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Reply to: Queuing etiquette.
I have lived here for 25 years and I will never understand British queuing etiquette. I have just decided not to care – what is the worst that can happen – a frosty stare ?
I don’t queue jump on purpose but if you don’t get it and there is no obvious reason/purpose for the invisible queue then what harm really?
It also cracks me up that the one place you could really do with an orderly queue (busy pubs) it is a free for all, but you politely observe the invisible “who got to the bus stop first” line, when there are five people standing around and 100 empty seats.
Collective insanity!!Posted 10 hours ago | Go to post
Reply to: So what’s Fin Russel been up to
I think some people enjoy the grimness – last time I was at Murrayfield for Scotland v France I got told off for talking (to my friend – who is French) but FFS nobody had scored for a good 30 mins. We had to keep talking to stop from falling asleep. God forbid we should have any fun (its not the Sevens).Posted 3 days ago | Go to post
Since when are Singapore airlines part of Air NZ ?Posted 5 days ago | Go to post
Re biosecurity, the bike has to be so clean you could eat off it. New tires are a good idea. If they aren’t happy they will impound it for steam cleaning – which can take weeks – and charge you.
I have taken a bike to NZ many times, my advice is that you declare it and join the line to have it inspected.Posted 5 days ago | Go to post
Reply to: Splitting the bill
There was a restaurant in Edinburgh famous for this – work do – everyone kicked in and just over £50 short. The other manager and I were scratching our heads and digging into our wallets – then checked the bill again and sure enough they had charged 2 x £27.50 instead of 2 X £2.75. They just shrugged when we pointed it out and updated the bill. I got the impression this was routine stuff and a lot of people had the same story when I asked around. Its fraud really.Posted 5 days ago | Go to post
Reply to: Splitting the bill
In Kiwiland in the more casual eating places (which is most of them) everyone goes to the counter and hands their card over, tells the staff member their table number and what they had, and pays. No drama. But then it is also the land where tipping is considered an insult, so it all works.
In UK – I always think if there is a big table, agree how the bill will be paid in advance or ordering to stop any petty behaviour.
And yes – if people are dicks don’t eat with them again!
My pet peeve is couples who think that if one of them buys a round, that’s their turn over, and they only have to buy one round.Posted 5 days ago | Go to post
Reply to: ‘Easier’ cycling events, Scotland?…
Don’t send her around the Tour of East Lothian if you want her to like cycling (or you) ever again! I did it when I was still reasonably fit, it’s a thankless slog of constant headwind in every direction you cycle and seems to never go downhill.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
It is not so much the recording of the meeting – but how you do it and what you will do with that recording. It is unlikely to be admissible in court unless certain conditions have been met.
If you let people know and they agree to the recording and the purpose e.g. so you can transcribe later, then it should not be a problem to record the meeting.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
I will keep an eye on Edinburgh Evening News twitter feed – just in case! But seriously we are all keen to find out how this works out.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
Reply to: Donald! Trump!
I am not so sure another foreign war to protect one lot of brown people (not Americans!) from another lot of brown people (also not Americans!) will play that well with Trump’s fan base. He campaigned on stopping their soldiers coming back in body bags, defending places most of his fans can’t even spell, let alone locate on a map. I think he may have over estimated his own popularity here finally at last. Live by the tweet, die by the tweet etc.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
What Cougar said – this is not a declared disability and wouldn’t meet the criteria. They can’t make suitable adjustments even temporarily so TJ can’t work. How that happens is open for discussion.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
My understanding from HR lawyer folk is that these kind of meetings are about sounding out the employee and finding a solution that is the cheapest for the organisation and won’t set a undesirable precedent. Some quite minor stuff can end up in court that way. But I don’t think we are at the lawyer stage quite yet.
P.S have you informed all the local service suppliers that you will soon have more time on your hands ?? As a decent guy you should really give them a fighting chance…Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
You should take a Union Rep – you cannot be two people at the same time and it is good to have another person to record/observe.
Although you have been passed fit for light duties that has clearly changed – you have been further injured whilst undertaking light duties – you are not fit for light duties – you need to be seen by an Occupational Health Adviser and re-assessed before any decision is made.
Full time sick leave until that happens.
And I would keep the chat about “I don’t want to work more than 5 miles from home” to yourself – that is your personal preference and not something your employer can be expected to accommodate (within your staff location policy of course)
Have fun and let us know what happens !Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
Sprint or hill intervals on the way back. Quite hard to do on the road so you need some long stretches! And excellent traffic awareness of course – with that in mind smashing it on the way home is a dumb idea – be safe etc.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
I think base miles have value – unsurprisingly, they aren’t favoured by people who want to sell you expensive training equipment, gym memberships, detailed training plans involving spreadsheets that track your heart rate, and other such devices. Outside is free etc etc, and training on the road batters you less.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
I thought the whole point of winter is to de-train? At least initially for a month or so, rest up then start building base fitness again with long slow rides. As always, depends what you are training for, when you want to peak etc. If you are just training to ride then does it really matter.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
Reply to: BBC – Dracula 👍 👍 👍
So, page two and nobody has remarked that Dracula is all about sex? Remember when it was written. Have an eye to the calendar, the moon etc, and what happens on the night mina and harker should have married. And you know, all the nuns and undead women in the basement. PS I have only watched part one so working from knowledge of the book here. Great book, btw.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
I always found people would be very helpful, but that was probably the nice kind of sexism that we all hate to admit can be useful at times. For the record if I saw a bloke struggling across an airport with two bikes I would def help! Even if he had all his shirt buttons done up. I’m good like that.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
Not necessarily – if you can find a disabled loo you can take the bike with you – I have done this but then I am quite cheeky. I have travelled on my own with one bike, it is much easier now you can check baggage all the way through – LAX was a nitemare when you had to transit your own bags.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
Reply to: Mid life transition
This reminds me of one of Billy Bragg’s best stage gags. I saw him (ahem many years ago) when Bryan Adams was top of the charts for what felt like 100 years with “Everything I Do – I Do It For You” to which BB’s reposte was “imagine the drama every morning getting him to flush the toilet?!?”Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
This thread (thinly veiled cry for help or validation) needs more info. If this is somebody you met over the internet then I don’t think you need us to tell you what is going on there. If you are in love with a local person you met in Thailand, then yes perhaps it isn’t a scam to fleece money from a naive and easily flattered European tourist, and you aren’t one of many boyfriends. If you met a fellow tourist who happens to live many miles away with whom you feel you made a connection, then good luck to you!Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
I have two questions about this:
1. Have you met this person and know that they aren’t a fat beardy Russian bloke?
2. Franksinatra does that rule apply if you are a female person? Or does the usual double standard apply?
ThanksPosted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
AirBnB was great 4/5 years ago when it was about hosting visitors, who wanted to meet locals and stay in their spare room. I met some really interesting travelers.
Now sadly it is about high turnover self catering for maximum cash by landlords. The first time a guest said to me “so where do you live?” I unlisted.
So yeah, ask around for a lodger, where do you stay, walkerburn?Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
Reply to: 2019 General Election
Steady on please raybanwomble that’s not a funny joke.
So, Scotland. Interesting if that exit polls is true.
P.s maybe we might get Keir Starmer now? Some hope for labour?
Pps. ZERO seats for Brexit party which is not such a loss for those faking arseholesPosted 1 month ago | Go to post
Around my way the Tories (current vote share 39.8%) are very much hammering the message that if you vote for Lib Dem (2.7%) or Labour (14.8%) you will get Nicola Sturgeon. Who, to be clear, isn’t actually running in my electorate but I guess she has better recognition than whomever is running for SNP (38.3%).
So in the whole flyer, they only mention Brexit once in a quote from some tube who thinks “get Brexit sorted” is a coherent human thought.
Its not the EU who are the bogies in prosperous rural Scotland, its the SNP.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post