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Tuesday, May 27, 2008 15:51
Free paper!
Does anyone else have their free paper delivered on the doorstep just thrown there??? I have just got home and in the carport on the floor is my local free paper obviously delivered with a lot of thought with all the shopping leaflets etc strewn everywhere....... This irritates me as the paper lad can be so nice 1 week and then this.... I would rather not have a paper if this is the way it is delivered. Anyone else have the same problem?
Nathan Jack Productions
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 18:00
Have you thought, maybe the wind blew it about!? or does this happen regularly?
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 05:10
No, the wind wouldnt blow it around in the carport and besides, whats wrong with the letter box?? Its happened a couple of times. Laziness if you ask me, so much easier for them to throw it on the floor rather that put it through the letterbox where it belongs.
Andrew Monkhouse
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:11
I had a morning paper round in Sutton when I was 14. I used to post the papers through each letter box, but stopped short of shoving them all the way through. Reason for that was I assumed it was easier for people to grab the paper whilst stood up, rather than having to bend down and retrieve it off the floor.

Then one day a little old lady, probably about 45 years but she seemed REALLY old at the time, opened the door and asked me if I could start pushing the paper all the way through the letter box. She explained very politely that if the house was empty, or they had gone away, people could see that the paper was still in the letter box and it could be a green light for burglars. I was very happy with her explanation and the manner in which she had spoken to me and from that day onwards I made sure every paper made it onto the inside floor of each house.

Judith, try asking the lad, very diplomatically (and with a smile) if he would be so kind as to post the free paper through the letter box, because the wind tends to blow all the leaflets everywhere. You may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

p.s. How’s budgie ?

Thursday, May 29, 2008 07:36
Yes I will Andrew, he is quite a nice lad but just lately he has been doing the round with his friends so maybe they are a distraction for him. The Budgie died unfortunately. They don't take too well to shocks or anything pity I didn't know a lady I know now who loves and keeps budgies.
Andrew Monkhouse
Thursday, May 29, 2008 11:54
Oh dear, I’m sorry to hear about Budgies passing.

When I was a kid living in Sutton, my parents decided to buy a pet budgie. My mum had the idea that it would be nice if it could be trained to talk, whistle and chatter away. A little friend to talk to while my Dad was having his Sunday lunch time tipple down the Kings Arms.

She was told (correctly or incorrectly) that only male budgie’s can be trained to talk whilst female budgies cannot. So she bought this baby budgie with a blue cere above its beak, which is apparently indicative of being male, and duly called it Peter.

My Dad, in his wisdom, recorded onto an old reel-to-reel tape recorder just three words “Peter, Peter, Peter” in his deep voice. Then he cut this piece of tape with a pair of scissors maybe 2 foot long, joined the two ends together and looped it around the spools. This meant that when the play button was pressed, this 2 foot piece of tape would go around and around saying “Peter, Peter, Peter” continuously so that this daft bird would eventually…..hopefully start mimicking its name.

This tape was too hideous to listen to for more than a couple of minutes, so after he hit the play button we would all run to the car and go for a drive up the Dales for several hours leaving the bird listening to “Peter, Peter, Peter”, cocking his head from side to side with a bemused and somewhat strained look on its face. I suppose in this day and age with 2008 values, it would be classed as animal cruelty !

Anyway, after about three months of playing this torture tape in a continuous loop, the budgies beautiful blue cere slowly but surely changed colour to a mucky brown showing our feathered investment was a female and never have a hope in hell of ever talking !

Probably as a pay-back, Peter lived about 6 years beyond his / HER normal expected life span.
Saturday, June 21, 2008 15:34
ha ha ha poor budgie... and neighbours !! having to endure Peter, Peter, Peter...... sorry for delay in replying,,,,, got sidetracked and never returned to the forums.....

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