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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Fairlea View Post
    As is only right and proper!
    Whelp, if they are responsible for this wonderful OS, then so be it. I should be the last to complain having such great benefit otherwise.
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    I'm delivering the valedictory at my graduation in two weeks, and they're limiting me to only two minutes of speaking time. In all my snipping down of the final draft and after timing myself several times, I'm only able to get it down to four minutes.

    I feel like I can't part with any other parts of the thing. On paper it's less than a page and a half, 1.5 spaced!

    I know this is a total champagne problem but griping is what this thread is all about. I can't believe they're trying to keep me to two minutes, I feel like that is an unconventionally short allotment for a big grad speech! Can't they let me do my thing and leave it to me to cut if off the day of if I do end up putting people to sleep? Can't they give me the benefit of the doubt?

    I take two minutes to finish thinking about a fly on the wall.
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    Doctor's appointment today, expected to take an hour, no room on the doctor's car park so had to park on the street, £1.80 an hour but expecting to have to sit in the waiting room for ages thought it best to pay for 2 hours - £3, I was out in about 40 minutes, so "wasted" £1.20.
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    Oh, help - things are going wrong with our house sale and plans for moving to York.

    I woke up at five this morning, and couldn't sleep for whirling worries.

    Sigh - sob - scream!!!!!
    Last edited by Ingélou; Jun-28-2019 at 08:03.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    Oh, help - things are going wrong with our house sale and plans for moving to York.

    I woke up at five this morning, and couldn't sleep for whirling worries.

    Sigh - sob - scream!!!!!
    I hope thig get a lot better for you, and soon!


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    House buying and selling is not for the faint of heart. Hang in there!

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    Having increasing difficulty (due to old age) of bending to pick things up from the floor I bought one of those "letter cages" that fix on the door behind the letter slot, fitted it on Mondaqy, - had no post since
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    We have moved up to York - beforehand, we thought of all the lovely cultural events we could go to. But we're just too tired!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    We have moved up to York - beforehand, we thought of all the lovely cultural events we could go to. But we're just too tired!
    So how about the cliffhanger post from 28 June? Everything fine now? Wishing you the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TxllxT View Post
    So how about the cliffhanger post from 28 June? Everything fine now? Wishing you the best.
    Thanks for asking, TxllxT, and thanks for the good wishes.
    We still need a bit of luck.

    We still haven't exchanged contracts on our house sale. There's been an unforeseen delay.

    We still haven't got the legal problems sorted on our proposed purchase.

    However, when we thought we were going to complete our house sale, we dashed up to York and found a lovely house ten minutes walk from the city centre and overlooking the high school that I attended - we're renting this house for six months.

    It's still a worrisome situation - and yet, it's so lovely being here in my home town, which Taggart has also fallen in love with.
    We've just got back from a walk through the Museum Gardens (pictured) to the city library and come back with lots of good things to read.

    Last edited by Ingélou; Aug-10-2019 at 17:06.
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    We finally sold our house a couple of weeks ago.

    By then, we'd decided to pull out of the house we'd offered for in York, as the family dispute was still ongoing, and the brother who was refusing to sign the application for probate had gone abroad and wasn't answering emails.

    We had an offer accepted on a house in a big village 13 miles away. The big village has shops and a community feel to it, and the house is lovely. Plus, it has no ongoing chain, as the owner has moved into a family house in the neighbourhood.

    Gripe of yesterday: The first house has now got the probate application in, having come to an arrangement re the family dispute. We were asked to re-offer, but didn't think it was safe because we still didn't know how long probate would take, plus we don't really trust the vendors after they strung both us and the estate agent along.
    It's now being advertised for sale again at £10,000 more. Horrible to see it, as we did like it very much.

    Gripe of Today: We just got the survey on the latest house back, and there are some serious problems highlighted. The roof needs repointing on the ridge tiles, which will need scaffolding. A gas fire has a pipe that's come away, which is unsafe. Most worrying of all, there are cracks in the brickwork that go through to the plasterwork inside, below a downstairs and an upstairs window. The surveyor recommends that a structural engineer have a look at it.

    Oh heck. We really like this house too, and there's nothing else for sale at present in either York or its surrounding settlements that is half as nice. Meanwhile, our money keeps whittling down, and the clock is ticking on our rental property.

    We're hoping that the cracks aren't too serious...
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    Keeping fingers crossed for you both. Without knowing or seeing your prospective house: get a price reduction and calculate the cost of reinforcing the weak spots...
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    We were out when the mail came, so as it was a 'signed for' item, they didn't deliver.

    We emailed them to ask them to redeliver today, and I stayed in specially.

    But guess what - we found another of those annoying cards lying in the porch.

    Because although we have a nice loud doorbell, the postman didn't use it.

    Now we don't trust them to redeliver again, so we'll just have to inch through the York traffic next week to pick it up from their parcels office.

    I tried to telephone them to complain and/or speak to someone - an automated voice asked if I'd do a survey 'when I'd finished' to say 'how they'd done', and I agreed.

    But since nobody picked up, I didn't get a chance to tell them what a truly pathetic service they offer.

    Royal Mail - fings ain't wot they used to be.
    Last edited by Ingélou; Oct-05-2019 at 12:16.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    We were out when the mail came, so as it was a 'signed for' item, they didn't deliver.

    We emailed them to ask them to redeliver today, and I stayed in specially.

    But guess what - we found another of those annoying cards lying in the porch.

    Because although we have a nice loud doorbell, the postman didn't use it.

    Now we don't trust them to redeliver again, so we'll just have to inch through the York traffic next week to pick it up from their parcels office.

    I tried to telephone them to complain and/or speak to someone - an automated voice asked if I'd do a survey 'when I'd finished' to say 'how they'd done', and I agreed.

    But since nobody picked up, I didn't get a chance to tell them what a truly pathetic service they offer.

    Royal Mail - fings ain't wot they used to be.

    Oooohhh, I hate it when this happens, which it does more and more often. DPD are regular offenders.
    The other version is when a note through the door claims that 'we came to read your gas/electricity meter but you were out' when I definitely was not out and would have heard the doorbell had the mendacious idlers bothered to ring it!

    I hope your house issues resolve quickly and successfully. Probate is a nightmare, just at the time when you don't need a lot of hassle.

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    Just recovering from a nasty digestive lurgi - starting to wonder if I have gall bladder disease like my late Mum.

    So why, when I might be able to take a walk outside after being grounded for three days, has the weather changed from golden & crisp to dank & drizzly?
    Last edited by Ingélou; Oct-16-2019 at 10:39.
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