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  1. A Viking turd to rival Ye Mighty Viking Turd of York https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyds_Bank_coprolite
  2. Not before time. Quite apart from the earthquake problem, here are some of the other problems of fracking: It rarely makes a profit, and requires massive and ongoing injections of public and private cash. See for example this explanation of the financing of the fracking industry: https://www.desmogblog.com/2019/10/03/fracking-revolution-peak-without-profits Most fracking operates as a kind of pyramid / Ponzi scheme: the promoters of the scheme talk up its prospects and (supposedly) how much oil and gas there is to be extracted, investors pour money into it hoping for dividends, the government indirectly subsidises it by picking up the bill for damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure caused by heavy machinery, then the original promoters sell on the fracking rights to someone else and walk away. So generally speaking, the people who make money out of it are the original promoters, and the construction workers who get well paid but temporary jobs while the thing lasts. Decline rates of production are ferocious, typically 75% within the first year: https://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:762320/FULLTEXT01.pdf You have to keep continually re-drilling or re-fracking to keep production going.
  3. It doesn't make any difference who wins the election, they are all virtually the same. I'm not just being cynical. If you look at early to mid 20th century politics, there were very clear differences between the parties (or "clear blue water" to use political-speak) - the Tories mainly representing the interests of the landowning and monied classes and Labour mainly representing the interests of the working classes and the labour unions. Starting around the time of Tony Blair's New Labour, the differences have become less and less until now they are virtually indistinguishable. Both parties believe in (or profess to believe in) infinite/perpetual economic growth, Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), lowering taxes and increasing public spending simultaneously, pay lip service to climate change but still plan to expand airports, and so on. Brexit won't make any difference either - in the long run it will just be a footnote in history and people will wonder what all the fuss was about. The Boer War was a really big deal at the time, but can anyone remember now what it was about or what the result was? Er, something to do with whether to pay taxes to the Orange Free State or the British Empire? And the outcome was...er...something or other but it's all settled now.
  4. As a general rule of thumb, I switch my fog lights on if the visibility is such that it would be helpful to me if the person in front switched theirs on too. And I switch them off again when this no longer applies. I find it particularly helpful if the two cars in front of me both switch their rear fog lights on, then I get an early warning of bends in the road.
  5. That application pack says they are / were looking for a "strong, visible leader" (the word "visible" appears four times). My interpretation of "visible" would be something like "here".
  6. It's surprising how many drivers don't seem to know what fog lights are for. A lot of people driving in those conditions don't bother putting their fog lights on, with the result that you can hardly see them. Alternatively, if I put mine on, it sometimes prompts irritated flashing from the driver behind, who is driving right up my a*se and is being dazzled by them. The solution to that, dear reader, is to drop back and not drive so close.
  7. Don't you mean "more immune"? Announcing cuts from the safety of an office in Hertfordshire would be much easier than announcing them in the foyer of Noble's Hospital. I am put in mind of the day in 1992 when the Canadian Fisheries Minister had to announce the closure of the Newfoundland cod fishery. He had the good sense to announce it by video link from a locked hotel room, rather than at a public meeting where he would most likely have been lynched. You can see the video of it here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/cod-moratorium-twenty-five-1.4187322
  8. I agree that people don't need to sit in an office 5 days a week, or if they are going to do that, then it probably doesn't matter whether said office is on the island or in Hertfordshire. But maybe they shouldn't be sitting in an office - maybe they should spend more time being out and about and seeing things and meeting peopIe in the field. I don't think you can completely discount the value of being physically present as if it's no different than being 300 miles away. There are probably intangible but significant effects, for example on staff loyalty and morale. Many great commanders like Horatio Nelson and Julius Caesar led their troops from the front, not from the rear.
  9. I've relocated for shorter periods than that. For example, when I worked at the old Noble's Hospital in 1983-84, I relocated to the island for one year. Granted, being a junior hospital doctor is not quite the same as being a Chief Executive, you probably get more perks and privileges with the latter, but even so, I don't think a person who lives somewhere else is going to be as effective, or have as good a grasp of the job, as someone who lives here. If you choose to take a job and take the shilling, so to speak, it just seems like the right thing to do.
  10. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=51545&headline=Island commute for health boss&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2019 FFS. Well, I didn't vote for her. I don't think being contactable by telephone or text message is the same as having boots on the ground. Was there really nobody else willing to do the job who is either already on the island, or who is willing to come here? She was the best one they could find? It's a bit like electing Donald Trump for President: out of a pool of 327 million people to choose from, he was the best one they could find?
  11. This conversation seems a bit one sided so I'd just like to put in a good word for landlords (or would be landlords) who are considering buy-to-let. Mrs Balladoc and I have certainly considered it. Put yourself in the position of a would be landlord for a moment. You are approaching retirement, or maybe recently retired, you are not rich but you have a nest egg saved up which is meant to carry you through your next 20-30 years or whatever, and maybe pay for a few years in a nursing home at the end of it, so what do you do with the money in the meantime? Invest it in an investment company? Not without risk, as this article from today's news shows: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=51427&headline=Millions of client funds diverted&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2019 Put it in the bank? Bank interest rates are minimal and probably won't keep pace with inflation over the long term. Do commodity trading with it? Give us a break. So a reasonably sensible option is investing it in something tangible, like a piece of land or a building, and then trying to cover your ongoing costs by letting it. And the ongoing costs of a building can be quite significant, for example, tenants don't have to worry about what to do when the roof starts leaking, they just leave that to the landlord to sort out. I appreciate that this may be pushing up the purchase price of properties, but it's swings and roundabouts isn't it, because it is making more choice of rental property available, and maybe at some stages in their lives, people might prefer to rent than buy because it gives them more flexibility. So anyway, we are still considering buy to let.
  12. I agree that she shouldn't have done a runner (whether she was ordered to or not) but I sympathise with the way the crash happened because "there but for the grace of God go I". I once drove for about half a mile on the wrong side of a Canadian back road before realising my mistake, because I was on autopilot and just doing what I would naturally have done in the UK, and it's just lucky that Canadian back roads are quiet. The main danger point for a foreign driver driving on the wrong side of the road is a quiet road and/or turning out of a driveway or side road onto a main road, as she was apparently doing. If there is lots of other traffic about, you just follow the other traffic and it's easy to stay on the correct side. When there's no other traffic about, there are no cues to remind you.
  13. I remember those. When I was a much younger BallaDoc I was issued with one of those for when I was on call. It was so big and heavy that it wouldn't fit in a pocket so you had to carry it round in a handbag-like container, which prompted wolf whistles from the more uncouth sorts of men as you were walking down the road with it.
  14. Ah, I see. But geekiness comes in many different forms. I have to admit, I'm a bit of a geek myself, but my geekiness takes the form of resuscitating old devices which more sane people would just throw out. For example, I have kept a couple of iPad Minis (2012) going well past their expiry date by replacing cracked screens, and I have successfully downgraded a couple of old laptops from Windows 8 to Windows 7, following which they work much better.
  15. Sorry to appear a bit of a Luddite, but why are you buying a new one? I have an iPhone SE (2016) which I'm very happy with, it does everything I want it to and I've no desire to change it for a newer one. When it finally expires I'll probably buy another secondhand iPhone SE from one of the secondhand gadget stores on Douglas high street.
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