• Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 2d
    Just had an email from Octopus informing me that my new monthly DD has been reduced by £67 to £132.75 until March (though I can continue paying £199 as a buffer if I wish).
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 19d
    I am considering having a small chimney breast removed in my small room. I cannot believe what one has to do for this. I know a steel would be needed (although there is no chimney breast above in this hobbit house, who decides the strength of that. I had a private surveyor here yesterday who spent ages telling me that support for shared chimney stack would have to go under floorboards upstairs until I said why can't there just been a steel where the breast would be taken out. Spent an hour on phone for Council Building Control then gave up and I'm totally confused by Party Wall Agreement which can cost in the £1000+ region. Would anyone know if it is correct that a surveyor photos neighbour's wall prior to work being carried out - but if cracks appear a few years later, who pays to put them right, does the original builder have to come back, do you have to pay to have job redone or how long does the P/wall agreement apply? I'm semi-prepared for the cost of all this, not sure yet if I can stand the big upheaval but will turn violent if anybody else says to me what are you gaining.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 1mo
    I have just read that - due to age - I will be offered a fifth Covid jab in September and I am really not sure how I feel about it. Preferably with no input from the flu-believers, what do others think. I have to admit I'm feeling it's a bit over-load on my system.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 1mo
    Schools consider THREE-DAY week to pay for teacher salary ...https://www.dailymail.co.uk › news › article-11110335 11 minutes ago — Schools consider THREE-DAY week to pay for teacher salary rises and crippling energy costs as education leaders hold 'crisis meetings' ahead ...
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 1mo
    My neighbour had his 5-year old grandson with him last week, went out to the ice cream van for two cones with chocolate twirl - cost £7.00. His daughter did the same in different street nearby, gave her son a £10 note for three cones - who then came back for another 50 pence as £10 wasn't enough. Which works out at £3.50 per ice cream. Am I the only one who thinks that is extortionate or is this now the norm.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 1mo
    I had a fair bit of double glazing renewed and new porch when I moved here by a firm I was very happy with, helped me out when a stable door installed by the builder (provided by them but installed by him) couldn't be locked for a year until they came and refitted at no extra cost as the builder wasn't interested. At the same time, they measured up (twice) and quoted to replace an upstairs window which I can't open/close and make another window plain glass instead of the leaded-light panes already there which I hate. This was a year ago, I received and accepted the quote and I am still waiting. Part of the problem was that my attached neighbour was awaiting the replacement of a porch door letting in rain when the wind was in the wrong direction (insurance claim) so I knew mine wouldn't be done until then and I wasn't particularly bothered. Anyway, porch was repaired yesterday and still nothing about my job though when I queried a couple of weeks ago to ask if I should go elsewhere was assured they still wanted to do it but were still very busy (which I know is true as doing a lot of installations around the area). Decided to get a quote elsewhere which has turned out to be nearly £700 more for same job. Others have said glass has gone up by 40% over the period. I do like the firm and the men but, basically, where do I stand!
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 1mo
    Before I seek someone to do it, would anyone know roughly the cost of putting in an outside tap (wall behind the sink). Just thinking about it at the moment!
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 2mo
    The Great British Cover-Up: What Grant Shapps is hiding about the future of the railways Still image from Grant Shapps' 'Great British Railways Headquarters Competition' video. The colours in the image are dark, suggesting he is having a suspicious phone call on a railway platform. While everyone’s talking about the Tory leadership contest and RMT industrial action, we’re about to lose our last chance to save Britain’s railway from its most dangerous privatisation project yet. A government consultation on the new public body Great British Railways– including major changes to legislation – is about to be rushed through without any public awareness. It’s a key part of the government’s secret plan to cut billions in public spending, including a massive destaffing project allegedly involving the closure of every ticket office in England. Today, we’ve demanded that Grant Shapps extends the 4th August deadline and starts publicly promoting the consultation – in a joint letter with campaign group Bring Back British Rail. Currently, the consultation breaches several areas of the government’s code of practice; so if he refuses, the Williams-Shapps Plan will lose all credibility with the public. However, these are only the first of the weaknesses in the consultation. The private rail industry has been in backroom talks with the government for months; making vital decisions on all the most important areas affecting passengers. Most of these areas – such as timetabling, fares, and accessibility – have been exempted from the consultation (2.14) and are being negotiated as part of a market engagement process with train companies. They are now set to be decided without any public input whatsoever.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 2mo
    Revealed: Full list of BBC on-air stars earning over £150,000 - with Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball and Alan Shearer in the lead Here is a full list of BBC on-air salaries for 2021/22 above £150,000, as published in the BBC annual report. The list is ranked by salary band, starting with the highest. The equivalent salary band for 2020/21 is shown in brackets, with a description of the year-on-year change. 1 Gary Lineker £1,350,000-1,354,999 (down from £1,360,000-£1,364,999) 2 Zoe Ball £980,000-£984,999 (down from £1,130,000-£1,134,999) 3 Alan Shearer £450,000-£454,999 (up from £390,000-£394,999) = Steve Wright £450,000-£454,999 (down from £465,000-£469,999) 5 Stephen Nolan £415,000-£419,999 (up from £405,000-£409,999) 6 Fiona Bruce £410,000-£414,999 (up from £405,000-£409,999) = Huw Edwards £410,000-£414,999 (down from £425,000-£429,999) 8 Vanessa Feltz £400,000-£404,999 (up from £390,000-£394,999) = Scott Mills £400,000-£404,999 (up from £375,000-£379,999) 10 Greg James £390,000-£394,999 (up from £310,000-£314,999) 11 Ken Bruce £385,000-£389,999 (up from £365,000-£369,999) 12 Lauren Laverne £380,000-£384,999 (down from £395,000-£399,999) 13 Naga Munchetty £365,000-£369,999 (up from £255,000-£259,999) 14 George Alagiah £325,000-£329,999 (no change) = Emily Maitlis £325,000-£329,999 (no change) = Amol Rajan £325,000-£329,999 (up from £240,000-£244,999) 17 Sophie Raworth £305,000-£309,999 (up from £280,000-£284,999) 18 Nicky Campbell £295,000-£299,999 (no change) 19 Jeremy Vine £290,000-£294,999 (down from £295,000-£299,999) 20 Jason Mohammad £285,000-£289,999 (up from £270,000-£274,999) 21 Sara Cox £275,000-£279,999 (up from £270,000-£274,999) = Mishal Husain £275,000-£279,999 (no change) 23 Evan Davis £270,000-£274,999 (no change) = Nick Robinson £270,000-£274,999 (no change) 25 Andrew Marr £265,000-£269,999 (down from £335,000-£339,999) = Jo Whiley £265,000-£269,999 (down from £275,000-£279,999) 27 Laura Kuenssberg £260,000-£264,999 (no change) 28 Martha Kearney £255,000-£259,999 (up from £250,000-£254,999) = Clive Myrie £255,000-£259,999 (up from £205,000-£209,999) = Justin Webb £255,000-£259,999 (no change) 31 Mark Chapman £250,000-£254,999 (no change) 32 Sarah Montague £245,000-£249,999 (no change) = Kirsty Wark £245,000-£249,999 (up from £210,000-£214,999) 34 Victoria Derbyshire £240,000-£244,999 (up from £170,000-£174,999) = Faisal Islam £240,000-£244,999 (up from £205,000-£209,999) 36 Jeremy Bowen £230,000-£234,999 (not listed in 2020/21) 37 Jon Sopel £225,000-£229,999 (down from £230,000-£234,999) = Michael Vaughan £225,000-£229,999 (up from £175,000-£179,999) 39 Jermaine Jenas £220,000-£224,999 (up from £195,000-£199,999) = Dan Walker £220,000-£224,999 (down from £295,000-£299,999) 41 Katya Adler £215,000-£219,999 (down from £220,000-£224,999) = Emma Barnett £215,000-£219,999 (down from £240,000-£244,999) = Mary Berry £215,000-£219,999 (no change) 44 Fergal Keane £210,000-£214,999 (up from £205,000-£209,999) = Trevor Nelson £210,000-£214,999 (down from £230,000-£234,999) 46 Clare Balding £205,000-£209,999 (not listed in 2020/21) = Simon Jack £205,000-£209,999 (up from £190,000-£194,999) 48 Reeta Chakrabarti £200,000-£204,999 (up from £175,000-£179,999) = Gabby Logan £200,000-£204,999 (up from £165,000-£169,999) = Micah Richards £200,000-£204,999 (not listed in 2020/21) = Louis Theroux £200,000-£204,999 (no change) 52 Alex Scott £195,000-£199,999 (not listed in 2020/21) 53 Mark Easton £190,000-£194,999 (no change) = Sarah Smith £190,000-£194,999 (up from £185,000-£189,999) = Charlie Stayt £190,000-£194,999 (no change) 56 Sue Barker £185,000-£189,999 (not listed in 2020/21) 57 Rachel Burden £180,000-£184,999 (down from £205,000-£209,999) = John McEnroe £180,000-£184,999 (not listed in 2020/21) 59 Jonathan Agnew £175,000-£179,999 (no change) = Stephen Sackur £175,000-£179,999 (not listed in 2020/21) 61 Ben Brown £170,000-£174,999 (no change) 62 Harpreet Bhullar £160,000-£164,999 (not listed in 2020/21) = Orla Guerin £160,000-£164,999 (no change) = Colin Murray £160,000-£164,999 (not listed in 2020/21) 65 Clara Amfo £155,000-£159,999 (down from £165,000-£169,999) = Joanna Gosling £155,000-£159,999 (no change) = Isa Guha £155,000-£159,999 (up from £150,000-£154,999) = Chris Sutton £155,000-£159,999 (not listed in 2020/21) = Claudia Winkleman £155,000-£159,999 (not listed in 2020/21) 70 Nihal Arthanayake £150,000-£154,999 (no change) = Lyse Doucet £150,000-£154,999 (not listed in 2020/21) = Steve Lamacq £150,000-£154,999 (down from £155,000-£159,999) = Tony Livesey £150,000-£154,999 (not listed in 2020/21) = Carolyn Quinn £150,00
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 2mo
    Mother and partner jailed for neglect after her daughter, two ...https://www.dailymail.co.uk › news › article-11002775 Unbelievable that a nurse pushed away a toddler as she didn't want to get dirty by letting her near. She should have lost her job, no excuses.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 2mo
    I need to write an email and know if it has been read. There was a post a little while ago about seeing when an email had been read - not sure which S/loop group it was on, can anyone remember, please - thanks.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 2mo
    Help needed, please. I usually get all Scooploop notifications via email throughout the day. For the past two days have received nothing and it's necessary to go into the 'bell' notification where I can see some of the postings but they are all over the place timewise (which is normal here) and I need to go into the one post left on email in order to access the bell notifications. I have changed nothing in 'Settings' and have checked to make sure it is still 'daily'. I have posted this in Technical support (?) but it seems that takes a while and in the meantime getting nothing at all on tablet as I no longer have a Scooploop posting in emails so getting very frustrated with it all! Many thanks.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 2mo
    HENS URGENTLY NEEDING HOMES We're getting worried now. Less than 2 weeks to go and we still need to find homes for 1000 hens. These little ladies have worked hard laying eggs for 18 months. We have to find every one of them a home. You can see that they are a mix of white & gingers. When you collect on rehome day that’s what you’ll get - a mix of white & gingers. Lovely well looked after girls. Please help if you can...even if its just a share of this post. The rehoming date is the 9th July and we have collection points at the following locations:- Bedford MK43 Biggin Hill BR2 Brockenhurst SO42 Brands Hatch DA4 Cowden TN8 Charlwood and Newdigate RH6 Dorset BH20 Hailsham BN27 Hastings TN35 Lancing BN15 Market Rasen LN8 North Hampshire Northampton NN2 Pencader SA39 Waterlooville PO8 Winchester SO21 To reserve your hens please go to https://chickenrescue.co.uk/reserve-your-hens
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 3mo
    Might be my desktop only but for the past few days have noticed that there is no indication of when comments were made on a listing, i.e. 3 minutes, etc.?
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 3mo
    Channel 5 - well worth a view - hate to say I remember it well.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 3mo
    I have long been confused by this - and it appears I am not the only one. Is it for down-voting the poster or down-voting the context of the post. It seems that people use it for various reasons and not always the same. In the past I have used it because I'm unhappy about the context (therefore agreeing with the poster if they are too) then changed vote to something different as it looked as though I was anti the poster. Would very much appreciate clarification on this. I think it can cause unpleasantness where not intended. At least with the anonymous down-vote one's feelings were clear whereas this can be very much either way. I personally feel it was a mistake getting rid of it (but keeping the anon. upvote) should be both or nothing, can't see the point otherwise.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 3mo
    Still having problems getting BBC channels on my Samsung Smart TV, keep resetting and no difference. Now realise it is something I have done (hard as it is to believe) as to get access to them I have to go into the Panasonic recorder with separate remote and there they all are but it does mean I have to have recorder on all the time and press view instead of record. I think I may have inadvertently combined the two remotes and sources. If there is a simple way to resolve this I would be grateful but if not, will just carry on as at least I can get BBC channels.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 4mo
    I went to get cash at ATM machine at 7.15 this morning, put card in and it disappeared. Then a notice saying This machine is out of order. Waited until 9.00 to call the bank - 20 minutes - to be told cards are shredded when that happens so would have to get onto my own bank. Another 20 minutes at my own bank to be told they'd send another which might take 5 working days. I'm not sure whether the 5day break includes any working days so it won't be this week. I was due to call into builders merchants to order some slabs but couldn't without card so decided to buy on line with my credit card, a process I started at about 4.00 this afternoon. Now everything needs verification so couldn't pay without using their 'card machine', of which I have two as it took so long for the first one to arrive they sent another. First time of using today. Attempted at least 3 times on both machines to insert card only to be told Error - Wrong Card. So then another 15 minutes to get through to M & S, who couldn't understand it but said they would send a text code only there was nowhere for me to put the number as it was set up for the card reader. Finally they decided to give me an exemption and just purchase on line but order kept coming back as unable to pay, use another form of payment which I can't as I don't have a debit card at the moment. Then transferred to the Fraud department who arranged it so that I could put the number received via text in, tried another 3 times and still came back as unable to fulfil order. They appreciated I had now been trying at least 8 times to pay. Was on to them for about 25 minutes then they said they'd ring me back, which they did. 6.15, just tried again as they have apparently set me up for the text code, still can't fulfil order and I'm giving up for today.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 4mo
    Just a quickie, please Can anyone confirm that 21 sq. metres of slabs 450 x 450 equals 115 slabs? Tried looking on Google but not very bright person here - thanks.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 4mo
    Just heard that these are due to be removed. I look and listen to them both most days. How do I start a petition (joking) - it's just not right yet I am paying a licence fee for the likes of Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball and many other to be overpaid. Very annoyed.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 4mo
    Anything ! Pet (Edited)
    https://mol.im/a/10841843
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 4mo
    https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/driving-law/are-the-latest-changes-to-driving-rules-causing-more-conflict-on-our-roads/
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 4mo
    Today marks a BIG win in our fight to protect cash! As part of the Queen’s speech the government has pledged to introduce legislation this year that will finally protect our access to cash and face-to-face banking services. Together we’ve been fighting on behalf of millions of people and communities that require protection from an avalanche of ATM and bank branch closures. Thank you for helping us achieve this critical win. More than 192,000 of you signed the petition, 24,000 of you emailed your MP and over 6,000 letters were sent to local papers. Your actions have made a difference. Together we have protected cash. Find out more about this big win and share the news with your friends and family. Protect cash win Thank you for your support,
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 4mo
    I've spent a lot of time today trying to get the above programmes on Samsung TV, have tried automatic channel find at least twice, goes from Itv on 3 straight to 4999, missing out Ch. 1 and 2. Also terrestrial comes up in the top. It's ok on Panasonic recorder. Have also tried changing the Source button, also switching on/off. Reluctant to go to factory settings as will have to start entering again. They don't come up on programme guide either. Any idea where I 've gone wrong, please.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    I cannot believe I have just read that Jay Blade has received an MBE - how utterly ridiculous. He's just a sprayer (as I've said before) of spray paint with so little talent. I love watching the Repair Shop but it's ruined for me by him doing zilch other than a little ironing of new material or - and only once have I seen this happen - putting some nails into the back of a cabinet. The Repair Shop is loved by all but he's not the reason, fgs. I'm truly shocked. No, I have never met him and have no wish to be called either judgmental or critical because that is how I feel about him.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - 5mo
    https://www.facebook.com/157035865207998/posts/840153263562918/ Bromley Police May 2 at 9:35 AM FREE catalytic Convertor Marking Event ^JT
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - 5mo
    https://www.facebook.com/157035865207998/posts/840153263562918/ Bromley Police May 2 at 9:35 AM FREE catalytic Convertor Marking Event ^JT
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    This has happened a couple of times - I've deleted a comment and posts after get deleted too, has just happened again.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10762165/Eco-anarchists-SABOTAGE-Shell-petrol-station-M25.html 2 hours ago ... Eco-anarchists SABOTAGE two M25 petrol stations: Just Stop Oil zealot brags he's 'disabled' fuel garage as activists block forecourts at
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    I just caught the end of Your and Yours on car radio this morning when the subject was obviously cash or cashless. I appreciate I am vintage but two things stood out. A retired gentleman in Bournemouth who said he was quite happy using his smart phone for parking, didn't worry him that without one some couldn't park there, only annoyance was it cost £1.10 instead of £1 but that was fine, he found it very simple. Then mentioned going to the beach with his grandson and buying him an ice-cream - before him in the queue I gather were two youngsters clutching the cash who were refused an ice cream as the place didn't take cash. Being the magnanimous kind-hearted pensioner that he was, he bought them for the kids - as mother didn't have much English so he could understand her problem. He absolutely saw nothing wrong with the whole system that cash is becoming unacceptable - just as well they couldn't hear me shouting at the radio telling him what a snobbish patronising person he was. Also a lady doing voluntary work for a small animal charity saying that when she goes to collect the boxes, they now have very little in them as nobody carries cash anymore. Then she went on to say that they make a profit by holding events where there are tea and cake stalls, etc. which were largely going unsold as nobody carried cash. Was even asked if they took cards by some. A Travel man did say be sure to take some cash when abroad as they are still living normal lives where cash is acceptable (my words).
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    I've had this for a few years and always been OK with it. Now, after two weeks of many sites being blocked and 'greyed out' I have deleted it and things seem back to normal. It just seemed to start blocking everything, admittedly probably down to something I shouldn't have done - I don't know how as I have never really clicked on it in the past. Should I look for an alternative, not bother with anything or re-install in a couple of days. Thank you.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    I'm trying to find something on Bromley Council website, no problem in getting there but when I click where I want to be it turns grey even after reloading. It's normal for a second then immediately turns grey again. Went onto tablet and have no problems on there. Have I inadvertently put a block on the site on this desktop, please. Thanks.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    I've just been online to pay the above - which was £170 x 12 months - only to find that online it now reads £180 x 12 months. Obviously a change in the budget which I hadn't noticed. So just a reminder that road tax has also increased!
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-10703001/Elle-Est-Belle-dies-suffering-suspected-heart-attack-Grand-National-2022.html?ito=email_share_article-top
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 5mo
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10698823/Post-mortem-extraordinary-Greenland-shark-reveals-meningitis.html?ito=email_share_article-top
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
    I purchased two wooden garden chairs from Ebay, main reason being that they were ready assembled, good price and very good reviews. Arrived last week by very helpful delivery driver who carried into garden. Then decided perhaps I should have ordered the lift-off table tray that can fit between the chairs and which could have been bought as a set anyway. Emailed the firm directly over weekend asking if they supplied tray separately, came back this morning and said to ring them to order. Which I did, to be told I could purchase directly on website but the tray wasn't there, only the complete set. So went back to them but problem with payment as I couldn't do a Bax(?) on mobile and they didn't take paypal or card over the phone. Anyway, long and short of it - next time they are in the area (from Stoke), will put on van and deliver for £5 and me to pay cash directly to the driver as they use their own transport. No idea when but who cares!
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10683581/Alzheimers-breakthrough-major-study-spots-42-risk-genes.html?ito=email_share_article-top
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - 6mo
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-10674019/RICHARD-LITTLEJOHN-Cost-contactless-payments-Call-2billion-cash.html?ito=email_share_article-top
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
    Message is on local Facebook that a police dispersal zone is being set up in local shopping centre with schools sending letters to parents advising their children not to go into Bromley tomorrow (Friday) night after school as water fights are planned. Apparently this has happened in many places recently (Bexley Heath/Birmingham, etc) but some pistols are being filled with bleach or acid so probably isn't just Bromley (and start of half term). Needless to say I am incapable of copying the article and letters but it seems it is becoming a very popular sport.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
    I've no wish to start another argument here but have just sent a fleecy throw and man's thermal beanie from Amazon's wish list via Save the Children to Ukraine. Hopefully will get to right destination. Have only just noticed it in case others are interested.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
    Was ok earlier, switched it off, when I switched on later no sound. Tried the mute button in case I had touched by mistake but nothing. Same with recorder. Under 8 months old. Is this a repair man job - even this tablet is playing up, woe is me.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
    Friends of mine made an appointment for yesterday at Civic Centre, Bromley for 4th booster, went and it was empty. I could kick myself at not going with them and turning up without an appointment, just didn't think about it at the time. Could have been because of Mother's Day and a Sunday, I suppose but they do keep saying wait until you are contacted.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-10639065/Man-United-DOMINATE-LEquipes-list-Premier-Leagues-highest-paid-players.html?ito=email_share_article-top
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - 6mo
    The walkway between Sainsburys car park and the Princess Royal University Hospital will be closed for 6 months from March 26th. Taken from today's Facebook.
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
    P&O sacks EVERY crew member with immediate effect and uses agency staff to sail ships as it kicks baffled passengers off at ports amid huge row with unions over pay Existing staff can apply to the agency for work, in a move branded 'outrageous' by furious union leaders Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said his officials were in urgent talks with P&0 Ferries over the situation Firm operates four routes: Dover to Calais; Hull to Rotterdam; Liverpool to Dublin; and Cairnryan to Larne By RORY TINGLE, HOME AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 09:59, 17 March 2022 | UPDATED: 11:57, 17 March 2022 P&O Ferries today made all its crew members redundant with immediate effect and replaced them with agency staff as it kicked baffled passengers off at ports amid a huge row with unions over pay. Existing employees can apply to the agency for work, in a move branded 'outrageous' by furious union leaders. One woman who said her father had lost his job accused P&O of a 'callous attack on working people'. Meanwhile, furious passengers scrambled to find alternative routes, with one Northern Ireland councillor unable to travel to a funeral because of the sudden disruption. The company said customers should continue to come to ports and they would be provided with alternative transportation. P&O Ferries - which operates four routes between the UK and Europe - ordered all its ships to return to port this morning to prepare for an announcement that would 'secure' its 'long-term viability'. Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union general secretary Mick Lynch earlier said there was 'growing speculation that the company were planning to sack hundreds of UK seafarers and replace them with foreign labour'. He added: 'We have instructed our members to remain on board and are demanding our members across P&O's UK operations are protected, and that the Secretary of State intervenes to save UK seafarers from the dole queue.' Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the House of Commons this morning he was 'concerned' by the situation and his officials were holding urgent talks with bosses. It came as DUP MP Jim Shannon claimed in the Commons that nearly half of P&O Ferries is owned by a Russian business. 'I understand that 40% of the holdings of P&O Ferries is held by a Russian company,' he said. Three P&O ferries, Spirit of Britain, Pride of Canterbury and Pride of Kent moor up in the cruise terminal at the Port of Dover in Kent after the company suspended sailing P&O said it had halted operations ahead of a "major announcement" but insisted it is "not going into liquidation +5 Today confused customers took to Twitter to reveal the chaos they are facing after P&O's unexpected announcement today. One Northern Ireland councillor (top left) was unable to travel to a funeral because of the sudden disruption Mr Shapps said earlier today: 'I understand they have temporarily paused their operations and that's causing disruption at the short straits - Calais-Dover - as well as some other ports. 'I'm working with the Kent Resilience Forum and I've just instructed them to become intricately involved, and other partners in this, and we'll be taking steps later today - including ensuring that my officials will be having urgent discussions with P&O about the situation, particularly of concern for their workers.'
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
    To The Manor Born star Peter Bowles dead: TV smoothie, 85, who was best known for playing wealthy landlord Richard DeVere in much-loved 80s BBC sitcom loses battle with cancer The actor starred in the BBC hit show from 1979-1981, playing Richard DeVere He returned in an hour-long 2007 special alongside co-star Penelope Keith Today his agent said the London-born actor had died, aged 85, from cancer By JAMES ROBINSON FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 11:14, 17 March 2022 | UPDATED: 11:23, 17 March 2022 e-mail View comments To The Manor Born star Peter Bowles has died from cancer at the age of 85, his agent has said today. The London-born actor starred in the BBC hit show from 1979-1981, playing Richard DeVere. He starred alongside Penelope Keith in the smash-hit sitcom, which had audiences of over 20 million for all of its twenty-one episodes. He reprised the role during an hour long 2007 special, in which the two charters celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Breaking news... more to follow..
  • Selsey @Selsey Hayes - updated 6mo
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    I am missing the 'reply' button this morning, anyone else having same problem? (If you are, you won't be able to tell me)😉 EDIT. Seems to be only on Council Tax - result (Edited) only. Also for a while I'm not seeing the 'red' new sign so scrolling a lot. Maybe my machine. Thank you

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