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  1. This post cannot be displayed because it is in a forum which requires at least 10 posts to view.
  2. Greenie for Miss. Fontayne's first post to go with the other three. I'm always slightly uncomfortable when people take the pee out of other's handcrafting, however bad it might be. At the end of the day, people here took the pee and sent ludicrous messages to a seller who was totally unaware that they were being taken the mickey out of and had no way of knowing, like most non-boaters, whether what they were selling was desirable or valuable or not. Frankly some of the shite that sells as art these days for millions of pounds is enough to make anyone doubt when tat is tat... Ebay is full of people's hand crafts that are often of a truly appalling quality, but art, and beauty, are subjective and in the eye of the beholder. I'm glad you got a good price for it, and I think you deserved to after fielding the mickey taking that went on here. If people think it's a joke piece (and to be fair, I also thought it was pretty funny, but I wouldn't have started sending you piss taking ebay messages or posting back here about how far you could be pushed) then no matter; it bumped the value of what you were selling and so everyone is happy, innit. Anyone who thinks that your initial post here was in bad spirits or that you deserve to have bids retracted due to your 'attitude' should really look at their own actions and attitude and how they conducted themselves over the item too. It's Ebay; it's a free market. People can take the piss if they want to, but they shouldn't be surprised when they get called out on their actions as a result of it!
    4 points
  3. I've been there too, but there's absolutely no excuse for it. I've got home to find my batteries almost flat. The solution is simple: go to bed. If you're not tired, get a torch and read a book. People managed for thousands of years without electricity. I'm sure we could all manage for one night without?! The other possibility is to heat water for washing. Well again, tough! You'll have to do without for a few hours.
    3 points
  4. One is, of course, entitled to anything that you have a legal and legitimate claim to. Oddly enough, that's what entitled means. Generally, as far as benefits go, it means you've paid into the system for donkey's years and now you are usually being told your hard earned dosh was taken from you for no good reason. In this particular case, you can of course only get JSA if you're entitled to it. The problem with taking short term work is that it takes the benefit system months to sort out what you ARE entitled to, by which time you're up to your arse in debt and out of food. Usually. The last thing anyone in this position needs is moronic sarcasm. I've already noticed the casual rudeness, aggression and ignorance that appears on here every now and then. It's a shame, because I haven't actually noticed it among the people I've met on the cut over the last thirty years. Hey ho. And buy a dictionary.
    1 point
  5. Sorry for being judgemental. When I heard that I'm paying council tax in our marina (£90 a month) but some guy on benefits doesnt have to pay as much, I kind of went a bit nuts. I've just watched Breadline Britain on TV, and although I fully understand that when someone has no job, it can be demoralising, what none of those folk realise is...the gov gives them...money towards their rent, money when they arent working, the kids get free schooling, they get free medical services, and if they're a married couple and split up...they'll be given even more money! ..." It absolutely boggles my brain that those people then turn around and say it's REDICULOUS that they havent got enough for luxeries. eta...although if I fell on hard times, I would be VERY GREATFUL to receive as much help as possible. rant over. I shouldnt rant..I have no real right to rant...I just dont understand how people think they are entitled to more if they havent got a job.
    1 point
  6. Sorry, don't care, it doesn't directly effect me
    1 point
  7. Be specific and comment on why you think it is about time CRT revoked licences.
    1 point
  8. Looks like South East area is going to become a no go area for those that do not abide by their licence conditions. Its been a long time coming but its here at last.
    1 point
  9. For genuine CCers, (yes there are still some) who have to run their engine each day for 3/4 hours for domestic purposes, then surely the propulsion element of fuel use is almost a bi product of everyday living. Over a year the actual fuel used solely for propulsion i.e. when domestic heating and charging duties have been fulfilled will be miniscule. Diving for cover! A
    1 point
  10. I hope he's got his long johns on Sue I mean - Sue, I hope he's got his long johns on
    1 point
  11. I love eBay! As someone who used to make a very respectable living as a "Purveyor of Utilitarian Artifacts & Ephemera" (Yes really - that is what my letterheads stated!) I can put my hand on my heart and say that I have sold some stuff for some serious money that I personally considered to be complete trash. I can say with an equal amount of conviction that a good many of the things I cherish in my own home are what others would describe as trash (and some people have told me to my face their thoughts). It is what makes the world go around and it is what makes people so interesting. We have all seen things sell for a hell of a lot more than they are worth and fair play to anyone who can rake the profit in that way. The world is full of delightfully eccentric people and I aspire to be one of them (but fail miserably most of the time) If a forum such as this had provided any of the items I was selling with such a fantastic springboard into profit as this thread did I would have been rubbing my hands with glee. Yes we all had a bit of fun and far from it being at anyone's expense it was for profit so everyone wins. I do not feel my personal conduct has fallen short in any way I need to apologise for. Any comments I have made have been joining in the fun of the thread and in doing so it has provided the seller with a platform to allow a decent profit on their rusty bucket. Indeed it seems if "Ella" is really the seller then they have taken the whole thing in the humour that it was intended so why does he feel the need to critisice those very people? I never really minded who bid on my items on eBay, so long as they could afford to pay me. I suspect I could have attached all sorts of labels to some of them if I had chosen to do so. The fact of the matter is that those bidders are customers and I would never have dreamt of calling them names or ridiculing them publicly. It is, in my mind, biting the hand that feeds you. Maybe I was mistaken and Ella is not Harley? I don't know! I am prone to blonde moments but when I posted I genuinely thought it was and if a seller starts calling those who are helping them make a profit geeks and suggesting they live in a bubble and are not normal then that is just plain rude in my book. If it was not Harley then I am sorry. Obviously my comments did no harm to the auction though so no harm was done. It is a forum - a place where people love to disagree!
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  13. Jim, thank you for your comment. Downsizing from two sites to one and opting to build fewer boats per year has meant that we have made redundancies. No business can afford to keep twice as many staff as necessary, it would be a disaster and within just a short time no one would have a job! As I'm sure you are aware, Kingsground Narrowboats are boat builders but we also own a marina and offer many other services. It's all very well assuming that because we may have altered the business to suit the relocation that we may have 'gone out of business' but it's really not very accurate. Businesses change, they have to to survive! They can't keep doing the same thing day in and day out, The world is an ever changing place and consumers want different things at different times. Our building being used as a Heritage Centre encouraged that we use the move to put our eggs into different baskets and have them more evenly balanced to protect our future and offer the business a more secure foundation for trading. None of those made redundant are out of work, they all found jobs within the industry before their notice period ended with us and, testament of their skills. We believe that we have worked hard over the past 24 months to offer a wider variation of services as we very much appreciate that times are difficult financially and more people are looking to repair and rebuild than have a bespoke built boat. Our build schedule has dropped accordingly. Kind regards, Kingsground Narrowboats
    1 point
  14. Bloody hell Alan, Well spotted. How long is it now since you retired from the Bar? Your work with the Crown Prosecution Service will be sorely missed. Ah, Indian Viagra! Perfect for stopping you from rolling out of bed on those rocky, windy nights.
    1 point
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  16. There is absolutely nothing that would require us to fire up our engine at 10pm, let alone 1.30am! You don't need a shower, you may want one, but a bowl full of hot water (heated with a kettle) and a flannel will suffice. We spend our first two years aboard with knackered batteries and no shore power and while the lights were quite dim at times we were never plunged into inky blackness! I really can't think of anything else someone could claim to justify it. The trouble is boaters like this give the anti boaters so much ammunition to use against the rest of us that abide by the laws and just want to live in peace in our chosen lifestyle.
    1 point
  17. Oh thats the nicely approach before arrival byelaw somewhere in inviso. section 4 sub 12 that eradicates the need for anyone to follow the rules UNTIL they have been nicely approached before arrival rule.
    1 point
  18. Considering the free publicity the forum has given to this piece and in the process generated a good profit for the seller I feel there is a rather nasty tone to that message. I wonder what makes Ella more "normal" than the rest of us? It is nice to hear the story behind the item but what pity there is not any real information given like the name of the barge. It could have added even more value to the item. Yes we have had a good laugh but rather than it being at anyone's expense it seems to have produced a good profit so why the sour grapes? If I were one of the bidders I think I would consider a retraction given the attitude of the seller.
    1 point
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