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Rob.L last won the day on June 13 2016

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  1. That’s the bit I’m looking forward to, Margie. Spent the best part of thirty years managing teams of people (which must not have rubbed-off too much as my new manager seems a bit scared of me for some reason!) and now I’ll be doing a job I can leave at the door every day. I’m not overly bothered about the pay either, as I’ve already got a good company pension and the taxman will be taking a chunk of it anyway. It’s getting out and about and not vegetating at home that’s appealing.
  2. Today was my first day of gainful employment since I took early retirement seven years ago, and after a day of doing online training, it was almost like I’d never been away, although this is a completely different kind of job to what I’ve done previously. So when you next see a white and orange supermarket delivery van on the roads of Notts, be nice - it might be me!
  3. Read the linked report. This is what the haulage companies are saying.
  4. Not according to the Road Haulage Association.
  5. About twenty five years ago, I was helping to clear my mother in law’s garage after her partner died. He was a jobbing builder and had a tendency to “acquire” stuff that was left lying around on sites, including an ancient Record No.1 engineers vice which wasn’t working. I brought it home and it spent more than two decades in a damp shed getting rusty, then a few years under a bench in the garage where the dust stopped it rusting any more. I dug it out today, gave it a liberal application of 3in1 oil, cleaned it up, and after a bit of effort, finally got it moving in and out. I the
  6. I did notice the lack of integration when I was in Ontario a few years back. The Polish and Czech immigrants knew each other, but the Italians tended to keep to their own. And they all had their own communities and shops. My father in law got on with all of them because he was born in Poland near the Czech border, and spent a lot of time in Italy at the end of the war, so was fluent in all three languages (as well as English).
  7. Although their competitor was half Ecuadorean, half Filipino. So as Canadian as Raducanu is British.
  8. Rob.L

    telly adverts

    Nothing is as irritatingly and annoyingly bad as that advert for a card machine with different people going “oooooh”. Every time it comes on the box, I have to mute the sound.
  9. Dunno what all the fuss is about. She’s nearly as British as former British number one male player, Greg Rusedski.
  10. That might have been the Woodstock effect, as they made their first major appearance there (They were on stage just before Hendrix.) so promoters here may have assumed they appealed to a rock audience.
  11. Or the great Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough… Alternatively, did anyone shoot them in the backside with an air rifle?
  12. If you want pre-1910, there is a history of the Sherwood Foresters written by Colonel H Dalbiac in 1902 which covers much of the history from when it was the 45th Regiment of Foot through to the Crimean war. I found it quite useful when researching what the 45th were doing before and during the Peninsular War, when one of my ancestors was serving with them.
  13. Well, they did repurpose the Home Ales sign on the old HA brewery…
  14. When I used to travel to Leicester every week back in the 1980s, my work colleagues there always referred to it as the Khyber Pass, not the Golden Mile.