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other day I made a bit of a blunder. For the sake of comfort
and feeling the need for some time in the living room rather
than the office, I decided to install 'Outlook' on my wireless
laptop computer so that I could download and read my email
whilst vegging in front of the television. I therefore relocated
my huge email file to the network hard drive and went ahead.
Unfortunately, whilst setting up the programme on the laptop,
given a choice of two email files (the Outlook default or
the large one of my own) to overwrite, in a moment of stupidity,
I chose the wrong file and overwrote six years' worth of
emails with just the one 'Welcome to Outlook Express' email.
do have a back-up of my old emails but unfortunately, you
know how it is - I made it over a year ago and . . .
must apologize to those who sent in email news items this
week. I have tried to remember those people I could and
asked for repeat copy but there are some I cannot remember.
find reading and sorting my email extremely time consuming.
Including the spam, no kidding - I currently receive 3,000
emails per day of which only about twenty or thirty are
the real thing. Having a popular domain name can be a real
pain in the rectal orifice at times as it attracts thousands
of imbeciles who keep insisting that I need Viagra - they
don't know me! As a result, I am always weeks behind with
my replies to the genuine senders of mail and often, the
genuine gets lost amongst the junk. If I have not replied
to your mail, please send again if it was important.
know I made a stupid mistake by overwriting the wrong file
but the spam is a serious problem to me as well and I do
miss lots of genuine mail as a result of attempting to kill
off the junk. I have an email contact page on this web site
but that is not infallible, so if you email me and I do
not respond, please telephone to make sure I actually received
apologize for any inconvenience caused by these email problems.
The web site Wyenot.com, including Wyenot News are seriously
backed up at several sources, very regularly and the main
web server is located securely in a building in London's
Docklands, so the site itself is almost certainly safe barring
nuclear attack. Hopefully, the worst that can happen is
it could go down for 24 hours or so whilst I have to upload
it all again, as I had to do on one fine, sunny day back
in 2003. A hard disc broke and in those pre local broadband
days, once it was fixed, I had to re-upload the whole web
site again, using FTP over a 56k telephone line. It took
over twelve hours! 'That's a blasted nuisance,' I said!
Parking Spaces in Ross-on-Wye
King and Amy by the 'removed' Disabled Parking sign in Broad Street.
mother, Mrs. King wrote to Wyenot News recently because
she had tried to take her disabled daughter Amy, who amongst
other disabilities suffers badly with her knees, shopping
on Thursday, 9th March only to find all of the disabled
parking bays full of vans. After asking one person if
he could possibly move for her, she was told to go away
- or words to that effect.
King told us, 'The bay at the top of Broad Street, next
to Ross Books was being used by a van and a car with no
disability badge. I asked a traffic warden if he could
either get them to move or ticket them, but apparently
there was nothing he could do as, a) the 'disabled' signs
have been removed and, b) the new Traffic Order for Ross
still has not been sorted out.'
King rang the council to find out what on earth is going
on and got put through to a very sympathetic lady who
told her that this 'Traffic Order' should have been effective
from November 14 last year but that it still hasn't been
sorted out. Mrs. King was advised to speak to a gentleman
called Andrew Lee Jones at the council. On speaking to
Andrew Lee Jones, Mrs. King was told that the situation
is nothing to do with the council - that vandals keep
removing the disabled parking sign at the top of Broad
King said, 'It seems to me there are two issues here.
Firstly, why hasn't the council got it's act together
yet over this new Traffic Act and secondly, why does someone
keep removing the sign? Either way it is affecting people
who need a bit of extra help in life just to do ordinary,
everyday things such as shopping.
does seem to be an urban myth regarding disabled parking
(and motability cars, for that matter) and I would like
to put that right via the local media. Disabled badges
are only given out to people in receipt of benefits for
disabled people. To get these benefits you need the support
of your GP and other healthcare professionals to sign
your application. Benefit is given for two reasons and
in several tiers, depending upon your disability and how
it affects you. To get a badge you need to get benefit
for severe problems with mobility - this might mean having
limb problems, breathing problems, heart problems etc.
cars (which seem to provoke amazing degrees of jealousy
for some reason) are in essence a contract or lease car.
They are not free, or given to disabled people
by the Government. People use the mobility part of their
benefit to pay for a lease car. That's it. Nobody gripes
if someone on jobseekers allowance uses their allowance
to buy a car, so why people get so worked up about Motability
cars I just don't know.
driver of one car parked in a disabled bay yesterday told
me that there "wasn't any parking for you lazy b*******
in Ross any more. You'll have to walk like the rest of
the point really, isn't it? People with disabled badges
can't "walk like the rest of us" and that's why society
needs to give them a bit of a helping hand. Is it really
too much to ask that someone who finds walking painful
or makes them breathless or gives them an angina attack
can actually park a bit closer to the shops? Thanks to
the van and car drivers parked in the disabled bays Amy
was in agony with her knees and had to go home without
finishing her shopping - all she wanted was to buy a new
pair of jeans.'
have some wonderful signs in France next to disabled parking
bays. They say (in French, obviously!) "If you want my
space, then you can have my disability as well".'
Ross Labels donate rugby strip to Bridstow School
the generosity of Ross Labels at Overross, the rugby team
at Bridstow Primary School have recently been the recipients
of new shirts. Luke Conod of Ross Labels attended Bridstow
Primary School on Thursday, 9th March to make a presentation
of the dynamic new shirts to Paul Socket, Head Teacher
of this very sporting local primary school.
Bridstow School only having been constructed within the
last ten years, the strong pupil numbers and expanding
range of facilities at the school have necessitated an
extension which is currently taking place at a rapid pace.
range of fund-raising activities is planned over the coming
weeks and if any former pupils, associates or friends
of the school would like to make a donation to the building
fund/buy a brick campaign, then their names will be recorded
for posterity having contributed to their former alma
mater. Any such donation may be made via Yvette Naylor,
School Secretary, at Bridstow CE Primary School. Tel:
the photograph below, Luke Conod of Ross Labels can be
seen presenting one of the rugby shirts to Paul Socket,
Head Teacher at Bridstow Primary School during Assembly
on Thursday, 9th March.
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