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My internet speed is currently 14 kps (or whatever it is). Even *I* know that this is very slow. Why is it so slow and how can I fix it ?
Guest

I dont know. Sorry
Mezz

What type of connection are you on, Verno?

If it's dial-up, then you need to sort your life out sharpish, treacle.

If it's standard broadband, then you should have a word in the shell-like of your provider. Alternatively, try the following:

Start Menu > Run > type 'msconfig' > click 'OK' > click the 'Startup' tab > Uncheck all the boxes next to programs that you don't need running as soon as you turn your PC on (iTunes, QuickTime etc... basically anything you can start with a simple double-click from your desktop/Start menu) > restart the PC > on restart, click 'Don't show this message again' (or something similar) then click 'OK'.

Have you run Disk Cleanup or Disk Defragmentor recently? If not, do it now. You can find both of them by doing the following: Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools.

If it's wireless broadband, you might try moving the router (or whatever it's called) a few feet north/south/east/west and see if there's a difference.

I was having an issue with BT's wireless hub thingy until I moved it to the left by about two feet and it's been spot on since then...
Myles

Deleting all your porn will help, verno!...tut-tut
Mezz

That's the best avatar I've ever seen in my life, Myles!

verno

Myles wrote:
Deleting all your porn will help, verno!...tut-tut

*All* of it.

Btw, Thanks Mezz. x
Guest

Can anyone remember what the teletext page is on ITV1 which shows the latest European league football scores on a Sunday?

Grazie!
Jay

I think it's page 538.
zeds

Yep 538. The only number I seem to go to on teletext. :-P
Dave

Quote:
Myles wrote:
Deleting all your porn will help, verno!...tut-tut


*All* of it.


You could always save it to a USB memory stick, rather than delete it, verno. After all, they do them up to 8 Gb these days, so you ought to be able to keep most of it....
verno

Is that the voice of experience ?
Myles

Verno, will you be labelling your memory stick 'Paolo's Positions' ?
Dave

verno wrote:
Is that the voice of experience ?


I'm not sure that powerpoint presentations on military history count as pornography, but if they do, then yes....
verno

Dave wrote:
verno wrote:
Is that the voice of experience ?

I'm not sure that powerpoint presentations on military history count as pornography, but if they do, then yes....

Whatever floats your boat, Dave.
verno

Myles wrote:
Verno, will you be labelling your memory stick 'Paolo's Positions' ?

Left-back and centre-back ?
Dave

Myles - I think verno's only really interested in the thought of Paolo playing in the hole...

(Coat? I'm already wearing it....)

Going back to the point I was about to make - why not see if Five are interested? They don't even list football on their website at the moment, let alone have a forum. I can't see them launching a takeover turning you into an overnight millionaire, but they might just be interested in associating the programme with the website - you know the sort of thing - 'and if you want to discuss the match, why not go to our partner website at....'

The forum would have to migrate there, I suppose, but if Five were prepared to pay a small sum for advertising other programmes, and if other prospective advertisers materialised, you could make a small return on the effort invested.
Myles

I will contact C5 to see if they want to link to the forum after i get rid of the google adverts. I'll be getting a credit card next week so then i will be ordering 6 months of ad-free on this forum.

I doubt C5 will pay any money for advertising on the forum as we only have 57 registered users and it won't be available on google and Yahoo search engines for another 3-5 weeks. I haven't actually looked into the cost of the sponsored links on google yet, but i imagine they'd be quite expensive, though i'll check it out.
However, if C5 linked to the forum and advertised on the forum for free until maybe January then we might up our number of registered users sufficiently to negotiate money for advertising thereafter. This is all hypotetically speaking of course, especially since C5 website is very poor (if i'm looking at the right one) so they obviously don't care that much about their website, which might inhibit their interest at all. Obviously any money that would be raised would have to be raffled off to members of the forum, well people who have reached a certain amount of posts, say 50 or 100 by the time the draw takes place.
Mezz

Myles wrote:
Obviously any money that would be raised would have to be raffled off to members of the forum, well people who have reached a certain amount of posts, say 50 or 100 by the time the draw takes place.


Bollocks to that, the money should go to the site admins and moderators so we can lord it over the other forum users, without whom we would have nothing to administrate or moderate!

That's how it works, right?...

Myles



Guest

Has anyone subscribed to Setanta for just 1 month and then binned it?

I'm thinking of getting it just for October as Villa are on twice that month. Can I pay just for the calendar month of October and then stop? If so, would this just cost me £9.99 with no installation fee (I've got sky digital)?

Grazie!
Mezz

I think your subscription date starts from the date you call, so make sure you buzz them on 1st Octber.

However, I would expect that they'll have a 28 day notice period (or something similar) meaning you'll end up paying double bubble anyway.

If you can just pay for a few months of coverage at £9.99 a pop though, I might be interested...
Guest

il ferret, are you a benfica fan?
Guest

ģosa wrote:
il ferret, are you a benfica fan?


Not really, but I went to one of their games recently so they're now "my" team in Portugal in the same way Tenerife are "my" team in Spain and Palermo are mine in Italia!
Guest

My brother lived in lisbon for a bit and decided that they were his portugese team, subsequently i have a benfica keyring that says 'rosa' on it making them my portugese team! .

(It's a novelty having stuff with my name on since you can't get 'rosa' anything in this country!)
Guest

I've got a friend from northern Portugal and he said they refer to Sporting as The Green Toilet, so you can't follow them! Benfica are the biggest team in the country, so it's a bit like jumping on the Man Utd bandwagon. Porto aren't as big or as historic, but have been doing better than Benfica the past 2 decades.

Does Rosa mean red in "foreign"?
Guest

on that picture of Roma winning that trophy does their sponser say WIND?
Guest

Don't suppose anyone's got the previous issue of the CalcioItalia magazine they'd be prepared to sell to me? I forgot to buy it, but like to get the season preview issue...
nino

Shaker Beads wrote:
on that picture of Roma winning that trophy does their sponser say WIND?


Yes, Roma's sponsor is currently Wind, a mobile phone plan provider.
Myles

il ferret wrote:
Don't suppose anyone's got the previous issue of the CalcioItalia magazine they'd be prepared to sell to me? I forgot to buy it, but like to get the season preview issue...

I'll try get you a mag tomorrow, if they're all gone, i'll send you on a copy, at least.
Guest

Cheers Myles, that'd be magico - let me know how much bunce I owe...
Myles

They were all gone, i can send you a photo copy of my own one, no cost obviously.
Guest

nino wrote:
Shaker Beads wrote:
on that picture of Roma winning that trophy does their sponser say WIND?


Yes, Roma's sponsor is currently Wind, a mobile phone plan provider.


good old WIND
Myles

il ferret wrote:
Don't suppose anyone's got the previous issue of the CalcioItalia magazine they'd be prepared to sell to me? I forgot to buy it, but like to get the season preview issue...

Sent an email.
Mezz

Perhaps this should be in the BTTMUU thread, but I need some advice.

My new job is an absolute pile of pish and Iím already looking to get out. The main reason for my unhappiness is that I feel Iíve been seriously misled about what my job entails and how bad a state the company is actually in.

My contract states that I have to give the company one monthís notice even though Iím still in my probationary period (first three months), but during this period the company are only obliged to give me one weekís notice.

Iíve got another job lined up and should hopefully know later this week whether Iím in or not (they know all about my situation and wonít be getting a reference from my current employer or anything like that), but does anyone know if I could...

1) Resign with immediate effect and walk out of here without any comeback (from a legal perspective)?

2) Offer to work just a weekís notice seeing as thatís what the company would offer me?

3) Be forced to work a full monthís notice despite the one month notice period being longer than my actual period of employment by the company?

I wonít be able to hand my notice in until Monday next week at the earliest due to my managers being out of the country all this week, but a one week notice period would work out well as I get paid on the Friday of next week and I want to make sure that I get what Iím owed.

Also, my new employer would obviously want me there sooner rather than later.

Any assistance appreciated!
Myles

I believe you'd be entitled to option 2.
I think you only have to give 1 weeks notice within the probationary period, or equivalent to the notice that the company has to give you. That's the way it works in Ireland, i assume it's the same all over the EU.
zeds

Yes, I'm with Myles. During the probationary period you are free to give just a week's notice as you wouldn't have officially entered the full terms of your contract. The fact that your manager's on holiday shouldn't really come into the equation since if you wanted to leave one week hence, you could easily just advise H.R and that should be that.
Mezz

Thanks guys, I'm hoping that option two is the way things will pan out but I suppose I wont really know until I do the deed.

I want to make sure that the devious fooker that is my manager doesn't withhold payment from me at the end of this month as this would put me right in the shite.

Does anyone else have some words of wisdom, or has perhaps faced the same situation in the past?
Dave

Have you thought of having a quick chat with someone at Citizen's Advice? They are reputed to be rather good at this sort of thing, and you don't end up facing the fees from Messrs Sue, Grabbit and Runn for the benefit of their advice. They should be able to give you the info as to what to do if your manager attempts to withold payment as well.
Guest

il ferret wrote:

Does Rosa mean red in "foreign"?


nope, it means pink in italian, spanish, portugese and german.
It also meanbs Rose in Italian, spanish, portugese and catalan (always useful having a catalan best friend!)
Guest

Does anyone else have 'issues' with the foro when signing in on firefox?
Changed my password i think 3 times now and i still can't sign in using it as my browser!
Mezz

I use Firefox more often than not and I haven't encountered any problems...

You might see an improvement if you clear your cookies?
Mezz

Dave wrote:
Have you thought of having a quick chat with someone at Citizen's Advice?


Thanks Dave, I hadn't thought of the CAB.

I'm pretty sure that everything will come to a quick and painless conclusion with all of this, but I'm thinking 'worst case scenario' at the moment to ensure I have as much ammo as possible should it all go tits up...
Guest

That seemed to do the trick!
Mezz

Glad to be of service, ma'am!
Myles

Mezz, according to www.direct.gov.uk. You'll have to go with option 3, but surely your company won't want to pay you the full month if it's longer than you've actually worked there as it wouldn't be in their interest, unless you are already fully trained in i suppose.
Mezz

Thanks for this Myles, I really appreciate it.

If push comes to shove and I have to see out a full month, it's not the end of the world. I'll basically be able to sit at my desk doing fook all for four weeks whilst earning a largely over-inflated salary... could be worse.

I'm still hopeful that they'll let me disappear after a week as there's really no point of me being there, but I suppose I'll find out when it all kicks off.

I'll keep y'all posted!
Mezz

Alrighty... it seems that the scenario I least expected has come out on top.

Notice was handed in this morning to my direct manager (rather than the MD as he was late in - car trouble, apparently), she said we would have to wait on the MD to come in before finalising anything, MD comes in, hears the news from my manager, calls me in, thanks me for being so honest and upfront about my position and says 'stay until the end of the week, we'll pay you up to that date and you can be merrily on your way', and that was it.

I'm waiting for the twist in the tail, but it all looks good in the 'hood at the moment!

Curva Fiesole

Mezz wrote:
thanks me for being so honest and upfront about my position


I assume that your letter of resignation wasn't quite as colourful as your description of the job on here?!

Great news - hope that there aren't any twists and that you're free to leave on Friday.
Mezz

Curva Fiesole wrote:
Great news - hope that there aren't any twists and that you're free to leave on Friday.


Thanks fella!

I'm cautiously optimistic that I'll be able to disappear on Friday without a fuss and with the dosh I've earned nestling snuggly in my bank account.

Curva Fiesole wrote:
I assume that your letter of resignation wasn't quite as colourful as your description of the job on here?!


Well, it was going to be quite 'colourful' but I noticed something on the wall of the MD's office on Friday that made me feel the need to edit my resignation letter: a trophy awarded to the MD for being a black belt in Tae Kwon Do!

zeds

Great news Mezz, all the best in at your new post
Mezz

Thanks Zeds!
Myles

Good stuff Mezz, you can take it easy now for the next few days knowing you don't have to do any work other than look like you are busy-ish...but really just reading calcio on the net all day long
Mezz

I was so inactive today that I had visited pretty much every site I wanted to by about 9:30am.

I might try learning Chinese tomorrow...
zeds

Mezz wrote:
I was so inactive today that I had visited pretty much every site I wanted to by about 9:30am.


I do that pretty much everyday.
Jay

Glad everything's worked out well for you Mezz.

All the best for your new job
Mezz

Thanks Jay!
Guest

Congratulations, Mezz!

I know myself it's not nice being left in limbo over things as important as your job, so it's pleasing to read that all is resolved and you can move on.

Mezz

Much appreciated, Bracey!

The fella that does the payroll in my current office reckons that I'll probably get paid right up to the end of the month seeing as the payroll for October was submitted and confirmed about one hour prior to me handing my notice in.

If this turns out to be correct, I'll get three days dosh for fook all!

Guest

il ferret wrote:
Don't suppose anyone's got the previous issue of the CalcioItalia magazine they'd be prepared to sell to me? I forgot to buy it, but like to get the season preview issue...


il ferret, just found my copy of said magazine you were looking for. Not having utilised all the tools on this site yet I will try and get your details via an onsite message in order to post it.
Otherwise maybe Myles would help on that front.
I have flicked through it to make sure it is free of any food debris or worse (pubescents) as it was kicking around my bedroom for a while. Am I putting you off yet ?
Mezz

Guravy wrote:
or worse (pubescents) as it was kicking around my bedroom for a while.


Myles

Guravy wrote:

il ferret, just found my copy of said magazine you were looking for. Not having utilised all the tools on this site yet I will try and get your details via an onsite message in order to post it.
Otherwise maybe Myles would help on that front.
I have flicked through it to make sure it is free of any food debris or worse (pubescents) as it was kicking around my bedroom for a while. Am I putting you off yet ?

In the menu on the top of the page (under the banner), if you click on You have no new messages link, you can send a private message to another member, it's kind of like email. The pm's can't be viewed by me or any of the admins or mods, so they're totally private.
Myles

Does anyone know if the GMT is going to be the same as BST this sunday?
Mezz

The clocks go back this weekend, which means that BST becomes GMT (I think).
zeds

Yep BST= British Summer Time, will end this weekend (though it seems like it never began)
GMT will commence from sunday 2am I think.
Myles

Thanks lads.

I'll send a bcc (blind carbon copy) email to all users on Sunday, with instructions on how to change the time-zone in their profile. It's simple but ...
Guest

Did anyone watch Spurs v Getafe on the telly last week? I'm sure the commentator said at one point the Getafe manager played in a North London derby for Arsenal. Can anyone remember if this is true or was I daydreaming?
Dave

Michael Laudrup didn't play in a London derby as far as I know, since I don't recall him playing for a British club, let alone Arsenal. His brother may have done - but he was a Chelsea player (albeit it very briefly). Brian would also have played in a few Auld Firm derbies, so perhaps the commentator was alluding to this??
Guest

Just looked on Getafe's website and their assistant manager is John Jensen, the old fuzzy haired Dane - it must have been him. I was not really watching the game but had it on and must have missed the word "assistant".
Mezz

The Mezz is due to gain a wedge of cash before the end of this year and is going to book a long-overdue holiday for January / February.

Trouble is, where should he (and the bird) go?
Guest

I'd recommend Hong Kong - fly oasishongkong.com for under £300 each return, and everything's pretty cheap out there. I went in February this year with my redundancy cash which was just right - 25 degrees plus, but not too humid. Loads to do there and the tsingtao and pork buns are magical

That time of year, I'd take it Europe's out and as you've got cash you might as well go further. Thailand? Mexico? Brazil? (Salvador's supposed to be dead good and you might catch the arse end of the carnaval in Rio?)
nino

Too right Mezz, Go the furthest away place of interest your money will take you!

I'm trying to decide between Madrid and Paris for a city break early next year. Does anyone know what to do once I'm there? I hear Madrid has a great night life.

Oh and no I can't take in a game, I'll prob be there midweek. Does anyone know if they do stadium tours?
zeds

nino wrote:
Too right Mezz, Go the furthest away place of interest your money will take you!

I'm trying to decide between Madrid and Paris for a city break early next year. Does anyone know what to do once I'm there? I hear Madrid has a great night life.

Oh and no I can't take in a game, I'll prob be there midweek. Does anyone know if they do stadium tours?


I've been Paris too many times so I'd say go to Madrid. And yes they do have stadium tours:

http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/football/bernabeu-tour.htm
Guest

Madrid's pretty cool, but might be a bit nippy and wet in winter. The food and drink (as with all places) is the best thing about Madrid. Find a tapas bar near the Plaza Mayor and get blootered on San Miguel while eating pigs trotters in cider. There are 3 world-class art galleries there if you're into that kinda thing. If you're there midweek you might get a champs league/uefa cup/copa del rey match. Getafe's in Madrid and they're still in uefa cup. If you get bored, a day trip to Toledo is worth it. And don't bother with the metro - it's shit. Taxi's are cheap and much quicker. There's a good brothel there too called Chelsea!
Giovanni Lavafiume

Thailand is fantastic for ladyboys. And if you fancy a bit of young Arab cock then I would recommend Tangier.
zeds

Giovanni Lavafiume wrote:
Thailand is fantastic for ladyboys. And if you fancy a bit of young Arab cock then I would recommend Tangier.


Mezz

The bird has been banging on about going to Hong Kong for a while now as a good friend of hers (and former colleague of mine) is working out there and has invited us over. For some reason though, I really don't fancy Hong Kong as it doesn't appeal in the slightest.

I lived in Thailand for six months back in the late 90's, so that one's off the list.

Mexico has crossed my mind, and Brazil I hadn't thought about yet so 'obrigado' for that one, Ferret.

So far, my list consists of Vancouver, Miami, New York, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Valetta, Barcelona and now Salvador...
Guest

Hong Kong's fantastic - what doesn't appeal about it?
I went to both Barcelona and Lisbon last year and they're both lovely - Barca's a bit chavvy these days, but Lisbon's dead good and you'd be the only Brits there. Good cakes too. Have a read on my facebook page about 48 hours in Lisbon.
Copenhagen's ok, but nothing special.
Valetta - never been, but how about a mammoth trip for a bit of culture: Fly into Naples, see Vesuvius, Capri etc, then get overnight ferry to Palermo seeing Stromboli on the way, get over to Etna and Catania, boat it to Malta and then fly out of Valetta.
zeds

How about Buenos Aires Mezz? Apparently it's one of the loveliest cities on earth. I've never been but a friend of mine is going there in January and is really really looking forward to it.
Mezz

il ferret wrote:
Hong Kong's fantastic - what doesn't appeal about it?


No specific reason, just doesn't interest me at all. From what I've read and been told it seems fairly similar to Bangkok and I've done the 'eastern city trying to be a western city' thing already.

il ferret wrote:
Valetta - never been, but how about a mammoth trip for a bit of culture: Fly into Naples, see Vesuvius, Capri etc, then get overnight ferry to Palermo seeing Stromboli on the way, get over to Etna and Catania, boat it to Malta and then fly out of Valetta.


Sounds a bit too much like hard work to me. I despise airport transfers alone (which kinda rules out Bueno Aires and Salvador, I suppose) never mind trying to fit in as many destinations as possible in one holiday.

We're not all frustrated Rough Guides journalists, fella!
verno

My sis went to Hong Kong this year and really enjoyed herself. Stayed in a v.posh hotel and said everything was first class.

How about Iceland ?
Guest

South Africa?
Curva Fiesole

verno wrote:
How about Iceland ?


No good - he'd bump into that fat bitch that used to be in Atomic Kitten
Mezz

Curva Fiesole wrote:
No good - he'd bump into that fat bitch that used to be in Atomic Kitten


Wahey!

Bracey wrote:
South Africa?


Good God, no... almost every single South African I've ever met has been a complete twat. They may be less minge-like in their own environment but I sure as shit ain't gonna find out.
Guest

could always try Dubai.
It is meant to be lovely and clean.
Mates wee brother stays out there and will never come back to Uk to live.
Guest

Mezz wrote:
Curva Fiesole wrote:
No good - he'd bump into that fat bitch that used to be in Atomic Kitten


Wahey!

Bracey wrote:
South Africa?


Good God, no... almost every single South African I've ever met has been a complete twat. They may be less minge-like in their own environment but I sure as shit ain't gonna find out.


Guest

Mezz wrote:
The bird has been banging on about going to Hong Kong for a while now as a good friend of hers (and former colleague of mine) is working out there and has invited us over. For some reason though, I really don't fancy Hong Kong as it doesn't appeal in the slightest.

I lived in Thailand for six months back in the late 90's, so that one's off the list.

Mexico has crossed my mind, and Brazil I hadn't thought about yet so 'obrigado' for that one, Ferret.

So far, my list consists of Vancouver, Miami, New York, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Valetta, Barcelona and now Salvador...


I went to Lisbon in the summer. It was very nice - classic European capital - but there are one or two odd things. First, it's amazingly quiet. There seem to be very few cars. I suppose that's a good thing! Second, for a southern European country, the Portuguese are conservative, reserved. Very overpriced as well. I thought "blimey! Shall I buy a grilled tuna steak, or a villa in Marbella?"

Overall though, it's very nice. Also took some good day trips to interesting things outside the city - including the westernmost point of Eurasia.

I'd definitely go to the States with the weak USD.
Guest

lisbon isn't overpriced if you venture out from the city centre. My brother lived there last year and said it was pretty cheap.
Oh and it's lovely there!
Guest

I thought Lisbon was pretty cheap, even in the centre.

Have you decided where the Mezz and Mrs will be going yet?
Mezz

Not even close to a final three yet, fella!

I'll have enough poppy to get two decent European breaks out of it or one long haul extravaganza, and I'm leaning towards the two European breaks at the moment.

I still fancy Copenhagen (I've wanted to go there since I was 7, almost 23 years ago) and Valletta keeps appearing in my thoughts as does Lisbon and Barcelona. Also, the lass has never been to Italy before and I really want her to see Florence while we have the chance.

Long haul, I think that New York, Vancouver and Miami are the only solid options. San Francisco was fantastic, but my trip there in November last year was the last major event I shared with the former Mrs. Mezz and I suspect that the emotions involved with that place would overcome me at least once.

Wouldn't exactly be pleasant for new girl, eh?...

I've still got a fair bit of time to decide though as I won't get my hands on 'da green' for at least another month.

Mind you, I'll probably end up buying a Tesco bag full of coke and imploding my face in the spare room over the course of two weeks or so knowing me...
Guest

What got you fascinated with Copenhagen at such a young age?!

If you've always fancied it, do it! It's a bit like Amsterdam only cleaner, less touristy and pricier, but if you're getting some cabbage, who cares about the latter, ja?
Guest

You decided where to go yet, Mezz? New idea for you - Seville sounds dead nice...
Curva Fiesole

Not sure where else to post this.

Where can I find out in advance what times games are kicking-off?  The Lega Calcio site used to have this info, but doesn't appear to this year. The calcioitalia site doesn't even have the times for next weekends matches!

I'm in Rome on 10th Feb for the Italy v England 6 Nations game and could get to see Roma v Reggina if it's the Sunday night game.
Myles

The Lega Calcio haven't announced the times for that week yet, only the first 3 weeks after christmas. I'm sure they'll put one of their press release pdf files on their web by the middle of next week.

The last couple of months of last season's Serie B was a joke, the press releases were only ever put up 5-6 days before the game, a nightmare when trying to book anything. I think it was due to the riots in Catania, they weren't sure what stadiums could open.
Mezz

il ferret wrote:
What got you fascinated with Copenhagen at such a young age?!


il ferret wrote:
You decided where to go yet, Mezz? New idea for you - Seville sounds dead nice...


Sorry fella, completely missed these posts...

Copenhagen because I was all set to go there when I was 9 (main attraction being Legoland) when my Mum interjected and forced us to go to Dallas so she could look at the f**king shitty house featured in the f**king shitty programme that she was addicted to.

Although my pre-pubescent lust for Legoland has since subdued, I've wanted to go to Copenhagen ever since.

As for where I actually will end up going, I'm undecided. I'm still waiting on the cabbage coming through, so I've decided not to plan anything until it's safely stored in my pantry lest I get proper f**ked off if there's a last minute hitch and I don't get as much as I'm expecting.

Some of the cash will definitely go towards a week long blow-out in Edinburgh. I haven't been home for almost 6 years, and the bird's never been to Scotland in her life, so it simply must be done.

Providing I don't go too crazy (which means staying away from my old club haunts and those mysterious chaps who sell expensive white powder in small packets), I'll still have enough cabbage left over to be able to choose my destination and have a blast while I'm there...
DP

Haven't been back to Dubai for a few years, but it is a real HOLIDAY destination, if you know what i mean - No prospect of exploring, but plenty to splash your cash on (especially if the Mrs makes it to the gold soukh) - We lived out there between 1998 - 2002 and it was heaven on earth - If you hire a car you cn still get about th various emirates, but driving out there is like dodgems.

Recently bought a miniscule share in an apartment in Turkey (in bodrum) - finally got out there in August of last year and gave serioues thought to staying on permenantly. Yes, its full of tourists, but the pace of life is similar to that in Spain. Food and drink all reasonably priced, Loads of beaches, sleepy towns and excellent eateries. Very cheap to get to as well, and car hire + accomodation is also reasonable.

When are you planning on going Mezzer ?
Mezz

The exciting world of international relocations hits it's peak between June and August, which means I can't take any time off from work, so I most likely won't be going anywhere until September at the earliest.
zeds

In February I'm due to fly out to Berlin with some friends for the Film Festival. Can anybody who's been to Berlin suggest any other activities that can be enjoyed whilst we're there?
Dave

Spotting the war damage?

Seriously, it depends what you want to do. You can locate an array of decent sports bars selling excellent food and beer and while away entire evenings - although you will be watching the Premiership with German commentary, or the English clubs in the Champions League in my experience.

If you want to get the Berlin Wall experience, then the Brandenburg Gate is atmospheric at night; the art gallery is nearby. There's also a quirky but interesing musuem of East Berlin located near the old East German seat of government, right next to the river (forget the exact name of the strasse it's on at the moment); Checkpoint Charlie is worth a look, but not as exciting as some guides suggest - 'ooh, look, it's a.... hut'.

If you're into athletics a visit to the Olympic Stadium is interesting, although it's a bit of a trek (take the U-bahn) and you can visit the Hertha Berlin club shop while there if so inclined, but there's not much to do other than wander round the stadium, visit the shop, and climb up the clock tower (not for those who don't like slightly wobbly wooden staircases, Mrs Dave informs me...).
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You can get the U-Bahn to Oranienburg on the outskirts of the city. Here is Sachsenhausen concentration camp, one of the Nazis' most prolific genocidal sites.

Get the U-Bahn to Wannsee, also on the periphery - here, you will find the Wannsee Conference House, infamous for it is where the Final Solution to kill all the Jews in Europe was fathomed.
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I get my work shirts washed and ironed for me at Morrisons. They are returned on wire coat hangers - I have over 100 of the bleeders now. Anyone any ideas what I could do with them to make a bit of cabbage?
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