Friday, 9 December 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 9-12-2016: Soap and Flannel

You know, I’m thinking something, right now.

I’m thinking that, in Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s joint novel, Death himself says to a dying character, “DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING.   THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.”

I note that my favourite author died in March, 2015.

And missed dying in 2016.

Which has seen a lot of celebrity death: a rush, if you will.

Yesterday … ?

Saw the death of Senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, and the oldest man to do a mission on the Space Shuttle.

And also of musician, Greg Lake, founder member of King Crimson, and of Emrson Lake and Palmer: and write/performer of possibly the angriest Christmas song ever written.

They’re going to both be missed.


Thursday, 8 December 2016

Nik Nak Daily Teaser — 8-12-2016

You know, I’m currently enjoying some time off: before I go back to work, tomorrow.

Which means … ?

Several things, actually: mostly involving laundry, ironing, and mopping the floor when my washing machine decides there’s too much washing poster in the drawer!

One thing I did manage to do … ?

Was catch up with the last episode of BBC3’s excellent Class.


I think that, if you’re a fan of science fiction, or Dr Who … indeed, of Torchwood or Buffy: The Vampire Slayer?

I think you’ll find it appealing …



Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Class: Series 1 — Episode 8 - The Lost


7th December, 2016

I have to confess, my new job … ?   Is great.


It pays me just about money to survive on.

And possibly even thrive: in a very small way.

At least it lets me pay for Christmas presents.   And should — HA! — let me pay for a new washing machine or computer: should I manage to save up enough cash to put towards them!

So I am — in theory, any way — a happy bunny.

One thing I do miss about being out of work, though … ?

Is the fact I’d’ve had a touch more time to at least catch up with favourite TV shows.

Not that I necessarily had the money to buy that much in the way of box sets, but it’s amazing what you can do on a tight budget.

One thing I have had time to catch, over the past few weeks … ?

Is the BBC 3 series, Class.

And, yes: I know the gag that it lives up to its name — it’s classy, in other words — is getting old, by now.


It’s true.

This is a series that, to date, has shown me it’s well written, acted and engaging.

And the eighth episode, The Lost?

Is both a finale that matches what’s gone before in quality … 

AND exceeds it.


Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 7-12-2016

Oh, that’s another sad piece of news.

Actor, Peter Vaughan, has died: at the age of 93.

Although he’s best known — these days — for playing playing Aemon Targaryen in Game of Thrones, I grew up watching both Porridge, where he played Genial Harry Grout, and Charlie Johnson, in the first two series of Citizen Smith.


I think he’s going to be much missed.


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Nik Nak’s Encyclopaedic Teaser — 6-12-2016

You know, it’s not that often I want to slap a customer.

But ye gods … !

We had one caller, last night, who was … … very difficult … 

And refusing to listen to, or acknowledge, the fact the we could not help her with her emergency heaters.

Despite me talking to her, a colleague dealing with her — who found her just as challenging — and my colleague contacting the relevant engineer, to see what he could do.

The fact the customer had missed an earlier delivery: and had been informed of the date for her boiler repair?

Was also something she seemed to be ignoring.

I’ve got a lot of customer experience to my name: roughly thirty years worth.

So most aggressive customers?   Are people I can deal with, can calm down, and help.

This woman … ?

Was one of the three I’ve needed to walk away from … 

Before, in my anger, I did or said something stupid.

I don’t know about you … but I’m bloody thankful those customers are once a decade event …