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 Post subject: Re: April whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 08 Jun 2018, 00:07 
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My whinge is minor but I absolutely detest those little sachets of liquid food that supermarkets ( and maybe other flower shops too) give with their flowers.

I always feel the flowers will lose out if I don't use them but no matter how careful I am I always squit the liquid everywhere, and then my hands get all sticky and that's difficult to remove.

Also, all the sellotape round the packaging at the foot of the flowers is hard to get off without scissors!


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PostPosted: 08 Jun 2018, 06:44 
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I do too! I always manage to nick it with the scissors whilst getting the sellotape off, and it goes everywhere and it's so horrible and sticky!

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PostPosted: 08 Jun 2018, 07:57 
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Agreed, and I'm convinced it doesn't do the flowers any good anyway, especially if you bought them from a market or supermarket (who are often less careful with looking after their stock), so I never use the stuff. What keeps flowers going longer is putting them in water as soon as possible, keeping them in a cool room (not always possible, I know), and mildly bashing the ends of the stems. Oh, and possibly changing the water after a few days.


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PostPosted: 08 Jun 2018, 08:52 
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Um, sorry to disagree but I had proof positive that they do work the other day when I had a large bunch of flowers that I split into two vases in the same room. Only one got the liquid, and those flowers did last longer.

I remember listening years ago to a professional florist who said a quarter teaspoon of bleach per litre (though at that time he probably said two pints!) of water is the best method of keeping flowers fresh.

In general though I agree about the bashing (or slanted cutting) of stems and keeping them cool.

As far as getting the flowers out of the wrapping goes, I just slice straight up the bunch, avoiding the side with the liquid envelope. Usually seems to work fine ....

PS Have people noticed that Aldi, whose flowers are always brilliant, and Lidl, and maybe others, keep them in store without water? When I queried it once I was told they keep better that way. Seems odd to me...

EDT Maybe they only do it with some of the flowers, but certainly daffs.

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 Post subject: Re: April whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 09 Jun 2018, 21:57 
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Point is, everything nowadays seems to need a scissors to do the slicing through and tough if you need one immediately, if you have to buy something unexpectedly and need access to the goods at once and just don't have a scissors or anything that would do in lieu.

We often take flowers to the cemetry, buying them on the way, and whilst we always take scissors with us, maybe not so easy to manage everything crouched on the ground, often in rain or windy weather, trying to stop bits of rubber band and cellophane and bits cut off from the bottoms of the flowers and the little flower food bags all from blowing away. I wish the flower food was in powder form still.


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 Post subject: Re: April whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2018, 21:47 
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Is anyone else aware of the M &S Premium Club no longer giving Birthday Tea for 2?
I have asked them when they told members this and they haven’t said.
Another little treat gone!


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PostPosted: 13 Jun 2018, 22:05 
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I'm not a Premium Club member, but I've got a Sparks card and I got a voucher for tea and cake ... although it was only for me! But a friend said that, when it was her birthday, she got a voucher for a pair of tights! I have no idea how they work it out, but I got the better deal for some reason :lol: .

I hate it when little treats are just withdrawn like that. I know the High Street's struggling, but how much difference can a few cups of tea and pieces of cake make - especially when set against the loss of customer goodwill caused by the annoyance?

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PostPosted: 18 Jun 2018, 06:47 
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I was rudely awakened at 5.15am this morning by someone sounding their car horn! At first, I wasn't sure what had woken me, but it then sounded twice more.

It's a long time since I passed my driving test, but surely the use of car horns at such an unearthly hour is illegal?

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PostPosted: 18 Jun 2018, 07:32 
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Yes, I think it is, but people do it anyway! Not to mention having car radios blaring out. Even repeatedly revving the engine can be very loud. Is it so difficult to get out of the car and ring on the doorbell of the person you're collecting?!

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PostPosted: 18 Jun 2018, 11:52 
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Here's Item 112 from the UK Highway Code:

The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users
of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively. You MUST NOT use your horn
 while stationary on the road
 when driving in a built-up area between the hours of 11.30 pm and 7.00 am
except when another road user poses a danger.

It does seem to be one that many people are totally ignorant of...


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PostPosted: 18 Jun 2018, 18:31 
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Noreen wrote:
Here's Item 112 from the UK Highway Code:

The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users
of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively. You MUST NOT use your horn
 while stationary on the road
 when driving in a built-up area between the hours of 11.30 pm and 7.00 am
except when another road user poses a danger.

It does seem to be one that many people are totally ignorant of...


That was the one I was thinking of.

I was telling my office colleague all about it this morniing. She's Australian, but married to a Brit and has lived in the UK for over 25 years. She said she'd never heard of this rule, but she's never taken a driving test in the UK.

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PostPosted: 18 Jun 2018, 21:03 
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I've never heard that rule either but did not take the road test in the UK. So I did my l washing yesterday morning, was back down a good few minutes before it was due to end, to find someone had opened the machine... and taken some of my clothes! :( Hugs to everyone who needs them!


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PostPosted: 18 Jun 2018, 21:14 
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Even if people don't know the rule, you'd think they'd realise that sounding their horn in a residential area at a time when most people are likely to be asleep isn't very considerate.

Just like you'd think people would realise that playing music at full blast, or letting their horrible dogs bark their heads off, isn't very considerate :banghead: .

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PostPosted: 19 Jun 2018, 11:54 
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And people talking so loudly in restaurants that the people at the surrounding tables can't hear each other :banghead: :banghead:

(SLOC and I actually asked to move tables recently because the party of four next to us were talking so loudly - they didn't even notice they were so wrapped up in their own importance.)


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PostPosted: 19 Jun 2018, 17:20 
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lizco wrote:
And people talking so loudly in restaurants that the people at the surrounding tables can't hear each other :banghead: :banghead:


Well I think that happens partly because restaurants play background music at such a volume that people of my age can't hear each other unless we shout a bit...

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At the moment we have a building site next door but one, and you can't have a decent lie-in with the windows open from 730am when they start... :x 17 new houses in our hamlet.

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PostPosted: 19 Jun 2018, 20:59 
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emma t wrote:
At the moment we have a building site next door but one, and you can't have a decent lie-in with the windows open from 730am when they start... :x 17 new houses in our hamlet.


We are getting around 450 to add to our existing 1000, a huge amount.


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PostPosted: 20 Jun 2018, 16:15 
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I've never heard that rule either but did not take the road test in the UK. So I did my l washing yesterday morning, was back down a good few minutes before it was due to end, to find someone had opened the machine... and taken some of my clothes! :( Hugs to everyone who needs them!

That's awful, roversgirl. Did you manage to find out who had them? I guess that means having to wait while you wash from now on. Good luck!

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PostPosted: 20 Jun 2018, 17:13 
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MaryR wrote:
roversgirl wrote:
I've never heard that rule either but did not take the road test in the UK. So I did my l washing yesterday morning, was back down a good few minutes before it was due to end, to find someone had opened the machine... and taken some of my clothes! :( Hugs to everyone who needs them!

That's awful, roversgirl. Did you manage to find out who had them? I guess that means having to wait while you wash from now on. Good luck!

No, I mentioned it to building management but I know there's very little we can do about it. Luckily I am travelling next week for work so will hopefully be able to purchase replacements at non-Swiss prices! Hugs to everyone who needs them! It seems to be a universally difficult week this week for everyone I know.


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PostPosted: 20 Jun 2018, 20:24 
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Not had a difficult week as such, just very busy at work. Which is one of the reasons I didn't appreciate being woken at 5.15am!

Job is going well, though and, after nearly 3 years out of work, I'm verybhappy to have a job.

Hugs to all who need them.

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