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by Tomous » Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:44 am

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:lol: that's the descriptor my wife and I use when describing if someone has awful interior decor, also known as Next Home Syndrome.


I'm house hunting at the moment and I think I've found the perfect house for you and your wife:

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by Preezy » Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:51 am

:lol: grim

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PostRe: Local news
by Mini E » Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:53 pm

This is currently the main headline on the Isle of Wight County Press website.

https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/1780 ... ref=twtrec

A PARKED car was struck by a falling tree branch this afternoon (Monday).

At around midday, a large tree branch in Jubilee Recreation Ground, East Cowes, fell on a Ford Fiesta and damaged the car roof.

Emergency work was carried out by Island Roads and the Isle of Wight Council.


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PostRe: Local news
by Moggy » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:35 pm

The Isle of Wight has cars now?

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by Vermilion » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:58 pm

Moggy wrote:The Isle of Wight has cars now?


It's only been a recent development.

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by Vermilion » Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:40 pm

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornw ... iAzl5GTRBQ

Cornwall soldier banned from getting passport after changing surname for joke

A former squaddie who changed his surname to 'Fu-Kennard' for a laugh has told how the joke has backfired - after he was denied a passport.

Kenny, 33, whose surname used to be Kennard, changed his name using a deed poll in 2016 and even got a driving license under his new moniker.

But when his passport expired and he applied for a new one this year, his application was denied because his name "may cause offence".

The supermarket worker from Bude, Cornwall, has contested HM Passport Office's verdict three times- but the Home Office has refused to budge.

Keen traveller Kenny said he doesn't want to change his name again - so faces a life of UK holidays instead.

He said: "I'd decided to change my name to Fu-Kennard a few years back.

"When I'd had to apply for a driving licence, it was accepted fine, so I figured it wouldn't make much difference in applying for a passport.

"How wrong I was!

"I got refused on grounds that my name could cause offence or was vulgar.

"So I complained, but they upheld their decision so I complained again. I was then told they'd keep the fee for administration costs.

"If I wanted to take the matter further, they said I'd need to contact my MP.

"So I wrote to MP Scott Mann, and he replied saying they're within their remit to refuse.

"Now I'm skint with no passport, like a prisoner in my own country.

"On the one hand, I find the whole thing funny - as do all of my friends.

"But I'm also finding it hard to believe the name could be construed as anything but funny and slightly ridiculous. It's just a joke.

"I agree with Home Office policy that not all names are acceptable, such as racial hate words or anything that invokes hatred.

"'Fu-Kennard' is not offensive, and I object to them denying my chosen name."

Kenny first changed his name to 'Coco Kenny' when he was 16, but after he joined the Army aged 19 he said he was told to change it back because it was "immature".

After eight years serving his country, Kenny decided to "change it to something with a bit of 'fun' about it".

Knowing that he'd be applying for 'normal' jobs, he knew to "play it a bit safe" - and settled for 'Fu-Kennard' because "not everyone gets the joke".

"Life's too short to be boring," he said.

Kenny successfully applied for a driving licence in 2016, so had no reason to suspect that it would be any different applying for a passport.

But the Home Office dismissed his application on three occasions in May, June and July this year, citing Section 2 on its longstanding policy on changing names.

The official guidelines list a series of "names that may cause outrage or offence" that could be classed as "unacceptable" and not fit for a passport.

They include: "the use of swear words; sexually explicit references; inappropriate religious connotation; is vulgar, offensive, or libellous to an individual; makes use of a name of a person living or dead which may cause public concern".

The guidance also states: "This applies to phonetic, as well as actual use of words comprising of part or the entire name."

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In a letter dated June 25, the office even advised that it would even retain Kenny's £94.75 application fee "to cover the costs of administration".

Bemused and bewildered, Kenny wrote to local Tory MP Scott Mann, whose office also supported HM Passport Office's decision.

The July 29 letter from Mr Mann's office stated - under Section 2 of Home Office policy, concerning 'unacceptable names' - HM Passport Office was "within its remit to refuse your request for a passport under the name you have chosen".

Kenny said the Home Office has told him it will only proceed with an application for a passport if he either changed his name to one that was acceptable - or uses his previous name.

Their letter dated July 11 stated: "Your application is deemed to contain a name, which may cause offence to individuals and the wider public.

"The passport is not an appropriate vehicle to carry names which may be considered as distasteful or vulgar. The application will be failed and the fee retained, in line with HM Passport Office procedure, to cover the costs of administration."

But the wacky retailer is shocked by the Home Office decision, and said he's been left "stumped at what I can do - live without a passport?"

Kenny, who loves to travel and last went on holiday to Sri Lanka months before his passport expired, now can't holiday abroad.

Kenny said: "Without a passport, I can't go on holiday abroad.

"I live in a seaside town, but have always enjoyed travelling.

"My last holiday - to Sri Lanka - was about three years ago. But there are so many countries I'd still like to visit, such as Cambodia.

"I went camping down Sennen Beach last month for my week off. For my next leave, I have no plans as my options are limited.

"I have a stag do in three weeks, for instance. When the best man was deciding what to do for it, he knew I couldn't travel - so he settled on Cardiff instead.

"I don't know what else I can do to escalate the situation with HM Passport Office, because no one has advised me how else I can challenge the verdict.

"I only have one red line, though - I'm keeping my surname.

"I don't want to change it again, especially because they're restricting my freedom.

"I like Fu-Kennard."


What a bellend. :fp:

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by Jenuall » Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:53 pm

The owners of the 101 Dalmatians finally get a break:

This Gloucester pub will give you a free pint if you bring your dog

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by Vermilion » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:54 am

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/17 ... kqyBdvGAXM

LETTER OF THE DAY: I don't agree, Robin

SIR – Re MP’s View: Robin Walker (August 16), it’s the done thing to talk up the Worcester Festival, but I was disgusted when shown an unrecyclable plastic Worcester Festival flag, that will last for a thousand years, before becoming long chain molecules in our environment.
Our MP makes much of affordable housing. Our MPs have made housing unaffordable by pouring countless millions of people into our country, regardless of the impact upon the cost and availability of
housing, or the impact an endless supply of cheap labour would have on the ability of our people to earn
their way through life.
And let’s not forget we taxpayers have to pay billions in extra taxes, to fund so called Universal Benefits, to top up lousy wages, whilst the “Robber Baron” class prospers.
I am not impressed by technology. “Technogeeks” are destroying jobs, via their activities. We have self-service tills, the virtual end of cheques, the growth of “tap cards,” phone transactions, internet banking etc. along with the closure of local banks, and the hundreds of millions being scammed from people, via banking fraud.
Technology is annihilating decent jobs, so how are millions to earn a living, to buy commerce’s products and services, and thus generate commerce’s profits?
Aren’t 100,000,000 million of us already impoverished in Europe, as computers, robots, and AI do the work humans once did?
Moreover I resent the way technology is being employed to constantly watch us, and record everything we do.
Then there’s his lauding of John Sommers, author of the 1707 Act
of Union. I’m one who is sick of the utterings of “Wee Bernie,” Scotland’s First Minister.
If we English had a vote on Scots Independence, Hadrian’s Wall would have to be rebuilt!
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Boy that escalated quickly!

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by Moggy » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:13 am

“100,000,000 million of us”

There a lot more people in Europe than I ever imagined.

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by Moggy » Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:41 am

'Idiots' in high-powered cars may be serious criminals warn police

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Officers are asking residents to report more incidents involving people driving anti-socially in high powered cars because those behind the wheel could be serious criminals.

It comes following a spate of recent burglaries in the Cotswolds, where stolen top end cars like Golf Rs and a number of Audi and Mercedes models have been used to help commit break-ins at shops and homes.

https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/17 ... rn-police/







Police have released an image of the suspects yes I made this bit up

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PostRe: Local news
by Vermilion » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:39 am

Someone had better give Hobbs a call.

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by Jamo3103 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:41 am

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/national/17878018.it-recently-put-back-lorry-crashes-memorial-near-manchester/

‘It was only recently put back’: Lorry crashes into memorial near Manchester

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A lorry has crashed into a memorial and a shop in a small town in Greater Manchester.

According to locals in Dobcross, Saddleworth, the stone monument, which was knocked to the ground, had only recently been replaced after a similar incident.

“About five years ago the same monument was knocked over by a van that rolled down a hill,” resident David Thornley told the PA News agency. “So it has only recently been put back.”

The memorial is dedicated to local doctor and archaeologist WPB Stonehouse, who helped chart the early history of the area before his death in 1998.

A property known as the Old Shop was also damaged by the latest crash and the scene was attended by a fire crew, police and an ambulance.

“It is only a small village and HGVs are far too big to be going through it,” added Mr Thornley.

“The roads are too narrow and weren’t meant for this kind of transport.”

North West Ambulance Service did not immediately respond to a request for information, but it is not believed anyone was injured in the incident.


The best pictures of it were all on the local residents Facebook page...

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I particularly liked this one :slol:

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