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 Post subject: Oh, Joy!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:28 am 
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On 22 nd of October they start gas main work outside the house for 14 weeks!

That'll be nice!


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It could well be hell Laurie, but it might freeze over! :wink4:


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 Post subject: Re: Oh, Joy!
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They replaced some mains here last year and it wasn't as disruptive as everyone thought it would be.

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We had weeks of new water mains and it was fine. They were very keen to keep disruption to a minimum.

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Might change when the Polish workers go back home though!

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Might change when the Polish workers go back home though!


One hopes so.

The last lot of Poles working outside here (for Openreach) were rude and uncooperative, refusing to move a vehicle just five metres to allow my ambulance through.


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I have a Polish friend in Poland, university lecturer. She told me Polish workers have a terrible reputation at home, rude and incompetent.

Many years ago, long before workers from anywhere else, we got a nice letter stating ALL mains were being renewed ... sewers, water, gas, electrickery, phone .... Cable was being laid and the council had decided to do one single job - to keep disruption to a minimum (laff ??)

First were supposed to be the sewers, being the deepest, then, two weeks later, water, followed by gas, electirickery, cable ... Finishing off with road surfacing.

Came the day and NOTHING.

Months later, they ALL turned up, ALL at the same time. With the road surface blokes - FIRST.

You should have experienced the chaos. Months and months and MONTHS. Power cuts, as workers kindly sliced through cables. No gas. No water. Something not working, most days. So many lorries climbing over one another, it was impossible to go to work and get back home.

Then the road menders turned up. Again. Only for someone to dig great big new holes. Again.


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I'm surprised to hear about these Polish workers being rude and uncooperative, it would seem that they are not all like that. I had some Polish guys working here a few years ago - not only did they do a great job, in record time, they were polite and friendly.

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Back in 2008 we stayed at a hotel in Dublin which we were very surprised to find was almost entirely staffed by Poles. They were very helpful and friendly. I guess there are always all types including Kiwis and Poms, :-)
Like when I worked part time in the local museum and I encountered over a year long period, young Israelis. Every single one was nasty and disrespectful about just about everything. But all Israelis can't be like that.

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There will always be exceptions, of course, but in the main I find Polish males rude, aggressive and arrogant.

Polish females, on the other hand, are, usually, lovely, friendly and helpful with ready smiles, a quick wit, they invariably make me wish I were sixty years younger, and I don't care if that is sexist.

(The men engender the same wish, but for a different reason!)


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That is what my friend tells me, she lives there and had to employ a number of firms. All supposed to come highly recommended.

Couple of plumbers made a hole in the bathroom floor, she had a job getting them to return and they tried to bill her for repairing and making good what they had broken. The fresh plaster came off the balcony, letting water into the apartment.

All sorts of disasters.


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