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Offer: Xmas Tree must go NOW (Catshill B61) Gifted - This is an old&used-but-usable artificial 4 foot Christmas Tree that we thought we'd given away last year to make way for a new one - but obviously not as we've just discovered it in the loft lol. So, we need it to go asap please - and certainly by Christmas Day at the latest! - note that it comes with no lights or decorations ..... and preference may be given to anybody who donates one or more old unwanted mobiles for my project to recycle them to raise funds for the Linda Norgrove Foundation charity you can read about here: ..... thank you!!!
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Offer: Netbook (Basic Small Laptop) (Catshill B61) Gifted - I’m giving away for Christmas a basic netbook (small laptop), as shown, which I've refurbished with a new operating system, Sparky Linux. This is a basic computer, not a gaming pc or anything with high-end graphics or superfast processor, but it should do the essentials & have most of the software you might need - all Linux software is free. The accompanying photos show what it looks like & basic specification, plus it comes with (a) a power lead/adapter to charge or run it off the mains, though it will run from a fully charged battery for over two hours, and (b) a small carry bag to keep it in - note that netbooks are small laptops with usb sockets but minus a cd/dvd-rom drive. Along with its easy-to-use Sparky Linux operating system with the Mate desktop environment, it comes with entirely-free & Microsoft-compatible complete office, internet, media & utilities software suites including LibreOffice, Firefox browser, Thunderbird email, VLC media player, GIMP image editor, and many more plus access to the free Flathub software repository with lots more free programs - see and for more. This isn’t a first-come-first-served offer - what I'm interested in is helping somebody who needs a basic computer for work, college, job, family or whatever to help with their life but doesn't have the wherewithal - you can ask for yourself or any member of your family or friend, but this offer isn't just for the asking & I need enough detail to judge properly whatever requests I get. It must also be somebody able to collect it asap. You don't need to be a computer expert to use Sparky Linux, any more than you need to know how a car works to drive one, and there's a huge user community out there who'll help newbies too - it's based on Debian Linux and similar to Ubuntu Mate, in use by thousands if not millions around the world.
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Photo of free Netbook (Basic Small Laptop) (Catshill B61)
Photo of free Netbook (Basic Small Laptop) (Catshill B61)
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Offer: Xmas Tree to go (Catshill B61) Gifted - This is an old-but-usable artificial 4 foot Christmas Tree we thought we'd given away last year to make way for a new one - but obviously not as we've just discovered it in the loft lol. So, it needs to go asap please - and thank you!!!
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Request: Old Unwanted Mobile Phones (Catshill B61) Received - I recycle old unwanted mobile phones to raise money to help women in Afghanistan - one of the worst places in the world for a woman to have a baby - and have so far raised over £700 this way, so anything you have would be good. I'm in Catshill, B61, drive & am retired, so can collect most times - thank you!
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Offer: Basic Desktop Computer (Catshill B61) Withdrawn - It's been some time but once more I’m giving away a basic pc as shown to somebody in need. This is a basic computer, not a gaming pc or anything with high-end graphics or superfast processor, but it will do all the essentials. It comes with: 1. Acer Veriton N281G PC including 2 x Intel Atom CPU D425 @ 1.8GHz Processors, 3.8 GiB RAM Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, Linux Mint 20 Ulyana 64-bit Linux O/S with Mate Desktop . 2. Wired Keyboard & Mouse. 3. Dell 15” Monitor with speakers. Along with its easy-to-use Linux Mint operating system, it comes with entirely-free & Microsoft-compatible complete office, internet, media & utilities software suites including LibreOffice, Firefox browser, Thunderbird email, VLC media player, GIMP image editor, and many more plus access to the free Flathub software repository with lots more free programs. This isn’t a first-come-first-served offer - what I'm interested in is helping somebody who needs a basic pc for work, college, job, family or whatever to help with their life but doesn't have the wherewithal - you can ask for yourself or any member of your family or friend, but this offer isn't just for the asking & I need enough detail to judge properly whatever requests I get. It must also be somebody not too distant from Catshill B61 so I can meet them, and they must have access to the internet. If tuition is needed, I'm willing to help, but you don't need to be a computer expert to use Linux Mint, any more than you need to know how a car works to drive one, and there's a huge user community out there who'll help newbies too. Given the current pandemic lockdown & that my wife & I are in a high-risk category, (a) the foregoing will not be available until after December 2nd 2020 or whenever this lockdown lifts, (b), I would prefer it if you have transportation and could collect & set up the equipment yourself, and (c) you must confirm that you have no Covid-19 symptoms and preferably have been recently tested. I am DBS/CRB checked. Thank you for reading! .
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Photo of free Basic Desktop Computer (Catshill B61)
Photo of free Basic Desktop Computer (Catshill B61)
Photo of free Basic Desktop Computer (Catshill B61)
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Offer: Velcro Catheter Straps (Catshill B61) Gifted - I've collected over 20 velcro catheter straps as per the photo which are of no use to me but which you are welcome to if you have a use for them!
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Offer: Electrolux VacuumCleaner Paper Bags (Catshill B61) - We've just replaced our vacuum cleaner in consequence of which we have left over three (3) Electrolux Powerplus vacuum cleaner paper bags as described here: - for anybody who wants them.
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Offer: Valet Stand (Catshill B61) Gifted - This a pine valet stand to hang up your blazer & trousers on overnight to keep them tidy & free of creases until you need them again the following day - not used for some years but in good condition.
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Offer: VCR & DVD Player (Catshill B61) Gifted - I have to gift a Samsung VCR SV-203B & a Toshiba DVD Video Player SD390EKB They are both fairly old but as far as I know in good working order when put away. The remotes seem to have vanished but I think can be obtained fairly easily & cheaply. I'm happy to give them to anybody who needs them & can collect,
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Photo of free VCR & DVD Player (Catshill B61)
Offer: Hannspree 28" HT09 Monitor (Catshill B61) Gifted - I bought this originally to use as a tv - but since television went digital have used it as a monitor to watch tv from a Humax PVR. I have now upgraded to a full smart tv, so have this to give away, and have to say it would make a really good widescreen computer monitor for somebody, as it has both a VGA and two HDMI sockets, switchable from the accompanying remote control. You can see & download the full manual here: & the WhatHiFi magazine summary here: - if (a) tell me why you want & deserve this, and (b) can turn up within an arranged half-hour collection slot, I will leave this outside my front door for you.
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Offer: AC ADAPTER 24v FOR XMAS LIGHTS (Catshill B61) Gifted - AC ADAPTER 24v CHRISTMAS LIGHTS POWER PLUG SUPPLY TRANSFORMER INDOOR AEN481401 - the lights this belonged to have disappeared so it's now surplus for anybody that would like it.
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Offer: Netbook Bags & iPad Case (Catshill B61) Gifted - I have 3 zipped neoprene netbook bags and 1 partly neoprene iPad case to give away, as per the photo shown.
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Offer: Basic Computer (Catshill B61) Gifted - Once more, I’m giving away a basic pc to somebody in need, as shown. This is a basic computer, not a gaming pc or anything with high-end graphics or superfast processor, but it will do all the essentials. It's something I built using a so-called 'thin client' and comes with: 1. PC including 4 x Intel Atom CPU D2550 @ 1.86GHz Processors, 1.9 GiB RAM Memory, 14.1GB + 36.4GB Hard Drives, Ubuntu18.04.3 LTS 64-bit Linux O/S with Mate Desktop . 2. Wired Keyboard & Wireless Mouse. 3. Belinea VGA 22” Monitor including speakers. Along with its easy-to-use Linux Ubuntu operating system, it comes with entirely-free & Microsoft-compatible complete office, internet, media & utilities software suites including LibreOffice, Firefox browser, Thunderbird email, VLC media player, GIMP image editor, and many more plus access to the free Flathub software repository with lots more free programs. This isn’t a first-come-first-served offer - what I'm interested in is helping somebody who needs a basic pc for work, college, job, family or whatever to help with their life but doesn't have the wherewithal - you can ask for yourself or any member of your family or friend, but this offer isn't just for the asking & I need enough detail to judge properly whatever requests I get. It must also be somebody not too distant from Catshill B61 so I can meet them, and they must have access to the internet. If tuition is needed, I'm willing to help, but you don't need to be a computer expert to use Ubuntu, any more than you need to know how a car works to drive one, and there's a huge user community out there who'll help newbies too. I am DBS/CRB checked. Thank you for reading!
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Photo of free Basic Computer (Catshill B61)
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Offer: Basic Computer (Catshill B61) Gifted - I’m giving away a basic pc again to somebody in need, as per the pics shown. This is a basic computer, not a gaming pc or anything with high-end graphics or superfast processor, but it will do all the essentials. It's something I built using a so-called 'thin client' and comes with: 1. PC including 2 x Intel Atom CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz Processors, 1.9 GiB RAM Memory, 4.2GB + 40GB Hard Drives, WiFi Adapter, and Ubuntu18.04.2 LTS 32-bit Linux O/S with Mate Desktop . 2. Wired Keyboard & Wireless Mouse. 3. NEC AccuSync LCD 52VM Monitor incorporating stereo speakers. Along with its easy-to-use Ubuntu operating system, it comes with entirely-free and Microsoft-compatible complete office, internet, media & utilities software suites including LibreOffice, Firefox browser, Thunderbird email, VLC media player, GIMP image editor, and many more plus access to the free Flathub software repository with lots more programs. This isn’t a first-come-first-served offer - what I'm more interested in is helping somebody who really needs a basic pc for work, college, job, family or whatever to help with their life but doesn't really have the wherewithal - you can ask for yourself or any member of your family or friend, but this offer isn't just for the asking & I need enough detail to judge properly whatever requests I get. It must also be somebody not too distant from Catshill B61 to be practical. If tuition is needed, I'm willing to help there too, but you don't need to be a computer expert to use Ubuntu, any more than you need to know how a car works to drive one, and there's a huge user community out there who'll help newbies too. N.B: To use this computer to access the internet you will of course need an account. I am DBS/CRB checked. Thank you for reading!
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Photo of free Basic Computer (Catshill B61)
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Request: Old & Unwanted Mobile Phones (Catshill B61) Expired - I need old unwanted & even broken mobile phones for recycling to raise money to support mothers & children in Afghanistan, one of the worst places in the world to have a baby ... a place not just with a shortage of midwives but where male doctors can't attend births. Everybody has an old phone at the back of a drawer - don't you? Offer: Basic PC (Catshill B61) Gifted - As it was my birthday this week, I've decided to celebrate by giving away a basic pc to somebody in need, as per the pics below. This is a basic computer, not a gaming pc or anything with high-end graphics or superfast processor, but it will do all the essentials. It's something I built using a so-called 'thin client' and comes with: Processors - 2x Intel Atom CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz Memory - 2.0 GiB RAM Drives - 4.2GB Hard Drive SSD + 127 GB Flash SSD, partitioned as per the screenshot below Operating System - Linux Ubuntu18.04.2 LTS 32-bit + Mate Desktop Along with its easy-to-use Ubuntu operating system, it comes with entirely-free and Microsoft-compatible complete office, internet, media & utilities software suites including LibreOffice, Firefox browser, Thunderbird email, VLC media player, GIMP image editor, and many more plus access to the free Flathub software repository with many more programs. This is not a first-come-first-served offer - what I'm more interested in is helping somebody who really needs a basic pc for work, college, job, family or whatever to help with their life but doesn't really have the wherewithal to get one - you can ask for yourself or any member of your family or friend, but this offer isn't just for the asking and I need enough detail to judge properly whatever requests I get. A monitor too is potentially available if you don't have a tv or anything to plug into - tell me what you need & why and I'll see what I can do to help - or if you have any surplus equipment I can use to help other people, let me know too ... or if you have people who could use my help otherwise. If tuition is needed, I'm willing to help there too, but you don't need to be a computer expert to use Ubuntu, any more than you need to know how a car works to drive one, and there's a huge user community out there who'll help newbies too. This offer will remain open for at least a week until the weekending Sunday 21st April 2019. Thank you for reading!
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Photo of free Basic PC (Catshill B61)
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Offer: Lyvia One2Two Socket Converters (4449) (Catshill B61) Gifted - These Lyvia Electrical One to Two Gang Socket Converters are useful for converting an existing flush mounted single socket to a 2 way surface socket and come with step by step fitting instructions on the back. I have three of these socket converters, which were bought for an uncompleted project and never used. They are still in their original packaging labelled as to BS1363
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Photo of free Lyvia One2Two Socket Converters (4449) (Catshill B61)
Offer: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette (Catshill B61) Gifted - John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Colour Deepening 1 x 250ml Shampoo & 2 x 250ml Conditioner. I bought these for my wife but she decided she preferred the Radiant Red instead and never used these.
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Offer: JohnFriedaBrilliantBrunetteSh'poo&C'der (Catshill B61) Gifted - John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Colour Deepening 1 x 250ml Shampoo & 2 x 250ml Conditioner. I bought these for my wife but she decided she preferred the Radiant Red instead and never used these.
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Offer: Westclox Alarm Clock (Catshill B61) Gifted - Simple Westclox battery operated alarm clock - takes a standard AA battery.
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Offer: Mobile Phone Chargers & Accessories (Catshill B61) Gifted - I recycle mobile phones for charity through a small fundraising effort I run - see In consequence of this - and despite people being told that I can't recycle the chargers or other accessories - I've collected a quantity of these which now need to find a good home to give me more space. I have several boxes full of a variety of chargers etc for various brands & models of phones to give away. They all work as far as I know. Thanks for your help! Request: Mobile Phone Chargers & Accessories (Catshill B61) Received - I recycle mobile phones for charity through a small fundraising effort I run - see In consequence of this - and despite people being told that I can't recycle the chargers or other accessories - I've collected a quantity of these which now need to find a good home to give me more space. I have several boxes full of a variety of chargers etc for various brands & models of phones. They all work as far as I know. I'd be glad of any old or unwanted phones anybody has that I can recycle to raise money to help improve maternal and infant care & education in Afghanistan, one of the worst places in the world for a woman to have a baby - and recycling helps the planet too. Thanks for your help! Offer: Fridge Freezer Thermometer With Alarm (Catshill B61) Gifted - This fridge freezer thermometer measures temperature over the range of -50C to +70C and features an audible alarm indicating when the temperature is outside the pre-set safety zones. The unit incorporates a dual display with two sensors, a remote sensor with a three metre PVC lead for measuring the appliance temperature and an internal sensor for measuring the air room temperature. It uses a 1.5v AAA battery.
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Offer: Bedside Lamp (Catshill B61) Gifted - This is a pretty champagne bedside lamp with a silky shade & ceramic floral base. It is a small bedside-style lamp which has an inline on/off switch and just needs a standard 40w/60w bulb.
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Photo of free Bedside Lamp (Catshill B61)
Offer: Tartan Stainless Steel 4oz Hip Flask:Nev (Catshill B61) Gifted - This tartan stainless steel 4oz hip flask was given to me as a gift some time ago, but it has never been used. As it has simply been in the back of a drawer for a while, I am thus now letting it go to someone else.
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Photo of free Tartan Stainless Steel 4oz Hip Flask:Nev (Catshill B61)
Offer: Bedside Lamp (Catshill B61) Gifted - Bedside lamp with inline on/offswitch - just needs a bulb.
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Offer: Nightlight (Catshill B61) Gifted - Integral LED nightlight which plugs into a 13-amp 3-pin socket and turns on automatically from dawn-to-dusk to illuminate any landing or hallway.
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Request: Old fashioned pc keyboard (Catshill B61) Expired - I'm looking for an old fashioned pc keyboard where the letters are moulded on the keys please? I use my pc quite a bit and the letters wear off the printed keys rapidly with the modern keyboards I buy. Many thanks! Offer: Xmas Tree & Lights (Catshill B61) Gifted - This is a four to five foot artificial Christmas tree which has given us good service and regretfully it's time to pass it on as we've bought a smaller one since we've now downsized. Come and collect it before Christmas and you can have some free lights too! Offer: Glass Jars - last call! (Catshill B61) Gifted - A collection of storage jars and jam jars on offer - these will go in the bin if nobody asks for them by Tuesday. Photos: