2 December, 2013
Have just had my debit card declined twice in the local shop. Pretty embarrassing!
Came home and tried to access online banking, but it’s down.
Went to Natwest home page to see if there was a problem, but there was no suggestion that there’s anything up.
Then Googled and found hundreds of people complaining of exactly the same problem. In a way it was a relief–was wondering whether I’d accidentally overspent my small stash of pennies, or whether somebody had nicked them–but how very unimpressive that Natwest haven’t posted any kind of reassurance or explanation or even… apology.
I have to get petrol in the morning in order to get to work. I hope my card is working by then…
19 November, 2013
I think this is already here but I can’t find it, so I’m putting it in again, just in case. Lovely!
And here’s the Jethro Tull version. Brillzville (though I could live without the middle).
I keep wanting to add something profound to my blog, but there’s nothing better than musicz so here I am posting it again
13 October, 2013
I love Lakeland. On Friday I nipped in with my sister (for two supremely happy hours), having spent a few days walking in the Lakes, and bought lots of lovely things for my kitchen
Today I attempted to fit my new ‘Magic Hob Liners’, but found they were too small for my range cooker. I rang Lakeland and offered to return them for a refund, but the woman I spoke to said that sounded like a long way for me to travel and simply refunded my card immediately. She didn’t even want the hob liners back, and suggested that I should give them to a friend or to a charity shop!
In these days when we’re all watching the pennies, this sort of stellar customer service is particularly welcome and appreciated. Well done, and thank you, Lakeland!
Also, and while I’m at it, if there’s anybody else out there who hasn’t cleaned their oven for two years but hates the nasty, pongy oven-cleaning products available in supermarkets, I’d highly recommend Lakeland’s ‘Oven Mate Cleaning Gel‘, which I bought about 6 months ago and finally got round to using a couple of weekends ago. Absolutely brilliant! I left it on overnight and wiped it off in the morning. Almost every bit of nasty brown gunk came away, and now I no longer get nasty burning smells when I’m cooking something hot in my oven. And, true to their promise, there was no smell. I even used it on the oven racks, and now they’re sparkling like new.
I’m not very good at the old household maintenance stuff, and so products that really do the business without unnecessary fuss or mess are very much appreciated Chez Peewiglet. Lakeland tends to be where I look first, and now I’ve been reminded of exactly why that is.
21 September, 2013
Though I prefer the instrumental version. Still looking for that one.
Kudos to the BBC, btw. I’m so used to hearing great music as TV background and being unable to track it down that I almost didn’t bother to Google “The wonder of dogs +music”, but I did, and–lo and behold–there was a list of all 27 pieces of music they’d played in the background. Fantastic! I first heard this tune a couple of months ago on the Miranda Hart tribute to Eric Morecambe, but despite much Googling and questions on web forums I couldn’t identify it. Made my day to find it this afternoon. Good for the BBC!
5 July, 2013
Anyone in need of a smile need go no further
Persist with this next one…
3 May, 2013
…by David Cameron’s bizarre decision not to offer asylum to the Afghan interpreters.
How on earth can any decent person possibly believe that it’s morally appropriate to throw those who have put their lives (and those of their families) on the line to assist us to the wolves inhabiting Afghanistan? I simply can’t get my head around it! Only somebody entirely lacking in compassion, as well as anything resembling a sense of moral responsibility, could have taken such a decision, IMO.
Mine is not a political blog by any means, but I really believe that the Tories need to get rid of David Cameron ASAP. In all sorts of ways it seems to me that he’s demonstrated time and time again that he’s entirely divorced from the reality of living for the vast majority of the population: both here and (quite clearly!) in Afghanistan, and elsewhere. And I say this as somebody who started out as a Conservative (though these days I’d describe myself as an old-fashioned Liberal).
I’m truly horrified to think of the agonies that those brave men and women must now be going through, as they contemplate the prospect of assassination at the hands of the organisations they’ve helped us to fight.
And all in order to save a few pounds, in real terms? Really, I’m cringing in embarrassment
2 May, 2013
Had an early finish at work today, and now I’m sitting with a glass of Merlot and my iPad enjoying free wifi and blazing sunshine at a lovely place 15 minutes from home
I feel as though I’m having lunch at a tiny table in a quirky backstreet in the French pyrenees! Gorgeous! If the weather was always like this here it might even be my very first choice in lovely places to live!