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Title: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on August 26, 2015, 10:11:20 pm
We've got a happy thread and an angry thread but neither of them are quite right as how I currently feel so I've created this "Unhappy Thread" as a halfway house to express disappointment as opposed to anger.   :)

Finally got my MPD working fully automated if needed, even come up with a design for a low relief roundhouse ala Guildford and now my Fleischmann turntable has decided to die on me.  :headbutt:

It has been working hard lately with all the testing I've put it through so shouldn't complain too much I suppose, just annoyed and a bit  :censored: .

Managed to get it all apart and it seems the motor has expired, the magnets have no pull at all, put some of my neomidium magnets on the outside of the motor at a test and it spun again so seems to prove my suspicions.   :'(

Managed to find a spare on the net and have it on order so hopefully be here later in the week or early next so normal service should be resumed soon.   :sweat:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on August 27, 2015, 12:47:58 am
Hmm, interesting, Caz. I have the same turntable, but it's still in the box. I'm wondering if we have any forum members with the same unit who might have had similar problems, or can comment on it's performance?

George
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: D1042 Western Princess on August 27, 2015, 08:20:54 am

Finally got my MPD working fully automated if needed, even come up with a design for a low relief roundhouse ala Guildford and now my Fleischmann turntable has decided to die on me.  :headbutt:

It has been working hard lately with all the testing I've put it through so shouldn't complain too much I suppose, just annoyed and a bit  :censored: .

Managed to get it all apart and it seems the motor has expired, the magnets have no pull at all, put some of my neomidium magnets on the outside of the motor at a test and it spun again so seems to prove my suspicions.   :'(


Thanks for starting the new thread but your trouble is worrying, not that I would need a turntable, but I think worrying for others here.
A question? Actually two - how old is your turntable and was it still under guarantee?
I thought Fleishmann equipment was supposed to be better than that.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on August 27, 2015, 08:25:57 am
Yes, it's Fleischmann, and I too thought the equipment was better. Worrying!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Geoff on August 27, 2015, 08:32:05 am
I am unhappy with my branch line I thought I had my layout designed right but one of my run off lines is close to a point that it catches the operating lever, ah well I will go back and try again.

I like this unhappy thread.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zogbert Splod on August 27, 2015, 11:38:02 am
Unhappy thread?  :thumbsup:

I don't suppose any of you good folks know where the charger for my electric screwdriver is right now do ya?  If you can find it for me, I'll give you a sixpence to go and get sweeties!

This thread needs a good pinning I say.....
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on August 27, 2015, 07:49:27 pm

Thanks for starting the new thread but your trouble is worrying, not that I would need a turntable, but I think worrying for others here.
A question? Actually two - how old is your turntable and was it still under guarantee?
I thought Fleishmann equipment was supposed to be better than that.

I bought it second hand via an Ebay equivalent about 4 years ago so definitely out of warranty.  Reading through some other forums it is an occasional known problem with their motors losing power. 

You can buy a new motor (just the motor) for about £42 or a whole new innards (motor, relays, gears, pcbs etc) for about £110 (UK).  As it is very important to the operation of Claywell I've ordered a whole new innards direct from Fleischamann for 119.30 euros so with the current rate of exchange it works out a lot cheaper than the £110 UK price.   ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on August 27, 2015, 09:33:59 pm
Unhappy thread?  :thumbsup:

I don't suppose any of you good folks know where the charger for my electric screwdriver is right now do ya?  If you can find it for me, I'll give you a sixpence to go and get sweeties!

This thread needs a good pinning I say.....
Agree with the pinning @caz and your PDU will be in the last place you look, guaranteed! 😇
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zogbert Splod on August 28, 2015, 01:09:09 am
Agree with the pinning @caz and your PDU will be in the last place you look, guaranteed! 😇
Thanks for the help there Malc.  I'll bung you that tanner when I see ya, coz I just checked what it would cost to mail it to ya!  :bounce:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on August 28, 2015, 09:56:05 am
Please please pin this thread. I hoped to start one similar some months ago but nobody came forward and pinned it ::)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on August 28, 2015, 10:59:06 am
Please please pin this thread. I hoped to start one similar some months ago but nobody came forward and pinned it ::)

Glad you like it, now pinned.    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on August 28, 2015, 11:34:07 am
I'll be up in Scotland in a couple of weeks, so can pick it up Allan. Any good model shops in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, the Orkneys, Shetlands, Aberdeen or Pitlochry?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Agrippa on August 28, 2015, 11:51:17 am
Pastimes in Glasgow is worth a visit, lots of used stuff in good condition,
about 6-7 mins from Glasgow centre by subway.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Agrippa on August 28, 2015, 11:56:25 am
PS to previous post, Harburn Hobbies in Edinburgh worth a visit ,
not the cheapest but v friendly, also Wonderland Models in Edinburgh,
only OO trains but good for materials , paints, plastic kits.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zogbert Splod on August 28, 2015, 01:44:34 pm
...Harburn Hobbies in Edinburgh worth a visit ,
not the cheapest but v friendly...
Second that, a small shop but nice people who do all that they can to help.....
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on August 30, 2015, 12:10:01 pm
Little bit unhappy because I wanted to put a couple of pictures up of my Friday railway activities, but I can't get them to display the right way up.

iPhone 5S, tried flipping photos on the phone and the laptop but always upload at the same odd angle  :thumbsdown:

Skyline2uk 
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on August 30, 2015, 12:26:57 pm
No worries for us members in the southern hemisphere, they look fine!  ;D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on August 30, 2015, 02:12:55 pm
Good old iPhone . . . . . . :poop:

 ;)


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on August 30, 2015, 04:11:15 pm
Not going to say that was predictable or anything.....

And lo, the iPhone haters and follows of Andoid doth unite....

 ;)  :D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on August 30, 2015, 05:13:55 pm
Never had anything Android either so I wouldn't know :D


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NeMo on August 30, 2015, 05:19:39 pm
iPhone 5S, tried flipping photos on the phone and the laptop but always upload at the same odd angle  :thumbsdown:

May be a stupid question, but can't you just rotate them in your image editor of choice? If you've got a Mac, just open the image in Preview, hit Command-R twice, it'll be rotated by 90 degrees twice, and Bob's your uncle. Easy.

If you've got a bunch of photos, you can select as many photos as you need to in iPhoto, hit Command-R twice, and again the pictures will be rotated by 180 degrees.

I assume there are similar ways to do this on other operating systems.

If you visit the Apple Discussion forums you'll see this seems to be a known problem (https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=iphone+photos+upside+down&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=3CzjVZCONabj8we7zb6IDw#q=iphone+photos+upside+down+site:discussions.apple.com). Whether it's a genuine software bug or a compass calibration issue isn't know to me because my level of interest is zero. (Don't have an iPhone, despite having written for Mac magazines and websites for a dozen years or more; my phone is positively Neanderthal, a Siemens A62, very reliable, week-long battery life, but only does calls and text messages!)

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on August 30, 2015, 05:20:46 pm

@Nemo, thanks for that. If I can muster the energy I will have another look later on.

@Sprinte Lol fair enough, you are clearly that rare thing, an un-biased phone hater  ;D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on August 30, 2015, 06:31:07 pm
Little bit unhappy because I wanted to put a couple of pictures up of my Friday railway activities, but I can't get them to display the right way up.

iPhone 5S, tried flipping photos on the phone and the laptop but always upload at the same odd angle  :thumbsdown:

Skyline2uk


Is this want you wanted, @Skyline2uk (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1081)

I just took them into an image editing program and rotated them, it is the only way to permanently rotate them, using a viewer to rotate only rotates the image temporarily.

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on August 30, 2015, 06:57:30 pm
Erm....they are still showing as upside-down?

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on August 30, 2015, 07:00:42 pm
Try refreshing your browser, usually F5 on most browsers or Control F5 for a forced update.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on August 30, 2015, 07:07:46 pm
Ah ha!

Many thanks @Caz (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=202), I appreciate the effort and apologies for apparent dismissal....

These photos will be on the "Happy Thread" with an explanation shortly  :D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jack on September 05, 2015, 04:08:07 pm
Not a happy bunny!

I just finished wiring up one of two layout boards, this one has 80% of all the point work on it of which two sets of points are Peco 3 way. Now I always test point work with my 08 Gronk because if that goes across anything so with the rest of the fleet. Now can I get it to go through one set of 3 way through all lanes? No! It will go through the other set fine, even creeps across without problems. I've tried allsorts of things from cleaning to changing which Frog Juicers supplies the 3 way frogs.  :headbutt: :headbutt:

And just to top everything off, one of the fiddle yard points decides to throw its spring!  :whiteflag: :whiteflag:

Maybe I should've put this in the angry thread.  >:(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on September 05, 2015, 09:28:15 pm
My Toshiba laptop has just self destructed. Locked up solid so had to press restart. Mucho graunching noise from the drive and won't load anything. I'm back to the old steam powered one with Windows XP.
Trouble is, it's so old the battery won't hold a charge and I don't want to leave it on the mains 24/7 so every time I shut down it loses date/time etc :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Only Me on September 05, 2015, 09:38:48 pm
Mick the date/time is held  on a chip which the cmos battery (a watch type battery on the motherboard keeps working. This will need replacing to fix that, as for your main laptop battery... An old wives tale that i have had varying success with is removing the crystalisation of the battery cells... Try sealing the laptop battery on its own in an airtight bag. Put it into the freezer for 24 hours, take out let thaw for similar time, pop it back into the laptop and see if it holds a charge.. If not you've lost nothing and paid out nothing!

Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on September 05, 2015, 09:42:45 pm
Thanks, Paul, but there's no way I'm taking apart the only thing that will keep me in contact with the forum while I see f the Toshiba can be fixed :no: :worried:

Strange that while this laptop is on the mains the time changes as it should but the entire thing doesn't work when I disconnect the mains lead, so does that mean the mains is putting some power through the cmos battery :confused1: :dunce:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Only Me on September 05, 2015, 09:52:13 pm
No the mains is keeping the cmos powered the cmos battery just keeps the clock chip powered when mains/battery is removed
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on September 15, 2015, 10:14:08 am
I know you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs but I am in the middle of having 3 windows replaced so the 'Hole in the Wall' gang have been busy and it's bloody  :cold:
Needless to say they took all the old ones out rather than do one at a time. :help:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on September 15, 2015, 10:37:58 am
That'll teach you to throw eggs at the windows  ???
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on September 15, 2015, 10:55:49 am
A raw egg thrown hard enough will break a window.

Don't know if Australia's old PM Tony Abbott did, but he should have. Anyway, Australia now has a new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

I used to go to junior school with a kid called Malcolm Turnbull. On the way walking home, we would stop at this park in a council estate that had swings. We'd get the momentum up and spit at each other as we swung. I'd be a SPITfire and MB would be a MesserSPIT.

Thought you'd all love to hear that.

Just reminds me of Aussie politics, that's all.  :D :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on September 15, 2015, 07:55:59 pm
Less unhappy and more uneasy ...

For the first time in a loooong time, I have no OU to get on with ... or to research for the next curse ...  I can pick my life up from wherever it was I hid it way back when ...

Scary ...  :sweat:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on September 30, 2015, 10:21:11 am
 :'( Got to go out and give something away in a few minutes . No payment for it just a little pain >:( Why my GPs bloodsucker wont come to me for a blood donation I just cant understand. I bet they don't even give it back after they have looked at it  :scowl:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on September 30, 2015, 10:52:45 am
Doncha know those vampires only need 1 vial to look at ?  The rest is lunch ...  :-X
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on September 30, 2015, 11:05:49 am
As I have an angiogram booked next week and my annual MOT is due, I had to see the flebo plebot vampire last week. "Sharp scratch" said she. "Ouch" said I. Result, one blood stained shirt :veryangry:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Only Me on September 30, 2015, 11:07:56 am
Had one of those at 23 Nobby, sounds like someone's casting out a fishing line as it goes in through your leg! ... I'm still here to tell the tale!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on September 30, 2015, 11:12:47 am
Now I know why I don't like looking at this thread. Medical stories.... ah well, I dump iron rich blood monthly. It goes straight into the bin.

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on September 30, 2015, 11:29:27 am
(B should look away now !)

They have the catheter gubbins small enough these days that if you are lucky they will be able to go via your wrist, but will prepare your groin at the same time as backup plan.
Make sure they have one of the monitors where you can see it. It is quite entertaining but they wont give you a DVD to take away :(


Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zogbert Splod on September 30, 2015, 03:05:06 pm
I've been waiting for a package of some quite expensive bits and bobs.  Parcel Force Tracked...  So, 7am, my phone goes off with a text message,  'got your package, will be delivered today'.  Up I get thinking it may come any minute, but no.  11:20, a knock on the door, the usual postman with my package.  I could have stayed in bed!   So I check the items, all good.  12:45, I decide to have a catchup gonk on the settee.  1:15, text message, 'your package was delivered today'... I'm going to have this here cup of tea, yea, this one, then try again to have an hours gonk...
And tomorrow, I have another tracked package due for delivery. 
" 'O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' He chortled in his joy.".....
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on September 30, 2015, 06:35:26 pm
I've been waiting for a package of some quite expensive bits and bobs.  Parcel Force Tracked...  So, 7am, my phone goes off with a text message,  'got your package, will be delivered today'.  Up I get thinking it may come any minute, but no.  11:20, a knock on the door, the usual postman with my package.  I could have stayed in bed!   So I check the items, all good.  12:45, I decide to have a catchup gonk on the settee.  1:15, text message, 'your package was delivered today'... I'm going to have this here cup of tea, yea, this one, then try again to have an hours gonk...
And tomorrow, I have another tracked package due for delivery. 
" 'O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' He chortled in his joy.".....
Be thankful ZS  - at least your package got delivered as promised
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on September 30, 2015, 07:10:52 pm
Now I know why I don't like looking at this thread. Medical stories.... ah well, I dump iron rich blood monthly. It goes straight into the bin.


At least the "armful" I give every few months goes to good use, and I get tea and biccies for me trouble :D

(http://www.sprintexnet.co.uk/Images/sipping%20tea.gif)


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GeeBee on September 30, 2015, 11:33:44 pm
(B should look away now !)

They have the catheter gubbins small enough these days that if you are lucky they will be able to go via your wrist, but will prepare your groin at the same time as backup plan.
Make sure they have one of the monitors where you can see it. It is quite entertaining but they wont give you a DVD to take away :(

Very true but you forgot to mention the 2 3/4 hours laid absolutely flat on a hard board my osteoarthritis really loved that
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on October 01, 2015, 11:33:27 am
on a hard board my osteoarthritis really loved that
Oh, ouch, where is the 'sympathy' emoticon when you need one .

Yes, you're right I didnt ! Nor did I mention the heart attack(s) they induce when inflating one of the gubbins, thus blocking the artery,  whilst they try to move things round and insert other gubbins ,, and and,, you ask if they have a bottle of whisky handy please ! (but a nice nurse will use the other arm to inject some happy making stuff :) )
Or when they all go away into a huddle in another room and seem to take forever.
No I didnt mention all that cos I didnt want to give NPN or B the hebiejebies  :laugh3:

I was trying to look on the bright side of life :) to tell about the wrist rather than fishing line up the leg stuff LOL !
But with luck he will only need the -gram bit not the -plasty stuff etc !

 
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 01, 2015, 03:53:04 pm
Just to show my age I'd rather have a radiogram than an angiogram :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ditape on October 01, 2015, 06:21:45 pm
Just to show my age I'd rather have a radiogram than an angiogram :uneasy:
Yes I miss the old radiogram as well
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on October 01, 2015, 06:59:57 pm
Ah yes, with one of those 'wireless' things inside.

pssst, there are a few other grams you may have to meet ? , electro cardio , ummm
oh yes,,, the echo one is amusing, I asked him to let me know if I was pregnant and that I thought he was looking in the wrong place !
He looked sour, as though he had heard it all before - which is why I didnt put it in the jokes section  :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 01, 2015, 09:19:57 pm
I've already had the echo and electro cardio ones, Malcolm.
When I heard the 'gurgling' noise on the echogram I asked the nurse if it was her making that racket.
Don't think she had a sense of humour that day ::)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on October 01, 2015, 09:35:27 pm
Don't think she had a sense of humour that day ::)
Hmmm, that makes two ! Must be a hazzard of the job, too much ultrasound ruins the funny bone ?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on October 01, 2015, 09:44:32 pm
About 20 years ago a cardiologist decided that it was necessary to monitor my heart during 24 hours - blood pressure and ECG.

For this I had to wear a tape recorder under my clothes for the 24 hour period, but I'm talking about a real cassette recorder in a leather case that the BBC might have used for taping outside broadcasts in the 1960s, not some miniature transistorised marvel of the modern age.

For blood pressure, I had one of those tyre inner tube things strapped to my upper arm, which inflated every 20 minutes. Luckily for my wife it was on my left arm, which is my side of the bed. However, it was a bit embarassing in the train on the way to work when my left arm rose to the horizotal for no apparent reason.

At the end of the day it was a false alarm so I can laugh about it now.

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 01, 2015, 09:57:38 pm
Funny that 'cos I had to go through all of that after an episode of atrial fibrillation. I did wonder whether to re-enact the Bond film and switch the cassette for one of Military Marching Bands :-X
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on October 02, 2015, 01:31:16 am
For all you Arduino freaks out there (yes, I class meself as one of 'em since me last birthday), the latest Silicon Chip magazine has an Arduino-based USB electrocardiogram project.

Why you'd want to build one, I'm not quite sure, however  :worried:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 02, 2015, 09:37:31 am
Does it take cassettes? :laugh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zogbert Splod on October 02, 2015, 03:14:12 pm
It was a marginal decision.  I almost posted in the 'Distinctly Un-Chuffed' thread.
My KNK cutter arrived.  I opened the outer box, hauled out the inner box and, there, between the boxes was the cutting mat, jammed at a diagonal causing a bend from corner to corner.  'OK,' thinks I, 'that will flatten in a while if I just lay it on a flat surface.'  But no...  I tried putting it on a radiator, I tried pouring some warm, then HOT water across it.  I tried rolling it up against the kink and holding it there with rubber bands for a while.  No difference in any of the efforts. The kink was such that the mat would not pass through the machine without jamming.  So, it was  :poop: -o-gram time!
Now this is why this post is here instead of in the stronger thread.  Within minutes of my email, I received a polite reply containing an apology and the advice that they had dispatched a whole pack of mats as a replacement.  Assuming that they arrive in reasonable time I will have no need to post in the ANGRY place.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 02, 2015, 03:56:21 pm
Sounds like they are looking after you, Allan. Good service :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zogbert Splod on October 02, 2015, 04:03:15 pm
Sounds like they are looking after you, Allan. Good service :thumbsup:
Time will tell, but if they react that well as a general principle, I will be a crappy hamper...  (or do I mean 'happy camper'?)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 02, 2015, 04:05:04 pm
Sounds like they are looking after you, Allan. Good service :thumbsup:
Time will tell, but if they react that well as a general principle, I will be a crappy hamper...  (or do I mean 'happy camper'?)

Always remember to leave no turd unstoned ;D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on October 04, 2015, 12:33:00 pm
Wasn't sure as to whether put this in the unhappy or angry threads.  Had a running session this morning, first is to get locos out of their mpd's, all worked fine.  Ran some circuits then started some out and back trains and discovered that the points in the mpd area no longer work.   :veryangry:

It seems all 8 points controlled by one of my CML DAC20 boards (I've got 10 control boards) wouldn't work, can hear a faint buzz whenever I send a throw command but the point doesn't throw.  I suspect it is the in built CDU that has died, it is the first one to do this and the strange thing is it is the newest one, only bought in June.

Question is do I have a go at repairing it myself to save not having the MPD non-operational for a few weeks or bite the bullett and send it back?   :hmmm:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on October 04, 2015, 01:11:21 pm
It's worth while running a soldering iron over the circuit board, Caz. Sounds like you are not charging the capacitors.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on October 04, 2015, 02:30:37 pm
I had this happen to me ,Toneeze and Shelley came to operate my layout we had a great morning ,came up the house for lunch when we went back no points at all in the fiddle yard we tried a new CDU and then noticed that when I put the second wire in the output of the CDU two point motors buzzed we found which two and discovered that two push buttons were stuck down ,replaced them and we were up and running again.I know Caz,s layout is computer controlled but this might help someone else so they don't panic wondering what's gone wrong.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: fatso on October 04, 2015, 03:00:45 pm
Very sad in my house today my lovely   lady has said no to another 4 speaker for my home theater system along with a new amp that allows atmos format sound  wives they always wins or she think so how to get 4 small little speaker in the amp will  be easy its the same make fatso on mission might be dog for very long time if captured. :laugh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on October 04, 2015, 06:46:04 pm
my lovely   lady has said no to another 4 speaker for my home theater system along with a new amp that allows atmos format sound
Have an extra pint in the evening fatso and you won't notice the difference!! Relatively cheap and very enjoyable solution.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on October 05, 2015, 03:22:32 pm
Currently an unwilling participant in a medical experiment titled "Small Babies as Disease Vectors". Worse, offending small baby not only manages to display all symptoms of said diseases, but remain disgustingly active. On the plus side he only took a couple of days to associate the "uncomfortable snot-removal tubes" with "subsequent nasal relief" and the process no longer requires two people with five arms between them.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on October 05, 2015, 03:59:40 pm
Currently an unwilling participant in a medical experiment titled "Small Babies as Disease Vectors".  "uncomfortable snot-removal tubes"

Now I know why I don't like looking at this thread. Medical stories....
I'm with B
 :laugh3: :o   :smiley-laughing: :laughabovepost:

a little too much info I rekons :)

Disease vector you say, Ha, wait till it starts school then worry about what it brings home.
Almost as bad as riding a bus.

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on October 05, 2015, 04:11:15 pm
"Riding" a bus? Do you put a saddle on it or what?  ???
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: petercharlesfagg on October 05, 2015, 04:12:53 pm
Currently an unwilling participant in a medical experiment titled "Small Babies as Disease Vectors". Worse, offending small baby not only manages to display all symptoms of said diseases, but remain disgustingly active. On the plus side he only took a couple of days to associate the "uncomfortable snot-removal tubes" with "subsequent nasal relief" and the process no longer requires two people with five arms between them.

A mental picture comes to mind of trying to hold an adult male cat to get a tablet down its throat!  (I learnt about wrapping it in a towel, AFTERWARDS!)

Scratches?  You have NO idea!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on October 05, 2015, 04:20:24 pm
Currently an unwilling participant in a medical experiment titled "Small Babies as Disease Vectors". Worse, offending small baby not only manages to display all symptoms of said diseases, but remain disgustingly active. On the plus side he only took a couple of days to associate the "uncomfortable snot-removal tubes" with "subsequent nasal relief" and the process no longer requires two people with five arms between them.

A mental picture comes to mind of trying to hold an adult male cat to get a tablet down its throat!  (I learnt about wrapping it in a towel, AFTERWARDS!)

Scratches?  You have NO idea!

Wrap aforesaid tablet in a piece of tasty chicken. Guaranteed to work at least some of the time. Also, post-operative adult female cat with epic constipation and one of those neck lampshades SHE DOES NOT LIKE... why yes, I have the t-shirt  :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on October 05, 2015, 04:34:58 pm
"Riding" a bus? Do you put a saddle on it or what?  ???
I wouldnt know what to do with the things these days, it has been so long since.

Much like "taking" a train, wouldnt know how to go about doing it, let alone getting a reasonable ticket to anywhere,
now if they were re-nationalised it would , , ,
ohh errr watavI said now , ,  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 07, 2015, 08:31:56 pm
Spent most of today waiting for/having an angiogram. Having shaved the 'top of my right leg' (and adjoining region as instructed they did the job radially i.e. went in from my wrist so there'll be some embarrassing scratching going on for a couple of weeks for no reason :-[. Can't do much for the next 2 days (no driving, no lifting more than a cuppa etc) just in case the artery pops but should be OK after that. The immediate prognosis is that I need a double heart by pass before Christmas :doh: :worried: :help:
Still, there are plenty worse off than me.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: ColinH on October 07, 2015, 08:36:19 pm
Sorry to hear that Nobby. Hope you get treatment quickly and promptly with no messing about with cancelled op appointments etc. Guess it may curtail modelling for a while but should give you even more time for posting on here.

Sure there will be lots of good wishes message winging your way.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Geoff on October 07, 2015, 08:40:46 pm
I wish you good health Mick and I hope they get you sorted soon.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 07, 2015, 08:45:17 pm
Car park cost me £10 so they've had the deposit already :veryangry: :censored:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mr Sprue on October 07, 2015, 08:52:17 pm

The immediate prognosis is that I need a double heart by pass before Christmas :doh: :worried: :help:
Still, there are plenty worse off than me.

Chin up Mick, from what I hear from people that have undergone the opp, all say it was worth it.  ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Only Me on October 07, 2015, 08:52:35 pm
I'll raise your tenner and go with £25 yes i was correct to park for 3 hours at the 02!!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on October 07, 2015, 09:11:18 pm

The immediate prognosis is that I need a double heart by pass before Christmas :doh: :worried: :help:
Still, there are plenty worse off than me.

Chin up Mick, from what I hear from people that have undergone the opp, all say it was worth it.  ;)

I hope things go well, (and speedily), for you Mick. I know someone who went through the same thing and, like Mr Sprue said, they said it was the best thing they had ever had done.  :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on October 07, 2015, 09:26:11 pm
Wow, Mick. You've just had the hip fixed and now this. Good luck with it, mate.

This getting old business sucks, doesn't it?

George
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on October 07, 2015, 09:50:38 pm
Good luck when you have the operation Mick , you'll soon have to change your name on here to BIONIC MAN at this rate , I really wish you a speedy recovery at least as some one else said you will now have more time to keep us laughing with your jokes on here.
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on October 07, 2015, 09:51:48 pm
 :o  Not good, but fingers crossed they sort you soon !
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Only Me on October 07, 2015, 09:56:00 pm
Yea Mick, good luck matey... You need your Super Mod Ship back as you'll have plenty of time whilst you recoup to keep me us in order!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on October 07, 2015, 11:29:46 pm
so there'll be some embarrassing scratching going on for a couple of weeks for no reason
and that is just the wrist he is talking about  >:D

Quote
immediate prognosis is that I need a double heart by pass before Christmas :doh: :worried: :help:
Oh crumbs (< other words are available), well at least they are now on to your job.

I'm just back in /on to interwebby, and catching up with news after an evening watching for and briefly catching an aurora,  so I expect y'all will be tucked up in bed now , ,
but for the morning , ,
best wishes&etc as everyone else has said.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: REGP on October 08, 2015, 12:36:07 am
The immediate prognosis is that I need a double heart by pass before Christmas
Not good news but they will fix you up as good as new, a neighbour of mine had that op just before last Christmass and it hasn't stopped him working on his MG Midget or entering in Classic rallies. This week his daughters had him repairing her old car, so for you N gauge wont be a problem.

Keep us posted

Ray
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on October 08, 2015, 09:09:52 am
. . .  The immediate prognosis is that I need a double heart by pass before Christmas :doh: :worried: :help:
Still, there are plenty worse off than me.

Geez Mick, retirement is supposed to be all honey and roses, you've certainly had a big share of problems since you retired, although it must be a worry, let's hope this op gets you back up running to full strength.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on October 08, 2015, 09:23:19 am
All the best , Mick hope you are soon firing on all cylinders!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on October 08, 2015, 09:38:40 am
Strewth Mick, if it weren't for bad luck, you'd have no luck at all. Take care of yourself. Time to give up the fags.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on October 08, 2015, 09:44:59 am
Keep the amber goin' though  :beers: :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ozymandias on October 08, 2015, 12:33:02 pm
Spent most of today waiting for/having an angiogram. Having shaved the 'top of my right leg' (and adjoining region as instructed they did the job radially i.e. went in from my wrist so there'll be some embarrassing scratching going on for a couple of weeks for no reason :-[. Can't do much for the next 2 days (no driving, no lifting more than a cuppa etc) just in case the artery pops but should be OK after that. The immediate prognosis is that I need a double heart by pass before Christmas :doh: :worried: :help:
Still, there are plenty worse off than me.

Sorry to hear this, Nobby - take it easy, I hope they get you fixed up good as new as soon as they can.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zogbert Splod on October 08, 2015, 01:34:40 pm
Blurry 'ell mate, wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery.. (including around the shaved parts!)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on October 08, 2015, 02:01:34 pm
Can't do much for the next 2 days (no driving, no lifting more than a cuppa etc) just in case the artery pops but should be OK after that. The immediate prognosis is that I need a double heart by pass before Christmas :doh: :worried: :help:
Still, there are plenty worse off than me.
Take things easy nobby and do as  your told. I believe they work wonders with hearts these days
And of course we shall all be  wishing you well.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Lawrence on October 08, 2015, 08:22:55 pm
I have just spoken to Mick and been my usual sympathetic self  :D So if you are reading this mate, I forgot to bagsy your class 101 if it all goes Pete Tong  ;)  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: scotsoft on October 08, 2015, 08:34:52 pm
Immediate prognosis is that I need a double heart by pass before Christmas :doh: :worried: :help:

Mick, how come you have a double heart, are you some sort of Time Lord?

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on October 08, 2015, 08:40:09 pm
Just picked on your latest news Mick.

Isn't it a comfort to know you have the support of pals like Lawrence and John?  :no:

I'll join in and wish you a speedy and great outcome.

All the best and please keep us updated. :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: port perran on October 08, 2015, 08:48:14 pm
I too have just picked up on your news Mick.
I do hope things work out well for you but please do take it easy for the time being.

Martin
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Roy L S on October 08, 2015, 09:07:14 pm
Best wishes from me as well Mick, hope you get fixed up quickly and things go smoothly.

Regards

Roy
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 08, 2015, 09:48:25 pm
I have just spoken to Mick and been my usual sympathetic self  :D So if you are reading this mate, I forgot to bagsy your class 101 if it all goes Pete Tong  ;)  ;D ;D


@Lawrence (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=16)
Just 'cos I nicked your Vomitburger in Burger King last weekend :P
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Lawrence on October 08, 2015, 10:09:39 pm
Immediate prognosis is that I need a double heart by pass before Christmas :doh: :worried: :help:

Mick, how come you have a double heart, are you some sort of Time Lord?

Cheers John.

Ah! That would explain a lot John, like how he ordered a cheeseburger and ended up with a double bacon cheeseburger!  One for each heart you see  ;)  Had I known this obviously I would have happily handed it over, no questions asked  :confused1:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 08, 2015, 10:16:24 pm
Some folks can be very touchy when you nick their meal :-X
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on October 08, 2015, 10:17:08 pm
I actually quite like the burgers at Burger King  :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GeeBee on October 08, 2015, 10:36:12 pm
Just read all this Mick sorry to hear that, all best wishes for a speedy result
Regards
Graham
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: lil chris on October 08, 2015, 11:08:45 pm
Sorry to hear your bad news Mick, perhaps those Burgers were a bad idea anyway you need to eat a bit healthier something I try to do but not very successfully. Get well soon!, I look forward to seeing you at Bamber Bridge.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: mk1gtstu on October 08, 2015, 11:18:42 pm
Best wishes from me Mick, hope all goes well for you, take it easy! :thumbsup:

cheers, Stu.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 10, 2015, 05:38:23 pm
Best wishes Mick  :thumbsup:

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on October 19, 2015, 01:27:49 pm
Unhappy is :-
When you wake up in the morning
({Frankie} no, wait, titter ye not {/Howerd} )
quiet in the back row :)

,, and find there is only air hissing out of your tap .
You then have to send out for a bottle of water with which to take your pills :(

Happy is :-
when the culprits are found digging a Cribbins down the lane and offer a free bottle of water !
Saved from the clutches of Tesco, phew   :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: David Asquith on October 19, 2015, 04:46:30 pm
An operation for Christmas Mick?  That's different.  All I want is a new train!  Best wishes and I'm sure it will all go well and you are soon enjoying the benefits.

kind regards

Dave
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 19, 2015, 08:57:40 pm
An operation for Christmas Mick?  That's different. 

 :laughabovepost: :laugh:

Timing unknown, Dave, as I've still to hear when I can see a consultant.
I'm determined to get my Poppylino so must last until at least next March or so :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: David Asquith on October 20, 2015, 07:13:58 pm
I'm sure you will be around for many more Marches than the next one.  I hope so any way.  What would the forum be without you?  Sane and boring?

kind regards

Dave
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: paulprice on October 27, 2015, 09:29:48 am
An operation for Christmas Mick?  That's different. 

 :laughabovepost: :laugh:

Timing unknown, Dave, as I've still to hear when I can see a consultant.
I'm determined to get my Poppylino so must last until at least next March or so :D

You should have said something at the Warrington exhibition, I know when they told me I had heart failure the family said the diagnosis was wrong, and they wanted visual proof that I don't have a swinging brick where my heart should be...how rude
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 28, 2015, 12:34:59 pm
Nobby's run of bad luck continues.................

Having decided to have a running session on 'Kimbolted' this morning I placed one of my Farish Warships on the track only to find that, while it's been sleeping in its box, it has split a gear. Worse was to come as, whilst retrieving said Warship, my sleeve caught my weathered class 37 and it plummeted 4ft to the tiled floor of my mancave with a terrible crash, resulting in quite a few pieces scattered round the floor :doh: Having placed the chassis back on the track, the crash has resulted in at least one split gear also :'( :'(
Most embarrassing as this is the first loco I've 'dropped' in 30 years of N gaugeing :-[
Anything further would have to be :censored:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on October 28, 2015, 01:02:57 pm
Been there done that got the tea shirt ,I learnt my lesson I now wear a short sleeved shirt when I'm down the shed even if it's cold ,in the winter I might put the portable gas fire on if I am staying down for a running session ,and can afford the gas.
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on October 28, 2015, 01:04:30 pm
Jolly bad luck, old chap!  :doh:

Not done that yet but there's time.

Are you able to repair yourself or like me, have to send off to those (much) more capable?

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on October 28, 2015, 01:05:04 pm
Nobby's run of bad luck continues.................
Oh gosh!  :(
Now we need two extra buttons : "Dont Like" & "In Sympathy"
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: bmwm4rkym4rk on October 28, 2015, 01:46:46 pm
I think I missed the start what fell off the layout
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: fatso on October 28, 2015, 03:29:59 pm
Bad luck my son drilled into my finger yesterday causing me to go to hospital for few stitches and month of antibiotic's  this hobby getting more and more dangerous .mike
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on October 28, 2015, 06:12:05 pm
My problem is not with my cuffs but with my beer/wine belly knocking stuff over at the front of the layout when I lean over to fiddle with something near the back.

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 28, 2015, 08:32:51 pm
Jolly bad luck, old chap!  :doh:

Not done that yet but there's time.

Are you able to repair yourself or like me, have to send off to those (much) more capable?

Dave G

Luckily I know a 'man who can' on the forum, Dave, so I'm hoping he can put Humpty the class 37 back together again (we need a fingers crossed smiley)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on October 29, 2015, 08:09:48 am
Not happy.

How does a courier deliver two separate parcels from separate shippers to two people at the same address to the wrong address with both parcels returned to the post office marked not at this address. :'(

The labels are nicely laser printed ones not even hand scrawled using the poetic "fingernail dipped in tar". :'(

CFJ
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on October 29, 2015, 08:18:20 am
Well it is Queensland  ;) :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on October 29, 2015, 04:38:14 pm
 :'( :'( Bang goes my next 2 months loco and baseboard stash of cash.
Realised that our Horse Chestnut tree in the front garden has got a bit out of control again and needs re-pollarding before the winter really sweeps across the country and things fall across the roads etc.
Needs this short back and sides pruning every 3-4 years and I hadnt  the time is due again  :'(
OK so it might only be a few hundred quid  :-\  but when one factors Christmas in as well it starts to look bad
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on October 29, 2015, 05:51:12 pm
Shame Jon as they are such lovely trees.

Fortunately ours is in the corner next to the field so we don't have that challenge. Mind you, the walnut is now huge and a haircut is on the cards. The squirrels got all the crop as well!

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 29, 2015, 08:49:30 pm
Blimey, Jon :o
I never realised that would be so expensive. Might it be worth putting a tenner per month away in a separate account to cover the cost when it comes round?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on October 30, 2015, 06:53:55 am
That's the sort of thing we do, Mick.

Our long, very tall hedge needs cutting once a year and that's £180.00. A small trim off the big bay tree was an extra £20. It all adds up!  :(

Mind you, it takes 2 guys with all the long reach kit half the morning and they do take the cuttings away.

We'll be doing the walnut pruning ourselves.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on October 30, 2015, 07:22:50 am
Yep, pay a motza here for garden maintenance....

 Me surname might be Green but green fingers I ain't got! Hate gardening. Especially here... lots of nasty evil critters lurk out there.

Worth every cent for a gardener.  :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on October 30, 2015, 07:38:53 am
Oh the joys of a small garden... the only tree we have can be maintained from the upstairs balcony with a long-handled tree-cutting device.

On the other hand we are having a gate put in after someone nicked the Mrs' bike from the drive the other week,,, mystified as to why it needs to be so expensive (for that and something else which needs doing I  won't get much change out of 10 brand new British locos, I presume it's gold-plated titanium hand-forged by some dude who makes samurai swords for a living).
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on October 30, 2015, 09:40:58 am
lots of nasty evil critters lurk out there.
And that is just the neighbours.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on October 30, 2015, 09:44:51 am
 :laughabovepost: ;D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 30, 2015, 08:00:43 pm

On the other hand we are having a gate put in after someone nicked the Mrs' bike from the drive the other week


Don't tell me. You daredn't say anything in case they took a fence :laugh:
@railsquid (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=3832)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 30, 2015, 08:52:10 pm
Nobby's run of bad luck continues.................



Will it never end?
Took my Mum to Chorley hospital today, didn't spot the required sign and got a parking ticket for being in a designated disabled bay. My own stoopid fault, I know, but am I getting someone else's share of  :poop:?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on October 31, 2015, 11:10:28 am
Oh dear Mick, you must have really upset someone to have all this bad luck.  Look on the bright side though, it can't get much worse and should start getting better real soon.   :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on October 31, 2015, 11:43:26 am
Will it never end?
Took my Mum to Chorley hospital today, didn't spot the required sign and got a parking ticket for being in a designated disabled bay. My own stoopid fault, I know, but am I getting someone else's share of  :poop:?
Oh dear !!!!!!!

Coincidentally I was watching a Debate in the Commons ( yea, quiet in the back row, I know I am a sad b,,,,!) which was all about hospital car park charges and whether or not there should be an exemption for carers

The upshot as far as npn and us are concerned is that the minister inter alia said that he had no intention of writing that into the bill but would include "Carers" in the list of directives to trusts etc. alongside the existing suggested concessions including regular family members who may not be receiving carers allowance, many of which are implemented already across the country although not often known, it is therefore  "a good idea to ask locally what concessions are in place." ( my quote of what I think he was saying ;) )
Hansard is online, with a lag of approx 3hrs, if anyone wants to check ( I know I know ! :) )
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 31, 2015, 12:13:53 pm
Oh dear Mick, you must have really upset someone to have all this bad luck.  Look on the bright side though, it can't get much worse and should start getting better real soon.   :)

The only bright side I can see at present is that somebody somewhere must be having some good luck while I get their share of the bad stuff, Caz :hmmm:


Coincidentally I was watching a Debate in the Commons ( yea, quiet in the back row, I know I am a sad b,,,,!) which was all about hospital car park charges and whether or not there should be an exemption for carers


I did see that on the news, Malcolm. My Mum is probably more spritely than I am so I'm no carer but as both my sisters work I am the 'go to' person when Mum has to see consultants/have check ups etc.
As the hospital car park in question is run by Vinci I don't know whether the hospital gets anything from them. I know my Mum marched in and tried to appeal on the basis I was acting as her transport but the response she got was "It doesn't matter if he parked there with a dead body in his car - it won't make any difference"
The only saving grace is that, although the penalty was £40, if paid within 28 days it's reduced to £20 so it wasn't an earth shattering amount. I'm just tee'd off with myself more than anything else :unimpressed:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GScaleBruce on October 31, 2015, 12:18:21 pm
It's a very small consolation, but... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34680289 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34680289)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on October 31, 2015, 12:34:32 pm
I don't know whether the hospital gets anything from them
,
"It doesn't matter if he parked there with a dead body in his car - it won't make any difference"
,
 I'm just tee'd off with myself more than anything else :unimpressed:
I got the impression from the debate that the sub-cons only income is what they get in "fines", the hospital gets the regular parking 'lucre
,
Ha ha, dead body! hoot ! well that has to be worth £20 alone :)
,
Yep, could have been worse.

That was another item in the debate : that it is in the interests of (some) companies to make the signage less than obvious. That was when an onnerable member opposite had proposed various levels of charges and exemptions with bays for each and,
err and,
and

everyone nodded off, ;D
Actually, I jest, it was talked out of time by the Minister himself




Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Agrippa on October 31, 2015, 02:00:56 pm
Just as well Richard III wasn't buried there, he'd have
been fined ££££ squillions...............
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on November 02, 2015, 03:39:07 am
I saw a sign which said "Smile and be happy for things could be worse" so I smiled and was happy and lo things got worse.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Geoff on November 03, 2015, 02:43:50 pm
Well I went onto Uswitch today to compare tariffs and I could save £270 and I thought I am quids in, but when answering all the questions it came to Smart meters and it told me if I change over I cannot use my smart meter because that belongs to another energy company and they will not let the cheaper energy company have anything to do with it.

This country is so backwards no one will help anyone else but hey I saved £400 with the smart meter and if I had it taken away I might not check on my usage as much as I do and go back to my old ways.

So what is the point I ask myself of having a switching site if it will not work for 100% of energy users.

Rant over  :veryangry:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on November 03, 2015, 03:29:04 pm
So what stops you switching, saving £270, the old company removing their smartmeter & the new company putting theirs in ?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Geoff on November 03, 2015, 03:51:44 pm
So what stops you switching, saving £270, the old company removing their smartmeter & the new company putting theirs in ?

The point is they should be universal I do not want workmen in my property every time I change supplier.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on November 03, 2015, 04:43:39 pm
Well, until there is a legislative solution you're going to have to put up with Company A wanting to recover their property - or not change from them.  It's not as if you'll be doing this weekly or monthly ...
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: acko22 on November 03, 2015, 05:20:13 pm
Ok then my other half (I would call her better half but not after this news!),

Has been very kind and thoughtful and invited the mother in law down for Christmas, my only thought was  :censored:

Now that's bad enough Christmas till new year but it gets worse!!! I was hoping to have some quiet time at home when I go on leave for 3 weeks (one of them is already spoilt with the in law coming). But nope not only is she down for Christmas but for the entire 3 weeks I am off!!  :'(

So much for my quiet chilled out Christmas, looks like I will have to live with MRS SATAN for 3 weeks! This is going to make 9 months in Afghan look rather pleasant!!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on November 03, 2015, 07:29:03 pm
acko - if your mother-in-law was a member of this forum, she could put a post in the 'Happy Thread' - "yippee, I am going to spend 3 weeks with my favourite son-in-law at Christmas"  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on November 03, 2015, 07:33:50 pm
Could be worse ...
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
... she might head to Afghanistan with you  :P
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: acko22 on November 03, 2015, 07:38:21 pm
Could be worse ...
.

... she might head to Afghanistan with you  :P

Mike if thats was the case accidents can happen!! >:D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on November 03, 2015, 08:05:53 pm
Look on the bright side - there may be more meat on your Mum-in-Law than on a turkey >:D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on November 04, 2015, 02:54:17 pm
:'( :'( Bang goes my next 2 months loco and baseboard stash of cash.
Realised that our Horse Chestnut tree in the front garden has got a bit out of control again and needs re-pollarding before the winter really sweeps across the country and things fall across the roads etc.
Needs this short back and sides pruning every 3-4 years and I hadnt  the time is due again  :'(
OK so it might only be a few hundred quid  :-\  but when one factors Christmas in as well it starts to look bad
Guess the quote to do it all arrived this morning and the quote is only £144 which considering it means pedestrian crash barriers and a C class road control being in place isn't bad when its all considered but its the lump payout this side of Christmas that annoys me
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on November 04, 2015, 03:15:05 pm
The timing could have been better but the quote seems reasonable, Jon.
What chance you can sell the wood to someone who has a wood burner :hmmm:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on November 04, 2015, 03:49:47 pm
The timing could have been better but the quote seems reasonable, Jon.
What chance you can sell the wood to someone who has a wood burner :hmmm:
I suspect all the wood residue is only big enough for chipping so they recon on removing all waste so I`leave them to it
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: silly moo on November 06, 2015, 10:01:33 am
Anyone else suffer from arthritis? I'm having trouble getting used to the pain in my ankles  :'( my doctor thinks I have either RA or psoriatic arthritis. I've been hobbling round the house trying to come to terms with the fact that I will probably be limited to walking short distances in future. I used to really enjoy long walks.

I'm very thankful that my hands aren't affected and I realize that there are other in far worse a position but getting old sucks!

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on November 06, 2015, 11:04:48 am
When I had a replacement hip last year they told me my other one had 'moderate wear' but would require doing sometime in the next 5 years. This was due to arthritis.
My youngest sister has problems with both knees and is having cortizone injections, and my Mum used to have to bathe her hands in hot wax many years ago - so yes, it runs in our family sadly :(
Sorry to hear you have to endure the pain, Veronica.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Dorsetmike on November 06, 2015, 11:22:38 am
I've been using this

https://www.naturesaid.co.uk/products/glucosamine-500mg-msm-500mg-chondroitin-100mg-with-vitamin-c/ (https://www.naturesaid.co.uk/products/glucosamine-500mg-msm-500mg-chondroitin-100mg-with-vitamin-c/)

for about 10 years now, it stopped elbow joint pain, no further problems with joints. (but a bad chest from 40 years smoking even though I gave that up about 12 years ago!)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on November 06, 2015, 11:30:04 am
Join the club, mate. My major concern is that I pretend to play the guitar, and it's threatening yet another one of my vices hobbies  ;D

I tend to think that it's something to do with not being quite as spritely as we were, but it sure as heck is a pain. Some days literally.  :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on November 06, 2015, 01:50:23 pm
A long time ago I worked back stage in a major London theatre and many of the dancers would regularly take glucosamine to help with their joints. Often backed up with cod liver oil tabs or similar.

Hope you are able to control the discomfort, Veronica.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: silly moo on November 06, 2015, 02:18:23 pm
 :thankyousign:

For the glucosamine suggestion. I will certainly give it a try.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on November 06, 2015, 02:32:09 pm
Get the 1000mg ones, or try Green Lipped Mussel Extract. I take glucosamine daily, but if I start really having issues with my knees, go onto the mussel extract. http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/cam-report/complementary-medicines-for-rheumatoid-arthritis/green-lipped-mussel.aspx (http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/cam-report/complementary-medicines-for-rheumatoid-arthritis/green-lipped-mussel.aspx)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: port perran on November 06, 2015, 03:53:15 pm
Sorry to hear of your troubles.
I can't help with any solutions but I hope some of those mentioned by others will be of some assistance.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: EtchedPixels on November 06, 2015, 05:36:13 pm
Anyone else suffer from arthritis? I'm having trouble getting used to the pain in my ankles  :'( my doctor thinks I have either RA or psoriatic arthritis. I've been hobbling round the house trying to come to terms with the fact that I will probably be limited to walking short distances in future. I used to really enjoy long walks.

I'm very thankful that my hands aren't affected and I realize that there are other in far worse a position but getting old sucks!

My mother starting struggling with arthritis a long time ago now. In her case changing to a diet with nothing acid in it, while a lot of hassle, caused remarkable improvement - sufficiently so she has kept that diet up. I'm also quite sure it's not just a placebo effect - there have been times she inadvertently ate something problematic and was bad, but only worked out why afterwards.

I've got arthritis in my jaw, but the main annoyance that causes so far is jokes about overuse 8). In time it will no doubt get worse but the doctors are very very keen to avoid touching it until absolutely unavoidable.

Alan
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on November 06, 2015, 06:57:21 pm
I believe that glucosamine is extracted from crab shells so maybe eating crabs could also help ?

Best regards,


Joe know-all
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on November 06, 2015, 09:18:46 pm
Any kind of oily fish will help ease the pain a bit. Trouble is I don't eat fish so take 1000mg fish oil capsules each day.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Trent on November 12, 2015, 12:20:33 am
Salmon and turmeric definitely help my arthritis ... turmeric can be stirred into almost anything and if done in small doses you won't notice the taste
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on November 12, 2015, 09:13:19 am
SWMBO says rosehip is good for arthritis ...
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on November 29, 2015, 10:26:53 pm
I am back to hating my house.

Months ago I wrote on here about a damp patch under the window in my railway room. I investigated and repaired what, I believed to be the route cause.

This week I noticed the paint staining was back. I read somethings on the internet suggesting such stains could return without using correct paints before applying emulsion (I didn't). Hoping it was just that, I decided to remove the replacement plasterboard anyway (got loads spare) just to check.

Nope.

Driving wind and heavy rain all day today and running my finger along the lead under the window it's wet. Obviously failed.

I have an idea to protect the gap unde the windowsill outside using plastic l-section (maybe should be there anyway?), but it's clear to me the window frame is nackered anyway and should be replaced.

We have a wedding to pay for. I have no money.

Sodding houses!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: ozzie Bill. on November 30, 2015, 01:51:54 am
skyline
as long as, and assuming here, the window sill is not in a high vis area, then here are a couple of "short term" solutions.
1) cover the sill in aluminium flashing which you can get from any builders suppliers. This will slow down or stop further moisture getting in from above. You can also use the flashing above the lintel for the same effect.
2) get some no more gaps type of wet area sealant and trace all around the frame, under the sill etc to prevent water seeping in through those gaps. A quick look at homebase UK would suggest this as the right product http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/unibond-weather-protect-frame-sealant-cartridge---brown-394253 (http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/unibond-weather-protect-frame-sealant-cartridge---brown-394253)
Hope I am on the right track here and not 'teaching you to suck eggs'.
Cheers, Bill.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: mr bachmann on November 30, 2015, 11:22:42 am
before applying emulsion over stained area . treat with a good 'full' undercoat . that's real undercoat the type you thin with turpentine ( not water ) . and give it a couple of coat's - not thinned down .
the same applies for nicotine staining - either strip the wall covering or undercoat the full room ( aren't you glad you quite  :D )
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on December 09, 2015, 01:14:03 am
I went for a hospital appointment yesterday, (100 mile round trip). I was the last in  :veryangry: and the specialist says that she had kept me so long as she wanted to speak to me personlly rather than one of the other Doc's speak to me. "Oh oh"  :worried: thinks me. As I have had a consistently high PSA reading for going on for two years and yet two biopsies and other tests are showing nothing, apart from a very enlarged prostate, she wants me to have a different sort of biopsy. "Oh oh"  :worried: thinks me. But, they can not do it at my 'local' hospital, so I will have to go to another one, (200 mile round trip  :thumbsdown: :censored:). This sort of procedure needs a general anisth, anesf,, anysth, they need to knock me out. "Oh oh"  :worried: thinks me. It looks like I am going to need to spend at least one night there and time off work  :unimpressed:. Out of interest, if anyone has had a 'Template Biopsy', could they tell me anything about it from a personal viewpoint - or PM me please? As an aside, can I recommend to you gentlemen out there, especially those in the 40+ age group, to have a word with your GP about a PSA test? All it requires is a simple blood test and, not being too dramatic, it could save your life.  :thankyousign:. David.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Tdm on December 09, 2015, 05:39:22 am
In response to the post by DannyBoy, I too have Prostrate Cancer, but only in mild form as my PSA readings are now normally only just over the 4.0 reading (anything above 4.0 means you have Prostrate Cancer).

About 4 or more years ago I started passing blood in my urine so went to see my Doctor here in Tenerife who ordered a blood test which came back with a PSA reading of around 8.5.

He then ordered a standard biopsy which came back inconclusive, so I was later sent into Hospital for a "deeper" biopsy where they first knock you out to do it.

When the results came through the Hospital Urologist wanted to perform an Operation to remove the prostrate, but I had read up on the possible side affects of this and so decided first on a 2nd opinion from an English Urologist when I next was over.

In the meantime I was given some anti-biotics which cleared up the blood in the urine problem and my PSA readings gradually went down to around the 4/5 mark. It appeared an infection had caused the initial problem.

The specialist Urologist I saw in the U.K., after having me send him PSA readings of blood tests taken every 6 months, had a different opinion to the Tenerife Urologist (who had advised an Operation), and said that "yes" I had prostrate cancer - but only in mild form, and he recommended purely "monitoring" the situation by having regular blood tests and a biopsy (performed by him personally) once every 2 years.

He said that most likely one in every two males in the World will develop prostrate cancer, but most males do not know it unless they request a PSA test, and that, unless the cancer starts to spread, half of all males will eventually die "with" prostrate cancer, but not "because" of it. 

My last biposy (done in the U.K.) was earlier this year and shows no sign of any further action being required, and my most recent PSA reading was 4.75 (a reduction from circa 5.7 which it was 6 months previously). A PSA reading is not 100% accurate however, and I did have a Scan done as well about 2 years ago just to make doubly sure.

I never think about my prostrate cancer (nor take anything for it), apart from remembering to have regular blood tests, the latest results show more that I need to watch my cholesteral levels which are currently too high (too much good food, wine, and beer).

Hope I have not bored you with this long post, but I would recommend a PSA test (simple blood test) to anyone who hasn't had one, and always get a 2nd opinion if someone tells you that you require an Operation. Also I have no medical training and if we have any Doctors on this Forum - they might have a different opinion.

PS. Another thing my U.K. Urologist said that (if I understood him correctly), in his opinion, an operation to remove the prostrate should only be considered/recommended once the PSA reading goes above 10.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on December 09, 2015, 05:53:28 am
Tdm - sorry about your diagnosis, although the outlook for you is looking good - as I said to SWMBO last year, if I am going to get cancer, that is the one I want!  :). Not sure how things will turn out though, cancer has taken half my relatives on my paternal side, including my 'baby' sister earlier this year. My PSA count is consistently around the 20 mark, (yes, I said twenty),  :goggleeyes: and yet two 'normal' biopsies show nothing, hence the need for the 'bigger' one  :help:. A high PSA count does not necessarily mean cancer, but somefink aint right! If forum members would like to do a collective 'fingers crossed', it would be appreciated. ;D. David.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on December 09, 2015, 06:05:43 am
We haven't got a fingers crossed icon, but if we did, I'd post it  :thumbsup:

Good luck.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on December 09, 2015, 06:44:07 am
We haven't got a fingers crossed icon, but if we did, I'd post it  :thumbsup:

Good luck.

Ditto 

All the best. :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on December 09, 2015, 10:20:23 am
Scary news for menfolk but I hope you get good news from your consultant, David :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on December 16, 2015, 08:29:50 pm
There I am, reading a nice email from work telling me I'm gonna get an end-of-year bonus.

"Hmmm," thinks you, "the muppet's put this in the wrong thread ...! ::)"

"I need a new microwave" comes the cry from downstairs ... ":censored:", thinks me, "that's a chunk gone already :'("

Fast-forward a few days to this morning ... the microwave's arrived & is in place.  Suddenly, we have a power cut ... after an hour with nothing back (unusual ...) I check the house fuses ... all fine.  Call the 'leccy board & nothing's wrong in the area ... they get me to unplug a few things & retry the fuses - power !

Start plugging back & it all blows again ...":censored:" thinks me ..., ":censored: dishwasher's crapped out !!!"

So much for my bonus buying me some toys  :headbutt: :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on December 16, 2015, 08:36:00 pm
There I am, reading a nice email from work telling me I'm gonna get an end-of-year bonus.

"Hmmm," thinks you, "the muppet's put this in the wrong thread ...! ::)"

"I need a new microwave" comes the cry from downstairs ... ":censored:", thinks me, "that's a chunk gone already :'("

Fast-forward a few days to this morning ... the microwave's arrived & is in place.  Suddenly, we have a power cut ... after an hour with nothing back (unusual ...) I check the house fuses ... all fine.  Call the 'leccy board & nothing's wrong in the area ... they get me to unplug a few things & retry the fuses - power !

Start plugging back & it all blows again ...":censored:" thinks me ..., ":censored: dishwasher's crapped out !!!"

So much for my bonus buying me some toys  :headbutt: :'(
Sad news but - at least you didn't have one of these nasty fires due to a faulty appliance ehhh!
You'll get it sorted in time for Xmas no doubt and I hope you have a good one...  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on December 16, 2015, 08:41:56 pm
Could have been worse, Mike, especially if you'd bought a Hoverboard :worried:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on December 16, 2015, 08:42:25 pm
Sad news but - at least you didn't have one of these nasty fires due to a faulty appliance ehhh!
Well ... the second time, when I was by the damn thing, I did smell something going ... & it weren't me  ::)  Hence the decision not to :censored: around with it any more but to get a new one.

Quote
You'll get it sorted in time for Xmas no doubt and I hope you have a good one...  :beers:
Supposed to be good ... John Lewis have promised a morning/early afternoon delivery & removal of the old one for Friday. 

Could have been worse, Mike, especially if you'd bought a Hoverboard :worried:
Yeah, I understand they leave muck all over the dishes  :P
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Tdm on December 16, 2015, 10:58:44 pm
Think yourself lucky that in a U.K. household you have 60amps to play with before things trip out.

In Tenerife it is only 40amps and everyone (except holidaymakers) know never to have the dishwasher running at the same time as the washing machine!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on December 16, 2015, 11:58:27 pm
in a U.K. household you have 60amps to play with
I think that 60A is the norm. but you can apply for 100A.
 At least that is what I was told 20 odd year ago when I rewired my place, it may have changed maybe even more now ?

I was unhappy because a storm had brought down a 90ft macrocarpa ( one of mine :( ) across the overhead wires, pulling the meter with consumer unit out through the roof, depositing them with chimney brackets etc. down in the back yard :(
I was even more unhappy after I had dug an 80yd trench by hand to put the new feed in, the Utility were happy to supply the new equipment, cables, duct etc. but not the digging !
All's well in the end, it cant get blown down again  ;D



Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on December 20, 2015, 06:12:19 pm
I think we should have a 'sad' thread. 'Misty', (the dog shown in my little picture), our cross collie dog that we have had for nearly 17 years, since she was a pup, had to be put to sleep this afternoon. She had been unwell for the last few days, so just after lunch, I rang the vet'. Fortunately, there was someone there and I was told to bring her down. So I took her down to the vet', he gave her the injection and she is now buried in the garden next to our cross labrador who died a couple of years ago. We have two other dogs, plus the cats, but it is still hard. My wife is almost inconsolable.  :'( but we will get over it. Amazing how pets become part of the family. Sorry, I just wanted to tell someone.   :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on December 20, 2015, 06:23:23 pm
I know where you & your wife are ... having lost one of our cats a little while back ...

It's always hard, but especially this time of year, to lose a pet that is pretty much a family member  :(  But better now than at the end of next week, and better she didn't suffer too  :(

Just try & remember the fun times with her (even though this will bring things back hard for a while) and make a fuss of the others a little bit more, as they'll start missing her shortly too.  She looks, in the photo, a lovely collie ...
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on December 20, 2015, 06:53:01 pm
I feel so sorry for you ,unless you've owned a dog you just wouldn't understand they are part of the family we talk to our one year old dog we call her our little girl and we love her as much as our real children . I even shed a tear because one of our guinea pigs died this morning and I have buried her next to the hutch that her sister lives in so that she will be close by. I still miss our dog Buster who died in September last year , Things will get easier but you never forget them .
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on December 20, 2015, 07:14:10 pm
Know how tough it is to lose a special family pet.

Sad for you all but you'll have great memories I'm sure.

Good advice from Mike.

All the best.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on December 26, 2015, 10:20:40 am
Small beer compared to what is happening to some folks in this rain sodden country, but my mancave (conservatory) has sprung a couple of leaks so it's buckets and towels time. The rain started at about 10am yesterday and is forecast not to stop until around 5am tomorrow. :unimpressed:
I doubt I'll be able to get anyone round to fix them until the New Year so will be keeping a close eye on it.
Luckily, neither of the leaks are actually affecting the layout..........................................yet :worried:

Never mind the mild temperatures - bring on the cold, frosty but calm weather please.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on December 26, 2015, 11:52:53 am
Christmas Eve the downstairs loo innards collapse. I can't shift the bolts so mate comes with angle grinder and grim determination. Two hours later all is well.

Boxing Day morning, no hot water. Either the timer is knackered or it's the immersion itself. My power testing gizmo doesn't work even with new battery.

Hi Ho.  :doh:

Dave G

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on December 26, 2015, 02:49:43 pm
Did your Mogwai somehow get wet, Dave? :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on December 26, 2015, 09:10:55 pm
Bad time to have no hot water, Dave!  :thumbsdown:

Mick, if it makes you feel any better it's not a very nice day here either (Sunday ). 17į and overcast. However I must admit I'd rather have that than some of the 40+ nonsense it sometimes gets up to at this time of year.  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on December 26, 2015, 10:42:08 pm
Either the timer is knackered or it's the immersion itself. My power testing gizmo doesn't work even with new battery.
I am bound to say "Poor Dave" hope you can get it sorted pdq.

How about a light bulb and a bit of flex ? ( Hint: test the light bulb first on a known good cct., been there Tshirt got caught out like that once ! )

On the other hand I also have to say "what's wrong with the kettle ?"
Here in the balmy SW of England we have not used the central heating for several years, saved us a fortune in heating oil !! If this really is global warming, bring it on  :laugh3:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on December 27, 2015, 12:10:39 am
Picked up some sort of lurgy while in the UK or on the way back, need antibiotics to shake it off.

Also, how long will it be until the latest Star Wars hype dies down?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on December 27, 2015, 12:35:40 am
Picked up some sort of lurgy while in the UK or on the way back, need antibiotics to shake it off.

Also, how long will it be until the latest Star Wars hype dies down?
sorry for your troubles :(
,
about as long as it took for the previous to die down ? ie never/not yet ???
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: colpatben on December 27, 2015, 09:44:36 am

Also, how long will it be until the latest Star Wars hype dies down?

about as long as it took for the previous to die down ? ie never/not yet ???

Going to see it this afternoon, and I have had my 3D glasses  8) since Avatar was shown.
Suppose I should be on a Sad Persons thread :sorrysign:. Or the 'Happy' thread.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: paulprice on December 27, 2015, 10:15:25 am
I went to see it last week, I was very disappointed, a very poor film
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on December 27, 2015, 10:19:44 am

Also, how long will it be until the latest Star Wars hype dies down?

about as long as it took for the previous to die down ? ie never/not yet ???

Going to see it this afternoon, and I have had my 3D glasses  8) since Avatar was shown.
Suppose I should be on a Sad Persons thread :sorrysign:. Or the 'Happy' thread.
Enjoy! I just seem to be missing the Star Wars Appreciation Gene since birth.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Tdm on December 27, 2015, 10:36:54 am
Colin, it was nice to meet you and your good lady here in Tenerife the other week.

I haven't been to the Cinema since we left the U.K., as there is no need to, we have so many TV channels showing films at all times of the day here, that it is never long before a new release is shown on the "Box".

I think the last time I visited the Cinema was in Jersey, and it was to see the latest episode in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

As a young boy in my home town of Chorley, Lancashire there used to be 3 picture houses - the Royal, the Plaza, and the Odeon, but now there are none. Every Saturday morning I would go to the Royal (known as the "Bug House" for reasons I won't go into) to watch the latest episode of "Flash Gordon" in his battle against "Ming the Merciless".

I also remember going to the Odeon to watch a new film everybody was raving about called "Rock Around the Clock" and when Bill Haley & the Comets plus Little Richard started belting out the songs that made them famous, everyone got up out of their seats and started dancing in the aisles. Oh happy memories.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Lawrence on December 27, 2015, 10:47:29 am
Not so much unhappy now but I was on Christmas eve, I thought I would recount the tale if only to give you all a bloody good laugh at my expense.

Having done the dishes (yes ladies, really!) I pulled the plug (one of those ones where you have to turn it and it has a little filter bit on it) from the sink and the water just stayed where it was!  Stuck a skewer in the plug ole figuring it was blocked (Einstein  :confused1:), nothing.  Okay maybe an air lock in the drain.  Now it is a 1 1/2 sink, so 2 drains into the pipe plus the drain from the washing machine, I'll pull the drain from the washing machine see if that clears it.  So I now have the entire contents of the sink cupboard strewn round the kitchen and I pulled the pipe.  A micro second before the end of the pipe detached from the drain the thought occurred " I did put the plug back, didn't I?"
A micro second later it was clear I had not!  I dropped the pipe (instead of putting it back on), grabbed for the plug, nope it was now buried somewhere in the pile of other bits.

"DELLA - GET SOME OLD TOWELS - QUICK"

By the time my good lady returned with the towels the water had reached the hall.  Enter daughter, who had pitched up for our traditional Christmas eve munchies, to be greeted by the now rather sodden back end of her father sticking out of the kitchen cupboard, soaking towels and general kitchen detritus everywhere.  After a lot of swearing and 10 minutes with the plunger (on the sink!) all was sorted again, so we sat down to munchies.

Daughter somehow managed to drop the just sharpened cheese knife onto my hand and it stuck into my finger, fortunately the bone stopped it going right through, so I plodded off to the hall cupboard to get the first aid kit.  Switched the light on, it immediately blew and took out the circuit breaker for the downstairs lights.  I managed to reset it in the gloom, replace the bulb and affix a plaster to my finger.

Christmas day I drank lots of wine, didn't go near the sink or anything sharp  ::)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Tdm on December 27, 2015, 11:13:54 am
Perhaps you are getting rid of all your bad luck before the end of the Year Lawrence, and 2016 will be full of ony good things. Hope so.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on December 27, 2015, 12:52:30 pm
Also, how long will it be until the latest Star Wars hype dies down?
Bummer re the bug - likely the flight  :(

Re the hype - I'd say 2017 ... just in time for the next one  ::)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: mr bachmann on December 27, 2015, 03:48:24 pm
Christmas Eve the downstairs loo innards collapse. I can't shift the bolts so mate comes with angle grinder and grim determination. Two hours later all is well.

Boxing Day morning, no hot water. Either the timer is knackered or it's the immersion itself. My power testing gizmo doesn't work even with new battery.

Hi Ho.  :doh:

Dave G

there should be a re-set button on the thermostat - switch  off emersion heater/remove fuse or whatever ,

 https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwix2K7AsfzJAhWFchQKHRQuBoYQjhwIBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fask-a-saint.silversaints.com%2Fposts%2F840842-fault-finding-and-replacement-of-an-immersion-heater&psig=AFQjCNEqxn5oPOC2v7jNrKrXKCcApDiTEQ&ust=1451317496619234 (https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwix2K7AsfzJAhWFchQKHRQuBoYQjhwIBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fask-a-saint.silversaints.com%2Fposts%2F840842-fault-finding-and-replacement-of-an-immersion-heater&psig=AFQjCNEqxn5oPOC2v7jNrKrXKCcApDiTEQ&ust=1451317496619234)

(trying to make you Happy  :D )
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on December 27, 2015, 05:00:12 pm
Either the timer is knackered or it's the immersion itself. My power testing gizmo doesn't work even with new battery.
I am bound to say "Poor Dave" hope you can get it sorted pdq.

How about a light bulb and a bit of flex ? ( Hint: test the light bulb first on a known good cct., been there Tshirt got caught out like that once ! )

On the other hand I also have to say "what's wrong with the kettle ?"
Here in the balmy SW of England we have not used the central heating for several years, saved us a fortune in heating oil !! If this really is global warming, bring it on  :laugh3:

Thanks a lot! It was one of those 'Why didn't I think of that?' moments.

Tested the power using the suggested method and Ta-Da! it was the switch that was the culprit. Just so happened to have a spare in my version of Mary Poppins' bag and we have hot water once more.  :claphappy:

Our New year guests arriving on Wednesday will now not have to suffer us even more smelly than usual. :no:

Happy New Year to All here present and to those you care about - I wish you fun, contentment and health throughout 2016.

 :beers:

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on December 27, 2015, 09:16:33 pm

Our New year guests arriving on Wednesday will now not have to suffer us even more smelly than usual. :no:


I thought maybe you were heading off to an exhibition in the near future and were preparing for it, Dave :-X

Glad you have the problem solved.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on December 27, 2015, 10:20:36 pm
( Hint: test the light bulb first on a known good cct., been there Tshirt got caught out like that once ! )
and we have hot water once more.  :claphappy:
Brill !  :claphappy:

and you did want to know about my hint ? :) :-
It was when I was learning to be an electrical engineer,
we had to parallel two whacking great generators - If they were anti-phase a bulb between them would light and could not be connected.
If the bulb didnt light they were in-phase and could be connected in parallel.
The bulb did not light so we connected them,
BANG ! ! molten copper balls on the floor from the 1/2" cable and a switch in pieces.
Lecturer had given us a duff bulb and his idea of a fuse was a carfully chosen stout cable,
before elfinsafety but we remembered ever after to test the test equipment, you bet !

Dangerous stuff heavy electrical generation, so I became a light electrical (electronics) engineer LOL !



Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: kiwi1941 on December 28, 2015, 05:15:27 am
Our New year guests arriving on Wednesday will now not have to suffer us even more smelly than usual.

I thought that it was the visitors, like fish, who began to smell after three days [ancient Chinese proverb]  :D Brian
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on December 28, 2015, 05:48:15 am
Treadmill... the mighty lager.... with the world's great taste...

Of fish (Monty Python in case folk are wondering wot I'm on about)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on December 28, 2015, 06:46:23 am
Treadmill... the mighty lager.... with the world's great taste...

Of fish (Monty Python in case folk are wondering wot I'm on about)

More IPA, George?  :)

Dave G

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on December 28, 2015, 06:55:03 am
Yep, baked beans on toast with a sprig of holly on it for Christmas and track cleaning fluid for New Year  :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on December 28, 2015, 07:00:20 am
Yep, baked beans on toast with a sprig of holly on it for Christmas and track cleaning fluid for New Year  :uneasy:

Yum!  :foodanddrink:

Obviously you're a Man for All Seasons.

HNY!! :bounce:

Dave G

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: silly moo on December 28, 2015, 09:36:57 am
My heart goes out to those people whose houses have been flooded, I can't begin to  imagine how dreadful it must be to have your house flooded and your possessions damaged or lost and then having to move into temporary accommodation. And then you have the uncertainty every time it rains heavily with even more rain en route.

I must admit that I did think of something else as well, is the NRM in danger of flooding?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on December 28, 2015, 10:30:51 am
My sister lives in an 18th century farmhouse and her cellar was flooded along with the village being cut off, Croston (just down the road) was chest deep in water, Eccleston was closed off as there was a car floating on top of the bridge (which had itself become unsafe) and the lane outside her house was just a river.
Yesterday was dry and today is forecast the same but it looks like high winds and driving rain are due to hit our area again this Wednesday :worried:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on December 28, 2015, 10:44:24 am
I was in York some years ago just after the flooding. The Ouse was overflowing the towpaths, but IIRC we had to walk up a hill to the NRM. There was no sign of floodwater on that occasion.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Geoff on December 28, 2015, 11:07:26 am
Lots of incompetence regarding floods the government needs to take a lot of the blame to much money over seas and not enough going to the route of problems in this country, plenty of out of sight out of mind.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: silly moo on December 28, 2015, 11:43:08 am
Can you imagine, they spend years and years of work and a vast sum of money to restore Flying Scotsman only for it to get damaged in a flood?

I'm pleased to hear that the NRM is on slightly higher ground.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on December 28, 2015, 12:02:33 pm
Some of the problems are caused by planning departments giving builders permission to build on flood plains. There is a clue in the name. Obviously not the only cause.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Tiggy on December 28, 2015, 12:15:01 pm
Hi, just looked and could not find any info on the FS being damaged in the current floods - have you any more info?  :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: silly moo on December 28, 2015, 12:26:02 pm
As far as I know it hasn't been damaged in the floods, I was just saying that it would be dreadful if it did.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: silly moo on December 28, 2015, 12:32:16 pm
From the horse's mouth or The NRM Facebook page to be precise:

Flood information: We are open as usual and unaffected by the flooding, however our phone lines are currently down. We advise you to check road closures if you are planning to visit, as access into York is limited.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Tdm on December 28, 2015, 12:51:21 pm
I sympathise with the problems people in the U.K. are having at the moment with the flooding, I used to live in two of the areas currently affected.

Although Tenerife only gets 2 or 3 days of rain a year, when it does rain you know about it, as can be seen in the pictures below taken earlier this year.

(http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo231/Tdmak/Castle%20Harbour/Floods2013Dec.jpg) (http://s379.photobucket.com/user/Tdmak/media/Castle%20Harbour/Floods2013Dec.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Tiggy on December 28, 2015, 01:11:40 pm
Duhh, rereading your comment I can see it was speculation - one numpty here!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on December 28, 2015, 01:11:40 pm
planning departments giving builders permission to build on flood plains. There is a clue in the name.
Agreed, not the only cause - but certainly a substantial one ...

I'm always suspicious when a builder gets permission to plonk a stonking big housing estate in the middle of a flood plain - they ain't already built on for a damn good reason !  Makes you wonder just how they managed to get it through process ...  :hmmm:  After all, if it were really good land, surely the Victorians or Georgians would already have built there.

Always bad news for the home-owners, but the builder don't care - he's already made his large profit &  :censored: off to repeat the same scam elsewhere  :thumbsdown:

So - if you're thinking of moving - always check where the streams/rivers are, how far away from the prospective property, and how high up you are (or not !) from them ... basic sense, but not often followed  :doh:

I don't personally know anyone affected by the flooding, but a mate of mine is helping out the Mountain Rescue teams with the evacuations etc in his small town outside Halifax; his place is on the hill so is safe, other parts of the town aren't as fortunate with the Calder & Ryburn :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on December 28, 2015, 01:25:28 pm
So - if you're thinking of moving - always check where the streams/rivers are, how far away from the prospective property, and how high up you are (or not !) from them ... basic sense, but not often followed  :doh:
Water flows downwards in all directions from Chez Railsquid. This is something I checked before the final contract was signed. Also way inland (no tsunami risk) and no risk of ground liquefaction, though those factors aren't so critical in the UK.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on December 28, 2015, 02:04:30 pm
So tough for those going through the ruin and distress of losing their homes and businesses. That includes farmers with stock and equipment stranded or lost.

The Severn and the Teme are quite high here. Before moving, we made a special point of being a decent distance away from the rivers and on top of that, checked out for the flood risks

A decent legal representative should be looking and asking about such things for you if you're in the process of buying a house but as said, always do your own checks as well. There's loads of info available online.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: A.Carter (BiG-T) on December 28, 2015, 03:37:42 pm
As Mike say's I always wonder what sort of case was put together to allow building on flood plains, the other issue is and has happened around the area I live when the flood plains are built on and as has been done locally flood defenses have been constructed (large earth bunds / embankments), the flood water that used to disperse over the plains has to now go elsewhere. This then potentially put's properties that previously were 'safe' into now possible flood risk areas. A further knock on effect as has happened to friends of ours who got caught in this situation is they can no longer get insurance for flood damage, where the builders and developers have gone and are sitting on nice profits they should be made liable for any problems they have caused by the building permissions they submit & are subsequently granted.

Tony
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on December 28, 2015, 04:05:46 pm
There is huge pressure on local government to get houses built and against that is the not unexpected resistance of many folk who donít want a Ďhousing estateí tacked on to their peaceful village or local green belt.

I can understand the frustration and anger as mentioned earlier, where a flooding problem may be moved up or downstream to accommodate the developerís ambitions.

Surely though, if permission is given to build on any land, the developer has a duty to ensure that the structure is fit for purpose; that a house is safe to live in? At the same time and equally as surely, those giving the permission to build should ensure that it is indeed Ďsafeí to build there?

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: colpatben on December 29, 2015, 05:45:00 am
Christmas day I drank lots of wine, didn't go near the sink or anything sharp  ::)

Lawrence

Sinks and sharp knives do not mix.

Not so long ago whilst preparing to wash up (well at least rinsing the stuff for loading into dish washer). The waste disposal unit (yes we do have them in the UK but they are hated by the water companies) was grinding away; I normally have to rescue a few items that march across the draining board preparing to commit Hari Kari by leaping into the jaws of the macerator! However I failed to spot the steel handled paring knife heading for imminent destruction.

Yes in it went handle first but instead of jamming in the Ďmachineí said machine thought 's** this' and promptly spat it back out point first.

Now having in the past been quite adept at catching fast moving low flying objects i.e. small winged insects, my natural and foolish reaction was to grab for said low flying knife. The resultant injury is now yet another domestic accident statistic in the archives of the NHS.

Here is a pic of the damage to the knife Handle.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33498.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33498)

I will spare Bealman et al from the pic of the injury. The waste disposal unit survived if a little bit noisier than in the past.

BTW Star Wars special effects are great especially in 3D.

My good lady now want a BB8 for her birthday. Mind you she wanted a Meccano Meccanoid for Christmas (Girls and their toys)!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on December 29, 2015, 09:51:13 am
My good lady now want a BB8 for her birthday. Mind you she wanted a Meccano Meccanoid for Christmas (Girls and their toys)!
Sounds like she'd get on well with mine !!!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: paulprice on December 29, 2015, 09:52:16 am
Sounds like your nearly as accident prone as me
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on December 29, 2015, 11:21:21 am
Everyone involved in electronics has at some stage caught hold of a falling soldering iron, whilst it was switched on. It's a right of passage.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Only Me on December 29, 2015, 11:22:36 am
Been there, done that, also burnt the carpet ! :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on December 29, 2015, 04:15:52 pm
Been there, done that, also burnt the carpet ! :D

Ditto here, burnt my hand trying to catch it, dropped and then to save the carpet I put my foot out and ended up burning my toes as well.   :'( :-[
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on December 29, 2015, 04:18:31 pm
Been there, done that, also burnt the carpet ! :D

Ditto here, burnt my hand trying to catch it, dropped and then to save the carpet I put my foot out and ended up burning my toes as well.   :'( :-[

Nice one, Caz. If you're going to do something, do it properly!  :D

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Tdm on December 29, 2015, 06:26:07 pm
Whilst on the subject of occasionally having "senior" moments and doing stupid & silly things, nothing to do with my model railway, but a few years ago I once caused a multiple accident in our communal car park involving hitting a parked BMW and a new Astra.

The inhibitor switch on my Classic Car (which on an automatic car stops you starting in gear) broke, and I temporarily by-passed the wiring so I could still start the car.

A couple of weeks later I went to start the car one morning, but had forgotten to leave it in "Park" the previous day. I switched on and the car shot forward at some speed hitting the two cars mentioned that were parked directly opposite.

Did a considerable amount of damage to the BMW, less to the Astra, and my car suffered only a broken indicator light. I let the Insurance company sought that one out, and straight away removed the "bypass" wiring I had installed and ordered a new Inhibitor switch from the U.K.

Rather embarassing having to explain to the cars owners what had happened, but examining the damage caused to each vehicle just went to show how strong and solid old cars are compared to their modern day counterparts.

Fortunately not had any more accidents in the several years since, and back to paying the normal (unloaded) Insurance premium now.

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: javlinfaw7 on December 30, 2015, 12:39:44 am
Modern cars are designed to deform thus using up the energy involved in a crash ,classics ,much as I love them , do not deform thus pass the shock on to the passengers
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on December 31, 2015, 11:37:53 am
 ::) Please cancel  yesterday.  :'( :'(
From the time a phone call woke us up in the morning till we went to sleep at night everything seemed to be against us.
In fact don't cancel it .................... obliterate it from existence
 
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on December 31, 2015, 12:38:15 pm
Sounds like it was not a happy Xmas, Jon. Hope 2016 is better for you.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on December 31, 2015, 02:55:11 pm
Sounds like it was not a happy Xmas, Jon. Hope 2016 is better for you.
Christmas itself was quite good but it was just yesterday that saw every move  go wrong
roll on next week and normality  :-\ I say
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on January 03, 2016, 03:31:22 pm
 :worried: Ive felt sorry over the Xmas holiday for all those 'Upt Norf' whose season has been ruined by heavy rain and floods.
We've watched to road past us flood and become impassable quite a few times in the past 41 years but its never risen above the start of our garden. Several in the village have been flooded (small time) over the years but never seriously like those to our northern counties.
Today I' sat here watching the idiots on the road roar past sending spray well above vehicles and causing chaos for those walking on the now sunken pavements.
 >:D I hope the cars get waterlogged and breakdown.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 03, 2016, 03:43:57 pm
My sister and her husband live in an 18th century farmhouse on a lane called Syd Brook Lane - although it wasn't a lane on Boxing Day :goggleeyes:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/aa9bsfmkf9jl9to/Our%20Road%202%20%281%29.wmv?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/aa9bsfmkf9jl9to/Our%20Road%202%20%281%29.wmv?dl=0)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on January 03, 2016, 03:57:13 pm
My sister and her husband live in an 18th century farmhouse on a lane called Syd Brook Lane - although it wasn't a lane on Boxing Day :goggleeyes:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/aa9bsfmkf9jl9to/Our%20Road%202%20%281%29.wmv?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/aa9bsfmkf9jl9to/Our%20Road%202%20%281%29.wmv?dl=0)
  :doh: Fortunately we have never experienced anything as bad as that (and hope we never do)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on January 03, 2016, 04:11:14 pm
Pretty damp around here in Worcester, too.

Main roads have huge, deep ponds across their whole width and idiots are driving into them making huge waves.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Chetcombe on January 03, 2016, 08:50:40 pm
Have just returned from rescuing Mrs Chetcombe, who has suffered 2 flat tires courtesy of a local pothole. That makes our 4th and 5th puncture on this particular road over the last 4 or 5 years - it connects where we live to civilization and must be the worst road in America  :headbutt:

With two punctures, a tow truck was required and I know the local dealer will not have the tires in stock, so we will probably be without her car until at least Tuesday (if we are lucky...). The only saving grace is that I bought the wheel and tire protection package when I got the car so the tow and the new tires will not cost me anything.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on January 04, 2016, 10:46:48 am
:worried: Ive felt sorry over the Xmas holiday for all those 'Upt Norf' whose season has been ruined by heavy rain and floods.
We've watched to road past us flood and become impassable quite a few times in the past 41 years but its never risen above the start of our garden. Several in the village have been flooded (small time) over the years but never seriously like those to our northern counties.
Today I' sat here watching the idiots on the road roar past sending spray well above vehicles and causing chaos for those walking on the now sunken pavements.
 >:D I hope the cars get waterlogged and breakdown.
After about 2 hours of rising water the guy opposite attacked the drain covers on the opposite side of the road to us and all the flooding vanished in about 30 minutes for which we are immensely thankful
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 04, 2016, 02:43:34 pm
:worried: Ive felt sorry over the Xmas holiday for all those 'Upt Norf' whose season has been ruined by heavy rain and floods.
We've watched to road past us flood and become impassable quite a few times in the past 41 years but its never risen above the start of our garden. Several in the village have been flooded (small time) over the years but never seriously like those to our northern counties.
Today I' sat here watching the idiots on the road roar past sending spray well above vehicles and causing chaos for those walking on the now sunken pavements.
 >:D I hope the cars get waterlogged and breakdown.
After about 2 hours of rising water the guy opposite attacked the drain covers on the opposite side of the road to us and all the flooding vanished in about 30 minutes for which we are immensely thankful

Hope some poor sod elsewhere hasn't received a tsunami as a result, Jon :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on January 04, 2016, 02:59:30 pm
The water feeds into a stream which in about 5 miles north of us feeds a floodplain that is always in trouble but eventually everything from around here feeds into the Thames at Reading
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Trainfish on January 04, 2016, 07:55:09 pm
So now you've flooded London? Good on you  :-[

Sorry to those on here who live in London, you could always use your barrier if you turn it round the other way though  :doh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on January 05, 2016, 11:33:08 am
So now you've flooded London? Good on you  :-[

Sorry to those on here who live in London, you could always use your barrier if you turn it round the other way though  :doh:
Clearly you've never heard of "Bazalgette's Bath Plug", a large slightly tapered cast-iron disc located in the bed of the Thames just east of Westminster Bridge, which, when "pulled", can divert excess flow into a network of tunnels clad in cast iron built into the layer of London clay upon which the nation's capital rests.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on January 05, 2016, 11:49:38 am
So now you've flooded London? Good on you  :-[

Sorry to those on here who live in London, you could always use your barrier if you turn it round the other way though  :doh:
Clearly you've never heard of "Bazalgette's Bath Plug", a large slightly tapered cast-iron disc located in the bed of the Thames just east of Westminster Bridge, which, when "pulled", can divert excess flow into a network of tunnels clad in cast iron built into the layer of London clay upon which the nation's capital rests.
I thought that was the Tube  :-\
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on January 05, 2016, 12:18:20 pm
Only the Waterlogged & City line  ::)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 05, 2016, 12:19:42 pm
So now you've flooded London? Good on you  :-[

Sorry to those on here who live in London, you could always use your barrier if you turn it round the other way though  :doh:
Clearly you've never heard of "Bazalgette's Bath Plug", a large slightly tapered cast-iron disc located in the bed of the Thames just east of Westminster Bridge, which, when "pulled", can divert excess flow into a network of tunnels clad in cast iron built into the layer of London clay upon which the nation's capital rests.

Just hope those tunnels don't lead back to Basingstoke :worried: :laugh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 06, 2016, 12:05:43 pm
Having taken the cat to the cattery yesterday, and having psyched myself up for a triple by pass operation tomorrow, I've just had a call to say the master cutter is ill and my op won't occur until 19th Jan. Now to go and collect the cat again. Poor little bugger will wonder what the hell he's done to deserve this.
Only those who have been in the same boat will know how I feel about it all.
Still - at least the house has been dusted, vacuumed etc to within an inch of its life.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: ColinH on January 06, 2016, 12:22:53 pm
Having taken the cat to the cattery yesterday, and having psyched myself up for a triple by pass operation tomorrow, I've just had a call to say the master cutter is ill and my op won't occur until 19th Jan. Now to go and collect the cat again. Poor little bugger will wonder what the hell he's done to deserve this.
Only those who have been in the same boat will know how I feel about it all.
Still - at least the house has been dusted, vacuumed etc to within an inch of its life.

Nothing for it Nobby you'll just have to run trains  :hmmm: at least you won't be in hospital when all the junior doctors go on strike.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on January 06, 2016, 12:26:45 pm
Now to go and collect the cat again. Poor little bugger will wonder what the hell he's done to deserve this.
Awww, give the poor thing a special dinner & some treats, you'll be in the good books by tomorrow  ::)

Bummer re the cancellation - still, the 19th is close enough, it could have been 3 months away !  Good luck on it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on January 06, 2016, 12:32:35 pm
You'll be getting the cold shoulder treatment of Mr Tiddles, Mick. They don't like catteries. I go to have my aorta scanned on the 19th, so I'll be thinking of you. Don't worry about the op, (easy to say) you'll just nod off and wake up with pretty nurses fussing over you.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 06, 2016, 12:44:40 pm
Just called the cattery and, blow me down, he's settled in a treat. No doubt I'll be shown the puckered bumhole for a couple of days when I get him back :doh:

Don't worry about the op, (easy to say) you'll just nod off and wake up with pretty nurses fussing over you.

When I went for my pre-op on New Years Eve of course they gave me a good rollicking about smoking (although I have it down to single figures per day now) yet I estimate at least 85% of the nurses I saw around the hospital would be described as clinically obese. Needless to say, I didn't quip 'see you in the gym' :no:
Good luck on the 19th, Malc.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on January 06, 2016, 12:56:54 pm
When I went for my pre-op on New Years Eve of course they gave me a good rollicking about smoking (although I have it down to single figures per day now) yet I estimate at least 85% of the nurses I saw around the hospital would be described as clinically obese. Needless to say, I didn't quip 'see you in the gym' :no:
Good luck on the 19th, Malc.

And had you gone just outside the doors into a quiet area you'd have probably found a big bunch of the same nurses smoking away in secret - nursing has one of the highest percentages of smokers by profession, and yet you'd think seeing the effects day-in-day-out they'd know better! ::)


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on January 06, 2016, 02:33:35 pm
All the best for the op. Mike and I think I can say that for most of our members.
Its just a case of roll on the 20th now cause it will all be over by then  :beers:
Of course we wish Malc all the best as well :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 06, 2016, 03:58:25 pm
Well - Hookey (the cat) showed his feelings in no uncertain terms by laying an enormous, gag inducing  :poop: in the cat basket on the way back home. Lord knows when I'll get the stench out of my nostrils :laugh:
Needless to say he's fast asleep on my bed now ::)

When I went for my pre-op on New Years Eve of course they gave me a good rollicking about smoking (although I have it down to single figures per day now) yet I estimate at least 85% of the nurses I saw around the hospital would be described as clinically obese. Needless to say, I didn't quip 'see you in the gym' :no:
Good luck on the 19th, Malc.

And had you gone just outside the doors into a quiet area you'd have probably found a big bunch of the same nurses smoking away in secret - nursing has one of the highest percentages of smokers by profession, and yet you'd think seeing the effects day-in-day-out they'd know better! ::)


Paul

You're not wrong there, although Lord knows where they go as the entire site is a smoke free zone.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: scotsoft on January 06, 2016, 04:08:11 pm
At least you can be prepared next time with some air freshener  >:D

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on January 06, 2016, 05:26:17 pm
Poor Hookey!

Our Blue does the same thing when he has to travel. At just around 14lb, he's a big cat and makes a similar impression on his carrying device.

Not a nice thing to tidy up but have a try using the Dettol disinfectant aerosol - did the trick here! Boots and Tesco do it for around £3.

For Hookey's next trip, perhaps line his basket with loads of paper towel on top of a newspaper?

All crossable parts crossed for the 19th but no doubt you'll be hereabouts up till then and back again soon after.  :thumbsup:

Dave G


Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GeeBee on January 06, 2016, 06:00:50 pm
Sorry to hear all the problems will be thinking of you on the 19th
Graham
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: javlinfaw7 on January 06, 2016, 06:33:12 pm
I would be careful with Detol as any disinfectant that turns white in water can be poisonous to cats
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on January 06, 2016, 06:38:17 pm
I would be careful with Detol as any disinfectant that turns white in water can be poisonous to cats

Quite right - and also a load of other cleaning agents

'Cleaning and hygiene products such as bleach, cleaning fluids and creams, deodorants, deodorisers, disinfectants (particularly phenolic compounds like 'Dettol' which turn milky in water), laundry capsules and concentrated liquids, furniture and metal polishes. Concentrated washing liquids or powders can burn the feet and skin if cats walk through them.'
Ouch!!
Looks like you need to keep a cat in a cage... :)
See this link for more info..
http://icatcare.org/advice/cats-and-poisons (http://icatcare.org/advice/cats-and-poisons)
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on January 06, 2016, 07:03:50 pm
Very good advice.

Apologies if it looked as though I put our animals at any risk.

My suggestion was to disinfect the smelly bits which should always be well rinsed if not rewashed after the risk of lingering germs have been dealt with.

I have a trusty steam mop and attachments that deals with the majority of routine moggie marks and mistakes.  :)

Dave G

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: mr bachmann on January 06, 2016, 07:45:55 pm
could'nt imagine pets been smelly - especialy pussy's  :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: DELETED on January 06, 2016, 08:51:16 pm
I'm an oil and gas guy -ex-offshore and while everyone is rubbing their hands with glee at sub £1 / ltr at the fuel pumps, this past 18 months has been a total nightmare.  I can't seem to get any work anywhere, even sweeping workshop floors or stacking shelves.  Just before xmas I reached the point my property has to go -I can't get any work which pays the bills for knocking on for 18 months now and savings are empty.  I would normally go down to my folks for xmas but this year my Mum came up to me and we had a very quiet one.  Was painting walls and boxing up stuff on xmas and new years day, last few days I've been up and down the road in hired vans -we don't have allot of space at Mums so I've had to be ruthless.  It's like re-winding time 20 years ago.

..This new year marks my second out of proper work and pretty low esteem.  I know this s not a political forum but there certain things I see happening -or not (particularly in Scotland) which are not necessarily in  media coverage and well-hiden.  I don't know where to go from here.................
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on January 06, 2016, 08:55:00 pm
I'm an oil and gas guy -ex-offshore and while everyone is rubbing their hands with glee at sub £1 / ltr at the fuel pumps, this past 18 months has been a total nightmare.  I can't seem to get any work anywhere, even sweeping workshop floors or stacking shelves.  Just before xmas I reached the point my property has to go -I can't get any work which pays the bills for knocking on for 18 months now and savings are empty.  I would normally go down to my folks for xmas but this year my Mum came up to me and we had a very quiet one.  Was painting walls and boxing up stuff on xmas and new years day, last few days I've been up and down the road in hired vans -we don't have allot of space at Mums so I've had to be ruthless.  It's like re-winding time 20 years ago.

..This new year marks my second out of proper work and pretty low esteem.  I know this s not a political forum but there certain things I see happening -or not (particularly in Scotland) which are not necessarily in  media coverage and well-hiden.  I don't know where to go from here.................
Very sorry to hear your story. I think many of us forget the varying impacts, good and bad, that major changes to industry, prices etc. have on people.
I really hope things work out better for you soon in this new year. Good Luck.
 :sorrysign: :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: David Asquith on January 06, 2016, 10:24:27 pm
Keep your chin up RST.  Lots of people on here, are I am sure, rooting for you.  Good luck with your job search and fortunes in general.

Dave
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: David Asquith on January 06, 2016, 10:29:48 pm
Good luck for the 19th Mick and Malc

regards

Dave
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on January 06, 2016, 10:33:37 pm
Sorry to hear of your problems RST. I know it is easy for me to say as, fortunately, I have never been unemployed, although a fair few 'not good' things have happened over the last couple of years - but for anyone to appreciate the good things in life, they have to experience some bad. Good luck to you.  :beers: David.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Trainfish on January 06, 2016, 10:35:20 pm
What are your skills RST and are you willing to re-locate? I have a lot of good contacts including agencies down this way.

Mick & Malc, good luck to both of you. I know you think you have serious issues but they're nothing compared to the man flu I've had for 3 weeks now. Seriously though, get well soon and I expect to see you both posting on here on the 20th  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: DELETED on January 07, 2016, 01:06:28 am
What are your skills RST and are you willing to re-locate? I have a ghtlot of good contacts including agencies down this way.



I've been trying to Checmove "down south of the border" for years now.  I have allsorts of experience but little/no civils so no flooding checks. ID Checjecks etc.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Trainfish on January 07, 2016, 01:36:56 am
I've got a maintenance/handyman position vacant at the moment. Pay isn't great but better than nowt.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: DELETED on January 07, 2016, 03:07:27 am
I've got a maintenance/handyman position vacant at the moment. Pay isn't great but better than nowt.

...cant tell you how many jobs the same I went for this spec.  Truth is they only want a guy already doing this.  This type of thing would be great for me but -impossible to convince them I wouldn't move-off later which just isn't the  case or worse, they are outside my area so cant make commute work. It's a nightmare situation.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on January 07, 2016, 07:08:38 am
Best wishes and the very best of luck to all that are starting the new year with health and/or work challenges.

I'm now retired but I started work back in 1964 and over the ensuing 50+years I was made redundant 6 times. At one point I was veryclose to losing my home and that, I truly know, is a horrible situation.

Stick with it RST. There is an organisation out there that is looking for you to do what you do best. That happened to me and I spent the last 13 years of my working life with a great company.

All the best!

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 07, 2016, 09:46:25 am
So sorry to read about your situation, Rich, and can only hope things will improve very soon.
It's worthwhile having a few differing CV's dependent on what job you're after. When I was made redundant I applied for jobs like garage forecourt attendant etc and couldn't understand why I couldn't nail such a job but soon came to realise my CV over-qualified me and the company knew I wouldn't stay in the job if something better came up. As I was prepared to do almost anything just to work and pay bills, I kept a suitably 'dumbed down' CV for such posts.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Milton Rail on January 07, 2016, 11:22:17 am
Sorry to hear about your situation, I am oil & gas too & it has been a brutal couple of years & no end in sight - hope you get a good start to 2016, I assume you have contacts with the usual suite of agencies that service the oil industry.  Good luck

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MalcolmAL on January 08, 2016, 02:58:50 am
Well - Hookey (the cat) showed his feelings in no uncertain terms by laying an enormous, ,, in the cat basket on the way back home.
Needless to say he's fast asleep on my bed now ::)
good job (!) he was not really really displeased with you else he may have done things in reverse order (odure? , -gosh that even taxed google !! haha) and your bed would have been unspeakable !
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on January 15, 2016, 03:38:24 am
Having taken the cat to the cattery yesterday, and having psyched myself up for a triple by pass operation tomorrow, I've just had a call to say the master cutter is ill and my op won't occur until 19th Jan. Now to go and collect the cat again. Poor little bugger will wonder what the hell he's done to deserve this.
Only those who have been in the same boat will know how I feel about it all.
Still - at least the house has been dusted, vacuumed etc to within an inch of its life.

I was just poking through your posts to see if you'd gotten on alright. Sorry about the delay :/ Still wishing you the best with your operation! I hope you've made the best of these extra few pre-surgery days to get some good train time in :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on January 27, 2016, 07:43:46 am
More potential train money spent on other things.
Just taxed the car for another year!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on February 08, 2016, 11:25:14 am
 :veryangry: :veryangry: I knew I was getting off lightly this winter but Ive had to give in and start a course of antibiotics over the weekend  :censored:
Still the last time I needed to use any was back in May last year :scowl:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: scotsoft on February 08, 2016, 11:54:38 am
:veryangry: :veryangry: I knew I was getting off lightly this winter but Ive had to give in and start a course of antibiotics over the weekend  :censored:
Still the last time I needed to use any was back in May last year :scowl:

That can't be too bad considering the rotten weather we have had. I hope this will be your first and last lot for a long time  ;)

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on February 08, 2016, 12:23:08 pm
:veryangry: :veryangry: I knew I was getting off lightly this winter but Ive had to give in and start a course of antibiotics over the weekend  :censored:
Still the last time I needed to use any was back in May last year :scowl:
You have done better than me, not on any yet this year but spent Xmas and new year on them.

On a different note just had to open the window and now feeling cold but is better than superglue fumes
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on February 08, 2016, 12:24:28 pm
:veryangry: :veryangry: I knew I was getting off lightly this winter but Ive had to give in and start a course of antibiotics over the weekend  :censored:
Still the last time I needed to use any was back in May last year :scowl:

Feel better Jon! I'be got a little cold myself!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on February 19, 2016, 07:12:45 pm
New batch of drugs for the system to either accept or reject.
Doctor just started me on pills for rheumatoid arthritis - waiting to see if they help.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on February 19, 2016, 07:17:39 pm
New batch of drugs for the system to either accept or reject.
Doctor just started me on pills for rheumatoid arthritis - waiting to see if they help.

I hope they do :/
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on February 19, 2016, 09:17:06 pm
New batch of drugs for the system to either accept or reject.
Doctor just started me on pills for rheumatoid arthritis - waiting to see if they help.

I hope they do :/

Likewise. Good luck with the meds.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Luke Piewalker on February 19, 2016, 09:46:48 pm
Just a general lack of mojo here at the moment
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on February 19, 2016, 11:10:21 pm
Just a general lack of mojo here at the moment

Anything we can do to lift your spirits? Or something we can do to help get you energized and excited to work on your layout?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on February 20, 2016, 08:11:04 am
Just a general lack of mojo here at the moment

Anything we can do to lift your spirits? Or something we can do to help get you energized and excited to work on your layout?

That happens to quite a lot of us, Luke.

I've found a couple of days away from the railway room gets things going again. It can be hard work building a railway!  :sweat:

I'm sure the juices will start to flow again very soon but as offered by N-Gauge-US, anything we can do to provide a kick start, just let us know.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on February 20, 2016, 12:17:07 pm
How about some retail therapy ?

Buy that expensive loco that you've always hankered after but never dared buy ?

My mojo came back on Wednesday - hope yours will arrive soon.


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on February 20, 2016, 02:43:26 pm
Just a general lack of mojo here at the moment
There must be a bug going round  :veryangry: my mojo has completely deserted me at the moment. You have my sympathy 
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: DELETED on February 26, 2016, 12:34:31 am
Being an Oil and Gas (offshore) guy I couldn't get work for love nor money, nor work for free last year or so!  I got my new taxcode the other week and noticed a small jobseekers deduction which to be nonest hasn't been right for almost 18 months now andI've tried correcting before.  HMRC won't speak to me about it, I'm so fed up waiting on hold for the DWP -then I finally get through they won't speak to me and put me through to a sepaerate deptd.  Another 30mins on hold and that dept have no knowledge of me -can't help -recommend I contact DWP -so where do I go these days;  HMRC problem but they have to get DWP approval -default DWP for my case is to go to HMRC for resolution!!????  Nobody will speak to me about resolving my case, I just end-up on endless hold music.

...I would use their E-Mail service but rather co-incidentally talktallk my provider has made a complete mess of their service so it's between non-existant and barely usable.

Rich
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on February 26, 2016, 12:52:03 am
Rich, certainly seems like you have cause to complain.  :( .The following link is the HMRC charter -
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-charter/your-charter#A1 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-charter/your-charter#A1)

There is a section in there about how to complain. Hope it helps.  :thumbsup: David.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on February 26, 2016, 07:30:41 am
Rich

Try emailing your MP or calling their local office with the details of the problem and ask for his/her help.

All the best - hope you get things sorted and find a worthwhile job very soon.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Lawrence on February 27, 2016, 10:32:22 am
Looks like I am going to be a victim of the same issues Rich (RST) is experiencing as we do a lot of work for the oil & gas industry, we have just had one person paid off and us techs have been put on short time for 3 months with redundancies to be reviewed at the end of that period.  Losing a third of my salary even for 3 months is going to be tough, and there just is not much out there at the moment.
Rock and a hard place really, can't afford to move, can't afford to stay.  Can only hope things pick up in the next few months.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GeeBee on February 27, 2016, 11:27:55 am
So sorry to hear that Lawrence as you say you can only hope things pick up. Fingers crossed for you
Graham
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on February 27, 2016, 11:58:45 am
Sorry to hear of your situation it's always a worry I've been made redundant several times since I Left school and changed my type of work as well but I've been lucky the longest I was out of work was two weeks and a few days .
I hope you can stay where you are but if not fingers crossed  you will find something else no after what it might be.
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on February 27, 2016, 01:19:08 pm
An awkward situation, Lawrence, but here's hoping it all turns out for the best. I was made redundant from the BBC in 1995, so started freelance engineering. Never looked back.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on February 27, 2016, 01:53:26 pm
Hope your sales guys can bring in a few contracts, Lawrence.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on February 27, 2016, 04:06:55 pm
All the best, Lawrence.

Been there several times so know the pain and have a set of T shirts.

Hope you find something worthwhile soon.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: silly moo on February 27, 2016, 04:15:33 pm
My daughter was made redundant while she was visiting us for a weeks holiday. Got back to work out her notice only to be knocked off her bicycle by a Royal Mail van. She has a bent bike and two cracked elbows.

Luckily all her friends have rallied round are are looking after her by cooking for her and providing lots of chocolate. The accident hasn't put her off cycling one bit. She loves riding her bike.

She was expecting the redundancy but it's never nice when it actually happens. She is lucky that she will be able to do freelance work but with that you are always wondering where the next job will come from.

I admire her tremendously for coping so well.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on February 27, 2016, 04:23:46 pm
Wish your daughter a speedy recovery and finds herself a really busy freelancer - whatever she may do.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GeeBee on February 27, 2016, 08:06:08 pm
Had my two favourite locos die this week one just stopped and has not moved since the other the DCC decoder shorted down to the chassis result on very unwell decoder and when I tried to run the other one in DC mode it stuttered forward about an inch the lights went out you can feel the motor spinning but nothing happens
 :censored:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: DELETED on February 28, 2016, 12:42:29 am
Rich

Try emailing your MP or calling their local office with the details of the problem and ask for his/her help.

All the best - hope you get things sorted and find a worthwhile job very soon.

Dave G

...My local MP is of course SNP and I will have nothing to do with that party whatsoever, they're partly why I ended up out of work in the first place.  Sorry, not allowed to talk politics  :worried:

Quote
Looks like I am going to be a victim of the same issues Rich (RST) is experiencing as we do a lot of work for the oil & gas industry, we have just had one person paid off and us techs have been put on short time for 3 months with redundancies to be reviewed at the end of that period.  Losing a third of my salary even for 3 months is going to be tough, and there just is not much out there at the moment.
Rock and a hard place really, can't afford to move, can't afford to stay.  Can only hope things pick up in the next few months.

Over 100,000 oil UK reportedley guys out of work and the government are amazingly quiet about it which says allot.  We won't be producing our oil / ags in the future.  This isn't the worst of it yet and the knock-on effects are huge.  My best wishes to you!  It took me a long time to find work -actually I was looking for work for a long time out the industry and found a great job in the end though I desperately miss it.

[quotey daughter was made redundant while she was visiting us for a weeks holiday. Got back to work out her notice only to be knocked off her bicycle by a Royal Mail van. She has a bent bike and two cracked elbows.

Luckily all her friends have rallied round are are looking after her by cooking for her and providing lots of chocolate. The accident hasn't put her off cycling one bit. She loves riding her bike.

She was expecting the redundancy but it's never nice when it actually happens. She is lucky that she will be able to do freelance work but with that you are always wondering where the next job will come from.

I admire her tremendously for coping so well.][/quote]

...Thats pretty bad news, hope she's OK.  Best wishes.

Rich

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on February 28, 2016, 09:51:03 am
Very sorry guys. :(

Rich, that sounds like a bureaucratic nightmare :/

Lawrence, I join the others in wishing you all the luck in finding something (hopefully something you enjoy). I hadn't considered what falling oil prices were doing to the British oil and gas industries. :/ Hopefully, being involved in the tech side of things, you'll find something else soon. :)

Silly Moo, I'm so sorry to hear that your daughter's trip ended so badly. :( It must be very frustrating for you, so far away, but it is great that she is so resilient and has such supportive friends around. I hope she has a speedy recovery!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MikeDunn on February 28, 2016, 11:17:11 am
...My local MP is of course SNP and I will have nothing to do with that party whatsoever

Whoever is in is immaterial : they are obliged to assist all constituency members, not just those that voted for them.  See http://www.ukpolitical.info/YouandyourMP.htm (http://www.ukpolitical.info/YouandyourMP.htm) for info (some copied below).
Quote

Once elected, the job of an MP is to represent the people of his or her constituency (constituents) in Parliament, whether or not they voted for him or her. You only have one MP so even if you voted for one of the other candidates and you disagree with the views of your MPs party, your MP is still there to help you with all matters for which Parliament or central government is responsible. 
[...]
Problems often arise with work carried out by central government departments and your MP will be able to help you with such areas as tax problems involving the HM Revenue and Customs

No-one forces you to use them : but you are rejecting what may well be the best source of assistance based on a prejudice ...  You would rather this dispute drags on & on (you've already wasted 18 months by your own admission on this) & you never get it addressed ?

By not using them, you are allowing them to be lax on their job responsibilities.  Why not make them work for a change  ::)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Lawrence on February 28, 2016, 02:34:01 pm
Hope your sales guys can bring in a few contracts, Lawrence.

Well they keep telling us there are quite a few decent projects in the pipeline (no pun intended) problem is the industry is in such a mess, potential customers are reticent to commit and even then are forcing margins so tight it is hardly worth it.
I even bought a lottery ticket yesterday, would have been better saving the £2 :veryangry:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on March 08, 2016, 07:21:50 am
Aaargh... so having acquired a Dapol 52, the smoke evidently escaped from the electrickery bits (which is not the subject of this unhappiness blast) so I've finally got round to sending it back before the warranty expires, which is costing a good tenner from this corner of the world. Anyway it just filtered through to me that the repair people are DCC Supplies... guess where I passed within a mile or two in December? Could have saved myself the postage...
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MinZaPint on March 14, 2016, 05:36:40 pm
Well I'm seriously unhappy, for some years now I've been picking up a pal of mine from terminal 4 at Heathrow, I've just found out that they've closed the Wetherspoons (Windsor Castle) where I used to wait with some fodder and a pint!   :censored: It'll certainly cost him a few pints when I get him home!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on March 14, 2016, 08:16:52 pm
Yep, enough to make me cry, for sure.  :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on March 17, 2016, 11:05:12 pm
Having finally, after months of delay, gotten my permanent track layed and everything running smoothly, I decided to ballast. Ballasting was a learning experience and it doesn't look great but it all runs fine. The unhappiness is because I apparently got too much scenic cement into the switch machine and so now it is as dead as a door nail. Actually, it worked one direction until I disassembled it. Now it works neither way. :(  Another one ordered (at the equivalent of 9£) should be here next week. I suppose the hand of God will be signalman for the next week.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on March 24, 2016, 03:11:59 pm
Looking like Easter is going pear-shaped, when taking my elderly mother shopping she had a funny turn in the supermarket.
Just waiting to hear from the hospital to know if they are keeping her in or I can collect her later.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 24, 2016, 03:18:44 pm
Hope you get the OK to collect your Mum and that she's recovered.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on March 24, 2016, 07:15:21 pm
Looking like Easter is going pear-shaped, when taking my elderly mother shopping she had a funny turn in the supermarket.
Just waiting to hear from the hospital to know if they are keeping her in or I can collect her later.

Sorry to hear it. I hope she is alright!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GeeBee on March 24, 2016, 11:51:39 pm
Just spent the last week trying to fight off another chest infection and have now been told by DWP that I will not get a decision for another 2 1/2 months *********  :censored:
Graham
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 25, 2016, 02:58:06 am
Fancy expecting any government department to make a quick decision, Graham ::) :telloff: ;)
I really hope you can shake the infection off much quicker than that.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ditape on March 25, 2016, 05:11:14 am
Unfortunately 2 1/2 months seems about average for the DWP it took them that long to answer a simple question about my pension, well anyway I hope you get well soon.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on March 25, 2016, 05:28:54 am
Hope the infection is not too serious and soon clears up. 2 1/2 months for the DWP to answer a query - flipping 'eck - I sent off my forms for my UK pension last week, but, because I live in Ireland, I had to send them to the Irish equivalent of the DWP. I hope both sets of departments don't take 2 1/2 months, I hit 65 at the end of May! I was told that it should all be sorted within 8 weeks.................  :worried:.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: rogercrossley on March 25, 2016, 07:41:12 am
I think the electorate voted for a low tax-low spend economy by electing the current government, committed to reducing government expenditure. This includes reducing the number of staff at DWP. Very fast decisions on state pensions would depend on additional staffing which would mean higher taxes. Take your pick. (Sorry if this is political, but so is commenting on DWP's performance). Roger.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GeeBee on March 25, 2016, 11:05:52 am
I think the electorate voted for a low tax-low spend economy by electing the current government, committed to reducing government expenditure. This includes reducing the number of staff at DWP. Very fast decisions on state pensions would depend on additional staffing which would mean higher taxes. Take your pick. (Sorry if this is political, but so is commenting on DWP's performance). Roger.

 :sorrysign:
Sorry if I upset you roger I was not trying to be political I was just saying having had the DWP enforce me changing to PIP in November 2015 and being told it could take up to 16 weeks and now being told last week that it will take a further 10 weeks the stress this is causing is really not nice and 7 months is IMO too long but then I am the one waiting.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: rogercrossley on March 25, 2016, 11:20:23 am
No apology needed! If you are being 'migrated' (DWP speak!) from DLA to PIP and there is nothing unusual about your claim, DWP should still being paying you the DLA until decision is made. If you need further advice, let me know (rogerandbrendacrossley@sky.com) as Bren advises claimants on how to get best deal from DWP and would be willing to discuss. Roger.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GeeBee on March 26, 2016, 12:17:29 am
No apology needed! If you are being 'migrated' (DWP speak!) from DLA to PIP and there is nothing unusual about your claim, DWP should still being paying you the DLA until decision is made. If you need further advice, let me know (rogerandbrendacrossley@sky.com) as Bren advises claimants on how to get best deal from DWP and would be willing to discuss. Roger.

Many thanks for that Roger if things don't improve I will email you for some help, they are still paying my DLA but my mobility car was due to be changed in February, motability have been great and extended the lease for 6 months, problem is my car is manual drive and with the onset of osteo artritis it has been suggested that I drive an automatic and we were just starting the process when all this started.
Never mind it could be worse !!!!!!
Graham
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: rogercrossley on March 26, 2016, 08:28:58 am
Graham, just get in touch if you need to. Bren will be pleased to help if it's needed. Roger.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on March 26, 2016, 09:51:40 am
 :claphappy: Mum is now home again - turned out she had a diabetic turn, first one in over 5 years but they kept her in overnight  just in case
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on March 28, 2016, 11:02:40 pm
Teenagers - 17years old and whingeing about tooth ache all because a Wisdom tooth is coming through  :doh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Trainfish on March 28, 2016, 11:18:31 pm
Teenagers - 17years old and whingeing about tooth ache all because a Wisdom tooth is coming through  :doh:

Ooh, you're a harsh man. Mine have hurt on and off over the years like nothing has hurt before and they still won't remove them  :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 29, 2016, 09:45:14 am
I had to go to the dentist to have a wisdom tooth put in :-[
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on March 29, 2016, 10:15:40 am
I had to go to the dentist to have a wisdom tooth put in :-[

May be it's an idea to go back and ask them to switch it on!  :P

PS: Had mine taken out as they couldn't get them to work.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Trainfish on March 30, 2016, 12:58:53 am
Returned mine as they said Norman wanted them back
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 30, 2016, 03:25:50 am
Returned mine as they said Norman wanted them back

Were they the ones with the pearl insets, John? :-X
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on March 30, 2016, 04:06:30 am
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
There's a lot of people in this book, but I'm not one of the. Strange, that.  :worried:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 30, 2016, 04:28:29 am
I feature quite strongly in the book 'Nolledge for Idiots' :-[
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on March 30, 2016, 04:35:11 am
I'll be heading down the club for a few beers later this arvo with a bunch of blokes who sit around the table of NOledge.

It's funny, no matter where in the world you go for a drink, there's always a table of NOledge!  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: paulprice on March 30, 2016, 10:56:53 am
I'll be heading down the club for a few beers later this arvo with a bunch of blokes who sit around the table of NOledge.

It's funny, no matter where in the world you go for a drink, there's always a table of NOledge!  :beers:

We call it philosophers corner in my local watering hole
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Trainfish on March 31, 2016, 01:31:42 am
Ours is called the office. Unfortunately the manager passed away last year. 'Twas a good wake though!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on April 03, 2016, 05:48:42 am
Any kind of oily fish will help ease the pain a bit. Trouble is I don't eat fish so take 1000mg fish oil capsules each day.
After reading about fish oil here, and with just about joint I have starting to give me stick, I bought a bottle of 1000mg fish oil capsules last week, and have been taking 4 a day.

So far, after a week, no change at all. How long does it take to get a result?

Will I grow gills and fins?

Worried, Wollongong.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on April 03, 2016, 06:00:50 am
Any kind of oily fish will help ease the pain a bit. Trouble is I don't eat fish so take 1000mg fish oil capsules each day.

Will I grow gills and fins?

Worried, Wollongong.

Don't be daft. All that will happen is that you will get psoriasis......................
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think about it  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on April 03, 2016, 06:14:34 am
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on April 03, 2016, 08:52:35 am
Dear Worried

Keep taking the tablets. You never know, they may deliver changes you didn't expect!

https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://static1.squarespace.com/static/51d3cf8fe4b097e07edbf987/5277deefe4b06f1a7db47179/5277fc67e4b0c10d4aa41ddb/1383595125439/FINAL_131101_27x29_AquaCopper_Mermaid_SB.png&imgrefurl=http://theartreserve.com/sitemap.xml&h=720&w=669&tbnid=OwQV39LCPCPBOM:&docid=KaehgWwk22U-ZM&ei=asoAV9iJCITjO-DulbgH&tbm=isch&ved=0ahUKEwjY5ueE_fHLAhWE8Q4KHWB3BXcQMwhxKEowSg (https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://static1.squarespace.com/static/51d3cf8fe4b097e07edbf987/5277deefe4b06f1a7db47179/5277fc67e4b0c10d4aa41ddb/1383595125439/FINAL_131101_27x29_AquaCopper_Mermaid_SB.png&imgrefurl=http://theartreserve.com/sitemap.xml&h=720&w=669&tbnid=OwQV39LCPCPBOM:&docid=KaehgWwk22U-ZM&ei=asoAV9iJCITjO-DulbgH&tbm=isch&ved=0ahUKEwjY5ueE_fHLAhWE8Q4KHWB3BXcQMwhxKEowSg)

Do take care and drink lots of water!

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on April 04, 2016, 02:52:04 am
Any kind of oily fish will help ease the pain a bit. Trouble is I don't eat fish so take 1000mg fish oil capsules each day.
After reading about fish oil here, and with just about joint I have starting to give me stick, I bought a bottle of 1000mg fish oil capsules last week, and have been taking 4 a day.

So far, after a week, no change at all. How long does it take to get a result?

Will I grow gills and fins?

Worried, Wollongong.

Supposedly it makes a huge difference with your cholesterol too. It's worth mentioning that if you freeze them before you take them, you don't get those nasty fish burps ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on April 04, 2016, 03:04:46 am
Unfunny, Dave  :P
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on April 04, 2016, 03:13:18 am
Dear Worried

Keep taking the tablets. You never know, they may deliver changes you didn't expect!

[url]https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://static1.squarespace.com/static/51d3cf8fe4b097e07edbf987/5277deefe4b06f1a7db47179/5277fc67e4b0c10d4aa41ddb/1383595125439/FINAL_131101_27x29_AquaCopper_Mermaid_SB.png&imgrefurl=http://theartreserve.com/sitemap.xml&h=720&w=669&tbnid=OwQV39LCPCPBOM:&docid=KaehgWwk22U-ZM&ei=asoAV9iJCITjO-DulbgH&tbm=isch&ved=0ahUKEwjY5ueE_fHLAhWE8Q4KHWB3BXcQMwhxKEowSg[/url] ([url]https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://static1.squarespace.com/static/51d3cf8fe4b097e07edbf987/5277deefe4b06f1a7db47179/5277fc67e4b0c10d4aa41ddb/1383595125439/FINAL_131101_27x29_AquaCopper_Mermaid_SB.png&imgrefurl=http://theartreserve.com/sitemap.xml&h=720&w=669&tbnid=OwQV39LCPCPBOM:&docid=KaehgWwk22U-ZM&ei=asoAV9iJCITjO-DulbgH&tbm=isch&ved=0ahUKEwjY5ueE_fHLAhWE8Q4KHWB3BXcQMwhxKEowSg[/url])

Do take care and drink lots of water!

Dave G

Seeing the "Aqua Marina" pics there; definitely start giving them to the missus. :drool:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on April 04, 2016, 03:35:43 am
Aqua Marina didn't talk, either  :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on April 04, 2016, 06:15:39 am
Unfunny, Dave  :P

 :sorrysign:  :'(

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: JBQFC on April 10, 2016, 04:57:22 pm
not the best of weeks first the wife's mum dies then i find out  i have colitis now my nanna has died not a good time at all  :'(
john
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on April 10, 2016, 05:04:34 pm
Condolences, John.

A tough time for you just now. Wishing you happier days ahead.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on April 10, 2016, 05:48:15 pm
Really sorry to hear your news life can be very cruel sometimes you have my deapest sympathy.
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 10, 2016, 09:18:05 pm
Sorry to read that, John :(
They say bad things occur in threes so things should improve for you, I hope.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on April 10, 2016, 11:17:12 pm
Yes, a bad week indeed. Chin up, mate.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on April 12, 2016, 02:55:25 pm
Hate being a pauper, went past a garage selling one of my all-time favorite cars.Genuine Lancia Delta Integrale
In Martini livery and LHD.
 Probably just as well I can't afford it- dread to think what the insurance would be.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 12, 2016, 03:29:25 pm
Probably cost you more to rust proof it for this country than it would to insure!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MinZaPint on April 12, 2016, 04:31:12 pm
Probably cost you more to rust proof it for this country than it would to insure!

My mums old fiat 128 resembled a lace curtain by the time she got rid of it! the handbook actually advised using the old sump oil as underseal!  :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on April 14, 2016, 11:45:54 am
Sat here all morning expecting a phone call from my GPs breath nurse to see where we go from here.
Been a nightmare week with chaotic sleep pattern/hacking cough
Now have zero mojo, zero stamina, zero interest.
Defiantly  a very bad week  :veryangry:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on April 14, 2016, 12:16:58 pm
Know exactly how you feel Jon , currently waking up at around 0400 hrs after sleeping for about 4 hours and peak flow around 180/200.  Doctor won't do anything until I have had my scans to see if they can do anything other than giving me steroids again with side effects that causing other problems.  Come on NHS sort it out because I feel absolutely  :censored:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on April 14, 2016, 02:04:03 pm
Practice nurse phoned up about 12-30 and I bent her ear quite heavily. :unimpressed: Entered her panic mode and got an instant appointment with GP on Monday morning instead of having to wait till next month.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 14, 2016, 08:28:12 pm
The nearest hospital to me is Chorley and, yeah, they are closing the A & E department as they can't get the staff to run it. It will only re-open when the staffing levels have been attained. The next 'nearest' is Preston and that is a pig to get to/park at.
In the meantime my GP is open Monday, Tuesday morning, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning.
Tuesday afternoon they have staff training and Thursday morning you can only see the vampirephlebotomist.
Is it any wonder people head for A & E when they can't see their GP? :unimpressed:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on April 14, 2016, 09:55:34 pm
The same in this part of the world. Having seen my GP in February, I was phoned by the cardiology department in our local hospital to tell me that I had an appointment in November, there was no date earlier than this. A friend of mine who has a non working valve amongst other things has to wait until December.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 14, 2016, 10:10:58 pm
The same in this part of the world. Having seen my GP in February, I was phoned by the cardiology department in our local hospital to tell me that I had an appointment in November, there was no date earlier than this. A friend of mine who has a non working valve amongst other things has to wait until December.

Blimey! :o
I don't think things are as bad as that here :-\
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Dorsetmike on April 15, 2016, 10:41:07 am
Things seem a bit better here "dahn sarf" my GP practice have 7 doctors covering two locations, surgeries morning and afternoon at both places, even an evening surgery Thursdays and early morning Tuesday from 0700.

I had blood for tests taken on Wednesday this week and have a docs appointment for results next Wednesday. Just hope the rapid response to the tests is not bad news.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ozymandias on April 18, 2016, 03:39:02 pm
Humph. Just spent three months getting settled in my new flat, the landlord comes round on Friday and gaily announces that he's selling up and I have to find somewhere else to live.

Really annoying - it's a perfect flat and not too expensive. :( Maybe this should be in the angry thread. >:(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 18, 2016, 03:52:28 pm
What a charmer he is, Gideon ::)
What notice has he given for you to find somewhere?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zwilnik on April 18, 2016, 04:07:19 pm
Humph. Just spent three months getting settled in my new flat, the landlord comes round on Friday and gaily announces that he's selling up and I have to find somewhere else to live.

Really annoying - it's a perfect flat and not too expensive. :( Maybe this should be in the angry thread. >:(

I've had that happen to me before too. It's bloody annoying.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ozymandias on April 18, 2016, 04:10:48 pm
Thanks guys! :)

I should be able to find somewhere else - I could just do without the hassle and extra expense of moving again. Just as long as it's got a garage for Charlotte the Mini, a spare room for my kids and space for my trains... ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on April 18, 2016, 04:42:37 pm
Tell him you are a sitting tenant and are staying put, but if he makes the right offer, you might consider moving.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on April 18, 2016, 09:11:18 pm
Tell him you are a sitting tenant and are staying put, but if he makes the right offer, you might consider moving.

I agree with that. I don't think he can throw you out. If he wants to sell he's got to include the sitting tenant. Stick in there and let him buy you out.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: paulprice on April 19, 2016, 07:52:13 am
Humph. Just spent three months getting settled in my new flat, the landlord comes round on Friday and gaily announces that he's selling up and I have to find somewhere else to live.

Really annoying - it's a perfect flat and not too expensive. :( Maybe this should be in the angry thread. >:(
Bloody landlords

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ozymandias on April 19, 2016, 10:06:30 am
I'm three months into a six-month contract - but he'd made it pretty plain that he was hoping for a long-term tenant when I first moved in.

I've got three months to find somewhere, so it could be a lot worse - just a pain!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MrDobilina on April 19, 2016, 10:49:16 am
I'm three months into a six-month contract - but he'd made it pretty plain that he was hoping for a long-term tenant when I first moved in.

I've got three months to find somewhere, so it could be a lot worse - just a pain!


I think you need to read this before making plans

http://www.landlordlawblog.co.uk/2013/07/25/four-ironclad-rights-tenants-have-if-their-landlord-wants-to-sell-their-property/ (http://www.landlordlawblog.co.uk/2013/07/25/four-ironclad-rights-tenants-have-if-their-landlord-wants-to-sell-their-property/)

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zwilnik on April 19, 2016, 11:03:13 am
If anything it's a benefit to your landlord to have a sitting tennant. Means that if anyone's buying it to let, they've got income from day one.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on April 22, 2016, 12:11:32 pm
I'm three months into a six-month contract - but he'd made it pretty plain that he was hoping for a long-term tenant when I first moved in.

I've got three months to find somewhere, so it could be a lot worse - just a pain!

Rough luck, Ozymandias. I have had to move a number of times in the last few years, once because of a situation similar to yours, and I know it is absolutely no fun.

And I would consider asking the landlord to help defray your moving costs as compensation for forcing you to move, or imply that you might be less willing to go easily ;)

Whatever ends up happening, I hope you find a new place you like even more (perhaps with more train space?) and that the moving process isn't too dreadful :/
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MrDobilina on April 22, 2016, 12:19:20 pm
to help defray your moving costs fund your model railway addiction as compensation
FTFY  :P
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ozymandias on April 22, 2016, 12:35:23 pm
to help defray your moving costs fund your model railway addiction as compensation
FTFY  :P

 :laughabovepost:

Very true..! Thanks for all the words of support, guys. :)

I'm kind of resigned to moving now, but trying to view it as the chance to find somewhere even better, with room for the GWR (Gideon's Wildly-overambitious Railway) which is languishing in the garage at former home.

Rents are pretty hideous round my way - I shall just have to restore and sell a lot more locos! ;)

Onwards and upwards!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: paulprice on April 22, 2016, 12:46:24 pm
to help defray your moving costs fund your model railway addiction as compensation
FTFY  :P

 :laughabovepost:

Very true..! Thanks for all the words of support, guys. :)

I'm kind of resigned to moving now, but trying to view it as the chance to find somewhere even better, with room for the GWR (Gideon's Wildly-overambitious Railway) which is languishing in the garage at former home.

Rents are pretty hideous round my way - I shall just have to restore and sell a lot more locos! ;)

Onwards and upwards!

Move up north, people keep saying its cheaper up here, but being as poor as a church mouse I would not know  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MrDobilina on April 22, 2016, 01:07:32 pm
Time for my own rant.

So my car has been in service since Monday morning 8am.

I was told yes quick easy job (minor coolant leak) - drain coolant, replace some tubing, seal everything, dry, test. 2 days job, here have a courtesy car all under warranty - me thinking brilliant!

I called them today after hearing nothing all week wondering what is going on. The guy who answered says oh yes I can see your car, its currently up in the air missing the entire front with parts all over the place.....

So.....not a 2 day job then, I have a courtesy car which drives like a tank (Ford Eco Sport - dislike intensely), and I need to go away this weekend on a long 5 hour round trip.

I hate not being informed of this kind of stuff when it is clearly going to have an impact on my plans!

The small silver lining is that they have said that it needs £3500 of parts (new engine effectively) and I don't have to pay a penny. But I want my own car back!!!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on April 22, 2016, 01:25:12 pm
Time for my own rant.

So my car has been in service since Monday morning 8am.

I was told yes quick easy job (minor coolant leak) - drain coolant, replace some tubing, seal everything, dry, test. 2 days job, here have a courtesy car all under warranty - me thinking brilliant!

I called them today after hearing nothing all week wondering what is going on. The guy who answered says oh yes I can see your car, its currently up in the air missing the entire front with parts all over the place.....

So.....not a 2 day job then, I have a courtesy car which drives like a tank (Ford Eco Sport - dislike intensely), and I need to go away this weekend on a long 5 hour round trip.

I hate not being informed of this kind of stuff when it is clearly going to have an impact on my plans!

The small silver lining is that they have said that it needs £3500 of parts (new engine effectively) and I don't have to pay a penny. But I want my own car back!!!

I'm sorry :/ I can certainly sympathize. My own car has been out of commission for a while and I'm finally getting it worked on now, but I'm terrified of what the final bill will be. At least hopefully when you get your car back, it will be in a condition that will last a good while. :) Would've been nice to have been informed though. His description of it all in pieces must have been a bit of a shock! Thank goodness you don't have to pay for it at least :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on April 22, 2016, 03:10:09 pm
Can someone please invent some kind of "app" for communicating with pre-toddlers? The little blighter has taken to awakening at ungodly hours with unspecified complaints, the usual diagnostics (teething? nappy? hungry? thirsty? hug needed?) don't seem to work any more.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ozymandias on April 22, 2016, 03:13:14 pm
Can someone please invent some kind of "app" for communicating with pre-toddlers? The little blighter has taken to awakening at ungodly hours with unspecified complaints, the usual diagnostics (teething? nappy? hungry? thirsty? hug needed?) don't seem to work any more.  :hmmm:

He/she has probably seen your trains and wants to play! ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steve Brassett on April 22, 2016, 03:16:04 pm
Can someone please invent some kind of "app" for communicating with pre-toddlers? The little blighter has taken to awakening at ungodly hours with unspecified complaints, the usual diagnostics (teething? nappy? hungry? thirsty? hug needed?) don't seem to work any more.  :hmmm:
And can you make it work with puppies, as well?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MrDobilina on April 22, 2016, 03:17:29 pm
And can you make it work with puppies, as well?

I can't make it work with cats let alone kids!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on April 22, 2016, 06:54:43 pm
Can someone please invent some kind of "app" for communicating with pre-toddlers? The little blighter has taken to awakening at ungodly hours with unspecified complaints, the usual diagnostics (teething? nappy? hungry? thirsty? hug needed?) don't seem to work any more.  :hmmm:

When ours were small I found that holding them by one leg and tapping their heads against the wall seemed to soothe them to sleep. :D (where's that "devil" emoticon thingy)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on April 22, 2016, 07:29:19 pm
Can someone please invent some kind of "app" for communicating with pre-toddlers? The little blighter has taken to awakening at ungodly hours with unspecified complaints, the usual diagnostics (teething? nappy? hungry? thirsty? hug needed?) don't seem to work any more.  :hmmm:

Sounds like he just wants some attention, which is pretty common. At some point, you just have to put in ear plugs and let them cry it out and eventually they will sleep through the night, I've heard. Not exactly pleasant and some parents can't bring themselves to do it until the child is old enough to talk, but letting them cry in the middle of the night is apparently part of having a baby. Lol Certainly not the part I'm looking forward to! I hope Squiddy JR starts sleeping a little more soundly, soon, as I'm sure you're going crazy getting up and down in the night!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on April 22, 2016, 11:40:46 pm
Having had three, I must have been through that, but it's so long ago I can't remember.

Either that or it's Freudian repression  :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on April 24, 2016, 04:15:04 pm
Can someone please invent some kind of "app" for communicating with pre-toddlers? The little blighter has taken to awakening at ungodly hours with unspecified complaints, the usual diagnostics (teething? nappy? hungry? thirsty? hug needed?) don't seem to work any more.  :hmmm:

Sounds like he just wants some attention, which is pretty common. At some point, you just have to put in ear plugs and let them cry it out and eventually they will sleep through the night, I've heard. Not exactly pleasant and some parents can't bring themselves to do it until the child is old enough to talk, but letting them cry in the middle of the night is apparently part of having a baby. Lol Certainly not the part I'm looking forward to!

A word of meta-advice then - all advice you receive concerning your baby will not actually apply to your baby as he/she will have his/her own way of doing things which will not fit into any of the Official Charts/Timelines or the experience of people advising you.

In particular, regarding the baby's grandparents:
Having had three, I must have been through that, but it's so long ago I can't remember.
their memories will be so outdated and confused that pretty much any advice is guaranteed to be hopelessly wrong.

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on April 24, 2016, 08:38:17 pm
I think we had a baby once but I can't be sure. :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on April 24, 2016, 08:40:58 pm
Railsquid after 5 grandchildren and the fact the oldest 2 are of an age to produce great-grandchildren I am now worried :doh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MrDobilina on April 29, 2016, 02:24:22 pm
As I mentioned in here recently my car is in for servicing, this has turned into a brand new engine being fitted but the silver lining is that I don't have to pay for it.

The down side is that today I called up to see progress as it's been with them for 12 days now and last Friday they said the new engine was being fitted as we spoke, the front was all off and the new engine was being prepped.

Today however they have told me that the car still isn't ready and won't be ready until the middle to end of next week  :veryangry: :censored:

Whilst I agree this is just an inconvenience it does mean I am still lumbered with a car that does much less miles per gallon and is a nightmare to park as it has a whole wheel on the back of it, not to mention it is at least 1.5x the height of my normal car and feels weird to drive.

I really should have asked if they'd replace the front tires by way of compensating me for the amount of time spent  :censored:ing around with my car :veryangry2:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on May 04, 2016, 09:35:58 am
 ??? Probably nothing to worry about but am nervous about my hospital scan later this morning. I just hate the places
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ozymandias on May 04, 2016, 09:39:40 am
??? Probably nothing to worry about but am nervous about my hospital scan later this morning. I just hate the places

Best of luck - I hope it goes well! :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on May 04, 2016, 10:55:13 am
??? Probably nothing to worry about but am nervous about my hospital scan later this morning. I just hate the places

Best of luck - I hope it goes well! :)

Ditto good luck from here also
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GaryAlan on May 04, 2016, 12:27:31 pm
hope all's well mate :wave:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on May 04, 2016, 02:08:23 pm
That's that out of the way just got to wait for the results in about ten days time
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jerry Howlett on May 04, 2016, 02:41:37 pm
Got to take Mrs "H" for a scan tomorrow and the a mammogram next Monday.  The added bonus is unlike UK hospitals nobody will speak English..  Sorry there is not that much difference nowadays....

Best wishes "Oldman".  Jerry

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 04, 2016, 03:36:41 pm
That's that out of the way just got to wait for the results in about ten days time

Hope all goes well. It's not easy to maintain any dignity in hospitals, especially if you can't tie robes behind your back :-[
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on May 04, 2016, 04:43:37 pm
Hope all goes well. It's not easy to maintain any dignity in hospitals, especially if you can't tie robes behind your back :-[
Did not have to undress as went suitably clothed - No zips or metal parts in the clothes just had to warn them about the screws in one foot.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 04, 2016, 09:19:16 pm
Hope all goes well. It's not easy to maintain any dignity in hospitals, especially if you can't tie robes behind your back :-[
Did not have to undress as went suitably clothed - No zips or metal parts in the clothes just had to warn them about the screws in one foot.

A strange place to keep prison warders :laugh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on May 04, 2016, 09:32:05 pm
Used to be great fun when my job involved flying around the world, Airport Security used to hate me until I started carrying a print of the xray showing the reconstruction work which meant I did not have to take socks off and just put the foot in the metal detector.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 04, 2016, 09:43:46 pm
10 years ago my Mum had a quadruple by pass so her breastbone is held together with steel wire. She sets the alarms off at all airports. Not that I have a passport but I can assume the same would now happen to me.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on May 18, 2016, 08:31:08 pm
Maybe should be in other thread but the one thing (36" Steel Straight Edge) I use when cutting large sheets of board has gone missing. Also need to find the large steel square before I mark out my foam board baseboard.

Just make it another job for the to do list.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 18, 2016, 09:02:08 pm
Maybe should be in other thread but the one thing (36" Steel Straight Edge) I use when cutting large sheets of board has gone missing.

Have you checked out the yard? :laugh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on May 18, 2016, 09:13:24 pm
 :smiley-laughing: :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on May 18, 2016, 09:14:13 pm
Have you checked out the yard? :laugh:
Have they got your address Mick so they can fit the regulation jacket with straps :laugh3:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 18, 2016, 09:17:25 pm
Have you checked out the yard? :laugh:
Have they got your address Mick so they can fit the regulation jacket with straps :laugh3:

I'm in an 'open' asylum so don't have to wear the wrap around sleeves until 11pm. Then it's the padded room for me.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GaryAlan on May 19, 2016, 12:08:39 pm
Day jar view or what!  I'm also missing my aluminium yard rule too :goggleeyes:  Last seen in my dad's new greenhouse.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GeeBee on May 22, 2016, 11:20:05 pm
Been feeling progressively more unwell throughout the day Temperature now 38.7 Pulse 106 and just been informed the Dr will call about 2 am  :oopssign:
Graham
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GaryAlan on May 22, 2016, 11:54:19 pm
Get well soon Graham.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on May 23, 2016, 06:17:55 am
Hope the Doc sorts you out OK, Graham.

Take it easy.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 23, 2016, 10:57:53 am
Very worrying, Graham.
I hope you're OK and can let us know soonest.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GeeBee on May 23, 2016, 03:35:40 pm
It seems I have acquired a viral bug so no antidiabolics just rest and lots of fluids unfortunately alcohol free  :'(
ah well if all else fails I will go and have a lay down again. I have slept in excess of 22 hours since Saturday
Many thanks for all your best wishes
Graham
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: port perran on May 23, 2016, 04:23:30 pm
Take it easy and get well soon.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on May 23, 2016, 10:50:36 pm
Take it easy, Graham. Shame about the non alcoholic beverages. But if it's any consolation,  a recent blood test showed that my iron levels have gone sky high again (I have haemachromatosis) and my liver function abnormalities have doubled in the past 12 months.

Which means I have to go back on monthly blood dumps - but that's not as bad as what the doctor said to me  ;D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on May 24, 2016, 11:55:06 am
Don't go near any of those scrap yards that use huge electromagnets on a crane, George.   :angel:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Tom U on May 24, 2016, 12:36:55 pm
I have always suffered from mild anaemia, despite my copious intake of red wine!
Always gets flagged on my annual medical checkup.
I just tell the doctor that my wife is a vampire.  That seems to close the discussion  :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on May 24, 2016, 01:15:36 pm
Bloomin' anaemia!  I forget a lot of stuff too, George.  :doh:  :D

This does remind me that I got a 'yellow letter' from Nursie yesterday. Annual demand for a check up to prove I'm still here. :wave:

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on May 25, 2016, 12:18:46 am
Don't go near any of those scrap yards that use huge electromagnets on a crane, George.   :angel:
Yeah.... I certainly don't need an Iron Man suit like Robert Downey Jr  8)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on June 09, 2016, 07:07:10 pm
Maybe this should be in the happy thread but what I have coming up later this month I don't like - have had them before so know what to expect.
Just seen today a specialist having been refered by my GP and so the month wait was worth it in the end, Today 4 phials of blood for blood tests, a chest x ray and have before the end of the month a Barium Meal and a Camera down the throat jobby :thumbsdown:. He also wants the doctor to refer me to a chest specialist in case the problems are related.

Oh the joys of getting older.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on June 09, 2016, 07:26:27 pm
Just been for my 6 monthly visit to the phlebotomist. Took an armful for testing. The joys of being diabetic.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on June 09, 2016, 07:31:38 pm

Oh the joys of getting older.

Know the feeling! Went for the results of my MRI scan a couple of weeks back. My prostate is that enlarged, it is getting squashed  :o and the specialist  says there is a 'small' shadow, (it is small, they let me see the pics), but he does not think it is anything too serious, but we will find out when I go for my third biposy in about 3 months - this one under general anest, anest, annezth, I will be 'knocked out' for a bit  :goggleeyes:

Anyway, I hope things go well for you.  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on June 09, 2016, 08:30:44 pm
have before the end of the month a Barium Meal and a Camera down the throat jobby :thumbsdown:.

Make sure you get the camera before someone who is getting it from the other end!

Just been for my 6 monthly visit to the phlebotomist. Took an armful for testing. The joys of being diabetic.

You are Tony Hancock and I claim my £5.

So sorry to hear of everyones' ailments :(

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: lil chris on June 09, 2016, 11:34:47 pm
Hi everyone, if he gets a camera that's been up someones other end has Mick puts it, do not blame me I have not had a colonoscopy for at least 12 months. I used to have that record of Tony Hancock the blood donor, it was funny at the time.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on June 10, 2016, 06:32:19 am
Best wishes for all that are going through their medical tests.

Camera down the throat - been there - not the nicest thing.

My routine check-up due later this month but hoping for a 'no change' report.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: paulprice on June 10, 2016, 07:33:26 am
Best wishes for all that are going through their medical tests.

Camera down the throat - been there - not the nicest thing.

My routine check-up due later this month but hoping for a 'no change' report.

Dave G

Good luck Mr Dave
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on June 10, 2016, 11:42:41 am
 :worried: For once nursie and doctors got things wrong  :hmmm: :help: :help:
Calcium tablets Ive been on for years have been replaced by a super all dancing ,inproved :-\ Trouble is they come with dancing, multi  coloured  flashing cartoon lights that only  I can see  :hmmm:  advised cure.................keep taking them and see if things settle over the first month  :-\
One of my inhalers now changed to  multi  purpose once every 24 hours miracle devise  ??? effects wear off after 18 house usually
Cure .......................as for item 1 above  >:D.
Am I happy................. er          nope  :veryangry: :veryangry:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on June 10, 2016, 11:54:40 am
:worried: For once nursie and doctors got things wrong  :hmmm: :help: :help:


Why am I not shocked?
I bet they've found a cheapo substitute in order to save money so tell 'em where to stick it, Jon, and get your old stuff back for you.
My Mum's doctor cheapened one of her meds and Mum ended up in hospital with similar effects to severe sunburn. That was 4 years ago and she still suffers from it to this day :veryangry:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: scotsoft on June 10, 2016, 11:59:49 am
Why can't they follow the simple rule - If it ain't broke don't fix it.

I feel for you having to endure these side effects and I hope they settle quickly.

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on June 10, 2016, 05:31:47 pm
They wanted to change one of my diabetic medications that has been working well. I was a bit put out and asked why they were changing it. I was expecting some clap trap about price, but it transpired the EU drug administration had withdrawn the European license because it had been killing people. I kept quiet.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on June 10, 2016, 07:50:05 pm
withdrawn the European license because it had been killing people.

That is one way of getting the waiting lists down  :worried:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on June 10, 2016, 09:19:45 pm
withdrawn the European license because it had been killing people.

That is one way of getting the waiting lists down  :worried:

True, but it was only occurring in Switzerland ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on June 12, 2016, 11:35:53 am
This is what happens when drug companies are allowed to do their own field trials. Apparently they had been fiddling the figures to get the drug approved. It was only when the body count started getting a bit high that someone in the US checked. Having said that, most of the medications I take list death as one of the (extremely rare) side effects.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on June 12, 2016, 11:56:46 am
 :veryangry: :censored:
Due to the heat and medication changes Ive had to give and start  another course of steroids . Hope they will kick in fairly soon start working  soon  :worried:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: kiwi1941 on June 12, 2016, 12:14:28 pm
They wanted to change one of my diabetic medications that has been working well.

Which one? [Brian, A curious diabetic]
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on June 12, 2016, 03:15:18 pm
They wanted to change one of my diabetic medications that has been working well.


Which one? [Brian, A curious diabetic]

It was Rosiglitazone.   http://www.nhs.uk/news/2010/09September/Pages/rosiglitazone-avandia-drug-suspended-heart-risk.aspx (http://www.nhs.uk/news/2010/09September/Pages/rosiglitazone-avandia-drug-suspended-heart-risk.aspx)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: kiwi1941 on June 12, 2016, 10:34:26 pm
Which one? [Brian, A curious diabetic]

It was Rosiglitazone.   http://www.nhs.uk/news/2010/09September/Pages/rosiglitazone-avandia-drug-suspended-heart-risk.aspx (http://www.nhs.uk/news/2010/09September/Pages/rosiglitazone-avandia-drug-suspended-heart-risk.aspx)
[/quote]

Phew! Not on my list of medictions. Many thanks, Brian
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: stevewalker on June 23, 2016, 12:51:29 pm
Bought two digi-hats online, on Sunday 12th. I had hoped they'd arrive by the weekend, but they didn't arrive 'til Monday 20th. Over the weekend I discovered a split gear on the first loco that I was going to convert, so I ordered a few replacements on Monday and left the conversion 'til their arrival. On Wednesday, the gears arrived and the digi-hats have disappeared :veryangry: My wife insists that she did not move the envelope, but I am convinced it was still there on Tuesday night.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: JBQFC on June 23, 2016, 07:56:41 pm
got the rumble in my guts that signals the my colitis is going to kick off  >:(
have upped my meds so hopefully stop it before it gets too bad
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on June 23, 2016, 08:07:41 pm
I thought it was thunder accompanying the rain we have here  ;D. But I hope the med's work.  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on June 24, 2016, 05:36:36 am
Unhappy that I can fire off some purchases of British outline trains at a much reduced price. I will say no more.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: mr bachmann on July 06, 2016, 03:45:38 pm
daft lady drivers - I learnt this yesterday , luckily not me ...

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/pictures-classic-car-punted-on-to-roof-in-stroud-crash/story-29474074-detail/story.html (http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/pictures-classic-car-punted-on-to-roof-in-stroud-crash/story-29474074-detail/story.html)

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ozymandias on July 06, 2016, 03:51:24 pm
daft lady drivers - I learnt this yesterday , luckily not me ...

[url]http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/pictures-classic-car-punted-on-to-roof-in-stroud-crash/story-29474074-detail/story.html[/url] ([url]http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/pictures-classic-car-punted-on-to-roof-in-stroud-crash/story-29474074-detail/story.html[/url])


I used to live in Stroud - I know that road well. Desperately sad about the bubble car - I'd be heartbroken if that was my Mini!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: scotsoft on July 06, 2016, 05:32:11 pm
I thought it was mandatory to be breathalysed after being involved in an accident  :hmmm:

I had the chance to drive one of these bubblecars many years ago and I enjoyed every minute of that drive.

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: JBQFC on July 20, 2016, 10:26:02 am
well my colitis rumblings have turned into a full blown attack so back on steroids and antibiotics  :censored:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: David Asquith on July 20, 2016, 01:25:53 pm
In West Yorkshire Police breath tests were only mandatory after an accident causing injury.  A police officer has the discretion to breathalize in other situations if he suspects drink or drugs are involved
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on July 20, 2016, 02:29:33 pm
well my colitis rumblings have turned into a full blown attack so back on steroids and antibiotics  :censored:
Ouch not good news but the medications should sort it out quike quickly for you I hope
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on July 20, 2016, 05:17:02 pm
Very sorry to hear your news but hope you're feeling better very soon
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on July 20, 2016, 05:28:43 pm
well my colitis rumblings have turned into a full blown attack so back on steroids and antibiotics  :censored:
Ouch not good news but the medications should sort it out quike quickly for you I hope

In the meantime keep downwind ::)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: JBQFC on July 20, 2016, 06:48:07 pm
well my colitis rumblings have turned into a full blown attack so back on steroids and antibiotics  :censored:
Ouch not good news but the medications should sort it out quike quickly for you I hope

In the meantime keep downwind ::)

down another town would better it can get very bad  :help:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on July 27, 2016, 04:00:57 pm
The Squidlet (18 months old) experienced an unexpected attack of flatulence the other day, the expression of surprise on his face was priceless.

We interrupt this post to note this M5.3 earthquake (http://typhoon.yahoo.co.jp/weather/jp/earthquake/20160727234725.html) shaking Railsquid's trains

In unhappy news, aforesaid Squidlet had his 18 month checkup the other day, and idiot doctor decided he was a slow developer as he was unable to distinguish a giraffe from an elephant. Which is hardly surprising as he has only minimal exposure to either. Now, an octopus and a panda, he would have no problems with. Or a Shinkansen and a picture of a train which runs on our local line...
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: JBQFC on August 01, 2016, 05:33:59 pm
well my birthday treat today was a trip to the doctors as my colitis is still playing up
so now have yet more pills and have to take more of the one i have already got
 >:(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on August 01, 2016, 08:22:42 pm
As I still find it difficult to move without my back jerking my body with spasms I've had to give up my seat on this Thursdays Scarborough Spa Express railway trip. Anyone going to York station between 11.30 and midday will see the steam loco booked to run York-Scarborough-York, currently booked as 8F 48151. :'(
I have X rays at the local hospital on Friday which, to me, are a waste of time as an MRI scan will show up soft tissue which an X ray won't so if I have a prolapsed disc as per my quack surely the MRI scan is the more obvious choice ???
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on August 01, 2016, 08:36:50 pm
Sorry that you are still having problems, Mick and you are having to give the trip a miss.

Do hope things can get sorted for you quickly.

Best wishes to all that are under the weather right now and hope things will be better soon.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on August 01, 2016, 08:42:43 pm
Thanks Dave - looks like it's my turn to have Liz's 'annus horribilis'
(Glad I didn't miss an 'n' out of 'annus')
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on August 01, 2016, 08:50:05 pm
Thanks Dave - looks like it's my turn to have Liz's 'annus horribilis'
(Glad I didn't miss an 'n' out of 'annus')

Indeed - that could've dropped you in a right old hole!  :-X

 :wave:

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on August 01, 2016, 09:32:34 pm
Thanks Dave - looks like it's my turn to have Liz's 'annus horribilis'
(Glad I didn't miss an 'n' out of 'annus')

Indeed - that could've dropped you in a right old hole!  :-X

 :wave:

Dave G

a bit of a bummer that! :-X
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on August 01, 2016, 09:43:49 pm
NPN - Shame about the trip, as the following posts say - 'bit of a bummer'  :). As regards the disc, I, like you, can not see any point in an ordinary x-ray. When I had my MRI scan in May, that only just showed up a 'problem', so an x-ray would be have been totally useless. Which reminds me, hospital appointment should be arriving any time soon.... :sweat:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on August 03, 2016, 06:15:57 am
Not happy.
Rat chewed through some wires in my car last night.  Spent over an hour splicing in new bits.  >:(

Poison baits laid out in roof cavity. >:D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on August 03, 2016, 06:21:39 am
You sure it wasn't local rats like the ones that took my tools  >:D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Webbo on August 03, 2016, 06:25:52 am
Not happy.
Rat chewed through some wires in my car last night.  Spent over an hour splicing in new bits.  >:(

Poison baits laid out in roof cavity. >:D

That's what happens when you don't feed them properly.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on August 05, 2016, 05:34:02 pm
Got all excited today as an envelope appeared through my door from the DVLA.
"Huzzah" I thought. "Those folks are on the ball and have returned my driving licence after the agreed 6 months surrender"
Opened said envelope and it was just a form for me to renew the car tax :'(
Teasers.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: GeeBee on August 06, 2016, 09:33:28 am
Got all excited today as an envelope appeared through my door from the DVLA.
"Huzzah" I thought. "Those folks are on the ball and have returned my driving licence after the agreed 6 months surrender"
Opened said envelope and it was just a form for me to renew the car tax :'(
Teasers.

Now that was really unkind still keeping fingers crossed for you
Graham
👍
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on August 15, 2016, 11:05:41 am
Off at a tangent here, but during my last 3 visits to the UK, I am always amazed at how much the Brits love their dogs.

We have 'em here in Australia, too, but it always seems to me that EVERYONE there has a woof woof!

Anyway, me old schoolmate posted me a Facebook thing that his mate was asked to leave Weatherspoons Harrogate 'cos he'd taken his dog (looks like a cocker spaniel) into the beer garden.

Seems harsh to me, but there again, here in Aus, you can't take a dog near any premises.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on August 15, 2016, 11:09:32 am
Probably Health & Hygiene laws especially if they serve food.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on August 15, 2016, 11:33:13 am
Well, it is Yorkshire  ;D

Just joking, Yorkshire members!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on August 15, 2016, 11:49:45 am
Off at a tangent here, but during my last 3 visits to the UK, I am always amazed at how much the Brits love their dogs.

We have 'em here in Australia, too, but it always seems to me that EVERYONE there has a woof woof!
Noted the same a couple of years ago.
Some of the ugliest dogs I have ever seen, some seem to be overly large disfigured rats.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on August 15, 2016, 11:56:41 am
Yeah, you are probably right... but you can go into country pubs and there often multiple doggies in there.

Mind you, pickled eggs are the menu   ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on August 15, 2016, 11:57:34 am
Well, it is Yorkshire  ;D

Just joking, Yorkshire members!

As a Yorkshireman, I resemble that remark  ;D. Most shops and all food places, both here in Ireland and back home, seem to have signs up stating that dogs are not allowed, except 'assistance' dogs. I appreciate that people need 'assistance' dogs, but a dog is a dog  ???
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on August 15, 2016, 12:02:14 pm
I'm talking about loose ones  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on August 15, 2016, 12:30:16 pm
I'm talking about loose ones  :thumbsup:

Wot - pickled eggs  :worried: :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on August 15, 2016, 01:07:58 pm
 :thumbsup: :laughabovepost:

Hey don't knock pickled eggs, here at the Antipodes I make 'em and attempt to sell 'em.....
except, like woof woofs, they are not allowed in Aussie drinking holes.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on August 15, 2016, 05:49:34 pm
:thumbsup: :laughabovepost:

Hey don't knock pickled eggs, here at the Antipodes I make 'em and attempt to sell 'em.....
except, like woof woofs, they are not allowed in Aussie drinking holes.

I wouldn't want to knock a pickled egg, I might hurt myself. :'(
I think it's a good idea woof woofs are not allowed in holes, they'd have difficulty getting out. :P
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on August 15, 2016, 06:38:45 pm
Ok people nuffs enuff. No more yolks about pickled eggs. You've cracked enuff eggs for now. I think you've exceeded the shellf life of these scrambled yolks and need to move on to something more hard boiled...
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on August 15, 2016, 06:54:37 pm
You can just picture it can't you? Bealman pushing his barrow, fork in hand, shouting "Pickled eggs, get yer pickled eggs".  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on August 15, 2016, 07:02:54 pm
You can just picture it can't you? Bealman pushing his barrow, fork in hand, shouting "Pickled eggs, get yer pickled eggs".  :smiley-laughing:
I don't think that's something. I'd want to picture thanks.
 :no:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on August 15, 2016, 08:03:53 pm
Not surprised George has got pickled eggs . . .


. . . . must be all that Aussie beer :D


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on August 15, 2016, 11:54:11 pm
 :pint: :pint: :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Webbo on August 16, 2016, 01:46:37 am
:thumbsup: :laughabovepost:

Hey don't knock pickled eggs, here at the Antipodes I make 'em and attempt to sell 'em.....
except, like woof woofs, they are not allowed in Aussie drinking holes.



I recall seeing jars of pickled eggs in Oz pubs in bygone years, but I suppose the risk of explosion with the combination of eggs and beer has caused them to be banned. However, now that smoking is not allowed in Oz pubs, the risk of a nasty accident is greatly diminished.

Not only are there lots of dogs in the UK, but they are litterate and literate too judging by the number of signs posted around the country for their benefit. Some of them are archaeology aficionados indicated by the following sign seen at Skara Brae, a Neolithic village excavation on the Orkney Islands:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/4229-160816013912.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=42996)

Webbo
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on August 16, 2016, 08:29:16 pm
Is dog fouling an Orkney sport?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Webbo on August 19, 2016, 09:39:43 am
We had our Labrador cross, Kyla, put to sleep a couple of hours ago. She was a wonderful dog and had a very good innings being 2 weeks shy of 17 years old. I am feeling terrible and will miss her greatly.

Webbo

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/4229-190816093439.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=43033)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on August 19, 2016, 09:44:13 am
So sorry to hear that Webbo. We have had to have two of our dogs put to sleep, (one is my picture), it's like loosing a member of the family, but at least you have your memories.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on August 19, 2016, 09:46:28 am
We had our Labrador cross, Kyla, put to sleep a couple of hours ago. She was a wonderful dog and had a very good innings being 2 weeks shy of 17 years old. I am feeling terrible and will miss her greatly.

Webbo
Sorry for your loss Webbo. We all get so attached to our pets and its a great shame and sorrow when they eventually have to leave us.
 :sorrysign:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on August 19, 2016, 09:46:58 am
Sorry to hear of your loss Webbo. IMHO it's almost worse than loosing a family member. Dogs never answer back, stay out late, are glued to a phone or complain. Best thing is to get another dog.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steve Brassett on August 19, 2016, 10:09:19 am
As a fellow dog owner, who had to have a dog put down earlier this year, I really feel your pain.  17 years is a mighty fine innings, though, especially for a larger dog.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on August 19, 2016, 10:22:01 am
 :sorrysign: from a fellow dog lover I know how you feel if you look back we had to have our Buster put to sleep about two and a half years ago he had the dog equivalent of demtia and was loosing the use of his back legs as well ,we now have a lovely little dog called Mitzy but some times I forget and in the night if she wakes me I call her Buster, I will never ever forget him he was like a baby to Val and me , Leave it a while to grieve for your loss and get another dog because a house is not a home without a dog.
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on August 19, 2016, 12:35:22 pm
Really sad for you, Webbo.

Give yourself a little time and then, if you can, find a new member of the family to love and care for.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on August 19, 2016, 01:14:32 pm
A horrible time for all concerned, Webbo. If all participants agree find yourself another dog asap (preferably from a centre caring for strays)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Papyrus on August 19, 2016, 05:28:39 pm
What a beautiful old girl! They break your heart when they go, don't they, even if they have lived to such a good age. I know from experience that the easiest way to get over your grief is to get another as soon as possible. Our old dog is 14 now and we hope he has another couple of years in him, but we also have his 1 year old great-grand-daughter who we refer to as the monster raving loony puppy... She drives us mad, but the house wouldn't be the same without either of them.

Sympathy and best wishes from our family.

Chris
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: lendix on August 19, 2016, 06:20:56 pm
Needed somewhere to be unhappy too.
 I included a motorised turntable in my new layout, and sought help from the forum re controlling it. In the end, used a Locotech motor, and powered both the bridge and the motor from a track control on my also new Morley Vortrack controller through a spdt switch. Worked perfectly, really nice and slow, even able to stop the turn spot on, but......
The track control eventually (after several months of use) began to get hot, and eventually stopped working in one direction. Got told off severely by Morley who said the track control should not be used for the TT motor. (Actually, I still can't see why, it's only a 12v DC motor less powerful than for a loco). They repaired the controller for me (making their point pretty severely again), so now I have a turntable with an unpowered power! Somehow I need to find a way to power it again with a rheostat of some sort - and a major rewire too, which is a pain.
If anyone's got any ideas or suggestions, they'd be welcome.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on August 19, 2016, 10:45:51 pm
I'm sorry about your loss Webbo. I too recently had to put down one of our dogs who lost the use of her back legs. It's hard but time heals and when you're ready another dog will help you through.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Webbo on August 20, 2016, 02:11:53 am
Thank you all for your kind words. And my belated sympathies to those who have lost a dog or cat especially fairly recently.

We lost another dog about 18 months ago due to sudden illness (Jess) which I found to be very hard, but time did heal although I still really miss her. At least with Kyla, we knew the end of her days could not be very far away as she had renal disease and was gradually deteriorating. Even so, we have lost a dear friend and member of the family. After our first dog died, we obtained a kelpie puppy who is a real joy but is hyperactive and a bit destructive to car seatbelts, television remotes, the garden, the house.

Webbo

 
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on August 20, 2016, 07:13:54 am
Just did a quick read on Kelpies as I'd not heard of them before.

http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/australiankelpies.html (http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/australiankelpies.html)

Wow! You certainly seem to have a ball of fire (fur) there.

All the best and please keep us in touch with your canine developments.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jillingsbri on August 20, 2016, 08:14:05 am
I'm not happy with this apparent two tier speed limit system that exists on the Marchwood bi-pass Nr Southampton.

There is a 40 mph limit for a large section, presumably because of including a couple of busy juctions and a school crossing (fare enough I guess).  I've travelled this route daily for the last 20 years and can honestly say I and the other drivers have habbitually edged over to the nearside to allow motor cyclists to overtake safely when seeing them fast approaching in the rear view mirror.  These guys have absolutely no regard for the speed limit, nor for the weather/traffic conditions.  They just have to pass everything in front of them, and it is a very busy petrol tanker route (Nr Fawley Refinery)  I swear some of these bikers must have a death wish ::)

Hence the apparent two tier system >:(

No I'm not anti biker, as I was one myself for about 35 years.  However, I'm now 73 and put my longevity partially down to not riding like a complete idiot all those years.

And another thing, while I'm on a roll  ;)  Talking about death wishes. How come cyclists either ignore red traffic lights and some, not all, insist on riding at night, sometimes down completely dark roads (Including said bi-pass) with no lights whatsoever.  In the sixties I would have had my collar felt for either one. How times change  :hmmm:

Incidentally, is the reason for some speed cameras facing  away from oncoming traffic, to see the registration of motorcycles.  Not having one on the front of course.

That's my rant for the day ;)

Cheers| Brian

PS. The layour is on hold as I'm skint :'(  Just had to have a new car alternator fitted... :thumbsdown:
 
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on August 20, 2016, 09:15:44 am
Needed somewhere to be unhappy too.
 I included a motorised turntable in my new layout, and sought help from the forum re controlling it. In the end, used a Locotech motor, and powered both the bridge and the motor from a track control on my also new Morley Vortrack controller through a spdt switch. Worked perfectly, really nice and slow, even able to stop the turn spot on, but......
The track control eventually (after several months of use) began to get hot, and eventually stopped working in one direction. Got told off severely by Morley who said the track control should not be used for the TT motor. (Actually, I still can't see why, it's only a 12v DC motor less powerful than for a loco). They repaired the controller for me (making their point pretty severely again), so now I have a turntable with an unpowered power! Somehow I need to find a way to power it again with a rheostat of some sort - and a major rewire too, which is a pain.
If anyone's got any ideas or suggestions, they'd be welcome.

I'd be inclined to get a 16V transformer and a cheap controller (eg. Hornby), that should replace your good one on this duty. I do agree with you that it should be capable of doing the job, however if you continue to use it the manufacturer could be difficult. At least with a cheapo you won't lose much if it too goes belly up
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Webbo on August 20, 2016, 09:45:58 am
Just did a quick read on Kelpies as I'd not heard of them before.

[url]http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/australiankelpies.html[/url] ([url]http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/australiankelpies.html[/url])

Wow! You certainly seem to have a ball of fire (fur) there.

All the best and please keep us in touch with your canine developments.

Dave G


Dave, what the piece has to say that you refer to is pretty right. My wife and I knew exactly what we were getting into as our Jess who died more than a year ago was also a Kelpie. The way I look at it, dogs like Kelpies and Border Collies are a big effort but provide a big reward. The destructive behaviour has subsided as Tilly grows from a puppy into an adult, but she still seems intent on digging her way to China. Kelpies are probably the quintessential Australian farm dog being used extensively to round up sheep and other live stock so there are lots of them in this country. They are popular in cities too.

Webbo
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jerry Howlett on August 20, 2016, 08:59:31 pm
Bit late on this thread but having lived in Italy for 11 years now we have our own "Pet Sematary".  All gone in the last 3 years and the oldest was only 13 and we had one who died in the car en route to the vets!!!..... We are now the proud companions of 2 rescue dogs but still shed the odd tear or lots when I find pictures of the old boys and girl.
Our hearts go out to you Webbo.
Jerry

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on August 22, 2016, 06:56:53 pm
 :'( Breathing collapsed with infection Wednesday 7:15PM, in hospital by 8:30PM, future uncertain. More news as and when. :'(

(typed out by son)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on August 22, 2016, 07:10:00 pm
:'( Breathing collapsed with infection Wednesday 7:15PM, in hospital by 8:30PM, future uncertain. More news as and when. :'(

(typed out by son)

Sorry to learn that.

Get better very soon, Jon!

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on August 22, 2016, 07:21:07 pm
Get better soon Jon, you certainly get your share of health problems makes mine seem a piece of cake. 
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on August 22, 2016, 07:45:56 pm
All the best Jon thoughs with  you and yours get well soon
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on August 22, 2016, 07:58:35 pm
Fingers crossed, Jon. Get well soon.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on August 22, 2016, 08:17:23 pm
 :sorrysign: to hear that Jon you sure do go through the wars don't you ,I hope you make a speedy recovery.
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on August 22, 2016, 08:39:51 pm
So sorry to hear that, Jon. Come back to us soon. Best wishes.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Webbo on August 22, 2016, 11:48:41 pm
Pneumonia? Very sorry to hear this Jon. Hope to see you on the go before long.

Best wishes
Webbo
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on August 23, 2016, 08:22:10 am
Hey Jon you'd better get well cos if you die I'll kill you!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on August 23, 2016, 03:29:30 pm
Small improvement today, more news at the end of the week I hope.

(typed by son)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Pengi on August 23, 2016, 03:35:33 pm
Wishing you all the best Jon, keep fighting
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: marco neri on August 24, 2016, 05:46:44 am
What an earthquake tonight...I' m awake from 3,36 tonight....sadly centre of Italy (where I live) is highly seismic zone..

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Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on August 24, 2016, 05:57:01 am

What an earthquake tonight...I' m awake from 3,36 tonight....sadly centre of Italy (where I live) is highly seismic zone..

Picking up the news this morning - we are 1 hour behind you. Hope you are OK.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: marco neri on August 24, 2016, 06:01:47 am
Yes,
Thank you...me and my family are all OK....

Marco



What an earthquake tonight...I' m awake from 3,36 tonight....sadly centre of Italy (where I live) is highly seismic zone..

Picking up the news this morning - we are 1 hour behind you. Hope you are OK
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: marco neri on August 24, 2016, 06:20:35 am

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37171953 (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37171953)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on August 24, 2016, 09:46:17 am
So sorry to hear about the fatalities and injured, Marco. :(
The lovely buildings can be replaced.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on August 24, 2016, 10:19:47 am
I hope none of your family and friends have been affected by the tragedy ,one of my friends wife's family live in Italy and I've checked with him but they all live in the north but they do have one friend who lives in the area who they are trying to contact but can't get through yet hopefully it's just a communication problem.
Let's hope the death toll doesn't go up more once they start clearing the damage.
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: marco neri on August 24, 2016, 10:33:52 am
Hi Bob,
'Til now me, my family and my friends are all OK....communications are very difficult ....telephone lines are all overpowered, especially in our zone...the real problem is that have been shocked many small towns over the mountains (Appennini) very difficult to rescue..roads and bridges are damaged...

Marco
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jerry Howlett on August 24, 2016, 02:18:50 pm
Hi Marco,

We had a couple of small tremors here over the last 2 years they only lasted a few seconds and that is scary. Luckily for us we are too far north to have felt last nights one. Our thoughts are with you and all those affected.

Auguri

Jerry
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: marco neri on August 24, 2016, 02:28:20 pm
Hi,
I know about Tuscany last two years...

Grazie Jerry
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on August 24, 2016, 03:47:12 pm
Hi Marco, glad you & your family are ok. If there's anything we can do just ask.
best wishes Steve
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: marco neri on August 24, 2016, 04:14:17 pm
Hi Steve,
Many thanks for your wishes and thoughts....at moment situation is not too bad.....army, fire fighters and other military polices are doing a good work..
However will be my first thought ask to if you can do anything...

Thank you all guys

Marco
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: marco neri on August 26, 2016, 08:56:24 am

Last (sad) news..
It seems there are 3 english victims...owner of an holiday-house in that zone...

Marco
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jerry Howlett on August 26, 2016, 09:39:10 am
Marco,

The UK TV stations are giving this huge coverage, heard about the huge "aftershock" this morning, and they have said there have been 600 small aftershocks. That must be worrying for everyone.

Once again I wish you all the best.

Jerry




 

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on August 26, 2016, 10:03:33 am
Keep us posted Marco ,it's very sad when nature takes a turn for the worst.
But at least you and your family and friends are all ok.
I'm sure every one on the forum feels sorrow for those families that that have lost relatives and friends .
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: REGP on August 26, 2016, 10:31:43 am
Marco

Glad to hear you and your family are OK, I hadn't realised you were so near to the centre.

Ray
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Oldman on August 26, 2016, 06:13:13 pm
Fed up with this hot weather, have had a visit to A&E due to breathing problems on Wednesday,
Been told by the Gp and respiratory team at the hospital to take it easy and not do anything strenuous once the temp gets over 26įor I shall be back in A&E on oxygen.
Not good because of the impending home move.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on August 26, 2016, 07:29:54 pm
Fed up with this hot weather, have had a visit to A&E due to breathing problems on Wednesday,
Been told by the Gp and respiratory team at the hospital to take it easy and not do anything strenuous once the temp gets over 26įor I shall be back in A&E on oxygen.
Not good because of the impending home move.
So sorry to hear that Oldman. But with a bit of luck the British weather will be back to the normal chill and buckets of rain soon...
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on August 26, 2016, 07:45:58 pm
Fed up with this hot weather, have had a visit to A&E due to breathing problems on Wednesday,
Been told by the Gp and respiratory team at the hospital to take it easy and not do anything strenuous once the temp gets over 26įor I shall be back in A&E on oxygen.
Not good because of the impending home move.
So sorry to hear that Oldman. But with a bit of luck the British weather will be back to the normal chill and buckets of rain soon...
 :beers:

Here's hoping!

Flippin' sick of this heat now  >:(


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on August 26, 2016, 08:17:00 pm
Our nearest A & E has been closed as they can't staff it :unimpressed:
The next one is miles away.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on August 26, 2016, 08:17:43 pm
Fed up with this hot weather, have had a visit to A&E due to breathing problems on Wednesday,
Been told by the Gp and respiratory team at the hospital to take it easy and not do anything strenuous once the temp gets over 26įor I shall be back in A&E on oxygen.
Not good because of the impending home move.
So sorry to hear that Oldman. But with a bit of luck the British weather will be back to the normal chill and buckets of rain soon...
 :beers:

Here's hoping!

Flippin' sick of this heat now  >:(


Paul
Typical Brit Paul... Complain if its too cold and also if its too hot.
So what is the ideal Brit temperature???
 :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on August 26, 2016, 08:20:42 pm
Fed up with this hot weather, have had a visit to A&E due to breathing problems on Wednesday,
Been told by the Gp and respiratory team at the hospital to take it easy and not do anything strenuous once the temp gets over 26įor I shall be back in A&E on oxygen.
Not good because of the impending home move.
So sorry to hear that Oldman. But with a bit of luck the British weather will be back to the normal chill and buckets of rain soon...
 :beers:

Here's hoping!

Flippin' sick of this heat now  >:(


Paul
Typical Brit Paul... Complain if its too cold and also if its too hot.
So what is the ideal Brit temperature???
 :D

Not me, I NEVER complain about it being cold. Would rather it was 2 degrees C than 22! ;)


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Buffin on August 26, 2016, 08:21:50 pm
Ideal temperature? Colder if it's hot, and hotter if it's cold  :doh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on August 27, 2016, 01:27:15 pm
With all these complaints about the heat it beats me how the Brits managed to conquer so many hot countries.

I doubt if they would be able to do it again today  :)

Best regards,


Joe
(in Paris, 35įC)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Yet_Another on August 27, 2016, 03:51:56 pm
It was mostly the Scots. They wore skirts. ;D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Agrippa on August 27, 2016, 05:06:13 pm
It was mostly the Scots. They wore skirts. ;D

They were in the sporran legion...... ;D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on August 30, 2016, 08:12:01 pm
Yes and they kilt a few foreigners in the process
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on September 01, 2016, 09:16:08 pm
 :doh: :searchingsign:
Fed up with this hot weather, have had a visit to A&E due to breathing problems on Wednesday,
Been told by the Gp and respiratory team at the hospital to take it easy and not do anything strenuous once the temp gets over 26įor I shall be back in A&E on oxygen.
Not good because of the impending home move.
Take care my friend.  Once A&E get theiir hands firmly on its  agony to get away fron them
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: paulprice on September 03, 2016, 08:21:30 pm
Is it just me, but am I the only one that thinks model shops that don't clearly price their stock are a little off the wicket
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: port perran on September 03, 2016, 08:30:02 pm
Is it just me, but am I the only one that thinks model shops that don't clearly price their stock are a little off the wicket
Anyone high streetshop, market stall, internet trader or whoever else who doesn't clearly price things or worse still doesn't price it at all gets no business from me.
If they can't show a price then I assume they are overcharging and go no further.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: paulprice on September 03, 2016, 08:38:21 pm
Is it just me, but am I the only one that thinks model shops that don't clearly price their stock are a little off the wicket
Anyone high streetshop, market stall, internet trader or whoever else who doesn't clearly price things or worse still doesn't price it at all gets no business from me.
If they can't show a price then I assume they are overcharging and go no further.
Exactly I'm not saying who, but I will not be going to Bideford again to visit the shop
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Papyrus on September 03, 2016, 08:41:53 pm
It needn't all be bad news. About 18 months ago my (then) fiancee swallowed her principles and ventured into a dress shop in Brighton that didn't display any prices. She came out with her wedding dress!!

Chris
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on September 03, 2016, 09:46:45 pm

Its so they can keep putting up prices each time the manufacturer does even though its old stock.

That's only the same as shops stocking up on ciggies just before a Budget - not illegal but not cricket either :no:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: red_death on September 03, 2016, 10:33:34 pm
a Farish  loco listed online that is higher than the RRP has ever been.

An RRP is just that a recommendation - a shop is free to set its own price at whatever level they deem appropriate.  If they are too expensive then presumably they won't sell (or at least until they are the only place left to buy it!).
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: paulprice on September 03, 2016, 10:35:16 pm
Is it just me, but am I the only one that thinks model shops that don't clearly price their stock are a little off the wicket

Its so they can keep putting up prices each time the manufacturer does even though its old stock. Certainly one of the Bideford models shops does this. They have a Farish  loco listed online that is higher than the RRP has ever been.

Colin

I think you and I are thinking of the same place, still I found a great model shop in Barnstable, spending a week in SR territory had no effect on me though.....
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: paulprice on September 03, 2016, 10:48:57 pm
To me its not a good way to do business, very crafty, still lots of people must find it acceptable. Anyway it means I manage to keep hold of my pennies for a little while longer  :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on September 06, 2016, 01:35:05 pm
Well doh... unhappy at myself... a while back the Mrs. brought home from a nice adjustable workbench-style lamp which had fallen off the back of an inventory. As I wasn't doing any modelling at the time, it languished a while until its utility became apparent and has done sterling service. Until the other day, when I rather uncarefully yanked the flexible head in a direction it probably shouldn't, and something made a clicking noise, and it went dead. "Hopefully just the light element", methunk, and ordered a new one. That didn't work. But - being a dab hand at smearing solder about, I thought I'd have a crack at dismantling it to see if I'd twisted a contact somewhere or something... Having dismantled it, I then noticed it has a "push-and-hold" type switch on the base, which if pressed and held, makes it work...

What had happened is that I'd pushed the lamp base slightly off the "workbench" so this switch was no longer in contact with its surface, breaking the circuit... Still at least I have a replacement light element should I needed....
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on September 06, 2016, 01:55:58 pm
If you'd had a few Germans local to you you could have got them round because, as we know, many Hans make light work :laugh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jerry Howlett on September 06, 2016, 02:06:36 pm
If you'd had a few Germans local to you you could have got them round because, as we know, many Hans make light work :laugh:

 :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Tom U on September 06, 2016, 03:20:19 pm
I take a dim view of such light hearted jokes.  They turn me off.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on September 06, 2016, 03:40:11 pm
Illuminating comments, guys  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on September 06, 2016, 03:45:57 pm
I think we should all lighten up, even if Railsquid did take a dim view of the circumstances  :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on September 06, 2016, 03:47:50 pm
OK, I know I'm not the brightest bulb in the forum...
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Snowwolflair on September 06, 2016, 06:35:28 pm
 :censored: :censored: :censored:

Its only 14 weeks to Christmas and i have just had my first email promoting a Christmas Shop.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on September 06, 2016, 06:42:41 pm
:censored: :censored: :censored:

Its only 14 weeks to Christmas and i have just had my first email promoting a Christmas Shop.

 :o :goggleeyes: Christmas should be banned until December 1st - at the earliest!!!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on September 06, 2016, 06:50:22 pm
:censored: :censored: :censored:

Its only 14 weeks to Christmas and i have just had my first email promoting a Christmas Shop.

 :o :goggleeyes: Christmas should be banned until December 1st - at the earliest!!!

Is that 1st December this year or 2017?

Just checkin'!  :dunce:  :wave:

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on September 06, 2016, 07:05:26 pm
We could have Christmas just in a Leap Year  ???. Actually I do not mind Christmas, but the adverts/shop stock seems to get earlier every year, that's is why it should not be allowed until December. Mind you, if I have to work during Christmas Day, I get paid triple time, so it's not all bad  ;).
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on September 06, 2016, 08:10:29 pm
Delivering mostly Christmas promo stock today  :claphappy:

My favourite time of year, waving goodbye to the horrible hot weather and looking forward to darker evenings and crisp cold mornings. Oh, and CHRISTMAS of course!!  :bounce:


Paul (big kid)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on September 06, 2016, 10:06:40 pm
Delivering mostly Christmas promo stock today  :claphappy:

My favourite time of year, waving goodbye to the horrible hot weather and looking forward to darker evenings and crisp cold mornings. Oh, and CHRISTMAS of course!!  :bounce:


Paul (big kid)

My favourite time too---- soon be waving goodbye to horrible cold weather and off to India, Christmas dinner of lobster on the beach, no repeats on telly just sunshine, good food and cheap booze! :claphappy: :laugh: :P
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: camelback on September 07, 2016, 05:14:10 pm
Do not mention der christmas or you vill be shot.
James.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on September 07, 2016, 05:56:03 pm
Christmas    Christmas    Christmas


 :Pyou missed
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 07, 2016, 07:53:57 pm
Case to transfer a few of these posts to the Happy Thread me thinks  :D

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: camelback on September 08, 2016, 03:37:34 pm
Christmas    Christmas    Christmas


 :Pyou missed
Ve are vatching you and we know where you liff ha haa.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Byegad on September 27, 2016, 07:24:16 pm
I've comprehensively melted the right side of my GF B1 with a soldering iron. :ouch: :poop: :rain: :headbutt: Luckily the chassis is relatively unharmed and the thing still runs.

So I'm looking at buying a suitable body of a 4-6-0 and rebuilding the tender side with plastic card.

Any suggestions for a suitable body?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on September 30, 2016, 02:35:34 pm
I don't/can't go to the cinema any more as the sound is so loud it pounds through my chest and is most uncomfortable.
This is a great shame as Dan Brown's 'Inferno' is out starring Tom Hanks. Having visited at least 2 of the locations where it was filmed I could follow the book and sort of 'know where I was'
The book itself is an incredibly good read with very disturbing undertones. I guess I'll just have to wait for the DVD :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: lil chris on September 30, 2016, 04:31:54 pm
I have the opposite problem I can hardly hear stuff on the TV, it is either too quiet or too loud when the adverts come on.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on September 30, 2016, 05:07:13 pm
I'm with Chris! Not keen on Dan Brown, though. Started " The Davinci Code" but gave up halfway through. I thought it was a decent story badly written and haven't touched one of his books since.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on September 30, 2016, 05:07:24 pm
Sympathies, Mick.

I'm sure that cinema sound has got a lot louder since most if not all have gone over to digital kit.

With the TV, we've find the sound level is all over the place with the ads booming out if we're not fast enough to the mute button. Best action is to record and watch later so you can speed through the ads.

Other times I need the sub titles on to follow what's going on with all the mumbling and/or rapid dialogue.

Grief! I'm getting old and don't like it one bit.  :(  :worried: Good job I'll have forgotten all this by tomorrow!  :wave:

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on September 30, 2016, 05:08:46 pm
I don't/can't go to the cinema any more as the sound is so loud it pounds through my chest and is most uncomfortable.

Me too. Especially the pre-feature ads which for some unearthly reason are at double volume, or so it seems.

I guess that as Medics suggest younger generations are damaging their hearing listening to music too loudly on their ever-present earphones or in cars or when out 'clubbing' (the latter sounds positively Neanderthal), and it's these same generations that provide most of the audiences at the cinemas, then the proprietors maybe think they need especially loud soundtracks to get the dialogue and diatribe across.

Who knows?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on September 30, 2016, 09:31:03 pm
I had the same situation at the last concert I went to - Paul Rodgers at Wolverhampton.
The main set was wonderful as you could hear everything so clearly, but for the encore(s) I'm sure the sound engineer just punched the volume up to setting 11 and went for a drink. The waves of noise just made me leave.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on October 01, 2016, 02:02:19 pm
So it was you that caused confusion by getting up in the middle of the row in front of me!!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: acko22 on October 06, 2016, 07:05:45 pm
Bugger, balls and  :censored:

I have literally blown my sodding phone up with a grenade!! Long story but doing live house clearance range as safety staff and I forgot my phone in one of the houses and well grenade V a Samsung Galaxy S5 I can now say exclusively say that while they don't explode on charging, they don't react to explosions well either!!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 06, 2016, 07:51:45 pm
Bugger, balls and  :censored:

I have literally blown my sodding phone up with a grenade!! Long story but doing live house clearance range as safety staff and I forgot my phone in one of the houses and well grenade V a Samsung Galaxy S5 I can now say exclusively say that while they don't explode on charging, they don't react to explosions well either!!

Sir, that is really unfortunate, sorry about that I really am.

However I would be lying if I said I didn't just snigger.....

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: red_death on October 06, 2016, 07:55:59 pm
I have literally blown my sodding phone up with a grenade!! Long story but doing live house clearance range as safety staff and I forgot my phone in one of the houses and well grenade V a Samsung Galaxy S5 I can now say exclusively say that while they don't explode on charging, they don't react to explosions well either!!

PMSL!  :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 06, 2016, 08:29:58 pm
No more roaming charges as it's your phone that's doing the roaming......all over the place :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on October 06, 2016, 08:53:44 pm
If you were with Vodaphone it was probably the best thing to do with it. :laugh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on October 06, 2016, 10:24:59 pm
Now come on peoples - this is not funny, it is a sad day and bear in mind, it could happen to any one of us..........Well those of us who go chucking live grenades about  :-X
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: acko22 on October 06, 2016, 11:53:26 pm
I would have offered to take a picture of what is left but well.... it was a camera phone so....... yeah that's not going to happen!!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on October 07, 2016, 12:00:49 pm
Any possibility of claiming under warranty?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on October 07, 2016, 12:04:58 pm
I doubt it. I,m sure the makers would claim improper use, or some such trumped up excuse.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on October 07, 2016, 12:07:05 pm
Any possibility of claiming under warranty?

Yes, something like:

"Dear Samsung, are you aware that your exploding battery problem may not be limited to the latest models?"

As long as they don't check the remnants you send in for TNT residues you might get away with it. ;)

Or not. :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zwilnik on October 07, 2016, 12:33:05 pm
Bugger, balls and  :censored:

I have literally blown my sodding phone up with a grenade!! Long story but doing live house clearance range as safety staff and I forgot my phone in one of the houses and well grenade V a Samsung Galaxy S5 I can now say exclusively say that while they don't explode on charging, they don't react to explosions well either!!

You made it safe with a controlled explosion ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on October 13, 2016, 09:30:58 am
Well this morning has been fun for the future Mrs Skyline...

Had a series of texts saying her Rover Mini has thrown up an oil warning light and "isn't well".

We have suspected gearbox is not long for this world and she is now concerned she has pushed her too far.

Booked in first thing tomorrow morning, so when the bill lands an entry into the angry thread may be happening.

I said all along old cars (especially those made by Rover with whatever was left in the factory in 2001) are a sure fire way to pain when used as every day transport.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on October 13, 2016, 02:25:55 pm
I've heard quite a few horror stories about the appalling quality of the final run of Minis, almost as if it was "get them out the door at any cost". Someone in the club I belonged to bought a year 2000 Sportpack Cooper and decided to waxoyl inside the wheel arches to protect it. On removing the front wheels he was astounded to find the underside of the wings was in primer with not even any topcoat!  :goggleeyes: And this on a car with no plastic arch-liners like modern cars have, so subject to muck, road salt and everything else chucked up by the tyres!


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on October 13, 2016, 02:39:25 pm
Bugger, balls and  :censored:

I have literally blown my sodding phone up with a grenade!! Long story but doing live house clearance range as safety staff and I forgot my phone in one of the houses and well grenade V a Samsung Galaxy S5 I can now say exclusively say that while they don't explode on charging, they don't react to explosions well either!!

 :laughabovepost:
If you're quick, you could get a Samsung Note 7 as a replacement. They blow up without having to resort to grenades!  :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on October 13, 2016, 02:52:12 pm
I've heard quite a few horror stories about the appalling quality of the final run of Minis, almost as if it was "get them out the door at any cost". Someone in the club I belonged to bought a year 2000 Sportpack Cooper and decided to waxoyl inside the wheel arches to protect it. On removing the front wheels he was astounded to find the underside of the wings was in primer with not even any topcoat!  :goggleeyes: And this on a car with no plastic arch-liners like modern cars have, so subject to muck, road salt and everything else chucked up by the tyres!


Paul
Go house hunting in Cowley today and you'll still find rooms decorated in exotic colours such as Aqua, Sunburst Yellow, Oasis Green, Safari Beige. Friends who worked at Cowley in the British Leyland era, have told of how they would 'lift' tins of car paint to decorate their homes. This was seen as a perk of the job. To avoid the bean counters questioning why more paint was being used, less was applied to the product! :o
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ian Bowden on October 23, 2016, 02:15:45 pm
Morning planned installing sound chips.First up blue pullman, sucessfully installed one end after 4 prayers and a blood sacrifice to the carpet god. First chip produced a fizzing sound and authentic exhaust smell. Continued to fit second chip everything fine until bogey came off. crawl around issuing the incantation "oh dear" and finally find parts. then body wont fit, cut away part if toilet compartment to fit speaker. All ok and running fine-ish.
As no chip for other end of pullman start on deltic. Comes apart easily (in my experience a bad omen). fitted chip with little problem just had to trim the top of the cab end slightly. As there is little room for speaker I fitted a minature speaker. Again no difficulty and it should fit in roof :hmmm: first test it worked but I could barely hear the sound. Oh well plan B cut part of body to fit speaker, need full strip down for that and there is already a suspect connection to the motor due to a slip with screwdriver. One chip fitted one blown and one partly working a good morning.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on November 08, 2016, 12:19:47 pm

Re this:

Well this morning has been fun for the future Mrs Skyline...

Had a series of texts saying her Rover Mini has thrown up an oil warning light and "isn't well".

We have suspected gearbox is not long for this world and she is now concerned she has pushed her too far.

Booked in first thing tomorrow morning, so when the bill lands an entry into the angry thread may be happening.

I said all along old cars (especially those made by Rover with whatever was left in the factory in 2001) are a sure fire way to pain when used as every day transport.

Skyline2uk

£2200.00

 :headbutt:

That is all

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on November 08, 2016, 12:25:05 pm

Re this:

Well this morning has been fun for the future Mrs Skyline...

Had a series of texts saying her Rover Mini has thrown up an oil warning light and "isn't well".

We have suspected gearbox is not long for this world and she is now concerned she has pushed her too far.

Booked in first thing tomorrow morning, so when the bill lands an entry into the angry thread may be happening.

I said all along old cars (especially those made by Rover with whatever was left in the factory in 2001) are a sure fire way to pain when used as every day transport.

Skyline2uk

£2200.00

 :headbutt:

That is all

Skyline2uk

Ouch!

Difficult to judge when a car is past fixing but that's gonna hurt.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on November 08, 2016, 12:31:31 pm
Any other car I would have scrapped.

But this one has actually gone up in value since we got it (not enough to cover that cost but hey) and the Mrs-to-be really loves it.

Plus, the case for my Revolution 92s is a slam-dunk now, THEY shouldn't decide to fire their oil pump through their own gearbox....(fingers crossed anyway).

Skyline2uk

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mirrlees on November 08, 2016, 01:23:08 pm

Re this:

Well this morning has been fun for the future Mrs Skyline...

Had a series of texts saying her Rover Mini has thrown up an oil warning light and "isn't well".

We have suspected gearbox is not long for this world and she is now concerned she has pushed her too far.

Booked in first thing tomorrow morning, so when the bill lands an entry into the angry thread may be happening.

I said all along old cars (especially those made by Rover with whatever was left in the factory in 2001) are a sure fire way to pain when used as every day transport.

Skyline2uk

£2200.00

 :headbutt:

That is all

Skyline2uk

Ouch  :veryangry2:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on November 08, 2016, 01:40:33 pm
Thanks mate

Oh, and in case people are wondering why this is still on the "Unhappy thread" rather than the "Angry thread".....

I suppose I am not really angry.....just disappointed.....

As I shall demonstrate to the mini when it returns with a large branch from a nearby bush....a-la Basil!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Croxy on November 08, 2016, 02:00:28 pm
Ugggg.....hate those unplanned breakdowns so annoying...... I was on a motorcycle trip a few years ago and my Harley Davidson decided to self destruct in West Virginia.....needless to say the wife wasn't too happy about having to drive 8 hours to rescue me and then turn around and come back home.....then there was the repeat drive the following weekend to retrieve the bike......all because of a 1 dollar piece of plastic.......would have been 6,000 to repair.

.....needless to say I got rid of it and am back on a Honda now.......

There comes a time when you have to decide if it's really worth fixing.........don't want to throw good money after bad.....if the repair was more than the car is worth.....I'd cut my losses.......

Very frustrating for you.......  :sorrysign:

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Papyrus on November 08, 2016, 02:42:15 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2975-081116142627.jpeg)

 :help: My railway room's been trashed!  :uneasy:

We're having the kitchen rebuilt and the boiler relocated and everything is jammed into the two spare bedrooms and the loft. And, to add to the hilarity of nations, the pup's come into season!

There has been drink taken...

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Croxy on November 08, 2016, 02:54:25 pm
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/2975-081116142627.jpeg[/url])

 :help: My railway room's been trashed!  :uneasy:

We're having the kitchen rebuilt and the boiler relocated and everything is jammed into the two spare bedrooms and the loft. And, to add to the hilarity of nations, the pup's come into season!

There has been drink taken...

Cheers,

Chris


 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

How annoying with all of those line obstructions......better get Network Rail crews in there to sort it out.........  :goggleeyes: :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Webbo on November 09, 2016, 07:08:02 am

I said all along old cars (especially those made by Rover with whatever was left in the factory in 2001) are a sure fire way to pain when used as every day transport.

Skyline2uk



Not all old cars are a sure fire way to pain. My dear 1997 Mitsubishi has just passed 300,000 km and is still running strongly. Over the years repair costs have almost all been restricted to wear-out items like brake linings, tyres, muffler, clutch, battery etc,. She doesn't have any of the modern gizmos like Blue Dentures, but she can still pick up her skirts and go. Good for carrying dogs and depreciation is zero. As I type this, I'm touching wood.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/45/4229-091116070652.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=45322)

Webbo


Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on November 10, 2016, 02:23:40 pm
Fnaargh, a week off work and I end up with a stubborn will-sapping cold leaving me barely able to contemplate running the odd train, let alone any actual modelling. On the plus side I seem to have hallucinated my way to a modified track plan, which - if it is doable - will remove the unsatisfactory bits of the current design. Purists will still hyperventilate at the implausible juxtapositions but it works for me.  :angel:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on November 10, 2016, 04:41:26 pm
Hope you feel better soon, Squiddy. That's if you want to feel better or keep enjoying the hallucinations :laugh3:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on November 10, 2016, 06:40:41 pm
Free hallucinations !

That's not to be "sneezed" at. :D

Get well soon.


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on November 10, 2016, 07:18:26 pm
  Purists will still hyperventilate at the implausible juxtapositions but it works for me.

As long as it works for you, let the other hyperventilate at your implausible juxtapositions  :thumbsup:.  Hope the hallucinations are of the nice kind!  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: DELETED on November 10, 2016, 11:18:03 pm
Very minor thing in the grand scale of things but I am annoyed with myself:

A while back I convinced myself (sucsessfully) NOT to buy any railway magazine which chooses to include and wrap junk mail inside a sealed plastic bag.  Today I broke that rule buying latest Hornby hermetically sealed magazine again :doh:
Second -I like Hornby Magazine but while one of the great contributors is an exceptional modeller and a great contributor to the magazine including his Ngauge works -I cannot stand anything to do with him as he's mixed political views with his hobby on his own website. He's only about 12 miles from me which is unusual to find in the Highlands around Inverness! But such a shame we are a million miles apart.  Ignorance would have been bliss which is why we should never be allowed to bring national politics into hobbies!!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on November 12, 2016, 02:42:54 pm
Feeling depressed after yet another sleepless night the good lady and I went to the seaside fours days ago for a short walk and some Pie'n'Chips.
That cheered me up. :thumbsup:

Today a letter arrived to celebrate our journey to the sea. A nice little missive from my good friends at the Lincolnshire Police Traffic Process Unit. Something about photographic evidence and a 30 mph limit.  :doh:

Now I'm even more cheerful.  :(

Better buy another model train. :D

That'll restore the balance. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on November 25, 2016, 06:07:42 pm
Despite my best laid plans it seems I will be unable to attend my first Warley show this weekend due to very poor health of late.

Still, I wish everyone, exhibitors and visitors alike, a successful show - and don't spend too much! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on November 25, 2016, 07:06:55 pm
Hope it is nowt too serious Mike and that you soon improve. And never mind missing Warley - think of the money you have saved!  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on November 25, 2016, 07:21:45 pm
Hope it is nowt too serious Mike and that you soon improve. And never mind missing Warley - think of the money you have saved!  :beers:

Many thanks is David, I've had a long term illness for over 25 years but the current sapper of my strength is late-onset asthma that began in May after serious bronchitis and is yet to stabilise.  Getting there though, albeit haltingly slowly.

 But as to saving money....... unfortunately this iPad on my lap is connected to some mysterious force that channels various packages directly to my door! ;). Three are due any day now. :D

 :beers: - -and maybe a glass or two of Cuba's finest with lime and Coke. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on November 25, 2016, 08:02:15 pm
unfortunately this iPad on my lap is connected to some mysterious force that channels various packages directly to my door!

My laptop does that - must have the same fault  ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: colpatben on November 25, 2016, 08:10:44 pm
Just seen my estranged Fathers empty house in a Cornish village on rightmove. Not sure how I feel as I know the will named a charity as the benificiary.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on November 25, 2016, 08:35:59 pm
Despite my best laid plans it seems I will be unable to attend my first Warley show this weekend due to very poor health of late.


Hope you're feeling more chipper very soon, Mike.

Just seen my estranged Fathers empty house in a Cornish village on rightmove. Not sure how I feel as I know the will named a charity as the benificiary.

That's got to have created a wide range of emotions, Colin.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on January 14, 2017, 05:59:54 pm
So... when I win the EuroMegaBallBillion lottery or whatever (note to self: buy tickets) I will employ some mad scientist types to build me a time machine and I will go back to the 1960s and personally hunt down all N gauge manufacturers and forcibly force them to use a Single Standardized Coupling Socket. They can stick with the Arnold coupler,or go with some weird proprietary design, as long as it can be pulled out and replaced by another arbitrary type, and that without having to dismantle the locomotive/power car chassis.   >:D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on January 14, 2017, 10:48:01 pm
So... when I win the EuroMegaBallBillion lottery or whatever (note to self: buy tickets) I will employ some mad scientist types to build me a time machine and I will go back to the 1960s and personally hunt down all N gauge manufacturers and forcibly force them to use a Single Standardized Coupling Socket. They can stick with the Arnold coupler,or go with some weird proprietary design, as long as it can be pulled out and replaced by another arbitrary type, and that without having to dismantle the locomotive/power car chassis.   >:D

Oddly I was talking to my good lady this very morning about the lack of clarity, for me at least, of what couplers are out there, what's compatible with what, and what's good and what's bad, how they are each mounted, and why on Earth are there so many different types?

Okay, so the answer to the last one is pretty obvious, but I can't help but hanker after a thread on here penned by a knowledgeable set of individuals who can set the current situation straight.

As a newcomer to N, I have recently bought a few trains from Kato and Fleischmann (and a Tomix track Cleaning car) and already there are 4 different coupling types to contend with. And as for understanding what NEM pocket types there are, and all the other couplers that may fall into my possession over the coming years, I am, as with many things these days, confused.

There are some posts on this forum on the subject, but a dedicated and comprehensive thread would be an asset.

Any takers? It would make me and I'm sure many others, very happy.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on January 15, 2017, 12:16:08 am
So... when I win the EuroMegaBallBillion lottery or whatever (note to self: buy tickets) I will employ some mad scientist types to build me a time machine and I will go back to the 1960s and personally hunt down all N gauge manufacturers and forcibly force them to use a Single Standardized Coupling Socket. They can stick with the Arnold coupler,or go with some weird proprietary design, as long as it can be pulled out and replaced by another arbitrary type, and that without having to dismantle the locomotive/power car chassis.   >:D

Oddly I was talking to my good lady this very morning about the lack of clarity, for me at least, of what couplers are out there, what's compatible with what, and what's good and what's bad, how they are each mounted, and why on Earth are there so many different types?

Okay, so the answer to the last one is pretty obvious, but I can't help but hanker after a thread on here penned by a knowledgeable set of individuals who can set the current situation straight.

As a newcomer to N, I have recently bought a few trains from Kato and Fleischmann (and a Tomix track Cleaning car) and already there are 4 different coupling types to contend with. And as for understanding what NEM pocket types there are, and all the other couplers that may fall into my possession over the coming years, I am, as with many things these days, confused.

There are some posts on this forum on the subject, but a dedicated and comprehensive thread would be an asset.

Any takers? It would make me and I'm sure many others, very happy.
I think there was an article on the subject in the NGS journal not so long ago, but I suspect it wasn't comprehensive. I'm just waking up to the wide range of coupling types Kato in particular makes use of. I discovered one of my locos needs a type I'd never seen before, luckily it's not a problem to get hold of the parts here.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on January 20, 2017, 02:35:45 am
It's after 2:30 in the morning and I'm still awake - again! :( The prospect is, if all goes according to form, that I shall still be awake as the big hand is on the 12 and the little one is between 5 and 6. :(
In the interim I shall be, in turns, jumpy, exhausted, shattered, half-dead and going out of my mind.
Then, at last I shall go to sleep, not to wake again until at least an hour later! :(

Such has been my nightly joy now for months, with few respites, as the drugs I have to take to control the asthma that originated back in April continue to demonstrate their intolerance to me.

I put it that way because it makes me feel better, but in truth it's this damned body of mine that is the villain of the peace. I've got more intolerances than I care to mention, and this is just the latest. Doc's had me on more variations on a theme of asthma control than I can accurately recall, and though the asthma doesn't bother me much at all now (unless I stop taking the drugs), the drugs do!

So it'll be back to the Doc next week for yet another review and a request to come off the steroids - it's them at the root of this - and try the non-steroidal approach. But they are none too effective, it seems, and have their own group of side effects that will probably......................... :(

Ah well, at least it's peaceful here - except for the idiot tapping his fingers on an iPad screen. :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on January 20, 2017, 04:19:55 am
hope you can drift.of soon   Had a few rounds of heavy.duty insomnia myself  , never fun.

Early afternoon hete in Tokyo so wide awake of course.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 20, 2017, 10:23:52 am
Very sorry to hear that, Mike, and hope things improve for you very soon.
I tend to find watching snooker or darts has the desired effect but don't think it will do for you :no:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on January 20, 2017, 11:32:46 am
There's always the Australian open tennis which Mrs B puts on....  :sleep:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on January 20, 2017, 11:53:07 am
There's always the Australian open tennis which Mrs B puts on....  :sleep:

Have you never considered that she puts it on for just that reason? :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on January 27, 2017, 12:07:40 pm
My e-bay account has been hacked and hijacked. >:(
13 items were listed for sale, i-phones etc around US$600 each.  They were listed on 25/1/17 for ending in about a week but half "sold" within 2 days.  Now two buyers have start requests for refunds.

Contacted e-bay who blocked any money transfers, reset my account balance to zero, reset my password, removed the listings.  Stated that they will take care of correspondence arising and I am not responsible for any transactions.
Now just going through the long process of changing passwords to something new I am sure to forget. :(

Haven't a clue how my account was compromised. ???

CFJ
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on January 27, 2017, 12:26:45 pm
That's awful.

And though eBay have picked up the reigns of the problem and cleaned your account, have they kept your good seller status intact? Hope so.

I doubt you will ever know just how this has happened, but if it happens to banks and large corporations with their protective systems etc, what chance is there that individuals can counter the determined hacker?

Here's hoping you can get back to normal as soon as possible.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 27, 2017, 12:35:19 pm
It's always a shock when something like this happens as it's a violation.
I hope everything gets back to normal for you very soon.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on January 27, 2017, 12:41:05 pm
This getting old trip is very depressing.
Made a PCB for 4 CT current sensors as test prototype board unit works fine, then decided I also need a couple of PCBs with only 2 current sensors on each.  So run Eagle and delete 2 sensors of components.  Make a couple of the 2 sensor boards, populate one and test.  Doesn't work.
Try to see what I did wrong, an hour later realise that the comparator chip has been wired for inputs 3 & 4 but the outputs are for 1 & 2.  :'(  Some copper track cutting and some jumper wires and IT WORKS.  OK back to Eagle to fix the errors.

Decided to make some PCBs for my arduino to Loconet circuit.  Prototyping board ones work fine but I need about 20 so PCB it is.  Trusty Eagle out again, make PCB design, print, etch, drill, tin, and populate.  Doesn't work! ???  Can set board addresses but it won't respond to DCC requests.
Found the problem, had hooked the comparator inputs the wrong way around.  Just need to cut some tracks, move a resistor, add two wire jumpers.  Cut out the 22K resistor rather than the 220K resistor, arrrrgh.  :laugh3:

CFJ
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on January 27, 2017, 12:47:31 pm
I had to give up making circuit boards when my wife complained of the funny colour her not so stainless sink was going.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on January 27, 2017, 12:50:07 pm
I can sympathise with line 1 but I'm refusing to join so staying at an ever-young almost 70!

As for the rest of your postNinO z, I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about but it sounds awful!

Hope you get better soon.  :wave:

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on January 27, 2017, 12:51:33 pm
This getting old trip is very depressing.
Made a PCB for 4 CT current sensors as test prototype board unit works fine, then decided I also need a couple of PCBs with only 2 current sensors on each.  So run Eagle and delete 2 sensors of components.  Make a couple of the 2 sensor boards, populate one and test.  Doesn't work.
Try to see what I did wrong, an hour later realise that the comparator chip has been wired for inputs 3 & 4 but the outputs are for 1 & 2.  :'(  Some copper track cutting and some jumper wires and IT WORKS.  OK back to Eagle to fix the errors.

Decided to make some PCBs for my arduino to Loconet circuit.  Prototyping board ones work fine but I need about 20 so PCB it is.  Trusty Eagle out again, make PCB design, print, etch, drill, tin, and populate.  Doesn't work! ???  Can set board addresses but it won't respond to DCC requests.
Found the problem, had hooked the comparator inputs the wrong way around.  Just need to cut some tracks, move a resistor, add two wire jumpers.  Cut out the 22K resistor rather than the 220K resistor, arrrrgh.  :laugh3:

CFJ

What's that in English? :-[ :doh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on January 27, 2017, 12:54:54 pm
See what happens when you get old.

Can't even hype intullegbly. :drool:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on January 27, 2017, 01:04:38 pm
Getting old is compulsory. Growing up, however, is entirely optional and I have no intention of doing so!
After all I'm only 70.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: mickeyflinn on January 27, 2017, 01:13:45 pm
Growing up, however, is entirely optional .......................

I quite agree.
I'm still young at 54, but I still watch Thunderbirds (both the original & the new series) & buy models & toys relating to it.
I also enjoy looking through Hot Wheels cars whenever I see them (but I am mainly looking for TV related models).
I was also bought a Lego VW Beetle for Christmas to add to my Lego VW Camper Van & Lego Mini Cooper!!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on January 29, 2017, 03:24:30 pm
Gawdammit I hate smate@r$3phones, Mrs. Squid managed to get hers slightly damp a while back and it decided to no longer work, so I procured a replacement (there's a locomotive which won't get bought) which decided to give up the ghost in some other interesting way. Fortunately it seems in the intervening period the original phone seems to have dried out and work again, but it cost me an evening faffing about. Grrr.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on January 29, 2017, 03:38:11 pm
Gawdammit I hate smate@r$3phones, Mrs. Squid managed to get hers slightly damp a while back and it decided to no longer work, so I procured a replacement (there's a locomotive which won't get bought) which decided to give up the ghost in some other interesting way. Fortunately it seems in the intervening period the original phone seems to have dried out and work again, but it cost me an evening faffing about. Grrr.

Look on the bright side - you now have a spare phone, (if you have another evening spare to faff about to get it working).   ;D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on January 29, 2017, 03:53:27 pm
Gawdammit I hate smate@r$3phones, Mrs. Squid managed to get hers slightly damp a while back and it decided to no longer work, so I procured a replacement (there's a locomotive which won't get bought) which decided to give up the ghost in some other interesting way. Fortunately it seems in the intervening period the original phone seems to have dried out and work again, but it cost me an evening faffing about. Grrr.

Look on the bright side - you now have a spare phone, (if you have another evening spare to faff about to get it working).   ;D
The faffing about has revealed that the "spare" device will probably need its battery replaced, which I could probably do myself if I follow a 20-step guide off the interwebs after acquiring the requisite specialist tools, or farm out to a specialist shop, which will cost the equivalent of another couple of coaches (this is how I measure things these days :D ). Still, #firstworldproblems, there was a time in my life living in the former East Berlin when I was unable to have even a humble landline phone.

Oooh, did I mention the Squidlet has managed to dislodge an elastic band-like traction tyre from his "Plarail" tram? Repairable but it seems I need to acquire a special triangular screwdriver (cost: ca. 1 Japanese freight wagon) to do that.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on January 29, 2017, 04:57:33 pm
Quote
Oooh, did I mention the Squidlet has managed to dislodge an elastic band-like traction tyre from his "Plarail" tram? Repairable but it seems I need to acquire a special triangular screwdriver (cost: ca. 1 Japanese freight wagon) to do that.

If you mean a triangular socket in a screw or bolt head, many of these will undo with a standard flat-head screwdriver bit. Just needs to be a snug fit and ever so slightly smaller than one side of the triangle. :thumbsup:

Or use a Birmingham screwdriver. ;) :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 29, 2017, 05:51:02 pm

Or use a Birmingham screwdriver. ;) :D

 :computerangry: :computerangry: ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on January 30, 2017, 07:46:08 pm
I just discovered I have arthritis in my hands.

Is this a deal breaker for N gauge modelling ?

Best regards,


Joe
(59 years old)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on January 30, 2017, 07:51:11 pm
I just discovered I have arthritis in my hands.

Is this a deal breaker for N gauge modelling ?


Not at all Joe. You may well find that you have to use the help of the numerous aids that are available, like the 'third hand', even things like pegs, foldback clips, rubber bands etc., but arthritis is not a bar to modelling - even 'n' gauge. I have arthritis in my thumbs - it just means I have to be a bit careful. Hope it is not too bad.  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on January 30, 2017, 07:56:56 pm
Thanks for the words of encouragement.

I too have it in my thumbs.

I had difficulty taking selfies one-handed with my phone this weekend - my other arm was round my girlfriend's shoulders.

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on January 30, 2017, 07:57:31 pm
I don't think so Joe. SWMBO is an avid knitting fan and was diagnosed with arthritis some years ago and was advised to keep knitting - and that's exactly what she did. She's just knitted half dozen cardigans and a blanket for our great granddaughter.
So just keep at it while you can would be my advice. What does your doctor say?
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on January 30, 2017, 08:03:54 pm

I had difficulty taking selfies one-handed with my phone this weekend - my other arm was round my girlfriend's shoulders.


See what I mean about using aids - you could have used one of those selfie stick things  :). Mind you, I am not sure what you could use to cuddle your girlfriend  :goggleeyes: :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on January 30, 2017, 08:07:01 pm
Thanks Bob.

I haven't discussed it with the Doc yet - I'm just going by the report that came with the X-rays.

I'm just worried that he'll tell me that if I don't take loads of steroids every day, in a few a years my hands will look like chicken's feet.

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: scotsoft on January 30, 2017, 08:14:56 pm
I have arthritis in almost every moving joint and I can manage most things to do with n gauge. Those I can't manage I find the mechanical aids mentioned do help with the other things.

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on January 30, 2017, 08:19:52 pm
See what I mean about using aids - you could have used one of those selfie stick things  :). Mind you, I am not sure what you could use to cuddle your girlfriend  :goggleeyes: :smiley-laughing:

To quote Marvin Gaye :

"Ain't nothing like the real thing"

Thanks to all for your reassuring words. I'll let you know what the doc says at the end of the week.

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on January 30, 2017, 09:02:35 pm
I too have arthritis in several fingers and in the shoulders coupled with calcified tendons in my arms. If you're into alternative medicine then cider vinegar and honey is worth considering. There is plenty of info on the net about it. Don't take steroids. They will do you more harm than good.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on January 30, 2017, 09:12:21 pm
Thanks for the words of encouragement Mito.

I've noted :

1) OK for fish and chips at least 3 times per week (with cider vinegar)
2) a glass or two of cider (or something similar) with every meal in case the vinegar doesn't work

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on February 02, 2017, 11:31:48 am
The Doc confirmed that I have arthritis.

I was hoping that it might be repetitive strain injury but no such luck  :(

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on February 02, 2017, 11:44:50 am
Sorry to hear that, Joe. :(
I went through decades of serious arthritic pain before getting a replacement hip and all is well now.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on February 02, 2017, 07:52:36 pm
I wonder if a replacement hip will help those of us who have arthritic thumbs  ??? ;D. Seriously, glad "all is well" with you now NPN.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on February 02, 2017, 07:55:13 pm
With his artificial hip and bypass surgery, he is being changed into the Million Dollar Man in stages. 😃
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on February 02, 2017, 08:01:09 pm
The fact that the arthritis could spread is the thing that worries me.

If I sleep too long on my side I sometimes feel pain/discomfort in my hips.

Time for another glass of cider vinegar (at the pre-vinegar stage and made from grapes rather than apples).

At least I'm still young in my head !

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on February 02, 2017, 09:24:44 pm
Sorry to hear it's been confirmed. Do try the cider vinegar honey mix.  It does work, albeit slowly. Alcohol is an excellent pain killer. :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on February 07, 2017, 08:58:29 pm
I'm unhappy about the way that a newcomer to this forum, who unwittingly started a poll about which railway company people prefer, was shot down in flames without anyone explaining to him in a kind way that his poll was unrealistic.

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: mr bachmann on February 07, 2017, 09:29:20 pm
totally agree with the above , after all La'al Ratty never got a mention  :( :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on February 07, 2017, 09:43:51 pm
I'm unhappy about the way that a newcomer to this forum, who unwittingly started a poll about which railway company people prefer, was shot down in flames without anyone explaining to him in a kind way that his poll was unrealistic.

Best regards,

Joe

My thoughts entirely, Joe.
OK - the poll was very constrictive in options but the thread subject itself was quite interesting :hmmm:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on February 07, 2017, 10:44:25 pm
I agree Joe. :thumbsup:

I've noted a propensity for this bad form of late on some threads.  The poll is a case in point, but I have noted it a few times lately where a poster has asked a perfectly legitimate question, or made a particular point or statement, but receives answers or comments in reply that are, well, rude and uncalled for IMO.

We come here to ask for or give of information (and waffle and jape a lot too)  and those asking are often confused by what they have previously tried, been advised, or read and so are looking for clarity, not censure or criticism.
Asking a question is a signal for help, and those replying should do so with grace, kindness and understanding.
And if a question or request is not understood, or poorly phrased, we should simply ask the O.P. for clarification or further information.

And if we disagree with a statement or viewpoint of another, we may argue or debate, but we should never decry or insult.

Courtesy costs nothing and is invaluable.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jerry Howlett on February 08, 2017, 09:32:02 am
I will apologise here to @funnysunny365 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5938), for ANY OFFENCE CAUSED by my response to his poll.

Jerry
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on February 08, 2017, 10:12:40 am
Basically, the moderating team certainly do not want to upset or alienate any members of this forum, especially new ones!  :thumbsup:

However, the poll seemed to be an enthusiastic venture which really wasn't going anywhere.

George
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on February 08, 2017, 12:40:30 pm
Perhaps the moderating team could send a private message to such offenders instead of inflicting a public humiliation on them.

Remember our motto :

"Welcome ! There is no such thing as a stupid question."

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on February 08, 2017, 12:44:34 pm
Perhaps the moderating team could send a private message to such offenders instead of inflicting a public humiliation on them.

Remember our motto :

"Welcome ! There is no such thing as a stupid question."

Best regards,


Joe
Sounds like a good idea...
 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Snowwolflair on February 13, 2017, 10:57:20 pm
Incensed but not angry - the ridiculous prices of DCC decoder chips.

I'm looking for a GWR 57xx. At Hattons one (not GWR) for DC (DCC ready) comes to c£70.
The "Great Western" model "DCC fitted" comes to £98.

WHAT? £28 for an item that probably costs less than £1 to make and sell in China. Talk about rip off. 

Now I suppose I have to look for a good used one. I am NOT paying £28 for something I don't want.
Or maybe there are other shops.

...

If you can source DCC decoders for £1 each I will take 100  :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on February 14, 2017, 12:02:06 pm
Last year my GP referred me to a consultant at Chorley hospital regarding my breathlessness and this resulted in me having a triple by pass in January 2016.
Today I have been to see this consultant in Chorley and his first question to me when I walked into his consulting room was "Have you had your operation yet?" to which my reply was "You're joking, right? Are you telling me you don't know?"
I filled him in on the details and then he asked me what medications I was on. At this point I blew my stack and shouted at him "Why aren't such details on your  :censored: computer system? How come you know so little about my medical history considering you referred me for the operation in the first place?"

Nothing is overshadowing my happiness at getting my driving licence back but I find the lack of communications/computer systems in the medical arena to be absolutely shocking. All those years ago a great fuss was made in my medical practice about putting all my records on computer so they could be accessed by anyone who needed to know my medical history. Bah :censored: :censored: :censored: :censored:


Oh dear. I have to go to the hospital Thursday afternoon to see the above moronic consultant. I wonder if he'll have read any notes off the computer or will just ask silly questions again. I guess there will either be a post from me in The Angry Thread or an ASBO served on me for assault :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jimbo on February 14, 2017, 12:29:08 pm
He wasn't the one who did the op then? Mind you, wouldn't surprise me if he was! There are some good ones around though. There doesn't seem to be a personal touch anymore sadly, i'm sorry to hear that, good luck on Thursday  :thumbsup:.....try and stay calm!  :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on February 14, 2017, 02:13:20 pm
Incensed but not angry - the ridiculous prices of DCC decoder chips.

I'm looking for a GWR 57xx. At Hattons one (not GWR) for DC (DCC ready) comes to c£70.
The "Great Western" model "DCC fitted" comes to £98.

WHAT? £28 for an item that probably costs less than £1 to make and sell in China. Talk about rip off. 

Now I suppose I have to look for a good used one. I am NOT paying £28 for something I don't want.
Or maybe there are other shops.

...

If you can source DCC decoders for £1 each I will take 100  :D

I'm sure it would promote DCC far more - better still sell them as a loss-leader to get the thing in - manufacturing cost I'm guessing is about 30p. I'll send you a sackful when I find out who makes them.

I've had some dealings with the Chinese / electronics, so have a good idea of what such things cost. (I did a bit of work on a similar thing: MIDI back in the day when it was hewn from solid silicon!

But there it is. The hobby cutting its own throat. Fashion is one thing. Getting ripped off is another.

:D
I'd switch to DCC in an instant at that price. Unfortunately I have ca. 150 non-DCC-compatible units (many of them multiple), price + conversion effort is a no-no.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on February 14, 2017, 03:11:51 pm
Nothing like as bad as Mick's aggro but our 2 year old fridge/freezer packed up last night.

Best the service/repair people can do is a week today so mad panic moving as much stuff as poss to the old freezer in the garage plus some to kind neighbours who have room in theirs.

Now, after half a dozen chaser type phone calls, we're told there's a discrepancy in the paperwork for our new solar panels and a huge reduction on what we'll be paid for the power we generate.

Bah!  :censored:

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: red_death on February 14, 2017, 03:12:41 pm
I'm sure it would promote DCC far more - better still sell them as a loss-leader to get the thing in - manufacturing cost I'm guessing is about 30p. I'll send you a sackful when I find out who makes them.

I've had some dealings with the Chinese / electronics, so have a good idea of what such things cost. (I did a bit of work on a similar thing: MIDI back in the day when it was hewn from solid silicon!

But there it is. The hobby cutting its own throat. Fashion is one thing. Getting ripped off is another.

But manufacturing is hardly the dominant cost for decoder manufacturing (some are not made in China but in Europe still).  R&D and other overheads have a much greater impact when you are only selling a relatively small number of chips (compared to mass market consumer electronics DCC decoders are a tiny business).

So you might well be right that the manufacturing cost is £1 or less, but that isn't really relevant...

Cheers, Mike
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Nick on February 14, 2017, 03:54:23 pm
Oh dear. I have to go to the hospital Thursday afternoon to see the above moronic consultant. I wonder if he'll have read any notes off the computer or will just ask silly questions again. I guess there will either be a post from me in The Angry Thread or an ASBO served on me for assault :uneasy:

Take a deep breath, and console yourself that you're not alone with these troubles. I had similar problems with my second eye problem, 18 months ago. One doctor (a registrar, I think) read my file and somehow concluded that I'd had an op when I hadn't - the problem fixed itself.  He was looking at my retinal problem from the previous year, I think! :headbutt:

Then he wanted me to keep going back for check ups, even though my sight had recovered, and the consultant was ready to sign me off, because: "Most people feel better if we keep reviewing..."

Not me!! I hate walking in through the doors of the place. It's a damn good job they don't check my blood pressure in the eye clinic. It'd blow the top of the sphygmomanometer thingy if they were still using the old fashioned sort! :veryangry:

Best of luck, nobby.

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on February 14, 2017, 04:17:58 pm
He wasn't the one who did the op then?

No - he was the one who put me onto Blackpool hospital (they were wonderful folks).


Best of luck, nobby.



Thanks Nick. I must admit I get 'white coat' syndrome :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: REGP on February 14, 2017, 04:36:05 pm
No - he was the one who put me onto Blackpool hospital (they were wonderful folks).

Well at least he got something right then!

Ray
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on February 14, 2017, 04:41:56 pm
Good luck with your appointment Mick @newportnobby (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=264) .

I've had to see an Orthopaedic Consultant for my back and neck.
I've had to seen ENT Consultant for my ears and nose and ...er.. throat.
I've had to see a Respiratory Consultant for my chest.
I've had to see an Opthalmic Consultant for my eyes.
I've had to see a Psychiatric Consultant for my mind.
And I've had to see a Maxillo-Facial Consultant for my teeth.

But I've never had to see a Moronic Consultant, so I guess one part of me must still be perfectly healthy. :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on February 14, 2017, 09:20:16 pm

@daffy (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5634)
Thanks, Mike.
I need to be nice to him as I want him to get me a chest X ray as I'm not sure my 'zipper' is healing properly and there may also be some residual nerve end damage. If he does get the X ray I'd also like him to run it past an oncologist as, up until the op, I had smoked for 50 years and it would be good to know if all is OK in that respect.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on February 14, 2017, 09:35:19 pm
Sounds like a good plan for Thursday Mick - "be insistent" is my motto when I see the Docs and anything is worrying me.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on February 14, 2017, 09:38:58 pm
@newportnobby (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=264)  Good luck on Thursday Mick. Now I can not complain over the way I have been treated by the Irish 'elf service, apart from the time things have taken. However,, when I got the "we can't see anything obviously wrong" speech last November, (after 3 years of tests and waiting), I was told to return this May and to take the results of a recent PSA test with me. A lady in the Doctors surgery rang me four weeks ago to arrange a blood test in April! Anyway, I have to take the results with me to see the specialist in May and a thought struck me  :ouch:. Why do I have to make a 200 mile round journey to take the results with me, so the specialist can say that the new tablets are doing their job, or not as maybe, when everything could be done over the 'phone  ???. Apart from the specialists time and my time and, as I work nights, I will have to take 2 days off work, the appointment could be allocated to someone who is at the begininng of their treatment.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ian Bowden on February 14, 2017, 11:14:48 pm
He wasn't the one who did the op then? Mind you, wouldn't surprise me if he was! There are some good ones around though. There doesn't seem to be a personal touch anymore sadly, i'm sorry to hear that, good luck on Thursday  :thumbsup:.....try and stay calm!  :uneasy:
they wear masks so you don't recognise them.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jerry Howlett on February 16, 2017, 03:15:06 pm
Hope all went well today Mick @newportnobby (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=264) .

Had a trip to Lucca Hospital today to pick up results for Mrs "H"'s latest scan, now all we need is someone with a degree in Astro Physics to decipher it all. Decided to open a bottle of wine instead...

Jerry
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on February 16, 2017, 04:11:52 pm
Great decision Jerry.  :thumbsup:

Here's hoping there's good news hidden in those galactic scribbles.

All the best to you both.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on February 16, 2017, 04:25:07 pm
Hope all went well today Mick @newportnobby ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=264[/url]) .



And the same from me!

Jerry - hope 'Mrs H' gets the news she wants - as Dave G says "All the best to you both".  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on February 16, 2017, 04:30:56 pm
@dannyboy (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4209)

Please see............
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=670.msg429857#msg429857 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=670.msg429857#msg429857)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on February 23, 2017, 05:10:27 am
Had my 2nd redundancy consolation yesterday and now the Flipping bossís are moving the goal posts. It now seems i may and will have to work 10 weeks after the day they give there are now two of us earmarked for redundancy, the other guy still only has to do 30 days which equates to 3 weeks 3 days to work, i will need to carry on until beginning of June.

They never mentioned anything about 10 weeks to me in the 1st consolation, only 30 days, it seems now that i have been with them for 10 years they can evoke this rule, it is so they donít have to pay me any redundancy pay for which they cant claim back any tax and while i now will have to pay tax on the pay, i will end up worse off. Heart is not in the job anymore, seems i wonít get any management perks like a lot i hear about.

Ten years and you are thought less of nowadays......  :very angry:   

I think i may have put this in the wrong Thread...... :( :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on February 23, 2017, 08:13:24 am
Are you gonna look for another job or retire Steamie?
If you look for another job then you can use the 10 weeks to go to interviews etc. That'll give you a chance to look around while your still getting paid.
If you're gonna retire then more time to do the N gauge stuff.
Hope everything works out ok for you.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jimbo on February 23, 2017, 08:52:34 am
I'm very sorry to hear that Steamie  :(......keep a stout heart, I hope you find some way of dealing with this and hopefully there will be a satisfactory outcome for you.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on February 23, 2017, 09:15:32 am
 :sorrysign: to hear your news Steamie this happened to me a few years ago but they paid me from Dec to Feb .I signed on the first week in Feb and and my son asked me o drive him down to our local retail park ,we noticed a poster in one of the unocupied shops it was for Argos I asked my wife to call in to the Argos in town and pick up a form filled it in popped it down to the shop ,nexr day had a phone call went for interview got the job ,in the mean time recieved a cheque from job center phoned and said I have found a new job so sign me of .The following week I got a letter saying as I had now got a job can I return the money that they sent .
I sent the letter back with something I cant repeat on here written in big black felt tip ,never heard another word from them .I worked at Argos for five years before I retired ,and it was the first time in my working life I had a really nice leaving present.
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on February 23, 2017, 09:30:18 am
Sorry to hear this Steamie. Has the other guy worked for less years than you. I am wondering why you will be worse off as the company will have to pay you Statutory Redundancy Pay as well as for the 10 weeks work period.

Or am I misunderstanding your situation?

Full details about redundancy on the .Gov website here:
https://www.gov.uk/redundant-your-rights/overview (https://www.gov.uk/redundant-your-rights/overview)

Whatever happens, look forward to the next big adventure if you can.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on February 23, 2017, 10:33:50 am
 :thumbsdown: I think very few employers these days have any soul, few see employees as anything more than just numbers.

I hope you find a positive outcome @Steamie+ (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5847) and can look back on this with a wry smile soon.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on February 23, 2017, 11:51:12 am
I worked at Argos for five years before I retired ,and it was the first time in my working life I had a really nice leaving present.
Bob


@Bob Tidbury (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=3442)
Did you have to wait 3 minutes and collect it from Counter B? ;D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on February 23, 2017, 03:20:05 pm
Mick Im not joking we would have been sacked if we took that long , in our store we had a wall full of certificates for the fastest store in the south . A lot of people dont realise how many people work in the stores apart from Christmas there was one person in the stockroom upstairs one downstairs doing the picking AND the collection counter and one on the till and one in jewelry the only time we took that long was if we had a young girl or me upstairs and you had to pick flat pack furniture or something upstairs was on the top shelf of the rack which was 16 ft high .Occasionally you could call on the jewelry assistant to help out if there was a few customers .The under manager sometimes helped as I just couldnt run round like youngsters but I was very good on the collection counter in fact I was sellected  by winning the Argos X factor in London Victoria store and was in one of the training videos  I had to go to Liecester Fosse Way store for the filming with five other winners, we had good fun .
When our store opened we really had a good team it was very hard work for me at my age.  Argos is definately a job for youngsters and after five years I had to admit I just couldnt cope anymore .
So if you hear of people knocking Argos just let them know and see if they would work at that pace.
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on February 24, 2017, 06:39:11 am
Sorry to hear this Steamie. Has the other guy worked for less years than you. I am wondering why you will be worse off as the company will have to pay you Statutory Redundancy Pay as well as for the 10 weeks work period.

Or am I misunderstanding your situation?

Full details about redundancy on the .Gov website here:
https://www.gov.uk/redundant-your-rights/overview (https://www.gov.uk/redundant-your-rights/overview)

Whatever happens, look forward to the next big adventure if you can.

Thank you for your comment Mick, i am so confused about it all, at the 1st meeting they said i would have 30 days notice and may be paid for the 30 days, get Garden leave for which i am led to believe is paid but if required to go in to work if needed or work the 30 days notice. But now they are saying 10 weeks, again i have been told because they have to give me 1 weeks notice for every year of service, which is ok if i donít have to work it, but has i have said my heart isnít in the job anymore, even my manager has said he can see it isnít and it would be better for all concerned if they finished me on the 15th of March. 

I didnít sleep that well before all this, but now i hardly get any sleep at all.    :( :( :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on February 24, 2017, 06:44:32 am
Are you gonna look for another job or retire Steamie?
If you look for another job then you can use the 10 weeks to go to interviews etc. That'll give you a chance to look around while your still getting paid.
If you're gonna retire then more time to do the N gauge stuff.
Hope everything works out ok for you.
 :beers:

Thanks Bob, they have said yes i can go for job interviews ( they are required by law to allow me ) but the contract manager has said because i start at 10am try to get the interview before then or even come to work and then go later for the interview, i wonít repeat what i was thinking at the time.      :censored:

I am going to retire whatever the outcome and yes more time to work on the layout, i am surely missing working on it everyday like i used to before.  :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on February 24, 2017, 08:55:52 am
Rod, the company may be following the rules but I would strongly urge you to see someone like Citizens Advice just to make sure.  Give them all the facts and they will check that all is above board, or not. From what you are saying it does seem that the company is not exactly sure of its responsibilities when it comes to redundancy and payment in lieu of notice.

It all depends on your employment contract with them, that is, what notice they legally have to give you. I suggest you don't go into contract details here, but with the Citizens Advice people because they will be better placed to give best advice. However, keep posting developments and worries here so we can all keep supporting you.

By getting independent advice you will at least have the knowledge that you made sure you looked after Number One.

It might help you sleep once the uncertainties are more clearly understood.

Take care.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Fardap on February 24, 2017, 09:01:51 am
Totally agree with Daffy don't just believe what they are telling you get independent advice Citizens Advice will know or put you in touch with someone who does.

Regarding the interviews, they cannot dictate to you when you take the interviews, you are also eligible to take training courses during that time, re-training/learning, again CAB will know all this and advise accordingly.

Good luck, whatever your eventual plans make sure you get everything you are owed out of it.


Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Yet_Another on February 24, 2017, 10:43:44 am
I absolutely agree with this. Definitely get some independent advice, because having recently been through redundancy myself, my experience doesn't tally with what you're being told.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Nick on February 24, 2017, 11:12:59 am
Hi Rod,

First, every sympathy for your situation - redundancy is not a pleasant process to be caught up in. I've been through it too many times - on both sides of the fence, as an employee, as a manager (more than once) and as a husband and as a parent. It's always a horribly difficult situation which is extremely hard to handle because of the emotions flowing around.

I'm a chartered accountant, not an HR professional, so I can't give you professional advice as such on this.  But daffy is absolutely right - CAB will be able to help you, or a trade union rep, or, ideally, a friendly HR manager if you or any of your family or friends know one. They can talk to your specific financial circumstances, contracts, rights, etc.

If you don't want to seek out one of these, I strongly recommend reading these pages on  gov.uk (https://www.gov.uk/redundant-your-rights/notice-periods). They may answer your questions, point you in a helpful direction, or even set your mind at rest that you aren't being mistreated. Even if they just prepare you for a face-to-face chat they will be helpful.

It's impossible for me to know exactly, but FWIW this is my take on the issues that you have flagged up:
Best of luck - this phase of tension, distrust and uncertainty over dates, entitlements and plans is the worst part emotionally speaking for most people, mainly because of the sense of not being in control of your life. It will pass, and you will emerge into the sunlit uplands of endless railway modelling...  :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on February 24, 2017, 03:52:16 pm
Back at the biginninng of Feb. my wife slipped on the back path and ended up on her b*m  :(
She eventually got back indoors and came upstairs in tears of agony.
After a week of taking painkillers she eventually  drove  :doh: to the GPs.
Still taking prescribed tablets she is no better and still in agony if she tries to drive.
I think I shall have to call the doctor out to see her after the weekend
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on February 24, 2017, 05:50:27 pm
Back at the biginninng of Feb. my wife slipped on the back path and ended up on her b*m  :(
She eventually got back indoors and came upstairs in tears of agony.
After a week of taking painkillers she eventually  drove  :doh: to the GPs.
Still taking prescribed tablets she is no better and still in agony if she tries to drive.
I think I shall have to call the doctor out to see her after the weekend
Worth trying an osteopath, Jon. I've not had much luck with GPs with my back. The osteopath has sorted me out a few times.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on February 24, 2017, 08:59:22 pm

Worth trying an osteopath, Jon. I've not had much luck with GPs with my back. The osteopath has sorted me out a few times.
Thanks Malc but as even getting in and out of a car is agony  Driving or even being a passenger in a car  is not going to be easy.
Ive just found one within 2 miles of us and will contact them on Monday
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on February 24, 2017, 10:08:07 pm
Jon, if the pain is that bad I suggest A&E as soon as possible. Did the GP have the injury X-rayed? It could just be a trapped nerve or disc, but it might equally well be a fracture, and two days agony to wait for someone who might not be able to help will seem like a lifetime to your wife.

I would call an ambulance now if I were you if you have no other way of getting her to hospital. She should not drive herself.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on February 25, 2017, 09:54:05 pm
+1 to above. There is no point in suffering any longer than is necessary.
M y wife suffers too from reduction in lung capacity, a non specified lung disease. I don't know what it's called in English. She has been in hospital for a week for an op and strangely during that time she has used no oxygen nor taken any cortisone. Normally she has 2 to 3 hours a day on oxygen and a quarter to half a tablet of cortisone. I'm not suggesting you have an op :no: . I can give you details of the medications she has if you are interested. The latest have certainly improved her capacity.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on February 26, 2017, 06:40:13 am
Hi Rod,

First, every sympathy for your situation - redundancy is not a pleasant process to be caught up in. I've been through it too many times - on both sides of the fence, as an employee, as a manager (more than once) and as a husband and as a parent. It's always a horribly difficult situation which is extremely hard to handle because of the emotions flowing around.

I'm a chartered accountant, not an HR professional, so I can't give you professional advice as such on this.  But daffy is absolutely right - CAB will be able to help you, or a trade union rep, or, ideally, a friendly HR manager if you or any of your family or friends know one. They can talk to your specific financial circumstances, contracts, rights, etc.

If you don't want to seek out one of these, I strongly recommend reading these pages on  gov.uk (https://www.gov.uk/redundant-your-rights/notice-periods). They may answer your questions, point you in a helpful direction, or even set your mind at rest that you aren't being mistreated. Even if they just prepare you for a face-to-face chat they will be helpful.

It's impossible for me to know exactly, but FWIW this is my take on the issues that you have flagged up:
  • giving 30 days notice is not part of the legal rules, so I assume that it is the minimum notice period in your contract of employment. But, since you have worked in your job for over 2 years, you are legally entitled to more: one week for each year of service (to a maximum of 12 weeks). It sounds like someone didn't realise the details of your situation at first, which isn't ideal, to say the least. IMHO, it's inexcusable. :veryangry:
  • Many companies, perhaps most, don't actually require people to work this notice period out - they pay a PILON (Payment in Lieu of Notice) and release you, taking the view that long-faced employees hanging on with  their hearts not in the job are no help to anyone, and in certain circumstances can be actively damaging/dangerous. Yours isn't taking that route. But since they would probably prefer not to pay you, and you apparently would have preferred to go earlier, there may be room for a little give and take over this. But, but, but - take specific advice on the knock-on consequences if you go down that route.
  • you are entitled to "reasonable" time off for job hunting. But my understanding is that you are only entitled to be paid for a small amount of it. If you are on a five-day week, that is for just two days in total (40% of a week)  So if you took a day off each week for the 10 week period, you could be docked 8 days' pay (10 days - 2 days). Although he or she may have put it with all the tact of a runaway elephant, your contract manager may have been doing you a favour with their advice - if you go for interviews outside work time, you won't be docked pay.
Best of luck - this phase of tension, distrust and uncertainty over dates, entitlements and plans is the worst part emotionally speaking for most people, mainly because of the sense of not being in control of your life. It will pass, and you will emerge into the sunlit uplands of endless railway modelling...  :)

Firstly Thank You so much for your reply Nick, it is very encouraging to get so much friendly helpful advice. There was mention of PILON, but they werenít very clear about what or how it would be implemented i.e. If i would need to work it / how much i would paid and it may reduce my redundancy payment, how it wasnít explained clearly to me. They kept on saying did i understand what was being said, all i could think at the time what are they saying to me, (its you said 30 days notice and now 10 weeks and i may not get what we mention in our 1st meeting) my head was all over the place.

2nd i asked do i have to take a position they may find for me that i feel is not suitable, (at the pst meeting the HR person said ďNo if you donít feel like it is for you, you donít have toĒ then in my 2nd meeting so turned around and said yes you do other wise i would lose any right to redundancy pay. It really does seem has they donít wonít to pay me at all and what me to work my notice. Is it true that they only have until the end of the notice when they 1st said i was in danger of being made redundant which is 30 days and will end on the 15th of March, they have until then to try to find me a suitable position within company.

Thanks again for your help Nick

Rod.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Nick on February 26, 2017, 05:59:31 pm

Firstly Thank You so much for your reply Nick, it is very encouraging to get so much friendly helpful advice.

No worries. I've pm'ed you in reply, rather than post what turned into a long message into this thread.

All the best
Nick
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Calnefoxile on February 27, 2017, 11:59:45 am
Thanks Malc but as even getting in and out of a car is agony  Driving or even being a passenger in a car  is not going to be easy.
Ive just found one within 2 miles of us and will contact them on Monday

Jon,

I suspect she may have damaged her Coccyx, right at the base of her spine, it's the remnants of 'our' tails.

My missus did pretty much the same and she was in agony for weeks, as they reckoned that she'd fractured it. There really is not much that can be done except strong painkillers and tea & sympathy.

Regards

Neal.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on February 27, 2017, 12:15:58 pm
Thanks Malc but as even getting in and out of a car is agony  Driving or even being a passenger in a car  is not going to be easy.
Ive just found one within 2 miles of us and will contact them on Monday

Jon,

I suspect she may have damaged her Coccyx, right at the base of her spine, it's the remnants of 'our' tails.

My missus did pretty much the same and she was in agony for weeks, as they reckoned that she'd fractured it. There really is not much that can be done except strong painkillers and tea & sympathy.

Regards

Neal.

I fractured my coccyx around a decade ago. Now (still) need my orthopaedic cushion when sitting anywhere for more than an hour, car, sofa, work. I have this cushion:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007W2MX1I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007W2MX1I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on February 27, 2017, 01:28:44 pm

The pain has now shifted down to her ankle area but anti inflamitary  tablets are at last seeming to be taking effect.
She is still waiting to see  what the  oesteopath has to say about things :doh:................(and you think that I am stubbon)  :doh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on February 28, 2017, 04:17:31 am
Hope she gets some relief soon Jon, she must be in a lot of pain, itís not easy sitting when you have hurt the bottom of your spine and it seems now it has travelled down to her ankles, i suspect it is hard for her to walk now .

Hope you wife gets better soon, take care Jon.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread/ Feeling Down
Post by: Steamie+ on March 02, 2017, 07:43:07 am
Well i have tried to be positive this week but it doesnít seem to be working, had these little pains most of the week and feeling tired a lot, Anne bless her has tried very hard to get me going but the work situation is really getting me down, hopefully seeing the Grandsons this weekend at the Preston show will bring me back to my normal self, in fact i know i will. Not sleeping much at all, getting up every hour to go to the loo, i do get back to sleep almost straight away, but no energy for anything. Got at least another week and a half to go before i find out if they what me to work another 10 weeks or let me go on the 15th March.

Come on the weekend and the kids will make me smile they always do.     :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread/ Feeling Down
Post by: austinbob on March 02, 2017, 08:30:41 am
Well i have tried to be positive this week but it doesnít seem to be working, had these little pains most of the week and feeling tired a lot, Anne bless her has tried very hard to get me going but the work situation is really getting me down, hopefully seeing the Grandsons this weekend at the Preston show will bring me back to my normal self, in fact i know i will. Not sleeping much at all, getting up every hour to go to the loo, i do get back to sleep almost straight away, but no energy for anything. Got at least another week and a half to go before i find out if they what me to work another 10 weeks or let me go on the 15th March.

Come on the weekend and the kids will make me smile they always do.     :)
A good model railway show followed by a couple of pints of non track cleaning IPA might help you feel better.
Hope things get resolved soon. There's nothing worse than uncertainty about important matters.
 :sorrysign: :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 02, 2017, 09:42:46 am
I'm sure the Preston Show will cheer you up, Steamie, but I'm not sure about the couple of pints of non track cleaning IPA.
That might increase the loo visits to every Ĺ hour! :worried:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on March 03, 2017, 03:30:52 am
I'm sure the Preston Show will cheer you up, Steamie, but I'm not sure about the couple of pints of non track cleaning IPA.
That might increase the loo visits to every Ĺ hour! :worried:

I am sure the show will Mick, the Daughter will be there to stop me spending to much too, though i may get something for the boys..lol.    :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Rob H on March 03, 2017, 10:55:07 am
@Steamie+ (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5847)
I really feel for you having to go through this trauma, but have you sought out any professional help yet ?
It seems to me that you're putting yourself through a lot of pain and anguish, perhaps unnecessarily, seeking advice could pay great dividends in the future.
If you've already sought advice and it hasn't helped, I'm sorry and really hope things work out for you,
Rob.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on March 07, 2017, 01:36:19 pm

Worth trying an osteopath, Jon. I've not had much luck with GPs with my back. The osteopath has sorted me out a few times.
Thanks Malc but as even getting in and out of a car is agony  Driving or even being a passenger in a car  is not going to be easy.
Ive just found one within 2 miles of us and will contact them on Monday
Things are finally improving and Ann was able to drive a couple of miles today......still in miscomfort but the pain is far less as long as she takes things slowely
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on March 07, 2017, 02:18:10 pm
Glad to hear she is improving, Jon. I found sitting down a problem, so I invested in one of these...
Beurer HK35 Electronic Heat Pad . It did help me. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001KPMN1I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_OcSVybC7THAN8 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001KPMN1I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_OcSVybC7THAN8)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on March 08, 2017, 03:30:54 am
Really glad to hear that Jon.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on March 08, 2017, 03:36:22 am
Itís getting weird this, tried to modify post and the error came up again.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jimbo on March 08, 2017, 07:43:13 am
That's good to know Jon.....let's hope things improve further.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 21, 2017, 07:55:22 pm
Life's getting to be a struggle lately, particularly with my asthma, which first appeared this time last year, still proving difficult to get under control. >:(

I've lost count of the drugs that the Docs have tried so far, but after a visit to hospital yesterday I'm on an increased dose of the latest one, with a new prescription for another to add to it if it proves troublesome.

Well, after another bad nights sleep and a day feeling like something you're supposed to scoop and bag, I'm pretty sure Plan B (or is it Plan 276?) will soon see the light of day.

Funny thing is I got some blood test results yesterday that the Respiratory Nurse introduced with a lovely long laugh: seems I'm a bit allergic/intolerant of a lot of things. They measure this by what are known as IgE levels, and the bottom line is that the Reference Range for these in your average normal person is between zero and 120. Mine comes in at a supreme 1648! :goggleeyes:

Top of the allergen culprits so far is the little arachnid known as the House Dust Mite, the particular allergen being........ its poop and pee!   :worried: Seems on that score alone I am over 270 times more sensitive to the little blighters than most folks. :o. Shrimps and Prawns are now a no-no, and long grass (the stuff with the long seed heads like silky smooth ears of corn - aka Timothy grass) is a problem for me.

Of course, they didn't test everything - "thousands of possibles" said the nurse - so I think I'll start living in a plastic bubble like Michael Jackson once did. :(  Now we have just another 1230 of those IgE thingummybobs to identify.

But at least I have a good idea where the asthma is coming from. :). As to where it's going to.............. :hmmm:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on March 21, 2017, 08:04:10 pm
At least you're not allergic to alcohol  :beers:

Best regards,


Joe
P.S. John Travolta was "the boy in the bubble"
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on March 21, 2017, 08:07:09 pm
At least you're not allergic to alcohol 

He might be - they just have not tested for it yet  :smiley-laughing:. (Sorry Mike).
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 21, 2017, 08:17:15 pm
Er.... um.... yep! :(. Alchohol has long been identified as something that causes me real problems. Not the usual ones, but even in very small quantities - one short or half a pint of best - I get lots of unwanted side effects, all of which mean I avoid the stuff. (I only enjoy a pint with others as an emoji.)

Ain't life grand! :D

 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jimbo on March 21, 2017, 08:19:25 pm
Sorry to hear all that Mike, what a palaver!  :uneasy:, a good friend of mine suffered with his chest a lot and i'm sure that was a lot to do with dust mites, got rid of all his carpets in the end and layed laminate flooring in every room in the house, (With some help of course) and eventually things did improve a fair bit......once the dust settled from all the work!!!  :confused1:, anyway all the best with it and hope something can be done to ease the problem.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on March 21, 2017, 08:36:15 pm
Jon Clox has some new inhalers that  sound like they could be a good substitute for booze ?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 21, 2017, 09:23:57 pm
So sorry to hear that news, Mike. It must be very debili deebill knackering for you.
I guess the condition precludes you from pets as well?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 21, 2017, 09:44:24 pm
Oddly not, Mick. Tests came back negative for cat and dog allergens. Go figure. :hmmm:

Glad you managed to choose the right descriptor eventually. ;) :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Webbo on March 21, 2017, 10:46:46 pm
Daffy, from your signature, I take it that succotash in on your list of no-nos as well?

All seriousness aside, are these allergies something you have developed later in life? Over the last 6 months, my wife has developed something that the doctor thinks is irritable bowel syndrome. Not sure what causes highly adverse and uncomfortable reactions in her digestive system, but wheat products, pulses (peas etc.), oat meal, most cheeses, onions, are some of the identified culprits. The trouble is that leaving these things out of her diet has not fixed the problem so there may be many other foods that should be avoided. This situation is not just a nuisance, but it is an affliction that reduces quality of life as it does yours I'm sure, Mick. And, no more pizza for me.

Webbo
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: kiwi1941 on March 21, 2017, 11:45:13 pm
Daffy -My father suffered from asthma for some years in the 1950's until it was determined that he had an allergy to Penicillium mould growing in our cellar; we moved and, although he was never the same again, he lived to 86. He too could not drink beer without becoming wheezy, presumably due to the yeast mould remnants present. Might be worth mentioning it to your nurse/GP. HTH, Brian
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on March 22, 2017, 05:05:30 am
Hi Mick, you will get to the stage when everything is a no no to you, i think will all have something we are allergic to at some point like watching idiots on telly shouting when they are trying to be funny, seriously though i really feel for you, Anne has now been told after a trip to the hospital yesterday to see her consultant that her Broncilitous, how ever you spell it, is getting worse, slowly making her life harder, but she still has the heart of a Lion and she gets on with her life has best has she can.

Really hope you can get something sorted Mick at least you have still got your sense of humour and it doesnít stop you from going on your layout.     :thumbs:

(NPN)         Deliberating  lol      :thumbs:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 22, 2017, 09:22:02 am
Thanks all. :thumbsup:

I just reckon I'm allergic to modern living - something that many seem to be experiencing in one way or another. Been ill in odd ways - nothing you would call 'major' thank heavens - for the last 27 years. Asthma is just a recent complication that has hit me harder than I like. Collectively all my problems can be very debilitating a lot of the time, and things occasionally, like when I started this rant, get on top,of me.

Still, I mainly keep cheerful, play the guitar badly and the fool better, and continue to grab what I can out if life. At the moment that's lots of little Swiss trains. :D

Now, if I can just get this darned builder to get a door knocked through to my garage I can get the proper layout built! >:(. All I have to do is avoid the dust! :thumbsup:

Ps - I'll comment on questions asked later - have to go out and get new bedding and stuff to combat the evil dust mite right now.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Fardap on March 22, 2017, 11:40:47 am
As previously mentioned changing to hard flooring might help, also a hoover with a HEPA filter which catches those excremental blighters would seem a worthy purchase...
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 22, 2017, 11:36:28 pm
Evening all - well, we spent a bit of money today on new bedding, including anti-allergy pillows, and protective bug-proof covers for pillows and mattress. Also looking into room/house humidity and the merits or otherwise of air purifiers.
All sorts of info in the www, but a lot of it is sales hype, but when filtered out and proper research looked at (as a scientist I always look to The Cochran Collaboration for the real gen), there is consensus on the mite problem associated with bedding and carpets.
My wife exhausted herself yesterday throughly cleaning my bedroom, and we shall establish a strict and very frequent cleaning regime there, and in the rest of the house.  Thankfully we already use a HEPA rated vacuum, as Fardap suggested.
Now working out the cost of carpet changing to wood floor or some such - bit annoying as we recaroeted with top quality when we moved in just I er 3 years ago. But health is more important than wealth.

The allergens that dont affect me asthma-wise are lots of the usual suspects: moulds, fungi, animal dander, weed spores and pollens...... it's a long list. I'm hoping to get tested for as many things as I do find troublesome in other ways, most of which are foodstuffs, and these have been bothersome for decades: pure sugar, peppers, vinegar and other acidics, onions, most spices and herbs, yeast extract, malt extract, white flour,  cornflour, sodium nitrate, potassium nitrite, most chocolate, coffee, ...... the list goes on, and jeez, ain't eating boring these days!

@Webbo (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4229) , your wife has my empathy and sympathy, cos finding out what mucks us up is a painstaking business, and finding your favourite foods are the things that cause you harm is just not funny or welcome. And sometimes you start to wonder if you're imagining it all! Sadly, you're not. My own journey has been a long one and started more than 30 years ago, though I only know that with hindsight. I've been aware however now for over 20 years. I have found the 'no' list getting longer, and occasionally something's get back on the 'yes' list for a while, only to return to the 'no' list at some indeterminate point. But at least my diet is one of the healthiest on the planet, even if I continue to feel like the proverbial pile.  I do hope your wife gets to the root of what is causing her the greatest problems. Professional help via proper allergy tests - bloods and skin-prick testing, is something I heartily recommend, but the old adage (well, it's my old adage anyway) is 'If what you just ate makes you feel lousy just like the last time(s) you ate it, STOP EATING IT cos your body is telling you it don't like it.'

As for alchohol, it does affect asthma, and mucks up the drugs, but I have a long-standing problem that means low dose alcohol just makes me ill. I often call it 'alchohol poisoning' just cos the term seems to fit the headaches, yucky feeling, and overall debility it engenders. And with half a pint inside me I know I would not be capable of driving a car, the effect is that strong. And to think that back in my twenties I used to think I was an alchoholic cos I was always the 'last man standing' at beer and spirit based parties. How things change.


Right, that enough from me - if I tell you any more about myself I could be subject to identity theft!  ;) Time to let other unhappy folks get a look in on this thread. :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Webbo on March 23, 2017, 12:10:24 am
Thank you Daffy for your supportive words. And, I hope that your new bedding makes a big improvement for you.

Since I've known my wife she has been somewhat lactose intolerant and intolerant to MSG and something in white wine that sets off migraines. If you know what the enemy is, you can deal with it. What has happened lately is that the list of foods that are causing severe digestive problems has expanded greatly and is only imperfectly known. She will be getting allergy tests done as you suggest.

Webbo
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 23, 2017, 08:06:44 am
As your wife's symptoms are this troublesome I would recommend more than allergy testing. I'm sure you are arware of the many digestive tract conditions that can cause discomfort, but all can be ruled in or out with testing, and it may be that a simple lifestyle change is all that is needed, such as (for example only) a need to avoid gluten to alleviate Celiac Disease, or avoiding the foods that cause IBS.

I've had all sorts of tests in my life, and all kinds of worries of what it might or might not be that affects me.  I have therefore had cameras sent where cameras shouldn't go, and samples of this that and the other sent to all manner of labs. Thankfully the photographic survey was just a pleasant  ;) excursion to visit uncharted and uncorrupted territory, but the others gave answers and assurances. All I wish is that I'd asked for it to be done earlier to save all the worry I went through, which is a waste of energy and makes you ill!

Once again, all the best for you wife's recovery from whatever ails her. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Webbo on March 23, 2017, 08:22:45 am
Thank you Daffy

I'm a scientist too (retired) and believe that there is a rational explanation to what's happening to Judy. There still has to be a reason for IBS and why it has happened all of a sudden. Now I'm thinking antibiotics and mucking up of the bacterial systems in the digestive tract. There is an enormous amount to know in medicine which is ever increasing and I sometimes think that our overworked GPs are not keeping pace despite their best intentions.

Webbo
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 23, 2017, 08:52:03 am
Yes, our modern environments, the things we eat, the drugs we take, the things we buy - all must have an impact upon the human body that are really hard to identify. I read recently an American study that concluded that we spend up to 90% of our time indoors, and that indoor environments are very often more polluted than outdoor city streets. Chemicals in carpets, plastics, and other sources of 'out gassing' (not what some wags may be thinking :) ), aerosols, liquids and sprays for cleaning or deodorising, dry atmosphere in central heated buildings, or bad humidity, and the bugs and mites that love these cosy environments we create for ourselves.

And we all know about the outdoor environment with its pollutants, so it is little wonder we have so many 'odd' health issues these days. The human body is an amazing but delicate machine, and though science does a fantastic job identifying all manner of causes and effects, we are all as individual as snowflakes so finding 'cures' for all will be a job for the lives of thousands for centuries to come. And of course the time-lag between scientific study and discovery, to the dissemination of a curative through the medical professions, is enormous.
It's at times a gloomy picture, but on balance I think it is amazing what we have discovered thus far, and both science and medicine are advancing exponentially.

There is hope for us all, someday.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on March 24, 2017, 04:47:54 am
Feeling a bit down, got my wage slip for what i thought would be my last pay from work and it is only one months pay!!!! They are now saying i have to wait until the end of April before i can get all the money they have said i would receive, minus the last two weeks of this month which is included in the 10 week pay in lieu.

Still not able to have closer from them for another month and then i will still have to wait until i get my P45 for my pension from them, because i have to prove that i no longer work for them and it is one of the forms of ID.

Had enough of it all.      :( :( :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on March 24, 2017, 05:58:48 am
That is a bit of a pain in the derriere - I think I would feel like a  :'( if I were in your shoes. I do not know the ins and outs of redundancy/final pay etc., but the one consolation I can see is that you have the money to look forward to.  Whatever happens, good luck in the future.  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on March 24, 2017, 07:11:09 am
That is a bit of a pain in the derriere - I think I would feel like a  :'( if I were in your shoes. I do not know the ins and outs of redundancy/final pay etc., but the one consolation I can see is that you have the money to look forward to.  Whatever happens, good luck in the future.  :beers:

 :thankyousign: David, itís just so annoying that they have had loads of time to sort out my final pay and then i can close all ties with them.    :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 24, 2017, 09:20:08 am
Sad to hear this Steamie, but it's only a month, and I suggest filling that time with trains, trains, and more trains. :thumbsup: 
And maybe some very loud music, a few beers, and lots of walks or just sitting out in the warm Spring sunshine and watching the new life dawning that is your retirement.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on March 24, 2017, 03:05:40 pm
Now that's what I call a Good Plan, daffy.  :thumbsup:

Go for it, Steamie!

 :beers:

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on March 24, 2017, 03:41:34 pm
Feeling a bit down, got my wage slip for what i thought would be my last pay from work and it is only one months pay!!!! They are now saying i have to wait until the end of April before i can get all the money they have said i would receive, minus the last two weeks of this month which is included in the 10 week pay in lieu.

Still not able to have closer from them for another month and then i will still have to wait until i get my P45 for my pension from them, because i have to prove that i no longer work for them and it is one of the forms of ID.

Had enough of it all.      :( :( :(

Sorry to hear it, Steamie. I'm sure you're ready to be done with it ( and with them!). Hopefully it will pass quickly and you'll get to do a bit of what daffy suggested ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 24, 2017, 05:44:21 pm
Feeling a bit down, got my wage slip for what i thought would be my last pay from work and it is only one months pay!!!! They are now saying i have to wait until the end of April before i can get all the money they have said i would receive, minus the last two weeks of this month which is included in the 10 week pay in lieu.

Still not able to have closer from them for another month and then i will still have to wait until i get my P45 for my pension from them, because i have to prove that i no longer work for them and it is one of the forms of ID.

Had enough of it all.      :( :( :(

Hardly a big deal. They could have made you work the notice period rather than paying you PILON which would have meant you didn't get your final pay or redundancy money until the end of May and you would have had to go into work each day, regardless of whether they had any work for you to do.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 24, 2017, 06:23:38 pm
Feeling a bit down, got my wage slip for what i thought would be my last pay from work and it is only one months pay!!!! They are now saying i have to wait until the end of April before i can get all the money they have said i would receive, minus the last two weeks of this month which is included in the 10 week pay in lieu.

Still not able to have closer from them for another month and then i will still have to wait until i get my P45 for my pension from them, because i have to prove that i no longer work for them and it is one of the forms of ID.

Had enough of it all.      :( :( :(

Hardly a big deal. They could have made you work the notice period rather than paying you PILON which would have meant you didn't get your final pay or redundancy money until the end of May and you would have had to go into work each day, regardless of whether they had any work for you to do.

I'm sorry, but I think that is rather an insensitive comment given the problems Steamie has been experiencing over his redundancy.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Nick on March 24, 2017, 06:31:43 pm

Hardly a big deal. They could have made you work the notice period rather than paying you PILON which would have meant you didn't get your final pay or redundancy money until the end of May and you would have had to go into work each day, regardless of whether they had any work for you to do.
:censored: hell...

I didn't know that the NHS had opened an Empathy Bypass Clinic. Or did you have the work done privately?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 24, 2017, 07:13:08 pm
I'm sorry, but I think that is rather an insensitive comment given the problems Steamie has been experiencing over his redundancy.

:censored: hell...

I didn't know that the NHS had opened an Empathy Bypass Clinic. Or did you have the work done privately?

similar level of empathy to Steamie+ when he commented on another thread "get over it"
and to a reply I've had from him on other social media
 :)

Simple explanation of them not paying all his PILON this month is that the company he works for would not have wanted the payment to go through this financial year
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 24, 2017, 07:23:54 pm
:censored: hell...

Why do males on this forum regularly have to use :censored:

There's no need for swearing (or implying swearing) on here or in life. You don't get it from the few female members on here. 
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on March 24, 2017, 07:27:30 pm
It's just a harmless way of expressing extreme dissatisfaction with an event, situation or perhaps someone's inappropriate post!!
 :hmmm:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 24, 2017, 07:31:30 pm
It's just a harmless way of expressing extreme dissatisfaction with an event, situation or perhaps someone's inappropriate post!!
 :hmmm:

Personally I find in quite offensive when someone says :censored: hell to me. Not harmless fun at all or am I just being an oversensitive female in the male dominated world of toy trains?

So express that opinion without resorting to swearing. I would have thought most people would in real life so why be different on a forum
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on March 24, 2017, 07:41:41 pm
It seems you might have had a bad day... So I suggest, without  :censored: swearing that its probably best to abort this bit of the unhappy thread. Have a good weekend.
 :) :wave:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on March 24, 2017, 07:42:03 pm
:censored: hell...

Why do males on this forum regularly have to use :censored:

There's no need for swearing (or implying swearing) on here or in life. You don't get it from the few female members on here.

Not only is that sexist, it's also inaccurate. I know plenty of women who swear; the expectation that they not is because some men perceive it to be unladylike. As to your question, swearing is a cross-linguistic universal (something you find in all languages) and is a normal part of human expression. Its use is meant to convey a range of emotions and reactions, often appropriately. In this case, what I find more inappropriate is that you chose to reply to someone else's perfectly reasonable distress with callous insensitivity and then defended it as a personal retaliation for a previous slight by the poster.  :no:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 24, 2017, 07:46:26 pm
:censored: hell...

Why do males on this forum regularly have to use :censored:

There's no need for swearing (or implying swearing) on here or in life. You don't get it from the few female members on here.

Not only is that sexist, it's also inaccurate.

So which of the few females in this male dominated forum have you see use the  :censored: ?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Nick on March 24, 2017, 08:07:10 pm
WRT the swearing discussion, interestingly I was reading an article in one of the broadsheets earlier this week which was highlighting that serious public swearing has become a female trait, not a male one.

I have no evidence to support that, except to say that it accords with my experience of office environments from the mid/late 80s onwards.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on March 24, 2017, 08:22:18 pm
:censored: hell...

Why do males on this forum regularly have to use :censored:

There's no need for swearing (or implying swearing) on here or in life. You don't get it from the few female members on here.

Not only is that sexist, it's also inaccurate.

So which of the few females in this male dominated forum have you see use the  :censored: ?

I found 4 using the search function in 2 minutes, but I'm not going to list them because you seem to have turned it into some sort of badge of shame, but you can do the same very easily. My point is that swearing isn't and shouldn't be gendered, nor is it something to be particularly maligned. Moreover, we are talking about people using the censored smiley, not writing long, profane posts; your reaction is disproportionate.  This: :censored: isn't especially offensive.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on March 24, 2017, 08:41:32 pm
When I was at school many years ago we were taught that swearing showed a lack of vocabulary and intelligence. I still hold with that. There are plenty of ways to express oneself without resorting to expletives, yes I swear but not to replace adjectives or verbs, only to relieve the pain when I hit my thumb with a hammer.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 24, 2017, 08:42:44 pm
WRT the swearing discussion, interestingly I was reading an article in one of the broadsheets earlier this week which was highlighting that serious public swearing has become a female trait, not a male one.

I have no evidence to support that, except to say that it accords with my experience of office environments from the mid/late 80s onwards.

That is also from my experience from office life. The audible swearing in the office was often from females. I did speak to one who regularly used to swear at work but in private conversation never swore at all, about why she swore at work. Her answer was that she did it to fit in more with her male colleagues (it was a male dominated office) and I think she just over did it.

Also I know of a male who was reprimanded for swearing in front of a female colleague but it seemed to be ok for them to swear in front of other males  :confused1:

But personally I don't think there is ever a need to swear
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 24, 2017, 08:45:33 pm
When I was at school many years ago we were taught that swearing showed a lack of vocabulary and intelligence. I still hold with that. There are plenty of ways to express oneself without resorting to expletives, yes I swear but not to replace adjectives or verbs, only to relieve the pain when I hit my thumb with a hammer.

You mean you don't just say "that hurt" and carry on.  :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 24, 2017, 08:52:58 pm

Also I know of a male who was reprimanded for swearing in front of a female colleague

Bit harsh, especially if he didn't know it was her turn :D

This is just the 'Unhappy Thread' so obviously it hasn't reached the 'Angry' phase yet.
I know. Let's get back to playing trains.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on March 24, 2017, 08:55:29 pm
When I was at school many years ago we were taught that swearing showed a lack of vocabulary and intelligence. I still hold with that. There are plenty of ways to express oneself without resorting to expletives, yes I swear but not to replace adjectives or verbs, only to relieve the pain when I hit my thumb with a hammer.

You mean you don't just say "that hurt" and carry on.  :)

"Oh dear, it appears that the hammer has come into contact with my thumb." Believe that and you believe pigs can fly. :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on March 24, 2017, 09:01:52 pm
When I was at school many years ago we were taught that swearing showed a lack of vocabulary and intelligence. I still hold with that. There are plenty of ways to express oneself without resorting to expletives, yes I swear but not to replace adjectives or verbs, only to relieve the pain when I hit my thumb with a hammer.

That was and is a common assumption, but socio-linguistic studies have actually shown the opposite. People who swear more tend to have larger lexicons and make verbal associations more quickly and there have been several studies that have correlated intelligence quotients (IQ tests) with the frequency of profanity used. The idea that people who swear can't come up with a 'better word' is a false one. High-frequency swearers are much better at neutral synonym replacement in testing environments, implying that they can come up with more alternatives to swearing and do so more quickly than those who do not swear,  but elect not to because swearing conveys the full semantic intent.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on March 24, 2017, 09:08:08 pm
People who swear more tend to have larger lexicons and make verbal associations more quickly and there have been several studies that have correlated intelligence quotients (IQ tests) with the frequency of profanity used.



 :censored: right! :D



<--------


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on March 24, 2017, 09:09:37 pm
Wow N gauge US ... Just let me consult my dictionary and I'll get back to you on that!!

 :confused2: :hmmm: :o
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 24, 2017, 09:28:59 pm
When I was at school many years ago we were taught that swearing showed a lack of vocabulary and intelligence. I still hold with that. There are plenty of ways to express oneself without resorting to expletives, yes I swear but not to replace adjectives or verbs, only to relieve the pain when I hit my thumb with a hammer.

That was and is a common assumption, but socio-linguistic studies have actually shown the opposite. People who swear more tend to have larger lexicons and make verbal associations more quickly and there have been several studies that have correlated intelligence quotients (IQ tests) with the frequency of profanity used. The idea that people who swear can't come up with a 'better word' is a false one. High-frequency swearers are much better at neutral synonym replacement in testing environments, implying that they can come up with more alternatives to swearing and do so more quickly than those who do not swear,  but elect not to because swearing conveys the full semantic intent.

The only study I was aware of was published in the journal Language Science in December 2015. This was widely reported to state that but was reported incorrectly.

What it did was measure Verbal Fluency. The test measured how many swear words a participant could say within a timeframe and then the participants where asked to recall a list of unrelatred words. What the study showed was that people who know more words also know more swear words. This only measures linguistic intelligence and says nothing about a persons intelligence.

But then I'm just a thick blonde as I don't swear

(I don't know whether I would if I hit my thumb with a hammer as I have never been stupid enough to do it)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on March 24, 2017, 09:31:25 pm

(I don't know whether I would if I hit my thumb with a hammer as I have never been stupid enough to do it)

 :laughabovepost: - get out of that! :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on March 24, 2017, 09:43:45 pm

(I don't know whether I would if I hit my thumb with a hammer as I have never been stupid enough to do it)

 :laughabovepost: - get out of that! :)

I can only assume that a hammer is an alien object to you. :hmmm:  Assaults on thumbs is one of lifes less pleasurable pastimes but "enjoyed" by many. :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 24, 2017, 09:52:54 pm

(I don't know whether I would if I hit my thumb with a hammer as I have never been stupid enough to do it)

 :laughabovepost: - get out of that! :)

I can only assume that a hammer is an alien object to you. :hmmm:  Assaults on thumbs is one of lifes less pleasurable pastimes but "enjoyed" by many. :'(

Know fully how to use a hammer properly which is why I haven't hit my thumb (does it hurt by any chance?), and very good at DIY (I think my husband might know which end of the screwdriver you use if I pass it to him the right way round) Fitted three kitchens and two bathrooms over the years. Oh and replaced part of the central heating system

And I wouldn't want to break my thumbnail after spending hours painting it. 
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on March 24, 2017, 09:58:43 pm
Know fully how to use a hammer properly which is why I haven't hit my thumb (does it hurt by any chance?), and very good at DIY (I think my husband might know which end of the screwdriver you use if I pass it to him the right way round) Fitted three kitchens and two bathrooms over the years. Oh and replaced part of the central heating system

And I wouldn't want to break my thumbnail after spending hours painting it.

Class reply :claphappy:


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 24, 2017, 10:57:04 pm
Jeez! :o While I was out listening to some great live music it seems someone declared World War Three! :goggleeyes:

I'm  so :censored: unhappy, so :censored: saddened and so :censored: angry about certain posts I've just had the misfortune to read on this thread that I think I'll just accept that some folks don't have an altruistic side.

PS - the word I have self-censored in this post is 'very'. I used the censored emoticon purely to convey just how 'very', without having to type ' very, very, very, very ' three times.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on March 25, 2017, 12:06:15 am
When I was at school many years ago we were taught that swearing showed a lack of vocabulary and intelligence. I still hold with that. There are plenty of ways to express oneself without resorting to expletives, yes I swear but not to replace adjectives or verbs, only to relieve the pain when I hit my thumb with a hammer.

That was and is a common assumption, but socio-linguistic studies have actually shown the opposite. People who swear more tend to have larger lexicons and make verbal associations more quickly and there have been several studies that have correlated intelligence quotients (IQ tests) with the frequency of profanity used. The idea that people who swear can't come up with a 'better word' is a false one. High-frequency swearers are much better at neutral synonym replacement in testing environments, implying that they can come up with more alternatives to swearing and do so more quickly than those who do not swear,  but elect not to because swearing conveys the full semantic intent.

The only study I was aware of was published in the journal Language Science in December 2015. This was widely reported to state that but was reported incorrectly.

What it did was measure Verbal Fluency. The test measured how many swear words a participant could say within a timeframe and then the participants where asked to recall a list of unrelatred words. What the study showed was that people who know more words also know more swear words. This only measures linguistic intelligence and says nothing about a persons intelligence.

But then I'm just a thick blonde as I don't swear

(I don't know whether I would if I hit my thumb with a hammer as I have never been stupid enough to do it)

I take tremendous offense to your insinuation that I was somehow calling you a "thick blonde." To be perfectly honest, you seem bent on battling everyone, as I hardly think mito was saying a hammer must be a foreign object to you because you are a woman, but because you are apparently the only person in the known world to be immune from human error when using a hammer and, somehow, when everyone else does it, it's because they are "stupid" or don't "know fully how to use a hammer properly."

As for the rest of it, linguistic or verbal intelligence is a major component of most IQ tests and most theories of intelligence(s). I'd list other articles, but I feel like you're less interested in learning than in being right, so here you go: you're right; we shouldn't swear on the forum. That's why it's already against the rules. The censor icon isn't swearing. What I think you're asking is that people not use an emoticon that expresses the user's frustration, which is an unreasonable request.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 25, 2017, 12:19:00 am
When I was at school many years ago we were taught that swearing showed a lack of vocabulary and intelligence. I still hold with that. There are plenty of ways to express oneself without resorting to expletives, yes I swear but not to replace adjectives or verbs, only to relieve the pain when I hit my thumb with a hammer.

That was and is a common assumption, but socio-linguistic studies have actually shown the opposite. People who swear more tend to have larger lexicons and make verbal associations more quickly and there have been several studies that have correlated intelligence quotients (IQ tests) with the frequency of profanity used. The idea that people who swear can't come up with a 'better word' is a false one. High-frequency swearers are much better at neutral synonym replacement in testing environments, implying that they can come up with more alternatives to swearing and do so more quickly than those who do not swear,  but elect not to because swearing conveys the full semantic intent.

The only study I was aware of was published in the journal Language Science in December 2015. This was widely reported to state that but was reported incorrectly.

What it did was measure Verbal Fluency. The test measured how many swear words a participant could say within a timeframe and then the participants where asked to recall a list of unrelatred words. What the study showed was that people who know more words also know more swear words. This only measures linguistic intelligence and says nothing about a persons intelligence.

But then I'm just a thick blonde as I don't swear

(I don't know whether I would if I hit my thumb with a hammer as I have never been stupid enough to do it)

I take tremendous offense to your insinuation that I was somehow calling you a "thick blonde." To be perfectly honest, you seem bent on battling everyone, as I hardly think mito was saying a hammer must be a foreign object to you because you are a woman, but because you are apparently the only person in the known world to be immune from human error when using a hammer and, somehow, when everyone else does it, it's because they are "stupid" or don't "know fully how to use a hammer properly."

As for the rest of it, linguistic or verbal intelligence is a major component of most IQ tests and most theories of intelligence(s). I'd list other articles, but I feel like you're less interested in learning than in being right, so here you go: you're right; we shouldn't swear on the forum. That's why it's already against the rules. The censor icon isn't swearing. What I think you're asking is that people not use an emoticon that expresses the user's frustration, which is an unreasonable request.

Thick Blonde was just my sense off humour. In the UK blondes are often referred to as having less intelligence because of the colour of there hair. No offense was intended or meant :sorrysign:

With the use of emoticons when someone posts  ":censored: hell" both you and I (and probably every other user of the forum) knows what word has been replaced by the emoticon. If this forum has rules that swearing is not allowed as it is "family friendly" then this is no different.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 25, 2017, 04:31:48 am

PS - the word I have self-censored in this post is 'very'. I used the censored emoticon purely to convey just how 'very', without having to type ' very, very, very, very ' three times.

But you've typed 'very' 6 times in that post :confused1: :dunce:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on March 25, 2017, 06:25:22 am
Thanks Daffy, Daveg and N-Gauge-US, for your kind thoughts and has for you escafeld, you really donít know anything about me and what i have been going through, all i what is to have closer on my time with the company, and itís not really all about the money, we are all not money grabbing and no i wonít swear because this is a family forum, it seems to me like a certain other individual on this forum you just what to have an argument, i will not take you up on it, just enjoy your modelling please has all of us do with what ever we do, whether it is running trains, scratch building, making Dioramas or just drooling at what others have.

This is an unhappy Thread and not an angry Thread.    Happy Modelling.       :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 25, 2017, 09:32:39 am
Thanks Daffy, Daveg and N-Gauge-US, for your kind thoughts and has for you escafeld, you really donít know anything about me and what i have been going through, all i what is to have closer on my time with the company, and itís not really all about the money, we are all not money grabbing and no i wonít swear because this is a family forum, it seems to me like a certain other individual on this forum you just what to have an argument, i will not take you up on it, just enjoy your modelling please has all of us do with what ever we do, whether it is running trains, scratch building, making Dioramas or just drooling at what others have.

This is an unhappy Thread and not an angry Thread.    Happy Modelling.       :thumbsup:

Yes I have read your posts on being made redundant on here. Most of the issue seemed to be your lack of understanding of the terms and conditions of being made redundant of which another member so kindly helped you out.

As you know even less about me, you then imply that I am 'money grabbing' which I find offensive (as I did when you replied to me 'get over it') and by stating this it seems that you want to start an argument. My initial reply was pointing out things could have been a lot worse for you, i.e. making you work for the 10 weeks rather than paying you off. You should just be thankful they didn't do that rather than crying about you have to wait a few more weeks to get your money.

It seems that if you have an opinion on this forum that doesn't conform to a certain clique then you are accused of being argumentative.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on March 25, 2017, 09:42:43 am
OK people I think this is getting too personal now, no reason to go making assumptions and throwing insults at each other when, as many of you have said, we know very little about each other apart from what we read on this forum.

Back to being mildly 'Unhappy' please.

 :thankyousign:


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: broadsword on March 25, 2017, 09:51:32 am
How about a " foaming at the mouth thread" then people could
swap insults without offending the rest of the forum.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on March 25, 2017, 09:56:37 am
How about a " foaming at the mouth thread" then people could
swap insults without offending the rest of the forum.
I suggested a similar 'Rant' thread.
Whether you call it 'Foaming at the mouth' or 'Rant' thread you could post your frustrations into this thread, or have them moved to the thread by the mods.
People who don't want to read them could Filter them out in their profile.
Happy days -  :) :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 25, 2017, 10:03:42 am

PS - the word I have self-censored in this post is 'very'. I used the censored emoticon purely to convey just how 'very', without having to type ' very, very, very, very ' three times.

But you've typed 'very' 6 times in that post :confused1: :dunce:

Darn it! >:( Hoist by my own petard and exposed by a night owl! :(

 :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 25, 2017, 10:04:58 am

Back to being mildly 'Unhappy' please.


But I was happy before you posted that and now you want me to be unhappy  :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on March 25, 2017, 10:11:56 am

Back to being mildly 'Unhappy' please.


But I was happy before you posted that and now you want me to be unhappy  :(
OMG my brain hurts!!! Time for another cuppa.
 ??? :confused2: :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on March 25, 2017, 10:18:30 am
How about a " foaming at the mouth thread" then people could
swap insults without offending the rest of the forum.
I suggested a similar 'Rant' thread.
Whether you call it 'Foaming at the mouth' or 'Rant' thread you could post your frustrations into this thread, or have them moved to the thread by the mods.
People who don't want to read them could Filter them out in their profile.
Happy days -  :) :beers:

So what do you think the Angry Thread is for then if it's not having a rant?? ::)

As for swapping insults, if you find that sort of thing amusing then kindly find another forum to do so.


Back to being mildly 'Unhappy' please.


But I was happy before you posted that and now you want me to be unhappy  :(

Of course I don't want you to be unhappy, I just don't want to be wasting finger-energy moving posts from here to the Happy Thread :D


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on March 25, 2017, 10:23:03 am
How about a " foaming at the mouth thread" then people could
swap insults without offending the rest of the forum.
I suggested a similar 'Rant' thread.
Whether you call it 'Foaming at the mouth' or 'Rant' thread you could post your frustrations into this thread, or have them moved to the thread by the mods.
People who don't want to read them could Filter them out in their profile.
Happy days -  :) :beers:

So what do you think the Angry Thread is for then if it's not having a rant?? ::)

As for swapping insults, if you find that sort of thing amusing then kindly find another forum to do so.

Ouch!!!  :o
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on March 25, 2017, 10:35:23 am
All I said that I was unhappy about the way work are dealing with me. I don,t want to tell everyone what caused it in every detail, but I never said anybody on this forum are money grabbing and I don,t think I implied it either. Has for  being in a clique that is one of the reasons I don,t go on the site that is full of cliques.

Think it's about time I stopped posting on here and just read some of the posts that interest me.

I will continue to support the forum in any way I can, I am hoping to do that at the little meet NPN and I are trying to set up.

Happy Modelling all.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Nick on March 25, 2017, 10:37:40 am
Great Scott! (I think that's safe, but perhaps not.) What a needless fuss.

As the person who inadvertently triggered this maelstrom, I'd just like to point out that the word that the :censored: emoji/smiley was standing in for in my post was very considerably milder than the word that @escafeld (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5876) assumed I was hiding. I could probably have typed it. We don't all think the same way.

Which only goes to show how much trouble can be caused by making assumptions.

If I can, I am now going to unsubscribe from the Discussion threads and stick to the modelling topics. They are what I'm here for.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on March 25, 2017, 10:40:54 am
Agree with the above post by Nick. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: broadsword on March 25, 2017, 10:41:33 am
The voice of reason !  If there are arguments on the forum they should be
about really important matters, like is real ale over-rated ?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on March 25, 2017, 10:47:53 am
I've already asked politely for the matter to be dropped, and now come the "But sir . . . " excuses and the "I agree with so-and-so" posts.

Maybe if people thought a bit more BEFORE they posted certain things about how they might come across we wouldn't need to be having this discussion?

END OF DEBATE


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 25, 2017, 10:49:18 am
The voice of reason !  If there are arguments on the forum they should be
about really important matters, like is real ale over-rated ?

Yes. :thumbsup:  To both points. :)

But then I am REALLY unhappy cos some years ago I discovered I was allergic (seriously) to all such alchohol, real or.... er.... unreal. >:(

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: broadsword on March 25, 2017, 10:57:33 am
[quote author=daffy link=topic=29358.msg437508#msg437508 date=1490438

But then I am REALLY unhappy cos some years ago I discovered I was allergic (seriously) to all such alchohol, real or.... er.... unreal. >:(
 :D :D :D
[/quote]

Now that's a suitable topic, sadly... :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jimbo on March 25, 2017, 11:37:50 am
The voice of reason !  If there are arguments on the forum they should be
about really important matters, like is real ale over-rated ?

Yes. :thumbsup:  To both points. :)

But then I am REALLY unhappy cos some years ago I discovered I was allergic (seriously) to all such alchohol, real or.... er.... unreal. >:(

 :D :D :D

I think I know how you might feel, I haven't had it diagnosed but I've been avoiding (Sometimes unsuccessfully) bread for some Months now as it has a detrimental affect which I won't describe........had one pint of real ale not so long ago which I enjoy very occasionally and the next day!....Well, you can imagine! I suspect it may be a yeast intolerance that seems to have developed, as I said still to be diagnosed though, the symptoms only last for a full day if I just drink water until the evening then i'm fine but what a palaver it is! Avoiding bread especially is a lot harder than I thought!  :worried: (The odd Jim Beam is ok though!  :whistle:)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on March 25, 2017, 11:51:00 am
The voice of reason !  If there are arguments on the forum they should be
about really important matters, like is real ale over-rated ?

Yes. :thumbsup:  To both points. :)

But then I am REALLY unhappy cos some years ago I discovered I was allergic (seriously) to all such alchohol, real or.... er.... unreal. >:(

 :D :D :D

I think I know how you might feel, I haven't had it diagnosed but I've been avoiding (Sometimes unsuccessfully) bread for some Months now as it has a detrimental affect which I won't describe........had one pint of real ale not so long ago which I enjoy very occasionally and the next day!....Well, you can imagine! I suspect it may be a yeast intolerance that seems to have developed, as I said still to be diagnosed though, the symptoms only last for a full day if I just drink water until the evening then i'm fine but what a palaver it is! Avoiding bread especially is a lot harder than I thought!  :worried: (The odd Jim Beam is ok though!  :whistle:)

Yeast the main ingredient of the elixir of life....  :hmmm:  Jack Daniels or any Bourbon for me Jimbo...   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 25, 2017, 11:57:13 am
Hi Jimbo, sorry to hear that, but like you I have problems with bread (both the baked stuff and the other dough ;) )
I don't know how extensive your reaction to bread is, but mine started years ago with white bread and other white flour breads (granary, so called 'brown bread' and others), and of course cakes and the like.

However, I have discovered that wholemeal bread is not always a problem. I say 'not always' because a lot of wholemeal breads also contain wheat flour ofbthe standard refined (white) kind, so these are problematic. At present the only loaf I can eat with zero problems is Allinson Classic, but then they have just changed the wrapper so maybe the recipe has changed to. Time will tell.

Anyway, the point is, I have had to spend a long time - years in fact - finding what I can and cannot eat, and with all the additives and complex recipes in all food these days it's a darned minefield.

With your ale problem it does sound like a yeast intolerance, but you need an expert diagnosis as yeast and yeast extract is put in all manner of things these days, some you would not expect.

As for your favourite tipple, most of the yeast from fermentation is lost in the distilling processes. If it does prove a problem in time you will just have to move to gin and vodka, which are yeast free. :)

Bon chance, mon ami. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on March 25, 2017, 12:05:13 pm
I went "gluten free" for about one year.

It was OK - I lost about 5kg.

The only problem was eating "on the hoof" - difficult to make a sandwich with rice !

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 25, 2017, 12:09:04 pm

The only problem was eating "on the hoof" - difficult to make a sandwich with rice !

Or while riding a horse! :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on March 25, 2017, 12:12:11 pm
Yeah - I had to give up playing polo  :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jimbo on March 25, 2017, 12:15:49 pm
Thanks guys! I should go to the doc's really but I very rarely do for anything and the last time I went for a minor skin blemish that appeared it really didn't seem like she wanted to be there as much as I didn't! Probably had a bad week or something I know how overloaded they can get, anyway, i'm only suspecting it's yeast as when I lay off the bread for a long while i'm fine, it could of course be flour or wheat but i suppose i really need to get proper tests done and a professional opinion, it's strange though i seem to be ok on flat breads i.e. fajitas and pitta breads etc which lead me to think it's yeast  :hmmm:, i'm just sort of experimenting/self diagnosing really...thanks for the tip about gin and vodka!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jimbo on March 25, 2017, 12:17:41 pm

The only problem was eating "on the hoof" - difficult to make a sandwich with rice !

Or while riding a horse! :D

I wondered why they always seem to have long faces
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 25, 2017, 12:47:10 pm
Avoiding bread especially is a lot harder than I thought!  :worried: (The odd Jim Beam is ok though!  :whistle:)

Very messy trying to make cheese or beans on Jim Beam, though I reckon it would be delicious. :food:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on March 25, 2017, 12:49:30 pm
So would you if all you got to eat was muesli (without sugar) and you had to eat it out of a bag hung round your neck with your hands tied behind your back.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 29, 2017, 02:41:28 pm
It's a sad day :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on March 29, 2017, 02:51:05 pm
No sadder than any other unless you have a specific reason?


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 29, 2017, 03:37:42 pm
My guess is Brexit but I really don't want to go there :sleep:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on March 29, 2017, 03:41:20 pm
Nor should anybody think of going there if they want to continue as a member on here . . .


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on March 29, 2017, 03:41:38 pm
My thoughts also, Mick.   :worried:

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: themadhippy on March 29, 2017, 04:29:38 pm
I most definitley want to go  there
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 29, 2017, 05:27:40 pm
Its a sad day as my 94 year old grandmother passed away this morning
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 29, 2017, 05:38:15 pm
My thoughts also, Mick.   :worried:

Dave G
I most definitley want to go  there
My guess is Brexit but I really don't want to go there :sleep:


Don't know what happened to the other part of my previous post. I guess that's what happens when you do things in a rush.

Nothing at all to do with politics as that as against the forum rules, or why forum members would suddenly jump to that conclusion
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on March 29, 2017, 05:43:08 pm
My condolences, escafeld.

It's never easy to say goodbye to someone special.

I hope she leaves you with many happy memories.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on March 29, 2017, 06:05:40 pm
I know it's difficult getting over the loss, but console yourself with the fact that at 94, she had a good innings.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on March 29, 2017, 06:14:37 pm
My condolences, escafeld.

It's never easy to say goodbye to someone special.

I hope she leaves you with many happy memories.

Dave G
My condolences, escafeld.

It's never easy to say goodbye to someone special.

I hope she leaves you with many happy memories.

Dave G

Thank you. She had a very full and mainly happy life right to the end. The last couple of years she had been in and out of hospital but that didn't seem to slow her down. I guess that the expectation is she was always going to come out again. On the positive side she didn't suffer when the end came.

I think dealing with my 77 year old mother is going to be the hard part as they were more like sisters than mother and daughter
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 29, 2017, 06:23:24 pm
May I add my condolences escafeld.

I have now lost all my grandparents and parents, as has my wife. With one exception they all lived long lives, and for that I always give thanks.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Sprintex on March 29, 2017, 06:34:07 pm
Always sad to lose a loved one, thoughts are with you and your family  :(

As Daffy said at least she had a long and mainly happy life.


Paul
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on March 29, 2017, 06:37:28 pm
Yes, a sad day indeed. Very sorry to hear of your loss.
 :sorrysign:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on March 29, 2017, 07:05:57 pm

Thank you. She had a very full and mainly happy life right to the end. The last couple of years she had been in and out of hospital but that didn't seem to slow her down. I guess that the expectation is she was always going to come out again. On the positive side she didn't suffer when the end came.

I think dealing with my 77 year old mother is going to be the hard part as they were more like sisters than mother and daughter

Very sorry for your loss, escafeld. Longevity can be a blessing or a curse, and I'm glad that she lived happily until the end. So many people spend their final years in pain or sorrow; that she did not should be a real comfort, in time. I feel for your mother too, as it sounds like she lost a best friend and a mother. Maybe take this time of grief as an opportunity to grow closer to her and, in doing so, help her heal by filling the void your grandmother has left. Again, my deepest sympathies,

Philip
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jimbo on March 29, 2017, 08:07:11 pm
So sorry Escafeld, thoughts and best wishes at this troubling time.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on March 29, 2017, 08:41:59 pm
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss :(
Take great care of your Mum. Mine is 83 and has had a couple of severe operations in the last 12 years but still manages to shame me with her energy (although her driving is getting a little shaky ;))
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Steamie+ on March 29, 2017, 08:57:35 pm
Sorry to hear about your lose.  :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on March 29, 2017, 09:13:43 pm
A sad day, yes, but remember the happy times you all had with her. And plenty of hugs for your mum and lots of support.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on March 29, 2017, 09:27:44 pm
Sorry to hear of your loss Escafeld. But, as others have said, remember the good things and look after your Mum.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 03, 2017, 03:53:34 pm
@austinbob (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2403)
The good news is the Farish 8F 372-154 ordered from Time Tunnel Models (North Berwick) arrived via DPD exactly as they said it would.
The bad news is it was dead as a dodo. Nada, zilch, rien etc :'(
They are mailing me a returns postage label and back it will go. Needless to say, for such a venerable beast they have no replacement :'( :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on April 03, 2017, 04:26:52 pm
@austinbob ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2403[/url])
The good news is the Farish 8F 372-154 ordered from Time Tunnel Models (North Berwick) arrived via DPD exactly as they said it would.
The bad news is it was dead as a dodo. Nada, zilch, rien etc :'(
They are mailing me a returns postage label and back it will go. Needless to say, for such a venerable beast they have no replacement :'( :'(

I believe Alton model centre have another one in stock. If you like I can check it out and get it for you. Price is £103 and something. If it works ok I can post it to you and you can send me a cheque for loco plus postage.
Just let me know.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: jonclox on April 03, 2017, 04:35:14 pm
Its a sad day as my 94 year old grandmother passed away this morning
:sorrysign: and I do mean that  :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on April 03, 2017, 05:44:17 pm
@austinbob ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2403[/url])
The good news is the Farish 8F 372-154 ordered from Time Tunnel Models (North Berwick) arrived via DPD exactly as they said it would.
The bad news is it was dead as a dodo. Nada, zilch, rien etc :'(
They are mailing me a returns postage label and back it will go. Needless to say, for such a venerable beast they have no replacement :'( :'(


Stockton Modeller are showing it as in stock £94.99

http://www.stocktonmodeller.co.uk/372154-class-8f-48750.ir?cName=railways-graham-farish-locomotives-steam (http://www.stocktonmodeller.co.uk/372154-class-8f-48750.ir?cName=railways-graham-farish-locomotives-steam)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on April 03, 2017, 06:09:13 pm
@austinbob ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2403[/url])
The good news is the Farish 8F 372-154 ordered from Time Tunnel Models (North Berwick) arrived via DPD exactly as they said it would.
The bad news is it was dead as a dodo. Nada, zilch, rien etc :'(
They are mailing me a returns postage label and back it will go. Needless to say, for such a venerable beast they have no replacement :'( :'(


Stockton Modeller are showing it as in stock £94.99

[url]http://www.stocktonmodeller.co.uk/372154-class-8f-48750.ir?cName=railways-graham-farish-locomotives-steam[/url] ([url]http://www.stocktonmodeller.co.uk/372154-class-8f-48750.ir?cName=railways-graham-farish-locomotives-steam[/url])

The advantage of Alton model centre is that I can personally go and check the loco before buying it for Mick.
He's already had one cheap loco go belly up.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 03, 2017, 08:15:24 pm
Many thanks, Bob, and thanks also to Escafeld for searching that one out.
Truth be told I'd prefer a late crest one so if anyone knows the whereabouts of a 372-151.................
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on April 03, 2017, 08:31:14 pm
Many thanks, Bob, and thanks also to Escafeld for searching that one out.
Truth be told I'd prefer a late crest one so if anyone knows the whereabouts of a 372-151.................
I'll keep me eyes open for that one Mick.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on April 04, 2017, 03:03:03 pm
Many thanks, Bob, and thanks also to Escafeld for searching that one out.
Truth be told I'd prefer a late crest one so if anyone knows the whereabouts of a 372-151.................

Or you could wait for the new "improved" version.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on April 04, 2017, 03:20:14 pm
Many thanks, Bob, and thanks also to Escafeld for searching that one out.
Truth be told I'd prefer a late crest one so if anyone knows the whereabouts of a 372-151.................

Or you could wait for the new "improved" version.
And which decade has that been promised for?   :no:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 04, 2017, 04:43:47 pm
Many thanks, Bob, and thanks also to Escafeld for searching that one out.
Truth be told I'd prefer a late crest one so if anyone knows the whereabouts of a 372-151.................

Or you could wait for the new "improved" version.
And which decade has that been promised for?   :no:

I think I'll have 'decayed' before seeing it ::)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on April 10, 2017, 07:53:41 pm
I inherited an N gauge Model railway a week ago (and a bottle of Laphroaig)
 Funeral tomorrow...(11/04/17)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: scotsoft on April 10, 2017, 08:00:47 pm

I think I'll have 'decayed' before seeing it ::)

Would we notice any difference?  >:D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 10, 2017, 08:26:45 pm
I inherited an N gauge Model railway a week ago (and a bottle of Laphroaig)
 Funeral tomorrow...(11/04/17)

Good in one respect but awful to benefit like that :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 10, 2017, 08:28:03 pm

I think I'll have 'decayed' before seeing it ::)

Would we notice any difference?  >:D

That's rotten :laugh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on April 11, 2017, 12:06:20 pm
Having back problems again. Went to the osteopath on Friday, seems to have made it worse.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 11, 2017, 12:11:47 pm
I can thoroughly recommend Anadin Ultra 200mg Ibuprofen liquid capsules for Back & Muscle Pain, Malc.
They are amazing little green workers, if you're OK with Ibuprofen.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: escafeld on April 11, 2017, 12:26:29 pm
Or you could just take a shops own make of Ibuprofen 200mg as that is the only active ingredient in Anadin Ultra 200mg Ibuprofen liquid capsules for Back & Muscle Pain and save yourself some money. Of course it won't have the placebo effect as it doesn't say for Back & Muscle pain on the wrapper.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: N-Gauge-US on April 11, 2017, 01:45:08 pm
I inherited an N gauge Model railway a week ago (and a bottle of Laphroaig)
 Funeral tomorrow...(11/04/17)

I'm sorry for your loss :/ I hope the layout will be a good way for you to remember your lost loved one. All the best
Philip
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on April 11, 2017, 03:25:13 pm
I inherited an N gauge Model railway a week ago (and a bottle of Laphroaig)
 Funeral tomorrow...(11/04/17)

I'm sorry for your loss :/ I hope the layout will be a good way for you to remember your lost loved one. All the best
Philip

I share the sentiment and can't say better
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on April 11, 2017, 03:38:41 pm
Having back problems again. Went to the osteopath on Friday, seems to have made it worse.

Oh dear and you usually say how much easier things often are after a visit.

Hope it clears up OK.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on April 11, 2017, 07:09:49 pm
I can thoroughly recommend Anadin Ultra 200mg Ibuprofen liquid capsules for Back & Muscle Pain, Malc.
They are amazing little green workers, if you're OK with Ibuprofen.
Unfortunately, as a diabetic, I'm not supposed to take ibuprofen.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on April 11, 2017, 07:18:50 pm
I can thoroughly recommend Anadin Ultra 200mg Ibuprofen liquid capsules for Back & Muscle Pain, Malc.
They are amazing little green workers, if you're OK with Ibuprofen.
Unfortunately, as a diabetic, I'm not supposed to take ibuprofen.
In fact Malc, if you look at current advice on ibuprofen anyone over 65 should check with their GP before taking the drug on a regular basis. Particularly if you have diabetes or heart problems. Also there are tight recommendations on dosage.
Read the instructions and talk to your GP is the message.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on April 11, 2017, 07:20:39 pm
Quite correct, Bob. I fail on 2 counts, age and being diabetic.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on April 11, 2017, 07:25:15 pm
I fail on three counts Malc. The two that affect you plus the words on the instructions are too small to read!!!
 :hmmm: :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on April 12, 2017, 10:47:47 am
Thanks for the info folks, I'm type 2 and no one has mentions this to me before.
I'll have to check with the doc in a couple of months when I'm in for the six monthly review.

Luckily I've got 5 years before 65.
 
Unluckily I'm also "Susceptible to Malignant Hyperpyrexia under Anaethesia" which will limit the options somewhat...
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on April 21, 2017, 08:24:18 am
Just been to a model train web site.
Search for info but can't find so will have to send a note.  Wonder what are the chances of getting a reply?
On to the site Contact Me form.  Filled out name , e-mail and question.
Hit send.   :)
No you missed a required field.  Sure I filled out fields marked as required.
Oh, I have to select a how-did-you-find-us box to proceed.  Usually I just select some rubbish answer where I am forced to provide some info not relevant to the e-mail or outcome.  I wouldn't give much for the accuracy of any the data they get.  ;)
Hit send again.
No you missed a required field. ???
A "are you a robot box".  OK, used to this, usually type the four letters and numbers in the obscured text box.  Oh pictures.  Just have to select the pictures which have street numbers shown (3 out of 9).  Done. :)
Oh another set of pictures with street numbers.  OK done.
Another set of pictures this time having to identify mountains.  :confused2:  Done.
Oh joy! another set of mountains to select.  Done.  :(
Apparently, I still could be a smart robot (how did they know worked for a semi-government company?) so now I have to identify street signs.  :'(  DONE.
Surprise, Surprise, another set of street signs.  >:(  How much longer can this go on?  :worried:DONE.  >:D

Hell, it has accepted me as a non-robot.  Is the next step to prove I am human? :drool:

NO WAY!  I can press the send button and then away the message flies.  :laugh3:

I wonder what one has to do to actually buy something from this guy?  :hmmm:

Regards,
CFJ
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on April 21, 2017, 09:59:35 am
The company i work for have put on the internal internet some of our records, so we can update things like telephone numbers and addresses. It also shows your pay band  and grade.

This cause some discussion on pay bands which have never been revealed before...
That shows the personnel department  have been lying to me and my boss by saying I was in a higher pay grade than those in the next door lab. (Their stuff comes to me when they can't do it)

My boss has alway apologised to me about how low my pay is...

Not a happy bunny :( >:(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Skyline2uk on April 21, 2017, 10:11:56 am
The company i work for have put on the internal internet some of our records, so we can update things like telephone numbers and addresses. It also shows your pay band  and grade.

This cause some discussion on pay bands which have never been revealed before...
That shows the personnel department  have been lying to me and my boss by saying I was in a higher pay grade than those in the next door lab. (Their stuff comes to me when they can't do it)

My boss has alway apologised to me about how low my pay is...

Not a happy bunny :( >:(

Erm....

I could be wrong but that sounds decidedly dodgy in terms of data protection. My company treats personal data, especially pay, like nuclear launch codes!

The problems disclosure would cause are huge, as it seems you are finding out. A word with HR is DEFO warranted!

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on April 21, 2017, 10:40:33 am
I've probably not explained it properly, you can only see your own codes not anyone elses, it was in the discussions after this system came about, we discovered HR are a bunch of Lying B******
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread - Michele Scarponi
Post by: RailGooner on April 23, 2017, 10:39:16 pm
Italian pro cyclist Michele Scarponi was involved in a fatal accident during a training ride on Saturday.

Pro cyclists can be a moody bunch, but Scarponi was well liked by his peers - many have spoken fondly of his jovial nature and not just this weekend. His most successful season was 2011 when he finished the Giro d'Italia second to winner Alberto Contador in General Classification (GC). Scarponi was later promoted to 1st in GC when Contador received a retrospective ban.

Major wins
   Grand Tours
      Giro d'Italia
       General classification (2011)
       Points classification (2011)
       3 individual stages (2 in 2009, 1 in 2010)

   Stage races
      TirrenoĖAdriatico (2009)
      Volta a Catalunya (2011)
      Giro del Trentino (2011)

Scarponi is survived by a wife and two children.

Riposa in pace Michele
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Post by: marco neri on April 23, 2017, 10:57:29 pm

A very unlucky man...a real champion, I did not want believe to the sad new..

Ciao Michele :(
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Post by: RailGooner on April 23, 2017, 11:14:46 pm
Alejandro Valverde, winner of todays Liege-Bastogne-Liege, in a moving post-race interview has dedicated his prize money to Scarponi's family.
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Post by: Newportnobby on April 24, 2017, 09:58:48 am
As a huge fan of cycling road racing I was very shocked to hear the news and my thoughts go out to his family and friends :(
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Post by: RailGooner on May 29, 2017, 01:13:08 pm
John Noakes, best known for co-presenting Blue Peter in the 60s and 70s, died yesterday. He'd suffered with Alzheimer's for many years.

His tenure as a Blue Peter presenter was the longest at 12 years. I can remember him completing a free fall parachute jump with the RAF Falcons Display Team. I remember his dog Shep too. John and Shep were Blue Peter for me - the two of them were more dynamic and down-to-earth than was the norm for Auntie B at the time.

I find it difficult to believe that he was never honoured - I think at least a CBE was warranted.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years.

Rest in peace John
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Post by: daveg on May 29, 2017, 02:13:42 pm
I've been away for a few days so lots to catch up on.

Another 'special person' off the list then.

I too remember BP with John and Shep and still use, daft I know,  the phrase 'Down, Shep' should I hear a dog bark.

Dave G
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Post by: broadsword on May 29, 2017, 02:24:47 pm
Sad news, he was a down to earth likeable character, not
like the posh Auntie Beeb presenters of the time.
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Post by: RailGooner on May 29, 2017, 02:30:50 pm
I've been away for a few days so lots to catch up on.

Another 'special person' off the list then.

I too remember BP with John and Shep and still use, daft I know,  the phrase 'Down, Shep' should I hear a dog bark.

Dave G

Not daft at all Dave.
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Post by: Newportnobby on May 29, 2017, 03:38:15 pm
A sad loss but he and Shep are re-united now. I also remember him fondly from 'Go with Noakes'.
With the TT starting next week here's a clip of the man and Shep......
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8cTRSV6dLI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8cTRSV6dLI)
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Post by: daveg on June 01, 2017, 05:30:21 pm
... and it's farewell to Roy Barraclough.  :goodbye:

Lovely bloke. Met him years back while I was still involved with theatre work.

Roy was doing a comedy with the late Hugh Paddick and the pair of them came back to ours for a quick post show snifter. I remember howls of laughter with stories of working Kenneth Horn and Les Dawson.

More than 'just the one' made the entire night one to remember.

Cheers Roy! :beers:

Dave G
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Post by: broadsword on June 01, 2017, 08:35:38 pm
Yep, much underrated comedy actor, remember seeing him
with Les Dawson. also appeared as a barman in Rising Damp.
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Post by: Newportnobby on June 01, 2017, 08:45:38 pm
Cissie and Ada reunited again. There'll be many a laugh upstairs now.
RIP, Roy :(
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Post by: daveg on June 06, 2017, 05:12:50 pm
RIP Peter Sallis, who has left us aged 96.

Brilliant in Last of the Summer Wine and irreplaceable as the voice of Wallace.

Fabulous run but still sad. Condolences to everyone who will miss him, including that Wonder Dog!

Dave G
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Post by: austinbob on June 06, 2017, 05:20:06 pm
I concur. He always seemed a kind and gentle bloke. He'll be sadly missed.
 :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Yet_Another on June 08, 2017, 10:38:54 am
Unhappy with Hatton's IT systems.

I got a notification that a second hand HST coach I'm after was in stock, so I went and ordered it and another thing, just because I was there. Then their payment system stuffed up, and 24 hours later, I'm told the coach isn't in stock, and the payment for the other thing was refused. Not surprising, as I didn't provide the details.

So two phone calls and a cancelled order. Actually, three phone calls, because they phoned me about it just after I'd finished talking to them.

 :(
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Post by: The Q on June 09, 2017, 02:40:45 pm
MId summer all the tourists are about to invade and
http://www.edp24.co.uk/motoring/drivers-face-nine-months-of-delays-and-diversions-on-the-a47-around-king-s-lynn-wisbech-and-peterborough-1-5055333 (http://www.edp24.co.uk/motoring/drivers-face-nine-months-of-delays-and-diversions-on-the-a47-around-king-s-lynn-wisbech-and-peterborough-1-5055333)

33 mile detours..... :worried:
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Post by: Newportnobby on June 09, 2017, 02:59:20 pm
That looks like it's going to be a nightmare :o
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Post by: daffy on June 09, 2017, 03:35:07 pm
Though this will affect my travel at times I think the website writer has a tiny bee in his bonnet about roadworks and speed cameras. I'm just happy they are resurfacing this busy road, and the fact that it is being done over the summer/autumn months makes good sense to me.

And most of the work will be done at night anyway.

Not that I will enjoy the diversions or traffic jams. ;)

Thanks for the heads up The Q. :thumbsup:
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Post by: port perran on June 09, 2017, 05:12:17 pm
Grrrr.
Went into Benson's Beds this morning to order 2 single mattresses.
We knew which mattresses we wanted and the price so shop took all details saying they would be delivered on Friday.
So.....says the shop assistant that's an extra £47 for delivery.
No, no we say.....we'll collect them from the shop. What time will they be in on Friday?
Unbelievably they Cannot deliver to the shop only to home addresses!!
Apparently as there is often only one assistant in the shop they cant have orders delivered there for Health and Safety reasons!  Hard to believe.
Needless to say we'll start again and get the mattresses elsewhere.
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Post by: Steamie+ on June 10, 2017, 07:01:46 am
Thatís a load of rubbish Martin, whatís happing to our country, itís going stupid. We ordered a new sofa from Sofology last year and they wanted us to pay extra for delivery because we wanted it delivered at the weekend, needles to say we  :wave: ed them goodbye.
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Post by: port perran on June 10, 2017, 08:03:09 pm
Grrrr.
Went into Benson's Beds this morning to order 2 single mattresses.
We knew which mattresses we wanted and the price so shop took all details saying they would be delivered on Friday.
So.....says the shop assistant that's an extra £47 for delivery.
No, no we say.....we'll collect them from the shop. What time will they be in on Friday?
Unbelievably they Cannot deliver to the shop only to home addresses!!
Apparently as there is often only one assistant in the shop they cant have orders delivered there for Health and Safety reasons!  Hard to believe.
Needless to say we'll start again and get the mattresses elsewhere.
What a difference today.
Ordered the same two mattresses in a local store in Penryn. Slightly lower price, plus an extra discount for ordering two. Really excellent service.
Free delivery or we can pick them up.
Glad we waited till today.

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Post by: dannyboy on June 10, 2017, 08:34:04 pm
That is nice to hear - local shop comes good. It seems that the bigger the company, the less the company cares about customer satisfaction. I don't know if the attitude is "we are too big to bother about one customer, as we have so many", but, as has been proved on this one forum, it is very easy to let a lot of people know about poor, (and good), customer service.
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Post by: Steamie+ on June 11, 2017, 07:41:14 am
Agree with above.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Bealman on June 11, 2017, 07:46:21 am
Top tip from latest Viz mag:

Turn your sofa into a sofa bed by simply forgetting your wife's birthday.
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Post by: Steamie+ on June 11, 2017, 08:06:45 am
Did that with my 1st George...lol  :laugh3: :laugh3:
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Post by: Ian Bowden on June 11, 2017, 09:52:16 am
So many locos to buy - so little money  :'(
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Post by: RailGooner on June 11, 2017, 11:08:51 am
So many locos to buy - so little money  :'(

So true.
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Post by: Skyline2uk on June 11, 2017, 09:25:19 pm
Agree with above, and I have 5 on order 😳
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Post by: NinOz on July 28, 2017, 10:49:50 am
 :'(  :laugh3: :'(
Just spent 44 minutes with Telstra (telco) online chat trying to find out the reason why my new sim card in a new mobile data modem can't/hasn't been registered or activated.  This is my third time in 9 days.
Gave them an initial post of relevant info; sim, order, account, phone numbers along with the error I get when I try to use the new modem.  Got passed to three "operators"
who proceeded to ask questions laid out in the original post. 
The last straw was the last person asking if I had received the sim card and modem and then asking for the sim number. :help:
Please, all I want is someone who can read, comprehend and retain a little info from a previous post.  Is this asking too much?

AAARRRRGGGGGHHHH!!! :censored:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on July 28, 2017, 10:54:14 am
To which thread are you referring to here?
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Post by: NinOz on July 28, 2017, 11:20:54 am
To which thread are you referring to here?
Funny Bealman.  Very Funny.
Just let me roll over for another kick. :D
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Post by: paulprice on July 28, 2017, 11:36:25 am
What's the deal with Nasal hair?

Before I reached 40 I was happily unaware that they existed, my nostril where just a bogey mine.

Suddenly now I have reached 41 my body has decided to produce these things over night, and they grow faster than bamboo. I mean how long do they have to be, and why do they attach themselves to your tender parts.

Yesterday I decided enough was enough with one of them, so I wrenched it out, I have just finished CRYING NOW!!!! I'm sure it was attached to my nether regions.

I'm now sitting at my desk, wondering if I should get all my mail changed from Mr Price to Mrs Price, and another of the pesky  :censored: :censored: buggers has decided to sprout from my other nostril

I HATE GETTING OLD ITS PANTS
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Post by: austinbob on July 28, 2017, 11:51:27 am
It'll be your ears next... :D
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Post by: paulprice on July 28, 2017, 11:55:43 am
It'll be your ears next... :D

Great another thing to look forward to
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Post by: Dorsetmike on July 28, 2017, 11:56:40 am
https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_2_7?url=search-alias%3Ddrugstore&field-keywords=nostril+hair+trimmer&sprefix=nostril%2Caps%2C144&crid=JM7DWQQ7PHET (https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_2_7?url=search-alias%3Ddrugstore&field-keywords=nostril+hair+trimmer&sprefix=nostril%2Caps%2C144&crid=JM7DWQQ7PHET)

Should be summat there that will sort it out. At 40 you're only a youngster, wait until you're more than twice that then you can claim to be getting old. :whistle:
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Post by: daveg on July 28, 2017, 01:25:15 pm
Just you wait PP!

Nasal hair is just the beginning!  >:D

Hair moves almost overnight. That which was upon your bonce goes south as you have already reported to nose, soon it'll be ears, shoulders, etc, etc.

Reminds me of the bit in Malcolm in the Middle where Hal (the dad) stands in the kitchen and is literally sheared by Lois. http://malcolminthemiddle.wikia.com/wiki/File:Lois%27_Debut,_shaving_Hal%27s_back._(YECGH (http://malcolminthemiddle.wikia.com/wiki/File:Lois%27_Debut,_shaving_Hal%27s_back._(YECGH)!!!).png

Happy days!

Dave G
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Post by: railsquid on July 28, 2017, 01:44:06 pm
I reckon it's the follicles growing forgetful with age and getting confused about where they should actually be.

Now how to stop all my muscle concentrating itself around my midriff?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on July 28, 2017, 02:18:16 pm
I always remember the 'Baldy man' (Gregor Fisher) who pulled at a nasal hair and pulled and pulled while the small amount of hair on his head unravelled and disappeared :smiley-laughing:

Try to pluck these hairs out as, just like growing a beard, trimming just causes them to grow faster and thicker. The hair on my head is quickly vanishing and appearing up my nose and in my lugholes whilst my eyebrows get totally out of control :-[
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Post by: broadsword on July 28, 2017, 02:38:25 pm
Sounds like you're turning into a werewolf,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, :o
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Post by: Tom U on July 28, 2017, 02:48:58 pm
Man goes into the barber shop.
He has just 3 hairs on his head.
Barber: How would you like the cut, sir?
Customer: I want it formal; one left, one right, one back.
Barber starts to comb and style...but...
Barber:  Sorry sir, one hair fell out, how would you like it now?
Customer:  OK, make it semi-formal; one left, one right.
Barber starts to comb and style...but...
Barber:  Sorry sir, another hair fell out, what now?
Customer:  To hell with it...leave it casual.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on July 28, 2017, 02:53:04 pm
Sounds like you're turning into a werewolf,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, :o

With an egg in a nest on his head ::)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on July 28, 2017, 06:06:56 pm
Then there was the guy who went to the barber and asked for a haircut like Tony Curtis.

He fell asleep in the chair and let the barber get on with it.

When he woke up he found he was totally bald.

"Don't you what Tony Curtis' haircut looks like !" he screamed at the barber.

"Of course I do" replied the barber,

"I've seen him in 'the King & I' 5 times".

Best regards,


Joe
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Post by: Malc on July 28, 2017, 09:47:10 pm
Or a similar Tony Curtis joke. The guy asks for a Tony Curtis haircut and ends up with a short back and sides. He exclaims, "Tony Curtis doesn't look like this!". The barber retorts,"Well he would if he came in here"
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on July 28, 2017, 09:59:36 pm
Oh Gawd. Next thing someone will be quoting the TV advert about a Lionel Blair haircut.
 :oopssign: :-[
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on July 28, 2017, 10:05:55 pm
The Tony Curtis joke was around in the 50s, long before the TV advert.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on July 28, 2017, 10:15:37 pm
What joke  ???. (I was just a nipper in the 50's).  :)
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Post by: daveg on July 29, 2017, 07:44:23 am
What joke  ???. (I was just a nipper in the 50's).  :)

TRy this:

https://youtu.be/RH7Ze1t7b04

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: broadsword on July 29, 2017, 08:36:33 am
The Tony Curtis joke was around in the 50s, long before the TV advert.

I always regarded the Tony Curtis gag as among the best jokes of all time.

Like  Q     Who was the last man to box Sonny Liston ?

        A     The undertaker.................
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on July 30, 2017, 08:51:14 am
What's the deal with Nasal hair?

Before I reached 40 I was happily unaware that they existed, my nostril where just a bogey mine.

Suddenly now I have reached 41 my body has decided to produce these things over night, and they grow faster than bamboo. I mean how long do they have to be, and why do they attach themselves to your tender parts.

Yesterday I decided enough was enough with one of them, so I wrenched it out, I have just finished CRYING NOW!!!! I'm sure it was attached to my nether regions.

I'm now sitting at my desk, wondering if I should get all my mail changed from Mr Price to Mrs Price, and another of the pesky  :censored: :censored: buggers has decided to sprout from my other nostril

I HATE GETTING OLD ITS PANTS

Just wait it's ears next!!!!  :-X
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jerry Howlett on July 30, 2017, 11:06:26 am
 :laughabovepost: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing: :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Big bad John on September 10, 2017, 12:54:19 am
 :-[ I was warned! I should have heeded @Bob Tidbury (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=3442) when I told him I'd bought a Dapol manor and he said check the front bogie screw as his had fell out while he was testing it. Guess what! The little bugger wasn't there when I took the loco of my test track. I've used my best eyeball a magnet and my hand held Vax but it seems that the fiddle yard fairies have magicked it away forever. I suppose it serves me right as I was trying to wind Bob up when he was telling me. Now where do I find a replacement screw of that size.  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 12, 2017, 12:07:22 pm
Received a letter today from the N Gauge Society dated 9.10.17 to say my membership expired July 2017. Of course, this is my fault for not remembering a subscription I paid for 3 years ago but is it asking the impossible to have a reminder sent before the expiry date rather ' the horse has bolted so you'll miss out on at least 1 journal' letter?
Not angry but not happy either :unimpressed:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on October 12, 2017, 12:14:16 pm
I may be wrong, but I thought reminders were sent - maybe they forgot you. However @newportnobby (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=264)  you should be able to get a copy of the issue you have missed Mick.
http://newweb.ngaugesociety.com/?page_id=71 (http://newweb.ngaugesociety.com/?page_id=71)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on October 12, 2017, 12:49:59 pm
Tell me which issue you are missing Mick and if I have it I'll send you my copy as I've read it and no longer need it. :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 12, 2017, 04:01:22 pm
Tell me which issue you are missing Mick and if I have it I'll send you my copy as I've read it and no longer need it. :)

 :pmsign:
 :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: woodbury22uk on October 12, 2017, 04:48:50 pm
What's the deal with Nasal hair?

Before I reached 40 I was happily unaware that they existed, my nostril where just a bogey mine.

Suddenly now I have reached 41 my body has decided to produce these things over night, and they grow faster than bamboo. I mean how long do they have to be, and why do they attach themselves to your tender parts.

Yesterday I decided enough was enough with one of them, so I wrenched it out, I have just finished CRYING NOW!!!! I'm sure it was attached to my nether regions.

I'm now sitting at my desk, wondering if I should get all my mail changed from Mr Price to Mrs Price, and another of the pesky  :censored: :censored: buggers has decided to sprout from my other nostril

I HATE GETTING OLD ITS PANTS


I think there is the possibility that you are too young for model trains. Just spotted that the Busch N Tarmac Road is :-

-Scenery item
-Not a toy - designed for collectors over the age of 232
-May require assembly

Only another 163 years before I qualify.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busch-7087-N-Tarmac-Road/dp/B0000WOHLG/ref=pd_rhf_yast_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0000WOHLG&pd_rd_r=HCBBG91XV6K5H74PST7A&pd_rd_w=wh2JD&pd_rd_wg=AxkPt&psc=1&refRID=HCBBG91XV6K5H74PST7A (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busch-7087-N-Tarmac-Road/dp/B0000WOHLG/ref=pd_rhf_yast_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0000WOHLG&pd_rd_r=HCBBG91XV6K5H74PST7A&pd_rd_w=wh2JD&pd_rd_wg=AxkPt&psc=1&refRID=HCBBG91XV6K5H74PST7A)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on October 16, 2017, 05:10:24 pm
During the weekend, our 7 year old dog 'Bonnie' became unwell, having been on a prescription diet for two years. I told my wife that I would ring the Vets this afternoon. I went to bed this morning after working last night and when I got up, it was obvious that 'Bonnie' was in a bad way, so I rang the Vet. I was told that, due to the storm affecting Ireland, I could not take her until tomorrow morning. At first I was quite annoyed, but could not really complain, as my wife had sent a message saying that she was staying with one of her work colleagues as the shop she works in had closed and I had received a call from work telling me not to go in tonight as the factory was shutting down, due to the storm. Anyway, to the point, 'Bonnie' has just died, peacefully, but how do I ring my wife and tell her? She was devastated when 'Misty', (in my little picture), died nearly two years ago and we still miss her.  So, I am sat here, waiting for the weather to improve a bit, before I go dig another hole in the garden. Just wanted to offload. Thanks for reading.
As an afterthought, there is always someone worse of than oneself - I have just heard that there are thousands in Ireland without electricity and sadly, one lady has been killed. Life can be a pain at times.  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on October 16, 2017, 06:45:10 pm
Sorry to hear of your sad loss, Dannyboy. Non pet owners donít understand that you are not losing a pet, but a valued and loved member of the family. I donít envy you having to tell your wife.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: woodbury22uk on October 16, 2017, 06:52:37 pm
Feel for you @dannyboy (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4209) I had a similar situation when our cat died. My wife was 3000 miles away, and when she got home, I was going to be away. Very difficult to break the news over the phone when you can't hold the other person. A hug or cuddle always helps.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on October 16, 2017, 07:14:50 pm
As you say Malc, it is a bit like loosing a member of the family. I have now contacted my wife - she is heartbroken but has made me promise to not go pick her up because of the weather, so I will not be able to console her properly until tomorrow. I started digging a hole but had to stop as, apart from getting dark, the rain has come back, although it is not quite as windy as it was. Living where I do, there will be trees down somewhere on the lane that I have to drive on so we will see what comes with the morrow. The internet is back after being down for a couple of hours, so I can still 'talk' to people, but the mobile is still down. Thanks to Malc and Mike. I will get the bottle of 'Jura' out in a bit!  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on October 16, 2017, 07:56:07 pm
 :heart: David ( @dannyboy (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4209) )
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 16, 2017, 08:28:39 pm
As a pet owner I know only too well what you're going through, David. :(
My thoughts are with you and your wife. Have a Jura for me, please
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on October 16, 2017, 08:32:27 pm

My thoughts are with you and your wife.    Thanks Mick - appreciated.

Have a Jura for me, please    Err, does that mean I have to have two  ??? :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 16, 2017, 08:33:18 pm

My thoughts are with you and your wife.    Thanks Mick - appreciated.

Have a Jura for me, please    Err, does that mean I have to have two  ??? :)

At least!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on October 16, 2017, 08:42:43 pm
When the last of my cats died some years ago, at the grand old age of 15, I was devastated. Pets are family to those of us who welcome them into our lives, and their passing is inevitably a traumatic experience.

May the storm in your life soon pass, and may your wife return safely to you so that you may both get far greater comfort than the Jura can give.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on October 16, 2017, 08:44:27 pm
Danyboy Im so sorry to read your sad news ,as Malc and Daffy have said a pet is not just an animal its one of the family and  a very loyal friend those that havnt ever had a dog will never realise what its like to loose a friend and member of the family so you have my sympathy.
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on October 17, 2017, 06:06:06 am
I could only repeat what has already been said.

Always hugely sad when a loved pet leaves us.

Absolutely love our big Blue but still miss those that are no longer here.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on October 19, 2017, 02:11:22 pm
So - I have a bit of damp and mould in a small room at the back of the house. Builders take a look and say some of the rendering needs replacing and the wall needs damp proofing. Inside needs cleaning and repainting. Just a few hundred pounds - sorted.

Next I strip everything out from inside the room so it can be cleaned up and redecorated.
Builders take a look and say walls have no damp course and floor is quarry tiles on sand. Outside the walls need special treatment - drilling holes in bricks and pumping in special liquid damp course. New concrete covering around wall and new drainage to prevent water collection.
Inside - replace plaster, add new insulation board and plaster board, repair any other damage.

Total cost is now £7k

So no new N gauge toys for quite a while and bread and water rations.

 :hmmm: :veryangry:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: emjaybee on October 19, 2017, 02:20:32 pm
@austinbob (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2403)

Think about getting a second opinion. We had similar conversations with damp "specialists", long story short, didn't need damp proof course injecting, didn't need replaster just changed ventilation routine, some outside adjustments. Good as gold. Two out of three specialists wanted to go the  £5k route, the other cost us nothing. In return we got him to do the woodworm treatment.

Just my experience. I do property maintenance by the way.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on October 19, 2017, 02:30:30 pm
@austinbob ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2403[/url])

Think about getting a second opinion. We had similar conversations with damp "specialists", long story short, didn't need damp proof course injecting, didn't need replaster just changed ventilation routine, some outside adjustments. Good as gold. Two out of three specialists wanted to go the  £5k route, the other cost us nothing. In return we got him to do the woodworm treatment.

Just my experience. I do property maintenance by the way.

Thanks emjaybee.
No cheap short cut I'm afraid - 3 different builders all have same conclusion. Only difference is we ignored the first two and took short cuts with result that things are now much worse. we actually have soil inside the room now where its worked its way through the wall.
Got to be done I'm afraid.
 :beers:
Bob
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 19, 2017, 02:58:37 pm
Very sorry to hear that, Bob :(
Complete bummer.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: themadhippy on October 19, 2017, 04:00:59 pm
poxy ruddy banks.Had my account with the same place  for donkeys years,  the big sell offs took place and the small freindly local got bought out but the new owners  offered me the same type of account so all was good,until today when a new card arrived.Its one of those  contacless jobbies that i dont want,phone bank,no problem we'll issue a non contactless  card , just let me take some details ,o hang  that type of  account isnt eligible for a debit card only a cash card. So explain please why for the past 9 years ive been with you ,and the many years previous ive had a debit card? erm ere mmm dont know.Ok put me onto an acount that can,without any charges or overdraft facilitates,just like my acount was  .we dont do one.Ok then what can you offer me? Let us just check your credit history,are those details correct sir we cant find any  details of any loans, mortgage,or credit card ? yep thats right i avoid em.well were sorry theres nothing we an offer you apart from the account your currently on :veryangry:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on October 19, 2017, 04:21:01 pm
What a pain. I suppose its called 'customer care' these days.
Time to find another 'caring' bank.
 :no:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on October 19, 2017, 05:10:43 pm
I donít know who you are with, but my wife was issued with a contactless card, which she didnít want. Lloydís changed it with no problems.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: themadhippy on October 19, 2017, 05:23:12 pm
Quote
Lloydís changed it with no problems
Getting it changed wasnt the problem,they were ready to change it until they discovered that  i had the very basic account ,and that account isn't   eligible for debit cards,and never has been,even though ive  had a debit card  with  the account for years.
Quote
Time to find another 'caring' bank
Indeed,however a trawl throught the T's and C's for the basic acounts all say you cant have one if you have another bank account elsewere :veryangry:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on October 19, 2017, 05:37:43 pm
Nothing to stop you swapping banks. Most banks will do a transfer of your account for you, moving over all direct debits and notifying all those who regularly pay into your account, et cetera. Some banks currently offer an incentive to do so. When I moved to Halifax bank some time back they paid me £100 for the privelage.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on October 19, 2017, 05:40:56 pm
Nothing to stop you swapping banks. Most banks will do a transfer of your account for you, moving over all direct debits and notifying all those who regularly pay into your account, et cetera. Some banks currently offer an incentive to do so. When I moved to Halifax bank some time back they paid me £100 for the privelage.
Must say I've been with Halifax for years and no problems so far.... Touch wood.
 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ian Bowden on October 22, 2017, 01:03:28 am
For some perverted reason your credit rating increases when you have more debt.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: thebrighton on October 22, 2017, 10:02:49 am
For some perverted reason your credit rating increases when you have more debt.
Oh yes, years working for Lloyds in a past life taught me that. I used to have a top notch credit rating but since I paid off my mortgage and now don't owe a penny to anyone it's quite rapidly falling. The way the system works is that if someone is lending you money and you're paying it back no problem you are obviously a good risk. The system can't comprehend that you don't need to borrow money so assumes you're not as no one will lend to you so you are obviously a poor credit risk.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on October 22, 2017, 10:21:23 am
It's why lots of people got into trouble. If you struggled to pay off an existing credit bill all the banks did was extend your credit limit. Not that I have ever struggled, but at one stage my credit limit was £10500.
I told the bank not to be so  :censored: stupid and reduce it to a max of £500 ::)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on October 22, 2017, 10:27:04 am
I have a credit limit of $29000 on a card, which tried to cancel, and I got someone who had a basic grasp of English trying to talk me out of it.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Lindi on October 22, 2017, 10:57:50 am
I have a credit limit of $29000 on a card, which tried to cancel, and I got someone who had a basic grasp of English trying to talk me out of it.

And they was just doing there job. When you try to cancel anything with a bank or utility company they have staff trained to try to stop you from leaving.

and I got someone who had a basic grasp of English


What's has that got to do with it unless you are implying they were not good enough to do there job (the company that employed them thought that they was).
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Lindi on October 22, 2017, 11:00:46 am
It's why lots of people got into trouble. If you struggled to pay off an existing credit bill all the banks did was extend your credit limit.

Banks would only extend the credit limit if you are making regular payments. 
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on October 22, 2017, 11:11:59 am
It's why lots of people got into trouble. If you struggled to pay off an existing credit bill all the banks did was extend your credit limit.

Banks would only extend the credit limit if you are making regular payments.

Quite true, but when that regular payment, from some, is the bare minimum because that's all they can afford, then as far as I'm concerned to increase the credit limit of someone in that position, as I know they have done, is morally reprehensible and financially irresponsible.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Lindi on October 22, 2017, 11:39:50 am
It's why lots of people got into trouble. If you struggled to pay off an existing credit bill all the banks did was extend your credit limit.

Banks would only extend the credit limit if you are making regular payments.

Quite true, but when that regular payment, from some, is the bare minimum because that's all they can afford, then as far as I'm concerned to increase the credit limit of someone in that position, as I know they have done, is morally reprehensible and financially irresponsible.

Just because credit is available doesn't mean the card holder has to spend it. My parents taught me that up that you had to save for something before you bought it and as a result I've never paid any interest on a credit card (I only have one because the bank gives me cashback for using it) and the only item I have borrowed money for is to buy a house.

Banks are partly to blame for people getting into debt that they cannot afford to pay back, but responsibility should also be with the person involved in spending the money.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: port perran on October 22, 2017, 11:45:39 am
Grrr.
Caught the train yesterday from Redruth to Bristol and return to watch the football. A trip I make 5 or 6 times a season with Cross Country trains.
The up trip was fine (if a little crowded).
Coming home however. First confusion for all at Temple Meads where the train was shown as foe Exeter (not the booked Penzance). No platform announcements other than this is the 17.43 to Exeter.
It was only after the train left that it was announced that the train would indeed terminate at Exeter (due to a member of staff being unavailable),
We all had to disembark and wait one hour for the next service.
On questioning the train manager it be ame apparent that it was the new train manager (Exeter to Penzance who was unavailable).
The coyager then continued to Penzance empty.
Ok probably couldnít be helped but the staff at Temple Meads were of no help and didnít seem aware of the problem at all.
Not good PR. Itís not too bad for those of us who know a bit about railways but the general public on the platform were obviously very confised and anxious.
Anyway, as luck would have it I eventulaay arrived 64 mins late at Redruth so a compensation claim is on its way to Cross Country.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on November 22, 2017, 03:16:50 pm
Gah, after finally training my parents not to CC: their entire address books when forwarding "funnies", my mother has gone and done it again, and I bet half the recipient list are running unpatched Windows XP.

Farewell current primary personal email address, it was nice knowing you.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on November 22, 2017, 03:46:32 pm
I feel your pain, Squiddy.
My mother uses an iPad and I have shown her time after time how to strip all other addresses out but still she forwards any mails I send her to her friends with my mail address on display, and any I get from her always have every pensioners' mail addresses in the UK and beyond, I swear :doh:
I suppose I ought to be glad at her age she is using her tablet as well as taking them but it is most frustrating as, somewhere, she has a piece of paper where I wrote the process down.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on November 23, 2017, 03:09:23 pm
I feel your pain, Squiddy.
My mother uses an iPad and I have shown her time after time how to strip all other addresses out but still she forwards any mails I send her to her friends with my mail address on display, and any I get from her always have every pensioners' mail addresses in the UK and beyond, I swear :doh:
I suppose I ought to be glad at her age she is using her tablet as well as taking them but it is most frustrating as, somewhere, she has a piece of paper where I wrote the process down.

On the plus side, I did persuade my parents to make the switch to Macs a while back, and since then I no longer spend any significant time fending off support requests and those I do get I have a reasonable chance of answering ("yes I do work in IT, but the last time I used Windows on a daily basis was when NT was still a thing").
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Lawrence on November 24, 2017, 08:35:40 am
I feel your pain, Squiddy.
My mother uses an iPad and I have shown her time after time how to strip all other addresses out but still she forwards any mails I send her to her friends with my mail address on display, and any I get from her always have every pensioners' mail addresses in the UK and beyond, I swear :doh:
I suppose I ought to be glad at her age she is using her tablet as well as taking them but it is most frustrating as, somewhere, she has a piece of paper where I wrote the process down.

On the plus side, I did persuade my parents to make the switch to Macs a while back, and since then I no longer spend any significant time fending off support requests and those I do get I have a reasonable chance of answering ("yes I do work in IT, but the last time I used Windows on a daily basis was when NT was still a thing").

Fortunately, mother never switches her PC on these days and contents herself with her ipad, which she royally screws up frequently, she has learned not to forward her 'funny' emails from her friends to me which is a blessing  ::)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: stevewalker on November 28, 2017, 12:44:21 pm
I paid my first visit to Warley on Saturday and while there picked up a Dapol Britannia for £60 on the Dapol stand :) My first Dapol, as my other locos are Graham Farish.

I was unable to test it while there, as my train home was due. I got home and found it was faulty :( It is very noisy, grinds and rattles even more loudly every few seconds, appears to have a tight spot once per revolution and derails if the grinding happens while crossing points or even on curves in reverse.

Apparently common with these locos.

It is now on its way to DCC Supplies.

Not a good start to Dapol ownership!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Yet_Another on November 29, 2017, 06:33:31 pm
Just cancelled my preorder for the Graham Farish class 40 with sound. An emergency replacement alternator for the car has put paid to that. :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on November 29, 2017, 08:51:21 pm
I used to have to sort out my parents computer as long my nephew's and nieces kept loading all sorts of carp on it. They are now old enough and sensible enough not to do that....now I have to sort out my great nephew's and nieces carp off the computer....
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: camelback on November 30, 2017, 12:27:15 pm
I would buy them an aquarium for their carp.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on November 30, 2017, 02:21:04 pm
Or find somewhere else they can parc their carp ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jimbo on November 30, 2017, 02:46:57 pm
Surely there must be a carp park nearby?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on November 30, 2017, 04:09:35 pm
Surely there must be a carp park nearby?

I was pond-ering on that as well but I fear this topic is getting far too deep for me.

Dave G

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on November 30, 2017, 04:51:03 pm
 :hmmm:

The mystery of the disappearing post? :uneasy:

I'm sure I had a notification of a lengthy one here in my email Inbox at 04:12pm but..............

Guess all this carping on has led us into the Twilight Zone.

Edit/update: checking my email boxes, seems post#913 in this thread has made an unexpected second appearance in my Inbox, two days after it's first notification.  Very strange :confused1: - but I shan't lose any sleep over it! :no:

 :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: stevewalker on November 30, 2017, 10:32:54 pm
One day God calls down to Noah and says "Noah, I want you to make me a new Ark".
Noah replies, "No probs God, anything you want after all you're the boss".
But God interrupts, "Ah but there's a catch this time Noah, I want not just a couple of decks, ..... I want 20 decks one on top of the other".
"20 DECKS!", screams Noah, "Well, OK Big Man, whatever you say, should I fill it up with all the animals just like last time?"
"Yep, that's right, well ..... sort of right.......this time I want you to fill it up with fish" God answers.
"Fish?" Queries Noah.
"Yep, fish ... well, to make it more specific Noah, I want Carp, wall to wall, floor to ceiling - Carp!"
Noah looks to the skies, "OK God, let me get this right, you want a New Ark?"
"Check".
"With 20 decks, one on top of the other?".
"Check".
"And you want it full of Carp?".
"Check"
"But why?" asks the perplexed Noah, who was slowly but surely getting to the end of his tether.
"Well...." says God, "I just thought it would be nice to have a Multi-Storey Carp Ark"
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: woodbury22uk on December 01, 2017, 09:14:12 am
One day God calls down to Noah and says "Noah, I want you to make me a new Ark".
Noah replies, "No probs God, anything you want after all you're the boss".
But God interrupts, "Ah but there's a catch this time Noah, I want not just a couple of decks, ..... I want 20 decks one on top of the other".
"20 DECKS!", screams Noah, "Well, OK Big Man, whatever you say, should I fill it up with all the animals just like last time?"
"Yep, that's right, well ..... sort of right.......this time I want you to fill it up with fish" God answers.
"Fish?" Queries Noah.
"Yep, fish ... well, to make it more specific Noah, I want Carp, wall to wall, floor to ceiling - Carp!"
Noah looks to the skies, "OK God, let me get this right, you want a New Ark?"
"Check".
"With 20 decks, one on top of the other?".
"Check".
"And you want it full of Carp?".
"Check"
"But why?" asks the perplexed Noah, who was slowly but surely getting to the end of his tether.
"Well...." says God, "I just thought it would be nice to have a Multi-Storey Carp Ark"


The original one has been restored and is alive and well at the Chiswick House Lantern Festival.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/1599-011217091338.jpeg)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on December 10, 2017, 11:31:37 am
Woke this morning - hey, it is still, just, morning - to find a foot of snow outside! :veryangry: :censored: :veryangry: :censored: :veryangry:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on December 10, 2017, 11:46:36 am
Woke this morning - hey, it is still, just, morning - to find a foot of snow outside! :veryangry: :censored: :veryangry: :censored: :veryangry:
Hasn't reached us in North Hampshire yet.  :no:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on December 10, 2017, 12:01:02 pm
At least the garden looks tidy at last.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/497-101217115913.jpeg)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on December 10, 2017, 12:21:35 pm
Blue the cat is far from happy but Mr Robin has got his breakfast!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/1087-101217122022.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=59110)

(grabbed shot through the kitchen window)

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on December 10, 2017, 02:51:44 pm
Woke this morning - hey, it is still, just, morning - to find a foot of snow outside! :veryangry: :censored: :veryangry: :censored: :veryangry:

I see you've offset this by posting the same in the 'Happy Thread' but with different smilies :D
Not a single flake up here :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on December 10, 2017, 03:35:00 pm
Woke this morning - hey, it is still, just, morning - to find a foot of snow outside! :veryangry: :censored: :veryangry: :censored: :veryangry:

I see you've offset this by posting the same in the 'Happy Thread' but with different smilies :D
Not a single flake up here :'(

Yes, I'm quite divided. The child within is always pleased to open the curtains to snow. :bounce: But the adult me knows what chaos it brings. >:(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on December 11, 2017, 10:31:18 am
Snow what Snow? it's just rained for the last two days...  >:(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MinZaPint on December 11, 2017, 01:55:32 pm

Not a single flake up here :'(

Aren't you forgetting someone Mick  :smiley-laughing:  :sorrysign:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on December 11, 2017, 04:01:54 pm

Not a single flake up here :'(

Aren't you forgetting someone Mick  :smiley-laughing:  :sorrysign:

 :ouch: :ouch:
Hurts, Mummy, hurts :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Kudi on December 20, 2017, 06:53:32 pm
I was wondering what your experience might be with Traintrax. I ordered stuff from them 10 days ago, got a "despatched" email one day later, but still have not received any consignment. Is that par for the course?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on December 20, 2017, 07:37:36 pm
That's unusual in my experience over the last year.. I suggest you email or call Keith at TrainTrax as I have always had efficient service from him. The Christmas delivery period is always a little fraught with some delays, but 9 days from despatch I would consider excessive.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on December 20, 2017, 09:20:09 pm
I would definitely contact Keith. I have ordered quite a few bits from him over the last year and I do not think any of his packets have taken nine days to get to me here in Ireland.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ian Bowden on December 21, 2017, 04:53:14 am
Definitely contact Keith. The only time it has taken more than a few days was when he was on holiday and he gave notice in advance. Even then he monitored his emails.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Kudi on December 22, 2017, 05:31:04 pm
Thank you for all your helpful comments. My parcel finally arrived today.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on December 22, 2017, 05:43:20 pm
That's good news. And a Merry Christmas to you. :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on December 27, 2017, 03:23:34 pm
As of 10 minutes ago something has gone in my back and I'm reduced to slowly hobbling round the bungalow with the aid of a walking stick. It is painful to stand up, to sit down and most things in between. It's even painful to sit here in a straight backed chair and type.
I'm not looking forward to trying to get out of bed in the morning :worried: :uneasy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on December 27, 2017, 03:37:02 pm
Newport Nobby go to bed with a bottle of whiskey or Brandy and a flexible tube and then you dont need to get out of bed  and if you get a funnel  hosepipe and a bucket then your all sorted ,you wont be able to  (play trains ) but you could put a video on and watch trains .
On a more serious note go steady mate we dont want you ill youve had enough problems of late ,if it gets worse call the Vet out they answer calls quicker than doctors.
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on December 27, 2017, 06:11:32 pm
Bob is right in every respect Mick  - whiskey, flexible tube, video, Vet. Seriously, take it easy.  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on December 27, 2017, 06:48:51 pm
Good advice (mostly!  :D ).

Take it easy, Mick.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: REGP on December 27, 2017, 07:20:55 pm
Mick
Think Iíve been there with a slipped disc mate, bed rest certainly helped. Unfortunately no one suggested Scotch as pain killer, but a call to the ďvetĒ will be in order if doesnít ease up quickly.

Ray
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on December 27, 2017, 10:05:18 pm
Commiserations Mick. If, and I must stress the 'if', you have what is technically termed a prolapsed disc, I know just how you must be feeling. I've suffered with the misnomer of 'slipped disc' for decades. When it plagues me, as it surely will and sometimes for no good reason, I find a good anti-inflammatory painkiller - Ibuprofen is my current choice of over the counter drugs - and the direct application of an ice pack to the affected area, is the most judicious treatment.

I have never found heat treatments (i.e. Hot water bottles, pads etc) have any more than a temporary, even illusory benefit, whereas wrapping one of those freezer box packs in a tea-towel and sitting or lying with it exactly where it hurts, has a lasting benefit. (If you try this, don't keep it in one place for too long as you'll get skin-freeze!)

I also avoid immobility as much as possible, when possible, as in my experience at least it prevents the muscle spasms 'setting in'. Gentle exercise is the third weapon in my arsenal.

The Doc may be the first port of call if the pain and discomfort (even extreme pain at times for me) persists, but when I get a serious bout of back pain then I will always seek out on Osteopath.

But see the Doc soonest for a full and proper diagnosis.

And NO alchohol - it'll mess up the drugs and make you depressed! :sorrysign:

Get well soon! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jack on December 28, 2017, 07:14:20 am
I feel you pain @newportnobby (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=264)  I'm with @daffy (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5634) all the way on this one!

I'm seeing my osteopath later today having put my back out again a few days ago just by turning around in a chair!

Generally speaking, she won't see me until at least three days after the event of the back going and me taking ibuprofen. Something to do with the easing of muscle spasms before she works her 'magic'.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on December 28, 2017, 07:44:33 am
How are you today buddy?

Concerned Bealman
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on December 28, 2017, 10:58:34 am
Thanks, All.
Bit of a sleepless night as I could not get comfortable and then the cat wouldn't wait for his breakfast this morning so up at 05.45 ::) Back to bed to watch the news and doze a while. It's quite painful to actually stand and walk initially but then, apart from a constant tugging pain in a band round my lower back, it's actually not so bad. I do take Anadin 'Back & Muscle' pain tablets or 'the little green workers' as I call them and the Ibuprofen in them helps a lot. I hope, with care, it will ease itself out with some gentle exercise. Saturday will be the next challenge as I need to drive to the supermarket for sustenance for both the cat and myself. I'll have a test in the cul-de-sac tomorrow.
My brother-in-law is a vet and he knows about my back issues. Often he has said my cat is OK but I need putting down :worried:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: REGP on December 28, 2017, 12:45:07 pm
Glad to hear thereís some improvement Mick.
Ray
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: David Asquith on December 28, 2017, 01:58:49 pm
You can't keep a good un down.  Hope you recover fully soon.

Dave
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: port perran on December 28, 2017, 03:23:15 pm
Best wishes.
Do take it easy though.
If you really find driving too painful get the supermarket to deliver. We canít have the cat going hungry now can we.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on December 28, 2017, 07:53:00 pm
Made a mistake today. I ordered some clothes from M & S on line and went into the local store to pick them up. Normally a 5 min job. Not today. I joined a queue of about 8 people most of whom seemed to be returning their complete set of Christmas presents. About 30 mins later I got my goods.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Lindi on December 28, 2017, 08:01:46 pm
Made a mistake today. I ordered some clothes from M & S on line and went into the local store to pick them up. Normally a 5 min job. Not today. I joined a queue of about 8 people most of whom seemed to be returning their complete set of Christmas presents. About 30 mins later I got my goods.

I also collected an order from M&S this afternoon (served straight away). In my local store they have a dedicated till that only does orders/collections. All returns have to go through the main tills
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on December 29, 2017, 12:38:50 pm
Made a mistake today. I ordered some clothes from M & S on line and went into the local store to pick them up. Normally a 5 min job. Not today. I joined a queue of about 8 people most of whom seemed to be returning their complete set of Christmas presents. About 30 mins later I got my goods.

I also collected an order from M&S this afternoon (served straight away). In my local store they have a dedicated till that only does orders/collections. All returns have to go through the main tills
Our store also has a dedicated collection point, but it was shut and all collections were from the returns counters. Just as we were leaving, an assistant went along the now much longer queue and asked if anyone was just picking up orders. Typical.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on January 10, 2018, 01:58:57 am
Kangaroo kicked a big hole, about 500mmx100mm, in a lounge room window. :o
Blood in pools and bloody footprints so I hope it is still ok. :worried:

$300 to fix.


CFJ    :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on January 10, 2018, 02:26:32 am
Oh dear! Yeah, they're not cheap to replace. Had a similar experience, but the culprit was a labrador.

I guess Skippy is now limpy!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Papyrus on January 24, 2018, 10:01:38 pm
We went down to the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham this evening to see one of our favourite Irish folk bands. Not a pleasant journey down, but you expect that in January. Went to the desk to pick up our tickets (ordered online, which we have done many times before) and they couldn't find them. Concern and puzzlement on our part. Fortunately, I found the email confirmation on my phone and showed it to the lady. She checked my account on her computer and asked who we had come to see. Lunasa, we said. Not tonight, said she, tonight it's Pee Wee Ellis Funk Ensemble! We were 5 days too early...  :doh: Retreat in confusion and embarrassment to a local hostelry for a swift half to make the journey worthwhile.

Still, at least the diary malfunction was in the right direction. If we'd been 5 days too late we'd have been gutted.

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on January 24, 2018, 10:08:42 pm
That is definitely an 'oops' moment! Still, look on the bright side, you got your swift half and you can look forward to going all over again.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: ozzie Bill. on January 25, 2018, 09:25:16 am
Chris, that is classic and I suspect that some of the replies will belong in the happy thread! Anyway, enjoy the concert and let's hope the journey is not so bad second time around!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: lil chris on January 25, 2018, 11:06:34 pm
Bit of a sickner today I have been to the dentist. My crown kept coming loose, I must have paid to have it glued back numerous times. The dentist said he wanted to sort it properly so I finally agreed, its cost me small fortune, put it this way my wallet hurts more than my mouth.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: lil chris on January 25, 2018, 11:12:30 pm
I guess this is you in bed @newportnobby (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=264) love these vids so true has all cat owners know.

https://simonscat.com/films/bed-head/
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on January 26, 2018, 09:43:01 am
Thanks Chris.

Made my morning, especially after Blue decided 05:30 was a good time to wake me up!

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 26, 2018, 09:48:59 am
@lil chris (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=1784) Sorry to hear about your tooth, Chris, but the Simon's Cat film was sooooo close to what Hookey does. His favourite trick is to walk round the top of my head, get onto the bedside table and then rap me on the head to wake me up. It's so funny I just can't be cross with him even if it's the middle of the night.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: javlinfaw7 on January 26, 2018, 05:27:14 pm
8:00 am this morning I was wakened by a shriek coming from my son's room Ripley our normally angelic little cat woke him by dropping a dead sparrow on his face
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on January 26, 2018, 05:38:07 pm
Well, that's one less to count for the RSPB survey this weekend!  :)

Our cats usually bring us a present of a mouse - not so bad when they are whole, but when they are not .....  :sick2:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on January 26, 2018, 05:52:29 pm
I was having a siesta one day and our cat brought a snake in, still very much alive and dropped it on my crutch, I've never got out of bed so quickly!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: javlinfaw7 on January 26, 2018, 06:10:53 pm
Streaky our less than angelic cat does like to share his mice, but normally just leaves us the head on the door step
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on January 27, 2018, 11:29:33 am
There is no feeling like the one you get when you venture into the kitchen barefoot, first thing in the morning to put the coffee on and find the inner workings of something small and furry squeezing up between your toes. It does help you wake up quickly though.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on January 27, 2018, 11:45:23 am
Yuk!  :sick:

We have similar problem here except it's cockroaches as big as mice.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on January 27, 2018, 01:08:04 pm
Knew there was a reason Australia is so far away from everywhere else.

It does put me in mind of the time I was living in an apartment here with a Japanese-style room (tatami'n'stuff), was sleeping on the futon on the floor next to the windows, which had "shoji" (sliding doors made of a wooden lattice covered in squares of translucent paper), woke up, while still lying down opened said shoji to see what was happening in the world outside when something small and black thudded onto the pillow. Now I am not A Mr Wide Awake in The Morning kind of person but believe me it was  matter of seconds before the balcony doors were opened, the unwelcomed guest propelled onto the balcony with a flick of a pillow where it made the acquaintance of the underside of something solid which was happily close to hand.

(The pillow was later irradiated then cast into the mouth of an active volcano).
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Geoff on January 27, 2018, 10:55:21 pm
I have had the flu jab and now I have the flu, I know there are so many strains of flu but I do not want this one.

Any one else with the flu I wish you well.

Good night god bless
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jimbo on January 28, 2018, 10:27:42 am
I have had the flu jab and now I have the flu, I know there are so many strains of flu but I do not want this one.

Any one else with the flu I wish you well.

Good night god bless

I had a flu jab at work a few years ago as it was being offered for free, and guess what......got the full blown flu! Wether it was coincidence or not I don't know but I haven't had one since, I don't want to put people off it because it may well be beneficial to some but I feel for you! Hope you have a swift recovery....Having said that I haven't had the flu since!......That was a few years ago as I said sooooo, it may well have done the trick!!!  :dunce: who knows! LOL!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on January 28, 2018, 11:17:45 am
Curiously the flu jab does not contain active flu virus, but often the body reacts to the jab with flu like symptoms. Having had flu in 1982, I couldnít move for about 4 days, ached all over and didnít eat a thing, I sympathise with anyone suffering.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Geoff on January 28, 2018, 12:20:52 pm
Well I had the worse night ever but when the flu jab comes round later this year I will have it again, the wife has had the flu think I am 2 days behind her, my body is in so much pain, anyway going for another sleep if my body will let me.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Papyrus on January 28, 2018, 06:11:36 pm
I'm in a spot of bother, chaps (and chapesses). My best beloved cracked the edge of the screen on her smartphone (Samsung S8, which appear to have a reputation for fragile screens so be warned!). I offered to put a dab of superglue on the crack to stop it getting any worse and smooth off the rough edge. Malheureusement, the glue ran off into the power switch which is now stuck fast.  :'( I hope my tame phone repairer can fix it tomorrow, otherwise I am looking at forking out for a new phone... Oh well.

Chris
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Papyrus on January 30, 2018, 03:12:02 pm
Chris, that is classic and I suspect that some of the replies will belong in the happy thread! Anyway, enjoy the concert and let's hope the journey is not so bad second time around!

Temporary hijacking of the happy thread!
Well, we got the right evening at last! Great gig last night. It was the band's last night of a short UK tour before heading off to the states and they were firing on all cylinders - best we have ever seen them play. We are friends of the guitar player and the flutie knows us too, so we had long chats with them and Blanche got hugs so it all came right in the end!

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on January 30, 2018, 11:42:11 pm
I had just got out of bed, shortly after lunchtime today, (not being lazy, I was preparing myself for working tonight), when Louisa rang me. My sister had been trying to contact me to inform me that my Mum had passed away this morning. Whilst I am obviously sad and upset over this, to be honest, I think, in a guilty way, that it was for the best. Apart from being 86, Mum was suffering from some sort of Dementia which seemed to be getting worse. I think it all started when my sister passed away a couple of years ago. Mums short term memory was terrible. She was always complaining to me that my brother never rang her and, conversely, would complain to my brother that I never rang, yet we both rang 3 or 4 times a week. Still, she has now got her wish, as she always said she wanted to be with my Dad and sister.  RIP Mum.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: ozzie Bill. on January 31, 2018, 04:29:44 am
Sorry to hear about your Mum, but don't feel guilty. Well done for expressing your feelings here amongst this community. Thoughts are with you and your family. Cheers, Bill.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on January 31, 2018, 04:52:49 am
Condolences, mate. Several people I knew well have passed away because of dementia, and like you, I thought it for the best as their quality of life was non-existant.

Best wishes, buddy.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on January 31, 2018, 07:25:56 am
Sorry to read your news but I do understand what you mean about feeling sad but with some relief that what was a tough time is over.

I'm sure you and your family will have many great memories of better days.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on January 31, 2018, 07:35:07 am
So sorry to read of your loss David. My thoughts are with you.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on January 31, 2018, 08:22:40 am
Very sorry to hear of your loss ,and I fully understand what you mean about being sad but at the same time relief .
Its so sad to see someone close gradually getting worse ,My father inlaw suffers with Altziemers and Dementure  and its horrible watching someone who was so fit and clever reduced to being allmost like a baby and sometimes he doesnt even recognise my wife and her brother .
Regards and deapest sympathy
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on January 31, 2018, 09:23:20 am
You have my deepest sympathy, David. It really is a 'rock and a hard place' to be in that situation.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on January 31, 2018, 11:52:39 am
It's always so sad to lose someone very close but with very little quality of life it is usually for the best, I've told my family if I ever get to the state where quality of life is nil then they have my permission to whatever is necessary.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: port perran on January 31, 2018, 12:21:55 pm
So sorry to hear your news.
I can only echo the thoughts of others.
It really is for the best. Remember the good times and chin up.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on January 31, 2018, 12:41:49 pm
There is a rare event happening right now; a blood, blue, super moon and we have a thick unbroken cloud cover :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jerry Howlett on January 31, 2018, 02:21:29 pm
David, Condolences.

Jerry
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Delboy on January 31, 2018, 02:58:51 pm
Deepest sympathy David at the loss of your Mum. As previously mentioned, always remember the good times.
Dennis.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on January 31, 2018, 06:22:09 pm
Sad news but there will be plenty of happy memories. I too believe in quality of life not quantity.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zogbert Splod on January 31, 2018, 07:21:10 pm
Sympathy David. It's not easy to realise right now but, in time, you will be able to smile at her memory and remembering the good times.

Regards, Allan.....
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Geoff on January 31, 2018, 07:30:46 pm
So sorry to hear your mum has passed please accept my condolences.

My mother died of dementia and I know what you are going through, take care my friend.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on January 31, 2018, 07:34:35 pm
My condolences to you and your family David.

I lost my mother many years ago to an awful illness, but she has never left me.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jimbo on January 31, 2018, 10:04:17 pm
Very sad, bless her! Only the very best wishes to you and your family through a difficult time, I am truly sorry David.

Jimbo.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: David Asquith on February 01, 2018, 08:38:23 am
Condolences David.  At least her anguish has ended.

Dave
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: JBQFC on February 03, 2018, 07:28:43 pm
on one hand well done amazon order placed last night at 1800 with free delivery delivered it today but not good news left it on the door step in full view of every on and not put a card through the door this is the second time they have done this time to complain i think :censored:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Lindi on February 03, 2018, 07:58:31 pm
on one hand well done amazon order placed last night at 1800 with free delivery delivered it today but not good news left it on the door step in full view of every on and not put a card through the door this is the second time they have done this time to complain i think :censored:

You should complain every time. I've found there online chats are the best for this although they can sometimes be a bit time consuming as the person who is dealing with you has multiple chats on the go at the same time. If you are an Amazon Prime member then you should be able to get a month free otherwise try to get a credit to your account.   
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: JBQFC on February 03, 2018, 08:35:19 pm
on one hand well done amazon order placed last night at 1800 with free delivery delivered it today but not good news left it on the door step in full view of every on and not put a card through the door this is the second time they have done this time to complain i think :censored:

You should complain every time. I've found there online chats are the best for this although they can sometimes be a bit time consuming as the person who is dealing with you has multiple chats on the go at the same time. If you are an Amazon Prime member then you should be able to get a month free otherwise try to get a credit to your account.

i have complained the first time i got a £5 refund
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: JBQFC on February 04, 2018, 10:12:01 am
on one hand well done amazon order placed last night at 1800 with free delivery delivered it today but not good news left it on the door step in full view of every on and not put a card through the door this is the second time they have done this time to complain i think :censored:

You should complain every time. I've found there online chats are the best for this although they can sometimes be a bit time consuming as the person who is dealing with you has multiple chats on the go at the same time. If you are an Amazon Prime member then you should be able to get a month free otherwise try to get a credit to your account.




i have complained the first time i got a £5 refund


well this time they have offered free express delivery on my next order  :censored:so time for another complaint

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on February 04, 2018, 11:41:53 am
on one hand well done amazon order placed last night at 1800 with free delivery delivered it today but not good news left it on the door step in full view of every on and not put a card through the door this is the second time they have done this time to complain i think :censored:

well this time they have offered free express delivery on my next order  :censored:so time for another complaint

I agree. I intensely dislike this form of redress. "Sorry we cocked up, spend more with us and we'll see if we can mess it up faster next time!"

Best of luck with your complaint. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on February 04, 2018, 04:30:26 pm
Could have been worse. It could have been sent via Yodel..............

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3328577/Overly-enthusiastic-delivery-man-surprises-customer-leaving-parcel-waiting-ROOF.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3328577/Overly-enthusiastic-delivery-man-surprises-customer-leaving-parcel-waiting-ROOF.html)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on February 04, 2018, 06:34:57 pm
One of my sailing club members has been seriously ill with cancer, and about three weeks ago it was arranged the nearest broad would be especially opened, and we all went up there. He was helped to a boat that was loaned, by another member.  But he enjoyed a sail with his wife and two children on board and him in control on the helm as we all sailed together...


Today I lowered the flags to half mast...
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Delboy on February 05, 2018, 10:46:52 am
Sorry to here that
RIP
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on February 05, 2018, 01:41:56 pm
The Q What a nice story but with such a sad ending my thoughts are with you and his family .
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: railsquid on February 05, 2018, 02:20:56 pm
Could have been worse. It could have been sent via Yodel..............

[url]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3328577/Overly-enthusiastic-delivery-man-surprises-customer-leaving-parcel-waiting-ROOF.html[/url] ([url]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3328577/Overly-enthusiastic-delivery-man-surprises-customer-leaving-parcel-waiting-ROOF.html[/url])


Around here if someone pulled a stunt like that. they'd have the honchos of the offending company polishing the floor with their foreheads on national TV and the actual projectile delivery operator would find himself seconded to a posting somewhere closer to Russia than Tokyo.

Back on topic, flu. Not sure if squid flu or Hong Kong Phooey flu or what, but need brain and lungs back.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: JBQFC on February 05, 2018, 07:57:18 pm
on one hand well done amazon order placed last night at 1800 with free delivery delivered it today but not good news left it on the door step in full view of every on and not put a card through the door this is the second time they have done this time to complain i think :censored:

well this time they have offered free express delivery on my next order  :censored:so time for another complaint

I agree. I intensely dislike this form of redress. "Sorry we cocked up, spend more with us and we'll see if we can mess it up faster next time!"

Best of luck with your complaint. :thumbsup:

well its pays to be persistent got a refund of £10  :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on February 05, 2018, 08:07:10 pm
Good result! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: port perran on February 05, 2018, 08:18:22 pm
Could have been worse. It could have been sent via Yodel..............

[url]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3328577/Overly-enthusiastic-delivery-man-surprises-customer-leaving-parcel-waiting-ROOF.html[/url] ([url]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3328577/Overly-enthusiastic-delivery-man-surprises-customer-leaving-parcel-waiting-ROOF.html[/url])


Around here if someone pulled a stunt like that. they'd have the honchos of the offending company polishing the floor with their foreheads on national TV and the actual projectile delivery operator would find himself seconded to a posting somewhere closer to Russia than Tokyo.

Back on topic, flu. Not sure if squid flu or Hong Kong Phooey flu or what, but need brain and lungs back.

Hope you start to feel better soon.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Yet_Another on February 18, 2018, 05:09:59 pm
I was on my way to the Warley open day, when the car coughed and died as I got on to the M5.

Several hours later, I'm back home, sans car, not having got to Oldbury.

The car is parked outside a local garage, with more fault codes in it's electronics that the mind can comfortably comprehend, all of them intermittent. How long is it going to take them to find and fix the suspected Canbus comms fault? How long is a piece of string?

Very not happy.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MistyEyedWanderer on February 27, 2018, 04:23:35 pm
Hmm, the unhappy thread, seems to me an ideal place to let rip.
Has any one had dealings with the fabled legend, http://www.railwayeng.com (http://www.railwayeng.com) ?

Because its appears, that I dared to:
A. Ask a question about track standards
B. Fish for advice from a pro.
C. Not immediately understand or agree as a novice
D. Dare to pay for goods and services
E. Not provide every intimate detail that is available via paypal
F. Fail to please his Majesty in every way.

I have sent the most undeserving polite English gentleman's letter I possibly could, for troubling his Lordship.

We will see If I get my stuff or not as I (foolishly) sent my wad directly to his paypal account as his effing cart was broken.  :censored:

I was angry.  Now unhappy.  And more than a little hurt.  I'm glad that I have met some good murican's previously , or this might well have put me off the whole place.

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zogbert Splod on March 06, 2018, 01:07:35 pm
I have not been in possession of a television set for many years now.  I don't like television.  Since I moved into my current address, some seven and a half years ago, I have had three visits from TV license plonkers, i have also had three letters from them asking me to purchase a license and to provide proof of having done so, or let them know that I don't need one.  I have responded to this online each time.  That's all OK (ish)...   However, today, I got a letter advising me that I am to be visited by an 'enforcement officer' to confirm that I do not have a TV and that I do not watch live broadcasts on line.
The attendance at my door of a 'representative' wishing to confirm that nothing has changed I can deal with.  But an 'enforcement officer'?  Really?
While I question the morality of the thing in general, I also have to wonder how much of the licence fee goes to checking up on whether people are paying their licence fee!  It seems that there is a visit to an address every 5 seconds, day, evening - including weekends. 10,101 visits a day they say.  I wonder how many people, on the streets and in various offices around the country, are involved in this.  I wonder what the total cost of policing this is.
It's the implied threat of a visit from an 'enforcement officer' that has got me wound up.  Does anyone else find that offensive?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on March 06, 2018, 01:17:03 pm
I am very puzzled by my Ipad ,As everyone knows I am an absolute idiot with technical things  I cant open Facebook the Icon is still.on.the screen but its a dark picture its normaly blue ,I have tried to uninstall.it but it wont let me .
If I go to appstore and go to facebook the app says open but if you click.on that  nothing happens ,has anyone got a simple answer to help.me.
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on March 06, 2018, 01:25:51 pm
..
  Does anyone else find that offensive?

I once went through a period of a few years without a TV or any other qualifying devices. I got so fed up with the bullying and harassment from the Licensing plonkers*, that I wrote to them promising legal action if they continued. Never heard another word from them.

* A very suitable description Zogbert.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: njee20 on March 06, 2018, 04:44:59 pm
I am very puzzled by my Ipad ,As everyone knows I am an absolute idiot with technical things  I cant open Facebook the Icon is still.on.the screen but its a dark picture its normaly blue ,I have tried to uninstall.it but it wont let me .
If I go to appstore and go to facebook the app says open but if you click.on that  nothing happens ,has anyone got a simple answer to help.me.
Bob Tidbury

There's a pending update - go into the App Store and go to updates - you should be able to force it through if it's not already done it.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 06, 2018, 05:13:30 pm
I am very puzzled by my Ipad ,As everyone knows I am an absolute idiot with technical things  I cant open Facebook the Icon is still.on.the screen but its a dark picture its normaly blue ,I have tried to uninstall.it but it wont let me .
If I go to appstore and go to facebook the app says open but if you click.on that  nothing happens ,has anyone got a simple answer to help.me.
Bob Tidbury


There's a pending update - go into the App Store and go to updates - you should be able to force it through if it's not already done it.

If that doesn't cure the problem, I've found one of the most common cures for iPad odd behaviour is to shut down completely and reboot it.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on March 06, 2018, 06:16:46 pm
Ive tried a complete shut down and left it off overnight rebooted and still.no joy.
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 06, 2018, 06:41:54 pm
Are you running the latest version of the Apple operating system, iOS 11?

If not I would suggest doing a backup of valued data before downloading and installing the update that should show in your Settings app.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Yet_Another on March 06, 2018, 08:24:01 pm
It's the implied threat of a visit from an 'enforcement officer' that has got me wound up.  Does anyone else find that offensive?

Yes. I've had skirmishes with that lot for 35 years, and their bully-boy missives have changed little. I seem to recall that I'm on the list for a visit as well. Good luck to them, I'm not here that much.

Just carry on regardless. I think I filled in some sort of declaration online that satisfied them for the time being.

I don't know if you have them north of the border, but down south, we have these 'traffic enforcement officers' who have little power but wielding a radar gun. Same sort of thing, really.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on March 06, 2018, 08:29:12 pm
I now need to post in the Happy thread after several attempts and help from two or three mates Ive actually got Facebook running again at last .
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on March 06, 2018, 08:32:00 pm
Good to hear everything is up and running fine,  Bob.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on March 23, 2018, 07:38:14 pm
 Credit card hacked. :'( Three dodgy transactions. Reported 1st one 3 days ago. Bank put watch on account and two more dodgy transactions today reported by bank. Both blocked awaiting my approval.
Original transaction will be refunded and new card issued.
Not good but impressed the way bank sorted it quickly and without question.
Got to go through hassle of updating online accounts now.
 :hmmm:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on March 23, 2018, 07:46:06 pm
I know the feeling well Bob - see my post in 'Angry' thread on 19th March.  As I said in that post, I have to compliment the Bank on how quick they picked it up. Within 90 minutes of the 4 fraudulent transactions, they were trying to contact me. One of the transactions has already been returned to my account and I received the new PIN today. Unfortunately, the card has not arrived yet, so can not use it at Ally Pally on Sunday!  :(

@austinbob (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2403)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Papyrus on March 23, 2018, 08:56:12 pm
My wife's account was hacked a few months ago and her bank warned us very quickly. We were very impressed by the service. What I don't understand though is how the hackers did it because she hardly uses her account. She pays with everything either with her credit card or my account!!

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on March 23, 2018, 11:05:01 pm
My wife's account was hacked a few months ago and her bank warned us very quickly. We were very impressed by the service. What I don't understand though is how the hackers did it because she hardly uses her account. She pays with everything either with her credit card or my account!!

Cheers,

Chris
On one of the two occasions this happened to me, I was told I had authorized a change to the account online. I pointed out that this account I had specifically asked for it to be blocked from all  internet and phone changes. To which they finally agreed it had been done. So the only way for it to register an online account change was an inside job,

At which point I was given a reference number for the police. My account was sorted, and it all went very quiet from the bank.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on March 24, 2018, 10:02:59 am
Credit card hacked. :'( Three dodgy transactions. Reported 1st one 3 days ago. Bank put watch on account and two more dodgy transactions today reported by bank. Both blocked awaiting my approval.
Original transaction will be refunded and new card issued.
Not good but impressed the way bank sorted it quickly and without question.
Got to go through hassle of updating online accounts now.
 :hmmm:
Just noticed that the day my credit card was hacked was also the day I signed up to Facebook. Coincidence??
 :hmmm:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: EtchedPixels on March 25, 2018, 11:38:24 pm
Alas poor acoustic guitar

It's now reached the point where even without string tension the wood on the body and neck is too distorted to fix (and the bridge has been held on with boatbuilders glue for some time - good stuff boatbuilders glue). It's something like third hand but it's still sad to see it go.

Feels like it ought to get a proper funeral pyre.

Alan
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on March 25, 2018, 11:47:20 pm
You could do what Jimi Hendrix did, squirt lighter fluid all over it and set fire to it  8)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on March 26, 2018, 03:20:33 pm
Alas poor acoustic guitar

It's now reached the point where even without string tension the wood on the body and neck is too distorted to fix (and the bridge has been held on with boatbuilders glue for some time - good stuff boatbuilders glue). It's something like third hand but it's still sad to see it go.

Feels like it ought to get a proper funeral pyre.

Alan

I take it that there isnít a truss rod in the neck?  I assume that string tension has pulled the neck out of true? Prop the head and body on a couple of bricks and hang a heavy bag of wet sand over the neck. It ruins the varnish, but could give you a bit more life from it.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: red_death on March 26, 2018, 03:23:49 pm
Just noticed that the day my credit card was hacked was also the day I signed up to Facebook. Coincidence??

Yes - how could signing up for Facebook lead to your card being hacked? Unless you posted all your card details on Facebook in a post I fail to see the link.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: njee20 on March 26, 2018, 03:52:22 pm
Got to agree with Mike there! They may be the subject of the current "data breach du jour", but that's a bit of a stretch!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on March 26, 2018, 04:04:39 pm
Just noticed that the day my credit card was hacked was also the day I signed up to Facebook. Coincidence??

Yes - how could signing up for Facebook lead to your card being hacked? Unless you posted all your card details on Facebook in a post I fail to see the link.
That's cos there's no link!! But twas a coincidence though.  :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: red_death on March 26, 2018, 04:09:19 pm
Apologies Bob - I took your post possibly too literally! 

There is so much huff and puff about the evils of Facebook and so much myth spread that I think people need to understand the real risks.

Being overcautious on the web limits your ability to take full advantage of all the benefits (of which there are many) of the web.  Still better to be slightly overcautious that not cautious enough!

Cheers, Mike
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Yet_Another on March 26, 2018, 08:13:14 pm
I'm thinking that it's quite possible that there are databases of card details out there, just waiting for the right personal details to be exposed.

I'm sure that many will have seen the Barclays advert where the fraudster integrates multiple data sources to gather enough info on a young woman to be able to impersonate her online.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on March 26, 2018, 08:24:25 pm
Almost certainly Tony.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on April 15, 2018, 05:02:22 pm
Just been fitting Seep point motors. Three fitted and working no problem. Fourth - poked operating rod through point actuator (SL-E389F) and point just fell apart. Actuator arm and one of the point blades just dropped off WHAT!!  :veryangry:
Now I've got to buy a new one and lift a couple of lengths of track (with lots of isolating sections already wired up of course!!) and replace the point.
Two steps forward and one step back as usual.
 :'( :'(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Papyrus on April 29, 2018, 09:30:13 pm
After spring teased us with a few days of warmer weather, winter has come back to bite us on the  :censored: . So what happens? Our central heating boiler chooses this weekend (Friday evening, natch) to have a sulk and refuse to light. :'(

Thank goodness for a gas fire, an oil-filled electric radiator and an emotion heater.

More expense.

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: RailGooner on April 29, 2018, 09:34:40 pm
People often say that I can be a bit cold.

..
 an emotion heater.
...

Where can I get one? :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on April 29, 2018, 09:41:11 pm
I have an emotion heater at home. Unfortunately, she does not always heat the emotions I want heating!  :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on April 29, 2018, 09:51:47 pm
I have an emotion heater at home. Unfortunately, she does not always heat the emotions I want heating!  :)

Now that's what I call living on the edge, David :worried:
I just hope your emotion heater wasn't looking over your shoulder at that moment in time
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on April 29, 2018, 09:57:06 pm
I'm not daft  :no:. I am at work and the lovely Louisa is at home 15 miles away.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 03, 2018, 10:59:49 am
Ordered 10 x Dapol BR weathered 20T mineral wagons from Rails whose website stated "Availability: Ordered on request" and received an acknowledgement telling me delivery would be approx 7-10 days. I've now received an e mail today from Rails stating their delivery from Dapol has arrived and there were no mineral wagons on it. When they contacted Dapol, Rails were informed they were discontinued.
I'm not really a happy bunny :unimpressed:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on May 03, 2018, 11:48:21 am
So they will be appearing on ebay in a few days marked 'rare' !  ;D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: silly moo on May 03, 2018, 01:01:21 pm
We have just been traipsing around looking for an electronic item that was supposedly in stock at three different stores. The stock was shown on their computer system but when we got to two of the stores there was nothing. Eventually after quite a bit of time and petrol, it was third time lucky.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ian Bowden on May 04, 2018, 11:00:29 pm
I have not been in possession of a television set for many years now.  I don't like television.  Since I moved into my current address, some seven and a half years ago, I have had three visits from TV license plonkers, i have also had three letters from them asking me to purchase a license and to provide proof of having done so, or let them know that I don't need one.  I have responded to this online each time.  That's all OK (ish)...   However, today, I got a letter advising me that I am to be visited by an 'enforcement officer' to confirm that I do not have a TV and that I do not watch live broadcasts on line.
The attendance at my door of a 'representative' wishing to confirm that nothing has changed I can deal with.  But an 'enforcement officer'?  Really?
While I question the morality of the thing in general, I also have to wonder how much of the licence fee goes to checking up on whether people are paying their licence fee!  It seems that there is a visit to an address every 5 seconds, day, evening - including weekends. 10,101 visits a day they say.  I wonder how many people, on the streets and in various offices around the country, are involved in this.  I wonder what the total cost of policing this is.
It's the implied threat of a visit from an 'enforcement officer' that has got me wound up.  Does anyone else find that offensive?
They probably have a few people running round pretending to be a lot. I am dubious of the figure of 10,101 visits (a nice round number) a day as that equals 2,626,260 visits a year (based on 5 day working week). With the average household comprising of say 3 people and a population of 65,000,000 that equates to about 1 in 10 households not having a TV licence.
I get these threats regularly, my usual answer is what part of the address theatre indicates we should have a TV set.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on May 05, 2018, 07:32:26 am
 I would advise  anyone bothered in this manner by the Licence checkers to complete a declaration that you don't need a licence. The TV Licensing website gives this page for doing just that:

http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/telling-us-you-dont-need-a-tv-licence (http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/telling-us-you-dont-need-a-tv-licence)

It might stop the plonkers! :D


Just a warning: note that you don't need to have a TV nowadays to be required to have a TV Licence. Note the wording near the top of the page linked above:
Quote
You donít need a TV Licence if you:
never watch or record programmes on any channel as theyíre being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, and
never download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer Ė live, catch up or on demand.
This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.


So if you don't have a TV but use another device to watch BBC programs, the nice folks from the Licensing Police could be knocking on your door! :o

PS - for full clarity, here's the wording from the Licensing website that gives the exact detail of when you do have to have a licence:

Quote
[You need to be covered by a TV Licence to
watch or record live TV programmes on any channel
download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer Ė live, catch up or on demand.
This applies to any provider you use and any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder./quote]
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on May 05, 2018, 10:53:07 am
When I worked for the Beeb, I used to get letters demanding payment for a TV license. Each time I responded by saying we didnít require one. After a few years of this I got fed up and called them. The guy I spoke to told me his wife was a great Archers fan and if I could get her some publicity info, he could get us off the mailing list. A quick call into the Archers office and a large envelope in the post and we were off the list. Please note, I donít think this works for anyone else.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 05, 2018, 12:21:00 pm
Strewth! I think I'd rather pay a licence fee, Malc
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Ian Bowden on May 05, 2018, 07:58:19 pm
What gets me riled about the declaration is they have us down 3 times in their records and despite several assurances that it has been corrected we inevitably get 3 separate threatening letters.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: silly moo on May 24, 2018, 01:57:27 pm
Being driven bonkers by passwords. :veryangry: In this electronic age you seem to need a password for almost everything including this forum and remembering them is a real test, unless they are all the same which is inadvisable. I store mine in an app on my iPad but if that were to get stolen I'd be in trouble so I need to back them up on a piece of paper which isn't safe either but trying to remember them all is the worst and I'm not even senile yet  ???
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zwilnik on May 24, 2018, 02:23:52 pm
Being driven bonkers by passwords. :veryangry: In this electronic age you seem to need a password for almost everything including this forum and remembering them is a real test, unless they are all the same which is inadvisable. I store mine in an app on my iPad but if that were to get stolen I'd be in trouble so I need to back them up on a piece of paper which isn't safe either but trying to remember them all is the worst and I'm not even senile yet  ???

if you're using an iPad, switch on iCloud Keychain storage. Then all your passwords are stored securely on iCloud, which means you can use it to auto-fill most web ones and access them in an emergency (from any of your devices ). If you've switched 2 factor authentication on then nobody is going to get access to them if the device is stolen (especially if you've got Find my iPad on, because you can remote lock it)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Zwilnik on May 24, 2018, 02:24:57 pm
Besides that, you live in South Africa at the moment don't you? Don't you have flamethrowers fitted to your iPad for security like they do on the cars there? :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: silly moo on May 24, 2018, 02:33:26 pm
No real flame throwers on cars here but sometimes we could do with them! Leaving SA for good on Sunday. In a recent robbery my iPad wasn't stolen but my phone and laptop were, they had lots of passwords on them so everything had to be changed, adding to the confusion.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on May 24, 2018, 03:18:36 pm
Well safe journey and a happy landing wherever you plan to be, Veronica.  :wave:

Hope you'll still be on the Forum, too.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: njee20 on May 24, 2018, 03:35:36 pm
Either use a password manager, meaning you need only remember one password, or take a unique attribute from the site the password is for; so have NGFpassw0rd or BBCpassw0rd or whatever - easy to remember and unique by site.

Aaaaand remember that despite what we're told, longer and simple is far harder to crack than short and complex. A sentence is immeasurably better than throwing random symbols and numbers into the mix.

If you want to check how secure your password is you can do so here (https://howsecureismypassword.net/)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: austinbob on May 24, 2018, 03:50:43 pm

If you want to check how secure your password is you can do so here (https://howsecureismypassword.net/)
I don't think I'd wanna be entering any of my passwords into a site not known to me !!!  ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 24, 2018, 03:59:06 pm
@silly moo (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=279)
Are you sad to be leaving SA, Veronica, and where are you heading to (if you don't mind me asking, of course)?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: njee20 on May 24, 2018, 04:05:43 pm

If you want to check how secure your password is you can do so here (https://howsecureismypassword.net/)
I don't think I'd wanna be entering any of my passwords into a site not known to me !!!  ;)

Thereís healthy scepticism and... ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: broadsword on May 24, 2018, 06:06:52 pm
Passwords a real pain, in a financial office I worked in we had to change our personal
passwords every week, some people used the football league teams which gave about
100 weeks worth, I used the books of the bible and kept a bible in my desk bookmarked.
No matter the system chosen the humourless techhead who was the  it administrator
wanted us to have passwords like Q2>Jn67??87Wx.....needless to say he was ignored !
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: steve836 on May 24, 2018, 09:51:46 pm
I use loco names and number and keep a book of them near my computer. Then when I need a password I have a diary in which I just enter the number to remind me.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 24, 2018, 10:25:14 pm
My e mail account has a password with 7 letters, 3 numbers and a currency sign and still I get spammed now and then ::) It's bad enough me try to remember the password myself! :dunce:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on May 25, 2018, 08:14:16 am
G.D.P.R.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on May 25, 2018, 08:17:58 am
passwords..
I have a formula to do with the sites name. Well three formulas,
One for non financially involved sites, Like this one,  the simplest formula
One for shopping. slightly more complicated.
One for banking . Complicated but, easy to remember the formula.

 Each of the three  formulas is different from each other, so knowing one won't lead you to the next. There is more to the formulas but there is no way I'd be mentioning that on here!!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on May 25, 2018, 10:12:08 am
For banking and other key areas, such as the Government Gateway, pensions, etc, I have very complex passwords, only a few of which I can ever recall without sight of a written copy.
For online shopping I use slightly less complex passwords, and NEVER allow a website to keep payment data for future transactions.
For other websites, such as this one, I use simpler passwords, usually of at least ten characters, that are never duplicated.
I also clear out cookies and website data almost every day.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on May 25, 2018, 10:30:05 am
G.D.P.R.

I've received yet another email from yet another company I've dealt with sometime in the last thirty years, telling me about the amendments to their data protection T&C's or whatever. I get lots of these, as I'm sure you all do, and sometimes I'm darned if I can remember if I ever dealt with some of the companies that email me :hmmm:

But the thing is, what do I do with this latest one? :uneasy: 

a. Nothing, and stay listed with them.
b. Nothing and be deleted from their listing.
c. Press on a hyperlink button and stay listed with them.
d. Press on a hyperlink and be deleted from their listing.
e. Press on a hyperlink button to bring up a form that I have to amend or complete to stay listed with them.
f. Press on a hyperlink button to bring up a form that I have to amend or complete to be deleted from their listing.
g. Take pot luck, read only the first line to conform it's about GDPR, then delete the email without further action.

Choices, choices......... ???

Now wouldn't it be nice if they all followed the same process. It would have saved an hour or more of my life over the last few weeks if they had!  :(
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: themadhippy on May 25, 2018, 10:34:24 am
just  use http://enigma.louisedade.co.uk/enigma.html (http://enigma.louisedade.co.uk/enigma.html) to  make your passwords,set the ring ground and plugboard to something you can remember,then type in your chosen password.Luckily blechley park is half missing so  your passwords should be secure
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on May 25, 2018, 11:06:53 am
just  use [url]http://enigma.louisedade.co.uk/enigma.html[/url] ([url]http://enigma.louisedade.co.uk/enigma.html[/url]) to  make your passwords,set the ring ground and plugboard to something you can remember,then type in your chosen password.Luckily blechley park is half missing so  your passwords should be secure


Well It's Missing a T, I noticed 'cos I used to live there...
An interesting site , but if someone else uses it they can decode your password...
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 25, 2018, 11:23:59 am
@daffy (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5634)
Even though I ceased looking for a job some 9 years ago I still get mails from agencies I've never managed to unsubscribe from. Now they send me a stay/go message I'm using the opportunity to the full :D >:D. As times/circumstances change so do our needs, so newsletters from model shops etc are quite welcome. It may be the situation one has slightly cheaper utilities bills if you have paperless statements so mails from such companies become a necessity. On balance, I only remain with those I've used in the last year. It won't take much to sign up again should the need arise.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jerry Howlett on May 25, 2018, 03:32:08 pm
I have been away from the world of work for over 12 years. This week I started to getemails with lists of jobs back in my old home town of Ware.  Despite some of the interesting salaries, commuting may be a bit of a problem and interfere with the already slow progress of layout rebuilding.

Jerry
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: emjaybee on May 25, 2018, 03:58:16 pm
just  use [url]http://enigma.louisedade.co.uk/enigma.html[/url] ([url]http://enigma.louisedade.co.uk/enigma.html[/url]) to  make your passwords,set the ring ground and plugboard to something you can remember,then type in your chosen password.Luckily blechley park is half missing so  your passwords should be secure


Well It's Missing a T, I noticed 'cos I used to live there...
An interesting site , but if someone else uses it they can decode your password...


I also used to live in Bletchley, I concur that it should have a 'T'.

Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 25, 2018, 04:09:20 pm
just  use [url]http://enigma.louisedade.co.uk/enigma.html[/url] ([url]http://enigma.louisedade.co.uk/enigma.html[/url]) to  make your passwords,set the ring ground and plugboard to something you can remember,then type in your chosen password.Luckily blechley park is half missing so  your passwords should be secure


Well It's Missing a T, I noticed 'cos I used to live there...
An interesting site , but if someone else uses it they can decode your password...


I also used to live in Bletchley, I concur that it should have a 'T'.


Of course it should have a 'T'. Otherwise it would just b 'i' ::) :laugh3:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: emjaybee on May 25, 2018, 04:13:17 pm
just  use [url]http://enigma.louisedade.co.uk/enigma.html[/url] ([url]http://enigma.louisedade.co.uk/enigma.html[/url]) to  make your passwords,set the ring ground and plugboard to something you can remember,then type in your chosen password.Luckily blechley park is half missing so  your passwords should be secure


Well It's Missing a T, I noticed 'cos I used to live there...
An interesting site , but if someone else uses it they can decode your password...


I also used to live in Bletchley, I concur that it should have a 'T'.


Of course it should have a 'T'. Otherwise it would just b 'i' ::) :laugh3:


I can't help thinking you've got too much time on your hands...

 :hmmm:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: acko22 on May 27, 2018, 06:59:02 am
Well as a number of you know I have been on away with work for some time, but I was rushed home to be with family on emergency compassionate travel landing at Heathrow to be greeted with train tickets to get back north ASAP.

But Virgin trains just shocking!! Worked had booked me on the 1700 service but Virgin wouldn't let me travel on an earlier service unless I paid an extra 45 pounds.
That wouldn't have been an issue if I had my bank cards with me or my phone had any life to get family to pay the extra, but all I had was the clothes on my back a bag and my emergency travel documents, to say unhappy is a polite way off saying totally  :censored: off!!
The attitude shown by the staff at Euston well honestly if you travel through their apart from a few members of staff I just wouldn't bother!

Thankfully the situation at home hasn't got any worse and now I can be with my family it what is a distressing time!
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on May 27, 2018, 07:14:39 am
Sorry to learn that a difficult situation was made worse by 'Jobsworth' attitude.

Hope life gets easier very soon.

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: StufromEGDL on May 27, 2018, 07:58:56 am
@acko22 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4166)

Comp cell should have called me. I'm on Standby at RS3 all weekend specifically for this type of move.
Glad you got home in time though...hope all is as good as it can be.

Later,
Stu from EGDL.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on May 27, 2018, 07:46:51 pm
That sort of attitude certainly does not help in circumstances like yours. You would think the 'jobsworth' could have made some enquiries of a supervisor or something, if only for the good PR it would generate. Anyway, I hope things work out okay.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: class37025 on May 27, 2018, 08:05:14 pm
in my day, back when Pontias was a pilot, there were RTO offices at most London railway stations, and they would I'm sure been ably to sort something out for you.

no doubt all gone now, in the interests of 'efficieny / economy / cost cutting'

just like the military, army, navy and air force, hospitals, as opposed to a couple of wards in an NHS hospital

may I join the others in hoping that all is not as bad as was initially thought.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: acko22 on May 27, 2018, 09:21:37 pm
Hi gents,

Thanks for you good wishes, @StufromEGDL (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=36) if I knew that I would have got them to get you on call with your driving even from Heathrow it would have taken less time!
@class37025 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=311) I won't lie I have no idea what an RTO is, but having been with family and now maybe not calmer but relieved to be with family I can say that Oxford station is the exact opposite of what I experienced at Euston, when returning from tours they use to (and most likely still do) send someone out to meet you and get you sorted and on your way with as much help as they can offer, even offering to carry kit for you (brave when you consider how heavy we like our bags) on one occasion a mate of mine missed the last train home and they sorted him out with a taxi to a station where there was a later train which could get him home.

So I would never slag the entire railways staff off as I know there are plenty of good guys out there just my luck to get stuck with the jobsworths yesterday right at the time I needed it the least
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: class37025 on May 28, 2018, 08:41:44 am
RTO, I'm sure I've got that right, was IIRC rail transport office, basically a small movements section.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Papyrus on May 28, 2018, 12:25:11 pm
Well, here we are, May Bank Holiday, and the start of the annual mad month in our village of Lindfield. Today is the Village Run, when they close some roads and we have dozens of sweaty bodies pounding up the lane near our house with their breath coming in short pants...

Then, on Saturday, it is Village Day. Usually a lovely day, but they close the High Street, so you have to choose your journeys carefully and the sound of the PA can be heard a mile away.

The week after it is the South of England Show for 3 days. The weather is usually vile. They don't close any roads, but for some reason they direct the leaving traffic through our village which clogs up the roads again.

Then a week later, the icing on the cake comes in the form of the London-Brighton Bike Ride. Again, they don't close any roads but the High Street is one-way southbound and you can't cross the road because the stream of cyclists belting down the hill is quite literally continuous, at least during the morning, so it makes no sense to try and go anywhere. The keen ones are practising the route already...

Worthy causes all, but we do wish it wouldn't all come at once.  :uneasy:

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: talisman56 on May 28, 2018, 12:42:34 pm
Well, here we are, May Bank Holiday, and the start of the annual mad month in our village of Lindfield. Today is the Village Run, when they close some roads and we have dozens of sweaty bodies pounding up the lane near our house with their breath coming in short pants...

Then, on Saturday, it is Village Day. Usually a lovely day, but they close the High Street, so you have to choose your journeys carefully and the sound of the PA can be heard a mile away.

The week after it is the South of England Show for 3 days. The weather is usually vile. They don't close any roads, but for some reason they direct the leaving traffic through our village which clogs up the roads again.

Then a week later, the icing on the cake comes in the form of the London-Brighton Bike Ride. Again, they don't close any roads but the High Street is one-way southbound and you can't cross the road because the stream of cyclists belting down the hill is quite literally continuous, at least during the morning, so it makes no sense to try and go anywhere. The keen ones are practising the route already...

Worthy causes all, but we do wish it wouldn't all come at once.  :uneasy:

Cheers,

Chris

I used to live in Lindfield, and that brings back all sorts of memories of 'when I were a lad'...
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 31, 2018, 12:35:48 pm
Sadly our Maplins has finally bitten the dust :(
Always handy for the odd pack of 'stuff' whilst avoiding postage costs from the major on-liners.
Hey Ho.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on May 31, 2018, 12:39:30 pm
You were lucky, none of the 3 Maplinís branches around here ever had what I wanted without visiting all 3 to get it.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 31, 2018, 12:46:35 pm
You were lucky, none of the 3 Maplinís branches around here ever had what I wanted without visiting all 3 to get it.

You had choice? Luxury! ;)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on May 31, 2018, 12:48:39 pm
You were lucky, none of the 3 Maplinís branches around here ever had what I wanted without visiting all 3 to get it.
One in the city centre, one in Solihull and one in Redditch. About a 30 mile round trip.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 31, 2018, 01:28:38 pm
Just placed an order with Rapid Electronics
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on May 31, 2018, 01:42:25 pm
I used to use Maplin when they were a few people in a shed somewhere around Southend. You ordered a catalogue and it arrived with all the staffs photos on the inside and a free SI-FI poster.
Then they got bought out, moved up north somewhere, built huge warehouses and took shops all over the country and became generally useless.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on May 31, 2018, 02:16:20 pm
The wikipedia page gives some interesting information -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maplin_(retailer)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daveg on May 31, 2018, 02:40:04 pm
Their service certainly went down hill a while back but I still feel sorry for those that have lost their jobs.

Good luck to all those looking for other work - been there!

Dave G
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 31, 2018, 03:01:51 pm

Then they got bought out, moved up north somewhere, built huge warehouses and took shops all over the country and became generally useless.

You can't stop progress :no: :laughabovepost:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: mickeyflinn on May 31, 2018, 05:35:12 pm
Sadly our Maplins has finally bitten the dust :(
Always handy for the odd pack of 'stuff' whilst avoiding postage costs from the major on-liners.
Hey Ho.
Have you tried CPC Farnell in Fulwood, Preston. Theyíre online, have a physical shop, and are generally cheaper than Maplins are/were.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: joe cassidy on May 31, 2018, 08:28:26 pm
They went downhill after they stopped the holiday camps.

Hideyhe, hideyhi !
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: outofgauge on May 31, 2018, 08:38:45 pm
Joined the long list of companies that got wayyyyyyy to big -seemed to be far to expensive -(called last year when on site in Wrexham for a switch for our broken genny- would have bin cheaper to buy a new genny!) I'm another hands up for rapid at Colchester  or if I'm rushing CPC at Preston-don't mind waiting or I use click an collect -one more visit to the trade counter and I get another £5 voucher for free  :claphappy:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on May 31, 2018, 09:23:12 pm
They went downhill after they stopped the holiday camps.

Hideyhe, hideyhi !

Silly boy. That was Butlitz :laugh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: dannyboy on May 31, 2018, 10:04:29 pm
You're just Pontinsficating now  :D

I'll get my (red) coat.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: broadsword on May 31, 2018, 10:35:23 pm
They went downhill after they stopped the holiday camps.

Hideyhe, hideyhi !

Jeffrey can't hear you !
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on July 05, 2018, 05:57:27 pm
Gad, but it's hot, Fanshawe! :sweat:

I know there are some sun lovers out there but these temperatures are becoming somewhat tiresome now. I'm afraid this heat kills off my appetite and also any chance of sleep. As a rule, in this country, we don't have things like air conditioning so have to pay a fortune to power companies to run fans. Have a shower? 10 minutes later when you've dried yourself off you'll need another one ::)
Constantly running air con in the car thus using extra fuel and paying the fuel companies more for it. Watering the patio pots with a watering can because our water company, United Utilities, have asked us not to use hose pipes as, if we don't, they will impose a hosepipe ban. Brainless  :censored: deliberately setting fire to moorlands and woodlands thus putting emergency service personnel and wildlife at risk. Our poor dear pets sweltering in their fur coats while some of their brainless owners shut them in cars.
And yes, as sure as it starts to rain for more than a day, there'll be complaints about that as well.
One thing you can be assured of. Having bought myself a new motorbike which I collect in a couple of weeks time and intend to ride only in the dry, then it it will rain for days on end.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on July 05, 2018, 06:07:06 pm
Itís known as Murphyís law or other names Mick , good luck with your motor bike ,Val still wants another motorbike and side car ,she had one and the kids used to love going to school in it .
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: mr bachmann on July 05, 2018, 06:16:42 pm
good news on the bike Mick - but you bikers must be mad paying a few grand just to get  :censored: wet when it rains  :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: port perran on July 05, 2018, 06:39:38 pm
Enjoy your bike Mick.
And, itís good to see the sun again down here. Weíve had 4 wet days since Sunday (sometimes very wet). Shame we canít send some up to you.
Anyway, itís sun all the way again in the forecast for us but at least our pets (tortoises) love it.
 :)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: outofgauge on July 05, 2018, 07:53:26 pm
You won't be rushing Up to Rivy barn on a Sunday anytime soon then Mick ! Looks like you'll be frequenting the lesser popular bike spots on a Sunday-Settle is getting popular -and you can pop round to dcc concepts gaff and say hello !
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: NinOz on July 06, 2018, 08:08:10 am
Do scamers have a season?

5 answered calls over the last 2 weeks from a recorded voice "Nichole" of the NBN telling me they have urgently trying to contact me and will be turning off my internet in 24 hours if I don't arrange a connection with their technician.  "press 1 to talk to the technician".
At least 8 answered calls in last 3 weeks from someone from Telstra claiming my cable modem is generating errors and causing problems on the internet.  They will help me check it and fix it.  Most calls are slightly different but still the same core approach.
2 approaches from hawkers at the door claiming to save me money; by basically scaming for power retailers.  I have had 4 of these within the last year.  How many times do they think the same people would fall for their lies, ommissions and misrepresentations?  Last one I played along until I received a contract by e-mail which I then rejected.  Most interesting to study the techniques used.
Also not answered a goodly amount of calls which were obviously from scammers.
Just waiting for the yearly flood of calls and e-mails from the "tax office" about refunds or amounts I need to send in the form of i-tune or gift cards to avoid a gaol sentence.

Anyone for reintroduction of the stocks for these annoying sods?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on July 06, 2018, 08:37:19 am
Stocks are just not enough for these people. :no: Those they successfully scam do not necessarily have the mental tools to recognise and deal with them properly - like ignoring them or telling them to take a hike - and the results for these unfortunates can range from irritating, costly, or can even be life changing and disastrous.

I'm a peace loving man, but I'm having great difficulty getting the image of a Firing Squad out of my mind. :veryangry2:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on July 06, 2018, 08:40:31 am
I simply do not answer unknown numbers.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on July 06, 2018, 10:26:49 am
I simply do not answer unknown numbers.

Likewise. Caller display is well worth having. I don't answer calls from mobiles to my landline either as, for whatever reason, my brain cell can't equate mobile numbers to people like it can with landline numbers. My mobile doesn't work at home as there is no reception from any of the suppliers so it's not switched on until I go out. If the caller display shows 'International' I just ignore it. If it's a member of the Royal Family in trouble I'm sure they'll leave a message :laugh:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: MinZaPint on July 06, 2018, 11:33:37 am
My "Little Treasure" taunting me not with a pic of the fabulous Crab sandwich but a pic of the bar stocked with my favourite local brewery's finest

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/523-060718112944.jpeg)

some women have no :heart: but she bought me back a bottle of Lyme Regis brew  :-*
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bealman on July 06, 2018, 11:37:48 am
I wasn't going to respond to this but you just reminded me I'm out the stuff  :beers:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on July 06, 2018, 12:37:59 pm
Not only that but the barmaid obviously pays you to drink there! :goggleeyes:
Where is this pub, David? (Strictly between you and I, and maybe 5000 other members :D)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jerry Howlett on July 06, 2018, 12:44:03 pm
Is it still brewed at Bridport ?

Remember sampling their products back in 1975 in the "Ship Inn" on the last day of the Bridport Branch, I believe I caught the penultimate train from there, luckily DMU's in those days had toilets.

Jerry
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on July 06, 2018, 02:06:28 pm
Where is this pub, David? (Strictly between you and I, and maybe 5000 other members :D)

Ah Mick, you have failed to pass today's test - spot the barmaid (is that term still used these PC days?) and her emblazoned Polo shirt. :)

 :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on July 06, 2018, 03:52:36 pm
Where is this pub, David? (Strictly between you and I, and maybe 5000 other members :D)

Ah Mick, you have failed to pass today's test - spot the barmaid (is that term still used these PC days?) and her emblazoned Polo shirt. :)

 :D

To a large extent I'm not up to date with what's PC or not so I hope 'barmaid' is still an acceptable term. Maybe it should be 'barperson'?
All I know is she's paying someone what looks like £20 for drinking there :hmmm:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: class37025 on July 06, 2018, 04:06:50 pm
why do they always put these logos on the eerrr 'chest' area, where it is not 'pc' to look long enough to read them  :-[
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: acook on July 06, 2018, 07:05:51 pm
Because it was dreamed up by a man who kept getting caught looking.
Ready made excuse for looking now.

Frequently caught Alan
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Caz on July 07, 2018, 04:42:05 pm
If the caller display shows 'International' I just ignore it. If it's a member of the Royal Family in trouble I'm sure they'll leave a message :laugh:

No point me or George calling you then if we have a forum problem.   ::)   :P
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on July 14, 2018, 07:24:05 pm
Tomorrow I shall be attending a Teddy Parachute Drop at my Grandchildrens local church. Apparently, and it distresses me greatly ;), the eldest of the three, who is 5 years old, seems to have no idea what a 'Teddy' actually is!
Her plan was for her entry into the competition to be a fluffy tiger, or some such. When her Nanny said it should be a Teddy, she was totally non-plushed and couldn't see the problem.

So tomorrow, as the clock on the church tower launch pad strikes the half hour after 1:00pm, rather than a glorious array of wonderful teddy bears descending from the above, it is highly likely that my eyes will be assailed by a loud, brash and dare I say gaudy collection of objects floating down, ranging from Unicorns, through Smurfs and large-eyed Princesses (without an ounce of stuffing between them), to every Disney character you care to name - and even Pooh is most definitely NOT a teddy bear!

I mean, what IS the World coming to? :confused2:

Roosevelt will probably turn in his grave! :o









But the kids will love it! :D - the parachuting toys, not the grave-turning bit! :no:
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Newportnobby on July 14, 2018, 11:18:32 pm
I trust you'll be going dressed as a Teddy Boy? :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Railwaygun on July 15, 2018, 12:18:31 am
Her plan was for her entry into the competition to be a fluffy tiger, or some such. When her Nanny said it should be a Teddy, she was totally non-plushed and couldn't see the problem.


i thought the teddies were fully plushed??
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Mito on July 15, 2018, 08:27:14 pm
Her plan was for her entry into the competition to be a fluffy tiger, or some such. When her Nanny said it should be a Teddy, she was totally non-plushed and couldn't see the problem.


i thought the teddies were fully plushed??
New maybe, but they tend to be de-plushed by little fingers.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: daffy on July 15, 2018, 09:47:27 pm
Just an update on the parachuting Teddies....

A grand time was had by all, and over 50 assorted treasured cuddlies floated down from the parapet of the church tower. Happily the majority were in fact teddy bears, though the odd penguin, unicorn, toothless dragon, and dog braved the descent. Some sailed serenely down, some were swept into trees and bushes, and more than a few merely plummeted as their 'chutes failed to deploy in time. Star performer - I'm biased - was my 5 year old grand-daughters entry. This was eventually agreed to be a teddy (after much cajoling and parental persuasion), in fact one of two fine brown bears that her Nanny had given her from her own special collection some years ago. As the Jump Master flung young teddy out into the void, his parachute filled most opportunely and he floated down to land, to the utter surprise of the man making souvenir badges, directly upon the man's head! Happily no real damage was done to either character, though as a precaution young teddy, in common with all other contestants, was rapidly stretchered off to the nearby Medical Table, where tender care was administered, plasters and bandages were carefully applied, and he was returned to his proud owner.
There were no winners, no losers, and cake and orange juice was available to all for a donation to church funds.
And it was a glorious sunny day!

So a happy ending in the unhappy thread.
 :D
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on July 25, 2018, 09:19:16 am
Very unhappy yesterday ,I went down the shed in the morning opened the windows and put the fans on to try and cool it down.
My mate came in the afternoon to test some locos ,and due to this unusual weather and my laziness I have found major electrical problems with isolation gaps closed up NO IRJs just cut track ,even some switches not working , so I wish I had taken the time to fit the IRJs  it might have made a difference .
One track in the fiddle yard  that wasnít pinned down very well had actually expanded so much that as the train passed it was hitting the train on the next line .
Oh well I suppose in the winter the gaps will be so big that the wheels will drop into them and the train will de rail ,itís all part of having a model railway.
Running evening will have to be cancelled again tonight.
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on July 25, 2018, 10:02:15 am
Cut a hole high up in the eaves of the shed, fit a flap controlled by a green house window opener. It will reduce the problem..
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Malc on July 25, 2018, 11:40:44 am
I donít expect the IRJs would have made a difference, Bob. It must have got really warm in your shed. My railway room is in a well insulated loft and I havenít had any issues. Do you have the walls and roof insulated?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Bob Tidbury on July 25, 2018, 03:32:00 pm
Malc , yes the walls are insulated and fitted with plasterboard ,plus two inch thick polystyrene in the roof .
The Q , that might be the answer or an extractor fan ,fittedvas high as I can.
Thanks guys  at the moment itís too hot to do any work on or in the shed but I will try bigger air vents first as they are reasonably cheap and my future son in law can help fit them for me.
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: trkilliman on July 25, 2018, 04:05:08 pm
I have insulated two garden sheds and half of my block garage that was used to house tropical fish tanks.

I used Celotex/Kingspan that is used in new buildings and extensions. It has roughly twice the insulatory values of Polystyrene. Polystyrene will also hold a lot of moisture if you do not leave air gaps when fitting it. In a fire the toxic fumes it gives off will get you in a confined space.

In my block garage it was a pleasure to go into the fishroom in the weather we are having...the insulation works both ways. My wooden sheds are both now used for model railway purposes, but do not stay quite as cool as the garage.
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on July 26, 2018, 08:15:03 am
Celotex isn't that great in a fire for fumes either, as it's what the insulation was in Grenfell tower. However It's perfect for a shed. If the fire has reached through the shed walls to the celotex:
A, you won't save the Shed,
B, It's time to stand well back and wait for the fire brigade..

Remember to double glaze the windows, It makes a big difference. I just screwed on acrylic plastic over the windows, with a couple of small holes at the bottom to let out any condensation..

 If you really want to go over the top then fit one of these (scaled to the shed) with a air control flap inside. it's what I did, it's very effective... this isn't mine though.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/6067-260718081402.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67690)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: Jon898 on July 26, 2018, 01:35:17 pm
Celotex isn't that great in a fire for fumes either, as it's what the insulation was in Grenfell tower. However It's perfect for a shed. If the fire has reached through the shed walls to the celotex:
A, you won't save the Shed,
B, It's time to stand well back and wait for the fire brigade..

Remember to double glaze the windows, It makes a big difference. I just screwed on acrylic plastic over the windows, with a couple of small holes at the bottom to let out any condensation..

 If you really want to go over the top then fit one of these (scaled to the shed) with a air control flap inside. it's what I did, it's very effective... this isn't mine though.



Or go really over the top from here:  http://www.weathervanes-direct.co.uk/train-weather-vanes.asp (http://www.weathervanes-direct.co.uk/train-weather-vanes.asp)
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: The Q on July 26, 2018, 02:02:54 pm
oooH, How can I get one of those without SWMBO finding out the price?
Title: Re: Unhappy Thread
Post by: talisman56 on July 26, 2018, 02:17:54 pm
oooH, How can I get one of those without SWMBO finding out the price?

You'll have a bit of trouble trying to smuggle it by her, as well...