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On 28/08/2021 at 18:17, Biggles87 said:

The current fashion for beginning sentences with ‘ so ‘ :angry:

I'll give you another one that really irritates. The lunch time program on BBC hosted by Dom Littlewood, and the ITV show Tipping Point, hosted by Ben Shepard, are full of words such as "assume" and "presume", but they pronounce them as though they have an "sh" in the middle. Who the hell teaches them to speak like that? I come from the same part of the world as those two, but I've never pronounced words like that. Oh, and while we're at it.....it's "aitch" not "haitch" for the letter H.

 

John.

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7 hours ago, John_W said:

Clay.

Digging a new pond, almost down to depth and the spade hits a stone. Try another spot and another stone. 

Foot and a half down, and hitting the London Clay layer. 

Horrible claggy stuff full of pebbles, like digging a Topic bar.  Had to chop it out in chunks with a pickaxe in the end.

Took more.time for the last two inches than the rest of the hole all together.

I reckon I would have left it two inches shallower…

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7 hours ago, brianthemodeller said:

I reckon I would have left it two inches shallower…

Perhaps he's got a 1'8" high fish. 😉

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On 8/30/2021 at 2:20 PM, Bullbasket said:

the ITV show Tipping Point,

That one makes me laugh,if you look at the money people win on The Chase or Who Want's to be a Millionaire on this one if they go for the 10,000 they can't even keep what they had getting to the final....

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Morning meetings.

 

Our new(ish) department manager is fresh from his 'less' training and it shows. His questions via mail/chat are 'short and to the point' per training and therefore lack any applicable context which irritates most of our team members and finally the issue came to a head this morning.  Now he 'wishes to experience our way of working' and decided to sit in on our daily standup. Fine. 

 

Not Fine: directly influencing our planning and work assignments. 
 

Dude, what part of Agile do you not get? Back off!

 

/end rant.
 

 

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On 20/08/2021 at 09:22, mick b said:

Or the increasing number of illegal electric scooters! Here in Dorset the latest council obsession is to convert the county into little Holland by narrowing roads and creating cycle lanes the width of the Atlantic. Hardly used by cyclists but they are being occupied by yoofs on their electric scooters with their girlfriends on them in tandem but on the wrong side of the road so against the flow of traffic! A disaster waiting to happen as I’d hate to have my bonnet damaged as they bounce off it.

 

Mike

 

 

Saw a BBC article on an idiot on an electric scooter trying to join the motorway and then wanted to show it to a friend but couldn't find it so I Googled (other search engines are available) "man on scooter on motorway" and dear God there are lots of examples.  One guy is even on video on the outside fastest lane Who does that??:mental:

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If it was the one I saw, the 'person' in question was an inebriated 20 something Brummie running the outside lane of the A38. Knew what he was doing, the Q.E. Hospital is further down the road.......! Apologies to the non inebriated and normal thinking of that fair city!

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On 8/28/2021 at 7:27 PM, brianthemodeller said:

Could be worse, could be using ‘like’…

So, it could be, you know, like , you know, worse, you know, innit ?    :)

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People who post works in progress and reference pictures in Ready For Inspection

If folks want to see how you did it or what you're copying they can visit your WIP/GB thread and not have to wade through the before RFI stuff. The clue is in the Forum title 😡 

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3 hours ago, Ratch said:

People who post works in progress and reference pictures in Ready For Inspection

If folks want to see how you did it or what you're copying they can visit your WIP/GB thread and not have to wade through the before RFI stuff. The clue is in the Forum title 😡 

 

I don't mind the occasional shot if it's relevant. For example, a photo of a fuselage interior with all the modeller's carefully painted added detail and etch, just before it's closed up and effectively lost forever!

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Today's grump.

 

Movie companies further delaying the release of films because they insist on a cinema release.

 

Like the huge number of people that were quite happy 'not' turning back the clock on the more progressive things to emerge from lockdown, I was quite enjoying 'not' having the 'cinema experience' and instead of the usual melee (mobile phones, talking over the film and all manner of disruptions) actually started to get used to enjoying watching the new releases without disruption. But no, this was no sign of a brave new world but just a mere blip before reality was dragged back to the 20th century.

 

Grump ends!

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The price of second hand kits these days. It wasn’t that long ago that I’d scoff when people asked new prices for pre-loved produce, but it’s not uncommon now to see people asking considerably more.

 

People can obviously ask whatever they want, but the sheer weight of overpriced tat that has to be waded through to find anything resembling a realistic price is tiresome.

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36 minutes ago, lasermonkey said:

The price of second hand kits these days. It wasn’t that long ago that I’d scoff when people asked new prices for pre-loved produce, but it’s not uncommon now to see people asking considerably more.

 

People can obviously ask whatever they want, but the sheer weight of overpriced tat that has to be waded through to find anything resembling a realistic price is tiresome.

true, but try getting a builder for a decent price...jeez. anyone would think they neede 10 years of qualifications at Oxbridge

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14 hours ago, lasermonkey said:

The price of second hand kits these days. It wasn’t that long ago that I’d scoff when people asked new prices for pre-loved produce, but it’s not uncommon now to see people asking considerably more.

 

People can obviously ask whatever they want, but the sheer weight of overpriced tat that has to be waded through to find anything resembling a realistic price is tiresome.

 

Rare kits (real or imagined rarity) will always command premium prices but fundamentally, the value of secondhand products is governed by what the market will bear. Sadly, there are lots of people out there who are prepared to pay silly prices for mundane items and the market reflects that.

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The unavailability of newspapers on Saturday mornings.  For the last four weeks I have been unable to buy a newspaper when I do my Saturday morning big shop.  I don't go too early, usually around 9.00 am and finish between 10.30 and 11.00, but nowhere seems to have them for sale.  Are the delivery drivers having a lie-in on Saturday mornings or what?  I like to buy the Daily Mail for the adrenalin buzz produced by my shouting at the articles, and it has a good TV paper for SWMBO.  I suppose they may be delivered later, but I don't go out once I've done my shop, so I don't know for sure.  Annoying!

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4 hours ago, John Tapsell said:

 

Rare kits (real or imagined rarity) will always command premium prices but fundamentally, the value of secondhand products is governed by what the market will bear. Sadly, there are lots of people out there who are prepared to pay silly prices for mundane items and the market reflects that.

That's only part of it, there is also the problem that some people just have a ridiculously over inflated idea of what their kits are worth. I regularly see ones on ebay where the seller is asking 50% more than the highest historic selling price of an identical kit. I've seen examples of this on the 'for sale' section of this forum too.

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On 8/30/2021 at 8:06 AM, John_W said:

Clay.

Digging a new pond, almost down to depth and the spade hits a stone. Try another spot and another stone. 

Foot and a half down, and hitting the London Clay layer. 

Horrible claggy stuff full of pebbles, like digging a Topic bar.  Had to chop it out in chunks with a pickaxe in the end.

Took more.time for the last two inches than the rest of the hole all together.

I too am cursed with a heavy clay soil, tried a few different types of spade in the past without huge success, then I bought one of these. The combination of the sharply pointed tip, narrowness of that spade and the fact the head is tapered along it's entire length really works brilliantly on clay:

https://www.diy.com/departments/magnusson-pointed-drain-shovel/5059340086637_BQ.prd

 

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6 minutes ago, -Ian- said:

That's only part of it, there is also the problem that some people just have a ridiculously over inflated idea of what their kits are worth. I regularly see ones on ebay where the seller is asking 50% more than the highest historic selling price of an identical kit. I've seen examples of this on the 'for sale' section of this forum too.

Because I have a very limited budget for my hobbies, I have to search for bargains. This involves spending a *lot* of time trawling through eBay listings and looking through sales on various forums. Because of this, I have a pretty good idea of the going rate for second-hand kits. 

Probably due to the perceived demand due to the knock-on effects of the pandemic, asking prices have skyrocketed over the past year or so. Asking prices don’t mean sales though, and I see a *lot* of stuff being relisted and not sold ad infinitum. Also, randomly using words such as ‘vintage’ and ‘rare’ doesn’t make your item any more valuable*.If it is indeed rare or vintage, that might only make it valuable to a small group of buyers, especially if newer and better examples of the subject are available. One must wonder then why so many Airfix Mosquito II/VI/XVIIIs are on eBay for considerably more than you can pick up the Tamiya kit. 
And yes, eBay isn’t the only place where you can find overly expensive second hand kits.

 

 

* I saw one eBay chancer claiming the last boxing of the original Revell Dambuster Lanc had an RRP of £100. I reported that for fraud. 

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Todays grump I cannot mention without straying into the dreaded "P" ,  but suffice to say I do not believe The Greatest Generation made their sacrifices for some jumped-up chekists to demand "covid papers, please" before entering a British public place.

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Having your posts headers rewritten by the moderators of this website . 

 

Makes me angry as no consultation occurs and the mods just do what they like and change things to suit themselves and the original poster of whatever topic is censored without reason. Not happy at all !

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