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Cooker broke on Sunday, fan coming on in the oven and hob still working but oven won't heat up; might be a cheap fix but the thing's more than ten years old so bought a new one from Currys/PC World. Due to be delivered tomorrow but when I got tracking info earlier it said, "Installation: Not purchased" which was wrong because I did pay for installation. When I finally got through to a human on their helpline he couldn't understand how it had happened but that it needed a "techy" crew so it wouldn't be tomorrow but next Thursday, which is a bit of a pain but never mind. Now I've had an email and text saying it's still arriving tomorrow but no installation. Fucked if I'm going to hang around on their phone system for ever to put them straight, if they arrive tomorrow they've made a wasted journey.

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got a few probs with internet just now.   Microsoft has blocked my email due to unusual activity and tonight facebook has done the same,  so just in case some toe rag has hacked me I will opt out of the system for a day or so.  I will return.

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sharp knives are supposedly safer than blunt ones,  except when you slip and you arm goes in the sink where you just put the said knife,  I will have a permanent scar when I heal up now:shakingfist:

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12 hours ago, rubecula said:

sharp knives are supposedly safer than blunt ones,  except when you slip and you arm goes in the sink where you just put the said knife,  I will have a permanent scar when I heal up now:shakingfist:

Knives aren’t for kids!

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2 minutes ago, Matt said:

Get well soon either way mate 

thanks matt I am going to the hospital today for it to be checked out again  then tomorrow I have to go for surgery on one eye,  then again next week for the other eye    life is a pain but while I feel the pain I am alive :lol:

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55 minutes ago, MikeO said:

Getting up at 5.30 to babysit. Finally got a bit of quiet while they watch Hotel Transalvania 3! Should be home in time for the football.

Mike, you should use 'military time' to avoid confusion.  I'm assuming you missed 'pm' off your post.😁

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delivery drivers

 

today a delivery arrived  I called out I would be right there  (not to point out the obvious but it takes a bit longer now than it used to I am now classed as disabled)  the bastard had wedged the thirty kg parcel in a eay I can not move it and he thing is blocking my front door.  now I am trapped in my house and nobody around to help me

 

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On 25/11/2018 at 00:09, rubecula said:

delivery drivers

 

today a delivery arrived  I called out I would be right there  (not to point out the obvious but it takes a bit longer now than it used to I am now classed as disabled)  the bastard had wedged the thirty kg parcel in a eay I can not move it and he thing is blocking my front door.  now I am trapped in my house and nobody around to help me

 

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Rubes how did you get it resolved mate just seen your post I don't normally look at this thread because it grinds my gears😁

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3 hours ago, rubecula said:

neighbour came ver to help (he came over to buy my car really  :rofl:  he helped me anyway lol)

Jeez you took your time getting back was starting to think you might have starved to death😉

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4 minutes ago, Palfy said:

Jeez you took your time getting back was starting to think you might have starved to death😉

keep getting banned from the site automatically  

 

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27 minutes ago, aaron said:

Chicken pox.

My lad has gotten it, again! Thankfully he isn'ttt itching and seems his normal self, however he was sick Tuesday afternoon.

We thought E had gotten them but turned out to be a different virus that presented ina similar way. Getting them twice isn’t only rare it can be dangerous so check with the doctor (assuming you haven’t already)

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19 hours ago, MikeO said:

My brother had it twice as a kid as well

19 hours ago, Matt said:

We thought E had gotten them but turned out to be a different virus that presented ina similar way. Getting them twice isn’t only rare it can be dangerous so check with the doctor (assuming you haven’t already)

Yeah took him straight away, he said he was the 4th kid that day with it.

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1 hour ago, sibdane said:

I envy anyone who is happy and isn'tt separated from their partner and has a child with them. I honestly can't imagine anything more stressful, especially around the holidays. 

I can understand this myself from my time in the forces

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Going for a game of snooker this evening.  9 miles to the table.  After about 5 miles the A4 came to a halt, traffic queued into the distance. Switched on traffic news and it told me that it was due to roadworks at the Wee Waif roundabout.  I knew that the Wee Waif roundabout was a mile and a half from where I was and the traffic was stationary. At the next roundabout I did a left turn to go through Twyford.  I knew that a lot of other people would have the same idea but thought it might be quicker. The problem with Twyford is that the main junction in the town centre is a complicated junction and there is a 4 change cycle on the traffic lights. After about 15 minutes (less than a mile), I got in sight of the lights. I was about 9 or 10 cars from the front. The lights  changed to green but the car in front of me didn't move (lady driver!).  A gap of about 50 yards opened up between her and the car in front.  She finally started to move, slowly, and surprise, surprise, the lights changed to red before we got there.  I reckon that if she had got started when she should have, then her, me and a couple of cars behind me would have got through.  Instead, we lost another 5 minutes we will never get back.

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10 minutes ago, johnh said:

Going for a game of snooker this evening.  9 miles to the table.  After about 5 miles the A4 came to a halt, traffic queued into the distance. Switched on traffic news and it told me that it was due to roadworks at the Wee Waif roundabout.  I knew that the Wee Waif roundabout was a mile and a half from where I was and the traffic was stationary. At the next roundabout I did a left turn to go through Twyford.  I knew that a lot of other people would have the same idea but thought it might be quicker. The problem with Twyford is that the main junction in the town centre is a complicated junction and there is a 4 change cycle on the traffic lights. After about 15 minutes (less than a mile), I got in sight of the lights. I was about 9 or 10 cars from the front. The lights  changed to green but the car in front of me didn't move (lady driver!).  A gap of about 50 yards opened up between her and the car in front.  She finally started to move, slowly, and surprise, surprise, the lights changed to red before we got there.  I reckon that if she had got started when she should have, then her, me and a couple of cars behind me would have got through.  Instead, we lost another 5 minutes we will never get back.

She was probably checking her lippy in the mirror John so don't be too hard on her, some things are more important than watching traffic lights:rolleyes:.

Again on traffic when I was taking Josh home the other day there was a huge pile up probably just two or three minutes ahead of us that closed all three lanes on the M5 for the best part of an hour. It's a strange bit of motorway where north/south are built on a hillside and both raised but to different levels; some poor sod broke down in the outside lane on the approach and had to take refuge (with a little girl) on the central reservation.....except there is no "central reservation" just a bloody big drop the wrong side of the armco. To be fair the accident up ahead (in which nobody was badly hurt) probably saved him from a far worse experience because the traffic was so slow.

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38 minutes ago, MikeO said:

She was probably checking her lippy in the mirror John so don't be too hard on her, some things are more important than watching traffic lights:rolleyes:.

Again on traffic when I was taking Josh home the other day there was a huge pile up probably just two or three minutes ahead of us that closed all three lanes on the M5 for the best part of an hour. It's a strange bit of motorway where north/south are built on a hillside and both raised but to different levels; some poor sod broke down in the outside lane on the approach and had to take refuge (with a little girl) on the central reservation.....except there is no "central reservation" just a bloody big drop the wrong side of the armco. To be fair the accident up ahead (in which nobody was badly hurt) probably saved him from a far worse experience because the traffic was so slow.

Know where you mean Mike.  Just south of Bristol.  Always seemed odd to me when driving north, the southbound traffic is up above.

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9 minutes ago, johnh said:

Know where you mean Mike.  Just south of Bristol.  Always seemed odd to me when driving north, the southbound traffic is up above.

You've got it John, spot on. Being not good with heights I always avoid the outside lane on that stretch when heading south, feels like I'm on a cliff road.

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12 hours ago, MikeO said:

You've got it John, spot on. Being not good with heights I always avoid the outside lane on that stretch when heading south, feels like I'm on a cliff road.

Some years ago, I was on a golfing week in Devon.  I went in my car and gave a lift to a mate.  He also  was not good with heights.  When we got to that section of the M5 he crouched down in the foot well of the front passenger seat with his hands over his eyes and said 'let me know when we are through'.  He couldn't tell that I was in the fast lane!

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getting stranded in Liverpool  travelled there for Christmas and hit a friggin massive pothole  so needed to get the sodding car fixed  only just got home  :crying:

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8 hours ago, rubecula said:

 

 

8 hours ago, rubecula said:

getting stranded in Liverpool  travelled there for Christmas and hit a friggin massive pothole  so needed to get the sodding car fixed  only just got home  :crying:

 

Sorry to hear that Rubes.  They came and sorted out all our potholes a couple of weeks ago and I had just got used to driving up our road with several 'chicanes'.

 

 

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5 hours ago, johnh said:

 

 

Sorry to hear that Rubes.  They came and sorted out all our potholes a couple of weeks ago and I had just got used to driving up our road with several 'chicanes'.

 

 

this was on the A55  on the way to Liverpool  I needed the car to be repaired before I could drive home,  was due to go to a party at Everton in the community at new year but we were both too ill.  and Christmas dinner was beans on toast,  so  I really was pissed off over the festive period.  and my phone was wrecked too.  so I am glad to be home in many ways,

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2 hours ago, rubecula said:

this was on the A55  on the way to Liverpool  I needed the car to be repaired before I could drive home,  was due to go to a party at Everton in the community at new year but we were both too ill.  and Christmas dinner was beans on toast,  so  I really was pissed off over the festive period.  and my phone was wrecked too.  so I am glad to be home in many ways,

Sounds like a pretty miserable Christmas Rubes.  Choose a week-end, buy a turkey and you and her indoors have your own Christmas dinner. Don't forget the crackers.  Maybe it defines what a miserable old sod I am but I would look upon my phone being wrecked as a plus!

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30 minutes ago, Matt said:

Beans on toast is a meal of the gods 

As long as it's Heinz beans, mushrooms on toast next to it and we're talking manna from heaven!

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1 hour ago, johnh said:

Sounds like a pretty miserable Christmas Rubes.  Choose a week-end, buy a turkey and you and her indoors have your own Christmas dinner. Don't forget the crackers.  Maybe it defines what a miserable old sod I am but I would look upon my phone being wrecked as a plus!

oddly enough I sort of enjoyed it cos we were in it together ,,  pity about the footy predictions though  I made a right mess of using my phone before it died.

1 hour ago, Matt said:

Beans on toast is a meal of the gods 

sometimes it is the simple things in life  I was going mad for a plate of chips

26 minutes ago, MikeO said:

As long as it's Heinz beans, mushrooms on toast next to it and we're talking manna from heaven!

exactly that is how she did it for me 

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4 minutes ago, markjazzbassist said:

stuff tastes awful.  beans on toast?  the english breakfast is a joke as well.  yes i'm serious.  i often wonder if the weather prevents english folks from growing vegetables, seems to be a large absence of them in their "cuisine" if you can even call it that.

Mark, don't know where you got the absence of vegetables from?  All supermarkets are stacked out with fresh vegetables and most people have a healthy diet of veg. Currently, my fridge/freezer is stacked out with Pots, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Peas, Sprouts. Also salads, Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato's, Celery.  Having said all that, a well cooked English breakfast is one of the best meals you will get anywhere.  Beats American fast food any day!😁

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33 minutes ago, markjazzbassist said:

stuff tastes awful.  beans on toast?  the english breakfast is a joke as well.  yes i'm serious.  i often wonder if the weather prevents english folks from growing vegetables, seems to be a large absence of them in their "cuisine" if you can even call it that.

Compared to waffles, that stuff they call bacon in America, and maple syrup... More chance of me convincing the rest on here that Gana is rubbish 🙃

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58 minutes ago, johnh said:

Mark, don't know where you got the absence of vegetables from?  All supermarkets are stacked out with fresh vegetables and most people have a healthy diet of veg. Currently, my fridge/freezer is stacked out with Pots, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Peas, Sprouts. Also salads, Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato's, Celery.  Having said all that, a well cooked English breakfast is one of the best meals you will get anywhere.  Beats American fast food any day!😁

I’m not talking about fast food, I don’t eat that stuff either.  I’m not acting like American cuisine is good, it’s not.  But neither is English foodz  Classic English meals are a pie like you eat at the match, there is meat, is there veg in there? Fish and chips (no veg)?  English breakfast, etc.  maybe it’s because I was a vegetarian for a long time but your meals look very meat and starch heavy.  Even the “chippy and curry” where you get curry with chips.  That’s all starch.

 

I prefer Mediterranean (Greek, Italian, Lebanese) or various Asian cuisines (Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese) The most.

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1 hour ago, johnh said:

Mark, don't know where you got the absence of vegetables from?  All supermarkets are stacked out with fresh vegetables and most people have a healthy diet of veg. Currently, my fridge/freezer is stacked out with Pots, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Peas, Sprouts. Also salads, Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato's, Celery.  Having said all that, a well cooked English breakfast is one of the best meals you will get anywhere.  Beats American fast food any day!😁

Then you haven't had a Southern American breakfast then. 😎

Any home cooked meal beats fast food!

Back me up, @markjazzbassist

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1 hour ago, johnh said:

Mark, don't know where you got the absence of vegetables from?  All supermarkets are stacked out with fresh vegetables and most people have a healthy diet of veg. Currently, my fridge/freezer is stacked out with Pots, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Peas, Sprouts. Also salads, Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato's, Celery.  Having said all that, a well cooked English breakfast is one of the best meals you will get anywhere.  Beats American fast food any day!😁

a good full English is only beaten by a good full Irish and not by much imho

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2 hours ago, markjazzbassist said:

I’m not talking about fast food, I don’t eat that stuff either.  I’m not acting like American cuisine is good, it’s not.  But neither is English foodz  Classic English meals are a pie like you eat at the match, there is meat, is there veg in there? Fish and chips (no veg)?  English breakfast, etc.  maybe it’s because I was a vegetarian for a long time but your meals look very meat and starch heavy.  Even the “chippy and curry” where you get curry with chips.  That’s all starch.

 

I prefer Mediterranean (Greek, Italian, Lebanese) or various Asian cuisines (Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese) The most.

Pies have vegetables in, fish and chips tends to come with mushy peas and the curry sauce base is fruit. 

Asian has a lot of variety but can't agree with Italian and Greek, one is mostly starchy pasta and the other is very potato (and lemon) heavy. 

As for breakfast do many countries have veg to start the day? 

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25 minutes ago, pete0 said:

Pies have vegetables in, fish and chips tends to come with mushy peas and the curry sauce base is fruit. 

Asian has a lot of variety but can't agree with Italian and Greek, one is mostly starchy pasta and the other is very potato (and lemon) heavy. 

As for breakfast do many countries have veg to start the day? 

i had a fresh juice made of vegetables, fruit and fresh ginger every morning for the last week.  i have a juicer though.

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10 minutes ago, markjazzbassist said:

i had a fresh juice made of vegetables, fruit and fresh ginger every morning for the last week.  i have a juicer though.

A lot over here have them in their cupboards thanks to the nutribullet fad diet. 

My point is that most countries don't have veg for breakfast. 

Even without the meat a full English holds up as a decent meal. Egg, mushrooms, tomato, baked beans and potato (usually hash browns but in the posher places you might get bubble and squeak). 

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10 hours ago, markjazzbassist said:

i had a fresh juice made of vegetables, fruit and fresh ginger every morning for the last week.  i have a juicer though.

A full English takes a lot of time.  Most people only have it on special occasions, I would say that the most common breakfast over here is Toast, tea/coffee, porridge or cereal.  Today, I had toasted muffins and a mug of tea.

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