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  1. 10 points
    For anyone interested I would also like to give an insight it to the "testing fiasco" in the UK hospitals that has been reported in the news this week and give the facts. I am working for a company who directly supplies and supports hospital laboratories for virology testing. I was in an NHS lab in London this week preparing instruments to do the testing. Various ministers and the press have been comparing our testing to other countries as inadequate and why can't we ramp up the testing as others have done. Here are the reasons: The NHS Pathology laboratories have undergone a large consolidation over the past years to a hub and spoke model under NHSi (improvement). This has reduced year on year the number of labs able to do this sort of molecular test using PCR. The labs left who do have molecular facilities and trained staff have been and are working flat out to meet testing demand. The thing is they don't just have tests, spare equipment and spare staff waiting for a pandemic, they of course have to also do routine testing for STI screening, HIV, Hep C and Hep B viral loads etc. It has also been reported some labs have been told by the government they aren't allowed to test. This is because those labs mostly don't have the right equipment and staff for the PCR test. The government are managing the resources we have to make sure the testing is done where it is needed most ie large cities. Companies like the one I work for have been placing extra equipment in labs and getting them up and running with the test. The laboratory staff have to be trained and then validate the tests to ensure they are passing QC and work with absolute reliability. Highly skilled Biomedical Scientist staff have to be retrained on safely processing the infectious patient samples and using the test. All of this can't just happen overnight. Commercial companies have designed, produced, gained FDA approval for the tests in a record time the likes of which have never been seen. Now we have to manage the distribution with assistance from government to get the tests to where they are needed. The materials required for the tests are correctly refered to as reagents. One government minister tried to explain to the press the above but said the "chemicals are in limited supply". Someone then contacted the chemical industry to ask if chemicals are in short supply. Of course bulk and fine chemicals are not. So the answer came back as such causing further confusion as if someone is not telling the truth. In short despite what the press report and some ministers say. Please be assured that diagnostic companies and NHS Molecular laboratories up and down the UK are working flat out to deliver the testing to those who need it. Antibody tests which are less complex than PCR tests to roll out are now being produced and gaining approval. It is these tests which can determine who has had the infection and is immune. Molecular tests directly detect the viral RNA to diagnose a current acute infection. I hope this clarifies atleast some of the murky water we find ourselves in.
  2. 10 points
    You're sharing a forum with Hybrid_From_Hell who can end up in A+E just making a cup of tea and you're wondering how someone could injure themselves working on their car?
  3. 8 points
    It's times like these that really makes you re assess your priorities. I'm now acutely aware of how I've been wasting precious resources. I'm really looking at my Landrover use, and asking myself " is this right? Should I be using my Landrover like this?" So, I've decided. Life is too short to waste in an eurobox, I'm going to make my series my daily car, unless I need to bring passengers.
  4. 8 points
  5. 7 points
    My job is a mix of going out and about to hospital labs to visit customers (always viewed that as the fun part of my job) and then working from home catching up on paperwork, filling in tender responses etc. I have to admit it has always irritated me that many of my neighbours have made sarcastic comments about me "working from home again" if I pop out to the shop at lunchtime or go to post a letter as if I'm just sat indoors watching TV or playing computer games. They don't see that I started work before many people would have got to the office and if I have a deadline to meet I can continue work when they would have left the office. Maybe now people will realise it can actually be quite productive working from home with no twice daily commute to and from the office as well as less sick days because you aren't catching and spreading other people's colds added to the fact you might still be able to work from home if you feel under the weather a bit where otherwise you might not have bothered to go into the office because you can't face sitting in traffic or sitting in a room with a person you don't really like very much.
  6. 7 points
    made me cringe until I realised it was on your finger...
  7. 7 points
    Having said all the above, I've just bought a chain saw.
  8. 7 points
    Sun has been shining today, so I skived off work and put some more cladding on.
  9. 6 points
    To give a little credibility to this post, although I'm not a virologist, I do speak to them regularly in my work and of course the topic of choice right now is this very subject. I'm working in the diagnostics business providing one of the RT-PCR tests and equipment (Google m2000sp/rt if you're interested) to diagnose this strain of coronavirus in hospital labs. Although there are speculations, unfortunately at the moment we do not know for sure how fast this particular coronavirus mutates or how long immunity to it will last. Generally speaking warmer and dryer weather helps lessen the effects of respiratory infections, but again this can't be guaranteed as we just don't know with this novel strain. My biggest worry about everyone out there is not illness from the virus itself but the effect of anxiety in many people as the amount of ever increasing deaths are being announced daily. If anxious about the increasing deaths, this thought helps me in a strangely odd way: If you look up UK death rate, we have about 500,000 people die in a year from old age, illness, accidents etc. This means that on average, just under 1400 people a day die in the UK anyway. As more and more people are infected with Covid 19 and test positive, then of course more of the 1400 deaths a day will also be positive for coronavirus and can then be reported in the news as a death after testing positive. This does skew the meaning a bit in my opinion. I wonder how many of the people dieing who are also tested positive for Covid 19 would have died regardless during 2020 of something else such as heart disease for example? The only way we can say with any certainty is see how many more than the expected 500,000 deaths there are in the UK in 2020. There have been suggestions that Covid 19 will have little effect on this number.
  10. 6 points
    Can I remind all that this is a forum for discussing Land Rover and 4x4-related matters and not for idle chat. More specifically, personal attacks and derisory language are not acceptable. Discussion on Coronavirus is no problem - but please keep it civil.
  11. 6 points
    Kitchen roll to toilet roll via bandsaw lol regards Stephen
  12. 6 points
    All back in one piece, road test done, seems OK.
  13. 6 points
    I have a 22 year old son and 18 year old daughter still living at home, he is in engineering and she is still at college. Son's company has been taking the Covid 19 issue extremely seriously and daughter was sent home along with the rest of her course yesterday as there were not enough students present to make the course sustainable for now. So far so good except daughter was given some concert tickets for her birthday recently and despite my strong advice she and her friend took themselves off to Wembley on the train last Thursday. Well that would be four trains in total there and back. They did some shopping, went to the concert, stayed in a hotel, did some more shopping then returned home. Except I banned her from the house and she is now residing in our living van out in our back paddock with only our horses for company. There's heat, 240v, cooker, fridge, tv, radio, double bed etc out there so it's not that much of a hardship.
  14. 6 points
    What a lovely weekend I've had - Had to nip back to South Africa last week to do some work shipping classic cars back from Durban, and decided to do a little more work on my rolling restoration S2a and drive it back the 640Km to Johannesburg. I'm going to have a go at getting it up to a national park in Zimbabwe later in the year, so made some sense to have a stab at some jobs that need doing and give it a decent road test - as I bought it blind on the 'net & only used it once.. First thing that became apparant from the savage clunking I'd forgotten about was every leaf spring bush was shot to bits & the rubber was gone. Happened to drive past a leaf spring repair workshop who changed every bush for.. £45. Bonus. Had a new rad & alternator fitted last year, so aside from fixing a few oil leaks and topping up, fitting a dual battery system, adjusting some door hinges, fitting seatbelts and a swapping a couple of bits of delaminated glass courtesy of a great local landy specialist, I was off. Great engine the 2.6 straight six petrol - made light work of the steep hills through Kwa Zulu Natal, chugged uphill happily holding 50mph and a little quieter than a diesel. Turned in 24mpg overall, not bad for a 50 year old engine. Passed through some of the old Boer war battlefields, Blood River the most famous, before stopping for the night at a game ranch at Vrede (breeds game and lions etc for farming & hunting) - got in some great off-roading on the ranch and enjoyed spectacular scenery with herds of game running through the open landscape. After a morning spent playing with lion cubs, hit the road again through the wide open countryside of the Free State and on to Johannesburg. The old S2a never missing a beat all the way and getting lots of attention from other drivers - sadly a rare sight on the roads now.
  15. 6 points
    9 official criteria for NPD* grandiose sense of self-importance preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love belief they’re special and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions need for excessive admiration sense of entitlement interpersonally exploitative behavior lack of empathy envy of others or a belief that others are envious of them demonstration of arrogant and haughty behaviors or attitudes *https://www.healthline.com/health/narcissistic-personality-disorder
  16. 6 points
    This weekend saw me doing a "quick" tour to deliver some IBC's to friends and move a Land Rover... IBC's ready for delivery. Dropping 2 IBC's off to Fridaynight, sleeping in the 110 was next. Saturday morning was another 160 kms. to deliver the last IBC and join the Ninety for the next job : What oh what will be loaded ???? YES !!!!!!!! His mother loves him, I'm sure, but the 300 Tdi was not really happy moving 6 tonnes around... Once the IIB FC was unloaded, next was this : All in all some 730 km. in 36 hrs. The 110 never missed a beat.
  17. 6 points
    I consider myself so very lucky. I have a 1991 CSW that I've owned since 1995 and I'm now into a complete tarmac up rebuild. I had the 3.5 V8 swapped for a 300Tdi in 2003 and never regretted it. Now, during my rebuild, I am treating it as a hobby, not a chore. This is important, because if it becomes a chore you will come to recent it. Sometimes I'll work in my shop for six hours, and other days I'll just enjoy going fishing. I'm fortunate in that I have another vehicle as my daily driver, but I am under pressure from my wife to complete the project, since it has now been over 3 years, and she wants us to go on a road trip and camping. By the way, I'm just past 77 yrs., and I had my first Landy in the early sixties, so Landy love doesn't die with years. Mike
  18. 6 points
    yes, I am doing the repower through Cummins South Africa/Botswana, so they are fitting the engine themselves and testing it before I get it, this way it isn't a "backyard" conversion and they can give me guarantees and are satisfied that the engine is correctly installed. the cummins crate engine comes in many varieties, with or without aircon, with or without catalyser, with or without power steering etc etc etc, we have chosen a variant without aircon (makes life easier for the right mounted steering box), and slightly "de-rated" from the MAX which these engines can give which is 160hp and 410NM which is too much for a R380 and too much for my drivers skill set... I will let you guys know how it goes. here are some pics of the preliminary fitting:
  19. 5 points
    I got the new engine dropped in this weekend. I have got it mounted on the two rear mounts, (one on the transfer box and one on the gearbox), just need to work out some engine mounts now. Ideally I want to pick up on the existing chassis mounts so I don't have to weld to my galvanised chassis.
  20. 5 points
    Even with these social restrictions in place, the NHS is likely to burst. If we don't have restrictions we let the virus run rampant - it only spreads by people passing it on. Then we start losing doctors and nurses as in Italy - and you can't train new ones in 6 months like ww2 fighter pilots, those gaps remain for years. Then when there are no beds, no money and few supplies we start dying of ailments we left behind a century ago. All we have to do is suck it up for a few months to make a big difference. My business is up the wazoo as well, if I need money I'll go pull potatoes or stack shelves for a bit as there will be lots of work in other areas.
  21. 5 points
    I've decided to stay home from today. It was a tough decision because my work place is still open and I'm unlikely to get paid. However I have two young children one with a suspect chest who is always getting coughs. I feel guilty being off with nothing wrong with me/my family. However I felt far more guilty yesterday being still at work and potentially spreading the virus. Having said that I will be working on various projects while at home. Mike
  22. 5 points
    you have 3 months of lockdown. Should be able to do a decent job with a fine file. Will keep you quiet for ages!
  23. 5 points
    Much of the Media is just there to poke people with sticks. If we didn’t have daily empty shelves pictures how much less panic buying would we have? Much of the Media pour petrol, fan the flames and then near gleefully report elderly and NHS workers in tears as they can’t get any food. Anything apparently fair game to sell a few more papers.
  24. 5 points
    Yes you have to keep up with the guidelines and yes that makes it more tricky. Lockdown is about the timing. Too early and everybody is safe but the virus is still out there and the economy grinds to a halt. Once everybody comes out they all get the virus, too late and the NHS is overwhelmed and people die that with access to medical assistance would have survived. So we went in a little lax but the curve is well on the up so it’s time to really get the brakes on the spread. It’s let’s get really serious time now. Going outside to remote places is sort of the right idea but if everybody has that idea then it’s wrong idea. No point walking around for 4 hours to go and catch it off the gate handle to the car park or the person in front of you on the take away queue. Doctors will be killing themselves trying to save people how about we just stay away from each other for a few months ?
  25. 5 points
    I might add that my daughter has not shown any symptoms to date although she says she's had the sniffles for a couple of weeks. Still, I was and am not prepared to have her go against my advise to stay well clear of trains, shops and and a large capacity concert in London especially as I told them that I would cover any out of pocket expenses if they didn't go - hellfire it was her first trip to London on their own anyway. The young sometimes believe they are invincible but I'm in my 6th decade and have a few issues anyway, I'd rather my own young not take chances with my health 🤬
  26. 5 points
    What? She’s calling you a broken down, incomplete and frustrating project? Seems a mite harsh... 🤔
  27. 5 points
    I’m 51 and still feel young , I think it’s human nature we find something we enjoy then seem to take it to the extreme and forget everything else we enjoy, I think it’s good that things like this can be talked about on here without ridicule or idiots with smart comments, that’s why I like this forum it’s a community a group of people whom most have never met but all are in a way friends.
  28. 5 points
    Yes. They don't have people like Gerry designing their off road vehicles.
  29. 5 points
    Well it’s been pretty wet and wild but beggars can’t be choosers, so I donned the waterproofs and cracked on. I spent most of yesterday doing the membrane on the wall facing the fence, until I got fed up with being soaked and freezing. Today I managed to get some of the cladding on the same wall. I’m pleased with the cladding, seems to lie very well and other than a few imperfections here and there the quality is good. The screws work really well. The only fixings I’ve pre-drilled are the ones where there’s a join on a batten and so I’ve only got half a batten width of cladding piece to screw through. For everything else the drilling end of the screws does a great job. I also finished putting the membrane on the front wall and have blocked off the door aperture with sheathing ply to keep the rain out, with a view to helping the building dry out a bit over the next few weeks. It also finally gives me a dry-ish, albeit rather gloomy, space to work.
  30. 4 points
  31. 4 points
    What 5G masts don’t cause the virus ?!?!?
  32. 4 points
    Interesting post on science and chinese whispers. Keep up the good work fella!
  33. 4 points
    The one thing I hope this experience teaches a number of people is to not take things for granted that have been in the past. I'm probably hoping for too much there.
  34. 4 points
    There is an article in the Spectator that goes through some of the statistics around the various death rates in the UK normally. The phrase that grabbed me was "But we have yet to see any statistical evidence for excess deaths, in any part of the world." (Excess deaths - i.e. more deaths than we would have had normally in the same period). Spectator, 28th March 2020, "The Corona Puzzle" Dr John Lee.
  35. 4 points
    So in reality we are all Nigel in some way
  36. 4 points
    If it were me and I was working at home / not working then I'd probably consider that a daily form of exercise. One thing to perhaps bear in mind is on the route do you have to open any gates etc., because that'd be where the risk lies. When I lived in Surrey I'd probably cover 5-10 miles a day walking the dogs so I think that's a reasonable distance for your daily exercise. So what you need is a Labrador puppy (more reliable than girlfriends and loyal to a fault) : Wonder what's going to happen in a few weeks when it's time to offload the puppies. One isn't too bad because it's destined for my folks a couple of miles away but one is going to Bristol and another to somewhere near / in London. Don't really want to have to start dealing with this level of s***e for several months!
  37. 4 points
    Yet more cladding. The gable ends are such a faff!
  38. 4 points
    I ended up working every weekend running a business fixing badly prepped overland vehicles. I got so fed up with Land Rover in general that I sold my 110, then cried like a little girl as it drove away. So I bought the Disco (200tdi) which is wonderful. I use it as a daily driver, so I keep up on the maintenance. I'm now at the point where ever fix by the previous owner is sorted and every lapse by the PO's garage is sorted. I average about 700 miles a week in it. Generally smiling. Costs come out of my car allowance... When it needs to come off the road for a couple of day's I use the Mighty Modus. I've jacked in Greenlaning because, again, I ended up immersing my life too far into it. County Rep for two counties, SW area liaison for GLASS, LAF Chairman... all soul destroying. I still cover these roles but spend my time working with the Police Rural Crimes team to help nick the rednecks who misuse lanes. It's fun and feels worthwhile... Finally I bought my wife a T4 Caravelle. Living the DubLife is great. T4 owners are very loyal to each other, very friendly and very helpful. Like it used to be in the LR world... And they are just unreliable enough to be fun and relatively easy to work on What I'm saying here is this. Do'nt sell up. Mothball or reduce, but keep something. Back away for a year or two, do other stuff...
  39. 4 points
    Since it has been requested by a few people I thought I'll relinquish and post a build thread for the new garage. It's loosely 4x4 related since it'll be housing my two Land Rovers (the 300Tdi 110 and Sandringham 6x6), the latter has proven to be a little pain in the backside... Now there should be other higher priority projects on the go (converting what were stables into a machine shop, electronics lab and office for the business) but in order to get the 18+ tonne lorries to there for doing the slabs for the floor wasn't going to happen with a lawn in the way. I'd been using one end as a dry area for working on the 110 when I needed to and it started tearing up the grass. As I cleared it out of the way I discovered a cobbled driveway under the lawn. Anyway with part of a driveway in place a chap came in and graded another bit of the lawn so we could fill with hardcore to make a driveway for lorries to get to the workshops. Except I needed some hardcore. Then Dad (all of this is his fault I might hasten to add) had suggested a place to build a garage and I knew from planting some fruit trees that the soil wasn't particularly deep and hit shale after about 6 inches. So the plan was hatched to excavate the hole for the garage and this would provide hardcore for the driveway. Once the lorries had driven over it and compacted it further I could grade the top and add some nicer stone rather than shale. So excavations started: Which resulted in the following hole in the bank: The back of the house for reference is off to the right - the house behind the telegraph pole is a neighbour but I own the 1/4 acre or so of "vegetable" garden above the wall between me and them. After having a careful read through the planning regulations / permitted development rules for Wales provided I keep it under 2.5m eaves (4m roof line) and under 2.25 acres then I don't need planning . I'm inclined currently to keep it under that height because the above photo is actually looking south and making it much taller may impact upon sun getting to the house. I'm half considering making it underground so that there can be a grassy / sunny balcony on-top of it. And everyone wants an underground lair don't they? But then some prat decided to go and buy a Sandringham 6 139". So dutifully both vehicles were parked inside the hole to see how they fitted. Hmmm. A little tight and was going to make an interesting shape (the wall was at an angle from roughly the spade to where the camera is). So seeing as I'm unlikely to ever move again from this 7-9 bed mad house I've bought I knew I'd be kicking myself if I didn't make it a bit bigger. Did someone say bigga digga? For reference that's a 13 tonne machine and the back of the bank is above his roof-line so guessing about 3m high. For scale here the smallest bucket for the machine Ben's got (this isn't his biggest machine): And the beauty is his depot is just down the road from me (about 1/4 mile). Unfortunately that's pretty much it for now - I ran down the yard to look at some electrics for him and when I got back puppies were demanding feed and then it got dark. I'll get a comparable picture with the two Land Rovers in there but at the moment there's a 6 tonne dumper and 13 tonne excavator parked in it... As it'll fall under building regs because of the floor area (something like 24x30ft) and I don't have the time looking into getting some local well respected builders in to do the majority of the work. They've also got a friendly building regs gal and structural engineer to hand which will make things smoother. But the structure is going to be reinforced shuttered concrete as it's below ground and that will effectively tank it from the water coming through the sides. There are some old land drains that have been split since doing this work - half tempted to pipe them through the wall into a wash basin . The shuttering should also work out cheaper overall since it'll just be some ply and 2x4 structure, some rebar and then get the concrete in...
  40. 4 points
    Why do that? I like to see opinions from people on here that I feel I know and trust.
  41. 4 points
    Yes please! My dilemma is actually not whether to break the projects, but whether it's worth assembling them. They're both currently in pieces. I do have pics of the SW as it arrived to me, and can obviously photograph the pieces. But... I'm wondering how attractive a disassembled project is... I'm likely to get the usual flood of vultures looking for the juicy/rare bits anyhow. Don't daily drive the 109, it's purely been a toy/utility thing. I've been through a few steam projects and never regretted putting all the work into something I don't own. The pride seeing it gleaming and alive, the experience, the skills I've managed to soak up and the people I've met pay ten-fold what owning it ever would. I have railway volunteering to thank in part for my skills set that's been so kindly commented on. Also: I don't pay the bills! I've got a few young chaps in my team - 19 and 21 - who are beginning the same journey I did. It's wonderful seeing them grow in skill and confidence. That being said, I do understand that not all volunteers gets treated so well as I have, which is very sad. I worked for years with a chap who actually owned his own loco. He was always super clear that those that help him get to enjoy it the same way he did. It felt like ours, not just his. It's a great shame not everyone gets that same experience. I'll still be around, @Stellaghost! Many interesting projects and talented engineers worth following here
  42. 4 points
    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner !! New ignition switch arrived, fitted it this afternoon. Everything all cleaned up. Boom result! Actually a good bit of difference in the starting up. Does seem a lot stronger now. A nice end to the problem. 3 new relays and an ignition “Lucas” switch = £38 Used the same barrel in the new switch so same key and all is good. 😎
  43. 4 points
    This. I kept this going for ages (owned the landy for 28 years). So keep the one that is most valuable to you. I somehow are never tempted to sell, due to the time already spend on the project. There is a lot of value in that, that only you appreciate. There have been times were the landy was sitting untouched in the garage for ages (about 4 years I think after Ladoga when the engine was dead and our first baby was born). But I always came back to it. I am not quite the right example for having only 1 project, as I bought the Jeep as well recently. This is a slow burner, and I am in no rush with it. If it comes to it, it could be my retirement project (yes, being middle aged does make you think about this). And why is that a problem? The thing I will say, is that most people that sell their project unfinished do regret it later. So the message is if you have the space and it doesn't cost you anything there is no real point of selling and making a loss.
  44. 4 points
    Really like how they're building the suspense with the marketing campaign. Anyone else think the dig at monocoque chassis being used for SUVs rather than proper 4x4s is in reference to the latest "Defender"?
  45. 4 points
    Disappointing. No mention of the design philosophy for the appearance, no mention of the accessories, what sort of entertainment systems or the styling of the wheels.
  46. 3 points
    A new world order, a more liberal approach to working with less travel perhaps? Maybe .....until the next carp storm comes along. My concern is that real international pressure is brought to bear on the China to stop those bloody awful wet markets, not just tut tut finger wagging but proper tariffs and sanctions. Umpteen different species of animals held in close proximity, slaughtered then sold for different purposes including dodgy sexual improvers - bloody awful cr@p holes and allegedly the source of the current outbreak. But I can already hear the wails of outrage as people realise the source of much of their cheap consumer goods will be affected as will a plethora of western manufacturers who have moved production out to China in order to take advantage of cheap labour etc. For my new world order I would like to see more locally produced goods and foodstuffs and I personally would be willing to pay for it too.
  47. 3 points
    Being in France and having had a week of lockdown already, you'd find it funny how many of my mates have fully tidied up their garages, anything to get out the house
  48. 3 points
    The perfect buys for the current problem. https://witham.atgportals.net/auctions/7398/witham10109/lot-details/d791aee7-d993-41b8-8a13-ab7d0094427a https://witham.atgportals.net/auctions/7413/witham10110/lot-details/53fe543c-f6de-4b55-b4b4-ab8200bc0990
  49. 3 points
    Quite interesting. It makes me think of another article I read recently about the Jimny: https://asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Life/The-Suzuki-Jimny-a-tiny-SUV-with-a-big-cult-following Somewhat different philosophy from Hiroyuki Yonezawa, the Chief Engineer for the Jimny.
  50. 3 points
    It’s everyone sitting at home self-isolating and running out of internet to read!


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