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    Current:- Spit 2.5PI, Standard Atlas, Volvo V70 Previous Form:- Dolly 1850 (first car), Spit 1500, Volvo 145 (the green one on The Car's The Star S6E4) & other modern Volvos.

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  1. Yes, please keep the D3 information coming Peter. Yes Alan, we saw that somewhere (not Sky) as well. I wonder what dose? Cheers, Richard
  2. Yes Peter, we noticed that too and wondered if the comment was inspired by D3. Cheers, Richard
  3. The Inquiry on Radio 4 this afternoon was, during the Covid-19 crisis, "Why are so many ethnic minorities dying in the UK and US?" and the last 5 or 10 minutes of the programme covered Vitamin D. All a bit vague but better than nothing. Cheers, Richard PS: First broadcast on the World Service on Wednesday 6th May.
  4. The Machine Man at Long Wittenham - now sadly closed. The Nut And Bolt, Scratchface Lane near Yattendon - also closed. Cheers, Richard
  5. Peter, et al. Something dawned on me from reading the Tim Spector review and the P.N.Taylor & J.S.Davies paper he cites. Taylor & Davies stated (as we already knew) that Vit D toxicity is due to increased calcium absorption from the gut, leading to hypercalcaemia. This happens, they say, due to overdosing on Vit D, typically mis-prescription (e.g. "more is better") or poor control of the dose in pills in what is an un-regulated industry, because "it's only a vitamin". In the USA, and perhaps other places, milk is fortified with vit D and one instance of much increased dosing led to 50-odd cases of hypercalcaemia including 2 deaths. At the same time I was listening to "A History of the World in 100 Objects" on R4, in which they commented that 8000 years ago we humans would not have drunk milk as adults. Which made me think (well, there's a first time for everything!) when we were walking around the plains of Africa, where did we get our calcium from? Our (non-dairy) diet of course, with absorption via the gut aided by our high vitamin D levels. Moving out of Africa, most peoples of the world still don't drink milk. Albeit some countries such as India use butter and yoghurt in cooking, which is milk processed to remove or convert the lactose. Which brings us to Europe where we do drink milk and the vast majority of people are lactose tolerant. However, gone are the days when we were implored to "drinka pinta milka day" and we had milky coffee, because the instant or percolated coffee was so awful you have to. I probably drink 1/3rd pint each day. My Nearest & Dearest did the maths some years ago and she found it was really quite difficult to get the recommended amount of calcium by diet alone. One wonders what 25OHD3 level the recommended calcium intake was calculated for? Lactose tolerance was a particularly useful characteristic to evolve for peoples in northern climates, because even if we were struggling to get enough vitamin D, at least we would still be getting enough calcium. Trouble is, now we can supplement to get optimal vitamin D, it makes it easier to overdose on the calcium. One wonders how many of the hypercalcaemia cases were associated with high milk consumption, or calcium supplementation? My wife had already stopped taking the tablets she calculated she needed! Cheers, Richard
  6. That's it. Rob Wilsher's MGB headrests will look the same if he takes the covers off. BL did do some harmonisation across the different companies; OD gear knobs, column switch stalks ...
  7. Just so. It's an old bulb which is under-stressed and has been slowly plating the inside of the glass envelope. You used to see this on bicycle "Dynohub" headlamps. With halogen bulbs, the envelope gets hot enough that the vapour doesn't condense on the glass and re-deposits on the filament. Cheers, Richard
  8. I think I'm right in saying that internally they are a generic 1970's BL design, the same on the TRs, Spit, Jag, etc. so you can convert them by simply recovering with new foams and covers. Cheers, Richard PS: I wanted a longer stem, which I found was briefly used on 1990's Minis. I just recovered them and you wouldn't know.
  9. All of the above (well, almost ...) plus "Rumpole Of The Bailey" Cheers, Richard
  10. Something that may interest you. I started supplementing with D3 about 15 years ago. Well, about 15 years ago I started getting cramps in my legs - one muscle in particular was very prone to painful spontaneous contractions. Did these cramps start before or after the Vitamin D? I don't know, it's all too long ago. I saw my Quack and also went to the physioterrorist a few times over the years, all to no avail. 9 months ago I discovered magnesium and supplementing with magnesium glycinate has cured my cramps completely! (While the body uses calcium to make your muscles to contract, it's magnesium which causes muscles to relax. Insufficient magnesium means muscles may not completely relax and can spasm - painfully! - in order to protect themselves.) Reading in the various papers & articles about the importance of vitamin K2 and magnesium in metabolising the D3, and in particular how D3 "uses" magnesium, diverting it from its normal function (forgive me, the detail has already slipped off the end of my memory) it's tempting to say that my cramps started after vitamin D supplementation - in effect causing a magnesium deficiency in my muscles which triggered the cramps. The motto? If you start getting cramps some time after starting with vitamin D, I suggest that you consider supplementing with magnesium as well. Cheers, Richard
  11. Peter, thanks for raising awareness about Vitamin D and telling us about the blood test. I've been supplementing with 2000IUs for the last 15 years after listening to a Radio 4 documentary. I'm 58, light-ish freckly skin, and my blood test came back this morning. 25-hydroxyvitamin D 3 : 63.0 nmol/L My wife has been supplementing D3, same amount, same time and she is 25(OH)D3=88nmol/L. We've already doubled our dose since we sent off the blood test, but I think I my need more than double! Cheers, Richard
  12. 158,962,555,217,826,360,000 according to the Numberphile presenter. See about 6:15 onwards, or just watch the whole thing - it's interesting. ... and for the explanation of the flaw in Enigma, Enjoy! Cheers, Richard PS: My niece's husband is a Numberphile presenter (not this one) - all this is far too clever for me!
  13. In the late 80's / early 90's there was (perhaps still is) a Vulcan at Norwich airport museum which at that time you could climb in to and sit in the cockpit. Yes, very cramped, and that was without flying gear! Cheers, Richard
  14. Ah-ha! Thanks for that. Robin, to check your personal messages (PM) from me and I'm guessing Dog-Morgan and others, click on the envelope symbol at the top of the page. Cheers, Richard
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