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Forum: Social Forum 17th August 2022, 15:08
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By wraymond
Thanks Phil. Ep 2: I applied and had to...

Thanks Phil. Ep 2:

I applied and had to attend Liverpool Employment Exchange for interview. Remember those miserable fields of dreams of a job? Well I got it. A very kind elderly chap looked over...
Forum: Social Forum 16th August 2022, 09:43
Replies: 166,323
Views: 7,535,271
Posted By wraymond
Good morning chaps and chapesses. My first post...

Good morning chaps and chapesses. My first post on here on a serious (at least to me) matter. I was in the shower and our landline came on, Celia lifted the phone and the message was:

‘you have...
Forum: Social Forum 14th August 2022, 15:31
Replies: 43
Views: 2,104
Posted By wraymond
In 1961, not a misprint, I was a butcher working...

In 1961, not a misprint, I was a butcher working for J. Sainsbury at Barkingside and Manford Way, Hainault. My first job after arriving daarn saaf from Liverpool. I was keen as mustard and went to...
Forum: Social Forum 12th August 2022, 18:23
Replies: 43
Views: 2,104
Posted By wraymond
Can’t accept that entirely! Having a ‘vote’ can...

Can’t accept that entirely! Having a ‘vote’ can be empowering but when faced with choices of the crooked leading the bland, followed by the yappers and hangers on, we are too often left with the...
Forum: Social Forum 12th August 2022, 13:20
Replies: 335
Views: 16,997
Posted By wraymond
Well frack me. Fracked at every turn! We all...

Well frack me. Fracked at every turn! We all face a coal face of freezing this winter (that’s 5 f’s in a row). Well 'oil' be so-and-soed, the point is made already.

We are all sitting on a gold...
Forum: Social Forum 12th August 2022, 10:10
Replies: 43
Views: 2,104
Posted By wraymond
So, we should shoot the messenger rather than the...

So, we should shoot the messenger rather than the culprit? Cheer up, the Sun's out!
Forum: Social Forum 12th August 2022, 10:02
Replies: 335
Views: 16,997
Posted By wraymond
‘Company has to sell power at prices below market...

‘Company has to sell power at prices below market rates as ministers try to tackle cost of living crisis and support households’......

Well, there are losses that are losses and losses that aren’t...
Forum: Social Forum 11th August 2022, 18:43
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By wraymond
A new brother rather than the sisters I already...

A new brother rather than the sisters I already knew? Hardly the same, but they did idolise me as if I was one of their dolls or even their own child. A charmed existence, being pushed in a ‘tripper’...
Forum: Social Forum 11th August 2022, 11:37
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By wraymond
I remember as a nipper with three sisters that...

I remember as a nipper with three sisters that all I wanted Santa to bring me was an older and bigger brother. Who new?
We are merely sponges for soaking up advertising for the latest c--p.
Forum: Social Forum 10th August 2022, 17:37
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By wraymond
Without wishing to stray into areas that might...

Without wishing to stray into areas that might provoke challenges about personalities in various council categories, I would really like to see the demographics of every council published in order to...
Forum: Social Forum 10th August 2022, 12:37
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By wraymond
The County Council raising this uses phrases such...

The County Council raising this uses phrases such as ‘single carriageway on
rural roads’.

Do they mean two-lane traffic in two opposing lanes, or a single lane road carrying two-way traffic...
Forum: Social Forum 9th August 2022, 15:22
Replies: 10
Views: 416
Posted By wraymond
That lady too, was delightful. Gone to an island...

That lady too, was delightful. Gone to an island of dreams? They were of an age when ladies were modest of dress and better for it.
Forum: Social Forum 9th August 2022, 09:30
Replies: 10
Views: 416
Posted By wraymond
Me too. The lady was absolutely divine.

Me too. The lady was absolutely divine.
Forum: Social Forum 7th August 2022, 13:42
Replies: 335
Views: 16,997
Posted By wraymond
Who new? The meters are very smart. Sold on the...

Who new? The meters are very smart. Sold on the back of blandishments about conservation, the planet and all that cobblers. I get uninvited mail every week from my supplier, despite never replying...
Forum: Social Forum 3rd August 2022, 17:37
Replies: 22
Views: 677
Posted By wraymond
Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear. I confess Gary, I was...

Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear. I confess Gary, I was one. For 25 years at various levels. And of course you are right. Poor as a church mouse. Retired, fully, at 50 with a pension that exceeded my then...
Forum: Social Forum 3rd August 2022, 13:08
Replies: 4
Views: 228
Posted By wraymond
And now the eminent Sir David Green is bolting...

And now the eminent Sir David Green is bolting the stable door after the horses have all bolted!
Forum: Social Forum 3rd August 2022, 10:26
Replies: 22
Views: 677
Posted By wraymond
All of the pension providers in every company and...

All of the pension providers in every company and enterprise have committed gamblers of varying expertise and experience who invest heavily right across the share/dividend markets.

Their...
Forum: Social Forum 31st July 2022, 15:26
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By wraymond
I know it’s pathetic, but, in the interests of...

I know it’s pathetic, but, in the interests of non-politico controversy and/or the possible intervention from ranking members, any individual who allegedly pays £3500 for a suit that has such short...
Forum: Social Forum 30th July 2022, 12:46
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By wraymond
I know I risk ridicule, but what is a Chinamea?...

I know I risk ridicule, but what is a Chinamea? Wicki is as ignorant as I am. The nearest I can get is Chimera!
Forum: Social Forum 28th July 2022, 14:50
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By wraymond
I suppose it's a trans. Not unlike the MGBGT.

I suppose it's a trans. Not unlike the MGBGT.
Forum: Social Forum 21st July 2022, 10:12
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By wraymond
Good morning Phil. Not too bad, you? Ah...

Good morning Phil. Not too bad, you?

Ah well, two out of three’s not bad.
Those ‘old fashioned’ ways were a product of good manners and respect for the more palatable public behaviour that seems...
Forum: Social Forum 20th July 2022, 11:59
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By wraymond
Ah, the age of innocence! At least then, anyway....

Ah, the age of innocence! At least then, anyway. Picture the scene on the coach:

Adoring local fans, all over 16. Most of them girls that went to the same school as you, but on the floor above...
Forum: Social Forum 19th July 2022, 15:28
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By wraymond
Instalment two next week Gary. (Keep 'em waitin').

Instalment two next week Gary. (Keep 'em waitin').
Forum: Social Forum 18th July 2022, 15:53
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By wraymond
Origins

There’s so much knowledge and experience on here it makes me wonder what everyone once did.

16th birthday - ICI apprentice, night school two evenings a week, and playing in a ‘group’ with...
Forum: Social Forum 17th July 2022, 20:03
Replies: 21
Views: 767
Posted By wraymond
Yeah, right Ron. You don't actually expect us to...

Yeah, right Ron. You don't actually expect us to be taken in by that do you?
Forum: Social Forum 17th July 2022, 18:45
Replies: 21
Views: 767
Posted By wraymond
Thanks all, cheered me up no end! Think it must...

Thanks all, cheered me up no end! Think it must have been the morphine wearing off. Came out of Hossy yesterday with not very good news - but everything should be good by the end of the year.
Forum: Social Forum 17th July 2022, 14:34
Replies: 21
Views: 767
Posted By wraymond
Real Rules

Bye the bye, on recent and not so recent posts, and in the hope of some balance:

It’s a lengthy forum with a wide variety of interesting subjects available for discussion. What else would be so...
Forum: Social Forum 17th July 2022, 10:00
Replies: 17
Views: 953
Posted By wraymond
Sorry to lose you, a great resource for those...

Sorry to lose you, a great resource for those whose knowledge and experience is limited. Good luck in what you do.
Forum: Social Forum 17th July 2022, 09:53
Replies: 43
Views: 1,217
Posted By wraymond
I wonder how much a 75 expands if left out of the...

I wonder how much a 75 expands if left out of the shade during this tropical aberration.
Forum: Social Forum 15th July 2022, 13:17
Replies: 6
Views: 316
Posted By wraymond
Surely, this is a huge price increase for what is...

Surely, this is a huge price increase for what is and has been standard equipment. Or at least on an options list and available at a once-and-for-all purchase price for the life of the car. It's an...
Forum: Social Forum 11th July 2022, 16:59
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By wraymond
Removal of the shoulder was a cost cutting...

Removal of the shoulder was a cost cutting exercise to avoid widening the carriageway. The money men in the Ministry eager to save a quid.
Forum: Social Forum 9th July 2022, 17:42
Replies: 33
Views: 1,495
Posted By wraymond
Thanks for that Phil. Never seen the point of...

Thanks for that Phil. Never seen the point of backwards facing tatts, you need two mirrors to see it.

I've only got one. Did it myself, a heart on my arm, at 14 years old. Very brave - sewing...
Forum: Social Forum 9th July 2022, 16:58
Replies: 9
Views: 428
Posted By wraymond
In the paper today....£30/40 grand. Mind you, it...

In the paper today....£30/40 grand. Mind you, it was a Chinese whisper.
Forum: Social Forum 8th July 2022, 13:14
Replies: 8
Views: 486
Posted By wraymond
All critics spot on as expected! Consider the...

All critics spot on as expected! Consider the career experience of the noble chap:

Held so many top level positions and had serious influence/experience all over the world.

He has had...
Forum: Social Forum 7th July 2022, 21:26
Replies: 41
Views: 1,572
Posted By wraymond
Men play hockey, even on ice. Why not womens'...

Men play hockey, even on ice. Why not womens' footie? Until, of course, the forwards have hairy chests. Equality is all.
Forum: Social Forum 7th July 2022, 21:13
Replies: 8
Views: 486
Posted By wraymond
He probably will not come near it, but I reckon...

He probably will not come near it, but I reckon Lord Frost is eminently suitable and would bring a degree of responsibility and respect back to public life (in Westminster). He, after all, did the...
Forum: Social Forum 7th July 2022, 16:26
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
If the rest of the UK has nothing to do with...

If the rest of the UK has nothing to do with Scottish Independence can someone explain what 'Union' means? And why an 'agreement' was signed? Or was it with a crossed finger and one eye?

As it is...
Forum: Social Forum 6th July 2022, 10:04
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
Worth another read: ...

Worth another read:

https://www.instituteforgovernment.o...arnett-formula



Thanks for that, very interesting. Sort of dispels the myths and fables that are frequently used.

The formula as...
Forum: Social Forum 5th July 2022, 19:39
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
That's it, go on, spoil the argument with facts.

That's it, go on, spoil the argument with facts.
Forum: Social Forum 2nd July 2022, 08:33
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
So, shoot the messenger? Attack and mock the...

So, shoot the messenger? Attack and mock the writer rather than the view?

Perhaps it might be more constructive to address the subject with some valid reply or rebuttal other than a personal...
Forum: Social Forum 1st July 2022, 18:26
Replies: 335
Views: 16,997
Posted By wraymond
Maybe I can throw some light! I've just (about...

Maybe I can throw some light! I've just (about an hour ago) had a very long phone call from British Gas. Note: FROM BG. They were offering a 'fix' to avoid possible price rises in the future.

...
Forum: Social Forum 1st July 2022, 16:20
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
Yes, the First Minister has now confirmed it,...

Yes, the First Minister has now confirmed it, 19/10/23. It's already being called a Pretendyref as it cannot be a legal thing until permission is given by the UK Supreme Court. That seems well,...
Forum: Social Forum 1st July 2022, 12:02
Replies: 33
Views: 1,495
Posted By wraymond
Some cyclists on the road are claiming their holy...

Some cyclists on the road are claiming their holy space with what seems like a challengingly militant attitude. Doubling up is now a determined act of entitlement. It’s also inviting a) serious...
Forum: Social Forum 1st July 2022, 07:20
Replies: 33
Views: 1,495
Posted By wraymond
Some cyclists on the road are claiming their...

Some cyclists on the road are claiming their space with what seems like a half-challenging militant attitude. That seems to be foolish, an attitude of ‘if you kill me, it’s your fault’. Also it seems...
Forum: Social Forum 29th June 2022, 16:43
Replies: 14
Views: 467
Posted By wraymond
So, local houses for local people? I don’t think...

So, local houses for local people? I don’t think that works very well. The trouble is you very soon run out of local people, especially in some of our beautiful villages and towns.

New blood...
Forum: Social Forum 28th June 2022, 18:20
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
I watched the TV coverage of her speech. Yes, I...

I watched the TV coverage of her speech. Yes, I know, a glutton for punishment.
She really does hate just about everything. Especially the association with the rest of the UK. Good job she has no...
Forum: Social Forum 28th June 2022, 12:30
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
I've no idea why the banned member was banned....

I've no idea why the banned member was banned. However, nor do I particularly want to know. I'm sure the directors are sensitive to trends and can be relied upon to accept at least some...
Forum: Social Forum 28th June 2022, 09:17
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
‘Fraid I don’t understand why a thread should be...

‘Fraid I don’t understand why a thread should be closed because the ‘OP’ is no longer involved? The subject has been well supported and continues to be so. Isn’t it easier to ignore if one is no...
Forum: Social Forum 27th June 2022, 15:01
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By wraymond
Contrary to popular belief, it is not to allow...

Contrary to popular belief, it is not to allow stenches to escape. It is to allow air into the drain pipe to facilitate flow of fluids and waste material so helping to avoid blockages or air locks. ...
Forum: Social Forum 27th June 2022, 14:13
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
I know Stormont isn't operating just now but...

I know Stormont isn't operating just now but there has been little to nothing at all from either them or the Welsh Assembly on this subject.

Is there any feedback from regional channels/papers...
Forum: Social Forum 27th June 2022, 10:28
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
Well you have to hand it to the wee hen. She's...

Well you have to hand it to the wee hen. She's managed to get it all started again. Barbed conflict is her second nature apparently. The atmosphere now is very different to the last time. Not exactly...
Forum: Social Forum 26th June 2022, 22:07
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
Ah well, there goes the local property market for...

Ah well, there goes the local property market for a start. And that's even before a vote is cast. Who's going to defend the outer Isles?
Forum: Social Forum 26th June 2022, 15:12
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
All these things have not only a national...

All these things have not only a national consequence but an international consequence as well. To consider a divisive referendum every 4/5 years is an unhelpful impulse if you at all want to...
Forum: Social Forum 24th June 2022, 17:30
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
If I may make just a quick reply, I hate...

If I may make just a quick reply, I hate strategic dissection to stretch emphasis leading to false representation. Perhaps one more attempt at reasonableness might be helpful!

I did not dismiss...
Forum: Social Forum 24th June 2022, 17:04
Replies: 16
Views: 706
Posted By wraymond
It just might be that Bentley would prefer their...

It just might be that Bentley would prefer their products not to be associated with a 'towing' customer base. I don't know why I'm sure, just a feeling. Image, after all.
Forum: Social Forum 24th June 2022, 13:38
Replies: 16
Views: 706
Posted By wraymond
Having had a R-R I can confirm the wings on the...

Having had a R-R I can confirm the wings on the blessed mascot are also different. As is her diaphanously elegant gown.
Having owned a total of 22 cars and 6 m'bikes over 60 years, and at one time...
Forum: Social Forum 23rd June 2022, 17:42
Replies: 41
Views: 2,117
Posted By wraymond
You are right Jon. All to do with the product and...

You are right Jon. All to do with the product and it's origins. Think of the cream as butter.

On every other comestible, the dairy product is first and the jam goes on top.

An added benefit...
Forum: Social Forum 22nd June 2022, 15:52
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
Yes, I agree. However, membership of the EU and...

Yes, I agree. However, membership of the EU and the opportunity to have a vote in that forum is something of a diminished asset compared to their present influence. Such things as a proportion of the...
Forum: Social Forum 22nd June 2022, 15:39
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
Its accuracy is debateable. That’s the whole...

Its accuracy is debateable. That’s the whole point of these boards! I wasn’t referring to you, or anybody else on here personally, it’s just another view! I don’t necessarily think Scotland should...
Forum: Social Forum 21st June 2022, 17:46
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
Yep, agreed with that, right up to the 'no matter...

Yep, agreed with that, right up to the 'no matter what' bit!

If it really was a vote for independence then ok. But it's not, is it. It's singularly and widely advertised as a precursor to joining...
Forum: Social Forum 21st June 2022, 17:08
Replies: 131
Views: 5,970
Posted By wraymond
Not in the motor trade but curious about the...

Not in the motor trade but curious about the medium/long term strategy the Gov has regarding the enforced removal of gasoline cars from the roads. Rocketing prices of fuel is just a start. On grounds...
Forum: Social Forum 21st June 2022, 09:48
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
The latest threat, and that's what it is, from...

The latest threat, and that's what it is, from SNP in general and the leader in particular, is a perfect example of the character and attitude to honourable representation from a tiny group of...
Forum: Social Forum 20th June 2022, 19:35
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
Acknowledgements to earlier posts, I seem to have...

Acknowledgements to earlier posts, I seem to have over-egged it!

There is a running theme of comparing earlier events with a mooted vote re Scotland. That battle is won and lost. We should get...
Forum: Social Forum 20th June 2022, 09:44
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
Is that just a bit tongue in cheek Simon? I...

Is that just a bit tongue in cheek Simon? I thought so many of ‘us’ did not want to lose Scotland. Just those few paper rebels with the big gobs who spout then run away to hide behind a flag. That’s...
Forum: Social Forum 19th June 2022, 15:48
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
More scary than Hadrian. Mindful of the term...

More scary than Hadrian. Mindful of the term Scottish widows.
Mind you, my grandma was Scottish (Jessie Norval, born in Glasgow c. 1860).
Forum: Social Forum 19th June 2022, 15:18
Replies: 131
Views: 5,970
Posted By wraymond
No offence intended, but the naivety seems...

No offence intended, but the naivety seems unending. The current cost to the public of EV’s is massively subsidised by HMGOV, that’s you and me incidentally, by way of misappropriated taxes in the...
Forum: Social Forum 19th June 2022, 14:18
Replies: 4
Views: 259
Posted By wraymond
To the believers (including me who once...

To the believers (including me who once Dominated) the move serves to preserve a glorious name in the annals. However, how on Earth can they reproduce the sound? Just not the same. But, worth the...
Forum: Social Forum 19th June 2022, 14:13
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
She, misusing her allegedly beloved Scotland,...

She, misusing her allegedly beloved Scotland, will assume they will enjoy a very warm welcome if only to put English noses out of joint. The assumed reality might be somewhat different. It might be...
Forum: Social Forum 19th June 2022, 09:45
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
In the interests of balance, Scotland is not the...

In the interests of balance, Scotland is not the only place in these blessed North Atlantic islands that can produce the goods.

I'm blessed with a wee fellow son-in-law who just happens to be...
Forum: Social Forum 18th June 2022, 13:46
Replies: 0
Views: 156
Posted By wraymond
Rover on Mars

Is anybody into Rovers on Mars? No, that would be the biggest mileage reading on one ever seen. I mean Brian Cox in his latest outing in the space exploration complex. Absolutely fascinating and...
Forum: Social Forum 18th June 2022, 09:47
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
Please excuse the snip, the rest of the post was...

Please excuse the snip, the rest of the post was effectively a proxy anti B... rant and there have been enough of those over the last six years! Some will never accept the 'voice of the people' yet...
Forum: Social Forum 17th June 2022, 10:29
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
For Scotland to separate itself from, not only...

For Scotland to separate itself from, not only England but the rest of the UK, would be a tragedy for all concerned. There is so much personal reluctance to even think of that happening. I wonder...
Forum: Social Forum 16th June 2022, 21:10
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
As UK has just as much interest in the outcome of...

As UK has just as much interest in the outcome of any such referendum, there is good reason to enable the rest of UK to take part in any Scottish referendum. After all, Scotland was enabled in the EU...
Forum: Social Forum 16th June 2022, 10:25
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
Sssshhh. You'll awaken those who would just love...

Sssshhh. You'll awaken those who would just love to see an EU quadrant on it. Or indeed a Rampant turkey.
Forum: Social Forum 16th June 2022, 10:20
Replies: 7
Views: 382
Posted By wraymond
Thanks to all responders! Stewart, that's...

Thanks to all responders!
Stewart, that's pretty much a straight match of my own experiences with that department. I've sent copies of reports from hospital consultants together with positive...
Forum: Social Forum 15th June 2022, 13:51
Replies: 41
Views: 2,117
Posted By wraymond
Best of everything Andy, I hope it all goes well....

Best of everything Andy, I hope it all goes well.
I lived over the bridge in Saltash for 12 years, three of which were enjoyably spent as a motor cycle instructor/examiner - best time of my life!
Forum: Social Forum 15th June 2022, 09:59
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
There’s no doubt about the first minister’s...

There’s no doubt about the first minister’s enthusiasm for so-called independence, that’s what is driving the whole affair. The thought of independence is very attractive to many, especially a...
Forum: Social Forum 14th June 2022, 16:13
Replies: 193
Views: 8,893
Posted By wraymond
I reckon there ought to be a Scottish general...

I reckon there ought to be a Scottish general election first.
Forum: Social Forum 13th June 2022, 18:35
Replies: 7
Views: 382
Posted By wraymond
I think you are right Mick. If only all of those...

I think you are right Mick. If only all of those supposedly 'working from home' actually were then we might be seeing a better return.
Many of them still receive full pay and even travel expenses....
Forum: Social Forum 13th June 2022, 15:38
Replies: 7
Views: 382
Posted By wraymond
Licences

In April my licence was due for automatic age renewal (70+) and, following several letters from NHS consultants regarding my satisfactory ‘condition’, I have not heard anything from DVLA despite...
Forum: Social Forum 12th June 2022, 19:16
Replies: 16
Views: 405
Posted By wraymond
If it's not too vulgar, I distinctly remember as...

If it's not too vulgar, I distinctly remember as a boy delivering periodicals on my paper round.

Seriously though, I would not have thought that there would be any discrimination of any kind at...
Forum: Social Forum 12th June 2022, 16:10
Replies: 16
Views: 405
Posted By wraymond
Thank you gents. If, as it seems, you all are...

Thank you gents. If, as it seems, you all are indeed gentlemen. Just.
Forum: Social Forum 12th June 2022, 14:32
Replies: 16
Views: 405
Posted By wraymond
Progress

Er, just a minute, I hesitate to mention this subject but in the fervent hope that decorum might prevail: there is now a department in HMGOV dedicated to menstruation.

A good and worthwhile...
Forum: Social Forum 12th June 2022, 10:16
Replies: 131
Views: 5,970
Posted By wraymond
Er, possibly because we are a captive target?...

Er, possibly because we are a captive target? With the demise of grocery/general stores in 'high streets', department stores in town centres and the related growth of out-of-town malls?

The...
Forum: Social Forum 11th June 2022, 19:46
Replies: 46
Views: 1,620
Posted By wraymond
If I lived in America I’d buy a gun. Or two. ...

If I lived in America I’d buy a gun. Or two.

Not because I like them and not because I fear them. But I would insist all my family went to a training school to learn how to handle them safely and...
Forum: Social Forum 10th June 2022, 08:55
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
With each new dawn and each new day yet another...

With each new dawn and each new day yet another lie is revealed, let alone misdemeanour, about government operations. Who knows if they are diversions tied up in obfuscations or downright deliberate...
Forum: Social Forum 7th June 2022, 20:18
Replies: 18
Views: 667
Posted By wraymond
Presumably: Gross Degenderising of People.

Presumably: Gross Degenderising of People.
Forum: Social Forum 7th June 2022, 19:06
Replies: 6
Views: 208
Posted By wraymond
From where I am in Essex Gary, Suffolk is...

From where I am in Essex Gary, Suffolk is idyllic. I'd do it tomorrow. If it wasn't for Celia.... Although it wouldn't be the first time she has saved me from myself.
Forum: Social Forum 7th June 2022, 17:19
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
He has only the one problem. At least, insofar as...

He has only the one problem. At least, insofar as the HoC is concerned. Himself.

He does not command the respect his office deserves. The previous 5 PM’s have not helped either, between them they...
Forum: Social Forum 7th June 2022, 09:55
Replies: 80
Views: 2,393
Posted By wraymond
Yup, also patently obvious that, due solely to...

Yup, also patently obvious that, due solely to his patronage, there are so many ministers/secretaries/officials that owe their elevation and increased remuneration to him. There's nothing so secure...
Forum: Social Forum 6th June 2022, 13:54
Replies: 80
Views: 2,393
Posted By wraymond
I had a similar experience but from another...

I had a similar experience but from another perspective. No degree for me, nor even a 'grammar' school! Far too posh. Secondary Modern for the four years.
Top of the English class for every one of...
Forum: Social Forum 6th June 2022, 11:42
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
Someone should start a book on it. In my view the...

Someone should start a book on it. In my view the odds are very short on Lord Frost. An outrider, full of the necessary gravitas and yet eminently qualified and on a roll after his EU success. Any...
Forum: Social Forum 6th June 2022, 11:34
Replies: 18
Views: 667
Posted By wraymond
With that, I'm oot.

With that, I'm oot.
Forum: Social Forum 6th June 2022, 09:50
Replies: 18
Views: 667
Posted By wraymond
Seems ridiculous to offer it but my definition of...

Seems ridiculous to offer it but my definition of a word I used is:
'A fanciful or humorous appellation: a nickname'.

I'd be interested to learn what other might be used as this one was...
Forum: Social Forum 5th June 2022, 17:53
Replies: 131
Views: 5,970
Posted By wraymond
I’ve thought for some years that the long...

I’ve thought for some years that the long suffering population are nothing other than a source of income for business.

All that matters is that the public purse grows to meet with the ...
Forum: Social Forum 5th June 2022, 17:32
Replies: 26
Views: 855
Posted By wraymond
Sorry Jon, that's over my head!

Sorry Jon, that's over my head!
Forum: Social Forum 5th June 2022, 15:37
Replies: 18
Views: 667
Posted By wraymond
It's always puzzled me as to why the soubriquet...

It's always puzzled me as to why the soubriquet 'pride' has been owned by, and to, the detriment of all others, to indicate, what, exactly? Can't see any advantage of being proud of one's sexuality....
Forum: Social Forum 5th June 2022, 13:14
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
That could be misunderstood because it would not...

That could be misunderstood because it would not be representative of the membership. Mischievous or not, it's unnecessary. As a former Mod, you would be aware of this and what it could lead to. Foul...
Forum: Social Forum 4th June 2022, 19:17
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
Don’t worry unnecessarily, your instincts are...

Don’t worry unnecessarily, your instincts are working well in recognising kochloffels (been waiting for ages to use that word in the right context, thanks Atlan).

You’d think there would be a...
Forum: Social Forum 4th June 2022, 14:00
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
Of course, I meant harmonised.

Of course, I meant harmonised.
Forum: Social Forum 4th June 2022, 13:53
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
Michael, I agree! Yet more crossed wires -mea...

Michael, I agree! Yet more crossed wires -mea culpa. I was assuming the first mention here of 'boos' was a reference to the one who paid off the USA litigant in an effort to save face. I wasn't...
Forum: Social Forum 4th June 2022, 13:09
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
My apologies! I was maintaining the current...

My apologies! I was maintaining the current theme. I thought the 'boos' then in question were intended for the benefit of another certain undeserving member of the family. Those now mentioned were...
Forum: Social Forum 4th June 2022, 12:57
Replies: 26
Views: 855
Posted By wraymond
Perhaps it's the terminology. Stealth? Naaa, no...

Perhaps it's the terminology. Stealth? Naaa, no need for the option. Log in if you want to, don't if you don't. Who cares? The question is prurient.
Forum: Social Forum 4th June 2022, 12:04
Replies: 26
Views: 855
Posted By wraymond
I'm confused about some things, but learned long...

I'm confused about some things, but learned long ago to live with my own naivety. Even so, why on earth would anyone want to avoid being recognised as an interested member? Ego? That seems decidedly...
Forum: Social Forum 4th June 2022, 08:21
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
He probably sees himself as a ‘character’ and...

He probably sees himself as a ‘character’ and beyond reproach. In his world the fall from grace doesn’t affect his privileges.

I have sympathy for his mother. In her world, especially right now,...
Forum: Social Forum 3rd June 2022, 12:43
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
Sorry Fred, not very clever at all. There must...

Sorry Fred, not very clever at all. There must surely be very few left who believe anything that comes from him. To put this in the public domain by lying only taints all those involved in what is...
Forum: Social Forum 3rd June 2022, 09:29
Replies: 22
Views: 576
Posted By wraymond
Smile Many happy returns!

Many happy returns!
Forum: Social Forum 2nd June 2022, 18:27
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
Talking Good 'eavens Arctic, as far back as Oliver...

Good 'eavens Arctic, as far back as Oliver Cromwell? Nothing like scraping the barrel! Given the number of obvious targets I'm sure you can do better than that!
Forum: Social Forum 2nd June 2022, 12:45
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
That's a very polite way of putting it. Detecting...

That's a very polite way of putting it. Detecting an undercurrent. Tread warily!:D
Forum: Social Forum 2nd June 2022, 12:39
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By wraymond
What have we become? A 'free' nation that readily...

What have we become? A 'free' nation that readily submits to penal punishment for law-breaking without a statute? With current and widespread challenges over the whole concept of what really happened...
Forum: Social Forum 2nd June 2022, 12:26
Replies: 80
Views: 2,393
Posted By wraymond
Variety being the spice of life, why not allow...

Variety being the spice of life, why not allow some leeway? Then, surprisingly, we all get our own way. The changes, if left standing, and in particular public signage, serve to mark progress (or...
Forum: Social Forum 2nd June 2022, 12:14
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
Talking In what respect? You certainly pick your day!

In what respect? You certainly pick your day!
Forum: Social Forum 2nd June 2022, 09:44
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
Well, Jack is fluttering in a very mild and...

Well, Jack is fluttering in a very mild and dignified breeze - eminently suitable to the occasion. In a street, sorry, avenue, of a hundred dwellings, just the three of us then. Mind you, mine's the...
Forum: Social Forum 2nd June 2022, 09:38
Replies: 80
Views: 2,393
Posted By wraymond
Imperial was a method peculiarly of this country...

Imperial was a method peculiarly of this country and has served its purpose. Apart from that, I can't think of anything I would want or need to measure in units smaller than a mm.
Scientists use...
Forum: Social Forum 1st June 2022, 19:10
Replies: 16
Views: 677
Posted By wraymond
Modesty prevails! If I thought I had those...

Modesty prevails! If I thought I had those qualities you mention I'd keep schtum. (Oh, and see posts 1 & 4).
By the way, and appro pro nothing at all - my paternal grandmother was a bible-thumping...
Forum: Social Forum 1st June 2022, 16:57
Replies: 73
Views: 2,408
Posted By wraymond
We are not overly demonstrative but I might just...

We are not overly demonstrative but I might just raise a glass of Glen Something- Or-Other. Sitting, of course.

70 years without fault and in the face of occasionally a lurid press is rather...
Forum: Social Forum 1st June 2022, 16:47
Replies: 16
Views: 677
Posted By wraymond
In heaven’s name! What a mess of confected...

In heaven’s name! What a mess of confected bandwagon prejudice!

Warren Mitchell was an actor! In show Biz! There were so many working in that circle of make-believe who were the subject of racial...
Forum: Social Forum 31st May 2022, 13:09
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
When we consider everything that has happened...

When we consider everything that has happened over the last few years, from the mundane all the way through to the most damaging, there cannot be any excuses for the appalling ‘management’ of and by...
Forum: Social Forum 30th May 2022, 12:16
Replies: 46
Views: 1,620
Posted By wraymond
Couldn’t agree more. The trouble with a compass,...

Couldn’t agree more. The trouble with a compass, moral or otherwise, is that it swings both ways.

There’s always a choice, either in the particular substance, quantity, or strength. Addiction is,...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 28th May 2022, 18:48
Replies: 13
Views: 1,195
Posted By wraymond
You have entered a black hole. Time has no...

You have entered a black hole. Time has no meaning there and no laws are applicable. I'm not joking. I applied to have my driving licence (voluntarily surrendered) reissued many weeks ago, still...
Forum: Social Forum 28th May 2022, 13:32
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
Well I suppose we could always adopt an Eastern...

Well I suppose we could always adopt an Eastern European model to resolve parliamentary jiggery pokery.

Alternatively, those who either take exception to chicanery or merely criticise from a safe...
Forum: Social Forum 27th May 2022, 23:52
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
It all comes down to who you believe? It...

It all comes down to who you believe? It shouldn't I know. but it does. How many of them do you believe? Precious few I'll wager. Who's fault is that?

Those few who have had the honour to...
Forum: Social Forum 27th May 2022, 17:58
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
I wonder, would we be happy and gloating if...

I wonder, would we be happy and gloating if everybody who flouted those imbecilic rules in any way were to be fined? Hardly adult are we.

The whole thing is gradually falling into farce. Headline...
Forum: Social Forum 27th May 2022, 17:48
Replies: 23
Views: 688
Posted By wraymond
ACS: Where did that explanation come from!...

ACS: Where did that explanation come from! Agreed, the profit does look large. And oh boy it is.

I’ll bet my house you’d go a long way to find an ‘average’ user’s house. Yes, it’s a maximum price...
Forum: Social Forum 27th May 2022, 15:04
Replies: 21
Views: 880
Posted By wraymond
I just cannot believe my luck. I really enjoyed...

I just cannot believe my luck. I really enjoyed my job which I’d had for 25 years and had worked through various levels. The company, a national commercial institution which had recently opened...
Forum: Social Forum 27th May 2022, 10:18
Replies: 23
Views: 688
Posted By wraymond
Just a brief observation, 'the price' in question...

Just a brief observation, 'the price' in question is very largely an opportunistic grab while the going is good.

The manufactured state of panic, and the gullibility of the paying public, are...
Forum: Social Forum 26th May 2022, 09:43
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
Agreed Gary. But, to paraphrase a certain W....

Agreed Gary. But, to paraphrase a certain W. Churchill in 1940 never before have so many been so badly served by so few...
Forum: Social Forum 25th May 2022, 10:00
Replies: 46
Views: 1,620
Posted By wraymond
Something that sticks in my mind is the...

Something that sticks in my mind is the appearance some time ago of Charlton Heston on a Hollywood stage (the Bowl?) with a rifle in his hand. Screaming some diatribe about 'nobody shall take this...
Forum: Social Forum 25th May 2022, 09:49
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
A pure guess but... So far as the so-called...

A pure guess but...

So far as the so-called ‘civil’ service is concerned there will be much criticism with no direct blame attached. Absolutely zero observable action will be taken and precisely...
Forum: Social Forum 24th May 2022, 09:45
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
Truth and honour aside just for the moment, a...

Truth and honour aside just for the moment, a circus that allows the clown to be the ringmaster is fated to a short run. The next vote will be against the clown and the new leader, given those who...
Forum: Social Forum 23rd May 2022, 19:25
Replies: 12
Views: 462
Posted By wraymond
If electric cars can be slowed in certain...

If electric cars can be slowed in certain circumstances, then why not be brought to a (dead) stop? Oh, just a minute, that happens now already. I wonder what the new world name for 'driving' will be....
Forum: Social Forum 23rd May 2022, 13:44
Replies: 1
Views: 167
Posted By wraymond
Spoiled brats

It’s amazing how such pantomimes as the current court action between two wives, who otherwise would be irrelevant, of famous footballers hang their tawdry affairs on the public washing line.
Then,...
Forum: Social Forum 23rd May 2022, 10:02
Replies: 54
Views: 2,070
Posted By wraymond
Wordle virgin raising a hand from the back of the...

Wordle virgin raising a hand from the back of the class:
Er, where's the 'link'? Please. Blushing.
Forum: Social Forum 21st May 2022, 12:11
Replies: 14
Views: 429
Posted By wraymond
I think that's a result of environmental pressure...

I think that's a result of environmental pressure from ornithologists regarding the bird population and the nesting/feeding necessities. Not to mention the getting together bit undercover.
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 21st May 2022, 09:07
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By wraymond
Due to earlier events I haven’t had my car off...

Due to earlier events I haven’t had my car off the drive for nearly a year now and voluntarily gave up my licence at the beginning.

So, I thought what a wonderful opportunity to do to the car...
Forum: Social Forum 20th May 2022, 16:28
Replies: 14
Views: 429
Posted By wraymond
In my road there are grass verges from top to...

In my road there are grass verges from top to bottom on both sides. It’s about a quarter of a mile long. It’s mown by the council twice a year, May and September. So, most of us diy it once a month....
Forum: Social Forum 20th May 2022, 11:49
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
There's so many of them Gary. I wonder if anyone...

There's so many of them Gary. I wonder if anyone else gets the merest impression that those concerned are hoping against hope for another crisis to burst so the attention is taken away from certain ...
Forum: Social Forum 20th May 2022, 09:33
Replies: 217
Views: 7,061
Posted By wraymond
My local MP was David Amess. I met him once or...

My local MP was David Amess. I met him once or twice, my business was directly opposite his offices. He came in once or twice for a brief chat. Charming gentleman, always with a gentle hand and...
Forum: Social Forum 19th May 2022, 21:44
Replies: 13
Views: 449
Posted By wraymond
Who, or what, controls the imposition of...

Who, or what, controls the imposition of selective arbitrary speed limits on the roads? Bees in bonnets are becoming more and more self important.

I suspect local gobby gauleiters have not got...
Forum: Social Forum 19th May 2022, 08:56
Replies: 39
Views: 1,886
Posted By wraymond
That's growth, but only growth of debt (which is...

That's growth, but only growth of debt (which is only achieved by an increase in borrowing). Which increases the inability to repay longer term debt by increasing interest rates. Which increases the...
Forum: Social Forum 18th May 2022, 08:04
Replies: 161
Views: 7,317
Posted By wraymond
He seems to be everywhere just now. Poking his...

He seems to be everywhere just now. Poking his nose in, again. His overseas contacts must have rumbled him. Was there ever a more shameless blaggard. I detect a tinge of desperation about him. Not...
Forum: Social Forum 17th May 2022, 14:34
Replies: 15
Views: 368
Posted By wraymond
When that comes up for renewal check the NCD...

When that comes up for renewal check the NCD allowance first (if applicable). Then, well before the due date, ask for written confirmation (if not on the new docs) that you have not been penalised...
Forum: Social Forum 17th May 2022, 14:21
Replies: 6
Views: 203
Posted By wraymond
So, they tried a rise of 14%, hoping for either...

So, they tried a rise of 14%, hoping for either apathy or resignation. That's about twice the rate of inflation. That's a confidence booster for you concerning future trustworthiness!

There are...
Forum: Social Forum 17th May 2022, 12:41
Replies: 15
Views: 368
Posted By wraymond
Something else just occurred! The accident you...

Something else just occurred! The accident you mention – was the car you were driving insured under your own policy number and in your name? It’s not unheard of for the other side to allege partial...
Forum: Social Forum 17th May 2022, 09:00
Replies: 15
Views: 368
Posted By wraymond
Thanks Mick. That confirms (for me) that it was...

Thanks Mick. That confirms (for me) that it was an exercise in opportunistic premium growth and not related to your risk profile.

I would pressure them (as far as you can!) into a written...
Forum: Social Forum 16th May 2022, 18:57
Replies: 15
Views: 368
Posted By wraymond
Quite a few assumptions there Simon! 1. ...

Quite a few assumptions there Simon!

1. With hundreds of companies and brokers chasing the same market it’s certainly competetive!

Outlets charge more than the direct companies’...
Forum: Social Forum 16th May 2022, 17:23
Replies: 15
Views: 368
Posted By wraymond
Thoughts occur Mick. Was the renewal at the...

Thoughts occur Mick.

Was the renewal at the exact and proper contract date?
Did you actually have sight of the claim papers, or any other indication at the time of the incident, that...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 16th May 2022, 16:45
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By wraymond
How much is a new jack Ian?

How much is a new jack Ian?
Forum: Social Forum 13th May 2022, 19:51
Replies: 39
Views: 1,886
Posted By wraymond
It's fascinating to me how social habits and...

It's fascinating to me how social habits and mores dictate behaviour. Today I queued in the chippie for my evening 'tea', a Friday favourite (Celia can't eat anything cooked in the same oil that fish...
Forum: Social Forum 13th May 2022, 14:11
Replies: 13
Views: 377
Posted By wraymond
I can see a small point, very small, if a car is...

I can see a small point, very small, if a car is annually serviced by an amateur but experienced owner. However when we come to our cars, and some are rather long in the tooth - serviced or not -...
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