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Dan_Breen

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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    One of my pet hates. The only lane you should routinely stay in is the left hand lane. Other lanes are for specific purposes and should be used for those only. Another pet hate: Nowhere in the highway code or the Road Traffic act are any lanes on a dual carrageway or motorway designated a Fast Lane. They do not exist in the UK. The outer lanes may be populated with fast moving traffic, but just because you can go fast, doesn't mean you should use these lanes. Or drive fast. Maps on the otherhand may show Fastlane, but that's in Scotland and a very different thing.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    That'll be the rohypnol your freind put in the drinks. How is sitting down this morning? (This is a joke by the way and I REALLY hope it isn't accidentally true)
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Which they are doing, hence my comment that they'll need to be damn good to get Homes and Watson out of this one without a bucket of cheese. Apparently writing will start after the next series of Dr Who has been written.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    What? You don't like a cliff hanger or were you hoping that it would be wrapped up in a nice "happy ever after" ending? No, the end was cool. Just leaves the writers with an epic task to write their way our of this one without resorting to a bucket of cheese.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    There is a repost just made of solid gold WIN.
  6. Good seller, good coms andthe parts arrived very well packaged. Cheers Demoncase.

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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Was last night also the first night in months that you got a decent night's undisturbed sleep?
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Which leads to the question, was the big bang the start of the absolute universe, was it just the start of the universe that we are aware of and our universe is actually the equivalent of a galaxy in a greater universe, or, are we in fact the electrons, neutrons and nuclei of atoms of a far greater particle? Equally, could we actually be finding scientific explanations for the creationist view point that God created the universe.
  9. I didn't know this profile still existed. Cool.

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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    My proclaimed nationality is English. England is also part of the Great Britian, (England, Scotland & Wales). Great Britain is part of the United Kingdon of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Here's where it gets confusing... Passports: The Passport and Identity Agency are the issuing authority for the United Kingdom, however they ascribe the default nationality of British. So although technically Northern Ireland is not part of Great Britain, it's citizens are British, even though they are part of the United Kingdon, not Great Britain. Sport: Football and Rugby internationally recognise England, Scotland and Wales as countries*. Football recognises Northern Ireland as a country, but Cricket and Rugby do not, (NI and ROI are one country for the purposes of national teams) Cricket seems to recognise Scotland as a minor county as well. For the Olympic Games, only Great Britain is internationally recognised and the same applies to the majority of Olympic sports. I don't know about the Commonwealth games off the top of my head. Also in sport, people can switch nationalities at the drop of a hat. For example: Andrew Murray and David Coulthard are both Scottish and British, British if they are winning, Scottish if they are not. There are many others, but I really can't be bothered to look them up. In short, the value of nationalities within the United Kingdon has been weakened by successive "British" governments to the extent that now, the question of British Vs European will soon be as interchangable as the nationalities within the United Kingdon. It's all a load of old cobblers.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    At the same time, they, or at least the ones I have had to deal with are very quick to resort to emotional blackmail in order to achieve their aims.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Makes perfect sense to me.
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    You could argue that, you could equally argue that London pays for England which pays for the rest of the UK. You'd then have Scots arguing that actually it's North Sea Oil off the coast of Scotland that pays a big chunk towards the UK as well and that it's thanks to the Barnet agreement that they're not richer than they are and that England are a bunch of theiving barstewards for taking their oil, and as such, until Scotland is independant and able to control it's own resources, (in international waters), then this thievery will continue and all fo Scotland's ills are the fault of the English. Truth is, short of revolution on one side of the border or the other, Scotland will not have independance until the oil runs out, then it will be cast adrift when the money it pays into the union is exceeded by the money required to keep the Scots from slipping into poverty. Or Mel Gibson becomes President of the USA, which thankfully can never happen.
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    I don't know who coined thephrase but it's stuck for me - Chugging! Charity Mugging. Getting stopped in the street by the usually young, exuberant "right on" kids who seem to think that just by showing a "heart rendering" picture of some starving child that we will instantly melt and hand over our bank details to well meaning strangers. Don't like it. I support 3 charities and that's it: the RNLI, Help for Heros and Bamako Bampots - that's it, my choice. Last time a collector tried to stop me in town I found it amusing. [cue bright eyed, bushy tailed young twenty something supporting 2 day "designer" stubble, and I kid you not, sandals] "Excuse me sir, I'm collecting for..." [Me] "Sorry, don't do Chuggers". And walked past. The confused look on his face made it worth. Not been bothered by any of them since.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    The problem is that the vast majority of people forget that they too, were a learner once and buy into the whole thing about learners being ###### drivers. If you can remember that you were a learner once too and give them a bit more patience, you won't turn into one of those drivers. I've found that the majority of ###### drivers don't have L Plates, they've passed their test then promptly decided they didn't need to learn anymore. Once you learn to pass your test, then you learn to drive. And if you have a brain between your ears that works, you NEVER stop learning.
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    Looks like I'll need a new employer for the end of September. Ah well, such is life. first interview coming up on Friday. Not fussed what I do, so long as it pays, I can always keep looking till I get the one I want.
  17. I'm a Dan, unless they mean Dan C

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    www.fire-support.co.uk

    If you live not too far away, go see them. The good service isn't just online.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Playing devil's advocate: Do you know if anything has happened to her out of work that could be the trigger for these anxiety episodes? Not everyone, especially your bosses GF is going to want to talk if something even mildly traumatic had happened to her. Yes it may be her swinging the lead a bit, but it could equally be a genuine fear. Yes it's hard for you because you have to work lates, but until you have proof she's faking, you should cut her some slack, especially if the quality of her work when she is there hasn't changed. If she's suddenly turned into a lazy skiving bint then that's another matter, but you don't mention that if she has.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    That'll be me then. For now anyway. I have a change of job coming up so I'll make sure the next one leaves me time and location to start swimming again.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Hi Greg, I think the bit I highlighted changes things significantly and in that situation, I think, as regretable as it would be, you'd have been justified if you'd had to do more than just kick it. The attitude of the owner is horrifying for me, the utter inability to realise what had happened, or to even comprehend, I really hope they don't have kids. The fact that you can come away from that and not be a dog hater is pretty damn impressive as well.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    No, not unprovoked, you just don't know what the provocation was. The fact that it was not intentional also goes a long way to your thinking, but more on this later. Most dogs like to chase things, it's a genetic imperitive. I don't know why, but they do. Both the dogs I've had are the same - ball, frisbee, me, whatever. Out of interest, how did the Alsatian take you off the bike? knock you off or bite and drag? After you were off the bike, did the dog do anything else? If nothing else happened then there's a good chance that the dog just wanted to play. I kid you not. The other alternative is that you and the bike between you may have frightened the the dog, causing a fight or flight response, the dog going down the fight route for whatever reason. But both of these then follow on to the next point. Nothing you've posted there gives a logical reason for you to change your mind. The owner was, or at least by the way you've written this, the main problem. 1 - dog not under control 2 - total lack of curtosey. At the very least a "I'm sorry, are you OK"? I think I'm on pretty safe ground in guessing that they didn't discipline the dog in any way shape or form did they? The problem is the owner. For many dog owners, they're just furry kids, but at the same time, they won't treat them like kids and try to teach them discipline or how to behave in public? Ye Gods, at the very least they should have given you insurance details. My dogs have been insured, (my current one is insured), and third party claims like this are covered. Would I give a *suitcase* that my insurance company are going to buy you a new bike? Am I bothered in the slightest that they're going to have to cough up maybe another grand or two to compensate you for your injury? No - that's one of the things I pay them for, and if me trying to help you puts them in a harder position - TOUGH. You get helped, they get the bill. If you have a problem with the way a dog behaves and blame the dog, you're still looking at the wrong end of the lead. This is just ranting, no animal deserves "capital retaliation, no matter what the circumstances". I can think of a few situations where the (in this argument), dog deserves quite the opposite. You threaten a dog, what do you expect? Attack a dogs owner, you think it'll stand by and do nothing? If you did the same to a person, what would happen? In cases where there have been "unprovoked" attacks what you often find later once the media furore has died down is that the dogs were mistreated before hand, either by the owner or by a person/people that were in regular contact with it. Sometimes, as with you, the person attacked doesn't know what they've done to trigger the attack, but apart from the minority occasion, like people where the dog just has a head full of bad wiring, it's generally the owners that have put the dog into the position in the first plae, and it's the owners, not the dog that should carry the can. In that, I agree with you, dog owners MUST keep their dogs under control in public, either by voice command, whistle or properly fitted lead and harness. My current complaint: sellers who take ages to send something despite having the cleared funds for some time. Sure, valid reasons make a difference, but after a week?
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    If the revised bill is for anything more than £0.00 then I'd be very tempted to look into legal action. Does your local NUS have someone that can help or a freindly lecturer in Law?
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    But on the brightside, you'll be fine with reconciling why.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Tell me about it. One of the best Data architects we had was allowed to walk out of here because she had difficulty getting a certain, (now no longer with us), senior manager to take her seriously. Put one of our major projects back quite some way as a result, and now we're looking at buying off the shelf something we did we could have developed in house cheaper, and last I heard she's working for McLaren.
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