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Old 29th Apr 2018, 15:45
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
"Merger talks between British supermarket chains Sainsbury's and Asda are at an "advanced" stage, Sainsbury's has confirmed.
The two brands are expected to be retained should a merger go ahead.
Sainsbury's and Asda - the UK arm of Walmart - are the second and third largest supermarkets in the UK.
The combined group would comprise 2,800 stores and would represent 31.4% of the UK grocery market - slightly more than that of market leader Tesco." bbc
And the BBC were reporting this morning that umpteen stores would have to close if the merger went ahead.
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Old 29th Apr 2018, 19:30
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It looks like angels may be heading for a change of uniform according to meadowrun's post.
Nah, not me mate. The other mob's online operation is crud. They'll get wrapped into ours is my guess. But many a slip twixt cup and lip. Thankfully my job is for me keeping me out of trouble at home, not for the barely above minimum wage wedge! Must admit, I have got used to the extra income though.

Talk is that both identities will be maintained. I mean if you were a Sainsbury's shopper would you go to Asda and mingle with the chavs?
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Old 29th Apr 2018, 21:06
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As Stephen Fry remarked, ‘thank God for Sainsbury, they keep the riffraff out of Waitrose!’
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Old 29th Apr 2018, 21:43
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We had a Safeway.
Morrison bought Safeway, but had to sell some of their sites - ours became a Waitrose.

Safeway to Waitrose was a significant cultural step.

Safeway had previously destroyed the Cooperative grocery store which gave up and closed down.
Then we got Tesco and also ALDI - so Safeway began to suffer - but to change to Waitrose was an unexpected move.

Ultimately, the Coop site was taken over by Marks and Spencer - mainly clothing but with a (very) small food section.

None of the above are in the town centre - there is still the ailing remnants of the 1930s department store that opened a self-service food section in the 1950s.
All other 'grocers' shops in the town closed down in the 1960s.
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Old 30th Apr 2018, 05:47
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We have two Co-Operatives in the village and there was talk of one of the lo-co outfits opening up
but that came to nought. We do however have an enormous M&S Distribution Centre on the old power station site
and an equally enormous Aldi Distribution Centre being built. The local shops are now either hairdressers, nail bars
or high end emporia aimed at the ladies. Butchers, bakers, candlestick makers are there none. There is also a plethora
of Indian food outlets, a couple of fish and chip shops and several pubs.

Dull, overcast and cold, +2C. Probably a day of light showers.

First brew of many at hand.
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Old 30th Apr 2018, 06:05
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Good to see the post from Mr D earlier. 'Twere after my bedtime and without reading this thread further I mailed a postcard to him on Saturday morning our time.
Let us see how long it takes to wing its way thither.
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Old 30th Apr 2018, 12:46
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04:42.watching new found documentary series - Coast Australia. This episode on South Australia's Limestone Coast. Quite well done.
Safeways here bought by "Sobey's" ( an eastern grocery operation with a sad name) Operating as separate brands but trying to consolidate all the backroom stuff.
Not greatly successfully being done to date. Quality dropping.
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Old 30th Apr 2018, 16:56
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Home a day early which is a result. Got seriously dicked around by the bloody French ATC strike. Just the thing we needed stooging around the south of France with a nasty front moving through.
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Old 30th Apr 2018, 18:27
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Don't know how that country can operate sometimes.
When robots become more common in industry, will their union committees demand a strike initiator override for themselves?
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Old 1st May 2018, 05:18
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Dawn is upon us and it looks like it's heralding a grand day of sunshine.
A bit chilly though, only +2C. Guessers are saying a high of 14C.

A freighter 737 has just departed port up the road bound for Jersey. Quite envy the
crew, even at this time of day for once, as the weather and vis should make for an enjoyable trip.
Assuming Jersey isn't fogged in of course.
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Old 1st May 2018, 09:05
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Morning folks.

Clear, bright and sunny.

Just had me arm emptied of blood by a delightful nursey - I remember her when she was just a small child in the same infants class as senior daughter. Now have to wait to see if I can stop taking the iron pills.

Mug of tea being taken.
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Old 1st May 2018, 10:18
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Even our French colleagues are embarrassed and angry at the lazy workshy bastards.
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Old 1st May 2018, 11:54
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A litle breakthrough today. Making some furniture for a friend of a friend, my electric planer wasn't leaving a satisfactory finish on the sawn timber. Fair enough, it's >16 years old and needs sharpening.

The blades are something like tungsten carbide inserts in tool steel. Extract blades, fit to sharpening jig and after 3 hours of push-and-pull on the oil stone, I'm starting to see a result, but at this rate its going to take a week. As an experiment I tried a sheet of oiled 240 grade AlOx paper on a flat sheet. 10 minutes and job jobbed. I tried taking off the burr with dry paper, but that just flattened the paper.

When set up the sharpened planer gave me a nice finish.

Conclusion: if you have serious sharpening to do, try oiled AlOx paper on a flat plate. My oil stone is going to be packed away with all my other vintage tools.
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Old 1st May 2018, 13:52
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Ahoy peeps, seems a nice sunny day hereabouts up to now anyway, thanks to the kind prooners for all the ccards and notes, cheered me up no end,been out as far as me front door which i can get to and open now without any help, but thats as far as i can go due to waiting for a ramp for the front step,getting one soon i hope.
take care peeps
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Old 1st May 2018, 14:36
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Good to hear from you Sir. Waiting for a gangplank? That'll never do.
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Old 1st May 2018, 14:51
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For Yamagata Ken For further refinement stick the wetand dry to plate glass with spray adhesive. You now have a perfectly flat surface. And you can have several different grades from coarse-ish to very fine because you don't need large pieces. For more info google "Scary sharp".

The Ancient Mariner
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Old 1st May 2018, 19:02
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Being banned from the football stadium didn't stop this football fan from watching his team play...

Ingenious football fan
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Old 1st May 2018, 21:57
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Ahoy to yourself Mr D.
Not having that ramp must be like living the life of a Dalek.
They were no good with steps either.
Hope you get it very soon.
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Old 2nd May 2018, 02:54
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No ramp yet?? Someone will be walking the plank before long if that isn't sorted in short order! Better get that bosun's whistle polished too because we can't have the skipper piped aboard with a less-than-shiny whistle! We'd never hear the end of it!
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Old 2nd May 2018, 03:19
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.........."It comes just days after West released a song defending his support for Mr Trump, who he has insisted is "fighting for the people".
The controversial track, Ye vs The People, caused a stir among rappers, including Snoop Dogg, who appeared offended by its lyrical content.
"Like a gang truce, the first Blood to shake the Crip's hand," West raps, referring to a peace agreement between two notorious Los Angeles street gangs.
Snoop Dogg's cousin, the rapper Daz Dillinger, later posted a video message calling on Crip gang members to "f**k Kanye up" if they see him in California." bbc

Well, that's a first.
Rappers offended by some Rap lyrics!
I'm usually offended by them all.
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