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About djbobbins

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    Warwick / Dusseldorf
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    Forestry, football (Man City), home brewed beer / wine
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    Energy sector

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  1. djbobbins


    Wow… this is so far beyond optimism I think it might make people laugh!! https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/708486320355013/ In case the link doesn’t work, here’s a screen grab. £20 for three 80cm or so lengths of what looks like leylandii trunk, about 20cm diameter…
  2. It’s been a while since I saw the stats, but from memory Allied forces dropped over 10x as much weight of bombs on Germany as Axis forces did on the U.K. I’m not excusing either, but stating this for context on the scale of destruction. Incidentally, it is 79 years today since 617 Sqn took off on the Dambusters raids on the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams.
  3. Shingles; I bought 8 packs from someone surplus for £50. I think they retail at £20-odd per pack so happy days; I used 2 and a bit packs on this and will be making another (nicer, smaller) log store nearer to the house over the summer - so will have enough for that and probably still half of what I bought left.
  4. All finished - apart from a dose of creocote or similar. Even better - my neighbour turned up with a Rock 22t splitter that he’s just bought, on the same day as I finished the roof :-)
  5. Here’s one: NOT making the news today… I just heard an ad on the radio for Barclaycard / Avios card which had an average APR of 72%. I know (fortunately not from first-hand experience) that high street / authorised payday lender rates can be much, much higher - hundreds of percent. When I was first old enough to start to understand these things, I remember that Bank of England base rate was between 8 and 12%, spiking at 15. And around the same time, I recollect reading a press story about doorstep loan sharks being prosecuted for extorting money with menace and illegal lending, but being pilloried for charging 350-500%. Clearly in the loan shark example the ways used to recover the debt were horrific, but I wonder how / when the underlying situation changed - when it became mainstream and seemingly politically acceptable to charge extortionate rates? BoE base rate is currently about a tenth of what it was back in the late 80s / early 90s, by contrast.
  6. We (I) turned our oil CH off when we went away the week before Easter and it’s not been back on since then, other than a couple of two hour bursts. Main bit of the house was about 16.5 one day last week; the extension at the back is noticeably cooler and that’s where my home office is. It’s not great sitting for hours in room temperatures that low, even with thermals and gloves on. But I’d happily be working in the garden in shirt sleeves or maybe even a t-shirt.
  7. Need a roof and the sides cladding in something, but coming along….
  8. Anyone got any idea where I could buy some second hand road spikes? Ideally like these cheaper!! True Products 10 x Strong 10mm Steel Fencing Pins Road Pins 1.25m for Temporary Fencing True Products 10 x Strong 10mm Steel Fencing Pins Road Pins 1.25m for Temporary Fencing : Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools WWW.AMAZON.CO.UK True Products 10 x Strong 10mm Steel Fencing Pins Road Pins 1.25m for Temporary Fencing : Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools
  9. Anyone on here know which firm is scheduled to do the work? It is v. close to my house and I’m in need of arisings to stock up for winters to come - so there would be a few beers / few quid in it (and the tip location has good access).
  10. Amen to that! I bought 500l in about November at 56ppl, which at the time I thought was a bit steep. Glad I didn’t wait until the tank was empty enough to take 1000l. I am hoping the weather warms up and the remaining 400l or so in my tank will last through until mid-summer.
  11. I had a Bosch Rotak 37 for about 14 years until it died last year. I have a bigger lawn since moving house and wanted to upgrade to the biggest Bosch corded electric mower, but then read the reviews and it didn’t seem to be well rated for longevity. I bought a B&Q / Screwfix own brand hobby - seems alright, not as well built as the previous Bosch but okay up to now. The model I bought is no longer available but the current Titan one might be worth a look, for the price? https://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-ttb833lwm-1700w-37cm-electric-lawn-mower-230v/804pt
  12. In a panic and without phoning to ask for advice, he coughed up to Swinton (£1300 for fully comp, limited to 6k miles per year). I have found Direct Line will provide better cover (10k miles and with myself and my sister as named drivers) for a smidge over £500 and also got a slightly cheaper price quoted via Adrian Flux. I’ve persuaded him to use his consumer rights to cancel the Swinton policy within 14 days of it being taken out; there will be an admin fee to pay I think but he will still be about £700 better off, net. Worth it for a couple of phone calls.
  13. Not a joke… My father has signed on the line to buy a crew van (6 seat) Vauxhall Vivaro. Main reason for doing this is to have a vehicle that my parents, my recently widowed sister and her 3 teenage sons can all fit in. He’s only now bothered to check insurance costs and is finding (possibly because he turned 80 last year?) that most insurers won’t quote. The one price he’s had up to now is £1500 a year. I have requested a quote from Adrian Flux but was wondering if anyone else has other suggestions? It will be max 10k miles a year, social use only.
  14. No to fracking - it’d be yet another short term decision which results in long term dependency. Can you imagine the lobbying position of some of the companies - “you let us have this one project two years ago and we’ve invested in equipment, look at how we helped the country etc…”. IMO fracking now = still fracking in 15-20 years’ time. We need to incentivise and drive efficiency - particularly on housing. We also need to push more on daily and seasonal energy storage - that isn’t going to come from a few containers of lithium batteries here and there, it is going to need lots more wind capacity, green hydrogen / green ammonia / sub-sea storage, smarter use of EVs and heat pumps as flexible demand and V2G. All of those take time but the biggest screw-up was Cameron getting a few quid off energy bills in 2011-12 but consigning thousands of people to live in poorly-insulated houses for the next 20 years instead. It was obvious then what the effect would be and it boils my piss even thinking about it now.


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