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Re: Name suggestions for JTM the next generation. by johnnythemonkey on 28 September 2010 12:13am
 
Thanks for the suggestions mp-addict.
I'm thinking of changing this thread title to 'have a whip-round for JTM' :) Meg and the girls looked around some shopping centres today, looking at baby stuff. The price of prams in particular ! Wow, I think my first few cars cost less.
I remember when Chas was born we bought a fancy Silver Cross pram that I think cost a couple of hundred even then. Within six months, Meg had bought a smaller pram/buggy for 'convenience' and the original one was never used again.
 
Re: Name suggestions for JTM the next generation. by kazzzz on 28 September 2010 1:00am
 
The baby shops have come up with loads of useless crap these days that you 'need'...talk about overkill.
 
Re: Name suggestions for JTM the next generation. by johnnythemonkey on 28 September 2010 2:22am
 
Yeah. Like before the wheel was invented, what did they do for prams ?

Bottle sterilisers ? I think my mum gave her nipples a wee wipe with a flannel.

Cradles/cots ? What's wrong with a drawer ? It was good enough in the past.

Car seats ? I've yet to see a baby that could drive properly.

Babywalkers ? The little blighters will walk when they're good and ready.

Baby alarms ? Don't know about yours but my two could be heard from the next street.

Look! I've just saved us a fortune. :)
 
Re: Name suggestions for JTM the next generation. by Spursfan on 28 September 2010 10:51am
 
Re car seats, my son, daughter-in-law and their baby Alfie are in Turkey at the moment. Simon only booked the flights a couple of days before they left (they are staying in his ex-boss' villa) and at the same time booked a car from the airport.

The car rental company wanted to charge 5 euros A DAY for a car seat for Alfie!!! They are there for 12 days so that would be 60 euros!! What a rip off.

They have taken their own car seat with them.

 
Re: Name suggestions for JTM the next generation. by kazzzz on 28 September 2010 1:44pm
 
John don't be such a Scottish tightarse.....buy them EVERYTHING!
 
Re: Name suggestions for JTM the next generation. by johnnythemonkey on 28 September 2010 3:15pm
 
Kazzzz, it would be far easier is you sent me all of Ava's old stuff :)

Yes Anne, car rental companies are good at charging for extras. If you were hiring a child seat for a day or two, you would just have to fork up but when it's for two weeks, you could buy one for that price.
 
Re: Name suggestions for JTM the next generation. by Spursfan on 28 September 2010 4:54pm
 
He was hoping there were a few empty seats on the plane, John, so that Alfie could sit in one, in the carseat, as he would sleep then!! (Needless to say, with his Mom and Dad!!).

I agree with you about buying one, but as they had to use it immediately (collecting their car from the airport) they HAD to either accept the car rental price or take their own.

Oh by the way - a tip for any of you flying FROM Turkey. This year they stopped liquids in hand luggage.

What we do now and what I would advise anyone is to not go through into the departure lounge until the last minute, because if you stay in the check-in lounge you can obviously take drinks as long as you discard them before you go through.

I know this is the same for UK and most other countries BUT a can of coke in Turkey airports is the equivalent of £3.50 !!! And beer is similar. MUCH more than it is in the towns and even more expensive than UK airports, where a can of coke is about £1.50.

You have been warned.

:(
 
Re: Name suggestions for JTM the next generation. by johnnythemonkey on 28 September 2010 5:15pm
 
Anne, they were certainly right in taking their own seat. I was meaning that if you arrived and faced getting hit by these charges, it would just be as cheap to buy one.

Why does 'cheap' car hire never turn out to be so and 'full' insurance is no such thing ?

£3.50 for a Coke ? Even with a vodka in it, that would be a ripoff !
 
Re: Name suggestions for JTM the next generation. by Spursfan on 29 September 2010 9:55am
 
Well, yes! Lol. I mean, the brand 'Coca-Cola' is always going to be more expensive than a local brand, but even so!! From memory I think you pay about 75p for a can of Coke or Pepsi (they don't distnguish between the two really, it depends on what they have as to what you get, so asking for a Coke means you get either!!) in a restaurant. But you are sitting down for a meal - compare that with £3.50 for a can in the airport!!

When you consider that the average weekly wage in Turkey is £80-100, and that obviously there are a lot of people who earn a lot LESS than that, it is even more outrageous!!

It really annoys us that airports charge such extortionate prices for food and drink. The Turkish ones MUST be the worst in the world. I mean, once you are through check-in you are stuck, and if you are thirsy (especially if you are dropped off early) you're going to want a drink!!

Zak wrote to the tourism board in Turkey about it but needless to say he didn't get a reply.
 
Re: Name suggestions for JTM the next generation. by johnnythemonkey on 29 September 2010 3:41pm
 
It's almost a form of taxation. They have you captive and I'd guess that even a bottle of water costs a couple of pounds.
 
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