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On 05/10/2022 at 08:46, CaptainBoom said:

I saw something yesterday that lowered my opinion of my fellow species. I had the misfortune of riding a train from London out to the suburbs at 7:30PM. The train was busy, I was walking through the carriages to get a bit of space (my journey was short and even though I now walk with a stick, I can stand for a while) I spied an elderly couple (I reckon in their 80’s) standing at the doors clinging on to each other for support. All of the priority seats were full of people younger than me glued to their phones watching shite. I leaned over and asked the couple if they would like to sit down. They looked like drowning people who’d been offered a rubber ring. So I made a bit of a fuss and asked some people to relinquish their seats for this couple. The dirty looks I received from people were quite something to behold like I’d just asked them to give up their first born child or something.
The experience left me feeling sad and grumpy.  Back when I schlepped to London every day, (late 90’s to 2013) people on the train (and I) had the decency to give up seats if someone needed it, without being asked/shamed into it. 

I think you’ve got the rose tinted specs on. I commuted into London for a few years in the 80s and no one ever gave up their seat on the train.

Nowadays, I sometimes think ,”should I give up my seat to that old man?”, then realise he’s probably younger than me!

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18 hours ago, sierraman said:

I know it’s the same old moan but honestly people on the road are fucking nuts. On a controlled 50mph section, car behind was fucking inches from me, then undertakes and cuts me up. Flashed them obviously as it’s a dick move, then bang in the middle of the road they slammed the anchors on causing rest of us to swerve. I must be like a broken record but really there must be a case for retaking your test every few years or making it much easier to take peoples licence off them. 

The fact that you flashed them, was the (only) mistake you made.  It was clear that they were being a knob long befpre they undertook or cut you up. 

You (probably) could have avoided being cut up, because you probably knew they were undertaking, and probably could have backed off and given them room. 

The above is based on a year of comuting to Aston in Brum, South down the A38. Just let the docks get on with it. 

I usually find a way to breeze past them about 2 miles later without them even realising that they got in the wrong lane. 

That said, I've had people flash me for overtaking them, and yes, I've intentionally gone over the speed limit to do it safely, as they were a lot under the speed limit, and it's fucking irritating.  Why the fuck has it got anything to do with them. On one occasion, I watched the guy who had flashed me, drive into a cul de sac behind me, and turned around and knocked on his door, to ask him why he's flashed me. He looked proper scared, so I decided to leave it, with the words "I wondered if you'd spotted a fault with my car" 

 

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21 hours ago, outlaw118 said:

Not sure if this needs to go here, or in "Woke Bollocks"....

Applied for a job, local firm, 10/15 minute commute, £4k+ over current salary. Confident I could do the job with my eyes closed, and at least one hand behind my back.

Got this email:

What does that even mean?

Am I being punished for not being gay, or "of colour" or disabled? FFS.

I remember applying for a job years ago and getting a similar reply. I think there's provision in law to discriminate with recruitment on the grounds of diversity, I forget where I read it but it's all legit and has been a thing for at least 20 years. 

It made me wonder what would happen if you said you were gay to get the job and then "came out" as straight a few months later? Also what do they determine as a minority, if you had a mixed race grandparent would that count? 

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1 hour ago, New POD said:

On one occasion, I watched the guy who had flashed me, drive into a cul de sac behind me, and turned around and knocked on his door, to ask him why he's flashed me. He looked proper scared, so I decided to leave it, with the words "I wondered if you'd spotted a fault with my car" 

That is utterly stupid behaviour on your part.  Keep doing that sort of thing and you'll do it to the wrong person one day and end up with a knife in your face.  Or worse.

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1 hour ago, Talbot said:

That is utterly stupid behaviour on your part.  Keep doing that sort of thing and you'll do it to the wrong person one day and end up with a knife in your face.  Or worse.

Sadly in this day and age you may be right. 

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I think a lot of driving abuse is acceptable, just pretend you are in France or Italy or somewhere. Gesticulating, shouting, beeping or flashing lights is just something people do to pass the time, imagine Jose Mourinho driving a minicab in heavy traffic. It probably allows people to vent annoyance, so it doesn't develop into much more dangerous behaviour like seething for ages, then ramming someone the road and beating them to death with their own steering wheel. The thing is not to take it personally.

I had a bloke in a Punto flashing his headlights at me for ages last year on my way to a job in Walsall. Couldn't think what his problem was. I just ignored him. When I arrived at my destination I realised my numberplate had come adrift and was hanging by the last remaining screw...

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Delivery By Royal Mail

Tracking ID: MM*********GB

Thursday, 6 October
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Parcel arrived at a carrier facility
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South West Parcel Hub,
6:59 PM
Package transferred to another courier for delivery
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10:02 PM
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Carrier picked up the package.
 
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now call me wrong here but Royal Mail prolly could cope with parcel being left in Surrey!
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14 hours ago, New POD said:

Wide low profile tyres, rock hard suspension, and anti-Roll bars.

My Astra GTC will grip the road in the dry like a go cart. (In the rain less so). 

So does t'Bini of t'missus - like a limpet even in the wet but it is as low as a go-cart and has very harsh suspension too. Day after my moan I left MK in the middle of the school run - whacking great big SUV's going everywhere like rockets with little nippers in the back seats. Driving the Bini absolutely flat out would put me out in front of them until the speed limit - then they'd just keep accelerating up to the next roundabout and whack on the brakes. It would appear that folks around there like to test the Isofix fittings - not sure how the nippers avoid brain injury the way their little heads snap back and forth though.
Biggest joy is after Leominster - pretty much just me and a luvverly, windy road all the way back to Y Gwyll (local comedy show on TV once upon a time).

Oh - and the Bini has the BMW 'DSC' system on it too - maybe my old skool driving style is the problem but I can't see/feel any difference if it is on or off - nevermind, the little blighter goes like the proverbial in either case.

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9 hours ago, mercedade said:

They're on really flaky actively illegal ground here. 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5c66abfd40f0b61a1e93a27a/Mr_M_Furlong_v_The_Chief_Constable_of_Cheshire_Police_2405577.18_judgment_and_reasons.pdf

Cheshire police lost an employment tribunal when they attempted to do the same thing, and I'm astonished that the company you've applied to would commit such a reasoning to paper.

Happy to offer any advice (not a lawyer, but anti-discrimination is my field).

speak to chaseracer also

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27 minutes ago, Noel Tidybeard said:

Delivery By Royal Mail

Tracking ID: MM*********GB

Thursday, 6 October
12:46 PM
Parcel arrived at a carrier facility
Birmingham MC,
Wednesday, 5 October
11:59 PM
Parcel arrived at a carrier facility
South West Parcel Hub,
6:59 PM
Package transferred to another courier for delivery
Port Botany, NSW AU
Tuesday, 4 October
10:02 PM
Package is in transit. Flight containing package has arrived.
Egham, Surrey GB
10:25 AM
Package is in transit. Flight containing package has departed.
Egham, Surrey GB
3:17 AM
Parcel left the carrier facility
Jamaica, NEW YORK US
Monday, 3 October
5:04 AM
Package departed an Amazon facility
Trenton, NJ US
Saturday, 1 October
 
Carrier picked up the package.
 
7:05 PM
Package arrived at an Amazon facility
Trenton, NJ US
 
now call me wrong here but Royal Mail prolly could cope with parcel being left in Surrey!

Egham Airport? Wow - Staines has got one on t'other side from Heathrow now - wonder if Egham Airport is outside the LEZ?

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8 hours ago, Lankytim said:

I remember applying for a job years ago and getting a similar reply. I think there's provision in law to discriminate with recruitment on the grounds of diversity, I forget where I read it but it's all legit and has been a thing for at least 20 years. 

It made me wonder what would happen if you said you were gay to get the job and then "came out" as straight a few months later? Also what do they determine as a minority, if you had a mixed race grandparent would that count? 

There is a provision where, all things being equal with two otherwise-impossible-to-split candidates, you are permitted to select the candidate(s) from a currently under-represented group, but there are so many hurdles (and frankly, arseache) that would go along with it, that it is realistically never relied upon.

But the law is clear that 'positive' discrimination at the point of employment is illegal. The UK does not permit discrimination on the grounds of any protected characteristic, regardless of the imagined rationale.

Many of the protected characteristics are largely self-defined - including ethnicity.

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4 hours ago, EyesWeldedShut said:

So does t'Bini of t'missus - like a limpet even in the wet but it is as low as a go-cart and has very harsh suspension too. Day after my moan I left MK in the middle of the school run - whacking great big SUV's going everywhere like rockets with little nippers in the back seats. Driving the Bini absolutely flat out would put me out in front of them until the speed limit - then they'd just keep accelerating up to the next roundabout and whack on the brakes. It would appear that folks around there like to test the Isofix fittings - not sure how the nippers avoid brain injury the way their little heads snap back and forth though.
Biggest joy is after Leominster - pretty much just me and a luvverly, windy road all the way back to Y Gwyll (local comedy show on TV once upon a time).

Oh - and the Bini has the BMW 'DSC' system on it too - maybe my old skool driving style is the problem but I can't see/feel any difference if it is on or off - nevermind, the little blighter goes like the proverbial in either case.

I live there.  Yes, drivers in the area are bloody insane.

i refuse to turn right out of our neighbourhood, instead going left and doubling back.  We see accidents there pretty much monthly.

It is an aggressively unfriendly place to drive.  Everyone NEEDS to be somewhere half an hour ago, and woe betide you if you happen to hold them up by 5 seconds.

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1 hour ago, High Jetter said:

It's endemic. Worst offenders here are young females, or 30ish ones in Chelsea tractors on the school run (very important)

Few days ago , I made the mistake of going into a town centre at school time (3.30 ish). Above mentioned 30 ish female in an Audi Q something forced her way through and blocks me from going forward. Some other idiot follows through behind her and it’s grid lock until she moves forward. Except now a police car is behind me , all blues and twos, and so she thinks she has to stay still. I wave at her to move forward , so I can get out of the way of the police car, but instead she reverses diagonally without looking, straight into a parked car.  She then drives forward and doesn’t stop to see what she hit .

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In the business center where we work, every radiator in all the communal areas and most of the offices (25000+ sq ft total) has a TRV. Every TRV is turned up to full. They have all the windows open because it's too warm.

Every few days I will walk past the rads in the communal areas and turn the TRVs down. By the next day they're all turned back up to full by the fucking numbskulls who work in the offices.

Give me fucking strength.

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^ Superglue the windows shut.  My kids used to do the same :(

Daughter had a scare last night.  Twat tailgating her almost ran into the back of her car when she stopped for traffic.

He zoomed round her, stopped in front, got out leaving his door open and was screaming and waving his arms at her, threatening to kill her.

Surprisingly, she was quite scared.  Normally she would have got out and decked him.  She looks and acts the sweet girl but can be lethal where required, very fit and fast and surprisingly strong, martial arts trained.

I think a dashcam would have been a great tool to have had there.

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13 minutes ago, cobblers said:

In the business center where we work, every radiator in all the communal areas and most of the offices (25000+ sq ft total) has a TRV. Every TRV is turned up to full. They have all the windows open because it's too warm.

Every few days I will walk past the rads in the communal areas and turn the TRVs down. By the next day they're all turned back up to full by the fucking numbskulls who work in the offices.

Give me fucking strength.

Usually caused by people who think it's their right to wander around in a t-shirt or something even skimpier every minute they are indoors. Probably best cured by all the fat balding middle aged men wandering around stripped to the waist whenever they get too hot.

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Driving up the M6 from Birmingham north a couple of days ago.  Speed restriction signs on and off at random because of “congestion”. There was no congestion apart from that caused by idiots braking hard as soon as they saw a 50mph sign.

Similarly going South a few days before that on M42 , the hard shoulder kept changing from in use to emergencies only at virtually every junction. Late lane changing galore, more manufactured congestion.

I think there are too many people in the control rooms without enough to do all day.

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3 minutes ago, Metal Guru said:

Driving up the M6 from Birmingham north a couple of days ago.  Speed restriction signs on and off at random because of “congestion”. There was no congestion apart from that caused by idiots braking hard as soon as they saw a 50mph sign.

Similarly going South a few days before that on M42 , the hard shoulder kept changing from in use to emergencies only at virtually every junction. Late lane changing galore, more manufactured congestion.

I think there are too many people in the control rooms without enough to do all day.

I have never, not even once seen those matrix signs showing any accurate or useful information, and I used to drive up and down the M1 every day for 8+ years

Sorry, I tell a lie. I was once in the most incredibly thick fog with visibility about 40 feet, crawling along in traffic. I got underneath one of the signs and you could just about make out the word "fog" on it. Thanks guys.

 

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11 hours ago, mercedade said:

There is a provision where, all things being equal with two otherwise-impossible-to-split candidates, you are permitted to select the candidate(s) from a currently under-represented group, but there are so many hurdles (and frankly, arseache) that would go along with it, that it is realistically never relied upon.

But the law is clear that 'positive' discrimination at the point of employment is illegal. The UK does not permit discrimination on the grounds of any protected characteristic, regardless of the imagined rationale.

Many of the protected characteristics are largely self-defined - including ethnicity.

This job application was around 2001ish so legislation may well be different now. One employer I looked at said they wasn’t recruiting at the present time, however if I was from a minority or disabled then they were offering interviews.  
 

Hasn’t the RAF been in the news recently for only recruiting from BAME and other minority groups? 

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3 hours ago, cobblers said:

In the business center where we work, every radiator in all the communal areas and most of the offices (25000+ sq ft total) has a TRV. Every TRV is turned up to full. They have all the windows open because it's too warm.

Every few days I will walk past the rads in the communal areas and turn the TRVs down. By the next day they're all turned back up to full by the fucking numbskulls who work in the offices.

Give me fucking strength.

Glue them to position 2.5. 

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Fitted a new soil pipe on the toilet. Had to lift it out of the way to do it. Isolated and unhooked the filler. 

Fitted new soil pipe, connected all back up and managed to chowder the threads on the bottom of the filler. So obviously it now leaks, even with half a roll of PTFE tape on it 🙄

New part it is then. 

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I've received a £50 Halfords voucher, which isn't making me grumpy - far from it, it's a thoughtful gift.

No, it's the fact that those robbing bastards are trying to charge £113 for something that is exactly the same kit as I bought a couple of years back for £25.

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5 hours ago, cobblers said:

I'm half tempted to just shut the balancing valves completely

I'd do that - gluing the other valves up could be construed as criminininal damage - shutting the balancer (on every other one maybe ??) may be the way to go.
Or perhaps print off a few notices 'wear a cardigan'; 'get more clothes on'; 'it's feckin Autumn dress appropriately'

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2 hours ago, grogee said:

I've received a £50 Halfords voucher, which isn't making me grumpy - far from it, it's a thoughtful gift.

No, it's the fact that those robbing bastards are trying to charge £113 for something that is exactly the same kit as I bought a couple of years back for £25.

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Looks identical to my £11.99 ebay rewind kit, bar the casing is red and all the tools are very surface rusty from being rained on mid job 😂

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2 hours ago, beko1987 said:

Looks identical to my £11.99 ebay rewind kit, bar the casing is red and all the tools are very surface rusty from being rained on mid job 😂

Same, same

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