Bus driver tells of terror as mob of 30 attack his bus

A First Bus similar to the one attacked.

A First Bus similar to the one attacked.

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A BUS driver has told of his nightmare as a gang of 30 yobs fought to try to rob him of his takings.

The mob surrounded the number 2 First service after it became trapped in icy conditions.

At the wheel was Bakir Sayin who told the Daily Echo of his terror after the gang began hurling snowballs before storming the vehicle and punching him in the face in an attempt to rob him.

Mr Sayin, who has been driving buses for First in Hampshire for eight years, told how he was frightened and scared by the ordeal, which left him needing hospital treatment for injuries to his face.

He said: “I was waiting for help from the depot, sat in the driver’s cab and the doors were shut when about 30 people came up to the bus. They were trying to open the doors, pushing them and then some of them held them open whilst about five or six came inside.

“I was being punched in the face and they were throwing snowballs at me, it felt like there were 100 snowballs coming at me.”

The youths, who are said to be aged between 15 and 17, then began trying to steal his bag containing his wallet and other items, but did not succeed during the attack that happened in Meggeson Avenue, Townhill Park.

Mr Sayin, who lives in Regents Park with his wife, told how he was left with cuts to his lips and face and severe pain to his chin and neck.

Local residents saw the incident and ran to his aid, at which point the mob ran off towards the shops in the road while Mr Sayin pressed the emergency button and contacted managers back at his depot to ask for help.

Later that night he ended up in Southampton General Hospital receiving treatment for his injuries and has now been forced to stay off sick.

Mr Sayin added: “It was quite frightening and I was nervous and upset.

“I was on my own and it was just a horrible day – a nightmare. I was so grateful to the people who came to help me.”

Police are now checking CCTV cameras in the hope of identifying those responsible for the attempted robbery that happened between 10.45am and 11.15am last Friday, but have urged anyone with information to come forward.

A spokesman for First said: “This is deeply concerning and something we take extremely seriously.

“We find it hard to understand why those involved sought to do this. Our drivers work incredibly hard and should be able to do so without fear or intimidation. We will be working with the police to aid their investigation into this matter and we hope the culprits are caught quickly.

“There were lots of people around at the time, and police need to speak to them.”

Anyone with information should contact Bitterne CID on 101.

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8:35am Tue 22 Jan 13

Taskforce 141 says...

What absolute animals. This city is invested with this kind of vermin, its an utter disgrace.
What absolute animals. This city is invested with this kind of vermin, its an utter disgrace. Taskforce 141
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8:57am Tue 22 Jan 13

Stroppy_gramps says...

they live in every town and city in this country.
Sometimes I really believe that the younger generation are so different they might as well have come from a different planet.
They all talk about respect and how it is so important that they get some.
so very rare that they give it back.
they live in every town and city in this country. Sometimes I really believe that the younger generation are so different they might as well have come from a different planet. They all talk about respect and how it is so important that they get some. so very rare that they give it back. Stroppy_gramps
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9:30am Tue 22 Jan 13

massimoosti says...

I can smell time of work and a claim coming
I can smell time of work and a claim coming massimoosti
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9:31am Tue 22 Jan 13

dogbruce says...

Theres a block of run down flats just on the otherside of the ark there is always a gang of around 20 plus teenagers hanging around there and on Friday they were throwing snowballs at every car that was able to drive up Meggason and some snowballs were full of stones they pelted me when i tuned into the car park at the back vile bred kids
Theres a block of run down flats just on the otherside of the ark there is always a gang of around 20 plus teenagers hanging around there and on Friday they were throwing snowballs at every car that was able to drive up Meggason and some snowballs were full of stones they pelted me when i tuned into the car park at the back vile bred kids dogbruce
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9:32am Tue 22 Jan 13

nemesis85 says...

sick people. either buses should have a securitygard on for the drivers, or the coucil should install travel card macheins in shops so that drivers should not have to handle money. altho this might mean cost will go up. its the drivers saftey people need to think about, without the drivers most people cant get places.
sick people. either buses should have a securitygard on for the drivers, or the coucil should install travel card macheins in shops so that drivers should not have to handle money. altho this might mean cost will go up. its the drivers saftey people need to think about, without the drivers most people cant get places. nemesis85
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9:35am Tue 22 Jan 13

MGRA says...

it will not take a rocket scientist to find out who these droolers are. They will be attending one of two secondary schools ( some of them ) and that school will be buzzing with gossip and bragging. The plods need to get their backsides down to you-know-where today and start to interview suspects with the co-operation of the head teacher and of course their in-bred parents. Furthermore, the bus route should be diverted from the scum-estate until arrests have been made.
it will not take a rocket scientist to find out who these droolers are. They will be attending one of two secondary schools ( some of them ) and that school will be buzzing with gossip and bragging. The plods need to get their backsides down to you-know-where today and start to interview suspects with the co-operation of the head teacher and of course their in-bred parents. Furthermore, the bus route should be diverted from the scum-estate until arrests have been made. MGRA
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9:49am Tue 22 Jan 13

Sovietobserver says...

Stroppy_gramps wrote:
they live in every town and city in this country.
Sometimes I really believe that the younger generation are so different they might as well have come from a different planet.
They all talk about respect and how it is so important that they get some.
so very rare that they give it back.
Schools DO teach pupils about respect.
However many parents do not, the schools try to reinforce it, but sadly by the time the young ones reach starting age , their parents haven't even bothered to teach their offspring about respect, so it's too late to change their behaviour.
Schools are educational establishments, what happens out of school is not the schools' responsibility, it's the parents'.
[quote][p][bold]Stroppy_gramps[/bold] wrote: they live in every town and city in this country. Sometimes I really believe that the younger generation are so different they might as well have come from a different planet. They all talk about respect and how it is so important that they get some. so very rare that they give it back.[/p][/quote]Schools DO teach pupils about respect. However many parents do not, the schools try to reinforce it, but sadly by the time the young ones reach starting age , their parents haven't even bothered to teach their offspring about respect, so it's too late to change their behaviour. Schools are educational establishments, what happens out of school is not the schools' responsibility, it's the parents'. Sovietobserver
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9:51am Tue 22 Jan 13

Sunny Saint says...

MGRA wrote:
it will not take a rocket scientist to find out who these droolers are. They will be attending one of two secondary schools ( some of them ) and that school will be buzzing with gossip and bragging. The plods need to get their backsides down to you-know-where today and start to interview suspects with the co-operation of the head teacher and of course their in-bred parents. Furthermore, the bus route should be diverted from the scum-estate until arrests have been made.
Of course, get the Police on to it. That is the most obvious and likely solution. However, their numbers are being cut by the Government and County Councils in order to meet the budget.
Its amazing when one considers that the obvious by-product of a recession is an expected rise in crime. So what do the bean-counters do? They cut the Police forces.
Unbe-f…..g-lievabl
e :-(
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: it will not take a rocket scientist to find out who these droolers are. They will be attending one of two secondary schools ( some of them ) and that school will be buzzing with gossip and bragging. The plods need to get their backsides down to you-know-where today and start to interview suspects with the co-operation of the head teacher and of course their in-bred parents. Furthermore, the bus route should be diverted from the scum-estate until arrests have been made.[/p][/quote]Of course, get the Police on to it. That is the most obvious and likely solution. However, their numbers are being cut by the Government and County Councils in order to meet the budget. Its amazing when one considers that the obvious by-product of a recession is an expected rise in crime. So what do the bean-counters do? They cut the Police forces. Unbe-f…..g-lievabl e :-( Sunny Saint
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9:54am Tue 22 Jan 13

peenut81 says...

Where in society would these young people get their influences from?
When we as a nation invaded Iraq?
When we let our politicians steal from us and get away with it?
When our media is corrupt and available to hire to the big money?
When the moral of every tv show and film is about making money and screw anyone who gets in the way?
When our sport stars are racist, irresponsible, greedy and still worshipped?
When our football clubs are owned by foreign criminals?
When the justice system can send a boy to prison for years for stealing a bottle of water in the riots yet rich paedophiles are allowed to die in peace?
Its all very well trying to imply todays youth are feral but they are moulded by the society they see growing up, so ask yourselves
1. What can I do to be better than society around me?
2. Is my political apathy and moronic obsession with sports people/celebrity helping my children grow up as well rounded individuals?
Where in society would these young people get their influences from? When we as a nation invaded Iraq? When we let our politicians steal from us and get away with it? When our media is corrupt and available to hire to the big money? When the moral of every tv show and film is about making money and screw anyone who gets in the way? When our sport stars are racist, irresponsible, greedy and still worshipped? When our football clubs are owned by foreign criminals? When the justice system can send a boy to prison for years for stealing a bottle of water in the riots yet rich paedophiles are allowed to die in peace? Its all very well trying to imply todays youth are feral but they are moulded by the society they see growing up, so ask yourselves 1. What can I do to be better than society around me? 2. Is my political apathy and moronic obsession with sports people/celebrity helping my children grow up as well rounded individuals? peenut81
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9:58am Tue 22 Jan 13

Subject48 says...

Well said peenut.
Well said peenut. Subject48
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10:10am Tue 22 Jan 13

Taskforce 141 says...

peenut81 wrote:
Where in society would these young people get their influences from?
When we as a nation invaded Iraq?
When we let our politicians steal from us and get away with it?
When our media is corrupt and available to hire to the big money?
When the moral of every tv show and film is about making money and screw anyone who gets in the way?
When our sport stars are racist, irresponsible, greedy and still worshipped?
When our football clubs are owned by foreign criminals?
When the justice system can send a boy to prison for years for stealing a bottle of water in the riots yet rich paedophiles are allowed to die in peace?
Its all very well trying to imply todays youth are feral but they are moulded by the society they see growing up, so ask yourselves
1. What can I do to be better than society around me?
2. Is my political apathy and moronic obsession with sports people/celebrity helping my children grow up as well rounded individuals?
Bang On!
[quote][p][bold]peenut81[/bold] wrote: Where in society would these young people get their influences from? When we as a nation invaded Iraq? When we let our politicians steal from us and get away with it? When our media is corrupt and available to hire to the big money? When the moral of every tv show and film is about making money and screw anyone who gets in the way? When our sport stars are racist, irresponsible, greedy and still worshipped? When our football clubs are owned by foreign criminals? When the justice system can send a boy to prison for years for stealing a bottle of water in the riots yet rich paedophiles are allowed to die in peace? Its all very well trying to imply todays youth are feral but they are moulded by the society they see growing up, so ask yourselves 1. What can I do to be better than society around me? 2. Is my political apathy and moronic obsession with sports people/celebrity helping my children grow up as well rounded individuals?[/p][/quote]Bang On! Taskforce 141
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10:13am Tue 22 Jan 13

Solent Lass says...

Start stopping benefits for the families if their children do illegal acts and soon see an improvement in behaviour!
Start stopping benefits for the families if their children do illegal acts and soon see an improvement in behaviour! Solent Lass
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10:42am Tue 22 Jan 13

userds5050 says...

Solent Lass wrote:
Start stopping benefits for the families if their children do illegal acts and soon see an improvement in behaviour!
What about the kids whos parents aren't on benefits? Are they allowed to go around beating up bus drivers because their parents work?
[quote][p][bold]Solent Lass[/bold] wrote: Start stopping benefits for the families if their children do illegal acts and soon see an improvement in behaviour![/p][/quote]What about the kids whos parents aren't on benefits? Are they allowed to go around beating up bus drivers because their parents work? userds5050
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10:47am Tue 22 Jan 13

rightway says...

massimoosti wrote:
I can smell time of work and a claim coming
How can anyone justify a claim or time of work just because they where attacked by up to thirty youths whilst doing their job, then have the front to need treatment at hospital, the little darlings where probably only having a laugh when the bus driver started on them for absolutely no reason.
The things some people will do to get time off.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: I can smell time of work and a claim coming[/p][/quote]How can anyone justify a claim or time of work just because they where attacked by up to thirty youths whilst doing their job, then have the front to need treatment at hospital, the little darlings where probably only having a laugh when the bus driver started on them for absolutely no reason. The things some people will do to get time off. rightway
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11:06am Tue 22 Jan 13

ShellyBaldwin says...

Rightway... id love to see this happen to you. They have no respect for anyone and mum and dads are probably sat at home on the ****'s claiming benifits. They come from townhill what do you expect.
Rightway... id love to see this happen to you. They have no respect for anyone and mum and dads are probably sat at home on the ****'s claiming benifits. They come from townhill what do you expect. ShellyBaldwin
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11:09am Tue 22 Jan 13

S!monOn says...

massimoosti wrote:
I can smell time of work and a claim coming
Nah, that's the bull coming out of your **** that you call a mouth you're smelling.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: I can smell time of work and a claim coming[/p][/quote]Nah, that's the bull coming out of your **** that you call a mouth you're smelling. S!monOn
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11:53am Tue 22 Jan 13

Solent Lass says...

userds5050 wrote:
Solent Lass wrote:
Start stopping benefits for the families if their children do illegal acts and soon see an improvement in behaviour!
What about the kids whos parents aren't on benefits? Are they allowed to go around beating up bus drivers because their parents work?
These parents can be fined heavily!
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solent Lass[/bold] wrote: Start stopping benefits for the families if their children do illegal acts and soon see an improvement in behaviour![/p][/quote]What about the kids whos parents aren't on benefits? Are they allowed to go around beating up bus drivers because their parents work?[/p][/quote]These parents can be fined heavily! Solent Lass
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11:58am Tue 22 Jan 13

massimoosti says...

rightway wrote:
massimoosti wrote:
I can smell time of work and a claim coming
How can anyone justify a claim or time of work just because they where attacked by up to thirty youths whilst doing their job, then have the front to need treatment at hospital, the little darlings where probably only having a laugh when the bus driver started on them for absolutely no reason.
The things some people will do to get time off.
Im all for the time off and the claim........union rep should be on the case arranging the appointment.
[quote][p][bold]rightway[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: I can smell time of work and a claim coming[/p][/quote]How can anyone justify a claim or time of work just because they where attacked by up to thirty youths whilst doing their job, then have the front to need treatment at hospital, the little darlings where probably only having a laugh when the bus driver started on them for absolutely no reason. The things some people will do to get time off.[/p][/quote]Im all for the time off and the claim........union rep should be on the case arranging the appointment. massimoosti
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12:06pm Tue 22 Jan 13

massimoosti says...

peenut81 wrote:
Where in society would these young people get their influences from?
When we as a nation invaded Iraq?
When we let our politicians steal from us and get away with it?
When our media is corrupt and available to hire to the big money?
When the moral of every tv show and film is about making money and screw anyone who gets in the way?
When our sport stars are racist, irresponsible, greedy and still worshipped?
When our football clubs are owned by foreign criminals?
When the justice system can send a boy to prison for years for stealing a bottle of water in the riots yet rich paedophiles are allowed to die in peace?
Its all very well trying to imply todays youth are feral but they are moulded by the society they see growing up, so ask yourselves
1. What can I do to be better than society around me?
2. Is my political apathy and moronic obsession with sports people/celebrity helping my children grow up as well rounded individuals?
Our football clubs aren't only owned by foreign criminals...........
....... look at Winchester and Grays for starters
[quote][p][bold]peenut81[/bold] wrote: Where in society would these young people get their influences from? When we as a nation invaded Iraq? When we let our politicians steal from us and get away with it? When our media is corrupt and available to hire to the big money? When the moral of every tv show and film is about making money and screw anyone who gets in the way? When our sport stars are racist, irresponsible, greedy and still worshipped? When our football clubs are owned by foreign criminals? When the justice system can send a boy to prison for years for stealing a bottle of water in the riots yet rich paedophiles are allowed to die in peace? Its all very well trying to imply todays youth are feral but they are moulded by the society they see growing up, so ask yourselves 1. What can I do to be better than society around me? 2. Is my political apathy and moronic obsession with sports people/celebrity helping my children grow up as well rounded individuals?[/p][/quote]Our football clubs aren't only owned by foreign criminals........... ....... look at Winchester and Grays for starters massimoosti
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12:30pm Tue 22 Jan 13

nemesis85 says...

ShellyBaldwin wrote:
Rightway... id love to see this happen to you. They have no respect for anyone and mum and dads are probably sat at home on the ****'s claiming benifits. They come from townhill what do you expect.
i think (rightway) was being sarcastic. read the first two line's (rightway) was taking the p**s out of (massimoosti's) comment.
[quote][p][bold]ShellyBaldwin[/bold] wrote: Rightway... id love to see this happen to you. They have no respect for anyone and mum and dads are probably sat at home on the ****'s claiming benifits. They come from townhill what do you expect.[/p][/quote]i think (rightway) was being sarcastic. read the first two line's (rightway) was taking the p**s out of (massimoosti's) comment. nemesis85
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1:02pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Harold K Steptoe says...

Their parents couldn't stop them they were busy watching Jeremy Kyle or appearing on it. Whole city is over run with people with no respect who want everything for nothing and their feral offspring.
Their parents couldn't stop them they were busy watching Jeremy Kyle or appearing on it. Whole city is over run with people with no respect who want everything for nothing and their feral offspring. Harold K Steptoe
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2:44pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Sovietobserver says...

The Townhill Park Ghetto was built in the 1960s to rehouse the Northamites who had their hovels demolished by the council. The third and fourth generations of their offspring now dominate the yob culture that we see acting like wild animals as in this incident. So next time let the locals of this ghetto use unreasonable force as much as they like on their own inbred vermin unhindered by kicking the Фing shиt out of them, so they all get locked up, giving SCC the best opportunity ever to demolish the abandoned hovels yet once again in the whole фing area , and but don't rebuild it .
The Townhill Park Ghetto was built in the 1960s to rehouse the Northamites who had their hovels demolished by the council. The third and fourth generations of their offspring now dominate the yob culture that we see acting like wild animals as in this incident. So next time let the locals of this ghetto use unreasonable force as much as they like on their own inbred vermin unhindered by kicking the Фing shиt out of them, so they all get locked up, giving SCC the best opportunity ever to demolish the abandoned hovels yet once again in the whole фing area , and but don't rebuild it . Sovietobserver
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4:14pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

The council are proposing to regenerate Townhill,,,they could start by flushing out the sewer rats,,,and by remembering that you make a area look nice but you can't polish a turd
The council are proposing to regenerate Townhill,,,they could start by flushing out the sewer rats,,,and by remembering that you make a area look nice but you can't polish a turd Outside of the Box
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5:39pm Tue 22 Jan 13

philiprhampton says...

Cancel that bus service until the parents are called to book.
Cancel that bus service until the parents are called to book. philiprhampton
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7:48pm Tue 22 Jan 13

20rozell says...

massimoosti wrote:
I can smell time of work and a claim coming
So what would you do if a gang of morons attacked you ? Show some sympathy instead of siding with the vermin !
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: I can smell time of work and a claim coming[/p][/quote]So what would you do if a gang of morons attacked you ? Show some sympathy instead of siding with the vermin ! 20rozell
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8:01pm Tue 22 Jan 13

ilogik_23 says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
The council are proposing to regenerate Townhill,,,they could start by flushing out the sewer rats,,,and by remembering that you make a area look nice but you can't polish a turd
Absolutely the most hilarious comment I've seen on this site by a country mile, so so true in every way and decribed in the funniest manner possible, this comment had me in stitches... On a more serious point though and an old saying from years gone by ' You lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas ' - Sure there's many a dog and it's flea in those rat infested parts!!
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: The council are proposing to regenerate Townhill,,,they could start by flushing out the sewer rats,,,and by remembering that you make a area look nice but you can't polish a turd[/p][/quote]Absolutely the most hilarious comment I've seen on this site by a country mile, so so true in every way and decribed in the funniest manner possible, this comment had me in stitches... On a more serious point though and an old saying from years gone by ' You lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas ' - Sure there's many a dog and it's flea in those rat infested parts!! ilogik_23
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8:38pm Tue 22 Jan 13

massimoosti says...

20rozell wrote:
massimoosti wrote:
I can smell time of work and a claim coming
So what would you do if a gang of morons attacked you ? Show some sympathy instead of siding with the vermin !
learn to read all posts before jumping in with two feet
[quote][p][bold]20rozell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: I can smell time of work and a claim coming[/p][/quote]So what would you do if a gang of morons attacked you ? Show some sympathy instead of siding with the vermin ![/p][/quote]learn to read all posts before jumping in with two feet massimoosti
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6:34am Wed 23 Jan 13

dogbruce says...

£1000 payout for a first bus driver is assulted ..Thats if your name fits in with the company ....
£1000 payout for a first bus driver is assulted ..Thats if your name fits in with the company .... dogbruce
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6:32pm Wed 23 Jan 13

rightway says...

nemesis85 wrote:
ShellyBaldwin wrote:
Rightway... id love to see this happen to you. They have no respect for anyone and mum and dads are probably sat at home on the ****'s claiming benifits. They come from townhill what do you expect.
i think (rightway) was being sarcastic. read the first two line's (rightway) was taking the p**s out of (massimoosti's) comment.
Thank you nemesis, yes I was being sarcastic, poor shelly, yet another who can't see the forest because of all those trees blocking her view.
[quote][p][bold]nemesis85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ShellyBaldwin[/bold] wrote: Rightway... id love to see this happen to you. They have no respect for anyone and mum and dads are probably sat at home on the ****'s claiming benifits. They come from townhill what do you expect.[/p][/quote]i think (rightway) was being sarcastic. read the first two line's (rightway) was taking the p**s out of (massimoosti's) comment.[/p][/quote]Thank you nemesis, yes I was being sarcastic, poor shelly, yet another who can't see the forest because of all those trees blocking her view. rightway
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