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6 hours ago, RoverFolkUs said:

Royal mail prices

I went to the post office to post something today 1st class signed for. It weighed less than 100g and was tiny, but still a small parcel.

£5.55 😳

It was £4.85 a couple of weeks ago!

Second class £4.45, used to be £3.85

I know it's only 60p but how can they justify such a hike on the signed for service, when it's not even signed for anymore "due to Covid"?

They used to increase it by 5p or so a year but 60p!?

I only went with signed for to get the necessary compensation and signature because it was an eBay sale

Fuck sake :(

 

Really, don’t bother with signed for- we’ve not signed for any of these at work For two years.

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3 hours ago, RoverFolkUs said:

That's interesting to know, I've sent and received a few signed for items in the last month or so and the signature has still just been logged as "cv19" 

I think the posties in my area have got very used to not waiting around (I don't blame them) so will see how long it takes for things to revert to normal. 

Even still, I don't see how a service they used to offer anyway can be justified by a further 60p hike. 

Yes fuel is expensive, but have their running costs really increased by 20% overnight!?

How much has fuel alone gone up since their last increase, never mind wages?

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3 hours ago, GrumpiusMaximus said:

They know who owns the dirty, battered and somewhat knackered Golf.  And I'm far too big to pretend I'm not in when they knock...

I'll come down and leave the Fabia there if you like, they won't know who I am anyway. If it gets me out of the tea tomorrow then even better. 

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2 hours ago, High Jetter said:

How much has fuel alone gone up since their last increase, never mind wages?

The wages haven't gone up at all. Our last pay rise was just a drop in hours. The hourly rate went up because we dropped from a 38 to 37 hour week but the basic weekly rate is exactly the same. We now have a slightly earlier finish time every day but they haven't changed the duties at all so we have to do the same work in less time. 

And I'm sure the price rise was planned long before the fuel prices started going up. I don't know how they justify it any more than you do. 

And yes, from two weeks ago, we were supposed to get signatures again but after two years of not doing so it does come hard. Some I am doing properly but if it's someone who gets stuff regularly and I know them they don't mind if I still do it. It's easier for both of us. And now we have to take photos of half the packets we deliver just to add to the fun. 

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4 hours ago, richardmorris said:

Really, don’t bother with signed for- we’ve not signed for any of these at work For two years.

That's the issue, I don't gain anything from the signature, it's just the compensation, especially when its eBay,  it'll be the one time I go with standard that it'll get lost or damaged and the measly £20 compensation won't be enough

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19 hours ago, myglaren said:

I an the same with regard to electric cars.  There are parking spaces, none of which are designated except in the minds of one or two of the residents.

I would have to have a fifty metre cable to charge one at my closest point and it would have to trail over my neighbours exit path at the rear of their house.

Even further at the front and the cable would have to cross the road into our parking spaces at the rear of the house and over a public footpath.

I opened my curtains this morning to see this:

 

 

Every time she drives in she hits the kerb with those two tyres.

I went and told her, she said she knew about it.  Half an hour later she comes out and drives off.

Her husband is home and has an electric pump.  I know this as I blew his flat up with mine last year and he went out and bought one.

Probably in his van that is parked just out of shot there.

He may well be in bed, he usually comes home after work at 05:00~06:00 at weekends but the keys would be there and her son was probably there too.  But she could have asked me to reinflate her tyres if she didn't know how.

 

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Do tyres like that, contribute much to the driving experience anyway? I ask because I often see folk driving with them flat, oblivious to the fact. 

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2 minutes ago, Dobloseven said:

Do tyres like that, contribute much to the driving experience anyway? I ask because I often see folk driving with them flat, oblivious to the fact. 

I'm sure they do, when they part company with the wheel.  May be too much excitement though.

It is more than likely that she has the flat tyre warning system on the CRX but ignores it.

Her husband has had several flat tyres on his van, he does fix it quick though.

May be linked to his work, he has a pizza bakery on an industrial estate so could be picking up screws there, it was a screw in the one I told him about on the first one I saw.

Prior to the van he had a Ka and was forever blowing tyres up with a foot pump.

I have no idea if she works there too.  Doubtful as she seems to just swan about and comes and goes at pretty random times.

I doubt that she would be as unconcerned if the police spot her and she gets a couple of thousand in fines.  The tyres must be on their last legs now.

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14 hours ago, RoverFolkUs said:

That's the issue, I don't gain anything from the signature, it's just the compensation, especially when its eBay,  it'll be the one time I go with standard that it'll get lost or damaged and the measly £20 compensation won't be enough

When we do check it’s signed for by “CV19”

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12 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

When we do check it’s signed for by “CV19”

Yes same with me for everything so far. Since I only sent the last one yesterday I'll see if it actually gets a proper signature as they are apparently supposed to be doing now 

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1 hour ago, robinmasters said:

First proper sunny weekend has brought out a load of bellends. Do these people hibernate in the winter?

Yes.  See also the drivers that pull out in front of you on fast A-roads but then don't put their foot down so you end up having to brake heavily and crawl along behind them at 25 MPH.

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On 4/12/2022 at 7:19 PM, High Jetter said:

Do we have a 'Trusted products you can't get anymore (shite or non-shite) thread? If so, I can't find it.

That's not the grump though. Mrs J sometimes makes burgers from fresh turkey mince. We like dollops of Branston Hot Dog Relish with them to make them edible even tastier. Tesco dropped it, and now Morrisons and Iceland have removed it from thier shelves. Anyone used it and know of a similar alternative?

https://mysupermarkets.uk/wp-content/uploads/thumbs_dir/branston-tomato-red-pepper-relish-350g-1-oxgjtmr4sxekmoyaenbo9vn3e3ww41hpw4fonqfn2g.jpeg

 

 

There are burger relishes, I make my own burgers (out of brisket from cow) and use Morrisons own tomato burger relish, you can get red peppers in a jar too, I buy them. Chop ‘em  up and put them on top

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1 hour ago, robinmasters said:

First proper sunny weekend has brought out a load of bellends. Do these people hibernate in the winter?

Motorbikelists. And they are ALL driving past our house, throttle pinned open, unsilenced exhausts preventing rational thought let alone conversation. 

I've no quarrel with bikers, it looks like good fun, but why does it have to be so feckin loud?

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On 4/15/2022 at 8:25 PM, mitsisigma01 said:

Did he even make allowances for all Ed China's labour ....🤔

No, never!

watch the one where he fixes the merkedez SLK, if I remember correctly he says nothing about the exhaust which appears to be new, something to to with the steering rack and a front fog light…

absolute fucking wanker he is

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1 hour ago, carburettor said:

No, never!

watch the one where he fixes the merkedez SLK, if I remember correctly he says nothing about the exhaust which appears to be new, something to to with the steering rack and a front fog light…

absolute fucking wanker he is

“Would you buy a used car from this man?”

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6 hours ago, carburettor said:

No, never!

watch the one where he fixes the merkedez SLK, if I remember correctly he says nothing about the exhaust which appears to be new, something to to with the steering rack and a front fog light…

absolute fucking wanker he is

I remember they did up an Impreza WRX. New clutch alone took Ed 8 hours but Brewer proudly announced they’d made £200. No, you lost at least £1000.

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A good show would be Ed, Fuzz Townsend, and Will from Flipping Bangers.  Small garage, hand tools only and each week they buy the shittest heap on ebay for £250 or less and do it up.  Once done they auction it off through Autoshite to guarantee appreciative winners.

probably the best way to see a 1992 dented Corolla get some love.  I’d watch it for sure

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I picked up edd china's autobiography from @AnthonyG's box of goodies at the FoD on Saturday and he said they filmed 5/6 handover shots with Mike in a day, then he buggared off for a few weeks whilst the work was done. Apparently from an entire season of WD they were together for maybe a day or so.

(read the book now, anyone want it for postage before I drop it into a charity shop in the week?) 

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10 hours ago, beko1987 said:

I picked up edd china's autobiography from @AnthonyG's box of goodies at the FoD on Saturday and he said they filmed 5/6 handover shots with Mike in a day, then he buggared off for a few weeks whilst the work was done. Apparently from an entire season of WD they were together for maybe a day or so.

(read the book now, anyone want it for postage before I drop it into a charity shop in the week?) 

Ooooh dibs. 

AS book club?

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I'm a bit picky about car tube content. Bad Chad obvs is talented, but there's still too little actual doing of stuff. Fitzee's fabrication is better. Tavarish showed promise but i got bored with supercars and him farming most work out to people who knew what they were doing, and then did their stuff off camera.

Edd is the exception with the workshop diaries. Yes, i will happily watch him drill out recalcitrant snapped off studs, or Paul blasting two V12 heads clean, even if they are going into an effing coffee table. Viewer's questions is a bit lame though, but sometimes opens up an interesting subject. China does know his stuff and explains any theory well, and demonstrates better.

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When you know you've been had but there's nothing you can do about it 

Sold an inflatable chair with a compressor on ebay , guy paid full price even though best offer was available

Gets it , says the battery pack doesn't hold a charge , a new pack is £70 so I agree to pay for a new battery , he send me the invoice so I have proof of a new battery 

Doesn't work mate , it won't deflate , I want to send it back 

I get it back and it doesn't deflate because its a safety feature if the battery isn't fully charged so you don't end up stuck in the bath 

The reason the battery isn't fully charged is neither of them will hold a charge so it looks like matey boy now has a new battery for his chair for free and I've got two fucked ones 

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