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About Mackle

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  • Birthday 07/08/1979

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  • Location Dubai
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown London
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1979
  • Interests Charlton Athletic FC, F1

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  1. BREXIT positives and negatives

      We saw him getting angry and shouting at Jess Phillips for mentioning civility...
  2. BREXIT positives and negatives

      I thought pre-CoViD that India had already leapfrogged both Britain and France?
  3. BREXIT positives and negatives

      It doesn't always work out like that - Switzerland's cost of living is amongst the highest in Europe, but the standard of living there is one of the highest in the world.  It does start to get murky when you talk about places like Dubai and Singapore, where some professions pay enough to negate the high living expenses, but other sections become trapped there.                   
  4. BREXIT positives and negatives

      Maybe his mate Aaron Banks could buy him a passport if there are still EU countries that will give citizenship to investors without needing them to reside in the country for long.   People like Banks, Rees-Mogg, Dyson, Lawson, Mellon, Ratcliffe, Bamford, and that horrible Crispin Odey, can (and some have) just parachute somewhere else with the funds they have.
  5. BREXIT positives and negatives

      Tony Blair gets interviewed many times, but I cannot believe that no-one ever asks him about this decision, why it was was so markedly different from the rest of the EU and EEA, what does he think about those leaders who chose to not instantly allow the Eastern accession states FOM, and in light of what he knows now about Brexit, would he do things differently if he could revisit this decision.
  6. BREXIT positives and negatives

      I guess this gives the Conservatives at least another two terms, where they can insist that the transfer to Swiss-style wages and standards of living does not happen overnight, whilst scaring people from voting for alternatives by claiming that labour want to cut peoples wages and replace them with foreigners.  And looking at Boris Johnson's popularity, enough of the electorate will still buy it.   Sir Harry Flashman has come to life, and is running the country.
  7. Neil deGrasse Tyson said something along the lines of anyone can know enough about a subject to think that they are right, but the real challenge is to know enough about a subject to know that you are wrong 
  8.   I thought that AZ, J&J, and Sputnik were similar in that they were using inactive samples of the Virus?   Anyway, I am currently in a country which has used Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer/BioNtech and the belief here after six months of vaccination is that the Sinopharm vaccine is ineffective - everyone here in the UAE who has had the Sinopharm vaccine will be encouraged to have a booster after six months of their 2nd jab, or will be offered the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine in lieu of a Sinopharm booster.   Abu Dhabi is having a lot of issues - despite having a lower, more spread out population, and strict entry requirements when travelling in from the neighbouring emirates, Abu Dhabi cannot get their cases under control (they are back as of yesterday to shutting the road border with Dubai overnight, and conducting sterilisations of public areas whilst a nighty curfew is in place). Abu Dhabi is also predominantly Sinopharm. Dubai, which has fewer restrictions, is much more populated, and vastly more densely populated, is not having anywhere near the same issues; Dubai has been predominantly using Pfizer/BioNtech over the last few months.   Yes it's all anecdotal and not a very scientific way of looking at it, but the UAE has been using three different vaccines so some comparisons can be made.
  9. Euro 2020 and 2021

      I used to be a season ticket holder at the Valley, and whilst I would sing along to the chants and cheer when Charlton scored a goal, I never regressed in to a tribal state but perhaps having an ASD helps prevent it. 
  10. Euro 2020 and 2021

      I seem to recall the Germany vs Poland game in Dortmund a few years ago when Germany hosted the World Cup felt very hostile, probably not helped by Polish politicians demanding more reparations in the build up to that match.  
  11.   Yes, so for example on my car if using the factory SatNav, arrows will be displayed inside the speedo on the dashboard and the map will be displayed on the stereo's screen, but when using CarPlay the Waze/TomTom/etc. map will only be displayed on the stereo's main display and not inside the speedo.
  12.   This is my experience with Google Maps, but not with the TomTom app. I found the TomTom spoken directions and it's attempts of street names, much better than a lot of factory systems.   I had an Audi A5 hire car from Avis for a trip to Germany before I moved there, and the inbuilt system was pretty slow to give directions as well. Had some pretty graphics on the instrument cluster which were a bit jittery on the move, so some factory systems also struggle with the direction part. The petrol stations on route and the integration with the miles-till-empty information were impressive though! 
  13. I like Apple Car Play as the maps and points of interest data, and traffic avoidance tend to be better than a factory system, and it makes it easy to control your phone using the steering wheel and car stereo touchscreen.    I've not got on with Google Maps as I found that it was giving me junction information when I was already passed the slip road, whereas I found that TomTom tended to work pretty well and also included information on speed camera locations.  Also, I gave up on using Google Maps when I wanted to go to Snoopy Island and took me to an oil refinery instead.   At the moment in the UAE I use Waze. I don't like the interface or the voice, but it gives motorway lane change directions with more notice than Google Maps does, but seems to use Google as it's POI database. It also alerts on speed cameras (on some roads like the E311 and E11 the cameras are 800M apart in places!!). Whilst I much prefer TomTom to Waze, for some reason the UAE POI database is empty, it couldn't even find the airport.    The only drawback that I would say about it, is that I've not yet seen a CarPlay system where the mobile phone's SatNav app gives directions on the instrument cluster. 
  14. Euro 2020 and 2021

      I'm not sure falling over would have helped Germany the other night, but they are lacking a quality goalscorer. Okay, it's not like when Carston Janker was playing up front for them, but there is probably no team in existence that would take Gnarlby over Mbappe.   It's worrying for the rest of the countries in the competition that France can sleepwalk through a game against Germany, not only win, but look very dangerous on the rare occasions that they went forward. With the likes of Griezmann and Pogba being able to supply him or put the ball in areas where he can win a race against almost any defender, Mbappe is a danger at all times. 
  15. Zoll: Help, Birthday Gift at Customs

    If it's anything like the one in Frankfurt, I hope the gift is not giftwrapped - it's quite depressing unwrapping a birthday or Christmas gift early in front of customs officers!