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Recommend made-to-measure blackout blinds? (Like the Velux, not the roller blinds of Argos Ikea etc)

Do you have any recommendations for someone who could install blackout blinds? To be clear, what we are after is something like the Velux blinds: blinds Velux.jpg I have only seen them in lofts, but I see no reason why they couldn't be installed in any room. These do the job because they tend to lea...
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Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:25 pm

Recommend a builder for work on front garden wall and fence?

We have a tiny front garden (more of a "space" than a garden, really) that looks like this below. We would need to make the entrance about 3-4 feet wider. Do you have any recommendations for builders or anyone else who could do this? Has anyone done it? Is it as easy as "cutting" a piece of the wall...
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:24 am

Re: How to escalate a complaint against the Council? Councillors? Money claim? (overcharged for parking permit)

I finally got refunded! I received the money about 6 weeks after filing my complaint through Resolver. The permit was issued in August; between August and November, I NEVER managed to speak to anyone on the phone, and all my emails to the parking department were ignored. Had this happened at a diffe...
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:14 am

Re: How to escalate a complaint against the Council? Councillors? Money claim? (overcharged for parking permit)

6 weeks after I filed the complaint with resolver.co.uk, I was told they have processed the refund to my account, but it might take about a week for to money to reach my account. I filed the complaint with resolver after weeks of unanswered emails and phone calls. I'll post here when I actually get ...
Replies: 10
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:00 pm

Re: Recommendation for restaurant suitable for Kids

The food at the Rainforest Cafe is, IMHO, terribly overpriced. Kids enjoy the place, but you need to book in advance. They don't book all tables, but, if you can't find a slot, I'd recommend against showing up and waiting: 6 kids and 6 adults is quite a crowd, and you risk waiting a long time with k...
Replies: 14
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:22 am

Re: Party Venues suitable/fun/available(!) for a 4yr old in January

Yes, finding a slot now will be tough. In no particular order: Bertie & Boo in Balham Kids Fusion, between Clapham Junction and the SW tip of Battersea park The Wandle Recretaion Centre, the Tooting Leisure Centre and most council-sponsored gyms (most have some kind of soft play or bouncy castle are...
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:18 am

Re: Mobile Phone Carrier Nightingale Triangle

Reviving a two-year old thread? I don't live exactly in the triangle, but I noticed, pretty much throughout London, that:  outdoors, the signal of EE and Vodafone is roughly the same indoors, Vodafone is much better. That's why I remain with Vodafone even though Three would be cheaper. I think it's ...
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Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:44 am

How to escalate a complaint against the Council? Councillors? Money claim? (overcharged for parking permit)

Wandsworth has owed me £35 since August, because, when I applied for a parking permit, their system thought I had a second car, which I didn't.   The council sent me an email where they led me to believe it would have been quicker to proceed with the overpayment and get a refund, than to reapply :x...
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Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:58 am

Re: Wandsworth Resident parking permits - no renewal reminder and a parking ticket?

It would also be interesting to ask, via FOI:

how much the transition to the new parking IT system cost
if the cost went over budget
why it all went so horribly wrong and what the council has done about it

There were quite a few threads on this. The new IT parking system has been a total disaster.
Forum: Chat Here
Replies: 17
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:03 pm

Re: Cyclist single mum recalls terrifying moment she thought she was going to die during crash with Tesco lorry in Claph

We need to distinguish between what is or should be legal or illegal, and what is wise.   Let’s start with the latter. I am a motorcyclist, so I know a thing or two about being vulnerable on the road. Many motorcyclists learn to ride defensively; this means riding assuming there are only 3 categori...
Forum: Chat Here
Replies: 22
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:30 pm

Re: Get your education questions answered

A separate point is that what is best for our own children is not necessarily best for society as a whole, and that the perspective of parents is very different from that of policymakers. E.g. talented students are likely to benefit from selective schools, whether state-funded grammar schools or exp...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 26
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:42 am

Re: Get your education questions answered

I don't think what you and I have said is incompatible. We both agree that independent schools do not make miracles and do not transform a mediocre student into a rocket scientist. You do, however, mention that independent schools tend to "add a grade". I'd be interested in seeing how this was measu...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 26
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:25 am

Re: Get your education questions answered

PS I strongly believe that, in most cases (there are always exceptions but we are talking about trends, not single cases) the family background is one of the most important factors in determining a child's academic success. E.g. a talented child of educated professionals who can guide him, tutor him...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 26
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:34 am

Re: Get your education questions answered

I despair at how some people misinterpret the simplest pieces of information. In the era of fake news, teaching basic statistics and data analysis should be a key part of the curriculum.  The fact that private school students have x% more chances of going to a top university does not mean that YOUR ...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 26
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:30 am

Re: Get your education questions answered

I strongly disagree that private schools could be eradicated by spending more on state schools. One reason why parents send their kids to private schools is because they want to be sure that little Johnny does not end up in the same class with stereotypical kids living with 5 stepbrothers, their sin...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 26
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:16 am