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On 6/20/2019 at 4:12 PM, angle said:

This has made me lose all hope for the future of humanity. And I drive a fucking Laguna 2, I have to reset each individual electric window after I disconnect the battery. 

 

would one of those lightbulbs have an existential crisis if you stuck it into a Belisha beacon? :mrgreen:

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On 6/19/2019 at 12:29 PM, Split_Pin said:

Cheers chap.

A trusted shiter has done just that and my CV now looks loads better.

My weakness is covering letters and interviews i.e. positioning things, thankfully I'm getting some help with that too :)

It's just a bit shit when the arseholes who work around you can walk straight into a new job!

Bit late to this one, but bear with me.

1: I've decided that being successful in a job application is about 20% ability, and 80% chance. It's the only possible explanation for why complete twats are actually in work.

2: I used to get properly stomach-ruiningly anxious about interviews. I had some absolute horrors, like one where I had to ask to see my own CV because I could not remember a single thing I'd done. Go me! Didn't get that job funnily enough.

3: With that in mind, and accepting its difficult if you're keen to get another job, it pays not to place too much importance on an interview. If it goes well, then yay! If it doesn't, you need to be able to shrug it off with a gentle I DIDN'T WANT YOUR STINKING JOB ANYWAY approach. But more gentle than that.

Frankly, I think the most important thing to be in an interview is friendly. Pretty convinced that what kick-started my entire IT Project Administrator spell was the fact that the interviewer used to own a 2CV. We had a nice chat and frankly I think he'd decided to give me the job before we even got down to business. If you've got a load of boring CVs in front of you, sometimes just a friendly moment can be enough to tip the balance. I'm glad it was 2CVs though. I'm shit at small talk.

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Had an interview last week.  I immediately decided I wouldn’t gel with him, he said much the same.  I had the feeling he wanted the moon on a stick in a gilt plated presentation box, which was largely confirmed to me when I heard the 12 folk he saw were all rejected.

He basically wanted another clone of himself.  Fair enough, it’s his business so his call.

Apparently as part of my feedback he stated that “I found it odd that Parky said his biggest motivation was doing his utmost to help his children get the best start, Good salespeople wouldn’t say something like that”

So there you have it.  

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Don’t normally do stuff like this but Athens is a lonely place when in a hospital by a bed side.

All went well last week and we had a great week on Santorini  as a holiday. That was until the day we were due to leave.

My wife tripped on a small step in the airport and smashed into the wall. Result was one smashed face and 4 numb limbs. Feelings in the legs soon returned but not in the arms.

Immediately taken to local hospital for X-ray and CT. They spotted something and we were then transferred early on Friday by air ambulance to Athens. Had MRI and spotted ACDF - ask Mr Google  but which meant an operation on the spine.

All went well but post op only one operative was used to transfer her from trolley to bed. She then started complaining of lower back pain. Not sure if two are related but hopefully not.

Now the long road to recovery 

 

TLDR NHS is good when compared with other countries. Make sure you have medical insurance when visiting Johnnie foreigner.

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1 hour ago, hennabm said:

TLDR NHS is good when compared with other countries. Make sure you have medical insurance when visiting Johnnie foreigner.

By and large, the people on the front line in the NHS are great people who do great things. There is thankfully enough money going in that the equipment, tools and resources are generally top notch too - even if in short supply in some places. 

It's when you go up the tree and those nearer or at the top is where the rot sets in. It's the usual story like most places I guess. 

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44 minutes ago, hennabm said:

one good thing in Greece - the hospital cafe sells beer. Mr Amstel is my friend tonight.

For contrast, in some hospitals in the UK, the alcohol hand cleaner has had to be removed from the public areas. The alcoholics/drunks/etc keep drinking it! 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-20404541/patients-drinking-alcohol-hand-gel

Old article, but a doctor mate said it was common policy in a lot of the larger cities A&Es he has worked in. 

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Quarter past three in the morning... finally just about got my mind settled enough that sleep is vaguely on the cards.

 

BEEEEEP-BEEEEEEP-BEEEEEP...... BEEEEEP-BEEEEEEP-BEEEEEP... BEEEEEP-BEEEEEEP-BEEEEEP...

 

Smoke alarm in full on alarm mode.  Cue frantic scramble around to try to work out A: which one it is and B: what's on fire. 

Eventually found it, and no signs of smoke or anything.  This is the fourth alarm we've had go faulty like this in the last year.  Not the low battery pip noise...full scale panic mode just randomly triggering.

Of course I'm now jumping at shadows and have made five trips in the last ten minutes back in there to make sure there's no smoke present.

Great big shot of adrenaline... that's just what I needed at this time of night. 

 

Currently showing a heart rate of 230bpm according to my fitbit... it's going to be a while before sleep is on the cards again isn't it...

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I know how that feels Zelandeth. At a house in Inverness I had the alarm go off and full scale Adrenalin.

Rushed down stairs smelling for smoke all the time - nothing. The one at the bottom of the stairs was bleating. Couldn’t see or smell the reason why.

Couldn’t then get back to sleep and remained awake until the alarm went  off some time later.

It was a horrible feeling when first woken and your mind is in overdrive of what to do and what not to do.

Hopefully sleep will return.

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This has really pissed me off.

My sister rents a room in a house in Surrey. The landlords won't let her use the drive and the road immediately outside is restricted so lately she's been parking around the corner in the next road along as its the closest unrestricted parking. She works in London and commutes on the train so she doesn't use her car much. It goes without saying its taxed Motd and fully legal.

Obviously some bellend there is getting territorial about the space outside their house because she came home from work to find this note on the windscreen:received_2697946126899822.thumb.jpeg.926080a5419697a7a4296a58b384dde4.jpeg

Now of course she's really upset and has had got very anxious over it. She's only 19 and hasn't been driving long either. She's moved the car somewhere else and wasn't able to parallel park it because she was so worried.

It has really fucked me off that some absolute twat thinks this is an acceptable way to behave. Apparently a white van has jumped into the space straightaway so that could be the culprit, but whoever it is, I hope they're proud of themselves at making her feel like that.

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FFS!

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Volvo took a hit today. Mirror glass and part of the electrical adjuster mechanism smashed off.

I was out the back of Chichester and some twat in a Golf decided to overtake a cyclist as I was coming the opposite way. Door mirrors clashed together, mine did that but his (body colour with full electrics and indicator) was smashed really bad. Fortunately he stopped but still tried blaming me! I was fully in my lane, he was still on my side as he was finishing his overtake of the bike. Luckily for me the cyclist stopped too and backed me up. 

We’ve decided to be reasonable and not involve insurers and just fix our own cars but it’s something I could have done without tbh. 

I had the window down when it happened too and got a face full of glass fragments, so it could have been worse! I suppose at least nothing worse happened and mines going to be much cheaper to fix than his. I’m still going to get a statement off the cyclist though, just in case...

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6 hours ago, Angrydicky said:

This has really pissed me off.

My sister rents a room in a house in Surrey. The landlords won't let her use the drive and the road immediately outside is restricted so lately she's been parking around the corner in the next road along as its the closest unrestricted parking. She works in London and commutes on the train so she doesn't use her car much. It goes without saying its taxed Motd and fully legal.

Obviously some bellend there is getting territorial about the space outside their house because she came home from work to find this note on the windscreen:received_2697946126899822.thumb.jpeg.926080a5419697a7a4296a58b384dde4.jpeg

Now of course she's really upset and has had got very anxious over it. She's only 19 and hasn't been driving long either. She's moved the car somewhere else and wasn't able to parallel park it because she was so worried.

It has really fucked me off that some absolute twat thinks this is an acceptable way to behave. Apparently a white van has jumped into the space straightaway so that could be the culprit, but whoever it is, I hope they're proud of themselves at making her feel like that.

It doesn't help, but I'm sure we could all club together and buy some monstrosity of a car and leave it there, just to prove a point. 

Anyone fancy 'Ratlook'ing a Ssyang Yong Rhodius or something? 😁😂

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6 hours ago, Angrydicky said:

This has really pissed me off.

My sister rents a room in a house in Surrey. The landlords won't let her use the drive and the road immediately outside is restricted so lately she's been parking around the corner in the next road along as its the closest unrestricted parking. She works in London and commutes on the train so she doesn't use her car much. It goes without saying its taxed Motd and fully legal.

Obviously some bellend there is getting territorial about the space outside their house because she came home from work to find this note on the windscreen:received_2697946126899822.thumb.jpeg.926080a5419697a7a4296a58b384dde4.jpeg

Now of course she's really upset and has had got very anxious over it. She's only 19 and hasn't been driving long either. She's moved the car somewhere else and wasn't able to parallel park it because she was so worried.

It has really fucked me off that some absolute twat thinks this is an acceptable way to behave. Apparently a white van has jumped into the space straightaway so that could be the culprit, but whoever it is, I hope they're proud of themselves at making her feel like that.

I'd just leave a printout of the DVLA MOT & Tax checker website in the windscreen. They can't do sod all about it then.

People are complete & utter tossers. Bit like the knob in my bit of cut de sac with a Corsa B. Really protective of the 3 spaces in the hammerhead, not helped with 2 of the cars belonging to people with driveways and don't bloody use them.

Meanwhile, Amazon are doing their best to save the planet yet again.

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10 hours ago, hennabm said:

I know how that feels Zelandeth. At a house in Inverness I had the alarm go off and full scale Adrenalin.

Rushed down stairs smelling for smoke all the time - nothing. The one at the bottom of the stairs was bleating. Couldn’t see or smell the reason why.

Couldn’t then get back to sleep and remained awake until the alarm went  off some time later.

It was a horrible feeling when first woken and your mind is in overdrive of what to do and what not to do.

Hopefully sleep will return.

Sleep eventually arrived as of about 7 am.  Approximately 45 minutes before the alarm clock went off.  Blarg.

The most annoying alarm related issues I've come across though is our intruder alarm.  If something should happen which knocks out the phone line it throws a huge hissy fit.  The internal siren goes off and will continue to do so until someone (read: me) goes all the way downstairs and punches the code in and dismisses the "Comms failure!" message.

Problem is that this isn't persistent...so if the line comes back up for ten seconds then goes down again it will trigger again as soon as the line drops out again.  Funnily enough, BT do most of their line maintenance overnight...

Even more annoying is that it does this totally irrespective of whether the damn system is even armed...I think the record for number of times it's started beeping at us in one night was around the 15 mark.  I was seriously losing my rag with it by then!

If it didn't knock our home insurance cost in half I'd just do away with it entirely, the dog is a far greater detterant to any would be intruders than any electronic burglar alarm.

 

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9 hours ago, Angrydicky said:

This has really pissed me off.

My sister rents a room in a house in Surrey. The landlords won't let her use the drive and the road immediately outside is restricted so lately she's been parking around the corner in the next road along as its the closest unrestricted parking. She works in London and commutes on the train so she doesn't use her car much. It goes without saying its taxed Motd and fully legal.

Obviously some bellend there is getting territorial about the space outside their house....

This is not unknown on the street where my parents live!! They don't bother with angrily-scrawled sheets of paper, but have got the local parking enforcement officers to come and stick penalty tickets on any car that doesn't clear their dropped kerb. Local council only too happy to oblige because extra revenue. Think they got pissed off because almost everyone who has skilfully* parked seems to have either a people-carrier or SUV.....or has an estate agent-branded company car.

Neighbours are also similarly territorial - a few put wheelie-bins on "their" spaces for when they are away. At least one of them regularly brings home his company minibus or van (long wheelbase, natch) which makes others very unhappy!

In the oul days (the 1970s/80s), the oul man - being bloody-minded by nature - would somehow manage to get the police or the council to come and tow cars away, which led to a fair few owners coming back to find their cars had been "stolen". Never knew at the time what penalties they had to pay to recover their cars, but it can't have been cheap.

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Need to repair my garden strimmer -  a solder joint connecting 2 bits of wire inside the handle has failed. Got everything I need to repair and my little 15w Antex iron has crapped out on me. Won't even heat up enough to tin its own tip.

Can I find my gas iron anywhere? no. Bumhats.

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4 hours ago, dozeydustman said:

I'd just leave a printout of the DVLA MOT & Tax checker website in the windscreen. They can't do sod all about it then.

They can, and probably will, just run a key over every panel. That's what people are like these days.

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14 hours ago, Angrydicky said:

This has really pissed me off.

My sister rents a room in a house in Surrey. The landlords won't let her use the drive and the road immediately outside is restricted so lately she's been parking around the corner in the next road along as its the closest unrestricted parking. She works in London and commutes on the train so she doesn't use her car much. It goes without saying its taxed Motd and fully legal.

Obviously some bellend there is getting territorial about the space outside their house because she came home from work to find this note on the windscreen:received_2697946126899822.thumb.jpeg.926080a5419697a7a4296a58b384dde4.jpeg

Now of course she's really upset and has had got very anxious over it. She's only 19 and hasn't been driving long either. She's moved the car somewhere else and wasn't able to parallel park it because she was so worried.

It has really fucked me off that some absolute twat thinks this is an acceptable way to behave. Apparently a white van has jumped into the space straightaway so that could be the culprit, but whoever it is, I hope they're proud of themselves at making her feel like that.

These people piss me off too as I had the same issue here in Rayleigh a couple of months ago.  Petty notes asking me to move the Rover after I parked in a different space for a week, I just left it there even longer with a notice stating tax MOT and insured but after the second snotty note I knocked on the door of the house my car was parked outside, they bottled it and called the police which meant I had to attend Rayleigh plod shop, the copper could soon see how daft the whole debacle was, plod said leave the car there as long as you like but 'DO NOT KNOCK ON THEIR DOOR' as they felt threatened.

The whole road has driveways and this house had 1 car on the drive, so they didn't even park outside on the road.  

Stick a cheap dashcam in it and a note reminding residents it has tax MOT and is insured.

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For some weird reason some people seem to assume they have some sort of ownership over the road outside their house. Local covenants regarding works vehicles aside, as long as a car is legal it can park where it likes within local parking restrictions. The problem is that if you get a dick then the car is outside their house not yours so whilst it’s legal it doesn’t mean something won’t happen to it.

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Just to clarify, every house in the road she's been parking in has a driveway, but the spaces are in demand as its a short walk from the station and most roads are restricted to weekend parking only around there. Its a nice residential area and we didn't expect anything like that to happen.

Unlike when I was 'hiding' the Sierra base for the duration of my parents house viewings and got three separate wankers on the doorstep moaning about it being outside (or in one case, opposite) their house for just a few hours! But it was to be expected as that road was full of twats.

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