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MOB rants

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 14:36

Log on to the mail preference service (that's similar to the telephone preference service), that will remove all UNADDRESSED mail to your property.

If it has your name and address on it, they still have to deliver it, but it should get rid of the majority of recycling that comes through your door.

Frank, I would write to them (virgin media) and request that your details are removed permanently from their mailing lists.  I don't know if there is an ombudsman for mail, or even an organisation that's similar.  I know when I worked doing the reporting for the call centre, there was an organisation (I forget what it was called) that would fine us thousands of pounds if we persistently called someone on the TPS, or if someone complained they were gettting 'silent calls'.  These are the calls where you answer the phone and no-one is on the other end.  This is down to a piece of software that monitors calls and when it thinks there will be someone free to try and sell you double-glazing/solar panels/PPI mis-selling/other unwanted and unrequested tat, it calls the next number on it's dialling list.  With a computer involved, it often gets it wrong and rings you when no-one is available (I'm sure most folk have experienced this).  Trouble is, it sometimes persistently calls someone with no-one on the other end, and this can be really quite frightening if you live on your own, are elderly or of a nervous dispostion.  So the organisation that looks after call centres comes down on you like a ton of bricks if that happens, you get a mega fine and the person's number is placed on a 'blacklist'.  The blacklist is a very important list in a call centre, as you will pay for a list of numbers from somewhere.  Don't know where, they are not popular with anyone but call centre owners.  The blacklist is then run against the list of numbers, and any blacklist numbers are removed.  Decent call centres (ones UK based that abide by the code of conduct) also run the TPS list against the call list (Telephone preference service).  That's how you get removed from call lists.  Register with the TPS and after  two months contact them and tell them you are getting lots of calls with no-one on the other end.  Most of the time they just blacklist you, sometimes if you're really upset about it they will investigate and find out who the culprit is, and wallop you with a fine and tell you to update your TPS list more often.

Sorry I can't help with the post issue, other than recommending MPS, there must be something similar there - you might like to contact them Frank, I'm sure there is something they can do to ensure your wife's name is removed from all mailing lists, as I'm sure this really hurts when you get something addressed to her after all this time.  If there is something similar for the post, they can find out who is selling her details, whack them with a fine and tell them to pull their socks up and remove her name from the list.  We still get post over the road for my Father-in-Law, and he's been gone for over 10 years.  Some companies have no shame.

weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 11:59

Makes you wonder why he works there - normally independants are very helpful.  What a prat, I'd go elsewhere if they are really so offhand about your custom.

weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 11:31

What a plonker!  Can we name and shame the GC?  Personally I'd find out who the CEO was (I'm assuming it's a chain, and employs morons who neither know or care about gardening), and email THEM for advice - naming the location (and name of daft bloke if you can remember).  Then go and see if silly man still there a month down the line.

WHY would someone go to the trouble of making peat-free compost (environmentally friendly), then stick it full of weedkiller so that NOTHING will grow. 

Some advice - never argue with an idiot, they'll only drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.  That chap surely qualifies for Idiot of the Month.

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 11:04

I've only found the two this year, and I do check whenever I'm in the garden. Do you think there's a chance that the little blighters drowned in the soggy compost last year, or that the rain and prolonged winter has something to do with seeming to have fewer this year?

Just hope the numbers don't skyrocket  *if* we get the heatwave predicted for next week.

Can someone anser this Question

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:52

KEF, is there more than one way for lager to go down?  Do you stick it in your ear 'ole or something (probably best use for it , real blokes drink beer that's brown).  I think I must be a bloke, won't touch the hoss's wee-wee.  Now, where did I hide my last bottle of golden hen......

The jungle in my garden needs to go.

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:48

CN, I've got a similar mess I'm clearing, and a strimmer with a brushcutter attachment isn't really going to save any time - I've got one, a proper one with a 2 stroke engine at one end, and I'm not using it on the brambles.  It's a lot quicker with a decent set of loppers, Tony will find it quicker chopping the damn things off about 6 inches from the ground, and dragging the huge runners out.  I've been chopping and dragging 18 foot long shoots out, a strimmer will just chop it into bits, which you then risk rooting, easier just to drag it out and stick it into a shredder, or have someone standing by the green bin with more gloves and secatuers, to make bin sized bits.  A friend offered to come by with his chainsaw, I think he just wants an excuse to play with the chainsaw again - it would be overkill!

Like I said, even if you've got the strimmer with brushcutter, it's still going to be quicker to do it by hand, once it's chopped, it needs to be cleared, and there's no pushing through that lot.  Wish it was, it's a bloody awful job.  At least the roots don't go down to magma, like bindweed

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 22:48

Verdi, I think my gardening garb is enough to entertain the neighbourhood.  Having to resort to swearing in Douglas-Adams ish and punjabi now the sprogs are repeating everything that issues from Mummy's mouth.  Just have to hope that we don't have a punjabi family move into the village, some of the swear words they have are both rude and inventive, I'd hate for someone to translate.  And then translate what Mummy said into words that can be understood by a four-year-old.

Just hope I don't forget myself again and start singing and dancing around in the garden in said gear.  I'd hate to go viral on you tube.

drat and curses to this hot sunny weather

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 22:43

Oh dear.  Once the sun comes out, the clothes come off (not mine I hasten to add, Greenpeace would be scratching their heads wondering how I could be separated from my pod this far inland).  Someone ought to tell these women that

A - buying a size 10 and squeezing your size 14 bust and bottom into it does NOT make you a size 10, and

B - freshly cooked lobster is NOT a good look.  Especially when you have white strap lines on show from yesterday's strappy top.

Oh, the joys of living in a mining/dorm village and not being one of the yokels.  Off to get a bucketful of factor 5000, think I have some vampire in my genes somewhere.

Female blackbird loses her mate - very sad

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 12:39

LL, was the site where you saw the dead blackbird near enough to you for you to go and leave some dried mealworms near the site?  It might help the female to raise some of her brood, if not all,  I normally only put seed and suet cake out, but if I know there are LOTS of fledgelings (sparrows normally, plus Mr and Mrs Blackbird up in the Rowan) I will put out dried mealworms.  They always disappear very quickly at this time of year, I just have to chase the stupid collared doves off the feeder, they arrive every day and look hopefully at the mesh dish - it's normally empty, if I fed them they wouldn't be able to to take off, they're so fat.

MOB rants

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 12:29

I do surveys.  Lots of them.  But I do get paid for them, couple of weeks ago I got a cheque for £50 - an awful lot of money for me these days!  That's about 10 months of surveys, though, so it's not like you can make a living at it.  I don't do Toluna ones anymore, you have to do loads, they're really boring and then it takes them ages to send your amazon gift certificate details - actually, they don't email you, you have to check regularly on their website.  The Populus live one is good, you get £1 for every five minutes of your time, that's the one that sent the cheque, their surveys are normally between 5 and 20 minutes long, so not ages, you don't have to do anything, they send a cheque out at the end of the month you get £50 in your account.  The other one I do is 'My Surveys', normally fairly boring but you can rack up 550 points quite quickly for a £5 Amazon voucher, or 575 for a £5 paypal credit.  The other one I do whenever one pops up is Shopper Thoughts, that pays you in Tesco Clubcard points, very useful for topping up to get T&M vouchers.

There was a scam a few months ago, where they ring and say they're from Microsoft, and they've detected a problem on your computer, and get you to go and change the registry settings which renders your computer useless.  They then charge you a daft amount of cash to reset your computer.  Brother in Law told me about that one, he knew it was a scam as he built the computer himself, he just kept hanging up on them.  So every time they rang me I told them 'I'm sorry, I don't know where you've got my details from but I DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER!!'  Obviously a blatant lie, after a stunned silence, or repeating the statement there was something wrong with my computer, and me telling them again, they just put the phone down.  If it was a genuine call, they'd know I did have a computer.

I do get lots of spam, normally from the free competitions I enter.  Worth doing, though, yesterday I won a black & decker steam mop - I already have one, so that will be going on ebay for some extra cash - I normally win something every 8 weeks or so, but I do spend about an hour a day (normally in 10 minute chunks) entering them.  I figure if you enter every day, you're 30 times more likely to win something than someone that just enters once.  Seems to be working so far, this year I've won a goody bag, a 32 inch telly and now the steam mop.  Still waiting for a big cash win!

Cold callers I just say I'm on the TPS, please don't bother me again, then put the phone down.  Rude, I know, but it bugs me.  If they ring straight back, I normally swear at them in punjabi, as English based companies risk a big fine if you're on TPS, doesn't apply to offshore companies.  As they're normally Indian, something along the lines of 'Sally Gutty Ben-Judy'  gets rid of them.  Very rude indeed.  I won't translate unless I get a PM requesting such (don't, it really is very rude).  The benefits of a multi-cultural education.

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