Saint posted:
Enthusiastic Contrafibularities posted:

 

Right now, I'm watching a programme called "The Customer is Always Right", where members of the public try out new inventions and ideas and score them.

 

What really annoys me is this insistence by the people bringing their products, to price them (in this show) £49.99, £59.99 and I missed the last one.

 

STOP with this .99p obsession. We, the public are not stupid, we round up. There should be a national campaign to do away with this silly practice.

Have you heard of 1/2p - in ye olde days items were often, say …  37 and a half pence

 

Yes  and they sensibly got rid of it. 

TV programmes where everything has to be done in a time limit.

 

Crisis TV  - like everything is 'exciting' or 'a crisis' these days 

 

"The workers have 4 weeks to complete the whole project"

 

Well why not start earlier yer numpties.

 

So many programmes are like this,

"With only 5mins to go … the customers are on their way"

Or just call them and say come an hour later - go for a coffee, set off later - read a newspaper.

 

Idiots

Saint posted:

TV programmes where everything has to be done in a time limit.

 

Crisis TV  - like everything is 'exciting' or 'a crisis' these days 

 

"The workers have 4 weeks to complete the whole project"

 

Well why not start earlier yer numpties.

 

So many programmes are like this,

"With only 5mins to go … the customers are on their way"

Or just call them and say come an hour later - go for a coffee, set off later - read a newspaper.

 

Idiots

It's called 'jeopardy' and an overused tool in far too many programmes these days. It's a bit like the humongous pause before someone is told they are leaving the show or they are the winner. It no longer has an effect on my, in fact, before now I have drifted off onto something else, waiting for the cheers and jeers! 

Enthusiastic Contrafibularities posted:

 

This ^.

 

So what you are saying is that the product previously was not quite as good, therefore by implication, does that mean I would be better waiting for this new product to get it's next N & I tag in a couple of years time?

 

I so wish they would call  them out on this type of marketing.

When car manufacturers say their new cars are 200% stiffer than the current model.

 

How bad must their cars be to improve them so much !!!

Carnelian posted:
Carnelian posted:
Carnelian posted:

Amazon sending me emails recommending pulp romances when I've never bought any such books in that genre (honestly)

 

After her divorce from her adulterous husband Clare wanted a strong man who would not be put off by her fondness for her pet dog, Buster, and one she could rely on.  She found a rugged, ripped, handsome caring and loving sensitive fireman Griff with a passion for golden retrievers who seemed her perfect match, but her closest friend warned her he had dark secrets.

 

Yeah, that's the sort book a male sci-fi lefty, nerdy would want to read.

Forgot to mention that Clare's beau Griff, also volunteers in dog shelters and has a long term ambition to be a vet.  He's also estranged from his multi billionaire father who wants to bring him into the real estate business which is about to foreclose on an dog care charity.  Will Griff take a partnership with his father or help Clare convince his old man to care about the true worthwhile things in life?

Griff was a one night stand, love em and leave em type in his teens and twenties.  But Clare's changed all that.  This is true love for him and he doesn't want to lose her.  

Excerpt

"So Griff", said Maxell, Griff's father, "Griff, so this Clare, she's your latest squeeze?"

Griff, "Not a squeeze, I'm in love"

Maxwell, "like you were with Candy, Blake, Tiffany, Samantha, that eco hippy Louz  or whatever she called herself? Didn't Sam dump you when she found you screwing that batshit crazy hippy Louz?

Didn't you cheat on your hippy for that cheerleader model Brandi?

Griff, father, I was a different man, I hate that guy, I've changed, Clare's my love now!

Maxwell: Yeah, yeah, you're enjoying your being a working class hero fireman with your divorced squeeze.    A fireman's salary gonna keep you happy forever?  She gonna keep you happy when her looks fade?  You'll wake up at 40 and it will all be too late!

Griff: she is goddammit, I want to spend my life with her!

Maxwell: You said the same thing about the others.  I want you to join the business, you're not getting any younger, I want a legacy, I want this to go to you, my only son.  Forget this Clare, she's damaged goods!

 

 

Two points about this ...

 

"Bake Off judge Prue Leith is the latest celebrity chef to be recruited in the quest to improve the food hospital patients eat".

 

  1. If Prue is the latest celebrity chef, then how many others have had "a go" and clearly failed?
  2. I'm struggling to see the point of this. She's a celebrity chef. Employ a nutritionist who has been to university, got a degree and is practicing this stuff day in, day out.

 

 

 

Enthusiastic Contrafibularities posted:

 

Two points about this ...

 

"Bake Off judge Prue Leith is the latest celebrity chef to be recruited in the quest to improve the food hospital patients eat".

 

  1. If Prue is the latest celebrity chef, then how many others have had "a go" and clearly failed?
  2. I'm struggling to see the point of this. She's a celebrity chef. Employ a nutritionist who has been to university, got a degree and is practicing this stuff day in, day out.

 

 

 

 

Enthusiastic Contrafibularities posted:

 

Two points about this ...

 

"Bake Off judge Prue Leith is the latest celebrity chef to be recruited in the quest to improve the food hospital patients eat".

 

  1. If Prue is the latest celebrity chef, then how many others have had "a go" and clearly failed?
  2. I'm struggling to see the point of this. She's a celebrity chef. Employ a nutritionist who has been to university, got a degree and is practicing this stuff day in, day out.

 

 

 

Totally agree EC 

Baz posted:
Saint posted:

Harry McGuire,

"You work hard all your life and then you get to play for your country"

 

Says the TWENTY SIX year old millionaire footballer !!!

Hi Renton We missed you for GW yesterday 

I know - I was sooo busy doing stuff

Nice you noticed 

Saint posted:
Baz posted:
Saint posted:

Harry McGuire,

"You work hard all your life and then you get to play for your country"

 

Says the TWENTY SIX year old millionaire footballer !!!

Hi Renton We missed you for GW yesterday 

I know - I was sooo busy doing stuff

Nice you noticed 

As long as you’re ok 

Saint posted:
Baz posted:
Saint posted:

Harry McGuire,

"You work hard all your life and then you get to play for your country"

 

Says the TWENTY SIX year old millionaire footballer !!!

Hi Renton We missed you for GW yesterday 

I know - I was sooo busy doing stuff

Nice you noticed 

We did notice 

Saint posted:

Harry McGuire,

"You work hard all your life and then you get to play for your country"

 

Says the TWENTY SIX year old millionaire footballer !!!

 

Yes, that is just a bit ridiculous. It is also like these reality 'stars' that put out a book 26 seconds after they have won their respective 'talent' show. Those books need to go straight-to-pulp.

Two things I actually heard in Tesco today,

 

Teen : "Oh yeah it was a long time ago."

Adult : "Like before you had skin."

 

Adult : "I want to get some more relish"

Dad : "And what do you use that for?"

Adult : "Erm … nothing really"

 

 

Sky's new Broadband offering.

 

They say that they will guarantee the speed for 30 days. !!! 30 days, what's going to happen after 30 days? and why only 30 days? I smell something fishy here.

 

SO. I looked at the T&C's. That speed they offer is only up to the router (not the device, for example your computer). NOW, tell me, how many of you reading this can test the speed going into router, or can test the speed at the router, because that is where I expect their readings will be taken as noted in the small print. If, as I suspect, you complain about speed.

 

Small print, should be large print and made explicit to the customer.

 

Thomas Cook.

 

The poor people who have lost their jobs aside, this is a badly run company, in massive debt, that has been in trouble for years with directors and senior staff taking massive salaries (in one case £8 Million).

 

It was clearly on a trajectory to failure and I think it was the right decision not to pump public money into it.

 

Again, one of the elements which has contributed is people using on-line tour operators and TC failed to react.

 

This is just another in a long line of businesses that have gone bust and there will be more to come. 

Enthusiastic Contrafibularities posted:

 

Thomas Cook.

 

The poor people who have lost their jobs aside, this is a badly run company, in massive debt, that has been in trouble for years with directors and senior staff taking massive salaries (in one case £8 Million).

 

It was clearly on a trajectory to failure and I think it was the right decision not to pump public money into it.

 

Again, one of the elements which has contributed is people using on-line tour operators and TC failed to react.

 

This is just another in a long line of businesses that have gone bust and there will be more to come. 

Isn't there a Gov body that regulates and monitors how businesses are run?

Enthusiastic Contrafibularities posted:

 

Thomas Cook.

 

The poor people who have lost their jobs aside, this is a badly run company, in massive debt, that has been in trouble for years with directors and senior staff taking massive salaries (in one case £8 Million).

 

It was clearly on a trajectory to failure and I think it was the right decision not to pump public money into it.

 

Again, one of the elements which has contributed is people using on-line tour operators and TC failed to react.

 

This is just another in a long line of businesses that have gone bust and there will be more to come. 

I agree EC .....such a shame ....and disgusting that that guy got 8 million 

Interfering, gossip mongering, busybody neighbours !!!

 

Was in the garden, new neighbours behind us said we could trim anything backing onto our garden from theirs.

Was trimming the huge pampas grass that's never looked anything but a mess.

 

Cue our know-it-all neighbour (who's meant to be on borrowed time for the last year) who bellowed,

"Don't trim that plant, it doesn't like pruning, you'll kill it"

Cheeky bugger!!!

So I simply said,

"It's a bit late for that" . . . . and kept on pruning 

Saint posted:

Interfering, gossip mongering, busybody neighbours !!!

 

Was in the garden, new neighbours behind us said we could trim anything backing onto our garden from theirs.

Was trimming the huge pampas grass that's never looked anything but a mess.

 

Cue our know-it-all neighbour (who's meant to be on borrowed time for the last year) who bellowed,

"Don't trim that plant, it doesn't like pruning, you'll kill it"

Cheeky bugger!!!

So I simply said,

"It's a bit late for that" . . . . and kept on pruning 

 

Saint posted:

Interfering, gossip mongering, busybody neighbours !!!

 

Was in the garden, new neighbours behind us said we could trim anything backing onto our garden from theirs.

Was trimming the huge pampas grass that's never looked anything but a mess.

 

Cue our know-it-all neighbour (who's meant to be on borrowed time for the last year) who bellowed,

"Don't trim that plant, it doesn't like pruning, you'll kill it"

Cheeky bugger!!!

So I simply said,

"It's a bit late for that" . . . . and kept on pruning 

Way to go Renton 

Pizza Express is in a financial mess

 

HOW?

 

Margherita 'classic' pizza (that's 11inches) = £10.90 

Some are £16.00 - that is ludicrous !!

 

My friend worked in a pizza take away - she told me the mark up (profit) on all pizzas is massive

Basically they sell for much more than they cost to make.

So how can Pizza Express be in financial trouble?

Saint posted:

Pizza Express is in a financial mess

 

HOW?

 

Margherita 'classic' pizza (that's 11inches) = £10.90 

Some are £16.00 - that is ludicrous !!

 

My friend worked in a pizza take away - she told me the mark up (profit) on all pizzas is massive

Basically they sell for much more than they cost to make.

So how can Pizza Express be in financial trouble?

The BBC business correspondent did a very good job of explaining some of the reasons why they have found themselves in a bit of a pickle. It would appear two of the reasons are rapid expansion and being a middle ground eatery. Something to do with the fact that people, if they are going to cut back tend not to go to the the middle tier restaurants, but chose the lower end, while the very upper end seems to be able to attract customers in enough number to stay afloat.

 

Pizza Express are trying to get people through the door with lunch and early evening deals - we shall see how that works for them. To be honest, I have always enjoyed a night out there with friends. Not something you can do at Pizza Hut. 

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