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  1. I think it came across perfectly well, at least to most that read it. If you have a non-acute, complex issue, such that the facilities required to sort you out are beyond what we have on island, then getting on a boat may be a sensible option. It was however meant as just a slightly tongue-in-cheek response to a typical Mr. S. post. Don’t take stuff so seriously.
  2. Depending on both the acuteness and nature of your problem, the Sea Terminal could be a good choice
  3. I don't know about this specific case, and even if I did wouldn't comment on it. I would like to add a bit of balance in defence of radiology though. It is difficult. Interpreting scans is not an exact science - contrary to popular belief a scan usually doesn't give a precise yes/no answer to a question such as 'is there any cancer', instead, a radiologist interprets the scan and assigns a probability. This is not numerically precise, and there will be variations between individual specialists. Flagging up cases with a low probability can result in harm - it's already the case that something like 9/10 mammograms reported as 'suspicious' turn out to be negative for cancer once further investigations have been done. And these investigations have risks such that some patients will be harmed in getting a negative diagnosis. Not to mention the psychological stress of a potential cancer diagnosis. A further issue is so called 'interval cancers'. These are ones that develop between screenings. When this happens previous mammograms will be scrutinised, and it may be that there are signs that in retrospect a different radiologist says 'oh yes, that cancer was apparent on the images from 2 years ago'. Hindsight is always 20/20. None of this is to defend this particular radiologist in this particular case. But it is difficult, it is somewhat subjective, and it is inevitable that there will be some women who develop invasive cancer after a negative breast screening.
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    Which were you. Laurel or Yanni?

    Weird this one. Yanny on my phone, but when it was on radio 4 through the car it was clearly Lauren. I assume the tiny speaker in the phone has a higher frequency spectrum than the ones in the car. A caller on the radio had the same effect when removing her hearing aid. So my conclusion is that if you filter out low frequencies, or boost high frequencies you get Yanny. Probably.
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    70 Years....

    Cue Declan to comment that it's a much better guitar solo than anything ever recorded by Dave Gilmour or Brian May
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    Yet another Tory Plant wilts (BBC Question Time)

    I've given up on QT because it's so boring! This sketch gets it spot on.
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    Tax avoidance?

    You make some valid points, but I still think it'd be the right thing to tax fuel and scrap ved. A quick calculation, backed up by a bit of googling, suggests that petrol would have to go up by about 25p a litre to compensate for the loss of ved. I think the plumber/gardener/electrician could cope with that. Taxis may have to put prices up by 20% or so. The main issue would be road haulage. The current system is therefore a government subsidy for road haulage companies who do most of the road damage (in UK - not necessarily over here) and pay only a flat rate of duty rather than what they ought to be paying if they were charged appropriately for the mileage (and hence road damage and pollution) they did. If the system were changed, perhaps rail would come back to the fore as an economic means of transporting stuff around? As for electric, the system would no doubt have to change when the take-up of electric vehicles is significant. Maybe as John Wright hinted at earlier a levy per mile, all calculated by in-built GPS technology?
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    Tax avoidance?

    Only for those that travel more than average. For the other 50% it’ll be cheaper. So, I accept there is a downside for some, but I still feel it’s fairer.
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    Tax avoidance?

    The level of fuel duty could be set so it is revenue neutral. If you drive an electric car - good for you, pay less tax. Isn’t this already the case with those cars being free of v.e.d.? And as for haulage, yes prices will go up to cover, thereby encouraging more local produce or more energy efficient ways to transport stuff (rail perhaps) via market forces. I don’t see a downside.
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    Tax avoidance?

    To me this just shows how daft it is to set vehicle duty in various bands based on alleged emissions levels. All the CO2 produced by a car comes from the fuel it burns, so just stick the tax on fuel. Those that do most miles and guzzle the most gas pay more tax. Simple.
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    Dangers on the road

    It's something cyclists need to be more aware of too. There have been several instances of them being killed being hit from behind with the car driver totally blinded. I've told my kids that if they're riding a bike along a road and are blinded by the sun they should get off and walk with it on the pavement, because if they're blinded, car drivers will be too. Cue replies from cyclists saying that car drivers need to slow down etc, and I'm sure they should, but whereas they'll end up with a dent, the cyclist will be the one left worse off.
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    La Colombe's Random Stuff

    Random tuning drift or whatever can be simulated digitally, and is incorporated as an option in some of the digital synths I've come across. Most guitar FX pedals these days are digital, certainly delays. The old Dunlop Wah pedal apparently took several years to mature, and guitarists used to seek out true vintage ones - something to do with changing characteristics of one of the inductor coils over a long period of time. It can still be simulated digitally though.
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    La Colombe's Random Stuff

    It's definitely digital once it's been transmitted over the net. My point being that it's impossible to tell by listening, and probably pointless to discuss as digital mock-ups of analogue synths are so good these days. I can't understand why anyone would choose a real analogue synth over a digital, unless going out of tune when the room warms up is part of the attraction.
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    Long Tails

    It's never a good idea to either introduce or eradicate particular creatures. The example in the OP was returning the island to its previous rat-free state - they were brought over on ships and are not natural inhabitants there. If we got rid of them here there would undoubtedly be unpredicted negative consequences.
  15. Picked up by DPD. When I say picked up, I mean Manx Independent Carriers stuck a card through my door and I delivered it to them the following day. Had an email from ASUS saying it had arrived. So far so good.
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