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GOGS...Grumpy Old Gits Society..

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after all the years of suffering being called a miserable old bar-steward by mrs zz , I am finally rejoicing that she has come round to my way of thinking. the source of this wonderment?... a newly found joint loathing of the foul phenomenon of otherwise seemingly intelligent individuals starting a sentence with the word "so"!!!! if you have been asked , "how do you propose to re-attach that button"? , or , "what method would you use to distribute seed in your garden" , fair enough but otherwise , nooooooooooo! other current hot favourites are "yoofs" with their kecks hanging out the top of their trousers and newly qualified drivers with a green p plate (clearly designating pillock) who refuse to commit to crossing a roundabout without having received a written invitation at least a fortnight in advance! what gets your hackles up?
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Jason, I think you are justified. 2 hours is far too long. :)
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So first time posting to this topic, why?

Well most of the time I can put up with a lot of crap but I have just spent the last month working in Dubai. Now before I start on my gripe I should say that I do not like Dubai. I don't like the oppressive regime. I don't like the way that state dictates what you can and can't do and I don't like the humidity. I do like the heat and absolutely love the curries. If you are ever in Dubai you must checj to Gazebo, their biryani's are to die for.
Post not finished yet due to technical issues and I did not hit Post. Will continue when on my final train.
So back again,

Did you know that it is illegal to use or own a walkie-talkie in Dubai without a commercial licence? Did you also know that private VPN's are also outlawed. Skype is unusable and so is hangouts. UK mobile phones cost a fortune there so it is worth your while buying a local SIM for a few AED.

So why the gripe? well it's the UK infrastructure.

I got off the plane at Manchester having departed from Dubai, we are greeted with a sign stating "Welcome to Great Britain". Now Manchester airport is a ****hole compared to Dubai. There are three of us work colleagues - Myself and my MD have UK chipped passports, our colleague being French has an EU chipped passport. He flies though passport control, myself and the MD are instructed to seek assistance, so join that line. There is one border control dude for that line and it takes forever. World travelers are passing us by in the adjacent line. Eventually we get through control only to have to wait 40mins for our baggage.

I get down to the station and hop on a train to Piccadilly which leaves straight away but trundles along at 30mph.

Arriving at Piccadilly, I pop into Boots and buy a bottle of water for £1, which in Dubai I pay the equivalent of 30p. We have more rain than most countries in the world and I can buy a bottle of water in a desert state for a third of the price.

Now frankly this country is becoming a joke, we are fleeced at every possible opportunity and we get absolutely nothing in return.

Don't get me wrong, I would rather put up with the carp in this country than live in Dubai but man we are all being taken for a ride.

I'm writing this on the final leg of my journey from Piccadilly to Hull and we are crawling along on a Transpennine 'Express'.

I may have more to add later.

To quote Joe Strummer - "Welcome to Britain"

PS: Emirates used to be a great airline but they suck now.

I should be really happy to be home but I can't get over feeling really depressed right now.

Snap out of it Gaz
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I also got stung with the £8 Royal Mail 'handling fee' at the weekend.
Sorry Trisha,

But has to Yorkshire Tea.

In fact the best cup of tea has to be Yorkshire Tea with Lancashire water.

From someone who's been living in the East Riding of Yorkshire since 2006.

My grump is they've ruined the water here now by adding all this crap that's 'good' for us like fluorine and chlorine.

Love Zappa
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