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Thirsty Relic

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  1. I take it this will be useful for people living close to one of the numerous stops, but I can't see many people using it to travel between Sheffield and Manchester. The train service is OK, so why travel an extra half hour in less comfort?
  2. Been told about another one by a neighbour - claiming to by the Office for National Statistics, and it sounds a good one to me. Arriving in an official-looking brown envelope saying "On Her Majesty's Service", it wants "The Resident" to fill in an on-line questionnaire on work, employment etc to get a £25 voucher. Two questions alerted me: if its official, how come they don't know the name of the resident? why is the Government giving £25 to everyone filling it in, especially when we are only months away from the 2021 National Census, that asks for this type of info for free? As the neighbour isn't going to fill it in, we'll not know what the questions are of course, but I think we can guess the type of information the scammers want! As it's done online, you'd start off by giving an email address ...
  3. Yes, I suppose it could be the cable-laying, but I wouldn't have thought they'd be at at around midnight, when I had my power cut
  4. My computer in S8 reset itself and the house lights flashed off then on a few minutes ago. Not all electric went off though. Seconds later I heard a couple of house alarms going, so its not just my house that was affected. If you are in S8 or close by, make sure you know where your candles and torches are!
  5. The tariffs that you speak of (and also those using Direct Debit) give the energy providers more power to collect money from your account, make savings by not sending you paper bills, and tying you to the internet. All much easier and cheaper for them of course, and gives them more power now (and significantly more with the next generation of smart meters - as discussed earlier). Not everybody can take advantage of them of course, as not everybody is on the net (and not everybody that is on the net wants to run all their finances from the net). Dual pricing works for companies and those willing to sign up for it all, at the expense of the rest, particularly the elderly.
  6. As he said, the 2 clubs play very differently. As Swansea, the ball was played up to him through the middle and he held it up and brought others in play from the front. Now he's used as a target from the flanks, into a crowded defence, with usually nobody there to help him! Perhaps now clubs know how we play, we ought to mix it up a bit, get the ball to him early in attacks, with midfield runners breaking off him through the middle. at times.
  7. Currently it is 1, as it was prior to 3:30. I thought Dan Jarvis was still "negotiating". We may not even hear until Wednesday.
  8. Exactly! But before everybody thinks all is OK, the most optimistic view of those pushing the current version of smart meters say they will last for 15 years without replacement. Many doubt this, and cite a number of reasons. As the Government is behind the "Smart" meter project and says we can all opt not to have one (see Ofgem on this), the pages I cite suggest that will change shortly. It follows that it is highly unlikely that they would allow people with smart meters to go back to non-smart meters. If I had an electric car, I would certainly be doing all I could to avoid having a "smart" meter!
  9. I found this article that explains that Smart Meters can be used to switch EV's (and other devices) off: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/UK-Energy-Firms-Could-Switch-Off-EV-Chargers-As-Demand-Peaks.html and this is the Government plan that is the link within it: https://www.dcusa.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DCP-371_Last-resort-arrangements-for-Distributors-to-manage-specific-consumer-connected-devices.pdf
  10. Energy companies put enormous pressure on consumers to have these so-called "Smart" meters fitted, but only because the Government are putting enormous pressure on them to hit targets for installing them. Letters, adverts in the press and on tele all say they will save money, when clearly all they do is tell you what you are spending, and send mobile phone messages to the suppliers at very regular intervals (typically half-hourly) on your usage - that are paid for by consumers in their bills of course. Of course, anybody from the Supplier company, or anybody else with access to the readings, can easily work out when you are in, your daily habits etc - all of which would be of great interest to potential burglars. I suspect we will see a spike in burglaries for those with Smart Meters fitted, and an accompanying rise in premiums for those with them when insurance companies are alerted to the trend.
  11. I think you are talking about "Cadbury's Creme Eggs". Now they are one whole egg, but I think they started off as 2 halves. A company is trying to setup doing a Vegan version - but the image on its site may be of interest: https://www.livekindly.co/vegan-creme-eggs-are-coming-just-in-time-for-easter/
  12. Mirrors - they've got a lot to answer for. Designed to bring you down. How many of you, when faced with the question of what you would take to be with you on a desert island would gleefully request a mirror? or a tape measure? or a tax demand?
  13. I was going to say that you'd also need a degree and sit rigorous exams, but with courses all online, and exam results on estimated grades....hmmm..... perhaps that's the way we are heading. Lets see, what are we short of at the moment and are likely to need more of shortly (HNS staff), and what areas are losing people (hospitality and the Arts). Lets see what the future hold for us after a bit of retraining .... "Is this a scalpel I see before me?", "I came to bury the patient, not to save him", or perhaps "Would you like your drip topping up dear?".
  14. Well, that was a fun interlude. I got either a Road Traffic Accident Investigator or a Receptionist. Can't see me in either of those roles, even if I was young enough to retrain. At least it's better than the first careers advice I got from a teacher, who thought I would end up as a road-sweeper or a binman! Perhaps a receptionist's typing course would at least help me when posting on this site, even if I am too old and cranky to be a real receptionist when I finish the training! On a more serious note, if Rishi gets his way, who will be doing the re-training, and where?
  15. Of course, another strand to this is that we have already seen recent power outages in Sheffield being discussed on this Forum, and being told that the Electric people are doing their best as more people are at home, so more power is being consumed. Therefore, as we are being urged towards Electric driven cars, even more demand is being placed on electricity, leading to more outages. As Smart Meters can tell us what devices are in use, and how much power they are consuming, it follows that they may well decide which devices to switch off when demand outstrips supply. I guess having a half-powered up car when you get up is better than knowing your "frozen" food has thawed out!
  16. I was just pointing out that spoilt food wouldn't mean a claim against the Smart Meter company, and that that was down to home insurence policy. Of course, the excess is down to whatever your home policy states, so most people probably wouldn't claim.
  17. Well worth it if Chris thinks it will help keep us up while JOC is out of action.
  18. Poch is a top manager, and a shrewd bloke. As usual, everything boils down to money. How much are Man U offering, and what are his other options.....
  19. With or without Smart Meters, your house insurance covers you for spoilt food from power outages, as there is no guarantee of service from energy companies.
  20. https://inthemusic.net/2020/10/06/eddie-van-halen-has-died-after-battling-throat-cancer/
  21. I think this needs looking into. Is the plot of land your ground is occupying worth knocking the stadium down and developing? Housing development perhaps? If so, perhaps he can buy cheaper land elsewhere, build a new stadium and make a fast buck?
  22. I'm not sure that they carry anything of direct relevance to printing. That takes some explaining! The reason some companies put chips in the cartridges was to stop (or attempt to stop) the lucrative trade in "compatible" ink. If you plan to use an ink-jet printer, the initial cost of that printer is pretty negligible compared to the money you will spend topping it up with VERY expensive ink, especially over its lifetime. Company A are quite happy to sell you VERY cheap printers (£30 or so for example), but when the ink runs out, you find you are paying another £30 to refill it with Company A Ink. The "cash cow" for the company is not the sale of the printer, it's the branded ink it keeps selling you. Along comes Company B selling "compatible" ink jets that work for that A's printer, at a fraction of the price. Even though Company A has patent rights over its own ink, B simply say its ink works with A's printers. Company A then puts a chip in its ink cartridges that is read by its printers. It is now much harder for B now to manufacture compatible cartridges. Perhaps the chips carry some code that is deciphered by the printer. I just know my ink jet tells me when I insert a "genuine" product, and also when I insert a "compatible" one. I have had compatibles not work for me, but usually they do, and I am making savings. Perhaps someone on the forum knows what is in the chip, but at least I've explained the real reason the chips are there!
  23. In addition, I understand (listening to Talksport this morning) that around 70% of the £1.2B spent by the PL clubs went abroad. We can't expect the Government to bale football out when football is spending the money it has abroad.
  24. I thought I read somewhere that individual police officers had targets they were supposed to meet for arrests/cautions etc. If that is so, you would have thought that "soft" targets such as those not enforcing the rules/people not wearing masks (after asking for evidence that they are not exempt of course) would neatly get figures up to targets. Ditto large groups of people people in/sitting outside pubs and so on.
  25. JOC is not only the joint tallest (at 6'3" with Basham), but is probably the best in the air of our defenders. We were again caught short in the air against Leeds, and the combative Dawson I think would be a good fit. The only negative is that I think Chris wants a left-footer. Of the others you mention, Jags and Rodwell are not fully match-fit, Bryan is out on a season-long loan, and I can't see the others facing the likes of Mitrovic in the air. I thought Rodwell would go out in this window, but he hasn't. I heard Jags is doing his badges with us, so perhaps he's being readied for a coaching role. I don't think we'll be looking to bring another striker in, especially when we're trying to find some cash to pay a loan defender.
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