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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:45 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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Just upgraded to Netflix 4k; only £1.50 a month more, wow the 4K stuff is awesome, Narcos in 4K is amazing, it is like you are actually there, I now find myself running a multi million pound drug empire.



FYP.

Is it good? Have you read Killing Pablo? fascinating insight into a very crazy world.


The first series was amazing, I am half through series 2 and it is just as good.

I am not a reader of books generally, however if "Killing Pablo" is fact as opposed to fiction I may give it a go.


Fact but hard to believe. The brutality of the drug lords is staggering.
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Mine had a different cover luckily or it would have spoilt the ending:


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speed freaks:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-engl...ntc_linkname=bbcnews_fac_artilce1
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some old prick; late 60's, accosted me in Sainsburys car park this evening, he had a go at me because I was doing "50mph" down the access road to the car park, he's ex Police apparently and when I questioned him as to how he knew I was doing "50 mph" he said it was obvious, he explained that he was going to take my reg down and report me to the Police, I pointed to my car to make sure he had the correct one to note down the reg and walked off.

50mph FFS, it's a very narrow and relatively short access road with a bend and speed bumps and I think a 20mph limit, I was most likely going quicker but I most certainly wasn't going 50.

On the way out I sped up to the speed I would most likely have been going; 30, it felt the same as when I had driven down it.

I await a letter from the Police, I think I may be waiting a while.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad bastard with nothing better to do. You did well to keep your calm. Id have told the old duffer to fuck off which Isexactly what they want and then have something real to report. Arseholes
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, 'it was obvious' would of course stand up in a court of law.  Silly old shit.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taking the wee-wee....
My parents have been in their "new" house for just over a year now.  Last week, the electrician submitted an invoice of just under 2 grand for work allegedly done at the property... he's not been there for a year, the electrics are still incomplete (I recon that some of the work done should have been paid for by the builders), the electric garage door does not work on the remote control and the electirican has not answered phone calls or returned voicemail messages left over the past 6 months.

I wonder where my parents stand, legally, over paying him
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Taking the wee-wee....
My parents have been in their "new" house for just over a year now.  Last week, the electrician submitted an invoice of just under 2 grand for work allegedly done at the property... he's not been there for a year, the electrics are still incomplete (I recon that some of the work done should have been paid for by the builders), the electric garage door does not work on the remote control and the electirican has not answered phone calls or returned voicemail messages left over the past 6 months.

I wonder where my parents stand, legally, over paying him


Depends what was agreed before he started work and what he actually did. An itemised invoice will enable them to pay what  he's done and dispute what wasn't or is incomplete.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speak to Citizens Advice. Don't pay until you have that advice.
I also agree with Bob. They need an itemised invoice otherwise how do they know what they are paying for?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Taking the wee-wee....
My parents have been in their "new" house for just over a year now.  Last week, the electrician submitted an invoice of just under 2 grand for work allegedly done at the property... he's not been there for a year, the electrics are still incomplete (I recon that some of the work done should have been paid for by the builders), the electric garage door does not work on the remote control and the electirican has not answered phone calls or returned voicemail messages left over the past 6 months.

I wonder where my parents stand, legally, over paying him


If some should have been paid by the builder, are the electrician a subcontractor to the builder (in which case all payments goes through the builder) or do you mean the electrician has done work which you think the separately employee builder should have done? If the latter, the the electrician needs paying by your parents and they need to discuss that payment with the builder as the two do not have a contractual relationship.

Ask for an itemised invoice so that the work can be agreed as complete or outstanding, be clear about what is expected on the outstanding parts and agree a timeframe for completion.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. Don't pay anything.
2. Ask for details of the work the invoice is for.
3. Check that the work done was actually requested BY YOUR PARENTS. If the electrician was employed by the builder and the builder has completed all his invoicing then the electrician is clearly trying to recoup some losses he's suffered by the builder disputing his invoice. If the builder was supposed to have done some work and your parents self-managed the build then they need to check who they instructed to do what.

Basically if you want advice, from us here or the CAB or a solicitor, you need a few more facts to hand, like who the contractual relationship is between.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The main issue at the moment is over the timing...... 12 to 18 months afterwards and with the work incomplete (and the electrician not returning calls or answering his phone), asking for a significant sum seems a bit out-of-order.  He's certainly going to get a letter before any payment is made
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought a new fridge freezer a couple of weeks ago; a shiny grey Samsung jobby.

We've always had a fridge in the kitchen and a hand me down freezer in the outhouse, and as we tended to buy cheap fridges they never really lasted that long; this one had been leaking water for about a year.

The freezer in the outhouse was always full of thick ice so obviously wasn't working properly, when I took it out to take to the dump there was ice on the outside of the back of it, so obviously there was hole somewhere.

We have a meter that tells you how much electric you use, I'm always looking at it and am intrigued as to how much electric we use daily;  before we had a new fridge freezer I would come down at around 6-7 am and the meter would say that we had used 25p worth of electric since midnight, I always wondered what would be on that was using that much, since having the new fridge freezer it is down to between 10-15p, so over the course of a day potentially a 30-40p saving in electric, which is around £9-£12 per month; about a third less than what we usually spend per month, goes to show how inefficient the old fridge and freezer were.

Having one of those fancy Smart Meters installed today, they are more accurate and also monitor gas useage too.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Having one of those fancy Smart Meters installed today, they are more accurate and also monitor gas useage too.


We have one of those and I am the only one who pays any attention to it. Susan told me that it didn't matter what the meter said because if she was cold the heating was going on and she wasn't going to change her practices for a few pence!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Having one of those fancy Smart Meters installed today, they are more accurate and also monitor gas useage too.


We have one of those and I am the only one who pays any attention to it. Susan told me that it didn't matter what the meter said because if she was cold the heating was going on and she wasn't going to change her practices for a few pence!


Are we to a assume it's not her who pays the gas bill then?  
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Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Having one of those fancy Smart Meters installed today, they are more accurate and also monitor gas useage too.


We have one of those and I am the only one who pays any attention to it. Susan told me that it didn't matter what the meter said because if she was cold the heating was going on and she wasn't going to change her practices for a few pence!


Sounds like the wife, also the youngest came downstairs yesterday, declared it was cold and wacked the thermostat up, she was wearing some really small PJ shorts and a t-shirt, I suggested that if she was cold she put on some long trousers first before puting the heating on, and "shut the bloody bathroom door after you!!"

Drives me fucking mad.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two females in my house do not believe that shutting a door keeps a room warmer (and no they don't pay the bills).

I have changed every bulb in the house to LED of various types so apparently it is now OK to leave them all on because they cost so little to run!

Sometimes you just know that no matter what you say or how you say it, it is just going to go in one ear and out the other.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have changed every bulb in the house to LED of various types so apparently it is now OK to leave them all on because they cost so little to run!

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You are the man I need to speak to! Which ones do you use and how did you get the "colour" right? I want to change all of ours but don't want the really white light that LEDs seem to be.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Having one of those fancy Smart Meters installed today, they are more accurate and also monitor gas useage too.


We have one of those and I am the only one who pays any attention to it. Susan told me that it didn't matter what the meter said because if she was cold the heating was going on and she wasn't going to change her practices for a few pence!


Sounds like the wife, also the youngest came downstairs yesterday, declared it was cold and wacked the thermostat up, she was wearing some really small PJ shorts and a t-shirt, I suggested that if she was cold she put on some long trousers first before puting the heating on, and "shut the bloody bathroom door after you!!"

Drives me fucking mad.


We have a Hive thermostat which I can turn down/off from an app on my phone, even when out of the house,  so 'er indoors can fiddle with it all she wants but I'm in control.
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I have changed every bulb in the house to LED of various types so apparently it is now OK to leave them all on because they cost so little to run!

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You are the man I need to speak to! Which ones do you use and how did you get the "colour" right? I want to change all of ours but don't want the really white light that LEDs seem to be.

I've done all the non-dimmable ones in our house too... the LED dimmable ones only seem to dim fractionally before they go out altogether.
Sainsburys do some good deals, reasonable prices and often buy 2, save £1.
Tesco seem to have a limited choice.
I have had several failures with genuine Osram LEDs from Robert Dyas, I think 4 out of 6 have been returned for replacements as they started to flash on and off then die.

A google search will bring up a number of websites if you want to choose specific shades of white instead of the "normal".
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PhilD wrote:
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I have changed every bulb in the house to LED of various types so apparently it is now OK to leave them all on because they cost so little to run!

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You are the man I need to speak to! Which ones do you use and how did you get the "colour" right? I want to change all of ours but don't want the really white light that LEDs seem to be.


I went for warm white (very warm white for the bedrooms) which is pretty close to the old filament bulb light colour. I bought most of my bulbs from The Light Bulb Shop  (https://www.thelightbulbshop.co.uk/) but I did get some Philips candle LED's from B&Q on a special deal (the ones with the plastic jewel like bit inside) - they are great.

The ones I like the best are these:

https://www.thelightbulbshop.co.u.../Product/4WToLEDoRetroCandle.aspx

They look very similar to the old filament bulbs but use little energy and are really bright.

I was also able to get some small golf ball LED bulbs which are so much smaller than the ones you could get a year ago and they are just the same size as the old ones.

There is a colour/temperature guide on the website using the links at the bottom of the page - this actually suggests very warm white for most people to give the same light as the old filament bulbs.
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I've done all the non-dimmable ones in our house too... the LED dimmable ones only seem to dim fractionally before they go out altogether.


You need to get the LED compatible dimmer switches if you want them to work properly.

An electrician friend tells me it is a common problem that the bulbs buzz or pulse slightly when you don't use the correct dimmers. Also a lot of the merchants and DIY shops have old style dimmers because the new LED ones have only been readily available for about a year now - check the details carefully on the packaging.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LED lamp selection is a bit of a mine field at the moment, I'm sure some conventions will find their way through in the next couple of years.

Colour temperature is really easy to understand, it's shown on the packaging as a 4digit number degrees Kelvin. Basic rule, the lower the number the warmer (yellower) the light. 3000 is standard warm white, 2800 extra warm. Anything above 3500 starts getting too cold (blue) for domestic purposes, although some people like it in bathrooms inexplicably.

Also consider brightness, now indicated in lumens. The higher the number, the brighter the light. The relationship between the old ratings in watts and lumens isn't linear as a lot of the energy (watts) were consumed generating heat.



A further thing to consider when selecting downright type lamps is the angle of beam, traditionally, LED downlights have a much narrower angle of beam, creating spots of lights (particularly with low ceilings)rather than a good spread of an old halogen. 40degree beam is a good spread of light.

And as John says, dimmable leds are only dimmable by led dimmers, which can be a big additional expense in upgrading your lighting.

I'd also advise doing a sum of cost to buy against period of payback on the kWh saved, good LEDs are still a lot more expensive than equivalent incandescents, payback can take years, especially for lights that are rarely turned on!


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I buy my LEDS off eBay, the bluer the better as I hate yellow light. Every main light in my house is now LED, only the lamps to go.
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I've found that Ikea's LED bulbs are pretty good.
Beware cheap chinese things off Ebay. Just don't.
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The loathsome Diane Abbott as Shadow Home Secretary. Dear God. However, this gave me a right good chortle:

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I buy my LEDS off eBay, the bluer the better as I hate yellow light. Every main light in my house is now LED, only the lamps to go.


Blue's bad for you in the evening. It mimics daylight and reduces your production of melatonin and thus makes it harder to get a proper nights sleep.
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Looks less-restrictive and more comfortable than what you usually get her to wear, mind.
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A colleague showed me that earlier, whoever came up with that idea deserves a beer!
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Mrs D out, Mini D in bed. Dinner cooked and glass of wine poured ready to watch a programme about bridges. Rock and indeed Roll.
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Waiting to board the Stena Hollandica for a half term trip to Holland (sans shed, avec bikes)
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Enjoy the holiday. Hope the car is as good as you hoped it would be.
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Cheers, it's been a fantastic car so far
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At 41, given how I still feel at 20:21 this evening, drinking as much as I did last night is no longer something that I should do at my age!!
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Just come across this, as we've had to send a parcel to a nearby resident (unconnected with automobiles!)
http://www.manoir-automobile.fr/history/

Looks like it's worth a trip if nearby
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There is woman collecting her new car from my colleague at the moment, her dad wasn't sure on the car initially when she ordered it, she told him that she would pop round on the day she collected it so he could check it out, however he died last week so she won't get the chance; weirdly the last three letters on the number plate are his initials.
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I had the misfortune of hearing an incident over the radio at work last year that involved a very close friend. The incident number was the same as my collar number. Spooky.
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Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Just come across this, as we've had to send a parcel to a nearby resident (unconnected with automobiles!)
http://www.manoir-automobile.fr/history/

Looks like it's worth a trip if nearby


Wow! That is fabulous. I love that if you go for a track day "the drift is strictly prohibited". I didn't win the lottery this weekend, again, but if I do I will be buying a huge old house with a race track.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My dream at that money level would be to buy a narrow but very long piece of land, and build the ultimate V-Max track and invite all the Chiron, Hennessy and Koenigsegg owners to find out what their babies will do.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
My dream at that money level would be to buy a narrow but very long piece of land, and build the ultimate V-Max track and invite all the Chiron, Hennessy and Koenigsegg owners to find out what their babies will do.


Just buy Santa Pod!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue: overnight temp stayed much the same as daytime yet there was reasonably thick fog each morning.
Last night the ambient temp dropped significantly to around 4 deg C, yet it's clear this morning... not even a little mist (and no wind)
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It was 2c when I left home this morning and I had to scrape ice off the windscreen.
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3c this morning, misty and a bit damp but nice to be out with the dogs:


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The cars were frozen when I first looked out at 7am but it was 5 degrees when I left (feeling brave) in the Nissan
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Sometimes you see stuff advertised for sale and think "are people really that stupid"?

I give you the £59 plank of wood to put across your bath. Fuck me, who buys this shit? And no, before you all ask, I was not looking for a bath caddy or anything remotely bath, bathing, water or anything based when I found this.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^^^ I remember my eldest buying a nappy changing thing for babies that positions across a cot from side to side; it rests across the sides so you can change the baby at a decent height.

This thing cost about £50, all it was was about £2.50 worth of plywood in fancy colours; oh how I ripped the piss, it was never used.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^
When our children were babies, I constructed a baby changing platform from Contiboard that "stood" over our laundry linen basket; cost a few quid and took just an hour or two of my time, and was at the right height to avoid having to bend over when changing them. Afterwards it was "transformed" into something else - probably a set of car ramps IIRC !
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PG wrote:
Sometimes you see stuff advertised for sale and think "are people really that stupid"?

I give you the £59 plank of wood to put across your bath. Fuck me, who buys this shit? And no, before you all ask, I was not looking for a bath caddy or anything remotely bath, bathing, water or anything based when I found this.




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