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Maz inactive
Am I the only one who is disappointed and dismayed by the poor level of customer service provided by many public sector functions. Be it your GP Surgery, local school, council, bin men or over officious libraries, it never ceases to amaze me. Working ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
Totally agree. We have a very long way to go in catching up with  America in all our areas of public service. We hardly ever hear a please or thank you anymore. I  refuse to shop at Tesco for that very reason. However at  Stoke park Asda there is always ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
Yes it  is down to a total lack of training in communication skills. Those skills needed are the same in whatever area of public service you work in. The retail trade is something we come into contact with almost every day. Which ever department of that ... [ more ]

The Effect of the"Bedroom Tax" in Ipswich

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Glen C
Here is the txt from my Blog post on the effect of the"Bedroom tax" in Ipswich I know before I start some people seem to take exception to the phrase “Bedroom Tax” and would prefer we used some other term, I believe “spare room subsidy” is the prefer ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
This is Poll tax through the back door. Make no mistake. Once more the Tory party strikes out at the most vulnerable in our society. We beat the poll tax once before in the courts up and down this nation.  Glen C has highlighted the areas  where those ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
I think we need to hear from families with disabled children to give us an insight into the very real problems they can face. The needs of the disabled are quite different from the able bodied. Whether they get benefits for special needs is totally ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
It would be good to not overlook the fact, disabled or not, most people do not want to move from their home ( yes home, not property) People are mostly happy where they live. Now along comes another form of poll tax on rooms ! .........I personally know ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
James M just a thought. I wonder if the tax collected for spare bedrooms will go toward building new smaller acommodation for those who are desperate to move. Oh wow that would be nice. But I'm in danger of busting my gut laughing about that one LOL.
Andy A inactive
I have a lot of problems with the Tories and the mess they havnt got us out of ! Let the existing administration do something to help the people of this nation and not bicker about the previous government and the mess they may have created. I was there ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
The problem with  the bedroom tax as with the poll tax is that people see how unjust it is. It will effect the poorest among us who are already struggling. In theory you can always make a case to defend such taxes .Arnt we all in this together. OMG . But ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
Yes Julie. Sadly most peoples perception of disability is seeing the physically disabled. We all see, and naturally feel for those with physical problems and we applaud their efforts in struggling to deal with the problems they face each and every day. ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
I will return to something I wrote earlier....People who suddenly now find themselves  having to pay for bedrooms they dont need, are in that situation because in most cases their children have grown up and left home. They are now living in a HOME that ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
James M 1. Even mps are calling it bedroom tax and that is how it will always be called. 2.You are making a jolly good argument for employing people in renovation ,refurbishing work .  3.We return to the fact that people are over accomodated through no ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
Oh and James. If you  ever want to meet for a drink and chat over these points I swear we will be in the pub chatting until the landlord kicks us out LOL
Andy A inactive
Behind all my points of view is a fundamental question that is WHY ? 1.Why is there a lack of suitable housing? 2. Why has this situation been allowed to happen ? 3. Why are the poorest in our society ( in or out of work,being made to pay for the ... [ more ]

shop closures

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Sarah C
I'm getting more and more disinclined to "pop to town" now. I used to quite enjoy a browse around the shops with nothing particular in mind to buy but in the afternoon on Thursday and Friday Ipswich town centre was like a ghost town, So downtrodden too. ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
And as you stroll along the waterfront  pushing your great grandchilden in their prams you will notice very little change, apart from another concrete work of art that just cost £255,000 and the various convenience stores owned by Tesco.But we have ... [ more ]

always anxious

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Ellie M
Does anyone know of anyone in Ipswich who might be able to sit down with me and basically help me sort out the terrible mess i seem to be making of my life? I just seem to attract trouble and problems. I'm always feeling anxious because of this and now ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
Ellie M   , i would like to say as Jual has said, that you are very brave to share your problems , and I feel confident that you will resolve your issues  and  the days ahead will most certainly be happier for you. I also think Streetlife is an excellent ... [ more ]

neighbours garden...what should i do

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sticky-beak
A freind of mine lives next door to a woman who has not done anything to her back garden for many years, he has had a word with her and she has told him that she doesn't do gardening, to give you an idea her whole back garden is over run with brambles ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
if this is a council tenancy and enough neighbors make complaints (ie it is a health hazard of one kind or another as some have already mentioned)  then the council is obliged to do something about it ,if the tenants arent able to do anything themselves ... [ more ]

Ipswich homeless and empty homes

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Andy A inactive
I guess we are always shocked by how many people are homeless and how many face this bleak situation nationwide and here in Ipswich. We may also be equally shocked at how many  empty homes there are here in Ipswich and nationwide.  Please check the links ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
Since the passing of the Local Government Act 2003, councils now have individual discretion concerning Council Tax discounts on empty properties. Every empty property is eligible for exemption from Council Tax charging for the first six months that ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
In regards to empty homes and council tax paid on these homes (subject to the  2003 act under current legislation)  one solution ( as yet overlooked) may be to make these homes available for those who need them (subject to the local terms under private ... [ more ]

Kenny ball in Ipswich

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Andy A inactive
http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/features_2_511/nostalgia_a_royal_visit_in_1980_1_1941876 Who remembers the great Kenny Ball in Ipswich ? Thank you for the music Kenny. We will miss you so much.  The great days of Ipswich jazz club . Such memories.
Andy A inactive
Yes Madge..Great nights at the Baths Hall in the early 60s... Then later  at the Manor Ballroom. Wonderful music and so many great Jazz legends. ..inspired and run by Nanda and Ron Lesley. Who else remembers Kenny Ball ,Tom Collins, Acker Bilk et all. ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
http://kindred-spirit.co.uk/live-music-ipswich-bluesville/ Yes great memories Madge. I wonder how many times our paths crossed back then.... Ipswich had more famous artists then than they could ever dream of now.We were lucky. We lived in times when ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
And lets not forget the Savoy ballroom, previously the Hippodrome. I remember the Hollies and Lulu playing there. This was another great dance hall. Also the Regent, previously the Gaumont. Who remembers the very early sixties dancing at the Victor ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
The best local group Ipswich ever had were Nick and the Nomads. Who remembers going down to Felixstowe every week to a packed hall to hear this brilliant group ?

Ipswich streetlife

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Andy A inactive
Streetlife has been interesting and I guess will prove to grow more popular with time. i am off on my travels for some time this weekend and will no longer have the time to contribute anything on this site. I shall be closing my account this week and ... [ more ]

council tax

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VHS

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Watchfull
Anyone that could help please, I have an old VHS system that I run my CCTV from and the heads need cleaning but I have no cleaning cassett tape, have any one got a second hand  one that I could buy beg borrow or steal any help would be appreciated
Andy A inactive
The old head cleaner tapes could be quite abrasive and do more harm than good sometimes and rarely cleaned the heads properly. The best way is to have them cleaned properly by a service engineer. They will use a proper cleaning solution and clean the ... [ more ]

Nice fruit

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Sarah C
Anyone know  the best place to buy nice fruit? It seems wherever I go  it's either too hard (ie never softens, even in an airing cupboard), the 2 pomegranates I bought from Sainsburys the other day were GREY inside when cut in half -- I didn't inspect to ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
The best oranges you can buy come from Kays  Meridith road ,and I am happy to travel halfway across Ipswich to buy my fruit there. The question is, how on earth are they able to provide such excellent fruit when all the supermarkets are selling is ... [ more ]

It's that time of year when car boot sales are on the horizon

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Mr Fruitgum
I try to go to 3 or 4 a year and really enjoy them. But what are the good ones in and around the Ipswich area. The one I go to is at Foxhall Stadium. I usually end up buying bits and bobs at the price people ask for them. Because when I was 19 (many ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
car boot sales are markets, and people love to barter ,its part of the fun. Thats why you have to mark the prices higher to allow for a knock down ( the same as the shops do in their sales  ) Those who crowd around you when you first arrive are the other ... [ more ]

Market

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Metal detecting

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Andy A inactive
I would certainly check the Boot sales.Its worth getting a second hand one before committing to the expense of a brand new one. And also there are different quality detectors with better facilities than cheaper versions...  ...But looking for a metal ... [ more ]

Cottages photo now resolved

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Andy A inactive
It is now confirmed that these cottages stood where Revetts motor bike shop was built along Norwich road.The chimney in the distance belonged to the tannery (turners) off the Bramford road ....Cherie on facebook wrote .......My hubby remembers walking ... [ more ]

Old Ipswich

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Andy A inactive
My first guess is the area where Revitts built their motor bike shop along Norwich road. This is close to the junction of Norwich road and Bramford road. As a small child I remember standing here waiting for a bus with my mother and was always fascinated ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
The row of  cottages I remember were in the position where Revetts the motorbike shop now stands and opposite the shops i described. Also opposite the row of cottages were other shops such as Jacobi's and Wakelins Wireless. Cumberland Towers were built ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
I grew up in the late 40s and as a child I saw the Ipswich that my mother would have known when she was growing up. Very little changed until the early 50s when the large estates such as Whitehouse and Castle hill were nearing completion. The town center ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
This picture was taken in Ipswich. It was among cut outs from the Evening Star that my father used to keep. I am trying to find the folders they were all kept in but no luck at the moment. I have checked in all the David Kindred books I own but havnt ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
If my hunch is correct, the chimney in the distance I was guessing was connected with the Tannery that was  further down the Bramford road in Tower Mill area.,now a new housing area. I have posted the picture on Historic Ipswich site and am hoping they ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
These cottages have now been confirmed as those that stood where the Revetts motor bike shop was built....Cherie keys on facebook wrote My hubby remembers walking past these cottages every day on the way to a little fruit shop just past them and ... [ more ]

Old pubs of Ipswich

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Andy A inactive
All this talking of pubs reminds me, I need to pop along to my local "The Tesco Copdock " to get some drinks. (just to confirm Suffolk boys comment about tesco pubs  theres a picture too) They do a good range of food stuff etc there as well, so I will ... [ more ]

stomach flu

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Sarah C
I'm not sure this is the right place to ask this question but here goes anyway: has anyone had any what I call "stomach flu" without actually vomiting? Is this going around in Ipswich? I don't know of anyone at all locally who has had ONLY intense nausea ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
There seems to be a lot of stomach bugs about, It could be a form of gastric enteritis and this seems to effect people in various ways and that may be dependent upon the persons general health and age. Some people have contracted noro virus and this is ... [ more ]

Adding more features!

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Leon
I've only been using this site a few days but have noticed that its fairly quiet, more like Ghost Town than Street Life...LOL.  For this reason, does anyone think it would be good to have a forum on here that features a wide range of subjects that will ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
Leon makes a good point,..To be honest there is only so much one can talk about in regards to local roads and building work. There is only so much you can write about and road works and potholes and the cornhill and the waterfront have about run out of ... [ more ]

This Curious County of ours

Local Conversations in Ipswich Town Centre

Natalie S
Suffolk is being branded as the Curious County in an attempt to draw more tourists here. It has been a contentious marketing line that has generated national debate. Do you think Suffolk is Curious? What are your favourite visitor attractions, beauty ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
Yes it is the people that make our county wonderful. There is nothing more wonderful or curious even, than the wonderful sense of Suffolk humour.  It can only be described in a sample story of which I have heard a few. One such example is of a Rich ... [ more ]

Road works at the junction of Sproughton rd and Bramford rd.

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Jane R
What on earth are they doing? Awful/They don't tell you when you cant turn right from Bramford rd...there is no warning and the queues spread all the way down the roads in both directions. Its bad enough without the works as that roundabout is often ... [ more ]

Good things about Ipswich

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James M
Since I spend a lot of time bemoaning what's wrong with Ipswich, I thought it would be nice to have a thread which lists the good things about it.  So let me start: - It has no motorways in town, you'd be surprised how much it can isolate areas of a ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
Nice to see James m with some positive thoughts. Just a small thumbnail sketch of  my home town. How much we take for granted in our own town. In showing friends from Germany around our town one summer, I noticed  many things I had forgotten as they ... [ more ]

Suffolk drops down secondary schools GCSE league table

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Nick Pye
Did you hear Councillor Graham Newman's response to criticism of Suffolk's poor position in the GCSE league table, on BBC Look East this evening? I thought he showed a lack of determination to correct the situation, confirmed the county's low ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
These results are shocking. I did see the Look East program and I was cringing at the replies Newman made to each question  or statement put to him. The facts speak for themselves. But in true political form it was DENY DENY DENY ! Sweep it under the ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
Yes Glen C. I truly believe there are honest men and women who have taken up a career in politics. I also feel for these ones who must  face a constant battle against all odds in  their attempts to make a better life for us all in what must often be a no ... [ more ]

Ipswich Film Theatre

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Andy A inactive
Something you may not want to miss Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th February. Chasing ice at the Ipswich Film Theatre Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
Yes James Balog is just another one of those on the bandwagon of sensational movie making.  We have had far too many disaster movies in the past 20 years. The shocking weather conditions and natural disasters we are now facing all over the globe leading ... [ more ]
Andy A inactive
karl M Omg the world isnt flat. Lol.  Well  there is a great deal of confusion regarding the global warming issue and it must surely be time for a very serious scientific debate as James m mentions. Will the truth come out?  I guess it may not be ... [ more ]

SNOW snow slow slow slow

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