But the Alliance Party weren’t happy! I’m not either and I agree with the use of the Alliance Party of the word; railroaded.
But then I’ve never understood Ulster politics! So what do I know? Nothing!
They were quite happy to check the menu and modify it accordingly to make what I ate gluten-free.
The trip back from IKEA with the things I’d bought, was the second easiest ever. The easiest was when my son brought me in his car, but as he only has a proper mini, that isn’t easy, if I have bought a lot.
IKEA provided me with a large minicab with a cheery and helpful driver from Edmonton to Dalston for just a score. As to get what I’d bought delivered after an Internet shop would have been more, I’ll count that as value.
Most Nimbys usually object to something large and of great importance to the nation like a new railway or port, a power station or refuse incinerator or new housing. But not in Ipswich. According to this report in the East Anglian Daily Times, they are objecting to the reopening of a swimming pool. Their main reasons seem to be concerns about car parking, which means my sympathies are with the swimmers. Not that I can swim, but I know of many who have enjoyed the pool at Broomhill. Especially, as the pool seems to have a lot of architectural merit.
Today’s Evening Standard ia wrapped in an advert for Virgin Media. Many were just tearing it off and using it as litter.
But the thing I objected to was this on the back.
Our repair team won’t take your money.
Well not directly, but if you haven’t got a landline because of a fault, and you have to use a more expensive mobile phone, isn’t that costing you money.
Hopefully, I’ll have got rid of the shower in a few weeks.
I have submitted a complaint to the ASA.
This was my description of the complaint.
The advert contains the wording “our repair team won’t take your money.”
About the 1st of August my landline with Virgin Media failed. I have used my mobile phone to make several calls to them to try to get it fixed. They did once. but it failed a couple of days later.
So their repair team, hasn’t taken my money directly, but in practice I have been charged quite a bit in trying to get an adequate response from Virgin Media. I have done what any sane man, who has lost his wife and son to cancer would do and cancelled. I have a feeling that my anger is so great that it caused Richard Branson’s house on Necker to burn down. I am of course sorry if it did, as I wish him, his family or his companies no harm, other than what they are due because they have offended against various codes.
Let’s see what happens.
It is easy for me to get to IKEA at Edmonton, as I just get a 341 from the Balls Pond Road. However lately, when I go that way I get a 141 from a stop closer to my house. I find that the two routes seem to race themselves up through Manor House and if you time it right you can change to a 341 without delay. I cuts a couple of minutes off the journey and avoids a few minutes walking to the stop.
This is the great advantage of very frequent buses.
I believe Transport for london are going to allow bus tracking over the Internet. This will mean, I can choose the route before I leave to meet a bus at the stop.
I am always in favour of naming buses.
Should all Olympic medal winners have a bus named after them?
I think it would be a good gesture, that could have lots of positive benefits.
I saw this lamp in John Lewis yesterday.
I wonder if Tony Blair did a deal over the naming rights!
My father hated P.G. Wodehouse with a vengeance because of his broadcasts for the Nazis in the Second World War. We didn’t have any of his books in the house.
More has just been released from MI5 files as reported here in the Guardian.
I would follow my father and have nothing to do with any of Wodehouse’s books and can’t even say now, I’d go out of my way to watch a film, play or TV series of any of his books.
Remember my father was very involved with anti-Fascism protests before the war and active on the left wing of the Conservative party. He was also present at the Battle of Cable Street, when the East End stopped Mosley from marching.
My father could also do a mean impersonation of Lord Haw-Haw. But then I’ve never met anybody who didn’t feel that he wasn’t one of the funniest things of the war.
A report today says that we must take action to prevent obesity.
The government is just dithering, as it doesn’t want to lose votes.
I am only a bantamweight and I like to think that over the years, I’ve kept myself fit. Even after my stroke, I still exercise appropriately and have started to play real tennis again. I’m the same size as when I left University and got married in 1968. I also wear the same made-to-measure morning suit that I had made in about 1975.
My weight and core strength are just two of the factors that helped me survive the stroke. The most important one was that in Hong Kong, I was put on a clot-busting drip within an hour of the stroke. That now happens in many parts of the UK.
So instead of dithering the government must take drastic action to cut obesity.
Taxes on junk food, alcohol,tobacco and other unhealthy foods must be raised severely.
In addition, I would inspect all food shops, cafes and restaurants. Those that had a too sold a too high proportion of unhealthy foods and drinks, would have to reduce that level or close.
I would also introduce a yearly medical for everybody. If you are outside of certain parameters, then your driving licence would be suspended until you had reformed.
In an ideal world tobacco would be banned, but why not make sure it is only available from specially licenced government-owned shops, as alcohol is in Norway? Remember, I believe that my youngest son died partly because of his smoking. Are smokers selfish enough to wish all of that grief on others, by continuing with their vile habit? Every time I pass an obese smoker partly blocking the street, I make an appropriate rude remark. One day someone will try and hit me, but even in my state, I still feel I could outrun most of my targets.
Much of this post has just been read out on BBC Breakfast. I bet that lost them a few viewers.
But if we don’t take action, more and more of our taxes will go to subsidise those who abuse their bodies.