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Scottish pensioners are up in arms that Virgin Media has had the audacity to build a huge cabinet outside their homes in East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, which is reported to be blocking their light. The OAPs have been fighting Virgin Media since the 5ft boxes were installed in their street in January, according to the Daily …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That erection is enormous

    no wonder it needs a big grey box...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: That erection is enormous

      It seems to be blocking a view of - the other side of the street! Just grow those green bushes a bit bigger and they won't even remember it's there...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: That erection is enormous

      If they pee'd through the vents on those boxes every night ...

      1. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

        Re: If they pee'd through the vents on those boxes every night ...

        No need for that, just bring in the Shroppy Slimeballs...

        https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/21/snail_sabotage_virgin_cabinet/

  2. John Robson Silver badge

    Presumably the pensioners don't need planning permission to install a window through the boxes then?

    1. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

      Re: install a window

      Linux would be better.

      1. m0rt Silver badge

        Re: install a window

        Credit where credit is due. That did make me laugh.

  3. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

    It's Scotland

    Are they really going to miss the 2 whole days of sunshine they get?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It's Scotland

      I think it's exactly because sunshine is so rare :)

      1. Tronald Dump

        Re: It's Scotland

        Exactly, you'd cherish every photon.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It's Scotland

      And even if they miss out on a little bit of sunshine and the occasional rammy or stoater, surely blocking the Barras from view is worth the money they paid?

      1. lybad
        Happy

        Re: It's Scotland

        Just how big do you think the Barrowland Market is?

        As compared to the "police station" used in Taggart - surely it's the largest in the world. In one episode they went in the front door (Strathclyde University), and looked out the office window at the Kingston Bridge (the old Strathclyde Council Roads Dept office) which is over a mile away, as the crow flies.

        1. agurney

          Re: It's Scotland

          "In one episode they went in the front door (Strathclyde University), and looked out the office window at the Kingston Bridge (the old Strathclyde Council Roads Dept office) which is over a mile away, as the crow flies."

          They were good at that .. there was one episode where they were having a conversation on the pontoons in Kip Marina (on the Clyde coast) and continued the scene, and sentence, along Portobello promenade on the other side of the country.

        2. phuzz Silver badge
          Alien

          Re: It's Scotland

          Watch almost any TV program set in a place you know well, and you'll see characters perform all sorts of teleportation tricks.

          It's probably related to the way that alien planets in Doctor Who all used to look suspiciously like a quarry in Whales, and every planet with a Stargate mimicked Canada.

          >>>>>>> I'm saying it's aliens.

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          2. /dev/null

            Re: It's Scotland

            It's probably related to the way that alien planets in Doctor Who all used to look suspiciously like a quarry in Whales

            Of course, nowadays, excavating cetaceans is banned by international treaty, so they have to use CGI instead.

        3. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: It's Scotland

          over a mile away, as the crow flies.

          Sorry, that doesn't mean anything to me. What's that in unladen swallow?

    3. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: It's Scotland

      Are they really going to miss the 2 whole days of sunshine they get?

      I think they are more interested in watching the neighbors and who's driving up and down their street. Seems many older folks spend a lot of time doing that. I'm thinking it's like watching a live soap opera. or something.

      1. Pompous Git Silver badge
        Trollface

        Re: It's Scotland

        "I think they are more interested in watching the neighbors and who's driving up and down their street. Seems many older folks spend a lot of time doing that. I'm thinking it's like watching a live soap opera. or something."
        Speaking as an old fart, it's more a matter of thinking to yourself as you watch: "Look at those poor fuckers having to go to work..."

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just get someone to paint the view on the back of the box.

    1. Rich 11 Silver badge

      A Banksy artwork of Richard Branson's massive head.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well done Virginmedia, that'll stop the old biddy's curtain twitching and spying on their neighbours!

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      I should be so lucky

      @AC

      ...spying on their neighbours!

      They are watching their "Neighbours" - No need for a TV Licence.

      Paris: Charlene

      Alas, Mrs Mangel is my neighbour

  6. Martin 63

    Smacks of this

    “But the plans were on display…”

    “On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

    “That’s the display department.”

    “With a flashlight.”

    “Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”

    “So had the stairs.”

    “But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”

    “Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”

    ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    1. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

      Re: Smacks of this

      There’s no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now. ... What do you mean you’ve never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heaven’s sake, mankind, it’s only four light years away, you know. I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that’s your own lookout. Energize the demolition beams.

    2. Prst. V.Jeltz Silver badge
      Alien

      Re: Smacks of this

      There’s no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now. ... What do you mean you’ve never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heaven’s sake, mankind, it’s only four light years away, you know. I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that’s your own lookout. Energize the demolition beams.

      I resemble those remarks ! Im being quoted out of context!

      1. Alister Silver badge

        Re: Smacks of this

        I resemble those remarks ! Im being quoted out of context!

        Quick! Quote some poetry at him!

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Quick! Quote some poetry at him!

          There once was a couple who were Scottish.

          The view from their house was delish.

          Till virgin messed up,

          Now the view it did suck.

          and now they would rather have a sky dish.

          1. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

            Re: Quick! Quote some poetry at him!

            Missing a line.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Quick! Quote some poetry at him!

              Ta, it's crap anyway.

    3. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: Smacks of this

      The genius of Douglas Addams.

      No matter how many,times this is posted as a comment to an article it is always relevant and makes me laugh.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Probably best to "accidentally" bump into it with a mobility scooter...

    1. Jason 24

      Or a cement mixer, why do things by half?

      1. Chris G Silver badge

        One of the old fellers should accidentally bump into the cabs while driving and shouting at a cloud.

    2. Scroticus Canis Silver badge
      Happy

      Probably best to "accidentally" bump into it with a JCB...

      FTFY that cabinet is big.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Na, put a notice on it along the lines of

      'This cabinet contains 20 bottles of Buckie, and 10 of El D..'

      Local Neds and Jakeys will demolish it in Jig time...

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fail to see

    I am failing to see how a 5 foot object blocks light to a house - has Virgin literally dumped it in front of a low window ?

    My 5ft hedge certainly doesn't block the light to my house - perhaps Mr Meldrew is alive and well in Scotland

    1. Mycho Silver badge

      Re: Fail to see

      It's Scotland. The footpath is higher than the house and so the top of the five foot box is about the height of the window.

    2. Tigra 07 Silver badge

      Re: Fail to see

      Take a look at the pictures. The boxes are huge

    3. Spacedinvader
      Facepalm

      Re: Fail to see

      Fail to see? Look at the daily fail pictures for fuck sake - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4857918/Pensioners-battle-Virgin-Media.html

      Yes, LITERALLY in front of the window. Looks to be a couple of metres at best. It's obviously not blocking light but you now have essentially a big fucking grey wall right outside your LIVING ROOM window. You know, that room of the house that people tend to spend the most time in.

      1. Mark 110 Silver badge

        Re: Fail to see

        Grief. Thats f__ing enormous. Have they got a mini data centre in there?

        1. Haku

          Re: Fail to see

          Some of the big ugly pavement boxes I've walked past have the distinct whirring sound of a computer fan coming from inside so it wouldn't surprise me if they did.

        2. Tigra 07 Silver badge
          Coat

          Re: Mark 110

          Judging by the size of the one...My money is on it being a TARDIS...

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Fail to see

        "It's obviously not blocking light" so despite your rant and criticising those for saying it doesn't, you agree with them. Debate 101 is next door.

        Look at the photo; the shadow shows where that blocked light is.

        Complaining about a blocked view is one thing. Claiming it blocks all light is just hyperbolic nonsense.

        1. katrinab Silver badge

          Re: Fail to see

          They are complaining about blocked light rather than blocked view because they know what the planning regs say - you don't have a right to a view, but you do have a right to light.

      3. Pompous Git Silver badge

        Re: Fail to see

        "You know, that room of the house that people tend to spend the most time in."
        You missed a bit off the end of your sentence:

        ... watching the telly.

    4. cream wobbly

      Re: Fail to see

      You failed to see because you failed to look. Good grief.

  9. caffeine addict Silver badge

    It's clearly blocking the glorious view of the houses opposite, but "blocking all the light"? Even with the nice low sun in the Mail photos, the shadows don't reach the building let alone the windows.

    Seems stupid that Virgin and BT aren't obliged to place them against walls / hedges at the roadside, or to make rental agreements to put them against the side of building. (the walls, not windows. Then the biddies would really have something to complain about).

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      BT + Virgin = Twats

      Seems stupid that Virgin and BT aren't obliged to place them against walls / hedges at the roadside

      Well, how would that help? Look at this gem of an installation in Droitwich, courtesy of the idiots of Openreach.

      Some people are stupid. Some people are very stupid. But the elite stupidests, the people who have a natural stupidity, but also work at it, and continuously refine and build their stupidity...they work as planners for BT Openreach and Virginmedia, it would seem.

      1. Jason 24

        Re: BT + Virgin = Twats

        @ Look at this gem of an installation..

        Bet they still can't get FTTP

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