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18 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

I'm currently sitting here pondering on whether or not I've just been bumped for £2,365....

Gardener arrived yesterday, 3 hours late, dug up the garden, fucked off after an hour and never came back. Was supposed to be here sharp this morning, not answering any communication attempts thus far. 

His Facebook page has lots of polished pictures of nice gardens but no visitor posts and he has no presence on Google reviews. 

Thankfully I've not paid him everything but that's money I earn by sitting in a soul destroying job every day. 

I really hope I'm wrong.

You paid in advance ? Ouch.

A Bloke was putting leaflets through every door, pointing, roof repairs, brick laying, patios.  

I managed to catch him as had Walked past coming the other way out of the cul de sac.  Looks at the gabble wall, suggests £3k.  

I suggest that I could take 2 weeks off work, hire a scaffolding tower and I'd still be up in the deal, could he do a deal on 2 houses? 

Suggests he could do 2 for £4k 

I'm not going with that, not before I've had 3 quotes, inspected their previous work, and spoken to 3 happy customers.

So I say, right, well I'll need to save up, get me a written quote with your name address and I'll get back to you. 

Starts getting a bit vague.  Then I realise it's a mobile number, no address, no name, no trading name. 

I'm thinking he lives in a caravan, and his day job involves tarmac.  Still waiting after 6 months for that quote. 

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20 hours ago, Jerzy Woking said:

Been waiting a week for a skip to be dropped off at my place, 5 days for the gardener to come and spray my weeds (I cannot get a permit to buy proper weedkiller), and 4 days for the tree surgeon to come and prune the fir trees (for which you need a special permit).

The "manana" attitude here is pissing me off immensely once more.

You can purchase small bottles of Roundup without a licence. The agricultural supplier to me does. It is not great for your health if you do use it. Maybe purchase sprayer and make your own weed killer up using white vinegar, salt, washing up liquid, water. There is loads of info on the interweb.

A skip what for? Just pile the rubbish up before the skip and fill when it arrives.

The slower pace of life is not for everyone and now Covid is here some parts of the country seemly have gone to sleep.

 

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I have found the car I've been hunting for nearly 2 years. It's more or less perfect in terms of spec and condition, except for a couple of small mods that may make it more difficult for me to insure. 

It's also (just) within budget. 

I want to buy it. 

 

It's in Glasgow. 

I live in Chichester. 

We're in a national lockdown. 

 

Arse, balls, and other less polite angry words spring to mind. 

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1 minute ago, Crackers said:

I have found the car I've been hunting for nearly 2 years. It's more or less perfect in terms of spec and condition, except for a couple of small mods that may make it more difficult for me to insure. 

It's also (just) within budget. 

I want to buy it. 

 

It's in Glasgow. 

I live in Chichester. 

We're in a national lockdown. 

 

Arse, balls, and other less polite angry words spring to mind. 

Just go and get it then, its not against the law to buy a car, or get it delivered.

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2 minutes ago, Jazoli said:

Just go and get it then, its not against the law to buy a car, or get it delivered.

Supposedly it isn't permitted, that's what I've heard about private sales anyway. 

I can't really justify a flight to Glasgow and then a 9 hour journey home as an "essential" journey. 

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Just now, loserone said:

Plenty trusted shiters in Glasgow who can help you @Crackers

 

@davehedgehog31, @jaypee, @320touring and @sdkrc for starters.  Or I think @SRi05.  Plenty more I've forgotten.  Just get it bought.

I appreciate the sentiment, but, and I truly mean this with no harm to anyone, when I'm going to be spending this kind of money (we're quite far out of shite territory here, I've been saving hard for 3 years to get to this point) I'd want to be there myself. 

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4 minutes ago, loserone said:

Plenty trusted shiters in Glasgow who can help you @Crackers

 

@davehedgehog31, @jaypee, @320touring and @sdkrc for starters.  Or I think @SRi05.  Plenty more I've forgotten.  Just get it bought.

I'm a dodgy bastard m9

Where is the car @Crackers?  Is it a private sale or a dealer you're potentially buying from? 

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17 hours ago, loserone said:

When I worked for a week at a small record store, we used to have chavs come in asking for the "nu monkey" tapes.  I was told to tell them they were in the window.  They would go out and look at them in the window, then walk off.

 

Not one was ever sold.

I work in a small record store. I can confirm that people still come in, ask for something specific, get shown specific item say 'cheers' and walk off. 

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5 minutes ago, loserone said:

There's your choice though, you can either do the flight and the drive, trust someone else's eyes, or miss out.  Do you want it or no? 🙂

Yes I do, but not enough to break the law and risk an encounter with Monsieur Le Gendarme. Another one will come along one day. 

3 minutes ago, SRi05 said:

I'm a dodgy bastard m9

Where is the car @Crackers?  Is it a private sale or a dealer you're potentially buying from? 

Private sale, all I know about the location is "Glasgow". 

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8 minutes ago, loserone said:

You're thinking of the other place across the sea.  Budget £200 for a fine and be as safe as you can.

Sorry, not being funny but "budgeting for a fine" earns a solid 'fuck that' from me. 

4 minutes ago, SRi05 said:

Link us to the car, if its over £500 none of us will be nipping in to steal it from under your nose anyway 😂

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202101158017976?atmobcid=soc3

Most people here will probably hate it, but i don't care. And yes I know the money is strong. #Haggle

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50 minutes ago, Remspoor said:

You can purchase small bottles of Roundup without a licence. The agricultural supplier to me does. It is not great for your health if you do use it. Maybe purchase sprayer and make your own weed killer up using white vinegar, salt, washing up liquid, water. There is loads of info on the interweb.

A skip what for? Just pile the rubbish up before the skip and fill when it arrives.

The slower pace of life is not for everyone and now Covid is here some parts of the country seemly have gone to sleep.

 

The cost of small bottles of Roundup to do about about 4000 sq ms is many more times than the cost of my gardener doing the whole lot, and the stuff he uses will (according to my neighbour) stop stuff growing this summer. 

I hadn't even considered making my own, and as I have a 10 litre sprayer, it makes sense to have a go in a few patches to work out what's best. Thanks.

All the stuff is piled up in the garden, and have left a gap so the skip can be dropped right in front, so I can just push everything in. Had one taken away before Christmas, but think he forgot to drop it straight back. The skips are bigger than the ones I had but even now i think i will need another one. This is the pile of stuff 4 weeks ago, and it's nearly doubled in size now:

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I will chop some of it up so it's more compact. This is the the last skip I had, and I filled it to the top20201104_161311.thumb.jpg.9aad7368a7e124396fe55e0d08efaade.jpg

 

28 minutes ago, Crackers said:

I have found the car I've been hunting for nearly 2 years. It's more or less perfect in terms of spec and condition, except for a couple of small mods that may make it more difficult for me to insure. 

It's also (just) within budget. 

I want to buy it. 

 

It's in Glasgow. 

I live in Chichester. 

We're in a national lockdown. 

 

Arse, balls, and other less polite angry words spring to mind. 

Modded cars have proved cheaper for me to insure than a standard car. Had a bog standard 1999 Saab 9-5 with the 2.3 turbo engine in sure through Sheilas Wheels. I replaced it with a 2005 2.3 turbo with mods to the engine, ECU, brakes, wheels, suspension, exhaust and stereo. Insurance fell by £75. And I got free handbag cover too🤢

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31 minutes ago, Crackers said:

Sorry, not being funny but "budgeting for a fine" earns a solid 'fuck that' from me. 

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202101158017976?atmobcid=soc3

Most people here will probably hate it, but i don't care. And yes I know the money is strong. #Haggle

Nice car. Can see why you'd be reluctant to trust a random Scottish guy off the Internet with 13k worth of M1 🤣

If you were going to buy it I'm sure one of us could nip over and drool over it for you, and make sure it's as advertised 👀

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1 hour ago, Crackers said:

I have found the car I've been hunting for nearly 2 years. It's more or less perfect in terms of spec and condition, except for a couple of small mods that may make it more difficult for me to insure. 

It's also (just) within budget. 

I want to buy it. 

 

It's in Glasgow. 

I live in Chichester. 

We're in a national lockdown. 

 

Arse, balls, and other less polite angry words spring to mind. 

You are allowed to travel for work.  Can get the vendor to offer you a job with company car and then sack you later ? 

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1 hour ago, Crackers said:

I can't really justify a flight to Glasgow and then a 9 hour journey home as an "essential" journey. 

My grump is I can't find anyone to do a welfare visit to my mother in Glasgow.  I'd go myself but I'm down here in Hampshire and look after my elderly father round the clock.  Wish I could find someone.

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2 minutes ago, Alan_Green said:

My grump is I can't find anyone to do a welfare visit to my mother in Glasgow.  I'd go myself but I'm down here in Hampshire and look after my elderly father round the clock.  Wish I could find someone.

What manner of welfare visit? A hello, a chinwag on the doorstep and deliver some groceries could be done by a shiter and reported back to you. Anything more involved maybe not. All of that is perfectly legal within the same council area and arguably legal even if without; my old man has been doing the same for folk who can't get about easily and he's not a spring chicken himself.

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Hmm.

This...

16 minutes ago, New POD said:

You are allowed to travel for work.  Can get the vendor to offer you a job with company car and then sack you later ? 

...immediately followed by:

5 minutes ago, Alan_Green said:

My grump is I can't find anyone to do a welfare visit to my mother in Glasgow.  I'd go myself but I'm down here in Hampshire and look after my elderly father round the clock.  Wish I could find someone.

Now I'm not the most enterprising chap, but... I don't think I need to finish this sentence 🤔

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41 minutes ago, Stanky said:

Can you not burn that if its garden trimmings? Or do they put you in prison for a thousand years if you do things like that there?

Have to have a licence (which I have) and only allowed to burn during specific times on specific days.

The problem is that I am surrounded by woodland and brush, and it has been a very dry winter. One stray spark and.....💥🚒🚒🚒

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1 hour ago, Jerzy Woking said:

Have to have a licence (which I have) and only allowed to burn during specific times on specific days.

The problem is that I am surrounded by woodland and brush, and it has been a very dry winter. One stray spark and.....💥🚒🚒🚒

Ah, yes I'd not thought of that, it's not stopped bastard raining/snowing here, ANYTHING catching fire would be a fine thing!

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Just now, Stanky said:

Ah, yes I'd not thought of that, it's not stopped bastard raining/snowing here, ANYTHING catching fire would be a fine thing!

I have had a small bonfire before Christmas to get rid of all the brambles I cut down in August. They were so dry they burnt to ashes in minutes. 

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