Gordie Lastchance

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    Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.

    But come rush hour, where are all the driverless cars going to come from if the travelling public are going to ditch buses? TfL says London's buses carry around 6.5million passengers per day (https://londonist.com/2016/09/london-bus-facts). Taking 90 people off a double-decker and putting them into 90 self-driving cars is going to be mayhem, isn't it? Doesn't this then create the congestion that public transport is supposed to alleviate? I agree, though, I see the attraction of sitting solo in a car rather than sharing all the germs and other issues of a packed bus.
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    Kleenex drops 'Mansize' tissues

    Anyone on this thread able to come up with a new moniker for Fisherman's Friend? The name of those throat lozenges has to go in this new climate, doesn't it?
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    Kleenex drops 'Mansize' tissues

    Looks like it's back to using the good old sleeve, like we did as kids, to wipe clean a bubbly nose! I'll be doing that until Kleenex reverses its naming decision. Anyone on here going to join me?
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    Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.

    Talking about tech, I dunno if the following has been mentioned before re Stagecoach. Any views on here about it? This is the link: https://www.alexander-dennis.com/media/news/2018/july/stagecoach-trials-uks-first-full-sized-driverless-bus/ This is the article pasted: Work is underway to trial the UK’s first full-sized driverless bus. Transport operator Stagecoach has partnered with bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and technology company Fusion Processing to produce a single deck autonomous bus. Once complete, the ADL Enviro200 vehicle will be completely autonomous and able to operate without a driver in an off-road environment. The technology also delivers road safety benefits when driven in manual mode. Work on the vehicle is being carried out at ADL’s site in Guildford and the bus is expected to be ready for use by the end of this year. In the short term, the bus will be used in autonomous mode only within the depot environment, to carry out movements such as parking and moving into the fuelling station and bus wash. Using self-driving vehicles within depots more widely could help improve safety, efficiency and space utilisation within the depot. Legal restrictions mean the vehicle will not be used in autonomous mode in passenger service for some time. However the system can be used straight away to help improve the safety of road users. For example, when the bus is driven in manual mode, the sensor system on the bus, whilst not engaged to drive the vehicle, can still be used to provide assistance to the driver by warning of cyclists or pedestrians that may be in the blind spot or arrive unexpectedly close to the vehicle. Over time, autonomous bus technology is expected to be used more widely, including on services carrying passengers, dependent on legal developments. Stagecoach UK Bus Engineering Director Sam Greer said: “Stagecoach has long been at the heart of innovation within the bus industry and this is an exciting trial that will deliver the UK’s first fully autonomous single deck bus. “We look forward to working with our partners on this project which we believe could, in time, help improve safety and efficiency within our depots, and over the longer term, help transform bus travel in the future.” The Stagecoach bus will be fitted with the CAVstar® system provided by Fusion Processing Ltd. CAVstar® was utilised successfully in the UK’s largest public trial of autonomous vehicles to date, in Greenwich earlier this year, and a number of other projects. The system uses multiple sensor types, including radar, laser, camera and ultrasound, along with satellite navigation to detect and avoid objects, in all weathers, day and night, and plan an optimum path for the vehicle. Jim Hutchinson, CEO of Fusion Processing Ltd said: “We’re delighted Stagecoach and Alexander Dennis have selected our CAVstar® product, the sensor and control system that enables autonomous vehicles. CAVstar® will offer increased safety and efficiency, and will be demonstrated in the Stagecoach trials later this year. “ Ken Scott, Group Engineering Director at ADL, commented, “ADL is renowned for harnessing the latest technology solutions to enhance our products and services to benefit our customers, their passengers and the wider environment. We’re excited to be working with Stagecoach and Fusion Processing on this innovative project. In the first instance it will deliver real and demonstrable improvement to efficiency and safety in depots, while taking another significant step on our journey to bringing fully autonomous vehicles to market.”
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    Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.

    I hope DB gets a "call of nature" at his new job and takes his phone into his cubicle to give us his current take. Back in the summer, he spoke highly of Stagecoach and I'm sure bought in. I think it suited his premise that the transports will do well in the next cycle.
  6. Here's an article on a couple who want to be the blue whales of the rental market. They seem set to gobble up plankton landlords who are struggling. It's from: https://thenegotiator.co.uk/prs-carling-property-portfolio/ Pasted: A Scottish couple who have established one of the UK’s largest private rental property portfolios over just a few years say they have offered deals to buy more portfolios worth £200 million. Leanne and Graeme Carling (pictured, above), who already operate 350 properties in Scotland, recently revealed that they had the financial backing from UK banks and US financiers to increase their business to 5,000 units. The couple have been building up their property portfolio since 2008 as Carling Property Group but last week launched PRS. This new company says its goal is to quickly become the UK’s most dominant operator in the private rented sector. Graeme and Leanne say they want to hoover up properties from private landlords who have been squeezed by the recent changes in mortgage tax relief and wear and tear allowances. The Dundee-based couple’s offer appears to have hit the spot. Landlords have now offered the pair property portfolios worth £200 million and PRS, which has property maintenance, management and development arms, is now said to be mulling them over. EXPANSION MODE “We are in full-on expansion mode and have been impressed by the businesses which have approached us, some of which we are seriously considering for purchase,” says Graeme Carling. “There are many landlords out there who are being squeezed by new tax and regulatory changes in the private rental sector. “It’s difficult right now to be renting private property without some sort of scale and investment behind you, which is where PRS Group comes in. I think that’s why we’re seeing so many people knocking on our doors.”
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    Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.

    There's a bit of talk on London South East about RMG being supported by its property portfolio worth more than £2billion. That, plus profits of £500-£550million (although down from last year's £694million) and the dividend are in its favour, say some of the posters. Some are even touting that it's entering takeover territory. Shares reached their peak of £6.32 - in May!
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    The make us laugh or fuck off thread

    An American tourist in London decides to skip his tour group and explore the city on his own. He wanders around, seeing the sights, and occasionally stopping at a quaint pub to soak up the local culture, chat with the lads, and have a pint of lager. After a while, he finds himself in a very high class neighbourhood. Big stately residences, no pubs, no stores, no restaurants, and worst of all, NO PUBLIC TOILETS. He really, really has to go, after all those lagers. He finds a narrow side street, with high walls surrounding the adjacent buildings and decides to use the wall to solve his problem. As he is unzipping, he is tapped on the shoulder by a London Bobby, who says, "I say, sir, you simply cannot do that here, you know." "I'm very sorry, officer," replies the American, "but I really, really have to go, and I just can't find a public toilet." "Ah, yes," said the bobby. "Just follow me". He leads him to a back "delivery alley", then along a wall to a gate, which he opens. "In there," points the bobby. "Whiz away sir, anywhere you want." The fellow enters and finds himself in the most beautiful garden he has ever seen. Manicured grass lawns, statuary, fountains, sculpted hedges, and huge beds of gorgeous flowers, all in perfect bloom. Since he has the cop's blessing, he unburdens himself and is greatly relieved. As he goes back through the gate, he says to the bobby, "That was really decent of you. Is that what you call 'English Hospitality'?" "No, sir," replies the bobby, "that is what we call the French Embassy."
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    The make us laugh or fuck off thread

    MURPHY'S OTHER 15 LAWS 1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 2. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well. 3. He, who laughs last, thinks slowest. 4. A day without sunshine is like, well, night. 5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. 6. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't. 7. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool. 8. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong. 9. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end-to-end, someone from Essex would be stupid enough to try to pass them. 10. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it. 11. The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first. 12. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer. 13. Flashlight: a case for holding dead batteries. 14. The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in the dark. 15. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
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    Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.

    I've mentioned before about buying silver coins twice this year. Like others on here, I've given them as presents and can confirm they certainly have the wow factor with recipients. I'm keen to get some more, so have been looking at all the varieties available. While digging into the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf, I found some info I thought I'd share. Apologies if it's already been raised, but repetition isn't a bad thing. The Silver Maples have "four-nines" purity. Also, its face value is something to consider. It's explained by some blurb on SilverGoldBull: "At 5 Canadian dollars, the official legal tender face value of this 1 oz coin is the highest among silver bullion coins. The coin's purity is guaranteed at 9999 pure silver, also among the highest purities which have a standard of 999." There's been recent discussion on this thread about tarnishing. I don't know if the following info from JM Bullion will help tackle this, but here it is anyway: "As of 2018, Silver Maple Leaf Coins feature the Royal Canadian Mint’s new MINTSHIELD Technology. The goal of MINTSHIELD is to prevent “white spots” on silver bullion coinage. The application is invisible to the eye and protects the intrinsic value present in the beautiful finish of all Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins." JM Bullion says of the 2018 coin: "The background on both sides includes radial lines for security against counterfeiting. The reverse also has a micro-laser engraved maple leaf privy that features 18 at the center of the privy, and it is only visible under magnification." However, I thought I'd add this next paragraph from JM Bullion: "All 1 oz Maple Leaf coins from the Royal Canadian Mint now also feature Bullion DNA. This additional form of security takes that micro-engraving and encodes, scans, and records it at the mint for future authentication."
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    The make us laugh or fuck off thread

    Dosbods' dictionary corner. ADULT: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle. BEAUTY PARLOUR: A place where women curl up and dye. CHICKENS: The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead. COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours. DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out. EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation. HANDKERCHIEF: Cold Storage. INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper. MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better. RAISIN: A grape that got too much sun. SECRET: Something you tell to one person at a time. TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction. YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed.
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    Fat shamed by Piers Morgan

    This one's from my father-in-law, who's in his mid-80s: "Fart and give me a clue!" Typing it now - having first heard it from him decades ago - still gets me. I hope it helps those Dosbodders who successfully pick up a chubster on a Saturday night.
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    Unintended consequences of making people work until they drop

    Me too. Don't lorry drivers have to take a break of a minimum number of hours between shifts and aren't they restricted legally as to the amount of hours they are allowed to drive in one go/over a week? Lorries and buses. Both big. Both gonna cause a lot of damage when they crash. Except the bus is going to be carrying - during a peak-time run - a heck of a lot of bodies.
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    Formula 1 Grid Girls axed

    So, to make their announcements inclusive, should staff now state over the tannoy: "Ladies and gentlemen, and those who haven't made up their mind what they are, the next train will be arriving in five minutes."? Dunno if it's been discussed elsewhere on Dosbods, but RT have a documentary called "I want my sex back: Transgender people who regretted changing sex". It's on utoob. Not seen it.
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    The make us laugh or fuck off thread

    Italian altar boy's confession “Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl.” The priest asks, “Is that you, little Dominic Savino?” “Yes, Father, it is.” “And who was the girl you were with?” “I can’t tell you, Father. I don’t want to ruin her reputation.” “Well, Dominic, I’m sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?” Dominic: “I cannot say.” “Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?” Dominic: “I’ll never tell.” “Was it Nina Capelli?” Dominic: “'I’m sorry, but I cannot name her.” “Was it Cathy Piriano?” Dominic: “My lips are sealed.” “Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?” Dominic: “Please, Father, I cannot tell you.” The priest sighs in frustration. “You’re very tight lipped, and I admire that. But you’ve sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for four months. Now you go and behave yourself.” Dominic walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, “What’d you get?” “Four months’ vacation and five good leads.”