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Where's my Invisibility Cloak?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:29 am    Post subject: Where's my Invisibility Cloak? Reply with quote

You've just tripped over it - that huge rock over there.

Scientists have succeeded in making a paper clip disappear, using light bounced around calcite crystals.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8296338/Invisibility-cloak-enters-the-real-world.html

I can never find a paper clip when I want one now
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trick with invisibility, is not to try and not be seen but try to let people see what is behind you in all directions. How hard can it be- just take the light from the background and put it in front of you. Simples! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find asking someone at work to do something important always makes me invisible
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

undiscovered wrote:
I find asking someone at work to do something important always makes me invisible


Yes it does, also asking the local council to do anything at all, or phoning a call centre and chosing the option that means they aren't going to get any money.

I phoned the AA the other day to cancel my membership ( been in 10 years) I noticed on the internet that they were offering new members the same service as I was just about to renew for 35 less- so I looked around and found a much better deal with a different breakdown service. I phoned the AA chose the required option, I think it was 4 " I would like to leave the AA".... "Sorry all our lines are busy please try later".Clunck!.. I repeated this about six times... so then I pressed the, I would like to join opition... bingo.. Hello .......

We joined Auto Aid , it works differently and you need to pay for the breakdown service when you use it, then claim the money back but it costs a fraction of the AA and RAC and all the feedback I've seen, is that it works. In ten years I've called out the AA once to change my wheel- cos I'm a girl and I couldn't get it off- needed a mallet. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The RAC have got some good deals at present if you buy on line

I recently got 12 months home start care free and the on line premium was the cheapest of any breakdown company and includes recovery from anywhere in the UK

I'm a believer in the Martyn Lewis philosophy that you should never renew anything without first checking whether there is a better of cheaper alternative and I do it with everything
It's amazing how much can be saved

I also refuse to deal with any company if they have call centres outside the UK because I want to support workers here not those thousands of miles away most of whom can't even speak proper English
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like the RAC... many years ago,.........Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rachel wrote:
I've called out the AA once to change my wheel- cos I'm a girl and I couldn't get it off- needed a mallet


Well if I ever get a puncture I will call the RAC, I'm not a girl, but I'm a bit old, and I doubt if I could get a wheel off, and anyway could not trust myself to replace the wheel securely


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I want to support workers here not those thousands of miles away most of whom can't even speak proper English


I've had very good service from BT Broadband via their Indian offices, they set up Outlook on my PC over the phone and remote access, so that I could still use my old Demon e-mail address.

No disrespect to Northerners in general but once when I got lost in Shildon, up North, asking kids for directions was impossible, I honestly could not understand a word they said.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is Shildon John?

I must admit I've never come across it

Sounds like it could be in the North East am I right?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it's near Darlington,.

I went up there once about 10 years ago, never forget it, schools were coming out and I stopped and asked a couple of boys where PPG Industries was. They knew but discussed between them the best way, and I just could not understand a word they said to each other, and when one of them told me the way, accompanied by arm movements I just had to say OK and drive off.

Eventually found it myself, not a big place is Shildon. Their 'accent' was just a garble, bit like Gazza after 10 pints!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John W wrote:
Rachel wrote:
I've called out the AA once to change my wheel- cos I'm a girl and I couldn't get it off- needed a mallet


Well if I ever get a puncture I will call the RAC, I'm not a girl, but I'm a bit old, and I doubt if I could get a wheel off, and anyway could not trust myself to replace the wheel securely


Ditto. Anyway, alloys are notoriously difficult to budge.
Besides which, what's the point of paying all that money and getting your own hands dirty?

Rachel wrote:
Yes it does, also asking the local council to do anything at all, or phoning a call centre and chosing the option that means they aren't going to get any money.

I phoned the AA the other day to cancel my membership ( been in 10 years) I noticed on the internet that they were offering new members the same service as I was just about to renew for 35 less- so I looked around and found a much better deal with a different breakdown service. I phoned the AA chose the required option, I think it was 4 " I would like to leave the AA".... "Sorry all our lines are busy please try later".Clunck!.. I repeated this about six times... so then I pressed the, I would like to join opition... bingo.. Hello .......


I can understand an incentive being offered for new business, but I think that to deliberately fail to resource a service helpline in favour of one for new business, which seems to be standard practice everywhere these days, should be an offence under Trading Standards legislation.


I do know an AA man, a friend and genuinely "a very nice man", to quote the old ad. Been with them a very long time, used to cover just the local area but working practices have changed - he could find himself anywhere in the area bounded by Matlock in the west, Sheffield in the north, Kings Lynn in the east and Coventry in the south, and is required to sell, sell, sell as well as mending breakdowns. He can't wait to retire.
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