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  1. I better get a water pistol. Ain't no robot taking my job 😅
  2. They're both examples of very poor leadership. I think the UK media is jumping on the Dominic Cummings thing a bit hard, there are more important things happening in the country/world. However he was obviously in contravention of his own governments very clear guidelines. Many have been fined/cautioned for much less. So I guess the media circus around it is disproportionate to his actions, but without it we would be brazenly allowing a two tier system of sorts. We'd only have to hang one politician and the rest would have much better behaviour...
  3. Rope guide, multisaver, fimbl saver, fimbl climb and pulley saver all have configuration guidelines for use on a pole. In fact any adjustable cambium saver seems appropriate for the task. You can of course also wrap a longer ring-ring cambium saver on a pole too. Or as said do a variety of single line setups with knots, rings and knot blocks. Masses of options basically.
  4. I see what you mean, that really does have near perfect textbook form. What a beauty, nice find!
  5. Yes, it's had a natural migration North from the Mediterranean due to the warming climate. As to how it got over the channel, who can say... I'd say it is more significant to public safety than phytophthora ramorum or Ash dieback, however in my experience far less so to tree health. As I said, it targets individual branches rather than the whole tree, so is unlikely to result in tree death.
  6. It's more significant as a safety risk to people than it is to tree health really. Yes, it kills branches, but individual branches, and often ones which were liable to be shed due to shading anyway. Annual inspections and removal of affected branches typically don't require a great deal of time, you may only need to remove 2 or 3 branches, and so are quite efficient. More concerning in my mind was the recommendation I saw some time ago that reducing trees is effective at preventing the spread of Massaria.
  7. Survey doesn't really seem targeted to the experience base on here... I would happily make changes towards a low emissions business but of course I'm not going to employ an Arb firm, I have one... Clearly reaching net zero would be impossible due to the removal of carbon sinks, as you say, as well as vehicles and machinery. Remedying this simply isn't possible with most people's business models. In order to lower net emissions we'd need to drastically change both how we operate in the industry and possibly more importantly the expectations of clients. Removal of timber and brash would need to stop to avoid the large vehicles emissions. But it would also need to be spared from wood stoves and bonfires. We'd essentially be requesting clients turn their gardens in to habitat piles. Now, I'm all for that. And with rural clients it's quite common for them to be fully on board with leaving arisings on site in some form, without chipping, to allow them to slowly degrade. But that's a luxury only practical to those wealthy enough to have enough space to hide it. Clearly that isn't so desirable for many urban clients/those without enormous gardens. Just some thoughts.
  8. I do a fair bit of running and light strength stuff. This is the core work out I do regularly, it requires minimal equipment and has loads of scope to make it harder or easier, whatever you need. How to Do Core: Scott's Killer Core Routine — Uphill Athlete WWW.UPHILLATHLETE.COM Learn how to do each exercise in Scott's Killer Core Routine with good form. Core... And a handy pdf of it Scott's Killer Core Routine PDF — Uphill Athlete WWW.UPHILLATHLETE.COM Download a PDF copy of Scott's Killer Core Routine. Having a strong core is... Also just been doing quick challenges, eg. 50 pull ups, push ups, sit ups and squats as fast as you can. (6mins 15) I was aiming for 100 of each but was blowing out my arse by 50 and called it a day 😅
  9. I have private health insurance and loss of earnings insurance to cover my back in case of an accident. Costs a bit but it's a no brainer to have a back up plan if you're doing silly things up trees for a living. I've not checked yet, however I highly doubt the loss of earnings policy covers a global pandemic. So even those who've been paying for policies may well find they're not worth a great deal right now...
  10. Have the fimble climb and pulley saver. Both great tools, the fimbl climb sounds better for what you describe though. It's easily adjusted to stem size and makes a good backup beneath your lanyard. This is my primary use for it. That and smaller trees or species with tighter forks, eg limes, as it's a bit easier on retrieval. If you use a rope which is over 11mm or doesn't have a slice or similar constant diameter eye then the fimbl saver, as said, has slightly bigger eyes. An advantage of the fimbl climb/saver over the multi saver is it has steel eyes rather than aluminium. Less easily damaged if you rattle it on to a hard surface on retrieval.
  11. Absolutely. It's fairly indisputable that there have been massive abuses there for years. And as skyhuck said we in the west have collectively turned a blind eye as they're such a massive manufacturer, further perpetuating the issues. Broadly speaking I agree with all of this. My issue, as you say, is with the use of derogatory language towards a country whose people have suffered severely from the current pandemic. I understand that these are strange and frightening times for many but allowing that to turn into something closer to hate speech is incredibly distasteful.
  12. Eh, nope... I never said any of that. You're havering now fella. I simply called you and 5 shires out on your use of language towards Chinese people.
  13. I'm not contesting the countries track record. I used to live and work there so I'm far, far from ignorant to the ways in which the country works. I don't need to hear them from you. But tarring an entire nations people with the same brush 'filthy Chinese' is unacceptable and disgusting language. I know this is taking the thread off topic a bit and I apologise to the bystanders, but I just don't think it's ok to stand aside and turn a blind eye to this kind of thing.
  14. I don't understand what you're trying to point out here. You've been buying Chinese rubbish, thereby supporting said human, animal and ecological rights abuses, and now you're mad at them for it? Don't buy Chinese rubbish, I do the same, smart consumer decision. I don't understand how this makes 5 shires comment in any way acceptable...
  15. Aye, your attitude is. This isn't an attack on us from China. If anything, based on reports from there, they did a bloody good job of containing it as far as they have done. And if the UK had taken their advice we'd potentially be in a more favourable position now. Please don't turn this into an opportunity to incite hate.

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