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  1. dan5


    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatOct 17, 2017 at 11:57 PM with 0 replies and 16 views.

    Ever wanted to live next to one of Suffolk's busiest roads?Tired of your quiet suburban life and want to see a lot more traffic every day?Always wanted to live within yards of a busy dual carriageway?Desperate to live somewhere that isn't quite in a village?WELL NOW YOU CAN!Longwood Fields is a modern housing estate of 180 new-build houses packed into a tiny site with just one exit.Constructed at the junction of the A12 with...

  2. martinc


    by martinc in Offtopic ChatOct 13, 2017 with 1 replies and 30 views.

    "what is it good for, absolutely nothing, say it again!"I look at Nextdoor sometimes, I did manage to get a decent bit of discussion about the bridge overnight closures but for the most part its just so feeble.! And you can see so little of it, unlike its predecessor you are strictly confined to geographical areas, and can't add more other than those just beyond your own, so i can't see town centre stuff which would interest me, without a...

    Latest reply: This is why I didn't migrate across. If I want a private conversation with my neighbours, I would do it in person. It is the problem with American companies trying to market a new trend. I am surprised so many people migrated across (not sure if...

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    University of Suffolk college fails cladding fire safety standards

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatOct 11, 2017 with 0 replies and 23 views.

    East Coast College, an location for University of Suffolk has joined Ipswich residential development Ipaxis as failing to meet cladding fire safety standards. These are the only two known buildings in Suffolk. Cumberland Towers changed specification for their cladding (as has the Wine Rack - but perhaps for a different reason) to avoid installing such vulnerable cladding product. Non-residential buildings don't have to adhere so strictly as...

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    Suffolk Highways: Western Way, Bury St Edmunds

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatOct 11, 2017 with 0 replies and 22 views.

    Suffolk County Council (Suffolk Highways/Kier) are undertaking some S278 works (SCCDCS00000709) opposite ASDA in Western Way, Bury St Edmunds. 687 Pedestrian traffic lights out-of-order, big metal railings for roadworks and no safe method for people crossing the road here. Local councillor, Jane Storey disagrees...688 It could well be Jane telling the truth with such temporary lights having been replaced since then (however unlikely that...

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    Booking.nay - Last minute October getaways!

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatOct 11, 2017 with 2 replies and 31 views., booking dot yeah? No, booking dot nay!686 Not only is awful (not the purpose of this mini-rant) this morning I saw an email in my personal email Junk Mail folder from suggesting "it's not too late for a last-minute October getaway!".Except my location and billing address is Ipswich. Why would I want to getaway, not getaway?I used to be plagued with emails suggesting hotel rooms in Stowmarket of all...

    Latest reply: Might just be me then. :DTo be fair it wasn't a hotel... didn't have problems before using them for hotels. We booked an apartment in Central London close to a mainline tube/rail station - which we thought would be better than a hotel, good...

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    Pret A Manager coming to Buttermarket Centre

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatSep 29, 2017 with 1 replies and 43 views.

    Pret A Manger is anticipated to go on ground floor of Buttermarket Centre facing on to Butter Market street (a 2 minute walk from Costa Coffee).642 A planning application for the revamp of Ipswich Buttermarket Centre has hinted at Pret going adjacent to New Look (other side of the Butter Market entrance) - as shown in the above snippet snapshot. I don't particularly care (personally!) but am happy the new owners are willing to inject more...

    Latest reply: Apparently not. A spokeswoman from Pret A Manger said: “Our plans to open a Pret shop on the Cornhill are progressing well, but just to confirm, the Buttermarket Centre isn’t an area we’re currently are looking at.”Who cares. You have to ask...

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    What does Tessuti mean? Is it a well-known upmarket brand?

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatSep 27, 2017 with 0 replies and 39 views.

    News following an upmarket brand moving in the old Next unit in Westgate Street, most of us don't know anything about them.What does Tessuti mean? Tessuti is Italian for textiles. Except, this brand doesn't manufacture clothes (that we know of), only sales luxury designer brands.Is it upmarket? Is it well-known?It is a little above Next and M&S.It isn't a worldwide brand. It is a small UK brand part of the JD Sports group, who are...

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    Crown Street cannabis factory to become apartments

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatSep 27, 2017 with 0 replies and 24 views.

    Ipswich Society has revealed the progress of new apartments at the former Indian restaurant in Crown Street.22-28 Crown Street. Probably built as a garage, it has been an Indian restaurant and a cannabis factory! It had planning permission for change of use to four apartments on the ground floor and three on the first. This application later sought consent for an extra flat on the first floor and the construction of a steel framed second...

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    Ipswich Star still promoting Streetlife

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatSep 26, 2017 with 0 replies and 16 views.

    On the Contact Us (Send us a Story) page on Ipswich Star they are still promoting Streetlife.You can use this form to tell us about a story. Just fill in as much detail as possible and remember to include your contact details so we can get in touch if we need to find out more.If you have news to share with your community you can also post it on, the local social network brought to you by the Ipswich Star. Click here to find...

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    Suffolk Highways (Kier)

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatSep 23, 2017 with 5 replies and 52 views.

    No medals won for Suffolk Highways... this post will serve as documentation for their poor service whilst they milk the taxpayer. Suffolk County Council contract is currently with Kier - highly controversial to renew it.Feel free to post photos of their shoddy workmanship or to discuss it. (If they do well, feel free to give them some credit when it goes well)

    Latest reply: This was pretty bad... traffic lights out of actions and no alternative for crossing pedestrians.

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    Clickbait: £650 Valentino heels identical to Primark £14

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatSep 21, 2017 with 0 replies and 18 views.

    Signed out of Outlook... see how bad clickbait is now becoming... 588 How does the shoe/heels on the right look identical (or similar) to that on the left?The only similarities are the "nude" colour, the metal stud and the fact they are heels. Random I know but this is pathetic... the writer for the Mirror (appearing on MSN lifestyle) plugs both Primark and where you can get the full price pair of shoes from.

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    Pret A Manger Coming To Arras Square?

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatAug 19, 2017 with 2 replies and 36 views.

    There has been much speculation that Pret is coming to Ipswich. Some people are really excited about this prospect but most people don't really care. Ipswich Star (and a few others) have speculated for Pret to get the prominent Cornhill corner spot in Grimwades... looks unlikely due to borough policy. Why wouldn't Pret establish itself in the popular Buttermarket Centre or find a suitable high street location?For one, there are various...

    Latest reply: Simple fix... repave Butter Market and Arras Square. Step 1: Encourage Footfall. (Prettify the place)Unfortunately the borough doesn't get it. They will be saying along the lines of "...but it would make the rest of the town look out of place...

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    Ipswich Escape Rooms

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatAug 9, 2017 with 4 replies and 53 views.

    Has anyone tried the Ipswich Escape Rooms? There was one at Suffolk Food Hall and one at Dencora Business Centre.Ipswich Escape RoomsDencora Business Centre36 White House RoadIpswich IP1 5LTThe concept extends from mobile phone game apps: Android Escape Room Apps and Apple iOS Escape Room Apps. The offline version is £26 per person - pretty expensive for an hour - but at the same time something novel which might be worth the cost for...

    Latest reply: It would be a very interesting experience to setup one of these escape rooms, set someone a challenge... I think the anonymous door and flights of stairs would probably add to the whole experience. Probably not the same for a first floor room...

  14. dan5

    What Does Pret A Manger Mean? Is It Upmarket?

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatAug 5, 2017 with 5 replies and 112 views.

    So, Pret maybe coming to Ipswich and might be at the Grimwades building on the corner of the Cornhill.Excuse the romanised version using only the Latin alphabet characters. What does Pret a Manger mean? Pret a Manger is french for "ready to eat". The story goes it was inspired by a clothing brand called Pret a Porter ("ready to wear"). Pret is also Romanian for "price". If we can trust Google Translate... "hosts" in Albanian, "fun" in...

    Latest reply: Well, Realise Futures has a big turnover, effectively making money out of disabled people. It is a newish organisation that is pretty bloated. A lot of money falling into a few peoples hands. Were they booted out? I was surprised how they were...

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    Pret A Manger Targets British Workers Ahead Of Brexit

    by dan5 in Offtopic ChatAug 5, 2017 with 0 replies and 44 views.

    From Financial Times...Only one in 50 applicants for jobs at sandwich chain are from UKPret A Manger, the UK coffee-and-sandwiches chain beloved by office workers, is making extra efforts to recruit British staff in anticipation of a fall in EU immigration because of Brexit. Pret has previously said that only one in 50 people who applied to work at the chain was from the UK, because Brits did not consider it a “desirable place to work”....

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