29.7.05

92 days, 7 hours 15 minutes and 14 seconds…..

till my wedding.........................

I hate UKOnline even more

My broadband won't be up for another 10 days or so.


They are refunding me for last month, and maybe even for this month.


I'm just fed up.

27.7.05

UK Online is….

the most useless company in the world. And that is official.

When I signed up for their 8MB internet service, it was the fatest thing out there. Calling the 0800 number, I spoke to an 'advisor' in less than 2 minutes, who told me how to migrate from my current supplier to them, and it all went smoothly. Then they double charged me one month (I never got the money back).

When I was signing up, I mentioned that I might be moving house during the initial 12 month contract. "No problem" they said. "It's a straightforward process". It's been anything but !!

First of all, I needed them to cease the service on my old phone line, so BT could transfer the account. It took them 3 weeks to do this, after several phone calls to customer service, and being placed on hold for an average of 20 minutes at a time. Throughout the entire process, they never contacted me to say how things were going, I had to call them each time, go on hold FOREVER, and then find out what was going on.

I've been in the new house a week, and no broadband. I called them yesterday, and was told that even though they had all the necessary details, no one had bothered to provision the service on the new phone. I called again today, and it's just the same, and no one can tell me what is going on, all I got was that I will be told something when they find out.

If they dare bill me next week for next month....If they dare..............

24.7.05

So

I've finally moved flat. However, no internet for another 10 days or so, which is a bit of a bummer.

Still. I'm living out of several boxes for the next few weeks.

Bliss.

Sorry for not catching up on all you blogs recently, as I've not checked my mail since Thursday. And who is this person who's bombarding my blog with SPAM?

17.7.05

Shhh!! Don’t tell anyone, but…

just found that I can access someone's wireless internet. Mine was cut
off on Friday, but this person hasn't secured their wireless
network....so I'm in !!


FREE INTERNET !!!


Now, for a few hits of that 'ghetto gospel'.....

15.7.05

Word play

DORMITORY:
When you rearrange the letters:
DIRTY ROOM

PRESBYTERIAN:
When you rearrange the letters:
BEST IN PRAYER

ASTRONOMER:
When you rearrange the letters:
MOON STARER

DESPERATION:
When you rearrange the letters:
A ROPE ENDS IT

THE EYES:
When you rearrange the letters:
THEY SEE

GEORGE BUSH:
When you rearrange the letters:
HE BUGS GORE

THE MORSE CODE:
When you rearrange the letters:
HERE COME DOTS

SLOT MACHINES:
When you rearrange the letters:
CASH LOST IN ME

ANIMOSITY:
When you rearrange the letters:
IS NO AMITY

ELECTION RESULTS:
When you rearrange the letters:
LIES - LET'S RECOUNT

MOTHER-IN-LAW:
When you rearrange the letters:
WOMAN HITLER

SNOOZE ALARMS:
When you rearrange the letters:
ALAS! NO MORE Z 'S

A DECIMAL POINT:
When you rearrange the letters:
IM A DOT IN PLACE

THE EARTHQUAKES:
When you rearrange the letters:
THAT QUEER SHAKE

ELEVEN PLUS TWO:
When you rearrange the letters:
TWELVE PLUS ONE

AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE:

PRESIDENT CLINTON OF THE USA:
When you rearrange the letters (With no letters left over and using each letter only once):
TO COPULATE HE FINDS INTERNS

Yep! Someone with waaaaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands!

14.7.05

So where do I start?

1. Woke up a bit late. As a result, I couldn't make breakfast, and left the house without food.
2. Missed the 7.54 train to Dorking by one minute. Even less. I actually watched the train pull away from the station
3. Got to Dorking 10 minutes late.
4. Free ride to London, so I thought my luck had changed. We got to London at 11.45am. Looking for a car park space, we got stuck in traffic at Algate where people had congregated to pay their respects during the two minutes silence. Got to the office at exactly 1.30pm. (Over an hour looking to park)
5. One hour meeting. Hungry as a lion afterwards.
6. Decided to go to the bank to withdraw my deposit for my new flat. The bank staff thought I had a lot of 'suspicious' activity on my account, so I had a good grilling. Invovling a police officer. At the end of which, I had spent my entire lunch break(I was there for well over 45 minutes, explaining where I got all my money from), so guess what? No lunch. Remember I said no breakfast?
7. Had to go to the bank again to get my money. Finally got it, after waiting for another 30 minutes.
8. Picked up the key to my new flat. My girlfriend was late, so she couldn't sign the tenancy, so I have to go back there on Saturday.
9. No gas in the new flat.
10. No phone line in the new flat either, so I have to pay BT £70+VAT to install one.

Should I continue?

11. My broadband gets disconnected tomorrow.

13.7.05

Excuse me?

Is it just me, or has Amazon become the most useless online retailer ever?

Their delivery times are so messed up, sometimes, it's not really worth the bother !!

For example, I ordered a DVD player on Monday night. It said (and still says) 'Usually dispatched within 24 hours'.

Well, it's Wednesday, and not only is it not yet dispatched, but the estimated delivery date is 19th-21st of July !! From the 11th? 8 whole days?

Someone should tell them what 24 hours really means......

12.7.05

Don’t shout at me…..!!

On the phone to UK Online customer service.......

Boso: "I've been trying to get you guys to do this for the last 2 weeks, it's been so frustrating, so......"

Customer Service: "Don't shout at me!! I'm trying to help you, please do not be angry at me!!"

Boso: "Can I finish what I'm saying?"

Customer Service: "No, I get the gist"

And she went on to be as unhelpful as the previous people I spoke to. However, this was on Friday evening, and first thing Monday morning, she called to say that my broadband will be disconnected on Friday. So I guess she was helpful after all.

The egg loan is up and running, and I've abandoned the NATWEST one. I wrote a strongly worded letter of complaint today, and sent it off. Just realised that I forgot to put my address on the letter (Doh!), but I did put my account number and sort code, so hopefully, they'll be able to respond to me using that.

Apart from that, all is going well, pick up the keys to my flat on Thursday, and the long process of moving in begins !!

7.7.05

Why the terrorists will fail…….

I don't usually agree with him, but Ken Livingstone's words while he was in Singapore have been ringing in my head all day.

"I want to say one thing, specifically to the world today — this was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful."

"It was not aimed at presidents or prime ministers," the former Trotskyist said. "It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian ... young and old that isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted fate, it is an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder."

"They seek to divide London, they seek Londoners to turn against each other ... this city of London is the greatest in the world because everybody lives side by side in harmony. Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack."


"I know that you personally do not fear to give your own life in exchange to taking others ... but I know you do fear you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society ... in the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports and look at our railway stations ... you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world, will arrive in London to become Londoners, to fulfill their dream and achieve their potential, whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail."

Why?

Why do human beings do this to themselves?

It's been one crazy day.

Today, I got to work early enough to pick up breakfast at a sandwich shop next door. I was still going through my 'to-do' list when someone walked in with the news that there was an explosion at Liverpool Street Station, less than 10 minutes walk from us. Some of our staff come in from there, so we immediately started trying to contact them. We later found that there were more explosions on the tubes, and the entire network had been shut down. Outside our office, there was a constant blare of sirens, helicopters, and from the windows, we saw police cars, ambulances and news crews speeding along to Liverpool Street. We were told not to leave the building. The mobile phone network was overloaded, and you couldn't get a signal.......

Until then, we thought it was all caused by power surges on the tube, but when we heard that a bus had blown up, it slowly began to dawn on us that we were smack in the middle of a terrorist attack. Senior management decided to close the office by 1pm, and we started to plan towards closing the office till Monday, as a test of our Disaster Recovery plan.

Leaving the office, it was like a scene from 'War of the Worlds', crowds of people in shock, walking, trying to get out, to safety, to their loved ones. A group of us walked from the city to Hackney (which took a while, about 2 hours), before we got a cab. A lot of cab drivers wanted to make the most of the situation and told us they would charge triple fares (which made me sick). We found a chap ready to charge regular fares, and got on our way.

Only when I got home did I realise how tired I was from the long walk and the mental strain of it all. Watching it on TV, I'm digusted at these people who think killing innocent people can make a point. As helpless as I feel, I want to prove to them that their tactics were futile, and as soon as possible, life will return to normal. They may have won today's battle, but they will NEVER will the war.

NEVER.

Chaos in the city

Sky News : Explosion At Liverpool Street Station

6.7.05

Blessed is he who expects nothing….

for he shall never be dissapointed.

1. I still have not received the paperwork from NATWEST.
2. UK Online has still not told me when they'll cut off my broadband, and hence, I do not know when I will be able to move the phone line to the new flat.
3. I'm not happy.

Going round in circles…….

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Gerrard set to stay at Liverpool

I can't wait to hear what he has to say.....

5.7.05

It’s official

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | I want to leave Anfield - Gerrard


And so departs Liverpool FC's captain.


All I ask is that he packs off his bags to Madrid. Please, please, PLEASE don't go to Chelsea.


That will make me sick.

4.7.05

You couldn’t make it up….

I've spent a lot of the last week or so 'on hold' while calling all sorts of call centres, trying to cancel contracts, change my address on various agreements, etc.

1. Anyway, UK online broadband may claim they have '24 hour technical support', but they didn't mention
that you'll be on hold for about 30 minutes. Anyway, trying to move the broadband to the new house has been hell, I've called twice, and been on hold for about a total of one hour. And lo and behold, both times, I spoke to exactly the same person. She even recognised my voice, which is scary !! Anyway, they are still 'processing' the 'cease order' and
will get back to me before the end of the week. Sadly, I can't move the BT line till the broadband service is stopped, so it's a bit of a vicious circle of frustration. Word of advice, UK Online may offer a super fast 8MB service, but I was happier with the customer service I was getting at my previous provider, Metronet.2. My number two gripe has been with NATWEST. I applied for a small loan to pay for my  wedding about a week ago. (25th of July) After the gruelling from the loan officer (which lasted over an hour) in order to make sure I could afford it, I was told "you'll receive some paperwork to sign, and once you return it, you'll have the money in your account in less than 24 hours.". Well, a week and a bit after, I still haven't received the said paperwork, and hence no money. This has put my plans to move flat into a state of near chaos. I've rung them 4 times, and each time the same response, "It will arrive soon, just be patient". I had a very good loan offer from GE capital bank, which promised a cheque the next day, but I wanted to be loyal to my bank. Stupid me.

So that's my life at the moment. So much to do, so little time.

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Doubts raised over Gerrard future


What the hell is going on here?

1.7.05

Oh dear

I'm gonna lose my broadband connection for about 3 weeks while I move house, and set up a brand new phone line at my new place. I put in an order to transfer my broadband today, and once it stops working, I can kill the phone line too.

How will I survive without :

1. Checking my email every 15 minutes?
2. Playing Xbox Live?
3. Using MSN messenger to pass time on slow days?
4. and the worst : BLOGGING ?

3 weeks?

I've decided that when I move, I'm not gonna unpack the Xbox till after I complete my exams. Which may be all the way in September. Then it will be about 1 month or so till the wedding. And I wonder if I'll be 'allowed' to unpack it then.

Wish me luck.