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Bob the fucking builder next door thinking he owns the estate.

Lets curtain twitch:

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The Spurt is his fat wife's a week ago. It's a new* pikey truck yesterday. There's an identical but more fucked one parked round the back blocking the lane along with piles of building materials. Either he's dealing drugs on the side or there's huge money in cash in hand patio laying.

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It’s 5:45 at time of writing. I have a day off, don’t need to be up.

Cat has just jumped on my face to get at the glass of water I brought up to bed. Must have run out in the bowl downstairs? Went downstairs to check cat water. No it’s full. Just being a pointless arsehole like all cats are.

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I got a new phone, set it up, sorted it all out. Happy days. 

Mentally checked everything, yep, all good. I'll be a nice dad and give my daughter my old phone as an upgrade to her dumbphone, lets do a factory reset first shall we?

Yep, all good, lets turn it off and I'll sort out setting it up another day.

FFWD 2 days, oh I need to log in to paypal to transfer some money, no problem, email, password....

2FA code

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRKKKKKKKKKKKKK

yes, that 2fa code that ran on google authenticator. the same one thats protecting about £8k in crypto, as well as god known what else. on my old phone. the one I factory reset. FML. 

So I'm now going through the rigmarole (understandably strict) of resetting about 25 websites that I set up 2FA on for various reasons. Its going to be a looong weekend of security verification for me...

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14 hours ago, dozeydustman said:

It’s 5:45 at time of writing. I have a day off, don’t need to be up.

Cat has just jumped on my face to get at the glass of water I brought up to bed. Must have run out in the bowl downstairs? Went downstairs to check cat water. No it’s full. Just being a pointless arsehole like all cats are.

Did you not read the notice about this I posted on the 20th April?😉

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On 23/04/2021 at 13:02, artdjones said:

It's amazing how all the reservations people have about internet banking or anything to do with internet security are always answered with "Don't be a fuddy-duddy, get with the programme", (at substantial personal expense).

From today's Money Box programme on Radio 4:

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Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have soared in value beyond any other asset. Ten years ago one Bitcoin was worth one US dollar - today one is worth 53,000 US dollars - nearly £42,000 pounds. One big concern with buying, storing, or selling cryptocurrencies is how secure it is. Paul Lewis talks to an investor who discovered £11,000 had gone missing from his account, as well as cryptocurreny expert Kate Boucherel.

Have a listen to the show at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000vp1h - at 06:25 in.

So - a 'compromised' device can stuff you, big time.

I can see why my mate has his reservations.

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Today started well*

The BX's starter relay went on strike and wouldn't even click and turn the starter motor. Then some form or arbitration happened and the car started. French electrics, eh?

Then the washing machine's motor decided to seize while spinning my clothes, so we have no washing machine. It tripped the RCD too which suggests something more than just a bad motor.

Insurers aren't open on the Bank Holiday so we won't get a replacement machine. Luckily two friends in the village have offered use of their machines, for which we are eternally grateful.

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nearest pub to the caravan is a mile away ...

as the crow flies ! 

   otherwise , up the unlit  road , unlit wood path , over a hill , down another unlit  road ..... 

that should make a good night out , plenty of bushes on the way back to water !

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Bloody rain... 

Gathered some parts together yesterday to make a proper start on the Nova. Plan was yesterday evening to do some shuffling of the fleet, try and get the nova into the garage under its own steam and put the green 2CV and Yugo under covers on the drive before the pissing  down rain of today. Of course the rain arrived 12 hours sooner than forecast meaning that now all I have is a soaked Nova and no desire to piss about under the bonnet to get it running again in the pouring rain, or to get the 2 2CVs and the Yugo soaked to get it into the garage... 

Tinkering aborted.

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Cronyism and incompetence from the government and no one cares.

The top six premiership clubs move to join a super league and we have uproar - the scenes at Old Trafford were disgraceful.

I did some reasearch on what the average IQ is in the UK - it is just over 100. We are about 10th in the world - China, Korea and Mongolia are higher.

Stop the world - I want to get off.

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Hastings Direct. Paid them after changing my car, showing as debited from my bank account. Received an e-mail from them this morning stating they will take (a further) payment from my account as I haven't paid them. Spent all morning on live chat (tried to call but spent over half an hour on hold), and they demanded that I send them a screenshot of my bank account to confirm I have paid. Did this within 10 minutes of receiving a further e-mail from them, still not resolved. Have formally complained and demanded a case number which I eventually got,  but still no confirmation they have cancelled the demand, merely that it is on hold, whilst they "investigate".  

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If the thing you're selling on Marketplace has sold, take the fucking advert down. Even if you can't manage that for whatever reason, at the very least don't cop a fucking attitude with me when I make an enquiry, as if I'm supposed to know it's sold despite your semi-literate ad giving zero indication of this fact.

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I’ve decided to bring the 145 out of hibernation in the garage and swap it’s position with the Visa, which is now enjoying shelter in my nice dry* garage. 
 

With the Volvo out in the open I had a go at some reassembly. When I got the 145 many parts were in the boot, it has been partially repaired after a shunt which bent the front suspension.  The PO had fitted a donor front axle but the brakes were still inside the car,  armed with NOS discs I set about refitting them. Discs went on fine but the caliper bolts were extremely tight. After winding them in and out a million times with plenty of lube I thought I had it sorted. The threads looked to be correct and there was no tell tale signs of thread damage or swarf associated with similar bodgery, of course  I somehow in my cackhandedness broke a bolt on each side, I think possibly because the constant twisting in and out had fatigued the metal  so now I have a hardened bolt to remove on each side. 
 

The car is an early model, 1968 and the axle is from a 1972 car. I’ve already found differences in the size of the track rod ends, the 1968 ones are too small for the 1972 uprights, which could be a massive issue on it's own as I’m not sure if I can mix and match late track rod ends with early track rods. Maybe 1968 cars used imperial fixings and 1972 cars had metric? Nobody seems to know for sure. 

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48 minutes ago, Bren said:

Cronyism and incompetence from the government and no one cares.

The top six premiership clubs move to join a super league and we have uproar - the scenes at Old Trafford were disgraceful.

I did some reasearch on what the average IQ is in the UK - it is just over 100. We are about 10th in the world - China, Korea and Mongolia are higher.

Stop the world - I want to get off.

Are you sure about Mongolia?

You can also improve your IQ, as defined by set tests, by regularly sitting similar exams or tests which is I guess why South Korea and China show up well.

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1 - Had a stack of outdoor things to do today  weather is absolutely shocking.

2 - FatherFL is in hospital with cancer, bit of a roller coaster.. (again)

3 - Seems I lost £120 in those stupid slippery £20 notes yesterday, think it must have fallen out when filling up.

4 - SmollestFL seems to be employed by someone who is a bit of an arse, his mental health is fragile at the best of times..

Ramble over, at least I've got tomorrow off..

 

 

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7 hours ago, Bren said:

Cronyism and incompetence from the government and no one cares.

The top six premiership clubs move to join a super league and we have uproar - the scenes at Old Trafford were disgraceful.

I did some reasearch on what the average IQ is in the UK - it is just over 100. We are about 10th in the world - China, Korea and Mongolia are higher.

Stop the world - I want to get off.

Could it be that people have allowed themselves to be brainwashed and dumbed down to the point where this sort of thing is totally acceptable? 

I don't know. I'm finding myself feeling increasingly cynical as I'm advancing in years. 

This could be a lot to do with working at a company which truly recognises the need to treat all employees with respect and dignity. I've always said how balanced and fair it is; how it supports its staff. 

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I'm stressed out, can't divulge the main problem but it's fairly serious. Mostly I feel like I need to split myself into about 4 people to deal with everything and be in all the places I need to be.

Passat needs locks fixing and the dashcam died today.

Lupo still says it's overheating despite several thermostats, water pump and temp sensor being replaced. And I haven't fitted the exhaust. Other half needs to be driving it prior to and for her test soon.

I would get on with these jobs but I'm looking after the other half's kids while she's trying to resolve our main problem. 

I'm in Scotland all next week and pretty busy with work for some time after.

I also have to keep an eye on my mum who hasn't been well so been doing shopping and jobs for her.

Can I pause life?

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One of the SD1's calipers is stuck. It is the 4 piston variety - one piston is solid.

I was hoping to get the car MOT'd soon but looking around it this won't happen.

It looks like it needs track rod ends and track control arms because the rubber has deteriorated.

It is at times like this I don't think I will get the car back on the road - life just keeps getting in the way.

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Minding my own business, walking upstairs and it's raining on the landing... Took a second or 2 to realise but 3 seconds after that I was up there... Got a weepy joint

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I've contained it, removed the sodden insulation, had a go and made it worse then thank fuck back to how it was. Main house stopcock doesn't move either! 

There's a man in a van driving from abingdon as we speak, but what's really fab is making the neighbors enjoy one of my recent refurbs at 10pm at night in the roof space

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Meh, got the standing water off the plasterboard, will probably be on again in 45 minutes

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On 5/3/2021 at 1:35 PM, Lankytim said:

I’ve decided to bring the 145 out of hibernation in the garage and swap it’s position with the Visa, which is now enjoying shelter in my nice dry* garage. 
 

With the Volvo out in the open I had a go at some reassembly. When I got the 145 many parts were in the boot, it has been partially repaired after a shunt which bent the front suspension.  The PO had fitted a donor front axle but the brakes were still inside the car,  armed with NOS discs I set about refitting them. Discs went on fine but the caliper bolts were extremely tight. After winding them in and out a million times with plenty of lube I thought I had it sorted. The threads looked to be correct and there was no tell tale signs of thread damage or swarf associated with similar bodgery, of course  I somehow in my cackhandedness broke a bolt on each side, I think possibly because the constant twisting in and out had fatigued the metal  so now I have a hardened bolt to remove on each side. 
 

The car is an early model, 1968 and the axle is from a 1972 car. I’ve already found differences in the size of the track rod ends, the 1968 ones are too small for the 1972 uprights, which could be a massive issue on it's own as I’m not sure if I can mix and match late track rod ends with early track rods. Maybe 1968 cars used imperial fixings and 1972 cars had metric? Nobody seems to know for sure. 

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I can't help re parts compatibility, but I just wanted to say that 145 is a stunner. 😍

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Chap drove through a monsoon and was 5 minutes tightening up the very loose connection noted the inop stopcock and went on his way! 

I'm now playing with my mobile broadband whilst I'm up there tidying up, swapping my Ee sim into my router. Same download speeds as 3

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My daughters pet Budgie died (RIP Oggie)

She wants to get another one but as they've not been breeding them they're quite hard to get. So I look on gumtree . There's an advert that's a few hours old.

Budgies for sale, male and female available with pictures of said budgies.  The advert says they're 6 months old, which quite old if you're wanting a budge so I asked "are the 6 months old we're looking for one around 12 weeks?"

Response "No budgies still in nest, won't be available for weeks yet".  Well that's odd as your advert says budgies available, when's the best time to get back in touch? "No response"

Another advert, that's a few days old same story. Pictures of budgies etc. "I'm interested in a budgie, have you got any male one?". Response "We don't have any budgies for sale for weeks."

What is going on? Are people eating budgies? Have I stumbled into something, which means a budgie is code for something weird?

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4 minutes ago, cort16 said:

My daughters pet Budgie died (RIP Oggie)

She wants to get another one but as they've not been breeding them they're quite hard to get. So I look on gumtree . There's an advert that's a few hours old.

Budgies for sale, male and female available with pictures of said budgies.  The advert says they're 6 months old, which quite old if you're wanting a budge so I asked "are the 6 months old we're looking for one around 12 weeks?"

Response "No budgies still in nest, won't be available for weeks yet".  Well that's odd as your advert says budgies available, when's the best time to get back in touch? "No response"

Another advert, that's a few days old same story. Pictures of budgies etc. "I'm interested in a budgie, have you got any male one?". Response "We don't have any budgies for sale for weeks."

What is going on? Are people eating budgies? Have I stumbled into something, which means a budgie is code for something weird?

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Like a budgie on speed... Probably not as happy to sit in a cage as a budgie though for long periods 

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6 minutes ago, cort16 said:

My daughters pet Budgie died (RIP Oggie)

She wants to get another one but as they've not been breeding them they're quite hard to get. So I look on gumtree . There's an advert that's a few hours old.

Budgies for sale, male and female available with pictures of said budgies.  The advert says they're 6 months old, which quite old if you're wanting a budge so I asked "are the 6 months old we're looking for one around 12 weeks?"

Response "No budgies still in nest, won't be available for weeks yet".  Well that's odd as your advert says budgies available, when's the best time to get back in touch? "No response"

Another advert, that's a few days old same story. Pictures of budgies etc. "I'm interested in a budgie, have you got any male one?". Response "We don't have any budgies for sale for weeks."

What is going on? Are people eating budgies? Have I stumbled into something, which means a budgie is code for something weird?

Keep an eye out for 50+ obese, tanned exotic beach going gentleman, apparently they are the people to go see if you want one smuggling in.

 

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4 minutes ago, cort16 said:

....What is going on? Are people eating budgies? Have I stumbled into something, which means a budgie is code for something weird?

Is budgie production down because they've all been furloughed?

You might try obtaining them under the table, but that means using budgie smugglers.....

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1 minute ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

Is budgie production down because they've all been furloughed?

You might try obtaining them under the table, but that means using budgie smugglers.....

Oh dear 😄

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