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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Which? Members: Discuss issues related to our organisation, including governance

Welcome to the Lobby!

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


Welcome to Bird feeding month, the day in 1971 when Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt and the day in 2014 when same-sex marriage was legalized in Scotland

Lung cancer in women mushrooms

Milk drinkers are turning to powder

Steelworkers refuse to work after death

There was a headline from the 1960’s “General Flies Back to Front”.

I have seen a few howlers recently in local papers but forgot to make a note of them.

It’s all done to attract attention, and it succeeds.

“Passengers Hit by Cancelled Trains” could be brought into regular service.

Welcome to Weatherman’s Day, the day in 1887 when Verdi’s opera Otello is first performed and the day in 1996 when UK supermarket chains first stocked genetically modified tomato puree

Commercial production normally involves picking tomatoes when they are unripe and subsequent ripening, to minimise wastage during transport and storage. This results in tomatoes that lack the flavour of ripe tomatoes picked from the vine – such as home-grown tomatoes.

The genetic modification was carried out to stop tomatoes producing the enzyme polygalacturonase, which causes softening and subsequent rotting of tomatoes. There was considerable opposition to genetically engineered plants in 90s and I don’t believe that any GM tomatoes were sold, but paste made from GM tomatoes did make it to market.

Obesity study looks for larger test group

Plane too close to ground, crash report says

Panda mating fails; Vet takes over

I suppose I can’t put this off any longer…

Friday is my last day at Which?. I am moving back to my home city, Belfast, at the end of the month so sadly will have to say goodbye to my job here. I’ll make sure I pop on to catch up with everyone after I leave though so it is more of a change of role within the community rather than a goodbye!

@abbysempleskipper, it is sad to lose you. You were a ray of sunshine. I wish you well in your move back home and hope you’ll still appear on Convos. 😀

Sorry to lose you, Abby. You don’t seem to have been here that long, and I’m pretty certain your courageous style and dotty approach will be irreplaceable.

Good luck 🙂

I’m very sorry to hear you are going, Abby, and have enjoyed your contributions, particularly those about sustainability. The Convo on reusable toilet roll was a step too far for some of us. 🙂

All the best and I look forward to hearing from you in future. I spent some time in Belfast when I applied for a job at the university and was impressed by how friendly people were, even though it was during the ‘troubles’.

Abby, sorry to hear you’re leaving. Best wishes for your move back to Belfast.

Thanks everyone – so lovely to hear.

Indeed I haven’t been here long and in the ideal world I wouldn’t be leaving – but I won’t really be gone. You’ll be fed up with me quickly enough on here banging the drum for consumer rights in Northern Ireland! 😉

Welcome to the day in 1952 when Elizabeth II succeeded King George VI, the day in 1918 when Britain granted women (30 & over) the vote and the day in 1941 when British troops conquered Bengazi, Libya

Scientists prove sterility is inherited


Squad helps dog bite victim

War dims hope for peace

Welcome to Ballet Day, the day in 1992 the Maastricht Treaty signed by 12 countries from the (EC) to create the (EU) and the sad day in 2020 when the redoubtable Abby, purveyor of sunshine where’er she walks, leaves Which? the poorer. All the best, Abby; hard experience suggests we’ll hear very little of you in the future.

I need to get in touch with my inner child–but he’s not allowed to talk to strangers

Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change ready

My inferiority complex isn’t as good as yours.

I no longer have the confidence to have an inferiority complex.

Does a person with a split personality have difficulty with joined up thinking? Mine split a long time ago and we are now just good friends.
There’s an inferiority complex near me that sells plastic tat for a pound.

Welcome to Opera day, the day in 1672 when Newton presented his first optics paper before the Royal Society and the day in 1998 when Enoch Powell died at 85

I’ve learnt a lot from my mistakes and if I could live my life over again I’m sure I could repeat them exactly.

It would be good to be prepared to fast-forward over the bad bits and pause to prolong the happier times.

If every mistake you make is a new one – cheer up; you’re making progress

Or getting worse. 😱

My many sins and my stupidity come back and haunt when I least expect it. This mental aberration seems to me to be just punishment for them and retribution that will always remain, especially for those that I got away with at the time! Funnily enough, I don’t recall the good things nearly as readily and yet I manage to keep an optimistic view of life so there’s no need to call the shrink just yet.