doormat

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  • doormat replied to the topic Drawdown Pensions. in the forum General Chat 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    There are some very shady pension advisers out there scamming loads of people to do this.

    Be very careful. General advice is not to do it and leave well alone.

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    yes, I know A* is now the top, even so for her course the required grades are A*AA, so she’s not far away. And the school can’t prevent her applying. But the point I was making was that even at a very high performing state school they are discouraging one of their better students from thinking Oxford is for them. This means that for many subjects, courses at the next tier of universities are more oversubscribed than oxbridge.

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    My memory is that Ellen MacArthur was massively famous at the time, though maybe she got even more coverage in the East Midlands. On the same thread though, I do remember Tony Bullimore (clearly a very brave and formidable man) becoming hugely famous in the UK for being rescued, while in France, Pete Goss got the acclaim for actually doing the rescuing.

    Back on the subject, I think state schools do fail to encourage pupils that Oxbridge is possible. My daughter goes to one of the better state schools and is predicted three As (not A*s), but has basically been discouraged by the school who have identified their 8 (and only 8) great hopes.

    • That’s because A* is the new A, and lots of people get them. Having said that, she’s only 1 grade out and if it’s technically possible for her to get A*s then she should be allowed to apply.

      • yes, I know A* is now the top, even so for her course the required grades are A*AA, so she’s not far away. And the school can’t prevent her applying. But the point I was making was that even at a very high performing state school they are discouraging one of their better students from thinking Oxford is for them. This means that for many subjects, courses at the next tier of universities are more oversubscribed than oxbridge.

  • Eek, how embarrassing for the person who left their bag behind!
    I think it’s all right to look through bags when they have been left behind for a long time.
    You even had two colleagues next to you. Also, these days there is a general fear of explosives in abandoned bags.
    The airport also removes items left behind and then destroys them!
    I wouldn’t worry.

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

    Obviously they have f*cked up massively on crime: they cut police numbers and simultaneously they gave the cops massive numbers of new bookkeeping tasks, they put lots of cops onto investigating historical cases rather than stuff that just happened, they put cops onto investigating what people said on Facebook and they stopped them doing stop and search.

    Theresa May and Amber Rudd are responsible and it’s interesting to watch them find their new scapegoat to replace the EU and ECJ: the internet companies. People get stabbed and their first reaction is to stop Amazon sending knives to the cusotmer’s house or yell at some Facebook executive. It’s blatant manipulation, same as it was with the EU. They are selecting hate figures for their aging base – the EU or Facebook -…[Read more]

  • Kitchen fires can be caused by other things. Like benny my oven went up and I managed to put it out with a dry powder from my van. We now keep one in the kitchen. It took me about 2 minutes to put it out and the fire brigade 4 minutes from the call to get to us but not everyone lives less than a mile from the fire station. In the very short time the fire was burning it had started to char the kitchen cabinets and the table and chairs that were a meter away. With the reduction in fire stations I don’t know the average responses time but I would rather nip a small fire in the bud than risk losing my house and possessions. Dry powder makes a right mess and too hours to clean up but hopefully you will never need to deploy it and if you do the clean up is worth it.

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

    ^ Working any customer service type job does…
    I should know, I’m a tech >.< Don't know how many times I have to explain to the Stupidvisors (Supervisors) at work that their issue isn't within my power to deal with, that they need to call the help desk… then 5 minutes later they call ME for the exact same issue without even contacting the help desk…

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

    Yoga, for an hour, two to three times a week.

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

    Whether the mean, median, or the mode, is best suited to interpret the data really depends on the distribution of the data. So I am not sure how you can make such a statement without having any idea about the distribution.

    My understanding of income distribution in the UK tells me they tend to approach a log-normal distribution with a low sigma, albeit with a thick upper tail. Whether you use the mean, median, or mode, it shouldn’t make too much difference, but the median or mode should be marginally better in this case. I’m just assuming that pensions follow a similar distribution as income which could be completely wrong.

    However you have to consider that in an article written for the general public, a journalist may decide to use the mean even if it’s not scientifically the…[Read more]

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

    “… in the custody of a Syrian militia.”

    There’s the rub. Who are this militia and do we recognize them as fit for applying the rule of Syrian law?

    If, say, an Australian had traveled to Northern Ireland, joined the UVF, allegedly committed murder in their name, and was captured by the IRA, would the Australian government say, “well he’s in the custody of a militia so let them deal with it”?

  • Roku is just so slow though.

    @crud That’s never been my experience, even with quite an old Roku box, and reviews don’t generally seem to complain about speed issues. I think your experience might not be a general problem with Roku. If nothing else, they’ve produced quite a range of products over the years.

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for the idiots guide to the internal combustion engine)). That has helped my understanding.

    What makes the plugs fire each time? The ignition coils on every bang?

    • Here is another guide written by an idiot.

      So the position of each piston is determined by the position of the crankshaft, ok?

      If a piston is at the top of the cylinder, in the first revolution of the crankshaft it goes down and then up (induction and compression strokes).

      The spark plug fires, igniting the fuel/air mixture, and during the next revolution of the crankshaft the piston goes down and then up again

      (ignition and exhaust strokes).

      So the spark plug in each cylinder needs to spark at a precise point every 2 revs of the crankshaft.

      The crankshaft also drives a distributor shaft, which is geared to rotate once for each 2 rotations of the crankshaft.

      At the end of the distributor shaft is an arm/lobe, which is essentially a position sensor. At 5 points during each…[Read more]

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks all.

    Im not going to drive it again except to the garage next week. There were no engine lights on last night.

    Do all the cylinders move in sequence due to the timing belt? If so is the one that’s possibly. It working just moving in sequence and not firing?

    Apparently all the 5 cylinders have an ignition coil. Do all need replacing or just the faulty one?

    Thanks for your time

    • OK, very simply, and probably a bit inaccurate…

      Inside the engine is a crankshaft. Initially this gets spun by the starter motor.

      The crankshaft is connected to the pistons by..er..connecting rods. As the crankshaft goes round a clever bit of mechanics means the pistons go up and down in the cylinders. The movement and position of the pistons is fixed depending on the position of the crankshaft as it goes round. The only way it can change is if something goes horribly wrong, and trust me it’d be a lot more than a judder.

      Ignoring the timing belt and valves and stuff, this happens:

      Piston pulled down by crankshaft – air goes in with a squirt of petrol.

      Piston pushed up by crankshaft – petrol and air compressed, spark plug sparks, mixture goes bang.

      Force of explosion shoves…[Read more]

      • Thanks for the idiots guide to the internal combustion engine)). That has helped my understanding.

        What makes the plugs fire each time? The ignition coils on every bang?

        • Here is another guide written by an idiot.

          So the position of each piston is determined by the position of the crankshaft, ok?

          If a piston is at the top of the cylinder, in the first revolution of the crankshaft it goes down and then up (induction and compression strokes).

          The spark plug fires, igniting the fuel/air mixture, and during the next revolution of the crankshaft the piston goes down and then up again

          (ignition and exhaust strokes).

          So the spark plug in each cylinder needs to spark at a precise point every 2 revs of the crankshaft.

          The crankshaft also drives a distributor shaft, which is geared to rotate once for each 2 rotations of the crankshaft.

          At the end of the distributor shaft is an arm/lobe, which is essentially a position sensor. At 5 points during each…[Read more]

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Then could it be that I have four cylinders firing and one not?
    Could that wreck the engine if I drive it?

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks all.

    petrol smell seems like from under the bonnet. No exhaust smoke.

    I can’t get in with the mechanic I use until next week. After a chat he seems to think ignition coils.

    Im no mechanic. It just took 5 goes to start it after my walk and the judder and poor acceleration remain.

    How do the coils and plugs work? Do they ignite once on turning the ignition, or on every cycle of the cylinders?

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks. There are no engine lights on at present.

    • Always bear in mind that the dashboard lights can be fail too, so maybe the engine light does not light! you could perhaps try and force it to light by creating an engine fault situation

      Getting a code reader is a good double check if all else fails.

  • doormat posted an update 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi
    Ive got a 1999 V70 2.5 petrol.
    I’ve had problems starting when hot or cold, and in any weather. Battery is sound. It doesn’t appear to ignite unless you put your foot hard on the accelerator when it’s playing up.

    Ive started today twice in -2 first time. I’ve driven motorways for 60 miles.

    I got home for an hour and it started first time. I drove for a mile and didn’t stop the engine. On the return trip the car started to shudder. When I accelerated in any gear. There is a slight petrol smell. I drove it at 70 for 3 miles but it hasn’t cleared. It shudders at idle.

    Could this be a spark plug problem? I don’t know when they were last changed . 165 k on the clock.

    Any ideas gratefully received. Thanks.

    ps oil and fuel filters haven’t been changed in 12 months and I’ve…[Read more]

    • Any error codes? You can get a generic OBDII code reader for a tenner that connects to your phone etc by bluetooth/wifi. Cheaper than a garage, and will do most fault systems (usually not airbag errors though).

      • Thanks. There are no engine lights on at present.

        • Always bear in mind that the dashboard lights can be fail too, so maybe the engine light does not light! you could perhaps try and force it to light by creating an engine fault situation

          Getting a code reader is a good double check if all else fails.

    • I’d check the plugs and the rest of the ignition system.

      Poor starting and petrol smell both suggest this. Spark plugs can just give out for no good reason. If you have a look in the dark tonight with the engine running you should be able to see if you have an insulation issue.

    • Where is the petrol smell from? Exhaust or engine bay? Through the heater vents?

    • Thanks all.

      petrol smell seems like from under the bonnet. No exhaust smoke.

      I can’t get in with the mechanic I use until next week. After a chat he seems to think ignition coils.

      Im no mechanic. It just took 5 goes to start it after my walk and the judder and poor acceleration remain.

      How do the coils and plugs work? Do they ignite once on turning the ignition, or on every cycle of the cylinders?

    • Don’t know the model, but if it has an ecu have you disconnected the battery recently? Could be a coked throttle body and the computer has reset. Just saying because I’ve recently had something similar in my 05 avensis. Or a lambda sensor – They can be sporadic when it comes to throwing error codes.

    • Sounds very similar to when the coil pack went on our car!

      • Yes. If was a diesel I’d suspect a clogged fuel filter due to the cold weather, but that’s unlikely with petrol.

    • Thanks all.

      Im not going to drive it again except to the garage next week. There were no engine lights on last night.

      Do all the cylinders move in sequence due to the timing belt? If so is the one that’s possibly. It working just moving in sequence and not firing?

      Apparently all the 5 cylinders have an ignition coil. Do all need replacing or just the faulty one?

      Thanks for your time

      • OK, very simply, and probably a bit inaccurate…

        Inside the engine is a crankshaft. Initially this gets spun by the starter motor.

        The crankshaft is connected to the pistons by..er..connecting rods. As the crankshaft goes round a clever bit of mechanics means the pistons go up and down in the cylinders. The movement and position of the pistons is fixed depending on the position of the crankshaft as it goes round. The only way it can change is if something goes horribly wrong, and trust me it’d be a lot more than a judder.

        Ignoring the timing belt and valves and stuff, this happens:

        Piston pulled down by crankshaft – air goes in with a squirt of petrol.

        Piston pushed up by crankshaft – petrol and air compressed, spark plug sparks, mixture goes bang.

        Force of explosion shoves…[Read more]

        • Thanks for the idiots guide to the internal combustion engine)). That has helped my understanding.

          What makes the plugs fire each time? The ignition coils on every bang?

          • Here is another guide written by an idiot.

            So the position of each piston is determined by the position of the crankshaft, ok?

            If a piston is at the top of the cylinder, in the first revolution of the crankshaft it goes down and then up (induction and compression strokes).

            The spark plug fires, igniting the fuel/air mixture, and during the next revolution of the crankshaft the piston goes down and then up again

            (ignition and exhaust strokes).

            So the spark plug in each cylinder needs to spark at a precise point every 2 revs of the crankshaft.

            The crankshaft also drives a distributor shaft, which is geared to rotate once for each 2 rotations of the crankshaft.

            At the end of the distributor shaft is an arm/lobe, which is essentially a position sensor. At 5 points during each…[Read more]

  • doormat replied to the topic Plastic in bottled water in the forum Health 4 months ago

    As the vast majority of bottled water is de-chlorinated tap water I suspect that the plastic is coming from the bottle manufacturing process and bottling process!

    Some tap water, from surface collected water may have plastic in it, but spring water and ground water should have been filtered by passing through rock and earth.

    It sounds to me like a plan to persuade people to stop drinking bottled water. The bottlers have to either admit it is the bottling process, or blame the suppliers of mains water. Neither option is going to help their image!

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    @troll You’re not making much sense. Zuckerberg (and many Silicon Valley billionaires) support some for of UBI.

    Again, this is so that everybody has a basic level of income to spend on consumer goods. Which are of course advertised on Facebook. The way you word it, it’s some kind of Dr Evil plot to enslave the world. I’m not saying there aren’t dangers, but do you really think that’s the motivation?

    Also, for the most part these are publicly traded companies answerable to shareholders (eg. mine and your pension portfolios) who demand maximum return – so quite frankly they’re not going to do anything to jeopardise their business model.