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  1. Hello everyone, now this is not going to be a short post but there is a reason, thanks for your patience. In a recent post, about a week ago I reckon I mentioned in a thread that I was going to Australia and was seeking advice about isolation etc. This is what happened:- Before I arrived in Australia I booked a cabin in a caravan park that I have frequented very often, so they knew me personally, they took the reservation after I informed them that for personal reasons I will be going into self isolation for a week so as not to cause any concerns with anyone, as I had only been out of the country for 3 days and in that 3 days had no contact with anyone, apart from the airport. No problems they said we will get you to do your own linen changes etc. No problems I agreed to that. On the day of arrival the government here imposed a 14 day isolation period on all arrivals into the country, so I received an email from the owners of the park saying that they were not willing to allow me to stay, so reservation cancelled. So I called a few hotels and they said the same thing, no bookings for arrivals seeking doing isolation. What to do, I am really in a bind here, looks as though park benches for me. Go back a couple of days when I was talking to a member of this forum, about what was happening in Australia and this member was keeping me informed of what was happening here with the lockdowns, lockouts, Quarintine periods the works. He even mentioned that should I get in a bind he can help me out. So I gave him a call and he said "No problems we will sort you out" He met me at the train station and took me to the place where I had stored my car, and then we went to the house he had for sale, where I could stay for 14 days to do my isolation that the government had imposed, now this house is fully furnished and is very comfortable in a quiet town, I can go to the shops and get my supplies and alcohol, nothing is a problem. Of course I am here by myself as the rules dictate, nothings a problem. So I am into day six of this and all is going well. So in ending this long story, I would like to express my gratitude to GeoffH for looking after me the way he has. Without his intervention I don't know what I would have done, it is something you read out of the bible, and I haven't even read it. The end. But once more thanks GeoffH
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  2. I really didn't need a public thank you but it is appreciated never the less But honestly that's enough... you lot will give me a big head. (and I already take an XXL helmet... if it swells to XXXL I won't be able to buy a helmet to ride the motorbike!)
    7 points
  3. This is just my thought , I am so glad I married a Filipino. With what is happening in the world my Ems is the best thing that I can have to help me through the coming weeks/months and why you may ask. I don’t need to worry about loo rolls with a tabo and bucket next to the loo. Food well she can make anything out of anything , but don’t ask what it is you are eating . Feeling worn out and tied , the best massage for free. Haircuts, eyebrows trimmed, nose hair trimmed and blackheads taken care off. Cuddles . I am sure many of us can say we are lucky in having partners that will do there best to look after us .
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  4. Wonderful news and full kudos for Geoff supporting you so well, truly a good decent man.
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  5. Well couldn't put it off any longer, all moved in.
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  6. A 650VA UPS would be fine for what you are intending to use it for. That would equate to about 390 watts of available power and you are just wanting to power maybe a 15 watts modem. As you only want to use it for about an hour you would have plenty of power in reserve.
    3 points
  7. Assuming you are here in the Philippines then yes. If not assuming you are entering as a Balikbayan with your wife then it should be OK from my understanding but tomorrow might bring a different story. To me in this case the gov is doing the right thing. It's also allowing those of us here to stay without hassle at this point. Now ask me about liquor bans then I change my tune
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  8. I've done the Chinook and dead Ringer IPA clones using Norther Brewers recipes, both were fantastic beers. I shipped a 20l speidel braumeister in a balikbayan box, it makes all grain pretty much plug and play and it's 220v, I've had it for about 11 years. Thanks for the tip on BrewHa, prices aren't too bad considering, I'm sure they probably won't be shipping during this crazy time. I can't figure out why my pics are coming out sideways but here it is.
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  9. Nothing beats a swollen helmet as long as you take something to take the pain away.
    2 points
  10. Maybe the British Govt. think we're better off where we are now? I for one would choose to remain where I am even if such a flight was available.
    2 points
  11. The Top Gear mob did a special travelling through Argentina, looks like they had a blast.. Except at the end, the locals in the south of the country are fiercely patriotic in the Patagonia region and still hold a grudge about the Falklands. Jeremy and Co. were flying the Union Jack the entire time and this incensed the locals to the point where the entire production crew were in fear of their lives and required police escort. It's actually a little chilling watching the footage.
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  12. Well that's done it... my helmet doesn't fit anymore
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  13. Star Man GeoffH - you really did go well above and beyond.
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  14. I couldn’t put it better myself. Well done GeoffH. And I hope Onemore52 has a clean bill of health. Your halfway through now, and by all accounts you would probably have developed any symptoms by this time, so it’s looking good for you.
    2 points
  15. Nicely said. This definitely deserved its own topic. Thank you for the report and thank you @GeoffH for helping out a forum member.
    2 points
  16. I will add to that explanation too about deep cycle batteries. I tried flooded cells (golf cart batteries), dry cells and gels. The gels kept a higher voltage and had the longest life cycles for me on the yacht. I took very good care of them all but the gels simply outperformed. I rarely discharged them to 50%. The deeper the discharge cycles the shorter the lifespan. I kept mine to around 35-40%. I also had a relatively large bank of them so that I would have two or three days supply. And the greater the load, the quicker and shorter the cycle. That was another reason I had a large battery bank - 4 x 4d @~150 ah each = 600 ah - plus separate engine start. Oh... almost forgot... Also make sure to size the cables appropriately. It is better to have them a bit heavier than required than too small. If you touch any wire that is powering a load and it is warm to the touch, then it is too small. Too small increases resistance which is wasted energy and a fire hazard. But that is way overkill here, I think. As Bearman suggests, even 30 hours is a lot considering the generally short nature of outages here these days.
    2 points
  17. Depends which way you go Personally in our house we share the load, she works comes home tired and I'm the houseboy! Not the ideal I thought it would turn out to be, but from what I've read, there are much worse situations. I can't wait for her to retire too!
    2 points
  18. If you use the term case fatality rate, CFR, then you are correct. Calling that the death rate from the virus is incorrect.
    2 points
  19. Well after most shops have sold out, managed to get my hands on some beer, and 3 more on the way..... That's this weekend sorted ... Start panicking again Monday... 😜 Before they ban the sales....
    1 point
  20. If I was still in the market crude oil is where I'm putting my money, not yet because there's still potential for it to drop more because the demand has now dried up, OPEC cutting back means nothing at this point, I drive my car once every couple days now verses 4 times a day. Someday though it will turn around like it always does, petroleum products are everywhere in our households not just in our vehicle, this is just my opinion though and I'm no Warren Buffet.
    1 point
  21. The Mustang was better but not until they put a Rolls Royce Merlin engine in it.
    1 point
  22. I guess you are fully stocked with Kleenex shares then?
    1 point
  23. No seriously it’s up , not by much but hey UP and DOWN it will go.
    1 point
  24. When was that though, Steve? 1967?
    1 point
  25. They're from Northern Brewer, online. I have two IPAs: Chinook, Dead Ringer (which is a clone for Bell's Two Hearted Ale), and a blonde ale 'Cashmere Blond'. They're all primarily LME. I don't have the wherewithal to do all-grain. You can get grains and supplies from BrewHa Brewshop on Facebook. They're in Tagaytay. They have a selection of malts, hops, yeasts and equipment. They will measure out to your recipe and crack the malt for you. I bought my first fermentation vessel from him/them before they went into business. I don't know how the lockdown affects their delivery.
    1 point
  26. Yes, I agree. I am thinking of the 400 UK tourists stranded in Peru. On the BBC news this morning it seems the UK government were aware of this impending problem about five days ago but chose to delay making any decision. Now that Peru have closed its borders yesterday and shut the airport to international flights, such a rescue flight is no longer possible, apparently. The tourists now face an indeterminate wait until the country opens up again. I am sure the UK government won’t pick up the tab for their accommodation and health care. I hope their insurance will. I guess that is what the government are banking on!
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  27. I remember my Saudi days well.. .arrive new in Saudi, go buy a large plastic garbage bin..then go buy Rauch, in the white or red grape juice variety. Buy sugar, and then find the yeast that you secreted on your person. Mix and stir daily and after 14 days you have something thats alcoholic but in my case tasted not great.. but with 7Up added was acceptable. I thought my production quality was really bad till I tasted some friends. Theres' was for want of a better word, totally shit. Had to throw all mibe away when we had word that one day the mutawa ( religious police ) were coming to search our housing compound. They never came and so our drains smelled of fermenting wine for a good few days.
    1 point
  28. Well, I think we'll be okay for dried fish anyway. .
    1 point
  29. I didn't forget about it. Winter is not fun when you're outside but it does have the effect of minimizing contact between people because they stay at home more so you're going to get a bonus effect to social isolation.
    1 point
  30. Might be time to make my own, back to Saudi days, in the pic, 5 gallons if white wine, 5 gallons of Cider..... And 5 gallons of Red Wine
    1 point
  31. So you're happy playing with meat and 2 veg then Steve? Ask your missus to explain if you don't understand my comment, lol.
    1 point
  32. Goods news at last. We have been given a extra 10GB of data for free this coming month on our mobiles,
    1 point
  33. The media keeps us all informed but they can go to far too, many of us understand it is a terrible situation we are all facing and most will be doing the best even changing there day to day living without the government telling us we have to change but you will also get the odd few who will try to profit from the problem too and the others who will not change as it’s there right . I am now going to watch the news just the once in the morning and then in the evening and try to carry on , plus come on here to listen to what others have been up to, again stay safe everyone.
    1 point
  34. As I said, I had estimated 26+ hours for the two routers we have. But I don't remember the specs. Will be down there tomorrow installing some flooring, so I can check.
    1 point
  35. The lock down or whatever you want to call it won't be so bad as long as we still have electricity and internet service. I hate sleeping at night without an electric fan.
    1 point
  36. The other day had to do some grocery shopping. I was told I would need gloves and a mask to get into the mall. They lied....they were wearing clothes! Go figure.....
    1 point
  37. With no beer people won't gather in groups to drink... that means more effective social distancing also.
    1 point
  38. The size of the inverter doesn’t hugely affect how long you can run any particular item for, other than the bigger the inverter the greater the power it uses, even if it’s not actually powering anything. For example, my inverter, which is 12 volt/350 watt, draws about half an amp, just to power itself. The modem draws about 15 watts, which at 12 volts is about 1.25amps. So the total current draw, modem plus inverter is about 1.75 amps. However, cheap inverters can draw considerably more than that. So a 110 amp/hour battery could in theory run your modem and inverter for about 62 hours. (110/1.75 = 62.857) EXCEPT that would be a good way to destroy your battery in a relatively short time if you keep discharging it that low. For deep cycle batteries, which are constructed differently to car starter batteries and designed for deep discharge, the recommended depth of discharge is around 50% maximum. So you could expect about 30 hours use maximum. Car battery's are not designed for this type of use!
    1 point
  39. It's a kind offer, Tom, but I'll pass for now.
    1 point
  40. I'm waiting for this 5 gallon batch of IPA to finish fermentin g.
    1 point
  41. Sex, HK...sex... Perhaps they want to increase the population to compensate for the death rate?
    1 point
  42. Excellent post !I used to live near RAF Finnigley in Yorkshire.. .and can recall way back in the 1960s when I was still a young lad that every 6pm they would turn the engines on of the Vulcan bomber. They did this so as to be ready for the Russians apparently as this was at the height of the Cold War. This was a monstrous plane. More RAF stories please...
    1 point
  43. Way cool... I note in his last photo he is in front of a Spitfire, perhaps? I always wanted to fly in a Spitfire - I consider that to be the greatest prop plane in history!
    1 point
  44. I think it's times like this that the media needs to be seriously curtailed as they are creating ten times the panic that is required. By all means introduce laws making the reporting of news liable to criminal charges if proven fake. I've been doing my share of self isolating so catching up on news from wherever I can source it and can safely say some of the big networks need closing down. I was watching a certain president getting torn apart for not acting soon enough and using a term that people in the media's eyes were racist. The same media company were calling him racist when in January he was one of the first to ban people from China etc. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. The media is turning it into a political game instead of all pulling together.
    1 point
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  46. I think my wife has not got this right at all. She said to me, we will eat all of the food in the house, then we will go shopping I need to have a little talk to her.
    1 point
  47. I think living in a place such as the Philippines one needs a slightly different mindset. I don’t consider myself a hoarder, but I think it prudent to keep a reasonable stock of items to prepare for the unexpected. This time it is Co-vid19, it could easily be a typhoon, or earthquake, or Tsunami. Any of these can lead to shortages of basic necessities such as medicines, water and foodstuffs. If Typhoon Jolanda is a good yardstick then it could easily be a week before any relief effort might arrive. We keep sufficient of the necessities to last us at least a couple of weeks, and in the case of my medication at least a month. Just a couple of items added each time you shop soon mounts up.
    1 point
  48. Well the final figure is in. There going to a few odds and sods like the electricity pole, TV antenna etc but those costs are going to be down in the noise. So here it is, 20,100 pesos per square metre, excluding the cost of the land which is likely to be about 100k. This make the front apartment 753.5k and the rear apartment with garage 2,130k. Totalling 2.88m.
    1 point
  49. The garage door was due last Friday but was delayed until today. As it's a commercial door I was a bit worried that it would look more like the front of a seven eleven but it's not bad at all.
    1 point
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