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General Discussion / Re: Quasimodo's "pad"
« on: April 18, 2019, 08:59:30 PM »
The hatred that Macron  has for us is shown  with the  Brexit negotations  if it was my decision I would not give one euro.

People who holiday in France say the French love the English, if true it's certainly not reflected by their politicians.
I have remarked before {on another site} the French only talk to you when they've been invaded. Macron wants to realise if it wasn't for the Brits and the Yanks during the forties he would not be president and enjoy the freedoms he enjoys today and start showing some respect.

Quite right Umpire don't give him so much as a "sou"

General Discussion / Re: 'Watts' happened to electric light bulbs?
« on: April 18, 2019, 08:38:21 PM »
We're the same, we end up buying cheapo's from Wilko, Poundshop et al basically because I haven't the patience to go round the shops, and besides that is all that seems to be on offer nowadays or as I say maybe I'm not looking hard enough.
I also find 90% of what's on sale are screw type, so much so I found one shop selling fitting converters, bayonet it into the fitting so you can then use a screw bulb.

But your right, the range on offer is mind boggling, as you say 40 60 or 100 watt THAT WAS IT.... and that's all you needed. I blame the Yanks for a lot of this, in the late 60's early 70's the "modern" housewife copied a lot of what the Americans were using including subdued lighting.
A couple of years ago now we were taken for a meal in town the table had "subdued lighting" so subdued I could hardly see a bl**dy thing, so when the waitress came round during the meal and asked if we needed anything I said " Yes a torch" she said "Is there not enough light?" and before I could answer the rest of the table piped up "No we are fine thanks"
I very rarely saw my dad change a "blown" light bulb. When we first married and got our first home changing a light bulb was a rarity but now over the past twelve months I've bought 3 packs of 3 bulbs, and I'm on the third pack with one bulb left in it.

General Discussion / Re: Quasimodo's "pad"
« on: April 17, 2019, 02:59:19 PM »
Sorry there is no P.M.Q's  the politicians are on a well earned Easter break!!

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.

Politics / Re: Shamima Begum and ISIS
« on: April 16, 2019, 08:29:44 PM »
It's appears she will be allowed to apply for legal aid, I'm confused {as well as fuming}

If she has been stripped of her British citizenship WHICH SHE HAS! how can she, "as a British citizen" apply for legal aid. It's not being thought out, she has lost her citizenship, end of.
Jeremy Corbyn says she has the right to apply, of course you can when your going to tie courts up for what could be years and it won't cost you a penny of your own money.
During war you were hung as a traitor if you sided with the "enemy" today you lose your citizenship, I call that being let off lightly and she should count her blessings. If anyone said to me "Well what if it was your daughter in this situation?" I would say "I don't have a daughter!!"

I think any chance of Corbyn becoming P.M. at the next election, as you walk into the polling booths just remember the above........

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Bus Fare increases from 02/01/17
« on: April 02, 2019, 08:44:24 PM »
The Grassmoor one was probably down to the roadworks that have been in Grassmoor a fair bit recently. Other week i got caught in three way ones at the roundabout at the top end of the park then last week there were some halfway down the main road. The three way lights on the roundabout were causing some biggish tailbacks when i got caught in them.

Alas bransoj I'm afraid the bus fiasco well preceded the roadworks. The troubles seemed to have coincided with the 54's re route, some months ago, via the railway station and the one an hour to the shopping outlet on junction 28.
Also the problem isn't just one way....we also get this from buses doing the return journey from town. I'm the first to realise bus timetables are there as an approximation of running times and are not set in stone, and as the 54 runs {every 10 minutes!!} I can see where if one bus has to wait at say three, or four, sets of roadworks lights and the next bus simply sails through them as they are all on green then I can see where one bus will catch another, but 3.

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Bus Fare increases from 02/01/17
« on: March 31, 2019, 09:06:20 PM »
I know only too well how difficult it can be trying to keep to a schedule {being an ex professional driver myself} but that old saying of "You wait half an hour for a bus then three come along at once" that has happened on more than one occasion, if not three then certainly two.

It would seem the above is happening on our route {54} with monotonous regularity. We travel to town and back at least 3 times a week and double buses at a stop is getting a regular feature. We also hear comments from others that travel {some go every day} and it's the same, my wife said a couple told her they were stood at Westhill lane Grassmoor bus stop for just over half an hour a few days ago and 3 came all at once and it's not an isolated case.
They have just installed those electronic message boards in bus stops on this route that tells you the approximate arrival time of the next bus, lets hope the bus company can see {electronically} how the buses are running, if they don't already know.

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Another shop bites the dust
« on: March 31, 2019, 08:37:29 PM »
Also I forgot to mention the Crown inn at Higham has closed indefinitely. No one seems to know why, it was a case of all of a sudden there he was.... gone! 
It's a great shame, you could always be sure of good grub and a decent pint there. It's been a bit hit and miss for a while apparently, we booked middle of last year and when we got there pinned to the back door was a hastily scribbled note saying sorry no food kitchen closed, so we went to the Greyhound and had a decent meal and we are going back this week but would have preferred the Crown.

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Another shop bites the dust
« on: March 31, 2019, 03:36:05 PM »
Staying up that neck of the woods.... I have heard that the landlord of the gate at North Wingfield is moving.
The rumour is he is taking over the Dunston {I thought that had closed!!} and the gate is to cease being a public house and become some sort of b&b/ lodging house.

Politics / Re: Tory Minister Admits Voters No Longer Want Brexit
« on: March 29, 2019, 11:00:34 AM »
If I've heard correctly Theresa May says if you back my deal I will resign......... if true, irrespective of the fallout,..........
 that means she's won.

She will have got her twice defeated deal through, and then she can walk away leaving someone else to pick up the mess, it's June 2016 all over again. Exit Cameron, enter May, exit May enter god knows who.
The notion I've had for years to become an ex pat is looking more and more tempting!

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Gypsie Travellers Sites
« on: March 27, 2019, 03:11:09 PM »
Good news that the site will not be used in Wingerworth.  :)

Unfortunately it just means they will find somewhere else, and the  protests will start all over again in that area {if they've any sense}

The truth of the matter is the Council {including the police} are scared to death of gypsies, they just go through life doing just what they want and 99.9% of the time they get away with it.
The protests for Wingerworth/Tupton must have had an impact.

We have one.
It is purely a convenience for me. It means I don't need to send my readings every month or get 'sorry you were out cards' through the letter box which results in an estimated reading.

I would have neither fitted, electric or water meters.
All meters do is give you something else to worry about, I guarantee after a few weeks of having one fitted, when the novelty has worn off, you'll probably forget it's there.
I find sending my meter readings in once a month a doddle since they replaced my old dial electric meter with a digital one, I never understood the system for reading the dials, and still don't to a certain extent all this "divide the calorific value by 1.3 then times it by 4 add the first number you thought of" it's just mumbo jumbo. 

Rants / Re: DVLA rip off
« on: March 19, 2019, 09:21:38 AM »
In relation to car insurance.... I've been using "Spire Insurance"(near to railway station)  for years. They always do their best to give me a good deal, & always manage to beat online comparison sites. This year they sent me my renewal price, but when i went to the office , they got it down another £40 without me even asking.  Like most people, i thought that insurance companies did't give anything for loyalty, but these people really do make an effort to keep your custom !
It's also better to deal with someone this way, than someone in a call centre !

It's like I always say, if your ready to pay the first price they quote they are not going to argue. As on another post, with my home contents insurance I got rid of a certain company a couple of years ago because of the stupid price hike, I went back to them end of last year because the new quote they sent me was a third of their last quote so instead of paying well over £100 I got it for £38. I did remark on this on the Trustpilot reviews site and put in my review "Why didn't you offer me this when I was a customer" still waiting for an answer.

General Discussion / Re: 8 year old girl threatens PCSO
« on: March 16, 2019, 09:46:37 PM »
I bought a junior hacksaw from poundland yesterday, the assistant had to come over to the self serve till and give consent for the sale.
What is the world coming too indead !

The only way to stop knives etc falling into the wrong hands is an outright ban, which as we all know is a bloody silly suggestion.
 Someone being able to have access to a knife is as easy as breathing.
If I were to get a knife from the kitchen, go out tonight and stab the first person I see, what's to stop me ?
My common sense, my upbringing, my respect for human life, my intelligence to know fact from fiction, but most importantly as far as I am concerned I KNOW IT WOULD BE WRONG!!
These people that do these things should be made to understand there is no reset button on a corpse.

Rants / Re: DVLA rip off
« on: March 16, 2019, 09:31:57 PM »
We live in a rip off world, if the government is willing to stitch you up what chance have you against anyone else.
It's the same with me and my new car insurance policy {I got it on line} I've rung a couple of times and to date the calls have cost me just over £13 for a total of about 15 minutes I kid you not, and I don't think I'm done yet.
It's the same with almost anything, we booked a holiday that we had seen on line a few years ago, when we rang the company to book it the number wasn't premium rate and it was answered within 3 rings and we booked and paid for the holiday in a "resort" the girl on the other end said was lovely, we subsequently found out from others that where we had picked made the black hole of Calcutta look like Disneyland, so I rang to change the destination { and hand out a bo**ocking}, I tried twice on my own {mobile} phone and just  listened to music so one day I was so frustrated I used the works phone {I'm not proud of that} and left that line on speaker determined to speak to someone, it was finally answered after 55 minutes and I believe it was a premium line.
These companies only aim in life is to squeeze as much dosh out of you as they possibly can, whenever they can by whatever means they have at their disposal and phone lines are a cash cow for them.
This time with the car insurance, I was determined to go back to a high street insurance broker and scrap on line quotes, but because of being messed about on line till the 11th hour, it was too late to get any more high street quotes so I had to go with them again but I'll be ready come time to renew.

I think it's about time to reverse the trend. Switch off the shopping side of computers and start re vitalising our high streets before it's too late, for those that say they can't find the time to go to shops and businesses my answer is yes, yes you can always find the time if you need to. Visit a REAL establishment, talk to a REAL person, if you do need to contact them by phone for any reason it's a LOCAL number.

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