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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

The news is spreading this to scare people now that their hoax about scaring people over Brexit has been disproven... and we’re all still alive, sun in the sky and oxygen to breath.

There has been bird flu, Ebola, and all sorts of disease outbreaks. Horrible. Kill people. Hard to contain. But WILL be contained.

Anything involving China is going to be on a whole different scale given its population and its government. But still, for the average person here in the UK, not worth losing sleep over.

I’m glad that mainstream media will be dead in our generation. So much unnecessary fear (all of the time)
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Last week our government advisd all British nationals to leave China, whilst at the same time pledging assistance to China's administration to help contain the virus. I'm thinking those two things conflict. Anyone already there might be a carrier, so no, don't leave. Don't all rush back here and help it spread.
Yes PB. My immediate "knee jerk" reaction is the same. The less people move around the less risk there must be for transmission. Seems to be the thinking behind most of the official stuff being put out so this decision does seem to fly in the face of logic. Of course I'm sitting here in the comfort of my home with a large teaching hospital with a dedicated infectious diseases isolation unit just five minutes in the car down the road. Easy for me to say then?
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The news is spreading this to scare people now that their hoax about scaring people over Brexit has been disproven... and we’re all still alive, sun in the sky and oxygen to breath.
Erm...small point we're in the transitional period which is basically business as usual.

Boris is currently threatening Europe with an "Australian style deal" I.e. WTO. If he doesn't get his own way with a "Canada Style Deal".

What's interesting about that is Australia is trying to get off WTO terms and into a free trade agreement with the EU...

So yeah...nothing has changed at all yet so celebrating it all going fine is like telling the patient the operation was a success as he arrives in the car park on the big day.
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Erm...small point we're in the transitional period which is basically business as usual.



Boris is currently threatening Europe with an "Australian style deal" I.e. WTO. If he doesn't get his own way with a "Canada Style Deal".



What's interesting about that is Australia is trying to get off WTO terms and into a free trade agreement with the EU...



So yeah...nothing has changed at all yet so celebrating it all going fine is like telling the patient the operation was a success as he arrives in the car park on the big day.


Yeah, you’re totally right. After all, people celebrated back when we went IN!

Hindsight is always 20:20, eh?!

As we know better now, I celebrate
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More water ingress into the rear of the Barchetta.

This will be a summer strip out/down and no doubt a lot of work. I already have some water defences/guidance in place but now it is time for radical action.

I just wish Fiat had actually combined the sleek, smart, hidden hood cover/well etc. with an additional attention to how water, wind and slopes can completely stuff an otherwise pretty perfect cosmetic and styling design.

But as they say convertibles are for warm and dry countries and anywhere else is a lottery.
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Appointment at the bodyshop for the 'engineer's report and estimate' for the rear bumper damage on the Fabia. It was a light bump, caught the edge of the rear beam, so split the bumper, but no apparent damage to the beam.

So the estimator says he'll put down for a new beam, "we'll replace it anyway", and a new reversing sensor, as the bumper damage is close. The sensors are working fine. No wonder insurance costs so much, when bodyshops add cost without proper justification.

Then the icing on the cake. Repair time is 7-10 working days. That's a fortnight to most of us. To replace a rear bumper outer skin. I could do it myslef in a couple of hours. No flexibility in their process. Car comes in, gets dismantled, bumper painted, "blend into the quarter panels", wait for paint to dry, then fit all back together.

So they intend to paint the rear quarter panels, which is currently factory paint and fine, undamaged. And I'll need a repalcement dual-controlled car for a fortnight.

My suggestion, paint a bumper, then I'll arrive, and wait for a couple of hours while they fit it. No replacement car, simpler and quicker. No, they won't do that. I suggested they could have the fuel filler flap as a match if necessary.

Big complaint to insurance company, they were quite interested about the proposed extra parts and work. Will hopefully hear back tomorrow with practical proposal.
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We had 1 very nice doctor at our surgery who actually cared, even if he was out with his family and see me out and about he would always ask how i was and stop for a chat.
but because he cared and could not do all he wanted to help people this got to him and made him ill.

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We had 1 very nice doctor at our surgery who actually cared, even if he was out with his family and see me out and about he would always ask how i was and stop for a chat.
but because he cared and could not do all he wanted to help people this got to him and made him ill.

https://www.gponline.com/essex-gp-to...rticle/1672735
Sadly Dave this is not uncommon in the medical profession the government just keeps pushing people till they break
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Sadly Dave this is not uncommon in the medical profession the government just keeps pushing people till they break
It's the same in all government run systems. The willing horses get flogged while the wasters get away with avoiding work. The system actually supports the "do just enoughs". They never step out of line, never make decisions so are never seen to make any mistakes. Guess who gets promoted.

Their career progress stops when they reach a level of incompetence. So higher management is gets populated with under performers.
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It's the same in all government run systems. The willing horses get flogged while the wasters get away with avoiding work. The system actually supports the "do just enoughs". They never step out of line, never make decisions so are never seen to make any mistakes. Guess who gets promoted.

Their career progress stops when they reach a level of incompetence. So higher management is gets populated with under performers.
Mrs is a nurse. She is constantly in a battle with her manager who says she's too thorough and she needs to change her mindset to "just enough". She's been told she is working to a gold standard whereas the clinic is targets a Bronze...The reason she is so thorough? She has to double check all the doctors decisions as they don't check the patients results/medication/history before prescribing.
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Virgin Media. Since switching from Sky last October, it has been amazingly fast, and I love that, at around £7 less a month than Sky. But since 2011, Sky was utterly reliable and down no more than 4 times across that period...


Stomached the issues in October / til New Year as it was new and all that.


In January has been down 3 different days. This month, twice. So far, no more than a day at a time, but still really inconvenient. This morning... still not working.


Sky... oh Sky!!! Got any good crawling back deals for me?!?
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Seem to recall last time I looked at E-Niro the waiting list was 18 months. Though I suppose a short term lease provider may have had some on hand.

Even some basic info like..how much was the "gas guzzler" costing pre-electric switch. Although she seemed to mention only having had older supermini sized cars previously (odd nickname for a supermini that)..and then said going to town to charge wasn't convenient because they cycled short distances..and the they didn't need a long range car really as only did long distances a few times a year.

I dunno great idea ruined by absolute lack of any pertinent information.
So rather weirdly it seems this woman doesn’t live far from me, her Wikipedia page shows she was born in Norfolk and in the last edit episode she talks about being in Norwich and shows her satnav journey originating somewhere near Ely. I shall now have to keep a look out for this car in my travels, there really are not that many about so it should stand out like a sore thumb. Also I noticed her long journey follows nearly the exact same route my wife and I take up to visit her family in Yorkshire even stopping at a very familiar service stations for charge...

Small world.
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Stalker!

Again...not hugely informative. We bought a long range car, it has a long range, but we need to fill it up a bit to make sure we can drive around at the other end.

Although lol at charge fail!
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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

I saw an electric car
in the 'wilds of wales'

But it was a Tesla..

Local press said better charging network in Milton Keynes than Wales..

Strange that.. almost like the infrastructure wasnt all circa 1870
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Stalker!

Again...not hugely informative. We bought a long range car, it has a long range, but we need to fill it up a bit to make sure we can drive around at the other end.

Although lol at charge fail!
How do you know she’s not stalking me !!

Yes the charge fail did make me laugh, you can’t push the virtues of a electric car then screw up charging the thing
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