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    • By another casualty 2nd Apr 17, 7:42 PM
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    I've quit everything. Now what ?
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    I've quit everything. Now what ? 2nd Apr 17 at 7:42 PM
    Thanks to all who helped me do the above .
    I may as well keep you updated , with my progression .
    I'm still in the honeymoon period . Wonder how it'll end up ?

    Loads of pages http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5349916

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    • By another casualty 8th Oct 17, 12:39 PM
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    Make a note of the lettings agents who are advertising the flat. If there are any problems with the new tenants, you could contact the agents and put in a complaint. At least antisocial tenants can be evicted. Not all home owners are nice people, you could get stuck with an owner who's antisocial and it would be a lot harder to deal with! So look on the bright side.
    Originally posted by Gigervamp
    Thanks gigervamp . You are right .)
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    • By another casualty 9th Oct 17, 12:43 PM
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    So this morning , I was up early, but not feeling too good.probably a prednisone day . Was going to go to the gym, but heavy rain said no.

    I was just looking around the place and I found about a dozen or so ants scattered around the ceiling and coving in the small room .
    Managed to kill most of them . They donít seem to be anywhere else
    in the flat..yet!
    Iíve just got some Raid Spray and sprayed around different areas of the flat. Not seen anymore since I left about 2 hours ago.
    What made them invade my flat in October is a mystery .
    Wondering if the vacant flat above has anything to do with it .
    Speaking of which, I looked on the right move app and the flat has been withdrawn from the market .
    Iím hoping that I havenít got an infestation of them .
    The ants are not the flying ants .

    Iíll hop,over to the Home section here ,and see if they may be able to advise.
    • MrsPorridge
    • By MrsPorridge 15th Oct 17, 8:01 PM
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    How are things going AC?
    Getting back on Track
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    • By another casualty 17th Oct 17, 2:07 PM
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    How are things going AC?
    Originally posted by MrsPorridge
    Hi Mrs. P Hope allís well with you .
    The ant problem seems to be gone . The pram and bike are outside my door, but Iím just letting that go over my head so to speak .
    There are worse things in life after all . Last week was the most miserable Iíve had since being here. Mainly due to the weather preventing me going to the gym with the walk to and from.
    I havenít got a decent rain jacket which fits and I donít want to look like Iíve just come off the Jeremy Kyle show . I may find something big enough when the winter comes.

    I sold a couple of bits on Ebay . I broke part of one of my stereo speakers. Ended up getting a fantastic smaller pair from richer sounds in their place. The damaged ones will be sold on eBay . Last day tomorrow when I should find out how much Iíll get.
    At least I never got an expensive wireless speaker. Love my setup now.

    Feel positive again and not as down as last week . I suppose being on my own all day ,, Iím bound to have off days .

    Had more root canal treatment last Thursday . 2 more appointments at Dentist to come . Tomorrow and next weds. Then thatís it for six months .

    Just got a letter from m b n a . Not one of my creditors of my dmp.
    I complained through a third party regarding ppi. Was told not successful . Apparently, all 8 do now is fill in my latest details and send off, as thereís been a Supreme Court decision making a new way to complain . I willl ask on one of the other boards about this , just Incase Iím wasting my time .
    Thatís it for now
    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 17th Oct 17, 3:43 PM
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    Doing a part time job could be good for getting you out and about and seeing people AC as well as being good financewise. Once your health is better hopefully you can find something. In the meantime keep up with the gym in between dodging showers.
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    • By another casualty 17th Oct 17, 4:02 PM
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    Yes very true about the part time job enthusiastic .
    Iím aiming for a spring return to some sort of employment .
    Iím still not ready but am still sticking with the gym and not eating as much rubbish etc .
    When I went to see the specialist in London a few weeks ago , he said he wonít change anything for another 6 months as Iíve not lost weight since the last time he saw me .
    The other day, I receive a letter from him advising me to reduce the prednisolone from 7.5 mg to 5 m g as I looked well .
    Not sure how thatís gonna pan out . I havenít changed dosage yet as I donít want any side effects when I go to London next week at the o2. Next weds is when I will change dosage and hope for no side effects .
    The idea is that in a few months time I will look and be lighter and presentable in the workplace .
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 17th Oct 17, 6:05 PM
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    Hi AC.

    Back from my holidays and just catching up.

    Re the bike and pram. Sorry but itís not on.

    You shouldnít have to ďlive and let liveĒ on that one. They are a fire hazard. Communal areas need to be kept clear at all times.......basic ďElf Ďní SafetyĒ Iím afraid. Same with the flyers and junk mail. They are a fire risk.

    Just one of the reasons I too couldnít live in a flat, quite apart from the fact that I would not be happy having to negotiate an obstacle course to reach the outside door I am also not prepared to let others put me at risk from either fire or vermin infestations by their messy untidy habits.

    As for the noise

    Not that Iím antisocial but I belong to a school of thought that says ďgood fences make good neighboursĒ.

    Had a lovely holiday and am now back all fired up and ready to crack on and finish the decorating etc.

    Hope you are all recovered from the dentists. I need some work done but I am postponing it until after the Amazon trip. Only 12 weeks to go and need to get my vaccinations sorted ASAP so thatís next on the list.
    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 17th Oct 17, 7:33 PM
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    You need to get yourself a waterproof jacket asap AC. The weather's only going to get wetter and you can't keep putting off going out because it's raining!

    Who are you going to see at the O2?
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    • By another casualty 17th Oct 17, 8:14 PM
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    Hi LL/Gigervamp
    Glad you had a nice break LL .
    Regarding the pram/bike situation : I moved into confusion .
    As I say, the tenant one floor above moved out . She had 2 kids I think. She seemed to move out suddenly as her brother came to visit a few days before she disappeared . She still has mail delivered to this building including items to be signed for . Very strange .
    Nobody moved in yet as her replacement .

    The couple 2 floors up: man sometimes leaves bike outside , sometimes in . The woman has just had a baby so now a pram is there . She puts bike in front of my door, with the pram towards he front door. Difficult to explain without writing an essay .

    The kids were running up and down he stairs on Saturday for a few hours but thatís what kids do . Donít really hear them in my flat .

    Baring in mind the hassle Iíve had getting here and of course my own fault for buying a flat , I have to show a more tolerant approach.
    I may complain to the managing agents but I dipont know if thatís a bad idea. Iíve only been here since June. So need to be level headed and not hot headed.

    Yes Gigervamp , I will look into a jacket soon .

    Itís metallica next Tuesday at o2
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 18th Oct 17, 10:53 AM
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    AC....agree with gigervamp. Time to get your winter wardrobe sorted out, including a warm waterproof.

    Winter is Coming.

    And unless you want to spend the next six months indoors then you had better get prepared. .

    Remember the old saying. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes” lol.

    Btw.....I realise you don’t drive. Is there a particular reason for this...

    You are still young enough to learn and you have the funds for both lessons and a small inexpensive car. I only drive a Ford Fiesta but it’s a great little runabout and serves me well.

    Having a car does give a degree of freedom. And it might help make you more employable. Not necessarily driving for your job but it would open up more opportunities than if you were to rely on shanks’s pony or public transport to get to and from work.

    I can understand not having a vehicle whilst living in London where they can be more of a liability than an asset but now that you are no longer a big city dweller then a set of wheels could be a worthwhile investment for you.

    Well it’s back to the paint rollers and brushes this week. Don’t fancy it much but needs must if I am ever to get this house finished.
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    • By another casualty 18th Oct 17, 4:58 PM
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    Hi LL.

    I took a fair few driving lessons back in the Ď90s . Even got as far as taking my first test . Weighing everything up, Iím so,used to not having a car and donít really want to learn now . Driving is a skilful asset for sure .

    Have you decided on the colours of your new project ?
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    • By lessonlearned 18th Oct 17, 5:21 PM
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    Dining room, alcoves Mid grey, remaining walls pale silver beige/grey. Lounge area same beige/grey, with heather coloured alcoves. Sofas grey, heathery/plum coloured rugs, curtains, blinds. I have a Turkish rug at my DS1s which I will bring over. I have painted the table and dining chairs a pale grey. The remaining furniture, bookcases etc, are rustic pine. I did think about painting those grey but I think I prefer the natural wood. I think painting it grey would make it all too monochrome.

    Artworks are mainly impressionist prints and posters Van Gogh, Chagall, Miro, Picasso, so plenty of colour to stop it all being bland. A few pop art and advertising prints.

    At the moment accent colours are lime green and orange but I usually add vibrant reds and purples for the winter. Sounds garish but it isnít. I only use ďpopsĒ of colour and of course, plants and flowers.

    The bedrooms are mainly shades of duck egg blue, always plain white bedlnen, one room is heavy dark colononial furniture, the guest room is sort of Victorian/Parisienne chic. The blues work well with both styles.

    Itís a typical Victorian Terrace, which we have restored to its former glory, high celings, and lots of original features such as fireplaces, cornicing. Gradually adding lots of nice light fittings, chandeliers, lamps, mirrors etc to bounce light round.

    Nearly done.....then Iíll get bored and be ready to sell up and start all over again.
    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 18th Oct 17, 6:12 PM
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    Your d!cor plan sounds lovely LL. I love grey and it is very much in fashion again now. Duck egg blue is also one of my favourites with accent colours for soft furnishings.

    I also think learning to drive would be a good skill AC but I know it is not for everyone. I would be lost without my car though and brilliant in wet weather. My car was in for service/mot today so had to catch the bus to work which took soooo much longer.
    Countdown to early retirement on 21.12.17 2 months to go.
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    • By another casualty 19th Oct 17, 10:35 AM
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    Wow LL ! You sound like Picasso . Very interesting colour scheme.
    Speaking of art , I like Rothko . I have been browsing the right colours to go with the rest of my decor .

    No gym today , but will be there tomorrow . I’ve done Monday and Tuesday , so tomorrow should suffice . I have incorporated the step machine which kills me . Only a few minutes but it’s a start . Myasthenia has taken a lot out of me , but I won’t give in .
    I’ve made a start of actually making the gas room usable .
    I wired up the ‘home office ‘ equipment . Had a dabble on the bass last night for about half an hour . First time since moving in .
    The majority of stuff is done . No more James . Just have to tidy , declutter and put more pictures up . So far so good .
    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 19th Oct 17, 11:13 AM
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    Good you have made your spare room usable ( I cannot get over you calling it gas room - it sounds like a torture chamber ). Multi purpose rooms are the way to go to make the best use of space in a flat. Have you got lots of storage now sorted and is there a desk there for you to put your laptop/PC? I always prefer to sit at a desk as sitting on the sofa with my laptop gives me back and neck ache.
    Countdown to early retirement on 21.12.17 2 months to go.
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    • By enthusiasticsaver 19th Oct 17, 11:16 AM
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    I would also use the next few months while you are sorting out your health and fitness to do some research into jobs in the area and maybe update your CV. Get on top of your finances, research your pensions and maybe investigate giving music lessons if you have some musical talent. My brother paid a small fortune in weekly guitar lessons and there must be people in Poole who may be interested. Maybe local schools have lists of music teachers you could get your name on to?
    Countdown to early retirement on 21.12.17 2 months to go.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 19th Oct 17, 11:49 AM
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    Gas/torture room - the mind boggles.

    I spent years trying to explain to people when they complained that there were “too many bedrooms” (what’s that about) that a bedroom doesn’t have to be a bedroom.......and I agree that when square footage is limited then space needs to be multifunctional and used intelligently.

    Yes AC - you have probably guessed I studied art and design. I majored in something called “Visual Cultures”. It encompasses art, design, photography, film, architecture, fashion, sculpture. A fusion of all the visual arts.

    When in Bilbao I visited the Guggenheim art museum. What a building.

    Alas No picassos in there........in fact very little important Spanish art. Some Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol. A lot of American art but then given that it is an offshoot of the Guggenheim in New York then I guess that’s hardly surprising. Pity though. I would have liked to have seen more local art featured. Maybe that will come later.

    Most of my favourite Spanish artworks will be found in Barcelona or Madrid, although the most unusual art museum I have ever visited is the Salivador Dali museum at Figuerres. It is the maddest craziest place I have ever seen but then I guess its to be expected from a surrealist.

    One of my fellow travellers was a 90 hear old retired architect. He was a fascinating man, an outrageous flirt and quite a charmer with a real twinkle in his eye. Very intelligent, obviously he had been at the top of his game when he was younger because he had designed some very prestigious buildings in Singapore, Capetown, and America. We had a couple of very interesting conversations about art and architecture. He must have been quite a guy in his heyday, super smart and a real looker.

    I agree with enthusiastic .......if I had your musical ability and skills I would definitely be looking at a way to capitalise. I would rather be teaching and making music than being stuck behind a desk in some boring soul destroying mundane job.
    Last edited by lessonlearned; 19-10-2017 at 12:19 PM.
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    • By another casualty 19th Oct 17, 1:34 PM
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    Hi Ll/Enthusiastic
    Yesterday I was actually browsing looking at part time jobs in the area ,so Iím slowly getting in the right direction .
    Yes, updated cv & covering letter is the way to go .
    When I do get my new Mac , I will also be getting some music software. I wonít bore you silly , other than to say that most is somewhat overcomplicated and confusing . I have a rough idea what to get .
    Funny you mention the artistic streak LL.
    my closest friends are graphic designers , art directors , web designers and finance . There are so many creative people around .
    I have a niece who is a very good graphic designer , and she may be 21/2. Then my friend here, whoís daughter has adhd . She is very good and just needs a break to get her foot in the door somewhere.

    I was learning clarinet at school before I got fed up and attended sporadically . I come from a large family , so after a couple of weeks I was told to give that thing back, or words to that extent .
    I can understand the noise situation . However with bass, itís all about vibration and not high pitched squealing
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    • By another casualty 20th Oct 17, 10:03 AM
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    So this morning , I saw a large cockroach ( or at least thatís what it looked like ) in the extractor fan in the bathroom . It seemed to be hesitating whether to come in or not as I have one of those plug ins that deter insects and rodents . It was long dark brown and chunky with two antlers . Probably a cockroach .
    So I got some brown tape and covered the vents .
    I cleaned up the flat as usual and saw nothing else .
    Not sure what to do next . Off to the gym now.
    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 20th Oct 17, 11:57 AM
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    Eww! I've never seen a cockroach in real life. I used to think we didn't have them in the UK, as it's only been relatively recently (in the last couple of decades) that I've heard of people here having to deal with them.

    Think you've done the right thing, temporarily, taping the vent up, but I guess you should contact pest control at the council and see what they suggest.
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