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PhoenixII

Does anybody give a grump?!!

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Today's grump is an old one, and one that will no doubt come around time and again. It's about people on here (and other sites) who ask a question, or require some help with a problem, and then totally ignore all of the replies that they receive. No names, no pack drill, but there is a thread in one of the forums from 10 days ago where somebody asked for help with a problem. Eight people took the trouble to try and help them out with it, but there has been nothing from the originator. Come on! It's not that hard to say "Thanks". It's just good manners. 

 

John.

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2 minutes ago, Bullbasket said:

Come on! It's not that hard to say "Thanks". It's just good manners. 

there's even a "thanks"  reaction  button....  Happy with that myself when I give answers.  

Might also be noticeable here as overall people do say thanks. 

 

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4 minutes ago, Troy Smith said:

there's even a "thanks"  reaction  button....  Happy with that myself when I give answers.  

Exactly, and so would I be as would most people, but the only "thanks" on this particular thread came from someone else. I know that this is just a minor thing in the grand scheme of things, but I was brought up to say thank you when someone tried to help me, and by and large, the majority of people on here do he same.

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14 hours ago, Beardie said:

Not a fan of Phillip Schofield in general but his 'We buy any car' ads are especially creepy. It's just plain wrong when he looks at the puppy and says "He's got my eyes". Lord help us! Has anyone informed the RSPCA what he's been up to?

I thought the same thing when i saw it,what on earth has a dog got do with selling cars...Another one's when he jumps the cars in an Evel Knievel suit,what might've been better was he misses the ramp,lands on the Roll's and you get a 'We buy any car in any condition'...

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People who slap the word RARE on kits and stuff on certain auction sites just because they are old or OOP as if that's a huge selling point when the subject matter has been overtaken by more modern toolings that can reduce its value to all but the most impassioned collector to that of an ornament. I've only ever used the term rare once for an item being sold and that was because it was, to the best of mine and other's knowledge, at the time the only unmade version of a particular long long OOP garage kit still in circulation and of a design at scale that has never been replicated by another party. So 'actually' rare.

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17 minutes ago, Nocoolname said:

People who slap the word RARE on kits and stuff on certain auction sites just because they are old or OOP

Not kits but Diecast with me,you come across a Dinky or Superkings listing and within the next two pages there's five and usually a couple are in better nick than theirs and at a reasonable price...

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More than a grump but it will do to put it down here just to get it out. 

 

We noticed that our Spinone/Retreiver crossbreed - six year old, gentle and daft as a brush big dumpling of a dog, developed a lump under her eye the other week which we thought was the result of her unhealthy interest in some bumble bees that are nesting in our garden and for which we administered anti-histamines without success. Took her to the vet today. The vet didn't take long examining her to pronounce that she has some form of extremely aggressive and terminal cancer. He gives her only a few weeks before it will be necessary to put her to sleep. I never knew there was such a thing. He said it probably started to set in about a month ago and there was nothing to be done short of removing her eye and much of her upper jaw, with little chance of success and not much quality of life post-op.

 

Me and the Missus are really not looking forward to the next few weeks.

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Sorry to hear that Marty. I lost my cat 4years ago. He was a white & had ear cancer. I'd had him to the vets twice for ops. & he had no ears left when it started again. When I took him to the vets he said he could probably give him another fairly comfortable six months but he'd have to go into his heed, their being no ear left. Bob hated it when he had those stupid cowl things post op & because the vet wasn't sure it would do any good I reluctantly put him to sleep. It's not easy but you have to put the animal first.

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Hi Dave. Aye, the Vet told us that he wouldn't even attempt such a complicated and extensive operation. It would take a specialist, would cost upwards of eleven thousand or so which we don't have (we aren't insured either though I doubt that would have made a difference) and the operation would have little chance of success or even of giving her a good quality of life. I think that, deep down, I knew instinctively from the first time we noticed the swelling but was hoping against hope it was just a bee sting or a cist or something. The vet seemed to know as soon as he looked at her face although he gave her a thorough examination to rule out some kind of dental problem etc. 

 

He said that there was pretty much nothing we could have done from the moment the cancer started. He gave her a strong course of steroids and, if she doesn't go downhill quicker, we've to take her back to him in three weeks so he can assess her condition. I suspect that he reckons three weeks is about all the time she's got before it will be time.

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When a dog gets cancer, it's quick. I lost 2 Dobes to leukemia. 3 weeks both from diagnosis.  My last one got a few lumps in later life, but he was almost 12, and that's about normal for a Dobe.

It's a hard decision, but the dogs will let you know when the time comes. I know how you're feeling Marty.

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Thanks Frank. At the moment she isn't even showing any signs of discomfort or illness apart from the swelling which makes it hard to believe that she is seriously ill and will be gone all too soon. 

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17 minutes ago, Beardie said:

Thanks Frank. At the moment she isn't even showing any signs of discomfort or illness apart from the swelling which makes it hard to believe that she is seriously ill and will be gone all too soon. 

I should imagine it's difficult for you to get a second opinion, living where you do Marty.

About ten years ago I took my dog to the local vet as she had a lump on her leg. The vet examined her and said without any preamble or tact “You need to conciser which you would prefer, chemotherapy or amputation” her diagnosis was bone cancer.

We took her to a different practice for a second opinion and after that vet examiner her, he said “I can tell immediately that this isn't cancer as she isn't in pain when I press the lump”. His diagnosis (which proved to be correct) was an arthritic bony growth. She lived for many years after that without the lump causing her any problems.

I hope your vets diagnosis is wrong, it's an awful thing to have to go through.

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I hope and pray that it's wrong myself Mark but my gut tells me that he is right. He pointed out that, as well as the lump under her eye, there is a change taking place in her mouth at the same area of her face. Unfortunately I think that his exam was quite thorough and he found all the signs that told him exactly what was going on.

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Well I've just had a good one.

An email from a crowdfunding outfit, asking for support so a same sex Serbian couple can get married in Serbia, where it's already legal.

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20 minutes ago, Beardie said:

Is that some new kind of scam?

No, it's from an outfit called crowdjustice, who take up cudgels for the 'needy'. I have supported some of their causes in the past, but never with money.

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Never heard of them. Isn't Crowdjustice when a mob goes looking for a tree and a rope

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20 hours ago, Beardie said:

Is that some new kind of scam?

Yesterday I had 3 scam phone calls from the same "no number" source, It goes like this: A posh urgent pre-recorded message tells you that the HMRC have been unable to contact you so they are freezing your assets and have issued an arrest warrant on you, press 1 to speak to the case officer to sort this out now!  Tempted as I was to press 1 and tell them to **@?#*@&*  and when they got there do it again.  However pressing 1 might have been more trouble than it was worth, I remember a telephone scam that routed you onto a premium phone line that cost £20 a minute.  So beware, scam pre-recorded messages are still out there. :wtf:

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1 hour ago, Retired Bob said:

Yesterday I had 3 scam phone calls from the same "no number" source, It goes like this: A posh urgent pre-recorded message tells you that the HMRC have been unable to contact you so they are freezing your assets and have issued an arrest warrant on you, press 1 to speak to the case officer to sort this out now!  Tempted as I was to press 1 and tell them to **@?#*@&*  and when they got there do it again.  However pressing 1 might have been more trouble than it was worth, I remember a telephone scam that routed you onto a premium phone line that cost £20 a minute.  So beware, scam pre-recorded messages are still out there. :wtf:

Yep, had one of these to my mobile the other day. Hung up and blocked the number.

They addressed me as 'Richard'.....not my name. Perhaps they thought I was a Dick?

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3 hours ago, Retired Bob said:

..................Yesterday I had 3 scam phone calls from the same "no number" source, It goes like this: A posh urgent pre-recorded message tells you that the HMRC have been unable to contact you so they are freezing your assets and have issued an arrest warrant on you..........

Aww, and here was me, Billy Nomates thinking I'd got a new bestest buddy........DAMN!

 

Good thinking Bob, on two counts:

1.) Leave the phone on it's cradle, YES, I KNOW the temptation is great!! :whistle: 

2.) HMRC will ONLY contact via letter, no 'if's, but's or maybe's'.

 

Blimey, they'd terminate a call on DWP staff for any slight error in proceedure.....when you could get through.....

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15 minutes ago, PhoenixII said:

 HMRC will ONLY contact via letter, no 'if's, but's or maybe's'.

If it was hot weather I would have been happy to have my assets frozen,  I have had quite a selection of pre-recorded messages, from compromised email accounts, router password and the old favourite of a computer problem, press 1 to have someone sort it out.  I just worry for some old person( I'm not "old" officially for another 15 months) being taken in by these tricky so and so's.

p.s. I have to go to Driffield show, I've got a show collect from BlackMikes Models.

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Been told that LOX may have the desired effect, either that or liquid Nitrogen!

 

Prepaid wristband for Driffield should be winging it's way towards you, courtesy of Roy.

At least it means you'll have a £1 for a cup of summat, after you've paid the :pirate:!

 

Hi Duncan....:tease:

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1 minute ago, PhoenixII said:

At least it means you'll have a £1 for a cup of summat, after you've paid the :pirate:!

Too late mate, paid upfront or they won't put in the van. 😀

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Soda Stream 'Sparkling Water Maker' for just £99!!! My God are people really daft enough to spend all that cash on making tap water 'fizzy'? Oh and don't forget you are saving the world because the plastic bottle is reuseable. Jeez if folks fall for garbage like this we are doomed as a species!

 

I have to admit I actually prefer my water etc. without the 'fizz'. I am sure Soda Stream will come up with a new machine that turns tap water into bottled water soon and folks will buy it. We're doomed I tell's ye! Doomed!!! 

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