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  1. Again, please let me shed some light on the true situation regarding testing in hospital labs by removing any current politics. I work for one of the largest clinical diagnostics companies in the PCR section. The virus is detected (from swabs taken from the nose and throat) by PCR. Not all hospital labs are set up to do this specialist test. Let me assure you that the company I work for (and others) and NHS England have been putting additional capacity for this type of testing in place all throughout the summer as well additional biomedical scientist staff being retrained from other areas
    12 points
  2. Driven: New Defender - On & Off Road. Is it a Pretender? Where should someone start when reviewing the new Land Rover Defender? It seems to be such a contentious subject. And no matter what your views are, you will likely end up truly upsetting one camp or another. Well, let us start with something descriptive. The model under review is a ‘First Edition’ 110. Being as this is the UK it comes fairly loaded with kit and only one engine option, being the 2.0 D240 turbo diesel, along with the only gearbox choice offered on the new Defender. The 8-speed ZF unit that adorns so
    11 points
  3. Hi, Just thought I would post an update. DVLA have now (today) withdrawn the threat of prosecution, and say the response to the GDPR request has been despatched to us on 17th Sept - still not arrived. They are awarding £100 for the stress and anxiety all this has caused. All this in a fairly apologetic letter. We had to ask our MP to intervene in the GDPR request, and that must have caused someone sensible to finally look at it. It will be interesting to see what the GDPR dump contains when it finally arrives, as this may shed some light on DVLAs policies which will require further investigati
    10 points
  4. 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
    10 points
  5. 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?
    10 points
  6. Hi all, I'm currently rebuilding the LT230T 43D of our Td5 Defender after an issue in the transmission which eventually turned out to be in the front axle. Fortunately I enjoy doing this - I've always wanted to do a gearbox and I can honestly say that it is the best way to learn how it works and how to treat it. I also took the opportunity to make some photographs. Initially because the thing looks very nice - it's almost a pity to have to hide it in the casing - but I also realised that I have never seen comparable images. I intended to post these images later because some things s
    10 points
  7. They have indeed given them out, and oh boy i wish i was allowed to take it off road and really test it. Done some road miles in one, literally a heres the keys jump in and go so haven't read the books, gone from a 2003 defender to it and there are sooooooooo many functions and options i wish i had time to test off in mud, but rules say no as somebody agreed to hand them back with all panels straight and not hammered..... dear landrover uk if you want to loan me one for a decent test i will definitely take it lol!!!!! see how it copes in a real mixed environment of work for say 6 month
    9 points
  8. A friend picked up his new Defender yesterday. So we couldn't resist having a bit of a line up and photo shoot. We have vehicles spanning 1953 thru to 2020. I think the photos clearly show the new Defender had a lot more in common with the D4, than it does a traditional Defender or Series. However I think I can say, I do like the new vehicle, despite it being badged as Defender. Not because of it.
    8 points
  9. Just makes you want to punch Gerry, doesn't it ? Mo
    8 points
  10. Discovered play in the water pump pulley today, which is probably causing the squeak that’s been coming from the engine recently. It does give me an excuse to try out the building though, so I put the 90 in this afternoon. As you can see there is plenty of room down both sides of the car for access and with it slightly over to the right no hinderance in front of the workbench.
    8 points
  11. They are doing their best, just the same as most right minded folks. People will find fault whatever colour government are in place, it's what people do and of course it's dead easy but it's not so easy if they were the ones trying to pick a path through this or that minefield. The media has much to answer for. The worm has slowly turned recently and instead of promoting a general sense of national unity the tone is one of criticism and opportunistic point scoring which has a real effect on the sheeple of this land. This is an emergency on a global scale, yet the obsession with devolved reg
    8 points
  12. Today was a quick engine start test to check my wiring up of the ECU and immobiliser.
    8 points
  13. 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.
    8 points
  14. Thank you for the responses to my post. I'm pleased that it has given you an insight into what the media aren't interested in telling the public. I think a news special showing people what the inside of a molecular lab looks like or a day in the life of would be helpful. Good question. You are already (I hope!) doing this in a way. Firstly for those who aren't sure let's call the virus by its correct name because the media often are not: Covid-19 is the term to used for the disease state or illness not the virus. Covid-19 is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 which is severe acute re
    7 points
  15. If you're running a petrol engine to charge batteries to run a motor to move the car that just sounds like a very complicated and heavy way to burn petrol to move you along the road... "Self-charging hybrid" is one of the worst pieces of marketing bullsh!ttery I've heard in recent years
    7 points
  16. With thanks to elbekko for the new logo as it was he who won the logo competition ...a while back.
    7 points
  17. I really needed to get out and have a bit of a break. So took the OneTen out for a spin. Found a place for the lunch break.. Met with a group of German / Russian occupied LR's who saw me parked in the shades and asked if they could join me for lunch.. Of course they could and this "lunch meet" ran into the afternoon as we enjoyed the P&Q, talked about life in general and had a good time. Based in Germany, they usually go into RU to visit friends & family but not now. So they made do with a "round the Alps Tour" but found the driving not as much fun as they'd
    7 points
  18. Skid plates, so they can slide over difficult obstacles like rocks, tree stumps and inconvenient promises to promote British manufacturing.... No, in all seriousness it is a very nice looking Peugeot. I could open a French vineyard with these sour grapes.
    7 points
  19. ............it's charging still Steve
    7 points
  20. Why not post the answer for the benefit of future folks?
    7 points
  21. This is my valentines card off my good lady So to modify a couple of Landrover statements . The best wife x far and One wife love it regards Stephen
    7 points
  22. I am furloughed on what is effectively sub minimum wage, and probably will not have a job to go back to. BUT, I like being am home. Lucky in that I have loads of space and plenty do here, vehicles, machinery, building work, animals, fencing etc, and have appreciated the gift of time. I can cope with isolation very well, and have often said that if I never had to speak to another human being, it would be fine. Interests and hobbies are the key, and it always surprises me how many people have no interests in anything "real". Watching football and buying the latest club "B" team away shirt o
    7 points
  23. As well as putting a coat of white paint on the finished walls, today I’ve finally done the cladding trims round the windows. Finishes it off quite nicely I think.
    7 points
  24. Finally got it on the road! Going to enjoy the 3,5 for now as I sort out the million issues that comes when you put one og BL's finest engineering back on the road after several years og neglect. And yes I've already had the obligatory electrical fire while driving 😂
    7 points
  25. Mods please delete if not allowed.. I have a CNC plasma, I don't charge a setup fee, and a pressbrake. I can work to cad drawings or sketches. Drop me an email mike@blackbirdindustries.co.uk Hope this helps,
    7 points
  26. Bit of an update, had the truck back for a few weeks now, everything is tip top! In the end I'm glad to have gotten it fixed instead of trying to double down losses and sell. With all the down time due to quarantines I painted the rims and front headlight shrouds (more out of boredom than anything else)
    7 points
  27. 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 cont
    7 points
  28. made me cringe until I realised it was on your finger...
    7 points
  29. Having said all the above, I've just bought a chain saw.
    7 points
  30. Sun has been shining today, so I skived off work and put some more cladding on.
    7 points
  31. It is alive 😀 I have just done a nice and varied 30 mile trip up hill and down dale (in beautiful weather - blue skies above the mists). I chose some reasonable hills and there have been plenty of gear changes so hopefully a good bit of variable engine speed. On initial cranking with the solenoid disconnected, the oil pressure didn't rise enough to switch the warning lamp off. After four decent cranks and the lamp still on, I re-connected and cranked one more time to fill the injector pipes. I had thought that I'd see diesel spirting from the tops of the injectors but the pipes were
    7 points
  32. Yes i have considered it, and it is the right way to go but the cost of owning a Defender in Malta in prohibitive of my budget. The Series are easier to acquire here and easier to maintain in term road licence and insurance. I like hacking and making thing personal but i do not in any way want to make a defender from a series. But make a Series just more livable on modern roads . Hey Mike here the pics that broke from my original post Here is my Mini transformation she is my pride and joy but it was bitch to bring back : Now back to Land Rover
    7 points
  33. I found this on tinternet and though folks here might appreciate the photos! https://www.reddit.com/r/overlanding/comments/edl70w/the_time_my_dad_drove_across_tanzania_towing_a/
    7 points
  34. A little more progress this weekend sees the front suspension back together and the front callipers assembled with pads and new pins. I have also put a couple of coats of paint on the fuel tank and steering box I then thought I would remove the loom from the old chassis. Cue some swearing and I was puzzled why it was stuck. I cut the top off a section of chassis and found the cause When I fitted the rear crossmember a few years ago I threaded the loom through a tennis ball to prevent it getting damaged from the welding. It worked perfectly by the looks of it. Just totally
    7 points
  35. Well engine is running great, popped the bonnet to check the hour meter & found 1000.1 hours on it. So that's 28,088 miles in 1000 running hours.
    6 points
  36. Also I should mention another thing people are rightly questioning as we are going into winter which is peak season for respiratory viruses: if you have a high temperature, cough, sore throat etc. It isn't necessarily coronavirus. True. Diagnostic companies are starting to release variants of their SARS-CoV-2 tests on the market that multiplex other targets into a single test so they can detect other common respiratory viruses like Flu A/B, RSV (common in small children), human metapneumovirus and maybe even rhinovirus (common cold). This would be helpful if you test negative for S
    6 points
  37. Yes, you are right as PCR is so sensitive it is important to establish a cut off to the test so it only flags clinically relevant infections. I'm afraid the studies are still ongoing as to where this cut off should be as the tests which usually take months or years to develop were all developed in a few weeks and given emergency FDA clearance. There have though been studies on where to take the sample for PCR. Typically in most people with the infection you can detect the virus in a nasopharyngeal swab (the one up your nose) within a few days of infection. After a few weeks post infectio
    6 points
  38. Update: I've spent an embarrassing number of hours with a soldering iron making a hash of some Veroboard and I have a working interface for the solenoid driver. I'm using an Arduino Mega Pro (54 digital IOs and 16 analogue IOs - for £12!), and the electric spaghetti is to make the 5v signals into 12v signals. After a smoky discovery that the heat sink tabs are electrically connected to the transistor outputs AND earth (oops) I need to rethink that area (see the paper scraps in the video), and sort out a couple of dead channels, but the thinking is fundamentally sound - it clicks! (J
    6 points
  39. What a load of old cobblers about batteries too - the Defender battery under the seat (in a sharp-edged metal box no less) is no better than this, and a lot of modern vans have the same setup. There's usually a dedicated jump-start tag in the engine bay, and it's complete balls that you can't jump-start modern cars "wiv electrics" - it's a 12v boost not a friggin' defibrilator
    6 points
  40. Same here - I'd love to be sat at the pub in the sunshine but nothing about the virus has actually changed.
    6 points
  41. As we're doing puppy pictures... Got this chap just before the lockdown, 4mths old, mother is a springador, dad is pure lab. Picture taken shortly after a bath, due to his first dip in the tide pool at Weston-Super-Mare Hoping to work him, instincts seem good. Attempts to retrieve pigeons in the garden. Never trained a working dog but getting some tips from a pro. Still not made any progress on the 110, as it's at the wrong house!!
    6 points
  42. Ive got 3 kids, 2 are school age and it's taking me 2-3 hours a day per child to do their homework with them. It's been educational for me too, I didn't know what an expanded noun with a prepositional phrase was until yesterday. I feel it will be useful in my future vocation for sure! I'm at work 1 day a week and supposed to be working from home in between (ha!). I've done a bit of DIY - I've kocked down the wall between the kitchen, hall and dining room to make one open plan room. Moved lots of services, burn't my hand with hot water by being too lazy to drain the central heating sy
    6 points
  43. Please show my posts to your friends and son. I have explained in previous posts, I am working first hand with molecular Pathology labs to support them with Covid testing. Pathology is a hidden part of a hospital, as a result knowledge of tests done in Pathology typically does not extend beyond the labs to doctors and nurses. Instead the results are simple given to clinicians to be able to make a clinical decision. The misconception as I understand comes from the fact initial tests that were provisionally procured by the NHS which were rapid lateral flow devices (similar in principle to
    6 points
  44. 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.
    6 points
  45. 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 attitu
    6 points
  46. 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, an
    6 points
  47. Success! We got it lined up perfectly first time, on bulkhead bolt straight in and then the other needed a ratchet strap to pull the foot in by 2mm. All the rear cross member bolts then lined up exactly. Really pleased 😁
    6 points
  48. Probably my favourite from last year's trip to Iceland: The day is approaching its end, and the hills in the far distance catch the red of the setting sun. It was so incredibly silent, I literally had to search for a sound - only thing I could hear was my own body and the ticking of the Td5 cooling down... sigh... Joris
    6 points


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