Jaffa

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  • Jaffa replied to the topic Sticks and stones… in the forum General Chat 1 week, 2 days ago

    The vast majority of people in the UK, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation are, in my experience, happy to take the micky out of themselves and each other. The only exceptions are:

    1. A small minority of unpleasant arseholes who know full well they’re being offensive and insulting, but claim it’s just friendly banter.

    2. A small minority of po-faced arseholes with an axe to grind.

  • I used to be like this, but maybe for different reasons. “Don’t want medication, it’ll mask the pain and I won’t know if I’m doing damage, and I don’t want it anyway”.

    I got a shoulder injury and couldn’t do the rehab. Too much pain. Taking a few pills made such a difference that I could actually do the rehab and make progress. Maybe your partner has different reasons for not taking painkillers/medication, I don’t know, but it might be worth reconsidering.

  • Keep encouraging your partner to go see the doctor then to keep going back until they get something that works. Medication can take the edge off enough to help people re-engage with the things that make life enjoyable if that’s what’s needed.

    Encourage him/her to find a new enjoyable outlet to work around the foot, it will heal in time then running can resume but until then there are other enjoyable activities but it gets harder and harder to get into something new the more depressed one gets.

    Have patience, keep talking make sure what you do together doesn’t makes things better not worse (eg drinking too much/often) however tempting the easy option can be.

    If counseling works for your partner it’s available privately, it’s expensive but depression is serious, consider prioritizing it.

  • Jaffa replied to the topic How to get rid of rats? in the forum General Chat 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Not all cats are good at it, but: https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/15/health/cats-chicago-rat-patrol/index.html

    My Grandad had a cat on his farm whose job was to protect the grain store from rats. He never fed it. It was a small but healthy looking thing. It used to kill rats bigger than it was. Soppy too (with humans).

  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week 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 been caught out blatantly lying a couple of time, at least, and he shouldn’t be there.

  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 5 months 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 5 months, 1 week 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 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]

      • 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 point, government intervention is about mitigating the other forces acting on a person. For a much more extreme example, that’s why we have minimum wage laws (I in no way think these are equivalent).

        Alternatively, if you want people to be truly free to choose, then they need to bear the weight of their choice. The NHS currently spends ~£16 billion on obesity and diabetes related interventions. That’s £300 per person per year in taxes. C…[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 but demand may very well remain

          At least you’ve come up with an idea though, I’m buggered if I can think of a solution!

          • 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 growing.

            Second, it’s going to have to be govt intervention, the private sector isn’t interested in us being thin (that’s fine) because they don’t bear the costs of it.

            Long and short of it, I would expect to see a sugar tax (beyond the current SSB plans) in the UK in the next 10 years. It would have been sooner, but other things have derailed govt business over the last two years.

      • 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 they’ll respond. (I don’t think addiction is this simple, but it’s not that important to this debate and I’m just trying to highlight a point).

            That’s not to say that I think we should impose similar restrictions on food, or that food and heroin are remotely similar. I’m just arguing that the debate is about where we draw the line.

            We need better labelling and education etc… I think, as the debate around smoking shows, people are…[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 an obese person to take control and eat less and move more is exactly like telling a heroin addict to stop taking heroin.

            Restricting calories probably won’t make a difference but making manufacturers think a bit about what they’re putting in their food may.

            I’m sceptical. Food growing and production shouldn’t be a massive privatised industry concerned only with making profit. It’s one of the only ‘industries’ that should be privatised…[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 people, but any changes in society often seem to be broad brush when it comes to legislation. Smaller burgers and reduced sugar in things aren’t that much of an attack on one’s freedoms anyway really. 😉

          • 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 anybody ‘adding’ sugar or salt to their food, or choosing something with more alcohol in, so it’s not as if it’s taking away any choice in what people put into their bodies at all, not in the bigger picture.

            Which makes me ask so what if sugar and salt are reduced in commonly consumed foods, why should a certain amount of sugar or salt by the ‘right’ amount – that is – why does it matter if levels are reduced with health reasons in mind if…[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 their competitors by increasing the portion sizes.

      No one is ever going to eat 80% of a burger so we are getting fattened up by stealth.

      The only way to stop portion sizes getting bigger and bigger and people getting fatter and fatter is to regulate the portion sizes.

  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 5 months, 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 5 months, 3 weeks 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 a couple of minutes.
    Just say you will be seeking legal advice yourself, block her and try and put it out of your head.

  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

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

  • Jaffa posted a new activity comment 6 months 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.

    • jack replied 6 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 6 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 6 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]

  • Jaffa posted an update 6 months 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 hundreds of 1 inch screws into plywood covering a substantial part of the access and egress of the drive. I’d then find a way to secure the plywood to the ground where it could not be removed without causing criminal damage to my plywood full of screws.

    The driver is more than welcome to find a way to get over the screws without causing criminal damage to them. I’m not blocking the drive because the car can physically drive away. Is…[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 the highway, so not a lot the offender could do to extract their car?

      Some people really are twats.

    • 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 harm is a set of wheel jacks with castors.

          I once had someone deliberately park me in because I was in ‘his space’ on a public road. Well gone midnight when it came time to leave I went to knock at the owner’s door (it was a regular problem apparently , I was pointed to the culprit by his neighbours) to be met by a sleepy woman in her dressing gown. I explained what had happened to her obvious exasperation and that if her boyfriend…[Read more]

      • bill replied 6 months ago

        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 clever way to ‘punish’ the perpetrator without laying you open to criminal charges, etc.
        I’m fairly sure there must be a way via signage and barriers, etc. but it really needs someone who knows about this sort of stuff to come up with a foolproof and quick way to deal with such matters.

    • don replied 6 months ago

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

      • Luke replied 6 months ago

        Criminal damage. Immediately inflate again or arrest.

        • don replied 6 months ago

          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.

          • Luke replied 6 months ago

            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 two of mine let down as a prank by kids, not dead flat, just low. I didn’t notice in the dark and moments later one of them rolled off the rim cornering at speed, we were lucky as of course were the kids!

            A cornish pasty used to scribble a large crudely drawn cock on the windscreen is the gift that just keeps giving every time it rains, wash it as much as you like it’ll never bead up quite the same as the rest of the glass again.

    • Luke replied 6 months ago

      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 means to remove the gravel.

        Two old nails placed strategically under a couple tyres would allow the person to leave your drive when they return to their car, and probably get quite away before the tyres deflated. Naturally they could have picked up the nails at any time so there would be no direct link to you.

    • 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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]

    • 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.

    • Ali replied 6 months 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 taken to parking in the right angle of the L with the nearside wheels on the pavement and the front of the car IN some plants and shrubs that the Mrs planted in that bit of the garden that is adjacent to the neighbour’s property.

      I have already politely asked the lad not to park such that the front of the car is overhanging out garden but he still keeps doing so.

      I am avoiding the temptation to raise objections to him parking on our…[Read more]

    • ted replied 6 months ago

      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 parked in this area are at extreme risk of vandalism from local youths. That way you don’t actually have to carry out any criminal damage hopefully, the implied threat of it will be enough. and if any cocky shit tried it any way I’d key the crap out of their car then deny any knowledge and point to the sign.

    • kal replied 6 months ago

      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 going to arrest me now for criminal damage unless I removed it completely. I had a long talk with them. They were stupid and bloody minded.

    • ben replied 6 months ago

      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 trespassing and you will take legal proceedings against the keeper of the vehicle.

      Once you have all the evidence you contact the DVLC and for a small fee they will give you the keepers details.

      You then engage a solicitor and take them to court.

    • 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 something that the lawmakers didn’t intend. But why don’t you have the right to remove something from your property that has been parked there without your consent? What about the people that lob an old beer bottle over our garden fence on a Friday night? Do I have to look after it in case they might want it back?

      • 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 wouldn’t they come and tell you to remove your sturdy steel stakes ?

        • 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 struggle to see what it is in this case.

          I certainly feel your pain – whilst in no way comparable, there’s someone who feels that the zig-zag lines in front of our driveway entrance don’t apply to him and is more than happy to park there. Whilst it’s not been a problem yet (i.e. we’ve not needed to access in the time he has been there), it makes my blood boil that people can be so inconsiderate. Fortunately, out town has some fairly…[Read more]

    • mutt replied 6 months ago

      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 before you do anything to a serial parker) once this has been logged you can remove the wing mirrors from the offending car. There will already be a police report that the same thing happened to you.

      Of course if you have a drive then getting a lock and chain in the first place and using it saves a lot of mither.

    • nev replied 6 months ago

      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 (we had a job lot), to get the message across seemed to sate her annoyance.

    • 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 polices these private parking spaces I don’t know, mind.

    • 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 rescuer, and when we unite as one with no need for our earthly bodies our spirits will entwine and we will ride the cosmos as one. When you are ready, my rescuer, you will know, I have waited since before time and can wait a few lifetimes more, when you are ready, come to my door.”

      And gently ramp it up from there.

      An alternative might be constructing a plywood frame around the drive, with a big banner painted on it This car is driven by…[Read more]

    • mike replied 6 months ago

      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 attaching it to the truck with a chain and dragging it. No one ever got in trouble for it, even though it would have been clear who moved it.

      The best story I heard was at a venue in Glasgow where the stage crew were legendary for showing off their strength. They picked up the car and carried it up the steps of the venue, leaving it sideways on between two pillars – so the only way to remove it would be to carry it back out. Apparently it…[Read more]

    • el replied 6 months ago

      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 tracker under their vehicle and find out where they live, put some old banger on their drive whilst they are out and leave it there for a couple of days. The Police won’t do anything so all the other party can do is sue you for trespass, counter sue for exactly the same, with your previously collected evidence.

      Let us know if it works, I’d be interested to find out.

      * not really

    • 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 slash three of the four his/hers insurance should not cover this).

      I went into my house to complain to our lass, who I had left home to do some haberdashery – or other lady things. when I found her mother-in-law laid out on the floor being seen to by a bunch of paramedics. I only then realized that the “van’ was in fact an ambulance.

      Due to my actions the ambulance was ruined, my mother-in-law died and my wife never managed to repair…[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 intelligent life surviving the development of the tools for its own destruction? Or do you think we as earth-life and humans are special somehow?

  • 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 multiplies a series of factors that are either imprecisely understood or completely unquantifiable and so any probability it generates is extremely likely to be hopelessly wrong by many orders of magnitude. It’s a classic example of expressing complete guesswork in a mathematical format to produce answers that look a bit like data.

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  • Jaffa changed their profile picture 7 months, 3 weeks ago

  • 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.