• https://chng.it/TWr7GyTz The mayor, Sadiq Khan has asked Transport for London to launch a consultation on expanding the Ulez from its current boundary of the North and South Circular roads to cover all 33 boroughs. Sadiq Khan is planning to push the extension of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to all the London boroughs. This will price working Londoners off the roads and cause the scrapage of perfectly good cars causing a terrible impact on the environment !! Extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone even further than to the current north and south circular limit will mean anyone OUTSIDE the zone will have to pay : £12.50 for cars, vans and motorbikes to drive in the zone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.. OUTER LONDON IS RESIDENTIAL & should NOT be subject to the ULEZ .. EVEN IF YOU LIVE NOWHERE NEAR LONDON PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION BECAUSE : ONCE THIS IS PASSED IN LONDON IT WILL BE COMING TO MORE TOWNS/CITIES You can read a newspaper article about it here: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/ulez-ultra-low-emission-zone-expand-greater-london-sadiq-khan-b986027.html?amp I have friends that have recently purchased cars on finance that will not be compliant, but will be trapped as they can’t afford to upgrade them.. Others that would have to pay £12.50 to visit sick relatives, this is simply not acceptable..
  • I've no idea if the following is true. I found it on the web. If it is true then he's a shining example to all the self obsessed so called stars This is Keanu Reeves. He was abandoned by his father at just 3-years-old and grew up with 3 different stepfathers. His dream of becoming a hockey player was shattered by a serious accident. His daughter died at birth. His wife died in a car accident and his best friend, River Phoenix, died of an overdose. No bodyguards, no luxury houses. Keanu lives in an ordinary apartment and likes wandering around town and is often seen riding a subway in NYC. When he was filming the movie "The Lake House," he overheard the conversation of two costume assistants, one crying as he would lose his house if he did not pay $20,000 - On the same day, Keanu deposited the necessary amount in his bank account. In his career, he has donated large sums to hospitals including $75 million of his earnings from “The Matrix” to charities.In 2010, on his birthday, Keanu walked into a bakery & bought a brioche with a single candle, ate it in front of the bakery, and offered coffee to people who stopped to talk to him. In 1997 some paparazzi found him walking one morning in the company of a homeless man in Los Angeles, listening to him and sharing his life for a few hours. In life, sometimes the ones most broken from inside are the ones most willing to help others. This man could buy everything, but instead he wakes up and chooses one thing that cannot be bought, to be a caring person
  • Hi Tomorrow (Sunday 22nd May) I'll be taking part in the Marsden March - A fifteen mile sponsored walk from near the Marsden hospital in Chelsea to the other Marsden Hospital in Sutton passing through Putney, Wimbledon Common, Raynes Park, Stonecot Hill, North Cheam, Cheam and Belmont. The website of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity gives a lot of detail about the March at https://www.royalmarsden.org/support-us/banham-marsden-march. The Royal Marsden is a world-leading cancer centre. Their nurses, doctors and research teams provide the very best care and develop life-saving treatments, which are used across the UK and around the world. From funding state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research to creating the very best patient environments, they will never stop looking for ways to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. I've lost a lot of fiends and family to various forms of cancer and the Marsden cured the cancer of a good friend, so I'd like to raise as much money as I can. If anybody would like to contribute my fundraising page can be found at: https://march.royalmarsden.org/fundraising-page/tony-lang-marsden-march-2022 So far this year I've raised £320 in sponsorship and a couple of people have promised to donate but haven't done so yet. I'd love to get the total over £400 so if any of you would like to contribute all donations are welcome. Whether you donate £1 or £50. Every donation helps to make a difference. I'll be starting at around 10am and I'm aiming for a time of four and a half hours or better. If anybody would like to cheer me on I'll be walker number 889. Thank you in advance. Cheers. Tony
  • I don't usually approve of the political voting in the Eurovision song contest. However this year it seems to me that no matter how good or bad the songs are, the chances are that Ukraine will win. And for once I approve.
  • Hi I want to buy a compost bin and I’m considering the drum type – on a stand which you rotate every couple of days to mix the compost. It would be by a south facing wall and as most of them are made of black plastic it would get quite warm which should speed up the composting process. Do any of you have any experience with that type of compost drum? Is there anything I should know about them? They’re claimed to be must faster at making compost but is that true? Can you recommend any particular brands or suppliers? – I’d like to get a fairly large one. I’ve seen articles that suggest putting a small amount of garden soil or mature compost in with the kitchen waste and so on to help introduce the bacteria and other microorganisms that help to rot the compost down. Do any of you know if that helps. TIA
  • I have a Reebok RE12202 5 Series exercise bike for sale, complete with power supply, mains cable and printed user manual. It's excellent condition and fully working. The handlebars are down in the photos but can be adjusted to any angle. It's far to large and heavy to ship so you would need to collect from my home in Stoneleigh (KT17 postcode area) with cash on collection.
  • I've just bought a small woodturning lathe and I'm looking for some chunks of suitable wood for turning. Softwood such as pine isn't ideal so I'm looking for harder woods. Pieces roughly 15cm or longer and 5cm square/round or larger. The sizes and shapes aren't critical, but the wood needs to be free of cracks, nails and so on. If I buy this new it costs an arm and a leg, so I'm looking for offcuts. I've tried Champions, Homebase and BandQ but without luck. Can any of you suggest a suitable place to obtain hardwood offcuts somewhere within a reasonable distance of Epsom? Or alternatively do any of you in my neck of the woods have bits of hardwood cluttering up your shed which you'd like to get rid of?
  • I assume we're allowed to tell Russian jokes at the moment............. A man in Moscow buys a newspaper, glances at the front page, and throws it away. He does the same thing every day. Eventually, the seller snaps "Why DO you do that?" "I'm just checking for an obituary." "But obituaries aren't on the front page!" "The one I'm looking for will be."
  • I have seven brand new hardwood garden planters for sale. Each is 36cm x 36cm and 30cm tall. They're made of hardwood decking boards with solid oak bases. They each have 4 hardwood feet to raise them off the ground. They're £40 each with cash on collection from my home in Stoneleigh (KT17 postcode area)
  • Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
  • From one of my Australian friends. https://www.tiktok.com/@sbsnews_au/video/7033295323267206402 For those of you living in Australia, you will know who Jacqui Lambie is and what she stands for. For those of you who live overseas or who do not know of her, Jacqui is an Independent Member of the Australian Parliament who says things in a forthright manner (what we in Australia know as "Calling a spade a spade", as opposed to "beating around the bush" in a meandering manner as so many elected politicians do trying to please everybody. In this video clip she is speaking about the anti vaxxer movement around the world who are fighting against directives whereby people in essential services and industries must be inoculated against Covid 19 to remain employed i.e.: No Jab, No Job. I think that she has hit the nail on the head and admire the way she has put her argument. We could do with this endearing lady here in the UK…..!!!
  • People fall sick. Doctors think hard about a cure. Doctors work hard day and night to find the cure. Doctors find the cure. Volunteers risk their lives and help the doctors to test the cure on humans. People are healed and saved. People thank God for the cure.
  • Hi I’m looking for a recording device for my mobile phone but I can’t find anything suitable. Do any of you know of something which would do the following: I sometimes need to record phone calls from my mobile phones. I have two mobile phones –a personal Android phone and a company iPhone. There are several free call recorder apps for Android, but the only iPhone call recording apps aren’t free and even if they were I wouldn’t be allowed to install them on my work phone. I use a wired headset (stereo headphones and mono microphone) with both phones which has a four connector 3.5mm jack plug. This plugs directly into my Android phone, and into a Lightning to headphone adaptor on my iPhone. I’d like to find a small, portable audio recorder which I can connect in-between my headset and my phone to record audio from the phone and from the headset microphone onto some type of solid state storage, such as an SD or micro SD card. It would need to have a male 4 connector jackplug to connect to the phone and a female 4 connector jackplug socket to connect to the headset. Ideally it should be rechargeable via a USB cable, but something powered by AAA batteries or similar would be ok. It's the sort of device that I'd expect to be out there somewhere, but I’ve searched the web, including Amazon and eBay, and I can’t find anything suitable. Any suggestions would be welcome. Cheers Tony
  • Greeks over 60 who have not been vaccinated yet will begin receiving a €100 monthly penalty, as of Monday. https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/greece-starts-to-fine-unvaccinated-over-60s/ Maybe it's time to introduce this in the UK (with exceptions for the few people who can't be vaccinated due to health reasons).
  • On Sunday 22 May 2022, I'll be taking part in the Marsden March, a 15 mile sponsored walk from the Marsden Hospital in Chelsea to the Marsden Hospital in Sutton to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The Royal Marsden is a world-leading cancer centre. Their nurses, doctors and research teams provide the very best care and develop life-saving treatments, which are used across the UK and around the world. From funding state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research to creating the very best patient environments, they will never stop looking for ways to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Over the years I've lost a lot of friends and relatives to assorted types of cancer, so I'd like to raise as much money as I can for the charity. The website of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity gives a lot of detail about the March at https://www.royalmarsden.org/support-us/marsden-march In the past many generous people on Scooploop have donated to my Marsden March fund so I'd like to ask for your support again this year. If you'd like to donate you can do so at: https://march.royalmarsden.org/fundraising-page/tony-lang-marsden-march-2022 Whether you donate £1 or £50. Every donation helps to make a difference. Thank you in advance. Cheers. Tony
  • Someone posted this online - I think it deserves sharing
  • My recent posts should be read in the reverse order to make sense.
  • Without utterance and with dispatch, he commenced filling the aforementioned appended hosiery with various of the aforementioned articles of merchandise extracted from his aforementioned previously dorsally transported cloth receptacle. Upon completion of this task, he executed an abrupt about-face, placed a single manual digit in lateral juxtaposition to his olfactory organ, inclined his cranium forward in a gesture of leave-taking, and forthwith effected his egress by renegotiating (in reverse) the smoke passage. He then propelled himself in a short vector onto his conveyance, directed a musical expulsion of air through his contracted oral sphincter to the antlered quadrupeds of burden, and proceeded to soar aloft in a movement hitherto observable chiefly among the seed-bearing portions of a common weed. But I overheard his parting exclamation, audible immediately prior to his vehiculation beyond the limits of visibility: "Ecstatic Yuletide to the planetary constituency, and to that self same assemblage, my sincerest wishes for a salubriously beneficial and gratifyingly pleasurable period between sunset and dawn."
  • Clenched firmly between his incisors was a smoking piece whose grey fumes, forming a tenuous ellipse about his occiput, were suggestive of a decorative seasonal circlet of holly. His visage was wider than it was high, and when he waxed audibly mirthful, his corpulent abdominal region undulated in the manner of impectinated fruit syrup in a hemispherical container. He was, in short, neither more nor less than an obese, jocund, multigenarian gnome, the optical perception of whom rendered me visibly frolicsome despite every effort to refrain from so being. By rapidly lowering and then elevating one eyelid and rotating his head slightly to one side, he indicated that trepidation on my part was groundless.
  • As I retracted my cranium from its erstwhile location, and was performing a 180-degree pivot, our distinguished visitant achieved - with utmost celerity and via a downward leap - entry by way of the smoke passage. He was clad entirely in animal pelts soiled by the ebony residue from oxidations of carboniferous fuels which had accumulated on the walls thereof. His resemblance to a street vendor I attributed largely to the plethora of assorted playthings which he bore dorsally in a commodious cloth receptacle. His orbs were scintillant with reflected luminosity, while his submaxillary dermal indentations gave every evidence of engaging amiability. The capillaries of his malar regions and nasal appurtenance were engorged with blood which suffused the subcutaneous layers, the former approximating the coloration of Albion's floral emblem, the latter that of the Prunus avium, or sweet cherry. His amusing sub- and supralabials resembled nothing so much as a common loop knot, and their ambient hirsute facial adornment appeared like small, tabular and columnar crystals of frozen water.
  • Hastening to the casement, I forthwith opened the barriers sealing this fenestration, noting thereupon that the lunar brilliance without, reflected as it was on the surface of a recent crystalline precipitation, might be said to rival that of the solar meridian itself - thus permitting my incredulous optical sensory organs to behold a miniature airborne runnered conveyance drawn by eight diminutive specimens of the genus Rangifer, piloted by a minuscule, aged chauffeur so ebullient and nimble that it became instantly apparent to me that he was indeed our anticipated caller. With his ungulate motive power travelling at what may possibly have been more vertiginous velocity than patriotic alar predators, he vociferated loudly, expelled breath musically through contracted labia, and addressed each of the octet by his or her respective cognomen - "Now Dasher, now Dancer..." et al. - guiding them to the uppermost exterior level of our abode, through which structure I could readily distinguish the concatenations of each of the 32 cloven pedal extremities.
  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' as written by a technical writer for a firm that does Gov't contracting... 'Twas The Night Before Christmas 'Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the annual Yuletide celebration, and throughout our place of residence, kinetic activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential, including that species of domestic rodent known as Mus musculus. Hosiery was meticulously suspended from the forward edge of the wood burning caloric apparatus, pursuant to our anticipatory pleasure regarding an imminent visitation from an eccentric philanthropist among whose folkloric appellations is the honorific title of St. Nicholas. The prepubescent siblings, comfortably ensconced in their respective accommodations of repose, were experiencing subconscious visual hallucinations of variegated fruit confections moving rhythmically through their cerebrums. My conjugal partner and I, attired in our nocturnal head coverings, were about to take slumberous advantage of the hibernal darkness when upon the avenaceous exterior portion of the grounds there ascended such a cacophony of dissonance that I felt compelled to arise with alacrity from my place of repose for the purpose of ascertaining the precise source thereof.
  • Hi I just wanted to wish everybody on Scooploop a fantastic Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous and safe new year. You've kept me entertained and helped me in numerous ways over the past very difficult year. This is a fantastic community, with fantastic people and long may it continue. Cheers Tony
  • I'm looking for pencil pleat curtains for curtain tracks to go around two large bay windows, each about five metres in total length, so the curtains need to add up to around seven or eight metres to allow for them to be gathered up at the top. The bottoms of the curtains need to hang about 20cm or so below the window ledges. I'm looking for reasonable quality lined curtains but not blackout curtains. My living room has a wooden floor, orangey brown rug, orange cushions and so on so I'm thinking of something in some shades of yellow, mustard, orange, light brown or similar. My bedroom needs similar size curtains but in a pale to mid blue colour. I've tried the usual stores such as Dunelm, Ikea and John Lewis but I can't find anything suitable. I looked at the prices of getting some curtains custom made but the prices are in the region of £1000 or more per window. Do any of you know of a good curtain store somewhere within a reasonable travelling distance of Stoneleigh? - So I could consider Epsom, Ashtead, Kingston, Sutton, Croydon, Guildford, Dorking, Leatherhead, Wimbledon or other towns in that general area. Alternatively, do any of you know of a good person/company to make me some custom curtains without an eye-watering price? My ideal scenario would be a mobile curtain maker who could visit with material samples, suggest suitable fabrics, measure up and make the curtains. Cheers Tony
  • Members of this group have mentioned their favourite songs - this is one of mine - For You by Judie Tzuke https://youtu.be/wds903B96V8 I saw her live in an old church at Teddington a few years ago - Just her, her two daughters on backing vocals and a guitarist. After the show she came out and chatted to the few audience members who had stayed behind to meet her, signed autographs and posed for photos. Her voice is still amazing but has changed slightly over the years. In recent years she sang lead vocals on Morcheeba - Enjoy the Ride which is closer to how she sounds nowadays. https://youtu.be/YUPA0C60YDE
  • I'm getting very annoyed with people on the freebie sites. I bought a new rug for my living room so I advertised the old one on several sites including Trash Nothing, Gumtree and Scooploop. On all the ads I clearly said where I live and on the Gumtree ad I clearly said please don't just send a message saying is it still available (a common response on that site). I'll remove the ad when it's been taken so if you can still see the ad then yes it is still available. I've had fourteen replies - eleven of them said just is it still available. One gave a phone number but doesn't answer the phone so I sent a text message which he didn't reply to. I contacted two others who then said that I live too far away. The rug in reasonable condition but needs a clean. I'm trying to help people by giving away stuff I don't need. Why are people so stupid and/or inconsiderate! I don't have time to waste so I'm considering taking a perfectly usable rug to the dump. OK, rant over.
  • Hi I have an Ikea Hellum beige rug looking for a new home. It's 140cm x 200cm, 80% wool, 20% nylon with a 100% cotton backing. It's in reasonable condition but needs a good clean. It's free but you'll need to collect it from my home in Stoneleigh near Ewell.
  • If you're a Luddite like me and use a paper diary for notes and appointments, you can download free printable diaries for next year from https://philofaxy.blogspot.com/p/diary-inserts.html They're available in A4/A5 and Filofax page sizes and in various layouts. I do this every year and print them out as double sided booklet mode on a laser printer, then I put them in an A5 ring binder. It costs a few pence to print and is a lot cheaper than buying a printed diary. The website also has loads of other downloadable organiser style pages.
  • Hi Do any of you know of a programme which will automatically add any text copied to the Windows clipboard to a text file, one after the other? I sometimes want to gather bits of text from various documents, websites and so on into a single plain text file. I would have thought that there would be lots of utilities to do this but I can't find anything suitable.
  • Life is like a cesspit. All the really big chunks rise to the top. The rest of us are just going through the motions. An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming. If you only do what you can do you'll never be what you could be.
    With stupidity like this there's no hope for humanity
  • Last Friday I decided to spend the day at Thorpe Park riding the roller coasters. OK, I admit it, I'm a big kid at heart. There were many thousands of people there, but apart from myself, I only saw four other people wearing masks. Is it any wonder that covid is still around!
  • Emma Raducanu’s shot at US Open glory will be available to watch on free-to-air television after Amazon Prime agreed a deal with Channel 4 to share the women’s final on Saturday. The 18-year-old has captivated the nation with her exploits in New York and she takes on fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in the showpiece event hoping to become the first British woman to win a grand slam in 44 years. Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service has had exclusive broadcast rights in this country for the final grand slam of the year, but has agreed a deal – understood by the PA news agency to be seven figures – for the match to be shown on both Prime Video and Channel 4, maximising the viewing potential for one of the biggest sporting stories of the year. The programme is scheduled to start at 8pm. And it has pledged to reinvest that money into British women’s tennis to help fund the next generation of players.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 10mo
    You have a circular cake for desert and eight people who would like a piece. How can you cut the cake into eight equal sized pieces with just three cuts?
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 10mo
    Why are manhole covers usually round and not square or rectangular?
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 10mo
    As puzzles seem to be in favour today...................... You're standing in a particular location on the earth's surface. You walk a mile south, a mile east and a mile north. You end up at the place you started. You're NOT at the north pole. Where are you?
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 10mo
    The radio news this morning said that A and A star A level results are up 6% on last year. I don't believe the students are 6% better or more intelligent, especially with the limitations of teaching during lock down, so it significantly devalues the grades. In my opinion the grade boundaries should be flexible so, for example, the top 10% of students get an A star, the next 15% get an A, the next 15% get a B (or whatever percentages seem appropriate). That would take into account the effects of lock down, possible variations in the difficulty of the exam papers and so on.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 10mo
    Someone on Gumtree is advertising a wardrobe with various uplifting quotes written on it. I think the quotes deserve a wider audience................ (these are copied directly from the ad so I can't guarantee that they're accurate) ~Remember the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.~ Rumi ~Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.~ Elizabeth Ibesco ~Nothing glows brighter than the heart awakened to the light of love within it.~ Guy Finley ~Nothing ever goes away until it is taught us what we need to know.~ Pema Chodron ~The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.~ Pablo Picasso ~If you focus on the hurt you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.~ Buddha ~See the light in others and treat them as if that's all you see.~ Wayne Dwyer ~Character is how you treat someone who can do nothing for you~ ~Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion~ ~The energy you give is the same energy that will return to you. ~ ~Everyone you meet is either a blessing or a lesson.~ ~Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path.~ ~The most beautiful people are those who can live without expecting it, who can love without expecting it returned.~ ~The sun is alone too, but still it shines.~
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 11mo
    Hi I grow various herbs from seed in flowerpots on my kitchen window ledge. I grew some basil a while ago using a variety called Picolino. Only two plants grew in the pot even though I sowed a lot more seeds. The picture on the seed packet showed normal sized basil leaves but the two plants were like bonsai basil, with a very large number of very tiny leaves, which looked very attractive as a pot plant. I eventually harvested these and sowed another pot. The pot is the same size and type, with the same type of compost, in the same location and I sowed seeds from the same packet as before. They're watered the same amount as before with the same frequency. BUT This time the plants are normal sized. Do any of you know why there's a difference between the two sowings?
  • I have a double drawer unit looking for a new home. It's 225cm long., 64cm high and 42cm deep. The top lifts off so that you can move the two drawer units and the top separately. You could cut the top to make two separate drawer units. It's in excellent condition. It's free but you'll need to collect it from my home in Stoneleigh (KT17 postcode).

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