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Viewing this UK fuel crisis from afar, it's both amusing to watch, and sad at the same time. Personal opinion is that it's not caused by the people filling their tanks, nor those who are just topping up with a few quids worth. It's the people who don't need to put any fuel into their vehicle. We've got two cars. One which we use most of the time to run around in as it's economic, and the other, which is a bit more powerful and has a tow bar, so is used to tow the caravan and the trailer when required. I always fill the tanks up when I refuel. I usually run the tank down to just below the quarter mark, and then when I fill up, I know that I'm not going to have to do it again for at least two months. Just because the level is down to half, why would I need to put anymore in? The computer tells me that I have about 350 miles worth left in the tank, which is enough to get me to the supermarket and back several times.

Mind you, I'd appreciate it if you peeps in the UK could have this sorted out by November, as I will need to put some fuel in on the way up to Telford. Thank you.:thumbsup:

 

John.

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3 hours ago, Swamp Donkey said:

Right, here goes! 
just boarded a train at Brighton on our way home to Newcastle. Let’s thinks this through for a minute

 

1/ Brighton - popular tourist resort - check

2/ Football on last night - check

3/ A lot of people relocating Sunday morning - check

4/ a lot of those folks (us) have a lot of luggage - check

5/ This train will stop at Gatwick - check 

 

So stand up and take a bow the genius who put this train on with NO LUGGAGE STOWAGE???

 

rant mode off

SD

 

If it had been Northern Rail it would not necessarily have had toilets.  Apparently Northern Rail regard toilets as an amenity, not an essential.

 

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Not a grump, just an observation having seen the Shows thread:

 

Happy for all you lot going to Telford,  but with  > 30k new cases a day there isnt a cat's chance in hell I'll be there.

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My new bottle of mould making latex

I need to make new moulds of some game pieces

I've spent ages preparing the master pieces.

This morning I poured the new latex over the 9 pieces, then I went to brush the latex carefully over the pieces, to eliminate air pockets.

I noticed somat odd.

They've gone and added ammonia to the latex!

and it was reacting with the acrylic Astonish varnish I'd used to seal and gloss up the game pieces!

I think the surface of the game pieces will not be as smooth as I want but their nature is that a wee bit of roughness wont be too bad

 

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2 hours ago, Heather Kay said:

I don’t pop in here often, but I’d just like to mention internet banking. :wall: :angry:

 

I think you know what I mean.

You mean the way of banking when the banks close all their branches and leave people no choice....

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Internet sites that you can book medical appointments on. I booked  blood tests for yesterday morning and turned up on time to give very nearly an armful. Receptionist tells me that I don't have an appointment booked. I say that I do, and show her the confirmation email, and the reminder email that I received from the online booking site. She takes pity on me and arranged for me to have the blood letting. All fine, until I get an email from the online booking site telling me that I failed to turn up for my appointment. I finally find a contact address for the online company and tell them that I DID attend the appointment and would they like to see the results. A short time later, I receive a reply which is basically passing the buck to the testing laboratory. Don't you just love the internet??

 

John.

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35 minutes ago, Vince1159 said:

You mean the way of banking when the banks close all their branches and leave people no choice....


Yup.

 

To be fair, the computer at their end was trying to prevent fraud by locking me out of my account because I’d forgotten my replacement password from the last time - and that was genuinely someone trying to break into my account.

 

Still, my bank has nice human people based in the UK, and who are endlessly patient with the eternally hopeless.

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1 hour ago, Heather Kay said:

Still, my bank has nice human people based in the UK,

So does mine it'd just be nice to be able to meet them once in a while...I walk with crutches and the only branch left open is in the middle of St Peter Port which is a pain to get to at the best of times....

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For decades I have hated buying cars !!!

 

Going to a garage, losing hours of my ever-shortening life  , feigning interest in all the petrol head details that go on and on , baffled by a interminable lexicon of acronyms when my real interest is something I can get my rather less than athletic arthritic six feet in and out of comfortably.

 

PCP on the current car is coming to an end before the end of the year , the garage I bought the car is no longer a dealer for that make so for the past couple of months have had cold-calls from garages some distance away each informing me that they are they only dealer for that make in my region and that they have been assigned my contract to deal with and need me to travel down to see them ASAP.     On the basis that if someone has to phone you to offer you a bargain it probably isn't their hard sell was not encouraging and as I was not prepared to do so instantly their interest sank quicker than the Titanic.

 

With the end of the contract approaching the finance company had sent the settlement figure last week while I was on holiday so the other day phoned the by far nearest dealer (not one of those who had been cold-calling) for the make , established that if within budget my intention was to go for a new car again , the key feature to me was the height of my current car but if they could suggest something else with the same ease of access I would be amenable.

 

Return call fifteen minutes later with the figures , same make and model but a different variant with a slightly different specification (mainly lacking the features of the current car that I never use) , monthly payment two-thirds of the current car , subject to current transport problems their next tranche of cars is expected week after next.     Barring a couple of very short follow-up calls regarding colour and detail matters the main business was all done and dusted within twenty minutes.

 

I no longer hate buying cars !!!

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10 hours ago, Des said:

For decades I have hated buying cars !!!

 

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I no longer hate buying cars !!!

Serendip is a wonderful thing. When i bought my current set of wheels I had no intention of trading up. I'd taken my previous car in to the dealer for a service (something I hate having to do, but with everything run by a computer these days, and the dealers having the only grey boxes that will talk to the one in the car, there's not much choice) and, while waiting to pick it up, the service manager asked me whether I was interested in trading up, because they had some demonstrators that they wanted to sell. Long story short, I had a drive in one of their demonstrators (a newer, sportier version of what I was driving), fell in love and did a deal on the spot. A week later, after the financials had been sorted, I drove away in my new set of wheels. I've never been so happy with a car! The only trouble is that it's now almost 6 years old, with just under 120,000 kms on the clock, which is about the time I like to update, and it seems as though the type's Australian agents no longer import the model I'm driving ... 

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On 10/6/2021 at 2:37 PM, Bullbasket said:

Internet sites that you can book medical appointments on. I booked  blood tests for yesterday morning and turned up on time to give very nearly an armful. Receptionist tells me that I don't have an appointment booked. I say that I do, and show her the confirmation email, and the reminder email that I received from the online booking site. She takes pity on me and arranged for me to have the blood letting. All fine, until I get an email from the online booking site telling me that I failed to turn up for my appointment. I finally find a contact address for the online company and tell them that I DID attend the appointment and would they like to see the results. A short time later, I receive a reply which is basically passing the buck to the testing laboratory. Don't you just love the internet??

 

John.

 

Well yes, you see John, how do I put this, it's probably because you live in France, so what do you expect..............

 

Living here in the good old UK, we have none of that stuff, everything is so very very efficient. It's probably down to that Brexit thingy I shouldn't wonder. Things were so much worse here a few years back ................... I'm sure they were ............... hang on ......... was that a dream ............... er, I'm sure they were.

 

Oh well, at least we all have good old BM to keep our spirits up!

 

Terry

 

 

 

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We do our blood tests locally ( Bellac John, probably too far for you ). Just turn up reasonably early, wait in the queue, usually 3 or 4 people, and when the deed’s done we get a code to access the results on the net that day and our doc gets a hard copy.

Simples.

 

John

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6 minutes ago, Biggles87 said:

We do our blood tests locally ( Bellac John, probably too far for you ). Just turn up reasonably early, wait in the queue, usually 3 or 4 people, and when the deed’s done we get a code to access the results on the net that day and our doc gets a hard copy.

Simples.

 

John

Yes, just a bit too far John. I get mine done In Melle which is 15 kms away, and have never had a problem before. Tests done, and then results appear on my account withing a matter of hours.

I have to say that I find the system here for making appointments rubbish. The NHS system books them for you and then notifies you of when the appointment will be. Here, you have to do it all yourself. I just wonder how the elderly who don't have smart phones, nor computers, live in remote villages with no transport systems, are able to get appointments sorted out.

 

John.

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My grump - Insurance renewals!

 

Just had ours through for our Hybrid which is currently in the garage undergoing repairs! 

 

So, about 2 months ago, we discovered that some kind soul had hit us, and driven off (only found out after the fact and we believe after we had got home from the holiday when it happened). Got it confirmed by the local dealer, and they quoted £1900 + for the repairs. Had to go through the insurance to get it repaired. Ongoing issue with them as it seems that they have only given a partial okay for the repairs, but didn't bother to tell us that... They only told us that they had given the go-ahead to get the repairs done! Been in the garage since 10/09/21 and STILL waiting for the full okay to get the repairs done!

 

Anyway, last night the wife received an email from the insurance company for the renewal.............. £1700 + £3000 excess cover - Last year we paid just over £400 for the year for that car! I think we will be telling them where they can shove that quote and it wont be in a polite place! 

 

We've been doing some checks already, and we can get fully comp for the two cars we have for about £700! which is still less than half of what we've been quoted for the single car.

 

(Forgot to mention, part of the reason for the high cost of repairs is that the car had been in a previous accident before we purchased it, and had not been repaired correctly! We are having to bare the brunt and cost of that! We were not told of any previous repair work or accidents when buying the car, and if we had known about the accident, we would not have bought it!)

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Turns out the reason for the huge increase in insurance for the one car is we are now classed (by this one insurance company) as risky drivers... This is despite the fact that neither incident is actually our fault. The first in Feb, we had our catalytic converter stolen off the car, whilst parked on our driveway! They classed us at fault as the police did not have anyone in custody that evening! The second is because some unknown person hit the rear of our car and drove off. Thus leaving us with the repair bill. Neither of which are legitimately our fault. 

 

We have now found much better insurance at under £750 for both of our cars, fully comp! The other company have been told where to stick their quote!😁

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On 10/6/2021 at 11:07 AM, PhantomBigStu said:

eBay shops that don’t state they offer combined postage and don’t check their messages, just lost some custom and coin over 5 minutes work…..

eBay sellers not offering combined postage is one of my pet hates.

 

In such instances where the product isn't available elsewhere at a vaguely sensible price, I place separate orders a few days apart. If they're going to insist on charging me for 2 sets of postage it's only fair they actually have to pay that postage themselves. 😈 

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2 hours ago, -Ian- said:

eBay sellers not offering combined postage is one of my pet hates.

 

In such instances where the product isn't available elsewhere at a vaguely sensible price, I place separate orders a few days apart. If they're going to insist on charging me for 2 sets of postage it's only fair they actually have to pay that postage themselves. 😈 

oh man I love your style, I will definitely do that next  time I get the chance

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