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Manufacturers of electrical equipment who give you totally impractical lengths of power cable.  I'm thinking not only of the hairdryers which come with 1.2 m of cable, thereby giving you hardly any room to manoeuvre if you're tall and/or the socket is close to ground level, but the (quality) manufacturer of the replacement DVD player I've just bought, who has barely given you enough cable to reach the ground-level extension lead if you have the player at around thigh-height :( 

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Irons are another prime culprit. The manufacturers have clearly forgotten that you have to move it about a bit.

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Uneven paving stones and councils that do nothing about them! I tripped on one whilst walking our youngest dog. I went down hard and completely flat on the pavement, bruised and cut my face and knees and the force drove a tooth into my cheek. Luckily our good young Labrador was more worried about me rather than running off but I still don’t know how I got up and walked home as I was in tremendous pain and went into shock half an hour later. I discovered yesterday that it also gave me a stellate fracture of my left knee. It’s the last thing that I need since my dear mother, who had been extremely ill, died on Tuesday.

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19 minutes ago, Fiz said:

Uneven paving stones and councils that do nothing about them! I tripped on one whilst walking our youngest dog. I went down hard and completely flat on the pavement, bruised and cut my face and knees and the force drove a tooth into my cheek. Luckily our good young Labrador was more worried about me rather than running off but I still don’t know how I got up and walked home as I was in tremendous pain and went into shock half an hour later. I discovered yesterday that it also gave me a stellate fracture of my left knee. It’s the last thing that I need since my dear mother, who had been extremely ill, died on Tuesday.

So sorry Fiz, Jxx 

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Oh Fiz, I'm so sorry, on both counts.

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Thank you, Alison. Mummy is now free from pain and with my dear father and her father and mother who died when she was ten. 

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Oh Fiz, my condolences. However ill someone has been, and however expected the passing, death is always a shock. Be kind to yourself, and rest up that knee!

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Sending you condolences and all best wishes for a speedy recovery, Fiz.  I hope the pain is under control.  Xx

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Thank you, Kate and Sim. Re pain, it’s not really under control as I am badly allergic to NSAIDS.

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Thank you, Pas de Quatre. 

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Fiz, I’m so sorry to read about the loss of your mother and your accident. Thinking of you x

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I'm so sorry, Fiz. I send you my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother, and I hope the effects of your accident gradually ease.

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My soft cast is off, I have a removable knee brace and I am hoping that I will become more mobile shortly. Thank you so much for all your messages. xxx

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Good....now you can start putting that barre to good use!

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The Government Gateway and Government Verify systems.  I have spent a fruitless hour trying to create an account with both, and failed each time it came to filling in my passport details.  On each occasion I got the message that it didn't recognise my details.  I checked with the passport office and there is nothing wrong with my passport at all.  Therefore, the problem must be with the two systems the government insists I use.

 

What is the point of telling everyone they must go on line, if the on line features DO NOT WORK. 

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Fonty said:

The Government Gateway and Government Verify systems.  I have spent a fruitless hour trying to create an account with both, and failed each time it came to filling in my passport details.  On each occasion I got the message that it didn't recognise my details.  I checked with the passport office and there is nothing wrong with my passport at all.  Therefore, the problem must be with the two systems the government insists I use.

 

What is the point of telling everyone they must go on line, if the on line features DO NOT WORK. 

 

 

 

 

Does the Government Gateway still exists? I thought disbanded although can use log in for some services. 

Not that I’m at all an tech expert but have found numerous times that if I’m having a problem with parts of a website it is because I’m using Safari, when change platforms it inevitably works. 

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Well, I have to use it if I want to update my driver's licence (for which the wording suggests that I absolutely have to hold a valid passport.  Work that one out.)  I gave up too.  Must remember to try again sometime.

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18 hours ago, Jane said:

Does the Government Gateway still exists? I thought disbanded although can use log in for some services. 

Not that I’m at all an tech expert but have found numerous times that if I’m having a problem with parts of a website it is because I’m using Safari, when change platforms it inevitably works. 

 

It certainly does.  Or it did yesterday, anyway.

 

I tried it on Chrome and Firefox.  I had no problems accessing it, it just flatly refused to recognise my passport details, and because of that I was completely stuck. 

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