• Posted in: Scams of any type.

    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 1d
    https://www.which.co.uk/news/article/scammers-steal-home-deposits-in-callous-conveyancing-scams-afGcO5t39f7o
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 2mo
    History 101 .. They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were “piss poor.” But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot; they “didn’t have a pot to piss in” & were the lowest of the low. The next time you are washing your hands & complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s. Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. Since they were starting to smell, however, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it … hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water!” Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof, resulting in the idiom, “It’s raining cats and dogs.” There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed, therefore, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, leading folks to coin the phrase “dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way, subsequently creating a “thresh hold.” In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while, and thus the rhyme, “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.” Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and “chew the fat.” Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the “upper crust.” Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up, creating the custom of holding a wake. England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive, so they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer. And that’s the truth.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 3mo
    From 2nd April First from £1.25 to £1.35 Second from 75p to 85p Martin Lewis advises buy now!!
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 3mo
    Yesterday, remote wouldn't start the TV, changed the batteries in the remote and still nothing so then tried feeling around the frame for a switch and it happened. Fine all evening, switched off via remote and then this morning, won't start again. Tried the switch several times but just not happening this time. Even looked on Youtube today which said the same thing. Unfortunately I am unable to lay TV on its back as it's mounted on a metal frame on wheels. Do you think the on-board switch has broken and is it worth getting repaired and why won't the remote work? Any suggestions gratefully received - thanks.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 3mo
    I vaguely remember there was a discussion on here before about this. I had one in my last abode which was fine. Due to various problems caused by the fitter who did both kitchen and bathroom here, I can't have a drinking tap installed in the granite worktop. Shower head which is the size of a breakfast plate now is only delivering water through half the holes. I've had a friend unscrew and take it down a couple of times for cleaning but it's now happening very regularly and I can't keep asking people to get it down for me. It's situated about 4" from the ceiling (the plumber was 6'4) on a pipe that comes out of the wall. Would anyone know if it's possible to extend the pipework and lower the shower head - one plumber says yes and another says not without going into the wall through the tiles. Also, did I read that there is an attachment that can be put on pipework that softens water without having a salt-unit put in. Apologies for ramble.
  • Posted in: Bromley

    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 3mo
    https://www.bromley.gov.uk/.../waldo-road-reuse-and... Closed for four days. As that hasn't worked: Waldo Road reuse and recycling centre closed for 4 days for emergency work, with the centre closed on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Residents are being asked to postpone their trips to Waldo until next week, Monday 4 March.
  • Posted in: Bromley

    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    Bromley Pageant of Motoring cancelled over Ulez charge 8 January 20 A motoring festival held in south-east London for the past 40 years has been cancelled, with organisers citing the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) as the reason. Norman Park, the location of the Bromley Pageant of Motoring, was brought into the zone in August. Although many classic cars would be exempt from the £12.50 daily charge, "modern classics" bought less than 40 years ago would be subject to it. A new site is being sought for 2025. Organisers Pippa and Jason Griffiths from event management company A-ME said they had taken "considerable time to evaluate all options" for the future of the event. The show included displays of different vehicles In a statement, they said: "It became clear that Norman Park is no longer an option and any move to a new venue and date needs to ensure that this firm favourite of the classic car calendar has a bright future. "We have made the very difficult decision to not hold the event in 2024 but are working on plans to bring back the Bromley Pageant of Motoring in 2025." The Bromley pageant is said to be the biggest one-day classic car shows in the world, and is famous for its one-make section where vehicles of each make and model can be entered and parked together.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    Post on Facebook this morning saying 72 laughing gas cannisters were collected from local park - and it's a nice park, gates either end and a little wood in-between but easy access from woods at the rear. I thought these were banned.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    Absolutely spectacular display - but why all the talking and inane music, just ruined it for me. Happy New Year everyone!
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    Without a doubt in my mind, unintentionally watch it every year - Mr. Tom - I never look for it, just suddenly appears, think I won't bother then I do, brings tears to my eyes every time!
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    The last service from BG was on 11th November, have been checking regularly to make another but 'we will contact you'. I've just tried again this morning (no email from them, just me checking) and the earliest I can book is 19th February, three months after the last one. They have definitely lost me for next year.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 7mo
    https://www.hsi.org/news-resources/canada-enacts-historic-ban-on-elephant-ivory-and-rhino-horn-trade/
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 7mo
    Time again to start trawling through the comparison sites. Has anyone any experience of Aviva, quote £351 compared to my renewal quote of £510, seems much the same plus a bit more. Only thing worrying for me is no customer support, everything is done online except 'Dedicated UK accident and claims line - Make new claims online or via Phone 24/7' Which I suppose is all that matters and hopefully won't need to use. Plus my little banger is hardly top of the range with estimated value of £900 - if lucky.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
    I think it's possible to get another SIM card for my old beloved non-smart phone so that I can still use it, albeit with a different number. How do you pay for this on a pay as you go basis, please. I see that Amazon have them for various providers from about £5 upwards, where does the number come from, or do you use to just make calls? How does one put more credit in as and when? Nothing wrong with the smart phone I have, I don't think, just went for more bells and whistles than I needed just in order to park - so big and heavy to carry around I can't be bothered to use it which defeats the object of having a phone for emergencies which is all I really need. So I wondered if this might work? Thanks.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 7mo
    A friend who has recently returned from a coach holiday to Lake Garda with her husband fell at home and husband couldn't get her up on his own (she suffered a stroke the day after her first Covid vaccination and hasn't had one since), ambulance came to help her get up, then nurses came to give her tests and verdict is she has Covid. Apparently some on the coach also had coughs and colds which might be par for the course in confined spaces and could be just a cold. Bossy Boots here has told her she should ring the coach company so see if any others have caught it as it could be where she picked it up and also the driver who collected and delivered them from home as it was a door-to-door service to the coach. She goes out rarely so it seems the most obvious place.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 7mo
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-biggin-hill-st-george-s-raf-chapel-of-remembrance?share=5902a83f-95fd-4d77-a5dd-756a1ef5d327&source=email-share-button&utm_medium=socialshare&utm_source=email
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 7mo
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-biggin-hill-st-george-s-raf-chapel-of-remembrance?share=5902a83f-95fd-4d77-a5dd-756a1ef5d327&source=email-share-button&utm_medium=socialshare&utm_source=email
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 7mo
    I heard the bell ring at the front door, opened it to see a Royal Mail parcel van in the road and two employees sorting through the van, obviously looking for the parcel. Neither glanced my way. Waited at the porch door for a couple of minutes, then went inside, leaving the front door open. Looked out a few minutes later and the van had gone. Just switched on to see email saying Parcel delivered at 11.08 and left in safe place. Nothing anywhere that I could think of. Have been told twice on automated system that the parcel has been delivered, now waiting to speak to a person, current waiting time 30 minutes they say, so far on hold for past 20 minutes - am I annoyed, yes.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 7mo
    My mum used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread butter on bread on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e. Coli Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake or at the beach instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then. We all took PE ..... And risked permanent injury with a pair of Dunlop sandshoes instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors that cost as much as a small car. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now. We got the cane for doing something wrong at school, they used to call it discipline yet we all grew up to accept the rules and to honour & respect those older than us. We had 50 kids in our class and we all learned to read and write, do maths and spell almost all the words needed to write a grammatically correct letter......., FUNNY THAT!! We all said prayers in school irrespective of our religion, sang the national anthem and no one got upset. Staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention we wish we hadn't got. I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself. I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations. We weren't!! Oh yeah .... And where was the antibiotics and sterilisation kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed! We played "King of the Hill" on piles of gravel left on vacant building sites and when we got hurt, mum pulled out the 2/6p bottle of iodine and then we got our backside spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10 day dose of antibiotics and then mum calls the lawyer to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat. To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that? We never needed to get into group therapy and/or anger management classes. We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive? LOVE TO ALL OF US WHO SHARED THIS ERA. AND TO ALL WHO DIDN'T, SORRY FOR WHAT YOU MISSED. Credit - Born of convits
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 7mo
    We’re working hard on wilko.com and we want to keep you updated as we go… CDS (Superstores International) Ltd (Trading as The Range) has taken ownership of wilko.com and is now the legal data controller of any personal data previously held by wilko.com. This includes data such as your name, email address and account details that was previously provided by you while visiting, creating an account with, or making purchases on wilko.com. This data will be used to provide you with a continuous service on wilko.com. An updated copy of the wilko.com privacy policy providing more information on how your personal data will be used, your privacy rights and how to get in touch is available here.   Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube This email is a service email and has been sent to all users of wilko.com. This does not affect your marketing opt-in status. If you wish to unsubscribe from marketing emails please click here.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 8mo
    A woman decided to give herself a big treat for her 70th birthday by staying overnight in a really nice hotel.. When she checked out the next morning, the desk clerk handed her a bill for $250.00.  She demanded to know why the charge was so high "I agree it's a nice hotel, but the rooms aren't worth $250..00 for just an overnight stay - I didn't even have breakfast!"  The clerk told her that $250.00 is the 'standard rate,' and breakfast had been included had she wanted it.  She insisted on speaking to the Manager. The Manager appeared and, forewarned by the desk clerk, announced: "This hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference center which are available for use."  "But I didn't use them."  'Well, they are here, and you could have." He went on to explain that she could also have seen one of the in-hotel shows for which they were so famous."We have the best entertainers from the world over performing here."  "But I didn't go to any of those shows.."  "Well, we have them, and you could have."  No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, she replied, "But I didn't use it!" and the Manager countered with his standard response.  After several minutes discussion, and with the Manager still unmoved, she decided to pay, wrote a check and gave it to him. The Manager was surprised when he looked at the check.  "But Madam, this check is for only $50.00"  "That's correct I charged you $200.00 for sleeping with me."  "But I didn't!"  "Well, too bad, I was here, and you could have." 🤣
  • Posted in: Dog Lovers

    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - 8mo
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12660965/Bobi-worlds-oldest-dog-dies-five-months-celebrating-31st-birthday.html?ito=email_share_article-top
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 8mo
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12660965/Bobi-worlds-oldest-dog-dies-five-months-celebrating-31st-birthday.html?ito=email_share_article-top
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 8mo
    Biggest apologies for bringing this up again. I thought the main purposes of this was the 'phone' facility. On my last phone, if a call or text was missed, it came up with a big red exclamation mark to let you know. On this, nothing, have to scroll down about 15 useless boxes to find Messages (which does have a tick that message is there). Same if I want to make a call, I go into Phone (again searching through the 15 useless boxes), which then comes up with contacts and I've yet to find a way to actually ring out a new number as no number keyboard comes up. There is also a separate Contacts box which I would go into if I needed to ring someone on there. Fortunately, I've not yet needed to phone a new number but I should be able to if needed. I've gone into Settings and no help there. It can't be me, must be the phone!
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 8mo
    I've tried putting this on Community Support, but no response (obviously me). Would anyone be able to tell me, in simple terms, how to take a screenshot on the new (immensely annoying) smartphone I have, please. I've been asked 3 times to send a screenshot, but I lie and say I don't have a smartphone. Thanks.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 9mo
    The ceiling fire alarm (I have three) has been been bleeping since Friday, finally stopped last night. Neighbour went up the ladder on Friday only to find it's connected to mains and needs to be turned off at board. Would anyone know which switch to turn off, would it be a different colour. Tried the retired electrician I know yesterday who would have done it for me but he's unwell at the moment so couldn't ask him. Two friends have had the Fire Service install alarms without any problems so tried them (criteria being if over a certain age and smoker) last Friday, left message and just had a call this morning, appointment booked for 3rd October for survey and maybe install alarms, won't touch mains ones so will mean having double alarms everywhere. Apparently there will be a back-up battery in the alarms but cover says don't remove without switching off at mains? I have tried Googling but would prefer to hear from someone who has the same type of alarm if possible who might know. Many thanks.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 9mo
    I've just had a shower, water was slightly too hot to begin but a minute later water was icy cold, then too hot then back to icy cold again, never happened before. Is this a boiler problem or shower, would anyone know. No one else here who could be turning on taps, etc. Controls are inset into the wall. I never alter them as it is a lever, not manual and not worth the hassle. Thanks.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - 9mo
    I have very reluctantly bought a smartphone - how can I stop S/Loop emails coming through on it, please. Push is on 'off' on this desktop and they are still coming through on the phone which I don't want, happy to have other emails on it or is it a case of all or nothing. Many thanks. (less)
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 9mo
    Just had a quote for taking out kitchen sink and changing quartz worktop (which has given me much misery over the past couple of years) to melamine for £1,800 ish plus VAT. Does VAT apply to everything, i.e. is there VAT on the labour charge as well as on the materials used, please. (I was asked if I would be buying the worktop and sink myself).
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 10mo
    #cashisking Why should we pay cash everywhere with banknotes instead of a card ? - Say I have a £50 banknote in my pocket & I'm going to a restaurant & paying for dinner with it. The restaurant owner then uses the note to pay for the laundry. The laundry owner then uses the note to pay the barber. The barber will then use the note to pay for shopping. After an unlimited number of payments, it will still remain a £50 value, which has fulfilled its purpose to everyone who used it for payment & the bank has jumped dry from every cash payment transaction made. BUT.... IF I go to a restaurant & pay digitally via Card.... - the bank fees for my payment transaction charged to the seller are 3%, so around £1.50.... (& so will be the fee of £1.50 for each further payment transaction ) - for the owner re laundry or - payments of the owner of the laundry shop, - or payments of the barber etc.... Therefore, after 30 transactions, the initial £50 will exist at only £5, & the remaining £45 has become the property of the bank, thanks to all of the digital transactions & fees!!! Use it or lose it folks.... Once it’s gone we won’t get it back!!! Cash is king!!!
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 10mo
    I've just realised the Panasonic Recorder hasn't been recording for the past couple of days. Just spent yet another hour trying to work out why - I really don't want to buy a new one. The information says: Poor reception Aerial cable disconnected (always have used an indoor aerial and never had a problem before) I don't think either of those apply, have pushed everything in to be certain. The Channel was encrypted. I don't know what that means. Just tried recording current programmes, none are recording and the red record light is flashing. I'm bereft as I record everything - I'd be grateful for any suggestions, please!
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 10mo
    British Heart took big pine cupboard, butlers tray, ladder bookcase and some never worn clothes and then Anglo Collections took 4 boxes of bric-à-brac and more clothes. Had to tell Anglo off as they arrived a minute later than their stated tracking service (he knew I was joking). I cannot praise them both highly enough. Just left now with stuff for the textile bin in the car park and rugs/coat hangers, etc., for the tip (might try the dustbin first as only runners/mats but unlikely). It's been a total mess/hard work here for the past week - couldn't get in the hall and neighbour had to help move the heavy stuff but so worth it. I can't believe it was so bad! I'm already thinking what can go next. And all because Boots moved.
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    Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 11mo
    Post from a local Beekeeper 🐝 “Its late, and maybe in the morning I'll delete this post, but I've just got home and for now I need to write this down. Earlier this evening I received a message from a home owner to say they had a swarm of bees in their hedge, but they were worried about them because children had been throwing water at them. By the time my fellow beekeeper and I arrived, what had been a beautiful prime swarm was reduced to a few hundred drenched bees, huddling limply around their queen. I've already deleted the photos of the puddles of water, the dripping wet hedge, and the many, many dead and dying bees that hadn't been able to escape the attack; sharing those pictures serves no purpose. We gently placed the bees that had survived into a collection box, and hopefully tomorrow, when they've had chance to dry out and settle, we'll check on them and if necessary feed them; they'll be exhausted and possibly (understandably) defensive. They've been through a lot. Please, please, help me to educate your children, your grandchildren, your neices and nephews, your neighbours, your colleagues and your friends that a swarm of bees isn't dangerous - they're amazing creatures that are just looking for a new home. Please don't let anyone harm them. Just call a beekeeper who will gladly rehome them. Please help me to spread this message and hopefully save any more bees from being unnecessarily harmed” 😢 - A Sad and unhappy Beekeeper

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