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Post by Big Daddy Bee on Fri 28 Jan 2011, 6:39 pm

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So then people what really annoys you.


No matter how gig or trivial it is, this is the thread to vent your anger and annoyance.

I shall start this with:


Starburst. They are not Starburst, they are Opel Fruits and always will be. And don't get me started on Snickers. STOP CHANGING THE NAME OF SWEETS!!!! :evil:


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Post by Pal Joey on Tue 03 Apr 2012, 12:34 pm

We often get the "the following news item contains images which may cause offence to some viewers" or for Indigenous viewers: "the following news item may contain images of the deceased" (taboo*) - yet they obviously know full well what they are about to show.
So why the 'may'?

I know it's important to deliver the story but it's almost as if the topic of the news item is being desensitised. It's like: you are about to see something horrible (or against your beliefs)... but here goes anyway. You have half a second to change channels or get out of the room. It all happens very quickly.

* there was one the other day where they simply showed a city street scene from the 1960 or 70's with hundreds of people walking by (so, yes... it's quite likely that some of those folk are no longer with us) but you couldn't really make out individual faces - which is what is considered to be taboo. You don't get the same warnings before every film from the 1940's for example. It's all so 'carefully PC' now that they must include this disclaimer for everyday old footage, etc...otherwise someone might cause a fuss.
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 03 Apr 2012, 12:54 pm

And any warning only makes you want to watch all the more, to see what it is that 'may offend.' It's like telling a child not to do something.

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Post by Fists of Fury on Tue 03 Apr 2012, 1:51 pm

People bringing push bikes on to packed rush hour trains.

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Post by Pal Joey on Tue 03 Apr 2012, 1:57 pm

Or leaving your socks on the floor near Lola Very Happy

I'm sick of all the sleaze and corruption in politics. The same with sport. Both could be so much better; yet hardly a week goes by when some politician (or player) puts his foot in it... yet again... and we have to go through the distraction of an inquiry or some pathetic explanation from a 'star' or his representative. How many strikes do these people get?

This sleazebag over here got caught red handed charging escort services to his Government credit card in 2009. Not once - but quite a few times. He had the gall to deny it ever happened despite his government credit card statements being plastered all over the media for the last 3 years.

Now his trial has come up and all he can say is - "I wish this would all go away.. but you (the press) keep bringing it up!"

FFS - why didn't you think of this before you created the scandal - at the taxpayers expense? Now you want to wriggle out of it?
Sure, he may be a dim-witted, shifty looking piece of work... but that's no excuse in my book!
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Tue 03 Apr 2012, 2:01 pm

Similar to the expenses scandal over here last year, Breaker. Most MPs' justification for what they'd done was: 'oh, well everybody else was doing it.'

And yes, she loves socks! Smile

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Post by Biltong on Tue 03 Apr 2012, 2:31 pm

These people that stops at the entrance of a shopping centre or shop door starting up a chat.

Do they just not care that they are blocking the entrance or are they truly so dimwitted that they are just not aware or too ignorant?
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Post by Bathman_in_London on Tue 03 Apr 2012, 3:37 pm

Biltong, the same people just stop on busy streets and at the top of the escaltor coming out from the underground too. So annoying!

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Post by Cari on Tue 03 Apr 2012, 8:26 pm

There's a great article in Rugby World this month which is about one of my bugbears. The general public on telly at any event - particularly sports. As soon as they realise the camera is on them, they start acting like arrses, pointing stupidly at the camera and just generally making tw@ts of themselves. Oh woo hoo you're on TV, does it matter?! No. Do I, the viewer at home care?! No. Now sit down and watch the game!!

Linebreaker - Pre-programme warnings get my goat too. It's just nanny state TV. I mean, we already have The 9pm Watershed over here, and most people generally know what that means. So if, I, an adult, am about to watch an 18 cert film at 11pm, why do I do need to be told there's bad language "from the outset"? And why is it when I'm watching the TV news and a story comes on about a war zone, do I need to be told that I might find some images disturbing? It gets on my nerves. They never did that when I was younger and the news was just as violent, and you were on your own after The Watershed. Rolling Eyes

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Post by Hero on Tue 03 Apr 2012, 8:33 pm

News stories where they then go to some random city to ask some random moron what they think on the matter and then take that opinion as the view of the entire country.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 7:50 am

Cari, that got me seriously angry during the Six Nations, especially when the anthems were being sung before the Wales - France match. Do the producers honestly think that viewers would rather watch fans waving at themselves on the big screen than watch the players singing the anthem?

Three letters: an F, another F and an S! steam

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Post by Biltong on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 9:12 am

Bathman_in_London wrote:Biltong, the same people just stop on busy streets and at the top of the escaltor coming out from the underground too. So annoying!

The most frustrating thing is when you question them about it, they just say sorry.

How the hell can you be sorry if you did it knowing you were in the wrong in the first place?

I think they are really sorry becuase they were caught out. Doh
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Post by Pal Joey on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 10:38 am

5 people walking side by side along a footpath and you have to either bust through them or walk around a bloody sign post.

I feel like saying: "Why don't you all ef'n hold hands too!" steam
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 11:16 am

It's worse when they actually are holding hands.

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Post by Biltong on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 11:29 am

Linebreaker wrote:5 people walking side by side along a footpath and you have to either bust through them or walk around a bloody sign post.

I feel like saying: "Why don't you all ef'n hold hands too!" steam

Nah, just say to them, "can you walk a little slower please, I can't keep up."
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Post by Pal Joey on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 11:34 am

luckless_pedestrian wrote:It's worse when they actually are holding hands.

That's my humour lucky. I know it would be worse. I am thinking cynically on occasion. Smile
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 11:51 am

The good thing is that if they're holding hands, you hit one of them, they're all going down. Wink

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Post by Biltong on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 11:53 am

Like tumbling dominoes. Wink
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Post by Hero on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 2:00 pm

On the same note, packs of cyclists that go 2 or 3 abreast.

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Post by Beer on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 2:10 pm

Hero wrote:On the same note, packs of cyclists that go 2 or 3 abreast.

Gang bang? Bitty?

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Post by Biltong on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 2:15 pm

Hero wrote:On the same note, packs of cyclists that go 2 or 3 abreast.

A mate of mine cracked two vertebrae tryng to avoid that exact scenario, we were n our motorcycles and he came around a blind corner, and three of them were riding side by side, he only manage to miss two, and hit the third guy, went onto a chevron board and fell very badly.
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 3:02 pm

Hero wrote:On the same note, packs of cyclists that go 2 or 3 abreast.

You get plenty of that on the country roads in Monmouthshire. It's especially inconsiderate because they should realise that they'll be slower than anything else on the road.

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Post by Kenny on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 5:13 pm

People who decide to have conversation in the middle of footpath or aisle , thers always 2 or 3 adults and 3 or 4 kids so theres no way round them ! then when you say excuse me they look at you like you've s... yourself .
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Post by Cari on Wed 04 Apr 2012, 8:19 pm

People on the bus playing music on their mobile phone without using headphones. I really don't want to listen to your crap taste in music, and neither does anyone else, so have some consideration. Use the headphone socket on your mobile. See that sign there that has a symbol showing no loud headphones? Can't you read what it says underneath?! FFS.

Also, whilst we're on the bus, people who are too ignorant to read the notices about the bus fares going up on the 1st of April around here (this was announced a while ago) and then delay the bus arguing with the driver when he asks for the extra 20p you haven't paid. If I pay the new fare, why shouldn't you?!

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 9:51 am

Cari wrote:People on the bus playing music on their mobile phone without using headphones. I really don't want to listen to your crap taste in music, and neither does anyone else, so have some consideration.

And it's always crap music, without fail. I used to have this problem in Bristol, but the kind of people who were playing music on their phone all looked like they'd probably pull a knife on me if I said anything to them.

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Post by Kenny on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 1:57 pm

Cari wrote:People on the bus playing music on their mobile phone without using headphones. I really don't want to listen to your crap taste in music, and neither does anyone else, so have some consideration. Use the headphone socket on your mobile. See that sign there that has a symbol showing no loud headphones? Can't you read what it says underneath?! FFS.

Also, whilst we're on the bus, people who are too ignorant to read the notices about the bus fares going up on the 1st of April around here (this was announced a while ago) and then delay the bus arguing with the driver when he asks for the extra 20p you haven't paid. If I pay the new fare, why shouldn't you?!

There was an article in our local paper about a passenger getting on a bus and not paying the new fare, and when the bus driver informed him that the fare had gone up a few weeks previous the bloke punched the bus driver in the face ! It was one of those can you help indentify this person things with a cctv picture of the attacker .

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Post by Cari on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 9:45 pm

That's disgusting Kenny. I hope they caught that passenger.

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Post by Kenny on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 12:22 am

Dont think so , there is usually a follow up story if any information helps the police catch anyone and there hasn't been . It was a fairly clear image so some one must know him they just need to turn him in .
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Post by Breadvan on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 1:21 am

Cyclists on an old railway track, now a pathway, close to where I live who think it's exclusive to them. Nevermind the dog walkers, joggers or people just out for a stroll. The ones who ring their bells or slow down. Fine I'll move my dogs out the way, but the wannabe Bradley wiggins who zoom past, scare the crap out of you and then have the audacity to cuss and moan about dogs being off the lead! censored
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 7:17 am

I've encountered cyclists when I've been walking the dog, but they've all been well-behaved. It must be a Swansea thing. Wink

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Post by Cari on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 8:05 am

Breadvan - some cyclists do that on the pavement in Cardiff...

That programme Loose Women. The most patronising, pointless, irritating load of shoite on telly at the moment. If I get like any of their presenters at an older age, please feel free to put me down.

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Post by Hero on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 9:06 am

What do you mean at an older age? Whistle

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Post by Cari on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 9:08 am

Hero - are you implying I'm the same age as that awful Denise Welch woman?! Shocked

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Post by Adam D on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 9:10 am

I suppose its better than him implying you are a loose woman Laugh

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Post by Cari on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 9:11 am

No implications there Adam... Wink Laugh

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Post by Josiah Maiestas on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 1:51 pm

Id have to say Samantha Brick and Daily Mail replies. Hooked in so easily.
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Post by Cari on Fri 06 Apr 2012, 4:53 pm

Josiah - yeah I think she was just proving a point - many women seem superficial and highly critical of any other woman with confidence, regardless of what she looks like.

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Post by Pal Joey on Sat 07 Apr 2012, 8:20 am

I'm probably being too greedy with my love for Rugby - but it really annoys me that at the same time the HEC QFs are on they are showing the "Regular Season College Lacrosse" followed by the "ESPN Sports Center" which has to be the worst sports news presentation show on the planet... or in the Milky Way for that matter.

Sure, lacrosse is a fine sport but how many Aussies would rather watch that than an important game of rugby like the Heineken Cup quarter finals?

There is live tennis, cricket, football, golf and rugby on the other channels... but why can't they just 'red button' a feed of the HEC rugby matches somewhere on the other main sports channels?
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Wed 11 Apr 2012, 5:50 pm

Contestants on quiz shows who applaud themselves like chuffing seals.

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Post by Kenny on Wed 11 Apr 2012, 8:12 pm

The false looks on peoples faces when they have been nomited for something but dont win , then they smile and applaud the winner while they are really thinking you furious
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Post by Biltong on Wed 11 Apr 2012, 8:22 pm

Worse are those who win and then steps up to say, well...errr. I haven't prepared a speech.The That Really Grinds My Gears thread - Page 19 Banghe10
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Wed 11 Apr 2012, 8:35 pm

Going to a restaurant and being served shell-on prawns. Tell you what, don't bother plucking the feathers off my chicken, I'll do that myself as well.

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Post by Biltong on Wed 11 Apr 2012, 8:39 pm

So I guess you don't like the meat on the cow either. laughing
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Post by Adam D on Wed 11 Apr 2012, 9:14 pm

luckless_pedestrian wrote:Going to a restaurant and being served shell-on prawns. Tell you what, don't bother plucking the feathers off my chicken, I'll do that myself as well.

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I hate it when the melba toast isnt crispy - it spoils the caviar

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri 13 Apr 2012, 9:03 am

There's a road on the way to work that has a 20mph speed limit. It's a bit of a pain but it is what it is. I was driving along this morning and a car came along, right up behind me. I said to myself, 'sorry sunshine, you'll have to slow down.' What does the clown do but overtake me, and the speed display thing at the side of the road had him doing 38mph. Clearly he's too important to obey the law. I should have realised this and pulled over to allow him to pass.

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Post by eirebilly on Fri 13 Apr 2012, 10:24 am

We have a huge issue with Lorries in Holland. We have many roads with no overtaking with a speed limit of 100km. I have to drive 60 Km to work and back and not once have i not been caught by some crappy lorry driver driving 70kph. That grinds my gears.
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Post by Pal Joey on Fri 13 Apr 2012, 10:35 am

You have to drive up towards the border of Germany sort of?
Do you leave early to avoid the trucks... or does it make no difference what time?

One of my pet hates whilst driving long distances is when there's a queue of trucks and lorries ahead and they hog all the lanes and speed up when you're allowed to overtake... then when it merges back into 2 lanes, they all slow down again.

So eventually you finally overtake them and put 40 kms distance on them over a hour or so.

After a while, you pull off into some place to have a quiet bite to eat and a cuppa or two.

Then when you're walking back to your car you see the long line of lorries has caught up again and is just passing you by. clap
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Post by eirebilly on Fri 13 Apr 2012, 10:44 am

The German lorry drivers are actually really respectfull and will pull over if they see a large line of traffic behing them. The French, Belgium and Dutch are the worst in the world for being super arrogant.

Got to love that quick break that leaves you back behind the lorries breaker Laugh
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Post by Pal Joey on Fri 13 Apr 2012, 10:46 am

Maybe just the one cuppa next time... and a "take way" please! Laugh
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Post by eirebilly on Fri 13 Apr 2012, 10:50 am

A meat pie and a coke? Thats what you all have when travelling in OZ isnt it? Wink
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Post by Pal Joey on Fri 13 Apr 2012, 11:00 am

That would make me feel sick. Most pies in those service station places taste awful and make me thirsty. I try to stop at familiar places where I know the food is better. I always stop at the Paragon in Goulbourn. Great breakfasts and generous portions of everything. Wink

You know something's wrong when when you stop at some place in the middle of nowhere and order a hamburger with chips and the lady disappears for 10 minutes or so...

The 'use by' date on the mince from the freezer must be '2003' or something (and the chips have a tinge of green about them) and it's taking a little while longer than usual to defrost.



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