oldguy

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  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 2 days, 7 hours ago

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

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 2 days, 7 hours ago

    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]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 3 days, 10 hours ago

    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]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 3 days, 10 hours ago

    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]

    • 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]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 6 days, 6 hours ago

    Is the word a derivation of “lode”?

    • Ah! That looks very likely.

      Thanks

      The Industrial South East! It seems to have peaked during the Napoleonic Wars when the heavily wooded areas we know today were completely stripped of trees to provide timber for shipbuilding, and charcoal for the furnaces that smelted the iron used in ships, gun and weapon manufacture. Some of Turner’s…[Read more]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 6 days, 6 hours ago

    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.

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    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]

  • oldguy replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 1 week, 4 days ago

    One of my daughters is a physio who has been trained to do acupuncture, and has taught me to do it for my osteoarthritis in my big toes. Does seem to help for a short time. She uses it mainly for back pain in conjunction with other work. Some research from 2017…[Read more]

  • oldguy replied to the topic Rotator Cuff tear…. in the forum Health 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Repetitive movements (whilst applying even the slightest pressure to the arm/shoulder) really set me up for pain for days. I also wake up most nights in pain when I have turned on to my side in my sleep. Fortunately I can get back to sleep pretty quickly once I have adjusted my position.

    @cam Yes, the arm up high is a nightmare! The chiropractor…[Read more]

  • oldguy started the topic Rotator Cuff tear…. in the forum Health 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Anyone else had this injury? How long did it take to mend?

  • I agree with your sentiment about the phrase…..it is loaded with inference. If it said something like ‘here to help you find work’ it would be different….

    Yes, you ‘can’ work infers to me a George Osborne type of image.

    Good luck getting yourself sorted….

  • I don’t own a google home but for other things I have tried the Google support forum and trust me you wont find any help there. That forum is just full of pathetic trolls, who either haven’t got anything better to do.. or are paid by Google to put down anyone with any criticism of Google the supreme overlord.

    I would never want a google home…[Read more]

  • My levels were low enough to classed as critical. I had several months of a very high dose and now take a daily 5,000iu. First thing that happened was weight loss. Not a huge amount, just a few pounds, but they fell off quickly.

  • There should really be your ytd figs in there, but that might be difficult in an insolvency situation if records aren’t kept as they should be. Similarly the Month 1 box may be ticked because of the lack of info to pass on…..but fear not, assuming recent employer has been submitting RTI info properly to HMRC, your earnings figures will be with…[Read more]

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  • I would definitely agree with your chiro assessment, of course for some people symptom treatment is the best option, essentially I just use them so it hurts less for a bit when it gets really bad.

    ps physio pilates instructors are fab

  • If you want to go NHS a lot of areas you can self refer to physio.

    However, In all my years of issues I have never had a good result from one, other than the fits of laughter at a suggestion to do dusting…
    GPs have only ever been disappointing and handed out anti inflammatories too.

  • I’ve got the Amazon Echo Dot (the small one) and the Echo Show (the one with the screen). I think they are great. Use one as an alarm clock and lights control in the bedroom and the other one on my desk as a clock-weather-news display, sometimes for background music or appointment reminder.

    The video call features on the Echo Show are…[Read more]

  • oldguy replied to the topic How do you buy a car? in the forum General Chat 1 month ago

    Bought my current Octavia Estate brand new over five years ago from a main dealer.

    I was in the happy position of being able to buy it outright for cash, but when the salesman said they had a deal running where for exactly the same price I could pay 50% up front and the balance at 0% interest over 2 years. As a semi retired pensioner, it suited…[Read more]