• jack posted an update 2 days, 22 hours ago

    4DX at Cineworld – am I missing something? So, went to see Black Panther, the new Marvel film yesterday, and since we have unlimited tickets, we thought it would be fun to try 4DX for another fiver each.

    The seat shook, but not so you needed a seatbelt, they poked you in the back like a child behind you kicking your seat, there was only one…[Read more]

    • Yep. I’ve been in a 4DX in the states. It’s novelty for 20 mins and then gets tedious

      Although I did almost kak myself when the big dinosaur suddenly turned and roared in my face complete with seat tilt back and water spray.

    • Sounds like an ordeal to me but I hate going to the cinema anyway

    • Nope, not my thing.

      I did just discover a local cinema that lets you sit in sofas and you can order food and drink to your sofa! bliss.

  • Ali posted an update 2 days, 22 hours ago

    Special anniversary ideas please? It’s our 40th wedding anniversary in October and I’m looking for something really special and memorable to do for between one and four days over that weekend.

    We aren’t much into sightseeing buildings. We love food. We are adventurous but wouldn’t want to risk wind and rain outdoors. We love trains, especially…[Read more]

    • Any little town in Italy! Fantastic food, fantastic weather, lots of outdoorsy stuff to do if you pick the area, plus those sorts of areas have very sweet little vernaculars (SP?) train things that go up the mountains.

      Lucca is lovely in particular, but I would be bored there more than a day really (although I’m very much a buildings/artyfarty type!).

    • Might not be be your cup of tea but we did a crackig weekend in york. Stayed at the Parisi, did walking tour and then spent a day at the National Rail Museum followed by dinner at Le cochon aveugle (one of top 40 Uk restaurants I think) their tastingg menu is spectacular!

      OR do the same but with fewer trains but more planes (Duxford) in Cambridge…[Read more]

    • My sister does lots of weekend trips around Europe, she’s most recently been to Alsace. I did like her trip to Maastricht where they ate at the Chateaux Neercane. It has a Michelin star and the castle has a door that opens into the Netherlands and one into Belgium.

      Château Neercanne

      We went to Evian in France…[Read more]

    • Train trip across that famous viaduct? The Harry Potter one? Carnforth railway station?

      Why not go into your local travel agency who will know good places to get to from Manchester. You don’t want a 4 hour transfer the other end.

    • A couple of years ago my family did a trip on the orient express which they raved about – not sure if it’s still running but worth looking at maybe?

    • Orient Express for sure…my parents did a trip on Flying Scotsman a few years ago staying in luxury hotels at either end of the journey…but cant remember exactly…might have been a London -Edinburgh trip or York- Edinburgh..could look that up to see if still doing anything. Congratulations on the longevity of your marriage!

    • I’d love the Orient Express but it’s not running on the right day

      We’ve done the Harry Potter viaduct, but great idea.

      OH is not a great traveller, so Italy probably out but sounds lovely.

      I’ll look up the other places you’ve suggested, thank you everyone.

      And thanks for the congratulations, it was a bumpy road at times, but what marriage that…[Read more]

    • Might not be your cup of tea but we stayed at the The Ritz in London for 2 nights a few weeks back and it was amazing it’s a very beautiful hotel, the restaurant is amazing it was a real experience we have stayed at many 4 and 5 star hotels and I can honestly say nothing compared to it, there is also so much to do as your in the centre of London…[Read more]

    • A stay at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons

      https://www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/uk/oxfordshire/belmond-le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons/

      It is sublime. It really is the best place I have stayed. The rooms are magnificent, the ambiance is outstanding, the food incredible, the staff amazing.

      Oxford isn’t far if you want to have a wander about.

    • What about heading down to the Cotswolds. The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway have just extended the route from Cheltenham all the way up to Broadway, it’s a beautiful area and there are some lovely hotels in Broadway, which has just been voted the most romantic place in the UK.

      You could base yourself in Broadway and have the…[Read more]

    • What do you like to do on a trip away and does it need to be abroad?

      • No, we don’t actually like flying these days.

        We like stuff like GoApe, but the weather will be too unpredictable in October for outdoors stuff and we are fair weather people! Steam railways, but I think we’ve done almost all the ones worth doing. Eating. A really great show. I checked cirque du soleil which we’ve never seen but it’s not on the…[Read more]

        • Yes you could do worse.
          I think you would like Venice and although you do need to know where to eat in Venice as there’s a lot of very bad food in Venice (its unusual for Italy )it’s a magical place.
          If you choose that I can give restaurant reservations of my OH has friends who studied there and where born there .
          On UK hotels I very much like the…[Read more]

    • We did this for our 40th a few years ago and it was fun. We caught the train from out local station where it stops to take on water. Then champagne breakfast (full English) on the way to Worchester, where we stopped. After breakfast the coffee kept coming.All along the route,on every bridge. in every field. people were there to spot the train. Had…[Read more]

  • oldnag posted an update 2 days, 22 hours ago

    A few years ago, I took some photos at a “friends” wedding. This person has had the decent photos but I obviously didn’t send her, the blurry out of focus, slightly too dark photos since they were not quality and you can’t see a thing.
    This person, now wants every single photo I took which is fine. I still have them. She can have them.

    However…[Read more]

    • Wow, that is really odd.

      What is her claim actually for? Honestly, if she instructs a solicitor I suspect she will be told she hasn’t a case. She sounds barking!

      Don’t let it stress you. Focus on enjoying your own wedding.

    • I would say that it’s down to her to prove that there was a contract and what it included. As the contract is likely to have been verbal, this will be difficult for her.

    • What a bitch! That is all. She has absolutely no case on you, so dont worry about that. Id send the photos to her but no further contact at all.

    • How very odd! My friend and neighbour is an amateur photographer and he is doing our photos. He didn’t want to be paid but has agreed to me reimbursing him for missing a day at his usual job. We have talked about the type of photos we want, and all I’ve asked is that he doesn’t use our photos anywhere else, which he wouldn’t anyway, but I just…[Read more]

    • Very odd, indeed.

      In any case, not only will it be on her to prove that there was a contract and what its terms were, but also how can she convince anybody that there are still “photos” in your possession?

      You didn’t state whether these was digital or film photography; didn’t state whether the “photos” as you called them were supplied as files…[Read more]

    • Your friend, ex friend? sounds weird. You surely didn’t have a contract? I’d wait for the solicitor’s letter to appear before I did anything other than avoid this peculiar woman.

    • Sounds like a nut job.
      I’d honestly block any contact from her and just ignore her – surely no solicitor would back her.

      Honestly don’t give it another thought.

      If you do get a solicitors letter through (I doubt it) you should be able to get some legal helpline on your house insurance

    • Sounds like a Facebook ‘hunni’, with nothing better to do with her time, using the word ‘solicitor’ to try and put the frighteners on you.
      I’ve actually received fake solicitors’ letters in the past, a quick Google of a non-existent business address and a check on Word document revisions (IE not even a PDF with a signature on it!!) confirmed it in…[Read more]

  • el posted an update 2 days, 22 hours ago

    Has anyone here got multifocal contact lenses and how long did it take you to get used to them? I’m finding that I can see objects in the middle distance really well and my close up vision is acceptable but my long distance vision seems quite blurry. I’ve only had them in for 3 hours or so and am due to take them out in another hour but I so want…[Read more]

    • I tried them for a week and found they didn’t actually improve my eyesight so I went back to my previous arrangement – my eyes adjusted really quickly but they generally do 🙂

    • I’ve had them for about 6 months and they have made a huge difference to me. I wore contact lenses before.

    • I have variofocal lenses that I use from time to time – I was warned that it would take a while to get 100% used too them, I also took time to get used to variofocal glasses. Now I go between the two – lenses for a night out when I don’t want to take glasses with me and I usually wear my glasses for work. I hope your optician told you that it…[Read more]

      • Thanks @kelly I wore contacts for years and years until my eyeballs apparently changed shape and I gained the perfect vision I’d lacked since childhood! Now old age has kicked in and I fancied ditching the reading glasses that make me feel so old I have a follow up appointment in two weeks and I might try the single vision lens next time to see…[Read more]

    • I loved mine for years, right from the beginning. But I have found that not all opticians get the prescription right first time. My optician was on holiday when I went for one check-up, the newly qualified optician that I saw ‘adjusted’ my prescription so that I could see to the moon but couldn’t read a book. Fortunately my usual optician had only…[Read more]

      • Yes, I don’t think the prescription can be right because I wouldn’t be able to drive safely with them in and that’s not a step forward! I shall keep wearing them for a while longer and ask them to change the prescription when I go in for the check in two weeks. I so want them to work so that I can ditch the old lady glasses on a chain look.

    • Following with interest.

      I have short sight, with bad astigmatism in one eye so am currently on one astigmatic lens and one regular lens. However due to being generally decrepit and falling apart, I also now need reading glasses. I would love to have lenses that did it all… will ask the optician at next visit

  • ratface posted an update 2 days, 23 hours ago

    How do you get rid of those nasty splits at the corner of your mouth..you know the ones, they suddenly appear for no reason and are agony?
    I’m piling on the usual chapped lip type things, Carmex Vaseline chapstick etc.
    It’s becoming impossible to eat apples and I can’t function without apples so it’s getting a desperate situation.
    Help….

    • Blistex cream – It’s brilliant.

    • No expert. But check diet. Sometimes that can help.

    • Do you use lip salves etc all the time OP?

      I did for about 15 years, it was like being a smoker-couldst leave the house without having some on me-used it all the time. went cold turkey a decade ago and have not used anything since-never have a problem and am outside a lot.

    • Fucidin antibiotic cream from GP clears mine in 24 hours.

    • These are caused by being deficient in B12 or folate. Please go and get a blood test and have these checked!

    • OP please get these checked out, could be angular cheilitis which is caused by infection either fungal or bacterial.

    • I had these one year too – drove me nuts. Do you have Bepanthem in the UK? It’s for babies bums, and worked brilliantly on the corners of my mouth and eyes where they had watered in the very cold weather and then chapped.

      Was a top hint from someone I knew who worked as a ski instructor.

    • Do you lick them all the time? I used to have them bad as a kid cause i sucked my “dodie” til i was about 7 despite my parents plight…i would hide them and when i didnt have one i would suck my tongue on the outside of my lips so my mouth corners were always wet and salivad! If you do, reallllllllllllllllllly try to stop that cause it makes it…[Read more]

    • Blistex worked for me, I don’t have them any more but it did. Once I had a really long lived one and I was prescribed fuciderm (I think it was called, or is that what the dog has!!??).
      Blistex does sting when you put it on, but not for long.

    • I was told by a doctor many years ago that it was a symptom of zinc deficiency. I think he prescribed zinc supplements but I only took them until they ran out and have never bought any more.

      I don’t agree that eschewing lip balms helps everyone, some yes, but not everyone. I use plain vaseline at night and an unscented lip balm stick of any type…[Read more]

    • I had these, and tried all sorts of lip balms etc and it was the Daktarin that cleared it up.

      I was also using loads of lip balm at the time too, which with hindsight I don’t think helped, I now only use lip balm really occasionally if very dry.

      • If you think you may have an infection then I agree that lip balm isn’t the answer. You need to seek medical advice because you might need treatment for a fungal infection etc. My own problem has always been dry/eczematous skin and lip balm works brilliantly for me. It’s just the same as using body lotion, facial moisturiser, hair conditioner etc.…[Read more]

  • Crud posted an update 2 days, 23 hours ago

    Have I got the job?

    Ok so I suspect the reality is that I’ve just got to be patient and wait until the meeting, but I wondered if those in the know could tell me whether this is likely to be good or bad news or whether I should just stop reading into things?

    Interviewed for an internal promotion last week, essentially at this stage it’s internal…[Read more]

    • Whatever the outcome there is nothing you can do about it now, so accept it is what it is and don’t torture yourself! 🙂

      • I know ultimately it’s out of my hands at this point and that I’ll know soon enough, but it’s just so hard to put it out of my mind.

    • Can’t help in any other way, but I will certainly send you lots of get the job vibes 😀

    • I don’t know what it means, and I hope it’s good news for you.
      BUT, if it isn’t the news you hoped for, would it be worth broaching the subject of development pathways in the same meeting. Rather than just sit and wait for that post to open up again could you mention your concerns to your manager and ask how you can now develop your career, can…[Read more]

      • I did mention this in the initial meeting about the role and my interview as I understand the need to create the role but feel like it’s a short-term answer rather than a long-term solution to the lack of internal development. The view was very much that I would gain career development via guidance from whoever came into the role, but an actual…[Read more]

    • Fingers crossed for you!

      I’d assume that once the decision has been made either way, the meeting would just be you and your manager? Doesn’t seem like the whole interview panel need to be there for it.

  • Matty posted an update 4 days, 1 hour ago

    My internet Broadband connection started playing up last week, then on Saturday I lost the telephone connection completely. Open Reach Engineer has just been and found the fault was caused by False Widow Spiders having woven their webs in the connection box where the telephone line enters my maisonette at ground level. Heavy dew on these webs had…[Read more]

    • I was in California for a while at the wife’s uncles and got roped into tracing an electrical fault with the exterior ground lights (large property) I was warned in no uncertain terms to be extremely careful opening up all the junction boxes and digging around in the bushes etc because of the danger of brown recluse spiders, scorpions and r…[Read more]

    • No access to the web?

    • It’s flawed maths. It’s as if the university is open 120 days a week… I have left the lab latest at 5AM and came in earliest at 7AM. Never mind weekends.

      It’s just as ridiculous as the petition asking for HMRC to refund all the tax paid due to Brexit*! I get that the strike is disruptive and attention-seeking, but it’s the point of the strike,…[Read more]

    • This might seem like pedantic hair splitting, and I am not intending to comment on the (un)suitability of student loans, but…

      Students demanding “their money back” show a typically poor understanding of the fees/loan system. They’ve not spent a penny – and some will never repay a penny of their “loan”. So no, they can’t get money “back” as a…[Read more]

      • The UCU has encouraged students to request a proportion of their fees to be returned.

        • Yes but they come from – and should be returned to – the student loans company. This is different to student led calls for “compensation”.

      • I’ll admit I didn’t fully read the article, I took it as wanting a reduction of their fees, not cash in pocket.
        I’d be wanting it, as a skint teenager, having to pay £9250 pa, when academics, with their cushy little jobs striking because their enormous pensions are under threat.

        • But they’re not paying. They’re building up a debt they may or may not have to repay. Some of the petitions show no understanding of this what so ever – eg https://www.change.org/p/the-university-of-york-compensate-students-for-strike-action

          It’s not difficult. I would expect anyone at university to be able to understand it and to struc…[Read more]

        • I hope you’re joking. Even if academics had “enormous pensions”, if you had agreed to do a job and were told that you would be getting a certain pension scheme, then your employer turned around 6 months or twenty years down the line and told you you would get 10 grand less, in your old age than was agreed, you’d be pissed.

          Yes, it sucks for…[Read more]

          • I know, having to lecture and give tutorials with those pesky undergraduates, nightmare. Why have a career in academia when you could earn many more times salary in industry?

            • You’ve described a third of the job. Admin (ever increasing) and research also exist too. Long hours are common, and at the bottom end of the career ladder job security is non-existent, 9-24 month contracts are the norm. I have no personal experience of industry, so can’t comment – I’m sure others can. People have a career in academia because they…[Read more]

      • I paid for my annual southern rail season ticket with a credit card.

        When they were on strike I got a refund.

        I got the money, not my credit card company.

        • Jolly good. As you paid for it, that’s only fair.

          “I got the money, not my credit card company.”

          Yes, but you owed the money to your credit card and short of bankruptcy you will have to repay it generally within months. Not so for student loans – many students will never repay a single penny of their loans as they will go on to earn below t…[Read more]

          • A student has paid for their course in the same way as anyone else who’s taken a loan to pay for something.

            The terms of that loan might be ridiculous, or counter intuitive or frankly nonsensical, but it’s debt.

            I was merely pointing out, using the only comparison I could think of, how it is entirely possible that students could get that money…[Read more]

            • Why do you persist in ignoring the fact that – unlike any other loan – many students will freely and legally walk away without repaying a single penny of their student loan.

              Consider a student who is never required to repay any of their loan, and then has their loan cancelled with no penalty. Have they paid for their course in the same way I…[Read more]

      • When our kid graduates in a few years time with a £60,000 debt at the age of 22, accruing interest at 6.1%, of course she won’t have to pay it off if she doesn’t earn more than £25,000 pa for the next 30 years.

        Then when she does exceed the limit, that’s money she can’t put into her pension, and she’ll be paying more tax as a higher earner.

        • I’m sorry, but what you’ve written is (a) not clear to me and (b) doesn’t apparently address my point that a student who repays £0.00 before their loan is written off does not pay anything for their degree and therefore isn’t eligible for a “refund”.

          My simple point is that a “refund” to the student is not justifiable as some students will ne…[Read more]

  • Anyone thinking of buying insoles from a site called Shoeinsoles.co.uk then don’t bother they are not legit! I bought some insoles from them and they never arrived. Tried getting in touch with them but all emails and phone calls ignored. Now I am down £50 and suffering from terrible foot pain 🙁

    Hope this mini review helps warn others. If same…[Read more]

  • troll posted an update 5 days, 2 hours ago

    Any recommendations for low alcohol beer?

    Best three I’ve tasted so far are Nanny State (everyone’s favourite), Erdinger and M&S Czech lager.

    • Hmm, they are the 3 I’d recommend.

      In europe most of the wheat beer breweries will do a low alcohol version now. Most are pretty decent but hard to get here (think I’ve seen franziskaner)

      • There are now several websites that will import at low cost if you are buying at least 12 bottles.

    • Weissbeer, I think it’s spelt, I thought was really good, (considering the obvious). Along with Erdinger it’s been my favorite.

      I tried one last night called Bitburger, but wouldn’t bother with that.

    • If you like Erdinger, then you should search out some Franziskaner (A blue label with a picture of a monk on the label) … only 0.5%abv and very drinkable! Probably the my favourite. Also, Warsteinner once chilled isn’t too bad for a 0%er. Both are available in my local Tesco.

    • Bitberger Drive is the best German pilsner type I’ve come across, (Estrella) Free Damm the best British/Euro type drinking lager. Morrisons do the Estrella, can’t find a supplier for Bitberger anywhere.

      Nanny State tastes like fizzy herbal tea!

    • How low?

      I’m looking for sub 4% recommendations. Ale not lagers.

      • Had one last night:

        Mad Squirrel Bijou; ‘Vermont Table Beer’, 2.9%

        Nice balance between malt and hops. Full flavoured, and didn’t taste ‘lightweight’ at all.

        This seems a pretty accurate description:

        https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/mad-squirrel-bijou/583807/

      • So you’re not after especially low, you’re after normal beers which are at the lower end.

        I used to love a pint of Flowers Best Bitter – not seen it recently but that was 3.3% and a lovely drop of ale. My local has Ringwood’s Razor Back as the pub beer, 3.8% again very enjoyable. Brakspear Bitter is only 3.4%, it’s okay but I wouldn’t want it as…[Read more]

      • Kernel brewery do a reasonable table beer. It’s 2.5% and probably about as good as you’ll get sub 3%. It’s really quite a challenge to brew beers with gravity this low that aren’t either as thin as water or just way too sweet. Nanny state is absolutely disgusting.

        Closer to 4% is fine. Harvest pale from castle rock is under 4% and is pretty…[Read more]

      • You should try some Berliner Weiss beers. They are fermented and soured with a sourdough culture before being boiled and fermented with an ale yeast. Hawkshead brewery do one called solar sour which is 3.3% and absolutely delicious and very refreshing on a hot day.

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  • mutt posted an update 6 days, 21 hours ago

    In my area of Sussex there was a long history of iron extraction, and also marl dating right back to the Roman times and up to the Industrial Revolution. There is lots of evidence of these old pits and workings in the woods where they have not been disturbed by agriculture. This history is reflected in many place names particularly Marl Pit Woods,…[Read more]

  • jamie posted an update 6 days, 21 hours ago

    Would appreciate input from any electricians on here, before I go and make a fool of myself.

    For my sins, I have ended up as the chair of the residential management company that runs the private estate I live on. We employ an agent to do much of the day-to-day work.

    I have noticed that our electricity bill seems enormous, and I’m fairly sure it…[Read more]

    • No electrical input, but just to make you aware that some agents have been known to recommend tradesmen who are willing to give them a cut of the job over those that might do a better price. I wouldn’t assume the agent has got your interests at heart.

      Personally I’d ask for 3 quotes and cut the agent out if you can.

    • I’ve just had a quote for our lights. 5 of them £500+vat. That’s replacement low energy bulbs about £40 each.

      The main cost is travelling to site and use of a high lift. Previously we’ve done a couple of lamps ourselves off a ladder but even the one of us who is a builder and does roofs doesn’t want to go up again.

    • Isn’t 28 W already reasonably low?

    • Thanks, all.

      No ladders or lifts involved – these are all accessible from the ground or, at most, a one foot high step.

      I just cannot work out any earthly reason that the answer was not “all the interior lights are already on LED, and the exterior ones should just be left with the 28w CFLs and gradually swapped to 12w LED as and when the bulbs…[Read more]

    • I can’t be arsed to give a big detailed reply here but if you want it done cheaper, then yes it can be done by retrofitting LED lamps instead of full replacements.

      2D 28w LED retro replacements are about £15 quid each max. Emergency packs a bit more where needed. Try CEF for starters.

      Streetlights. LED corn lamps to replace the HPS are £50 e…[Read more]

    • Get the calculator and work out what the annual bill for x lights at 28w and y lights at 9w for z hours per day should be to see if you are being overcharged for electricity.

      £3k at £90 per fitting so say 30 fittings at 28w for 12 hrs per day is 4000 kwh or £500 per year – how does that compare with your bills and meter readings?

      A £150 per yea…[Read more]

      • It’s not that I think we’re being overcharged for the electricity itself – our bills are in line with the currently installed lamps. And I know what the likely savings from switching to LED will be.

        It’s that I think this electrician is trying to rip us off (with or without my agent’s knowledge) by making unnecessary exchanges of entire fittings.…[Read more]

    • “does anyone know if it’s possible and financially reasonable to have the big streetlights retrofitted with LED?”

      Our Government Electricity provider has recently done a program of changing out streetlights for LED ones, a whole new ‘head’ was required because the old heads were properly old. I don’t like them, the pool of light is so bright…[Read more]

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  • Matty posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

    For various reasons I might need to take out a small personal loan – about £3000. Initially I considered my own bank but then discounted them after looking at a comparison web site.

    One that came out quite favorably in terms of interest rates was Hitachi Capital.

    Whilst I’ve heard of Hitach in terms of electronics etc. I didn’t know they were…[Read more]

    • What do you need it for ? Can you get a 0% credit card for purchases and pay it off that way (over 24 months or whatever)?

    • Lots of people will have a hitachi loan without realising; they are one of the big players in retail lending.

      With personal loans, just be aware that loans can be very ‘stepped’ so you may get a much much better interest rate by borrowing over £5000 or over £7500

      BUT the affordability check will be harder for larger loans.

    • Definitely fine as a lender/business.

      For your purposes however, as others suggested, for a relatively small amount like that the 0% card might be a winner. If you have the strength of character to ‘wean yourself off’ credit cards you should be fine to take a fresh one out with a ‘0% for x months on all purchases in first X months’ deal on it,…[Read more]

      • Second this.

        I used 0% cards when interest rates on mortgages were higher, use them to put all your shopping on (note: never ever use a card for a cash advance) and keep the money in a bank account offset against the mortgage. Pay off 1 week before its due. Repeat. Had maybe £6-7k on cards at one point between me and wifey. Its a bit scary, but…[Read more]

  • callum posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

    Nearly run over a runner in the dark!! Dark narrow road, raining, doing under 30 mph (the speed limit on the road). Car approaching me with brighter than normal headlights though not on full beam.

    Just as we pass each other, I see a runner with a hi viz jacket and a head torch who was completely masked by the oncoming car headlights. I just…[Read more]

    • Almost kills runner.

      Blames runner.

      Law wouldn’t agree.

      • so you would deliberately put yourself in a dangerous position when you didn’t need to? And btw, I didn’t even touch the runner, despite his arrogance in assuming he could be seen, which in this case, he couldn’t.

    • The road is wide enough for two cars to pass. So it is wide enough for you to pass the runner without swerving. What on earth were you doing on their side of the road?

      • Err they were running towards me, on my side of the road, as is correct according to the Highway Code.

        Because of the dark, and the on-coming headlights, the runner’s hi viz and headlight were completely invisible.

        • On a road only just wide enough to pass, you admit you were blinded by the oncoming car headlights. So surely you must have reduced your speed to walking pace to ensure you can stop in the distance you can see. So why the drama on your behalf?

          • I wasn’t blinded as such, but I do know the road extremely well, (I live on it) and it is wide enough for two cars to pass. My point is, if I was running in dark and rain, and there was a wide flat grassy verge, I would certainly move on to it while two cars passed each other rather than assume I’ve been seen…

            • Grassy verges are shit to run on in the rain, and at this time if year probably very soft and muddy. All I am getting from this is that you did not slow down sufficiently when your vision was impaired. Roads are generally made 30mph because you can expect pedestrians, and you should have been driving accordingly. If there had been sheep on the…[Read more]

    • Some people seem to have a rather undeveloped sense of self-preservation. They may feel they are in the right – and they may well be – but they will still be dead. As a runner, cyclist and driver I usually operate on the basis that everyone else on the road is totally incompetent and quite possibly out to kill me. It is an approach that has served…[Read more]

      • the problem being, because of the conditions he was invisible, but wouldn’t accept that at that particular moment he WAS invisible, through no fault of his or mine.

        • Exactly. I was not suggesting anyone was in the wrong or that you were incompetent or homicidal, merely that it pays to have the approach of ‘What might go wrong here?’ rather than ”I know my rights’ – which might fit nicely on a tombstone

    • “Would YOU continue to run on the actual road when you can see that two cars are about to pass each other,”

      No, and I would move to the verge for a single car before they would need to start preparing to pull out. If lacking a suitable verge I would stop and take up as little space as possible, assuming I’d made eye contact. This wouldn’t hap…[Read more]

    • Don’t worry about it. Not your fault and the knobjead is unhurt.

    • Anybody who doesn’t step to the side when an approaching vehicle is possibly going to hit them is not thinking clearly.

    • I don’t know of any runner that tries to get themselves hurt when out running in the dark though some don’t do themselves any favours with their choice of route or clothing.

      Hi-viz, headtorch and running facing the oncoming traffic is indicative of someone trying to do the right thing.

      I run about 1500 miles a year at the mo. Plenty of that is…[Read more]

      • Good post.

        I would also point out to the OP, who seems like a good guy and did the right thing, that people who feel they might have almost been killed (regardless of who might be to blame) are often a little shaken up and might not behave as you want them to.

        Well done for stopping to check on them and showing your concern though. I am sure…[Read more]

    • As a runner and driver here is my approach…

      I always run facing into traffic (I’ve had abuse from drivers who don’t seem to like this….). Whether light or dark, when a car approaches me I check over my shoulder to see if anything is coming the other way (this also means my headtorch swings around if it’s dark making me more obvious). If…[Read more]

    • Great to see such a discussion on the finer points of running safety. If you ran along a road at night in Africa you would almost certainly fall into a sewer that was missing its cover and people would assume you had gone mad or had stolen something. If you ran along a road in America at night you would probably be hit by a texting SUV driver or a…[Read more]

    • I don’t like to be visible when running. Drivers do silly things when you are obvious. I agree with the other comments that you have to keep out the way and not expect cars to avoid you.

    • If you’d killed him, I’d have filed under sh!t happens.

      Just his bad luck to meet you at the precise moment you have been momentarily dazzled.

      It holds true that sometimes in life you make your own luck. Running in the dark on such a road is a risk but if you are into your running and that’s where you live, it’s just what you have to do……[Read more]

    • This happened on a road I regularly run on. Motorists are completely unaware of events unfolding right before their eyes and are only concerned with ‘making progress’. Even at 30mph I’d suggest you slow down if you can’t see, you run the risk of driving into the back of a stationary car.

      In the clip you can see the driver was going for the ove…[Read more]

    • Where were you going that was so important that you didn’t slow down when you were dazzled by the oncoming headlights.

      Its pure luck you didn’t kill the runner, how would you have lived with yourself if that had happened?

      • He didn’t say he didn’t slow down when dazzled. I would have naturally taken my foot of the gas at the very least. Perhaps he did the same, we don’t know, but we shouldn’t assume he kept his foot on the gas when he did not say that.

        Secondly, it isn’t really pure luck. He was under the speed limit and was able to swerve to avoid the runner. Luck…[Read more]

  • jam posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

    I thought that I could get my desktop computer to knock some bitcoins out while I went to sleep tonight. That was till I saw what hardware was needed. Let’s not talk about the electricity bill.

    • I have a friend that does this, the kit cost him 8k and it makes about £30.00 a day, it did earn around £60.00 a day when BTC was at its peak.

      Probably covers the electricity bill but isn’t doing much for ROI.

      Stick to speculative means I reckon.

      • Wow over 100% return per annum. Or maybe your friend exaggerates what he makes from it.

    • All that computer power power that could have been used for things such as scientific research wasted on mining bitcoins. Its not even as though hardware/graphics cards are going down in price and more powerful ones being developed… bitcoin has had the opposite effect now its so much more expensive to build a decent computer unless you settle…[Read more]

      • Could be worse and all that computing power could be used in weapons research or focused on taking down a country’s IT infrastructure.

      • Mining is all a bit unnecessary. Some cryptocurrencies they just release the coins. Ripple isn’t mined

      • Not true. Bitcoin is mined with ASIC chips which are no good for anything other than mining Bitcoin. Trying to mine Bitcoin with a PC CPU or even a GPU is pointless, you’ll get so little it won’t come close to paying for the electricity.

        • Oh, I must have been thinking of ethereum which are mined through GPU’s then.

          • Yes, but it’s not exactly scientific research that is missing out when the GPUs are used to mine Ethereum. Maybe there’s a net economic benefit from all those scientific researchers spending less time gaming.

    • The Environmental cost of datacentres has been reported for some time.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43030677

      Who’d ha thunk it?

    • Presumably Moore’s law applies to the ASIC chips, and if Moore’s law fails as many are predicting the cost of mining could become prohibitive.

      • Just wait for quantum computing

        • Why would that make mining easier?

          I’m guessing with quantum computing, it will make the problems just as complex that it would even itself out in difficulty to solve the mathematical mining.

          • Yes but the point is quantum computing will break through the Moore’s law technological/physics plateau.

            • Quantum computers are good at certain things, like factorizing, because there are algorithms that are inherently quantum in nature that can efficiently factorize.

              There is a misconception that quantum computers will be able to run existing (classical) algorithms much faster than existing (classical) computers, which is just not correct; in fact…[Read more]

      • The way it works is the difficulty of mining scales automatically to reflect the mining capacity (network hash rate). So if someone comes out with better mining ASICs then after a few months the amount of work to receive a certain amount of coins is increased. If the network hash rate stopped growing then the difficulty would not be increased.…[Read more]

  • Jaffa posted an update 1 week, 4 days ago

    Just read an interesting article about people parking on your property and then buggering off until they are ready to return and drive off.

    Turns out you don’t have many legal options to stop this happening or removing the vehicle.

    So, what legal options do you have to make their actions as time consuming as possible?

    I thought about screwing…[Read more]

    • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12154142/Angry-homeowner-gets-revenge-on-commuter-who-parked-in-her-driveway.html

      Fair play to her.

      I assume you could just block the offender in with another car, which is what I’d be inclined to do if I was in this situation. I think you’d only be at fault if you where in turn blocking…[Read more]

    • I would have thought that if the car was actually on your (private) land, and that the drive is not a public right of way, then you would be entitled to use minimum resources to remove it from your land, just like you can use “minimum force” to eject an intruder.

      • How would you do this without damaging the clutch if in gear or the handbrake if you pushed the vehicle?

        • ou won’t damage a clutch, or handbrake by physically dragging a parked car though I wouldn’t be so sure an auto-box in park would stand for much abuse. Biggest problem is finding anywhere you can pull or push hard enough without causing damage. Tyres will suffer first if you do get it moving.

          The cleanest solution for moving immobile cars without…[Read more]

      • The law is on the side of the owner of the parked vehicle.
        All they’re doing as far as the Police are concerned is trespassing – which is a civil offence and not a criminal one. Obstructing and/or damaging the vehicle concerned is a criminal offence and therefore the Police might well take an interest.
        What’s needed, apart from a law change, is a…[Read more]

    • I don’t see how moving the air that is inside their tyres back into atmosphere could be construed as an offence.

      • Criminal damage. Immediately inflate again or arrest.

        • How is deflating a car tyre criminal damage – can you prove this? Its not like you are stealing air?

          And if it is considered illegal then how do they prove who deflated the tyres – tyres deflate naturally.

          • Flat tyres can crease and crack. Even if they don’t take harm arguably you’ve damaged the car as a usable entity albeit non-permanently. It’s odd but tyres don’t tend to spontaneously deflate in fours except around irritated people. Anyway, letting tyres down is a very bad idea if there’s a risk someone may drive off without noticing, I once had…[Read more]

    • The police (in my experience) take the view that any sort of obstruction must be removed immediately or they will arrest the person they judge responsible.

      • Depends on the plod. Its a civil matter and you could be at risk of being accused of theft by stopping the person retrieving their property.

        You really have few rights.

      • Interestingly it is a civil not a police matter. If you lock a gate to block the car in then you may be guilty of withholding property. Similarly if you damage the vehicle. However blocking by use of soil or a car etc. is not as you may have legitimate reasons for doing so. A pile of gravel with a spade is not withholding property as they have the…[Read more]

    • If you can, put some gates up. If it happens again, lock them.

      Otherwise, I’d get a trolley jack, Lift the back end of the car up and so far as I was able to, get it off my property – though I’d probably call the local cop shop first, explain the situation, tell them what I was going to do and that they might expect a complaint later in the day.

      • Not a solicitor but this could be interpreted as withholding the car behind locked gates.

        “With the intention of permanently depriving the other of it”.

        (1)A person appropriating property belonging to another without meaning the other permanently to lose the thing itself is nevertheless to be regarded as having the intention of permanently dep…[Read more]

      • They’re trespassing and therefore it’s a civil offence. If you block them in (obstruction) and/or damage the vehicle it’s a criminal offence.

        • Surely their car is also obstruction in a lot of cases? If it isn’t it’s not hard to concuct a legitimate case where it is?

          The laws I have so far found on obstruction seem worded to only apply to roads, not driveways. If anyone wants to cite the law and section that does apply, that would be useful.

          • This is the bit I’m struggling with here too.

            So if, by parking on my drive, they prevent me from being able to open my garage door, then they’re committing the criminal offence of obstructing because I can’t get my motorbike out, no?

            But if I didn’t have a motorbike and tried the same argument with my pushbike, any workshy officer would point…[Read more]

            • If you park your car across the drive on the highway you’re causing an obstruction. That works both ways. If you block someone in or they block you in.

              You’re not obstructing the public highway if you’re on your own land or if someone else has parked on your land.

              You have grounds for obtaining the registered keepers details from the DVLA if it…[Read more]

          • I think we really need someone who actually knows what they’re talking about to clarify things.
            But, I’m assuming ‘Obstruction’ is quite a specific definition and that once on private land most offences are covered by trespass, even if in reality they are causing an obstruction (small ‘o’).
            The law about Obstructing a driveway seems to be one of…[Read more]

      • My advice if one locks gates on a parked car would be first to apologise for locking the gates but you only did it for security reasons. Then tell that you will let them out straight away but first you have to find the key (takes ages). Having found the key loudly state that you will not keep them any longer, apologise for any inconvenience and…[Read more]

    • Put up a notice informing them of the car parking charges that you will apply.

      They’ll ignore it and eventually you’ll end up having to go to the high court where they’ll retrieve your money for you – for a small fee.

      Seen it all on daytime TV.

    • Not really the same admittedly, but we have a situation with our neighbour.

      Our front garden is a sort of “L” shape with one side of the “L” forming our frontage. The other side of the “L” runs for about fifteen feet along the side of the neighbour’s garden and is about ten feet across from the pavement to the neighbour’s boundary.

      His son has…[Read more]

    • From reading this post, I’m surprised the owner of the drive has so little legal rights in this situation. Surely people can’t just park their car on someone else’s private property, using up their private car parking space and get away with it?

      If it was me I wouldn’t be very happy about it. If it persisted I’d leave a sign out saying cars…[Read more]

    • A few lumps of rotten fish or cat urine put through the bonnet vents would be easy to do.

      All these people saying You can’t do that it’s illegal, like deflating the tyres, Do you really think the police nowadays have time for this petty stuff?

      • You would think but the police are very petty. Here’s a true story from a couple years back when I had some one park on my driveway.

        1) I put a polite note to the guy behind his wipers. He screwed it up and threw it at my front door.

        2) Asked him nicely.

        3) Wrote “Do not park here”on his windscreen. Two police arrived and said they were…[Read more]

    • The correct course of action if someone is parking on your driveway without your permission is to make notes and take photos of the car every time they park there.

      Place a note on the windscreen explaining they are parking on private property and to remove their vehicle as soon as possible. Also state that if they continue to park then they are…[Read more]

    • What about two big, sturdy steel stakes fixed into the ground just ever-so slightly further apart than the width of the car? They could of course get it out if they wanted to, but it would be very difficult to do without them removing a large amount of paint.

      I realize that laws occasionally have an apparent loop hole to prevent their abuse for…[Read more]

      • A man smashed a side window and was searching my car in a back street when I approached. He chased me to the main road with an 18 inch blade. The police took an hour to arrive and were not really interested. But when Mr Nasty rang to say I had written on his windscreen with a felt tip pen, instead of laughing, they sent 2 officers. So why…[Read more]

        • They very possibly would. It was not a really serious suggestion. It seems that common sense would say that if someone wilfully parks on your private property without your consent, then there would be some action which you could take. I assume there’s a good reason why not – that it would leave a loophole for someone unscrupulous to exploit, but I…[Read more]

    • A few other thoughts.

      Hang a bird feeder over the drive. Where birds will poop on the car.

      dump soil etc infront of car. When owner turns up apologise profusely for the error your gardener made. Hand them a shovel explaining that you have a bad back.

      Carefully remove the wing mirrors from your car and report them stolen to the police (do this…[Read more]

    • My daughter ‘wrapped an ‘offending’ car in cling film, when a car was parked on part of our drive way. She’d called the police and they stated there was nothing they could do, and warned of the criminal damage issue, around any action she took. DVLA were unable at that point to help much.

      Several 100 meters of cling film wrapped round all doors…[Read more]

    • Our local authority uses the JustPark app. I see on that that you can rent out your own parking space. I haven’t looked into it, but if someone were parking on my drive (If I had one, that is. Anyway, how bloody rude, even on my virtual drive!) I imagine I could set it up on the app with a stiff parking rate. At least a tenner a day. How one…[Read more]

    • I’d be inclined to leave flowers under the wipers with a note;

      “My dearest, my primal destiny is now complete, you have come into my life just as foretold. I know you have found me now and when time, tides and stars align we will be together. For Ever and Ever and Ever. Your (insert colour of car here) chariot has delivered you, my planetary…[Read more]

    • A few years ago I used to work in stage lighting, and it wasn’t uncommon to arrive at a theatre at 6am to load in and find some git parked (illegally) in the way. The police never did anything, and even if they were willing we couldn’t afford to wait for them to tow it away. We just dealt with it, by a bunch of guys bouncing it down the road, or…[Read more]

    • Stick a polite note on the windscreen asking the driver not to do it again and video the reaction from a safe distance. If they do it again get documentary evidence of the problem then complain to the Police. Record them saying no criminal act has been committed so they can’t do anything.

      So far so boring… now the clever* bit.

      Stick a GPS…[Read more]

    • In this country you are allowed, by law, to use “reasonable force” to eject an intruder – which is why I cannot understand why you cannot use “reasonable means” to remove a vehicle from your driveway…

    • Hi @jaffa I thought id share a little annecdote with you.

      Maybe five years ago now, a man parked a large van on my driveway. I had been at a football match for a few hours and just got home, Anyway, I pulled up to park only to find my driveway full. So I pulled into my drive as best I could, before I began to slash the culprits tires (if you only…[Read more]

  • I suspect they have a very long life if you use them for WORM

    (Write Once, Read Many). I have many that have been written once and I suspect they probably might be safer than flimsy/quickly obsolete optical or mechanically sensitive magnetic storage

    I would anticipate refresh once every few years by reformat and bulk copy

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