Author Topic: A random thread for small things that don't really warrant a thread of their own  (Read 1888959 times)

Wowbagger

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Marina Hyde on La Paltrow:
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turbocapitalist fanny egg pedlar Gwyneth Paltrow
;D
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/30/gwyneth-ark-wellness-goop-cruise-church

I read the 4-word description to my dear wife and asked her who she thought it described, but to my surprise and disappointment, she didn't know.

It would make a great sig line.
Bach without a doubt.

Mr Larrington

  • A bit ov a lyv wyr by slof standirds
  • Custard Wallah
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Marina Hyde on La Paltrow:
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turbocapitalist fanny egg pedlar Gwyneth Paltrow
;D
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/30/gwyneth-ark-wellness-goop-cruise-church

D'you get candles with it?  Anyway:

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[Alex Jones said] we are being hit by toxic weapons in the food and water supply that are making us fat, sick, and stupid.

Whoever is aiming those weapons scored a bullseye when she pointed them at fat stupid sicko Alex Jones.
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Jaded

  • The Codfather
  • Formerly known as Jaded
A visit to the local hospital this morning, and the newish multi-storey car park they built a couple of years back.

According to the rather grandiose plaque attached to the front of it, it glories under the name of the Lady Helen Wood Parking Centre.

Yes.
Parking Centre.

Wood Parking, you say?

Where's roger when you need him.
If you don't like your democracy, vote against it.

Beardy

  • What’s this do?
  • I’ve always wondered where this was
A visit to the local hospital this morning, and the newish multi-storey car park they built a couple of years back.

According to the rather grandiose plaque attached to the front of it, it glories under the name of the Lady Helen Wood Parking Centre.

Yes.
Parking Centre.

Wood Parking, you say?

Where's roger when you need him.
I think personal questions are best left for the personal matters zone. I mean, who really wants to know where he’s been!
Sorting my life out, one shed at a time.

Pingu

  • Put away those fiery biscuits!
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    • the Igloo
Happy World Naked Gardening Day  :thumbsup:

Mrs Pingu

  • Who ate all the pies? Me
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14 years today since my Dad died. Didn't realise it had been quite such a long time.
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.

ian

  • feat. Undead Jess & Finestre, Queen of Hell
I glanced out over the garden earlier.

The mysterious levitating purple tent has gone! It must have lost its final battle with yesterday's wind.

RIP gravity-defying tent of mystery.
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I glanced out over the garden earlier.

The mysterious levitating purple tent has gone! It must have lost its final battle with yesterday's wind.

RIP gravity-defying tent of mystery.
It's here.
It landed in a poplar tree a few minutes ago.
I would attempt to free the occupants.
But it is too high up for my vertigo to cope with.

Tim Hall

  • Victoria is my queen
I glanced out over the garden earlier.

The mysterious levitating purple tent has gone! It must have lost its final battle with yesterday's wind.

RIP gravity-defying tent of mystery.
It's wiv de angles now.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

Regulator

  • That's Councillor Regulator to you...
Just about to head out for a walk with the dog.  This could be interesting...
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I completely agree with Reg.

Green Party Councillor

I glanced out over the garden earlier.

The mysterious levitating purple tent has gone! It must have lost its final battle with yesterday's wind.

RIP gravity-defying tent of mystery.
It's wiv de angles now.
The angles live in my poplar tree.

Beardy

  • What’s this do?
  • I’ve always wondered where this was
I live in the Angles of the east but I drink in the Angel at the top of the hill.
Sorting my life out, one shed at a time.

We have a living room that is 4.8x3.6m.

'70s' decor.

So ripped off wallpaper, painted, filled. Removed carpet.

Floorboards are in decent nick. Lines of paint, spatterings of plaster, but not bad.

So we decide to refinish the floorboards.

I've been sanding them back, with a belt sander. 17 square metres.

Oh my tortured spine. I'm too old for this sort of thing.
<i>Marmite slave</i>

TheLurker

  • Goes well with magnolia.
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So we decide to refinish the floorboards... ....Oh my tortured spine. I'm too old for this sort of thing.
Carpets and other floor coverings were invented for a reason and it wasn't just to keep the weavers gainfully employed. :)
Τα πιο όμορφα ταξίδια γίνονται με τις δικές μας δυνάμεις - Φίλοι του Ποδήλατου

Tim Hall

  • Victoria is my queen
I was in ian's manor this morning, at a site meeting. I parked on the (narrow, steep) road outside the property.

One of the people asked if that was my car over there. I agreed it was. Had I parked it on the pavement he asked. Why no, no I had not, as that is a twattish thing to do. He warned me that two of his friends had got tickets for pavement parking and that "he thinks one of the neighbours phones to complain about them."   

The evidence suggests I must have been next door to the Asbestos Palace.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

ian

  • feat. Undead Jess & Finestre, Queen of Hell
Finestre, the demon of such things, makes me do it.
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Cudzoziemiec

  • Eating all the pies and drinking all the tea.
I was offered a scooter today, for free. Just a kickalong one, not electric. I'd been to the dentist (who had an industrial-military-survivalist respirator underneath a splash-guard visor), then to Jeevan's for Bristol's best samosas (cheap too, 3 for £1.50) and a chilli bhaji (yum!), then was walking up the steps from Ikeal to Asdal Iving to pick up a parcel from Decathlon. Coming down the stairs was a little girl, about three or four, who accosted me with a loud "Hello! Are you okay?" She went on to tell me she was okay, Mummy was okay and her scooter was okay too, and would I like to borrow her scooter to get home on? Thank you Imrisa (or Imsira or something like that) but I don't think your okay pink scooter with its okay horse design would survive my mighty propulsive power. Or my weight maybe. And that wouldn't be okay.
Riding a bike through a city is like navigating the collective neural pathways of a vast global mind.

cygnet

  • I'm part of the association
I was going to post this in the rant thread but I don't feel angry enough about it...

Just under a month ago, I made the foolish error of signing up for a free month's trial to The Times - only because there was an article I particularly wanted to read. Fortunately, I had the foresight to set myself a reminder of when the month was due to end...

So I visited the website yesterday evening to cancel the subscription before they took any money from me, only to find out that you can't cancel online, you have to call their 0800 number... cue sinking feeling in stomach. But fuck it, I'm not going to let myself be stung for £26 a month just because I'd rather not talk to some customer retention nazi...

God, that was a horrible experience. I know these people are only doing their job, but what a soul-destroying job it must be. I played along with it out of decency, so allowed myself to be subjected to his impertinent questions about why I wanted to cancel. He asked where I usually got my news from, so I told him The Guardian. He suggested that many Times readers enjoy the balance of their content and find the Guardian too left-leaning, and what did I think about that? I took great pleasure in telling him that maybe I don't find the Guardian nearly left-leaning enough.  ;D

Anyway, I stood firm and resisted all his attempts to persuade me to continue the subscription. Feel mightily relieved that's over.

For future reference, you can just instruct your bank/building society to stop paying them.

No need to be "all polite" about it.
Reasonably Inconsiderate

Beardy

  • What’s this do?
  • I’ve always wondered where this was
I was going to post this in the rant thread but I don't feel angry enough about it...

Just under a month ago, I made the foolish error of signing up for a free month's trial to The Times - only because there was an article I particularly wanted to read. Fortunately, I had the foresight to set myself a reminder of when the month was due to end...

So I visited the website yesterday evening to cancel the subscription before they took any money from me, only to find out that you can't cancel online, you have to call their 0800 number... cue sinking feeling in stomach. But fuck it, I'm not going to let myself be stung for £26 a month just because I'd rather not talk to some customer retention nazi...

God, that was a horrible experience. I know these people are only doing their job, but what a soul-destroying job it must be. I played along with it out of decency, so allowed myself to be subjected to his impertinent questions about why I wanted to cancel. He asked where I usually got my news from, so I told him The Guardian. He suggested that many Times readers enjoy the balance of their content and find the Guardian too left-leaning, and what did I think about that? I took great pleasure in telling him that maybe I don't find the Guardian nearly left-leaning enough.  ;D

Anyway, I stood firm and resisted all his attempts to persuade me to continue the subscription. Feel mightily relieved that's over.

For future reference, you can just instruct your bank/building society to stop paying them.

No need to be "all polite" about it.
That approach has the potential to upset your credit score, especially if you do it to often.
Sorting my life out, one shed at a time.

ian

  • feat. Undead Jess & Finestre, Queen of Hell
Indeed, don't just unilaterally cancel a DD. It's the same as not paying the bill.
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citoyen

  • Occasionally rides a bike
For future reference, you can just instruct your bank/building society to stop paying them.

I've done that before and it didn't end well. It's no fun having to deal with customer retention people but it's the best option.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

T42

  • *** fool in a hurry
For future reference, you can just instruct your bank/building society to stop paying them.

I've done that before and it didn't end well. It's no fun having to deal with customer retention people but it's the best option.

Tell'em you're recording the conversation and will forward it to whoever can cause them the most embarrassment if they don't cut the bullshit.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

citoyen

  • Occasionally rides a bike
For future reference, you can just instruct your bank/building society to stop paying them.

I've done that before and it didn't end well. It's no fun having to deal with customer retention people but it's the best option.

Tell'em you're recording the conversation and will forward it to whoever can cause them the most embarrassment if they don't cut the bullshit.

To be fair to the chap I spoke to, I can't fault him for doing his job well - it's just appalling that this has become a specialist job, and that companies employ people to do this full time.

It used to be that they would retain your custom by providing a service/product you actually wanted.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

ian

  • feat. Undead Jess & Finestre, Queen of Hell
Honestly, I don't like being a dick to people on the end of the phone. They're probably not there for the love of the job and it's not like they get free range to deploy any problem-solving skills they may have (computer says 'no'), and they are effectively graded on keeping your custom.
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I had to contact the DVLA, about some car tax issues. Turns out they are out on industrial action, as the management are trying to get more of them to get into their office despite a big covid outbreak before Xmas. They advised using the chatbot, so I asked the chatbot my question, and it turns out it's a filtering system before you get put through to real person on web chat. So the real person was able to answer my query, and I thanked them for being willing to work during a pandemic, especially when it seems management's not bothered about you, and they were very happy about that. After the chat finished, I marked everything down as excellent, and then when it asked for any other comments, I posted in a large rant about the futility of trying to get people to work in offices during an ongoing pandemic, when people can just as easily work from home.

So I guess I accidentally crossed a virtual picket line, but tried to make up for it.