On 4 Aug 2010 at 2:34pm mccauley wrote:
Q1) Where is fastest public wi-fi access in town?
Q2) Anywhere nearby to play squash, and does anyone fancy a game?
Q3) Nearest/best car wash (not including putting the kids to work)?
Q4) What time would I need to leave in the morning to drive into London before rush-hour traffic?
Q5) Would a digital signal booster allow me to pick up Freeview (I'm up near the prison), or not make a jot of difference.
Answers on a postcard please.....
On 4 Aug 2010 at 4:26pm Down and Out wrote:
1) They're all slow, rubbish and unsecure IMO.
2) Dont't know / no.
3) Brushy one in the Esso at Malling; if you don't like brushy ones the jetwashy one at the Texaco by Newmarket. I think there might be someone who'll give you a hand job, so to speak, down by Malling Brooks.
4) Don't do it. Ever. They have these things called trains.
5) You need to put your postcode into one of those Freeview coverage websites and check which way your aerial should be facing in your part of town. My guess is the 'not make a jot of difference' option.
On 4 Aug 2010 at 5:58pm mccauley wrote:
Thanks Down & Out. Unfortunately I do occasionally need to drive into t'smoke (train being normal preference). Last time I set off at 6.30am and got stuck in queues at top of M23. I've a pathological aversion to sitting in motionless traffic, so would rather get in before it gets stupid, park up and have some breakfast before the job. Just wondering how much earlier I'd need to leave to get into central London before the queuing starts?
On 4 Aug 2010 at 7:36pm Ken Wood wrote:
There's always the 5.29am train or leave by car at 5.30am
2) Squash courts are available at the Southdown Club in Southover (and no thanks)
On 4 Aug 2010 at 11:22pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
I reckon you'd have to leave at 5.30 am latest to get to London by car without too much trouble - depending on what part of the metropolis you want to go to of course. Even then by 7am there's a build up of traffic in the south London area...
Can;t help with any of the others.
On 5 Aug 2010 at 12:28am Bongo wrote:
Parts of Lewes are ok for Freeview. Borrow a Freeview box from somebody, and plug it in to find out if you can get a decent picture (or buy & return from Argos if no good). I get a couple of dozen of really clear channels on mine, and I've not been mug enough to waste money on those fancy 'digital' aerials.
On 5 Aug 2010 at 10:49am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
About once a month I go to Haywards Heath to give Waterstones shedloads of money and feed my book addiction. One day I called in at the local Sainsburys and in their car park a lovely Romanian man washed my big estate car for £5, made a damn fine job of it and loadedmy shopping in for me. I go up once a month now, but wouldn't drive up there unless I was going anyway, ikwim.
We have no trouble getting Freeview on the Nevill, although we did need to replace the ancient aerial with a modern on that can receive a multiplex signal.
Mr C-T spent a long time up a ladder with a compass getting its orientation spot on (there's a website that will give you the exact bearing), although I think you can actually see the Heathfield transmitter from here when visibility's good.
On 5 Aug 2010 at 12:07pm Dumpy wrote:
Agree with ACT - I'm on Nevill and although the Freeview website says that I'll have to wait until 2012, I get a good signal now using a decent aerial pointing at Heathfield.
On 5 Aug 2010 at 1:21pm TAFKAPS wrote:
You can get freeview in Malling as well (well the bit of Malling not in the floodplain anyway). Although Sky HD is the way forward
On 5 Aug 2010 at 2:37pm mccauley wrote:
1) I'm currently piggy-backing (legitimately) a BT Fon wi-fi signal, so only get a tiny share of the lines' bandwidth. Trying to download a movie from itunes took 9 hours (6x longer than the film itself!). Anything would be an improvement.
2) I'll check in on squash courts at Southdown, thanks.
3) Esso at Malling sounds the ticket.
4) Will set off at 5.30am next time in t'smoke and cross fingers...
5) We're in a short term let, so can't be mucking about with aerials. Conversely since having to revert to only 4 TV channels I've found more programs I actually want to watch, rather than constantly channel hopping. But kids mourn loss of CBBC etc.
Thanks all for your comments. Loving this forum.
On 5 Aug 2010 at 3:17pm Windows wrote:
I Used to drive up to London everyday until 2 years ago. Set off at 730 got to Wimbledon by 9 latest.
I never had any probs.
I couldn't get it till I had a new digi aerial fitted with a booster and the freeview is fine.
My boardband/wifi is fine, I can even stream iplayer. I'm on Virgin.
Hope this helps?
On 5 Aug 2010 at 5:49pm frankiesgirl wrote:
Hi mac you can get sky tv on line much cheaper than through aerial, squash at southdowns club in southover my husbands always looking for someone to to have a game with.
On 5 Aug 2010 at 9:30pm TeeHee wrote:
would that be frankie then?