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I'd be interested to know how today's property prices compare with those in the past.

I got married in 1967, and we moved into our first Wimpy semi outside Stockport ,in 1968.
It cost £3,750 , if I remember correctly -10% deposit provided by money left to me by my great uncle.

My (then) husband was a newly qualified graduate secondary school teacher. I was at home -not working -with our new baby.

Life was a real financial struggle - my husband worked in a pub in the evening to help. I had to watch every penny -but we both smoked, and accepted the fact!

I'm now in a tiny 'starter' two bedroomed terraced house in Dorset, worth at least £200 thousand!
A quick example of how ridiculous house prices have become. My Mum and dad bought their present house in Northwood, Middlesex in 1970 for just under £7000. He was a painter and decorator and my mum was looking after me and my two sisters so there was only one income.
Now these houses sell for around 700k so if you want one you need to be on a very healthy income. It’s gone from a painter and decorator being able to afford it to only a small percentage of the population being able afford it. Northwood has become impossible for first time buyers and so have a lot of areas in the country.
 

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A quick example of how ridiculous house prices have become. My Mum and dad bought their present house in Northwood, Middlesex in 1970 for just under £7000. He was a painter and decorator and my mum was looking after me and my two sisters so there was only one income.
Now these houses sell for around 700k so if you want one you need to be on a very healthy income. It’s gone from a painter and decorator being able to afford it to only a small percentage of the population being able afford it. Northwood has become impossible for first time buyers and so have a lot of areas in the country.
Yes, it's madness. My Mum and Dad bought their small bungalow for £2500 in the late 50s. It's now worth in the region of £400k.
My Mum's friend told me I should move back to my home town to take care of my Mum. I tried to point out that I'd have to become a millionaire before I could do that.
 

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It's mandatory for people here in Victoria to wear masks too.
The daughter who works in a supermarket keeps getting disgruntled customers asking where their free masks are,
She politely tells them that everyone has to buy their own and the price of a pack which doesn't please them at all.
I'm in NSW and whilst thing here are not as bad as in Victoria, it soon will be if people don't start doing the right thing.
I own a store and as of tomorrow, our staff will be all wearing masks ( we have had them available to those who want to wear them ). Sanitiser is available at the entrance and we ask everyone to use it upon entering, though sometimes we're met with the reply, ' Oh, but I just used some next door.' Maybe, but I didn't see you do it and I'm not going to just take your word for it, so again I'll politely explain it's not only for their health, but also for every other customer's who walks in as well as my staff's, my family's and myself.
We have 1000s of items of stock and can't clean reach one after each customer touches something.
Is being sanitary and considerate too much to ask? For some, it seems the answer is yes.
 
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I've said to my daughter that the way some customers are behaving is because they are afraid of what's happening and it's making those with mental problems worse.
There's a perspex screen between them and the cashiers wear masks and still they either complain to the supervisor they think the mask should be up to the eyes or email the store complaining.
At least the girls can get together at breaks and talk about them.
I wonder why the habitual complainers don't just buy online.
On the other hand one lady my daughter had complimented about her nice mask brought in a couple for her that she'd made.
 

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I've said to my daughter that the way some customers are behaving is because they are afraid of what's happening and it's making those with mental problems worse.
There's a perspex screen between them and the cashiers wear masks and still they either complain to the supervisor they think the mask should be up to the eyes or email the store complaining.
At least the girls can get together at breaks and talk about them.
I wonder why the habitual complainers don't just buy online.
On the other hand one lady my daughter had complimented about her nice mask brought in a couple for her that she'd made.
I wish your daughter well. The general public can be dickheads at the best of times let alone when in difficult times like now. Our eldest son is a doctor at one of Melbourne's largest hospitals. He works in accident & emergency so is dealing with much the same thing whilst trying trying to deal with genuinely ill & injured patients.
 
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You must be worried about him at the moment, being on the front line. Hope everything goes well with him.
 

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I've said to my daughter that the way some customers are behaving is because they are afraid of what's happening and it's making those with mental problems worse.
There's a perspex screen between them and the cashiers wear masks and still they either complain to the supervisor they think the mask should be up to the eyes or email the store complaining.
At least the girls can get together at breaks and talk about them.
I wonder why the habitual complainers don't just buy online.
On the other hand one lady my daughter had complimented about her nice mask brought in a couple for her that she'd made.
They are just bullies. They like to pick on people who can't answer back. A woman I know with a cafe says she has had one woman coming in for years who just complains about everything all the time. But she still keeps coming!
 

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They are just bullies. They like to pick on people who can't answer back. A woman I know with a cafe says she has had one woman coming in for years who just complains about everything all the time. But she still keeps coming!
My wife and I owned a cafe around 10 years ago. We had a customer just like that. One we'd had enough of when she complained rudely to one of our staff that her toast (the same toast from the same supplier that she ate 3 times a week) was too thick. We told her to piss off and never set foot in the door again. The mind blowing thing was that she was a retired High Court judge. You'd think she'd have known better.
 
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My wife and I owned a cafe around 10 years ago. We had a customer just liked that. One we'd had enough when she complained rudely to one of our staff that her toast (the same toast from the same supplier that she ate 3 times a week) was too thick. We told her to piss off and never set foot in the door again. The mind blowing thing was that she was a retired High Court judge. You'd think she'd have known better.
Reminds me of one of the dog walkers I got to know in our local woods who was a retired court prosecutor. The convention was to amble around chatting about this and that while the dogs entertained themselves running round together and chasing squirrels.

However, Mrs Prosecutor would present every opinion she held, such as the possibility of rain or the quality of the cakes in the cafe, as a fully-reasoned argument. Anyone disagreeing was WRONG and would be verbally flattened.

I'd get her to pronounce on ridiculous subjects like whether shops should sell shoes individually to help customers with odd-sized feet and she'd instantly take a side and launch into a diatribe. She never stopped pushing her views, however trivial, and reminded me of Father William -

"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life.
"

Eventually she backed herself into a corner when the council announced a plan to build a proper tarmac path around the woods to improve accessibility. She was dead against this desecration of ancient woodland and declared she'd never go there again if this came about.

The path was indeed laid, and very helpful it is too, especially to the more elderly users. Absolutely ideal.

But as I'd reminded Mrs Prosecutor every time we met about her threat to boycott the place, usually loudly in front of others, she wouldn't climb down gracefully and enjoy the path. Instead she found somewhere else to walk her dog. Sad really.
 

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But as I'd reminded Mrs Prosecutor every time we met about her threat to boycott the place, usually loudly in front of others, she wouldn't climb down gracefully and enjoy the path. Instead she found somewhere else to walk her dog. Sad really.
The privileged desperately clinging to a privilege in the face of fact or reason.
 

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From the Dumbass Design desk in our WTF Were You Thinking bureau ...
Hasbro pulls Trolls doll after complaints it promotes child abuse

Toymaker Hasbro said Wednesday that it’s in the process of removing the “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” from the market and will be offering customers a replacement doll of the popular female character. ...

The doll had been designed to giggle when placed in a sitting position, but some parents complain the sound activation button is inappropriately placed under the doll's skirt and between her legs.

An online petition suggests the doll is "conditioning our children to think pedophilia is OK.”

“This is not okay for a child’s toy! This toy needs to be removed from our stores," the petition by Jessica McManis reads in part. "What will this toy make our innocent, impressionable children think? That it’s fun when someone touches your private area?" ...

Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy told The Providence Journal that the Rhode Island-based company recognizes the sensor's placement “may be perceived as inappropriate.”

“This was not intentional and we are happy to provide consumers with a replacement Poppy doll of similar value through our consumer care team," she told the newspaper. "We are in the process of removing the item for purchase.” ...
FULL STORY: https://www.wcvb.com/article/hasbro...r-complaints-it-promotes-child-abuse/33532879
 

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Returning home on the bus from an afternoon of book shopping when I overheard a conversation between two passengers -
Male - Do I know you?
Female - I don't know you, so no.
Male - Would you like to? Unless you have a boyfriend?
Female - No, I am not interested.
Male - Okay then...

I didn't think people tried to chat up people on public transport....
 

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There's not a lot of other places to meet at the moment with pubs and clubs I either limited or just shut as it is here.
One of my granddaughters having broken up with her boyfriend has found another who is the best friend of her friend's boyfriend.
He can't visit her at the moment though as he's more than 5 kilometres away.
 

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Returning home on the bus from an afternoon of book shopping when I overheard a conversation between two passengers -
Male - Do I know you?
Female - I don't know you, so no.
Male - Would you like to? Unless you have a boyfriend?
Female - No, I am not interested.
Male - Okay then...

I didn't think people tried to chat up people on public transport....
You've had a sheltered life! :rollingw:
 

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Chatting up girls was tricky enough when I was a young lad....it seems to be an absolute nightmare nowadays where you run the risk of being sued for the most innocuous of comments! That said, the exchange on the bus seems pretty amicable.
 

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They are just bullies. They like to pick on people who can't answer back. A woman I know with a cafe says she has had one woman coming in for years who just complains about everything all the time. But she still keeps coming!
When I worked in education there was a culture of complaining, even the most trivial thing which could have been dealt with quickly face-to-face would instead become an official complaint to senior management. Of course, all those complaints would be aimed at causing maximum trouble for those right on the lower rung of the ladder.
One lecturer, in particular, was a nightmare - always cancelling classes because:
The blinds were at the wrong angle - official complaint about the janitors.
She had 18 students but there were 20 seats in the room which caused a distraction - official complaint about the janitors.
A lamp in an OHP popped, didn't bother contacting technicians as it's not her place to tell us how to do our jobs and we "should have known" - official complaint about technicians.
Someone in the house across the street had a red car in their driveway - red is an angry colour and distracted her. Security staff told her they had no authority to tell the owner to move their car - official complaint about security staff.

I was chatting to our new Dean about the OHP complaint - the Dean's response was to tell her "It may have escaped your attention but I don't fix projectors, the technicians do and they do it very efficiently so there is no need to cancel any classes."

The Dean also said to me how it was funny that around 80% of her class cancellations always seemed to occur on a Friday and she would be so upset she would have to go home.

That was nipped in the bud and she decided to go back to teaching in schools - lasted one term and retired.

We also had one janitor who would report people for actually doing their jobs and again it was a complaint right to the top so all the shit would trickle down.
Manager: I've just had the head of the department on the phone because the college secretary said the janitor said he saw you in a classroom up a ladder at one of the projectors. What were you doing?
Me; Fixing the projector like you told me to.

I love retirement :)
 

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When I worked in education there was a culture of complaining, even the most trivial thing which could have been dealt with quickly face-to-face would instead become an official complaint to senior management. Of course, all those complaints would be aimed at causing maximum trouble for those right on the lower rung of the ladder.
One lecturer, in particular, was a nightmare - always cancelling classes because:
The blinds were at the wrong angle - official complaint about the janitors.
She had 18 students but there were 20 seats in the room which caused a distraction - official complaint about the janitors.
A lamp in an OHP popped, didn't bother contacting technicians as it's not her place to tell us how to do our jobs and we "should have known" - official complaint about technicians.
Someone in the house across the street had a red car in their driveway - red is an angry colour and distracted her. Security staff told her they had no authority to tell the owner to move their car - official complaint about security staff.

I was chatting to our new Dean about the OHP complaint - the Dean's response was to tell her "It may have escaped your attention but I don't fix projectors, the technicians do and they do it very efficiently so there is no need to cancel any classes."

The Dean also said to me how it was funny that around 80% of her class cancellations always seemed to occur on a Friday and she would be so upset she would have to go home.

That was nipped in the bud and she decided to go back to teaching in schools - lasted one term and retired.

We also had one janitor who would report people for actually doing their jobs and again it was a complaint right to the top so all the shit would trickle down.
Manager: I've just had the head of the department on the phone because the college secretary said the janitor said he saw you in a classroom up a ladder at one of the projectors. What were you doing?
Me; Fixing the projector like you told me to.

I love retirement :)
It's wider than that and covers much more than work.

A perfectly reasonable drive towards greater professionalism in business, higher standards in personal behaviour, and quality in goods and services across most of western society has gone on to careen into the weird belief among a surprising number of people that the only acceptable state is perfection. This somewhat unfortunate given the rather slapdash habits of our species.

Personally, while I've had brief moments of perfection in my academic and professional life, in personal relationships, on holidays and in health, I'd say I've had a grand old time cruising along at the level of 'pretty good'; moreover, I think the additional effort of 'making waves' to nudge those 'pretty goods' up to 'perfects' would probably have been counterproductive and have ultimately lessened my enjoyment of those parts of my life.

There are definitely plenty of times when complaint is reasonable, fair and just, when 'keeping quiet' is working against one's own interests, but there's still a lot to be said for getting on with it and making the most of the situation. And if you do complain, you have to consider your aim: is it simply to make somebody feel bad for your disappointment or do you genuinely think it might help rectify the situation?

Personally, if the Victoria sponge is slightly drier than I'd have liked, then I'll just pour another cup of tea and rejoice in the fact that I have both tea and cake in a world where some have neither.

And I'm not a 'glass half full type'; I'm simply conservative in my expectations.
 

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Manager: I've just had the head of the department on the phone because the college secretary said the janitor said he saw you in a classroom up a ladder at one of the projectors. What were you doing?
Me; Fixing the projector like you told me to.
How dare you do your job! :rollingw:
 

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FULL STORY: https://www.wcvb.com/article/hasbro...r-complaints-it-promotes-child-abuse/33532879
This sort of thing always makes me try to imagine the series of design decisions, meetings, assessments, more meetings, casual discussions among those involved, still more meetings, and so on, that has to take place before any manufactured article makes it to production. No one ever said, "This is some kind of weird joke, right?" No one at the factory said, "What the hell's the matter with you?" Retailers took a look at it and said, "Oh cool. I'll take a thousand."

I wonder how many trade-ins they'll get. I'm sure many owners will keep them for their value to collectors, real or imaginary.
 

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South Korean gamer bets on winning a round and agrees to set his crotch afire if he doesn't. He didn't (win ... ). He did (enact the penalty ... ).
South Korean YouTuber sets private parts on fire during gaming livestream, gets 2nd-degree burns

Shin Tae Il, also known as the infamous “angry Korean gamer,” set his crotch area on fire as a penalty for losing a “Fall Guys” game following suggestions of his viewers, as per US-based Korean pop blog Allkpop earlier today, Aug. 8. ...

The deal was for him to set his private parts on fire for five seconds if he did not come in first place for a particular round—so he did. ...

At around the 3-hour-and-15-minute mark of the said livestream, which aired on YouTube on Aug. 6, viewers saw the gamer strip down to only his white shorts and pour lighter fluid all over his privates.

On his first attempt, the gamer set the lighter fluid on fire, causing him to scream and jump in pain. Unfortunately, the whole ordeal lasted for only around three seconds, falling a little short of the imposed penalty.

Tae Il then began pouring more lighter fluid on his crotch area, and reset his timer to properly accept the penalty.

On his second try, which was also the last, the gamer again fell short of the required five seconds, but for completely understandable reasons.

Viewers saw Tae Il scream in pain once again after his crotch area was enveloped by a relatively larger fire, which also burned some of the hairs on his stomach. ...
FULL STORY (With Photo & Video):
https://technology.inquirer.net/102...uring-gaming-livestream-gets-2nd-degree-burns
 

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almost all Korean men are circumcised
The joys of research!

There was a Youtube video, since taken down, of an Asian lad spilling a blazing cocktail on his crotch. I linked to it once-upon-a-time. The title of the video was along the lines of "Asian Youth Circumcised!" Surprise, surprise!

I gather that the c-word is now used by video-gamers in much the same way as the annoying "owned!" to celebrate a goal or - especially - to rejoice in an own-goal. :omg:
 

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The joys of research!

There was a Youtube video, since taken down, of an Asian lad spilling a blazing cocktail on his crotch. I linked to it once-upon-a-time. The title of the video was along the lines of "Asian Youth Circumcised!" Surprise, surprise!

I gather that the c-word is now used by video-gamers in much the same way as the annoying "owned!" to celebrate a goal or - especially - to rejoice in an own-goal. :omg:
I know this firsthand from being the one of three non-Koreans in a room of fifty or so naked men.

The other two pale faces were Jewish.
 

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I know this firsthand from being the one of three non-Koreans in a room of fifty or so naked men.

The other two pale faces were Jewish.
May we ask why you were in a room with so many naked men, or is that prying too much?
 

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