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  1. Wherever that review was from, there's either more to it, or it's just plain wrong. One thing to watch for, depending on if/when you buy a new laptop is that it may well come with a trial of a new(er) version of Office. You may want to uninstall that first. Although, if it's Office 365, it's (imo) well worth it.
  2. Rather than Infirmary Road I just used to head from Malin Bridge down to Penistone road and get on the car-free cycle path there. If you don't fancy the hill, you could potentially just follow the ring-road/cut through the city centre to get near Waitrose.
  3. In a way, that would be fairer as the schemes aren't "voted in". The council may or may not choose to do a "consultation" in the area before putting a scheme in. But they're under no obligation to act on the results of any consultation (if they decide to do one). Only place to "vote" for it is at the ballot box when there's council elections. But it would mean people would have to go and vote. And possibly (gasp) forget about national party issues or their long-standing "I'll never vote for party x because of what they did a lifetime ago" and actually vote on local issues.
  4. Yep, be careful what you wish for. Understand fully what's involved. I often found it interesting that the council never mention the schemes as being in any way for "residents". As pointed out, you might be able to apply for a permit or two and hand over more cash to the council for nowt. No guarantee you'll get the number of permits you want and they don't mean you get a space to park. Just that if you can find a space, you're allowed to. And remember that the schemes reduce the number of spaces available when the council re-paint the road markings for them. Many people seem to be in favour of them. But personally I couldn't understand the idea of paying money to make a situation worse (as it became on my road).
  5. Sandwich eaters are amongst the most discourteous people on the planet, you can be sat on a bench having a smoke and some idiot will come and unwrap next to you.
  6. They'd ask to use the old carbons. And a lot of systems have a "floor limit" under which they'll take the details of the card automatically and just process it overnight. Does sound like another big stuff up in the IT though. Always have two different cards, from two different issuers, using two different payment orgs
  7. I always know it's nearly Christmas when the card from Nirmal's arrives. I'll have to rely on some other reminder now.
  8. So, they're thinking of basically making the station approachable only if you drive a cab. Good work. I'm always still staggered when I think of all that space they had/have and how badly thought out it was. But then I think of the long queues for the paltry number of ticket machines and remember that they couldn't even take money off people properly, never mind organise a public space and the related approach needs. Maybe if they knocked the ticket office down and put some kind of undercover taxi rank there, extend out the front a small way for the ticket office and then allow cars to use the modified taxi access route. Oh, wait a minute.
  9. Solutions to the quoted problems of speeding and driving into coned areas: Ticket those that ignore the speed limits. Use barriers instead of cones. Don't close off sections of road when there's no need. Not rocket science really. And muddywolf's right - 2 reported incidents is hardly a massive number.
  10. It's worse than that - there's no "voting". People are offered a say in a "consultation". Then the collected data is packaged up and presented to the council for a decision. Even if 100% of people replied to a "consultation" and 100% of them said they didn't want it, the council can still decide to put the scheme in. The only place to change it is the ballot box when it's local election time.
  11. Forget all the trading standards/CAB - you haven't given a formal opportunity to put things right. I can see why Sky wouldn't cancel a service until they are sure they have to (otherwise the thread would be "I rang Sky to tell them I was moving provider and they cut the service then and there" - it's kind of a no-win situation for them). There's a process called "porting" where a new provider will notify the old provider and take over. It sounds like Sky thought your new provider would put in a porting request and TalkTalk didn't do that (perhaps you told them you'd rung Sky to cancel?). Either way, it's just an admin hiccup. If you're sure of the facts, I'd be putting a written complaint into Sky. If they still say they won't refund, then (depending on how you paid), you may be able to get the money back from the bank (but that's then involving another party and won't address the issue that Sky provided a service they think they were meant to i.e. their "no payment received" processes might then kick in). Alternatively, you could pursue TalkTalk if you're sure you asked them to transfer the service. In any case, I'd be doing all communication to all parties in the form of a letter now.
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