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Busy L- I'm lucky too that my parents were together for over 50 years and although we didn't have much materially we were loved totally.
I've said it before on here but I'll say it again. I've had a rough few years but I count my blessings every day as I know how lucky I am. I don't believe in God but I often hope I'm very very wrong and there is some kind of divine retribution for all the scumbags of the world.
GG is so right- taking the moral high ground is hard MMP- but you know who is right and who is wrong so have faith in that
Or as Captain KIrk said (I believe) - live long and prosper!
Well said, FG!
Heavens, don't start me on the local tip. Ours is great, but the chaps in there are a bit too eager to help - my new pushchair nearly went in one of the recycling bins, until I shouted at the guy to put it back, I was getting it out of the boot to get at the other stuff that needed to go, think he thought he could get a few quid out of it as it looked new (because it was new).
Our local council will not allow us into the tip with either a van or a trailer, we have to get a permit from the council to take a trailer or van in, and then it's only allowed in once a month, and we have to pre-book the day before.
The neighbouring council don't really care if you turn up with a dump truck full of stuff, but that's 20 minutes away, and the local one is only 5 minutes. The guys there are like vultures, anything they can ebay or car boot gets snaffled, I'm sure it's a great way of topping up their income.
Apart from someone mentioning the tip, I've been quite happy this weekend, I actually managed to get to the GC this weekend and spend my money (mostly on stuff I wanted), got myself the very nasty looking wolf cultiweeder (hopefully it will stop me having to bend to grab lengths of bramble), and will be useful when I finally get the bottom garden sorted for veggies. I also managed to get some fungicide to treat the black spot on my roses, and OH got a tap fitting to go on one of his oil drums for making the biodiesel. We all had an ice-cream too (next time I will do the choosing, as OH has no idea how messy a toddler can get with anything bigger than a mini-milk!) Came to slightly over £30, so OH paid the excess (it did mean he got his tap for half-price though).
more spam, spam, spam
Pash, is this a rant about spam? If so, I agree that it is a pain.
MMP, your local tip sounds a lot like ours in the way it is run. Glad you got the things you wanted at the GC.
I had a very puzzling experience this week, so this is a bit of a rant. A hideous cardigan arrived by post, with no account of who is was from. It is a size 28 (a lot too big, I may say, even for a long-term member of Fat Club such as myself!) and cheap and nasty. A couple of weeks later, a bill and a contract arrived from Fashion World. I queried this and they said I ordered by phone. I didn't! So who did and how did they get my financial details? And why order something like that to be sent to me? I'm annoyed, mystified and somewhat worried. What the heck's going on?
GG, ask them for a recording of the telephone call. They cannot demand payment as they do not have your signature. You also need to know where the telephone call originated (if you are lucky, it will be when you were on holiday in your caravan so you can prove it was not you. As they do not have your signature, they cannot demand payment, although you must send the nasty cardigan back. Check your bank statement, just to make sure they haven't got bank details, but it sounds like the bill is a request for payment. You know you didn't order it, especially as it's the wrong size.
It could be someone you've upset sending this to you as a nasty dig, just to make trouble for you.
Ring them back, have a rant, ask them to ferret out the recording, and you need to know the date & time it was ordered, and the telephone number it was ordered from. That might give you a clue of who it was. They don't have your signature, so they don't have any sort of agreement with you, therefore as long as you return the goods they have no legal comeback on you. Make sure you get a proof of postage (free) from the post office, although you will have to pay return postage.
If they get stroppy, get stroppy back. Check your bank details. Invest in a shredder and put all of the shreddings on the compost heap. I'd also go and get some advice from Citizen's advice. Hope you get it resolved, getting things through the post with a 'congratulations, you've won X in Y competition' is great, getting stuff with no explanation is worrying!
Has anyone else noticed how ineffective current slug pellets seem to be? In my case, I have some 2-3 inch Brussels Sprout plants outside, hardening off. I have used Bayer Slug and Snail Pellets, and basically, they are c--p!
I put plenty of pellets down, but they appear to work too slowly, as some of the plants have been eaten to stalks,but surrounded by dead snails, which obviously enjoyed a great last supper. What's the point of pellets which don't attract snails immediately?
I know it's easy to blame EU regulations ( probably with good cause ), but half the pellets and solutions we now use in the garden or allotment are not really fit for purpose ( and the prices have soared! ). Sometimes I think we are so gullible, believing ' what it says on the tin'. Yet another manifestation of the ' Suits' culture, where big businesses get away with selling us overpriced rubbish, but can announce to their shareholders that they have had another wonderful year
Pentillie, gave up on that kind of thing years ago, even the old fashioned one lick and you are dead preventatives did not help.I found the best way is to clear the garden of anything they can hide behind, bits of wood plant pots, under the bushes in the border, pick them up drop them in a bucket with water and acid (any washing agent) and down the drain or into a hole in the ground.A couple of nights a week with torch and bucket reduces the numbers I did put some sticks in the ground with a fine loose mesh around some plants it worked.No point in being squeamish and taking them down the fields, they are homers and will be back in a week.
I have a mole that helps get rid of slugs & snails. Made of stone with a nice flat base I drop it on the little blighters. Makes a mess but soon hosed away.
Pentillie, as you are hardening the plants off, I'm assuming they are in pots or trays of some sort? Why don't you stand the container on a bed of sharp sand or gravel, that should deter all but the most determined slug.
Frank, will washing up liquid work, and how strong does my solution need to be? I am finding more slugs in my 'new' garden than I'm used to (no resident frogs). This seems a clean way to dispose of them if I find lots - before I get my chickens!
KEF, watch your feet! Aren't you worried you'll crack your mole?
I chop any slugs I find in half, and either the birds or frogs clean them up for me. If I'm wearing wellies then the snails get squished under those. I don't tend to find many slugs in the garden, I don't know if it's the blackbirds or the frogs that get them. The only ones I do tend to find are big ones, easier to chop. Hate the damn things. Those and lily beetles.
MMP I don't drop it from a great height, just enough to make a crunch or a splat. Won't hurt the mole he's already lost half his nose. Lily Beetles I hate them, talking of which I haven't inspected since breakfast...right bye..woman on a mission.
MMP, I am talking Domestos although a sudden thought, i wonder if a quick squirt with the Bathroom Spray would see them off.Sharp sand or gravel do not keep them off I have tried it and know they will cross yards of it and egg shell to get to a tasty plant.Hens and Ducks will clear them for you, they did the job in my Fathers garden, he always let the hens have free run of the gardenIt was a large one and his motto was one row for the beasties, two rows for us so he did allow for them.
That's it, I finally admit defeat. I have been trying for ages to get a 'proper' cup of leaf-brewed tea whenever I am out and about, but all I ever get is the ubiquitous cup of hot water with a b....y tea-bag dropped in it, and then charged over a pound for the privelege - no wonder most people now drink coffee!
Anyway, I now keep a stash of half-decent (?) tea-bags, Yorkshire Tea, in the car, so when I have a cuppa in a cafe, I can add an extra bag, and get a drink that somewhere near resembles tea!
Does anyone out there know of any establishment that still serves properly brewed tea?
To be honest no. thou I can get a fair cup of tea from a coffee maker. Pretty much the same as the coffee, my machine has an insulated jug so I can put on a brew and still be hot up to 8 hours later. Because there is no leaves in the brew it isn't stewed either.
Pentillie, had a very good pot of tea in a Cafe in Helmsley last week, Yorkshire tea, hot and strong with a jug of boiling water too, I did enjoy it.We still get Rington's tea here, the van calls and if I have too much left they take it back and give me fresh. I love their Ginger biscuits, you know you have had one unlike those tiny round things from the S/Market with no taste.
My rant is B/Gas, they now owe me £225 saying they will fund it back, I am dual fuel and that is the Electric, I owe a bit less than that on the Gas both paid monthly through the bank so why can they not take it off the Gas then. What is so complicated about running a single account for both I ask?????
Because Frank/Dad-they are all useless. No one has any common sense at these companies and they don't give a flying toss either.
I now have a scenario with the council because I rented a house for a year and the b**** people I rented from didn't bother to tell the council I'd moved out. I did but- oh no- that's not good enough, so I've been paying council tax on 2 properties. When I phoned to ask what the money was they'd taken on 8th April that's when it came out. I'd get it refunded they said, it would all be sorted but has it?.....Another call last week, as I'd seen they were about to take another payment so I cancelled the dd, and was told they had to have confirmation from the landlord that what I was saying was right. I lost the plot. She got shirty with me and said-- 'your tone is very threatening- I don't get paid enough to listen to that'.....
so I told her 'well I don't get paid at all to sit on the b***** phone for hours trying to deal with incompetent people at the other end.......'
Upshot is- she's refunding me about twice what they took....
I ain't saying a word!!!!
The engineer coming tomorrow to deal with the potentially 'exploding washing machine' as featured on Watchdog...
Worn out with it all...
Gone yourself let them have it girl that's what i like to hear someone letting people no when they try to pass you off with there mistakes.
If I don,t get anything sorted out after 2 telephone calls,I look on line and find out the Manager/Chairman Chief of Council and contact them directly.This worked a treat with British Gas several years ago.
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Because Frank/Dad-they are all useless. No one has any common sense at these companies and they don't give a flying toss either. That's because they've all got a degree but no common sense!!!
Nobody can be as bad as HMRC.Couple of months ago they sent me an assessment saying I owed £4116 (this from their Cardiff office). I spoke to my usual tax office (Salford) pointing out that all my income is subject to PAYE and I had all the relevant P60 certificates, clearly indicating tax had been deducted as necessary. The taxman confirmed that his computer screen agreed with all I had told him and that the assessment was obviously wrong. However, he could not rectify things - I would have to talk to someone in Newcastle. Did this, he agreed their on-screen figures tallied with mine.....but - I would have to put figures in writing, and request an amendment. I asked whether their figure of £4116 was just guesswork, as it was obviously not based on any of the figures showing on my record on their screens - he didn't have a clue!
Anyway, I wrote in claiming a review, and a few days later they responded - they owe me £36!
The motto of HMRC should be shown clearly on all their correspondence and letterheads - ' Don't have a Clue '