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Rants / inconsiderate drivers and their parking habits
« on: August 29, 2022, 12:43:29 PM »
I have used my car three times since last Tuesday, once to Asda Sutton in Ashfield {as the item we needed was not available in town} the second was Chesterfield, parking, as usual, in the Rose hill car park behind the town hall, the third Lidl Brampton.
 I have possibly mentioned before when using car parks I park in a part that has the least vehicles parked thereby ensuring no tight squeezes and it means a longer walk.
At Asda I parked in the, half full, front car park with at least 5 empty spaces either side, when we came out one of the other bays had a 4x4 parked in it and it was flush up to my car and it was a squeeze to get in.
In Chesterfield I parked in the top right hand corner of the car park {under the trees} 2 spaces down from a car parked in the top bay and only 2 other cars in those bays at the bottom near the barriers the rest empty, and yes you've guessed it when we got back the top car had gone and there was a white 2 DOOR car parked next to mine and even I could see they must have struggled to get out of the car as it was so close I had to walk sideways to get to my door and could only open my door perhaps 18 inches and squeeze in. Yesterday we went to Lidl Brampton, nice wide bays but still parked with spaces either side and no one next to me when we got back.
Yesterday afternoon I noticed something had been dragged down the full length of the drivers side of my car. Fearing the worst I began to clean that side of the car to assess the damage and after about 20 minutes of vigorous rubbing  the "scratch" had disappeared so thankfully it can't have been caused by something metallic.
What on earth possesses people to park so inconsiderately, I mean it's not rocket science, a child of three could park better.
There's can only be two possible explanations, either they are as thick as pudding or they just don't care.
I think it would help making the bays wider like Lidl, but then Chesterfield car parks wouldn't get quite so many cars in an therefore lose revenue, and that would never do.

Techie Or Suggestions / Freeview
« on: August 19, 2022, 08:24:29 PM »
It goes without saying anyone on Freeview is getting a bad deal.

I got rid of Sky a couple of years ago mainly because I didn't want pay for view and it saved me £26 a month, I got a Humax recorder and even that's showing it's age now but the Freeview channels I use are cr*p. Since Christmas I have re tuned Freeview no less than a dozen times and each time it gets no better. I would sooner have about a dozen channels that work very well than 40 odd that don't.
I even complained about Freeview on the Trustpilot site {along with many others} but to date no response.

I've looked into who's supposed to be responsible for Freeview and as it's run by the "big four" B.B.C. - I.T.V. - CH4 & SKY but there doesn't seem to be any one body you can complain to so, in desperation, I've taken the liberty of E mailing the production team of "Rip Off Britain" on the B.B.C. asking them if they would look into why Freeview is so bad in their next series and why they don't seem to care.

Politics / election results protest vote?
« on: May 10, 2022, 12:15:41 PM »
Well it didn't look good for Boris and his crew but is this just a blip?, it's happened before over the years, parties have done well in by elections etc but when the big one arrives.

I've said it before... this system of governing is outdated. After hundreds of years the people who lord it over us are the ones with the money and power and it's never going to change unless we change it.
TOO WHAT? ....that's a good question, there must be some ideas out there, we've had plenty of time to come up with something.
At the end of the day it's Labour v Conservatives and even though there's a lot of millionaires on the Tory benches there's just as many on the Labour benches that are well off that will never go without or starve, that's why the majority go into politics.

Our first past the post system may seem fair but if the {big} parties can field enough candidates the also rans stand no chance. Yes if they win their respective seat they get to sit in the Commons but they are no real threat to the party in power.

Chesterfield Discussion / Chesterfield.. booming town or doss hole!
« on: May 01, 2022, 02:04:39 PM »
Over the past few weeks there has been much debate about the state of Chesterfield town and it's centre. I believe I kicked it off a few weeks back with a letter in the D.T. about how Chesterfield had "had it's day". This was countered by a D.T. reporters opinion and a business owner in the towns opinion about how "vibrant" it was and I'd got it all wrong and subsequent letters, for and against,on the subject.

Since the start of the year my bank of 50 plus years rode off into the sunset, M&S are moving, the rear of Burlington house on Burlington street STILL looks like a bombs site, the building on Knifesmithgate {known as the Vic veranda} that building is owned {apparently} by a company in London {who probably don't even know where Chesterfield is} and now Eyres have gone bang leaving a big empty property just like Elder way, that apparently is still only half full, and the old Council offices on Saltergate, the market is a joke and to top it all the car parking charges have recently gone up.

The only NEW building I can see is the Northern gateway building on the donut island, I'll give it five years and it will be a fast food outlet.
The new multi storey car park opposite looks like a psychedelic cheese grater, it's a carbuncle .

As I put in my D.T. letter virtually everything I need I can get by going to Clay Cross and it's free parking, I find less and less reasons to visit Chesterfield. 

Chesterfield Discussion / Stagecoach in Chesterfield
« on: March 31, 2022, 08:18:01 PM »
Over the past couple of weeks I've had a bit of a run in with Stagecoach. I won't bore you with the details, suffice to say we were unable to attend a venue in Chesterfield one evening due to a {vital} bus not turning up, nothing unusual in that I hear you cry, but it caused us to be out of pocket.

The reason for this post is to put feelers out to see if the vast majority of bus users in and around Chesterfield think it's worth approaching the council to see if it would be feasible to bring the buses back in house so to speak, go back to it being run by the old corporation or it's "modern" equivalent. Now I used buses a lot when younger for school and shopping with my mum, but as the years rolled by I passed my test and had cars to run about in and my mates had cars I could use so reliance on buses went on the back burner for many years so I don't know what state the corporation was in prior to and Stagecoach taking over. 
Maybe I'm looking through rose tinted specs at this but I always remember the buses were fairly prompt back then. I distinctly remember Christmas shopping with my mum in town {circa 63'} and the town was packed and the queue for the 54 to Clay Cross was so long it was four deep and snaked out of the Vicar lane bus depot and backed up way past where the Friary grill was, me and mum were near the front of the queue as a bus inspector walked out of the office saw the queue and said something like "Give me a couple of minutes" and went into the office and got on the phone, five minutes later three double deckers appeared, two 54's and a Wingfield green and in less than ten minutes everyone was on their way home, I can't see Stagecoach ever having that much commitment.

If there's anyone out there that can put me right on the state of the corporation in the 70's 80's and 90's as I didn't use buses then, and if the prognosis is good I intend to write to the D.T. and the council and see if we can't get a decent bus service back in Chesterfield, as I say from what I've seen {and read} about Stagecoach they shouldn't take a lot of bettering.   

All I can say it certainly couldn't be any worse than the service we receive now from Stagecoach.

Chesterfield Discussion / M & S to move from town centre
« on: March 30, 2022, 02:18:39 PM »
Just found out M&S will be taking over the old Debenhams store on the retail park later in the year.

At first glance it seems like a good idea...but:-
I don't see the move as being welcomed by the vast majority of their customers, everyone knows the feelings towards the retail park and it's stance on parking, not everyone will have a car and they will wish to shop in other outlets in the town so the thought of walking down to the retail park {either parking in town or getting off the bus in town} won't appeal to many. Parking on the site means you can't walk anywhere else or you risk a fine. I believe the business they pick up by customers being able to park outside the store will be eroded by their old customers who don't want to walk down there.
Even the regional manager for M&S has said "We appreciate this move may be disappointing news to some" so it sounds like he's thinking along the same lines.

General Discussion / Driving test just how many fails is too many?
« on: March 25, 2022, 12:02:45 PM »
Watching a trailer for an up and coming new series about people taking their driving tests I believe it's to be introduced by Scarlett Moffatt.
The purpose being that apart from the fact she's a well known "celebrity" I believe they said it took her 13 attempts to pass her driving test.

Now in the dim and distant past I remember voicing my opinions on this subject and I'm afraid my opinion hasn't changed. Everyone is entitled to a driving test should they put in for one {and feel confident enough to take one} and no one should be surprised if they happen to fail the first time or for that matter the second or even third as nerves play an important part but I do believe that, as in Scarlett's case, bells should have started ringing after about the fifth or sixth attempt.

Some people are just not cut out to be drivers, I believe in one of the episodes from a previous series one woman had spent over ten thousand pounds on failed tests and she was willing to spend another ten thousand till she did pass her test, and after she got her licence there was no way on Gods earth I would have ever accepted a lift from her, she like many others out there are accidents waiting to happen.
Years ago there was a case in point of a {fairly local} man wanting to pass his driving test {this tale was told to me by his best mate} and the upshot was this guy couldn't drive for toffee but was determined to get a licence. So after numerous lessons and a few fails he discovered that when leaving the test centre on his tests he would be directed to one of three "courses"  used by the examiners so when putting in for his next test for the next couple of weeks prior every night he went out with his mate with L plates on and literally drove every inch of the three courses so he literally knew every bump and curve in the road on any of the routes so when he went for his next test whichever one it was he knew it parrot fashion AND HE PASSED.

I passed first time, that is not meant to be a boast I just couldn't afford the £3 I would have needed to retake it. I have been driving over fifty years, driving has been my career and yes over those years I've had taps and bumps {who hasn't} I've NEVER been involved in a serious road traffic collision, never been injured or caused injury to anyone and on that score I am proud, but there are people out there who just should not be on the road, they like Scarlett, somehow managed a pass one day, possibly due more to luck than judgement, meaning we end up with another one to look out for. 

All anyone needs to do is look up the first series that was on years ago and recall I think her name was Maureen and she was from Wales and she drove a Lada........remember her? frightening it was.

Chesterfield Discussion / Pub names
« on: March 11, 2022, 11:44:33 AM »
I do not understand why it is necessary when re opening a pub to re name it.

The failings of the pub, usually by it's previous owners, may be numerous but I've never heard of someone boycotting a pub, or the pub failing just because of it's name. In fact I'll go as far as to say that in retrospect re naming a pub is, 90% of the time, the kiss of death, in some cases some pubs have had 3 or more names as they've transformed over the years and the new names very rarely cut it, the mucky duck is a classic example now the Pig and Pump WHY!!! the Phoenix another.
 Take for example the Welbeck {now the Hidden Knight} why re name a pub that's probably been on the site with the original name for millennia, it's not the pubs names fault, that's the only thing that for certain isn't to blame for it's failure.
Yes over the years certain pubs got a reputation, some really bad reputations but that's only down to clientele or the standard of beer served or maybe bad management or a culmination of any or all of those.

So why reopen as Hidden Knight what on earth was wrong with the Welbeck?

General Discussion / Wallpaper
« on: March 05, 2022, 07:59:26 PM »
We need to titivate our living room. It's painted plain white paper {slightly patterned} at the top with a middle border and patterned at the bottom.

We basically only wanted to replace the bottom bit but going round some shops selling wallpaper we can't seem to find anywhere that still sell borders. I know that borders must be old fashioned now, as it's over ten years since we bought the last lot but we want to try and avoid taking ALL of the paper off as, apart from it being time consuming, scraping two thirds of the walls just to basically put the same back up seems a waste of time, effort and cost but we would if no other option.
We are actually hoping to find someone out there who had the same problem as us and bought the same paper as the top bit and managed to blend it in at the bottom, so if anyone out there has actually done that and satisfied with it please let us know.

Just had a look on line and there's C/fiels decotator centre on Broombank park and Johnsons centre on Vanguard trad. est. they look interesting so might swing round those in a couple of days.

So if anyone out there does know where they sell a good range of wallpaper {and borders} it would save us a lot of bother.....thanks.

Fun Stuff / Harbinger of doom
« on: February 28, 2022, 08:03:18 PM »
My posts are getting a bit sombre of late, you probably noticed!

I'm thinking of changing my signature {at the end of every post} because this one is too near the knuckle.

Politics / The Russians are coming...
« on: February 13, 2022, 12:59:32 PM »
So it would appear Russia is not very happy with European states joining N.A.T.O. and are doing their utmost to stop the Ukraine from joining and the only way Putin can see to stop that is invade Ukraine and make it a Russian enclave.

The U.S. is sabre rattling in a big way, daring Russia to step over the line. Both sides appear to be spoiling for a fight, Britain has tried, and failed, to calm things down by sending of all people Liz {cheese} Truss to talk to her Russian counterpart and he basically sent her away with a flea in her ear and I don't blame him, a child of three has a better negotiating strategy than Liz Truss, she has as much diplomacy as a dead frog and even I knew it was a bad move to send her on such a delicate mission and her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov must have thought Britain was taking the p*ss by sending her.

Putin is not stupid..... he knows that the West are making assumptions as to what his motives are and he's letting them. Apart from not wanting any more N.A.T.O. countries bordering Russia he knows he has the upper hand in any negotiations that follow. Unlike most countries in the West that vote every few years for a new leader, Putin is in the position of not having his presidency challenged and those that do challenge him usually find, to their cost, that it was a big mistake so basically he has a free reign, but he doesn't have the backing of the vast majority of the Russian people.
As for Liz Truss she ought to get a job stacking shelves in a supermarket somewhere because she's clearly not cut out for the job she has been given and if the worlds security IS dependant on people like her then God help us all.

General Discussion / New rules for cyclists!
« on: January 25, 2022, 12:28:58 PM »
Please tell me I'm dreaming!

Apparently this was all worked out last Summer and comes into effect within days. Amongst other things we have to give cyclists a minimum of 1.5 mtres {which I do anyway} when passing, this will enable cyclists to ride two abreast which means on narrow road or lanes you'll NEVER be able to pass them plus apparently there's talk of letting cyclists ride in the centre of the road, madness.
According to the AA 30% of motorists didn't know about these changes {me included} that's because the Government has done a p*ss poor job of advertising the fact.

All it means for me is I will continue to treat cyclists the same way as I've always done,  so if they use the roads correctly and don't mess me about we'll get on fine.

Chesterfield Discussion / "Duckmanton" roundabout
« on: December 31, 2021, 11:51:37 AM »
Just been up to the council tip at Buttermilk lane and the road works, that were on the roundabout for yonks, have gone.

Studying the roundabout all I can see is a bit of new tarmac on each junction and fresh lines painted "IS THAT IT!!"

Is that what drivers have had to endure, for what seemed forever..... a few barrow loads of tarmac and a few tins of Dulux?

I was given to understand it was being made bigger in order to accommodate another road that was to join it.

Entertainment / Jim Davidson at the Winding Wheel!
« on: October 25, 2021, 08:00:40 PM »
The D.T. describes this upcoming event as "The peoples comedian on tour".

The following is MY personal opinion:-
I've never rated the bloke, as some did/do, as a really good comedian not even a fairly good one, I know humour is a matter of personal taste, but as I have mentioned before there are so called comedians out there who are about as funny as piles and he's out on top.
His MUCH reported bigoted humour over the years really does belong in the past, and he and his material wasn't overly funny then. Yes certain comedians then had [fairly] similar material but they could carry it off, mainly because they had a head start on Davidson, they were talented, and knew the boundaries.
The only thing I have EVER {begrudgingly} admired him for was during the elections in the nineties when he openly said that, as a staunch Tory, if Labour gets in he would leave the country...Labour did and so he did, Paul Daniels said exactly the same but he didn't.

Obviously I don't know what his "new" material will be like on the night, no doubt he will be "absolutely brilliant" to some.

Bottom line is I won't waste MY money.

Politics / The Palace of Westminster
« on: October 24, 2021, 08:31:12 PM »
There comes a time when one has to make a [financial] decision, especially when it comes to "restoring" old buildings.

The Houses of Parliament is a recent, and classic example. Latest estimates say it will run to twelve £billion and that's only on what they've discovered what needs to be done so far. The fact that repairing one job and finding another six behind it is not uncommon in old building restoration, especially one of this size.
The time has come to pull the plug, switch off the buildings life support machine, look to the future and find alternative accommodation.

"WHAT ABOUT OUR HERITAGE?" they scream..... I say "What about it?" hanging on to our "outdated" heritage, pumping barrow loads of dosh down it's ever gaping hole and for what, just so tourists {very few British} can gaze upon it. Pumping billions into "our heritage" yearly is never offset by the money it's reputed to generate, especially over the last 18 months.

The Windsor castle fire in 1992 caused millions of pounds worth of damage, restoration completed 5 years later. Only down to pressure from the public did the queen decide to foot 70% of the bill {approx £36 million} and having shelled that out she didn't exactly starve to death.

What's the alternative to restoring the H of P.... bulldoze the place {I for one wouldn't miss it} and with the billions saved find a brown field site, possibly middle England somewhere, and build a smaller Pentagon style building, to house the government, that's got ALL the mod cons and moreover would be easier to access and more importantly police.

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