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Old 10th Mar 2016, 22:03
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Isn't that the truth, it's getting harder to find individual components anymore. Do RadioSpares still exist over there??, they were a great source back in the 1960's (thats showing my age !!)

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Old 10th Mar 2016, 22:05
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Fish and chips from a geo-social perspective

As a sprog, I lived about 300 metres (sorry) from the local fish shop. ‘Fishy Miller’ looked like Mr Pastry with a floury apron and big red cheeks. He had a hand press that made chips which fascinated me. The fish fillets were wafted through the batter and, like the chips, were usually cooked to order. If I went with a family order, me Mam would always tell me to insist on ‘tail end’ of cod for her portion-, and woe betide me if I came back with anything different.

This was about three crow-miles from the North Shields Fish Quay.

My next harbour was West London. Only one fish shop within the vicinity, and it did not inspire. Long-since cooked fillets sweating away in heated glass cabinets and if you were strapped for cash (as I always was) you could save pennies by ordering ‘rock salmon’, which was even less appetizing than the cod or haddock. Or even cheaper, a saveloy.

Then Manchester. Fish and Chip disaster zone. The fish came in small pre-formed brickettes and it didn’t matter what variety you asked for, it all tasted like cardboard. These shared the heated cabinets with the pies. There would be two gas rings with simmering vats, one with ‘gravy’ and the other with ‘curry’. You could have pie & gravy or pie & curry. Fish & curry or fish & gravy. Or, of course, chips & curry, which was the only sensible option (and the cheapest).

Had home-made fish and chips this evening. Haddock fillet, floured, egged and breadcrumbed by my own fair hand, as I was sloshing it through the egg wash I was reminded of Fishy Miller.

I do miss my curry'n'chips from the Rainsough Brow chippie, though.
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Old 10th Mar 2016, 22:25
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Not many boards that have components that a human being could change now.
I certainly wouldn't like to put a soldering iron anywhere near a modern puter motherboard these days one time you could change a voltage regulator or cap,dont think even the board manufacturors bother individual component fault finding they just bin em and replace.
All multi layer boards now so not much chance of changing anything.

Yes RS does still exist though expensive. CPC or now is Farnell is cheaper and better.
Point at the moment the French (God bless them..not) have screwed up a LEMO receptacle on a slit lamp. They want a part number which we don't have as it is on a Japanese drawing. Said to buy locally but they are that compelled and blinkered that it must be ordered through us and Japan and will take weeks. No proper engineers out there. They all need their rear ends wiping all the time.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 02:57
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Banks - again !

Details unimportant, but recently wrote a letter to my Natwest Branch Manager, and have just received a reply.

I wrote an Old Fashioned type paper letter from my own name and address, i.e. from me, not my wife and I, addressed for the personal attention of my Branch Manager.

The reply, from the Natwest "Customer Service Centre ( read Oxymoron Centre ) has just been sent to my wife, who now has no connection with my bank, tho' she did once share a joint account, and who uses her maiden name still, so the surname bore no resemblance to mine, but fortunately her address is the same !

Why did they receive a letter from Mr. XX and then reply to Mrs. YY ?

The plot thickens ... opening the envelope, my wife found a letter answering my letter, but the salutation was to a different Mrs. ZZ ( i.e. a name bearing no meaning or knowledge to us.)

Also, having asked three questions only two have been addressed, the most important, and the main reason for writing in the first place, has been totally ignored.

I was "invited" to call in at any convenient Natwest office - does anyone know of one in New Zealand, which clearly showed on the address to whom they were writing the letter.

I guess that the typing pool clerk had her eyes glued to her smartphone as she texted her many girl friends, n' est ce pas ?

Yesterday I made an Online Transfer - nothing to do with Natwest - through an exchange broker. There was some admin. problem so I e-mailed the broker for further advice and received an e-mail reply to the effect that they wouldn't deal with my enquiry unless I sent them a screen shot of my account details, showing my name and account number.

I refused, saying that I would only send my name - which they had, the replied to my e-mail - and they could telephone me for further detail, but that I would need to be assured that it was them calling, and as I didn't know the name of their first car, which they always ask me, how would they like to establish their bona fides on the telephone ?

Breath is held.

One could weep.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 07:05
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Good morning all. Bit dull out there and today will be "mostly cloudy".
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 07:09
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Good morning I think.
Freezing fog greets us today which hopefully will lift later.

Off to the Royal Derby Horsepiddle soon to have a chat/lecture from the
Renal Unit people. I suspect I've got to the point where the subject of
future dialysis will raise it's ugly head. I've always known it was coming
and it's taken 20 years to get here but I don't fancy it I must admit.
Better than the alternative obviously.

The Royal Derby is a fairly new place which was built with limited car
parking as they went for the "sustainability" ticket. I don't suppose they
gave thought that patients (not customers) tend to be old and frail or even
young and frail and that travelling in by public transport would be difficult
or even impossible.
End result is traffic chaos, missed appointments and even missing staff.
Progress my fundament.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 07:35
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Morning peeps dull start here also,slept better awoke at a more sensible time.
I have a invitation to visit Cardiac Nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Tuesday,it says, 'Do not go to main reception go direct to suite 4 and check in at echo desk',does anyone have any idea what that gobbledegook means?
One shall give it a miss
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 07:38
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handsfree - hospital access

Rwy's Dad moved us to our current neighbor (a very nice one actually) back in 1982 and I was (and still am) happy being in the area. Then in the beginning of the year my sister had a detachment of the retina, rushed to the hospital and when things calmed down we come to the realization on how useful is to live next to two major hospitals (literally walking distance - if your legs are ok) I have gone twice with a heavy cough and it was a relief to be able to walk rather than take the car.

Hope you can avoid the dialysis for many years to come.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 08:02
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Mr D, it means don't check in with reception at the Main Entrance but go straight up to Suite 4, which will be sign posted hopefully, and when you get there you will find another little reception desk called Echo or Echocardiogram or some such. Check in with them.

Good luck.

Thanks for the sentiments RIS.
I'm hoping for a little while longer before things happen.
Kidneys now down to 23% and falling. 15% seems to be the magic number.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 08:24
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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is a vast edifice built upon and extended over the years piles of different buildings and miles of corridors and depts,not even sure where the main reception is never mind different suites.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 08:34
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Cardiac diagnostics is in the Orange zone Mr D, just looked on the site map for you.

http://www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/sites/...ril%202015.pdf
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 09:05
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I do miss my curry'n'chips from the Rainsough Brow chippie, though.
Mrs Ramsbottom if I recall
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 09:37
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Yer I found that map last night Mr Nigel,no where does it mention a suite 4 or any other number for that matter,trouble is those peeps work in places like that all their lives and assume everybody knows thei way round by clairvoyancy or summat,go in the wrong entrence and it means a half mile walk through endless bloody corridors which I know to my cost.
Will give em a ring later on and demand better directions.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 09:48
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Isn't that the truth, it's getting harder to find individual components anymore. Do RadioSpares still exist over there??, they were a great source back in the 1960's (thats showing my age !!)

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Yes they do, but they now call themselves RS Components.

I was doing some contract work for a TV company that bought from them and I needed the catalogue. When I asked for the Radio Spares Catalogue I received blank looks.

The younger generation don't know what the RS stands for.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 09:52
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Oh dear, without prior warning you've become a kicking screaming guest of the NHS! Could be a lot worse, if you were from the other side of the pond you'd be mortgaging your house....
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 09:57
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I'd like Mr D's opinion on this little paddle steamer!

World's largest cruise ship Harmony of the Seas leaves port for the first time | Daily Mail Online
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 10:29
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People carrier ...



Sheep carrier ...



Hmmmmmm.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 10:31
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Pig ugly fits the bill well, a giant pigeon cree mounted on top of a shite barge.
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Old 11th Mar 2016, 13:04
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Mornin' BD....

....spot on juxtaposition of your pictures. I remember saying to Madame as we trundled down to Freemantle how similar sheep carriers and cruise liners are. I'm still of the same opinion, and in spite of the protestations of many friends how the boat THEY went on wasn't like that at all, I'm still NOT going on a bloody cruise.

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Old 11th Mar 2016, 13:11
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Ahem Mr D.....

...... they are actually trying to help you - they really are. My good lady declined the services of the cardiac nurse system after her stent fitting. And although the rack and thumbscrews wouldn't get her to admit it she made a mistake.
Hospital corridors can be a maze BUT YOU CAN ASK SOMEONE!! They will probably tell you free of charge.
As my granny said "Ye've a tongue in yer heid - use it!!"

Don't let a grump hinder your recovery.

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