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by Gravity Man
26 Jul 2020, 7:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Neverspoons App
Replies: 153
Views: 4237

Re: Neverspoons App

Sweep wrote:
philvantwo wrote:We went to the penzance one a few years ago, the Mrs sat outside with the dog, I went inside to be served and they wouldn't serve me because we had the dog with us! Yet the one at Poole has water bowls for dogs by the outdoor seating area!

sounds odd to me if the dog was outside.
sounds like a barmy misinformed manager.
You get them in all walks of life.
(I have the idea that inside dogs aren't allowed unless they are guide dogs - seem to remember a guide dog inside my local)


All Assistance Dogs, not just Guide Dogs.

This is from https://www.assistancedogs.org.uk/law/

Guide dog and assistance dog owners have important rights under the Equality Act 2010 (EA). The EA provides for people with disabilities to have the same right to services supplied by shops, banks, hotels, libraries, pubs, taxis and restaurants as everyone else.

Win
by Gravity Man
26 Jul 2020, 3:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **
Replies: 536
Views: 63376

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

https://nypost.com/2020/07/24/3-fed-age ... rtland-wh/

'Federal agents likely permanently blinded by Portland protesters’ lasers, White House says'

If this story is true and the personnel really have been left permanently and seriously disabled then it marks a new and terrifying escalation in methodology of criminal assault. No longer is it necessary for a mugger to wave around a knife or other illegal weapon ... even the threat of permanently blinding a victim by waving around any LASER-like object would be ample intimidation.

Was this story ever reported in the UK media ?

Win
by Gravity Man
11 Jul 2020, 6:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Neverspoons App
Replies: 153
Views: 4237

Re: Neverspoons App

One of the two Wetherspoons in Wrexham, actually a Lloyds No.1 Bar, is locally known as 'the Turkey Shed'.

I never got the nickname until I went in there for a cup of coffee one weekday morning. It's a former Midland Bank building, one large room with the bar running down one side. It was packed to the rafters with groups of middle aged to elderly men all nursing beers, apparently competing with each other to see who could be heard in Liverpool. Really ... it was as deafening as you would imagine Bernard Matthews' back garden to be and sounded much the same. And, just like turkeys, many of the customers had the male equivalent of 'bingo wings' ... loose skin under their chins that looked like turkeys' wattles.

The coffee was good though. And cheap :D
by Gravity Man
11 Jul 2020, 5:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Donating bodies to Science?
Replies: 31
Views: 677

Re: Donating bodies to Science?

"They say the day you die is just like any other day, only shorter. The meaning of life is that it stops. That's what makes it so precious right?"

- from 'Dolan's Cadillac' by Stephen King
by Gravity Man
11 Jul 2020, 5:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Donating bodies to Science?
Replies: 31
Views: 677

Re: Donating bodies to Science?

Mike Sales wrote:
Morzedec wrote:"Under The Shade of the Old Apple Tree" will save a few bob on undertaker's fees - I'd be quite happy with that.

Gosh, just look at the size of his Bramleys .........

Happy days,


Burial at sea appeals to me.
Sewn into a sailcloth shroud with a couple of cannonballs and a last stitch through the septum, laid on a hatch board, tilted over the bulwarks.


Again, one of Joan Bakewell's excellent BBC R4 series of programs "We Need to Talk About Death" covers burial at sea .... it's a method of disposal that is still available and there are several UK funeral directors who can arrange it. It's done in specially designated areas a short way off the coast and the coffins are, of course, perforated and weighted to ensure the remains don't wash-up onshore.

I really cannot recommend "We Need to Talk About Death" too highly, if only because most people are so keen to shy away from serious conversations about this important subject that affects every one of us.

Win
by Gravity Man
10 Jul 2020, 9:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Donating bodies to Science?
Replies: 31
Views: 677

Re: Donating bodies to Science?

Available on BBC R4 as a podcast is a programme from one of Joan Bakewell's two excellent series of programs from 2016 and 2017 'We Need to Talk About Death" called "Give My Body To Science".

Search on the BBC website for WeNeedToTalkAboutDeath-20171213-GiveMyBodyToScience.mp3

The podcast explains in detail why so many people leave their bodies to science, how to do it, what happens to the bodies, what happens in the case that the deceased is an organ donor, the full gamut of information. I recommend listening to this series and especially to this podcast.

I've no idea how they do things elsewhere in the world although I doubt that anywhere are corpses treated with anything other than great care, respect and dignity.

Win
by Gravity Man
7 Jun 2020, 4:20am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Investing
Replies: 53
Views: 1208

Re: Investing

It's always a good idea to seek independent financial advice. So, how about going to see an Independent Financial Advisor (with the emphasis on Independent) ? I don't mean a high street bank's Financial Advisor who are only able to plug their bank's products. There are plenty of IFAs advertising online but, as with most things, you'd be better off with a personal recommendation from a friend or a trusted colleague.

A good IFA will run you through a list of questions that will establish your 'risk profile' which will help establish the type of investment that is most suitable not just for your level of investment but one that will entail a comfortable level of risk for you personally .... sleepless nights spent worrying about your money won't do either you or your FA any good.

Financial products run from the hardly any risk type where you leave it in the bank to accrue very little interest, through to high risk products that feel like you might as well have taken it to the racecourse, and all steps in between.

A couple of years ago after spending a LOT of time investigating the best options for our money we were more confused than ever by the huge numbers and possible combinations of investments available, but after one visit to a local IFA we'd been profiled, guided to, and decided upon the investments best suited to our personalities and level of income. And, trust me, we haven't looked back since.
by Gravity Man
5 Jun 2020, 6:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Face Coverings now Compulsory
Replies: 99
Views: 2294

Re: Face Coverings now Compulsory

I'm not at all sure about this face covering / mask edict being a good thing.

Here in Rio, and all over Brazil, many people have been wearing face coverings and social distancing for weeks now. However, looking at the awful figures (which might or might not be accurate but are very probably weighted to the low side) on the increasing C-19 infections and deaths, covering noses and mouths isn't really doing all that much to mitigate the spread.

Still, better to do something than to do nothing, I suppose.
by Gravity Man
25 May 2019, 3:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite Museums
Replies: 86
Views: 4788

Re: Favourite Museums

If you're ever in Stavanger, Norway (and who but Vorpal would be ?) then take some time to visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum on the dockside. https://www.norskolje.museum.no/en/

Sounds a bit 'niche' I know but it truly is very interesting for anyone with even a passing interest in the history of the North Sea Oil and Gas Industry. Or in heavy engineering.

The excellent exhibits cover from the discovery of the first strikes in the North Sea, through all the various disciplines involved in getting and supporting getting oil and gas, to frank appraisals of the future of the industry. The models of oil installations on show are the epitome of excellence of the model makers art; the industry had massive amounts of cash to throw at every facet so you can imagine just how detailed the models are !

There's even a donated 'drill floor' so you can experience just what it's like to work on a drilling rig.

The film show 'Oil Kid' is staggeringly good as a social commentary on the inter-generational effects of the wealth created since oil and gas fields were discovered.

And everything is dual language - Norwegian and English.

I can't recommend it highly enough !
by Gravity Man
19 Jan 2019, 6:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: NT National Trust going 'downmarket'?
Replies: 43
Views: 2757

Re: NT National Trust going 'downmarket'?

The very popular Chirk Castle it was, and no CADW and the NT are completely different organisations. CADW seems to specialise in fallen-down monuments and, of course, entirely Welsh ones, whereas the NT is a UK, Wales, and NI-wide organisation. NT for Scotland is a bit different, I think.

I was not so much 'shocked' that retired people were visiting NT properties so much as surprised that they continued to visit the same one time after time. There are, after all, lots of properties within easy driving radius of Chirk ... a couple of couples even drove-up regularly from south of Birmingham but only ever visited Chirk.

As I say, thank goodness the NT can provide an alternative to the horrors of daytime television. However, if talking to these people taught me something it's that when I retire I need to think of something more productive to do, and frankly more enjoyable, than continually repeating visiting the same old NT property, museum, etc.

A wise man once said that one should not retire FROM work until one has found something to retire TO.
by Gravity Man
19 Jan 2019, 5:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: NT National Trust going 'downmarket'?
Replies: 43
Views: 2757

Re: NT National Trust going 'downmarket'?

A little off topic but for a few weeks in 2010 I was a volunteer 'Room Guide' at a National Trust property, a castle in North East Wales. What always struck me as very odd was the way that many of the visitors didn't bother looking at the contents of rooms before taking photographs but instead would walk around looking more-or-less permanently through their camera viewfinders. Seeing things through their cameras .... bit like in that film 'Peeping Tom'.

Doing my own straw poll amongst 'older' visiting couples, many of whom were retirees, I was surprised that many returned several times on consecutive weeks, some traveling a fair old distance.They came not because of any real interest in the antiques or interest in the building but because "it's somewhere to come".

So, amongst many other things, the NT serves a vital national role of keeping unimaginative retirees away from 'Jeremy Kyle' and 'Cash In The Attic'.

Pity they didn't think to cycle instead :D
by Gravity Man
18 Jan 2019, 1:07am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Duke In Rollover
Replies: 427
Views: 14248

Re: Duke In Rollover

Glad to hear that Phil the Greek has escaped relatively unscathed from his contretemps with a Kia.

As regards the 'problem' of increasing numbers of older drivers -

If, because of the ever increasing performance and speed of cars and the acknowledged decline in age-related speed and performance (reaction times) of elderly drivers it can be inferred that there has become an increased danger to the general public, both motorised and pedestrianised, there might be a case for limiting the amount of 'exposure' to the danger by reducing the number of miles driven by the persons in that age group.

The reduction in driving miles could either be voluntarily self-imposed 'for the good of all' -- but that would rely on a driver's willingness to accept that they indeed do have an age-related reduction in their driving ability that is likely to increase the chances of accidents and incidents, and how likely is that ? -- or by direct governmental intervention in the form of laws, and a charge-per-mile or 'mileage tax'.

The first idea would probably be unworkable and the second would probably be wildly unpopular but so are a lot of other things ... and when did unworkability or unpopularity ever make any difference to government ?

Does anyone have any other ideas ?
by Gravity Man
17 Jan 2019, 3:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: thought this was worth a look
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Re: thought this was worth a look

Crediting 'cyclingnorthwales.co.uk' - During the Second World War Liverpool CTC members were formed into an ARP Messenger Corp. Here they are being addressed by Percy Brazendale, Chairman of CTC Council 1922-46.

It really was 'All hands to the plough' in those days !
by Gravity Man
16 Jan 2019, 10:33pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Introductions - tell us about yourself
Replies: 1202
Views: 341262

Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Hello All.

I've been lurking this forum for the last couple of years and have really enjoyed reading about all of your exploits, experiences, opinions, likes, dislikes, pet peeves, etc, etc.

I live near Wrexham, North East Wales .... in the hilly bit to the south .... for anyone else from around that area I'll narrow it down for you by saying that I'm a '[color=#000000]jacko
'. Can you guess ?

Looking forward to many postings.[/color] :D