Ali

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  • Ali posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    I agree with him, you start locking people up for stuff like this and things can get very bad very quickly.

  • Ali replied to the topic Space and time in the forum General Chat 2 months ago

    Why does E=mc^2 (E=mc squared) by Brian Cox is pretty good at explaining it.

    A Brief History of Time has a whole chapter about arrows of time and why they all point in the same direction.

    Simplest explanation is, if you want to describe a location you can do it in 3 dimensions (3 numbers), but if you want to describe an event you need to…[Read more]

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Not at all sure about this, if the universe began with the big bang, and nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, the suggestion that galaxies are receding to quickly for their light to reach us to me implies that they are traveling faster than light…

    • jam replied 2 months ago

      No, it implies that space is expanding faster than light speed. Nothing is moving in that space faster than light speed. Bit of a mind bender, really.

    • “if the universe began with the big bang, and nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, the suggestion that galaxies are receeding to quickly for their light to reach us to me implies that they are traveling faster than light…”

      They are traveling faster than light away from us in the sense that (increase in separation)/(increase in…[Read more]

  • @logi Yes had with other companies a tracking number generated but RM had no record for a day or two. Thought it was RM system that was “slow” to update since I’ve regularly had stuff delivered and it’s been 2 days later before the RM system actually updates and shows delivery details. Never really know who is at “fault” though.

    Ce…[Read more]

  • If Royal Mail is delivering is it partly them? With the recent snow, not Amazon but I had an 48 hr marked item taking 9 days to come 20 miles by RM when they suspended deliveries only for two days due to snow problems. Also, had other cases where it seemed RM took the time they are paid for to deliver esp if second class.

  • Salt water and liquids until it settles, plus pain relief

  • Ali replied to the topic Best website hosting? in the forum General Chat 2 months, 1 week ago

    For work I have used a ton of different hosting providers ranging from super cheap ones to really expensive ones. For me the best host I have used by far is Siteground. Another good host is 1and1. Whilst the worst hosting I have came across (among the big hosting names) is Godaddy which absolutely stunk as it struggled to properly host a wordpress…[Read more]

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks to all for the support, I think it’s just hindsight. What I could of done differently, just eating me up.

    I know I should go round and see them, but it’s just that feeling in the pit of my stomach. Just a mad mad guilt.

    But again, thanks everyone for the kind words.

  • Ali posted an update 2 months, 1 week ago

    So me and the OH went on a walk in our local country park, and took our spaniel on Tuesday.

    When we suddenly crossed paths with one of our neighbours, carrying her newborn, with their two dogs. Silva, German Shepherd, and Sergio, French Bulldog. Silva and my spaniel are best of fiends, absolutely inseparable! I also call her our neighbour, but…[Read more]

    • What a sad story. I am no great fan of dogs but I am fighting back tears. A horrible and undeserved end

      but: you are *not* to blame. You did what was in your power to do, and more than most would. Your neighbours are lucky there was someone as selfless as you to even attempt the rescue.

      Speak to them. It’s likely to be emotional; but you both n…[Read more]

    • That is a tragedy. I’m not sure you could have done more and well done for trying.

      Ive had a dog tragedy myself in different circumstances and it’s traumatic hence your feelings of guilt.

      Go and see them. There will be tears but that’s what life’s about. The longer you leave it the harder it is.

    • “PLEASE be careful around these flood pipes, they look still, but the flow is unbelievably strong!! It could have easily been a child, let alone a dog!”

      It’s so easy to underestimate the power of moving water – remember, a cubic meter of water literally weighs a tonne. If you put your body in the way of the flow it doesn’t take much water to…[Read more]

    • Have a bloody large whisky and thank the stars you are still alive.

      Winter temperature water pinning one into a debris gate is the stuff of nightmares, especially if you did so in heavy shoes and clothes.

      I say that as someone whose idea of fun is to lob myself off the top of Low Force when it’s in mild spate and the water is 14oC, without a w…[Read more]

    • You are not to blame.

      You did not kill the dog. The horrible accident killed the dog. You did everything you were capable of at the time and a damn site more than most. You are clearly a great friend.

      Pop round and see them. Take a card and some flowers.

    • Horrid thing to be involved with.

      It sounds like you did what you could, and kept your head. If you’d not been there doing what you could, maybe a young mum would have gone in the water and the tragedy would be even worse. Well done mate, its right to be upset, but you did exactly the right thing I suspect.

      Go round theirs, hug.

    • Thanks to all for the support, I think it’s just hindsight. What I could of done differently, just eating me up.

      I know I should go round and see them, but it’s just that feeling in the pit of my stomach. Just a mad mad guilt.

      But again, thanks everyone for the kind words.

    • As others have said, don’t beat yourself up. You put your life at risk to try and save the dog, there was nothing more you could do. There is a long and tragic list of people who risked their lives to save pets, and didn’t make it. Be thankful you weren’t another victim.

      If you’re feeling guilty or awkward about going round, that is to be…[Read more]

    • You put yourself at considerable risk to try and save a friend’s dog. You didn’t succeed, but you did a lot towards trying to help your friend’s dog. If your friends are good friends, and ‘normal’ people, whatever normal is, they’ll just appreciate that you tried, and will be very glad that you’re still here, too.

      At least you tried…

    • That’s an awful story but you’ve nothing to feel guilty about.

      I badly injured and very nearly killed my dog by accident a few years back and I still feel sick at the memory. It wasn’t your fault and you did everything you could. Do talk to your friends when you can, it won’t be easy but it should help.

      Might be worth a letter to the environment…[Read more]

    • Looking in hindsight will make you go crazy. I felt guilty for a long time after (as a rather wayward teenager) getting into a car and directing two women and a guy to the red light district in Sheffield (they obviously didn’t know the city), my intuition told me they just wanted to get there after a long drive and I would be safe, which turned…[Read more]

    • I can’t do more than repeat what all the kind posters have said, you are not to blame if you hadn’t been there there is a reasonable chance that something worse could have happened.

      But as others have said seeing them again will be emotional but needs to be done sooner rather than later. I imagine your friends are wrapped up in their own grief…[Read more]

    • You did a great thing trying to save Silva and preventing anyone else being hurt. There are so many stories of people drowning trying to rescue dogs. You did the right thing. Speak to your friends, they will understand. These guys may be able to help you organise your thoughts, even though Silva was not your dog:…[Read more]

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  • Ali posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    How about the Diet of Worms?

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’ve got the blue butane gas canister in my van and it stops working in the cold, I’m swapping the gas supply to cure that. Your gas shouldn’t be ‘freezing’ in UK temperatures, it sounds like it might have ran out.

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    There’s currently a disciplinary thing going on at my place of work after someone did something naughty at the annual do. That adds an interesting twist to work ‘social’ events – you’re not at work, but it is a work-organised thing with only work people admitted, so do work policies and procedures apply?

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    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]

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    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]

  • Ali posted an update 3 months 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!).

    • em replied 3 months ago

      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]

    • don replied 3 months ago

      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?

    • matt replied 3 months ago

      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!

    • Ali replied 3 months ago

      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.

    • nev replied 3 months ago

      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?

      • Ali replied 3 months ago

        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]

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    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]

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    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.

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    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]

    • jack replied 3 months ago

      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]

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    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.

    • jack replied 3 months ago

      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]

      • Ali replied 3 months ago

        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]

        • jack replied 3 months ago

          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]

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