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Old 13th Mar 2018, 03:28
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Many of you will have realised that the pronunciation of Marham was dependent on the number of fingers you had and wether your toes were webbed.
Been to Windum recently?

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Old 13th Mar 2018, 07:01
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Pom pax - no, but I been to Hazebro ;-) My Norwich born uncle was fond of saying "yer don't know narfn if yer come from Swarffham" .....
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Old 13th Mar 2018, 14:24
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We have a place called Cholmondeley near here. Even I don't know how to pronounce it but I think it's Chumly !
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Old 13th Mar 2018, 16:24
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Tratt-or-ri-a?

Tratt-or-ria?

Slight drift, but it made me grumpy in Italy. The same goes for Pizzeria. You choose the wrong one and you have come down from Mars. Lots of handing waving and eating gestures; the locals look at each other is total bewilderment. Are they taking the urine? Then some bright spark has a light bulb go off and offers the correct pronunciation and a round of giggles explodes.
Then the arm waving starts with directions how to go to the 'mangeria'.
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Old 13th Mar 2018, 17:25
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Strolling in York around 1962, a big American car pulled up alongside: the driver asked for the way to "Ker-Narrisboro". Having just returned from RAFG myself, I'd no difficulty in directing him to Knaresborough (pron. "Naresboro").
 
Old 13th Mar 2018, 17:48
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Looks like the nations bean counters ant to get rid of the 1p coin - not before time. Why on earth do retailers believe that having every price ending in 99p will convince us that we are getting a bargain. And that old story about ensuring sales assistants rang in every purchase was absolute wallop of cod. They should also legislate against garages selling fuel priced in 0.1p increments.
I feel better now.
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Old 13th Mar 2018, 19:20
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Tone I'm with you all the way on that. Do these retailers really believe that we are taken in by pricing 1p below a round number? Of course we aren't and it's an irritating, stupid insult to our intelligence to think that we are.

The worst offenders are the fuel sellers; how brain dead do they have to be not to understand that no-one would ever buy less fuel if the price is 1p more? Or 0.01p more (As in 119.99p vs 120p)?

Behind all this c**p there'll be an MBA with a spreadsheet who knows everything but understands nothing. He probably calls himself a "Consultant".
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Old 13th Mar 2018, 19:23
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Went to the docs this afternoon. All parking spaces full except for bay for two cars.
Parked slap bang in the middle is one car. I felt very violent feelings towards the perpetrator of it’s mindless driver. Sat in the waiting room looking around, wondering who it could be. Nobody noticed me, all on their bloody iPhones!
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Old 13th Mar 2018, 22:33
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Onb, ah but would the price go down?

Mind you, ignoring motor way prices, 5p a litre difference is psychologically a big difference, but say 40l is only £2,
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Old 13th Mar 2018, 23:43
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... a big American car pulled up alongside: the driver asked for the way ...
There was an aviation rally around Northern New Zealand a few years ago, and an aircraft arrived at our club field with two American pilots competing. During conversation they admitted that the one who could best pronounce the name at whatever place they were landing at, got to do the landing !

E.g. Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Whangarei, Whenuapai, Paraparaumu, Pauanui, Whakatane
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 00:08
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Did they go to Whakarewarewa?
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 10:55
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Or Wheretheheckarewe?
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 11:04
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Tone I'm with you all the way on that. Do these retailers really believe that we are taken in by pricing 1p below a round number? Of course we aren't and it's an irritating, stupid insult to our intelligence to think that we are.

TV advert the other day caught my eye because the retail price was £199.96. It then went that 4 payments of £49.99 were also possible. The mind boggles. Presumably there as a committee discussion at the manufactures or advertisers, that tossed the discussion back & forth of these figures or £200 & 4 x £50. The numpties won the day. And we worry about school education. It's the adults we should be worried about.
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 18:22
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Behind all this c**p there'll be an MBA with a spreadsheet who knows everything but understands nothing. He probably calls himself a "Consultant".
I must apologise fully and sincerely for the gender-specific bias in my post as quoted above. It was never my intention either to suggest that only male people, by which I mean people who self-identify as male, are capable of achieving the huge honour of an MBA, or that female people, by which I mean people who self-identify as female are any less likely to be entitled to be called a "Consultant" or indeed are any less likely to know everything and understand nothing than a male person (by which etc etc). I acknowledge unhesitatingly that female people (by w.....etc) are equally entitled to be morons with MBAs as male people (by w etc etc), as are transgender people and no-gender people. And of course many are, which proves the point.

I wish to make it absolutely clear that in referring to the right of people of either, trans or no gender to be morons I have the utmost admiration for morons, who are indeed represented at all levels of society especially politicians, large compoany CEOs and minor members of the British Royal Family. (Other Royal Families may be equally afflicted among their lower ranks; I just have no evidence of that.)

To expiate my sins, I would by now have burnt myself at the stake, but the Health & Safety representative at the Approved Self-Burning Facility refused to allow me to keep my matches on entry so the attempt never got off the ground.

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Old 14th Mar 2018, 21:41
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Our small street didn't get its fortnightly household (non recyclable) wheelie bins emptied on the Thursday of the recent "big freeze". The bin lorry went right past the end of the road. Fair enough, the weather was poor and the council put no road salt down here. We were advised by the local council that any missed bins would be emptied very soon. But they weren't, not even after over a week - the street was still lined with wheelie bins, some of them by then overflowing. I sent a message via the council's website that my bin had been missed; the reply came back almost immediately, advising me to leave my bin out by 0630 the following day. There was no option to let them know the whole street had been missed.

Two days later it was still untouched (and tbh, stinking). Third day after my message it was emptied so I put the bin back up the driveway, tucked behind its retaining wall. Fifth day wife came back home in her car to be met by a bin man dragging the by now obviously lightweight wheelie bin back down to another dustcart, where it was hoisted into the air to be emptied...of nothing.

Silly bu&&ers had come back two days running! And tomorrow - guess what? Bin day - green bin again. Today I got a message to say my bin had been emptied....
I hate to see my council tax being wasted by incompetence.
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 23:13
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I have to say that, despite expectations, our council (County Unitary despite the overwhelming referendum vote to retain our District Council) has performed as one would wish over the recent adverse weather.
I live down a steep cul-de-sac, so it was no surprise that our (recycling) bins weren't emptied two weeks ago. In fact no attempt was made, as 'bin men' (I have never yet seen a bin woman) were diverted to spread salt (and remove snow) from urban footpaths (selectively - they concentrated on steep or narrow paths, bus shelters and other obvious public congregating areas).
This activity continued daily throughout the snow period, so no bin collections were attempted.
The County Council website explained what they were doing, and stated that two (clear or green) sacks (available from council offices) would be allowed (it was recycling - normally collected from black wheelie bins) and that is what I have done and expect them to collect the contents tomorrow morning at 7am.
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Old 15th Mar 2018, 11:36
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Or Wheretheheckarewe?
I think that's in Queensland, next island across.

Was there not a tale of an American aviator reporting his position as "just over Looga barooga". After some triangulation he was found just past Loughborough
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Old 15th Mar 2018, 12:34
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Our small street didn't get its fortnightly household (non recyclable) wheelie bins emptied on the Thursday of the recent "big freeze". The bin lorry went right past the end of the road. Fair enough, the weather was poor and the council put no road salt down here. We were advised by the local council that any missed bins would be emptied very soon. But they weren't, not even after over a week - the street was still lined with wheelie bins, some of them by then overflowing. I sent a message via the council's website that my bin had been missed; the reply came back almost immediately, advising me to leave my bin out by 0630 the following day. There was no option to let them know the whole street had been missed.

Two days later it was still untouched (and tbh, stinking). Third day after my message it was emptied so I put the bin back up the driveway, tucked behind its retaining wall. Fifth day wife came back home in her car to be met by a bin man dragging the by now obviously lightweight wheelie bin back down to another dustcart, where it was hoisted into the air to be emptied...of nothing.

Silly bu&&ers had come back two days running! And tomorrow - guess what? Bin day - green bin again. Today I got a message to say my bin had been emptied....
I hate to see my council tax being wasted by incompetence.
I live on what, in Britain, would be described as a suburban minor road - and a reasonably steep hill. Our general waste bin is due to be emptied every Monday, Wednesday & Friday - and it has been, without fail.
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Old 15th Mar 2018, 12:55
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Went to the docs this afternoon. All parking spaces full except for bay for two cars.
Parked slap bang in the middle is one car. I felt very violent feelings towards the perpetrator of itís mindless driver. Sat in the waiting room looking around, wondering who it could be. Nobody noticed me, all on their bloody iPhones!
Sometimes I arrive at a car park to discover that somewhere up the line someone has parked askew, causing everyone else to do the same. I dread that if I also do the same, and all the others around my car leave before I return, I'm the one who gets the blame!

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Old 16th Mar 2018, 00:24
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Sometimes I arrive at a car park to discover that somewhere up the line someone has parked askew, causing everyone else to do the same. I dread that if I also do the same, and all the others around my car leave before I return, I'm the one who gets the blame!
Back in the day there was an area in Weymouth - a patch of tarmac about 50ft square at the back of M&S. Marked out with white lines originally, which mostly wore away, but we knew roughly where the grid used to be and parked accordingly. I arrived back in town late one evening due to missing a train and found (a) that I was the only car left and (b) I got a parking ticket accusing me of parking 30ft from the kerb!
Decided to throw myself at the mercy of the magistrates (knew some of them) and sure enough, the case got laughed out of court: one of them said he regularly parked there himself. Essentially the young PC who wrote the ticket was told to get himself a sense of proportion. (wish they'd say that to som eof them today...)
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