Is Line 6 Helix any good or is it manufacturer’s hype?

I have been following the development  of amp modelling  effects  from the start. Many of which I have previously  owned . I have found though  that I get quite  dissatisfied with them quite quickly not long after a struggle  with them to get authentic  sounding tones. All sounded quite digital, sterile and false

 After a while I gave up on the hope of them ever sounding right. For me the frustration culminated  when Line 6 claimed that the Pod HD was the business  and a step up the modelling  ladder from the earlier versions of Pod

This claim was quickly exposed as false and it actually  proved  to be a step backwards with inferior amp models and  a poor choice of amps in both variety and functionality. It was this that exposed Line 6 as manufacturer willing to hype up their latest product with misleading  claims. So why would I trust them with their claims regarding Helix? Many people have but are they giving an honest account  of Helix’,s performance  and capabilities? Customers  don’t  like to admit that they have  been  duped. Ghd Helix is a relatively  big investment and it has been noted that the release  of every new product had an incremental  price based upon the manufacturer ‘s claims about how the new product  stacks up against  previous products. For these  new units we have seen a massive  price jump. Customers  are now making bigger investments so is it any wonder that we are not seeing  too many negative reviews because bond likes  go admit that they may have been duped so they may well convince  themselves that they  actually got a good return  for their investment. How reading between the lines reveals  some dissent  going on. Manh have said that they had to purchase 3rd party IRs to make Helix truly  playable which suggests that the Cabinet IRs that are supplied by Line 6 are inferior. Chipping  away  at their armour then it appears that Helix may not be true  to it’s  claims of accurate representation of amps and effects. I personally  would be disappointed to have to make additional purchases  to make a product as expensive as Helix sound adequate. I know I am picking a fight here with Helix users  who will and must defend their investment  but many have broken ranks and expressed  some level of dissatisfaction. So is Helix any better than offerings from cheaper sources such as Nux mg. I am personally  blown away with the Mg. Having tried many from the usual suspects I can compare and say that the Nux Mg is so far  streets ahead of this group although I cannot  make claims in relation  to Helix because I have no first hand experience of it!

Now is not the time for Britain to be alone

Coronavirus will bring with it an economic depression that will be felt worldwide. It is certainly not a good time for Britain to be on our own in the world. We all face an uncertain future. Now is certainly not the right time to be antagonistic towards our current, existing trading partners, the EU. Coronavirus has certainly cast a shadow of doubt over the feasibility of Brexit. Without alternative trading arrangements in place Britain faces a very uncertain and unstable economic future. Despite all of this the Tories continue to aggravate the EU with a non negotiable stance which is likely to lead to a hostile set of difficult negotiations upon which the economic future depends. Still we have no signals of any phenomenal trading agreements with the USA who are most likely to sticking to a policy of America first. Without any viable alternatives we should be taking more care of our existing partnerships.

 

Sadiq Khan for Prime Minister because he seems to be the only one who knows how to deal with Coronavirus effectively and fairly

Following his interview on BBC News this morning I am recommending that Sadiq Khan be immediately elected to be Prime Minister of Britain because he speaks such sense and seems to be the only one who knows how to deal with the Coronavirus situation effectively and fairly.

£94 a week SSP is no incentive to self isolate against Coronavirus

£94 SSP is no incentive to self isolate against Coronavirus but it has highlighted how out of touch and unfit for purpose our Benefits System is. For years this has gone on largely hidden from public scrutiny as a result of concerted attacks by both the Tory Party and pressure from the right wing press in order to drive down the amount of support given to vulnerable people in the UK. Now, when a time has come, when this System is needed almost universally by all for support it is found to be wanting and outdated and to be offering only a questionable and inadequate level of support.

£94 a week is an inadequate sum that will not encourage people to self isolate against Coronavirus. This level of support and this amount show that our Benefits System is at least 20 years behind the current costs of living and has probably not been updated in all that time. The reality is that it should be offering at least £250 per week as a survival income. It appears that the government could easily afford to be offering that since it has recently announced that it could support workers salaries up to the level of double that amount and more (£2500 is the limit that it announced). Therefore raising SSP to at least 3x it’s current rate does not seem to be an unreasonable demand.

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Government will give you: £94, rent arrears, loan debts and ultimately destitution, to assist with Coronavirus

Tories claim that they are being generous and responsible in bringing in measures to tackle the Coronavirus situation but on analysis their measures fall very short of supporting the hardest hit members of society. This government are providing a package of assistance measures that seem to be supporting the needs of big businesses whilst neglecting or even exploiting the poorer members of society. For self employed, gig workers, zero hrs contract worker, you will be entitled to the generous amount of a full £94 a week to cover your costs and your rent. You will be assured that no greedy landlord can boot you out for your rent arrears for at least 3 months but after that you either find the money or you will be destitute. So you had better save some out of the generous £94 that the government will provide for you so that you can pay your rent arrears. Well in fact you had better save it all and spend not a single penny of it because your rent, in itself, is likely to be 3 or 4x the amount you are going to receive. Even worse if you are not sick and self isolating claiming SSP you will only be entitled to the miserly, miserable sum of £57.90.

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Us and Them in the fight against Coronavirus: reasons to be ashamed to be British

The last couple of weeks has not shown the British Public in a very good light, highlighting just how selfish we really are. Selfishly thinking only of themselves and completely oblivious to the fact that we are all in this together but instead we are seeing completely selfish individuals willing to put themselves first at the expense of others: it’s enough to make you feel ashamed of being British. It just makes you wonder if this government’s message will get through at all and it makes you realise that it’s simply not worth putting your faith in people at all. If this is the behaviour of the British at the very start of this Coronavirus outbreak what will it be like as the situation worsens? Will we see people being mugged in the street for their toilet tissue?

Another reason that I have to be doubtful that the government’s plans to tackle the virus, which relies on people first understanding the government guidelines about proper cleanliness, is an incident that happened to me this week. I am a taxi driver and over the weekend I picked up a fare. I noticed this young lady, I use the term in the broadest sense, was sucking a toffee when she got into the back of my car. Other than the horrible noise she was making whilst sucking on it, I had no reason to glance at her again. The next day I used the car for a  personal shopping trip. I then had cause to go in the rear of the vehicle for some reason and as I surveyed the state of the car to ascertain if it would need to be cleaned, I couldn’t help noticing a half eaten toffee sweet, stuck firmly down on the carpet under the back of the front passenger seat. There was no doubt in my mind who had done this and left it there for removal instead of taking some responsibility for it’s disposal themselves. So how can we put faith in people doing the right thing and taking responsibility when amongst us here in Britain live this type of lazy individuals who care nothing for others and are quick to pass on their individual responsibility to others just because they are darn right too lazy to take any responsibility upon themselves and they are just fundamentally dirty scumbags. I can’t help thinking what a big mistake it was allowing people like these to determine the economic future of Britain. This last few weeks I have felt ashamed to be British and can’t help thinking that the EU must actually be sighing with relief and saying to themselves ‘thank God that they have actually gone’, now that we have left the EU. I for one am lamenting that I can no longer refer to myself as European and have now to defer back to being just British.

‘Putting faith in a selfish bunch of people willing to clear supermarket shelves to ensure that they don’t go without whilst many others may have to, as a result of their  behaviour,  seems simply to be a misguided strategy in the fight against Coronavirus.

Mr Sunak your budget stinks: I don’t want new roads I just want to financially survive Coronavirus

Mr Sunak ‘s budget was off the mark and promised lots of cash for development of infrastructure and long term projects however this is all useless if this economy simply collapses due to Coronavirus. Much of the UK will not financially survive Coronavirus and this Government is doing little to prevent this happening. It is becoming clear that the UK and the rest of the world will be a very different place following Coronavirus and there is a strong likelihood that Britain’s economy will be plunged into a deep recession. Sunak’s budget does not take this into account seemingly focusing on a bright future for the UK.

Britain is open for business: but no one is queuing

Now that Brexit is done well in a manner of speaking, and Bodge-it has declared that Britain is now open for business you might, after all the talk up and hype, have expected to see much more interest from the rest of the world outside Europe. However Britain is open for business: but no one is queuing up seems to be the reaction. Britain is open for business but no one is particularly interested. Could be as I previously predicted that now we have departed from the EU others will wait to see how desperate we are before approaching us with their exploitative deals. Well that’s just business :always looking for the best deal. After all it is 47 years since we were on our own and the world has changed during that time. It’s like an adult revisiting a place from childhood. Things look similar but at the same time so different to how you remembered them. Places are often so much smaller than in your memories of them but the real reality is that we are just bigger and we feel just too big to fit in now. Let’s hope it is not a similar experience for the UK. The world market may be smaller than what we actually remember of it 47yrs ago. We have been promised a Utopia by various politicians but we may be forced to remember that we are really quite isolated on a small island just outside Europe in which the rest of the world has relatively little interest in.

Cringe worthy Conservative Party political broadcast 05/02/20

The Conservative Party Political Broadcast last night was cringe worthy in true Boris style. It was more like a confessional and featured some sap that was prepared to go on national TV and admit that he had betrayed his working class roots by admitting to having voted Tory in the last election. The style of the interview was like a confessional having admitted to having committed the ultimate sin by voting Tory. Then to add to the public humiliation and embarrassment he then actually got to meet the ‘devil’ himself. The message seemed to be that you live on even after committing the ultimate sin and the devil welcomes sinners. The whole set up was so false and again deviates from serious politics in true Bodge-it style. That poor bloke who appeared in that garbage is going to have to live with that for the rest of his life and live with the knowledge of his very public betrayal of his working class background. No matter how you want to look at it, it is still wrong. Please do not wrestle with your demons in public it is embarrassing!

There is no ‘oven ready Brexit deal’

There is and never was any ‘Oven ready Brexit deal’, instead it transpires that it was merely an agreement in principle with the EU. Trading terms have not been sorted out and agreed to at all and there still remains the possibility that Britain could still crash out of the EU without any deal. Michael Gove recently confirmed that ‘No Deal’ was still on the table in order to force the EU to offer the UK a better bargaining position with the EU. Trading terms have certainly not been finalised which suggests that agreements on certain issues have only been agreed in principle hence no ‘oven ready Brexit deal’ as Bodge-it claimed in the run up to the General Election.

There never was any ‘Oven ready Brexit Deal’: it was just a political bluff designed to seize power

This is therefore not the first campaign that Bodge-it has won on a bluff and fudging of the actual facts and figures. In fact it seems to be part of a trend of his: being economical with the truth in order to get his own way. There never was any ‘Oven Ready Brexit Deal’: it was just a political bluff designed to seize power and to hoodwink the voters in the General Election. I am pretty sure that many people who decided to vote Tory in the last general election were not voting for a ‘No Deal Brexit‘. Instead they were told that there was an oven ready deal waiting and ready to proceed. Now it looks as if this was an empty promise because a’No Deal Brexit’ still remains firmly on the table and there is still a distinct possibility that we could leave the EU in December without any trade deal at all. So if there could still be a ‘No Deal Brexit‘ now at this stage how could there have possibly been an ‘Oven ready Brexit Deal’ at the time before the Election as Johnson claimed? Because both are a paradox which means that cancel each other out; they cannot coexist together it had to be one or the other. Either there was a deal or not a deal. It now appears that in reality there was no ‘Oven Ready Brexit Deal’ at all.

Would voters have still voted for the Tories if there was still a possibility of a ‘No Deal’ exit from the EU? This is not the first time nor will it be the last that Johnson has made claims in order to get his own way. It seems like his whole political mission is to be economical with the truth in order to press ahead with his own agenda in the way that he sees fit regardless of democratic processes and accountability.