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A series of snippets / thoughts ... on such a variety of subjects that they can't be equated to any one type of sweet selection!

Votes for prisoners The press is full of public outrage at the potential of prisoners being given the vote, and the convenient excuse of "Europe" is being used to pass off the unpopularity to someone other than our legislature. But when you think of it, it's illogical to exclude just this one group when everyone else, no matter how informed or uninformed gets a vote; a vote in an election based on the fact that one of the candidates is a pretty young lady has just the same weight as a vote that's been thought through, and is cast based on the quality of the policies of the candidate, and the likelihood of him/her doing a good job for the area to be represented.

£3.50 subsidy per journey for buses. Wiltshire Council's proposed local transport plan says that they will subsidise bus services up to £3.50 per passenger journey (with the exception of a lower figure for journeys within an urban area). It says the will encourage thr DfT to subsidise train services, not that they will do so themselves. At a meeting on the subject the other night, the council confirmed their policy ... and the group of people around the table that they work for (predominantly from places that do NOT have stations) agreed that a fair, more level playing field would be one that allows subsidy of public transport based on "pence per mile", irrespective of mode. As it stands, the council is happy to pay 3.50 for a journey from Broughton Gifford to Melksham (2 miles, 1.75 per mile), but would not pay 1.00 for a journey from Melksham to Swindon (25 miles, 0.04 per mile).

"Only 2 Children at a time" says the sign outside the new sweet shop in Melksham, and I'm picturing one very sad and lonely child, standing outside on the pavement waiting for a second child to show up to make the two-some that's required for entry.

Why should prices be different for the less well off? If I go into Tesco, I can choose to buy 7 up at 1.59 a bottle, R Whites lemonade at 0.79, Sunsip at 0.36, or Tesco value at 0.18. But I won't be offered a discount because I'm off work sick, nor charged more because I'm luck enough to be employed and earning enough to have to pay income tax. So why should there be special prices for things like university places and public transport fares? If the tax system's going to level things out, shouldn't it do so completely rather than reducing the prices for those who are less well off - I'm not suggesting making their life harder, just giving them responsibility for their own spend - restoring their self esteem and letting them make the choice based on true value.

Have your five fruit and veg each day. Cider is made from apples, is it not? How much cider do I need to drink to count as one of my five?

Buses like Bread Vans? One of our contacts in the public transport campaigning arena (we'll just call him "David") is always banging on about how much better First are than the other operators in the area; he describes them as being non-unionised operators of glorified bread vans. And it's certainly true that their smaller buses are less comfortable - but at least they provide a service. The other day, I saw a glorified bread van operating the evening service from Devizes to Bath ... guess what - it was a glorified bread van in First's colours. Me thinks that David doth protest too much, and he should be careful before he throws stones - for he lives in a greenhouse

The paper tells me that the Post Office is struggling because of a drop in the letter traffic. Perhaps that's connected with the drop in service that's been provided over time with less deliveries, postal strikes and threats thereof ... people have simply moved away to cheaper and more reliable alternatives.

Trust the salesman?We have two things on order at the moment that we're excitedly waiting for delivery on. The first was indicated to be with us (and we paid for) early last month ... but it's failed to turn up and failed to turn up. A Skype conversation on Saturday to the company ("we're open 7 days a week for sales and service") told they would touch on Monday as it appeared that they were really only open to take more money that day ... Monday afternoon came, I called, to be told that Helen wasn't in until Tuesday but she would call me on that day, but when I called at 4 O'Clock on Tuesday having not heard back, I was told she had left for the day. The salesman told me they would arrange a refund ... should I believe the salesman?

Agreeably impressed. We've got a delegate leaving at the Crack O'Dawn tomorrow [now today]... and I was thinking it would be an extra early start for me. But I had overlooked how excellent and helpful our whole team now is ... and I'll be coming in just to do the station run a little later.

Quiet the dog.Walking through Freddie's Wood the other day, I heard this chap shouting at his dog by name ... he was calling it "Quiet". And that struck me as a poor name for the dog, because it was barking noisily!

(written 2010-11-05, updated 2010-11-07)

 
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Z801 - Pettifog
  [52] International awareness - (2004-09-17)
  [87] Too sittings - (2004-10-13)
  [90] Rude old people - (2004-10-16)
  [323] 1 in 48 steel - (2005-05-24)
  [439] You cant - (2005-09-08)
  [471] And it gets even better - (2005-10-21)
  [478] Watch what you wear - (2005-10-26)
  [519] New Road - (2005-12-06)
  [562] Smoke and mirrors - (2006-01-12)
  [600] It costs nothing to say THANK YOU - (2006-02-11)
  [638] A pile of sand? Where do we stand? - (2006-03-08)
  [783] Good follow up ... my thanks - (2006-06-28)
  [791] Strange housewarming - (2006-07-03)
  [815] Time trickles like water through a sieve - (2006-07-27)
  [826] Fighting illegal net use by imposing download limits - (2006-08-09)
  [1170] Smoking, or no? The law insists we spell out the obvious - (2007-05-01)
  [1337] A series of tyre damages - (2007-09-08)
  [1349] Cash is not an acceptable way of paying - (2007-09-13)
  [1741] Age Concern - (2008-08-07)
  [1783] Think before you send - (2008-09-02)
  [1839] Job application - (2008-10-13)
  [1862] Remember your units - (2008-10-31)
  [1972] Pettifog and forum boards away from public view - (2009-01-03)
  [2122] Commission Creep - (2009-04-08)
  [2193] Excellent product, excruciating customer service. 3 Mobile Broadband - (2009-05-21)
  [2625] Both feet on the same pavement - (2010-02-05)
  [2761] A small business, facing a big government questionnaire - (2010-05-12)
  [2788] Cost of Sales - (2010-06-01)
  [2937] The cat in the dustbin - (2010-08-27)
  [2944] What others cannot do in 10 months takes Virgin 10 minutes - (2010-09-03)
  [3013] Audio equipment - (2010-10-24)
  [3084] Can you trust the big brand names? - (2010-12-12)
  [3302] Are you a half full or half empty person? - (2011-05-25)
  [3749] Removal of water safety equipment, and how to use a lifesaver ring - (2012-06-04)
  [3835] The Information age - not yet truly with us? - (2012-08-12)
  [3900] The Xxxxx Guest House in Xxxxxxxxxxx - my stay reviewed - (2012-10-20)
  [4140] Riots in Melksham - (2013-07-13)
  [4167] The important customers are the majority, not the celebrity - (2013-09-08)
  [4282] On tipping - and the expectation of a tip - (2014-07-10)
  [4304] Please do not ask me to be the chair! - (2014-09-25)
  [4354] Wiltshire Police - assuming someone is guilty just on the say-so of a member of the public? - (2014-12-16)
  [4630] The story behind the bus cuts, and what they could mean - (2016-01-24)
  [4651] Pressure selling in the fire safety business - (2016-02-19)
  [4720] Celebrating our diversity rather than discriminating for it - (2016-11-02)

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  [39] A Change is as good as a rest - (2004-09-05)
  [44] Serious subject - (2004-09-10)
  [69] John Toner - (2004-10-01)
  [94] Special change - (2004-10-20)
  [151] Coffee Standards - (2004-12-14)
  [156] Signage - (2004-12-18)
  [300] Dentist's Waiting Room Syndrome - (2005-05-04)
  [331] 08:45 is a difficult time - (2005-05-31)
  [346] No Smoking Pubs - (2005-06-13)
  [395] Making Orangutangs - (2005-07-28)
  [520] Three life changing comments - (2005-12-07)
  [547] Taking the dog for a walk - (2005-12-29)
  [568] NB ''Aspiration'' - (2006-01-18)
  [610] Need a hankie - (2006-02-16)
  [661] Dressed up for a phone call - (2006-03-29)
  [689] The call of nature - (2006-04-18)
  [701] Minature Cyclists only - limited headroom - (2006-04-27)
  [758] Very good for woodlice - (2006-06-12)
  [761] Great new inventions - (2006-06-14)
  [784] Which way to turn? - (2006-06-28)
  [807] Telling large from small - (2006-07-18)
  [850] Lighter moments - (2006-08-31)
  [892] A pattern in change - (2006-10-12)
  [973] Too much used to Skype - (2006-12-08)
  [1075] I'm not the father - (2007-02-11)
  [1167] Leaning tower of Cheeser - (2007-04-28)
  [1171] Traffic light control for horses - (2007-05-01)
  [1241] If I say 'I am fine', what do I mean? - (2007-06-23)
  [1440] Useful command or messy screen? - (2007-11-21)
  [1604] M25 / South Mimms Service Area - (2008-04-07)
  [1662] Westonbirt Arboretum Postcode - (2008-05-31)
  [1886] Keys to friendless churches - (2008-11-15)
  [1952] Small Print - (2008-12-19)
  [1977] Going round the block - (2009-01-04)
  [1980] Michelle - (2009-01-06)
  [1988] Melksham, Wiltshire. Town Crier Competition, 2009 - (2009-01-11)
  [2009] The Royal Mail Receipt - (2009-01-26)
  [2028] Things people say on the phone - (2009-02-06)
  [2050] Why the Pony Tail? - (2009-02-21)
  [2089] The Longest Day - Wednesday, 28th September - (2009-03-18)
  [2108] Funny Amusing, Funny Amazing and The Smarts - (2009-03-29)
  [2127] Call in the professionals! - (2009-04-12)
  [2131] Patterns in street names - (2009-04-17)
  [2138] Ski bore ... train bore ... dog bore - (2009-04-24)
  [2143] Throughout the year, around the world - (2009-04-27)
  [2152] My four feet! - (2009-05-01)
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  [2180] Patterns in numbers - room occupancy - (2009-05-13)
  [2250] Bluegrass comes to Melksham - (2009-06-19)
  [2251] Over a third of numbers start with the digit 1 - (2009-06-19)
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  [2542] My armpit was like a zebra crossing - (2009-12-19)
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  [3215] Solution looking for problem - (2011-03-27)
  [3223] Answering at my earliest convenience - (2011-03-29)
  [3226] A busy morning for railway announcements - (2011-04-01)
  [3288] Random Questions ... - (2011-05-14)
  [3369] Local Council leads bans on many activities - (2011-07-24)
  [3462] Hangers, luggage and possessions - (2011-10-01)
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  [3922] Twerp - A person regarded as insignificant and contemptible - (2012-11-12)
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  [4329] Does Santa Claus need a CRB check? - (2014-11-25)
  [4392] Interview conditions,and other instructions to staff - (2015-01-12)

Z301 - Current Affairs
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  [377] A Strengthened City - (2005-07-14)
  [614] News in Ireland - (2006-02-20)
  [1214] New Serieses for the summer on TV - (2007-06-02)
  [1275] Incident in Melksham - (2007-07-24)
  [1960] Christmas Survivors - (2008-12-25)
  [1987] One Cheer for Local Democracy - Asda in Melksham - (2009-01-11)
  [2112] Whatever next ... the joys of being an employer - (2009-04-01)
  [2128] Wiltshire - where everybody matters - (2009-04-13)
  [2289] pre-Inaugural briefing - Melksham Community Area Partnership - (2009-07-15)
  [2508] Community Area Partnership - inaugural AGM - (2009-11-20)
  [2514] The road show has been - where now? - (2009-11-27)
  [2574] Summary of Wiltshire Core Strategy responses - (2010-01-13)
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  [2666] Random thoughts on Melksham Town Planning and development - (2010-03-08)
  [2776] Regional Spatial Strategy and the next 20 years - Whence Wiltshire under the new government? - (2010-05-22)
  [2852] Atworth Village Fete - on the Melksham Community Area Partnership stand - (2010-07-04)
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  [2982] Travel, Transport and Tourism - A vision for Melksham, 2026 - (2010-10-03)
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  [3028] VAT rise in January - it is really up 14% not just 2.5% - (2010-11-03)
  [3126] Car Parking in Melksham - thoughts on the proposed scheme, and wider thoughts too - (2011-01-09)
  [3183] Redevelopment on the banks of the Avon in Melksham - (2011-02-25)
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  [3231] Footpath, Bridleway, Byway, Road used as Public Path - (2011-04-04)
  [3265] Alternative Vote (AV) - cutting the crap - (2011-04-25)
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