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Old 19th Jan 2019, 12:05
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Changing the subject:

After living in Scotland for forty years I thought that I would partake of that celebrated Scottish delicacy, the Deep Fried Mars Bar.

IT WAS [email protected]@DY DISGUSTING.

It looked like something beginning with 't' encased in batter. The frying had conglomerated the chocolate, caramel and whatever into an unrecognisable lump of goo which tasted like sweetened sludge.

Never, Ever again!!
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Old 19th Jan 2019, 21:13
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
What exactly is a smart meter please? I agree with you, Fareastdriver ... it IS their problem. Too many businesses/companies make stuff-ups these days and expect their clients to sort it out for them. As long as people are willing to do this, the businesses have zero incentive to improve their procedures and record-keeping. That's some monumental bloody cheek expecting you to take photos and send emails to sort out their mistakes.
Bluey have a long read here:-

Smart Meters

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Old 19th Jan 2019, 21:18
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A smart meter is about three inches longer than a smart yard.
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Old 19th Jan 2019, 21:23
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One has just had a bowl of 'diabetic friendly' vanilla ice cream with a decent sized portion of blackberries and blueberries (the latter purchased from Waitrose) as a less than cheap weekend treat.

The ice cream (Oppo) - not cheap itself - was acceptable when compared with the 'real thing'.

The berries tasted of FA !
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Old 19th Jan 2019, 21:27
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
What exactly is a smart meter please?
A simple answer is that it is a meter that tells the user how much energy (and the cost) on an hourly and daily basis and reports back to the supplier using telecoms, removing the need for a 'meter reader' to attend the premises.
Of course the system would allow the supplier to alter the tarif instantaneously (though this aspect is not publicised) and would allow the user to be cut off if considered necessary.
The fear is that suppliers will use the facility to raise the tarif during peak demands (and lower the tarif during slack periods) thus evening out demand.
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Old 19th Jan 2019, 22:22
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So, Smart for the supplying entity.
Fake, distracting, propaganda name.
Zero benefits for consumer.

Buying fruit in January in the northern hemisphere?
Fresh and local doesn't really come into it and it will usually always suffer in quality, proportionate to distance.
That said my Moroccan clementines are delicious and are holding up well.
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Old 20th Jan 2019, 04:16
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Really interesting about those smart meters! But surely the rates must be set and advertised and not changed without prior notice or is that not the case? When I get my own bill, it states amounts used, at what times and the respective rates. Mind you, Synergy is government owned and it would cause riots if they altered the rates without notice. It causes riots anyway when the price of electricity goes up!!
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Old 20th Jan 2019, 11:41
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Much wailing and knashing of teeth from SWMBO. Roger Federer has just been duffed up.
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Old 20th Jan 2019, 11:46
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
Much wailing and knashing of teeth from SWMBO. Roger Federer has just been duffed up.
What! Someone betterer than Federer?
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 02:07
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Tauranga City Council Transportation Manager Martin Parkes says they are installing 3D pedestrian crossings
in a busy pedestrian area in the city centre
.“The 3D graphics encourage drivers to slow down, as they are more
visually engaging than a standard pedestrian crossing.




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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 07:46
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Also seen this type of crossing in France last year. Quite disconcerting when first seen
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 13:36
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Visually engaging? Visually disturbing more like. I bet they'd be difficult to negotiate if one had had a drink or two!
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 16:21
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Too true - a few beers down your neck, see that at the last minute and slap on the brakes, all sorts of accidents could be caused !
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 19:39
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Perhaps a couple of high-intensity strobes and a big disco ball would add to the awareness factor.

New food guide out from the Federal government. Ta-Da.

Plant based foods - GOOD !
Less prepared foods - GOOD !
More home cooking - GOOD !
Peanuts - GOOD !

Canada's Food Guide - Stating the bleeding obvious for Fifty years
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 21:17
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Our menu today:
Breakfast; Porridge, toast & whisky marmalade.
Lunch; home made leek carrot, potato and onion soup with sour dough bread.
Dinner; home made chicken casserole with new spuds.

And still a 34" waist.

PS What is a pedestrian crossing?
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 21:52
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The road,usually...........
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 22:45
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The seafront road A259 through Hastings now has average speed cameras I am informed. Waste of money. When can anyone drive over 30mph on this road, unless of course it`s 3am.
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 00:24
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32C here at present.
Laundry done and dry, fresh water put out for our feathered friends, three electric fans going - two directed at me - sitting back now with a dewy glass of cordial with chilled water and ice-cubes.
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 02:05
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Watching the Oz Open tennis, with Norma Sarse wearing a green playsuit or whatever - it makes a feature of her...umm.. Norma Sarse. Thought she would rather cover it up.
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 02:54
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
Watching the Oz Open tennis, with Norma Sarse wearing a green playsuit or whatever - it makes a feature of her...umm.. Norma Sarse. Thought she would rather cover it up.
Boo ... she isn't on the TV now, I just checked, for a friend of course
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