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  1. I don't think (BICBW) that was what @pidgeonpost was referring to. The UK had a reputation for having the filthiest beaches in Europe (and they were), as well as some of the dirtiest rivers. The Thames was nigh on dead forty years ago.
  2. Everywhere I look round here, I see solar panels on new builds and increasing retrofits. I see them in fields, acres of them. Sorry, I can't accept that EU anti-dumping legislation is affecting the uptake of solar panels, be it PV or water. This would appear to be relevant regarding solar panels. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-28/ja-solar-withdraws-from-eu-minimum-solar-pricing-agreement
  3. The first bit is basically, anti-dumping legislation to protect EU-based manufacturers from the Chinese selling stuff so cheaply that it drives local manufacturers out of business. Also known as 'protectionism', something the US is very keen on at the moment. Secondly, the sheer number of solar farms I've passed recently both in the car and on the train would suggest that not to be the case.
  4. Ah, but most of the time you aren't having a Vince's Cable moment, are you? And are you on a metered supply?
  5. You don't need me to tell you this, but there's a difference between incorporating into UK law and originating it; the UK has been at the forefront of energy-saving laws though (again, the lightbulbs being the best known). The trouble is, the UK has a nasty habit of gilding lilies when it comes to the incorporation of EU Directives into law. Sometimes a 'sensible' EU directive gets turned into something totally daft by the UK legislature. @Lennox has raised a good point: sure, we could repeal this as part of the Great Repeal Bill in time, but it doesn't alter the fact that we would have to make pumps that were compliant if we want to sell them into the EU (I'm assuming we make such pumps in the UK). The trick here is to make those pumps cheaply enough, and of a good standard, that they don't cost three times what the non-compliant pump does! I'm all for energy-saving - I don't want to pay unnecessarily for my energy. I'm sure I've come across something like this before, now it's been mentioned. I think (BICBW) that it was to do with the 'maniverter' fitted to my Ford Ka...
  6. I've had a quick read of what Karl's response entailed - as part of energy saving directives, the pumps have now become variable-speed rather than fixed speed. That I can see would drive their price up, but a three-fold increase seems like piss-taking to this bystander. I'm a little confused as elsewhere I read (and only a quick read so might easily be wrong) that it was permissible to replace like-for-like on existing boilers until 2020? I have heard anecdotally that modern boilers don't last very long, and as someone who has only recently had central heating installed... Thanks for the response Karl, much appreciated.
  7. Okay... why? I know you to be a passionate 'leaver' having read your posts on here pre- and post- referendum, perhaps you'd like to answer the questions I posed upthread?
  8. Okay... so far, not so good. So, let's try and lead by example. Why did I vote to stay in? Primarily, it was the ease with which I, and my company, can work within Europe. To give a practical example, last year I worked in Paris for two months. Amount of paperwork involved? Two short forms - one to tell the French I'm in reasonably good health and unlikely to chuck myself off the Arc de Triomphe, the other to say that I will pay PAYE and NI in the UK on my earnings whilst out there. Oh, and they do check up on that, as some people discovered! Compare that to some countries where you have to present yourself to a medical centre for tests before even getting a work permit. Best of all - no 'Carnet' needed for the kit. Turn up, use it. Job's a good'un. Also, commonality of standards were I to produce something for use in the EU (unlikely, admittedly); if I make it to meet EU standards, it's good for use in 28 countries. Travelling there and back; easy, breeze through the blue channel. Last year, within 20 minutes of the plane landing at Heathrow I was on the train to Paddington - okay, I got lucky with the baggage carousel but the biometric passport was a doddle. I liked Paris so much, I went back for a holiday this year with a mate. Whilst over there, he rather liked the look of a particular regional ham he saw in a butchers. He tried a bit, and was sold on it. So he bought it on the morning we travelled back, wrapped it up well and he was happily munching it the next day for dinner. Perfectly legal, as it's within EU boundaries. Once we're outside the EU, unless something is done that will be illegal. I also note that under an EU directive, surcharges for credit/debit card use are to be banned. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40648641 Of course, nothing post-2019 would stop us from doing that.
  9. It was published on 8/7/16. I need some help here from Leave supporters; just what is it about the EU that upsets/angers so many that they feel they would be better out of it? What, in particular, has any EU regulation done to you personally that you feel the need to be out? (Don't say 'lightbulbs' - the UK proposed that one) What does being in the EU stop you from doing? What opportunities will being out of the EU bring that would otherwise be impossible within? I know some will say "unelected bureaucrats telling us what to do" but we have those already; they're called civil servants. Some will cite immigration but, the EU ruling is that unless an immigrant can prove that they can sustain their being in an EU country within three months, they have to leave. The UK chooses not to implement that rule. Similarly, there will be those that say "if we object to something, we get overruled". But if the other 27 countries support the something that's being objected to, isn't that democracy in action - 27 for, one against? As for the cost of the EU, it accounts for 0.37% of the UK's budget: pensions account for 12.29%.That 0.37% is second from bottom in a big list of things, only the Fire Service gets less. Civilised answers, please.
  10. To be honest, that is the best way of all to host images - via your own domain. You may need to look at methods of anonymising the ownership of the domain though, if privacy is important to you.
  11. Well, I've just had a quick play using Opera on my phone using the link provided by @nealpina and it seemed to be incredibly easy to set up an account? I found it very easy to add additional cars too. To the OP: have another go after you've had a relaxing cuppa or something, you'll crack it
  12. Considering she signed the Maastricht Treaty... This, although a bit disjointed because Twitter, is well worth a read. https://twitter.com/emporersnewc/status/884474494512975872
  13. I suspect any trade deal with the US will look like this.
  14. I had Pirelli P7s on my 525i after I binned the metrics. Absolutely superb.