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  1. I'd be very interested to see what impact higher fares is having on the city centre and a few other locations. I used to travel to the CC a few times a week, shopping, the market, etc, but as the fares got higher I now travel once a week and never travel there speculatively' i.e. for a look around. I go if I need something, and I can often delay that and until I need several somethings and get everything I need on one journey. Interestingly, last year was the first time I DIDN'T go to the CC for about three weeks in a row. Simply decided to make do and keep my money away from First and Stagecoach.
  2. I am aware of that, the original signs being reasonably easy to see, but we've been parking there since it changed from the Aunt Sally and we've never paid a parking fee, and I find it hard to believe we've gotten away with not paying the parking fee for over a decade. In addition, when we asked. the bar staff informed us that the first 90 minutes were free.
  3. I thought I'd mention this as I seem to recall a thread some time back about the Aunt Sally becoming the Francis Newton, and iirc quite a few people may have visited it. We went for a meal and a drink about two weeks back. Nothing unusual about any of it, food was okay, place was packed as usual, the car park rammed but we got a space. We're pretty regular visitors there, about once or twice a month I guess on average. Few days ago we got a £45 parking fine courtesy of Euro Car Parks for using the Francis Newton car park without displaying a ticket, and the fine goes up to £75 if we don't pay within 10 days (iirc). We've been visiting the Newton since my son went to uni several years ago, and before that we used the Aunt Sally. Either we've been very, VERY lucky and not been spotted over the years or the parking management has changed. I'm a member of MoneySavingExpert and I've noticed the car parking shenanigans that go off around the country so we're very cautious about using car parks correctly. We have asked the staff in the Newton what we needed to do in the past, and had it explained clearly to us. Better to ask than pay a hefty fine imo. As far as I can tell, there was little or no change in the signage in the Newton about the change to car parking management. We called the Newton and spoke to a member of staff who told us it changed about 5-6 weeks ago, and that there were prominent signs around warning customers of the changes. We obviously didn't see them - or they weren't that prominent. Seems that you need to buy a £3 parking ticket to park in the Newton, then providing you spend £5.05 pence (don't ask me why the .05p, it wasn't explained to me), on ANYTHING, food or drinks, you get reimbursed by the £3 being knocked off your bill and a ticket to display in your car. Now that seems oddly generous to me by Wetherspoons - two pints of whatever for roughly £2...? But that's what we were told. If it's changed at the Newton, it may well have changed at other Wetherspoons too, and while we're appealing the fine, it's probably a lot better not to incur it in the first place. Just thought I'd let the forum know. Caveat emptor.
  4. Hi. Came across this thread accidentally. My father worked at the Admiralty as a technician from around early 1969 to around 1973/4 (dates are a bit fuzzy in my head atm) eventually retiring from there. A lot of his work was basic cleaning iirc, but he also assisted some of the scientists working there occasionally. Nothing spectacular, just everyday stuff. Took a lot of vetting before he got the job too iirc. He made a couple of friends there too.
  5. I might agree with that if I knew what 'a decent enough job' actually means...?
  6. Yeah, that might work if there was clear and honest information about candidates BEFORE an election and voting. But usually it's afterwards when all their peccadilloes are revealed...
  7. I'm never sure about that tbh. The public keep voting for these people so some, at least, aren't that worried about it - and it's not just the 'good' MPs either. Christopher Chope for instance keeps getting returned (since '97). Always seems a bit like going shopping while wearing a blindfold to me.
  8. It's not actually strange at all imo. Politicians simply aren't subject to the same general rules of employment as the rest of us. They - more or less - make the rules up for themselves, same with pay and expenses.
  9. Indeed, it CAN do something about those things, but the question is will it actually do anything. Everything that comes after that sentence involves restructuring or overturning the council's own previous actions. Why would they do that, when they're still doing them...? Based on the council's previous, I would suggest it will talk a lot, talk some more, and do absolutely nothing material about the issue.
  10. Someone ought to host a conference on what to do about urban humans that cause a hell of a lot more road accidents and fatalities.
  11. Hello there. How would I get my hands on that please, and where are you based? And when you mention 'trailer' would you consider delivery if paid for? Edit: Ah, just seen you're based at Loxley, and read the other replies. Can I collect and bag it myself?
  12. Hi all. Looking for a large amount of manure for my allotment. Happy to pay a reasonable sum and for delivery if available, or to collect (if I can arrange some kind of trailer vehicle). I'm also looking for chippings (is that what they're called - when a tree is chipped through one of those machines). Looking for builders bag-sized quantity. Or even hedge trimmings. Again, happy to pay for delivery.
  13. Yeah, and Volkswagen emissions monitoring was accurate too. Crime statistics are falling and employment is rising.
  14. I disagree, and here's why. In 1998 a twenty-one year old female colleague who sat across the desk from me in an ES IT department told me she was going out for lunch to McDonalds. I jokingly said, 'you're not worried about BSE then?' She had no idea what BSE was (in 1998). 'Mad cow disease?' I said. She still had no idea what I was talking about, so I explained it. She reported me to the deputy manager, who gave me a verbal warning for scaring the young woman with a 'fake story'. There's no exaggeration or misinformation in that story. It is exactly how it sounds. People really are THAT stupid. We need to get the message across by lots of different means imo., and not always like this. Some people will get angry. They're gonna be a lot more angry when they start developing asthma and other diseases. I also take it you don't agree with strike action for workers either then...?
  15. They're all legitimate points imo. So, what good has it done? For you probably none. For most of us probably none. For business probably none. But it's a start. And because the authorities will do - and we all know this from experience - sod all, someone has to start somewhere with everything. Rosa Parks started something in the US back in 1955 and changed a lot. People have changed awareness of plastic pollution only recently. Campaigns raise awareness for people, because at the bottom of almost every issue are two problems: business and government (large and small) and neither will do anything unless forced to do so because 'it affects jobs and profits'. As if. So in the end, the only way campaigns can get any traction - because asking nicely will get only get a laugh if you're lucky - is more often by some form of disruption or direct action. Not always, but in the cases where businesses AND gov't are affected, mostly. And this particular issue is actually killing people, and the environment. Is that a good reason to disrupt the daily routine of people's lives, especially people who might be penalised by the DWP? I dunno. You tell me.
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