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by scotia
January 17th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Venture Capital Trusts (VCT's)
Topic: Amati VCT
Replies: 5
Views: 909

Re: Amati VCT

From an Amati email today:- Amati AIM VCT has announced its intent to launch a top up offer to raise approximately £7m for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 tax years. Full documentation and application forms will become available as soon as the offer is launched which is expected to be in early February 2019...
by scotia
January 16th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Daffodils
Replies: 20
Views: 1011

Re: Daffodils

First sighting of daffodils in flower today. Central Scotland on a disused railway path, south facing bank, close to stables. I think in the past the horses have fertilised the bank - so it is probably a hot bed!
by scotia
January 15th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Cycling
Topic: E bike recommendation
Replies: 78
Views: 4728

Re: E bike recommendation

On a ebike using a couple of 100W headlamps to sink the energy would have it's charms. It would save the rims and pads, and be useful when descending at 30+mph. My vote would be for a handlebar heater. In a Scottish winter, travelling fast in cold air down a long hill, it would be a pleasure to fee...
by scotia
January 15th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Kestrel
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: Kestrel

I should perhaps add that the Kestrel was perched in a Rowan tree close to the greenhouse. Last year I caught and transported a number of mice from that vicinity. Maybe they are back - and that was the intended prey of the Kestrel. But the small birds weren't taking any chances.
by scotia
January 14th, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Cycling
Topic: E bike recommendation
Replies: 78
Views: 4728

Re: E bike recommendation

Gyroscopes have been used for a long time in electric vehicles to recover energy from downhills or controlled braking and use it to climb or accelerate. From distant memory[1], examples ranged from milk floats to passenger vehicles in some less-wasteful countries. [1] of learning about it in school...
by scotia
January 14th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Cycling
Topic: E bike recommendation
Replies: 78
Views: 4728

Re: E bike recommendation

You misunderstand me Scotia, changing the front chainwheel (if that is possible) for a smaller one with less teeth will lower the entire gearing range , thus making it more efficient for you and the battery when going uphill, your overall top speed on the flat will be slower, not faster. Yes - you ...
by scotia
January 14th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Games, Puzzles and Riddles
Topic: Christmas Presents
Replies: 8
Views: 415

Re: Christmas Presents

The way I interpreted the question, it is only the order in which each junior opens his or her presents that is fixed. The sequence could be, for example, ABCAAAACBCBABBCCCAAAABBCCCBAABBCBBCC. The juniors could be more orderly and open their presents thus: Julian F. G. W. I was not allowing the num...
by scotia
January 14th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Games, Puzzles and Riddles
Topic: Christmas Presents
Replies: 8
Views: 415

Re: Christmas Presents

I probably have misunderstood this puzzle - but surely it is 36. I wait to be flagellated by the mathematicians. It will be a lot more than 36. Consider a simpler problem: The three juniors, A, B and C, each take the smallest one of their presents. They then unwrap them one at a time. There are six...
by scotia
January 14th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Kestrel
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: Kestrel

Are you sure it was a kestrel? The small birds round these parts barely give kestrels a second glance. If a sparrowhawk appears there is no sign of bird life until it departs. I know kestrels eat small birds but as this is a rural area there are plenty of small mammals they can catch so they only b...
by scotia
January 14th, 2019, 12:09 am
Forum: Cycling
Topic: E bike recommendation
Replies: 78
Views: 4728

Re: E bike recommendation

Apologies if you've already mentioned this, but I wondered if when travelling downhill, the E bike has any regenerative capability, to recharge the battery, or do you only have conventional friction braking to slow you down? As I responded earlier, I don't have regenerative braking, but your query ...
by scotia
January 13th, 2019, 11:54 pm
Forum: Cycling
Topic: E bike recommendation
Replies: 78
Views: 4728

Re: E bike recommendation

Actually it sounds like you might benefit from changing the gearing. If when you are cycling as fast as you can on the flat you find yourself to be in 6th gear, (that is you still have 2 harder gears to keep you pedaling when going downhill) then you might sacrifice one of those higher gears for an...
by scotia
January 13th, 2019, 11:40 pm
Forum: Games, Puzzles and Riddles
Topic: Christmas Presents
Replies: 8
Views: 415

Re: Christmas Presents

I probably have misunderstood this puzzle - but surely it is 36.
I wait to be flagellated by the mathematicians.
by scotia
January 13th, 2019, 11:27 pm
Forum: Investment Trusts and Unit Trusts
Topic: The Investment Trusts Handbook 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1693

Re: The Investment Trusts Handbook 2019

Seems to me that HL is driven more by commissions rather than the merits of the individual investments. But of course I'm sure I'm wrong in thinking that. Well it may be commissions, but it could also reflect on their customer base. They have introduced large numbers of UK persons to investing. And...
by scotia
January 12th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: IKEA's Choice of Names
Replies: 2
Views: 192

IKEA's Choice of Names

I was off with my wife to IKEA today - do I hear groans of sympathy? Anyway I spotted a Doormat named Borris - and I was severely tempted. Just in case PinkDalek doesn't know who Borris is, as an engineer I would say that the name was near enough for all practical purposes. Which reminds me about th...
by scotia
January 11th, 2019, 10:43 pm
Forum: Cycling
Topic: E bike recommendation
Replies: 78
Views: 4728

Re: E bike recommendation

Apologies if you've already mentioned this, but I wondered if when travelling downhill, the E bike has any regenerative capability, to recharge the battery, or do you only have conventional friction braking to slow you down? No my e-bike has no regenerative capabilities. So I came down the hill wit...
by scotia
January 11th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Cycling
Topic: E bike recommendation
Replies: 78
Views: 4728

Re: E bike recommendation

As you will probably have gathered from my previous posts, I am enjoying my outings on the e-bike. Today I tackled a route that climbed 100m over a distance of 1km, with several of the stretches at a significantly higher gradient than the mean - but I managed - just! In the steepest sections I snake...
by scotia
January 11th, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Venture Capital Trusts (VCT's)
Topic: selling certificated VCTs
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: selling certificated VCTs

Thanks for the responses - I'll go for HL since I already have accounts with them. And another aside - the CSD address in Edinburgh has also changed, so it looks like there may have been a bit of a shake up. I must confess that their statement that it was not a "core service offering" surp...
by scotia
January 11th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Venture Capital Trusts (VCT's)
Topic: selling certificated VCTs
Replies: 5
Views: 343

selling certificated VCTs

When my VCTs reach the end of the 5 year hold (to obtain the tax break) I put them on my list of potential sales with a view to recirculating the funds in new purchases. For historical reasons I hold accounts with HL, Fidelity and Charles Stanley Direct (originally Fastrade). In the past I have used...
by scotia
January 11th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Daffodils
Replies: 20
Views: 1011

Re: Daffodils

our garden is the living proof that there are quite a lot of new cultivated hellebore varieties that hold their heads up proudly Yes - we planted one of the new varieties last year, and it is putting on an excellent show. Our more traditional (drooping head) hellebores are just starting to open the...
by scotia
January 11th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Kestrel
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Kestrel

I'm accustomed to seeing lots of small birds in the garden on the nut feeders, but this morning they appeared to be absent. Even the starlings were not evident. Then I spotted a kestrel perched on the Rowan tree and looking attentively all around. A couple of hours later - its back to normal and the...

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