Yet Another Cycling Forum

Off Topic => The Pub => Topic started by: Basil on April 21, 2011, 10:43:22 am

Title: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on April 21, 2011, 10:43:22 am
I've noticed that occasional posts by me in the rant thread are not really proper rants.  More sort of "Old Bugger Grumbling".

Thought I'd see if there was a way of stopping some most excelent ranting being watered down by mere grumbling.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on April 21, 2011, 10:45:52 am
Sorry to say that my first grumble concerns this very place.

Look, if you are post number 2 on a new thread, what is the point in quoting the whole of post number 1 (the OP)?
Do you not think that we may guess what you are responding to.  ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: nicknack on April 21, 2011, 10:47:16 am
Sorry to say that my first grumble concerns this very place.

Look, if you are post number 2 on a new thread, what is the point in quoting the whole of post number 1 (the OP)?
Do you not think that we may guess what you are responding to.  ::-)

Is it ok to do it as post number 3?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tom_e on April 21, 2011, 11:08:08 am
Is it ok to do it as post number 3?

You irritating little...   Oh, I can't be bothered.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Aidan on April 21, 2011, 11:42:02 am
Ahhh  Grumbling .... sounds fun.


Ok, when my birthday is on the calendar. How come the only other person with a birthday on the same day gets a happy birthday thread to themselves and I dont get a mention? It was a bit of a landmark one as well.  Oh well, I was trying to ignore it too :-(


Good thread this Basil :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on April 21, 2011, 11:51:28 am
Ahhh  Grumbling .... sounds fun.


Ok, when my birthday is on the calendar. How come the only other person with a birthday on the same day gets a happy birthday thread to themselves and I dont get a mention? It was a bit of a landmark one as well.  Oh well, I was trying to ignore it too :-(


Good thread this Basil :thumbsup:

That's 'cos you don't exist :)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on April 21, 2011, 11:52:51 am
Aidan, I wished you a happy birthday.
Look (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=42912.msg831921#msg831921)
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 21, 2011, 12:04:31 pm
Ahhh  Grumbling .... sounds fun.


Ok, when my birthday is on the calendar. How come the only other person with a birthday on the same day gets a happy birthday thread to themselves and I dont get a mention? It was a bit of a landmark one as well.  Oh well, I was trying to ignore it too :-(


Good thread this Basil :thumbsup:

Ah - bollocks!  Sorry petal!  I didn't notice  ::-)  In fairness, I knew it was Tim's birthday and didn't actually look at the calendar.....
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mattc on April 21, 2011, 12:11:27 pm
Look, if you are post number 2 on a new thread, what is the point in quoting the whole of post number 1 (the OP)?
Do you not think that we may guess what you are responding to.  ::-)
+1 (can't be bothered to type any more on this issue)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 21, 2011, 12:37:47 pm
Various delivery companies: Hurry up with my bits and pieces will you! I've got a ride on Saturday & I'd love to show off my "new" Pompino to the world...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Aidan on April 21, 2011, 01:12:07 pm
Ahhh  Grumbling .... sounds fun.


Ok, when my birthday is on the calendar. How come the only other person with a birthday on the same day gets a happy birthday thread to themselves and I dont get a mention? It was a bit of a landmark one as well.  Oh well, I was trying to ignore it too :-(


Good thread this Basil :thumbsup:

That's 'cos you don't exist :)

Oh yeah, that must be it ::-) ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Aidan on April 21, 2011, 01:12:38 pm
Aidan, I wished you a happy birthday.
Look (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=42912.msg831921#msg831921)
 :thumbsup:


Thanks Basil :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Aidan on April 21, 2011, 01:13:39 pm
Ahhh  Grumbling .... sounds fun.


Ok, when my birthday is on the calendar. How come the only other person with a birthday on the same day gets a happy birthday thread to themselves and I dont get a mention? It was a bit of a landmark one as well.  Oh well, I was trying to ignore it too :-(


Good thread this Basil :thumbsup:

Ah - bollocks!  Sorry petal!  I didn't notice  ::-)  In fairness, I knew it was Tim's birthday and didn't actually look at the calendar.....

Thats ok, you owe me cake now though ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mattc on April 21, 2011, 02:04:51 pm
<summons up energy to find thread ... >

Promotional emails with special offers that you can't make hide-nor-hair of without loading all the embedded images.

(ProBikeKit & Primera are the most recent offenders ...)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on April 21, 2011, 02:25:09 pm
I got a code.
I haz a snotty nose and I are sneezing.
Mr Sainsbury will visit soon to restock my depleting tissue store.
I got a code.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Regulator on April 21, 2011, 04:13:52 pm
...
I got a code.


Armani Code?*









*Those who watch too much TV will get this...  :-[
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: iddu on April 21, 2011, 04:51:00 pm
> ...Grumble thread...

Where's the damp pictures then?
 ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on April 21, 2011, 07:11:17 pm
The pub we went to for lunch used to be owned by Anthony Worrall-Thompson, who despite being an irritating git did a very nice Sunday roast indeed at a price which made it excellent value for money, & kept his beer in tip-top condition.

He sold it a couple of years ago to a couple of blokes who do decent but unspectacular lunches (e.g. a sandwich in great bread but a filling which is just OK),  serve beer which is basically good but marred by being put through a sparkler, & charge slightly more than I think it's worth.

It's a bit disappointing.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 21, 2011, 07:38:15 pm
Various delivery companies: Hurry up with my bits and pieces will you! I've got a ride on Saturday & I'd love to show off my "new" Pompino to the world...

Bah! Not one bike related parcel arrived, though the topsoil was dropped off right where it was wanted. I did buy a chain tool after signing on, though.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mattc on April 22, 2011, 11:07:01 am
Why on earth does R4 have the same schedule on a bank holiday as a weekday?

(No offence meant to Woman Hours fans, but ... )

And an extra dose of You and Yours  :hand:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: SteveC on April 22, 2011, 03:21:28 pm
Why does the chap next door find it necessary to take down a chimney stack with an angle grinder?
There probably is a good reason, but it's bloody noisy!  >:(

S
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 24, 2011, 08:10:08 am
British Waterways (I assume): Did you have to cut the hawthorn hedging by the canal leading north out of Banbury recently? We got 4 punctures in a mile yesterday. I can't make this a full blown rant as I have a pair of Marathon +'s hanging on the wall at home & I forgot to take the allen key to remove my front wheel, so I couldn't fix my punctures properly & still have a slowie...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Aidan on April 24, 2011, 10:01:50 am
An epic hour long grumble from Mrs Aidan this morning. She was up at 4.30 ( and then made sure I was awake too ;D) as son was up until 3.50 and woke her up on a number of occasions through the night. Not only is he in for some serious discomfort later, but I'm about to play my guitar. Very Loud.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: 'breff on April 24, 2011, 09:16:37 pm
Why did nobody tell me there is a "Calendar" bit on here?  I wuz wondering how people always seem to know when Other people are having Birthdays an stuff!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rogerzilla on April 24, 2011, 09:23:16 pm
The "box" plants I found growing in the rose bed and used to fill in gaps between the other boxes are, my mother informs me, cotoneasters.  I wondered why they didn't grow at the same time of year as the boxes...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Steve Kish on April 24, 2011, 10:36:34 pm
WTF can't I find a decent 27.2 black seat pillar that I like for sensible dosh? :-\
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Canardly on April 24, 2011, 10:52:23 pm
You moaning minnies........we have just had the most fab weather since .......Shakespeare. It will now piss it down for the rest of the summer a la 2007.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on April 25, 2011, 07:27:45 am
Wilkinsons, Wickes and B&Q.

Is it just too difficult or can't you be bothered to put your Easter opening hours on your websites. Tescos has done so.

Sigh.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on April 25, 2011, 05:08:30 pm
The "box" plants I found growing in the rose bed and used to fill in gaps between the other boxes are, my mother informs me, cotoneasters.  I wondered why they didn't grow at the same time of year as the boxes...

But Cotoneasters are good, lots of berries for the birds, and spread like billyoh so more plants are always an option.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 25, 2011, 07:28:04 pm
Cheapo Argos trampoline makers: There were 42 springs to put on that feckin' trampoline and they had to be done in a set order, didn't they? It would have been soooo much easier if you had taken the small amount of time & effort to number the d-rings and the holes on the pad, so I knew which one to insert & when.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Wowbagger on April 25, 2011, 11:38:48 pm
The "box" plants I found growing in the rose bed and used to fill in gaps between the other boxes are, my mother informs me, cotoneasters.  I wondered why they didn't grow at the same time of year as the boxes...

But Cotoneasters are good, lots of berries for the birds, and spread like billyoh so more plants are always an option.

Honey bees are also very fond of cotoneasters.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on April 26, 2011, 10:33:17 am
On -line car insurance proceedure.Mealy mouthed Dick Turpin Ltd failed to take £100 more than the quoted premium from my bank account only after a phone call to Customer dusService drone >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: BrianI on April 26, 2011, 06:54:56 pm
New fish tank delivered this afternoon.  Came with free value added crack in the plastic trim at the front right corner of the tank.   >:(
Luckily the supplier says they will arrange a swap over with a new tank  :thumbsup:  Except this royal wedding will no doubt postpone things until the end of next week.   >:(

But it's a nice sunny evening though!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 27, 2011, 08:40:16 am
Argos: I have lots to do today. Very lots. When I order something from you over the wonder of t'interweb you tell me it will be here between 7am & 6pm, BUT you usually text me to narrow down that ludicrously wide slot to something much more accurate. You haven't done that this time & I am really wanting to get out and get things done. Bah!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on April 27, 2011, 08:46:23 am
I have just made what has to be officially the worst cup of coffee ever![1]

Tiermat's House of Fine Coffee might be taking a bit of a nose dive!!!!

[1] Almost definately my fault, I thought I would finish off the end of the packet of Lavazza before opening the last packet of Monsoon Malabar.  Bad move, and it reminds me I need to get another order into Coffeebeanshop
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 27, 2011, 09:01:41 am
I have just made what has to be officially the worst cup of coffee ever![1]

Tiermat's House of Fine Coffee might be taking a bit of a nose dive!!!!

[1] Almost definately my fault, I thought I would finish off the end of the packet of Lavazza before opening the last packet of Monsoon Malabar.  Bad move, and it reminds me I need to get another order into Coffeebeanshop

 :o

Although actually I suspect that my current cup of cheap'n'nasty staffroom instant is an infinitely worse beverage.  Although it probably fails on the 'being a cup of coffee' front and therefore comparing would be comparing apples and oranges. 
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on April 27, 2011, 09:03:19 am
I have just made what has to be officially the worst cup of coffee ever![1]

Tiermat's House of Fine Coffee might be taking a bit of a nose dive!!!!

[1] Almost definately my fault, I thought I would finish off the end of the packet of Lavazza before opening the last packet of Monsoon Malabar.  Bad move, and it reminds me I need to get another order into Coffeebeanshop

 :o

Although actually I suspect that my current cup of cheap'n'nasty staffroom instant is an infinitely worse beverage.  Although it probably fails on the 'being a cup of coffee' front and therefore comparing would be comparing apples and oranges. 

That would be synthi-synthi-synthi-caff [1]

[1] Obviously a Judge Dredd reference :)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 27, 2011, 12:46:28 pm
Argos: I have lots to do today. Very lots. When I order something from you over the wonder of t'interweb you tell me it will be here between 7am & 6pm, BUT you usually text me to narrow down that ludicrously wide slot to something much more accurate. You haven't done that this time & I am really wanting to get out and get things done. Bah!

Well, I went out to the LBS and M&S and got sorted and got back at 11.35. At 11.40 the doorbell goes and it is Mr HDN/Argos with my package. Now that's what I call luck! No advance notice, nothing like it used to be.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: SandyV on April 27, 2011, 12:47:21 pm
Will it ever stop raining? I don't think there's been 1 weekend without rain this year.   
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 27, 2011, 12:49:57 pm
I would love a bit of rain. Especially torrential downpours in London on Friday...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: RJ on April 27, 2011, 12:57:14 pm
B&Q - get a grip on SI units.  Your water butt tap is HOW big?:
B&Q Online: From Kitchens & Bathrooms to Sheds & Paving; plus planning tools (http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?isSearch=true&fh_search=water+butt+tap)

 :o ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: David Martin on April 27, 2011, 01:12:25 pm
B&Q - get a grip on SI units.  Your water butt tap is HOW big?:
B&Q Online: From Kitchens & Bathrooms to Sheds & Paving; plus planning tools (http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?isSearch=true&fh_search=water+butt+tap)

 :o ::-)
;D
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on April 27, 2011, 01:32:27 pm
BBBIIIIIGGGGG tap!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on April 27, 2011, 01:42:23 pm
You need a big tap if you've got a big butt...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on April 27, 2011, 01:52:56 pm
Does my butt look big?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hulver on April 27, 2011, 02:08:55 pm
Bloody puncture fairy, piss off and leave me alone. I don't need the practise anymore.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 27, 2011, 02:42:31 pm
Mate on cycle ride: I know you don't do this very often, but saying "Oh, I've got a mini pump just like yours!" (I doubt it, actually) and, when being asked to produce it so I don't have to convert my fiddly bit from presta to schrader, please don't say "Oh, I haven't got it, it's at home!". It's not exactly a heavy burden is it, FFS?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on April 27, 2011, 05:40:24 pm
B&Q - get a grip on SI units.  Your water butt tap is HOW big?:
B&Q Online: From Kitchens & Bathrooms to Sheds & Paving; plus planning tools (http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?isSearch=true&fh_search=water+butt+tap)

 :o ::-)
;D

ISTR 100 litre tubes of toothpaste being offered for sale somewhereplace...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Pingu on April 27, 2011, 05:44:47 pm
Utah?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: SteveC on April 27, 2011, 06:52:24 pm
B&Q - get a grip on SI units.  Your water butt tap is HOW big?:
B&Q Online: From Kitchens & Bathrooms to Sheds & Paving; plus planning tools (http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?isSearch=true&fh_search=water+butt+tap)

 :o ::-)
..at least they advertise it as being waterproof!

S
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Wombat on April 27, 2011, 06:53:33 pm
B&Q - get a grip on SI units.  Your water butt tap is HOW big?:
B&Q Online: From Kitchens & Bathrooms to Sheds & Paving; plus planning tools (http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?isSearch=true&fh_search=water+butt+tap)

 :o ::-)
;D

Bugger me, thats a biggun...

I've actually got a couple of those and they are the sort of size you'd expect, and screw into the usual (is it 1/2 inch BSP?) thread, and have a proper hose connector thingy on the bottom.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: BrianI on April 27, 2011, 07:30:17 pm
Chuffing sore foot arches.   >:(  Looks like I'll need to visit the nhs podiatrist for them to have a poke around at my feet to see what they need to do.....(and hopefully not send me to a private podiatrist at £100 a visit.....)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on April 28, 2011, 10:11:58 am
Arriva buses….sigh.

When I first moved to Stafford in 2002, I was fat, unfit and couldn’t make the 2 miles from home into town. So, it was useful that you ran a bus from the end of my street into town once every 10 mins. You even ran sufficient buses before 7am to allow me to link up with the early trains to that London. The fare for this short journey: one of your quids.

9 years later and 4 stone lighter, I hardly ever use the bus now, preferring either to walk, or to cycle. Its good that I hardly use the “service” anymore as the early morning buses have almost all disappeared (not literally!!!) and the service is now once every 15 mins.

So, why am I grumbling…well, at the start of the year, it cost £1.60 for the trip. Bit pricey for such a short journey but hey ho…. I then used the bus three weeks ago: £1.70. Coming home from dropping my bike of at the LBS for some work (yes, yes, I should learn to do it myself but the time it would take me and the agro just isn’t worth it!) this morning, I was charged £1.80! So, two price increases in 4 months!!!! Yes, I could have walked back, but I needed to be back at my desk by half 9.

Bus fares…sigh.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Majorbloodnok on April 28, 2011, 10:41:47 am
Spalding CC

Come on lads, I know it was your Nelson Sportive thingy, but a simple 'hiya' or 'morning' would of been nice.  Loads of riders passed me and my mate but there was barely a nod.



May a thousand failed snot rockets hang from your Assos clad shoulders....

Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: RJ on April 28, 2011, 12:42:09 pm
B&Q - get a grip on SI units.  Your water butt tap is HOW big?:
B&Q Online: From Kitchens & Bathrooms to Sheds & Paving; plus planning tools (http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?isSearch=true&fh_search=water+butt+tap)

 :o ::-)
;D

Bugger me, thats a biggun...

I've actually got a couple of those and they are the sort of size you'd expect, and screw into the usual (is it 1/2 inch BSP?) thread, and have a proper hose connector thingy on the bottom.

B&Q:  your waterbutt tap was *much* smaller than I was led to believe by your website ...
</grumble>  ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Jasmine on May 01, 2011, 05:26:49 pm
To anyone who wishes to walk up Snowdon:

To park in the car park at the top of the pass you'll need to be there before 7 this time of year.  When you rock up at 10 it will be full.  However, the kind National Park & Gwynedd council people have provided at huge car park in Nant Peris and another in Llanberis with a park and ride bus to the top.  A sign that looks like a red circle, filled blue with a red cross inside does not mean "Please park here - this is the ideal parking spot".  Parking in the verge backed right up to the sign makes you a selfish ass. Double parking the person parked next to the sign in the verge makes you an ignorant and selfish ass.

Surely if you've come on a walking trip, an extra few hundred metres to park somewhere safe isn't too much to ask, is it?

Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on May 01, 2011, 06:58:14 pm
Different cycling mate: When I offer to fix a puncture for you and I do everything except check that the thorns are still in the tyre carcass & leave that to you, thinking that no one could miss a hawthorn sticking 5mm through the casing; do at least make an effort to find it. Taking you at your word that you had checked it, I put the tyre back on and pumped it up (after checking all the punctures had been fixed) only to find it deflating.

After taking it off again, I found two thorns sticking through, luckily only one of which had caused a new puncture.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: PaulF on May 01, 2011, 07:27:45 pm
Chest infection, I'm bored of you. Please leave
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Chris S on May 02, 2011, 10:29:56 pm
Wind. Please.

I mean - y'know - it's been entertaining for what, the last 10 days or so.

But please. Enough's enough. Go away.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Majorbloodnok on May 02, 2011, 10:35:54 pm
Try sucking a mint
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on May 02, 2011, 11:42:03 pm
The ultra-itchy allergic reactions to the assorted beastie/triffid bites I've sustained over the last week I could cope with.  I'm used to it.

Much the same goes for the epic hayfever I suffered on the ride into central London this morning.

The abscess in my armpit was a surprise, but seems to have responded well to some rather painful fettling.

But my 'good' knee turning red, swelling up and making interesting squelchy noises?  That's just unfair.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 03, 2011, 10:50:53 am
I do not have next Friday off.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on May 03, 2011, 06:15:50 pm
Bugger!  There are no Bank Holidays next week.  WTF is going on?  ???
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on May 03, 2011, 06:26:31 pm
A Unilateral Declaration of POETS Day is appropriate
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on May 05, 2011, 12:50:04 pm
I was going to go to a meeting, which would have included a nice bike ride and lunch provided.  But the BT repairman turned up and I needed to be on hand.  So I'm doing the Fire Risk Assessment instead.  And don't have anything here for lunch :(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on May 05, 2011, 03:51:26 pm
On my 2.5 mile ride to the LBS this afternoon, I saw a total of 11 adults riding "bikes" (most of them BSO's).

Of the 12 bikes out in Stafford this afternoon therefore (including me), a grand total of 11 were on the pavement.

Come on people, pavements for peds, roads for bikes: ESPECIALLY if you are an adult.

My goat is got.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on May 05, 2011, 04:11:52 pm
Exactly.  This morning, I told one group of middle-aged commuters that, when they grow up, their mummy might let them ride on the road.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 05, 2011, 05:05:22 pm
I ordered a kite from Amazon. It came today. It's about two foot long, and all folded up in a case, so it's not really any bigger than an average umbrella. It came in a cardboard box 23"x19"x9.5". Bloody ridiculous.

And to add insult to injury, they enclosed a free gift. Two England car flags.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on May 05, 2011, 05:06:41 pm
Funnily enough, I just had a near miss from a pavement cyclist.  I was in ped mode, stepped diagonally to avoid a roadworks sign, and the BSO squeezed through the remaining gap between me and the wall before going on to swerve round some oncoming pedestrians.  Grr.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Wombat on May 05, 2011, 07:37:55 pm
Chuffing sore foot arches.   >:(  Looks like I'll need to visit the nhs podiatrist for them to have a poke around at my feet to see what they need to do.....(and hopefully not send me to a private podiatrist at £100 a visit.....)

you are on dodgy ground on a couple of counts, old thing. 

a) see an NHS podiatrist, ha ha you must be joking!  Are you already dead, or diabetic?  If not, forget it.

b) a private one costing £100!!  I know one round here that costs £18 (but I get it free 'cos I'm married to her. )   Some are ripoffs, but £100 is unheard of.
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Post by: LindaG on May 06, 2011, 09:10:20 am
Oh, what a shame.  Focus DIY are going into administration.  Which means the nice man with the goatee who is always so helpful may be out of a job.  And there's a slightly higher risk of me going to B+Q.  Huh >:(
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Post by: Wombat on May 06, 2011, 09:38:06 am
I must confess I thought they'd sunk into oblivion years ago.  Our local one certainly had.  It started as a "pay less" superstore, then transmogified into Focus do it all.  I interpreted that as "do less, pay it all" 'cos it was pretty rubbish.  We also have a Wickes which has never yet had anything in stock that I needed, with the exception of 2 tins of gas for my steam engines, when I actually wanted 12 tins.  In contrast B&Q is almost pleasant.  I said almost...   I will be walking a couple of miles down there later today, having called in at another branch in my car yesterday, and forgot the fluorescent light tube I needed, as well as having failed to get some micro-irrigation fittings 'cos they didn't have them.  Car use not permitted under current regime till next thursday...
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Post by: rafletcher on May 06, 2011, 11:06:52 am
Why oh why do SO many people use detergents that make their clothes STINK! I've bought 2 cycling jersey's from ebay in the last week, and it's taken 3 washes to get the first not to stink too much to wear. The second had to be confined to the shut washing machine even after a first wash, it still stank so much of "perfume" courtesy of Lever Brothers et al.
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Post by: barakta on May 06, 2011, 11:16:09 am
Why oh why do SO many people use detergents that make their clothes STINK! I've bought 2 cycling jersey's from ebay in the last week, and it's taken 3 washes to get the first not to stink too much to wear. The second had to be confined to the shut washing machine even after a first wash, it still stank so much of "perfume" courtesy of Lever Brothers et al.

We find Ecover is almost the worst for this - it's full of lavender which Kim is allergic to (makes her sneeze).  We automatically wash anything we buy or are given at least once cos it's likely we won't like the smell of the washing powder. 
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Post by: Polar Bear on May 06, 2011, 11:22:00 am
We're Ecover liquid / wash ball users.   Nobody complained at the NTRWCW but maybe you were all being polite  :P

I must admit that I've rejected a B&B because of the very strong smell of the laundry detergent on the bedding.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 06, 2011, 11:30:15 am
The only problem I had with Ecover was the price.  Being a skinflint I am thus obliged to use Ariel, coz my feet developed a sudden aversion to Persil in 2006.
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Post by: BrianI on May 06, 2011, 12:04:10 pm
Chuffing sore foot arches.   >:(  Looks like I'll need to visit the nhs podiatrist for them to have a poke around at my feet to see what they need to do.....(and hopefully not send me to a private podiatrist at £100 a visit.....)

you are on dodgy ground on a couple of counts, old thing. 

a) see an NHS podiatrist, ha ha you must be joking!  Are you already dead, or diabetic?  If not, forget it.

b) a private one costing £100!!  I know one round here that costs £18 (but I get it free 'cos I'm married to her. )   Some are ripoffs, but £100 is unheard of.

Well, my mother went private to get orthotics for her feet, didn't get much change out of £300 for her custom made carbon fibre orthotics    :o
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Post by: BrianI on May 06, 2011, 12:05:03 pm
No coffee today so far, and I feel like the duracell bunny who's batteries have ran out.... zzzzzzz  :P
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Post by: Aidan on May 06, 2011, 12:34:31 pm
Bloody knee. Grumble grumble
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Post by: barakta on May 06, 2011, 01:14:18 pm
We're Ecover liquid / wash ball users.   Nobody complained at the NTRWCW but maybe you were all being polite  :P

I must admit that I've rejected a B&B because of the very strong smell of the laundry detergent on the bedding.

Most washing powders are ok on other people's clothes, we only tend to notice it on things we're sleeping on like your aforementioned B&B and things Kim or I might wear.  It's one of those not worth the allergy risks, I was in 1995 allergic to Fairy powder, creeping rash of d00m.  The recipe may have changed but I'd rather not risk it so I simply avoid on principle.  Kim gets eczema probably related to her asthma so we try not to meddle with stuff we don't know about. 

We stick to supermarket brand fake-persil which seems to work and not kill either of us and if they stop making it or change recipes we inevitably have great fun trying to find a suitable replacement.   We halve the recommended amount of powder in our washes and have at times double rinsed everything. 
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 06, 2011, 03:30:11 pm
Mozilla!  Why have you moved the "Home" button in FF4?  There was nothing wrong with leaving it where it was.
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Post by: rafletcher on May 06, 2011, 03:41:28 pm
We're Ecover liquid / wash ball users.   Nobody complained at the NTRWCW but maybe you were all being polite  :P

I must admit that I've rejected a B&B because of the very strong smell of the laundry detergent on the bedding.

Most washing powders are ok on other people's clothes, we only tend to notice it on things we're sleeping on like your aforementioned B&B and things Kim or I might wear.  It's one of those not worth the allergy risks, I was in 1995 allergic to Fairy powder, creeping rash of d00m.  The recipe may have changed but I'd rather not risk it so I simply avoid on principle.  Kim gets eczema probably related to her asthma so we try not to meddle with stuff we don't know about. 

We stick to supermarket brand fake-persil which seems to work and not kill either of us and if they stop making it or change recipes we inevitably have great fun trying to find a suitable replacement.   We halve the recommended amount of powder in our washes and have at times double rinsed everything. 

My bold: - we just use Tesco non-bio tablets (essentially compressed powder) and we use one not two per wash. With the efficiency of washing we get from our machine (a Bosch, which is noticeably better then the preceeding Hoover and Zanussi ones) this is sufficient for almost everything - and at 30 degrees as well. And of cousre it's a non-perfumed powder.  I'm guessing that the item I bought must have been in some variant of Persil or Aeriel, but one of our neighbours uses it - we can smell their washing on the line from a range of 10m!
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 06, 2011, 04:46:48 pm
The pub at Codsall Station: When you incorrectly pour the wrong pint and have this politely pointed out to you, you should not then stare accusingly and chunter to make it obvious you didn't believe us. Had you been paying attention and not ignoring us & talking to locals, you would have seen that you poured the majority of the pint from the tap adjacent to the mild and then topped up from the mild tap. You were too deep in conversation to either notice this or allow us to tell you. "See, the mild tap's dripping..." is a fail. "Oh, did I? How silly of me, let me get you your pint" would be a pass or at least non-fail.

And waitress, when we jokingly apologise for making you walk all the 20 yards to the conservatory to bring us your (distinctly average) meals, don't then miserably say "Yeah, and I had to take my apron off too!" Talk about a miserable pair. I shan't be going back in a hurry however good the Holden's beer is.

That's The Station at Codsall, in case anyone's in the vicinity.
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Post by: Wombat on May 06, 2011, 05:29:52 pm
Chuffing sore foot arches.   >:(  Looks like I'll need to visit the nhs podiatrist for them to have a poke around at my feet to see what they need to do.....(and hopefully not send me to a private podiatrist at £100 a visit.....)

you are on dodgy ground on a couple of counts, old thing. 

a) see an NHS podiatrist, ha ha you must be joking!  Are you already dead, or diabetic?  If not, forget it.

b) a private one costing £100!!  I know one round here that costs £18 (but I get it free 'cos I'm married to her. )   Some are ripoffs, but £100 is unheard of.

Well, my mother went private to get orthotics for her feet, didn't get much change out of £300 for her custom made carbon fibre orthotics    :o

Ah, well, you'll always have to pay for your orthotics, at "cost plus" (and if you must have carbon fibre... ;D).  A straightforward consultation or treatment session is usually rather better value than half an hour of a garage's labour.
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Post by: jogler on May 07, 2011, 12:21:55 pm
It's truly a marvel the way in which the human species adapts & evolves to it's environment.......
eyes that can see round corners (at the expense of near-vision & spatial awareness :-\)
the strength to compress a ton of metal to reduce it's width by a metre or more(a.k.a. left hook & kerb-squeeze)
it's lifebreathtaking.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 07, 2011, 03:58:36 pm
Brittany Ferries: OK, it is August, but £400 for 3 people and their bikes to Normandy?

Norfolk Line only want £72 for a car & 9 passengers fro a Dover to Dunkirk return the same month.

Rob dogs!
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Post by: jogler on May 08, 2011, 01:09:49 pm
D4 DCG
Do NOT pass cyclists within,literally, a couple of inches doing,I would estimate,in excess of 60mph in a 40mph zone with one hand firmly planted on the horn as you approach earth gravity escape speed.
You obviously don't use your eyes whilst driving so if we meet face to face I'm going to poke your f**king eyes out.
You are an excellent example of the phrase JerkInAMerc.
Get a narrower car.I suggest a Tamiya 1/35th scale model & use public transport.
The roads would be safer.

That easily remembered/recognised number plate will be disadvantageous....to you.
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Post by: Snakehips on May 08, 2011, 08:39:11 pm
Why is it that the pepperoni slices they put on top of pizzas don't stay stuck on when you pick up a piece.

I now have a  slice of pepperoni shaped/sized fatty mark on the front of my puce coloured cycling jersey !
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Post by: hellymedic on May 08, 2011, 08:56:58 pm
Why is it that the pepperoni slices they put on top of pizzas don't stay stuck on when you pick up a piece.

I now have a  slice of pepperoni shaped/sized fatty mark on the front of my puce coloured cycling jersey !


I think you've given your own answer. Grease/fat exudes from sausage when heated and prevents sausage sticking to anything, buggrit
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Post by: mmmmartin on May 08, 2011, 10:07:26 pm
grrrrr. Murdering Syrian government. Always have been always will be. grr.
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Post by: Bledlow on May 09, 2011, 10:11:06 am
We're Ecover liquid / wash ball users.   Nobody complained at the NTRWCW but maybe you were all being polite  :P

I must admit that I've rejected a B&B because of the very strong smell of the laundry detergent on the bedding.

Most washing powders are ok on other people's clothes, we only tend to notice it on things we're sleeping on like your aforementioned B&B and things Kim or I might wear.  It's one of those not worth the allergy risks, I was in 1995 allergic to Fairy powder, creeping rash of d00m.  The recipe may have changed but I'd rather not risk it so I simply avoid on principle.  Kim gets eczema probably related to her asthma so we try not to meddle with stuff we don't know about. 

We stick to supermarket brand fake-persil which seems to work and not kill either of us and if they stop making it or change recipes we inevitably have great fun trying to find a suitable replacement.   We halve the recommended amount of powder in our washes and have at times double rinsed everything. 
I used to get a slight rash when wearing clothes washed in enzyme-ridden bio powder next to the skin. Sainsbury's & Tesco own brand non-bio powder don't have the same effect.
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Post by: Arch on May 09, 2011, 12:48:27 pm
Lady on the train:

I know I'm not a parent, and there are many ways to bring up children and all that, but I can't help thinking that a child old enough to use the phrase "point Percy at the porcelain" with regard to going to the toilet, is too old to still be breastfeeding....

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Post by: Majorbloodnok on May 09, 2011, 01:12:10 pm
^  :sick: ^
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Post by: Arch on May 09, 2011, 03:53:26 pm
^  :sick: ^

Yeah. Made me glad I'd moved from the one unreserved seat of the block of 4 so that the family could sit together....

I wasn't sure that's what she was doing (I was sitting behind them) until she moved the child over and he reached into her top to get the other one out...
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Post by: matthew on May 09, 2011, 04:03:28 pm
Why did the rain and head wind have to start just as I started to climb kirkstone. Mind otherts from the group are on helvelan and others reported hail in coniston.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on May 09, 2011, 04:05:38 pm
^  :sick: ^

Yeah. Made me glad I'd moved from the one unreserved seat of the block of 4 so that the family could sit together....

I wasn't sure that's what she was doing (I was sitting behind them) until she moved the child over and he reached into her top to get the other one out...

Actually, EldestCub was breastfed until he was more than capable of fairly complex language stuff.  About 3.  And it utterly broke my heart that the littly gave up (following a mildly traumatic biting incident) by the time he was one.

But I do know a few lentil-left families with children who have always been encouraged to "express themselves" and who did extended breastfeeding that I REALLY wouldn't have wanted to sit with on a train.  And the one and only time that I "asked permission" to bf one of my children was when I had a tired, mildly unwell and hungry baby who needed feeding and I was on an overfull train sitting next to a middle-aged chap who was travelling alone.  In all honesty, I'd have carried on regardless had he objected - but by asking I gave him the opportunity for a tactical withdrawal or averting of eyes if he wanted, since the nature of cattle-class Virgin Trains is that you are rather cosy with your neighbour....
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Post by: Regulator on May 09, 2011, 04:06:13 pm
^  :sick: ^

Yeah. Made me glad I'd moved from the one unreserved seat of the block of 4 so that the family could sit together....

I wasn't sure that's what she was doing (I was sitting behind them) until she moved the child over and he reached into her top to get the other one out...

Bitty?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 10, 2011, 11:14:15 am
If you're going to drive with your headlights on during the day, please have the good manners to ensure that they're both working.

Flange.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 10, 2011, 11:44:29 am
After three month's use it has become apparent to me that the webby user interface for our Helldesk systems was designed by that clown who used to star in the BBC test card.
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Post by: Si_Co on May 10, 2011, 12:41:06 pm
I give up.

The response "I'm sure we left it over there" does not fill me with confidence.
 
It's an autoclave with 3 cubic metre capacity that takes four guys to move, it's not like it's going to have slipped down the back of the sofa  ::-)
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Post by: Majorbloodnok on May 10, 2011, 01:15:01 pm
*checks pockets*  No, I haven't got it.  Sorry
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Post by: Si_Co on May 10, 2011, 02:33:25 pm
*checks pockets*  No, I haven't got it.  Sorry

No, thats because someone, and I quote, "accidently shipped it to Livingstone"  :facepalm:
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Post by: clarion on May 10, 2011, 02:50:12 pm
That's some accident!  Waaaay beyond Mr Bump's capacity, and well into the further reaches of Mr Bean territory.
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Post by: mike on May 10, 2011, 02:52:20 pm
so if I'm working in the states all week (last week) and dont get home till 10am Sunday to save a bit of money on flights, shouldnt I get a couple of days off this week to count for the weekend I've lost?

No.  I have to start work at 7am like normal, and people wonder why I'm grumpy today?
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Post by: Karla on May 10, 2011, 02:54:55 pm
Mars, I hate you.  Why do you refuse to give me that Double Decker I can see in your machine?  Oh well, I suppose I'd better support the competition and try the Nestle machine ...

Nestle, I hate you even more!  I wanted a Toffee Crisp, you've given me a Yorkie and YOU'VE TAKEN MY EXTRA 5P!  Thieving scumbag. 

Gah, I now hate big chocolate companies.  Down with global capitalism, I say!
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Post by: Majorbloodnok on May 10, 2011, 04:15:02 pm
For god's sake stay off the Coke
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Post by: Diver300 on May 11, 2011, 08:22:17 am
Monitor bracket manufactures. Why do you fit rotation stops to what would otherwise be 360° rotation?

The stands that came with my Benq monitors let them rotate between landscape and portrait, but only portrait to the left, because they have taken the trouble to add a stupid little pin to limit the rotation. It's then a screwdriver job to rotate to the right.

The wall brackets that I now use let me have 5° either way, so changing from portrait to landscape again needed screwdrivers. Now that the rotation stop has met the hacksaw of destiny, I now have a more useful bracket.
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 11, 2011, 08:25:00 am
Mars, I hate you.  Why do you refuse to give me that Double Decker I can see in your machine?  Oh well, I suppose I'd better support the competition and try the Nestle machine ...

Nestle, I hate you even more!  I wanted a Toffee Crisp, you've given me a Yorkie and YOU'VE TAKEN MY EXTRA 5P!  Thieving scumbag.  

Gah, I now hate big chocolate companies.  Down with global capitalism, I say!

It is from small acorns that Great Oaks grow.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 11, 2011, 08:25:45 am
*checks pockets*  No, I haven't got it.  Sorry

No, thats because someone, and I quote, "accidently shipped it to Livingstone"  :facepalm:

What would Ken be doing with one of those? Baking newt pie?
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Post by: Andrij on May 11, 2011, 09:24:34 am
Forgot to pack a belt; dribbled juice from a lovely strawberry on my white shirt.  What else will go wrong this morning?  :(
 
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 11, 2011, 11:12:49 am
Moreton Smith!  WTF did you do with your FTP  server yesterday?

Feckin' eejits.
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Post by: Majorbloodnok on May 11, 2011, 01:15:13 pm
Forgot to pack a belt; dribbled juice from a lovely strawberry on my white shirt.  What else will go wrong this morning?  :(
 

Well, how did it go in the end?
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Post by: Andrij on May 11, 2011, 01:22:57 pm
Forgot to pack a belt; dribbled juice from a lovely strawberry on my white shirt.  What else will go wrong this morning?  :(
 

Well, how did it go in the end?

The morning concluded without any further catastrophe.  But there's still the whole afternoon ahead of me, as well as the ride home...
 
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Post by: tiermat on May 11, 2011, 01:41:56 pm
At least it was only your belt Andrij, and not your trousers!

Twice I have done the forget trousers bit, once I had to work all day in my cycling longs, second time wait until Next opened (nearest clothes shop to the office!)
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Post by: Majorbloodnok on May 11, 2011, 01:47:16 pm
At least it was only your belt Andrij, and not your trousers!

Twice I have done the forget trousers bit, once I had to work all day in my cycling longs

That would be a loooong walk through the factory to the office that day  :D
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Post by: Andrij on May 11, 2011, 01:51:30 pm
I keep some spare clothing in my desk (lesson learned the hard way) but a belt is not included in this emergency kit.  Fortunately there's M&S across the road and House of Fraser around the corner.  I know one of my co-workers bought a complete outfit (underwear on up) and toiletries early one morning.  He had missed the last train home (by hours), caught a bit of shut-eye here and there, but needed to be in the office to meet clients the next morning and the suit he has was looking a bit worse for wear.  He learned his lesson, too.  Especially when he got back home to his wife the next evening.
 
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Post by: clarion on May 13, 2011, 11:17:21 am
Ken Bruce in Dusseldorf ---> Much Eurovision waffle ---> No PopMaster :(
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Post by: fboab on May 13, 2011, 12:25:43 pm
Bloody A11 between Fetfud & Mildenhall.
I was 15 minutes late and she wouldn't see me, and now I have to go back on Monday for the extraction.
Remind me on Monday to account for the A11 factor. Perhaps I should just have gone on the bike?
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Post by: clarion on May 13, 2011, 12:31:38 pm
Oh bother.  And yes, you know you should.  Cars are rubbesh.
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Post by: fboab on May 13, 2011, 12:47:14 pm
Oh bother.  And yes, you know you should.  Cars are rubbesh.
Well I deliberately didn't as I faint, quite easily. so I thought best not. But really. I should've.
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Post by: jogler on May 13, 2011, 12:59:04 pm
Bloody A11 between Fetfud & Mildenhall.
I was 15 minutes late and she wouldn't see me,


some folk are so far up their own arseholes they view the world thru' their earholes ::-)
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 13, 2011, 01:32:42 pm
DWP: Your promised 3-hour callback time limit has just been exceeded. I thought it would be...
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Post by: Marj on May 13, 2011, 02:05:56 pm

[/quote]

some folk are so far up their own arseholes they view the world thru' their earholes ::-)
[/quote]

I think I might know a person like that and no it's not Jogler
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Post by: essexian on May 13, 2011, 04:31:36 pm
Wife... she is a 9 month old kitten and therefore will hunt anything she can get her paws on: remember the butterfly she took down yesterday?

Well, there really isn't no point calling me when she has a blackbird in her mouth is there??? Well okay, I did come out and rescue the bird and then stand outside in the rain doing "door security" for half an hour while it recovered but no doubt, the kittie will be after something else tomorrow.

She is a cat: cats kill. Get over it please.
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Post by: barakta on May 13, 2011, 05:29:19 pm
I would phone the DWP as soon after the time expires as possible to say "I have been expecting a call for the last 3 hours, is there a problem".  It means they can't claim you didn't answer because it's documented that you called them after the period.

This was before I learned not to let anyone make incoming calls to me cos 18002 scares people.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 14, 2011, 08:56:09 am
Autotrader dealers/sellers: If I am looking for a low mileage car and I select the <40,000 mile option, why do you insist on listing your epically worn out vehicles as 112 miles instead of 112,000??? Not only does it fill up my search with erroneous vehicles that I wouldn't touch with a bargepole, but it also makes you look like a bunch of shysters.

Autotrader, I've written to you before about this, as it does your standing no good to allow this to happen.
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Post by: Arch on May 14, 2011, 01:18:27 pm
Something went wrong with the front door lock two weekends back while I was away, and the locksmith left one key for me with a neighbour.  She told me he'd got more cut but some of them didn't work.  Anyway, landlord says get a spare cut and he'll pay. So I go round to Barnitts, the place I trust best for that sort of thing, and got two cut today.

Neither work.  The chap did say as he handed my original back, that it looked damaged - but it's the one that works, and works fine!

Will have to nip back and see what they can do - this could run and run.  The locksmith had been to Timpsons originally, but I chose Barnitts because they are a proper hardware shop. It's annoying, if I have to keep going back and forth...

Funny, as I was posting, there was a knock at the door and it was my neighbour, checking if I had a key, as they do cheaper prices for 2 or 3 at Timpsons. So we're going round together later to see what can be done.

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Post by: Jaded on May 14, 2011, 01:45:16 pm
Leave the neighbour in the house and take the lock with you.
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Post by: SteveC on May 14, 2011, 02:35:06 pm
Leave the neighbour in the house and take the lock with you.
Mental image of Arch, on recumbent, with a front door....
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Post by: LindaG on May 14, 2011, 03:43:35 pm
I must have had the same conversation, word for word, about 20 times this week. 

Haven't seen you for ages!

No, I've been off sick for a while.  But I'm much better now.

Have you been ill?

Not really.  Got knocked off the bike.  But I'm much better now thanks.

Were you wearing your helmet?

Yes.

Good.  Lots of people don't, you know, and it's stupid.  My ********* was knocked off the bike.  S/he died/lost a limb/went blind/had a brain injury and was never the same again.  The roads are so dangerous I don't think you should cycle round here.  Are you back on your bike then?

 :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

Good job I'm off for a couple of weeks' holiday.  It'll give me a chance to pre-record the conversation, they can listen to it while I get on with my work. 
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Post by: Arch on May 14, 2011, 05:10:20 pm
Leave the neighbour in the house and take the lock with you.
Mental image of Arch, on recumbent, with a front door....

 ;D

We got it sorted, by going to Timpsons.  According to my neighbour, the locksmith said Barnitts were rubbish for keys, which is a shame as they are our big local hardware/everything shop, and I like to give them custom.  While there I checked on the status of the oil filled radiator on order to replace the faulty one I took back, and was told it's just this week come into the warehouse, and they can deliver it Monday. I had a hard time persuading the chap that I'd rather pick it up, as I'll be at work all day Monday, and it's only round the corner....

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Post by: barakta on May 15, 2011, 06:20:39 pm
Mum, please don't call me from your mobile especially when you have Biggles's portable handset phones (which do at least sound less shit).  The half-duplexing and GSM codec mean that there's dreadful distortion if there's noise at either of our ends while speaking or if we accidentally interrupt.  No wonder it was mashing my head and turning up my hearing aid didn't work. I am now surprisingly braindead from only a 10 minute phonecall... 
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Post by: CrinklyLion on May 16, 2011, 07:38:06 am
Forgot it was bloody recycling day again, and the council chaps don't do like Arch's lot used to and grin in a mildly entertained manner when scarecrow headed householders stick their head out of the door and say "Oh shit, I forgot" before running off to find the box.  And because we now have 3 boxes and fortnightly collection you don't have time to sort and get the boxes out (because you have to carry them all the way round the back alley, because they will only collect from the front door) once they're in the street you haven't got time.  

And my neck and shoulder really hurt.  
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 16, 2011, 11:36:05 am
DWP: Your promised 3-hour callback time limit has just been exceeded. I thought it would be...

Well, just got off the phone & my notes say they DID call back. Did they bollocks! I had the phone with me all afternoon.

Anyway, my claim has been authorised, so I am not so irked now. The callcentre drone admitted that this does happen quite often; i.e. they say they've called when they haven't... Quite brave of him, seeing as calls are recorded.
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Post by: barakta on May 16, 2011, 01:39:14 pm
DWP: Your promised 3-hour callback time limit has just been exceeded. I thought it would be...

Well, just got off the phone & my notes say they DID call back. Did they bollocks! I had the phone with me all afternoon.

Anyway, my claim has been authorised, so I am not so irked now. The callcentre drone admitted that this does happen quite often; i.e. they say they've called when they haven't... Quite brave of him, seeing as calls are recorded.

Bet he's due to be sacked in the next 2 weeks then.

Like I say, jobcunterplus (bouleplusungood etc) are lying toerags but they almost always back down in the face of a good hearty GRINK and assertion that you bloody well were on time, available by phone, are incompetent etc.

Unlike HMRC who are stubborn own-FAIL-denialist twatbadgers of the highest order!
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 16, 2011, 01:47:26 pm
Yep, I figured he must be on borrowed time, as he didn't sound the most engaged person I've ever dealt with, but refreshingly honest.

My claim had already been approved and ICBA to take it any further under those circumstances, especially seeing as my savings statement wasn't exactly what they'd asked for - and was an utter pain to get hold of.

Next stop the local council to get them off my back & to stop them - hopefully - shutting down my claim. Oh joy!
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 16, 2011, 08:45:32 pm
Argh, my shouder muscles hurt and are hard as nails.
Somebody come and thwok me with a meat tenderiser plz?
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Post by: barakta on May 16, 2011, 08:53:59 pm
The Warwickshire Lad, good luck!

Mrs Pingu, hot bath & cocodamol?
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Post by: Feline on May 16, 2011, 08:55:19 pm
I must have had the same conversation, word for word, about 20 times this week. 

Haven't seen you for ages!

No, I've been off sick for a while.  But I'm much better now.

Have you been ill?

Not really.  Got knocked off the bike.  But I'm much better now thanks.

Were you wearing your helmet?

Yes.

Good.  Lots of people don't, you know, and it's stupid.  My ********* was knocked off the bike.  S/he died/lost a limb/went blind/had a brain injury and was never the same again.  The roads are so dangerous I don't think you should cycle round here.  Are you back on your bike then?

 :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

Good job I'm off for a couple of weeks' holiday.  It'll give me a chance to pre-record the conversation, they can listen to it while I get on with my work. 

Gods that would make me sooo angry. I think I would full-on rant in their face! Why do people believe the crap they are force-fed by the media so blindly ???
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 16, 2011, 09:08:22 pm
Mrs Pingu, hot bath & cocodamol?
I haz neither of those things. I think what I need is a good massage to loosen it up a bit. Pingu doesn't do massaging though  :'(. I can haz personal soigneur (or soigneuse, I'm not fussy) ;)
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Post by: barakta on May 16, 2011, 09:11:20 pm
Mrs Pingu, hot bath & cocodamol?
I haz neither of those things. I think what I need is a good massage to loosen it up a bit. Pingu doesn't do massaging though  :'(. I can haz personal soigneur (or soigneuse, I'm not fussy) ;)

Send pingu out to a chemist?  lying flat on the floor and stretching can help as can bending over and just floppnig a bit.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 16, 2011, 09:16:33 pm
Am currently poking my fingers in there as hard as I can cope with and wondering when I can subject myself for a remedial session.
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Post by: eck on May 16, 2011, 09:23:46 pm
Am currently poking my fingers in there as hard as I can cope with and wondering when I can subject myself for a remedial session.
Get Pingu to rub it with a tattie scone. Or a bridie...
Oh, you haven't eaten it, have you?  :facepalm:

GWS  :-*
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 17, 2011, 10:28:18 am
We shared it for yesterday's lunch. It was this - yum! :P
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on May 17, 2011, 09:33:45 pm
The Warwickshire Lad, good luck!

Thanks, barakta!

As it happens, I got to speak to a real, honest Human BeingTM who was so pleasant I even got offered a glass of water (or tea or coffee) and we went through the various points. That's how it should be!
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Post by: clarion on May 18, 2011, 10:49:58 am
Very Minor Grumble:

Every day, I enjoy listening to (and half-heartedly taking part in) Ken Bruce's PopMaster quiz.  Afterwards, he always plays his Long Song, which is a classic track too long for normal airplay.  Frequent plays are the full version of Layla, Hotel California, a bit of Zep or Floyd, or parts of War Of the Worlds.

This morning, it was 10cc. >:(
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 18, 2011, 12:15:27 pm
Which one? I can't think of anything they've done that would last longer than a standard pop track?
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Post by: clarion on May 18, 2011, 12:21:13 pm
They're not in love, apparently, but I didn't hang around to find out any more.  We've heard it all before ::-)

6'02" (according to Wikipedia) of dross
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Post by: Feline on May 18, 2011, 01:45:38 pm
I know it's seriously uncool to admit this, but I like 10cc
*runs and hides in shame*
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Post by: jogler on May 18, 2011, 01:50:25 pm
Why is it uncool?






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Post by: essexian on May 18, 2011, 01:54:05 pm
I know it's seriously uncool to admit this, but I like 10cc
*runs and hides in shame*

Ah.... 10CC and school discos.... brings back memories of serious snogging and stuff.  ;D
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 18, 2011, 01:54:39 pm
I saw them once at Bingley Hall, near Stafford. Not the best show I've seen, nor the worst, but it was marred somewhat by the leaking roof and animal dung all over the floor (it being an agricultural show venue principally).

They did some catchy stuff, but it was fluff mainly, wasn't it?
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Post by: jogler on May 18, 2011, 02:03:57 pm
I saw them once at Bingley Hall, near Stafford.

I remember that gig  occurrring
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 18, 2011, 02:11:41 pm
June '77
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Post by: CrinklyLion on May 18, 2011, 03:11:28 pm
Not only has what seems like half the blinking forum gone touring in Scotland or if not they're about to (and half of the half that haven't live there anyway) when I was the one that put it on my little list for this year but I really can't see it happening (and it's not fair and I shall sulk) but now to add insult to injury those gits at East Coast just sent me a blooming email that starts
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Visit Scotland and surprise yourself
Well if I could I blooming well would, wouldn't I?  Do you have to rub salt in the wounds?

*wanders off mumbling and grumbling to see if there's any chocolate or cake hiding around here somewhere*
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Post by: Kim on May 18, 2011, 03:14:05 pm
I too had noticed that.

I'm hoping for a relative speed advantage due to lack of midge-related blood loss when they get back.   ;)
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Post by: Feline on May 18, 2011, 03:15:15 pm
I know it's seriously uncool to admit this, but I like 10cc
*runs and hides in shame*

Ah.... 10CC and school discos.... brings back memories of serious snogging and stuff.  ;D

Yeah, I think it's the feel-good factor of good memories that must be doing it for me too.
That and  those lyrics about hanging a picture on the wall to hide a nasty stain .... epic!!  ;D
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Post by: Deano on May 18, 2011, 04:56:13 pm
I too had noticed that.

I'm hoping for a relative speed advantage due to lack of midge-related blood loss when they get back.   ;)

Too early for midges :smug:

(probably - I certainly encountered none).
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Post by: CrinklyLion on May 18, 2011, 04:58:00 pm
*Grumble grumble GIT mumble mumble GIT can't even get to the bloody chocolate because there's a GIT meeting in there GIT*
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Post by: jogler on May 18, 2011, 05:04:20 pm
June '77

blood&sand  :o where does the time go?I would not have guessed that it was 30 odd years ago.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 18, 2011, 06:26:58 pm
Well past their prime by then as well. Deceptive Bends was their swansong in the original line up, I think.
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Post by: hellymedic on May 18, 2011, 07:04:20 pm
I too had noticed that.

I'm hoping for a relative speed advantage due to lack of midge-related blood loss when they get back.   ;)

Too early for midges :smug:

(probably - I certainly encountered none).

It might be to early for midges in your northern climes.
We've had big fat mozzies sucking our blood for several weeks Darn Sarf.
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Post by: ravenbait on May 18, 2011, 07:06:22 pm
Not only has what seems like half the blinking forum gone touring in Scotland or if not they're about to (and half of the half that haven't live there anyway) when I was the one that put it on my little list for this year but I really can't see it happening (and it's not fair and I shall sulk) but now to add insult to injury those gits at East Coast just sent me a blooming email that starts
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Visit Scotland and surprise yourself
Well if I could I blooming well would, wouldn't I?  Do you have to rub salt in the wounds?

*wanders off mumbling and grumbling to see if there's any chocolate or cake hiding around here somewhere*

Well you're welcome chez Raven for coffee, cake and chupa chups if you ever make it this far North.

Sam
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Post by: BrianI on May 18, 2011, 07:18:43 pm
chupa chups.

I didn't know they still made Chupa Chups!   :thumbsup: I remeber when I was a wean getting a few Chupa Chups from the corner sweetie shop with my pocket money!   ;D
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Post by: ravenbait on May 18, 2011, 07:19:46 pm
I just bought two bags of them from Morrison's up the road.

Sam
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Post by: jogler on May 18, 2011, 07:32:22 pm
what's a chupa chup?
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Post by: CrinklyLion on May 18, 2011, 07:33:52 pm
toothrotonnastick
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Post by: hellymedic on May 18, 2011, 08:44:12 pm
toothrotonnastick

Indeed. A lollipop.
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Post by: Kim on May 18, 2011, 08:54:25 pm
Too early for midges :smug:

It's never too early for midges.

My legs are already covered in scabs, and it's only May.
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Post by: Basil on May 20, 2011, 10:03:28 pm
Bugger.  I've missed the cheap tickets.  I'm going to have to buy an Off Peak Open Return.

Still cheaper than the petrol money, though.
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Post by: Basil on May 20, 2011, 10:08:02 pm
Too early for midges :smug:

It's never too early for midges.

My legs are already covered in scabs, and it's only May.

My legs are covered in scabs.  It's mostly pedal strike.  :-[
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on May 20, 2011, 10:45:13 pm
Self: Your logic was impeccable; buy a replacement padlock for the motorbike lock/chain & it turned up very quickly.

However, did it not dawn on you that you had to buy a new lock as the old one was locked shut around the chain ends & you can't find the keys? No, it didn't, did it!

So, you now have a nice, shiny & very expensive padlock sitting useless!

Makes mental note to dig out angle grinder tomorrow to try to remove the old one (& set the garage on fire in the process!)
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Post by: rafletcher on May 21, 2011, 08:06:52 pm
We're Ecover liquid / wash ball users.   Nobody complained at the NTRWCW but maybe you were all being polite  :P

I must admit that I've rejected a B&B because of the very strong smell of the laundry detergent on the bedding.

Most washing powders are ok on other people's clothes, we only tend to notice it on things we're sleeping on like your aforementioned B&B and things Kim or I might wear.  It's one of those not worth the allergy risks, I was in 1995 allergic to Fairy powder, creeping rash of d00m.  The recipe may have changed but I'd rather not risk it so I simply avoid on principle.  Kim gets eczema probably related to her asthma so we try not to meddle with stuff we don't know about. 

We stick to supermarket brand fake-persil which seems to work and not kill either of us and if they stop making it or change recipes we inevitably have great fun trying to find a suitable replacement.   We halve the recommended amount of powder in our washes and have at times double rinsed everything. 

My bold: - we just use Tesco non-bio tablets (essentially compressed powder) and we use one not two per wash. With the efficiency of washing we get from our machine (a Bosch, which is noticeably better then the preceeding Hoover and Zanussi ones) this is sufficient for almost everything - and at 30 degrees as well. And of cousre it's a non-perfumed powder.  I'm guessing that the item I bought must have been in some variant of Persil or Aeriel, but one of our neighbours uses it - we can smell their washing on the line from a range of 10m!

Buggerit - the Tesco tabs I bought yesterday now have "added fragrence"   :sick:   I don't want to stink of your bloody fragrence!!!!!
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Post by: LindaG on May 21, 2011, 10:28:20 pm
I note the impressive run of dry weather we've had lately. Which contrasts nicely with the bloody torrential bloody rain we have had all week on holiday. Not fair. Want to go home. :-(
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Post by: Deano on May 21, 2011, 10:30:09 pm
I note the impressive run of dry weather we've had lately. Which contrasts nicely with the bloody torrential bloody rain we have had all week on holiday. Not fair. Want to go home. :-(

Rain on Arran is better than sun on Teesside, surely? 

But yeah, it is a bit annoying.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on May 21, 2011, 10:30:28 pm
Well I phoned my GP's surgery to try and book an appointment for a couple days time but it turns out I have to phone after 8:30am on the day I want an appointment.

Not so useful given that I need to leave for work at 7:45, now I could tell work I'll be in late but if I can't get an appointment that day I'll have to do it all again the day after  :facepalm:
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Post by: LindaG on May 21, 2011, 10:33:49 pm
Apparently the views from here are quite lovely. Not that you can tell. We move on tomorrow. I am favouring the South of England. Force 6 headwind and heavy rain? Hm.
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Post by: andrewc on May 21, 2011, 10:37:53 pm
I've pitched the tent too close to the campsite lights, I'll need a sleepmask tonight. And it won't stop Bloody Raining !
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on May 21, 2011, 11:01:48 pm
Well I phoned my GP's surgery to try and book an appointment for a couple days time but it turns out I have to phone after 8:30am on the day I want an appointment.

Not so useful given that I need to leave for work at 7:45, now I could tell work I'll be in late but if I can't get an appointment that day I'll have to do it all again the day after  :facepalm:

My surgery does on line appointment bookings now.  So I book from work.  It makes life so much easier as you can see all the available slots for each day and choose a very early or late one to fit in with work plans.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on May 22, 2011, 10:45:33 pm
Well I phoned my GP's surgery to try and book an appointment for a couple days time but it turns out I have to phone after 8:30am on the day I want an appointment.

Not so useful given that I need to leave for work at 7:45, now I could tell work I'll be in late but if I can't get an appointment that day I'll have to do it all again the day after  :facepalm:

My surgery does on line appointment bookings now.  So I book from work.  It makes life so much easier as you can see all the available slots for each day and choose a very early or late one to fit in with work plans.

Can I come to your surgery then?  ;D

I think I remember reading something about an online system at this surgery when I joined (though might only be for repeat prescriptions) but need to go in in person to get signed onto the system. Which is even more of a pain regarding work at the moment.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on May 22, 2011, 10:46:31 pm
And also, why oh why do I leave it so late when ordering presents? And when copying my work address from a letterhead how do I get the postcode wrong?!?!  :facepalm:
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Post by: tiermat on May 23, 2011, 08:58:34 am
Bread manufacturers, when you label your bread as "toastie" bread, has it not occured to you that it might be good to, you know, make it so it FITS IN THE GODDAMN TOASTER!!!

Nice crispy toast with an untoasted, floppy bit at the end is not nice, it's not like we have a modern, ultra compact (read small) toaster, we have a Dualit, which have been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth...
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Post by: CrinklyLion on May 23, 2011, 09:02:06 am
It's Just Wrong, isn't it Tiermat?
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Post by: Gandalf on May 23, 2011, 09:44:40 am
Undermining a chap's toasty goodness is ample justification for bringing back the birch, IMHO.
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Post by: Ariadne on May 23, 2011, 10:17:19 am
We bought a toaster recently and it's just about impossible to get one that fits a standard, modern slice of bread. I know, because I have toured shops with a cardboard cut-out of a slice :-)

The lady who served us in John Lewis said it's a regular complaint and that if you invented a toaster with a longer slot, you'd make a fortune.

We now have a De Longhi. The toast fits.. but the toaster takes so long the toast is a bit dry before it's done.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 23, 2011, 11:12:31 am
Bloody wind, bloody hills, knee go 'spoing'.
Ow.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 23, 2011, 12:38:20 pm
Toaster toast is minging anyway. Make it on the grill.
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Post by: her_welshness on May 23, 2011, 12:47:15 pm
I think the Dualit toasters are pretty good at fitting up slices to toast. They are very expensive though.
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Post by: tiermat on May 23, 2011, 12:50:19 pm
I think the Dualit toasters are pretty good at fitting up slices to toast. They are very expensive though.

Normally, yes, but for the Toastie bread, which seems to be too long to fit in the slots, so the tops stay untoasted (unless you faff about and turn the toast over half way through, then you end up with two half done ends and a smaller patch in the middle done).

Dulaits are very good, we bought ours because Mrs T seems to be the kiss of death to cheap toasters :)
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Post by: barakta on May 23, 2011, 12:53:10 pm
Dear snotsystem,

You threatened me on Friday so I LARTed you with pile-o-drugs.  I know I did lots of stuff this weekend but did you have to start threatening me again today?

Am now spaced out on pile of drugs and can feed the sudafed dehydration effect which will hopefully reduce the breeding opportunity for viral or bacterial gremlins so they can't give me yet another attack of sinusitis.

Could do without feeling quite so dead though.  Motivation to do work is somewhat lacking.  Motivation for "all divisional team meeting" even less so.  I am sure they mean well but god they're BORING.
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Post by: Kim on May 23, 2011, 12:59:10 pm
Bread manufacturers, when you label your bread as "toastie" bread, has it not occured to you that it might be good to, you know, make it so it FITS IN THE GODDAMN TOASTER!!!

We have a slightly faulty toaster that cost an awesome 8 quid from Woolies.

It doesn't eject properly, and tends to start fires if left unsupervised, but the bread actually fits.  Consequently we have no desire to replace it.
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Post by: Majorbloodnok on May 23, 2011, 01:19:11 pm
After investing 10 of my very precious lunch break minutes to peeling it, once again I am left utterly disappointed by the results of my effort.  It’s just a friggin orange, they've been around years you know, why can't you get it right Morrisons and do something radical like stock some that are actually edible?

If this apple is crap too there's gonna be trouble.....
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Post by: clarion on May 23, 2011, 02:33:14 pm
Best toast is done over a camping stove outside a tent. ;)
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Post by: Kim on May 23, 2011, 02:41:58 pm
You appear to have misspelt 'fire' :)
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Post by: rower40 on May 23, 2011, 02:44:41 pm
Last time I had cooked-bread, it was because there was a very lot of sossidge-fat in the frying pan.  Bread soaks it up a treat.  Nom Nom *burp*
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Post by: tiermat on May 23, 2011, 04:48:39 pm
So as to not de-rail the Rant thread from it's sensitive position at the mo....

$IT_EQUIPMENT_SUPPLIER, why did I bother making sure that the four items I wanted were showing as in stock?

When I get through the payment stage 3 out of the 4 are showing as awaiting stock! Idiots, if I had have known that I would have chosen another model, now I will have to wait until Thursday to get the stuff that I really need tomorrow, 'cos you won't split the delivery.

And you have the bare-faced cheek to charge me for next-day delivery to boot! feckers!!!
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Post by: Aidan on May 23, 2011, 05:21:03 pm
Knee... Grumble... Doctors... Grumble... prod.. grumble.. ouch... grumble.. painkillers... grumble...  no cycling for a week or two... fuck! no serious cycling until it settles down properly , could be a month...  fuckity double fuck.  Thats my plans all out of the window then :(
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Post by: Ashaman42 on May 23, 2011, 06:49:48 pm
I think the Dualit toasters are pretty good at fitting up slices to toast. They are very expensive though.

Normally, yes, but for the Toastie bread, which seems to be too long to fit in the slots, so the tops stay untoasted (unless you faff about and turn the toast over half way through, then you end up with two half done ends and a smaller patch in the middle done).

Dulaits are very good, we bought ours because Mrs T seems to be the kiss of death to cheap toasters :)

We've got a four slice toaster which has two long slots, bread in sideways and job done. I like the 16 slice one my Dad's firestation has though.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 24, 2011, 10:33:32 am
Quote from: The Mouth Of Sauron

In the interim your calls are being manually actioned and assigned to the appropriate support groups via email, you will receive a corresponding ticket number when the application restarts.


That'd be a first >:(
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Post by: CrinklyLion on May 24, 2011, 05:43:58 pm
Youngest child, will you please start growing some longer legs?  We tried out the trailerbike that I bought as a birthday present for a friend of mine last year, since we were round at their house.  He STILL can't reach the pedals.

Sigh.
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Post by: peliroja on May 24, 2011, 05:46:26 pm
Stuff his boots wi' horsemuck!  ;)
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Post by: BrianI on May 24, 2011, 06:41:01 pm
go away sair foot arches, sair stiff neck and sair stiff shoulders...    >:(  Checked up on my position in the waiting list to see th nhs podiatrist.  Still 6 weeks. (and that was what they said nearly 6 weeks ago.....)

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Post by: Feline on May 24, 2011, 06:47:25 pm
How odd. My daughter is currently without her mobile phone having had it confiscated by the school before Easter and I have yet to go collect  it for her since I was so unimpressed by her 2nd mobile crime (caught using it in lessons) this school year. She appears to have borrowed one half of a walkie talkie and is walking around the house talking to her friend on it constantly. I didn't even know they still made such things in these days of mobiles  :o
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Wowbagger on May 24, 2011, 06:48:49 pm
How odd. My daughter is currently without her mobile phone having had it confiscated by the school before Easter and I have yet to go collect  it for her since I was so unimpressed by her 2nd mobile crime (caught using it in lessons) this school year. She appears to have borrowed one half of a walkie talkie and is walking around the house talking to her friend on it constantly. I didn't even know they still made such things in these days of mobiles  :o

We've got a set. The idea was that we used them to keep in touch with my parents at night when they lived down the other end of the house.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on May 24, 2011, 06:50:26 pm
How odd. My daughter is currently without her mobile phone having had it confiscated by the school before Easter and I have yet to go collect  it for her since I was so unimpressed by her 2nd mobile crime (caught using it in lessons) this school year. She appears to have borrowed one half of a walkie talkie and is walking around the house talking to her friend on it constantly. I didn't even know they still made such things in these days of mobiles  :o

If it is a walkie talkie (and not a borrowed phone) then that's pretty awesome. Made me chuckle anyway.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feline on May 24, 2011, 06:55:05 pm
How odd. My daughter is currently without her mobile phone having had it confiscated by the school before Easter and I have yet to go collect  it for her since I was so unimpressed by her 2nd mobile crime (caught using it in lessons) this school year. She appears to have borrowed one half of a walkie talkie and is walking around the house talking to her friend on it constantly. I didn't even know they still made such things in these days of mobiles  :o

If it is a walkie talkie (and not a borrowed phone) then that's pretty awesome. Made me chuckle anyway.

Well it's crackly and I heard her say 'over' so I think it's for real  ;D
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Post by: Kim on May 24, 2011, 07:06:02 pm
As a child of the 80s I am of course insanely jealous that she has a friend within walkie-talkie range, although I suppose with PMR that's a fair bit further than it was with the sort of kit we had as kids.  But then that pales into insignificance compared to the coolness of a basic mobile phone.  Such is the way with technology:

(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/lithium_batteries.png) (http://xkcd.com/560/)
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 24, 2011, 07:59:31 pm
They do, however, usually only have eight channels & there's a fair chance someone's overhearing her, so you might want to make her aware of this...
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Post by: Kim on May 24, 2011, 08:56:33 pm
Or get one for yourself...
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Post by: border-rider on May 24, 2011, 09:02:02 pm
We've got a set.

We've got 4.  1 in each of our cars & a pair in the kitchen.  With no mobile coverage they're very useful for Mrs MV to tell me there's a cup of tea afoot when I'm farting about outside somewhere,

(or: "I'm stuck in sno on the lane.  Bring shvl")
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Post by: Kim on May 24, 2011, 09:06:00 pm
We have a box of them downstairs.  At some point I'm going to attempt to fettle a couple to see if they can be made to work with barakta's hearing aid as a significantly less valuable and longer-range alternative to using the FMGenie (http://www.connevans.co.uk/store/viewCategory.do?id=102) so she can hear me over wind noise while on bikes.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Butterfly on May 24, 2011, 09:12:45 pm
I used to have some for the children I used to look after, so that I could let them know it was luch time if they were in the woods. It was fun :).
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 25, 2011, 11:33:12 am
2-way radios were the bane of our collective life at Battle Mountain last year.  For many a year we'd had a repeater sat on top of the local mountain, thereby enabling communications over a range of six miles, but at some point prior to the 2010 some ["Oiks" - The Invigilator] either stole or trashed it >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feline on May 25, 2011, 01:39:41 pm
My collie dog is being such a biatch this month! First she chewed up my brand new (and unused) Exped camping pillow and I had to buy another one. This morning I look out of the kitchen window and there is a box of energy gels open and strewn all over the lawn! How she got the box out through the dog flap I have no clue. The caffeine in them doesn't appear to have had much of an effect on her fortunately. There are only 12 out of 20 of them left  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 26, 2011, 02:48:57 pm
Helldesk, if luser x sends you an e-mail asking for report a to be sent monthly to lusers y and z, there is no need to open a separate helldesk ticket for each luser.  It is apparent that they don't have common sense where you come from.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Speshact on May 26, 2011, 09:41:34 pm
Terry Farrell and Partners have a bloody awful website. I shall look for some stuff about them and Nine Elms elsewhere. I shall not employ them as architects (not that I expect to ever be in a position to employ an architect).
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: andygates on May 26, 2011, 10:20:09 pm
Helldesk, if luser x sends you an e-mail asking for report a to be sent monthly to lusers y and z, there is no need to open a separate helldesk ticket for each luser.  It is apparent that they don't have common sense where you come from.
But that makes THE HOLY STATS look better.  Two whole calls raised and resolved so fast!

(it's stuff like this that is why I will never be a manager)

Meanwhile in grumble land: the new Echofon is ugly and buggy.  Give me prettier free stuff, you bastards, or I'll moan a bit.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 27, 2011, 11:05:21 am
SAP team!  STFU!

That is all.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on May 27, 2011, 02:21:21 pm
Motorbike: If you are going to conk out, at least do so when I am not stuck in a queue of traffic in the middle of a busy road, please.

Self: Do not try to bump start a motorbike in first gear.

kthxbai
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Post by: fboab on May 29, 2011, 07:04:39 pm
No1Daughter. There was half a stale loaf of white bread. Bread & butter pudding's a bit rubbish with wholemeal. :(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on May 30, 2011, 12:47:31 am
Just noticed the time.  I have to go to work tomorrow.  Another lottery FAIL.
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Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 30, 2011, 11:26:47 am
Its still raining  :-[
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Post by: nicknack on June 04, 2011, 05:06:04 pm
After a long period of idleness I thought I'd get a bit of exercise. So on Tuesday I walked for 5 miles, Wednesday - cycled 20 miles, Thursday - walked 7 miles, Friday - cycled 28 miles. It may not have been much but it was enough to fuck up my immune system, cos now I've got a bleedin' cold.

Whilst I was idle I was wonderfully healthy.

Bollocks.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on June 04, 2011, 05:20:29 pm
You were doing well up that hill into Eccleston, and we were quite happy to sit behind you in the car until there was room to pass wide. Waving us to go past, when there was clearly another car coming the other way, and we'd have had to pass far to close to make it, and then looking irritable at us for waiting, was a bit off.

Damn cyclists. Ok, it was hot, and he was working hard, but it's not like we were revving the engine or anything.  If we'd passed when he waved us through, no doubt he'd be complaining now about bloody drivers passing too close in the face of oncoming traffic.

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Post by: Regulator on June 05, 2011, 07:12:41 am
My radio alarm clock has died  :'(

I've had it almost 18 years and it had a klaxon alarm that was one of the few things that can wake me.  It's been to a number of countries with me, include two war zones. 

And now it is no more...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Gandalf on June 05, 2011, 07:34:51 am
DVD producers.  When I fork out my hard earned for some boxed set or other, it is  through Amazon, Play.com or some other legitimate vendor.  I have never bought any DVDs from a chinese bloke carrying a large holdall, though I have been approached by many.  In light of this why, whenever I load the DVD, is my living room polluted with your protracted, patronosing piffle about the evils of pirated DVDs.  Just feck off.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Majorbloodnok on June 05, 2011, 10:38:48 am
Yeah, feck off! ^ (mine come from lovefilm.com and I don't recall seeing that gumph)

Why won't my sodding router fit back in the shitting box, as if using the damn thing isn't confusing enough (pingfuckits galore).



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Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 05, 2011, 10:46:59 am
Chuffing back! Just sort yourself out, m'kay? This sitting around 'resting' is bloody boring.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on June 05, 2011, 10:55:43 am
Oi, life.
Stop costing so blood much.
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Post by: Kim on June 05, 2011, 01:12:04 pm
My radio alarm clock has died  :'(

I've had it almost 18 years and it had a klaxon alarm that was one of the few things that can wake me. 

Ever tried a vibrating one?  They're surprisingly hard to ignore...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on June 05, 2011, 01:20:48 pm
My radio alarm clock has died  :'(

I've had it almost 18 years and it had a klaxon alarm that was one of the few things that can wake me. 

Ever tried a vibrating one?  They're surprisingly hard to ignore...

I can think of only rude responses to that Kim.....
it's the law ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on June 05, 2011, 02:08:41 pm
My radio alarm clock has died  :'(

I've had it almost 18 years and it had a klaxon alarm that was one of the few things that can wake me. 

Ever tried a vibrating one?  They're surprisingly hard to ignore...

It may wake him up, but he won't want to get out of bed!
 
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Post by: barakta on June 05, 2011, 03:09:31 pm
My radio alarm clock has died  :'(

I've had it almost 18 years and it had a klaxon alarm that was one of the few things that can wake me. 

Ever tried a vibrating one?  They're surprisingly hard to ignore...

It may wake him up, but he won't want to get out of bed!
 

Trust me it's not the good sort of buzzing ;).  It's more like having a woodpecker attached to your HEAD very early in the morning!
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Post by: Kim on June 05, 2011, 03:12:33 pm
Or a tin of angry BEES.
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Post by: clarion on June 05, 2011, 06:48:01 pm
Might not a tin of angry bees and a woodpecker be a cheap and effective alternative? ;D
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Post by: Kim on June 05, 2011, 06:49:08 pm
You'd need some way of programming the alarm time.  Maybe a cockerel...
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Post by: SteveC on June 05, 2011, 08:03:02 pm
Might not a tin of angry bees and a woodpecker be a cheap and effective alternative? ;D
It would have to be a randy woodpecker.  They only drum in the mating season.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rower40 on June 05, 2011, 08:08:36 pm
My radio alarm clock has died  :'(

I've had it almost 18 years and it had a klaxon alarm that was one of the few things that can wake me. 

Ever tried a vibrating one?  They're surprisingly hard to ignore...

It may wake him up, but he won't want to get out of bed!
 

Trust me it's not the good sort of buzzing ;).
This thread is useless without pictures videos...

I'll get my coat dirty mac.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on June 05, 2011, 08:17:23 pm
Trust me it's not the good sort of buzzing ;).
This thread is useless without pictures videos...


    YouTube
        - ‪Sonic Alert Super Shaker Vibrating Alarm Clock‬&rlm;
   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cWI2BD9A1s)

(Also available in male-specific design.)
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Post by: andrewc on June 05, 2011, 08:19:36 pm
Trust me it's not the good sort of buzzing ;).
This thread is useless without pictures videos...


    YouTube
        - ‪Sonic Alert Super Shaker Vibrating Alarm Clock‬&rlm;
   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cWI2BD9A1s)

& rim ?? :o :o  ;D       

(Also available in male-specific design.)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on June 05, 2011, 08:41:32 pm
& rim ?? :o :o  ;D       

I've no idea where that bit came from, some piece of errant web-voodoo no doubt (I was lazy and just pasted the URL and let SMF do the formatting).

You'd have thought cyclists would have got past the rim joke stage, though...   :facepalm:
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Post by: Pingu on June 05, 2011, 11:05:18 pm
& rim ?? :o :o  ;D       

I've no idea where that bit came from, some piece of errant web-voodoo no doubt (I was lazy and just pasted the URL and let SMF do the formatting).

You'd have thought cyclists would have got past the rim joke stage, though...   :facepalm:

You spoke too soon.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 06, 2011, 08:01:27 am
Stupid cold - sod off, I have more interesting things (like riding my bike) to do than coughing and sneezing and being full of snot.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Polar Bear on June 06, 2011, 08:23:38 am
Trust me it's not the good sort of buzzing ;).
This thread is useless without pictures videos...


    YouTube
        - ‪Sonic Alert Super Shaker Vibrating Alarm Clock‬&rlm;
   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cWI2BD9A1s)

(Also available in male-specific design.)

She needs to learn how to put her nail varnish on.   :o
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: PaulF on June 06, 2011, 08:33:28 am
Stupid cold - sod off, I have more interesting things (like riding my bike) to do than coughing and sneezing and being full of snot.

+1 don't even have the energy to type my own post
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Post by: Jaded on June 06, 2011, 08:39:15 am
& rim ?? :o :o  ;D       

I've no idea where that bit came from, some piece of errant web-voodoo no doubt (I was lazy and just pasted the URL and let SMF do the formatting).

You'd have thought cyclists would have got past the rim joke stage, though...   :facepalm:

It even has a Doppler effect sound as you throw it across the room.
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Post by: essexian on June 06, 2011, 01:51:17 pm
Bit disappointed by the Brecon Bike Bus.... I'll explain.

I fancy doing the Taff Trail from Brecon to Cardiff. My plan was to drive to Brecon and do the 55 mile route and then get the bus back to Brecon. I had considered getting the train to Cardiff but on a Sunday (the only day the bike bus runs) the first train doesn't get me to Cardiff until after Noon and of course, there isn't a station in Brecon.

So, is my plan a goer... nope as it seems the Bike Bus only runs from Brecon to Cardiff in the late afternoon and not in the morning when I would like to use it.

Sigh. I suppose I could cycle from Cardiff to Brecon and then get the bike bus back but its up hill that way. :(
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 08, 2011, 02:05:34 pm
Note to self: do not read the motor sport new on the BBC's red button thingie until after you've watched the Superstock TT >:(  However nice it was that Michael Dunlop won after the bad luck he'd been having.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 09, 2011, 12:56:45 pm
Bloody four hour power cut this morning.  And when the electrickery came back on it took me fifteen minutes just to start Outhouse ???
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on June 09, 2011, 02:11:03 pm
Causing an unexpected spike in productivity?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 09, 2011, 03:58:10 pm
Causing an unexpected spike in productivity?

Yes, The Boss and The system Mangler had to log in from home and do all the difficult stuff why I just looked out of the window ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on June 10, 2011, 10:49:21 pm
Brake bosses, you don't really want to go with the old brake block do you? Please detach yourselves so that I can put the new v-brakes back on.

This refurb is taking far longer than I planned.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 12, 2011, 09:24:07 pm
PMS, fuck off.
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Post by: iddu on June 13, 2011, 02:44:02 pm
Weather and washed-out flints - FRO.

Another set of carcass threads sliced, and tyre now in the process of self-destruction; let's see if the Uncle Sam boot gets me home tonight...

EDIT: Nope  ::-)

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/iddu/20110613%20-%20Misc/DSC00001.jpg)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on June 15, 2011, 01:00:22 am
Dear Apple Store,
I placed an order for D's birthday present on 14/6/11. Can you please explain why you are giving expected delivery dates of 29 June - 06 July. Does it really take up to three weeks to pack and send stuffs to London?
Why?
Your website states delivery 1-2 weeks, which is already pretty generous. Tack on another week and I can only surmise that your whole company must inhale herbal cigarettes throughout the working week.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: BrianI on June 15, 2011, 10:16:17 am
Saw podiatrist today.
She reckons my feet are pretty good at over pronating.
Got given a set of calf stretches to do, now to wait until late august / start september until I get an appointment with the biomechanic clinic.

I'm sure there must be a law against going into a farmers field and stretching his calves though?   ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on June 15, 2011, 10:49:28 am
Only a grumble, as it doesn't directly affect me, but next door must be pissed off:

Contractors, you or your employing company have known for a  week that you'd have to dig the path up in front of our houses. It wouldn't have done any harm to slip a note through our doors a day or two in advance letting us know you'd be working would it?

Unsociable next-door neighbour but one: You commissioned the work, so the same applies to you, as I assume you knew too.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: dasmoth on June 18, 2011, 03:47:40 pm
Just broken my second Grasshopper derailleur hanger.  Starting to suspect the things are made of cheese -- all I did this time was put a teeny bit of lateral force on while trying to get everything lined up to replace the wheel.  At least I wasn't out riding this time.

The thought of trying to persuade Bikefix to sell me another one is too painful to contemplate.  So, I guess it's a toss-up between Kevin@DTek or seeing if I can order directly from Germany.

...or, perhaps, just whittling my own from a nice block of cheddar...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on June 18, 2011, 06:15:28 pm
Self: when ordering a dozen brake blocks, why the hell didn't you think to check if you had any spare brake cables?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feline on June 19, 2011, 10:13:10 am
This is more of a  :facepalm: moment than a grumble really. I've just read the most retarded client complaint ever about one of my colleagues. The client accused him of rudely calling her inpatient. The clinical notes had logged an 'inpatient enquiry'. Her pet was an inpatient at the time and she had phoned for an update  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Aidan on June 19, 2011, 10:22:11 am
This is more of a  :facepalm: moment than a grumble really. I've just read the most retarded client complaint ever about one of my colleagues. The client accused him of rudely calling her inpatient. The clinical notes had logged an 'inpatient enquiry'. Her pet was an inpatient at the time and she had phoned for an update  :facepalm:

 ::-) ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Domestique on June 19, 2011, 10:36:58 am
Just watching SFTW on BBC 2
'Dab, its a very pretty fish'
Probably doesnt feel feel very pretty now you have cut its head off
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Rapples on June 19, 2011, 10:40:31 am
This is more of a  :facepalm: moment than a grumble really. I've just read the most retarded client complaint ever about one of my colleagues. The client accused him of rudely calling her inpatient. The clinical notes had logged an 'inpatient enquiry'. Her pet was an inpatient at the time and she had phoned for an update  :facepalm:

That's just imcredibly stupid :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on June 19, 2011, 11:05:30 am
This is more of a  :facepalm: moment than a grumble really. I've just read the most retarded client complaint ever about one of my colleagues. The client accused him of rudely calling her inpatient. The clinical notes had logged an 'inpatient enquiry'. Her pet was an inpatient at the time and she had phoned for an update  :facepalm:

 ::-) ;D

A while ago, Word's spillchucker would make suggestions about this word. Automagic spelling corrections may cause grief...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on June 20, 2011, 12:24:54 am
Dear tinnitus, piss off.  At least I knew to expect you after all the audio I've had this weekend.  Sleep soon!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on June 20, 2011, 01:52:42 pm
Pointless beeping at cyclists number 1 742 821

Dear Nissain Driver

Please don't beep at me as I climb the humpback bridge over the railway line on the Newport Road...here

Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Stafford,+United+Kingdom&ll=52.802265,-2.123027&spn=0,0.004812&z=18&layer=c&cbll=52.802232,-2.123179&panoid=6_tk63-1cAHek2B7xeWUqg&cbp=12,82.52,,0,-1.51)

I checked over my shoulder 3 times and there was more than sufficient time for me to pull over to the right hand lane which starts just before the top of the bridge (where the white car is next to the road sign). Okay, I did not stick my hand out but then, I was out of the saddle trying to keep my average speed up at around 18mph as not to slow the traffic down.

Yes, I do need to be in the right hand lane as I was going straight on. The left hand lane is turn left only. And oh, I am soooooooo sorry that my slowing down made you miss the lights. Enjoy waiting did you?

Sigh. Take your beep and stick it where the sun doesn't shine.

Regards



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Post by: clarion on June 20, 2011, 02:57:37 pm
When I'm doing some DIY, I hate the noise when the drill is straining.

That (amplified) is what the noise from the nearby building site sounds like.

It's OK; it's only been going on for a week.  I'm sure it will pass, whatever the hell they are doing. >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 20, 2011, 04:46:54 pm
I noticed at about 3pm I had birdshit on my right chest. God knows what time today I was splatted.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Giropaul on June 20, 2011, 06:56:12 pm
I noticed at about 3pm I had birdshit on my right chest. God knows what time today I was splatted.

I bet afterwards you felt a right t_t?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on June 20, 2011, 10:00:21 pm
Booby or a tit, I expect.

IGMC
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 21, 2011, 10:33:09 am
Dear just about everbody.  That van driven by the Trotters in Only Fools And Arses is a Regal, not a fucking Robin, m'kay.
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Post by: clarion on June 21, 2011, 10:40:11 am
Is that a Regal Robin, then? :demon:
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Post by: Pingu on June 21, 2011, 04:13:34 pm
Can we be reliant on that?
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 21, 2011, 07:59:51 pm
I wish the people accross the road would hang their curtains up properly, they're really bugging me.
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Post by: clarion on June 21, 2011, 09:52:01 pm
;D  I misread that.
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Post by: clarion on June 22, 2011, 11:00:18 am
Radio 2 - fannying about today.  No PopMaster!  After I've managed two 21s, a 6 and a 39 in the first two days of the week, I was agog for what would happen next.  But no. :(
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Post by: hulver on June 22, 2011, 12:10:30 pm
Stupid Flash player. Why do you stop working properly sometimes? Having to download the full youtube video before starting to play it is really boring.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 23, 2011, 10:41:16 am
Radio 2 - fannying about today.  No PopMaster!  After I've managed two 21s, a 6 and a 39 in the first two days of the week, I was agog for what would happen next.  But no. :(
I got 18 in the first round today and 24 in the second.
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Post by: clarion on June 23, 2011, 10:42:21 am
21 and 15 :-[
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Post by: Ashaman42 on June 23, 2011, 06:31:07 pm
Bah, I'm lucky to get more than one in Popmaster. And it's rare I do even that well.
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Post by: rower40 on June 23, 2011, 09:06:53 pm
Dear just about everbody.  That van driven by the Trotters in Only Fools And Arses is a Regal, not a fucking Robin, m'kay.
[Pedant] It was a SuperVan III, based on the Regal. 

My turn:
Derby Station Announcer.  Please be pronouncing the consonant at the end of words.

The announcements this evening were for trays to Birmingham New Stree, Oxfour, Readin, and Guildfour.  Also a local tray to Duffeel, Belper, Whastanwell, Cromfour, Matlo' Bath and Matlo'.

As Tony Blair found, a little glottal stop goes a long way.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 23, 2011, 09:44:34 pm
I wish the people accross the road would hang their curtains up properly, they're really bugging me.
You can see more than you want to of what they're doing, or just the untidiness?
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 23, 2011, 09:52:40 pm
I wish the people accross the road would hang their curtains up properly, they're really bugging me.
You can see more than you want to of what they're doing, or just the untidiness?
Sorry, I know it's a bit anal, but the latter
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 23, 2011, 11:40:59 pm
21 and 15 :-[

Showing signs of improvement! ;)
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 24, 2011, 11:20:21 am
21 and 15 :-[
24 and 18 today.
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Post by: clarion on June 24, 2011, 11:31:33 am
24 & 24; both tiebreaker questions and (unusually for me) three in ten!

Although that was Bucks Fizz, so it's a bit embarrassing... :-[
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 24, 2011, 11:47:49 am
I have recently had cause to buy a size down in formal dress type trousers due to the loss of some lard. This in itself is not a matter for grumbles, but a cause of much :) :)

However, having bought a size down in formal dress type trousering, I find that my thighs have more in common with Chris Hoy than your average M&S shopper and now despite fitting perfectly round the waist I have may have issues actually sitting down in said trousers. :facepalm:

Goes off to find wide legged freak trouser emporium online.....
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Post by: Andrij on June 24, 2011, 11:52:20 am
Goes off to find wide legged freak trouser emporium online.....

If you find such an emporium let us know.

I recall trying on some trousers which were labelled as being an 'athletic' cut.  Whatever 'athletes' they were designed for, it was obvious well developed leg muscles are not a requirement for their sport(s).  Never did find out how they fit around the middle - my thighs stopped them from getting all the way up. :(
 
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Post by: Jaded on June 24, 2011, 11:55:13 am
I wish the people accross the road would hang their curtains up properly, they're really bugging me.
You can see more than you want to of what they're doing, or just the untidiness?
Sorry, I know it's a bit anal, but the latter

So it is a bit anal, rather than a bit of?  ;)
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 24, 2011, 11:57:51 am
24 & 24; both tiebreaker questions and (unusually for me) three in ten!

Although that was Bucks Fizz, so it's a bit embarrassing... :-[
Yes, I got the tiebreaks too, and got the three in ten in exactly the same order he did!
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Post by: clarion on June 24, 2011, 12:08:41 pm
:D
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 24, 2011, 12:14:59 pm
I wish the people accross the road would hang their curtains up properly, they're really bugging me.
You can see more than you want to of what they're doing, or just the untidiness?
Sorry, I know it's a bit anal, but the latter

So it is a bit anal, rather than a bit of?  ;)
Damn right!
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Post by: essexian on June 24, 2011, 03:13:39 pm
Look work, I know you send me a sizeable amount of bike buying tokens each month but to expect me to actually earn them is pushing it a bit; what with my line manager being off "sick" and his boss being on holiday.

So please don't phone when I am out on my lunchtime ride with something which is not urgent. I had to turn around a ride home to wait for your repeat call.

Now I get here, I discover that the IT system has packed in (again) and all office based workers have been told they can go home. I however, still have to sit here waiting for your call.

Sigh. Is it really worth it.....?
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Post by: mike on June 24, 2011, 03:21:34 pm
it's my brothers stag do this weekend, we're staying in a shit hotel, going hiking in the costwolds, having an afternoon on a racing track in 'an evo' and, presumably, getting very drunk with some of his annoying mates. 

but I'm exhausted, have barely seen Mrs Mike in the last fortnight and I'm away all next week with work, I just want a weekend in bed...   And our coffee machine is broken.

Bah humbug.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on June 24, 2011, 05:47:31 pm
Shimano: It's probably been said elsewhere, but your shoe sizing "system" is shite. I have only just found a pair of your shoes that fit. I am a size 44/10 normally, but have got into your 46s with adequate room lengthwise. However, as for the width, that's something else. I do not have big, wide feet, but even so I was only only the second of ten clicks on the click-fit gubbins. My socks were not that bullky either.

Kindly stop basing your sizing system on kimono-clad, tortured-feet, female models and use normal people instead, kthxbai
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 24, 2011, 06:57:33 pm
AWL, my first pair of cycling shoes were men's Specialized Sonomas.
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Post by: YahudaMoon on June 24, 2011, 10:35:05 pm
Anyone now why Radio 4 / BBC world service is one hour behind. So when they do the news and give out a time say 4:00pm it's actually ********* 5:00pm ?
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Post by: rower40 on June 24, 2011, 10:49:28 pm
World Service uses GMT the whole year and world around.
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Post by: YahudaMoon on June 25, 2011, 09:03:26 pm
World Service uses GMT the whole year and world around.

Lol. It's not like we are all still using valve radio sets, were in the year of super technology. Surely they can at least edit the time correctly for what ever country your in ?
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Post by: border-rider on June 25, 2011, 09:06:12 pm
World Service uses GMT the whole year and world around.

Lol. It's not like we are all still using valve radio sets, were in the year of super technology. Surely they can at least edit the time correctly for what ever country your in ?

The programme content itself is the same no matter how it's delivered, and the World Service short wave transmitters are in the UK - they transmit all over the planet from there.  Very hard to tailor the programming when it's being squirted in a rough direction to cover a great sector of the globe.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 26, 2011, 09:39:21 am
World Service uses GMT the whole year and world around.

Lol. It's not like we are all still using valve radio sets, were in the year of super technology. Surely they can at least edit the time correctly for what ever country your in ?

The programme content itself is the same no matter how it's delivered, and the World Service short wave transmitters are in the UK - they transmit all over the planet from there.  Very hard to tailor the programming when it's being squirted in a rough direction to cover a great sector of the globe.

And the great thing about that is that, because it's for a world-wide audience, there seems to be far less of the middle-class, British Radio 4 prejudice resident within the content.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 27, 2011, 11:22:11 am
Facilities!  We are techies.  We do not drink decaf.

That is all.
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Post by: Basil on June 27, 2011, 12:28:05 pm
Dear Orange,
Thank you for your letter.  I have a very common and simple first name, so I find it rather surprising that you managed to mis-spell it.  Unless, of course, putting the h before the o is more common than I am aware.

I won't be following up your offer, thank you.

Love from Bsail
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Post by: Greenbank on June 27, 2011, 01:42:44 pm
Dear Orange,
Thank you for your letter

I got one from them with my new contract details and they'd managed to miss off the house number from the address, so it was just "<road name>". Luckily my postman isn't stupid and knew which house to deliver it to.
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Post by: rower40 on June 27, 2011, 09:51:37 pm
Facilities!  We are techies.  We do not drink decaf.

That is all.
Of course, this would be in the "rant" thread if the full-caff coffee had not actually run out...
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 28, 2011, 09:44:56 am
If the full-caf had run out I'd not have time for a rant coz I'd be busy killing the facilities oaves.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 28, 2011, 09:59:50 am
Transform.  Kindly fuck off with your multiple Babbage-posts, the notifications for which pop up in the exact same place as the "Previous" link on YACF, thereby making me read a metric fuckton of pointlessly incomprehensible Babbage-dreck.  Which fucking mailbox is full, you electronic helmet, and what am I supposed to do about?
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Post by: hellymedic on June 28, 2011, 04:18:29 pm
O2: when I buy a new broadband dongle, I expect it to work out of the box. I do not expect to spend my evening installing and uninstalling your poxy Connections Manager, restarting my computer and uninstalling my Vodafone dongle because you have not activated the SIM.
Thank you for your email advising me to phone Customer Services on some overpriced 0844 number. I did not need to do this as the dongle worked OK today.
I don't like feeling like a numpty.
You could do your bit and send out products in working condition.
Muppets!
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Post by: SlowCoach on June 28, 2011, 04:46:45 pm
Sitting on a London bound train... I'm currently losing the will to live cos we are not moving anywhere. I'm trying to work out what the real explanation for our non movement is... I think that they said that we've got lost... Anyway, it doesn't matter - the concert I've travelled down from Durham to see has been cancelled... :(
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Post by: clarion on June 28, 2011, 04:57:47 pm
Not sure about your train, but lightning strike has affected trains using Paddington.  Can't see how that would knock on to your line, but anything could happen...
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Post by: SlowCoach on June 28, 2011, 05:25:29 pm
Lightening strikes ay Stevanage have caused the train to be diverted. If I caught the announcement correctly though - it would appear that the driver is now lost and is awaiting directions
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Post by: hellymedic on June 28, 2011, 05:28:29 pm
Lightening strikes ay Stevanage have caused the train to be diverted. If I caught the announcement correctly though - it would appear that the driver is now lost and is awaiting directions
What was the last station you passed?
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Post by: CAMRAMan on June 28, 2011, 05:31:20 pm
Sitting on a London bound train... I'm currently losing the will to live cos we are not moving anywhere.

At least your forum name is now highly appropriate ;)
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Post by: SlowCoach on June 28, 2011, 05:40:58 pm
We will be at Kings Cross soon... now admiring the Emirates Stadium. Even I can tell the driver which way to go. I just wish I had a bike with me and could go out for a ride. I'm about to spend the evening listening to my better half bemoaning the fact that Paul Simon has postponed the concert one night. It's not practical for us just to take another day off work, book new train tickets, find accomodation... do they think that everyone only travels 30 miles to come in. If they tell me that the ticket costs are not refundable this will be moving to the rant thread. It's proving to be an expensive birthday non-treat.
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Post by: Canardly on June 28, 2011, 09:05:06 pm
Lost my wrist band at York. So......wanted to go into so called saddlebag sale before coming home and could not get in. Despite having a detailed camping allocation form the cost of which gave you access to all areas. So didn't go in. Slightly nuts thinks. You sell me buy? or have I got it wrong? And being a member hacked me off just a tad. My membership should give me some priority otherwise what is the point?
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 29, 2011, 09:42:21 am
Your membership should get you free entry!

My grmble

Yes, I know that part of the reason I am extremely tired is that I stayed up all night on Sat.

I'm also aware that you have lots of work to do, and your desk is in our bedroom.

However, being able to get more than 5 hours sleep a night would really help me not be a grumpy bastard. We bough a desk lamp so we could switch off the main light and you could carry on working while I got to sleep.

So covering the bed with paperwork and keeping the lights on until 1am every night for the last 2 weeks is starting to wear me down. I still have to get up for work at 6 or 6:30 every day.

And no, I'm not cancelling the Tan Hill ride because I'm tired. <stops before grumble ascends to a rant>
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 29, 2011, 10:33:32 am
It's not a conspiracy.  It's geography.  The majority of our lusers are in BRITAIN so we run the day-end processing after they've gone home.  We can't have lusers Doing Stuffs while the day-end is running as this will break it.  The day-end takes about eight hours to run.  That this means you can't log in from Singapore first thing in your morning is something you're going to have to live with.  Wonk.
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Post by: cycleman on June 29, 2011, 11:31:12 am
windows , i want to install any updates and restart my computer when i choose not when i am in the middle of con posing a long email. it takes my a long time with one finger and now i have to START AGAIN  >:(
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Post by: clarion on June 29, 2011, 03:38:11 pm
Messrs Maconie and umm errrrrrrummm errrerrrerrrr Radcliffe are radio disc jockeys of unparallelled style and wit, and with a breadth of knowledge barely matched by the Wikipedia pages they are looking up, bringing enjoyment and good music to all who have access to Radio6Records.  Furthermore, I am impressed by their refusal to be swayed by the fickle winds of fashion, and the way they intersperse songs from several decades in with the more modern gramophone recordings. 

However, I feel compelled to point out that, however much cosmic fun it was (man), the 2011 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, has finished on Sunday evening, 26 June, and so, days later, to be reporting that Jessie J performed with a broken leg on the Other Stage on Saturday night DOES NOT qualify as 'music news'.  Nor does anything else from said Festival. 

Is this just the BBC wringing out the last drips from their blanket coverage?
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Post by: hellymedic on June 29, 2011, 04:07:29 pm
The BBC is always plugging Old 'News'. This is apparently much watched today and is over 3 months old...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12668840 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12668840)
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Post by: Aidan on June 29, 2011, 04:09:03 pm
Mr Riley B King. Why couldn't you invite Slash, Ronnie Wood and the ginger twat as special guests on saturday in Manchester instead of last night in that London? :( :'(



    YouTube
        - ‪BB King Slash Ronnie Wood Someone Really Loves You Royal Albert Hall 28-06-11‬&rlm;
   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw7IXBcsFxI&feature=autoshare)
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Post by: Arch on June 29, 2011, 06:04:01 pm
What do you mean, you're not sure if you'll have room for the recycling basket we delivered today (after you requested it instead of single use bags). It's a plastic basket about the volume of two large shoe boxes , and you live in a double fronted two storey Georgian town house.

I manage, in a one room plus bathroom plus tiny hall bedsit...

 :facepalm:

This is the second person who's reckoned they don't have room for a basket, the other was a lady who claimed to have a 'very small house'.  It's a house love, that automatically makes it big enough, I reckon. Try organising yourself better. Anyway, I can see that you have at least 2 bedrooms, one large reception room, and no doubt a kitchen, bathroom and hallway...  Plus a back yard.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on June 29, 2011, 07:44:12 pm
Blast!

Just tried to tax my m/bike and the "computer says no", apparently I've no MOT, checked that online as can't find the real thing and it expired yesterday. Good thing I cycled to work rather than m/biked today.

Tax is due to end in a couple days so I guess I should SORN the bike and get my Dad to bring his van round to get my bike to the MOT place.

I thought I had another month till the MOT  :facepalm: :-[
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Post by: hellymedic on June 29, 2011, 08:02:11 pm
The BBC is always plugging Old 'News'. This is apparently much watched today and is over 3 months old...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12668840 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12668840)

Even older: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7348931.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7348931.stm)
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Post by: Feline on June 29, 2011, 08:04:06 pm
Blast!

Just tried to tax my m/bike and the "computer says no", apparently I've no MOT, checked that online as can't find the real thing and it expired yesterday. Good thing I cycled to work rather than m/biked today.

Tax is due to end in a couple days so I guess I should SORN the bike and get my Dad to bring his van round to get my bike to the MOT place.

I thought I had another month till the MOT  :facepalm: :-[

You are usually OK to ride it to the actual MOT station if you have an appointment there.
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Post by: Jurek on June 29, 2011, 08:07:36 pm
You are usually OK to ride it to the actual MOT station if you have an appointment there.
Feline speaks right.
My recent experience of M/C MOTs is there's no longer such a thing as 'turn up and test' - it requires an appointment.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on June 29, 2011, 09:42:23 pm
You are usually OK to ride it to the actual MOT station if you have an appointment there.
Feline speaks right.
My recent experience of M/C MOTs is there's no longer such a thing as 'turn up and test' - it requires an appointment.

Ah but by the time I can get it in for an MOT it won't be taxed either (thanks for the reminder, off to SORN it now).

I could probably get away with it but Dad has his van and ramp and works shifts so will be free on a weekday to get it dropped off to the testing place. So thin it's probably easier to do it that way.

I just annoyed with myself as thought it was July the MOT was due not June, though I now recall wondering if taxing online would work last year as had only MOTd it a few hours previously and wasn't sure if the system would have updated.

So I really should have remembered both tax and MOT were due at the same time  ::-)
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Post by: PaulF on June 30, 2011, 07:49:36 am
Eurostar!  I used to look forward to my cooked breakfast. Now what do I get? Yogurt, croissant and a roll. Bah!

And my ticket no longer goes to 'any Belgian station'
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Post by: Simonb on June 30, 2011, 07:54:10 am
Bloody seagulls at 4.30am.
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Post by: Andrij on June 30, 2011, 08:25:32 am
Eurostar!  I used to look forward to my cooked breakfast. Now what do I get? Yogurt, croissant and a roll. Bah!

And my ticket no longer goes to 'any Belgian station'

Oh no!  :o

(Never had brekkie on Eurostar, but have used the onward travel quite often.)
 
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Post by: Jaded on June 30, 2011, 10:20:32 am
Eurostar!  I used to look forward to my cooked breakfast. Now what do I get? Yogurt, croissant and a roll. Bah!

And my ticket no longer goes to 'any Belgian station'

On the plus side, at least you know where you'll be going now.
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Post by: Kim on June 30, 2011, 01:58:30 pm
Bloody seagulls at 4.30am.

As a UKC graduate, seagulls always make some little part of my brain think it's under exam conditions and have a little panic.
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Post by: BrianI on June 30, 2011, 06:39:17 pm
Remind me not to drink lots of coffee and eat lots of sugary food. Now all wired and slightly manic.   :sick:

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Post by: Feline on June 30, 2011, 07:39:26 pm
Remind me not to drink lots of coffee and eat lots of sugary food. Now all wired and slightly manic.   :sick:



You're now in a perfect state for Audax then ....
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 01, 2011, 03:26:26 pm
"Hi
 
With effect from Monday 4th July our shared e-mail address of UKSharedServ,HR-UKSS will be changing it's name to reflect our new department title of People Team. The new e-mail address is UKSharedServ, Peopleteam-UKSS.
"

People Team? :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick:
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Post by: tiermat on July 01, 2011, 03:51:34 pm
"Hi
 
With effect from Monday 4th July our shared e-mail address of UKSharedServ,HR-UKSS will be changing it's name to reflect our new department title of People Team. The new e-mail address is UKSharedServ, Peopleteam-UKSS.
"

People Team? :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick:

Presumably previously it was manned by automatons or cyborgs, but now, due to cut backs it is cheaper to man it with YTS-ers?
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Post by: bobb on July 01, 2011, 04:29:44 pm
I have a client who is insisting I use Brush Script MT on a website. That is probably only trumped by Comic Sans.

I am trying to educate him but he's having none of it  ::-)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 05, 2011, 11:24:36 am
Bookshop!  I ordered that book on June 23rd.  It arrived today.  You are in New Addington, not rural fucking Neptune.

Friend X, if, as I suspect, you require bedspace at Larrington Towers on Saturday do you not think it would be a good idea to tell me?  That way I might assemble the arsedness to remove the mountains of crap obscuring the kitchen table and two-thirds of the drawing room floor.
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Post by: interzen on July 05, 2011, 11:28:58 am
Chain Reaction - the speed of your service is indeed commendable, but was there really any need to put an Alfine fitting kit into a gert big cardboard box when a jiffy bag would have done the job just as well with the loss of far fewer trees?

Also (and totally unrelated to CRC):

Where the bloody hell are the brevet cards I ordered nearly a month ago? The natives are getting restless.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on July 05, 2011, 11:29:57 am
I have a client who is insisting I use Brush Script MT on a website. That is probably only trumped by Comic Sans.

I am trying to educate him but he's having none of it  ::-)
The customer is always right, even when it's painfully obvious they're talking complete bollocks.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on July 05, 2011, 02:20:47 pm
Body.  Sort yourself out.  I have just been awarded two weeks off work with this stupid hurty foot, and been ordered to rest.  No gym.  No heavy domestic work.  And absolutely no cycling.

FFS.    >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(     :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on July 05, 2011, 09:21:41 pm
Oh for heaven's sake.  I pop off for a wee, and come back to find I've missed out on an IM conversation with my daughter.  I've not heard from her in weeks!

Oh, well, at least I know she's alive  ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Deano on July 05, 2011, 09:22:51 pm
Body.  Sort yourself out.  I have just been awarded two weeks off work with this stupid hurty foot, and been ordered to rest.  No gym.  No heavy domestic work.  And absolutely no cycling.

FFS.    >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(     :facepalm:

 :o

Not even a leetle...?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on July 05, 2011, 09:24:43 pm
Nope.  No cycling.  No gardening.  No decorating.

I'm going to be bored, aren't I?

This weekend's cycle camping with Crusty is now cancelled.  What do people do, who don't walk or cycle?   ???

He's thinking of doing MSeries's ride on Sunday.  I could drive down and meet them all for coffee.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on July 05, 2011, 09:28:39 pm
Nope.  No cycling.  No gardening.  No decorating.

I'm going to be bored, aren't I?

This weekend's cycle camping with Crusty is now cancelled.  What do people do, who don't walk or cycle?   ???

He's thinking of doing MSeries's ride on Sunday.  I could drive down and meet them all for coffee.
I've just posted the provisional route, so pick your spot - the most obvious stopping points are Easingwold and Boroughbridge.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 05, 2011, 09:30:20 pm
What do people do, who don't walk or cycle?   ???

Fettle.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Deano on July 05, 2011, 09:48:47 pm
What do people do, who don't walk or cycle?   ???

Fettle.

Aye, you can re-build my wheel for me :-*
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 05, 2011, 10:03:56 pm
My sister knits.

I don't understand it personally, but it seems to work for her....

If you're OK to drive you could come to York on Monday or Tuesday and we could be ladies wot lunch.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: thelazycyclist on July 05, 2011, 10:06:50 pm
My sister knits.

I don't understand it personally, but it seems to work for her....

If you're OK to drive you could come to York on Monday or Tuesday and we could be ladies wot lunch.

That might be nice  :)

This is Linda, by the way, not Crusty   :D
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on July 05, 2011, 10:07:49 pm

What do people do, who don't walk or cycle?   ???


Read and post on internet fora? ;)

In all seriousness, how about a reading book or two?  If the weather permits, perhaps in a park or somewhere else pleasant rather than sitting at home.
 
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 05, 2011, 10:08:47 pm
Knitting's a bit like riding hard on upright bikes.  Surprisingly fun, great sense of achievement, and plays havoc with your wrists and elbows.

I try to avoid doing either too often.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on July 05, 2011, 10:09:35 pm
Goody.  Me and Crusty can go on a dirty-knitting weekend  :thumbsup:  Can't wait.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on July 06, 2011, 12:25:47 am
What do people do, who don't walk or cycle?   ???

Fettle.

Aye, you can re-build my wheel for me :-*

Yeah, if you want an unconventional shape.  ie not round.   ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: dasmoth on July 06, 2011, 09:23:59 am
Wondering what's up with my ISP.  Nothing on their status page, nothing on the BT exchange status site... but no connection either (ADSL is synced, PPPoA not connected).  And now I'm at work so, modulo actually hearing something  from them (hah!), I have no idea if it's been fixed until I get home tonight.  Wondering if it might be AAISP time...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 06, 2011, 09:53:37 am
Babbage-engine!  It has just taken you ninety seconds to switch from uk.rec.sheds to uk.rec.waterways.  This lack of performance is unacceptable and the River Stort is not far away.  Are you full of jam or something?  Or what?  Prepare for a rinsing.  Dere Thought Polis, yes, I know it smells funny and there is a duck where the CPU used to be, but...

Also I feel like DETH and would like to go home.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 06, 2011, 09:58:26 am
Ninety seconds?  Phew, that's pretty fast!

*nhsnet user*
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on July 06, 2011, 10:41:17 am
Sigh.... office TV purchased some 3 years ago off ebay....I know you have had quite a lot of use but why, oh why did you have to "blow up" on Monday only 2 hours before the start of ITV4's coverage of TdF??? I liked you: you worked well.

So, off to Tescos I went and a replacement was purchased after deciding the smoke coming from the back of the set was terminal. The new telly has a DVD and built in freeview...all good...however, the built in Freeview is CRAP and will only pick up the BBC channels and NOT ITV4.  :facepalm: >:(

Luckly, I have plugged an old Freeview box into the back and now can get ITV4 so my afternoons will be taken up watching the Tour....sorry, working really hard.  ;)

Now, all I need to do is remove my ginger cat from infront of the telly! Move puss!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on July 06, 2011, 12:53:13 pm
I don't mean to complain, but ....

No that's a total lie.  Am very much going to complain.

Cycling really helps my neck.  It felt almost normal last week.  Now I am moving like a robot again, and it really hurts.  And I am not allowed to cycle because my foot hurts.  And my knees hurt.  And I am so, so sick of things hurting the whole damn time.  Not fair.  It's six months now, and that is quite enough, thank you.

I'm even sick of the sound of my own voice whining about things hurting.   :hand:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 06, 2011, 01:03:27 pm
Wondering what's up with my ISP.  Nothing on their status page, nothing on the BT exchange status site... but no connection either (ADSL is synced, PPPoA not connected).  And now I'm at work so, modulo actually hearing something  from them (hah!), I have no idea if it's been fixed until I get home tonight.  Wondering if it might be AAISP time...

That usually means the BRAS has vanished, so no route for the PPP connection to your ISP.  Often due to unanticipated planned maintenance by our-favourite-telco.  AAISP's monitoring detects all lines on a BRAS going offline simultaneously on an alarmingly frequent basis (see their status page or twitter feed), only some of which are related to published planned engineering work.

AAISP won't solve this problem (unless you get a redundant connection via Be or Three, of course), but will at least give you some idea of what happened.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: dasmoth on July 06, 2011, 01:08:06 pm
Our-favourite-telco did eventually 'fess up to a problem in my area.  No meaningful information about what happened -- you may well be right about the BRAS -- but I'm somewhat hopefull that things might be working when I get home.  We'll see...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on July 06, 2011, 10:03:23 pm
Colleague when you ask me to do a 2 hour 'teaching' session for M.Ed students on assistive technology for dyslexia trainees.  Do you think it might have been helpful to tell me more than 5 mins before we started that they're all primary school specialists even though we planned it for a HE level?

I am a HE specialist.  My students are legally adults!  I get to assume my students aren't fick!  I get to assume my students have basic literacy and numeracy even if they use technology to achieve that! 

Your students are children! Primary school dyslexics can be of all severities and 'intelligences'...  Totally different infrastructure that you operate in too.

Argh!  II would have planned things very differently had I known the correct level to aim at!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 07, 2011, 10:54:07 am
After PopMaster, Ken Bruce plays a 'long song'.  OK, not as long as Radcliffe & Maconie playing 'Echoes' as part of The Chain, which I thought was a bold piece of broadcasting, but something classic and a bit bigger than the usual 3 min slot.  Something like Stairway to Heaven, or a bit of War of the Worlds, or a Pink Floyd track (though never yet Echoes ;D ).

I'll even put up with Eric Clapton's Layla with the full coda on the odd occasion.

But it is not an excuse to play fucking November fucking Rain by Gonks & Arses.

It just isn't.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 07, 2011, 12:57:45 pm
How did you do on PopMaster though?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 07, 2011, 01:10:10 pm
oh, 21 & 24 and 3in10.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 07, 2011, 01:25:51 pm
Not too shabby. Who was the three in ten?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 07, 2011, 01:26:13 pm
Dead easy - Pulp.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Canardly on July 07, 2011, 08:41:35 pm
I came across the first Christmas 2011 advert today, how depressing is that...?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on July 07, 2011, 09:00:19 pm
I came across the first Christmas 2011 advert today, how depressing is that...?

coincidentally,so did i

Christmas Breaks Cornwall : New Years Eve Restaurant Holidays in the Lizard Cornwall (http://www.houselbay.com/seasonal-offers-hotel-breaks-southwest-cornwall/)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Regulator on July 07, 2011, 10:12:55 pm
I came across the first Christmas 2011 advert today, how depressing is that...?

coincidentally,so did i

Christmas Breaks Cornwall : New Years Eve Restaurant Holidays in the Lizard Cornwall (http://www.houselbay.com/seasonal-offers-hotel-breaks-southwest-cornwall/)

You're a bit late...

They were advertising Christmas 2012 short breaks in the Cambridge Evening News...


... in January.  :-\
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 07, 2011, 10:16:23 pm
Dead easy - Pulp.
Er. Common People. Year 2000. Er. Stuck now. Quack quack ooops.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 07, 2011, 10:31:38 pm
Sorted for Es & Whizz?  Misshapes?  This is Hardcore?

There's 13 of them, surprisingly
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 08, 2011, 10:41:54 am
Ms Gaga - two points:

If you're hanging onto The Edge, I trust it is by the throat

Otherwise, if you are on the edge, just jump, then we won't have to listen to your repetitive tripe.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on July 08, 2011, 11:19:32 am
EDF... the call centre worker was very very nice and did what I wanted her to do very professionally, so pleased with that end of your service.

However, did I really need to be on hold for 15 mins before your had a call centre staff member free to take my call? At least, looking on the bright side, its a free call.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Quisling on July 11, 2011, 10:27:11 am
My girlfriend and her 2 year old stay over most weekends from Friday night to Sunday pm.  This weekend she decided to stay until Monday ( :thumbsup:)  However, late in the evening after 2 year old had gone to bed and we were starting to contemplate an early night, my pregnant neighbour arrived on the doorstep seeking a lift to the hospital because her hubby was several hours away and she'd run out of credit on her phone to call for help.

So my GF takes her to hospital, with lots of towels on the seat of my brand new car, and I head over to Mrs Pregnant's house to babysit her kids until hubby gets back, and MiniQ babysits GF's littlun.

Result - I arrived home 1am and passed out.  GF was already home and in the land of nod.  Early night ruined >:(

No news of baby yet, but it's #6 apparently so I should think it'll come out like a well buttered sprout on boxing day.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on July 11, 2011, 01:18:27 pm
but it's #6 apparently so I should think it'll come out like a well buttered sprout on boxing day.

I've not heard that one before,PMSL
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 11, 2011, 02:45:51 pm
but it's #6 apparently so I should think it'll come out like a well buttered sprout on boxing day.
I've not heard that one before,PMSL
Go to 0:25 for an approximation... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fRJ0T-y-pw)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on July 11, 2011, 03:18:55 pm
do I really want to open that link?
what does the panel think :-\
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on July 11, 2011, 03:44:15 pm
I dare you jogler.

************************

Son.  I love you very much.  It's great having you home from uni.  But for all our sakes, turn that bloody awful music down.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on July 11, 2011, 03:47:25 pm


Son.  I love you very much.  It's great having you home from uni.  But for all our sakes, turn that bloody awful music down.

BTDTGTTS
it's great innit. ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on July 11, 2011, 03:55:03 pm
It sounds like the lead singer is being burned to death to a background of (actually, very good) electric guitar.

Atreyu, apparently.  And Cannibal Corpse.  Ewwww.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on July 11, 2011, 03:59:26 pm
I dare you jogler.

************************


I have & it's not what I expected. ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 11, 2011, 06:05:04 pm
It's more or less SFW. Unless you're Catholic.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 11, 2011, 06:18:19 pm
I packed my laptop in a bag to bring home as I'm going away tomorrow, left it next to my pannier while I got changed for the commute and then left it there, despite picking up my pannier. Dummy
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on July 12, 2011, 09:23:54 pm
Self. I know you've never seen a left sided drivechain but when buying a freewheel called 'southpaw' it might men it works the other way round!

I now have a freewheel that only goes backwards  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Wowbagger on July 12, 2011, 09:37:47 pm
I'm having to lift my coffee cup with my left hand because of pain. Sodding Arthritis!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 12, 2011, 09:49:36 pm
I now have a freewheel that only goes backwards  :facepalm:

Sell it to Wobbly John.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on July 12, 2011, 10:01:17 pm
I now have a freewheel that only goes backwards  :facepalm:

Sell it to Wobbly John.

Wonder what the drive would be like with a chain and freewheel on both sides of the wheel  ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: cycleman on July 13, 2011, 09:43:03 am
dual  :)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on July 13, 2011, 12:14:10 pm
Oh bugger.  Having left my decent front light in Waleslandshire I'm going to have to pop over the road to BloodyEvans at lunch time.
I just HATE going in there and having to go through the bloody "You don't need my post code you bloody morons" argument every time
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 13, 2011, 12:16:39 pm
Now wash your hands.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Si_Co on July 13, 2011, 12:20:09 pm
Oh bugger.  Having left my decent front light in Waleslandshire I'm going to have to pop over the road to BloodyEvans at lunch time.
I just HATE going in there and having to go through the bloody "You don't need my post code you bloody morons" argument every time


Papa, Indigo, five, five.....zero, foxtrot, foxtrot
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 14, 2011, 10:54:20 am
Just a mathematical query.

If I am number                              zero                           in the queue, as the (badly) automated call handling system informs me, how does that work?  I mean, if there is a queue and it's just me, then surely I'd be number                         one              ?

Also, if I am privileged to be at the front of this metaphysical queue, then why am I waiting So Sodding Long?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on July 14, 2011, 11:01:08 am
Just a mathematical query.

If I am number                              zero                           in the queue, as the (badly) automated call handling system informs me, how does that work?  I mean, if there is a queue and it's just me, then surely I'd be number                         one              ?

Also, if I am privileged to be at the front of this metaphysical queue, then why am I waiting So Sodding Long?

Surely it's more a philosophical question?  If you are number zero, do you actually exist?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on July 14, 2011, 11:05:52 am
Just a mathematical query.

If I am number                              zero                           in the queue, as the (badly) automated call handling system informs me, how does that work?  I mean, if there is a queue and it's just me, then surely I'd be number                         one              ?

Also, if I am privileged to be at the front of this metaphysical queue, then why am I waiting So Sodding Long?

Surely it's more a philosophical question?  If you are number zero, do you actually exist?

As ever, Dilbert has the answer ... (http://dilbert.com/dyn/str_strip/000000000/00000000/0000000/000000/20000/1000/000/21083/21083.strip.gif)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 14, 2011, 11:24:18 am
I am not a number, I am a free man!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 14, 2011, 11:37:56 am
If it's such a high priority matter, you gibbon-faced twonk, why has it taken you more than an hour not to reply to my question?  Were it not for the fact that you are in Cape Town I would e'en now be tolchocking you about the gulliver with my stoutest knobkerrie and viddying the red red krovvy flow, o my droogies.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Pingu on July 14, 2011, 12:47:30 pm
Just a mathematical query.

If I am number                              zero                           in the queue, as the (badly) automated call handling system informs me, how does that work?  I mean, if there is a queue and it's just me, then surely I'd be number                         one              ?

Also, if I am privileged to be at the front of this metaphysical queue, then why am I waiting So Sodding Long?

Perhaps you're lost in translation (mathematically speaking)?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 14, 2011, 01:00:34 pm
Just a mathematical query.

If I am number                              zero                           in the queue, as the (badly) automated call handling system informs me, how does that work?  I mean, if there is a queue and it's just me, then surely I'd be number                         one              ?

Computers, and people who spend too much time getting intimate with them, count from zero, for perfectly sensible reasons.  The writers of the badly automated call handling system probably forgot to convert to human (indeed they may not have actually met one for years).

Of course, if I were writing a call handling system, I'd set it up to lie about people's position in the queue, and make them feel like they were making progress.  A bit like traffic lights with placebo buttons on the pedestrian crossings that do nothing to the timings.  It would also be XKCD/806 (http://xkcd.com/806/) compliant.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 14, 2011, 03:16:46 pm
ftr, from being zero in the queue to an answer to my call took fifteen minutes.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 14, 2011, 04:35:40 pm
Toothache, earache, jawache, shoulder ache, sore throat, split lip and mouth ulcers - your company is rapidly becoming extremely tedious.  Kindly fuck off and leave me alone.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: arabella on July 14, 2011, 06:13:20 pm
Quote from: Kim
...  A bit like traffic lights with placebo buttons on the pedestrian crossings that do nothing to the timings.  ...
Tell me more.  The traffic light to get to the co-op used to turn pedestrian gree straight off.  Now it waits until the road is empty anyway.  I've long suspected something's up ...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on July 14, 2011, 08:44:57 pm
Oh FFS, bloke in pub.  No.  You didn't see me on the Hagley Road in Quinton yesterday.  This is the third time someone has told me this in as may weeks.  I hardly ever venture out that way.  Except on the way to collect the YACF Baton some time ago.

OMG  :o  There's some poor bugger out there who looks like me!
Poor sod.  ;)


Actually "Looks like me" probably means "not riding a BSO on the pavement"  ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 14, 2011, 08:57:45 pm
Actually "Looks like me" probably means "not riding a BSO on the pavement"  ::-)

That's what I was worrying.   :-\

Thankfully I wasn't anywhere near the Hagley Road yesterday either...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Gattopardo on July 14, 2011, 09:04:52 pm
Aldi ice cream 4l tubs are no longer sold.

It was amazing ice cream and now no more.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on July 14, 2011, 09:06:04 pm
Kim, you know when the wind catches that hair of yours, and a thick strand of it attaches itself across your top lip....................
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: SandyV on July 15, 2011, 04:15:03 am
Airline - charging ridiculously expensive fares and then requiring me to tag and check my own luggage is a bit rich!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Guy on July 15, 2011, 09:02:43 am
Philip, Sir.  I have just spent the last 20 minutes redoing the visitors book for tomorrow after the Adjt pointed out that you use the full stops after the H, the R, and the H.

None of the rest of your family do it.  Why you?  It just makes more WERK for me.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: delthebike on July 15, 2011, 11:00:12 am
Why does BBC News website say NoW when it should be NotW?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Regulator on July 15, 2011, 11:18:37 am
Philip, Sir.  I have just spent the last 20 minutes redoing the visitors book for tomorrow after the Adjt pointed out that you use the full stops after the H, the R, and the H.

None of the rest of your family do it.  Why you?  It just makes more WERK for me.

Philip is a bit of a pedant when it somes to such things (as is Brenda).  The kids and their sprogs seem to be afflicted by modern curse of failing to understand the value of proper punctation.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: spesh on July 15, 2011, 11:20:08 am
Philip, Sir.  I have just spent the last 20 minutes redoing the visitors book for tomorrow after the Adjt pointed out that you use the full stops after the H, the R, and the H.

None of the rest of your family do it.  Why you?  It just makes more WERK for me.

Philip is a bit of a pedant when it somes to such things (as is Brenda).  The kids and their sprogs seem to be afflicted by modern curse of failing to understand the value of proper punctation.

And spelling?  ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 15, 2011, 12:09:37 pm
If the following:

Quote

Username:
Error reading command input
Timeout period expired


appears on your screen, it does not mean that you are unable to log in.  It means you are one of the Slow Children, you big dopey doppo.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: billplumtree on July 15, 2011, 01:17:47 pm
Similarly, if

Quote
'hinstall.exe' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

appears, it does not mean that the command ran successfully and without reporting any errors.  The fact that you have admin rights to that machine is just scary.


Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on July 15, 2011, 01:19:45 pm
If the following:

Quote

Username:
Error reading command input
Timeout period expired


appears on your screen, it does not mean that you are unable to log in.  It means you are one of the Slow Children, you big dopey doppo.
Ah yes, the classic 'PICNIC' situation.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Zipperhead on July 15, 2011, 05:18:32 pm
Philip, Sir.  I have just spent the last 20 minutes redoing the visitors book for tomorrow after the Adjt pointed out that you use the full stops after the H, the R, and the H.

None of the rest of your family do it.  Why you?  It just makes more WERK for me.

Philip is a bit of a pedant when it somes to such things (as is Brenda).  The kids and their sprogs seem to be afflicted by modern curse of failing to understand the value of proper punctation.

And spelling?  ;D

Punctation - isn't that lactation from pierced nipples?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rower40 on July 15, 2011, 11:41:03 pm
Philip, Sir.  I have just spent the last 20 minutes redoing the visitors book for tomorrow after the Adjt pointed out that you use the full stops after the H, the R, and the H.

None of the rest of your family do it.  Why you?  It just makes more WERK for me.

Philip is a bit of a pedant when it somes to such things (as is Brenda).  The kids and their sprogs seem to be afflicted by modern curse of failing to understand the value of proper punctation.
Are the dots after H, R and H the equivalent of the Greengrocer's Apostrophe but at the other end of the social spectrum? ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 18, 2011, 12:40:01 pm
While it is better that the mains wossname from which my netbook may be supplied with electrickal voles chose to die now rather than while I'm on holibobs, I'd prefer that it had not died at all, as it severely limits my ability to view pr0n in bed.  Bum willy toilets.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: PaulF on July 18, 2011, 05:19:41 pm
My new rim hasn't arrived from France so it looks like I'll be doing the South Downs Way on singlespeed next weekend ???
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 18, 2011, 05:31:26 pm
Earwigs.  Also, weather with comedy timing.
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Post by: Red on July 18, 2011, 07:05:43 pm
Dad, there's not much food I get for myself that I'm not happy to just share without you asking, but my expensive strawberries and clotted cream ice cream what I don't get very often is one of those things. Finding several giant scoopfuls missing does rather leave me feeling miffed. I'd eat your sacred stilton in retaliation if I didn't hate the stuff.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Guy on July 19, 2011, 07:47:13 am
Would whatever it is that is chewing holes in my socks please just stop it.  They don't grow on trees you know.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on July 19, 2011, 10:09:47 am
Due to another family members catastrophic work/life balance fail, I find myself on the way to Lichfield to accompany my Dad from hospital there to hospital in Burton, and back again.
Happy to do so, obviousl, but a little more than 11 hours notice would have been good.
Just had an interesting phone conversation with my manager.
Asking for annual leave with zero notice is never good. 
I ended up saying that at least I was being honest.  Most people would have simply thrown a sickie as an easier option.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 19, 2011, 11:38:49 am
While it is better that the mains wossname from which my netbook may be supplied with electrickal voles chose to die now rather than while I'm on holibobs, I'd prefer that it had not died at all, as it severely limits my ability to view pr0n in bed.  Bum willy toilets.

It's spontaneously started jbexing again ???  Iz pleased that I didn't order a new one yesterday.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 19, 2011, 11:42:24 am
Sister. We had a phone call last week and it ended - as I recall perfectly - with your final words of "Leave it to me, I'll get back to you." So I did. But you didn't. So nothing happened on Sunday. Now you are complaining that you have to drive the 15 miles to Warwick to give my son his birthday present. Tough shit.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on July 19, 2011, 01:11:39 pm
Still don't know what's wrong with the car.
It runs, for now, and we've managed to narrow the cause down to three possible units (all computerised, natch) but we won't know *which* unit is to blame until the car starts sulking again. Hmmph.

On the plus side, the garage haven't charged me for the Tech2 diagnostic. Which is nice.

Maybe this is the universe telling me to ride more.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Zipperhead on July 19, 2011, 02:53:05 pm
Has my phone been hacked by lowlife scumsuckers working for News International? Or, has someone here been giving away my secrets? Or, is it my local vendor of newsprint and periodicals who has put the word out about my subscription to Amateur Proctologist (incorporating Enema Weekly)?

These are the only explanations I can find for the behaviour that I witness daily, where I stop at a red light and then in the period before the lights change to green cyclists that I have previously overtaken come past and stop in front of me, and then when the lights do change to a man (for sadly they are all men) raise their arses in the air and wave them at me as they impede my acceleration. I try and tell them "People, put your arses down and learn to ride your bicycles you bunch of tossers" as I go around them.

Obviously this is just code for "I have promised to gaze only up the botty of two holes Greg"

Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 19, 2011, 02:53:25 pm
Foxit Reader!  Would you kindly display the PDF I have asked you to display at least four times?  Rather than whatever happened to be visible on the monitor before I bunged you in the foreground.

kthxbai
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on July 19, 2011, 07:26:50 pm
Lurg, bog off, I would like my brain  to work again plz, I have a work and BiCon TODO which was scaring me before I got ill, I can at least do BiCon without much except for a brain...  Meh.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on July 19, 2011, 08:50:42 pm
Silly gym equipment company.

So I called them Sunday and got my delivery changed to my work address, was told they have to do some security checks (as not my billing address) which could take up to 48 hours but they'd call if any problems.

Hadn't heard anything so sat in the work car park till 6pm today as that's when their courier delivers until. Got home to find a snail mail letter asking me to post or fax a copy of either my passport, drivers licence or bank card, if they'd said that on Sunday I could have sorted it Monday!! Grarg!

Faxing it off tomorrow, not a lot of chance of getting the stuff this week now. I'm just hoping it doesn't run into the week after next as I'm off Mon-Wed and if they try and deliver and no one's there I get charged shipment in both directions, which for 150kg of stuff I'd imagine would be expensive. Turning into a right pain.

Grumble grump mutter  :demon:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on July 19, 2011, 09:30:42 pm
It's 'guest week' over at Questionable Content. :-X
 
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Post by: Aidan on July 19, 2011, 09:41:12 pm
It's 'guest week' over at Questionable Content. :-X

Yep :-X
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Post by: spesh on July 19, 2011, 09:44:02 pm
It's 'guest week' over at Questionable Content. :-X

Yep :-X

+1

They have been a bit meh so far this week. Could do with a Yelling Bird strip to liven things up.  :demon:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: gerwinium on July 19, 2011, 09:59:10 pm
9 quid for additional Garmin Edge brackets (you can't easily remove them after fitted). That's taking the michael a bit, surely? (Grumble, and 3 ordered)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 20, 2011, 09:21:55 am
I had to pay £4 for a tiny retaining hook thingie to keep my Carradice pannier from flapping about. I reckon Mr Li is churning them out for 0.01p in his workshop.

Still, it did serve as a reminder to ensure the screws are now tightened on my others!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 20, 2011, 10:56:58 am
What the fuck do you mean with that e-mail it is not english and do not make sense ???
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on July 20, 2011, 03:07:46 pm
Would whatever it is that is chewing holes in my socks please just stop it.  They don't grow on trees you know.

I believe you are correct; moths don't grow on trees...
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Red on July 20, 2011, 09:21:37 pm
Skegness.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on July 20, 2011, 09:22:56 pm
Skegness.
Nuke it from high orbit, it's the only way to be sure (even SWMBO's parents think so, and they've lived in Lincolnshire all their respective lives)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Red on July 20, 2011, 09:36:31 pm
Skegness.
Nuke it from high orbit, it's the only way to be sure (even SWMBO's parents think so, and they've lived in Lincolnshire all their respective lives)

Given how many people have tried - and failed - to set the sodding place on fire, this does seem to be the next logical approach.

I hear people round here like playing with various fuels. Anyone fancy molishing a rocket?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Gandalf on July 21, 2011, 06:40:24 am
Dog! No not you, the black fluffy gormless one I mean the small, muscular, belligerent but butter wouldn't melt one.....stop nicking my cycling socks and buggering off with them.  I don't need it when I'm getting ready for work.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 21, 2011, 10:41:47 am
Symantec Endpoint Protection, why in the name of the Almighty Gin Puffin can you not do your anti-virus shit in the middle of the night?  Especially now that the Thought Police seem to have abandoned their attempt to save the polar bears by shutting down our Babbage-Engines every evening.  Just fuck off and leave my CPU alone, m'kay.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: matthew on July 21, 2011, 11:04:38 am
Open BASH shell:

PS -a

Kill - 9 task number id from PS

Oh, your using windows  :facepalm: I thought you were in IT support.  :demon:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 21, 2011, 01:20:44 pm
Yes, I support a real operating system ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mattc on July 21, 2011, 03:10:09 pm
Arm warmers? I don't think we've got any ... we don't tend to stock winter stuff at this time of year.


This from a shop in Oxfordshire - not the South of France ...   :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Red on July 22, 2011, 03:18:20 am
This place is bloody evil. Bicycles are just the gateway drug. You hang around all innocent-like reading about insane bicycle rides and puncture repairs and CAKE, and then discover the phototalk forum... where you can graduate to the hard drugs of DSLRs and lenses that you have to sell BOTH your kidneys to be able to afford.

I was happy with my Canon S2IS. I really was. Okay, the zoom isn't great for shots of birds (or their behinds in my case, because the feathered bastards love mocking me), but everything else pleases me greatly. And now I'm eyeing up Canon's DSLR range and feeling like I'm cheating on my S2IS while my wallet is making horrified wheezing noises and trying to hide itself beneath the fridge.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on July 22, 2011, 08:29:15 am
Virgin Trains and who ever owns the track now days.....

Three times in the last month when trying to get home from that London I have been delayed and missed my bus (yes yes, I could cycle home but but but...)

First time....kids on the line (the general consensus was that was not a good reason to slow down)

Second time.... dead person on the line (why didn't they kill themsleves elsewhere!)

Third time (last night)....Animals on the line near Rugeley (Ah...little loves, best be careful)

Would it be possible to please purchase some new fencing. Its not expensive if you buy it in bulk and will certainly stop me being latehome and missing the chip shop which closes at 10pm.

Many thanks
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rogerzilla on July 22, 2011, 10:37:45 am
Our local village shop and post office is up for sale because the owners want to retire.  Although it's well-patronised and profitable, I bet it closes  :(  Their chances of finding someone with the money to buy it who also wants to work 7 days a week are limited, I think.

Oh well, I wanted to retire to Saxmundham anyway, where they have lots of shops.  And a Waitrose.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 22, 2011, 11:29:58 am
Bah.
Wife and stepkids taking off for weekend, to visit big brother. I'm staying behind, because it is weekend daughter is with me.

Except that tonight she's staying at her boyfriend's, and tomorrow she's dogsitting for a friend.

That would be ok if I'd known plenty in advance; I've been wanting an evening and day to myself to do a long solo ride.

But you didn't tell me until last night, so I'm knackered, busy and really not in the mood for a long bike ride. I think I'll sit at home, watch mindless action movies and drink beer instead.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on July 22, 2011, 11:40:46 am
But you didn't tell me until last night, so I'm knackered, busy and really not in the mood for a long bike ride. I think I'll sit at home, watch mindless action movies and drink beer instead.
I'm thinking of heading up to Dalby tomorrow if you fancy a bit of light off-road mayhem1 ... I'm not going for mega distances, just something a bit different.

Meanwhile, back in the grumble stakes: SWMBO - grow the fuck up. Seriously. When you feel you can talk to me without putting words into my mouth or misinterpreting what I say (either by accident or design) you know where I am. Until then, just don't bother.

1 - where 'light off-road' means a loop of the blue and green trails and maybe a thrash round the fire roads.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 22, 2011, 11:50:05 am
Thanks for the offer. The codicil to the complications is that I need to stay around York for the weekend to be 'Dad's Taxi'.

There is a very outside chance MsCharly might decide she fancies a bike ride, in which case we may head out for a day together on Sun. She needs to get some miles in her legs.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feline on July 22, 2011, 01:43:07 pm
Mr Tesco delivery man, plz don't be bitching at me for ordering my delivery not in plastic bags. I don't need to you educate me on the optimal way of you offloading my shopping as rapidly as possible. I didn't randomly select that option by accident. I know you can take the 100 carrier bags that it would take for me to carry the shopping the 12 feet from my hall into my kitchen away again for recycling, but that doesn't have zero impact on the environment you know.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rogerzilla on July 22, 2011, 02:01:53 pm
Do they re-use them?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 22, 2011, 02:13:26 pm
Re-using Tesco bags is a mug's game.  The plasticiser has a half-life of about 25 minutes.  (See previous rants on the subject.)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 22, 2011, 02:14:01 pm
Urrrrrrgh, no, think of the health and safety!









That, at least is what I expect they would say. Word for word.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: andrewc on July 22, 2011, 09:10:40 pm
Another bloody late finish...19:15 when I should have left at 4:30.    Some halfwit moved a cable from where it should be to where it shouldn't...... >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 23, 2011, 10:15:01 am
It's the weekend.... and I've got the cold  >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on July 23, 2011, 11:50:08 am
It's the weekend and my get up and go has got up and gone.

Had planned to get the bus into town this arvo, but then remembered that the bloody races are on meaning it'd be quicker to walk  >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 23, 2011, 07:17:05 pm
My brother made extra chocolate & cherry tart for me, and now I won't get any cos I'm too poorly to ride  :'(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feline on July 23, 2011, 10:19:34 pm
Do they re-use them?

No, they recycle them. My argument was this is not a carbon neutral thing to do, and to use a bag to carry stuff only 12 feet is madness!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Jasmine on July 24, 2011, 04:04:36 pm
Don't Tesco have those big plastic crates to do home delivery in?  Deliver the stuff in the crates then pick them up next time?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 24, 2011, 09:43:58 pm
The combination of drugs that make one's skin very dry and fragile, along with a very snotty runny nose is not a good one :(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Regulator on July 25, 2011, 10:11:40 am
Dear Cambridgeshire Highways Authority

Thank you for resurfacing the shared path on the A1307 up Wandlebury Hill.

Whose bright idea was it to resurface it with loose gravel?  :facepalm:

It spoilt an otherwise very enjoyable ride,as I had to pull Regina up the hill because it was impossible to ride up.  >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feline on July 25, 2011, 11:32:49 am
Don't Tesco have those big plastic crates to do home delivery in?  Deliver the stuff in the crates then pick them up next time?

Yeah, the stuff is crated, but the guy won't leave his crates behind. To be fair mine is usually a big order with about 8 crates in it. He claims he is only given 30 seconds to walk each crate to the house and get an empty one back to his truck, and so the few seconds I would save by lifting the dozens of carrier bags out of the crates rather than shopping would enable him to keep to his schedule  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 25, 2011, 11:56:19 am
Work colleagues: The possession of a tv and your obsessive watching the TDF does not make you an instant expert on all aspects of cycling. Oh, and there are other races in the world that matter.

Just shut up talking about tdf, please. You never give a monkey's toss about bikes or cycle sport any other time of the year.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on July 25, 2011, 12:37:06 pm
^ This ^
This is the first year I've noticed that absolutely everybody seems to be watching it.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on July 25, 2011, 04:14:05 pm
Dopey mate stuck in the 20th Century: I gave you a mobile phone with a SIM in it and £10 credit on it. I did this because ASDA mobile charges 10p/minute for calls, whereas you are stuck on some deal where you pay 40p/minute, but are too lazy/dopey/scared/incompetent to do anything about it.

So, when I next see you and you are still on the old tariff and "your mum has lost the phone I gave you", don't expect more help to be forthcoming.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 25, 2011, 04:17:30 pm
NAT is evil.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on July 26, 2011, 01:41:44 pm
Dear Cambridgeshire Highways Authority

Thank you for resurfacing the shared path on the A1307 up Wandlebury Hill.

Whose bright idea was it to resurface it with loose gravel?  :facepalm:

It spoilt an otherwise very enjoyable ride,as I had to pull Regina up the hill because it was impossible to ride up.  >:(
Does that qualify for a pothole card? A VERY BIG one?
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rower40 on July 26, 2011, 07:27:37 pm
Half way through a "Deadly" Killer SuDoku (Saturday Times, 16th July; suggested time - 58mins; time I've spent on it so far - at least 3 hrs) and I find I've got it all wrong.  Time to start again.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on July 26, 2011, 07:50:58 pm
My friend has cancelled his visit to Brum to see me this weekend as we're both too ill.  While I'm slightly relieved cos friend is EXTROVERT (and lovely) I'm also sad and pissed off.  Am hoping to feel more human soonest.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 27, 2011, 01:27:48 am
[Insert chunter about sloppy choice of stock photos in this article:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14291335 ]

It's as if masts all looked the same or something!

(barakta thinks I'm a nerd for recognising it.  I think it's fairly iconic.)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on July 27, 2011, 07:30:48 am
O2, stoppit!

Having spent $SMALL_FORTUNE this year on concert tickets, travel etc I thought I might have got away with a bit or respite.

Then you go and send me an email telling me that RHCP tickets go on priority order today!!!!

ARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

must resist
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Guy on July 28, 2011, 08:59:03 am
Blackbird.

Did you have to evacuate your bowel all over the latch on the garden gate, right where a person on auto-pilot puts his hand :sick:
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 28, 2011, 10:20:28 am
President Obambi: while you are infinitely less of a dick than your predecessor, charging me fourteen of your dollars for the dubious privet hedge of entering a few details into a form upon teh Intarwebs is havin' a giraffe.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: border-rider on July 28, 2011, 10:26:19 am
[Insert chunter about sloppy choice of stock photos in this article:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14291335 ]

It's as if masts all looked the same or something!

(barakta thinks I'm a nerd for recognising it.  I think it's fairly iconic.)

It's certainly got a pretty unusual collection of GSM/3G antenna directions.  And some TETRA :)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on July 28, 2011, 10:39:23 am
My neck hurts.  And my foot.  And my knees.  Hmph.   >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 28, 2011, 01:14:50 pm
It's certainly got a pretty unusual collection of GSM/3G antenna directions.  And some TETRA :)

I predicted that would happen.  (Image was the 1937 photo of the Alexandra Palace mast when I grumbled.)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on July 28, 2011, 02:22:14 pm
It's certainly got a pretty unusual collection of GSM/3G antenna directions.  And some TETRA :)

I predicted that would happen.  (Image was the 1937 photo of the Alexandra Palace mast when I grumbled.)

That's why I said you should have screenshotted it!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 28, 2011, 02:23:27 pm
That would have been a bit nerdy.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on July 28, 2011, 02:32:24 pm
That would have been a bit nerdy.

Cos knowing one kind of "aerial shaped thing" from "another aerial shaped thing" isn't nerdy?

And indeed knowing it's not just the wrong aerial but which wrong 1937 aerial it is?  :-*
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 28, 2011, 02:53:48 pm
You want the iconic transmitter?  You can't handle the iconic transmitter (http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1160659)!
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 28, 2011, 03:02:09 pm
Fear not, I bored barakta at length about Emley Moor and its history when we lived in the People's Republic.  The route over the A628 to The Wet Place is a mast-spotter's delight.  I should really do that by bike at some point, though I anticipate serious grimping.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on July 28, 2011, 03:04:34 pm
It's amazing.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 28, 2011, 03:06:42 pm
Iconic masts, eh? I had anticiapated something like the SS Great Britain! But I have to admit that Emley Moor, erm, towery thing is strangely attractive in an ugly, once-this-was-the-bright-future, see-how-we-have-dreamed, way.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 28, 2011, 03:15:48 pm
Fear not, I bored barakta at length about Emley Moor and its history when we lived in the People's Republic.  The route over the A628 to The Wet Place is a mast-spotter's delight.  I should really do that by bike at some point, though I anticipate serious grimping.
Many years ago, I worked with a bloke who had been a radio tech at Holme Moss and Emley moor.

He had interesting tales and photos. They have ex-ship's engines as backup generators - starting them involves compressed air and pixies. Switching the power from mains to backup generators involves knife switches activated by gunpowder charges.

Ice formed on the Holme Moss mast one year and fell off in chunks. They evacuated the station - when they went back, one chuck had come clean through the concrete roof and flattened cabinets - he had photos of the mess.
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on July 28, 2011, 03:30:28 pm
Iconic masts, eh? I had anticiapated something like the SS Great Britain! But I have to admit that Emley Moor, erm, towery thing is strangely attractive in an ugly, once-this-was-the-bright-future, see-how-we-have-dreamed, way.

I think it's quite impressive, given that it was built in a hurry using reasonably novel techniques after the original guyed steel mast collapsed without warning (due to ice and high winds) in 1969.

Still the tallest free-standing structure in the UK, apparently.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 28, 2011, 03:37:03 pm
You want the iconic transmitter?  You can't handle the iconic transmitter (http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1160659)!

Now you've reminded me of the last stretch of the Spurn Head 400, which passed pretty close to Emley Moor.  It was bloody freezing and that Mr Crossland chappie had put a metric fuckton of hills in the last 60 km :(
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Post by: Guy on July 28, 2011, 03:46:40 pm
I've only seen Emley Moor mast from a distance (best view from Brierley Gap, on the B 6273 above Grimethorpe) but I have been to the top of the Sandy Heath Transmitter.  You donarf get marvellous views from 800 feet up! :thumbsup:
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/230023 (http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/230023)
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Post by: interzen on July 28, 2011, 05:03:22 pm
You want the iconic transmitter?  You can't handle the iconic transmitter (http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1160659)!

Now you've reminded me of the last stretch of the Spurn Head 400, which passed pretty close to Emley Moor.  It was bloody freezing and that Mr Crossland chappie had put a metric fuckton of hills in the last 60 km :(
Yebbut Yorkshire's flat. Everyone knows that ;) (ask anyone who rode my old York 600 all those years ago  :demon:)
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Post by: clarion on July 28, 2011, 05:04:33 pm
Pan flat.  Especially Rosedale Chimney, Sutton Bank and Park Rash. ;)
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Post by: border-rider on July 28, 2011, 06:17:30 pm
Ice formed on the Holme Moss mast one year and fell off in chunks. They evacuated the station - when they went back, one chuck had come clean through the concrete roof and flattened cabinets - he had photos of the mess.

Emley Moor Mk 2 went over when it iced up in about 1969. That's why there's a concrete tower there now

I'm told they had to dig the UHF array out of the next field with a bulldozer.

http://tx.mb21.co.uk/emley/eyewitness/index.shtml
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Post by: Arch on July 28, 2011, 06:32:49 pm
Oh, thanks very much for posting links to geograph. Never seen it before.  There's the rest of my life wasted....
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Post by: Salvatore on July 28, 2011, 06:39:06 pm
Ice formed on the Holme Moss mast one year and fell off in chunks. They evacuated the station - when they went back, one chuck had come clean through the concrete roof and flattened cabinets - he had photos of the mess.

Emley Moor Mk 2 went over when it iced up in about 1969. That's why there's a concrete tower there now

I'm told they had to dig the UHF array out of the next field with a bulldozer.

http://tx.mb21.co.uk/emley/eyewitness/index.shtml

I remember that. My televisual habits were severely curtailed for some time.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 28, 2011, 06:43:21 pm
Iconic masts, eh? I had anticiapated something like the SS Great Britain! But I have to admit that Emley Moor, erm, towery thing is strangely attractive in an ugly, once-this-was-the-bright-future, see-how-we-have-dreamed, way.

I think it's quite impressive, given that it was built in a hurry using reasonably novel techniques after the original guyed steel mast collapsed without warning (due to ice and high winds) in 1969.

Still the tallest free-standing structure in the UK, apparently.
I would have guessed it was a bit older than that. What's the definition of "free-standing"? I can't believe something that tall doesn't have foundations! And yes it is impressive, in an ugly kind of way. The kind of thing I'd enjoy gazing at on a bike ride or indeed any journey, but probably would prefer not to have in my view every day - not that I'd actually object to it. I also rather like those tall red-and-white painted steel pylon-type towers, especially against a background of pale blue sky, sunny sky.
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Post by: Arch on July 28, 2011, 06:48:45 pm
Oh, thanks very much for posting links to geograph. Never seen it before.  There's the rest of my life wasted....

Oh oh! they haven't got a picture of my house!
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 28, 2011, 07:09:51 pm
You know when you drive past something like that and it looks like it's keeping up with the car? When we used to go to Skelmanthorpe to see my great great aunt and uncle, my grandad used to tell us that Emley Moor mast was on a trolley and men were running with it and pushing it to make it keep up. Eventually we got smart(er) and asked how they managed that for every car that went past. I don't remember what the answer was.
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Post by: Andrij on July 29, 2011, 03:16:58 pm
The frame builder has the work order for your bike and it's on his list of things to do.

It's taken four weeks to get to this point?  :o

I thought the estimate of six weeks was a bit optimistic, but I'm getting the feeling it may be more like twelve.  :'(
 
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Post by: hellymedic on July 29, 2011, 04:54:26 pm
LONDON
CYCLING
CAMPAIGN

Thank you for your

Membership
CARD

which arrived in the post today. I am sufficiently well-educated to realise this is a CARD without needing this to be the largest writing on the CARD
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 30, 2011, 04:41:45 pm
Dear BBC, I don't recall any "Prince William marries in England" headlines so why "Zara Phillips marries in Scotland"? Do you think the rest of the UK is as London-centric as you are and therefore unable to realise that Edinburgh is in Scotland? Twonks.
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Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on July 30, 2011, 04:51:16 pm
Still the tallest free-standing structure in the UK, apparently.
I would have guessed it was a bit older than that. What's the definition of "free-standing"? I can't believe something that tall doesn't have foundations! And yes it is impressive, in an ugly kind of way. The kind of thing I'd enjoy gazing at on a bike ride or indeed any journey, but probably would prefer not to have in my view every day - not that I'd actually object to it. I also rather like those tall red-and-white painted steel pylon-type towers, especially against a background of pale blue sky, sunny sky.

free-standing = no guy wires
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Post by: Basil on August 01, 2011, 02:42:24 pm
Me.  Next time you order a latte in Aberystwyth, ask them for one that actually tastes of coffee. :-(
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 01, 2011, 03:46:46 pm
I don't know anything about the reasons why the figures in $SYSTEM1 and $SYSTEM2 don't reconcile.  I'm just the BOFH on $SYSTEM1, so there is no need to keep sending an e-mail every bloody Monday morning.  And even less need to ring me up every Monday afternoon asking about it when I've already told you three times that it is nothing whatsoever to do with me and have you tried the fucking Gas Board?
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Post by: Regulator on August 01, 2011, 03:48:51 pm
President Obambi: while you are infinitely less of a dick than your predecessor, charging me fourteen of your dollars for the dubious privet hedge of entering a few details into a form upon teh Intarwebs is havin' a giraffe.

He's gotta bring down the Federal deficit somehow...  ;D
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 01, 2011, 03:52:02 pm
President Obambi: while you are infinitely less of a dick than your predecessor, charging me fourteen of your dollars for the dubious privet hedge of entering a few details into a form upon teh Intarwebs is havin' a giraffe.

He's gotta bring down the Federal deficit somehow...  ;D

I advised him to invest in dead dog futures.  Imagine how much a householder would pay not to have an unrefrigerated lorry full of dead dogs parked outside their home during a heatwave...
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Post by: andrewc on August 01, 2011, 10:07:29 pm
Self - you bought those trousers because you could scrunch them into a pannier, shake them out and they would look OK without ironing.  So why the frack did you just put a hot iron on them ??   

I've now got an iron coated in molten nylon and a pair of kecks with a hole in the leg  :facepalm:
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Post by: Andrij on August 02, 2011, 08:11:05 am
I worked from home yesterday, back in the office today.  So far, so good.  Now for the grumble...

Over the weekend they erected a crane on the building site next to the office.  I've always wanted to see how that's done.  >:(  It's not the main crane, so there's always the chance I'll see the small one come down and the big one go up, though I bet they'll do it on a weekend.
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Post by: TheLurker on August 03, 2011, 01:30:35 pm
Oh for goodness sake.  I do not need pre-bonk visual disturbance right now.  It's been 6.5 hours since I got off the bike,  I have eaten,  I didn't go for a blast this lunchtime.  So what's with the stupid bloody strobing?
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Post by: rower40 on August 04, 2011, 08:18:09 pm
Taxi driver of Derby:
When your colleague pulls out of a taxi rank without looking, requiring me to ease off the power, please don't emulate him, causing me an emergency swerve.  He was indicating, you weren't.  I'd assumed you were just pulling forward to the front of the rank.  When you moved out into the carriageway, I really hope that the shout of "WHOAHHH" that I gave you through your window from about 2 feet away from your ear brought you back to your senses.
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Post by: mike on August 05, 2011, 01:27:33 pm
Oi, woman, swimming in my lane at lunchtime today: 

It works much better if we all do laps, love.  Not 2 of us trying to do laps and just you going up and down the same side chatting to your mate in the next lane.

(would have been in the rant thread but she was cute *and* quick)
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Post by: CAMRAMan on August 06, 2011, 10:26:26 am
Audax UK: Shutford is a lovely little village in North Oxon (or Northants ?). Shame the pub was closed when we got there the other day. However, I couldn't help noticing that your team couldn't be bothered to take down the AUK check point sign that you had zip tied to the post presumably for a recent event. Please to be taking them down after the event, you lazy twunts.
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Post by: hellymedic on August 06, 2011, 11:24:08 am
AWL, I think you will find that is the responsibility of an individual controller, not Auax UK per se.
It is quite possible that the chap who put the sign up handed card-stamping duty to another, who did not know/had no tools to remove the sign.
AUK controllers are a bunch of fallible volunteers but there would be no events without them.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 06, 2011, 01:11:01 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14430591 Oh, ffs.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on August 06, 2011, 01:21:39 pm
Helly, I take your point, but there should be an overarching message from the top that that sort of behaviour is unacceptable. Surely anyone responsible for manning the check point should know they should remove the sign? If zip ties are too hard to remove, then don't use them in the first place. They are fast becoming the pollutant/irritant of choice for event organisers.
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Post by: hellymedic on August 06, 2011, 03:07:28 pm
I don't disagree but some checkpoints are open for a very long time. The person putting the sign up may not ave been present when the control closed. Working as a controller can be surprisingly tiring. I am sorry that this sign was not removed but someone checking scores of riders may have had other thoughts at hometime.
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Post by: RJ on August 06, 2011, 07:47:13 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14430591 Oh, ffs.

Tell me about it (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg1014673#msg1014673) ;)
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Post by: Red on August 07, 2011, 10:02:19 am
Morning, I really do not approve of you. Go away and take the builders next door with you.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 08, 2011, 11:58:27 am
It's no good expecting us to change over the default printers of all those users if you don't tell us when it needs to be done.  "As per $NETWORK_BOD's instructions" doesn't help if they're not supplied.  I expect they've been sent to The Boss, who is on holibobs for the next fortnight.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 08, 2011, 12:37:05 pm
Time, hurry up and be Wednesday.  >:(
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Post by: andrewc on August 09, 2011, 11:50:59 am
We've had no hot water in the building for 2 weeks and now the cold has gone as well. Can't even flush the bogs.  :sick:

Footsie Blue Chip my arse.
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Post by: TheLurker on August 09, 2011, 12:15:16 pm
We've had no hot water in the building for 2 weeks and now the cold has gone as well. Can't even flush the bogs.  :sick:
Footsie Blue Chip my arse.
I heard somewhere* they have to send people home when the sanitary facilities are no longer usable.

*Probably in a pub one lunchtime**
**Which means it's almost certainly bollocks.
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Post by: Regulator on August 09, 2011, 02:11:51 pm
We've had no hot water in the building for 2 weeks and now the cold has gone as well. Can't even flush the bogs.  :sick:
Footsie Blue Chip my arse.
I heard somewhere* they have to send people home when the sanitary facilities are no longer usable.

*Probably in a pub one lunchtime**
**Which means it's almost certainly bollocks.

Here are the rules (http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/toilets.htm)
Title: Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Canardly on August 09, 2011, 08:52:19 pm
Winters coming night are drawing in bah humbug....and after May weather didn't happen.....
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Post by: Jakob on August 10, 2011, 05:15:21 am
We're in the process of applying for Permanent Residency here in Canada, which inevitably involves a lot of paper work, including criminal records from every country we've lived in since we were was 18.
- New Zealand : send a single page form and they'll send the result directly to immigration services. Cost: Nothing
- Denmark: send an email and specify what language I want the record in. Cost: Nothing
- Korea: Get relative to pick up a copy from the local police station. Cost: Nothing.
- UK: Send a 9 page document, including 2 passport photos endorsed by a professional. Also pay 35 pounds for processing and 7 pounds shipping.
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Post by: Regulator on August 10, 2011, 07:00:10 am
We're in the process of applying for Permanent Residency here in Canada, which inevitably involves a lot of paper work, including criminal records from every country we've lived in since we were was 18.
- New Zealand : send a single page form and they'll send the result directly to immigration services. Cost: Nothing
- Denmark: send an email and specify what language I want the record in. Cost: Nothing
- Korea: Get relative to pick up a copy from the local police station. Cost: Nothing.
- UK: Send a 9 page document, including 2 passport photos endorsed by a professional. Also pay 35 pounds for processing and 7 pounds shipping.

NZ also has one of the fastest passport services that I've ever come across.

I had used my UK passport to travel to NZ for many years.  I decided to get a NZ passport.  Filled in a short form and took it to NZ House in Haymarket, together with the fee.  Handed it over.

The passport information was emailed to NZ straight away, the application was processed and the passpost printed the very same day.  I had the passport in my hand, from NZ via post, 48 hours after I handed the paperwork.

The quickest I've had a passport returned to me here is four days - and that was for a straightforward renewal.
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Post by: essexian on August 10, 2011, 08:18:49 am
Dearest darling current wife.

I have no idea why on Earth you thought it was "cold" enough to put the central heating on overnight last night!!!

I woke up this moring hotter than something really hot.

Please don't do it again until winter arrives sometime around March.

Ta
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Post by: Kim on August 10, 2011, 05:35:40 pm
I have no idea why on Earth you thought it was "cold" enough to put the central heating on overnight last night!!!

Our heating came on briefly this morning.  It's controlled by a real-time weighted average of room occupancy and temperature, though, so it must have been a bit chilly when I first went downstairs.
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Post by: Canardly on August 10, 2011, 08:41:41 pm
Regulator is a kiwi?
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Post by: Greenbank on August 10, 2011, 08:49:36 pm
NZ also has one of the fastest passport services that I've ever come across.

I had used my UK passport to travel to NZ for many years.  I decided to get a NZ passport.  Filled in a short form and took it to NZ House in Haymarket, together with the fee.  Handed it over.

The passport information was emailed to NZ straight away, the application was processed and the passpost printed the very same day.  I had the passport in my hand, from NZ via post, 48 hours after I handed the paperwork.

The quickest I've had a passport returned to me here is four days - and that was for a straightforward renewal.

I had two UK passports (both mine) done in the space of 3 hours.

Work sprang a trip on me at a time I didn't have a passport. Off to Petty France in the morning I go...

Second in the queue outside the passport office with photos/form/fees/cheque/etc, walked out with a passport an hour later. On the tube on the way back to work I noticed they'd put my surname as 'GREENBAND'. Back to Petty France, jumped the queue and they did me another with my correct surname within 30 mins.
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Post by: RJ on August 10, 2011, 09:58:30 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14430591 Oh, ffs.

Tell me about it (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg1014673#msg1014673) ;)

Rain - hurry up and piss off, huh?
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Post by: LindaG on August 10, 2011, 10:54:50 pm
Why did I go back to sleep this afty?  I'll be up all bloody night now   :-\
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 11, 2011, 11:31:39 am
It's no good expecting us to change over the default printers of all those users if you don't tell us when it needs to be done.  "As per $NETWORK_BOD's instructions" doesn't help if they're not supplied.  I expect they've been sent to The Boss, who is on holibobs for the next fortnight.

And now the cheeky fucker, from whom I requested the instructions on Monday and which he has still not supplied, has had the sheer bloody nerve to chase up the Helldesk call whining about it not having been completed.  Read your fucking e-mails, you big knobby twatter!
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Post by: CAMRAMan on August 11, 2011, 03:10:31 pm
Self: whilst listening to the cricket yesterday thinking "I can't wait to watch the highlights", ensure that you actually set the PVR to record the highlights. Failure to do so renders you liable to having to watch them on Channel 5's Demand5 "service", which is a total pile of shite.

Channel 5: Mark Nicholas; why?

Channel 5: Fix your on demand service please. It stinks. I had a 10Mbs download speed at 7am this morning & there couldn't have been many viewers at that time, but it was atrocious trying to watch the highlights with pauses every 30 seconds. I gave up.
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Post by: Marco Stefano on August 11, 2011, 03:23:48 pm
Hateful bloody DIY. If it took twice as long as expected that would be great. And trying to get plumbing spares locally? No diaphragms, but we can sell you another whole inlet valve...

Bah.
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Post by: Andrij on August 11, 2011, 06:29:24 pm
There are no cheap tickets to Leyland on a Saturday, not even if I wait until the end of October.

I now get to choose which Saturday:
* Mildenhall Rally
* yacf camping weekend
* FNRttC (York-Hull)

By the last weekend on the list n+1 will have been sitting in the shop waiting for me for over a month.  :(

And I'm in the office late today, but perhaps that belongs in the rant thread.
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Post by: hellymedic on August 11, 2011, 06:56:00 pm
National Hospital, Queen Square:
I am aware I need six-monthly routine blood tests. You usually send me a blood test form in the post. My last tests were done on 2 December 2010.
In June, I tried phoning the MS Nurses to arrange another blood test but got a recorded announcement they were no longer on the number I had used. No other phone number was given on that announcement. ICNBA to phone the hospital switch as I still have a will to live.
It might have been polite if you had somehow informed me of your new Direct Dial phone number.

On Monday 8 August 2011, I received a letter with a blood form enclosed. It was dated 29 June 2011 and postmarked 5 August 2011.
HOW IN THE NAME OF $$DEITY$$ DOES IT TAKE 6 WEEKS TO PUT A ROUTINE LETTER IN THE POST??

Thank you for phoning me about my blood test this morning. I am disabled and cannot teleport myself in your direction quite yet. I will attend early next week. It's hardly urgent as there are sufficient prescriptions to keep me supplied until November.

It is your bureaucracy that is at fault which is not my problem.
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Post by: Red on August 11, 2011, 06:58:19 pm
Window cleaner, saying your bits were nicked out of your van last week is an odd excuse for turning up fortnightly when we're monthly customers, and you admit you have all your records at home, not in the van. Go away and stop trying to sneak extra money out of people for unnecessary washing. And yes, you could come back in 2 weeks, but we're having the windows replaced then, so it's a bit pointless.

Weather, sort yourself out.

Headache, piss off.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 13, 2011, 06:52:40 pm
Highlight Entertainment. What is wrong with this sentence?

Quote
Please note although the venue will endeavour to have all your party on one table, larger party's may be split across tables and smaller party's may be sharing their table with other parties.

Show your workings.
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Post by: Jakob on August 13, 2011, 08:52:22 pm
We're in the process of applying for Permanent Residency here in Canada, which inevitably involves a lot of paper work, including criminal records from every country we've lived in since we were was 18.
- New Zealand : send a single page form and they'll send the result directly to immigration services. Cost: Nothing
- Denmark: send an email and specify what language I want the record in. Cost: Nothing
- Korea: Get relative to pick up a copy from the local police station. Cost: Nothing.
- UK: Send a 9 page document, including 2 passport photos endorsed by a professional. Also pay 35 pounds for processing and 7 pounds shipping.

Having said that, the S-I-L only got a photocopy of the Korean one and we need the original.

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Post by: Regulator on August 14, 2011, 08:12:03 am
NZ also has one of the fastest passport services that I've ever come across.

I had used my UK passport to travel to NZ for many years.  I decided to get a NZ passport.  Filled in a short form and took it to NZ House in Haymarket, together with the fee.  Handed it over.

The passport information was emailed to NZ straight away, the application was processed and the passpost printed the very same day.  I had the passport in my hand, from NZ via post, 48 hours after I handed the paperwork.

The quickest I've had a passport returned to me here is four days - and that was for a straightforward renewal.

I had two UK passports (both mine) done in the space of 3 hours.

Work sprang a trip on me at a time I didn't have a passport. Off to Petty France in the morning I go...

Second in the queue outside the passport office with photos/form/fees/cheque/etc, walked out with a passport an hour later. On the tube on the way back to work I noticed they'd put my surname as 'GREENBAND'. Back to Petty France, jumped the queue and they did me another with my correct surname within 30 mins.

I know that you can have it done as an express service here (but you pay through the nose for it) but what impressed me about getting my NZ passport was that this was the normal service.  No extra payment or requirement to go through a fast track process - this was just their normal service.
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Post by: Regulator on August 14, 2011, 08:12:47 am
Regulator is a kiwi?

Yep.  Born and bred in God's own country.   :smug:
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Post by: Basil on August 14, 2011, 03:13:01 pm
Idiot waitress.  Please STOP asking me if I've finished with my meal every two minutes. 
I like to eat slowly.  The fact that I do not have my knife and fork in my hands does not mean anything.  Look at my plate.  Knife and fork placed in open order.
When I wish to indicate that I am done, I will place them in closed order.
Did they teach you nothing at the University of Hair and Nails?
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Post by: interzen on August 14, 2011, 03:26:14 pm
Regulator is a kiwi?

Yep.  Born and bred in God's own country.   :smug:
Never knew we had kiwis in Yorkshire  ;D
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Post by: Red on August 14, 2011, 09:07:53 pm
Holidaymakers next door, please take your screaming and shouting hellspawn and put them to bed instead of letting them run riot outside.
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Post by: CommuteTooFar on August 16, 2011, 12:58:46 pm
I projected my pension fund with yesterday's premium was to leap past £100,000 instead next month I might get back above £90,000.  :'(
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Post by: tiermat on August 16, 2011, 01:26:11 pm
Idiot waitress.  Please STOP asking me if I've finished with my meal every two minutes. 
I like to eat slowly.  The fact that I do not have my knife and fork in my hands does not mean anything.  Look at my plate.  Knife and fork placed in open order.
When I wish to indicate that I am done, I will place them in closed order.
Did they teach you nothing at the University of Hair and Nails?

whilst we are on stupid food carries in restaurants.  STOP ASKING ME IF THINGS ARE OK.  If anything was wrong, you would be the first to know, and if I really enjoy it I will let you know at the end.  Now just leave me alone to eat and stop passing by to ask me stupid questions.  How would like it if I wandered past you every five minutes and asked you if your meal was ok?
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Post by: hellymedic on August 16, 2011, 01:33:21 pm
I do NOT appreciate predatory service. Kindly do not hover by my table like a vulture, ready to clear away my plate as soon as I put the last morsel in my mouth.
I visit a restaurant for a pleasant, leisurely meal. If I wished to be on a production line conveyor belt, I might choose a factory...
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Post by: andrewc on August 16, 2011, 01:39:34 pm
The street outside is blocked off with police, fire and ambulance in attendance.  Apparently someone has threatened to set themselves on fire at the Immigration office over the road.
An appalling number of people in my office saying "leave them to it"...
:sick:

News report (http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news//tm_headline=man-arrested-after-walking-into-liverpool-s-uk-border-agency-and-threatening-to-set-himself-on-fire%26method=full%26objectid=29245895%26siteid=100252-name_page.html)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 16, 2011, 02:36:17 pm
Wot the blazes has gone wrong with that FTP wossname?
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Post by: Kim on August 16, 2011, 02:43:21 pm
Builders nextdoor.  Surely there can't be anything left to drill holes in, can there?
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Post by: Regulator on August 16, 2011, 04:45:57 pm
Regulator is a kiwi?

Yep.  Born and bred in God's own country.   :smug:
Never knew we had kiwis in Yorkshire  ;D

Despite its delusions of grandeur, Yorkshire is not actually a country...  ;)
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 16, 2011, 04:56:08 pm
Regulator is a kiwi?

Yep.  Born and bred in God's own country.   :smug:
Never knew we had kiwis in Yorkshire  ;D

Despite its delusions of grandeur, Yorkshire is not actually a country...  ;)
And for the first time ever, we have proof positive that greg is definitively, absolutely wrong.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on August 16, 2011, 06:23:46 pm
Vistaprint: I knew that £3.50 was too cheap for a custom t-shirt to be true, and I wouldn't have minded paying £15 for a two-sided design, so just tell me up front how much it's going to cost instead of displaying stupid prices at the start, then I wouldn't feel so pissed off.
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Post by: hellymedic on August 16, 2011, 09:50:21 pm
My landline and broadband are down due to a fault at the exchange.
Connection on this Vodafone dongle is S-L-O-W.
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Post by: mcshroom on August 16, 2011, 09:55:56 pm
Broadband can you please decide whether you want to run at 2Mb (my preferred option) or 200kb.

Also BT can you fix my phone line please which for some reason can run the internet (and hub phone) but not a normal telephone
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 16, 2011, 09:56:57 pm
Argggh. I've got an eyeball headache again :(
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Post by: hellymedic on August 16, 2011, 11:18:53 pm
BT, you are a bunch of liars! I rang your fault reporting line over two hours ago and heard a recorded announcement stating there was a problem at the exchange that would be fixed within two hours.
Phone and broadband are still dead.
Your website informs me the line is OK.
It is as dead as a dormouse.
It all worked fine just before I left the house at 15.45.
IT IS NOT MY EQUIPMENT THAT'S AT FAULT!

Your staff had conveniently gone home hen I phoned again at 23.00.
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Post by: Kim on August 16, 2011, 11:20:46 pm
Our-favourite-telco appear to be on top form this evening   >:(
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Post by: hellymedic on August 16, 2011, 11:28:00 pm
I am waiting for Infinity.
I have zero BT connection right now.
I  am not holding my breath...
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Post by: why1040 on August 17, 2011, 01:34:57 pm
My dear Giles.

When I got you, you were four years old.  A few silly behaviours then were to be expected.  You are now six, but there are days when you behave as though you're two!

Please do let me clarify a few things for you:
-The chickens at the bottom of the hill do not eat horses.  No, really, they don't!  Especially not the bantam!   :facepalm:
-The pigeons tend to rustle in that bush EVERY time we go past it.  That is not a reason for jumping 3 feet into the air and snorting!
-I appreciate that the housebuilding means that there are lots of odd noises, but I guarantee that they will not come out and attack you with the saw they're using.
-The poor woman washing her car didn't need you freezing, snorting and trying to gallop off.  She wasn't planning to wash you off alongside the car, I promise!  And even if she had, water will not kill you!
-The dog that came up to the gate is the yard dog at the yard.  It lives there same as you do.  You see it every single day.  It is not a good reason to leap in the air and refuse to go near the gate!   :o

My dear boy, I love you dearly, but you do make me work hard some days!   ::-)
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Post by: Kim on August 17, 2011, 02:21:56 pm
Given all that, it's hardly surprising when they get a bit freaked by funny-shaped bicycles.   :facepalm:
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Post by: why1040 on August 17, 2011, 02:30:07 pm
Haha, Giles is okay about bicycles as long as he knows they're coming.

My friend has one that has a phobia of parked cars.  PARKED cars.  Not moving ones, they're fine.   ::-)
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Post by: Kim on August 17, 2011, 02:48:53 pm
Haha, Giles is okay about bicycles as long as he knows they're coming.

Has he met a recumbent, though?  I find horses get visibly distressed by it about 50% of the time (while they only usually care about normal shaped bikes if they appear silently without warning[1]).  I don't think they like the pedalling motion high up at the front, so I try to freewheel past whenever possible, and speak in the hope they might recognise that I'm actually a human.

I don't use a flag, but I believe flappy plastic is standard horse phobia material anyway.


Animal risk assessment is odd.  On the Tan Hill ride, I discovered that the sheep were absolutely fine with bicycles at close range as long as you were moving at a decent speed, but if you're crawling uphill they'll panic from a fair distance plus optional fence/wall/ditch away.  I assume they're used to motorbikes, but slow-moving cyclists are scary humans.  I actually started paying attention to this, and found that the threshold was consistently somewhere slightly over 15mph.

That would probably work with horses too, but I wouldn't want to pass one at that sort of speed.




[1] Though I was once stopped at a bench eating a sandwich and a horse refused to go past because my bike was standing menacingly nearby on its prop-stand without a rider.  In the end I got up and wheeled the bike a couple of metres, and then everything was fine.
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Post by: why1040 on August 17, 2011, 03:14:30 pm
We haven't come across a recumbent yet, so heaven only knows!  If he's like he was today, I might stop him in the next county...  :facepalm:

We did meet a tandem once, and he did have an extra good look at that when it passed (I guess one-headed monsters are different to two-headed ones...lol)

He can be so grown up and sensible...and then on days like today, he's just daft!
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Post by: mike on August 17, 2011, 03:30:39 pm
My dear Giles.

When I got you, you were four years old.  A few silly behaviours then were to be expected.  You are now six, but there are days when you behave as though you're two!

Please do let me clarify a few things for you:
-The chickens at the bottom of the hill do not eat horses.  No, really, they don't!  Especially not the bantam!   :facepalm:
-The pigeons tend to rustle in that bush EVERY time we go past it.  That is not a reason for jumping 3 feet into the air and snorting!
-I appreciate that the housebuilding means that there are lots of odd noises, but I guarantee that they will not come out and attack you with the saw they're using.
-The poor woman washing her car didn't need you freezing, snorting and trying to gallop off.  She wasn't planning to wash you off alongside the car, I promise!  And even if she had, water will not kill you!
-The dog that came up to the gate is the yard dog at the yard.  It lives there same as you do.  You see it every single day.  It is not a good reason to leap in the air and refuse to go near the gate!   :o

My dear boy, I love you dearly, but you do make me work hard some days!   ::-)

Mrs Mike thinks Giles might be related to her Rory, who is also terrified of purple flowers.  Thankfully he's finally got over his phobia of daffodils (aged 12)
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Post by: TheLurker on August 17, 2011, 03:40:41 pm
Given all that, it's hardly surprising when they get a bit freaked by funny-shaped bicycles.   :facepalm:
Or drain covers.  I know horses are dumb, but drain covers?
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Post by: why1040 on August 17, 2011, 04:08:49 pm
You can't walk a horse on drain covers.  Metal shoes+metal drain covers+long spindly legs+650 kgs of horse=disaster!  If the horse has slipped on one, he's going to be sodding careful in the future.

Mind you, my old horse was frightened of the road changing colours.  Made for a very interesting ride if it had been raining and the ground was in the process of drying...

"oh my god it's dark"

"oh my god, it's gone light again"

He also jumped chevrons and "SLOW" writing in the road.   :facepalm:
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Post by: Andrij on August 17, 2011, 04:45:52 pm
A friend worked with a pony who would jump at the site of squirrels or plastic bags.  Some times she would stop dead at a puddle - other times she'd stomp through them like a small child.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on August 17, 2011, 08:11:51 pm
Reading the last few posts I guess my grumble is I can't afford to start riding lessons again. T'was good fun.
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Post by: mcshroom on August 18, 2011, 02:32:34 am
Fly, it's been two days now - shove off or you'll soon be meeting the newspaper of deth
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Post by: rower40 on August 18, 2011, 07:57:52 am
Council.  I realise that your waste collection priorities lie with the degradable and festering waste, and the simple wastepaper can sit around a bit.  But your paper collection van has missed our street on two consecutive fortnights.  I don't see the local pizza place flyers, the supermarket 'special offers' adverts, the free newspapers and the rest of the torrent of junk slowing in its assault on my letterbox, so I'd appreciate you collecting some of this valuable raw material before it builds up to the level at which I'm going to need planning permission to put it out for collection.

(This was going to be a rant, but it's only paper, FFS.)
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Post by: CAMRAMan on August 18, 2011, 10:07:56 am
Little Miss AWL: I have just had two hours of "fun" tidying up your room in your absence. I would never have believed that such a small child could accumulate such volumes of junk & tat. I have reduced this to manageable levels and the carpet is now visible, albeit with a healthy sprinkling oh Hama beads that will be sucked up when I vacuum after I have recovered.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 18, 2011, 10:44:39 am
Helldesk system, why oh why are you so shit?
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Post by: henshaw11 on August 18, 2011, 05:14:52 pm
Why is it that inner tubes (well, Schwalbe 406-sized at least) have the friggin' moulding seam right in the middle of the tread centre, where you're gonna get punctures and where they're a bugger or impossible to fix as a result. Ok, I could be cynical and suggest an answer...

(remains to be seen whether some careful paring-away with a razor blade has done the trick or not...)
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Post by: Regulator on August 18, 2011, 06:17:20 pm
Mr R is grumbling.

We did a life expectancy test.  Despite me answering absolutely honestly about being overweight, smoing, drinking etc...



...my life expectancy is 5 years more than his  ;D
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Post by: barakta on August 18, 2011, 07:12:41 pm
Surely that's entirely or mostly down to his profession?  (everyone knows doctors lie)
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Post by: Jakob on August 18, 2011, 07:54:18 pm
We're in the process of applying for Permanent Residency here in Canada, which inevitably involves a lot of paper work, including criminal records from every country we've lived in since we were was 18.
- New Zealand : send a single page form and they'll send the result directly to immigration services. Cost: Nothing
- Denmark: send an email and specify what language I want the record in. Cost: Nothing
- Korea: Get relative to pick up a copy from the local police station. Cost: Nothing.
- UK: Send a 9 page document, including 2 passport photos endorsed by a professional. Also pay 35 pounds for processing and 7 pounds shipping.

Having said that, the S-I-L only got a photocopy of the Korean one and we need the original.

I take it back. After some investigation, it turns out that the original just looks like a photocopy and we got the right one after all!
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Post by: Andrij on August 22, 2011, 02:09:10 pm
1) I've got a cold
2) The day after my birthday I have to run a seminar
3) My mid-year review is on my birthday

I am not a happy camper.  :(
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Post by: Canardly on August 22, 2011, 05:19:35 pm
Biorythms Andji Biorythms.
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Post by: Polar Bear on August 22, 2011, 05:25:43 pm
Mr R is grumbling.

We did a life expectancy test.  Despite me answering absolutely honestly about being overweight, smoing, drinking etc...



...my life expectancy is 5 years more than his  ;D

Remind him that it is not reality, just data modelling.   :)
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Post by: Kim on August 22, 2011, 09:27:15 pm
Stupid Digestive System!  More than 20 seconds warning would be good, thanks.   :hand:
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 23, 2011, 07:48:39 am
Bobb's on his way back to Essexshire.  :'(
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Post by: CAMRAMan on August 23, 2011, 03:16:19 pm
School uniform shop: £130 for a few items of school uniform? You're having a laugh; bastards! That's without the blazers, which ASDA are kindly supplying at £10, as opposed to your £25. And no, I don't want your nice jacket to go over the blazer.

School: You're the main reason for this, you gits. Insisting on having your logo on PE stuff does not a cheap outfit make. I shall let Miss AWL get her feet under the table before I vent my feelings about this...
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Post by: Kim on August 23, 2011, 03:30:23 pm
I bet there's loads of official PE kit (tracksuit trousers and the like) that the PE teachers never allow the kids to wear, too...   >:(
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Post by: CAMRAMan on August 23, 2011, 03:44:05 pm
Oh, had I done the buying at ASDA, it would have cost <£50. The school has two suppliers that you have to use, and they know their privileged position in the supply chain all right!

Why, oh why do the sports socks have to have a logo on them, FFS?!
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Post by: RJ on August 23, 2011, 03:51:14 pm
I bet there's loads of official PE kit (tracksuit trousers and the like) that the PE teachers never allow the kids to wear, too...   >:(

Ah, but it's character-building see, to have to have the stuff, but not be allowed to wear it (even in the deepest darkest winter) ...
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Post by: Kim on August 23, 2011, 03:55:13 pm
I bet there's loads of official PE kit (tracksuit trousers and the like) that the PE teachers never allow the kids to wear, too...   >:(

Ah, but it's character-building see, to have to have the stuff, but not be allowed to wear it (even in the deepest darkest winter) ...

Yeah.  Builds a character that's put off anything sport-related for life.   :facepalm:
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Post by: robgul on August 23, 2011, 04:08:34 pm
Oh, had I done the buying at ASDA, it would have cost <£50. The school has two suppliers that you have to use, and they know their privileged position in the supply chain all right!

Why, oh why do the sports socks have to have a logo on them, FFS?!

... this wouldn't be a PRIVATE school by any chance  ??? - it's the sort of tricks they get up to

(When I was a lad the local private school - not where I attended - used an outfitter's owned by the headmistress's husband - total control of the supply chain)

Rob
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Post by: CAMRAMan on August 23, 2011, 04:23:09 pm
No, Rob, it's a comprehensive, though one with ideas of pretension, clearly.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 23, 2011, 04:26:40 pm
Logos on socks is a new one to me.

'school approved' jumpers and sweatshirts, with embroidered logos only available from a single supplier (who is raking in - cheap cheap jumpers costing £70   >:() - that is normal state school crap.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 23, 2011, 06:42:49 pm
I bet there's loads of official PE kit (tracksuit trousers and the like) that the PE teachers never allow the kids to wear, too...   >:(

Ah, but it's character-building see, to have to have the stuff, but not be allowed to wear it (even in the deepest darkest winter) ...
Oh, flashbacks, flashbacks. I went to secondary school at Salendine Nook High School, and it was a school rumour that it was the highest school above sea-level in the country. No idea if that was true or not, but it was definitely high and the quickest route was up Cowrakes Road, down New Hey Road and across the rec off Goldington Avenue - hilly and very exposed. It was about a mile and a half's walk each way and winters were generally cold and snowy. Several of us wore trousers in the winter, which prompted tellings-off from teachers (teachers: you should be in your uniform skirts, you're bringing about moral decay and the collapse of civilisation - us: well, the Muslim girls wear trousers and that's ok so why can't we?) until our mums wrote snotty letters advising the teachers that while the weather was bad we'd be going to school dressed as our parents saw fit and if they had a problem with it, to talk to them, not us.
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Post by: Kim on August 23, 2011, 06:47:49 pm
Don't forget hockey without the aid of gloves.  But at least the dog poo was frozen solid.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 23, 2011, 06:49:53 pm
Oh, and netball in tiny skirts with no gloves - cornbeef legs and bleeding fingers ahoy.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 23, 2011, 06:50:20 pm
Oh god, hockey is an evil game. Whoever decided getting gangs of teenage girls together with big feck off wooden sticks just right for shin breaking and teeth removal was a good idea was some sort of psychopath.
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Post by: SteveC on August 23, 2011, 06:59:00 pm
Oh god, hockey is an evil game. Whoever decided getting gangs of teenage girls together with big feck off wooden sticks just right for shin breaking and teeth removal was a good idea was some sort of psychopath.
Mixed hockey is even worse!

S
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Post by: Basil on August 23, 2011, 07:04:14 pm

Mixed hockey is even worse!


Most definitely.  When the boys of our year were forced (quivering, quaking and crying) to play the girls, not only did we lose heavily, but the injury list was 90% male.  :-[
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Post by: Kim on August 23, 2011, 07:15:36 pm
I did, briefly, get away with borrowing my brother's rugball shinguards and wearing two sets back to back.  Increased my hockey-survival time no end (as I'm sure you can imagine, I was one of the targets).  Eventually the PE teacher noticed and made me remove them.
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Post by: barakta on August 23, 2011, 08:04:02 pm
ugh fucking P.E  :sick:
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Post by: interzen on August 23, 2011, 08:07:26 pm
ugh fucking P.E  :sick:
Amen to that.
Even to this day, PE lessons are the reason I loathe football (was crap at it), can barely tolerate rugby (was one of the 'big lads' so ended up in the bloody scrum) and actually really enjoy cricket ('cos I was good at it)

The mixed hockey thing is true, though - I swear I still have flashbacks to the one and only 'lads vs. lasses' game that was played at school. Blood on the playground indeed, and most of it from the lads ...
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Post by: CAMRAMan on August 23, 2011, 08:20:53 pm
ugh fucking P.E  :sick:
Our P.E. teacher was the most savage, sadistic bastard I've ever encountered. If you were good at sports, he loved you. If you were crap, or even indifferent like I was, you were not worth bothering with - except for his inevitably painful distractions. He was an example of how testosterone overload was/is not a good thing. There were two P.E. teachers & he was the head of the section. Every year there was a new deputy, as they clearly couldn't tolerate his neandarthal demeanour.

Ironically, hockey - which he didn't teach - was one of my better sports.
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Post by: matthew on August 24, 2011, 12:11:34 am
I did, briefly, get away with borrowing my brother's rugball shinguards and wearing two sets back to back.  Increased my hockey-survival time no end (as I'm sure you can imagine, I was one of the targets).  Eventually the PE teacher noticed and made me remove them.

we were recommended to wear shin pads for hockey. I can still remember being selected to demonstrate defending the ball in a drill with the teacher. when I just planted a leg forward he tapped it with the stick so I grinned and said shin pads.

PE improved in sixth form, the options of table tennis and cycling became available. but also further maths clashed with PE so I was exempt in upper sixth.
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Post by: Peter on August 24, 2011, 12:32:10 am
I bet there's loads of official PE kit (tracksuit trousers and the like) that the PE teachers never allow the kids to wear, too...   >:(

Ah, but it's character-building see, to have to have the stuff, but not be allowed to wear it (even in the deepest darkest winter) ...
Oh, flashbacks, flashbacks. I went to secondary school at Salendine Nook High School, and it was a school rumour that it was the highest school above sea-level in the country. No idea if that was true or not, but it was definitely high and the quickest route was up Cowrakes Road, down New Hey Road and across the rec off Goldington Avenue - hilly and very exposed. It was about a mile and a half's walk each way and winters were generally cold and snowy. Several of us wore trousers in the winter, which prompted tellings-off from teachers (teachers: you should be in your uniform skirts, you're bringing about moral decay and the collapse of civilisation - us: well, the Muslim girls wear trousers and that's ok so why can't we?) until our mums wrote snotty letters advising the teachers that while the weather was bad we'd be going to school dressed as our parents saw fit and if they had a problem with it, to talk to them, not us.

From which I deduce you lived at or near Outlane?  I had a mate lived opposite The Spotted Cow.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 24, 2011, 07:56:47 am
No, Lindley. Bottom of Cowrakes Road.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 24, 2011, 10:34:09 am
Transform server, you have informed me that you can't send a fax because a mailbox is full.  More than seven hundred times in the past four hours.  If brevity is the soul of wit then these error messages were written by Oscar Wilde; however I should prefer an approach with a little detail, such as telling me how to fix it.  Useless cretinous morons.
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Post by: Jacomus on August 25, 2011, 05:01:45 pm
Hockey was fun, in part because it wasn't football or rugby, but mostly because it was fun. I always played right midfield. Hockey shinpads were mandatory and anyone trying to get away with a pair of footie pads wouldn't be allowed to play.
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Post by: Bledlow on August 25, 2011, 05:06:52 pm
ugh fucking P.E  :sick:
Amen to that.
Even to this day, PE lessons are the reason I loathe football (was crap at it), can barely tolerate rugby (was one of the 'big lads' so ended up in the bloody scrum) and actually really enjoy cricket ('cos I was good at it)

The mixed hockey thing is true, though - I swear I still have flashbacks to the one and only 'lads vs. lasses' game that was played at school. Blood on the playground indeed, and most of it from the lads ...
I was one of the small, quick, agile lads, with a damn good chance of evading defenders if I got the ball in an attacking position, so our Neanderthal-in-charge put me in the scrum 'to make a man of' me. I publicly corrected his spelling & grammar, in retaliation.

+1 for mixed hockey. An experiment swiftly discontinued to save the NHS money.
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Post by: mcshroom on August 28, 2011, 06:03:10 pm
Ankle, you've had nearly two years to heal the damaged ligaments, so why have you started aching again today :(
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Post by: barakta on August 28, 2011, 08:11:51 pm
Boots why have you stopped making a basic henna shampoo (the non basic which I like makes Kim sneeze) and turned everything into hippy coconut shit?   >:(
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 31, 2011, 10:58:39 am
There is no coffee.  This is unacceptable, and will result in stabby DETH unless rectified forthwith.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on August 31, 2011, 11:18:06 am
Talk Talk.... your internet service isn't very good is it. Indeed, we have hardly had a service over the last few days.

So, lets phone the "helpdesk...." if I can find the number on their website (they had hidden it and not even their own search could find it!!). After 5 mins of holding, a recorded message comes on saying there is a fault on my connection which they would look into and fix. Finally, two hours later I have a service but for how long, who knows.

I look back on a world where we didn't have the internet with rose coloured glasses: things were so much better back then, summers were warmer and hills less difficult. Sigh.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: arabella on August 31, 2011, 12:43:39 pm
we were recommended to wear shin pads for hockey.
shin pads schmin pads
never wore'm*, never got hit on the shin
those that usually wore and then one forgot invariably did get whacked
make of it what you will
*OK, I did wear when I was in goal, but that's different
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on August 31, 2011, 03:34:37 pm
we were recommended to wear shin pads for hockey.
shin pads schmin pads
never wore'm*, never got hit on the shin
those that usually wore and then one forgot invariably did get whacked
make of it what you will
*OK, I did wear when I was in goal, but that's different

That's a pretty good example of risk compensation, that is.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on August 31, 2011, 06:01:16 pm
*OK, I did wear when I was in goal, but that's different

I was once designated goalie, and for a change, kitted up in the full pads, boots etc (normally we played without).

Being on the small side, I took most of the first half to walk out to the pitch...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Peter on August 31, 2011, 06:07:09 pm
*OK, I did wear when I was in goal, but that's different

I was once designated goalie, and for a change, kitted up in the full pads, boots etc (normally we played without).

Being on the small side, I took most of the first half to walk out to the pitch...

Reminds of the bit in one of Clive James's books where he describes being bought a pair of rugby boots that were so large they didn't move until a few seconds after he'd started running.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 01, 2011, 01:50:27 pm
I don't know who is the bigger cock.  The luser who sent six e-mails to the Helldesk asking for six different reports to be sent to someone, or the Helldesk for raising six separate calls.  I conclude that they are equally cockoid.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: SandyV on September 01, 2011, 05:51:43 pm
Body - you've been back in Australia since Monday. I'd like to still be in France too but it's nearly 3AM. Please, please go to sleep and stay asleep until it's time to get up.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: SandyV on September 01, 2011, 05:54:02 pm
Oh and cold brought back as a souvenir - I've had enough of you too.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Clare on September 01, 2011, 06:02:47 pm
Oh dear, not a good souvenir.

GWS Sandy.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: SandyV on September 01, 2011, 06:53:08 pm
Thanks Clare.
And now it's nearly 4 and I have to be up before 5 to catch a plane. Grumble, grumble. 
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 01, 2011, 09:16:59 pm
Garmin, why is it so fucking slow and complicated to install updates on your TwatNav?  It makes Apple look like a model of something Nutty would actually like :demon:

Edit: 54 minutes to completion at bedtime.  37 minutes to completion this morning.  Crunts.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on September 02, 2011, 10:44:01 am
car camping is not as much fun as cycle camping. At least with panniers you have to be a bit organised. Which means you can find stuff. Tent looks like a bomb's hit it. So does the bloody car.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: why1040 on September 02, 2011, 04:02:31 pm
Garmin, why is it so fucking slow and complicated to install updates on your TwatNav?  It makes Apple look like a model of something Nutty would actually like :demon:

Edit: 54 minutes to completion at bedtime.  37 minutes to completion this morning.  Crunts.

I'm not able to download the full map update that they charge me for, because the memory on my (top of the range two years ago) Garmin is too small to cope with it.  I have to download JUST UK maps-and that's after deleting everything else like extra languages, people, cars etc.  Otherwise it doesn't TELL me it's too big, it just hangs!  Took me weeks to figure that out as I thought it was my rubbish broadband that was at fault...even now it takes all night, but at least it will update eventually!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rower40 on September 02, 2011, 09:05:32 pm
Today, I have been mostly watching TV with a mark-space ratio of 13:8.

"A WHAT ratio?" I hear you ask.

I turn the Cable Decoder on, and can watch any channel for 2m10 seconds.  Then the screen reverts to a "Cable & Wireless" logo and a message about my Set-Top Box being updated, for 25 seconds.  Black screen for another 15 seconds, then 40 seconds of the "Virgin Media" logo, then the Telly programme I was watching resumes.  130 seconds on, 80 seconds off.  And repeat.

I phoned up those ever so helpful (*) Virgin Meeja people at their UK (**) Call Centre in Bangalore.  The phone-droid decided after not very many minutes of me explaining the problem that an "engineer" (you mean a technician, but let it pass) would have to attend.  As I'm off to Cornwall for a week, and don't know when I'll have time to let a techie in when I get back, I have passed on the offer, and will re-arrange.  So it's not a rant, because I don't care that my telly isn't working.

(*) This may contain irony or traces of lies.

(**) UK = "Usually Klueless"
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Chris S on September 02, 2011, 09:40:45 pm
Someone at Muller has done a fucking shit job of shuffling their flavours in this multipack of fruit corners.

Sigh.

Yet Another Peach & Apricot yogurt anyone?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on September 07, 2011, 03:38:14 pm
Do washing.

Hang on line.

Starts raining, just enough to get the washing wetter if I leave it out.

Rescue washing & drape around house.

Rain stops. Dark cloud goes away. Hang out still damp washing again.

Soon afterwards - a downpour.  >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on September 07, 2011, 08:06:09 pm
Cold and blocked nose, go away!

I've been hospitable enough but I would like to be able to breath and smell things again thank you.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Gandalf on September 08, 2011, 06:49:17 am
Just had an email from my manager, inviting me to a team meeting.  He goes on to say that due to changes in what can be claimed on expenses, he is unable to provide refreshments.  He helpfully goes on to say that if we bring our own tea/coffee and suitable drinking vessel, he will bring some milk. I've told him to keep his milk as I'm vegan.

I'm not really bothered, I know we are only there to be told how crap we are, but this isn't quite what you expect from a major international company that is one of the UK's largest employers. Pathetic.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: TheLurker on September 08, 2011, 08:08:07 am
Just had an email from my manager, inviting me to a team meeting.  He goes on to say that due to changes in what can be claimed on expenses, he is unable to provide refreshments.  He helpfully goes on to say that if we bring our own tea/coffee and suitable drinking vessel, he will bring some milk. I've told him to keep his milk as I'm vegan.

I'm not really bothered, I know we are only there to be told how crap we are, but this isn't quite what you expect from a major international company that is one of the UK's largest employers. Pathetic.
Ermm, that's exactly what I'd expect, but then I have been accused of cynicism before now.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on September 08, 2011, 08:37:37 am
Yup.  Exactly what I have come to expect.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 08, 2011, 10:32:11 am
Not a lot I can do about it, but I'd rather my next door neighbour wasn't the person I just had to speak to at my daughter's new school about free school meals.

I'm not bothered about the stigma, perceived or otherwise, I'd just rather she didn't know our circumstances.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Marco Stefano on September 08, 2011, 08:41:51 pm
Just spent a dripping hot hour fitting new Top Touring Plus tyres to Mrs MS's bike. Had to keep looking at the sidewalls to check they were really 700c & not 27" - why are modern tyres so bloody tight?

If the tubes are pinched & go down overnight, escalation to the RANT thread is the only recourse.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on September 09, 2011, 09:05:51 am
Yet another Friday suited & booted.  :(  Today's joy is presenting to $REGULATOR.  (No, not our beloved D.U.G. — I'd look forward to that).
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Butterfly on September 09, 2011, 09:31:26 am
Nanny agencies - can you try to be a bit less rubbish for a while? I'm fed up with chasing you. And start quoting all wages as gross please - at the moment permanent jobs are quoted net and temp jobs are (the same ::-)) gross - so you can't temp for any length of time because it costs too much. It would also highlight the fact that matenity nurses who work 24 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week are getting very little more than nannies who work 10 or 12 hours, 5 days a week. You are, in effect, encouraging people to not pay tax >:(, and encouraging employers to hire temps.

And Word, can you stop closing, I need to do that CV and I'm slow enough at computer stuff already, without having to restart the whole thing >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: PaulF on September 09, 2011, 09:35:47 am
Just had an email from my manager, inviting me to a team meeting.  He goes on to say that due to changes in what can be claimed on expenses, he is unable to provide refreshments.  He helpfully goes on to say that if we bring our own tea/coffee and suitable drinking vessel, he will bring some milk. I've told him to keep his milk as I'm vegan.

I'm not really bothered, I know we are only there to be told how crap we are, but this isn't quite what you expect from a major international company that is one of the UK's largest employers. Pathetic.

The week after all our sales force globally were flown to Dubai for a three day piss up sales conference we had a 'travel restriction' imposed together with posters in each kitchen saying that if we all saved $100 on each trip we made we could recoup the cost of the sales conference in 3 months*.

*Actually it didn't say that, some one did a fag packet calculation and amended the poster to give it some 'context'.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Morrisette on September 09, 2011, 09:36:59 am
Bah! Why has the Cycle Show been moved to Birmingham? I'm not going up there (the train from Cambridge is so slow you need to take a week's supply of food, reading materials, and a fishing chair, cos it's also always full to busting).
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Morrisette on September 09, 2011, 09:40:36 am
Just had an email from my manager, inviting me to a team meeting.  He goes on to say that due to changes in what can be claimed on expenses, he is unable to provide refreshments.  He helpfully goes on to say that if we bring our own tea/coffee and suitable drinking vessel, he will bring some milk. I've told him to keep his milk as I'm vegan.

I'm not really bothered, I know we are only there to be told how crap we are, but this isn't quite what you expect from a major international company that is one of the UK's largest employers. Pathetic.

The week after all our sales force globally were flown to Dubai for a three day piss up sales conference we had a 'travel restriction' imposed together with posters in each kitchen saying that if we all saved $100 on each trip we made we could recoup the cost of the sales conference in 3 months*.

*Actually it didn't say that, some one did a fag packet calculation and amended the poster to give it some 'context'.

We've been told we can't have the heating on until 'management'* decide it's cold enough. This is an office where last year, I wore a down gilet and fingerless gloves every day for two months last year and still got chillblains for the first time in fifteen years.

*Management: One menopausal woman who's always too hot, two awol bosses who might be here three days a month, one bonkers fitness freak who goes running at lunchtime and sits sweating all afternoon in his jogging kit.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 09, 2011, 09:44:51 am
I'll swap with you.
If I don't have the window open, the air at my desk gets over 26C. With a fan going.

With a window open, I can just about keep it down to 24C.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on September 09, 2011, 09:54:54 am
Just had an email from my manager, inviting me to a team meeting.  He goes on to say that due to changes in what can be claimed on expenses, he is unable to provide refreshments.  He helpfully goes on to say that if we bring our own tea/coffee and suitable drinking vessel, he will bring some milk. I've told him to keep his milk as I'm vegan.

I'm not really bothered, I know we are only there to be told how crap we are, but this isn't quite what you expect from a major international company that is one of the UK's largest employers. Pathetic.

The week after all our sales force globally were flown to Dubai for a three day piss up sales conference we had a 'travel restriction' imposed together with posters in each kitchen saying that if we all saved $100 on each trip we made we could recoup the cost of the sales conference in 3 months*.

*Actually it didn't say that, some one did a fag packet calculation and amended the poster to give it some 'context'.

We've been told we can't have the heating on until 'management'* decide it's cold enough. This is an office where last year, I wore a down gilet and fingerless gloves every day for two months last year and still got chillblains for the first time in fifteen years.

*Management: One menopausal woman who's always too hot, two awol bosses who might be here three days a month, one bonkers fitness freak who goes running at lunchtime and sits sweating all afternoon in his jogging kit.

The HSE (http://www.hse.gov.uk/temperature/thermal/faq.htm) are clear on what is a minimum office working temperature. It should be 16oC. (From memory I was always told this was at 1m above floor level 1 hour after opening)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on September 09, 2011, 09:57:34 am
I'll swap with you.
If I don't have the window open, the air at my desk gets over 26C. With a fan going.

With a window open, I can just about keep it down to 24C.

I'll swap, our office runs at 27-31oC every afternoon in the summer. The only air conditioned room in the whole structure (big portakabin open plan thing full of computers) is the server room.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Jaded on September 09, 2011, 10:08:12 am
Just had an email from my manager, inviting me to a team meeting.  He goes on to say that due to changes in what can be claimed on expenses, he is unable to provide refreshments.  He helpfully goes on to say that if we bring our own tea/coffee and suitable drinking vessel, he will bring some milk. I've told him to keep his milk as I'm vegan.

I'm not really bothered, I know we are only there to be told how crap we are, but this isn't quite what you expect from a major international company that is one of the UK's largest employers. Pathetic.

Remember, look after the pennies and you can waste the pounds at your leisure.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on September 09, 2011, 01:02:08 pm
Bah! Why has the Cycle Show been moved to Birmingham? I'm not going up there (the train from Cambridge is so slow you need to take a week's supply of food, reading materials, and a fishing chair, cos it's also always full to busting).

Because if they'd moved it to Cambridge I'd have to use the Slowest Train In The World, which would mean about 5 hours of being crammed next to the toilet in between the screaming children and enormous unwieldy suitcases with nothing but the smell of poo for entertainment.

(Not a fan of that train, either.  Last year I had to sit on my bike between Birmingham and Peterborough because there wasn't enough room.)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Morrisette on September 09, 2011, 01:12:34 pm
LOL I didn't think it should be in Cambridge. It's been in That London for the past few years.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on September 09, 2011, 01:14:06 pm
For some of us it's just cut hours of the journey time :)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on September 09, 2011, 03:12:32 pm
LOL I didn't think it should be in Cambridge. It's been in That London for the past few years.

*nods*

While not actually being a northerner, I've lived in the People's Republic for long enough that in some respects I've gone native.  A general attitude that there is in fact life outside the M25 is one of them.  Even if it does mean people having to visit Birmingham occasionally.

As such, CrossCountry (who seem to have a monopoly on going to places other than That London) should get their act together and run some decent trains!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on September 09, 2011, 03:32:36 pm
But...but...Birmingham is further from London than London is from Birmingham!  And all those provincial types should be grateful for a day out in This Grate Capital City Of Ours, seeing the best of BRITISH culture.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Chris S on September 09, 2011, 03:43:06 pm
Cold. Fuck off. That is all.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on September 09, 2011, 04:14:08 pm
Cleaners.  Please stop filling the paper towel thingy so full that I can’t get any paper towel out, or can only get little ripped off bits out.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: why1040 on September 10, 2011, 09:11:42 am
Today, chronic fatigue is kicking my 'arris!   :-\

I feel exhausted, achey all over and even slightly hungover, despite having had nothing alcoholic to drink since Wednesday (and no, I didn't have so much to drink then that I'm only just sobering up!).

This is frustrating, especially as my doctor thinks it's all psychosomatic simply because it doesn't happen every day!   ???

I want my normal energy back!   :'(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on September 10, 2011, 09:45:01 am
same here :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on September 10, 2011, 09:58:59 am
Same here, actually.  Since I got struck by that virus, I've got back to work and to cycle commuting, but I don't have the power in my legs I had before.  And now I'm completely knackered again this morning.  :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: perpetual dan on September 10, 2011, 10:04:04 am
I've reached the point where going outside the hotel gate into the hassle is too draining. Sigh. Time for a sit by the pool, which is something I'd normally class as too tedious to contemplate.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on September 10, 2011, 10:18:10 am
Same here, actually.  Since I got struck by that virus, I've got back to work and to cycle commuting, but I don't have the power in my legs I had before.  And now I'm completely knackered again this morning.  :(

that's 'cause your are not yet recovered from your virus & you are trying to get your body to cash the cheques your mind is writing without there being sufficient zoomzooms in the bank
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: gerwinium on September 11, 2011, 07:50:13 am
My shoulder hurts - I pulled a muscle and 153km on the bicycle yesterday is apparently not the way to cure it :). And I managed to keep Mr gerwnium awake by snoring all night. Seems to be a trend that I do this after night rides :(. Ah, well, let me order a down mat so I can sleep on the floor next time  :-\.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on September 11, 2011, 02:24:49 pm
Dear BTYahoo,
Putting a noisy advert on top of my webmail guarantees only that I close down my mail tab as soon as I've read my mail; it will not entice me to visit Ireland. Some of the other ads were ugly or annoying but this is the pits.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on September 11, 2011, 02:58:37 pm
Teeth - please stop aching.
I know that one of your number was removed at the beginning of last week, but coming out in sympathy (so to speak) is not enhancing my usual sunny personality any1

1 - may contain traces of irony.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on September 11, 2011, 04:29:11 pm
Teeth - please stop aching.
I know that one of your number was removed at the beginning of last week, but coming out in sympathy (so to speak) is not enhancing my usual sunny personality any1

1 - may contain traces of irony.

Reminds me old dentist joak:

Is your dentist a Union Dentist?
One out, all out?!

Hope your teeth settle PDQ!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on September 11, 2011, 09:18:40 pm
Same here, actually.  Since I got struck by that virus, I've got back to work and to cycle commuting, but I don't have the power in my legs I had before.  And now I'm completely knackered again this morning.  :(
I don't want to worry you, but that was how my several months of declining health began, culminating in not being able to walk a mile without gasping for breath & needing a rest.

I did get better, though. Just one year totally wrecked.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hulver on September 13, 2011, 09:38:13 am
Oh bum,

I've left my work clothes at home.  :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mobbsy on September 13, 2011, 09:45:27 am
Oh bum,

I've left my work clothes at home.  :(

Ooops!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on September 13, 2011, 10:03:40 am
jogler = Plonker.
ToB Stage 3 in Hanley today :thumbsup:
Guess where I've arranged to be from 11000hrs today ::-)
working,not spectating :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 13, 2011, 10:09:12 am
Digestion! You had one half of a small piece of black pudding (that contained wheat flour) on Sat. That really is no justification for ceasing to work.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on September 13, 2011, 10:36:50 am
Oh bum,

I've left my work clothes at home.  :(
Ditto  ::-)
I had this nagging doubt that something was amiss when I left the house - looking in my desk drawer confirmed it.

Then I packaged up my old iPad ready to be sent off to its new owner only to discover the charger lurking in the bottom of my pannier - fortunately, the package won't be picked up until this afternoon so cue much repacking.

I'm going to go home at lunchtime and try and reboot the day.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 13, 2011, 01:24:45 pm
Next door: it's a good idea to have keys at each others' houses in case of emergency. However, your 14-year-old son is using it every other day, which suggests either a) he's a dozy twonk who keeps losing/forgetting his key or b) you don't trust him with a key. Either way it's not good having to open the door & to have to wait for him to bring it back every other day, so please to be getting him a key a.s.a.p.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: gerwinium on September 13, 2011, 08:29:39 pm
Lost my car keys. I think it's a sign that we need to sell the bugger and go carless. More space for bikes that way!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on September 13, 2011, 08:34:34 pm
Lost my car keys. I think it's a sign that we need to sell the bugger and go carless. More space for bikes that way!
It's a cheaper way of doing it than spending £££ trying to fix an intermittent electrical fault  :-[ (the new owner of my ex-motor has already spent £500 on a new ECU, apparently - rather him than me)

I'm enjoying being carless, for now - it's quicker (and cheaper) for me to go to SWMBO's place in Leeds on the bus, and if I do need a car I can hire one as we've got a work account with $CAR_HIRE_FIRM and therefore get a discount rate.

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on September 14, 2011, 08:45:12 am
Planet-X, where are my tyres and tubes?

Coffeebeanshop, where is my coffee?

Two ebay sellers, where is my top tube bag and my bar bag, respectively?

BAH!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on September 14, 2011, 01:04:38 pm
People who make "Here comes a Train": Your DVD is rather charming, and I positively enjoy the song "You can go anywhere on a train" even though the sentiment is inaccurate, and was so even before the era of Dr Beeching.

However, why did you flip the image in some shots? It wouldn't matter, except that the train from the Cotswolds Wildlife Park, which stars throughout, has writing on the side, and the driver has writing on his shirt! Which is backwards!

(I've lost count, but I think we've watched the whole DVD about 7 times so far. Max likes trains)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on September 14, 2011, 03:54:32 pm
Planet-X, where are my tyres and tubes?

Coffeebeanshop, where is my coffee?

Two ebay sellers, where is my top tube bag and my bar bag, respectively?

BAH!

Answers:

1) the picking sheet hadn't been printed, but they assure me that it will be done today and with me tomorrow (I am waiting for the "sorry we are out of stock of that item" email, at which point Defcon Tiermat is reached....)

2) It arrived just as I was going out for my recce ride

3) F*** knows
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: TheLurker on September 15, 2011, 09:08:56 am
Oh for goodness sake.  I expect the pictures on this new fangled noughts and ones TV, which were mostly OK,   to improve after you switch the wavy line signal off rather than being degraded to the point of unusability.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 15, 2011, 09:26:58 am
Various septics: I have a very easy to remember Yahoo.com email address. I've had it since 1996 & I like it, especially since Yahoo allowed me to use a dot instead of an underscore to separate my first & second name.

So why do you keep emailing me when I've told you that I am not Andre - nor would I ever conceivably want to be an Andre? And then, when you've told me that: "you have the beef!", do you get all uppity when I tell you I want mine medium rare? After all, I'd already told you three times I wasn't Andre.

Twunts!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on September 17, 2011, 12:21:31 pm
Bugger.
The 1 button on the land line is borked. That means I can't call anyone for free today.
The only person I know with an 02 number is an elderly rellie.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rower40 on September 17, 2011, 05:53:02 pm
Bugger.
The 1 button on the land line is borked. That means I can't call anyone for free today.
The only person I know with an 02 number is an elderly rellie.
Learn to sing the '1' tone.
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Post by: hellymedic on September 17, 2011, 05:57:56 pm
Bugger.
The 1 button on the land line is borked. That means I can't call anyone for free today.
The only person I know with an 02 number is an elderly rellie.
Learn to sing the '1' tone.

Isn't each tone actually two tones? Idon't think it's possible to split the human voice. (Phone tones are a bit high for a bloke too...)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on September 18, 2011, 12:35:51 pm
Ah weathergods, that's how it's going to be is it? Set off in nice sunshine for a bike ride, start raining (rather heavily) 2 miles in.

Rains all the way round and then within a mile of home the sun comes out again  ::-)

Actually not too much of a grumble, was a rather pleasant ride especially as it was the first non-commute in ages (and I've not done many commutes lately either), not too windy for a change and nice to just get out and ride.
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Post by: Diver300 on September 18, 2011, 04:00:27 pm
Bugger.
The 1 button on the land line is borked. That means I can't call anyone for free today.
The only person I know with an 02 number is an elderly rellie.

Tap the switch that is operated by putting the handset back down.

The exchanges still recognise pulse dialed numbers, and 1 is the easiest.

(That all goes so wrong on a cordless phone......)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on September 18, 2011, 04:03:21 pm
Vauxhall - I do not need a little light on the dashboard telling me when to change gear. Given all the car-related malarkey I've had to put up with, my brain now interprets any previously invisible dashboard light as "something wrong". Besides which, I know when I need to change gear - I don't need a little light to remind me.

Fortunately, this is a hire car so I only have to put up with it until tomorrow.
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Post by: Basil on September 18, 2011, 09:25:52 pm
I did actually try tapping, remembering how we used to phone home locally for free in the good old button A, button B days.  One attempt failed and I assumed it no longer worked.
Bought a cheap phone in Tescos in Carmarthen today.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on September 18, 2011, 09:33:41 pm
Pulse dialling by hand is one of my party tricks. Along with doing impressions of a Commodore 1541 disk drive and assorted impact dot-matrix printers.  Which probably says everything you need to know about the kind of parties I tend to get invited to.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on September 19, 2011, 11:29:01 am
Crikey.  I didn't think pulse dialling was even possible any more.  Used to do that a lot on a restricted line.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: why1040 on September 19, 2011, 04:02:32 pm
I'm a little tired and easily distracted today.

So having someone shooting1 repeatedly somewhere nearby is actually making it really difficult to focus on the stuff I need to do!  Not to mention disrupting the phone calls I'm trying to make!

1I think it's shooting, that's what it sounds like-and I live in the countryside so it's likely to be hunting of something, not shooting neighbours
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Post by: Quisling on September 20, 2011, 10:36:29 am
If you're going to do an eco shop up on your bicycle at the Co-op 2 miles away in a rush job to get something for tea because your kitchen resembles Mother Hubbard's, then don't leave your wallet at home like me.  Again. :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: fboab on September 20, 2011, 12:08:14 pm
I feel like shit, am growing a lurgy.

Could you, lurgy-type-thing, either up the ante into a full blown illness, or fuck right off.

Kthxbai.
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Post by: clarion on September 20, 2011, 12:35:16 pm
I'm utterly fed up with lurgy.  Two weeks ago I was delirious.  Yesterday I was completley washed out.  Today I dragged myself away from the toilet to come into work purely because the payroll needs doing. :(

I should be in bed, popping as many paracetamol as I can keep down.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on September 22, 2011, 11:26:52 pm
Self: check the pannier thoroughly for dead badgers before putting a washload on.  You've managed to wash everything but yesterday's shorts and some wiffy socks.   :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feline on September 23, 2011, 12:56:36 am
Little tab thingy on thing that seals the plastic milk cartons, just stop breaking off will you? That is all.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on September 23, 2011, 07:05:36 am
Third Friday in a row I have to be suited & booted. 
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 23, 2011, 07:33:41 am
Can't get the smell of cat food off my fingers, Yuk.
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Post by: tiermat on September 23, 2011, 07:35:22 am
Third Friday in a row I have to be suited & booted.

No need for a suit tomorrow, the flat cap or straw boater, however, is a must! (otherwise how will I recognise you?) :)
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Post by: PeteB99 on September 23, 2011, 11:54:50 am
The bathroom cabinet has just fallen off the wall >:(

Not much damage and it was time to redecorate the room anyway.

Ho Hum
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on September 23, 2011, 01:28:33 pm
Third Friday in a row I have to be suited & booted.

No need for a suit tomorrow, the flat cap or straw boater, however, is a must! (otherwise how will I recognise you?) :)

Grrr! You now have me rethinking my wardrobe for the weekend as flat cap (never mind the boater) and lycra just don't work together.

Otherwise, guess you'll just have to rely on the accent.  Now which one shall I use...  ;D
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Post by: jogler on September 23, 2011, 03:02:11 pm
My HRM has suffered an arrest ::-)
I think the wireless computer has killed it :-\

that's the first time both bits of tech have inhabited the handlebars simultaneously
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Post by: essexian on September 23, 2011, 03:09:45 pm
Today, being the last day of my leave period and pay day  ;D , I invited SWMBO out to lunch.... my idea was a nice quiet country pub.... I would cycle there and she would drive. Nice idea I thought.

Her had other ideas....Ian, she said, do you fancy a veggie hot dog like we had when we were in Canada.....hummmmmmm foot long veggie dog.  :thumbsup: :Lets go for it...oh, its too far to cycle: okay we will take the car.

So, what place of lovely food did we end up at?????

IKEA..... :demon:

And the veggie hot dogs? Looks like we will have to fly back to Canada to get the real thing.

Oh.... and I spent more on tat than I would have on a meal at a decent pub!
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Post by: clarion on September 23, 2011, 04:47:57 pm
My HRM has suffered an arrest ::-)
I think the wireless computer has killed it :-\

that's the first time both bits of tech have inhabited the handlebars simultaneously

Now you are sure it's the monitor that's faulty, not what it's measuring? :-\
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 23, 2011, 04:51:34 pm
So, what place of lovely food did we end up at?????

IKEA..... :demon:
Would that be the lovely M6-side Wednesbury IKEA? If so, you luck lad :demon:

At least the Coventry one's in the town centre.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 23, 2011, 07:34:02 pm
I recently bought a Schlumpf Mountain Drive off someone on another forum. It was "only" £200, which is very cheap for one of these esoteric bits of kit. I know I should have delved into it a bit more, but the seller did specifically say "it would fit almost any bike" without having to go down the chamfering route because it had a torque arm. I duly bought it. Anyway, it turns out to be the Brompton-specific model, which fits Bromptons easily but other bikes with great difficulty - and a very significant outlay.

I'm as much to blame as the seller, who did actually offer to refund my money. So I'm now £10 poorer (P&P to return it), a little wiser, but very disappointed, as my Pompino cannot now have a Sturmey Archer S2C hub/Schlumpf combo that would have eliminated the need for every cable bar the front brake.

I'm now going down the SRAM Spectro S7 hub gear/coaster brake route, which eliminates one cable, so I'm still not sure what I'm grumbling about, but I will anyway!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on September 24, 2011, 04:28:05 pm
Sodding boiler.  Why couldn't you have a nice, easy electrical fault that I could fix?

Now I've got to deal with unreliable telephonic plumbers, who will no doubt patronise and/or fail to find a problem other than the boiler being a bit shit.
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Post by: hellymedic on September 24, 2011, 04:52:42 pm
BT, I would be most grateful if you could be truthful about when I am likely to get FTTC (BT Infinity) for 'superfast broadband'.
My current connection is so slow that I fall asleep waiting for simple pages to load.
Until today, your website stated we would get BT Infinity by 30/12/2011; now it states 31/12/2011. This is, I think, the fourth time this year that the date has been put back.
We are in a Virgin cabled street. Up to now, I have stuck to BT but I think it's time to move on.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 24, 2011, 06:30:00 pm
I almost dread to say this, but I am satisfied with Virgin broadband. Outages have been rare in our 2 years here. Indian call centres aren't ideal, but I've had to deal with them so rarely that it hasn't been a major bugbear. We have a phone/BB (10Mb/s - and we regularly get 8 or 9)/TV package that costs £28/month for the whole package. One issue to consider is that the basic phone deal only includes free weekend calls, not evenings. Also, 0845/44/70 numbers are charged unless you add a £2 package.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on September 24, 2011, 06:48:38 pm
Virgin do seem orders of magnitude better at dealing with faults than our-favourite-telco.  They also have the advantage that their infrastructure is, for the most part, newer.  Whether their products are appropriate for your needs is another matter, but it's only reasonable to factor in a naff BT line when weighing up the options.

It would take a fairly bad[1] line to make me give up AAISP, but it does sound like hellymedic's would qualify.



[1] In the long, aluminium or whatever sense, rather than a persistent fault.  A&A are pretty good at collecting evidence and beating our-favourite-telco with the cluebat until faults are resolved.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: border-rider on September 24, 2011, 07:07:23 pm
I recently bought a Schlumpf Mountain Drive off someone on another forum. It was "only" £200, which is very cheap for one of these esoteric bits of kit. I know I should have delved into it a bit more, but the seller did specifically say "it would fit almost any bike" without having to go down the chamfering route because it had a torque arm. I duly bought it. Anyway, it turns out to be the Brompton-specific model, which fits Bromptons easily but other bikes with great difficulty - and a very significant outlay.

I'm as much to blame as the seller, who did actually offer to refund my money. So I'm now £10 poorer (P&P to return it), a little wiser, but very disappointed, as my Pompino cannot now have a Sturmey Archer S2C hub/Schlumpf combo that would have eliminated the need for every cable bar the front brake.

I'm now going down the SRAM Spectro S7 hub gear/coaster brake route, which eliminates one cable, so I'm still not sure what I'm grumbling about, but I will anyway!

Maybe a lucky escape... my guess would be that you'd destroy an S2C with torque by using a Schlumpf

Mine is OK, but my word it's so much more draggy than fixed that there's barely any benefit except the ability to freewheel.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 24, 2011, 07:12:22 pm
Ooh, I hadn't thought of that MV!

Anyway, the SRAM hubs ordered & the cold setting operation will be performed at Robgul's on Monday.

Perhaps it's a good thing I didn't sell the 44t chainring on the For Sale board. 40t is a tad too small.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on September 25, 2011, 01:07:16 pm
Bourbon is all gone.  Local shops don't sell anything palatable. *sigh*
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 25, 2011, 04:23:23 pm
Try digestives instead...
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Post by: Arch on September 25, 2011, 09:13:57 pm
I'm sure there was a perfectly good reason, and Rower40 will be along shortly to tell me, but why, having waited half an hour longer than normal for a train out of Manchester Piccadilly due to engineering works reducing trains to an hourly service, did we then crawl off for 10 minutes in the wrong direction, stop at Salford Crescent (possibly picking up a member of staff?) and then set off back the way we came.

I expect there's a clever and sensible answer involving points and lines and stuff, but given that I was standing with no prospect of a seat until Leeds at least, it just seemed to be taking the piss a bit....
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Post by: arabella on September 26, 2011, 09:33:40 am
Body, 40 is the new 30 etc.  why are you pretending to be old?
wrist, stop aching, I am not a bloke
weight, I am quite happy for you to stay as you are, stop sneaking off, come back and bring some friends, only a few mind
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 26, 2011, 09:42:51 am
So-called mate: I lent you a very decent Fiskars pruning saw that had seen little use. You chose to hold on to it for months & then informed me you'd broken the blade. You then did nothing to replace it until I insisted. You then give me what looked like an Aldi £4 special that promptly bent as soon as it encountered an insubstantial branch. Cheers! And to then say "Oh well" and shrug your shoulders tells me much about you...
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Post by: Arch on September 26, 2011, 06:26:38 pm
Colleague. There's a reason why, when I put the electric truck away and plug in the charger, I always wait until I can hear the fan whirring, indicating that charging is happening. Otherwise, I wouldn't know if, for example, someone had unplugged the charger at the wall. Because in that case, we'd get in on a morning to find the vehicle uncharged.

Never mind, we coped on the trikes for the morning while she charged. We cope with stuff.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on September 26, 2011, 09:45:52 pm
Why was there a used/full nappy on our front lawn this morning? None of the immediate neighbours have littlys.  :-\

I wonder if a fox carried it from somewhere? Luckily it was all still wrapped up around itself so was easy to hoik into a plastic bag and into the wheely bin but still not what one wants to see at that time of day (or any time really).
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Post by: fboab on September 27, 2011, 09:04:01 am
Ms librarian. Thanks for putting my books on your library card, but really, wouldn't it be better to admit you can't work the software enough to clear the debt I've paid and just ask for help from someone? You're going to feel pretty stupid if I don't return the books on time and you get the late charges, aren't you. And it's not like you don't know I've got previous ::)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on September 27, 2011, 09:59:20 am
Darling wife, I love you dearly but there are somethings a man should not be asked to do three times in a week.

Before you get the wrong idea, I am talking about visiting IKEA!

Once I could accept as, well the item you wanted was good value from there and as we went early, the place and the M6 wasn't too busy.

To send me back on Saturday instead of me heading out for my normal morning cycle ride was a bit of a pain especially as I went to get something you had rejected on our earlier visit. I can just about live with that however. Sometimes we do things we don't like eh.

BUT to say that there is more from there you want is pushing it abit especially after I asked on Saturday to be sure that was it. I know I am coming home along the M6 tomorrow evening but it wil be rush hour so the road will be hell and the shop even worse!

Wife, I love you but at times.... :facepalm:
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 27, 2011, 01:49:38 pm
Vauxhall - I do not need a little light on the dashboard telling me when to change gear. Given all the car-related malarkey I've had to put up with, my brain now interprets any previously invisible dashboard light as "something wrong". Besides which, I know when I need to change gear - I don't need a little light to remind me.

Fortunately, this is a hire car so I only have to put up with it until tomorrow.

This seems to be a generic GM thing - I remarked upon the "shift" light installed in my chum Preston's Chevy S10 pickup the other week.  He opined that this is because GM assume all their customers are idiots, rather than just most of them.

Where the hell did the button from my trousis go?  I'm sure I put it in the lighter pen pocket for reattachment on arrival home, and now it's done a runner :(
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Post by: clarion on September 27, 2011, 02:10:04 pm
Just carry on using the baler twine.  No one will notice the difference.
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Post by: tiermat on September 27, 2011, 02:11:17 pm
$WORK_FRIEND I find it very laudable that you are a) buying a new bike so that you can compete better in b) these flaming Triathlons you keep telling me about.

BUT TBH, I don't give a flying fuck about either....
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Post by: interzen on September 27, 2011, 03:04:15 pm
Double grumble: having recuperated after Monday's dental malarkey I have to return to the office tomorrow. Hurrah! I get to be ignored by a building full of people rather than being ignored in solitary splendour in my home office.

Also, turns out I won't find out about the job I interviewed for until Friday - it's a bloody long haul until then, and the way I feel right now I'm inclined to hand in my notice irrespective of whether or not I get it.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: andrewc on September 27, 2011, 03:35:32 pm
Guess which idiot left his battered, well travelled, 1l Sigg water bottle with the spendy sports top in the campsite today...........go on, guess......

It's a bit warm and sunny here, and when  noticed it was gone it took ages to find a shop to buy a plastic bottle of mineral water.

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Post by: fboab on September 27, 2011, 04:01:05 pm
I just hung up a load of washing.

1 pr pjs, size mens small
4 pairs boxers, size mens small/ age 16
1 pr trousers, 30w x 32l
1 polo shirt 'McDonalds Crew'
2 prs socks, mens size 7-9.

No1Son, well done for learning how to work the washing machine.
Now start washing other peoples' clothes too, eh?

*sigh*
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on September 27, 2011, 05:47:18 pm
Vauxhall - I do not need a little light on the dashboard telling me when to change gear. Given all the car-related malarkey I've had to put up with, my brain now interprets any previously invisible dashboard light as "something wrong". Besides which, I know when I need to change gear - I don't need a little light to remind me.

Fortunately, this is a hire car so I only have to put up with it until tomorrow.

This seems to be a generic GM thing - I remarked upon the "shift" light installed in my chum Preston's Chevy S10 pickup the other week.  He opined that this is because GM assume all their customers are idiots, rather than just most of them.
Someone from head office saw some of the non-US cars one day, & was horrified that drivers were exposed to the mind-boggling complexity (for Leftpondians) of manual gear changing.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 27, 2011, 06:02:21 pm
Vauxhall - I do not need a little light on the dashboard telling me when to change gear. Given all the car-related malarkey I've had to put up with, my brain now interprets any previously invisible dashboard light as "something wrong". Besides which, I know when I need to change gear - I don't need a little light to remind me.

Fortunately, this is a hire car so I only have to put up with it until tomorrow.

This seems to be a generic GM thing - I remarked upon the "shift" light installed in my chum Preston's Chevy S10 pickup the other week.  He opined that this is because GM assume all their customers are idiots, rather than just most of them.

Where the hell did the button from my trousis go?  I'm sure I put it in the lighter pen pocket for reattachment on arrival home, and now it's done a runner :(

Kia are at it as well, only they have decided in their infinite wisdom to have a blue light on the dashboard to show that the engine is cool and it extinguishes when it has warmed up. When I asked why at the dealership, I was met with a jaundiced "please, please, please not that question again" look, so I didn't push the point.
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Post by: Kim on September 27, 2011, 06:33:08 pm
Ach!

Just grabbed a handful of cutlery from the draining rack to put away in the drawer and discovered that the brown on one of the teaspoons was marmite rather than the usual insoluble tea residue.  I assume this means I've been washing up in poor light again, rather than the presence of a marmite-eating poltergeist, but you never know...
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Post by: Chris S on September 27, 2011, 06:51:23 pm
inConsistent Use of capITals in XML tagS.

Bah! I Hate you...  >:(

 
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Post by: interzen on September 27, 2011, 07:02:14 pm
inConsistent Use of capITals in XML tagS.

Bah! I Hate you...  >:(
FTFY
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on September 27, 2011, 07:05:11 pm
Kia are at it as well, only they have decided in their infinite wisdom to have a blue light on the dashboard to show that the engine is cool and it extinguishes when it has warmed up. When I asked why at the dealership, I was met with a jaundiced "please, please, please not that question again" look, so I didn't push the point.
They're off the list, then.

The worst one I had was in the Hyundai i30 that I had as a hire car after my accident - not content with just displaying a little 'up arrow' or 'down arrow' graphic, depending on how the ECU thought you should change gear, it also displayed the current gear in the form of a BFO *blue* LCD-style digit. Way to go, Hyundai - instead of keeping your eyes on the road, they're now drawn to the Glowing Number Of Doom every time the car thinks you should change gear.

It's worth noting that my ex-Meriva didn't have a gear change indicator - even if it had, it would have been lost in the noise of all the other dashboard lights when the electrics invariably fucked up.
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Post by: clarion on September 27, 2011, 07:57:10 pm
Kia are at it as well, only they have decided in their infinite wisdom to have a blue light on the dashboard to show that the engine is cool

Nothing about a Kia has ever been cool.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on September 27, 2011, 08:04:09 pm
I saw one on Top Gear once...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on September 27, 2011, 08:09:22 pm
I saw one on Top Gear once...
I *think* that the Kia Cee'd was the 'Reasonably Priced Car' that was driven by Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise (amongst others, no doubt) - the main reason I remember it was because Tom Cruise's lap was absolutely pure, unadulterated awesome, helped in no small part by a bit of two-wheeled action on the final bend (other than that, I think the guy's a complete fruit-loop)

EDIT: having checked the Fount Of All Knowledge, it would appear that I remember correctly.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 27, 2011, 09:04:47 pm
Dear Hairy Bikers, if you must go to Slaithwaite, at least learn how to pronounce it.
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Post by: clarion on September 27, 2011, 09:36:01 pm
Dear Hairy Bikers, if you must go to Slaithwaite, at least learn how to pronounce it.

>:(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on September 27, 2011, 09:45:49 pm
As I cycled through an almost deserted pedestrian precinct, following the official cycle route, I clearly heard a woman say "Much too fast". 21.5 kmh. Is that too fast? I'd been further away from every pedestrian (including her & her companion) than cars often pass them in the street when they're walking on the pavement. slowing down when passing a concealed entrance (I knew it was there), etc
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Post by: Andrij on September 27, 2011, 09:46:23 pm
Dear Hairy Bikers, if you must go to Slaithwaite, at least learn how to pronounce it.

This furriner assumes it is not pronounced as written.  This furriner also learned very early on the be extremely cautious when trying to pronounce British place names.  The usual routine is not to pronounce any place name one has not heard others pronounce first.
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Post by: Kim on September 27, 2011, 09:48:51 pm
This furriner assumes it is not pronounced as written.  This furriner also learned very early on the be extremely cautious when trying to pronounce British place names.  The usual routine is not to pronounce any place name one has not heard others pronounce first.

A tactic not infrequently used by this Brit.  Reading Scottish place names in Welsh may cause embarrassment.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 27, 2011, 09:50:16 pm
Dear Hairy Bikers, if you must go to Slaithwaite, at least learn how to pronounce it.

This furriner assumes it is not pronounced as written.  This furriner also learned very early on the be extremely cautious when trying to pronounce British place names.  The usual routine is not to pronounce any place name one has not heard others pronounce first.
The correct pronunciation is Slath-waite - slath to rhyme with bath (northern bath, not southern bath) and waite as is weight and wait. Locals pronounce it Sla-wit. The Hairy Bikers and many others incorrectly pronounce it Slaith-waite, slaith to rhyme with faith.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on September 27, 2011, 10:09:13 pm
I frequently get laughed (pronounced laffed) at for pronouncing Bath differently to bath.


It's the upper case and courier font thing all over again...
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Post by: Butterfly on September 27, 2011, 10:14:01 pm
Why can't people either spell places the way they are pronounced or pronounce them the way they are spelt? We have a perfectly reasonable phonetic language. It's just so the locals can laugh at outsiders - ridiculous ::-).

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Post by: clarion on September 27, 2011, 10:17:31 pm
Indeed, so why call Bath 'Baaaaaarrrrrrrrth'?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Butterfly on September 27, 2011, 10:19:58 pm
That's just different pronunciation (wider than just local) of one vowel - not leaving out whole syllables!
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Post by: border-rider on September 27, 2011, 10:22:38 pm
Locals pronounce it Sla-wit.

and Linthwaite Lin-fit as I recall (Mrs MV used to work in Huddersfield when we lived in Leeds)
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Post by: Andrij on September 27, 2011, 10:23:14 pm
Why can't people either spell places the way they are pronounced or pronounce them the way they are spelt? We have a perfectly reasonable phonetic language. It's just so the locals can laugh at outsiders - ridiculous ::-).

We do?  Which language would that be?  I know it's definitely not modern English! 
E.g. Slough / tough / through all end in the same four letters but each is pronounced differently.   As for all the (now) superfluous letters in knight  ::-)

Some (most?) of the Slavic languages are phonetic.  German is pretty close.  Any others?


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Post by: border-rider on September 27, 2011, 10:29:12 pm
Welsh, I think.  They just change the letters as needed to match the correct pronunciation :)

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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 27, 2011, 10:38:02 pm
Spanish is pretty much phonetic.
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 27, 2011, 10:38:13 pm
I'll see your Baaaaaarrrrrrrrrth and raise you Oswaldtwistle, Barnoldswick and Slaithwaite.
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Post by: border-rider on September 27, 2011, 10:41:10 pm
I'll see your Baaaaaarrrrrrrrrth and raise you Oswaldtwistle, Barnoldswick and Slaithwaite.

That's the B in RB211 you know.
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 27, 2011, 10:49:36 pm
I didn't and had to google RB211. I was initially under the misapprehension that it might have been a Popular Beat Combo.
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Post by: Kim on September 27, 2011, 10:52:48 pm
As did I, though I was under the impression that it might have been a MicroTik router.
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Post by: barakta on September 28, 2011, 01:29:14 am
Ach!

Just grabbed a handful of cutlery from the draining rack to put away in the drawer and discovered that the brown on one of the teaspoons was marmite rather than the usual insoluble tea residue.  I assume this means I've been washing up in poor light again, rather than the presence of a marmite-eating poltergeist, but you never know...

It was nutella and yes washing up fail on your part as I left it "innamug" yesterday morning...  I had important nutella out of jar eating to do.
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Post by: tiermat on September 28, 2011, 08:22:25 am
I'll see your Baaaaaarrrrrrrrrth and raise you Oswaldtwistle, Barnoldswick and Slaithwaite.

And I raise you a Sharow (a small village near Ripon, and the best way to telling if a person is local or not)
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Post by: clarion on September 28, 2011, 08:30:49 am
The best one I know is Sowerby Bridge.  While everyone agrees on the Bridge part, there are three different pronunciations of 'Sowerby' used by locals! :o
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Post by: clarion on September 28, 2011, 08:31:20 am
I'll see your Baaaaaarrrrrrrrrth and raise you Oswaldtwistle, Barnoldswick and Slaithwaite.

You forgot Appletreewick and Grassington ;)
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Post by: jogler on September 28, 2011, 09:50:21 am
I'm often amazed that so many motorists think I'm a native of Scunthorpe & can't say that in it's full pronounciation
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Post by: mcshroom on September 28, 2011, 09:59:13 am
I'll add in the villages of Lamplugh and Rowrah round here, and less locally the Vale of Belvoir (there is a letting agent up here called Belvoir and they pronounce themselves it exactly as it's spelt :facepalm:)
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Post by: Andrij on September 28, 2011, 10:02:01 am
My 'working from home' today has been greatly complicated by not being able to access webmail.  No problem, think I, I can just connect directly to the notwork then access my emails (and any other documents I might need).  Nope, can't connect that way, either.  Other websites work, IT dept. doesn't see any problems and confirms others are able to connect.  Cue a day of calling team mates to send across documents to my personal email address and a rubbish start to tomorrow morning as I deal with today's emails.

And they say working from home can be less stressful.  ::-)
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 28, 2011, 10:45:52 am
Kia are at it as well, only they have decided in their infinite wisdom to have a blue light on the dashboard to show that the engine is cool

Nothing about a Kia has ever been cool.

Sorry Jeremy ;)

£30 p.a. road tax softens the blow.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 28, 2011, 10:49:57 am
As I cycled through an almost deserted pedestrian precinct, following the official cycle route, I clearly heard a woman say "Much too fast". 21.5 kmh. Is that too fast? I'd been further away from every pedestrian (including her & her companion) than cars often pass them in the street when they're walking on the pavement. slowing down when passing a concealed entrance (I knew it was there), etc

I was told I was going too fast on a (wide) towpath by two seemingly hard-of-hearing ladies a couple of weeks ago. I had been pinging my bell well before my arrival and when consciousness crept up on them, I whizzed past them at the heady speed of 8 m.p.h.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 28, 2011, 10:54:02 am
Some (most?) of the Slavic languages are phonetic.  German is pretty close.  Any others?
Hungarian is very WYHIWYW, which is the only simple thing about it.

It is still my bugbear that my daughter, who is bilingual, but had only been in England 12 months, "failed" the 11+ by 3 points, when getting two more word spellings correct would have got into grammar school. She would have applied Hungarian spelling conventions to English words and thus got them wrong.
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Post by: nicknack on September 28, 2011, 11:02:05 am
The best one I know is Sowerby Bridge.  While everyone agrees on the Bridge part, there are three different pronunciations of 'Sowerby' used by locals! :o

All the SB locals I know (including Mum who is from there) call it Sorby. But it wouldn't surprise me to find variations.
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Post by: clarion on September 28, 2011, 11:05:04 am
'Sorby', 'Sour-by' and 'Sower-by'
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 28, 2011, 11:09:16 am
No one can pronounce Solihull correctly either.
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Post by: why1040 on September 28, 2011, 11:20:20 am
How the heck did I manage to go abroad without my normal handbag stash of Buscopan??

And more importantly, how did I truly succeed in this complete fail by going to a country that actually doesn't stock it?  Not even as a prescription only??   :facepalm:

Thank goodness they at least sell Naproxen-over the counter, even!

I may be somewhat grumpy by the time I get home to my own little corner of the UK this evening!
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 28, 2011, 11:22:11 am
I recall the BBC controversy over the pronunciation of Kabul, when the Russians went into Afghanistan. Everyone had previously placed the emphasis on the second syllable but the BBC decided to change the pronunciation to "Karble" (as in Vince Karble) because that was how the Kabullians pronounced it. I didn't notice the residents of Saaaaaarfend, Acne and Rovrive being offered the same respect though.
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Post by: jogler on September 28, 2011, 11:24:32 am

And they say working from home can be less stressful.  ::-)

I used to WFH on an occassional basis & it was a pain in the ass.

Doing it regularly or permenantly:as I do: it becomes much easier
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 28, 2011, 12:37:44 pm
Someone from head office saw some of the non-US cars one day, & was horrified that drivers were exposed to the mind-boggling complexity (for Leftpondians) of manual gear changing.

Probably true.  My mate Sacramento John has a similarly-sized Ford Ranger pickup, also with a manual 'box', and that doesn't have idiot lights relating to the gears.

In other news, I searched my trousis again.  I still didn't find the missing button, but I did find a very shiny 20p coin :thumbsup:

Edit:  Coin shininess due to having been through the washing machine a Several of times.  I believe this is called money laundering.
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Post by: Morrisette on September 28, 2011, 01:40:35 pm
Happisborough?
Wymondham?
Costessy?

NFN!
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Post by: interzen on September 28, 2011, 01:46:55 pm
Happisborough?
Wymondham?
Costessy?

NFN!
/hayz-brə/
/ˈwɪndəm/
/ˈkɒsi/ (or Throatwobbler Mangrove)

Respectively (I knew the first two, had never heard of the third)
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Post by: clarion on September 28, 2011, 02:01:23 pm
No one can pronounce Solihull correctly either.

tbh, though I've passed through many times, I'm not sure.  I've always said 'Sollyull'.
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Post by: billplumtree on September 28, 2011, 02:13:55 pm
Just carry on using the baler twine.  No one will notice the difference.

You are Rory Stewart MP (http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk/extremely-foolish-penrith-mp-regrets-primitive-cumbria-remarks-1.737916) and ICMFP
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Post by: clarion on September 28, 2011, 02:16:51 pm
Neither the photo nor the politics are a very good likeness. ;D

Mind you, they could put a blue rosette on a donkey & get it elected in Penrith.

Oh no - they already did!
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 28, 2011, 02:20:22 pm
No one can pronounce Solihull correctly either.

tbh, though I've passed through many times, I'm not sure.  I've always said 'Sollyull'.

"so-lee-hull" with stress on the last syllable is how I think it should be said, and I lived there 40+ years. Mind you, the North Solihull upstarts that the town was given in 1974 might have a different idea.
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 28, 2011, 02:21:38 pm
Happisborough?
Wymondham?
Costessy?

NFN!

NARDGE.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 28, 2011, 02:45:39 pm
Kircudbright
Budapest
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Post by: tiermat on September 28, 2011, 04:34:18 pm
Oh FFS, we have another case of threadworm in the family.

It doesn't hurt, more of a nuisance than anything :(

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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Post by: mcshroom on September 28, 2011, 04:53:18 pm
Oh and Erith. Even BBC London never got that one right when I lived there (It's pretty much like Ear-ith btw)
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 28, 2011, 10:01:08 pm
Kircudbright
Budapest
BOO-da-pesht
Fairly short oo
?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 28, 2011, 10:04:43 pm
And if we're doing furrin places,
Lodz
Wroclaw
Bialystok
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Post by: Pingu on September 28, 2011, 10:40:53 pm
.gvfs  ??? That's nice & obvious  ::-)
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Post by: CAMRAMan on September 29, 2011, 10:00:29 am
Kircudbright
Budapest
BOO-da-pesht
Fairly short oo
?

Give the man a cigar! :) As you say, the "oo" is quite short. All Hungarian words have the stress on the first syllable. That's why many Magyars can sound a bit tedious when speaking English, as they transfer that speech pattern to the new language. And they have the classic v & w confusion.
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Post by: Chris S on September 29, 2011, 12:16:10 pm
What a gorgeous day. Light breezes, sunshine, temperature in the mid 20s. I have all my windows open, enjoying the late season air.

So - the council turn up with three chainsaws and two fuck-off chippers to clear the path between the main road and Tesco. I can't hear myself think. Guys - shouldn't you do that in the Autumn? Oh... hang on...
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Post by: tiermat on September 29, 2011, 03:11:26 pm
$WORK_FRIEND I find it very laudable that you are a) buying a new bike so that you can compete better in b) these flaming Triathlons you keep telling me about.

BUT TBH, I don't give a flying fuck about either....

Redux, I STILL do not give a flying fuck
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Post by: rower40 on September 29, 2011, 05:07:21 pm
Broken spoke on Orange Bling.  Long way from home (i.e. Cambridge), and it's on the outside of the disk-brake side, so I need a Shimano Special Tool(TM) to take the disk off.

AND the blingy black anodised spokes are £1 a throw.

So I hope I'll have time to fix this AND do the ironing when I get home tomorrow, before setting out to get to the FNRttS.
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Post by: Bledlow on September 29, 2011, 05:40:24 pm
"Sam" & (can't remember false name the lying git gave) from "PCN department":

Whatever crap you're peddling, or scam you're trying to work, do you really think that phoning me two days in succession will help you achieve your nefarious aims? Especially after "Sam's" little gaffe yesterday. Speaking of which, I think you're in the wrong job, mate. Getting het up when your intended victim asks you what "PCN department" is, & demanding to know why I was questioning you, is not a course of action likely to get me to co-operate. Nor is telling me to bugger off.

At least your colleague had the wit to give up when I informed him that you'd rung me & said that to me, & that I'd like him & the rest of the scamweasels to do the same.
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Post by: interzen on September 29, 2011, 06:00:09 pm
fleaBay - why on earth are you telling me that I have four active items with questions from potential buyers when, at last count, I had a grand total of two active listings?

Please to be taking your developers and DBAs out behind the bins and giving them a good going-over with the Clue-By-Fourtm
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 30, 2011, 07:47:27 pm
Driver of Porsche Carrera MX something something RRY, you drive like a fud. Porschewanker.
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Post by: mcshroom on September 30, 2011, 10:07:28 pm
When I put the washing in today I checked thoroughly that my phone wasn't in my jersey pocket. Shame it was hiding in my shorts instead :facepalm:

The phone went into the washer turned on and when I fished it out the battery was discharging through the camera flash. I've got it drying on the radiator but I think it's a lost cause :(
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Post by: spesh on September 30, 2011, 10:41:28 pm
The essence of comedy may very well be all in the timing, but I fail to see the funny side of having mild lurgi that kicks off on a Friday...
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Post by: Feline on September 30, 2011, 10:58:26 pm
Carp fettle-fail tonight on the Sabbath. My SRAM right shifter is f***d and replacing the cable has sadly not resurrected it from teh dead. What a fine time to b0rk when I am riding 200k tomorrow. At least I have a spare bike even if it is a bit heavy!
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Post by: barakta on October 01, 2011, 11:53:33 am
Our invaluable house alerting system for the deaf geeky barakta which was built by Kim in 2003-4 in a hacky prototyping kind of way for about £150 when we were poor is going increasingly senile. 

It decided to crash last night when Kim wasn't here to batter it back into working order and I hope it didn't keep Red of this parish awake with any bleeping (I dunno if it was bleepy or not). 

I think I've *finally* managed to uncrash it after lots of unplugging/replugging/poking things but I'll believe that when Kim is home from all night cycling and has checked it out.

I don't have access to its logs or main interface and tbh it's so arcane I'd never remember how it works even if I was to learn.  In fact I'm not even sure Kim remembers so I fully expect "Well who coded this piece of shit then?" "Oh shit, that was me, it has to be!" type remarks along with crankiness from no sleep later!

I need to make Kim Actually Rebuild v3 this winter and stop avoiding the issue like she has for the last 3 years... I'm not a cycling SWMBO but....


[1] This is what links doorbell, phone ringing, alarm clock going off, heating control, temperature sensors, reminders and alerts and interface to one another with a vibrating pillow pad, strobes and pop up on computer alerts. 

Basic commercial systems cost £500+ and are basically shit, so we're Kim is definitely rebuilding our own!
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Post by: interzen on October 01, 2011, 12:10:37 pm
Dear $LARGE_CONSULTANCY_KNOWN_FOR_PISSING_TAXPAYERS_MONEY_DOWN_THE_DRAIN,

Whilst I am perfectly happy to supply a character reference for someone you've offered a job to, no matter how you try to spin it 'onboard' is not a fucking verb. If you mean 'recruitment' then say so - 'onboarding' not only sounds like the worse sort of corporate bullshit-ese imaginable, but it also sounds like a novel new method of torture. 
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Post by: mcshroom on October 01, 2011, 01:59:17 pm
When I put the washing in today I checked thoroughly that my phone wasn't in my jersey pocket. Shame it was hiding in my shorts instead :facepalm:

The phone went into the washer turned on and when I fished it out the battery was discharging through the camera flash. I've got it drying on the radiator but I think it's a lost cause :(

Yep, it's dead :(

£70 for a 2nd hand replacement winging it's way to me by Wednesday - a very expensive way to get the spare phone battery i was going to order for touring. At least I now know my old NEC clamshell brick still works.
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Post by: Andrij on October 01, 2011, 07:34:40 pm
Carp fettle-fail tonight on the Sabbath. My SRAM right shifter is f***d and replacing the cable has sadly not resurrected it from teh dead. What a fine time to b0rk when I am riding 200k tomorrow. At least I have a spare bike even if it is a bit heavy!

I recommend that next time you leave the carp in the pond.  One assumes they're not much use when it comes to fettling. ;)

At least the heavier bike may help you get full value for money.  Have a good ride!
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Post by: jolmartyn on October 01, 2011, 09:20:11 pm
Hi, tried to buy gas in B & Q today. They asked me if I was 21. Of course  not I said. As a 61 year old I felt the sudden urge to let rip into this jobsworth character! ...but I didn't...
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Post by: David Martin on October 01, 2011, 09:33:45 pm
Damn. Chainsaw is dead. I have swapped ignition bits and it now refuses to work (rather than run for a few minutes, enough to make you think it is happy, and then go on strike).

Time to get something that isn't an antique and will last a reasonabe length of time.
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Post by: Canardly on October 01, 2011, 09:58:29 pm
Hi, tried to buy gas in B & Q today. They asked me if I was 21. Of course  not I said. As a 61 year old I felt the sudden urge to let rip into this jobsworth character! ...but I didn't...

The nivea is working keep with it........ ::-)
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 01, 2011, 10:07:18 pm
I've got the hiccups. They're quite annoying.
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Post by: mcshroom on October 01, 2011, 10:16:40 pm
I've got the hiccups. They're quite annoying.

BOO! :)
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Post by: CAMRAMan on October 02, 2011, 05:09:03 pm
Mate on our cycling trip: You borrowed my bike in August on our last rides out & I gently warned you then that your habit of jumping several gears at low speed when under high load wasn't doing my venerable chain any good at all. So what did you do yesterday as soon as we hit a big hill? That's right; jump 3 gears at once just as you're pedalling hard. What did my chain do? That's right, it snapped. So, we're four miles into a ride that would have taken us along the route of a beer festival, but all seven of us had to turn back. Ho hum.
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Post by: SandyV on October 02, 2011, 07:46:45 pm
No1Son, well done for learning how to work the washing machine.
Now start washing other peoples' clothes too, eh?

This is one of my pet grumbles too!  (I know I'm slow to comment but I'm still away from home and only now catching up)
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 02, 2011, 07:48:33 pm
Our invaluable house alerting system for the deaf geeky barakta which was built by Kim in 2003-4 in a hacky prototyping kind of way for about £150 when we were poor is going increasingly senile. 

It decided to crash last night when Kim wasn't here to batter it back into working order and I hope it didn't keep Red of this parish awake with any bleeping (I dunno if it was bleepy or not). 

I think I've *finally* managed to uncrash it after lots of unplugging/replugging/poking things but I'll believe that when Kim is home from all night cycling and has checked it out.

I don't have access to its logs or main interface and tbh it's so arcane I'd never remember how it works even if I was to learn.  In fact I'm not even sure Kim remembers so I fully expect "Well who coded this piece of shit then?" "Oh shit, that was me, it has to be!" type remarks along with crankiness from no sleep later!

I need to make Kim Actually Rebuild v3 this winter and stop avoiding the issue like she has for the last 3 years... I'm not a cycling SWMBO but....


[1] This is what links doorbell, phone ringing, alarm clock going off, heating control, temperature sensors, reminders and alerts and interface to one another with a vibrating pillow pad, strobes and pop up on computer alerts. 

Basic commercial systems cost £500+ and are basically shit, so we're Kim is definitely rebuilding our own!
Will Deaf Action or social work fund a new system?
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Post by: barakta on October 02, 2011, 09:58:33 pm
Will Deaf Action or social work fund a new system?

It's not so much the funding which is an issue, I'm reasonably well paid (if pisstakingly less than I'm worth obviously) these days so can afford a few hundred quid for bits over X years.  The last one has lasted 8 years so far.  The limiting factor is Kim needs to sit down and redesign from scratch which she's been half doing for about 3 years and needs to not-half do.  I blame all the cycling  ;)

As for social services I know I'm not a priority (and arguably shouldn't be), not least because when made to register with them to get local disabled bus passes etc that no services has EVER got back to me (Stockport, Newham, Birmingham and I think Sheffield).  I even filled in an extra form by choice here in Brum to see if they'd work better partly as an experiment for my deaf students.  No response.

Pretty poor really and also makes me cross cos I resented having to "tell them I exist" so they get me on their stats but do absolutely fuck all for me at the first step.  If the first step is that bad, I'm privileged enough not to need them enough and I'll pay not to have to do any of the others.  I have enough trouble keeping up with "extra disability paperwork" from HMRC, NHS, GP, audiology, etc

And the useful outcome of my experiment does mean I know better than to say to my students (or advise colleagues to tell their students) "Oh just register with social services for deaf alert stuff" for non uni accommodation because in my personal and professional opinion it's not worth it unless the student has unusual pestering powers and absolutely cannot afford stuff themselves.  Does remind me I ought to find out if local fire service do fire alarms for deaf for free/cheap cos that would be the only issue really, safety.  Most deaf students will do what I always did, rely on housemates and SMS when your friends arrive unless you happen to have all the gizmos already which I didn't till I moved in with Kim.   
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 02, 2011, 10:16:21 pm
Deaf Action or the housing department might be able to help with some stuff - everywhere structures it differently though, so it's hard to know.
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Post by: barakta on October 03, 2011, 12:32:37 am
Deaf Action or the housing department might be able to help with some stuff - everywhere structures it differently though, so it's hard to know.

Weirdly, I've never really heard of Deaf Action but then having looked into it, it seems to be specifically Scotland.  Our local deaf charity BIDS might be worth talking to as might Deaf Plus who do send us their stuff quite a lot. 

I also meant to modify my post above to say it isn't specific social workers I have an issue with, it's the system in general which means in lots of services not just social services it is only the really neediest people who get anything at all and lots of people just end up bumbling along not knowing much at all.  I would resent that less if I didn't get told "well to get X, you have to register with Y" when Y doesn't have the capacity to support people. 

It's just yet another brick in the disability effort wall most of which belongs in the Rant Thread!
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Post by: essexian on October 03, 2011, 07:28:43 am
Not sure if this grumble should be addressed to my wife who insists that I wear a helmet when cycling in case I am hit by a lorry (I kid you not), or the designers of cycle helmets who design them with slats wide enough for wasps to get into them, or the wasp which got into my helmet, couldn't find a way out so promptly stung me.

Or I suppose I could rant at myself for not being able to remove a helmet while cycling uphill before the wasp could attack.

Who ever is to blame, please stop it as it hurt so much that I had to cut the ride short and head home. I still have the bump on my head 20 hours later!

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 03, 2011, 08:08:39 am
Deaf Action or the housing department might be able to help with some stuff - everywhere structures it differently though, so it's hard to know.

Weirdly, I've never really heard of Deaf Action but then having looked into it, it seems to be specifically Scotland.  Our local deaf charity BIDS might be worth talking to as might Deaf Plus who do send us their stuff quite a lot. 
Oh, they used to be RNID or the Deaf Society or something. I had assumed they were UK-wide.


Not sure if this grumble should be addressed to my wife who insists that I wear a helmet when cycling
Do what I used to do when my mum would make me wear an itchy hat to school in winter - wait till you're round the corner, and take it off.
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Post by: barakta on October 03, 2011, 08:23:38 am
Oh, they used to be RNID or the Deaf Society or something. I had assumed they were UK-wide.

RNId have become "Action on Deafness" or in my universe "What?".

There is also a 'Deaf Action' charity in Scotland which is not the RNId.

Deaf society is probably National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) who were good to my parents when I was young and seem to be continuing.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Guy on October 03, 2011, 08:24:12 am
Washing machine motor.  Why oh why oh why did you have to catch fire on Saturday morning? :(

Do you think I'm made of money? (Replacement motor HOW MUCH :o)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 03, 2011, 02:02:34 pm
Stupid Digestive System.  The usual.  *sigh*
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Post by: Gattopardo on October 03, 2011, 02:05:46 pm
Washing machine motor.  Why oh why oh why did you have to catch fire on Saturday morning? :(

Do you think I'm made of money? (Replacement motor HOW MUCH :o)

Lucky it didn't set fire to the house.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Guy on October 03, 2011, 03:44:38 pm
Washing machine motor.  Why oh why oh why did you have to catch fire on Saturday morning? :(

Do you think I'm made of money? (Replacement motor HOW MUCH :o)

Lucky it didn't set fire to the house.
No chance of that.  It's not one of they new-fangled automatic things what you just load up and walk away from, but a proper twin-tub where you have to stand over it and do things, so I was there when the smoke belched out.  The serial number shows it was made in 1952 so it hasn't done too bad.

Unfortunately a new motor will cost nearly half as much as getting a "new" reconditioned twin-tub from teh intarwebs.  Fix or replace? Either way, it ent gonna be cheap :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Polar Bear on October 03, 2011, 03:48:28 pm
Fix. Cheaper and less waste.
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Post by: Chris S on October 04, 2011, 04:02:55 pm
WTF? My phone has dumped all entries from Contacts  >:(. Piece of junk...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 04, 2011, 05:12:08 pm
Oh, they used to be RNID or the Deaf Society or something. I had assumed they were UK-wide.

RNId have become "Action on Deafness" or in my universe "What?".

There is also a 'Deaf Action' charity in Scotland which is not the RNId.

Deaf society is probably National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) who were good to my parents when I was young and seem to be continuing.
I saw a poster about Deaf Action the other day, in Brizzle, which may not be an ordinary part of the UK (!) but is definitely Not Scotland.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 05, 2011, 12:36:59 pm
Why has my bloody back been itching all week ???
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Guy on October 05, 2011, 01:43:40 pm
Why do I get so many random phone calls?

Just had the RQ of 1 R Anglian on the phone asking about DNA testing kits ???
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Post by: essexian on October 05, 2011, 01:53:48 pm
Why, pray, is there no fast train line out of Lowestoft? It took me 6 hours to get home from there to Stafford last night.

Oh and Virgin Trains, the choice of only chocolate cake in first class both going and returning from London this week is just not good enough as it is no choice at all. I had to turn down cake!!! Chocolate cake is horrible and nasty: as is chocolate.
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Post by: Kim on October 05, 2011, 02:01:48 pm
Chocolate cake is horrible and nasty: as is chocolate.

 :o
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Post by: jogler on October 05, 2011, 02:11:15 pm
I had to turn down cake!!! Chocolate cake is horrible and nasty: as is chocolate.

you are clearly unwell.goto doctor NOW.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on October 05, 2011, 02:20:34 pm
I had to turn down cake!!! Chocolate cake is horrible and nasty: as is chocolate.

you are clearly unwell.goto doctor NOW.

Strange you should say that as I have an appointment on Friday as my diabetes is a little unbalanced at the moment....expect to be told to stay off cake for some time! A change of Doctor may be required!
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Post by: hellymedic on October 05, 2011, 02:46:29 pm
Why has my bloody back been itching all week ???

My back itches in hot weather.
It has been hot.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 05, 2011, 03:58:20 pm
Yebbut it was hotter than this when I was on holibobs and my back didn't itch then.  No, instead my feet swelled up to the size of turnips ???
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 05, 2011, 04:04:09 pm
I find those funny-shaped bicycles tend to cause itchy back...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Gattopardo on October 05, 2011, 04:05:46 pm
I had to turn down cake!!! Chocolate cake is horrible and nasty: as is chocolate.

you are clearly unwell.goto doctor NOW.

Strange you should say that as I have an appointment on Friday as my diabetes is a little unbalanced at the moment....expect to be told to stay off cake for some time! A change of Doctor may be required!

Low carb cake.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 05, 2011, 05:57:17 pm
Why has my bloody back been itching all week ???
Perhaps you're allergic to the metal in the hooks of your bra. Try tucking the label in so it's between the hooks and your skin.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on October 05, 2011, 06:04:19 pm
Poo. I took MFWHTBAB for a bike ride on Sunday, and as we went over the Stamford Bridge viaduct, I thought, "oh, I'll show him the fantastic spooky empty Scooby Doo house half hidden behind the trees, the one even CrinklyLion hadn't spotted until I showed her".

They've knocked it down.  :( The size of the pile of rubble is testament to how big it was. It was a magnificent place, ought to have had bats coming out of the turrets and everything.
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Post by: Snakehips on October 05, 2011, 06:17:59 pm
........... the wasp which got into my helmet, couldn't find a way out so promptly stung me.

Or I suppose I could rant at myself for not being able to remove a helmet while cycling uphill before the wasp could attack.

Who ever is to blame, please stop it as it hurt so much that I had to cut the ride short and head home. I still have the bump on my head 20 hours later!
That happened to me last week. I had no time to react , the sting was almost immediate. After a stop I managed to continue my 'pleasure' ride slowly , but some pain and slight swelling lasted a couple of days. 
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 06, 2011, 09:26:46 am
I was at a job fair the other week (minimum wage fodder, as it happens) and I felt a wriggling in my top. I ignored it, but it wriggled higher & higher and I was finding it hard to concentrate. Eventually, I located the offending thing and gave it a good squeeze through my top and felt it pop. End of story. It was only when I later got out into the foyer that I got the chance to shake it out, whereupon a dead wasp fell to the floor. How the hell I wasn't stung is a mystery.

It either got there on the ride to the fair or it was there from the top having hung out on the line.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Guy on October 06, 2011, 09:36:17 am
Didn't get to watch my Camberwick Green dvd last night :( A mate came round and dragged me off to the pub quiz >:(

My ead urtz
  http://www.titanicbrewery.co.uk/c/our-beers/titanic-occasional-specials/titanic-beer-plumporter/ (http://www.titanicbrewery.co.uk/c/our-beers/titanic-occasional-specials/titanic-beer-plumporter/)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 08, 2011, 02:42:48 pm
Elder Ms AWL's Friend's Mother: Your timekeeping is pathetic. Every time I have organised something involving you you have let us down/kept us waiting by being stupidly late without calling to tell us. So, we now reluctantly have to leave our 12-year-old daughter at the swimming pool (where she was earlier already at her swimming club) to wait for you as my son has his friends coming round at 3pm and you can't keep to agreed timetables AND not tell us. Cow.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Oaky on October 08, 2011, 09:33:56 pm
GRRR... bloody chess season started up again.
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Post by: mcshroom on October 08, 2011, 09:44:18 pm
GRRR... bloody chess season started up again.

1 e4 ;D

More seriously, why is that a grumble?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Oaky on October 08, 2011, 10:02:01 pm
:)

I failed to manage to offload captaincy of a league team which, to be honest, I don't really have the time to do the organisation for any more...  I'm just rediscovering how long it can take to find 8 people willing to travel for a match.

(I think my record last season for people called before I got a full team was around 30.  That pretty much exhausted the active, eligible (i.e. not seeded for other teams) players of my club!)

I enjoy the playing (and for the most part don't mind the on-the-night aspects of running the team) it's just the chivvying up a squad that drags.
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Post by: mcshroom on October 08, 2011, 10:08:08 pm
It's not much fun I'll agree. That's why I used to avoid being captain if at all possible :D

The simplest system I ever saw was the club captain (all 6 teams!) of Netherton in the Huddersfield league. He used to have a list of players in grade order with contact details for each player and work down it one by one.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Oaky on October 08, 2011, 10:20:49 pm
My system is similar: I have my list essentially in order of how often they have agreed to play at far flung away venues though.  :)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on October 10, 2011, 05:51:26 pm
Slave trader,

There's no need to get all bent out of shape because I've told you I'm not interested in a job developing front-end/user-interface software. There's a genuine reason why I'm not interested: my user interfaces tend to look like the sort of thing that Helen Keller would come up with after dropping some bad acid. Seriously.

Get a grip, take a deep breath and move on to the next person on your list.
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Post by: gerwinium on October 11, 2011, 10:37:39 pm
I nearly ran over a child earlier (girl, can't have been older than 10), who ran across the very busy road in the dark across without looking. Luckily my passenger shouted and I wasn't going very fast, so I managed to stop within a few metres. She ran on into a shop and I turned around and tried to find her without success, so I can only guess I didn't hit her...

Road safety... Start young is a good idea.
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Post by: mcshroom on October 11, 2011, 11:27:45 pm
Just looked up my trains to Oban on Tuesday and realised that the Virgin train to Glasgow comes from Mordor not the Smoke.

That's going to mean Super Voyager dangly bike spaces and unloading all my panniers instead of a level storage Pendolino :(
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Post by: Jaded on October 11, 2011, 11:30:33 pm
Just noticed I've missed 14 pages of this thread.  :'(
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Post by: hellymedic on October 12, 2011, 12:17:37 am
Brent online school application form:
if I specify applicant has no sibling in need of schooling, please not to ask me its gender and stop form processing because of failure to answer a mandatory field.
We have decided non-existent sibling is male.
13 year old Romanian school applicant thinks your coding is poo.
Who needs education?

(I was helping my cleaning lady and her son through lovely bureaucracy; son arrived from Romania two weeks ago.)
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Post by: barakta on October 12, 2011, 12:24:02 am
Yay for helping cleaning lady through bureaucrazy.  My mum once did that for one of her clients and the jobcentre because the lady was despite having good English completely confused and my mum could do "no, stop being wankers, just fucking do it" at them in polite but pissed off Scottishspeak.

I hope things go smoother from now on for cleaning lady and her son.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on October 12, 2011, 12:35:40 am
So do I. Gave them printout of the form and explained they must be absolutely consistent with spellings, dates and all petty details given if not sure of answers, especially the gender of the non-existent sibling...
 
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Manotea on October 12, 2011, 01:20:49 am
GRRR... bloody chess season started up again.

1 e4 ;D

More seriously, why is that a grumble?
Chess has a season?
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Post by: Kim on October 12, 2011, 01:56:33 am
Chess has a season?

Presumably when the queens aren't preoccupied with reproduction...   ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 12, 2011, 08:53:24 pm
I'm currently not participating in one of the local cycling campaign group's Wednesday evening rides, because I  a) hit myself in the face with a pair of pliers and  b) am generally feeling an overwhelming sense of meh.

I don't suppose we could have summer back, could we?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 12, 2011, 08:58:20 pm
that sounds almost as daft as me hitting myself in the face with a pan. twice.
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Post by: dasmoth on October 12, 2011, 09:29:12 pm
Respiratory system: while I appreciate that you've behaved pretty well over the summer and I've lost far less cycling time that I did last year, just before I'm due to give some lectures (on two successive days, at that) isn't the best moment to play up.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 12, 2011, 11:35:06 pm
Brent online school application form:
if I specify applicant has no sibling in need of schooling, please not to ask me its gender and stop form processing because of failure to answer a mandatory field.
We have decided non-existent sibling is male.
13 year old Romanian school applicant thinks your coding is poo.
Who needs education?

(I was helping my cleaning lady and her son through lovely bureaucracy; son arrived from Romania two weeks ago.)
Sounds as daft as Bristol's school application forms. The only detail I recall from that now is having to choose the LEA of his previous school from a drop-down list which, surprise surprise, did not include any in Poland! Perhaps it's a Br... thing? Somehow I doubt if it's alphabet specific, though.
Title: Grumble thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 13, 2011, 09:24:05 am
Yes, chess has a season. Local leagues tend to follow the football season. In the summer people tend to find better things to do. Weekend tournaments carry on all year round and the British Championship takes place over a fortnight starting late July. This always used to be our family holiday.
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Post by: interzen on October 13, 2011, 12:00:13 pm
Slave trader, 'no' means 'no', mmkay?
Unless, that is, you can provide me with a job spec and company info that wasn't written by a marketing hipster who's evidently been hitting the nose ajax a little too hard.
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Post by: fboab on October 13, 2011, 06:49:39 pm
Just once, well, no, just A LOT, I would like to work for a company that doesn't offend the morals I would have if I could afford them.
If you see what I mean.

Cheap foreign labour doing stuff that was once done for proper wages in BRITON, by BRITONS but is now done by Indian children.
Factory Farming of pigs.
Petrochemicals.
Factory Farming of cows.

It would be quite nice to work somewhere, well, even a leetle bitty bit ethical.
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Post by: LindaG on October 17, 2011, 11:05:05 pm
That Betty Crocker.  Can't stand her.
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Post by: Butterfly on October 17, 2011, 11:09:56 pm
That Betty Crocker.  Can't stand her.

What's she done?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on October 18, 2011, 08:35:47 am
Gym - can you make an effort to get in towels that are all the same size?  I tend not to notice if I've been given a smaller one until I go to wrap it around my wait and have a momentary panic as I think "there's not as much overlap as last time - have I put on that much weight?!?".  I have my fill of momentary panics on my commute, thankyouverymuch.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on October 18, 2011, 11:59:52 am
Eldest daughter: 10pm is not a good time to do homework, especially when you've been reading books/watching TV all evening. 8am on the other hand, is even worse. Start doing your homework on time or your teacher finds out you've been forging (our) signatures to say your homework is done.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 18, 2011, 01:14:14 pm
Nose, stop running, I'm really bored of the cold now.
Guts, stop making 'poing' noises like I'm stewing up an enormous guff. It's really off-putting.
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Post by: Kim on October 18, 2011, 01:19:25 pm
Eldest daughter: 10pm is not a good time to do homework

I always used to do homework late at night.  The delayed sleep phase which isn't exactly uncommon in teenagers meant I was more alert after 10pm and unlikely to sleep before about 2am anyway, so I might as well get something useful done.  It also meant I could get some sleep in the early evening when I was actually sleepy, didn't miss out on the decent telly and was able to work without sibling distractions.

My parents eventually accepted this when it became apparent that I was, impossible tasks[1] excepted, actually getting the work done, stopped nagging, and generally went to bed leaving me to get on with it.



[1] Art and French were the main offenders, based, as they often were, on an ability to produce art or understand French.  Unlike cargo-cult subjects like English Lit, throwing hours at the problem rarely helped.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on October 18, 2011, 01:32:45 pm
Were you like that at 12, Kim? Bear in mind she is also a slug-a-bed & hard to rouse at 7.15am*. Working later will only make that worse, I fear.

*Aren't we all, but needs must.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on October 18, 2011, 01:39:59 pm
Ms AWL: I'm sorry you don't like the flight times on the trips I booked. However, funds are short these days and (crazily) it was >£400 cheaper to fly you with Lufthansa to BHX from Budapest via Munich. Yes, you'll have to fly at 06.45 from Budapest, but surely the knowledge that I don't have to drive to Luton or Heathrow - only a 20-minute drive to BHX - and subsequently have a lie in is some sort of compensation.  :demon:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 18, 2011, 02:20:26 pm
Were you like that at 12, Kim?

Probably, yes, if I'd been left to my own devices.  I certainly used to illicitly read well into the early hours[1] at that age, though unsurprisingly more traditional homework and bed times were enforced until I was about 14.

Looking back, I think my parents were generally happy to leave me to my own devices with that sort of thing (I would have done my homework anyway because I was scared of my teachers, not because of my parents), but would make rules that applied to both of us for the benefit of my (younger and much more rebellious) brother.  It was a lot easier to get him to do homework (or got to bed) if I could be seen to be doing the same.



[1] An important part of growing up, that.  IMHO.
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Post by: LindaG on October 18, 2011, 02:21:46 pm
facebook  >:(
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 18, 2011, 02:32:19 pm
10pm is a bit late at 12 - but it depends. I'd say it's late to be starting an hour's homework, but not late to be starting 30min work.

*definitely* it's a good idea to work on the 'delayed gratification' thing; where we do the activities we enjoy and put off the ones we don't like. This applies to homework, and it is a revelation to most kids when they discover they can race through work if they only have 40 min in which to do it before Strictly Come Dancing starts on the telly.

Eldest stepson was a total dope slacker. Wasted Spent from 15-16 stoned out of his gourd, playing everquest. Bombed out of school.
At 19, he took some A levels.
At 21 he decided to work.
Suddenly he discovered that work was easy if he did the hard things first.

Now 26, he's finishing his degree and looking to do postgrad at Oxford. He's also started a mail order business that turns over £7k per month.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on October 18, 2011, 04:51:48 pm
I haz no broadband. And altho i have connection info for next door's i can't get either laptop to connect, and have no idea why. Fecking linux machines wot i have no clue about.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on October 18, 2011, 05:00:09 pm
well, feck knows what i did differently on the gadzillionth attempt, but hurrah!  we are back online (i really didn't count the phone as being online :))
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Post by: barakta on October 18, 2011, 05:48:25 pm
Turned the right thing off and on again and magically uttered the magic incantation.
Wireless voodoo pixiedust etc.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 19, 2011, 11:29:08 am
Terra "Coffee" Roasters, there is no need to change the colour of the packet on a monthly basis.  It just confuses everyone.
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Post by: jogler on October 19, 2011, 11:44:00 am
^^^^^
Colour blindness ftw
 ;D
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Post by: Kim on October 19, 2011, 11:56:35 am
Colour blindness ftw

Until you discover the hard way that something comes in more than one variety.

Never let it be said that I forgot the Jif Lime on pancake day.   :facepalm:


(See also the related rant about not trusting unmarked ketchup bottles when venturing north of Manchester)
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 19, 2011, 12:39:47 pm
Lime! mmmm! I'd have loved that :P
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 19, 2011, 02:04:19 pm
It seems we have a product called Foglight®.  Apparently "Foglight is an application monitoring solution that helps your organization monitor and control the performance of your mission-critical enterprise applications".  It keeps sending me Babbage-Posts, the contents of which were clearly programmed by Ricky Gervais on an off-day.

Plz to shut up kthxbai.
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Post by: interzen on October 19, 2011, 02:34:34 pm
Slave trader,

Systems Integration specialists are not the same as software engineers. I fall very squarely into the latter category - please don't send me a promising looking job spec for the latter when the organisation in question  are clearly looking to hire the former. Guess I won't be sneaking into the inner sanctum to peek at the writings of Aleister Crowley after all ....

 ::-)
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Post by: Quisling on October 19, 2011, 02:56:09 pm
I just rode 2 miles to the surgery with suspected cracked rib to pick up prescription. They were closed for training. Had to console myself with tea and cake at the Village Centre coffee shop. Arrived home just before it rained, and just too late to get the dryish washing off the line

On the plus side, I cycled 4 miles in the dry, had tea and stickies for £1.80 and laughed at the motorists-speeding-towards-a-speed-trap situation en route  :D. Good luck with your speed awareness course guys.
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Post by: HTFB on October 19, 2011, 06:06:50 pm
There's never a good time for pericoronitis.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on October 19, 2011, 08:55:30 pm
Bah, it's just one thing after another. Now our boiler won't go woosh when we turn the thermostat up. T'stat clicks but boiler just sits there like a lemon. Kicks in just fine when I put the hot water on though... and the three upstairs radiators get hot with the hot water on but not the downstairs ones.

Bah, I have a cold and I'm all grumbly now. Warm at least from running up and down the stairs pressing buttons and poking radiators.  ::-)
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 19, 2011, 09:27:50 pm
Bah, it's just one thing after another. Now our boiler won't go woosh when we turn the thermostat up. T'stat clicks but boiler just sits there like a lemon. Kicks in just fine when I put the hot water on though... and the three upstairs radiators get hot with the hot water on but not the downstairs ones.

Bah, I have a cold and I'm all grumbly now. Warm at least from running up and down the stairs pressing buttons and poking radiators.  ::-)

Had almost the same thing at Pingu Towers tonight. Eventually it started cooperating but I don't know why, but I'm glad it did.

Now the bloody PVR just turned itself off and it's lost all the channels and can't seem to find them again :(
I can see this being an expensive week.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on October 19, 2011, 10:05:43 pm
Bah, it's just one thing after another. Now our boiler won't go woosh when we turn the thermostat up. T'stat clicks but boiler just sits there like a lemon. Kicks in just fine when I put the hot water on though... and the three upstairs radiators get hot with the hot water on but not the downstairs ones.

Bah, I have a cold and I'm all grumbly now. Warm at least from running up and down the stairs pressing buttons and poking radiators.  ::-)

Had almost the same thing at Pingu Towers tonight. Eventually it started cooperating but I don't know why, but I'm glad it did.

Now the bloody PVR just turned itself off and it's lost all the channels and can't seem to find them again :(
I can see this being an expensive week.

Think it might be the thermostat, as boiler and pump in airing cupboard kick in when hot water turned on at timer but neither work when water off and heating on. Not sure though, don't know whether to get a man in or pick up a cheap thermostat to try and fit myself and then GAMI if that doesn't work.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Chris S on October 20, 2011, 09:47:39 am
Tesco. I quite like your Tiger bread. I like it even more when it's half price and therefore 50p for an enormous loaf. But... could you make it a little more... toaster shaped?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Greenbank on October 20, 2011, 09:51:09 am
I know why Saino's were offering Sure Quantam antiperspirant in a cheap deal, it's because it's like covering your armpits in Spray Mount. Ugh.

Oh well, only another ~6 months of use at work to get through the two bloody cans of it I have.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 20, 2011, 12:09:55 pm
Think it might be the thermostat, as boiler and pump in airing cupboard kick in when hot water turned on at timer but neither work when water off and heating on. Not sure though, don't know whether to get a man in or pick up a cheap thermostat to try and fit myself and then GAMI if that doesn't work.

The thermostat's nearly always a simple switch.  In the absence of a multimeter to test it, you could just connect the wires directly together, and if the heating comes on, you know what the problem is.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on October 20, 2011, 01:30:03 pm
Mrs B was suddenly & unexpectedly deprived of her main work e-mail account yesterday, the one with all the other NHS staff on & which therefore recognises their names. She also has a social services e-mail account, but there's hardly anyone in the address book she needs to e-mail.

Because this happened via the disabling of her NHS user ID, she also lost access to all the clinical record keeping tools, etc.

A large number of other people are also affected.

This is because her trust is migrating accounts in the most incompetent, cocked-up, arse-over-tit way imaginable.

She rang the trust IT helldesk, & spoke to someone with an impenetrable (to her) Indian accent, an apparently poor command of English, who was in a very noisy room, & who had no knowledge of the different organisations whose e-mail & user accounts are subsumed under the trust IT. He kept asking her which hospital she worked for, & couldn't grasp the idea that there are people in the trust who aren't linked to hospitals.  :facepalm:

This really deserves a full-on rant, but I'm now so used to the fuckwittery of NHS management that I'm too weary for that.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 20, 2011, 06:39:49 pm
Think it might be the thermostat, as boiler and pump in airing cupboard kick in when hot water turned on at timer but neither work when water off and heating on. Not sure though, don't know whether to get a man in or pick up a cheap thermostat to try and fit myself and then GAMI if that doesn't work.

The thermostat's nearly always a simple switch.  In the absence of a multimeter to test it, you could just connect the wires directly together, and if the heating comes on, you know what the problem is.

I was considering this, and was going to post on here asking if that was wise. I know electrickery is quite simple really but was drummed into me as a kid not to take any risks.

How do I know which wires to connect, particulary as I don't have the manual/fitting instruction for the thermostat?

Saying that I do have a multimeter, just remembered I got one for my birthday. Grandad was right, the do come in useful. What setting should I use/what should I poke.

Cheers in advance for any help/advice.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on October 20, 2011, 06:43:08 pm
How do I know which wires to connect, particulary as I don't have the manual/fitting instruction for the thermostat?

Just try them in pairs, until your hair stops smoking...

 ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 20, 2011, 06:46:31 pm
How do I know which wires to connect, particulary as I don't have the manual/fitting instruction for the thermostat?

Just try them in pairs, until your hair stops smoking...

 ;)

Hmm, well I heard it on the internet, it must be true. *Wanders down stairs with screwdriver*
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on October 20, 2011, 06:52:17 pm
How do I know which wires to connect, particulary as I don't have the manual/fitting instruction for the thermostat?

Just try them in pairs, until your hair stops smoking...

 ;)

Hmm, well I heard it on the internet, it must be true. *Wanders down stairs with screwdriver*

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 20, 2011, 06:55:42 pm
How do I know which wires to connect, particulary as I don't have the manual/fitting instruction for the thermostat?

Just try them in pairs, until your hair stops smoking...

 ;)

Hmm, well I heard it on the internet, it must be true. *Wanders down stairs with screwdriver*

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Teehee. I'm not entirely daft (quiet at the back), I should probably just call my grandad but our landline is being rubbish as well. One thing after another at the mo.  ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 20, 2011, 07:53:01 pm
How do I know which wires to connect, particulary as I don't have the manual/fitting instruction for the thermostat?

Does it actually have more than two?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 20, 2011, 07:55:38 pm
It has three: blue, yellow and red. It's a Honeywell T40 if that's any help?

I could take a photo and pop it up here if you want?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on October 20, 2011, 08:06:52 pm
Cut the red one, it's always the red one.

Except, maybe they thought of that.

Cut the blue one!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 20, 2011, 08:17:48 pm
It has three: blue, yellow and red. It's a Honeywell T40 if that's any help?

I could take a photo and pop it up here if you want?

Ah, that'll probably be a live, neutral[1] and a switched wire back to the boiler that goes live when heat is required.  The colours are likely to be at the whim of the installer, though anyone with an ounce of sense[2] will have used the blue for neutral and red for live.

There are probably markings on the stat terminals that would give a clue which is which...


[1] There's probably a small heating element within the stat to reduce the hysteresis of the system that requires power.
[2] Never assume!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 20, 2011, 08:40:26 pm
Hmm, there's a little diagram in the back of the cover. Was going to photo it and the 'stat but, of course, my camera battery is dead.

Back in a bit with a drawing.

Tadaa!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f129/Ashaman42/Thermostat.jpg)

Would I be right in thinking I need to connect wires 1 and 3? Or would it be 1 and 2?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: HTFB on October 21, 2011, 02:28:01 am
There's never a good time for pericoronitis.
and half past two in the morning is even worse.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: nmcgann on October 21, 2011, 06:39:13 am
...
Would I be right in thinking I need to connect wires 1 and 3? Or would it be 1 and 2?
1&3! The other alternative will cause a loud bang as you would be shorting L and N....
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 21, 2011, 01:39:40 pm
...
Would I be right in thinking I need to connect wires 1 and 3? Or would it be 1 and 2?
1&3! The other alternative will cause a loud bang as you would be shorting L and N....

Seconded.  Though it'd probably just blow a fuse somewhere.

Connecting 1 and 3 should make the heating come on.


Similarly, if you have a multimeter, stick it on the continuity/lowest resistance range.  It should display something meaning an approximation of infinity, and then drop to a very close to zero number (and possibly go beep) when you touch the probes together.  Disconnect the wiring from the thermostat and stick the probes on terminals 1 and 3.  As you turn the thermostat up, it should close the circuit.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 21, 2011, 01:48:44 pm
At entry to a house, there is no neutral - so I don't think your house will blow up if you connect live and neutral (neutral and earth are only separated at the junction box). It should trigger your circuit breakers.

Kim's test is the safe one tho'
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 21, 2011, 01:57:27 pm
At entry to a house, there is no neutral

Only under the PME system.  TN-S (separate earth and neutral conductors from the transformer) is more common in the UK.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 21, 2011, 02:51:06 pm
Mother of my son's mate: You told me your son has anger management issues when we had a chat a couple of weeks ago. Do you think, then, that allowing him at 9-y-o to play Call of Duty - Black Ops is going to calm him down? He just tried sneaking it into our house, but he'll never make a sneak thief. I'll allow a little discrepancy, but not that much!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 21, 2011, 07:50:45 pm
Thanks for all the advice regarding thermostat and multimeterage.

However I have discovered it's not the thermostat. Before I got round to poking wires I had another look at the 3 way valve doofer in the airing cupboard, found a little lever hidden round the backside. Had a choice between auto (which it was on) and manual.

Had a lot of play around auto but very stiff moving to manual. Could feel something moving so forced it round (gently) and it seems to be working. Lots of play in both direction with the lever so not sure if it's doing naything but we have heat.

Of course I may have just stuck the valve on heating now so will see if we have hot water in the morning. Gonna have to get a man in to service the boiler/gas fire I think but at least it's not as urgent now.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Oaky on October 21, 2011, 09:40:05 pm
Fecking low-energy bulb in my dining room lamp.

It would take less time and provide more light if I constructed a bloody candle out of earwax and hair.

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: perpetual dan on October 22, 2011, 09:42:38 pm
My head has been aching a little for over a day now and I'm feeling mildly crap - not enough to be off to bed, but enough that I didn't go for a ride in the sun earlier. Meh.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Zipperhead on October 22, 2011, 09:49:09 pm
I dispair for the human race. We seem to be getting more stupid :-(

Today in central London I saw a man pushing a pram along. Attached to the handle of the pram (on one side) was a thing much like a tag-along, wheel, seat & bars. With a small child riding on it.

Wearing a fucking helmet.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rower40 on October 23, 2011, 12:48:56 pm
The 1130 from St Pancrap to Derby onna Sunday takes two anna half hours.  Stopping at every lamppost on the way, except, strangely, Loughborough.

What, pray, is the point in stopping at BOTH Luton Airport Parkway (for some 12 minutes) AND Luton?

Now at Kettering.  And the trolley has run out of sandwiches.  How can things get any worse?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on October 23, 2011, 01:05:27 pm
The 1130 from St Pancrap to Derby onna Sunday takes two anna half hours.  Stopping at every lamppost on the way, except, strangely, Loughborough.

What, pray, is the point in stopping at BOTH Luton Airport Parkway (for some 12 minutes) AND Luton?

Now at Kettering.  And the trolley has run out of sandwiches.  How can things get any worse?

The WiFi, for which East Midlands Trains charges £4 a pop fails, and the bog blocks/floods/runs out of water.

I have made 4 journeys on east Midlands Trains since 1/10/2011.
There was no trolley at all on one trip.
There were no sandwiches on one trolley.
The bog failed on my return from Derby on 13/10/2011...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rower40 on October 23, 2011, 01:14:13 pm
The WiFi, for which East Midlands Trains charges £4 a pop fails, and the bog blocks/floods/runs out of water.

I have made 4 journeys on east Midlands Trains since 1/10/2011.
There was no trolley at all on one trip.
There were no sandwiches on one trolley.
The bog failed on my return from Derby on 13/10/2011...
Wi-fi (free to those of us in Leather class) is working fine.  "Hotel California" has just come on my MP3 player.  I'm clenching to avoid use of the bog.  All is good.
(Except we're now parked on a steeply canted curve at South Wigston Junction, waiting 10 mins for our slot into Leicester.  And the free coffee in Leather Class tastes of, well, nothing.)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on October 23, 2011, 01:19:50 pm
You can check out any time, but you can never leave?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on October 23, 2011, 08:31:42 pm
Headwind - can you please go and play somewhere else for a bit? Two days straight in my face is enough, you really don't need to keep up all next week as well
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: David Martin on October 24, 2011, 12:08:29 pm
Pedalling to go downhill this morning was Not Fun (tm).
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 24, 2011, 01:55:30 pm
Stupid shitty e-mail spam- and virus-filtering thing - if I add a domain to my shit-list, don't quarantine messages from that domain, just delete them.  You were clearly devised by a massive bastard.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 24, 2011, 10:38:07 pm
I've been eaten by beasties.  Probably in That Suffolk.  I'm covered in itchy welts, which wasn't conducive to pleasant train travel earlier.

Pass the piriton...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Pingu on October 24, 2011, 10:45:58 pm
Oi, Squeezebox server. You shouldn't need a rescan after an update. It's neither big nor clever  :demon:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 25, 2011, 10:26:42 am
Fax sever!  It's bad enough that you exist at all, but the fact of your having dished out about three thousand e-mails about a "full mailbox" in the past eighteen hours is beyond the wossname.  Pack it in, electrick wankspanner, ere I rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon, see if I don't.

Also, the coffee machine is b0rked.  Spoons!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Jacomus on October 25, 2011, 11:54:00 am
Adobe! When I select 'attach to e-mail...' that is precisely what I want to do. If I actually wanted to use 'Adobe send online' or whateveritsbloodynameis I would click that instead.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on October 25, 2011, 01:28:05 pm
Adobe! When I select 'attach to e-mail...' that is precisely what I want to do. If I actually wanted to use 'Adobe send online' or whateveritsbloodynameis I would click that instead. FTFY

Does Adobe ever need expanding?
Along with Apple and Google in fact! Wankspanners the lot of them!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 26, 2011, 07:13:44 pm
I am out of bouillon powder and quite fancied a risotto tonight. I have no money to buy new powder because payday is tomorrow and I am Skinty McSkint. So I thought I would improvise a stock out of white wine, water, bay leaf, pepper and a bit of Marmite. Except I appear to be out of Marmite. If I'd known, I would have got some more.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on October 26, 2011, 07:23:02 pm
I am out of bouillon powder and quite fancied a risotto tonight. I have no money to buy new powder because payday is tomorrow and I am Skinty McSkint. So I thought I would improvise a stock out of white wine, water, bay leaf, pepper and a bit of Marmite. Except I appear to be out of Marmite. If I'd known, I would have got some more.
That sounds a wee bit like the culinary experiment I performed last night. I fancied a spag bol, but the delivery  from $SUPERMARKET wasn't until much later. I found a pack of turkey mince in the freezer and thought 'how bad can it be?'

The answer is 'fucking awful' - one mouthful was all I could stand before tipping the whole lot down the dunny.

Fortunately, the delivery from $SUPERMARKET contained a couple of packs of genuine minced cow, so I'll be doing the job properly tomorrow night (had bacon sammiches tonight 'cos I couldn't be arsed to do anything else)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 26, 2011, 08:14:03 pm
fleaBay seller: Thanks for the full refund. However, advising me to "buy something expensive next time" means you will get negative feedback next time I'm logged in. Your goods were downright dangerous. It was a chip pan & basket & the basket handle sheared off. It was tat of the lowest order. If I knew how, I'd take it further with eBay, as someone could get hurt by your crap.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on October 26, 2011, 09:03:01 pm
Dear Google,

"British" + sign + language +teeshirt should not be giving me whatever the "anti banning some kind of dog breed that uses BSL in the name" teeshirts.

Nor should you be giving me results with American fucking sign language on them as it's completely different and not helpful at all.

The only teeshirt I could find with BSL on it looked a bit too British Flaggy for my liking and was ugly.  So I'll do without!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hulver on October 26, 2011, 09:10:07 pm
Dear Google,

"British" + sign + language +teeshirt should not be giving me whatever the "anti banning some kind of dog breed that uses BSL in the name" teeshirts.

Nor should you be giving me results with American fucking sign language on them as it's completely different and not helpful at all.

The only teeshirt I could find with BSL on it looked a bit too British Flaggy for my liking and was ugly.  So I'll do without!

The "+" on google searches no longer does what you think it should do. Google has changed it.

What you need to do instead is search for

"british" "sign" "language" "tshirt"

each word in quotes, instead of with the + at the front.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on October 26, 2011, 10:32:49 pm
I also tried the quotes thing having re-read the how Google works the other day (bloody stupid if you ask me btw) and I even tried -ASL -bull -dog -american on the quotey version and still nothing.

Sad day when Google stops understanding booleans properly and constantly screws around with its output.  I am increasingly hating Google's searching, and should really make an effort to find An Other decent search engine to reduce my dependence on the evil Google empire.

I suspect the results are also skewed by the teeshirt people being dimwits and assuming American sign is the same as British sign..
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on October 27, 2011, 05:17:19 am
A poor night of sleep*, followed by a day of the road in front of my flat being ripped up (great day to work from home), followed by another poor night of sleep* means I feel absolutely horrible.  No desire to crawl out of bed, never mind go to work, but needs must.  I'm taking the Tube rather than the bike because ICBA right now. *sigh*

* I don't mind fireworks, but can they please finish by 10-11pm?  (except for New Year).
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: gerwinium on October 27, 2011, 06:59:42 am
I'm having post-alcohol bicycle displacement issues, so will have to take public transport to work as well. Hope you feel better soon, Andrij
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on October 27, 2011, 08:30:12 am
Ouch.  Hope your day gets better.

I'll be sorted out quite easily by a quiet, stress-free day and a full night of sleep - so should be fine for Monday morning.  ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on October 27, 2011, 09:16:32 am
A poor night of sleep*, followed by a day of the road in front of my flat being ripped up (great day to work from home), followed by another poor night of sleep* means I feel absolutely horrible.  No desire to crawl out of bed, never mind go to work, but needs must.  I'm taking the Tube rather than the bike because ICBA right now. *sigh*
I know the feeling.
After spending some considerable time1 thinking about it, I bailed out and got the bus in today. Even the 10 minute walk from the bus stop to work didn't clear my head. Today, I feel, will be one of those days.

1 - Well, about 15 seconds, really.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: HTFB on October 27, 2011, 09:38:41 am
The "+" on google searches no longer does what you think it should do. Google has changed it.
Insanely, Google's +helpful1 did-you-mean-to-search-for suggestions still redirect you to searches with + added.


1 did you see what I did there?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on October 27, 2011, 09:39:20 am
I didn’t sleep properly last night either because my impacted wisdom tooth has decided it is time for another bout of pain. Going to work when shattered and in pain (plus looking a bit like a hamster on one side) is suboptimal.

I’ve finally got an assessment at Kings College dental hospital on Tuesday and then I’ll hopefully get an idea of how long the waiting list is. If it’s too long I may well give Teethgrinder a ring…to slightly paraphrase Shakespeare, tempt not a desperate woman! In the grumble thread because I know it’s hardly life-threatening and there are much worse things to be on an NHS waiting list for…
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: HTFB on October 27, 2011, 09:48:35 am
Having had a bout of that last week, NSTN, (see upthread!) I don't think I'd recommend waiting till Tuesday. Get an emergency dental appointment for some antibiotics now, or you might be too inflamed for them to do the assessment.

I'd say "I share your pain" but frankly that's the last thing I want to do.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on October 27, 2011, 09:51:02 am
Having had a bout of that last week, NSTN, (see upthread!) I don't think I'd recommend waiting till Tuesday. Get an emergency dental appointment for some antibiotics now, or you might be too inflamed for them to do the assessment.

I'd say "I share your pain" but frankly that's the last thing I want to do.

If only it were possible. If we could all undertake to share someone's pain for a day or so, we'd hardly feel it if there were enough of us...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on October 27, 2011, 09:54:58 am
Having had a bout of that last week, NSTN, (see upthread!) I don't think I'd recommend waiting till Tuesday. Get an emergency dental appointment for some antibiotics now, or you might be too inflamed for them to do the assessment.

I'd say "I share your pain" but frankly that's the last thing I want to do.

If only it were possible. If we could all undertake to share someone's pain for a day or so, we'd hardly feel it if there were enough of us...
If it were possible, there'd be some very uncomfortable coloured-pencil flingers on the middle floor of this 'ere building ...

I second the suggestion to get some antibiotics ASAP, though - I've been going through something similar with a tooth that's awaiting root-canal surgery and a couple of days-worth of amoxicillin got things down to the 'bearable' stage. If you want to throw your dentist a curve-ball, ask them if you can bring your root-canal treatment forward ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on October 27, 2011, 10:25:10 am
Thanks guys.

When the dentist referred me to the hospital back in September she prescribed me some Metronidazole in case it flared up again, so I started on them last night, but with each infection it seems to take longer and longer to clear and gets more painful each time, which is why I want the offending tooth out, despite my fear of dentists/needles/hospitals. Also going to buy some shares in Corsodyl, methinks (bleurgh).

I’m even more annoyed because although I’m not a big drinker, I wanted to have mulled wine at a fireworks display at the weekend, which is inadvisable on these tablets…pah. Grumble grumble.

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on October 27, 2011, 10:44:34 am
Alcohol + Metronidazole -> Antabuse reaction.
Truly horrible as I understand it.
Don't try.
GWS NSTN!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on October 27, 2011, 11:01:39 am
Oh I won’t, thanks – as I understand it even drinking the day after you finish the course isn’t advised, the leaflet says 48 hours to ensure it’s all out of your system.

It’s just a pain that it should fall this weekend, as otherwise I’ll go weeks without a drink without even realising.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on October 27, 2011, 11:09:46 am
FWIW, I was given Metronidazole once, and I read the leaflet that came in the box, being the good patient that I can occasionally be.

I don't know if it is still the case, but with lesser strength ABs, the leaflet used to say "It is advised that you should not drink alcohol whilst taking these tablets" (or words to that effect) but with the metronidazole it said something along the lines of "Drinking alcohol whilst taking these tablets will lead to pain, hallucinations and DETH" (paraphrasing, obviously :) )
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on October 27, 2011, 03:40:31 pm
Alcohol + amoxicillin -> no problem if sensible (and not allergic to amoxicillin).
Alcohol + Met -> horribleness
Do not imbibe Winehouse-esque quantities of C2H5OH.

DETH with >400mg/100ml blood is not unexpected, even if sudden and a misadventure.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 27, 2011, 03:41:16 pm
Lurgy: I haz it :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: gerwinium on October 27, 2011, 04:25:46 pm
Lurgy: I haz it :(

Meep, hope you get well before the November audax
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Chris S on October 27, 2011, 07:36:43 pm
Lurgy: I haz it :(

You didn't take enough Vitamin C after the weekend, did you?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 27, 2011, 09:37:42 pm
Out of the batteries and USB wifi dongle (to enable us to watch iplayer on the new Humax PVR) I ordered from 7dayshop on Sat and which I have been gagging to play with, the batteries arrived today, along with a card saying the other package was too big for the letterbox.
It's only a dongle, how big a box does it need???

No gadget to play with. Meh.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 27, 2011, 10:18:57 pm
You didn't take enough Vitamin C after the weekend, did you?

I thought the McDonalds would fend it off.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on October 28, 2011, 12:56:17 am
Out of the batteries and USB wifi dongle (to enable us to watch iplayer on the new Humax PVR) I ordered from 7dayshop on Sat and which I have been gagging to play with, the batteries arrived today, along with a card saying the other package was too big for the letterbox.
It's only a dongle, how big a box does it need???

No gadget to play with. Meh.
lso included.

IME Dongles are packaged in boxes 5-6 cm deep * 10-12 cm wide & long.
USB extension cables are sometimes a
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Regulator on October 28, 2011, 07:07:31 am
Alcohol + Metronidazole -> Antabuse reaction.
Truly horrible as I understand it.
Don't try.
GWS NSTN!

I forgot which antibiotics I was on once*... :facepalm:

 :sick: :sick: :sick:

DO NOT mix alcohol and Metronidazole  :facepalm:




*It was at a time when I was taking so many antibiotics for different things, thanks to a suppressed immune system.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on October 28, 2011, 08:19:20 am
In my experience metronidazole is vile enough without added boozahol.  They once put me on doxy and met together for a 3 week course to nuke sinusitis; I managed 2 before my digestive system totally gave up.  I don’t like antibiotics, I don't get on well with many of them.
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on October 28, 2011, 08:42:02 am
Tell me about it...I'm never in a rush to take the buggers as they generally result in another lot of delightful side effects which I won't go into here  :(

It wouldn't be so bad if it was actually doing something but I've been on them for over 36 hours and so far the pain has only got worse  :'( I'm not a patient patient....
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Post by: interzen on October 28, 2011, 09:38:31 am
Wow ... all these tales of antibiotic woe make me glad I'm teetotal :)
Now oral anti-hyperglycaemic drugs, *they* have some interesting side effects (some of which will affect people within about a 5 mile radius ;) )

To be fair, though, I've never really had anything which hasn't responded to a few days amoxicillin, this sodding periapical abscess included although it's days are very much numbered (root-canal surgery on Tuesday) - however, I do have the deepest sympathy for anyone who is suffering prolonged dental pain.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on October 28, 2011, 09:49:19 am
Just to add to the fun of the time I was on Met, the Doc was obviously having an off day, bearing in mind I had a fistula.  He gave me Co-codamol (as well as the Met) to help manage the pain.....

That was the time I found that Co-codamol 1) don't agree with me 2) last EXACTLY 6 hours....
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on October 28, 2011, 09:59:37 am
Just to add to the fun of the time I was on Met, the Doc was obviously having an off day, bearing in mind I had a fistula.  He gave me Co-codamol (as well as the Met) to help manage the pain.....

That was the time I found that Co-codamol 1) don't agree with me 2) last EXACTLY 6 hours....
Why let the bottom fall out of your world when the world can fall out of your bottom ...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on October 28, 2011, 12:30:57 pm
I have a friend who's had fun with metformin in the past - horrible stuff! 

I'm virtually teetotal so not drinking while on antibiotics is just a default for me.  Even if it wasn't problematic I go on the logic that my body doesn't need any more toxins than absolutely necessary while dealing with lurgy + antibiotics.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on October 28, 2011, 12:50:43 pm
I have a friend who's had fun with metformin in the past - horrible stuff! 
Apparently one of the side effects of metformin is weight loss ... I'm still waiting for that to kick in :)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on October 28, 2011, 02:37:28 pm
In my experience metronidazole is vile enough without added boozahol.  They once put me on doxy and met together for a 3 week course to nuke sinusitis; I managed 2 before my digestive system totally gave up.  I don’t like antibiotics, I don't get on well with many of them.
Snap. But I only had to stop the metronidazole back then. I was given doxy on its own last week, & it screwed my stomach. Pain, nausea, complete loss of appetite. It's part of the reason why I'm still here & not in Japan with Mrs B. Some flu-like virus did the rest. 3 kg lighter & feeling too weak & woozy to travel.

Amoxicillin now, although the doc's a little worried that it might not be potent enough. Much better, but my gut's still giving me a little trouble.

I used to be able to take any antibiotic with no problem. Nowadays my gut won't take them. With my bloody sinuses, that's a problem.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on October 28, 2011, 02:59:53 pm
Oi. Grass.  It's nearly November.  Give me a break, will you?
Mind you, I have been away for a while.  I think I could do the first pass with a combine harvester.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Adam on October 28, 2011, 07:37:37 pm
BBC Breakfast Time presenter people.  When discussing about feeding birds in the garden and talking about the clocks going back, don't say the birds have now got an hour's less daylight to forage for food. 

On Sunday, there's about 2 minutes less daylight compared with Saturday.   ::-)
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Post by: CAMRAMan on October 28, 2011, 08:05:09 pm
Ubuntu 10.04: You are giving me enough shite with my laptop touchpad & USB mouse. So why do you not talk to Yahoo properly and instead display the mobile version of the Yahoo homepage? I don't have the patience for linux, I'm afraid... As Private Frazer would say: "You're doomed!"...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Peter on October 28, 2011, 08:52:49 pm
BBC Breakfast Time presenter people.  When discussing about feeding birds in the garden and talking about the clocks going back, don't say the birds have now got an hour's less daylight to forage for food. 

On Sunday, there's about 2 minutes less daylight compared with Saturday.   ::-)

Strictly true, but in fairness to the presenters, who probably hadn't thought of this anyway, I will be putting the food out an hour later.  At least, I would be if I wasn't struggling round an Audax.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: arabella on October 28, 2011, 10:38:38 pm
washing machine manufacturer, why did you design your product so that neither the back nor the side nor the front (apparently) come off.  and why is that rubber band thingy so taut I can't possibly pull it back into place.  and with aforementioned lack or removable outers how am I supposed to see what caused the rubber band to fall off anyway.
anyone would think you want me to buy a new one.  as Mr WashingMAchineRepairMan seemed to be on his last legs about 6 years ago that is what I will probably have to do, what a waste ...

(it's a tricity bendix cdw 1000 if anyone actually knows anything about it, from about 1994)

it makes a nice collection with the dead fill valve on the loo ad the leaky kettle though.  I forsee an exciting weekend ahead of me ...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on October 29, 2011, 07:25:42 am
Have you tried googling for the service manual?
Does that mfg still exist?  If so, an email to customer service might help.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: arabella on October 29, 2011, 01:15:44 pm
tried that - only found the user instructions which I have already.
Anyway, I found a bearing rolling around on the floor this morning so I have decided it is beyond be and am getting a replacement.

Anyone want a working waching machine motor - I think you can use them to make a generator but I don't know how ...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on October 29, 2011, 04:10:02 pm
Don't most basic electric motors produce electricity if you passively spin the armature? Simples...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 30, 2011, 10:25:35 am
Bah, I only had a cold the week before last. Why have I woken up (been woken up by) a mega sore throat? I shouldn't get ill again for a good while yet.

And I've got loads that needs doing today but now just want to hibernate.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feanor on October 30, 2011, 02:01:10 pm
Don't most basic electric motors produce electricity if you passively spin the armature? Simples...

Yes, they can be made to, however washing machine motors are not basic.
They are not simple beasts which just sync up to the mains frequency.

They have several windings, and a tacho arrangement too.
They need to be driven by deep-magic controllers to regulate their speed.
They are capable of very high speeds if not regulated by the negative feedback system from the tacho to the controller.
This is how they can run tis way and that, at a wide range of speeds for washy washy and spinny spinny.

They are non-trivial things to spin up in a DIY bodge.

If you want to make an alternator, I'd choose a different donor part:-)

--
F
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 30, 2011, 02:14:41 pm
I am out of bouillon powder and quite fancied a risotto tonight. I have no money to buy new powder because payday is tomorrow and I am Skinty McSkint. So I thought I would improvise a stock out of white wine, water, bay leaf, pepper and a bit of Marmite. Except I appear to be out of Marmite. If I'd known, I would have got some more.
I got more. And then I found the other one.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: fboab on October 31, 2011, 06:47:52 am
I ache. All over. I hate audaxing on Sundays, it always leaves you needing another day of the weekend. That, and everything is shut early and you end up spending the long dark teatime of the soul that is the wintery Sunday afternoon slogging round the latter stages wishing it was over, instead of basking in the warmth of a log fire, toasting crumpets.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 31, 2011, 07:29:06 pm
Online banking.  The Natwest flavour I can cope with, as that's where my credit card and current accounts are, so I log in on a regular enough basis that I can perform the required memory and mental agility tests without thinking.

The Nationwide ones, on the other hand, I only need to log into every n months, where n is about two weeks longer than it takes to forget one piece of security data.  Added annoyances like mouse-intensive login procedures to thwart keyloggers compound the irritation.

And the password rules are such that I can't just set everything to "correct horse battery staple".

Gah!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on October 31, 2011, 09:37:55 pm
Kim.  I first read that as "on line baking" Which both surprised and intrigued me.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on October 31, 2011, 09:43:57 pm
That's CrinklyLion's department.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 01, 2011, 02:29:50 pm
They have replaced hard-copy payslips with some on-line bobbins which, to add insult to basic cockery, only jbexeth with IE.  If you don't log in at least every thirty days, your account is killed to DETH and you can't book holibobs any more either.  How long are some months?

See my case, over there? :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on November 01, 2011, 03:19:11 pm
Thinking join-up FAIL!
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Post by: LindaG on November 01, 2011, 03:29:04 pm
How can it take A MONTH for my union rep to set up a meeting with my boss?  I would've quite happily done it myself but she insisted she should do it.  And in the meantime I'm getting more and more tired and frustrated.  Ah, well, at least my solicitor is setting up some CBT for me.  Assessment appointment Monday.  It's nine months now.  Nine months and I'm still in pain.  Ah, well.  Could be a lot worse.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on November 01, 2011, 03:41:39 pm
Oooh. That reminds me ... I need to light a fire under the lawyers who are supposed to be dealing with my accident compensation claim. I also need to take great care to do it in a metaphorical sense, rather than an combustible sense, no matter how tempting it seems.

Maybe I can use my change in circumstances to convince them to get their collective arses into gear.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on November 01, 2011, 03:43:21 pm
Oooh. That reminds me ... I need to light a fire under the lawyers who are supposed to be dealing with my accident compensation claim.

Maybe I can use my change in circumstances to convince them to get their collective arses into gear.

Good luck with that IZ, be nice to have things sorted by Christmas eh?  What do you reckon our chances are?   ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on November 01, 2011, 03:46:09 pm
Oooh. That reminds me ... I need to light a fire under the lawyers who are supposed to be dealing with my accident compensation claim.

Maybe I can use my change in circumstances to convince them to get their collective arses into gear.

Good luck with that IZ, be nice to have things sorted by Christmas eh?  What do you reckon our chances are?   ;D
Dunno your exact circumstances, but for myself I reckon that after nearly 11 months, various bits of physiotherapy, more painkillers than the mind can comfortably conceive plus a couple of MRI scans thrown in for good measure I should have had a result by now.

In fact, I reckon I should have had a result six sodding months ago, especially as it was a no-fault claim and the other side admitted liability pretty much straight away.

On my signal, unleash hell ....
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 02, 2011, 02:56:56 pm
O hai Harlot Council!

There is no need to turn streetlights on when it's bright and sunny.

kthxbai
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 03, 2011, 10:30:32 am
Dear BBC London.  There is something Wrong with the sound on your News, Travel & Weather spot during BBC Breakfast.  On Tuesday the lovely Victoria Hollins was inaudible; yesterday she was shouting loud enough to shake the walls.  Today the almost but not quite as lovely Katherine Carpenter was equally shouty.  Sort it out, you manky old twunts.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on November 03, 2011, 12:44:52 pm
Off-shore computer whallers.

STOP using LPAR when you mean VM.

It's easy enough to remember, ok?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 03, 2011, 01:17:22 pm
"David Johnson" (presumably) of Bangalore: When you're rumbled, as you were today, just hang up, eh?! Trying to justify your chicanery by giving me a history lesson on Anglo-Indian relations isn't going to stop me laughing at you.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Jacomus on November 03, 2011, 01:43:09 pm
[Delayed grumble]

Bar Staff,

If I am at the bar with mate A, who is just another regular joe like me, and either one of us asks for 'two pints of $beer please' what do you do? Yes, that is correct - you pour and serve two pints of $beer.

However, if I am at the bar with mate B, who is [que shock and/or horror] a woman, and either of us asks for 'two pints of $beer please' what do you do? Yup, immidiately look at her [mouth agape, or not, it seems to be a little random] and say any of the following 'Is that a half?', 'Two pints?', *pour one pint and place infront of me* 'Was that a half?', 'You want a half, yeah?', 'Did you mean a half and a pint, or two pints?'. >:(

If we ask, quite plainly, for two pints... that is what we want! I'm sure that if you ask TimO, he will be able to confirm what this particular operation isn't.

[/Delayed grumble]
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on November 03, 2011, 04:11:52 pm
On account of being an infrequent frequenter of drinking establishments (and many of those being the sort where the consumption of pints by women is far from unusual) that's a phenomenon that I've only had cause to observe on a handful of occasions in the wild.  However, I believe that Julian is a highly qualified expert on the above rant and in exchange for an even number of halves of Crusty Beer - served together in pint glasses, of course - may be persuaded to perform it with all her trademark finesse.

 :D
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 03, 2011, 04:39:33 pm
"Glasses" would be my rant to that.

Back a few aeons I briefly had a job in a pub. Sometimes customers would ask for "a glass of beer" and for some of them this meant a half, for others it meant a pint, for others again it meant a particular shape of drinking vessel (with handle, without handle, dimpled, whatever). And there were also women who would ask for "a beer" and you'd ask if they wanted a pint or a half, they would act astounded that they could have meant anything other than a half. Cos ladies don't drink pints. Except in glasses.

So it's hard to win that one. Still, there's no need to lose quite so spectacularly!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on November 03, 2011, 04:57:43 pm
When I worked in a pub, beer glasses were that jug sort.  When asked for a pint and a half we were supposed to ask if they wanted a "lady's glass". 
We were on a hiding to nothing really.
Ah, the 70s.  A different country.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on November 03, 2011, 05:05:24 pm
I've bought many rounds, and been present at the buying of many more, and I don't think I've ever noticed a bar person querying a pint order for me, except on a few occasions where it's been very noisy, or the person ordering has dithered and not been terribly clear....
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Adam on November 03, 2011, 06:55:39 pm
I'll have a pint as well, thanks.   :P
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Post by: fboab on November 03, 2011, 07:52:49 pm
I don't drink pints, as I am a laydee.

And I don't like beer.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on November 03, 2011, 08:28:32 pm
I asked for a pint of Diet Coke at some nightclub once. I was refused.
I was Not Impressed.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Butterfly on November 03, 2011, 08:45:24 pm
People for whom I am babysitting: Yes, it is very clever to have a massively complex tv system, but excessively useless if it isn't possible for a normal person to make it make NOISE. I can't even listen to the radio on it which is what I normally do when babysitting, not being that interested in pictures. >:( Furthermore, if you can't sort the TV out, you could at least leave me the code for the wifi, so I don't have to use my vodafone wireless broadband which is distinctly slower than a slow thing, half the time. >:(
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Post by: Butterfly on November 03, 2011, 09:55:07 pm
^in addition, I notice from the incumbent nanny's notes that she told you ages ago that the heating wasn't working, so how come I'm sitting here in the cold, 2 weeks later?

*Edit - it's just got better, the big fluffy cat has found me and is doing a sterling hot water bottle impersonation :)*
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 03, 2011, 10:03:43 pm
Perhaps they've turned the TV, wifi and heating off so that they can afford a nanny, a babysitter and a cat?  ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Butterfly on November 03, 2011, 10:36:39 pm
Perhaps they've turned the TV, wifi and heating off so that they can afford a nanny, a babysitter and a cat?  ;)

Well, I know the wifi is actually working since the 7 year old was shouting at the internet earlier ;D. I just don't know how to borrow it. It is possible that the heating is still broken as an economy measure, but I think it is more to do with people who go out to work not having the same urgency about fixing things as the person who is around them all day :-\.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: David Martin on November 03, 2011, 11:31:36 pm
Is it a BT wireless? The network name and password are written underneath the hub.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: SteveC on November 03, 2011, 11:46:33 pm
Is it a BT wireless? The network name and password are written underneath the hub.
Ditto for Orange (at least the password is)

S
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on November 03, 2011, 11:55:07 pm
Don't they teach you 1337 h4xx0r 5|<11z at mary poppins school?   ::-)


Obgrumble: Barakta, you're not a Turing machine, please stop nibbling the antihistamine tablets from the blister pack in a pseudorandom order.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rower40 on November 04, 2011, 06:26:57 am
Bar Staff,

However, if I am at the bar with mate B, who is [que shock and/or horror] a woman, and either of us asks for 'two pints of $beer please' what do you do? Yup, immidiately look at her [mouth agape, or not, it seems to be a little random] and say any of the following 'Is that a half?', 'Two pints?', *pour one pint and place infront of me* 'Was that a half?', 'You want a half, yeah?', 'Did you mean a half and a pint, or two pints?'. >:(
Gentleman asks for two pints.  (Obv., Gentleman should be buying in an establishment of that sort)
Barman serves first pint, places it in front of Gentleman
Gentleman passes it across to Lady, and then looks quizzically at Barman for the second one

For added kudos, Lady necks pint while Barman is pouring second pint, and places, with an audible clunk, the empty glass on the counter BEFORE the Barman has finished providing the Gentleman's change.  Only to be attempted if you really want to teach Barman a lesson.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Butterfly on November 04, 2011, 10:21:12 am
Is it a BT wireless? The network name and password are written underneath the hub.

Not if they've been fiddled with (they have, I tried that first).

Don't they teach you 1337 h4xx0r 5|<11z at mary poppins school?   ::-)


Sadly not: If I was going to start a school for nannies I would demand that they learn:


Incidentally, some of these are still beyond me (obviously);D
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on November 04, 2011, 10:50:52 am
Obgrumble: Barakta, you're not a Turing machine, please stop nibbling the antihistamine tablets from the blister pack in a pseudorandom order.

What are you doing eating the emergency backup stash of said antihistamines?  How else will I know you're nibbling away at the BACKUP STASH instead of buying more unless I annoy you enough to moan on the Internet  ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 04, 2011, 01:34:38 pm
Doctor's surgery; Spiffy website. Looks really nice. So does the new building.

Now, it would be really useful to have the surgery opening hours on there, don't you think?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feanor on November 04, 2011, 03:38:45 pm
Clothing Manufacturers:  Stop putting massive labels made from nasty scratchy material on the inside of garments meant to be worn next to the skin.

When they are cut off because they have become too irritating, any stubble left remaining is even more jaggy.  Cut it any closer to the garment, and you end up cutting the stitching and end up with a hole in the seam of the garment.

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on November 04, 2011, 03:54:22 pm
For added kudos, Lady necks pint while Barman is pouring second pint, and places, with an audible clunk, the empty glass on the counter BEFORE the Barman has finished providing the Gentleman's change.  Only to be attempted if you really want to teach Barman a lesson.
Sounds like you've met my ex ... this is exactly what she used to do when we were at university.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 04, 2011, 05:10:14 pm
Clothing Manufacturers:  Stop putting massive labels made from nasty scratchy material on the inside of garments meant to be worn next to the skin.

When they are cut off because they have become too irritating, any stubble left remaining is even more jaggy.  Cut it any closer to the garment, and you end up cutting the stitching and end up with a hole in the seam of the garment.



S'not just me with a sensitive neck turn.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: andrewc on November 04, 2011, 08:53:19 pm
I've been hot & sweaty all day in a vaguely lurgified manner, now despite the fact that it's warm in the flat I'm wearing a fleece top & trousers to feel comfortable :-(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: why1040 on November 04, 2011, 09:11:00 pm
I dislike fireworks.

They put me in a really negative frame of mind, no matter how illogical I know it is.

Fmeh
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Post by: clarion on November 04, 2011, 09:29:23 pm
Me too.  I used to be a pyrotechnician, and i am firmly of the opinion that private purchase of explosives should be illegal. 
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 04, 2011, 09:33:17 pm
People who don't like fireworks: stop grumbling, you spoilsports. Fireworks are ace.

 :P
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Post by: clarion on November 04, 2011, 09:34:15 pm
:P ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 04, 2011, 09:35:03 pm
Next time bobb goes down for a cig, I'm going with him and taking sparklers.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 04, 2011, 10:28:21 pm
Fireworks: it is Deepawali, or near enough, so be thankful you still have oxygen and eyes. And it can't be just coincidence Guy Fawkes chose this time of year to try his pyrotechnics, surely.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 05, 2011, 10:30:09 am
Pigeons! Stop flying into the windows! I nearly cacked myself, again.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Butterfly on November 05, 2011, 11:52:52 am
Clothing Manufacturers:  Stop putting massive labels made from nasty scratchy material on the inside of garments meant to be worn next to the skin.

When they are cut off because they have become too irritating, any stubble left remaining is even more jaggy.  Cut it any closer to the garment, and you end up cutting the stitching and end up with a hole in the seam of the garment.

Exactly. The worst ones are labels inside the waistband of trousers, they are often really scratchy and sewn all the way round and difficult to unpick without cutting the material. The other thing I have problems with are toggles to tighten the necks of fleeces and the like - the ones in the middle catch your hair constantly: why didn't they think of that? It's not like those for women are most likely to be worn with shaved hair - they might but it's not the most likely scenario >:(.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on November 05, 2011, 12:37:44 pm
People who don't like fireworks: stop grumbling, you spoilsports. Fireworks are ace.

 :P

Fireworks are ace, people setting them off at half-eleven on Halloween when I'm trying to sleep off the lurgy are not.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on November 05, 2011, 12:43:25 pm
Fireworks are just tedious.  They go flash or bang or whizz.

Right, I'm cold.  Let's go in for a cup of tea and slice of parkin.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feline on November 05, 2011, 12:48:21 pm
I hate fireworks with a vengeance. OK, my job might be leaning me towards this view. But why people think it's such a cool idea to celebrate an act of terrorism being thwarted by terrorising other people's pets is beyond me.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 05, 2011, 01:19:41 pm
Whilst I agree that fireworks are pretty, I also agree with Feline that being asked to keep your animals indoors/under the bed/in a soundproof booth for more than one night is a bit much. If it were restricted to licenced displays only, just think how much less stressed the emergency services would be at this time of year too.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 05, 2011, 01:38:05 pm
Cat, I know you're a poor old senile sossig, but standing outside the door screaming at the top of your lungs is not going to endear you to the neebors.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on November 05, 2011, 01:38:58 pm
Clothing Manufacturers:  Stop putting massive labels made from nasty scratchy material on the inside of garments meant to be worn next to the skin.

When they are cut off because they have become too irritating, any stubble left remaining is even more jaggy.  Cut it any closer to the garment, and you end up cutting the stitching and end up with a hole in the seam of the garment.

Buy surgical stitch-cutter (scalpel blade with sharp side on inside of curve) from online merchant. Unpick stiches on label side, close to label.
Label drops off.
Shirt undamaged...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Marj on November 05, 2011, 02:32:30 pm
Pigeons! Stop flying into the windows! I nearly cacked myself, again.

You've gone and sent them down here, bloody things made a right mess over the window and the window cleaner only cleaned them the other day, gets cloth out and goes the clean the mess, grumble grumble grumble
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: why1040 on November 05, 2011, 04:06:41 pm
Budgens, your wasabi peas are completely rubbish!

I was really looking forward to some forceful sinus-cleansing by wasabi, but these are barely coated and weak as stink!

 >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 05, 2011, 10:27:53 pm
Clothing Manufacturers:  Stop putting massive labels made from nasty scratchy material on the inside of garments meant to be worn next to the skin.

When they are cut off because they have become too irritating, any stubble left remaining is even more jaggy.  Cut it any closer to the garment, and you end up cutting the stitching and end up with a hole in the seam of the garment.

Buy surgical stitch-cutter (scalpel blade with sharp side on inside of curve) from online merchant. Unpick stiches on label side, close to label.
Label drops off.
Shirt undamaged...
My mum had something called a Kwik Unpik, which while not surgical, did the same job. Hers was yellow IIRC, the one in the photo at the bottom of this page (http://skinnylaminx.wordpress.com/category/design/page/11/) is white.
Title: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Wonky on November 05, 2011, 11:15:08 pm
Budgens, your wasabi peas are completely rubbish!

I was really looking forward to some forceful sinus-cleansing by wasabi, but these are barely coated and weak as stink!

 >:(
Wasabi peanuts (we got ours from Loon Fung in Wembley/Alperton) are awesome.

Except when you forget what they are and neck a small handful in one go.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on November 06, 2011, 10:35:25 am
Clothing Manufacturers:  Stop putting massive labels made from nasty scratchy material on the inside of garments meant to be worn next to the skin.

When they are cut off because they have become too irritating, any stubble left remaining is even more jaggy.  Cut it any closer to the garment, and you end up cutting the stitching and end up with a hole in the seam of the garment.

Buy surgical stitch-cutter (scalpel blade with sharp side on inside of curve) from online merchant. Unpick stiches on label side, close to label.
Label drops off.
Shirt undamaged...
My mum had something called a Kwik Unpik, which while not surgical, did the same job. Hers was yellow IIRC, the one in the photo at the bottom of this page (http://skinnylaminx.wordpress.com/category/design/page/11/) is white.

My Mum has always had (and still has) a Kwik Unpik, very useful little things.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: arabella on November 06, 2011, 01:54:24 pm
I've got 3.  One came with the sewing machine and the other 2 were 50p apiece from the haberdashery-cum-yarn shop.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 07, 2011, 01:35:10 pm
Dozy Chair of the PTA: I told you I was sending you a draft of the newsletter. People have said you are thick & I have held off judgement until recently, but you are, I'm afraid, proving them right. A draft is for you to check - I even asked for feedback - and now you have published it, it has several typos I would have picked up on a more in-depth reading. Not impressed!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Marco Stefano on November 07, 2011, 04:50:15 pm
Meeting with financial advisor at bank on Saturday morning. I arrived from rowing club suitably lycra'd, Mrs Marco from home with Gill cycling jacket & rucksack. Cue advisor:

'Come by bike? Ooh, you are good...'

The nature of the choice being entirely pragmatic for a <2 mile journey into a small city centre appeared to have been entirely lost on her.  ::-)

The arguments over the introduction of parking charges will outlast me, I think.  :hand:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on November 07, 2011, 08:10:46 pm
Well I'm not complaining that I didn't have a headwind for the ride home but it's a shame that I couldn't take proper advantage of the tailwind as I was outrunning my lights. Ho hum.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Pingu on November 08, 2011, 12:08:14 am
No room for my bike on the train on Friday  :'(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 08, 2011, 01:42:13 pm
Dozy Chair of the PTA: I told you I was sending you a draft of the newsletter. People have said you are thick & I have held off judgement until recently, but you are, I'm afraid, proving them right. A draft is for you to check - I even asked for feedback - and now you have published it, it has several typos I would have picked up on a more in-depth reading. Not impressed!

OK, three strikes & I'm outta here! You cancelled an event a day before it was due to happen on a knee-jerk reaction; you send out a crappy newsletter draft & now you send out incomplete minutes that I said needed your input before distribution. You are either incompetent or reckless & I don't have to work with you - it's unpaid - so find another volunteer who can put up with your "foibles".
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: TheLurker on November 08, 2011, 04:15:52 pm
Apologies to those who don't wrestle with the works of the Great Satan of Seattle on a daily basis.

Is it too much to ask that; if I have declared a variable as boolean and I then assign the return value of some function to it, where that function returns a string, that the bloody compiler picks up on it rather than having the application fall over in an untidy heap at runtime?

Those in the "trade" can probably guess which vile little language I'm using to pay my mortgage.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on November 08, 2011, 04:24:44 pm
I wish my neck would stop hurting already.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on November 08, 2011, 04:27:09 pm
Those in the "trade" can probably guess which vile little language I'm using to pay my mortgage.
Actually, I can think of several vile little languages that might fit this bill - all of them from the Spawn Of Redmond.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Chris S on November 08, 2011, 04:27:25 pm
Those in the "trade" can probably guess which vile little language I'm using to pay my mortgage.

Hehe. I'm assuming VB; because I so disbelieved this - I just tried it. I am shocked and appalled.

Hooray for c# and strict typing \o/.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feanor on November 08, 2011, 07:46:53 pm
But even if loosely-typed, simply returning *anything* other than zero would be type-cast to boolean '1'?

Even the string "Noe! Noe! Never! A Thousand times Noe! (cont p94) /n"

So it May Still Work, even out of pure chance?
Or not, as chance would have it.

--
F
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on November 08, 2011, 07:55:13 pm
But even if loosely-typed, simply returning *anything* other than zero would be type-cast to boolean '1'?
Possibly. In an ideal world.
Many languages don't do this, however (Ruby and Python don't, and I'm pretty sure Perl doesn't either)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Chris S on November 08, 2011, 09:04:22 pm
Well, I'm with TheLurker. The best (read "cheapest to fix") bug catches are those caught by the compiler. Assigning a string to a boolean is wrong 99% of the time. In an ideal world - all bugs would be caught by the compiler.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: David Martin on November 08, 2011, 10:09:09 pm
But even if loosely-typed, simply returning *anything* other than zero would be type-cast to boolean '1'?
Possibly. In an ideal world.
Many languages don't do this, however (Ruby and Python don't, and I'm pretty sure Perl doesn't either)

Perl and Python will evaluate the expression in a boolean context if called in that way.

So if (getusername()) {
returns a non-empty string it will evaluate as true, whereas an empty string will evaluate as false.

 
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Regulator on November 09, 2011, 09:53:55 am
Oooh. That reminds me ... I need to light a fire under the lawyers who are supposed to be dealing with my accident compensation claim.

Maybe I can use my change in circumstances to convince them to get their collective arses into gear.

Good luck with that IZ, be nice to have things sorted by Christmas eh?  What do you reckon our chances are?   ;D
Dunno your exact circumstances, but for myself I reckon that after nearly 11 months, various bits of physiotherapy, more painkillers than the mind can comfortably conceive plus a couple of MRI scans thrown in for good measure I should have had a result by now.

In fact, I reckon I should have had a result six sodding months ago, especially as it was a no-fault claim and the other side admitted liability pretty much straight away.

On my signal, unleash hell ....

I would just caution not to push for too early a settlement, as PI claims are 'one bite of the cherry'.  Sometimes it's better to take your time, to allow all the possible implications of any injury to surface and a firm prognosis to be reached.

It took over 2½ years for my claim to be settled.  But some of the long-term implications of the injury took that long to emerge.

Be guided by the medics in particular.  If they're saying 'we need to wait and see' then it can be best to wait and see.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on November 09, 2011, 12:26:33 pm
Too many possible bike rides this weekend.  I thought by this time of year the choices would be fewer and I wouldn't have this problem. :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on November 09, 2011, 02:01:31 pm
Banks, Typetalk, the usual.

(Ranting preemptively on barakta's behalf as she needs both hands for the phone.)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on November 09, 2011, 04:25:19 pm
Day - just give up ok.

Having to use up leave because I slept in is my problem, but then getting parked in at the sorting office for half and hour and giving me a mysterious cut in an active area leading to sitting in a lead box with a beta-gamma counter on my finger for 10 minutes is just taking things too far :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 10, 2011, 03:26:35 pm
Dozy Chair of the PTA: I told you I was sending you a draft of the newsletter. People have said you are thick & I have held off judgement until recently, but you are, I'm afraid, proving them right. A draft is for you to check - I even asked for feedback - and now you have published it, it has several typos I would have picked up on a more in-depth reading. Not impressed!

OK, three strikes & I'm outta here! You cancelled an event a day before it was due to happen on a knee-jerk reaction; you send out a crappy newsletter draft & now you send out incomplete minutes that I said needed your input before distribution. You are either incompetent or reckless & I don't have to work with you - it's unpaid - so find another volunteer who can put up with your "foibles".

Feck! You're a dozy mare. I told you in an email & in person that YOU needed to put the time & venue of today's meeting into the minutes (because you didn't give the information to do so). Seeing as it was due to start 5 minutes ago, I doubt attendance will be anything to write home about...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 10, 2011, 03:30:59 pm
Day - just give up ok.

Having to use up leave because I slept in is my problem, but then getting parked in at the sorting office for half and hour and giving me a mysterious cut in an active area leading to sitting in a lead box with a beta-gamma counter on my finger for 10 minutes is just taking things too far :(
The gremlins have it in for you, me lad.

Your finger started glowing yet?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on November 10, 2011, 03:36:50 pm
Day - just give up ok.

Having to use up leave because I slept in is my problem, but then getting parked in at the sorting office for half and hour and giving me a mysterious cut in an active area leading to sitting in a lead box with a beta-gamma counter on my finger for 10 minutes is just taking things too far :(
The gremlins have it in for you, me lad.

Your finger started glowing yet?

Nope, below limit of detection :)

I almost ended up setting the alarm bells off though as the monitor left the sealed source in the box with me first time so I was producing quite a count.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on November 11, 2011, 10:08:17 am
Leafblowing - why?

The other day, there was a chap blowing leaves off his drive into the road, just where you'd expect bikes to be.

This morning, a council chap was blowing leaves off the pavement into the (wet, downhill, round a bend between parked cars with oncoming ratrunners) street.  I looked round the corner to see if there were a sweeper lorry behind him, but no.

???
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on November 11, 2011, 12:20:33 pm
$INTERNET_RADIO_STATION - why not just change your name to "Banco De Gaia FM" and have done with it? Whilst I don't dislike their stuff, when it seems like you're playing one of their tracks every 10 minutes or so it starts to get a bit tedious.

Try and mix it up a bit, eh?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: spesh on November 11, 2011, 12:35:39 pm
Day - just give up ok.

Having to use up leave because I slept in is my problem, but then getting parked in at the sorting office for half and hour and giving me a mysterious cut in an active area leading to sitting in a lead box with a beta-gamma counter on my finger for 10 minutes is just taking things too far :(
The gremlins have it in for you, me lad.

Your finger started glowing yet?

Nope, below limit of detection :)

I almost ended up setting the alarm bells off though as the monitor left the sealed source in the box with me first time so I was producing quite a count.

Ah, so no discernible super-powers manifesting themselves, either? ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 11, 2011, 01:20:29 pm
Dear My Employer, please tell us what is the point of introducing new touch-down desks at headquarters which have to be booked in advance.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rower40 on November 11, 2011, 02:01:59 pm
When was it that the human race lost the ability to design/install a paper towel dispenser that can dispense exactly ONE, un-molested and intact, paper towel?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Peter on November 11, 2011, 02:17:19 pm
When was it that the human race lost the ability to design/install a paper towel dispenser that can dispense exactly ONE, un-molested and intact, paper towel?

Rower, it never lost it because it never had it.  However, I have thought of running a workshop on this:  the answer vseems to be to use both hands to pull out the towel.  Give it a try!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 11, 2011, 02:56:56 pm
And someone to maintain it properly. I.e. not to cram as many towels into the holder as possible, so bearing down too heavily on the bottom ones...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on November 12, 2011, 10:30:16 am
A double barrelled grumble

these f8888**g specs are driving me to distraction >:( >:(

I have a nice route planned from here to Barton under Needwood & am suddenly overtaken by an acute attack of ICBA :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Peter on November 12, 2011, 10:42:55 am
A double barrelled grumble

these f8888**g specs are driving me to distraction >:( >:(

I have a nice route planned from here to Barton under Needwood & am suddenly overtaken by an acute attack of ICBA :(

Just looked it up.  It looks great - historic church and five pubs (if you like Marstons).  There isn't going to be a better day - do it!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on November 12, 2011, 02:32:47 pm
I've had enough of being in the office on a Saturday, I'm going home!

Sadly, the main activity awaiting me is the continuation of what I've been doing in the office the last four hours...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on November 12, 2011, 04:17:55 pm
A double barrelled grumble

these f8888**g specs are driving me to distraction >:( >:(

I have a nice route planned from here to Barton under Needwood & am suddenly overtaken by an acute attack of ICBA :(

Just looked it up.  It looks great - historic church and five pubs (if you like Marstons).  There isn't going to be a better day - do it!

& Adrian Timmins (TdF & Olympic rider) has a shop there.Very nice bikes & kit in there.Mostly high end stuff but a nice smaller selection of stuff suitable for lesser mortals:and he does coaching.
If my lottery ticket wins tonight I'll be back* there tomorrow.

* I allowed myself to be seduced by a combination of the charms the internal combustion engine & Marj's driving :)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Giropaul on November 12, 2011, 04:37:51 pm
A double barrelled grumble

these f8888**g specs are driving me to distraction >:( >:(

I have a nice route planned from here to Barton under Needwood & am suddenly overtaken by an acute attack of ICBA :(

Just looked it up.  It looks great - historic church and five pubs (if you like Marstons).  There isn't going to be a better day - do it!

At least 1 pub closed for re-furb at the moment (Middle Bell), Top Bell is now Little India restaurant.

Good pub at Barton Marina as well, with loads of real ales, including their own.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Giropaul on November 12, 2011, 04:39:54 pm
A double barrelled grumble

these f8888**g specs are driving me to distraction >:( >:(

I have a nice route planned from here to Barton under Needwood & am suddenly overtaken by an acute attack of ICBA :(

Just looked it up.  It looks great - historic church and five pubs (if you like Marstons).  There isn't going to be a better day - do it!

& Adrian Timmins (TdF & Olympic rider) has a shop there.Very nice bikes & kit in there.Mostly high end stuff but a nice smaller selection of stuff suitable for lesser mortals:and he does coaching.
If my lottery ticket wins tonight I'll be back* there tomorrow.

* I allowed myself to be seduced by a combination of the charms the internal combustion engine & Marj's driving :)

Ada is closed Sundays, and opens at 1.30 on Mondays (otherwise open all times)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: why1040 on November 13, 2011, 07:07:17 am
I'm competing today, so having to get up ridiculously early (been up for nearly an hour already).  I couldn't get to sleep last night (just wasn't tired), presumably because I had two mouthfuls of a caffeinated drink at 3:30 and I was still buzzing at midnight!   :facepalm:

Must remember: no caffeine at all after 3 or I don't sleep!!

I'm tired!  I don't want to be this tired when showjumping! 
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on November 13, 2011, 09:23:52 am
I'm competing today, so having to get up ridiculously early (been up for nearly an hour already).  I couldn't get to sleep last night (just wasn't tired), presumably because I had two mouthfuls of a caffeinated drink at 3:30 and I was still buzzing at midnight!   :facepalm:

Must remember: no caffeine at all after 3 or I don't sleep!!

I'm tired!  I don't want to be this tired when showjumping!

Caffeine has along half-life.
If your total intake over a 24 hour period is more than the equivalent of five cups of coffee, it can affect night time sleep.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: why1040 on November 13, 2011, 03:43:18 pm
I'm competing today, so having to get up ridiculously early (been up for nearly an hour already).  I couldn't get to sleep last night (just wasn't tired), presumably because I had two mouthfuls of a caffeinated drink at 3:30 and I was still buzzing at midnight!   :facepalm:

Must remember: no caffeine at all after 3 or I don't sleep!!

I'm tired!  I don't want to be this tired when showjumping!

Caffeine has along half-life.
If your total intake over a 24 hour period is more than the equivalent of five cups of coffee, it can affect night time sleep.

My biggest problem is that I have pretty much none at all day to day.  So if I do have some, it affects me that much more!  Hence the need for a cut-off point or I don't sleep  :)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 13, 2011, 04:47:42 pm
Leafblowing - why?

The other day, there was a chap blowing leaves off his drive into the road, just where you'd expect bikes to be.

This morning, a council chap was blowing leaves off the pavement into the (wet, downhill, round a bend between parked cars with oncoming ratrunners) street.  I looked round the corner to see if there were a sweeper lorry behind him, but no.

???
The reason is simple, and ubiquitous: we've got a machine to do it.

Brooms are so... manual.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on November 13, 2011, 05:51:15 pm
STOPPIT WITH THE FIREWORKS!!

I had just drifted off last night when someone set a bunch off.

And then when I drifted off again the neighbour's visitors left, with much banging of car doors and a shouted conversation/set of goodbyes between the car and the garden gate, why not do that indoors in the warm?

And as icing on the cake at about 1am when some of the neighbourhood dogs were barking some bright spark thought bellowing out his window "SHUT UP!" would actually work and not just make them bark more.  :facepalm:

Still, I got a lie-in at least.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 15, 2011, 09:36:29 am
That, Sir, is a Vauxhall Meriva, not a Red Bull RB7.  You are not aiming for pole position, therefore there is no need to ride the kerb on the inside of the roundabout.  It gained you precisely this: 0.

Twat.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on November 15, 2011, 01:33:22 pm
RoyalMail, where are my parts? I have a bike, in the garage, in bits that needs the parts you are in possession of to finish it off.....

Grumble, grumble bah! humbug!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 15, 2011, 02:23:19 pm
eBay seller: I bought your Avid BB5s because you said they came with 160mm rotors. They didn't - they were 185mm ones. Now I have to reuse my ageing 160mm ones & that was one reason I went for your kit. Let us see what you propose to do about it...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on November 16, 2011, 02:10:10 pm
Royal Opera House.

Your website is shit.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: HTFB on November 16, 2011, 02:55:53 pm
But their choice of personal titles on the registration page is a thing of joy.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on November 16, 2011, 03:29:54 pm
If you are going to do a site transport survey, please don't write half the questions assuming I drive in.

You gave me the option to say I cycled in and explain my route, then ask me whether I'd be more likely to cycle/walk if you put car parks in different places or offered park and ride etc. :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on November 16, 2011, 03:40:32 pm
Talktalk Business.

The clue is in the company name. <$Surname> IT Service LTD.

So don't treat me like a dummy, trying to explain to me what LLU is.

Also, try checking your records BEFORE you ring me to offer me a better deal, then find I am actually on it!!!!

You wonder why I was laughing whilst you were on the phone? the answer is there ^

It would be in the rant thread, but TBH it just made me laugh today :)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on November 16, 2011, 07:38:29 pm
Fantastic! It looks like my car may (or may not) have an oil leak. That's it! I quit, it's just one bloody thing after another!

(Just gonna keep going when I head to work tomorrow, I reckon I can cycle to Dover and get across to France, from there onwards!)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on November 17, 2011, 08:44:02 am
Went to the hosptial yesterday to have an ECG: been having minor chest pains for about  week. Heart problems run in our family.

So, yesterday completely pain free..... Today, ECG done, chest pains back  :facepalm:

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on November 17, 2011, 04:23:29 pm
Should have had some root-canal surgery completed today - no such luck.

Not only was the tooth still infected (diabetes = suppressed immune system = infections can take ages to shift) but the dentist discovered that the tooth had a fourth root which didn't show up on the X-ray, therefore it needed to be excavated as well. Hrrmph.

The net result was the roots being filled with calcium hydroxide gel and covered with yet another temporary filling and being told that if the infection hasn't cleared up by the next appointment in a fortnight, the tooth may have to be extracted. Damn, arse and buggeration.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 17, 2011, 04:26:08 pm
If your dental work involves arse buggeration, I suggest you try another dentist. Your current one is doing it all wrong.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on November 17, 2011, 04:26:51 pm
If your dental work involves arse buggeration, I suggest you try another dentist. Your current one is doing it all wrong.
You haven't seen my dentist ;)
She's very easy on the eyes (teeth, not so much) and is a cyclist too ...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 17, 2011, 04:29:08 pm
Next Step adviser, Heidi: That's twice in a week you kept me waiting more than 15 minutes. Worse still you made no mention of it, nor was an apology forthcoming. Very tardy. I may only be one of the 2.6 million on the dole, but that's no excuse.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on November 17, 2011, 05:46:02 pm
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Grumble, grumble
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: fboab on November 17, 2011, 06:37:29 pm
I thought, seeing as I'm the only one home tonight, the house would be no worse than when I left this morning.
I was wrong.
The little darlings have been home, generated (more) mess and gone out.
How come I am the only one who can wield a dishcloth & wipe a surface?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: why1040 on November 17, 2011, 08:12:36 pm
Horse of mine...

I love you dearly.  But there are times when I don't like you much!

We know you're a bully in the field, so you've been on isolation for months.  Finally got a horse in that suited being turned out with you and you've been out together for a week with no issues.

So why the heck did you decide to beat him up to such an extent we've had to separate you again?  Thank goodness he's not badly hurt...

Horses aren't supposed to be alone, but we don't have a choice with you, you beat everything up!!  If I didn't know better I'd say you had no horsey social skills and had perhaps been hand-reared, but that's not the case.

Now, can we at least try to stay IN the field you're allocated for a bit?  I've already put up extra height fencing with eckletrickery to try to stop you jumping out/limboing through the wire!   :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feanor on November 17, 2011, 10:53:05 pm
Oh lordy.

E-mail from the Athletics coach, as expected.
Now the normal Athletics season has ended, we've got the winter program of Cross-country and Indoor Graded events.

Is there no end to the taxi work I have to do?

--
F
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CommuteTooFar on November 18, 2011, 01:08:01 pm
Oh drat!  My mobile phone has packed up.  It wasn't even 15 years old grrrr!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feanor on November 18, 2011, 05:31:54 pm
I've just purchased a new Maxx-D mk4 and a second spare smart-charger from Wiggle.
( So I can have a charger both at home and at work. )

It's been charged, and used, once.
And very nice it is.

The second charger behaved slightly oddly when plugged in to the mains.
The green LED on the charger pulsed bright then dim about once per second.
When I plugged it into the light, the button/light on the Maxx-D did not flash as expected to indicate charging.
But the main white LEDs flashed at about one flash per second.
That seemed wrong, so I un-plugged the charger.

Now the Maxx-D won't switch on.
Totally dead.

I put a volt-meter on the output of the suspect charger, and it's pulsing to over 10 volts.
It looks like a faulty charger has killed the light.

I know my legal recourse is against wiggle, but I thought I'd try Exposure's customer support in the first instance, and so I've e-mailed their support address.   I was greatly encouraged by the following commendation from a member of this parish, on their service & warranty page:

Quote
"I am continually delighted with Exposure's products and customer service and will spread the word among the thousands of cyclists I mix with at yacf.co.uk"

 Lester, High Wycombe

We'll see how it pans out.

--
Ron
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 18, 2011, 05:39:57 pm
I thought, seeing as I'm the only one home tonight, the house would be no worse than when I left this morning.
I was wrong.
The little darlings have been home, generated (more) mess and gone out.
How come I am the only one who can wield a dishcloth & wipe a surface?

sounds familiar
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on November 18, 2011, 06:05:21 pm
I am actually too tired to persuade Kim to go out on a tr{b}ike ride tonight...  Sodding work being tiring onna Friday!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Ashaman42 on November 18, 2011, 07:26:44 pm
Bah, after agreeing with a workmate that having to stay late on a Friday sucks and I'm glad I didn't have to I get to my bike to find the rear tyre squidgier than I'd like.  :facepalm:

At least I got to change the tube in the breakroom rather than out in the dark-cold.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: why1040 on November 18, 2011, 08:02:55 pm
Offs...

Promised to help someone I know to fix their laptop.

Eventually identified that Internet Explorer was blocking Java.  It took quite some time to figure out how to sort that out so that it'll allow Java.  So everything reboots, I log back in, and Java updates.  Only I'm not allowed to see what Java comes to as a conclusion of its update, because that is also blocked.   :facepalm:

I'd download Chrome for him, but he's been told by the O2 people that he must use IE with his dongle and he won't believe that anything else would work.  Besides...frankly, I can't be arsed anymore!  I don't even much like him!  It's working again, that's the important bit!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on November 18, 2011, 11:17:25 pm
My desktop monitor has expired, so no access to the CD writer.

No worries, I've got an external writer in the cupboard - shame I no longer have a laptop with a firewire connector :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on November 19, 2011, 10:27:19 am
David has cycled off to a meeting, wearing my Buff, as it's cold and he has sensitive ears.
He couldn't find his own Buff. In the past two years, I have purchased two yacf Buffs and two other Buffs.
He could not find any other Buff today.
Again.
I know one or two will turn up in a pannier or shoulder bag; they're probably all in the house.
Somewhere...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Arch on November 19, 2011, 04:35:08 pm
Arch and I decided to support my local church hall Christmas fayre, only because the theatre group I attend is based there.
When we arrived on the Broms a few young lads approached us and told us it was children only and that we were not allowed in, they then wanted to know about the bikes and we spoke a little with them and then despite their protestations that it was children only (it wasn't) we went in.

On leaving I found my saddle and saddle bag wet, and sticky, and then noticed the brown wetness on the seat post, BB, cranks, etc.  One of the little sods had poured a can of coke on my Brom! >:(

Anyway, having wiped as much off as I could we set off, Arch in front.
As we slowed to a traffic light and was passing a small access road a yoof on a motor scooter decided it was a good time to overtake me and then dive through the one bike length gap between me and Arch to enter the side access road! >:(
I shouted 'OI!' at him and I think I got a muffled 'sorry' as he looked over his shoulder at me.

Sometimes I do dislike where I live.  Sometimes I think a tiny island, off the coast of Shetland would be nice, with a population of two!  ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on November 19, 2011, 04:37:24 pm
Sometimes I do dislike where I live.  Sometimes I think a tiny island, off the coast of Shetland would be nice, with a population of two!  ;)

Who would you take?

 ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on November 19, 2011, 04:48:55 pm
Sometimes I do dislike where I live.  Sometimes I think a tiny island, off the coast of Shetland would be nice, with a population of two!  ;)

Who would you take?

 ;)
Granville, of course :)

(my copy of Velo Vision turned up today ... can you tell?)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Arch on November 19, 2011, 04:52:12 pm
Sometimes I do dislike where I live.  Sometimes I think a tiny island, off the coast of Shetland would be nice, with a population of two!  ;)

Who would you take?

 ;)
Granville, of course :)

(my copy of Velo Vision turned up today ... can you tell?)
You do know you will owe Arch for that quip! ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on November 19, 2011, 04:57:01 pm
Sometimes I do dislike where I live.  Sometimes I think a tiny island, off the coast of Shetland would be nice, with a population of two!  ;)

Who would you take?

 ;)
Granville, of course :)

(my copy of Velo Vision turned up today ... can you tell?)

Thank you. That's the turd flavoured icing on my misery cake...

Actually, it made me laugh, thank you.   ;D

I just had a hormone-laptop woes-redundancy wobble, but that cheered me up.

Speaking of laptops, do you happen to know anything about Samsungs which have been coated in beer and are now missing letters, and the faultfinding thereof?  See thread in CTRL-ALT-DEL....
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on November 19, 2011, 05:43:52 pm
Arch, it is a relatively simple job to remove said laptop keyboard (that is if you know what you are doing :) ) then soak it, dry it and then reconnect.

Beer and fruit juice are two very bad things to throw at keyboards (but not the worst I have seen, having spent a few months in my youth cleaning keyboards for P&P computers in Scarborough)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on November 19, 2011, 09:19:25 pm
Arch, it is a relatively simple job to remove said laptop keyboard (that is if you know what you are doing :) ) then soak it, dry it and then reconnect.

Beer and fruit juice are two very bad things to throw at keyboards (but not the worst I have seen, having spent a few months in my youth cleaning keyboards for P&P computers in Scarborough)

Oh yes, we've had the thing apart, and run the keyboard under the tap, and then had it apart again and given it another wash. We're wondering if the keys need to come off. When you say soak, do you literally mean full immersion?

MFWHTBAB, who's braver than me, even got all the innards out and we looked over them for beer residues and cleaned a couple of small sticky patches up. We were gratified that this didn't make it worse, it just didn't make it better either....

I don't want to think what you might have been cleaning out of laptops in Scab....
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 19, 2011, 09:51:36 pm
you actually need warm soapy water - I used to clean stuff for a coal mine. Bring it round if you like - we are in most nights.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on November 19, 2011, 10:22:21 pm
Ok, we'll try the warm soapy water tomorrow, and if I'm still no further on, I'll be in touch!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on November 20, 2011, 02:10:19 pm
Ok, we'll try the warm soapy water tomorrow, and if I'm still no further on, I'll be in touch!
I should probably add, in case it wasn't already obvious, that you should leave the newly cleaned bits to dry naturally if at all possible (in the airing cupboard is good, shoving them in the oven not so much) - just make sure you give 'em a good rinse beforehand.

In the meantime, you could use a USB keyboard and mouse - if you don't have these then I have spares you're more than welcome to.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on November 20, 2011, 04:00:09 pm
Ok, we'll try the warm soapy water tomorrow, and if I'm still no further on, I'll be in touch!
I should probably add, in case it wasn't already obvious, that you should leave the newly cleaned bits to dry naturally if at all possible (in the airing cupboard is good, shoving them in the oven not so much) - just make sure you give 'em a good rinse beforehand.

In the meantime, you could use a USB keyboard and mouse - if you don't have these then I have spares you're more than welcome to.

Yes, thanks, we found that propped on top of MFWHTBAB's radiator, on low, dried it very well.  Neither of us have an airing cupboard alas!

I'm using a USB keyboard for the moment, and the touchpad on the laptop is working ok, so it's just a case of remembering which bit to use for what!

I still feel ike a twit, but I've been doing mildly creative things this weekend which has made me feel less idiotic.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 21, 2011, 03:16:02 pm
LloydsTSB, you are a bunch of useless cockspurts.  I entered all the details for a new recipient and, when the numbers appeared on my monitor, entered them into my phone as instructed.  Once.  You then decided I'd got it wrong three times and refused to set the thing up.

Bloody sod you, then, I'll write my credit card number on a piece of paper and post it to the supplier in Germany.  This means you won't be getting an extra ten quid out of me.  Ha fucking ha.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on November 21, 2011, 03:27:37 pm
Arch, it is a relatively simple job to remove said laptop keyboard (that is if you know what you are doing :) ) then soak it, dry it and then reconnect.

Beer and fruit juice are two very bad things to throw at keyboards (but not the worst I have seen, having spent a few months in my youth cleaning keyboards for P&P computers in Scarborough)

Oh yes, we've had the thing apart, and run the keyboard under the tap, and then had it apart again and given it another wash. We're wondering if the keys need to come off. When you say soak, do you literally mean full immersion?

MFWHTBAB, who's braver than me, even got all the innards out and we looked over them for beer residues and cleaned a couple of small sticky patches up. We were gratified that this didn't make it worse, it just didn't make it better either....

Warm water and prolonged soaking (i.e. overnight with changes of water) or agitation are required.  Beer, when dried, can be difficult to remove without application of elbow grease.

Quote
I don't want to think what you might have been cleaning out of laptops in Scab....

You don't, no really you don't want to know.  Stuff of nightmares, still
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on November 21, 2011, 05:15:22 pm
Arch, it is a relatively simple job to remove said laptop keyboard (that is if you know what you are doing :) ) then soak it, dry it and then reconnect.

Beer and fruit juice are two very bad things to throw at keyboards (but not the worst I have seen, having spent a few months in my youth cleaning keyboards for P&P computers in Scarborough)

Oh yes, we've had the thing apart, and run the keyboard under the tap, and then had it apart again and given it another wash. We're wondering if the keys need to come off. When you say soak, do you literally mean full immersion?

MFWHTBAB, who's braver than me, even got all the innards out and we looked over them for beer residues and cleaned a couple of small sticky patches up. We were gratified that this didn't make it worse, it just didn't make it better either....

Warm water and prolonged soaking (i.e. overnight with changes of water) or agitation are required.  Beer, when dried, can be difficult to remove without application of elbow grease.


Blimey, sounds like I could do it with my next batch of laundry (I handwash...)

With regard to soapiness mentioned above - hand soap? I've heard washing up liquid has salt in it, so I'm assuming that's bad...

 
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 21, 2011, 08:29:57 pm
What about some bio laundry liquid?- with some enzymes to nom up the beer
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 22, 2011, 01:02:34 pm
Colleague, it was nice to see you this morning as we cycled into work together, but I would prefer it if you didn't announce your presence by bumping my back wheel with your front wheel. Even though I was stopped at a red light it was still quite disconcerting.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Adam on November 22, 2011, 09:23:57 pm
I felt I was getting a sore throat shouting at all the queuing motorists on the A1081 into work, as I merrily cycled past them, down the middle of the road.

"Oi - put your phone away or you're nicked"
"Stop reading a map and concentrate on your driving"
"Put your son's homework away and look at the road"
"Don't drive and do your make-up at the same time"

Mindless muppets, the lot of them.   ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 24, 2011, 11:23:51 am
Arm!  Stop going all numb and tingly!  This stopped being funny about two months ago.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: nicknack on November 24, 2011, 03:41:51 pm
Arm!  Stop going all numb and tingly!  This stopped being funny about two months ago.

Mine stopped being funny about a year ago.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: why1040 on November 25, 2011, 08:22:33 am
I'm kind of tired, achey and have a headache this morning, which is a sod since I'm driving my horse to Suffolk for a lesson today!  I've not had one since my ill-fated afternoon on the M25, so I'm really looking forward to it (especially with the new transport), but feel a bit like I ran a marathon yesterday!

Fmeh!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 25, 2011, 10:15:35 am
eBay seller: Your type of listing relies on extreme accuracy. You tell your buyers to input the details very carefully as you ALWAYS send out codes that have been checked. Only you didn't check the code you sent me, did you?! So I assumed I was doing summat wrong. OK, you did respond to my messages, but you weren't exactly communicative & you didn't even apologise for getting the code wrong, did you? I think a neutral was justified in the circumstances, so don't get so uppity for getting the very basics of your business wrong in my case.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on November 25, 2011, 11:30:57 am
Elderly rellies. 
Stop phoning me for no apparent reason and then expect me to take the lead in the conversation.
 
Cafe.
That is not toast.  That is bread that has been warmed for 15 seconds.
 
Hills.  Bugger off.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 25, 2011, 12:01:53 pm
Daughter's senior school: Stop sending me emails to links. Just send me the content of that link, why don't you?! Today's message was a link to a link to download a PDF, FFS!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feanor on November 25, 2011, 02:59:17 pm
Now the new Maxx-D won't switch on.
Totally dead.

Wiggle just exchanged it without question.
Sent old one back, and they sent out a replacement straight away.
AND they credited the cost of the return postage to my card, without me asking or anything.   
They just read the postage off the stampy-labely thing.

It's just arrived, so happy bunny again.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on November 25, 2011, 08:46:20 pm
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-hiOdXAPrXQU/Ts_-GY_NDaI/AAAAAAAAAwU/_MNx1xkggA4/s448/weather_warning.jpg)

My first free weekend for a while, I was going to go out on the bike :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on November 25, 2011, 08:56:02 pm
The train manager on my train this evening described it as 'exceptionally crowded'.

I thought it seemed much like the last half dozen times I've caught it.

I'm thinking of emailing TPE to let them know about how you can make trains bigger, by adding carriages?

Helpfully, he also advised people getting off of the gap between platform and train,and to use the handrails when alighting. Which, he added, even more helpfully, were on either side of the doors. Gosh.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 28, 2011, 11:17:32 am
Next door: So, the frost is back. That means the return of your refusal to scrape ice off your car's windows and to start up your (diesel) engine ten minutes before you leave. Thanks very much for the noise & the pollution. I do, really, hope someone steals your car from the drive, as that is the height of laziness and is also pretty inconsiderate.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 28, 2011, 12:20:41 pm
My back has gone spang for the second time this month.  Arses!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on November 28, 2011, 12:46:32 pm
Self.  You live in Bournville (occasionaly).  You have a card giving you access to the Cadbury staff shop. 
 Why are you constantly paying silly money for full priced chocolate in railway station buffets?
Sort it out!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Arch on November 28, 2011, 01:09:11 pm
Rather then taking my scrap metal to a nice little scrap merchant 20 miles away, as it is no longer enroute to work, I thought I would try a local large scale scrap metal yard.
Shouldn't have bothered really.
I couldn't tell if I got a good price as they didn't tell me the weight, never asked what it was or where it came from, the yard is covered in oil from breaking engines and gearboxes (without fully draining them I suspect), bits of metal are littering the drive routes so there is a risk of punctures and plant is in action in the public areas without any verbal or signed warnings.

My usual merchant has a dry concrete yard that is swept clean, oil free and he is happy to show the weight of metal received and will ask were it is from and examines it all for anything mixed or dodgy.
Oh well, it is worth paying for a bit of extra fuel to go to a clean and well run yard in future.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on November 28, 2011, 04:27:42 pm
I am the proud owner of a pair of Macs - one desktop, one laptop.

The desktop has Thunderbird as its email client, whereas the laptop uses the native Mail app because, for some reason best known to itself, newer versions of Thunderbird won't install.

Guess which mail client is giving me the most grief?

Mozilla Foundation - once upon a time you had a reputation for turning out decent software. Now, not content with changing the major release of your browser every 48 seconds (or so it seems) your once half-decent email client has degenerated into a festering, unreliable piece of cack.

Please to be sorting it out - things are pretty bad if I'd rather use Safari instead of Firefox and Mac Mail instead of Chunderbird.

 ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 28, 2011, 07:32:14 pm
I can give today back and haz refund? It's been a bit crap.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 28, 2011, 08:19:32 pm
Mrs P, would you like a slice of CAIK and a nice cup of tea?  You sound like you could do with one!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 28, 2011, 09:01:05 pm
Thank you, Crinkly :-)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: SandyV on November 28, 2011, 09:34:45 pm
I know I am now a woman of "a certain age" but it is not OK to call me dear, love, darling, sweetheart, honey or darl if we have not previously met and our relationship is confined to a shop counter. It makes me feel old!
Is this just an Australian thing? I fear I am now officially a Grumpy Old Woman. 
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 28, 2011, 09:50:45 pm
No it is not, unfortunately....
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 28, 2011, 09:59:00 pm
Could be worse. Some bloke nearly reversed his moped into me once while his mate shouted "Watch out Jimmy! You nearly hit the wifie!"

Wifie!  :o
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: David Martin on November 28, 2011, 10:12:58 pm
Could at least have said 'wee wifie'..

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Androcles on November 28, 2011, 11:03:39 pm
The train manager on my train this evening described it as 'exceptionally crowded'.

I thought it seemed much like the last half dozen times I've caught it.

I'm thinking of emailing TPE to let them know about how you can make trains bigger, by adding carriages?


Sorry Arch, I'm afraid it's not that simple.  A typical 4 car train will be made up of at least three different types of carriage, each with enough equipment (power units, fuel tanks for diesels, electrical kit for EMUs, etc.... and that's without considering the software) to function as a complete unit.  It is possible to add a carriage to such a train but it's not a case of hooking it to the back and going; it's a significant piece of engineering and a permanent modification.  The only way to make a train bigger is to add a whole new train.

I'm not defending any particular TOC and I'm not a trainspotter, but I do work in rolling stock design.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: andrewc on November 28, 2011, 11:08:33 pm
That was probably the worst restaurant meal I've had in two decades. They lost the order for our starters, the child who brought the wine didn't know how to use a corkscrew,   I thought Whitebait _fillets_ was a misprint, but no, they brought me tiny scraps of overcooked fish in thick crunchy stuff. The steak was large but tough, with 1 mushroom & 1 half tomato.  I'd asked for rare, but even by my standards it was undercooked. My sisters & parents food didn't look marvelous either.

Next time I pick the restaurant...

Premier Inns "Stag & Rainbow", Queens Drive, Liverpool.  Just don't  :hand:

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on November 29, 2011, 12:44:40 am
The train manager on my train this evening described it as 'exceptionally crowded'.

I thought it seemed much like the last half dozen times I've caught it.

I'm thinking of emailing TPE to let them know about how you can make trains bigger, by adding carriages?


Sorry Arch, I'm afraid it's not that simple.  A typical 4 car train will be made up of at least three different types of carriage, each with enough equipment (power units, fuel tanks for diesels, electrical kit for EMUs, etc.... and that's without considering the software) to function as a complete unit.  It is possible to add a carriage to such a train but it's not a case of hooking it to the back and going; it's a significant piece of engineering and a permanent modification.  The only way to make a train bigger is to add a whole new train.

I'm not defending any particular TOC and I'm not a trainspotter, but I do work in rolling stock design.

This is the unfortunate downside of using multiple units instead of loco hauled trains.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on November 29, 2011, 12:47:54 am
I've had enough of the wind. It's been gusting over 30mph all week and is going to keep doing that for another week :(

I'm also due a 36mph ave (60mph gust) headwind on the way into work tomorrow  :o - which will turn to a sidewind before i head home  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 29, 2011, 09:15:44 am
The train manager on my train this evening described it as 'exceptionally crowded'.

I thought it seemed much like the last half dozen times I've caught it.

I'm thinking of emailing TPE to let them know about how you can make trains bigger, by adding carriages?


Sorry Arch, I'm afraid it's not that simple.  A typical 4 car train will be made up of at least three different types of carriage, each with enough equipment (power units, fuel tanks for diesels, electrical kit for EMUs, etc.... and that's without considering the software) to function as a complete unit.  It is possible to add a carriage to such a train but it's not a case of hooking it to the back and going; it's a significant piece of engineering and a permanent modification.  The only way to make a train bigger is to add a whole new train.

I'm not defending any particular TOC and I'm not a trainspotter, but I do work in rolling stock design.
I've been on a TPE train that was made up of odd-numbers of units. No idea how they managed it, but it seems to be possible.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 29, 2011, 09:56:19 am
Quote from: Data & Digital Supply Chain Manager

From: Data & Digital Supply Chain Manager
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 05:08 PM
To: The Helldesk
Cc: World+Dog
Subject: Stuffs
Importance: High

Hi Helpdesk,
 
We've got a series of strictly embargoed titles where we can't allow any data at all to leave this building. However, the data has unfortunately already fed from $APPLICATION1 to $APPLICATION2. I'm hoping you might be able to come up with something to prevent the ISBNs feeding out to our $APPLICATION2 P&A recipients once the 5 months (& for $CUSTOMER 6 months) before pub deadline is reached.
 
Is there anything that can be done?
 
The ISBNs are:

["Redacted" - Ed.]
 
World + Dog, this just fyi.
 
Thanks,
Data & Digital Supply Chain Manager


I may be missing something here, but five seconds with a Famous Web Search Engine will shew, from the BigCo's own webby SCIENCE, that three of the four ISBNs relate to a biography of The Stone Roses, to be published in June next year.  I fear your efforts to put that particular moggy back in its sack may well be DOOMED.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Butterfly on November 29, 2011, 10:38:26 am
I know I am now a woman of "a certain age" but it is not OK to call me dear, love, darling, sweetheart, honey or darl if we have not previously met and our relationship is confined to a shop counter. It makes me feel old!
Is this just an Australian thing? I fear I am now officially a Grumpy Old Woman.
I remember my mother awarding shop assistants a vicious glare and snapping ' don't patronise me!' The ones that knew her didn't.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on November 29, 2011, 10:53:51 am
I know I am now a woman of "a certain age" but it is not OK to call me dear, love, darling, sweetheart, honey or darl if we have not previously met and our relationship is confined to a shop counter. It makes me feel old!
Is this just an Australian thing? I fear I am now officially a Grumpy Old Woman.
I remember my mother awarding shop assistants a vicious glare and snapping ' don't patronise me!' The ones that knew her didn't.

I remember being shocked the first time someone in the Midlands (Wednesbury to be accurate) called me "Cock."

My grumble....Virgin Trains, do you think you will ever be able to get the 19.07 train from Euston to Stafford to arrive at Stafford at 20.26 as scheduled??? The train last night was 15 mins late meaning I missed my connection. Its the fourth time in 6 weeks I have used this train and the fourth time its been late.

Please get your act together.  >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: TheLurker on November 29, 2011, 01:44:56 pm
I know I am now a woman of "a certain age" but it is not OK to call me dear, love, darling, sweetheart, honey or darl if we have not previously met and our relationship is confined to a shop counter. It makes me feel old!
Is this just an Australian thing? I fear I am now officially a Grumpy Old Woman.
Ah. That's interesting.  You are not alone.  Mrs Lurker was fulminating about that very thing after a recent trip, last Friday as it happens, to our local metropolis.  I, coward that I am, let her rant.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on November 29, 2011, 01:48:05 pm
Wrist - fix thyself!  OK so I was mean and made you do handwriting, get over it! You've been really good for the best part of a year, so go back to being nice and leaving the fucking up to the grotty elbow joint instead.  Especially as splinting the wrist buggers up the elbow anyway!  *eats pillz*
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 29, 2011, 01:50:23 pm
I'm afraid I am a profligate user of sweetheart, petal, hen, hinny, etc etc etc to many many people.  In my defence, it is in no way a reflection of my perception of the person's age - you're just as likely to get sweethearted by me at 8 as you are at 80.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 29, 2011, 02:06:54 pm
I know I am now a woman of "a certain age" but it is not OK to call me dear, love, darling, sweetheart, honey or darl if we have not previously met and our relationship is confined to a shop counter. It makes me feel old!
Is this just an Australian thing? I fear I am now officially a Grumpy Old Woman.

A young (younger than some of my kids) lass in a shop called me (in a charming zomerzet accent) 'moi luv'.   

Very disconcerting, it was.

OTOH, I reduced a builder's labourer to apoplectic rage by calling him 'lad'.

A) All labourers get called 'lad' in leeds. No matter what their age. Actually, most of Yorkshire calls the assistant a 'lad' or 'boy', even it they are over 60.
B) He was 20 years younger than me.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on November 29, 2011, 03:46:55 pm
I'm afraid I am a profligate user of sweetheart, petal, hen, hinny, etc etc etc to many many people.  In my defence, it is in no way a reflection of my perception of the person's age - you're just as likely to get sweethearted by me at 8 as you are at 80.

Um...me too, though it's more often 'flower' or 'dove', which is just a version of Leeds' famously ubiquitous 'love'.  If you're really lucky, I might call you 'fruitbat' or 'petal'.  Hardly ever 'duck' unless I've been to the East Midlands recently.

mrcharly, you're right.  The lad can be any age at all.  I well remember a chippy in Bradford who had a 'lad' who went to school with Methuselah.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on November 29, 2011, 06:16:28 pm
The train manager on my train this evening described it as 'exceptionally crowded'.

I thought it seemed much like the last half dozen times I've caught it.

I'm thinking of emailing TPE to let them know about how you can make trains bigger, by adding carriages?


Sorry Arch, I'm afraid it's not that simple.  A typical 4 car train will be made up of at least three different types of carriage, each with enough equipment (power units, fuel tanks for diesels, electrical kit for EMUs, etc.... and that's without considering the software) to function as a complete unit.  It is possible to add a carriage to such a train but it's not a case of hooking it to the back and going; it's a significant piece of engineering and a permanent modification.  The only way to make a train bigger is to add a whole new train.

I'm not defending any particular TOC and I'm not a trainspotter, but I do work in rolling stock design.

Well, I know that, I was going for comic effect.

And adding a whole extra train was exactly what they were doing, up to a few months ago. The train came into York, coupled to another at the platform, and we all got to Manchester without standing.

They even managed it the week before last, at Leeds. The train manager announced as we came into Leeds that, and I quote, "By some miracle, they've found another train..." and then cautioned us to hold tight if standing, as coupling up would involve a slight jolt.

The train back from Manchester was also a double, until the same time. Now, you've got two trainsworth of people, mostly weekenders going home, so carrying about 100 suitcases each, trying to get onto one train.

I assume the cut to one train was to do with money. After all, once they have our fares, they don't care if we sit or stand, and on that route there's not much choice of operator. It's that, get a bus (I've never looked into how many days that would take), or drive, which isn't useful to those of us without cars. So it's a nicely captive audience....
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Marco Stefano on November 30, 2011, 08:30:16 pm
Sore lower back. On co-codamol & Diazepam (there's no 'woozy' emoticon) to try and relax it enough for me to be able to put my socks on. Having professional manipulations & doing recommended exercises, but...

No sculling, no gym, no cycling. Nor enthusiasm for much at all.   :(



Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 30, 2011, 08:42:26 pm
Much sympathy heading your way from the Den!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Marco Stefano on December 01, 2011, 12:08:16 pm
How kind!   :-*

I feel I need cake, but the lack of calorie-burning hours means I may look even more lumpy in lycra when I get back to doing these things.

Nah, sod it, I need cake.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 01, 2011, 03:54:22 pm
Hope your back feels better soon Marco.

I feel a bit rubbish, grr.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: SteveC on December 01, 2011, 06:33:38 pm
It is now December, so I suppose I can't really rant about someone having put a Christmas tree up in the office.
But did it have to be a PINK one?


S
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on December 04, 2011, 05:42:56 pm
Hail stones - they weren't forecast, and I decided I didn't need a hat/specs today because it was only a short ride.

I've just got back, my eyes and nose sting and I've just removed enough hailstones from my hair to build a small hill :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on December 05, 2011, 07:57:31 am
So last Thursday, the gas fire in the front room started to go wrong: it turns on but after a minute or two, it cuts out. Nevermind, we have a central heating system we can use..... well we did until Saturday evening when the pump failed.... the 4th pump we have had in the 10 years we have lived here!!!!

So, the money I had saved for my new bike has now been spent on buying a new gas fire, a new pump and hiring a central heating flusher.  >:(

Why isn't this in the rant thread? Well, SWMBO has agreed to allow me to fit the new pump: i've never done one before so this will be a challenge  ;D (Remind me I said that when I have spent all day trying to get the old on off!)

(Oh and SWMBO looks lovely blue with the cold  ;D)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feanor on December 05, 2011, 02:18:52 pm
The gas fire cutting out may just have been a thermocouple, which is cheap and easy to replace.

Regarding the pump:
There ought to be shutoff valves either side of it, which won't operate.
Then there will be a pair of great big nuts, one each side of the pump, which need to get un-done.
You'll find these are just a bit bigger than any of your adjustable spanners can open to.
Once you obtain some spanners, you'll find the nuts will be seized solid.

Once you've mopped up the blood, and got the pump off, you'll find the replacement pump is slightly different in dimension, requiring you to lengthen or shorten the pipework.   And the 'standard' thread on the new pump will be different to the existing nuts on your pipework, necessitating a 3rd or 4th trip to the plumber's merchants.

Just so you know what to expect  ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on December 05, 2011, 02:33:10 pm
The gas fire cutting out may just have been a thermocouple, which is cheap and easy to replace.

Regarding the pump:
There ought to be shutoff valves either side of it, which won't operate. Check...they don't.  Then there will be a pair of great big nuts, one each side of the pump, which need to get un-done. The last bloke to fix a pump had a great struggle doing so.  You'll find these are just a bit bigger than any of your adjustable spanners can open to. Got a couple of very large adjustable spanners but will checkOnce you obtain some spanners, you'll find the nuts will be seized solid.

Once you've mopped up the blood (you forgot turn the air blue with swearing which will cause a row with her in doors as she will moan about the neighbours hearing...we live in a detached!!) , and got the pump off, you'll find the replacement pump is slightly different in dimension (ordered the same as on the pump so I will be surprised if it is.... bit this sort of thing happens to me, requiring you to lengthen or shorten the pipework.   And the 'standard' thread on the new pump will be different to the existing nuts on your pipework, necessitating a 3rd or 4th trip to the plumber's merchants. (Oh tell about this!!! Once tried to fit an old inch wide valve into a 22mm joint...it worked until I refilled the system. Strangely the wife was not happy to stick her finger in the hole while I went back to the shops)

Just so you know what to expect  ::-) ....

Ta  ;D Just told SWMBO that I am going to fix a "Magnaclean" to the system at the same time to try and keep it clean.... now just need to find which is the return pipe to the old boiler.

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: David Martin on December 05, 2011, 02:40:46 pm
You forgot 'you will ruin the old washers and the new pump will have shipped without any'
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Jacomus on December 05, 2011, 02:49:21 pm
Oi! Left shoe! >:(

Could you not have waited a measly four bloody weeks before deciding that the sole and upper had irreconcilable differences? Bastards!

I hate buying work shoes.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on December 05, 2011, 03:06:06 pm
My stupid foot hurts.  AGAIN.   >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 05, 2011, 03:27:03 pm
Stop stamping it, then!

BTW, I meant to say to you on Sat, that I've decided to carry on calling you 'Linda', because you often sound Ruthless.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on December 05, 2011, 03:30:23 pm
Stop stamping it, then!

BTW, I meant to say to you on Sat, that I've decided to carry on calling you 'Linda', because you often sound Ruthless.

 :facepalm:

<stamps foot> 

OW!!!!  >:(

At work they call me "Strewth".  Can't think why. 

 It was nice to see you too   :D :D :D ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: interzen on December 05, 2011, 03:52:10 pm
BHS - generally, I like your clothing. It's cheap, good quality and usually the sizing tallies more or less with the label. Even better, you seem to acknowledge that larger than average people might actually want to buy clothes, which is nice (M&S, take note)

The exceptions seem to be the three pairs of trousers I bought today (supposedly 44" waist but actually a bit bigger; nothing a belt won't fix) and the two shirts - 18" collar? Like buggery-bollocks they are ...I've got a wardrobe full of Van Heusen shirts1 which are 18" or 18.5" collar and they fit fine, whereas yours make me feel like someone's trying to pull me up by my armpits.

A Sizing FAIL is annoying, but I'm more pissed off about the fact that I'll have to go into town, again, to swap them for something that fits. Gah!  >:(

1 - I'd like to buy some more Van Heusen shirts, really I would, but they don't make them any more :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on December 05, 2011, 11:22:50 pm
Hang on.   That's four weeks running we haven't won the quiz.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on December 06, 2011, 09:21:06 am
Wife… I know I have a nasty habit of putting stuff down when finished with in the “wrong” place and forgetting about it. Yes, I know this means you “have” to clean up after me but when doing so, please use some logic. 

For example, a hammer goes in the tool box in the garage and my bank book goes in the draw with the other valuable documents… okay, I know I left the hammer on the floor by the front door and the bank book on the piano but were they doing any harm?

So yesterday when I was looking for the bank book where did I find it? Yes, in my shoe tidy in my wardrobe and the hammer, in the knife and fork draw.

What I am trying to say is that I am a messy bugger but you have a Masters Degree in hiding stuff!

Off to find the kittens flea tablets, bet they are in the freezer…….  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 06, 2011, 09:27:38 am
Self: You had ample warning last Thursday that your Schwalbe Marathon Slick tyre is shite this time of year - and perhaps all the time - when you had a minor slip on the towpath. You have a perfectly good Schwalbe Land Cruiser tyre waiting to be fitted in the garage. OK, it's cold, but a few minutes of cold fingers would've been netter than the off you had last night! As it happens, it was on a dark path and I fell onto soft mud, but my trousers got very muddy & I had to attend a governors' training course in them. CHANGE IT TODAY!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Jacomus on December 06, 2011, 10:03:10 am
Oi! Left shoe! >:(

Could you not have waited a measly four bloody weeks before deciding that the sole and upper had irreconcilable differences? Bastards!

I hate buying work shoes.

Current shoes have lasted about 2.5years and though I have walked off much of the lining on the inside, they are still super comfortable and smart on the outside. I do keep them regularly polished and the leather has stayed looking good - the toecaps are still smooth and unwrinkled and the wrinkles at the bend in the toes haven't cracked.

A little bit of internetz this morning and I have found that they are still in production! Woo! So a replacement pair has been purchased. It was £50 I didn't need to spend at this time of year, but hey-ho.

I find work shoes are so difficult to purchase as I have an aversion to leather soles and anything that isn't an Oxford Cap-toe style ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 06, 2011, 10:56:39 am
Self: You had ample warning last Thursday that your Schwalbe Marathon Slick tyre is shite this time of year - and perhaps all the time - when you had a minor slip on the towpath. You have a perfectly good Schwalbe Land Cruiser tyre waiting to be fitted in the garage. OK, it's cold, but a few minutes of cold fingers would've been netter than the off you had last night! As it happens, it was on a dark path and I fell onto soft mud, but my trousers got very muddy & I had to attend a governors' training course in them. CHANGE IT TODAY!
Well, this really belongs in the Rant thread now, but...

Took the wheel off the Orbit AND remembered to detach the dynohub connector - doesn't happen often that!

Took wheel inside with replacement tyre to fit. (It's cold in the garage!) Went to deflate it using the presta valve. Feck! It's a Slime tube & the slime has slimed its way into the valve mechanism, so it won't deflate - at all, not even a whisper of air! Tried hot water over the valve to displace it, to no avail. In the end, I took a knife to the side of the tyre and the tube. That worked! What a waste of time those Slime tubes turned out to be. The pair of them are sitting next to the grey bin waiting for Sita to pick 'em up.

Anyone want a Schwalbe Marathon Slick tyre for nowt? Its sibling is also on offer, but with rather a big cut in it.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on December 06, 2011, 11:08:29 am
I would like to upgrade my previous grumble to a rant please if possible as I have just spoken to the wife about the whereabouts of the flea tablets..... they are in the bread bin.....

THE BREAD BIN???!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF would they be in there???!!!!!  :demon:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on December 06, 2011, 11:19:15 am


Anyone want a Schwalbe Marathon Slick tyre for nowt? Its sibling is also on offer, but with rather a big cut in it.

I could find a use for that.
Yhpm
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on December 06, 2011, 03:05:45 pm
Tonsils.  Meh.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: perpetual dan on December 06, 2011, 04:33:13 pm
Snot and aching limbs and the rest of the family watching Narnia DVDs repeatedly. Still. Since Saturday. On the bright side, no silly temperature and none of Miss Dan the Younger's vomiting.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on December 06, 2011, 04:36:09 pm
I would like to upgrade my previous grumble to a rant please if possible as I have just spoken to the wife about the whereabouts of the flea tablets..... they are in the bread bin.....

THE BREAD BIN???!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF would they be in there???!!!!!  :demon:

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on December 06, 2011, 05:45:37 pm
I would like to upgrade my previous grumble to a rant please if possible as I have just spoken to the wife about the whereabouts of the flea tablets..... they are in the bread bin.....

THE BREAD BIN???!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF would they be in there???!!!!!  :demon:

Clearly, as you are attempting to give cat a pill, you'll need something absorbant to mop up the blood. Bread is quite absorbant....

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: AndyK on December 07, 2011, 09:25:22 am
Judging by the amount of use car direction indicators get (or the lack thereof) it must be assumed that their controls are either very strenuous to operate or that they are placed in a position which is difficult to find whilst driving. I suggest a simple, lightweight, three position lever switch conveniently located near the steering wheel.  :demon:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on December 07, 2011, 02:39:11 pm
Tonsils.  Meh.

Me too.

I could stand the pain/discomfort of having swollen, gunky tonsils (been investigating with assorted bike lights), if only it didn’t make me feel so exhausted all the time.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mike on December 07, 2011, 02:42:36 pm
Halfwit. 

Those crudcacher 'road' mudguards you've spent 3 days trying to get to fit properly without rubbing?  Check your tyres.  The one you thought was a 23 might be a 25. 
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: barakta on December 07, 2011, 06:00:21 pm
Tonsils, sinuses, nose, ENT system in general.  You've been crap for a week now.  I am completely bored AND exhausted as I'm not sick enough to stay off work anymore, just feeling crappy and TIIIRED.  Immune System! Sort it!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 09, 2011, 12:55:22 pm
Son of mine: I was young once. A long time ago, maybe, but I know all the tricks. Coughing unconvincingly when you hear me coming up the stairs isn't going to make your claim of illness credible. You've tried earache earlier in the week as well as a sore throat today. Now, there may be issues at school, so I'll talk to you about that another time soon, but I had plans for today and you managed to convince your mother that you're ill & I have to stay in to look after you. Don't expect any X Box/TV/PC today and yes, you do have to stay in bed. You're ill, remember?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on December 09, 2011, 04:33:36 pm
^^^^^^^
BTDTGTTS with bar ;D

Even now I sometimes find it appropriate to remind my heirs that nothing they come up with is new or original & that I,& their mother,have been there & done all that before they were born.
My grand daughters appear to be grasping this fact rather well :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feanor on December 09, 2011, 04:53:00 pm
I can always tell if the boys are really sick: they don't have the energy to fight with each other, and goading goes un-thumped.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 09, 2011, 05:40:38 pm
Cats, gonnae no eat each others food plz?
you're supposed to be getting the P-binder <-- and --> you've got enough issues withouth eating the stuff you don't need
kthxbai
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 09, 2011, 06:17:42 pm
Rather embarrassingly I had to take him along to the school xmas fayre today. He made such a miraculous recovery that he was able to eat a burger, a couple of cupcakes and a chocolate fountain dipped skewer of marshmallows in full view of his teachers! Me a governor, as well.

Still, I think he got it well & truly drummed into him today that he was out of order. I made the point by subjecting him to extreme boredom. The only TV he saw was the snooker...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on December 12, 2011, 04:52:13 pm
Letting agent - it's nearly Christmas, you usually only remember to do flat visits in June. Why have you decided you want to inspect mine (and all the ret of us in the area's) on Wednesday?

I've got other things to do in preference to cleaning at the moment. :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on December 12, 2011, 07:34:50 pm
The in-ear headphones of my mp3 player broke today (not for the first time) & were "repaired" but Elvis is emenating from one ear bud only.A bit of firking 'n fiddling demonstrates that a broken wire within the stem is probably the problem.
Maybe Santa might replace them but he'll be as suprised as me no doubt at the cost.I imagined these to be tenapenny items but they're not.
I've only had them about 4 years & used almost daily for several hours ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on December 13, 2011, 09:30:53 am
Dear Tescos

Er, I did A level maths back when A levels were hard (runs and hides from the students and teachers out there) but your latest "Special Offer" has been somewhat confused.....

How is it a special offer to sell two large cheeses at "2 for £4" when they are £2 each anyway? Where is the saving????

Thanks in advance.

Confused of Stafford

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 15, 2011, 11:58:19 am
Will the git who stole my number plates please DIAF >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feanor on December 15, 2011, 12:03:18 pm
Apparently, the reason scrotes steal number-plates is so they can fill up with fuel and drive off without paying.   Then you get a call at the door from Mr Plod...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 15, 2011, 12:28:10 pm
I had a set stolen some three and a half years ago and no sign of plod yet.  I'm more concerned about getting home tonight with bits of paper stuck in the windows...
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Post by: Andrij on December 16, 2011, 09:25:15 am
My 'unfinished business' in Wales will remain unfinished in 2012 - I'm already have plans for the weekend of the Elenith (well, its successor).  :( 
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Clare on December 16, 2011, 12:07:51 pm
Letting Agent : "The last tenant changed it to a prepaid meter to save money."

BG : "Yes we can change your meter it will take a while but don't worry because I have checked and there is no outstanding debt on the account."

BG : "Who are you and how did you get your meter changed if you are not the registered customer?"

Me : "Dunno."

BG : "There's a debt on that account you've been paying a higher rate for your electricity."

Me : " >:( >:( >:("

BG : "You are now the registered customer and here's a credit for the excess you have paid."

Me : "Thank you."


Thank you to Iain and I'm sorry I was a bit  >:(  but this whole place is turning into a grinding mess of down, down, down.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on December 16, 2011, 12:49:40 pm
Bollocks. I must've had a clash of recordings on the Humax & I failed to record John Arlott in Conversation.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 16, 2011, 02:08:06 pm
Fellow Birmingham Cyclist forumite: It's an old chestnut this, but I had just said I wanted those pedals on the For Sale board. Trying to sneak in minutes later saying you could pick them up today was a very obvious way of trying to jump in front of me. I considered posting to that effect, but didn't. Anyway, the seller did the right thing and is selling them to me, so yaboosucks to you! Please to be looking up the word "etiquette" and acting thereupon.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 16, 2011, 06:50:28 pm
I had a similar thing a while back AWL, where an item got sold to A.N.Other.  Made me very grumbly at the time!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 16, 2011, 07:45:56 pm
The pedals had been up for 2+ weeks and this bloke had the cheek to post 7 minutes after I'd said I was interested. It wasn't as if he said "I'll have them if AWL doesn't", he hinted strongly that he should be a better prospect, as he could get them today. Harrumph!
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on December 16, 2011, 07:58:35 pm
About an hour ago, barakta prodded me in the elbow (for some legitimate kitchen reason) that's born the brunt of countless unplanned dismounts, and it's still hurting like a really hurty thing  >:(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on December 16, 2011, 08:09:36 pm
hurting like a really hurty thing  >:(

I had an elbow like that,being the result of a "gentle" crush incident at work,which persisted for many months despite pain killers etc etc.Ultimately I tried using one of those gold plated brass wrist bands with a magnet in it.Despite my initial scepticism the pain eventually went away & I continue to wear the wrist band.

JHAT  I wonder if I could get one for my knee ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Arch on December 16, 2011, 08:22:21 pm
About an hour ago, barakta prodded me in the elbow (for some legitimate kitchen reason)

Was she trying to tell if you were cooked yet?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on December 16, 2011, 08:30:41 pm
About an hour ago, barakta prodded me in the elbow (for some legitimate kitchen reason)

Was she trying to tell if you were cooked yet?

No.  We had that argument[1] about the chicken.

"Hmm, it's a bit pink"
"...and?"
"Well, it's a bit pink, that's what I'm saying."
"Pink's a bad thing, right?  How pink?"
"A bit."
*facepalms* "2 minutes? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? What?"
"I don't know, why don't you taste it?"
*sighs* *cuts a bit out and tastes it* "Hmm, about 5 more minutes, I reckon."
[time passes]
*removes chicken from oven, prods* "Well?"
(from other side of room) "Well what?"
"Well is it still pink?!?"
"I don't know..." *looks* "Not pink now, how does it taste...?"


Needless to say, I don't normally cook by colour.


[1] This is about as arguey as Kimandbarakta get.  We're not very good at it.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on December 16, 2011, 09:04:13 pm
KFC ftw?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on December 16, 2011, 09:06:51 pm
MY cooking isn't *that* bad.   :P
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on December 16, 2011, 09:11:53 pm
I was thinking that it would be convenient & dispense with the need for you two to have that "isitdone" discussion
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: PeteB99 on December 16, 2011, 09:28:21 pm
When it's black it's done.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on December 17, 2011, 04:28:57 pm
I have wittered and whinged about my broadband speed for quite a while.
Earlier this week, the BT website suggested I could get BT Infinity on 31/12/2011. Now it states 31/3/2012. I think it's now been put back a whole year, in stages. The buggers persuaded me to buy a year's landline rental in advance to save money, but the get-out/termination charges for this are high.
In the mean time, my BB is as flaky as an old croissant reheated in a hot oven.
GGRRRRRR!!!
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 17, 2011, 10:45:44 pm
There appears to be a poltergeist in our telly. It keeps turning itself off and then back on again....
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on December 18, 2011, 02:35:48 pm
Spot on my eyelid.  That's just unfair.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on December 18, 2011, 02:45:44 pm
There appears to be a poltergeist in our telly. It keeps turning itself off and then back on again....

I think some interaction 'twixt my remote control and burglar alarm sensor once did that to my hifi...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 19, 2011, 02:01:00 pm
There appears to be a poltergeist in our telly. It keeps turning itself off and then back on again....

There's one in my house, I'm convinced of it.  i went to bed early on Tuesday due to feeling like DETH and being full of unspeakable slime.  In the morning there was a shampoo bottle in the bath and the kitchen was full of steam due to the hot tap being on.

Then on Saturday night my ashtray disappeared from the coffee table in the living room ???
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on December 20, 2011, 08:58:18 am
Oi Coccyx, stop it NOW!!!

Look tail bone, I know my 20 odd stone landed on you 10 days ago following an unplanned gravity assisted decent from the loft but would you stop hurting….please.

It hurt when I went cycling on Saturday, it hurt when I used the treadmill and rowing machine on Sunday, and its hurting now while I am sitting at my desk trying to work. The only time you didn’t hurt was when I went Christmas shopping yesterday: I think my wallet that was hurting more!

Please stop it, please. I want to be able to exercise without pain, its not that much to ask is it?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 21, 2011, 11:16:54 am
luser is supplied with new, pre-expired, password.  luser logs in.

Your password has expired; you must set a new password to log in

New password:
Verification:
New password verification error; please try again
Verification:
New password verification error; please try again
Verification:

Now, what do you think the problem is?  Apart from rampant stupidity, obv.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: lou boutin on December 21, 2011, 11:52:07 am
I'm having a bad day, which started at 6.30am when only just spotting a cyclist, with black clothing and no lights what so ever, before I pulled out of a junction.  He cycled past me; I pulled out and over took him.  When I stopped at an island, slightly further up the road, I heard screeching of breaks behind me.  I braced myself for impact which didn't happen, so looked in the review mirror to see a car behind me just miss the cyclist without lights.  I spent the rest of my journey to work, and my day so far, feeling guilty for not stopping the cyclist and saying something.  Even if I did what would he have done at that point in his journey ? - well other than getting off the bike and pushing it, which I doubt he'd do.  I got to work to find the 7.30am meeting, that I had gone in early for, was cancelled because of a sickness bug.  I found out when the person I was meeting didn't turn up.  I decided to go to the greasy spoon across, have a bacon sandwich and answer some emails until the office warned up, but I spilt my coffee down my blouse and suit!!!  I cleaned my blouse up as best I could before my next meeting, only to find that the CEO of our company had decided to pop in to wish us all a merry Christmas - I got a foul look.  I've been into town - which is full of people Christmas shopping - to get another blouse.  Now I just want to hide in case anything else goes wrong.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: David Martin on December 21, 2011, 11:56:00 am
luser is supplied with new, pre-expired, password.  luser logs in.

Your password has expired; you must set a new password to log in

New password:
Verification:
New password verification error; please try again
Verification:
New password verification error; please try again
Verification:

Now, what do you think the problem is?  Apart from rampant stupidity, obv.

I think the developer should be shot. The whole process should start over from Password: as it could be either that was incorrectly entered.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: rower40 on December 21, 2011, 12:01:28 pm
luser is supplied with new, pre-expired, password.  luser logs in.

Your password has expired; you must set a new password to log in

New password:
Verification:
New password verification error; please try again
Verification:
New password verification error; please try again
Verification:

Now, what do you think the problem is?  Apart from rampant stupidity, obv.
Having typed in the pre-expired password, they keep trying to put that one in as the NEW password.  Windoze and its ilk don't like you putting in the same password when told to change it.

luser didn't have it impressed on him/her enough (using Frying Pan of Spang) that they'd have to change their password as soon as they were let in.

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 21, 2011, 12:08:56 pm
Things that seem obvious to IT people are not always obvious to normal people, and vice versa.

I'm nowhere near an IT person but I do notice that my colleagues are not always very good at reading the screen and doing what it says. For example, if an error message with instructions pops up, I'll hear "oh, it's not working, it's doing something wrong" followed by frantic clicking and then some swearing. When I suggest reading the pop up box and doing what it says, they look at me like I have two heads.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Si_Co on December 21, 2011, 12:18:30 pm
Ribs - iknow i spent monday morning doing my very best to break you thanks to the black ice but you're supposed to be healing, not depriving me of any sleep and getting worse.

Oh and well I'm here - slipping chain(ring) - stop it -you've only got to last till march then you can retire and become a clock or summat 

<chunter, mutter, grumble>
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 21, 2011, 12:48:44 pm
Lady on a bike yesterday.  Yes, you were as far to the left as it was possible to get.  And yes, you had lights, which is a welcome change in this day and age.  These facts notwithstanding, however, cycling the wrong way down a narrow one-way street is, and will forever be, the act of a terminal fuckwit.  One day it'll be a chav in a Corsa doing 40 rather than me doing 20, and where will you be then, eh?

Either in A&E at Whipps Cross on in a box, that's where.  Berk.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on December 21, 2011, 01:53:43 pm
Things that seem obvious to IT people are not always obvious to normal people, and vice versa.

If either of my two guesses for the reason for the above error are correct, then that's bad UI design and the error message is unhelpful.  But...


Quote
When I suggest reading the pop up box and doing what it says, they look at me like I have two heads.

Lusers have been trained by years of cargo-cult computer operation that the correct response to an error dialogue is to press "OK" and try again.  The actual purpose of error messages has been lost in the mists of time, and the simple process of reading and acting on them is perceived as akin to magic.

Hence "My computer gave an error." "What was the error?" "???  I don't know!"
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: tiermat on December 21, 2011, 01:55:13 pm
luser is supplied with new, pre-expired, password.  luser logs in.

Your password has expired; you must set a new password to log in

New password:
Verification:
New password verification error; please try again
Verification:
New password verification error; please try again
Verification:

Now, what do you think the problem is?  Apart from rampant stupidity, obv.

Take their computer off them, they are obviously too stupid to operate one....
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Adam on December 22, 2011, 06:49:24 pm
Sounds like the woman I saw going into the Manor Hospital in Bedford today.  Despite the front door having a massive sign saying "PULL" with another one above it saying "Please pull the door to open", she kept on pushing and had to resort to ringing the doorbell to be let in.   ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: hellymedic on December 22, 2011, 08:23:54 pm
Sounds like the woman I saw going into the Manor Hospital in Bedford today.  Despite the front door having a massive sign saying "PULL" with another one above it saying "Please pull the door to open", she kept on pushing and had to resort to ringing the doorbell to be let in.   ::-)

Ahhh! Midvale School for the Gifted...
(http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Midvale_965049_2541070.jpg)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 22, 2011, 10:29:58 pm
Lothian & Borders police, I know my colleague was parked illegally for a whole minute and I know you didn't know she was only there to pick me up to give me a lift to work and therefore not going to stay there all day, and I know it's part of your job to stop people parking illegally, but I'd have a lot more understanding of your point of view if it wasn't for the fact there's a police van parked illegally on that corner and the opposite one nearly every day. Practise what you preach please, polis.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: spesh on December 22, 2011, 10:57:19 pm
Sounds like the woman I saw going into the Manor Hospital in Bedford today.  Despite the front door having a massive sign saying "PULL" with another one above it saying "Please pull the door to open", she kept on pushing and had to resort to ringing the doorbell to be let in.   ::-)

Ahhh! Midvale School for the Gifted...
(http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Midvale_965049_2541070.jpg)

Gary Larsen FTW  ;D

He's been known to be somewhat assertive about copyright, so it's not always guaranteed that a web image of a Far Side cartoon will stay around for ever...
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on December 23, 2011, 08:19:16 pm
Why is there no online option for requesting a replacement photocard licence? If it's possible to do it over the phone (on an 0300 number so costing the DVLA money) surely it would be easier and quicker to allow online requests. Also why do you have to send the paper bit of the licence to them for a postal request (and get a form from the Post Office), yet not for on the phone? It's not as if they have all my details on computer or anything ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Kim on December 23, 2011, 08:22:56 pm
DVLA, 'nuff said.


On a related note, I appear to have managed to arrange for both my passport and driving licence to expire within a few months of each other.  What could possibly go wrong?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Feanor on December 23, 2011, 10:32:05 pm
Why is there no online option for requesting a replacement photocard licence? If it's possible to do it over the phone (on an 0300 number so costing the DVLA money) surely it would be easier and quicker to allow online requests. Also why do you have to send the paper bit of the licence to them for a postal request (and get a form from the Post Office), yet not for on the phone? It's not as if they have all my details on computer or anything ::-)

I did it online a few months ago.
Furthermore, they automagically imported my passport photo from my last passport application.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mcshroom on December 23, 2011, 10:43:24 pm
Could you tell me how you did that please? I can't find that option on directgov anywhere.

edit: first item on the bloody page - I'm getting worse :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Marco Stefano on December 28, 2011, 08:22:42 pm
Dear Present-Givers,

You may be fed up with giving me book tokens, but they give me a huge amount of enjoyment. It's not just the books, it's the bookshop browsing, and it goes on for some time. It's a trip out (or several) to our own wonderful independent LBS (local book shop).

What is wrong with delighting someone with a book token?  ???
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: David Martin on December 28, 2011, 10:35:09 pm
I have the same grumble about socks. I like getting good quality socks (of the expensive outdoor shop style like Bridgedales). They are easy, practical and cosy, and I can think of you every time I wear them.
Note the 'good quality socks'. A pile of festering sock shaped objects that are no more than a knitted tube with the end badly stitched shut are not fit for anything other than donating to the primary school for conversion to hand puppets.
Fortunately the message seems to be getting across. And boot socks are not the same as good quality walking socks.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on December 28, 2011, 11:03:13 pm
20% ABV.

Oh dear.  Tomorrow's bicycle ride may be slightly impaired  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Basil on December 28, 2011, 11:09:14 pm
20% ABV.

Oh dear.  Tomorrow's bicycle ride may be slightly impaired  :facepalm:
OMG
You are not me.   I do not claim my £5.

Other than that, yay  :thumbsup: go for it.  :D
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 29, 2011, 08:53:01 am
20% ABV. Oh dear.  Tomorrow's bicycle ride may be slightly impaired  :facepalm:
Any port in a storm?
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on December 30, 2011, 02:04:59 am
20% ABV. Oh dear.  Tomorrow's bicycle ride may be slightly impaired  :facepalm:
Any port in a storm?

Aye, a very good port as it happens.

My body clock's still not reset.  I'm wide awake and due to meet Daisyhill for a ride in exactly 8.5 hours  :-\
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bledlow on December 30, 2011, 05:54:21 pm
I am a stupid twunt. I took the worn chainrings off Mrs B's road bike & ordered some new ones from Spa Cyles. They arrived today. I have just put the outer & middle rings on - but I've lost one of the spacers for the inner ring. Someone tell me what a careless idiot I am. Of course, I have no spares. I've looked through my collection of spacers & fasteners, & there's nothing the right size.

Excuse me while I slap myself round the head a few times.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Bairn Again on December 31, 2011, 01:38:26 pm
Who thought it was a good idea to turn radio five live into radio manchester ffs?

and note to BBC - I know youve moved to Salford - you dont have to mention it every 5 minutes like its the f---ng moon you're broadcasting from. 

and breathe......
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: spesh on January 01, 2012, 03:04:21 pm
I so did not need whatever flavour of evangelical Christians knocking on my front door at brunch o'clock today. Spreading the word when everybody is still hungover or feeling semi-detached is being plain sneaky in my book...

Time to carve a few occult signs into the front door, methinks.  :demon:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on January 01, 2012, 09:04:11 pm
So tired that I actually feel sick and dizzy.

Insomnia sucks.

I was like a zombie all day at work  :(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: lou boutin on January 01, 2012, 09:07:06 pm
So tired that I actually feel sick and dizzy.

Insomnia sucks.

I was like a zombie all day at work  :(

 :( Insomia definitely does such.  I hope you have better luck tonight.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on January 02, 2012, 04:40:58 am
So tired that I actually feel sick and dizzy.

Insomnia sucks.

I was like a zombie all day at work  :(

 :( Insomia definitely does such.  I hope you have better luck tonight.

Apparently not.  Been awake for over two hours now, after falling asleep on the sofa as soon as I got home at 9pm last night, and spending another day at work like a zombie. 

This is suboptimal.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: lou boutin on January 02, 2012, 09:25:32 am
So tired that I actually feel sick and dizzy.

Insomnia sucks.

I was like a zombie all day at work  :(

 :( Insomia definitely does such.  I hope you have better luck tonight.

Apparently not.  Been awake for over two hours now, after falling asleep on the sofa as soon as I got home at 9pm last night, and spending another day at work like a zombie. 

This is suboptimal.

:(
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on January 02, 2012, 12:40:33 pm
But thanks for taking notice Lou, and for the sympathy  :)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: why1040 on January 02, 2012, 08:09:10 pm
I'm really bored with coughing!

Really, REALLY bored with coughing!

At the moment, it appears that my biggest trigger for coughing is in fact laughing.  I laugh a lot  :facepalm:

If I go to the Body Shop tomorrow, do you think they'll sell me a new pair of lungs?   ::-)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: Andrij on January 02, 2012, 08:11:17 pm
If I go to the Body Shop tomorrow, do you think they'll sell me a new pair of lungs?   ::-)

I'm sorry, but that made me laugh.  :)

GWS.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: 'breff on January 03, 2012, 02:50:26 am
I've been trying to cancel an early morning appointment with my doctor using the EMIS access where you can make/cancel appointments, request repeat prescriptions etc online. I've been trying to log on to the system since Saturday afternoon and it's only now, 2-45am and less than 6 hours before the appointment time, that I have managed to get through and deal with it.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: LindaG on January 03, 2012, 03:56:17 am
Awake again.  Naturally.    :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on January 03, 2012, 10:18:55 am
try chocolate,luuuurve & cycling :demon:
simultaneously ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: fboab on January 03, 2012, 10:37:29 am
I spent 4 hours last night nagging my children and myself to empty the kitchen and the bathroom for the builders coming today to take down then replace the stud wall that has so much damp the fungi are fruiting and the radiator is falling off the wall. They'll also be re-plumbing the bathroom, draining the heating system and taking out the dead Rayburn that sucks woodsmoke into the kitchen from the living room fire. It's needed doing for about a year.

We moved everything, and it's stacked under sheets in the living room, making the house, pretty much, unusable. I've arranged for the childers to stay at their Dad's, I'm staying elsewhere, the water will be off, there'll be dust everywhere, it's all very disruptive. (Every cloud has a silver lining- we defrosted the fridgefreezer to move it).

They haven't turned up. No one has phoned to tell me of any delay.

I may have mentioned this before, but

MY LANDLORD IS A TOSSER.
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on January 03, 2012, 10:38:43 am
A great many of them are. >:(

Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: essexian on January 03, 2012, 11:07:34 am
Why aren't bike shops like doctors??? My LBS phoned me at home today to say that my new bike was now in store... I was not in so my much better half took the call.... "What bike is this" she asked.... "the one he ordered in October." they replied..... "oh the one he forgot to tell me about" Came her reply.

Hope the dog house is warm tonight..... Why did the LBS tell her????!!!! Sigh :facepalm:

(And yes, I did tell her I was getting a new bike, but she forgot....or more likely I did not stress the point.)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: jogler on January 03, 2012, 11:12:13 am


Hope the dog house is warm tonight.....

that's why a bloke should have a shed or a tent or a bivvi bag  ;D
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: clarion on January 03, 2012, 11:13:24 am
That's why you should make sure you buy her a bike first ;)
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: oncemore on January 03, 2012, 11:15:04 am
Bloody NHS computer system! Trying to refer me for a chest x-ray (emphysema or worse....) this a.m., my GP (who is only permitted so to do "electronically") could not, his access being continually blocked by the usual "Congratulations! You are the xth visitor today and have won an i-pod" pop-ups.

Now I have to await a letter which will give me a 'phone number to call to arrange a time.

The delay is neither here nor there in my case, but it might be for some. And it hardly gives me a warm feeling about the oft-touted all singing, all dancing, NHS IT panacea!

 
Title: Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 03, 2012, 11:17:59 am
Bloody NHS computer system! Trying to refer me for a chest x-ray (emphysema or worse....) this a.m., my GP (who is only permitted so to do "electronically") could not, his access being continually blocked by the usual "Congratulations! You are the xth visitor today and have won an i-pod" pop-ups.

You think the NHS IT system has these popups? if it did, they wouldn't work

More likely your GP has a minor trojan on their computer.
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Post by: jogler on January 03, 2012, 11:18:59 am
That's why you should make sure you buy her a bike first ;)

 & ensure that it costs more £ than any of yours  ;)
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Post by: oncemore on January 03, 2012, 11:24:21 am
Bloody NHS computer system! Trying to refer me for a chest x-ray (emphysema or worse....) this a.m., my GP (who is only permitted so to do "electronically") could not, his access being continually blocked by the usual "Congratulations! You are the xth visitor today and have won an i-pod" pop-ups.

You think the NHS IT system has these popups? if it did, they wouldn't work

More likely your GP has a minor trojan on their computer.

I was hardly in the mood to discuss the finer points of WHY it wasn't working! Nor indeed do I have the IT knowledge so to do - and I doubt that he has! The outcome (or lack of) was my concern.
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Post by: clarion on January 03, 2012, 11:35:19 am
mrcharly is correct.  I understand why it was annoying for you, oncemore.  The system is bad enough when it's working, and those following this forum will know how much love I have for NPfIT/CfH/Whateverthey'recallingitthisweek.

But I am trying to deal with a PC whch a GP has managed to infect - not once, but twice. >:(
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Post by: fboab on January 03, 2012, 11:49:02 am
I spent 4 hours last night nagging my children and myself to empty the kitchen and the bathroom for the builders coming today to take down then replace the stud wall that has so much damp the fungi are fruiting and the radiator is falling off the wall. They'll also be re-plumbing the bathroom, draining the heating system and taking out the dead Rayburn that sucks woodsmoke into the kitchen from the living room fire. It's needed doing for about a year.

We moved everything, and it's stacked under sheets in the living room, making the house, pretty much, unusable. I've arranged for the childers to stay at their Dad's, I'm staying elsewhere, the water will be off, there'll be dust everywhere, it's all very disruptive. (Every cloud has a silver lining- we defrosted the fridgefreezer to move it).

They haven't turned up. No one has phoned to tell me of any delay.

I may have mentioned this before, but

MY LANDLORD IS A TOSSER.

Joy.
They're coming next Monday. But only because I phoned and said 'err, where's your builders?'.

Do I put it all back? Or leave it for 6 days?
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Post by: Clare on January 03, 2012, 11:53:46 am
Do I put it all back? Or leave it for 6 days?

You need storage space for 6 days, surely your landlord's office would be perfect for that.

 :thumbsup:

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Post by: clarion on January 03, 2012, 12:11:50 pm
+1
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Post by: hulver on January 03, 2012, 12:13:24 pm
I really don't want to be back to work today. Having some time off over Christmas has left me unmotivated.
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Post by: jogler on January 03, 2012, 03:11:02 pm
I've got the motivation but no work to do.Want to swap Hulver :)
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Post by: essexian on January 03, 2012, 05:12:09 pm
Grumble update....Grumble update....Grumble update....

So, I phoned the LBS about my new bike expecting to be able to arrange a fitting and collection time after my lovely wife took a message from them saying it was in stock......wrong, its not in stock and won't be as the makers have not sent sufficient numbers for the orders placed  :facepalm:

So no new bike for me as the LBS don't think the bike is likely to be re-stocked this year unless I buy something else... but the cat is now out of the bag with her in doors regarding my new purchase. I might not be allowed to spend the money I earn on something I "need."

Oh no need to use the dog house or any of my tents (we have three) as my lovely lady is spending the night over her Mothers...

Finally, I did offer to buy her a bike but she isn't interested in cycling.  ::-)
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Post by: barakta on January 03, 2012, 06:18:45 pm
Rail websites, all suck, and blow and spew broken pop ups at the same time...  Feckoff!
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Post by: Arch on January 03, 2012, 06:39:07 pm
It's a measure of how my day went, that when I put on a sweater just now, I wasn't at all surprised when I managed to punch myself in the mouth.

Fecking Wind. Fecking Christmas backlog. Just feck.

Yorkies will probably know where the windiest place in York is. Anyone want to guess which bit our round encompassed?
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Post by: SteveC on January 03, 2012, 06:56:41 pm
It's a measure of how my day went, that when I put on a sweater just now, I wasn't at all surprised when I managed to punch myself in the mouth.

Fecking Wind. Fecking Christmas backlog. Just feck.

Yorkies will probably know where the windiest place in York is. Anyone want to guess which bit our round encompassed?
At least you managed your round.  Our recyclers didn't turn up. (I did feel rather sorry for the bin men, who did come round, this morning.)

S
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Post by: Adam on January 03, 2012, 07:22:29 pm
Rail websites, all suck, and blow and spew broken pop ups at the same time...  Feckoff!

I tend to stick with using Southern's one - lets you book bike spaces and view all the stops on the route for the train you've selected.
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Post by: Pingu on January 03, 2012, 10:58:50 pm
My beanie didn't come & JLP didn't phone Mrs P  :(

(http://dlazechk.dl.funpic.org/ch890310.jpg)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 04, 2012, 11:14:35 am
The bastard coffee machine is b0rked.

Again >:(
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Post by: David Martin on January 04, 2012, 11:25:39 am
Forgot to take tools with me to the post office. Bike was too big to post. Fortunately the counter clerk had a set of allen keys so I could remove the handlebars and close the box properly. It then came within the size limit (just).
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 04, 2012, 01:59:27 pm
I spent 4 hours last night nagging my children and myself to empty the kitchen and the bathroom for the builders coming today to take down then replace the stud wall that has so much damp the fungi are fruiting and the radiator is falling off the wall. They'll also be re-plumbing the bathroom, draining the heating system and taking out the dead Rayburn that sucks woodsmoke into the kitchen from the living room fire. It's needed doing for about a year.

We moved everything, and it's stacked under sheets in the living room, making the house, pretty much, unusable. I've arranged for the childers to stay at their Dad's, I'm staying elsewhere, the water will be off, there'll be dust everywhere, it's all very disruptive. (Every cloud has a silver lining- we defrosted the fridgefreezer to move it).

They haven't turned up. No one has phoned to tell me of any delay.

I may have mentioned this before, but

MY LANDLORD IS A TOSSER.

Joy.
They're coming next Monday. But only because I phoned and said 'err, where's your builders?'.

Do I put it all back? Or leave it for 6 days?
Only just see this.

FFS, you must be really down. Not a single sweary sentence?

If I were in your situation, being a lazy git, I would unpack enough to be able to live camp in the house and no more
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Post by: fboab on January 04, 2012, 06:42:46 pm
I spent 4 hours last night nagging my children and myself to empty the kitchen and the bathroom for the builders coming today to take down then replace the stud wall that has so much damp the fungi are fruiting and the radiator is falling off the wall. They'll also be re-plumbing the bathroom, draining the heating system and taking out the dead Rayburn that sucks woodsmoke into the kitchen from the living room fire. It's needed doing for about a year.

We moved everything, and it's stacked under sheets in the living room, making the house, pretty much, unusable. I've arranged for the childers to stay at their Dad's, I'm staying elsewhere, the water will be off, there'll be dust everywhere, it's all very disruptive. (Every cloud has a silver lining- we defrosted the fridgefreezer to move it).

They haven't turned up. No one has phoned to tell me of any delay.

I may have mentioned this before, but

MY LANDLORD IS A TOSSER.

Joy.
They're coming next Monday. But only because I phoned and said 'err, where's your builders?'.

Do I put it all back? Or leave it for 6 days?
Only just see this.

FFS, you must be really down. Not a single sweary sentence?

If I were in your situation, being a lazy git, I would unpack enough to be able to live camp in the house and no more
Erm , yeah, err.
Cooking round the fridge is interesting. I can't get in the cupboard under the sink. And if I need a recipe: tough shit.
Makes me wonder how much of this stuuuufffff I actually need. Who needs more than a dozen ramekins FFS?
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Post by: mcshroom on January 04, 2012, 06:49:58 pm
Goretex shoes don't work when the puddle comes above the level of your shoes. :(

Water in said footwear now has been poured out (a lot of it too) and the shoes arecurrently drip drying in the hallway.
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Post by: why1040 on January 04, 2012, 08:34:57 pm
I'm having a really low energy day!  I thought I'd got this chronic fatigue a little more under control, but today's been rubbish-and the rest of the week's not been great either!

 :-\

Really bored with this now!
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Post by: Arch on January 04, 2012, 09:02:56 pm
Who needs more than a dozen ramekins FFS?

Don't think of them as ramekins. Think of them as useful pots for putting pingfukkits in when doing any sort of dismantling...
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Post by: Kim on January 04, 2012, 09:06:24 pm
Who needs more than a dozen ramekins FFS?

Our former landlady, without the benefit of whose kitchen cupboards I'd still be unaware of what a ramekin is.

One day I hope to learn what they're for.  Other than temporary pingfuckit storage, as Arch suggests.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 04, 2012, 09:12:15 pm
Chocolate mousse innit.
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Post by: spesh on January 04, 2012, 09:24:55 pm
I find ramekins handy when I'm doing the deep prep for Indian/Thai recipes. It's easier to have the spices and sauces all measured out before I start cooking.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Canardly on January 04, 2012, 09:27:30 pm
I find ramekins handy when I'm doing the deep prep for Indian/Thai recipes. It's easier to have the spices and sauces all measured out before I start cooking.  :thumbsup:

and knife sharpening on the unglazed bits.......
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Post by: Arch on January 04, 2012, 09:30:16 pm
Chocolate mousse innit.


or creme brulee, or baked eggs etc etc

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Post by: Marj on January 05, 2012, 11:50:20 am
Chocolate mousse innit.


or creme brulee, or baked eggs etc etc

I made creme brulee's over Christmas, as a bit of a change from a heavy stodgy pudding, they didn't last very long but I am told were delicious.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 05, 2012, 02:18:05 pm
Ring ring!
-Hello, Police!
-I'd like to report a robbery.
-Where did the robbery occur?
-Chez Cudzo.
-Can you identify the items stolen?
-On an occasion or occasions between 24th December and 5th January, my legs, lungs and brain were removed and replaced with spaghetti, cotton wool and papier mache, respectively. As an example of the last I give you this: setting out upon my bicycle, I realised that my trouser-encompassing band thingy (elasticated cuff off the bottom of Mrs Cudzo's old trousers) was fastened around my left ankle...
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Post by: Arch on January 05, 2012, 02:25:49 pm
Ring ring!
-Hello, Police!
-I'd like to report a robbery.
-Where did the robbery occur?
-Chez Cudzo.
-Can you identify the items stolen?
-On an occasion or occasions between 24th December and 5th January, my legs, lungs and brain were removed and replaced with spaghetti, cotton wool and papier mache, respectively. As an example of the last I give you this: setting out upon my bicycle, I realised that my trouser-encompassing band thingy (elasticated cuff off the bottom of Mrs Cudzo's old trousers) was fastened around my left ankle...

We collect from various sets of flats with bin stores, for which we need entry codes. The gates have a number pad to get in, but a simple button to open the gates from the inside.

On Tuesday, we hit upon the fact that at one place we could open both sides of the gate instead of just one, and wheel the trikes in, as opposed to what we have been doing, which was open one half, walk in, collect the boxes, lug then outside and load at the kerb. Much easier to go in with the trikes. Expect this particular gate shuts automatically on the side that opens with the keypad. So when we came to go out, half of the gate had shut, and the half with just a bolt was still open.

No matter, I go out of the open side, take a glove off,  tap the code in, see the auto-half open and go back through to fetch the trike, to find my colleague laughing at me. Why hadn't I just pushed the button on the inside?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 05, 2012, 02:30:05 pm
 ;D That's known as over-thinking!

BTW, did you find my legs in someone's recycling?
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Post by: Arch on January 05, 2012, 03:01:38 pm
;D That's known as over-thinking!

BTW, did you find my legs in someone's recycling?

Sorry no. I'll keep looking.

I don't think we've had a bizarre find this week.
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Post by: Kim on January 05, 2012, 03:05:03 pm
I don't think we've had a bizarre find this week.

That counts as even more bizarre!
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Post by: Arch on January 05, 2012, 03:09:34 pm
I don't think we've had a bizarre find this week.

That counts as even more bizarre!

 ;D

Some weeks are just more random than others. And it's the binstores that are often most productive. The faux antique globe drinks cabinet was a high spot last year.
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Post by: jogler on January 05, 2012, 03:13:09 pm
We have received 12 envelopes in the post today.NINE of them were junk mail ::-)
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Post by: fboab on January 05, 2012, 03:44:42 pm
I don't want to ride home.
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Post by: clarion on January 05, 2012, 10:07:50 pm
People, people, people!  It's January.  It's a bit moist out there.  Can we see some mudguards? >:(
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Post by: David Martin on January 06, 2012, 12:07:35 pm
Ar materials shop. Yes I know your opening hours are 9 to 5, but why stand there chatting amongst yourselves when there is a customer standing outside in the cold waiting at a few minutes to 9? Surely opening the door a couple of minutes early won't kill you?

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Post by: CAMRAMan on January 06, 2012, 07:10:03 pm
I've just got back in from a day at my new employer having twiddled my thumbs for the vast majority of the day. The main boss was out & his deputy was too busy to allocate stuff to me, so I hope they get their act together soon.
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Post by: David Martin on January 07, 2012, 10:49:19 am
The bottom bracket on my MTB has started to be seriously trashed rather than just a little dodgy. Looks like replacement may need to be sooner rather than later :(
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 07, 2012, 12:23:37 pm
No, I'm not interested in having a discussion with you, and does anybody ever want a copy of the Watchtower from a stranger knocking at their door?
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Post by: clarion on January 07, 2012, 05:22:22 pm
I've taken several copies.  For anthropological research, you understand.
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Post by: nicknack on January 07, 2012, 06:09:14 pm
I've taken several copies.  For anthropological research, you understand.

Nah, you can't fool me. You needed some firelighters.
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Post by: mcshroom on January 07, 2012, 08:17:38 pm
Why did my front light have to jump off into a ditch where I couldn't see it in the dark? Getting home on a 0.5W flasher round unlit lanes is not an experience I'd like to repeat.

Also, I'm pretty sure the route I used today was all on road, and I was using a bike with guards, so why does my tourer now look like I've been Cyclo-crossing?
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Post by: SteveC on January 07, 2012, 09:15:33 pm
Also, I'm pretty sure the route I used today was all on road, and I was using a bike with guards, so why does my tourer now look like I've been Cyclo-crossing?
My wheelie bin looks like it's been cycle-crossing!  I know it was a bit wild here on Tuesday when it was emptied, but...
(Either the bin men left the lid open or it blew open later so there's water in it at the moment which is why I was looking at it so closely!)

S
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 10, 2012, 11:25:00 am
I had the merest suggestion of a cold.

So why has my breathing decided to shut down?  Utterly useless all weekend, hardly able to talk on Sun. Yesterday off work.  Better today, but it will be a week before I can cycle again. Oh, ffs.
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Post by: Kim on January 10, 2012, 01:39:29 pm
Barakta's gall bladder attacked again at Audax o'clock this morning.  She's back in sleep-and-feel-terrible mode.

Still nothing from the hospital.   :(
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Post by: Feline on January 10, 2012, 05:05:20 pm
Barakta's gall bladder attacked again at Audax o'clock this morning.  She's back in sleep-and-feel-terrible mode.

Still nothing from the hospital.   :(

Oh dear :(
GWS Barakta!
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Post by: clarion on January 10, 2012, 05:11:57 pm
:-( Poor Barakta
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Post by: cycleman on January 10, 2012, 09:55:36 pm
get well soon barakta  :)
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Post by: Arch on January 10, 2012, 10:39:40 pm
Indeed, GWveryS.
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Post by: why1040 on January 10, 2012, 10:56:43 pm
One of my best friends had her handbag stolen out of her car while she was driving it (the car, not the handbag*) yesterday!  I thought stuff like that only happened in the movies!  Classic distraction method "can you tell me how to get to so-and-so" while someone else reached in the other side!   >:(

The only good point is that at least she's not one to have lots of credit cards, she's a cash sorta gal.



*though actually, it's about the size of a good handbag...
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Post by: Kim on January 10, 2012, 11:20:23 pm
The only good point is that at least she's not one to have lots of credit cards, she's a cash sorta gal.

That's a good thing?  Cards can be cancelled, cash is gone...
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Post by: why1040 on January 10, 2012, 11:35:34 pm
It is a good things cos she wasn't carrying much...cards are a PITA to get cancelled and replaced, but as she doesn't really use them, she's not missing them.
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Post by: Basil on January 11, 2012, 12:10:01 am
Bugger!  How's barakta?  GWS matey.

*worries*
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Post by: barakta on January 11, 2012, 12:47:46 am
Bugger!  How's barakta?  GWS matey.

*worries*

Still grotty but hopefully improving slowly.  Back to GP tomorrow to chase up scan and ask for drugs and possibly bloods (if they can extract it from me). 
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Post by: Peter on January 11, 2012, 12:56:00 am
Get well soon, Barakta.
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Post by: why1040 on January 11, 2012, 12:59:58 am
Urgh, get well soon! 
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Post by: citoyen on January 11, 2012, 04:51:31 pm
Bloody kids.

I've blagged free tickets for me and the boy to go to one of the Heineken Cup rugby matches this weekend. Phoned him to let him know, thinking he'd be delighted, but his response was decidedly lukewarm. OK, so it's not a match involving the team he supports, and it's not quite as big a deal as seeing his team play at Wembley a couple of months ago, but I thought he'd be a little bit more excited than he appears to be. Doesn't know he's born, I tell you.

I suspect the problem is that it interferes with plans he's already made to hang around in town with girls.  ::-)

d.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 12, 2012, 01:20:55 pm
The most common side-effect of co-codamol has kicked in. I am not happy.  :(
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Post by: barakta on January 12, 2012, 03:43:16 pm
I am sure my work PC and notwork are on a piss me off and go slow today.  Wireless keeps working then timing me out *scowl*
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Post by: Basil on January 12, 2012, 04:25:30 pm
I am sure my work PC and notwork are on a piss me off and go slow today.  Wireless keeps working then timing me out *scowl*

You see, that's why I liked those old fasioned big heavy screens.  I could punch them in frustration. [1]  Really used to hurt, which stopped me from doing it again for at least an hour, but at least it felt sort of good to do.

[1]  They were also good for drying out wet mits.
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Post by: Kim on January 12, 2012, 05:03:46 pm
They made a good noise when you threw them out of the window, too...
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Post by: CAMRAMan on January 12, 2012, 05:09:45 pm
The most common side-effect of co-codamol has kicked in. I am not happy.  :(
I was given a stash of those, pray tell what it is, though I can imagine what it might involve...
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Post by: Kim on January 12, 2012, 05:11:59 pm
It's the one that isn't cancelled out by the otherwise opposite side-effect of most antibiotics...
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Post by: Feanor on January 12, 2012, 05:12:57 pm
Handy for building arches, too:

http://www.imagepoop.com/image/602/Computer-Monitor-Arch.html
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 12, 2012, 05:25:18 pm
The most common side-effect of co-codamol has kicked in. I am not happy.  :(
I was given a stash of those, pray tell what it is, though I can imagine what it might involve...
Last night's black-eyed bean curry, brown rice and curried aubergines have not yet exited my digestive tract and neither has anything else I ate yesterday or today.
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Post by: David Martin on January 13, 2012, 12:53:57 am
They made a good noise when you threw them out of the window, too...
Especially if you don't open it first..
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Post by: 'breff on January 13, 2012, 02:16:11 am
First wife, way back in the early 80's, was really superstitious and it has actually started to pass on to me in recent times! Over 20 years since the Divorce and I now get edgy about Friday the 13th and other stuff. I know everyday is unlucky for somebody or other but Why is this day and date so worrying?
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 13, 2012, 07:44:05 am
The most common side-effect of co-codamol has kicked in. I am not happy.  :(
I am even less happy today than I was yesterday.  >:(
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Post by: Wombat on January 13, 2012, 08:28:38 am
The temptation to make a suggestion about Dyno Rod is tempered by the desire not to incur the wrath of the lovely but fiery Kirst....

And apropos friday 13th, it is a crunch day for us, and I've just made unreasonable demands on our reprographics section, which will have repercussions, and this after spending best part of an hour standing outside various council homes with a thermal imaging camera in the dark at zero degrees Celsius....  Its going to be quite a day...
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Post by: essexian on January 13, 2012, 08:51:41 am
“Cyclists” of Stafford.

I know I have moaned about this before but PLEASE GET SOME LIGHTS!

Just had to return home to change my undies after almost hitting one of you morons. You were completely invisible on a unlit road at 7am. Why, if you are cycling without lights, are you also wearing dark clothing? Sometimes, I just wonder if Darwin was right. What are you doing being alive still?

Please give me a chance of seeing you. Lights can be brought for £6 in Tescos (come on, they need the sales!!!). Isn’t your life worth £6????
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Post by: Arch on January 13, 2012, 05:07:44 pm
First wife, way back in the early 80's, was really superstitious and it has actually started to pass on to me in recent times! Over 20 years since the Divorce and I now get edgy about Friday the 13th and other stuff. I know everyday is unlucky for somebody or other but Why is this day and date so worrying?

I think (may be wrong), that Friday is generally thought of as a bad day because of it being the day Jesus was crucified. add in the unlucky 13 (which I think is also a Jesus+disciples thing, if you count Judas), and it's a double whammy...
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Post by: Andrij on January 13, 2012, 05:22:40 pm
First wife, way back in the early 80's, was really superstitious and it has actually started to pass on to me in recent times! Over 20 years since the Divorce and I now get edgy about Friday the 13th and other stuff. I know everyday is unlucky for somebody or other but Why is this day and date so worrying?

I think (may be wrong), that Friday is generally thought of as a bad day because of it being the day Jesus was crucified. add in the unlucky 13 (which I think is also a Jesus+disciples thing, if you count Judas), and it's a double whammy...

Friday the 13th (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th).
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Post by: 'breff on January 13, 2012, 06:42:12 pm
Thanks for that.  It does interest me that it is also thought to be unlucky in Furrin lands, Netherlands is mentioned in the wiki' thing.  I had thought of the 13th Dude at the Last Supper as many people claim a positive thing of there being 12 disciples.
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Post by: mike on January 13, 2012, 06:47:27 pm
Arse.  There's nothing in the fridge and I cant be bothered to drive 15 mins each way to go to t***o.  I suppose I can at least buy some beer while I'm there..
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Post by: Andrij on January 13, 2012, 08:11:14 pm
Arse.  There's nothing in the fridge and I cant be bothered to drive 15 mins each way to go to t***o.  I suppose I can at least buy some beer while I'm there..

Village pub not do food?
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Post by: why1040 on January 13, 2012, 09:01:31 pm
I got chilled fettling the bike before putting it away after today's ride and now just can't warm up!  I've had warm dinner, the heating's on and I'm dressed warmly...

I'm starting to consider a hot bath with a glass of wine*! BRRRRRRR!

*the wine may not help my actual temperature, but I may care less
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Post by: mike on January 13, 2012, 09:04:51 pm
Arse.  There's nothing in the fridge and I cant be bothered to drive 15 mins each way to go to t***o.  I suppose I can at least buy some beer while I'm there..

Village pub not do food?


it does, but MrsMike's away and it always Ends Badly when I go there without her... :D
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Post by: hellymedic on January 13, 2012, 11:26:50 pm
I got chilled fettling the bike before putting it away after today's ride and now just can't warm up!  I've had warm dinner, the heating's on and I'm dressed warmly...

I'm starting to consider a hot bath with a glass of wine*! BRRRRRRR!

*the wine may not help my actual temperature, but I may care less

Try something hot, sweet and milky; hot chocolate or custard...
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Post by: LindaG on January 13, 2012, 11:38:43 pm
Hot bath, warm drink, hot man.  To warm your feet on, obviously.

My body clock is all over the shop.  This gets less funny by the day.
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Post by: jogler on January 14, 2012, 07:02:09 am
Hot bath, warm drink, hot man.  To warm your feet on, obviously.

you very nearly got ten out of ten there  ;)
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Post by: citoyen on January 15, 2012, 12:49:00 am
many people claim a positive thing of there being 12 disciples.

I'm sure they do.

d.
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Post by: 'breff on January 15, 2012, 01:25:09 am
many people claim a positive thing of there being 12 disciples.

I'm sure they do.

d.


I'm sure the twelve of them that Didn't get nailed up felt lucky. The thirteenth bloke wasn't so lucky.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on January 15, 2012, 09:24:07 am
My ludicrously large xmas booze stash has finally run out... :(
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Post by: jogler on January 15, 2012, 12:33:45 pm
It's still January.Clearly it was not large enough.Do better next time.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on January 15, 2012, 04:18:09 pm
I succumbed and bought a couple of bottles of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.
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Post by: mcshroom on January 15, 2012, 06:35:14 pm
I'm sure it's a great advantage putting off-road long distance paths into the Google mapping software, but it makes planning cycle routes with it a lot harder now. Apparently the best way from Kildale to York is straight over the top of the moors on a dirt track.
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Post by: jogler on January 15, 2012, 06:57:20 pm
Them things called maps may challenge Scholes in the come-back stakes ;D
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Post by: mcshroom on January 15, 2012, 07:01:29 pm
OS maps I haz, but with route planning it was easier to let the machine do it.
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Post by: jogler on January 16, 2012, 12:20:09 pm
I'm proper Grumble with myself.I've ponced about wrt the train tickets for Kildale to the extent that I've missed out on the cheap tickets on the Friday.Cheapest now is £52 &  I'm not paying that much 'cause it's more than petrol would be ::-)
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Post by: Jacomus on January 17, 2012, 10:22:49 am
Ok sinuses, its not funny anymore, I want to be able to breathe properly plz. Making my nose whistle is irritating and not being able to breathe in properly is highly annoying as I have given myself a sore throat by breathing through my mouth. >:(
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Post by: hellymedic on January 21, 2012, 06:55:56 pm
Why can't some people get a grip on what's important in this life?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-16648829 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-16648829)
7 years ago, my cousin, his wife and two tots (<4 IIRC) had a miraculous escape from the tsunami at Phuket. When they returned to their hotel, another resident bemoaned the lack of marmalade for breakfast!
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 21, 2012, 07:33:45 pm
According to information (that is t'internets, not the airport) our flight may not arrive until 1am, meaning we won't get back to bed in Furrybootoon until 3-4am :-(.
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Post by: Arch on January 22, 2012, 11:03:04 am
Why can't some people get a grip on what's important in this life?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-16648829 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-16648829)
7 years ago, my cousin, his wife and two tots (<4 IIRC) had a miraculous escape from the tsunami at Phuket. When they returned to their hotel, another resident bemoaned the lack of marmalade for breakfast!

Quote from that report:

"There was certainly no 'women and children first' policy. It was disgusting."

No, there isn't, apparently, and it's a good thing too. It's been weighed up, and the stress and difficulty of dividing spouses, or fathers from families, wastes time. A good evacuation gets everyone queued up and in the boats and away, regardless.

I've never quite understood the women and children first thing, or the general feeling in any tradegy that women and children's lives are more important than men's. If anyone should get priority, it's those least able to help themselves or most susceptible to cold, regardless of age or sex.

I expect a tidal expert could probably assure the lady that her husband will end up off Monaco eventually.

(of course, the Concordia evacuation, or lack of it, does sound like it was very badly handled initially, that's not in dispute. I can't help thinking though, that if everyone had been told to be ready to get off, and then nothing happened, there'd be complaints about the inconvenience...)
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Post by: jogler on January 22, 2012, 11:17:18 am
The fact that approx 4000 people were evacuated off a sinking vessel,in the dark, demands that someone deserves a great deal of credit.
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Post by: Arch on January 22, 2012, 11:28:06 am
True, it could clearly have been a lot worse. But whatever happens, someone will moan about it.
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Post by: Andrij on January 23, 2012, 01:22:20 am
Is one night of uninterrupted sleep too much to ask for?  Apparently, 'yes'.  It would be nice if I could sleep for more than 3 hours at a time - haven't done so in weeks.  Hopefully I can fall back asleep before it's time to wake up.  :-\
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Post by: 'breff on January 23, 2012, 01:45:23 am
I also would like some sleep.  My head has been in such agony this past week or so that I finally succumbed to popping around 20 Dihydrocodeine 30's through the night follwed by, I think, 12 Tramadol 50's through the Sunday up to about 11pm. I have to be at a very important appointment with a psychiatric consultant tomorrow morning that means I'll have to be up for 7am.  Every time I lie down the pain makes me feel like I am floating round the room and ready to blow chunks with the Seasick feelings. All I want is a "Day off from all this" and remember the motivation, opportunism, love for adventure and self confidence I used to have back in the days where a months nett income 25 years ago was a LOT more than I now get in a year and the fact that I actually enjoyed the competitive and satisfying nature of my work and lifestyle. I'd like to know what I did to earn so much Bad Karma.

ETA: I'd also like to be the 10 stones lighter that I was back then and up to the early part of this century when I all but doubled my weight to a 40.9 bmi :sick:
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Post by: essexian on January 23, 2012, 08:14:27 am
Currently getting quite upset with ATG ticket agency. Firstly, a £4 per ticket booking fee for a theatre you own! Robbing Gets  >:(

And then, you decline my card (and yes, its pay day so there is more than plenty of money in there!) but don't give me a second chance of trying again...oh no, I have to phone your "Helpline" which doesn't open until 9am.

Not a very good service.  ::-)

GRRRRR
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Post by: LindaG on January 23, 2012, 08:24:15 am
I also would like some sleep.  My head has been in such agony this past week or so that I finally succumbed to popping around 20 Dihydrocodeine 30's through the night follwed by, I think, 12 Tramadol 50's through the Sunday up to about 11pm. I have to be at a very important appointment with a psychiatric consultant tomorrow morning that means I'll have to be up for 7am.  Every time I lie down the pain makes me feel like I am floating round the room and ready to blow chunks with the Seasick feelings. All I want is a "Day off from all this" and remember the motivation, opportunism, love for adventure and self confidence I used to have back in the days where a months nett income 25 years ago was a LOT more than I now get in a year and the fact that I actually enjoyed the competitive and satisfying nature of my work and lifestyle. I'd like to know what I did to earn so much Bad Karma.

ETA: I'd also like to be the 10 stones lighter that I was back then and up to the early part of this century when I all but doubled my weight to a 40.9 bmi :sick:

Hope you feel a bit better now 'Dog.  Try to remember how much you HAVE achieved.

Have a hug.
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Post by: interzen on January 23, 2012, 08:52:37 am
Finally we appear to have a day where a) the sun is out and b) the wind isn't so strong that it's stripping the bark off trees etc. ....

... and I have to take the car to work because there's a bunch of stuff I need to pick up which isn't really conducive to portage by bike. *And* I've got to go to the dentist in about half an hour.

Arse!
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Post by: LindaG on January 23, 2012, 08:54:24 am
Finally we appear to have a day where a) the sun is out and b) the wind isn't so strong that it's stripping the bark off trees etc. ....

... and I have to take the car to work because there's a bunch of stuff I need to pick up which isn't really conducive to portage by bike. *And* I've got to go to the dentist in about half an hour.

Arse!

Drink!  Nuns!  Girls!
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Post by: interzen on January 23, 2012, 11:05:42 am
Finally we appear to have a day where a) the sun is out and b) the wind isn't so strong that it's stripping the bark off trees etc. ....

... and I have to take the car to work because there's a bunch of stuff I need to pick up which isn't really conducive to portage by bike. *And* I've got to go to the dentist in about half an hour.

Arse!

Drink!  Nuns!  Girls!
And, since the trip to the dentist revealed another filling which needs to be replaced I'll see your "Drink! Nuns! Girls!" and raise you a "Feck!" (granted, the filling won't be as wallet-pummelingly expensive as the crown I have to get done, but even so ...)

Obviously, I can't Hackett .... (IGMC)
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Post by: 'breff on January 23, 2012, 11:55:46 am
Hope you feel a bit better now 'Dog.  Try to remember how much you HAVE achieved.
Have a hug.

Thanks :-) Managed to get to the appointment on time and was in there for near to Two Hours!
More Guess work and trial and error on Yet MORE DRUGS!
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Post by: citoyen on January 23, 2012, 12:24:44 pm
I'm sure the twelve of them that Didn't get nailed up felt lucky. The thirteenth bloke wasn't so lucky.

I suppose if you accept that there were definitely 12 apostles, it's no big leap to imagining that bad things are more likely to happen when a particular day of the month falls on a particular day of the week.

More importantly, good luck with the medication. My wife has been suffering with persistent headaches for some time and has been going through all sorts of emotional ups and downs while the doctor tries to find a) the right medication for her, and b) the right dose. It seems to be under control now - hope the same happens for you soon.

d.
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Post by: Zipperhead on January 23, 2012, 02:16:18 pm
Oy Amazon, I thought that I'd try having something delivered to one of your lockers, so that irrespective of when it was delivered, it would be delivered and I could go and pick it up shortly thereafter.

Well, you sent me the email 48 hours ago to say that it was delivered to the locker, but you haven't yet sent me the email (which the other one refers to) giving me the magic number to open the locker.

That's no much 'kin use now is it?
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Post by: jogler on January 23, 2012, 02:42:03 pm
Grumble # 1:my knee aches & I've only ridden a kilometre or so.
Grumble # 2: the doc says I've got to surrender a little bit of my body to the surgeons knife
Grumble # 3: whilst fettling I fell over in the garage & twisted my ankle = pain

It's one of those days where everything you touch seems to go wrong.I dare not go for a piss ::-)
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Post by: LindaG on January 25, 2012, 09:40:36 am
Oh, dear.  I seem to have mislaid my dongle.  Anyone seen it?  Last seen in the Travelodge, Leatherhead.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 25, 2012, 10:35:37 am
Look, you dopey bints, if you want to stand around gobbing away like a pair of gobby twats, that's fine by me.  But there are two places where you should be to do this, viz.


Having one of you in the lift using the "doors open" button to prevent it from, well, lifting, and one of you not in the lift, when I want to use the lift to go to the fifth floor is the act of a twunt.
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Post by: Feanor on January 25, 2012, 11:06:18 am
Bloody Loyal Fail.

Our Favourite Postal Service has an online stamp-selling system, 'Dumb Stamp'.   However, these are useless for SAEs, since they need to be posted within 3 days or so.   Thus requiring me to go into town to obtain ye olde stick-on stamps.

And then I discover I don't need to send the SAEs anyway.  Book of stamps, anyone?
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Post by: dasmoth on January 25, 2012, 02:51:12 pm
Congestion and low energy over the weekend have finally transformed into a full-on cough.  The two hour meeting this morning may not have helped.

My <unprintable> lungs have form for gunking up for a month or so at a time, so really hoping this one doesn't settle in for the duration.  This winter had been going fairly well up until now....
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Post by: Arch on January 25, 2012, 10:40:01 pm
Should be a rant, but I'm too tired...

My boss was telling me today about how the council are snowed under with problems with their recycling service (IE, the large area of the city we don't cover).  Also, about their current working practice.

Apparently, the binmen are on 'task and finish' - do the job, then go home. This of course means that the faster they work, the sooner they go home.  Which leads to boxes being missed.

Bad enough. But then, apparently, if they have to go out again to collect missed boxes... they get overtime! :o  So, do a crap job, and then get paid more to correct it.

(we're paid to work the whole day. If we finish the collections early, we find other work to do at the centre. If we over run at busy times, we get time off in lieu...)

The council practice will be changing, apparently. I expect that'll piss a few binmen off...
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Post by: CrinklyLion on January 25, 2012, 11:24:21 pm
I just couldn't work out why, a couple of weeks ago, they came and got all the glass.  And then came back a few hours later for the rest.

And no, they don't do as good a job as your lot used to!
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Post by: Kim on January 25, 2012, 11:26:55 pm
The BloodyStudents next door seem to be having a party.  They have much worse taste in music than the last lot.