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    Roger K got a reaction from Mathew in Installing an overdrive gearbox   
    I counted down to retirement from week 2 of starting work, in 1979...
    Retired from clinical work in 2015, and retired as NHSE adviser in 2016.  I'm now a full-time car mechanic, worked off my feet.  I've just bought a 1937 Riley, not entirely sure why...
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    Roger K got a reaction from poppyman in vaccination centres ??   
    It's a full-on week this week - Tranche 11 of Pfizer at our centre, so it's Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun at the needleface.  Come back retirement, all is forgiven...
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    Roger K got a reaction from Colin Lindsay in Sill trims and seals, GT6   
    That's a metal filler panel, photo on Rimmer's site.
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    Roger K got a reaction from mark powell in Screenwash/wipe electrification mod   
    My old Series 2A had a little forest (copse?) of gear levers - the long cranked black one for 4-spd 'box, the yellow one for 4wd, the red one for high-low ratio, and a second black one for the Roamerdrive overdrive.  Lots of fun, and synchro only between 3-4.  A simple thing like a noiseless change from 3-2 gave a surprising feeling of satisfaction.
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    Roger K got a reaction from dougbgt6 in vaccination centres ??   
    Ten years older than Anglefire!
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    Roger K got a reaction from Anglefire in vaccination centres ??   
    I’ve got a GT6 and a bonnet - and I’m ten years older...
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    Roger K got a reaction from Badwolf in vaccination centres ??   
    The correct answer to that, is 'I know what you are...'
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    Roger K got a reaction from PeteH in vaccination centres ??   
    It doesn't work like that - we are working on a dedicated vaccine web programme, and have no access to anyone's medical record.  It would be the same if your own GP were to be on the team vaccinating you.  Just occasionally a nurse I am working with might recognize a patient and say 'are you still on anticoagulants?' but, of course, this cannot be relied upon and does not constitute taking a medical history.  Our clinic is in the local GP surgery, but the computers in the rooms are running this completely different national programme and we are not permitted to try to log on to medical records, even if we knew all the passwords - which we don't.
    To be honest, the medical record is relatively irrelevant.  The most important things are a history of serious allergic reaction to anything likely to be in the vaccine, or a risk of bleeding following the injection due to taking anticoagulants.  Patients in these groups usually know who they are and what the risk might be.
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    Roger K got a reaction from avivalasvegas in Koni shock absorbers - Now a firm believer!   
    The adjustable element of Koni dampers is purely to allow for wear.  I was told by Koni technical department, many years ago, that new Konis should be set to full soft (which is usually what they're set to out of the box).  As they wear, they can gradually be turned up to bring their performance back.  I have cars with older Konis on, and have never had one wear out.  One set I have is now 45 years old, and working fine.  Just as well as Koni no longer make shock absorbers for that car, neither do pretty much anyone else.
    Roger
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    Roger K got a reaction from TomL in Koni shock absorbers - Now a firm believer!   
    The adjustable element of Koni dampers is purely to allow for wear.  I was told by Koni technical department, many years ago, that new Konis should be set to full soft (which is usually what they're set to out of the box).  As they wear, they can gradually be turned up to bring their performance back.  I have cars with older Konis on, and have never had one wear out.  One set I have is now 45 years old, and working fine.  Just as well as Koni no longer make shock absorbers for that car, neither do pretty much anyone else.
    Roger
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    Roger K got a reaction from ludwig113 in Koni shock absorbers - Now a firm believer!   
    The adjustable element of Koni dampers is purely to allow for wear.  I was told by Koni technical department, many years ago, that new Konis should be set to full soft (which is usually what they're set to out of the box).  As they wear, they can gradually be turned up to bring their performance back.  I have cars with older Konis on, and have never had one wear out.  One set I have is now 45 years old, and working fine.  Just as well as Koni no longer make shock absorbers for that car, neither do pretty much anyone else.
    Roger
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    Roger K got a reaction from Badwolf in vaccination centres ??   
    I'd agree about the public reaction.  The gratitude we are shown in our sessions can be a bit overwhelming.  And it's not only the patients...  I did a 7-hr session on Good Friday, doing the Pinnacle admin with a practice nurse giving the injections.  We had a 10min break for lunch, and she asked me whether or not I was going to claim for the break.  When I explained that I was a volunteer, she was amazed - both Mrs K and I have worked every session our local centre has held for nothing, since the middle of January.  I put it down to a feeling of intense loyalty to Beveridge's NHS, which is all I have known for my working life.  I know it sounds a bit maudlin, but despite everything it really is special to those of a certain age who work(ed) in it.
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    Roger K got a reaction from Chris A in vaccination centres ??   
    I absolutely love France.  Last year we were booked to do a 3-day classic tour in Brittany, the Le Mans Classic, a week down in the south east in a gîte in the old Mustang and the Minis to the Alps in the Cooper S, with a stopover at my wife's favourite restaurant overlooking Lac du Bourget.  All gone.
    Or, at least, all rolled over to this year.  And all disappearing again, one by one.  I have never gone so long without driving my old cars in France and am getting serious withdrawal symptoms.  The Mustang has done over 50,000 miles in the 15 years since I restored it, virtually all of it on the continent due to the LHD, and the vast majority of that in France.  I long to be on one of those almost empty long straight roads in the French countryside, with the odd medieval town for coffee and a crêpe.  Even the motorways are good - the Mustang's good at long sweeping roads at around 85-90, and it's fun p*ss*ng off the other English tourists with our Sanef tag through the 'high speed' channels when they're all queueing to pay.
    Roll on next year, is all I can say.
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    Roger K got a reaction from Chris A in vaccination centres ??   
    Today's Private Eye....
     

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    Roger K got a reaction from PeteH in vaccination centres ??   
    Today's Private Eye....
     

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    Roger K got a reaction from Gully in vaccination centres ??   
    Today's Private Eye....
     

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    Roger K got a reaction from Badwolf in vaccination centres ??   
    Just go for a drive round - I'm sure it'll help your eyesight.
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    Roger K got a reaction from Anglefire in vaccination centres ??   
    But this is the best Mercedes advert ever....
     
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    Roger K got a reaction from Paul H in Mk2 Engine Rebuild going into a Mk1 GT6 by a novice!   
    With the crank assembled in the block, stick a dial gauge on the nose of the crank and lever it back and forth along its long axis, taking readings off the dial gauge.  As Pete says, the figures are in the book.  If it moves further than spec, you should be able to get some oversize thrust bearings (the half-circle ones mentioned above) to bring it back into spec.  Triumph 6 cyls are known for the block wearing where these bearings sit, a very difficult repair.  Correct me if I'm wrong - not worked on one of these for several years, so repair situation may have changed.
    When buying a car with this engine fitted, the first thing I used to do was get the owner to idle the motor and press the clutch in and out.  If I could see the crank pulley moving, alarm bells rang...
    If no dial gauge it can be done with feeler gauges, but not so accurate.
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    Roger K got a reaction from DVD3500 in vaccination centres ??   
    No, no... that money was just resting in my account
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    Roger K got a reaction from PeteH in vaccination centres ??   
    Having worn the basic surgical mask professionally for the last 40 years, I'm in no rush at all to wear one routinely.  We were taught that these masks should be changed every 20 minutes, as condensation from breathing through them reduces their effectiveness (might even make particles stick to them better?).  You should not touch the exterior surface once they are in place, and the mask should be appropriate for the filtration job you want it to do.
    The changing cleanliness requirements for dental surgeries always made me wonder.  Increasingly, we were required to spend more and more money, at specialist equipment prices, on autoclaves, washer disinfectors, de-ionised water plant, increasing levels of PPE, specialist cleaners, antiseptic sprays, smooth-coving skirting to remove angles between floors and walls, specialist floor coverings, surgical clothing....
    ...and then you let some filthy, unwashed member of the general public in, wearing shoes straight off the pavement, coat covered in dog hairs, with the remains of his/her last meal in their mouth or stuck under their denture...  I know the aim is to prevent cross-infection, but it did make me wonder.
    Perhaps more worryingly, if increased use of PPE is encouraged, any thoughts of a green agenda can go straight out the window. 
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    Roger K got a reaction from PeteH in vaccination centres ??   
    I think the rot set in when we all started trying to sterilize our homes.  Kids need to build up immunity... my mum certainly didn't spray every surface all the time when I was a kid.
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    Roger K got a reaction from Iain T in vaccination centres ??   
    Having worn the basic surgical mask professionally for the last 40 years, I'm in no rush at all to wear one routinely.  We were taught that these masks should be changed every 20 minutes, as condensation from breathing through them reduces their effectiveness (might even make particles stick to them better?).  You should not touch the exterior surface once they are in place, and the mask should be appropriate for the filtration job you want it to do.
    The changing cleanliness requirements for dental surgeries always made me wonder.  Increasingly, we were required to spend more and more money, at specialist equipment prices, on autoclaves, washer disinfectors, de-ionised water plant, increasing levels of PPE, specialist cleaners, antiseptic sprays, smooth-coving skirting to remove angles between floors and walls, specialist floor coverings, surgical clothing....
    ...and then you let some filthy, unwashed member of the general public in, wearing shoes straight off the pavement, coat covered in dog hairs, with the remains of his/her last meal in their mouth or stuck under their denture...  I know the aim is to prevent cross-infection, but it did make me wonder.
    Perhaps more worryingly, if increased use of PPE is encouraged, any thoughts of a green agenda can go straight out the window. 
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    Roger K got a reaction from poppyman in vaccination centres ??   
    I think the rot set in when we all started trying to sterilize our homes.  Kids need to build up immunity... my mum certainly didn't spray every surface all the time when I was a kid.
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    Roger K got a reaction from PeteH in vaccination centres ??   
    The World at War One is reporting a rise in vaccine scepticism in the UK as a result of all this, and indeed yesterday's morning clinic had around 25 no-shows.   I wonder what would happen if Boris introduced a 'passport', and only those with one could go to pubs, restaurants, abroad....  might focus the mind a little?
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