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General Discussion / Calendars 2020
« on: June 15, 2019, 11:23:00 AM »
Having read about the problems for calendar companies over the sudden idea to change one of next years holidays, I can't help but wonder why there has to be so much info on a calendar anyway.
Looking at the calendar I have it gives the phases of the moon, duke of Edinburgh's birthday, all Saints day, fathers day, St. valentines day, St. Patrick's day et al
I basically don't need all that guff on a calendar and I dare say most other people don't, I just need the day and month to write down hospital/dental/optician appointment reminders. If the need wasn't there, to fill calendars with tripe, these calendar companies that have already printed a load of next years calendars with the "mistake" on wouldn't have a problem.
One company was asked "Why don't you just add a note mentioning the mistake?" but they said that they have a certain image to keep and that would not be right, I honestly think they think the Government is going to compensate them for it...good luck with that then!

General Discussion / Funeral plans
« on: June 03, 2019, 02:49:15 PM »
As with people of a certain age death comes soon enough without ghoulish adverts on telly asking you to shell out before you go.

Funeral plans, good or bad?
It sounds sensible but having checked out a few of these "companies" there are things you have to be aware of, for example cancellation fees, with some, if you decide to cancel AFTER the 28 day cooling off period you will be asked to pay, in some cases 20% of the original plan, this can run into the hundreds and for what. If you book a holiday say, and very near the time something happens and you need to cancel I understand receiving a penalty because wheels had been set in motion for you to go so therefore there is an amount of "undoing" to do but I can't see this here!
Believe it or not in some cases it depends on WHEN you kick your clogs whether they pay out the full amount {or anything at all} it's a minefield.
Plus it also looks like some are just a recruitment drive for sunlife. They all have limitations, they all have hidden costs, I've even come across a review for one of these companies from a funeral director no less and they basically said " Do yourself a favour and keep your money in the bank".

Unfortunately with these companies {as with the over 50's plans} you can't change to another company if they offer a better deal, like you can with utilities etc. once you've committed yourself your stuck with it.

General Discussion / Danny Baker
« on: May 10, 2019, 02:19:25 PM »
Well I don't know about anyone else but the words mountain and molehill spring to mind.

If I hadn't seen and heard about the furore over this picture I {like many} I would have seen it for the first time and saw it for what it was, or what it was supposed to be, just a laugh. I wouldn't have seen a blatant jibe at the royal baby, it was, and is an amusing {old} photo that I think would have surfaced sooner or later, it's just unfortunate for Danny that he put it out there first and is being pilloried for it. Apparently in this day and age being careful is not enough there are people out there that take something as trivial as this and blow it out of all proportion, and to me that's what's happened here.
It's the kind of photo you would have probably seen on the next Have I got news for you, or in Private eye.  Anyone with an agenda will read whatever they want to read to suit their ends.

Take for example the N word. Can't use it, DAREN'T use it, against certain people, yet you look on places like you tube, usually about  arguments on the New York subway and those very same people call each other that ALL THE TIME!!!! so it's all right for them to use it but not anyone else.

I'm not taking any chances now, I've just been to the shop were, without thinking, I bought some black Gorilla tape, I'm binning it before I'm accused of being a racist. 

General Discussion / The latest addition to the silver spoon club
« on: May 08, 2019, 10:14:33 AM »
So Meghan has given birth, whoop ti doo!
There's rumours that she wants to give the baby an American name...Hank? Clint? J.R.? the list is endless.

She needn't worry, that job has been taken firmly out of her hands, but it will be interesting to see if she does stand her ground and give the baby the name SHE wants.

If they are struggling to come up with a good name they can always ask for suggestions from say Jamie Oliver!!!

If his surname is in fact Windsor he could call the baby Brian {geddit!}

Chesterfield Discussion / Fire on Brushfield road
« on: May 03, 2019, 12:25:31 PM »
Thank heavens there were no injuries, very traumatic time for the family, I wish them well.

The main reason for this post is as follows.......
Quote from the D.T. "Firefighters from Chesterfield, Clay Cross, Clowne and Matlock battled the blaze" my question is simple "WHY!"
Obviously not the blaze but why did it need so many firefighters/fire appliances to attend. Clay Cross I can understand but Clowne and Matlock MILES AWAY.
Is it because we only have one engine?
Is it because we don't possess the specialist equipment?
Maybe it's as simple as attending a fire with the local brigade as back up just for the "practice"
Not wishing to down cry any fires severity but at the end of the day it was a semi detached house, and if our local brigade need the help of brigades from miles away then there's something wrong somewhere.

General Discussion / Dental charges
« on: May 02, 2019, 03:33:31 PM »
My wife and I have, for years now, been going to one of the dentists in Clay Cross.

 Every six months our teeth are "checked" then we're asked if we want them polishing, this time we both said yes and for those two checkups and two polishes {total time ten minutes tops} I was relieved of over £100 {£52 each to be precise}
At one time the polish was in with the checkup, I told a friend of mine who visits one of the other dentists in C/C and he says at his dentists everything it's all included and he pays less than £20
I thought there were guidelines and only certain prices you could charge as an N.H.S patient.

Am I being overcharged or is this what I can expect? 

General Discussion / Quasimodo's "pad"
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:50:59 AM »
 The embers haven't got cold yet and already bucket loads of dosh is being sent/pledged.

I think we can become too sentimental, especially when it's just "bricks and mortar". At the end of the day it's a building. I don't see the Vatican rushing to write out a cheque.
During WW2 the amount of "history" lost through bombing in Europe was incalculable, the vast majority was then newly built with no outpouring of grief, they just got on with it.
Apparently Britain will offer some "help" in what shape we don't know yet, {P.M.Q's in 15 minutes} lets see how much they are going to pledge of our tax dollars.

General Discussion / Ambuchannel
« on: March 12, 2019, 12:48:07 PM »
Over the past week or so I have been watching the Ambuchannel on you tube. It's basically dash cam footage of Dutch ambulances heading out to emergencies and the ride back to hospital, nothing special about that!
Except.....There never seems to be a shortage of medics for any emergency, they are very professional in what they do, but the thing that stands out for me and leaves me absolutely amazed is:-

All the roads they travel on, be it motorway, "B" roads, country lanes... I have not seen one pot hole NOT A ONE!!!!
Come to think of it I don't recall seeing any "scars" of a repaired pot hole they just don't seem to exist.
Maybe it's because we have got their share eh!

General Discussion / British Educational system
« on: March 07, 2019, 12:01:05 PM »
As with most things British especially during the last century our education system was the envy of the world...not so now I fear!

Yes the British elite and the "foreign" elite still send their kids to Oxbridge, because, unlike the plebs, they can afford to give their child {and receive} an A1 education, but it also puts them on that plateau of "It's not so much what you know it's who you know" that will help steer them through life, but what of the standards of education for the rest of us, are the standards dropping in our state schools {and they are} because of lack of funds, cr*p teachers or is it mainly because the vast majority of kids today are becoming unteachable, or all of the above. I only have to stand in the playground waiting to pick up my 6 year old granddaughter and look around at the state {yes the state} of some of those other kids parents and I despair. My granddaughter absolutely loves school and she excels in most things, but listening to her talking about "her day" at school she innocently mentions certain children in her class who are already starting to disrupt classes and has no interest in learning, after all why should they learn, they want to be just like their mum, 3 kids at the age of 20, knows Russian words that end in off, tattooed up the wazoo and living on state handouts, what's the point of an education?
To these people taking their child to school is not educational, it's just somewhere to dump their kids so they can sit watching Jeremy Kyle all day. They didn't bother to learn at school so it's not going to benefit the kid, that's the way they look at it.
When I was at school there were subjects I liked and ones I disliked, but when I left school I did retain quite a bit of what I was taught. you only have to watch quiz shows like "The Chase" or "Tipping Point" to know what I mean. I don't profess to know all the answer but subjects like history the answers NEVER change and to see contestants struggling with the simplest of questions, even if you don't know the answer, and I didn't, you can work it out by deduction if given multi choice answers, like this one the other day:-

Tipping Point....... Which of these was the last battle fought in the English civil war,
Battle of Worcester.....Battle of Hastings.....Battle of Waterloo....Contestant answer, Battle of Waterloo.

American Who wants to be a millionaire {first question}..... Which animals were used by Hannibal to cross the Alps,
Rhinoceri.......Elephants.......Llamas.......Chihuahuas..... Contestant answer, Llamas.

Then again have the chavvy mums and their drug addled boyfriends got a point, Is it worth it? I feel really sorry for the kids of today, will my granddaughter and her classmates ever eventually "make it" in life,  and if they do would it be down to a good education.

Fun Stuff / Tom Pepper
« on: February 17, 2019, 02:15:36 PM »
"He's a bigger liar than Tom Pepper"

From being small to my teens I often heard my dad use this expression when describing someone. I always thought that this was a local saying until I heard Paul Shane use it on an episode of Hi-Di-Hi a few years ago. Turns out it's a common colloquialism and looking it up it's origin seems to be open for debate as they all sound plausible.

Politics / Shamima Begum and ISIS
« on: February 17, 2019, 01:55:27 PM »
Some would say she is a British citizen and therefore should be entitled to return. People say no! but then again Trump says it's the E.U. countries duty to take ISIS captives {if from that country originally} and put them on trial, she obviously being one of them.
Having said that apparently over 300 so called ISIS have returned to this country already over the past months and you have to ask yourselves where are they, what are they doing, and more importantly how many of them are behind bars? all I see is dozens and dozens of ISIS sleeper cells being set up in this country and once established routing them out would be almost impossible.

Trump has got a point, why go to all the trouble of fighting these fanatics just to have to let them go, I believe Barak Obama said when he was president " The U.S.A. are not going to become the worlds police" I honestly don't think it's fair to expect the U.S. to try and house and deal with all these captives as they are from many many countries so it's got to be a shared responsibility.

As for her family begging the government to allow her {and now her non citizen child} back home, I sincerely hope if they agree it's just to put her behind bars. 

Sport / Business or just plain tactless?
« on: February 07, 2019, 02:08:44 PM »
It has been revealed that the French club Nantes is demanding the transfer fee {£15m} of their ex player Emiliano Sala from Cardiff.

Everyone knows by now what's happened, so is this very bad taste on their part or is it business deal that everyone has signed off on and must be honoured.
It's a "funny" one this in so far as this has set a president, we are talking about a human being here not a second hand car.
It will be interesting to see the outcome of this.

Chesterfield Discussion / Today in town
« on: January 28, 2019, 02:01:30 PM »
It's just a trifle really..... but it was one of those rare things you come across and I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it.
I have only ever witnessed this once before in my entire life {apart from hillbillies in films} either that or I should get out more!

A middle aged woman walked past me near Barclay's bank dragging two suitcases AND SHE WAS SMOKING A PIPE!!
As I say not an earth shattering event but an unusual one you must admit.

General Discussion / National Trust
« on: January 13, 2019, 12:49:47 PM »
Anybody out there a member?
Daughter down South just became a member and asked us why we don't join were retired plenty of time on our hands so I thought why not!

Had a look at the prices and looks reasonable, and as with virtually everything I look up on line if I'm going to put my hand in my pocket I check up. So I looked up N.T. reviews on Trustpilot, wow.... basically 60% of reviewers gave them a real thumbs down for one thing or another, for every "good" review there's at least six bad ones.
Among the criticisms were, "encouraging" foxhunting, de-forestation, places shut when supposed to be open, surly/ uncooperative staff, extortionate prices for food and drink, poor administration the list goes on.

I will check on other sites {if any} for more reviews but as of this moment it doesn't look like I'll be joining any time soon.

If you are a member and your satisfied please let me know.

Politics / Jail term
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:15:17 PM »
A proposition has been put forward to basically abolish prison terms of 6 months or less, someone even suggesting it could be stretched to 12 months.
Mr. Stewart {prisons minister} says "If you bring someone in for just a few weeks they lose their house their job their family their reputation
Apparently the voice for the Howard league for Penal reform Frances Crook {how apt!} says "WE should not be using prisons for these people" {drug addicts}

Yes prisons are overcrowded and this scheme would no doubt help, apparently in 2017 approximately 86,000 offenders went to jail for 6 months or less cluttering up the penal system, a system that has been starved of resources for years and is grossly understaffed and the vast majority of prisons are over 100 years old, I personally don't care about the state of the prisons, it's not a Travellodge. Can you just imagine 86,000 offenders who should be locked up "loose" on our streets.

The solution is simple firstly INCREASE the sentences.
The second is adopt the 3 strikes and your out policy {habitual criminals would get life no chance of parole}
The third is pay the USA to build two humongous prisons for us in the Arizona desert, they man it and we send a few million every year towards the upkeep. Send all our lifers there, send all those serving more than 5 to 10 years {with no living relatives} there and send any "Mr. Bigs" there so they can't terrorise other inmates.

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