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PhiliPamInCoventry
Holbrooks
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1 of 19  Mon 27th Dec 2021 1:37pm  
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Hi all, Good afternoon. With spiralling gas prices, please just help me out with a bit of logic. If we are going to burn gas to heat our homes, on an environmental issue, why does it matter where the gas comes from. There's at least 15 years worth of gas from the known wells in the North Sea at the current rate of consumption. Yes, I understand the need to reduce fossil fuel dependency, but if the gas comes from the North Sea, what's the difference for it coming from Timbuckthree, if it's going to be burnt. I cannot get my head around the logic. Especially if during the process the spent carbon can go in to replace it from industrial users. Please don't shout at me. Their might be good reasons, so what are those reasons? Answering my own question, part of the practical issue is the investment needed to develop the increased production. If the current price is sustained, then it's what costs less, relief to over a million homes who can't afford energy prices now, leave alone the new costs. Also, electric heated homes are not out of the equation. Thirty two gas fired power stations are burning gas as I type this to supply the National Grid.
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Earlsdon Kid
Argyll & Bute, Scotland
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2 of 19  Mon 27th Dec 2021 2:25pm  
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I'm with you, Philip, on some of the logic behind our power supplies. For example how can the suppliers of "Green electricity" ensure that the electricity delivered to their customers home actually is generated from "Green" sources? Do they really have that much control over the grid and distribution networks? More recently I find it ironic that most of the electricity supply companies that have gone under due to rising gas prices, claimed to source their electricity from "Green" sources. So much for free energy from hydro, wave, wind and solar sources. It reminds me of the claims of cheap, unlimited power when the early nuclear power stations were being developed! You will notice that I'm obviously looking at this from a simplistic viewpoint! Thumbs up
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Helen F
Warrington
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3 of 19  Thu 30th Dec 2021 7:28pm  
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The government policy on energy is based on the concept of flying. They think if everyone stands on one leg, they're half way to being able to levitate. They just have to persuade you to shift the other leg...
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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4 of 19  Tue 4th Jan 2022 4:02pm  
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Hi all. Did you know that 17.5 billion pieces of junk mail are produced and distributed each year in the UK? Every year the average British household receives 650 pieces of junk mail. The majority of junk mail we receive remains unopened or unread. I don't know the stats just for Coventry, but I wonder what energy consumption goes into the junk mail process. If we receive unwanted mail with a return address on the envelope I've been told that we can write 'unsolicited mail, please return to sender' on the envelope and put it back in the post unstamped. The sender will then have to pay the return postage which may prompt them to remove your details from their mailing lists. That might save a couple of inches in my recycling bin, hey! Any constructive comments, please? There are official procedures that we can go along to try & stop unsolicited mail, but they involve a third party & can have unwanted side issues. By returning to sender, our post office get a fee, from the originator. The inconvenience is me marking the envelope & sticking it in the pillar box.
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argon
New Milton
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5 of 19  Tue 4th Jan 2022 4:25pm  
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What I find is that the problem with putting junk mail in the bin particularly if leaflets is there is a danger of that lottery win cheque being in the middle of them and so have to go through each to ensure there is nothing important dumped instead of having a mass scrap action.
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Helen F
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6 of 19  Tue 4th Jan 2022 4:25pm  
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I signed up for the junk mail preference service and don't get major mail shots. I still get a few ads for local takeaways and tree surgeons but they're semi useful. While trying to deal with my aunt's junk mail problem I managed to get rid of most by just sending an email. Only one was a pain - ironically a catalogue for aids for the elderly. I got an email saying that only my aunt could cancel, even though I pointed out that she was ill, had moved and she didn't own the property. They still refused. I asked them what if she'd died? They said they'd accept a copy of the death certificate! I said that wasn't happening but I'd try a different route (much like your suggestion Thumbs up ) only I'd put something heavy in every envelope and post them back. They said that they'd stop mail immediately but one more mailshot could arrive because it might already be in the pipeline.
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NeilsYard
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7 of 19  Wed 5th Jan 2022 11:55am  
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Thanks Helen - just registered with MPS. Really annoying especially currently where I have bags of post-Christmas rubbish and the bunmen are on strike that you then get more paper to dispose of!
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Helen F
Warrington
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8 of 19  Wed 5th Jan 2022 12:33pm  
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I should add that junk mail with your name on it has to be stopped at source. Most mail like that comes from stuff you've unintentionally signed up to. Clicking boxes or not clicking when you fill in a form online. Read those boxes very carefully because they don't follow a set pattern. The biggest detail seller for me was J D Williams and charities who sold my details before it became illegal to pass details on without permission. That stuff has now almost stopped. Even they realised that they were wasting their money. To compensate the postman I buy a fair amount of books that get delivered by the Mail.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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9 of 19  Fri 14th Jan 2022 3:00pm  
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This is so sad, We are a divided society, in internet awareness & understanding. An able bodied lady alighted bus No 3 at the Arena Park in Longford today, asking for Walsgrave Hospital. She had boarded the bus in Trinity Street. Someone at the hospital had told her to go to Arena Park, for a quick bus to the hospital. She was totally confused. Her hospital appointment time had long passed. I escorted her using bus No 60. A member of hospital staff sorted her out, but she had missed her appointment. Had she boarded the No 9 in Pool Meadow, she would have been in plenty of time. Now, this could be a Coventry bus topic issue, or an issue of internet awareness. The hospital reception told me that this was a huge issue regards DNA. DID NOT ATTEND. My friends on our forum. What can be done?
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Helen F
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10 of 19  Fri 14th Jan 2022 3:17pm  
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A small list of buses that go to and from local town centres on hospital letters eg No 9 Coventry Pool Meadow? Or a phone number to a bus help line? It's increasingly problematic that everything is going online and paperless. Even a helpline where you can ring up with a question and the person on the other end looks the answer up online - maybe run by Age UK - I never found them useful for anything else.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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11 of 19  Fri 14th Jan 2022 3:58pm  
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A letter or leaflet with the appointment letter would be a great help. I am sure we have had appointments in the post with maps of car parking, so why not buses. I agree so much is online now but there are many OAP’s that have not been brought up with computers and probably would not know where to phone to ask. Hospitals try to encourage people to use public transport as parking is limited in most hospitals so they should make it. The latest consisted of 15 continuous week days fitting round the Christmas holidays. Does Walsgrave have a hospital transport service? Roy has had to go for a lot of treatments to Good Hope and Birmingham QE and I don’t know how we would have managed without the hospital transport. Everyone has been very helpful and friendly.
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argon
New Milton
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12 of 19  Fri 14th Jan 2022 4:11pm  
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We have a transport arrangement here with a Neighbourcare organisation . We have used it to go to Bournemouth, Poole and Southampton hospitals, very efficient and convenient. Costs about £28 per trip. Buses would be very difficult from where we live. They also take people to the surgery or any other medical appointment.
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scrutiny
coventry
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13 of 19  Fri 14th Jan 2022 4:24pm  
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I am afraid that society has decided to leave the elderly behind and ignore them. I do not see any problem, especially for the hospital, in printing or on the information board which number and place to catch the bus. Be it in town or Pool Meadow. I say this because I have just had a lot of trouble with the doctors surgery trying to make them understand that because they can send someone a text message does not mean they can download a file and print it off. Three times they have sent the text with a file, even after explaining the person involved does not have a smart phone or internet. I then went into the surgery to explain and the first stupid reply I got was, WHY. I did make them understand in the end that an 80 yr old lady has no wish for a smart phone or computer or to pay for the internet just to please the powers that be. It would be nice if they just looked at the age and think, I think this person would be better with a letter. Sad
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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14 of 19  Fri 14th Jan 2022 4:58pm  
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On 14th Jan 2022 3:58pm, Annewiggy said: Does Walsgrave have a hospital transport service ? Roy has had to go for a lot of treatments to Good Hope and Birmingham QE and I don’t know how we would have managed without the hospital transport. Everyone has been very helpful and friendly.
Yes, they do, they did have a public transport escort too, but that's in disarray. Able bodied folk avoid the hospital transport as it often takes all day there & back.
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Dreamer58
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15 of 19  Fri 14th Jan 2022 5:50pm  
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Though a little off topic, it's similar with online banking which is something I really don't trust. Most of the local banks seem to be shutting down and I have to go to town for banking matters. Coventry Building Society has recently closed its Earlsdon branch as well which means another trip to town. I'm thankful that telephone banking still exists.
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