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14 minutes ago, High Jetter said:

Maybe take it off sale and think about it a bit longer? There's obviously a market for it, but you know and love it and it's yours.

thats what i have done. really we have too many heaps needing our attention, but sleeping on selling the car won't hurt.

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1 hour ago, High Jetter said:

I'd presume that they fitted a new valve at the same time as the tyre (my local tyre specialist Estd 1925 and still run by the same family always does), so £0.00

I assumed they did but he started pulling a face when I showed him the receipt showing when they were fitted 

The English/polish language barrier didn't help , I should've asked if they were going to charge me before I let them start.

Customer service is a thing of the past but they don't get it , fit the valve for free and I'll be back , now they'll never see me again 

If I'd known I'd have taken it to Costco , £9.99 for a puncture repair 

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3 hours ago, Wack said:

How much would you expect to pay for a replacement valve from a tyre place on a tyre they fitted 4 months ago 

In 40 years of driving I've never had a failed valve but yesterday I came out to a flat tyre 

Took it down to them where they replaced the leaking valve and charged me £25 for the 15 minutes it took them 

Is that the going rate to change a valve at a backstreet tyre place 

Sounds a bit steep. I can get a good tyre as well for that.

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2 hours ago, beko1987 said:

Only had duff valves once, less than 24h after new tyres. The valve covers held the air until SWMBO went back the following Monday and they were all changed with apologies. 

Guess each wheel and tyre has to come off and on, that's the cost

Having worked in tyres, many moons ago. all you have to do is deflate and break the bead. Then push the tyre down and cut the valve off. New one in, reflate.

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6 hours ago, Bren said:

 

Unfortunately I cannot offer the same praise for my GP  - hospitals and walk in centres still offer a service - unlike many doctors it would appear.

I am very fucking angry.

Our GP is the same.  With 7 days to spare I send off my request for a repeat prescription for my heart tablets. And hear nothing.  On the 6th day I phone the pharmacist. And no. They don't have my prescription yet. 

It takes an hour to get through to the GP reception, who tells me, I need to email my prescription request. Yes. That's right, so why hasn t it been done? After trying to bullshit me, she eventually admits they may have had some computer issues. Well, okay but i need these tablets before tomorrow, which happened to be good Friday.  

So I get the promise that they'll  sort it today. 

Can you let me know when it's done? Maybe a text? No.

Luckily the pharmacist is much more helpful. We will ring you as soon as it's ready.  

When I get the prescription, it turns out they have only given me 2 weeks because the GP has decided I need a blood test and a review of the doses.  It takes me an hour On the phone to get this information. I point out that I do actually have a blood test booked, but i will have run out of tablets before they get the results, so what are you going to do about that? Well apparently I should request more tablets when I've had my blood test.  Okay so another hour on the phone, to get them to.make it a priority.

Wankers. 

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4 hours ago, New POD said:

Our GP is the same.  With 7 days to spare I send off my request for a repeat prescription ...Wankers

I use 'Echo'. Request today prescriptions through an app, and they post them out to me.

Costs the same as the normal prescription charge, it'll let you request it early, and reminds you when you're likely to be running low. 

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1 hour ago, robinmasters said:

I use 'Echo'. Request today prescriptions through an app, and they post them out to me.

Costs the same as the normal prescription charge, it'll let you request it early, and reminds you when you're likely to be running low. 

I use pharmacy to you. However certain drugs, like steroids, need to be reviewed by a GP or pharmacist. They obviously have concerns about mine.

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6 hours ago, High Jetter said:

Mrs J was given a 2-week wait for an appointment as they'd be busy over Easter. That's a telephone consult, btw...

Here in R1152 land the rule seems to be that you do an e-consult (which can be pretty laborious) and then you get called back the next working day. I've actually done quite well out of this, but I'll spare folk the details.

If Mrs High Jetter can do/get an e-consult, she might fare better - here's hoping, anyway.

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1 hour ago, MikeR said:

Mouse No8 paid a visit to the trap but did not dance on the trap .....

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A clever one

You want the plastic traps with a food well , fill it with peanut butter 

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Remember my deranged neighbour who used to keep shutting my cat inside her house?

Yesterday my cat vanished again - she goes out for ten minutes at a time - after a couple of hours I knew where she'd be. So I went through the charade of walking up & down the street rattling a packet of biscuits. Eventually I knocked on next door's. 'No, I've not seen your cat for three or four days'. 'I'm sorry' I retorted, 'but I no longer believe a word you say, so any chance you could go & have another special look?' This cheery banter, as you might imagine continued for a few minutes before she called me an 'arogant pig'. I laughed, turned for home and told her that since she'd done the name calling this time, it'd be my turn to call the police!

I'd no sooner sat down back at home when there was a knock at the door and do you know, she'd found my cat unexpectedly at the foot of her stairs. Didn't know how she could possibly have got in without her knowing. I thanked her for returning the little creature & having been told by the rozzers not to swear at the fat twat I said, 'I cannot thank you enough for returning my cat' and shut the door, came inside & sent a detailled email to the officer dealing with what appears to be an ongoing incident.

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13 hours ago, New POD said:

Our GP is the same.  With 7 days to spare I send off my request for a repeat prescription for my heart tablets. And hear nothing.  On the 6th day I phone the pharmacist. And no. They don't have my prescription yet. 

It takes an hour to get through to the GP reception, who tells me, I need to email my prescription request. Yes. That's right, so why hasn t it been done? After trying to bullshit me, she eventually admits they may have had some computer issues. Well, okay but i need these tablets before tomorrow, which happened to be good Friday.  

So I get the promise that they'll  sort it today. 

Can you let me know when it's done? Maybe a text? No.

Luckily the pharmacist is much more helpful. We will ring you as soon as it's ready.  

When I get the prescription, it turns out they have only given me 2 weeks because the GP has decided I need a blood test and a review of the doses.  It takes me an hour On the phone to get this information. I point out that I do actually have a blood test booked, but i will have run out of tablets before they get the results, so what are you going to do about that? Well apparently I should request more tablets when I've had my blood test.  Okay so another hour on the phone, to get them to.make it a priority.

Wankers. 

In Ireland,I have to pay €50 for a consultation. Which, as I'm so tight that I squeak, dose not please me. On the other hand, I have never had to wait more than 1 day to get an appointment, and if it sounds reasonably urgent we've always been seen that day. It's quite normal to get one of the doctors to call back and talk.

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Ours used to be very slick and the internet ordering of prescriptions and any related discussions still is.

I know that they are involved in vaccinating people, as they did mine and the missus, so they might be short staffed at the moment though.

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49 minutes ago, barefoot said:

It's the failure to give it back on demand and cats being defined as 'property' that makes it actual theft, for which she has been reported several times in the past couple of years. At this rate she'll be going to her grave with a fucking criminal record.

Adopt an absolute arsehole of a cat from the local RSPCA or Cats Protection League or whatever, then knock on her door and hand it to her.

She'll have her own cat and yours will be too scared to go in there!

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19 hours ago, Wack said:

How much would you expect to pay for a replacement valve from a tyre place on a tyre they fitted 4 months ago 

In 40 years of driving I've never had a failed valve but yesterday I came out to a flat tyre 

Took it down to them where they replaced the leaking valve and charged me £25 for the 15 minutes it took them 

Is that the going rate to change a valve at a backstreet tyre place 

A couple of weeks ago, I took the firm's van to a hydraulics company to have the tail lift looked at as it was playing up a bit. They took a large cover plate off the back, 3  - 13 mil bolts, rubbed their chins a bit, put a new o ring on the hydraulic fluid filler cap, topped up the fluid and all was good. I even helped. How much d'you reckon for that 20 minutes work? Yep, £132 quid and some odd pence. I told the manager when I got back that it was a piss take, and if it happened again, we'd do it ourselves.

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34 minutes ago, Supernaut said:

Adopt an absolute arsehole of a cat from the local RSPCA or Cats Protection League or whatever, then knock on her door and hand it to her.

She'll have her own cat and yours will be too scared to go in there!

The woman already has a half dozen of her own.

My cat was the sweetest little thing, but since I've had to repeatedly retrieve it from next door, I've spent a lot of time with it and sat it with the dog. They will both now sit at my feet & beg for food whenever I sit down to eat something off my knee. The dog is good at it and has endless patience, but the cat has a much shorter attention span & swipes at my hands with her claws out. She is not the sort of creature any same person would invite into their home. She has also begun shouting loudly in a hideous outdoor caterwauling style whenever she is shut in a room!

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Oh joy.  We have several of these (utterly pointless) radiators in our house.  Unsurprisingly installed under the instruction of the previous owner who was (supposedly) an interior designer.

As with everything she touched, no concession to functionality ever came into it and the work was always done by the lowest bidder.

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The paint has been peeling for ages (as with more or less every radiator as they didn't use the right paint), but I noticed a run mark on it today so investigated.  Figured there was maybe a weep from the bleed screw.

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Nope...whole top of the damned thing has gone porous.

Fine says I, will just isolate it.  It doesn't produce any noticeable amount of heat anyway.  Then water starts pissing out of one of the valves the moment I touch it.

Isn't home ownership fun...

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2 hours ago, barefoot said:

Yesterday my cat vanished again - she goes out for ten minutes at a time - after a couple of hours I knew where she'd be

https://tractive.com/en/c/gps-tracker-cat

The ability to know every time she's doing it, which you can then keep as evidence if needed.

"Your cat isn't here"

"I beg to differ".

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5 minutes ago, Talbot said:

https://tractive.com/en/c/gps-tracker-cat

The ability to know every time she's doing it, which you can then keep as evidence if needed.

"Your cat isn't here"

"I beg to differ".

Isn't this a bit like Schrodinger's Cat? It's there, and not there, at the same time. 

....and now I'm getting a definite feeling of déjà vu.

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4 minutes ago, barefoot said:

Believe me, I have looked at such things. But they're a bit hefty & she's a teeny tiny, pretty cat.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tile-Mate-Item-Finder-Pack/dp/B07W9BBCTB/

Something a little smaller and less global perhaps?  60m bluetooth range should be enough to find her if you essentially know where she is already.

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