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by Tony.Williams
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Plug-in Hybrid vehicles - PHEVs
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: Plug-in Hybrid vehicles - PHEVs

Somewhat OT, but this reminds me that I can't help noticing a fundamental difference between political change in the UK and US. In both countries. politics is becoming ever more polarised, but in the USA this is on party grounds: there seems to be a high correlation between views on various politica...
by Tony.Williams
Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: A second referendum - or a general election?
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: A second referendum - or a general election?

'Nodex by default' might not be totally disastrous. The problem with a last-minute Nodex, with no preparation for it, is that it will result in total chaos in many areas (including food supply) with major impacts for quite a long time. That will not, of course, bother the hard-line Brexiters, who h...
by Tony.Williams
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Humour.
Topic: Church bells
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Re: Church bells

:sma
by Tony.Williams
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: A second referendum - or a general election?
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: A second referendum - or a general election?

I am beginning to feel the faintest smidgen of hope, as the path to an agreed Brexit seems to be getting ever rockier and in danger of collapsing underfoot. Rather ironic, and symbolic, that the Johnson brothers (JoBo?) are both rejecting May's proposal from opposite ends of the spectrum of views. M...
by Tony.Williams
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Plug-in Hybrid vehicles - PHEVs
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: Plug-in Hybrid vehicles - PHEVs

It would, of course be very helpful to car makers and buyers if the government could maintain a consistent policy with regard to its attitude to petrol, diesel, PHEV and electric vehicles.... The appropriate infrastructure could then be planned. One option which is being actively explored elsewhere ...
by Tony.Williams
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Plug-in Hybrid vehicles - PHEVs
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: Plug-in Hybrid vehicles - PHEVs

I agree with you that PHEVs seem to be the best option for now, with enough battery capacity to go electric-only for all the local shopping, school run and urban commuting trips, reserving the IC engine for longer runs.The Mini Countryman PHEV uses a particularly neat system (borrowed from BMW) in t...
by Tony.Williams
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion Area.
Topic: I Need Your Help!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: I Need Your Help!!!

chaggle wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:18 pm
How did you answer the question 'Where does morality come from?'
It evolved to enable people to live together (or words to that effect).
by Tony.Williams
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion Area.
Topic: I Need Your Help!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: I Need Your Help!!!

OK, done it.
by Tony.Williams
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Which instrument for you?
Replies: 12
Views: 489

Re: Which instrument for you?

Well, as I recall they are supposed to be good for cleaning windows, or something... :gmc
by Tony.Williams
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Drysalter
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Drysalter

I was in Macclesfield recently and spotted an odd sign on a commercial building: "DRUGGIST AND DRYSALTER". So, I asked myself, WTF is a drysalter? I've never heard of the term. It turns out that Wiki Knows All (and amazingly, the autocorrect function for this site knows it too: Drysalters were deale...
by Tony.Williams
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Brexit consequences
Replies: 568
Views: 52741

Re: Brexit consequences

I'm not quite as pessimistic as that. The result made a huge difference to the number of areas of the country which voted to Remain - the Leave areas shrunk dramatically. Like all such programmes with audience participation, it's patchy. They did have some senior politicians and John Curtice present...
by Tony.Williams
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Brexit consequences
Replies: 568
Views: 52741

Re: Brexit consequences

Channel 4 put on a programme on 5 November based around a massive (20,000) survey of opinion on Brexit. The key result is that if the referendum were re-run now, the result would be 54% Remain, 46% Leave (don't knows etc excluded). Information here: https://www.channel4.com/news/major-new-brexit-pol...
by Tony.Williams
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: TV And Film.
Topic: "Bodyguard."
Replies: 8
Views: 1392

Re: "Bodyguard."

Had a rather odd experience - I was thinking about this programme the other day and realised that I couldn't recall how it had ended - in fact, I could recall very little about it. I had to read the Wiki plot summary to jog my memory. It's not that unusual for me to forget fiction I've seen or read,...
by Tony.Williams
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Humour.
Topic: Cheap flights anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 304

Re: Cheap flights anyone?

There was a cartoon in the press last week showing a passenger in floods of tears at a Ryanair customer desk, with a stern official saying "apologies cost extra".
by Tony.Williams
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: What book are you reading at the moment?
Replies: 156
Views: 10622

Re: What book are you reading at the moment?

Just finished reading the Machineries of Empire trilogy, a recent and much-praised SF serial set in a far future, with cultures defined by some strange politico-religious structures. It just about intrigued me enough to finish, but I'm still baffled by some of the concepts - the author belongs to th...