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  1. Dryce

    Djokovic

    I rather got the impression that this has been a two way battle. Those (including Mr Djokovic and the tennis authrities) who would just like to conveniently nod him through. And those at the border under the federal government who are trying to deal with the rules. The publicity from Mr...
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    The UK Politics & Brexit Thread - Please no Covid talk!

    I think we should distinguish between a 'conspiracy' and 'secrets'. So the first basically tends to be a mesh of the alleged latter. In some cases secrets beget strange conspiracies. UFO sightings around military areas. Sometimes secrets are invented. Sometimes secrets are actually known but...
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    Formula 1, Moto GP, WSB, 2021 Season

    They haven't impressed at all.
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    Formula 1, Moto GP, WSB, 2021 Season

    From the other side of the TV screen I have found my feelings towards F1 have become quite jaded over the last couple of weeks. I feel zero incentive to watch. I just don't care about the coming season. I don't blame Max Verstappen but much as I can logically reconcile him as champion my gut...
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    Whats your strategy for year 2030 / ban of ICE vehicles?

    Maybe the product just isn't that attractive. RR have had a not so great rep and yet RRs are desirable to many people. SWMBO knows the apalling workshop history of the last family owned RR and yet would still try and presuade me to go for one.
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    The UK Politics & Brexit Thread - Please no Covid talk!

    It maybe requires a bit of honesty when ot comes to population numbers - rather than playing them down or not discussing. The mass immigration since the 90s caused an uplift in the economy but behind that comes liabilities and costs. So statements like 'spending 10% more on the NHS in real...
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    The UK Politics & Brexit Thread - Please no Covid talk!

    The NHS is world class. We tend to forget that systems in other developed countries don't necessarily deliver. We tend to cherry pick what we see as the good bits of other systems rather than hearing about some of the issues. Where the UK is changing is that the NHS has been parameterised to...
  8. Dryce

    Tesla Market Capitalisation grows by $140bn in One Day

    Credit to whom? What is the PE ratio on Tesla. How many vehicles and what margins will it have to make in order to deliver a return based on operations and earnings to investors to match its valuation - as opposed to attracting sales of shares? What is its underlying value (as opposed to any...
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    The UK Politics & Brexit Thread - Please no Covid talk!

    I thnk while there is an emotional-political attachment to the institution it's not a national religion. It's more akin to the monarchy perhaps. It's not insane - the US setup is perhaps insane at way off one end of the health provision spectrum while other western countries are basically...
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    New petrol and diesel car sales will be 'banned from 2030'

    Meanwhile in Scotland at the end of this week Hunterston B will be finally taken off the grid with no replacement. And Torness planned to shutdown in 2028 with no replacement. I wonder how much energy Holyrood expects to get via the connector with England when the wind doesn't blow...
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    Tesla Market Capitalisation grows by $140bn in One Day

    Bit like cryptocurrencies. The markets don't care about the actual underlying value of some investments - just the speculative value. Once you get that mindset you're not watching the inherent investment - just the other investors. The E part of P/E seems to be an irrelevance.
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    New petrol and diesel car sales will be 'banned from 2030'

    It was of its time. We had one in the household when I was younger - my recollection is that there was quite an art to changing gear - even by the standards of the the other BL family cars of that era with transverse boxes and the north south / left right linkage translation. People forget that...
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    New petrol and diesel car sales will be 'banned from 2030'

    They look very good in the brochure image though! Still doesn't sort out the issue of what to do with rear passengers in a car. That said I tend to find that over the years the only times we have used reclining seats to actually stop and rest has been while travelling singly or as a pair...
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    Whats your strategy for year 2030 / ban of ICE vehicles?

    The "power all supercharger stations with renewable energy" is a bit misleading - just like the domestic tarriffs that make the same claims. It's all down to words. The grid is effectivly a pool of supply and you get your supply from the pool. It might have some meaning if the supply for those...
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    Whats your strategy for year 2030 / ban of ICE vehicles?

    I've seen the same sort of argument made for public transport vs private vehicles by those trying to persuade people to shift to public transport. So why even have a personal vehicle at all?
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    Whats your strategy for year 2030 / ban of ICE vehicles?

    Not necessarilly .... overall. If you pay £10K more to get an equivalent EV over an ICE then that's a substantial difference to make up with servicing and it remains to be seen on how mass market EVs will depeciate and ultimately how battery replacement (or reconditioning?) wull eventually...
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    Highway Code changes effective from January 29th

    We've had too many do-gooders tinkering and messing with signage and markings over the last 25 years. New variations just get added. Rules need to be dictated nationally across the UK and no variation allowed. So a driver from Thurso or Londonderry or Truro has no surprises or strange cryptic...
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    Is this one of us?

    Well given the video of empty cycle lanes and underutilised associated street furniture it suggests that cyclists are basically getting an awful lot of road space while increasing costs and congestion for other road users. That would suggest that an appropriate level of taxation or road pricing...
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    Whats your strategy for year 2030 / ban of ICE vehicles?

    My main objection to SWMBO's convertible is the wind noise and the tyre noise. You don't get to hear the engine much outside of urban areas - and in urban areas you get other cars' exhaust rather than your own. (My other gripe about SWMBO's converible is the risk of getting sunburn when you...
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    Whats your strategy for year 2030 / ban of ICE vehicles?

    I think that for most people no vehicle is actually worth that kind of money. The other issue is that as you spend more money above a threshgold (eg. £30K / £35K for a ICE and maybe £45K for an EV) you only get small increments in actual added value for larger price increments. Features that...
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