pablo

@pablo

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  • pablo posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    I bet your suspicion of the ferry sloshing also had something to do with it. Warning lights often don’t clear immediately the fault is fixed.

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Maybe the service wasn’t very good, and they didn’t replace enough oil?

    Engines burn oil, at various rates, without generating blue smoke. A mate has a Nissan Primera that uses it fairly quickly; this seems to be a regular problem. I’d check with google to see if this is a regular ‘feature’ with your…[Read more]

    • I did consider that, and so I figure the best port of call is to take it to a garage to get a full oil change and have them take a look to make sure nothing is amiss, and then monitor it.

      I’m aware that all engines consume oil to some degree, however I’ve never had the problem with a modern diesel consuming enough to complain about low oil, and…[Read more]

      • I bet your suspicion of the ferry sloshing also had something to do with it. Warning lights often don’t clear immediately the fault is fixed.

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    It’s annoying but it’s reasonably unoriginal “feature advertising”. A bit like how (and I know I am talking about something from 10+ years ago here) you get only five opportunities to play a non-Region-2-encoded DVD on a lot of laptop players/apps (which is five more that you would get on a non-multi-region dedicated DVD player hooked up to your telly!)

    • Thing is it wasn’t advertised, their documentation/help etc just says it’s there, nothing about giving it to you and then taking away.

      I’ve never really like MS, but this is a now low (for me at least).

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    Well, things in Brazil are a little bit different.

    I have graduated friends that don’t have a job not even an internship. It’s really worrying.

    I was lucky to get my first job as a support analyst without my degree in college, in a big company which is part of a German insurance group. Now I’m graduated and about to be promoted to manage the…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    I await informed replies eagerly.

    I either reverse from a main road on to my drive, or reverse from my drive on to a main road.

    Not having a death wish, I reverse from the road to my drive and then leave forwards. However the summer organ donor season looms and a lot of bikes will be doing 2x the village speed limit soon. I’m convinced i…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    Why? It’s funded, as it says, by the EU. That is the EU that has massively expanded the economies of all countries in Europe over the last 30+ years by opening trade and opportunities. Viewing it as a zero-sum, money in, money out game, is woefully wrong-headed.

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    “For many people in the UK the EU has opened up many opportunites for work, travel, etc.”

    “Unfortunately for many people, especially those who live in economicaly deprived areas, these opportunities do not present themselves in the same way.”

    Why not? I only speak English, my skills are no more or less transferable than those of a joiner or a…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    It just won’t, not for the better anyway. Brexit will not deliver economic growth, economic opportunities for the low skilled/poor or increased political accountability, there is always another scapegoat, the only question is for how long will it remain the other before the blame is focused on you (it’s already on me as a member of the ‘guardian…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    I think there were very many reasons why 17m voted Leave, some actually more connected with the EU than others, but it is a bit disingenuous now to say, as Leave leaders have, that the £350m figure was not an important factor. Presumably its total irrelevance explains why they put it on the side of their bus and were constantly photographed and…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    “Your last paragraph where you state that you were reasonably happy with the way things were going pre referendum goes to the heart of the matter.”

    The things I wasn’t happy with stem from things we have little control over like economic cycles and from those we do like poor domestic government which has at best failed to effectively mitigate the…[Read more]

    • isac replied 1 month ago

      Your inability to see why some people are unable to access the benefits of EU membership mystifies me.

      I don’t think my posts have laid the blame of Brexit at the EU’s door, that needs to be the responsibility of the UK.

      The chaos caused by Brexit might be the catalyst needed for political change, it’s hard to see how else a ‘revolution’ will…[Read more]

      • pablo replied 1 month ago

        It just won’t, not for the better anyway. Brexit will not deliver economic growth, economic opportunities for the low skilled/poor or increased political accountability, there is always another scapegoat, the only question is for how long will it remain the other before the blame is focused on you (it’s already on me as a member of the ‘guardian…[Read more]

      • isac replied 1 month ago

        For many people in the UK the EU has opened up many opportunites for work, travel, etc.

        Unfortunately for many people, especially those who live in economicaly deprived areas, these opportunities do not present themselves in the same way.

        Competing with an EU migrant for a job or watching your wage rate being undercut doesn’t exactly inspire you…[Read more]

      • pablo replied 1 month ago

        “For many people in the UK the EU has opened up many opportunites for work, travel, etc.”

        “Unfortunately for many people, especially those who live in economicaly deprived areas, these opportunities do not present themselves in the same way.”

        Why not? I only speak English, my skills are no more or less transferable than those of a joiner or a…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    “I see no reason to pay any money to the EU, except for an administration fee, and have no wish to fund the development of other EU countries. Either all countries pay or none at all. And yes I know the argument that helping other countries develop increases their ability to buy things from us.”

    So which bit of that argument do you disagree with,…[Read more]

    • isac replied 1 month ago

      Your last paragraph where you state that you were reasonably happy with the way things were going pre referendum goes to the heart of the matter.

      17 million people didn’t share your view and voted for a change. We’ve argued as to the rights and wrongs of this decision for years now and your posts on this thread point out, quite rightly, how much…[Read more]

      • pablo replied 1 month ago

        “Your last paragraph where you state that you were reasonably happy with the way things were going pre referendum goes to the heart of the matter.”

        The things I wasn’t happy with stem from things we have little control over like economic cycles and from those we do like poor domestic government which has at best failed to effectively mitigate the…[Read more]

        • isac replied 1 month ago

          Your inability to see why some people are unable to access the benefits of EU membership mystifies me.

          I don’t think my posts have laid the blame of Brexit at the EU’s door, that needs to be the responsibility of the UK.

          The chaos caused by Brexit might be the catalyst needed for political change, it’s hard to see how else a ‘revolution’ will…[Read more]

          • pablo replied 1 month ago

            It just won’t, not for the better anyway. Brexit will not deliver economic growth, economic opportunities for the low skilled/poor or increased political accountability, there is always another scapegoat, the only question is for how long will it remain the other before the blame is focused on you (it’s already on me as a member of the ‘guardian…[Read more]

          • isac replied 1 month ago

            For many people in the UK the EU has opened up many opportunites for work, travel, etc.

            Unfortunately for many people, especially those who live in economicaly deprived areas, these opportunities do not present themselves in the same way.

            Competing with an EU migrant for a job or watching your wage rate being undercut doesn’t exactly inspire you…[Read more]

          • pablo replied 1 month ago

            “For many people in the UK the EU has opened up many opportunites for work, travel, etc.”

            “Unfortunately for many people, especially those who live in economicaly deprived areas, these opportunities do not present themselves in the same way.”

            Why not? I only speak English, my skills are no more or less transferable than those of a joiner or a…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thankyou everyone.
    We have a slightly unusual set of criteria for the house/flat and not the biggest budget ever given the area we are in. If we could stretch to another £200 a month it would be a lot easier to find something suitable, but we can’t and there has to be a line drawn somewhere, so we are having to look at things a bit differently…[Read more]

  • pablo posted an update 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Do you ever feel like somewhere is too posh or something is too nice for you. Is this a feeling anyone else gets?
    I’m flat hunting at the moment (only rental) and have booked to view a place which, asides from an ill-thought out tiny kitchen, is pretty much perfect. It’s a new build but done as a one off rather than part of a big development and…[Read more]

    • Yes you are being silly! If you love the place then snap it up and make it your home. Nothing is “too good” or “too posh” for you (I don’t just mean you, I mean each of us). If you genuinely like something and can afford it then have it.

      No idea re council tax, sorry

    • Yes, you are being silly! You deserve the best. So, if you can afford the new build, put a deposit on it quickly. You can put your own stamp on anywhere you live and can show your good taste through charity shop buys and other bargains, everything doesn’t have to be mismatched as in ‘doesn’t go together’. You just need to choose carefully.

    • Yes I agree with the others your being very silly. I know someone who can afford the very best of everything but delights in furnishing her home with ‘homemade’ shabby chic – nothing matches but she delights in showing people what she has rescued from skips and charity shops and then tarted up. Go for it put your own stamp on things.

    • We felt the same way when we viewed our current house! A beautiful Edwardian house with original tiled hall floor, high ceilings etc. We thought surely people like us can’t live in a place like this? But we bought it anyway and absolutely love it. Still don’t have any downstairs curtains in the living room but hey ho! One day!

      • That’s like me! I bought a derelict Victorian house and did it up. I’d never have been able to afford it if it had been in England. I love it to bits but I still feel sometimes like I’m here under false pretences and one day someone is going to find me out

    • We bought a house that I felt like that about. At first our furniture was swimming in it! Been here 19 years now, we have filled it!

      Go for it, as long as the council tax and heating bills etc are manageable.

    • You should definitely snap it up, (so long as it’s within your budget) and enjoy it. Why on earth shouldn’t you? Furnishing it your own way is what makes it your home and is really fun.
      I started out with all second hand furniture and carpets in my first homes and often checked skips and charity shops for items I could recycle, (and still do). I…[Read more]

    • You are being silly.
      If you love the place then go for it – actually if the fixtures and fittings are good quality then breathe a sigh of relief – you won’t be needing to replace them for ages (if ever).
      It’s not the cost of furniture that’s important – it’s the love and thought behind choosing those pieces that’s important. Everyone has…[Read more]

    • Thankyou everyone.
      We have a slightly unusual set of criteria for the house/flat and not the biggest budget ever given the area we are in. If we could stretch to another £200 a month it would be a lot easier to find something suitable, but we can’t and there has to be a line drawn somewhere, so we are having to look at things a bit differently…[Read more]

    • I think there’s a difference between wondering if it’s too good for you (which is rubbish, by the way ) and something which just isn’t going to work for you. A lovely cream carpet in the hall would feel like luxury to me, but it would be completely incompatible with my lifestyle aka im one dirty person.

      Equally, if you want matchy furniture, it’s…[Read more]

    • You don’t want things that match too well and make it look like a show room, I would find that uncomfortable. I’m in the process of decorating with a combination of second hand and OHs furniture and my random bits and pieces with a few quality new things to tie it all together and I think that makes it all the more lovely and personal. Also I bet…[Read more]

  • pablo posted an update 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I finally have a box for printer waste collection cartridges which has come through our stationary supplier but I am a bit confused as to whether we should be putting the cartridges in loose or retain them in their original packaging (we did this anyway whilst we stored the used ones in a cupboard awaiting our waste collection box). There are…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I help out at Food Bank too. AND (a while back) considered becoming a Cits Advice “voluntary adviser” (i.e. unpaid!!) – the commitment they were expecting, one full day or two half days, was IMO way too much commitment to be fair for a volunteer, and the training was 10 weeks where you had to be prepared to commit to two half days either training…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    This is a cool idea. You could even bury them underground in hot or cold climates and isolate the farm from harsh daily thermal cycling whilst still getting energy from the sun. All the more important as more and more regional climates go to hell.

    Eventually when low cost nuclear fusion is cracked (probably not soon…), you can then build very…[Read more]

  • pablo posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Most of the energy is in forwards velocity, not height, for a stable orbit. Although the OP didn’t specifically refer to orbits.

    It’s not actually that much energy required. A quick estimate suggests the minimum energy required to put mass into geostationary orbit is about 60 MJ/kg or 16 kWH/kg, or about £2.50 worth of electricity at reta…[Read more]