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Parking on Grass Verges

Albchiv in Racecourse
My wife tells me she saw a person writing down the registration of vehicles parked on the grass verge in Renfrew Road. Does anyone know if he is a council official, a road tax official or a concerned local resident collecting facts to present a case to ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If there are parking restrictions on the road in the form of yellow lines and a qualifying post detailing the restrictions then those restrictions apply to the grass verge as well. I don't know if Renfrew Road has such restrictions. If you do then a ... [ more ]

Shepherd and dog

Tricia W in Broke Hall
I've just had Carvery there this evening and will never return, oh my word. The service was slow, the carver was in able to communicate, the food was not hot, the beer was flat and my wine defiantly lacked flavour. We had to find some one to pay the ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
The Shepherd and Dog is owned and managed by Mitchell and Butler ( who previously used to be Brewers but now just manage pubs and restaurants) and are based in Birmingham. If you want to complain I think it'll be pointless talking to the staff at the S ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Isn't it ironic that Terri C recommends the two places above as they are also owned and managed by M & B. It shows that the problems at the S & D must be down to the staff employed. M & B own and manage Vintage Inns ( which is the Duke of ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
The Carter & Miller theme of steak houses ( also run by M & B) are different class to the cheap help yourself carvery at the Shepherd & Dog. It's an a la carte menu and considerably more expensive so consequently there will be a different ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
The Carter & Miller theme is more a restaurant that serves alcohol from a discrete wine bar rather than a pub that sells food so it'll be interesting to see how the S & D is revamped. May even lose the name S & D.
Spotty Dog
@Richard G why are you so obtuse? It's clear from the contributers to this thread that there is something radically wrong with the place. Rather than enquiring of other contributers how many times they have visited the place why not tell us how many ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@ Richard G you resort to insulting name calling and call the rest of us on this thread unintelligent? You now say you have never been there so it's clear that your contribution to this thread is to get yourself heard. You claim only 3 people are ... [ more ]

Parking Space

Lphilly in Rushmere Street
Is there any kind soul on here that would have space for my Zafira 3 days a week on their driveway very close to the hospital. I have just lost my parking space and am desperate to find somewhere else. I dont wish to line the pockets of the hospital and ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Even the residents and the visitors to those residents living close to the hospital cannot find parking near their houses because of hospital staff being too tight to pay the subsidised parking. Just pay the fiver a week to park, it's not lining the ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@ Interested, Not "mean" but honest and since when has working been a privilege? The majority of working people either have to pay to park their car or pay the bus fare if they don't walk or cycle why should hospital staff be any different? I'm amazed ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Off topic but addressing those who think parking should be free at the hospital. As stated earlier it's always been the case that workers have to make their own way, at their expense, to their place of work. If the worker owns a car, with its inherent ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
To clarify and to add to @ Richard G's argument. The parking charges for staff if they have the charges deducted monthly from their salary is £28/ month which works out at less than £1.30/ day for full time workers. It's only £1.70 if paid on a day to ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I can assure anyone trying to park in nearby streets to the hospital that they are "full" by 7.15 am and remain so often until 6.00 pm. As that has resulted in annoying local residents I have checked staff car parks and they are never full so early in ... [ more ]

Who's responsibility

Spotty Dog
Usually the fence belongs to the property on the side of the posts and cant rails so I'm guessing as it looks from the picture that 4 properties have the use of the parking area behind the fence then the responsibility belongs to the four properties ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Ah, so you are taking the picture from your house, you don't live in one of the houses in the picture, then yes I would think the responsibility is with the four houses pictured.

Pub near 7 Hills

Janet F in Warren Heath
As posts here have put me off The Shepherd and Dog, where would you suggest would be a good place for tea/coffee or drinks after a cremation at 7 hills?
Spotty Dog
You are right to want to avoid the Shepherd and Dog. Presumably you want somewhere nearby, these are not recommendations but suggestions of places within easy reach that you may want to check out. Holiday Inn, Havens, Ransomes Europark The Swallow, ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Personally, I wouldn't give the Shepherd and Dog any chance to spoil my day because they are so expert at doing that. The fact that there are cars in the car park doesn't mean that any of those inside are having a wonderful experience. They are unlikely ... [ more ]

Photo ID.

SMM in Ipswich Town Centre
I am after a some information please. I'm going to have to get some form off photo ID (Can't open a new bank account, take out a new phone contract, can't get a new dentist etc.) with out doing so regardless of the fact I've lived with 10 miles of my ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I agree you're in a Catch 22 situation. Generally only passports or driving licences are accepted as photo ID, bus passes are not accepted by banks etc. The simplest would be to renew your driving licence although you cannot even do that on line if you ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
According to the web site you can still renew your driving licence if you have lost your previous one, you just have to tick the relevant box on the D798 form and apply through the post direct with the DVLA. As you have found out apart from passport ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
According to the bank's web sites the citizen card is not listed as an acceptable proof of ID. It be OK though to prove you are old enough to buy a pint!! See Lloyds bank here NatWest bank ... [ more ]

Taxi Service to London Heathrow!

Samuel A in California
The last time I was on this site, I read an ad about a taxi driver offering his services to anyone travelling out through any of the airports around: Heathrow, Gatwick etc. I'm scheduled to travel on the 1st of November this year via Heathrow and would ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If you type "taxi service airport" into the 'search streetlife' box at the top of this page it will reveal previous threads with discussions/ recommendations and may answer your question.
Spotty Dog
Purple parking at Heath Row for 2 weeks is from £74.95 ( all options are way below £250) and no worries about getting others to deliver you to the airport so must be a consideration if there is 4 of you.  ... [ more ]

Coop foxhall road

DAF in Ipswich Town Centre
The co-op on Foxhall rd ,(Camden rd) has closed down,anybody know what's going to be there instead?
Spotty Dog
@Teresa M, when I enquired at the Camden Road Co-op as to why they didn't sell "fresh" bread when other branches (Foxhall Road, Cauldwell Hall Road) were selling it I was told they didn't sell at that branch because there was an independent bakery ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
They didn't sell Fresh bakery in Camden Road branch for the reasons stated above (so I was told) but they did in the Foxhall Road branch (near the top of Grove Lane). Maybe you are calling Camden road branch Foxhall Road.

advice please

Angela W in Greenwich
My neighbour is  elderly and is looked after by home help who come several times a day.  One of them spends the majority of her time in her car smoking and texting.  This may be legitimate however I am concerned that my neighbour could be being ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If the caring has been long term then the carers will be employed by a private company of which there are many in the area. As it's unlikely the name of the company is on the car you would need to find out which company the carer works for. You could do ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
AFAIK social service ( now called Customer First) only take on caring responsibility for around the first six weeks, if still required after that the responsibility is passed on to private companies which they can recommend or you can seek out yourself. ... [ more ]

Seeking return lift from Ipswich to Lowestoft/Oulton Broad, Friday

Spotty Dog
It's £17.50 day return from Derby Road to Lowestoft (33% off if you have a senior rail card) if you fail to get a lift. Leave 09.41 or 10.41 for a 2 hour journey.

Free parking

Spotty Dog
Assuming you have a "blue badge" then read the following especially from page 14 ' where can I park?' If you don't have a "blue ... [ more ]

Shepherd & Dog.

Brian R in Broke Hall
Recently there has been some pretty bad comments about the Shepherd & Dog, anyway my wife and I decided to go lunchtime today to find out...........and it was excellent. The staff were very friendly, we had a table after 2/3 minutes and the food was ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Nope, my experience there was so bad, I won't ever go again unless I'm certain the manager/supervisor who guards the restaurant and insists you wait in the bar before allocating you a table no longer works there. He's not fit to be amongst people let ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I don't think complaining to Birmingham will change anything. You can be sure they would have had numerous complaints already if the reviews on 'Trip Advisor' are anything to go by and the staff ( if ever approached) will have had their "reasons" why the ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Anne A, The Shepherd and Dog and Toby's Carvery are both owned and managed by Mitchell and Butler who in years gone by were simply brewers but now only manage pubs and restaurants and no longer brew beer. They also run Vintage Inns, the Harvester, Ember ... [ more ]

Windows to Mac - Anyone done it ?

Richard G in Boot Street
I have always used Windows ever since i started using a computer . I am a great fan of Apple products and have several but would like to buy a Macbook Pro especially for the Retina screen as this is where we would view all our photos .  So i am ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Macbank sell second hand macs and they are based in Ipswich. Apple sell factory refurbished macs on their main website with warranty

Copying photographs

Moira B in Warren Heath
I have some old photographs that I want to copy for a family member.  They are actual paper photos, not on a memory stick. Any idea where I can get them copied in Ipswich.  Used to use Jessops but they are no longer there.

Anyone for Scrabble?

Holly P in Ipswich Town Centre
Does anyone know of a Scrabble Club or anywhere I can play Scrabble?

Does any body make and sell trellis?

Anne C in Tuddenham
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 ... [ more ]

local knowledge

ladies bike

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

Local Charity

Beth T in Gainsborough
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 (I just did!). Seems they are in Lindbergh Road.

Recommendations needed please for a new driveway

Martin H in Ipswich Town Centre
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.

Martin H in Ipswich Town Centre
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

Sheilah S in Warren Heath
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 ]


Glen P in Rose Hill
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 ]

Lonely Traveller

ks in Martlesham Heath
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 ]