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September 21st, 2004
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I really should write about Oxenmoot (or at least link to other peoples description of oxenmoot) but instead, I'll write dull trivia about my shopping.

Oh, and I have the Implant. It was surprisingly low on pain (worse than a small injection, but much better than TB or giving blood) and really really quick.

First of all, a story / query as to whether anyone else has had a similar thing happen to them... I went to the Esso garage on Histon Road late after post pizza. I tried to use pump number one, and it didn't seem to work (the dial wouldn't reset to zero.) I picked it up and put it down lots, with lots of looks at the petrol station guy in frustration. By the time I was getting quite angry at it not working, he beckoned me inside. I try to launch into a description of his faulty pump, but he says (in a very strong accent, and broken english, which doesn't appear to contain any pleasentrys) "How much petrol do you want?" I mean, what sort of a question is that? Petrol is one of those things where you just fill up and get depressed over how much it's cost. So I shrug and mutter something along the lines of "about a tenner" Then, once again with no nicities at all, "pay first". Huh? Do I look like a petrol thief? Do they routinely lock all their pumps at late times? In which case why are there no signs to the effect of "no this pump is not broken, just go inside and give them some money"? I was so annoyed (a little at the idea that they might not trust me and want me to pay first, but mainly because the whole thing was done rudely without any signs or explanations) that I flounced off without getting any petrol and went to the Tex. But is this normal?

Anyway, today I:
*) Got a new bike lock. If anyone wants to buy an old D lock with no key, shout :-)
*) Stayed in the bike shop talking to Chris about landlords and house prices and weddings for too long
*) Finally handed in the Campus returns forms for Feb. 20th. Felt bad about this. Felt even worse when I discovered that because of my incompitence there are no pub collection dates free for the whole of Oct. and Nov. Am trying to console myself with the fact that last years person was Even More Incompitent.
*) Sorted out the car tax. Not that we have a car in Cambridge. But if we did, it's now taxed.
*) Got a new set of house keys cut, at great expense.
*) Dropped a letter for tickets to an Early Music Concert into Trinity. Wonder if I can tell M they're his b-day present?
*) Discovered that 5 year old lottery scratchcards are now worthless. Luckilly they weren't mine, so I don't feel I've lost money, but it was a bit of a shame.
*) Bought some paper, in the hope that I'll do some work on it tomorrow.
*) Bought some gloves, in the (what's the opposite of hope? dread?) dread that it will soon be winter.
*) discovered that both Jet and Edon Lilley are really really nice and kind and friendly and helpful, and you really do get the service you pay for from little Cambridge shops. My graduation mount had warped, and Jet replaced it there and then free of charge. My CULES ex-sec photo had warped too, and Edon Lilley replaced that free of charge, although they had to send it away for a fortnight to do it. I wasn't complaining particularly visciously, would have quite happilly paid for it if I'd had to, and yet both shops were really really nice about it. Still don't know why they warped though, it's not like I'd had them in sunlight or anything.
*) rended myself sterile for the next 3 years. Hopefully.

So possibly a productive four hours.

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From:timeplease
Date:September 21st, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Petrol: never had that happen before, and probably would have done the same as you in the same situation. (If sufficiently annoyed I'd probably follow up with a letter to the company pointing out the lack of signage and rudeness of the staff.)
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From:lifes_a_dream
Date:September 21st, 2004 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that IS productive! I'd be lucky if I managed to get that much stuff done over the course of a week....
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From:theinquisitor
Date:September 21st, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
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As far as I know, the petrol-turning-on is wired up to OCR, CCTV pointed at your numberplate, and a list of known petrol thieves.

That said, I just tend to look perplexed at it if it doesn't start working, and eventually give up. I've yet to actually move to another pump.

Still, that rude? No blame at all for you leaving. Shame you've probably just confirmed his paranoia about your being a petrol thief, and convinced him that he was right to behave like that.
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From:atreic
Date:September 22nd, 2004 03:08 am (UTC)
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and eventually give up

as in you'd have just driven off?

Shame you've probably just confirmed his paranoia

Yeah, I thought that, but I just didn't want to give him any money after that.

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From:crazyscot
Date:September 21st, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
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How late is late? They might want people to pay first if they've had a rash of petrol thefts - but I agree, it's a bit shit if they don't make this obvious.

I've never had to pay first (not counting pay-at-pump).

Is your old bike lock susceptible to the pen trick?
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From:atreic
Date:September 22nd, 2004 03:09 am (UTC)
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I really hope not, it cost me Far Too Much, after the previous lock got cut through. I'm pretty certain there must be a spare key to it somewhere in the house, so I'll just leave it in the bottom of a wardrobe until said key turns up and I can sell it or something.
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From:lisekit
Date:September 21st, 2004 04:31 pm (UTC)
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I *have* had "pay before delivery" petrol first, but this has been made clear.
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:September 22nd, 2004 12:47 am (UTC)
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[Petrol] But is this normal?

It is in the states (or at least California) - my experience is that all petrol stations require either cash in advance, or a credit card swiped through the pump, before it'll work.

In this country the standard is still guy-in-the-booth-pushes-a-button-to-switch-it-on as far as I'm aware. In any case, it should be made clear what the policy is without having to be randomly beckoned towards the counter.
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From:crazyscot
Date:September 22nd, 2004 01:10 am (UTC)
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Must vary from area to area. The couple of times I bought gas in Massachusetts in 2001 they worked like over here.
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From:lzz
Date:September 22nd, 2004 01:12 am (UTC)
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nullstr was saying he encountered pay-first-for-petrol the other week, but I think it was made clear. A few days later we went to another petrol station which had 'pay first' signs, so he went up to the window and waited for ages while somebody went through the whole Eddie Izzard, "Brown bread! no that's diesel oil" routine, and then the guy looked blankly at him and said, "no just fill up", which was equally annoying.
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From:aldabra
Date:September 22nd, 2004 02:41 am (UTC)
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Hmm, when I was little Eaden Lilley was one of the biggest Cambridge shops there was, comparable to Robert Sayle (and Joshua Taylor? Where was that, then?) and I think on the site that's now Borders, although I also remember it on the corner on the other side of the Arts passage and I don't see how it could have been both. Anyway, it's briefly very disorienting to have it called a "little Cambridge shop"...
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From:atreic
Date:September 22nd, 2004 03:14 am (UTC)
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It's down green street, on a corner, which is odd because it's not at the top or the bottom and green street doesn't have any other corners, does it? Strange. Opposite the back of borders.

They do take over much larger places in Mayweek, to sell ball photos and bumps photos
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From:atreic
Date:September 22nd, 2004 03:14 am (UTC)
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And there is no large Robert Sayles from the end of this week either :-(
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From:simont
Date:September 22nd, 2004 03:53 am (UTC)
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Goodness, really? What's happened to that then?
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From:atreic
Date:September 22nd, 2004 04:43 am (UTC)
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I think they're moving it to Berleigh street, or at least somwehere near the grafted on. I have no idea if it's going to be bigger or smaller though, or what the old site is going to become. I noticed a sign in the window when going for car tax.
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From:ceb
Date:September 22nd, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
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It's moving to Burleigh Street temporarily. As part of the doing-up and extending of Lion Yard they're going to knock down most of old-Roberty Sayle (leaving the façade, I believe) and rebuild it in a style more appropriate to a huge department store, and then Roberty Sayle will move back. As in, it won't be full of small rooms and twisty staircases any more. Which is a shame in some ways, but on the other hand it might mean they can fit even more stuff in.

See here:
http://194.203.81.102/pages/schemeoverview
for more details.
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From:fluffyrichard
Date:September 22nd, 2004 05:23 am (UTC)
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It's moving to just outside the grafton center. I believe the new site is next to Sunrise, where QS used to be several years ago, which has been a building site for the last 18 months or so.
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From:ceb
Date:September 22nd, 2004 06:57 am (UTC)
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RIP Eaden Lilley. It was indeed where Borders is. About 6 years ago it closed, but the food hall moved to the small courtyard-y bit between Sidney Street and King Street. That bit closed too, I think, quite recently.

I've never heard of Joshua Taylor...
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From:arnhem
Date:September 22nd, 2004 07:15 am (UTC)
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Joshua Taylor was the block that's surrounded by the passage that went past the old Art's cinema. It currently houses a random nightclub and (I think) a Monsoon (?). Oh, and some kind of cafe thing that changes hands and decor every six months.
From:ex_robhu
Date:September 22nd, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)
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I have also experienced your petrol pump frustration - seems they do it late at night in areas where there is a high amount of theft of petrol. Annoying, but I suppose they dont get any theft that way.
From:timeplease
Date:September 22nd, 2004 05:28 am (UTC)
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What happens if you're planning to pay by card? Do you have to take exactly the right amount of petrol? Or do they do a pre-auth before you fill up and finalise it afterwards?
From:ex_robhu
Date:September 22nd, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I have always paid by cash in these situations.
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:September 22nd, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
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Is the boke lock currently open or locked? :)
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From:ewx
Date:September 22nd, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)

typo

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IRTA "bloke lock".
From:ex_robhu
Date:September 22nd, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
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I wondered that too...
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From:plinthy
Date:September 23rd, 2004 11:33 am (UTC)
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How much do you want for the bike lock?
I threw away a lot of my crap when I moved last and I think I need more.

And did a mutual friend get in touch with you about getting together when I come back from travels?
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From:atreic
Date:September 23rd, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I think I'll hang onto the bike lock in the hope the key will turn up one day :-)

But yes, a little bird was speaking to me, and you have the whole day of my company if you want it (except really really early in the morning). I was instructed to take you to the botanics, but won't if the weathers like this! If you want to do evening / dinner type things then do say, as at the moment I'm free but at some point will have to plan food.

Glad you liked Prague, I spent ages trying to persuade Derek to go so am happy you actually went.
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From:plinthy
Date:September 24th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC)
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Yay - whole day good. Botanics and Fitzbill good too. Depending on weather. Will call on return (28th).
Excuse style - am on Budapest Macdonalds freaky terminal. Y and Z wrong way round and keys unreliable.
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