The Lobby: Off-topic discussion

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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.

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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”.

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The problem isn’t that obesity runs in your family. The problem is no one runs in your family.

You don’t need a parachute to go skydiving. You need a parachute to go skydiving twice.

Welcome to Etch A Sketch Day, the day in 1957 when the US Surgeon General Leroy Burney connected smoking with lung cancer and the day in 1982 when Britain returned 593 Argentine POWs

I have the world’s largest collection of seashells, you may have seen it, I keep it scattered on beaches all over the country.

I’m afraid my niece may have taken some of them. You see, she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.

Does she live at Selsey or Shoreham-by-sea?

I bet she’s called Sandy.

Sandy Shaw?

The problem with kleptomaniacs is that they always take things literally.

Where was this joke stolen from?

Ian’s collection. 😀


I assumed it came from his k-leption.

I have a friend. He keeps trying to convince me he’s a compulsive liar, but I don’t believe him.

Q: What did the false hood say to the porky pie hat?

A: You can have your cake and eat it?

You can have your cape and keep it.

Welcome to Town Criers Day, the day in 1985 when Live Aid concerts were held at both Wembley and JFK stadia, and the day in 1923 the Hollywood Sign was officially dedicated. It originally reads “Hollywoodland” but the four last letters were dropped after renovation in 1949. As yet, they haven’t been located…

Onions make me sad. A lot of people don’t realise that.

Cryogenic therapy maybe the antidote?

I have never been affected by onions so I have to do all the onion prep in our kitchen.

I often wonder who first tasted an onion and decided they were nice to eat. Did they think it would be like an apple and bite into it?

Extra-mature cheddar cheeze and a large slice of onion in a crusty roll are my ideal elevenses – although not every day.

Mustard is another thing you wouldn’t expect to be desirable, but it makes a ham roll tasty.

Onions differ, so. it’s best to know your onions.

It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.

John Lennons famous fait accompli.

Three ways to shape up for summer. Number one: eat less. Number two: exercise more. Number three: what was I talking about again? I’m so hungry.

You could try eating your words, or humble pie 🙂

PS I will if you will 🙂

I’m looking for some advice. I recent got some repairs done to my car using my warranty company. The garage that did the repairs for me sent an invoice into the warranty company for £381. The warranty company then sent me a consent form for the repairs at a cost of £307. I signed the consent form and sent it back to the warranty company. Little did I know that the invoice the garage sent was for £381 otherwise I would never have approved the repair consent form. The garage is now chasing me for the remaining balance. Should the warranty company have told me that they had received an invoice for the amount of £381 and actually said that either my warranty doesn’t cover the full amount. Please can someone help as I feel the warranty company has got me to falsify signing a document with me knowing the true cost.

Any help is much appreciated.

It is possible that this warranty company only pays a proportion of the cost. Its terms and conditions will tell you this. I would suggest a letter to the warranty company asking them why the repair bill was not covered in full. A letter is better than a phone call since everything is in print. You could send them a copy of the garage invoice and ask them to settle this as part of the terms of your policy with them. You will have to see what their reply is before doing anything else, though you should also tell the garage that you are submitting the invoice to the warranty company and ask them to await the outcome. It’s a good first step and gives you time to think about the problem further.

Welcome to Shark Awareness Day, the day in 1933 when all non-Nationalsozialismus parties were banned in Germany and the day in 1992 when 386BSD was released, starting the open source operating system revolution. Torvalds released “Linux” soon afterwards

To be fair, today’s courier was unusually absolutely fine.

It’s good to keep the sharks happy, but I like to look after the delivery drivers too as they can make life miserable if you upset them.

I have always found DPD to be very good and I have noticed that Hermes have improved enormously since John Lewis placed them under contract.

I’d tell you a chemistry joke but I know I wouldn’t get a reaction.

I can only tell you a bad joke about the noble gases because the good ones argon.

Tell a Chemist a joke and he usually just makes a rude retort…

As a chemist, I’m in my element.

Do they teach the periodic table at elementary school?

There is not a molecule of truth in that hypothesis.

What is the litmus test of a good chemistry joke? At my school, the chemistry masters were so dishevelled it was obvious they had never seen an ion.

Maybe if we start telling people the brain is an app they might start using it.


Being an adult is just walking around wondering what you’re forgetting.

Ian’s jokes have the right chemistry this morning. Good start to the day.

Yes – even his replies to his own jokes can be caustic.

At present, many are still working at home and unless I have had to wait in a queue or the person I am calling sounds as if they are under pressure, I have asked if they are at home. I did not need to ask this morning because the distinctive sound of a parakeet made it fairly obvious.

Oops. This was intended to be in The Lobby. 🙁

A welcome relief after a difficult day 🙂

A photon checks into a Hotel and is asked if he needs help with his luggage. “No thanks” he says “I’m travelling light.”

A question for the chemists. Why does yoghurt last much longer than milk in the fridge? (This is not a joke – I hope)

Yoghurt contains lactic acid produced by fermentation of milk. Lactic acid acidifies the yoghurt, which inhibits growth of coliform and other harmful bacteria.

In making yogurt the milk is inoculated with specific bacteria, usually Lactobacillus and Streptococcus species, whereas when milk goes bad, a variety of bacteria can grow in it and ones and some of the organic acids produced by fermentation smell unpleasant.

Thanks Wavechange, I have often questioned the difference between good and bad bacteria, especially in relation to the microbiome balance in the gut, regarded by some gastroenterologists as the source of many diseases.

I have always had a strong sense of smell and can easily detect when something is a bit ‘off’. Unfortunately the opposite is also true with pleasant smells that I find too overpowering including perfume of any description.

It’s best to avoid taking antibiotics unless really needed because they can cause major changes. in the gut flora, the best known being Clostridium difficile infections and possible complications.

I am allergic to penicillin so that’s a big no for me. I rarely have to take any others which don’t always agree anyway.

Welcome to Tapioca Pudding Day, the day in 1799 when the Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign and the day in 1955 when eighteen Nobel laureates signed the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by 34 more laureates.

I refused to believe my highway engineer father was stealing from his job, but when I got home, all the signs were there.

That sounds like highway robbery, though not unless someone is held-up.

For some obscure reason it used to be a fad for students and first-home owners to decorate their properties with traffic signs.

A friend of mine was very proud of the Einbahnstraße sign that he had nicked from a contractor’s compound in Düsseldorf one night. He managed to get it home on the overnight bus journey to much admiration from his peers.

For a long time I had [and restored] a huge sign from a signal box on the Cheshire Lines system in Lancashire. It was eleven feet long by eighteen inches high with cast iron letters on a teak board and frame. It said Throstle Nest East Junc. I purchased it legitimately from British Railways in about 1969 and sold it in 2004. It would be interesting to know where it is now.

There was a collision there in 1950.

Thanks for the research and the link Alfa.

I opened the link and read the comments and it is apparent that the signal box shown in the photograph is Throstle Nest South Junction. It was a triangular junction and I think the line to Throstle Nest East Junction is the one diverging to the right hand side of the signal box and leading to Manchester. The line to the left leads to Throstle Nest West Junction and on towards Warrington.

I have seen a picture in a book of the sign I bought showing it in situ on the long side of the signal box supervising its junction. That signal box was demolished in 1969. It appears from the comments that it dates from 1906.

My sign sold at auction and I hope an enthusiast or preservation group acquired it and has it on display somewhere.

If I was interested in tracking down the whereabouts of the sign I would contact societies such as RCTS and RCHS.

Was this a one-off or did you collect railway memorabilia, John? I had gathered from other Convos that you have an interest in railways.