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  1. On the topic of the lovely Izal, beloved of school caretakers everywhere in the 60’s and 70’s. When I was an undergraduate student many eons ago, we performed several assessments of the fallibility in terms of the penetration or lack there of said toilet roll and several more comfortable and or absorbent varieties to liquid or semi solid excrescences. Fear not dear readers we used a substitute material consisting of eColi cultures and other scientific “stuff”. Well after messing about for four hours with different combinations of loo roll, wetness and solidity, we incubated our experiments to read at a later date that week. The results were expressed in terms of sheet number to prevent pass through to fingers. Yes you know where this is going! Izal: 1 sheet that stuff was impervious to liquids and about as absorbent as a plastic bag. Andrex Foreign dog toilet roll cushioned pocket 4 ply designer loo roll: 12 yes 12, I say again 12 sheets required to prevent pass through. This translates to 240 poos per roll Izal and 20 poos per roll of foreign dog rip off cushioned fluffy clouds to achieve the same level of protection. Sore bums not withstanding we coupled this study with one of bathroom contamination on a live University Bathroom / Toilet / Smoking Room. Cold tap was 100% direct transfer every time. Even filthier than the bowl of the bog. Remember folks what’s the First and Last thing you touch in the bathroom after pooing then the subsequent “wash your hands” mantra. The COLD TAP.. He he, that’s why hospitals and testing labs have either foot taps or elbow taps. And of course Oulton broad public toilets. Hope you all enjoyed that back to enjoying BH beer and sun in the garden. Martin and Fiona
  2. I have four relatives on the menin gate, my father served in Burma and after that in the armoured fighting vehicles inspectorate during the Korean War. None of my relatives retained a single medal from any of the campaigns they fought in they all declined, every one of them. They just wanted to come home. They never forgot anything they just let it go... M
  3. I’m afraid in my opinion ( and who am I) if this is true, with side on only at Ranworth staithe, one assumes this will be stern to bow side on as stern to stern with two boats with stern wells . e.g. Malanka and Broad Ambition we could in fact have a jolly old chinwag and exchange mucous and other bodily fluids as we see fit. If the BA will explain the HUGE difference in risk between calmly mooring With no shouting or sweating and walking past a sweaty panting jogger in a park, or somebody coughing in tesco, then I would be suitably impressed. This looks like, walks like , smells like ignorant ( it’s not perjorative it’s a state of knowledge) Folks with authority wanting to be seen to justify their authority and having been asked by some civil service wonk to supply actions has thought for three minutes ( I’m generous ) and come up with this nonsense. Have these people not seen a train or a supermarket or a petrol station. I have to smile otherwise the cumulative pile of utter drivel on the topic of SARS COV-2 will induce an imbalance of geological proportions. Stay safe folks no kissing strangers and wash. Martin
  4. Felt a tickle in the back of the neck region, rang surgery to get telephone chat. By the time chat happened full blown shingles on the back of the neck AGAIN! Grrr arranged prescription for antiviral tablets to reduce the length and severity of the outbreak and lower the post herpetic neuralgia ( which sucks big time) . Rang pharmacy am, truck broken down , no meds, rang at lunch, still no meds, rang at 17:35 ( pharmacy shuts at six) meds finally arrived. Jumped in car to go get em. Phew took first tablet. If not taken within 72 hrs of that first tickle the anti virals won’t work and you’ll have it for two weeks, which is a bit of a bummer. With all this focus on SARS COV-2, I forgot to take my usual precautions and wham out came mr Herpes and Mr Zoster. How anyone without a car is expected to deal with that I don’t know. Oh well such is life. M
  5. We have two 25kg mudweights . Malanka is 39ft long 10ft6 beam and approximately 11.5 tons in weight. If Doug is reading this we have a windlass too. Those two hold her in a blow very well.
  6. Drink some, then they float.... M
  7. The United Kingdom is still great, our people are still selfless, our spirit still unbreakable, our willingness to sacrifice unbounded, our capacity for kindness boundless. Years and new generations have not changed us, immigration has not denigrated anything, it has made us richer in many ways, broader in outlook and hope. We are different now but still the same, Britishness is a thing, not a colour or a race or a creed. We are a magnificent coat of many cloths, it feels great again to be British. Despite doubters and nay sayers our Gurkha Logistics regiment built a 4000 bed hospital from scratch in nine days. Those little men from far away typify British, they always have. Our corner shops now sell weird stuff with labels we can’t read and we don’t care, that’s British. Corner shops, essential workers, NHS heroes, delivery heroes, list of brave selfless people is endless. Most of all: WE KEPT CALM AND CARRIED ON. Oh and it is nine thousand steps to mow our lawn. Martin and Fiona, Justin, Boris, Monty and Boots. Kindest Regards from West Suffolk.....
  8. Look at us / UK /WHO websites M
  9. Better still STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE!!! M
  10. Yes hospital grade dettol has been shown to be effective in killing Covid19 and Hep B and HIV. M
  11. Having had bacterial pneumonia twice in the last ten years and the antibiotics of last resort twice, I now find myself with asthma as well as the need for blood pressure medication. Im not particularly worried as I don’t touch my face or snog strangers and I wash my hands religiously. If anyone is concerned if they feel a bit pants if you don’t have a temperature but have flu like symptoms you have a cold. Colds are an afebrile (no temperature) disease. You might feel terrible but it’s not going to kill you. Covid and SARS and normal flu all give you a temperature spike. I have had real flu three times in my life the first time when I was 15, then 22 and later in my thirties and never since. I was washed out for at least three weeks of recovery with two weeks unable to even turn over in bed without breaking out in a deep bone aching sweat. Have faith in the system it does and will help but don't panic. Italy has thirty times our rate of infection we are a long way ( so far) from banning public gatherings. Having said all that the pasta section in tesco tonight had been subjected to an attack by panic buying locusts. Lol made me laugh all the way to the car... Good health to everyone M
  12. Time to be a pedant. Sewerage = pipes and fittings Sewage = contents of pipes and fittings Original article correctly identifies Sewage lol . it’s all a load of old Ssss poo M
  13. Grendel do you want fluffy pink ones ? Polly might have a pair lying about. M
  14. One of the simplest and hardest things to do is one which I learned as a lab based microbiologist almost 36 years ago. It’s simple and hard: DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE. You would be amazed how frequently most people do this. All the mask wearing hand sanitizing and washing is not going to work if you keep touching your face. So follow the government advice, WHO advice. and: DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE. Martin
  15. Winter tyres are a legal requirement in Germany. Recently changed. Applies to visiting cars also M
  16. Used winter tyres for the past 16 years and continue to do so now we are in the UK. The extra rain performance in terms of grip when the temperature is below 12 degrees is unbelievable if you’ve never used them. Good decision Charlie
  17. The big one is Bobo, the little one is Monty. Otherwise known as Bomon
  18. This is a better view of them.
  19. These two boys will both be coming.
  20. Scary stuff Charlie, Wind and a 11 ton Woodie don't mix, momentum is a dangerous thing. The wind from the side once pulled a mooring post out at Ranworth when moored using the middle cleat on Malanka for stability in the high wind. Leaving was a nightmare. As you know our freeboard up forwards in huge so we always get off from the middle, without instant pressure on the ropes what happened to you could and has happened to us also. I think you handled it very well, as I would have expected you to. So no pressure in future then mate …..
  21. HMRC has specific powers of arrest for HMRC offences and these cannot be used for non- HMRC offences, for example, robbery. Arrests are made only by officers who have been trained and authorised to use the power. At any time HMRC has approximately 1,500 officers with the power of arrest. Basically in the UK HMRC can do or take whatever they want whenever they want, issue arbitrary fines and sequester money as they please. Court orders not required. probably a scam as they don’t require arrest warrants in the first place.
  22. Malanka

    Just A Dream

    You forgot the part about weaving from side to side my friend. Lol
  23. Acid rain and lake Eutrophication is another topic believed to have been one thing and now proven ( oops that inconvenient truth) sorry to be something else entirely. It only took one simple agricultural study to overturn 30 years of belief and assumption. Science is fun but not for the feint hearted. John! Eutrophication is also hard to say after a few beers. Or even before a beer. Allogenic, Autogenic, fractional distillation, semi quantitative mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, complement cascade, anti TNF (2nd gen) antigenic fragment, molecular conjugation. There is an entire lexicon of scientific terms used and abused daily by journalists who have not one scientific qualification between them with no clue what they actually mean or the context in which statements are theories, hypothesis, facts or beliefs. And to coin a phrase 97% of the information ( sorry ) a huge amount of the stuff in the public domain is put out there by Phd graduates in American Women’s Literature in the Victorian era. If you are wondering to whom I refer she is a lady representing Brighton in the Mother of Parliaments. She spouts opinions and beliefs and that’s fine as I add my BS filter of scientific Enquiry and consign what she says to the circular file. At least I can laugh about it. Getting irate or insulted or involving or investing emotion into a forum is silly. We are better than that. To those who would say “ all these scientists can’t be wrong” I would council caution and refer them to Albert Einstein’s response to a paper published in the 1930s entitled 100 scientists against Jewish science. All fully accredited and highly qualified. Einstein’s response was “ if I was wrong it would take only ONE”. It does not matter how loud the shout or how many shout it. One single fact and one single person can bring the entire steaming edifice crashing down. We could all do well to remember that now and again before getting upset about what people believe.
  24. Using the 97% is ridiculous as it has long since been shown to have been self selecting rubbish. Tens of thousands of Scientists were asked if man affected the environment, who on earth would say no, there was also more than one question which 97% generally agreed with. That does not mean 97% of Climate Scientists agree in CAGW. Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming. It’s easily googled so I have no idea why anyone would use it nowadays. For anyone who believes a scientific consensus ( which there is not) is as fact I suggest listening to Richard Feynman a very famous scientist explaining what a theory is. Fascinating man and the reason I became a scientist. Flat earth is an example so are co crystals and tectonic plates, neutrinos, atoms, bacteria, all were once thought NOT to exist, it’s called science not belief for a reason. Facts start out life as a theory, which leads to a hypothesis which is what is called verifiable ie you can test it. One single thing that doesn’t agree with the hypothesis means the theory is WRONG. That’s science...
  25. Only one thing to say : Read the founding articles of the UNFCC. Which leads to the IPCC. Read the report Chapter one of their latest report . Not the summary for policy makers which is “influenced” to say the least. Chapter one is the science without the opinions tacked on. No might or could or perhaps for which science holds no place. Remember this, science cares not one iota what you choose to believe it matters what you can prove. Provide the Null Hypothesis ( look it up) and then read chapter one....
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