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Mike
2020-04-29 11:09:09 UTC
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After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
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Toodle Pip
Vicky Ayech
2020-04-29 12:21:05 UTC
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After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
It apparently varies from area to area but the normal tescos slots,
one released at midnight each day, go very fast. The priority ones, in
an 8 hour period not a one hour, are there longer. I got one this
morning around 8.a.m but it is no longer there now. None there at all.
I wanted one for 12/5 but not even a priority one is there, but I have
got a Morrisons one. I had to have two in a row instead of alternate
weeks, but that is ok.
Serena Blanchflower
2020-04-29 13:35:56 UTC
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Post by Mike
After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
It apparently varies from area to area but the normal tescos slots,
one released at midnight each day, go very fast. The priority ones, in
an 8 hour period not a one hour, are there longer. I got one this
morning around 8.a.m but it is no longer there now. None there at all.
I wanted one for 12/5 but not even a priority one is there, but I have
got a Morrisons one. I had to have two in a row instead of alternate
weeks, but that is ok.
I think the priority ones seem to be being released in at least two
tranches, generally around the weekend. One tranche is for deliveries
in about three week's time, with the other being for slots in the coming
week.
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Happy hibernating and stay well,
best wishes, Serena
Christians shouldn't just be pulling people out of the river. We should
be going upstream to find out who's pushing them in. (Desmond Tutu)
Kate B
2020-04-29 14:40:17 UTC
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Post by Mike
After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
It apparently varies from area to area but the normal tescos slots,
one released at midnight each day, go very fast. The priority ones, in
an 8 hour period not a one hour, are there longer. I got one this
morning around 8.a.m but it is no longer there now. None there at all.
I wanted one for 12/5 but not even a priority one is there, but I have
got a Morrisons one. I had to have two in a row instead of alternate
weeks, but that is ok.
I think the priority ones seem to be being released in at least two
tranches, generally around the weekend.  One tranche is for deliveries
in about three week's time, with the other being for slots in the coming
week.
I think you must be right, Serena. Having forgotten to stay up past
midnight to get a conventional Tesco slot for May 19, I got up a bit
early this morning and found that although all the conventional slots
had gone, there were priority 8 hour ones just for that day. At other
times I can see priority slots for the next three days.
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Kate B
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Vicky Ayech
2020-04-29 16:54:35 UTC
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On Wed, 29 Apr 2020 14:35:56 +0100, Serena Blanchflower
Post by Serena Blanchflower
Post by Vicky Ayech
After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
It apparently varies from area to area but the normal tescos slots,
one released at midnight each day, go very fast. The priority ones, in
an 8 hour period not a one hour, are there longer. I got one this
morning around 8.a.m but it is no longer there now. None there at all.
I wanted one for 12/5 but not even a priority one is there, but I have
got a Morrisons one. I had to have two in a row instead of alternate
weeks, but that is ok.
I think the priority ones seem to be being released in at least two
tranches, generally around the weekend. One tranche is for deliveries
in about three week's time, with the other being for slots in the coming
week.
Tescos has a lot more one hour ones now around the time I have the
next delivery booked for Morrisons :). I want the one after that
Tescos but took a Morrisons. If it becomes free I can swop. Delivery
bingo.
Flop
2020-04-29 14:32:49 UTC
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Post by Mike
After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
At 15:30 for RG6, there are:

Sunday 3 May - 6 slots
Monday 4 May - 13 slots
Tuesday 5 May - 15 slots (max)

So you should have no problems
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Flop

Truly the Good Lord gave us computers that we might learn patience
Flop
2020-04-30 09:26:38 UTC
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Post by Mike
After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
Sunday 3 May - 6 slots
Monday 4 May - 13 slots
Tuesday 5 May - 15 slots (max)
So you should have no problems
Tesco is funny.

All the above have gone; there is nothing for the full week 04/05 to
10/05; then there is a full week of slots from 11/05 to 18/05; then they
*ALL* disappeared and couple of slots popped up on 05/05.

Pure lottery :-(
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Flop

Truly the Good Lord gave us computers that we might learn patience
Vicky Ayech
2020-04-30 10:17:33 UTC
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Post by Flop
After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
Sunday 3 May - 6 slots
Monday 4 May - 13 slots
Tuesday 5 May - 15 slots (max)
So you should have no problems
Tesco is funny.
All the above have gone; there is nothing for the full week 04/05 to
10/05; then there is a full week of slots from 11/05 to 18/05; then they
*ALL* disappeared and couple of slots popped up on 05/05.
Pure lottery :-(
I think it is a new game to keep us occupied during lockdown,
specially for those who rely on deliveries and are locked down.
Supermarket Slot Bingo.
Jenny M Benson
2020-04-30 08:35:59 UTC
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Post by Mike
After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
I've had 2 e-mails from Iceland recently, informing me that they had
free slots for my area. The first time I didn't need one, the second I
wasn't desperate but looked later in the day and there were none.
Nothing at T or A yesterday, either, but M had plenty... so I start
shopping, only to find that almost nothing I wanted/needed was available.

If I say no bread, no flour, no eggs, no butter, no wine, no yoghurt, no
cake, no fresh fruit, no fresh veg, no tinned milk pudding no washing up
liquid, that is only a SLIGHT exaggeration, as in some cases I was
looking for something rather specific. Eg, they did have ONE boxed rosé
wine, but it's cheap and nasty; they did have Lurpak spreadable Slightly
Salted but only in 1 kg tubs; there was only one type of (dull) brown bread.

I did start shopping, but they require a minimum order of £40 and I was
struggling to find enough I wanted to get even to £20. As the only
things I need fairly urgently are bread (or bread flour) and milk I gave
up. This morning I got a slot at Iceland for to-morrow afternoon! I'd
have been happy to get one for early next week but only to-morrow available!
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Jenny M Benson
Wrexham, UK
Penny
2020-04-30 09:25:44 UTC
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Post by Jenny M Benson
M had plenty... so I start
shopping, only to find that almost nothing I wanted/needed was available.
If I say no bread, no flour, no eggs, no butter, no wine, no yoghurt, no
cake, no fresh fruit, no fresh veg, no tinned milk pudding no washing up
liquid, that is only a SLIGHT exaggeration, as in some cases I was
looking for something rather specific. Eg, they did have ONE boxed rosé
wine, but it's cheap and nasty; they did have Lurpak spreadable Slightly
Salted but only in 1 kg tubs; there was only one type of (dull) brown bread.
I did start shopping, but they require a minimum order of £40 and I was
struggling to find enough I wanted to get even to £20. As the only
things I need fairly urgently are bread (or bread flour) and milk I gave
up. This morning I got a slot at Iceland for to-morrow afternoon! I'd
have been happy to get one for early next week but only to-morrow available!
D#2 has booked me a Morrisons delivery for next week (and another a
fortnight later) I am now worrying about mention of £40 minimum - though I
can probably bump up my order if they do have the things I want.

I haven't had to worry about the min order from Tesco because I still
smoke. It's one of the few things I go to Tesco for as it is cheaper there.
She tells me Morrisons have no tobacco - or maybe they just won't deliver
it?
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Annoyed by The Archers since 1959
Vicky Ayech
2020-04-30 10:14:44 UTC
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Post by Jenny M Benson
I've had 2 e-mails from Iceland recently, informing me that they had
free slots for my area. The first time I didn't need one, the second I
wasn't desperate but looked later in the day and there were none.
Nothing at T or A yesterday, either, but M had plenty... so I start
shopping, only to find that almost nothing I wanted/needed was available.
If I say no bread, no flour, no eggs, no butter, no wine, no yoghurt, no
cake, no fresh fruit, no fresh veg, no tinned milk pudding no washing up
liquid, that is only a SLIGHT exaggeration, as in some cases I was
looking for something rather specific. Eg, they did have ONE boxed rosé
wine, but it's cheap and nasty; they did have Lurpak spreadable Slightly
Salted but only in 1 kg tubs; there was only one type of (dull) brown bread.
I did start shopping, but they require a minimum order of £40 and I was
struggling to find enough I wanted to get even to £20. As the only
things I need fairly urgently are bread (or bread flour) and milk I gave
up. This morning I got a slot at Iceland for to-morrow afternoon! I'd
have been happy to get one for early next week but only to-morrow available!
At 7.30 this morning Tescos had slots all day suddenly for the day I
wanted so I booked. 2 hours later none. This meant I now have the
alternate M and T deliveries I wanted but had booked a Morrisons on
the day I now have the Tescos one so went to cancel it and there is no
cancel button now on M's deliveries! There used to be. Finally I went
to the change date and didn't book a new one and empties the trolly.

It still says there is a delivery on the date but since I emptied the
trolley...and the list of orders says the original total of items. I
emailed them each way, teahnical problem and delivery one and got a
standard reply saying how busy they are and suggesting things people
might need help with. Not that. This is for 12/5 so lots of time to
panic about getting both onthat day :). And Tescos has a much clearer
website to use. M's really sucks.
steve hague
2020-04-30 16:45:27 UTC
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I've had 2 e-mails from Iceland recently, informing me that they had
free slots for my area.  The first time I didn't need one, the second I
wasn't desperate but looked later in the day and there were none.
Nothing at T or A yesterday, either, but M had plenty... so I start
shopping, only to find that almost nothing I wanted/needed was available.
If I say no bread, no flour, no eggs, no butter, no wine, no yoghurt, no
cake, no fresh fruit, no fresh veg, no tinned milk pudding no washing up
liquid, that is only a SLIGHT exaggeration, as in some cases I was
looking for something rather specific.  Eg, they did have ONE boxed rosé
wine, but it's cheap and nasty; they did have Lurpak spreadable Slightly
Salted but only in 1 kg tubs; there was only one type of (dull) brown bread.
I did start shopping, but they require a minimum order of £40 and I was
struggling to find enough I wanted to get even to £20.  As the only
things I need fairly urgently are bread (or bread flour) and milk I gave
up.  This morning I got a slot at Iceland for to-morrow afternoon!  I'd
have been happy to get one for early next week but only to-morrow available!
It doesn't make a great deal of sense. I do most of our shopping at
Aldi, and they haven't really been short of anything until this morning,
when a plague of locusts seemed to have passed through the place. I was
able to buy cat food though😊.
Nick Odell
2020-04-30 22:26:52 UTC
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Post by Jenny M Benson
After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
I've had 2 e-mails from Iceland recently, informing me that they had
free slots for my area. The first time I didn't need one, the second I
wasn't desperate but looked later in the day and there were none.
Nothing at T or A yesterday, either, but M had plenty... so I start
shopping, only to find that almost nothing I wanted/needed was available.
If I say no bread, no flour, no eggs, no butter, no wine, no yoghurt, no
cake, no fresh fruit, no fresh veg, no tinned milk pudding no washing up
liquid, that is only a SLIGHT exaggeration, as in some cases I was
looking for something rather specific. Eg, they did have ONE boxed rosé
wine, but it's cheap and nasty; they did have Lurpak spreadable Slightly
Salted but only in 1 kg tubs; there was only one type of (dull) brown bread.
I did start shopping, but they require a minimum order of £40 and I was
struggling to find enough I wanted to get even to £20. As the only
things I need fairly urgently are bread (or bread flour) and milk I gave
up. This morning I got a slot at Iceland for to-morrow afternoon! I'd
have been happy to get one for early next week but only to-morrow available!
I do not have a dog in this race but are they saying they will not
deliver an order if the value is below GBP40? or lower value orders
suffer from a delivery charge? What happens if you order 50, 60,
70squids worth of stuff but it is all out of stock apart from the
two-quid box of tea bags?

Nick
Jenny M Benson
2020-04-30 21:09:45 UTC
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I do not have a dog in this race but are they saying they will not
deliver an order if the value is below GBP40?
I think they will not accept the order. IIRC there's a little box under
the bit which shows the current value of your basket as you shop and it
says "minimum order £40" there, as well as having told you elsewhere at
the start.

or lower value orders
Post by Nick Odell
suffer from a delivery charge?
There's a delivery charge as well.

What happens if you order 50, 60,
Post by Nick Odell
70squids worth of stuff but it is all out of stock apart from the
two-quid box of tea bags?
I don't know, but I'm sure they must allow you to have your dminished
order in that case.
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Jenny M Benson
Wrexham, UK
Nick Odell
2020-05-01 00:30:55 UTC
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Post by Jenny M Benson
Post by Nick Odell
I do not have a dog in this race but are they saying they will not
deliver an order if the value is below GBP40?
I think they will not accept the order. IIRC there's a little box under
the bit which shows the current value of your basket as you shop and it
says "minimum order £40" there, as well as having told you elsewhere at
the start.
or lower value orders
Post by Nick Odell
suffer from a delivery charge?
There's a delivery charge as well.
What happens if you order 50, 60,
Post by Nick Odell
70squids worth of stuff but it is all out of stock apart from the
two-quid box of tea bags?
I don't know, but I'm sure they must allow you to have your dminished
order in that case.
Sorry if I seem to be going on and on; have the Supermarkets changed
their earlier delivery terms to accomodate the current crisis? Back in
the old days - up to February this year IIRC - I was often getting
vouchers at the supermarket checkout inviting me to try home delivery
and implying that orders over such and such in value would be
delivered free. That has all gone now, I suppose.

Nick
Kate B
2020-04-30 22:20:40 UTC
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Post by Jenny M Benson
Post by Nick Odell
I do not have a dog in this race but are they saying they will not
deliver an order if the value is below GBP40?
I think they will not accept the order. IIRC there's a little box under
the bit which shows the current value of your basket as you shop and it
says "minimum order £40" there, as well as having told you elsewhere at
the start.
or lower value orders
Post by Nick Odell
suffer from a delivery charge?
There's a delivery charge as well.
What happens if you order 50, 60,
Post by Nick Odell
70squids worth of stuff but it is all out of stock apart from the
two-quid box of tea bags?
I don't know, but I'm sure they must allow you to have your dminished
order in that case.
Sorry if I seem to be going on and on; have the Supermarkets changed
their earlier delivery terms to accomodate the current crisis? Back in
the old days - up to February this year IIRC - I was often getting
vouchers at the supermarket checkout inviting me to try home delivery
and implying that orders over such and such in value would be
delivered free. That has all gone now, I suppose.
Nick
I never took any notice of the delivery services until I had to, and
it's been a steep learning curve. Tesco's has a 'Delivery Saver' where
you pay something per month - £3.99? and then deliveries were free after
that. I signed up for a free month of that when I placed my first
delivery early in March (Good grief, I've just realised we're in our
eighth week of not going out). They have extended it, so I don't pay for
delivery unless I order less than £40, in which case there is a £4
charge. I don't think there is a minimum order.

Sainsbury is trickier. Delivery costs from £1 to around £4, but you can
only secure it by ordering at least £25 worth of goods. £40 is an
important limit too - my first order with them was about £30 and I paid
a whopping £7 delivery for it. I can't verify if this is still a thing,
because the next date I want to book will be about May 26 and that's not
yet available.

Both supermarkets are good about stuff they can't supply - you don't pay
for it. If they substitute something more expensive you get a voucher
against your next shop, and if the final cost is below the £40 it
doesn't result in an extra charge.

It is all very wearing and I shall be infinitely happier when I can
pootle down the hill with my little trolley-bag, get exactly what I want
for a day or so, and pootle back up again. I fear this is still some
months away.
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Kate B
London
Mike
2020-05-01 07:54:35 UTC
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Post by Nick Odell
On Thu, 30 Apr 2020 22:09:45 +0100, Jenny M Benson
Post by Jenny M Benson
Post by Nick Odell
I do not have a dog in this race but are they saying they will not
deliver an order if the value is below GBP40?
I think they will not accept the order. IIRC there's a little box under
the bit which shows the current value of your basket as you shop and it
says "minimum order £40" there, as well as having told you elsewhere at
the start.
or lower value orders
Post by Nick Odell
suffer from a delivery charge?
There's a delivery charge as well.
What happens if you order 50, 60,
Post by Nick Odell
70squids worth of stuff but it is all out of stock apart from the
two-quid box of tea bags?
I don't know, but I'm sure they must allow you to have your dminished
order in that case.
Sorry if I seem to be going on and on; have the Supermarkets changed
their earlier delivery terms to accomodate the current crisis? Back in
the old days - up to February this year IIRC - I was often getting
vouchers at the supermarket checkout inviting me to try home delivery
and implying that orders over such and such in value would be
delivered free. That has all gone now, I suppose.
Nick
I never took any notice of the delivery services until I had to, and
it's been a steep learning curve. Tesco's has a 'Delivery Saver' where
you pay something per month - £3.99? and then deliveries were free after
that. I signed up for a free month of that when I placed my first
delivery early in March (Good grief, I've just realised we're in our
eighth week of not going out). They have extended it, so I don't pay for
delivery unless I order less than £40, in which case there is a £4
charge. I don't think there is a minimum order.
Sainsbury is trickier. Delivery costs from £1 to around £4, but you can
only secure it by ordering at least £25 worth of goods. £40 is an
important limit too - my first order with them was about £30 and I paid
a whopping £7 delivery for it. I can't verify if this is still a thing,
because the next date I want to book will be about May 26 and that's not
yet available.
Both supermarkets are good about stuff they can't supply - you don't pay
for it. If they substitute something more expensive you get a voucher
against your next shop, and if the final cost is below the £40 it
doesn't result in an extra charge.
It is all very wearing and I shall be infinitely happier when I can
pootle down the hill with my little trolley-bag, get exactly what I want
for a day or so, and pootle back up again. I fear this is still some
months away.
LW here, except we ‘hop’ on a bus for the 1.5 mile ride each way.
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Toodle Pip
Vicky Ayech
2020-05-01 08:51:19 UTC
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I never took any notice of the delivery services until I had to, and
it's been a steep learning curve. Tesco's has a 'Delivery Saver' where
you pay something per month - £3.99? and then deliveries were free after
that. I signed up for a free month of that when I placed my first
delivery early in March (Good grief, I've just realised we're in our
eighth week of not going out). They have extended it, so I don't pay for
delivery unless I order less than £40, in which case there is a £4
charge. I don't think there is a minimum order.
SULK! I have had the delivery saver for Tesco's and Morrison for a
few years and get alternate deliveries and am still paying. Tesco's
hadn't dropped the monthly charge. Actually I think I pay 6 monthly or
annually.

I finally got Morrisons on twitter and said I can't cancel the order
for 12/5 (as have tesco's but didn't say why) and then was unable to
edit one for 5/5 and they fixed it.
Sally Thompson
2020-04-30 22:26:12 UTC
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On Thu, 30 Apr 2020 22:09:45 +0100, Jenny M Benson
Post by Jenny M Benson
Post by Nick Odell
I do not have a dog in this race but are they saying they will not
deliver an order if the value is below GBP40?
I think they will not accept the order. IIRC there's a little box under
the bit which shows the current value of your basket as you shop and it
says "minimum order £40" there, as well as having told you elsewhere at
the start.
or lower value orders
Post by Nick Odell
suffer from a delivery charge?
There's a delivery charge as well.
What happens if you order 50, 60,
Post by Nick Odell
70squids worth of stuff but it is all out of stock apart from the
two-quid box of tea bags?
I don't know, but I'm sure they must allow you to have your dminished
order in that case.
Sorry if I seem to be going on and on; have the Supermarkets changed
their earlier delivery terms to accomodate the current crisis? Back in
the old days - up to February this year IIRC - I was often getting
vouchers at the supermarket checkout inviting me to try home delivery
and implying that orders over such and such in value would be
delivered free. That has all gone now, I suppose.
No, there are two separate things. You must have a minimum value order, but
over a certain amount (depends on the supermarket) delivery is free.
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Sally in Shropshire, UK
Penny
2020-05-01 08:50:07 UTC
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Post by Nick Odell
Sorry if I seem to be going on and on; have the Supermarkets changed
their earlier delivery terms to accomodate the current crisis? Back in
the old days - up to February this year IIRC - I was often getting
vouchers at the supermarket checkout inviting me to try home delivery
and implying that orders over such and such in value would be
delivered free. That has all gone now, I suppose.
I'm new to it and d#2, who always has groceries delivered from eTsco, is
doing the ordering for me on her account. I have paid no delivery charge
for eTsco deliveries but have ordered >£40 each time. This coming week it
will be Morrisons, she's not ordered from them before (and doesn't like the
system) but I am much more familiar with their lines and they are generally
cheaper. I think I may have to pay a delivery charge but she seems a bit
vague on the details.

AIUI you cannot order anything which shows as out-of-stock*. You can order
stuff on a reduced price offer even if the offer will be over by the date
of your delivery - but I'm not sure if that means the order has to be
'completed' on the right day or if just putting it in your 'basket' is
enough.

She has had little problem getting delivery slots for me every couple of
weeks but is getting very stressed about the lack of slots for herself down
in Whitstable.

*even though it may be in stock on the day
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Penny
Annoyed by The Archers since 1959
Serena Blanchflower
2020-05-01 09:39:04 UTC
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AIUI you cannot order anything which shows as out-of-stock*.
Yes, I think this is, generally, true. Tesco also won't allow you to
keep anything in your basket which has gone out of stock, if you're
checking your basket out again, although Ocado will. I don't know to
what degree their stated availability is based on what is available now
and how much (if at all) it's based on what they expect to have
available when your order is due for delivery.
Post by Penny
You can order
stuff on a reduced price offer even if the offer will be over by the date
of your delivery - but I'm not sure if that means the order has to be
'completed' on the right day or if just putting it in your 'basket' is
enough.
The supermarkets have different ways of dealing with special offers.
With Tesco, it depends on the offers which are available at the time of
delivery but they will warn you if an offer expires before then. With
Ocado, it depends on what's on offer when you put something in your
basket. I don't know what Morrisons does though.
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best wishes, Serena
Be yourself, everyone else is taken (Oscar Wilde)
J. P. Gilliver (John)
2020-04-30 23:45:55 UTC
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Post by Nick Odell
What happens if you order 50, 60,
Post by Nick Odell
70squids worth of stuff but it is all out of stock apart from the
two-quid box of tea bags?
I don't know, but I'm sure they must allow you to have your dminished
order in that case.
So I wonder if there are people gambling on this: ordering high-value
items that they know aren't in stock. Bit like commodities futures
traders who buy futures, expecting to sell them before delivery becomes
due; I always rather relish the idea of such people blundering, and
having to actually take delivery of 50 pounds of silver, or a tanker of
oil, or similar.
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Time is an illusion - lunchtime doubly so. (First series, fit the first.)
Jenny M Benson
2020-05-01 08:42:16 UTC
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So I wonder if there are people gambling on this: ordering high-value
items that they know aren't in stock. Bit like commodities futures
traders who buy futures, expecting to sell them before delivery becomes
due; I always rather relish the idea of such people blundering, and
having to actually take delivery of 50 pounds of silver, or a tanker of
oil, or similar.
It would be a very big gamble because you cannot order stuff which is
out of stock at the time of ordering, so you'd have to guess what might
sell out between you placing your order and the delivery.
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Wrexham, UK
Mike
2020-05-01 08:49:59 UTC
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Post by Jenny M Benson
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
So I wonder if there are people gambling on this: ordering high-value
items that they know aren't in stock. Bit like commodities futures
traders who buy futures, expecting to sell them before delivery becomes
due; I always rather relish the idea of such people blundering, and
having to actually take delivery of 50 pounds of silver, or a tanker of
oil, or similar.
It would be a very big gamble because you cannot order stuff which is
out of stock at the time of ordering, so you'd have to guess what might
sell out between you placing your order and the delivery.
“Good News! Those 20 boxes of washing powder @£19.99 are back in stock and
we have included them in your delivery today!”
--
Toodle Pip
Serena Blanchflower
2020-05-01 09:31:25 UTC
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Post by Jenny M Benson
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
So I wonder if there are people gambling on this: ordering high-value
items that they know aren't in stock. Bit like commodities futures
traders who buy futures, expecting to sell them before delivery
becomes due; I always rather relish the idea of such people
blundering, and having to actually take delivery of 50 pounds of
silver, or a tanker of oil, or similar.
It would be a very big gamble because you cannot order stuff which is
out of stock at the time of ordering, so you'd have to guess what might
sell out between you placing your order and the delivery.
Although[1] you can reject anything in your order and send it back for a
refund so, if you did that you'd still be OK. I don't know how often
you could get away with this before they took action, such as declining
to deal with you again.


[1] Certainly with Tesco but I think it's true for the others, as well.
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best wishes, Serena
Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved
off the dessert cart. (Erma Bombeck)
Vicky Ayech
2020-05-01 10:16:51 UTC
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On Fri, 1 May 2020 10:31:25 +0100, Serena Blanchflower
Post by Serena Blanchflower
Post by Jenny M Benson
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
So I wonder if there are people gambling on this: ordering high-value
items that they know aren't in stock. Bit like commodities futures
traders who buy futures, expecting to sell them before delivery
becomes due; I always rather relish the idea of such people
blundering, and having to actually take delivery of 50 pounds of
silver, or a tanker of oil, or similar.
It would be a very big gamble because you cannot order stuff which is
out of stock at the time of ordering, so you'd have to guess what might
sell out between you placing your order and the delivery.
Although[1] you can reject anything in your order and send it back for a
refund so, if you did that you'd still be OK. I don't know how often
you could get away with this before they took action, such as declining
to deal with you again.
[1] Certainly with Tesco but I think it's true for the others, as well.
I did this for a tesco's order on Tuesday and it was fine but I think
I got an email from Morrison's saying it will not be possible at the
moment because of extra pressure on deliveries.

They've just revamped the site and I got on with no queue as well as
the options having been made clearer for many things so that must be
why some didn't work for a day or so. Geeky jiggling.
Kate B
2020-05-01 12:02:24 UTC
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On Fri, 1 May 2020 10:31:25 +0100, Serena Blanchflower
Post by Serena Blanchflower
Post by Jenny M Benson
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
So I wonder if there are people gambling on this: ordering high-value
items that they know aren't in stock. Bit like commodities futures
traders who buy futures, expecting to sell them before delivery
becomes due; I always rather relish the idea of such people
blundering, and having to actually take delivery of 50 pounds of
silver, or a tanker of oil, or similar.
It would be a very big gamble because you cannot order stuff which is
out of stock at the time of ordering, so you'd have to guess what might
sell out between you placing your order and the delivery.
Although[1] you can reject anything in your order and send it back for a
refund so, if you did that you'd still be OK. I don't know how often
you could get away with this before they took action, such as declining
to deal with you again.
[1] Certainly with Tesco but I think it's true for the others, as well.
I did this for a tesco's order on Tuesday and it was fine but I think
I got an email from Morrison's saying it will not be possible at the
moment because of extra pressure on deliveries.
They've just revamped the site and I got on with no queue as well as
the options having been made clearer for many things so that must be
why some didn't work for a day or so. Geeky jiggling.
I don't think either Tesco or Sainsbury's are accepting rejects right
now - time and bio-security, presumably. You can take the rejects to the
shop (ha!) and get a refund. So far the only thing I wanted to reject
was a mouldering (though still in date) pack of green beans, so did not
bother.
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Kate B
London
Mike
2020-05-01 12:25:37 UTC
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Post by Vicky Ayech
On Fri, 1 May 2020 10:31:25 +0100, Serena Blanchflower
Post by Serena Blanchflower
Post by Jenny M Benson
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
So I wonder if there are people gambling on this: ordering high-value
items that they know aren't in stock. Bit like commodities futures
traders who buy futures, expecting to sell them before delivery
becomes due; I always rather relish the idea of such people
blundering, and having to actually take delivery of 50 pounds of
silver, or a tanker of oil, or similar.
It would be a very big gamble because you cannot order stuff which is
out of stock at the time of ordering, so you'd have to guess what might
sell out between you placing your order and the delivery.
Although[1] you can reject anything in your order and send it back for a
refund so, if you did that you'd still be OK. I don't know how often
you could get away with this before they took action, such as declining
to deal with you again.
[1] Certainly with Tesco but I think it's true for the others, as well.
I did this for a tesco's order on Tuesday and it was fine but I think
I got an email from Morrison's saying it will not be possible at the
moment because of extra pressure on deliveries.
They've just revamped the site and I got on with no queue as well as
the options having been made clearer for many things so that must be
why some didn't work for a day or so. Geeky jiggling.
I don't think either Tesco or Sainsbury's are accepting rejects right
now - time and bio-security, presumably. You can take the rejects to the
shop (ha!) and get a refund. So far the only thing I wanted to reject
was a mouldering (though still in date) pack of green beans, so did not
bother.
On the other hand... we had a bunch of spring onions delivered in our order
from Tesco on Monday - I have just used them in Friday’s stir fry -
freshest I ever come across; with just trimming the roots off, the rest was
all very firm and edible!
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Vicky Ayech
2020-05-01 12:26:48 UTC
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Post by Kate B
I don't think either Tesco or Sainsbury's are accepting rejects right
now - time and bio-security, presumably. You can take the rejects to the
shop (ha!) and get a refund. So far the only thing I wanted to reject
was a mouldering (though still in date) pack of green beans, so did not
bother.
If mouldering then you should get a refund anyway, even without
returning it.
Sally Thompson
2020-05-01 12:45:08 UTC
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Post by Serena Blanchflower
Post by Jenny M Benson
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
So I wonder if there are people gambling on this: ordering high-value
items that they know aren't in stock. Bit like commodities futures
traders who buy futures, expecting to sell them before delivery
becomes due; I always rather relish the idea of such people
blundering, and having to actually take delivery of 50 pounds of
silver, or a tanker of oil, or similar.
It would be a very big gamble because you cannot order stuff which is
out of stock at the time of ordering, so you'd have to guess what might
sell out between you placing your order and the delivery.
Although[1] you can reject anything in your order and send it back for a
refund so, if you did that you'd still be OK. I don't know how often
you could get away with this before they took action, such as declining
to deal with you again.
[1] Certainly with Tesco but I think it's true for the others, as well.
You can't send anything back for a refund at present, but you can request a
refund for substitutions that you don't want.
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Tony Smith Gloucestershire
2020-05-01 13:14:17 UTC
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When Morrison's substituted sweet sherry for the dry I ordered I handed it back to the driver.
Mike
2020-05-01 14:20:30 UTC
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When Morrison's substituted sweet sherry for the dry I ordered I handed
it back to the driver.
I trust he didn’t drink all of it before he finished his round;-)
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Joe Kerr
2020-05-01 16:30:50 UTC
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Post by Serena Blanchflower
Although[1] you can reject anything in your order and send it back for a
refund so, if you did that you'd still be OK. I don't know how often
you could get away with this before they took action, such as declining
to deal with you again.
[1] Certainly with Tesco but I think it's true for the others, as well.
You can't send anything back for a refund at present, but you can request a
refund for substitutions that you don't want.
I got a very nice refund for allegedly sending back part of the order
they failed to deliver to my mother the other week. Mind you, she would
rather have liked to receive the meat, toilet paper and wild bird food.
I only spent about an hour on the phone with her trying to check the
delivery before I got the email from Sainsbury's listing the 'returns'
which fortunately matched our list. I hope it is all in stock next time
I place an order (and the driver remembers to unload it).
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Ric
Nick Odell
2020-05-02 01:39:31 UTC
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[]
Post by Nick Odell
What happens if you order 50, 60,
Post by Nick Odell
70squids worth of stuff but it is all out of stock apart from the
two-quid box of tea bags?
I don't know, but I'm sure they must allow you to have your dminished
order in that case.
So I wonder if there are people gambling on this: ordering high-value
items that they know aren't in stock. Bit like commodities futures
traders who buy futures, expecting to sell them before delivery becomes
due; I always rather relish the idea of such people blundering, and
having to actually take delivery of 50 pounds of silver, or a tanker of
oil, or similar.
However, right now might be a very good time to ask for a tanker of
oil. They would probably throw in the tanker as well plus a few
thousand quid of thank you money just to take it off their hands.

Nick
Vicky Ayech
2020-05-02 08:42:36 UTC
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Post by Nick Odell
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
due; I always rather relish the idea of such people blundering, and
having to actually take delivery of 50 pounds of silver, or a tanker of
oil, or similar.
However, right now might be a very good time to ask for a tanker of
oil. They would probably throw in the tanker as well plus a few
thousand quid of thank you money just to take it off their hands.
I did wonder if it is worth trying to bargain at the garage now to get
the price of petrol down, or even get paid to take it.
Mike
2020-05-02 09:27:56 UTC
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On Fri, 01 May 2020 22:39:31 -0300, Nick Odell
Post by Nick Odell
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
due; I always rather relish the idea of such people blundering, and
having to actually take delivery of 50 pounds of silver, or a tanker of
oil, or similar.
However, right now might be a very good time to ask for a tanker of
oil. They would probably throw in the tanker as well plus a few
thousand quid of thank you money just to take it off their hands.
I did wonder if it is worth trying to bargain at the garage now to get
the price of petrol down, or even get paid to take it.
‘There’s no fuel like an old fuel...’
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Penny
2020-05-02 09:49:58 UTC
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scrawled in the dust...
Post by Vicky Ayech
On Fri, 01 May 2020 22:39:31 -0300, Nick Odell
Post by Nick Odell
However, right now might be a very good time to ask for a tanker of
oil. They would probably throw in the tanker as well plus a few
thousand quid of thank you money just to take it off their hands.
I did wonder if it is worth trying to bargain at the garage now to get
the price of petrol down, or even get paid to take it.
AIUI, the price at the pump is (broadly) based upon the price paid when
they filled the petrol station tank, which is currently likely to be quite
a bit higher than if they filled their tank yesterday. Then Duty is added
at 57.95p per litre, then VAT at 20% of the whole price is added to that.

Haggling is unlikely to work unless they are really struggling to cover
evaporation (which shouldn't be the case*).

*fuel tanks at petrol stations are well sealed. When a petrol station is
out of action for any length of time or decommissioned entirely, the fuel
tanks are filled with water to drive out the fumes as they represent a
potential explosion hazard.
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Penny
Annoyed by The Archers since 1959
Vicky Ayech
2020-05-02 10:43:23 UTC
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Post by Penny
*fuel tanks at petrol stations are well sealed. When a petrol station is
out of action for any length of time or decommissioned entirely, the fuel
tanks are filled with water to drive out the fumes as they represent a
potential explosion hazard.
Ooooh I know about this as I sailed on tankers for 4 years with Capt
Ex. We were at one point on the sister ship to the one that exploded
because of fumes in a tank. They had to do tank washing with water but
the pressure not too hard, and no smoking or anything to make sparks.
I think it was the Mactra exploded and we were on the Mitra.
Joe Kerr
2020-05-02 12:00:54 UTC
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Ooooh I know about this as I sailed on tankers for 4 years with Capt
Ex. We were at one point on the sister ship to the one that exploded
because of fumes in a tank. They had to do tank washing with water but
the pressure not too hard, and no smoking or anything to make sparks.
I think it was the Mactra exploded and we were on the Mitra.
I don't remember hearing of any tankers exploding. Tell us more, please.
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Ric
Vicky Ayech
2020-05-02 12:39:26 UTC
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Post by Vicky Ayech
Ooooh I know about this as I sailed on tankers for 4 years with Capt
Ex. We were at one point on the sister ship to the one that exploded
because of fumes in a tank. They had to do tank washing with water but
the pressure not too hard, and no smoking or anything to make sparks.
I think it was the Mactra exploded and we were on the Mitra.
I don't remember hearing of any tankers exploding. Tell us more, please.
https://www.helderline.com/tanker/mactra-2
https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C81225
Joe Kerr
2020-05-02 12:58:45 UTC
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Post by Joe Kerr
Post by Vicky Ayech
Ooooh I know about this as I sailed on tankers for 4 years with Capt
Ex. We were at one point on the sister ship to the one that exploded
because of fumes in a tank. They had to do tank washing with water but
the pressure not too hard, and no smoking or anything to make sparks.
I think it was the Mactra exploded and we were on the Mitra.
I don't remember hearing of any tankers exploding. Tell us more, please.
https://www.helderline.com/tanker/mactra-2
https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C81225
Thanks. I wouldn't have paid much attention to the news back then.
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Ric
Vicky Ayech
2020-05-02 10:52:08 UTC
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I thought umrats might enjoy this gransnet thread about subsitutions.

gransnet.com/forums/chat/1278009-I-d-love-to-meet-the-person-that-picks-my-supermarket-order?utm_source=newsletter_gransnetdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=02/05/2020&utm_term="I%2
Joe Kerr
2020-05-02 12:47:03 UTC
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I thought umrats might enjoy this gransnet thread about subsitutions.
gransnet.com/forums/chat/1278009-I-d-love-to-meet-the-person-that-picks-my-supermarket-order?utm_source=newsletter_gransnetdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=02/05/2020&utm_term="I%2
They ought to include a Lucky Dip option on the order form where you can
provide a maximum price and perhaps choose between food or non-food.
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Ric
J. P. Gilliver (John)
2020-05-02 16:34:33 UTC
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I thought umrats might enjoy this gransnet thread about subsitutions.
gransnet.com/forums/chat/1278009-I-d-love-to-meet-the-person-that-picks-
my-supermarket-order?utm_source=newsletter_gransnetdaily&utm_medium=emai
l&utm_campaign=02/05/2020&utm_term="I%2
Thanks, I did.
(If people don't get the right page, try
https://www.gransnet.com/forums/chat/1278009-I-d-love-to-meet-the-person-that-picks-my-supermarket-order
- the last parameter got truncated in Vicky's post.)
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There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by
ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. -Mark Twain, author and humorist
(1835-1910)
J. P. Gilliver (John)
2020-05-02 16:36:50 UTC
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Post by Penny
*fuel tanks at petrol stations are well sealed. When a petrol station is
out of action for any length of time or decommissioned entirely, the fuel
tanks are filled with water to drive out the fumes as they represent a
potential explosion hazard.
Often, I gather, when they're decommissioned entirely, they're filled
with concrete, mainly to make them unusable to anyone who might take
them on and thus be a competitor to the previous chain )-:.
--
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by
ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. -Mark Twain, author and humorist
(1835-1910)
Jenny M Benson
2020-05-02 19:51:50 UTC
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Post by Penny
*fuel tanks at petrol stations are well sealed. When a petrol station is
out of action for any length of time or decommissioned entirely, the fuel
tanks are filled with water to drive out the fumes as they represent a
potential explosion hazard.
Often, I gather, when they're decommissioned entirely, they're filled
with concrete, mainly to make them unusable to anyone who might take
them on and thus be a competitor to the previous chain )-:.
Yonks ago there was a filling station a few yards down the road from
here. Dead and abandoned it was quite an eyesore, so good when someone
demolished the remains and started building a couple of houses on the
land ... except that they were never completed and were just as
unsightly for several years. It turned out that the petrol tanks had
never been properly de-commissioned and the owner of the plot either
couldn't or wouldn't pay for this to be done. Eventually, after
protracted legal wrangling, the site was bought by the Housing Assoc
which owns this place and they have built 3 really nice properties there.
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Wrexham, UK
Nick Odell
2020-05-02 23:29:50 UTC
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Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
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Post by Penny
*fuel tanks at petrol stations are well sealed. When a petrol station is
out of action for any length of time or decommissioned entirely, the fuel
tanks are filled with water to drive out the fumes as they represent a
potential explosion hazard.
Often, I gather, when they're decommissioned entirely, they're filled
with concrete, mainly to make them unusable to anyone who might take
them on and thus be a competitor to the previous chain )-:.
Yonks ago there was a filling station a few yards down the road from
here. Dead and abandoned it was quite an eyesore, so good when someone
demolished the remains and started building a couple of houses on the
land ... except that they were never completed and were just as
unsightly for several years. It turned out that the petrol tanks had
never been properly de-commissioned and the owner of the plot either
couldn't or wouldn't pay for this to be done. Eventually, after
protracted legal wrangling, the site was bought by the Housing Assoc
which owns this place and they have built 3 really nice properties there.
My late mother suffered an acute illness which had to be treated with
steroids. Whether the illness or the steroids were to blame -or both-
she was left with an incredibly sensitive sense of smell.

Her cottage was downhill from a petrol station which had been
abandoned and left to ruin. Some time later she complained about the
smell of petrol rising up through her floorboards making her feel ill
though nobody else could smell anything. After countless fruitless
visits from the public health people I think they finally decided that
bringing in one of these gas spectrum analysers would get rid of the
old bat and her complaints once and for all.

Everybody - except my mother, of course - was surprised to see that
the equipment registered petroleum vapour. The council had no idea how
to deal with a leaking petrol station and a hillside full of fuel so,
since the cottage was almost in the path of a proposed bypass, they
included her property in the development and compulsorily purchased it
from her with her consent.

The appendix to the story is that the bypass was built but the cottage
did not need to be demolished in the processs. The council sold the
property - probably for much more than they paid - and the new owners
seem to have been living contentedly there ever since. And the
abandoned petrol station is now a couple of shops with flats upstairs.

Nick
Mike
2020-05-03 07:33:56 UTC
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Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
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Post by Penny
*fuel tanks at petrol stations are well sealed. When a petrol station is
out of action for any length of time or decommissioned entirely, the fuel
tanks are filled with water to drive out the fumes as they represent a
potential explosion hazard.
Often, I gather, when they're decommissioned entirely, they're filled
with concrete, mainly to make them unusable to anyone who might take
them on and thus be a competitor to the previous chain )-:.
Yonks ago there was a filling station a few yards down the road from
here. Dead and abandoned it was quite an eyesore, so good when someone
demolished the remains and started building a couple of houses on the
land ... except that they were never completed and were just as
unsightly for several years. It turned out that the petrol tanks had
never been properly de-commissioned and the owner of the plot either
couldn't or wouldn't pay for this to be done. Eventually, after
protracted legal wrangling, the site was bought by the Housing Assoc
which owns this place and they have built 3 really nice properties there.
My late mother suffered an acute illness which had to be treated with
steroids. Whether the illness or the steroids were to blame -or both-
she was left with an incredibly sensitive sense of smell.
Her cottage was downhill from a petrol station which had been
abandoned and left to ruin. Some time later she complained about the
smell of petrol rising up through her floorboards making her feel ill
though nobody else could smell anything. After countless fruitless
visits from the public health people I think they finally decided that
bringing in one of these gas spectrum analysers would get rid of the
old bat and her complaints once and for all.
Everybody - except my mother, of course - was surprised to see that
the equipment registered petroleum vapour. The council had no idea how
to deal with a leaking petrol station and a hillside full of fuel so,
since the cottage was almost in the path of a proposed bypass, they
included her property in the development and compulsorily purchased it
from her with her consent.
The appendix to the story is that the bypass was built but the cottage
did not need to be demolished in the processs. The council sold the
property - probably for much more than they paid - and the new owners
seem to have been living contentedly there ever since. And the
abandoned petrol station is now a couple of shops with flats upstairs.
Nick
Haunted by ‘spirits’?
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steve hague
2020-05-03 08:36:55 UTC
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Her cottage was downhill from a petrol station which had been
abandoned and left to ruin. Some time later she complained about the
smell of petrol rising up through her floorboards making her feel ill
though nobody else could smell anything. After countless fruitless
visits from the public health people I think they finally decided that
bringing in one of these gas spectrum analysers would get rid of the
old bat and her complaints once and for all.
Everybody - except my mother, of course - was surprised to see that
the equipment registered petroleum vapour. The council had no idea how
to deal with a leaking petrol station and a hillside full of fuel so,
since the cottage was almost in the path of a proposed bypass, they
included her property in the development and compulsorily purchased it
from her with her consent.
The appendix to the story is that the bypass was built but the cottage
did not need to be demolished in the processs. The council sold the
property - probably for much more than they paid - and the new owners
seem to have been living contentedly there ever since. And the
abandoned petrol station is now a couple of shops with flats upstairs.
Nick
Right. We had our house built on an ancient Native American burial
ground, what it was doing in Redruth is anyone's guess. Where we scared?
Not a bit of it. We had no problems. There was the occasional inter-
dimensional space/time abnormality, but we are British and coped with
Hitler, so it would take more than a couple of dozen evil spirits and
zombies to bother us.
Steve
Mike
2020-05-03 08:46:00 UTC
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Post by Nick Odell
Her cottage was downhill from a petrol station which had been
abandoned and left to ruin. Some time later she complained about the
smell of petrol rising up through her floorboards making her feel ill
though nobody else could smell anything. After countless fruitless
visits from the public health people I think they finally decided that
bringing in one of these gas spectrum analysers would get rid of the
old bat and her complaints once and for all.
Everybody - except my mother, of course - was surprised to see that
the equipment registered petroleum vapour. The council had no idea how
to deal with a leaking petrol station and a hillside full of fuel so,
since the cottage was almost in the path of a proposed bypass, they
included her property in the development and compulsorily purchased it
from her with her consent.
The appendix to the story is that the bypass was built but the cottage
did not need to be demolished in the processs. The council sold the
property - probably for much more than they paid - and the new owners
seem to have been living contentedly there ever since. And the
abandoned petrol station is now a couple of shops with flats upstairs.
Nick
Right. We had our house built on an ancient Native American burial
ground, what it was doing in Redruth is anyone's guess. Where we scared?
Not a bit of it. We had no problems. There was the occasional inter-
dimensional space/time abnormality, but we are British and coped with
Hitler, so it would take more than a couple of dozen evil spirits and
zombies to bother us.
Steve
As Eccles might have said, ‘Every Native American has to be buried
somewhere’.
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J. P. Gilliver (John)
2020-05-03 12:53:41 UTC
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Post by steve hague
Right. We had our house built on an ancient Native American burial
ground, what it was doing in Redruth is anyone's guess. Where we scared?
Not a bit of it. We had no problems. There was the occasional inter-
dimensional space/time abnormality, but we are British and coped with
Hitler, so it would take more than a couple of dozen evil spirits and
zombies to bother us.
Steve
As Eccles might have said, ‘Every Native American has to be buried
somewhere’.
I _am_ curious to know why it was there though! The odd one in an
otherwise British cemetery, maybe (wasn't Pocahontas buried here?), but
a whole ground? (I know you imply you don't know, but you know it _was_
one, so ...)
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desk mean ?
Penny
2020-05-03 21:35:33 UTC
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Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
(wasn't Pocahontas buried here?)
Gravesend (appropriately) but they're not sure exactly where.
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Annoyed by The Archers since 1959
Joe Kerr
2020-05-03 19:48:07 UTC
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Post by steve hague
Right. We had our house built on an ancient Native American burial
ground, what it was doing in Redruth is anyone's guess. Where we scared?
Not a bit of it. We had no problems. There was the occasional inter-
dimensional space/time abnormality, but we are British and coped with
Hitler, so it would take more than a couple of dozen evil spirits and
zombies to bother us.
Steve
As Eccles might have said, ‘Every Native American has to be buried
somewhere’.
Only when they've been deaded.
--
Ric
Mike
2020-05-04 07:25:26 UTC
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Post by steve hague
Right. We had our house built on an ancient Native American burial
ground, what it was doing in Redruth is anyone's guess. Where we scared?
Not a bit of it. We had no problems. There was the occasional inter-
dimensional space/time abnormality, but we are British and coped with
Hitler, so it would take more than a couple of dozen evil spirits and
zombies to bother us.
Steve
As Eccles might have said, ‘Every Native American has to be buried
somewhere’.
Only when they've been deaded.
You Rotter!
--
Toodle Pip
Rosalind Mitchell
2020-05-03 12:43:29 UTC
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Post by Nick Odell
Her cottage was downhill from a petrol station which had been
abandoned and left to ruin. Some time later she complained about the
smell of petrol rising up through her floorboards making her feel ill
though nobody else could smell anything. After countless fruitless
visits from the public health people I think they finally decided that
bringing in one of these gas spectrum analysers would get rid of the
old bat and her complaints once and for all.
Everybody - except my mother, of course - was surprised to see that
the equipment registered petroleum vapour. The council had no idea how
to deal with a leaking petrol station and a hillside full of fuel so,
since the cottage was almost in the path of a proposed bypass, they
included her property in the development and compulsorily purchased it
from her with her consent.
The appendix to the story is that the bypass was built but the cottage
did not need to be demolished in the processs. The council sold the
property - probably for much more than they paid - and the new owners
seem to have been living contentedly there ever since. And the
abandoned petrol station is now a couple of shops with flats upstairs.
Nick
Right. We had our house built on an ancient Native American burial
ground, what it was doing in Redruth is anyone's guess.
Something to do with the Indian Queens perhaps? Just a wee way up the A30?

R
Sam Plusnet
2020-05-03 20:05:53 UTC
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Post by steve hague
Post by Nick Odell
Her cottage was downhill from a petrol station which had been
abandoned and left to ruin. Some time later she complained about the
smell of petrol rising up through her floorboards making her feel ill
though nobody else could smell anything. After countless fruitless
visits from the public health people I think they finally decided that
bringing in one of these gas spectrum analysers would get rid of the
old bat and her complaints once and for all.
Everybody - except my mother, of course - was surprised to see that
the equipment registered petroleum vapour. The council had no idea how
to deal with a leaking petrol station and a hillside full of fuel so,
since the cottage was almost in the path of a proposed bypass, they
included her property in the development and compulsorily purchased it
from her with her consent.
The appendix to the story is that the bypass was built but the cottage
did not need to be demolished in the processs. The council sold the
property - probably for much more than they paid - and the new owners
seem to have been living contentedly there ever since. And the
abandoned petrol station is now a couple of shops with flats upstairs.
Nick
Right. We had our house built on an ancient Native American burial
ground, what it was doing in Redruth is anyone's guess.
Something to do with the Indian Queens perhaps? Just a wee way up the A30?
I never discovered what happened to the Indian Kings.
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steve hague
2020-05-04 08:33:50 UTC
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Post by Nick Odell
Her cottage was downhill from a petrol station which had been
abandoned and left to ruin. Some time later she complained about the
smell of petrol rising up through her floorboards making her feel ill
though nobody else could smell anything. After countless fruitless
visits from the public health people I think they finally decided that
bringing in one of these gas spectrum analysers would get rid of the
old bat and her complaints once and for all.
Everybody - except my mother, of course - was surprised to see that
the equipment registered petroleum vapour. The council had no idea how
to deal with a leaking petrol station and a hillside full of fuel so,
since the cottage was almost in the path of a proposed bypass, they
included her property in the development and compulsorily purchased it
from her with her consent.
The appendix to the story is that the bypass was built but the cottage
did not need to be demolished in the processs. The council sold the
property - probably for much more than they paid - and the new owners
seem to have been living contentedly there ever since. And the
abandoned petrol station is now a couple of shops with flats upstairs.
Nick
Right. We had our house built on an ancient Native American burial
ground, what it was doing in Redruth is anyone's guess.
Something to do with the Indian Queens perhaps? Just a wee way up the A30?
I never discovered what happened to the Indian Kings.
Aren't they a sub continental T20 cricket team?
Steve
Chris McMillan
2020-05-07 18:03:33 UTC
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Post by Nick Odell
Her cottage was downhill from a petrol station which had been
abandoned and left to ruin. Some time later she complained about the
smell of petrol rising up through her floorboards making her feel ill
though nobody else could smell anything. After countless fruitless
visits from the public health people I think they finally decided that
bringing in one of these gas spectrum analysers would get rid of the
old bat and her complaints once and for all.
Everybody - except my mother, of course - was surprised to see that
the equipment registered petroleum vapour. The council had no idea how
to deal with a leaking petrol station and a hillside full of fuel so,
since the cottage was almost in the path of a proposed bypass, they
included her property in the development and compulsorily purchased it
from her with her consent.
The appendix to the story is that the bypass was built but the cottage
did not need to be demolished in the processs. The council sold the
property - probably for much more than they paid - and the new owners
seem to have been living contentedly there ever since. And the
abandoned petrol station is now a couple of shops with flats upstairs.
Nick
Right. We had our house built on an ancient Native American burial
ground, what it was doing in Redruth is anyone's guess. Where we scared?
Not a bit of it. We had no problems. There was the occasional inter-
dimensional space/time abnormality, but we are British and coped with
Hitler, so it would take more than a couple of dozen evil spirits and
zombies to bother us.
Steve
Respec’

Sincerely Chris

Penny
2020-05-02 20:22:51 UTC
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Post by Penny
*fuel tanks at petrol stations are well sealed. When a petrol station is
out of action for any length of time or decommissioned entirely, the fuel
tanks are filled with water to drive out the fumes as they represent a
potential explosion hazard.
Often, I gather, when they're decommissioned entirely, they're filled
with concrete, mainly to make them unusable to anyone who might take
them on and thus be a competitor to the previous chain )-:.
Quite possibly but still filled with water first to chase out the fumes,
easy enough to pump it out later. I've a feeling the husgod's 'lads' had to
do it if a petrol station failed its electrical safety inspection and it
wasn't something which could be fixed straight away.
--
Penny
Annoyed by The Archers since 1959
Sam Plusnet
2020-05-02 23:03:04 UTC
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However, right now might be a very good time to ask for a tanker of
oil. They would probably throw in the tanker as well plus a few
thousand quid of thank you money just to take it off their hands.
The last I read was that tanker day charter rates have gone (back up)
through the roof - because oil producers needed places to store the
surplus oil.
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Sam Plusnet
Vicky Ayech
2020-05-03 08:25:07 UTC
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Post by Nick Odell
However, right now might be a very good time to ask for a tanker of
oil. They would probably throw in the tanker as well plus a few
thousand quid of thank you money just to take it off their hands.
The last I read was that tanker day charter rates have gone (back up)
through the roof - because oil producers needed places to store the
surplus oil.
Capt Ex got a gig like that at one point. I was no longer travelling
with him, or even married to him then. He had to sit on a ship
anchored off Brazil with just a couple of crew on board. They could go
ashore and he did as he met the second Mrs Capt Ex there. The ship
never moved.
Chris J Dixon
2020-05-03 14:26:14 UTC
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Capt Ex got a gig like that at one point. I was no longer travelling
with him, or even married to him then. He had to sit on a ship
anchored off Brazil with just a couple of crew on board. They could go
ashore and he did as he met the second Mrs Capt Ex there. The ship
never moved.
But the earth?

I'll get my coat.

Chris
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Sam Plusnet
2020-05-03 20:10:58 UTC
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However, right now might be a very good time to ask for a tanker of
oil. They would probably throw in the tanker as well plus a few
thousand quid of thank you money just to take it off their hands.
The last I read was that tanker day charter rates have gone (back up)
through the roof - because oil producers needed places to store the
surplus oil.
Capt Ex got a gig like that at one point. I was no longer travelling
with him, or even married to him then. He had to sit on a ship
anchored off Brazil with just a couple of crew on board. They could go
ashore and he did as he met the second Mrs Capt Ex there. The ship
never moved.
I first discovered oil tanker day charter rates whilst lounging on the
beach at Falmouth.
As there were several tankers swinging at anchor, only a short distance
from the beach - including a girt big Ultra Large Crude Carrier (TI
Oceania IIRC) plus a decent wifi signal from the nearby cafe, I did a
little idle research.
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Peter Withey
2020-05-01 08:52:43 UTC
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After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
I've had 2 e-mails from Iceland recently, informing me that they had
free slots for my area. The first time I didn't need one, the second I
wasn't desperate but looked later in the day and there were none.
Nothing at T or A yesterday, either, but M had plenty... so I start
shopping, only to find that almost nothing I wanted/needed was available.
If I say no bread, no flour, no eggs, no butter, no wine, no yoghurt, no
cake, no fresh fruit, no fresh veg, no tinned milk pudding no washing up
liquid, that is only a SLIGHT exaggeration, as in some cases I was
looking for something rather specific. Eg, they did have ONE boxed rosé
wine, but it's cheap and nasty; they did have Lurpak spreadable Slightly
Salted but only in 1 kg tubs; there was only one type of (dull) brown bread.
I did start shopping, but they require a minimum order of £40 and I was
struggling to find enough I wanted to get even to £20. As the only
things I need fairly urgently are bread (or bread flour) and milk I gave
up. This morning I got a slot at Iceland for to-morrow afternoon! I'd
have been happy to get one for early next week but only to-morrow available!
I had one from Iceland this morning letting me know slots were
available. Went online - choices of day and times available. Slot
booked for Monday afternoon. Not up to the "free shipping" minimum yet
but a couple of bottles of wine will take care of that <g>
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Serena Blanchflower
2020-04-30 11:11:03 UTC
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After a lot of browsing the ‘netmarkets’ for delivery slots (all with
little success), Wunderkind ‘signed over’ her Tesco account to us and we
were then able to register for preferential treatment on delivery slots; we
have had one delivery this week and have now booked a slot for next week
too! (Originally, I could only get a sniff of a delivery in mid-May but
Percy veered and after umpteen attempts, managed to shift nearly a
fortnight sooner. Have been a customer of Iceland and had occasional
deliveries in the past but, not even a sniff of slots for weeks now!
I'm feeling very happy this morning having actually got a full hand of
delivery slots, for the first time since this all started. One delivery
slot each week through May :) Three of them Tesco all day slots, and
one Ocado (very much my normal mix between the two of them) :)
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Happy hibernating and stay well,
best wishes, Serena
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