Things You Forget About England When Living Away

Since moving back at Christmas, the following are the quirky things I took for granted in over 30 years of living in England prior to moving to France, simple list I know, if you can think of any others, leave ’em as a comment:-

  1. Ice Cream Vans: “Popeye The Sailor Man” ringing out all over the place
  2. Gardens: Everyone spends all their time making them look great
  3. Washing cars:  There is a guy down our road that washes his 3 times a week
  4. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man: The clanging of a handbell (normally a 13yr old leaning out the passenger window) to alert houses that a van willing to pick up your scrapmetal is coming
  5. Flipflops and Shorts in 10c: As soon as the sky is sunny, out they come
  6. Ice creams: With a flake
  7. Pubs: Nowhere else does it better
  8. No Dog poo: None, all in the bag
  9. Smiling faces from old people: Again, see no 7
  10. Smiling faces in the street: See no 9
  11. Fish and Chips: Always miss them right up to the moment you eat them, feel bloated and sick after
  12. Teachers that Smile: See no 10
  13. Supermarket workers that help: Unlike any other country
  14. No dress code outside work: No-one cares
  15. Cold evenings: No matter how hot it is during the day, you can’t sit out at night without freezing, yet everyone does
  16. Bitter: Pint of
  17. Large Glass of Wine: Half a Bottle
  18. Eat as much as you can for £10: You just have to
  19. Newspapers delivered at 7am: By car these days
  20. Neighbours: Everyone needs a good one, and they all talk to you
  21. Window cleaner: Ladder on the back of a ford capri
  22. Milkman: In the Tesla of the 70’s
  23. Postman: In shorts all year round, see No5
  24. Tea: By the gallon
  25. Pork Pies and Sausage Rolls: See No 11

Any others you can think of?

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Don’t Download Thunderbird 3 – How To Revert Back To Thunderbird 2

Normally upgrading thunderbird changes nothing, it may be a little faster, the odd tweak here or there, not with Thunderbird 3.

Thunderbird 3 is a huge memory sap, it continuously downloads emails if on IMAP, and frankly kills your PC (please note I have not tested on a MAC).  Every time I turned on thunderbird it downloaded the same 1000,s of emails, even if it had already done the job before..  The easiest way of avoiding this (they say) is to turn off Global Indexing in the Options (General Tab).  Did this work?  No.  So I decided to revert back to Thunderbird 2.

This is very very easy to do, takes just two minutes.

Firstly, click on Start/Control Panel/ Programs/ Uninstall a program – click on thunderbird 3 (you will not lose any of your files, old emails or settings).  Once this has deleted from your pc, go to this page, this lists past thunderbird versions.  The one you want to download is the latest version 2, click on it, select win32 (if you use windows) and then select your language. Now it will download and install.

et voila.  fixed.

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How to turn off or stop Google Buzz

Firstly, before I answer the question in the title (as asked by a friend of mine scared of google), I think I am going to love buzz.  It needs a few UI tweaks that allow you to follow people with loads of comments such as (I recommend) Robert Scoble, Jason Calacanis and Pete Cashmore, without them clogging up your screen but overall, it could be a twitter killer.  I am not sure on the effect on Facebook as many many people using Facebook won’t have gmail, for example, the average non-geek user of Facebook in the UK will typically use their service providers email with outlook, they wouldn’t use gmail therefore would never hear about Buzz.

Buzz at the moment is restricted to three choices, use it, don’t use it and turn it off.

Before screaming and shouting, this is not a problem for your privacy, Buzz will only share what you tell it as a status update or what picture, video or links you drop in.  It does not share anything automatically (unless you tell it to, such as twitter, blog feeds etc).

So to turn it off totally, as I just had to find out for a friend, is to simply scroll to the bottom of your inbox and click on “turn off buzz”.  BTW, this is the official google line, so until they create a “delete buzz” button this is your only choice. Period.


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