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Old 09-05-2005   #16
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Re: Driving tips for Manchester

You're just used to it, that's all Redsei!
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All Curry miles are bad. The ones in Leicester, Sheffield and Huddersfield are terrible for traffic, driving and road layout too. At one point on the curry mile in hudderfield, you are on a dual carridgeway up to a crossroads and there are to straight on lanes but only one lane to fight for on the other side of the junction! WTF!!!

According to stats from last year, the 2nd worst city to drive in due to conjestion, average speed possible and journey times is Leicester. I challenge anybody here to get from J21 to Leicester City Centre in less than 45 mins in rush hour. Early Sunday morning, this can be done in 15-20 mins easily without breaking limits.
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grrr it makes me cringe just thinking about driving into manchester - i avoid it as much as i can, i remember when i first met paul and went to pick him up, the rd i needed was closed the diversion made no sense and took me two hours to get ti him hmmph
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Although you did meet Mr right on the way

I have just about had my fill of it, I popped to asda, there was a micra infront of me going down the same aisle I usually park down, he pulled into one and i pulled into the place next to it, on the left. I let the woman get out first, as you do, it took a few seconds, she then opened the door straight onto my car, i wsn't parked close, I was dead centre and their car was slightly to the right, she was a big woman but not that big....

So I immediately got out and said: (baring in mind she was quite a big lady on her mobile phone swearing about something and the driver was about a 6ft5" black guy...bit stupid of me)

"Why did you do that?"
"what?"
"open your door onto mine?"
"oh that, well you got plastic bits it don't matter"

I then closed the door and looked for damage (to be honest she didn't hit it hard I don't think but since I was in the car, I didn't know what it hitting hard/softly would sound like). Sure enough there wasn't any damage, I felt a little happier, I stood up and they were already walking off about 5-10 metres away so I stood up, looked in their direction at least expecting a sorry and nothing, nothing at all.

I honestly felt upset that somebody would do that to something I own infront of my face and not even apologise, I seriously considered doing the same back, however, you know me, I couldn't.
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Shallow people with that attitude really do my head in.

Like last Thursday, I was the guy on returns desk at B&Q (requires a temporary personality and sense of humour transplant). Some guy brought back a sander, looked like it had had some serious usage. He returns it because some thingimiebob has fell off it. No receipt, no packaging adn expects a full refund. He has no proof he bought it from B&Q and we couldn't now way sell it off or get money from C&Ding for it. He could not understand why I wouldn't give him a refund or exchange so he wanted a second opinion. Fair enough. I got the guy off tools. He took the same angle at this as me so the guy decided he was going to swing at us, call us stubborn bastards and inform us that next time he sees either of us in the street, he is going to knock the **** out of us. I get a similar scenario every day there. Like on Sunday, we open 1/2 hr early for browsing. We cannot process transactions til 10. Tis the law. Some bloke would not accept this so he dropped his stuff on the floor on my feet and stormed out screaming he was going to homebase. P**s off then as far as i'm concerned.

I just can't believe the attitude and lack of respect a scarily large amount of people have to other members of public. It upsets me too and also makes me angry.
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yea... i used to work in retail...
someone got aggro with me and i explained i didn't have to talk with them in their state of mind, excused myself and walked off..... they just stood there in bewilderment... like or
(i was a supervisor btw...) after a few mins i went back, and they apologised and were calm. Management said it was fine as well.

hmm.. if i remember right.. if you've ever sold the product in question in your store, the customer could exchange it.. but not refund it regardless of receipt or not.
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paul,

you missed out:

- when driving through moss side, redlights are not applicable

- the princess park way is 50mph (and in truth some of it is) except for the 15m stretches where there are speed cameras, where it is mandatory to see how close to the camera you can get before jamming the anchors on.
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AOh lock your boot too there was a spate of car booting a bit back. - As you sit at traffic lights a skally runs up, empties your boot and runs off.

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Got me thinking this did. Most days I have my laptop in the boot. Both doors and boot were set to open simultaneously from remote - never had any operating problems. Used the SatNav setup to change setting to independant boot unlock this am - now boot does not open at all, even with the key Reset system to original all-unlock, still no joy. Just realised - was this unnecessary anyway? I always drive with doors locked from inside using the arm rest button -would this also lock the boot on the original setting?

Car booked into Ancasters Catford (where I bought it) for Friday to deal with clutch judder so boot lockup is added to the list. Has anyone experienced clutch judder on selespeed before? Occurs when accelerating from crawling speed in 2nd only eg when not quite stopping when entering a roundabout - more noticeable when under load on a hill or with passengers.

Oh I was a new face at Brooklands - nice to meet those I met and howdy doody everyone else.
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Re: Driving tips for Manchester

Quote Originally Posted by wozza
best tip for driving round manchester learn where all the little cruddy backstreets go
Thats exactly the way to drive around Manchester, and there are great little short cuts around Rusholme and Fallowfield that sometimes, im convinced, save me about half an hour!

On a slightly off-topic note, be careful whilst walking around Rusholme, happy slapping has taken off big time!
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Happy slapping?
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Its normally groups of black people walking down the road then slapping some random person. I saw it happen twice at the weekend in Rusholme, and it happened to one of my friends a few months ago.

Heres an article in the Guardian, they think its getting more sinister.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/mobile/art...470214,00.html
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Bastards....

I have heard of that, just not the name it was given.
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I know this is still OT

this happy slapping has been around for around 8 months

My friend at work came back from visitin his brother in london, it was a group of 8 guys originally, basically slapping people and recording it on there phones.

Went from slapping asleep people on the bus, to people walking in the park, then running off.

I myself have around 4 videos of this my self.

The ones reported are a lot moer violent than the orignal ones I have on my phone.

But its only expected to get more voilent


*** Edit , happy Slappers is a name I think the Media have given them, it was orignally just called Slapz ****
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i shan't tell you what i'd do in revenge.. so you can't blackmail me or shop me to the cops
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Lol You think manchester town centre is bad you wanna try driving round my end on match days!! May it be crickit or football it is hard to even get out of my street!! Even on the bike!! But i find chorlton town centre to be worse than manchester town centre for some reson. I know what you meen Smurf i have many people like that come into my store!! The till girls shout me over to ask if we can take anything back and when i say no the pricks start throwing threats across!! I find it kinda funny!! Some guy said he was gonna come back and shoot me because i would not let him into my store at ten past 8, we close at 8. He never came back tho, i was gutted, lol it would have been interesting.
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