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 What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: GG Riva  
Date:   Wed 16 Aug 16:50

I realise I`m entering Victor Meldrew territory, when I say that quite a number of things
upset me these days. (The likes of BPP and VEE have been there for years now. 😀)

One that took the star prize today was the parents who wait on their kids at the end of the school day, with their engines running, on their mobile phones oblivious to it all. While I can just about understand on a freezing January day, it beats me why anyone would want to unnecessarily pollute the air with petrol and/ or diesel fumes.

Maybe they`re not expensive enough? 🤔



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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: widtink  
Date:   Wed 16 Aug 18:25

Audi drivers ..
There..... I`ve said it .
I can`t take it back.
They have well and truly taken over from BMW drivers as the general hooligans of the roads .
Tell me I`m wrong ... 🤔

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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: Berry  
Date:   Wed 16 Aug 20:49

1) In meetings when everything needs to be ‘taken offline’

2) People that message you saying hi, then nothing else, waiting for a response, just tell me what you want.

3) Leave a little braking distance between cars is an invitation for some to just ram on in and then the courtesy ‘thanks’ with the flick of the hazards when you weren’t letting them over in the first place.

4) Cyclists on roads that can’t cycle in a straight line. Infact cyclists on roads period ;-).

5) On here when the majority of threads turn into petty squabbling and handbags.

6) Folk on busy trams who have bagged a seat but refuse to do the nice thing and give it to someone elderly or more in need, instead either fixate on their phone, stare out the window or pretend to sleep to try and hide what they’re intentionally doing.

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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Wed 16 Aug 21:17

I`ve realised I can sum it all up with two words - ignorant people.

They`re everywhere. It`s at the point where Idiocracy is like a documentary rather than a comedy.
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: buffy  
Date:   Wed 16 Aug 21:51

Employers who don’t tell you how the interview went, especially when they clearly said at that stage that they’d let you know by x day. So unprofessional and bloody annoying!

”Buffy’s Buns are the finest in Fife”, J. Spence 2019”
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: JTH123  
Date:   Wed 16 Aug 22:30

Teenage children who have the whole summer to do hee-haw but will pile rubbish a foot higher than the top of the kitchen bin rather than take it 10 steps outside to empty it.

Use of the phrase "reaching out" in modern office-speak. E.g. "I`m just reaching out to see if you can help with x..."
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Wed 16 Aug 23:31

`Have a nice day` spoken in robotic fashion. Why not just say `Thanks`?

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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: sammer  
Date:   Wed 16 Aug 23:34

I’ve read a few light hearted responses to GG Riva’s original post but I think he has touched on a very serious issue. Why it is necessary for parents to collect their children from school?

From the age of 5 or 6 it was previously assumed that every child could find his or her own way home from school. We did this in small groups of course but in the days before cars were widely owned or even mobile phones, there was little sense of children being at risk so far as I can remember. Maybe our parents did have an underlying fear but it was not communicated to us as children. This was in the days before the Tories’ ‘right to choose’ when we attended the nearest school within walking distance.

Did the increase in car ownership also increase the risk, or maybe the fear, of a child being lured or abducted? In the days of full employment there were very few men around on the streets during school hours so maybe that was a factor? And since most women were busy running their own home, there were more ears and eyes around to look out for trouble?

Something has been lost somewhere. I remember in the early 1970s getting trains back from Waverley to Dunfermline and there was a ‘schoolkids special’ around 4.00 which was full of young pupils from private schools. They were not yet secondary age but were expected, as part of their privilege, to negotiate their way to and from Edinburgh each day without any adult supervision. It probably stood them in good stead for their life ahead.

Working on the assumption that the number of persons who would wish harm to a child has remained constant over time, were our own parents too lax in their security arrangements or are present day parents over anxious?

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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: GG Riva  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 09:58

^^^^^ Good post, sammer. ^^^^^^

I would suggest one other possible reason for parents picking up/dropping off their kids from school, is the influence of TV and social media, magnifying the lurking dangers of paedophiles by making parents more aware of the problem.

I wouldn`t think these sick people are any more prevalent today than they were 50 or 60 years ago, but the general public were mostly blissfully ignorant of them, outside their own neighbourhood.

When my family emigrated to Scotland, my parents worked on a farm near Aberdour. As an 8 year old, I was entrusted to walk with my 5 year old sister to and from the village school, around a mile away and without a pavement for about half that distance. My parents were working at both ends of the day and didn`t drive, so there was no other option but to walk, as it wasn`t on a bus route either. There were very few cars about, and thankfully, we never encountered any dodgy individuals in over 2 years before moving to Dunfermline.



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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: The One Who Knocks  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 10:58

I dare say it was more dangerous for children in decades past than it is now but the shared national memories linger. Growing up I`d often see television adverts warning me of the danger of talking to strangers and what to do if approached by an unknown person, the `Charlie Say`s` possibly being the most notable. Of course this was prompted because in the 60s, 70s and 80s we had evil, vile monsters abducting and murdering children.

And although my eyes were open
They just might as well be closed
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: neilholland999  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 12:07

It also depends on where you live. When I grew up in Kelty, it was very safe/easy to get to school through quiet side streets etc, where there was very little traffic.

I now live in Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk), and my house is right on a main road where there are a lot of lorries and idiotic bikers/car drivers doing 50mph in a 30mph zone...
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 12:16

Couple of reasons -

1. Way more traffic on the roads. Even in the 80s/90s it was still uncommon to have more than one car. Now every home has at two sat outside. It`s the reason why older streets are such a headache now.

2. I`ll bet there are a lot more homes with both parents working so the kids may be getting dropped off on the way to work. Not an excuse for sitting idling though.

I don`t think it`s much to do with potential kidnappings given you can now track children far more easily now than when I was a kid...or maybe my parents didn`t care 😂
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: The One Who Knocks  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 12:43

Valid point about traffic. When GG was walking that mile along a cobbled road , or more likely a dirt trail, to school there would have only been horse drawn stage coaches to worry. The first vehicles, or horseless carriages, as they would have been known back thenbwere few and far between and only had a top speed of 8mph.

And although my eyes were open
They just might as well be closed
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: The One Who Knocks  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 12:45

Actually Jake I think , outside of upper middle class areas, having two car households is still uncommon.

And although my eyes were open
They just might as well be closed
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: Parboiled  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 14:40

I must bide in an upper upper class area. There two cars and a motor home outside two houses in my little enclave, a caravan and two cars outside another, also two cars and a boat on wheels!
Take a stroll on a Sunday morning through many an area and two cars are not uncommon by any means

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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: buffy  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 15:13

We used to walk to commercial primary, via the fields of sheep and horses, which were directly behind our home in garvock, aged 5-11, on our own.
Wayyyy before the “new” hooses and the extension of St John’s Drive.
Transy was as exciting as it got - scary in the dark wi aw they trees.

”Buffy’s Buns are the finest in Fife”, J. Spence 2019”
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 20:05

Quote:

The One Who Knocks, Thu 17 Aug 12:45

Actually Jake I think , outside of upper middle class areas, having two car households is still uncommon.


But then you have the poorer families who maybe never had a car who now have one. Where I used to live it was rare to see cars actually on the street. Now it`s a tight squeeze - and that`s on a street of council houses!

In 2000 there were around 27m cars. Now it`s closer to 40m. That`s pretty much one car for every 18-65 year old in the country!
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 21:34

Can mind when we used to write the number plates in a wee note book back in the early 50`s ..
Was wondering jake if you are doing the same ? or is google yer pal ?

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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 22:29

I`ll have to take your word for it BPP.

I used DVLA data rather than a wee book. It`d be some size of book if people still write down number plates!
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: sammer  
Date:   Thu 17 Aug 23:41

Interested in all the replies.

It seems that the danger of increased car ownership has created a problem, and that the solution has been for increased car ownership to solve it.

Well. we are only homo sapiens so we can only do the best we can.

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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 05:12

The deeper I moved into my 60s, the stronger my Victor Meldrew instincts grew. Today, they have fully matured, and I mutter angrily about matters that once would barely have registered on my irritation gauge. I blame social media for a lot of that. It has had a profound effect on the way we all behave towards each other. Almost none of it is good.

Barely 30 years have passed since the internet went mainstream, and just 16 years since the iPhone was introduced. The societal changes that resulted from both developments are immeasurable and increasingly harmful. There is a generation now that has always lived with the internet and the anonymity it can supply on social media. They neither know nor understand the consequences of their actions online. We see this practically every day on dafc.net.

On the political front, there has been the Trump factor, Brexit and other electoral upsets primarily due to social media.

However, just as insidious has been the growing influence of podcast gurus with millions of followers who fall under their often negative influence. I hear nothing but alarm bells when dangerous narcissists such as Joe Rogan, Andrew Tate, Russell Brand, and others like them start telling folk how they should behave.

You can see how alarming this can be by viewing the notable mental decline of Jordan Peterson. He is a classic case of someone believing his own publicity and becoming an expert on everything. The result is that when he strays off his area of expertise, psychology, his argument often dissolves into a word salad of utter jibberish that diminishes what he once was justifiably famous for.

This is the danger I talk about; these "gurus" are being filled with the false belief that every word they speak is golden. It is a dangerous lie, but too many of their followers don`t realise that until it is too late.

Victor Meldrew would be relieved that he has two feet in the grave days. But rest assured; he has inspired a generation of old fogeys to follow in his footsteps.

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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 05:25

On the car front, I think it is a terrifying statistic that 1.6 million new cars are registered in the UK every year. One bright spot is that this number has fallen from a high of 2.6 million in 2016.

You need to look at videos of Edinburgh and Glasgow in the 1960s or 1970s to see how big a problem traffic has become. I do wonder if our parents 50 or 60 years ago would have been so relaxed about us walking to school if present conditions existed.

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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 08:03

"I used DVLA data rather than a wee book. It`d be some size of book if people still write down number plates!"

LOL .. Correct jake .. there were not a lot of cars about when we used to collect the numbers

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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: da_no_1  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 09:02

Big eff off cars driven by folk who would struggle to park a Volkswagen Up.....especially these pick up trucks that seem to have taken over the roads overnight. Talk about knob extensions......

"Some days will stay a 1000 years, some pass like the flash of a spark"
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: Parboiled  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 09:13

Back in the late 50’s us kids used to go sledging down a hill in old Dollytown, Hamilton road I think it was, when it snowed.
To be on the safe side we took turns to stand at the bottom and wave if a car was in sight. Very rarely did that happen.

Only two houses with a car in my street, Morris Minor of a senior officer in the Yard, and in the next house to ours one of those wee blue three wheelers for the disabled, the ones that used to park behind the goals at EEP. He worked in the Drawing Office and was called Billy. Their budgie, who swore profusely in a broad Geordie accent, was also named Billy.

One morning the utterly distraught lady of the house came to our door in floods of tears and said her Billy was dead. My Ma, who had been widowed herself, comforted her as best she could, and when things calmed a little asked where Billy was. “ At the bottom his cage” she sobbed…

Cue sympathy and belly busting suppressed laughter. Aye life and death in the raw in the old days

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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: LochgellyAlbert  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 10:33

Well Parboiled, we finally have something in common, both Dollytown kids!

A great place to grow up in and a mainly traffic free zone, that let you play football in the streets under the street lamps, till you got shouted in!
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 14:16

Quote:

da_no_1, Fri 18 Aug 09:02

Big eff off cars driven by folk who would struggle to park a Volkswagen Up.....especially these pick up trucks that seem to have taken over the roads overnight. Talk about knob extensions......


Quite a few of these around me. I get it if used for work but the majority seem to be used to drive work and back. It`s this entire movement to SUVs that are really just big standard hatchbacks on taller suspension. The best example is the Sandero Stepway. I`m getting concerned at the lack of options when I need to replace our cars as manufacturers are steadily moving away from "normal" cars. I never understood why the MPV fell out of fashion. It was far more practical for families than these fake 4x4s and war machines.
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: Raymie the Legend  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 16:43

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da_no_1, Fri 18 Aug 09:02

Big eff off cars driven by folk who would struggle to park a Volkswagen Up.....especially these pick up trucks that seem to have taken over the roads overnight. Talk about knob extensions......


Agree 100% with that. Going down the coal road is dangerous with some of these tits driving them




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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: da_no_1  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 18:07

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Raymie the Legend, Fri 18 Aug 16:43

Quote:

da_no_1, Fri 18 Aug 09:02

Big eff off cars driven by folk who would struggle to park a Volkswagen Up.....especially these pick up trucks that seem to have taken over the roads overnight. Talk about knob extensions......


Agree 100% with that. Going down the coal road is dangerous with some of these tits driving them


Knob extensions AND tits.......the world we live in I suppose 😉

"Some days will stay a 1000 years, some pass like the flash of a spark"
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: Neil_Philp  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 21:58

Roadworks literally everywhere in Fife and beyond now
Groundworkers. See above. Nothing personal but come on lads give the roadworks a rest eh?
The fact that nearly every movie is about 3 hours long these days.......why? I miss the days of the 90 minute, mid-budget movies of the 80`s and 90`s.
Politicians. All of them.
This weather. Why is it windy and rainy all the time?
People online who get offended by silly stuff like the other day, folk getting offended because David Beckham called the England Women`s Football Team "Girls".......come on eh?
Taxes. Taxation is theft
Cyclists who don`t use cycle lanes that have been built with care and attention for them and continue to cycle on the road. Just use the cycle lanes guys. Come on!
Superhero movies. Bored of them now
Star Wars. It`s s***e now and there is too much of it now.
Falkirk and Raith Rovers.
Love Island/"Influencer" culture. Cringeworthy
Women who say daft things like "must have a beard", "must be over 6ft tall". Does being 6ft tall negate the fact that a man is ugly? Because if so, I`m 5ft 11 and I`ll away and buy some big heeled shoes if that`s the case!
Fantasy Football. It`s daft
Nicola Sturgeon

Don`t take this seriously folks. Just a grumpy old man having a moan :D



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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 22:15

My pet hate is folks (mostly females incidentally) walking along the street with their faces glued to a mobile - oblivious to other punters.

Rant over.
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: Neil_Philp  
Date:   Fri 18 Aug 22:42

Tyson Fury

COYP
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Sat 19 Aug 11:01

Agree with the cycling one Neil. Last night I was coming ong Aberdour Road and there was a queue of cars stuck behind this idiot who refused to use the dedicated cycle lane to his left. No helmet and wearing flip flops too. Credit to the cars who all gave him plenty of room when overtaking.

The council has spent hundreds of thousands on that route so it`s even more annoying. I can accept when it`s a proper road racer type cyclist but this guy was just toddling along.
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: Neil_Philp  
Date:   Sat 19 Aug 12:27

That`s just a selfish and stubborn person with no consideration for other road users

COYP
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Sat 19 Aug 12:56

To balance it, I`ll add in people who cut corners on roads. Had to swerve to avoid a daft bint in a Corsa tearing my front wing off on the road between Inverkeithing end of Masterton Road. Blind bend and she`s half a foot over the white line, seat so low she probably can`t see over the steering wheel.
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: DBP  
Date:   Sat 19 Aug 14:17

Is there not a speed limit for cycle lanes in general, as majority of them are also used by pedestrians, dogs, and have people on them for bus stops, pedestrian crossings etc?
I’m sure if your going faster than about 15mph on average then you should be on the road as you’re a danger to more vulnerable users
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Sat 19 Aug 16:35

I could`ve got out and overtaken this guy walking. Not sure he was all there. Zero awareness and looked like he`d just found the bike.
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 Re: What rips your knitting?
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Sun 20 Aug 12:59

Add to complaints list - the different charging cables Apple have produced for their products.

I still have a trusty earlier model iPod which needs the original 30 pin connector - also an iPhone using the next variation lightning connector - now it’s a C pin for iPad.

To add insult to injury they no longer include a mains converter plug, only the connector cable.

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