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To those bothered by cats in their garden - they don't like the smell of oranges so you could surround the guinea pig cage with orange peel - sorry I have cats but lucky for my neighbours the one point blank refuses to do her business in the garden so lucky me gets to empty the dirt tray. Shes a bit old and arthritic so I try not to get too put out by it. You can also buy pellets that are supposed to keep them off your garden

 

Trouble with this is that we have a cat ourselves! She (fortunately for the guinea pigs) seems to understand in her own furry way that they are our pets too, and as such are out of bounds when it comes to hunting...

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Alison - South Eastern Trains aka can of sardines! Just mastered getting in the correct part of the train so I don't have to "leg it" at Haywards Heath when the train splits

 

Porthesia, isn't HH on Southern? Actually, they're even worse. They introduced a "Priority Seat" card just about as I stopped commuting (I always tried to avoid using them form the homeward commute, anyway, because I knew what hell they were), so I thought I'd never need one, but I've lost count of the number of times I've attempted to get on a post-rush-hour or weekend train and wished I'd had one! I actually limped all the way to the front of a 12-coach train at Victoria once in the hopes of finding a seat, and then couldn't make it back to the ticket barrier, so had to wait until the next train came in on that platform before I could get home!

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Ahh, see I still don't know where I live even after 2 years!! Live in South East so presumed rail was the same and you are correct it is Southern and it is a dreadful service. They had 2 trains at 1 platform in Victoria and we got so confused as to where one train ended and the other started that we once again got in the wrong part of the train - at least we were in the right train. It's impossible to then walk through the carriages as it's always jam packed so once again had to leg it at Haywards Heath!!

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Flat tyres (on a day when you really NEED the car) AArrrrggghhhh :angry:

 

The moronic car manufacturers who insist on fitting your car with locking wheel nuts (Lets face it - who's going to want to pinch the wheel off a Nissan Almera anyway)

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These days you don't even get a spare. When I changed last year, mine came with that foam stuff. When I queried this, the salesman asked me how often I changed a tyre. A neighbour did one for me once but when I went to the garage to see if the puncture was repairable, they said the nuts couldn't be tightened tight enough by hand and re-did them for me.

 

Take care Taxi

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When I bought my first car (from the same garage as my latest as it happens) the salesman told me just to ring whichever motoring organisation I belonged to. I would offer that advice to anyone!

 

An ex-colleague had a tyre blow out on the Thelwall viaduct once. Being scared of heights did not help. He limped on as far as he could and then tried to change the tyre. He said the scariest thing was feeling the viaduct sway...... Now that would be a serious oh heck moment for me.

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That sounds terrifying, Jan! I do not like heights either.

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Cyclists

 

The House of the Rising Sun

 

People who walk down the street texting and just assume that everyone else will walk around them

 

Ditto people wearing music headphones who cross the street without looking or hearing....we drivers are supposed to see them, react and avoid hitting them when they don't even bother to look before crossing

 

Litterbugs

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Oooh what a great thread...where to start!!

 

Drivers who keep their fog lights on when it isn't foggy.....do they never wonder what that little light on the dashboard means????

 

Those who stand on the left on the Tube escalators. They should be barred from the network.

 

People on the train who think it is OK to use a mobile in a quiet carriage if they are "talking quietly". What part of "No Mobile Phones" do they not understand...

 

Parents letting their children run riot in public places and expecting us to be amused at the little darlings' antics....that's if they go as far as to notice of course.

 

Those who assume that "Please" and "Thank You" belong to a bygone era.

 

I am officially old and cranky.....

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When I bought my first car (from the same garage as my latest as it happens) the salesman told me just to ring whichever motoring organisation I belonged to. I would offer that advice to anyone!

 

Good idea - if it happens when you're out and about, but this was outside the front door and we don't have home-start cover! Hubby cancelled it since we have a mechanic neighbour, but he was out...

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Actually the one time a neighbour changed my tyre it was outside our house! But I was a bit worried when the garage I went to (which the neighbour did advise me to) was able to tighten the nuts so much more. I had visions of me driving down the M62 and noticing one of my wheels passing me (one wheel on my wagon.......)!

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The word 'Respect', particularly when teamed with 'Rights'.

 

Those who somehow think that people have to 'earn their respect' before treating them with anything remotely resembling politeness and good manners.

 

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned courtesy and consideration for others?

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The word 'Respect', particularly when teamed with 'Rights'.

 

I think for many people the word respect is now tied up with the word 'intimidation', or at least it is in my corner of south London.

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People who walk down the street texting and just assume that everyone else will walk around them

 

Ditto people wearing music headphones who cross the street without looking or hearing....we drivers are supposed to see them, react and avoid hitting them when they don't even bother to look before crossing

 

Or for that matter are on the phone. The accident involving the woman who effectively walked under a bendybus because she was on the phone, I think it was, was not far from my old office. The poor driver ...

 

Those who stand on the left on the Tube escalators.

 

People on the train who think it is OK to use a mobile in a quiet carriage if they are "talking quietly". What part of "No Mobile Phones" do they not understand...

 

Those who assume that "Please" and "Thank You" belong to a bygone era.

 

All of those. I notice that Chiltern Trains actually includes talking, full stop, in things thou shalt not do in a Quiet Carriage. Unfortunately, they also tend to run 3-coach trains to and from Birmingham, and these get highly crowded, and it's really pretty impossible to expect everyone who's had to cram into the QC just to get on to be quiet :(

 

I think for many people the word respect is now tied up with the word 'intimidation', or at least it is in my corner of south London.

 

Unsurprisingly, mine too.

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Cinemas! Normally very load and very cold. Thursday night still cold but the sound was at the level I would like it to be every time I visit .... except for this particular perfomance I would have appreciated just a tad louder. Led Zeppelin do sound better with the volume up just a bit

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Local councils who put up helpful signs telling you that a certain road will be closed on a certain day between certain times. You remember this and take extra time to do a long detour, only to find that the road wan't closed at all. Then... they close the road the following week without warning, and you are running late and have to do the detour all over again :angry:

 

Cyclists who get in everyone's way by riding around in a big bunch on Sunday mornings (especially the ones clad in yellow jerseys, pretending to be in the Tour-de France. Who are they kidding?)

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Agreed about misleading local council signs - and this also applies to national highway maintenance, too.

 

Hairdressers: too many sub-categories to list but sometimes culminating in the client slinking out, having cravenly left an unjustified tip, praying for rain so she can hide the unflattering result of her visit under an umbrella.

 

Doctors - or more specifically their appointment systems

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"Friends" who regularly cancel dinner dates (made months before because of shifts) because they have had a better offer.

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It is. 5 days before the dinner party - and I've bought the meat - to be told by facebook message. This is the third time and I'm really cross now!

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I'm on my way Spanner ;)

 

Avocado

 

Paying £150 for flea spot on treatment for 3 months for 3 cats & 3 dogs...18 TINY pipettes of liquid - wish I'd invented those!

 

Daily Mail

Keith Lemon

Greying ballet tights

Intolerance of others

Tax

PPI claim phone calls

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People who brightly say ""oh like Billy Elliott then?" when you mention a dancing son!

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I'm on my way Spanner ;)

 

Avocado

 

Paying £150 for flea spot on treatment for 3 months for 3 cats & 3 dogs...18 TINY pipettes of liquid - wish I'd invented those!

 

Daily Mail

Keith Lemon

Greying ballet tights

Intolerance of others

Tax

PPI claim phone calls

 

Re flea treatment for cats and dogs - go online and save a fortune!

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Going on holiday for a week with no WiFi, and therefore no Ballet.co!! Eeeek- drove me crazy not being able to post or read the forums!! :P

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Custard powder (when butter-fingered husband drops the container and covers everything in the kitchen... have you ever tried to wipe that stuff up? Yellow streaks everywhere!)

 

Cold draughts

 

Blunt scissors

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I'm going to add two additional sources of irritation at supermarket shopping, both of which seem recent innovations:

 

taking up position in the checkout queue while various family members scuttle about doing the actual shopping

 

and

 

slamming a divider down on the checkout conveyor belt and unloading the trolley without letting the person in front finish unloading, being careful not to leave enough space or checking if it's OK.

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I'm going to add two additional sources of irritation at supermarket shopping, both of which seem recent innovations:

 

taking up position in the checkout queue while various family members scuttle about doing the actual shopping

 

and

 

slamming a divider down on the checkout conveyor belt and unloading the trolley without letting the person in front finish unloading, being careful not to leave enough space or checking if it's OK.

 

We had a great one in Lidl a couple of weeks ago where the checkout assistant wouldn't push the dividers down the channel so about 80% of the conveyor belt was empty!

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Another supermarket grouch: Finding a promisingly short checkout queue, only for the checkout person to bellow at you that the checkout is now closed, when a simple and clear 'checkout closed' sign on the conveyor belt would have saved him/her the trouble and you the irritation.

 

I guess the supermarkets have to cut corners somehow...

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