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To be fair t'Plusnet, last time we had an issue, they were pretty prompt at getting BT out, with the usual "you'll have to pay if they find no problem." The wire from pole to our house was changed (might even have been just the last bit thinking about it) and our broadband ended up twice as fast. Pretty chuffed about that as we were topping 3mB at times. They've been very poor this time though, just delaying tactics and not doing a thing about the problem.

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Not sure whether to put this in the Grump or Grin thread, but overall I'm a bit grumpy, so...

 

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Mrs_duke has finally agreed to consider the possibility that I may be allowed to entertain the idea of selling the Ashtray and buying something old, or at least shite. This is a frankly incredible development. After some arguing about the Triumph 1500 on the blue forum, she agreed on a minty Mk4 Escort on t'Bay, which had me very slightly damp.

 

 

Grumps

I was highest bidder on said car until 5 seconds to go, when it jumped £20. I was poised in readiness, and got in another bid - except my internetz decided it was going much too quickly and slowed to dial-up speeds once again, losing me the car. Although this was probably just as well, as it's only worth about 60% of what I would've paid.

Never mind, think I, there'll be loads more chod about to tempt me... but after spending 2 hours on eBay and various forums, I've seen nowt worth seriously considering. Plenty of crusty projects, plenty of minty things just out of price range, but nothing that quite fits.

I'd normally be happy to wait, but the Ashtray is due for tax & insurance renewal at the end of the month, so if I don't find something suitable I'll be stuck with it for another 12 months, unless someone does a policy allowing me to insure it as a car, which I very much doubt.

 

In spite of all this, it's a bit hard to stay miserable when the sun's been out constantly for 4 whole days :D

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Not sure whether to put this in the Grump or Grin thread, but overall I'm a bit grumpy, so...

 

Grumps

I was highest bidder on said car until 5 seconds to go, when it jumped £20. I was poised in readiness, and got in another bid - except my internetz decided it was going much too quickly and slowed to dial-up speeds once again, losing me the car. Although this was probably just as well, as it's only worth about 60% of what I would've paid.

Never mind, think I, there'll be loads more chod about to tempt me... but after spending 2 hours on eBay and various forums, I've seen nowt worth seriously considering. Plenty of crusty projects, plenty of minty things just out of price range, but nothing that quite fits.

I'd normally be happy to wait, but the Ashtray is due for tax & insurance renewal at the end of the month, so if I don't find something suitable I'll be stuck with it for another 12 months, unless someone does a policy allowing me to insure it as a car, which I very much doubt.

 

In spite of all this, it's a bit hard to stay miserable when the sun's been out constantly for 4 whole days :D

 

MrDuke do you not use AuctionSniper? Manual bidding is for LOZERZ! :wink::D

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Local petrol station is out of fuel, so had to go to the more expensive (as if that were possible in this climate) petrol station around the corner. The only plus side of this was that £10 in the tank meant it was half full after spluttering down for fuel.

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Local petrol station is out of fuel, so had to go to the more expensive (as if that were possible in this climate) petrol station around the corner. The only plus side of this was that £10 in the tank meant it was half full after spluttering down for fuel.

Not good news as my "Go and buy fuel" lamp lit this afternoon and the BP station I passed moments later is charging £1.49L.

The reserve should last a couple of days :?

 

Spent a couple of hours farting around trying to get the tailgate glass to open, been getting around to it for eighteen months now. Fixed a couple of breaks in the wiring only to find the microswitch is cabbaged.

 

In the coldest of weather last winter it would randomly open on its own, otherwise nothing.

Should have put it off for a bit longer, the car might just catch fire and would have saved me the bother.

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I haven't seen or heard anything about a fuel shortage outside of the Internet. In fact, I went to the garage on the way home and I was the only car there (which was slightly odd).

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Can confirm that there's no fuel crisis here so far. Filled up the other day for 136.9 at the Shell station in South Queensferry. I wonder if the "OMG TEH FUELZ IZ GOING TO BE ALL DRUNKED BY TEATIME!!!!!111!!!!!ONE1111!!!!!" Will get as far north as this...

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ebay mongs:

 

i saw a car on b.i.n/make an offer... lobbed a offer on @ £500 under the b.i.n.. declined...kept lobbing offers on going up £50 each time..... everyone declined.

by this stage i am £50 under the b.i.n, so i contact buyer..."what offer will you take for the car" he replies.. "no offers, it has a b.i.n price" :roll: so i told him it had a b.i.n/make an offer, he says "his wife must have put that on, and that the car is worth the b.i.n price as when new they cost £37k"

that may well be you turdwipe, but the car is fuggin 14yrs old now!! :shock:

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Cheers! My advice to anyone who is facing some kind of "official" disciplinary action is to completely abandon any hope of being reasonable and decent about the whole thing. If the management have decided they want to go down that route, they've forfeited that luxury. If you concede to them and accept something which you know isn't completely right, they'll treat you as second-class for the rest of your working life (I've seen it happen all too many times). If you're awkward and cocky, it actually makes it more likely that you'll be left alone. The worst that could happen is that you'll lose your job and if you're in that position, you might as well consider it a "dying" job anyway.

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I'm pissed off just had a letter from the DVLA saying they cant refund my tax as my details don't match those on the V5... They don't match because a fat fingered clown in Swansea misspelled my surname!

 

I've rung them and the automated computer says send the letter must be sent back with a circle highlighting the error I then have to wait another 4 weeks while they think about it :roll: . I really don't see why they cant sort it out over the phone, I can't wait until they shut the local offices and every thing has to be done via swansea... :cry:

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Oh I'm so glad that the Tories have told us not to worry about the fuel situation. Oh, but we should apparently keep our tanks topped up AND store fuel in jerry cans? Oh, right. That shouldn't cause OMG FUEL KAOS then. Fuggin' idiots. I guess they expect us all to blame the truck drivers (who according to the government will almost certainly probably strike over Easter) rather than do what we're actually doing, which is wondering why on earth such a bunch of complete idiots are in power.

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Legally, there has to be 7 days notice before a strike could begin anyway. WTF happened to "keep calm & carry on"??

 

Indeed. I am hoping that the union wouldn't be as stupid as to call a strike over Easter. That really would lose them any sympathy at all. I don't necessarily agree with the tanker drivers taking this sort of action, but I agree a whole lot less with the government's stance!

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Legally, there has to be 7 days notice before a strike could begin anyway. WTF happened to "keep calm & carry on"??

 

The unions are desperate to fuck up any chance of an economic recovery in this country. If they have an opportunity to screw things up they're gonna take it. This is just another example of Union mentality. "The country is in deep shit, so we're going to strike to get our members more money for less work. We don't give a flying fuck if we're inconveniencing everybody, in fact that's what we want to do because the country voted our buddies out of power. Inconvenience everyone and hold the country to ransom. Recession? Pah, we still want more for less. We're not gonna help the country, we're gonna fuck it up the arse and blame the Tories. Same as always".

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Meanwhile, the oil companies make more and more money while the price of crude is high - that can't be helping the economy either, seeing as people's disposable income is going on fuel rather than the other things that will revive it.

 

What I believe the dispute is about has a lot to do with health and safety and working practices, which when you're trying to safely navigate the UK's roads - thus avoiding the rest* of the general public whose own driving gets in the way of their oh-so-important social networking, don't forget - whilst trying not to slop 30-odd thousand litres of highly flammable liquid on the deck is a fair enough point to me.

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There were mega queues and Morrisons today. I was suprised and a bit worried that Megan would get bored with the wait (we were running on red and have loads of important baby groups to drive around polluting the hatmosphere to get to).

 

Only it turns out the queues were all people in cars with their filler caps on the drivers side waiting for a pumpon the "right side". :roll:

 

I cruised in behind a lady in a Renault who had the same "out there" genius* idea as me and filled up on the opposite side. Craziness!

 

As I left another car overtook 8 cars to do the same thing :shock:

 

Also Megan is ill, and I have contracted a mutated form of Man-flu that as such affects girls way more than boys. And OH has gone out for a meal. Cheers love. :|

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I cruised in behind a lady in a Renault who had the same "out there" genius* idea as me and filled up on the opposite side. Craziness!

 

Genius! I habitually do the same thing, which is normally GR9.9 except for the other week when I forgot I was driving a long wheelbase van :oops:. Muppet.

 

 

Bird flu?

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

 

Hope you and the littl'un feel better soon though, or failing that, that OH feels worse.

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Also Megan is ill, and I have contracted a mutated form of Man-flu that as such affects girls way more than boys. And OH has gone out for a meal. Cheers love. :|

 

Bluddy 'ell. I'm glad I decided to drive around Snowdonia in the sun rather than visit you for a cup of tea then! :P (though I'm very sad not to get you drool over your brown Astra).

 

That said, t'wife has had a sod of a cold that I've been desperately trying to avoid catching. Successfully so far...

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Just had to put some fuel in my lad's car. Nearest garage was slightly busier than normal but no big deal so filled up the usual amount there. Went past Morrison's and it was just utter chaos yet there are two garages about 1/2 mile away that had no queues whatsoever.

Best thing? They are all selling petrol at the same price!

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Legally, there has to be 7 days notice before a strike could begin anyway. WTF happened to "keep calm & carry on"??

 

The unions are desperate to fuck up any chance of an economic recovery in this country. If they have an opportunity to screw things up they're gonna take it. This is just another example of Union mentality. "The country is in deep shit, so we're going to strike to get our members more money for less work. We don't give a flying fuck if we're inconveniencing everybody, in fact that's what we want to do because the country voted our buddies out of power. Inconvenience everyone and hold the country to ransom. Recession? Pah, we still want more for less. We're not gonna help the country, we're gonna fuck it up the arse and blame the Tories. Same as always".

 

Amen to that brother

 

The Union did fuck all for me when Midland Bank wanted to include sat morning into our working week. When I started out it wasn't closed shop but the union rep would shit in your lunchbox everyday if you didn't join. Did we strike, did we fuck I left and found a better job! Biggest waste of my money eva

 

We should follow Homer Simpson "Strike! We don't strike, we just go to work and do it really half arsed, that's the American way" come to think of it that was the British Leyland way except when they were on stike that is.

 

I was watching the news about revolting teachers tonight and listening to some bint telling us what a bitch of a job she has and doesn't want to work till she is 68. Not only was this a great recruiting advert for teaching but I think she might have been overdoing it a bit on what a hard life she has. If the job is that bad fucking give it up and brighten the kids days up too. I am sure that they could fill her job many times over.

 

Another saggy 58 year old bag (who probably doesn't get enough) was bitching about having to pay an extra £30 / month to keep her pension. so when she retires in 15 minutes time she will get a pension and might just leave enough for the next poor bastard to plunder the fund on retirement. Her attitude stank. people like this couldn't give a shit that the fund is empty and in danger of collapse so long as they get their 30 pieces of silver.

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