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  1. NHS - envy of the world

    If she has been in open water, a call to 111 might be in order And make sure they are aware she has been kayaking. When I used to do work where I was at risk of this, I had a card to give to a doctor as it is easily confused with the flue, but much more serious. Best wishes
  2. Rover 75

    I have one in my garage. 170,000 on the clock and still going strong. Still a nice car and you get a big car for your money.
  3. Attention Seeking Trouble Makers

    I used to work for water companies, and I have found dowsing works for me. If you have no idea where a pipe is (or cable, duct, drain) , the worst it can do is remove indecision about where to try digging. The first time I came across it being used was by an excavator operator, and he seemed to have a good success rate with it. I looked at the scientific papers on it. They seem to propose a hypothesis about how it works, test that hypothesis, and when the test fails, rather than reject the hypothesis, they reject the whole concept. It just doesn't seem very scientific to me.
  4. What a good idea

    Heretics, naming a beer after Saltaire? I hope it is 0% just as the village's founder would have wanted.
  5. The Useless Police Thread See the above link regards my earlier post regarding police numbers correlating with crime, and the fact that, with the exception of a recent blip, police numbers have a relentlessly upwards trend.
  6. The Useless Police Thread

    There is a report written by the House of Commons library which you should be able to find on Google. It is about the historical number of police since the 1960s. Essentially, the number of police per head of population has always had an upward trend and has just about doubled since the 60s. There are of course wobbles, and the graph shown above is just one of those wobbles. It is also worth noting that the crime rate correlates closely with the number of police, just about doubling since the 60s!
  7. The Useless Police Thread

    I've a had a few interfaces with the police, all as the victim of a crime. There was one positive experience when my car got broken into in Cardiff, and they took it seriously, dusted for finger prints etc My first experience of the police was when I spent my first and only evening out in Nottingham. I came back to my car to find the window had been broken and a bag containing Cadbury chocolate fingers had been stolen along with the radio. I rang up the police, to be given the helpful advice that I shouldn't have parked on that street as it was notorious for cars being broken into. Call me daft, but I thought the police were responsible for stopping crime. If they know the bad spots, that should make it easy for them to do something about it. Next incident was in Chester. I was outside my house talking to neighbours when a youth walked up to a car and broke off the wing mirrors. He then set off down a canal path with no exits for about half a mile. We rung the police who couldn't be less interested. Anyway, later that week we had a police sergeant come knocking on our doors because it turns out a WPCs car was vandalised, and they wanted to put a CCTV camera on our houses to monitor this WPCs car, to catch the perpetrator next time. It was astonishing the difference in approach they take when one of theirs is the victim compared with if they think it is a member of the public. Most recently, Mrs Imp witnessed some road rage outside a school. She went to the local police station which is the main one in the county to report the incident. She goes to the desk, and the person behind the desk can't help her. There is a phone in the corner of the reception, which she had to use to report the incident. The police station is 5 minutes walk from where the incident took place, but she is trying to describe the incident to someone who has no idea about the local geography. She is then invited make an appointment to make a statement. At a police station 20 miles away, while stood in the main county police station, when she needs to be picking up or dropping off children at school. Eventually they agree to come and visit her at home to take a statement. She waits in and they never turn up.
  8. Election All-nighter thread

    Just imagine a Labour/SNP coalition negotiating British!
  9. The Worthington Simpson factory still exists in Newark. It was built to build massive beam engine pumps, which became obsolete when centrifugal pumps were invented. The old boys who work there talk of the days when pig iron came in and pumps went out. They made everything down to the nuts and bolts, and had a massive apprentice college on site. Now there are a few hundred people working there and they assemble parts which are generally cast overseas. I personally think the most damage done to our industrial base was the environmental legislation which made it too expensive to operate a foundry in this country.