Health and Safety!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After the successful laying of the flooring in my study, Jamie went on to spend another three days laying flooring and fitting doors for Roger Woolnough. On completion, he returned to working at Willow Bank and laid a new floor in the sunroom, this turned out to be a little trickier as he had to make a drain cover. He spent the weekend camping with friends at Santapod to watch drag racing etc. However, in his rush to get off at 6.00 am on Friday, he left his kit bag with a change of clothing on his bedroom floor, though he did remember his packed lunch. When he returned on Sunday evening informing us he had a ‘wicked’ time, though he looked quite tatty and was a lot smelly!
Next week Sarah starts a part-time summer job in a chip shop in Fleckney. Hopefully, earning some money will mean that she won’t have to rely on the bank of dad too often.
I rang Nan on Sunday and was disturbed to be informed that she had been trying to change the fuse in the main fuse box as her cooker had ‘blown up. I told her to leave it alone and that I will be up in the morning. When I investigated the problem, the oven element had broken and rather than try and source a new one we had to drive into Rotherham and buy another oven. I wired it in that afternoon.
Afterwards, in between showers, I dug up half the potatoes and put them in a sack for her, then mowed the lawn and pruned the bushes  Early evening, we visited Aunty Hilda. Sadly, she has cancer of the pancreas and the doctor has given up and passed her on to the Macmillan nurses. She did look unwell and was in some pain. I stayed with Nan for three days and then drove home, as I left she was looking forward to the ‘Ashes’ (cricket!) on Thursday and had got her bag of sweets ready to suck.
Sue is looking better, moving around easier and has no chesty cough. She has been to Kettering Hospital for a pre-op talk, Sarah accompanied her and she seems quite happy with the procedure. During the week she again managed to persuade me to see another film shown at the Odeon in Kettering (will I never learn?). It was called ‘The Visitor’ and was tortuously dire. Again, the audience was predominately female and mostly over the age of sixty. The storyline centred on an American teacher, who was disillusioned with teaching and life in general. I remember I yawned a lot and Sue thought it was a lovely film.
Suraj found a Dell computer on eBay for me that would could be converted into a Media Centre, so I bought it and after a bit of fiddling by Suraj it does the job well.  Charlotte and her family all looked fit and well when I called in on my way to see Nan, they were looking forward to their holiday to the Dominican Republic at the end of August. They surprised Sue and I on Sunday as Suraj’s sister, who was going to stay with them at the weekend had decided not to travel as the weather was so awful, they visited us instead. Suraj brought a PC and a laptop with him for a friend of mine who had asked him to supply them. them I made a curry for them before they left late that evening.
I’m still riding my bike daily and have lately been making movies from old photos, using specialised software on my computer. Whenever the family go on holiday, I make their pictures into a video as a happy memory for them. I have also made two videos for Roger Woolnough. The deal is: he provides the photo album, I make the movie, and he buys me lunch.
For years I have tended to ignore little step-brother David as he has mostly kept himself to himself and despite being loosely related, he was never been over-communicative. However, when I visited him recently in Bulgaria we got on well. We now email each other often and as he has such a fascinating life with  Genya, I think I shall now include him in my blogs. In Bulgaria, it is presently very hot David has reported that the mosquitoes are in a fine biting mood. He has been busy rebuilding several walls around the property, installing CCTV cameras and cleaning his pool. They have also had a borehole sunk to provide them with water. It was their 10th wedding anniversary this week and they were going out toa restaurant to celebrate it, but the day had been so hot they opted to stay inside by the aircon. Regrettably, along with dealing with weasels, burglars, gypsies, broken cars, snakes, and a lack of neighbours, at present they both have diarrhoea.
Health and Safety:
1. A week ago we were scheduled to have extra loft insulation put in.  We spent a full day emptying the two lofts on the day before. The men arrived on time, then left half an hour later without installing anyhing. It seems that since being surveyed and photographed by their company surveyor, only the week before, our loft has shrunk and now one of them is only 1.4m high. The men claimed that due to Health and Safety regulations they weren’t allowed to work under 1.6m, so they left. Surely the majority of roofs slope, so wouldn’t all lofts be mostly less than 1.6m as they gradually angle down to 0m? It is mathematical fact concerning all structures with a  hypotenuse! After I complained to head office, they apologised, said they were having trouble with some of their teams and will re-scheduled for the 17th Aug. Now we have a bedroom full of loft clutter and each night is an assault course when going to bed.
2. Last week I arranged to have double glazing put in. Twenty windows in all, quite a few of the present ones are already double-glazed, so we have decided to replace the remainder and the quote was very competitive. A surveyor duly arrived to measure the windows so that they could be made in the factory ready for installation on the 17th Aug. When he started digging at one of the window sills with a knife he pronounced that they wouldn’t replace the sills as Health and Safety wouldn’t permit it, they were a concrete and asbestos composite. I quickly checked with the previous owner (he had built the house and lived next door) and it was true. So, they are still going to fit the windows, but the sills will have to stay. I can live with that (I think……….at the moment).
3. Last week on the way to Nan’s, I drove over a road safety bump (sleeping policeman) and the left rear suspension spring broke on the car. The car has only done 17000 miles from new! In Harborough, we have been gifted a 5-star traffic calming system. It is impossible to drive on any road without being regularly jarred up and down or having to veer sharply right or left. Welland Park Road has six different trafic calming measures over a 150m stretch of tarmac. Before this madness was put in there had never been an incident where anyone had been knocked down or killed.  However, now we have accidents happening weekly, cars regularly knock over the posts set into the middle of the road, put there to slow them down. Well it does that alright!!!  When you are trying to watch oncoming cars, keep a check on pedestrians at the side of the road and maybe it’s dark or even raining, you have to ask  what idiot thinks it is a good idea to put a post in the middle of the road? Often there is confusion as to who has priority on the two pinch points, and this also contributes to collisions with other cars. The police, fire and ambulance service always seem to be there helping some poor bewildered, unfortunate motorist.  Of course those of us who live locally can avoid this stupidity. Except, the continual battering to your car suspension in negotiating these Health and Safety measures eventually leads to damage. A friend, Roger Woolnough also had two springs break on his car two weeks ago and it is the poor motorist who has to pay for the repairs!

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  1. chris says:

    The other day I had to visit Travis Perkins the builders merchant. I asked the chap behind the counter for certain sizes of timber and then we went into the warehouse to choose the wood. I said I wouldn\’t be able to take the 4.2metre length in the car and he replied that he couldn\’t cut the wood for me because of safety rules. I asked him if I could cut it. He replied I could use the saw chained to the scaffolding but to remember to say he hadn\’t given me permission. "The world\’s gone mad!!!"The latest total waste of money by S Gloucs. Council is located East and West of my property. In fact I cycled past one of the newly erected signs and had to do an about turn because I couldn\’t believe my eyes. I live in a cul de sac and there other cul de sacs East and South of my house. As you enter the 20metre length of road which which then branches into three different cul de sacs they have erected 30 mph limit signs. You can\’t do 30 mph anyway—the roads are too short. What were they thinking when they decided on this Safety decision. Are they on drugs?? Arggggggggghhhhh !!!

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