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Off Topic => The Pub => Topic started by: Ham on March 25, 2011, 03:08:53 pm

Title: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on March 25, 2011, 03:08:53 pm
Surprisingly, I couldn'd find one of these already.

Good news: I've just ordered my n+1 Pompetamine Versa (8 Speed), Yayyyyy!!!  ;D  ;D  ;D

Bad news: I'm not going to be able to ride it for a couple of weeks after is arrives  :'(   :'(  :'(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: peliroja on March 25, 2011, 03:26:19 pm
Good news: it's Friday and I can have a rest tomorrow.
Bad news: my Pomp is being sent back on Monday and my LHT is still behaving badly. So I don't really have a bike to ride at the moment. :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on March 25, 2011, 04:22:33 pm
Good News - only one week until the end of this contract (its been shitty, will talk more about it)
Bad News - I have one week to find a new job  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 27, 2011, 08:39:06 pm
I did an audax!

But the conjunctivitis and the earache are back and even though I've had an absolutely lovely day I actually feel a bit grim :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: peliroja on March 28, 2011, 04:25:19 pm
Good news: Crinkly did an audax!
Bad news: Crinkly's feeling poorly. :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Peter on March 28, 2011, 04:28:52 pm
I did an audax!

But the conjunctivitis and the earache are back and even though I've had an absolutely lovely day I actually feel a bit grim :(

Well done!  Was it "Mountains' Funky Business"?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: SlowCoach on March 28, 2011, 05:04:05 pm
But the conjunctivitis and the earache are back

Look on the bright side - at least you didn't get soaked to the skin or sunburnt  ;) The weather was just about ideal and there wasn't much wrong with the bacon butties at Boroughbridge or the scones at Ripley.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 28, 2011, 05:10:37 pm
Actually.... I did manage to get sunburnt!  But not too badly, and it's fading already.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on March 28, 2011, 05:32:52 pm
Good news - I don't have tennis elbow, or badminton elbow (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=39266.msg746490#msg746490)

Bad news - it's golfer's elbow. And I've never played golf in my life.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Gus on March 29, 2011, 08:33:29 pm
Bad news : I sold my Surly Steamroller

Good news : I now have money for a new fixed bicycle
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Chris S on March 30, 2011, 05:42:32 pm
Bad News: It's raining.
Good News: I don't give a shit - I have beer.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: GrahamG on March 30, 2011, 07:50:26 pm
Good news - got a nice house sorted to share with a friend, loads of room for bikes and shit
Bad news - got 30 days notice of redundancy today so I'm out of a job.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 30, 2011, 08:50:20 pm
Bad News:  Wednesday.  Headache.  Feel a bit sick.
Good News:  I got through a lot more of the day than I have done of late before it hit.  And hopefully it'll improve.  And that's Wednesday done for another week.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on March 30, 2011, 08:56:01 pm
Bad news last Friday.  My colleague is a victim of the latest "rationalisation".  She's lost her job.
Even worse news.  I'm still there.

I s'pose she was cheaper to get rid of.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Majorbloodnok on March 30, 2011, 09:02:32 pm
Good news: I'm camping on the Isle of Wight

Bad news: I'm camping on the Isle of Wight

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on March 30, 2011, 10:01:00 pm
Bad news:  They've not got those packs of twiglets in the garage over the road any more.
The good new is:  There isn't any more bad news.
Title: Good bad
Post by: Wowbagger on March 31, 2011, 08:17:30 am
Good: we've just overtaken the freight train that was holding up up. Bad: we are still going to miss our connection.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 31, 2011, 01:41:11 pm
Hurrah!  My leg is not so hurty today.
Bah! This is due to self-medication with 3/4 of a bottle of Bells, so my head is hurty instead.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 03, 2011, 10:12:30 pm
Good News: had a nice time in Glasgow and Edinburgh
Bad News: had to come back to London, including getting home via the Tube
 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 07, 2011, 08:27:20 am
Good news: I'm well enough to go back to work.
Bad news: I have to go back to work.
 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on April 07, 2011, 08:38:28 am
Good news : one more week and I'll be working from home
Bad news : I have to work here for another week....

Good news part deux: I have tickets for DeerShed festival
Bad news: Mrs T wants to camp at the festival for the weekend....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 11, 2011, 07:41:38 am
Bad news:  even though it's the school holidays (and Dearly_Beloved has the day booked off too) my children decided to wake us up before 6:30 this morning by the little one having a huge toddler tantrum at the foot of the stairs because his big brother didn't let him 'win' and get downstairs first.

Good news: Littly was up for a proper strop, instead of a sniveling whinge-fest, because he's feeling a bit better.  First time that his temperature (without the use of brufen/paracetemol) has been under 38 for 5 days!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on April 11, 2011, 05:18:37 pm
Good news, we're not having our hours cut.
Bad news, we're managing this by not replacing the two days Steve has decided to drop, so there are only three of us on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Jonny hasn't got the job he thought he had.

As a result, the boss asked me to today to try and tell him as early as possible if I think I'm going to be off sick.  Not sure how that works....

(Actually, as he freely admitted, of the three of us, he's one most likely to be off sick, and me the least...)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on April 12, 2011, 11:55:38 pm
Good news: Played 40 minutes of 5-a-side football tonight

Bad news: Played 35 minutes of it in goal as I've done my hip in (it felt like it popped out of the joint1). Wasn't too painful going in goal, we'll see how I feel tomorrow to see if I can play again on Thursday (must take Vitamin I before going to bed). Cycling home was ok but the Severn Across 400 is less than 3 weeks away...

HTFU spray to be applied.

1. This is the hip I broke when I was 2 years old.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Valiant on April 13, 2011, 01:32:54 am
Just finished sanding the new speakers. Me thinks it's a little tall.

(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/205142_10150158085540629_511250628_6541614_7126286_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: asterix on April 13, 2011, 08:07:09 am
Bad news: for your neighbours :o
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 13, 2011, 09:48:50 am
Bad News- I have to get my arse out of bed 5 minutes earlier each morning to make an extra lunch.

Good News- No.1 Son is a worker Bee again. He applied for a PC Engineer job at a small business nearby. Got a phone call Friday to aske him to come to the workshop for a look around on Monday. He did the look around and liked what he saw. Potential Boss explained that he had a couple of other folk to see before he made his mind up. Later on Monday afternoon Potential Boss phoned and sai that he had been thinking and, as he was a Geek looking to employ a Geek, No.1 Son seemed to fit the bill and did he want to start work the next morning?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on April 13, 2011, 05:25:52 pm
Bad News- I have to get my arse out of bed 5 minutes earlier each morning to make an extra lunch.

Good News- No.1 Son is a worker Bee again. He applied for a PC Engineer job at a small business nearby. Got a phone call Friday to aske him to come to the workshop for a look around on Monday. He did the look around and liked what he saw. Potential Boss explained that he had a couple of other folk to see before he made his mind up. Later on Monday afternoon Potential Boss phoned and sai that he had been thinking and, as he was a Geek looking to employ a Geek, No.1 Son seemed to fit the bill and did he want to start work the next morning?

Well done No.1 Son.  Now he just needs to learn to make his own lunch.

And then how to make yours as well while he's at it.... ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on April 14, 2011, 11:36:58 pm
Good news: My new Pompetamine is being built
Bad news: I'm not going to be able to ride it properly for a while yet, even when it is delivered

Bad news: Going on a week's holiday with the inlaws in France and I can't really go riding
Good news: I've worked out if I change SPDs to flats and hook it on the back of the car, maybe nobody will notice a bike has come along, too
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 15, 2011, 09:18:01 am
;D  That's made me smile :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on April 18, 2011, 04:24:26 pm
Bad News: Off 5-a-side for 3 weeks due to hip flexor muscle tear.

Good news: Physio said that cycling is ok and that I should be fine for next weekend's 400km PBP qualifier.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on April 18, 2011, 07:40:35 pm
Good news - I got "Very Good" on my Annual Performance Report, first time in 25 years.

Bad news - this probably means that if I  apply for early release with 12 months wages and bugger off touring they wouldn't let me go...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on April 18, 2011, 08:25:27 pm
Andrewc.  Perhaps you should start throwing a few sickies.  To redress the balance, like.  ;-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 19, 2011, 05:32:03 pm
good,news,-,the,shop,hafe,phoned,to,say,my,replacement,keynoard,is,in,stock
nad,news,-,i,can.t,get,there,until,friday
good,news,-,nonn.s,arrifing,here,on,thursday,morning,so,i,could,send,him,while,i.m,at,work,on,thursday
nad,news,-,my,typing,won.t,ne,hilarious,anymore
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on April 19, 2011, 05:39:50 pm
Good: I have two new hearing aids which go up to 11 and sound a lot better than I expected them to before acclimatisation (and indeed any or finer tuning) had happened.

Bad: One of the new hearing aids has a structural problem which means when I tilt my head it feeds back because the transducer is all slack... This will need to be returned for repair or replacement.  I don't know if they'll just swap it or make me do loaner faff.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on April 19, 2011, 06:14:28 pm
good,news,-,the,shop,hafe,phoned,to,say,my,replacement,keynoard,is,in,stock
nad,news,-,i,can.t,get,there,until,friday
good,news,-,nonn.s,arrifing,here,on,thursday,morning,so,i,could,send,him,while,i.m,at,work,on,thursday
nad,news,-,my,typing,won.t,ne,hilarious,anymore

oh, and I'm just getting used to it....

It's a bit like reading an old manuscript, you know where the ss are all fs and the spelling's a bit wobbly.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on April 19, 2011, 10:20:35 pm
good,news,-,the,shop,hafe,phoned,to,say,my,replacement,keynoard,is,in,stock
nad,news,-,i,can.t,get,there,until,friday
good,news,-,nonn.s,arrifing,here,on,thursday,morning,so,i,could,send,him,while,i.m,at,work,on,thursday
nad,news,-,my,typing,won.t,ne,hilarious,anymore

Your recent typing has not been hilarious (apart from the funny bits) , you can express your thoughts in gibberish better than I can in clear text. Strangely enough I've had no problems at all in understanding you.  I blame Iain Banks , once you've acclimatised your brane to Bascule or the Barbarian Swordsman, then all else is child's play  :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 20, 2011, 06:35:05 am
Bad news - valencia has a wonky spoke and I have a poorly finger, caused by my utter  ineptitude meaning that I ran into Deano's wheel last night when he, tiermat and I went for a ride (to the pub). Good news - Deano did a spot of roadside wheel-truing and the wheel goes round, and he assures me that his bike is fine.

Bad news - I can't believe I damaged the paintwork of the beautiful shiny fire engine red Dave Yates. Guilt!
Good news - at least I no longer have to worry about when my first crash will be.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mike on April 20, 2011, 06:21:42 pm
Bad news - the 'revenue protection ocifer' on the train home was being a right bullying twat, shouting at the woman and kid who had the temerity to sit in the first class bit of the carriage next to the doorway I was standing in. 

Good news - he hadnt spotted his boss sitting directly opposite who stepped in and gave him a right bollocking.  We cheered.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Rhys W on April 20, 2011, 06:33:47 pm
Interview/Rejection.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on April 20, 2011, 09:39:45 pm
G: 5 day weekend (I have tomorrow off)
B: 3 day week
G: 4 day weekend
B: 4 day week
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 21, 2011, 12:08:39 pm
This morning I thought someone had stolen my motor-car.  Bah!
Then I remembered I'd parked it on the other side of thr road from yesterday.  Hurrah!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mike on April 21, 2011, 12:11:28 pm
shit, where's the morning gone?

but look, it's lunchtime!!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 22, 2011, 12:52:44 am
It's a 4 day weekend.

And it's a 4 day weekend.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: JonBuoy on April 22, 2011, 07:57:09 am
Good news:  I found the bit I lost 9 months ago.

Bad news:  It really, really shouldn't have been where it was and, with hindsight, I should have looked there when I lost it.

Good news:  It didn't take the opportunity to kill me or my friends like it could so easily have done.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 26, 2011, 12:30:45 pm
Hurrah!  In May 2010 a spiffy new bike shop opened fairly close to Larrington Towers.  I have not had cause to use it but it was nice that it was there.

Yesterday I drove past.  The entire building was surrounded by fencing with a notice attached saying something about the place being demolished.  Bah!

Apparently a fire broke out on Good Friday afternoon which was not fully extinguished until Monday morning :o
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on June 10, 2011, 04:25:36 pm
:) I'm leaving work at 16:30!

:( I'll be back here tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on June 10, 2011, 04:28:15 pm
I got my wallet back having lost it yesterday afternoon complete with plastics intact and unused".    :)

The notes therein had been purloined.   :(

* Confirmed by the various banks.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on July 21, 2011, 08:46:24 am
Bad news, I've just traveled to wurk by tube (yech, but had to today), managed to pick up chewing gum from the floor (via a placcy bag) onto my trousers in such a place that it looks like ..... um..... yeah, more wurk than I can shake a stick at and shitty customers that I would REALLY like to shake a stick at.

Good news? The can all go hang coz in 48 hours I'm going to be in furrin parts for three weeks.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mobbsy on July 21, 2011, 01:15:04 pm
I am being redundant on the 30th September  ....









.... I start a new (better) job on the 1st October.   
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on July 27, 2011, 04:18:38 pm
Bad news:

My hair is falling out
I am overweight

Good news:
My depression/anxiety scores are vastly improved  :thumbsup:
I have lost 5kg

A win on aggregate methinks
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Pedaldog on July 27, 2011, 10:53:26 pm
Bad news..

Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and some VERY NASTY levels of stuff in my blood, possible already some Kidley damage!

Good News...

After over 15 years of bad medical stuff that is going to be with me for the rest of, stuff I can't change for the better, I have finally found a bit of a purpose to work at getting the Diabetes under good control.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on July 27, 2011, 11:27:49 pm
Bad news..

Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and some VERY NASTY levels of stuff in my blood, possible already some Kidley damage!

Good News...

After over 15 years of bad medical stuff that is going to be with me for the rest of, stuff I can't change for the better, I have finally found a bit of a purpose to work at getting the Diabetes under good control.

Pedaldog,

If you don't mind me being frank, physically you admit to being pretty fucked up (through no fault of your own). Mentally you sound to be right on the button mate :thumbsup:

Good on ya!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 28, 2011, 10:17:22 am
PD, your diagnosis is good news.  Means you can do something about it.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on July 28, 2011, 03:19:12 pm
Good news.  I have an appointment with a Consultant.  At last!
                     It is on a Saturday, which means Crusty can come.

Bad news.    It's a day I'm supposed to be going on a bike ride with my friends.

I hope it's re-schedule-able for another Saturday.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 29, 2011, 02:48:16 pm
Bad news: The family has decamped to Hungary until 5th September.
Good news: The family has decamped to Hungary until 5th September.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 29, 2011, 09:44:54 pm
Bad news - my tpe wasn't a tpe, it was a guards van and reservations required GC.

Good news - they let me on anyway!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on July 29, 2011, 10:10:20 pm
Can I have a translation please?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on July 29, 2011, 10:21:04 pm
tpe = Trans-Penine Express.  No idea about GC.
 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on July 29, 2011, 10:24:48 pm
tpe = Trans-Penine Express.  No idea about GC.

I'd hazzard a guess at Grand Central....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 31, 2011, 09:35:36 pm
Grand Central are brilliant.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 31, 2011, 09:39:17 pm
Just finished sanding the new speakers. Me thinks it's a little tall.

(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/205142_10150158085540629_511250628_6541614_7126286_n.jpg)

If you turn the volume up that will fall over backwards.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on August 10, 2011, 03:25:19 pm
First the bad news

I should have done a 200km Perm today but didn't 'cause Murphy'sLaw manifasted itself at work late yesterday afternoon.A crush injury to right foot:the offending object missed my steel toe cap & fell onto the foot behind it IYSWIM.
At 0600hrs this morning the ball of my foot was swollen & painfull when weight was applied when standing up or trying to walk.I reckoned subjecting it to a 12 hour 200km ride wouldn't help ::-)

Now the good news
following a dose of Ibuprofen things improved late in the morning so I risked a local ride.See the "have you been out today" thread.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on August 10, 2011, 03:40:12 pm
Ouch!  Hope your foot recovers well. 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on August 10, 2011, 03:52:01 pm
Interview/job offer/realisation the hours are crap/vacillation/might accept offer

Will have to miss the Staffs camping trip though :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on August 10, 2011, 10:04:09 pm
Charity starts at home go for it and we can catch up later.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on August 11, 2011, 11:42:02 am
We remain on good terms with our neighbour.   :)

My lovely apple tree is no more  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on August 11, 2011, 03:04:20 pm
Interview/job offer/realisation the hours are crap/vacillation/might accept offer

Will have to miss the Staffs camping trip though :(

Well, I've been on the dole since April and all of a sudden two offers appear at once. Both with distinct pros & cons. I'm being pressed for an answer by the first one, but I need to clarify the second offer, so I've (just) managed to squeeze a window till Monday to decide.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 11, 2011, 04:08:42 pm
Interview/job offer/realisation the hours are crap/vacillation/might accept offer

Will have to miss the Staffs camping trip though :(

Well, I've been on the dole since April and all of a sudden two offers appear at once. Both with distinct pros & cons. I'm being pressed for an answer by the first one, but I need to clarify the second offer, so I've (just) managed to squeeze a window till Monday to decide.

Well done AWL! None too shabby at all :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on August 11, 2011, 04:38:35 pm
Thanks, Fuzzy. They're both jobs I'd like to do, but the latest offer is much nearer, more suited to my experience, but pays significantly less, though I need to ask what the possibilities are for progression. It's a small, niche company, so possibly a gamble.

Gut feeling: the nearer option.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 12, 2011, 08:55:21 am
Money isn't everything. It helps and is important but, sometimes taking a bit of a financial hit for the sake of better conditions and the subsequent happier state is worth it in the long run.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on August 12, 2011, 09:35:59 am
Happy is good. :thumbsup:

Hope it goes well for you, AWL.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on August 12, 2011, 10:31:58 am
Money isn't everything. It helps and is important but, sometimes taking a bit of a financial hit for the sake of better conditions and the subsequent happier state is worth it in the long run.

Yep,I agree.
BTDTGTTS & still wearing it :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on August 17, 2011, 08:43:32 am
As it happens, my vacillation has cost me the offer of the better paid job - and that was the intention.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on August 17, 2011, 08:45:28 am
Good news: I can avoid a major stressor in my life now that I've figured out what it is!

Bad news: it involves starting my day significantly earlier than before!   :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on August 18, 2011, 08:57:25 am
Good: Mefenamic Acid (specialist Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug NSAID for dysmenorrhoea) actually significantly reduces my severe period pain which I was starting to max out codeine doses for. 

Bad: The dizziness side effect is unbelievably hideous and I say this as someone who manages bad-balance on a daily basis.

MUST go in today, A-Level Results day is busy for us
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on August 18, 2011, 10:14:04 am
Good: Mefenamic Acid (specialist Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug NSAID for dysmenorrhoea) actually significantly reduces my severe period pain which I was starting to max out codeine doses for. 

Bad: The dizziness side effect is unbelievably hideous and I say this as someone who manages bad-balance on a daily basis.

MUST go in today, A-Level Results day is busy for us

As someone who's always thought of herself as fairly stoical in the face of colds aches and pains and the like, but spent yesterday afternoon feeling sorry for herself over a wasp sting, it's posts like this that make me realise how bloody lucky I am, healthwise...

Hope it all feels better soon.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on August 18, 2011, 01:40:07 pm
Good: Mefenamic Acid (specialist Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug NSAID for dysmenorrhoea) actually significantly reduces my severe period pain which I was starting to max out codeine doses for. 

Bad: The dizziness side effect is unbelievably hideous and I say this as someone who manages bad-balance on a daily basis.

MUST go in today, A-Level Results day is busy for us

Interesting...I found Mefenemic Acid entirely useless for my dysmenorrhea.  This combined with it making me feel sick meant I didn't take much.

I've finally settled on Naproxen plus Buscopan.  Nearly pain-free for the first time in mumble mumble years!  Hope you manage to cope through today!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on August 18, 2011, 03:27:07 pm
The mefenamic acid was useless in my teens but the pill worked wonders (but made me MAAAAD).  This time the pill has just made me depressed/fatigued/stupid and mefenamic acid stops the dysmen and buggers my balance horribly :(

I can't tolerate naproxan or buscopam at all, both make me almost-vomit levels of ill :(  yet I tolerate diclofenac remarkably well but that does nothing for dysmen.  I find it fascinating what does and doesn't work for different things and different people - although more annoyed by this side effect than 'fascinated' for now. 

Question is whether traxenamic acid is worth a try or not - allegedly less effective than mefenamic acid and more for heavy rather than painful periods but.....  *sporks uterus*..   I wonder if they'd let me have a hysterectomy!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on August 18, 2011, 03:33:20 pm
Buscopan is a wonderful, wonderful thing.  I wouldn't be able to do half the cycling I do without it.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on August 19, 2011, 08:39:29 pm
Good news: as it's Friday, I decided to treat myself to a very rare Indian delivery!

Bad news: having received it, I'm actually not that hungry and have struggled to even eat my starter...haven't even touched the main course!  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 19, 2011, 09:58:57 pm
Your next two or three meals are sorted! Partner and I frequently stretch our takeaways for many meals after they are delivered. The wonderful thing is the food doesn't get thrown away, like it would in a restaurant.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: chris on August 21, 2011, 12:54:03 pm
Good news: Mrs chris & I were in second place overnight at the Scottish sailing national championship. :thumbsup:

Bad news: We popped on the ferry to Bute to spend the night with relatives and when we went to catch the ferry back this morning it had broken down and not running, scuppering any chance of a podium finish. :'(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on August 21, 2011, 02:41:27 pm
Good news - I managed to carry the bottle of Arak back off holibobs, putting it into a water bottle - no worries!!

Bad news - Mrs Ham watered a plant with it  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on August 23, 2011, 06:21:54 pm
Good news - We are having a long weekend in Barcelona in October!

Bad news - We fly out the day that Mrs T has bought me tickets to see Lee Evans @ Newcastle Arena.....

Bugger....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on August 26, 2011, 05:18:39 pm
Sounds like good trade-off T!    Crusty's seen sense and is leaving his insane job. But it means I'll be unable to work fewer hours in my insane job. Also a good trade-off.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on August 27, 2011, 12:07:40 am
Good news - it's barakta and my 10th anniversary today.

Bad news - I'm spending it in a soggy tent with a b0rked ankle.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on August 27, 2011, 12:32:25 am
Congrats.
Bugger.
In that order.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on August 27, 2011, 01:35:04 am
Good news - it's barakta and my 10th anniversary today.

 :-* I love you.

Quote
Bad news - I'm spending it in a soggy tent with a b0rked ankle.

Poor Kim.  I still love you even when you're wet inna tent in the rain and have broken bits of body and kit and are some miles away.  I wish I could send you some of my warm and dry.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on August 27, 2011, 01:38:14 am
Good news: It is 10 years today that Kim and I decided to see what happened if we gave a relationship a try.  I've never regretted it for a second, the best decision I have ever made in my life.

Bad news: Kim is all soggy and has b0rked body bits and broken bits of bike kit somewhere in Cambridgeshire instead of in my bed which would be dry, warm and have a me in it!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on August 27, 2011, 09:38:50 am
Happy Anniversary Kim & barakta  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 27, 2011, 01:11:50 pm
The good news is that my luggage has been returned to me and although it is a little the worse for wear, nothing is missing or broken. The bad news is that the !"£$%^&* baggage handlers in Warsaw failed to put it on the plane in the first place. The odd news is that this is so common an occurrence it's worth Heathrow's while keeping a van driver to ferry lost suitcases to points west (and presumably others to go north, south and east) every day. The bloke in charge of this told me they have 200 lost bags a day, and that's just at T1! And he seemed to think knowing this would somehow inspire confidence in me.  :-\
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Phil on August 28, 2011, 08:34:35 pm
Good news: we've found and are in the process of fixing an enormous great bug in our code that was threatening the future of our product

Bad news: I'm in work at 8.30pm on a Sunday with no prospect of leaving anytime soon :-\
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Marj on August 29, 2011, 07:03:13 pm
Good news: It is 10 years today that Kim and I decided to see what happened if we gave a relationship a try.  I've never regretted it for a second, the best decision I have ever made in my life.

Bad news: Kim is all soggy and has b0rked body bits and broken bits of bike kit somewhere in Cambridgeshire instead of in my bed which would be dry, warm and have a me in it!

Good news - Only just noticed this, congratulations to you both
Bad news - Crap bodies are a ba**ard

Hugs to you both
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on August 31, 2011, 09:57:43 am
Bad news: I've just spent £x00 on a gamble.

Good news: I now have contents insurance, including bike cover away from home.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 31, 2011, 10:20:27 am
Good news: It is 10 years today that Kim and I decided to see what happened if we gave a relationship a try.  I've never regretted it for a second, the best decision I have ever made in my life.

Bad news: Kim is all soggy and has b0rked body bits and broken bits of bike kit somewhere in Cambridgeshire instead of in my bed which would be dry, warm and have a me in it!

10 years!
That is really impressive, congratulations to you both. I hope by now that you have managed to dry off and warm up teh Kim.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Phil on August 31, 2011, 10:33:45 am
Good news: using the tyre sidewall as a braking surface leads to dramatically improved braking performance!
Bad news: using the tyre sidewall as a braking surface leads to dramatically decreased tyre life :-[
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on September 01, 2011, 09:08:50 am
Good (well, exciting) news: off to India on Sunday, have my passport and tickets now.
Bad news: nowhere near ready. Need to stop faffing about here and get on with a big to do list.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on September 03, 2011, 09:46:05 am
Bad news... my 2 month old pannier carrier broked.

Good news....LBS took it back without quibble (or receipt)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Quisling on September 05, 2011, 10:55:51 am
Good news, my girlfriend and her daughter will be moving in Chez Quisling sometime in the later bit of November, yay!

Bad news:late November? That's nearly a quarter of a year to wait :-(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 05, 2011, 12:01:34 pm
The good news: My nose is no longer running with snot.

The bad news: the glands in my neck are rapidly heating up and swelling.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on September 05, 2011, 06:18:11 pm
Good news, my girlfriend and her daughter will be moving in Chez Quisling sometime in the later bit of November, yay!

Bad news:late November? That's nearly a quarter of a year to wait :-(

Nah, that's no time. It'll fly by. Our current washing up rota sheet at work goes up to the end of November.

Anyway, I expect there will be Things To Sort Out (and you still end up sorting them at the last minute!)   ;D

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on September 05, 2011, 09:02:57 pm
Bad news: Ended up having to stay 40mins late at work so didn't have time to weightlift this evening (though I can go tomorrow instead).

Good news: I still managed to fit an hours OU study in rather than going straight on the 'puter.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on September 07, 2011, 04:00:13 pm
Good news: we have places at the same schools for Miss Dans Younger and Elder. It is a nice school. We can walk there.
Bad news: first day at school ever for Miss Dan the Younger is now today rather than next week. My careful scheduling of work trip away to be around has failed - she's at school and I'm on another continent. 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on September 07, 2011, 08:18:07 pm
Bad News: infestation of mice needing mouse bait etc, and I forgot my panniers to carry stuff so I couldn't carry my lock so I couldn't stop off and buy stuff in Homebase on the way home. Mehhhh.

Good news: A bike fits nicely into the Homebase board carrier trolleys, so you can push it around instead of locking it up.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rower40 on September 08, 2011, 12:58:32 pm
Bad News: infestation of mice needing mouse bait etc, and I forgot my panniers to carry stuff so I couldn't carry my lock so I couldn't stop off and buy stuff in Homebase on the way home. Mehhhh.

Good news: A bike fits nicely into the Homebase board carrier trolleys, so you can push it around instead of locking it up.  ;D ;D
Did they search for its barcode so as to charge you for it when you came back out through the checkout? ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 10, 2011, 09:20:54 am
Great news:  Southwark have removed a whole load of railings at Borough High Street! :thumbsup:

Bad news: Where do I park my bike now? ???
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on September 11, 2011, 07:51:04 pm
Good news: NFL games are once again being broadcast over the intertubes without having to pay for the privilege.

Bad news: the broadcasts now include all the commercials (previously these were not transmitted).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on September 12, 2011, 09:58:22 am
Bad news : The Texaco petrol station:300 metres from home: has changed
owner/franchise so my regular copy of Cycling World is not,at best,forthcoming in the near future.At worst the new "owner" may not bother with such things?

Good News: I could order a copy from the newsagent at Catchems Corner which would require a round trip of approx 12km.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on September 12, 2011, 10:08:14 am
Good news: NFL games are once again being broadcast over the intertubes without having to pay for the privilege.


Where?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on September 12, 2011, 10:09:36 am
Good news: NFL games are once again being broadcast over the intertubes without having to pay for the privilege.


Where?

I went direct to my team's site to check how the game was progressing and noticed a link to a live feed from the local radio station that carries the games.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on September 12, 2011, 10:10:54 am
OK thanks, I'll check out the Patriot's site. May be a late night tonight though....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on September 15, 2011, 02:11:24 pm
Good news: got out on the bike
Bad news: there are issues with neck,shouldres,wrists,balls of the feet,left knee & palms of both hands.

WTF is that all about :o. It's not like I am a newbie & it was only 30km ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on September 15, 2011, 03:54:24 pm
Jogjer,
welcome to OLD.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on September 15, 2011, 05:21:54 pm
I can't hear you Basil but I fear the truth makes me deaf ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: graculus on September 15, 2011, 08:29:06 pm
Bad news: Curious metallic 'clunk' from outside this afternoon turned out to be the top half turn of one of the coil springs on the car snapping and falling to the ground.
Good news: It didn't happen while we were on holiday last week 200 miles from home.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 16, 2011, 11:52:54 am
Good news: Senile Mojo didn't wake me up wailing hours before the alarm this morning *happy bounce*
Bad news: My medication induced split lip is getting further across my face. I'm starting to look like The Joker. :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on September 16, 2011, 03:09:12 pm
Bad News: I have to go clothes shopping this afternoon
Good News: for the job I start at on Monday.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Giropaul on September 16, 2011, 04:49:47 pm
Bad News: I have to go clothes shopping this afternoon
Good News: for the job I start at on Monday.

Surely you've got that the wrong way round? 8)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on September 16, 2011, 05:05:47 pm
Good news: Its sunny

Bad news: I am at my desk, not the pubbe
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on September 16, 2011, 05:30:16 pm
Bad News: I have to go clothes shopping this afternoon
Good News: for the job I start at on Monday.

Surely you've got that the wrong way round? 8)

It depends on what you think about clothes shopping and about getting a job!  Summer is over, so the riding is winding down now anyway...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 16, 2011, 05:41:47 pm
Good: I went to a gig last night, had lots of beer and fun.
Bad: My 50-year-old body can't stand two hours of mosh pit action & copious beer without complaining vociferously the next day.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on September 17, 2011, 10:29:20 am
Bad: the decorator rounded of the screws holding the kitchen door

Good: he didn't do them up very tightly. No blood or expletives were deployed
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: gordon taylor on September 17, 2011, 11:15:27 am
Bad news: my son fell ten feet out of a tree he was working on because he'd strapped himself onto an ivy-covered dead branch, which gave way.

Good news: he landed flat on his back - badly winded but no bones were broken

Very good news: a valuable lesson has been learned, probably in the only way that actually penetrates the skull of fit, cocky young men.

Phew.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on September 17, 2011, 11:18:51 am


Phew.

+1 & relieved
same from Marj
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 17, 2011, 11:30:10 am
eep!

glad he's ok, and hope he has indeed learnt from it!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 17, 2011, 11:33:39 am
Very pleased to hear he wasn't more badly hurt.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: thelazycyclist on September 17, 2011, 04:05:39 pm
Good news!  Just had a letter telling me that following a 3 year pay freeze I have finaly been awarded a pay rise.

Bad news!  This is from the job I quit 3 weeks ago.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Valiant on September 17, 2011, 05:34:51 pm
Our latest project has been a massive success :) http://fwords.co.uk/2011/09/16/arms-trade-hoax-is-outed-as-organisers-admit-it-was-%E2%80%9Can-elaborate-stunt%E2%80%9D-to-embarrass-weapons-dealers/
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on September 17, 2011, 05:38:23 pm
Our latest project has been a massive success :) http://fwords.co.uk/2011/09/16/arms-trade-hoax-is-outed-as-organisers-admit-it-was-%E2%80%9Can-elaborate-stunt%E2%80%9D-to-embarrass-weapons-dealers/

You are Life Neutral?  Kudos Valiant  :-*  Fuckin' A
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Valiant on September 17, 2011, 05:58:20 pm
The Space Hijackers (http://www.spacehijackers.org) are :) of which I might be a member. It was great, we're on various media, including BBC World Service, and on Drive Time with Eddie Nestor, meaning hundreds of thousands of more people now know about the Arms Fair which was our main aim.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 17, 2011, 08:38:51 pm
It was an excellent action.  The media seemed happy to let the Death Trade Fair pass by without comment, but you got it on the airwaves.

Thank you to all the Space Hijackers :-*
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on September 17, 2011, 11:21:44 pm
Good news: nice early night so I'm well rested for my first forum ride tomorrow!

Bad news: I have a mosquito in my bedroom which is going to drive me insane!   >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 18, 2011, 02:02:33 pm
Good: the cat has survived and recovered from an iliac embolism, which is in "Never tell me the odds!" territory.

Bad: although he's fully functional again, he may drop dead at any time when another clot gets stuck somewhere vital.  Definitely on his ninth life.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on September 18, 2011, 10:04:17 pm
Bad.  Mrs. B has to get up early for work tomorrow.
Good.  I don't.
 
Being old is brilliant!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 21, 2011, 06:49:38 pm
Bad news: Tetley's Yorkshire Tea Loaf, which I spotted in a supermarket and thought might be a pale imitation of the tea bread my mother used to make, is actually a completely different thing. And it's really not that nice. Far too sweet, not enough dried fruit and far too little tea (10% Yorkshire tea infusion according to the ingredients, whereas my mother's was soaked in a pint of tea overnight).

Good news: well, it is nevertheless cake!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on September 21, 2011, 07:06:27 pm
Good news: I've got my sense of smell back.
Bad news: I work with bins. I've got my sense of smell back...

 ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on September 21, 2011, 10:37:24 pm
Bad news: Tetley's Yorkshire Tea Loaf, which I spotted in a supermarket and thought might be a pale imitation of the tea bread my mother used to make, is actually a completely different thing. And it's really not that nice. Far too sweet, not enough dried fruit and far too little tea (10% Yorkshire tea infusion according to the ingredients, whereas my mother's was soaked in a pint of tea overnight).

Good news: well, it is nevertheless cake!

Your mum's sounds like barm brack.

3/4 pint cold tea
10oz sultanas
2oz of peel or other dried fruit (I usually use 12oz sultanas unless I'm running out)
7oz dark or soft brown sugar
 
Soaked together overnight.

In the morning, whisk in one egg and 10oz self raising flour.
Bake in a loaf tin at about 170 or a little less for between one hour 30 and one hour 45.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 21, 2011, 10:45:21 pm
This is my mum's tea bread recipe:
500g dried fruit
1 mug dark brown sugar (muscovado)
1 mug black tea

soak overnight

add 2 mugs self-raising flour
mix well

bake in medium oven 45-90 mins (depends on size, quantity of tea, etc)

So pretty similar but no egg.
Barm brack sounds a pretty northern name - my mum never lived north of mid-Wales, but her dad's family had connections in the north-west, so maybe it came from there.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 22, 2011, 07:32:31 am
The good news is that I've had a rebate of more than £200 from my electricity supplier. This is the second or third year that this has happened, and is mostly down to my younger daughter leaving home.

The bad news is that my VISA bill this month will be over £2000, boosted hugely by car insurance (>£600) and car service and repair (>£350).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on September 22, 2011, 08:33:35 pm
Car insurance £600!!! You need to shop around old thing.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Quisling on September 22, 2011, 08:36:12 pm
Good news - I've finally figured out what sort of boss I have

Bad news - knob  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on September 22, 2011, 09:15:01 pm
boosted hugely by car insurance (>£600)
f    uckapig :o what are you driving,a space shuttle?

a 2.5 litre Volvo costs only half of that to insure.
Someone,somewhere must be able to offer you a better deal.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on September 22, 2011, 09:31:28 pm
Bad news, I'm not going to be able to make the FNRttS on the 30th

Good news, it's coz I'm being bunged some cash to do stuff I like.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 27, 2011, 01:08:58 pm
Hurrah!  HMRC have sorted out the bugger-up with half the BigCo's employees' tax codes :thumbsup:

Bah!  I've just discovered I'm a higher-rate tax-payer :sick:  Bang goes my street cred...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 28, 2011, 02:12:50 pm
The SRAM Spectro hub gear turned up today & a neighbour took it in whilst I was out on a motorbike ride through the leafy lanes of Warwickshire. Bless.

Because I wasn't in & didn't get it early enough, I can't get the rim I want in time to have the Pompino ready for the weekend! I'm thinking of swapping the tyres on the Orbit that I'll have to take from Schwalbe Land cruisers to Schwalbe Delta Cruisers. There be hills in Shropshire.

Double bollocks: My LBS can't get hold of the rim for 4-5 days. Ho-hum.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 30, 2011, 05:53:03 am
good news - my order is on its way!
bad news - so am i!  in one sense this is good news, for i shall have an adventure, but it does mean that next week will now start with attempting redelivery or collection from parcelfarce....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on September 30, 2011, 10:37:36 am
good news - my order is on its way!
bad news - so am i!  in one sense this is good news, for i shall have an adventure, but it does mean that next week will now start with attempting redelivery or collection from parcelfarce....

Ooh, brown paper packages tied up with string tape, what you getting Crinkly?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 05, 2011, 10:21:42 am
The house that myself and Mrs T love, not that far from the current THoFC, has come up for sale.

It is £450k

I will let you guess which is which :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Torslanda on October 05, 2011, 10:32:09 am
The house that myself and Mrs T love, not that far from the current THoFC, has come up for sale.

It is £450k

I will let you guess which is which :(

My Mrs T managed to fall in love with a building in Brompton when we drove past on Sunday. BIG boarded up Victorian pile. For sale by auction. Lottery winners only, I suspect.  :hand:

PS. I seriously want to take a photo of our folders outside the Brompton General Store . . .  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 05, 2011, 11:28:18 am
The SRAM Spectro hub gear turned up today & a neighbour took it in whilst I was out on a motorbike ride through the leafy lanes of Warwickshire. Bless.

Because I wasn't in & didn't get it early enough, I can't get the rim I want in time to have the Pompino ready for the weekend! I'm thinking of swapping the tyres on the Orbit that I'll have to take from Schwalbe Land cruisers to Schwalbe Delta Cruisers. There be hills in Shropshire.

Double bollocks: My LBS can't get hold of the rim for 4-5 days. Ho-hum.

Broadribbs LBS Leamington: I'm glad I called in whilst passing yesterday to enquire about this task as it is obviously very low on your priorities. Telling me it may be ready after next weekend made me walk away, as I would have been very blunt had I said anything.

It seems you got the message as you've just called to say it will be ready tomorrow, which coincides with my next visit to your town.

You may be cheap, but I will consider alternatives next time.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Guy on October 05, 2011, 03:28:51 pm
Good:  I be going home in arfan hour :thumbsup:

Bad:  It be very windy and going ominously dark :hand:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on October 05, 2011, 06:01:15 pm


PS. I seriously want to take a photo of our folders outside the Brompton General Store . . .  ;D

It's occurred to me that there must be several places called Brompton, and many roads with that name. There's a photo project...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on October 06, 2011, 12:38:18 pm
There are biscuits in the house,including my flavourite dark chocolate covered ginger biccies.

They are not hidden

Which is good news?which is bad news?Discuss ;D while I scoff the biccies
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 06, 2011, 01:06:27 pm
Bobb will be in Edinburgh for my birthday. But not before.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Tim on October 06, 2011, 01:13:38 pm
Good news:
Fettled bike is ready for me to collect after work at the LBS.

Bad news:
It's not my bike.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 06, 2011, 03:56:08 pm
i'm going back to work tomorrow  :thumbsup:  and i'm going back to work tomorrow  :-\
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 06, 2011, 03:59:32 pm
Hurrah! My replacement Kindle has arrived :thumbsup:
Bah! I'll need to charge it before I can use it >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Marj on October 06, 2011, 07:51:22 pm
i'm going back to work tomorrow  :thumbsup:  and i'm going back to work tomorrow  :-\

Pleased to hear it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 06, 2011, 08:47:46 pm
I got 93% for my first computer marked assignment.

Two of my errors were input errors on my end (though really, how hard is it to set up a system that flags when you've only entered one answer for a question that wants two?!).

Oh well, lesson learned.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on October 07, 2011, 08:57:12 am
Good news: My favourite City sandwich shop, purveyor of much bacony goodness, has finally re-opened after a 2-month refit.

Bad news: My favourite City sandwich shop, purveyor of much bacony goodness, has finally re-opened after a 2-month refit.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on October 08, 2011, 12:16:35 am
Good news: I'm on my way home from Toronto

Bad news: I'm coming back on Monday
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 10, 2011, 01:43:43 pm
I am no longer smoking foul USAnian fags.  Hurrah!
I am back on BRITISH fags, which are expensive.  Bah!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on October 10, 2011, 06:19:29 pm
Gasman has been and managed to re-light the pilot on our decrepit boiler, through the devious method of holding the knob down for about 3 times longer than the specified 60 seconds plus a healthy margin that I tried earlier.

He then diagnosed the cycling as a clogged heat exchanger, and declared it uneconomical to repair.

Whether the latter is good or bad news remains to be seen.


I think I traumatised him by knowing how a heat exchanger works...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on October 10, 2011, 07:08:55 pm
Gasman has been and managed to re-light the pilot on our decrepit boiler, through the devious method of holding the knob down for about 3 times longer than the specified 60 seconds plus a healthy margin that I tried earlier.

He then diagnosed the cycling as a clogged heat exchanger, and declared it uneconomical to repair.

Whether the latter is good or bad news remains to be seen.


I think I traumatised him by knowing how a heat exchanger works...

Not just a dodgy thermocouple then..?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on October 10, 2011, 07:11:53 pm


He then diagnosed the cycling as a clogged heat exchanger, .


Option 1 -
Your 'eat exchanger is recumbent?

Option 2 -
If you unclog your heat exchanger you stop cycling? Sounds like a bad bargain to me
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on October 10, 2011, 08:48:14 pm
Not just a dodgy thermocouple then..?

That is presumably why the pilot went out, but my previous illicit investigations with a multimeter and copy of the service manual support the heat exchanger hypothesis.  "Boiler isn't working" is a slightly more letting-agent-friendly fault report than "boiler cycles intermittently and gives disappointingly lukewarm baths", however.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on October 12, 2011, 10:51:04 pm
Good news: I've had an awesome day with some good news and even Got Some Stuff Done.

Bad news: I feel rotten and am going to sleep!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 12, 2011, 10:56:31 pm
Good news: 3 seem to have finally fixed whatever they broke when they did some "maintenance" in my area.

Bad news: it was broken for about a month. And now I'll probably end up wasting even more time here, oops I mean increasing my knowledge.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on October 13, 2011, 10:58:49 pm
Good news: My manager of the last 15+ years is retiring tomorrow after 40 years and we are all going to get slightly pished..

Bad news: He's going because he can't take the crap anymore and because senior management were going to move him sideways as he wasn't enthusiastic enough about implementing "efficiencies"......
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 14, 2011, 06:04:10 pm
Good news: I've been offered a job,
Bad news: I don't want it! It involves lots of cold calling and face-to-face visits. It's also self-employed, which the initial JC+ ad didn't make clear.

There's a chance I can branch into marketing - they do need help in that direction - so I'll see what the chances are before I turn it down flat.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on October 17, 2011, 04:43:59 pm
Good news: We have a shiny (and significantly smaller) new boiler on the wall.

Bad news: They didn't finish plumbing it in, so it's going to be cold water and fan heaters tonight.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 18, 2011, 10:20:47 am
Hurrah!  The BigCo has uncovered the presence of a Thief in the post room, which explains why so much of my Stuffs ordered from Nozama has gone missing in the past couple of years.

Bah!  Although the tea-leaf has been sacked without references, neither the BigCo nor the polis has brought charges ???
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 20, 2011, 09:31:34 pm
Bad news: Oh Open University. I can understand that your study planner only has space for one due date for assignments even if they are in two parts.

But would it not make sense to put the earlier of the two dates in said box. There I am thinking I've got till 23rd Nov for the assignment and NOPE, part 1 is due on 26th of OCTOBER!!

Good news: At least I saw the message warning us of this now rather than later and will have time this weekend to potter through the assignment.

Of course I guess I should have read through more carefully all the paperwork they've sent me  :-[ Work has been manic though but excuses excuses.
Title: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on October 23, 2011, 07:41:47 am
Good news: I have training this morning with my horse and get to use my new horse box for the first time! I'm up on time and very excited!

Bad news: I also feel sick and have just had to go to the loo for the fourth time since getting up an hour and a half ago! :-/
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on October 24, 2011, 05:14:10 pm
Good news:

I have managed to get myself on the site visit to Tobermory WTW (Isle of Mull)

Bad News

8am flight up on tuesday, 9:15pm flight back on Wednesday so no time to cycle whilst there and no taking the bike on the plane.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Pingu on October 24, 2011, 09:45:33 pm
Tobermory Water Treatment Works  ???
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 24, 2011, 10:29:36 pm
Good news: I have finished my OU assignment and it is read yto deliver tomorrow and the deadline isn't even till Wednesday!

Bad news: Due to being a slowpoke writing it up it's 10:30 and I want to sleep but still have to have my bath yet.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on October 25, 2011, 08:46:33 am
Tobermory Water Treatment Works  ???

Yep, upgrade to increase capacity.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 26, 2011, 11:04:38 am
Bah!  I have just opened my credit card bill containing my holibobs expenditure, which is teh suxx0r and also massive ARSE.  Also my Babbage-Engine has so much jam in it that it took me fifteen minutes to get into Thieving Gitcorp's web-shite1 to pay it.  And some doppo is wandering around the office taking a collection for the "leaving2" present for someone I have never even spoken to, which is also massive ARSE as pointing out to the doppo that not contributing to the "leaving" present of someone you've never even spoken to makes you look like one or more of the following:


Hurrah!  No, actually there isn't one.

1 - Free money for me now, please, because I am excellent.
2 - Job went to India, more like, but as they're trousering a five-figure redundancy payment,  they're getting this from me: 0.5333 of fsck-all.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 26, 2011, 12:50:23 pm
Where was the good news?

Why would anyone want to give a leaving present to someone they'd never spoken too?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 26, 2011, 01:34:36 pm
Where was the good news?

There wasn't any.  Hence:

Hurrah!  No, actually there isn't one.

ICBA to find the Bad News thread, because I am an idle sod.

Why would anyone want to give a leaving present to someone they'd never spoken too?

You wouldn't, but for some reason the massive arses think you would, because they are massive arses.  The BigCo is full of them, this being in the nature of BigCos.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: TheLurker on November 03, 2011, 01:59:54 pm
Bad news...  car poorly.

Good news...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 10, 2011, 11:08:40 am
Hurrah:  I have finally met my new The Boss, who is an hairless Scotsman.

Bah: I have finally met my new The Boss, who is an hairless Scotsman.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on November 10, 2011, 01:46:55 pm
Hurrah: now we have a landline I have finally got hold of Southern Electric with regard to changing this damned key-meter to a credit one.

Bah: Southern electric are not our suppliers.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on November 10, 2011, 01:48:36 pm
Hurrah: I have finally got hold of BG to get them to change this damned key-meter to a credit one.

Bah: they can't do it until December.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on November 10, 2011, 05:09:33 pm
Good news: The dentist has finished my root canal, so I now have a shiny new looking tooth :) (and fear of dentists is just about gone)

Bad News: She thinks I'm going to need a crown because of the size of the filling
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wombat on November 10, 2011, 10:11:16 pm
Hurrah: I have finally got hold of BG to get them to change this damned key-meter to a credit one.

Bah: they can't do it until December.

how about you change to Southern Electric and get them to change it sooner.  BG are a bunch of cnuts, and southern electric are based in Havant* and are generally a more amenable bunch.

*Penner Road, just opposite the shit treatment plant....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Pedaldog on November 10, 2011, 11:14:08 pm
Good news:-  Got my Pacific Reach folder back tonight :thumbsup:

Bad news:-  Brother, Sprogs, is a smeghead for not putting seatpost and saddle in the bag and I am also a Smeghead (Capital "S") for not looking inna bag when I got it :-\
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Morrisette on November 11, 2011, 09:33:43 am
Hurrah: I have finally got hold of BG to get them to change this damned key-meter to a credit one.

Bah: they can't do it until December.

That's rediculous, we had to have that done when we moved into our new place (yeah thanks for that) and BG did it in about 2 days. It was this time of year as well, in fact it might have actually been TODAY, in 2009!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on November 11, 2011, 09:34:00 am
Good news: My favourite cook shop, supplier of pointy stabby items, The Steamer Trading Company has opened a shop in Beverley

Bad News: See Good News, I foresee a rapid depletion in my bank balance.....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on November 11, 2011, 10:03:17 am
Hurrah: I have finally got hold of BG to get them to change this damned key-meter to a credit one.

Bah: they can't do it until December.

how about you change to Southern Electric and get them to change it sooner.  BG are a bunch of cnuts, and southern electric are based in Havant* and are generally a more amenable bunch.

*Penner Road, just opposite the shit treatment plant....

Well, when I spoke to SE they said that if I wanted their locally branded electrons it would be best to get our current (boom-tish) supplier to sort the meter first, then change suppliers. On the plus side SE would charge £52 to change the meter, BG do it for free.


That's rediculous, we had to have that done when we moved into our new place (yeah thanks for that) and BG did it in about 2 days. It was this time of year as well, in fact it might have actually been TODAY, in 2009!

Yeah, we discovered that we needed to buy electrons before we could make a brew on moving in here a week or so ago  >:( we also needed to get the landline reconnected before we could sort the meter. To give BG their due the guy dealing with it spent quite a while trying to find a cancellation slot for me but there was nothing so I just booked the earliest slot he had.


The person who rented this place before us was watching the pennies and chose to cancel the landline and have a payment meter put in to help her spend less. Seems odd to me.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: De Sisti on November 11, 2011, 10:41:19 am
Bad news: £194 to get car through mot (faulty lamda sensor)

Good news: Mechanics think the car is spotless and a "good, little runner"
(SEAT Arosa R reg, 75,300 miles, full service history).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 11, 2011, 12:01:12 pm
Bad new: Morgan Computers sent me a desktop with a CD/DVD reader not a CD/RW as in the ad. They also chose to ignore an email to them & didn't call back yesterday as promised.

Good news: I spoke to them today & without prompting too much, they offered to send me an external, USB-powered DVD/RW drive which is what I was going to ask for anyway. Hopefully here Monday.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on November 11, 2011, 12:13:28 pm
Good news: The dentist has finished my root canal, so I now have a shiny new looking tooth :) (and fear of dentists is just about gone)

Bad News: She thinks I'm going to need a crown because of the size of the filling
Pretty much standard operating procedure, I'm led to believe.
I'm in the same position - I'm having a root canal finished next week (had an abscess in the tooth, so had to wait for infection to clear up etc.) and it'll need to be crowned within 6 months. The bad news is that the crown will cost me the thick end of £300.

The good news is that I'll have a bling gold tooth to go with the titanium teeth I already have :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on November 11, 2011, 09:35:25 pm
Good:  I'll be away from London next weekend.

Bad: I'll be in Dublin for the funeral of a dear friend.  :'(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on November 12, 2011, 07:11:58 pm
Bexley Adult Education wrote to David stating he'd get paid for some talks he'll give soon.
The letter was in Comic Sans.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on November 12, 2011, 07:28:42 pm
Bexley Adult Education wrote to David stating he'd get paid for some talks he'll give soon.
The letter was in Comic Sans.
:facepalm:
Just  :facepalm:

Mind you, there's a tradesperson round these parts who manages the double-whammy of a hotmail email address *and* vehicle lettering in That Font.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 13, 2011, 08:07:12 pm
Good - I have fettled a bit of my sleep deficit.  I managed a positively luxurious 5-ish hours of proper conked out zzzzzs before waking up.  Then got up to let cats in and feed them and then went back to bed for another nearly-3 hours more - which was proper sleep, not dozing.

Bad - I have totally failed to take advantage of the relative not-feeling-like-a-zombie-ness to get anything done!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 13, 2011, 09:57:46 pm
Good - a Vietnamese supermarket with wasabi peas.

Bad - wasabi peas.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on November 14, 2011, 01:00:44 pm
Good - after a three month wait, Tees Time To Talk have been in touch to arrange an appointment.

Bad - they're a week too late.  I met the solicitor-appointed therapist for the first time last week  ::-)

If I'd been given two thermarests within a week, that would've been much better.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on November 15, 2011, 11:45:06 am
Trousers down in the doctor's being examined. Her first words:

"Oh that is a big one"  ;)

Bad news: she was looking at my hernia :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rower40 on November 15, 2011, 10:53:48 pm
Good news: Booked on a scenic landcruise railtour to Scotlandland.
Bad news: the route has changed to avoid the bits I really wanted to do.(*)

(*) And the railtour organisers haven't let on. I found out by interrogating some signalbox computers.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on November 16, 2011, 11:23:33 am
Good news: Booked on a scenic landcruise railtour to Scotlandland.
Bad news: the route has changed to avoid the bits I really wanted to do.(*)

(*) And the railtour organisers haven't let on. I found out by interrogating some signalbox computers.

Is that "insider dealing" Rower? :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 16, 2011, 12:01:31 pm
Actually, that's a good point... I was after that Rower chappy for advance warning of what flavour of train would be likely to turn up on Friday so that I can avoid having to run the length of a platform with 2 boys, one (possibly 2) bike and Luggage....

*scurries off to PM*

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on November 16, 2011, 04:57:34 pm
Good news: Booked on a scenic landcruise railtour to Scotlandland.
Bad news: the route has changed to avoid the bits I really wanted to do.(*)

(*) And the railtour organisers haven't let on. I found out by interrogating some signalbox computers.
Just out of interest, what was the original route? Just askin', like ...

Good news: had a job interview today
Bad news: I went in at 1030, and finally left at 1445 :o

Actually, the bad news isn't that bad 'cos much of the time was spent discussing the projects that they're interested in doing, including an iPad app which has massive potential (IMO, at least). A worse bit of 'bad news' is that if I get the job, I'll have to start using .NET  :-\

Not that I mind - I'd rather spend my redundancy money on n+1 or similar, rather than using it to pay bills whilst I'm on the dole.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 18, 2011, 10:49:20 am
I've just been into the shopping centre of town, and found that the "christmas market" is already up. Rows of mock-Bavarian wooden booths selling sausages, toffee apples, gluhwein and tat. It depressed me. I went to Curry's to get an arsecarton bumbox, got there at 9:45 and it was still closed. Wandered around indoor part of shopping centre for a quarter of an hour till they opened. More depressed.

But then on the way home I popped into Oswald Bailey and their radio was playing Come Up And See Me, and I began to feel better. And now I'm at home listening to R3 on my arsecarton, for a while, and I've got a mug of tea and new socks so it's better.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on November 18, 2011, 12:41:31 pm
The good: Had an email back regarding Wednesday's epic interview - there's a definite expression of interest.
The bad: They've got another candidate to interview  so I won't know either way until Thursday or Friday of next week.

Hey ho.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 18, 2011, 12:42:48 pm
Thumbs held for you.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on November 18, 2011, 12:50:51 pm
The good: Had an email back regarding Wednesday's epic interview - there's a definite expression of interest.
The bad: They've got another candidate to interview  so I won't know either way until Thursday or Friday of next week.

Hey ho.

Fingers crossed, it's bloody horrible when that happens, fair enough if they tell you from the outset, but a pig when they give you that info after the fact.  I have, on occasion, been told, either just before or during the interview, that there others to be interviewed after me.  Sometimes I have to wait, other times (as with my current job) the employer cancels the other interviews.

Hope it's good news, but in the meantime GET OUT ON YOUR BIKE.....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on November 18, 2011, 01:36:51 pm
The good: Had an email back regarding Wednesday's epic interview - there's a definite expression of interest.
The bad: They've got another candidate to interview  so I won't know either way until Thursday or Friday of next week.

Hey ho.

Fingers crossed, it's bloody horrible when that happens, fair enough if they tell you from the outset, but a pig when they give you that info after the fact.  I have, on occasion, been told, either just before or during the interview, that there others to be interviewed after me.  Sometimes I have to wait, other times (as with my current job) the employer cancels the other interviews.
I already knew they had someone else to talk to, but I got the impression that this person wasn't what you'd call local.

I don't have a problem with them interviewing this other candidate, after all it's only fair and if I was in their position I'd probably do the same, but it's still a bit annoying that I've got (potentially) at least another week of having to talk to bloody slave traders. The conversations are becoming so predictable that I've been extremely tempted to have my side of a typical conversation as a voicemail message, with appropriate pauses for them to say their bit :)

Quote
Hope it's good news, but in the meantime GET OUT ON YOUR BIKE.....
There is that.
One of the good things about this job is that my commute will effectively double in length, and lacking a car the bike is the only real option as the bus takes an hour(!) and the timings first thing are somewhat erratic.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rower40 on November 18, 2011, 09:20:14 pm
Good news: Booked on a scenic landcruise railtour to Scotlandland.
Bad news: the route has changed to avoid the bits I really wanted to do.(*)

(*) And the railtour organisers haven't let on. I found out by interrogating some signalbox computers.

Is that "insider dealing" Rower? :)
In a "read-only" way.  Hacking same computers to put the train back on its original advertised route would have been VERY NAUGHTY and probably have led to inquiry and dismissal; not only that, but the signaller would have just cancelled the signals, and put it back to where it's now meant to go.

Just out of interest, what was the original route? Just askin', like ...

Worcester, Birmingham, Derby, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Polmont, Stirling, Alloa, Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath, Ladybank, Dundee.  Short pause.  Dundee, Ladybank, Kirkcaldy, Inverkeithing, Edinburgh, then back as per outward.

New route (after Edinburgh) is Polmont, Stirling, Perth (break), Ladybank, Kirkcaldy and back as original. The highlight of the route was to have been the not-open-to-passengers bit from Alloa to Dunfermline.

Actually, the highlight will be the company.

And Fingers Crossed for your interview.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: arvid on November 24, 2011, 06:03:26 pm
The good: I'll start working 4 days a week instead of 3(=33% more income before tax), with a more interesting job.
The bad: my commute will go from ~60km to <4km. Just commuting this year got me close to 7000km. I'll have to make an effort again to stay in shape.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on December 11, 2011, 08:02:22 pm
Good news: I came second and first in my two classes with the horse today at a local little competition.   :thumbsup:

Bad news: The second class, where I came first, was one of the worst shows I've EVER done! Giles went into the arena having warmed up beautifully and went "canter? I don't do that and you can't make me".  He was right, I couldn't!  The only reason I got the first rosette was because I was the only competitor in my section...lol!   :facepalm:

To be fair to him, it's the first time we've competed after dark and while the arena was lit, it was quite shadowy and strange. 

I did however win the best Christmas-decorated hat  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on December 11, 2011, 08:14:17 pm
 :thumbsup:Yay!

When I was having lessons a few years back, we used to have a Christmas gymkhana for the last lesson before Christmas. Lots of fun, even though I was generally rubbish, whatever horse they put me on! I often acheived a brisk amble at best.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 14, 2011, 05:33:07 pm
I haz new doors! \0/

Unfortunately I didn't realise they were unfinished. This means I must DIY - varnish :(

Especially the bathroom door which is a stoopid size and the joiner had to cut the veneer entirely off the hinge and leading edges, meh.
Better do something with that before the moisture gets in and the whole thing goes 'woof'.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on December 17, 2011, 06:24:56 pm
Good news: I'm not allergic to the Christmas Tree.

Bad news: the sneezing etc. is a cold which which has migrated to my cheat and means I'm a DNS for the race tomorrow :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on December 17, 2011, 06:41:25 pm
Good news: I'm not allergic to the Christmas Tree.

Bad news: the sneezing etc. is a cold which which has migrated to my cheat and means I'm a DNS for the race tomorrow :(

Mistype for chest, or cleat?  I've never heard of cleats getting infections, mind...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Marco Stefano on December 17, 2011, 07:46:30 pm
Good news: my lower back is getting better.

Bad news: no exercise involving back extension, i.e. rowing or cycling, for another month.
Running is okay (oh good-o, my favourite.  ::-) ) 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on December 17, 2011, 09:09:46 pm
Good news: I'm not allergic to the Christmas Tree.

Bad news: the sneezing etc. is a cold which which has migrated to my cheat and means I'm a DNS for the race tomorrow :(

Mistype for chest, or cleat?  I've never heard of cleats getting infections, mind...

Well cleat infection would be a good excuse but.....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rower40 on December 18, 2011, 08:26:18 am
Good news: my lower back is getting better.

Bad news: no exercise involving back extension, i.e. rowing or cycling, for another month.
Running is okay (oh good-o, my favourite.  ::-) )
GWS.
Keep going with the core stability exercises.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on December 18, 2011, 07:39:37 pm
Bad news: I've splashed wood rot hardener on my glasses.
Good news: I can still see.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 03, 2012, 02:39:48 pm
Bad news first......I've been out on my bike ::-)

Good news ..... I've seen a nice Honda Goldwing for sale in Stone :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: delthebike on January 03, 2012, 02:41:26 pm
Good news ..... I've seen a nice Honda Goldwing for sale in Stone :demon:
Looking for a bigger vehicle to tow the caravan?  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on January 03, 2012, 02:43:12 pm
Bad news first......I've been out on my bike ::-)

Good news ..... I've seen a nice Honda Goldwing for sale in Stone :demon:

Ooh, I like those :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 03, 2012, 02:53:07 pm
:facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 03, 2012, 02:59:25 pm
Good news ..... I've seen a nice Honda Goldwing for sale in Stone :demon:
Looking for a bigger vehicle to tow the caravan?  ::-)

the goldwing does have a tow bar fitted so I could pull a trailer with camping gear within :thumbsup:

Gonna have to keep the ovloV to tow the caravan but I might get rid of the Mondeo :-\
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 03, 2012, 03:00:19 pm
How much cake can you carry on a Goldwing?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 03, 2012, 03:15:21 pm
The panniers on a Goldwing are of a greater capacity than that of any of my bikes & a roof box could be fitted to the trailer via the ladder racks to which the bike carrier is secured.
Sorted ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 04, 2012, 02:09:22 pm
Your Goldwing with trailer can also be fitted with a sidecar. Sorted, no more heavy haulage worries ever again!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on January 04, 2012, 05:27:46 pm
I saw that setup each year for 3 or 4 in the family section of the BMF rally in Peterborough from ~1990-1994.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: lou boutin on January 04, 2012, 05:39:55 pm
I thought I was witnessing a freak sighting of the Northern Lights out of my bedroom window.  Then I realised Mr Boutin had returned home and switched on a lava lamp and the wonderful blue and green streaks across the skyline were merely reflections of that :(  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 04, 2012, 05:45:56 pm
I start a new job tomorrow. I should be looking forward to it, but I can't say I am. The bad news is that my rather comfortable spell at home is coming to an end. I'd got rather used to having the house to myself in the daytime.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Salvatore on January 04, 2012, 07:06:51 pm
Bad news: my gear cable/lever/thingy under the BB went all wonky and wrong about 25 km home today (but was fixed) and finally went unrepairable about 5km from home  (i.e 97.5 km into the ride). I ended up riding the last bit on the smallest sprocket

Good news: there was a package on my doorstep when I got home containing a new gear lever and cable.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 04, 2012, 08:58:52 pm
The Bad News :  the last of the mince pies has been scoffed

The Good Hews : there is some Xmas cake & a Xmas pudding to be eaten
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 04, 2012, 11:54:37 pm
Found all three cameras :)

Found two chargers. :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: oncemore on January 05, 2012, 10:15:11 am
Good. No waiting list for chest x-ray - GP referral late y'day, I phone this a.m., appt tomorrow.

Bad. This reduces the time I thought I'd have in which to decide what to do if, as I'm pretty sure my GP thinks, the result is "keep your reading to short stories!".
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 05, 2012, 10:24:48 am
I hope you are able to read War & Peace several dozen times over.Best wishes for more good news.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 05, 2012, 10:30:54 am
Wot he said. Hope all goes smoothly and you'll be back with good news very soon.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: oncemore on January 05, 2012, 10:34:43 am
Thank you - but after over 50 years of smoking I can hardly cry foul or unfair! And TBH I'm not particularly fussed either way.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on January 05, 2012, 01:01:40 pm
Jogler.
Attach the caravan to the side of the Goldwing.
Marge can then travel in the biggest F off sidecar ever. :-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on January 05, 2012, 01:04:18 pm
Jogler.
Attach the caravan to the side of the Goldwing.
Marge can then travel in the biggest F off sidecar ever. :-)

Why have Top Gear not done this yet? ;D

Apart from them not knowing Marj, of course.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 05, 2012, 01:13:07 pm
PMSL

The entertainment  & laughs from this forum far exceed the best of anything the tv has to offer :thumbsup:

Marj is laughing so much she is having a coughing fit which atm is not a good thing.She has a poorly chest.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on January 07, 2012, 09:56:13 pm
Bad News.  I've just driven up to Brum,
Good News.  I've repaired to the Country Girl.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 07, 2012, 10:19:29 pm
Good news: I have just finished reading this thread, which I have not visited since the past 5 pages were written.

Bad news: I have been reminded why I haven't visited this since the last 5 pages were written. :P
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on January 11, 2012, 11:42:21 am
Oh ffs. Realised I was sub-optimal, decided to leave early and ride home (mostly) in daylight. At Whitechapel/Mile End Road junction, oncoming numpty just HAS to turn right in front of me. I brake. On diesel. Clothes and me (hand) damaged worse than this morning.

Not my day.

 :'( Broken bone
 :-\ only one
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on January 11, 2012, 11:48:24 am
 :o

Please tell me the broken bone was due to punching the oncoming numpty.

GWS

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 11, 2012, 12:36:41 pm
Oh noes!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 11, 2012, 04:23:46 pm
:(  Sorry to hear that, Ham.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Juan Martín on January 11, 2012, 04:28:01 pm
Bad luck Ham. GWS.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rower40 on January 11, 2012, 08:51:47 pm
Good news: I'm going home. (I've left Didcot!)
Bad news:  I've got to change trains at Mordor.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 11, 2012, 10:20:06 pm
Good news: bobb and I are going for a little holiday on Skye in February
Bad news: we won't see each other for another 36 sleeps  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 13, 2012, 09:52:54 am
Bad news: Little Cudzo is ill. Not terribly ill, but it's his first day off school since he started there. And it's swimming today, his favourite part of the whole school week!
Second bad news: This means I'm stuck at home and we'll probably run out of food!

Good news: This explains why he was so upsettable and weepy at school yesterday.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Tim Hall on January 13, 2012, 02:15:23 pm
Good news: Cheque received for large amount of beans from ins co of the woman who knocked me off in November.

Bad news: Can't decide which colour for the new Bob Jackson.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 13, 2012, 02:36:13 pm
Hurray!  And oh, how my heart bleeds for you.....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rusky on January 13, 2012, 04:31:12 pm
Bad news: There's been a horrible acrid smell of popped electronic components in the room all week.

Good news: Just found out it's the scent of the flowers on the sideboard!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on January 14, 2012, 11:16:31 am
Good news:  Crusty is building up my old Viking into a singlespeed/fixed, with a view to taking it to India, using bits obtained mostly from MSeries OTP, so it has added Cool.

Bad news:  there's a chance it might have to stay in India when he comes back.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 14, 2012, 05:25:09 pm
Good news:  Crusty is building up my old Viking into a singlespeed/fixed, with a view to taking it to India, using bits obtained mostly from MSeries OTP, so it has added Cool.

Bad news:  there's a chance it might have to stay in India when he comes back.

can he not ride it back?  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 14, 2012, 10:12:47 pm
It would be a shame to have to leave it there. If the problem is the bag or box he'll be using on the flight out, it might be possible to leave that either in some left luggage facility quite cheaply or find a friendly bike shop in Delhi, make contact with them now and ask if they'll store it for a week or two, however long he's going to be out there.

But if he does have to leave it there, I advise also the friendly bike shop, or some club. A bike like that should go to someone who will appreciate it.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on January 14, 2012, 11:25:16 pm
Hmm, I suspect that bike has value, but only to me.  I must get Crusty to take some photos  :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 16, 2012, 10:53:29 pm
That's all the more reason to bring it back to the person who values it. But if you don't want it, I might be able to relieve you of it.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 17, 2012, 10:19:52 pm
I won a huge box of Thornton's chocolates in the choir's raffle this evening.

We are all trying to lose weight.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 18, 2012, 09:32:42 pm
Bad News: I left my phone at home this morning :(

Worse news: It's Our Kid's 21st birthday, so I couldn't ring him or text him congratulations :'(

Also bad news: The phone wasn't left at home; I'd proper lost it >:(

Good news: TGL came home from school with a name and phone number of the person who had found my phone and done some detective work. :)

Gooder news: I've just been to pick it up :D  In exchance for a bottle of booze.

Gooderer news: That added to my commute makes today another unnecessarily 50km day :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on January 19, 2012, 03:18:59 pm
Good:  The meeting I had schedule for Friday is now a teleconference, so I don't need to be suited and booted!

Bad: One of my managers is out of the office tomorrow and I've been asked to cover for him at a contract negotiation, so the person who has been shadowing me at the meetings ref'd on 'Good' above will cover my teleconference - and I'll have to be suited and booted for the contract meeting.

I suspect I may find myself in full business clobber on Fridays quite a few times this year.  :-\
 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 19, 2012, 03:23:58 pm
Bad news: I am at an extremely tedious meeting to discuss mental health service redesign (not to invite our input, but to tell us what we have to shut up and endure), and the current presentation is highly clinical.

Good news: I got to ride my bike here.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: lou boutin on January 20, 2012, 12:55:44 pm
Bad News: Sickness/upset tummy has reared its head again.
Good News: But as a result of the above I am now back into size 8 clothes.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 21, 2012, 03:19:30 pm
Bad news : It's apparent that my knee is going to be a permenant issue & my long distance aspirations will not be fulfilled

Good news : I've found a guitar shop that is very convenient & economic for kit & lessons.I can leave my guitar there at the end of Lesson 1 & subsequently ride there&back on my bike.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Julian on January 21, 2012, 03:53:28 pm
Good news: it is my besht mate'sh birthday & I am v much looking forward to a night out in celebration of her continued existence.

Bad news: I have to leave this terribly comfortable sofa and comfortable cohab and comfortable cat.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on January 21, 2012, 06:26:28 pm
Good: I've just been for a proper bike ride, at more that Birmingham traffic / barakta pace for the first time this year.

Bad: It was bastard windy, and my knee is chuntering.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 21, 2012, 07:11:22 pm
I am begining to wonder if chuntering knee is a contagious condition
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on January 21, 2012, 08:16:39 pm
I am begining to wonder if chuntering knee is a contagious condition
I think it must be...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on January 21, 2012, 08:32:16 pm
Good news: I may well be going to India in March (at work's expense)
Bad news: It looks like I've got a metric fuckton of vaccinations to get done first

I'm pretty used to having blood taken now, but vaccinations still give me the heebie-jeebies ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on January 21, 2012, 10:34:52 pm
Re Interzen:
Good news: Wasn't that many injections when I went. I come over faint with injections as often as not. Nurses seem to prefer me saying in advance and being on the bed already and coming prepared with a mars bar.
Bad news: In the end the gut-rot from the anti-malarials was worse than the injections.

But, lucky you!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Valiant on January 22, 2012, 01:35:28 am
Good: Coming this week is our latest mobile sound system. It's a wide departure from the universally loved Beatrix but here's some stats to salivate over. 110ah Ultra Deep Discharge power supply, SMPS power amp, 8" carbon fiber drivers, titanium compression drivers, built in 230v charging. It should be pushing on for 130db with a runtime longer than Paula Radcliffe.

Bad: I have a week to design and build it. And it'll have a big advertising space.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on January 22, 2012, 10:54:01 am
I am begining to wonder if chuntering knee is a contagious condition

We have two staff members at St Nicks currently recovering from knee operations. Knees are just a bit rubbish generally.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on January 22, 2012, 10:59:48 am
I am begining to wonder if chuntering knee is a contagious condition

We have two staff members at St Nicks currently recovering from knee operations. Knees are just a bit rubbish generally.
Totally agree.
IME, hips follow knees a fairly close second in the 'Ministry of Crap Design' stakes ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on January 22, 2012, 11:04:02 am
Bad news: In the end the gut-rot from the anti-malarials was worse than the injections.
Hmm ... a lot of people have said that to me.
OTOH, I've had pretty good practice with drug-induced gut-rot thanks to the various diabetes-related medications I have to take (metformin + gliclazide = gastric anarchy!)

Still, taking the long view, even if this trip doesn't come off, and there's no guarantee that it will, at least if I have all the jabs done now it'll be one less thing to worry about when I do have to go to forn parts (for work or otherwise)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on January 22, 2012, 11:16:10 am
I am begining to wonder if chuntering knee is a contagious condition

We have two staff members at St Nicks currently recovering from knee operations. Knees are just a bit rubbish generally.
Totally agree.
IME, hips follow knees a fairly close second in the 'Ministry of Crap Design' stakes ...

Frankly, the whole support system for our bipedal stance is a bit suspect. It rather argues against creationism and intelligent design. If God could get so many animals so perfectly right for their place in life, why did he give us such shoddy legs and spines and make us walk upright?

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 22, 2012, 11:18:31 am
He moves in mysterious ways Arch :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on January 22, 2012, 11:26:16 am
He moves in mysterious ways Arch :)

But presumably not bipedally, or He'd be needing new knees and hips Himself by now... ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on January 22, 2012, 11:30:25 am
Bad news: In the end the gut-rot from the anti-malarials was worse than the injections.
Hmm ... a lot of people have said that to me.
OTOH, I've had pretty good practice with drug-induced gut-rot thanks to the various diabetes-related medications I have to take (metformin + gliclazide = gastric anarchy!)

It was more "a mildly unsettled feeling that got a bit tedious two weeks after getting back" than anarchy, so you may not even notice the difference!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rusky on January 22, 2012, 01:53:25 pm
He moves in mysterious ways Arch :)

But presumably not bipedally, or He'd be needing new knees and hips Himself by now... ;)
That's why he created Ti :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on January 22, 2012, 01:53:44 pm
Frankly, the whole support system for our bipedal stance is a bit suspect. It rather argues against creationism and intelligent design. If God could get so many animals so perfectly right for their place in life, why did he give us such shoddy legs and spines and make us walk upright?

Yeah, but he did at least throw in a brain that could invent the bicycle to make up for it...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 22, 2012, 07:39:12 pm
Bad news: I am ill and have spend all yesterday evening asleep and almost all of today dozing in bed with P.G. Wodehouse and a mug of tea.

Good news: When I woke up this morning there was a marmite sandwich next to my bed. My son had made me breakfast! It was then joined by a cup of tea (made under supervision - his mother's here - but the breakfast was completely his own inspiration) and, gasp, he's just given me a chocolate!  :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on January 22, 2012, 08:16:21 pm


Good news: When I woke up this morning there was a marmite sandwich next to my bed.

I hope you didn't find it by getting out of bed and stepping on it!  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 22, 2012, 10:12:39 pm
Ha ha, actually it was much better than that. I heard some noises in the kitchen and a little voice saying something like "I'm making Daddy some breakfast because he's ill" then I dozed off again, and when I woke up there it was on the bedside table (on top of the books and maps and next to the other, empty, tea mug! And why do we call these things tables when they're usually more like drawers or shelves? Well, who cares!)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Valiant on January 23, 2012, 05:29:45 pm
Good: We have a new kitty
Bad: Frankie's being unpleasant
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 25, 2012, 10:22:45 pm
Good news: Mrs. Wow and I have completed and submitted our tax returns.

Bad news: Mrs. Wow has had to pay income tax!  >:(

Ameliorating circumstance:...for the first time since 1978.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Juan Martín on January 26, 2012, 12:00:25 pm
Bad news: I noticed on my return from work the other night that some…some type had uprooted the miniature apple tree in my front garden and snapped off the supporting stake. Possibly the result of a drunken collision during a night time short cut.

Good news: The tree had been in this position for about three years and had been struggling; I had been considering transplanting it. And now the job’s half done!

It always does to look on the bright side.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on January 26, 2012, 08:01:36 pm
Good news.  I found my missing Petzl headtorch in time for tomorrow nights camping.

Bad news. I ordered a replacement yesterday after searching high & low.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 26, 2012, 08:02:58 pm
^^^^^
that really is Sod's Law ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: billplumtree on January 26, 2012, 08:08:26 pm
Bad news:  I promised CrinklyLion the loan of a map for her Scottish foray (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=54910.0), but couldn't find it when I looked for it this week.

Good news:  found a second-hand one on Ulverston market today.  My favourite type an'all:  the wonderful Barts 100,000.  Been reading it for the last hour, reliving old tours and planning future ones.  And being jealous of CL - is it too early to start hating you yet?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 26, 2012, 08:10:33 pm
I found a treasure trove of old maps in a second hand book shop at the north end of Morecombe sea front a few years ago.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 26, 2012, 08:51:48 pm
Hurray for mappery making people  :)

Bad news: I'm going out to play with a several of YACFers tomorrow and haven't started baking yet

Good news: I have a plenty of ingredients, a clean and tidy kitchen, a spotify account, a new pinny to test-drive and on past form it's several hours 'til primetime cake o'clock.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on January 26, 2012, 08:56:44 pm
Good news: The Daily Mail is being sued for defamation.  ;D

Bad news: By 'Psychic' Sally Morgan. (http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=48632&c=1)  :(

If only they could both lose the case.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on January 26, 2012, 09:06:46 pm
Oh. My. Word.

Please let that get all the way to court and not be sorted out in the lobby beforehand.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on January 26, 2012, 09:15:35 pm
Surely she already knows what the outcome will be?
(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg82/IllegalCombatAnt/21ltz84.gif)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on January 26, 2012, 09:17:57 pm
That's why it won't get to court.

 ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 26, 2012, 09:27:23 pm
Princess Diana's former psychic?  Do you think there was a little something that she forgot to tell Di?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on January 27, 2012, 10:14:52 am
Good news: Neice went to see daddy at work yesterday.
Bad news: Daddy is an A&E doctor.
Good news: Daddy can mend broken daughters
Bad News: Daughter can't ride her pony with a cast on.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on January 27, 2012, 10:23:41 am
That's why it won't get to court.

 ;)

Sally assembles her crack legal team. (http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-%26-technology/sally-morgan-to-be-represented-by-disembodied-voice-of-abraham-lincoln-201201264821/)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on January 29, 2012, 02:35:15 pm
Good news: Pugsley will be arriving on Monday ;D

Bad news: I broke a bloody tooth eating a muesli bar last night - OK, so it's a tooth that's getting crowned anyway so the breakage may not be that big a deal, but it's still bloody annoying :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: lou boutin on January 29, 2012, 02:49:27 pm

(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg82/IllegalCombatAnt/21ltz84.gif)

I've stollen your little dog.  :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on January 29, 2012, 04:38:28 pm
Bad news:  I couldn't find my ticket to see Josie Long tonight.

Good news:  I telephoned them, and it was actually never sent out.  I am expected.

Bad news:  I spent ages looking for it, and have confirmed that I'm a total Div

Good news:  Going to see Josie Long tonight!  Hurrah!   :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: petes46 on February 01, 2012, 11:53:38 pm
Bad News:
I discovered at the end of last week that the guy who was supposedly going to buy my house hadn't got a mortgage offer (3 weeks before completion)!   :facepalm:

So: House back on market.   :sick:

Good News:
There were 10 viewings over last weekend.  I now have a new buyer, a sale agreed at the asking price, only one extra link added to the chain and the upper part of the chain has stayed intact! Hooray!!!   ;D :smug:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rafletcher on February 07, 2012, 02:54:37 pm
God news; We finallly bit the bullet and ordered a new bed - it was £500 less than the manufacturers list price we'd seen at the factory.  :thumbsup:

Bad news; My car was serviced today. What with new brakes, new tyre and new antifreeze that came to the thick end of £500   :facepalm:

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on February 08, 2012, 06:53:57 pm
Bad news, the pipes were frozen this morning. No shower.

Good news, they appear to have defrosted without a leak and I'm fragrant again.

Good news, I'm off the the yoo-ess-ayy for 4 weeks later this year

Bad news, I've just realised it's the 4 weeks immediately prior to their election, so wall to wall politics...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 08, 2012, 07:15:55 pm
Good news, I'm off the the yoo-ess-ayy for 4 weeks later this year
Business or pleasure? And, more importantly, anywhere interesting?

(I ask mainly 'cos I'm up to my eyes in US-related stuff relating to next year's possible holiday in the 49th state ...)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on February 08, 2012, 07:22:59 pm
Good news, I'm off the the yoo-ess-ayy for 4 weeks later this year
Business or pleasure? And, more importantly, anywhere interesting?

(I ask mainly 'cos I'm up to my eyes in US-related stuff relating to next year's possible holiday in the 49th state ...)

http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=55959.msg1144530#msg1144530

Pleasure hopefully. Flying to Las Vegas from Manchester and hoping to do a similar route to these two through Nevada, Arizona & Utah.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on February 09, 2012, 09:46:19 am
Good News: I fly home from working Saudi overnight tonight

Bad news: I've just seen the weather forecast of SNOW for 9pm to 6am and I'm due to land at 05:20.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on February 10, 2012, 01:00:39 am
Good:  In a few hours I'll be flying home to surprise my Father for a significant birthday.

Bad: Just learned one of the guys I used to performed with died Friday afternoon, so looks like I need to pack for a funeral as well.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on February 14, 2012, 11:58:46 am
Good News: the children are playing in the garden for the first time since I started in November (it's tiny and up steep steps) They are having a lovely time hitting nature with sticks :D

Bad News: There may have been some real live plants in the flower bed where the sticks are :-[. Still I expect the hardy ones will survive being stomped on by small wellies ;D.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 15, 2012, 06:26:51 pm
Good news: marj has some nomm nomm dark chocolate from the W.I.

Bad news: marj has some nomm nomm dark chocolate from the W.I.


get thee behind me satan
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on February 16, 2012, 02:15:41 pm
Bad news (VERY bad news): I ran out of coffee at 10:30 this morning

Good news: The postman turned up at 11:30 with a new consignment!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 16, 2012, 04:11:22 pm
^^^^
you could say you planned that ;)

I'm not sure we would believe you ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on February 17, 2012, 10:02:47 pm
Good news - I picked up a shiny new Delorme road atlas of Arizona from the post office for my trip later this year.

Bad news - It's not pannier friendly and I only need 1/3 of it, so it's going to be butchered with a Stanley knife. I _hate_ doing this, it makes me feel like a vandal  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 20, 2012, 04:20:15 pm
good news : there are crisps in the food cupboard

bad news : there will be no weight loss this week
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on February 21, 2012, 08:53:36 am
I'm back on the bike again for the first time in weeks .....YAYYYYYYY!!!!

Hmmm. Pre flight check show fairy visitation for Pompetamine front wheel....BOOOOOO

But that is why we have and can justify a stable, step forward old faithful Marin....YAYYYYYY!

Hmmmm. Mid flight check shows seat tube cracking, rather badly (is there any other sort?). BOOOO

So this could be a good time to n+1 it, what is more it is the Cycle Scheme entrance time at work, must be a sign.....YAYYYYYY!!!

But then I will have to get this past Front Door Customs Control. BOOOOO

<edit post phone call> it appears Marin provide lifetime warranty on the frame, YAYYYY!!!!!

But that means n+1 is a non-starter...... BOOOO
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 21, 2012, 10:37:59 am
Your life is, indeed, a rollercoaster, just as Mr Keating advised.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: geraldc on February 21, 2012, 12:58:56 pm
bad news: shouting match with my boss over progressing some paperwork, he wanted it progressed quickly so we can invoice, I said I have to wait for references and carry out due diligence
good news: discovered potential identify theft and fraud on the paper work I was supposed to progress. So waiting for a phone call, and then a phone call to the police to try get the bugger caught
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on February 21, 2012, 01:05:22 pm
bad news: shouting match with my boss over progressing some paperwork, he wanted it progressed quickly so we can invoice, I said I have to wait for references and carry out due diligence
good news: discovered potential identify theft and fraud on the paper work I was supposed to progress. So waiting for a phone call, and then a phone call to the police to try get the bugger caught

Yay for Gerald, the world of finance needs more Geralds :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 21, 2012, 02:07:13 pm
The good
There is an HTC Sensation XE Beats sat charging on my desk.

The bad
MrsCharly doesn't know about it yet, and my current vodafone contract has 3 months to run.

<goes and sits on naughty chair in the corner>
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rusky on February 21, 2012, 06:03:06 pm
The HTC Sensation XE Beats is nice *strokes his XE Beats*
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: trixie on February 21, 2012, 06:19:29 pm
Good news... I have heard today that my references have been approved and I can arrange start date for my new job!  About time too, the interview was held in December, so there's been a lot of waiting.

Bad News...this is the first time I will have worked full-time since Before Children...and that was twenty years ago...feeling very apprehensive.  Will also have to work 'long days' on a rota basis that includes weekends...but at least there will be no nights.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 21, 2012, 06:23:03 pm
Good news - bobb and I are in Portree.

Bad news - the weather is so very very awful we don't want to leave the b&b.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 22, 2012, 12:53:04 pm
Hurrah!  The motel that serves as event HQ in Battle Mountain has not been fully booked by the Orange Hordes!
Bah!  They're only taking bookings by phone this year and with an eight hour time difference it goes on my bill, not the BigCo's.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on February 22, 2012, 12:54:32 pm
Good news - bobb and I are in Portree.

Bad news - the weather is so very very awful we don't want to leave the b&b.

Oh, dear.  Perhaps you should find something to do indoors.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 22, 2012, 01:54:55 pm
Back in my day, we had to make our own entertainment. ;D

That thought did cross my mind, but then I realised she'd said B&B, so they might have hours they have to be out. :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 22, 2012, 09:01:59 pm
Hurrah!  The motel that serves as event HQ in Battle Mountain has not been fully booked by the Orange Hordes!
Bah!  They're only taking bookings by phone this year and with an eight hour time difference it goes on my bill, not the BigCo's.

Join 18185.co.uk, pay 0.5p/min to phone USA (direct debit from credit card) and fret not.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 22, 2012, 09:07:20 pm
The milkman seems to have delivered full cream milk instead of our usual semi-skimmed. NOM!
I'm supposed to be losing weight.
(Actually 11 grams more fat per pint won't make much difference...)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rusky on February 22, 2012, 09:19:14 pm
The Mrs got her end of year bonus :)

So did George Osbourne :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on February 23, 2012, 09:17:14 am
Good news - Marin will honour the lifetime warranty

Bad news - as it's 4 years old and discontinued, it ends up as the current model 29er, not an advance in my view, and loses the carbon fork. I may sell and buy a replica of my model.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on February 24, 2012, 04:38:18 pm
Good News - Mrs T's Carlton is all ready to be prepped and resprayed, and will have a sparkling NOS headtube badge when we get it back.

Bad News - My Carlton is not worth sorting (due to the expense of replacing BB shell or re-tapping threads etc), so no N+1 for me, only for Mrs T.

All this was discovered during a very informative chat I had over the phone with Mr Yates.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 25, 2012, 07:49:08 pm
Good news: the LBS had a Tubus 'Logo' rack in stock - at last, I thought, a rack worthy of Pugsley.
Bad news: the bloody thing doesn't fit - the sides of the rack slope inwards and Pug's tyres get in the way.

Possible good news as a result of bad news: I might have to get a Surly or Old Man Mountain rack instead :)

I think this is the first time I've had to return anything to the LBS ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on February 26, 2012, 09:17:29 pm
Good news. I was able to ride to my parents for Sunday lunch (5 miles each way) without it leaving me feeling like I'm made of jelly, so whatever bug has been bothering me all week appears to have gone.

Bad news. I've got a sore throat starting  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 28, 2012, 02:17:18 pm
Good news ;I managed to overcome the ICBA curse & went out on my bike.

Bad news; it was a 'mare.

I'm really struggling to avoid the decision to knock it all on the head.

Two punctures didn't help.Neither did the fact that the lbs didn't have what I wanted
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on February 28, 2012, 02:59:34 pm


Bad news; it was a 'mare.

I'm really struggling to avoid the decision to knock it all on the head.


Why was it a 'mare?

You can't give up.  You said you would ride with me this year.   :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Si_Co on February 28, 2012, 03:01:46 pm
I'm really struggling to avoid the decision to knock it all on the head.

You know you'll regret that......remember the diving?

Just accept the fact that it's a poo day, we all have them, gotta learn to take the good with the bad, soon be summer
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 28, 2012, 03:05:30 pm
I'm really struggling to avoid the decision to knock it all on the head.
I can sympathise, really I can.
There's a very good reason why my profile says 'on hiatus' ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 28, 2012, 03:09:04 pm


.....remember the diving?



that was not a voluntary decision...
loss of employment=loss of company car=loss of income=fait accompli
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on February 28, 2012, 06:07:19 pm
Good news: I slept for nearly 14 hours last night/today and felt a lot better for it.

Bad news: I went and did my horsey chores (took me nearly 2 hours to do 1/2 hour's worth of stuff) and am now freezing, lightheaded, coughing up 3 or more lungs and bone-wearingly tired.   :-\
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on February 28, 2012, 06:23:04 pm
Jogler, hope tomorrow is a better day.

Why1040, sounds like you're still unwell, hope you can get home and rest as much as possible some more. 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on February 28, 2012, 07:08:31 pm
Yep, home, just out of a VERY hot bath for steam-cleaning lungs and warming up purposes and pondering whether I have enough energy to go downstairs and actually make myself some food or I should just have another Belvita breakfast biscuit and a fruit puree...

And eating chilli chocolate, because it's there!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on February 28, 2012, 07:38:07 pm
Bah, hope chocolate makes you feel better soonest!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 28, 2012, 08:27:33 pm
Good news: whilst searching for a roll of sellotape, I found a fiver on my desk.
Bad news: despite being in the position whereby I could now by several rolls of sellotape, I still can't find the roll I'm sure I left on here at some point.

Seems that the universe isn't quite finished with me yet.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on February 28, 2012, 08:39:05 pm
Good news: whilst searching for a roll of sellotape, I found a fiver on my desk.
Bad news: despite being in the position whereby I could now by several rolls of sellotape, I still can't find the roll I'm sure I left on here at some point.

Seems that the universe isn't quite finished with me yet.

Put the fiver away, than start looking for it on your desk. You'll find the tape, if you can be convincing enough that you're looking for the fiver...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 28, 2012, 09:13:34 pm
Put the fiver away, than start looking for it on your desk. You'll find the tape, if you can be convincing enough that you're looking for the fiver...
Sod that, I'm going to keep looking for the tape just in case I find any more fivers :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on February 28, 2012, 10:11:16 pm
Put the fiver away, than start looking for it on your desk. You'll find the tape, if you can be convincing enough that you're looking for the fiver...
Sod that, I'm going to keep looking for the tape just in case I find any more fivers :)

Careful, if you find any more fivers, you'll have to buy a round at the pub tomorrow...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: RW on February 29, 2012, 02:41:29 pm
Good news: It's my birthday - it doesn't happen often - apart from today's I've only had 13
Bad news: went to the fridge to find (or more accurately) not find my lunch.  Some bugger's eaten it!

Very good news:  There is CAKE lots of it!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on February 29, 2012, 03:14:34 pm
Happy Birthday CptBob I've never met anyone who I've known to have a 29th Feb birthday - my mum wanted to have me on 29th (I'm 27th) but the docs said no.

Hope you have plenty of CAEK to make up for the missing lunch!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: RW on February 29, 2012, 04:13:45 pm
I've never met anyone who I've known to have a 29th Feb birthday -
Neither have I.  I've heard tell of them though!

It's good to know you're a fellow fish!

It's gone a bit silly here - someone's just walked past wearing a 2012 anorak - and they've put up 2012 pink signage.  Most of it is pretty irrelevant - we are nowhere near the Olympic Stadium (West) exit.  The toilets have been rebranded, Pit Stop.

I'm retiring on May 11th!  That's good news!  I can't think of any bad news to go with that so I'm clearly going well off topic.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 29, 2012, 04:42:51 pm
Good news: It's my birthday - it doesn't happen often - apart from today's I've only had 13


Happy Birthday CptBob.

My cousin is a leap year baby.She is 12 today
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on February 29, 2012, 05:05:50 pm
There's quite a few fish in this wee pond.  ><>
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 29, 2012, 05:06:50 pm
Is Weepond anywhere near Weeford?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 29, 2012, 05:08:28 pm
it's near Wee Kbladder
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: RW on February 29, 2012, 07:24:26 pm
it's near Wee Kbladder
Been there
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on February 29, 2012, 08:26:02 pm
Good news, I managed a decent nights sleep without this bloody cough waking me up.

Bad news, I've had the trots from hell all day....I suspect the "past their use by date" lamb chops from last night.

Good news, I'm not sprinting to the bog anymore.

Bad news, the cough appears to be back with a vengeance, sealing up my airways and making my eyes pop out of my head !
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on February 29, 2012, 08:39:23 pm
Good news - the local spar has a special offer on Tunnock's teacakes :D

Bad news - I'm supposed to be dieting  :-[
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 02, 2012, 02:02:34 pm
Good news - I have applied for several jobs.

Bad news - sitting at a computer composing CVs and letters has given me a headache!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on March 02, 2012, 02:16:47 pm
Good news: I'm feeling considerably less ill today.  Tired rather than in pain.

Bad news: Discovered a mysterious bruise (http://yfrog.com/kkowzgcj) on my right calf last night.  Must be from the barakta birthday ride (the last time I rode an upwrong), but I've no memory of a pedal incident, and I'm surprised I didn't spot it sooner.  ???
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on March 02, 2012, 03:27:07 pm
I often find large nasty looking bruises on my legs with a clue of when or how it happened.
My guess is that it may during an adrenalin rush moment during some sort of incident. (Usually self inflicted)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 03, 2012, 10:44:48 am
Bad news:  It is raining.
Good news:  CU and CA are dragging my sorry arse out for a bike ride anyway.  I think they might not be 100% fairweather cyclists any more!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: JenM on March 03, 2012, 11:09:23 am
Trying to book bargain berth + bike on the Caledonian Sleeper from Inverness

22 May - good news: I have a berth @ £49 / bad news: there is no space for my bike
23 May - good news: I have a berth @ £39 and a space for my bike and they cancelled my reservation for the 22nd / bad news: well its an inconvenience, but hardly bad news
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 03, 2012, 07:59:38 pm
Good news: After years of rolling 3-month contracts, Mrs Cudzo's dept of Big Financial Data Co is finally offering permanent contracts.

Bad news: In Cape Town.

Good news: Ten days ago, she started on a permanent contract in another dept of the same co.

Bad news: It's Sales and she's not sure she can hack it. But it's early days yet.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: dasmoth on March 04, 2012, 01:35:18 pm
Good news: made it round our usual weekend loop yesterday with only a minimum of grumbling from my lungs (and most of that while riding through the smoke from a bonfire).

Bad news: a lovely village pub where we often stop for a pint on the way back seems to have closed  :(.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on March 04, 2012, 05:19:46 pm
Bad news: MFWHTBAB just cycled off back to his car to drive home. After a whole week together, the flat seems quite empty.*

Good news: while walking back from a coffee out, we picked up three abandoned broken umbrellas to dismantle for bag lining material - two black, and one rather nice black and grey Greek key style pattern.


*Pause for ironic laughter from anyone who's ever seen the amount of clutter in my flat.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Moose57 on March 04, 2012, 05:24:01 pm
Good news-Remembered Time Team.
Bad news-Still fronted by Tony Robinson. Sigh.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: SteveC on March 04, 2012, 06:25:47 pm
Good news-Remembered Time Team.
Bad news-Still fronted by Tony Robinson. Sigh.
And by all accounts losing Mick Aston for the next series  >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on March 04, 2012, 07:39:18 pm
*Pause for ironic laughter from anyone who's ever seen the amount of clutter in my flat.

Turn it into an art installation then!
You know it makes sense!
http://diamondgeezer.blogspot.com/ (http://diamondgeezer.blogspot.com/)
http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=12878 (http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=12878)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on March 04, 2012, 08:23:49 pm
That's quite touching...

I never remember where I heard it, but I heard a story of someone whose granny had a tin labelled "Pieces of string too short to be useful".  That will be me one day.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on March 04, 2012, 08:25:49 pm
I'm fairly sure my gran had one of those.  Possibly without the label.  She was proficient at reef knots, though, so their utility was not lost.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on March 04, 2012, 09:39:36 pm
My Grandma had a Cupboard of Soap. About the size of a small single wardrobe, with shelves, full (I mean, packed) of bars of soap. Fairy, Dove, Simple, that sort of thing, mostly in double or triple packs. Whenever she saw it on offer, she stocked up.

So I know I have the genes....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on March 04, 2012, 09:45:45 pm
My Grandma had a Cupboard of Soap. About the size of a small single wardrobe, with shelves, full (I mean, packed) of bars of soap. Fairy, Dove, Simple, that sort of thing, mostly in double or triple packs. Whenever she saw it on offer, she stocked up.

So I know I have the genes....
So did mine. She said you should always be well in hand with soap, because new soap lathers too much so you should keep it for a while so that it lasts better when you use it.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on March 05, 2012, 08:12:17 pm
The CD's I ordered from the US have arrived  :thumbsup:

I've got a card saying it will cost me £12 duty & handling to collect them  >:(

It was a lovely sunny day  :D

This bloody cough is still plaguing me  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mike on March 06, 2012, 10:35:54 pm
a friends granny has just died, the funeral is next weekend   :(

so they cant use their tickets for england / ireland at twickenham, and me & mrsmike are free that afternoon  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bairn Again on March 06, 2012, 10:41:38 pm
good news : my nephews girlfriend has just given birth, so my mum is a great grandmother for the 1st time.  A new baby YLee!

bad news :my big sister is in the same hospital seriously ill having spent all but a few days in there this year.   
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Chris S on March 07, 2012, 10:50:07 am
so they cant use their tickets for england / ireland at twickenham, and me & mrsmike are free that afternoon  ;D

It's what she would have wanted.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on March 07, 2012, 05:13:36 pm
the Good News : I cycled 67km today without complaint from my knee.

the Bad News : a couple of hours after arriving home pain begins in the knee

 wtf?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on March 07, 2012, 05:16:32 pm
Your knee is allergic to being at home.  Best start planning a long tour :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on March 07, 2012, 05:26:52 pm
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rusky on March 07, 2012, 06:51:15 pm
there wasn't enough beer to keep it lubricated??
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rafletcher on March 12, 2012, 12:07:15 pm
Good news; My wife can have her radio-iodine treatment for hyperthroidism next week  :thumbsup:

Bad news; No "close contact" for several days afterwards  :-\

Good News; It won't impact on her planned trip to Canada at the end of May  :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 12, 2012, 01:02:57 pm
Short term pain, long term gain?  Hope it all goes smoothly.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rafletcher on March 12, 2012, 01:18:50 pm
Short term pain, long term gain?  Hope it all goes smoothly.

Absolutely, and thanks.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on March 12, 2012, 02:57:18 pm
Good: My lungs are almost entirely clear.

Bad: Because the unholy slime is all jammed in my sinuses.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on March 12, 2012, 08:30:44 pm
Good news: I finally got off my arse & went to the GP's. Now got Amoxicillin for the chest infection.
Bad news: That probably means I shouldn't drink anything alcoholic for the next week.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on March 12, 2012, 08:37:34 pm
Good news: I finally got off my arse & went to the GP's. Now got Amoxicillin for the chest infection.
Bad news: That probably means I shouldn't drink anything alcoholic for the next week.

Get better soon AndrewC and ditto - amox for me too.  The lack of booze isn't too bad for me cos I don't drink much anyway.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: TheLurker on March 13, 2012, 08:11:28 am
Bad news. 
 - Colleague's garage is broken into.  All family bikes and camping gear stolen.

Good news.  You'd better be sitting down.
- Insurance company don't quibble,  all resolved within a month.  Colleague and his eldest sprog both get upgraded bikes out of it and all camping gear replaced.

Of course he's going to have to spend a small fortune beefing up the security of his garage so it's not unalloyed joy, but still..
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rafletcher on March 13, 2012, 08:40:40 am
Bad news. 
 - Colleague's garage is broken into.  All family bikes and camping gear stolen.

Good news.  You'd better be sitting down.
- Insurance company don't quibble,  all resolved within a month.  Colleague and his eldest sprog both get upgraded bikes out of it and all camping gear replaced.

Of course he's going to have to spend a small fortune beefing up the security of his garage so it's not unalloyed joy, but still..

So who's the insurance through??
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: WhizzBang on March 13, 2012, 08:54:39 am
That is indeed good news.   Also would like to know the insurance company  :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: TheLurker on March 13, 2012, 09:06:31 am
Colleague he say, "Halifax".
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on March 13, 2012, 09:31:02 am
Is your colleague aware that the scumbags often return after a few weeks to nick the replacements?

I wonder if there is a market for selling big,garage-dwelling,f66koff Alsation dogs trained to use a shotgun?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: TheLurker on March 13, 2012, 09:36:59 am
Is your colleague aware that the scumbags often return after a few weeks to nick the replacements?
He is. Which is why he's currently spending a small fortune beefing up the security of his garage.  Better locks, burglar alarm, ground anchors, yada yada..
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on March 13, 2012, 09:37:25 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on March 14, 2012, 09:47:41 pm
Good news: The St Nicks info stall on the 'Green Market' sold 2 of my keyrings.
Bad News: That's all they sold. Still, my share of the proceeds (£2.50) paid for some jiffy envelops and a steak bake for tea.

I mean the steak bake was for tea. The jiffy envelopes weren't.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on March 16, 2012, 12:23:58 pm
Good news: I'm not in work today  :-\

Bad news: I appear to have a nasty bit of food poisoning. I was sprinting to the loo all night, and this morning fainted whilst on the throne. I just managed to get onto the floor before I blacked out. Woke up with my arse sticking up in the air and my head wedged into the corner of the shower tray. I didn't have much purchase so it was a panicky struggle to get up.

I'm now feeling weak as a kitten and am drinking tea to try & replace fluids, as I can't find the Nuuns.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on March 16, 2012, 08:54:19 pm
Good news : there's doughnuts in the kitchen
Bad news : I'm home alone.

or should that be reversed?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on March 17, 2012, 07:02:59 am
Good news: I have all the parts I need to make my Pugsley go.

Bad news: I lack the parts to make it stop.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Maverick on March 18, 2012, 10:32:24 pm
Good news: I completed my first audax since a car knoked me off last September

Bad news: Got left for dead by my fellow arrow team mates

and there is only 3 weeks to find some improvement in speed :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 18, 2012, 10:35:20 pm
But did today's audax lead inexorably to a pubbe?  With cake in it?  It's all about the motivation ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on March 18, 2012, 10:36:46 pm
Good news: I completed my first audax since a car knoked me off last September

Bad news: Got left for dead by my fellow arrow team mates

and there is only 3 weeks to find some improvement in speed :(

Congrats on completing the audax Maverick  :thumbsup:

Get some feedback from the team on the speed stuff.  See what they think.  Good luck with your continued recovery  :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rafletcher on March 20, 2012, 07:41:34 am
Good news; My wifes radio Iodine treatment went without a hitch  :thumbsup:

Bad News; I'm now sleeping on the bed settee for the next 10 days  :(

Good News; It not too uncomfortable  :)

Bad News; It was bloody cold, the 4.5 tog duvet is not enough!  :-\

God News; We have another.  ;D

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on March 20, 2012, 08:22:30 am
Glad all went well for your wife and hope you're back in the bed and she's up and running as normal soon.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on March 20, 2012, 08:42:15 am
Good news: I have all the parts I need to make my Pugsley go.

Bad news: I lack the parts to make it stop.

Good news: My brakes now have a tracking status of "Mar 17, 2012 1:32:00 PM Status:Departure from outward office of exchange, Location:BEIJING"

Bad News: I'm still no closer to knowing when they'll arrive
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 20, 2012, 09:54:39 am
Good news: Spa have leather saddles back in stock, and I have a birthday coming up.  :thumbsup:

Bad news: My dearest has already chosen my birthday present, and said birthday marks the passing of 'early 40s' to 'mid 40s' and downhill to 50  >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Peter on March 20, 2012, 10:02:43 am
Good news: Spa have leather saddles back in stock, and I have a birthday coming up.  :thumbsup:

Bad news: My dearest has already chosen my birthday present, and said birthday marks the passing of 'early 40s' to 'mid 40s' and downhill to 50  >:(

mrcharly, my next door neighbour's birthday was last week; he said, "I'm now officially in my mid-eighties."  He's 84.  I've known him since he was 49 and every year he has said, "Well, I won't see this year out!".  You are as young as you're ever going to be, so try and enjoy every minute!  Happy birthday, when it comes!

P.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on March 20, 2012, 07:32:44 pm
He's 84.  I've known him since he was 49 and every year he has said, "Well, I won't see this year out!". 

P.

Eventually his prognosis will be correct.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on March 21, 2012, 03:11:15 pm
Good news: I have all the parts I need to make my Pugsley go.

Bad news: I lack the parts to make it stop.

Good news: My brakes now have a tracking status of "Mar 17, 2012 1:32:00 PM Status:Departure from outward office of exchange, Location:BEIJING"

Bad News: I'm still no closer to knowing when they'll arrive

Good news: The postman brought them today

Bad news: We were out when he came

Great news: He hid them for me rather tab. Making me wait 72hours until I can collect them.  :thumbsup:

I'm going to the shed. I may be some time
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on March 21, 2012, 04:36:51 pm
Good news: my employers have just overpaid my expenses claim by £90

Bad news: the person who's account they've paid it from has noticed so I'll have to givei it straight back.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on March 27, 2012, 05:13:00 pm
Bad news : last August I lost an Abus cafe lock outside a pub in St. Keverne,Cornwall.

I replaced with another one almost immediatley

Good news : today I found that Abus cafe lock.Not in St. Keverne but in my Barley saddlebag whilst fettling various luggage & kit.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rower40 on March 28, 2012, 06:22:25 am
Bad News: I've left Orange Bling in Cornwall.
Good News: I'm going back there at Easter to collect it.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: arabella on March 28, 2012, 08:40:27 pm
Good news: younger guy did nearly all of the washing up with only a teensy bit of nagging
Bad news: most of it still needs doing again
But it's a step in the right direction
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on March 29, 2012, 02:20:32 pm
Good News: I should get BT Infinity next week; I'm booked for an engineer to visit next Tuesday.
Bad News: my home broadband is down AGAIN. I've connected on my Voda dongle.
Good news: the mobile connection is fairly stable and fast.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on March 29, 2012, 02:29:36 pm
Good news..... my n-+1 arrived !!

Bad news..... it wasn't quite the model shown in the picture, a new pannier rack required

Bad news ... Winstanleys best "offer" is to sell me a rack for more than it's on sale in Halfords

Good news.... It's still a great bike and a great day to be riding it
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 30, 2012, 02:49:50 pm
Bah! My motor-car's insewarants is up for renewal.
Hurrah! For the first time in about five years I assembled the tuits to shop around and as a result have saved three hundred quid.  Take that, Swiftcover, you bunch of robbing twunts!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on March 30, 2012, 02:52:23 pm
Who's going to pay Iggy Pop's wages now?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on March 31, 2012, 08:02:35 am
Good news: it's 8am and I've been awake for half an hour, so am ready to get going.

Bad news: it's SATURDAY, it's 8am and I've been awake for half an hour, so I'm ready to get going!

*yawn*
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 31, 2012, 08:38:16 am
Good: I'm at my mum's for the weekend
Bad: This will involve lots of sitting on fat arse and eating shite :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 03, 2012, 07:27:30 pm
 :) after-work drinks tonight

 >:( I'm chained to my desk for another hour
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on April 03, 2012, 10:27:17 pm
Good News: I should get BT Infinity next week; I'm booked for an engineer to visit next Tuesday.
Bad News: my home broadband is down AGAIN. I've connected on my Voda dongle.
Good news: the mobile connection is fairly stable and fast.

Good news: the engineer came at the appointed time.
Bad news: half the landline phones don't work.
Good news: there's no spaghetti in the hallway.
I'm getting 23Mbbps download on my laptop, which is nice.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on April 04, 2012, 06:41:55 pm
Good News: I should get BT Infinity next week; I'm booked for an engineer to visit next Tuesday.
Bad News: my home broadband is down AGAIN. I've connected on my Voda dongle.
Good news: the mobile connection is fairly stable and fast.

Good news: the engineer came at the appointed time.
Bad news: half the landline phones don't work.
Good news: there's no spaghetti in the hallway.
I'm getting 23Mbbps download on my laptop, which is nice.

Good News: we've found out why some of the landline phones are not working.
Bad news: the OpenReach 'engineer' cut two cables.
Good news: BT have offered to repair the damage.
Bad news: they have not phoned back.
Good news: I had a 'courtesy cal' from BT asking what I thought of their service.
Bad news: I told them about the cut cables and the location of the connection on an extension, not at the Master Socket...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on April 06, 2012, 11:21:03 am
Good news : I made an effort & went out on my bike :)
Bad news : I cricked my neck & cannot now look over my right shoulder when turning right ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on April 06, 2012, 11:55:32 am
Good news Tree sparrows in the garden Bad news they are on the red list only 100,000 pairs
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on April 08, 2012, 12:30:32 pm
Good news ; went out on my bike for the second consecutive Sunday

Bad news ; the group were too fast
                 the route was too lumpy
                 I was dropped early (10km in ) & in effect had a solo ride   
                 the gearing on the Trek is unkind to my knee; it's now giving me some real grief >:(

 More Good news : I'm scoffing a slab,the size of a dustbin lid,of Marj's lemon meringue         
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: BrianI on April 11, 2012, 07:49:03 pm
Good news: Tomorrow I'm helping my with a bird survey at Loch of Kinnordy
Bad news:  We need to be there for 6:30am   >:(
Good news: it'll be good experience, and a lot of fun.   :smug:
Bad News:  Except getting rudely awaken by my alarm tomorrow morning at 3:45am   :'(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: SteveC on April 11, 2012, 08:16:44 pm
Good news: Tomorrow I'm helping my with a bird survey at Loch of Kinnordy
Bad news:  We need to be there for 6:30am   >:(
Good news: it'll be good experience, and a lot of fun.   :smug:
Bad News:  Except getting rudely awaken by my alarm tomorrow morning at 3:45am   :'(
It'll be horrible until you get there. Then you'll wonder why you don't do that sort of thing more often.
Until about seven in the evening...

Have a good time!

S
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Pedaldog on April 12, 2012, 01:29:39 am
Good News:-  After many Screw ups by the Local NHS trust meaning that they thought I'd had the Biopsy about 6 weeks ago and I finally managed to get an appointment for it to actually be done.

Bad News:-  Having it done on Friday the 13th!!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: eck on April 12, 2012, 08:12:03 am
Good news: Tomorrow I'm helping my with a bird survey at Loch of Kinnordy
Bad news:  We need to be there for 6:30am   >:(
Good news: it'll be good experience, and a lot of fun.   :smug:
Bad News:  Except getting rudely awaken by my alarm tomorrow morning at 3:45am   :'(

Kinnordy is just a couple of miles along the road from us... you've got a cracking day for it.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on April 12, 2012, 09:18:14 am
Good news: grandma is finally conceding that she might need a bit of professional help round the house beyond what the district nurse provides.
Bad news: she's getting old and infirm.
Good news: she's got to 103 without.
Better news: I'm not the one that has to find someone she's happy to have around the house.
Bad news: My Mum will be doing this, so I'll still hear all about it.


Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: essexian on April 12, 2012, 11:49:00 am
Good News: Just had a Heart Stress Test which took my heart up to 190 (115% of my MHR) without any increase in the dull pain I have had in my chest since last November. The test went well, said the Tec, "most people don't manage what you did."

Bad News: Still don't know what is causing this dull chest pain despite a number of tests (My mum died of heart failure last year.... )
I am starting to think that its all in my head.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Pedaldog on April 13, 2012, 02:44:28 am
Good news: MORE Hospital Screw ups and due to "Staff Difficulties" tomorrow's (Today's now!) Biopsy is off so Friday the 13th doesn't make me fret so much!

Bad news:- More Hospital screw up and due to "Staff difficulties" the Biopsy is now put back until they can rearrange it for, hopefully, next week!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 13, 2012, 11:26:25 am
Bad news: my blood test results were catastrophically bad - my blood sugars are almost as high as they were when I was diagnosed  :o Needless to say, the Lead Souffle of Depression is back with a vengeance and the additional meds are making me feel ill.
Good news: it motivated me enough to ride to work this morning
Statement of the bleedin' obvious: diabetes sucks.

Bad news/Good news1 - looks like I might have to come out of hiding now.

1 - depending on your viewpoint
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on April 13, 2012, 11:41:02 am
Bad news: my blood test results were catastrophically bad - my blood sugars are almost as high as they were when I was diagnosed  :o Needless to say, the Lead Souffle of Depression is back with a vengeance and the additional meds are making me feel ill.
Good news: it motivated me enough to ride to work this morning
Statement of the bleedin' obvious: diabetes sucks.

Bad news/Good news1 - looks like I might have to come out of hiding now.

1 - depending on your viewpoint

Sorry to hear that IZ, maybe you should jump on a train some Thursday evenings and join us? :)  The Pugsley would have loved last night....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 13, 2012, 12:42:05 pm

Bad news/Good news1 - looks like I might have to come out of hiding now.

1 - depending on your viewpoint

I say GOOD!

Hoe the bgs stabilise soon and that the lead souffle buggers off soon-as.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on April 17, 2012, 12:00:35 am
Good news:
The Country Girl is now open till midnight all week rather than just the weekend as previously.
 
Bad news:
The Country Girl is now open till midnight all week rather than just the weekend as previously.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 17, 2012, 09:13:10 am
Good news: I got an emergency appointment with doctor yesterday.

Good news:  No kidney infection

Bad new:  It's probably muscular. Take extra painkillers, just add paracetamol and ibuprofen together.


Bad news:
Back pain still wakes me at 3am every night.
Oh, well, it's not like I *need* to be able to sleep for more than 3 hours. Or do things like have enough energy to ride my bike.

Good news:
I get to hear the birdsong every dawn.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: GrahamG on April 18, 2012, 12:48:48 pm
I think this qualifies for this thread...

Good news: Wife (currently doing PGCE) phoned school in Oxford about a job she loved the look of and got very positive response and was asked to apply.

Bad news: It would seem that Oxford area rental costs are so eye wateringly high that if I couldn't find myself a job there, 80% odd of her salary would go to covering bills.

Don't want to put a dampener but we did rule out the south-east due to cost of living and it would appear that oxford is within the sphere of influence.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 18, 2012, 12:49:47 pm
Oxford is in the south east.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 18, 2012, 01:07:59 pm
Is Oxford really more expensive than Bristol?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: GrahamG on April 18, 2012, 01:10:27 pm
Oxford is in the south east.

I kind of had it as a bit of a grey area between SE and midlands. Can't believe the cost of rent there.

Cudzo - significantly, like what appears to be in the region of 30-40% more on similarish properties (comparing areas of Oxford that I have some knowledge of!).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 18, 2012, 02:23:17 pm
Oxford is frighteningly expensive.  IIRC Dr Larrington's house there is valued at rather more than Larrington Towers in That London, in spite of being smaller and having the bathroom off the kitchen.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Julian on April 18, 2012, 05:57:21 pm
If you're prepared to live in Studenstville, then the rental prices up the Cowley Road are (comparatively) low.  You can rule out living in Jericho or Summertown unless you have a trust fund, Botley and Blackbird Leys are full of thieves and drug addicts, but I lived in Cowley for a while and it was lovely, and rent was affordableish.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 20, 2012, 09:07:05 am
the Good news:

I cycled in to work. Slowly, but I did make it.

The Bad:
Spent 20minutes on the way in arguing with stepson about him going to school. He didn't go.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Lady Cavendish on April 20, 2012, 09:13:45 am
Good News: Even in vvv heavy rain I did a 24 sec course PB on my 10m TT last night :) :) :)

Bad News: I hurt everywhere due to hitting a pothole in the warm up and taking off through the air, landing in a big heap in front of a car. Handlebar prints on thighs, smashed elbow and wrist, bruises everywhere.

Still pleased with my adrenaline fuelled time though :) :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 24, 2012, 12:49:51 pm
Good news: The builder has arrived to continue the buildering he started many weeks ago.
Bad news: He's buildered a bit and left.
Good news: He's left all his buckets, cement mixer, etc lying around, so clearly intends to come back and finish today.
Bad news: He's left all his buckets, cement mixer, etc lying around.
Good news: He's been very careful not to squash the flowers we planted.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on April 24, 2012, 04:22:35 pm
I think this qualifies for this thread...

Good news: Wife (currently doing PGCE) phoned school in Oxford about a job she loved the look of and got very positive response and was asked to apply.

Bad news: It would seem that Oxford area rental costs are so eye wateringly high that if I couldn't find myself a job there, 80% odd of her salary would go to covering bills.

Don't want to put a dampener but we did rule out the south-east due to cost of living and it would appear that oxford is within the sphere of influence.

Something we discovered, when both myself and Mrs T worked in, or near Oxford, is that Banbury is MUCH cheaper for renting, has a regular train link to Oxford and is the right side of town for Peartree P'n'R.  Banbury itself is not bad, had a brilliant curry house (obviously don't know if it is still there as this was in 2001/2) and all the other services you would require.  It also seems to be as far as most Northerners dare to venture down the M40, as you hear more Yorkshire/Lancs/Scouse accents there than anywhere else in the SE.

Win all round for us, and might be worth looking for your case.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: GrahamG on April 24, 2012, 04:25:27 pm
Tiermat/Julian,

Thanks for the tips - fingers crossed now for the shortlisting and whole job interview shenanigans!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on April 24, 2012, 07:51:58 pm
I think this qualifies for this thread...

Good news: Wife (currently doing PGCE) phoned school in Oxford about a job she loved the look of and got very positive response and was asked to apply.

Bad news: It would seem that Oxford area rental costs are so eye wateringly high that if I couldn't find myself a job there, 80% odd of her salary would go to covering bills.

Don't want to put a dampener but we did rule out the south-east due to cost of living and it would appear that oxford is within the sphere of influence.
Oxford is a special case, probably more expensive than anywhere outside London.

As well as Banbury, Bicester is relatively affordable, & has an adequate train service.

Back in Oxford, Botley isn't as bad as Julian makes out. Barton is old council estate, still proletarian, & reminds me of where I grew up.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rusky on April 24, 2012, 08:09:19 pm
Good news: I've put a class photo from my infant school on Friendface

Bad news: I'm wasting too much time on Friendface!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on April 25, 2012, 09:21:23 am
Good news: Mrs. Wow has, without any evidence of panic, set off for Maidstone on her own in the car.

Bad news: it's going to be pissing with rain all day and I've got my two longest commutes of the week for which I'll be relying on a combination of train and bike, or perhaps a bus for this afternoon.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 25, 2012, 09:32:16 am
Good news: It's not raining.
Bad news: Yet.

Bloody weather.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on April 25, 2012, 12:39:10 pm
Good news: we are finally getting respectable download speeds.
Bad news: the house has ethernet spaghetti everywhere.

It has taken three weeks of effort and bloody-mindedness to get our phones and interwebs to work properly.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 25, 2012, 01:06:34 pm
Good news: we are finally getting respectable download speeds.
Bad news: the house has ethernet spaghetti everywhere.

It has taken three weeks of effort and bloody-mindedness to get our phones and interwebs to work properly.
Get yourself a couple of these?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-PA211KIT-200Mbps-Powerline-Ethernet/dp/B004INVKP4/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1335355514&sr=8-2-spell

Unless your mains electricity is particularly shonky they work a treat - because of the crappy wireless on my $ky-supplied router I use a couple of these to link the Xbox to the router upstairs. I believe there are also versions available with a pass-through if you're bothered about them hogging the only power socket.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on April 25, 2012, 03:29:38 pm
All the best houses have Ethernet spaghetti.  And Dallas 1-wire spaghetti.  And RS232 spaghetti.  And analogue POTS spaghetti, for that matter.

I don't have a cat5 fetish, honest.  I just like the way that with cables, you put a signal in one end and can be reasonably sure it's going to come out the other.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 25, 2012, 03:33:46 pm
All the best houses have Ethernet spaghetti.  And Dallas 1-wire spaghetti.  And RS232 spaghetti.  And analogue POTS spaghetti, for that matter.
Indeed so, but I draw the line at running Cat-5 up the stairs to Mission Control.
Of course, if I was able to use my own router instead of the pieces of shit supplied by Sky1 then it'd be moot since it'd be 5GHz-wireless-to-the-max.

1 - their broadband service is surprisingly good, but the supplied hardware is generally crap.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on April 25, 2012, 03:41:23 pm
We've only got the one run of cat5 going along the stairs.  And some coax that's now redundant since we ditched the TV licence.  There are about 4 runs of it going through a cunning gap where the floorboard split, along beside the heating pipes and down through the cupboard under the stairs, thobut.  Only one actually carries ethernet, though (there's a switch and ATA in the cupboard to feed the downstairs stuff).  The rest is all serial buses, and the incoming line from BT must be in there somewhere.

As long as they're not a tripping hazard, we refuse to get upset about the presence of wires.  That's the sort of wooly aesthetic thinking that leads to storing your bikes outside.

In the unlikely event of ever actually owning a house, I will of course fill the walls with UTP and/or conduit.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on April 25, 2012, 03:47:51 pm
Cat 5 cable is minor trip hazard by front door. (Modem is on hall windowsill, rouuter is upstairs.) Cable is tacked to stairway walls.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 25, 2012, 03:59:36 pm
Kim as Mad Cat5 Lady. ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on April 25, 2012, 04:00:07 pm
All the best houses have Ethernet spaghetti.  And Dallas 1-wire spaghetti.  And RS232 spaghetti.  And analogue POTS spaghetti, for that matter.

I don't have a cat5 fetish, honest.  I just like the way that with cables, you put a signal in one end and can be reasonably sure it's going to come out the other.

[cue anecdote]

When we moved into Ham towers, the mansion was in a state of entire disrepair, presenting the opportunity of entire renovation to sensible standards, including structured cabling. Having packed Mrs & Miss off to in-laws I proceeded to cable the whole house one weekend. This obviously entails raising floorboards all over, and running loadsalengths of Cat5 to a patch panel on the stairs to the cellar. At around 2 in the morning, I discovered that it is indeed possible, when punching down cables to a patch panel on one side, to use the rear of your shoulder to punch in the panic alarm sequence into the alarm keypad on the other side. Which cannot be cancelled. The police have to attend. And then be convinced by your explanation as to why the house looks like it has been turned over..........
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on April 25, 2012, 04:03:02 pm
*is impressed*
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 25, 2012, 04:03:52 pm
I see it's already sigged.  I'm honoured.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 25, 2012, 06:35:46 pm
Good News: I have a new candle holder.
Bad News: I am now out of port.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Adam on April 25, 2012, 07:02:47 pm
Good News: I have a new candle holder.
Bad News: I am now out of port.

Where are you sailing to then?


IGMC
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 25, 2012, 07:04:20 pm
Good News: I have a new candle holder.
Bad News: I am now out of port.

Where are you sailing to then?


IGMC

With the rain we've had here today, I think a boat may be of more use than a bike.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on April 25, 2012, 07:44:41 pm
Good news: I had a pizza for dinner and it's not even Friday.  :thumbsup:
Bad news: Not used to cooking them from frozen and it was a tad tepid.  :'(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on April 25, 2012, 07:59:35 pm
All the best houses have Ethernet spaghetti...

Looks down to his right and nods in agreement  :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 26, 2012, 10:47:37 am
The Good News
-------------------
I got a pay rise!

The Bad News
------------------
Tax  changes mean I get £50 per month less.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on April 26, 2012, 10:54:32 am
The Good News
-------------------
I got a pay rise!

The Bad News
------------------
Tax  changes mean I get £50 per month less.

The last time that looked like it was going to happen to me (moving from just under the threashold to just over it) I asked my manager, and HR to delay the payrise until after the next round, along with an explanation as to why.

It worked, after the next payrise I didn't lose out.  Then again, whilst at the same company, I was offered a payrise one year of X%, where X% was much smaller than the Y% I wanted.  My acceptance of X% was with the with proviso that at the next round of pay reviews I would ONLY accept Z%, which was the figure I had calculated would give me Y% + the missed rise I wanted (and more, it took me into the top 10 paid in that company)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 26, 2012, 11:06:43 am
I'm a bit puzzled, as I didn't think my payrise has taken me over any threshold.

The http://www.thesalarycalculator.co.uk/salary.php agrees with their calculation.

I'm paying nearly £250 more per month in income tax.  Someone has to pay for George Osborne's holidays.

Sounds like I must be earning a lot, doesn't it?

My son, an underpaid hard working chef, takes home half my take-home pay.

But 5 people live off my wage, he has no dependents. For some strange reason, I'm paying him £50 a month to help him out, because he doesn't manage on his income.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 26, 2012, 11:32:02 am
Tax  changes mean I get £50 per month less.
Ah! That explains why I appear to be £13/month better off ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 26, 2012, 12:17:17 pm
Just remember that this government is family-friendly.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 26, 2012, 04:34:18 pm
Just remember that this government is family-friendly.

Yes, but which family?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 26, 2012, 04:52:36 pm
Just remember that this government is family-friendly.

Yes, but which family?
No idea, but as a single male in full-time employment I'm used to having the proverbial target attached to my arse where Gubmint money-grabbing is concerned.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: essexian on April 27, 2012, 04:00:06 pm
My wife has left me.  :(









But the good news is, is that she is coming back next Friday (she has gone away with her aged Mum on holiday to Cornwall leaving me with the eight cats to care for). I am missing her already.... I mean, there is cleaning which needs doing (runs and hides.....)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Dibdib on April 27, 2012, 04:04:51 pm
bad news: it's raining in Swindon :(

good news: the Beeb's forecast says it won't be raining in London later, and that's where I'll be. They'd better be right.
Title: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Roadie on April 27, 2012, 11:15:29 pm
My knees feeling better - went for a gentle ride

It's still bloody raining!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on April 27, 2012, 11:44:38 pm
Good news: I stopped for a chicken kebab on the way home.
Bad news: I stopped for a chicken kebab on the way home.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on April 28, 2012, 12:03:30 am
Good news: I ate all of my chicken kebab.
Bad news: I ate all of my chicken kebab.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on April 28, 2012, 10:02:24 am
Just remember that this government is family-friendly.

Yes, but which family?

Bankers'?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 28, 2012, 06:13:21 pm
Good news (actually boab-wording brilliant news!): I did the FNRttC withoutbreaking any bones.  And rode over 100km, and it was grand fun :)

Bad news: the last few miles were ridden pretty much one-handed.  It would appear that I can cope with about 100km or some rough road surface or a bit of climbing, but not all in the same ride.  Which means I'm not going to do the Wiggy100 or the Morecambe ride :(

Better news: It's still improving, little by little  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on April 28, 2012, 06:14:50 pm
That sounds positive news Crinkles.   Are you coming to Long Itchington?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on April 28, 2012, 07:07:42 pm
Good news (actually boab-wording brilliant news!): I did the FNRttC withoutbreaking any bones.  And rode over 100km, and it was grand fun :)

Bad news: the last few miles were ridden pretty much one-handed.  It would appear that I can cope with about 100km or some rough road surface or a bit of climbing, but not all in the same ride.  Which means I'm not going to do the Wiggy100 or the Morecambe ride :(

Better news: It's still improving, little by little  :thumbsup:

Maybe that was the exercise part of the exercise/rest recovery cycle, and next time you'll find it's a lot easier?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Julian on April 29, 2012, 01:30:40 pm
Good news:  the cats have learned to communicate!  They are now able to say "Good morning, hooman.  We are afraid that your decision to place our covered litter tray outside the catflap is not acceptable to us during this period of heavy rain, as we are not prepared to get our fur wet travelling a whole metre to get to it."

Bad news:  their preferred medium of communication is pissing on the floor.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Marco Stefano on April 29, 2012, 04:25:52 pm
Good news: Miss Marco scored the winning try for Newmarket Girls at Colchester.  :thumbsup:

Bad news: their coach, Mrs Marco, was not there to see it, being on familial duty in Exeter Hospital.  :(

and subsequently...

Good news: it has stopped raining (at bloody last) and the sun is out here!  :thumbsup:

Bad news: I have rugby kit to wash & school stuff to sort out for tomorrow, so no time for a bike ride.   ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: billplumtree on May 01, 2012, 11:49:55 am
Good news:  my new Ibex merino leg warmers are lovely and toasty warm, without all that suffocating bibtight stuff.

Bad news:  the right one slips down.  And they're size XS  :-[   One-legged squats at the gym for me
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on May 01, 2012, 02:29:51 pm
Good news:  my new Ibex merino leg warmers are lovely and toasty warm, without all that suffocating bibtight stuff.

Bad news:  the right one slips down.  And they're size XS  :-[   One-legged squats at the gym for me

Clearly, the cycling equivalent of hold-up stockings Bill.

You've been Marketed, my friend.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 01, 2012, 02:47:17 pm
Suspender belt for Mr Plumtree.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on May 08, 2012, 01:32:40 pm
Bad noos: Managed to add damaged foot to damaged hand on ailment list.

Good noos: Already had an appointment booked at the physio

Bad noos: he recommends not cycling for a few days....

Good (??) noos: ....but doesn't see any reason why I shouldn't go for LEL next year if I fancy  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on May 08, 2012, 01:49:37 pm
It would appear that I don't have trigeminal neuralgia  :thumbsup: .


Root canal work in two weeks time  :( .

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on May 08, 2012, 02:54:36 pm
This is from Sunday, but I have only just remembered about it.

Bad news: Whilst Butterfly (and clarion) were out the front of our house being a child taxi service on the Circe, a police car pulls up and a conversation is had about one of TLD's school friends having gone missing.  I went into the back garden and asked the people there who knew this child if they had seen him.  One (the wife of one of the teachers at the school) said she would ring a few people.

Good news: He was found about 5 minutes later, by phone, at the house of one of his friends.  Community trumps Police  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 08, 2012, 02:58:38 pm
I hadn't realised the child was known to you!  Mind you, small community, so it's likely. 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on May 08, 2012, 03:02:59 pm
I hadn't realised the child was known to you!  Mind you, small community, so it's likely.

Yes, and in fact was at TLD's last birthday party.  Nice kid, if a bit boisterous :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 08, 2012, 03:04:42 pm
Bad news:  I'm back in London

Good News: ......................................  Give me a few minutes :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on May 08, 2012, 03:06:21 pm
Bad news:  I'm back in London

Good News: ......................................  Give me a few minutes :(

I swear I saw a little tear in your eye as you went off down the road yesterday morning....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 08, 2012, 03:09:35 pm
Aha!

Good news: I'll be in York by Friday night :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on May 08, 2012, 03:11:37 pm
That's a day too late for the Thursday night rides :)  And two days late for the York rides :) :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on May 08, 2012, 03:14:07 pm
Whereyagonnabe on Friday Clarion? I'm going to be heading Yorkwards on Friday afternoon as well :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 08, 2012, 03:21:13 pm
We're doing the Wiggy 100, so not up at silly o'clock like yourself. ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on May 08, 2012, 03:34:44 pm
I've just run a cub camp - 5am is normal isn't it :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on May 08, 2012, 04:17:59 pm
Whereyagonnabe on Friday Clarion? I'm going to be heading Yorkwards on Friday afternoon as well :)

Clue - you're heading, AFAIK, to the same place.  As is Kim.  Altho some of you will be leaving it at different times to others, and probably returning to it at also different times.

Any votes on what you want for tea?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 08, 2012, 08:23:27 pm
Good news: I've finally registered some shareware that I'd used for 3362 days unregistered (on that computer, + 5 years on its predecessor).
Bad news: the chap who wrote the program died in 2006.
Good news: proceeds from registation go to his heirs. I was sent a code by his sister.
NO MORE NAGSCREENS!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on May 08, 2012, 08:42:12 pm
Whereyagonnabe on Friday Clarion? I'm going to be heading Yorkwards on Friday afternoon as well :)

Clue - you're heading, AFAIK, to the same place.  As is Kim.  Altho some of you will be leaving it at different times to others, and probably returning to it at also different times.

Any votes on what you want for tea?

Food would be good - I'm really not fussy :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on May 08, 2012, 08:56:40 pm
It would appear that I don't have trigeminal neuralgia  :thumbsup: .


Root canal work in two weeks time  :( .

It gets better.

Root canal work tomorrow.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 08, 2012, 09:31:08 pm
It would appear that I don't have trigeminal neuralgia  :thumbsup: .


Root canal work in two weeks time  :( .

It gets better.

Root canal work tomorrow.

 :thumbsup:

My experience of root canal work is that it's not particularly painful (I think I have 7 root filled teeth).
Hope all goes well!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on May 08, 2012, 09:37:14 pm
Ahem we will save it for another day.........
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on May 09, 2012, 12:09:56 am
Any votes on what you want for tea?

White rice and hyoscine, the way my digestive system's going.  If it doesn't sort itself out soon, I fear a DNF.   >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on May 09, 2012, 02:16:24 am
Any votes on what you want for tea?

White rice and hyoscine, the way my digestive system's going.  If it doesn't sort itself out soon, I fear a DNF.   >:(

I have dumped some reminders into the bot for hyoscine to see if you can just take small and often doses to help.  Poor cat, you don't deserve this digestive-fail!  :-*
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 09, 2012, 09:11:00 am
Any votes on what you want for tea?

White rice and hyoscine, the way my digestive system's going.  If it doesn't sort itself out soon, I fear a DNF.   >:(
How are you with Miso?


My Good News
------------------
Dentist says I'm doing a really good job of looking after my (crappy) teeth. No deterioration.

Bad News
-------------
Two white fillings have fallen out and one amalgam is chipped and crumbling so needs patch or replace.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 09, 2012, 09:20:57 am
It would appear that I don't have trigeminal neuralgia  :thumbsup: .


Root canal work in two weeks time  :( .

It gets better.

Root canal work tomorrow.

 :thumbsup:

My experience of root canal work is that it's not particularly painful (I think I have 7 root filled teeth).
Hope all goes well!
It's only painful on the wallet ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Gus on May 09, 2012, 11:33:26 am
I aced today's test so I get to keep my work, which I hate and wants to leave  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 09, 2012, 11:50:34 am
Well done, but I'm sorry to hear it.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on May 09, 2012, 01:24:58 pm
Erm, well done Gus, I think.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on May 10, 2012, 08:47:20 am
Bad news: I watched Birmingham City lose in the play-offs last night

Good news: I can now go to the Long Itchington camping weekend
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on May 10, 2012, 12:55:45 pm
Good news: the kids are enjoying the learn french cd in the car.
Bad news: the songs on it have a backing track that is the musical equivalent of comic sans.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on May 10, 2012, 05:24:59 pm
Bad News: Missed delivery of a parcel today and the courier is based 50 miles away

Good News: I go past their front door on the way to York tomorrow :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 10, 2012, 07:24:27 pm
Bad News: Missed delivery of a parcel today and the courier is based 50 miles away

Good News: I go past their front door on the way to York tomorrow :)
Which means, due to the nature of Sod's Law Of Couriers, that when you pop into the depot to pick your parcel up you'll get a quizzical look and then be told that it's out for delivery. This is, of course, despite you contacting the depot and telling them you'll be coming to pick it up.

At least, that's what seems to happen to me ...

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Lady Cavendish on May 11, 2012, 10:29:08 am
Bad News: Been very ill this week and it's all been a bit upsetting and I'm now unplanning for stuff

Good News: I have a very lovely family already, I'm ok and I'm very lucky with what I already have in life. We need to remain grateful for the good things :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on May 11, 2012, 10:39:38 am
Good news: after an absence of many months, we once again have shortbread biscuits in the office.

Bad news: after an absence of many months, we once again have shortbread biscuits in the office.  And they're not as nice as the ones we used to get.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: lou boutin on May 11, 2012, 04:16:15 pm
Bad News: Been very ill this week and it's all been a bit upsetting and I'm now unplanning for stuff

Good News: I have a very lovely family already, I'm ok and I'm very lucky with what I already have in life. We need to remain grateful for the good things :)

I hope you start to feel better soon :-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on May 11, 2012, 05:12:41 pm
Bad news: The cat stood inside the litter box, but pooed outside it.

Good news: Miss Emily is at home and has cleared it up.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fboab on May 15, 2012, 11:04:54 am
Good News: by the end of the day I'll be reunited with my stolen car.

Bad News: It's going to cost me the best part of £1000 to get it back on the road.

Further Bad News: No sign of the bike  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on May 15, 2012, 01:15:12 pm
Good news: Big Little Miss AWL has been selected for a swimming training "boot camp" when someone else couldn't make it.

Bad news: It's this weekend and Ms AWL has exams, so I'll have to go with Big Little Miss AWL if she decides to go*. It's the Long Itchington camping weekend this weekend.

* She correctly perceives that she was not a first choice and feels peeved about this, as she is faster than those ahead of her in the queue, but they are committee members' kids. Very cliquey is our swimming association.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on May 16, 2012, 10:51:28 am
Good news:

My daughter just emailed me a link to a Sky News bulletin in which she was interviewed as the CRUK representative to talk about the prostate cancer drug on which NICE have done a U-turn.

Bad news: By the time I'd got round to linking to it on this thread, she'd been edited out, the video had been changed and there was no point.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: snail on May 16, 2012, 12:29:30 pm
Good news: I'm back on the bike after a knee injury and spent a happy morning cycling around, taking photos for an article commission.

Bad news: This afternoon, however, I'm off to help a woman remove her daughter's profile from Facebook as she's sadly passed away.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: billplumtree on May 16, 2012, 12:57:37 pm
Good news:  I've just hoovered the dust and crumbs and crud out of my keyboard.

Bad news:  I've just had to rummage through the dustbag to retrieve my '5' key.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 16, 2012, 01:05:11 pm
Couldn't you just use four or six of anything?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on May 16, 2012, 06:18:47 pm
Good news:

My daughter just emailed me a link to a Sky News bulletin in which she was interviewed as the CRUK representative to talk about the prostate cancer drug on which NICE have done a U-turn.

Bad news: By the time I'd got round to linking to it on this thread, she'd been edited out, the video had been changed and there was no point.

Bad news: she's "quoted" in the Daily Mail.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2144957/New-cancer-drugs-held-NHS-years-rationing-body-accused-letting-patients.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Good news: they made it all up.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on May 17, 2012, 08:40:09 pm
Good News: We're getting a John Lewis!
Bad News: because the council approved the plan for the new Monks Cross development, with the resultant extra traffic, and sucking-more-life-out-of-the-city-centre.

I'd love a John Lewis to browse in, but not if I have to ride fecking miles out of town on crap roads or cycle routes.  :-\
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Jasmine on May 17, 2012, 09:33:00 pm
Bad news: the suction system of the toilets on the research vessel I'm on has broken mid-cruise so none of the toilets will flush.   :sick:   

Good news: it's not my job to fix it   :hand:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on May 17, 2012, 10:51:31 pm
Bad news: the suction system of the toilets on the research vessel I'm on has broken mid-cruise so none of the toilets will flush.   :sick:   

Good news: it's not my job to fix it   :hand:

Quote
The silly buckets on the deck
That had so long remained...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on May 17, 2012, 11:47:56 pm
Bad news:  Mysterious crashy PogoPlug gremlin I've been chasing turns out to be related to uber packet loss on the downstairs ethernet segment.  On performing a level 2 diagnostic[1], the downstairs switch was determined to be making cute whistling noises in time with the packet flow, and emitting ozone.

Good news: I had a 24 port 10/100 managed switch on the shelf that doesn't smell of anything.  Swapping it in appears to have restored normal service.


[1] ie. "stop mucking about with syslog and ping and get off your arse and look at the blinkenlights"
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: billplumtree on May 18, 2012, 11:58:11 am
Couldn't you just use four or six of anything?

As a mathematician I'm contractually required to use a '5' every so often, there's a law about that sort of thing.  Now, if I was an engineer...   :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 18, 2012, 12:10:27 pm
Good News: Tomorrow I pick up my new Audiolab 8200CD player which I paid £££££s for.
Bad News: Yesterday I fixed the broken cd player it was bought to replace.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on May 18, 2012, 12:41:13 pm
Couldn't you just use four or six of anything?

As a mathematician I'm contractually required to use a '5' every so often, there's a law about that sort of thing.  Now, if I was an engineer...   :demon:

Could you not just use (10/2) whenever you need a 5. ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on May 18, 2012, 01:40:05 pm
Bad News: Work is the shittiest it has ever been, for this employer, today.  I feel like crying and telling them to shove their job where the sun don't shine

Good News: the only reason I haven't done the last bit is that I am now officially on holiday for a week, so they can go and whistle as far as I am concerned :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 18, 2012, 03:06:32 pm
Good news: I've finally been able to order a Raspberry Pi.
Bad news: Estimated lead time is currently 3 weeks, and the order is limited to one per customer. The latter is a pain because my plans to build a Raspberry Pi compute cluster1 require at least 10 of them.

1 - just because. Whilst the resulting assemblage will likely have less computing power than the iMac I'm currently using, it'll be a bit of a flashback to my last-but-one job where I designed, amongst other things, HPC clusters.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on May 18, 2012, 06:26:34 pm
Good news:  I finally rode my route to work.  First time in nearly a year and a half.  Hilariously, I nearly got left-hooked at teh site of my accident.

Bad news:  I've remembered how completely grim the route is.  I'm not sure it's worth an extra 10 minutes in bed to take the shortest route to work, through the nastiest part of a nasty town.  (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Keith+Rd,+Middlesbrough,+TS4,+UK&hl=en&ll=54.553064,-1.236048&spn=0.0084,0.026157&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=17.570731,53.569336&oq=keith+&hnear=Keith+Rd,+Middlesbrough+TS4,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=54.552818,-1.234214&panoid=R6C7YGR5egDiRuJJr3ZegQ&cbp=12,59.76,,0,0)

 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on May 18, 2012, 06:43:18 pm
Good News: It's Friday.  It the weekend.  The Cubs are home.

Bad News: I am so tired that it hurts.  Pass me the duvet?  And maybe the gin....

Even Betterer News:  Who cares! Because

Good news:  I finally rode my route to work.  First time in nearly a year and a half.

hurray hurray hurrah huzzah!  Well done. 

*feels ver' ver' proud of her friend*

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 18, 2012, 06:44:42 pm
That's great news, LG! :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on May 18, 2012, 07:01:24 pm
Good news:  I finally rode my route to work.  First time in nearly a year and a half.

 :thumbsup:
rock-on LG
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on May 18, 2012, 07:06:15 pm
Good news:  I finally rode my route to work. First time in nearly a year and a half.

\o/

Quote from: Lindagordinho
  Hilariously, I nearly got left-hooked at teh site of my accident.

There's always one ne >:( - At least you made it passed them in one piece :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on May 18, 2012, 07:06:57 pm
 :-[ :-[ :-[

Gosh, thanks chaps!   :-*
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on May 24, 2012, 01:57:42 pm
Good news - I got an official "Thank You" from my manager for staying behind to help sort out a major problem earlier in the week.  :thumbsup:

Ban news - The team leader came off a call with a face like death earlier, and there are rumours going around that we are losing 4 people and the rest of us will have to pick up the work  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Lady Cavendish on May 24, 2012, 02:11:18 pm
Good News- my foot is being fixed tomorrow :) :) :) :)

Bad News- not looking forward to the pain, the weeks in plaster and I'm scared of having a GA as it all went horrendously wrong last time.
Title: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on May 24, 2012, 04:24:10 pm
Bad news: my horse has ulcers, confirmed by gastroscopy today

Good news: we know what it is and the treatment can therefore be started :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on May 24, 2012, 08:20:44 pm
Bad news - I only just got back from work, due to working a bit late, having a natter, and then being unable to get out of the building to the bike shed because of doors being locked, then being unable to get out of the grounds due to gates being locked.

Good news - Friday commute onna Thursday, and the ride home was blooming lovely.  And never mind POETS day - for complimacated reasons, the weekend starts here!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on May 24, 2012, 10:23:23 pm
Good news - the school where I am a governor has been included in the Priority Schools building program, really needed in one of the most deprived areas of the country after the previous program was axed.

Bad news - more than half the schools that applied many of who will have been in similar dire straits have not been successful
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on May 25, 2012, 12:20:16 am
Good news: Quality cycling weather set to continue all weekend.

Bad news: Barakta and I will be spending most of it indoors, at the Deaf Film and TV festival (http://deaffest.co.uk/) in Wolverhampton.

Good news: I suppose it should provide a welcome break from the hayfever, though.

Bad news: My BSL is so rusty I'll probably have a splitting headache after the first hour.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on May 25, 2012, 02:21:21 pm
Bad News ; the warm weathe rcausesd an unpleasant aroma to emenate from the bins.

Good News : marj has relocated the bins away from the patio nearest the kitchen to that part of the side of the house that is almost permenantly in shade.Cooler & no detectable aroma.

More Good News : the resulting space on the patio is ideal for accommodating a turbo or rollers
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: GrahamG on June 01, 2012, 12:46:38 pm
Good News: My dad gave me his old car, gratis, in case we had to move out of Bristol and couldn't go car free

Bad News: Said new car is leaking oil. And needs a new tyre. And the rear windscreen wiper doesn't work. And there's a cassette jammed in the tape deck (Good news: can still get radio 4).


Ungrateful? Moi?! ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on June 01, 2012, 12:56:22 pm
Good news: as of this morning's weigh-in, I've now lost a stone over the last 6 weeks  :thumbsup:

Bad news: the low-GI diet, whilst obviously doing me some good, also means that certain things are off-limits at least for the time being. All of which means I could absolutely bloody murder a curry. With rice and chapattis  :-\
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: docsquid on June 01, 2012, 07:12:47 pm
Good News:  Best month ever for the business in May!
Bad News:  Our printer has gone kaput.  It shed a spring from an unknown place.  Of course all the new HP ones now take a different sized cartridge and....we only just put a new £90 black cartridge in the old one. Oh joy!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tonycollinet on June 01, 2012, 10:05:25 pm
Good news - a long 4 day weekend beckons, followed by a two day week, then a three day weekend.

Bad news?...... er, no - that is all.   ;D   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: epa611 on June 03, 2012, 10:17:09 pm
Good news : just back from 2 nights at Luss C&CC sites  :thumbsup:

Bad news: forgot my skin so soft, so covered midge bites which are now very itchy  :'(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: lou boutin on June 04, 2012, 12:59:19 pm
Good news : just back from 2 nights at Luss C&CC sites  :thumbsup:

Bad news: forgot my skin so soft, so covered midge bites which are now very itchy  :'(

I found that I am considered yummy by anything that bites.  My friend, who a pharmacist, suggested Vit B and garlic tablets.  I have found it works for me.  Apparently butting insects don't like vit b or garlic.  I'm not bitten half as much now and my weekend home is by a pool, so lots of miges.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on June 04, 2012, 01:27:23 pm
Good news: the appartment block opposite has put up bunting and a flag in my absence, very jolly.

Bad news: the flag is upside down  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on June 04, 2012, 01:31:54 pm
Good news: the appartment block opposite has put up bunting and a flag in my absence, very jolly.

Bad news: the flag is upside down  :facepalm:
Maybe they're genuinely in distress :)

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on June 04, 2012, 01:34:41 pm
I did wonder if I ought to go over and check....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on June 04, 2012, 04:36:27 pm
Wasn't the flag in front of some celebrating polar explorers upside down?
They did nt appear distressed...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on June 04, 2012, 05:36:57 pm
Good news: just been out for a most enjoyable spin round the lanes.
Bad news: forgot to check my blood sugar before I left ... oops!

Good news: I've got into the habit of carrying my 'hypo kit' with me.
Bad news: it was cold enough to warrant a merino base layer. In June, FFS ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on June 08, 2012, 10:01:44 am
Good news, have ordered some new HDDs to rescue the file storage box, and they will be with me tomorrow

Bad news, the Popcorn Hour's HDD has now given up the ghost :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on June 11, 2012, 11:34:46 am
Good news, have ordered some new HDDs to rescue the file storage box, and they will be with me tomorrow

Bad news, the Popcorn Hour's HDD has now given up the ghost :(

Good news, it wasn't the HDD, it was the PSU

Bad news, common consensus is that you can only get them from PCH in the US, for $27+$35 shipping (and customs cost)

Good news, I have found that PCH in France has stock of them for £45 including shipping :)

Bad news, possibly, it will maybe arrive whilst I am in France :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on June 11, 2012, 11:35:47 am
Good news, have ordered some new HDDs to rescue the file storage box, and they will be with me tomorrow

Bad news, the Popcorn Hour's HDD has now given up the ghost :(

Good news, it wasn't the HDD, it was the PSU

Bad news, common consensus is that you can only get them from PCH in the US, for $27+$35 shipping (and customs cost)

Good news, I have found that PCH in France has stock of them for £45 including shipping :)

Bad news, possibly, it will maybe arrive whilst I am in France :(

Get it shipped to you in France?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on June 11, 2012, 11:40:06 am
I thought of that AFTER I had ordered paid etc.

Not to worry, it'll be a job to do when I get back (but if it arrived before Friday I will be fitting it so Mrs T can catch up on films etc whilst I am away :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on June 20, 2012, 01:42:24 am
Good news:  I entered a Calendar 200km.  Not for the first time, but it will be the first time I've completed one - if I do.  Really want this.

Bad news:  Every other time I've entered a calender 200km, I've fallen over.  This is why I've not yet completed a Calendar 200km.  Still got a bone in me arm from the last time.

Hoping to break my duck, rather than my body.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 22, 2012, 12:24:51 pm
Good news: My friendly Norwegian sales rep phoned me this morning and told me that as I was giving them such a lot of support they'd like to invite me to their local teambuilding weekend, - fishing :D, shooting :(, crab catching ;D and lots of other outdoor jolly japes, all expenses paid.

Bad news: I can't go cos we're in France on holiday. Bollox  :'(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fboab on June 22, 2012, 07:20:12 pm
Good News: got a call from the free school meals lady at the council to tell me all the boxes are ticked and the childers will be getting free dinners on Monday. Being lazy wotnots they've been looking forward to this so they don't have to make their own sandwiches.
Bad News: they won't get them, I've only gone and got a job
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rogerzilla on June 22, 2012, 07:22:07 pm
Good news: we can have dinner on the company next Thursday night
Bad news: it's a Chinese buffet and there is no way I can risk that before the Dun Run.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on June 22, 2012, 07:26:55 pm
Good News: got a call from the free school meals lady at the council to tell me all the boxes are ticked and the childers will be getting free dinners on Monday. Being lazy wotnots they've been looking forward to this so they don't have to make their own sandwiches.
Bad News: they won't get them, I've only gone and got a job


Congratulations!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on June 23, 2012, 03:22:10 pm
Bad news: I will probably lose my job in a month or so.

Good news: I shall have the whole of August to myself with the kids flying off to Hungary. Last year was bliss.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on June 25, 2012, 08:52:09 am
Good news:  Not at work today.
Bad news:  No commute.
 
Bad news:  My dental appointment in Lampeter has been cancelled.
Good news:  I'm going to ride there anyway.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on June 26, 2012, 06:56:40 pm
Bad news- my poor doggies have found themselves locked in unintentionally by their dog flap for the past 24 hours. I failed to interpret their attempts to gain attention as the potential toilet-emergency that they were. Their water bowls are outside too!

Good news- although they have pissed on some dogs beds in the kitchen (which I stood in), they haven't crapped anywhere  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Gaston Lagaffe on June 27, 2012, 09:36:25 am
Good news that 6 yo Doberdog doesn't need a cruciate ligament operation that we were referred for yesterday :thumbsup:



Bad news is she's got a tumour on the joint, being put down @3:15 today after we brought her home for Mlle Lagaffe to say her farewells.

RIP Portia
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on June 27, 2012, 09:51:33 am
Awww no!  Condolences to the family, losing a furry part of the family sucks!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on June 27, 2012, 02:41:06 pm
Good news that 6 yo Doberdog doesn't need a cruciate ligament operation that we were referred for yesterday :thumbsup:



Bad news is she's got a tumour on the joint, being put down @3:15 today after we brought her home for Mlle Lagaffe to say her farewells.

RIP Portia

Very bad news, poor Portia  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on June 27, 2012, 04:50:39 pm
Good news that 6 yo Doberdog doesn't need a cruciate ligament operation that we were referred for yesterday :thumbsup:



Bad news is she's got a tumour on the joint, being put down @3:15 today after we brought her home for Mlle Lagaffe to say her farewells.

RIP Portia

I've had to do this twice & was almost distraught on both occassions.In fact I couldn't take the dog to the vet the last time.
It's the reason I'll not have another dog despite the fact I think Aunty Helen's cockapoodle is the mutts nuts.

RIP Portia
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on June 27, 2012, 05:00:56 pm
Bad news: just had a phone call from my mother - my father has been admitted to hospital with kidney failure.
Good news: it's fixable, and dialysis may not be necessary but matters haven't been helped by the stupendous number of antibiotics he's had to take for A.N.Other condition recently.

Bleh.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rogerzilla on June 27, 2012, 06:04:09 pm
Good news: I have won a £25 voucher in the Active Swindon Cycle Challenge (http://visuals.sdgworld.net/temp/swindon/cyclechallenge/challengelive.asp).

Bad news: it's for Asda, which is t'other side of town.  Still, booze ahoy!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on June 27, 2012, 06:37:11 pm
Good news: The council have replaced the rotten pallisade posts at one of our entrances, and tarmacced over the cobbles. I hate the cobbles, they are spaced just right to trap a narrow road tyre, and set in a square pattern so that this crevice continues for several yards.

Bad news: in the course of this, they've mangled a lot of the guerilla veg we'd planted there, by dumping the new posts on top of them, and somehow spraying them with tar. How they managed the latter I don't know, as the beds are raised at about 3' high.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 27, 2012, 08:00:55 pm
Bad news: just had a phone call from my mother - my father has been admitted to hospital with kidney failure.
Good news: it's fixable, and dialysis may not be necessary but matters haven't been helped by the stupendous number of antibiotics he's had to take for A.N.Other condition recently.

Bleh.
Hope he gets better. I, too, was in hospital with kidney failure but didn't need dialysis and am 100% back to normal now. Hope he gets on as well!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on June 27, 2012, 10:09:17 pm
Bad news: just had a phone call from my mother - my father has been admitted to hospital with kidney failure.
Good news: it's fixable, and dialysis may not be necessary but matters haven't been helped by the stupendous number of antibiotics he's had to take for A.N.Other condition recently.

Bleh.
Hope he gets better. I, too, was in hospital with kidney failure but didn't need dialysis and am 100% back to normal now. Hope he gets on as well!
Just phoned home - his kidney ultrasound came back normal and the IV fluids they're putting in are coming out via the 'normal' route, which indicates to me that kidney function has been restored. He's seeing the consultant tomorrow.

General concensus seems to be that it might be an adverse reaction to one of the umpteen gazillion antibiotics he's been on1. So things are looking up, and whilst it sounds a bit nasty I think my mum is enjoying a bit of a break from having to look after him!

1 - including metronidazole, the antibiotic equivalent of Agent Orange.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on June 27, 2012, 10:18:57 pm
Mine was a reaction to either amoxycillin or voltarol but took about two months to recover. Then a year to get off the steroids!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Valiant on June 27, 2012, 10:38:23 pm
Yay Radiance Audio Office finally has high speed internet!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 30, 2012, 08:45:50 pm
Good news: I can't hear ridiculous volumes of noise from the pub tonight.
Bad news: That's because I can't hear anything over the noise of the bloke upstairs's music.
Title: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on July 01, 2012, 10:44:49 am
Good news: we managed to get 7 horses to the show on time and in good order-which involved 3 lorries and a trailer.

Bad news: one of the other competitors fell off her horse and landed face first.

Good news: she has been picked up by the ambulance and although injured seems mostly to have things attached where they should.

Bad news: it means we are now running late-and our last horse was timed for 5:30 as it was! Looooong day ahead!

Good news: I'm not competing, just driving my lorry with other peoples' ponies on board! So I'm going to have a sleep!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 01, 2012, 11:53:30 am
Good news: New V-brakes are cheaper than I thought they might be.
Bad news: Which one to choose?!
Good news: They're even cheaper on Rose.
Bad news: But then there's the shipping and whatever exchange rate charges the bank might apply.
Good news: Well isn't it best to buy local anyway?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyAuntie on July 01, 2012, 04:32:38 pm
Good news - I did my first audax today  :)

Bad news - there was no Crinkly Catering even though CL herself also completed the audax!!!  :o
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 01, 2012, 07:06:48 pm
Ooh - which one? :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 01, 2012, 07:09:53 pm
Bad news: My bike computer has been seriously under reading.

Bad news: I'll need to recalculate everything since I fitted this computer.

Good news: I've done many more miles than I'd credited myself with

Good news: And faster :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 01, 2012, 07:53:56 pm
Oh no. Bobb's going to go mad!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyAuntie on July 01, 2012, 07:58:27 pm
Is this for me? If so, it was Linton Locks and we were escorted the whole route by the ride organiser  :thumbsup:

It was just a 50km, but it's my first tentative steps into long(er than normal) distance cycling, maybe a 100 will be attempted soon...watch this space  ;D

Ooh - which one? :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: bobb on July 01, 2012, 09:12:14 pm
Bad news: My bike computer has been seriously under reading.

Bad news: I'll need to recalculate everything since I fitted this computer.

Good news: I've done many more miles than I'd credited myself with

Good news: And faster :thumbsup:

Pffft... A lame excuse  :P
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 02, 2012, 10:04:22 am
It's only about 3%, for most of June.  So it isn't going to put much of a dent into about 450km lead you've got.

My (not so) secret plan is to just keep plodding on, and hope I'm hardier than you when it comes to the autumn and winter.  Some hope! ::-) ;)

ETA: Just updated MCL. :D

Still 384.9km behind nonn. :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on July 03, 2012, 07:30:48 pm
Good news: I've just found an unopened bag of Jelly Babies  :P

Bad news: The bag is now open and no longer full. I swear that white powder they are coated in is something addictive....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on July 05, 2012, 02:02:02 pm
Good News: I'm watching an episode of Dr Who with Tom Baker. The cheap special effects are fab :). It has K9 in iT :thumbsup:.

Bad News: This is because my eldest charge is ill - he sounds like a donkey when he coughs, it's rotten.  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: JJ on July 06, 2012, 11:01:04 pm
Good news:  My Ti frame has come back from China, all mended.
Bad news: My swim this weekend, postponed from two weeks ago, is cancelled.
Good news:  Now I've got time to put the bike together
Bad news: All the little J's are coughing
Good news:  Now that I'm not swimming they can have the weekend at home
Bad news:  Mrs J is coughing too
Good news:  I think she'll be well enough for her half-iron man on Sunday
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 08, 2012, 05:28:16 pm
Bad news; I sheared off the brakepad post retaining bolt, trying to adjust the pads.


Good news; I had a replacement set of brakes in the junk box
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 08, 2012, 05:43:42 pm
My selle italia has finally worn out.  It has a hole in it :(

I collected the replacement from the sorting office on Friday :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Carradice bag lady on July 08, 2012, 09:18:31 pm
Bad news at carradice -Christine is off work temporarily  but good news she should hopefully be back soon as she is on the mend again now ;D
Also more good news we have a new machinist called Susan not to be mistaken for Sue on the name labels . She is replacing Margaret who (bad news) retired recently . Look out for her bags everyone
 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on July 08, 2012, 09:26:29 pm
Best wishes to Christine for a rapid & complete recovery.
Hope Susan is happy in her work & that Margaret enjoys her retirement.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 08, 2012, 09:30:27 pm
This means that Margarets will become collectors items - expect to see them on ebay for £silly as soon as the news gets out!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Carradice bag lady on July 08, 2012, 09:40:49 pm
Yes maybe they will that would be good she will be missed by all happy retirement Margaret
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on July 08, 2012, 11:41:06 pm
Good News: I'm watching an episode of Dr Who with Tom Baker.
That's nice. I didn't know he was a friend of yours.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hulver on July 09, 2012, 12:00:46 pm
Good news: We've moved into our new house!

Bad news: One of the house moving men stole some of my daughters money that was in one of the bedrooms.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 09, 2012, 12:04:44 pm
What a Git!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on July 09, 2012, 09:39:15 pm
Ruler that's disgraceful .

Good news: the Olympic time trial goes past my grandparents house.

Bad news: I'm at work that day
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on July 10, 2012, 08:06:48 am
The good news: My younger brother now has a road bike

The bad news: He chose the Dave Yates built Flying Scot that I was hoping to restore for myself....

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mike on July 10, 2012, 08:22:43 am
good news:  new job seems pretty good.  Nice people.

bad news: the commute really is 2 hours each way, so I'm going to have to stay in town a couple of days a week.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on July 10, 2012, 06:27:25 pm
Good news - after me bitching repeatedly management has sorted out some Juniper training for me and AN Other.

Bad news - it's 3 half day telesessions next week and I'm expected to work the day job in around the edges...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on July 12, 2012, 05:47:01 pm
The good news: The dancing exam results are in

The bad news: I don't know what they are yet, have to wait until I collect TLD @ 18:00 to find out

Why am I sooooooo nervous?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Julian on July 12, 2012, 05:59:14 pm
Good news: I've just had my first enquiry through my website!

Bad news: They want to go to Canada.  I can't help...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on July 12, 2012, 06:13:39 pm
GN: 89/100, distinction and top of class....

BN: It is going to cost me a fortune!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 12, 2012, 07:04:41 pm
Brilliant!

She is such a superstar.

Kiss and.cuddle for TLD
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 12, 2012, 08:30:03 pm
Good news 1: I have had my hair cut.
Bad news 1: I've been reminded what a bore the hairdresserbarber is.

Good news 2: I've been to the dentist.
Bad news 2: I have to have a filling.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: arvid on July 17, 2012, 04:43:21 pm
Good news: I got offered a contract for the job I did an interview for.
Bad news: The wage they offer is hardly any better than my current job, so I'll turn it down.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Lady Cavendish on July 17, 2012, 04:51:29 pm
Good news- it looks like decent weather for my first TT in 2 months tonight (foot operation and illness)

Bad news- its my 1st TT in 2 months.......

I'm almost too scared to go I'll be so rubbish.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on July 20, 2012, 07:26:46 pm
Good news: %OlympicSponsor has offered me a 3-day junket including the Footy 1/4 final, Yayyyy!!!!

Bad news: It clashes with %BigFamilyBarbecue for which I have a prior contract to cook. Mehhhhh.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on July 21, 2012, 10:09:48 am
More good news: My Pompetamine has been returned all noo frame an' all

Bad news: The fecking fecker who reassembled it cut the fecking rear brake outer too short!

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-J1FHbuEJpWM/UApwbAWXW1I/AAAAAAAAiEQ/F_9s-ynNQ5s/s640/IMG_0622.JPG)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: microphonie on July 21, 2012, 01:22:16 pm
Good news: Rotherham United finally move away from the Don Valley Stadium (Sheffield) & back to a new stadium in Rotherham today with a friendly against Barnsley.

Bad news: I won't be there  :(

 New York Stadium  (http://www.rotherhamunited-mad.co.uk/roll/edb4/nys__mysterymiller_18th_july_749954/index.shtml). Looks effing brilliant  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on July 22, 2012, 09:39:42 am
The Soyuz FG launched safely from Baikanour.  :thumbsup:

Along with the Russian satellites.  :-\

Looks like Vernon could be a bit busy for a while.


Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on July 22, 2012, 01:00:32 pm
Good news: Rotherham United finally move away from the Don Valley Stadium (Sheffield) & back to a new stadium in Rotherham today with a friendly against Barnsley.

Bad news: I won't be there  :(

 New York Stadium  (http://www.rotherhamunited-mad.co.uk/roll/edb4/nys__mysterymiller_18th_july_749954/index.shtml). Looks effing brilliant  :thumbsup:

Grumble - Amazing that they could find the money/land for the football ground that "didn't exist" when the rugby club were trying to do the same (and we were in the Premiership)

Looks like a nice ground :) - Just hope the wind isn't blowing from the NW during matches straight over Blackburn Meadows  :sick:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on July 23, 2012, 12:28:52 am
Good news. They made a fillum of Anna Karenin.

Bad news. Keira Knightley is in it.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Peter on July 23, 2012, 12:38:28 am
Did you see the one with Nicola Paget (I think)?  That was pretty good I thought.  Hard to better the book, though!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on July 23, 2012, 12:40:26 am
No I didn't but I'll check it out  :) Thanks Peter.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 23, 2012, 06:40:54 am
Good news: last night I shared a tent with a young, fertile female who avidly sucked out my bodily fluids.

Bad news: it was a mosquito.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 23, 2012, 11:52:59 am
Good news: it's a lovely day and I have my 3 kids at home with me.

Bad news: I have to wait in for a bike to be collected. Any time between now and 6pm.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: microphonie on July 23, 2012, 06:49:25 pm
Good news: Rotherham United finally move away from the Don Valley Stadium (Sheffield) & back to a new stadium in Rotherham today with a friendly against Barnsley.

Bad news: I won't be there  :(

 New York Stadium  (http://www.rotherhamunited-mad.co.uk/roll/edb4/nys__mysterymiller_18th_july_749954/index.shtml). Looks effing brilliant  :thumbsup:



Grumble - Amazing that they could find the money/land for the football ground that "didn't exist" when the rugby club were trying to do the same (and we were in the Premiership)

Looks like a nice ground :) - Just hope the wind isn't blowing from the NW during matches straight over Blackburn Meadows  :sick:

Tony Stewart probably wasn't interested in the rugby club at the time. The Millers were still at Millmoor then & got grant funding for the new stand & scoreboard etc that the RFU insisted be in place if the Titans were to be allowed to sully their elite division with their presence
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on July 23, 2012, 07:08:17 pm
Good news: It looks like my boss has succeeded in getting me an extra increment on my pay (aka pay rise - first proper one I've ever had)

Not so good news: This might have been agreed in the hope we'll not push for our job to be graded at what we actually do (grade 7 like half the team) and the level we're currently working at.

Ah well I shall gladly accept the payrise and keep pushing for the regrade cos I can prove competency in SPADES. 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on July 23, 2012, 09:08:52 pm

Ah well I shall gladly accept the payrise and keep pushing for the regrade cos I can prove competency in SPADES.

Go for it matey.  :thumbsup:
Just tell 'em who you ARE.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on July 23, 2012, 10:58:11 pm
More good news: My Pompetamine has been returned all noo frame an' all


Great news that On-One came up with the goods (even if they did make an ooopid error with the cable LOL)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rower40 on July 24, 2012, 07:23:30 am
Good News: I got my boat out on the water for the first time in months yesterday.
Bad News: As per the Dire Straits song 'Money For Nothing', I have a blister on my thumb.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 24, 2012, 07:21:10 pm
Good news: I had a (very short) ride on a 'road bike': Reynolds 725 frame, carbon fork, fewer spokes on both wheels than my hybrid has in one, supermodel tyres - I loved it! And the shop wot's selling it is discounting it by over a hundred quid...

Bad news: The price is still four figures.


Good news: A fridge full of ice cream!

Bad news: A stomach full of ice cream.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on July 24, 2012, 10:17:16 pm
Good news: I had a (very short) ride on a 'road bike': Reynolds 725 frame, carbon fork, fewer spokes on both wheels than my hybrid has in one, supermodel tyres - I loved it! And the shop wot's selling it is discounting it by over a hundred quid...

Bad news: The price is still four figures.


Good news: A fridge full of ice cream!

Bad news: A stomach full of ice cream.

Go on, you know you want to sell everything you own/your body to get the new bike  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on July 25, 2012, 02:53:12 pm
Good News: Credit Card has written to tell me they are raising my credit limit.
Bad News: WTF should I do with such a ridiculous amount.

Will accept by apathy, ignore credit limit, clear by Direct Debit every month and do nowt.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 25, 2012, 02:56:50 pm
Bad News:   Ms AWL and the three kids have departed for Budapest for 6 weeks.

Good news: Ms AWL and the three kids have departed for Budapest for 6 weeks.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on July 25, 2012, 04:05:44 pm
Good News: Credit Card has written to tell me they are raising my credit limit.
Bad News: WTF should I do with such a ridiculous amount.

Will accept by apathy, ignore credit limit, clear by Direct Debit every month and do nowt.

That's my usual response to credit card and overdraft limit extensions. Sort of thing which is useful to have in moderation for events like moving house where you get cash flow shortages but otherwise am not stupid enough to spend it.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on July 25, 2012, 07:37:08 pm
Good news:  Just finished work for a long weekend away.

Bad news: Just got text from colleague saying we can't finish this without you.

As I was supposed to be off today as well but came in today to help out I may relocate to the rant thread!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on July 26, 2012, 10:46:55 am
Good News: Credit Card has written to tell me they are raising my credit limit.
Bad News: WTF should I do with such a ridiculous amount.

Will accept by apathy, ignore credit limit, clear by Direct Debit every month and do nowt.

That's my usual response to credit card and overdraft limit extensions. Sort of thing which is useful to have in moderation for events like moving house where you get cash flow shortages but otherwise am not stupid enough to spend it.

You are not. Many are. My credit limit will be about 40% of my gross annual income. I have my NHS pension and benefits. Getting anywhere near my credit limit would be very scary...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 26, 2012, 10:52:57 am
Good news: I had a (very short) ride on a 'road bike': Reynolds 725 frame, carbon fork, fewer spokes on both wheels than my hybrid has in one, supermodel tyres - I loved it! And the shop wot's selling it is discounting it by over a hundred quid...

Bad news: The price is still four figures.


Good news: A fridge full of ice cream!

Bad news: A stomach full of ice cream.

Go on, you know you want to sell everything you own/your body to get the new bike  ;D
You reckon I should ride a fifteen-year old Apollo with flat tyres and no brakes!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on July 26, 2012, 12:46:47 pm
I've just worked out my credit is also 40% of my gross income as well - that's quite scary! 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on July 26, 2012, 01:20:03 pm
You reckon I should ride a fifteen-year old Apollo with flat tyres and no brakes!

Apollo 15? what's wrong with that? Now Apollo 13......
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: phantasmagoriana on July 26, 2012, 01:37:04 pm
Good News: Credit Card has written to tell me they are raising my credit limit.
Bad News: WTF should I do with such a ridiculous amount.

Will accept by apathy, ignore credit limit, clear by Direct Debit every month and do nowt.

I used to get letters telling me mine had been raised every 6 months ago (to which I responded the same as you) - however a few years ago I got a letter telling me they'd noticed I wasn't "taking advantage" of it, so they'd slashed it! Hasn't been raised since...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on July 26, 2012, 01:49:56 pm
I've made a big purchase recently and used it to pay a balance to the double glazing folks a few months ago.
I don't think my payments to 18185 would influence it (about £4 bimonthly, direct debit)...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on July 27, 2012, 05:18:10 pm
I decided to treat myself with half a crispy duck (and the usual other bits)

Bad news: my local Chinese got the order wrong
Good news: they gave me a whole duck, not half!

This has now all been consumes along with a few beers.   ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Jurek on July 27, 2012, 05:20:39 pm
I decided to treat myself with half a crispy duck (and the usual other bits)

Bad news: my local Chinese got the order wrong
Good news: they gave me a whole duck, not half!

This has now all been consumes along with a few beers.   ;D
That'll fix it!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on July 28, 2012, 03:14:04 pm
Good News: Credit Card has written to tell me they are raising my credit limit.
Bad News: WTF should I do with such a ridiculous amount.

Will accept by apathy, ignore credit limit, clear by Direct Debit every month and do nowt.

That's my usual response to credit card and overdraft limit extensions. Sort of thing which is useful to have in moderation for events like moving house where you get cash flow shortages but otherwise am not stupid enough to spend it.

You are not. Many are. My credit limit will be about 40% of my gross annual income. I have my NHS pension and benefits. Getting anywhere near my credit limit would be very scary...

If I add up the credit limit of all my cards, it's about 400% of my total annual income! It makes online shopping while drunk a very risky business  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 03, 2012, 12:35:42 am
Good news: Today's rainy ride confirms that my bar bag is waterproof.

Bad news: Only from the top. Rain and spray soaks into the sides and bottom making the contents soggy from the bottom up.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 03, 2012, 12:55:47 am
Good news: There's a new extension to the cycle path under construction, under the M4 past Westerleigh rail head up towards Yate.

Bad news: Although it's not yet finished, it's already crap for cycling.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/7701144024_491139635c.jpg)

Yes, those bars are wide - 59cm - but many MTBs and almost all 'cruisers' have wider. And that's not all - I even had to squeeze my shoulders in to get through the barrier! I feel a grink to South Glos Council in the making.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on August 03, 2012, 09:10:01 am
Why don't councils just put a single bollard in the middle any more? ::-)

Good News: I'm watching the Australia-Argentina hockey match I intended to this morning.

Bad News: I'm watching it on TV not live as I didn't wake up for my alarm at 3am so didn't make it to London :'(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nicknack on August 03, 2012, 09:16:30 am
Why don't councils just put a single bollard in the middle any more? ::-)

Because that will not deter norty motorcyclists.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on August 03, 2012, 09:19:40 am
Considering how few motorbikes you ever see in other areas without the weird anti-disabled cycle contraptions, I do think this is inconveniencing the majority for a problem of a very small minority.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on August 03, 2012, 09:51:05 am
And norty motorcyclists are rarely alone, so are happy to lift their (actually, quite often someone else's, so why should they care?) vehicles over obstructions, so the whole thing is a half-baked waste of time, with snake oil barrier salesmen taking our councils for fools.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nicknack on August 03, 2012, 10:28:22 am
And norty motorcyclists are rarely alone, so are happy to lift their (actually, quite often someone else's, so why should they care?) vehicles over obstructions, so the whole thing is a half-baked waste of time, with snake oil barrier salesmen taking our councils for fools.

Quite.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on August 03, 2012, 10:30:33 am
Round here we get the silly pedal bender things (small loops in the ground close together that you either catch your ankles or pedals on), next to a horse passable obstacle and then an access gate (field gate size). Then the gates are never locked anyway :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on August 03, 2012, 10:43:43 am
Whereas I've just written again and complained about the self-closing gate we have on one of our local bridleways.  It closes way too quickly to get a horse through unless I have a friend holding it open (who then has to get through herself) or I hop off to lead horse through and then have to find my way back on-not easy with a 17hh horse (that's 5ft 8)!  The gate does bugger all to deter the frequent fly tipping or the motorbikes, so I have no idea why they decided to stick it in instead of the perfectly adequate two bollards wide enough to ride through we had before!  It's heavy, metal, looks very flashy (and expensive), but utterly useless!   :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on August 03, 2012, 11:52:23 am
It's heavy, metal, looks very flashy (and expensive), but utterly useless!   :facepalm:

Some of the adjectives therin may apply to the individuals responsible for the decision making process :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on August 03, 2012, 01:18:05 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/7701144024_491139635c.jpg)

Yes, those bars are wide - 59cm - but many MTBs and almost all 'cruisers' have wider. And that's not all - I even had to squeeze my shoulders in to get through the barrier! I feel a grink to South Glos Council in the making.

Those barriers are, as far as I can tell, designed to even the score with recumbent trike riders.  They get a rare opportunity to ride straight through, while upwrongular cyclists have to get off, wiggle and (in extreme cases) duck:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/secret_park/IMG_20120328_151212.sized.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on August 03, 2012, 01:39:40 pm
Good news: There's a new extension to the cycle path under construction, under the M4 past Westerleigh rail head up towards Yate.

Bad news: Although it's not yet finished, it's already crap for cycling.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/7701144024_491139635c.jpg)

Yes, those bars are wide - 59cm - but many MTBs and almost all 'cruisers' have wider. And that's not all - I even had to squeeze my shoulders in to get through the barrier! I feel a grink to South Glos Council in the making.

They are totally rubbish. The one group you expect to use off road paths are families and those barriers are nearly impossible to get a bike seat or trailer through.  >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 03, 2012, 01:59:12 pm
(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/secret_park/IMG_20120328_151212.sized.jpg)
How handy that you happened to have a child with you to help you through! Does he live in one of your rack packs?  :D

Folks, please remind me this evening to grink the responsible bodies!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 03, 2012, 02:04:56 pm
Meanwhile, today's good news: My Hope Vision 1 light, which packed up in the rain last night, now works properly after drying out.

Bad news: It might happen again on the next rainy ride.

Good news: Mrs Cudzo is bringing my old Cateye light back from Poland.

Befuddling news: I asked her to check the bracket was with it, saying it might be on the MTB  I've left there (which she has moved to the attic all of her own accord) and subsequent communication showed she thought I was talking about toe clips.

Befuddlinger news: I'm sure that bike didn't have toe clips.

Betterer news: She and Little Cudzo will be back here tonight.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Chris S on August 03, 2012, 06:00:20 pm
The lack of such obstructive ridiculousness was something that really struck me when I cycled down l'avenue verte from Dieppe last year. I think I had to negotiate one gate (near the start) in about 45km of cycling. Every road crossing was the same layout - and could easily be negotiated without getting off - as shown here: Clickity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AV0216.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 03, 2012, 06:10:21 pm
That looks incredibly... flat! You must have felt right at home!  :)
Title: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on August 03, 2012, 07:26:55 pm
Good: Olympics on the bar telly.

Bad: showing tennis.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on August 03, 2012, 09:05:51 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/7701144024_491139635c.jpg)

Yes, those bars are wide - 59cm - but many MTBs and almost all 'cruisers' have wider. And that's not all - I even had to squeeze my shoulders in to get through the barrier! I feel a grink to South Glos Council in the making.

Those barriers are, as far as I can tell, designed to even the score with recumbent trike riders.  They get a rare opportunity to ride straight through, while upwrongular cyclists have to get off, wiggle and (in extreme cases) duck:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/secret_park/IMG_20120328_151212.sized.jpg)

There's one on the path over the Stamford Bridge viaduct. There are two types of cyclist who can get through it unhindered. A CrinklyCub, and me on my Catrike. 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Chris S on August 03, 2012, 09:18:00 pm
That looks incredibly... flat! You must have felt right at home!  :)

 :)

Old Railways FTW  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: welshwheels on August 05, 2012, 08:55:04 pm
happy days my daughter who was born on friday has been moved out of the intensive care unit  :thumbsup: She has made massive leaps forward today although she is still in the special care unit she has been moved closer to the door out of there. Hopefully if we can get her feeding a bit more regular on the bottle she will be with mum on the ward tomorrow.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on August 05, 2012, 10:20:50 pm
Fingers and toes and everything crossed WW!

Our good news?  We're liking the borders, and had a fab day on the beach yesterday.  The cottage we're staying in is lovely, and has a whole cupboard of toys including a huge k'nex collection, a playstation 2, big bag of brio, duplo, a proper etch-a-sketch and even  spare sleepy teddies - SmallestCub is regretting not packing his polar bear.

The not-so-good news?  Poor CrinklyAuntie is Not Very Well At All.  The out of hours doc reckons it's gallstones.

The actually quite good news?  Scottish healthcare system ftw!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on August 05, 2012, 10:40:03 pm
Oh, GWS CrinklyAuntie!

Hooray for toys though!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on August 05, 2012, 10:59:31 pm
Please tell cub that I'm very sorry for staying at home but I would love to have been there ;)   
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: welshwheels on August 06, 2012, 07:38:41 pm
OH HAPPY DAYS  my baby daughter got discharged from the special care unit this afternoon  :thumbsup: she is now on the ward with mrs w w who obviously is over the moon and as long as she keeps feeding as she is they both maybe allowed home tomorrow  :thumbsup: have posted a pick in kidstuff
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on August 06, 2012, 07:47:45 pm
Excellent news. Hope all goes well
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on August 06, 2012, 08:39:55 pm
The not-so-good news?  Poor CrinklyAuntie is Not Very Well At All.  The out of hours doc reckons it's gallstones.

Eeep!  Those are distinctly non-fun.   :(   She has my sympathy.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: GrahamG on August 07, 2012, 01:03:00 pm
Good news: Tax rebate due - over £1k for last year and a few hundred because I didn't notice I was on a basic rate tax code this year.

Bad news: have to write a whole host of letters to get proof of last years job-seekers' claims, update address records and notify the tax office before they can actually confirm the final amount and stump up.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on August 07, 2012, 01:53:16 pm
From Sunday/yesterday: -

Bad News: I left my wallet at the till in Morrisons :facepalm:
Good News: They found it :thumbsup:
More Good News: I managed to take the card home with me anyway :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on August 07, 2012, 05:37:55 pm
soon there will be Bread & Butter pudding

I don't think tomorrow's weigh-in will be positive
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 07, 2012, 05:41:19 pm
soon there will be Bread & Butter pudding

I don't think tomorrow's weigh-in will be positive

I think tomorrow's weigh-in will be positive but that's not what you'd like...  ;) ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on August 08, 2012, 10:48:49 am
The good news:
The weather looks good for the ride this evening.

The bad news:
I have a bloody painful sinus & ear infection, & I'm not up to it. I don't think I can even do the direct to the pub pootle.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: graculus on August 10, 2012, 07:11:03 pm
Good news: I have found the nectarine that did not make it into the fruit bowl after I went to the market a fortnight ago.
Bad news: It was lurking at the bottom of the pannier all the while. On my bike. In the shed. With the sun beating down on the roof.

Carradice ladies, I beg your forgiveness.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on August 10, 2012, 08:14:15 pm
Good news: I've gained some space in the garage by selling my motorbike.
Bad news: I've almost had to give it away (relatively speaking)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on August 12, 2012, 09:02:41 am
Good News - The Guardian website has a button to hide the Olympics coverage on the front page.

Bad News - I've only just noticed it  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Julian on August 12, 2012, 09:31:09 pm
Now you tell us.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hulver on August 13, 2012, 09:25:23 am
Good news. The plumber fixed it for only £60, on a Sunday night!

Bad news. I've just drilled through a water pipe while putting up a towel rack.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on August 13, 2012, 09:28:41 am
Good news.  Cycling home from work in the summer is really lovely.

Bad news.  Cycling home from work leaves me feeling fresh, energised and alive, when it's time to go to sleep.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 13, 2012, 09:34:14 am
Bad news: wire-brush angle-griding off rust revealed 1/2" x 6" hole in side of boat.

Good news: It's steel, I have an arc welder

Bad news: I suck at arc welding

Good news: boat no longer has a hole in the side
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on August 13, 2012, 09:34:39 am
Good news.  Cycling home from work in the summer is really lovely.

\0/ yay for LG, and summer evening commutes!

Quote
Bad news.  Cycling home from work leaves me feeling fresh, energised and alive, when it's time to go to sleep.

Do housework until you crash, used to work or me (or self medicate with red wine!)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on August 13, 2012, 09:38:30 am
Good news.  Cycling home from work in the summer is really lovely.

\0/ yay for LG, and summer evening commutes!

Quote
Bad news.  Cycling home from work leaves me feeling fresh, energised and alive, when it's time to go to sleep.

Do housework until you crash, used to work or me (or self medicate with red wine!)

I like the second one better!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on August 17, 2012, 10:40:51 am
Bad News: I missed my train to work this morning  :facepalm:
Good news: I therefore cycled the 25km in to work in 55 minutes as quicker than waiting for the next train.  :thumbsup:

Even better news: its a birthday at work, they have brought in CAIK  :thumbsup:
Bad news: I am having to be very good and not scoff the lot.  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on August 17, 2012, 09:42:57 pm
Good:  I'm back online!  :thumbsup: Having left my dongle at MFWHTBAB's, I didn't have internet access at home all week.

Bad: I've got some sort of lurgy. Headachey, shivers, sweating, sore throat.  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on August 22, 2012, 10:57:38 am
Good news: I've been given my second piece of training in 8 years at the company (motto "Putting People First")

Bad news: It's a piece of online WOMBAT compliant BS on "Protecting Company and Client Data"

Good news: The site doesn't work

Bad news: When it's back up the final test check of understanding will be a series of patronising multi-choice questions such as:

"You have a piece of confidential client data. Should you:

a. Post it on Facebook

b. Tweet it

c. Leave it on the train
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Peter on August 22, 2012, 11:00:46 am
I think you are being a little glib, Paul; I find it really hard to choose between a, b & c!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on August 22, 2012, 11:00:59 am
Good news: I've been given my second piece of training in 8 years at the company (motto "Putting People First")

Bad news: It's a piece of online WOMBAT compliant BS on "Protecting Company and Client Data"

Good news: The site doesn't work

Bad news: When it's back up the final test check of understanding will be a series of patronising multi-choice questions such as:

"You have a piece of confidential client data. Should you:

a. Post it on Facebook

b. Tweet it

c. Leave it on the train

d. All of the above.


HTH  :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on August 22, 2012, 11:08:37 am
I think you are being a little glib, Paul; I find it really hard to choose between a, b & c!

Sorry in my excitement I forgot option d, all of the above which I think will help ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on August 22, 2012, 11:25:15 am
Good News: I bought a new tent for the weekend away swimming with the pony in Norfolk

Bad News: It didn't arrive on time, so I had to buy an emergency replacement from Halfrauds

Good News: Actually, the replacement was a perfectly adequate tent and I'm happy with it

Bad News: UPS have completely lost the tent I actually wanted and tried to get me to sign to say I'd had it delivered but the signature "hadn't gone through the system"   :facepalm:

Good News: On investigating, the seller has discovered that UPS have lost it and has refunded me the full cost with no quibbling-and remarkably quickly!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 22, 2012, 11:38:29 am
Good news: BBC's upgrade last night to Iplayer means that Mrs. Wow can no longer waste all day watching ancient episodes of Cadvile on her very old Mac.

Bad news: Dez is talking her into thinking she wants a new one.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: graculus on August 24, 2012, 07:53:45 am
Bad news: No 2 son has just been involved in his first car crash (driver behind shunted him while he was waiting at junction).
Good news: No one hurt, his car is still driveable pending repairs.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wombat on August 24, 2012, 07:59:56 am
Good news: I've been given my second piece of training in 8 years at the company (motto "Putting People First")

Bad news: It's a piece of online WOMBAT compliant BS on "Protecting Company and Client Data"

Good news: The site doesn't work

Bad news: When it's back up the final test check of understanding will be a series of patronising multi-choice questions such as:

"You have a piece of confidential client data. Should you:

a. Post it on Facebook

b. Tweet it

c. Leave it on the train

Dare I ask, what is WOMBAT compliant stuff?  Is it related to me, angry and therefore shouting in capitals?

My own good news - My DAB radio for my car and the fascia adaptor has arrived, the bad news being the weather forecast..... fitting the aerial should be fun, or not.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on August 24, 2012, 08:36:31 am

Dare I ask, what is WOMBAT compliant stuff?  Is it related to me, angry and therefore shouting in capitals?


Not related to you at all!

WOMBAT = Waste of Money, Brains and Time :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: why1040 on August 24, 2012, 11:00:17 am
Bad news: My chronic fatigue/painful hips and back are kicking my 'arris today.

Good news: I still managed to cycle the not-quite 1 mile round trip to the doc's for my blood tests as it would've hurt just as much getting in and out of a car!  It's not huge, but it's a big step for me.

Bad news: we still don't have a village shop-that's about 7 years now since they demolished the village centre before putting out to tender for the design of the new one...

Good news: the new Co-op opens on Sept 6!  I'll be able to actually go food shopping within a mile of my house!!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wombat on August 24, 2012, 01:16:01 pm

Dare I ask, what is WOMBAT compliant stuff?  Is it related to me, angry and therefore shouting in capitals?


Not related to you at all!

WOMBAT = Waste of Money, Brains and Time :D

Oh, I'm not so sure, I think that has been said about me.. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on September 03, 2012, 04:30:05 pm
Bad News. Sainsburys Basics Instant Noodles have gone up by a whopping 18%. (2p). This increases my work lunch bill for the week by 8 whole p.

Good News. The till spat out 4 Nectar point coupons for me, three of which are actually going to be useful, as opposed to just trying to make my up my spend next time (which the fourth one does).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rusky on September 03, 2012, 06:36:30 pm
Good news: The insurance company have settled my claim.

Bad news: It's in Halfords vouchers.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on September 07, 2012, 02:17:41 pm
Good News: My cracked Dawes Vantage frame is going to be replaced under warranty (as this is being done through the LBS I bought the bike from I haven't even needed to find the paperwork) :)

Bad news: It'll take 8 weeks to find a suitable frame for me as they don't have any the same size of the same model available (despite still selling the exact same bike ???)

Good News: they are going to give me a nice chromoly steel Dawes Horizon frame to replace the aluminium Vantage frame :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 07, 2012, 02:20:31 pm
Very good news.  The latest Horizon seems to be much improved.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Dibdib on September 07, 2012, 03:34:13 pm
Bad news: office aircon has been FUBAR'd all day so the office has been at about 30C. Ick.

Good news: typing this into MS Outlook:

Quote
I'm currently out of the office on annual leave and will return on Monday 17th September. I will not have any access to my emails during this time.

  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on September 07, 2012, 06:21:26 pm
Good news: views from campsite stunning.

Bad news: had to strike tent wet this morning so there are puddles inside and the midges are paying too much attention outside.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on September 07, 2012, 09:12:19 pm
Bad news: I had a meeting with some reps this afternoon which I could have done without.
Good news: They looked like they had spent too long sitting down in cars so we took a refreshing walk up the stairs at fit cyclist pace. Right next to the lift.

They were of course too polite to say anything.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on September 10, 2012, 01:50:59 pm
Good news, made ferry to harris. Bad news laundry facilities at camp site broken.
Bad news couldn't wait for laundrette at portee to open.
Good news campsite at Uig let me use their washing machine.
Bad news ran out of time to get stuff dry. I therefore have a pannier of damp washing to dry on Harris tonight.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on September 10, 2012, 03:18:32 pm
Good news, made ferry to harris. Bad news laundry facilities at camp site broken.
Bad news couldn't wait for laundrette at portee to open.
Good news campsite at Uig let me use their washing machine.
Bad news ran out of time to get stuff dry. I therefore have a pannier of damp washing to dry on Harris tonight.

Ah the glamour of cycle camping :) - Hope the weather gets better for you
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 10, 2012, 03:39:26 pm
Good news, made ferry to harris. Bad news laundry facilities at camp site broken.
Bad news couldn't wait for laundrette at portee to open.
Good news campsite at Uig let me use their washing machine.
Bad news ran out of time to get stuff dry. I therefore have a pannier of damp washing to dry on Harris tonight.
you are camping in scotland and expecting to have dry clothing?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: SteveC on September 13, 2012, 08:37:25 pm
Bad news: I dropped my camera this morning.
Good news: the camera itself seems to be OK, the impact being taken by the lens, which is replaceable.
Bad news: the lens is about £300
Good news: it may be covered by insurance

What a prawn!  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Pippa on September 14, 2012, 05:55:43 pm
I attempted some DIY today and managed to successfully replace the washers in my kitchen tap to stop it dripping. Woo hoo.

I now seem to have a leak after the isolation valve. Boo hoo.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on September 14, 2012, 06:31:17 pm
I attempted some DIY today and managed to successfully replace the washers in my kitchen tap to stop it dripping. Woo hoo.

I now seem to have a leak after the isolation valve. Boo hoo.
Sometimes these valves weep a little bit after turning on/off, especially if they've been left in one position for a long period of time - the isolation valve on the feed line of my washing machine did a spectacular impression of a fountain when I opened it after installing the new washer but its been bone dry on the outside since.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: JohnP on September 14, 2012, 07:03:50 pm
Bad news: I dropped my camera this morning.
Good news: the camera itself seems to be OK, the impact being taken by the lens, which is replaceable.
Bad news: the lens is about £300
Good news: it may be covered by insurance

What a prawn!  :facepalm:

If it's not insured then it may be worth contacting

service-enquiry@hlehmann.co.uk

H. Lehmann Ltd
247 – 249 London Road
Stoke on Trent
Staffs
ST4 5AA

Telephone: 01782 413611

I recently had a damaged Nikon 70-300 AF mechanism repaired and a D7000 checked and adjusted as the lens was on the body when it got damaged.   Not cheap but all less than half the cost of a new lens.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: SteveC on September 14, 2012, 07:28:46 pm
Thanks, John

Details saved for when I get back to blighty.

S
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on October 03, 2012, 11:57:50 am
I have "borrowed" the monitor from Marj's desk top PC so

Good News...I can use my desk top PC to read my business & personal emails :thumbsup:

Bad News... Marj cannot read the Sage programme  :( or  :demon: or  :-\
 ;D
                   
 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 03, 2012, 12:08:19 pm
I have "borrowed" the monitor from Marj's desk top PC so

Good News...I can use my desk top PC to read my business & personal emails :thumbsup:

Bad News... Marj cannot read the Sage programme  :( or  :demon: or  :-\
 ;D
                   

Assuming both PCs are in the same room(and you only ever use one at a time), the cheap way around this is one of these:

http://www.cclonline.com/product/8073/F1DL102PEA/KVM-Switches/Belkin-2-Port-KVM-Switch/KVM0024/

It's how I managed to use 2 laptops on my desk, with one HUGE (28") monitor.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on October 03, 2012, 02:29:32 pm
Thanks for that ^^^^^  :thumbsup:

atm I quite like having one less monitor on the desks.

It's likely that I'll make more use of my laptop & Marj's monitor will go back to the Sage PC.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: SteveC on October 04, 2012, 07:16:41 pm
GN: Today, my cycling mileage for the year passed the 1000 mile mark.
BN: This year's target was 2000 and the date is...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on October 04, 2012, 08:43:37 pm
Good News: I just found out today that my employer's bike to work scheme limit is now £2,000 1

Bad News 1: Scheme entry is in March

Bad News 2: I just found out today that my employer's bike to work scheme limit is now £2,000


1People erroneously think that the limit is £1,000 - it is not. That is the limit that the employer can provide without a consumer credit license and is therefore the most commonly found limit. If they have a CCL, the absolute limit is (I think) £2,500 if they wish to.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 04, 2012, 10:43:29 pm
Good news: I have a new pair of mitts, with - as yet - no wiped in snot marks ( ::-)).

Bad news: They are 'classic crochet backed' mitts. I might be turning into a hipster! Could this be start of a slippery slope leading to a purple and lime green fixie with white disc wheels and no bar tape?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on October 04, 2012, 10:56:18 pm
Good news: exercised enough willpower to leave the works do (read: piss-up) in a suitable condition to cycle home.  :)

Bad news: didn't have enough willpower leftover to resist the temptation of the chicken shop around the corner when I arrived home.  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hulver on October 07, 2012, 02:02:53 pm
Good news: I've just saved £600 by not having to go to the specialist Dentist on Tuesday for a complicated root canal.

Bad news: Because my tooth just split in half from end to end.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 07, 2012, 03:22:10 pm
Good news: I now fit in XL shorts rather than XXL shorts :)
Bad news: cost me £61 to work this out ...

(to be fair, though, I desperately needed a new pair - with the existing ones my modesty, such as it is, is in dire peril)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 09, 2012, 01:40:41 pm
Good news: Both papers I & colleague submitted were indeed accepted for publication at conference.

Bad news: Stress of writing 2 papers at once, and the 2nd one is only accepted for an ePoster but it still means I have to write a full paper. (Only submitted cos mentor told me to and I was hoping it would get bumped altogether).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on October 09, 2012, 05:44:07 pm
I've had my electricity back for an hour.
The local burglar alarms celebrated for twenty minutes...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on October 09, 2012, 05:47:52 pm
The local burglar alarms celebrated for twenty minutes...

*twitches*


Living, as we do, in an area where 90% of the houses are unoccupied outside of term time, that sort of thing happens rather a lot.  One day I'm going to start shooting out bell boxes.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on October 09, 2012, 05:58:10 pm
Good news:
#1 son has moved back into the Bournville house.  I no longer live alone when I'm in Brum.
 
Bad news:
#1 son has moved back into the Bournville house.   I no longer live alone when I'm in Brum.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 09, 2012, 07:48:08 pm
Bad news: it looks like the cassette joint on the orange Genesis has died a rather messy death.
Good news: I'm sorely tempted to ride Pugsley to work tomorrow. Just because ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on October 09, 2012, 07:58:49 pm
Good news: I'm sorely tempted to ride Pugsley to work tomorrow. Just because ;D

my final commute before I left London was on the Pugsley for exactly that reason.

Go for it! I guarantee you'll be :D :D all day.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 09, 2012, 08:06:23 pm
Good news: I'm sorely tempted to ride Pugsley to work tomorrow. Just because ;D

my final commute before I left London was on the Pugsley for exactly that reason.

Go for it! I guarantee you'll be :D :D all day.
The big problem with that is that I lose the 'stealth' element - you can hear Pugsley coming a mile off because of the tyres, whereas the Genesis is absolutely silent now that the canned gears have been run in.

Also, I'd probably be too tempted to ride over directionally-challenged students rather than around them  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on October 09, 2012, 08:11:49 pm
Running over the students is the fun part, they hear the ominous rumble of an approaching fat tyre and freeze like a rabbit in the headlights :D

Some people might say it makes it too easy....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 09, 2012, 08:20:38 pm
Running over the students is the fun part, they hear the ominous rumble of an approaching fat tyre and freeze like a rabbit in the headlights :D
It'd also give the larval-stage hipsters something to talk about over their skinny frappacrappaccinos ...

... that in itself is a fairly compelling pro argument.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on October 09, 2012, 09:38:18 pm
Think you're convinced.  My work here is done :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 10, 2012, 01:48:28 pm
We want to see a video when you're done though. In fact it would be good to start a poll on how many DCSs and other mobile obstacles you get to ride over.  :)
I reckon:
Students 12
Other pedestrians 5
Car bonnets 4
Car roofs 2
Buses 2

Of course I have no idea how long or where your commute is...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on October 10, 2012, 02:10:14 pm
Good news: My internet went down today for a while while they upgraded equipment in the local exchange. About time too, it has been like wading through treacle for months.

Bad news: My connection is still slower than 75% of the UK!
(http://www.speedtest.net/result/2232932507.png)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 10, 2012, 02:39:50 pm
We want to see a video when you're done though. In fact it would be good to start a poll on how many DCSs and other mobile obstacles you get to ride over.  :)
I reckon:
Students 12
Other pedestrians 5
Car bonnets 4
Car roofs 2
Buses 2

Of course I have no idea how long or where your commute is...
10 miles each way and in York, respectively.
I drove in to work today anyway - suffering from a mixture of general malaise and apathy; medication changes blow, big time.

There are two things missing from your list, though: cows and sheep - I usually ride across Walmgate Stray, between the barracks and the University, and its still used for grazing animals of the (b)ovine variety. Whilst the sheep tend to scarper, the cows will usually wander blithely across the path - since they're bigger than me I'm quite happy to let them have right of way.

However, once I've got my bike-cam setup sorted out (it'll be based on one of these: http://www.hobbytronics.co.uk/robotics/fly-cam-one) I think videos of various things might be a definite possibility.

EDIT: Oh, and rabbits too. Although they're probably too small to count.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: SteveC on October 10, 2012, 06:38:41 pm
Good news: My internet went down today for a while while they upgraded equipment in the local exchange. About time too, it has been like wading through treacle for months.

Bad news: My connection is still slower than 75% of the UK!
(http://www.speedtest.net/result/2232932507.png)
It's still more than four times as fast as mine.  Must be due to the air being thinner up in those hills.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 10, 2012, 06:59:49 pm
Booo!

(http://www.speedtest.net/result/2233561096.png)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on October 10, 2012, 09:07:21 pm
Booo!

(http://www.speedtest.net/result/2233561096.png)

What do you expect buying shit from Murdoch?  :P
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on October 10, 2012, 09:14:41 pm
I was without electricity yesterday afternoon.
UK Power Networks SMS service sent me regular updates about work beig done to reconnect us.
My broadband seems faster than at the weekend.
(http://www.speedtest.net/result/2233850749.png)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 10, 2012, 09:21:51 pm
Booo!

(http://www.speedtest.net/result/2233561096.png)

What do you expect buying shit from Murdoch?  :P

Yeah yeah  :P Is part of a decently priced bundle though and haven't had any problems with downloading too much (how could I at that speed?).

In Sky's defence our phoneline is knackered, if we even get a dial tone it's mega crackly so I'm surprised we get any internet at all, the 'nets been quite good lately up until the past day or so when the connection keeps dropping out.

I do need to get onto them to sort it but need to make sure it's a line fault rather than ours as don't want an absurd engineer call out fee.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on October 10, 2012, 10:10:27 pm
Went for a run last night for the first time in ages. It was great, I got round the circuit without needing to walk and my body felt really alive. It left me feeling great.

My right knee is now swollen and purple. And my left knee is purple too.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on October 10, 2012, 10:11:49 pm
Went for a run last night for the first time in ages. It was great, I got round the circuit without needing to walk and my body felt really alive. It left me feeling great.

My right knee is now swollen and purple. And my left knee is purple too.

Oh poor you. Hurty knees are no fun.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on October 10, 2012, 10:13:08 pm
Went for a run last night for the first time in ages. It was great, I got round the circuit without needing to walk and my body felt really alive. It left me feeling great.

My right knee is now swollen and purple. And my left knee is purple too.

Oh poor you. Hurty knees are no fun.

Oddly they don't hurt at all. Could be worse!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on October 10, 2012, 10:15:40 pm
Oh!  Well that's alright then!  ;)

I hope it stays that way (non hurty, not purple! Unless you specially like purple.)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 11, 2012, 05:21:41 pm
GN: It's not raining, yet!
BN: Mrs T came home and said "Where's the rain? I would have come out with you on the bike ride if I knew it wasn't going to rain!"

Grrrrrrrrrrr
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 15, 2012, 12:54:04 pm
GN: We are going to get the use of our spare bedroom back
BN: Because, soon, I am not going to be working from home anymore

GN: The new job is more money
BN: I'll have to spend the first week in Swindon.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on October 15, 2012, 01:19:11 pm
GN: We are going to get the use of our spare bedroom back
BN: Because, soon, I am not going to be working from home anymore

GN: The new job is more money
BN: I'll have to spend the first week in Swindon.

Good luck with the new job :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on October 16, 2012, 07:34:21 pm
GN: We are going to get the use of our spare bedroom back
BN: Because, soon, I am not going to be working from home anymore

GN: The new job is more money
BN: I'll have to spend the first week in Swindon.

Aw  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 17, 2012, 12:46:47 pm
Good news: finally finished stripping the bits off my Dave Yates frame.
Bad news: currently debating whether or not to put it on fleaBay.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 17, 2012, 03:18:25 pm
Bad news: drove to work today as the weather was unspeakably foul this morning.
Good news: I can see clear blue sky from my window, so screw it, I'm going out for a ride tonight (first time out for 5 days - could be interesting)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 17, 2012, 03:19:31 pm
Station, 18:15, Interzen?  should be fun.....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 17, 2012, 03:23:22 pm
Station, 18:15, Interzen?  should be fun.....
Too much of the hard, grey stuff.
I aim to get muddy.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 17, 2012, 03:25:16 pm
Fair enough, no problem
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Karla on October 17, 2012, 03:49:46 pm
Bad news: I've got to tell my supervisor how monumentally stupid I've been for so long, to fuck up this bit of processing that has propagated to a published conference paper and to a journal article currently in review.
Good news: Now that it's fixed, it makes my results better!

Bad news: No, that good idea I had for a new technique does not work.
Good news: It fails in an interesting way, that I can write about.  More thesis for me please  :thumbsup:  This includes inventing yet another technique for doing the same thing.

Bad news: Technique C would work, but would take twice the time to run as does our current teqhnique.
Good news: Yet more thesis for me  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on October 17, 2012, 04:03:08 pm
Bad news: I've got to tell my supervisor how monumentally stupid I've been for so long, to fuck up this bit of processing that has propagated to a published conference paper and to a journal article currently in review.
Good news: Now that it's fixed, it makes my results better!

Bad news: No, that good idea I had for a new technique does not work.
Good news: It fails in an interesting way, that I can write about.  More thesis for me please  :thumbsup:  This includes inventing yet another technique for doing the same thing.

Bad news: Technique C would work, but would take twice the time to run as does our current teqhnique.
Good news: Yet more thesis for me  :thumbsup:

Scientists: happy even when they get it wrong.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Karla on October 17, 2012, 04:05:34 pm
Only if it's wrong and interesting!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 22, 2012, 04:56:32 pm
Good news: My new retrotastic string and leather mitts (fake leather but real string - at least, I think it's real string!) have proved comfy on a decent length ride. As well as being cheap and looking (fairly) good.

Bad news: They left fake-leather-palm dust all over the lever hoods.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 22, 2012, 05:04:04 pm
Good news: My new retrotastic string and leather mitts (fake leather but real string - at least, I think it's real string!) have proved comfy on a decent length ride. As well as being cheap and looking (fairly) good.

Bad news: They left fake-leather-palm dust all over the lever hoods.
But absolutely everybody loves string:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7ogIuxegkQ
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on October 24, 2012, 08:58:14 pm
My daughter has been to the open evenings of her school's 6th form and a local college. She is now absolutely adamant that she wants to do a childcare course alongside English Language and Literature A' levels, and possible philosophy (which she cannot even pronounce!).

The good news is that she is massively enthusiastic about it all and wanting to throw herself into it.
The bad news is she will need to work as an in-house nanny for part of the childcare course and so she has told me that since she wants to do this living at home I will have to produce a new sprog for her to look after, although it must not be born in the next 12 months so it will be the correct age at the time she needs to care for it. I pointed out to her that I am nearly 42, but she seemed unconcerned and said maybe I could adopt one  ;D

Simonp knows nothing of her plans as yet .....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on October 24, 2012, 09:03:43 pm
Better that than offspring providing the sprog...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on October 24, 2012, 09:05:41 pm
Better that than offspring providing the sprog...

Quite .... I am not yet ready to be a granny  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on October 24, 2012, 09:08:50 pm
You do know that my Mum announced she was pregnant when I returned home from my second term at university...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on October 24, 2012, 09:16:58 pm
You do know that my Mum announced she was pregnant when I returned home from my second term at university...

Well I guess if announced that when my son came back from his second term at uni then the timing of teh sprog would suit the daughter's childcare course perfectly  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on October 24, 2012, 09:21:30 pm
You do know that my Mum announced she was pregnant when I returned home from my second term at university...

Well I guess if announced that when my son came back from his second term at uni then the timing of teh sprog would suit the daughter's childcare course perfectly  :facepalm:
.
Little brother has October 13 birthday (like Paul Simon, Margaret Thatcher and Edwina Currie), just a week into university term.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: reddo on October 28, 2012, 05:54:15 pm
Good news. CAA got the paper work to me.
Bad news. Not in time to start the tour.
Good news. Days off :)
Bad news. Early start with an airline to Portugal to meet the aircraft.
Good news. Flying with a good bloke and it would be a good day out.
Bad news. Something's not working.
Good news. It's not "that" important.
Bad news. Oh yes it is, can't fly in icing (cold) conditions.
Bad news. Flight's off.
Good news. Go to hotel.
Bad news. Are you still at the aeroplane, we may need you to go south (warmer).
Good news. Nope, go to hotel.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on October 28, 2012, 06:50:54 pm
Good news: Five minutes from here you're out of the suburban streets, and five kilometres you're outside London
Bad news: Climbing the North Downs from cold.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on October 28, 2012, 07:25:34 pm
Good news: approximately 5 year old girl on train is being kept quiet by pepper pig game on Ipad.
Bad news: pepper pig game is repetitive and noisy.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on October 28, 2012, 08:23:57 pm
Good news: approximately 5 year old girl on train is being kept quiet by pepper pig game on Ipad.
Bad news: pepper pig game is repetitive and noisy.

It's Peppa....

Could be worse. I was on a train where a kid was playing a Thomas the Tank engine video on an Iphone, only it was all.... American! The horror!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: arabella on October 28, 2012, 08:51:43 pm
Good news: approximately 5 year old girl on train is being kept quiet by pepper pig game on Ipad.
Bad news: pepper pig game is repetitive and noisy.

It's Peppa....

Could be worse. I was on a train where a kid was playing a Thomas the Tank engine video on an Iphone, only it was all.... American! The horror!
<rant alert>
why oh why do the grown ups not tell their charges that they should turn off the sound in trains etc., or wear earphones.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 28, 2012, 09:10:49 pm
Rude isn't it? Had a child on a train (with a parent) a while ago, doing his maths homework which is all well and good but using the phone as a calculator without the keypad tones being turned off.

So very annoying.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 02, 2012, 05:29:04 pm
Good - I am home
Bad - belated birthday dinner is off cos there's a sniffly penguin in the house
Good - have to make do with dirty pizza instead
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Valiant on November 03, 2012, 01:50:35 am
Just got grabbed and snogged by a gay fire man. Werent even cute fml
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Pedaldog on November 03, 2012, 10:23:27 pm
Bad - I'm going slightly Mad!

Good - I feel confident enough to think of myself as an EX-Smoker!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on November 03, 2012, 10:35:54 pm
Bad - I'm going slightly Mad!

Good - I feel confident enough to think of myself as an EX-Smoker!
Hurrah! Good news on the smoking. (You were already slightly mad :-*)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on November 09, 2012, 05:20:55 pm
Good news: I rode my bike for the first time in about two weeks (all of 9 miles to the shops).  And I can still feel the fingers in my left hand.

Bad news: I'm now feeling decidedly unwell.  And I think the front gear cable is about to snap.
Title: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on November 09, 2012, 05:36:41 pm
Sends healing thoughts to Kim.

Good news. The RLPO let me in to last nights performance, even though my ticket was for Wednesday.

Bad news. I'm still jet lagged and kept falling asleep. I do hope I wasn't snoring...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on November 09, 2012, 09:26:31 pm
Bad news:  I was really quite down after work today.  I miss my old colleagues.  We went through so many bad times together, and we were like a (mostly dysfunctional) little family.  We didn't know how good it was back then, but it was, and now everyone's getting new jobs, and we've all been split up, and it'll never be the same again.  All those 4am chats, the tears, and the hugs, and the support, and the pep talks ... we knew each other inside out, and backed each other to the hilt.  It was really special, actually.   :'( :'( :'(  So many memories, and crises managed.  So many pizzas. 

Good news:  Playing out on bikes with newtoncap on Sunday!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: eck on November 11, 2012, 06:22:11 pm
Good News: our son (age 23 and a bit) is on leave from his USAF base in Arizona, and is coming back to Scotland for ten days over New Year.
Bad News*: rather than spend hogmanay with us in a quiet highland hotel, he wants to get wasted with his flaky big sister at Embra's midnight revelries.
Good news: we will still be able to see him for several days.

*Not really Bad News: IMHO, his decision shows maturity and good judgement.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 15, 2012, 01:45:31 pm
Bad news: Yodel, you may well be cheap, but offering 14-hour collection slots is taking the piss.
Good news: They're cheap & the bloke just collected the parcel.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on November 20, 2012, 11:35:37 am
Good News: my employer has responded positively to my observation about cycling safety in our carpark.

Bad News: they have responded by asking me to represent cyclist needs on the office safety committee. They don't know what they have let themselves in for.  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 20, 2012, 11:42:22 am
Isn't that Good News and Gooder News?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on November 20, 2012, 11:51:23 am
Isn't that Good News and Gooder News?
Unfortunately not, the main problem is that the approach to the building is across the front with the entrance to the basement car park at the far end of the building. To compound this the cycle cage is at the exit end of the building. Therefore rather than go past the building, in the entrance, and back under the building, most cyclists go in down the exit ramp. This works fine unless someone is driving out of the car park at the same time...

Breaking this bad habit needs to happen for safety having witnessed conflicts between other partners, but will be very difficult.

Otherwise the facilities are good, sheffield stands in a code lock cage in the basement car park, CCTV coverage, showers, lockers etc. are all provided. The establishment office even have a tool kit and track pump available.

The main cyclist need is a bit of training for both the cyclists and the drivers.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 20, 2012, 02:11:54 pm
Permeability is your friend ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 20, 2012, 05:21:16 pm
Permeability is your friend ;)

What, Darcy's Law?  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on November 21, 2012, 10:25:50 am
[good news]

Quick e-mail fired off to EPD Tipper Hire this morning after spotting one of their drivers take the correct level of care when following a cyclist down a 'just wide enough to force an overtake' stretch of road. Despite WVM behind the truck beeping, the driver didn't do anything but trundle a safe distance behind. The cyclist then RLJed at the junction and the truck driver continued to drive well by not killing a different cyclist who subsequently stopped in the blindspot.

[/good news]

[bad news]

It is a shame that correct driving is such a wonder to behold.

[/bad news]
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 21, 2012, 10:29:51 am
Indeed.  I read the words 'email' and 'Tipper Hire', and naturally assumed you'd got your Good & Bad News mixed up :-[

Heartening to hear.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on November 21, 2012, 10:42:35 am
Indeed.  I read the words 'email' and 'Tipper Hire', and naturally assumed you'd got your Good & Bad News mixed up :-[

Heartening to hear.

I don't know what building site they are contracting for around here, possibly the Thameslink works, but I've half-noticed new, blue-cabbed tipper truck(s?) driving carefully around here a few times recently. So it's either that one driver is around a lot, or the company takes things pretty seriously. Hopefully it is the latter.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on November 21, 2012, 10:49:05 am
BN: My usual supplier doesn't stock Monsoon Malabar anymore :(
GN: The do have Old Brown Java, aged in the same way, so am going to try that!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 21, 2012, 11:03:55 am
Monsoon Estates do it mail order... (http://monsooncoffee.oxatis.com/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=9918546)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on November 22, 2012, 03:16:31 pm
GN: The council have sent some around to fix the street lights near our house.

BN: They have turned up at school kicking out time!

Oh well at least the recycling truck wasn't here as well, like it normally is at this time.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 22, 2012, 09:59:13 pm
Bad news: when buying rail tickets yesterday, I was interrupted, got very confused, had a multitude of "senior moments" and bought a ticket to Stowmarket dated today, and a return ticket dated tomorrow. This was not what I intended.

Good news: I travelled home today using tomorrow's ticket, and no-one at Stowmarket, Chelmsford, Shenfield or Prittlewell, or any of the trains in between, inspected my ticket.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on November 24, 2012, 12:08:31 pm
Bad news first:   A training contract remains an almost impossible dream.   A primary opportunity source seems to have gone under.    :(  :(  :(

Good news:   One of my clients for whom I do legal and administrative work has asked me if I'd like to take over managing his business interests for him in the new year.   Negotiations start in two weeks   :) 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on November 24, 2012, 12:51:15 pm
Sorry to hear the ongoing bad news about training contracts PB, it's a really crappy situation and stupid too cos you've got SO much varied experience under your belt.

Good luck with your business negotiations in the new year!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on November 24, 2012, 02:26:57 pm
karma owes you something positive PB. I hope the New Year is prosperous for you. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 26, 2012, 12:54:46 pm
Bad news 1: Roof started leaking in Saturday's rain.

Bad news 2: This means I'll probably have to move my bike while it's being mended. Maybe into the kitchen and then the kitchen bike will have to live outside.  :(

Good news: As there was no comment on Bikes indoors or the Illegal Guinea Pig, they're tacitly approved.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: billplumtree on November 27, 2012, 02:37:38 pm
Good news:  my new Prendas not-neoprene overshoes keep my feet dry and snug in the wet.

Bad news:  my new Prendas not-neoprene overshoes appear to have been cut to go over winkle-pickers, not cycling shoes.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-9X4AnpHSN8w/ULTPVhgzs3I/AAAAAAAADbc/Kc3C1mHPnJw/s800/Overshoes.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on November 27, 2012, 03:17:21 pm
Good news:  my new Prendas not-neoprene overshoes keep my feet dry and snug in the wet.

Bad news:  my new Prendas not-neoprene overshoes appear to have been cut to go over winkle-pickers, not cycling shoes.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-9X4AnpHSN8w/ULTPVhgzs3I/AAAAAAAADbc/Kc3C1mHPnJw/s800/Overshoes.jpg)

Are you going for the aerodynamic cycling elf look?  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Julian on November 27, 2012, 03:21:39 pm
Good news: I have a day working at home today, so can be comfy and drink lots of tea while I work.

Bad news: I can't enjoy it properly because I can't breathe through this cold! >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 27, 2012, 03:30:36 pm
Shouldn't go out wandering round the city in the cold and rain ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Julian on November 27, 2012, 03:41:48 pm
;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on November 27, 2012, 03:43:27 pm
Bad news first:   A training contract remains an almost impossible dream.   A primary opportunity source seems to have gone under.    :(  :(  :(

Good news:   One of my clients for whom I do legal and administrative work has asked me if I'd like to take over managing his business interests for him in the new year.   Negotiations start in two weeks   :)

Good news:   My name seems to have been passed forward and another law firm has invited me to do some work for them.   Maybe life aint so sh1te after all   :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 27, 2012, 03:50:12 pm
;D
:-*
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on November 27, 2012, 06:16:20 pm
Bad news first:   A training contract remains an almost impossible dream.   A primary opportunity source seems to have gone under.    :(  :(  :(

Good news:   One of my clients for whom I do legal and administrative work has asked me if I'd like to take over managing his business interests for him in the new year.   Negotiations start in two weeks   :)

Good news:   My name seems to have been passed forward and another law firm has invited me to do some work for them.   Maybe life aint so sh1te after all   :)

 :thumbsup:  Well deserved mate!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on November 27, 2012, 07:09:02 pm
Bad: I really hate riding in the rain.
Good: I won't have to do that for the next week or so, I'll be working in China instead.
Bad: I'll be missing out on all of the fun stuff HK and I have planned.
Good: I'll miss out the QA audit next week.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: reddo on November 29, 2012, 03:41:32 pm
Nice one PB  :thumbsup:

Good news. The 3 x Oakley sunnies with new prescriptions were ready. (old frames - updated the lenses)
Bad news. Vision Express misread the prescription and 3 lenses were out.
Good news. Fixed for free.
Even better news. I decided I wanted some "clear" Oakleys for riding and settled on a "transition lens". Vision Express gave me the new frames for free and only charged for the prescription.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on November 29, 2012, 06:11:57 pm
Good news - They've just opened a Co-op 5 minutes walk from the flat.  Finally some competition for Tescos.

Bad news - It looks like this is finally going to kill off our local newsagent/general store.  He's got a business for sale sign up.  I've been getting bread, milk & the occasional copy of the Guardian there for decades  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 30, 2012, 04:51:48 pm
Good - I managed to make it to the end of the week without killing anyone at work, despite provocation.
Bad - I have to go to the Xmas dinner now. And it's frikkin freezing out there!

<wonders if 20's theme can be abandoned in favour of duvet jackets, fleecy trousers and snow boots>
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on December 06, 2012, 12:10:02 am
GN: I have got something that is vaguely complete and can be handed in for my OU assignment.

BN: I'm not sure it's great, can see some problems with it but can't work out how to fix them. Brain frazzled.

GN: I don't think it's terrible.

BN: I thought that for the last one and only got 67%.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on December 06, 2012, 12:12:00 am
<wonders if 20's theme can be abandoned in favour of duvet jackets, fleecy trousers and snow boots>

1920s?  That was the end of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, innit...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on December 06, 2012, 02:35:20 pm
<wonders if 20's theme can be abandoned in favour of duvet jackets, fleecy trousers and snow boots>

1920s?  That was the end of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, innit...
And Everest climbing.


(http://blogs.liverpoolecho.co.uk/aintnomountainhighenough/mm047%20cn.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on December 06, 2012, 02:46:32 pm
Cool tent! I want a tent with wooden poles with knobs on :D.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on December 06, 2012, 02:53:00 pm
Cool tent! I want a tent with wooden poles with knobs on :D.

You'll probably have to evict a dozen cub scouts first.  I'm fairly sure those tents come with them as standard.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on December 06, 2012, 03:14:37 pm
Yep, we used to use tents like that at guide camp.

So who's for ascending Everest in a tweed jacket and brogues then?

They were tough people. 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on December 06, 2012, 05:06:00 pm
You would think that they would have asked their tailors to cut the jackets to fit the extra layers underneath.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on December 06, 2012, 06:55:22 pm
Bad News: My Farce Great Western Train is standing room only and 20 minutes delayed so far.

Good News: The Train Mangler has said we can sit in any seat including First Class.

Bad News: I'm 2 carriages packed with people away from the possibility if a seat.

Bad News: we've got 5 minutes into the journey and are stopped.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on December 06, 2012, 07:31:43 pm
It would seem that Notwork Fail are responsible although why Farce Grate Western packed a full train out of Paddington when it must have been obvious that it would get stuck at Southall beggars belief
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on December 06, 2012, 07:57:29 pm
The train is an hour late and lagging. The Train Mangler has just apologised for the 'slight' delay!!

We're now waiting outside Reading for a free platform. Which is surprising since it seems every other train is also delayed.

And the good news. I'm working at home tomorrow
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Marco Stefano on December 07, 2012, 01:09:06 pm
Good news: Ms Marco (Newmarket / Cambs / Eastern Counties scrum-half) has been selected for Divisional trials (girls U15 rugby).  :thumbsup:

Bad news (potentially): Mrs Marco (Newmarket / Cambs / Eastern Counties girls coach) is also a selector, although not involved in either assessing or putting Ms Marco forward for selection...  :-\

Let's hope this doesn't get more than awkward. Cue many difficult phone calls for Mrs Marco to players (& parents) who have not made the grade.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on December 07, 2012, 09:49:15 pm
GN Before the close of business the deal I was working on signed, >$10M! Whooo hooo!

BN I am bloody sure I used to have a n+1 bottles of pecharmant, now it appears to be just n. wurruwurruhnorgsedsf.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Marco Stefano on December 10, 2012, 12:21:39 pm
Good news: Ms Marco (yes, her again) passed her Grade 8 sax exam on Sunday morning! (She has been playing it for less than 5 years; don't know where she gets that talent from.) And scored two tries and a conversion for Eastern Counties in the afternoon, for good measure.

(Slightly) Bad news: She missed out on a Merit by 3 marks...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on December 10, 2012, 12:39:57 pm
Congratulations to her - that's a real achievement :).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: madcow on December 11, 2012, 09:11:01 am
GN  -our CEO must have read my RANT , as he has decided to give us the 24th Dec as an extra holiday free gratis etc.
BN- I had already booked it as annual leave and I can't carry any more days into 2013.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on December 11, 2012, 10:53:48 pm
GN  -our CEO must have read my RANT , as he has decided to give us the 24th Dec as an extra holiday free gratis etc.
BN- I had already booked it as annual leave and I can't carry any more days into 2013.

Book 21st off too giving you extra long weekend before Xmas?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 12, 2012, 07:14:11 pm
Good - the new laptop to replace the one that the screen is about to fall off, arrived today, a day earlier than expected.
Bad - I didn't take the car cos I was expecting it tomorrow so I've had to leave it under my desk.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on December 12, 2012, 07:36:52 pm
Good news - the Xmas Card list is shorter this year
Bad news - not only because of people we choose not to send to  :'(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 14, 2012, 11:54:34 am
Good News - I just got a big fat refund to my credit card.
Bad News - because they cancelled 'our' festival in the summer.
Good News - we'll have to think of something else good to do instead.
More Good News - childcare permitting, I might be able to volunteer to help out for Sleepy's 600 now.

Still  :'( about the festival tho....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 15, 2012, 08:16:48 pm
Bad news - the ginger cake has fallen cos Mrs Cudzo opened the oven door too early.
Good news - ginger cake...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 16, 2012, 05:26:50 pm
Good news: I found and bought 3 slim calendars for the kids in Tesco

Bad news: they were so slim, I left them in the trolley
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on December 17, 2012, 11:47:26 am
Following yesterday's foray to Brick Lane and surrounding areas:

BN: I found a gorgeous green velvet jacket which was a perfect fit, but it had patch pockets.  :sick:
GN: Later in the day I found a lovely black velvet jacket which fit well and had proper pockets. :thumbsup:  Also found a white silk scarf1 at the same shop.

1How have I made it to the ripe old age of mubbledymumbble without owning a white silk scarf???
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: GrahamG on December 18, 2012, 02:15:59 pm
My frame is back from the sprayers! However, 'back' means back at the bike shop in Lancs and won't land with me until the new year.... dammit when I'll once again be short on building time!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on December 18, 2012, 06:02:21 pm
Bad news:   I got to the counter in Waterstones and couldn't find my debit card....

Good news: It's in Cotswold, where I left it last night  :facepalm:    I can pop in tomorrow to pick it up, as long as I have photo id.

This means I've no cash until I can sort this out.....  A quiet night in then..
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on December 18, 2012, 06:18:39 pm
Gah to mislaid debitcard but glad it doesn't need cancelling or anything.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on December 18, 2012, 07:01:29 pm
Gah to mislaid debitcard but glad it doesn't need cancelling or anything.

I'm lucky they didn't report it to the bank, who would probably have cancelled it on the spot.  I still have a cheque book somewhere, but it's been a long time since I used it!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 19, 2012, 11:04:45 pm
Bad news:   I got to the counter in Waterstones and couldn't find my debit card....

Good news: It's in Cotswold, where I left it last night  :facepalm:    I can pop in tomorrow to pick it up, as long as I have photo id.

This means I've no cash until I can sort this out.....  A quiet night in then..
You been drinking with Jaded and Flatus again?  :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on December 19, 2012, 11:55:12 pm
Good News - Debit card retrieved.

Bad News  I can't find my TWSBI fountain pen, I'm sure I put it in my pocket when I left work  :(

Left it on my desk  :facepalm:      I seem to be getting absent minded, it must be the iminence of turning 48!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 20, 2012, 08:50:44 pm
Bad - cos I was feeling better (good) I had to go back to work today.
Good - there was a bottle of wine waiting for me under my desk  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 20, 2012, 09:37:04 pm
I visited my sister today:
Good news: She has a sheffield stand in her garden!
Bad news: She has really bad flu (and now I feel like I might have caught it too).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 21, 2012, 11:42:16 am
Hurrah: Last day at jbex before Christmas.
Bah: What in the name of the wormy black sperm of Beelzebub do They put in those sausages :sick:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on December 21, 2012, 11:48:03 am
Hurrah: Last day at jbex before Christmas.
Bah: What in the name of the wormy black sperm of Beelzebub do They put in those sausages :sick:

Have you answered your own question?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 21, 2012, 12:03:00 pm
Hurrah: Last day at jbex before Christmas.
Bah: What in the name of the wormy black sperm of Beelzebub do They put in those sausages :sick:

Have you answered your own question?

That's possible, but I think it's more likely a high concentration of cows' lips and pigs' arseholes.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on December 21, 2012, 02:02:36 pm
Hurrah: Last day at jbex before Christmas.
Bah: What in the name of the wormy black sperm of Beelzebub do They put in those sausages :sick:

Have you answered your own question?

That's possible, but I think it's more likely a high concentration of cows' lips and pigs' arseholes.

That's offal!
IGMC...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 21, 2012, 02:16:19 pm
Hurrah: Last day at jbex before Christmas.
Bah: What in the name of the wormy black sperm of Beelzebub do They put in those sausages :sick:

Have you answered your own question?

That's possible, but I think it's more likely a high concentration of cows' lips and pigs' arseholes.

Could be quite the opposite.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on December 22, 2012, 02:21:09 pm
Bad News: it's rather wet here.
Good News: David put new roofing felt on his 'warm room' yesterday.

Bad News: it's even wetter in Christchurch, where David's Dad lives.
Good news: we don't visit him for another fortnight. I've booked very cheap train tickets and Premier Inn accommodation for this trip.
Bad news: these bookings can't be refunded or amended...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on December 27, 2012, 09:00:18 pm
Bad news:  Barakta just did a CrinklyLion after successfully retrieving one of our many cheese graters from a high cupboard.

Good news:  She landed on her arse rather than her hand or head, and so far doesn't appear to have more than her standard invisible bruising.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on December 27, 2012, 09:03:29 pm
Ouch! Hope she's OK.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 27, 2012, 09:26:29 pm
A spectacular prat fall for no good reason?  Yeah, I do have form for those...

Well, arses make better landing areas than hands, elbows, hips, or indeed one's cleavage straight down in the mud - trust me, the latter is quite funny but it isn't pretty.

Hope that invisible bruising is the full extent of it!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on December 27, 2012, 09:30:06 pm
Hope that invisible bruising is the full extent of it!

Quite.

She came over rather queasy afterwards, and I was concerned about shock and the possibility of high-innuendo fractures, but seems to be okay now.  Of course I haven't made her ride 7 miles to check...


Plus, she's supposed to be accompanying me to the hospital tomorrow, and I don't think they do BOGOF.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on December 27, 2012, 10:02:40 pm
Hope that invisible bruising is the full extent of it!

Quite.

She came over rather queasy afterwards, and I was concerned about shock and the possibility of high-innuendo fractures, but seems to be okay now.  Of course I haven't made her ride 7 miles to check...


Plus, she's supposed to be accompanying me to the hospital tomorrow, and I don't think they do BOGOF.

What is it with us forum wimmin and why can't we stay upright? Hope barakta's OK.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 27, 2012, 10:06:11 pm
Hope that invisible bruising is the full extent of it!

Quite.

She came over rather queasy afterwards, and I was concerned about shock and the possibility of high-innuendo fractures, but seems to be okay now.  Of course I haven't made her ride 7 miles to check...


Plus, she's supposed to be accompanying me to the hospital tomorrow, and I don't think they do BOGOF.

What is it with us forum wimmin and why can't we stay upright? Hope barakta's OK.

There's more than one way of interpreting that sentence, but far be it from me to cast aspersions in any particular direction.  O:-)

For my part, I would much sooner that Mrs. Wow had succeeded in staying upright on Sunday when I was out. GWS to any of the inadvertently horizontal.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 27, 2012, 10:08:49 pm
BTW, Mrs. Wow was very appreciative of the lovely flowers that a very kind forummer sent to her this morning.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on December 28, 2012, 06:41:37 am
I don't think I've sustained any serious injury but I do hurt quite a lot (especially in the other bad hip which I definitely didn't land on) despite deployment of painkillers.  I'm going to blame vestibular nonsense as I keep tripping over my own feet and veering left into walls. 
Title: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on December 28, 2012, 07:19:53 am
People will just assume you've overdone the seasonal celebrations :-)

Take care, you don't bounce well.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: SteveC on December 28, 2012, 01:01:06 pm
Good news: the village pub is currently selling Tally Ho (http://www.palmersbrewery.com/page.php?p=ales).
Bad news: the village pub is currently selling Tally Ho (http://www.palmersbrewery.com/page.php?p=ales).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on December 28, 2012, 06:42:35 pm
People will just assume you've overdone the seasonal celebrations :-)

Yep, this is a known hazard.  People not believing that my balance really is bad, especially if I'm bunged up.  I know deaf people with bad balance and deaf speech who've been arrested for drunken wossnames by plod who didn't believe they were just deafdizzies.

Quote
Take care, you don't bounce well.

No I don't.  Tonight's foray into the cupboard what is too high involved my usual climbing onto the surface method which looks dodgier but is probably safer for me.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on December 30, 2012, 04:51:06 pm
GN: We have had a fantastic day with the Torslanda crew.

BN: My Panasonic Lumix, which was present from Mrs T last Xmas, has died a death, it still takes photos but they are either a) really badly washed out or b) covered in lines. :( Onto Panasonic, I guess, to see if I can get it fixed.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on December 31, 2012, 02:12:34 pm
Bad news: The stitching round the heels of my walking books is going.
Good news: They've lasted me about 22 years.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on December 31, 2012, 10:16:56 pm
Good news:

An old friend of mine phoned me up today & asked if I'd like to go skiing next week. She's going with a few others, & one's dropped out, so she's in a room for two alone. Half board in Tignes, leaving early Saturday morning from Stansted but includes free hotel room on Friday night. Mrs B doesn't mind (she thinks it's safe to let me share a room with a woman who I've known since we were students together without shagging, despite hitchhiking round Europe together with a small tent, & who's been firmly attached to another woman for over 20 years). The person who's had to cancel is willing to let it go cheap. No problem changing the name on the booking. No commitments to stop me going.

Bad news:

I'm still coughing hard enough to double me up sometimes, e.g. whenever I encounter cold air (err - what's the temperature outdoors in Tignes?), & feeling worn out after a short walk. The chance of me being fit to ski all next week, or even for enough of it not to feel that even a discounted holiday is a waste of money seems too small to be worth risking.

I am sad.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on January 01, 2013, 01:51:47 am
Bad news: after 10 whole days together, I have to get a train back to York tomorrow. :'(
Good News: I'll be back with MFWHTBAB on Friday for the weekend. :thumbsup:

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 01, 2013, 09:05:01 am
Bad news: I woke up to find the central heating borked.

Good news: After a rather convoluted phone call process I fixed it myself.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on January 01, 2013, 07:44:58 pm
GN I spent the day on a brilliant ride with two fantastic people.

BN I had an off, in "nothing happened" style, in flood water, and now my left leg hurts. May need pain killers to be able to sleep tonight.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 01, 2013, 08:17:51 pm
Ouch.  Hope that the result of nothing happening heals well.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 02, 2013, 11:08:17 am
the good news

My employers have given me a nice new wi-fi enabled digital radio to celebrate 10yrs of making dab radios.

The bad news

It's white with a Union Jack on the front.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on January 02, 2013, 11:14:08 am
It's white with a Union Jack on the front.
:sick:

(not to be unpatriotic or anything, but stuff emblazoned in such a way invariably looks naff)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on January 02, 2013, 12:10:18 pm
BN: I have been reviewing the route for April, and feel that 89miles with 19000ft of climbing, in one day, might be a bit much (especially as it is day3 of the ride).

GN: I have managed to work out a route that goes from and to the same places, which is shorter (68 miles) and climbs less (10000ft)

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 02, 2013, 01:24:14 pm
Bad news: our Time Capsule has died.

Good news: Dez has removed the hard disc from it and is currently copying the data.

Further good news: I have ordered a 1Tb USB disc which will sit on my desk and be my own personal backup.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 02, 2013, 01:35:22 pm
Good news: I have had four very good curries in five days.

Bad news: I am now experiencing what can only be described as nappy rash and a very sore behind.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on January 02, 2013, 05:29:20 pm
The good news - I found my Silva sighting compass.

The bad news - it looks like this:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8338927002_84b34da386_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/8338927002/)
DSC_9092 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/8338927002/) by davidmamartin (http://www.flickr.com/people/davidmam/), on Flickr

The good news - Silva USA claim a lifetime warranty
The bad news - I can't find any mention of it on the Silva sweden page.

A polite email has been sent. The worst they could say is no as I don't have the original proof of purchase from 20 years ago.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on January 02, 2013, 07:18:50 pm
BN: I have been reviewing the route for April, and feel that 89miles with 19000ft of climbing, in one day, might be a bit much (especially as it is day3 of the ride).

GN: I have managed to work out a route that goes from and to the same places, which is shorter (68 miles) and climbs less (10000ft)

phew.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on January 03, 2013, 04:17:04 pm
The good news:

I have only 2 more weeks left of a contract I am not really happy with working for people I don't, on the whole, get on with.

The bad news:

My request to WFH for part of those 2 weeks has been knocked back because I "need to do a handover" to the new guy,  New guy is competent (which makes a nice change), is one of the few people I get on with in the office (we have similar interests such as cooking, cycling, Spain etc etc) and he has only about a dozen servers to look after.  He, during a conversation yesterday, told me he has got his head around how it all hangs together, so I am just baby sitting him.  I have done this today, working from home. <SIGH>
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: anotherdeadhero on January 04, 2013, 02:30:10 pm
BN: my usual ride to club night was curtailed by persistant cramp in both calves that stubborly refused to 'ride out'.

GN: bailing to nearest train station, find I only have to wait 20 mins, can procure sustenance from nearby garage, service is not a stupid 'thou shalt not board with a bicycle' and is running to time  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: delthebike on January 04, 2013, 03:21:51 pm
Good news: Steak tonight.  :thumbsup:

Bad news: Indi got there first and snaffled it from the worktop.  :facepalm: Kibble for me then.  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 04, 2013, 06:43:40 pm
GN.  Scotrail released the sleeper trains tickets for our dates in March, and the Fort William service is running although at a time different to the usual one and nobody can explain why.

BN.  There are no bargain berths or advance tickets availal at all.  They claim that they have sold out.  This was the case at 9 this morning.  There are also no advances at all on the Inverness service.  This was also the case at 9 this morning.

We can't take the sleeper.  The fare is well over double the price of a flight.  So, assuming that everyone still wants to go, we will be going by in cars and planes to a holiday cottage that was booked entirely and absolutely on the basis that it was attainable by sleeper and connecting services and which will now be really bloody inconvenient to get to.

And my boys will be gutted.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 04, 2013, 07:24:03 pm
CL, have you seen this? http://www.simonvarwell.co.uk/2012/12/bargain-berths-get-even-more-elusive/
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 04, 2013, 07:29:58 pm
I hadn't seen that - but I have independently commented to Scotrail already when on the phone, and will be grinking.  The cheapest available fare to FW this morning at 9 was £160.  At 8pm last night they were unable to tell me if the service was even running.  Nobody can explain why it's a 20:38 departure not a 21:15 one.

Useless feckers.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on January 04, 2013, 07:41:35 pm
GN: We haz a Bluray player to replace our broked DVD player.  :thumbsup:

BN: We do not however have a HDMI cable so cannot use said player.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on January 04, 2013, 07:59:02 pm
Scotrail - what a bunch of complete wankers.   Methinks my regular sojourns north of the border may have come to an end.   Maybe the danes and the dutch would prefer my tourist pounds. 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fboab on January 04, 2013, 08:23:32 pm
Good News: The Fridge is Full
Bad News: The oil tank is empty, and it's a week to pay day.

Holidays are over.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on January 05, 2013, 12:02:29 am
IIRC the tickets are released on one day but the discounted tickets may be released at some point later. Keep trying and the discounted ones may turn up.

I presume you have a Family and Friends railcard?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Tim Hall on January 06, 2013, 10:43:52 pm
Good news: The Village of the Damned is on ITV4 tonight.

Bad news: It's the 2005 remake.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on January 09, 2013, 10:29:31 pm
Bad News: Fog in the Channel Islands cancelled my flight.

Good News: I can go and stay with my parents and catch the flight in the morning.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on January 10, 2013, 07:59:25 am
Bad news: my rescheduled flight (see above) is delayed 2 hours

Good news: I can put in a late bid if I need on an eBay auction
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on January 10, 2013, 07:14:54 pm
GN: I kept the box when I last replaced my bottom bracket so I knew what size I need.

BN: Can I find it? Hell no, it is, I'm sure, somewhere safe  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 11, 2013, 09:40:42 am
GN: The plumber who was supposed to come on Wednesday is here to mend the shower. And he's brought the builder with him to fix the broken kitchen window.

BN: I was just wondering whether to wash my hair before going out for a ride, now I'll have to stay in.

GN: At least I wasn't already washing my hair when they arrived!

BN: Now my hair is just dirty. But it doesn't stink like the builder's old jacket.

GN: An excellent opportunity to read some Yehuda Moon!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on January 11, 2013, 09:47:49 am
GN: I had a really good night's sleep after suffering a good week of barely sleeping.

BN: Sleep went on for longer than is allowed.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nicknack on January 11, 2013, 02:37:37 pm
We accepted an offer on our house today.

The house we wanted was sold 2 days ago (after being on the market for 18 months or so).

Is the housing market picking up?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: dasmoth on January 12, 2013, 06:03:33 pm
Is the housing market picking up?

Reckon it might be.  I was kind-of amazed that the place next door sold within a couple of months, given that the asking price really wasn't that low for an "in need of modernization".  Still waiting to find out exactly what it went for...

Back on topic...  GN: I'm feeling much better after a bout of probably-Norovirus.  BN: poor Emily now seems to have it instead  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on January 12, 2013, 06:50:57 pm
BN: I have near enough decided not to contract any more.

GN: I am being put forward for a job that is within cycling distance (for a given value of cycling distance, your view may vary)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on January 12, 2013, 06:54:19 pm
GN:  On the way to the ride this morning, I passed my MyCyclingLogs target.

BN:  It was last year's target - 12 days late.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on January 13, 2013, 01:15:38 pm
GN: I appear to have put a desposit down on a new bike  :thumbsup:

BN: The intended plan was to look at bikes and sleep on it first  :facepalm:

GN: The shop are willing to order in both sizes that I might fit (the only one in stock was too big but tried similar geometry smaller frames and think we've picked a size) and I can decide on the day.

BN: Now I have to waaaaaaaait, possibly till early March.

GN: That gives me time to actually get the money to pay for it  :-\

BN: But I want it nooooooooooow!  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: delthebike on January 13, 2013, 01:49:09 pm
Good news: Were getting an extension and it's a hell of a lot cheaper than I thought it would be! Cost about 1/4 of my guess. It's to be a sewing/sitting room, and bike parking. :thumbsup:
Bad news: Guess who's digging the footings and general labouring? You can have three guesses but you'll only need one.  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Guy on January 14, 2013, 02:10:57 pm
GN: Because of the weather we're being stood down at 10 to 4. :thumbsup:

BN:  I normally knock off at 4 anyway ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on January 14, 2013, 02:19:38 pm
BN: I have near enough decided not to contract any more.

GN: I am being put forward for a job that is within cycling distance (for a given value of cycling distance, your view may vary)
And here's me having decided pretty much the opposite ...

BN: most of the job specs that have been punted my way are best described as 'inappropriate' (and at worst 'un-be-fucking-lievable' (and not in a good way)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on January 14, 2013, 02:22:57 pm
IZ, YHPM.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on January 15, 2013, 06:55:47 pm
GN : Someone brought a huge box of Special Toffee in to work.

BN: I am now one filling and half a tooth lighter.

Which makes me talk like a Tory MP.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mike on January 15, 2013, 07:06:48 pm
GN: I've got a promotion.  Telling my boss he's an idiot clearly has the right result.

BN:  There's more travel and time away from home.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on January 17, 2013, 07:43:26 am
Good news: I got to the station ahead of time and caught an earlier train.

Bad news: it's a slow train and the one that I normally catch has just passed us.

I suppose the fact that everyone else was headed for the other platform should have been a big clue :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 17, 2013, 01:52:48 pm
Bad news: Virgin Media - with whom I am generally satisfied - have put my bill up.

Good news: This prompted me to call them with some bollocks about moving to Sky.

Good news: All I really wanted was a Tivo box, but they offered me that & a reduction in my bill of £12.

Bad news: I couldn't get them to drop the £50 installation charge. Still, I am £94 up on the 12-month deal.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Chris S on January 17, 2013, 02:01:25 pm
Good news: Diss council have salted the cycle path to Tesco
Bad news: It's turned compacted snow that wasn't very slippery at all into four inches of slushy goop that is (a) really slippery, (b) filthy and (c) by the looks of it, really hard to push a push chair through.

Good Work  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nicknack on January 17, 2013, 03:48:25 pm
Bad: A pair of Josef Seibel shoes that were just getting nicely worn in have split across the soles. I've only had them a year.

Good: Despite me not having the receipt, I sent them back to Josef Seibel who have now sent me a new pair.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on January 17, 2013, 06:08:28 pm
Good news: I was offered a free pair of cycling shoes the right size, with pedals to suit, last night.

Bad news: different pedals from those I use now on my bikes, & my three pairs of matching shoes. Not really worth it.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Julian on January 17, 2013, 09:50:24 pm
Bad news: my weekend away has been called off due to bad weather.

Good news: I can now go to bestmate's birthday bash, which she arranged after I'd already booked the weekend away.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 22, 2013, 11:49:09 pm
GN - I have just filed my tax return. This is an enormous relief.

BN - I have also paid a sum in income tax exceeding the sum I paid last year

GN - it was only £23.90 more than I paid last year, but I earned quite a bit more than I did last year

Worrying thought, possibly BN - does this mean I should be grateful to Gideon?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Peter on January 22, 2013, 11:57:16 pm
Do not worry:  HMRC are notoriously variable - they'll tell you that themselves!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on January 23, 2013, 12:00:19 am
It's entirely possibly that they've cocked it up and will lump you with a huge bill next year.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 23, 2013, 12:48:53 am
It's entirely possibly that they've cocked it up and will lump you with a huge bill next year.

I don't think so: personal allowances have gone up fairly significantly and the business partnership formed by Mrs. Wow and myself is not a massive money spinner. My pensions take me over the personal tax allowance so all of my share of the business is subject to tax at 20%. We haven't submitted Mrs. Wow's return yet, but I'm hoping she won't have to pay any tax.

Next year the allowances go up again so my tax bill could be halved.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on January 23, 2013, 09:38:33 am
Good news:  I've got loads of leave left that I must use or lose by the end of Feb.
Good news:  I've pebble-dashed the next 6 weeks of my calender with duvet days, extended (extended) weekends and general loafing.

Bad news:  Well, there isn't any, really.  :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on January 23, 2013, 10:35:09 am
Good News: our friends in Aus are going to meet us in Croatia for a jolliday in September.

Bad News: The shortest route we can take still means a 180Km drive from the airport to where we are meeting them :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Guy on January 23, 2013, 03:12:10 pm
Good: The Col, COS, Adjt & RSM have all gone off to various places - I can sod off at 3.30 :thumbsup:

Bad: Around 3.30 is when all the badly driven 4-wheel-drive-shopping-trollies come out to play :hand:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on January 23, 2013, 03:16:54 pm
GN: Office heating is functioning as per specifications, finally!

BN: Office heating is functioning as per specifications.  I'm dressed for the usual state of things being just a bit too cold, which means I am overdressed, too warm, feeling sleepy and losing concentration.  Shedding clothing at my desk is not really an option.  I might loosen my tie and unbutton my collar - just hope it doesn't gain me the reputation of being a bit of a slob.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Marco Stefano on January 23, 2013, 10:18:39 pm
Good news: Boss handed me £50-worth of vouchers for doing a particular part of my role. I did it well, apparently.

Bad news: I opted for vouchers for John Lewis, so they will drop into the household pot and will likely never be seen again. Sigh.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on January 25, 2013, 03:13:08 pm
Bad News: I'm in the Belgian office, but that doesn't quite merit a mention in the bad news thread, and the button that holds my trousers up escaped :o

Good News: Our finance director has some string that is now holding my trousers up. :thumbsup:

Bad News: Obviously  I look like a tramp.

Good News: No one has noticed

Bad News: 'Tramp' must therefore be my normal look
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 26, 2013, 09:11:41 pm
Bad - I've tweaked something in my neck/shoulder in one of my pratfalls on Thursday and it fucking hurts.
Good - Pingu has brought me a G&T and my first chocolate in over a week.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 27, 2013, 03:01:23 pm
Bad news - SmallestCub wasn't very well last night, on the hostelling weekend.  He got up this morning after a good night's sleep but was still a bit wobbly.  This was suboptimal when we were in a Northumbrian bunkhouse a long way from home with a long and complicated journey ahead.  Which was a sightly stressful prospect.

Good news - Mcshroom diverted via Scotch Corner so that he could drive us halfway home, and CrinklyAuntie drove up to meet us there, arriving about 2 minutes before us, so the boy didn't even have to change out of his jimjams and had a very calm and peaceful journey door to door, and is now tucked up on his own sofa with childrens tv to watch and a self-prescribed medicinal jam sandwich for lunch.

Hooray for kind people going a lot of extra miles.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on January 29, 2013, 01:54:44 pm
Good News - I have a ticket for The Parker Quartet (http://www.parkerquartet.com/) at St Georges Hall tonight.

Bad News - I'm sneezing loud enough to wake the dead, there is a Niagra of mucous running out of my nose and I think I've got a bit of a temperature  >:(

I may have to consider asking for a refund on my ticket  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on January 31, 2013, 05:54:53 pm
GN : I've just been told that my lunch box is too big  :thumbsup:

BN : I appear to have gained 6kg since last November  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on January 31, 2013, 06:01:39 pm
That can happen!  :-* :-*It comes, it goes...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 01, 2013, 12:50:30 pm
Bad news: Guardian Extra thingy are doing two-for-one tickets on a concert we're going to. We've already got our tickets.

Good news: It'll be a good concert anyway.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nicknack on February 02, 2013, 05:09:06 pm
Bad: I am now 60.

Good: The kids with their other halves are coming round and we're all going for a curry. The Belgian beer is already going down very nicely.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 02, 2013, 06:18:50 pm
Bad: I am now 60.

welcome to the Saga+ club ;)


Good: The kids with their other halves are coming round and we're all going for a curry. The Belgian beer is already going down very nicely.

We did similar involving pizza & Grolsch & I loved it.

Have a gudun.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nicknack on February 02, 2013, 06:33:20 pm
Bad: I am now 60.

welcome to the Saga+ club ;)


Good: The kids with their other halves are coming round and we're all going for a curry. The Belgian beer is already going down very nicely.

We did similar involving pizza & Grolsch & I loved it.

Have a gudun.

Thanks. I'm sure I will.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 02, 2013, 07:27:50 pm
Bad: I am now 60.

welcome to the Saga+ club ;)


Good: The kids with their other halves are coming round and we're all going for a curry. The Belgian beer is already going down very nicely.

We did similar involving pizza & Grolsch & I loved it.

Have a gudun.

I read that as 'pizza and Goldfish' :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 02, 2013, 09:23:32 pm
Specsavers is that >>>>>> way.
They do free eye tests for those aged 60 & more. ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mike on February 04, 2013, 08:04:34 am
Bad:  Our newish marketing bod has produced a corporate video to show the rebranding.

Good:  it's actually quite good... I had suspected she knew what she was doing, this almost confirms it.  Phew.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 07, 2013, 11:03:13 am
GN: we won a 3-course lunch at Meltons in York

BN: I'm having serious dental work done this Sat so can't go. :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on February 07, 2013, 03:59:52 pm
GN Vernon has just told me that a parcel has arrived for him*

He's in Guildford with the parcel.


BN I'm not  :(


*May contain caek or traces thereof.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Deano on February 07, 2013, 04:05:20 pm
There should be enough cake for two!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 07, 2013, 05:20:45 pm
And it'll freeze....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on February 07, 2013, 06:45:32 pm
GN I'm home  :thumbsup:.

BN No sign of Vernon  >:(

<drums fingers>

<loudly>

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on February 07, 2013, 06:50:13 pm
P.S. Caek, freeze  ???

<------- Does not understand.


Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on February 07, 2013, 07:06:25 pm
Good news: Mrs B's mother has sent us flowers for our birthdays (they're on consecutive days).
Bad news: they're ten days early. Has she forgotten when her daughter's birthday is?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on February 12, 2013, 09:20:29 am
Good news! My employer has changed the bicycle scheme and now, you can get a bike at any time, not just at the single entry point. Also, they have increased the value from £2,000 to £3,000.

Bad news: oh nononoonononononononono
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on February 12, 2013, 09:42:39 am
Good news! My employer has changed the bicycle scheme and now, you can get a bike at any time, not just at the single entry point. Also, they have increased the value from £2,000 to £3,000.

Bad news: oh nononoonononononononono

Three grand should get you a nice recumbent. ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on February 12, 2013, 10:02:05 am
Good news! My employer has changed the bicycle scheme and now, you can get a bike at any time, not just at the single entry point. Also, they have increased the value from £2,000 to £3,000.

Bad news: oh nononoonononononononono

Three grand should get you a nice recumbent. ;)


You suspect I may need some horizontal transport after Mrs Ham is done with me?

(for those who think "but the cycle scheme has a £1,000 limit" that's only because over that amount the employer needs a consumer credit license, which my megacorp already has)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 12, 2013, 03:28:26 pm
Good news: Farnell have finally dispatched my Raspberry Pi ....
Bad news: ... using UPS  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 12, 2013, 04:20:44 pm
Good news: Farnell have finally dispatched my Raspberry Pi ....
Bad news: ... using UPS  :facepalm:

UPS have been the best IME...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 12, 2013, 06:56:09 pm
Good news: Farnell have finally dispatched my Raspberry Pi ....
Bad news: ... using UPS  :facepalm:

UPS have been the best IME...
Yebbut that's all relative, especially when you consider the competition ... (Hide, Drop 'N Lose, Dave's Parcel Delivery, ShittyLink et.al)

On the plus side, it appears that the UPS website will allow you to reschedule delivery to a different address if an initial attempt at delivery is unsuccessful. This could prove to be handy unless the driver displays some kind of initiative and leaves the package with one of the neighbours.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 12, 2013, 07:49:47 pm
GN:  I had a parcel delivered flawlessly and efficiently by Interlink Express this morning.

BN:  It was the wrong customer's order.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 12, 2013, 09:46:14 pm
Good news: Farnell have finally dispatched my Raspberry Pi ....
Bad news: ... using UPS  :facepalm:

UPS have been the best IME...
Yebbut that's all relative, especially when you consider the competition ... (Hide, Drop 'N Lose, Dave's Parcel Delivery, ShittyLink et.al)

On the plus side, it appears that the UPS website will allow you to reschedule delivery to a different address if an initial attempt at delivery is unsuccessful. This could prove to be handy unless the driver displays some kind of initiative and leaves the package with one of the neighbours.

I don't think we've ever had a problem with UPS. Porcel Farce, DPD, Shitty Link and others have been variably poor.
Last Hermes delivery was OK.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on February 12, 2013, 09:54:05 pm
I don't think we've ever had a problem with UPS. Porcel Farce, DPD, Shitty Link and others have been variably poor.
Last Hermes delivery was OK.

D'you know? <whispers quietly> I don't think I've had a problem with any of them.

OK, once with parcel force who stuck a card through my door while I was four feet away reading YACF.  (I ran out but he was accelerating hard)  No big deal - I live ½ mile from the parcel depot.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on February 12, 2013, 10:50:33 pm
Good news: all the code that was working at the start of the day is working again and there is additional code, which mostly works.
Bad news: that could have taken much less time if NetBeans had been able to spot broken reuse of names in javascript (or I'd been a bit more careful  :facepalm: ). It has been crashing often enough that I'm in the mood for a change anyway.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on February 13, 2013, 10:43:04 am
GN: We received a letter today telling us our finance request for new windows and door has been approved.

BN: It means we will be in hock for the next 3 years, but can pay it off sooner.

GN: It's interest free

BN: It means that the "discount" we get on the windows and doors is less I am a cynic and realise that there is no such thing as a free lunch)

Ultimate good news: we will no longer have a cold, draughty house!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on February 13, 2013, 10:46:37 am
Another quick one.

BN: Had an email from Union to say that I'd get my coffee on Friday

extra BN: I ran out yesterday!

GN: The parcel actually arrived last night!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on February 13, 2013, 12:07:04 pm
Bad news: stuck in the isolation room again.

Good news: isolated patient insists on listening to 6 music all day.

We're having a great time   :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Guy on February 13, 2013, 03:31:32 pm
Good news: I've just ordered Battleship Potemkin on DVD for under £8 (including P&P) :thumbsup:

Bad news: I've got to wait TWO WHOLE DAYS for it to be delivered :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: loadsabikes on February 13, 2013, 06:27:13 pm
G.N. Following an abdominal US scan, I don't appear to have a liver problem.

B.N.  I do have a gall stone.          Bugger!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 13, 2013, 06:29:25 pm
Ugh, horrible things.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on February 13, 2013, 06:55:45 pm
GN: Morrisons had fluorescent light starters for cheaper than B&Q so I could buy both sizes (wasn't sure what I needed) for less than one pack at B&Q.

BN: The tubes don't even try to fire with the new starters. Turns out there's a third size (I'd have thought 4-65W would work in place of 4-22 but apparently not).

Other BN: Looking at the tubes I think it's those rather than the starters.

GN: B&Q had plenty, that's why I didn't buy any as wasn't sure what size I need, thought they came in short medium and long but there were subtle variations around the size I thought I needed.

BN: Means I have to go to the shops again at some point to sort this flickery light.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nikki on February 14, 2013, 11:26:56 pm
Bad News: Scorched MDF really, really stinks.

Good News: This can apparently be mostly contained through the strategic use of an Alpkit dry bag.


Good News: Most of today was spent involved in the creative use of lasers.

Bad News: I didn't have any trained on the fecker who smashed up my windows and broke into my car.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 15, 2013, 12:01:34 am
Bastards!  I can't imagine that making things any drier...

Lasers++ though.  They make everything better.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Pedaldog on February 15, 2013, 12:01:45 am
Good news: The emergency eye surgery in Liverpool last week seems, according to the Eye Guy today, to have repaired the retinal tear.

Bad News: It is still Haemorrhaging so when I go back to Liverpool in a week or so they might want to do more surgery. This involves Needles and eyeballs so I am a little.... nervous?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nikki on February 15, 2013, 12:17:56 am
Bastards!  I can't imagine that making things any drier...

Lasers++ though.  They make everything better.

Yes, my Raspberry Pi is now significantly more water resistant than my car. Also I've contributed to the large amount of broken glass on the streets of Birmingham :(

Seems a lot of effort to go to for a chamois sponge doodad. *sigh*


Still, better than haemorrhaging eyes, though. GWS, Pedaldog.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on February 15, 2013, 08:47:49 am
I'm off to frogland tonight, driving up a mountain to ski....Yayyyyyyyy!!!!  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D


It looks like fog and mist across the whole of France, tonight, booooooooo :(


(yes that could be fogland, it was deliberate)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on February 15, 2013, 10:38:40 am
Good news: The lump in my armpit that's been there a month or so is a sebaceous cyst, so I don't need to worry about it.

Bad news: The mole I had not really been worried about but thought I should tell the doc about while I was there has 3 of the potentially cancerous signs, so will be getting fast track referral to dermatologist for suspected melanoma within 2 weeks. Bugger. TBH I'm not that worried really, but maybe I should be!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on February 15, 2013, 10:43:16 am
TBH, Sounds all good from here, with the mole at least you've caught it and it is easy to deal with - very pleased for you, those things can be very worrying
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 15, 2013, 10:44:26 am
Bad News: Scorched MDF really, really stinks.
That'll be the formaldehyde.
I still don't understand why certain organic compounds are called 'aromatic' - they very rarely are1, especially after you set fire to them.

1 - notable exceptions being esters and certain ketones.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: dasmoth on February 15, 2013, 10:51:22 am
Formaldehyde isn't aromatic.

Most of the esthers and ketones you do like the smell of also lack the required benzene ring.

Edit: the simplest aromatic aldehyde is Benzaldehyde (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzaldehyde), which doesn't smell too bad (almonds). 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 15, 2013, 10:52:07 am
TBH, Sounds all good from here, with the mole at least you've caught it and it is easy to deal with - very pleased for you, those things can be very worrying

All that.  There's a reason for fast track referral - it means things are easy to deal with and excise completely.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 15, 2013, 10:58:19 am
Formaldehyde isn't aromatic.

Most of the esthers and ketones you do like the smell of also lack the required benzene ring.
My apologies - A-level chemistry was over 20 years ago, and whilst I did play with organic compounds during my PhD I was more interested in how well they exploded rather than the nicities of their molecular structure.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on February 15, 2013, 01:23:41 pm
GN: No more HellDesk duty

BN: ... until next week.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 15, 2013, 01:30:55 pm
Bad news: The mole I had not really been worried about but thought I should tell the doc about while I was there has 3 of the potentially cancerous signs, so will be getting fast track referral to dermatologist for suspected melanoma within 2 weeks. Bugger. TBH I'm not that worried really, but maybe I should be!
The apple-core sampling usually removes the growth entirely - so just the test usually gets rid of these.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on February 15, 2013, 04:15:56 pm
I'm, unusually, riding both ways today. So I took the ridgeback rather than the folder as it is more fun.

Bad news: I've not quite internalized the new bar end shifters. At the start of the short steep trafficy hill I went onto the big ring instead of the small.  :-[

Good news: I was half way up before it occurred to me that I'd done something silly and got the rest of the way without correcting it or stopping.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 16, 2013, 04:12:25 pm
Good news: it was a lovely almost-3-days being visited by Woolly & Peli.

Bad news: they caught the 2.12 train from Prittlewell and will now be whizzing past Ally Pally or somewhere like that.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 19, 2013, 02:39:33 pm
Good news: the LBS have now taken delivery of the new brakes for the Genesis singlespeed :thumbsup:

Bad news: Won't be able to pick the (hopefully)de-shrieked bike until Friday - LBS is shut Wednesdays and there's not enough time on Thursday to pick the bike up from the LBS and get back in time to get my train up to Northallerton for the pub run.

Good news: the weekend riding should be blessedly free of brakes which shriek so much they scare children and bruise fruit.

EDIT: Just got an email from the LBS to say the bike is ready ... still can't pick it up 'til Friday though :( On the plus side, it now has matching green valve caps as well as new brakes ;D :thumbsup:

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10679433/379275_10151511163565701_1313318819_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on February 23, 2013, 06:07:32 pm
Good news - I found my stainless steel flask, I hadn't seen it since a ride in January!

Bad news -  The remnants of some sweetened black coffee was in there. When I opened it some sort of visible gas leaked out...... :o   It's now having a soak in some Milton....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: phantasmagoriana on February 23, 2013, 06:11:11 pm
Good news: I found my spoke key (in the drawer with the other bike tools ::-)).

Bad news: I'd already bought a set of three more spoke keys. I still can't find my merino buff, and now a pack of spoke reflectors has disappeared too. I swear there are gremlins in the house. >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mmmmartin on February 23, 2013, 06:28:13 pm
Good news: I'm being made redundant and have ordered a Sherpa from Thorn as retail therapy and so I can ride it round Patagonia and other interesting places.
Bad news: There isn't any.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on February 23, 2013, 06:29:41 pm
Good news: I'm being made redundant and have ordered a Sherpa from Thorn as retail therapy and so I can ride it round Patagonia and other interesting places.
Bad news: There isn't any.

Git.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 23, 2013, 06:34:31 pm
Good news: I'm being made redundant and have ordered a Sherpa from Thorn as retail therapy and so I can ride it round Patagonia and other interesting places.
Bad news: There isn't any.

Rock on :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 23, 2013, 06:42:52 pm
Good news: Salsa are releasing a carbon fat-bike later this year ....
Bad news: Frame and forks, $2600 (so £2600, in other words)  :o

Anyone wanna buy a Pugsley? :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on February 23, 2013, 06:46:44 pm
Good news: I'm being made redundant and have ordered a Sherpa from Thorn as retail therapy and so I can ride it round Patagonia and other interesting places.
Bad news: There isn't any.

Who you going with? And when?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mmmmartin on February 24, 2013, 09:59:47 am
Dunno when, might be jan or feb 2014, and probably alone. Want to improve my spanish first, that is why i did gibraltar to madrid in january.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 24, 2013, 03:26:33 pm
Good - there is sun streaming into the room.
Bad - the windows are filthy, I obv need to phone the cleaning co and give them a kick up the jacksie again.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 26, 2013, 06:24:04 pm
I don't know if this is good news or bad news.

Todays's full value for money haircut has solicited the comment that I'm developing a mallen streak :-\
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2013, 06:40:18 pm
You are John Shirley Quirk AICMFP!

(http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Pic-Bio/Shirley-Quirk-John-3.jpeg)

Bad news: when I woke up this morning there was something unexpected in my mouth. It turned out to be a sliver of tooth which has broken off in the night.

Good news: by coincidence I had arranged a dental checkup for 10.45 this morning. I had my checkup and the tooth filled and the dentist didn't charge me a penny.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on February 26, 2013, 06:46:54 pm
I was hoping that a mallen streak is a phrase meaning go-faster cycling ;D

That would be an AlanStreak.A figment of my imagination ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 28, 2013, 07:01:47 pm
GN - Lunch!  Nom!

BN - At 7pm.  And working on the understanding that custard creams and rich teas and hobnobs (dunked in instant coffee, natch) constituted breakfast.

GN - I have now taken all teh good drugz!  Including the ones that I should have taken to work with me.  D'oh.

BN - I would still _quite_ like to attack my own sinuses with power tools because surely that would HURT LESS since they haven't really kicked in yet.

Blimey, that was a day.  Next?

ETA 20 minutes later - Teh Drugz, they work.  Hip hip hooray!  Right.  Time to go out.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Marco Stefano on February 28, 2013, 07:32:30 pm
GN: I got out and about to sunny Peatboghorror today, and escaped for a day free of Useless Colleague no.1.

BN: The person I was meeting with was ill and working from home. Again. (sigh)

Hey ho. At least I get paid for the extra fuel.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on March 06, 2013, 02:48:17 pm
Good News: Finally sorted out all the infernal legal wrangles for my new house so I can actually move in on Friday* :D :D :D

Bad News: My tenancy on my current flat runs from the 1st of the month, so it looks like I will have to rent my current flat until the 30th April** ::-)

*Up until yesterday there was a chance I was going to have to call it off - tip never buy from a liquidator
**The friendly(!) letting agent is checking just in case, but it looks like that's what I'm signed up for.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Karla on March 06, 2013, 07:15:46 pm
Good news: I've now got two job interviews lined up.

Bad news: I came off on a greasy corner, and have ripped my shorts as well as various bits of skin.  It's time to go to the bike shop and pre-emptively spend some of that salary I'll hopefully be getting.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on March 06, 2013, 10:46:30 pm
Good News: Finally sorted out all the infernal legal wrangles for my new house so I can actually move in on Friday* :D :D :D

Bad News: My tenancy on my current flat runs from the 1st of the month, so it looks like I will have to rent my current flat until the 30th April** ::-)

*Up until yesterday there was a chance I was going to have to call it off - tip never buy from a liquidator
**The friendly(!) letting agent is checking just in case, but it looks like that's what I'm signed up for.

Congratulations!

You can always use the overlap to decorate and get rid of that spiky gravel out the back  :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on March 06, 2013, 10:54:24 pm
Money spent on rent overlap so you don't have to move all your stuff in one go, at the same time as herding estate agents, cleaning, sorting out minor plumbing disasters, beating BT into submission, etc. is never wasted.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Marco Stefano on March 07, 2013, 07:12:55 pm
GN: Had a meeting in Copenhagen yesterday (offices in old Danisco sugar factory on the main river, lovely site), and had 4 hours mooching around in beautiful spring weather with a colleague before flight back.

BN: Had to carry small case around with me, and did not hire a bike to join in with the others.

I was not really prepared for the number of bicycle there are in Copenhagen. Blimey... Cobbles everywhere though, so skinny tyres are a bit of a no-no.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on March 07, 2013, 07:48:32 pm
Money spent on rent overlap so you don't have to move all your stuff in one go, at the same time as herding estate agents, cleaning, sorting out minor plumbing disasters, beating BT into submission, etc. is never wasted.

Absolutely.  I'm planning to move in to MFWHTBAB's over the course of months, a rucksack at a time....  Well, except for the book cases and sofa, I'll let him put those in the car....

Of course, I don't have to worry about the plumbing bit, as he's capable of dealing with those as they arise.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mike on March 08, 2013, 05:26:12 pm
GN:  Its friday afternoon, off to Keswick tomorrow for a weeks walking
BN:  Mrsmike cant come :(  It'll just be me.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on March 12, 2013, 08:13:48 pm
GN: I've finally got an eta for my new bike ordered in January, it should be arriving at the shop Mar 18th.  :thumbsup:

BN: Just read a Sgt Pluck's thread on suggestions for a bike and a number of people have said Treks are 'flexy' around the BB. My new bike is a Trek  :o
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on March 12, 2013, 10:13:54 pm
GN: I've finally got an eta for my new bike ordered in January, it should be arriving at the shop Mar 18th.  :thumbsup:

BN: Just read a Sgt Pluck's thread on suggestions for a bike and a number of people have said Treks are 'flexy' around the BB. My new bike is a Trek  :o

my bold.
I'm one of a number of people who are very satisfied with their Trek.There is insufficient flex in my bottom bracket to be noticed.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on March 13, 2013, 08:50:36 am
I would echo jogler's sentiment.

Not all Treks are equal.

The flex I saw was in the chainstay, quite noticeable on shyumu's Trek, but most definately not there on my Ridley.

Of course, being able to flex chainstays is a function of 1) your weight and 2) the amount of Watts you can put through the drivetrain.

I used to be able to flex the chainstays on my Claud Butler so much that the tyre rubbed against them.  No chance of doing this with the Ridley.  However the trade off is that the Ridley is quite a harsh ride.  Effective at putting the power down, yes, but comfy over long rides, maybe less so...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on March 13, 2013, 10:39:17 am


Of course, being able to flex chainstays is a function of 1) your weight and 2) the amount of Watts you can put through the drivetrain.



I have a bit of an issue with 1)* & no prblem with 2)**


*too much
**not enough
 ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on March 14, 2013, 06:34:02 am
Well I'm light and weak so think I'll be ok  :thumbsup: Cheers for the reassurance guys.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on March 14, 2013, 08:04:36 am
Shyumu is pretty darned strong.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Thing2 on March 15, 2013, 07:02:06 pm
GN: I may have found the source of the creaking we had on the 300 last weekend.

BN: The RH chainstay on our Santana appears to be trying to part company from the seat tube....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on March 15, 2013, 07:07:44 pm
You Things are just too rough with your toys!

At least it will be easier to get sorted on that side of the Pond than from here.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Thing2 on March 17, 2013, 03:38:53 am
You Things are just too rough with your toys!

At least it will be easier to get sorted on that side of the Pond than from here.

Yup. She's already back at the local dealers who will strip it & send it to Santana. She's likely to be away for 6-8 weeks though (& 1300km of events)  :'(

This afternoon we've been converting Dobbin from heavy duty touring mode to randonneuring mode, which gives us the option to ride a tandem or solos.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on March 18, 2013, 07:30:30 pm
GN: Media Centre RasPi turned up today - I feel a bit of hackery coming on, although I'm trying to fight down an urge to download the RiscOS image and take that for a spin :)

BN: A promising looking job lead turned out to be for an outfit with strong links to the finance industry; I've told the slave-traders where they can shove it and I'll overlook the fact that they royally bullshitted me with respect to what the company in question did - if they thought that I wouldn't do any further research they were either extremely naive or monumentally stupid. The jury's out on that one.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on March 24, 2013, 10:39:50 pm
GN: I haz my new bike  :thumbsup:

BN: It haz issues, a lowrider mount in the fork turning freely whilst trying to undo the bolt, not ideal. Plus I nearly crossthreaded two other bolt holes as the finishing on them isn't great, I don't think I did any damage and they're ok as long as you're careful but given this bike cost ~3.5x what I paid for my last one I'd expect better.

It's a shame as it's a nice bike and I am pleased with it overall it's just put a bit of a damper on what was an exciting day to start off with. Plus my extended fettling means I didn't get to go on a proper ride of my new toy, just 4 miles up and down whilst fiddling with brakes and whatnot.

BN: I've not got any of my assignment due Thursday done which means a couple busy evenings ahead, ok I admit I should have studied first and fettled second but didn't expect it to take as long as it did.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: billplumtree on March 29, 2013, 05:21:58 pm
Good news: half-price port at Booths!
Bad news: I don't need to spell it out, do I?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 29, 2013, 05:26:38 pm
Good - Going out for tea later.
Bad - my kitteh has got poopy feet :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on March 29, 2013, 05:27:31 pm
Good: Survived the FNRttC

Bad: Lungs b0rked
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on April 02, 2013, 07:38:47 am
Bad News:  I have to drive up to Brum at some point today so that I can go to work on Wednesday and Thursday.

Good News:  I'll be leaving work as soon as I can get away with on Thursday and driving back down.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on April 05, 2013, 12:25:41 pm
Bad News: the Velcro parted company with the strap on my ski boot.

Good News: went into the ski hire shop to ask where I could get a replacement, he rummaged in his box of bits and found a strap which he gave me for free!

So a big :thumbsup: to Cham Sport
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on April 06, 2013, 04:31:20 pm
BN : The ovloV has not been revvving quite correctly the past few days.Felt like a misfire particularly when stationary & idling at junctions & the like

GN :The local licence to print £,00Sterling spannerman plugged it into his laptop,pressed a few keys &  :thumbsup:

Even better news,no £ changed hands :o

"suck it & see;if it's recurrs bring it back"

not at all shabby that :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 08, 2013, 09:05:41 am
GN: there will soon be another spot available for LEL

BN: that spot is mine
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mmmmartin on April 08, 2013, 10:32:49 am
I know you can tell me when we go to Normandy, but whyso?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 08, 2013, 10:44:15 am
I know you can tell me when we go to Normandy, but whyso?

I've managed ZERO preparation so far, even commuting has been pitiful.  Even if weather turns nice and work eases up, I won't be able to start any proper training until mid-May.  That's not enough time to get from my current state to where I need to be, so I'm doing the sensible thing. 

I'm gutted, but this way I won't find myself in the position of starting know only a miracle would get me around in time, and my spot can go to someone who might actually stand a chance.

Guess training for PBP starts now...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mmmmartin on April 08, 2013, 10:56:43 am
I've managed ZERO preparation so far, even commuting has been pitiful.  Even if weather turns nice and work eases up, I won't be able to start any proper training until mid-May.  That's not enough time to get from my current state to where I need to be
Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear. Er, not sure how to put this. Apart from the monthly RRTY, I am in the same boat. Am hoping once family funeral is out of the way this week, and the York-Hull ride with the ride back to London afterwards at the end of next week, my unemployment state means I will have the time to train.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on April 08, 2013, 03:02:18 pm
Good news:

the For Sale board is up, the brochure is not bad at all, and I can't wait to move house.  Also someone's coming round to clean the house for me so I'm not too ashamed to have people look at it. 

Bad news:

still can't breathe and have another week off sick to look forward to (although seeing my dishy GP is always a bonus).  I'm so bored.  And my air tubes are sore.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on April 08, 2013, 06:16:26 pm
Bad news: Crusty will have to do dinner. I'm poorly.

Good news: Domino Pizza 50% off
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on April 08, 2013, 06:29:49 pm
More like 50% on   ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: LindaG on April 08, 2013, 06:32:53 pm
More like 50% on   ;)

Think you can talk him into doing a nice healthy stir fry PB? Then you can tell me your method 'cos in 15 years I've not managed it yet.

It's a meal.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on April 08, 2013, 10:44:17 pm
Bad news: Crusty will have to do dinner. I'm poorly.

Good news: Domino Pizza 50% off

Domino's Special Stuffed Crusty Pizza
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 09, 2013, 08:47:06 am
Think you can talk him into doing a nice healthy stir fry PB?
Chop up bacon.
Chop up onions
Chop up potatoes (small)

Tip into pan with some butter

Stir while frying
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 09, 2013, 08:52:13 am
You know the Good News.

Bad News: They're talking about it endlessly (and fawningly) on the radio :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 09, 2013, 09:13:51 am
Two for the price of one!

1)
GN: a lot of people are showing their true colours
BN: a lot of people are showing their true colours

2)
GN: I will be AT the Tweed Run
BN: I will not be ON the Tweed Run
           (Never got a reply to my offer to help marshal the ride, but I will be helping with registration in the morning.)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on April 09, 2013, 11:32:06 am
You know the Good News.

Bad News: They're talking about it endlessly (and fawningly) on the radio :(
1) That's bloody nasty. Old, ga-ga, harmless & irrelevant - why do you take pleasure in her death?
2) Yes, that's annoying.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on April 09, 2013, 06:45:59 pm
BN: I drove today cos it was raining a lot when the alarm went off and it looks like I need to drive tomorrow as well now.

GN: I need to drive as it looks like all the bits for my new dyno wheel should be arriving at work :D Except I forgot one thing, I did not order a spokey  :facepalm: But I have a multisized one (only hold two sides of the nipple though) I can use for the initial lacing/tightening and then get a decent one at the weekend.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on April 09, 2013, 07:05:09 pm
More like 50% on   ;)

Think you can talk him into doing a nice healthy stir fry PB? Then you can tell me your method 'cos in 15 years I've not managed it yet.

It's a meal.

I was referring to the price and trying irony.  Sorry.   :-[

Think you can talk him into doing a nice healthy stir fry PB?
Chop up bacon.
Chop up onions
Chop up potatoes (small)

Tip into pan with some butter

Stir while frying

For stir fry also add mushrooms, chopped peppers and mange tout.   Starting with garlic and strips of chicken with the onion you can also cook some pasta as well as add mascapone, grated cheddar and single cream for a truly rich and tasty meal.   :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 09, 2013, 08:23:05 pm
Good news: it's only eight sleeps till bobb's next visit
Bad news: it's still eight sleeps till bobb's next visit
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Feline on April 09, 2013, 10:32:03 pm
GN: lent ended and I can drink wine again.
BN: lent ended and I can drink wine again. I'm off my face just from drinking 3 glasses of wine on my own at home. WTF!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 10, 2013, 02:57:28 am
GN: I haz been to the 'mall' and found some clothes I actually want to buy
BN: Credit card was stopped after the first purchase  >:( :facepalm: ::-)
Also, my feet hurt.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on April 10, 2013, 07:30:29 pm
BN : The ovloV has not been revvving quite correctly the past few days.Felt like a misfire particularly when stationary & idling at junctions & the like

GN :The local licence to print £,00Sterling spannerman plugged it into his laptop,pressed a few keys &  :thumbsup:

Even better news,no £ changed hands :o

"suck it & see;if it's recurrs bring it back"

not at all shabby that :)

I sucked it & saw that it weren't right.It's been back in the garage today so I'll need to suck it & see again tomorrow.
No £ has yet changed hands.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Jurek on April 11, 2013, 08:08:32 pm
Good News: Delighted to see lots of white aerosol paint on the surface of the moon Westferry Road (Part of my commute) which is pock-marked, cratered and pot-holed like the aforementioned natural satellite, to the point where the bad bits outweigh the good bits (thank christ it's now light when I'm going along there).

Bad news: Man with a bucket O' tar remedy has been applied.
Man also had a road roller either with with no weight to it or with moguls built in to the profile of the drum.
Or both.
Or he just didn't bother rolling it.

Well done LB of Tower Hamlets, no really, superbly well done.
You probably think this measure will prevent the sprained ankles and subsequent law suits when the London Marathon takes place along that road on the 21st of this month.
It won't prevent the former.
You've chucked money at it and it is just as $h!t as it was before and, in places, worse.
You do this every year.
Congratulate yourselves.

EDIT: Sorry people. Somehow this has turned into a bit of a rant. I could not help myself.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on April 12, 2013, 12:10:47 pm
Bad news: I have received a ten year award from Megacorp

Good news: At least I didn't have to meet my manager or anything like that, all I had to do was open the door and the postie put the biro in my hand.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on April 12, 2013, 12:13:35 pm
Bad news: I have received a ten year award from Megacorp

Good news: At least I didn't have to meet my manager or anything like that, all I had to do was open the door and the postie put the biro in my hand.

Beers are on your this time next week then! :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on April 12, 2013, 12:15:36 pm
It gets better....

More postie borne good news, quite out the blue I find I may be eligible to receive some compo

Bad news: It is coz I haz a pension (mwah hah hah) with Equitable Life.........
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: billplumtree on April 12, 2013, 01:34:56 pm
Bad news: I have received a ten year award from Megacorp

Good news: At least I didn't have to meet my manager or anything like that, all I had to do was open the door and the postie put the biro in my hand.

10 years service, and all they gave you was a lousy biro?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Guy on April 12, 2013, 01:56:16 pm

10 years service, and all they gave you was a lousy biro?
Don't knock it. 22 years in the MoD and I still have to steal them.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 12, 2013, 02:02:10 pm
You can afford biros in your part of the public service?  I said the Defence budget was OTT!

Now pharmaceutical companies are not allowed to give away stationery, it's placed a heavy burden on our budgets.

fwiw, and before Regulator steps in, our prescribing patterns have not changed as a result, proving how inept most advertising is.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on April 12, 2013, 09:43:45 pm
I can remember a time when MOD used to buy biro refills in silver tubes containing 25.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on April 15, 2013, 09:52:15 am
Good news!! The problem with my Karcher pressure washer was not  terminal as a result of frost, instead it was caused by a dodgy Hozelock stop valve connector, not opening fully on the Karcher connector (but opening OK on the Hozelock nozzle)

Bad news! I only found this out when the exact same problem surfaced on the brand new pressure washer I bought to replace it.

Maybe good news for someone: Anyone interested in buying a Karcher K3.90 in good working order? (will go on eBay in a week or so)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on April 18, 2013, 01:54:22 pm
Bad news: I have received a ten year award from Megacorp

Good news: At least I didn't have to meet my manager or anything like that, all I had to do was open the door and the postie put the biro in my hand.

Good news: Well done (for avoiding your manager). For mine I was called in to a meeting room in one of those "have you got a minute?" things that can often quickly become bad news; luckily not.

Bad news 1: My 15 years at Megacorp comes up next year (it should really have been last year but they don't count the time they 'employed' me whilst I was a student).

Bad news 2: The pen will also appear on your P11D. Joy.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on April 18, 2013, 02:04:33 pm
BN: Turning on the coffee machine without the jug inplace was a bad idea.

GN: I've found the hiding place for the Custard Cream supply... Nom Nom Nom
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 22, 2013, 10:13:02 am
GN: the gf bread I left at work last week is still edible

BN: I've nearly run out of coffee.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Dibdib on April 22, 2013, 03:37:23 pm
BN: I was in the office half an hour early and only got half an hour's lunch because of a ton of Important Time-Critical Stuff which isn't actually my job.

GN: I didn't mind doing it, and now i'm sloping off at 4 instead of 5 for a cheeky spin on the bike. Happy days!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 22, 2013, 09:03:03 pm
Good: I am about to collect my repaired frame painted in club colours. Pink, White and Blue.
Bad: Four weeks ago the club decided to return to its 1927 colour scheme. Black & White with a red dragon on the collar.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 23, 2013, 01:36:11 pm
GN: found the date for this year's Chap Olympiad - 20th July.

BN: 20th-21st July is the DunRun.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: phantasmagoriana on April 23, 2013, 07:45:29 pm
GN: They're resurfacing Mill Lane in Acaster Malbis, at last! (It was a horrible, crater-strewn surface.)

BN: They haven't finished yet. Riding over the exposed ironwork wasn't particularly pleasant.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 23, 2013, 08:31:57 pm
BN: I lost a library book.
GN: It's been found.
BN: I'll have to pay for it to be posted to me.
GN: Then I'll be able to finish reading it - and in the meantime I can finish the other books due back soon!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on April 28, 2013, 03:41:35 pm
BN: the lakes of the Lake District are being replenished.

GN: I did at least get out to lap Coniston water in the dry break between deluges.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on April 28, 2013, 06:36:58 pm
Bad news: I arrived at my hotel to be told I wasn't expected until tomorrow.

Good news: they have a room anyway!

That is why I prefer to make my own reservations, that and the fact that the office books me out to save £30 ignoring the fact if I have to go to Gatwick that means an extra night in a hotel and a longer drive :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on April 28, 2013, 07:23:53 pm
BN : incurred yet another puncture :(

GN : the new Marathon+ came off & went back on much easier than previously. :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on April 29, 2013, 08:50:00 pm
We got a car.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on April 29, 2013, 09:28:32 pm
Woolly what can I say.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Dibdib on April 30, 2013, 08:52:58 am
Good! After a couple of years of not being able to play due to a lack of local teams, I've finally found a (fledgling) ultimate frisbee group in Swindonia.

Bad! I went down to chuck a few discs around with them last night, and twisted my knee. Owwww.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: loadsabikes on April 30, 2013, 09:07:00 am
Bring a frisby to Rutland
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on April 30, 2013, 09:10:01 am
Woolly what can I say.
Well we all know the bad news. Good news is that we can come to more forums rides and I can ride a trike.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on May 02, 2013, 06:15:01 pm
Bad: both my calves have painful & madly itchy insect bites, acquired while cycling through South Oxfordshire last nght.

Good: the anti-histamine cream I bought this afternoon is working. Bliss!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on May 02, 2013, 06:25:14 pm
We got a car.

Woolly what can I say.

You could say...

See you at Long Itch?   :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on May 02, 2013, 08:24:06 pm
Now thats an idea.......
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Dibdib on May 02, 2013, 08:36:41 pm
Bring a frisby to Rutland

Will do!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on May 02, 2013, 08:45:08 pm
We got a car.

Woolly what can I say.

You could say...

See you at Long Itch?   :D

BAD :Had the car for two days and the radiator leaked, GOOD : Got a new radiator fitted for free today, ain't it great to have a real local garage.

Long Itch we will think very hard about that, lets see if we can fit it in.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on May 03, 2013, 09:55:51 am
BN: MegaCorp decided to feature me in the weekly-sent-to-umpteen-thousands newsletter  :sick:

GN: Some old faces from over the years have got back in touch which may prove to be a Get Out Of Jail Free card

(Oh, and Greenbank - that does NOT count as spotting, OK?)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on May 05, 2013, 05:53:20 pm
BN : incurred yet another puncture :(

GN : the new Marathon+ came off & went back on much easier than previously. :)

The bl**dy tube has deflated again >:(. This is the sixth time :o A leak in the same place as before.I reckon the tube is weak;it's a Bontranger.I have had problems with these before so have replaced it with a Hutchinson.Waiting now to see if it stays inflated.

I have checked the tyre for internal protrusions,checked that no spoke heads et al are protruding thru' the rim tape & satisfied myself that the valve is not faulty.

Each time the new Marathon + is taken off & refitted it becomes easier than previously.A small mercy.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on May 06, 2013, 04:19:35 pm
BN:
Yet another deflation ::-)
The Hutchinson has failed at the site of a previous patch.

I have decided to spare no expense & now fitted a new tube.


GN:
I didn't have a tantrum
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on May 06, 2013, 04:34:38 pm
BN:  I got caught out and got sunburned legs and ears yeasterday.  :(

GN:  I found some Nivea smurf factor 50 in the touring kit so no sunburn today  :thumbsup:

More GN:  We've cycled two days in a row for the first time this year.  Mlle PB seems quite whacked but my knees have survived unscathed   :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on May 06, 2013, 10:45:32 pm
GN: took 2 minutes off my run home time via the observatory.
BN: Phone failed ot get a GPS signal so I couldn't log the ride or get teh times on the strava segments.
BN2: my legs hurt. might have over done it a bit.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on May 08, 2013, 05:54:28 pm
GN:  It only rained twice in Brum today.

BN:  Between 7:30 & 8:30 and between 16:30 & 17:30
 >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on May 09, 2013, 08:59:00 pm
Good news: Last day at work for a fortnight. Off touring tomorrow.

Bad news: My Infinity broadband is dead. DSL light flashing constantly on the modem. Helpful Santosh confirms a fault and raises a ticket. When can you be at home if we need to send an engineer out.....? .err in 2 weeks.....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on May 09, 2013, 09:28:01 pm
GN:  It only rained twice in Brum today.

BN:  Between 7:30 & 8:30 and between 16:30 & 17:30
 >:(

There was a real bastard of what would nominally be a headwind on your way home, too.  (DAHIKT).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on May 09, 2013, 10:10:19 pm
Bad news: The Giro highlights are on after my bedtime on Eurosport. I can't get previous days programmes out of the online service.
Good news: BT Infinity with TV has Eurosport and can be had at perpetual towers (or so I'm led to believe - it does seem to be a mix of freeview and down the fibre).
Bad news: BT is experiencing unprecedented demand and are failing to process my order.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Littlesox on May 11, 2013, 03:13:26 pm
Good news - The Coalition is under threat and the Conservatives are getting jittery because of the rise of another party that has stolen 25% vote share.

Bad news - It's UKIP

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Chris S on May 13, 2013, 07:18:49 pm
Good News: We get to use CEXy the Volvo for another year!

Bad News: It cost £698.86p for the privilege.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on May 13, 2013, 10:21:54 pm
Good news:  we have plenty of Japanese anti-inflammatory patches.
Bad news: I need them.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fboab on May 14, 2013, 10:07:29 am
Good News: Child Benefit has gone up!
Bad News: So has everything else.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: davelodwig on May 14, 2013, 05:57:40 pm
Good News - The Brompton is back from the bike shop with a near rear triangle, bottom bracket and fixed brakes.
Bad News - I could have probably bought a bike for what it cost.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: JonBuoy on May 14, 2013, 07:38:04 pm
Good news:  I was pretty pleased with the result of my first ever attempt at handlebar taping.

Bad news:  4 miles and half a commute later I came off the bike and scuffed it up.  The skinned knee will fix itself but not the tape  >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on May 14, 2013, 10:03:28 pm
GN: My hip hurts less than it did yesterday.
BN: It still hurts.

GN: When I grazed my anke yesterday I didn't even notice.
BN: I notice it now, whenever anything rubs against it.

GN: TRL has asked me to do another cycle farcility trial - for money, as always.
BN: It's this Friday, & I have some fear that my hip will still be painful.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 19, 2013, 06:50:15 pm
BN -I'm getting the cold (again!) and I've got to do planes all day tomorrow. Cue explosive sinus pain ;(
GN - at least it waited til I'd been out for a ride today before manifesting itself.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 19, 2013, 08:01:03 pm
GN: it is my birthday tomorrow and there are three separate cakes in the house already (chocolate beetroot, Vicky Sponge, Mars Bar rice krispy cake).
BN: I have caught a horrid lurgy from my dad and I'm feeling weak, wheezy and bleurgh. And cake isn't recommended for such ailments.  :'(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 19, 2013, 08:18:20 pm
Starve a fever, feed a cold.
Define your ailment as 'a cold' and

ENJOY YOUR CAKE!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on May 19, 2013, 08:24:05 pm
Helly? Will you be my doctor for life :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 19, 2013, 08:28:59 pm
I am afraid I've retired and do not have a Licence to Practise.  :( ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on May 19, 2013, 08:31:39 pm
With advice like that I'm sure that you will have a whole forum full worth of clients :-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 19, 2013, 08:43:05 pm
*waits in line for cake prescription from Helly*
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PAC on May 19, 2013, 09:08:52 pm
Good news...my Dad's triple heart bypass has gone well, he's now out of ICU and enjoying the drugs :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on May 20, 2013, 10:28:12 am
BN: there's a 'bake-off' taking place in the office today and I'm working from home.

GN: there's a 'bake-off' taking place in the office today and I'm working from home.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 21, 2013, 06:46:39 pm
GN: I rode up Nine Tree Hill today just for fun.
BN: I rode up Nine Tree Hill today just for fun.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 21, 2013, 07:00:01 pm
And there's more!
BN: I won't be able to go camping on the first weekend of June.
GN: This is so that Mrs Cudzo can do a Very Important and Useful Training - and then train others!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on May 22, 2013, 11:14:13 am
BN : Peli's bug has become rather nasty - pain, aches all over, hot cold then cold hot, no sleep, fever running amok. Doctor visit ordered since we can't get her out of bed.
FN : since it is more fun news than good news : I had a sleepness night with fever induced chats with Peli - boy does fever bugs make up some well funny stories. If only one could write down what went onu inside her head last night.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on May 22, 2013, 11:24:50 am
boy does fever bugs make up some well funny stories. If only one could write down what went onu inside her head last night.

Ask barakta about the crocodile and the leg letter some time...   :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 22, 2013, 03:22:46 pm
BN: I'm pretty sure I have an early-stage Basel cell carcinoma on my forehead

GN: I'm seeing the doc at the end of the month anyway and it will be easy to cut off 'cause it's not covered by hair.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 22, 2013, 07:11:11 pm
Hurrah!  I have booked my flight & car for September's excursion to USAnia.
Bah! It looks like the car will end up as a totally shite Chrysler 200 again.  Bang goes my right ankle.  Only about a 7000 mile round tripp.  Fucksticks >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on May 22, 2013, 09:43:16 pm
Good news: a nice sunny day, cycling, eating real Cornish pasties and a pleasant beer.

Bad news: bending down while erecting my tent, my Endura Humvees split right up the arse seam.  :-(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on May 22, 2013, 09:50:23 pm
too many pasties?
 ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on May 23, 2013, 10:00:09 pm
Good news: a nice sunny day, cycling, eating real Cornish pasties and a pleasant beer.

Bad news: bending down while erecting my tent, my Endura Humvees split right up the arse seam.  :-(

Sounds like good living to me.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 31, 2013, 01:37:41 pm
GN: MsCharly is back for summer!

BN: She's intending to head off for 2 weeks cycle-touring with her FWHTBAB

GN: She wants to go cycle touring for a week with me

BN: She's intending to go to spain for a while with FWHTBAB (schoolfriend has offered use of a house over there).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 31, 2013, 08:18:22 pm
BN: For 9 days, Mrs Cudzo made me buy "the shitty Sun" - without looking at page 3 of course, because "it's degrading to women" - (both phrases hers) because there was a competition to win tickets to Legoland. So I had to find places where I could be sure nobody I know would see me!
 8) <That's me, incognito and feeling slightly dirty.

GN: She won! (Despite - or because of? - ticking the box to say she never buys it normally.)

BN: Only two tickets and there are three of us.

GN: I've already promised to marshall on Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride that day, anyway.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Littlesox on June 01, 2013, 08:49:19 am
Good News : - I rode 74 miles yesterday, which included an ascent of the Long Mynd from Rattlinghope

Bad News : - The descent of the Burway into Church Stretton was a life-threatening experience which cooked the brakes on my Giant
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: simonp on June 06, 2013, 04:41:05 pm
Good: played 5-a-side. Knees fine. Astroturf ftw.

Bad: had a shoulder-nose interface, nosebleed, think slightly cracked cartilage. Nose started bleeding again just now. Arse.

Good: scored 4 goals, was on winning side.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Littlesox on June 15, 2013, 07:58:01 pm
Bad News - my obnoxious boss returns from 2 weeks in Turkey on Monday

Good News - I've just started 2 weeks leave !

Hussah !

No ""Spade is a spade" Yorkshirisms for a month.

(But I,m sure there will be trouble`t mill on July 1st)


Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on June 21, 2013, 11:15:09 pm
BN:  Due to our complete inability to match four diaries this year, my Sunday 7th July was planned thus:
Drive from camp site in Great Langdale to Bournville -drop off #1 son. - 171 miles
Drive from Bournville to Carmarthen - drop off #2 son (in time for work shift) - 164 miles
Drive from Carmarthen to Waunifor, Maesycrugiau - 15 miles - Load dog  ::-) and bike (I'm doing the annual ride home to Wales next week, so the B'ham tourer will be down there)
Drive from Waunifor to Bournville - 161 miles.
<ride to Country Girl and back - 2.5 miles  ;D>

Wasn't looking forward to over 500 miles in one day.  (Funny - 'cos I've driven >800 mile journeys in USAiania on several occasions without feeling tired (probably 'cos they didn't involve the A40 or dogs)

GN:  Mrs B has booked an earlier day off work and the boys get possession of the car one day earlier.
Great Langdale have responded positively to my e-mail request to move our two night booking forward by one day.

I'd better buy one of those hats that old people wear when they're driving slowly.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 22, 2013, 03:33:09 pm
My flat is absolutely filthy and after about a month of meaning to but not, I finally mustered the mojo to get the vacuum cleaner out and at least make a start and then one of the wheels fell off it and won't stay back on.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 22, 2013, 06:31:10 pm
Good - it stayed dry for long enough for me to go for a walk at the local nature reserve while Pingu audaxes.
Bad - the alleged 4.5km route I reckon was more like twice that, it took me 2 hours, I thought I was lost at one point, the path was overgrown with spiky gorse and nettles (ow) and I didn't see a single otter, seal, pine marten or sqrl. Not a bloody sausage.
My feet are fucking killing me.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on June 22, 2013, 10:44:09 pm
Good - it stayed dry for long enough for me to go for a walk at the local nature reserve while Pingu audaxes.
Bad - the alleged 4.5km route I reckon was more like twice that, it took me 2 hours, I thought I was lost at one point, the path was overgrown with spiky gorse and nettles (ow) and I didn't see a single otter, seal, pine marten or sqrl. Not a bloody sausage.
My feet are fucking killing me.

I expect the pine martens ate the sausage. Perhaps the others were just on holiday...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Regulator on June 23, 2013, 02:01:15 pm
I really shouldn't be allowed out on my own...

Good News:  Went over to Decathlon to have a look at a new sleeping mat.  They didn't have the one I wanted so that saved me some money.   :thumbsup:

Bad News:  I came out with a new bike  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on June 23, 2013, 03:36:38 pm
GN: Eldest daughter has been learnign to ride horses. She is managing very well.
BN: She enjoys it.
GN: She is old enough to pay for her own hobbies now from her paper round.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on June 23, 2013, 03:45:59 pm
GN: Took the Green Machine out for its first spin for quite a while today, which involved meeting people (something I'm not really that good at) and discovering the most excellent cafe in Rowntree Park. It occurred to me that despite having lived in York for nearly 20 years this is the first time I've had a good nose around the park. It's really rather nice.
BN: The brakes are howling like nobody's business, and no amount of fettling seems to have cured it (ie. sanding the pads, cleaning the rotors with isopropyl alcohol, aligning the calipers etc.)
GN: Seem that Avid G2CS rotors are notoriously noisy - looks like the 160mm rotors I mistakenly ordered last week might not need to be sent back after all.
BN-ish: By going down this route I'll still have to fork out for a pair of 180mm rotors for n+1, and probably some sintered pads for the rest of the disc-braked fleet.

Definitely BN: had to bail out of today's ride after a most excellent Sunday lunch - everyone else was off down to Riccall whilst I had to return home to do Proper Work :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on June 24, 2013, 09:20:24 am
BN: the car's MOT expired yonks ago and Ms AWL has been driving round in it blissfully unaware. I only found out when I tried to tax it.

GN: We've got away with it, so far, and the local garage got us booked in this morning at short notice.

Edit: It passed. The garage charged a few quid to align the lights and top up some fluids. Not unreasonable.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on June 24, 2013, 09:41:47 am
GN: Built my first wheel :D
BN: When I finished the clock said 3:20am - oops

BN: I overslept and got to work 30 mins late - :-\
GN: None of the rest of my team are in the office today so it looks like I got away with it :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on June 24, 2013, 11:15:38 am
BN

- On Friday, some ****** nicked the four packets of reduced (down to 25p)  rhubard from my trolley in Waitrose.  I'd scanned them and hadn't noticed, so I ended up paying for them.  >:( >:( >:( >:(

GN

- I still got the money off offer so still made a profit of 25p on not having each one  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on June 24, 2013, 11:38:42 am
BN: On the drive down to work today, I stopped for diesel and got a hot drink.  They had no decaff coffee so I had to have normal.  I now feel really sick.

GN: I is re-inforcing what a bad effect caffiene has on my body.

Footnote: Don't worry about THoFC, I will serve up full strength coffee, just not partake myself (apart from maybe for nigth rides when the wake up effect is needed!)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Deano on June 25, 2013, 08:49:31 pm
I have three tickets for the first day of the Ashes Test at Chester le Street! There were only five left when I booked them...

But, they cost me £182. And one of them is a concession.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on June 26, 2013, 10:28:25 am
Bad News: The trains were buggered about.  A last minute platform switch at Sutton meant that I got the train the 'wrong' way round the loop.  The same thing meant I was not in one of the carriages which I could alight from at my preferred station, and the train got held up for ages before I could finally get off at Blackfriars and walk to work.

Good News: Passing through Guys, I saw a chap with a Harris Hawk.  I asked him if I could take a photo, and he said he had to keep moving to keep the bird working.  I moved with him and got a decent photo as we were walking together.  Beautiful bird, but I'm awful glad it didn't flap when I was nearby.  I could do without an asthma attack right now.

So late to work because of stupid beggaring around, but a happy chance meeting.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on June 26, 2013, 10:34:58 am
Good news 1: made it up the climb from Walmgate Stray to the top of University Road on a 70" gear with panniers full of crap and didn't feel like coughing up a lung at the top. Won't win any speed records, but clearly I am getting fitter. This is a Good Thing.

Good news 2: the TrailMonsterTM's rear wheel is now done. Dingle-speed off-roader FTW ;)

Good news 3: my suspicions regarding n+1's frame geometry were correct - it has, for practical purposes, the same vital statistics as the Green Machine. This means that the GM's framebag fits and I've saved myself £85 in the process.

Bad news: The £85 thus saved will invariably be spent on bike bits rather than going into the savings account.

Easy come, easy go ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on June 29, 2013, 01:56:07 pm
BN: i ache all over.
 
GN: Actually, there are one or two places where my body doesn't ache.
 
BN:  That's because they've gone numb.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 03, 2013, 03:08:41 pm
Good news: I have a bag full of biscuits on my desk

Bad News: Ditto
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on July 03, 2013, 03:14:55 pm
Good news: I have a bag full of biscuits on my desk

Bad News: Ditto

Hmm...  My team has no biscuits.  My previous team, located about 20ft away, used to always have a tin of biscuits.  They have none.

Jeder nach seinen Fähigkeiten, jedem nach seinen Bedürfnissen?  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 03, 2013, 03:16:05 pm
Here, have a custard cream, comrade!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: eck on July 03, 2013, 06:26:53 pm
Bad News: when I got home from today's run, I noticed that my gilet, which I'd strapped under my saddle, had vanished.  :facepalm:
I set off in the car to retrace my route, more in hope than expectation, to see if I could find it...

Good news: there it was, only 16 miles from home:  here (http://goo.gl/maps/PK1D4). The young lad who lived in the cottage had spied it lying in the road and had hung it up on the fence.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on July 03, 2013, 06:33:49 pm
Good news: it appears that Revelate Designs now have a UK distributor, meaning that I can now get myself one of their Viscacha seatpacks without having to flog a kidney to cover VAT, import duty and the sucks-to-be-you-'cos-you-don't-live-in-the-US tax.

Bad news: it appears that Revelate Designs now have a UK distributor, meaning that I can now get myself one of their Viscacha seatpacks without having to flog a kidney to cover VAT, import duty and the sucks-to-be-you-'cos-you-don't-live-in-the-US tax.

Easy come, easy go (again)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on July 03, 2013, 10:12:24 pm
Good news: it appears that Revelate Designs now have a UK distributor, meaning that I can now get myself one of their Viscacha seatpacks without having to flog a kidney to cover VAT, import duty and the sucks-to-be-you-'cos-you-don't-live-in-the-US tax.

Bad news: it appears that Revelate Designs now have a UK distributor, meaning that I can now get myself one of their Viscacha seatpacks without having to flog a kidney to cover VAT, import duty and the sucks-to-be-you-'cos-you-don't-live-in-the-US tax.

Easy come, easy go (again)

Who's the distributor?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fboab on July 04, 2013, 08:09:02 am
Good news: I have a bag full of biscuits on my desk

Bad News: Ditto
In a similar vein
Bad News: my train is canceled
Good News: there is a sandwich shop in the village that sells bacon rolls.

Or vice versa. /belch.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on July 08, 2013, 09:47:10 pm
GN: This alcohol beer is pretty tasty and I don't have to worry about getting a hangover on a work night.

BN: Given that lack of need to restrain myself I'm drinking far more and whilst there's no alcohol health worries it is an awful lot of empty calories going down very easily.

ETA: It may not be as bad as I feared - Becks Blue compared to standard Becks is half the calories @ 52kcal per bottle. And I'd normally be on proper ale which I would expect to be even more calorific.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 12, 2013, 11:28:07 am
GN: Rondonneur Pro tyres turned up, look to be decent

BN: I need to spend lunchtime reading a manual so can't install them on bike.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on July 12, 2013, 11:32:07 am
Good news: it appears that Revelate Designs now have a UK distributor, meaning that I can now get myself one of their Viscacha seatpacks without having to flog a kidney to cover VAT, import duty and the sucks-to-be-you-'cos-you-don't-live-in-the-US tax.

Bad news: it appears that Revelate Designs now have a UK distributor, meaning that I can now get myself one of their Viscacha seatpacks without having to flog a kidney to cover VAT, import duty and the sucks-to-be-you-'cos-you-don't-live-in-the-US tax.

Easy come, easy go (again)

Who's the distributor?
http://www.backcountrybiking.co.uk/

Don't get your hopes up though - pretty much everything is out-of-stock, although they are allowing back-orders on some stuff. Lead times appear suitably ludicrous.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Arch on July 14, 2013, 10:05:57 pm
GN: we had a nice day out in Southport. Temperature was just right, with a cooling sea breeze, and sun. I wore shorts and sandals.

BN: I now have very red legs and patchwork feet.  Should have remembered sun cream!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on July 15, 2013, 04:55:20 pm
BN: Buckled rail causing travel chaos at London Waterloo.

GN: Am on bike so no delays picking up MiniGB from nursery. Almost decided on getting the train this morning due to apathy.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on July 17, 2013, 11:28:28 am
BN: The coffee machine is BROKEN!!!

GN: It's the one at work, not mine at home, phew!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on July 17, 2013, 11:42:31 am
GN: we had a nice day out in Southport. Temperature was just right, with a cooling sea breeze, and sun. I wore shorts and sandals.

BN: I now have very red legs and patchwork feet.  Should have remembered sun cream!
I have patchwork feet. But I don't care.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on July 17, 2013, 11:58:59 am
BN: The coffee machine is BROKEN!!!

GN: It's the one at work, not mine at home, phew!

Thought you had given up the stuff. ???
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on July 17, 2013, 12:03:34 pm
I only drink decaff now.

There are other coffee machines at work, but they, for some reason despite using the same beans and water, turn out bilge...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on July 17, 2013, 03:38:11 pm
Bad news : A team meeting & my quarterly performance review in one day.

Good news: I got a VG mark when I was expecting to be marked down because I hadn't submitted my Personal Development Plan*.

*WTF is the point of this document if there is no training budget and we are too busy to read the scant documentation we've already got ?  I should be writing documentation showing how the jobs done but just haven't got time  >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on July 17, 2013, 03:40:47 pm
*WTF is the point of this document if there is no training budget and we are too busy to read the scant documentation we've already got ?  I should be writing documentation showing how the jobs done but just haven't got time  >:(

Because one of the criteria your boss (or your bosses boss) has his quarterly performance review based upon is the %-age of employees that have submitted their Personal Development Plan.

Optionally you can enter items such as "Invent Time Machine" and "Spend less time with wife and children" in your Plan to highlight the lunacy of such things.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on July 19, 2013, 09:08:48 am
BN: Yesterday morning, it became obvious that our old fridge, which had been behaving erratically for a while, had finally given up the ghost during the night. The freezer compartment was sort of working (but not well), but the fridge section was totally dead.

So I did some looking around during the day, & when Mrs B got home from work, showed her my choices. OK by her, so at ca 6.45 PM, I ordered one.

GN. It's sitting in the kitchen, unpacked, levelled, being left to settle for a while before I switch it on. Delivered just before 8am. Automated call at 7 am to say it would be delivered before 11, then a call from the delivery crew at 7.25 to say they'd be with me within half an hour - and they were.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on July 19, 2013, 09:10:47 am
That's impressive Bledlow.
Do wish to name names wrt such good customer service?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on July 19, 2013, 09:25:49 am
Boots kitchen appliances.

With all charges (next day delivery, taking away dead fridge) slightly more expensive than some others (e.g. £13 more than appliancesonline.co.uk*, though possession of a Boots loyalty card reduces that by several quid), but I'm very happy.


*Lower basic price cancelled out by delivery charge & a higher price for next day delivery.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on July 20, 2013, 10:21:59 pm
Bad news: the mechanism that opens the shower room door failed on me today, while I was in there (handle was moving, catch was not).
Good news: Mrs Dan was in the house and able to pass screwdriver and then hammer through the window. A sharp tap near the catch worked where a good shove hadn't.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on August 01, 2013, 01:31:23 am
GN: It being Ramadan, a number of my local fast-food emporia are open late during the week.

BN: It being Ramadan, a number of my local fast-food emporia are open late during the week.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on August 05, 2013, 01:21:05 pm
BN: When I wanted to fettle a thing on my new milling machine[1] I got too greedy and tried to cut to much. A horrible mess to sort out.
GN: I was only making a jig.  The thing turned out as expected.


[1] A milling machine is an old fashioned type of 3D printer which works backwards from a block of metal. Also cool when stepper motors are added.




Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 06, 2013, 04:56:27 pm
GN: I have spent the day wandering from cafe to cafe and in and out of camping shops, without doing a stroke of work all day.

BN: I have spent the day wandering from cafe to cafe and in and out of camping shops, without doing a stroke of work all day.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fboab on August 06, 2013, 06:17:21 pm
GN: I have found the mapsource CD

BN: I spent 20 minutes ranting at BT, Talk Talk & Royal Mail on the phone.

How are these connected?

Well, it was only because I had to find an envelope to send the non-redirected letters that RM charged me £1.50 a time for, to re-direction HQ (despite the re-direction lasting till November, hence the rant on the phone), that I finally looked in the box of things that really belong in the desk/filing cabinet and haven't been put away, that I came across it.

Result :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on August 09, 2013, 09:58:23 am
GN: New dishwasher fitted.

BN: They rang at 6.37am to tell us they were coming at 7am. (Fair enough, I did have a 7am-9am delivery/installation slot). But 6.37am. Hangover too. Ugh.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 09, 2013, 11:01:15 am
BN: I just raised my blood pressure by several notches ranting on the phone to a poor Barclays customer complaints woman (about a long-standing, hugely irritating complaint - yes, I would like to tell them to flip off, but I don't currently have a regular income and therefore can't open another account!).

GN: I was awarded £62 in compensation. Better than a paper cut.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on August 10, 2013, 05:35:50 pm
My uncle once got the bank to behave by offering to take his overdraft elsewhere. I forget whether he had a regular income.

Good news: MIL is looking after the kids tonight so Mrs Dan and I can go out.
Bad news: Miss Dans Younger and Older will be off with MIL to Corby for the week. They house always feels empty without them.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Littlesox on August 11, 2013, 12:14:08 pm
GN - The cheeky bid I placed on e-bay for that frame was the winning bid !

BN - I now have to explain to Mrs Sox that I have just bought (yet another) bike frame, and need some cash

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on August 14, 2013, 06:28:47 pm
BN - I've really not kept the B'ham garden under any sort of control for two years.

GM- I've just picked over a litre of big fat blackberries.  With signs of lots more coming on.

I guess that even though I've not done much for years, the soil quality in your average garden is probably much more superior to that where blackberries grow in the wild.

*makes note to pick up a bramley on the way home tomorrow.*
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 16, 2013, 10:44:22 am
GN: We've had our carpets cleaned. At the landlord's expense.
BN: They are wet and the unpleasant aroma of cleaning fluid (it's not just ordinary carpet shampoo) lingers throughout the house. Apparently it will take 6 to 8 hours to dry in this weather. And it shows how dirty other areas are.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on August 16, 2013, 10:56:53 am
GN: I am going to Germany, again, at work's expense.

BN: Looks like I will either have to Stansted to get a morning flight, or not get to Germany until 13:30.

Extra BN: I will have to be there for a week :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on August 16, 2013, 11:10:24 am
Lucky you, going to Germany.

Enjoy the cake!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on August 16, 2013, 12:01:51 pm
GN: mega chilli harvest from the office plants - all the sunshine means that even the humble Apache chillis have been catapulted into the 'bastard hot' category, and the habaneros are practically incendiary  :thumbsup:

BN: The Bhut Jolokia is steadfastly refusing to bear any fruit, and the chances of getting anything off it this year are getting smaller by the day ... depending on your point of view (and capsaicin tolerance) this could also be GN.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 17, 2013, 04:20:40 pm
GN: The other inhabitants of Cudzo Towers went out and bought some cherries.

BN: The first thing I knew of this was a bowl full of pips and stalks.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on August 21, 2013, 03:16:32 pm
BN: My arsehole of a next door neighbour (moving away in 2 weeks) eavesdropped on my conversation with another neighbour where I mooted the idea of hanging out bunting and flags and was a little bit enraged

GN: I'm lying about the bad ...it's ALL good  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on August 26, 2013, 04:53:14 pm
Good news - found a piece of chewing gum at the bottom of my handbag!

Bad news - Juicy Fruit
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on September 02, 2013, 07:27:42 pm
BN:  Visitation

GN: Front wheel
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on September 02, 2013, 07:36:14 pm
Good news: work have finally replaced my laptop.

Bad news: it's the size of a paving slab and twice as heavy
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on September 05, 2013, 08:53:46 am
Good news!!! The removals lorry has arrived to take our arseholes of neighbours away, yayyyyy!!!!!

Bad News.... Miss Ham is insisting I turn the volume down on my playlist: Oh Happy Day, They're coming to take me away, Leaving on a Jetplane, Time of your life (good riddance) etc etc Booooo
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on September 05, 2013, 09:54:16 am
Good news!!! The removals lorry has arrived to take our arseholes of neighbours away, yayyyyy!!!!!

Bad News.... Miss Ham is insisting I turn the volume down on my playlist: Oh Happy Day, They're coming to take me away, Leaving on a Jetplane, Time of your life (good riddance) etc etc Booooo

I wish I had had my phone on mute when I read that. Inappropriate laughing in the middle of a serious conference call. :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Marco Stefano on September 05, 2013, 08:50:06 pm
Good news: I get two days in lieu for having to work two days over the last bank holiday weekend, plus a bank hol payment (whatever that is).

Bad news: I will have to wait a year for another Mildenhall Rally...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on September 05, 2013, 10:20:58 pm
GN: My automagically renewing motorbike insurance is cheaper than all my new quotes (albeit only using one comparision site rather than the whole gamut).

BN: They have neglected to note a card number on the renewal form so I'm going to have to phone them to see if they are going to try and use an expired card.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on September 08, 2013, 09:21:44 am
Good news - I've got the next 2 weeks off to go touring  :thumbsup:

Bad news - I've just woken up with a stiff left shoulder and a case of the sniffles...  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: DrMekon on September 13, 2013, 08:04:34 am
Good news: new bike arrives today; projected weight of 7.8kg, even with 25mm tyres and a cushy seatpost
Bad news: day from hell at work; no time to pick it up.

Pictures coming if I manage to sneak in before kids bike coaching tonight. Should look something like this

(http://www.riderschoice.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/IMG_08241-300x225.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on September 13, 2013, 08:29:29 am
Does it come as standard with a magic levitating rear wheel, or is that an optional extra? :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on September 13, 2013, 08:51:27 am
7.8 Kilos including the kickstand? Most impressive :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 14, 2013, 11:11:11 pm
BN: our kettle made a loud noise yesterday and caused the trip switch to do what it's designed to do.

GN: the kettle still seems to work. I'm wondering if some water made a short circuit in the plinth. However, I am also quite wary of it and every time it finishes boiling we are switching it off at the wall.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on September 22, 2013, 12:09:31 pm
Good News:  My new hifi speakers (Spendor A6R) and power ampifiers (2 x AudioLab 8200M) were collected from the shop a week before I expected them on Saturday.
Bad News: I bought the cables at the same time on Thursday, then I left them on the train. Thats £50 quid lost.
 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: peliroja on September 22, 2013, 02:12:34 pm
GN: it's my sister's wedding next Saturday.
BN: see above. (I have to organise An Outfit. I've spent the past two years being scruffy. This is a huge challenge.)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on September 24, 2013, 11:23:57 am
GN: it's my sister's wedding next Saturday.
BN: see above. (I have to organise An Outfit. I've spent the past two years being scruffy. This is a huge challenge.)

You would make a potatoe sack look like the bees knees ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on September 24, 2013, 11:55:04 am
Good news: had an email from Back Country Biking last night saying that their back order of Revelate Designs luggage has arrived (after  it had what they describe as 'a month's holiday in Canada' thanks to customs) - I'm getting my replacement Viscacha seatpack at last  :thumbsup:

Good news 2: I'm apparently getting 'double Haribo' as a  thank-you for being patient ;D

Bad news: They now have stocks of very expensive, but beautifully made bikepacking luggage  :-\ (Alpkit are doing similar luggage for less money, but the Revelate gear is, y'know, available now and even if it does go out of stock they'll probably be available again before Alpkit get their act together)

Bad news 2: Apropos of Alpkit, they're now doing their frame bags in orange. Bastards! ;D Why bad news? I don't need another frame bag ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on September 24, 2013, 02:57:57 pm
And there's more:

Good News: Picked up my Mk2 Nexus 7 earlier on - the higher-res screen is truly a thing of beauty, it was just as easy to root as the Mk1 and is now free of Chocolate Factory shovelware. The Kindle app in particular looks absolutely fantastic.

Bad News: the various location aware Android apps I've written don't play nice with the screen on the Mk2, meaning that I'm going to have to get my head into Java-space again :( (and I f'cking hate Java)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 27, 2013, 09:17:20 am
GN: I have a bicycle jaunt planned for today.
BN: I have to stay at home to look after my ill son.
WN: We'll probably all get what he's got.
GN: I really need to catch up on some work anyway.
BN: I'll probably waste a lot of time posting stuff here instead.
GN: I'll probably waste a lot of time posting stuff here instead.
BN: I'm also far, far behind on my cycling target (see ticker).
BN: I'll be busy most of the weekend too.
GN: There's always Monday.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on September 28, 2013, 12:56:13 am
BN:  It's almost 1 in the morning, I need chocolate and have none.

GN:  I've found an old mostly full bottle of whisky. (Behind the beans, of course)

BN:  It's Famous Grouse. (prolly provided by Grandma Basil last Crimble)

GN:  I'm not proud.  I've nicked the boy's bottle of coke out of the fridge and I'll render the stuff drinkable.

BN:  I've still not got any chocolate.  -   And I'm in Bournville fer crissake!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on October 03, 2013, 02:01:39 pm
Bad news: We lost the spare key for my wife's car :(

Worse news: A replacement is £200!

Good news: We've now found the key :) In her coat pocket :facepalm:

Bad news: It's too late to cancel the replacement

Good news: The garage has just called to say in this case they can cancel :thu,bsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on October 03, 2013, 03:36:42 pm
Good news: Clean cooker

Bad news: Clean lungs
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on October 03, 2013, 03:38:34 pm
Good news: Clean cooker

Bad news: Clean lungs

Blimey Kim.

You do know you can GAMI for that, don't you?

OVENU are the people I used before we moved.  Life is just too short.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jsabine on October 03, 2013, 04:01:08 pm
OVENU are the people I used before we moved.  Life is just too short.

Were they any good? I don't actually mind the clean lungs feeling too much, but I do object to spending effing ages cleaning the oven and then feeling it's barely made any difference, despite leaving nasty chemicals on it for ages.

Maybe I should just try to cook more tidily ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on October 03, 2013, 04:03:57 pm
Oh, life's too short to clean the oven.  The lamp in there blew a while ago, so it doesn't actually matter how clean it isn't.  The hob and associated lid were in a right state, though.

I've discovered that degreaser is far better at cleaning cookers than cooker cleaning products, though equally asthma-inducing.  Beats scrubbing with detergent, though.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 03, 2013, 04:43:28 pm
Lid? I remember having a cooker with a lid on the hob. Could never see the point of it. What is the point?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on October 03, 2013, 04:51:22 pm
Lid? I remember having a cooker with a lid on the hob. Could never see the point of it. What is the point?

When down, it doubles the amount of available surface space in our kitchen.  As a bonus, you can use it to hide the state of the hob.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on October 03, 2013, 04:52:22 pm
Lid? I remember having a cooker with a lid on the hob. Could never see the point of it. What is the point?

With thr lid down it gives you some more worktop space
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 03, 2013, 04:53:53 pm
BN: Little Miss AWL has outgrown her Islabike Beinn 20

GN: She can have her brother's Beinn 24

BN: That means AWL Jr needs a new bike

BN: That means his big sister will also need one

GN: I have found a buyer for the Beinn 20, I think

GN: LMAWL has tired of the Thorn tandem, so I can sell that too.

GN: Frog Bikes seem almost as good as Islabikes and are £100 cheaper, plus they come with mudguards. This might be a self-financing arrangement!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on October 03, 2013, 08:37:44 pm
OVENU are the people I used before we moved.  Life is just too short.

Were they any good?


Yes.  Very good.  They fixed the oven light because they had a few spares with them, and the stuff they dip your oveny bits in is less damaging that supermarket stuff, apparently.  A lot of it was done with a paint scraper. 

A special bonus for me, having had two husbands who never, ever cleaned the oven, was having a man on his hands and knees in front of me, with a pinny on, cleaning my oven. 

Gave me a proper 'little moment' that did, and I didn't have to pay extra for it.

That might just be me though.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 03, 2013, 08:45:41 pm
No, I'd pay for that :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ashaman42 on October 03, 2013, 09:20:20 pm
Our oven's that bad that I'd be embarressed to GAMI. As in we've been here four years and cleaned the oven exactly zero times. The shelves and trays get cleaned but the the oven itself? shudders.

It even has a self clean function but given that I've short circuited the timer out of the thing and it's general condition I think it would just self immolate if I tried that.

I think we've got to the stage of just buying a new oven when it comes to it.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on October 03, 2013, 09:32:32 pm
You would be very surprised just how good those oven cleaner folk really are.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 04, 2013, 03:47:40 pm
OVENU are the people I used before we moved.  Life is just too short.

Were they any good?


Yes.  Very good.  They fixed the oven light because they had a few spares with them, and the stuff they dip your oveny bits in is less damaging that supermarket stuff, apparently.  A lot of it was done with a paint scraper. 

A special bonus for me, having had two husbands who never, ever cleaned the oven, was having a man on his hands and knees in front of me, with a pinny on, cleaning my oven. 

Gave me a proper 'little moment' that did, and I didn't have to pay extra for it.

That might just be me though.
Was it the pinny that did it?

I am designated oven cleaner in this house. That has a lot to do with MrsC's arthritis.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on October 04, 2013, 03:55:02 pm
You should change your forum name to MrMuscle.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 04, 2013, 04:03:59 pm
Oven are the people I get in for cleaning of the oven. Life is far to short to be doing it yourself. They do a fantastic job and are worth every penny of what they charge.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on October 04, 2013, 04:54:31 pm
GN: I'm going camping
BN: It's with the Scouts
GN: Mine don't arrive until tomorrow
BN: I'll be chasing all over South Holland trying to find them

Actually my first cycle camping trip since 1980!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on October 07, 2013, 10:27:25 am
GN: I'm going camping
BN: It's with the Scouts
GN: Mine don't arrive until tomorrow
BN: I'll be chasing all over South Holland trying to find them

Actually my first cycle camping trip since 1980!
GN: All Scouts made their check points and completed the weekend.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 09, 2013, 10:42:42 am
Good news: the yellow bike now has a new home.
Bad news: the proceeds from the sale are effectively spent before I even get them :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 16, 2013, 01:11:04 pm
BN: One of my molars disintegrated over lunch
GN: The dentist will see me on Friday morning
GN: It may finally get to the bottom of why I've had chronic pain from that area for the last few months.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on October 16, 2013, 06:05:32 pm
GN: I've discovered there's another Randonneur that lives in Egremont
BN: The reason I know is because the Postman has delivered his renewal form to me along with my own ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 17, 2013, 07:25:04 am
GN: I am in Limburg, Germany for the week (back home tomorrow night)
BN: See Good News

GN: Oktoberfest starts tonight, in Limburg
BN: See Good News :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on October 17, 2013, 09:25:52 am
BN: The holster for my phone is bust, and therefore I dropped the phone containing section this morning between home and the office. So was somewhere on the rail network.  :facepalm:

GN: It was picked up at the station by a colleague at the work end of my commute (I knocked it off carrying my bike down from the platform to the underpass). He has handed it back after he saw other work names in the contact list and put the connection together. *wipes brow in releaved manner*  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on October 17, 2013, 02:15:28 pm
Bad news: The brainweasels have been giving me Those Dreams again. The really realistic ones I believe have really happened. The kind wherr you believe you've had a conversation. And then look like a complete berk because "What change in prescribing meds law? What are you talking about" Ideal with a completely new batch of colleagues. D'oh.


Good news: Going to the teatre with some old colleagues tonight. They all get it. And the play looks fab.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on October 17, 2013, 02:34:17 pm
I dream very vividly, and sometimes have to ask Butterfly to clarify what conversations have, or have not, taken place :-[
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on October 17, 2013, 09:57:47 pm
I dream very vividly, and sometimes have to ask Butterfly to clarify what conversations have, or have not, taken place :-[

I don't know whether it's medication-related or depression-related.   But it's most unhelpful.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on October 19, 2013, 10:51:27 am
Bad news:  Dropped my mountain bike on  my head.  Oweee ow.  Two person job really.

Good news:  My next door neighbour and her daughter came out to rescue me.  So the bike's on the roof of the car now, and we had a nice chat  :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 19, 2013, 11:13:37 am
Oh goodness. On your head?! Ouch.

Re meds, Woolly has been on something for two days now for his arms/hands/shoulder pain and is talking in his sleep for I think the first time since I've known him. He emits a sort of weird, "Oweyaweeyawee" noise several times in the night. Disturbing!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on October 19, 2013, 11:16:11 am
He's probably dreaming about mountain bikes landing on his head.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 19, 2013, 11:21:05 am
 ;D

Oh, you are a quick one, young Ruthie! Or as my surrogate granny Ethel used to say, in a thick Lancashire accent, about Woolly's jokes: "Funny faaace!"
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on October 24, 2013, 04:58:26 pm
Good News : On Sunday Morning Sunrise is 58 minutes later, according to the clock, than Saturday.
Bad News: Sunset is an hour and two minutes earlier.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 24, 2013, 05:01:26 pm
Why is later sunrise GN for you?  ???
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on October 24, 2013, 05:05:00 pm
It's easier to get up and leave the house in sunlight.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 24, 2013, 05:10:08 pm
Ok, so 58 mins later is 2 mins earlier. Clock change, I hate it! Even when I don't forget.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 24, 2013, 05:11:24 pm
Ok, so 58 mins later is 2 mins earlier. Clock change, I hate it! Even when I don't forget.
It's just dawned1 on me that the clocks change on Sunday. Bleh.

1 - Bazinga!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 24, 2013, 05:15:02 pm
Oh go on then, let's indulge our 80s crapping cravings. It is almost Haloween.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNgPYXJvqWM
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on October 24, 2013, 06:00:54 pm
BN:   Well, it's been one of those weeks already.

GN:   No commitments tomorrow so I'm down the pub tonight. 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Diver300 on October 29, 2013, 08:05:33 pm
BN: The water pump on my daughters car seized.

GN: The timing belt that drives it continued to keep the valves away from the pistons.

BN: I carried on driving it for nearly 100 miles, and had to keep stopping to let it cool down.

GN: The timing belt continued to keep the valves away from the pistons.

BN: The timing belt got so hot that the outside of the tensioner melted, and the timing belt was down to the cords on the outside.

GN: The timing belt continued to keep the valves away from the pistons.

BN: I had to change the timing belt, water pump and tensioner.

GN: While doing the work, I spotted and corrected the miss-timing of the injector pump that has been causing a fault code for years.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 30, 2013, 05:50:18 pm
BN: I've just spent half an hour trying to send an email. Bloody yahoo.

GN: Eventually I closed and reopened it in frustration, and it's gone back to its former, far more legible and altogether better, layout.

Mrs Cudzo told me she grinked them today about it (before I failed to send this email). I'd like to think it's all down to her.  :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on November 09, 2013, 12:45:08 am
GN: The electrified baraktacycle is perilously close to being road ready, pending the acquisition of appropriately long M3 screws and some final assembly of the wiring harness.

BN: In a moment of tiredness-induced stupidity I shorted the ground terminals of the DC:DC converter that powers the control logic and lighting supply, mit blowenfusen und spitzensparken.  I now have to wait a week or so for replacement magic smoke to be shipped from Germany.

This is actually very annoying.  I was hoping she'd be able to ride it this weekend.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on November 10, 2013, 04:31:33 pm
I hope you are applying for a patent otherwise a Chinese version will be out a week next thursday.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on November 19, 2013, 10:33:33 pm
GN: Working at home tomorrow, so no need to commute either by car or by bike.
BN: I've got an appointment with the dental hygienist at 9am and my annual retinopathy scan at 9.50 - because of the latter, the bulk of the morning will be a write-off on account of not being able to see properly  >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on November 29, 2013, 02:38:21 pm
GN: It's Friday, so in 54 minutes I shall be heading home

BN: Looking out of the window the A14 W is stacked up, and the A1 at J35 is closed (I can't see that far from my windows, trafficengland tells me that one).  Looks like I might be late getting home tonight :(

ExtraBN: TLD is ill, think she has caught the same bug that IZ has, for the second year in a row!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rogerzilla on November 30, 2013, 07:38:56 am
Rachel Riley has split with her husband.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on November 30, 2013, 09:09:09 pm
Bad News:  I just knocked someone's pint over.

Worse News:  It was mine.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on December 01, 2013, 08:41:51 am
GN: It's Friday, so in 54 minutes I shall be heading home

BN: Looking out of the window the A14 W is stacked up, and the A1 at J35 is closed (I can't see that far from my windows, trafficengland tells me that one).  Looks like I might be late getting home tonight :(

ExtraBN: TLD is ill, think she has caught the same bug that IZ has, for the second year in a row!

Update, took me 5.5 hours to get home. A14 backed up, A1 backed up north of Peterborough, due to 6 car smash thenA1 shut at Doncaster, so went via M18 and M1.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 01, 2013, 09:25:31 am
GN: I have sold my Islabike Beinn to a nice lady in Littlehampton at a price that should see both parties happy.
GN: That enables me to buy AWL Jr's xmas bike.
BN: Despite badgering, he insists on having a BMX bike.
GN: I got an extra £15 off

Rachel Riley has split with her husband.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: rogerzilla on December 01, 2013, 01:17:31 pm
This reminds me of the old joke where a man says to his wife, "Tell me something that will make me happy and sad at the same time."
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Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on December 04, 2013, 01:40:53 pm
BN: My computer is broken. Has been since Saturday.
GN: I'm in the office for the first time this week and now have a spare to use.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 04, 2013, 10:21:39 pm
Woo! Found something useful to do with my air miles - got a £100 Amazon voucher.

Just need to find something else useful to do with Nectar points...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on December 04, 2013, 11:36:25 pm
You can do that? Wanders off to check his Avios balance and whether it is feasible..
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 05, 2013, 12:31:15 pm
SAS miles
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on December 05, 2013, 12:59:46 pm
Ah. Don't have any of them.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 05, 2013, 01:21:09 pm
This morning I lost my mobile phone when walking the dog in the park.

On discovering its absence when I arrived home, I took my bike and retraced my route, telling the few dog walkers I met thAt I had lost it and asking them to keep their eye out for it. I didn't fin it nut asI arrived home Dez was striding out to meet one of the women I had met, who had found my phone and dialled my home number to let us know.

I think there is a fair chance that it might have been Rachel Riley.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on December 05, 2013, 02:35:38 pm
GN: I now have a shiny, new, ungunged Nexus 7  :thumbsup:
BN: Thanks to the slightly breezy conditions hereabouts my shed no longer has half its roof  >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 10, 2013, 10:58:15 am
GN
We have a new oven installed (on a set of shelves). A new, large fridge is arriving today. Xmas is saved!

BN

The washing machine broke last night.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on December 10, 2013, 11:10:21 am
BN - the central heating didn't work this morning.

GN - James thinks he can fix it.

BN - he is at work and won't be back until 4pm.

GN - I have lit the woodburner and it's warming the lounge beautifully. The dog is camped out on the chair beside it. We also have a full woodpile so no worries about chucking logs on it all day - we have enough for a year!

BN - I have now finished all the Christmas present wrapping that can be done in the warm lounge and need to get back to work in the slightly chilly study.

GN - a cup of tea ought to help with that!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 10, 2013, 02:35:13 pm
GN: I can still get up the Brow in my normal gear (I think it's 34x21).
BN: Despite looking like a hippopotamus, sounding like a jelly and feeling like blu tack.
GN: But also feeling pretty good just to be there, TBH.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on December 10, 2013, 02:57:44 pm
Where is the Brow?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 10, 2013, 03:20:18 pm
Just a little hill in Bristol. If I told you which one, it would be too embarrassing!  :-[
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on December 10, 2013, 05:22:29 pm
Cotham?  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 11, 2013, 07:49:19 pm
BN: The Christmas tree lights appear to be broken.  Only one colour of LED is working, out of four.  I'm going to bin them.
GN: I always thought they were really shitty naff lights anyway.  One less thing in the house that I didn't have a say in the choosing of  :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 11, 2013, 10:12:10 pm
:)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on December 11, 2013, 10:50:32 pm
I bet they didn't even have a Geiger counter, anyway...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 12, 2013, 08:23:04 am
I was musing the other day on what a Giger counter might look like, and what its function would be.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on December 12, 2013, 09:16:04 am
Good News: Neil Young and The National are playing in Hyde Park in July

Bad News: I've only got one thing planned for July, and it's the same day :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 12, 2013, 09:22:55 am
Ask Neil to reschedule.  I'm sure he wouldn't mind. ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 12, 2013, 11:47:48 am
BN: System crashed, had to do two restores, took 45 mins, all due to a bloody stupid Windows update.

GN: Didn't lose any data. And it gave me an opportunity to have a cup of tea and toast some crumpets, and have a go at fettling away the corrodeyness that was making my Smart rear light turn itself off and on.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on December 14, 2013, 12:43:16 pm
GN: n+1  :thumbsup:
BN: Won't get it until March :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fboab on December 17, 2013, 03:25:27 pm
GN: Don't need new specs
BN: I'm losing iris pigment, and that's probably what's causing the halos.

 :-\

GN: Early detection means better monitoring
more GN: Only 30% of PDS leads to pigmentary glaucoma
even more GN: even then it's quite responsive to treatment
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on December 17, 2013, 07:58:47 pm
Sorry to hear you are going though it Fb.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 17, 2013, 08:34:09 pm
Doesn't sound like a lot of fun.  Hope it resolves best as possible.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on December 18, 2013, 04:40:27 pm
GN: Day off today ...
BN: ... marred by the fact that I feel like shit and, as Sod's Law dictates, had loads of people coming round to do surveys, estimates and whatnot.
GN: It looks like I'll get my cavity wall insulation done for free  :thumbsup: Potentially another £350 towards the SBA fund  :)
BN: The LBS confirmed that n+1 won't arrive until March :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on December 20, 2013, 07:26:41 pm
BN: My pedal of choice has been discontinued  >:(
GN: It was the perfect excuse to buy a slightly higher spec model with baked soot body. Which the LBS had in stock  :thumbsup:
BN: I'm now torn as to whether or not to put aforementioned pedals on n+1 or the Tour Divide bike
GN: Carbon pedals, dammit!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on December 20, 2013, 07:43:18 pm
BN: the gig tonight is 8 o'clock doors, not 7 as I thought.

GN: it has meant I have managed to try some different beers. Good - titanic plum porter and Yorkshire sparkle. Bad- kirkstall smoked porter.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: spesh on December 21, 2013, 02:00:10 am
BN: Some unmentionable cad has left the pub with my coat.

GN: Fortunately, my salbutamol inhaler and wallet were in my jeans pockets.

BN: There was a pair of Berghaus gloves and a JCB beanie in the jacket pockets.
 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on January 06, 2014, 10:50:14 am
GN: Having had a chat with $BIG_BOSS this morning, I now have agreement in principle (subject to some decided non-onerous conditions) to take time off to do  the Tour Divide this year  :thumbsup:
BN: Now I'll have to try and stop the brainweasels from planting the inevitable seeds of doubt - the body's up for it, I have to make sure that the mind is too.  :o
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on January 06, 2014, 10:55:15 am
GN: Having had a chat with $BIG_BOSS this morning, I now have agreement in principle (subject to some decided non-onerous conditions) to take time off to do  the Tour Divide this year  :thumbsup:
BN: Now I'll have to try and stop the brainweasels from planting the inevitable seeds of doubt - the body's up for it, I have to make sure that the mind is too.  :o

Time off agreed is definitely good news.   :thumbsup:      Now stuff those weasels in a weighted sack and chuck them in the river.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: delthebike on January 10, 2014, 11:07:39 pm
good news: Tonight I was presented with a certificate for riding in a club ride.  :thumbsup:
bad news: My name was spelt wrongly and the distance is incorrect.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on January 11, 2014, 12:17:29 am
good news: Tonight I was presented with a certificate for riding in a club ride.  :thumbsup:
bad news: My name was spelt wrongly and the distance is incorrect.  :facepalm:

BTDT got the misengraved trophy.
CTC DATC women's trophy. Entered 10 events, paid using printed chequebook, filled in 10 forms in BLOCK CAPITALS.

My name was misspelt on the only significant sporting trophy I'd ever get...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fboab on January 11, 2014, 08:17:03 am
good news: Tonight I was presented with a certificate for riding in a club ride.  :thumbsup:
bad news: My name was spelt wrongly and the distance is incorrect.  :facepalm:


My name was misspelt on the only significant sporting trophy I'd ever get...
My name was on 2 AUK trophies last year, spelt correctly on one, and incorrectly on the other.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 11, 2014, 09:16:46 pm
GN: I have a new job. Not exactly my ideal career path, but the people seem fine.
BN: I walked miles in the course of said job - not in itself a bad thing, but I am rather out of condition, so I am aching.
GN: It's a pleasant 4-mile commute and there is a dry-weather route 95% off road and almost 50% on rural bridleways.
BN: The money isn't good, but seeing as my defunct company earned me bugger all in 18 months, the only way is up.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nikki on January 11, 2014, 11:18:45 pm
GN: I got a (rare) text from my Dad today.
BN: It took him being in hospital for 5 days to act as enough incentive for him to write it.

Oh well; let's hope I don't get another off him for a while...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on January 11, 2014, 11:23:04 pm
GN: I have a new job. Not exactly my ideal career path, but the people seem fine.
BN: I walked miles in the course of said job - not in itself a bad thing, but I am rather out of condition, so I am aching.
GN: It's a pleasant 4-mile commute and there is a dry-weather route 95% off road and almost 50% on rural bridleways.
BN: The money isn't good, but seeing as my defunct company earned me bugger all in 18 months, the only way is up.

Best of luck with the your direction AWoL.   Post regularly to let us know how you're doing.  Put your own stamp on your new career.      ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on January 11, 2014, 11:28:25 pm
GN: I got a (rare) text from my Dad today.
BN: It took him being in hospital for 5 days to act as enough incentive for him to write it.

"In hospital.  Send real food and reading materials.  Love, Dad." ?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on January 11, 2014, 11:51:22 pm
GN: I got a (rare) text from my Dad today.
BN: It took him being in hospital for 5 days to act as enough incentive for him to write it.

Oh well; let's hope I don't get another off him for a while...

Ouch! At least I got a text off my stepmum when my dad landed in hospital, but yes that seems to be the level of initiated contact I'm at.  Hope he's OK and doesn't need to be negatively incentivised to text you again soon!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 12, 2014, 09:41:43 am
 
AWoL
That's strange. I could've sworn those mudguards were intact...  :P
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nikki on January 12, 2014, 05:48:48 pm
Ouch! At least I got a text off my stepmum when my dad landed in hospital, but yes that seems to be the level of initiated contact I'm at.  Hope he's OK and doesn't need to be negatively incentivised to text you again soon!

He sent it once he got home, where he's now steadily regaining a normal colour after a run-in with some penicillin. Have been having daily updates from mum all week.

"In hospital.  Send real food and reading materials.  Love, Dad." ?

Heh! Yes, that would have been a sensible one to send. He was bored out of his brain, but apparently not enough to finally learn how to use his phone.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 14, 2014, 09:36:27 pm
BN: My daughter has gone to Young Voices at the NEC as a singer thinking she needed to take a ticket - my ticket, so I can't go.

GN: My daughter has gone to Young Voices at the NEC as a singer thinking she needed to take a ticket - my ticket, so I can't go.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on January 14, 2014, 09:43:16 pm
AWoL
That's strange. I could've sworn those mudguards were intact...  :P

Like your attendance record at the Long Itch camping weekend you mean?   :P
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 15, 2014, 08:12:09 am
I'll have you know I have been on several Long Itch camping weekends, usually a week before...

Now, how did those stays get to that angle :P
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on January 15, 2014, 08:35:44 am
Injudicious intervention.   

Perhaps you were folding them to post?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 15, 2014, 01:48:51 pm
G: youngerson is, as of this morning, Dr. Youngersonsubjecttominorcorrections.

B: youngerdaughter phoned to say that the teeth she knocked out when she fell off the bike I gave her for her 10th birthday are now wobbling madly and will have to be removed. This will require implants, which are not available on the NHS, and will cost circa £3000.

That's a tandem's worth of teeth. I reckon that's her 28th birthday present sorted out.

Edit: just spoken to youngerson. The corrections he has to do are to dissolve a chapter and put the bits in it into other chapters, so there were no problems with the argument or research, and make it slightly shorter. His panel told him "If there were a category between minor corrections and editorial corrections then we would have put it there."

Younger son commented to me "I'm surprised they thought it was that good."
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 15, 2014, 03:40:43 pm
Perhaps you were folding them to post?
What, and trust the Royal Mail...?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on January 16, 2014, 11:38:37 am
GN: I finally managed to gather enough tuits today to start clearing out my car, ready for repair.

BN: as part of this I took the spare wheel out.  The bump has bent the spare wheel well.  BUGGER!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on January 20, 2014, 11:49:37 am
BN:  The glass turntable from the microwave oven clung to a dish David lifted as he extracted dinner on Saturday, fell and smashed on the floor.
BN:  We could find no local stockists of spare microwave turntable plates so I placed an order with Amazon.

GN: This morning, I received an email stating my order would be delivered today.
GN:  My parcel was delivered at 10:40.

BN: This level of service is a nail in the coffin of local shops.
BN: I use the microwave at least twice per day on average. My disability means I am pretty dependant on its use. I feel a bit guilty about using Amazon nonetheless.


BN: David had problems installing a Cat Eye computer to his new bike and destroyed several black 2.5mm x 200mm cable ties in the process.
GN: There were excess long, narrow, black cable ties supplied with a H*lford's computer he possessed.
BN: There were very few long, narrow, black cable ties in my cable tie stock bag.
BN: Maplin have discontinued black 2.5mm x 200mm cable ties. Maplin have also closed the branch that was within half a mile of our abode.
?N: Amazon listed a pack of black 100 2.5 x 200mm cable ties for £1.90 including delivery.
BN: I placed another order with Amazon.

?N:  I see 'Customers who have bought said cable ties' seem also to buy cycle computers...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 20, 2014, 01:00:45 pm
I'm not at all sure that helping to kill Maplin should be a source of guilt - certainly not on a level with local shops. I too have bought cable ties from Amazon (no cycle computers though!). Mine were reusable ones which Maplin only pretend to stock anyway.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on January 20, 2014, 02:15:01 pm
As far as I am concerned, Maplin damaged our custom by closing the local branch.

GN: Amazon have emailed me to tell me the cable ties have been despatched.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on January 20, 2014, 06:36:54 pm
Maplin lost my custom by not stocking half the things I used to be able to buy from them.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on January 20, 2014, 11:52:36 pm
Is that good news? Is there a difference between despatched and dispatched where one means killed off and the other means sent on their way?

BN: the rails in the dishwasher keep falling off
GN: they can be temporarily[1] fettled with small cable ties
BN: That means temporarily. They keep falling off but not quite as easily.
GN: I finally found the parts
BN: How much?
GN: they arrived today
BN: bought the wrong number
GN: I have a spare :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 25, 2014, 10:21:56 am
GN: A couple of days ago, in Maidstone, a young female person whom I had not met before declared her love for me.

BN: This proclamation was made from the open window of a moving car and prefixed with the word "Santa".
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nikki on January 28, 2014, 10:05:27 pm
GN: Got my MA assignment finished.

BN: Had to get up at audax o'clock; drive 90 miles; prat around with software and printers and traipse all over campus to get it printed ready for handing in.

GN: Got it handed in in time

BN: Then had an email from tutor to all of the group saying "remember e-mail submission is preferable" when nothing of the sort had been even hinted at before.

GN: Back home now and have a bonus day off tomorrow because I opted not to overnight in Brizzle.

BN: In theory this should mean a lie-in, but my body never obliges.

GN: MY OWN DUVET (and no parrot!)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on January 31, 2014, 11:56:17 am
GN: Extra day off as someone's upset on of the site radiation monitors*
BN: I'm spending it waiting for someone from the water board to look at my blocked drains

GN: I got a letter today saying that I'm owed a refund on my student loan
BN: The letter is only about a small amount from last Financial year
GN: I have another £400 of this years that I should be able to claim back if I send evidence :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on January 31, 2014, 12:11:28 pm
GN:  Finally found enough time to complete my own income tax return.    :-\

GN+1:   I have overpaid.    :thumbsup:

BN:  The overpaid amount is not even enough to fund an n+1 Brooks B17.    :(

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 31, 2014, 11:43:38 pm
BN: My neighbour's lost her front door key.

GN: I was able to let her in using my key.

BN: Because I've been doing other things all day, I'm up working at half past eleven.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on February 01, 2014, 12:29:25 pm
BN: Back. Ouch! prevented me getting out on the bike today and I am moving slowly if at all.

GN: Letter in post. At least one Uni will take our daughter off our hands for the next four years pending appropriate grades (and it was her #2 choice, the one where my elder brother did his MSc on glasses that turn dark at the first sign of danger.)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 01, 2014, 03:40:05 pm
GN:  The SmallestCub didn't actually get his foot stuck in the edge of the escalator whilst travelling a couple of steps up from me and forgetting that you Never Ever prat about on escalators.

BN: In preventing him from doing so I managed to fall up the escalator.  Fortunately in a not too spectacular fashion but I now have a fairly splendid huge painful graze on my left shin that hurt enough to make talking difficult for about 5 minutes (which those who know me will appreciate is like half a lifetime) and my right knee is incredibly painful.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on February 01, 2014, 03:41:59 pm
Five whole minutes?  You should be in hospital.

TPIUWP by the way.

Hope it feels better soon lovely  :-*
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on February 01, 2014, 03:52:41 pm
Oww. Hope you feel better soon. :)

My childish side has to ask is the graze stripey like the escalator step?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 01, 2014, 03:56:56 pm
It was at first!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on February 02, 2014, 01:15:10 pm
GN:  Beautiful mild, sunny day.  Not too much wind.  Great day for a bike ride.

BN:  No mojo.  No courage.  No sense of direction.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 02, 2014, 02:45:38 pm
Good - 2 nights in my own bed and the kittehs are back today.
Bollox - I'm away again all next week :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 03, 2014, 11:56:12 am
GN: Hanananananah the astrononononomer and her partner came to stay with us for the weekend as part of an extended visit to the UK.

BN: H contracted some of the Piccadilly Line's finest lurgy on the way.

GN: I can now turn the heating down from "don't traumatise the South Africans".

BN: I think it may have to go up again soon, as I'm feeling increasingly grotty.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 03, 2014, 12:04:17 pm
GN:  Beautiful mild, sunny day.  Not too much wind.  Great day for a bike ride.

BN:  No mojo.  No courage.  No sense of direction.
This. In spades.

SAD and depression suck.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mattc on February 03, 2014, 07:31:32 pm
BN: Punctured, without any tools,money, phone, pump ... 3 miles from home.

GN: Short walk into village, first bloke I saw outside a house managed to find neglected repair kit and pump. Phew! AND he made me a nice cuppa.


Chap turned out to be an ex-Grenadier Guard - stood outside Buck Pal in a furry hat etc - which was a nice conversation to pass the time.

I can't remember the last time I've ridden that far without at least p*ture repair stuff. I was going to just spin round the estate, but thought I'd pop out to the next village ...  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 03, 2014, 07:44:27 pm
BN: Punctured, without any tools,money, phone, pump ... 3 miles from home.

GN: Short walk into village, first bloke I saw outside a house managed to find neglected repair kit and pump. Phew! AND he made me a nice cuppa.


Chap turned out to be an ex-Grenadier Guard - stood outside Buck Pal in a furry hat etc - which was a nice conversation to pass the time.

I can't remember the last time I've ridden that far without at least p*ture repair stuff. I was going to just spin round the estate, but thought I'd pop out to the next village ...  :facepalm:

My tool-free limit was two miles.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 03, 2014, 07:45:32 pm
Tool free limit = from dining room to kitchen ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mattc on February 03, 2014, 07:50:21 pm
It did occur to me that "what's your tool-free limit?" might make a thread of its own!

Hadn't really thought about it before - I guess in practice it's been about a mile (unless I've forgotten some foolish excursions in the distant past). The only other deflation I can remember on that bike was when the old tyre was utterly threadbare. Chunky 26" tyres JUST DONT PUNCTURE on roads - or so I thought ...

(To reinforce this belief, I found a thorn sticking completely through the outer - but the inner was unharmed by it!)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 04, 2014, 12:54:28 am
The sensible tool-free limit must be the distance you're prepared to wheel a failed bike.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 04, 2014, 02:25:47 pm
Agreed.  I make it about a kilometre.  Or zero if I have reason to suspect the cycle is particularly likely to fail (eg. immediately post-fettling).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on February 04, 2014, 02:35:54 pm
The sensible tool-free limit must be the distance you're prepared to wheel a failed bike.

This might not be PC round here, but if I'm prepared to wheel it I'll probably just walk.

(Ride up and down the street to check nothing falls off notwithstanding.)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 04, 2014, 02:52:55 pm
The sensible tool-free limit must be the distance you're prepared to wheel a failed bike.

This might not be PC round here, but if I'm prepared to wheel it I'll probably just walk.

That too.  I'll do journeys of my 1km no-tools range on foot, except when I want the bike to carry a load.  They're generally better at it than my knee.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on February 04, 2014, 03:00:15 pm
They're generally better at it than my knee.

I had a momentary vision of you playing 'Keepie Uppie' with your shopping as you walked back from the supermarket.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 04, 2014, 03:15:00 pm
Seems reasonable.  I don't think any attempt I've made at playing keepie uppie has been anything other than momentary.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 04, 2014, 03:24:28 pm
Even if I'm using the bike as a load trolley, I will take tools.  It's much less fun pushing a bike with a flat tyre (especially as you think of that expensive tyre being damaged with every step, and the rim at risk of damage with every kerb.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on February 04, 2014, 05:34:13 pm
Will it take longer to walk than to fix a broken bike? In which case take tools. Otherwise don't bother. So to work (1.5 miles) I don't bother. It is quicker to either walk home and grab another bike or walk on to work and fix it later.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on February 04, 2014, 05:48:09 pm
I never take a journey short enough on a bike not to take tools.   I will walk anything upto five miles quite happily, and return.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 04, 2014, 05:49:15 pm
Even if I'm using the bike as a load trolley, I will take tools.  It's much less fun pushing a bike with a flat tyre (especially as you think of that expensive tyre being damaged with every step, and the rim at risk of damage with every kerb.

If you're that close to home, you can always leave the bike and walk back to get them, of course.

Ideally I'd have a set of tools permanently associated with each bike, but I swap luggage around too much to make that practical.  I do have appropriate tubes cable-tied to the upwrong and the trailer, as they take unusual[1] flavours, and are used for journeys where I'm most likely to forget to bring the right spares.  A VAR lever and CO2 inflater permanently live with the trike.


[1] 40-406 presta is the standard tube size in this household.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mattc on February 04, 2014, 07:48:47 pm
The sensible tool-free limit must be the distance you're prepared to wheel a failed bike.

This might not be PC round here, but if I'm prepared to wheel it I'll probably just walk.

(Ride up and down the street to check nothing falls off notwithstanding.)
That's sensible enough, but it ignores the rides done purely for the sake of a ride (which is how I ended up in the situation described yesterday).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 04, 2014, 08:13:21 pm
Even if I'm using the bike as a load trolley, I will take tools.  It's much less fun pushing a bike with a flat tyre (especially as you think of that expensive tyre being damaged with every step, and the rim at risk of damage with every kerb.

If you're that close to home, you can always leave the bike and walk back to get them, of course.
If it's a load I can't ride with, I'm not going to want to leave it lying on the street.

Quote
Ideally I'd have a set of tools permanently associated with each bike, but I swap luggage around too much to make that practical.

The joy of a Bagman qr  :thumbsup: :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 04, 2014, 08:26:30 pm
Ideally I'd have a set of tools permanently associated with each bike, but I swap luggage around too much to make that practical.

The joy of a Bagman qr  :thumbsup: :D

That just makes it easier to swap a subset of luggage between bikes.  It doesn't solve the problem of having to move tools and spares around every time you select the right combination of bike and luggage for a given trip.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 04, 2014, 09:39:46 pm
The sensible tool-free limit must be the distance you're prepared to wheel a failed bike.

This might not be PC round here, but if I'm prepared to wheel it I'll probably just walk.

(Ride up and down the street to check nothing falls off notwithstanding.)

I don't see it as unPC.
I gave up cycling to work when I moved into a house 1km away from the workplace. A 12 minute walk made more sense than 5 minutes on the bike and seven minutes locking up and changing clothes.

I didn't bother with tools when I rode two miles to work but never had a visitation either.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on February 04, 2014, 10:35:46 pm
I have just one set of tools to take with me.  I need the same tools regardless of the bike I am riding.   There is a spares difference, i.e. tubes, cables and spokes, but I keep those together and just throw what I need in the bag.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 04, 2014, 10:45:10 pm
Ideally I'd have a set of tools permanently associated with each bike, but I swap luggage around too much to make that practical.

The joy of a Bagman qr  :thumbsup: :D

That just makes it easier to swap a subset of luggage between bikes.  It doesn't solve the problem of having to move tools and spares around every time you select the right combination of bike and luggage for a given trip.

Certainly does!  All my relevant tools are kept in my saddlebag, though I do swap the spare inner tube occasionally if riding one of the 'other' bikes.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 05, 2014, 09:35:03 pm
The sensible tool-free limit must be the distance you're prepared to wheel a failed bike.

This might not be PC round here, but if I'm prepared to wheel it I'll probably just walk.

(Ride up and down the street to check nothing falls off notwithstanding.)

I don't see it as unPC.
I gave up cycling to work when I moved into a house 1km away from the workplace. A 12 minute walk made more sense than 5 minutes on the bike and seven minutes locking up and changing clothes.

I didn't bother with tools when I rode two miles to work but never had a visitation either.
Surely for a five minute ride you could cycle in whatever you would walk in?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 05, 2014, 10:01:22 pm
The sensible tool-free limit must be the distance you're prepared to wheel a failed bike.

This might not be PC round here, but if I'm prepared to wheel it I'll probably just walk.

(Ride up and down the street to check nothing falls off notwithstanding.)

I don't see it as unPC.
I gave up cycling to work when I moved into a house 1km away from the workplace. A 12 minute walk made more sense than 5 minutes on the bike and seven minutes locking up and changing clothes.

I didn't bother with tools when I rode two miles to work but never had a visitation either.
Surely for a five minute ride you could cycle in whatever you would walk in?

Not if your trousers could get caught in the chain...
At the very least you'll need cycle clips or to tuck your trousers into your socks.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 05, 2014, 10:23:06 pm
A 12 minute walk involves changing clothes in most weather, too.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on February 05, 2014, 10:42:02 pm
Bad News: I didn't get a place on the Prudential Ride London.
Good News: I don't have to fret about gettign fit enough to enjoy the Ride Londin with a dodgy back
Even Gooder News: The insewerants weasels for the opposition following my attempts at remodelling a Nissan Micra last March have made a most satisfactory offer of restitution that I have no hesitation in taking the advice of my team of sleek attack weasels (the ones with the British Cycling logos on) to accept on my behalf. Not enough for N+1 but definitely a satisfactory recompense for the damage, injury, time and trouble.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 06, 2014, 12:40:18 pm
Good news: I have a lunchtime meeting today I can cycle to

Bad news: A couple of key staff are off sick, and I have to stay here. :(

Good News: At least it prompted me to get a Dahon out in order to do a train/bike commute instead of a train/walk

Bad News: I won't get so many chances to take photos :(

Good News: I might get a chance to catch up with editing the ones I've already taken
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 06, 2014, 01:09:26 pm
The sensible tool-free limit must be the distance you're prepared to wheel a failed bike.

This might not be PC round here, but if I'm prepared to wheel it I'll probably just walk.

(Ride up and down the street to check nothing falls off notwithstanding.)

I don't see it as unPC.
I gave up cycling to work when I moved into a house 1km away from the workplace. A 12 minute walk made more sense than 5 minutes on the bike and seven minutes locking up and changing clothes.

I didn't bother with tools when I rode two miles to work but never had a visitation either.
Surely for a five minute ride you could cycle in whatever you would walk in?

Not if your trousers could get caught in the chain...
At the very least you'll need cycle clips or to tuck your trousers into your socks.
Slap wraps are what you need.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on February 06, 2014, 01:20:46 pm
GN: It would appear that my LBS has taken delivery of n+1
BN: Due to their workshop being stupendously busy, the up-specced wheels won't be ready by the weekend but I can live with that.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 06, 2014, 02:27:37 pm
The sensible tool-free limit must be the distance you're prepared to wheel a failed bike.

This might not be PC round here, but if I'm prepared to wheel it I'll probably just walk.

(Ride up and down the street to check nothing falls off notwithstanding.)

I don't see it as unPC.
I gave up cycling to work when I moved into a house 1km away from the workplace. A 12 minute walk made more sense than 5 minutes on the bike and seven minutes locking up and changing clothes.

I didn't bother with tools when I rode two miles to work but never had a visitation either.
Surely for a five minute ride you could cycle in whatever you would walk in?

Not if your trousers could get caught in the chain...
At the very least you'll need cycle clips or to tuck your trousers into your socks.
Slap wraps are what you need.

No they're not. They would not keep my trousers under control. I never got on with cycle clips either. I don't know if this is a girlie calf and girlie trouser problem as partner is fine with clips.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 06, 2014, 02:29:53 pm
Slap wraps are what you need.

No they're not. They would not keep my trousers under control. I never got on with cycle clips either. I don'y know if this is a girlie calf and girlie trouser problem as partner is fine with clips.

+1

Slap wraps have never proved adequate for restraining my trouser legs (regardless of trouser material - it's not just jeans that are the problem).  Maybe they work better for people with thinner ankles?

Clips work, but get painful after about half an hour. (Though I wouldn't want to ride for more than that in civvies.)

I find the Mk1 sock is usually the optimum solution.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 06, 2014, 02:33:20 pm
Being in the habit of wearing Humvees whenever I can get away with it, I have an easily adjusted, and very nearly adequate, velcro strap built into me trewen themselves. :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 06, 2014, 02:34:29 pm
Being in the habit of wearing Humvees whenever I can get away with it, I have an easily adjusted, and very nearly adequate, velcro strap built into me trewen themselves. :)

Humvees don't have room for cyclists' thighs.   >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 06, 2014, 02:35:04 pm
I don't have slender thighs.  I just don't.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 06, 2014, 02:35:20 pm
Slap wraps are what you need.

No they're not. They would not keep my trousers under control. I never got on with cycle clips either. I don'y know if this is a girlie calf and girlie trouser problem as partner is fine with clips.

+1

Slap wraps have never proved adequate for restraining my trouser legs (regardless of trouser material - it's not just jeans that are the problem).  Maybe they work better for people with thinner ankles?

Clips work, but get painful after about half an hour. (Though I wouldn't want to ride for more than that in civvies.)

I find the Mk1 sock is usually the optimum solution.

+1

So long as the sock is long enough. Some girlie ankle socks are far too short, though I seldom wore these 'size 4-7'' creations as my feet are long.
Long men's socks were fine.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 06, 2014, 02:36:42 pm
I don't have slender thighs.  I just don't.

I expect the men's version is a more sensible shape, if you don't need the arse room of the ladies'.

I bought a pair at the York rally a couple of years ago that appeared to fit, spent the weekend wandering around in them, then discovered the problem when I tried to ride a bike.  They don't make a larger size.

Fortunately they're only slightly big for barakta.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 06, 2014, 02:37:37 pm
I find the Mk1 sock is usually the optimum solution.

+1

So long as the sock is long enough. Some girlie ankle socks are far too short, though I seldom wore these 'size 4-7'' creations as my feet are long.
Long men's socks were fine.

Point.  I only wear sturdy men's socks.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 06, 2014, 02:42:04 pm
I don't have slender thighs.  I just don't.

I expect the men's version is a more sensible shape, if you don't need the arse room of the ladies'.

I bought a pair at the York rally a couple of years ago that appeared to fit, spent the weekend wandering around in them, then discovered the problem when I tried to ride a bike.  They don't make a larger size.

Fortunately they're only slightly big for barakta.

You make a very good point.  I am not sure if cycling clothing manufacturers have ever met a woman, let alone a woman cyclist. ;D

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 06, 2014, 03:11:22 pm
You make a very good point.  I am not sure if cycling clothing manufacturers have ever met a woman, let alone a woman cyclist. ;D

They have.  The problem is they've only met the one.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 06, 2014, 03:27:49 pm
I don't have slender thighs.  I just don't.
TTIUWP
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fboab on February 06, 2014, 03:58:24 pm
You make a very good point.  I am not sure if cycling clothing manufacturers have ever met a woman, let alone a woman cyclist. ;D

They have.  The problem is they've only met the one.
It wasn't me, either.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 06, 2014, 04:57:59 pm
I've never found socks to be much good at restraining trouser cuffs. I agree that clips begin to pinch after a while. But as for jeans, I think they tend to be better for riding in than many non-jean trousers precisely because they are less flappy, though they have other disadvantages. If only plus fours would return to fashion...  :) :-\
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fboab on February 06, 2014, 08:31:02 pm
I just roll my civvy trousers up.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 06, 2014, 09:37:21 pm
Rolled-up trousers have a habit of unrolling IME.
Rolling them up properly takes AGES.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on February 06, 2014, 11:18:01 pm
I mostly use two thin postie style rubber bands, one near the ankle and one about 10cm higher as it's usually an unplanned trip at work.

The best things I've found for holding trousers are 'wowwow's. Little high-viz straps with a velcro fastening. THey aren't elastic, but seem pretty good at staying put.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/WOWOW-Arm-Leg-Reflective-Bands/dp/B0045U4P02
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 06, 2014, 11:40:18 pm
I was keen on using Respro neoprene reflective straps.http://respro.com/store/product/ankle-bands (http://respro.com/store/product/ankle-bands)

They seemed stretchy enough.
David never liked them.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on February 06, 2014, 11:41:51 pm
The best things I've found for holding trousers are 'wowwow's. Little high-viz straps with a velcro fastening. THey aren't elastic, but seem pretty good at staying put.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/WOWOW-Arm-Leg-Reflective-Bands/dp/B0045U4P02

Are they endorsed by Mr Bagger himself?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 07, 2014, 02:04:56 pm
I was keen on using Respro neoprene reflective straps.http://respro.com/store/product/ankle-bands (http://respro.com/store/product/ankle-bands)

They seemed stretchy enough.
David never liked them.
Those look just like slapwraps, but presumably if they're neoprene they work differently. Actually, I can't tell from that how they do work!

Velcro - hate it! Incredibly useful stuff, but I'm too clumsy with it and it always gets stuck to the wrong things (eg my socks, especially if they're woolly winter cycling ones).
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jsabine on February 07, 2014, 04:04:23 pm
I was keen on using Respro neoprene reflective straps.http://respro.com/store/product/ankle-bands (http://respro.com/store/product/ankle-bands)

They seemed stretchy enough.
David never liked them.
Those look just like slapwraps, but presumably if they're neoprene they work differently. Actually, I can't tell from that how they do work!

Velcro - hate it! Incredibly useful stuff, but I'm too clumsy with it and it always gets stuck to the wrong things (eg my socks, especially if they're woolly winter cycling ones).

Never really got on with the Respro things. They worked OK, and their velcro never seemed to stick to anything it shouldn't, but the fluo side was dull and very quickly grubby, while the refelective side just seemed dull.

I fairly quickly decided I was better trying not to ride in normal trousers.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on February 07, 2014, 04:58:02 pm
I get on fairly well with the velcro trouser holders. The advantage is that they go small enough for scrawny ankles (and children). Slippery trousers do sometimes slide out of them, but they mostly work. You need to bend your knee when fastening them though, otherwise your trouser pulls out when you pedal.

Ladies cycling wear, like horseriding clobber is not generally designed for the physique of the people who actually do the activities.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Tim Hall on February 07, 2014, 06:00:44 pm

Velcro - hate it! Incredibly useful stuff, but I'm too clumsy with it and it always gets stuck to the wrong things (eg my socks, especially if they're woolly winter cycling ones).

Which, anecdotally (I heard it at The Science museum) was how it came to be invented. Wee seed heads snagged on yer man's hiking socks and  <foom!> an idea was had.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 08, 2014, 12:37:42 pm
Synthetic goose grass!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: arvid on February 08, 2014, 12:58:17 pm
GN: Due to the relatively warm (and windy) weather I have set some speed records(/Strava PB's) on my commute (started in October, so I haven't seen any real good weather since the first two weeks) this week.
BN: I have shin muscle pains now.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Guy on February 12, 2014, 04:54:22 pm
Good: owing to the strength of the tail wind my last half-mile home tonight should be a 40mph freewheel. :o :thumbsup:

Bad: owing to the strength of the side wind my first 2 miles home tonight will have to done on foot. :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 12, 2014, 06:06:56 pm
Good: owing to the strength of the tail wind my last half-mile home tonight should be a 40mph freewheel. :o :thumbsup:

Bad: owing to the strength of the side wind my first 2 miles home tonight will have to done on foot. :(

I did the first wee bit of mine on foot. It was particularly exciting when the gusts turned up behind me and had me running along the pavement.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on February 12, 2014, 08:32:10 pm
BN: It's cold dark & windy,   I'm _very_ stressed out at work..... I've not ridden my bike for fun since October ?

GN: There is food, rioja and the new Suzanne Vega album on the turntable.    A shame I didn't know about the gig (http://www.theartsdesk.com/new-music/suzanne-vega-town-hall-birmingham) in Birmingham last week though
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 12, 2014, 08:49:08 pm
BN: The tree that David planted in our garden appears to be being blown over by the wind. It now is at 30o to the vertical. Initially it popped back up after the wind stopped but now it has a permanent list. It was about 8ft tall, having grown from about 18 inches or less.

GN It's a Cypressus  Leylandii which I do not like...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on February 23, 2014, 06:36:15 pm
GN: The final disassembly of the Harry Quinn frame went smoothly. Even the bottom bit of the headset didn't put up too much of a struggle.

BN: Deciding that the dishwasher was the ideal way to clean the bits was not a good idea. I now face a major buffing task to get the aluminium bits shiny again.

GN: Discovering that Harry Quinn had discreetly put a serial number on the fork steerer tube dispelled any suspicions I might have had about the F&Fs' provenance.

The ideal shit sandwich!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on February 25, 2014, 08:27:24 pm
GN: Marks and Spencer has opened a large store in The Hague.

BN: Mrs Wunja seems set to do all food shopping there, and I'm not sure the bank account can stand the strain
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on February 25, 2014, 08:32:16 pm
Afternoon off today, and the sun was shining  :)

I really wanted to go on a bike ride, but for some reason felt far too anxious. :'(

Damn and blast it.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on March 05, 2014, 08:04:51 am
BN: I may not be able to organize/attend any Cambridge social rides this year.

GN: This is because I am in line, currently, for 3 different contracts which would mean I would be home every night, and able to restart the NTR Thursday night social!

That counts as an overall win, to me!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fboab on March 05, 2014, 02:00:49 pm
GN: Don't need new specs
BN: I'm losing iris pigment, and that's probably what's causing the halos.

 :-\

GN: Early detection means better monitoring
more GN: Only 30% of PDS leads to pigmentary glaucoma
even more GN: even then it's quite responsive to treatment
Update:
Quote from: eye doc
The halos are where light is coming in through your moth-eaten irises. Vigorous exercise will make this worse.
Quote from: fboab
So, if, say, I was the kind of person who gets her kicks from riding a bike all day and into the night, that would make it worse
Quote from: eye doc
Yes. But don't let it stop you doing anything.
Quote from: fboab
But I could use this as an excuse to get other people to change my punctures at night!
Quote from: eye doc
O, well yes, you should certainly do that!
;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on March 05, 2014, 05:25:44 pm
Ride back of tandem more and keep your eyes closed.   ;)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on March 05, 2014, 07:09:14 pm
Good news: Liverpool's Everyman Theatre has reopened, as has it's much loved bistro.

Bad news: they've put the prices up and the menu is smaller than before.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on March 06, 2014, 06:31:40 am
Good News: after about 4 months my new rims have arrived at my not so LBS

Bad news: there's now a 2 week delay on the hubs

It's all moot as the frame won't be here until the end of the month
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Marco Stefano on March 08, 2014, 02:43:17 pm
Good news: Ms Marco has made the England U18 Touch Rugby squad for Euro Champs in Swansea in August!   O:-)  :-*

Bad news: We now have an 'opportunity' to buy the kit... How much?! :o   Oh well...  :)

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on March 11, 2014, 07:35:56 pm
GN: I had my driving assessment at work today. I was evaluated as low risk. It was rather a worthwhile exercise

BN: that probably means i will have more work put on me for no extra pay.

BN: I am too tired to see The Stranglers in Leamington tonight & it's probably Jet Black's swansong tour.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on March 11, 2014, 08:41:24 pm
Bad news: Motocrossers have ruined the nicest singletrack decent in the village.

Good news: My Strava king of the mountains is safe for a while. ???

On balance though I'd rather have the singletrack though
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Tim Hall on March 19, 2014, 09:30:35 pm
BN: Last week I bust a pedal on the pink magenta bike.

More BN: Tonight the bearing packed up on a pedal on the fixer.

GN: Yesterday I fitted a new pair of pedals to the pink magenta bike. I now have on my shelf one borked RH pedal, one part worn LH pedal.  The pedal that died this evening on this fixer is a LH one. Hurrah!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Salvatore on March 20, 2014, 10:07:05 am
BN: While I was on my way home from dentist and shopping, I got out of the saddle to pull away from the lights at a busy crossroads, and my phone fell out of my pocket onto the tarmac, although I wasn't aware of it.

GN: The people behind me in their car at the traffic lights just happened to be my next-door neighbours, and they were waiting for me when I got home to hand it back.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on March 20, 2014, 10:10:21 am
With luck like that Salvatore you should buy a ticket for this week's Friday Euro Millions lottery
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Salvatore on March 20, 2014, 10:36:52 am
That was my first thought, but I've never bought a lottery ticket and wouldn't know how to go about it. I'd probably make an embarassing faux pas and people at the newsagents would point and giggle.

 I'll just hope that my premium bonds win something in April. That would make it six months in a row.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on March 26, 2014, 08:56:01 am
GN: last night I won a prize in the choir's Easter Raffle.

BN: The choice was between a lady's electric razor and a bottle of Martini Bianco.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on March 26, 2014, 10:29:19 am
GN: Wowbagger will be setting a PB in this season's Time Trials.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Julian on March 26, 2014, 12:46:09 pm
Bad news: I'm feeling poorly today.

Good news: My panel, bless their cotton socks, have taken pity and released me until tomorrow. 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on March 26, 2014, 01:02:38 pm
GN: Wowbagger will be setting a PB in this season's Time Trials.

Oh very good! Much mirth.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: haliaetos on March 26, 2014, 08:24:39 pm
GN: The Di2/hydraulic levers for my new build has appeared at the LBS, and the frame has finally arrived in the country.

BN: The frame still hasn't arrived at the LBS, so it's really going to be cutting it fine to get it built in time for going on holiday with it. Getting stressed, but perhaps this should be going in the first world problems thread...   ::-) :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 28, 2014, 07:40:46 pm
BN: The watch mender down the road wants £45  and three weeks to make my watch tick again. That's as much as I paid for it new (albeit about 12 years ago and in a cheap country).

GN: The bloke in Timpson's mended it in 15 minutes and didn't charge a penny. So top thumbs up to Timpson's on The Triangle in Bristol.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on April 04, 2014, 01:16:33 am
BN: Looks like work is going to relocate me in a few months
GN: The new office is nicer, and about the same distance away from home as my current place
BN: Commute isn't as pretty
GN: More scope for different routes after work
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 04, 2014, 11:17:10 pm
GN: Had an interesting email exchange with my PhD supervisor - there's a good chance I may be doing some Real ScienceTM soon  :thumbsup:
BN: If things do pan out, then this summer's little expedition to Leftpondia won't be able to happen :(
GN: Real Science!
BN: It may involve FORTRAN 2008  :sick:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on April 04, 2014, 11:31:41 pm
GN: Had an interesting email exchange with my PhD supervisor - there's a good chance I may be doing some Real ScienceTM soon  :thumbsup:
BN: If things do pan out, then this summer's little expedition to Leftpondia won't be able to happen :(
GN: Real Science!
BN: It may involve FORTRAN 2008  :sick:

Oh that would be a crap decision to have to make Simon.  Real Science or the Tour Divide.   Whatever you choose, I hope it makes you happy    (though I was looking forward to the ride reports.....)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 04, 2014, 11:39:08 pm
GN: Had an interesting email exchange with my PhD supervisor - there's a good chance I may be doing some Real ScienceTM soon  :thumbsup:
BN: If things do pan out, then this summer's little expedition to Leftpondia won't be able to happen :(
GN: Real Science!
BN: It may involve FORTRAN 2008  :sick:

Oh that would be a crap decision to have to make Simon.  Real Science or the Tour Divide.   Whatever you choose, I hope it makes you happy    (though I was looking forward to the ride reports.....)
To be honest, it wouldn't be that difficult a decision - the Tour Divide will come around again, an opportunity like this may not.
Besides, if I do end up doing TEH SCIENCE then I'll have to make occasional visits to Wales, which means plenty of potential for interesting off-road shenanigans :)

Nothing's been set in stone yet - negotiations are, as they say, ongoing. It may end up being an occasional consultancy thing, but I could cope with that.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Dibdib on April 05, 2014, 04:51:13 pm
GN: New coffee grinder!

BN: Managed to get through over half the bag of beans, just finding a half-decent setting.

GN: Developing a taste for black coffee, and an epic caffeine buzz  ;D

BN: Sore arm.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on April 05, 2014, 07:13:22 pm
GN: New coffee grinder!

BN: Managed to get through over half the bag of beans, just finding a half-decent setting.

GN: Developing a taste for black coffee, and an epic caffeine buzz  ;D

BN: Sore arm.

Top Tip:  Use alternate arms when grinding or you'll end up like one of those medieval archers..... ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on April 05, 2014, 08:35:07 pm
GN: New coffee grinder!

BN: Managed to get through over half the bag of beans, just finding a half-decent setting.

GN: Developing a taste for black coffee, and an epic caffeine buzz  ;D

BN: Sore arm.

Top Tip:  Use alternate arms when grinding or you'll end up like one of those medieval archers..... ;)



99 change hands?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: billplumtree on April 07, 2014, 01:16:06 pm
GN: Had an interesting email exchange with my PhD supervisor - there's a good chance I may be doing some Real ScienceTM soon  :thumbsup:
BN: If things do pan out, then this summer's little expedition to Leftpondia won't be able to happen :(
GN: Real Science!
BN: It may involve FORTRAN 2008  :sick:

Oh that would be a crap decision to have to make Simon.  Real Science or the Tour Divide.   Whatever you choose, I hope it makes you happy    (though I was looking forward to the ride reports.....)
To be honest, it wouldn't be that difficult a decision - the Tour Divide will come around again, an opportunity like this may not.
Besides, if I do end up doing TEH SCIENCE then I'll have to make occasional visits to Wales, which means plenty of potential for interesting off-road shenanigans :)

Yebbut, FORTRAN???   I suppose, in lieu of the ride reports, we'll have an entertaining rant thread
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 07, 2014, 01:30:15 pm
GN: Mrs F has joined me in being of the opinion that I should take advantage of the pension I qualified for on 18th march 2014

BN: Job hunting ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on April 09, 2014, 07:54:12 pm
After a complicated commute that involved a detour to the (not very) LBS to collect one bike and deliver another, I phoned son and suggested I call in at the chippy on the way back (it's my turn to cook).
BN:  The chippy was rammed.  They're queueing down the street.
GN: Phoned son to explain I was repairing to the pub next door until it quietens down a bit.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 09, 2014, 08:04:17 pm
GN: Had an interesting email exchange with my PhD supervisor - there's a good chance I may be doing some Real ScienceTM soon  :thumbsup:
BN: If things do pan out, then this summer's little expedition to Leftpondia won't be able to happen :(
GN: Real Science!
BN: It may involve FORTRAN 2008  :sick:

Oh that would be a crap decision to have to make Simon.  Real Science or the Tour Divide.   Whatever you choose, I hope it makes you happy    (though I was looking forward to the ride reports.....)
To be honest, it wouldn't be that difficult a decision - the Tour Divide will come around again, an opportunity like this may not.
Besides, if I do end up doing TEH SCIENCE then I'll have to make occasional visits to Wales, which means plenty of potential for interesting off-road shenanigans :)

Yebbut, FORTRAN???   I suppose, in lieu of the ride reports, we'll have an entertaining rant thread
The perils of legacy code, innit?
The bulk of the code was written in 1993-4, and it used a bunch of third party libraries to do the Scary SumsTM associated with reaction kinetics, one of which dated back to the early 70s. The main reason I never rewrote everything in C was because writing suitable interfaces to aforementioned scary third party libraries was too horrifying to contemplate.

It still is.

Even so, the code now compiles and runs on my Badass Number Crunching Babbage Engine and it was quite gratifying to watch simulations that took 3-4 days to run in 1994 get chewed up and spat out in a couple of hours and with the correct results  :thumbsup:

Things are progressing, slowly, so it's looking like:

GN: !!SCIENCE!! albeit on a part-time, consultancy-style basis
BN: Probably no Tour Divide this year :( However, there's no way in Hades I'm going to let an opportunity like this slip away.
BN: To implement the really cool stuff that we've agreed needs to be done, I'm going to have to get my head round FORTRAN 2008
GN: Plan B, silly bike ride wise, involves Scotland - with particular reference to the far north-west thereof.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on April 13, 2014, 09:05:31 pm
At Imperial I did a really entertaining parallel computing course, that involved writing functions in Fortran and coordinating them using a Haskell-like DSL. The combination of the two was quite mind expanding.

Good news: Got some pictures I'm pleased with yesterday.
Bad news: Got a pink head in the process.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on April 13, 2014, 09:31:56 pm
This could be considered bad news or good news I suppose.

Mrs Ham & Miss Ham are departing for NYC tomorrow for a few days

They have each taken a spare, empty, case. I think I know how to evaluate that.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 13, 2014, 09:42:37 pm
That's always been my packing technique for US visits.  Is it too late to put a block on their credit cards?  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Dibdib on April 14, 2014, 08:20:02 am
BN: Jess woke me up at what was, for me at least, a rather unpleasantly early hour.

GN: I got a lazy lie in bed for half an hour, and still had time to make a travel mug of fresh coffee before I left the house. I could actually get used to that as a routine  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 14, 2014, 10:14:01 am
At Imperial I did a really entertaining parallel computing course, that involved writing functions in Fortran and coordinating them using a Haskell-like DSL. The combination of the two was quite mind expanding.
Anything Haskell-like will do that - it'll expand your mind so much that your brains will dribble out of your ears and leave grey puddles on your shoulders.

In fact, for the sort of things that we have in mind, Erlang would be an absolutely perfect fit for handling all the parallel/distributed stuff but we still have the problem of interfacing it to all that crufty old third-party FORTRAN code. FORTRAN 2008 looks to be the path of least resistance, and with my Compiler Of Choice (gfortran) ye-olde-thirde-partye code and modern(ish) code will build and co-exist peacefully.

The downside is that instead of flying out to Canada at the beginning of July, I'll be driving down to Aberystwyth instead. The good news is still !!SCIENCE!!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on April 14, 2014, 12:49:25 pm

In fact, for the sort of things that we have in mind, Erlang would be an absolutely perfect fit for handling all the parallel/distributed stuff but we still have the problem of interfacing it to all that crufty old third-party FORTRAN code. FORTRAN 2008 looks to be the path of least resistance, and with my Compiler Of Choice (gfortran) ye-olde-thirde-partye code and modern(ish) code will build and co-exist peacefully.


There was a reason that Mobile used APL to call the fortran libraries for differential equations.1 you can get student licences for Dyalog APL and it will run under both windows and Linux ;)

Good luck however you do it. It sounds like an interesting challenge.

1. Admittedly they were calculating the inputs to the functions and then carrying out further calculations with the outputs.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on April 15, 2014, 11:45:01 am
GN: It's a lovely, sunny, low wind day today.
Extra good news: I am in Northumberland, home of lots of hills and great cycling
BN: I am at work
Extra bad news: Just to rub it in, I look out of the window (my desk overlooks the train station at Prudhoe) and there are 3 cyclists in the station car park. :( GRRRRRRRRRRRR
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 15, 2014, 11:56:51 am
There was a reason that Mobile used APL to call the fortran libraries for differential equations.1 you can get student licences for Dyalog APL and it will run under both windows and Linux ;)
Not open source though.
That, as they say, is a deal breaker.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on April 15, 2014, 12:26:14 pm
There was a reason that Mobile used APL to call the fortran libraries for differential equations.1 you can get student licences for Dyalog APL and it will run under both windows and Linux ;)
Not open source though.
That, as they say, is a deal breaker.

Fair dos, I aught to declare my interest in that Dyalog (and the previous company) have employed my father writing Dyalog APL for >30 years. I know he did some development of the Linux keyboards for the APL which uses the 'windows' key on the keyboard as a 'shift' key similarly to switching between two languages.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 15, 2014, 02:38:29 pm
GN: I get to have a little lie-in tomorrow, as I have an appointment at the dentist first thing (plus the surgery is only about 200yds from home)
BN: It's with the hygienist. Fillings and extractions I can cope with, seemingly endless amounts of picking and scraping? Nope ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 16, 2014, 10:47:35 am
BN: A while ago I spent an age on the phone to First Utility to discuss my direct debit payment. After about 30 minutes I gave up, still being no. 21 in the queue and only moving up nine places in that time. I submitted my request in a message on their website. They said they would get back to me in 10 days. They didn't.

GN: Today, I whipped myself into an angry customer frenzy and called. I got into a queue again, but was answered within 3 minutes. The very helpful Carrie told me I was £200+ In credit after the mild winter. I asked to have it refunded by BACS transfer, that was agreed. I also asked to move to variable DD. Agreed. My frenzy was unappeased, I'm pleased to say.

GN: I now have an unexpected £200 windfall to spend. Hmm, 3 ASDA bikes?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 16, 2014, 11:13:17 am
BN: Visit to the dental hygienist this morning. It was predictably unpleasant.
GN: At least if the world ends over the weekend I'll go to Hell with clean teeth.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on April 16, 2014, 12:01:34 pm
GN: I now have an unexpected £200 windfall to spend.
BN: Hmm, 3 ASDA bikes?

FTFY
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 18, 2014, 07:56:03 am
I resisted the ASDA temptation and spent some of it on a pair of Merrells.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: davelodwig on April 18, 2014, 12:20:57 pm
BN: The car is broken, looks like a water pump as it's empying the coolant system all over the car park

GN: I'm working from home, the sun is shining, and this afternoon I may work from my laptop on the deck.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on April 18, 2014, 12:27:22 pm
GN: It's a glorious day outside - the sun is shining, the birds are singing and all should be right with the world.
BN: I have precisely zero motivation to go out and actually do anything - instead I'm sat up here selling assorted bits of my life on eBay and doing !!SCIENCE!! on the Babbage Engine.

GN(?): The noise coming from next door could be the motivation I need - I realise that they need to do some pretty major renovation work, but the seemingly incessant drilling and hammering is really starting to piss me off.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on April 24, 2014, 08:40:40 pm
BN: Can't find the firewire cable for between the mixer and laptop.

GN: I have a 20 metre XLR cable to run from the drum kit downstairs to the desk top upstairs.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on April 25, 2014, 12:06:11 pm
Bad news: Part way down a steep muddy, rutted off road descent my battery pack made a bid for freedom and I had to rely on my head torch for the descent. Made worse by the fact that the rider behind had a very bright light which meant I couldn't see the ground because of my shadow.

Good news: was my second fastest time on that section

Good news (II): I found the battery pack, it didn't seem to have been ridden over too many times  and it still works
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on April 25, 2014, 02:10:10 pm
GN: I can ride my bike without hip pain after the athroscopy in January.

BN: Boy am I unfit. Anyone know any FLAT routes in the lakes from Rydal? This means no chevrons on the map.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Tim Hall on April 25, 2014, 02:20:20 pm
GN: I can ride my bike without hip pain after the athroscopy in January.

BN: Boy am I unfit. Anyone know any FLAT routes in the lakes from Rydal? This means no chevrons on the map.

Through the park towards Ambleside. Stop at the Golden Rule, which is Thee Beste Pubbe evah.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: billplumtree on April 25, 2014, 04:03:13 pm
GN: I can ride my bike without hip pain after the athroscopy in January.

BN: Boy am I unfit. Anyone know any FLAT routes in the lakes from Rydal? This means no chevrons on the map.

Through the park towards Ambleside. Stop at the Golden Rule, which is Thee Beste Pubbe evah.

Then carry on up Great Langdale as far as the Old Dungeon Ghyll, which is also ditto
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: billplumtree on April 25, 2014, 04:08:45 pm
Or take the bike in the car over Dunmail Raise and park on the minor road round the back of Thirlmere.  That's a nice and perfectly flat road.  At the bottom end, cross the A66 and head up St Johns in the Vale to Threlkeld, then onto the cycleway along the old railway into Keswick, and hence to the Dog and Gun
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 25, 2014, 04:13:46 pm
Good to hear your hip's sorted anyway.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Moultonaught on April 28, 2014, 01:03:47 pm
Gn: the presentation to big cheese clients went really well

Bn: I've been in Dubai since Wed, working pretty well the whole time I've been awake, and have only been outside four times! and that was cross the road to/from the clients office! Looking forward to riding my new bargainacious n+1 on my return  :{)>
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on April 30, 2014, 03:28:57 pm
Or take the bike in the car over Dunmail Raise and park on the minor road round the back of Thirlmere.  That's a nice and perfectly flat road.  At the bottom end, cross the A66 and head up St Johns in the Vale to Threlkeld, then onto the cycleway along the old railway into Keswick, and hence to the Dog and Gun
Thirlmere was a nice ride, though the climb out of Grasmere was long it wasn't steep so no problem. The wet concrete on the cycle way to St Johns was more of an issue so I turned south on the 591 to make my way back.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: phantasmagoriana on May 05, 2014, 03:22:26 pm
BN: I lost a handlebar tassel! :o

GN: I found it again, lying in the road,a couple of hours later. Phew!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on May 05, 2014, 03:31:53 pm
BN: I lost a handlebar tassel! :o

GN: I found it again, lying in the road,a couple of hours later. Phew!


Phew! Indeed!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Torslanda on May 05, 2014, 06:45:38 pm
BN: I lost a handlebar tassel! :o

GN: I found it again, lying in the road,a couple of hours later. Phew!

Surely the first should be in the 'First World Problems' thread?

We could all have had a prayer meeting or staged an encounter group session . . .
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mattc on May 07, 2014, 03:46:00 pm
BN: We had to buy a new washing machine - £££££s

GN: For a few precious hours, I know more than N about operating our washing machine  :smug:   :P
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on May 07, 2014, 08:25:09 pm
GN: After a shady night-time rendezvous at a McDonalds in Mottram I now have my cello back
EBN: The restorer has done a great job with it - it looks great :)

BN: My sister forgot to put the bow back in the case after borrowing it so that's still in the Socialist Republic :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: phantasmagoriana on May 07, 2014, 08:31:30 pm
Ooh, we need a "show us pics of your cello" thread! :D

(I'm most jealous - have wanted a cello for years but I know it would just end up gathering dust like the other instruments, plus it would take up too much space!)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on May 07, 2014, 08:48:14 pm
Ooh, we need a "show us pics of your cello" thread! :D
I've put a couple phone shots here (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=46828.0) :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on May 07, 2014, 08:52:30 pm
GN: After a shady night-time rendezvous at a McDonalds in Mottram I now have my cello back
EBN: The restorer has done a great job with it - it looks great :)

BN: My sister forgot to put the bow back in the case after borrowing it so that's still in the Socialist Republic :facepalm:

Finally!!!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: phantasmagoriana on May 07, 2014, 10:01:23 pm
Ooh, we need a "show us pics of your cello" thread! :D
I've put a couple phone shots here (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=46828.0) :)

Nice!

I didn't know that thread existed. Must take some pics...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on May 07, 2014, 10:07:48 pm
Ooh, we need a "show us pics of your cello" thread! :D
I've put a couple phone shots here (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=46828.0) :)

Oh, somehow missed that thread. 

*searches photo archive*  Hmm... sure I had pictures of my instruments, at least ones taken for insurance purposes, but can't find them.  Will try to take some new ones this weekend.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Andrij on May 07, 2014, 10:20:44 pm
GN: I'm not coming down with a cold!

BN: It's allergies.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 12, 2014, 02:57:15 pm
GN: Just received an email from Rose: my new USBWerk has been dispatched.
BN: The 'old' one still hasn't emerged from its hidey hole :( I suspect it may have ended up in the last lot of metal I took for recycling.
SortaGN: if it does turn up, at least I'll have a spare  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on May 13, 2014, 08:48:22 am
BN: I have the lurgy, started Sunday night. Can't stray far from a toilet.
GN: Ate the same food as the rest of the family on Sunday, but they've escaped.
More GN: The pouring sweat, unable to balance fever last night has gone away.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 13, 2014, 06:39:56 pm
GN: My house martins are back  :thumbsup:
BN: My house martins are back ... that such a little bird can contain so much shit, and deposit it with such unerring accuracy (usually on the car) is a constant source of both amazement and exasperation.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on May 13, 2014, 07:14:30 pm
Good news: had my ears syringed today :sick: and I can hear properly again after a week.

Bad news: the world really is very noisy!  Even my mouse is loud!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on May 14, 2014, 01:25:54 pm
Bad news: 3 days of acute D&V, not keeping anything down, blacking out, etc.

Good news: Lots of exciting post to open in bed. I now have a HDMI cable, a Schnozzel valve adapter, and an ESR meter to play with.  It's like a slightly rubbish birthday.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on May 14, 2014, 01:46:21 pm
The bike rack at work was so full I struggled to park
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on May 15, 2014, 06:20:59 pm
GN: I have just had a telephone interview (though, in my mind that could be classed as bad news, I hate them!)
BN: I will be losing 3-5 hours of my week from now on
GN: Those hours will be evening/weekends, so no real loss (would probably be just taken out of my TV watching hours)
2*GN: I'll get paid for them!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 15, 2014, 07:03:02 pm
GN: My missing USBWerk has resurfaced ....
BN: .... two days after the replacement arrived  ::-)
G(?)N: Since I now have a spare, I won't have to faff around (as much) moving them between bikes.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Karla on May 16, 2014, 09:54:05 am
BN: I iz off with the lurgy
GN: This (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gironimo-Riding-Very-Terrible-Italy/dp/0224092073/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400230072&sr=8-1&keywords=tim+moore) just came on the radio.  I loved French Revolutions, how had I not heard of this before? 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 16, 2014, 10:03:12 am
GN: This (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gironimo-Riding-Very-Terrible-Italy/dp/0224092073/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400230072&sr=8-1&keywords=tim+moore) just came on the radio.  I loved French Revolutions, how had I not heard of this before?
Oooh ... and only three-anna-half squids for the Kindle version ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Guy on May 16, 2014, 12:39:26 pm
Good: COS said a while ago if we've nowt pressing on we can sod off at 2 :thumbsup:
Bad: Since then it's clouded over and the air's gone sultry ::-)
Terrible: I didn't pick my jacket up this morning :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 16, 2014, 06:12:39 pm
GN: Got an email from the LBS to say that my two reforked 29ers are now ready ...  :thumbsup:
BN: The email was timestamped 16:51, I've only just received it and the bike shop shut 10 minutes ago  ::-)
GN: I'll be set for the overnighter(s) I've got planned for BH weekend
BN: It'll take two trips to pick the bikes up, since attempting to fit a pair of 29ers, even in stripped-down form, into the back of my car isn't something I wish to repeat for the sake of my sanity. Or indeed the sanity of anyone within a 5 mile radius.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on May 16, 2014, 09:16:23 pm
BN: I iz off with the lurgy
GN: This (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gironimo-Riding-Very-Terrible-Italy/dp/0224092073/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400230072&sr=8-1&keywords=tim+moore) just came on the radio.  I loved French Revolutions, how had I not heard of this before?

Part two is a bit like the audax ride reports! Thanks for the link!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on May 16, 2014, 10:34:34 pm
BN:  I've only just got home after a 13 hr day

GN: I'm off for the next 2 weeks!

I hope that none of the supposedly senior colleagues I handed some crappy jobs off to, have problems with them ....

(feeling a bit guilty, but I'm pretty much a 1 man band and a very busy one at that!)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on May 17, 2014, 09:47:47 am
BN: At 8am this morning I sat my first ever driving theory test (aged 52). I did far worse than I did on the mock tests I did.
GN: At 8:50am I was told I had passed.

Theory Test 90%. Pass Mark is 86%
Hazard Test 66.67% Pass Mark is 58.67%

I am amazed, as poorly as I did, I passed.  I briefly assumed that everyone passes first time always. I was corrected on the train home when I overheard a lad who sat the test the same time phone is mum to tell her he failed.

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on May 19, 2014, 06:06:55 pm
BN: The AWL Magyar contingent will be decamping to Budapest for 5+ weeks from late July.

GN: The AWL Magyar contingent will be decamping to Budapest for 5+ weeks from late July.

BN: Wizzair's website is the clunkiest, shittiest bit of coding I have experienced in a long, long time. Take a lesson from easyJet you twonks and get an English native speaker to proof read your crappy content.

GN: Despite much aggravation, we got there in the end.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 19, 2014, 06:13:14 pm
I am amazed, as poorly as I did, I passed.  I briefly assumed that everyone passes first time always. I was corrected on the train home when I overheard a lad who sat the test the same time phone is mum to tell her he failed.
Just wait 'til you sit your practical test, then  ;)
When I sat my theory/hazard perception tests the results were waiting for me as I left the examination room - I was handed the appropriate bits of paperwork with a 'congratulations, you've passed' from the receptionist, although a couple of the people who were sitting the test at the same time as me weren't quite so lucky.
 
Be prepared to fail your first practical test, though ... I did, in pretty boneheaded fashion (on the way back to the test centre, half a mile to go and the examiner asks me to pull over in a safe place. Right before a crossroads is not a safe place  :facepalm:)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on May 19, 2014, 10:22:44 pm
GN:  A bloke at work wivva van has agreed to help me move for £300.00

BN:  No idea where I'm going to live
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 19, 2014, 11:39:22 pm
'S obvious inni? You're going to live in the YACF commune.
 ;D

(seriously - i thought you'd been through all this recently, with the kitchen trauma and all that?)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on May 19, 2014, 11:42:30 pm
'S obvious inni? You're going to live in the YACF commune.
 ;D

(seriously - i thought you'd been through all this recently, with the kitchen trauma and all that?)

My landlord said I could move immediately, before the end of the lease, as it would be easier to sell without a sitting tenant.  I did not get this in writing  ::-)  He then changed his mind.  I'm moving in July.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 20, 2014, 01:16:42 am
NN: I had an appointment at The National Hospital, Queen Square for my annual review at 15.45 19/5/2015.
NN: I booked a taxi for 14:35 to take me there.

GN: The taxi arrived on time
NN: The meter failed after a few miles. I told the driver, who said he was taking the cab to be fixed after he'd dropped me.

BN: The taxi 'died' at Russell Square. It would not budge an inch.
GN: It was close enough to our destination to walk, so David pushed me to Queen Square.

GN: I was seen on time.
?GN: My regular consultant was on maternity leave so I was seen by a locum.
BN: They have remolished the clinic and there is not enough space for wheelchairs.
NN: I needed a blood test so Consultant gave me a form.
BN: The patient's name on the form was Kenneth **** whoops!

NN: After clinic, I used the loo.
BN: Nothing happened when I pressed the small flush button or the big flush button repeatedly. We reported this to clinic staff.

NN: We had time to kill as I had a meeting to chair a couple of miles away at 18.30.
BN: There was a voicemail message from the burglar alarm people to say my alarm had activated.
GN: From the timing, I reckoned there would not have been any intrusion as it was at the time were leaving the house.
GN: We had nice salads at Prêt A Manger.
NN: David thought he'd push me the two miles to my meeting.

BN: We passed the taxi that had died; it had still not budged after two hours though the AA was in attendance. Chatted briefly with driver (a regular).

BN: Alarm company rang to say alarm had briefly activated again...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 20, 2014, 08:13:50 pm
BN: I somehow tipped out of my wheelchair when I was unloaded from a cab.
GN: Apart from some minimal bruising to my head and right shoulder, I seem uninjured.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 20, 2014, 08:18:26 pm
GN: Tomorrow is my last day at the asylum until next Wednesday  :thumbsup:
BN: Have you seen the weather forecast for the weekend?  :sick: Perfect timing for a couple of overnighters on the Moors ...  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 21, 2014, 01:40:49 pm
BN: I somehow tipped out of my wheelchair when I was unloaded from a cab.

!

GN: Apart from some minimal bruising to my head and right shoulder, I seem uninjured.
Phew
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 21, 2014, 01:42:20 pm
BN: I somehow tipped out of my wheelchair when I was unloaded from a cab.
GN: Apart from some minimal bruising to my head and right shoulder, I seem uninjured.

How was the chair?  </obligatory post-off question> ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on May 21, 2014, 05:58:42 pm
Bad news: I'm being hassled about the disc use of my email.
Amusing news: Said email included an advert for hello kitty knickers. Just my thing.  :)
Good news: I've actually made it back into work and started to catch up from the lurgy last week.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 22, 2014, 01:10:13 am
BN: I somehow tipped out of my wheelchair when I was unloaded from a cab.
GN: Apart from some minimal bruising to my head and right shoulder, I seem uninjured.

How was the chair?  </obligatory post-off question> ;D

The chair's fine.
I are a naughty gurl. I told my Mum I'd phone her after I arrived as she knew David was out; we'd shared the taxi, dropping her en route close to her abode.

After my off, I went to the loo and then phoned her. I told her I was in one piece; there is no evidence that this is not true.
I think my knowing about my off would upset her.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 22, 2014, 01:23:54 am
This has not been a good week for taxis.
Monday: taxi dies, fortunately close to destination.
Tuesday: decant episode.
Wednesday: went to E&C 'Die-In' and wanted cab to take us back to a restaurant where friends were having a Big Meal.

Wandered around for ages looking for a taxi. First one whose driver's we caught screamed that his ramp didn't work.
Next one was in a hired cab and had to fiddle for AGES, first to open ramp, then to close it.
BN: We were a bit late for the meal.
GN: This didn't matter as nobody had ordered food when we arrived.
BN: Chap organising meal had to leave early as he needed to travel a long way to get a spare key as he ha locked himself out.
BN: Minicab driver on homeward trip drove like a little boy at (speed limit +15mph) all the way home.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Guy on May 22, 2014, 03:19:54 pm
GN: I'm offski soon and not back until Wednesday :thumbsup:
BN: A frikkin thunderstorm has just broken out, right overhead  :o

At least I brought my jacket this time ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 22, 2014, 03:32:01 pm
GN: OrangeGina has a new home, so today was spent dismantling, cleaning etc. in preparation for packing and shipping by the LBS tomorrow.
BN: A couple of days ago, I thought I knew what n+1 was going to be. Now I'm not so sure ... it's a three-horse race1  ::-) Curse you, universe ... don't make me choose!

1 - Salsa El Mariachi (original choice, also orange), Salsa Fargo (nice shade of blue) or Surly ECR (just plain bad-ass)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Gattopardo on May 22, 2014, 03:34:53 pm
ORANGE...

Looking at assembling my own 29er...or converting the super galaxy to a 29er. 
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 22, 2014, 03:38:19 pm
ORANGE...

Looking at assembling my own 29er...or converting the super galaxy to a 29er.
That's what I'm thinking, especially as it'll match the orangeMandarin B17 that was on the Genesis.
However, the bad-assery of the ECR cannot be underestimated, plus it's frame and forks whereas the two Salsas are frame only.

Nyaaargh!

ETA: On the plus side, the El Mariachi is 'special order' with a lead time of 2-3 months according to the distie. This would give me extra time to agonisemake my mind up.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on May 22, 2014, 03:41:55 pm
ORANGE...

Looking at assembling my own 29er...or converting the super galaxy to a 29er.

I'd go with building one from a 29er specific frame, trying to covert a road bike would be a bit of a non-tarter, too full of compromises.  Bottom bracket being too high and rear tyre not fitting into frame being just two that I can think of.

FWIW I can whole heartedly recommend the On-One Inbred 29er, it's no lightweight but works, for me, as a on road and off road bike.

I will resist the temptation to post a pic right now :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Gattopardo on May 22, 2014, 03:45:23 pm
ORANGE...

Looking at assembling my own 29er...or converting the super galaxy to a 29er.
That's what I'm thinking, especially as it'll match the orangeMandarin B17 that was on the Genesis.
However, the bad-assery of the ECR cannot be underestimated, plus it's frame and forks whereas the two Salsas are frame only.

Nyaaargh!

ETA: On the plus side, the El Mariachi is 'special order' with a lead time of 2-3 months according to the distie. This would give me extra time to agonisemake my mind up.

Other frames can be painted that colour ;)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Deano on May 22, 2014, 03:45:32 pm
ORANGE...

Looking at assembling my own 29er...or converting the super galaxy to a 29er.
That's what I'm thinking, especially as it'll match the orangeMandarin B17 that was on the Genesis.
However, the bad-assery of the ECR cannot be underestimated, plus it's frame and forks whereas the two Salsas are frame only.

Nyaaargh!

ETA: On the plus side, the El Mariachi is 'special order' with a lead time of 2-3 months according to the distie. This would give me extra time to agonisemake my mind up.
The Surly ECR looks mental.

It would look a bit like Pugsley's little brother in your garage, though.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 22, 2014, 03:45:53 pm
FWIW I can whole heartedly recommend the On-One Inbred 29er, it's no lightweight but works, for me, as a on road and off road bike.
Also available in orange ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on May 22, 2014, 03:47:13 pm
FWIW I can whole heartedly recommend the On-One Inbred 29er, it's no lightweight but works, for me, as a on road and off road bike.
Also available in orange ...

BUT! Everyone knows the best colour, for that bike at any rate, is Apple Sauce Green.  I think mine is still that colour, under all the dirt and mud...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on May 22, 2014, 03:49:06 pm
The Surly ECR looks mental.

It would look a bit like Pugsley's little brother in your garage, though.
They'd have to be kept apart- there's too much risk of a Universe-shattering singularity of awesomeness if an ECR and Pugsley were kept in close proximity for too long.

I feel the need to meditate on this ...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Gattopardo on May 22, 2014, 03:52:23 pm
ORANGE...

Looking at assembling my own 29er...or converting the super galaxy to a 29er.

I'd go with building one from a 29er specific frame, trying to covert a road bike would be a bit of a non-tarter, too full of compromises.  Bottom bracket being too high and rear tyre not fitting into frame being just two that I can think of.

FWIW I can whole heartedly recommend the On-One Inbred 29er, it's no lightweight but works, for me, as a on road and off road bike.

I will resist the temptation to post a pic right now :)

Was looking at even making the frame myself, but at on one prices I shouldn't bother.

Looking to use the galaxy for something.  Was thinking road bar with bar end gear change triple bike.  But seem to have ended up with lots of frames that I really want to keep but duplication on the same type of bike seems odd.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on May 22, 2014, 03:55:55 pm
If going down the Inbred route, make sure you get the frame with the Swap-outs.  This allows you to run it single speed, IGH or geared by just swapping the drop outs on the back end.

For a while they stopped making them with swap outs, but I think too many people wanted them so they have them in stock again.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on May 22, 2014, 07:59:16 pm
GN: I have sorted out my transport for Edingburgh - a recycled cycle! http://www.thebikestation.org.uk/ - very helpful folk on the end of the phone, all cool

GGN: Mrs Ham when appraised of the fact I was buying another bike, after explanation, said "That's a good idea" (I wonder if she's ill ? )

BN: It will be a couple of weeks before I can get to utilise the same
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on May 23, 2014, 04:15:36 pm
BN: before my camping trip I sterilised the 2.5L Platypus I use for water.  I had no Milton so I used dilute Dettol and rinsed thourouhly.

It was Dettol perfumed with Rosemary & Lavender or some such shite...

GN; I can't taste Dettol and it's not making me I'll.

BN: every drop of water that comes out of the bladder has a sickly sweet smell & taste that even strong Lapsang Souchong can't hide.

More bad news, this morning I refilled both water bottles from the bladder and now they both Ming as well :-(

Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on May 24, 2014, 04:50:20 pm
BN:  The kitchen sink tap failed so it can't be turned off
GN:  There are isolator taps under the sink
GN2:The replacement only cost 27 Euros for a single lever ceramic mixer tap.
GN3: Fitting was surprisingly straight forward
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 24, 2014, 08:22:02 pm
BN: before my camping trip I sterilised the 2.5L Platypus I use for water.  I had no Milton so I used dilute Dettol and rinsed thourouhly.

It was Dettol perfumed with Rosemary & Lavender or some such shite...

GN; I can't taste Dettol and it's not making me I'll.

BN: every drop of water that comes out of the bladder has a sickly sweet smell & taste that even strong Lapsang Souchong can't hide.

More bad news, this morning I refilled both water bottles from the bladder and now they both Ming as well :-(

Use cheap thin bleach next time! Sainsbury's Basics thin bleach is a whopping 30p for two litres.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on May 25, 2014, 08:31:43 pm
Bad: Acyclovir 800mg pills are monstrous things, & therefore hard to swallow.

Good: The instruction leaflet says the pills can be dispersed (they don't really dissolve) in water & taken thus.

Better: There's no nasty taste, just a slight grittiness.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 19, 2014, 07:38:22 pm
Hurrah!  My new sofa is here and assembled.
Bah!  All cushions available from Mr Sainsbury are expensive, horrid, or both.  This means my fourth trip to IKEA in less than a fortnight chiz :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 19, 2014, 08:51:39 pm
Dunelm Mill, Mr L?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on June 19, 2014, 08:54:01 pm
Dunelm Mill, Mr L?

Also Home base and BM
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on June 19, 2014, 09:09:33 pm
Just paid my first month's rent and my bond for my new place.

This has made a large hole in my finances.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 19, 2014, 10:38:18 pm
Nearest Dunelm is in Enfield, which requires one to travel within close proximity to Edmonton.  B&M are even further away.  And Homebase are a shower of dunces.  IKEA aten't too bad iffen you get early enough and tell yourself that IKEA is just another shop.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Dibdib on June 20, 2014, 08:33:38 am
GN: Went on a DAET last night.

BN: Her opening gambit - in THE quintessential cycling city, Oxford - was along the lines of "I don't like seeing bikes on the road, I think they're dangerous..."


 :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 20, 2014, 04:18:59 pm
Hurrah!  I have survived IKEA, got my iPod talking to the hifi without needing to turn the amp up to 11 and declared the Great Hall of Larrington Towers open for bizness.
Bah! Larrington Towers no longer contains a functional cassette deck.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on June 20, 2014, 08:25:26 pm
GN ; The recent stem fettle on the tandem has given me the desired more upright position thus alleviating the neck ache previously "enjoyed"

BN ; The recent stem fettle on the tandem has given me the desired more upright position thus
placing more weight on my sit bones.There will be,for the foreseeable future,no sans padded riding in order to avoid Tyranosorearse symptons.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on June 21, 2014, 08:57:43 am
GN : I've just discovered a 600km audax that passes within half a km of my front door

BN : I've just discovered a 600km audax that passes within half a km of my front door


I do wish my body could cash the cheques that my mind writes
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: citoyen on June 21, 2014, 01:47:20 pm
GN: my distance vision is still "exceptional"

BN: My near vision is, as the optician put it, "maturing". I've known this for a while, tbh, but I've just forked out £135 for the privilege of making it official. Pah!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on June 25, 2014, 08:15:15 pm
GN: My mother & sister are enjoying their holiday in Carcassonne ...

BN: The French air traffic controllers are playing silly buggers again...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on June 26, 2014, 09:09:31 am
Good News: I can track the delivery of my new frame online and see an ETA

Bad News: The driver seems to have gone past the end of my road but won't be here for 2 hours :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on June 26, 2014, 09:34:12 am
GN: A very kind friend, who lives in Leftpondia, has sent me a care package containing BBQ sauces, rubs and a Kansas City Barbeque Society book.

BN: See GN, my waistline may well suffer over the next few months (and my bank balance as I think about buying a smoker large enough to cook pork shoulder in)...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mike on June 26, 2014, 09:54:30 am
GN: A very kind friend, who lives in Leftpondia, has sent me a care package containing BBQ sauces, rubs and a Kansas City Barbeque Society book.

BN: See GN, my waistline may well suffer over the next few months (and my bank balance as I think about buying a smoker large enough to cook pork shoulder in)...

fantastic!  My brother got married in Kansas a couple of years ago and we had our pre-wedding-lunch-with-my-kid-brother at a roadside bbq place, sitting under a tarpaulin roof at plastic tables with paper plates and it was one of the best meals I've ever had!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on June 26, 2014, 03:49:32 pm
GN: Our annual cycle to work scheme is comming round again in a fortnight (I thought it was going to be October this year)

BN: Someone please remind me I don't need another bike :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on June 26, 2014, 04:17:30 pm
GN: Our annual cycle to work scheme is comming round again in a fortnight (I thought it was going to be October this year)

BN: Someone please remind me I don't need another bike :facepalm:

Playing to the wrong crowd there M  :D

You need a sleek carbon shiny now, don't you?  Don't you?  Don't you?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Gattopardo on June 26, 2014, 04:19:08 pm
GN: A very kind friend, who lives in Leftpondia, has sent me a care package containing BBQ sauces, rubs and a Kansas City Barbeque Society book.

BN: See GN, my waistline may well suffer over the next few months (and my bank balance as I think about buying a smoker large enough to cook pork shoulder in)...

Can make a smoker quite cheaply....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on June 26, 2014, 04:21:30 pm


BN: Someone please remind me I don't need another bike :facepalm:

Of course you need another bike.For instance do you yet have
a recumbent (of any type of the 4 that spring immediately to mind)
a trike?
a folder?

 :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on June 26, 2014, 05:11:47 pm
This is going well ::-) :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on June 26, 2014, 05:42:31 pm
BN: It has been three weeks since I ordered a XLR / 3.5mm jack adaptor. Still no sign of it coming. No one else seems to have them in stock either. I hadn't realised it was such a weird thing to want.

GN: In less than three weeks Alpkit have made and posted the bag I ordered.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on June 26, 2014, 11:01:33 pm
GN: Our annual cycle to work scheme is comming round again in a fortnight (I thought it was going to be October this year)

BN: Someone please remind me I don't need another bike :facepalm:

Playing to the wrong crowd there M  :D

You need a sleek carbon shiny now, don't you?  Don't you?  Don't you?

No, no, n... Er this looks nice
(http://www.planetx.co.uk/imgs/products/px/950_constW/CBHOSTELRIV_P2.jpg)
:facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on June 26, 2014, 11:03:43 pm
That bike smells a bit like shyumu.

This is more 'you'.

http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CWIL0128KK&gclid=CjkKEQjwia-dBRC07eeatYGe-78BEiQArZhbgNW7dQ1-W2XvLbj08r9RA4cj9_nynmyvtevsZvbnhOzw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on June 26, 2014, 11:05:15 pm
Lovely, and only 50% over the scheme limit ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on June 26, 2014, 11:11:43 pm
Lovely, and only 50% over the scheme limit ;D

Don't bring me problems.  Bring me solutions.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 27, 2014, 05:09:56 pm
BN: The leather patch on my Barley came unstitched.
GN: An email to Carradice received an extremely swift reply saying if I sent it in, they'd mend it.
BN: It could take them three weeks.
BN: I need it before then.
GN: A shoe repairer was able to mend it.
GN: For a whole £2.50.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 28, 2014, 02:36:38 pm
BN: Bobb and I have only seen each other twice this year, I miss him a lot, and it's still a month till we next see each other
GN: at the end of August we're going to Mykonos for two weeks. We haven't had a proper holiday together before. Can't wait.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 06, 2014, 08:48:54 am
GN: my younger son is now entitled Dr.

BN: having had his thesis bound, published and placed on the shelves of the University Library, he is Dr. Dolescum, BA, MA, PhD.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: delthebike on July 06, 2014, 09:21:15 am
BN: having had his thesis bound, published and placed on the shelves of the University Library, he is Dr. Dolescum, BA, MA, PhD.
Why not Dr. Wowbagger Jr?  ???
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Regulator on July 07, 2014, 07:04:41 am
GN:  The TdF goes past our house this morning...  :thumbsup:

BN:  I'm in Telford this morning....  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on July 07, 2014, 02:19:46 pm
GN: I don't have to fly out to Muscat this evening.

BN: I will be deploying the parachute on Saturday instead.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on July 07, 2014, 07:17:03 pm
BN:  I accidentally ate an important part of one of my molars yesterday afternoon.

GN: Rumours of a dental surgery accepting NHS patients up on the Raddlebarn Road weren't exaggerated.

RGN: They dispatched a family of smalls with healthy teeth as I arrived, and by the time I'd completed the form-filling were mostly bored and complaining about health & safety[1], so the dentist had a look and botched my tooth back together with yet more filling there and then.


[1] Apparently they'd just had a bollocking for having no entries in their accident book.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on July 08, 2014, 12:34:50 pm
GN : For the past two weeks I've ridden the bike every other day*

BN : Untill yesterday.

* I know that many otp ride daily but it's a decade & a half since I did that so it's relative iyswim
ETA except for a e2e in 2009
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on July 08, 2014, 08:59:46 pm
GN: I don't have to fly out to Muscat this evening.

BN: I will be deploying the parachute on Saturday instead.

EBGN: the client has delayed approving my travel so I won't be going in the immediate future.

BN: this means the contractor won't be getting the support required and this part of the project is in trouble.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on July 11, 2014, 09:12:29 am
GN: They have filled in the pot holes on Shark Lane!

BN: See GN
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ruth on July 13, 2014, 05:57:11 pm
BN:  I had to bribe The Boy to get him to pack any boxes for the move.

GN:  I bribed The Boy and he's packing the boxes for the move.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on July 13, 2014, 09:06:45 pm
GN:  The football's nearly over.

BN: The football starts again in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: nikki on July 13, 2014, 09:20:11 pm
GN: I can no longer hear the incessantly overflowing overflow from the building opposite.
BN: Nearby jazz festival.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: citoyen on July 14, 2014, 10:02:31 am
Bad news: I've lost my Kindle. It fell out of my Barley somewhere between Victoria and Teddington on the way to work this morning. It's my own stupid fault, really - the bag was very full, so I didn't have it properly tucked inside the main compartment, just secured under the flap. I've done this before and got away with it but not this time. I first realised something was up when I got off my bike at work and noticed the flap seemed quite loose.  :facepalm:

Good news: it's an excuse to buy a new Kindle, one with a built-in light.  :thumbsup:

Bad news: I can't really afford such frivolous purchases at the moment. But I feel bereft without it.  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on July 14, 2014, 10:23:40 am
Bad news: I've lost my Kindle. It fell out of my Barley somewhere between Victoria and Teddington on the way to work this morning. It's my own stupid fault, really - the bag was very full, so I didn't have it properly tucked inside the main compartment, just secured under the flap. I've done this before and got away with it but not this time. I first realised something was up when I got off my bike at work and noticed the flap seemed quite loose.  :facepalm:

Good news: it's an excuse to buy a new Kindle, one with a built-in light.  :thumbsup:

Bad news: I can't really afford such frivolous purchases at the moment. But I feel bereft without it.  :(

Bad news: YHPM
Good news: Fewer excuses ;)

(or should that be the other way around?)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: citoyen on July 14, 2014, 11:27:36 am
Good news: yacf!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Moultonaught on July 14, 2014, 12:43:21 pm
BN: spent yesterday morning selling accumulated 'tat' from the garage that hadn't been unpacked in the 4 1/2 years since the house move.

GN:  despite me worrying that we wouldn't cover the £10 pitch cost, we made £50 profit! Sproggles have extra holiday pocket money  ;D


BN: we only took half the 'tat' from the garage, so we'll have to do another

GN: we only took half the 'tat' from the garage, so we'll have to do another
       It was, to my surprise, quite good fun, and we should make some more £ from the rest of the 'tat'....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: bumper on July 15, 2014, 08:49:49 pm
Good news.
N+1 has happened, got a 29er on the way :thumbsup:

Bad news.
I purchased it when my wife was out and have received a massive bollocking. She's not talking to me at present. Actually this may be good news too :thumbsup:

Its being delivered tomorrow so I'll be out on it with her ignoring me from afar ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on July 17, 2014, 10:39:37 am
GN: I don't have to fly out to Muscat this evening.

BN: I will be deploying the parachute on Saturday instead.

EBGN: the client has delayed approving my travel so I won't be going in the immediate future.

BN: this means the contractor won't be getting the support required and this part of the project is in trouble.

BN It's back on again flights are being booked for Saturday.

GN I hear Muscat is a nice place to visit.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on July 17, 2014, 11:27:10 am
GN: I don't have to fly out to Muscat this evening.

BN: I will be deploying the parachute on Saturday instead.

EBGN: the client has delayed approving my travel so I won't be going in the immediate future.

BN: this means the contractor won't be getting the support required and this part of the project is in trouble.

BN It's back on again flights are being booked for Saturday.

GN I hear Muscat is a nice place to visit.

There's a song about that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgCk3bnvO5Y
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on July 18, 2014, 01:42:06 am
BN: the car decided that three cylinders was sufficient when passing Edinburgh on the way south.

GN: It is no longer my problem

BN: retrieving the trailer may be difficult.

GN: the replacement waggon is big enough for everything
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Jaded on July 18, 2014, 02:06:03 am
GN I found the lost Naproxan tablets

BN I need them
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on July 19, 2014, 12:41:44 pm
BN : Volvo fails MOT
GN due only to one of the two rear number plate light bulbs being non-operable

no too shabby for a 14 y.o. vehicle.

GN: the 'orrible noise emenating from the rear o/side was not tyre related
BN :the 'orrible noise emenating from the rear o/side was another wheel bearing failure

GN : the various malfunctioning functions relating to the tailgate,none of which result in an MOT failure, (HRW,lock*,wiper, ) were restored to operation following repair to broken wiring in the tailgate loom.
BN : this required the attentions a person with a licence to print £, a.k.a. an auto electrician.

GN : the cause of high level brake light failure in the tailgate was identified as
BN : a failed relay of some description which costs approx. £260 :o. I'll have this done when I win the lottery.Meantime I can live without it.

BN : the fuel filter was replaced upon tester's recommendation
GN : NisNIbs was not in attendance so he left staff with instructions to give me the keys & asked for me to pop in during the week to settle the bill.It is rather flattering to be so trusted.You don't get that a main dealership.

GN : *this restored the operation of the remote central locking via key fob
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: jogler on July 21, 2014, 10:16:09 am


GN : the various malfunctioning functions relating to the tailgate,none of which result in an MOT failure, (HRW,lock*,wiper, ) were restored to operation following repair to broken wiring in the tailgate loom.
BN : this required the attentions a person with a licence to print £, a.k.a. an auto electrician.



puck a fig

My wallet is in need of cardiac massage ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 21, 2014, 04:44:25 pm
Hurrah: I have a new North American road atlas :thumbsup:
Bah: I should have bought the spiral-bound version, not the large format :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on July 31, 2014, 11:40:51 pm
BN: My hearing aid got knocked out while hugging a friend at BiCon this evening. When I picked it up off the floor it was dead.

GN: I had packed my spare hearing aid so I was able to say to friend it was OK, calmly walk back to my room, chuck a battery in BAHA #2, have a quick 'definitely dead' test on #1 and carry on my BiCon.

GN: Friend is not worried that my hearing aid is broken and believed me when I said it wasn't her fault. These things happen and this is the 1st time in 23.5yrs of using bone anchored hearing aids that one has broken immediately after getting knocked out and they can get knocked out a lot.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on August 02, 2014, 12:43:09 pm
GN: This has been a pretty good summer so far.

BN: As soon as I go camping in The Peaks, it pisses down non-stop. Almost biblically on Thursday afternoon. My shoes are still soaking from that downpour.

GN: The venerable Vaude Taurus II tent has withstood everything thrown at it.

BN: I really want to go home. it's not fun. But some friends are coming for the night, so we're stuck here another night, whilst they sleep soundly in the bunk house.

BN: A couple in a nearby tent decided it was good to carry on chatting at normal volume well into the early hours last night. Twunts.

GN: I have Monday off to recover.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 02, 2014, 01:24:31 pm
Hurrah!  I have taken delivery of my new doorbell :thumbsup:
Bah!  It's b0rked. One of the terminals, and associated wiring, for connecting the bell wire to the coil is simply NOT THERE.  There is no way it could have fallen off.  Gits >:(  >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on August 02, 2014, 03:03:18 pm
Hurrah!  I have taken delivery of my new doorbell :thumbsup:

Does it do Rod Hull?   :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 02, 2014, 03:26:39 pm
Hurrah!  I have taken delivery of my new doorbell :thumbsup:

Does it do Rod Hull?   :D

Eh ???

I do know that Half Man Half Biscuit don't play Rod Hull Is Alive - Why? live these days.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on August 02, 2014, 03:32:47 pm
https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=80029.25 (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=80029.25)

Quote
Quote from: Basil on February 07, 2014, 07:20:28 PM

    I've still no idea what Kim means by a Rod Hull door bell.
    IANW.


http://youtu.be/FZiAU6ydtv8

(If you're of a generation that was never exposed to this programme, count yourself lucky.)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 02, 2014, 06:05:36 pm
Hurrah!  I now have a working doorbell, energised by the voles and ants that come out of the wall.  Went and bought one from Screwfix (which I should probably have done in the first place), recycled the power lead from a dead cassette deck to supply anbarism to the transformer.  All worked first time which was something of a surprise, especially to anyone who has witnessed my attempts to home-brew bicycle lighting systems.

Bah!  My feet hurt and I still have to parcel up the DOA one for collection by Nozama's Minion on Monday.  If said minion doesn't use the doorbell to attract my attention s/he will be killed utterly to DETH.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on August 02, 2014, 06:47:47 pm
BN: My hearing aid got knocked out while hugging a friend at BiCon this evening. When I picked it up off the floor it was dead.

GN: I had packed my spare hearing aid so I was able to say to friend it was OK, calmly walk back to my room, chuck a battery in BAHA #2, have a quick 'definitely dead' test on #1 and carry on my BiCon.

And then the bloody fucking second spare starts conking out and DIED on me at 6pm.  Can't get home and back before end of BiCon, really can't hear at all. Am at use laptop and hope stage.  Fucking public fucking transport and total unfair having TWO hearing aids fail on me.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on August 02, 2014, 09:13:01 pm
Hurrah!  I now have a working doorbell, energised by the voles and ants that come out of the wall.  Went and bought one from Screwfix (which I should probably have done in the first place), recycled the power lead from a dead cassette deck to supply anbarism to the transformer.  All worked first time which was something of a surprise, especially to anyone who has witnessed my attempts to home-brew bicycle lighting systems.

Bah!  My feet hurt and I still have to parcel up the DOA one for collection by Nozama's Minion on Monday.  If said minion doesn't use the doorbell to attract my attention s/he will be killed utterly to DETH.

If you have an anbaric doorbell that gets its voles from the mains, I highly recommend fitting an illuminated push button.  This provides an extra hint to couriers, chuggers, meter men and the like that there might be a useful alternative to simply banging on the door.

(I have molished one that flashes angrily in response to door-banging, as an extra hint.)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 02, 2014, 09:23:22 pm
I shall possibly have a look for one the next time I find myself in a DIY hellhole.  I lack the both inclination and tech-fu to do anything cleverer than wield a screwdriver1 at it, thobut.

Edit: How does the push button get its supply of anbarism to cause it to be lit?  Does it need another lot of anbaric string to convey voles and ants from for e.g. the transformer?

1 - And a hammer.  Obv.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 02, 2014, 11:38:16 pm
BN- No. 2 Son is job hunting.

GN- 'Tis cos he has been awarded a Desmond.

An Fuzzy product has a degree  :o
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on August 03, 2014, 01:01:32 am
BN: My hearing aid got knocked out while hugging a friend at BiCon this evening. When I picked it up off the floor it was dead.

GN: I had packed my spare hearing aid so I was able to say to friend it was OK, calmly walk back to my room, chuck a battery in BAHA #2, have a quick 'definitely dead' test on #1 and carry on my BiCon.

And then the bloody fucking second spare starts conking out and DIED on me at 6pm.  Can't get home and back before end of BiCon, really can't hear at all. Am at use laptop and hope stage.  Fucking public fucking transport and total unfair having TWO hearing aids fail on me.

And some GN:

But I really am downright fucking tenacious. My friend fed me tea and we got computers to type conversations while I evaluated my options of travel and then not.  After a few wrong starts and random hideous noises I got the first-broken slightly-less-fucked hearing aid to get internal audio off my laptop and subsequently external room audio off my Sansa Clip MP3 player in record but paused mode

Cue using the sansa clip as an external microphone to hearing aid unit and continuing my socialising with friends. Remarkably good sound quality, slightly dodgy for group conversation buts it's been running for 5 hours if I don't mind hitting the ON button again every 15-20 mins when it turns itself off!  I have a friend willing to lend me his Sansa clip tomorrow so I don't flatten the charge on mine!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on August 03, 2014, 08:13:00 am
The bodging of necessity.  :thumbsup:

Hope you continue to hear what you need to.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Kim on August 03, 2014, 11:21:26 am
Tertiary backup hearing aid found, confirmed working and on standby for when you get home... *salutes*
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on August 03, 2014, 02:29:54 pm
Tertiary backup hearing aid found, confirmed working and on standby for when you get home... *salutes*

Clever Kim! Thank you. Hoping to leave maybe 3:30pmish but not 100% sure trains etc.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 05, 2014, 09:52:18 am
GN: We've won tickets to a music festival (Beacons festival in Skipton).

BN: It's this weekend, already have some things planned and kids are with us (well, as usual)

GN: MsCharly and her FWHTBAB would love to go to a festival but can't afford one . . . Well they can now.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on August 05, 2014, 01:36:05 pm
BN: Daughter missed her uni offer by one grade.

GN: They took her anyway. She is off to Heriott-Watt to study Engineering.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on August 05, 2014, 01:45:20 pm
Glad she was able to get in anyway. Hope she enjoys her course!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: matthew on August 05, 2014, 01:58:51 pm
Which flavour of engineering or is it a common first year with teh specialisation chosen later?

 :thumbsup: for engineering students in general and female ones in particular. The industry is known to be missing out on a substantial talent pool.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on August 05, 2014, 02:23:56 pm
It is a general introductory first year (may be first two years) then the chance to specialise in Mechanical, Civil, Chemical or Electronic.

My elder brother did his MSc at H-W.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: phantasmagoriana on August 06, 2014, 05:44:01 pm
GN: finally decided to try some of that caramelised biscuit spread stuff; Waitrose had 25% off.

BN: I fear it may not last the evening. :-[
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on August 06, 2014, 05:52:08 pm
Is that the stuff made out of those little biscuits that you get with coffee? I tried that too, since I am currently resident in a house of astonishing levels of provisioning. It was like eating biscuits on toast. Apparently they bought it in morrisons.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: phantasmagoriana on August 06, 2014, 06:02:57 pm
Is that the stuff made out of those little biscuits that you get with coffee? I tried that too, since I am currently resident in a house of astonishing levels of provisioning. It was like eating biscuits on toast. Apparently they bought it in morrisons.

It is. For full effect, I think I need to try it spread on the caramelised biscuits. Perhaps even make a biscuit and biscuit spread sandwich.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on August 08, 2014, 01:14:04 pm
GN: A book I have waited nearly three years to get has been delivered!

BN: It has been delivered to home and I am at work, some 50 miles away!!!!

The rest of the day is going to go slow, now, even though it's POETS day.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: David Martin on August 09, 2014, 04:30:36 pm
GN: Finally made it to my second Parkrun. The first was 16 months ago.
BN: I am not very fit
GN: I was quicker than I thought I would be
BN: Running with cramp in my calf was not a good idea - rather painful now.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Vince on August 10, 2014, 03:41:22 pm
BN: Between baggage drop and security at MCR I discovered I still had my pen knife in my pocket.
BN: After rushing to T1, discovered the post office was closed so couldn't post it to myself.
GN: Happy look on the shop assistant's face as he became the new owner of my Swiss army knife.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on August 10, 2014, 04:18:26 pm
I once accidentally left a Swiss Army knife in hand baggage.

I told the security people they could keep it, or give it away.

They put it in a big orange plastic envelope with a security tag on it, & sent it as checked baggage. I had to collect it at the other end.

That was Bangkok, IIRC.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 10, 2014, 04:39:40 pm
GN: We've won tickets to a music festival (Beacons festival in Skipton).

BN: It's this weekend, already have some things planned and kids are with us (well, as usual)

GN: MsCharly and her FWHTBAB would love to go to a festival but can't afford one . . . Well they can now.
After a lovely day yesterday, I hope they're not getting too wet today. Our friends are there, avec brollies and wellies. Woolly went with them yesterday and paid more for a single day ticket than they did for the whole event!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Regulator on August 13, 2014, 10:09:04 am
GN: I've been offered a job, which will allow me to live at home and will mean a £10k pay rise.

BN: It's only fixed term and it's not the job I'm really after.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: clarion on August 13, 2014, 01:26:31 pm
BN: Daughter missed her uni offer by one grade.

GN: They took her anyway. She is off to Heriott-Watt to study Engineering.
Huzzah!  Huzzah!  Huzzah!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 13, 2014, 03:55:24 pm
Hurrah!  My 3.5mm stereo <-> RCA lead has arrived!  Now I can partake of hi-fi-assisted iPoddy Goodness in the Grand Bedchamber as well as in the Great Hall :thumbsup:

Bah!  While hunting out the spare iPod dock from the Big Bag of Anbaric Wossnames, I found a 3.5mm stereo <-> RCA lead :(

Plus a Several of "what the hell is THAT?" items.  Usually with a USB plug at one end.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 13, 2014, 04:29:48 pm
(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/universal_converter_box.png)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 13, 2014, 04:57:59 pm
Thunderbolt, no Lightning? Very, very frightening!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on August 13, 2014, 08:43:03 pm
GN: Just ridden 25 mins, my commuting time, without any particular discomfort in my right arm

BN: THe bike's still attached to a turbo trainer

Oh well, getting there steadily.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 13, 2014, 09:42:57 pm
GN: Just ridden 25 mins, my commuting time, without any particular discomfort in my right arm

BN: THe bike's still attached to a turbo trainer

Oh well, getting there steadily.

That's still good going!
Stay well, stay safe!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Deano on August 13, 2014, 11:41:13 pm
Nice one, m.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 14, 2014, 07:19:53 pm
Hurrah!  One of my books is worth two and a half grand :thumbsup:

Bah!  No.  No, it isn't.  Just some bunch of chancers selling via Nozama >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Pickled Onion on August 15, 2014, 09:25:37 am
GN: The town centre now has a 20mph area

BN: The signs appear to be invisible to anyone in a motor vehicle.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: BlackSheep on August 15, 2014, 12:01:26 pm
FROM HARRY WEBB'S PERSPECTIVE:

BN Sir Cliff Richard to be questioned by police. Singer flying back from Portugal to be interviewed by detectives. Pop star denies  allegation of historical sexual abuse involving boy aged under 16. Officers search his penthouse in Berkshire.


GN Police prosecuting less than one in three rape cases.

----------------------

All dark text quoted from today's "i"
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Regulator on August 16, 2014, 11:26:41 am
Can I just be pedantic and point out that the police don't prosecute? So if the 'i' is saying that it's peddling misinformation...
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 16, 2014, 12:29:22 pm
Can I just be pedantic and point out that the police don't prosecute? So if the 'i' is saying that it's peddling misinformation...

It didn't look much like a penthouse to me either.

Hurrah!  I've lived in Larrington Towers eighteen years almost to the day and never had a visit from a Jehovah's Witness :thumbsup:
Bah!  Until just now :sick:

He wanted to get me to go to some do they're having at the Excel next weekend but sadly I shall be in either Colorado or Guantanamo by then.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 16, 2014, 03:07:07 pm
Bloody Jehovah's witnesses banged on the door at around 10.30 last Saturday morning but did not ring doorbell.
I was home alone and reached door after they had scarpered, leaving leaflets.
Good thing David was out as he is usually still abed at that hour.
We probably get visits twice a year, being only around three miles from Watchtower House.
I have left a review on GoogolMaps.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on August 18, 2014, 08:35:11 pm
GN:  Old Speckled Hen is back on tap at the Country Girl after an absence of several years.

BN:  Old Speckled Hen is back on tap etc etc etc.
 :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 19, 2014, 08:28:55 pm
Hurrah!  I went out this evening wearing jeans, for the first time since about 2006.  I aten't been able to fit inside them since then.

Bah!  On returning home a feral mudguard stay sliced a 3" by 2" L-shaped hole in them >:(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Clare on August 19, 2014, 10:35:45 pm
Good news Mr L, as evidenced by da yoof ov terday, ripped jeans is all da rage innit.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 20, 2014, 12:19:25 am
Were I to want ripped jeans, I would do the ripping deliberately, rather than let the Towpath Bike have any say in the matter.

But I don't want them, because I'm fifty.  I don't want jeans that expose most of my trollies either.

Bah!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 20, 2014, 12:42:58 am
Bah!  Tonight's NA meeting was called off as Nice Lady With The Key failed to show up and let us in :(
Hurrah!  This means I have a packet of CHOCKLIT digestives to nom all by myself :thumbsup:
Bah!  I doubt Ms. Treasurer will let me claim the cost back chiz :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on August 20, 2014, 01:10:43 am
GN:  Old Speckled Hen is back on tap at the Country Girl after an absence of several years.

BN:  Old Speckled Hen is back on tap etc etc etc.
 :demon:

BBN:  OSH just isn't the beer that it used to be.  :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Ham on August 20, 2014, 11:41:44 am
GN: The Edinburgh hackbike is now stored in the office secure bike store (wot I have just discovered) instead of the street while I am not in same city (most of the time)

BN: For anyone that would have otherwise borrowed the same
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on August 20, 2014, 04:05:10 pm
GN: Physio is very impressed with the improvements in my arm movements since two weeks ago.

BN: She reckons I need to wait for my next orthopaedic appointment before I can even think about getting back on a bike - that's over a month away :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 20, 2014, 04:41:02 pm
That Meccano is only held in place by a couple of thin screws.
Maybe it is best to wait until some Bone has grown back to bridge that gap.

You really don't want to break a screw or fracture through a screw hole.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on August 20, 2014, 04:44:06 pm
I was hoping that between my last x-ray (which is nearly four weeks old) and now this would have been happening.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 20, 2014, 04:57:10 pm
Methinks if you had an X-ray at this point, it would only show tiny wisps of new bone betwixt the fracture ends, or less.
X-ray appearances do lag behind fibrous union but realistically, an adult mid-shaft humerus takes around three months to join.
The metalwork is doing a lovely job of holding things in place and allowing lightweight activity.

I really wouldn't chance it, sorry.

There was almost nothing bridging the fracture gap in my then 9 year old brother's forearm when they took him out of plaster 26 days after his injury.
I was mortified that they were leaving him unsupported.

I told him to be sensible.
He was.

(Brother is 19 years my junior. I took him to Fracture Clinic as Mum was working. I had worked in Orthopaedics for a year at this point.)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Basil on August 20, 2014, 05:26:51 pm
GN:  Old Speckled Hen is back on tap at the Country Girl after an absence of several years.

BN:  Old Speckled Hen is back on tap etc etc etc.
 :demon:

BBN:  OSH just isn't the beer that it used to be.  :(

True for the pub ale.   :(

The bottled stuff is still good.  Don't even think about trying the cans.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: PaulF on August 20, 2014, 06:10:09 pm
GN:  Old Speckled Hen is back on tap at the Country Girl after an absence of several years.

BN:  Old Speckled Hen is back on tap etc etc etc.
 :demon:

BBN:  OSH just isn't the beer that it used to be.  :(

True for the pub ale.   :(

The bottled stuff is still good.  Don't even think about trying the cans.

Basil speaks wise words, think Morlands went downhill when they moved to Suffolk :(
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: andrewc on August 20, 2014, 08:16:38 pm
BN: So busy that lunch was a bag of crisps & a KitKat

GN: Met 2 old friends on the way home from work

BN: 3 pints of Hoegaarden on an empty stomach........ :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 20, 2014, 10:03:33 pm
Hurrah: I have plotted a route for the first part of the upcoming trip to USania.  Bridges may be involved  :thumbsup:

Bah! Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is still closed due to last September's flooding ???
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 26, 2014, 09:46:35 am
BN: Between baggage drop and security at MCR I discovered I still had my pen knife in my pocket.
BN: After rushing to T1, discovered the post office was closed so couldn't post it to myself.
GN: Happy look on the shop assistant's face as he became the new owner of my Swiss army knife.
I once did that with a jar of Marmite (what do you mean, you don't fly with a jar of Marmite? Why not?)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 26, 2014, 09:58:47 am
BN: Two weeks of (almost) avelopia.
GN: Lay on the meadow in the sun, walked in the forest (sometimes barefoot - it's very sandy soil, so it's like walking on a beach - except with ants!), visited relatives, chatted with friends.
GN: Tasty food.
BN: Tasty food.
GN: Raspberries in the garden. "Are we picking them or pick-and-eating them?"
BN: Didn't go to the bison forest.
GN: Didn't check email or even turn on my phone for two weeks!
GN: Rode BiL's bike to town and back a few times.
BN: Rode BiL's bike to town and back a few times. He is taller than me but saddle seems to be set up for someone about half my height.
Funny N: Seeing Little Cudzo riding a bike he last rode when he was really little (knees literally hitting handlebars).
GN: Mountain bike is in the back of a van on its way to me.
BN: Back now.
GN: Back now.
GN: Might even go back next year.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on September 05, 2014, 01:31:37 pm
GN: Audiology's posted replacement loaner hearing aids (yes TWO of them) actually both work.
BN: This means they've been hiding working hearing aids from me for TWO weeks after I visited saying the original loaner aid was breaking in 2 different ways.   
BN: Suspect they have cupboard-syndrome "These live in the cupboard, couldn't have people USING them".

GN: I can acknowledge receipt of working loaners and ask when my actual replacements will have funding authorised by EMAIL! :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: SteveC on September 05, 2014, 08:29:57 pm
BN: Between baggage drop and security at MCR I discovered I still had my pen knife in my pocket.
BN: After rushing to T1, discovered the post office was closed so couldn't post it to myself.
GN: Happy look on the shop assistant's face as he became the new owner of my Swiss army knife.
I once did that with a jar of Marmite (what do you mean, you don't fly with a jar of Marmite? Why not?)
I have a mate who works in something to do with airports and customs or whatever (I don't ask). Part of his job involves stuff which has been removed from people getting on airplanes. The excess booze seems to be no problem, but they do have a problem in the office with snow globes!
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 08, 2014, 06:55:30 pm
GN:  a phone call from younger son (30 years old in less than a fortnight) to say that he seems to have a job. Casual teaching of undergraduates notwithstanding, which at Essex seems to be a standard perk to help PhD students to help finance their courses, this is his first. To begin with it's casual, hourly-paid stuff in which he helps edit web pages on some energy-based website where many of the contributors' English, for whom it is a second language, may need tweaking by a sufficiently technical native.

BN: Mrs. Wow seems to have lost her wedding ring. Age and gnarly knuckles have persuaded her to wear it on her little finger rather than the tradition 4th finger, where it is a bit too loose. She has been gardening. Despite the fact that she was wearing protective gloves, there was no sign of it when she came back into the house and I fear that it may be lost for ever in a patch of very nasty brambles.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tom_e on September 08, 2014, 07:06:14 pm
Metal detector?
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 08, 2014, 07:34:13 pm
Dez has just gone outside with a torch and found it!  :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on September 08, 2014, 08:20:53 pm
Methinks you owe Dez a big one.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on September 11, 2014, 07:25:43 pm
BN: Nasty clunking & rattling from the front of the car day before yesterday. Mrs B's heard a slight rattle before, but it suddenly got worse. Clunked when starting, steering, & on bumps. Took it to a car repair place (personal recommendation from Simon Bird OTP) yesterday, where they said "It's the steering mechanism" & said it was unsafe to drive, & it'd cost from £530 to over £1200 depending on what they found when they took it out: low end for a repair & refurbishment of the existing mechanism - if possible, top end for a new one. Plus £200 or so for car hire & insurance so Mrs B could do her job.

GN: While taking it out today, the mechanic noticed a couple of the bolts holding it on were loose. Tightening up all the bolts to the correct level fixed the problem. £50 for labour. Mrs B says the owner seemed delighted to have fixed our problem easily & cheaply. I think we'll use him again (thanks Simon). She was able to cancel the hire car without having to pay anything, as well. She'd just arrived there when the garage called her.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Regulator on September 12, 2014, 07:23:57 am
That's a result.  Always good when you find a reliable garage.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on September 12, 2014, 08:57:56 am
Indeed.

There are people out there who'd have pretended the £500 repair had been done.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on September 12, 2014, 09:03:54 am
Mine is pretty much the opposite of Bledlow's...

GN: The rumbling bearing on my car is fixed, and the MOT done, all to the tune of ~£500.

BN: Within that £500 was the cost of a new ABS sensor for the NSF wheel (same side as the noisy bearing).  Once I got the car back the ABS light was still on, when the machine was hooked up it showed that the OSR sensor had also gone!  More money....
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 14, 2014, 08:48:45 pm
Our garage is of the good type. Asked them to investigate a faulty seat belt warning light/ pre tensioner warning light. They had the car for 5 hours and spent most of that investigating-

"Sorry Sir, we tried but can't isolate the fault. I think you will need to take it to a delaer for more specialised diagnostic"

On arrival to collect the car I was told to put my credit card away- "We didn't sort it so we aren't charging for it."

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: tiermat on September 15, 2014, 11:03:18 am
On Saturday I went to a different garage (I work ~50 miles from the one I went to on Saturday, so taking my car there to be worked on is not really possible), as I had a EML come on whilst driving home on Friday.  I had tried clearing it myself but couldn't.

2 minutes with the plug in doofer and he had it clear for me, and told me the code number so I could look it up.

I got my wallet out and he said "No, don't be silly"
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: billplumtree on September 26, 2014, 07:16:05 pm
GN: Just had an hour's ride round sunny Silverdale, thus doubling my hours-ridden-since-February total.
BN: My skin's bad at the mo, so I went out slathered in heavy duty moisturer.  And came back slathered in a thick layer of midgies as a consequence  ::-)
GN: Don't care.  Been out on me bike  :)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 26, 2014, 09:52:55 pm
 :D
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mcshroom on September 26, 2014, 10:07:57 pm
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Salvatore on September 29, 2014, 07:01:42 pm
GN: In the past I have posted GN like this:

I haven't got glaucoma after all.

... and 364 days later I still haven't.

Another year gone, and still no sign of glaucoma. The doctor I saw said that next year they might discharge me and leave the testing to  an optician.

If I'd posted on the subject in September 2013 it would have been something like

BN: The visual fields test shows the first signs of glaucoma.

GN: Thanks to NHS screening, it's been caught at a very early stage, and an eyedrop a day in each eye will mean that it won't get any worse. Unlike the previous generation (i.e. and e.g. my father) who didn't have it diagnosed until late in life, and the next genearation, who might not have an NHS to pay for screening in cases such as mine where there might be an inherited disposition.

BN: December 2013. The eyedrops arent working. I'm given different ones.

GN: April 2014 The new eyedrops are working, so in May I set off on my 11-country tour of Nordic countries and Baltic States (plus Germany, Belgium, France) with a 4-month stock of eyedrops.

BN: May 2014. My eyes become red and itchy, and ooze gunge. This becomes worse during June and July. It becomes so bad I have to force my eyelids apart by hand when I wake up. Small Scandinavian children run away in fear of the man with the garishly red eyes. The only chance to see a world cup match is at a hostel in northern Sweden on a huge TV screen, but there is so much stuff coming out of my eyes that I can'rt see what is going on.  A hospital in the wilds of Swedish Lapland gives me some antibiotic eyedrops. They have no effect.   

GN: On a hunch, but only after much consideration, I try stopping the glaucoma eyedrops. The redness and oozing clear up. Every time I start again, the redness and oozing return. Huzzah! I've found the cause. (But I don't know why I was fine with them from December to May - a bad batch of eyedrops? Unlikely, so perhaps I'd developed an allergy).

BN: It means stopping using the glaucoma eyedrops until I get home and can see an opthalmologist I trust. I really don't wan't my eyesight to be permanently damaged any more, but how much damage was being caused by the eyedrops anyway?.

GN: I already have my normal September check at Frimley Park Eye Department booked for early September just after I'm due to get home, so I won't be without glaucoma medication for too long.

BN: When I get home there's a letter postponing the appointment until the end of September (the 29th), so that's nearly another month without any treatment. The staff nurse I speak to at the hospital won't give me an emergency appointment because I honestly state that the redness/oozing began in May.

GN: The consultant's secretary arranges an emergency appointment. I use the eyedrops (from a new bottle) for the last time (I hope) and take 'before' and 'after' photographs to show the effect.
(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h323/nocensure/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-09/eyeLB_zpsg0dzlodg.jpg) (http://s1104.photobucket.com/user/nocensure/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-09/eyeLB_zpsg0dzlodg.jpg.html)
(http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h323/nocensure/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-09/eyera_zpsj0nag5pr.jpg) (http://s1104.photobucket.com/user/nocensure/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-09/eyera_zpsj0nag5pr.jpg.html)
These convince the opthalmologist that the drops are doing me no good. And after looking at the results of the latest visual fields test, she concludes that there is no sign of glaucoma after all, although I might as well go to the September 19th glaucoma clinic to get the official all clear from a glaucoma specialist. Unless they know better.

BN: I was all ready to set off for the appointment this morning when I got a phone call saying the opthalmologist I was due to see was ill, so they'd have to postpone. As I'm going away for a couple of weeks on Friday, that'll mean the end of October at the earliest before they can see me.

GN: Half an hour later another phone call to say the glaucoma consultant can see me tomorrow, so I'll know one way or another.

(to be continued tomorrow in either  the bad news thread or the good news thread)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 29, 2014, 07:32:03 pm
Ow, that looks horridly sore.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Canardly on September 29, 2014, 07:53:27 pm
Ouch, hope you get  a way forward with this soonest.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Salvatore on September 30, 2014, 11:16:47 pm
Ow, that looks horridly sore.

Actually it didn't feel any different from normal, just a bit itchy.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: Salvatore on September 30, 2014, 11:18:24 pm
(to be continued tomorrow in either  the bad news thread or the good news thread)

Continued here. (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12.msg1746929#msg1746929)
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 01, 2014, 12:37:12 pm
GN: I have an appointment at hospital to investigate vertigo/tinnitus/headaches

BN: It is for middle of November.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: barakta on October 01, 2014, 01:10:19 pm
Can you phone the hospital and ask if there are any sooner cancellations? Especially if you're happy to be called in at short notice.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 01, 2014, 01:20:13 pm
Hospital is in York - I work in Leeds - so can't really take advantage of cancellations.
Title: Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
Post by: interzen on October 01, 2014, 01:50:40 pm
GN: New turbo trainer turned up this morning - got everything set up and had my first 'ride' since the off 3 weeks ago.