dave

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  • dave posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    One little snippet.

    In wales, council spending on sports/recreation was cut from £40 a person in 2010 to £26 a person in 2017.

    Current diabetes spending in Wales is estimated at around £500m (or £170 a person)

  • dave posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    I think we both have a very good idea how the sums would add up.

    I am aware that just building facilities is not enough in itself. They have to be well managed / marketed and you somehow have to reach a critical mass, but it is depressing how un-joined up the UK is. There are a lot of brand new schools in the UK from the Blair era. How many of…[Read more]

  • dave posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Well I agree with you, but that could lead to awkward questions. The squeeze on council spending means that discretionary services like sports facilities and parks have been hit harder by austerity than pretty much anything else.

    • Not to mention the steady loss of school playing fields over the past couple of decades. There’s so much which needs to change in this country.

    • Would be a good phd study. Cost of subsidizing leisure centers more, building better cycle lanes, versus estimated cost of diabetes etc.. over the next 50 years.

      • I think we both have a very good idea how the sums would add up.

        I am aware that just building facilities is not enough in itself. They have to be well managed / marketed and you somehow have to reach a critical mass, but it is depressing how un-joined up the UK is. There are a lot of brand new schools in the UK from the Blair era. How many of…[Read more]

      • One little snippet.

        In wales, council spending on sports/recreation was cut from £40 a person in 2010 to £26 a person in 2017.

        Current diabetes spending in Wales is estimated at around £500m (or £170 a person)

  • dave posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    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]

  • dave posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    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]

  • dave replied to the topic How to get rid of Norovirus in the forum Health 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    You have my sympathy, it’s utterly horrid. I found downing water helped as it was better than dry heaving when nothing was left to come up

  • dave replied to the topic Best pubs in the uk in the forum General Chat 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    I once went to the Three Stags. As I approached the bar, the whole place went silent, and the locals crowded me out so that I didn’t get noticed for 47 minutes. I asked for a pint of Fosters, and the landlord punched me square in the nose shouting “We don’t serve poofs or cocktails!”. He agreed to let me have a pint of scrumpy cider instead, but…[Read more]

  • dave replied to the topic Worst pubs ever in the forum General Chat 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Any pub in Kirkby, notably the Johnny Todd and The Farmer’s Arms. There was a ‘community consultation exercise’ in the latter establishment in which the ‘community’ took the councillors and officers hostage until they addressed the area’s problems. Which they did. Got burned down, of course, which seems to be the fate of all flat-roofed…[Read more]

  • dave replied to the topic Best Robot vacuum cleaners? in the forum Tech 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    @troll Who knows what nefarious plans our future robot overlords have!!
    Can I come round yours and start measuring stuff then, no questions asked?!

  • 3 kg isn’t that big but I would put it back in the fridge now or this afternoon and remember to check it is thoroughly defrosted on Christmas Eve night. ( I wouldn’t have put it in the freezer at all.) Your Mum had the right idea!

  • dave replied to the topic Wisdom Teeth Removal in the forum Health 6 months ago

    I see why you changed your profile picture too that now 😉

    Look after yourself and avoid eating too much in the way of sweet things – I’d tank yourself up on painkillers now before the local wears off.

  • First thing to do when you move in is take photos of the gas and leccy meter. You only pay from the number onwards, dont get stung for previous readings.

  • dave replied to the topic Should plastic be banned? in the forum General Chat 6 months ago

    Was in Morrisons earlier getting some mince pies (I think they have the best – their shortcrust is divine) and anyway… walking past the expensive “cooler vegetable racks” the ones with mist over the top, and noticed every single thing in there was wrapped – what is the point of the mist???

    The only things I saw that were loose were tomatoes,…[Read more]

  • dave replied to the topic Should plastic be banned? in the forum General Chat 6 months ago

    Someone did mention it was helping a sodastream revival, I think plastic bottled water in countries with good tap water should be banned

    They were discussing it on the radio earlier and I am not sure how we get over the problem of it being mostly down to a few particular countries, and given who the countries are (apart from the US) that a…[Read more]

  • dave replied to the topic Amusing Company names in the forum General Chat 6 months ago

    A recovery service I’ve seen called “We meet by Accident”

    I knew someone who worked for “Knead the Dough”

  • dave replied to the topic Getting taxation right in the forum General Chat 6 months ago

    @sammy You clearly were not around when you had to wait months for the former publicly owned BT to install a phone.
    And the publicly owned water companies were not allowed to invest in upgrading their sewarage and environmental services to meet standards as the govt of the day could not afford the upgrades.Being private allowed those companies to…[Read more]