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Thread: Are we being listened to on the phone
03/04/2021 10:43:31
Posted by John Baron on 03/04/2021 09:33:39:
Posted by V8Eng on 28/03/2021 23:14:25:

Apparently we might be getting listened to whilst on our phones.

Who’s listening


What ever makes you think that the UK, USA and other countries don't listen in ! We have GCHQ and have been spying on ourselves and others for years ! Mobile phones and computers just make it easier ! Why do you think that strong encryption is considered a weapon in the US and unlawful not to give up passwords here in the UK.


I just added that linked article as part of the general chat on the subject.

Being spied upon is obviously not new (who did not know that?).

I think it has been made easier with modern technology and the way people have embraced it plus many giving away personal information so readily.

Edited By V8Eng on 03/04/2021 10:44:53

Edited By V8Eng on 03/04/2021 10:49:00

Thread: Greenwood Tools
02/04/2021 23:49:23

Oh dear always bad to hear a good supplier is going.

My last set of Dormer drill bits came from them brilliant service and a good price.

Edited By V8Eng on 02/04/2021 23:50:05

Thread: Are we being listened to on the phone
02/04/2021 23:35:23
Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 02/04/2021 21:52:13:

I see! Oh, yes, China seems to be among the world's "leader" if not Number One, in population-wide interception and surveillance techniques.

Did you also look down the rest of that Mirror page?

In the headlines list at the foot is one referring to a warning about hacking aimed at Whatsapp users.

(I didn't follow it, if only because I do not use Whatsapp; but we all know the more you use such sites the less privacy and security you have.)


That may have appeared since I posted the link.

I do not use WhatsApp (or much social media) but do know that it seems popular, apparently I am very old fashioned preferring a phone or email to communicate.

Edited By V8Eng on 02/04/2021 23:37:15

Edited By V8Eng on 02/04/2021 23:45:10

Thread: Component Suppliers - Recommendations?
30/03/2021 12:11:55

Try Inverter Drive Supermarket they are specialists in the stuff and very helpful to the confused (I was).

A lot of the things you are looking for come under the Control gear heading on their website. Linky here:-


Edited By V8Eng on 30/03/2021 12:13:33

Thread: Are we being listened to on the phone
28/03/2021 23:14:25

Apparently we might be getting listened to whilst on our phones.

Who’s listening

Thread: Covid 19 and the DVLA
27/03/2021 19:51:54
Posted by Windy on 27/03/2021 19:20:33:
Posted by V8Eng on 27/03/2021 13:48:48:

Pleased to hear you seem to be making progress.

My licence took nearly 8 weeks to come after having the test at Specsavers.

Edited By V8Eng on 27/03/2021 13:50:38

If I pass under normal times took between 7 to 14 days this quote has cheered me up.

As things are generally supposed to be getting back to some sort of normality soon you might just be luckier on that one.

Three years ago my licence turned up 4 days after taking the eye test.

Edited By V8Eng on 27/03/2021 19:53:12

Edited By V8Eng on 27/03/2021 19:54:55

Thread: New member, N. Gloucestershire.
27/03/2021 19:36:38
Posted by Paul Wakefield 1 on 27/03/2021 17:30:40:

Thanks again Gents. Yes, Pershore is just up the road from me Henry.

My latest project would appear to be to find a reliable removal company to move a newly purchased Lathe. Any hints would be gratefully received. The site search button doesn’t give any returns to my searches.


I have seen a company called Landylift recommended by people on this forum.

This is a link to their advert: Landylift

Thread: Covid 19 and the DVLA
27/03/2021 13:48:48

Pleased to hear you seem to be making progress.

My licence took nearly 8 weeks to come after having the test at Specsavers.

Edited By V8Eng on 27/03/2021 13:50:38

Thread: Which lathe to purchase
25/03/2021 22:52:08
Posted by John Haine on 25/03/2021 15:35:45:

There's a Beeston in south Leeds as well.

And a Beeston in Cheshire.

Edited By V8Eng on 25/03/2021 22:53:11

Thread: Tea Spoons
25/03/2021 21:42:07

This may be relevant (or not).

I was told many years ago that Stainless Cutlery should not be kept next to (touching) silver plated or silver cutlery as the stainless will discolour and the plated stuff will lose the plating over time.

Must admit that I have no idea if that is true!

Edited By V8Eng on 25/03/2021 21:43:56

Edited By V8Eng on 25/03/2021 21:49:18

Thread: Covid 19 and the DVLA
24/03/2021 23:13:58
Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 24/03/2021 22:49:49:

I honestly wonder if employees in large agencies and businesses are banned from using any initiative, only to follow system and procedures; no matter whether efficient or like DVLA's, desperately poor.

If poor, it is poor by weak design and lack of proper oversight and testing.

The moral seems to be that straightforward on-line re-taxing of a vehicle seems to work well, but for anything more difficult, use only paper and post.


Incidentally, does DVLA dictate you use only Specsavers? I wonder what happens if you have been a regular customer with another optician for years, and wish to continue that.


The Government appears to just send the details to spec savers and they contact you to make an appointment seemingly within a short period of time from getting the letter.

Specsavers then send the results to the DVLA who decide on your licence.

I am not aware of there being any choice in the matter.

I think people with eye defects will already be under the ongoing care of Opticians who would be perfectly capable of doing the requisite testing.

Many would also be regularly seen by medical specialists who are probably more than capable of testing and deciding on vision for driving.



Edited By V8Eng on 24/03/2021 23:14:32

24/03/2021 21:59:00

There is a visual field requirement for drivers as well as the number plate & visual acuity requirement.

It is all clearly shown on the government’s website here:-

Drivers vision

Edited By V8Eng on 24/03/2021 22:00:31

Thread: The Secret Science of Sewage
20/03/2021 14:14:01
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 20/03/2021 08:54:24:
Posted by Grindstone Cowboy on 19/03/2021 20:39:49:


Anyone remember the original "Secret Life of..." programmes with Tim Hunkin and Rex Garrod? Excellent if you can get hold of them anywhere.


Edit - just found the site where you can stream them to watch

Edit again - but it seems you need Flash Player and Javascript frown



A great find, Rob ... if only sad

At least one of Tim Hunkin’s wonderful programmes has made it to YouTube though : **LINK**

... The Television :


Tim Hunkin has his own website with new Secret Life of Components stuff here: Tim Hunkin

He is also remastering and putting the original programmes on you tube these work normally on my iPad.

Such as this one and others: YouTube Hunkin (same as Michaels).

I loved those programmes and also have his book called “Almost Everything There is to Know” which is full of fascinating things.

Edited By V8Eng on 20/03/2021 14:18:08

Edited By V8Eng on 20/03/2021 14:19:10

Thread: No302
19/03/2021 10:39:51

Never wear pendants when operating machinery.wink

Thread: Help please
13/03/2021 20:54:44

Should have said this in my earlier post.

Welcome to the forum enjoy!

13/03/2021 12:13:04

Neil Wyatt has put the guide to doing that here:-


Edited By V8Eng on 13/03/2021 12:13:45

Thread: Does old meths burn less hot?
12/03/2021 19:09:44

Homebase stores are open and they stock it. So do B&Q.

Well the ones I’ve been in anyway.

Thread: Capsule Cameras
11/03/2021 11:28:39


My comment was certainly not intended to put down your link this morning because I thoroughly enjoy looking at your online discoveries,

Generally I enjoy reading about the amazing advances in technology.

I was just rather amused that the media and NHS appeared to have caught up with this after so much time.

hope you enjoy the rest of your day.


Edited By V8Eng on 11/03/2021 11:29:18

11/03/2021 09:58:02

Hardly brand new stuff.

I remember when the wife used to watch Richard & Judy that Richard swallowed one and featured the results on their show.

I think somebody put themselves on YouTube doing it a few years ago as well.

Thread: Motor control board
09/03/2021 12:13:41

You could try these people for carbon brushes.


Never actually used them but been in my favourites page for ages.

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