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Sorry forgot to rant-been lovely here all morning while I was at work. Got home, did washing, put it out,organised canes and drawings to measure up outside...and rain started belting down...Ranty pants and angry trousers doesn't even begin to cover it!

Mummy, did you not know that Ikea meatballs are what was left over from the Charge of the Light Brigade, the machine gun nests are to make you eat them?

Fairygirl /Daughter that sounds a great idea I could knock holes in the front and side walls so Daughter has a clear field of fire. Do the Archers practice on the Zumba class, it must be tempting all those posteriors flouncing about at high speed.


I used to do archery, it's where I met my Husband.  I'm not very good, Husband a different matter, but he'd been doing it for years.  Still got my bow, OH's bow case huge, but then again he's 6foot3 in his socks, even when it's taken down into 3 bits his bow's pretty big.  Did you know that because an arrow flexes when in flight, it will go straight through a stab vest/flak jacket?  My stepdad also used to do archery, got his old bow (it's a museum piece), he warned me never to try and put it up, he regularly used to go through the boss when he shot.

Frank, I don't do anything with beef in it, I'm allergic.  As a result, none of us eat it (OH sometimes gets a steak if it's on offer and I can cope with the smell (even that sets me off!).

Blackest, it was the Today's Special Value in the blue floral print I wanted, it's sold out.

Fairygirl, have a look at the kipling bags on QVC.  They are fantastic, I would never ever use a different handbag (apart from when I got married, but that's because I couldn't get an Ivory one!).  I have got lots, when OH complained, I told him that when I had as many bags as he had model cars (or even model land rovers for that matter), THEN he could complain.  Also told him that next time he said 'could you just put this in your bag?' handing me keys/wallet/CD front/Camera/other P.O.S the answer would be NO!  They are a bit pricey, but they last forever, and the bright colours really cheer you up on a grey day, or if you're down.  They can organise the most disorganised person (as I can testify), you can get loads in them, they weigh nothing, can withstand a nuclear blast (before I had them the max lifespan of a paws' handbag was 6 months), I've got some I've had for years (oldest is now 10 years!), what else can I say?  They are pure genius!  I've even got a few monkeys with my name on (courtesy of Ebay).  They're as funky as a Mark King slap base solo!


God I feel old....MMP you lost me at 'monkeys with my name on'  I have the grand total of 1 handbag. Gave the others I had to my girls so I can borrow if I need to! I use the one My ex bought me as it goes with everything and I'm not much of a 'goer outer' anywhere grand so it's very versatile. Ashamed to say I prefer to put stuff in my pockets 

Frank/Dad- yes we did joke that perhaps to make it more interesting the targets could just be stuck on posteriors....

Blackest..handbags?? there something you're not telling us..

Forgot to say, they all have little monkeys (well, apes if you're going to be pedantic), and they each have a name, all named after someone that works for Kipling, so you do get some odd names - actually based in Belgium (handbags and chocolates, must visit sometime), but a worldwide company.  Julie monkeys so far in a teal green colour (more green than blue) and pink.  Hey ho.  They do have my name on though, so no bellyaching about whose bag it is.

Used to be a pockets person then dropped two sprogs (separately, not twins!).  Can't get all of that gubbins in your pockets, however hard you try!


Gardening Grandma

Well, I've had a good laugh reading this lot. Just dropped in from my caravan hol. I'll admit I thought that MOB rants would be a victim of the multiplication of chat threads on this forum, but it seems there is life in it yet!

MMP, I have rather a lot of handbags (!) but I haven't had a Kipling bag and you make them sound rather attractive! Thank I'll have to give them a go! I do think you are quite heroic tackling those brambles. You never cease to amaze me!

As for the rest of this rather wicked conversation, I'm deeply shocked!   Obviously, I haven't lived!

Fairygirl wrote (see)

Cilmeri-if you go to bottom right hand corner of message it'll come up 'quote' in a little blue window. Click and then when you're about to start your message, click on the quote marks at right end of your message  toolbar and it'll transfer them to the start of your own message. Hope that makes sense!

perfect sense......Thank youuuuuu


MMP-I used to carry spare pants around in my pocket-(for the kids potty training not for me...honest!) and one day I needed a hanky when I was in a cafe with youngest daughter and thought I'd found one in my pocket but it was a pair of least they were clean!


"Deeply shocked"? "Haven't lived"? where is it you live?? "ah yes, Bridgend" where a young innocent Northern Lad was inducted into Welsh ways by dark haired fiery eyed Bridgend girls.
Oh how I suffered and escaped by the skin of my teeth, only to discover the Hampshire girls were not much safer. Sometimes you are better off in a foxhole.


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Blackest..handbags?? there something you're not telling us..

no just curiosity which wasn't clarified since there was 100's of em.

besides i reckon even frank would agree know the opposition



Blackest-I've also signed. Tried yesterday - link wouldn't open but fine now.


Small rant,

Boots, made around a 100 mile round trip to buy some. I am just so fed up with the rubbish that is available today, I don't think until yesterday in recent years I have bought any footwear which has lasted over 3 months with regular use. Everything seems to be cheap glued together rubbish.  

I was lucky enough yesterday to track down a pair of para boots unfortunately in need of resoleing but worth doing, it will probably cost more than the boots did to get the job done right. But I probably will still have them in years to come. Happy with them strong and comfortable, but why is it so hard to buy quality these days.

and why couldnt i get this in the right thread the first time

thanks to everybody who has signed monsanto worries me.

Gardening Grandma

I think it might be that, to get the quality of that kind of boot, one would have to pay a heck of a lot today. I live near one of those retail outlets where posh things are cheaper, and I paid $48 there for a decent pair of everyday walking shoes. And I don't mean hiking boots. I'm a cheapskate. I was just desperate for something solid enough.

I get all my footwear at Clark's, they last for years, are solid for walking, never leak or fall apart.
I love to see my Daughters face when I ask for a particular shoe and it comes out with a label saying £95, "DAD" she does not know I have been on line checked out they were in a sale and the new price can be half.
Last time the girl put them through the till and said £50 just as the manager came to the till, no he said we took another £10 off today. Daughter is still moaning I can get three pairs for that, maybe so but she will have a lot of pairs of shoes in the lifetime of mine, I call that economy.
Years of army boots gave me good feet and apart from the odd touch of gout that is still so today, good feet deserve good shoes.




“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”

Actually about €200 will buy good quality boots new, and they can be resoled as necessary. Trouble is shops that stock them are quite rare and to get them resoled properly in Ireland this is the only approved Vibram sole specialist.


Telephone/Mobile: 00353 14754832
E-mail: not cheap but then you will get years of use out of them.

RANT, why oh why am I sitting here looking at £8 of money of my next shop tickets for T____ plus a £5 off you next shop over £40???
They say my comparable shop elsewhere would have been cheaper????
Then why the h@#@ don't they just drop the prices on that day, I have yet another one for Saint berry who apparently do the same, I at times wonder if it is me or them off their trolley's.



Hi Frank/dad-had the same conversation at work last week! They are all the same these supermarkets-could we do them under the trades desc. act -they're anything but 'super'

I've had terrible phone calls with the liars at Barclaycard -yes I called them liars-and the utility co I was at in previous rented house. 

I told First Utilty to tell Head Office to expect a bill for my (wasted)time spent phoning and emailing which was due to their incompetence. Don't think she was too chuffed. Strangely enough - later that day I got a reply to the email I'd sent at end of March about their  mistakes- it's only taken 3 weeks....

Barclays are sh***ing themselves that I'm going to Ombudsman cos I've messaged them several times to say I'm NOT happy with the way my complaint's been handled (d debit set up , they didn't take payment, blamed my bank then charged me a late fee and interest.)

You couldn't make it up.

Got my charges refunded-but they removed them on my online statement then reinstated them after I'd paid the bill through bank. Was ready to blow my top but next day they had sorted it.

They are bleeping useless-all these companies.

Glad I got that off my chest -off outside now!


Frank it would cost them to just take the money off. By giving you a voucher you have to remember to use it plus you have to buy more stuff from them and of course they will make money from that too.

That £40 you spend to get your discount won't be going to morrisons, thats reason enough for them. 

Fairygirl/Daughter, Language, I discovered you can get your message over very firmly without resorting to bad language so behave.
Had a four month run in with Santander and after getting no answers withdrew what I had with them and placed in the other Bank I have been with since a child with my solid round piggy bank that took pence, three penny bits and tanners.
I also dropped them as my insurers so last week I got a phone call, "would I answer a quick quiz on my assessment as to how the call centre handled my calls"???
They got  a firm reply and no I did not use one foreign word in the process.
Blackest, I know why they infuriate us but it still rankles, if they can check at the till that I have paid too much then the till could also deduct that amount why not.