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taxiforballet that's something I hadn't thought of with regards to the yowiling, Poppy doesn't go out that much and is a bit senile, which may account for her behaviour but Tia is a stay out but is behaving quite oddly lately and we have been wondering if she is being bullied by another cat but I hadn't considered that might be the cause of the yowling. Will keep an eye out - thanks :)

 

Back to room 101 - cyclists yet again - I thoiught they were supposed to signal when making a turn?

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The majority of the veg in Tesco's coming fron the other side of the planet.  Asparagus from Peru?  Can't remember where the mange tout and the baby sweetcorn came from, but they didn't come home with me.  I bought some samphire as I'd never tried it before and it came from France which is somewhat closer!!  It was rather nice and I can recommend it. 

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a friend queried the lack of English asparagus yesterday as where she lives it is grown all around her and was told it was about shipping contracts end dates and that local asparagus would be in the shops within 2 weeks.  Strawberries I noticed are now British!

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We managed to get some English asparagus from the local farm shop :) .  We live next door to Kent and I try and buy fruit and veg that is grown there and get peeved when the local supermarkets don't stock it. 

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This reminds me of an occasion a couple of years ago when I went to a farm shop and asked if they had any corn on the cob.

 

The chap said no, as the season was over and they wouldn't get any more.

 

I pointed out of the window at a field  of it growing right next door and he said "oh no, that's not sweetcorn, that's maize"

 

Er... Doh!

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Back to room 101 - cyclists yet again - I thoiught they were supposed to signal when making a turn?

 

So, allegedly, are motor vehicle drivers.  An elderly gentlemen with a stick nearly got hit a couple of days ago in the town centre because some lorry decided to turn into the road he was about to cross without indicating.

 

The majority of the veg in Tesco's coming fron the other side of the planet.  Asparagus from Peru? 

 

Allegedly, it is sometimes greener overall to grow the stuff further away and fly it in.  But I still find it most disconcerting, and often refuse to buy veg if I see where they've come from.  Mind you, I tend to get most things off the market when I can anyway - it's usually cheaper.

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Big thumbs down to the new VAX television ad.

 

Lovely film of little children wishing for chocolate cake, cuddly toys and snowflakes - and their wishes all come true, Ahhhh sweet.

 

Cue dreamy-looking woman. What's she dreaming of?

 

A NEW VACUUM CLEANER. 

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If he had still been alive - that would have been my Dad!  He loved hoovering.  In fact my Mum got him a new hoover one year from Christmas and he was absolutely thrilled to bits!!

 

Why can't I meet a man like that?

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I know litter droppers have been flagged up here for entry into room 101, but after an experience I had at Victoria Station at the height of the rush hour yesterday, that beggars belief, I feel I have to share it.

 

I was walking from the tube station towards Platform nine when a very large bag of rubbish was flung in front of me with some force to crash against the window of WHSmith.  No doubt I had a look of horror on my face as I turned to look at the very scruffy, dirty looking man that had slung it there and he said very smugly 'that's what you do with it'.  I replied angrily that it wasn't, you either find a bin or take it home with you.  At this point he delivered a stream of filth and abuse at me ( funny how foreigners are always so fluent in foul language) and I responded by calling him a filthy foul mouthed pig.

 

Of course there are never station staff or transport Police around when you need them so at this point I walked away as I didn't want to miss my train, but I was disappointed that no one else that saw what he did took the trouble to confront him.

 

There, got that off my chest, still angry though.

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There is however a problem at Victoria station in that there are no litter bins as far as I can see!! I get fed up with having to bring rubbish back to Brighton to dispose of it!!

Still no need of the reaction of this man....chucking it around! And the abuse!! Looks like he had problems though.

 

So the policy of no litter bins at all on some major stations for room 101!

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There must be a way of designing them so it can be seen what's in them and then they are checked reasonably often. It would be easy still to leave a "suspicious package" on Victoria station....all sorts of nooks and crannies...so I'm not sure that the removal of ALL litter bins is actually saving us from that many bombs!! There are probably fairly regular checks one would hope on any unattended luggage etc left standing around so a check on perhaps one or two litter bins for our use could be made.

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We once arrived back at Victoria on a Sunday morning with heavy suitcases and hand luggage.  I didn't see any way of successfully negotiating the staircase.  There was nothing breakable in the case and there was noone around so I let it go from the top to the bottom!  I can't believe, given that Victoria is a major hub, that the staircase issue hasn't been resolved.

 

I travel much lighter these days - usually hand luggage only!

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Ooh, when is there going to be a revamp at Victoria? I didn't know there was going to be one!  I rather like Victoria apart from the lack of lift.  Marylebone is another nice station.  Only visited Paddington once when DD auditioning for Rambert.  Why is it on a first visit to a station you always end up having to hike to the furthest platform?  Barely got a chance to look around but did see a Paddington Bear in a display case as we rushed past.  Still haven't been to Kings Cross to see platform 9.3/4.  Apart from Euston not been in any of the other stations.

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It has been going on for years already, affects mainly the Underground and bus station and is due for completion in 2018.  

The TfL website lists the improvements as:
A new underground North ticket hall at the junction of Bressenden Place and Victoria Street with an entrance at street level
Larger Victoria line ticket hall (South ticket hall)
Nine new escalators
A new interchange tunnel connecting the two ticket halls
New lifts providing step-free access between street, ticket hall and Victoria line platform levels
New lifts providing interchange between the Victoria line and District and Circle lines platforms
Improved access and new lifts between the National Rail and Tube platforms.

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/2359.aspx

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First the revamp is on right now at Victoria!! And all around the station too.

 

Both St.Pancras and Kings Cross station are really fabulous now......what a let down the Gare du Nord in Paris is .....especially the loos....after St Pancras now!! And very unfriendly to people with luggage as is the Metro in general!

 

London Bridge(taking forever) also undergoing revamp and so is Blackfriars!!

 

Euston which used to be ahead of the game is looking positively drab now....but it won't belong before London has some of the best stations in the world!

 

HOWEVER as this is Room 101 thread how about VERY LATE platform announces at stations,particularly Kings Cross, going into room 101!! I believe there is supposed to be some 10 min rule of notification but its really no joy with luggage having to run with 6mins to spare from one end of the station to the other!! Us oldies and Mothers with pushchairs get a particular hard time of it I feel!!!

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Grand tier Left we almost posted simultaneously.....thanks your post about Victoria is very informative.....nice to know how it will be...can't wait....and Janet you will be getting your lifts!!

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Although I welcome the new lifts at Victoria tube station, all the re-vamps in the world won't improve the capacity. Every morning they close the station several times due to overcrowding; you can be held outside the entrance when they close the gates and held in the booking hall when they close the barriers. When you finally make it to the platfforms you often have to let a couple of trains go before you can board and when you do you are so packed you sometimes can't get off at your stop before the doors close (and don't get me started on the queue for the lifts at Goodge Street).

 

I'm afraid I am pessimistic about the re vamp as the improvements to the bus station outside were a disgrace: whereas there used to be a roof right above the bus stands so that you could walk from bus to station under cover for most of the way, there is now only a inadequate cover above the stands and you get very wet now when it rains, especially when you're forced to queue.

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Obviously I am totally oblivious to my surroundings!  Usually arrive and leave via platforms 15, 16, 17 and 18 and go directly to the Tube so not sure what happens elsewhere at Victoria apart from the absence of lifts!

 

Back to 101 and yet again it is cyclists.  One rule for them and one for us as again I watched a cyclist go across red traffic lights whilst I stopped.  He did look as he went but even so it made me so mad!

 

 

edited for typos - must get rid of these gel nails!!

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Don't start me on the subject of cyclists - again!  Yes they often ignore red traffic lights here - or bounce up on to the pavement and use the pedestrian lights if that suits their purpose - or come over the one-way railway bridge by us the wrong way at great speed - or don't ring their bells to warn you they are coming at you at great speed on the prom (assuming they have bells at all!)

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My brother's friend failed his driving test in Cambridge, apparently for stopping in the middle of the street.  Why did her stop - because half way down a one way street he was met by about 15 cyclists coming the wrong way down the one way street - all together across all the road!!!

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