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Trevp666

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I bet they do provide a 'genital accidents' kit too though.
 

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Today I have spent HOURS attempting to restore the paint on my car.

1990s Toyota red paint jobs are notorious for fading, here's a close up of the condition of mine...

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...and here it is after my labours. I'm quite pleased (but fully expecting it to fade again soon - it needs a lot of maintenance).

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I'm sure I saw that sweep past the TV news announcer outside the conference venue in Cornwall today.
 

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I believe so. I was looking for the 'don't whizz on the electric fence' accoutrement but don't see it.
I once took a whizz on an electric fence, Never again...
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A lot of 90s and 00s cars do this because it was common practice to use a plasticiser in the new non-toxic twin-pack paints being used at the time.
What they could not have realised at the time is that the inclusion of the plasticiser also led to the paint being subject to ultraviolet photochromatic degradation. This is not just in the surface layer that would be renovated by using a cutting agent and polishing, but throughout the whole layer of the paint.
Unfortunately your labours will have been in vain and the dull effect will return within weeks. A 'colour mop' will not address the problem.
The only long-term solution is a respray using a modern paint system. They are now 'water-based' (strictly speaking not actually water-based, but that's what it's called) paint schemes such as Lechler, and assuming the car is well sound and worth respraying can be carried out by any reputable paint shop.
And I know this because I used to work in the industry.
(You'll know the true colour of the vehicle by looking in the boot or under the bonnet where the sunshine hasn't beaten it into submission.)

I have looked into a respray, there's an MR2 specialist not far from here and the cheaper sprays look worse than a manual polish. Once you start getting into the more expensive options (removing wheels, windows and body kit; repairing underlying corrosion or damage etc) the bill starts to get a little eye-watering. A friend of mine had a Beetle resprayed and the final bill was over nine grand!

If it was a car I could garage and preserve and just run to shows etc then the respray would be a good investment. But it's a daily driver that I bought 5 years ago because I wanted something cheap and fun that I can maintain myself - so the elbow grease wins at the moment.
 

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Went into the woods on the Ridgeway at Whiteleaf near Princes Risborough - fully masked up yet six hours later I'm still sneezing and my eyes and nose are still running.
 

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Watching 'The Manster'

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According to Wikipedia:

The Manster (双頭の殺人鬼, Sōtō no Satsujinki, "The Two-Headed Killer") is a 1959 American science-fiction horror film. Shot in Japan, it was produced by George P. Breakston and directed by Breakston and Kenneth G. Crane from a screenplay by Walter J. Sheldon. Sheldon's script was based on Breakston's story which he originally titled The Split.

The film starred Peter Dyneley as a foreign correspondent in Japan who is given an experimental drug which causes an eye and eventually, a second head to grow from his shoulder. Tetsu Nakamura played the mad scientist, Dr. Suzuki, with Tamoko Takechi as his horribly mutated wife, Emiko.
 

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Went into the woods on the Ridgeway at Whiteleaf near Princes Risborough - fully masked up yet six hours later I'm still sneezing and my eyes and nose are still running.
Yes I think you'll find that any pollen that might be affecting you are considerably smaller in size than the filtration ability of any commonly used cloth or cotton mask will deal with, plus pollen finds its way in also through the eyes.
"Pollen is the male gametophyte of gymnosperms and angiosperms. Its size ranges from 15 to 200 μm; its shape, when dry, is generally oval or spherical."
(μm is a micrometre or one millionth of a metre)

Only N95 masks or N95 respirators, (named for their ability to filter 95% or more of tiny 0.3-μm particles) will be of any use, and that's assuming you have it fitted tightly around your mouth and nose (unlikely, there is almost always some sort of gap) and even they don't cover your eyes.

And the most common cloth masks or those ones made out of blue cotton-paper stuff?
Really, don't even get me started (too late, lol).
Absolute waste of time - big gaps all around the sides, and even if they were close fitting, their filtration abilities are poor at best.
Studies on these have shown that they are unable to filter anything smaller than 300μm, which simple maths will show you is, ooooh, about 20 times bigger than the smallest pollen sizes.

(Oh BTW if anyone was asking - the C19 virus particle is even smaller still at around 100nm diameter. A nanometre is 1 billionth of a metre - that's 1000 times smaller than a micrometre, so a 100nm particle will slip through an N95 mask as though it wasn't there.....but hey-ho....people wear them because they're told to even though they do nothing)

@Bad Bungle I would recommend just finding an antihistamine that works for you instead!
 

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Went into the woods on the Ridgeway at Whiteleaf near Princes Risborough - fully masked up yet six hours later I'm still sneezing and my eyes and nose are still running.
You could try applying a small amount of vaseline around your nostrils, this will help to trap a lot of the pollen spores before you inhale them.
 
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I really wasn't expecting a pollen attack and it only occurred to me at midnight before going to bed (after 9 hours of sneezing) to have a shower and wash my hair. Felt better and only got a thick head today.
 

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Why does The Manster look like the Incredible Hulk, from the Avengers?

Saw this today, never seen it before, tried to get a pic waiting for it to come back up the street, as they have shut the next street over so everybody has to use our one way system as a two way, so where the heck did it go?, anyway, i found it on FB, kinda cool, need to leap on that bugger next time


The desserts look wonderful
 

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Today, I had various tests at the optician and then paid over £200 for a new pair of glasses.
I was greatly encouraged to find that my eyes haven't changed that much since 2016. I may still be going blind, but the rate at which it is happening is slow. They did a laser scan of the inside of my eye, which was a LOT more useful than the NHS retinal scan.
 

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Today, I had various tests at the optician and then paid over £200 for a new pair of glasses.
I was greatly encouraged to find that my eyes haven't changed that much since 2016. I may still be going blind, but the rate at which it is happening is slow. They did a laser scan of the inside of my eye, which was a LOT more useful than the NHS retinal scan.
Dad had to have new glasses a few months ago, last week he had a cataract removed and he doesnt need glasses now :hahazebs:
 

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Was the rover a P4 or P5 Cochise?
 

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Took the dog for a nine and a half mile walk over the Wolds. Was a most miserable Midsummer Day, but the rain held off. Warram-le-Street, Wharram Percy and then out to Birdsall and back. Fabulous walk and, for once, the dog is tired out.
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Stocking up on groceries, as Sydney/Blue Mountains/Central Cost areas are under a two week lock down due to a Covid cluster - basically, I get to stay in, watch Godzilla/Gamera movies/Youtube/The Incredible Hulk and lurk about here.
 

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This morning, I resigned from my 2 days a week job. It was getting me down and I need a break. I need the time to work on my health and a few other things. I haven't burned my boats - I did make an offer that I could do some freelance work for them if they were having difficulty.
Am I mad to do this? No, I don't think so.
I still have my 3 days a week job.
 
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