I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - No Do$h

Volume 20 now closed. Please see volume 21 ( www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?t=17471 )


In this thread you may ask any question for which you need help, advice, suggestions or whatever.

It does not need to be motoring related. In fact, in this thread it should not be.

No politics
No Speeding, speed cameras, traffic calming
No arguments or slanging matches
Nothing which I think is not following the spirit of the thread.

Any of the above will be deleted. If the thread becomes difficult to maintain it will simply be removed.

However, as has been said a couple of times, there is a wealth of knowledge in here, much of which is not motoring related, but most of which is useful.

This is Volume 20. Previous Volumes will not be deleted. Except the other volume 20, which seems to have vanished, despite DD and I protesting that \"it weren\'t us, guv\".

ND
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - El Hacko
I would love to know if any major manufacturer produces a reasonably priced TV set NOT in silver finish cabinet these days. I don't mind silver coloured cars, but these metallic finishes sitting in one's home look awful.

many thanks
EH
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - AngryJonny
Depends what sort of TV you're after, but Currys are currently selling:

"SHARP 28" PURE FLAT NICAM STEREO WIDESCREEN TV 28JF74H"

For a smidgeon under 400 quid on their web-site. I think it's quite a bit more in-store.

It is available in silver or black. Although I would probably put other factors before colour in my choice of TV.
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - billy25
these things seem to be rarer than hens teeth these days, once over black was basically all you could get (like model t's), but i agree the silver finish looks naf.i've being looking for a black-one for a couple of months now,can get 'em second-hand but new? no chance it seems. however, i've just seen one in comet, 32in w/screen, a bit of rose-wood down each side by the speakers,£1435.00. think i'll just keep thumping the one i have!!
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - NitroBurner
How about some newspaper, masking tape & a can of black aerosol paint....

I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - billy25
hmm.... yes nitroburner that might work!
is there some crafty marketing ploy at work here by the manufacturers? save costs-increase profits, by selling telly's in "do it yourself kits". if its a success how long before other makers cotton on to the idea?. all new cars sold just in primer- coat complete with a can of paint in your own choice of colour!!
could even get quite out of hand you know, if we let em get away with it! tin of fruit salad? open tin and find an apple orange and bannanna just waiting to be peeled!! :-0.

billy.
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - Phil I
El Hacko : get yourself down to the nearest branch of the Lidl supermarket. They sell 21" TV all singing all dancing in black
stereo sound auto this and that with 3 year guarantee for £99.99
Do a bigger one 24" at £149.99 but that has silver finish so no good for you. Small drawback is this is special deal which only available now and again but well worth waiting for if not on at your local branch at moment.

Happy (cheap) viewing Phil I
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - Dwight Van Driver
El H
Been having the same trouble since early this year. Contacted Sony who tell me they were bringing out an all Black set this summer but now delayed towards end of year.

There is a German one begins with L that looks the business but plenty notes. I await Sony.

DVD
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - John R @ Work {P}
German, TV, must be a Loewe.

John R
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - El Hacko
some good info here - don't like the sound of Lidl box (want 28ins), but will look at Curry's Sharp offering or maybe await Sony's promised black arrival.
why on earth did TV makers (apart from B&O and other over priced people) decide no-one wanted black any more?

ta ever so
EH
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - smokie
....and yet all new PCs are in Black (or dark grey...)
Cost of Scottish Parliament building - drbe
Does anyone know who is paying for the new Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood?

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In this thread you may ask any question for which you need help, advice, suggestions or whatever.

It does not need to be motoring related. In fact, in this thread it should not be.

No politics
No Speeding, speed cameras, traffic calming
No arguments or slanging matches
Nothing which I think is not following the spirit of the thread.

Any of the above will be deleted. If the thread becomes difficult to maintain it will simply be removed.

ND

Cost of Scottish Parliament building - HisHonour {P}
Does anyone know who is paying for the new Scottish Parliament

No politics
No Speeding, speed cameras, traffic calming
No arguments or slanging matches
Nothing which I think is not following the spirit of the
thread.
Any of the above will be deleted. If the thread becomes
difficult to maintain it will simply be removed.
ND


This isn\'t politics. It only becomes politics when somebody asks \"why are we paying...... etc\"?

I deleted the remainder of the question......
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - L'escargot
....and yet all new PCs are in Black (or dark grey...)


Do you mean to say that my relatively recently purchased light grey PC is out-of-date already?
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L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - smokie
I was thinking primarily of Dell PCs and a few other majors, yet another careless generalisation!

I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - HisHonour {P}
..... or you could try Aldi, another German chain, selling a flat panel TV (in black) for £299. This week only.
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - spikeyhead {p}
Fablon.
A mate of mine used to work for one of the big TC rental companies, and if a set came back scratched or scruffy then carefully applied fablon would transform it into a new set
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I read often, only post occasionally
You can't make an omelette ...... - L'escargot
Is it my imagination, or are egg shells now thinner than in days of yore? If so, is this a cost saving measure? (!!)
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L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
You can't make an omelette ...... - Phil I
Just due to battery hen production policy. Can be avoided by buying Free Range Organic variety. Worth the extra coppers just for the taste so thicker shells come as added bonus.

Happy Eating Phil I
Maiden name on Passport - problem? - Chad.R
We are thinking of going on a family holiday abroad soon; I've sorted out passports for our 2 daughters but my Wife's passport is still in her maiden name - is this going to cause a problem?

Thanks in advance.

Chad.
P.S. All 4 of us are UK citizens/passport holders (if it makes a difference).
Maiden name on Passport - problem? - Mark (RLBS)
you'll have a problem if the ticket and the passport are in different names.

I suggest you get a new one.
Maiden name on Passport - problem? - Chad.R
That was my initial thought too - better safe than sorry. Cheers,
Chad.
Maiden name on Passport - problem? - Stargazer {P}
Updating a passport neednt take very long any more. The new system of taking everything to a main Post Office where all of the documents are checked and you pay any fees seems to work very well.

I needed to renew my passport before a trip to Oz, took everything in on the monday lunchtime...paid my money, supporting docs were returned there and then (so no sending away of irreplaceable docs). I took away my receipt which gave me a phone number to trace progress of my application and a stated aim of returning my passport within 10 days.

My old passport was returned on the wednesday morning and my new passport was in the post on the thursday morning.

Very impressed after the chaos of the past when passports could take many weeks to arrive.

Ian L.
Neopets.com - Brill {P}
neopets.com

My kids are keen on this site, which on the face of it seems harmless enough.

Is anyone familiar with it? I didn't notice any advertising, so who benefits, who is behind it etc? More importantly is it really the good clean fun it appears to be.

I have of course educated them to be 'websavvy'.

Ever cautious,
Stu.
Neopets.com - Baskerville
Merchandise, a magazine, competitions involving Sony products, downloads with possible spyware/adware, loyalty tie-ins through email, home page, plus they ask you to sign up and you can bet those details are worth something. You can't access the 'about us' page unless you sign up. Looks terrible to me. What's in it for you that's worth the potential hassle and computer havoc?
Neopets.com - Hugo {P}
My two children use this site as well.

To actually exchange e mails etc they need adult authorisation.

We facilitated this and they do chat with a handful of regular children from the states, as well as some of their school friends just up the road.

However, we have hilighted the dangers etc of internet groomers and the like, after a handful of high profile cases have hit the headlines, even to the extent where our eldest designed a warning poster based on "You don't know who you are talking to"

In addition, we limit their time on the PC.

I cannot see any threat coming from the site itself, I think the only dangers are from unscrupulous users.

Let them pursue it and just keep watch over their shoulders from time to time.

Hugo
Neopets.com - Colin M
8< Snip 8<

HJ and Mark will probably ban me now....

[Or maybe NoDosh or I will do it instead!!
Leave out the fancy html stuff and just post like everyone else will you?]

DD
ITV 1 0r 2? - drbe
Can anyone explain the logic behind ITV's programme scheduling? Today, Sunday, Rugby World Cup games are using both ITV 1 and 2.

The Wales game is on ITV 1, while the England game is on ITV 2 - WHY? Surely the advertising revenues from ITV 1 must be much greater? You cannot access ITV 2 unless you have digital or a set top box at a cost of £80-100 (cheaper on Ebay)

Has the handle "Grumpy Old Git" been taken? Because if it hasn't I think I must qualify!

I only ask because I want to know.

Regards to all Don drbe
ITV 1 0r 2? - PhilW
"You cannot access ITV 2 unless you have digital or a set top box at a cost of £80-100 (cheaper on Ebay)"
That's the reason - to get you digitised! Though several other reasons are suggested here if you are interested

tinyurl.com/tbwc

GOG2 who got up very early on Saturday to watch a match only to find cartoons!



ITV 1 0r 2? - THe Growler
Hehe, get Star Sports, ESPN and 3 other sports channels plus eight movie channels, CNN/Fox/BBC/HBO/Cinemax Lord knows how many others, even had Iraqi TV for a while, 73 channels in all, for US $11/mo......

Star (Bless old Rupert for once) has been superb on the Rugby. Every match has been shown live followed by 2 replays, thanks to my old masters DHL for the sponsorship, so no need to set the VCR if it doesn't fit your schedule. Just dial up Domino's and send the maid out for more of the amber nectar. Rugby has a huge following in SEA with all the expats. Pity it only comes every four years and they fill the interval with tedious tennis cricket and that frightful pansies' game soccer.... :+D
ITV 1 0r 2? - PhilW
Lucky you G! We have had virtually no midweek games on "ordinary" TV and highlights are at some unearthly hour, unless that is you stay up for highlights only to find that they were on at 4 pm (yeterday) or 2.45pm (today). Thank goodness Wales - NZ was on live this am , fantastic game, didn't know who I wanted to lose most!! Ended up cheering for Wales! But obviously a much better game than England's which was a walkover.
Feel sorry for the minnows who try so hard yet can't compete with the big guns who should really "adopt" some of the smaller nations and help them with coaching, finance, and some matches where smaller nations play big clubs/provinces to help their players develop. And finance their players so they can play in the world cup rather than being tied to clubs in UK, France, NZ etc for financial reasons.
Football on the other hand always seems to be on live with a two hour build up and a two hour "discussion" afterwards no matter how unimportant the game. At least the quarters are on ITV 1 next weekend (I think!!)
ITV 1 0r 2? - THe Growler
What about Australia vs Ireland on Sat then? That was a good 'un (well, it says you have you have to have a question).

I was in my local hangout which was packed to the rafters, along with Growlette (who is still convinced that the penultimate All Blacks' try came from a forward pass but the ref missed it). On the big screen it sure looked like it, although it wouldn't have made a lot of difference in the final analysis. I said this is the Southern Hemisphere, whose side d'you think you're on?




ITV 1 0r 2? - PhilW
Yep, Aus- Ireland an excellent game also. Tell Growlette she is absolutely right - it was a forward pass. Don't think it made much difference to final result - NZ always had that much more class than the Welsh but it was a fantastic effort by the Welsh (and Irish) who played their hearts out until at the end exhaustion took its toll. But what incredible sport it is. Would poofballers EVER show such commitment and courage and put their bodies on the line like the rugby players? (well, it says you have you have to have a question)!!!.Glad I last played 20 years ago when fly-halfs were not expected to tackle 10 stone backs let alone 18 stone forards (and backs!)
ITV 1 0r 2? - PhilW
G,
Sudden thought - how about if the semis were between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales? Now would that annoy our friends in the Southern Hemi!!!? (well, it says you have you have to have a question)
ITV 1 0r 2? - THe Growler
I could never show my face in Auckland again...

But what about the French? (question). Very much still to be reckoned with methinks. My good riding (and drinking) pal Jean- Paul stated during our 6th (or perhaps it was our 7th) San Miguel last night (and I quote from him verbatim lest I be accused of breaching some arcane PC must-not) "Ze only sing you damn Rosbif barbarians and us Frogs can agree on is 'Arlee-Davidsons and Rugby".

Vive la difference etc.
Number 1s - BobbyG
Does anyone know of a website that will list all the chart number ones since the charts began? Or do I need to buy the Guiness book of Hit Singles?
Number 1s - Dynamic Dave
BobbyG,

Found this:-

www.onlineweb.com/theones/

Number 1s - THe Growler
Try this one if you are a serious charts historian:

www.gramble.com/music/50sbydate.html
ITV 1 0r 2? - PhilW
Yep, the French could win it. Any side with their backs and a back row of Magne, Betsen and Harinordoquy is a side to be reckoned with. I get the impression that every game from now on is going to be a nail-biting edge of seat affair probably decided by one flash of inspiration or one basic mistake - a missed tackle, a silly penalty - what do you think? (question!!!) Roll on next Sat & Sun
ITV 1 0r 2? - Blue {P}
Just like to remind all Backroomers of a few important home safety tips:

1) Don't leave food cooking under the grillin the microwave unattended.

2) When the power in your home goes off, investigate why quickly.

3) Make sure that those fancy mains powered smoke alarms that the builders included in the house actually are cpabable of having a battery back up!

It appears that the food in the microwave caught fire, the flames then got sucked into the unit itself via the fan which then promptly caught fire along with the other innards of the machine and tripped the electricity. Unfortunately at this point the fire and smoke was mainly contained within the micorwave which meant by the time it was smokey enough to activate the alarms, the power was already dead and the alarms useless.

Fortunately we caught the fire in time to chuck the whole thing out the front door, but it could have been much worse than just a bit of smoke damage. As it was, a couple of hours cleaning and the kitchen was fine, but the foot high flames kinda scared my mam who discovered it only when she opened the microwave door!

I of course was hard at work, so only found out about this little drama this morning, but I'd urge any Backroomers with these mains powered smoke detectors to check they have battery backups. Ours appear to be the Extra Value Cheapo range as installed by the housebuilders with no backup. As we don't smoke the chances are that any housefire will be electrical and so the alarms will more than likely be useless.

Buy some decent ones now!

Blue
FIRE PRECAUTIONS - THe Growler
Copy that, we had a devastating electrical house fire nearly 3 years ago. As part of re-equipping the rebuild, all new smoke detectors were installed (USA First Alert brand) and these are checked monthly by me. They are not mains powered but battery powered and give a warning when the battery is low. Also we have extinguishers in strategic places. Stable door etc but a painful lesson.

Also (we need a question but this is a valid one) does each member of your family know what the drill is in the event of fire? You may find as we did that your local Fire Brigade can provide pointers and a checklist from which you can develop a fire drill to fit your particular home.


Maiden name on Passport - problem? - hss41
Hello

If you have a copy of the marrage certificate you can put this in the passport. My wife used this method for several trips to Europe, but this was befor the 9/11. You should check with airlines ect and the relevant embassey

HS
Maiden name on Passport - problem? - Pugugly {P}
After 30 yrs of air-travel I've never dared ask the question. Why do aircraft cabin lights have to be dimmed at take off and landing ? (you know the line "to comply with regulations cabin lights are......").
Dim, dim the lights - THe Growler
(with apologies to Bill Haley and the Comets).

..it's because the engines need all the power they can get...
Dim, dim the lights - Alfafan {P}
Growler, your ref to Bill Haley escaped me till I saw the thread title. Good one. Memories...
Dim, dim the lights - THe Growler
Released on the US Decca label 20/11/54 (Brunswick label in UK) 11 weeks in the US Top 40, highest position No.15. Now then, must go and Waxoyl my Zimmer frame.

And now for something completely different, and a question. I have become aware lately of these "blog" things. Having looked at some can anyone possibly tell me what their purpose is? It certainly escapes me.


Dim, dim the lights - Clanger
G
This link may help
www.journalism.co.uk/features/story604.html
I'm sure you're old enough to realise that not everything in life or on the web has a purpose. If there is a purpose, it's probably more relevant to the writer than the reader.


Hawkeye
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Stranger in a strange land
Bloggins - THe Growler
I was originally going to add to my post that these blogs seemed to me to be an exercise in egocentricity but refrained from so doing lest I was missing something. You have confirmed my impressions. Now I know that, I can move on without feeling disadvantaged.....
Bloggins - THe Growler
I've just read the link you posted. Any advance on the Pseud of the Year Award for the writer? (question). If this is as claimed the future of journalism then I'll stop being rude about the Manila Bulletin. Well the BBC is down the tubes long ago so I suppose there isn't a standard to aim for any more.
Bloggins - Clanger
Look no further. Agreed, they undoubtedly take the Award. Copper-bottomed, gold plated and with appropriate knobs on.


Hawkeye
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Stranger in a strange land
Lights Dimmed on Take Off - Bromptonaut
PU

This has come up a few times on the pilots own site www.pprune.org.uk. Go to the forums and search Tech Log, Safety or Questions. IIRC they don't seem over sure themselves. Either(a) so that if all the lights go off or you have to run away from the wreckage your eyes are accustomed to the darkness or (b) to reduce the load on the engines from generators etc thus increasing the power available form that/those remainig in the event of one quitting at a critical moment.

Simon
(whose still proud to be a plane anorak at 43!!)
Authors Annonymous - NitroBurner
Can anyone reccomend a writer whose work is a little off beat & shocking? One of my favourite authors is Carl Hiaasen.

Read Complicity by Ian Banks a few yrs ago and enjoyed that.
Any more of his as good as that?

Cheers
Authors Annonymous - Stargazer {P}
Most of Iain Banks books are as shocking and an excellent read, but if you like SF, then Iain M. Banks (same author but writes his SF under the slightly different name) also has the shock factor and very off beat. Especially when you realise that half the book (alternate chapters) are telling the same story backwards from an alternate point of view!

Recommend Consider Phlebas, Use of Weapons, Player of Games plus many others

Ian L.
ebay UK: Gallery - pdc {P}
Why, every time I move between pages on this site, does a seperate browser instance start with pages.ebay.co.uk/gallery-index.html?ssPageName=uks...e as it's home page?

It wasn't happening this morning and it's not happening on other sites. and no offers of IT advice please, as that is my profession!!!
ebay UK: Gallery - Darren
To change gallery view , go to the left hand side sections , under the display section select Hide Gallery View. This should return you to normal view.
ebay question - blank
I saw this same question posted yesterday and complacently thought that since it was not happening to me I wouldn't worry. But...
Every time I select a different thread, a new ebay window pops up. What's happening?!!

I have noticed that the original question has been moved, but it only has one answer, which seems to not be a solution.

Andy
ebay question - PR {P}
It does on mine aswell. I think its just a bit of revenue raising advertising!
ebay question - blank
It's now stopped on mine!

No problem yesterday or earlier today either.
Authors Annonymous - andymc {P}
Christopher Brookmyre has a fantastic back catalogue of seven or eight books - some of my favourites are "A big boy did it and ran away" and "Not the end of the world", as well as what turned into a trilogy(?) that started with "Quite ugly one morning", with an investigative journalist as a main character.
I'll second the praise for almost all Iain Banks' books, both the SF and non-SF. Didn't particularly enjoy "The Business" or "Canal Dreams". "The Bridge" was superb, as was his first book "The Wasp Factory". One of his most famous is probably "The Crow Road".
Colin Bateman specialises in anti-heroes with lots of sharp one-liners, although his earlier stuff is better - try "Divorcing Jack" and "Cycle of Violence".Try Ian McEwan for something darker - too many to list here, but "The Cement Garden" and "Enduring Love" stand out for me.
Also try "Ripley Bogle" by Robert McLiam Wilson.

andymc
Authors Annonymous - blank
I take it you are familiar with Irvine Welsh's work? I would probably describe some his stuff as bordering on the offensive, but I like it.

Andy
Authors Annonymous - Rob the Bus {P}
Hello NB

I don't know whether this would fit your bill, but I was bought a copy of "Running With Scissors" by Augusten Burroughs (ISBN 1-84354-150-5) recently and it is absolutely enthralling.

It's an auto-biographical book about an American boy who is given up for adoption and is adopted by his psychiatrist. It is certainly off-beat and definitely shocking but a danmed good read.

Cheers

Rob
Authors Anonymous - Orson {P}
Astrological History of God, by Bo Fowler. Rather odd is an understatement, but very funny indeed (don't be put off by the title!) Other authors include Tibor Fischer, with a number of works including the splendidly titled "Don't read this book if you're stupid"

O
Lights Dimmed on Take Off - henry k
So that if all the lights go off or you have to
run away from the wreckage your eyes are accustomed to the
darkness


I believe this is the reason as not all airlines dim the cabin light during a night time takeoff.

I do not take my shoes off in the cabin until we are up up and away. I want to be able to leave in a hurry if a unplanned return to the airport requires it.
I am a relaxed frequent flyer on arlines like BA but not so on some other carriers I have been forced to use.
Happy Flying.
Lights Dimmed on Take Off - smokie
I thought you ahd to have your shoes off to use the chutes...anyway, whether I was wearing shoes (or even clean underpants) would be the last of my worries if something went wrong...
Lights Dimmed on Take Off - malteser
No way would you have clean underpants if something DID go wrong!
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"Rude, crude and socially unacceptable"
Septic tanks - L'escargot
I've just received a leaflet through my letterbox extolling the virtues of using "SepClean" biological booster in septic tanks ~ and my bungalow has a septic tank. Is there any real need to use such a product, and are there any significant advantages of doing so? I am almost totally ignorant on the subject of septic tanks, as I have never had one before.
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L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
Septic tanks - No Do$h
Back in the good old days, a (look away now if you are of a squeamish nature) dead animal, ranging from a couple of manky chickens to half a goat would be added to a septic tank to boost the bacteria present, so breaking down the other \"stuff\" in the tank a little faster. I\'ve seen references to yeast, yoghurt, stale milk and rotting veg doing the same job.

I presume this product operates on a similar principle.

A quick search on google for septic tank bacteria should a) put you off your lunch and b) baffle you as to whether you need a product like this.

Probably cheaper to get a couple of value chickens or some brewers yeast and away you go.

The key seems to be avoiding using bleaches and other household products that will stop or slow the biological action. If all your waste water goes into the septic tank, then the biological breakdown of solids will be slowed down so a \"starter\" like the ones mentioned above will help. If you have a different system for \"grey\" water (unlikely in the UK) then you probably don\'t need to do anything.
Septic tanks - Colin M
Dimming cabin lights topic

Simon, the reason there is a variance on PPRUNE is that it is inhabited by pilots and non pilots, so take things you read on there with a pinch of salt. Many of the pilots may hold a PPL (private pilots licence) but as they don't have cabin lights to dim, then they may post duff information based on their own personal opinion.

As a 747 pilot, the definitive answer is to aid your night vision in the event of an evacuation at night (we don't switch off cabin lights for day take offs, so it's clearly not a generator issue!)

It takes a few minutes for your eyes to become acclimatised to the dark due to the function of rods and cones in your eyes (rods are used for low light and peripheral vision, cones for central high definition vision).

By dimming the lights, your rods will have time to warm up so that in the unlikely event you are plunged into darkness as a broken aeroplane screeches to a halt, you have at least half a chance of finding your way to the exits.

It never fails to surprise me how even the most educated people switch their brains off when they get onboard a plane. Much is made of the safety brief etc because it's law, but many folk just assume they have handed responsibility for their own lives over to the crew when they sit down.

Please, when you fly, put your newspaper down, take your walkman off and listen to the brief. Count the number of headrests between you and the exit row/door both in front and behind you. Make a quick note how that door opens too. They are foolproof (don't hang onto the handle on a 747 though, the power assist release will pull you outside!

Imagine you are the sole survivor of such an event and you are temporarily blinded. Planning your escape route will go a long way to making sure you aren't a statistic when they clean up the mess.

We do switch off a couple of air conditioning packs for take off as they do present a drain on the engine output (not critical, but for safety, we need all we can get). The 747 is certified to take off at maximum weight with an engine failed during take off, but with a clearance height of just 35 feet. Planes usually go over the perimeter track at 1,000+ feet. Imagine a 747 clearing your head by just 30 feet. Only in the event of an engine failure at very high weights does performance become an issue (think Heathrow to Singapore with full pax, cargo and fuel).

If things weren't on our side and we slid through that perimeter fence onto the road in the middle of a wet night, it would help if your night vision was warmed up ready to go!





Safety briefings - Nsar
You have added to my knowledge here with the counting the headrests tip - I wonder why that isn't included in the brief? It'll be different every time which might make more people listen to it - as it is they are always the same on every plane - result is switch off.
Dimming cabin lights. - Altea Ego
OUr pilot friend makes a good point. One that is expandable to nearly everywhere we go.

If you are in any enclosed place, ALWAYS work out your escape route. This applies to work places, public places (theatres, stadia, offices, deprtment stores etc etc.) Always be aware of where you will go in the event of anything major.
Applies at home as well. KNOW which windows you can open upstairs. Tell the kids or anyone that lives there, where to get out if required.

One point on planes. Why do they still persist with life jackets. Very few planes have ditched at sea in a survivable fashion.
Dimming cabin lights. - Phoenicks
Do they allow steel cutlery in first/business class, but not in economy (plastic knives and forks only)?

Why do they insist on turning the entertainment system off on takeoff and landing?

They say Laptops/cd walkmans etc are to be turned off as they interfere. Is it ok to use them once in the air?

and most important of all - How do i get upgraded at check in?!!!
Dimming cabin lights. - THe Growler
>>>>>>and most important of all - How do i get upgraded at check in?!!!

www.asiatraveltips.com/TipsonGettingUpgradedInflig...l

Best advice: apply for every frequent flyer program you can find - regardless of whatever mileage you have/don't have on it: travel as a single with hand carry only and show your card that you are a frequent flyer of that airline. Be bold and ask the check-in agent for an upgrade. She can only say no. If the flight is full and families want to sit together in coach you have a good chance of being bumped up. Works well on Arab airlines where women don't want to sit next to a Western male, for example, or when flights are overbooked.

If you are in an airline-related industry (cargo, air express) that's the best. I've travelled the world on AD75% discounted economy tickets in first class because of being in the industry.

That may not be possible for all of course. I use a local small travel agent in Manila for my flight arrangements these days. They are a GSA (General Sales Agent) for most Asia and Asia-Pacific airlines. Lucille my delectable contact tells the airline I am a very important client of hers, I am on an urgent business trip and she needs to get me upgraded, can the airline help.

In other words the agent is using his ticketing muscle to get you the upgrade. I have never paid more than economy fare to travel out of Manila to anywhere via business class at least using this system. More airlines than you think take off overbooked in coach with with excess seats in business and first and they don't really care who's in them, you just have to ask.

Example: couple of months ago I was flying Royal Air Brunei Manila- Brunei- Darwin. Sir we have a large family with an expectant lady and they would like to have the whole of Row 10. We invite you to move to seat 4b in First Class with our compliments (only problem is you can't get a drink on Royal Brunei, being a strict Muslim airline, but they are happy to dole out Canada Dry Cola to those of the cognoscenti with sufficient foresight to have accidentally come across a bottle of Jack in their hand-carry, well my goodness me how about that).

If you have frequent flyer points why not just buy a coach ticket and buy the upgrade with the points?
Dimming cabin lights. - Altea Ego
G is right
When flying solo or on business I have always managed to get an upgrade.
My other tip is dress smartly. Suit, Tie, shiny shoes and tidy hair, no face fuzz. Nice broad smile, posh accent, and say "If there any upgrades available or required on the flight I would be most grateful if I could be considered" They will mark your check in as "suitable upgrade"

With the wife and kids? forget it. Jeans? take a hike. Facial Hair? no chance.
The only thing to get special treatment there is to ask for a special diet. Vegetarian, Halal or Kosher is always better than the standard gloop served up to the cattle classes.


Dimming cabin lights. - henry k
Do they allow steel cutlery in first/business class, but not in
economy (plastic knives and forks only)?

British Airways still do continue with Plastic knives and forks in First and Business classs.
Why do they insist on turning the entertainment system off on
takeoff and landing?

I guess iit is to make sure you pay attention to any emergency instructions.
They say Laptops/cd walkmans etc are to be turned off as
they interfere. Is it ok to use them once in the
air?

Many Airlines have power sockets to plug the PC in so its is OK to use them most of the time. So click click click when you try to kip.
and most important of all - How do i get upgraded
at check in?!!!

For starters, Wash, smile, dress well and ask nicely.
Dimming cabin lights. - Colin M
lifejackets

Why indeed? Especially all European flights? The English Channel may look wide from the cliffs at Dover but it appears like a wide river at a cruising altitude.

I don't know of any deliberate ditching of a commercial plane in the last 50 years or any where lifejackets would have been any use. (Hong Kong jumbo slid off end of runway, African 767 was a highjack accident close to shore).

Apart from the lifejackets you should see all the rafts and survival paraphenalia we lug around. Unfortunately its not easy to do a cost/benefit calculation (like Ford and their Pinto fuel tank) because there are so few incidents relative to total number of flights and by experience each event has been almost totally different in cause and effect.

The Civil Aviation Authority tell us to carry lifejackets, so we do. It would be a brave airline that pursues the removal, I can just see the headline now "XX Air Skimps On Safety Equipment".



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.. The Civil Aviation Authority tell us to carry lifejackets, so we do ...>>


How true that is to so many things where burueacracy is involved. Often, rule designed for a bygone age carry on until someone brave enough or able to think out of the box challenges the status quo. As for dimming lights, although I accept the logic about helping night vision in case of an accident, I think this also falls into the category of a regulation devised in the early days of commercial flight and no one has challenged it.

The same unthinking bureaucrats were behind the closure of the roads around Tower Bridge when that protestor was camped up on the crane. I am sure these people would close down London if the first ever plane flight was only now to go over London - in case the plane crashed on London!
Dimming cabin lights. - Baskerville
>I am sure these people would close down London if the first ever plane flight was only now to go over London

The Wright brothers' plane is highly likely to have crashed if it first flew over London: no way would it get a certificate now. I have to say that if someone suggested starting from scratch now with the kind of air traffic levels there are currently over SW London it would be hard to get people to agree. I hate this aspect of staying there the few times a year I have to because my quality of life is so reduced by the noise. But since it crept up and people grew used to it it is tolerated, probably not even noticed by residents. I also can't get used to the awful air quality (makes my eyes sting), but people I know who live there don't notice.
Dimming cabin lights. - matt35 {P}
RF,
Good point.
On a Motoring theme - note when you are driving whether the kerbs are square (often where there is a footpath) or bevelled (mostly where there is no footpath).
Could help your reaction if you needed to get off the road in an emergency offside or nearside - and is a useful link if you have to do a commentary.
Matt35.
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Colin - Thank you.
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - Stargazer {P}
Printer refills.

I have a HP 3822 inkjet printer with separate B+W and colour cartridges (HP type 15 (B+W) and 78 (colour).

Looking for a refill today, HP originals priced at 27.99UKP and PCline compatible priced at 17.99 UKP,

Has anybody here used the cheaper compatible cartridges, did they work ok, did they last as long as the original?

thanks

Ian L.
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - Mark (RLBS)
Depends on how quickly you use the refils.

We use them quite quickly and therefore we want the best price per sheet. This usually works out as the original HP stuff since the cheapar ones don't seem to print as many sheets before running out.

On the other hand, if you're using them slowly and find that they get out of date before you've finished the ink, then the cheaper ones would be better.
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - Pete
New question please, re house ownership.
Ten years ago when I bought my house (no mortgage/Bank involved) I was spending much time overseas and as I was the one more likely to get killed in a plane crash of whatever, I put the house in my sisters name.
Can anyone please give me a quick outline of the proceedure to get the house back into my name, preferably without involving Solicitors or huge expense?
Thank you, Pete.
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - eMBe {P}
>>..quick outline of the proceedure to get the house back into my name, preferably without involving Solicitors or huge expense ..>>

1. see www.landregistry.gov.uk for legal land transfer procedures.

2. do a search on google for other web resources.

3. the huge expense will most likely come from the Inland Revenue for stamp duty plus capital gains and/or "inheritance" tax rules. IMO, the situation you describe is a legal minefield and you would be best advised to talk to tax+legal experts.
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - Baskerville
For all you constitutional experts out there, something that's been puzzling me for a while: What would be the constitutional situation and likely outcome if our monarch, and head of the Church of England, was openly gay? (I'm not thinking Richard the Second here).
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - Colin M
Pete, I am in a similar situation to you. 7 years ago I bought my mothers house for her and my stepfather. She now wishes to transfer the deeds to my name to avoid family feuds in the event of her death. I am using a solicitor, cost approx £200 because I don't know and can't be bothered to learn the process. Both he and my accountant stated there would be no inheritance tax or stamp duty or capital gains to pay as I had originally paid for the house and this could be proven.

I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - eMBe {P}
.. Both he and my accountant stated there would be no inheritance tax or stamp duty or capital gains to pay as I had originally paid for the house .. >>


?? - IIRC unlike the V5 for a car, house deeds record the name of the owner of the property. In theory, you gifted the house to your mother, and it is a potentially exempt transfer (PET) if you survive 7 years. Now if she gifts it back to you, the clock starts for another 7 years of PET. Mind you I am not a lawyer or accountant (although I have proved them wrong on many occassions, most recently on the question of interpretation of Money Laundering legislation).
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - No Do$h
?? - IIRC unlike the V5 for a car, house deeds
record the name of the owner of the property. In theory,
you gifted the house to your mother, and it is a
potentially exempt transfer (PET) if you survive 7 years. Now if
she gifts it back to you, the clock starts for another
7 years of PET. Mind you I am not a lawyer
or accountant (although I have proved them wrong on many occassions,
most recently on the question of interpretation of Money Laundering legislation).


I'm in agreement with eMBe here. It would appear that you have made a PET as you have described things. Get thee to an inheritance tax specialist, be they solicitor, accountant or IFA.
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - Pete
My thanks to Colin and eMBe for your input. Seems I will have to investigate further. Rgds, Pete.
I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - Stargazer {P}
Hi Mark,

Thanks for that, sort of agrees with our thoughts....we use the printer often but only a few pages at a time. Never had problems with the HP gumming up for the year that they seem to last (still within date though).

Will probably stick with HP for now.

Ian L.

I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - Kuang
Refills are ok, but the problem is that the printhead on HP cartridges is an integral part of the cartridge itself and so you'll already have a few hundred pages of wear and tear by the time you start to use it. I also find that the colour on refills generally tends to be inaccurate, but whether or not that's an issue really depends on the use you intend to put the printer to.

Jet-tec generally make quite good refills/compatibles, but I'm not sure if they have an HP range.
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I have a question Volume 20 (take 2) - frostbite
I recently heard someone on the radio saying it was better to keep bread in a bin, and not in the 'fridge, although it is perfectly acceptable to freeze it.

Just noticed the wrapper says the same thing - why? I thought it was all about evaporation, which must be reduced in the 'fridge.
 

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