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  1. AstonMartyn88

    What is your experience of mental health?

    Following the success of Bedlam on Channel 4, I thought it would be interesting to get people's perspectives on mental health problems, particularly as at any given point 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetimes. FWIW I have not experienced a mental health problem but I work in the field and find the stigma to be the worst thing, particularly in terms of stopping people looking for support
  2. Stevo985

    Gardening

    Calm down Morpheus, not that kind of gardening. Don't think there's a thread on here for gardening, so I'm starting one! Somewhere to throw ideas around, ask for advice, show off etc I'm not a keen gardener, but I need to take some interest as I have a large garden with potential, but it is currently useless as I don't do anything with it bar mowing the grass. So here's the advice I'm after. Half of my garden is grass, which is fine. I mow it. The other half (the bottom half) is overgrown at the moment with weeds, briars, long grass etc. What's the best plan of attack for this? My thoughts were to borrow a strimmer and get it all cut down, and then hire a rotavator and dig up the ground, then replant the grass (just basic grass seed) Will that work or will the weeds come back with the grass? Could go for turf but it's more expensive and I'm in no hurry so can afford to wait for the seed to grow. (I realise this is a really boring thread, but I need advice so worth a try! )
  3. Don_Simon

    Viewing / Buying a house

    Hello all! Off to view a house tonight, (scary stuff!), and as its the first one I've liked enough from a quick peruse of Rightmove to go and see its my first proper house viewing. I wondered if any of my fellow VT'ers have any advice on the house viewing / buying process? Cheers!
  4. Tayls

    The Careers/Jobs thread

    VT - I'm stressing, and I really could do with some sound advice from knowledgable people! I'm 25, working in recruitment, but I have hit a bit of a wall. I'm thinking I do not want to be working within this arena anymore. I don't have a degree, which limits me massively as far as I am concerned because every job I see they want someone of 'degree calibre'. I have never known what I wanted to do, I just drifted through school and got myself 10 GCSEs then took a couple of A-levels with the intention of going to uni. I had a place confirmed but then was offered a full time job, which I took. I have absolutely no idea of what to do with my life, I have so much ambition and desire to succeed, but god knows what in. It's stressing me out more now because the missus wants to buy a house etc and I am a little worried about losing my job for whatever reason and then not being able to find anything else. Does anybody have any sound advice to give, or know of any opportunities within the Nhants, oxfordshire or Buckinghamshire areas that might be coming up? Ironic really considering I work in recruitment eh? Thanks all.
  5. Hello all, As I am not really wanting to Break up with a girl I thought I would start up this thread. I have been seeing this girl for a couple of months. She is funny, beautiful and I really like her. She has an 23 month old son from a previous relationship who is amazing too. Her previous relationship was very violent physically and mentally and ended when her ex husband threatened to burn the house down with her and the baby inside. She lives on high alert and always has a bag packed by the door in case he finds her. No one, apart from immediate family, is allowed to know where she lives (although she has told me). She is hoping that her ex will move back to Sierra Leone in a few weeks (from what she has heard). My issue is quite selfish...... I really like this girl and her son but I am worried that her previous relationship means that I have to be 'whiter than white' and I am always on my guard around people she knows. Her family is very protective (understandably!!!) and as such when I met them last weekend it was kind of like going for an interview. I just want to relax with her but I always feel like I am walking on egg shells around those who know her. I dont want to be held up as the 'saviour of her perceptions of men' and equally I don't want to be judged by her family to this degree. It just seems really early in a relationship with all this heavy stuff. On the flip side she is fantastic. What do I do?
  6. rjw63

    Parking Charge Notice

    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?
  7. NurembergVillan

    The Tradesman's Entrance

    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?
  8. hippo

    Swansea Uni any experience ?

    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 ?
  9. Wainy316

    Service charges on flats

    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?
  10. Big Think - This may be a worse case scenario generally, but I actually think some industries job losses will be even more acute. I'm currently working with people developing systems that will put many thousands out of work. So if you think it's shit now, how do you think Tory England (cos let's face it, Scotland's leaving) is going to deal with this? We must surely also add May that is trying to right royally screw up education for the poor, just to hammer in an even bigger wedge between the haves and have nots. The medium and long term picture for the majority is a race for the bottom as far as quality of life is concerned. Sticking two fingers up at this failing society and getting out of it becomes more attractive with every passing year. Especially with independently developed technologies improving all the time. A growing number of my friends are seeking alternatives. A few are proper hippy types in permaculture collectives and such. Another is raising a family in a yurt. This isn't quite as drastic as it sounds. It's a multi yurt, a large central space with smaller connected yurts - Think glamping more than camping. Others have moved to warmer climes and have installed solar power equipment. They grow much of their own food and trade with local farmers for dairy and meat products. They work in the UK over Summer to cover their bills such as N.I contributions. Another friend is making a 'Hobbit House' under a hill - Though I must admit her outside toilet gives me the fear! She should have an inside bog at some point. Her guest house is nearer completion. Visiting folks over Christmas it became obvious even friends earning good money were wanting out. I signed up to a couple of off grid collectives and it surprised me how much has been forgotten. For example it's possible to grow Mediterranean fruit further north in walled enclosures, as they create their own microclimate. Throw in a couple of polytunnels and you're starting to get towards being self sufficient for fruit and veg. Mixing the old and the new seems like the way to go. Septic tanks under the garden that break down effluent into nutrients that slowly pass through the walls of the tank and into your garden. These folks get a quite a bit of power out of a fairly small pipe. Apologies to Darren and the Tree Hugger thread. I'd discussed this with maqroll before, and I don't think you have to be a tree hugger to want something different in today's World.
  11. mottaloo

    Uploading images to VT

    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
  12. abdomlahor

    Smelly Stuff

    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.
  13. PongRiddims

    Money - Making it and saving it

    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
  14. NurembergVillan

    Boilers

    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.
  15. Tayls

    Lessons in car buying

    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)
  16. 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
  17. 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?
  18. TheAuthority

    Genetic Tests

    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?
  19. Straggler

    Car insurance v Warranty who pays

    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.
  20. 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)
  21. hippo

    The Roads Today ICE warning

    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....
  22. bobzy

    Graphic design help

    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?!
  23. mjmooney

    Tablet buying advice, please

    OK. I'm thinking of buying the missus a 10" for Christmas... Tablet, that is. After the recent fiasco we had with a failed Win 10 installation that buggered our main 'living room' laptop, we've been using my music production laptop instead, and I want it back in the mancave. I was thinking that a 10" tablet would probably be a better idea than another laptop. Main uses would be web browsing, email, social media.. But also the very occasional bit of word processing (writing letters, etc.) I was thinking of going Android as we both have Android phones, but I'm wondering about compatibility with our older files (MS Office stuff mainly). Max budget £400, but preferably cheaper! First thoughts were a Galaxy Tab S or a Google Nexus 10. Thoughts, guys?
  24. I currently pay £220 pm - and having been paying into this for 14 years at a similar level ..... I was staggered how little this gives me....... So guesses below please - there are 2 elements Lump Sum Annual pension (you are allowed to read the daily mail/express before entering your guesses)
  25. since we are coming into the cold season I thought I'd check the pressure on my boiler, for some unknown reason it is showing at 3 bars, it should only be around 1. I've been using the heating a little bit and haven't had any problems but 3 bars is way to high, I have bled the radiators and that has made little difference, I've checked the valve under the sink and that is firmly off. Anyone got any ideas, is there an easy fix or should I just get in touch with my landlord. When I was bleeding the radiators it was just a constant jet, I was expecting it to die down as the pressure dropped but it didn't and the pressure didn't drop, I filled about three jugs of water from it. I don't have a clue with this sort of stuff so any help will be much appreciated.