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Does any body make and sell trellis?

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Anne C
Hello Just wondered if there might possibly be any one that makes trellis as I would like to buy some. The main size would be to fit 6 ft panels but I do also have some smaller odd sized panels as well. I would either like it 2ft or 3ft high. I thought ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Plenty of places sell standard sizes (say 6' panels), odd shapes you may have to cut yourself Try these for starters http://www.lumberjacks.co.uk/item_groups.php?cat_id=11 ... [ more ]

local knowledge

Local Conversations in Priory Heath

ladies bike

Recommendations in Rose Hill

Spotty Dog
Boot sales always seem to have bikes but you take your chance on the condition. Clearly some sellers are dealers as they have several bikes for sale.

Bike servicing

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Local Charity

Clubs & Groups in Gainsborough

Beth T
Hi All. Does anyone know of a local charity that deals directly with very low income families. My 16 year old has just cleared out her wardrobe and the stuff is either nearly new or in VGC. I am happy to support charity shops but sometimes they can be a ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Beth T ... Nice thoughts. You can check out Inspire Suffolk here http://www.inspiresuffolk.org.uk/ (I just did!). Seems they are in Lindbergh Road.

Recommendations needed please for a new driveway

Recommendations in Ipswich Town Centre

Martin H
Hi there, Has anyone had their driveway done? Mine is looking awful and really needs doing so I wondered if anyone could recommend a local (ish) company to do it? I am ideally looking for someone who has done a lot of driveways and knows what they're ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I think most companies specialise in a particular surface so it would be better for you to look around and see which surface you preferred first so it would be easier to advise you. If you cannot decide or if cost would determine whether you want block ... [ more ]

CD player repair.

Recommendations in Ipswich Town Centre

Martin H
I have an old Sony system (CD, record player, tape and radio) but the CD player has stopped working. Is there anyone that can repair CD players these days? I am reluctant to chuck the whole thing out as it used to sound great.
Spotty Dog
I agree that the laser head may need cleaning if the problem is simply poor or no sound. If the disc does not spin at all that's another problem. If it doesn't clean the cheapest fix maybe to buy a stand alone CD player and play it through the "aux" ... [ more ]

Ipswich Buttermarket precinct

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Sheilah S
I  understand  there  is  going  to  be  some  sort of  regeneration  project  in  the  Buttermarket  precinct  in  town.  Does  anyone  know  what  has  happened  to  the lovely  little  card  shop  that  used  to  be  there?  It  was  a  lovely  ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I agree that the council collects our money and then does what they think fit with it and so many of their schemes don't help us. They don't consult us the bill payers but then some would argue that's what we elect the councillors to do. Those ... [ more ]

Bins

Local Conversations in Rose Hill

Glen P
Does any one else have the problem when arriving home to find there bin has been left in the middle of there drive? I have even been in my car with the engine running waiting to go when they left my neighbour bin behind my car. Is it they don't think ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Vote UKIP they promise to train the refuse disposal operatives ! Does it ever occur to you that you are lucky to have a drive?

Lonely Traveller

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ks
Hi, I want to explore options of traveling alone, primarily around Europe this summer, I am in mid 30's and have not done much of traveling alone or backpacking but am open to try them. I will prefer to meet new people, does anyone have any ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If you want to backpack and travel alone but meet similar minded people on your travels then buy ( or borrow) a guide book which covers the countries you wish to travel in (Lonely planet have many titles covering all of Europe). Most travellers using ... [ more ]

Mobile phone

Local Conversations in Stoke

Moanalot
I require a mobile fone, for emergency preferable with it,s own number, to use for texts only must be reasonable to purchase. Condition not a problem as long as it works ok.
Spotty Dog
Carphone Warehouse have a phone for free provided you buy a £20 top up. They also have other models from 99p. Check out their website, they also have shops in town. If a Streetlifer offers you a phone you'll more than likely still have to buy a SIM card ... [ more ]

Nation Express Bus to Heathrow

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ks
Hi All, I am planning to take a National express bus to Heathrow T4, has anyone got the experience of their coach service. any inputs much appreciated.
Spotty Dog
Recommended, I have used the service several times in both directions. If you book far enough ahead there are tickets available for £15 one way but check the restrictions if you think you may need to change the times/dates. Bus goes via Colchester, ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
They do also pick up (and drop off) at Ipswich rail station after leaving Cardinal Park but if you are booking on line and you put your start point as Ipswich station you may find the cheaper promotional fares are not available from there. No explanation ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Checking the web site for departures from Ipswich it says they leave at 12.00 and 14.00.( not the times you quote). They are usually on time, or there abouts,in my experience but of course it will depend on traffic or if there has been an accident en ... [ more ]

energy bills

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Sheila O
his may be a repeat but what i posted earlyer is not up here .i wish to change my daughters electric /gas supplier her and her housemate are getting messed around by them and im not happy.i have power of attorney for my daughter  what i want to know is ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If you have power of attorney you can act on that persons behalf so if the existing account is in her name you can do it. Provided she is not currently tied into a contract the best approach is try to find out how much energy they used in the last 12 ... [ more ]

What would you do?

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Peter M
The house across the from mine was sold in the summer and a new family bought it and moved in.  I have seen little of them since they arrived, but assume they have a teenage son (around age 17). On Monday night I got home around 8pm to find maybe 5 ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If it is a public road maintained by taxpayers contributions in front of your house and parking there causes no obstruction to your access then anybody and everybody with a legally taxed vehicle has a right to park there. What makes you think that you ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Not just residents but anyone can park anywhere in your street as they do in every other street in town. Have you never parked in a street in town in front someone else's house while you visit or shop? What do you do when you have visitors coming in two ... [ more ]

computers and tablets

Local Conversations in Priory Heath

Sheila O
hi all the great people who understand computers ,i am on the bt network and my grand daughter is on vigin media ,while she is at my house would she be able to pick up her emais on her tablet? i have sent her two emails while she has been here but  ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
When you send emails they should arrive more or less instantly. If you say " when she got home she had my emails" then I suspect that she hasn't managed to connect to your WiFi network only getting them once she arrived within range of her home WiFi. ... [ more ]

Evening Star Comments.

Local Conversations in Broke Hall

Pip
Yesterday I made a comment on the Evening Star website about how racist some of the comments can be. I also reported some comments for being racist.  My comments was rejected.  Far too often racist comments are allowed on the comments following Evening ... [ more ]

Lancashire

Local Conversations in Westbourne

Misconnection of washing machine

Local Conversations in Greenwich

Veronica B
I think in my heart of hearts I know what I should do. My new neighbours have plumbed their washing machine in the garage with the waste discharging into a storm water drain. In this area built 1968 we have separate drains for foul water, sent to be ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Report him,  Washing machine foul water should be directed into the normal enclosed sewerage system not an open water storm duct.

Orwell Bridge

Local Conversations in Greenwich

Tina D
We all love the Orwell Bridge, but how much longer do we want it to be known as "Suicide Bridge"" In outside areas it is! Please sign this petition to stop these deaths and change this view!   http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67519
Spotty Dog
Come on .. since when has it ever been known as suicide bridge? Sadly if a person is in the mind to commit suicide they will do it one way or another whether the bridge is there or not. You only have to count the number of people who have gone in front ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Tina D, the problem with signing is that it's clear from the majority of comments on here that we don't believe that nets or fences will decrease the numbers of people attempting suicide in the region so we don't want to be seen to be supporting such a ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@S H. You accuse others of being "uneducated and out of touch" the truth is that it is you who simply won't understand that putting nets or fences on the bridge will only reduce attempts at suicide from the bridge, not the numbers overall. The number of ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@S H. Throwing insults and flaming people with different views to yourself only  makes your opinions seem less relevant and doesn't help your argument. You keep telling us to do "homework". You quote a source from Bristol, have you read it? It states the ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
The report doesn't say he attempted to jump but just threatened to jump so we should assume that he went there to get some attention not to actually jump as he had plenty of chance to do so if that had been his intention.
Spotty Dog
Remember the subject of this thread is to ask people to support the installation of nets or fences using public money. @S H, We all have "done our homework" and we have come to the conclusion that safety nets and other forms of fencing have just driven ... [ more ]

Number 19 bus service extension axed

Local Conversations in Westbourne

Natalie S
The 19 bus will no longer serve parts of the Whitton and Castle Hill estates - will the affect you? http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_anger_as_number_19_bus_service_is_cut_back_meaning_it_will...
Spotty Dog
Once again we must understand that IBC is an independent business and they sure wouldn't remove services if they were profitable or breaking even so we must believe that the service is under utilised. Also by admission the passengers are mainly those ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Roz B. AFAIK The First bus Felixstowe services 76 and 77 pass the Transport museum and Ipswich buses 4 goes down Felixstowe road but would mean walking a few hundred yards.

Transport

Local Conversations in Stoke Park

Spotty Dog
Plenty of one way train fares from Liverpool Street to Ipswich for £9 if you are not bothered what time during the day you travel. You will probably be better booking a couple of weeks in advance but try any way on the Greater Anglia web site ... [ more ]

Withdrawal of Ipswich Buses No 2 Bus Service

Local Conversations in Castle Hill

Neil
I sent the following to Ipswich Buses a few weeks ago and received a very unhelpful reply. I would be interested to find out what fellow people on streetlife think. To Ipswich Buses, I would like to complain about the withdrawal of part of the No 2 ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
What we must understand is that Ipswich buses is run as a business and nobody continues in business if they make a loss. It is the old case of use it or lose it. As Mr  Robson points out there is a way to continue the service if the council subsidises ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
With the "bus wars" being run for the past couple of years between Ipswich Buses and First, how about approaching First to run a service on the No. 2 route when Ipswich buses withdraw. I think though, you will have to present a stronger case to them that ... [ more ]

Gull nuisance in Ipswich Town Centre

Local Conversations in Ipswich Town Centre

Martin C
It can't just be me who's noticed it can it ? The level of noise from gulls in Ipswich town centre seems to have increased considerably this summer From my office just south of the town centre its now an almost constant cacophony of squawking from the ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I would rather have the gulls than some of the littering people I see around town who leave mess that the rain wont wash off ......... now where's that blunderbuss?

Fundraising begins..... Campsite open in 2 Days!

Clubs & Groups in Ipswich Town Centre

JUL 24
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Bildeston Meadows at the Sportsfield, Consent Lane, Bildeston IP7 7SB
Nicola J
A new popup campsite has been set up during the summer holidays to help raise funds for our local sportsfield pavillion!  Opening 24/7 to 5/9 we can offer rural, peaceful camping at affordable prices for families.  At £10 per pitch we hope to fill our ... [ more ]