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 Jacknher
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I was lucky a few years back and some kind of glitch meant I could send and receive messages on Zoosk without paying anything.
They used to have an awesome forum but realised people were actually socialising through the forums and arranging dates and even meets (camping in Wales, a weekend in London etc etc) without needing to pay membership.
So they policed the forum really heavily. Admin became the only ones allowed to start a thread and all threads had to be "dating/marriage/relationships" related. Terrible threads about menus for wedding receptions and good places to honeymoon. With every reply having to be approved by admin before it was posted.

Last time I looked they seemed to have closed the forum down. .....and there looked to be only a couple of dozen members my sort of age and within a 25 mile radius of me so I didn't bother.


Don't worry kid, POF wil lsend you a message when you get mail, not that I am suggesting you aren't getting mail just that ....stopping digging now


Haha Don't actually get many messages these days. Got sick of all the "Hi/Hiya/How's you" messages and selected the 50+ characters first message option........and the messages suddenly dropped right off.
Went from at least a couple of messages a day down to maybe one a week if I'm lucky lol.
And the last message I got was from a woman. Told her "thanks but no thanks" only to get a reply back stating she was actually 25 years younger than her profile stated......as if that was going to make me suddenly swing the other way.

If my ego starts to suffer I can always un-click the 50+ characters option.
 billybonds
Joined: 8/8/2014
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Posted: 3/18/2018 10:17:42 AM
This is my only forum ..my only social media...I
think you're lucky to have me ..I'm melting snow
on my car now I'm not physically clearing it..
Stand off at the moment..wake me up before you
go go is playing on Gold ;)...hot chocolate now ...
...there's slippage my wipers just burst into life..
2 minutes to take off...
 duracell_bunny_one
Joined: 1/21/2015
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Posted: 3/20/2018 3:18:54 AM
I'm on here & a couple of music forums - I don't really use social media.
Moving on -
Did anyone see 'Being Blacker' on Beeb 2 the other week?
(a snippet of the life of a Brixton rasta)
I enjoyed it, thought it a bit short & for some reason I was sure that
this was supposed to be a three parter (I'm sure that Beeb said that)-
it would seem not.................?

 Justanotherchap
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Posted: 3/20/2018 4:47:57 AM
Nope - missed that Bunny. I did go to see "Finding your feet" last night though. Pretty good film with the usual list of British comic actors.

But I am left wondering this morning which story number this is (someone once aid there are only 9 stories in the universe). In this case (turn away now if you're going to see this film) - snobby Bloke cheats on very snobby wife, wife leaves, goes to live with down market sister, learns that money isn't everything, meets poor but nice bloke, discovers he is still married (for a very good reason), goes back to hubby, realises hubby is a crashing bore, leaves again and chases poor bloke who is off around the world in a barge - The End.
 vlad dracul
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Posted: 3/20/2018 5:42:02 AM
As a big lover of the british 'kitchen sink' dramas i find a lot of todays dramas and films to be quite boring. Although i enjoyed 3 Billboards and i thought Hacksaw Ridge was brilliant.

A couple of new ish films i also liked were Kajaki, which is an acurate portrayal of British troops in afghanistan where Edinburgh laddie Mark Wright was killed. All the lads who survived had an input into the film.

The other one was The Siege Of Jadotville where the Irish army had their first overseas military operation through the UN. It tells you at the end what happened to the characters in real life. (This was still on netflix last time i looked).

My favourite film of all time though is Gary Oldmans Nil By Mouth. Ray Winstone and Kathy Burkes acting is exceptional in the story.

A good British 'kitchen sinker'. And the ending is very believable. No fairytale ending. No happy ever afters. Just a scenario that most of us have seen before. Rather unfortunately.

I don't go to the pictures much now. My last visit was Trainspotting 2 (on the red carpet at the premier as well was your humble writer here).

When i had some cash a while back i bought a good telly and a blu ray surround sound so i either 'acquire) films from someone who uses torrents or watch on the amazon firestick with kodi.
 RoxyMoronic
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Posted: 3/20/2018 8:16:48 AM

I think you're lucky to have me

I thank my lucky stars everyday I’m here for you

Dexter
Homeland
Designated Survivor
Hannibal
Fargo
House of Cards

Some epic series
 NewYorker58
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Posted: 3/20/2018 7:33:59 PM
Roxy, I also liked Dexter. Another good and odd series he was in was "6 Feet Under". I think you'd really like it: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/six_feet_under? Another good series was "Breaking Bad": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903747/

Amazon Prime is good if a person subscribes to it, because they have a lot of things they buy online, then their video service is included. I've done a free trail. I'm a little scared of getting a virus from torrents☺ I liked Hulu, but they changed the app, then my tablet wasn't compatible with it anymore. The public library has tons of new and old movies, plus tv series on dvds that you can take out.
 vlad dracul
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Posted: 3/21/2018 3:21:48 AM
Roxy
Ive only ever liked one of the tv series you mention and that was Homeland. But then i feel they kicked the balls out of it.

And your campaign to bring howard from the halifax advert back is purely evil. Do you perchance feed kittens to rottweilers?

A couple of good tv shows recently were Three Girls (although the subject matter made for uncomfortable viewing (awaits wailing about the catholic church) the acting was superb) and Little Boy Blue about the wee laddie shot and murdered by a liverpool gang member.

The sopranos was in my opinion the best tv series ever made. Game Of Thrones is a must see for me as well. And i liked Vikings. All those shows were/are essential viewing for me.

Breaking Bad was alright and Sons Of Anarchy was a good bit of hokum (an outlaw biker gang who did not tolerate drug dealing lol).

Narcos and El Chapo were watchable as well. Oh and i enjoyed the first series of The Killing.

New Yorker
There was a two part series made over here called Happy Valley. It was on netflix over the pond. If you get the chance you should watch it.

Any of yous lot watch the Scottish comedy show Still Game? They were all on netflix as well. My pal in canada watched it on netflix and loved it.

On a completely random note I'm sending away for my bus pass this week now that I'm 60. Tis free and i can travel anywhere in Scotland at any time by bus.

Good chance to pop away to towns i have never visited before for a pint.
 vlad dracul
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Posted: 3/21/2018 4:47:55 AM
Speaking of bus passes i got in touch with the Scottish government department regarding getting a pass. I explained that i did not have a drivers license, my passport ran out in 2015 so i had no photographic proof to present.

Ah says the lassie in reply you need to show three (i think) letters from utility companies to my address but they must not be older than three months old.

Then she said you will not need photographic evidence if you present your birth certificate. Alas i cannae find said certificate. But get a copy from Register house she replied.

Anyway i left it and left it. Yesterday my pal in canada said she had ordered me a copy online which will be delivered to my house.

She also paid for the copy online as well. Now the question arises IF it is that easy to obtain a birth certificate copy for someone else how easy is it for folk to assume identities?

Its no arrived yet but the ease with which she done this is surprising. So much for data protection rubbish.
 flossiescratchwood
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Posted: 3/21/2018 8:05:00 AM
birth certificates are often not accepted as proof of id these days Vlad. Recently went through the process of obtaining probate after my dad died , then selling his house. Had to provide id about a million times .Birth certificate not allowed( even the original ) for exactly the reasons you describe.....it's so easy to get hold of a copy .
 RoxyMoronic
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Posted: 3/21/2018 9:19:01 AM
No spoilers, I haven’t finished Homeland.
And I’ve gotta root for Howard, he’s a fellow Brummie.

Newyorker, I’ll definitely check that series out, sounds right up my street

Photo ID.....my passport.....I look like a zombie, hate showing it.
I don’t have a photo driving licence although I’m told I should have replaced the paper one years ago.
 Justanotherchap
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Posted: 3/21/2018 9:46:30 AM
I haven't renewed my photo driving licence either. Mainly because they want money from me.
 RoxyMoronic
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Posted: 3/21/2018 1:36:55 PM
^^^exactly
could we get in trouble Chap? I heard that’s a possibility, if I go down you’re coming with me lol


 NewYorker58
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Posted: 3/21/2018 2:04:31 PM
Vlad, thanks for the tip on Happy Valley!

In the states, we're now doing "enhanced" driver's licenses that can be used instead of passports. I don't think you have to have I.D. here, but if police ask for I.D., you're supposed to be able to identify yourself. People that don't drive or want a driver's license can get a general I.D. card. How to apply for that I.D.:

1. A resident of Washington.
2. Able to show proof of your identity.
3. Able to provide your Social Security number or proof of your WA residence.
4. Able to have your photo taken at a WA driver licensing office.

What it does: You can use a WA ID card to open a bank account, register to vote, and travel. You can now also apply for an enhanced identification card (EID) that you can use to travel by sea or land through U.S. border crossings.

The card is a whopping $78, 55.16 British Pound.
 duracell_bunny_one
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Posted: 3/21/2018 2:35:27 PM
I lost my birth certificate sometime in 1854 (I think)
I fell about laughing when NatWest actually asked for it
when I was opening an account about six years ago........
(They couldn't see the humour)

 Justanotherchap
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Posted: 3/22/2018 3:52:51 AM
Roxy - I think we should. I feel the need to rebel. I was really naughty the other day and didn't recycle a beer tin! Little do my neighbours know they've got a hooligan living in their midst :-)
 Justanotherchap
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Posted: 3/22/2018 4:02:15 AM
'Tis 30 years since I lived in Norway but I doubt they do things much differently now, they are ever such sensible people.

There you were given a Person Number which was stamped on your passport, bank card, cheques etc. Dead simple system, if you needed to buy something with a cheque everyone knew who was passing it. Add in one more small law which made it a criminal offence to pass a duff cheque (check Nyer). Bunny, that meant if someone did give you a duff one, there was no nonsense of small claims court, you just gave it to the nearest police station and they would attempt to sort it for you. (everything was joined up including your address).

Over here we have multiple systems all doing the same thing. Whatever the government may tell you, the systems are joined up. Certainly the revenue know your passport and driving licence details, they know what bank accounts you've had and where you've lived for the past 20 years.
 Justanotherchap
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Posted: 3/23/2018 4:56:28 AM
Love this from Rod Steart

Sir Rod Stewart has given his scathing view on Sir Elton John's retirement tour, saying it "stinks of selling tickets" and is "not rock and roll".

Speaking to US chat show host Andy Cohen on Bravo TV, Sir Rod said he did not believe in retirement tours.

"I've never spoken about it and if I do retire, I won't make an announcement. I'll just fade away," he said, adding that retirement tours were "dishonest".

Sir Elton, who announced his farewell tour in February, hasn't responded.

Sir Rod was responding to a question from a caller on Cohen's Watch What Happens Live, asking what he thought about his fellow pop legend's tour.

He responded: "Well I did email her [Sir Elton] and and said 'what, again dear?' But I didn't hear anything back."

Elton John 'to go out with a bang' on final world tour
When does farewell ACTUALLY mean farewell?
He added that when people made "a big deal" about announcing their retirement, it "stinks of selling tickets".

Sir Elton first announced his retirement from performing in 1977. In February, he announced he will finally say goodbye to fans with a series of 300 dates spanning three years.
 RoxyMoronic
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Posted: 3/23/2018 5:06:31 AM
Apparently they are friendly rivals.
My ma loved Rod, so obviously I do.
I’m going to make today Rod Stewart Day.
Thanks chap :)



 vlad dracul
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Posted: 3/23/2018 7:14:50 AM
So the bell goes early doors this morning. Geezer with a registered letter. Inside is a copy of my birth certificate. So i goes to the library (miles away as my schemes library only opens a few hours a day) hands in my bus pass application and handed my birth certificate copy, a new photie (christ i look rough in it) and utility bills.

Sorted. The lassie never looked at the bills. Quick glance at the birth certificate copy and boabs yir dug. Bus pass offering free travel anywhere in Scotland shall arrive within the next few weeks.

All well and good. But.

How easy was it for my pal in canada to order a copy of my birth certificate? There were no checks made regarding who was ordering it or why.

All she needed was my name, address and birth date.

So the much used (by officialdom) date protection act meant absolutely plums.

And another thing. If you have dealings with government departments and whoever you speak to hides behind anonymity just tell them you are sending for a freedom of imformation regarding your dealings. They soon lose the attitude because by law the FOI act HAS to name names.

Worked for me.

Roxy
Rod stewart day today? I love the early stuff with the faces. I have loads of their tunes on my dog and bone. I sort of lost interest in him when he went solo. The last tune i really liked was Poolhall Richard. Were you aware of this below?

"1. The Ray Davies Quartet

In the days before the final line up of the Kinks came about, Ray Davies was trying to get a band together. In 1962, Rod Stewart joined the band but didn't last too long. The reason for Rod Stewart being kicked out by Ray Davies was that the mother of then drummer John Start had complained about Stewart's voice not being good enough.

https://music-musicians.knoji.com/nine-bands-that-rod-stewart-was-in/

Ps i know this should be in the passport thread but i need to write a war and peace post otherwise its no accepted.

But talking of newport

Goldie Lookin Chain

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx8CZyFM4b4
 Jacknher
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Posted: 3/23/2018 9:21:01 AM
And I'm going to Edinburgh at the end of June.

A Kiefer Sutherland concert just gave me a pretty good excuse to bugger off up over the border and spend a couple of days away. Been to Edinburgh twice before.....but both times just for the day. And both times with a young teenager/teenagers in tow......who only wanted to visit the Zoo see the Castle, head for the nearest KFC, and then sit and wait for the train home.

This time I can go to grown up places.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFdvRIKijzA
 vlad dracul
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Posted: 3/23/2018 10:45:08 AM
Jackn
"And I'm going to Edinburgh at the end of June.

A Kiefer Sutherland concert just gave me a pretty good excuse to bugger off up over the border and spend a couple of days away. Been to Edinburgh twice before.....but both times just for the day. And both times with a young teenager/teenagers in tow......who only wanted to visit the Zoo see the Castle, head for the nearest KFC, and then sit and wait for the train home. This time I can go to grown up places."

He's appearing at the queens hall eh? It's only a 10/15 min walk from the centre of town. A decent boozer for a pint and something to eat is The Abbey. 500 different types of whisky they sell.

If you are walking up from town to the queens hall you will pass Edinburgh University on the right hand side. Then a few mins on the left hand side is The Royal College Of Surgeons Museum. That's worth a visit like. I still get shivers up my spine thinking about the dental exhibition in there. Oh and one of the grave robbers/murders William Burkes death mask is in there. And the wallet made from his skin.

Pass the queens hall and over the first road on the same side is The Southern Bar. Famous for Nirvana playing an acoustic set in there.

Then over the road on the left you will see the Abbey. It's a decent pub. The other ones you pass are mainly scheme pubs. Avoid the grapes next to the queens hall at all costs.

During the day if the weather is nice a wee visit to Greyfriars Kirkyard is interesting. It's beside the Greyfriars Bobby statue. The McKenzie poltergiest has apparently had a pop at many tourists.

The boozer ootside Greyfriars has just been refurbed and used to do decent food.

A mins walk from Greyfriars is Forrest Road. A pub called Sandy Bells. At night time its a place where folk musicians go and have a wee jam session.

Just down from there is The Grassmarket. It's mainly pedestrianised now and all the pubs/restaurants have tables outside and you get the usual buskers playing there.

As it's summer (allegedly) the Tron Kirk on the royal mile will either have an indoor market or live bands playing.

Over from Hunter Square at the royal mile crossroads is a place called Whistlebinkies. Its a live music venue and open until 3 i think.

Anything else you need to know just ask.
 Jacknher
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Posted: 3/23/2018 12:21:20 PM
Thank you sooooo much Vlad.
Yes he is at The Queens Hall.

I was going to message you a bit nearer the time see if you had any suggestions. I remember you mentioning a bakery that you really liked and was going to also ask for a reminder of where that is lol.
It's myself and a friend going although neither of us have actually asked for the time off yet....oops.
So still haven't thought far enough ahead to what days exactly...so haven't booked a hotel or train tickets yet. The cheap train fares for those sort of dates won't open up for about another week anyway.

I was just online looking at the Underground Vaults, and Real Mary King Close, The Royal Mile. Also toying with the idea of staying an extra night and taking an all day bus tour up to Glencoe and Loch Ness. Greyfriars Kirkyard was already a must. I remember watching the movie as a little kid and it stayed with me for years.
The Surgeon's Museum and Tron Kirk sound great too......of course haggis and neeps is a must too lol

Thanks again :)
 vlad dracul
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Posted: 3/23/2018 1:08:53 PM
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Nae probs pal. If I'm no away working I'll try and meet up for a pint. Once you find out where yous are staying I'll be able to tell you whats around that area.

Mary Kings Close on the royal mile is worth a visit. You are roughly 60' below the royal mile. It is padded out a bit but well worth seeing.

St Giles Cathedral on the mile is worth a look as well. The stained glass windows and the masonary work are fantastic. I'm an athiest but every time i go in there i think of the folk who built the place. Using nothing but the tools at the time.

Camera obscura is quite good as well. Situated up near the castle on the right hand side as you head to the castle. Their is also a stone carving of where the first Dr Guthries Industrial School was based.

The cowgate has many pubs as well but the clientele is different from the grassmarket or the coogate and the grassy as we call them.

The area was once called Little Ireland and it is where my football team Hibernian FC were founded in St Patricks Cathedral.

If you like whisky then the whisky experience tour is alright. As with everywhere though the centre of the town is expensive.

On the bottom half of the royal mile heading down to the palace of Holyrood on the left hand side is the Mitre bar. I use that a lot when I'm up town. Further down on the right is the Museum Of Childhood. Loads of interesting artifacts from many many moons ago.

If yous are just out for a stroll and the weather is nice get a wee carry oot and you can sit in princes street gardens east or west. East has the Scott monument and the national art gallery of Scotland. West gardens are below the castle.

Again one you find out where you will be staying i can tell you whats where etc.

The sicilian bakery is at albert street which is heading away from town and down to Leith. But if you like cakes then a visit at around 9.30/10.00 you will get the cakes made just fresh.

Have you ever tried cullen skink before? Howies place just up waterloo place sells it. You can get it as a starter or main course.

Balmoral chicken is a chicken/haggis whisky sauce meal. Very nice as well.
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Posted: 3/23/2018 4:24:48 PM
I went to see ol Rodders a few years back.It was dead corny but a right old singalong and great fun. I wonder if he gets pissed off at never being able to actually sing some /most of his songs on his own?

Birth certificates are not subject to data protection act. Same for deaths, marriages, wills, house deeds.All public records and anyone can get the info. Once I sent my dad's will off to get probate, we never got the original back. It's kept by the government. I just went and searched for it online a minute ago and can get a copy for a tenner. So can anyone if they wanna be a nosy basket.

There's a difference between a copy and a certified copy. Only certified (by a solicitor or govt dept ) copies of documents have any legal standing. Vlad, all the gal in the library is doing is stamping the documents to say she has seen the original document you had ( copy or not) and the photocopy She is not certifying the document as genuine cos she has no way of knowing. Realistically a birth certificate , original or copy doesn't prove who you are anyway. You coulda picked it up off the floor for all anyone knows.
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