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by Watis
March 22nd, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Car Parking Penalty notice
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: Car Parking Penalty notice

I know somone who got a ticket for parking without a permit in a permit holders only bay. But the warden recorded one character in the number plate incorrectly, hence the penalty notice was wrong - in the same way yours is. The car's owner phoned the council to advise of the error and the penalty no...
by Watis
March 22nd, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Doorlock
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Doorlock

you need to use a graphite lock lubricant not a mineral oil like 3in1 I'll second that. Mineral oil tends to clog, particularly in cold weather. A powdered-graphite puffer is not expensive and lasts for ever. (Useful for car door locks too!) Seconded. I had to buy my powdered-graphite puffer from A...
by Watis
March 21st, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Hire Car Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: Hire Car Insurance

swill453 wrote:I use https://www.insurance4carhire.com for European insurance excess cover, buying an annual policy. Haven't had to claim yet but the price is good!

Scott.


I second Scott's recommendation - and I have had to make a claim!

Watis
by Watis
March 20th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Windows Essentials issue
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: Windows Essentials issue

It wasn't you, Snorvey!

There was an issue with MSE, now fixed. Details in this article:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/some-wind ... -problems/

HTH anyone else who has encountered the issue.

Watis
by Watis
March 20th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Legal Issues (Practical)
Topic: Just found out neighbour is using a bit of my land (not a problem, just want to sort it)
Replies: 14
Views: 537

Re: Just found out neighbour is using a bit of my land (not a problem, just want to sort it)

On the assumption that the small parcel of land really has no value or utility to you, but is of some utility to your neighbour, you could drop them a line asking them if they would like to buy it from you for, say, £50. It may not be an issue to you now, but as you say a future buyer of your prope...
by Watis
March 19th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Subscripton renewals (in this case, the AA)
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: Subscripton renewals (in this case, the AA)

UncleEbenezer wrote:So what does your Alcoholics Anonymous subscription buy? Hope it's not booze :o


Alternatively, a CAMRA subscription can be yours from £25!

Watis
by Watis
March 15th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: O2 Network
Replies: 76
Views: 2537

Re: O2 Network

Aha! No, it's not fixed yet... This morning I thought I'd do some detective work to confirm what I believe is my local mast when at home. I know where the suspect base station is but not the exact line of sight(?) from where I live. So I set out, using my trusty Nokia 1100 as a crude scanner device...
by Watis
March 15th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Office Conversation of the Day
Replies: 88
Views: 2250

Re: Office Conversation of the Day

The word that used to irk me the most at my previous office was 'revert'. Usually used in emails by certain people when they really mean 'reply' or 'respond' or 'come back to me'. That used to really get up my goat. Yes, I see 'revert' a lot in the same context. Very annoying, but not as bad as hav...
by Watis
March 12th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Living Below Your Means
Topic: Free Halfords MOT
Replies: 21
Views: 1537

Re: Free Halfords MOT

Some years ago I switched from using a local garage to an MOT-only establishment. Because MOT work takes a predictable time, they take bookings at 45-minute intervals and keep to schedule. Drop off, do shopping, collect car. Anything needing fixing must be done elsewhere - and it's my own stupid fa...
by Watis
March 12th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Marriage
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Marriage

Does she become your hind if you call her 'deer'?

Watis
by Watis
March 12th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Exam success!
Replies: 24
Views: 551

Re: Exam success!

It's a well earned achievement you can use to plug your business!

Watis

(or should that be: Watt-is?)
by Watis
March 11th, 2019, 10:13 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Exam success!
Replies: 24
Views: 551

Re: Exam success!

Just emerged from my 18th Edition Wiring Regs exam. 100% Yay! Son seems fairly uninterested in my elation so I thought I'd tell you guys. As well as The Snug it has also driven me into The Blue Anchor in Crowborough for a celebratory pint of Guiness. Chris Top marks, eh? You can't say that it went ...
by Watis
March 11th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Taxes
Topic: gift to charities
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: gift to charities

I make donations under the Gift Aid scheme and, as the Treasurer of a charity, reclaim Gift Aid from HMRC. So I can see the processes from both ends. I doubt that any matching of donations to reclaims is done, except perhaps in the case of a formal HMRC investigation into a taxpayer's affairs. Other...
by Watis
March 9th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Financial Software - Discussion
Topic: Moneydance as MS Money replacement - any advice?
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Moneydance as MS Money replacement - any advice?

After a bit of delving in Microsoft Money, I've found out how to bring the total column of a report back onscreen. Right-click the report and select 'Customise...' In the Customise Reports window that opens, select the 'Fonts' tab. In the Fonts tab, it is likely that the setting for 'Report Column W...
by Watis
March 8th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Colour By Numbers
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: Colour By Numbers

Yes, Diane Abbott is another one jumping on the 'let's be offended' bandwagon. Shame on her! Unfortunately, in this age of 5 second sound bites, gnat-sized attention spans and general dumbing down, the chance of it being discussed in an adult way on mainstream TV is pretty thin. Steve Thin?? Slende...
by Watis
March 8th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Laser Printer Recs
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: Laser Printer Recs

Found this How-To Geek article on the benefits of laser printers over inkjets.

And there are links to related articles including a group test.

Offered in the hope it will assist anyone who finds this thread in the future.

Watis
by Watis
March 7th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Real life
Replies: 20
Views: 1225

Re: Real life

My missus went down the shop one work lunchtime, years ago, and a colleague asked her to get a Time Out. Apparently she was quite miffed to receive a magazine and not the chocolate bar she wanted! I normally do the shopping from a list prepared by Mrs Watis. Some years back I had to guess whether '...
by Watis
March 7th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Real life
Replies: 20
Views: 1225

Re: Real life

Possibly an urban myth, I heard about a young lad who was asked by the manager to nip and buy some cigarettes, said like this: 'Get me 20 Benson & Hedges and if they don't have them get me anything' Lad returned with a Mars Bar. This is similar to finding out whether someone is a computer progr...
by Watis
March 6th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Italian investment firm to buy Morgan Motor Company
Replies: 9
Views: 522

Re: Italian investment firm to buy Morgan Motor Company

According to the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/05/italian-investment-firm-buys-morgan-motor-company The Rover engined Plus 8 was the car of my youthful dreams. I think I read a couple of years ago about boardroom disagreements. RC I cooed over that version too, in my child...
by Watis
March 6th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Root access?...
Replies: 11
Views: 319

Re: Root access?...

That's not an Apple, is it?

Wrong sort of bark.

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