Where is the LOVE?

 The lovely people just quoted me £1093 for insuring an old banger, with a hefty excess... I have 10 year NCD & 20+ year full driving licence /  experience and no accidents or claims ever...

I just want to know, if anybody gets the £189 insurance, or is it all just advertising bullshit...

And the reality...

Today - I got a reply for my complaint, with some bullshit about a link that verifies the advert claim, and guess what - when you pay people wages, don't expect them to be unbiased, same as our ASA agency, which are there to look after the consumer, but have to make sure that they do not rock the boat or kill the goose that lays the golden egg...

Thank you for your recent complaint about a TV ad by Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Ltd.  I understand you think it is misleading as you don’t believe their policies can start from £169 as you have been quoted considerably more.

We have assessed the ad and your complaint but consider that there are insufficient grounds for ASA intervention on this occasion.  Whilst we appreciate your views, we note that the onscreen text states it is based on the fact that “10% of customers paid £169 or less Mar – May ‘14”.  It also provides a link to the website where this can be verified (http://www.lv.com/car-insurance).  We have no reason to believe that this is not the case and we think viewers are likely to understand that car insurance quotes are very specific to the individual, their location and the vehicle and the ad is simply an invitation for people to visit their website to find out more.  We do not consider that the ad is likely to mislead consumers on the basis you suggest and we won’t be taking further action.

I realise that this outcome may disappoint you, but thank you for taking the time to contact us with your views.  You can find out more about our work at www.asa.org.uk.

Kind regards

Laura Walker

Laura Walker
Senior Complaints Executive
Direct line 020 7492 2261

Advertising Standards Authority
Mid City Place, 71 High Holborn
London WC1V 6QT
Telephone 020 7492 2222

Now that's weird...

This post has nothing to do with my obsession with old appliances, just the fact that the gentleman involved, Mr. Jim Williamson, is none other than my tutor / lecturer (Class of 86) at Bolton University, and for a while, he founded a software company (Blue-Collar Software) and I was one of the software developers / programmers..

The man had many ideas, hopes, dreams & projects, with some that made sense at the time & others that were border-line crazy.  A new exotic programming language (the Move Language), that had only one command - and no guessing what that command was - "Move".

Move .... [from] .... [to] ......

Where you move data / object(s) / file(s) or anything else from one location to another (storage, screen, keyboard), or that was my understanding of it at the time, with the [from] & [to] being optional.

And the wwww search engine, at the time when google was a gleam in the developers eyes (the who, what, where, when search engine) -  something that gives you more....

And today, his claim to fame is a 77 year old fridge..


Reliable: Jim Williamson with his old Electrolux fridge which is still in constant use since it was bought in 1941Despite it first being bought a staggering 77 years ago, this incredible fridge is still as reliable as ever.

Jim Williamson, 63, has used the Electrolux L380 fridge every day since he inherited it from his mother who died three years ago.

The fridge cost £50 - equivalent to around £1,800 today - and has run constantly since it was first switched on around 1934.

It is now believed to be Britain's oldest working fridge.

Remarkably, the English-built fridge has not broken down once or needed any replacement parts since it came out of the factory in London between 1934 and 1941.

The free standing unit came with a 12-month guarantee and featured two shelves, 109-litre capacity, a temperature control dial and ice-making cabinet.
Remarkable: The English-built fridge has not broken down once or needed any replacement parts since it came out of the factory in London between 1934 and 1941

Mr Williamson, a lecturer in Computers at Bolton University, said: 'My aunt, Kathleen Wilson used to work for the Electricity Board in London.

Mr Williamson said: 'We would like to find a suitable home for the fridge, so if any organisation or museum is interested in having it I am more than happy to give the fridge to them.

'The funny thing is the fridge has never broken down and is quieter than most modern appliances.

'There is a 10-year-old freezer next to the fridge and that makes more noise than the fridge.

'It is remarkable that it has just gone on working decade after decade.'

The chiller beats the previous record for the oldest fridge which was built in 1958.
Michelle Bates, customer care manager at Electrolux, said: 'We were so excited to hear about the fridge, it really is amazing that any appliance with working parts that was made so long ago - possibly before WWII - is still in use today.
'We believe this is the oldest working fridge in the UK.'

PET SHOP BOYS - Opportunities...

"Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)"

I've got the brains, you've got the looks
Let's make lots of money
You've got the brawn, I've got the brains
Let's make lots of -

I've had enough of scheming and messing around with jerks
My car is parked outside, I'm afraid it doesn't work
I'm looking for a partner, someone who gets things fixed
Ask yourself this question: Do you want to be rich?

I've got the brains, you've got the looks
Let's make lots of money
You've got the brawn, I've got the brains
Let's make lots of money

You can tell I'm educated, I studied at the Sorbonne
Doctored in mathematics, I could have been a don
I can program a computer, choose the perfect time
If you've got the inclination, I have got the crime

Oh, there's a lot of opportunities
If you know when to take them, you know?
There's a lot of opportunities
If there aren't, you can make them
Make or break them

I've got the brains, you've got the looks
Let's make lots of money
Let's make lots of -
(Aahhhhh) Money
(Aahhhhh - Di du da di da bu di ba)

You can see I'm single-minded, I know what I could be
How'd you feel about it, come and take a walk with me?
I'm looking for a partner, regardless of expense
Think about it seriously, you know, it makes sense

Let's (Got the brains)
Make (Got the looks)
Let's make lots of money (Oohh money)
(Let's) You've got the brawn
(Make) I've got the brains
Let's make lots of money (Oohh money)

I've got the brains (Got the brains)
You've got the looks (Got the looks)
Let's make lots of money (Oohh money)

One is the loneliest number....

Got stuck in a single train seat "Northern Rail" - Clearly, not designed for the "Ample Gentleman"...

FIFA Worldcup 2014



Not quite the best burger in the world, but..

Step 1 - Make The Patties & Freeze Them
When shaping those, do not "OVER PRESS"
you need a little "LOOSENESS"
Step 2 - I couldn't cook those with the George Foreman,
So I used a frying pan
"DO NOT" - I Repeat, "DO NOT" Squeeze the 
living daylight out of those while cooking
You need the juices to stay within
 Step 3 - Get a handsome, devilishly good looking, 
bloke to do the cooking
Somebody who knows, what they are doing;)
 Step 4 - Keep an eye on those babies,
Turn once or twice - and brown to taste.
  Step 5 - Barm
   Step 6 -Tomatoes
  Step 7 - Lettuce
   Step 8 -"Secret Sauce"
  Step 9 - ENJOY

Soggy Chips. Courtesy of Sunwah - 91 Manchester Rd W, 
Little Hulton, Manchester M38 9DX

 VERDICT : Those weren't the worst burgers in the world, in fact they were better than 80% of the burgers that I've had at various FastFood establishments (in the UK). Including some that make their own and specialise in selling burgers only.

The sauce was a little bit too sweet, but none-the-less, edible with an approximation to McDonald's Big-Mac Sauce.

Would I make them again, NO, not really (unless I bang my head) - because UK mince beef, regardless of quality of content - is somewhat missing that something (growth & taste hormones & chemicals that make other beefs more beefy & other burgers more burgery).

Worth a try, but never again....

You Can't Make This Shit Up...

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest privatisation in years was blighted by a fear of failure and poor advice from state-appointed banks, a committee of lawmakers said on Friday following an inquiry into the 2 billion pound (£3.4 billion) sale of Royal Mail (RMG.L).

Britain sold a 60 percent stake in the postal service at 330 pence per share last October after a politically charged debate which pitted the coalition government against Royal Mail's heavily unionised workforce and the opposition Labour party. 

The stock quickly rose by as much as 87 percent, prompting criticism that the price had been set too low and the government had botched the deal. The price has since fallen back, but at 473p per share remains above where it was sold.

"We believe that fear of failure and poor quality advice led to a significant underestimate of the demand for Royal Mail shares," said Adrian Bailey, the Labour chairman of the cross-party parliamentary committee which scrutinised the deal.

Some of the concerns echo those expressed earlier this year by spending watchdog the National Audit Office, which said the 500-year-old state postal operator was sold off too cheaply.

Ministers have staunchly defended the government's handling of the sell-off, which followed three failed attempts by previous administrations to privatise Royal Mail, saying they were cautious to reduce the risk of the launch being a flop in the face of possible strike action at the postal firm.

"The committee's views on the share price are based entirely on hindsight and ignore that we were selling 600 million shares – they found no evidence that the department or its advisers missed vital information prior to sale," a business department spokeswoman said in response to the lawmakers' report.

However on Thursday the government launched a review of the bookbuilding process used to collect orders for shares in such sell-offs. Over the next six years, ministers want to raise 20 billion pounds from the sale of public assets such as stakes in the Eurostar rail link, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L) and Lloyds (LLOY.L). 

Labour said the committee's report backed up their argument that the sale had been mishandled, and that the review of the privatisation process was effectively an admission from the government that it had sold the firm too cheaply. 
It had previously seized upon the flotation, and the quick profits made by big banks and City investors, to reinforce one of its central arguments ahead of next year's general election - that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron's government is out of touch with ordinary voters.
ADVISERS - The committee report's criticism focussed on the actions of the government, its independent adviser Lazard (LAZ.N), and the two banks it hired to lead the sale of shares, UBS (UBSN.VX) and Goldman Sachs (GS.N).
The committee said the book-building process had been carried out by the advisers in a way that meant investors did not have to reveal the maximum price they would be prepared to pay for the shares. As a result, taxpayers had missed out, they said.

While it found no evidence of impropriety by the advisers, the report criticised the fact that a separate asset management unit of Lazard had been among those granted preferential status in the allocation of shares. It also highlighted that UBS and Goldman Sachs would earn fees from trading Royal Mail shares on behalf of preferred investors, many of whom were their clients. 

"It is clear to us that any perception of financial advantage must be removed from the privatisation process," the report said 

"Therefore we recommend that the department give serious consideration to excluding any company involved in the selection of preferred investors, as a preferred investor."

Lazard, UBS and Goldman Sachs declined to comment.  The report also said that the government had put too much emphasis on the risk of strikes by Royal Mail staff, resulting in a share price that was too low. It criticised the decision not to raise the price once it became clear demand was high.

So the "advisers" got paid handsomely by the government, in order to tell it the right price for the shares, and then make shed-load of money, trading, buying, selling and advising their clients of those undervalued shares...

I don't know where a conflict of interest starts or where it ends, but you certainly couldn't make this shit up, even if you tried...   And another Billion is stolen....

Winners - The usual suspects, including Lazard, UBS, Goldman Sachs  & the Chancellors best man & his firm of merry-men.... Losers, you & I...

Respect the BEEF!...

I had a TRIPLE Whopper today, and man I love BurgerKing, where taste is truly king - and while the Big-Mac shrinks, the Whopper seems to be the same size as it's always been.

It looks amazing, it smells amazing, and it tastes amazing..



I do not care about the calories, because I will not be having another for a long, long time (2 weeks;)...

There's a BIG rat in mi kitchen what am I gonna go?

Today, I went to a new "SHISHA" establishment in Manchester, trying to sort out some problematic printers, they have 2 PC's and 3 Printers - and the wireless kitchen printers are giving us some problems.

I walk in trying to do just that, changing wireless printers to cabled ones, and there it was, waiting for me in the kitchen - the biggest RAT that I've ever seen - in fact, I think it was across between a rat and a Woolly Mammoth, and gnawing on everything - and it's certainly BIGGER than my size 11 feet. 

My companion, the owner, told me that it's a small mouse, I said, in Bolton, we usually call anything heavier than 5kg, a BIG-ONE.