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8 hours ago, Vonrothbart said:

Probably been covered but, people who use words like "amazing" or "incredible" etc, when the situation is quite average. 

I like the thought of just saying "quite average.";)

I also dislike terms such as so and so "blasts" or "slams" something they don't care for very much. Aggressive tabloidese I suppose.

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A dislike of mine is when people use the word 'respect' when they are actually talking about politeness, good manners and consideration for others. It is almost as though nowadays you have to earn someone's 'respect' before they will consider whether they want to be pleasant towards you.

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15 hours ago, Jacqueline said:

I like the thought of just saying "quite average.";)

I also dislike terms such as so and so "blasts" or "slams" something they don't care for very much. Aggressive tabloidese I suppose.

 

Oh, aggressive tabloidese should really be shoved immediately into 101!

 

It really annoys me when a British sports person or team are said to have "crashed out" of a tournament.  This implies that they were hopeless, even if the actual match was very close.  What's wrong with "lost" or "was beaten by"?

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On 16/04/2017 at 11:10, Vonrothbart said:

Probably been covered but, people who use words like "amazing" or "incredible" etc, when the situation is quite average. 

 

I agree with the point but I'm enjoying imagining your ruthless honesty when congratulating someone on their quite average-looking new baby which in no way resembles its father but does look a bit like a pug ;) 

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Nouns and verbs being used interchangeably in writing when the only difference is the number of words involved.

 

Lookout is a noun, look out is a verb. I'm not sure why it annoys me so much to see lookout (and equivalent one-word terms) used as a verb; must be something to do with old age.

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People who try to tell me how to think on Social Media.  I am thoroughly fed up of people leaving statuses on my facebook telling me how I should vote tactically to "get the tories out" or to "save the UK from Brexit" or to "save the NHS" or any of the other causes that take their fancy.  It is a pointless quest - I have my own views and opinions and am not going to be swayed by a facebook post, but they are so frequent at the minute that I am getting to the stage where I will defriend the offenders.  I look at facebook to see random pictures of my friends, stupid cat video's and other general fluffiness or sarcastic funnies, not to be bombarded by social and political rants.  

 

If I want to have a political rant I will  watch question time and shout at the tv in the comfort of my own home.  I will discuss with friends in the pub over a nice glass of wine but I will not put my political views on a social media site - expect Trump bashing as I find that highly amusing!!

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2 hours ago, Fonty said:

Well, you are one shop up, Jacqueline, so I suppose it is good news.

 

Unless it is yet another estate agency, to join the 9 already there?

Apparently, the new shops are mostly food outlets and tobacconists. To add to the hundreds already trading. When we moved here, we commented that we had never seen so many places to buy "food" in one relatively small place. How it is not the fattest town in England I don't know, can't be far off. Everything is chips, chips, chips, burgers, kebabs and more chips. There was a proper deli years ago.  I was talking to the owner one day and he said he had to fight the council for permission to open. They opposed it on the grounds that people don't want poncy overpriced deli stuff, they want chips. In a rare deviation from the norm, the council was right. The deli bombed after lasting a surprising 6 whole months, the last one being a closing down everything must go sale, in which they did their best trade.  There has been a fish and chip shop there ever since. On the rare occasions I walk through town, the smell of fried food and specifically onions is nauseating.

Going down, according to the report, are estate and employment agencies as people do more of that sort of business on line now it appears.

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19 minutes ago, Jacqueline said:

Going down, according to the report, are estate and employment agencies as people do more of that sort of business on line now it appears.

 

Really?  I wish that was the same around my way!  We are awash with estate agents.

 

We also have loads of take away fast food joints of the chicken/burger/kebab & chips variety, but when a new development went up around one of the docks, we were asked what sort of shops we would like see.  About 95% said they would like to see cafes or restaurants that made the most of the view.

 

So far, we have ended up with two new estate agents and a Sainsburys local. There are some spaces vacant, but when we asked one of the very few local restaurants whether they would consider moving in to it, they said the rent was far too high for them.  

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On 28/03/2017 at 08:24, zxDaveM said:

definite pet peeve - women "putting their face on" by trowelling on make-up on the train. Get up 5-10 mins earlier and do it home!!

Talking of things best done at home, a woman parked her car outside my house about half an hour ago. I thought she was on her phone but now I can see she appears to be having some sort of eyebrow plucking session. She's got her tweezers in one hand and her compact mirror in the other and is really going for it. Can it really be such an emergency? At least she has pulled over. 

Added to that, we have the builders in. Efficient though they are, the noise, dust and upheaval are making me want to weep. They did ask if it was ok before they put the radio on - we've had one or two that just came in and put the radio on without so much as a by your leave, followed by me turning it off again - and one of the current crew likes singing along. So, we have drilling, wood cutting, radio, singalong and the fantom eyebrow plucker. How many eyebrows can a person have, or maybe she is drawing them back on.

I think I could quite happily live in a caravan by the sea. Top of the range model of course. Not like the one friends kept near Cuckmere. Always had a funny smell. They never found out what it was.:mellow:

Edited to say we also have some serious builder's bottom from the chap doing the floorboards and singing. Would put Kim Kardashian in the shade, literally!

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The dentist I am registered with only works Monday and Friday. 

I cracked a tooth on Monday but as I wasn't in pain, it was not an emergency and so I managed to get appt today. Dentist put temp filling in tooth and I need to go back for X rays to decide what 'we' do next ...

Next Monday is a bank holiday. Next Friday dentist is fully booked, the following week he is away, the following week is fully booked so I've got to wait till 22nd! But because I'm registered with him and it's not an emergency I can't see anyone else! However, if my 'temp' filling falls out, then give them a call and go back! 

Grrrr!

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Throwing the trains, particularly GWR, in here (although I'm sure they've been added before!). Regrettably had to return my matinee Mayerling ticket as I needed to be home earlier. Got on the 13:30 train at Paddington. Now, 5, nearly 6, hours delayed am still on the same train & have yet to reach my destination :( looking unlikely that I'll make my last connecting train at 22:11 as well. Should have arrived around 3pm. 

 

We were thrown off at Didcot Parkway & told to get a coach to Swindon. Told by the guy at the coach station to 'go back to platform 1, there's a train in 40 mins'. That train then sat there for nearly 2 hours, in which time we were advised there'd be no replacement bus services & that their 'official' advise was to not travel (bit late for that). We were then told that we could catch the train to Oxford & then change to get the Birmingham - Bristol train. Then they announced 15 minutes later that actually, that wouldn't be a good idea, as by the time you reached Birmingham there'd be no connection to Bristol :wacko: Brilliant.

 

I have so many issues with GWR trains being delayed during my morning rush hour journey, but funnily enough, never longer than the 1 hour compensation cut off. Guess the silver lining here is that a 5/6 hour delay should get me my ticket cost back. Annoyingly though, I could have seen the matinee & got home not much later than I'm going to... grr

 

 

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38 minutes ago, Lenore said:

Throwing the trains, particularly GWR, in here (although I'm sure they've been added before!). Regrettably had to return my matinee Mayerling ticket as I needed to be home earlier. Got on the 13:30 train at Paddington. Now, 5, nearly 6, hours delayed am still on the same train & have yet to reach my destination :( looking unlikely that I'll make my last connecting train at 22:11 as well. Should have arrived around 3pm. 

 

We were thrown off at Didcot Parkway & told to get a coach to Swindon. Told by the guy at the coach station to 'go back to platform 1, there's a train in 40 mins'. That train then sat there for nearly 2 hours, in which time we were advised there'd be no replacement bus services & that their 'official' advise was to not travel (bit late for that). We were then told that we could catch the train to Oxford & then change to get the Birmingham - Bristol train. Then they announced 15 minutes later that actually, that wouldn't be a good idea, as by the time you reached Birmingham there'd be no connection to Bristol :wacko: Brilliant.

 

I have so many issues with GWR trains being delayed during my morning rush hour journey, but funnily enough, never longer than the 1 hour compensation cut off. Guess the silver lining here is that a 5/6 hour delay should get me my ticket cost back. Annoyingly though, I could have seen the matinee & got home not much later than I'm going to... grr

 

 

What a nightmare :( 

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I wonder at the utter hypocrisy of the modern age, where we are supposed to be so advanced and enlightened. Watching a few chart hits - showing my age! - on a music channel last night, about 8pm, not late night, it was the usual sort of thing with barely dressed women cavorting provocatively.  Any men were of course, fully dressed. What century are we in now?

I had to laugh at the irony of one video in particular, with some female popstar prancing in her bra and knickers, singing about sex 'n' drugs, her backing dancers similarly attired. What passed for lyrics included the word b*tch but it was bleeped out. In a video on mainstream tv, depicting scenes I found offensively tiresome for their utter banality, we can see her simulating sex and apparently in a drug induced trance, but we are not allowed to hear the lady say a rude word. 

Other than that, it was an almost uninterrupted run of barely dressed women posing explicitly in tiny costumes and pretending  they weren't bothered about being dumped by their ex, cos they're  strong women who don't need men. Although, they make a living out of singing about how much they're so not bothered. Still, it shifts product and that's what counts.

I would put all these trashy productions into Room 101.

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Next, and their insistence that all customer collections are to be from the main cash desk in the Women's department. It is the busiest till in the shop, and the last thing you want to do is be stuck in a queue three people behind somebody who is returning about 8 items, collecting several more and has a query about their account as well. Especially when there is only one cashier working on the tills.

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17 hours ago, Fiz said:

The idiots who have cyber attacked many hospital databases and are holding them to ransom. How despicable! ?

 

The greed and sheer selfishness of some people never ceases to amaze me.  

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20 hours ago, taxi4ballet said:

Next, and their insistence that all customer collections are to be from the main cash desk in the Women's department. It is the busiest till in the shop, and the last thing you want to do is be stuck in a queue three people behind somebody who is returning about 8 items, collecting several more and has a query about their account as well. Especially when there is only one cashier working on the tills.

 

....and finally when it gets to your turn, they open a few more tills!

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Reporters who are blaming the nursing and ancillary staff for the computer meltdown instead of the government who cancelled the I.T budget for repairs and upgrades. Also the fact that nobody seems to have a clue what to do. My daughter and her co-workers worked their butts off today to prep 73 clinics and my daughter called in to reassure our elderly neighbour that her hospital clinic was running tomorrow to discover that the hospital had waited until the clerical staff had gone home and then rung our neighbour to cancel and had told her that everything tomorrow was cancelled.

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