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3 hours ago, 593jones said:

 

Perhaps if you were to buy the cake and take it to your local chippy they might do the business for you?  It can't hurt to ask!

 

....   but would you really WANT them to ?    :)

 

 

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55 minutes ago, IanHx said:

 

....   but would you really WANT them to ?    :)

 

 

 

Only in the interest of scientific enquiry.

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On 02/05/2021 at 09:34, Bullbasket said:

Inaccurate weather forecast, which bear no resemblance to reality. On Friday I drove to a "local" DIY store (it's 30 miles away), to buy a couple of worktops, some laminate flooring and some other items for my model room. The forecast said that their would be rare, light showers in the afternoon. I arrived there at about 0730 and bought all of the items. I loaded the flooring into my trailer and secured the worktops on the top of the trailer, and was on my way before 10am. Because the forecast had said rain in the afternoon, I didn't bother sheeting the load over. Half way home, the rain started. By the time I got home, it was pissisting down, and so it all got soaked. It's dried out now, but I just hope that no damage has been caused.

 

John (Not a fan of MeteoFrance).

 

The Met Office in the UK uses percentages of probability of any weather phenomena, so, unless it's zero or 100% it can never be entirely right or wrong!

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1 hour ago, Miko said:

 

The Met Office in the UK uses percentages of probability of any weather phenomena, so, unless it's zero or 100% it can never be entirely right or wrong!

I have a weather pebble in the garden. If it’s wet then it’s raining, but if dry, it’s not.

 

Trevor 

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2 hours ago, Max Headroom said:

I have a weather pebble in the garden. If it’s wet then it’s raining, but if dry, it’s not.

 

Trevor 

Have one of these too. Also have a large pine cone hung on the fence and this is the best indicator for the weather - if its open the weather will be nice and if its closed then the weather will be not so nice. It hasn't let me down yet! 

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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33 minutes ago, fatfingers said:

Have one of these too. Also have a large pine cone hung on the fence and this is the best indicator for the weather - if its open the weather will be nice and if its closed then the weather will be not so nice. It hasn't let me down yet! 

 

Regards,

 

Steve

Does it turn white when snowing?

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Lazy scammers! Apart from the fact that these scroats are the lowest form of pond life known to man, they also seem to have taken on a totally lazy attitude now, when it comes to sending out emails. One that I got this morning didn't give any indication as to who it was allegedly from. It just said that if I didn't update my security, my account would be closed. These Nigerian princes are really getting careless.

 

John.

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5 1/2 years ago (Dec 2015) we had solar panel installed by a company called Clean Green Home Energy, just before government of the time changed the subsidies and payment scheme that homeowners could get. It was assumed that 50% of any energy generated would be fed back into the grid, and you get a payment from your energy supplier based on KWh generated. These changed (if I remember) in the Jan of 2016. Anyway, due to the withdrawal of the installation grants from Government to supplier, it increasingly became less profitable for companies to install, and the company we purchased from, decided to put themselves into voluntary liquidation in the middle of 2016. 

 

Now, a major part of their assets was their customer list - which I know for a fact was sold on by the liquidators. For 3 years, until we changed our number, we were plagued with phone calls from energy companies, green energy companies, warranty companies etc all claiming to be now looking after the warranty on our solar panels. No matter what we did, we would sometimes be getting upwards of 10 calls a day! In the end, all we could do was to change our phone number with BT. Thankfully, this stopped all these calls (didn't stop the cold calls from spoofed or overseas, but that's another story completely!!!) Fast forward to April 2021 and we receive a letter out of the blue from a claims company called Solar Claims UK LTD, in a hand written envelope (which made me think it was from family initially, until I saw the mis-spelled, and mis-addressed details). Sadly, it would seem the curse of the sold on customer list has struck again, they are contacting all the company's customers to "invite" them to participate in a mis-selling compensation claim. Now, whom they are claiming from I don't know as the company no longer exists, nor it would seem that they have not done any homework, as we did not purchase our solar panels with any home-loan or grant as we purchased our panels outright, no finance company involved at all.

 

Contacted them to request our details be removed - sorry that team is busy, can I hold?, no you cant - don't have the facility to put you on hold, they will have to call you back! First company I've ever called who are unable to put someone on hold... Anyway, few minutes later, call back from someone, who would appear to be one of the owners/directors of the company (had been doing a Companies House search on them to check them out) and he doesn't seem happy to be making the call, and his first words were I believe you've asked for a call back as you want your details removed....? No I was told your team was busy, so I had to have a call back! Not happy about the letter being sent out, not requested, its really a junk letter, and our address is incorrect. Well as we are removing you from our database it doesn't really matter does it.. (in the back of my mind I'm thinking, yes it does, if you are trying to find our address and you've got it spelt incorrectly, you wont find it will you!

 

Let's wait and see if we now get any more letters or contact about any mis-selling - we'll know where they'll have come from. Oh yes, we are supposedly on the Mail Preference service DO NOT MAIL list (same as Telephone preference service, but for mailing)

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2 hours ago, Max Headroom said:

Does it turn white when snowing?

Funnily enough it does.... 😀

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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16 minutes ago, fatfingers said:

Funnily enough it does.... 😀

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

wow!! how does it know? You should sell it to the Met Office, you could make a fortune! 

 

I suppose it's only flaw is you couldn't see it in fog, so, how would you know it was foggy??  Ha!

 

Miko  (member of the 'Cloud Appreciation Society')

 

 

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because I can??
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Just sharing the frustrations of trying to finish off a house build and you would not believe the sheer stupidity and incompetence of all three utility suppliers.  You truly could not make it up.  Its quite funny really.

 

To get it you have to understand that we are building a new house on a private country estate which has the "manor" house and several farm cottages and new builds dotted about the estate.

 

Scottish Water are asked can we connect to the water on the estate.  Answer - no - you have to connect to the mains on the A road thats half a mile away across the river.  Why?  Because there is no water supplied to that location or pipes within a half mile and that's the nearest mains pipe.  Question.  I live next door to the site at present.  How come I had a shower and tea this morning after flushing the loo?  Several neighbours will have done the same.  Answers - No they cant have as its not showing on our records.  There is no water there because we say so.    

 

Got them persuaded that there was water supplied onto the estate.  Then it was well you will have to ask the landowner permission and get a letter.  Er, no its in the title deeds that we can and also the existing building on site already has a water supply for the stables that  are coming down.  besides I am the landowner and the pipes cross my ground. Send them the deeds.  No we still want to see a letter saying the same thing

 

 

Scottish Power - call them to ask about a power connection arrangement.  I am asked "Why do we need one if we are building a new house?".:hmmm::mental:  I confess that confused me a moment or two while I thought of an answer.  Next question was where do you live and whats your account number?  Told them.  Ok they'd get back to me.  Next day I got an email saying they were happy to have helped and after checking they would close their inquiry as we already had power supplied.  have a nice day:wall:

 

 

BT - asked them to supply a phone line and broadband.  Should be easy as the overhead telephone line pole is next to the house (we are getting it moved - another tale) - and the new fast fibre broadband for the several houses on the estate comes into a box installed in the last six months on my land 40 feet from the house.  Suspiciously all was looking simple.  My BT on line showed that all was proceeding through the system.  All the same I got three texts saying there was a problem and could I phone in on the given number. to supply more information  More info needed.  This I did each time to get the same story - yes they had all they required and it was just a computer issue or something. The kit needed would be posted out for Thursday 29 April and the engineer would come and do the work on 30 April.   I was sent also a home hub as a temporary measure as timetabled.  On Thursday last week the kit arrived as planned for the engineer to install the next day Friday.  All well and good.  Friday no one turned up.  I called yesterday to find out why.  No idea from BT but would look into it.

 

Today I get a nice text and also an email saying that it was all installed and they would turn off the temporary hub in seven days (its never been on).  Case closed and have a nice day. :shrug:

 

I called BT and its been a SNAFU at their end but they will start all over again and I am back at the end of the line waiting but they will try and expedite it.

 

All three are monopolies when it comes to installations and it shows.  Lip service is paid to customer care and handlers display - in the case of Scottish Power especially - staggering levels of ignorance about what they are doing.  If I ran my business the way they run theirs I'd have my licence /ticket pulled in a flash and I'd be out on my ear.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Max Headroom said:

I have a weather pebble in the garden. If it’s wet then it’s raining, but if dry, it’s not.

 

Trevor 

 

Upgrade to the new version.  Does all the above but if dry on one side and wet on the other its very very windy.

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5 minutes ago, JohnT said:

 

Upgrade to the new version.  Does all the above but if dry on one side and wet on the other its very very windy.

And if I can’t see it, then it’s nighttime 

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4 minutes ago, Max Headroom said:

And if I can’t see it, then it’s nighttime 

or foggy

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Fences, why do fences bring out the worst in neghbours?

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Brad said:

Fences, why do fences bring out the worst in neghbours?

 

Worst alternate lyrics to an Australian soap opera theme tune ever! Ha! 

 

Miko (always one of 'Home and Away')

 

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1 hour ago, JohnT said:

or foggy

Or both but if it’s dark can you tell it’s foggy?

 

17 minutes ago, Brad said:

Fences, why do fences bring out the worst in neghbours?

 

 

There’s a whole section on the Land Registry website about boundaries. I’ve had quite a few arguments in the past including a developer telling the authority I worked for to remove our fences trespassing on their land. Quick check found that we had sold next door to A N Other who in turn sold it to the developer. A N Other had used an incorrect plan ‘selling’ more than he owed! That meant the developer had to scrub plans for several houses on the new build estate! They were not happy 🤭

 

Trevor

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3 hours ago, Max Headroom said:

Or both but if it’s dark can you tell it’s foggy?

 

There’s a whole section on the Land Registry website about boundaries. I’ve had quite a few arguments in the past including a developer telling the authority I worked for to remove our fences trespassing on their land. Quick check found that we had sold next door to A N Other who in turn sold it to the developer. A N Other had used an incorrect plan ‘selling’ more than he owed! That meant the developer had to scrub plans for several houses on the new build estate! They were not happy 🤭

 

Trevor

Belgian Farmer moves French border - start of WWIII?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56978344

 

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4 minutes ago, Dave Swindell said:

Belgian Farmer moves French border - start of WWIII?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56978344

 

I’ll counter with this........

 

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20171210-europes-strange-border-anomaly

 

Trevor

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5 hours ago, JohnT said:

Just sharing the frustrations of trying to finish off a house build and you would not believe the sheer stupidity and incompetence of all three utility suppliers.  You truly could not make it up.  Its quite funny really.

I'm sure the fun will not stop there, my son recently moved into a new build on an existing large estate, so far Amazon, Talk-Talk and DVLA have all refused to accept his address as it's not on their data base however, BT have supplied broadband while BBC licensing are starting an investigation into why that address has never had a TV license. :shrug:

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19 minutes ago, Retired Bob said:

while BBC licensing are starting an investigation into why that address has never had a TV license. :shrug:

At least we now know the licence fees are well spent,all the time i thought it was wasted on naff programmes....

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3 hours ago, Vince1159 said:

At least we now know the licence fees are well spent,

Eurovision Song Contest

 

3 hours ago, Vince1159 said:

all the time i thought it was wasted on naff programmes....

Eurovision Song Contest

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The BBC pays a large sum of money for the rights to broadcast the event, thus the UK is in the event automatically. The UK doesn't even have to do the qualifying rounds

The contest pre-dates the EU as well. 

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