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  1. Cheers Andy - as long as some people can find it I've found the forum navigation particularly difficult to cope with - including the general reviews link to possibly be broken - is it being redirected to the source page ?
  2. Just thought people might like to know that the first time we used the Asda Scan & Go system we found that the total price on the scanner was less than the total price at the checkout ! The scanner had correctly deducted for a multi-buy offer but the checkout hadn't - so best to watch out for price discrepancies between the hand scanner and the checkout. Unfortunately both units do not show the price at the same time - so you have to remember what the scanner shows before the checkout process. Had quite a job getting staff to sort the mess out - and in fact they didn't - but we got the better of them ! Right, you can move this thread to wherever you want cos I've not got a bloody clue!
  3. OP's image just states obstruction. No reference to contravention of markings - so I guess those should be ignored. From description, it seems vehicle wasn't causing particular obstruction. A losing battle in court even if you're right.
  4. More likely the councils that's used the dangerous cladding will be fined !
  5. Remember the flammable warships we sent to the Falklands
  6. Or skirts. Why not, in this day & age ! Were the parents happy for them to continue wearing skirts? Was not the answer to turn up in shorts in any case ? If the bus co / school refused, they couldn't penalise the people as they'd turned up. Ultimatum - shorts or no work ! Phone rang at 5:30-ish pm - company asking me to attend job interview. I'd just put my meal on the table so I said 6:30? and they agreed. As I cycled to the interview, I attended the interview at 6:30 pm wearing Lycra cycling shorts. I got home at 4:30am after completing my first shift.
  7. In November? 2015 a solicitor sent us a letter telling us we owed them money. A bill arrived in March 2016 which contained no specific details. They were claiming that they'd done work for our family. We had not contacted them previously or engaged their services. There was no contract between them & us, verbally or in writing. So obviously, we've not paid the amount they claim we owe them. There is a little background to this. In 2012 the county council were involved in an incident with my mother in an attempt to frame me. They used this 'investigation' as an excuse to remove Mum from our home and put her into care. The police dropped the case vaguely and Mum was returned home. As the council had failed in involving me, they had another go. This time they accused me and my brother of ill-treating Mum. Again the police were involved and this time charged us both. Mum was forced into care again. Having had experience of where the legal process goes wrong (aka by using lawyers) I represented us both in court - firstly in magistrates and then in Crown Court. At the second hearing in Crown, following my submission of a preliminary defence, the prosecution admitted it had no evidence and my brother and I were formally found not guilty. Mum was still in a care home and the Court of Protection had appointed this Solicitor to look after Mum's finances. About a month later, Mum committed suicide - and the Solicitors have not provided us with any evidence to show they have done any work for the family. We've heard from this Solicitor since but not for a while - but until they show us some evidence of having done any work for us, they'll not be getting a penny. Incidentally, does anyone know whether the county courts are running anything like smoothly ? Cases seem to be dragging on a lot this year. Mike.
  8. Is there not an organisation that'll help with making a complaint ? Some are listed here: http://www.gmc-uk.org/Getting_help_with_making_a_complaint_Wales.pdf_57839524.pdf
  9. Personally, I feel that discussion outcomes ought to end up on a page on the website rather than remain within the forum as a sticky.
  10. Indeed - if there's the slightest chance they will claim it was partly your fault then your insurance needs to know. From what I remember, no ! (Of course, things may have changed now.) A hire car may only serve the basic purpose and not have features you use - perhaps yours had a tow-ball and the hire car didn't - and what if it did - the reg on your trailer would be wrong - so the hire car cannot be assumed to be a complete alternative as it's so unlikely to be an exact match but more what an ins co gives you.
  11. My story... Driving home from work, ahead of me a significant hill with a side road on it. Getting speed up for the hill (I was in a Sherpa minibus - not great on hills!). Noticed car at the side road wanting to join main road. I was held up by car in front of me. Got to bottom of hill, car was still waiting to come out of side road. I was trying to go as fast as I could - and catching the car in front of me. By the time we got to the junction, I was almost on his bumper - as he turned off onto the side road. I looked up and the waiting car had just pulled out less than a car length in front of me and I hit the rear o/s door. No personal injury. I got his details and let him leave the scene. Police informed & attended. His excuse was that he thought I was going to turn off too. !!! My Dad came and we towed the van back home. Dad repaired it at a cost of £1760. Sent bill to other driver - who refused to pay. Got solicitor involved. Eventually sol got me an offer of £1250 and asked re his bill: £200 while I 'thought about' the offer. I left the area (180 miles). I met someone who said : forget sols - use the courts - so I did. I put a claim in for cost of repairs, loss of use, interest & sols fee totalling £2200 His insurer wrote back asking for me to prove it was his fault. The next day, got another letter asking how much I wanted - clearly the firm had checked and realised it had already made an offer - hence had accepted fault. I got the £2200. That was my first case in the county court. My next case in the County Court was my solicitor suing me for his bill - which had miraculously now more than doubled to 420. However, a week before the hearing he withdrew his claim. I then reported him to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (now SRA) - so I didn't pay him and he got a bollocking from the OSS - re undisclosed conflict of interest - as he was advertising the oppo's insurance co ! Conclusions: Claim for all your losses - include loss of use & interest @ 8% (enforceable via the court) Don't use lawyers, you just can't trust them Do everything yourself Communicate with the driver at fault prior to his insurance co Involve the courts quickly - after warning other drive & ins co of deadlines you've set they've missed It's a bit of effort but I think well worth it. As for notifying your ins co. ? well, doesn't seem like a good idea does it !
  12. My story/ies later - but I got a solicitor involved - who got me a crap settlement offer - then I noticed the big ad on his wall was for the other's ins co ! The full entertaining story in a bit...
  13. Road to nowhere methinks. I think the govt likes ins cos [causing problems] us. All part of the whole financial structure of the country - in paying millionaires lots.
  14. I've 'forgotten' brokers on purpose - having paid them (Time to Insure, southampton) for insurance I never got ! Got the cover note but never the full insurance
  15. Sounds pretty spot on to me. TOTALLY agree with contact the driver rather than ins co. first (BH what a horrible pun !) Prob. keeping ins cos out of it on both sides would benefit both !
  16. Is that where I've just been ? Slightly annoyed to see the same post here as it means you've made me do unnecessary work
  17. Northern rail 30-59 mins, half fare refund. 60+minutes, full fare refund. Seems to depend on each operator's rules.
  18. I'd suggest using the MAC address of the modem. It is fixed. IP addresses aren't necessarily.
  19. Well, if the toilets were mind-blowingly impressive, it wouldn't go to the cook but the cleaner. We have the choice of who to award/reward if they've exceeded expectations. If everything is top notch then why not the management ?
  20. Your suggestion is quite different. It's a move toward commercial operations. While I like the method of only paying for what you watch, would it deter people from watching ? Maybe not as possibly the cost would be a fraction of the electricity consumption. Certainly the idea of broadcasters knowing precisely who is watching what ought to improve programme selection.
  21. My suggestion would be abolishment of licence fee. Instead, sell 'in-programme' advertising - such like Blue Peter actually mentioning Fairy Liquid bottles and a new Asda opening in Albert Square instead of 'cost mart'.
  22. IP no good, would have to be registered MAC addresses.
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