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  • in reply to: Reheating curry and rice #1219

    adam
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    Hmmm. The rice bit sounds a bit dodgy. They were unopened and in the fridge in about an hour. Will thorough reheating make it safe? Thanks

  • in reply to: First steps in running a successful business #1212

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    It’s frustrating, but at the same time, it’s brilliant that small businesses are really busy. A bit off topic, but since the chippy in Stoney Middleton got new owners in the summer, the queue quite often extends out of the door and round the building. Generally 20-30 min wait, but no one seems to mind, glad to see a local business doing well. Currently free mulled wine and mince pies while you wait.

    Cannot get a chimney sweep round here until February, and if you need a plumber or a sparkie, you need to up your DIY skills. Since the pound fell due to brexit, there are fewer EU tradesmen around (often sending money home to Poland etc.). Maybe this could be seen as a real opportunity for our young people rather than a threat?

  • in reply to: Rear end shunt. #1007

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    Got rear-ended a couple of years ago. Bright sunny day, stationary line of traffic along a road that is well-known for traffic queues. Local plumber in his van slammed into the car BEHIND us, also stopped, with sufficient force to ram it several feet down the road and into the back of us. The driver of that car later said he’d happened to glance in his mirrors, seen the van coming and had time to stand on his brakes, even though he’d already had his handbrake on.

    Had a 2-year old and barely 6-week old in the car at the time, so ambulance called – as a result the police also attended, but couldn’t have been less interested if they’d tried. How the plumber was not done for at least driving without due care I do not know.

    My wife was once hit from behind on the M4/M25 sliproad by some idiot that couldn’t see the stationary queue in front of him. Hit with enough force to flex the chassis of the car – Audi TT roadster – so much that it chipped the paint on the rear edge of the doors where they’d moved 1/4″ and impacted the rear panels! Consequently had an insurance wrangle, as the guy claimed he wasn’t the one driving and put his wife’s name on the report – we think he wasn’t insured on that car. A rear view camera would have cleared up a lot of confusion – make sure if you’re involved that you always get photos of everything.

    I’m very tempted to put my GoPro on the car dashboard…

  • in reply to: Basic maintenance to get a car through its MOT #989

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    Unless something is obviously hanging off or broken I just stick it in for test, fix what it fails on, free re-test.

  • in reply to: Basic maintenance to get a car through its MOT #988

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    Book the MOT and take it in, most of the potential issues should have been picked up in your regular checks and maintenance throughout the year.

    If you haven’t spotted them the MOT tester will, that is what you are paying them for.

  • in reply to: How reliable has your car been? #971

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    I kill cars. I do approx 3-4k miles a month, carry a lot of weight and am not always on roads. Cars are all dealer serviced.

    My last cars, 2000-2018

    Rover – crap, died at 85k miles.

    Citroen Xantia – dying @ 100k miles

    Skoda Ocatavia – 100k miles no problem

    Skoda Ocatavia – 150k miles no real problem

    Hyundai I40 estate – 150k miles so far, issue with master cylinder on clutch, going well but now ready for new clutch.


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    Any cash in hand work is going to potentially troublesome – by rights you should be registered as self-employed and declaring it. Could be problematic both for tax and for benefits. If earnings are below the personal allowance (currently about £11,00 per annum, can’t remember exact number off top of head), no tax is owed on it. But it should still be declared.

    If you haven’t received a P45, AFAIK, you are technically still employed. I was involved in a tribunal a couple of years ago and the actual status of my employment was a central part of the case – in the absence of a P45, I was deemed technically still employed by the party in question. A lot of this stuff is surprisingly grey though, so solicitor should be consulted to give a firm answer. In my case, I ultimately requested a P45, on advice of my lawyer, but my circumstances were quite different – requesting it could potentially be construed as acceptance of the dismissal and make tribunal case weaker, depending on the exact circumstances, so it really isn’t something anybody apart from a legal expert can advise on.

    In general, I don’t see why a person would not be allowed to work whilst awaiting tribunal, but the specifics about how they go about it would need to be considered. I’m not sure how a pending case would affect a job application for example.

  • in reply to: Talking to people on buses and trains. Do you? #916

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    I’ve had various good conversations with strangers on trains. One memorable one with a guy who just made landfall from a month long surveying voyage on a dry ship. A bottle of vodka was drunk on their behalf during the trip.

    I also ask strangers to put their phones/tablets in silent mode or to use headphones when playing games or watching videos. The reactions this generates makes me think I am totally out of sync with the world around me. (The world is wrong, not me. On this point I refuse to budge).

    I don’t take busses unless an absolute last resort. Jogging home 6 miles after a night out is preferable to riding a bus around here.

    The only place I try to strike up a conversation myself is when I’m flying long haul by myself. It really helps the journey and you tend to meet interesting people away from the tourist seasons.

  • in reply to: DIY building an inspection pit #898

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    Unless you do the job right, you’ll have an indoor pond.

  • in reply to: How much Oil Consumption? #886

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    I lived in a cottage in Derbyshire for six years and I topped up the oil tank (total capacity 2500 or 3000 litres) with about 1800 to 2000 litres about every 14 months. It was a very well insulated house, so I guess this would be quite a reasonable benchmark for an good (i.e. economical) consumption.

  • in reply to: Exercising a dog on a lead – how hard is it? #869

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    I love dogs but my children are terrified of them due to a bad experience when they were younger. We have worked so hard to get them to behave calmly around (familiar) dogs, to stand still without screaming and waving their arms – it has been a long process, but important to us since spending some time with dogs can be so good for children. At one point they wouldn’t get out of a car if they remembered seeing a dog at that location before.

    Only one incident with a noisy, large, leaping dog can set us back months… people who walk their dogs off leads, in our local forest and parks, when they are not able to control them, drive me mad. One large dog (to my son it was a wolf) licked my son’s face and while I know he’s unlikely to get bitten in reality, that is so frightening for my son he was shaking.

    These days I put my foot between any off lead dog and my children and I wouldn’t hesitate to kick just for coming close.

  • in reply to: Can a new employer find out about previous salary? #824

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    I’d have thought it was confidential, though I know nothing of these things. I’d be pissed if someone gave away my salary to anyone, its my business and no one elses. The new position should not be based on previous salary (unless following a rigid pay scale eg public sector teachers etc but band then also denotes experience) but on the skills etc you bring. Salary is a negotiation point, them knowing your salary then makes the negotiation biased.

  • in reply to: Apple trolls #819

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    I’m typing this on the same MacBook Pro I’ve had since 2009.

    @abdul Meh

    I’m still using my 2007 Acer Aspire laptop which I bought from Tesco. Yes its got an SSD, some extra RAM and a replacement battery, but its still working strong on a daily basis. It started life with Vista but I got rid of that ASAP. I even had a play all those years back with an apple operating system, just for shits and giggles to prove to myself that I could put an apple operating system onto non-apple kit.

    At the moment my laptop is running Linux mint, but it was using Windows 7 only last month. I’ve even had Windows 10 on it when that first came out but it would not play nicely with the wifi driver. Maybe that little problem has been resolved, after a few years.

    Bottom line, I’m still using a 10 year old laptop on a daily basis that can run any operating system I choose from apple, to Linux to Microsoft. I also believe in eking out every last drop of my kit.

  • in reply to: Chiropractor- yes or no? #805

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    Definitely not!

    Went to a local one when I was in the depths of pain with my SI joint, within 3 weeks I ended up in a private hospital. They were doing things that the surgeon was appalled at – drops and such. Would never use one again.

  • in reply to: How to deal with Life's difficulties? #769

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    Thanks guys! That’s a different way to look at it all. Everything is linked though as I don’t have job security at the moment which of course affects everything. I also have 2 children. I hope it’s just a blip and that things will sort themselves out… maybe?

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