Marc's X7, Rants, Raves & Everything Else

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I am an unashamed Clarkson fan. Yes he has done daft things and pushed his luck too far sometimes but we all make mistakes and nobody laughs at him more than he laughs at himself!! As a car reviewer he was truthful to his opinion regardless of what damage it may do to future programme opportunities and included many amusing metaphors in his descriptive prose. In his latest guise as presenter of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire he has put his own style onto the role carved by Chris Tarrant and added a twist with the "Ask the host" lifeline, frequently stating his answer as "I have absolutely no idea". :-D Yes rock on Jeremy, one of the few things I will watch instead of sport!! :)

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He's not so bad on that show - the odd few times I've caught a glimpse - like that completely embarrassing bloke tonight - a school teacher that didn't know what household item a 'Tog rating' applied to and didn't know what a Monkey nut was! A teacher no less - there's no hope, I give up.

But what I was going to say, is that JC is okish on his own, but when the three pillocks are together (JC, RH & JM), it's like they are trying to out do each other all the time for sarcasm of the year award. But too late, that goes to me. :twisted:

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I have to agree about the teacher, what a plonker!!! Not to mention the girl that didn't ask Jeremy a driving question!! However I used to enjoy Top Gear when they were doing the early series and the specials but it did get too loopy by the end. I watched The Grand Tour on amazon and again some good, some bad but as individual presenters I like Jeremy and James May who has done some good stuff on toys, cars of the people, the wine trail with Oz and his series chasing technology. Hammond has done nothing for me!!

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For those of you of a more mature age and lived around the south James May reminds me of Jack Hargreaves, that was a programme i really enjoyed as a youngster and although he was not "stylish" he knew what he was talking about.
May is the same when he presents a show on his own, very intelligent and passionate about what he is talking about.
Thats my tuppence spent :)

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admiral51 wrote:
14 Oct 2019, 20:12
reminds me of Jack Hargreaves, that was a programme i really enjoyed as a youngster and although he was not "stylish" he knew what he was talking about.
Plenty Jack Hargreaves fans on here. The website Dailymotion has loads of the old programmes on it if you fancy a trip down memory lane

https://www.dailymotion.com/search/jack%20hargreaves

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I think I remember that bloke on the TV as a kid - and switching channels! :-D

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GiveMeABreak wrote:
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I think I remember that bloke on the TV as a kid - and switching channels! :-D
You heathen!! :-D

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So with all this Corona madness, and in isolation ourselves, decided to get out today and start on getting my Sister's Picasso ready for sale.

It's been a flipping stressful few weeks and a constant battle here to get supplies delivered. We managed a Tesco slot a few weeks back - but we can forget any further home deliveries for that useless place and we'll never be going there again after this all settles down.

Their online home delivery system is a complete joke, after having had to re-do the shopping basket 4 separate times as they keep deleting over half the items each time. They must be basing all this on what is in the store when you go in and edit your basket and then delete everything not currently in - a bloody joke. I mean how can they remove MILK off the list when my order slot is not for another 8 days? Crazy.

They should leave everything on there until the day before and then notify you to make the last adjustments - otherwise you are constantly doing your shopping list everyday. I mean they must of seen this coming over a month ago and have not been prepared for not only the extra demand, but on adapting the system where needed. Another example:- because of the 3 limit item, I can now only put 3 bloody carrots in my shopping basket and the weight thing means nothing. So completely useless, and no wonder their ratings and reviews have dive-bombed. So we will now be waiting to the last hour on the last day to make the final shopping list and if we get 1/5th of it I will be surprised.

So I am only going to the local Farm shop (40 mile round trip) to get a stack of fresh fruit and veg. as they have now adapted and are taking phone orders, where you then drive down round the back - shout your name, they bring out the remote contactless card machine and then load everything into the car for you - so you don't even need to get out the car. Fantastic and they and other local businesses should be commended for their unique and flexible approach to this issue and this puts the big boys to shame.

Even our local butchers are now delivering locally, so it looks like we won't starve after all and I won't have to turn into a vegetarian and graze the lawns just yet.

On another rant - Boots - despite free prescriptions in Wales, I went onto their site to arrange my Mother's repeat prescription to be delivered during this crisis - and selected all the correct info and declared 'Welsh Prescription' just to be told at the checkout that there is a £9 per item charge, so that would be £36 plus the delivery! Boots you can KMA.

So that got me fuming and no, I couldn't ring anyone to let off steam about that - so cancelled and deactivated the account and that is another shop we will no longer be using again.

I managed to call a local independent chemist after 30 minutes and although they are not taking on any new deliveries they recognised my Mum's name (as the lady had jumped ship from Boots) and took over the prescription, contacted the surgery without any questions, and will now be delivering the meds each month for the sum total of £0.

We also have some volunteers in the village who are now delivering essentials to people who cannot get out for risk of infection - what a fantastic community we have. It makes up for all the selfish hoarders who do not realise the impact their actions have now had on others.

Anyway, I did enjoy the sun we had today and am taking my time over the jobs I need to do on the Picasso - not that I'm expecting anyone to be buying it soon with all the restrictions in place! Took the roof box off ready to give the electric roof glass a good clean and oil the channels. Have hoovered the interior giving the Dyson car kit a good work out and steam cleaned the seats and carpets for today. I may do the seat belts and head lining tomorrow.

I spent some time on the interior dash, but I think the previous owner had used some dodgy chemical on the plastics that has left a few spots on the trim. So I will have to see if I can remove them with some of the concoctions I have in the shed. I have a new Radio to put in as the plastic supports have perished on the old one - so that will go in sometime later.

I will be giving it a good wash with the snowfoam and the Kärcher, then will take a few of the light surface scratches off with the MANTIS paste which works a treat.

It's actually a cracking vehicle as I am reminded to say after today going through all the cubby holes and storage compartments when hoovering. So going to do a bit at a time to while away the time.

Oh, and the last rant of the day, was DPD! We had some new ceramic dishes and bowls delivered from Port Meirion today - and I went out when I saw the van arrive. Before I could say anything the guy shouted my name out from across the lane - which I confirmed, then proceeded to throw - yes throw the large box clearly marked 'Fragile' onto the road. :wtf:

He got back in his van, shouting "cheers pal" and legged it! So thankfully PM had done a cracking job protecting the goods and we had no breakages - but I got onto them and gave them hell. They are supposed to be contacting me tomorrow so we shall see - I know we are distancing and isolating, but that doesn't excuse loutish behaviour of that order.

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I hope that feels better!!! I'm with you on Tesco Online but I've found Ocado a totally different experience. Yes they are a bit dearer but you get what you pay for. I don't think they are taking new customers on at the moment, which in itself is an example of their desire to do the job properly but worth a try. Stay safe!! :)

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Hi Mick - yes unfortunately we have only 2 choices Tesco 20 miles away and an ASDA 35 miles away - and none of these have any slots at all, for the next 3 weeks ahead and no Ocado, with Morrisons being late to the online groceries game - not even delivering in our area - so we are a bit snookered.

We are already baking bread - but guess what - yes, no yeast available anywhere!

It's a shame that I think starvation is going to be a serious factor for a lot of the vulnerable and the elderly, yet alone the virus.

Over and out!

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Fortunately my Tesco is just a couple of miles away and I've done the shopping in store for myself and a neighbour, so far we've managed to get all we need, without over stocking.

All the checkout staff are wearing latex gloves and they have lines marked at the tills to keep the customers a couple of metres apart and I'm told they have staff disinfecting the trolley handles several times a day.

I've never had a delivery order but I see all the online companies deliver around here, if you can find a slot in the next six weeks or so. :shock: