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  1. Dear VT! It looks like we might be all stuck at home for the considerable, and many of the less fortunate might need help and support with rations or basic stuff like medications. Maybe we could use this chat to contact each other about any need - if your grandma lives in Birmingham but you are in New York, let the group know. Maybe someone can do some shopping for her. Mods, could we get this chat better organised, maybe by location?
  2. I am unable to post pics or gifs on VT from my phone, despite them being below the maximum length/size. Haven't changed phones recently and had been able to post successfully on here from the phone but now i get "there was a problem uploading..." message. Havs any other VTers had this problem or am I on a blacklist
  3. My son is a student and for reasons I don't fully understand he has to deal with this billing management company Huddle. From what he tells me he seems to receive penalties and charges with no end - as they clear one lot of debt - the company finds reasons to bill then further - as a group of students they rent a house - the first bill they picked up was apparent for previous tennants - which huddle claimed they are liable for - once that had been cleared - further bills and charges kept coming.... Any experience or ideas how to deal with this - I have thought about complaining to OFCOM , FCSA or trading standards - but never having been a student myself not sure of my rights
  4. I've been paying Band B in Lichfield and today received a letter saying this is incorrect, and from now on I'll be paying Band C. It only works out to £20 or so a month more, but I'm not sure how they can justify this? My parents live in the same area of Lichfield, and pay Band B. Their house is valued at around £285k, with mine at £205k. Is there a reason I should be paying more council tax than them? I appreciate it's based on valuations from 1991, but surely my house wouldn't just magically be worth more 30 years ago for no reason? Am I just going to have to accept it and pay it? I'm assuming they're not suggesting my house has gone up £100k in value over the last 6 months, even though they are.
  5. Hi. Couldn't see a thread for this so started this one. This thread is for anyone who wants to lose some weight and for anyone to share nutrition tips / their diets / recipes. If anyone wants to join me then tag along in the thread. Personally, I had my gallbladder out in Feb and ever since have had crazy changes in appetite and am gaining weight very quickly (2 stone since Feb). I'm going to keep this entirely secret from friends, family and colleagues and just get on with it but thought I'd see if anyone else wants to shake off their ego (and stick two fingers up), and admit they want to lose a few pounds and with support in this thread, do something about it and commit to it. If not , let's bury this thread and pretend me Midfielder, have the body of Cristiano Ronaldo and this thread never happened. Me: Age- 38 Height- 5'10" current weight- 13 St 13 lbs target weight- 11 St 5 lbs (35 lbs to lose) target weight loss per week- 3lbs initial ETA on target- 11 weeks Dangerous thing to do to set a target ETA as well the summer is here, BBQs and beers etc and well, some exercise bolted on to dieting might add muscle (resistance training for example) and skew the weight loss target... so things to consider but a prelimary ETA set just to see out of interest how much this veers over the next few weeks. There, that's my commitment anyway. Anyone else want to "sign up" or is it a case of
  6. There are a lot of areas where a move back to Birmingham has trounced London with quality of life, and it's been a positive step after years of dealing with the 'pig-in-lipstick' that is London. However, swimming pools aren't clicking here. I can't really understand what I'm looking at/for. For instance - all of the many London pools are run by an independent company on behalf of the government. At least 70% of these pools have been renovated in the past 5 years and are absolutely sparking clean. I am very wary of pools - grim tiles, mould, minging water- all of these will make me totally freak out. So, what are we left with for more casual swimmers? Well, Cocks Moor Woods has kids taking dumps in it and has been closed 3 times in the last year alone. Moseley Road baths, what's left of them in pool number 2 looks absolutely disgusting. As far as I can see, that leaves the new-ish Harborne Pool and then extremely expensive memberships at the Marriott Five Ways (ouch), University of Birmingham's new 50m pool (still expensive, looks amazing though), the Spa at the Cube (ouch) and Edgbaston Priory Club (not even worth considering because of how elitist the prices are). Elsewhere it's Virgin Active at Solihull and another membership place there. What gives with this? Is Birmingham just an anti-swimming city or wat?
  7. Been trying to purchase an amazon gift card all week - it didn't let me confirm the order - after a week of tooing and frowing with amazon support - clearing the cache, trying a different browser , 'it being looked into .....along comes the reply "Due to economic safety and government regulations gift cards can only be purchased by debit card not credit card" Anyone else heard of this ? - think its just an excuse as I have definitely purchased by credit card before....
  8. Hello friends, Couldn't see a money thread so thought I'd start one, apologies if one already exists (and Mods definitely not spamming any EZ-Money type thing I promise) Was talking stocks and shares with a buddy the other day, I've had some decent returns in the past through employee sharesave schemes, but since moved into a different line of work that can't offer such benefits. Was wondering if anyone invested privately and how they make their decisions? Also, how much do you reckon you spend a week at work? How do you feel about it? Safe x
  9. trekka

    Snow Watch!

    Morning, snow fans! Well it looks like the first white stuff of the year is coming. Is that good or bad? I was going to drive to Brum from London today but bugger that, not with what I'm watching get closer here
  10. Mav_86

    Property

    Afternoon fellow Villians! I've just got started in a new career in property and was wondering if any other members on here were involved and what you do? It would be good to connect!
  11. I know I'm getting all old and washed up now I'm starting threads in OT about insurance... We're exchanging contracts on a house tomorrow so I need to take out buildings insurance. We currently have contents cover at our rental place so I'll change the details on that, but buildings cover is a fairly new one on me. Should I be looking at the add-ons, like Accidental Damage, Legal, Home Emergency? I'm thinking no to all of them as I'm not planning to be doing any renovations etc. Any experienced words of wisdom are entirely welcome.
  12. Has anyone sold on Facebook marketplace before? Have got an iPhone XR on there (also on eBay but Facebook doesn't charge fees) and someone is offering the price I'm after and wants to pay by PayPal. All the advice online says if buying to pay by PayPal and if selling to avoid PayPal scams. The guy has a profile over a year old, decent amount of photos etc. But just wary of getting scammed on it. Then again, that could happen with eBay too. Anyone used to selling online?
  13. Need a bit of advice from anyone that's received one of these. The other half got snapped after parking at a KFC for allegedly longer than the 1 hour free period. £100 fine of £60 if you pay quicker. I've spent the last two hours checking out "Civil Enforcement Ltd" (proper bunch of cowboys) and all relevant forums. Consensus is either; 1. Ignore all correspondence completely as it's not a penalty charge notice, or 2. Write to them, "without prejudice" and inform of your intention not to pay, and see what transpires. What say ye?
  14. That's got your attention, you filthy devil! I was going to start a thread asking for some help with double glazing, as my parents need a full set of new windows installing at their house in Kidderminster so thought I'd check on VT and see if anyone was in that line of work. Then, I figured I can't be the only one who would like to keep local Villa-supported firms in business so decided this could be VT's answer to Checkatrade. So, first request - any double glazing pros here on VT that want some business in the next few weeks?
  15. My son has got a place at Swansea uni - anyone any experience there ? He has reserved a place in the student villa for accommodation Ant tips on where to find work (he is a qualified lifeguard) ? - or any other general tips about the area ?
  16. Me and the wife own a flat so we have to pay a building management company amounting to about a grand a year. All they seem to do is occasionally vacuum the corridors and tell us we can't have Sky Q. Now they've decided to send everyone a bill saying they've spent over budget and the insurance cost more than anticipated, demanding £150. Can they do that? Just make up any charge they want?
  17. I expect most people to just stick to the one or two aftershaves they get for Christmas 'til they'e empty, but some people like myself enjoy collecting them. Considering I only started getting into collecting them about six months ago I have a decent haul of 15 and many samples I'll get round to buying a full bottle of. Hugo Boss - Boss Bottled Thierry Mugler - Pure Malt Yves Saint-Laurent - La Nuit de l'Homme Christian Dior - Dior Homme Intense Creed - Green Irish Tweed Creed - Aventus Jean-Paul Gaultier - Le Male Christian Dior - Fahrenheit Christian Dior - Fahrenheit Absolute Issey Miyake - L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme Ralph Lauren - Big Pony #4 Burberry - London Burberry - Touch Lacoste - Elegance John Varvatos - Vintage Some more expensive than others. My top three based on smell alone would probably have to be Green Irish Tweed, Dior Homme Intense and La Nuit de l'Homme.
  18. No, not Katie Hopkins and Anna Soubry. My parents' boiler needs replacing, and I've had a few quotes (I'll be paying for it). We've not got a massive budget here, so we're looking at the lower end of the market. A couple of the quotes have said they'd use an Ideal Logic Plus, and another one has said he'd use a Ferroli Modena HE. The latter is the best quote, but I've read some negative reviews about Ferroli. That said, the Modena is their most recent model and seems to have good reviews - where I can find them. It comes with a 7 year parts and labour warranty too. Does anyone have any experience of this boiler, or any advice? I'm not in the position to go full spec for a Worcester or Vaillant so just need to know whether to go with the best quote and trust the guy when he says it'll be a good boiler.
  19. I’m currently looking at buying a new car, as in, brand new, probably on some sort of finance arrangement. I visited a Suzuki showroom yesterday as I am interested in the Grand Vitara 4WD. It was a good meeting, I got to have a test drive and liked what it had to offer. Now, I have never purchased a new car before, so when it comes to negotiating on this sort of thing, I don’t really know what options I have available to me. What happened was that they just gave me the cost of the car I wanted, how much it would be each month etc. But, there are certain options that I want that I don’t want to have to fork out a shed load of money for. For example, I want black alloys, but to add them would be an extra £700 or so. £300 for a spoiler, £40 for some car mats etc. How can I go about getting what I want, will car dealerships negotiate or are their hands tied? Do I need to visit another Suzuki garage elsewhere or is that pointless? Would appreciate the advice! (couldn’t find similar thread specifically relating to car buying)
  20. dubbs

    car problem

    Not sure whether this should be posted elsewhere so please move if necessary. I had my cambelt changed last week. My car broke down on the way from work yesterday. When the recovery guy had a look he noticed a belt (dunno if there's more than one) was quite loose and thinks this is the problem. Im waiting to get it towed to the garage this morning but wondered how to approach this with the garage? Im guessing worse case the engine is damaged but hopefully it's not as serious as that. If it is the belt they fitted what do I do?
  21. Has anyone done those mail-in genetic tests? There are some for health some for ancestry and some which are a mix. If so what were you looking to get out of it? and what actually did you end up finding out?
  22. I hope you wise Villans can help. I have had problems with my Ford Kuga (2014 model purchased 18 months ago). It failed before Christmas with horrible grinding noises coming from the front left wheel. I got it taken to my local Ford dealer who said that an impact had knocked (sheered) some bolts off the gear box and that subsequent shaking had damaged the prop shaft. As it was due to impact and the repairs quoted running into the thousands I had the insurance take it on. Direct Line took it to their own mechanic who has said that it is mechanical failure and no sign of any impact damage so not covered under insurance. I do however have the car under warranty still with the dealer (the same place the original diagnosis was done). This does now mean that I am stuck between the insurer and the dealer both saying in their expert opinion the problem is not theirs. There isn't a third option, it is either an insurance job or a warranty job, but how to I get this to a conclusion? The only thing they agree on is that bolts are missing on the gear box and it is this that has caused all the problems, it is how and why they are missing that the argument is over. For the avoidance of any doubt the Ford dealer has done all the servicing on the car and we have a 36 month warranty that is still running from the purchase of the car. thanks for your help in advance.
  23. So, a bit bored here but I was emptying the dishwasher at work and the cutlery was all over the place. Whats the correct procedure here? Over to the VT fountain of knowledge (aka, how does one wipe ones arse)
  24. Just a warning if youre out and about. The roads are like glass this morning. It rained overnight and this has washed the grit away. In my area Clapgate Lane (Bartley Green) - and the roads approaching Harborne we very slippy (worst its been all week) - These are main roads as well not side roads. I also heard a report of a parked car sliding down the road in harborne. If the gritting lorries don't get out today - we have recipe for carnage on the roads at about 4 - 5pm. So if anyone knows if the gritters get out - or wants to warn of icy roads post em here....
  25. I'd like to leave this open to interpretation to (hopefully) get some varied responses and great efforts etc... ...as my secret Santa gift to someone this year, I wish to give a framed picture of a "sexy" Jeremy Corbyn. However, I want the body to be comically sexy rather than actual athletic, good body sexy. Alas, I have zero photoshopping abilities and need the assistance of you kind fellow VTers. Is anyone able to provide?!
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