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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 26 January, 2022, 07:25:34 PM »
The Puckle Gun, an early automatic weapon invented in the 17th century, was designed to fire round bullets at Christians, square bullets at heathens (specifically Turks). Square bullets were believed to hurt more, and do more tissue damage, thereby convincing the Turks (the hard way) of the benefits of Christian civilisation. The 'cutlery guns' seen in Book II were also a real 17th C invention.

On a related note, I remember some years back reading that the Crossbow was banned by the Vatican as a 'barbaric' weapon, except of course for use against Heathens, most notably the Turks.  I don't know if that was true, but it sounds like a similiar concept.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 15 January, 2022, 05:58:42 PM »
Update, the replacement order (finally) arrived after prompting.

I had been thinking in buying one or two more batches, I won't bother. While I accept the chance of duplication, 6 of the 10 books in this order were duplicates of the 7 I already had. Researching the size of the collection, it was 140 books and six specials (crossovers), the specials are part of the Zavvi selection.

Really that means the chances of getting the same few duplicates seems inordinately high

Books & Comics / Re: What did Santa bring you?
« on: 29 December, 2021, 09:01:16 PM »
It's not so much that I spent more, its just that in my opinion socks are the stereotypical lazy gift.  She might not have had much money but as I say I would rather have had nothing with a nice card, it's hard to explain.

Well, actually from some friends online I got a gift copy of Cyberpunk 2077 on PC, and some doublloons for a permanent camo for a ship in World of Warships from someone else.

One friend has his Christmas and Birthday close together so as he, like me is a Space 1999 fan I bought him the newly printed Tech manual from the Anderson store.  Got my brother (who is in a similiar situation), as they've just started doing model car kits, the Revell Dodge Charger from Fast and the Furious and some paints.  A former colleague from Oxfam got a local history book among other things.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 29 December, 2021, 08:59:10 PM »
Well Zavvi said they will replace the entire order, so that's good of them.

One of the books are reproductions of the UK strips that were printed in TV21, and the unfortunate thing about that is the gutters are right in the middle making large parts of the strip unreadable unless you pry the book open.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 28 December, 2021, 08:51:13 PM »
It is indeed parts of a partwork, hardback, decent quality, but I have sent an email saying the packing was poor and that parts of the order were missing, so I hope for a resolution.

Books & Comics / Re: What did Santa bring you?
« on: 28 December, 2021, 06:30:04 PM »
A 1/600 scale Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier kit.

I bought a close friend a Charles Rennie Mackintosh brooch, she likes scottish jewellery and I try to be thoughtful when getting her something.  So I got that and a nice card.  In return, no card and socks.  To be honest I'm kinda miffed.  Socks seems almost thoughtless and I think I would have preferred a reasonable card and no present, that just seems...I don't know how to put it.

Otherwise, shit christmas and I predict the new year will be the same.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 28 December, 2021, 06:27:41 PM »
Mystery Star Trek graphic novel pack from Zavvi.  Allegedly 10 books for a tenner.  Its a take your chance what you get though as its randomly picked.  If you don't have any though its a deal.

Saying that though I ordered and got my package today and it literally disintegrated in my hand.  The books are in decent condition, though three are missing.  I've written to Zavvi stating that I'm not happy.  That might seem petty at that price but if something is advertised you expect to get it complete.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 06 November, 2021, 04:23:09 PM »
I must admit to feeling very down lately. The winter months are ones I loathe, and my flat is quite cold. Sleep patterns are getting worse and nothing is giving any satisfaction or glint of happiness any more.

I had someone on from the Jobcentre saying how there's plenty jobs and 'perhaps I should consider retraining' for the nth time, how bloody frustrating.

Life is just holding no appeal with being on my own and no prospect of that changing and the whole Oxfam farce has been the final straw. My model club has started meeting again but I just can't get the energy or motivation to do anything. I just wonder what is the point of it all.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 04 November, 2021, 01:00:57 AM »
Could you file a GDPR request and ask for copies of any documents relating to your employment there?

You should at least be able to get your personnel file, no?

That I don't know, I have a feeling the two 'people' in charge are poisoning the well by making comments (probably untrue ones) to the area manager. 

This entire week has been pretty depressing and I can't, no matter how hard I try, seem to get the damn thing out of my head.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 26 October, 2021, 10:01:04 PM »
I'm trying to think of how to file a complaint.  There is an email and a phone number.  I somehow think a phone call would be useless, but at the same time I'm not sure.

The one who banned me also said that the area manager had been informed which complicates things more as her spreading lies and misinformation will make things very difficult.

The sheer fact is that for some time that place as well as being a good place to get good books was a boon to me.  I got a big confidence booster, I felt I was making a contribution, that I was valued.

Then when that pair arrived it got increasingly toxic, I think on Friday I had a bit of a panic attack, but the thing that is enraging me more is the sheer lies that is being spread.  What was happening was almost tantamount to workplace bullying, and later when I was out, harassment.  It seems that they were spoiling for a fight, along with what my former collegue says about the atmosphere being very sinister.  Example, volunteers are not allowed to change a window display.  I live on the Clyde Coast, and quite often if we had a donation of say, local history books and books about Clyde built ships, that would go in the window as those sort of things were popular, but it seems volunteer initiative is being stifled and its more of a "yes m'am, no m'am, three bags full".  There's talk of treating people with respect, but in my opinion it has to go both ways, you can't treat people like dirt and expect them to worship the ground you walk on.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 24 October, 2021, 02:59:56 AM »
Sorry, that last post sounds a bit harsh (I couldn't see a way to edit the post hence the double), I just find it frustrating.  If there's any justice, karma or whatever, they'll have payback for their actions because honestly I can't fathom how they've kept their positions.

When I started we had one manager, as mentioned before.  The next one struggled, but at least tried and was approachable, but then there was a manager and deputy and it seemed that they did worse in terms of attendance, in terms of people skills and a lot of other things.

I enjoyed my time at the bookshop for a long time and then it suddenly went downhill.  It is hard to describe just how much.

My work at the hispice isn't as enjoyable as the bookshop was at it's best, but at least I feel that I'm doing something.  Maybe with luck they might expand their book section.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 24 October, 2021, 02:22:41 AM »
I know this sounds irrational, but I can't just 'let it go', its like an itch, I feel I have to do something.  I want to make a complaint, or at least try to, because I just don't think it's right that these two scum get away with treating people like this.  I know this really might not sound right, but it just seems, they wouldn't let me back in, but that wasn't enough, they had to humiliate me.  Enough is enough, I'm not going to take their crap lying down.

Bah, I know it sounds futile, it sounds stupid, but I just feel I've got to do...something.

Also, there aren't any other bookshops nearby, other charity shops have the usual token selection.

Sorry, a bit of a rant, but I'm not in the best frame of mind right now.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 23 October, 2021, 03:33:17 PM »
It's not the money, as I got a substantial back payment when I got PIP, but just that it is such an amount. I also don't want to squander it. I laid out on a few things initially, a repair on my car, a new razor, new mattress, but I don't want to go mad.

Basically I think this woman was spoiling for a fight. I wasn't in the back, she said I was, not wanting a confrontation I said whatever, and that gets me barred. I feel ill and take a seat and despite her being told that there had nearly been an ambulance called, she didn't give a shot and still told me to leave.

It's also the slanderous way she's went on that is hurting, I might direct a complaint to Oxfam itself, but considering they've had bigger scandals they seem almost like teflon.

Constantly going on about how staff and customers should be treated and then outright ignoring that self same directive stinks and is hypocrisy of the highest order.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 23 October, 2021, 02:39:22 AM »
No problem Funt Dog, I can understand what you mean.  It seems being polite with them makes you a mug.  We used to have a supervisor who got a job with the local council.  I asked to go for supervisor (still unpaid) training.  At that time I was working 24 hours a week.  All day Monday, Friday, Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon.  I was told at the time by the Jobcentre I would have to cut hours to a maximum of 16 otherwise my benefits could be affected.  It seems this rule is no longer in place, but I digress.  I was looked at as if I had made a bad joke and then told I would have to work more hours and do hours in the 'general' store.  I mentioned the DWP restriction but it was said "Who will know", I wasn't about to risk it.

Sorry for your mishap, Jade. Humans are sundry and all.
I can't say anything that'll help your condition, Jade. I don't have a magic wand, so I can only say try to think positive. Depression is a nasty bitch; hence, try to avoid things that make you depressive, at least those that make you personally depressive. Maybe to try traveling around the world, I don't know what else to say to you. Actually, the best advice I could give to you is to make some major changes in your life. Try something new (well, traveling is one of them). Until then, I'll repeat what someone wrote here already - post on the forum regularly.

Unfortunately changing things seems to be easier said than done.  Travel probably isn't feasible for a number of reasons.  Being on benefits means the DWP want you at hand, understandably, but secondly, my health would probably mean health insurance would be crippling, no pun intended.  My late mum had got money some years back and proposed a trip to New York, a place I long have wanted to see, and for the two of us, health cover would be then £1800 +, before anything else.

I think what gets me is the lying, back when I tried to get back in they insisted I had walked out twice, which I still contend.  They said they had records, but its strange that if they have records they can't back up their assertion.

It's been bothering me all night.  I went to see Dune with some friends, and found that despite waiting weeks for this film and enjoying it, at moments I found my concentration slipping and dwelling on it.  I've had an almost continual migraine since the incident which refuses to go despite use of Co-Codomol.  I have stress related epilepsy and am worried it might trigger a fit..or worse.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 22 October, 2021, 04:08:34 PM »
I know you're angry, upset and frustrated, and may well have every reason to be so, but I was wondering if it had occurred to you that they may be frightened of you. You keep using the word "bitch" to describe women you disagree with, and seem very angry with them. I wonder if you come across as angry and aggressive in person. I have no idea, but your stories suggest it's a possibility. Have you considered giving them some space so that they feel safe?

I realize my questions may not be welcome, but I'm uncomfortable not saying anything at this stage.

Far from it, when I first left due to depression, customers said they would miss me.

We have lost a lot of volunteers, and there were constant talks of respect, which is fair enough but when it only goes one way....

I don't use the word bitch verbally, and I only feel this way about the management. Our first manager was a woman who was hard, but fair, she wouldn't ask you to do something she wouldn't be willing to do herself.  The only time I might have seemed a bit ticked off was one time there was a customer who was very abrupt with me, so I asked her if I had said or done something wrong, she said no I was very polite, so it was possible she was having a bad day, was in a hurry or was perhaps feeling unwell. I was there for over three and a half years and no one ever complained

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