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Member Advice on Drain Clearing 13/05/2003

LOOKING FOR A DRAINAGE COMPANY, TRY DYNO-ROD.

Member Advice on Drain Clearing MY DRAIN WAS BLOCKED RECENTLY, AND IT TOOK A COUPLE OF WEEKS TO REALISE THIS WAS THE CASE. WHEN YOU DO REALISE, IT'S A CASE OF A ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS. MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS - "IT'S OK, IT'S THE MAIN DRAIN, THAT'S THE COUNCILS RESPONSIBILITY". BUT THEN YOU LOOK IN THE YELLOW PAGES FOR THE RIGHT PHONE NUMBER AND YOU SEE THE MESSAGE "PRIVATE TENANTS TAKE RESPONSIBILTY FOR THEIR OWN DRAINS". THAT WAS THE POINT WHERE I STARTED TO WORRY. MY PARTNER AND I LIVE (AS MANY DO) ON A TIGHT BUDGET, SO MAINTENANCE CHARGES ARE ALWAYS A BIG KICK IN THE TEETH. I HAD VISIONS OF A MASSIVE UNBLOCKING BILL, RUNNING INTO HUNDREDS OF POUNDS. I DON'T KNOW A THING ABOUT DRAINS, I DON'T KNOW ANYONE WHO DOES, OR EVEN ANYBODY TO POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. NOW YOU CAN TRY TO UNBLOCK THE DRAIN YOURSELF, IF YOUR VERY BRAVE. I WAS JUST CLEARING THE SURFACE MESS, WHERE THE SEWAGE HAD COME ABOVE THE DRAIN COVER, AND WAS VERY NEARLY SICK. SO THE THOUGHT OF POKING THE DRAIN WITH A STICK OR PIPE, WITH THE COVER UP, WAS JUST TOO OFFPUTTING. ALONG WITH THE PROBLEM OF NOT KNOWING WHAT I WAS SUPPOST TO BE POKING, AND WHAT DIRECTION IT WAS SUPPOST TO BE GOING, I GAVE THAT A MISS. NEXT I LOOKED ON THE CIAO WEBSITE FOR SOME ADVICE. NOW, HAVING A COUNCIL TENNANT LIVING ON THE SAME DRAIN AREA, WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT, AS I COULD HAVE ASKED THEM TO RING ON MY BEHALF. UNFORTUNATELY, THE HOUSES NEXT TO MINE ARE PRIVATELY OWNED, SO THAT WAS A NO GO. THERE SEEM TO BE NO OPINIONS ON DRAINAGE CLEARING SERVICES, ...

McDonald´s 12/03/2003

Make or break time for the fast food giant

McDonald´s Mcdonalds, you've all heard of it. You've probably all eaten their. The golden arches light up around the whole world. There are very few places you can go on holiday and not see a Mcdonalds. Lets face it, they are undisputed king of fast food - or are they?? Some of my fondest memories as a child were birthday nights at Mcdonalds followed by the cinema with my mates. A special treat you so looked forward to and your friends prayed you would invite them along(dad was paying obviously). My first proper job gives me memories of two big mac's for £2(bus ticket offer) - what great lunch times they were. My college and university days were frequently and worringly spent at Mcdonalds, i mean why cook when you can get a great meal in no time for £3 or £4! My memories of Maccy D's are in general, all good ones. I mean you can't complain at the prices, they haven't altered much and comparitavely they were very competitive. The service was always good and very, very fast. The food itself was great and you used to get what was on the picture. The restaurants were clean and always well staffed. It's no wonder they were the clear market leader, ten years ago, no other fast food chain could come close. How times have changed since those days and for the first time last year, Mcdonalds actually recorded a profit loss. Unfortunately for Mcdonalds, they have taken their customers and competitors for granted. Mcdonalds is not held in the same esteem as it was, food tastes (especially ...

Wolverhamton Wanderers 12/02/2003

What do they have to do

Wolverhamton Wanderers Being a Wolves fan can be quite frustrating. That statement doesn't even come close to the relentless hell that we Wolves supporters have had to endure for the last twenty years. By anyones recognition, Wolverhampton Wanderer's are a massive club with an incredible history. A club that in previous years has been littered with success and honours. A shirt that is famous the world over, you could go on and on about Wolves past but unfortunately it is just that. The problem for the club is not rebuilding, since the demise of the club in the mid-eighties to it's lowest low at the bottom of the fourth division; the club has slowly rebuilt itself. After being bought for £20,000 back then and several sales later, the club started to produce a few heroes and surge back up the league. With players like Bull, Mutch, Thompson and Dennison, Wolves were promoted twice and the glory days looked to be once again back on track. The optimism that ran through the club started to wain, when we missed out on a third successive promotion and found ourselves evermore "stuck" in the Second Division(now First Division). Five years past, and under Graham Turner's reign, Wolves never quite managed to find that extra level needed to drag themselves into the top flight and seemed destined never to recover former glories. Graham Taylor(former England Manager) took over as manager, and for many(myself not included) this was a bright new start in which we might achieve our dreams. It didn't ...

Mothman Prophecies, The 04/02/2003

Lucky it's just a film

Mothman Prophecies, The I first watched this film at the cinema becuase it looked very intrigueing. I didn't have great expectations and given i'm not a Richard Gere fan, i did worry this was going to be a waste of £5 or so. Little did i realise this was going to be the best film i'd seen for a long time but possibly the best film i've ever seen. From the very start you are left wondering where this film is going to take you and if don't persevere you may lose scent of the track. The slow lure of the film makes you wonder is this going to be another tragic romance flick that twists and turns, but never goes anywhere. How wrong you will be, as soon as you realise that in fact the tragic car accident that leads to the identification of a brain tuma in Richard Gere's wifes head, is not the focal point of the story, you start to wonder what the hell is going on. What caused the accident?, what were the red lights?,was it an accident? suddenly your gripped, as Richard Gere's character is. As the story moves on, those initial questions pale into insignificance and the true story unfolds. The accident was caused by a creature looking like a moth, stroke man, which has apparently 'chosen' Gere as a spectator for the bigger disaster that awaits. After the death of his wife, Gere struggles to come to terms with what has happened. After a long drive, he partially nods off, to find himself driving down a country road, at which point the electrics on his car fail. His mobile phone is no longer working and ...

Netto (Shop) 02/02/2003

If only everything was as cheap as Netto

Netto (Shop) I am very grateful Netto exists, for my weekly shopping bill is a welcome suprise, every week. Now don't get me wrong, i don't like food shopping. I don't like to queue, but it's the same at every supermarket. The difference at Netto is that there's less room in which to queue and this can be frustrating. The shelves are poorly stacked, There aren't enough staff, the isles are full of unloaded pallets, and the range of products isn't vast. Now, that's the negatives delt with, who cares. The shop is full of brand names that cost a damn sight less than every supermarket. It's veg is cheap, it's meat is cheap, it's frozen is cheap, let's face it where else can you get a trolley full of goods for £40-50? If you're not concerned about you're image or what carrier bags your neighbours see you carrying in the house, Netto is fantastic value. That value is certainly worth putting up with a messy, overcrowded shop that is understaffed. Especially when all is said and done, it only takes an hour to shop and you're saving youself £30-40 per week. Netto sometimes has fresh produce that isn't as good quality as other supermarkets and the range of products is nothing close to Tesco, but if you're willing to make the effort to shop around, then it's worth every penny. I mean, you don't buy all your clothes from the same shop, do you?

West Ham United 02/02/2003

SAME OLD NAIVE HAMMERS

West Ham United West Ham have always been a neutrals dream, guarenteed goals, attractive football, and a vibrant passion for the game. Unfortunately, they have always been a naive team, who can't seem to get their heads round the fact that defending is an importnat part of the game. They've had two of the greatest defenders in history, in Moore and Ferdinand, but thats not enough. The overall quality of their defences is poor, they defend badly as a team, and they have no midfielder to plug the gaps. In the past they have managed to get away with being on the right side of a 4-3 result, but in recent times, they are on the receiving end. Quite clearly they are in a mess, yet they sign a midfielder and a striker! Now don't get me wrong Bowyer is one player i value very highly, and Ferdinand has a great track record; but creating chances and scoring goals has not been the problem for West Ham. It's hanging on to a lead and keeping clean sheets. They should be looking to bring in two quality central defenders and really, two full backs to go with them. Players like David May or Alpay, who won't cost the earth but will do a solid job. Roeder is inept, the board made the mistake of taking him on, and the team is destined for the first division. Bye bye Cole,Di Canio, Carrick, Sinclair, James and Defoe! There are some suggestions that the board want West Ham to go down, so they can justify the sales, and balance their books; and given their reluctance to sack Roeder, im inclined to beleive the ...

Aldi (Shop) 02/02/2003

great for some things, but not a lot.

Aldi (Shop) Aldi is one of those places where you can pick up some great additions to your weekly or monthly shop. I think i would find it impossible to get everything from there though. Most people like to do one shop a week, from one supermarket. Aldi can not provide this service but for those who like to shop around for their different needs, it is perfect. It has some fantastic products, especially in frozen foods, all at great prices. It's sauces are not only cheap but they taste as good as any you will find at Sainsburys or alike. It also has a range of electrical and childrens goods that are truly great value. Aldi does have two major flaws though, it seems to de-stock great products for no reason and it doesn't supply baskets. This seems very odd considering many people use aldi as a 'top-up' supermarket for a small amount of items. Overall i'd say Aldi is a very tidy,well run, conveniant shop, that gives the customer great value, unfortunately on a limited amount of products.
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