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Qoheleth.

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We are planning for the celebration of our Church centenary in September, and would like to try to contact some previous clergy [CofE context]. Crockfords on-line wants £50 for a subscription [Eek!] . I wonder whether any CofE shipmates already have a subscription for their own purposes, and would be happy to help with a little research, please? Best to PM me, rather than clog up the thread.

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Penny S
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I'm wondering whether microbeads can be mixed into soil. The nearest suggestion I can find to that is to put the products into landfill.
One idea is to continue using the product, but rinse into a bowl or similar, from where the water can be filtered before getting rid of the left overs safely.

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Sarah G
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Can anyone identify the piece of piano music Tokio Myers opened with at the BGT final :

Here, hopefully (at 1:31)


I know it, but just can't remember it!

Thanks.

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North East Quine

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Has anyone come across the following scam and can explain it to me?

A couple of weeks ago my parents received a piece of mail addressed to a name they didn't recognise. They popped it back in the post marked "Return to Sender - Not known at this address" A week later they received another piece of mail addressed to the same person, and they returned it likewise.

Last week their postman knocked on their door with a third letter to this person. He told them that he recognised it as part of a scam which is happening a lot in their area.

Apparently some people in London are taking out e.g. car insurance, but are getting cheaper premiums by claiming to live in a low crime area, such as my parents' home town. They can identify an address which has a garage and off street parking through google maps.

I understand that motor insurance is a legal obligation, and cheaper premiums must be attractive, but surely if someone had to put in a claim, it would immediately be obvious that the address was false, and their insurance invalid? At which point surely they would be charged with driving without insurance? Presumably these people are still paying out a three figure sum to acquire worthless insurance?

What is the point? And is this actually widespread?

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I know someone who committed this scam (admittedly, using a relative's address) and the point of it is in the lower premiums BEFORE you get caught. Getting caught is not on their radar. She DID get into an accident, and was doing her damndest to settle with the other insurance company without having to report it to her own, for obvious reasons. Don't know how that turned out, hope she learnt something though.

If you wanted to put a stop to it, though, you could simply open the mail, find the insured's name and company, and call the company to let them know what's going on.

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Moo

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I would think that when the letter goes back to the insurance company with the message, "Return to sender--not known at this address', the company would start asking questions.

Moo

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That, I'm afraid, is assuming the company cares about returned mail--that somebody has actually made examining such stuff a mailroom priority rather than saying "what's the point, I don't want to spend X to hire someone to do that work, it's not worth it"--which I fear many do.

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NEQ - the point is that your number plate comes up as 'insured' on the ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras used by police in their vehicles and at roadside installations. If you come up 'un-insured' a police car will stop you, and a roadside installation will send you a summons. That is, if your V5 is registered to you at an address you live at - with online vehicle taxation I don't know if anyone is comparing the addresses on your V5 and insurance any more.

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NEQ, your parents may be caught up on the periphery of a "ghost broker" scam. Coincidentally I heard something on Radio 4's "You and yours" programme today about this. People receiving mail addressed to unknown people at their address was a feature of it.
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North East Quine

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Thank you, everyone. I had assumed that anyone who wanted car insurance would want to have the documentation, but mark is right - if the insurance is just to avoid a car being picked up as uninsured, the documentation might as well end up in the Scottish Highlands.

The ghost broker scenario does sound likely, and fits with the postman saying that it is happening a lot in their area; I'll talk to my parents about it on my next visit.

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My partner and me will be coming to the States later this year (we are eclipse chasers coming for the Big One in August) and planning to extend our trip afterward to take in several cities in the SW and California.

My question is: on internal flights in the US, how long before take off time do we need to be at the airport? We are used to leaving 3 hours for international flights from the UK, but what is the situation for internal USA flights?

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Re: potential "ghost broker" scam.

For some time now the Royal Mail has not bothered with most mail marked "returned to sender" because it costs them time and money, so the company sending out the letters will be unaware that their missives are being sent to a bogus address.

NEQ The advice from police in my area is this: open the mail and note what it relates to. If it is anything to do with motor insurance, sent the mail back to the insurance company with a covering letter stating that you live at the address and that the addressee is unknown to you.

Send a second letter to DVLA, enclosing a copy of your letter to the insurance company, and head it up "Possible motor insurance fraud" and they can take it from there,

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Sioni Sais
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On the subject of motor insurance please remember that about one-third of vehicles are uninsured or incorrectly/illegally insured (so they may as well not be insured. South Wales is a particularly bad area for this.

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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quote:
Originally posted by Sparrow:
on internal flights in the US, how long before take off time do we need to be at the airport?

The general rule is two hours.

But it depends on the airport, the time of day, and the day of the week. In major airports in major cities, you can luck out and arrive at the gate when there is little or no line, and breeze right through. On the other hand, I've stood in lines that snake out the entrance door and down the sidewalk.

In what are euphemistically called regional airports (smaller airports catering to smaller aircraft), I've hardly ever experienced a long line.

If you're lucky enough to be traveling first class, or if your boarding pass is marked "TSA Precheck", you generally get the privilege of standing in a much shorter line.

Regardless, I like to arrive at the airport at least two hours beforehand. The more time you give yourself, the less likely you will be to miss your flight.

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Sparrow
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Thanks, that is helpful. One or two of the airports are what I would guess are small (Flagstaff and Phoenix) but we will also be going through Las Vegas, LA and San Francisco.

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Brenda Clough
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There are apps, or web sites, that you can go to to see how your airport is doing on any particular day. Another annoying factor is the ones you cannot control. If there is a major disruption in air traffic, demonstrations about immigration at the airport, a terrorist incident anywhere -- all this gums up the works.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sparrow:
Thanks, that is helpful. One or two of the airports are what I would guess are small (Flagstaff and Phoenix) but we will also be going through Las Vegas, LA and San Francisco.

Actually, the Phoenix airport is large and has had horrendous crowds (and waiting times), especially if something major (e.g., a football championship) is happening here. Do allow at least two hours.

When will you be in Phoenix? There are several Shipmates here who would love a Meet if the timing is right.

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Sparrow
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Sparrow:
Thanks, that is helpful. One or two of the airports are what I would guess are small (Flagstaff and Phoenix) but we will also be going through Las Vegas, LA and San Francisco.

Actually, the Phoenix airport is large and has had horrendous crowds (and waiting times), especially if something major (e.g., a football championship) is happening here. Do allow at least two hours.

When will you be in Phoenix? There are several Shipmates here who would love a Meet if the timing is right.

We are actually only changing planes in Phoenix, en route from Salt Lake City (where our eclipse tour finishes) to Flagstaff where we are going to see the Meteor crater and the Lowell Observatory.
This is definitely an astronomy themed trip!

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Pigwidgeon

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quote:
Originally posted by Sparrow:
We are actually only changing planes in Phoenix, en route from Salt Lake City (where our eclipse tour finishes) to Flagstaff where we are going to see the Meteor crater and the Lowell Observatory.
This is definitely an astronomy themed trip!

I just looked up the date of the eclipse, and it seems like I'll be passing through Sky Harbor (the Phoenix airport) during it. I'll be headed for Chicago, leaving Phoenix around noon, so it looks as if I'll be flying through the path of it. Should be interesting. (And no, I do know better than to watch it from the plane window.)

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quote:
Originally posted by North East Quine:
Has anyone come across the following scam and can explain it to me?

A couple of weeks ago my parents received a piece of mail addressed to a name they didn't recognise. They popped it back in the post marked "Return to Sender - Not known at this address" A week later they received another piece of mail addressed to the same person, and they returned it likewise.

Last week their postman knocked on their door with a third letter to this person. He told them that he recognised it as part of a scam which is happening a lot in their area.

Apparently some people in London are taking out e.g. car insurance, but are getting cheaper premiums by claiming to live in a low crime area, such as my parents' home town. They can identify an address which has a garage and off street parking through google maps.

I understand that motor insurance is a legal obligation, and cheaper premiums must be attractive, but surely if someone had to put in a claim, it would immediately be obvious that the address was false, and their insurance invalid? At which point surely they would be charged with driving without insurance? Presumably these people are still paying out a three figure sum to acquire worthless insurance?

What is the point? And is this actually widespread?

They are people who see insurance as an unfortunate legal requirement, rather than as something that will pay out in the event of a claim. They assume they will not have an accident, or don't consider the possibility. All they are bothered about is getting their reg no. on the PNC for the lowest possible outlay.

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I've not heard of this, although one understands that the cost of insurance is so high in many areas that people will do anything to bring it down, especially as the fines for being found out are far too low (less than the cost of "proper" insurance).

What puzzles me is that the address of the Insured and the address of the Registered Keeper would be very different. One presumes that the DVLA would pick that up - but perhaps they don't, as I suppose lots of cars are owned by leasing companies etc. whose addresses are legitimately quite different from the addresses of the people who drive them.

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A non-Christian friend in Glastonbury reports that today (Saturday) the streets are full of clergymen. Is there a vicar convention or something taking place there?

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No, just a pilgrimage due to this legend

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Shame it's just Forward in Faith. In former days it was for all Anglicans.

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Wesley J

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Wasn't there a cycling thread somewhere on the Ship? Is there one now? Haven't been able to find it yet if it's there! - Thanks for your hints and links. [Smile]

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A culinary request this, but not a recipe. Having for the second time this week had to prepare a seedless fruit puree for icecream (goosegogs and elderflower this time) by rubbing through a sieve with a spoon, I have started to think about getting a mouli food mill.

Would this be quicker and/or less effort than the sieving, and produce a comparable result or better? £25 is quite a lot for something that might get to the back of the cupboard when I don't have to bother about seeds.

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Would you use it for other things? I have one I would give you, but the postage across the Pond would be destructive. Before you go buy a new one, poke around on line. Can you buy a used one on Ebay? Post a Wanted on your local Freecycle group? Is there a Yard Sale group on Facebook in your town? Take a tour of all the local charity shops?

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quote:
Originally posted by Wesley J:
Wasn't there a cycling thread somewhere on the Ship? Is there one now? Haven't been able to find it yet if it's there! - Thanks for your hints and links. [Smile]

I seem to remember a cycling thread...somewhere! After a quick look, I don't see it, either. Might be time to start one up, Wesley J!

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Penny S
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quote:
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Would you use it for other things? I have one I would give you, but the postage across the Pond would be destructive. Before you go buy a new one, poke around on line. Can you buy a used one on Ebay? Post a Wanted on your local Freecycle group? Is there a Yard Sale group on Facebook in your town? Take a tour of all the local charity shops?

There's a lot in there that suggests I'm better off with the sieve!
Haven't seen one in the charity shops of late. And I wouldn't want one which did not come with a box and indications of not having been used - too many nooks and crannies which I would not know the contents of!

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Hmm. How urgent is your need? I may be coming to the UK again.

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V urgent, I'm afraid. I have realised it would be better than my stick blender for the veg which I have to reduce to mush. That requires more to mush than is wanted. I went to get one yesterday and found, after I had used the new improved ordering process in the shop that it wouldn't arrive for several days. There is another possible source.
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