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  1. I completely agree with you Fulwell. I sometimes wish that all postings had a 'not like' toggle that we could choose to show our displeasure when morons like this make their bigoted postings. Maybe the the mods will take note. But, judging by the number of 'likes' he got, it would be be like trying to slow the flow of the Chao Phraya with a squeegee mop. Maybe we're in the wrong place!
  2. I've got an anecdotal story here about A/C units. I was having tea with a neighbour of mine back in Egypt and she asked me if I'd take a look at her lounge unit which wasn't working too well. It didn't take too long to spot the problem. The filters looked like small white hairy carpets! 'Err Dawn, have you been grooming the cats in here?' 'Yes dear, why do you ask?' I handed her the filters and she quickly got the message. Pets and A/Cs clearly don't mix very well.
  3. I guess you're suggesting not using a power cleaner then. I've seen 'professional techies' using them at my neighbours, but never considered using them myself. I'll stick with the garden hose then. Thanks for the tip.
  4. A common mistake is to set the temperature too low. This can cause the room unit to ice up, especially in humid conditions. This is even more likely if the filters haven't been cleaned for a while, restricting air flow. 24 to 26 degrees is the ideal temp to set it at. Clean the filters regularly and wash the heat exchanger in the outdoor unit. This is especially important if you live in a polluted environment. I just use the garden hose spray for this, but a power washer would be even more effective. If properly maintained and it isn't that difficult, they should run, trouble free for years.
  5. Cheers trooper! Actually, I do believe there is a lot of cooperation and mutual respect between all special forces around the world. In particular, the SAS (Brits) and SASR (Aussies) train closely together to exchange relative skills. It may surprise some to hear that there is still a British military presence in Brunei and the SAS and the SASR hold joint jungle warfare exercises there. And it is strongly rumoured, (but never confirmed) that SAS troops operated, covertly with American Green Berets in Vietnam. I respect them all, no matter what flag they operate under.
  6. This really should be no surprise at all. Such operatives rarely blow their own trumpets. Virtually no one outside military and those on the 'need to know' lists had heard of the SAS until their roll in the Iran embassy siege of 1980. I was in the military back then, but I only knew of their existence due to a brief encounter with them in Libya back in the 1960's.
  7. Would you, you 'keyboard warrior'(if ever there was a misnomer, this is it!) care to call any one of these operatives a 'poster boy' to his face? Well, would you?
  8. Not quite true Hugh. (sorry, I couldn't resist that rhyme!) We Brits and our allies were not fighting the Japanese during the early stages of WW2, only The Germans and their Allies. We didn't declare war on Japan until after the attack on Pearl Harbour and and the US's declaration against them. It was, of course a very astute move by Churchill because by siding with the US against Japan, it put that country under an obligation the join us in the war in Europe. That was when it truly became a 'world war'. I am not, of course belittling the US's contribution to the war in Europe. It would have been a longer and more difficult campaign without them. And it is probable that at its conclusion, the Soviet Union would have had a far greater influence in the region.
  9. In 1979, I was working in Saudi Arabia providing technical support to the Royal Saudi Air Force. During that time all hell broke loose when the story broke about the siege of the Grand Mosque at Mecca. Fearing a coup, The Air Force was grounded and military units went into 'lock down'. We were virtually ''confined to swimming pool''. After it was all over, a rumour began to spread that the siege had been broken by French forces from the nearby army unit, where they provided training. It was, of course, impossible to confirm that rumour, such is the secrecy in that region and I'd forgotten all about it until this morning when I viewed the article. At long, long last, a rumour confirmed!
  10. During the formative period of the SAS in North Africa during WW2, it was quickly established that relying on others, notably the 'Long Range Desert Group' to provide transport was bad news and a couple of their early exploits went badly wrong. Their founder, David Stirling acquired some American Jeeps and had them modified to suit his purposes and they went independent from there on in. I used to see their specially modified Land Rovers (called ''Pinkies'' because of their unusual camouflage colour) going out on desert patrols in Libya. Yes, we Brits even had bases there at one time! Whilst I'm sure there is some contribution from regular forces at times, (No Armed Forces branch works in complete isolation) they prefer autonomy and I do know that their home base, to the west of Hereford, includes a large motor pool, with vehicles suited to their special needs.
  11. They are referring to core working hours, not actual working hours. However, given that the week day core hours are 9am to 9pm, I can understand that the company's reticence regarding his alternative activity playing in a band. Taking a job should entail commitment to that job at all times, not just when it suits him.
  12. Quite a number of years ago, I responded, by phone, to an advert for a position with a well known catering company that runs motorway service areas. The position was up front servicing customer needs and one of the very early questions during the initial conversation was: 'Do you have any visible tattoos or conspicuous body adornments?' (or words to that affect) The implication of the question was quite obvious. I did not and said so, but it was quite obvious that had I said yes, the interview would have been terminated there and then. There's no doubt, customers are adversely affected when they encounter such persons (to be truthful I am) and although they might claim 'discrimination', the employer's first consideration is, and always will be, keeping the customer happy. BTW I did get the job and enjoyed it.
  13. Well, I guess it wouldn't work too well in parts of Iraq or Syria right now. And I reckon most of us would give Afghanistan a wide birth. So ok. point taken.
  14. I don't where it is you are in the world. The welcome you get is directly related to the way you treat others and the smile you give them. End of lecture!
  15. I've Traveled to many countries during my life and I would posit it is very difficult to find any bank or money changer that will accept Scottish or Northern Irish notes, especially the latter. It's not because they are not acceptable as legal currency. It's because they see so few of them that they are not confident enough to recognize them. Would you recognize a Mongolian Tughrik note for instance? I certainly wouldn't! It's the same logic. I would also suspect that it is more difficult for receiver to utilize them in further trading. I have heard complaints about retail outlets in England not accepting them either, basically for the same reason. Maybe you've had that experience yourself. I'm very much afraid you're in for quite a bit of leg work. Good luck.