TerryMcK

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About TerryMcK

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  • Birthday 07/26/1962

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    Ellesmere Pk, England, UK
  • Woodworking Interests
    Stringed instrument making
    Wind instruments
    Cabinet making
    Furniture design and manufacture
    Power tools
    Hand tools
    Shop design and layout
    Gate, Portcullis and Drawbridge design and manufacture a speciality - especially for anybody living in a castle.

    Also a licensed radio ham G8YPH since 1980. Have a listen around on HF, VHF or UHF as I have gear for all bands.

    In 2019 I got into AstroPhotography big time. Still a lot of learning, equipment to buy, software packages to learn. It's amazing what photos can be taken from the backyard!

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  1. It looks as though we in the UK will be isolating for at least 6 months. They are reviewing the situation every three weeks. We are just starting week 2 of the run. I work from home so am ok for salary and we are getting food delivered by the supermarkets. More importantly we got a big delivery of wine and beer today. So if the food diminishes we can still get our calories from a liquid intake
  2. We’ve been told to imagine an outstretched arm holding a broom. I think the 8’ 2x4 idea is much better.
  3. Some people over here are saying "It's Mother Nature's way of sending all humans to their rooms to seriously think about what they have done to the planet"
  4. "RV" Tissue sounds like something to be used on a Winnebago chemical toilet.
  5. Since the lockdown started Monday in the UK supermarket queues and buying to hoard has diminished in many areas. People are observing social distancing when waiting in line to get into the supermarkets and also observing the same when walking the aisles. There are plenty of supplies on the shelves now, TP no longer an issue but rice and pasta are in short supply. The supermarkets have taken on more staff to replenish the shelves and the restrictions on deliveries from suppliers during the night have been lifted. We can go for walks, runs or short bike rides for exercise (the latter two I've not done since I was about 20!) and the people we have met on route have observed the 8 foot guideline. There are still a few idiots you see on TV news reports who think the rules are for everybody else but them and many youngsters still couldn't be bothered. Until the police slap a fine on them that is! I've just read that a quarter of the worlds population are under lockdown. That's nearly 2 billion people!
  6. That's a good one Mark. My usual commute to work is all of 30 feet normally so I'll find that map extra useful.
  7. From my buddy in Plano He's from Chicago so Y'all is as alien to him as it is to me - but I'm learnin
  8. Funny thing is Coronavirus doesn't give any symptoms that make you go to the can any more than normal so no need to stockpile TP. We are seeing exactly the same behaviour you are seeing too Rick.
  9. The UK is now on lockdown. We had an announcement on all the public TV channels and radio stations last night at 8:30PM. People should leave home only to exercise once a day, travel to and from work where "absolutely necessary", shop for essential items and to fulfil any medical or care needs. There is a ban on public gatherings of more than two people. All places of worship have been closed. Closure of all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms. Stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals Restrictions would be under constant review and a relaxation of the rules would be considered in three weeks. If you don't follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings. "To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it - meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well," the Prime Minister said. For reference the NHS is the UK's National Health Service. Nobody has to pay for medical services in the UK, no expensive insurance policies needed. We pay National Insurance which is a small proportion of your salary and it is deducted at source. Pensioners, usually retired people over 67, and unemployed folks or long term sick do not pay any national insurance. We believe total closure of airports and seaports for passengers will be next as they have told all Brits currently travelling in other countries (around 1 million people) to return home as soon as possible.
  10. I'm just speaking to a colleague who lives outside of Plano in Texas. He is currently on a shelter at home command. He had to drive into the plant in Plano to check out some equipment I was having difficulty remote controlling from the UK. He said there was hardly any traffic on the highways coming in. He also said the folks were only supposed to be out for essentials. Liquor stores were deemed essential I can't argue with that. We are currently waiting for a government announcement (we get one every day around 5PM) to tell us what to do next. It may be that we go into total lock down soon like Spain and Italy have done.
  11. I've had an omelette like that too Mark. It would take me a year to deep clean my shop.
  12. In the UK all the bars, theatres, cinemas, gyms, music venues, restaurants, schools, colleges and universities amongst many other establishments have been told to close. The government is supporting people by paying up to 80% of lost earnings, salaries etc which is good, for those people unable to work due to their businesses being forced to close. We are practicing what is called “ social distancing” a phrase that was unknown to us until last week. Essentially keeping a distance of 6 to 8 feet away from others when passing them in the street. My parents are self isolating as they are in their 80s and in a high risk group. Airports are scaling back and our local airport at Manchester has closed 2 of its three terminals due to vast reduction in air travel. My wife and I are ok but she has had lots of her activities curtailed, art class cancelled, amateur theatre cancelled, singing group cancelled, bookclub cancelled, swimming cancelled, People are panic buying and supermarkets are struggling keeping up stocking the shelves despite there being plenty of food in the system. From speaking to colleagues who work in other countries it appears to be also happening there too. I have a dodgy knee and two dodgy hips so am struggling to do any woodworking but am finishing off a coffee table piece for my friends 60th birthday. I also work from home and have done for years so am still able to buy lumber and tools . The selfish attitude of a few younger people in this country seems to be “it doesn’t affect my age group and I am invulnerable”. How wrong that is as everybody can get it and become a carrier to infect older people (like their grandparents) who are more likely to succumb to the virus. Stay safe everybody in these unusual and unprecedented times.
  13. Yes I've seen that before - obviously not up close. You can rent time on the telescopes which is great for astro imaging from a dark sky site using the internet. It is expensive though. That reminds me of a trip when my wife and I went to New Mexico, probably 25+ years ago, on a trip that took in the Very Large Array - we stopped in Taos for a few nights. Then we spent the next 3 weeks on a road trip touring the four states. We took a railroad steam train into Colorado, went to Meteor Crator, went to Monument Valley in Utah and saw the Grand Canyon - both rims. I think we even went into Nevada if I remember correctly. [EDIT] Yes we did - we went to Vegas my wife reminded me. One of the days we were staying just over the border in Arizona and went to a restaurant just inside Utah at night. The waitress asked "What would you like to drink?" I said "beer". She said "We have root beer and sarsaparilla." WT* - I forgot Utah is a dry state! Needless to say we ate up and went back to Arizona for a beer!
  14. I noticed there was a huge gap around the exit hose so a big air leak there. Some tape or caulk would cure that.
  15. Yes I agree. That's probably why she has a fork lift or that big truck outside. She probably drives from machine to machine.