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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #850 on: October 18, 2011, 01:39:59 pm »
Ms AWL: I'm sorry you don't like the flight times on the trips I booked. However, funds are short these days and (crazily) it was >£400 cheaper to fly you with Lufthansa to BHX from Budapest via Munich. Yes, you'll have to fly at 06.45 from Budapest, but surely the knowledge that I don't have to drive to Luton or Heathrow - only a 20-minute drive to BHX - and subsequently have a lie in is some sort of compensation.  :demon:
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #851 on: October 18, 2011, 02:20:26 pm »
Were you like that at 12, Kim?

Probably, yes, if I'd been left to my own devices.  I certainly used to illicitly read well into the early hours[1] at that age, though unsurprisingly more traditional homework and bed times were enforced until I was about 14.

Looking back, I think my parents were generally happy to leave me to my own devices with that sort of thing (I would have done my homework anyway because I was scared of my teachers, not because of my parents), but would make rules that applied to both of us for the benefit of my (younger and much more rebellious) brother.  It was a lot easier to get him to do homework (or got to bed) if I could be seen to be doing the same.



[1] An important part of growing up, that.  IMHO.
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« Reply #852 on: October 18, 2011, 02:21:46 pm »
facebook  >:(

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« Reply #853 on: October 18, 2011, 02:32:19 pm »
10pm is a bit late at 12 - but it depends. I'd say it's late to be starting an hour's homework, but not late to be starting 30min work.

*definitely* it's a good idea to work on the 'delayed gratification' thing; where we do the activities we enjoy and put off the ones we don't like. This applies to homework, and it is a revelation to most kids when they discover they can race through work if they only have 40 min in which to do it before Strictly Come Dancing starts on the telly.

Eldest stepson was a total dope slacker. Wasted Spent from 15-16 stoned out of his gourd, playing everquest. Bombed out of school.
At 19, he took some A levels.
At 21 he decided to work.
Suddenly he discovered that work was easy if he did the hard things first.

Now 26, he's finishing his degree and looking to do postgrad at Oxford. He's also started a mail order business that turns over £7k per month.
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #854 on: October 18, 2011, 04:51:48 pm »
I haz no broadband. And altho i have connection info for next door's i can't get either laptop to connect, and have no idea why. Fecking linux machines wot i have no clue about.

CrinklyLion

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #855 on: October 18, 2011, 05:00:09 pm »
well, feck knows what i did differently on the gadzillionth attempt, but hurrah!  we are back online (i really didn't count the phone as being online :))

barakta

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« Reply #856 on: October 18, 2011, 05:48:25 pm »
Turned the right thing off and on again and magically uttered the magic incantation.
Wireless voodoo pixiedust etc.

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #857 on: October 19, 2011, 11:29:08 am »
Terra "Coffee" Roasters, there is no need to change the colour of the packet on a monthly basis.  It just confuses everyone.
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« Reply #858 on: October 19, 2011, 11:44:00 am »
^^^^^
Colour blindness ftw
 ;D

Kim

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #859 on: October 19, 2011, 11:56:35 am »
Colour blindness ftw

Until you discover the hard way that something comes in more than one variety.

Never let it be said that I forgot the Jif Lime on pancake day.   :facepalm:


(See also the related rant about not trusting unmarked ketchup bottles when venturing north of Manchester)
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« Reply #860 on: October 19, 2011, 12:39:47 pm »
Lime! mmmm! I'd have loved that :P
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #861 on: October 19, 2011, 02:04:19 pm »
It seems we have a product called Foglight®.  Apparently "Foglight is an application monitoring solution that helps your organization monitor and control the performance of your mission-critical enterprise applications".  It keeps sending me Babbage-Posts, the contents of which were clearly programmed by Ricky Gervais on an off-day.

Plz to shut up kthxbai.
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interzen

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #862 on: October 19, 2011, 02:34:34 pm »
Slave trader,

Systems Integration specialists are not the same as software engineers. I fall very squarely into the latter category - please don't send me a promising looking job spec for the latter when the organisation in question  are clearly looking to hire the former. Guess I won't be sneaking into the inner sanctum to peek at the writings of Aleister Crowley after all ....

 ::-)

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« Reply #863 on: October 19, 2011, 02:56:09 pm »
I just rode 2 miles to the surgery with suspected cracked rib to pick up prescription. They were closed for training. Had to console myself with tea and cake at the Village Centre coffee shop. Arrived home just before it rained, and just too late to get the dryish washing off the line

On the plus side, I cycled 4 miles in the dry, had tea and stickies for £1.80 and laughed at the motorists-speeding-towards-a-speed-trap situation en route  :D. Good luck with your speed awareness course guys.

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #864 on: October 19, 2011, 06:06:50 pm »
There's never a good time for pericoronitis.

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« Reply #865 on: October 19, 2011, 08:55:30 pm »
Bah, it's just one thing after another. Now our boiler won't go woosh when we turn the thermostat up. T'stat clicks but boiler just sits there like a lemon. Kicks in just fine when I put the hot water on though... and the three upstairs radiators get hot with the hot water on but not the downstairs ones.

Bah, I have a cold and I'm all grumbly now. Warm at least from running up and down the stairs pressing buttons and poking radiators.  ::-)
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Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #866 on: October 19, 2011, 09:27:50 pm »
Bah, it's just one thing after another. Now our boiler won't go woosh when we turn the thermostat up. T'stat clicks but boiler just sits there like a lemon. Kicks in just fine when I put the hot water on though... and the three upstairs radiators get hot with the hot water on but not the downstairs ones.

Bah, I have a cold and I'm all grumbly now. Warm at least from running up and down the stairs pressing buttons and poking radiators.  ::-)

Had almost the same thing at Pingu Towers tonight. Eventually it started cooperating but I don't know why, but I'm glad it did.

Now the bloody PVR just turned itself off and it's lost all the channels and can't seem to find them again :(
I can see this being an expensive week.
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« Reply #867 on: October 19, 2011, 10:05:43 pm »
Bah, it's just one thing after another. Now our boiler won't go woosh when we turn the thermostat up. T'stat clicks but boiler just sits there like a lemon. Kicks in just fine when I put the hot water on though... and the three upstairs radiators get hot with the hot water on but not the downstairs ones.

Bah, I have a cold and I'm all grumbly now. Warm at least from running up and down the stairs pressing buttons and poking radiators.  ::-)

Had almost the same thing at Pingu Towers tonight. Eventually it started cooperating but I don't know why, but I'm glad it did.

Now the bloody PVR just turned itself off and it's lost all the channels and can't seem to find them again :(
I can see this being an expensive week.

Think it might be the thermostat, as boiler and pump in airing cupboard kick in when hot water turned on at timer but neither work when water off and heating on. Not sure though, don't know whether to get a man in or pick up a cheap thermostat to try and fit myself and then GAMI if that doesn't work.
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Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #868 on: October 20, 2011, 09:47:39 am »
Tesco. I quite like your Tiger bread. I like it even more when it's half price and therefore 50p for an enormous loaf. But... could you make it a little more... toaster shaped?

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« Reply #869 on: October 20, 2011, 09:51:09 am »
I know why Saino's were offering Sure Quantam antiperspirant in a cheap deal, it's because it's like covering your armpits in Spray Mount. Ugh.

Oh well, only another ~6 months of use at work to get through the two bloody cans of it I have.
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Kim

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #870 on: October 20, 2011, 12:09:55 pm »
Think it might be the thermostat, as boiler and pump in airing cupboard kick in when hot water turned on at timer but neither work when water off and heating on. Not sure though, don't know whether to get a man in or pick up a cheap thermostat to try and fit myself and then GAMI if that doesn't work.

The thermostat's nearly always a simple switch.  In the absence of a multimeter to test it, you could just connect the wires directly together, and if the heating comes on, you know what the problem is.
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« Reply #871 on: October 20, 2011, 01:30:03 pm »
Mrs B was suddenly & unexpectedly deprived of her main work e-mail account yesterday, the one with all the other NHS staff on & which therefore recognises their names. She also has a social services e-mail account, but there's hardly anyone in the address book she needs to e-mail.

Because this happened via the disabling of her NHS user ID, she also lost access to all the clinical record keeping tools, etc.

A large number of other people are also affected.

This is because her trust is migrating accounts in the most incompetent, cocked-up, arse-over-tit way imaginable.

She rang the trust IT helldesk, & spoke to someone with an impenetrable (to her) Indian accent, an apparently poor command of English, who was in a very noisy room, & who had no knowledge of the different organisations whose e-mail & user accounts are subsumed under the trust IT. He kept asking her which hospital she worked for, & couldn't grasp the idea that there are people in the trust who aren't linked to hospitals.  :facepalm:

This really deserves a full-on rant, but I'm now so used to the fuckwittery of NHS management that I'm too weary for that.
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #872 on: October 20, 2011, 06:39:49 pm »
Think it might be the thermostat, as boiler and pump in airing cupboard kick in when hot water turned on at timer but neither work when water off and heating on. Not sure though, don't know whether to get a man in or pick up a cheap thermostat to try and fit myself and then GAMI if that doesn't work.

The thermostat's nearly always a simple switch.  In the absence of a multimeter to test it, you could just connect the wires directly together, and if the heating comes on, you know what the problem is.

I was considering this, and was going to post on here asking if that was wise. I know electrickery is quite simple really but was drummed into me as a kid not to take any risks.

How do I know which wires to connect, particulary as I don't have the manual/fitting instruction for the thermostat?

Saying that I do have a multimeter, just remembered I got one for my birthday. Grandad was right, the do come in useful. What setting should I use/what should I poke.

Cheers in advance for any help/advice.
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Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1

Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #873 on: October 20, 2011, 06:43:08 pm »
How do I know which wires to connect, particulary as I don't have the manual/fitting instruction for the thermostat?

Just try them in pairs, until your hair stops smoking...

 ;)
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #874 on: October 20, 2011, 06:46:31 pm »
How do I know which wires to connect, particulary as I don't have the manual/fitting instruction for the thermostat?

Just try them in pairs, until your hair stops smoking...

 ;)

Hmm, well I heard it on the internet, it must be true. *Wanders down stairs with screwdriver*
Miles cycled 2014 = 3551.5 (Target 7300 :()
Miles cycled 2013 = 6141.4
Miles cycled 2012 = 4038.1