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May 26, 2016

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May 26, 2016

On approaching Liverpool the other day I noticed a big sign saying " Sustainable Transport Environmental Improvements" next to an area of roadside kerb laying ! Obviously an attempt to "posh up" the usual roadworks signage, but it made no difference, no one was actually working, or even in the vicinity !!

John (JKW)

May 26, 2016

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May 26, 2016

John did you check you still had your wheels on your car ??????????

May 27, 2016

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May 27, 2016

Does anyone else get annoyed when they see miles of cones on a major road or bypass, tons of equipment and lorries parked up and never more than two or three guys working (standing) there. It makes me wonder how anything ever gets done. Similarly; when an accident happens on the British motorways the road gets closed for hours upon hours, in Germany and France they somehow manage to have their roads open again within a far shorter timeframe. why is that??

May 27, 2016

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May 27, 2016

David what you say about accidents on British roads is true it does take a few hours to get everything back to normal ( whatever that is) ,if you drive around Manchester M60 there has been cones miles and miles of the little F's .Yes there in some cases nothing going on for days ,but hey ho it's the British way of doing things 4 men watching while 1 man is working ,why change a habit of a life time . One thing the continentals have over us Brits is that the rule of the road is also the rule of the land were we have the Highway Code ,yes a code not a law ,so the cops have to prove some idiot was texting on their phone doing 80 miles an hour when they run into some silly git driving in the middle lane at 50 miles an hour .......now for the future Top Gear is back whoopee all the petrol heads will be pleased baseball hats to the fore

May 27, 2016

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May 27, 2016

Every single day I hear on the radio that there's a big hold up on the M6, often caused by a broken down lorry . In Germany they DRAG the offending vehicle out of the way (or used to when I was last there) thereby opening up the autobahn again in the shortest possible time. In the UK it appears that they prefer to do a "pack lift" in situ, thereby inconveniencing as many as possible for as long as possible ! I wish I'd bought shares when cones were invented, I'd be a millionaire now, there's millions of the things in daily use (mis use!) !! On approaching Liverpool they leave the cones in position (closing off one, sometimes two lanes, for miles) after grass cutting the central reservation, to save putting 'em back out again when the next cut is due !! John (JKW)

May 27, 2016

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May 27, 2016

John, in scouseland, that is known as "forward planning". Elsewhere it would be "situation normal all F***** up".....

May 28, 2016

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May 28, 2016

The best example of misuse of cones at the moment, this being a bank holiday weekend is on the A55, 9 miles of cones, down to one lane, the two guys working in the last 500 yards, I have to take you to task Bob, there used to be 5 men watching 1 man, now that is an improvement, the missing guy is back in the council yard loading up the next load of  CONES. It seems to me that every weekend on that godforsaken A55 they are taking it in turns for weekend overtime. the breakdown services have a field day as do the garages, and the unmarked police cars. On the motorways in England the unmarked cars are normally, BMWs, VOLVOS, AUDIES, all 2.8 to 3.4 ltr. in North Wales, Black Skoda Octavia,s with 3 aerials,Hey ho,hey nonny nonny no, now off for the weekend, time for some ice cold BECKS, Cheers all.

May 28, 2016

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May 28, 2016

Bob no Myers ???????

May 28, 2016

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May 28, 2016

As an aside and a teeny bit off message I wonder if any members who served with me have wondered why I now use my full name of David rather than Dave as most will remember me. Well, it had nothing to do with me going all posh (note the crafty link there) and certainly had nothing to do with me getting commissioned. The fact is my family has always called me David, I prefer to be called David.! When I joined the army as a "brat" whenever I was asked my name I said David, everyone without exception shortened it to Dave. During my early subsequent career I tried many times to say it was David rather than Dave; people either ignored it and continued to say Dave or thought I was a pretentious prat. Who knows, maybe that is so but I  quickly gave up and accepted the inevitable, I simply resigned myself to always being called Dave. Nothing wrong with that except it wasn't what I wished to be called. The chance to actually change things came when I left the Regiment to go ERE in 1988. When asked my name I said David and without exception everyone called me that! So since 1988 I have always been David. I expect not a single person HAS even given the matter any thought but I thought I would just clarify in case anyone had wondered. Bit boring I know but telly is rubbish and I have moaned about most things that actually matter already!        

May 29, 2016

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May 29, 2016

Ok David I'm Rob to all my family but as you say when I joined C Sqn in 63 I was rechristened Bob to all or 609 through my last name ,the great thing about that is I then know if I don't recognise a txt number if they address me as Rob its family

May 29, 2016

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May 29, 2016

I think you may have had a slight tremor in the memory region of your brain, perhaps brought on by the realisation that Trigger from Only Fools and Horses has unfortunately passed on, and the missed opportunity for you to be labelled Rodney, er Dave erm, erm David heh heh. for you Bob, only my eldest sister in law calls me Rob, eldest sister calls me Robert, brothers call me Bobby, every one else it is Bob. Finding it hard to get Myers in this area, but there is a really good 40% black Rum over in your neck of the woods called  McKibbins very smooth slides down on its own like milk

May 29, 2016

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May 29, 2016

David,  after reading this section, I thought for a moment or two that you were about to advise us all that you no longer wished to be Dave or David, since you have no affinity to our brainless leader  Ms Cameron, but after all of a millisecond I realised that you were above that sort of thing, since it only raises its head for the likes of a Jeremy, Sebastian or perhaps a Fortesque, Peregrine  or such. But I have always been called and responded to, Tom, despite the fact that my name in full is Thomas. I do not doubt that you will understand wht I say this.... If my Grandmother ever called me Thomas, I was in trouble for something or other!!!

May 29, 2016

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May 29, 2016

. I recall the episode(s) of OFAH you refer to I just can't reconcile the two issues. Perhaps I miss the joke, entirely possible. Trigger always forgot Dave's real name and called him something entirely different : whereas people elected to call me............oh well let's leave it there.

May 29, 2016

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May 29, 2016

Tom; your post is a bit spooky really. I know exactly what you mean re being called Thomas meant you were in trouble. This morning, whilst out walking, I encountered a really nice guy I have often spoken to on my walks but we had never swapped names or effected intros. Anyway, it turns out he is also called Tom funnily enough and he asked me my name; David I replied whereupon he immediately started calling me Dave. I'm sure he felt Dave was a more friendly address;  never the less I gently pointed out my name was David. Entirely undeterred he carried on calling me Dave so I asked if he preferred to be called Tom or Thomas; to which he replied "always Tom I only ever get called Thomas when I'm in trouble bet it's the same with you" I thought well my name isn't Tom anyway but I knew what he meant.  Fast forward a few hours and your post arrives. Like I said spooky, deja vu!  

May 29, 2016

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May 29, 2016

Amazing how this "thread" diverted ! When I started it, I was only talking about posh road signs !!   John (JKW)

May 29, 2016

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May 29, 2016

My fault John!


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