City of London 20mph Speed Limit

| Written by on 21.07.2014 | Government, Stupidity, Travel

On 20th July 2014, a blanket speed limit of 20mph was introduced in the City of London: Why did they decide to do that? It was apparently part of their “Road Danger Reduction Plan“. And yet, reading that, it’s not speed that’s the issue with the highest at-risk groups of cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. Cyclists: […]

Southwark Council and Capita Local Government Services

| Written by on 08.10.2013 | Government

Even typing that title reminded me that with such epic organisations, the degree of fuckwittery would be of epic proportions. And so it is with Southwark Council’s “Council Tax Single Person Discount Review” letter which threatens to withdraw the discount if you don’t reply within 14 days. “We are using an external agency to assist […]

Qatar 2022 World Cup

| Written by on 04.10.2013 | Football, MotoGP, Sport

…or why football is utter bollocks. There’s a bit of a hoo-ha about holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the moment. It seems that people have just realised that with the World Cup taking place in the summer months (North of the Equator, anyway), it might be a little warm in the desert […]

Fixed Penalty Payments

| Written by on 02.10.2013 | Government, Police, Stupidity

The other day I was “making good progress” and was stopped by a Suffolk Constabulary PC who gave me a fixed penalty for the offence. We won’t even go to the whole “speed kills” bollocks (even the PC said my driving was exemplary but over the limit). I was pleased that they’ve moved with the […]

Lloyds TSB Private Banking

| Written by on 19.09.2013 | Banks, Lloyds TSB, Stupidity, Travel

How to win friends and influence people … or how to lose your best customers. My debit card is shortly to run out of validity. I hadn’t received my new one so I rang them the other day to ask where it was. “Don’t worry,” they said, “they’re usually sent out a fortnight or so […]

Humberside Police Complaints Procedure

| Written by on 19.07.2013 | Police, Stupidity

Or “How To Dramatically Reduce the Number of  Complaints We Have to Deal With”. Humberside Police – locally referred to as “Blunderside Police” – have a section on their website about how complaints against them are handled.  This includes this part: Complaints can be made either in person at a police station, generally to an […]

More Traffic Mismanagement from Southwark

| Written by on 08.07.2013 | Government, Public, Stupidity, Travel

Jamaica Road in SE London can be a bit of a nightmare at peak times: what is a dual carriageway both ways was transformed a few years back to be a permanent bus lane on each carriageway (with stupid bus lane signs that tell you’re not allowed in them Monday to Sunday at any time […]

More Olympic Lane Confusion

| Written by on 23.07.2012 | News, Stupidity, Transport for London, Travel

So the press, including the Eenig Stannurd and Daily Heil, have been keen to capitalise (see what I did there?) on the apparent madness of Bus Lanes – from which ordinary motorists are banned at certain times of the day (including those bizarrely signed as being in operation all day from Monday to Sunday, i.e. […]

Olympic Route Network – Clear As Mud

| Written by on 12.06.2012 | Government, Stupidity, Transport for London, Travel, Vehicles

Yet more fuckwittery from TFL and LOCOG, I presume: this time it’s the Olympic Route Network which shows the already-busy routes that will be completely messed up by bussing all the VIPs around in their 4,000 chauffeured BMWs – oh and maybe one or two athletes who aren’t staying on site at the Villages for some […]

Unofficial Sarcasm Provider to the London Olympics

| Written by on 01.05.2012 | Government, News, Stupidity

I’ve pointed out previously that the last place anyone living in London should want to be in August 2012 will be London whilst the London Olympics is on as it’ll be chaos. This week, there’s been news about locations for missile batteries in the East End as well. Presumably there to protect the £24bn “investment” […]

iPhone Date and Time Failing to Update?

| Written by on 29.04.2012 | Apple, iPhone

One of the good things about my two iPhones – three if you count the work one – has been the way the time gets updated whenever I turn them on in a new country I visit.  Indeed, when I was in Vienna last week, I was saying just that to a colleague. And then […]

Robin Hood, Or What Is “Fair”?

| Written by on 26.03.2012 | Government, HMR&C, News, Stupidity

So we had a new Budget with the Chancellor, Gideon, heralding things that won’t happen for another year in the hope that we will assume he means April 2012 when he refers to “next April” when in fact it’s April 2013. But apart from that, the Government continue to bang on about everyone paying their […]

London 2012 Olympic Games

| Written by on 14.03.2012 | Government, Hotels, News, Stupidity, Transport for London

Yet more reasons for abandoning London during the Olympic Games have come out this week: reports of a lack of hotel rooms and extortionate pricing for those which are available have been discussed on various news channels. It’s all about supply and demand, of course. In this case, demand is high because of both the […]

You Know I’m Waiting

| Written by on 13.03.2012 | Transport for London

Transport for London now has a really useful service whereby you can track how long you’ll need to wait for a bus at any given stop. Excellent stuff! It does, however, really show up the complete lie published by TFL on its timetable for the 381 bus route which promises a bus every “10 – […]

DVLA Accuses Me of Passing Off

| Written by on 02.03.2012 | DVLA

This afternoon I received an e-mail from the DVLA: Dear Sir/Madam, I’m writing to you because your email address has been brought to our attention. You may not be aware but we have trademarked the acronym ‘DVLA’ along with several other logos, and by using ‘DVLA’ in your email address you are considered to be […]

Hein Gericke – Appalling Lack of Customer Service

| Written by on 02.03.2012 | Hein Gericke

Around 18 months ago, I bought a pair of Alpinestars GP Pro gloves from Hein Gericke – these are £130 gloves I’m talking about, so not cheap rubbish. Sadly with limited use – one trackday, RBLR1000 1,000 miles in 17 hours and some very occasional weekend rides – one strap fasterner had started to come […]

HSBC Not-So-Secure Key

| Written by on 03.02.2012 | HSBC

So it turns out that after all the palaver involved in using HSBC’s “Secure Key” gadget, it isn’t any less prone to fraud after all. Quelle surprise…

Car Wars: Greater Manchester Police Trash a VW Golf R

| Written by on 27.01.2012 | News, Police, Stupidity, Vehicles

I was interested by the evolving story of how a policeman from Greater Manchester Police managed to spectacularly wreck a new VW Golf R in the wee small hours of the morning recently. It started with a report on the BBC News website that told us that: “The Greater Manchester Police officer crashed the £33,000 […]

Thorntons Delivery Fail

| Written by on 16.12.2011 | Stupidity, Thorntons, Work

Another year ordering some expensive chocolates from Thorntons and specifying a delivery date. Another year when they fail to deliver, due to their using that complete shower, Parcelnet/Hermes/Home Delivery Network/Yodel/Any Other Name We Can Think Of for so-called Premium Delivery. Last year, they “lost” the packages of chocolates I was having delivered to my London […]

Apple iTunes Match and iCloud

| Written by on 08.11.2011 | Apple

To be honest, I’m feeling a little let down: when IOS5 was released for the iPhone and iPad, Apple introduced iCloud and a new feature, called iTunes Match: iTunes Match If you want the benefits of iTunes in the Cloud for music you haven’t purchased from iTunes, iTunes Match is the perfect solution. It’s built right […]

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