The Whinge Thread, Resurrected

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Water leaks are horrid. Hope it is soon sorted.

Minor whinge from me, related to an earlier Whinge that turned into an Unwhinge, when I got Gmail to work with Apple Mail.

Gmail is now checked efficiently every time I log on but it takes a lot of repeated requests to get mail from my two bt boxes. Selecting each box in turn and clicking fetch-mail eventually gets rid of the ! sign. I think Gmail wants to take over! :caution:
 

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Feel for you with the radiator @Mythopoeika

My whinge. SiL and Niece are catching a plane up from Bristol , staying two nights with us in Glasgow and going on to Canada. First time we've seen them for more than a couple of hours this year, fatted calf slain.

Except that their flight is cancelled, and they will be arriving in Edinburgh late tomorrow, just in time to be taxied to Glasgow airport to start the process for the Canada flight.
 

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Feel for you with the radiator @Mythopoeika

My whinge. SiL and Niece are catching a plane up from Bristol , staying two nights with us in Glasgow and going on to Canada. First time we've seen them for more than a couple of hours this year, fatted calf slain.

Except that their flight is cancelled, and they will be arriving in Edinburgh late tomorrow, just in time to be taxied to Glasgow airport to start the process for the Canada flight.
That's a real shame!Especially after all your cleaning!
 

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That's a real shame!Especially after all your cleaning!
We had an er.... incident. The supermarket gave us some duck brand toilet freshener - comes in a tube and you pipe a single rosette onto the china, where it remains very stickily for quite a long time.

We were over enthusiastic on the second one, lulled into complacency by the first success.

As a result we have a hand-sized lumpy green smear firmly attached to the upstairs loo.... :(
 

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We had an er.... incident. The supermarket gave us some duck brand toilet freshener - comes in a tube and you pipe a single rosette onto the china, where it remains very stickily for quite a long time.

We were over enthusiastic on the second one, lulled into complacency by the first success.

As a result we have a hand-sized lumpy green smear firmly attached to the upstairs loo.... :(
It washes away in time.
 

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I think Gmail wants to take over!
Gmail now seems to have killed my bt mailboxes, which have not delivered incoming mail for over 24 hours, despite a reboot of the hub and a longer one, which was meant to reset the dynamic allocated whotsit.

I can send mails from my bt address to my Gmail address and they arrive. :dunno:

I have got BT's helpline number* but I'm inclined to turn off the hub overnight and try again tomorrow.

*Online comments about this fairly obvious source of help are always scathing. Do you think they might plant these comments to reduce traffic?
 

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We had an er.... incident. The supermarket gave us some duck brand toilet freshener - comes in a tube and you pipe a single rosette onto the china, where it remains very stickily for quite a long time.

We were over enthusiastic on the second one, lulled into complacency by the first success.

As a result we have a hand-sized lumpy green smear firmly attached to the upstairs loo.... :(
Boil a kettle .. it works on my skid marks. :dpoo:
 

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Boil a kettle .. it works on my skid marks. :dpoo:
Also, we've had blocked toilets on occasions and boiling water isn't recommended as it could crack the bowl. So use hot water if you're going down that route. (I can't believe I've just posted serious plumbing advice on this forum – am I getting old!? It'll be DIY tips next...)
 

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Also, we've had blocked toilets on occasions and boiling water isn't recommended as it could crack the bowl. So use hot water if you're going down that route. (I can't believe I've just posted serious plumbing advice on this forum – am I getting old!? It'll be DIY tips next...)
I've been using the boiling kettle trick for decades and I haven't had a bowl crack on me yet .. maybe it would if it was done in an outside toilet in Winter ..

I'll rephrase .. water that has recently been boiled.
 
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We had an er.... incident. The supermarket gave us some duck brand toilet freshener - comes in a tube and you pipe a single rosette onto the china, where it remains very stickily for quite a long time.

We were over enthusiastic on the second one, lulled into complacency by the first success.

As a result we have a hand-sized lumpy green smear firmly attached to the upstairs loo.... :(
Just tell visitors that you've been trying a new recipe - gooseberry and avocado curry.
 

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I have got BT's helpline number* but I'm inclined to turn off the hub overnight and try again tomorrow.
After about 40 minutes, I did get through today to a nice-enough guy in India. He could not do much, himself: the issue was evidently connected to some affair between Yahoo & BT.

That made some sense: my mailboxes now identify in Apple Mail as Yahoo POP. I don't think they did before. Switching the settings to the Yahoo incoming-server did not work.

I'm told that my problem has been referred to a specialist team who will call me on Saturday*! Evidently it is a known BT-Yahoo-issue that it takes a specialist-team to fix!

I can, meanwhile, access my "main" BT address via BT's webmail site but not the earlier one. So my most-used incoming-mail-box is out of reach! :incan:

*I should expect a call between 11.00 am and 01.00 pm. No, I could not call them!
 
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My whinges of today:
Smell in here is getting worse. Dunno why.
My Mum had an op today and repeated attempts to get through to talk to someone have been met with silence. Nobody in that ward answers the phone. I know, I know... they're busy. Except when I visit a hospital, I notice that staff will just let it ring.

As I was typing this, my Mum rang from her mobile. She's OK. Phew.
 

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We had an er.... incident. The supermarket gave us some duck brand toilet freshener - comes in a tube and you pipe a single rosette onto the china, where it remains very stickily for quite a long time.

We were over enthusiastic on the second one, lulled into complacency by the first success.

As a result we have a hand-sized lumpy green smear firmly attached to the upstairs loo.... :(
Just stick these on it
 

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Glad to hear that Myth, do these nurses never think that there is a distraught relative at the other end of the phone?
 

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My whinges of today:
Smell in here is getting worse. Dunno why.
My Mum had an op today and repeated attempts to get through to talk to someone have been met with silence. Nobody in that ward answers the phone. I know, I know... they're busy. Except when I visit a hospital, I notice that staff will just let it ring.

As I was typing this, my Mum rang from her mobile. She's OK. Phew.
I had a weird one today .. I phoned the Norfolk and Norwich hospital about an upcoming scan and the call was uncharacteristically answered almost immediately. Not that I'm complaining. I don't think that's ever happened before, perhaps it was someone on work experience.
 

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I had a weird one today .. I phoned the Norfolk and Norwich hospital about an upcoming scan and the call was uncharacteristically answered almost immediately. Not that I'm complaining. I don't think that's ever happened before, perhaps it was someone on work experience.
Probably a patient who volunteered.
 

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All these health problems do serve to place my own whinges in perspective. Hope things go well for all concerned!

Meanwhile . . .

I'm told that my problem has been referred to a specialist team who will call me on Saturday*! Evidently it is a known BT-Yahoo-issue that it takes a specialist-team to fix!

I can, meanwhile, access my "main" BT address via BT's webmail site but not the earlier one. So my most-used incoming-mail-box is out of reach! :incan:

*I should expect a call between 11.00 am and 01.00 pm. No, I could not call them!
Yes, it is now 01.30 pm and I have been by the phone since 10 am. Not a sausage! :headbang:

I suppose it could just be that they meant GMT, in which case they have under half an hour to make good.

I would, however, quite like to go for a poo, now . . .

Update nearly 4 pm. As the need for the cuckstool was getting more pressing and the landline telephone cord was too short to reach the throne, I embarked on a long search for the extension-lead I used to use, in the days before mobile phones could deliver morning calls to my bedside.

I have several locations where obsolete or obsolescent electrical bits await recall, mainly in vain. Two old suitcases full of them reside in the top of my built-in wardrobe. It is awkward work manhandling them down to wonder at all the 1990s technology stashed away. I had forgotten all about the old Apple Stylewriter, a stand-alone CD-ROM drive, pre-USB and a neat little scanner, the size of a shirt in its packet. No telephone extension leads, however. The turtle's head was nearly upon me.

Three drawers of the tallboy contained a tangle of leads but nothing with a telephone plug. On the fourth time of looking on the shelf under the printer, I found the thing I wanted but hopelessly tangled with several other wires. This took several minutes to unwind. Then I had it and could reach into the awkward gap, introducing the extra length between the socket and the phone. It was dead! Nor could it be persuaded to spring to life by jiggling the plugs. It had died from lack of love, presumably.

There was just time to get to the bog before touching cloth. The brown dragon was unleashed from its cavern, leaving only the mephitic traces of its being on the air. Meanwhile, downstairs there was a peremptory knocking on the front door. Had I misunderstood? Was it possible that the Specialist Team were calling in person and not on the telephone. I cursed in triplicate and remembered to give a good blast of air-freshener as I descended the stairs. Trousers were fastened - not prematurely, I hoped.

The caller had gone and left a card. Not BT or OpenReach, as it happens. Some pestilent survey has chosen me by lot.

:frust::frust::frust:
 
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My sympathy, James.

A similar experience that fuels murderous thoughts: I am trying to book flights for three people with different return dates.

I have three different prices offered to me by website, phone app. and telephone, with the first two methods displaying different numbers of seats remaining for identical flights (crucially, this is either 2 or 3, sufficient or not).

The app keeps rejecting my credit card (now up to three different cards), the website rejects my password and keeps defaulting to the wrong location and language and the phone number is perpetually engaged after I managed to get through once and made the mistake of saying I'd phone back after trying the fixes they suggested for the app and website.

Taking a tea-break to cool my mind.
 
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BT Email address whinge (continued . . . )

Online opinion suggests that a personal letter to BT's CEO is now too well-known a tactic and too well-known an address to be effective. There is an official complaints mail-handling centre, which I imagine is also kept busy.

Expecting another long wait to speak to a human, I was pleased to get through today very quickly. First Stockport, then India, then South Wales. Presumably daylight-hours calls are an advantage. The Welsh gent was, I thought, from the "specialist team" promised on Saturday.

After running his tests to no avail, I was promised a call by the real specialists tomorrow at 10 am. All this for a "known issue" that no one closer to the customer can resolve. :dunno:
 

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Shopping at Aldi.

Parked car and was walking past the back of a row of other cars when I was almost run down by one that reversed out.

It was an electric car. Totally silent. Usually one would hear that the engine had started and be prepared for the car to move; even if the driver was careless and didn't see you walking behind.

All electric cars should be fitted with beepers that sound as soon as reverse is engaged.
 
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I am suprised they havent told you to turn on and off
I try not to lose my rag with the people on the other end of the phone; they do, genuinely, seem to be doing what they can.

Yet they are set-up to fail and waste everyone's time in any organization which does not empower them sufficiently.

You can see that their jobs are defined by PowerPoints and driven by flow-charts. We are soon off the flow-chart and into Here-Be-Dragons territory. The dragon-slayers are hard to reach.

Maybe the pyramid could be inverted, so that the most-informed people man (or woman) the telephones and refer customers downwards, if their issues can be resolved easily. :omr:
 

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I was shaving yesterday morning--proper wet-shaving with foam and a (safety-ha!) razor. I was hot and sweaty from having blitz-cleaned the house before work (I start P.M.) and I managed to drop my razor mid-stroke.

I instinctively scooped it out of the air with my left hand: ten out of ten for reflexes, zero out of ten for common sense. The heavier head had already rotated the whole thing and my middle and ring-fingers gripped the blades.

The resulting cuts aren't too deep, but they sting like hell.

It's only fortunate that it's my left hand and I can minimise usage for a few days.

And I feel like a bit of a fool.
 
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