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"Move On"
at 07:38 29 May 2020

It's a BS expression, isn't it? It says "I'm still pleading not guilty, despite evidence to the contrary, that I am not prepared to discuss".

And it's such a loaded phrase. Packed up inside those two short words is an eye roll, a sigh, as well as the suggestion "Are you STILL babbling on about that? Really? No one else on this planet even cares. Just shut up, you loser".

"Take Back Control"
"Let's Get Brexit Done"
"Move On"

I hear and read people repeating these mantras, parrot-fashion. They're brilliant slogans, aren't they? Because even though they're persuasive and catchy, when you pick the meat from them there's really very little substance. Yet people in their millions can relate to them (in a cap-doffing, we-don't-understand-the-details" kind of way).
I can certainly appreciate why Boris wants to keep the author of these slogans on his team, no matter the cost.

Picture the scene. Following a hellish day in the House of Commons Boris returns to number 10 to find Carrie fellating special visitor Donald Trump. I've already thought of a catchy two word retort Donald should employ in lieu of an excuse.

[Post edited 29 May 2020 7:39]
Alexandra Road / Kingsway junction traffic lights
at 06:00 6 Feb 2020

On Saturday I was passenger in a car that drove onto kingsway into the path of another vehicle. We'd gone through a red light (but two occupants didn't see it, one occupant wasn't sure).

On Tuesday I was driving along Kingsway when a car came from Alexandra Road having gone through that same red light and then last night three cars (the last a taxi, surely he'd know there were a set of lights?) all pulled in front of me causing me to brake.

Has something happened recently to obscure the traffic lights as vehicles approach Kingsway from the direction of the railway station?
Is it a telescope?
at 09:25 26 Nov 2019

There's a house a few hundred yards from the Liberty on Neath Road with what looks like two telescopes/cameras on the outside wall. One of them is about the size of a Gatling gun.

Is this a police thing, does anyone know? The bigger of the two looks a bleedin' powerful bit of kit.
Swansea History Question
at 10:25 11 Nov 2019

Once upon a time I read that one of the beaches in Swansea was formed by waste product from local clay mining.

Does that sound familiar to anyone? I've googled but haven't been able to verify it.

(I'm involved in a light-hearted bit of "who's home town is best" banter with mates from Leeds and Swindon, but I've not been here that long, so my historical knowledge is pretty sparse).
[Post edited 11 Nov 2019 11:11]
Financial Advisor Experiences
at 13:00 19 Sep 2019

I'm not looking to buy policies. I simply need advice on some existing pensions and investments, plus a bit of tax avoidance guidance and some financial planning. Call it a financial tune-up if you will.

Anyone in the local area been in a similar boat and found a good 'un who's happy to charge by the hour? I've looked on unbiased.co.uk but again it's all geared towards acquiring new policies.
Rotten Stile on Gower Earns Adrian Chiles some Cash
at 06:25 25 Apr 2019

Rock of Ages
at 09:25 6 Mar 2019

This rock musical is on at the Grand in May.

I’d never heard of it until a few years back I was researching shows to go and see in Vegas.

And it was bloody ace.

I can’t vouch for the quality of this particular production but if you like rock music, like a laugh, and like watching live productions then I reckon you’d enjoy it.
Cafe suggestions needed
at 17:26 1 Mar 2019

Please forgive the self-indulgent thread.

Could anyone suggest a nice cafe somewhere broadly equidistant between West Swansea and Burry Port? Mrs Bear is meeting a recently widowed friend and is stuck for where they could go.

Strolling Through Swansea.
at 05:48 20 Sep 2018

The Guardian nails it.

Eating out in Swansea with a tree nut allergy
at 20:52 22 Jul 2018

We’ve got friends coming to stay. They’re Yanks, so are unfamiliar with all things Swansea. We’d like to take them out for a couple of meals but one of them has a severe allergy to tree nuts.

I’m apprehensive about taking them somewhere and them, well, worst case scenario, dying on me, as it’ll mean us leaving the restaurant before dessert, which I won’t be happy about.

Any tree nut allergy people on here? Have you any tried and tested restaurants you visit? I especially wanted to take them for a curry but that frankly looks a complete non-starter.
Pointless Traffic Lights
at 08:56 14 Feb 2018

The ones in Sketty, where Gower Road meets De la Beche Road.

What the absolute feck good do they do?

They haven’t solved the problem of congestion on Gower Road but - ooh, shocker - they’ve certainly introduced congestion on De la Beche. Presumably this is one of those ill thought out schemes where the LibDems (Presumably its them. They seem to be big fans of traffic lights) decide “If we stick a few sets around the gaffe then drivers will find another route and traffic congestion will magically disappear. Which isn’t going to work if you frigging well LIVE there.

And nice touch only putting a filter light on one set out of four. Very helpful.

The daft pricks.

As you were.

Casual golf in the Swansea area
at 10:56 3 Jan 2018

Once every few years I dust off my golf clubs and spend a few hours embarrassing myself in the wind and rain.

Next Monday is to be the day.

But I’ve never golfed in Swansea/surrounding area.

Can anyone suggest a course we can just rock up to and play without being members? I’ve had a bit of a google but haven’t seen any municipal courses. Morriston’s website talks about players needing to be “a certain standard” - we’d struggle to play to 32 on a good day.
Car body panel respray
at 11:12 2 Nov 2017

My car is old, high mileage, covered in dinks, been keyed down one side. A heap, basically.

However, a body panel is being replaced and I’m thinking about having the panel painted to match the car.

And if it’s cheap enough I might have the whole car done.

Anyone got any economical body shop recommendations in the Swansea area?
Work Situation - advice required
at 17:48 24 Oct 2017

I’m a contractor. Three months here, six months there, two years somewhere else. It’s been this way for twenty years.

This latest contract - a mate got me in the door - so as much as I dislike the work here I don’t want to let him down by being an arse, though I’m in danger of doing just this.

Anyhow, I’ve been asked to work this weekend. If I’d paid attention to the plan I’d have damn well KNOWN I would be required to work this weekend. Because this weekend is where a major IT project (yeah, yeah, I know...) gets implemented, and this is what my role is all about.

But I’ve just taken my eye off the ball (for reasons I won’t go into).

Anyway, I can’t work with his weekend because we’ve got my family visiting. So tomorrow I’ve got to break the news to the team leader that on the most critical of weekends, when the world and his wife are gathered in London for this go live, I am going to be a no-show.

People of PS, I need your help. Is there a good way of handling this?
Has this been linked to? Made me laugh.
at 08:36 16 Oct 2017

It's an excerpt from BBC 3 comedy "Josh" with particular interest to South Wales football fans.
[Post edited 16 Oct 2017 14:29]
Who would win in a fight between...
at 10:08 6 Oct 2017

...an iPhone 6 and a water/urine solution?

Or in other words, can anyone recommend somewhere reasonably priced yet reliable in Swansea I might get Mrs Bear's phone repaired following an incident this morning?
Denny's Is Coming to Swansea
at 09:11 4 Oct 2017


I'm undecided whether this is a good or bad thing - that a US low cost diner chain have picked Swansea for their first venture into the U.K. market.

When I lived in the US I used to love going to Denny's on a Sunday morning but there's no getting away from the fact it's a bit "pile it high, sell it cheap" (think "Upland's diner with free refills").

But hey, I will definitely take the wife along to try it. And she will almost certainly be disgusted.

[Post edited 4 Oct 2017 9:12]
Swans fans at Swindon Parkrun
at 17:01 27 Aug 2017

A mate of mine said there were a load of Swans fans at his local Parkrun yesterday. Nice one. I hope it offset some of the beer and fried food that no doubt came your way later on
Home office design
at 16:03 24 Jun 2017

Can anyone recommend a local company who do home office design? We've tried twice to refit our box room and it's still pants. Wifey, who does a fair bit of working from home, is giving me so much grief (I did the last refit - well, I bought a new desk and also moved a few bits of furniture around). It seemed such a simple task to sort out but it's clearly proving beyond us.

Zero thread apart from perhaps an insult, probably from someone with long hair.
Dosa and Puri in Swansea?
at 20:23 7 Jun 2017

Last three nights (I'm up in London in the week) I've eaten puri and dosa at vegetarian Indian restaurants.

I'd love to take the family out for this type of food once I'm home (assuming I'm not sick of it by then). Despite googling I can't see any sign of a Swansea restaurant serving either puri or dosa. I'm assuming Bangladeshi cuisine dominates Swansea's "Indian restaurant" scene.

Any of you bon viveurs know if these type of dishes are available in Swansea?
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