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  • berty replied to the topic Best keyboard cleaners? in the forum General Chat 1 week ago

    Dettol spray on a cloth and go to town on the keyboard. Just make sure the computer’s off or you run the risk of doing some crazy stuff to it lol

  • These days grammar schools are so heavily coached for they don’t fulfil what they were intended to, even supposing that it was a good idea in the first place, which I don’t think it was anyway. Horrible to sit an exam at 11 and fail. I do think that some people are stronger at academic stuff and some stronger at practical and there is nothing wrong with helping them go the way that would suit them. Which I think could be perfectly well done at comprehensive schools if there were no grammars in the area. It is not as simple as separating children at 11 as academic or practical. It would be bad if people who were not strong in academic stuff or practical stuff felt out of place because they fitted nowhere.

  • berty replied to the topic New PC – any suggestions? in the forum General Chat 3 months ago

    I’d go for second hand or refurbished. My current laptop (Dell 7559, i7, 16gb RAM, 4k touchscreen, dual SSD/mechanical drive) was from eBay a year ago and only a little over your budget.

    My wife got a refurbished HP from laptopsdirect at a little less than your budget, can’t remember exactly spec but it’s fairly quick and she’s been very pleased with it

  • It does the same in Holland i believe as there is no Dutch amazon. My mate cant even watch half of prime content due to it.

    chuck it back to sis and ask her nicely to get a refund as its not fit for purpose, at least thats an easy solution with amazon.

  • berty posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    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 out there.

    Collectively, we’ll all pay the price too if things don’t change, in more pressure on the NHS and the health services in general, potentially meaning less tax for other things, within a society few freedoms are absolute, and most impact upon others. It might lead to an increase in national GDP if we become healthier, due to being physically more able and having less time off work, and being more together mentally too (physical…[Read more]

  • berty posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    A rare burger king sounds disgusting

  • berty posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    I refuse to send email read receipts in a passive aggressive manner.

    Mostly that is to annoy irritating HR people rather than technology.

    I regularly tell Doris (my satnav) to f&*^ off and that she doesn’t know where we are going. However as she is an older model with no voice activation this has little effect.

    On a serious note, I wouldn’t have Alexa in my house. Orwellian. But he didn’t predict that people would choose and pay for it.

  • berty posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Is it supposed to be compulsory or optional? Compulsory they can whistle but optional then it could be seen as a nice gesture for a fun night.

    I’m running a team building event on a Saturday in June, fully optional. I’m paying for the Total Warrior obstacle course race but there is no pressure, it’s just a fun day out where we get to be a team and the stronger help the weaker on the obstacles.

    • It’s not been officially announced yet, but they usually make it sound like everyone’s expected to come to the whole thing but then don’t mind if you ask whether you can opt out of the non-core-hours part. I’d be surprised if there were any negative consequences for crying off, but I’m a bit annoyed that they’d consider it something that they can expect people to do by default.

  • berty posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    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?

  • berty posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    What a bitch! That is all. She has absolutely no case on you, so dont worry about that. Id send the photos to her but no further contact at all.

  • berty posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    OP please get these checked out, could be angular cheilitis which is caused by infection either fungal or bacterial.

  • berty posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    Whatever the outcome there is nothing you can do about it now, so accept it is what it is and don’t torture yourself! 🙂

    • I know ultimately it’s out of my hands at this point and that I’ll know soon enough, but it’s just so hard to put it out of my mind.

  • berty posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    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.

    • mel replied 5 months ago

      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 depriving the other of it if his intention is to treat the thing as his own to dispose of regardless of the other’s rights; and a borrowing or lending of it may amount to so treating it if, but only if, the borrowing or lending is for a period and in circumstances making it equivalent to an outright taking or disposal.

      (2)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) above, where a person, having possession or control (lawfully or no…[Read more]

    • mo replied 5 months ago

      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.

        • jack replied 5 months ago

          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 out that I could carry it out the back door and round the side of the house, so no obstruction?

          And does obstruction only count when it’s a vehicle? What if, by parking on the drive, they are preventing me from having furniture delivered or construction work carried out? Civil matter?

          • guy replied 5 months ago

            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’s a repeat offender and prosecute for trespass. If it’s a one off, there’s nothing much you can do if they’ve moved the car.

            Note: it’s the registered keeper and not the driver who is to blame. Which makes it easier/trickier depending on your point of view.

        • mo replied 5 months ago

          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 those Highway Code ‘Do Not’ cop outs and I’m guessing, the Police will get involved if they get a call to say that they’ve been deliberately stopped from joining the Highway by a property owner that refuses to move their car. The perpetrator will probably say they parked there accidently and all they want to do is leave as quickly as possible…
          Obviously, smashing windows, smearing cow shit over the car, etc. might turn out quite badly…[Read more]

    • matt replied 5 months ago

      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 snap pre-weakened key off in lock accidentally. Call locksmith, argue about out of hours call out fee, ask car owner if they are willing to pay call out fee as you are a bit skint at the moment. But if not it doesn’t matter as you have a friend who lives a few miles away who has a bolt cutter. Give friend a call who arrives in half an hour but forgets bolt cutter and has to go back. If owner starts to go on about calling the police say…[Read more]

  • I cancelled my contract with Virgin as I was moving to a new house where they did not offer service. Unfortunately, the person on the other end must have been too busy doing bong hits and didn’t actually cancel my service and the first I knew was several months later when they had supposedly turned my account over to a debt collector. Or not, as the debt collection agency was obviously a transparent joke tactic.

    Anyway, I must have called Virgin 25 times and every time they promised to fix it. They all swore they could see where I cancelled and couldn’t understand why I was charged. And every time I got a new letter demanding payment a week later from the fictional debt agency.

    I have no idea what changed on attempt 26 but I must have reached the only competent person in the…[Read more]

  • berty replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 5 months, 1 week ago

    I work in medicine, and my understanding is that there’s more evidence coming out that shows it doesn’t work for the very limited conditions that evidence shows it does work for currently (basically lower back pain and some short term pain relief).

  • berty replied to the topic Population growth in the forum General Chat 6 months, 1 week ago

    Yes – exactly the problem. However we already have mass birth control. If you’re poor, it’s very, very hard to have and keep children. It will only get more and more difficult. Removing the options for poor people (e.g. dismantling the social safety net)

    @Peter Is it hard for the poor to have and keep kids? I live in a very poor area and used to live in an exceptionally (for the UK) poor area and the residents seem to me to be breeding out of control yet my peer group who in the most part are all working folks ranging from factory workers to research scientists typically only have between 1 and 3 kids. Also you mention have and keep, those that do have kids removed tend to have more so that doesn’t make any difference to the population numbers.

  • berty replied to the topic Population growth in the forum General Chat 6 months, 1 week ago

    Half as many people would be great but how is it achieved?

    Education will only slow the population growth of educated people, the great unwashed will keep popping them out (ex brother in law has 12 kids, never worked and never will and is one of 9 kids who average 4 each)

    People won’t stand for mass birth control, who decides who breeds and who doesn’t?

    Culling, again people won’t stand for it.

    I suppose Trump and North Korea might help lower the population a bit but short of a world wide disaster we are screwed.

  • berty replied to the topic I've given up diet drinks in the forum Health 6 months, 1 week ago

    I drink a can of Diet Coke most days, at lunchtime.

    I am a fit, slim, strong and healthy size 10 at 50 (touches wood).

    I also stuff my face with bread, chips, salted butter, full-fat cheese, strong black coffee, wine and chocolate when and where I feel I need it. The rest of the time my preference is raw fruit & veg, a bit of fish or meat, a bite of cheese and water.

    Life kills you.

    I’d rather enjoy the journey indulging in everything on occasion than fret about which bit of research may or may not be proved right, longterm.