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#77311 OFFLINE   AMC Rebel

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 11:54 AM

My garage forms the boundary between me and next door along two walls.  The bastards next door have Ivy running up the walls I can't get to and it's breaking through into my feckin garage.  All their climbing plants have already destroyed my fence.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 11:58 AM

If you have discussed this with them and they are unwilling to do anything about it, can you access your garage roof?

If you can, wouldn’t it be a shame if a few containers of weed killer were stashed on your roof, especially if they were a bit leaky....
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#77313 ONLINE   Kiltox

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 12:05 PM

Aren’t you entitled to access their property to trim the bit that encroaches onto yours as long as you return the clippings to them or something?
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 12:07 PM

The people directly opposite sometimes have overnight guests who park across their drive. Because the road is narrow, this doesn't leave enough space for us to swing on or off of our drive.

The previous owner of our house had one small car so she could probably squeeze through - not ok for our two big cars though!

Always start with politeness, so we've asked them a couple of times not to do it. They've moved the cars, with a grunt rather than an apology... But they keep doing it.

Here's the kicker though: I've recently noticed (when Mrs H was out in her car) that they come all the way on to our drive in order to get enough space to swing back onto theirs. How dumb, or how completely lacking in awareness of other people, do you have to be not to make that link? If they need to do that, how on earth did they think it's ok to effectively halve the width of the road?
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 12:24 PM

When everything is supposed to be online in one database these days there's no excuse for it.

 

Hahahaha!

 

Yeah right...

 

If central government had done the sensible thing of saying to all the NHS - you're using this system/this DB schema then that might happen. But no it's much better* for all the trusts/GPs/etc to pick their own incompatible systems & then try to link them. Plus not many trusts etc ever bother to upload all the old records, hence where I work has had a EPR (electronic patient record) for about four years & still employ a team of people to wander about with trollies full of notes.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 12:32 PM

The people directly opposite sometimes have overnight guests who park across their drive. Because the road is narrow, this doesn't leave enough space for us to swing on or off of our drive.

The previous owner of our house had one small car so she could probably squeeze through - not ok for our two big cars though!

Always start with politeness, so we've asked them a couple of times not to do it. They've moved the cars, with a grunt rather than an apology... But they keep doing it.

Here's the kicker though: I've recently noticed (when Mrs H was out in her car) that they come all the way on to our drive in order to get enough space to swing back onto theirs. How dumb, or how completely lacking in awareness of other people, do you have to be not to make that link? If they need to do that, how on earth did they think it's ok to effectively halve the width of the road?

This is exactly my situation with the drive opposite, there is a vehicle parked there night and day, Makes it difficult to swing the Picasso and the 75 onto the drive.  I can get the Pic into the left hand side of the drive as I can usually swing in front of the parked vehicle but to get my car next to the Pic I have to be very careful not to bang the parked car and have to get very close to it indeed. 

 

Have a pic! 

 

You can see where the Corsa is opposite is my drive, instead of the Corsa though there is usually a Transit parked there!


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 12:52 PM

Take your point but, looking at the age/style of the houses and the narrowness of the road, those aren't drives but concreted front gardens...


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:03 PM

In a stroke of karmic justice, I went to the hospital campus at the other end of town earlier, fired up the laptop and...

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All I wanted to do was check some patching and switch port settings. Ended up taking half an hour.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:25 PM

Why are those of you who are in technical roles not just putting your laptops to sleep/hibernation, then running updates/reboots at an opportune time?


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:26 PM

I don’t know what you’re moaning about, tbh. My missus said I never buy her flowers.

I didn’t even know she sold them.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:33 PM

And I thought we were friends! :?...

 

:mrgreen:

 

Anyway, in the name of recycling (and not because I'm as tight as a ducks arse) I have resurrected the kettle that the one that has just died, replaced!  It's a £9.99 job from Asda and is working fine. The one that went to heaven in a big black bin was a Morphy Richards posh thing that has been shit since they dayit appeared!

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:38 PM

Take your point but, looking at the age/style of the houses and the narrowness of the road, those aren't drives but concreted front gardens...

Indeed, however, this doesn't mean people can't be considerate.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:44 PM

Get some battery powered cheap bluetooth speakers pair with burner device stick under car, go safe range away, start track playing of pornography or some other unsuitable material, chuck burner.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:57 PM

To erase my coffee deficit I have just spent £9 on a kettle including delivery this afternoon, Argos. Sod expensive kettles they all go 'ffutt!' sooner rather than later! :(


Pah. I had a €30 (on offer down from €40) Philips 1.7l 3kW thing, it lasted just under two years and went back to shop because shared house use and broken switch. The retailer swapped it for new one exactly the same, but six weeks ago (and 6 years later) I was getting fed-up of it wetting itself and the counter top, so it got put in the WEEE pile in the shed and a €39 Russell Hobbs 1.7l 3kW quiet boil bought. It is quieter too (idea for those 2am cuppas).

Curiosity got the better of me and I pulled the old one out of the WEEE pile to see how it failed - the seals were fine, but the bottom stub of the plastic water level window had gone brittle and broke.

I hate ten quid kettles because the are usually low-wattage cack that takes forever to boil.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 03:07 PM

Just had my operation date through, two weeks time! Well that's my summer holiday cancelled then. Now shitting myself because its suddenly become real, I might not be able to work in my industry again after this. On the plus side I can enjoy the sunshine whilst recuperating and try and ignore the cars that need fixing. Can't see any point on starting on them before the op as I won't be able to drive for a few months afterwards. Now need to see if I can borrow a wheelchair so i can attend the Citroen national in July.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 03:29 PM

Why are those of you who are in technical roles not just putting your laptops to sleep/hibernation, then running updates/reboots at an opportune time?

 

Because sleep mode is the devil.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 03:33 PM

...Put laptop to sleep.... wake out of sleep, continue where you left off.

I do it twice a day, and never have an issue with it not coming out of sleep, nor running updates at an inopportune moment.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 03:37 PM

...Put laptop to sleep.... wake out of sleep, continue where you left off.

I do it twice a day, and never have an issue with it not coming out of sleep, nor running updates at an inopportune moment.

I put mine to sleep, all the time - hardly ever shut it down.. But then I don't run Windows. Still really enjoying KDE Neon, it flows very nicely.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 03:56 PM

This is exactly my situation with the drive opposite, there is a vehicle parked there night and day, Makes it difficult to swing the Picasso and the 75 onto the drive. I can get the Pic into the left hand side of the drive as I can usually swing in front of the parked vehicle but to get my car next to the Pic I have to be very careful not to bang the parked car and have to get very close to it indeed. ]


Yep, that's exactly the issue we've got. There's no fence between us and next door, so when we're all at home there are three cars side-by-side (we have two spaces and he has one, as a predecessor paved over a front lawn on our house) - and only my neighbour is able to get out. If he leaves first in the morning then we're all good because my wife can then put on full lock and swing across his space - but he works shifts so that isn't always the case.

I was prepared to forgive, because of the previous owner just having one Honda Jazz and two big parking bays to play with so it probably wasn't an issue before, until I saw them using my land in order to gain enough manoeuvring space to get onto theirs!

I probably wouldn't publish my address on an open forum though, you might want to remove that link...

I used to be a serial Linux-licker and was a particular fan of KDE under Ubuntu or Linux Mint, but went back to Windows when I got my new laptop as I couldn't get it running properly on the video hardware. I imagine someone has sorted that by now, and now the "new" laptop is two years old Linux would probably run perfectly. General impressions: Linux is easier to use, more nicely designed and rarely requires you to interact with it in order to keep it working. Windows 10 is... much better than Windows used to be, but still not as good as Linux.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 04:06 PM

Finally remembered to change my details on the moped insurance (moved house recently).

 

Thirty quid admin fee when you change address?  Thieving fuckers.

 

I move house a lot (not through my choice, because I've always rented, but finally bought so I hope this will be the last time) and it is only the motor insurance industry that has the bare-faced cheek to pull this shit.

 

Just imagine if you had to pay £30 each to your bank, your phone company, your utilities, the doctor, the optician, the library...


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 04:24 PM

I don’t have a drive but if I did, I have a big van and a tow rope....

 

 

You have a little girls van   :-P


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 04:48 PM

I work shifts so park on the hill to avoid waking people up if I have to leave at 4:30am.

Someone from two cul de sacs over had a pop at me for it a couple of months back. Dropped in that 'you never know what might happen to a car parked on the main road...'

 

He was politely informed that my taxed, tested and insured car will be parked where it is for the immediate future, and it was extra politely emphasised that I know him and where he lives, and that if anything happens to said car, he'll be getting a visit at 3am by four cunts in balaclavas.

Fucking spineless scum cunts... They think they can get away with weaselly bullshit but have spent a lifetime honing passive aggression to the point that they forget that some people aren't passive.

 

...and breathe...

I'm so chilled these days... Fifteen years ago I'd have just nutted him.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 06:54 PM

You have a little girls van :-P


Aye alright, no need to wave yours about just because it’s a bit longer than mine :D
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:07 PM

And taller

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:08 PM

Now you’re just showing off!
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:20 PM

I found a pic of a newspaper article about a cx newspaper van on here this morning but could finish reading it, now I can't remember where it was
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:22 PM

In a stroke of karmic justice, I went to the hospital campus at the other end of town earlier, fired up the laptop and...https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t...All I wanted to do was check some patching and switch port settings. Ended up taking half an hour.

But Bill is a nice guy apparently so all is well with the world.....

Or he is a knob whose legacy is millions of screens like that, I know which I think.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:31 PM

But Bill is a nice guy apparently so all is well with the world.....

Or he is a knob whose legacy is millions of screens like that, I know which I think.

 

Does get a bit boring this.... 


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:33 PM

I found a pic of a newspaper article about a cx newspaper van on here this morning but could finish reading it, now I can't remember where it was

That was interesting and I can't think where it was either.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:17 PM



I found a pic of a newspaper article about a cx newspaper van on here this morning but could finish reading it, now I can't remember where it was

This, maybe?


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