I officially got offered the job I applied for back in January (installing the chip and pin machines in and around Hampshire). They received my reference from my current employer, finally. I was told that I was an excellent candidate, although I did not meet all the expected qualifications they desired, they said I aced the interview and I showed a real interest in the job and progressing further, which meant much more to them than some drone who just wanted to be paid, which was awesome news for me. A real ego boost!
On the 26th of February I got a call confirming the receipt of my reference and a start date of the 13th of March. I was over the moon with excitement. I phoned my current employer and told them that I was giving my two-week notice and that I would finish on the 12th March.
The very next day, I got a call from the new company. It was not good news at all. Their contracts had changed and they no longer required the engineers. The job was gone. There was nothing more for me. I was devastated. Needless to say I got very drunk.
Luckily my current employers are amazing. They graciously redacted my notice and I continued to work for them to this day. I’m still looking for work.
Buying new shoes, gadgets, clothes etc should be a good and easy experience. I recently bought some trainers from SportsDirect.com who use Yodel as their courier.
A few months ago I was watching a show on BBC 1 where they exposed the crap service that Yodel provide to its customers: non delivery, damaged goods, lies about deliveries etc.
Just the other day, I ordered a new pair of trainers because mine are just shite and were letting water in, mainly because of the huge gaping holes in them! Anyway, I paid £3.99 for delivery.
I eventually got a tracking number from SportsDirect for Yodel. I eagerly awaited the delivery of my trainers. Delivery day came, my new long-awaited trainers were on their way. I anxiously checked the Yodel tracking website. Nothing new, still out for delivery. 5.30pm, it finally updates with some new information: “Delivery attempted, unable to gain access” it read. What the hell? 5.41: “Returned to local service centre” What?! At this point I got quite mad. I had been in all day. I live in a building which a buzzer system and the main door is usually unlocked. How could he have no gained entry?
A while later I noticed that the package was at their Southampton Service Centre. Yodel allow customers to pick up packages if they have missed a delivery, so that’s what I decided. I would go to Southampton and collect my new trainers. When I looked up the address of the service centre, turns out that it was in Fareham, so it begs the question: How the hell did the driver get from Winchester to Fareham in 11 minutes? Even if I read the address wrong and some how it was in Southampton, 11 minutes is still very far-fetched at the height of rush hour 5.41pm
Thankfully, Yodel’s twitter support is much better than their delivery counterpart. They gracefully arranged for my package to be delivered the next day and I made it clear that I would be in and there would be no excuses for not delivering it. A guy banged on my door at around 5pm despite what the tracking website says.
The other night, we put some washing on as usual and then sat down to watch some television. Katie heard that the washing machine had stopped and went out to put some more on. The washing machine had flooded my kitchen, hall way and door landing ( I live in a flat ) outside!
The water had got every where! The kitchen and hall way contained the majority of the water luckily. I cleaned up the mess and proceeded to take apart the wahsing machine to see if I could fix the problem!
The first thing I looked at was the debris filter at the bottom of the washing machine. Opened it and water came gushing out. Mistake on my part, but what ever. This was not the cause. I then opened the top of the washing machine to see if I could do anything from the inside.
Once I opened it, it was very obvious!
The pipe that lead into the washing power drawer had completely come away from it. What an easy fix!
I attached it back to the draw intake and then turned it back on. The washing machine leaked every where! The leak came from the debris filter at the bottom this time. Turns out that I’m a tit and I hadn’t screwed it back on properly! I had to use some pliers to make it tight enough, but once it was all done, I tested the washing machine again and it worked perfectly!
Drying out the hall way carpet was a nightmare, but luckily we haven’t actually carpeted it properly yet, so it was all still in sections. We pulled it up and stuck them on the radiators over night ( a proper sweat fest that was! ) and they were dry by the morning. We re-laid them, and they are all fine now.
A friend of mine posted a status update with something rather interesting. According to the status, you were able to find out the name of your phones sim card by typing in a simple “code” to the comments box of any type of post. All you had to do is type in the following;
Replace the numbers “123″ with the last three numbers of your telephone number. I tested it out and indeed it work. It changed @[854:0] into Ashley Nathanson. Kind of odd, but what ever. I then started to wonder if it would work with other numbers. It did. It worked with almost any number abover 110. It even worked with 4 digit numbers and so on.
Im not sure if this is a bug, or if Facebook knows about this, but I thought I would share it with you. Check out the video below to see me doing it on one of my photo comment boxes.
Approximately 4 months ago, I had someone knock at my door. I went to answer it and my housing manager was stood there. I asked what she wanted and she moaned at me about two rubbish bags that I had left out side of my front door. These rubbish bags were not from the everyday bin, but rather ones filled with rubbish from the recycle bin.
These bags were not filled with muck, or last nights dinner, but rather washed out plastic bottles, news papers and cardboard boxes, and were only placed outside while I was finishing the house work, after which I would proceed to take them to the main recycle bins outside.
After telling me that I had to remove them immediately as it was a health and safety issue and was in breach of my tenancy and that I could be kicked out if they were not removed, I told her that they had been there for a maximum of 20 minutes and would be taken out when I had finished tidying up. This from her point of view was completely unacceptable, I had to take them out right now! I did this as I didn’t particularly want to be kicked out!
My next door neighbours are the head of Winchester city councils T.A.C.T. (tenants and council together) group for my neighbourhood.
The groups main aims are to;
represent the interests of all tenants and leaseholders of the City Council.
promote and encourage discussion over all housing-related matters.
encourage the process of tenant and leaseholder consultation.
monitor the standard of services supplied by the Council.
ensure that tenants’ and leaseholders’ voices are heard.
Their aims are honourable and I hope they achieve their goals, but when the rules are different for their members compared to the rest of the councils tenants it’s just plain wrong! I have come to believe this is the case, as my next door neighbours, who are the head of the T.A.C.T. group for my neighbourhood have had an old cooker outside of their front door for the past month or so now.
The offending cooker!
The other day, I decided that I would phone the council and find out why there are a different set of rules for the T.A.C.T. group than for the rest of us. Unfortunately I didn’t get to talk to my housing manager as she was in a meeting, but the guy I did speak with said there are no separate rules for T.A.C.T. members and that their cooker should not be there! He said that he would pass this information on to my housing manager and she would get back to me.
I am still awaiting the call back from my housing manager regarding this matter. I doubt this matter will be resolved!
I got an email from Apple this morning, telling me that I have been charged £2.99 for an in-app purchase made on the Ant Smasher Free Game on my iPod. I felt that this is very odd as I would not have purchased the ad remover!
Recently I updated the apps on my iPod, and when you do this, your store account stays active for around 15 minutes after inputting your password. This is because Apple don’t want to you to put in your password every time you download an app.
When launching Ant Smasher Free Game on my iPod, for some reason it is asking me to input my store password; this generally happens when you are trying to purchase something. In this particular case, I am not!
As you can see from the video above, it is asking for my password, when I press cancel, it takes me to a video and then asks me if I am sure about making my in app purchase. Something is definitely wrong here. I have contacted Apple and they have agreed to give me my £2.99 back, but it doesn’t look like they will be taking the matter any further with the app developer, which means they will be getting loads of money from everyone illegitimately!
Have you had any problems like this with your iPhone / iPod / iPad? If so, what happened, and how did you resolve it?
Today I received my response from Stagecoach regarding the complaint that I made on the 13th. The response I received was not in any way adequate. In the letter, Richard Tyldsley comes across as though he was “sorry to hear that [I] have again experienced distress”, this is all well and good but does not solve my problem, and in no way should he be the one apologising to me or my daughter.
He goes on to say, “the number of correspondence received about this issue, compared to the tremendous number of passenger journeys made does not reflect a wide spread issue”. This statement may very well be true, but does it also account for the amount of passengers who have been caught off guard when the bus pulled away and not complained? I highly doubt it!
Throughout the past 8 years of living in Winchester, I have used Stagecoach as my primary means of travel around the city. Using their services to get to work, to go shopping, to take my kids to school and pick them up and even go out on day trips.
As a frequent user of Stagecoach’s services, I have noticed a growing trend of disregard for the safety of their passengers over the past couple of years. On more than one occasion the driver has injured my children; myself or other passengers due to carelessness.
If you are a reader of my blog and have followed my writing for some time, you would know that this is not the first time Stagecoach have hurt either my family or myself. Approximately a year ago, I made a formal complaint against one of the drivers because he pulled away in haste and my daughter, Chloé, who was 2 years old at the time, fell over and hurt herself. If I had not of reacted as quick as I did, I would have fell over and landed on her, which would have caused significant injuries.
A while back I decided I want to try and grow something. That something ended up being carrots. Something simple, and something that we could test to see if it was worth it.
Maybe I didn’t let them grow for long enough, although it seems like it has been around 3 months. I’m not sure how long you are meant to be growing them for, but I would have thought that would have been ample time!
Through out the beginning of them growing, I took pictures of their progress, and the final result, you can see this below;
When developing anything, whether it be an application, a website or even a game, shouldn’t it be the exact same on each and every platform that it is designed for?
As a user of both iOS and Android, I have noticed many different things over the years. Applications designed on one platform are rarely ever the same on the other. A nice easy example of this comes with the Facebook application.
Obviously there will be differences between the two, as I would imagine that two different design teams are working on the applications, but should there really be design discrepancies between the same sections in the same application?
This really came to light last night when I was having a conversation with my sister and friend about a DVD that I was watching.
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