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by Martin
Sun May 18, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: more energy to switch something on and off than off totally.
Replies: 19
Views: 3880

it's an incredibly complex area - basically, when you first switch on something electrical there's a "current surge" - because the device isn't at operating temperature, "cold" it will momentarily draw more current than when it's up and running, because the electrical resistance varies with temperat...
by Martin
Sun May 18, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Energy Prices
Replies: 64
Views: 23021

I'm amazed at some of the really low predictions..........heating oil for instance in the last 18 months has gone up by 92%......... :shock: It's easy to under-estimate by looking at motor fuel costs because a large component of the price is tax, but something like heating oil shows the "real" escal...
by Martin
Sat May 17, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Energy Prices
Replies: 64
Views: 23021

Energy Prices

it's going to affect all of us - how much do YOU reckon it'll go up by?
by Martin
Sat May 17, 2008 12:23 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Thank you all
Replies: 14
Views: 1044

excellent! Send her our love - sleep is a great healer! :cheers:
by Martin
Fri May 16, 2008 10:14 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
Replies: 51
Views: 3803

thought for the day - about the long-suffering lab rat - the odds of the poor misused lab rat giving the same results as a human being in drug tests are about 40%
- therefore it is more accurate to let the lab rats go, and spin a coin - you'd be 10% more accurate! :wink:
by Martin
Fri May 16, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
Replies: 51
Views: 3803

ho hum, lets go for it! Science is bunk, and relying upon it as a sane way of making decisions is as illogical as spinning a coin............... :mrgreen: Put into the context of history, "science" continually develops, and "changes its mind"- continually! (I have referred to this in another thread)...
by Martin
Fri May 16, 2008 1:38 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: What can i get for £500?
Replies: 9
Views: 1676

If you are determined to go the fleabay route, use Paypal (yuch), at least you're "covered", not Western Union or cheque........then accept the fact that these 200w turbines are NOT just "bolt 'em together" and "put them up" - you really do have to take great care on balancing the blades, and ensuri...
by Martin
Fri May 16, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Mandatory jabs!
Replies: 93
Views: 10043

primarily in response to QBs last post....... I think you're almost right........only the presumptive boot should be on the other foot!........The presumption should be that the government has to prove to US that it's right, and then only in an "advisory" way - or we'd be spending ALL our time in ha...
by Martin
Fri May 16, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Mandatory jabs!
Replies: 93
Views: 10043

ok, lets be pedantically specific then - in the question of car seats, SHOULD the advice that it's safer ever be discredited/disproved, you can just stop using the car seat..........if your child has been vaccinated, you can't get it back out, you can't UNvaccinate them! - the Pandora's Box analogy!...
by Martin
Fri May 16, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Mandatory jabs!
Replies: 93
Views: 10043

it's that "Pandora's Box" thing again, you can unstrap a child from a car seat, but once that jab's been administered, you can't put it back in the box! :wink:
by Martin
Fri May 16, 2008 8:54 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: What can i get for £500?
Replies: 9
Views: 1676

for Mark, they're visually identical to some also stocked by Navitron (who do give excellent after-sales service) - you pays yer money......... :wink: At the moment the 300w is awaiting erection in my back garden - I'm going to be using it to part-power my home office (shed). Of the two, the 300w jo...
by Martin
Fri May 16, 2008 8:41 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: France chucks out law allowing cultivation of GM crops
Replies: 3
Views: 839

Good for them! I wholeheartedly concur with the "if the US is pushing it, it probably stinks" line, but probably more importantly I'm vehemently against GM crops (and nuclear power), because they are both "Pandora's Box" technologies - once they are "released" into nature, we can't put them back in ...
by Martin
Fri May 16, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Mandatory jabs!
Replies: 93
Views: 10043

you're STILL missing the point! "Science" has nothing to do with it, its about principles - we should not have to "prove or disprove" anything to government. Government should realise that freedom of choice is (or should be) sacrosanct! :roll: Why do you suppose these scientists to be totally beyond...
by Martin
Thu May 15, 2008 10:47 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: northern fowl mites
Replies: 6
Views: 1030

what were the bird's precise symptoms? :?
by Martin
Thu May 15, 2008 10:21 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: northern fowl mites
Replies: 6
Views: 1030

Never thankfully come across that - garlic is mentioned as a preventive - if you've had to cull a bird, I'd have a chat with your local vet, conventional or homoeopathic :wink: