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Great cricketer, not a very nice human being by all accounts. I doubt if his politics were similar to Dennis Skinner [rather than often being accompanied with a pineapple ring] that he’d even have got close to a knighthood from the Maybot. Gives Yorks a bad name IMO, although there’s plenty of boorish dicks that come from these parts, unfortunately.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: accommodation near bingley please?
The avoidance of Keighley seems to be a common opinion on this thread. It was once known as ‘Cave Town’ by Leeds folk in the 80’s, but it’s really not that bad IMO. It’s probably not the prettiest or wealthiest of towns, but Shipley and Bingley are hardly thriving these days either.Posted 4 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Farage’s 10 Yr old fanboi letter…
Oh Christ! If that’s legit, in less than a decade there’s every chance there’ll be a William Hague type clone stalking English politics. If there isn’t enough to be worried about already.
As an experiment, this kid should try calling his closest school friends idiots, tell them all he’d be better off without them and the kids from the other school across town are far superior. Then see how he gets on at school come Panini stickers trading season (or whatever 10 year olds are into these days).Posted 5 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: STW safe crackers assemble
You could approach lockpicking YouTubers like Bosnian Bill and The Lockpicking Lawyer and explain the situation. They might ‘advertise’ what you’re trying to do in a video and ask for help from UK based folk with similar lockpicking skills.Posted 6 months ago | Go to post
The smelly factory is a poultry processing place. It does stink, but when a lorry that’s removing some of the carcasses loses part of its load on the roads around the area the smell alone is enough to provoke projectile vomiting.There’s also a huge flock of cannibal seagulls that live in the surrounding fields. It was originally owned by a Mr Webb who lived in a very nice house off Haworth Road, complete with a tennis court and a seperate building in the grounds that housed a heated swimming pool. A mate’s mum lived with him in the 80’s, we used to absolutely love it when they went away for a month in the summer. Where there’s cheap chicken, there’s brass!Posted 6 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: gopro ebay scammers-loads of them
It’s happened to me twice. Once with a pair of Kicker boots and another with a mini PC, both new and about 50% below what I expected to pay. I now compare what I’m buying with other prices for the same item and look at the seller’s reviews and how recent they are. If it sounds too good to be true, then invariably something fishy is going on. Their account has been hacked or the items aren’t legit.
My latest gripe with Ebay are sellers stating that they’re UK based, when they’re actually in China. It takes far longer for the goods to arrive [it’s obvious from the packaging that it came from China] and I don’t know where I’d stand if customs intercepted it or if it needed returning? The whole site is awash with counterfeit items as well, it’s becoming a pain to buy stuff from there a lot of the time. Especially when thinking that paying more means the goods are the real deal, which isn’t always the case.Posted 7 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Chewbacca actor dead…
Regularly frequented the same pub as me in the late 80’s, never had the courage to talk to him though as I thought he probably went in there to relax rather than be badgered by Chewie/SW fans. My sister viewed the house he lived in before he moved to the States. I was hoping to view it myself just to ogle his memorabilia but sadly it was empty. RIP.Posted 7 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Love, death and robots on Netflix.
Really enjoyed it, some great animation, wonder how long before actors become redundant? Although I don’t think they’re quite there yet, quite a few gave me that uncanny valley feeling. I thought ‘The Fridge’ was heavily influenced by that Simpsons episode involving Lisa’s science project though.Posted 8 months ago | Go to post
I think the problem is that very cheap guitars can be a real pain to play. They often need setting up correctly and components like the tuners aren’t very good from the off.
If you think she’ll stick with it, I’d be tempted to buy a decent one from the start as she’ll probably want a better one when she starts to progress anyway.
Yamaha Pacifica PAC112V are often regarded as being a decent beginners guitar, they’re far better than the cheaper Fender Squire range IME.Posted 8 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Hi-Fi is out of “the Basket”…
Cambridge Audio amp and CD player combined with Mission floor standing speakers, sounds fantastic. Although I do have a portable FLAC playing device that’s also connected up to it, but that’s because my mate’s A DJ and I get him to send me his mixes.Posted 9 months ago | Go to post
I think people have a natural inclination towards different forms of art. I’m not particularly into visual art, I’ll walk around a museum and look at the paintings but they don’t do much for me. Some paintings can cause people to weep openly with joy.
Sigmund Freud detested music, I can’t imagine a world without it. I could easily live without watching TV ever again, but I’d be distraught if my HiFi went on the wonk. Different strokes for different folks innit.Posted 9 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Resolve my moral dilemma please
Like others have said, I doubt that you’d enjoy the holiday if you went, you’d be there in person, but possibly not in spirit. Your mum will need a lot of support when your dad does go. I know that after my dad died, the sheer amount of stuff that needs arranging and sorting after someone dies (tax form after tax form for instance), especially at an already stressful and upsetting time, can be overwhelming. I’d delay the holiday until after everything was sorted, you were settled and over the worst of the grieving process and then really push the boat out.
My mum’s elderly neighbour died yesterday. His daughters live at the other end of the country. I discovered that he’d died and had to break the news to his kids. I know from talking to them that they’re feeling guilty that they weren’t there when he died. You’ll only get the one chance to do this for your parents, you might regret going away if he does go whilst you’re away.Posted 9 months ago | Go to post
Talk Talk’s Call Safe has been working well for me. Approved all the numbers that I know that are likely to phone me, they get straight through. Screen the ones that phone that I don’t know. If they’re spam, add them to the blocked list. Haven’t had an automated spam, ambulance chaser or boiler renewal call in months.Posted 10 months ago | Go to post
Currently driving my superior half and stepdaughter daft by bursting into the Haircut 100 song when anyone asks:
Where do we go from here?Posted 10 months ago | Go to post
Remember Aldi’s 3 core values and what they mean, if you haven’t already, when you’re answering and you won’t go far wrong:
Leads to reliability. We mean what we say. We are consistent in our dealings with people, product, price and all other aspects of our day-to-day professional life.
Creates efficiency, clarity and clear orientation within our organization as well as for our customers.
Stands for our commitment towards our people, customers, partners and the environment. It also includes principles such as fairness, honesty, openness, service orientation and friendliness.
Good Luck.Posted 11 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Best cordless vacuum that isn’t a dyson
I like the G Tech Air Ram. I’ve become my elderly mum’s cleaner in recent years and I can fly around her terraced house with it in next to no time.
The only minor down side is they don’t hold a lot in their bin. Not a problem at my mum’s as she lives alone, is pretty tidy and doesn’t have any pets. May be more of a problem in a house full of kids and pets. Piece of proverbial to empty and clean the filters though.
They don’t half have some sucking power as well. When I first started using it, it was sucking up lots of dust from deep in her carpets that her previous Dyson Ball wasn’t touching.Posted 11 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: North South Economic Divide
Can’t have always been the case. My great grandad was born in Bowe and was nicknamed Cock(ney). Him and his family moved slowly north over a few years through employment building reservoirs until he ended up in the Worth Valley and stayed there. My mum likes to think of herself as a proper Yorkshire lass and she doesn’t have much time for that there London, but part of her heritage is as London as you can get. Perhaps we need lots of new infrastructure building in the north to tempt people away from the south east again.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Deep into the second half, a phalanx of the boys in blue would walk in front of the home supporters, going outside in case of shenanigans after the game. Every man, woman and child would start to chant, sing or whistle the theme tune from Laurel and Hardy as they passed.
Stadium security must be a lot tighter these days as well. I’ve seen dogs, cats and even a fox on the pitch during games in the 70’s/80’s. Haven’t seen any kind of animal make an appearance on the pitch for years (no Vinnie Jones jokes, please) and I’m at every home and quite a few away games each season. It would be a bit of light relief after having to watch the debacle that my club’s turned into this season, believe me.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Reply to: Gammon baiting
Remember when one of those Alt Right types got a punch in the gob a few years ago? I thought it might be fun to pretend to be black and say I saw nothing wrong with smacking Nazis on a popular social media site. Page upon page of the nastiest ‘n*gger this and co*n that’ comments followed, for days. All I did was reply to comments for quite a few evenings, enraging them even further.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
I have 2 Paramo jackets that I reproof every couple of months during winter. They’re never quite as waterproof as they were when new, but it’s better than nothing and water does ‘bead up’ on them after doing it. It just doesn’t last as long IME.
I wash them first with Nikwax Tech Wash, then use TX Direct to waterproof them. Just make sure your washing machine is free from old laundry detergent and fabric softener before you do it. If you’re going to be reproofing them often or you’ve got a few bits of kit, it’s more economical to buy the Nikwax stuff in larger sizes.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Reply to: Asbestos survey advice please?
I had an asbestos survey done about a month ago, as I’m having a new kitchen and bathroom fitted and the contractor wanted one doing. The surveyor dug a couple of small holes in the walls with a sharpened screwdriver and had a look under the floor coverings. The only thing he took away was when he took a tile off the wall in the bathroom, there was some papery looking substance. He bagged it up but said there and then that he didn’t think it was asbestos, he was just making sure. Bet he was only at mine for 10 minutes at the most.
Asbestos in artex almost certainly killed my dad. He was a painter and decorator that must’ve mixed up and slapped on literally tons of the stuff over the years without even thinking about asbestos or wearing protection. Started getting breathless in his mid 60’s. He’d never smoked and was quite fit for his age. Went for a chest X-Ray and the specialist told him he’d been exposed to asbestos and the prognosis wasn’t good. His breathing deteriorated over the next couple of years until he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Died at 68 about 3 years after first feeling a bit ill but looking forward to his retirement in only a few months time.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Reply to: Pakistan – backpacking, solo traveller
Don’t know about kidnap. But speaking as someone from an area with one of the largest Pakistani communities in the country, we do hear stories. Only a week or two ago a family was held up at gunpoint by people masquerading as the law after leaving Islamabad airport (they even stole their clothes). They say Kashmir would be one of the top tourist destinations on the planet if it wasn’t a disputed territory, but I think you’d be taking enormous risks by visiting. Especially self supported on a bike.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Reply to: Guilt after putting my dog to sleep
I can completely empathise. Last February my 19 year old cat started having similar seizures overnight. By the time I got her to a vet she was virtually immobile. I feared what was coming, but I knew she’d have no quality of life the way she was. So, she went for the big sleep whilst I comforted her.
It’s very hard to start with. I felt like taking time off work, but I didn’t think they’d appreciate it. So I went for a little weep in the toilet a few times. You’ve just got to think of all the good times and remember that you gave your dog a brilliant life.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Reply to: Donald! Trump!
I watched that Hypernormalisation (Adam Curtis) documentary again at the weekend. I think he has a point with regards to what he has to say about Russia under Putin and now the USA under The Donald. When everything is in a state of constant flux and nothing ever remains stable enough to get a grip on it. It makes it far easier for those behind the scenes to get up to all kinds of dodgy shit. It’s all smoke and mirrors, Putin had to employ someone to manufacture chaos. With Trump, they can just sit back and watch him get on with it, feed him his cheeseburgers, hand him his phone and know that he’ll be able to stir something up with a batshit tweet or two.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post