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  1. I've done that - 100mph round the oval with no hands on the wheel. The oval tests the car setup. The speed is written on the lane. If you keep at that speed and the car is set up correctly it will track round without any steering input.
  2. The original leaflet for the NHS when it was launched. What happened to the dental care then?? This clearly says "medical, dental and nursing care" would be free.
  3. My brother was the lead developer on OpenCobol (now Gnucobol) - I started on an ICL1904S using punched cards at uni. Then progressed to a Dec PDP11 using C. When I went to work we used PO Coral (a modified version of Coral66) although I programmed in assembler which was bespoke as we developed the processors as well.
  4. Hi Ian We have a couple of customers who own estate agencies. I will contact them tomorrow to see if they can help.
  5. Problem is with homophones - words which are pronounced the same but have different spellings. Plurals are also difficult to distinguish when in stressful situations. The simple solution would be not to use plurals or homophones but I guess then there wouldn't be enough words?
  6. Currently being investigated as apparently it uses plurals which can be miles apart. So what.three.words and what.three.word both exist but at different locations. A mountain rescue recently got sent to a location miles away. In the end they used GPS on the phone to locate the casualties.
  7. On mine the sounder doesn't sound when setting/unsetting the alarm. The hazards flash but no sound.
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    Line of Duty

    Useless fact - the first series of Line of Duty was filmed in Millennium Point in Birmingham in the offices where I worked. My claim to fame (such as it is) is that the AC12 offices were actually my offices. The interview room I have used many times for "interviews".
  9. I retired just before I was 55. I think you need to consider what you want to do. My wife suffered with a rare blood cancer (under control now) and took early retirement. I went down to 3 days a week so I could support her. I then decided to retire. We run a boarding cattery and I still do bits and pieces for the University but on my terms. It's important to have something to do otherwise you will get bored easily.
  10. We have had 2 sheep attacked in a field near us - 1 died from it's injuries and still we see people walking their dogs down our lane not on a lead. They cannot control the natural urge of a dog to chase sheep.
  11. There is a video of Big Dog (this company's product jointly with NASA and DARPA in 2005) carrying full army packs and being kicked and pushed by humans to try and get it to fall over. It just kept on going.
  12. The value of my pension pot over the last 12 months has increased by 13.79% 😎
  13. He was also in marketing - think he did the Mars bar - I read his autobiography and in it he tells the story of having to eat cat food at one commercial meeting.
  14. I have agreed value - lasts for 2 years - have to complete a form and send at least 6 recent photos. I suggest the value and they agree to it. Haven't had one turned down yet. I increase the value every couple of years and use recent adverts as a guide.
  15. Like @USAndretti42I went to University with fees paid by the Government and a grant for living expenses. I left University without debt and went to work for GEC (remember them??). I bought my first house in 1987. In 1988 I went into higher education. I opted out of the teachers pension scheme instead set up a private pension. Fortunately the university paid into that pension what they would have paid into the teachers scheme. I managed to retire at 55
  16. This is all going to change after 2025 when BT switch off the analogue PSTN. Everything will switch to digital VOIP etc. This means that ADSL (which requires an analogue phone line) will no longer work. You will still have a cable to your house but it won't carry a phone line. Instead they will be running digital signals over it with a different signalling system to achieve the broadband connection.
  17. We have 2 boilers (one in the house and one in the cattery) both Vaillant and both serviced annually (around £200). Recently the cattery boiler had a leak. Vaillant offer a 10 year guarantee so I rang them. They came out and changed the expansion vessel, pump and circuit board. Total cost £0 - done under warranty. Servicing is slightly more expensive as they are both LPG boilers so the engineer has to be LPG registered.
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    I've got these 2 (among others) waiting to go in the machine
  19. Watched a programme last night about the replacement for Air Force One. The current one (two actually) are 30 years old. Donald cancelled the Boeing order that had been placed by Obama for 2 new 747-8. He then picked up 2 747-8 from a bankrupt Russian airline. The programme was about turning them into Air Force One - there are always 2 so that there is a backup. Trump has approved a change of paint scheme (the familiar blue one was designed by Jackie Kennedy). Total cost to the taxpayer for the work - 9 billion dollars 😮
  20. Yep I fill it up until it clicks off. Wait for around 20 seconds to let the tanks equalise and then carry on. Repeat until no more will go in. I did a trip to Frankfurt from the UK and averaged over 30mpg (including some "spriited" driving where allowed in Germany.
  21. Our post arrives by van - we are in the middle of the country so too far for the postie to walk. He does his round in a van.
  22. Interestingly I have a friend who works in a hospital whose job it was to get the stats. They record every death of a person who has tested positive for COVID as a death with COVID. They had one person arrive from a serious road traffic accident who died but had tested positive for COVID so was counted in the stats.
  23. I re-roofed our house myself (well me and a friend). The original roof was lath and plaster (minus the plaster!) so we felted, re-lathed and then re-tiled. Also repointed and flaunched the chimneys. New lead and facias as well. Took us a couple of months working every day and I worked out that we moved around 11 tonnes of tiles!
  24. I have the build register for the Sport 350. There were 42 official Sport 350's in the UK plus 8 for the US market (actually normal V8s made to look like 350s. The UK 350 had a different chassis and body and they would need to have done crash tests to import them into the USA). There were also 4 cars made as track cars for Japan. Car number 0 was actually a normal V8 that was then converted into a Sport 350 by engineering. So the total is 54 cars (42 UK + 8 USA + 4 Japan) and 1 engineering built car.
  25. Did our roof myself (with the help of one other who knew what he was doing!!) Saved a lot of money on labour
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