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  1. I may be mistaken, but doesn’t that suggest that with only having a choice of two ends to open, they got a 50:50 result? Now I don’t know how these packs are assembled, but I would have thought it’s a mechanised process. So the printed packs might be loaded into cassettes, say, normally all oriented the same way, and the folded leaflets would be matched up with the tablet foils and inserted into the opened packs. In other words the folded leaflet end would most likely be inserted into the opened pack from the same direction. In which case they only had to open the first pack in order to know in which direction that was. Is not the problem that tablet takers only open a new pack every 28 days, for example, and thus never remember which end that was? This is a particular problem if the tablets you’re taking are related to your dementia.
  2. Oh dear! Sounds like the honeymoon period is over! 😐
  3. What puzzles me, Peter, is what did this Lexus dealer do the second time that they had failed to do the first time? Tracking is not an arcane art so I wonder what the mechanic was diagnosing as the problem - if as Rayaan has just pointed out, it actually is related to the car anyway. I have presumed that the more obvious candidates; such as tyre pressures, tyre damage, for example, have already been eliminated.
  4. Ah! But is it? You should consider it as being an investment akin to a burglar alarm system. Given sufficient privacy and the power tools, a determined thief would probably cut out the cats anyway. And not care about all the associated and expensive collateral damage in the process. So since that cost would far exceed the cost of a potentially effective deterrent, then the expense is only relative. The real consideration, I suggest, is how realistic is the possibility of such a criminal attack in the first place. If it gives you something less to worry about, then paying for the best you can afford is surely worthwhile. Just don’t think of it as wasted money if no-one ever tries to steal your cats!
  5. Hello Andrew. I’m sure everyone here appreciates the sensitivity of your situation and will extend their condolences. As for the car, may I suggest that posting a few photographs and noting basic details, such as mileage, may be helpful for attracting potential interest. PS. Just realised you’d actually mentioned the mileage!
  6. Now they tell you!! I think this is the kind of dealer add-on that’s offered as a ‘complimentary’ sales sweetener hidden away in the overall purchase price. And it’s probably applied on site by the lads who do the valeting. My Detailer used Modesta ceramic coatings which are of a different order of efficacy. Nevertheless, if you wanted even more in the way of scratch and chip protection, you’d have to go for the full wrap. Although a substantial investment, because the car has to be meticulously prepared, it is arguably even better when applied to a new vehicle. It can also be removed and replaced if it should suffer any surface damage.
  7. I don’t have the Cosmos series, but I do have the Dawkins’ books - and I recall some very effective TV documentaries that he did. For many years I subscribed to his website when he was personally very active on it. I now see that it has relocated to America but this conversation has prompted me to subscribe again, hopefully to introduce me to whole new fields of disgruntlement. Another author and investigator who I felt made a valuable contribution to the science of rational thought was James Randi. He would demonstrate that many scientists were vulnerable to fraud because they don’t expect Nature to set out to trick them. And he was always very effective at exposing psychics. They never saw him coming!
  8. Another excellent capture from the past, John. I can’t say I recall this specifically at this distance in time. But I certainly recall his Cosmos TV series that came out in the early 80s when I was in my mid-thirties. it was Sagan - and such as Richard Dawkins - who stood out from their Peers as being such influential communicators of a science-based reality that there was hope that they might lead to a diminishing role for superstition and conspiracy. Sadly, along comes the interweb and ‘social media’ and anyone with half a mind to do so can demonstrate that that’s really all it takes!
  9. If there’s an identifiable moan here, Philip, I would suggest that it’s the presumption that every opinion is equally valid. It isn’t. And that everyone is equally capable of assessing the merits of opposing opinions. They’re not! So apart from what may be encountered on the interweb, it irks me when I hear a debate between an acknowledged ‘expert’ on a subject and a shouty interviewer who clearly isn’t. In such cases, one so often one hears interviewers demanding an unambiguous,‘clear’ yes/no answer to a question for which the scientist knows there is no such thing. But there are few things the media like better than an apparently evasive expert. On the other hand, I often feel some sympathy for Opposition spokespeople who are wheeled on to, well….oppose a Government position. Their job function is defined by their title. After all, there’s little future for a Member of the Opposition who has a tendency to say, ‘Well, we would have probably done much the same!”
  10. LenT


    I can’t imagine anyone describing you - or anyone - as ‘homophonic’ Graham. Mainly because it’s a term that applies to a musical or choral construct. What you may be, Graham, is the innocent victim of the autocorrect software, of which I have moaned about in the past!
  11. If possible it’s usually best to replace bulbs in pairs. Bulbs degrade in performance over time anyway and it’s usually more time and cost effective to do a preemptive strike on the remaining bulb, rather than wait for it to fail at a less convenient time..
  12. Not a solution your battery problem, unfortunately. But some time ago I invested in a NOCO Power Pack just in case I was caught with a flat battery and no time to use the trickle charger. Knowing you have one in the boot will at least ensure that you’re never going to be stuck - provided, of course that it’s very occasionally recharged!
  13. My sentiments entirely Ed. I have spent many a happy hour debating - if such it can be called - with conspiracists. But it’s akin to playing Wacka-mole. I would often ask participants to provide the ONE piece of ‘incontrovertible’ evidence by which their argument would stand or fall. Inevitably if that was discredited then up would pop an equally fallacious alternative - often contradicting the previous position. But the real danger of such thinking is that it discredits genuine conspiracies. Which is why the tobacco companies of the early 60s were able to suppress their own evidence of a causal link between smoking and lung cancer. And why that discredited crook, Andrew Wakefield, is now making a good living from gullible Americans by pandering to unsubstantiated fears about vaccines. I once complained (Ie moaned) to the local Education Authority about an evening class to be run by a homeopath. My complaint was that she was claiming to teach ‘cures’ that even her own Association would not support. They cancelled her class. I suggested they ran courses in Critical Thinking instead. It is astonishing that there are still people who will claim that the Moon Landings were faked despite practical evidence to the contrary. Or that the Twin Towers attack was a US plot. However, it is incumbent upon all of us to always remain receptive to claims that run counter to common experience. For example, I have long been cynical about claims of ‘intelligent life’ on other plants. But the reemergence of long-suppressed documentary evidence has caused me to rethink this possibility. I’ve examined it closely. It’s either a very clever piece of fakery - or it’s genuine.
  14. Now there’s a thing to moan about! Who thought it was a good idea to align roads with low rising and setting sun? Is it some kind of Pagan devotional act, like Midsummer Boulevard in Milton Keynes? Some years ago, I was driving my Honda Prelude - a not inconsiderable lump of bright red metal - along one of MK’s dual carriageways when I was T-boned by a driver entering from a side road. He claimed he was so dazzled when looking left along the main road that he failed to see my car. While I have some sympathy for this reason, the result was that it landed him with a substantial repair bill and me with a great deal of inconvenience. No doubt this was less of a problem when the average method of locomotion was limited to one real horse. Thinking back to my horse. riding days, I suspect collisions involving people on horseback were relatively uncommon. But now that an ordinary driver can be in command of some hundreds of horsepowers, it is no longer an aspect of town planning that can be ignored.. So what, I demand to know, is the Town Council doing about it? (For younger readers, that was a reference to a broadcasting character called Fyfe Robertson, the like of whom we sadly see no more).
  15. Waste not, want not! Here’s something to impress the neighbours: Forty Four Fun, Frivolous and Formal Fabrications Formed From Fallen Foliage.
  16. A shrewd investment, Stephen. The first week I had my Lexus, I managed to scuff both near side wheels - the kerbs being hidden under snow. Our local ChipsAway guy did a splendid repair job, but this was obviously gong to be an expensive hobby. So I too had Alloygators fitted. Now if I collect a scuff on the plastic rim, I think of the money I’ve just saved!
  17. I think you’ve identified another, very valid, moan here, Ed. It’s certainly been my experience that new models - and certainly new versions- grow longer and wider than their predecessor. Unfortunately, this is never matched by a similar expansion in the width of garages, car park spaces and country lanes!
  18. I expect a fair few cups did break. However I don’t think that the water was actually used at the same high temperatures that the early. English tea drinkers favoured. I would also suggest that the brewing process could be conducted at lower temperatures because it was unhurried as it formed an essential component of the tea ceremony.
  19. A brilliant clip, John! I recall this moment too. It’s all very well knowing the theory, but nothing beats a practical demonstration like this. The pleasure on the faces of the assembled scientists and engineers testifies to this. And there is an available moan to go with it. Modern science teaching in classrooms is so sanitised, as I understand it, that practical, hands-on experience no longer features in the curriculum. No wonder we now have a section of society that is gullible and easy prey for any nonsense they read on ‘social media’.
  20. Well, I often am old fashioned! There’s far too much of this ‘modern’ revisionist thinking for my liking!
  21. Why? This is a good illustration of the kind of overthinking that I have often complained about. It confuses form and function with purpose and objective . The function of the seal is to prevent foreign bodies - or even parts of foreign bodies - getting in to the milk in the container. The objective is to get the milk out of the container. This does not mean that the second process should be the reverse of the first! The most efficient method of gaining access to the milk is simply to punch a hole in the seal with any appropriate kitchen utensil conveniently to hand. The seal becomes functionally redundant once the milk has been exposed, so there is little point in trying to remove it intact. Its function as a seal is now more than adequately replaced by the screw cap. In the course of a year, the time thus saved could be more usefully spent in admiring your Lexus automobile while drinking a cup of milky tea.
  22. I suggest that the origin actually predates the Raj and is rather more prosaic. Tea was introduced to England in around 1650 from China. It was very expensive and was drunk in tea cups that also came from China. This ‘China’ was what we now know as bone China and it was of a very delicate nature. If water sufficiently hot to infuse tea was added first, the thermal shock would crack the delicate china. By introducing the milk first, the temperature was reduced sufficiently to prevent this while still brewing the tea.
  23. It’s not easy, Phil. It often involves a lot of hard grafting.
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