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What is happening to our Country .

(68 Posts)
harvatt Sat 19-Jan-13 13:47:24

29% Horsemeat in a Burger - Is this not " a Trace too far " 50 years
ago Horse Meat was sold in shops - I do not remember any ill effects .
Should Helicopters and Light Aircraft carry 2 crew by Law and should
the areas they fly in be under stricter control particularly London.
English Heritage has announced it can no longer afford to put up Small
Blue Placques on London houses to announce a celebrity once lived there
- what would a placque cost ?
Plans are being considered to ban teachers from using Red Ink to mark
homework " because it upsets Pupils " seemingly in 2008 hundreds of
British Schools banned teachers from doing this. How long have we been
marking in red ink - I do not remember any complaints !
Why cannot TV sound be constant - Why is it loud one minute and quiet
the next - Where is modern Technology ?
Why do some footballers wear gloves - in my footballing days they would
be considered a sissy .
Why do football goal scorers go daft when they score a goal - it is a team
game - all eleven players play a part - I don't see a full back going daft
after a good tackle !
Why are footballers constantly spitting and blowing their nose on TV ,
it is a disgusting habit .
Why do so many men these days go around unshaven - is it
considered to be macho ?

POGS Sat 19-Jan-13 14:15:29

Nice one Harvatt

Why can't schools touch children who have hurt themselves with a hug.

Why do children have to sit in wet pants because adaults are not allowed to help them.

Why must I not be told the meat I buy is halal produced.

Why do people 'air kiss' so much these days.

Why are signs in other languages other than british language.

Why do people let their children run riot in a restaurant.

Why am I such a moaner smile

cheelu Sat 19-Jan-13 14:43:50

Why are there bus lanes that cause sooo much traffic

Why can't you speak to a human being instead of a machine when you phone certain companies

Why do people still smoke when they know that it will give them a slow and horrid death

Why did my socks get wet this morning when out in the snow!!

I'm done--I am in quite a happy mood today and can not think of any other things bothering me but I think this is a brilliant thread and should be used in place of a punching bag for GN members when they are having a bad day

x x

harvatt Sat 19-Jan-13 14:44:55

Even better one Pogs

dorsetpennt Sat 19-Jan-13 15:08:57

Why aren't I sunning myself on Bora-Bora instead of sitting in my house deciding when I can stick the heat on?
Why does my son and his dear little family live in London instead of here, thereby making it easier to see them more often.
Why did I never learn to drive?
Why can't I travel more? Next to reading my most favourite thing to do.
Why don't I live in some old rectory in deepest Dorset?
Why aren't I a rich man's plaything
Answers on a postcard please smile

JessM Sat 19-Jan-13 16:15:35

Why didn't the guy I know who has given a huge amount of time to the local athletics club over many years get an Olympic ticket to see someone from HIS CLUB get a gold medal - or any other ticket when the MPs got shedloads.
Is is just not fair! Bah! Humbug!

annodomini Sat 19-Jan-13 17:16:45

Why don't slugs eat weeds?
When the Crosscountry train from Manchester to Bournemouth stops everywhere else, why doesn't it stop at Didcot?
Why is there hardly any legroom on Crosscountry trains?

merlotgran Sat 19-Jan-13 17:27:40

Why do you have to book up more than a week in advance to see a GP? Are we supposed to know when we are going to be ill?
Why is it always so difficult to find a parking space?
Why do so many people cry on the telly?
Why do our dogs have better healthcare than we do?
Why is Saturday night TV a load of rubbish?

Movedalot Sat 19-Jan-13 17:35:58


Not here
Don't know, can be annoying
Don't have a dog anymore
Time to watch a DVD

have a good evening smile

Granny23 Sat 19-Jan-13 17:43:18

Anno should that not be 'Why did it not stop at Didcot' you missed an opportunity there smile

JessM Sat 19-Jan-13 17:56:46

And little or no room for suitcases on many trains. Last time it was a case of shouting at a whole carriage of people "excuse me I need someone to move their case!!!" because there was a big pile of them. I mean to say! Outrageous!

Grannylin Sat 19-Jan-13 17:57:47

Why, when you are being served a meal in a pub or restaurant and you say 'Thank you', does the waiter/waitress say 'No problem' when there shouldn't really be a problem because it's his/her job to serve you a meal?confused

absent Sat 19-Jan-13 18:04:24

I don't care any more. Very soon it won't be "my country". In fact, it hasn't been anything that I hoped it would be when I was younger or anything like I think it should be now – so not my country. Can't wait to leave this hole and never return.

harrigran Sun 20-Jan-13 11:03:58

One of my pet grumbles too Grannylin smile

harrigran Sun 20-Jan-13 11:14:44

merlot the last time I tried to arrange appointment with GP I was given a date 17 days later. Our surgery sees patients on a morning without appointment but you do have to sit and wait, so that is what I did. I turned up and asked to see the first available GP, not my usual GP but he examined me, found the problem and treated me. The ligament was in danger of detaching in my thigh, if I had waited 17 days I may have had a real problem.

j07 Sun 20-Jan-13 11:16:34

So agree about the tv sound!

j07 Sun 20-Jan-13 11:17:29

I remember the red ink thing around in the seventies when my girls were in primary school. Thought it was ridiculous then. hmm

j07 Sun 20-Jan-13 11:19:13

"Why do so many men these days go around unshaven - is it
considered to be macho ?" (quote from original post)

A light stubble is absolutely gorgeous! [sigh]

j07 Sun 20-Jan-13 11:20:03

I don't mind too much about the other things.

Apart from the blue plaques. That is baaaad!

j07 Sun 20-Jan-13 11:20:58

Though they should choose their "celebrities" carefully. IYSWIM (and I'm sure you do wink)

j07 Sun 20-Jan-13 11:28:08

Agree about the living in an old rectory in deepest dorset dorset.

Not so sure about family on the doorstep though. I quite like 'loving by text message'. And sending little pressies via Amazon. All less tiring than cooking and tidying up behind them.

Last Sunday my DD rang me at ten to two to tell me dinner was on the table. I had forgotten, and it was an hour and ten minute journey! I blame that on too much reliance on said text messages. hmm

MrsJamJam Sun 20-Jan-13 11:36:00

Why can't I think of anything to moan about? I must be the luckiest person on the world - or maybe I'm too stupid to notice anything awful! smile

And I think red ink is always 'shouty' and I would avoid it for anything. Doesn't anyone remember those depressing bank statements in the dim and distant past when red denoted all the money you didn't have?

annodomini Sun 20-Jan-13 11:41:25

I suppose most teachers (myself included) used red pens for marking because the corrections contrasted with the pupils' work. If they had all written in red ink, we would have used a black pen. Latterly I did use a green pen which seemed a bit more friendly.

Lilygran Sun 20-Jan-13 11:52:25

In the 1960s when I started teaching, it was common practice to use ordinary pencil not red pen and to limit one's correction. How different from my own schooldays when you sometimes got a red pen right across the whole page! I think going through the whole thing with the class and individually with the strugglers is probably the most effective and compassionate approach. But I don't expect teachers can find time for that these days as they've got the National Curriculum to teach and have to get them all through the tests at the required level.

Movedalot Sun 20-Jan-13 12:18:00

This country has problems but so do others. I don't think I want to live anywhere else. For me the grass is as green here as over any hills and we have the best hills here smile