Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Redimanager's Record Breaking Attempt Foiled

I've been keeping tabs on RiV2 and was waiting for Redimanager to score five out of five on the 'Recent Posts' table but her valiant attempt seems to have been scuppered by the Council Tax announcement.

Shame, really, I was really looking forward to seeing proof of the the theory that RiV2 was designed so that the Council could have discussions with itself ...

28 comments:

  1. Well, she has overtaken me on the all time list and moved into 5th place. Still just over a hundred to go before she catches Dopeyf. Sometime in May I should think.

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  2. Sorry, I was partly responsible for spoiling the fun! That forum seems to have become a trumpet-blowing vehicle for the council, much like the Redbridge Life newspaper.

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  3. Don't worry Ed, they are keeping an "eye" on us here. Welcome aboard. Can we expect a post on the allotment charges?

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  4. According to today's Recorder "Allotment charges will rise from £6.90 per rod to £7 per rod, with concessions scrapped" A full-size allotment is 10 rods so that increase doesn't seem too bad - not so sure about scrapping concessions. This, I assume, only applies to council-run allotments, not society-runs ones.

    More worrying, if I may put my cricket helmet on, is the 51% rise in the cost of hiring a cricket pitch which adds up to a tidy sum for an adult club playing on Saturday and Sunday for 26 weeks.

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  5. Agreed, Weggis - these increases in charges should be a subject for a separate post thread.

    Could Ed Oliver perhaps let us know from what to what has the 51% increase in pitch hire charges has been applied and also whether or not the new higher rate is inclusive of any concessions for players parking their cars where the pitches are?

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  6. The Recorder says the charge for an adult club will rise from £441 to £666. That is for 13 weeks on alternate weekends. Not clear if you get a pitch for Saturday and Sunday or just the one day, I could check with our club treasurer. Our club has a pitch for every Saturday and most Sundays for 22 weeks so our increase looks like being around £400.

    I'll be parking my car outside the park!

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  7. Typical isn't it, I'm on the committee for the cricket club and have treasurers reports kicking around all the time trying to think of what to do with them, and then when you actually need them they are nowhere to be found!

    Anyway, I can confirm the rent we paid to the council is substantial, and the club is thinking about taking on the care of the wicket itself due to the poor standard of maintenance it recieves. Can a 51% increase be justified with no improvements to pitch standards?

    No, would be my answer, as I don't fancy the idea of paying 51% more to carry on being bowled out by daisy cutters every week.

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  8. Matt, you forgot to mention the way they cut the outfield without first removing any stray coke cans - so we often have to remove shredded metal from the grass before the match!

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  9. Do you do a "poo patrol" before starting your match?

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  10. I believe the cutting of the outfield is sub-contracted by the contractor to a local farmer of all people (well this was the case, not sure if it still is). Seeing as I have never met a poor farmer, this is probably why he can afford to mow grass, coke cans, plastic bottles, chewing gum and dog turds, as he can always buy a new mower deck.

    More evidence towards bringing park maintenance back 'in house' perhaps?

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  11. 'Poo patrol' was a 'big job' when I played cricket in Goodmayes Park in the early 1980s. Its a much rarer event these days, at least in Clayhall Park. It goes to show how public behaviour can change when something becomes socially unacceptable. Now for chewing gum-dropping, dumping takeaway containers out of cars, and spitting...

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  12. She's censoring like mad today!!!

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  13. So far today they've deleted 3 contributions to one item alone!!

    The Stasi are alive and well, and living in Ilford Town Hall.

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  14. Oh! So it's you Morris.
    Today I've had a string of emails from Red-i telling me that my "question has been answered" but when I go to look there is nuffin there!
    Why don't you just email me, it would be a lot easier.

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  15. Matt's comment: Seeing as I have never met a poor farmer, reminds me of my late father-in-law (who had spent quite bit of his life working on farms) who often referred to farmers: "... living on last year's losses ..."

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  16. When I worked for the Inland Revenue (Feb 1958 to Dec 1961) farmers whose accounts showed a profit were considered worthy of full investigation!

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  17. Apology for silence: I was struck by a virus, took to my bed and was brought back to life by reading the Ilford Recorder (which I was only able to read yesterday.)
    I am not thinking straight but I sure will want to comment, when recovery has taken place, soon I hope, I am getting bored!
    anne

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  18. Get well soon Anne!
    Well, I thought it would have passed 5 posts a long time ago, from where I am (Aldborough ward) I can't see mucha ctivity on any of the forums or my neighbourhood areas at all!

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  19. Apparently, David thought he had gone deaf!

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  20. Reasonably soon, Weggis, he'll probably with he had............

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  21. Thank you Mark!
    Re the allotment charges, I welcome Ed Oliver's clarification re the way money is to be raised from council-run allotments.
    The actual 'concession' system is almightily generous in direct-let: half-price, for people sixty or over, or unemployed, or disabled.
    Not such system for us, only a £4 yearly reduction for over 65 and,... don't even thing of trying to designate your antiquated mother as the named plot holder simply to save four
    quids!
    I could write an essay on other ludicrousies that I have discovered whilst researching and asking direct questions.
    Lots of tightening is needed and lots of control. But, unfortunately, this would cost a lot of money, so it easier for many to rubber stamp than to ask further questions.
    I must add (because I have such a strict conscience!) that the new team of officers, etc,... are working with us in a refreshing way.
    annesevant

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  22. Well you mean people (weggis and Morris)! I am getting better, better enough to read and understand your comments re David enjoying the silence!
    I am sure David does not mind me being silent and, interestingly, he has worked out how to cook!
    Necessite fait loi.
    Going to the pub has been useful too!
    annesevant

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  24. "This post has been removed by the author". I'm usually punctilious about previewing my posts and correcting obvious errors but, on this occasion, my wife just serving up food, so I hit Post instead - and found I'd used the wrong formatting code ...

    ... so here goes again:


    How peculiar? I put a post on RiV2 in the Council Gritters thread at about 1am. It didn't appear, so I assumed it had not been approved, particularly when a post from Anne appeared about 12 hours later.

    I've just noticed my post flagged as the last post in the thread - and it is definitely there - but above Anne's post and, therefore, in correct chronological order ...!

    ... Weird!

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  25. "Hint: the Preview button does exactly it says on the can - and gives you the opportunity to correct any errors ..."

    There's a very handy Text Formatting Toolbar here.

    ;)

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  26. Interesting, Knowsie.
    The latest post is now defined by the date and time published rather than submitted. Of course there has not been much activity for us to notice this phenomenon so I wonder if they know and will change it back now you have flagged it up?

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  27. They took ages before posting my kind comments today and obviously longer to post Knowsie's, comments they liked even less!
    As weggis said, this cool method of burying unwelcome comments by withholding them (within the rules) until they can be inserted discretely was pointed out before.
    Weggis told me at the time to use the last 25 comments command to make sure I was not missing anything.
    Must go back to the site to see if this method is still usable.
    (By the way I liked the comment of vfmctx about the fireworks unenforceable rule.)
    annesevant

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