I Have a Question - Volume 148 - Dynamic Dave

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Sept 11. - Pugugly {P}
Anyone know of a video link to the Coldstream Guards rendition of Stars and Strpes shortly after the WTC
attacks ?
Sept 11. - PhilW
Isn't Stars and stripes the flag?
Star spangled banner (unless I am barking up the wrong tree) is here

www.yolo.net/wpd/ssb.html
May also be somewhere here
www.nationalanthems.us/cgi-bin/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1...9

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Sept 11. - Pugugly {P}
Spot on. Exactly what I wanted - brilliant site this !
Sept 11. - Pugugly {P}
Just to share the reason for asking. We have a friend over from NY. We were talking the other evening about 11.9 and he said that the most abiding memory of the event for him was seeing this clip on the telly over there. - basically how the non-sugary dignity of this rendition can convey far more than more home grown (for him) sentiment.
Removing wood filler from chrome - Zebra
A careless contractor has left a smear of wood filler on a domestic chrome surface.

Can anyone suggest a non-abrasive way of removing the smear, please?

TIA.

Zebra
Removing wood filler from chrome - Hugo {P}
Firstly I would try an application of water and some very gentle rubbing over the area with a damp jey cloth or similar . Any abrasion is likely to be due to the wood filler rather than anything else.
Removing wood filler from chrome - henry k
A careless contractor has left a smear of wood filler on a domestic chrome surface.

What is the chrome surface? Real chrome or plastic chrome?

>>Wood filler.
Any idea what sort?
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Can anyone suggest a non-abrasive way of removing the smear, please?

If it is proper chrome then IMO you can try meths, paintbrush restorer, cellulose thinners, turps etc.
But keep them off ALL other surfaces / items and just use a cloth not abrasives..
Removing wood filler from chrome - Martin Devon
Can anyone suggest a non-abrasive way of removing the smear, please?

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Ask for yer money back!
Removing wood filler from chrome - Zebra
Thanks all - meths and a soft cloth did the job.

Zebra
Removing wood filler from chrome - henry k
Thanks all - meths and a soft cloth did the job.

Meths is the cleaner for tools when using common epoxy wood filler.

You can now see your success smile in the reflection?
Removing wood filler from chrome - Zebra
The chrome is in the bathroom... it's not my smile I can see reflected!

Zebra
Removing wood filler from chrome - Stuartli
it's not my smile I can see reflected!>>


Oh, it's a big frown then?
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Help me choose a dog - Nsar
Must not be a bad moulter.
Short/wire hair pref
Big enough to to be a proper threat to a burglar - but not mental rottweiler/bull terrier type
Mustn't need 10 miles walking every day
Good with kids (mine 10 and 7)
Intelligent


Had a springer as a kid - loved it to bits but fails the hairy test.
Quite fancy an Airedale but have heard they can be a bit hyper with kids
Quite fancy one opf those Hungarian hunting dogs - (Visla?)
Labrador might do it

Really don't want a butt ugly thing like a Samoyed






Help me choose a dog - Stuartli
Had three terrific black Labrador bitches over 45 years - absolutely superb temperament, adored youngsters and would tolerate any level of being messed around by them without retaliating.

Our first Lab, who my father trained for the gun, had lived on a chicken farm for her first 11 months and had never been in a house.

The first night she wrecked the porch trying to get out; the following morning the gas man walked into the kitchen to read the meter and she pinned him up against the wall knowing he shouldn't be on the property. At the age of about five she dragged a young boy off the road as a car approached to the amazement of everyone who saw it.

She basically came out of the blue and, after departing this world leaving broken hearts, the two following Labs also found their way through friends and family to our home over the years. We never went out looking to choose a dog.

By the way the Golden Retrievers can sometimes prove a bit of a handful, mainly because of the sheer joy of life - sometimes they have a more excitable temperament that the black Labs.


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Help me choose a dog - Adam {P}
>>Labrador might do it<<

No it won't - not for your criteria. We've got two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and they're absolutely great. I'd love to recommend them but the best they'd do is lick the burglars! (They're alright with every other one of your points though!)


Help me choose a dog - Nsar
Why not?
Help me choose a dog - Adam {P}
Why not a lab?

It depends - when you say you don't want to walk it 10 miles a day, I read it as not really having to walk it or exercise it too much. The lab we had (years ago) needed tons of exercise and we were always far more tired than it was even after the exercise.

Maybe we had a hyper Lab!
Help me choose a dog - Stuartli
>>Maybe we had a hyper Lab!>>

No, a Labrador is a working dog and needs exercise. That's why, as kids, we walked far more than we would have done if we didn't have a dog. Didn't do us any harm...:-)

Many dogs are working dogs which most people don't seem to realise.

One of the most popular is a Border Colie which is probably the most intelligent dog you can acquire and that includes German Shepherds; howeverr, it needs a staggering amount of exercise and will probably leave you gasping.

Re the mention of Alsatians. My brother had a magnificent Alsatian which could jump 6ft high fences without even thinkiing about it.

It was great with kids, friendly with anyone who was welcomed by the family, but woe betide anyone who shouldn't be either on the premises or the area surrounding the property.

This same dog never blinked when I arrived regularly on a particular night each week in a different car and wearing different clothes at my brother's house before a pub crawl. Yet it would bark the place down if a stranger entered the property.

On the same lines, our last dog was a Sheltie which we looked after when my daughter went to the Cayman Islands - my missus always knew when I was almost home because the dog would go to the front door to greet me about five minutes beforehand.


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Help me choose a dog - Robin Reliant
I'd go for either a Labrador, absolutly fantastic with kids and a calm temperament, or a German Shepherd bitch. GSB's are lovely loyal dogs with very little of the the possibility of getting a rogue as you can with the male version. They also look the part as far as intruders are concerned.
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Help me choose a dog - Altea Ego
1/ Labrador Retriever. Black or Chocolate., Bitch. I have a black bitch., They are probably the best all round compromise dog for the average home owner. I have one of these. Its trained as scent dog,

DO NOT go for a golden retriever or golden retriever lab cross. There is a strange gene that makes these dogs capable of turning suddenly very dangerous, and switching back again.

2/ Malinois (Belgian shephard) Difficult to get, needs good training as a pup but very intelegent, confident, and brave dogs, very very very loyal and very dependable., Helped train a few of these, Cracking dogs., Will be my next dog.

3/ German shepard, another good compromise dog, take great car tho, tons of these around from very poor gene pools, prone to heart disease, bad eyes and a strong chance of displaced hips.

4/ Labradoodles., Labrador / poodle cross very trendy, very friendly soppy soft dogs, would help the burgler carry the stuff out. (the top gear dog BTW)

5/ Standard boxer. The tall one. Very good dogs to have around the home, dependable, friendly .

6/ Border collie, good dogs but a bit of a handfull.

7 Consider a rescue greyhound, They are actualy very good house pets and dont need to be over exercised.

whatever you get., you and your pup go to dog training classes. Always get a bitch
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Help me choose a dog - Chas{P}
7 Consider a rescue greyhound, They are actualy very good
house pets and dont need to be over exercised.


Can recommend a greyhound. I got a rescue one 3 years ago from a so called re-homing centre that wasn't looking after him. Laziest breed I've ever known, great temprament, love kids. Just keep them away from cats!
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Was Charles {P} but someone c o p i e d my name with spaces.
Help me choose a dog - cheddar
I had a Labrador of my own as a child, when I was 12, and my parenets replaced him with another when he passed away, both fantastic dogs albeit very different characters. We would only ever have a Labrador though at the moment have ruled out a family dog, too much of a tie.
Help me choose a dog - wemyss
We had a Labrador bitch and it was truly a lovely friendly dog who was wonderful with children but could be aggressive if she thought a visitor was an intruder.
I believe they can be trained to be any type of dog required.
I was in Malaya in the 50s and we had a war dog section of labs trained to lead patrols on tracking terrorists in the jungle.
They were extremely fierce dogs and walking past their caged kennels they would explode in fury against the mesh. Don?t know how they were trained to be so contrary to their usual nature. They were marvellous at following any trail and would think they could teach bloodhounds a few tricks.
When the children were young we would camp in the Forest of Dean and the children would go off and hide giving them time to get well away. It was amazing how she would locate them in seconds.
She didn?t like heights and I remember having to blindfold and carry her across some suspension bridge over the Wye.
I don?t think you can go wrong with a Lab but they do moult quite a bit.
Help me choose a dog - Stuartli
>>a war dog section of labs trained to lead patrols on tracking terrorists>>

A dog basically follows its nature - i.e. Nature's programming as to its role in life.

It's very easy to convert any young dog to do something it wasn't originally bred to do, such as be a vicious guard dog in the case of larger breeds, but it is really alien to the animal's true nature.
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Help me choose a dog - barchettaman
....4/ Labradoodles., Labrador / poodle cross very trendy, very friendly soppy soft dogs, would help the burgler carry the stuff out. (the top gear dog BTW)

magic, LOL

We´ll get a dog as soon as we´re not on the 5th floor....
Help me choose a dog - AdrianM
Agree with most things said about Labs except for the guard-dog element. Ours is quite big so his size might deter an intruder who is already scared of dogs but the only real danger would be a beating from his tail or being slobbered to death. Very friendly dogs and brilliant with children - will tolerate incredible levels of abuse with no complaints!

That said, ours is male - I think bitches are a little more defensive so might make a better guard dog.

Don't believe the hysteria about Rottweilers they are fantastic (good natured) family dogs.
Help me choose a dog - Martin Devon
Have two black lab bitches now and one previously and probably about to get another! Almost foolproof, but don't overfeed. Despite what whingers say you should still see ribs.

Best of luck......................................MD.
Help me choose a dog - Altea Ego
Despite what whingers say you should still see ribs.


YES. Black labs look fabulous when at the correct weight, Superb muscle definition and body shape. I hate to see fat labs. Trouble is the damn things would eat till they explode
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Help me choose a dog - wemyss
And they must have a sense of humour?Had a mate who had a phobia about dogs. He was literally terrified of them. When he came to the house Dawn must have sensed this and she used to draw back her lips and show her teeth. At the same time growling softly like a lion.
Frank would go white with fear and cower in the doorway and she loved it.
And they can be calculating. I once read many years ago a newspaper report where a burglar was breaking into a house through the window. A Lab sat in the darkness without making a sound until he had cut a hole in the glass and reached through to unlatch the window. The dog then grabbed the hand and crunched it.
The Police caught the man in the A&E and he had severe injuries to his hand. This was back in the 70s and I imagine today the owner would be sued by the burglar, but at the time we thought it was one up for the good guys (or dogs).

Help me choose a dog - Stuartli
>>Don't believe the hysteria about Rottweilers they are fantastic (good natured) family dogs.>>

Thoroughly agree. Once they know you are accepted by their owner they are as soft as putty and demand attention.
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Help me choose a dog - cheddar
DO NOT go for a golden retriever or golden retriever lab
cross. There is a strange gene that makes these dogs capable
of turning suddenly very dangerous, and switching back again.


Agree re Labs being great, not heard that though re Retrievers, any more info?
Help me choose a dog - Altea Ego
There are numerous stories about goldies. "Lovely pet, great with kids, happy friendly, then it just bit me/child/postman/cat/rabbit" And its not a play nip, or a warning bite - I have seen it happen. Its a serious primeval bite to kill reaction. Seen the results of a goldie maim and kill pups.

IN retrospect, when you think about it, and watch goldies with other dogs or people its quite obvious. They appear calm, happy, playful, tolerant, BUT they never offer the slightest hint of a subservient behaviour, nor any indication they consider anything else to be a pack leader. They dont lead the pack, or want to lead the pack, just dont consider anything to be leader. Other dogs know it, they never take liberties with a goldie.
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Help me choose a dog - Big Bad Dave
How about a Bulldog?

Ours was fantastic with children but hated walking. You just had to spend an hour or so on the carpet every evening playing tug-o-war games. The rougher the better, you can't hurt them, they have a sky-high pain thresh-hold.

When she heard a noise near the front door she would charge full pelt and smash into the door with her face, it was absolutely terrifying but she never bit anyone in anger. She eventually knocked all her front teeth out.

They do dribble though and they get dog food trapped in their chops which they like to wipe off on the furniture. There was always a "tide mark" of dog food stains around the wall of every room.

I don't really like big furry animals in my home, I prefer my fish, but I'd have another bulldog in a shot. Maybe...
Help me choose a dog - Adam {P}
>>There was always a "tide mark" of dog food stains around the wall of every room.<<

Always easy to blame stuff on the dog isn't it?
Help me choose a dog - Altea Ego
Adam

Have you been to sarcasm night school? The standard of return barbs shows a distinct and sudden improvement.
I would like to think the tutoring by myself and BBD has paid off, I am almost proud of you.


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Help me choose a dog - Adam {P}
Thanks - that means a great deal to me.

Now stop or you'll make me blush.
Help me choose a dog - commerdriver
You might do well with your original thoughts of an Airedale, we had one for years when our children were little and she was gentle with them every time. Certainly enough of a presence for burglars etc and no problems with moulting.
We now have a lekeland, same coat, shape etc but small size.
Help me choose a dog - Big Bad Dave
"Always easy to blame stuff on the dog isn't it?"

Been racking my brains for 10 minutes Ad and I have to admit I've got nothing. Nothing clean anyway.

Help me choose a dog - Adam {P}
I wouldn't expect anything less Dave.
Help me choose a dog - artful dodger {P}
My personal choice would be a labrador, having had 3 bitches in the past. Sometime in the future I will have another one.

The other breed I would suggest to add to your list is the Weimaraner. This breed would be my second choice after a labrador.

Have a look at this site to see lots of characteristics on all dog breeds.

www.petplanet.co.uk/petplanet/breeds/dogs-breeds.h...m

This site may help in locating a suitable puppy.

www.breederdirectory.co.uk/

If you are interested in a club for a particular breed, either for puppies or group training.

www.dogclub.co.uk/dogs/list-A.php

Hope this helps.



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I read frequently, but only post when I have something useful to say.
Help me choose a dog - Chad.R
We had a doberman went I was a kid and it was a great dog - though this was not in the UK. It doubled up as a guard dog at night as it was free to roam the large garden and ajoining fields at night. Sadly it got bitten by a snake and came to an untimely end. Had a few mongrels after that but they never quite had the same charisma.

If I was to get a dog now (with 3 young kids), it would certainly be a black lab, no doubt about it.
Help me choose a dog - Gromit {P}
I have two resuced greyhounds - sisters, just over 3 years old. They're absolutely ideal house dogs: they don't chew, don't chase things, don't shed, don't bark without good reason and sleep about 23 hours a day. Very easy-going with guests once you introduce them to the guest, but otherwise they don't make friendly with strangers. They can get on well with cats too, provided they're socialised in a cat-friendly environment.

Exercise isn't a problem: they get a 10 minute walk each morning and another 30 minutes in the evening which is plenty for them. The lazier one practically has to be carried back to the car if her walk extends to 40 minutes!

Besides, there are 15,000 ex-racing greyhounds destroyed in Ireland alone each year, so there are plenty deserving cases out there looking for adoption. Whatever dog you choose, I'd really encourage a resuce dog - there are dedicated rescues for most breeds, and plenty "mutts" looking for good homes too.

Alternatively, a German Shepherd cross would be a fine dog, and my next preference to a Grey. But you do need to be accustomed to handling dogs properly (Jan Farrell's Dog Listener books are a good guide) to get the best from them - for your good and their's alike.

Email me via my profile if you have a breed in mind, I can probably offer a recommendation for a reliable rescue who can match you to a suitable dog.
Help me choose a dog - PoloGirl
I'd second the greyhound recommendation. We have a rescue collie and they need miles of walks and hours of stimulation every day. She's also a rubbish guard dog, barks at the telephone and tears up the lawn but she is ours and we wouldn't change her for the world.

Can I be the one who pleads with you to go to a rescue centre? There are thousands of ideal pets in those places, and I can't understand why anyone would pay hundreds of pounds for a dog when the rescue centres are full.

I sponsor a dog from Dogs Trust (formerly NCDL) and it's also where we got our dog from. www.dogstrust.org.uk



Help me choose a dog - PST
We have been toying with the thought of getting a dog for a while now. Like Cheddar the problem is the thought of the tie to a dog (never had one before). Other than that we're in an ideal situation, always someone home during the day, couple of young kids and lots of parkland for walks etc.

Coincidentally we were thinking of a greyhound - heard lots of good things about them and their profile has been raised because of recent stories.

But PG, if we did get one, the thought is leaning towards a puppy. We inderstand the plight of the dogs in rescue centres but surely isn't part of the ownership thing watching the mut grow up? We'd miss out on that stage otherwise.
Help me choose a dog - Altea Ego
The puppy phase has its good points and its bad points. Yes they are cute and great fun and trainable.

They also need housetraining and accidents last a long time (ruined carpets - the smell) they nip and bite, demand attention constantly, chew the furniture, rip things up - Its a very trying time requiring a lot of owner input.

An old dog CAN be taught new tricks. They quickly bond with new owners, and somehow seem to appreciate the new owner more than a dog thats always been looked after properly.

My dog was not a resuce dog but a re-homed dog. Got it at two years old. Never been anything less than an absolute joy and delight.

Unless you have a very special requirement for a puppy, its slightly imorral to want a young pup when there are loads of dogs needing new owners.
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Help me choose a dog - Gromit {P}
::Greyhound promoting mode ON::

Good racing greyhounds are retired around 5 years old. Once they've been socialised in a domestic setting (a good rescue centre will have a programme to do this), what you get is a calm, wonderfully even-tempered adult dog that makes a great house-dog. The lack of puppy-like behaviour appeals to many people.

Racing greyhounds that couldn't run to save their lives (sadly, literally in most cases) come up for rehoming at 12-18 months. That's when we got ours. They still showed all the most appealing aspects of puppy behaviour when introduced to their new home: they were agog at the newness of everything, eager to be affectionate and receive affection in return, full of fun. The plus side is that they did much less chewing and pup-like destruction, and were house-trained in short order. You'll also have the pleasure of seeing a dog that may well be timid to begin with blossom as it bonds with you - greyhounds thrive on human company.

::Greyhound promoting mode OFF::

For any breed, you'd be astonished just how many pups end up in rescues looking for homes. There seem to be lots of people out there who pick a breed of dog on a whim, only to find it doesn't suit their needs/home/lifestyle/fashion expectations. Again, a rescue that specialises in the breed (or cross) you're interested in will quickly point you in the right direction.
Help me choose a dog - Nsar
Thank you to everyone for your responses.

How are greyhounds at being guard dogs? My friend has two (rescue) and they fit the descriptions above to a tee, but can't ever remember them barking when we've knocked at the door. I'm not looking for an attack dog but longstanding desire for dog has been brought to the front burner by kids now being of age when they can take some responsibility for its care coupled with being burgled for the third time in 5 years - we live way off the road with neighbours out of earshot.

Hold on, my mate's dogs are lurchers how different other than lurchers are a bigger/beefier.
Help me choose a dog - Stuartli
>>How are greyhounds at being guard dogs>>

They have never been bred to be guard dogs - you need a breed that will defend its territory and that of its master when the occasion demands.

A Labrador will do so to an extent but, even so, it's a working dog bred basically to retrieve.
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Help me choose a dog - PoloGirl
Rescue centres have puppies too - especially at Christmas :(

Elton John BBC 1 - Martin Devon
Did anybody see EJ last night on BBC 1? Now is it in any way possible that one could obtain a recording of that and if so where does one start? A lifetime fan and I thought they all excelled.

Very best regards to you all.................MD.
Elton John BBC 1 - Armitage Shanks {p}
MD. I got back from a holiday and watched without recording - bother! Very good wasn't it + the backing band! Nigel Olson (spelling?) on drums and the long haired guitarist with the impenetrable shades, Guy Babylon! What line up. I have a TV listings programme, which I have checked, and it isn't being repeated on any channel in the next 3 weeks - sorry!
Elton John BBC 1 - Round The Bend
Martin, impressed by the seamless way you changed subjects there ;-}

I'm sure that the programme will be available on a beeb DVD soon - probably with a number of extra tracks. Try a question on one of the many BBC feeback forums.
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Elton John BBC 1 - mare
Martin,

keep on eye on the BBC website, they sometimes have programmes available to watch online e.g. Top Gear, Apprentice or Saxondale.

Or you could check out the peer to peer sites and see if someone recorded it and put it onto their PC. Legality of that is apparently in question though.
Elton John BBC 1 - Armitage Shanks {p}
Elton John is available NOW 1310 Friday, on BBC interactive. On digital BBC1 press red and follow link. Don't know how long it will be available
Elton John BBC 1 - Pugugly {P}
I'll e-mail a mate for you tonight. He works for the BBC and has sourced programmes for me in the past (which I forgot to watch/record)
Sugar Puffs - cheddar
Why is it that the first time you go to the loo ... no, dont worry I wont be vulgar ... after eating a bowl of Sugar Puffs your wee smells of Sugar Puffs? After all there are numerous foodstuffs that are more, shall we say, aromatic that dont have this effect, there surely must be a scientific explanation.

Sorry if I have put you off lunch though it is a serious question, rather one I have often wondered about.


Regards.
Sugar Puffs - Adam {P}
And somehow, I always thought it would be me that posted that question.
Sugar Puffs - cheddar
And somehow, I always thought it would be me that posted
that question.


I waited and waited though couldn't hold it any longer!
Sugar Puffs - Armitage Shanks {p}
It is certainly the same with most currys and as for asparagus wee - Yuck
Sugar Puffs - cheddar
Yes but Sugar Puffs smell of very little though Sugar Puff wee smells just as they taste, interested in why.
Sugar Puffs - Round The Bend
Cheddar, you could try NHS Direct.
Anyway, should n't this be under the technical forum?
Sugar Puffs - Xileno {P}
Hasn't NHS Direct been closed down? Lack of money apparently?
Sugar Puffs - Round The Bend
Cheddar, you're not the only one tinyurl.co.uk/x5gs
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Sugar Puffs - Round The Bend
or tinyurl.co.uk/sv6y
Right - back to work!
nokia 6230i - Altea Ego
The 6310i is still going strong, and is still possibly the best phone ever made for the job. However........

Time marches on, its getting a bit tatty, and i want more function.

My heart says I want a black V3i razr, but the brain says........

Backroom comments and experiences of the Nokia 6230i please.


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nokia 6230i - No FM2R
The 6230i is a great little phone for the standard make calls, SMS and bluetooth. We have loads of them around and they seem to be very reliable. The cmaea is not much, but who cares.

What will you use it for ?

I love the Nokia N9* - I have the N91 and its a great combination of iPOD and Phone. But if you didn't want the audio stuff it would be a wast eof money - ditto the 92/93 if you don't want video.
nokia 6230i - cheddar
I had two 6310i's and I agree they were great, I replaced the second one with a 6230 which I still have, my wife has got 6230i which is fine and has a better camera than the 6230 though I marginally prefer the more phone like menu on the 6230 than the PDA type menu on the 6230i. In truth neither are quite as solid as a 6310i though we have them in cases. I thought about a new phone recently liked the Motorola SLVR and Sony Ericsson K750i in addition to the 6230i though decided to stick with the 6230 for the time being.
nokia 6230i - Altea Ego
Its primary use is still to make basic phone calls, and standard sms text messages. It must have bluetooth, and hardwire connectivity to a laptop. It must have mp3 polyphonic ring tones as I want the theme from UFO as my ring tone (or maybe the dance of the oysters from stingray). Want long battery life and good phone reception.

NIce to have is a basic camera for those unexpected moments, mp3 player, FM radio. Dont need fancy PDA + email functions as I have to ipaq for that connected to phone via bluetooth.




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nokia 6230i - cheddar
The 6230i will fit the bill, it has a 1.3 Mpixel camera, the one in the 6230 is not great. Bluetooth works well on both as it did on the 6310i. Reckon the black key pad on my 6230 looks better than the silver on wife's 6230i though you can get a black 6230i now though not from Vodafone IIRC. For us another advantage of Nokia is charger compatibility, we have one in the kitchen, one upstairs, one in my brief case, if I bought another make phone I would be lost.
nokia 6230i - Pezzer
TVM, an alternative to consider is the SE W810i - it does all this. I have only had it as a backup for my Qtek but I have increasingly found that I am using it more and more especially at the weekend and cant be bothered to swap back to the other one. I didnt like it at first but it has grown on me and the camera is pretty decent for snaps.

(Derr.... just realised the SE probably wont be available unless it is a private purchase)

Cheers P
Mental stimulation - Xileno {P}
I feel my brain is in need of some stimulation.
Does anyone know of any good websites where they have mathematical puzzles, logic puzzles etc. Not sudoku though.
Maybe a site where a puzzle is posted and then the next day the answer appears?
Thanks
Mental stimulation - daveyjp
www.iqtest.com
Mental stimulation - Altea Ego
where's that? cant find it..
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Mental stimulation - Adam {P}
Turn that box on your desk on and stare into the other box in front of you.
Mental stimulation - Altea Ego
I turned on one box, but the box in front of me is blank?
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TourVanMan TM < Ex RF >
Mental stimulation - buzbee
Just done it. $9.95 for the certificate. But can't get the site to verify my Visa so may not get it. Pity, they were all my sort of questions and they made me out to be a genius. (anyone not a genus who took it?) Must be making a fortune if it is frozen for this long.

Mental stimulation - Zebra
Pair is/are...

Which of the following statements is correct?

Richard and Jane is a pair of identical twins.

Richard and Jane are a pair of identical twins.

Keep that brain going!

Zebra
Mental stimulation - Xileno {P}
The second sentence.
Mental stimulation - Armitage Shanks {p}
1. The local council is going to introduce -----------

2. The local council are going to introduce ----------

Which is preferred please?
Mental stimulation - Chad.R
# 2 sounds right to me, though I'm not 100% sure.......
Mental stimulation - Xileno {P}
The first setence, it's a collective noun.
Mental stimulation - Altea Ego
1. The local council is going to introduce -----------
2. The local council are going to introduce ----------
Which is preferred please?



Anything would be nice, but after the cutbacks they are going to introduce nothing. There will of course be an increase in the council tax for introducing nothing.
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TourVanMan TM < Ex RF >
Mental stimulation - Armitage Shanks {p}
TVW - the answer to the grammar aspect of question is?? Please!
Mental stimulation - Altea Ego
The local council *are*

Because the local council are a body of people not a single person.


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Mental stimulation - Stuartli
I would state this on the lines of "...because the local council is a body of people, not a single person..." - "Church" equally means a body of people.

In the example given, you can/could use the expression "..the council is to introduce..."

A similar mass noun is software - it can be singular or plural
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Mental stimulation - No FM2R
>The local council *are*
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>Because the local council are a body of people not a single person.

"The local council" can mean the body. If so, then it is singular. However, it may also mean the group of people, in which case it is plural.
Mental stimulation - Zebra
According to Sir Ernest Gowers ("The complete plain words"), either is correct depending on what you want to emphasise:

The behaviour of the council as a body = singular

The behaviour of the council's members = plural

The council is to meet next week.

The council are to vote themselves an increase in allowances.

Zebra
Mental stimulation - Stuartli
>>either is correct depending on what you want to emphasise:>>

Correct, as with similar mass nouns such as the one I mentioned, software.


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Mental stimulation - Altea Ego
Software is a mass noun?

The software are broken? The software are being repaired? The software are being upgraded?




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TourVanMan TM < Ex RF >
Mental stimulation - Stuartli
>>The software are being upgraded?>>

You can have one software program or a number of them - it's all termed software so is, therefore, singular or plural.


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Mental stimulation - Altea Ego
No its not - software as a term is singular

You dont have a box of softwares,
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Mental stimulation - Zebra
Top marks for grammar.

But not for biology.

Identical? Richard and Jane?

Sorry, but all's fair in puzzle-land.

Zebra
Mental stimulation - Altea Ego
Does Jane get bullied at school for having a girly name?
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TourVanMan TM < Ex RF >
Mental stimulation - Round The Bend
No ... but Richard struggles with her butch name.
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Mental stimulation - Chad.R
Maybe, if Jane is a boy.....
Mental stimulation - Conditional Identity
Have you tried Qwyzzle?

home.planet.nl/~Qwyzzle/

Warning: It may drive you up the wall.....


Or perhpas you could try some old Sam Loyd puzzles:

65.206.22.37/editorial/mathgames/mathgames_01_03_0...l
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Combination Boilers.... - Adam {P}
....or "Combi" boilers as the "kidz" call them. Anyway - enough hilarity for one post - lets get down to business.

Assuming there is a family. Assume this family live in a three bedroom newish house. (That's important because the walls are made out of paper). And lets assume that this family has a small boiler that was fitted with the house in 1991 and is now "against regulations" in as much that it's too close to the corner of the house. (It's also apparently in the most inefficient band of energy bracket too)

Anyway, hypothetically speaking, lets pretend that the daughter in this family starts whining that the hot water tank in her room is eating into her space. Quite how this has become a problem after 4 hypothetical years is anyone's guess but just pretend that it has.

Can a combi boiler be placed in the attic with ease? I would have thought that the combi boiler would be roughly the size of the one that's in now and forgetting about regulations or any of that but looking at it from a logistical standpoint, is it easy to put the gas pipes up from the kitchen, through my room and into the attic? I don't think it is...or at least if it is, it will cost a fortune. Dad disagrees. We're having someone come to look at it next week but it wouldnt' hurt being armed with some knowledge beforehand.

On behalf of the hypothetical family, thanks very much.

Adam
Combination Boilers.... - borasport20
a) kick sister out, install combi in sisters' room

or

b) ring F&G Welch plumbers in Orrell, if that isn't already who you have coming round
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Combination Boilers.... - Adam {P}
My mate lives right next door to those plumbers Mike! Are they any good? (They're not who we have coming round)

a) would be great option but there's always the possibility she'd get put in here with me and that's to be avoided at all costs.
Combination Boilers.... - Duchess
Surely the solution is to :

a) relocate boiler to one of the two larger bedrooms (probably the one only occupied by a single person, rather than two) or

b) ask hypothetical son to swap rooms with hypothetical daughter (as being male he will have far less "stuff" and be spending more time out of the house in his car)

Alternatively the bathroom's not a bad place for the boiler in a smallish house.

Combination Boilers.... - Adam {P}
The thing is, if it's ok to put it in a bedroom, then it's nothing to put it in the attic. In our last house it was in the attic and it saved loads of room.

>.b) ask hypothetical son to swap rooms with hypothetical daughter (as being male he will have far less "stuff" and be spending more time out of the house in his car)<<

Hahaahahahahaha. Don't ever say that out loud. Ever.

I can't think of anywhere decent in the bathroom to be honest. We have a separate garage that was built a few years ago - might be an idea checking how hard it would be putting it in there. (Very, I'd imagine).

Thanks for the advice though anyway - I'll report back when I have more info.
Talk me out of this please? - PoloGirl
Edit: I may be a moderator, but I'm still an idiot and posted to the wrong thread!


 

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