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    Elanora, Queensland, Australia
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    None, Ex Meteorologist, Ex Project Manager

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  1. Flu jab

    Not quite true. In 'healthy' adults (not over the age of about 60) the risk of severe side effects are indeed pretty low. However it does depend a lot on the delivery method (intramuscular or intradermal) with the later about half as likely to produce any noticeable side effects. However in elderly patients the risk of a severe side effect (comparable to a severe flu attack) is about 1.5%. The other factor to consider is the efficacy of the vaccine itself. Again in adults its between about 5% and 60% (95% confidence interval), so not particularly good and any one flu season. Healthcare workers over here are strongly encouraged to vaccine but many do not as the risk of side effects severe enough to require time off work is actually greater than the risk of contracting influenza itself - even in the high exposure environment of the hospital (my wife isn't vaccinated but wears a mask when treating suspected flu patients). That said even with the low efficacy and the risk of severe side effect, vulnerable people (e.g. immunocompromised, elderly etc) would without doubt benefit from the limited protection the vaccine provides. Good practice however for these people is to limit their exposure as much as possible in the first place. Just because you are vaccinated it doesn't follow you are 100% protected.
  2. Featured videos - Thoughts?

    Like a few others who have already replied, I too hardly ever go to the home page. Indeed it was only because of some other posts that I looked to see what all the fuss was about. Have to agree that the 4 on offer are a bit..... but I think the idea does have some merit especially if they can be tweaked to cover 'how to's' or navigation tips or other such stuff that far more useful to somebody like me hoping to get back onto the water in the not too distant future. I would agree that the home page is probably not the place for them (videos or vlogs or whatever) and that random gallery images are just as attractive and provide the forum with its visual identity. A separate area - like gallery has at the moment would seem to me to be a better option. I actually like the ex news guy - maybe not always for the content but its production and filming are good and maybe because he's (so far) covered familiar areas, it brings back memories of home. PS Haven't noticed it slowing things down from this side of the world
  3. Canal & River Trust Licence

    Thanks Mark - very interesting
  4. Canal & River Trust Licence

    I'm guessing that the 6 month limit might have something to do with tax-residency as well. We have been looking at splitting our time between Oz and the UK and to maximise our stay we would have to limit our stay(s) to 182 days maximum to avoid becoming tax residents in both the UK and Australia and having the nightmare of paying tax on income in both countries. We are dual citizens so the issue of visa's and length of stay do not apply and its still not clear if spending 180 days in Oz and 180 days in the UK each year (before anybody says anything the missing 5 days are travelling) would entitle us to 'ordinary' resident status (NHS access) or not, if we are CC'ing and therefore not 'residential' property owners. DandV do you have any insight into this (last point) as you seem to split your time?
  5. sound deadening

    Not come across these before - anybody know what they are like reliability/cost wise? Do they really reduce noise/vibration by 50% as claimed?
  6. sound deadening

    Apart from using the search function on the forum itself if you want to restrict your Google hits to the site itself type in "sound proofing" site:canalworld.net or "soundproofing" site:canalworld.net
  7. Lost bill of sale

    You can complete a statutory declaration if you really want something official. Will cost a bit to get it 'witnessed' by a solicitor or the like - when we last did this about 11 years ago (when we moved here) it cost about £25 from memory.
  8. Narrow boat sinks

    Good point.
  9. Narrow boat sinks

    According to her Instagram site she might not have been the stupid person 'What makes it an even harder pill to swallow is that my home is now on the bottom of the canal because of someone else's totally reckless behaviour That said I do agree with your sentiment somewhat. Over here the mindset seems to be if you make a lifestyle choice not to have insurance and your house is blown away in a tropical cyclone, or washed away in a flood then the council should pick up the bill!!!
  10. Whether the weather....

    Hmm - difficult one. We don't get much wind on the whole here (one thing I miss) except in tropical cyclones (hurricanes). I was lucky enough to be in the path of Yasi a few years back and yes we lost quite a few trees, and there was widespread damage, but rain/flood can be pretty impressive (destructive wise) as well. This is one of our local roads after Debbie went through this March.
  11. Whether the weather....

    Generally speaking in the UK it will range between about 940 and 1040HPa (or Mb when I started working). It can go lower or higher but you won't see it very often. Globally, without looking it up I would guess 1070 HPa is probably around the highest (I have seen 1058 over Siberia) but the lowest is a bit more complicated. On a mesoscale hurricanes often go below 900 HPa but on a microscale tornado's can probably hit 850 HPa. I didn't realise what proper rain was (even the Yorkshire variety) til we move to the tropics (and now sub-tropics). Its not considered a wet day here unless we have between 50 and 100 mm in a day (2 to 4 inches in old money). In the 11 years we have been on this side of the world I've experienced 300 mm (twice), 800 mm and just over 1000 mm in one day. Even with a cover you would struggle to steer in that.
  12. Whether the weather....

    Do you mean the American Cumberland Gap - in which case shouldn't it be is the Cumberland Gap the American version of the Cheshire Gap? Either way - I've no idea. The Cheshire Gap is what it was called when I worked at Manchester Airport Met Office (in the days before the weather centre opened in Stockport). I've no idea if that's what the locals call it or just what us meteorologists called it.
  13. Whether the weather....

    Probably not far from the real reason. There is a stretch of country along the Welsh boarder known as the Cheshire Gap which is very susceptible to prolonged showery activity especially with a northwesterly wind.
  14. Battery Charging Analogy

    Great post - thanks for the link
  15. Keeping Dogs Cool In Hot Weather

    Evapourative cooling is a good idea but over here when it gets hot (anything below 35 is just refered to as warm) we have to resort to portable air con for our 4 legged friends. Dogs lose heat mostly through their paws and by panting where the poor little pug is again at a dissadvantage. Our neighbour lost their beloved bulldog last summer because he couldn't cool himself down enough.