Ali

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  • Ali posted a new activity comment 2 days, 10 hours ago

    No, we don’t actually like flying these days.

    We like stuff like GoApe, but the weather will be too unpredictable in October for outdoors stuff and we are fair weather people! Steam railways, but I think we’ve done almost all the ones worth doing. Eating. A really great show. I checked cirque du soleil which we’ve never seen but it’s not on the…[Read more]

    • Yes you could do worse.
      I think you would like Venice and although you do need to know where to eat in Venice as there’s a lot of very bad food in Venice (its unusual for Italy )it’s a magical place.
      If you choose that I can give restaurant reservations of my OH has friends who studied there and where born there .
      On UK hotels I very much like the…[Read more]

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 2 days, 10 hours ago

    I’d love the Orient Express but it’s not running on the right day

    We’ve done the Harry Potter viaduct, but great idea.

    OH is not a great traveller, so Italy probably out but sounds lovely.

    I’ll look up the other places you’ve suggested, thank you everyone.

    And thanks for the congratulations, it was a bumpy road at times, but what marriage that…[Read more]

  • Ali posted an update 2 days, 11 hours ago

    Special anniversary ideas please? It’s our 40th wedding anniversary in October and I’m looking for something really special and memorable to do for between one and four days over that weekend.

    We aren’t much into sightseeing buildings. We love food. We are adventurous but wouldn’t want to risk wind and rain outdoors. We love trains, especially…[Read more]

    • Any little town in Italy! Fantastic food, fantastic weather, lots of outdoorsy stuff to do if you pick the area, plus those sorts of areas have very sweet little vernaculars (SP?) train things that go up the mountains.

      Lucca is lovely in particular, but I would be bored there more than a day really (although I’m very much a buildings/artyfarty type!).

    • Might not be be your cup of tea but we did a crackig weekend in york. Stayed at the Parisi, did walking tour and then spent a day at the National Rail Museum followed by dinner at Le cochon aveugle (one of top 40 Uk restaurants I think) their tastingg menu is spectacular!

      OR do the same but with fewer trains but more planes (Duxford) in Cambridge…[Read more]

    • My sister does lots of weekend trips around Europe, she’s most recently been to Alsace. I did like her trip to Maastricht where they ate at the Chateaux Neercane. It has a Michelin star and the castle has a door that opens into the Netherlands and one into Belgium.

      Château Neercanne

      We went to Evian in France…[Read more]

    • Train trip across that famous viaduct? The Harry Potter one? Carnforth railway station?

      Why not go into your local travel agency who will know good places to get to from Manchester. You don’t want a 4 hour transfer the other end.

    • A couple of years ago my family did a trip on the orient express which they raved about – not sure if it’s still running but worth looking at maybe?

    • Orient Express for sure…my parents did a trip on Flying Scotsman a few years ago staying in luxury hotels at either end of the journey…but cant remember exactly…might have been a London -Edinburgh trip or York- Edinburgh..could look that up to see if still doing anything. Congratulations on the longevity of your marriage!

    • I’d love the Orient Express but it’s not running on the right day

      We’ve done the Harry Potter viaduct, but great idea.

      OH is not a great traveller, so Italy probably out but sounds lovely.

      I’ll look up the other places you’ve suggested, thank you everyone.

      And thanks for the congratulations, it was a bumpy road at times, but what marriage that…[Read more]

    • Might not be your cup of tea but we stayed at the The Ritz in London for 2 nights a few weeks back and it was amazing it’s a very beautiful hotel, the restaurant is amazing it was a real experience we have stayed at many 4 and 5 star hotels and I can honestly say nothing compared to it, there is also so much to do as your in the centre of London…[Read more]

    • A stay at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons

      https://www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/uk/oxfordshire/belmond-le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons/

      It is sublime. It really is the best place I have stayed. The rooms are magnificent, the ambiance is outstanding, the food incredible, the staff amazing.

      Oxford isn’t far if you want to have a wander about.

    • What about heading down to the Cotswolds. The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway have just extended the route from Cheltenham all the way up to Broadway, it’s a beautiful area and there are some lovely hotels in Broadway, which has just been voted the most romantic place in the UK.

      You could base yourself in Broadway and have the…[Read more]

    • What do you like to do on a trip away and does it need to be abroad?

      • No, we don’t actually like flying these days.

        We like stuff like GoApe, but the weather will be too unpredictable in October for outdoors stuff and we are fair weather people! Steam railways, but I think we’ve done almost all the ones worth doing. Eating. A really great show. I checked cirque du soleil which we’ve never seen but it’s not on the…[Read more]

        • Yes you could do worse.
          I think you would like Venice and although you do need to know where to eat in Venice as there’s a lot of very bad food in Venice (its unusual for Italy )it’s a magical place.
          If you choose that I can give restaurant reservations of my OH has friends who studied there and where born there .
          On UK hotels I very much like the…[Read more]

    • We did this for our 40th a few years ago and it was fun. We caught the train from out local station where it stops to take on water. Then champagne breakfast (full English) on the way to Worchester, where we stopped. After breakfast the coffee kept coming.All along the route,on every bridge. in every field. people were there to spot the train. Had…[Read more]

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 2 days, 11 hours ago

    Very odd, indeed.

    In any case, not only will it be on her to prove that there was a contract and what its terms were, but also how can she convince anybody that there are still “photos” in your possession?

    You didn’t state whether these was digital or film photography; didn’t state whether the “photos” as you called them were supplied as files…[Read more]

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 2 days, 11 hours ago

    I had these one year too – drove me nuts. Do you have Bepanthem in the UK? It’s for babies bums, and worked brilliantly on the corners of my mouth and eyes where they had watered in the very cold weather and then chapped.

    Was a top hint from someone I knew who worked as a ski instructor.

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 3 days, 13 hours ago

    A student has paid for their course in the same way as anyone else who’s taken a loan to pay for something.

    The terms of that loan might be ridiculous, or counter intuitive or frankly nonsensical, but it’s debt.

    I was merely pointing out, using the only comparison I could think of, how it is entirely possible that students could get that money…[Read more]

    • Why do you persist in ignoring the fact that – unlike any other loan – many students will freely and legally walk away without repaying a single penny of their student loan.

      Consider a student who is never required to repay any of their loan, and then has their loan cancelled with no penalty. Have they paid for their course in the same way I…[Read more]

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 3 days, 13 hours ago

    I paid for my annual southern rail season ticket with a credit card.

    When they were on strike I got a refund.

    I got the money, not my credit card company.

    • Jolly good. As you paid for it, that’s only fair.

      “I got the money, not my credit card company.”

      Yes, but you owed the money to your credit card and short of bankruptcy you will have to repay it generally within months. Not so for student loans – many students will never repay a single penny of their loans as they will go on to earn below t…[Read more]

      • A student has paid for their course in the same way as anyone else who’s taken a loan to pay for something.

        The terms of that loan might be ridiculous, or counter intuitive or frankly nonsensical, but it’s debt.

        I was merely pointing out, using the only comparison I could think of, how it is entirely possible that students could get that money…[Read more]

        • Why do you persist in ignoring the fact that – unlike any other loan – many students will freely and legally walk away without repaying a single penny of their student loan.

          Consider a student who is never required to repay any of their loan, and then has their loan cancelled with no penalty. Have they paid for their course in the same way I…[Read more]

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 4 days, 15 hours ago

    Weissbeer, I think it’s spelt, I thought was really good, (considering the obvious). Along with Erdinger it’s been my favorite.

    I tried one last night called Bitburger, but wouldn’t bother with that.

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 6 days, 9 hours ago

    Is there a possible link to this?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud%27s_Church

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 1 week, 2 days ago

    I don’t like to be visible when running. Drivers do silly things when you are obvious. I agree with the other comments that you have to keep out the way and not expect cars to avoid you.

  • Ali posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Not really the same admittedly, but we have a situation with our neighbour.

    Our front garden is a sort of “L” shape with one side of the “L” forming our frontage. The other side of the “L” runs for about fifteen feet along the side of the neighbour’s garden and is about ten feet across from the pavement to the neighbour’s boundary.

    His son has…[Read more]

  • Ali replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 1 week, 4 days ago

    Even if acupuncture is just a placebo…placebo’s a very real effect and doesn’t require you to believe in it or hope it works, and it has a valid place in treating many problems.

    Or it could also just be distraction – the mind does funny things, and you may, say, have been physically unable to extend it for a while, then just ‘learned’ that…[Read more]

  • Ali replied to the topic Continuing headache in the forum Health 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Don’t listen too much to people like me speculating on the internet, trust the medical profession!

    Within reason.

    If they can’t do anything better than ‘you have a headache and we don’t know why’, and she’s had it consistently for several weeks, then you can push for further investigation, probably an MRI. And you should.

    The GP is the…[Read more]

  • I watched a police interceptors where a similar thing happened. Licence was revoked by the dvla due not paying fine but he hadnt changed his address so didnt recieve any letters. Got stopped and told he hadnt had a license for the last 4 years. Car seized and point/fine for no licence or insurance!

  • Ali replied to the topic Non jobs in the forum General Chat 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    People trafficking isn’t a job. So no.

    @cam Of course it is, don’t be ridiculous! So is heroin dealing, and all sorts of other things that not only aren’t valuable, but are actually make “life as we know it” much worse.

    Rubber Duck Manufacturing provides jobs and financial security to the families that work there. In turn they will put that m…

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  • Ali replied to the topic Non jobs in the forum General Chat 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    The wheels rim is the population, the wheels hub is life as we know it. Then every single job in the world, is a spoke on that wheel. You can take a spoke away, and it might survive for abit, but eventually it’ll weaken and fail. Every single job is just as important as the next!

    @cam I’m happy that it can be argued that, say, cleaning is as i…[Read more]

  • Ali replied to the topic Rotator Cuff tear…. in the forum Health 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Im currently struggling with a full thickness tear of the supraspinatus tendon. Had an Mri scan then had to wait three months to see a consultant. So it appears it needs repaired but been told at least four months recovery . Given, I am self employed, doing a physical job, I have opted to leave it for now. Still managing okay but sleeping on it…[Read more]

  • Good job there isn’t a weak link in the internet and world wide web in the form of a physical cable that could be cut by an armada of submerged drones. Such a physical pulling of a plug could send the west back into the stone age.

    Have you heard of Electro-magnetic pulses?

    https://lifehacker.com/what-is-an-emp-bomb-1820610036

  • But are those Red nations a physical threat to our way of life?

    Not directly, no. But potentially of threat to our economic or strategic interests.

    Apart from Russia playing war games, are they known for invading counties that they did not think were theirs ideologicaly?

    Well, Georgia, Ukraine etc which they consider to be within their sphere…[Read more]

  • Ali replied to the topic how to cure muscle spasms in back? in the forum Health 1 month ago

    @troll that is my experience too, my left hip is more hypermobile than my right hip, the muscles on my left side overtry to stabilise it and sometimes instead of just being painful going into over drive.

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