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  1. Does anyone know how long those road works near the Manchester Rd / Wortley road junction in Deepcar are due to be there ?

    There`s a three way temporary traffic light in operation and it can be very frustrating to put it mildly.


    I have to say we went past at about 4.30PM today and there was nobody working on it ! Bearing in mind the inconvenience those roadworks cause I think that`s unforgiveable. I accept they may have to dig up the road but I`d have thought they should, at the very minimum, be working say 7.00AM to 8 or even 9.00PM. Wasn`t there at some time a proposal that companies digging up the road should be charged per day ? That`d perhaps give them some motivation to get the job done as soon as possible...… It seems to me people`s inconvenience is taken no account of.

  2. On ‎05‎/‎07‎/‎2019 at 17:45, iansheff said:

    Just reading in the Star that there is to be a consultation on reducing the speed limit from Handsworth to the Motorway from 70mph to 50mph with the aim to cut pollution.  I feel it should be left at 70mph, there aren't a lot of buildings on that stretch, what do others think?



    Maybe you wouldn`t way that if you lived next to it ? I can remember when they were talking about introducing a 50mph speed limit on the M1 though Tinsley as it`s very polluted round there. Loads of drivers came on moaning about it, but I bet hardly any of them actually lived in Tinsley near the motorway. My take on it was those complainants should have been asked if they`d still object to it if they lived near the motorway,  and then take a lie detector test if they said they would still object. There objection would only be accepted if they passed the test....

  3. On ‎13‎/‎07‎/‎2019 at 16:12, nikki-red said:


    I totally agree. 
    Not very well publicised at all. 

    We went down yesterday and it was great, the most kids played whilst (most) adults sat and listened. What was sad is there really weren`t that many people there, I think there`d have been far more had it been easily findable of the internet, including on the Weston Park "What`s On" page. We can`t affect that but we can list the concerts on here, which Nikki has already done. Unfortunately there are only two left this year (the season is from the 26th May to the 28th July).

    Next year we`ll have to remember to put a thread on here and people could at least find the dates from that, assuming Weston Park / the council don`t get their act together by then.....

  4. 7 hours ago, nikki-red said:

    Woodhouse Prize Band are there next Sunday (21st)...



    Deepcar Brass Band on the 28th...

    Thanks for that. What`s interesting there is both those links, and all eth stuff we found out, was from eth brass bands websites, NOT on the "Events at Weston Park" website. It should obviously be there as well !

  5. Can anyone please tell me when the brass band concerts are on in Weston Park ?

    Both me and my wife have spent a while trying to find out on the internet and have been unable to, if it`s on the net it`s not very easy to find I have to say ! If it`s not out there on the internet they`re missing out on a large audience !

  6. We hired a Rug Doctor over the W/E, it works well.

    The carpets / upholstery are left damp so I`d advise using it in the summer and leave all the windows open to speed up drying, a fan or three can also help. Doing all this means the carpet is reasonably dry within a few hours.

    I would always pay the extra (it was only a few quid) to hire the "upholstery attachment" even if you don`t want to do your suite and/or car and/or mattresses. It`s needed to clean the stairs and also to get right up to the edge of the carpet and into any restricted areas of carpet.

  7. On ‎24‎/‎02‎/‎2016 at 16:07, Justin Smith said:

    As I watched Boris Johnson making his bid to be Prime minister (sorry, backing the campaign to leave the EU) I couldn`t help wondering what the odds are on Boris being PM and Donald Trump being US President at the same time.

    You couldn`t make it up, the world`s gone mad. If Spitting Image were still going they`d go into overdrive and probably self destruct.

    Is it a nightmare, or could it happen........

    It looks like it is going to happen, I still think t`s a dream isn`t it ? Or is it a nightmare ?


    Note the date of this thread, before Trump had been voted in and before the EU referendum......

  8. This quote from a representative of the motorcycle industry is what we want to be hearing :


    Motorcycle Industry Association CEO Tony Campbell said the motorcycle industry will "play its part" in adapting to new measures.

    He said: "With growing pressure on the environment, including noise pollution, illegal exhausts fitted by some riders attract unwanted attention to the motorcycle community and do nothing to promote the many benefits motorcycles can offer.

    "All manufacturers produce new motorcycles that follow strict regulations regarding noise and emissions and we welcome these trials as a potential way of detecting excessive noise in our community."


    Couldn`t agree more.

  9. 16 hours ago, euclid said:

    And add to this noisy diesel engines with the radio turned up so they can hear it over the noisy engine..:D....my brother came up last week on his Harley with straight thro' pipes..the noisy pipes.etc...was the first thing he said to me,the second was "they can hear me coming before i get anywhere near them".......but... after saying that, i have a 700 Lbs+ bike,..have my lights on,..wear Hivis clothing,..a white helmet..and still have cars pull out in front of me as tho' i am invisible,happened twice coupla days ago returning from Mablethorpe.....and NO i am not going too fast......maybe the loud pipes thing works after all?????...;)

    Not really E, the fact is most of the noise those anti socially loud pipes are producing goes backwards, next comes sideways, with relatively little going forwards. You only have to stand by the side of the road when  a loud bike goes past to see (or should that be hear) this is true. 


    The fact is the most significant, by far, action any biker can take to reduce their chances of an accident is to ride slower and more defensively. Relative to that having louder exhaust pipes is almost irrelevant and that`s if they can be heard, which, as I`ve explained, they usually can`t anyway.

  10. 3 hours ago, euclid said:

    Ells Bells Justin....i hope that noisy bike is not still bothering you after 9 years...;)..;)....but i do agree with clamping down on noisy vehicles.....I've heard the argument from bikers ..."Loud pipes save lives"..they also give you a headache.....i have two motorcycle's and neither are loud,..when you hear cars/bikes popping and banging thats probably because the baffles have been removed and they are running rich..it's not a good thing for the engine...but..each to their own...

    Sadly that particular bike rider wasn`t / isn`t the only ignorant on the roads....


    On the subject of loud pipes save lives, it simply isnt true :


    I was having a chat about loud exhausts on bikes with a mate of mine the other day, incidentally, but of relevance, just like me he`s had motorbikes in the past. He was just as unconvinced about this "loud pipes save lives" thing as I am but he also pointed out that if it ever had had a grain of truth in it then is less likely to now because most cars have got air conditioning. So they`ve got their windows wound up when it`s cold (because the heater is on) and now they`ve also got their windows wound up when it`s warm because they`ve got their air con on !

    Another thing I noticed earlier this week (as I was walking in the blissfully peaceful quiet countryside which got ruined when an ignorant shattered the peace on his loud bike.....) that a bike is far louder going away from you than it is when it`s coming towards you. I`m not sure why, possibly the exhaust noise is all being ejected out of the back, but, if you think about it, that makes "loud pipes save lives" even less likely to be true, because any danger to a motorcyclist is going to come from in front of him......

    Finally, in my experience, the bikers with the loudest exhausts ride the most aggressively. Thus, it could be argued, loud pipes seem to encourage unsafe riding, so therefore must actually increase the risk of an accident.


    Some more proof that bikes are much louder going away than approaching.

  11. 3 hours ago, euclid said:

    Ells Bells Justin....i hope that noisy bike is not still bothering you after 9 years...;)..;)....but i do agree with clamping down on noisy vehicles.....I've heard the argument from bikers ..."Loud pipes save lives"..they also give you a headache.....i have two motorcycle's and neither are loud,..when you hear cars/bikes popping and banging thats probably because the baffles have been removed and they are running rich..it's not a good thing for the engine...but..each to their own...

  12. 19 hours ago, euclid said:

     Have to say Justin i do agree with you,i do around 4- 5,000 miles thro'  the summer on a motorcycle and without a doubt the most aggressive/stupid drivers seem to be in Audi's...A3 mostly.....it's though they haven't a moment to spare,obviously it doesn't apply to every Audi driver but sadly most of them...these are quickly followed by BMW ..1 Series....

    I agree with you. It`s certainly not all Audi drivers (or, to a lesser extent, German car drivers generally), just a higher percentage than other cars.


  13. "Say what you want, certainly in this country it, when it comes to German cars (and particularly Audis) it`s a fact* none the less.

    I often wonder if people who argue this particular point are actually driving on the same roads as the rest of us"


    * that, on average, they`re driven more aggressively.


    I had to laugh last night, and I mean an actual laugh not a metaphorical one......

    Driving along the S bends from Wharncliffe Side to Oughtibridge  at dusk. I saw in my rear view mirror a car overtaking the one behind me, quite an aggressive thing to do there and not something one sees that often because it`s a relatively short section of straight(ish) road between a semi blind bend and a totally blind bend. Then, to my amazement he (because it`ll almost certainly be a man) continued on the wrong side of the road and over took me as well. A double overtake is never good driving and there it`s the action of an imbecile. He then hammered round the corner breaking the 50mph speed limit on the approach to Oughtibridge (soon, thankfully, to be reduced to 30mph) and disappeared at an excessive speed (car leaning over) round the tight blind bend onto the one way system.

    What a cretin.

    The car ?

    An Audi, an Audi TT actually, white or silver I seem to remember.

  14. 15 hours ago, Vannguard said:

    Manchester airport have been charging for quite a while. for dropping off and picking up.  made dropping off people easier now though. but most airports do it, Leeds Bradford charge as well and they have been doing it longer than Manchester. 

    I`m talking about just picking up a passenger, not actually parking and leaving your car. But, on that point, Leeds Bradford airport give an hours free parking, which we used when we called in there to recce it before using the airport the following month. I`ve not actually picked up a passenger at Donny, but have visited it recently, and, as far as I could tell, there`s nothing to stop you parking briefly to pick up a passenger (as opposed to getting out and leaving your car parked up).

    Most people have mobiles these days so it`d be quite easy to just briefly stop to pick up a passenger without leaving ones car unoccupied.

  15. We went through Manchester airport today and saw loads of newly installed barriers on the exits to the terminals. On asking the driver of our car park shuttle bus what they were for he said that everyone picking up or dropping off passengers "will now be charged three or four pounds". I was incredulous, but the remembered that Manchester airport have form about brazenly extracting money from passengers, they charge £1 (non refundable) for the use of their luggage trollies....


    Aren`t Manchester airport playing a but of a dangerous game here ?

    Leeds Bradford airport allows an hour free parking.

    Now the Rossington relief road is finished Doncaster airport is significantly more convenient for everyone living in Sheffield. All they need is more flights and we`d rather not use Manchester ever again, particularly as it`d mean we`d no longer have to drive through Mottram, one of the worst stretches of road for (stressful) traffic queues anywhere.


    Hopefully Manchester Airport will pay for their greed....

  16. 15 hours ago, L00b said:

    It's all the more baseless, as it doesn't translate well to other countries: most people here in Lux drive German cars, other countries of manufacture are the exception rather than the norm; over the border in France, most people drive French cars, other countries of manufacture are again the exception rather than the norm.


    Stereotyping based on car make driven is pretty idiotic.


    If I were to base an opinion about aggressive drivers on empirical, personal observation, like Justin allegedly did, then over the course of the past 14 months or so, the most aggressive drivers over here are young French and Lux women in either Renaults (clios & megane coupes) or Fiats (500); the most courteous ones are late middle-aged gents in German luxobarges (7-series, A6/A8, E/S classes); and speeders (as in, very noticeably over the limit) are invariably driving high performance sports cars (Mustangs by the lorry-load, lambos & similar exotics, BMWs M-something, Hyundais stingers, Alfas Q4s) but never tailgating.


    I.e. the complete opposite of Justin's findings.

    Say what you want, certainly in this country it, when it comes to German cars (and particularly Audis) it`s a fact none the less.

    I often wonder if people who argue this particular point are actually driving on the same roads as the rest of us.

  17. 12 hours ago, Car Boot said:

    I never stated that it was. Why introduce such a thing into the discussion?

    It's not that British people don't want the jobs, it's that the pay and conditions are poor.


    Instead of attacking economic migrants and labelling British workers as being lazy we should be raising the pay and conditions of ALL workers and massively increasing taxes on employers and big business. 


    If an employer can't afford to pay a living wage to its workers then it categorically SHOULD NOT be in business. Force out those who are dependent upon cheap EU labour. Drive them out of business. Drive out the exploiters.

    I can`t believe I`m reading this, I really can`t. It`s such pie in the sky nonsense that I can`t even think of an adequate reply, other than money doesn`t actually grow on trees.

  18. 2 hours ago, Car Boot said:

    But they are certainly made worse by the bosses free movement of labour, which has a negative impact upon low-skilled British workers and especially non-EU British immigrant communities.

    Non unionised low skilled EU immigration can depress wages, place pressure on services and infrastructure and create community tension.


    It is very lazy and simply wrong to pretend otherwise. 


    If big business didn't benefit from immigration, there would be no immigration. But this benefit is at the expense of the working class and the exploited immigrants themselves.

    Obviously this is rubbish.

    Let me repeat, European immigrants overwhelmingly take jobs British people don`t want. They then pay taxes to support the British state for the privilege. As an employer I can state unequivocally that, all other things being equal, I`d probably employ a native Britain over an immigrant of whatever nationality, not because I`m racist but purely because I`d think the Britisher would be more likely to stick around after I`d trained him/her up. So, the fact immigrants get jobs that some British people might also apply for proves the immigrants must be better qualified for that job, and therefore more efficient for the UK economy. And it`s the latter which provides the tax dollars for the NHS etc.

    What is it you don`t understand about the above ?

  19. On ‎08‎/‎04‎/‎2019 at 16:39, Car Boot said:

    Working class people have been the victims of grinding and relentless attacks by political, business and financial elites since the referendum result, while affluent middle class Remain supporters (who never concerned themselves about income inequality before June 2016) attack the poor for not voting how their establishment overlords instructed.


    The bosses magazine 'The Economist' was quite correct when it stated:


    “The vote for Brexit looks like—and to some extent is—a cry of fury by those who have borne the burden of European integration without benefiting proportionally from its advantages”.

    So what are the burden(s) of European integration ?

    I can`t think of any.

    The most oft quoted is "immigration", but what that really means is those hard working Europeans (usually from Eastern Europe) coming over here doing the jobs most Brit don`t want to do and then paying taxes for the privilege.....


  20. 5 hours ago, WiseOwl182 said:

    Drivers of a certain German car are also more likely to tailgate, speed, and not give way, in my experience.


    I've also met many people and predicted correctly that they would own this German model. They certainly attract a certain type of person.

    The most aggressive drivers are Audi drivers, not all of them by any means, but a higher percentage than drivers of other cars. Anyone who does any reasonable amount of driving must know this. As it happens, partly because certain people * argued with me I did some research on it and I know for a fact it`s true.


    The list  from least aggressive to most aggressive is (excluding young drivers of "rorty" hatchbacks, they`d obviously be the worst) :


    All drivers (the average)

    Male drivers.

    Drivers of German cars.

    Audi drivers

    Audi R8 drivers


    * The petrolhead brigade. I don`t know why they felt they should defend Audi drivers (and to a lesser extent German car drivers), other than they :

    A - Will argue with anyone who supports speed cameras and stuff like that

    B - Most of them drive German cars themselves.



  21. 50 minutes ago, apelike said:

    And yet despite the above claims the recent data shows that there is very little in terms of any percentage change either way, and that is the problem as remain are not guaranteed to win a further referendum. 

    You`re wrong. Whilst there is surprisingly little change in the way people who voted last time would vote again, the age profiles of Leave and Remain voters mean any majority for Leave probably disappeared mid to late January this year.

    To put it in basic terms, the Grim Reaper is restoring sanity.

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