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3 hours ago, Cavcraft said:

There's a new book in the making here: 'Shit towns in shit cars'.

Funnily enough, Craig from Retro Cars mag had a crack at something like that in their most recent issue - touring the top ten 'ugly towns' in a slightly down-at-heel Fiat Multipla... all the way from Cumbernauld to Camberley. I believe Birmingham got a look-in... as did Bracknell, Slough, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield, Luton, Coventry and Gateshead.

But yes, ugly from an architectural point of view, rather than miserable - but I'm sure there's a correlation somewhere...

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Another vote for Corby. Sorry. 

I can remember as a kid, that they thought the new Disneyland might be built there where the ‘works used to be. Everyone got excited at the thought of the jobs it might bring... That’s about my only positive memory of the place. 

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5 hours ago, Roobarb said:

Another vote for Corby. Sorry. 

I can remember as a kid, that they thought the new Disneyland might be built there where the ‘works used to be. Everyone got excited at the thought of the jobs it might bring... That’s about my only positive memory of the place. 

Funnily enough there's exactly the same discussion going on in Swanscombe near Gravesend.  Except it was a Paramount Enterainment resort on an old quarry.  First proposed in 2012, supposed to be starting construction in 2021.  Paramount pulled out in 2017.  Sure, that will happen...

It was also delayed by the discovery of a rare species of spider on the land.

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9 hours ago, jamiechod said:

I  think it was wednesbury i got the mondeo from on saturday, it favoured sarajevo but slightly worse.

 

However, im certainly not being snobby - i live in bolton FFS

Wednesbury is a shit hole to be fair. Like any city there will always be grotty bits. But try Hillfields or Armley and you would think Wednesbury was a holiday resort!

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7 hours ago, MondeoBlues said:

Macclesfield. And Wednesbury isn't Birmingham, despite what the IKEA tells you.

I can vouch for Macc, at least when I used to hang out there years ago. It was pretty dire.

I'm still not sure if The Macc Lads fans realised that the band were being satirical...?

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whole place is dire ,

every band of rain has a storm name to heighten interest in life .

 

that aside , what storm , I could put my brolly up !

and view from the 6th floor of the hospital was of a grey overcast city  FFS   ..  ,

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Just back from a funeral.

Sadly it was a cremation, I much prefer standing amongst a handful of other mourners at the graveside. Especially on a day like today, with the wind and cruel rain whipping around, fighting with a brolly, whilst my cold toes seek purchase in the soft, freshly tilled earth. 

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18 hours ago, Jerzy Woking said:

Received an email at 12.00 to inform me FedEx had delivered a parcel and obtained a signature for it at 11.56 I opened the email at 12.05

Delivery address on email was correct but no one had rang my doorbell. Says it was signed for by A. Ndy, but no card left for me to say where parcel is. Went to neighbours either side of me-neither were in.

Rang FedEx-very helpful, said they would check on my delivery and ring me back. 2 minutes later I get a call to say the driver will return in 5 minutes with my parcel. 5 minutes later, doorbell rings, open the door and handed package by FedEx jacketed person.

Missed a phone call 2 minutes later

They left a voicemail to say the driver had left my parcel with a neighbour. Complete bollocks.

Received a voicemail from someone at the local FedEx distribution centre.

"The driver says he left your parcel at number xx, and put a card through your door to say where he left it".

Why do they tell such lies? I have the parcel, handed directly to me by the driver. Dont know whether to ring the depot back and tell them, or just leave them thinking that their incompetent drivers are doing a great job.

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19 hours ago, New POD said:

I've been to places more miserable than Stoke. On Trent

 

 

Tunstall 

Ah Stoke, I had an overnight business stay with Mrs at the time, ventured into town centre to have a look around and find a nice restaurant.... Boarded up shops, drunks, druggies and a McDonald's with iron bars, security grills on the counter.... Fkin ell what a shit hole and that was 20 years ago, has it got any better yet? 

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28 minutes ago, mitsisigma01 said:

Ah Stoke, ....... Fkin ell what a shit hole and that was 20 years ago, has it got any better yet? 

Well, I've been there twice in 20 years and managed to get out alive.....

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14 hours ago, reb said:

 

 

See also: people trundling out onto roundabouts without at 15mph when they very much don't have right of way.

 

 

This is getting more common I think. Making your way round a large roundabout you see someone starting to pull out. No problem as you lift off the accelerator you think, they're being a tad cheeky but they'll be gone by the time you are there. Nope you then have to hit the brakes as they managed to buy the only car built in the past hundred years that can't get itself over 20mph.

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Oh and you know that cunt that has their car alarm going off for two hours in the morning. You sit there getting irritated and bemoaning idiots while having your breakfast. Turns out the cunt that was pissing me off was of course me.

FFS I went out and checked, no lights flashing on either car and I locked and unlocked both remotely from the garden to check. Presumed it was further down the road but when I went back out the Rav4 was screaming it's tits off. It'd quite down with the key in the ignition and turned on but otherwise was having none of it until I'd disconnected the battery. Not only did I irritate the entire neghourhood including myself, I've not got something to fix as well. I appear to have managed to turn the alarm off now with it still starting and locking 'old skool' so that'll do till the weekend.

 

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2 hours ago, Bren said:

The BMW has crapped itself. Started it this morning - running like shit and EML on.

I have lubed up in preparation.

Went back to it a couple of hours later. Started normally with no idiot lights.

Bastard modern cars. A mk V cortina beckons.

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17 hours ago, Tamworthbay said:

How did I forget Kettering and Corby? The twin towns of desolation and misery......... (Cov and Leeds are still worse though)

 

 

Corby, my God. 😧

I remember about 15 years ago, driving through and minding my own when some arsehole came out of a Co-op and decided that he wanted to walk across the road in front of me.  He just glowered at me as he did it. I just missed him, but not his bag of groceries.  Small thud and fucking tins of stuff all over the road. I didn't laugh much.

 

The UK is possibly unique inasmuch that there are far more shithole towns than nice ones.

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I have had a bad day. An AGM to attend in Burlington house, Piccadilly. First train off peak is 08.53 from Bagshot. It’s late. Luckily so is the connection from ascot to waterloo. Get to the meeting to find I’ve lost a cuff link. Just missed the reading train from Waterloo and waited thirty minutes for the next one as expected. Get to ascot to find all ongoing trains to Bagshot cancelled as a train has hit a tree.  So get the next waterloo train back to Sunningdale and walk the three miles home. Slightly shorter walking from ascot, but you can’t safely as there is no pavement. 

Now I’m soaked through.

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13 minutes ago, dozeydustman said:

Have you ever seen the Luton area of Chatham? Makes Gillingham look like Beverly Hills

Is that near Hollywood on.the edge of Solihul? 

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21 hours ago, Tamworthbay said:

How did I forget Kettering and Corby? The twin towns of desolation and misery......... (Cov and Leeds are still worse though)

I got a formal complaint on the CCC website for complaining that Kettering as a location for the National rally left a lot to be desired ( no harsher Words than these) I don’t visit the site any more, people there tend not to have a sense of humour.

 

as for awful places, has anyone been to Aldershot recently?

Even Bracknell isn’t bad at the moment, and I always thought Guildford ok. Coventry wasn’t all bad - and to be fair it isn’t all the town council’s fault- the Luftwaffe had a hand in it.

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6 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

as for awful places, has anyone been to Aldershot recently?

Aldershit you mean? 

Yep... That's pretty bad.  

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