The Engineer

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  1. One year my son sent a photo of his fully decorated tree adorning his lounge about a week before Christmas. Mrs Engineer responded with a photo of our loft hatch with the caption "our tree is in here". I don't really 'do' Christmas.
  2. Back in the day Royal Mail had their own recovery trucks (part of the motor transport workshop services). I suppose that must have ceased since they moved to a business model of leasing those ubiquitous small vans and relying on 'professional' recovery! Are they owner-drivers these days?
  3. I use WhatsApp, mostly for messaging but it came in handy for family video calls during lockdown.
  4. Noticed today that Carlton Hardware Ltd, a single storey shop on Carlton Hill (opposite Ladbrokes), has been demolished and they have dug footings for a new building. Is that the place that used to be the Black and Decker shop back in the day (say 1970s)? I remember getting brushes and bearings to keep an 'old faithful' drill going.
  5. Different plan now for The Lodge - pre-school nursery (instead of day centre for dogs).
  6. Bought my first new car in 1979 from Hooleys. Ford Escort MkII, special edition with 1600cc engine, twin choke weber and 4-branch manifold. It was quite quick despite not being badged as sport or anything. A few years later it started misfiring while thrashing it down the M1. After limping home, I stripped it down and found one of the inlet valves had melted; looked like someone had taken a bite out of it. The valve seat was trashed as well. Fixed it on the cheap by fitting a head off a 1.6 Cortina (£10 from Atlas scrappy on Park Lane). Valves were much smaller though so it wasn't go
  7. Dreamon, thanks for the photo. I remember the chem lab. From that viewpoint, fume cupboards were on the left and out of shot on the right was the water deioniser and the chemical store room. Any other photos of our old school?
  8. The Council were concerned about footfall (COVID rates were still a bit raised) and wanted to count us in and count us out. Their proposal was to erect a fence around the site with a few entry/exit gates. The charge would have been to cover the cost of all that. Additionally, they wanted to keep the COVID vaccination hub running so they were offering the showmen's guild a reduced plot. The showmen declined as it was deemed not sufficiently profitable with reduced space and reduced patronage. I think we can be reasonably confident the fair will be fully restored next year.
  9. For anyone with the NHS app, you can view your vaccination record. However, they haven't sorted it yet to show the booster.
  10. The 15 minutes wait on site after the jab is strongly recommended by the medics. That's the timeframe to spot any adverse reaction. We had a few who fainted (falling off a chair certainly got attention) though I'd say that young males seemed most susceptible to that and it was more common during summer (dehydration).
  11. As far as I know, all boosters are Pfizer or Moderna, regardless of what you had for first two (I too had AZ for first two and Pfizer booster - no reaction to the AZs but minor ache/tenderness for four days after the Pfizer). They didn't have Moderna at Richard Herrod where I volunteered. One or two patients tried to demand AZ booster (as that is what they had for first jabs) but the medics talked them around to Pfizer. The brand name for Pfizer is Comirnarty so you might see that on the information sheet.
  12. As Becket boys, we crossed the suspension bridge daily, to and from school. One day on our way home, a lad in my form was being taunted by others on the bridge and went to kick one of them. He missed and his shoe flew off and into the Trent. Luckily we had PE that day so he went home wearing one shoe and one plimsoll.
  13. I still have a Thornton slide rule and a calculator with reverse Polish logic. Mind you I did have a Polish maths teacher.
  14. Did some volunteering at large local comprehensive in the week. The phrase "they think it's all over" sprung to mind. No segregation, no social distancing, no masks (and that includes staff). Kid doing what kids do and mingling in groups and crowds. I did see one bottle of hand sanitiser though, so all is not lost!
  15. I volunteer as a steward at Richard Herrod. It is never too busy, quite the opposite. When I booked mine I could have got in the following day but left it a few days until I was there for my next shift. I think they are open 8am to 8pm daily but are shutting down middle of next week. Don't know what other centres are doing. I know they closed Forest rec for a bit.
  16. Neither PCR or Lateral Flow tests can show positive from the booster. Regardless of which you had for first two doses (AZ or Pfizer) you will most likely get Pfizer as a booster. The brand name for Pfizer is Comirnaty (you might spot that on the paperwork). PFizer is a messenger RNA (mRNA). It is a small part of the virus genome that tricks the host cells to make the COVID spike protein. Your immune system sees the spikes and generates a suitable response. The mRNA is unstable (that's why it has to be kept very cold before use) and is attacked by enzymes, which breaks it down within hour
  17. Thought it was supposed to have words across his jacket and some aeroplanes in the background (WWII reference)?
  18. Replaced by houses. Here is that thread:
  19. Can be a bit complicated to play from USB stick. Some head units only recognise USB stick in certain format (e.g. FAT32 or NTFS) or there might be an option to 'sync' to the USB drive. If the MP3 files are in a folder you might need to use an option to locate it. What make of radio system is it?
  20. I think something has been started - I saw some concrete wall formwork there a couple of weeks ago.
  21. Indeed. Pretty much every development I see, particularly in the City Centre, seems to be 'Luxury student accommodation". I wonder whether this will eventually mean the end of the multiple occupancy, often squalid, accommodation in Lenton, Dunkirk, Sneinton, Radford, etc. as students aspire to something better?
  22. Don't know why they are building houses. What we are short of in Nottingham is students' flats.
  23. Update: Site of former car sales "Speedoo and Eddie" (previously Millennium Motors) now cleared of all buildings.
  24. Probably this one in 2001 HSR, epicentre Melton Mowbray but felt across the Midlands. DATE 28/10/2001 ORIGIN TIME 16:25:24.9 UTC LOCATION 52.8347 -0.8493 DEPTH 14.4 km MAGNITUDE 4.1 ML LOCALITY MELTON MOWBRAY,LEICS
  25. I remember buying one of his matchbox-sized AM radio kits (Micromatic?) from a shop on Arkwright Street. Couldn't get it working so I wrote to him. Reply said that I had probably crossed over two wires from the aerial rod (still no joy, think I gave up). Still have a Sinclair Scientific calculator somewhere. Reverse Polish logic IIRC (you had to enter operator after the number, e.g. 15 x 13 would be 15 + 13 x =). LED display so the battery didn't last too long. Must have been during my school days as it took over from my slide rule and there was all the debate about whether calculators w