By - SteamieBot
Hi! Tonight my friend Russell and I are going to be in Forbidden Planet from 5pm signing our comic Hell in Stalingrad. The comic is about demons who are massacring the troops at the Battle of Stalingrad. We also drew this comic during the first lockdown so it’s (sub-textually) also about trying to keep it together and not collectively lose our minds during the height of the Pandemic. We are both Glasgow-based artists and Russell is a teacher of drawing at City of Glasgow.
If you like comics, stories or drawing please pop in and take a look/say hello.
Noticed I hadn't been getting any post for the last week or so. Turns out the sorting office is closed because 26 of the postmen tested positive for Covid and are having to isolate.
Which sorting office? Now that you've said it I can't remember getting any post this week so far.
There’s some sort of cop26 joke to be made here but I’m way too tired to even begin trying to make it
Roadworks on Dumbarton road are City Fibre lads 😎
Can't wait until fibre comes this way and I can tell Virgin Media where yo go.
I had them outside my house a few weeks ago but I'm not connected yet 😔
Getting a violin for Christmas and I was looking to get some trad fiddle lessons as a complete beginner, anyone got any recommendations for teachers, preferably around the City Centre / West End?
Thought I'd comment in here rather make a post.
What do you guys think of having a new to glasgow weekly thread? The subreddit gets an absolute ton of new to glasgow posts and with most people being on mobile they don't use the side bar.
If we had a weekly thread similar to the steamie it would stop a lot of the new to glasgow threads and also allow new people to connect and hopefully find their feet.
Gives us locals a place to give advice without cluttering up the main sub!
We did have this for a while - there was a stickied "Moving to Glasgow? Ask here" and....it got ignored all the time.
Also bare in mind we only have space for 2 sticky threads at a time - so this would have to replace either the steamie / meetup posts.
I think part of the reason the moderation was dialed back was so that any threads like that which end up being "clutter" can just be downvoted and ignored.
Now that Cop26 is over there's not a single police officer to be seen in town. I left my work last night on union Street and when I opened my door there were 2 junkies sitting at my door. One completely passed out and the other shaking him saying he's taken too many blues and he'll no get into his accommodation. I'm sick to back teeth of the blatent drug deals, junkies and nothing being done. I've watched police sit in their cars whilst junkies are doing deals and they won't even get out the car.
rebel rebel packed up and left after 13 years on the street because it was just too much. Poor guy had his windows smashed, broken into, customers hassled. you name it.
Luckily I'm underground but that doesn't stop junkies randomly coming into the venue or harassing customers waiting to come in.
Rant over. Now to head in and see what madness awaits me.
Looking to take some Spanish classes, probably in the new year. Anyone have recommendations for a teacher/language school? Thanks
Lingo Flamingo, Southside? Not used them myself, but they seem to be busy.
Thanks that’s great
Michel Thomas audio thing is pretty decent
His style is the RP of Spanish
Una messa parra cuarto por favor
Sitting in the car with a sleeping wean. It’s actually bliss.
Is anyone's GP doing face to face appointments? Or seeing patients at all?
I'm still not allowed to enter my GP's office, all appointments are phone appointments and are only available on the day, you have to phone at 9am to make an appointment for a call back. Is this still normal? I really expected them to have reopened to patients by now. It seems wild that I can anywhere, do anything I could pre-pandemic except go to the GP.
I think everywhere is still doing this, it's a directive from the Scottish Government not a unilateral decision taken by GPs. Most places are a phone triage first then they can bring you down if necessary. Unfortunately demand is sky high at the moment so this is probably the way things will be for a while as it's much more efficient to deal with things over the phone if possible.
I got to see my gp after a phone appointment, but it's still phone appointments for most stuff unfortunately.
My GP is mainly phone but if you need to be seen (ie examined and photos won't suffice) then they will see you. This was the case even when the pandemic was at its worst.
A lot of GP surgeries were working on a phone on the day basis even before covid so I suspect a lot won't revert to pre booking. My surgery is booking 2 weeks ahead just now but if you have a serious/urgent issue they will fit you in.
Heating is being weird. It's on a timer but keeps coming on even when the timer is set to off. All the mechanical pin things are in the right position, but it still came on at 2am. Definitely set to timer mode too.
Has anyone upgraded their control unit to a digital one?
I had this happen with my vokera boiler for a while. The problem was that the wee controller box where you set the timer etc was too far away from the boiler so couldn’t communicate and the boiler just did it’s own thing. I just keep it in the kitchen now so it’s close to the boiler.
Ahh interesting - ours is wall mounted and has a wee Wifi symbol on it. I wonder if it's just not communicating
I got Hive heating and it’s absolutely brilliant being able to control your heating when you aren’t in the house. You just affix the controller thing to the boiler and off you go
Would second the hive heating it's fantastic
Is this something anyone can do or do you need an electrician / gas engineer?
On every boiler I've encountered, the thermostat connection is literally a 2-core cable. The thermostat closes a contact and shorts out the circuit to turn the heating on. (So you could replace it with a simple switch if that was all you needed)
With Hive, you've got a unit that connects to the boiler this way, so you could just remove your existing thermostat and put that in its place. It then links wirelessly to the master hub (that connects to your router via CAT5) and the actual thermostat (with the temp sensing bit and display) is another wireless unit that you can put wherever you like.
Most people will be capable of swapping two wires over, make sure the boiler is off at the mains before doing it.
I think the official line is that you should have it installed by a gas engineer but there will be videos on YouTube to install yourself. Our boiler broke last summer and so just got the gas engineer to fit the hive while he was doing the new boiler.
They go a step further and provide valves to control certain radiators for your phone but if not sure they’re worth the money when you can just turn radiators down.
>I think the official line is that you should have it installed by a gas engineer but there will be videos on YouTube to install yourself.
Competency. You're not touching the gas whatsoever.
I have an old gas combi boiler and radiators. I'd love to replace the whole system with something that is environmentally friendly and efficient that is not going to bankrupt me in the process. I'd be totally happy going all electric but don't know where to get realistic advice.
Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to a government grant to replace your boiler. I got my new one part funded I'm January
[Home Energy Scotland](https://www.homeenergyscotland.org/)
Excellent. I will have a look at this in detail after work. Thanks.
Before you go all electric or get a heat pump, ensure your property is properly insulated and has draughts dealt with.
Heat pumps etc are great when installed into properties designed/upgraded for them; they're a bit crap otherwise.
>ensure your property is properly insulated and has draughts dealt with.
That's really useful to know. My house is a 1950s ex-Cooncil jobbie which is about as energy efficient as a damp cave.
I have all the regular insulation, double glazing but its a "no-fines" poured concrete construction with no cavity.
Makes sense to concentrate resources on minimising losses first.
>its a "no-fines" poured concrete construction with no cavity.
Lots of little cavities when you strip the plaster off ......
If semi-detached look at the External Wall Insulation options.
The house has 25mm insulation on the internal side of all exterior walls. Think it was done by the cooncil in an upgrading drive.
Is it maybe the frost setting thing? Usually the heating will still come on if the room drops to a certain temp, to stop the pipes freezing? I think mine is really low (5°c) but maybe your thermostat has changed it to a higher minimum temp?
Someone else mentioned this - going to def check it out
If it's a combi boiler depending on the model it may be a pre-heat setting, it will switch on for a few minutes every few hours irrespective of the temperature setting just to keep some pre-heated hot water ready.
My boiler 'broke' over the weekend there. Similar to what you describe however we don't use timers, we just control the heating with thermostat. The boiler is now ignoring the thermostat! We were away for the weekend and came back to the house absolutely roasting.
Whichever cretin installed ours basically put the receiver out of range of the thermostat and it would regularly lose connection when the batteries got _just a little_ weak.
Had the receiver moved, no problems ever since.
Does anyone know whether the COP stuff around the river has been dismantled/opened up yet? I might walk across the river on my way home if you can use the footbridges again.
A bunch has, you can walk across the bells bridge now but they still had stuff up in front of the hydro so you need to walk round the car park