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#13411 polkadot

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 22:05

If anyone in the Leeds area needs a boiler repairer/installer, I can recommend several who:
- flood the garage
- flood the airing cupboard
- want to dig up the floor of your house to fit new gas pipes
- want to replace the water cylinder as well as the boiler
- are good at spinning yarns and trying to rip you off

Or I could recommend the Very Nice Man who finally came along to put everything right, without digging up the floor, causing any floods, needing to replace the cylinder or ripping me off... hurrah.gif
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#13412 Swell Box

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 22:05

QUOTE(BerkshireMum @ Nov 1 2012, 09:08 PM) View Post

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QUOTE(barry-clari @ Nov 1 2012, 09:44 AM) View Post

Rules of traffic lights in Paris.

Green = go

Amber = go

Red = go


Did you know the same rules apply to white vans driven in the UK. I think sales Reps have a similar code of conduct too.

Actually, I would like to get hold of a copy of the Van Driver's Highway Code, as a lot of them seem to use hand signals that I cannot recall being taught by my driving instructor. unsure.gif

In fact, I saw a van driver use one of these hand signals to an unmarked Police car on the A1M, and I don't think the policeman recognised the had signal either because he pulled the van driver over for a chat. tongue.gif

SB

When I went on my speed awareness course (which personally I feel ought to be a "speed camera" awareness course!) I was surprised to learn that the speed limit for white vans is 60mph, as for lorries. Anyone ever been overtaken on the motorway by a white van doing 85mph? biggrin.gif


I believe this is true.

More to the point, there is usually a 40 or 50 MPH speed limit around motorway road works, often enforced by a nondescript looking white van with a camera sticking out of it. No doubt the thousands of 60 GBP speeding fines are used to pay for the road repairs being carried out. sad.gif

However, I digress. We are told that the speed limits are imposed to protect the workforce. I have two arguments with this. Firstly, how often do you see anybody actually working on the road? And secondly, if the speed limit only exists to protect the workforce, why are vans with Motorway Maintenance emblazoned on them exempt from any speed limit? unsure.gif

I believe we should be told. smile.gif


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#13413 Flossie

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 22:38

I bought a hairdryer from Argos today. It was supposed to be a ?20 hairdryer reduced to ?13 (so if it ends up making my hair all frizzy and awful like they did 15-20 years ago I won't have wasted a huge amount of money). They told me when I paid for the hairdryer that it might be substituted with a different model of an equivalent or higher specification. I was given a different hairdryer, and when I got home and looked up the hairdryer I found that the one they'd given me normally retails at ?70. blink.gif blink.gif blink.gif I think I'm scared of it now. blush.gif
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#13414 Roseau

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 22:39

QUOTE(barry-clari @ Nov 1 2012, 05:46 PM) View Post

QUOTE(Aquarelle @ Nov 1 2012, 04:29 PM) View Post

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QUOTE(barry-clari @ Nov 1 2012, 10:44 AM) View Post

Rules of traffic lights in Paris.

Green = go

Amber = go

Red = go


It isn"t just in Paris !

But apparantly a lot of them have nasty little cameras hidden inside and you can get fined for amber = go and red = go.



laugh.gif thanks for the warning, Aquarelle! I'm planning to go back to France in summer 2013 on forum duty : a thread will appear in due course... biggrin.gif

Important rule if you're a pedestrian:
Red Man = The cars aren't going to stop for you but you can see them coming.
Green Man = The cars aren't going to stop for you but they are coming from round a corner so you can't see them coming.

Conclusion: It is safer to look carefully and cross with the red man than to wait for the green man.

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#13415 BerkshireMum

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 23:41

QUOTE(Flossie @ Nov 1 2012, 11:38 PM) View Post

I bought a hairdryer from Argos today. It was supposed to be a ?20 hairdryer reduced to ?13 (so if it ends up making my hair all frizzy and awful like they did 15-20 years ago I won't have wasted a huge amount of money). They told me when I paid for the hairdryer that it might be substituted with a different model of an equivalent or higher specification. I was given a different hairdryer, and when I got home and looked up the hairdryer I found that the one they'd given me normally retails at ?70. blink.gif blink.gif blink.gif I think I'm scared of it now. blush.gif

I am at a loss to know how a hair drier can possibly cost as much as ?70! Is it gold plated?
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#13416 Flossie

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 00:57

QUOTE(BerkshireMum @ Nov 1 2012, 11:41 PM) View Post

QUOTE(Flossie @ Nov 1 2012, 11:38 PM) View Post

I bought a hairdryer from Argos today. It was supposed to be a ?20 hairdryer reduced to ?13 (so if it ends up making my hair all frizzy and awful like they did 15-20 years ago I won't have wasted a huge amount of money). They told me when I paid for the hairdryer that it might be substituted with a different model of an equivalent or higher specification. I was given a different hairdryer, and when I got home and looked up the hairdryer I found that the one they'd given me normally retails at ?70. blink.gif blink.gif blink.gif I think I'm scared of it now. blush.gif

I am at a loss to know how a hair drier can possibly cost as much as ?70! Is it gold plated?

It's this one. http://www.argos.co....ber/4435107.htm I paid just over ?13 for it, which is less that 20% of its retail price. wacko.gif

It has dried my hair very nicely, with plenty of curls and no frizz. I hadn't used a hairdryer for around 15-20 years because they always used to make my hair ridiculously frizzy (or at least my Mam's one did). I'm rather pleased with my purchase, but there's no way I'd have paid the full price. laugh.gif
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#13417 louise1712

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:42

QUOTE(Swell Box @ Nov 1 2012, 04:48 PM) View Post


Actually, I would like to get hold of a copy of the Van Driver's Highway Code, as a lot of them seem to use hand signals that I cannot recall being taught by my driving instructor. unsure.gif


SB


I don't, but then my van is red biggrin.gif
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#13418 ansatz496

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:39

Still no electricity at home (currently posting from elsewhere) after the hurricane passed through on Monday, which is an inconvenience... but reading about some of the damage certainly puts things in perspective. I'm currently feeling very grateful that nobody I love was smashed by falling trees blink.gif
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#13419 BerkshireMum

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 20:17

QUOTE(Flossie @ Nov 2 2012, 01:57 AM) View Post

QUOTE(BerkshireMum @ Nov 1 2012, 11:41 PM) View Post

QUOTE(Flossie @ Nov 1 2012, 11:38 PM) View Post

I bought a hairdryer from Argos today. It was supposed to be a ?20 hairdryer reduced to ?13 (so if it ends up making my hair all frizzy and awful like they did 15-20 years ago I won't have wasted a huge amount of money). They told me when I paid for the hairdryer that it might be substituted with a different model of an equivalent or higher specification. I was given a different hairdryer, and when I got home and looked up the hairdryer I found that the one they'd given me normally retails at ?70. blink.gif blink.gif blink.gif I think I'm scared of it now. blush.gif

I am at a loss to know how a hair drier can possibly cost as much as ?70! Is it gold plated?

It's this one. http://www.argos.co....ber/4435107.htm I paid just over ?13 for it, which is less that 20% of its retail price. wacko.gif

It has dried my hair very nicely, with plenty of curls and no frizz. I hadn't used a hairdryer for around 15-20 years because they always used to make my hair ridiculously frizzy (or at least my Mam's one did). I'm rather pleased with my purchase, but there's no way I'd have paid the full price. laugh.gif

I must admit, it does look a beautiful drier - very stylish. I'd defintiely pay ?13+ for it! biggrin.gif
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#13420 mel2

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 22:22

QUOTE(ansatz496 @ Nov 2 2012, 10:39 AM) View Post

Still no electricity at home (currently posting from elsewhere) after the hurricane passed through on Monday, which is an inconvenience... but reading about some of the damage certainly puts things in perspective. I'm currently feeling very grateful that nobody I love was smashed by falling trees blink.gif


Glad you escaped with nothing more than a power cut. Hope everything is back to normal soon.
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#13421 Tenor Viol

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 00:47

QUOTE(ansatz496 @ Nov 2 2012, 10:39 AM) View Post
Still no electricity at home (currently posting from elsewhere) after the hurricane passed through on Monday, which is an inconvenience... but reading about some of the damage certainly puts things in perspective. I'm currently feeling very grateful that nobody I love was smashed by falling trees blink.gif

There's been extensive coverage on UK news and we can get CNN and Fox News ( blink.gif ) via satellite. The damage on the coast in NJ seems particularly severe. It's always the same for a coastal community if you get a direct hit by a major storm.

Although we get hefty storms coming across the Atlantic (often hurricane remanants) they usually lack the power (it's rare to exceed Storm Force 10 on the beaufort scale) because they've travelled over colder water to get here compared with say the Carribbean. The places that usually take it are the extremities - Devon and Cornwall to the south and Scotland the north. The bits in between are sheltered to some extent by Ireland.

The worry about storm surges is that if a large depression gets to the north east of the UK and the lower right quadrant lies over the North Sea. The winds from this will drive a storm surge into the Thames, which is why the Thames Barrage was built. As with NY, much of London is below sea level.
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#13422 katica

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:44

QUOTE(mel2 @ Nov 2 2012, 04:22 PM) View Post

QUOTE(ansatz496 @ Nov 2 2012, 10:39 AM) View Post

Still no electricity at home (currently posting from elsewhere) after the hurricane passed through on Monday, which is an inconvenience... but reading about some of the damage certainly puts things in perspective. I'm currently feeling very grateful that nobody I love was smashed by falling trees blink.gif


Glad you escaped with nothing more than a power cut. Hope everything is back to normal soon.

Likewise.
I hope other N.America East Coast / Caribbean Forumites (are there any Caribbean forumites???) are OK.
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#13423 barry-clari

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:24

QUOTE(Tenor Viol @ Nov 3 2012, 12:47 AM) View Post

As with NY, much of London is below sea level.

Almost : we're at sea level at the lowest : some areas a lot higher, especially around Hampstead/Highgate, and much of South and South East London away from the Thames. The effects of a storm surge would, as you say though, be fairly devastating, particularly in areas close to the Thames (in Central London, worst affected would be SE1 and most of the area around Parliament Square, Whitehall, Victoria and Pimlico.)
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#13424 barry-clari

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 13:47

The forum servers have been too busy to handle my request on more than one occasion today...
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 13:51

QUOTE(barry-clari @ Nov 4 2012, 01:47 PM) View Post

The forum servers have been too busy to handle my request on more than one occasion today...


That must be because I have been trying to get it to handle mine (unsuccessfully)
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