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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #525 on: August 10, 2011, 08:41:41 pm »
Regulator is a kiwi?
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« Reply #526 on: August 10, 2011, 08:49:36 pm »
NZ also has one of the fastest passport services that I've ever come across.

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

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

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

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

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

Second in the queue outside the passport office with photos/form/fees/cheque/etc, walked out with a passport an hour later. On the tube on the way back to work I noticed they'd put my surname as 'GREENBAND'. Back to Petty France, jumped the queue and they did me another with my correct surname within 30 mins.
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« Reply #528 on: August 10, 2011, 10:54:50 pm »
Why did I go back to sleep this afty?  I'll be up all bloody night now   :-\

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #529 on: August 11, 2011, 11:31:39 am »
It's no good expecting us to change over the default printers of all those users if you don't tell us when it needs to be done.  "As per $NETWORK_BOD's instructions" doesn't help if they're not supplied.  I expect they've been sent to The Boss, who is on holibobs for the next fortnight.

And now the cheeky fucker, from whom I requested the instructions on Monday and which he has still not supplied, has had the sheer bloody nerve to chase up the Helldesk call whining about it not having been completed.  Read your fucking e-mails, you big knobby twatter!
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« Reply #530 on: August 11, 2011, 03:10:31 pm »
Self: whilst listening to the cricket yesterday thinking "I can't wait to watch the highlights", ensure that you actually set the PVR to record the highlights. Failure to do so renders you liable to having to watch them on Channel 5's Demand5 "service", which is a total pile of shite.

Channel 5: Mark Nicholas; why?

Channel 5: Fix your on demand service please. It stinks. I had a 10Mbs download speed at 7am this morning & there couldn't have been many viewers at that time, but it was atrocious trying to watch the highlights with pauses every 30 seconds. I gave up.
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #531 on: August 11, 2011, 03:23:48 pm »
Hateful bloody DIY. If it took twice as long as expected that would be great. And trying to get plumbing spares locally? No diaphragms, but we can sell you another whole inlet valve...

Bah.

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #532 on: August 11, 2011, 06:29:24 pm »
There are no cheap tickets to Leyland on a Saturday, not even if I wait until the end of October.

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

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

And I'm in the office late today, but perhaps that belongs in the rant thread.
;D  Andrij.  I pronounce you Complete and Utter GIT   :thumbsup:

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« Reply #533 on: August 11, 2011, 06:56:00 pm »
National Hospital, Queen Square:
I am aware I need six-monthly routine blood tests. You usually send me a blood test form in the post. My last tests were done on 2 December 2010.
In June, I tried phoning the MS Nurses to arrange another blood test but got a recorded announcement they were no longer on the number I had used. No other phone number was given on that announcement. ICNBA to phone the hospital switch as I still have a will to live.
It might have been polite if you had somehow informed me of your new Direct Dial phone number.

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

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

It is your bureaucracy that is at fault which is not my problem.

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« Reply #534 on: August 11, 2011, 06:58:19 pm »
Window cleaner, saying your bits were nicked out of your van last week is an odd excuse for turning up fortnightly when we're monthly customers, and you admit you have all your records at home, not in the van. Go away and stop trying to sneak extra money out of people for unnecessary washing. And yes, you could come back in 2 weeks, but we're having the windows replaced then, so it's a bit pointless.

Weather, sort yourself out.

Headache, piss off.

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« Reply #535 on: August 13, 2011, 06:52:40 pm »
Highlight Entertainment. What is wrong with this sentence?

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« Reply #536 on: August 13, 2011, 08:52:22 pm »
We're in the process of applying for Permanent Residency here in Canada, which inevitably involves a lot of paper work, including criminal records from every country we've lived in since we were was 18.
- New Zealand : send a single page form and they'll send the result directly to immigration services. Cost: Nothing
- Denmark: send an email and specify what language I want the record in. Cost: Nothing
- Korea: Get relative to pick up a copy from the local police station. Cost: Nothing.
- UK: Send a 9 page document, including 2 passport photos endorsed by a professional. Also pay 35 pounds for processing and 7 pounds shipping.

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


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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #537 on: August 14, 2011, 08:12:03 am »
NZ also has one of the fastest passport services that I've ever come across.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I know that you can have it done as an express service here (but you pay through the nose for it) but what impressed me about getting my NZ passport was that this was the normal service.  No extra payment or requirement to go through a fast track process - this was just their normal service.
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #538 on: August 14, 2011, 08:12:47 am »
Regulator is a kiwi?

Yep.  Born and bred in God's own country.   :smug:
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #539 on: August 14, 2011, 03:13:01 pm »
Idiot waitress.  Please STOP asking me if I've finished with my meal every two minutes. 
I like to eat slowly.  The fact that I do not have my knife and fork in my hands does not mean anything.  Look at my plate.  Knife and fork placed in open order.
When I wish to indicate that I am done, I will place them in closed order.
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #540 on: August 14, 2011, 03:26:14 pm »
Regulator is a kiwi?

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

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« Reply #541 on: August 14, 2011, 09:07:53 pm »
Holidaymakers next door, please take your screaming and shouting hellspawn and put them to bed instead of letting them run riot outside.

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #542 on: August 16, 2011, 12:58:46 pm »
I projected my pension fund with yesterday's premium was to leap past £100,000 instead next month I might get back above £90,000.  :'(

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #543 on: August 16, 2011, 01:26:11 pm »
Idiot waitress.  Please STOP asking me if I've finished with my meal every two minutes. 
I like to eat slowly.  The fact that I do not have my knife and fork in my hands does not mean anything.  Look at my plate.  Knife and fork placed in open order.
When I wish to indicate that I am done, I will place them in closed order.
Did they teach you nothing at the University of Hair and Nails?

whilst we are on stupid food carries in restaurants.  STOP ASKING ME IF THINGS ARE OK.  If anything was wrong, you would be the first to know, and if I really enjoy it I will let you know at the end.  Now just leave me alone to eat and stop passing by to ask me stupid questions.  How would like it if I wandered past you every five minutes and asked you if your meal was ok?
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« Reply #544 on: August 16, 2011, 01:33:21 pm »
I do NOT appreciate predatory service. Kindly do not hover by my table like a vulture, ready to clear away my plate as soon as I put the last morsel in my mouth.
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« Reply #545 on: August 16, 2011, 01:39:34 pm »
The street outside is blocked off with police, fire and ambulance in attendance.  Apparently someone has threatened to set themselves on fire at the Immigration office over the road.
An appalling number of people in my office saying "leave them to it"...
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #546 on: August 16, 2011, 02:36:17 pm »
Wot the blazes has gone wrong with that FTP wossname?
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« Reply #547 on: August 16, 2011, 02:43:21 pm »
Builders nextdoor.  Surely there can't be anything left to drill holes in, can there?
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #548 on: August 16, 2011, 04:45:57 pm »
Regulator is a kiwi?

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

Despite its delusions of grandeur, Yorkshire is not actually a country...  ;)
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Re: The Grumble thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #549 on: August 16, 2011, 04:56:08 pm »
Regulator is a kiwi?

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

Despite its delusions of grandeur, Yorkshire is not actually a country...  ;)
And for the first time ever, we have proof positive that greg is definitively, absolutely wrong.
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