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  1. If you are genuine in your clapping then of course I am happy to accept that you are not virtue signalling. However, unless you are naïve or wilfully obtuse it's pretty apparent there is a lot of virtue signalling and the clap for carers is all part of a carefully controlled campaign. But, that said, it's your house and your rules, therefore please close my account. To friends I've made on RMWeb, please keep in touch.
  2. Indeed I could, but I would rather extend courtesy and appreciation to those I interact with, something which is not limited to the COVID mess or to key workers. It amazes me some seem to think treating people decently should be a response to a pandemic or a special favour for key workers when it should be just the way we behave. I just find the whole clapping thing to be empty virtue signalling and that there is something rather insidious about it all.
  3. Assessing a job is a case of looking at everything, pay, pension, conditions of employment, career development, earnings potential, training etc and whether or not it is something you want to do. And happiness is important, how much pressure does a job entail, responsibility, risk etc. It's easy to just compare headline pay and to ignore everything else but it's a false comparison.
  4. In the case of shop workers, delivery drivers, refuse collectors etc why not express appreciation directly, be nice and say thank you directly? I think that is a nicer gesture than clapping once a week.
  5. The standard type of fuel pump was a simple jerk pump with a groove and cut out to control fuel quantity sent to the injector by rotating the plunger. It was very simple and robust but it wasn't easy to adjust timing. Sulzer used a very simple plunger with no groove or cut out. Instead they had a separate inlet and outlet valve to control fuel delivery linked to the plunger with mechanical linkages. The big advantage was that as well as easy control of fuel quantity it was also easy to adjust injection timing. It allowed much more control and some of the advantages of electronic injection using purely mechanical technology.
  6. At that time government pensions were excellent. Did you retain a copy of your contract of employment and leaving letter? It's obviously your decision but I would have a go. MPs can be very good in cases like these. I agree completely that all those who contribute to society should be appreciated and one of the very few positives of this whole sorry mess is that people are more aware of the efforts of shop workers, delivery drivers, refuse collectors etc.
  7. That sounds like something for a union to pick up or for you to seek legal advice. Five years pension benefit will be a significant figure. Your pay slips will provide a record of your contributions, together with your employment contract and any records of AVCs you should be able to reconstruct what you are owed.
  8. I always liked Sulzer engines, apart from the scavenge spaces of RND engines. Whoever had the idea of the scavenge access doors opening downwards with access from below had a great sense of humour. The RTA was an excellent engine. The fuel pumps were one of those things that appeared intimidating in drawings, not helped by college lecturers and Sulzer's own video but they were an extremely clever design and very reliable. Once you had set a couple up it was pretty straightforward. The slow speed engines I hated were MAN, not the modern ones which evolved from B&W but the true MAN slow speeds from Augsburg. P&OCL had a lot of MAN KSZ engines and with the exception of the cross head design they were utter carp, Hitler's revenge. I always found it interesting how different engines from different licensees were. MSE MAN-B&W engines always seemed a cut above others. Even in LR it was a pleasure to work with the MSE and DU (the big Sulzer license builder in Japan) people.
  9. I don't know what a director of supply is paid but it may be germane to consider that most of the complaints I have seen from NHS workers concern poor supplies of equipment, indicating that non-medical roles are actually rather important. Pay is one of those things where many like to feel underpaid and complain. My advice has always been if it is just about the money then get a better paid job. If you can't get a better paid job then you are not being underpaid. And comparisons tend to ignore looking at the total package including pensions, and earnings potential.
  10. I wouldn't call being a doctor a poor career choice. Interesting work, the satisfaction of helping people, good job security and it is well paid. None of the doctors I know seem to be short of a few quid and some of them appear to be extremely comfortable. Yes, it entails long hours and less than great pay initially but so do many careers with good long term potential.
  11. The unions are giving governments until the middle of June to sort their crew change policies. The ITF agreed a further one month contract extension last month but have said that is their limit and after this one expires they want crews off. There is talk of industrial action and there will be legal issues if crews are over their contract limits and article limits and decline to agree extensions. And interestingly the unions are not having a go at employers, they are still working together closely, it's governments they've lost patience with.
  12. In fairness it's not particularly unusual for those who make the biggest effort to signal their virtue to be far from virtuous. My job is dominated by emissions and response to climate change and it's the same story. People brandishing their Tesla and vegan organic tofu telling the rest of humanity to live a life of abstinence while jetting around the world living the high life.
  13. I think the idea of living in tower blocks was tarnished in this country by experiences of the tower blocks built in the 60's and 70's which were awful. In many other countries there is no such stigma and if people want to preserve green belts while accommodating large populations then tower blocks are ideal.
  14. I don't think the problem we have is a lack of laws, it is that the laws we have aren't really enforced with the exception of speed cameras.
  15. That's really quite sad, 21k is hardly a stellar income and to limit herself to that level just to avoid repaying her student loans seems a bit crazy. However it's her choice to make. Education has always been a bit of a gamble in investing time, effort and money and losing up front in the hope of ending up ahead on the deal later. At one time a university education was a huge head start in life, but when everyone has a degree it seems even temporary admin jobs are asking for degree qualified applicants and I'm always amazed at just how highly educated many people in jobs that would once have been filled by people who left school with O or A levels are.
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