• Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 3 hours ago
    BBC Breakfast this morning a very depressing report on climate change in the UK, (see the web site), every time I see these reports I become more and more convinced that we have passed the point of no return and are rapidly getting to a position that whatever steps we take the speed of change will go on increasing faster than present estimates. During my 6 years employment at the Royal Greenwich Observatory I spent some time in the Magnetic and Meteorological Dept. doing the observations and preparing the analysis for the Met Office, and the Observatory had a hundred years of observations and averages and in all that time there was no periods of CONSISTENT extreme weather such as we are experiencing now, (less)
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 3 hours ago
    BBC Breakfast this morning a very depressing report on climate change in the UK, (see the web site), every time I see these reports I become more and more convinced that we have passed the point of no return and are rapidly getting to a position that whatever steps we take the speed of change will go on increasing faster than present estimates. During my 6 years employment at the Royal Greenwich Observatory I spent some time in the Magnetic and Meteorological Dept. doing the observations and preparing the analysis for the Met Office, and the Observatory had a hundred years of observations and averages and in all that time there was no periods of CONSISTENT extreme weather such as we are experiencing now,
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 5 days ago
    Did nobody watch the interview, and if you did what conclusions did you draw from it?. The points that struck me most forcibly are listed below and will, I hope provide a basis for informed debate. 1) As an interviewer Laura Kuenssberg was a complete and utter waste of space, never once pursuing important points to a conclusion. 2) Cummings continually hid his face behind his hand and failed to face the audience, hardly the act of someone seeking to be taken seriously. 3) Cummings made many serious accusations without producing a shred of evidence to substantiate any one of them, and when challenged, however weakly, prevaricated into waffle. 4) Cummings implied at one point that it was he, rather than the PM, that was running the country, a point that should have been fiercely challenged, but wasn't We all know that Cummings has an axe to grind and being the lowest form of life that he is, will attempt to do as much damage as possible, and that it was generally agreed before the split that he had too much influence, but are we left with a suspicion that there are a few grains of unpleasant truth somewhere?.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 1 month ago
    An old bull and a young bull are standing on a hill overlooking a meadow full of young cows. The young bull says to the old bull, " Let's run down the hill and have one of those cows". The old bull, on reflection said, "No, let's walk down the hill and have all of them".
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 1 month ago
    I came across the attached in a newspaper recently which I thought was a classical example of press misrepresentation, the author was not named. If you read carefully much is made of of numbers for which there is no common time line and most of the numbers are not precise but lots of, almost, nearly, about and so on. The one thing about numbers is that they are precise, the value ascribed may be in error but 1 is 1and 2 is 2 and ratios can be calculated exactly. This begs the question what is the purpose of such rubbish as presumably the was some reason for publishing this article. Any member care to give us their opinion?.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 1 month ago
    I wasn't sure whether to post this but it might be helpful to somebody. With the lockdown I imagine that, like us, many will have seen substantial reductions in our usual expenditure what with no holidays, little travel, saved subscriptions etc, we create cash surpluses. All very nice but if one is on the fringes of being liable for inheritance tax this could become very expensive for your heirs. If, as a single person, you own a property you only have £500,000 of allowances before you start to pay IT, with property prices as they are this doesn't go far and as a couple your heirs could be paying as much as £68,000 in unnecessary tax depending on your tenancy configuration. It is worth checking up on. Another rather macabre thought is that if you buy an advance funeral plan, so freely advertised, it has the effect of having the government pay 40% of the cost of your funeral. Happy planning😉😉😉.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 1 month ago
    Even to this day I can recall 6th. June 1944. We knew something big was happening before the announcement on the radio by the roar of the aircraft flying over us. As soon as it was light we could see the constant stream of planes which went on all day. I was too young then to appreciate that within 20 minutes of those planes passing over me that many of the men in those aircraft would be dead, but today I find that a very moving thought. Today the British Normandy Memorial will be opened, it cost £70 million pounds to build and will require many more millions to maintain so may I suggest that those that are able make a small donation towards it's upkeep in recognition of the 22,442 men who died for us 77years ago. It is easy to do, just Google British Normandy Memorial and make a donation.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 2 months ago
    Another Bloody Whitewash Forgive my language but this topic warrants it. We are asked to believe that Johnson was not guilty of breach of the ministerial code but failed to question the payments for the refurbishment of No. 10. Who are they kidding?, he didn't "inquire" because he didn't want to know and he thought he could get away with it, what manager would have such extensive decorations done without asking what it would cost?. Pull the other one. As I have stated before, he may appear a buffoon but he is very astute when it comes to looking after BJ. Add to that we have Hancock holding shares in a company he gives contracts to and that is only "a minor breach" of the ministerial code so he wont lose his job. Any other bunch of crooks would be locked up. (less) Comment Share
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 2 months ago
    Forgive my language but this topic warrants it. We are asked to believe that Johnson was not guilty of breach of the ministerial code but failed to question the payments for the refurbishment of No. 10. Who are they kidding?, he didn't "inquire" because he didn't want to know and he thought he could get away with it, what manager would have such extensive decorations done without asking what it would cost?. Pull the other one. As I have stated before, he may appear a buffoon but he is very astute when it comes to looking after BJ. Add to that we have Hancock holding shares in a company he gives contracts to and that is only "a minor breach" of the ministerial code so he wont lose his job. Any other bunch of crooks would be locked up.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 2 months ago
    In another thread I saw a comment where the member claimed that he/she paid more in tax than he/she received in state benefits. Now me, being the number cruncher that I am, just had to find out what income level would produce that sort of tax liability so I did some calculations with the following results. Assuming a single person on full state pension, their benefits would amount to £12,152, pension+ fuel allowance+ Xmas bonus. Now with tax brackets starting at £1-£37,700 @ 20% and £37,701- £150k @ 40% and taking into account the personal allowance of £12,570 to pay tax IN EXCESS of £12,152 would require an income IN EXCESS of £68,085pa, based on year ending 5th April 2021. Not bad for an OAP but not in keeping with previous comments.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 2 months ago
    With the recent elections being done and dusted, one of the issues that reoccurs is that of Scottish Independence, which IMO will never happen the Scots are far too Canny for that, and are well aware on which side their bread is buttered. What puzzles me is the logic, now as I understand it, Nicola Sturgeons claim is that because the SNP is the major party and has campaigned for Independence that is a mandate for another referendum. Now this lady has often demonstrated that she is not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to logic and if one analyzes the election results it would appear that far from having a mandate the opposite is true. Consider the results of the last three votes on the subject in terms of TOTAL VOTES CAST, we have:- 2014 Referendum For 44.7% Against 55.3% Turnout 84.6% 2019 Gen Election For 45.0% Against 55.0% Turnout 63.3% 2021 Scot election For 47.7% Against 52.3% Turnout 63.0% In a simple analysis, in the referendum, when it REALLY MATTERED, the turnout was 21% higher yet the ratio of FOR/AGAINST remains virtually unchanged. I cannot see how these figures support a demand for further waste of time and money on another referendum, what are your views?. (less) Comment Share
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  • With the recent elections being done and dusted, one of the issues that reoccurs is that of Scottish Independence, which IMO will never happen the Scots are far too Canny for that, and are well aware on which side their bread is buttered. What puzzles me is the logic, now as I understand it, Nicola Sturgeons claim is that because the SNP is the major party and has campaigned for Independence that is a mandate for another referendum. Now this lady has often demonstrated that she is not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to logic and if one analyzes the election results it would appear that far from having a mandate the opposite is true. Consider the results of the last three votes on the subject in terms of TOTAL VOTES CAST, we have:- 2014 Referendum For 44.7% Against 55.3% Turnout 84.6% 2019 Gen Election For 45.0% Against 55.0% Turnout 63.3% 2021 Scot election For 47.7% Against 52.3% Turnout 63.0% In a simple analysis, in the referendum, when it REALLY MATTERED, the turnout was 21% higher yet the ratio of FOR/AGAINST remains virtually unchanged. I cannot see how these figures support a demand for further waste of time and money on another referendum, what are your views?.
  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 3 months ago
    Following the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, Does anyone share my uneasiness that he is being made a scapegoat and that it was politically expedient to find him guilty? I wonder, if the case was so clear cut, why was it necessary to charge him with 3 counts of murder and 1 of manslaughter, could it be that the powers that be were determined to nail him for something. Was he found guilty BEFORE he was charged?. Do others share my misgivings?.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 3 months ago
    In a recent post on pictures I said that I was experimenting with converting some of my film pictures into digital files by means other than scanning as the scans suffered from loss of the quality that was in the original work. Appended are some of the results, which are photographs of the original exhibition prints made from film negatives. The digital files were made using a basic DSLR an Olympus E500 which is a very “steam” model by current standards, mounted on a good solid tripod. The prints were propped up against a wall and photographed using domestic room lighting, nothing complicated. This process is very simple and if any of you have old pictures for which you would like copies give it a try. The more perceptive observer might wonder how I was able to get the original pictures WITHOUT any people in view, well if you look carefully you will see that there is a clue in a couple of the shots.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 3 months ago
    As of today I am no longer a Critically Shielded Patient and I have a letter from the NHS to prove it, but the strange thing is that I don't fell any different today to the way I felt yesterday. Am I being short changed and if so should I complain to my MP, The Rt. Hon. BJ. to complain?.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 4 months ago
    When I try to add an image in a TIF file I find it scans and then tells me that it is an invalid file. Is there any restriction upon the type, Tiff or jepeg, file or any limitation as to the size of a file, if so could you please publish the limits.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 4 months ago
    It is necessary to open a further chapter to correct some of the fatuous and inaccurate statements made in the previous chapter. It was implied that if one wears out enough cameras that one will get good photographs, simply not true excessive use of the shutter release will not of it's self produce good photographs and far less GOOD PICTURES, however a little thought will, as 5 minutes thought is always worth 20 minutes action. Even the most "happy snapper" with a little thought and the application of some simple rules can easily turn snaps into good photographs, further do not believe that expensive equipment is necessary, it isn't provided you work within the limitations of the equipment that you have. When you buy a top of the range camera you are basically paying for durability and the ability to tackle a wider range of subjects i.e. versatility. The author of that misinformation has clearly demonstrated how NOT TO DO IT, suggesting because his efforts were taken with an inexpensive camera that is an excuse for poor pictures, in the images provided all the errors were the fault of the photographer not the equipment, in fairness he admits to being a rotten photographer. Perhaps he should confine his activities to being a rotten photographer rather than a critic. If there are those out there that are interested I wound be happy to draw up a list of simple tips that will improve your pictures. Let us now hope that we can see many more of your pictures which was the objective of the original post.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 4 months ago
    In fulfilment of my promise to Selsey I attach a picture of Westminster taken through a droplet of water, it is a scan of a colour slide and so the original is not manipulated. It was taken in April 1999 before the digital age came about, and was triggered for a close-up competition which it won. If anyone is interested I would be happy to explain how it was done. Please continue to show us your pictures as it seems to create a lot of interest, it doesn't matter whether you are a photographer or a snapper show us your work and tell us why you like it.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 4 months ago
    Speaking for myself I enjoyed the great pictures shown on the other thread so by opening this thread I hope to see more and to learn from your comments. Here's a couple of Loch Long, Scotland.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 4 months ago
    Following on from the post on snow pictures, which some found helpful, these lovely misty/ foggy morning give opportunities for great moody photographs. When you take the kangaroo for it's walk in the park take your camera. Remember if you are shooting in colour, to reset your white balance, and try slightly increasing the exposure, 1/3 to 1/2 a stop should do it. Better still switch to black and white mode which you will find produces lovely atmospheric shots, trees looming out of the fog are very effective. One of the most sucessful pictures that I ever took was of the Tower of London at 7 o'clock on a foggy November Sunday morning. The fog hid all the modern buildings surrounding the Tower and the absence people and traffic made it quite eyrie. Made me think of what it must have been like in Henry VIII's time going into Traitors Gate.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 5 months ago
    I have just learned from Ryan T that he has blocked me for my comment about his being dogmatic and dictatorial. Apart from the opinions on people that use the blocking facility, which have been well aired elsewhere, I have only one response to make namely, If you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen. Further if you wish to be seen as the poor mans Brian Cox, but don't want other peoples views, don't ask for them. Incidentally I tried the water/plughole experiment and found that you were wrong on that too. To paraphrase your message, not Bye BYE Ryan, rather Quack Quack.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 4 months ago
    It is clear that a number of members feel strongly about large companies that avoid paying Corporation Tax by perfectly legal accounting maneuvers. I do not have a problem with this as the point of business is to make money, legally, however I do disapprove of a tax system that allows this to happen. So how, in the simplest terms, does this happen?, well you register your company in a low tax haven country, open a subsidiary in the UK make the subsidiary loans at exorbitant interest rates that, as they are chargeable as expenses, wipe out the subsidiary’s profits, They pay tax on the profit at a lower rate in the registered country but none of that tax reaches the UK. Clearly we need to stop these loophole, equally clearly it is not easy or government would have done it, so is there a way? Now I am not an accountant and only have a sketchy knowledge of book keeping but it seems to me that if instead of taxing net profit we were to tax sales (at an appropriate rate) MADE IN THIS COUNTRY we would solve the problem. Now this is too simple to be practicable but can anybody explain to me why?.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 5 months ago
    Last week we had a carton from Amazon Prime which was clearly not for us, wrong name, wrong postcode, so I contacted Prime and asked for it to be collected and redelivered. Amazon replied asking us to keep it or dispose of it at our option, upon opening it we found that was a children's toy, a race track with monster trucks. Having no family or friends with children in that age group I contacted a local nursery school and offered it to them and they duly collected it. The next day we found an envelope through the door containing a thank you card obviously made by the children saying how they were enjoying playing with their new toy. Margaret and I were very moved by what the children had done. You see I'm not the hard hearted old b- - t - - d that you think I am.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 5 months ago
    If anyone has their savings invested in a portfolio you may find the following of interest. We have just received our end of year report on our savings which are invested in a wide ranging mixture of asset classes to minimize risk, this is done and managed by our financial advisor. Now our savings are very modest but the funds that they are invested in are very large indeed, many millions £'s so while our figures are small they will fluctuate in proportion to the total asset class and will reflect it's performance. When I analyzed the comparison between 2020 and 2019 I found the following interesting figures:- 1) UK Equity......................down by 7.55% 2) European Equity ..........down by 23.27% So despite all of the prognostications of the Brexit doom and gloom merchants it would seem that we are doing rather better than our European ex partners. Now this comparison was up to the 31/12/20 ie before we had left the EU but perhaps it shows where the big money confidence lies and time will tell This information is offered as it may be of interest but you must draw your own conclusions as I draw mine. One thing is certain the figures are indisputable.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 5 months ago
    With the current weather if any of you are tempted to try for some snow scenes with your camera make sure that you select the snow scape/seaside setting, if your camera has one, if not use the exposure compensation scale and build in 1 to 2 stops of OVEREXPOSURE. I know it sounds wrong but it's not, your camera meter is programmed to mix all the bright parts and dark parts of an average scene and reproduce them as an average 18% reflectance mid grey so if your scene is all white it will reproduce the snow as a mid grey because there are few dark areas to compensate, so it is up to you to do it. So if your snow comes out as a mid grey shade, shoot it again with a longer exposure. If you want to get that lovely crystalline texture in your snow wait until the sun shines as it is the tiny shadows in the snow that gives it that "crunchy" feeling. Hope you might find this helpful, enjoy your pictures.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 5 months ago
    On the 18th January, in a comment to Clive, I revealed how to calculate one’s “batting average” for this site by relating the number of points scored to the total of comments and posts made. Anticipating that this might generate a reaction in certain quarters I made a note of my own figures at that date, which were points 1891, posts and comments combined 913. On checking 17 days later, 2nd February, I found that my score was points1593, and posts/comments 932, or in other words a further 19 comments which generated an additional 22 points HAD RESULTED IN A LOSS OF 320 POINTS. These figures would indicate that over the last 19 comments I have accrued a total 320 down votes or, on average a total of 16.8 down votes per comment. Since a member is only allowed one vote per comment it follows that to achieve this position that an average of 17 different members would have to down vote on every comment made, surely this is an unlikely scenario. I believe that it is far more probable that some infantile, small minded, petty INDIVIDUAL or INDIVIDUALS in collaboration have trawled way back through past comments to place back dated down votes. How else could this situation occur? Further reasoning would suggest that to back track to find 320 comments is quite an undertaking, far more likely is that there were more than one person involved, probably at least three. I think that I could name the pathetic individuals involved but I will leave you to draw your own conclusions. The amusing thing is that a little arithmetic would have told them that it was a futile exercise anyway, as the race had already been run and the medals awarded. If there are any flaws in my logic please explain them to me.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 6 months ago
    In another post I made the comment shown below which I hoped would provide us with some interesting discussion:- When I was a young teenager a tutor said to the class that I was in, and I quote. "The most important word in the English Language is also one of the shortest and that word is WHY. The second most important word is equally short and that word is HOW." When confronted with any situation/problem, always ask why then how. It was that sort of thinking that I was referring to in my earlier comment. Example:- The whole world operates on a Market Economy, WHY. Answers in ONE WORD ONLY PLEASE. Vera came back with a good answer, MONEY which I would argue is not the correct reason, because money results from a Market Economy but is not the CAUSE of it. The fact is, that a Market Economy existed before money was invented, and I support that contention by asking the question:- WHY did we "invent" money?. Any other thoughts on what single word answers the question.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 6 months ago
    As you all know I am not very computer literate but when I bought my first machine and was having difficulty with the set up, one thing I did learn was how to take a screen shot and later I learned how to attach a picture file to an email. It has proved to be a most useful asset, even when data is removed. To those of you that have sent me supporting PM's you will get my meaning, and thank you.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 6 months ago
    With Brexit done and almost dusted, has anyone any thoughts on where we go forward?. As you know I have no allegiance to any political party so, for what their worth, here are some of my thoughts which I hope are unbiased. 1) Brexit will be a success if for no other reason big business cannot allow it to fail. 2)We will suffer from political uncertainty because we have the only two significant parties engaged in internal strife,, so we have to ask ourselves what is the possible outcome?. Consider the current situation:- The Labour Party. Having suffered a complete annihilation at the polls, history of the last 100 years shows that NO party has recovered from such a defeat in less than two Parliaments and that was without the added burden of anti semitism. This gives the Tories a massive edge. The one hope Labour have is Sir Keir Starmer, who seems to be the only competent and moderate politician of any stature in the party, but burdened with the likes of Corbyn, MacDonnell and Diane Abbott, his is an uphill task. The Conservative Party, at this time they seem to have all the political advantages, a successful Brexit, a big majority and if history is repeated, time. The problems facing the party, I believe are internal strife and possible bad management. They, like Labour, seem to be lacking any substantial people to lead the country, however with all the advantages they currently have they are likely to govern for some time to come. The remaining parties are only likely to be an irritation UNLESS they manage to get into a coalition. I would welcome constructive and reasoned opinions which i feel will be of interest to us all, insults and abuse do no further intelligent debate.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 7 months ago
    With Brexit done and dusted, as promised, it would seem to me that the "racist,lying buffoon" has shot some in a tender part of their anatomy. One thing is certain is that the good ship Remainers, Returners and Moaners has sunk without trace, so hopefully we will hear less of the negatives and more of the"lets get on with it." approach from now on, but I doubt it. I have to admit to frequently regarding BJ as a buffoon while at the same time warning that to underestimate him could be a mistake, and I didn't vote for him as my MP, but now we shall see. What I think will be interesting will be to watch where the money moves to which is a sure indicator as to whether we have a promising future or not. Those of you who watch the markets will have noted a small positive movement on thursday even before the deal was confirmed. To quote W.S.C. I think that we can "move from the darkness into the broad sunlit uplands" What do you think AND WHY.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 7 months ago
    A lady is enjoying a nice hot bath when there is a knock on the door and a man's voice says " I am a blind man can I come in?". Thinking that he only wanted to wash and being blind no embarrassment would be involved, she said "Come in". Door opened a chap walks in, looks at her and says "Nice pair of tits where do you want the blind fixed?" A Christmas smile from me. have a Happy day. (less)
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 7 months ago
    We replaced our washing machine just on 12 months ago and hence the warranty is about to expire. While I was in hospital Margaret, who is suffering from some memory loss, received a phone call from an insurance company who sold her a domestic appliance policy and persuaded her to give them our bank details to set up a Direct Debit. Fortunately the arrangement was confirmed by letter and I was able to cancel the arrangement. The question that arises is ,how did the insurance company know that the warranty was about to expire?. We bought the machine through Amazon and registered it with the manufacturer so only those two sources knew of our purchase, hence one of them MUST have sold the information on. Makes you think.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 7 months ago
    Thank you all for you all for your good wishes, discharged yesterday after sucessful surgery but still waiting results as to malignancy, please bear with me for a day or two while while I catch up with my inbox. May I offer a word, if any of you have the misfortune to need major abdominal surgery it is not anywhere near as bad as you think it is going to be. This was my 14th. surgery, three abdominal,so I speak from experience.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 7 months ago
    KrisaL. In another thread I promised to give you my ideas on the subject of cyclist’s safety so here they are. Restrictions of capacity may make it necessary to do this in more than one post. 1) IMPROVING CYCLIST’S SAFETY. Clearly one cannot consider one group of road users in isolation so what we have to consider is all road user’s safety, from cyclist to HGV driver. Now while a cyclist has the same potential as any other vehicle to cause an accident they are also, by far, the most vulnerable, so ideally they should be kept totally separate from all other traffic but, since this is impracticable, other options must be considered. If we wish to reduce accident levels we need to know who or what causes them, defining the latter is simple, i.e. bad driving/riding, a moment’s loss of concentration, selfishness, to name but a few. Defining who causes them is a minefield, a little research reveals that road accident statistics have been analysed in every way known to man, by gender, by age, by time of day/year/season, by type of vehicle, you name it and somebody has done it. Sadly there is little that is conclusive, as for every statistical result one can find another that contradicts it. On one paper published by TFL I found a result that said the least accident prone were drivers over the age of 85, yet when the same data is analysed by billions of miles driven, the over 85’s become the second most accident prone. The only thing that the statistics are in general agreement is that the drivers most likely to be involved in an accident are those between the ages of 17 to 25 years of age. Since the statistics are inconclusive and major changes to the present infrastructure are impracticable, all that is left is to rethink the problem from the ground up. 2) FRESH THINKING. If we can’t substantially change the road network then it follows, that all that is left, is to change the way in which we use it, Persuading all users to change their driving/riding habits is a gargantuan task which will take time, but if we use the stick and carrot principal it might be possible. Here are a few suggestions. a)Road Users: Whether they be cyclists or HGV drivers they are all road users and should all be subject to the same regulations regarding access to, and the use of, the network. This includes cyclists who should be registered with the DVLA and pay vehicle duty, be required to pass a competency test and have a minimum of 3rd. Party Insurance. Since it would be unreasonable to expect very young children to understand all the rules, I propose that children under the age of 12 years must be supervised by an adult when on a public highway. b) The Driving Licence: This should be enhanced to become a much more “prized” document by making it more expensive and more difficult to obtain by making the Driving Test more demanding. Further any driver convicted of a serious driving offence within 5 years of passing, should have the licence revoked and be required to pass the Test again. c) The Road Traffic Act. Should be updated, where necessary, and revised so that all offences are graded as to severity, with a points penalty attached to each offence IN ADDITION TO the other penalties i.e. fines and prison sentences. Causing death by dangerous driving should carry a mandatory life sentence with no parole. Unlike the present points system the points would remain on the licence and be cumulative to a point that when a certain level is reached, the licence is automatically revoked for say 6 months until a further Driving Test is taken. To offset the accumulation of points, the carrot, drivers would be able to “redeem” points by providing the DVLA with evidence of good driving practice, i.e. year free from convictions, accidents or insurance claims. Drivers should have the right to appeal against any conviction on the understanding that the court would have the power to INCREASE the penalty if it was considered too lenient or that the appeal was unjustified. d) Insurance. With some out-of –the- box thinking this could be the most powerful tool at our disposal. I propose that government should set-up a State Insurance Scheme offering “no frills” insurance cover for 3rd. party or fully comprehensive policies on a low profit basis. There would be no “no claims” discounts but in the event of a claim penalty points would be awarded in line with the level of blame and cost of repairs these points would be added to the licence together with any offence points and this would be applied to the following year’s premium. Annual premiums would only rise in line with the cost of repairs. Those drivers that require more than basic cover, rescue, courtesy car etc. would go to the Insurance Companies and pay accordingly. This concept would not only provide a small source of revenue but would force insurance companies to offer more realistic premiums. Insurance companies should have limited access to the DVLA computer and be required to check to ensure that a driver is eligible to drive i.e. has a valid licence and MOT, before issuing a policy. They should also be required to notify the DVLA of any claims that have been made which would attract licencing points as described above, such access would enable them to weight premiums in line with a driver’s record. IN CONCLUSION. The above thoughts are broad sweeps of the brush and would need refinement by the appropriate qualified people, they are offered as a basis for constructive debate.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 8 months ago
    Or at least we can be 99.9% certain that it will be Biden for President, so now is the time for speculating on "what if" and formulating tentative contingency plans. Now is the time when the smart cookie sits back, remains silent and watches events. I repeat "Don't cross your bridges".
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 9 months ago
    And I will keep my promise despite being so far behind schedule. Reason for delay, two weeks ago I had a blood test and at 10 minutes to midnight received a phone call from the hospital to tell me there was an ambulance on its way to collect me for a blood transfusion and I have been i hospital ever since. Five pints of blood and a pint of iron something and I'm up and running again,I hope, depends on the results of the biopsy.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 10 months ago
    Having closed the opening post for reasons already made clear it is now time to analyze it's contents to see what we may learn. Firstly I will list the FACTS which are irrefutable because they are on your screens and were put there by you. FACTS.:- 1) Total number of posts, = 116 2) No. of posts by Ron T , =17 3) Total no. posts in response =97 4) Total No. of responders, =16...................25.8% of 5 5) Total No. of "regular" members, = 62 6) Up votes cast....Responders = 242 less 97 Auto votes = 147 = 60 " 17 " " =43 7) Tone of responses hostile/abusive =75.....77.3% Neutral =14......14.4% Reasoned = 8........8.3% Clearly, as the abuse was directed at me, Only I have the right to classify it. ANALYSIS:- Now we must consider what this set of facts tells us about the content and nature of the responses to the original post. Of the 62 regular members considered in the opening post only 16 (25.8%) engaged in this debate, and all but 4 of them appear in the bottom 25% of my calculated ratings. There were 97 responses to the post, of which 75 (77.3%) were classified as hostile, either as abusive,offensive or irrelevant. UP VOTING:- I think that it is safe to assume that none of the "knockers" voted for me, also it is probable that many "knocker" votes were internal, ie. cast in support of each other. Now the "knockers" achieved a net total up votes of 147 or an average of 12.25 votes per head, whereas, all on my own, I managed a net up vote of 43, an average of 43 or 3.5 times as many, further, ALL of my votes MUST HAVE COME FROM MEMBERS WHO DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE DEBATE. SUMMATION. Surely anyone who cannot see the significance of these figures must be numerically illiterate, and failure to draw the obvious conclusions would make one question their intelligence. I contend that original proposition has been proved to be true by the very people that scorned it. Furthermore on a second calculation of the ratings shows that without exception the "knockers" have fallen while my own has risen. Finally, I will be delighted to engage in polite debate, based on logical thinking about the facts presented here, no more waffle please, with any member who can disprove this contention. . .
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 10 months ago
    Clive has called for original thinking so try this for size and I HOPE, INFORMED DEBATE. As group members do you ever consider that, when when making post or a comment on this site you are telling your readers something about yourself upon which they will form, or modify, and opinion of you?. Those opinions, good or bad, will be the subject of review with every post that you make. This effect is particularly true of the responses made to other members posts/comments as this is where emotion and bigotry can overwhelm calm, logical thinking. In practice this means that we each form our opinion of other members based upon their choice of words and the context in which those words are used, judgements such as is the person literate,logical, coherent, serious or a butterfly head, to name but a few. Now comes the debatable bit namely, is it possible to devise a means by which we could measure the level of esteem that any one member, is held by the remaining members. To elucidate this group has 152 members of which 90 could not be considered regular contributors so for each "regular" we would need an index that is a composite of the remaining 61 "regulars" opinions. In other words a sort of league table of the level of esteem in which the members hold each other. I believe this is possible. There is a vast amount of data available to all, from which it it is possible to calculate two index values for each member which makes it possible to create such a table. I have done these calculations and the results are very revealing inasmuch that most of us could name who we think might appear at the bottom of the table and sure enough there they are, no surprises. To pick those to appear at the top is more difficult and the results are surprising. What is also is the distribution of the levels of esteem. Now you may feel this is a lot of nonsense but the evidence of the figures strongly supports that it works. P.S. If you have any doubts about my basic premise the reread the post on LINKING THREADS ,there couldn't be a better introduction to this post.
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  • Teague @RonT Hillingdon updated 10 months ago
    At 11 o'clock 81 years ago today, September 3rd., Neville Chamberlain declared war on Nazi Germany. I wonder how many children who might have been alive today have been dead for over 75 years.
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