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Andy Murray

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 14:26

No Irish that I'm aware of in me, but I'm still pleased to see them do well.

I can't understand the mentality of wanting any of the 'Home Nations' to do badly.  I'm half Scottish (the good half ) and half English, and the only time I want England to lose is when they're playing Scotland.  The way Scotland play football or rugby these days, that's more in hope than expectation too.

Andy Murray

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 20:31

I'm also delighted with him hitting the No1 spot.  Almost equally delighted that we've got this far in the discussion without anybody slagging him off!!

He can come across a bit dour at times, but he's not a professional interviewee - he's a professional tennis player and the best these islands have produced for many years.  Hopefully his achievement can simply be celebrated.

how can I get rid of an unwanted yucca

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 20:21

Thanks Verdun,

To be honest it's not a plant which has ever really appealed to me, so not growing it isn't a problem.

how can I get rid of an unwanted yucca

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:05
Verdun says:

Personally, it is good you are getting rid of it.  It is a dangerous plant and not suitable for any garden.  Don't let those who have yuccas persuade you as to their beauty etc. and urge you to keep it.

good luck June 

See original post

 What's so dangerous about a Yucca?  It's a genuine question, not intended to cause trouble!


Posted: 28/10/2016 at 08:48
pansyface says:


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 That is true.  Not just in the JC but in other areas too.  One 'recruitment drive' would only take on those who had been unemployed for over 6 months, and had no qualifications.  These people were to be trained as claims processors, a job which is far from straightforward I promise you.  Their first task was simply to file completed claims in strict alphabetic order.  Even that task was beyond many of them.  We even resorted to giving them a copy of the alphabet on a sheet of A4 paper and they still got it wrong.  I'm amazed any claims are correctly processed now.


Posted: 28/10/2016 at 08:10

I haven't seen the film but have heard about the main content areas.  Having worked for DWP I am aware that the types of scenarios played out are genuine and shouldn't happen, but they are a tiny minority of the people claiming ESA.  Many of the problems were created by ATOS and the way they pressured their staff to get through as many medical assessments as possible in a day.  ATOS were stripped of responsibility, or chose to terminate their contract, depending on which version you believe, a couple of years ago.

There are jobsworths in DWP - I dealt with plenty of them when I worked there.  There are many more staff who care deeply about the people who need support and want to get a fair outcome.  Pressure from senior management, once again to get the numbers, puts those staff in an impossible position.  Do they hit the work targets or do the job thoroughly and be disciplined or sacked for not hitting the targets?  Be under no illusions, hitting the targets and doing the job thoroughly are mutually exclusive goals.

I'm just glad I'm no longer in that situation.

Hayter 56 Petrol.

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:39

Has it been serviced lately?  I had a similar problem with my Honda and it's like a different machine since it was serviced.

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Karcher free hose offer

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:33
NoraGW says:

Hi KT53 - the lines didn't close at 1pm, they closed at 5pm.

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 HI Nora,

If you re-read the OP by Janis8 she says she called at 1pm to be told the offer was closed.  The 2nd poster says they called at 4pm and were successful.  There was a problem somewhere.

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:30

There's an interesting article (at least I found it interesting) by Monty in the new GW magazine.  I don't have any problem with him on GW but, to me he does come across as a bit pretentious on some of the other garden programmes he's done.  I bit 'brown nose' too, in the way he heaps praise on some of the owners of large gardens.

would you move house for a bigger garden?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 12:09

When we moved house a larger garden was an important element of what we were looking for, but I wouldn't move house just to get a larger garden.  For some people the garden is probably more important than the house.  It depends just how important the size of garden is to the individual.

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