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MOB rants

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 15:19

Dovefromabove, I understand your defence of extra daughter, (I hate the word In-law so I have extra Sons and Daughters).
My problem is years of noise Military and Industrial have not done my ears any favours, those call centres they have the phones turned down there is noise around them then some one who can barely speak English starts wanting to question you.
My reply always the same is a polite "sorry I can not understand what you are asking" then I put the phone down. They have to make a living although they are in fact only being used because they are cheap labour so the British firms using them can boost their profits, we have had two large call centres closed down in the last few months and people put out of work, I object to that.
Having served in Germany where the accent from the far north to the far south varies more than from Scotland to Cornwall, being understood depended on where you were at the time so I know the problem. My run into and out of love in Wales then marrying a local girl was to do with accent, I could have been married to G/G's Daughter!!!!!!!


MOB rants

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 13:45
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Frank/Dad- sometimes we treat animals better in this country than we do our older people.

It makes me furious.

fairygirl/Daughter, probably why I steer clear of Doctors and Hospitals, for people of our age it is death in their hands and having done long shifts in Hospital looking after old sick people I know that true. We fed them made sure they were drinking and on the odd occasion gave the medication the nurses did not have time or patience to give. I have seen the best and the worst, luckily in the two local Hospitals I have a relative working in one and my Daughter working in the other, we get top of the line treatment, but surely that should be for all.

Can any one tell me why the proliferation of cutlery threads on here, admitted I use a fork to prick out seedlings and a spoon to fill small pots, my knife is for cutting string or preparing cuttings but surely that is the full range?


MOB rants

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 13:14

Fairygirl/ Daughter, you mentioned the one thing that sends me into orbit without fail, the pension old age or whatever, my hard earned DHSS pension is classed as unearned income!!!!????
The fact that through diligence and very hard work, never receiving a single penny from the state I secured enough stamps for a pension does not seem to register with them, it is now and has never been unearned income.
If because I served in systems that gave me added pensions which I did contribute to I have extra income which is taxed and I will pay until I go to the big Parade ground in the sky then that is my business and to be told that for tax purposes the pension is unearned income lights all my fuses.
With a big row going on about people getting hand outs and knowing people who have never had a job where they paid stamps yet have houses and income, and those houses have had more makeovers in ten years than mine bought and paid for has in 30, is it any wonder people like me applaud the Chancellor.
I am spitting blood so will sign off.


MOB rants

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 12:36

AND you have to use their system. Having decided that after years with the same house insurance people they were ripping me off I wrote a nice note telling them I would not be renewing with them, I thought six weeks enough time.
No answer and today I get a letter saying they will renew my insurance as usual with me having to do nothing.
Monday I am into the bank and tell them to stop payment, that should get the message across. I have already had two quotes that would cost me half what I pay now.
On reading the papers they sent closely, the only contact is by phone which will be a call centre. I will ring and if I hear anything but a UK accent will slam the phone down.
I like to understand what people say. I like to be able to hear what they say, not always easy. and I also like to know you are not talking to a computer which is just a dead machine unless you push the right buttons.
I rest my case.


Problem with camellia

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 12:22

Boardy, gently lift the branch and support it with a forked twiggy stick or use a string to the main stem.
The time to prune and clean them is after flower drop, they then start to grow again, like fruit bushes they do need air in the centre so clear some of the growth from the main stem.
A mulch of  composted pine leaves will give them the acidic PH they need and even in wet weather I do soak mine once a week.
Hope this helps.


top dressing for a lawn

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 12:10

LorraineP, We levelled our bowling green using a plank of wood on edge.
Set it on an area you wish to check and swing it around noting where it is low and lifting it over the bumps.
Fill hollows with a mix of sand and sieved compost brushing it into the hollow without covering the grass completely, it will take several goes letting the grass recover each time.
Large bumps  Cut along three sides (a section at a time) slide a sharp spade under the sod roll it back scrape out some soil, try it back in place, do it until you are happy it is flat then press back and brush some compost and sand into the cuts.
Everything with a lawn takes time, little and often is the way to do it and yes even with a bowling green you get bumps and hollows.
My two lawns are not perfect although the cutter goes over them nicely, they were cut this week leaving the blade up a bit for the first cut, A lot of rain then lower the blades a dry spell leave the grass a bit longer.
I do use feed and weed, once after the second cut, six weeks after and wet it in best done when rain is due. Then in Autumn winter weed and feed, the only chemical I do use but it is granular and complements are passed on how fresh and green the lawns look. As with all gardening, there are no easy short cuts, little and often is much better than leave it then regret it.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 11:47

Stockton on Tees, cool part cloud part sun.
Daf's still closed up. Primroses still in full bloom, Pansies undecided and I do not blame them.
No snow drops as yet, crocus vanished although we have swathes of them along the roadsides all still got their heads down, the herbs are OK and showing some growth they are sheltered from the wind a wall behind them and a sunny dry spot.
Little glimmers of hope and I got three bags of Compost brought to me today £10 for three so not expecting too much but then I mix it.


MOB rants

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 09:46
Gardening Grandma wrote (see)

I'm not that old, Frank! Didn't I tell you I was 27?

About the age I feel this morning G/G with a couple of "0" on the end, better go back to bed and get out the otherside.


MOB rants

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:11

G/G "fire breathing dragon"???? Then I met you in Bridgend, where you Nesta's mother?


MOB rants

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 10:00

G/G, that is OK I was the child dad, my Daughter said she remembered the coronation, George V "hm" "err" I think? Saying that I have had a full and free life up to meeting Joan so may well have sown seed in Scotland then of course eaten it as Porridge, I am having some now with prunes.
Rant, it said on the tin "pitted prunes, may contain stones"??? how mad is this world getting.


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