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  1. Hey everyone!

    Wendy is exhibiting at the Surrey Art Fair and as her Sales Manager :) I have some Complimentary tickets.

    If anyone would like to spent a great day out with 140 Artists, from Paint to Glass and ceramics, live shows, Cafe and Restaurant, please PM me with your email address and I will email you the link for the tickets!

    Hope to see some of you there! @Sparky has been before and its a great day out!


  2. We are very similar :) My boys and girls have never ever said anything about half siblings and I don't think the thought has even crossed their minds. They all grew up together so consider themselves siblings end of. Likewise I had never thought of it till now reading this.

  3. 43 minutes ago, Colin P said:

    More important is the work she is doing. Better lose £1.10 and hour than smell of burgers and grease. 

    What you saying? :P My sons a Manager at BK and been there for 5 years. It's actually not a bad job and they take into account his Autism which many wouldn't.

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  4. 1 hour ago, Colin P said:

    Remedial works on each being measured in £multi millions. 


    I read last week that most of the companies that build Large Blocks are formed purely for that build then closed. As such there is no legal come back on the building firms of large blocks. This is why there are so many problems with Cladding claims. The Company running the day to day contract of the Blocks are not the original company and aren't liable for any build issues!

  5. A friend of mine has a Construction Company and all he does is assess new build houses and inform or put right the builds.

    Some of the things he told me have forever put me off buying a new build. Below are some of the things I was told.

    - Apprentice 17 year old Bricklayers building houses with no supervision
    - Nearly 50% of houses on one estate requiring serious correction
    - Nearly all new build houses failing Fire Service "Fire rating standards" often so poorly built that the walls funnel the flames up into the sleeping areas
    - Coming to an estate round the corner from me and condemning 4 houses. They were so poor that it was cheaper to knock them down than to correct the mistakes
    - Building companies buying obsolete and "Seconds" stock of household items including batches of faulty Bathrooms, Electrical equipment etc. Knowing it is faulty or not perfect.
    - Houses often have no breather vents (seen in the video as well) that actually work (It's building regs so must be there but they are often fitted in to solid mortar
    - Houses often have no, or substandard cavity insulation.
    - Lastly he said that on every large estate the builders land fill the gardens with scrap building material and even metal to save on skips. They then cover it over with a thin layer of topsoil and then turf. Often the turf dies.

    I could go on but its all very sad that profit takes precedence over quality, living standards and even safety.

  6. On 26/08/2021 at 12:13, Doug Ashley said:

    Meanwhile, I now do not have the automatic right to work or retire on the continent or in Ireland 🤦‍♂️

    I agree there's a downside. I too am looking at buying a holiday home in Europe, Cyprus to be exact. However the new rules state that without applying for a Visa I can only stay there for 3 months and then I have to return back to the UK for 3 months before returning again.

    However, there's a solution. You apply for the visa. Before there was an EU we had to apply for a Visa every time we flew to Ibiza where we used a Villa there. It took a bit of planning is all!

    Yes, you don't have the automatic right to go but they don't refuse visa's unless you are a criminal or have restrictions on your travel. One thing COVID has taught everyone is that many countries rely on tourism and visitors to survive! 


    On 26/08/2021 at 12:13, Doug Ashley said:

    We now face a cliff edge of EU workers returning home, without a pipeline of replacements.  It seems there is no backlog of Brits looking for work which was taken over by EU workers, which might have been an argument for ending free movement but appears to be a myth.  We are now seeing the effects with supply chain issues in many industries.  Brexit is not the only factor, but it's a big one.

    What we are seeing is, in large part @Doug Ashley the effects of COVID. Many people don't want to be away from their home countries right now because they may not be able to get back! However there are so many factors playing into this. As an ex-truck driver I know the trucking world. I can quote rates of pay, which is a biggie. Truckers invariably stay away from home for the week, returning home for weekends then off early again Monday. However only get paid for the "work hours" which is normally 60 hours a week, but paid Salary not hourly so they only earn the same as someone working 40 hours. It's hugely unhealthy with many drivers have health issues caused by the lifestyle. Lastly on this subject, Truckers have training and membership commitments like having a CPC This is made up of four tests; a theory test, a case study test, a driving ability test and a practical demonstration. Once passed you are qualified, however it must be kept undated, so every five years you need to undertake an additional 35 hours of Driver CPC training. Some people (like myself) just CBA to keep it up to date!

    Look at some of the other area's that are struggling to employ staff. Restaurants. Mainly waiting and experienced Chef's. Manufacturing, again unskilled and semi skilled worker shortage, Hospitality the same, but especially where people don't want to work this area because of the likelyhood of not having a job during COVID outbreaks.

    There is a theme here. Low paid, high hours (normally unsociable) area's and high staff turnover. As 2 of my friends said, who gave up their HGV license like I did "The issue isn't lack of workers, it's employers not recognising normal supply and demand pressures. Pay more have better conditions! Something the trucking world and all these industries hasn't had to do due to an oversupply of cheap EU workers! Look at HGV (Highly skilled job) rates of pay. According to The National Careers Service, starting salaries are between £18,000 and £22,000 per annum, and with experience this can rise to a possible £28,000. That's well below national average (£31,461).

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  7. One of my best friends, who was a Lotus Engineer, then Williams F1 Team designer, has for the last several years been working for a Chinese Electric car maker. He is currently designing the "Next step" in Electric. Their cars can do many more miles than normal EV's and when you are low you just turn up at one of their charge points. The batteries are on a tray under the floor and the tray slides out and is replaced with another fully charged tray in less than a minute. it's then slid back in and off you go. 

    Down side is the cost. Their cheapest car will be £100,000. But you are talking large luxury SUV like Jag or Tesla. 

    However from what I am hearing now from manufacturers we work with, many are only using Electric as a stop gap. They really think Fuel Cells are the future. It's just making them affordable with the high pressure requirements of he fuel.

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  8. You are more Bacteria than human! The bacterial cells in your body outnumber your human cells significantly. In fact, scientists once thought that ratio was about 10 to one in favour of bacteria, but more recent research has found that's it's likely to "only" be 39 trillion bacteria compared to 30 trillion human cells.

     Stress can make you produce more earwax than usual, and worry-induced wax smells worse than the stress-free kind. The apocrine glands in your ear are the same glands that are responsible for your smelliest sweat, and when you'e stressed or sick, they can encourage faster, smellier earwax production. It's basically the same process that makes you sweat when you're worried

    "Ectopic axillary breast tissue" is where breasts stretch out beyond their usual boundaries, often expanding sideways into the armpit. Pregnancy doesn't cause this, but lactation can make it show up – some people find that milk travels to their 'pits when they're breastfeeding, and others even end up lactating from the pores underneath their arms.


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  9. So, linked to the climate change Topic I thought I'd highlight this issue. It effects our natural resources and climate change as the companies make more and more things to replace those that break, instead of repairing them.

    So here's my examples, lets hear yours!

    1. I am on my third cordless hedge trimmer in 7 years. The first one I had for 2 years and the battery was crap, only last a few minutes! So I looked for a new battery and "We no longer make this battery" Black and Decker as well! So I bought another. Another good brand, cost me around £100. After only 4 uses it broke down. think the motor burnt out. Sent it back, was told I had been using it on hedges it wasn't recommended for and as such it was abuse not warranty. I just couldn't be arsed to argue so bought another different brand and this one is great. Only my wife "Tidied" the charger and we can't find it. That's fine, thinks I! I bought it specifically because it says in the advert "All our garden appliances use the same battery and charger so they are interchangable". AT LAST! Someone with some intelligence! So I go online and order their "replacement charger"...... Only it doesn't work. So I contacted Customer services and I am told "No sorry, we no longer use that battery or charger, it's obsolete"....... I replied "But i only bought it last year. How often do you change your Chargers and battery designs"...... "When we get new technology from the factor"............ "How often is that"....... "Oh it varies"...... So I do some research. They have had 5 new systems in 7 years! Now all that for one conclusion: They only do it so you have to buy another!

    2. Washing machine. My washer is now 5 years old. When it broke down it was cheaper to replace it than fix it. They are that cheap these days!

    Lets hear your disposable society examples!

  10. On 20/08/2021 at 20:43, mg4lotus said:

    It's complicated stuff, this climate change.

    CO2 is not the only greenhouse gas and to concentrate on that alone is probably wrong. There's a lot we don't know but, do we do nothing and just let it happen, or do we try to do something.

    Wouldn't it be ironic if we damage the Environment by tackling our effects on climate change. 

    It seems to me that the core of all Scientific research is "Don't do anything unless you know it's exact effects". There are so many organisations and people out there effecting climate change Policy for the whole world, who know too little, not enough or none at all of their policies (See my previous post of A certain young climate change activist sitting with a Banana from Costa Rica and a single use plastic bottle whilst telling everyone you are scum for driving a car).

    As such we get high profile "Stop flying on holiday" whilst the fashion industry gets off scott free despite putting more crap into the air than flying and shipping together

    On 20/08/2021 at 22:30, C8RKH said:


    The earth has its own cycles. But 8bn people are just killing it. End of.  Sorry if I am being blunt, but I just think the side discussions are just side shows....

    Get with it! It's their human right to have as many kids as they want! You can only save the planet if its taxable and doesn't upset the poor little snowflakes and human rights activists!

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  11. I totally believe we are affecting the climate however I totally believe its all about Politics. Why else would you, in the UK, say there's a total ban on Petrol and Diesel cars, whilst simultaneously opening Planning regs so people can build anywhere, anytime and on Green field sites. Here in Norfolk the Council just approved a housing estate on "Protected" land which is a recently planted Natural British Wood with Oaks, Ash and a mix of natural Trees. 

    Why else would you make everyone pay more taxes to create more and more sustainable and carbon zero electricity whilst simultaneously agreeing to build HS2 through 2 of the oldest Ancient forests in the UK and wiping out nature reserves and areas put aside for green activities?

    No. The reason I hate this whole thing is the absolute hypocracy! If it gets votes then F**k the Green spaces! Whilst demanding everyone sacrifice car's and telling everyone "How Dare you" a certain young Climate Change activist is pictured with a Banana from Costa Rica and a single use Plastic bottle.

    Whilst Demanding the Govt taxes flying to a level where the poorer people won't be able to afford to go away, no one says a thing about the Fashion industry which is less green and puts more Co2 into the atmosphere than both flying and Shipping added together! 

    Stupid, stupid stupid!  

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