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Published: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:34:21 +0000

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Re: McColls - Great Dover Street

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:34:21 +0000

Shame about the Post Office, but not surprising at all about McColls; their selection and produce was awful and there are much better options locally.



Re: McColls - Great Dover Street

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:23:35 +0000

Yes, it's now closed and so has the post office.



Re: Renting out property

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:01:17 +0000

I would strongly recommend against letting out to students (esp. undergrads!). I did it once before a long time ago and had a bad experience but thought I'd give them another chance - big mistake! Their parents paid 6 months rent upfront so there was nothing to worry on that front but I generally found them to be naive and a bit clueless about everything. On the occasions I went over to fix something, they always had plenty of friends staying over - and thereby using the sofas as impromptu beds etc. Basically if someone has a central London flat then they'll all just congregate there...



Re: KFC to replace the Roxy

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:49:34 +0000

[quote boroughonian][quote goldry]I am surprised they haven't found a new spot for McDonald's in the area.

Guessing they'll open one in the concourse?[/quote]

I walked through the tunnel the other night and there were two blokes standing by the escalator eating MacDs, God knows where they got it from.

Anyway, the new KFC is likely to have a devastating affect on the other two chicken shops (that I can think of) on BHS. Every cloud eh?[/quote]

I doubt it - chicken shops seem to coexist together quite well in a lot of places. Chicken Cottage is cheaper than KFC and is halal while only some KFCs are so they do cater to a different market.



Re: Christmas Trees

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:44:03 +0000

I got a 6 foot Nordman Fir in Lidl on Old Kent Road for £19.99. So far so good!



Re: Budget hotel room recommendations

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:41:11 +0000

The Grange pub on Grange Road in Bermondsey has rooms above it which are spotless, stylish and although basic offer amazing value for money. They're on Booking.com [url=https://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/the-grange-pub.en-gb.html]here[/url].

The pub is also really lovely, great food and a lovely dog!
L



Re: Renting out property

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:15:44 +0000

You could try cintacing Justin Inniss at the University of London. They are always looking for property for their students and I've found them to be MUCH better than commercial agents. Also - the university pays you the rent direct NOT the students. It's worked very well for me.



Re: Renting out property

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:28:31 +0000

I would happily recommend Independent London and have used them a number of times in the past. They are actually based on Long Lane (just a bit hidden away) behind some gates - between the Sainsbury's and the new Marriot. http://www.independentlondon.co.uk/



Re: TV repairs

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:23:50 +0000

Sadly I have to agree with the above. I bought a Samsung LED TV from John Lewis that stopped working but luckily it was covered by their 5 year warranty. It was picked up by their sub-contractor, and when I got it back I saw that the charge for the repair was £500 - the same cost as the TV! John Lewis may just as well have given me a new one!



Re: TV repairs

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:40:15 +0000

[quote boroughbloke]The days of the locat TV repair man, who could fix every Ferguson, Philips or Pye TV in your own living room are long gone. Every component is likely proprietary and only the original manufacturer will be able to repair it or even know how to het at what is broken in terms of how the thing. Ones apart to reach it. Basically, they are not designed to be repaired.

The chances are that the only way of getting it repaired will be to have it set off to who know where and that that will prove so costly in money and take so long that it will prove easier to just buy a new TV.[/quote]

Thanks BB: I had basically offered the same advice, but posted here on a [i]'you never know'[/i] basis.

It is a sad reality that we live in a disposable goods society, and that the concept of 'mend and make do' no longer applies...



Re: Poor Experiences with Amazon recently

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:09:19 +0000

I would have thought that Currys/PCWOrld either the Old Kent Road Branch or on-line could supply exactly what you want.



Re: TV repairs

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:00:08 +0000

The days of the locat TV repair man, who could fix every Ferguson, Philips or Pye TV in your own living room are long gone. Every component is likely proprietary and only the original manufacturer will be able to repair it or even know how to het at what is broken in terms of how the thing. Ones apart to reach it. Basically, they are not designed to be repaired.

The chances are that the only way of getting it repaired will be to have it set off to who know where and that that will prove so costly in money and take so long that it will prove easier to just buy a new TV.



Poor Experiences with Amazon recently

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:19:12 +0000

First Amazon put me on the Prime Membership which I didnt even want and asked them to cancel it as you have to pay a monthly fee. and then I ordered a DVD writer directly from Amazon and they sent it without the cables, installation disk and power cable. so machine is useless to me as cant use it. They are refunding my money but its not the point. I only order online as I cant get certain things from walking into shops, Oh how I wish I could, it would save all this hassle. Now I have to try and find another place to buy a dvd writer probably meaning have to order online again.



TV repairs

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:55:49 +0000

Hi All,

My neighbour's LCD TV has suddenly stopped working: can anyone recommend a reliable repair service in SE1 or SE17?

Any advice would be much appreciated.



McColls - Great Dover Street

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:13:08 +0000

It’s closing this weekend? Not seen any signs up recently.



Renting out property

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:46:09 +0000

After many happy years I am looking to move out and want to rent out my flat in SE1 near Long Lane
Has anyone got any local rental agences they would recommend working with? I constantly get junk mail from a bunch and thought i would seek recommendations...

Thanks



Re: Hall to hire near Bermondsey Street

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:30:34 +0000

The Hive on Melior Place can be hired by the hour https://londonbridgehive.org/



Re: Rail works charing cross. Waterloo east etc

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:38:59 +0000

Thanks for that - makes sense now, unpleasant sense, but sense. I'd be interested to know how Network Rail decides who should be notified, as their present system seems slightly random.



Jawbone movie

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:29:36 +0000

Just watched this on Netflix, hadn't realised most of it was filmed locally. Glasshouse St is a regular in it, as is Chancel St. Character development is a little stifled, but for the story it tells, it does it well. Recommended, if only for working out which bit of wall is that?



Re: 15 Storey Planning Application - Long Lane

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 07:12:11 +0000

No stopping the nimbies I bet if they announced there would be a Waitrose on the ground floor the same people would be wetting themselves in excitement.



Re: Hall to hire near Bermondsey Street

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:53:21 +0000

The OBC (The Oxford & Bermondsey Club)?

It's about a 5min walk from Bermondsey St, just off Tower Bridge Rd by the Tesco's on Webb St.

http://obc1897.org/venue%20hire.html

EDIT: Scratch that:

>Please note as of January 2017 the OBC no longer hires out space for private parties.

Shame. Might be worth checking anyway.



Re: 15 Storey Planning Application - Long Lane

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:06:07 +0000

Saw this on the way home tonight - apparently there is still time to comment on the proposed tower block.
[img]https://tabardnorth.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/img_0526.jpg[/img]
Application Comments [url=http://planbuild.southwark.gov.uk:8190/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=_STHWR_DCAPR_9573177]74-84 LONG LANE[/url]



Re: St Christopher House remembered

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:54:41 +0000

I just found this 1952 aerial photo of Bankside power station and the CEGB HQ building under construction. Note the virtual absence of buildings on the site of SCH and its successor buildings!

[img]http://britainfromabove.org.uk/sites/all/libraries/aerofilms-images/public/580w/EAW/043/EAW043632.jpg[/img]



Re: New gym in Tribecca Square

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:41:17 +0000

Cinema isn’t happening there: it’s now planned (allegedly) for the shopping centre development.

It’s indeed a GymBox opening the end of Feb, there’s a presales centre at present. To me looks overpriced for what it will be at c£68pcm for onegym access, maybe it’ll be better than the presales suggest.



Re: Rail works charing cross. Waterloo east etc

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:26:01 +0000

Suziq,

As far as I can make out from their diagram what I have said applies to the track as far as Gambia Street/the viaduct in Union Street, that is where the highest noise levels will apply -known as site one.

Site two extends to Southwark Bridge Road where low to medium noise levels will occur.

Site three which extends to Borough Market will also endure noise at the highest levels with continuous working over the 24 hour periods of 22nd-27th December.
I am sure Southwark Cathedral will welcome such accompaniment to the carols and services especially midnight mass.



Re: Rail works charing cross. Waterloo east etc

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:37:56 +0000

Thebunhouse - when you say 'from Waterloo East to beyond Blackfriars Road', where do you mean exactly? I live very close to the track into Blackfriars Station and we've not had any notification of 24 hour working over Christmas. Not that that actually means anything, because we've had several Christmas and Easter bank holidays ruined by works we never knew were happening!



Re: Buffer zone to stop anti abortion protests

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:36:43 +0000

Abortion is only allowed in the UK up to 24 weeks, when a foetus isn't viable, i.e. it would die. I know quite a few women who have had to have an abortion as it put their lives at risk. If we took the view that the foetus came first, actual living women would die for something that isn't viable to live. If you take that view you hate women and think their lives don't matter.

I also, again, object to the suggestion that women have no ethics and don't consider either the baby they are carrying or the impact of their decision. There is no world in which an abortion isn't a horribly painful decision and those who presume to comment on women's decisions appear to think their right to comment and tell women what to do is greater than a woman's rights over her own life.



Re: Rail works charing cross. Waterloo east etc

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:28:18 +0000

I too was thrilled to see this, thank you Network Rail for making the quietest time we have all year really noisy.



Re: Rail works charing cross. Waterloo east etc

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:48:45 +0000

Network Rail have kindly informed me that they are determined to spoil my Christmas by working on the tracks from Waterloo East to beyond Blackfriars Road ,nightly,from the 18th to the 27th of December with continuous 24 hour working from the 22nd to the 27th.
The good news is that although the noise levels will not be low they will be medium until the 23rd. The bad news is that they will be at their highest level for the immediate four days of Christmas,that is 23-24-25-26-27.

You just know that the organisers will be enjoying their Christmas either in the pleasant suburbs or the quiet of the countryside.

Thank you Network Rail, I hope you have as quiet a Christmas as you intend me having.



Re: Christmas Trees

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:15:14 +0000

[quote phuduhudu]Another vote for the blue market from me. I got a very nice tree there for £30 - maybe 5-6ft with carol singers providing accompaniment. They do deliver locally for free although we took it ourselves this year. Let's support our local marketplace.[/quote] I'll bear the Blue in mind for next year. It's a bit far for me and I don't have a car. but delivery sounds like an option. My preferred scenario would be to grow a tree though and bring it in every year.