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  1. well done foxy, i know just how you feel! i gave up eleven weeks, four days and nine hours ago! after 53 years smoking! i went 'cold turkey' as i couldn't bring myself to take any substitute as i may have become dependant on the substitute! (daft i know but thats how i felt at the time). i too have frequent spasms where i could kill for a ciggy. your spot on about doing something with ones hands, so i bought some joke cigarettes, and 'voila' the urge is gone. the only real difference i have noticed, is that i dont cough anymore, especially first thin
  2. i too had a problem with credit expert. got my rating to 999 after a long time. checked it 3 months later to find it had dropped to 466! checked my report and found to my horror that every institution i was involved with was shown in triplicate! my debts had risen from £18000 to £58000. i contacted credit expert by email, and recieved a reply stating that it was because my name and address had been inserted twice (not by me). they would correct the input and all should be well. 3weeks later and its done. back to normal, but its cost me £20+ to check! a nice little earner for the
  3. hi ray, yes they have responded again, saying that they have deleted the duplicate entries. unfortunately im in antigua at the moment, so cant check my credit score. hopefully, this will have reverted back to its original status. i just found it incredible that these companys tell us how important it is to keep aware of our finances, by using them, and they end up ruining a perfectly good rating! thanks for your response, bartymuv.
  4. i pay a monthly subscription to experian, as i like to keep an eye on my rating etc. a few years ago i had to declare myself bankrupt, and since then have been building up my credit rating to a point where i had reached the top rating of 999. this was about a year ago. i didntcheck my report regularly from that time, as my circumstances hadn't changed. my debts (loans etc) amounted to around £18k and no payments had been missed or any defaults incurred. you can imagine my surprise when i checked my report, to find that experian said i had debts amounting to £57,853! i went thr
  5. sidewinder is of course absolutely right. i should have said 'we' opted out as a whole section, not me as an individual. on the other hand, we have opted out of having a meal break during a shift, and for that we get to leave an hour and a half early ie. 1230 instead of 1400. this suits us and of course the business. there is a tea break incorporated in that period as well, 30 minutes. we love it! lol. bartymuv.
  6. mmm, 7 on 3 off 7 on 4 off! doesn't work for an airline does he? bartymuv.
  7. i opted out of the WTD. my company operate a 24hr operation which means i work a three shift pattern. 0600-1400 1400-2200 2200-0600. my pattern runs as follows.....7 days on 3 off, 7 days on 4 off. every 3rd weekend is a long weekend off ie friday saturday sunday monday. overtime can include a 0600 start, and finish at 2200 and then start again at 0600 the next day, or indeed any comblnation of all three. there is nothing that says we have to have an 11hr rest period between shifts. as i understand, a 10hr rest period is what i opted out of. working 7 days on may sound ali
  8. hi andy, can you tell us if you were informed that you could bring a colleague or trade union representative with you to either your disciplinary or appeal hearing? if they didnt, it could be relevant if you get to a tribunal. your question regarding scribes (noteteakers) asking questions, usually (as i understand) you would be introduced to the investigating panel and each persons position explained. scribes can ask questions, with the chairs permission. obviously he wouldn't object because the scribe was one of his 'team'. i'm not a expert in industrial law, just a tu rep who h
  9. ahh! thanks for that info pat. i was very lucky then when i got caught (39mph) . cheers, bartymuv.
  10. if the current 9 points were not related to speeding offences, then i believe that an option to pay £95 and attend a speed awareness course without incurring the 3 penalty points would be offered. however, somehow i dont think this is going to be the case for this offender, unfortunately. good luck, bartymuv.
  11. awelorun, this is the address on their pcn.......... parking control services 27 old gloucester street london wc1n 3xx website Parking Control Services - Solutions To Your Parking Problems hope this helps barty.
  12. thanks for your replys, a brief outline of the case......a colleague of my wifes, a carer, attending an old lady, parks in the same place she has parked for the past 6 months. call takes 15 mins. returns to car, clamped! calls the clampers, explains she has to have car released as she has very young child expecting her at home. clamper returns 3 hours later. she argues that there are no signs and that she was on legitimate call with a note on her dashboard. clamper checks parking area and finds the notice on the floor, and puts it up in a temporary position. result, £75 plus £1
  13. can anyone shed some info on the above company? just need to know if they are reputable or cowboys before i seek further advice on here. cheers, barty.
  14. ok, just to close this, today i posted off my £60 for the second traffic violation. but, im going to ask them to up the wattage in their flash units so that at least i'll know when i've had my photo taken! barty.
  15. well, their not hanging about! got my invitation to the speed awareness course today, so at least i'll only end up with 3 points on my licence. pat, that doesn't sound like too bad an idea to me! me in one venue and her indoors in another! lol. barty.
  16. well, got the photos for each offence yesterday, but no callibration certificate! niether photo reveals who the driver is (ive already admitted that i was, on both occasions). cant help wondering if i could have got away with no points on my licence if i had said my wife was the driver of the car on the 2nd occasion, thus giving us both the option to pay £95 to attend the speeding awareness course? oh well, too late now i guess. barty.
  17. hi lamma, oh dear, i think i may have shot myself in the foot then as i made my request for photo copys for both offences in the same letter quoting both reference numbers. if what you suspect happens, then i will be really gutted! i'll let you know. barty.
  18. hi lamma, no, it will only be 3 points as i have the option of the £95 plus the speeding awareness course on the 1st offence. i dont get the option for any subsequent speeding fines for the next 3 years. barty.
  19. i use the same route home from work every day, and have done for the past fifteen years. i am of course very aware of where cameras are on my journey. so, you can imagine my surprise when i received a notice of prosecution for travelling at 39mph on a 30mph road. i accepted that i must have been miles away (in my mind) and agreed that i was the driver and waited for the fixed penalty notice to arrive. went on holiday and returned on tuesday, and sure enough there was a letter offering me the option of paying £60 with 3 penalty points, or £95 and attend a speed awareness cour
  20. hi hunterandthehunted, the one thing you haven't told us is where you obtained your flt licence from. did your company issue it after training and testing, or was it a requirement that you had to have it before they employed you? i suspect the latter, as no instructor would condone the practices that you have described. im not sure, but i think there have to be re-evaluation tests after periods of time (where i work its every five years) but it may not be a legal requirement, just good company proceedure. as far as your safety reps concerned, it doesn't sound as though
  21. i dont believe this! ive just had another letter, this time from Wescot! its for exactly the same account and the same amount. what absolute imbociles! ok, rant over. any suggestions as to my next move? i should add that its taken them up till last week to supply me with a payment card for the new electricity account that had to be arranged after they decided that i was vacating my home. thats nearly 8 months! weve been paying the bills as and when we received them, so we know both accounts are up to date. bartymuv.
  22. hi pinkpetal. i have to assume that you work for a small company with no union recognition. the only advice i would give that may help you is to look at this site Website of the UK government : Directgov you may find some of your answers in there. good luck, bartymuv.
  23. hi ell, thats a great link, really helpful. cheers, bartymuv.
  24. ive been a shop steward for about 16 years now. ive represented many individuals in that time, and have only seen 1 person dismissed. with photographic evidence, he still denied involvement. i tried to tell him that he should admit to being in the photos and let the company take it from there, but he wouldn't accept my advice. 3 months later i spoke to the manager who took the hearing, and he confided in me that had the person not denied that it was him in the photos, he would have still been employed. the op here states that there was no representation on the shop floor and h
  25. this is an article from PC PRO magazine which i feel is fairly relevant to this thread. the interview was with a woman leading a campaign for fairer broadband advertising in the uk. her name is colette bowe. she's part of an OFCOM consumer panel- a customer focused body thats independant of the regulator. the body wrote to ISP's asking them why consumers aren't getting the speeds they pay for. as a result of those discussions, the consumer panel has proposed a code of conduct that will force ISP's to reveal the true speed of customers lines and free them from their contrac
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