Ever felt like you’re about to be conned …


I bought a Kindle Fire just before Christmas. I was a good deal, as it was about half price and I’ve found it a lot better than the original Kindle that I’ve had for a couple of year.

Early in the week, I received an email from Amazon advising that there may be an issue with the charger coming apart when removed from the wall. It was a product recall for a particular charger. When I checked, mine was one of the suspected chargers. adapter creditThe email explained that I could either have a new charger sent or they would credit my Amazon account with £12.00. I thought that it was a good idea, as I have that many chargers, Adater buythat I did not need another. I don’t know what made me do it, but I clicked the wrong link in the email and was directed the the page to buy a replacement. It didn’t register with me at first, but can you see where I think I was being conned?

Granted, the replacement charger is a better quality charger (or so Amazon say) but maybe they should offer to credit my account with the amount it would cost to buy a replacement. It was only by chance that I selected the replacement. I have never had an issue with buying from Amazon, as the recent purchase of the shower-head proves, but I think they need to look at this again. I think I’m going to write to them and ask for their comments, but I thought I would share it with you first.

Just a quick update


     First thing to say, is “I have a new phone!!”  It’s not that I needed a new phone, but my contract had come to the end of the two year minimum, and my Sony-Xperia-Tprovider gives the chance of an upgrade. There was nothing wrong with the old one, but the new one has a more modern styling, more storage, better range of applications and the new contract, whilst costing a little more, is more suitable for my needs. It is not the latest model, by a long way, but it is still a good phone. To get the latest, would have cost me over £34.00 a month, with an upfront cost of £49.00. Not worth it.

     I didn’t mention previously, that we are having our ensuite updated, or more to the point, completely replaced. Mrs H was wanted it doing for a long time, and the breaking point came, when the shower packed in. Our usual ‘handy-man’ fitted a new one, but it never worked properly. According to the people fitting out the new room, it was totally the wrong type. It never occurred to me to do any before/after photos, so the only one I have is a ‘during’ picture. I will try and remember to do an ‘after’ picture when it is all done. As you can imagine, there are quite a few downsides to the whole project. The biggest two are, the dust, and Mrs H’s dread of taking a bath. In all the years we have been married, I can only think of a very few occasions that she has taken a bath. Always a shower. It has usually been, when we had showers installed/replaced or when we have been away. I prefer a bath to a shower. I love to just lie there and soak, with a nice drink and a good book (don’t try it with a Kindle though.)

     Latest news on the job front, is basically not much more than I knew last month. We’ve been assured, that there are more jobs to fill than staff to fill them, so it’s not a cost cutting exercise. We’ve also been told (not assured) that they are not looking to change grading system, so I suppose, that there is not too much to worry about. My main concern is where we will be based. Seven years ago, when our service moved out of the city centre to an industrial estate just off the M1 KAmotorway, I bought a small car. Using public transport would have meant two buses each way, with ten minutes waiting time between. Although a car is more expensive than public transport, it is far more reliable and convenient. One of the rumours is that we may move back to the city centre, to have a more central base. this would either mean, back to the bus, or pay out over £100.00 a month in car park fees. Now I know that does not sound a lot for city centre parking, but that is the charge in one of the council run multi-storey car parks. The charge has just been reduced from £9.00 to £5.00 all day to attract business. I’m worried, that once the business starts to pick up again, the the council will increase to price again!! We are having a team meeting on Thursday, so may hear a bit more then. It it quite typical of council managers to drip feed information, which has the effect of feeding the rumour mongers. I will update as and when.