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  • in reply to: Do you have an exercise routine? #141208
    Mike 700
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    Normally I have a 1 hour chair Yoga exercise session at 1700 on a Monday,  a I hour session on exercise machines on a Tuesday and a Saturday morning, and a 1 hour chair exercise session  on a Thursday morning, plus a weekly ‘walking football’ session on a Wednesday, using my rollator, either outdoors if the weather is ok, or in the Gym if it’s wet or muddy, perhaps I should say ‘weakly’ ? and I used to swim and do pool exercises for an hour, once a week.

    Since February last year, it’s down to only the Yoga and chair exercises , which are held at home via Zoom, and the weight has piled on, so I will be glad to get back to the normal routine which is recommended by my consultant ( whom I’m seeing on Monday & I’ll bet he will notice the weight gain ).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    in reply to: Irony #141205
    Mike 700
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    Just got in from the ‘celebration shop’, and waiting for me was a letter from Motability – “  It’s time to choose your next car” .

    I can order from the 7th.March, but I also have an agreement on file to keep the Tiguan for up to a further 2 years, as it has only done 18000 miles and has over £4000 of extras on board!

    So, decisions decisions?

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    in reply to: Irony #141172
    Mike 700
    Participant

    I have just had a conversation with a very nice young lady at the DVLA- she has confirmed that  I have been granted my licence and it is on the way , probably next week now, and that I am entitled to drive as normal- phew , 13 months in the making?

    Just going out to celebrate – Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose – living it up again!!!!!

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    in reply to: On a drive to eat healthier. #141099
    Mike 700
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    I have had a banana, orange or easy pealer clementine, a small pear and a few black grapes, almost every morning for the last year , plus the occasional small yoghurt or spoonful or two of Muesli or oats, Sometimes with milk but mainly with water .

    Previously I had toast and jam or similar, and started on the fruit to try and keep the weight down.

    Don’t think that we lose a lot of weight, as fruit can sometimes be quite high in sugar?

     

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    in reply to: Where is Brydo ? #141098
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Welcome back.

     

     

    seconded!

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    in reply to: Bad things happen when good people let it. #141097
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Armchair Warriors Eh, hiding behind the anonymity of Forums.

    Bit like a Dalek? Small insignificant, having to use a cover to become something more than they are?

    Keep up the good work Dr.

    Best regards.

     

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    in reply to: Irony #140817
    Mike 700
    Participant

    @Mike 700 Maybe this what has caused your problems with driving licence. from DVLC If your licence expired between 1 February and 31 December 2020 Your driving licence or entitlement to drive in the UK was automatically extended for 11 months. This is because of coronavirus (COVID-19). The extension started from the date your licence was due to expire. You will not get a new licence as part of the automatic extension. You’ll only get a new licence when you renew it. You can renew your licence online at any time before the extension ends. Renew your licence as normal if it expires on or after 1 January 2021.

    yup, I thought of that, as my licence was due for renewal on the 16th. April 2020, and therefore by adding the 11 months, one would have thought that I would be covered until March 15/16 2021?

    NAH – too easy, because in the meantime they decided that my photo was getting old (well, so am I ) and by asking for an up to date photograph, this request sent rhe application

    on another track, and I will now have a new licence with a new photograph, not as per your note ?

    watch this space!

     

     

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    in reply to: Irony #140749
    Mike 700
    Participant

    @Mike 700 Motabilty policy regarding dash cams is you can have one or two so long as they are not “hardwired” to the cars electrical circuits. Shame really, but understandable. Sorry to here about your Driving licence Mike. Mine is due for renewal in May this year. Currently on a 3 year licence. Did they notify you when its due ?

     

    Just to follow up on the licence saga Joss, with a cautionary tale?

    Based on my experience with the DVLA this year , I would caution anyone against applying early for a Medical Driving Licence- much better to be patient and apply near the expiry date of your existing licence!

    Should there be a delay in processing the licence – (which happened to me ,with delays and missing or incomplete forms to/from both my Consultant and GP, but to be fair, they probably had a bit more to attend to than in a normal year ) – resulting in your existing licence expiry date passing by, and then ,with no valid licence yet issued, you can resort to driving under Section 88 of the RTA , as long as your Doctor agrees, but –

    be aware, ‘the section 88 cover is valid from the date your application received, not the date of your licence renewal’ ?

    In my case, having applied in January 2020 for an April 2020 licence expiry,-thinking that this would take a bit of pressure off’ – and even though I was not technically driving under Section 88 for the period January to April, because my licence was still valid, the section 88 1 year cover , commenced on the day my application was received ie 28 January 2020, which then duly expired on the 27th.January 2021.

    So, if because of Covid ( and it could be for any other reason in the future of course) , there is a shortage of staff and consequential delays, as a result, you may end up like me? – I still do not have my licence, but neither do I now have protection under section 88 RTA, as my application was about 13 months back!

    The result is , that I now cannot drive , until I am in receipt of my new Driving Licence, Not even in an emergency as I would be breaking the law, the lease agreement and will invalidate the Insurance cover !

    Phew

    Mike 700.

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    in reply to: ssssshhhh rugby is on #139796
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Scotland played well, but they were not as good as they were against England, ( thank Goodness ) and frankly England were not as good against Italy, as the score line suggests!

    A win is a win however, and no one – in the future, will note anything but the Wins, so we should never worry if a win is by one point or a hundred points?

    Tomorrow will be the ‘big one of the weekend’ I guess, and I will cheer Ireland , and hope that they win – so that Wales can stay top ( for one week anyway)!

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    in reply to: Irony #139795
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Commiserations, Mike. I’ve sometime thought about getting some kind of dash-cam, but strongly suspect I’d just end up incriminating myself. 😮 How were the meals?

     

    Well, the meals were good, but not worth the cost of the excess and dash cams, but you can’t take it with you eh?

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    in reply to: Irony #139793
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Hi Joss,

    As the Dash cam was quite cheap, at £25+ after a £ 14 + discount was applied, and as the front camera is a plug in, I have decided to fix the rear camera to a mobility scooter – you never know when it may be needed I guess?, sent an email off, and the makers say that this is ok?, and then i’ll get me another set like the one in the box, and use the front camera from the new set as a rear camera for the Tiguan , and plug it in at the back.

    The rear camera from the second set will also go on a mobility scooter, so nothing wasted, and a total, cost of £ 50.98,  which seems like a good investment compared to paying the Insurance excess.( in the future though?)

    Once again, thanks – good advice.

    As far as the licence is concerned, I didn’t receive a notice from the DVLA, as I sent off early via their Website , but if I had waited, they may indeed have informed me that my licence was due for renewal, rather than just an receipt/acknowledgment?

    btw. A new photograph was not required at that time, but because of covid , and consultant etc delays , the appropriate date clearly slipped by, and I do now need the updated photo, which I will get at Tesco tomorrow, along with another for my passport renewal?

    Regards.

    ps- whilst the Tiguan is being repaired, they supplied me with an almost new Vauxhall Corsa Auto, with plenty of kit on board, but it is so low to get in and out of, and the door opening is too small for me ( 5ft 10+ and 48inch chest) to use , with a steeply sloping entry , but once in, the seat is much more comfortable than the one in the Tiggie, and the driving position is good, as well as the performance!

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    in reply to: Irony #139767
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Thanks guys,

    I have the dashcam , but I am not going to fit it yet, for two reasons-

    1. Having had a chat with Motability, they will not authorise the rear camera fitting- a plug in will be ok, but not one which needs to be connected to the car’s electrical system, so I may have to change the whole thing, or just not use the supplied rear camera, and replace it with a plug in version?

    2. Having applied for my medical driving licence renewal in January 2020, just over One Year ago, and driving under Section 88 of the RTA, with my ability to drive being confirmed twice during the year by my Consultant, I have just received a form D 797 M to complete ( new photo ), and having spoken to the DVLA this morning, I have been informed that I do not have a driving licence nor Section 88 cover, until they receive and approve in writing ‘ the  D797M .

    So, I am ‘in effect’ banned from driving for a few days to a week or so!

    HeyHo – there y’ go !

     

     

     

     

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    in reply to: Irony #139513
    Mike 700
    Participant

    No dash cam today, Joss,  but I am ordering a cheapish version from Amazon in the morning – AMAZON CHOICE  Front and Rear 1080P Full HD Dashcam, Dual Dash Cam with F1.8 Night Vision 170°Wide Angle 3 Inch IPS Screen Dashcams for Cars, Loop Recording, G-sensor, Parking Monitor £25.49 thanks for your advice.

    Nah, the old ( probably the same age as me ) git didn’t stop, but neither did I, as we were both in lines of traffic going at a steady 25-30 mph on a one lane each way country road, and stopping would have caused chaos?

    RSA Insurance have already ( efficiently ) arranged a repair and a courtesy car, and the cost will likely be in excess of £300 I’m told?

    Regards,

    VW Tiguan SEL in Silver White.

    in reply to: The book club #139498
    Mike 700
    Participant

    There is a Wikipedia entry on ‘Tubby’ which also lists his books.

     

    Wiltshire Times.

    Group Captain Eugene Veille OBE

    A remarkable 100-year-old resident at Chantry Court Retirement Village in Westbury celebrated the publication of his memoirs about his eventful life and 25-year career in the RAF last week.

    Eugene Vielle’s book, Almost a Boffin, gives an account of the Second World War, including mysterious happenings between scientists and some, previously unpublicised, treacherous attempts to prevent the RAF from operating effectively.

    Mr Vielle, whose nickname is ‘Tubby’, retired from the RAF to become managing director of a company in Switzerland set up to develop his invention of an airborne anti-collision system for aircraft and ships.

    He also wrote two novels, based on his own flying experiences, which were world-wide best sellers and translated into over 20 languages, after being edited and published by ghost writers.

    Mr Vielle, who moved to Chantry Court two years ago, said: “I started writing my memoirs in 1962, a few years after I left the RAF, but I only finished writing them and considered publishing them while at Chantry Court, after encouragement from family.

    “It goes right from my birth through to now, but the main focus is on how I discovered that three highly placed communist scientists in the RAF had deliberately sabotaged Bomber Command.

    “My previous books were fictional accounts based on some of my experiences, but this book is factual, which in some ways is much harder.

    “I worked on finishing the book pretty much all day every day after arriving at Chantry Court and I have found it to be a great place to write.

    Mr Vielle, who has three daughters, seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, is not looking at putting down his pen any time soon, with an outline already drawn up for his next book.

    He added: “It’s an amazing thing, people ask me what I did last week and I can’t tell them, but my memory about things that happened in the past is absolutely fantastic

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    in reply to: What is the cheapest light weight folding scooter #139497
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Thankyou for the reply Mike I’m afraid 26 kg is too heavy for me to lift into my car

     

    Yup, it’s not too bad if there is nothing else in the boot, and you have a bit of time to get it sorted , but if you need to lift it over stuff, then it is too heavy, which is why I bought the push along hoist, which is a godsend, but even that needs a flat surface really, and it does take up some room in the car.

    My Travelux Zoom 4 is a take apart model,  and is much larger, and the hoist is ideal for lifting the separate parts, which range from 7.5 kilos to around 20 kilos..

    This hoist costs a lot if you buy it new, but I bought mine for £100, and is one of the best buys I have made – don’t laugh- ‘cause I use it to carry heavy stuff from the boot to the house, using the lightweight LI battery from the Quest, and push it along the path with a bucket, or a bag hanging off the hoist.

    As long as the hoist keeps working I will be keeping the Quest especially as I had them both at a bargain price , but if the hoist packs in, I will also be looking for an ‘extra lightweight ‘ fold up instead?

    Hope  you  find what your looking for!

     

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    in reply to: The book club #139436
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Recommended.

     

    Uncle Tubby Vielle ,

    Recommend his books , the latest was ‘ Almost a Boffin’

    Bombs away: Tubby’s mission to expose the third man sabotaging the RAF
    A centenarian who helped develop the technology to take the fight to Hitler tells Marcus Scriven his work was undermined by communist traitors who came close to costing Britain the war..

    Sunday March 09 2014, 12.01am, The Sunday Times

    “The dining room can be bloody noisy. I’ve arranged sandwiches and a mug of beer in the library. Would that be the answer?”
    Group Captain EE “Tubby” Vielle OBE, parade ground moustache imprinted on upper lip, has been up since 5.30am, a self-imposed reveille followed by ablutions, exercises, breakfast, appraisal of the news and the markets (“online”), before starting writing, “till about 12.30pm, then again from about 2.30pm till about 5pm”.

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    in reply to: The book club #139432
    Mike 700
    Participant

    I must admit I am not a big reader of books but it’s clear that some on the forum are. I could of course be tempted and no better time than now when we have very little to do. So I thought it would be interesting to hear from members their recommendations.

     

    this one is different each week for the duration of the Six Nations and Is full of short stories- the Match Program, 80 plus pages for about £6-7 in paperback Or a free download approx.  1 day before the game.

     

     

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    in reply to: Covid 19 vaccination Jab #139429
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Didn’t seem busy at all really, quite laid back I thought, which of course is better for both the paid staff and their army of volunteers.

    Having said that, they are doing 1000 a day and more – 10,ooo last week!

    Sunday’s, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays are AstraZeneca days, where it is advised to sit for 15 minutes either in the Grandstand or the car following the vaccination  , and Wednesdays and Thursdays are Pfizer days where it is compulsory to sit in the grandstand for 15 minutes.

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    in reply to: Covid 19 vaccination Jab #139408
    Mike 700
    Participant

    The lady wife and I have just received ‘the call’, and we are to attend Newbury Racecourse next Tuesday for the first jab, and the second will be sometime in March, date will be confirmed by letter tomorrow.

    we had the AstraZeneca jab today, no problem so far.

    we were advised to sit for 15 minutes, then off we went – the wife had lunch and I had a Zoom exercise class for an hour.

    lookng forward to the second jab

     

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    in reply to: What is the cheapest light weight folding scooter #139379
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Hi Mike,

    I bought a second hand folding Pride Quest, which is identical to the TGA Minimo, and it has an expensive lithium-ion battery on board, which holds it’s charge much better than the cheaper standard batteries on the Zoom Four take apart scooter I also have.

    This cost between about £1600 and £2300 ish new, but I bought mine at a lot less even though it was only 2 years old and hardly used.

    The weight on this when folded for lifting is around 26 kg, which is about 58 lbs, so quite heavy for one person to lift, but it will carry around 18 stone ,for a good 10 -12 miles without further charge, and is quite strong & solid compared to the very lightweight scooters, and has both front and rear lights.

    There is no taking apart, it just folds and you can wheel it along like a suitcase.

    I bought a Hercules Light weight push along folding lift ( 6 kg )from Solax , at the same time and use this occasionally btw, it runs off the scooter battery – look on you tube!

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    in reply to: ssssshhhh rugby is on #139335
    Mike 700
    Participant

    It always amazes me how “well” Scotland do in rugby. I don’t know anybody who plays rugby or has ever played in all my years on this earth. I don’t know about the rest of the U.K. but rugby is mostly played in private schools, with mainstream schools going for football. Such a small percentage of the population producing such good players is a massive over achievement in my opinion.

    I have rewatched the 3 games since yesterday Brydo, without the adrenaline kicking In, and in my opinion, a Scotsman stands out as the Player of the weekend, and not one of the players normally at the front – my player of the weekend is Johnie Gray!

     

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    in reply to: Is your disability obvious? #139313
    Mike 700
    Participant

    My disability is only obvious because I have to use a stick or a rollator.

    I’ve said this before, but it is still true, ‘You know your disabled when your opinion mean less than others & some people really do think of you as inferior, even though they know absolutely nothing about you or your disability, to them you’re just a nuisance?

    Someone who is too bloody slow at the checkout, or who parks in a disabled space, which Is not fair to ‘earth mothers and fat boys, who should have an entitlement by law to park inside the Supermarket doors, and who feel that the disabled spaces should be around the back of the stores, out of sight so that the disabled don’t frighten the children

    However, a disabled person is no different from a fully fit person and as an example , may have a good standard of education, a good degree maybe, perhaps qualified in fields like the law or medicine, or anything else of note, perhaps they had to forgo a chosen career because of disability, they may have been disabled from serving their country, or they simply may be struggling along every single day as husbands, wives, parents etc., but to some, the disabled are mainly just a nuisance , holding them up at the checkout etc.?

    How some people react to the disabled is nothing short of a disgrace-

    A 2020 survey of more than 2,000 people for Parkinson’s UK, found that 87% of people with the condition had faced discrimination or harassment.

    • 24% of people had been told they were “too young” to have Parkinson’s
    • 22% said their slurred speech or poor balance had been mistaken for drunkenness
    • 32% said their less expressive facial expressions had been mistaken for unfriendliness
    • 10% said they had been laughed at
    • (57%) said they had avoided or cancelled social situations because of concerns about how others would react to them.

    As far as I am concerned, I may not look like George Clooney these days ( although I am still taller) but what disappoints me is that I am often looked upon as ‘just this old git ‘ on a mobility scooter thingy, and I am regularly ‘now ‘ treated as one ‘WHO KNOWS NOTHING’? ( this is by a minority of people however, I must admit )

     

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    in reply to: ssssshhhh rugby is on #139293
    Mike 700
    Participant

    I may have said something similar before, but it is still relevant as the Wales Rygby Team went from Grand Slam Champions in 2019, to Slam Dunk Chumps in one season , with more or less the same pool of players- which of course just shows the value of a good coach ( just look at how much France have improved with Sean Edwards on board ).

    As I understand it, Wayne Pivac was given a two year contract and the same term was offered to Sean Edwards, who wanted another 4 year deal, but the WRU said no, nagoes, non, so off he went to France where he was welcomed with open arms an open cheque and a 4 year deal.

    Shortsightedness can be corrected, but stubbornness is not so easy, and it appears that the WRU is suffering from the latter.

    The cost in monetary terms to provide Sean with a four year deal, even with compensation for cutting it short for some reason, pales into insignificance compared to the cost of the current performance, both financial and player moral, not counting the cost in loss of faith by the fans, media etc.

    It was always going to be problematical for Wales, following his loss, not forgetting Warren Gatland going back to NZ, and it proved thus in the Autumn Series & yesterday, facing a powerful & confident Ireland in the Six Nations , so there were bound to be difficulties, and criticism, some of it thoroughly deserved?

    Anyway , well done to Scotland and Wales both victories unexpected by most pundits, and it is 100% certain that Scotland will be clear favourites for the game against Wales, but…………… So were England and so were Ireland favourites this weekend?

    As an aside, I spent many years as a member of Cardiff Rugby Club , and for 5 years parked my car every day under the stands at the old Arms Park, and held six debenture tickets for International Games and spent many lunchtimes in the Clubhouse, which was frequented by some of the greats.

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    in reply to: ssssshhhh rugby is on #139231
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Italy are playing better than they ever have
    & are looking good for the future ( about time ?) but they must stop wasting opportunities with their sometimes wild passing.

    Not the best start, but to be fair it was against an ever improving French team, building as hosts for the World Cup, and where you can see Sean Edwards’ influence showing through, and now with England getting stuffed by Scotland, it makes both France and Scotland the teams to beat this Six Nations.

    Today is the one for me, but I fear that God’s own team may not quite be back to form yet and, I hate to say it, but Ireland may just come away as the winners, but we are going to enjoy it whoever wins ( I lie )!

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    in reply to: ssssshhhh rugby is on #139150
    Mike 700
    Participant

    Well deserved , excellent performance.

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