The Lobby: Off-topic discussion

Hello and welcome to The Lobby! Your place to discuss subjects that just don’t fit in our other conversations. Make yourself at home!

Do you want to discuss an issue but can’t find the right place to post it? Or maybe you’re looking for somewhere to chat with your community pals? Well, you’ve come to the right place…

As with any community or conversation it can – and does – wander off-topic. This is perfectly natural, but it hasn’t always been possible to do so on some of our posts because of the precisely defined nature of each subject.

So, at the behest of some of our community members, we created this off-topic discussion area – The Lobby.

Any ideas spawned here in The Lobby could generate new posts for debate and discussion on Which? Conversation, so you – our community members – are able to help shape the direction of our community.

What happened to the original Lobby?

Why do we have two Lobbies? Well, like all good franchises, we wanted to experiment with a sequel. But seriously, the original Lobby was so popular (with almost 13,000 comments), it was becoming hard to load the page.

So we’re starting fresh with what we’re affectionately calling “The Lobby 2”.

No comments from first Lobby have been deleted, and you can still link to comments, but you won’t be able to add new comments.


To ensure The Lobby remains a healthy and friendly place for you all to share your thoughts, musings all of our Community Guidelines apply, with the exception of one:

You may go off-topic… that is the purpose of The Lobby.  🙂

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So without further ado… welcome! What are you waiting for!?


Welcome to World Bee Day, the day in 1609 when Shakespeare’s Sonnets were first published and the day in 1927 on which Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard the Spirit of St Louis.

I always wanted to be a Gregorian Monk, but I never got the chants.

I bet you I could stop gambling.

CAPS LOCK: Preventing Logins Since 1980.


Ha! I’m doing the Monday morning read through of comments and saw this out of context. I had a little panic that @wavechange was having a very bad day!

We normally edit comments with all caps. I was going edit and do our usual message as a bit of a joke but worried you might think I was doing it seriously. 😉

thanks for excusing me capital punishment, abby. today is a nice sunny day and i might not be here to misbehave.

Caps Lock, Shift and Tab-(ulator) are, of course, relics from the old typewriter which physically moved the carriage or the type face up or down so that different parts of the type face made contact with the ink ribbon. The lock was a mechanical device that held its position with a catch which released by a second push on the Caps Lock key. Shift just moved the carriage or typeface for as long as the key was held down. Tabs were sliders that one pushed and – er – slid so that the carriage could release from its ratchet and zing to the tab stop. Computer tab keys have a more subtle approach and, for me, always do what they are not supposed to do, especially after they have done it and there doesn’t seem to be a way of going back to the original setting. Most of the additional extras on the numeric keys are the same as they were on the old typewriter, and computer specific ones have been tacked on to the end of the Qwerty key rows and the space bar at the bottom. I don’t think any typewriter had a separate numeric key pad though a few of the later golfball machines could manage italic script. My first electric machine had ribbon cartridges that slid in from the side. The black one was swapped for red and correction ribbons as required. The word processor was the same miracle as the audio CD and I remember the joy of using the first one connected to a dot matrix printer. Longer documents were saved in chunks on floppy discs.

Welcome to World Meditation Day, the day in 1871 on which French regular troops attacked the Commune of Paris; 17,000 died, and the day in1932 on which Amelia Earhart landed near Londonderry and became the first female to pilot a solo transatlantic flight.

I’ve just heard on the radio that today is World Bidet.

Everything becomes 100 times louder when you’re trying not to wake someone up.

The explanation may be the logarithmic decibel scale or clumsiness, or a bit of both.

I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Finally got around to watching Back To The Future… It’s about time.

I’ve just chanced upon a TV item this morning that seems ripe for a Which investigation. Families going to New Zealand had tickets and these were cancelled by the travel agent on the morning of the flight. It would seem logical that once tickets are issued, the only people who can cancel them are those who actually have them in their possession, since they have paid for and received the tickets. How is it that there is a mechanism for the travel agent to revoke these when the booking has been made and tickets issued for the flight? Even if these tickets are of the flexible type that can be changed, that change should only be available to the ticket holder.