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I still think that A/C is an unnecessary luxury in the UK.
Tell us that again on Wednesday, when the temperature at my (UK) location is predicted to reach 90F

My wife - a sensible, healthy, get-on-with-it woman - felt ill at her work last week when the temperature reached 30⁰C. Despite it being an enclosed office with tiny windows and banks of electronics, management refuses to instal AC.

Fun fact: UK Elfin Safety recognises a minimum temperature below which one cannot be required to work. There is, however, no maximum...

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Tell us that again on Wednesday, when the temperature at my (UK) location is predicted to reach 90F

My wife - a sensible, healthy, get-on-with-it woman - felt ill at her work last week when the temperature reached 30⁰C. Despite it being an enclosed office with tiny windows and banks of electronics, management refuses to instal AC.

Fun fact: UK Elfin Safety recognises a minimum temperature below which one cannot be required to work. There is, however, no maximum...

maximus otter

Good point... for most of the year it may not be necessary, but there are times when the heat does get too much and then air conditioning would have been lovely... (I hate when the weather's too hot, I can't function, might be cos my body's temperature regulation is a bit on the skew but anyway).

I've oft puzzled about that maximum thing, because - just as heaters can be brought in to allow compliance with minimum temperature - surely air conditioning can be brought in to allow compliance with a max. temp. so it's not as if companies could cry "we can't do anything about the heat"... but like so many things it will be down to cost, etc. and it probably costs a lot more to install air conditioning than it does to install heaters, especially in old buildings. :dunno:

I feel your wife's pain though... years ago when we lived elsewhere in the UK the temperatures would get quite hot in our office but some of the staff didn't like it too cold so they'd keep switching the air conditioning off when the rest of us needed it to be on. It's incredibly difficult to make an office comfortable for all staff when they all have different 'comfort zones' (although a bloody cardigan would have surely worked for those who were too cold, and is indeed what I do nowadays when I'm cold and everyone else is just comfortable).
 

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...temperatures would get quite hot in our office but some of the staff didn't like it too cold so they'd keep switching the air conditioning off when the rest of us needed it to be on. It's incredibly difficult to make an office comfortable for all staff...
Can I get an "Amen!"?

There are more women than men in my wife's facility. Half of them seem to be menopausal, and howl when the ambient temperature rises above zero Kelvin; half are stick insects in their twenties, who grizzle when molten lead begins to solidify.

:headbang:

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Can I get an "Amen!"?

There are more women than men in my wife's facility. Half of them seem to be menopausal, and howl when the ambient temperature rises above zero Kelvin; half are stick insects in their twenties, who grizzle when molten lead begins to solidify.

:headbang:

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I'm working in an enlightened place where we have air-con. If it's too cold for some, then they put on a fleece. Consequently we're all comfortable and work gets done. Fun fact, if it's cold you can wear more clothes. If it's 30C, then there's little one can do to cool off...
 

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There are more women than men in my wife's facility. Half of them seem to be menopausal, and howl when the ambient temperature rises above zero Kelvin; half are stick insects in their twenties, who grizzle when molten lead begins to solidify.
Oh that made me laugh. Thank you. :)


I'm working in an enlightened place where we have air-con. If it's too cold for some, then they put on a fleece. Consequently we're all comfortable and work gets done. Fun fact, if it's cold you can wear more clothes. If it's 30C, then there's little one can do to cool off...
That's always what I've said, really... if you're too cold, you can put clothes on. If you're too hot, options are limited...

... where is this magical place where people work sensibly together?
 

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My missus gets the BBC Countryfile mag monthly (she actually had a sub to the delightful Landlove, but it went tits-up and she was offered Countryfile as a substitute for the remainder of her subscription).

She tore open the paper (yay!) sleeve, to remove the mag itself and eleven (I counted) blow-in cards, adverts and fliers.

I think I'll mail them back to the Beeb the next time I hear them mention waste or litter. That eleven pieces should last me for at least - oh - twenty minutes...

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... where is this magical place where people work sensibly together?
It's a small development outpost of a larger company that is 100% engineers with two scientists, 14 of us. It is literally the most grown-up place I've ever worked. We have no extraneous admin getting us to do the admin for them, no dumb rules, nothing that get in the way of getting stuff done.

[It's a fact of life in most organisations, that they hire talented expensive specialists and highly skilled personnel (such as engineers and scientists) and then get them to spend large amounts of their time doing stuff anyone could do. A significant proportion of those organisiations hire a non-specialist to manage them, which is even dumber worse.]
 

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I work with someone called Jude. It is so difficult to greet them without sounding like you're taking the piss..hey, err, um, good morning Jude. Maybe go with "yo, wass'up bitch" and pretend I've never heard of the Beatles..?
:rollingw:

I read this out to Mr Zebra and he said "could be worse, could be someone called Jack"... (especially bad if you worked on an aeroplane... :D )



My missus gets the BBC Countryfile mag monthly (she actually had a sub to the delightful Landlove, but it went tits-up and she was offered Countryfile as a substitute for the remainder of her subscription).

She tore open the paper (yay!) sleeve, to remove the mag itself and eleven (I counted) blow-in cards, adverts and fliers.

I think I'll mail them back to the Beeb the next time I hear them mention waste or litter. That eleven pieces should last me for at least - oh - twenty minutes...

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What you could do, if you were so inclined, is to place each one individually into an envelope, addressed to the BBC. Without a stamp. ;)
 

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My wife bought us some kimchi-style coleslaw from M&S the other day. Lovely.

Today I was making myself a ham & tomato sandwich, and wanted to ask her if she had dibs on the remaining 'slaw. Could I remember the word "kimchi"? Could I ****. I went into brain fart mode and asked her if she wanted any mariachi coleslaw.

Aide memoire -

Kimchi:



Mariachi:



Don't get old: it's pants.

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My wife bought us some kimchi-style coleslaw from M&S the other day. Lovely.

Today I was making myself a ham & tomato sandwich, and wanted to ask her if she had dibs on the remaining 'slaw. Could I remember the word "kimchi"? Could I ****. I went into brain fart mode and asked her if she wanted any mariachi coleslaw.

Aide memoire-

Kimchi:



Mariachi:



Don't get old: it's pants.

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A colleague of mine refers to it as a 'DRAFT' moment.
(Don't Remember A Fecking Thing)
 

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My wife bought us some kimchi-style coleslaw from M&S the other day. Lovely.

Today I was making myself a ham & tomato sandwich, and wanted to ask her if she had dibs on the remaining 'slaw. Could I remember the word "kimchi"? Could I ****. I went into brain fart mode and asked her if she wanted any mariachi coleslaw.

Aide memoire-

Kimchi:



Mariachi:



Don't get old: it's pants.

maximus otter
Could be worse, my sister-in-law's mum once shouted across a busy street to one of her friends "I'M OFF TO SEE THE DOCTOR ABOUT MY VAGINA!" While my s-i-l cringed and said "How many times do I have to tell you? It's ANGINA!"
 

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Could be worse, my sister-in-law's mum once shouted across a busy street to one of her friends "I'M OFF TO SEE THE DOCTOR ABOUT MY VAGINA!" While my s-i-l cringed and said "How many times do I have to tell you? It's ANGINA!"
A: "I had a lovely quickie at lunchtime."

B: "It's pronounced quiche."

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My wife bought us some kimchi-style coleslaw from M&S the other day. Lovely.

Today I was making myself a ham & tomato sandwich, and wanted to ask her if she had dibs on the remaining 'slaw. Could I remember the word "kimchi"? Could I ****. I went into brain fart mode and asked her if she wanted any mariachi coleslaw.

Don't get old: it's pants.

Unfortunately brain fog is not solely confined to the elder gentleman, I suffer from it too. :)

I always end up with a word that starts with the same letter as the word I want, but which is invariably nothing to do with what I'm actually trying to say.

(Or, at home, I just say "thingy" or "whatsit" and long-suffering Mr Zebra usually manages to translate, bless 'im).
 

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Tell us that again on Wednesday, when the temperature at my (UK) location is predicted to reach 90F

My wife - a sensible, healthy, get-on-with-it woman - felt ill at her work last week when the temperature reached 30⁰C. Despite it being an enclosed office with tiny windows and banks of electronics, management refuses to instal AC.

Fun fact: UK Elfin Safety recognises a minimum temperature below which one cannot be required to work. There is, however, no maximum...

maximus otter
Since I've spent the last 27 years living on cold mountainsides, I actually find normal office temperatures far too warm. But even I don't think a/c is necessary in UK houses./offices - providing the houses and offices are designed sensibly, which very often they are not.
 

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Since I've spent the last 27 years living on cold mountainsides, I actually find normal office temperatures far too warm. But even I don't think a/c is necessary in UK houses./offices - providing the houses and offices are designed sensibly, which very often they are not.
Last summer the UK was equally as hot and humid as a large number of countries in which air-conditioning is extremely common.
 

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It can get way too hot in some places over here, cause they have to be a tad hotter, usually nursing homes, by god some can be hot and the old dears still say they are cold even with a cardi on that can stop a nuclear weapon
I remember visiting my Grandma when she was in a nursing home. By gosh, was it hot in there!
 

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I had a very busy day at work yesterday. Very Busy! It was hot and it was VERY BUSY. At one point the phone rang. I stared for quite a while at the phone in my hand, trying to figure out how to answer it before I realised the land line phone on my desk was ringing, not the mobile in my hand....the scene from One Foot In The Grave, where he picks up a puppy instead of a phone, flashed through my mind.
 

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My missus gets the BBC Countryfile mag monthly (she actually had a sub to the delightful Landlove, but it went tits-up and she was offered Countryfile as a substitute for the remainder of her subscription).

She tore open the paper (yay!) sleeve, to remove the mag itself and eleven (I counted) blow-in cards, adverts and fliers.

I think I'll mail them back to the Beeb the next time I hear them mention waste or litter. That eleven pieces should last me for at least - oh - twenty minutes...

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We buy a number of magazines from the supermarket and I carefully extract all the flyers etc and place them back on the rack. Surely in these days when we are driving for sustainability this practice of printing off unwanted advertising should stop? Even the bloody postman drops advertising shite through our letter box daily whether or not we have actual mail.
 

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Choose an envelope, if there is one, and send all the rammel back in it
 

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Flying ants! Grrr! They seem determined to get into the house!
I had to kill one nest that was in the conservatory. The other day, I got home to find a whole bunch of them trying to set up a nest in the front room. Now, I've had to use the vacuum cleaner to suck up another one. I'm on a search and destroy mission tomorrow.
 
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