Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    UK. The wall and ceiling lights in my living form and dining room were all 40W candle bulbs. We bought some new lamps for the hall and found that they had 3W filament style LED candle bulbs which gave just...
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    I replaced all my incandescent bulb downstairs and in the hall a d landing four years ago. I’ve had to replace one out of fourteen....
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    PSA has false positives and false negatives (like any other lab test) but that doesn't prevent it from being useful. It's requested often. (We don't order tests in the UK. We're too polite. We request them.) But in my experience...
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    I blame the lab for not doing the test and the insurance companies (plus Richard Nixon for legitimising medical profits). Had I been running the lab I would have done the tests anyway. The extra marginal cost would be small....
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    As Whitroth has already said PSA s a standard test. It's also not very expensive for an immunoassay. When I was running an automated lab it certainly wasn't in the top ten most expensive assays for reagent costs and was...
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    If the skull is opaque to visible light how can the pineal be light sensitive?...
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    Does cycling replace walking or driving? Sometimes it’s superior to both. Long ago when I lived in Greater Manchester I used to cycle 11 miles to work. In the morning I used to take my bike on the train for...
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    Greg You need to try a lot of tests rides before you buy an electric bike. Sellers rarely mention that although motor assistance cuts out at 15mph the work needed to ride the bikes varies a lot between makes and...
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    As and urban cyclist and motorcyclist I learned early on to assume that everyone in a car or lorry was a homicidal maniac. I drummed into my children that when on a bike they must assume anyone was out to...
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    Greg I always have OS maps for long car journeys plus a larger print road atlas. My wife is very good at navigating round problems using OS maps. But her eyesight is no longer up to the task. When we...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "(I have no idea where people round here get halal food from. There must be somewhere, but I don't recall ever having seen it.)" There are several Halal butchers in Norwich and Halal food is available in some supermarkets. When...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    My figure if 10 percent comes from the Leeds University lecturer who did the genetic testing for the genetic counselling service. The rationale for the lab was that a huge percentage of the drugs cost in Leeds at the time...
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    The standard figure quoted in the UK is that one in twenty people don't have the father they think. When I was doing my MSc at Leeds University the genetics lecturer was one of the founders of the local genetic...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    In my local Waitrose at Wymondham there are lots of different varieties of loose leaf tea. It’s a small supermarket....
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    It's fairly certain that there are long term carriers. Long Covid still affects some people (like my wife) who had the initial infection over a year ago. And the symptoms are very variable, often with long periods in which the...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    It's fairly certain that there are long term carriers. Long Covid still affects some people (like my wife) who had the initial infection over a year ago. And the symptoms are very variable, often with long periods in which the...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    When I was a teenager (over fifty years ago) I knew two people who were joy riders. They did it just for the excitement and danger. They were never caught. One went on to get a degree and became a...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Gamma radiation is a common method of sterilisation for plastic products. It degrades DNA and a combination of DNA with specialised washing should do the trick. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17318649/...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Also http://flood.firetree.net/?ll=52.6470,1.7200&zoom=17&m=1&type=hybrid...
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    Floodmap https://www.floodmap.net/ Using this and selecting 60 metres of sea level rise my house is on the coast of a small island surrounded by he East Anglian sea. Fresh water would be a problem....
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    Ice sheets act as dams. When they break up ice loss from the land increases. https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/antarctica-ice-shelves-melting-sea-level-rise-a9149511.html...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Telling the truth unconvincingly? The funniest programme on UK TV has experts in this process. But Bob Mortimer is the best. https://youtu.be/1vE8ExuuNZQ...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Instructional videos can provide much better information than drawings, written instruction's and photographs. By the end of my career in clinical biochemistry they made operation, servicing, troubleshooting and repair of very complex instruments much better. Everything had textual descriptions diagrams...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Dave. It didn't work that way in Norfolk. Got a phone call from GP surgery not a text. They text about everything routine. The GP surgery stopped cars outside the surgery car park and checked name, address and time of...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    "It's plainly incompetence - don't stand for it" Vaccine scheduling seems to be a mix of competence, belt and braces, and the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. I had a phone call from my GP...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Actually it’s The General Infirmary at Leeds. But is now usually called LGI and Leeds General Infimary. I worked there for fourteen years....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    In most cases the tubes delivered to wards or departments. In the wards most terminals were in the nurses station (main desk). Main destinations like labs and pharmacy had horizontal open topped tubes about three metres long where incoming containers...
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    I haven't visited a large UK hospital this century which didn't have a pneumatic tube system. The one at Leeds Infirmary, which at the time had 1300 bed, was particularly good. All the containers had RFD chips coded for their...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    How does the UK deal with malpractice claims and accidents? There aren’t nearly as many claims. For a start nobody has paid large sums of money for their treatment. And there are no insurance companies also worried about their money....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Thanks for that. It's only a half hour drive away. And it's very close to Grimes Graves so when lockdown is over I can take visitors to both. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/grimes-graves-prehistoric-flint-mine/history/...
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