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  1. Isn't the salient factor whether the omission of a restrictive clause introduced by THAT would change the meaning of the sentence? So, surely THAT is correct because removing the restrictive clause would change the information in the full sentence. Interestingly - or maybe not - English as spoken in the UK is much less prescriptive about THAT and WHICH and it's unusual for anyone to get picked up on it. American English is, for once, much more traditional and unforgiving of restrictive clause transgressions. Just get rid of those commas before co-ordinating conjunctions and you'll be good to go.
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    Cost per usage

    We had a Delonghi bean to cup as well but despite looking after it (i) the coffee was OK but nothing special (ii) the milk heating "wand" was rubbish and (iii) it began to play up and servicing/repair costs didn't seem worthwhile. The Sage Oracle was far and away the most expensive piece of kitchen equipment we've ever bought but it does get a hammering when all the family are around and at less than £0.70 per cup of coffee, it's been a good investment....particularly with the Lakeland lifetime guarantee!
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    Cost per usage

    Kind of assumed you did but hey, somebody needs to state the obvious! We really wanted a Gazell (or similar) but as our existing double cab has been extensively modified then the cost of a single/extra cab PLUS the Gazell was well out of reach. Hope you get it sorted, I've looked at a couple and been impressed!
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    Cost per usage

    Agree with you about the cost of buying, say, a Gazell against hiring something similar but if you plan to mount on a pickup then doing so on a double-cab does mean a considerable overhang from the load bay and can put the centre of gravity just at the point where chassis rails narrow and become more susceptible to rust and fatigue. Nissan Navaras may have been the main contenders in the broken-chassis stakes but problems have also been reported in Australia with L200/Tritons and HiLux pickups carrying demountables over rough terrain. Heavy duty springs and dampers will level the ride but obviously do not strengthen the chassis. I'm no expert and certainly don't mean to be alarmist but Single and even "King" cabs are generally regarded as a better bet for any sort of slide in/demountable unit as most of the weight will be further forward.
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    Cost per usage

    Good quality Coffee machine bought December 2015 - £1400 2 kilos of coffee per month @ average £12 per kilo - £700 Average of 7 cups of coffee per day (usually less, sometimes much more) plus milk for average of 3 cups of coffee per day - £300 De-scaling and cleaning solutions plus water filters - £100 Total cost of 3600 cups of coffee - £2,500 (excluding electricity) Cost per cup of coffee - £0.69
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    Funeral songs

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    Universal credits starting to bite?

    So, honest question, does that mean if you woke up with, say, a bad throat infection there is no way of getting to see a doctor in less than 30 days and the only alternative is A&E?
  8. What struck me was the one-dimensional nature of the reporting (and not just from the Beeb). I can understand the focus on someone apparently doing a worthwhile job and then having their visa extension rejected but where was the reporting about how many of these posts are there in the NHS how many are unfilled what does the training consist of, who offers it in the UK and are there a shortage of applicants and/or shortage of training opportunities As it is, journalists didn't have to do any research, ask probing questions, check their facts or provide any context but simply send a reporter and cameraman to film an interview and focus on the personality concerned.
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    Universal credits starting to bite?

    My GP surgery offers online appointment-making, which is fine if you need, for example, to see someone every 3, 6, 12 months or whatever. As others have reported, trying to get an appointment on-the-day always meant repeated calls to an engaged line at 0830 only to find there are no appointments that day and no, you cannot book for tomorrow unless you call again in the morning. The practice have now changed policy and definitely carried out some receptionist re-training. If you say you definitely need to see a GP urgently but no, it's not a life-threatening emergency then rather than adopt their traditional gate-keeping role, receptionists will offer to have a GP call you back - usually in less than 2 hours - or offer a same day appointment with a practice nurse who is able to prescribe antibiotics etc for easily diagnosed conditions and immediately refer you to a GP if she feels it necessary. This is a semi-rural practice with plenty of OAP's in the waiting room but anecdotal evidence suggests much higher satisfaction with the service than a year or so ago. Just to make those of you with poor GP services even more green with envy, I recently had to have some blood tests. A few days later, the GP telephoned me at home rather than wait for me to make an appointment, discussed the results in detail and made an appointment for follow up testing! None of this is rocket-science, didn't require huge financial investment or come about as the result of a consultants' report, just the application of some common sense.
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    US/Canada Car Hire tips

    I've used Rent-A-Wreck in New York and despite the name it was a decent vehicle, much cheaper than standard Airport Hire Companies and they had a wide range of cars to choose from.
  11. As well as direct from the factory there are several stockists and if you're within travelling distance then Lockwoods of Leamington Spa have a very good reputation.
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    Poetic English music

    How about Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now? Bows and flows of angel hair And ice cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere I've looked at clouds that way But now they only block the sun They rain and snow on everyone So many things I would have done But clouds got in my way I've looked at clouds from both sides now From up and down, and still somehow It's cloud illusions I recall I really don't know clouds at all Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels The dizzy dancing way you feel As every fairy tale comes real I've looked at love that way But now it's just another show You leave 'em laughing when you go And if you care, don't let them know Don't give yourself away I've looked at love from both sides now From give and take, and still somehow It's love's illusions I recall I really don't know love at all Tears and fears and feeling proud To say "I love you" right out loud Dreams and schemes and circus crowds I've looked at life that way Oh but now old friends are acting strange They shake their heads, they say I've changed Well something's lost but something's gained In living every day I've looked at life from both sides now From WIN and LOSE and still somehow It's life's illusions I recall I really don't know life at all I've looked at life from both sides now From up and down and still somehow It's life's illusions I recall I really don't know life at all
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    Telford, twinned with Rotherham

    B B C TV in the West Midlands led on the Telford story at 10:30 last night when I estimate it took up 50% to 60% of the programme. Tonight, it was pushed down to the second or third story but included a speech to a Parliamentary committee from the Telford MP.
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    Another coffee machine thread

    They have and it's a shame if that was the style of coffee Mrs CB enjoyed. At the risk of scorn and derision from tea drinkers and people who prefer dehydrated brown granules, a good place to begin with finding a "Costa-like" blend might be Rave Signature Blend, or Rave's Colombia Finca Providencia. They're quite different in flavour (and price), one is a blend the other single origin but both will come freshly roasted and if she could decide which tastes closer to what she is looking for, a call to Rave would produce lots of advice on what to try next.
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    Italy General Election

    She "shouts down" the election results, is duly belittled and the cycle of polarised assertions continues. That's not to say I in any way agree with her, how could I when I have no idea of the thinking behind her statement? What saddens me is that we seem to have reached a situation where facts, logic and reasoned debate have all but disappeared. I may be alone in this but while I can guess at the wrong side of history comment, I would genuinely like to understand why and how she believes migrants are the future of Italy.