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by Ben@Forest
18 Nov 2018, 8:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: HEDGE TRIMMING
Replies: 47
Views: 1496

Re: HEDGE TRIMMING

That's a surprising and, I suspect, minority opinion. There's no problem with dead wood lying on the ground near a healthy tree or shrub - that's its natural condition. The problem is in the cut or torn ends left on the hedge, which are no longer protected by the bark. With a neat cut across the br...
by Ben@Forest
13 Nov 2018, 4:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Guy Fawkes night
Replies: 49
Views: 1097

Re: Guy Fawkes night

Once, when an American colleague on secondment to our workplace, was invited to Lewes Bonfire by another colleague, he told us afterwards that he was horrified to see burning crosses carried by the marchers. He'd witnessed KKK parades back in the States. But we have to remember, what's offensive in...
by Ben@Forest
12 Nov 2018, 7:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A decent white van man
Replies: 19
Views: 955

Re: A decent white van man

I don't think it's anything to do with the vehicle an individual is, or is not driving. It's about the individual themselves. Also whether they are driving solo, with someone they know well or with passengers they don't know well at all. I know someone who l get a lift from regularly and she drives...
by Ben@Forest
10 Nov 2018, 2:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Whats in your room 101?
Replies: 38
Views: 805

Re: Whats in your room 101?

On the other hand on one of the endless helmet debates you posted that since losing all your hair helmet wearing is problematic cos sweat gets in your eyes. That's why evolution retained our eyebrows. Strange - that. Are you sure? I have fairly bushy eyebrows, but I often get sweat in my eyes. For ...
by Ben@Forest
10 Nov 2018, 10:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Whats in your room 101?
Replies: 38
Views: 805

Re: Whats in your room 101?

Not had a haircut since June 2015 and not had a shave since later that same year. A year later, I had totally smooth hairless skin everywhere ................... and long may it remain so. On the other hand on one of the endless helmet debates you posted that since losing all your hair helmet weari...
by Ben@Forest
2 Nov 2018, 7:03am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A tragedy - a massive drop in the global wildlife population
Replies: 77
Views: 1647

Re: A tragedy - a massive drop in the global wildlife population

Interesting item on the BBC (10 o'clock news, Tuesday IIRC), but they are probably in league with the Guardian . :wink: In the Brazilian Cerrado savanna the land is supposed to be largely common land but some of the less scrupulous are forcing the small subsistence farmers off the land to make way ...
by Ben@Forest
28 Oct 2018, 9:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lewis Hamilton- discuss !
Replies: 43
Views: 1066

Re: Lewis Hamilton- discuss !

I know little about this topic, but it seems to me, shouldn't F1 be taking the lead in promoting environmentally-friendly travel, and going all-electric? All the F1 cars in all the races over one season use around the same amount of fuel as one commercial flight from London to New York. That statis...
by Ben@Forest
27 Oct 2018, 3:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: OS and other maps-deliberate mistakes?
Replies: 20
Views: 971

Re: OS and other maps-deliberate mistakes?

Including a half allegation that the Ordnance Survey discovered that the AA were copying their maps due to 'Mountweazels' though they claim it was just down to styling. In 2001 the AA paid £20 million to the OS for copyright violations. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/uk/2001/mar...
by Ben@Forest
27 Oct 2018, 12:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Another Hacker Revealed?
Replies: 23
Views: 668

Re: Another Hacker Revealed?

From the Khashoggi affair it's pretty clear that governments will eavesdrop on its friends or enemies wherever it can. I imagine every Saudi consulate or embassy worldwide is being screened for bugs or other devices now. In fact I'm surprised the Turks kept drip feeding what they knew - that intelli...
by Ben@Forest
26 Oct 2018, 7:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Another Hacker Revealed?
Replies: 23
Views: 668

Re: Another Hacker Revealed?

Probably very little, as it's "from newspaper reports". The Belgian federal police was integrated about 20 years ago. By contrast, we still have no similar police in England (let alone the UK), with almost everything being done by local police except railways, nukes and defence establishm...
by Ben@Forest
25 Oct 2018, 9:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Another Hacker Revealed?
Replies: 23
Views: 668

Re: Another Hacker Revealed?

..... Why should the UK security services answer for actions they see as working for national security. Remember Belgium seems to be a country with a high number of Islamic terrorists for their population. Activity is probably high so if the UK can do stuff the belgians can't or won't then I hope t...
by Ben@Forest
25 Oct 2018, 2:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bradley Who? How The Other Half Live...
Replies: 18
Views: 524

Re: Bradley Who? How The Other Half Live...

If you don't watch BBC how do you know about the quality of their stuff? I agree, though people could genuinely say they have no interest in a sports channel or an arts channel it says more about the people who say they see nothing good on the terrestrial channels than those channels themselves. Al...
by Ben@Forest
24 Oct 2018, 3:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bradley Who? How The Other Half Live...
Replies: 18
Views: 524

Re: Bradley Who? How The Other Half Live...

mercalia wrote:as long as I dont contribute to his riches is the fault of those suckers who do


If you buy a TV licence you do contribute to his riches. Dr Who is on BBC 1.
by Ben@Forest
19 Oct 2018, 8:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The IMF Speaks: The Tories got it wrong with Privatisation
Replies: 36
Views: 905

Re: The IMF Speaks: The Tories got it wrong with Privatisation

Incidentally it's been put forward as a serious suggestion that it was the messy committee system of government in the UK that beat Hitler, saving the country from the worst excesses of Churchill's febrile imagination. I have to say I've read the exact opposite. The UK mobilised for total war from ...
by Ben@Forest
19 Oct 2018, 8:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The IMF Speaks: The Tories got it wrong with Privatisation
Replies: 36
Views: 905

Re: The IMF Speaks: The Tories got it wrong with Privatisation

"if Labour’s John McDonnell gets into No 11 and renationalises the railways, that would cost tens of billions – but it would also leave the country with assets worth tens of billions that provided a regular income." Did this ever happen when we had nationalised industries? I recall everyt...