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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2008 5:26pm (Oct 7th 2008)
     
    Jonny, wot's a Hino sign?
    Fancy having signs in your room...how very odd...:)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2008 5:26pm (Oct 7th 2008)
     
    Ollie; simultaneous post - make a wish! :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2008 5:27pm (Oct 7th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, YES CC too! Haha, sorry your post didn't come up before :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2008 10:11pm (Oct 7th 2008)
     
    I found out today that they are bringing in a 'consultant' to do my old job that I left 6 months ago. Its been plenty of time to advertise and recruit to but no, they have to go get a graduate, one year out of uni. And to make matters worse they're going to be paying him almost double what they were paying me. I asked for a re-grade to stay and was told to "fill in the form and send it to HR" - which means no. Then they'll want me to train him.

    Then, just to twist the knife, they're about to advertise my old job - 2 grades higher than they paid me. But they wouldn't give me one grade?!

    Yes yes, I'm bitter and twisted - I admit it. Oh, and jealous.
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2008 12:20am (Oct 8th 2008)
     
    CC: Hino is a truck/bus/diesel engine multi-national manufacturer..

    The sign was a 4'x2'-ish flouresecent lit garage (reapir) sign that was being thrown out at a local petrol/repair station...owner must of picked it up and threw it out as he was a Petro-Canada station.

    I had it mounted (sticking out from the wall) in my mother's basement...a very tolerant women...the basement was where me and my friends hung out (we lived in what we call a bungalow - a detached 1500 SqFt house.

    Oooh...Google Maps!! Where I lived for 20 odd years
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2008 4:27pm (Oct 8th 2008)
     
    Kate, that's appalling! Have you no recourse via the unions? God, I'm so glad I don't have a proper job...
    1500 square feet? That's not a house Jonny, that's a village...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2008 7:16pm (Oct 8th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chicken.
    1500 square feet? That's not a house Jonny, that's a village...


    Apparantly, according to recent statistics, the average or middle-sized British back garden is around 1,036sq m, or 3,400sq ft. That has nothing to do with anything, but it's what my brand spanking new chicken book says ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2008 10:14pm (Oct 8th 2008)
     
    Our back garden is 26 ft by 26 ft!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2008 10:47pm (Oct 8th 2008)
     
    Why do some of the houses appear to glow on that map Jonny?!

    No - no recourse at all. All they have to do is re-jig the job description a bit and claim its different. HR always back the managers.

    Having 'consultants' or 'interim' staff in is really common at the moment - internal staff are not offered promotions or secondments, its all going to outsiders. My friend - a single mom - is getting about £22k a year, and the 2 'interim' men working with her are on £500 a day. They are all doing the same work. NOW do you see where the NHS monies are going?!

    Our garden is well below average too!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2008 1:37am (Oct 9th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't think ours is 3,400sp ft either, that sounds huge :o
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2008 1:01am (Oct 10th 2008) edited
     
    Kateb: Some of them have white roofing..the light blue ones I don't know..hmmmm..perhaps an artifact of the photography process??
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2008 5:40pm (Oct 10th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rant ~ just had an email saying an expensive bike has been stolen from Hawthorns bike storage rack (the ******** had cut through the lock :thumbdown: ) so can everyone get a shed key for £10 and leave their bikes in the storage shed instead of the bike racks overnight.

    Well, I got the key the second day i was here BUT THE STUPID THING DOESN'T UNLOCK THE DOOR!!! :angry: I thought it was me being stupid, but my friend can't unlock the door and a random guy couldn't either *growls*

    Have emailed someone about it but if my bike gets nicked... :_oh_really:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2008 6:02pm (Oct 10th 2008)
     
    Take it in your room!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2008 6:06pm (Oct 10th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Up five flights of stairs?! *dies simply thinking about it*
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2008 6:18pm (Oct 10th 2008)
     
    What's it to be; good healthy exercise plus bike, or lazy moo minus bike???
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2008 1:54am (Oct 11th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The woman emailed me back saying "Are you sure that you are trying to open the right Bike shed ?" Well that's what i was asking you!!! We did try all the different ones in Hawthorns, so i think i must have the wrong key. I will sort it tomorrow :fierce:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2008 11:50am (Oct 12th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rant ~ i am getting fresher's flu, and i thought i'd managed to dodge it, but alas no! :D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2008 1:48pm (Oct 12th 2008)
     
    Take lots of vitamin C (but nott too much; don't want a RP situation developing) and echinacea if you can get hold of some.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2008 6:58pm (Oct 12th 2008)
     
    I second those medications...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2008 7:10pm (Oct 12th 2008)
     
    Its coming up against all those germs that you are not immune to. You have developed resistance to the bugs that your family and near friends have but then here is a whole set of new ones!

    I found when I was working and visiting folks in their own homes such a lot that I hardly ever had a cold etc. Only had 'flu once in all that twenty years. You will soon aquire all this resistance..

    There is a lot to be said for plenty of fruit for invalids. Vegs are excellent too, you will know all about preserving their nutritional values as much as poss..

    Look after yourself and get a few earlier nights to help the concentration you need in the day time.

    :045:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2008 7:14pm (Oct 12th 2008)
     
    Spot the grandma! :D See how you're looked after on the Forum, Red!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2008 8:37pm (Oct 12th 2008)
     
    You are going to be so mothered by us all for the next few years Red!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2008 9:06pm (Oct 12th 2008)
     
    Apart from me, obviously...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2008 9:34pm (Oct 13th 2008)
     
    Goes without saying! You can be the bad influence instead.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2008 11:09am (Oct 14th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenTake lots of vitamin C (but nott too much; don't want a RP situation developing) and echinacea if you can get hold of some.

    Echinacea? :confused:

    I'm living off these Ricola things, made from "a great tasting mix of 13 herbs"...not sure about the 'great tasting' part, but they really help with my throat...

    Thankyou everybody :nicegrouphug:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2008 12:29pm (Oct 14th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This is me at the moment: confused smileys My laptop is seriously misbehaving itself...sometimes it refuses to let me go on the internet, now it is refusing to let me see my lecture notes online...not good! Free Smileys & Emoticons at Clipart of.com

    *edit* It is still not working, so now progressed to
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2008 12:33pm (Oct 14th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've got it, i've got it!! smileys
    All this for some lecture notes...it was a very boring lecture too, typical *sigh* happy smileys
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2008 4:28pm (Oct 14th 2008)
     
    I tell you what, Red, there's this amazing invention that doesn't crash or lose your notes; it's called a PEN and PAPER. Try it! :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2008 4:34pm (Oct 14th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    But then i'd need folders / files to put all the papers in and that'd take up loads of room...see, I write the notes out in rough, type them up on the computer, then they're all in one place & i can email them to people in the class if they need them...or i could if my laptop wasn't so temperamental :P
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2008 5:34pm (Oct 14th 2008)
     
    I hope you charge them a-plenty!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2008 7:40pm (Oct 14th 2008)
     
    No, people have computers and 'paperless offices'...which entails VAST quantities of handbooks and manuals taking up miles of space...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2008 8:47pm (Oct 14th 2008)
     
    Don't forget to back it all up somewhere else, e.g. memory stick! Nothing worse than having your computer die on you / stolen / melt down / and all your work being lost.
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2008 12:27am (Oct 15th 2008) edited
     
    Or you can use a backup service like MozyHome...it gives you 2 GB of encrypted backup storage for free.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2008 9:59pm (Oct 15th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rant ~ I'm achy after Boxercise and i still got exercises to do :glare:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2008 11:09am (Oct 17th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rant: I can't get on webCT to do my homework that is due in at 1:00pm...I know, i know, i shouldn't have left it till the last minute... :(
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2008 6:51pm (Oct 17th 2008) edited
     
    WRITE it and hand it in like PROPER!!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2008 7:06pm (Oct 17th 2008)
     
    I think she need the site to do the work, CC. ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2008 9:25pm (Oct 17th 2008)
     
    Good grief...even the lecturers are dependent on technology...:\
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2008 10:07pm (Oct 17th 2008)
     
    Most things are dependant on technology these days. :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2008 11:44pm (Oct 17th 2008)
     
    We had new furniture today - a 3 seater and a 2 seater and a footstool. Electric recliner, the full works - except the 3 seater is huge, much bigger than we thought, and it doesn't fit in the room properly. Also, part of it sticks out at the back (it comes in 3 sections) and doesn't un-recline properly so have to call the shop tomorrow. [sigh]. I hate complaining!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2008 4:14am (Oct 18th 2008)
     
    Posted By: KatebHaving 'consultants' or 'interim' staff in is really common at the moment - internal staff are not offered promotions or secondments, its all going to outsiders. My friend - a single mom - is getting about £22k a year, and the 2 'interim' men working with her are on £500 a day. They are all doing the same work. NOW do you see where the NHS monies are going?!
    Do they get away from paying benefits by doing this? If so, they are saving something like 15% of the cost of an employee - and the person won't ever have a basis to fight a termination, etc... Snakes... Grrr.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2008 9:19pm (Oct 18th 2008)
     
    Benefits?? Don't know whether you mean social security type benefits or perks? The interim staff have to pay tax and national insurance still, and becuse its short term contracts they can be terminated at any time - that's the risk they take by not applying for a job properly. It means that the NHS manager who employs them can by-pass the current recruitment system, but pay out a lot more than a substantive employee gets. The interims are also allowed to join our parking scheme for £10 a month, (same as us) but then they claim that back as expenses!!! We currently have 167 spaces for 240 employees. Go figure!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2008 5:58pm (Oct 20th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: James is leaving E Block! noooooo :( And to make it even worse he is moving to Templar House (literally 30 seconds walk away) where they have massive rooms and about eight kitchens between thirty...lucky thing!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2008 6:00pm (Oct 20th 2008)
     
    That's not fair. Why does he get to move anyway?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2008 6:02pm (Oct 20th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He was staying in a shared room until there was a vacancy...so now the guy he was sharing with has a bedroom twice the size of everyone else and with bunk beds too! :)

    There's another boy who will be leaving at some point as well. It's really sad, and gonna be pretty difficult for them to make friends. Especially at Templar House, that's mainly for 3rd years :confused:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2008 7:46pm (Oct 20th 2008)
     
    Well he doesn't have to STAY banged up in T H, does he? I mean, presumably your keepers let you out to socialise now and then...? In fact, if he has such a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge room, you could :drinkparty: in there. As long as you're quiet from April onwards to let the 3rd years swot/write dissertations...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2008 12:19pm (Oct 21st 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    true. We went to visit him yesterday and he's very upset...haven't seen him today yet.

    Rant ~ went to the shop to buy soya milk and got distracted by the Family Salad packs offer :-\ Now have gorgeous big salad for tea though :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2008 6:23am (Oct 22nd 2008)
     
    LOL Kate - I forgot, you have nationalized health care. Here, medical and dental care an insurance program through private companies and (as a 'benefit') employers will sometimes pay the $600 or so per month it costs. Social security is a government program that we all pay into - hoping it will still be there in our old age.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2008 9:53am (Oct 22nd 2008)
     
    Something awful has happened. We bought a new black leather suite that was delivered on Friday. It cost a fortune. I said it was a mistake at the time. I've just noticed that the cat (probably Foggy) has clawed the arm and the bottom and a bit on the seat. Probably in the night. Pete will go ballistic when he sees it. This is exactly why I didn't want bloomin leather. I prefer cheap and cheerful, then we can all be happy, cats too. Our old suite cost one sixth of this one, and we had it for about 15 years. THis is 5 days old and is ruined already. What do I do? He's going to start ranting about damn cats and getting rid of them (NOT happening). Why can't he listen to me just once and not waste money? I'll have to start shutting them out of the room when we're not around, so therefore will have to find somewhere else to feed them. Kitchen isn't big enough. Damn and blast - don't need it when I've got a dodgy belly too. Sorry for the rant!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2008 12:11pm (Oct 22nd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw no Kate :(

    My friends have cats and have a normal couch but then have designated scratching material on the arms and part of the back, actually fastened to the couch...like that stuff that cat scratching posts are made from? And the cats only ever scratch on there, and not on the couch itself...dunno if that'll help at all. Doesn't really help with what to do now :confused:

    Is it badly damaged? Can you claim off insurance (we did this when one of my rats chewed through my Grandma's couch) ?
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      CommentAuthorChicken Wing
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2008 4:53pm (Oct 22nd 2008) edited
     
    Don't know if this will be of any use to you but when we has our new leather sofa we used to use some old duvet covers to throw over it at night to stop the cats damaging it.
    Not sure about what you can do about the damage already done though sorry I can't be of more help
    :sad:
    I have just found this site on google don't know if it might be of any help
    http://www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/Leather_Repair.htm?gclid=CIbBkviYu5YCFRqH1Qodn3AzLQ
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2008 5:17pm (Oct 22nd 2008)
     
    What IS it with men and black leather settees?
    If the scratches are showing up white, use a black permanent marker to tone them down.
    Yes, claim on insurance and get a nice cosy cloth-covered one thay doesn't fart when you sit on it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2008 7:07pm (Oct 22nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rant ~ my curtain has broken :o
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2008 7:56pm (Oct 22nd 2008)
     
    How can you break a curtain? You mean you've ripped it? Or broken the curtain rail?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2008 8:21pm (Oct 22nd 2008)
     
    Swinging on it like a monkey breaks the curtain. You then need to find another monkey who can mend it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2008 8:39pm (Oct 22nd 2008)
     
    I think it would be easier if it were a tear or something, but its lots of little puncture holes with tiny bits sticking out towards us. Never thought of insurance! Might save that for a couple of years time when I'm fed up of it and want a nice normal suite!

    Hubby spotted it this afternoon (I pretended i hadn't seen it of course!) Then I jumped in quick and said I'll shut them out of the room at night and when we're at work. He didn't go too mad thankfully. Think he loves the darn cats as much as me sometimes!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2008 9:27pm (Oct 22nd 2008)
     
    Of course he does. Men just don't think it's manly or something...one minute Eric's moaning about the cat sitting on the windowsill staring at him and willing him to open the door, the next minute he's got up, opened the door and is giving the cats sweeties...:\
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2008 10:58pm (Oct 22nd 2008)
     
    Yes, Pete threatens to kick the cat, then just shoves her out of the way and gets scratched for his efforts!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2008 4:37pm (Oct 23rd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenHow can you break a curtain? You mean you've ripped it? Or broken the curtain rail?

    It's not a curtain rail, it's little plastic things a bit like a zip...and some have popped off and won't go back in again :confused1:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2008 5:25pm (Oct 23rd 2008)
     
    Dunno. Everything in our house is 19th century...plastic zippy things ain't something we know about!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2008 1:32am (Oct 24th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rant: When we first moved in, our kitchen lock was faulty so we wrote it in the book and the next day two mechanics came and removed the lock and told us they would replace it (this was about two weeks ago) Well, tonight we come back 'home,' and there is a fine notice on the board saying we are being charged £150 because the kitchen lock has 'disappeared' from the door...

    :rolling: Brilliant! Talk about skanking the students they don't like - we've already been charged £30 for a hole in the roof that was already there! We're all gonna go see the head cleaner and our Block Rep tomorrow :)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2008 11:16am (Oct 24th 2008)
     
    Can't you MSN him. ;)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2008 11:17am (Oct 24th 2008) edited
     
    Hey what happened to that post? Now i look weird! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2008 11:24am (Oct 24th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: AceCan't you MSN him.;)

    I thought you were on about the resident tutor person! :D

    Yeah, what did happen to that post? Ghosts again? :confused:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2008 11:27am (Oct 24th 2008)
     
    haha. I have no idea, one second it was there and the next it had just dissapeared!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2008 10:24am (Oct 28th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant = My shoes have holes in... :thumbdown:
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2008 11:00am (Oct 28th 2008)
     
    That is necessary Red, so that you can get your feet into them....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2008 11:21am (Oct 28th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    nooo, on the bottom :updown: ...the only thing that gets in through those is rain water :(
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2008 12:25pm (Oct 28th 2008)
     
    hqtrev, very funny. ah made mea laugh anyway! I Like a quick wit!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2008 4:28pm (Oct 28th 2008)
     
    There's a 60s song called Hole In My Shoe...it's splendid...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2008 5:39pm (Oct 28th 2008)
     
    That must have been a follow-on to "A Hole in my Bucket".
    Do you remember the Hole in Shoe words?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2008 10:09pm (Oct 28th 2008)
     
    ...the hole in my shoe, it was letting in water (letting in water).... I'll see if I can find the sheet music. Only 4000 pieces to wade through...let's hope it was during my alphabetical filing phase!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2008 10:24pm (Oct 28th 2008)
     
    I remember it. "and all that I knew was, the hole in my shoe which, was letting in water (letting in waattteeerrrr rrrrrr rr)". Don't recall any other words.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2008 10:27pm (Oct 28th 2008)
     
    Are these the words?


    I looked in the sky where an elephant's eye
    Was looking at me from a bubblegum tree
    And all that I knew was the hole in my shoe
    Which was letting in water (letting in water)
    (letting in water)

    I walked through a field that just wasn't real
    With one hundred tin soldiers which stood at my shoulder
    And all that I knew was the hole in my shoe
    Which was letting in water (letting in water)
    (letting in water)

    (Narration: I climbed on the back of a giant albatross
    What flew through a crack in the cloud
    To a place where happiness reigned all year round
    And music played ever so loudly)

    I started to fall and suddenly woke
    And the dew on the grass had soaked through my coat
    And all that I knew was the hole in my shoe
    Which was letting in water (letting in water)
    (letting in water)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2008 10:33pm (Oct 28th 2008)
     
    Yep - that's the one! Who did it?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2008 10:36pm (Oct 28th 2008)
     
    Traffic. ;)
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2008 11:15am (Oct 29th 2008)
     
    I love how we can feed off one innocent comment, to share and learn new things. You just never know what lies lurking around the corner.

    By the way Red, I am sorry to hear that your shoes are letting in water (letting in water) (letting in water).
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2008 2:54pm (Oct 29th 2008)
     
    Could be worse...an elephant's eye might be looking at her from a bubblegum tree...
    Children, cite this song when your parents complain about your music and say that in their day songs meant something.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2008 3:17pm (Oct 29th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, and all this because my shoe's leaked :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2008 5:49pm (Oct 29th 2008)
     
    ...and is letting in water (letting in water, letting in water)...
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2008 5:49pm (Oct 29th 2008)
     
    letting in water (echo)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2008 2:04pm (Nov 1st 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: i need to go food shopping today but not sure if anyone else is awake yet :confused:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2008 3:22pm (Nov 1st 2008)
     
    Go to www.firebox.com , Red. There you will find a sonic grenade; you pull the pin, chuck it in their room and run away. It emits a continuous earsplitting shriek which can't be turned off until the pin is replaced - the pin which you have secreted somewhere about your person...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2008 6:57pm (Nov 1st 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ohhh that would be brilliant!! *goes off to investigate*

    Firebox, Sonic Grenade:
    "What makes the Sonic Grenade particularly effective (and hilarious) is the fact it can only be deactivated by replacing the pin, so victims have to get up and find you (and the pin) in order to silence its dreadful caterwauling. If you're feeling generous you can always chuck in the pin along with the grenade - although the sleeper will still have to scrabble around on the floor looking for it. Brilliant!"

    Wow!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2008 9:44pm (Nov 1st 2008)
     
    It works...I gave one to all of my friends with teenagers a few Christmases ago...:devil:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2008 11:55am (Nov 2nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I may have to get one of them, i could make such good use of it - especially at uni!

    Take today for example, only one person apart from me in the whole block is awake...disgraceful! It's not like we even had a late-late night last night... :confused:
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      CommentAuthorChicken Wing
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2008 5:21pm (Nov 2nd 2008)
     
    My rant for today is firms that make you redundant at the end of October just on the run up to Christmas "Aghhh!"
    :tearhair:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2008 9:24pm (Nov 2nd 2008)
     
    O no, CW: are you in a career that will mean you get something else easily? A friend of ours managed to get a maintrenance job 'just like that' last week; first interview the agency sent him on. You might be as lucky...hope so; fingers crossed for you!
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      CommentAuthorChicken Wing
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2008 8:43am (Nov 3rd 2008)
     
    Thanks CC but perhaps I should explain. It was poor Chicken Drumstick that was made redundant on Friday, without any warning! He is still in shock I think and it's the first time he's been out of work since leaving Uni. Hopefully he should find something soon as he has signed up with a few agencies, so he now just has to sit back and wait.
    I have everything crossed for him.
    :fingerscrossed::fingerscrossed:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2008 2:51pm (Nov 3rd 2008)
     
    Us too!:fingerscrossed: What line is he in?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2008 9:17pm (Nov 3rd 2008)
     
    Did they do the old "no, of course we're not planning redundancies, your job's safe", usually about 6 days before they start cutting staff. I'm worried about hubby's job - he works for Land Rover and its not looking good.
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      CommentAuthorChicken Wing
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2008 8:34am (Nov 4th 2008) edited
     
    Posted By: chief chickenUs too!<img src=" title=":fingerscrossed:" />What line is he in?

    CD works in IT as a software tester. Rumours were, the company he was working for took on 3 new developers 2 days before they made him redundant so he thought his position was safe, but they decided to let the testers go, “surplus to their needs”. So the programs they are producing will probably be plagued with problems!! "Obviously testing was not important to them."
    Good news though he has had one agency already called with a possible suitable position. So once again it's all fingers crossed :fingerscrossed::fingerscrossed::fingerscrossed:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2008 1:36pm (Nov 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    *crosses fingers too*
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2008 6:04pm (Nov 4th 2008)
     
    CW,...*fingers crossed too*:fingerscrossed:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2008 6:52pm (Nov 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no, that's so crappy :(

    Sorry I only saw this today but my best wishes to CD.

    I was made redundant a few years ago (the company I worked for was bought out by a much larger company, and little by little they got rid of the old company's employees).

    It's a devastating feeling, not helped much by the people who say "it turned out for the best" when it happened to them, but it did turn out for the best when it happened to me - I immediately got onto the agencies and contacted friends I'd made at other companies who were in a similar line of work.

    The agencies are actually quite good at chasing up positions for you (they should be, they get paid handsomely for it!), so as long as they are showing interest I think (and hope) he'll do ok out of it.

    I ended up taking the redundancy money (not much, but better than a kick in the teeth!) and going straight into another job, hopefully CD will be as lucky.

    Let us know how he gets on, and good luck for those interviews! (now's a good time to spruce up the old C.V. too...)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2008 10:44pm (Nov 4th 2008)
     
    You're in Boffinytech as well, aren't you, Neil?
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2008 12:38am (Nov 5th 2008)
     
    Good luck CD! EVERY software company needs testers...whoa is the company who doesn't have them.

    Developers usually have a narrow viewpoint when it comes to user testing and usability.

    I got laid off once (basically everybody but one person got laid off), lived off my severance for 3 months and THEN said to myself...oooh, I better get a job..contacted my previous employer (the one I left to go to the next one) and boom..I had a job!

    I'm sure CD will do fine. Let us know how it goes!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2008 1:42am (Nov 5th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rant ~ Somebody bought a chicken from Morrisons for 49p...There is no way that a chicken sold for 49p has had a good life, it's just not possible. Ugh :mad:

    rant 2 ~ All my plants are dying, no matter how hard i try look after them :-\
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2008 1:44am (Nov 5th 2008)
     
    Ugh indeed...but it was probably near or past its "expiry" date..or a loss leader {aka door-crasher]
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2008 9:11am (Nov 5th 2008)
     
    Or it was so 'off' that you had to catch it first!