Posts by Chris S

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1884154)
Posted 21 hours ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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This year some Shell petrol stations in the UK have re-introduced forecourt attendants that will fill the car with petrol and check the oil for you. Now it may suit a busy mum with a car full of noisy kids, but I always say "Thanks but I can manage on my own". I don't want some bobo messing around under my bonnet thank you very much. And of course how likely are they they to say you need oil when you don't, to get commission on sales. Over filling an engine can be as bad as low oil level.

Quite apart from the fact that you DON'T check an engines oil level when you have just switched off and it is hot. The level at that time will be somewhat lower until all the oil drains back to the sump. You should check the oil level at home before starting a journey.

In fact the new UK driving test specifically has this as part of the test

Vehicle safety questions

B01 - How To Check Your Engine Oil Level

Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

DSA Answer

Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.
If you haven't got the ability to make a simple check on the engine oil level, then in my book I question whether you should be owning a car in the first p lace.

Edit - @Rob Interesting that your parents cars were both UK models, with oil level lights. I can only guess that Ford Europe made one model for both the USA and UK markets.

most of which were "pre-pay", or "present card" - both quite alien to a Brit as most self-service places in the UK are "fill then pay"
Most UK petrol stations are fill up then pay in the shop. Most supermarkets are pay at pump with card, or pay at kiosk. What the hell is a kiosk??

Kiosk - a small open-fronted hut or cubicle from which newspapers, refreshments, tickets, etc. are sold
Most petrol stations that are still in business have a large minimart on the site. Simply because courtesy of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the tax on petrol makes it uneconomic to sell petrol only plus a few fan belts and spark plugs.

Bet you it is an Americanism, damn yanks!!
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1884150)
Posted 21 hours ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I think sometimes it's the other way round - you need the good luck to see the shooting stars!
Nice one John, well done!
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1884149)
Posted 22 hours ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I think it's likely that only the foreign versions on the Ford Escorts had both lights. Likely to cater for lazy American owners that can't be bothered to check their oil. Over there they drive into a forecourt and someone else fills the car with petrol and checks the oil for them.

Interesting that your parents had an American model like Vics.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1884137)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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An idiot light came on today, I need to spend about $58.61 on an oil change next month, the car needs 5qts and a cheap filter, technically 4.5qts, this will get Me thru until then, no worries.
Firstly many people drive their cars until a light shows on the dashboard. Only then do they top up with oil. That light is an oil PRESSURE light, not an oil LEVEL light. That is why engines have a dipstick. If you let the oil level get so low that it loses pressure from the oil pump you are very likely to do serious damage to the engine. That is why the light is called what it is.

Otherwise a car that uses one quart of oil in a month on minimal mileage has a seriously worn engine.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1884122)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I never saw any either but I also would like to. Doesn't seeing a shooting star supposed to bring you good luck?
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1884017)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Trains in London are a shambles

Accidents
7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : SETI is found.... in London (Message 1883995)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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The same as the Louvre in Paris.
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : SETI is found.... in London (Message 1883982)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Torino has the best old Egypt Museum after Cairo. Go and visit it.
I'd love to one day :-)

Whether the shroud is genuinely 2000 years old and was a burial cloth, really matters not. The devout will still worship it as a symbol of their belief.
9) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : SETI is found.... in London (Message 1883806)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Well, fess up time, my avatar is Seti II not Seti I, but it is still the same genre. I thought that a couple of pedantics might have homed in. Personally I'm fascinated by ancient Egypt there is more to that than meets the eye.
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : SETI is found.... in London (Message 1883542)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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What a coincidence!! Guess what my avatar is :-)))
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1883412)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Well that is quite different to the way that doctors work in the UK. They are fully in charge of your treatment and after examination and diagnosis they will decide what drugs and treatment to give you. But, and this is the big but, they rely heavily upon patient feedback so they can judge which drugs are working or not, or are causing unpleasant side effects. It can take quite some time to get a balance between a number of drugs.

An anathema to doctors is when a patient turns up and says I've looked on the internet and I am sure I have got this wrong with me, or this is the drug you should be using etc. They don't train for 7 years to be a basic doctor for nothing, and if they are not sure, they refer you to hospital for a consultant's opinion. But don't forget we have the NHS here where apart from basic prescription charges, it is free at source. Clearly other countries work in different ways.

Anyhow if the treatment you are getting is working and you are happy with your doctor then that is good news. But yes it would be a very nice thing to do to write a note of thanks to the previous lady doctor.

Best wishes to you and the kitties.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1883351)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Most people in the UK knock the NHS system as being underfunded and to top heavy in bureaucrats, but when you compare it to places like the USA etc we should consider ourselves lucky. I enjoyed my trip to the USA and meeting Americans, but my god, with your politics and your health care, I wouldn't live there in a million years for all the tea in China.

I have to say Mark that I thought your previous Lady doctor was excellent in telling you up front what was what, whether you wanted to hear it or not. Are you sure this new one , wearing 2 hats, will do the same? After all she did for you, I expect she is sad to see you move on.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1883147)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Despite it's apparent economic rise to fame, it still has 36% of the rural population not having proper sanitation. No wonder it is still thought of as a third world country by the West. Their driving standards are no surprise therefore.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1883138)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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The World Health Organization estimates that a quarter of a million people were killed on Chinese roads in 2013, the latest year for which figures are available.
China death crash
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1882759)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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By the way did you know that the island was a kingdom in it's own right during the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain. It's name was Wihtwara derived from the Jutish name Wihtwara ("Men of Wiht"). Its capital was a fort named Wihtwarasburgh (in or near modern Carisbrooke). Might be worth a visit if not already done.

A bit early for rodents to be storing nuts fer the winter, unless we assume they are eating them all every night.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1882758)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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But the point is Bernie that by rights you shouldn't HAVE to cope on your own, not with your dad at the stage he is at. I think my dad was exceptionally lucky with the care that he got provided for with mum, but they were on the mainland and in a predominantly retirement area that was well set up for those circumstances.

Your experience with the hospital means that they simply aren't set up to care for that level, I don't know about elsewhere on the island.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1882744)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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At one point dad had a health visitor/carer come twice a day for mum in the morning and evening. But when she got totally bed ridden dad had an overnight carer. She would arrive about 10pm, sleep in the spare bed in mums room, deal with her over night, and leave at 8 next morning. She would only call him if it was serious. That was only for about 3 months, then it had to be decided to put her into residential care. The one she was in was at the lower budget end but was quite OK. He did visit at different times to check it out. The report I posted yesterday is horrifying though, and no wonder people hang on at home for so long, you can't blame them.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1882600)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4766346/At-70-000-vulnerable-people-risk-care-homes.html
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (107) Server Problems? (Message 1882386)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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All machines have full caches although the Boinc manager event log shows

No tasks are available for Astropulse V7
No tasks are available for Seti@home V8
Project has no tasks available

Ok, Einstein here I come for a while :-)
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1882376)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Won the lottery Steve? :-))


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