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

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

Postby Mick F » 2 Jun 2020, 6:47pm

Oldjohnw wrote:We have a landline. Reception for mobile phones is inadequate in the house. Annoying.
Ours was inadequate so we bought a Sure Signal unit.

Vodafone works well hereabouts, and fine now indoors ........ but it wasn't .................. but with the Sure Signal unit it was free and simple.
The unit is connected to the broadband router via ethernet and you register your mobile numbers with it. It basically appears as a mobile phone aerial.
This means, that if the mobile signal drops off, or is poor indoors, the Sure Signal takes over and routes your calls over the internet to be re-radiated elsewhere.

It seems that the Sure Signal unit is no longer sold, but they have WiFi Calling instead now.
No doubt other providers have similar systems.
https://www.vodafone.co.uk/network/call ... fi-calling
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Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Postby mercalia » 9 Jun 2020, 7:40pm

SO it seems China is more of a threat than many knew?

The uncomfortable fact the world now has to deal with is that the greatest impact on the world’s supplies of fish is now exerted – not very responsibly – by a Chinese fleet of 12,490 vessels, compared to the European Union’s distant water fleet of around 300 vessels and the United States with around 230. The latest figures show just how much of a challenge China faces in limiting its fleet to 3,000 vessels, as it promised to do by 2020 at world trade talks in 2017.

And Africa in particualr is suffering

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/how-china-s-fishermen-are-impoverishing-africa?

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

Postby Oldjohnw » 18 Jun 2020, 8:52am

I see that the Gateshead branch of De La Rue which for the last decade has made maroon British passports is to close. I believe 250 jobs are lost.

The work for the new blue passports goes to a Franco-Dutch organisation.
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Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Postby mercalia » 22 Jun 2020, 11:33am

It seems not only are threads being closed but also removed now? eg the one on the afro-american who wanted a curates job and was rejected?

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

Postby Oldjohnw » 22 Jun 2020, 12:11pm

[quote="mercalia"]It seems not only are threads being closed but also removed now? eg the one on the afro-american who wanted a curates job and was rejected?[/quote

Yes I've just tried to access that having been notified of a response to my post. From you, I believe.
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Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Postby Vorpal » 22 Jun 2020, 12:38pm

mercalia wrote:It seems not only are threads being closed but also removed now? eg the one on the afro-american who wanted a curates job and was rejected?


I removed it temporarily because it required extensive moderating. It is now back in place.
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Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Postby Oldjohnw » 22 Jun 2020, 1:06pm

Vorpal wrote:
mercalia wrote:It seems not only are threads being closed but also removed now? eg the one on the afro-american who wanted a curates job and was rejected?


I removed it temporarily because it required extensive moderating. It is now back in place.


Cheers. I hadn't been there in a while so evidently missed the fun.
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Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Postby rmurphy195 » 26 Jun 2020, 1:45pm

carpetcleaner wrote:
mercalia wrote:Just got a letter from Santander they are "reducing" the interest rate from 0.1% to 0.01%. Time to stop letting the bank use your money for nowt?


It's your money. Nobody forces you to put it in a bank.

Even at 0% you are getting your money stored safely for nothing.


Shop around, either within Santander or elsewhere. I've just had notice that my easy access account with Shawbrook is going down from 1.42% to 0.75%
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