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    Scotland road trip

    We have a cousin visiting from the States who wants to see Scotland, and since my wife will be attending a conference at the same time in Inverness, I've been working out a fly-drive itinerary (May 24-29):

    Fly to Aberdeen May 24
    Drive to Inverness, stay May 24-26
    Drive to Edinburgh, stay May 27
    Drive to York, stay May 28
    Drive back to London on the 29th so our cousin can catch an early flight on the 30th.

    The single nights in Edinburgh and York are not ideal, but in order to get back to London on time that's what seems to work.

    Anyone familiar with these areas, and want to make suggestions?

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    For the wankers ,, oops i mean bankers .

    When the last tree is felled the last fish is eaten and the last bit of arrable land has bricks n mortar on it , its then and only then you will realise you cant eat money / gold or jewelry .


    Trust gets you killed, love gets you hurt, and being REAL gets you hated.

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    Any one else get gouged by car rental companies?

    I recently was in California, and rented a car from Alamo. This week, I got a credit card statement with this:
    HERTZ TOLL CHARGE-ATS A MESA $26.15

    I didn't rent a Hertz car.
    I rented from Alamo.

    I crossed exactly one bridge, twice.
    Westbound on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge I the paid $5 toll in cash on June 15.
    Eastbound, there is no toll. That was on June 27.

    So, I went on-line and found that this is not a simple mistake. It appears to have quite a pattern.

    “Danica rented a Hertz vehicle from Feb. 27 through March 2, to drive from Oklahoma to Colorado and back. When she returned the car, she paid all the rental fees Hertz demanded and figured she was done – until after-the-fact toll charges started showing up on her credit card: ‘Some tolls showed up after my trip, which was interesting since I paid cash at the toll booths at each stop. A month and a half later, another toll charge popped up. I called, and of course Hertz immediately passed the buck to American Traffic” Solutions, owner of Hertz' PlatePass electronic toll service.”

    Here’s another:
    “And Shari from New Jersey said: ‘I rarely go on the turnpike or the Garden State Parkway. I have received several tickets from E-ZPass and I did not even go through E-ZPass. I have witnesses to that. I go through the pay toll next to E-ZPass and when I get a certain distance away from the tolls then E-ZPass snaps a picture of my car. It is set up to rip people off ….’

    Similar complaints are easy to find on almost any social media platform, too. Take this complaint, which a disgruntled customer posted to Twitter last month:

    Rented car from @Hertz in PHOENIX, AZ. Now, 3 wks later, I get #PlatePass CC charge for $65 in toll charges in NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY. #fraud”

    See https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news...rs-052715.html.

    I've written to Hertz, who will probably pass it on to ATS (their "collection enforcers").

    Anyone with similar experience?

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    Why can't they make Chex mix without pretzels?
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Whats them things, chex mix ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by tankie View Post
    Whats them things, chex mix ?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chex_Mix

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    I know that I could just make it myself with my own favorite ingredients. Like Mom use to do back in the 70s. But its the 21st century,I'm older and lazy!!!

    And what kind of strange people eat pretzels anyway? Why cater to them?
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chex_Mix
    I know that I could just make it myself with my own favorite ingredients. Like Mom use to do back in the 70s. But its the 21st century,I'm older and lazy!!!

    And what kind of strange people eat pretzels anyway? Why cater to them?
    Hmmmmmm.....Chex mix. Love it! Could do without the pretzels too.

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    Just drove into Madrid from the airport ... this place looks so much like Los Angeles!
    Trust me?
    I'm an economist!

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    Bored Gunny question.

    Were Medusa's pubes snakes? Or was it just the hairs on her head?
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    Bored Gunny question.

    Were Medusa's pubes snakes? Or was it just the hairs on her head?
    She was obviously kalbo of course...

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    Headed to San Antonio for little Grapes AF boot camp graduation.
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    Headed to San Antonio for little Grapes AF boot camp graduation.
    Good luck & congratulations!!!
    “We had been hopelessly labouring to plough waste lands; to make nationality grow in a place full of the certainty of God… Among the tribes our creed could be only like the desert grass – a beautiful swift seeming of spring; which, after a day’s heat, fell dusty.”
    ― T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

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    For Toby snapper n zara .

    Brilliantly written.... so listen up ! !

    I borrowed this from someone else's page today. I think it just about sums up the way I and so many 'Normal' people feel.
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    I was born white, which makes me a racist.
    I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which makes me a neo-fascist.
    I am heterosexual, which makes me a homophobe.
    I am non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working class and an ally of big business.
    I am a Christian, which makes me an infidel.
    I am older than 50, which makes me a useless elderly person.
    I think and I reason; therefore I doubt much of what the main stream media tells me, which makes me a reactionary.
    I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive British culture which makes me a xenophobe.
    I value my safety and that of my family; therefore I appreciate the police and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.
    I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual's merits, which makes me anti-social.
    I believe that British capitalism has been the engine of our country’s rise to economic greatness, and is a far more perfect system than socialism and an all dominating government, which apparently makes me far right
    I’m not sure how I became this way, but this is what I’m seen as by the liberals/progressives
    And I want to thank those of you who are brave enough to still associate with me regardless of what I have become


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