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MOB rants

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 19:35
Nicely put Frank!

MOB rants

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 15:14
I've always lived out of town, but my secondary school and whole working life was spent in and around the City of London. I was on the tube train bombed at Aldgate and my office was blown to smithereens by the IRA in the early 90's, so I feel like I lived two parallel lives. The one at home was very different to the London one, but I'm not complaining - I have seen so much of interest over the years!

Like GG I remember going to the Home & Colonial with Mum, in Plymouth, when I was a titch - also remember going to Sainsbury's which in those days was very similar - marble counters and a cashier in his little cubicle.

Those were the days - but we live in interesting, and sometimes a little strange, times - but that's what life is about. Move forward, but always look back at what the past and the wonderful people have given us.

MOB rants

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 11:51
Had similar experience to Frank some months ago at Sainsburys - and not having any cards on me I tried putting notes in the machine to pay. Several were rejected and very helpful staff were left scratching their heads. Me, in a mood, and with visions of still being in the bxxxxy shop at closing time decided, 'let's forget it', and walked out leaving everything on the counter, and went round to Waitrose. In and out in no time after using the friendly checkout.

I felt guilty about walking out of Sainsburys and leaving the staff to clear up - they're friendly girls just doing their jobs and I'm a Grumpy Old Man spoiling their day - but when all is said and done, action is the only way some of these know-it-all suits running these places might realise that customers come first and ultimately pay their wages. Let's send them some E-mails and tell them why more of us are getting fed up and going back to the little shops ( perhaps higher prices, but much better service - and usually better quality )

Well, that's off my chest, a good rant first thing on a Monday - the week has to get better ( but don't mention the weather! )

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 15:16
In the Chilterns, the only song Frank would be singing today is ' Raindrops keep falling on my head.....'. Plans to go up the allotment for some digging, washed away down the hill!

MOB rants

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:57
Can't help having another moan about the EU and politicians after reading about savers in Cyprus to be hit by a tax on their savings as a condition of a loan to the country from the EU. This tax is being imposed by outside politicians, all unelected by Cypriots, and as usual, prudent savers ( who probably just like us in the UK now earn very little interest ) are the ones to carry the can. British expats look as though they will be taxed as well, but at least our troops out there are to be looked after.

If this is to be the future in Europe, is there any point in keeping our spare cash in savings accounts - virtually no interest, and at risk of being grabbed at any time at the behest of Mrs Merkel, or some nonentity from the furthest Eastern reaches of Europe?

Safest place looks to be where my Mum and Granny kept their spare cash - under the mattress (preferably with a mousetrap nearby to trap any politicians or Jobsworths fingers! )

MOB rants

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 21:47
Yeah.......a decent salt mill!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 11:10
Hard luck Frank, hope things improve quickly up there. I'll probably spend rest of the morning in the greenhouse, shuffling things and tidying, and perhaps repotting - should be a damned sight warmer!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 10:23
Lovely sunny day in the Chilterns, very cold, but no sign of any snow - yet!

Hoping to go for a good walk tomorrow, on The Ridgeway at The White Horse at Uffington, a thousand feet up on the Berkshire Downs. If the weather stays like this it'll be perfect - and certainly get rid of a few cobwebs!

MOB rants

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 23:02
Thanks GG.......trouble is, if I invest in one of those monsters, I'll need a bigger dining table! Think Frank has arrived at the only sensible solution!

MOB rants

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 21:05
Next time I visit one of those twee Italian restaurants, I must ask the waiter where they get the 3-foot long mills used to cover everything, from starters to your ice-cream and coffees.........they always work perfectly. Some waiters are like cowboys of old with their six-guns - blink, and the pepper clouds are flying!

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