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20 hours ago, Black Knight said:

Watching the bus I wanted to get driving past the bus stop

4 minutes early

I was only about 10 seconds from the bus stop and the bus was early

Due at 10.52 it went by at 10.48

Have to wait till 13.40 for the next one

To continue the grump; when I got the 13.40 bus I checked my watch time with the driver's. My watch was exactly 5 minutes fast. Its the same driver wot does the 5 runs each day.

Therefore the earlier bus was 9 minutes early

That was yesterday

Today is another day and I don't need the bus today

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9 hours ago, Swamp Donkey said:

Replacing all my CD’s with vinyl…what’s going on there?

I know! All my "indestructable, lasts for ever CDs" are long gone. Why? Just never played them. My kids got me a turntable a 3 years ago, and I've been buying vinyl ever since ... and playing it - almost every day. The sad thing is 35 years ago I had a decent vinyl collection - but a house move led to them being sold off on the grounds that I'd never play them again as they would be replaced by CDs

 

I'm not going down the what sounds better rabbit hole. I enjoy playing vinyl, didn't enjoy playing CDs. But I do have a totally unfounded theory that the 'soul' of any media lies in the space between the bytes 😁

 

My grump is that during the 80s I bought a lot of great CDs some of which do not appear to have ever been released on vinyl - or if so, in such small numbers that current prices are prohibitive. There are also some definitive 70s albums which are very hard to get - e.g. Steely Dan's 'Can't Buy a Thrill' - I can't believe this hasn't been remastered and re-released. My other grump is that the music industry has conned me into buying the same titles 3 times - but that's my own fault!

 

Cheers

 

Colin

 

 

 

 

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17 hours ago, Stef N. said:

A modelling grump. Spotmodel emailing me a newsletter and in it are a load of cracking decal sets. The problem being that they are for Tamiya bike kits that aren't in production anymore and only available from ebay for about 3 or 4 times their usual price.😭😀

 

Yes I wish it was easier to get hold of some of their early bike kits. I had quite a few but got rid and would love to do them again.

 

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Yep, a Yamaha YZR-M1 from several years back would be nice. But not at eBay prices.

 

As it seems always to be the racing kits which disappear quickly, I have an entirely unresearched theory that Tamiya's licensing agreements for sponsor logos may have a time limit in them. Just my own pondering on it.

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1 hour ago, Ade H said:

Yep, a Yamaha YZR-M1 from several years back would be nice. But not at eBay prices.

 

As it seems always to be the racing kits which disappear quickly, I have an entirely unresearched theory that Tamiya's licensing agreements for sponsor logos may have a time limit in them. Just my own pondering on it.

The YZR-M1s were the ones I was looking at. Well over £100 with one over £200. I like them but not that much. 

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Idiots behind you at a roundabout who lean on their horn when they decide your not moving fast enough when your waiting for a gap to enter. They can't see what i can see and i'm not prepared to cause a potential accident or injury to myself or others just to satisfy them. The roundabout in question can be a tricky one at the best of times without some prat in a clapped out Toyota Yaris up your tail pipe! 🤬

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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13 minutes ago, fatfingers said:

Idiots behind you at a roundabout who lean on their horn when they decide your not moving fast enough when your waiting for a gap to enter. They can't see what i can see and i'm not prepared to cause a potential accident or injury to myself or others just to satisfy them. The roundabout in question can be a tricky one at the best of times without some prat in a clapped out Toyota Yaris up your tail pipe! 🤬

 

Regards,

 

Steve

If you have a manual gear box just wait for a suitable sized gap and deliberately stall the engine :wicked:

 

 

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12 hours ago, alt-92 said:

it wasn't me, honest! 

Turns out the Dutch link is abit of a red herring I think.

 

This morning we received a text from Netflix advising the that regular payment had been set up (erm I don't think so) and that it was for a regular NGN6300! We had no clue what this currency was so did a quick google search. Turns out it's the abbreviation for the Nigerian national currency. The Dutch connection comes in as Netflix have their European HQ in Amsterdam. So Nigerian payment goes to Amsterdam - converted to Euros. Transferred to our bank converted to Pounds Sterling. Appears to us as if it originates in The Netherlands.

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6 hours ago, fatfingers said:

Idiots behind you at a roundabout who lean on their horn when they decide your not moving fast enough when your waiting for a gap to enter. They can't see what i can see and i'm not prepared to cause a potential accident or injury to myself or others just to satisfy them. The roundabout in question can be a tricky one at the best of times without some prat in a clapped out Toyota Yaris up your tail pipe! 🤬

 

Regards,

 

Steve

Hah! 

You're lucky!

At least you guys know how to use a round-about. (well, mostly) We invented the friggin' things but nobody over here has ever seen one until fairly recently and no one has a clue how to use it!  

Spoiler

(exaggeration for humourous purposes only, no person or persons were unintentionally insulted. All rights reserved.  Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.)

 

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Stuck in traffic on the A68 at Lauder everyone stopped to allow the “famous” Tour de Britain cyclists through. 
counted around 14 police motorcycles escorting

No warning signs

No diversions

On the only major Scotland England route in the part of the Borders

Had anyone mentioned it I could have used another road for my journey but going back would involve adding 30 mins and 20 miles so sit tight?

Still nice to see everyone for miles inconvenienced for this essential event :tumble: 

I must organise my next local footie match or whatever and get the road closed so we can play it

 

 

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another batch of police escorts and road support vehicles now. What’s this costing the taxpayers. Hope it’s like football when clubs have to make some pay out

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Called at my bank yesterday to pay one of SWMBO's bills.  Bank closed and two of the staff hanging around outside.  Apparently there had been a security incident, so no service until the following morning when the bank would be open as usual.  Okay, I have an old account with another bank, so walk around to the branch, queue up and get to the counter.  To pay the bill I will have to pay the cash into my account, and then pay from that account.  Right, seems a bit convoluted, but go ahead.  Pay the money in, cashier fiddling about with the computer.  'Have you got another account with us?'  No, just that one. 'This account is a savings account, you can't pay a bill from there'  Sigh, okay, withdraw the money I  have just put in and leave.  Go to the post office I can pay there.  Wrong.  The bill doesn't have a bar code, so can't be paid at the post office.   :wall:  Go home and pay the bill online as I should have done originally but SWMBO likes a receipted bill from the bank.  

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Now that the covid restrictions are easing, there seems to be a rash of weddings taking place, and unfortunately, I live opposite the Salle de Fete (village hall to those of you in the UK). There was one last week and it was so good to listen to some scroat and his girl friend having a slanging match at 1am. Oh, it was a real hoot to hear each car when it left, blow it's horn just to let everyone within earshot know that it worked, regardless of the time.

And because we enjoyed it so much, there's another one taking place at the moment. They all met up outside the main building and were entertained (I use that word cautiously) by some wandering minstrel. He only seemed to know how to strum two chords, and when it came to reaching high notes, let's just say that he was found wanting. He did a wonderful job of murdering Ring of Fire, so much so that I swear that I could here JC turning in his grave. Thankfully, he's now packed up his kit and left. I don't know how much they paid him for his services, but I'd have willingly paid him twice as much NOT to sing.

We're now looking forward to the rest of the evenings delights. Thank God for ear plugs.

 

John.

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On 9/7/2021 at 3:01 PM, bentwaters81tfw said:

The problem is 'new-build'. Not worth the cardboard boxes they are made from. Probably takes a full ground-up refurb to make them acceptable, considering the complaints home owners have been making.

 

A cardboard box would be positively roomy compared to some new-builds !

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2 hours ago, JohnT said:

Stuck in traffic on the A68 at Lauder everyone stopped to allow the “famous” Tour de Britain cyclists through. 
counted around 14 police motorcycles escorting

No warning signs

No diversions

On the only major Scotland England route in the part of the Borders

Had anyone mentioned it I could have used another road for my journey but going back would involve adding 30 mins and 20 miles so sit tight?

Still nice to see everyone for miles inconvenienced for this essential event :tumble: 

I must organise my next local footie match or whatever and get the road closed so we can play it

 

 

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another batch of police escorts and road support vehicles now. What’s this costing the taxpayers. Hope it’s like football when clubs have to make some pay out

Sorry you were so inconvenienced.

 

I live in Stow, which is on the A7 six miles from Lauder and the Tour of Britain come through the village. There have been signs posted all along the route for weeks (although you were not to know that) but they don't have many diversions in place as they use rolling road closures and within minutes of the convoy going through the road is opened up again. The main cause of long delays today was the lazy Peleton bimbling along seven minutes behind the leaders.

 

BTW, most of the "Police" motorbikes were actually volunteer Race Marshals.

 

Dave

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35 minutes ago, davecov said:

Sorry you were so inconvenienced.

 

I live in Stow, which is on the A7 six miles from Lauder and the Tour of Britain come through the village. There have been signs posted all along the route for weeks (although you were not to know that) but they don't have many diversions in place as they use rolling road closures and within minutes of the convoy going through the road is opened up again. The main cause of long delays today was the lazy Peleton bimbling along seven minutes behind the leaders.

 

BTW, most of the "Police" motorbikes were actually volunteer Race Marshals.

 

Dave

Dave

no signs on A68 other than no parking in Lauder 

the greater irony is that I am now on an errand into Edinburgh and the blighters are there now.  I’ve been told I can’t go through Holyrood Park as that road is closed for them. The obvious alternate routes are open until half way down and then closed off at the end so everyone and his dog are having to turn round just adding massively to congestion. Another extra 45 mins on a journey all for the want of advance warning and signage. Again had I known I’d have chosen to come in from the south coast A1 and not added my presence to the disaster. 
 

Though Edinburgh born and bred I must say it’s looking disgracefully dirty and shabby 

Glad I live in the sunny Borders now and rarely need to come into the city 

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3 hours ago, JohnT said:

Though Edinburgh born and bred I must say it’s looking disgracefully dirty and shabby 

Glad I live in the sunny Borders now and rarely need to come into the city 

I share your pain about Edinburgh, @JohnT. When I moved to Scotland from England in 2008 I lived in Edinburgh as I had visited it often and loved the place. Sadly, my initial wave of euphoria wore off pretty quickly - partly due to the tram works - and at the end of 2009 I moved out to Stow. I travel regularly to my partner's house in Falkirk and a few times a month I still go through the city to see what's going on rather than use the Bypass. It's not always a pretty sight!

 

Dave

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4 hours ago, Black Knight said:

The only time in many years I slightly regret not having a television

I would have liked to watch Emma Raducanu win the tennis this evening

You might be able to watch it online i used to watch Heather Watsons matches if they weren't on tv...

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The bbc again,watched the breakfast show on friday to see how Emma Raducanu got on in her semi final and they said highlights would be shown today so i checked the listings and sure enough it was about 13-30 on beeb one...Just checked again and they not showing it,if you aren't going to show something don't say you are....

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37 minutes ago, Vince1159 said:

The bbc again,watched the breakfast show on friday to see how Emma Raducanu got on in her semi final and they said highlights would be shown today so i checked the listings and sure enough it was about 13-30 on beeb one...Just checked again and they not showing it,if you aren't going to show something don't say you are....

Apparently it was due the Amazon Prime allowing Channel 4 to show the final live.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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5 hours ago, fatfingers said:

Apparently it was due the Amazon Prime allowing Channel 4 to show the final live.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

It still wouldn't have hurt them to show it though i bet a lot of people didn't stay up to watch it live,that company isn't worth the effort it takes to switch on the tv...

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My local shop who don’t seem to inspect 2nd hand kits closely enough and put them on the regular shelves. Spitfire I brought last week had some very wrong paint on the interior, not a big deal came off with paint stripper but now just opened up a Hasegawa Corsair I’m from a few weeks ago and the decal sheet is from an Academy Hurricane…..that’s annoying knowing I’ve got she’ll  out on an aftermarket sheet or go begging in the wanted section…..also myself for not inspecting them at the time of purchase 

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