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!?


Ever wondered why there’s no other word for Thesaurus?

I prefer words with a single meaning. Anyone who has been given a router rather than a router as a gift might feel the same.

A bank was held up by a robber with a sawn off shotgun. Fortunately, there were no injuries as the wrong end had been sawn off…

My Grandfather was the unluckiest criminal in history. He made a deathbed confession of all his crimes – then recovered.

I need recommendations for a free email provider that doesn’t ever ask for your phone number and address to make an account

Are there any?

And how good is their security? I’ve already had more than one Gmail account hacked, so don’t want to use them again

Yes: Proton mail. It’s also the most secure email around.

BBC News has just included a mention of that here:-

That article also endorses other privacy respecting internet services, including DuckDuckGo, Brave and Signal.

Signal is excellent – and cross-platform, too.

The jokes are late this morning, so I had to look elsewhere. Here is a topical one:

Did you hear about the monkeys who shared an Amazon account? They were Prime mates.

Here now. Sorry I’m late.

Welcome to Belly Laugh Day, the day in 1908 on which Baden-Powell published “Scouting for Boys” and the day in 1984 Apple Computer unveiled its revolutionary Macintosh computer’

Not much brings forth a belly laugh these days, but here’s a reminder of an old song that tickled people’s ribs and had them rolling in the aisles in simpler times –

I know a fat old policeman,
he’s always on our street,
a fat and jolly red faced man
he really is a treat.
He’s too kind for a policeman,
he’s never known to frown,
and everybody says he’s the happiest man in town.

(Ha ha ha ha ha,
Woo ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha,
Woo ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha,
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha,Ha ha ha)

Well, it doesn’t work for everyone.

You can hear it here:

I have the digitised version of the original.

‘Fat old policeman’ seems rather non-PC in 2020.

Was he uniformed or uninformed?

Text from Baden-Powell’s ‘Scouting for Boys’ can be read online:

I suspect this is a reprint because the cover says: “Text from the original 1908 edition”

I have a copy – a first edition.

I have that (Charlie Penrose/Laughing Policeman) on a 78 in the loft.

I usually have a good laugh when I go up into the loft.

As to the PC-ness of the fat old policeman, such specimens still exist, mainly in the patrol cars and behind the desk, and since the plain clothes branch has to blend in with the general population they have the representative quotient.

Police have reported the theft of filing cabinets, document folders, paper clips and labelling machines. It is believed to be the work of organised crime.

Did the petty criminals steal the petty cash?

We have about 20 million laws to enforce the ten commandments.

Didn’t someone keep taking the tablets?

Several indecipherable ransom notes have been received by the Police Police say they are now searching for a GP turned kidnapper.

Petty theft from pubs is a common problem, with glasses and sometimes more valuable items being stolen. I know a pub that has a different problem, with an unknown customer periodically depositing various items. After being unable to find the donor, the pub now has a substantial collection of brass bells of various designs and sizes on display and would probably not mind if some of them went missing.

We live in a strange world.

Welcome to Opposite Day, the day in 1971 of the military coup in Uganda under General Idi Amin and the day in 2011 of the Egyptian Revolution

A man covered in nuts and chocolate sauce has been found dead in an ice cream van. Police think he topped himself

When you go into court you’re putting your fate in the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.

I would not make a habit of serving on a jury, but justice once.

My uncle’s dying wish was to have me sitting on his lap. He was in the electric chair.