Jaffa

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  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Politicians are universally self serving liars.

    • I’m not sure they are, I think some of them want to help others and would like a fairer society.

      It’s pretty obvious that some of them are liars, rather than people who make mistakes, and they should be kicked out.

      I don’t believe MPs are any different to “real” people but they shouldn’t be lying purposefully and getting away with it.

      Boris has…[Read more]

  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    You put yourself at considerable risk to try and save a friend’s dog. You didn’t succeed, but you did a lot towards trying to help your friend’s dog. If your friends are good friends, and ‘normal’ people, whatever normal is, they’ll just appreciate that you tried, and will be very glad that you’re still here, too.

    At least you tried…

  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I think you can take that as being regulated diet, as opposed to just eating whatever you feel like without thinking about it at all. We all know what it means.

    Kind of annoyed that they’re trying to make my rare Burger King burger smaller (and for exactly the same price I imagine) personally.

    • But it has to be a blanket thing doesn’t it? Smaller burgers, less sugar, less fats, low alcohol, it’s not like we have the ability to exercise personal choice in our diet, exercise or drinking habits, Nanny State must choose for us.

      • At what point might it change from it being the Nanny State, to it being an act of compassion to help lessen any suffering people experience because, despite the information being out there, which it clearly is imho, they’re not making the choices to make themselves healthier? I’m not pointing the finger here, btw, in saying the information is…[Read more]

      • I’m not hugely pro “nanny state”, however I don’t think it’s fair to say we either have total freedom or govt intervention.

        Basically, certain private companies have engaged in a race to the bottom, producing food loaded with salt and sugar that we’re wired to crave and to a degree bypasses our capacity for rational self-control. At a certain…[Read more]

        • A couple of flaws in your (otherwise good) plan

          1. Tax is not hypothecated, so £300 pppy raised may not all be spent on the NHS

          2. It would be a regressive tax – a millionaire wouldn’t notice, somebody on benefits definitely would.

          3. The obesity problem has taken years to build up, if taxation affects consumption then your tax take would drop…[Read more]

          • it’s not really intended to be a serious solution. Human behaviour is complex. Government intervention is essentially a hammer and often unsuited to nuanced problems.

            I’m primarily trying to highlight two things.

            First, doing nothing isn’t really an option. 2/3 (let that sink in) of adults in England are obese and the problem is…[Read more]

      • We do. But the evidence would suggest the majority of the populace neither have the inclination to exercise or control their food habits.

        • But is that any reason for us all to have state imposed limits on our choices?

          • Well it is, isn’t it? There’s a reason we don’t allow under 18s to buy addictive substances and it’s partially around their lessened capacity to cope in the face of addiction. Part of the accepted public understanding on addiction is that part of the reason we ban, say, heroin, is because people cannot control whether they get addicted or how…[Read more]

          • @nutter You’re absolutly correct to compare it to addiction.

            Its all about addiction to food. It’s our environment making us unhappy which makes us eat. It’s the reward chemicals the food ‘industry and manufacturers’ are loading the food with. It’s the constant bombardment by advertisers that push us to eat when we are not hungry.

            Telling a…[Read more]

          • Doesn’t it come down to ‘net harm’ and ‘net benefit’ in the end, though? The cost of alcohol going very high in Norway may have resulted in more people brewing their own alcohol, and in people going over the border to get drunk, but overall it’s improved the health of the population.

            It’s not so fair, one might say, on the more responsible…[Read more]

          • No matter what the potential “benefit” I think it’s rather doomed to fail unless an element of personal responsibility, and self respect, is engendered at the same time. Just taking away choice, or prohibition, will not work, and will heartily piss off people who do not need nor want Nanny State in their dining room.

          • ‘ But it has to be a blanket thing doesn’t it? Smaller burgers, less sugar, less fats, low alcohol, it’s not like we have the ability to exercise personal choice in our diet, exercise or drinking habits, Nanny State must choose for us.’

            @flyguy To think about this earlier post of your’s, except for the smaller burgers, there’s nothing to stop…[Read more]

    • Yeah, that’s where I’m at.

      I can see your fast food regular just ordering two meals (or adding more side orders) if they make the meals smaller but what do I know.

      I suspect that unless you’ve also got to jog 10 miles to run down and overpower a BigMac, the calorie count per menu item isn’t going to make a hell of a lot of difference.

    • A rare burger king sounds disgusting

    • This is essentially the main problem and what the government needs to address.

      We see the value of what we eat tied in with the quantity and nothing else. The more we get for our money, the better value we think we are getting.

      The food part of the price is a very small factor. So ‘manufacturers’ can make their products more attractive than the…[Read more]

  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Cover the regulator with bubble wrap or something similar on cold nights. I pour warm water over the regulator if it doesn’t work but probably shouldn’t. A full bottle causes less problems than one that is low.

  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Sounds like a Facebook ‘hunni’, with nothing better to do with her time, using the word ‘solicitor’ to try and put the frighteners on you.
    I’ve actually received fake solicitors’ letters in the past, a quick Google of a non-existent business address and a check on Word document revisions (IE not even a PDF with a signature on it!!) confirmed it in…[Read more]

  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Wow over 100% return per annum. Or maybe your friend exaggerates what he makes from it.

  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Surely their car is also obstruction in a lot of cases? If it isn’t it’s not hard to concuct a legitimate case where it is?

    The laws I have so far found on obstruction seem worded to only apply to roads, not driveways. If anyone wants to cite the law and section that does apply, that would be useful.

    • This is the bit I’m struggling with here too.

      So if, by parking on my drive, they prevent me from being able to open my garage door, then they’re committing the criminal offence of obstructing because I can’t get my motorbike out, no?

      But if I didn’t have a motorbike and tried the same argument with my pushbike, any workshy officer would point…[Read more]

      • If you park your car across the drive on the highway you’re causing an obstruction. That works both ways. If you block someone in or they block you in.

        You’re not obstructing the public highway if you’re on your own land or if someone else has parked on your land.

        You have grounds for obtaining the registered keepers details from the DVLA if it…[Read more]

    • I think we really need someone who actually knows what they’re talking about to clarify things.
      But, I’m assuming ‘Obstruction’ is quite a specific definition and that once on private land most offences are covered by trespass, even if in reality they are causing an obstruction (small ‘o’).
      The law about Obstructing a driveway seems to be one of…[Read more]

  • Jaffa posted an update 2 months, 1 week ago

    Just read an interesting article about people parking on your property and then buggering off until they are ready to return and drive off.

    Turns out you don’t have many legal options to stop this happening or removing the vehicle.

    So, what legal options do you have to make their actions as time consuming as possible?

    I thought about screwing…[Read more]

    • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12154142/Angry-homeowner-gets-revenge-on-commuter-who-parked-in-her-driveway.html

      Fair play to her.

      I assume you could just block the offender in with another car, which is what I’d be inclined to do if I was in this situation. I think you’d only be at fault if you where in turn blocking…[Read more]

    • I would have thought that if the car was actually on your (private) land, and that the drive is not a public right of way, then you would be entitled to use minimum resources to remove it from your land, just like you can use “minimum force” to eject an intruder.

      • How would you do this without damaging the clutch if in gear or the handbrake if you pushed the vehicle?

        • ou won’t damage a clutch, or handbrake by physically dragging a parked car though I wouldn’t be so sure an auto-box in park would stand for much abuse. Biggest problem is finding anywhere you can pull or push hard enough without causing damage. Tyres will suffer first if you do get it moving.

          The cleanest solution for moving immobile cars without…[Read more]

      • The law is on the side of the owner of the parked vehicle.
        All they’re doing as far as the Police are concerned is trespassing – which is a civil offence and not a criminal one. Obstructing and/or damaging the vehicle concerned is a criminal offence and therefore the Police might well take an interest.
        What’s needed, apart from a law change, is a…[Read more]

    • I don’t see how moving the air that is inside their tyres back into atmosphere could be construed as an offence.

      • Criminal damage. Immediately inflate again or arrest.

        • How is deflating a car tyre criminal damage – can you prove this? Its not like you are stealing air?

          And if it is considered illegal then how do they prove who deflated the tyres – tyres deflate naturally.

          • Flat tyres can crease and crack. Even if they don’t take harm arguably you’ve damaged the car as a usable entity albeit non-permanently. It’s odd but tyres don’t tend to spontaneously deflate in fours except around irritated people. Anyway, letting tyres down is a very bad idea if there’s a risk someone may drive off without noticing, I once had…[Read more]

    • The police (in my experience) take the view that any sort of obstruction must be removed immediately or they will arrest the person they judge responsible.

      • Depends on the plod. Its a civil matter and you could be at risk of being accused of theft by stopping the person retrieving their property.

        You really have few rights.

      • Interestingly it is a civil not a police matter. If you lock a gate to block the car in then you may be guilty of withholding property. Similarly if you damage the vehicle. However blocking by use of soil or a car etc. is not as you may have legitimate reasons for doing so. A pile of gravel with a spade is not withholding property as they have the…[Read more]

    • If you can, put some gates up. If it happens again, lock them.

      Otherwise, I’d get a trolley jack, Lift the back end of the car up and so far as I was able to, get it off my property – though I’d probably call the local cop shop first, explain the situation, tell them what I was going to do and that they might expect a complaint later in the day.

      • Not a solicitor but this could be interpreted as withholding the car behind locked gates.

        “With the intention of permanently depriving the other of it”.

        (1)A person appropriating property belonging to another without meaning the other permanently to lose the thing itself is nevertheless to be regarded as having the intention of permanently dep…[Read more]

      • They’re trespassing and therefore it’s a civil offence. If you block them in (obstruction) and/or damage the vehicle it’s a criminal offence.

        • Surely their car is also obstruction in a lot of cases? If it isn’t it’s not hard to concuct a legitimate case where it is?

          The laws I have so far found on obstruction seem worded to only apply to roads, not driveways. If anyone wants to cite the law and section that does apply, that would be useful.

          • This is the bit I’m struggling with here too.

            So if, by parking on my drive, they prevent me from being able to open my garage door, then they’re committing the criminal offence of obstructing because I can’t get my motorbike out, no?

            But if I didn’t have a motorbike and tried the same argument with my pushbike, any workshy officer would point…[Read more]

            • If you park your car across the drive on the highway you’re causing an obstruction. That works both ways. If you block someone in or they block you in.

              You’re not obstructing the public highway if you’re on your own land or if someone else has parked on your land.

              You have grounds for obtaining the registered keepers details from the DVLA if it…[Read more]

          • I think we really need someone who actually knows what they’re talking about to clarify things.
            But, I’m assuming ‘Obstruction’ is quite a specific definition and that once on private land most offences are covered by trespass, even if in reality they are causing an obstruction (small ‘o’).
            The law about Obstructing a driveway seems to be one of…[Read more]

      • My advice if one locks gates on a parked car would be first to apologise for locking the gates but you only did it for security reasons. Then tell that you will let them out straight away but first you have to find the key (takes ages). Having found the key loudly state that you will not keep them any longer, apologise for any inconvenience and…[Read more]

    • Put up a notice informing them of the car parking charges that you will apply.

      They’ll ignore it and eventually you’ll end up having to go to the high court where they’ll retrieve your money for you – for a small fee.

      Seen it all on daytime TV.

    • 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]

    • From reading this post, I’m surprised the owner of the drive has so little legal rights in this situation. Surely people can’t just park their car on someone else’s private property, using up their private car parking space and get away with it?

      If it was me I wouldn’t be very happy about it. If it persisted I’d leave a sign out saying cars…[Read more]

    • A few lumps of rotten fish or cat urine put through the bonnet vents would be easy to do.

      All these people saying You can’t do that it’s illegal, like deflating the tyres, Do you really think the police nowadays have time for this petty stuff?

      • You would think but the police are very petty. Here’s a true story from a couple years back when I had some one park on my driveway.

        1) I put a polite note to the guy behind his wipers. He screwed it up and threw it at my front door.

        2) Asked him nicely.

        3) Wrote “Do not park here”on his windscreen. Two police arrived and said they were…[Read more]

    • The correct course of action if someone is parking on your driveway without your permission is to make notes and take photos of the car every time they park there.

      Place a note on the windscreen explaining they are parking on private property and to remove their vehicle as soon as possible. Also state that if they continue to park then they are…[Read more]

    • What about two big, sturdy steel stakes fixed into the ground just ever-so slightly further apart than the width of the car? They could of course get it out if they wanted to, but it would be very difficult to do without them removing a large amount of paint.

      I realize that laws occasionally have an apparent loop hole to prevent their abuse for…[Read more]

      • A man smashed a side window and was searching my car in a back street when I approached. He chased me to the main road with an 18 inch blade. The police took an hour to arrive and were not really interested. But when Mr Nasty rang to say I had written on his windscreen with a felt tip pen, instead of laughing, they sent 2 officers. So why…[Read more]

        • They very possibly would. It was not a really serious suggestion. It seems that common sense would say that if someone wilfully parks on your private property without your consent, then there would be some action which you could take. I assume there’s a good reason why not – that it would leave a loophole for someone unscrupulous to exploit, but I…[Read more]

    • A few other thoughts.

      Hang a bird feeder over the drive. Where birds will poop on the car.

      dump soil etc infront of car. When owner turns up apologise profusely for the error your gardener made. Hand them a shovel explaining that you have a bad back.

      Carefully remove the wing mirrors from your car and report them stolen to the police (do this…[Read more]

    • My daughter ‘wrapped an ‘offending’ car in cling film, when a car was parked on part of our drive way. She’d called the police and they stated there was nothing they could do, and warned of the criminal damage issue, around any action she took. DVLA were unable at that point to help much.

      Several 100 meters of cling film wrapped round all doors…[Read more]

    • Our local authority uses the JustPark app. I see on that that you can rent out your own parking space. I haven’t looked into it, but if someone were parking on my drive (If I had one, that is. Anyway, how bloody rude, even on my virtual drive!) I imagine I could set it up on the app with a stiff parking rate. At least a tenner a day. How one…[Read more]

    • I’d be inclined to leave flowers under the wipers with a note;

      “My dearest, my primal destiny is now complete, you have come into my life just as foretold. I know you have found me now and when time, tides and stars align we will be together. For Ever and Ever and Ever. Your (insert colour of car here) chariot has delivered you, my planetary…[Read more]

    • A few years ago I used to work in stage lighting, and it wasn’t uncommon to arrive at a theatre at 6am to load in and find some git parked (illegally) in the way. The police never did anything, and even if they were willing we couldn’t afford to wait for them to tow it away. We just dealt with it, by a bunch of guys bouncing it down the road, or…[Read more]

    • Stick a polite note on the windscreen asking the driver not to do it again and video the reaction from a safe distance. If they do it again get documentary evidence of the problem then complain to the Police. Record them saying no criminal act has been committed so they can’t do anything.

      So far so boring… now the clever* bit.

      Stick a GPS…[Read more]

    • In this country you are allowed, by law, to use “reasonable force” to eject an intruder – which is why I cannot understand why you cannot use “reasonable means” to remove a vehicle from your driveway…

    • Hi @jaffa I thought id share a little annecdote with you.

      Maybe five years ago now, a man parked a large van on my driveway. I had been at a football match for a few hours and just got home, Anyway, I pulled up to park only to find my driveway full. So I pulled into my drive as best I could, before I began to slash the culprits tires (if you only…[Read more]

  • I too keep seeing my Virgin Broadband creeping up. However there aren’t a lot of good providers near me that can even get close to the speeds I’m now used to. Even if I could get speeds consistently around 50mbps I’d consider swapping.

    The only plus for me is that my contract is up this month and I can phone Virgin up to do a bit of haggling.

  • @frog Interesting. What makes you so sure?

    The huge distances (times) between us and or neighbours making meaningful communication near impossible should we ever find somewhere to send messages? Our near inability to communicate effectively with comparable lifeforms here on earth, even sometimes with our own species? The improbability of…[Read more]

  • Does not the whole usefulness of the equation rather hinge on that? That’s not a rhetorical question, I don’t know much about statistics so could do with some clarification.

    @mo The Drake equation is only a concise way of expressing an interesting, and not (to most people) immediately obvious, problem; not a way of generating any answers.

    It…[Read more]

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  • If the use by date is 27th, you can safely store it in the fridge, as per instructions, until 27th!
    I don’t understand why you decided to put it in the freezer.