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45 minutes ago, iainrcz said:

Trying to get a shower under a Mira shower. This is the third one I've had the joy of using.

I'd get wetter asking the Mrs to spit at me.

It’s no wonder when you look at the power of them. Some are as low as 7.5 kW, most around 9 and the best you can get is only 13. My shower comes direct from a gas combi boiler rated at 32kW , so there’s no comparison.

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Not so much grumpy as annoyed/angry. 

A  1 mile section of an A road near me was "surface dressed" with chips last week. Already there are big bald patches where the chips have come off. What a bloody wate of money. 

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52 minutes ago, DavieW said:

Not so much grumpy as annoyed/angry. 

A  1 mile section of an A road near me was "surface dressed" with chips last week. Already there are big bald patches where the chips have come off. What a bloody wate of money. 

I was once waiting my turn in the barbers when the guy in the chair told the barber he worked for Autoglass . The barber jokingly says “ oh , I expect you go out at night spreading stones to drum up business”. The guy replied “don’t have to, the council does it for us”.

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On 29/05/2024 at 09:22, iainrcz said:

Trying to get a shower under a Mira shower. This is the third one I've had the joy of using.

I'd get wetter asking the Mrs to spit at me.

 

 

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1 hour ago, artdjones said:

 

 

My favourite Simpsons episode ever - every line in that one is gold!

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3 hours ago, Pieman said:

My favourite Simpsons episode ever - every line in that one is gold!

The first ten years were great, they've been flogging a dead horse for decades.

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Apparently, banks don't/ won't give you bags of coins anymore.

Or at least, Nationwide doesn't - I was just after a bag or two of pound coins to use as a cash float for a car boot sale tomorrow morning.

But no, coins aren't a thing they keep on the premises anymore. I mean, it's been a couple of years since I last tried to flog a load of assorted tat, but I don't recall having difficulty in making a withdrawal in coin bags before.

I also had to wait in a queue for twenty minutes in order to make this discovery, which annoyed me even more.

I ended up in Tesco on one of their self-serve machines, buying individual bananas with a series of £10 notes in order to get some pound coins and a couple of 50ps in change.

If some twat rocks up early doors trying to buy a 10p comic with a £20 note, they may find themselves involuntarily eating it...

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1 hour ago, Datsuncog said:

 

I ended up in Tesco on one of their self-serve machines, buying individual bananas with a series of £10 notes in order to get some pound coins and a couple of 50ps in change.

 

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10 hours ago, DavieW said:

Not so much grumpy as annoyed/angry. 

A  1 mile section of an A road near me was "surface dressed" with chips last week. Already there are big bald patches where the chips have come off. What a bloody wate of money. 

Don't worry about the waste. The chips are now protecting* the bottom of your car.

* attracting dirt and rust.

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4 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Apparently, banks don't/ won't give you bags of coins anymore.

You may find local post offices more accommodating, I know my one is.

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4 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Apparently, banks don't/ won't give you bags of coins anymore.

Or at least, Nationwide doesn't - I was just after a bag or two of pound coins to use as a cash float for a car boot sale tomorrow morning.

But no, coins aren't a thing they keep on the premises anymore. I mean, it's been a couple of years since I last tried to flog a load of assorted tat, but I don't recall having difficulty in making a withdrawal in coin bags before.

I also had to wait in a queue for twenty minutes in order to make this discovery, which annoyed me even more.

I ended up in Tesco on one of their self-serve machines, buying individual bananas with a series of £10 notes in order to get some pound coins and a couple of 50ps in change.

If some twat rocks up early doors trying to buy a 10p comic with a £20 note, they may find themselves involuntarily eating it...

Santander won't accept coins either unless you have a business account.  Because why would a bank take money and store it for me?  What a bizarre idea!

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5 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

Santander won't accept coins either unless you have a business account.  Because why would a bank take money and store it for me?  What a bizarre idea!

Banks don't want to handle money, full stop. Coins or notes. They basically just want to move money about on screens between accounts and cash cheques.

Last few times i've had anything to do with money and banks (not even big amounts, we're talking cheap runabout car money), it's been hellish. They basically treat you like some kind of drug running gangster, take you off to the side or shuffled off into a back room with several staff members, get questioned about where you got the money (or what you want it for if you're taking it out, like it's any of their fucking business), basically cordoned off half the branch over somebody having the audacity to do something with about 1k of their own money. It's insane.

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3 hours ago, Mrcento said:

Banks don't want to handle money, full stop. Coins or notes. They basically just want to move money about on screens between accounts and cash cheques.

Last few times i've had anything to do with money and banks (not even big amounts, we're talking cheap runabout car money), it's been hellish. They basically treat you like some kind of drug running gangster, take you off to the side or shuffled off into a back room with several staff members, get questioned about where you got the money (or what you want it for if you're taking it out, like it's any of their fucking business), basically cordoned off half the branch over somebody having the audacity to do something with about 1k of their own money. It's insane.

Banks really don’t want cheques either. That involves physical movement of bits of paper, a real pain. 
My mother still writes cheques for everything. When she runs out and needs a new cheque book, the bank is like “ what have you done with all those cheques? No one asks for a new cheque book any more”.

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Ffs

So left 8

M1 down to one.lane.from 4 and was shut further down nearer london and also at 15

So cross countried it from there to cambridge then m11

M11 samw down to one lane also A1 shut in herts

Planned on being here at 1am the map plot said 4.45 hours so about right 

Even with rhe faff was here at half one

Thats not so bad - 300 miles maybe?

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1 hour ago, Metal Guru said:

Banks really don’t want cheques either. That involves physical movement of bits of paper, a real pain. 
My mother still writes cheques for everything. When she runs out and needs a new cheque book, the bank is like “ what have you done with all those cheques? No one asks for a new cheque book any more”.

Paying in a cheque is so much easier.  My Lloyds banking app, has you take 2 photos, and jobs done. Good job, because they closed the branch in March. 

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1 hour ago, New POD said:

Paying in a cheque is so much easier.  My Lloyds banking app, has you take 2 photos, and jobs done. Good job, because they closed the branch in March. 

But most people who use cheques don’t do apps.

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Bank branches seem to basically just be there to sell insurance and finance/loans now. It's no wonder they are closing, they've long stopped being useful by design.

They don't seem to want to do actual banking and expect that everything like that will be done via apps or cash machines.

The fact they still offer it at all (and make it deeply unpleasant an experience) more because they have to be seen to. And even then, i was sat in the bank a few months back trying to sort a missing card out (old one had expired and 2 replacements they sent out never arrived) and whilst waiting for a manager to be taken into the back rooms like all the criminals are, there were older people coming in and out wanting to do actual banking, like stick some money in or put a cheque in.

They basically got as far as the front desk and sent over to a machine, effectively to say 'We don't give a fuck, if you want that done, go do it your fucking self'. Of course, they couldn't do it and 1 of the 2 woman on the front desk basically had to guide them through it.

Meanwhile, 3 cashiers sat there, doing fuck all, whilst a small queue waited for the remaining woman on the front desk to assign them to a machine to go do it themselves or take a seat alongside me to wait to be seen by someone more senior. I think only 1 or 2 from a dozen or so ended up actually seeing a cashier.

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13 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Apparently, banks don't/ won't give you bags of coins anymore.

Or at least, Nationwide doesn't - I was just after a bag or two of pound coins to use as a cash float for a car boot sale tomorrow morning.

But no, coins aren't a thing they keep on the premises anymore. I mean, it's been a couple of years since I last tried to flog a load of assorted tat, but I don't recall having difficulty in making a withdrawal in coin bags before.

I also had to wait in a queue for twenty minutes in order to make this discovery, which annoyed me even more.

I ended up in Tesco on one of their self-serve machines, buying individual bananas with a series of £10 notes in order to get some pound coins and a couple of 50ps in change.

If some twat rocks up early doors trying to buy a 10p comic with a £20 note, they may find themselves involuntarily eating it...

Ask your local window cleaner, or anyone who handles lots of small transactions. 

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1 hour ago, Metal Guru said:

But most people who use cheques don’t do apps.

Most people who do Apps, have older family who insist on sending money the old fashioned way. 

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9 minutes ago, artdjones said:

Ask your local window cleaner, or anyone who handles lots of small transactions. 

You think any of the transactions in cash are going through the books ? 

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7 minutes ago, New POD said:

You think any of the transactions in cash are going through the books ? 

I don't know what that's got to do with the point, which was that these traders have lots of coins and would like to change them for notes.

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Can the weather get its act together?  I've got welding I want to get done and it just won't stop raining.  It's supposed to be dry and clear this weekend, instead it's grey and threatening to rain, again.  I just need a couple of nice dry days to get shit done.  It's June, we should be out of Rain Complaining Season and well into Heat Complaining Season by now.

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8 hours ago, Metal Guru said:

Banks really don’t want cheques either. That involves physical movement of bits of paper, a real pain. 
My mother still writes cheques for everything. When she runs out and needs a new cheque book, the bank is like “ what have you done with all those cheques? No one asks for a new cheque book any more”.

I still had two cheque books for our joint account when I advised the bank that she had died and to amend the account details.

They sent me another two books in my name only.

It is highly unlikely that any of them will be used.

Had a car tax refund for the C5 (I think) and took it to the bank.  I was there before 09:00 but they didn't open until 10:00.

I mentioned being far too early to the cashier (who accepted the cheque without comment, and she said I could have just use the ATM outside at any time.

I can't say that I have any complaints about treatment in the bank branches, the staff have invariably been helpful and friendly.

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There's some cunt on this train having a ukulele sing-a-long.  He has an incredible ability to make almost any style of song sound bland and nasal.  

How is this anymore acceptable than getting on with a ghettoblaster?

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49 minutes ago, ruffgeezer said:

There's some cunt on this train having a ukulele sing-a-long.  He has an incredible ability to make almost any style of song sound bland and nasal.  

How is this anymore acceptable than getting on with a ghettoblaster?

 

Fairly* sure it’s a spoof. But goes through my mind every time 🤣

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6 hours ago, Mrcento said:

Bank branches seem to basically just be there to sell insurance and finance/loans now. It's no wonder they are closing, they've long stopped being useful by design.

They don't seem to want to do actual banking and expect that everything like that will be done via apps or cash machines.

The fact they still offer it at all (and make it deeply unpleasant an experience) more because they have to be seen to. And even then, i was sat in the bank a few months back trying to sort a missing card out (old one had expired and 2 replacements they sent out never arrived) and whilst waiting for a manager to be taken into the back rooms like all the criminals are, there were older people coming in and out wanting to do actual banking, like stick some money in or put a cheque in.

They basically got as far as the front desk and sent over to a machine, effectively to say 'We don't give a fuck, if you want that done, go do it your fucking self'. Of course, they couldn't do it and 1 of the 2 woman on the front desk basically had to guide them through it.

Meanwhile, 3 cashiers sat there, doing fuck all, whilst a small queue waited for the remaining woman on the front desk to assign them to a machine to go do it themselves or take a seat alongside me to wait to be seen by someone more senior. I think only 1 or 2 from a dozen or so ended up actually seeing a cashier.

I make a point of not using the self service machines in banks (same in supermarkets and petrol stations), even when directed to do so I’ll insist on going to the cashier. Quite often this involves the member of staff trying to guide me towards the self-service whilst saying “Let me show you how to use this machine/app/etc” as though I’m some sort of technophobe.

Nope, its not that I don’t understand them, I don’t want to use them. The more people use them, the more chance there is that the branch gets closed. 

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58 minutes ago, 83C said:

I make a point of not using the self service machines in banks (same in supermarkets and petrol stations), even when directed to do so I’ll insist on going to the cashier. Quite often this involves the member of staff trying to guide me towards the self-service whilst saying “Let me show you how to use this machine/app/etc” as though I’m some sort of technophobe.

Nope, its not that I don’t understand them, I don’t want to use them. The more people use them, the more chance there is that the branch gets closed. 

Our local Asda sometimes has just one till open and about 3 people standing around the self service tills helping people / authorising drinks etc. If they just put them on the normal tills it would be faster for everyone. 
In fact our local Lidl did just that although being Lidl the till open and close every 30 seconds.

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Wife decided in 2022 to fuck me off and be a strong independent woman what don’t need no man. Basically that meant me running two houses ever since. 

Family home now SSTC and having to get my final stuff out of the loft. Heartbreaking all over again tbh; looking over stuff from a happy and carefree time in life and wondering - in the words of David Byrne - “How did I get here?”. 

99% of it has gone in the tip. Keepsakes, memories, gifts, career stuff? Gone. The other 1% might yet get sold too to add a few pennies to the endless bonfire of money that separation is. 

Shed next where, again, the household recycling centre awaits for the majority of things that I just don’t have the space to store in a small house with no parking/garage. 

If it wasn’t for the kids I think I’d likely throw every single belonging away, donate the cat to my parents and go work overseas in a war zone. 

Doleful days. 

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On 01/06/2024 at 13:24, BorniteIdentity said:

Wife decided in 2022 to fuck me off and be a strong independent woman what don’t need no man. Basically that meant me running two houses ever since. 

Family home now SSTC and having to get my final stuff out of the loft. Heartbreaking all over again tbh; looking over stuff from a happy and carefree time in life and wondering - in the words of David Byrne - “How did I get here?”. 

99% of it has gone in the tip. Keepsakes, memories, gifts, career stuff? Gone. The other 1% might yet get sold too to add a few pennies to the endless bonfire of money that separation is. 

Shed next where, again, the household recycling centre awaits for the majority of things that I just don’t have the space to store in a small house with no parking/garage. 

If it wasn’t for the kids I think I’d likely throw every single belonging away, donate the cat to my parents and go work overseas in a war zone. 

Doleful days. 

Wasn't expecting to read this (even on the grumpy thread). Goes to show that behind every profile name, everyone's got plenty of shit they're dealing with.

Dad always says you get what you deserve (which is remarkable for a man who's three times divorced). I disagree with that and hope things improve and you can rebuild. I find animals better company generally so wouldn't be so hasty with the cat. Far less likely to fuck you over and much more grateful of your time. 

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