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Don't get me started on that.........!

I went for the induction for my new job the other day. (Inductions are a load of rubbish, but that's a whole grump to itself) There were 8 of us getting inducted. Before the session started, and at every opportunity during, all the other 7 were swiping their 'phones, and one actually wanted to halt the proceedings to take an incoming call!
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Yep, he didn't even have it on silent.
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Then the nearest tables are the bride's & groom's friends & acquaintances, and the relations (siblings, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc) are shoved to the back. So you don't care about making it obvious that your families aren't important to you, then?
One wedding I was at the step-parents were nearer the front than the rellies!
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I checked my bank account yesterday (payday). My pay is about £500 short................

To cap it all, when I spoke to the manager on the 'phone this morning he tried to make it my fault! It's not his fault that he didn't give the correct information to the payroll department, then??
During the course of that 'phone call, I asked Mr Managerman to get back to me when he had an answer. 3 working days later I was still waiting, so I called him again.....

Me: "Good afternoon Colin, it's Stuart again."

Him: "Hello, what can I do for you?" (Really?.....)

Me: "You said you would call me back about my pay."

Him: "Oh, did I?...... Riiiiight....."

(pause)

Me: "Any news for me, then?"

Him: "I put your leaving date down wrong."

(pause)

Me: "So the company does owe me, and can I expect a cheque in the post?"

Him: "Ah, yes...... And no. It has to be done through normal payroll channels."

Me: "Meaning I have to wait until the 28th of this month and the funds will appear in my account......"

Him: "Yes."

(pause)

Me: "OK, thanks."

Him: "See you."

('phone clicks & goes dead)

Honestly, it was like pulling teeth. Still no utterance of an apology, either for the cock-up or not getting back to me. I still don't hold much hope of it all going smoothly. As I hinted at in my original post on the subject, it's a good job I'm not one of the people who would be relying on that £500 for food.
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I'm a bit grumpy with whoever decided to cut the speed limit in single lane roads from 90kph to 80kph here in France.

90, apart from being a reasonable cruising (if slow) speed, was just right in the Audi with the foot resting on the throttle, virtually ticking over in 5th gear.

Now, I am having to constantly take the foot off to maintain the crawling pace. As one of my pet hates on the road is other drivers who seem incapable of maintaining a constant speed, this hunting around the new limit is very frustrating indeed.

I expect they did it just to annoy me
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Just had three weeks hols in royan, only knew about the new reduced speed limit as I'd had an email from her majesties Rac updating French motoring law re hi vizes and twin blow into this s v p etc including the new limits, must say as we weren't in a rush we took the old road from le mans to rouen, very pleasant at 80 kph, but didn't see many locals adhering to this, the autoroutes are still full of 75,92 and 95 plate cars driving like max verstappen and wearing out left hand indicator bulbs, still the French have fewer potholes than we do.
 

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We got back from Kyiv (the wedding I've been grumping about all year) late yesterday evening.

Deep breath, this is likely to be a long one.........

1) Air travel. It's over 20 years since I last flew, mainly because I get motion-sickness. I had pressure-point wristbands and anitemetics and they worked(!), but the whole experience was poo.
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Shoehorned into a seat barely wide enough, that had all the comfort properties of a park bench. A travelling companion (Wor Lass) constantly complaining about the turbulence, which TBF was so minor that it probably didn't register on any scale, and strange noises - such as the 'gear going up and down - and trying to dislocate my wrist in response to any event she deemed to be life-threatening (ie any noise or any sudden movement). A bloke near me crossed himself as the 'plane started accelerating down the runway. I found it amusing, but WL said "That just made me feel a lot better. NOT!" and yanked on my hand again. I probably could have coped a lot better on my own, but I have to say I found the airport process - which WL wasn't so bothered about - particularly stressful.

2) KLM and lost luggage. WL - being tight-fisted - wouldn't pay extra for luggage, so we (just about) managed with carry-ons. Right choice! A lot of people in our party had luggage that didn't make the connection at Schipol, some of them had everything in their luggage. They were told that it would probably arrive at the hotel at 19hr00 the next day. As if by magic, we were in the hotel restaurant having dinner when the waitress came to the table and said "Excuse me, sir, your baggage has arrived." at pretty-much 19hr00 on the dot. Step-daughter travelled on Friday, and the same thing happened to her. Fortunately she had some of her wedding outfit in her carry-on (wedding was midday Saturday). If you ever fly KLM, either fly direct or don't take anything other than carry-on.

3) If you ever travel to Kyiv, beware - you will get ripped-off, probably more than once during your stay.

Because of the malarky with the luggage, step-d took longer than normal to clear arrivals and by the time she got out her pre-booked taxi to the hotel had buggered-off. Not good for a lone female traveller. I've been trying to get a refund, but I doubt it will happen. Because step-d had all the pre-booked taxi information, I missed the deadline for confirming our return. Again, trying for a refund but not hopeful. That's £100 down the toilet in one fell swoop.

Never make eye-contact with beggars on streets, if you do they won't leave you alone. It took WL a while to grasp this concept, although TBF we didn't actually see that many.

There were youngish lads in costume (mostly animal costume). They approach you and engage you in conversation, then expect you to pay for "information" they have imparted. We tried walking away, but they kept-up with us and wouldn't leave us until I had given them £20. They wouldn't take local currency. Later, when we passed nearby, they were at it with another tourist couple.

In the City Hall, at the official wedding, there were photographers who (we later found out) weren't engaged by our couple selling their wares almost as soon as the ceremony was over. Again, they wouldn't let you go until you buy. They even wanted us to buy some of another wedding! ......And this is actually inside the City Hall!

After the wedding reception, we got a taxi back to our hotel. The driver couldn't (or didn't want to) speak English. He realised he missed a junction on the motorway and reversed back!
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When we finally arrived at the hotel, he demanded double the agreed fare.

I've had a rough tot-up and I reckon we've been conned out of a total of £300 over the course of a 5 day stay.

No-one on the streets smiles, just-about everyone you see walking has eyes that have a sort of zombie look.

There is an obvious general lack of under-funding in the city. The roads, pavements and older (non-historic or non-religious) buildings are very poorly maintained.

We eventually realised that if you want a taxi, you get the hotel to book it for you. Even then, they ask "You want cheap, or safe?" Always go with "safe"!

Having said all ^^^ that, there were highlights. One of them was Mass on Sunday morning in St.Vlodomyr's Cathedral. I didn't understand a word, but it was very moving. ........And the building is beautiful inside and out.

The hotel was clean, well appointed, had good food, and the staff couldn't do enough to help you.

Many of the (particularly younger) Ukrainian women are stunning.
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To sum-up, it was probably an experience I shouldn't have missed. But as a couple who have misgivings about air-travel, we've agreed that in future we won't go anywhere we can't realistically travel by land to.
 

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Recent stays in a couple of hotels - usual lying notice in bathroom " please reuse your towels to help the environment and save the planet." What this actually means is " our laundry bill is enormous and we need to save money by not giving you clean towels each day." I don't mind reusing the things but I just wish they would tell it straight instead of making up this environmental garbage.
 

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I noticed that ^^^ for the first time in Kyiv. We have stayed in a few hotels in the UK recently and I wasn't aware of it. I had the same reaction as you, Brian - disguised cost-cutting. We have clean towels every day at home, so we expect the same when we are away.

The notice in the Kyiv hotel had some comment about saving trees.
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We got back from Kyiv (the wedding I've been grumping about all year) late yesterday evening.

Deep breath, this is likely to be a long one.........
I missed out a major grump...... Wor Lass's annoying ex- (who was there in his capacity as the groom's father) and his annoying wife.

Fortunately, WL and I rarely find ourselves in their company, but when we do we (barely, in my case) tolerate either of them. But, they keep insisting that it's brilliant that we all get on so well and him and WL have been so successful in putting their joint past behind them. Even when him and his lass are sober, they say stuff like "We all get on so well, and we're all like old friends now. We really must start getting together more often.". In fact, mutual acquaintances have told us that ex- & wife told them what great friends we all are.

WL and I have no desire to be friends with them - in fact I think it's nothing short of weird that they would want to. My take on it is that if WL wanted to socialise with him, she wouldn't have divorced him - and she agrees with me. We will put-up with their company when family situations dictate but nothing more.

I actually wonder if they keep spouting this nonsense because they know it annoys us.

I was bang up for telling him his fortune after four days of his annoyance and only kept my gob shut because of WL saying "Don't spoil our Daniel's wedding.". I just want to say "I'm not your friend, I don't want to be your friend, STFU!". But, TBH, I don't think he'd take the hint even then.
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I'm back on the mobile 'phones grump today.

One of Wor Lass's friends just called 'round. Her opening gambit was "I tried calling you all day yesterday, but your 'phone was off!"
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YOU'VE GOT THE LANDLINE NUMBER, TRY USING IT!
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I recently had a mobile phone go "black screen". It was fairly ancient by today's standards, so I replaced it. To authorise the new phone for the transferred SIM, a six figure identification code was sent - guess where!

Does anyone think these things through when they design the system? Unbelievable.

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I made a big mistake this morning. opened the Daily mail when I was aiming at the Beeb. Easily done
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Anyway, in spite of the fact that I prefer the Beano or the Dandy, there was an interesting article about an Eco home that was virtually self sustaining. The internal temperature had been set at 20 degrees. Half the comments suggested that such a temperature was tantamount to freezing their whatsits off.

WOT? It was exactly that in the car just now and I was far too hot. Maybe it's because a generation has been raised with the central heating turned up to cooking levels but what wimps. Without wishing to raise visions of Monty Python's Yorkshiremen, when I were a lad, the bedroom was freezing when I got up and I had to go down and light the coal fires. Twenty degrees would have seemed like a sauna
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20 degrees? That's unnecessary masochism.

My bathroom is set at 27°C and the rest of the house not much lower. I figure that a nice warm house is a luxury I can now justify after too many years of watching the pennies and freezing as a result. It'll dent my children's inheritance somewhat, but at least I'll die warm!
 

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The problem is that the temp you feel and the actual temp are very different.

Factors like humidity, drafts/wind, level of dust all influence how you "feel".

Not least of which actually having a thermometer visible. My wife complains if the main thermometer shows less than 23°C.

So I found a spot that is actually sometimes 2 degrees warmer on the mantle for some reason and left it there.

I did NOTHING to the heating system.

All of sudden no complaints..

I also lay the thermometer on the heat radiator sometimes for giggles: "Wow! it is 27° in here!"

She grew in East Germany where up until about 1991 the way the adjusted the temperature was they opened the window. Seriously, the had no way to adjust the radiators...

Germans go on and on about how well their houses are made and how shabby the wooden ones in the US are but a study showed that US houses, if insulated properly, were just as energy efficient as stone ones....
 
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