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  1. Sidney


    Such a shame, I used to enjoy chatting to him back in my Douglas taxi days. R.I.P.
  2. I used to rent a flat on Christian Road from Ian Abrahams. It was a complete dump and absolutely tiny but it was cheap, I paid my rent on time every week and if I had any problems he would sort it out, usually pretty quickly. You can call him a slumlord (As some on this thread have insinuated) but ultimately his prices reflect the size and condition of the property so you get what you pay for. If you want a perfectly presented flat in a nice area then expect to pay a lot more than the £100 a week I was paying for a one bedroom flat. Also, dealing with him direct meant that I didn't have to come into contact with any estate agents, a nefarious bunch I'd rather avoid. Just my 2 penneth :-)
  3. Looks like I'm all sorted, thanks for the suggestions and calls! Sidney
  4. I have, hence my remark regarding the very high cost. Thanks.
  5. Hi all, Recently moved from the Isle of Man to Derbyshire and most of my stuff is still sat at my landlady's house in Ramsey waiting to be transported over, I'm looking for anyone who is coming over with an empty van or part load that can deliver all my personal effects, It's not a massive amount (No furniture or TV or stuff like that), when I moved out of my flat it all fitted very easily into the back of a Citroen Berlingo. I tried the usual removals companies but was quoted a pretty hefty sum, several times what it would cost me to just come over with a vehicle and collect it myself (Looks like this might be what will happen). If anybody can help please contact me on 07907 354999. Thanks.
  6. There are alternatives to the traditional wind turbine as far as harnessing wind power is concerned http://gizmodo.com/5898948/high+flying-turbine-blimps-could-cut-wind-electricity-costs-by-65-percent
  7. £140,000 for 900 ounces? That's over £155 an ounce! I'm led to believe that cannabis resin goes for £100/ounce in these parts so I don't know where the police get their figures from.
  8. Sidney


    How did you get into my porn folder?
  9. What exactly is the benefit of having a clubmann card? Don't you get entered into a weekly draw for a £100 Shoprite voucher or something?
  10. The one thing that really pisses me off about Shoprite is the price of the Waitrose stuff. A quick scan with the barcode reader on my phone and a product search shows that they are charging anything up to 40% more than Waitrose does for the same product. I know they will bleat about transport costs being responsible like they always do but if this is the case then why is all the Iceland produce the same price as in the shops across? And that's frozen produce which is a lot more expensive to transport. I mentioned this to a friend who works in Shoprite head office and she told me that it's because the buyers are not allowed to do their job properly due to constant interference from the boss (Nicholson?) who randomly sets prices himself and overrules the buyers. I find it very hard to believe that a company this size can still survive with this level of management incompetence. Rant over, going to Co-op now.
  11. Same here on the HTC Desire even after I installed Cyanogenmod 7. Haven't yet found a solution but will keep trying and post if I find an answer.
  12. For anyone who fancies upgrading to Android 2.3 as an alternative on the Desire it's possible to do it through the HTC website. Tutorial http://www.techtwitter.com/how-to-update-htc-desire-to-android-2-3-gingerbread/
  13. 1. Sense is a good system butI can live without it. My next phone will probably be a more powerful one and more capable of running Sense smoothly. 2. When you install the stock cyanogen you lose maps and navigation but you can get them back pretty easily by downloading the gapps zip to your SD card and installing through clockworkmod. I've lost no functionality that I can see at this time expect the stock dialler which was pretty good. 3. Still playing with different diallers so not sure yet. 3a. Didn't back up SMS and call history but I believe you can back it up and restore from your google account. Cannot confirm as I didn't do this. 4. I backed up the complete system to SD card using clockworkmod, when my first attempt failed I restored from this backup image and it was exactly how I left it so yes, complete backup is possible. 5. Total time is probably less than an hour but I anticipate a large amount of "Fiddling time" to get it exactly how I want it.
  14. All sorted now, and oh my god it's shiny! Followed the advice about wiping the partition cache, didn't know you did that through clockworkmod, same as doing the factory reset that way instead of through the normal menus. Very pleased I did this it's like having a completely new phone, I know it invalidates the warranty but I can live with that. Thanks for all your advice and for anybody thinking of doing this, it's worth it. There are risks involved but you take your chances
  15. I nearly micturated upon reading that! And it's just referred to as "The scene" in such circles. You know who you are.
  16. I've had my HTC Desire for nearly a year and a half and even though it is a fantastic phone I am getting bored. I decided to try installing one of the custom ROM's available, specifically Cyanogenmod 7 as it solves the app storage (Or lack of) issue and adds lots of functionality not present with the factory software. So I successfully rooted the phone and installed clockworkmod but when I flash the Cyanogenmod ROM from the SD card it installs correctly then after reboot it goes into a loop with the blue android character on a skateboard which can only be stopped by taking the battery out. Fortunately I did a full backup so it was very easy to recover to the original ROM with all settings intact but I would still like to complete the project. Tried it once more after a full factory data reset but had exactly the same problem and reverted to the saved ROM once more So, has anybody successfully managed to install this ROM onto a Desire and can give me some advice? Or even better, show me how to do it! I've posted this on a couple of the Android forums but the only replies I get are from people with the same problem. Any help or advice is, as always, much appreciated.
  17. What's the possibility of the complex including a number of "Luxury Executive Apartments".
  18. This can happen but it's rare unless the journey is one where the price is set, such as an airport job. Technically a private hire vehicle doesn't have to have a meter fitted and the price must be agreed between the driver and the passenger before the journey starts but in reality this is very rare.
  19. A minicab is technically a private hire taxi and costs the same as a hackney that you can flag down. Same meter, same tariff.
  20. The light in the roof sign automatically goes off when you switch the meter on. And why does a taxi here cost half of what it does in London?
  21. I have to agree with you there, my four year old son is autistic and the standard of services provided over here is better than you would find anywhere in Britain. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the Social Services, we are now on our fifth social worker in 2 years. It's difficult to get people to understand what it's like living with an autistic youngster, when you are out and about and he starts having a tantrum (Fortunately getting more rare) people give you dirty looks as if to criticize your parenting, they don't know that he has a disability because he looks completely normal. I regularly take my boy to Pappagalli's cafe on Parliament street, the owner has known my son since he was a baby and is very patient and understanding as are all his staff. As soon as we walk in Dougie comes over with a cup of milk and a plate of nachos which he doesn't even charge us for. I'm looking forward to him starting at the Star Centre at Auldyn School in September, it's one of the best facilities of it's kind and the way they integrate the special needs children with all the others is fantastic. Only on Sunday I took him to a local park for a run around and he was on the roundabout with some young girls about 5-9 years old. After about ten minutes one of them asked me why he doesn't speak and when I replied that he is autistic they just accepted it. No questions, no funny looks, no problem. The level of understanding that these children have at this age is entirely due to the way all children are treated at this fantastic school. It's the little things that can cause problems which you don't have with a non-autistic child, such as haircuts. My son has gorgeous long blonde hair which is desperate for a haircut but he goes bananas if you even go near him with a hairbrush, trying to get him to sit down for a haircut would cause a full-blown tantrum. Good luck with the babysitting search, I have sent you a PM about this.
  22. The traffic warden does enforce this rank. About a month ago I was listening to a taxi driver in the A1 office moaning that he was given a parking ticket for doing exactly what you have just described. Apologies if this undermines any conspiracy theories. A taxi driver may legally refuse a passenger a lift/terminate the journey for one of the three following reasons: 1. The passenger is being abusive. 2. The passenger is drunk (Subjective and open to interpretation, I know). 3. The passenger has soiled or is likely to soil the vehicle. This can be a very drunk passenger who has vomited or is likely to vomit very soon or even a builder who is covered in paint/mud/plaster dust. If I'm sat outside a club on a rank and I see two people carrying a third who is clearly unable to walk unaided toward my vehicle I will lock the doors. The laws will back me up on my right to do this. If you can walk to the taxi, you ain't getting in! As for drivers refusing a fare because it goes outside of Douglas, I sympathise. I can neither condone nor defend this kind of behaviour except to say that I have never done it myself and never would. If you want to go out of town during a very busy period the best thing to do is call the taxi number and order one, this way the base operator can give the job to a driver who is more than happy to do the journey and it may even be taking him/her home. I work in Douglas but live in Ramsey and have ended many night shifts with a journey home with a paying passenger. Regarding drivers doing a u-turn outside Jaks, we are in a bit of a difficult position here. If someone comes out of Jaks wanting to go to Douglas Head Apartments for example, they would not be happy if I drove up to the Villa Marina then back down the prom adding about 60p to the fare. OK so most drivers do this maneuver in a safe way but there will always be a couple who drive like idiots. Nothing I can do about them, sorry.
  23. I'm calling bullshit on this, any driver who does this should be banned from driving a taxi for life.
  24. It makes a nice change to see a thread about taxis/taxi drivers without the usual suspects coming out with the usual comments such as "All taxi drivers are ignorant c****" etc. Constructive criticism is always welcome but when a thread descends into personal insults it just shows a lack of standards and an unwillingness for some people to accept any point of view other than their own. As a full time taxi driver for more than 6 years I'm always happy to contribute to these threads until they descend into offensive ranting.
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