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ffm

Member since Jun 2012 • Last active Nov 2021

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    I've got a few nice lamps that use 12V G4 20W halogen bulbs. They came with a transformer built into the plug. Unfortunately the transformers have all now failed. I previously revived a couple of them by driving them with a standard downlight transformer that I put in an earthed enclosure. I'd like to revive the others, but would prefer not to have a separate enclosure. Is there a suitable wall-wart style 12V transformer that I could wire the lamp flex directly into or join to it with a torpedo connector. I'd think almost anything would work except that my understanding is that lighting adaptors are specifically rated down to 0W just in case the bulb fails.

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    Not really sure what you're responding to here. If your point is that carers should be paid more, then I'm with you 100%.

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    Yeah, I think you're looking at that through (let's say) a very particular lens; possibly 'I bet she voted Brexit so she can fuck off', but perhaps look at what she actually said (my bold)

    "Palmer says it’s difficult to distinguish what is Brexit and what is the pandemic: “It’s just all come together in one mighty swirl of a disaster zone.”"

    "“when actually no one truly knew what the outcome would be. It was a bonkers thing to go to a referendum on""

    “There is no chance we would be where we are now without the skills of people coming from other countries.”

    "we’re pretty hot on the work-life balance, and the life part is pretty fun, with beaches and surfing. So it’s always been attractive for hospitality team members from across Europe.”

    "Workers came from all over: Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Romania, Estonia, sometimes whole families. Some came for just a summer, to practise their English; others came over and settled. They brought experience with them, says Palmer. “They have a greater understanding of what our European guests want, and a skill level you don’t always see in UK hospitality workers. In Europe, a lot of young people have part-time jobs from around the age of 16, so when they come over at 18 or 20 they have already got quite a bit of work experience. They understand that if work starts at nine, you turn up at five to nine. We end up doing quite a lot of life-skills training for people who have been brought up in the UK.”

    "She thinks her business will survive, by looking hard at costs, but that some hotels won’t and that it’s going to be incredibly tough for the industry."

    Yes, I think your reading of the article is pretty simplistic. 'Apparently decent business owner relates economic realities of multiple converging adverse events on her sector' seems closer to the mark. But then she's "posh" so fuck her eh?

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    What's your point?

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    Although I have fairly limited sympathy for people whose businesses thrived on paying people bare minimum wage, I think that's a pretty limited reading of the article. Wages in the hospitality sector will go up; prices in hospitality will go up; businesses will go under (not hers by the look of it); sectors like care will lose staff to the hospitality industry as a result. That's a slightly broader picture than "posh bird moaning that..."

    It's going to be really interesting to see how the wages/prices thing settles down. Are there going to be increases in wages in some sectors because of staff shortages, which will leave some people better able to deal with inflation or is everyone going backwards?

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    So... don't donate? Or donate and complain vociferously?

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    A tragic and desperate waste of life.

    Of course the horror of war needs to be acknowledged (check out Spike Milligan's war diaries if you haven't already for a brilliant take on the combined humour and horror of war). "Never again" is clearly a sentiment that we should all get behind, but it doesn't look like being realised any time soon. Until it is I think there's a balance to be struck. War shouldn't be glorified but we can commemorate people who fought for things that were worthwhile and not simply assert that, while many didn't have a choice, participation in a war isn't always a tragedy completely beyond their control.

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    I think there's a middle ground of people who reject the "lions led by donkeys" narrative. A lot of people went to fight in both world wars as thoughtful participators in something that they felt was right and worthwhile. I think we can deplore a nationalist mindset and failure of diplomacy that led to the wars themselves, while still recognising that many people who died willingly stepped up to make that sacrifice for something they thought was worth it.

    Also worth noting that the poppy is not just a symbol, it's a money-raising tool for the Royal British Legion who do provide care and support to members and ex-members of the armed forces.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Just 104? Most 104's that I know of are actually triples with a 64mm BCD set of blind bolt holes further in on the spider like this.

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    What's the BCD of your current double chainset?

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