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24/05/2013 at 17:46

My Grandson playing one of those war games where robotic figures get shot at with a million bullets asked me if it was like real life.
My reply was everything you need in the Infantry you carry on your back and that would not include a million rounds, you learned to conserve rounds and everything else including food, water was more important.
The day I handed those weapons in for the last time was the last time I wanted to handle them, this need to have guns seems sick to me. They are deadly dangerous things in the hands of trained people god help us when untrained idiots get hold of them, ban the lot I say.

Gilly, in the SM the other day an assistant I knew said she would put my half dozen items through the self service till, with reluctance I agreed, big mistake.
Same thing wrong bag, refused to read the codes, told us bag had unidentified item then after twice the time through a manned till it refused my card twice, that gives you one more go before it eats the card.
This is three tries and three failures I told her I will only use the service tills in future, her reply! "I do not blame you"?


24/05/2013 at 18:00

Hi fairy girl I have to tell you, my grandmother was born in glasgow ,they owned an ice cream shop..I guess there is still family there .I would love to find out .

24/05/2013 at 20:22

Personally, I'm terrified of those self-service tills and would never attempt them. End of story.

MMP, I was really moved by your story. You  are right - you have suffered a bereavement. Life as a young wife and mother is tough enough when one is well. I admire your spirit.


24/05/2013 at 21:47

debra- it's a small world really isn't it! Glasgow is well known for Italian families with ice cream shops! I expect you could try tracing your relatives with one of those ancestry websites.

24/05/2013 at 21:55

Every self service till puts a checkout operator out of a job. I won't use them either. When I was a kid, it was usual to get a Saturday job in a shop, now it's  almost impossible.  It provided good experience and an intoduction to the real world. Now there are 22 year olds who have a degree but no real work experience.

24/05/2013 at 23:25

CharlieN,  This really made me laugh! I see you have the same subversive streak as me.

Not sure why, but these stories remind me of when I was teaching naughty classes of adolescents. I would sit at my desk, fiddling with a pencil and thinking,

'Carry on, love, and you will find out how easy it is to insert this pencil in your nose!'

Never actually did it, but threatened it a few times!

25/05/2013 at 00:53

I I have a neighbor across the street that blows all his grass clippings in the middle of the street and creates such a mess .there is nothing that can be done about it . How rude is that,I think next week when he cuts his grass I have to blow it back to his curb.

25/05/2013 at 06:37

Sounds like a good idea, DK.

25/05/2013 at 14:36

CN, you naughty boy, you're making me giggle!!

Loving the army gardener description of stuff, at least it's in a language we can all understand.  As long as it's not delivered in a RSM's bellow!

I will not 'ave gossip in this jungle!!!!

25/05/2013 at 14:52

Charlie, a climber in the Army is an Infantry man, climbing out of foxholes, climbing out of ditches, climbing out of streams and even rivers, climbing out of troop carriers and finally climbing out of kit uniform boots and gaiters dropping into bed in need of support and rest.

Today's rant is Speed Bumps!!! What use are they? what do they actually do apart from break the car springs?, who needs them?
I go up the lane for my Paper and it means traversing six speed bumps each way, why? the idiots just speed over them anyway, the safe drivers are already below the speed limit and the cost of a new spring plus labour is £250. that is what it cost me.
They are in disrepair so the slope up is like traversing the North face of the Eiger, the downside you disappear into what looks like a tank trap and because there were once grass verges next to them they have become peat bogs because drivers bump up the kerb rather than risk death in the local A&E. The worst offenders are women on the school run with kids being thrown about like bags of washing in the back, the rest of the day we hardly see a vehicle apart from the 60 odd horse drawn vehicles that went along the lane two weeks ago.
Our Council have hidden camera's everywhere "err" a thought i better check my bathroom out. they could get the mad heads anytime so why mar the lovely potholed thoroughfare by adding speed bumps or as I call them "ar##" busters.
I rest my case.

25/05/2013 at 17:37

Totally agree Palaisglde,it seems that once the first speed bump has appeared they breed,until the whole road becomes like some sort of fairground ride.

I also hate thse speed controlling measures  (very popular round here)  where they send the cars  ( in single file so you have to keep giving way  )   in a series of "S" bends. Why..........people who are going to speed go straight across them anyway.

25/05/2013 at 18:57

@Palaisglide "Today's rant is Speed Bumps!!! What use are they? what do they actually do apart from break the car springs?, who needs them?"

Does your car still have springs? It must be a vintage then, very valuable!

I do agree with you about these bl**dy things, though!

25/05/2013 at 19:57

Don't like speed bumps myself.  However, on the other side if the coin is the road where my daughter lives.  A cut through for the impatient b's who don't want the inconvenience of traffic lights on the main roads. Type of houses where there are no garages so owners' cars parked in road.  Front gardens just a postage stamp so not big enough to park car. Speed bumps have been a godsend for her as she now doesn't worry that the speeding cars, vans and lorries, (which should never be attempting to use the road), are going to end up in her front room, or write off her car. Definitely done the job.

Feel the Council could do more.  No doubt would if one of their own lived in the road.

25/05/2013 at 20:10
TinaTurner wrote (see)

Feel the Council could do more.  No doubt would if one of their own lived in the road.


Couldn't agree more, TT. I live at the junction between an old lane and a busier road, used by some as a rat run from the town centre. There's a low bridge on a bend just down the hill from us. Cars and buses shoot around that bend without being able to see what is coming in the other direction. Parents and children walking to school use narrow pavements. The council have allowed this situation to continue for years. A couple of speed bunps would deter people from using the road as a rat run, in my opinion. The next road up from ours has a number of speed bumps all along it - because a councillor lives there. Yet it isn't as busy as our road. Speed control devices would not be needed if people behaved responsibly - but too often, they don't.


25/05/2013 at 22:18

The answer must be to get rid of all speed bumps, chicanes and any other sort of obstacle - then, install a few more cameras ( which incidentally I hate ) 

........then, most crucially, all the speed cameras should be hidden (not painted bright yellow as at present, so that we all slow down, then speed up when the markings have gone! ). People will quickly learn that unless you stick to the speed limit as clearly shown, then you are very likely to get penalised. The only caveat to this suggestion is that all limits should be reviewed and proper realistic limits are put in place - it could be a painful learning curve for some,but I bet the idiots out there now would soon calm down!

25/05/2013 at 23:10

Charlie, you're right that we need more information on plant labels. Acid/alkaline soil, growth habit and how the plant spreads itself - seed, underground runner, offsets, etc - come to mind. The term 'climber' is often misleading, since it suggests that the plant would climb if it were in the wild. As far as I can see, a 'climbing fuschia' is merely a very tall one of narrow habit that need to be supported and looks best against a wall. I agree that we need specific information about the means of support that eaach one uses. It is OK once you have attained a certain level of experience but novice gardeners can waste money on something completely unsuitable and then conclude that gardening is too difficult to bother with or that they are hopeless gardeners.

25/05/2013 at 23:42

Sue all front engined cars have coil springs supporting the engine mount axle chassis with oil filled dampers and shock absorbers to iron out the shocks.
My contention over speed bumps is the idiots speed over them no matter what so they do not calm the people who cause most of the accidents.
The section of lane with no speed bumps but hidden camera's works, the idiots wait until they get to the speed bump area knowing there are no camera's.
As too house with garages, every house on this small estate has a long drive and a garage behind the house, I can get five cars on mine yet they still park on the road, driving away the other day I had to weave through cars all standing next to empty drives. Of course it would take a few more seconds to either reverse or drive on and off the drive.
I am going to hire a large truck and park it all day to block the road, see what they say then.
Charlie, the bulldozer has been done up here, a builder removed one from in front of his drive and won, they moved it a couple of yards when they put it back so it was not across his drive.


26/05/2013 at 01:07

A few years ago speed bumps were called sleeping policemen.  Why can't we call them this again, then we'd be a bit less miffed when they put them in the road.

My rant it the idiots that drive everywhere at 40mph, doesn't matter where they are, you can pass them no problems in national speed limit area, then when you get to a village and slow down to 30, they catch you up, are all over your back bumper, flashing and gesturing, then when you get to the national speed limit again they're left eating your dust.  Why?  I mean, fuel is expensive, so even though my car runs on homebrew, I tend just to lift off the loud pedal when I know a village is coming up, and let it coast down to 30, then at the end of the village I'm off like a stabbed rat.  Is it too much effort just to move the foot a little?

26/05/2013 at 09:26

I don't mind speed bumps done properly, a gentle rise up and descent. What really hacks me off are speed bumps that launch your car skywards at 5mph ground out your exhaust as your front wheels descend into the potholes on the other side. My last car I had to get an additional exhaust bracket made up to raise my exhaust just that bit higher after paying to get the middle box welded after it getting cracked from speed bumps. There is a garage in blackpool which has speed bumps if you go in from the minor road on to the forecourt. It also gets used as a shortcut due to the badly setup traffic lights between the big road and the minor road parallel to it. when traffic comes off the major road there is around 4 car lengths before reaching the traffic lights at the cross roads for the minor cross roads. normally you get a green to enter then immediately get hit by a red so only 4 cars can move at a time through the junction.  what then occurs is traffic backs up and up sometimes the main road gets partly blocked by the tail end cars which went across the junction without being able to clear the main road. It is a nightmare and needs redesigning but it has been this way for years. 

26/05/2013 at 15:26

Love them or hate speed bumps, I hate them, whether they work or not, I think not they are here to stay along with the narrowing the roads to single carriageway and those ridiculous cutting the road to one lane with huge  who has priority notices, who thought that one up.
As to tail gaters ignore them, I am not even tempted to give them the finger these days, I drive as I wish  and conclude every other road user is an idiot let them get on with it, having driven all types of vehicle on four Continents my conclusion is even the Cairo traffic is preferable to those mad women on the school run here,
I saw some horrendous driving in the London school run hours so much so I would park up and go for breakfast whilst they proceeded to kill their precious bundles of joy. Anger, time issues, trying to fit too much into your day do not make good drivers just accidents.