, 28th December 2001, 12:54, Last used: Wednesday, 21st August 2013, 09:17

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About this user: still have the old wharfy 750 now relegated to the bedroom... now all panasonic hometheatre/ multiregion dvd player...

likes `Baby Spice`
dislikes, anything to do with Brad Pitt/Friends/ or Robbie Williams. (oh, and Arsenal).

This user has posted a total of 7339 messages. On average, since joining, this user has posted 1.05 messages a day, or 7.37 messages a week. In the last 30 days, this user has posted 23 messages, which is on average 0.77 messages a day.

Recent Messages Posted:

RE: [VIDEO] What are you listening to now??? (Music recomendations)

Just started listening to The Hassles, this was a band Billy Joel was in during the sixties before he went solo

RE: R.I.P. Mr Garibaldi

another taken far too early... RIP


This last year, and all these people disappearing from my childhood, and early years, really does make you think about your own mortality.

This item was edited on Friday, 22nd January 2021, 16:16

RE: Any home insurance recommendations?

i've started using the Comparison Sites, but by going through 'Easyfunding' each time cars, house, utilities, i have saved money, and even got donations usually £15 each time for the youngest school.

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

Quote:
Si Wooldridge says...
"Do you have a cigarette lighter in your car and does it work with the ignition off?"

I don't think any Auxiliary Sockets (Cigarette Lighters) now work with ignition off/key out...

I'm not techie, so are you saying this wont work if you need ignition on? That would seem to totally defeat the object as that in itself would drain battery?

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

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mbilko says...
"Boris cycling 7 miles from Downing St!! That is the problem in a nutshell for me, one rule for us and again, another for them, why has he not been visited by the friendly local bobby??  will give the guy at the door something to do at least."

I'm failing to see the issue Boris is exercising, not travelling to exercise, and it is within the spirit of the guidance.

*this based on comments within thread, if it transpires he has/was driven 7 miles from home to undertake exercise then that's a different matter entirely.

The instructions as I read it in the simplest form, is, exercise should start and finish at home?  You should minimise contact with any persons outside of your household/or support bubble.

When I cycle for exercise (or to/from work) its in excess of 10 miles from my front door.  I could cycle around the block 50 times, but I would get dizzy.

When cycling I will always take to the centre of the road when passing pedestrians, or when overtaking other Mamils,  to keep distance at a maximum, and if I cannot do that I wait to pass at a more appropriate location.

This item was edited on Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 17:42

RE: I ******g hate people.

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Luckliy, there are ppl who join the armed forces and police for the right reasons, and want to join despite being aware of the big picture. Like nurses, teachers etc, a vocation for some, it's not something some ppl stumble into like they used to, because they couldn't do anything else.
 certainly not for the money, I took a wage cut for the from retail management for nearly 10 years!

I come from a family of NHS workers, mum and aunts career nurses, and cousins who have followed... the abuse that NHS staff/emergency service workers get is truly unbelievable.

One thing I have seen over the years since mine started school, is how hard teachers work, its not 9-3.30 Monday to Friday with 6 weeks off in the summer, and I suspect any parent who is truly honest will say how hard home schooling has, and continues to be!

RE: I ******g hate people.

It is a generalisation, but it really is difficult to recruit, and retain...

I stand corrected on Millennials... change that to those born since the Millennium 

Its probably a lot to do with there are other opportunities out there, and that the world has changed dramatically certainly since the early 80's, if we went back 30+ years ago, if you weren't very academic, you went into manual jobs, many joined the services... the pace of change is only getting quicker.

Today's service personnel today have to be so much more technically able, as weapons systems, vehicles, all admin functions, communications systems are all run by computers/electronics, the starting point in the military today is an extension of education, and certain Levels of Maths, and English are required, and training/CPD through out will nearly always have some NVQ accreditation allowing transfer to civilian occupations.

RE: I ******g hate people.

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I know it won't be even investigated probably but I'd still become a statistic personally. Too many crimes 'lost' by the police without them not being recorded in the first place.

Unfortunately the crime will be screened out, but it will be 'recorded' as National Criming Standards require this... only in December did the CC of GMP resign, following report from HMI for Policing criticizing the force Crime Recording, amongst other failings.

The biggest issue facing Policing in the UK currently is that in 1989-1991 saw a massive recruitment drive across all police forces.  Now 30 years on, all those experienced officers leaving having completed 30 years service, and with the best will in the world forces are struggling to recruit quick enough.

I know from recent personal experience, that some recruits have had a shock once starting, some leaving as they didn't like having to work evenings, nights or weekends...

The Military faces the same problem, the youth/young 'Millennials' who should be the recruits of today, are different to those of us that grew up in the last century, they want to work in the warm and dry, and anything over 8 hours a day they think is excessive!

RE: I ******g hate people.

is still use a S7 great phones... had to sadly replace my work Nokia 3210 (after nearly 10 years) with a Samsung Galaxy XCover

The wife an two daughter are iSheep...

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

Full Lockdown until end of January just announced in Scotland... i reckon it will be here within 48 hours!

Seems Lockdown V3.0 will be announced at 2000 hours!

This item was edited on Monday, 4th January 2021, 15:31

RE: Fireworks and drones

I don't think fireworks should be illegal, but perhaps only be able to purchased by from licensed sellers, and for properly licensed organised displays

RE: [VIDEO] Arsenal 2020/21 Season

amazing how three games can go from relegation contenders to 6 points of a potential European spot

RE: [VIDEO] The All New Doctor Who Thread...

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Time to dump the BBC TV licence, and get them just to advertise like all other stations.
couldn't agree more... British Broadcasting Company, once the pride of the world, now just full off repeats, and cheap programming, the news like a tabloid!

RE: Windows 7 RIP

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But in all honestly, it sounds like you're being a luddite :) The idea of using Office 365 is so you don't have to email docs to yourself!

Guilty as charge M'lud!

I do work off line quite a bit, that's why I don't like the Office365 option... there are times several weeks a year, where I work with no Wifi connection available

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

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Edit: and just to add, I really don't know what the right-wing nut-jobs really want: they say don't wear masks, don't do lockdowns, don't socially distance, don't protect elderly relatives, don't take the vaccine. What the f*** should we do then??? I suppose it's like their attitude to the climate apocalypse, just ignore it and pretend it's not happening.

Most of them are professional protesters, always finding another cause to avoid doing some work!

RE: [VIDEO] The All New Doctor Who Thread...

well have to say I quite enjoyed it... yes we all know Daleks aren't scary anymore, the doctor has defeated them so often.

For me, The Weeping Angels have been the best 'monster/alien' in recent years... 

I'm a big fan of current Doctor such a good casting choice after the last incarnation, she is really good, and sad to see her companions go, as I thought they worked so well together.

John Bishop, not a fan of his... but will see what happens, apparently he was an actor before becoming a comedian?

Sci-fi really has moved on, I recently watched Galactica, having been a 70's/80's child I remember fondly Battlestar Galactica, some time change is necessary... Would love to see Blakes 7 remade, Firefly was an imitation, but I am sure it would be ruined.

RE: Windows 7 RIP

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Gareth Williams says...
"Microsoft offers free web-based online versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint via OneDrive.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-365/free-office-online-for-the-web

Might be worth a look.
"

I can log in through that through school/student portal, but its only online, and it saves to a central point as I can see others documents.

Surely must be a downloadable version, that you can use off-line?

Perhaps I am just old fashioned, a dinosaur?

RE: Return of KLF...

3am Eternal... back to my youth! 

RE: Windows 7 RIP

Not Windows 7 question... but anyone know where i can download for free Microsoft Office - Word, PowerPoint, Excel...

I don't want to pay Microsoft £80 a year for the privilege of providing nothing!

I have two laptops with Windows 10... I downloaded OpenOffice on recommendation, but it appears their versions of Word, PowerPoint aren't quite compatible and distort everything?

I have Microsoft Office at work, and any thing I mail across gets reconfigured, PowerPoint is the worst, completely incompatible.

Seems Microsoft have us over a barrel...

Thanks

RE: RIP MF DOOM

never heard of him?  But not my genre of music... RIP

RE: Happy New Year 2021

Happy New Year... from a rather cold and icy Devon

RE: RIP: Jeremy Bulloch

RIP 

So little of my childhood left

From Star Wars we only have Han & Luke left

RE: Shameless Plug For A Book What I Wrote

Are you going to be as famous as JK Rowling, she wrote some wizard type book that i have never read.  Will you sign it, and can i sell it for £1squillion in a few years?

Good luck with sales...

RE: [VIDEO] Movember

rocking it there... mine is pretty similar, but a big greyer! 

RE: RIP Dave Prowse :(

RIP the Green Giant...

like Pete-MK, I have memories of him coming to school, i remember the school in the hall, having an assembly, and him giving out Green Cross Code items.

RE: Buying an SSD to upgrade a 4yo laptop

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admars says...
"depends what you use it for, what OS, and if it's on the internet or not :)"

Its got Windows 2000 on it... to be honest not sure if it connects to interweb, as hasn't been switched on at least a couple of years, as the youngest nicked my laptop!

I think a project for weekend... get a vacuum on it give it a clean, and then power it up

RE: Buying an SSD to upgrade a 4yo laptop

does my 19 year old Dell Tower unit with 3.5" floppy drive need upgrading yet?