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Cafe / Re: Getting married
« Last post by Rosie on Today at 05:56:23 PM »
I wanna come to de weddin' kin I pleeze?

Ah butta prollem - ain't gotta passport.

Booga.
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Talk / Re: Things are comming together
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on Today at 04:21:25 PM »
Wheelydad - my apologies for conflating two issues and for making assumptions.
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Talk / Re: Things are comming together
« Last post by wheelydad on Today at 02:35:13 PM »
Sunny--- As a 93 year old, I have always directed my observations and/or complaints through my local elected councillor and replies come back the same way.  That is what he is there for.
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Talk / Re: Things are comming together
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on Today at 12:30:54 PM »
As an aside, may I object to the term jobsworth, particularly in relation to council employees?

It's usually used to describe an employee who tells us something we don't like or makes a decision we don't like.  However, those decisions are based on laws, bye-laws, and regulations made or approved by our elected representatives.  What we are in effect asking of the employee if we don't want them to stick to the rules is to overall our elected representatives, not to mention doing something that may well be literally more than their job's worth.

E.g. (common meme in tabloids), you pay to park in council parking for an hour and you're five minutes late back.  You say the warden's a jobsworth if he tickets you.  Now here's my take on it.  There's probably a CCTV camera which isn't just watching you, it's watching him. Is your desire to get something you didn't pay for (i.e. an extra five minutes), together with other people's desire to get what they didn't pay for, actually worth the warden's job?   Really?  And meanwhile do you really want unelected people making the decisions on how long you can park in the council carparks?  If so, why bother having councillors?  We might as well let those 'jobsworths' just make up all the rules as they go along.

In other words, I beg of all of you reading this, if you don't like what people at your council, or anywhere else, say or do as regards what you want to do or have done, consider very carefully whether (a) what you want doing is actually worth more than their job; and (b) whether it's really the people at the council, not your elected representatives, be they at council level, devolved assembly level, or parliament level, whose laws, regulations, rules etc. you disagree with and should be criticising and lobbying.

And when it comes to what is or isn't listed in the built environment, it's really difficult to put together legislation that protects much of what we value without leading to some problems along the way. 

In short, Wheelydad, if you don't like the decision on the paving, check the statutory position on how things are listed, check how far that paving does or doesn't meet the criteria, and lobby your elected representative, either individually or as part of a community group.  But please don't get annoyed with the department that repairs the pavements or with the councillor that tells you the paving is listed.  It's the wrong target.  Get it unlisted.
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Cafe / Re: The Chit Chat thread of maybe randomnessand dropping by.
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on Today at 11:24:31 AM »
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You wait years for surgery, then two lots turn up at once!

Fantastic example of NHS-style 'joined-up thinking' then  ;-)

Very pleased for your Mum, she is getting what she needs medically at last  >thumbsup<
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Cafe / Re: Getting married
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on Today at 11:23:12 AM »
 >lol< @ the wine-tasting tale... and love the pics, NN - will try to add some myself later!
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Talk / Re: Things are comming together
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on Today at 11:20:58 AM »
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I was very pleased with my collection of signtures/ names on the petition to stop pavement parking

 >biggrin< >thumbsup<

Sorry you have an injured foot, Huhn - and Wheelydad, the jobsworth attitude of your council deserves a huge  >doh<   I've heard of listed buildings but never 'listed paving'...
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Cafe / Re: Re-launching the ship happyness by bulekingfisher
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on Today at 11:17:08 AM »
I'd really loathe to be 'heavily pampered' so with you all the way on this - but let me get my head round it while I continue 'recovering' from the recent heatwave... (90F indoors on Wednesday, didn't know what to do with myself by day or by night >crying<)
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Talk / Re: Things are comming together
« Last post by wheelydad on Today at 12:39:26 AM »
In my locality, I have complained several times  about uneven pavements. the standard reply is, shortage of funds, avery expensive operation to relay ancient flag paving. When I suggested 'Macadam' over the flags, should not be too expensive,but would level the footpaths, the council reply, they cannot do that as the paving is 'listed'.
 'Come back Guye Fawkes, all is forgiven' !!!
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Talk / Re: Things are comming together
« Last post by NeuralgicNeurotic on June 22, 2017, 07:40:51 PM »
Huhn  >bighugs<
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