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Offline The Q

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4380 on: January 05, 2020, 08:51:16 AM »
It's always puzzled me people going direct to insurance companies who try to stitch you up every year.
I've always used brokers,  for about 35 years it was one broker in Weston super mare who always requoted every year and got a good deal for me.  Only when they got bought out by another broker that had ties to single an insurance company did I move elsewhere.

Now I'm with Saga for house and car,  and Adrian Flux for specialist modified Land Rover insurance.  Both requote each year.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4381 on: January 05, 2020, 04:09:19 PM »
My car insurance renewal came through yesterday - only up 6.7% so pretty reasonable compared to previous companies in past years. Decision made to stick with this year...
My inspiration - never let a setback get you down...

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4382 on: January 07, 2020, 11:46:46 AM »
My insurance quote came through just before Xmas and it was 575 with full no claims. Did a comparison site check and found Saga was 325 with a bit to add an upgraded replacement car, still came out 200 cheaper. When I phoned to cancel my current insurer, they asked why I was leaving and if they fiddled with the cover they could get the price down a bit. I said, 200 less. They said no, so I said goodbye.
Plus I now get 2 for 1 on cinema tickets and discount in certain restaurants.
The years have been good to me, it was the weekends that did the damage.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4383 on: January 07, 2020, 12:23:12 PM »
Strange that my experience with Saga was completely the opposite :hmmm:
Mind you, Winston Wolf still won't let me buy any Fandango Pink shirts :no:

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4384 on: January 08, 2020, 08:37:14 PM »
Curiously enough, some years ago I tried Saga and they were more expensive than most. This time they were cheaper. Maybe, now that I am over 65 it has made a difference.
The years have been good to me, it was the weekends that did the damage.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4385 on: January 20, 2020, 03:54:34 PM »
Oh, the fun we have.
I wanted to place an order for a couple of pipe/tube wagons and a pack of the Farish short shank couplings but for obvious postal cost reasons wanted to find one source. I have plenty of credit at Rails so tried them first - no couplings. I subsequently tried Hattons, Track Shack, Modellers Mecca, Model Railways Direct, Osborns, Waltons Models and finally Kernow where, as luck would have it, they showed all items in stock although just one pack of couplings. I telephoned to ensure all was in stock and they said if I didn't hear within half an hour to assume all was OK.
About an hour later a thought occurred to me and, sure enough, in my 'safe place' was an unopened bag of the Farish 379-402 couplings :doh: 'What the heck' I thought. 'They're in short supply so I'll leave the entire order on.' 3 hours later Kernow called to say they couldn't find their 1 pack so I apologised but cancelled the order and have ordered the wagons from Rails (as they cost me nothing). This internet shopping malarkey is such fun, eh? Related links........
https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=47957.msg612243#msg612243

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=47989.msg612736#msg612736

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=47974.msg612460#msg612460

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4386 on: January 20, 2020, 04:09:33 PM »
sure enough, in my 'safe place' was an unopened bag

That must be almost a first - somebody has found his 'safe place'.  :)
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4387 on: January 20, 2020, 04:40:36 PM »
For many years, until it got broken, we had a ceramic biscuit barrel in the kitchen. We actually called it "a safe place." it was amazing how often we found that we actually had put the item that we were looking for in there. Naming it seemed to dictate that we actually used it.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4388 on: January 20, 2020, 07:23:11 PM »
I've just looked and some  :censored: has put biscuits in mine.
Oh yes - it was me :-[

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4389 on: January 20, 2020, 11:59:19 PM »
I used to frequent a small bowling club in the local area for a beer during the nineties which I called the safe house, because Mrs Bealman didn't know it existed.  ;)

She knows where it is now, by the way.

Not that it matters..... the beer is crap and it's closing anyway

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4390 on: February 19, 2020, 03:10:44 PM »
Hope it's okay to share this MODS, it is a happy thing!

Had a brilliant if very wet and muddy day on Sunday on an introduction to tracking course. The course was run by Dave Wardell, you may recognise him or more likely his 'partner' from Britain's Got Talent and before that the national press after he as a police dog handler and PD Finn were seriously injured whilst apprehending a 'suspect' armed with a large knife, Finn saved Dave but in doing so suffered life threatening injuries.

The happy ending being they both survived and went on to campaign for a change in the law regarding service animals and lately all animals. At the time of the attack the offender was charged with Criminal Damage of a police dog and received a 21 week sentence for that offence! All the info can be found here and they are trying to get people to contact their MP to ask them to support the private members bill for Finns Law Part 2.
https://www.finnslaw.com/finns-story/

Hopefully the dog lovers and even non dog lovers would lend a hand in contacting their MP

My dog Bailey was brilliant on the course and we will be stepping up a level for a future one. It was amazing being able to get him to track and follow a scent trail (me and hotdogs) including  a 90deg 'dogleg'.

Photo is Dave, Finn and Myself



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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4391 on: March 14, 2020, 12:30:36 PM »
Friday the 13th was a particularly good day.
1. Some of you may remember last September I posted in the "Unhappy Thread" that I was borderline diabetic. Had the results of a further blood test yesterday, and I'm normal now (well normal for me :laugh3:). All I did was cut out spuds, had a cake once a week instead of every day, and walk my dog a bit further twice a day. The result was I lost 15lb or 10% of my body weight.
2.  My wife had a hip replacement on th 2nd, district nurse said her wound was healing nicely and she could go for a walk as much as she liked.
3.  I went for a test drive in a new (to me) car and I liked it so much, I bought it!
4.  I managed to buy A bottle of liquid soap, that brings our total upto 1. :)
Cheers, Trev.


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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4392 on: March 14, 2020, 02:06:48 PM »
1. Good grief, Trev! When I last saw you there'd have been more fat on a butcher's pencil. If you've lost another 15lbs I suggest you avoid all cracks in the pavement, drains etc etc :worried: ;)

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4393 on: March 14, 2020, 04:01:09 PM »
Nice to hear that things are going well for your wife and self @TrevL   :thumbsup:
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4394 on: March 22, 2020, 06:43:20 AM »
I have just located a Tiny Locomotive Part (a number plate) which much to my annoyance fell off a newly arrived (albeit not brand new) Japanese locomotive when I was taking some pictures of it and was carried away by the Tiny Locomotive Parts Fairies to their lair beneath the layout.  :claphappy:
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