Additions Direct: The story begins

I discovered today that I have an account with a company called Additions Direct and, although I don’t owe them any money, there is only £971 of the £1,000 credit limit available. This is because there is an unfulfilled order on the account – for an “X Factor Waistband Amplifier” which, at £25 (and looking like something utterly dreadful), is yet to be shipped – plus £3.95 delivery. Except that I don’t have an account with them, having not used this company to purchase anything, and having not set up…

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Easyjet and Contactability

Some of my family and their friends are currently on holiday in Spain and their return flight is – or, rather, was – scheduled for tonight. That return flight is with Easyjet – they always fly with Easyjet because Easyjet flies to where they always go. It’s a no-brainer. Obviously, though, there is a bit of a problem at the moment – the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, which has been erupting, leading to an ash cloud which is disrupting flights. The flight my family and their friends were booked on,…

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No way, Mr Spammer

I wondered how long it would take – and the answer is one and a half to two months. One and a half to two months, that is, before spammers found a new potential outlet for their rubbish: the comments section on this blog. (Not that there are very many people reading it!) No spammer has actually tried using the comments to spread their garbage as yet, but today I received a user registration from a very spammy looking address. Well, I have news for you Mr Potential-Spammer – any…

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TeleBilling Call Back Scam

I received the following invoice a few days ago from TeleBilling Ltd, showing a total amount payable of £39.50. I didn’t recognise the name TeleBilling Ltd. I didn’t recognise the number supposedly called. I didn’t recognise the service that I was apparently being charged for. And I also didn’t recognise the number given as “my” telephone number:

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I appear to have shamed my local paper into censoring me

It was only a really, really trivial thing – but that’s what it looks like: My local paper have removed a comment I made on their website, and I can only imagine that it was removed because I shamed them. The news report I commented on is this story about the son of a recent lottery winner. When I read it I noticed the comment that the chap in question wasn’t happy that his “personal life had come out” – the fifth paragraph in the article, which reveals where he…

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How to prolong a customer survey

Yesterday morning I received a telephone call from a company acting on behalf of my bank, asking if I would take part in a customer survey – i.e., would I be willing to answer a few questions over the ‘phone? Normally, I’d say “no” to such things, but for various reasons which I won’t go into here, I chose to say “yes” on this occasion. So the girl at the company undertaking the survey, who was a very polite, friendly young lady, started asking questions – but there was a…

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You are here

And so am I. While I procrastinate on an ongoing basis when it comes to finishing the new Soft Rock Software website (just look at the awful variation on my logo which is currently there at the top right – ugh!), which is more important than my personal website (which doesn’t even exist at the moment), I’ve decided to install WordPress, and use that as a way to publish miscellaneous ramblings. This is the first, just to start things off. The sort of things you can expect to find here…

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