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by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 8:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: starting again aged 70ish
Replies: 20
Views: 634

Re: starting again aged 70ish

after 30 years wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 7:16pm ....
I have been cycling down local roads. Some of the bike lanes are in quite creative places and then just disappear. Are cyclists supposed to disappear when the bike lane does? (slightly flippant question).
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It is one of my great dislikes where a cycle lane runs for a few meters, then you rejoin the road for a few meters then back on another short section of cycle lane for a short distance before rejoining road ..... How much of that you get probably depends on where you live or even the small area where you live. In my area one town had a horrible cycle path continually on and off the road (it was also a shared pedestrian path). I don't like re-joining the road so I just stay on the road (which I believe is legal) - but a lot will depend on the road but if you are rejoining it anyway after a short distance ...

My feeling from what others have said is it probably happens when Highways want to up their cycle lane distance without doing very much so a few signs on an inappropriate path and they still get their "we added <x> miles of cycle paths" in some status report to convince higher authority.

Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 8:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sir David Amess MP. RIP
Replies: 62
Views: 907

Re: Sir David Amess MP. RIP

Oldjohnw wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 6:38pm ...... If someone because of faith disagrees with abortion why should they not vote accordingly? ....
Maybe because they were elected to represent their constituents not to provide them a platform for their personal ideology?

Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 6:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid Booster. Yes/No?
Replies: 96
Views: 1518

Re: Covid Booster. Yes/No?

Just seen the 7 day average death rate which gives over 60,000 death per year (at the current rate)!

Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 5:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sir David Amess MP. RIP
Replies: 62
Views: 907

Re: Sir David Amess MP. RIP

thirdcrank wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 5:22pm An interesting one here

'Amess amendment' for last rites at crime scenes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58982505

An interesting development here, which has the air of something likely to be rushed through. Presumably, in the interests of equality, this must be available to people of every faith and treat victims and suspected assailants alike.
Without knowing the detail, my initial reaction is that it concerns me if one religion is being given special rights in law. Acknowledge the horrendous nature of his murder, address security issues but to start implementing lots of his wishes as some sort of "tribute" - I'm very uncertain that is a good way to run the governance of a country.

Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 4:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 115
Views: 1783

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

A good one, mainly focusing on environmental aspects (and I think a lot of truth in it):
https://www.newsbiscuit.com/post/uk-seeking-international-recognition-for-how-many-fingers-it-can-stick-up-its-own-bottom wrote:Costa Rica has spent the last 20 years restoring forests, doubling the amount of carbon-capturing woodland across the nation. During that time, the UK has snotted down its chin a bit and left some smudge marks on the walls.

Costa Rica carefully considered the unsustainable pathways of short-term financial gain from industrial-scale destruction of ecosystems and successfully inverted conventional economic ideologies. Meanwhile, the UK ate lots of sweeties, was sick on the cat, and wanted more shiny things.

Individuals and groups in Costa Rica have been economically rewarded for enacting a national policy of valuing, protecting and encouraging the growth of natural habitats. The UK wants everybody to see how many fingers it can stick up its bottom.

Costa Rica has provided a model for countries around the world to learn from and follow in order that humans don't destroy the only place in the cosmos they can thrive, thereby destroying themselves. The UK is pulling the wings off bees and still wets the bed.
Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 1:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sir David Amess MP. RIP
Replies: 62
Views: 907

Re: Sir David Amess MP. RIP

Oldjohnw wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 12:56pm
Psamathe wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 12:04pm
Oldjohnw wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 11:44am Perhaps I now know better than to simply express human sympathy regarding some one violently murdered in the course of their work. I was neither supporting or condemning him: just trying to show humanity.
I agree with your motive " to simply express human sympathy regarding some one violently murdered in the course of their work" . However, given what has come to light (via quoted sources) about his track record, maybe your initial points about his characteristics were a bit "rose-tinted" which is where tributes do need to be very careful when people have a controversial record.

His murder was a horrendous crime and family, colleagues etc. have my sympathy. For me that does not mean I need to be presented (repeatedly everywhere) with a highly edited selective history of his stance in Parliament.

Ian
When I wrote the piece I had researched the man and was aware of his views and even referred to his political stance. I did not edit his career and was not writing a history, biography, eulogy or obituary. I did not see his career through rose-tinted spectacles at all. But it simply did not seem necessary to address that in the context of this post. It didn’t seem quite the thing to bring it all out at such a time. He isn’t even buried yet.

Clearly people think otherwise. That is equally your prerogative. But I have learned that there are places angels fear to tread and so I will keep quiet in such events in future and when there are unpleasant arguments over a murdered man it at least won’t be on account of anything I have tried to do or say.
I would see it in a different light. Different people will place different importance on different aspects so no reason you should not (or stop) posting such views. As I probably said before, his murder was horrendous, etc. and I think everybody would agree with that and feel sympathy for family, colleagues, etc.. But I also see nothing wrong with discussing his record and views - some will regard it positively, others negatively but I see nothing wrong with such differing opinions. I don't see being critical of his voting record or expressed views as conflicting with abhorrence of his murder.

So many tributes have introduced his Parliamentary record that I feel it has become a relevant aspect to the discussion.

Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 12:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Facebook
Replies: 58
Views: 924

Re: Facebook

Also
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/facebook-settlement-discrimination-lawsuit-b1941497.html wrote:Facebook agrees to settle US discrimination lawsuit by paying fine
Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 12:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sir David Amess MP. RIP
Replies: 62
Views: 907

Re: Sir David Amess MP. RIP

thirdcrank wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 12:11pm
His voting record includes :- (etc)
IMO perhaps the most significant voting info would be how often he voted against his party's whip when in government. Talking is one thing .............
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Although that does not tell the whole story e.g. he voted against party (rebel) for Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill — New Clause 1 — Marriage of Same-Sex Couples — 9 Jul 2019 i.e. party was saying yes to same sex marriage bill, Amess said no voting against majority (of Conservatives) (https://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division. ... number=427)

Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 12:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sir David Amess MP. RIP
Replies: 62
Views: 907

Re: Sir David Amess MP. RIP

Oldjohnw wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 11:44am Perhaps I now know better than to simply express human sympathy regarding some one violently murdered in the course of their work. I was neither supporting or condemning him: just trying to show humanity.
I agree with your motive " to simply express human sympathy regarding some one violently murdered in the course of their work" . However, given what has come to light (via quoted sources) about his track record, maybe your initial points about his characteristics were a bit "rose-tinted" which is where tributes do need to be very careful when people have a controversial record.

His murder was a horrendous crime and family, colleagues etc. have my sympathy. For me that does not mean I need to be presented (repeatedly everywhere) with a highly edited selective history of his stance in Parliament.

Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 11:54am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid Booster. Yes/No?
Replies: 96
Views: 1518

Re: Covid Booster. Yes/No?

I can understand increasing scepticism in the "official line" from Gov. Nothing to do with vaccine mistrust but rather that the "official line" is coming from a Government who have repeatedly lied, not followed their own advice, completely mismanaged the pandemic causing many thousands of deaths, repeatedly made bad and/or late decisions - basically a complete disaster. Add in that the supposed "Chief xxx Officers" are paid by the Gov. so whilst they can raise objections behind the scenes they are pretty well obliged to show public support for the Gov. policy. e.g.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/coronavirus-chief-nurse-dominic-cummings-ruth-may-daily-briefing-downing-street-a9562741.html wrote:Chief nurse dropped from Downing Street coronavirus briefing 'after refusing to back Dominic Cummings'
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Would you trust these people? And if you wouldn't how do you decide you will for some things and not for others.

Not suggesting people should not get offered booster or 3rd dose vaccination but I can increasingly understand why some are questioning more and more suspicious.

Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 11:24am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sir David Amess MP. RIP
Replies: 62
Views: 907

Re: Sir David Amess MP. RIP

I think in all the "tributes" that are being made detail of language is very important e.g. "representing his constituents" is very different from "helping his constituents". Were his constituents in favour of capital punishment or against same sex marriage, etc.?

I don't know this Amess chap beyond his voting record, but in the case of my own MP, he might help local constituents (or rather businesses) but he represents his own ideology (or Johnson's wishes) and so representing and helping constituents might sound trivial but I regard it as a big distinction.

Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 11:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EE - No More Free Mobile Roaming from January
Replies: 195
Views: 5802

Re: EE - No More Free Mobile Roaming from January

simonhill wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 10:57am Re the dual SIM thing, it used to be that most dual SIM phones only worked on one sim at a time (2 could be used on special expensive phones). If dual, you chose which at the time.

Is this still the case?
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My iPhone 12 mini dual SIM system allows both SIMs to be active at the same time (you get weird signal strength indicators at the top). You can configure which contacts use which network, select/override on a per call basis, etc. and chose and switch which network is being used for data. One SIM is an eSIM (installing that was pretty straightforward). You can switch either SIM on and off at will (so on my phone I have both SIMS but one disabled most of the time).

Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 11:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EE - No More Free Mobile Roaming from January
Replies: 195
Views: 5802

Re: EE - No More Free Mobile Roaming from January

st599_uk wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 10:49am
Psamathe wrote: 24 Jun 2021, 4:54pm BUT, with the advent of dual-SIM phones I suspect ferry companies on-board shops will start stocking French or Dutch PAYG SIMs so you can get your data from an EU network.
Many countries need you to present your ID card and complete an online registration with a government official before they'll sell you a SIM card. Some even require a local address.

The UK is the odd one out.
In Bolivia I had to spend several hours in the Bolivian Gov. telecoms office (but got a local SIM). In Thailand they need your finger prints of photo - you have to go to the network provider outlet (3rd party wont do) and have your photo or fingerprints taken (although in my experience it was fairly quick and painless once you get to one).

Reading the instructions about installing and operating it made it sound rather daunting, but reality of doing it was very straightforward.

Ian
by Psamathe
20 Oct 2021, 11:06am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EE - No More Free Mobile Roaming from January
Replies: 195
Views: 5802

Re: EE - No More Free Mobile Roaming from January

mjr wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 9:16am
Jdsk wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 9:14am
Sweep wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 8:59amAs far as I can think nothing is really linked to a particular mobile number - I don't use whatsapp for instance which I believe needs one (along with lots of other stuff to pass to facefark)
Many people have security and password systems that are linked to mobile 'phone numbers. I have to use that for an organisational Microsoft account.
I think many banks now authenticate by phone.
When I travel I use pre-paid debit cards topped-up from bank account (to keep card balance low in case of theft). But (UK) rules over the last few years seem to require such a transfer be verified by a OTP code SMS texted to your mobile. And if you are outside the UK, then they still require this procedure. I tried having my mobile number removed from my account but then ended-up spending hours on the phone (poor connection Cambodia to UK bank!).

So only realistic option is to keep your UK SIM running whilst travelling.

Ian
by Psamathe
19 Oct 2021, 9:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid Booster. Yes/No?
Replies: 96
Views: 1518

Re: Covid Booster. Yes/No?

reohn2 wrote: 19 Oct 2021, 8:50pm ....
With winter just around the corner and potential flu and covid with it,my concern is if the NHS can cope.
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In my opinion NHS are currently not coping. They may be able to find a bed for the next Covid patient but many of the other disciplines have horrendous waiting lists. I was referred to NHS consultant 20 months ago as an urgent referral. I've been deteriorating since then and still have no NHS diagnosis and no NHS treatment. Got a useless ENT consultant and another hospital department decided he was not up to my case and ask I be transferred to somebody else and looks like I'm now facing minimum 12 months before an appointment!

NHS "coping" these days seems to be whether they can find beds for more Covid patients and completely overlooks the vast number of people suffering with little prospect of any care from NHS in the foreseeable future.

Ian