callum

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  • You get a letter every year from HMRC telling you exactly where everything goes. It includes a pie chart which, if you look very closely, with a magnifying glass, even allows you to see the amount spent on that terrible EU thing.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-public-spending-was-calculated-in-your-tax-summary/how-public-spending-was-calculated-in-your-tax-summary

  • callum replied to the topic Best Android TV Boxes? in the forum General Chat 4 months ago

    Why buy something that will just spy on you?

  • Scribus is functional and capable but perhaps not as Intuitive as commercial alternatives.

  • callum posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’m not sure what’ll happen, but maybe try emailing the mp3s to your phone.. see what the options are for opening/saving them!

  • callum posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I regularly pay for a social night out for my staff who attend en masse despite the small risk that I might bore them for a few minutes with a “motivational” address. These occur on any night of the week. There is broad agreement however that Friday night is a suitable choice because all acknowledge that the cost of the evening should not be compounded by a complete lack of productivity the following day. After all, free beer!

    No one however is compelled to attend, nor ostracised for absence. And we do help single parents with babysitting/taxis.

    Let’s be clear however. There are those who rarely attend such events, including midweek when the need to rise early and clear-headed for an iron man event does not arise. This does inform me where their priorities lie. I’m running a…[Read more]

  • callum posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    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.

  • callum posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    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 road you would have hit them, and probably blamed the sheep.

      Out interest can you post a google map link to where exactly this occurred.

  • callum posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    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

  • callum posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    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 road you would have hit them, and probably blamed the sheep.

          Out interest can you post a google map link to where exactly this occurred.

  • callum posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    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.

  • callum posted an update 5 months, 1 week 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 manage to miss them by swerving. I return to check on runner, get a mouthful of abuse.

    There is a flat wide verge of grass on that piece of road. Would YOU continue to run on the actual road when you can see that two cars are about to pass each other, on a road which is only just wide enough for two vehicles, when it’s dark and raining, not withstanding the hi viz and headlight, and there’s a flat grassy verge at the side?

    • 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 road you would have hit them, and probably blamed the sheep.

              Out interest can you post a google map link to where exactly this occurred.

    • 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 me well over the years.

      • 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 happen at night because I’m not dumb enough to run on unlit roads at night with nowhere to go away from a car. I’ve got my rights, but the right to get myself killed doesn’t interest me.

    • 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 in the dark. At this time of year the verges are muddy, slippy and a recipe for a fall. In my very rural location some of the footpaths are so mud-coated and slippery that they are dangerous to walk on, let alone run on.

      We can’t speak for the runner in question, but it sounds as though he was doing his best to stay safe on his run.

      Why didn’t he use the verge? How does he know that the verge is nice and flat, doesn’t suddenly end,…[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 they might think about it later when they have calmed down with less adrenaline pumping!

    • 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 nothing is coming from behind I hold my line on the road but keep a close eye on oncoming car to make sure it is slowing or pulling out. If they don’t or there is a car coming from behind I move onto verge and if that means coming to a halt because it’s not ‘suitable’ so be it.

      I’m thoroughly aware how hard it can be to make the correct decision as a car driver on short notice and accurately judge what’s going on, how much space there is and…[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 redneck in a pickup; when my Mum and I suggested walking back from my brother’s wedding venue to the hotel, which we could see half a mile away through the woods, we were told in no uncertain terms that nobody would consider that we were walking for exercise or pleasure and we would probaly be taken for burglars and shot.

    • 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… Hopefully he does it with a realistic appreciation of the dangers.

      Just as it’s not practical to instantly come to a halt every time someone’s headlights are too bright, I can see that, from the runner’s point of view, running on a dark verge isn’t going to work. If it where I, running in those conditions, I’d hope I was ready to react to an approaching danger such as yourself. I’d certainly not assume I was going to be seen 100% of the…[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 overtake in a dangerous position and had no intention of slowing down.

      http://www.thecomet.net/news/dash-cam-footage-exonerates-4×4-driver-accused-of-trying-to-hit-jogger-near-stevenage-1-5235307

    • 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 would have been exceeding the speed limit and narrowly missing the runner having not noticed him at all.

        However, I do agree it would be difficult to live with yourself and we shouldn’t assume the way is clear when we cannot see it. I had the misfortune of being knocked off my bike by a van who was blinded by low morning sun on a smeary windscreen. He was at a T-junction and I was on the main road and he just pulled out right into me. I…[Read more]

  • callum posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    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.

  • callum posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    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 harm is a set of wheel jacks with castors.

    I once had someone deliberately park me in because I was in ‘his space’ on a public road. Well gone midnight when it came time to leave I went to knock at the owner’s door (it was a regular problem apparently , I was pointed to the culprit by his neighbours) to be met by a sleepy woman in her dressing gown. I explained what had happened to her obvious exasperation and that if her boyfriend…[Read more]

  • callum posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    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 harm is a set of wheel jacks with castors.

        I once had someone deliberately park me in because I was in ‘his space’ on a public road. Well gone midnight when it came time to leave I went to knock at the owner’s door (it was a regular problem apparently , I was pointed to the culprit by his neighbours) to be met by a sleepy woman in her dressing gown. I explained what had happened to her obvious exasperation and that if her boyfriend…[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 clever way to ‘punish’ the perpetrator without laying you open to criminal charges, etc.
      I’m fairly sure there must be a way via signage and barriers, etc. but it really needs someone who knows about this sort of stuff to come up with a foolproof and quick way to deal with such matters.

  • Quick questions

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    Do I pay any exit penalties to switch broadband?

    What are my rights if my provider hikes prices?

  • Are there any other fibre broadband users on the forums who are not using Virgin?

    May I ask who you use and what the service is like?

  • @jaffa I really hate all the haggling nonsense and the fact the prices are always creeping up with no real reason. I was going through a bank statement for something else and noticed I’m paying nearly £45 a month for a very basic broadband package!

  • I’ve recently noticed that I’m paying massively over the odds for broadband with Virgin. I’ve been with them for years and had no major issues, but the prices keep creeping up and whenever I’ve rung them up the customer service isn’t that great so I think I may jump ship and go elsewhere.

    Is changing provider a faff or pretty simple these days? And does anyone recommend or strongly advise against any company in particular?

    I need a reliable connection as I work from home quite a lot, but I don’t want any TV, never use my landline and only use the internet for general browsing and watching iPlayer/Netflix and listening to music. No gaming or downloading big files.

    Cheers

  • callum replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 5 months, 1 week ago

    I had it done a long time ago for a painful shoulder problem. There was blood flowing but the problem disappeared. However I now strongly regret doing it. I think it was a placebo effect in my case and afterwards I kept thinking about the clearly used needles the practitioner pulled out of a bag – had they been cleaned/ sterilized properly? Who had they been stuck in before? I now believe (1) I took a real risk, and (2) the practitioner was an absolute quack. Why didn’t I just go to the GP? I am kicking myself and personally would never do it again!!!

  • I definitely believe there is something out there.
    These seems to be an infinite number of planets and I find the idea that we are the only planet with life to be exceptionally arrogant.

    There was a 2000AD comic strip that I still remember from being a kid.
    The whole thing was about a space ship that was going to be the first manned thing ever to leave our galaxy but in the last couple of pictures it gets stuck at the edge of the galaxy, the final picture shows a overview of what is going on.
    Our galaxy has been enveloped in a massive bubble with caution bio hazard signs all round it as the rest of the universe carries on flying around, trading and being prosperous.

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