The Unwhinge Thread

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Finally finished the re-refurbishment of an old Harlow reel and its seat modification for my small hands, loaded it up this morning. Must fish.
 

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Replaced the battery in the boy's car and it started first time. Managed to figure out how to overcome the immobiliser in the eldest Coalette's Clio, that's now running as well. Very pleased, was expecting a big fight with the latter.
 

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GPC Membership and nationals qualifier sorted. Squat, bench, deadlift. 5 more weeks of build up. I simultaneously can't wait and the nerves have started :D
 

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Was wondering this morning when my car would be fixed when the mechanic rang and said he would have the part by tomorrow. Hooray!
 

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I was concerned that Christmas had taken it's toll on my waistline, but my wife's bright pink scales tell me that I weigh exactly the same as I did six months ago.

The mystery, then, is why have I felt like a overstuffed sack of spuds these past few days?
 

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I was concerned that Christmas had taken it's toll on my waistline, but my wife's bright pink scales tell me that I weigh exactly the same as I did six months ago.

The mystery, then, is why have I felt like a overstuffed sack of spuds these past few days?
Fluid retention?
 

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Conceivably, but I've never had the problem before.
Well, we're none of us getting any younger! ;)

If you're feeling bloated there may be something going on. Could be wind! A food intolerance can do that.

There's a lot of this in my family, the old gluten/lactose problem. Once we identify the culprit we're nearly sorted.
 

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This is not a whinge directed at anybody but yesterday I visited Avebury, Silbury Hill and the West Kennet Long Barrow for the first time in 40 years - Wiltshire seems such a long way away and I never got round to it. It is actually 70 miles away from me and the trip down (including a break for coffee) took less time than my door-to-door morning commute to Central London every single working day !
 

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I've just got home to some good news. One of the students I taught for three years has been accepted at one of the most competitive high schools in the country. He's a science specialist, but the whole appliction process and syllabus is conducted in English, which is his second language. He actually stopped classes with me a year ago but he still managed to outdo his peers and then kindly (and quite unexpectedly) told his parents and teachers that my classes had given him all he needed. They've sent me a gushing message saying that they're going to do all they can to repay me! It's akin to winning a scholarship to a top-flight public school in England.

I'm pleased for him naturally, but for myself it's also very positive: reputational burnish like this is better than any advertising money can buy.
 

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I got the best friend I ever had back. After an over 20-year absence. :loveu:
Same thing's happened to me recently, my best mate at school in the midlands. He's also nudged me into contacting other old friends and we've been catching up and looking at pictures of ourselves all older now and swapping photos .. it's strange because our 'gang' haven't seen each other for decades but their personality traits haven't changed :cool: .. I was chatting with the bloke who gave me my nickname in the mid 80s that some people still call me, he taught me breakdance moves back then and stuck up for me against bullies. He was hardcore in a way most people wouldn't understand unless I go into 'meaningless to everyone else' territory .. he was basically the character River Phoenix played in the film Stand By Me. 30 year absence for us onetwothree but it's a nice feeling isn't it. :)
 

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I've finally accrued more than £100 in loyalty points on my Costa coffee card:



"Points C/Fwd: 10018" at 1p per point.

Who needs sleep?

:exercise:

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Nice one .. and the date on your receipt is correct for this morning but the time on it reads 11:49 which means you are either a time traveller or your local Costa's till is playing up seeing as it's currently only 10:17 am .. a Fortean receipt!
 

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.. and the date on your receipt is correct for this morning but the time on it reads 11:49 which means you are either a time traveller or your local Costa's till is playing up seeing as it's currently only 10:17 am .. a Fortean receipt!
...Or you've forgotten that today's Friday 11th January...

;)

maximus otter
 

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Same thing's happened to me recently, my best mate at school in the midlands. He's also nudged me into contacting other old friends and we've been catching up and looking at pictures of ourselves all older now and swapping photos .. it's strange because our 'gang' haven't seen each other for decades but their personality traits haven't changed :cool: .. I was chatting with the bloke who gave me my nickname in the mid 80s that some people still call me, he taught me breakdance moves back then and stuck up for me against bullies. He was hardcore in a way most people wouldn't understand unless I go into 'meaningless to everyone else' territory .. he was basically the character River Phoenix played in the film Stand By Me. 30 year absence for us onetwothree but it's a nice feeling isn't it. :)
OTOH I was delighted to find one of my old pub mates working with me, until I realised she's a troublemaker and runs to the boss telling tales every day.
 

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OTOH I was delighted to find one of my old pub mates working with me, until I realised she's a troublemaker and runs to the boss telling tales every day.
You need to 'mule' her then ;) ..

When I started my job as a HCA on the wards, it was still rare for young men to be in that line of work so I had to put up with everything from my female co workers asking me if I was gay to my charge nurses making snide comments to me about my gender and how I shouldn't be there .. rife sexism bullying.

When I passed my level 3 and we were all presented with our scrolls etc on my graduation day, I'll always be grateful to the female top woman (lets call her Karen Jones) who handed me my award and quietly told me the wards needed more male HCAs .. that meant a lot to me.

The hen pecking and back stabbing continued though and one day I'd had enough so I hatched a plan .. after one female charge nurse had a go at me again for my gender, I took a bit of blue paper towel from the wall dispenser, wrote down what had just been said to me, dated and signed it then spoke to a particular student nurse. I chose that student nurse because she was a complete brown noser to the women in charge and I knew she'd sell me out.

I said "Can I have a word with you in private .. you have to absolutely promise to keep this confidential but Karen Jones, head of personnel, is conducting an internal investigation into bullying on the wards. It's not just me she's asked, there's a few of us. As you were standing next to me and heard what was just said to me, would you mind signing this statement, I promise you it's 100% confidential."

The student nurse nodded, said she would, didn't, then did exactly what I was hoping she'd do .. walk straight over to the nurses station and tip them off. Not exactly subtle. Result.

The next day, everyone was smiling at me and saying good morning and asking how I was :p .. they even stopped picking on a fat girl who I worked with lol .. suckers .. the con worked for ages!

So if you can stich this girl up in a similar way Escargot, I highly recommend it.
 

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You need to 'mule' her then ;) ..

When I started my job as a HCA on the wards, it was still rare for young men to be in that line of work so I had to put up with everything from my female co workers asking me if I was gay to my charge nurses making snide comments to me about my gender and how I shouldn't be there .. rife sexism bullying.

When I passed my level 3 and we were all presented with our scrolls etc on my graduation day, I'll always be grateful to the female top woman (lets call her Karen Jones) who handed me my award and quietly told me the wards needed more male HCAs .. that meant a lot to me.

The hen pecking and back stabbing continued though and one day I'd had enough so I hatched a plan .. after one female charge nurse had a go at me again for my gender, I took a bit of blue paper towel from the wall dispenser, wrote down what had just been said to me, dated and signed it then spoke to a particular student nurse. I chose that student nurse because she was a complete brown noser to the women in charge and I knew she'd sell me out.

I said "Can I have a word with you in private .. you have to absolutely promise to keep this confidential but Karen Jones, head of personnel, is conducting an internal investigation into bullying on the wards. It's not just me she's asked, there's a few of us. As you were standing next to me and heard what was just said to me, would you mind signing this statement, I promise you it's 100% confidential."

The student nurse nodded, said she would, didn't, then did exactly what I was hoping she'd do .. walk straight over to the nurses station and tip them off. Not exactly subtle. Result.

The next day, everyone was smiling at me and saying good morning and asking how I was :p .. they even stopped picking on a fat girl who I worked with lol .. suckers .. the con worked for ages!

So if you can stich this girl up in a similar way Escargot, I highly recommend it.
There's a little dodge most of us do at work which to Ms Bitch has taken exception, even though she does it herself. (Nothing illegal, just pushing it a bit with the very few perks we get.)

She has been slagging me off to all and sundry about it, even though she does it herself. She's even been to the manager, who does the Thing himself. I've been getting supportive texts and Facebook messages from workmates who are rather disgusted with her.

I won't take any action. I'll be waiting for her to drop herself in it. Nobody will cover for her and she'll be stuffed.
 

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I think if she gets the silent treatment she might get the message,
There has been a young girl at my daughter's work who has been really rude to the customers and other staff.
They tried her in the deli and it was the same there. She said she wanted to work in the office but put their backs up there so the latest is she has resigned which no one is sad about.
 

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Tomorrow night (Saturday) I'm playing my first live music gig in 20 years. I'm doing it as a favour for a mate who wants some live entertainment in his restaurant. It's a British themed evening so I'm singing an acoustic set of what I know best - Britpop and Pop from the 90's with a bit of 60's stuff thrown in. Maybe one or two newer ones too. So it's all covers from Oasis, The Bluetones, The Verve, Stereophonics, Coldplay, Radiohead, Travis, The Beatles, The Kinks, David Grey and Damien Rice.

I'm excited and nervous. I know that on a good day I can bang them all out no problems but my voice is so unpredictable right now. It used to be rock solid but being out of form due to non-use, it varies from rehearsal to rehearsal. So we'll see how it goes. Wish me luck.
 
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