Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 31-1-2017

Well, if you haven’t heard, by now?

You will soon.

Actor, Peter Capaldi has announced he is to stand down from the role of Doctor Who: at the end of the 2017 Christmas special.


Personally?

As sad as I may feel about it — Capaldi’s done fantastically well in the role — I can’t say that I’m surprised.

After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Chris Chibnall was announced as Stephen Moffat’s replacement.

Again, at about the same sort of time.

The trailer for series ten?

Also suggested it: at least to me.   After all, it focuses on a new companion having tons of questions and facing a whole new world of adventure.

And … ?

Well, frankly, none of the modern doctors have stayed in the role for more than about three years.

Sad, yes.

Surprising, no.


~≈Â≈~

Which, of course, leads one to ask … 

Who on Earth will be the next Doctor.

Personally?   I would love to see someone black in the role.   Or a woman, come to think of it.

I think Patterson Joseph would be good.

So would David Bowie, having played aliens: but given his death, last year … 


Tilda Swinton would be IDEAL: and, having played the title role in Orlando, could easily handle a gender hopping Timelord.

It won’t be, though.

The BBC will play it safe.

Put you money on someone white, male … 

And about the six foot mark.

~≈Â≈~

Monday, 30 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 30-1-2017

That’s a worry … 

I’ve just had a quick look at the BBC news site.

It seems a mosque in Quebec has been attacked.

With six killed, and eight injured.

Personally?

I think however tempting violence might be at times?

Attacking a mosque to show your support for Donald Trump’s travel ban?

Doesn’t count as as appropriated response!

~≈≈~

On a more personal note?

I’ve managed to have a look at my kid sister’s laptop: as it’s been having problems.

And think I’ve worked out what the issue is.

Yep.

It’s a cheap PC …

With a dead battery … 

I think she needs a new one … 

~≈fl≈~

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 29-1-2017

AT LAST … !

My teapot has finally arrived!

You did know I’d ordered a teapot, about a week and a half ago?

Took it a while to get here.

As, according to the chap from the third party seller on Amazon?

The parcel got itself dropped by the Royal Mail.

Which sounds … 

Actually, it sounds like just about my luck, given the history of my purchases on the site!

At any rate … ?   It’s here, and does the job.

Now … 

Has any one got a spare tea-cosy?

~≈Ê≈~

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 28-1-2017

You know, when I went to bed, last night?

I had half an idea of how to start this post.

I was going to tell you about shopkeeper, Brian Thompson, has plead not guilty to selling what’s called a fully loaded Kodi box.

Kodi, so you know, is an open-source media player.   It can be used as the software part of a Kodi box: a media streaming box.

That can be heavily modified: to allow access for free to normally paid for content.

Brian — like others — sells the fully loaded versions: which have been so modified*.

The court case?   Is to try and prosecute him for doing so.

~≈Â≈~

But then I woke up.

To hear the sad news that actor, John Hurt, had died: after battling pancreatic cancer for a long time.

I’m saddened to hear it.

The man was an acting giant: bringing depth and gravitas to whatever roles he played, and leaving behind a body of work that’s going to make him very hard to forget.

The world’s a worse place, without him.


~≈Â≈~

Friday, 27 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 27-1-2016

I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go … !

No … 

That’s possibly not the best thing to start with.

I think … 

I’m very aware that Britain’s Prime Minister — Theresa May — is due to meet US President, Donald Trump.

I’m … 

Concerned.

I voted remain, in the Brexit referendum: feeling Britain’s place in the world was improved by having close ties with Europe.

 And by keeping a certain arm’s — with apologies to US born, regular Debbi — a certain arm’s length from US policy.

Things like the Iraq War?   Were done in George’s Bush’s name, not mine.

So seeing that meeting is happening?

And, like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, before him, that we have a US president enamoured of a UK leader, but who will put US national interests above those of the UK’s … ?

Is worrying.

There’s an argument that says our membership of the EU meant handing over two much control to foreign powers.

I feel a close relationship between May and Trump?

Represents a similar issue: we’d be handing to much control to a US government.

And is unhealthy for the UK.

~≈Ì≈~

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Mr Robot — Series 1: Episode 2 — eps1.1_ones-and-zer0es.mpeg

26th January, 2017.

You know, you can TELL when you’re feeling tired, can’t you?

As I write?   As I write, it’s twenty past nine on a Thursday evening: and I’m yawning my head off.

Metaphorically, obviously!

I just thought I should share that with you.

If my words seem a little underwhelmed … ?

I give you tiredness as a result!

Well … 

That … and the cold weather: I’d REALLY rather be in bed.

~≈§≈~

But, frankly?

Well, frankly, I wanted something to go on record, before I do hit the sack.

Yes … 

You’ve got it.

I’ve seen episode two of the first series of Mr Robot: and wanted you to know about it.

~≈§≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 26-1-2017

Hmmm … 

I think that’s something I’m going to have to ask about, at the next staff briefing.

I’m working at a call centre in Chelmsford: that specialises in handling call for social landlords: arranging the various out-of-hours, emergency repairs.

We also field calls for the Greater London Authority.   

Usually we get members of the public phoning in: wanting to know what the Mayor’s doing about littering in Hammersmith, for example.   We also get members of the press phoning: wanting statements from from the Mayor, or the Assembly, about whatever subject happens to be newsworthy.

The former, we ask to phone back in the morning.   The reporters get their details taken: and passed on to the on-call member of the GLA press team.

Last night, I got an unusual one: a call from the Ministry of Employment, wanting to set up a phone call with the Mayor.

Not something I’ve handled, before, until last night.

And one I had to improvise about.   Basically, by getting the chap to phone back in the morning.

I think, though, I want to raise it at the next staff briefing.

I think that sort of call will be rare.   But might well be something we need to have a process for.

~≈fi≈~

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 25-1-2017

You know, right now?

I’m sitting in the front room, happily typing away like mad thing.

And — slightly less happily — feeling the chill!

These past few days?

There’s been fog on the proverbial go.

Which certainly makes for attractive looking photos, I grant you.

On the other hand?

We’re not expecting heavy show.

We have got heavy mists … 

And were expecting light snow: before my weather app got updated.

Personally?

I’m chilly: despite the heating being on.

It’s looks like my home town is, too … 

~≈Ê≈~

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 24-1-2017: Caligula

Bugger … !

I managed to have a word or two!

Remember, yesterday, I told you I qualify for Tax credits?

I was feeling pleased: as it looked like — under the UK’s tax collector’s rules — I qualified for a bit of extra money.

Unfortunately?

I thought having a double check with both my local Job Centre — and with the associated help-line — about it would be good.

After all, I’m still getting help in the form of Universal Credit: which goes towards my rent.

Apparently?   Apparently, and according to them?

I can’t claim Tax Credits!

It seems Tax credits are replaced by the various allowances in Universal Credit I’m on.

Bugger seems to just about cover it!

~≈®≈~

Oh, talking of work … ?

I was travelling home, last night: by train.

Nothing new there, I know.

But … ?

Just as we got to Shenfield, the next stop down the line from Brentwood, someone pulled the emergency handbrake: that forced the train to stop: when the last carriage, the one I was on, was some 10 foot from where it should be.

It turns out the chap who’d pulled it was having a panic attack: and a fear of enclosed spaces, like train carriages!

I’m sympathetic, I really am.

But also mildly annoyed.

I actually went past where the chap, and his friends, were: and could see they were trying to another friend out of the toilet.

He’d got stuck.

I also noticed the very distinct smell: of a very strong joint.

I can’t help but think that — if you’ve got mental health issues that let you stop a train ten foot from the platform  — laying off the Moroccan tomato plants would be a goo idea!

Especially if a friend’s too stoned to open the toilet door …

~≈®≈~

Monday, 23 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 23-1-2017: The Opium Eaters

Oh, well, that’s something.

I don’t know if you knew, but the UK government operates something called Tax Credits: a scheme designed to top up people’s earnings.

Technically?

You can only put in for them, under certain conditions.

You’ll get Child Tax credits if you have children.   Best I can do, there is a nephew with a trombone.

video

But working tax credits?   Get complicated.

Basically, you can only put in for them if you’re working over thirty hours.

Over the past few weeks?

I’ve managed to go over that thirty hour limit, by working an extra shift.

That’s no guarantee I’d keep getting those extra shifts, and stay over the limit.

One thin I did manage to do, last night?

Was have a word with my immediate supervisor.

By default, I do twenty-nine hours, and forty-five minutes,

Looks like I’ll be able to get an extra hour, on Sunday afternoon … 

~≈Ê≈~

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 22-1-2017

I JUST had a hairy moment.

A metaphorical one: I’ve got some entertaining male baldness patterns inherited form somewhere … !

I‘ve woken up, this morning … 

To find my light had gone green.

On my router … 

I double checked the manual.

Those lights mean the thing had just restarted.

Why?

I’m blowed if I know.

But it’s … 

Odd.

And, beyond needing me to wait, while the thing booted up, and re-connected to the net?

The thing seems to be working fine.

But, given my history with routers?

NOT something that was welcome … 

~≈Ç≈~

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21-1-2017

Hmmm … 

Did I mention I’d watched Conspiracy, the other night?

I watched Conspiracy, the other night.

So you know.

Good little film, that.

The problem I had was with the updated version of Handbrake.

Or possibly with the DVD I ripped.

Either way, the film I ended up watching was in old fashioned 4:3 aspect ratio.


Rather than the 16:9 I’d’ve preferred.


Rather frustrating, I thought.

Still … 

I’ve now managed to flag it up on HandBrake’s forums.

I’ll hopefully have some sort of suggestion on how to deal with the problem.

~≈†≈~

Friday, 20 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 20-1-2017

*Yawn.*

Again … !

I have to admit to being up, late, last night.   But wanted to catch a film.

With the result, of course, that I ended up staying up, late, doing my write up.

The film in question?


Good little film, I should add.

About my only concern … ?

Is the simple fact I’d ripped the copy I have from a work-mate’s DVD copy.

I used HandBrake: an application I’ve used for years, and usually one that’s fairly reliable.

It still is.

About the only flaw I could find?   Is that the film was formatted in a 4:3 aspect ration: and couldn’t be resized.

Out of the box, with the up-dated versions of HandBrake, that’s not a good thing.

I think, though?

I can learn how to tweak the settings, to remedy that.

Here’s hoping.

~≈Â≈~

Conspiracy — Blimey … 

19th January, 2017.

I don’t know where it comes from: but there’s an old saying.

Words to the effect that the good we do is buried with us: and the evil that we do, lives on.

It’s from one of Shakespeare’s plays, I believe.

Although I couldn’t tell you exactly which one.

However, that phrase about the evil men do, living on … ?

Always springs into mind, sometimes.

Writing Teasers about things like the Holocaust, for example.

Gruesome murders tend NOT to be that depressing, believe it or not.

Depressingly unstoppable … 

But … 

Hmmm … 

I’m not quite sure where that’s going, frankly.

All I can say?   Is that I try not to use words like good or evil, every day.

But, sometimes?   Sometimes, we’re faced by things that we can only describe as evil.

Gross simplification that it is

Sometimes I think we’re forced into doing so: to give ourselves a handle into an event.

~≈Ê≈~

There is, of course, a reason for this.

You’ve possibly realised I like to catch a movie, now and again, don’t you … ?

I do: in case you didn’t know.

And, frankly?

I had a free night, tonight.

I fancied catching something.   And had a choice of what to watch.

I’d bought myself a copy of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They: on the recommendation of Teaser regulars, Olga and Debbi.

Who’ve been raving about it for a while, now.

Or … ?

A copy of 2001, wartime drama, Conspiracy: that I’d borrowed from a friend at work.

What can I tell you?

I flipped a coin.

And got Conspiracy.

I wasn’t unpleased: history’s a habit of mine …

And the Wannsee Conference was historic.

~≈Ê≈~

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 19-1-2017

Hmmm … 

That’s … sad … 

I’ve found out my Uncle Ray died, yesterday … 

I’m … 

Well, I’m not grieving, per se.

Which will sound strange, I know.

But I never actually got to know Uncle Ray as well as I could: I was never especially close to his end of the family.

I think that’s the loss I’m feeling.

Not so much the loss of a family member.

But the loss of a family member I never had the chance to know better.


~≈Ê≈~

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 18-1-2017

I’m going to have to stop doing that, I really am … !

I’ve just literally fed the phrase ‘I’m a Banana,’ into Google.

Why … ?

What can I tell you, I had a weird moment.

I got a weird moment in return.

No, really.

Here … 

video

Quite why someone wrote ‘I’m a Banana,’ I don’t know.

It actually seems odder than Googling the phrase in the first place.

~≈Ÿ≈~

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 17-1-2017

Every-so-often?   I’ll get an early night.

And, by contrast?

Every-so-often, I’ll get a late night.

Last night was one of the latter, I think.

Basically, where I got home from work … 

To the fact I’d recording last night’s episode of Storyville: which was all about the Stuxnet virus.

Which, back in 2010?   Managed to seriously damaged Iranian nuclear manufacturing plants.

I’d known the thing was out there, by the way.

But seeing a documentary about it?

Was certainly something I fancied seeing.   So last night’s StoryvilleZero Day: Nuclear Cyber Sabotage — was a welcome treat.

And one I found help my one, limited, lay understanding of a complicated subject.

AND was an interesting cyber-espionage story, too*.

~≈Ê≈~

Monday, 16 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 16-1-2017

Well, that was the early night had … 

I have to admit, there’s days — like yesterday — when I really feel a night in — or lie in, in the morning — is just the thing.

Which I’ve — effectively — managed to do, today.

After getting to bed, last night?   At about eleven.

Frankly?   Well, I don’t know about you, but I had the finale of Sherlock on, whilst I was writing.

And … ?

Hmmm … 

Interesting little episode, that: dead supervillains, live supervillains, half a ton of violin playing, explosions, video recordings of Moriarty … 

And the unveiling of a third Holmes sibling, Eurus Holmes.

Talk about an interesting twist.

Eurus is the missing Holmes family psychotic.

Like I say … interesting … 

Now … 

Does anyone else think Andrew Scott’s take on Moriarty comes over like Graham Norton’s evil twin … ?

~≈Á≈~

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 15-1-2017

*Yawns* … 

It’s a Sunday morning.

And, of course, I’m back to work: due to start an eleven.

Why tell you this … ?

Well, I’m felling vaguely confessional, to be honest.

And frankly?

Wanted to let you know I’m tired.

Frankly?

Once I’m home, tonight … ?

I’m looking forward to getting an early night.

Well … that … 

And a (metaphorical) lie in … 

~≈Ç≈~

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 14-1-2017

That’s a thought: one that started bothering me, last night.

Bits of paper … 

Bits of paper, right?   Keep that in mind, ok.

I work in a call centre: and, at the end of each calm, try and make sure the caller walks away with the call reference number.

That way?   If they want or need to chase up the call, later, they can quote the number, and we can look it up, much more quickly.

During those initial calls?

One of the last things I do … ?

Is ask people if they have a pen and a piece of paper.

So they can write that reference number down.

What always surprises me?

Is the amount of people who need to go and find a pen: which is understandable, you can never find one when you need one.

And on top of that?

The amount of people who can never find a piece of paper.

Surprising?   Yes, of course it’s surprising.

I’m both human … and a man.

And, like a lot of men, I’ve got a wallet.

With half a ton of receipts in it: that I never get around to throwing away.

You can’t in all honesty, tell me you can’t find a piece of paper … !

Oy veh!

~≈⬨≈~

Friday, 13 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 13-1-2017

Right at the moment … ?

I’m alive … and living in a town called Brentwood.

A Brentwood that — over the last night —got snowed on.

Which certainly looked pretty.

Unless, of course, you have to commute home from Chelmsford in that sort of weather.

In that sort of case?

You end up feeling the cold.

Especially if you’d been seriously soaked, on the way to work: and hadn’t managed to dry your coat out, effectively.

Frankly?

I’m grateful I didn’t go need over end on an icy patch.

Cold, soaked and hurt wouldn’t be good.

Either way?

I’m planning to shop, today: and pay bills.

And am VERY aware those icy patches?

Will make walking up the hill into a death trap … !

~≈䷀≈~

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 12-1-2017

It has to be said, I had the night off, last night.

And am back to work, tonight.

In the middle of all that … ?

In the middle of all that, I know I managed to not watch a film.

Yes, I know: both Debbi and Olga have been waving suggestions at me for some time.   All of which sound good.

But found myself in a funny old mood, last night.

Instead … ?

I found myself hankering after … a TV show!

And managed to catch the first episode of series one of Mr Robot: something I’ve had in my collection for a while.

Personally?

I’m glad I did.

That pilot episode was quite something to see.

~≈Ê≈~

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Mr Robot — Series 1: Episode 1 — eps1.0_hellofriend.mov

11th January, 2017.

I think I have a confession to make.

I’m now a member of the working masses.

No, really.

I’ve started a new job a few months back: and have to confess, I’m enjoying it.

AND the amount of overtime I’ve picked up, this week.

Which possibly means I’ll be doing a little shopping on Amazon, this week.

Books, possibly.

Especially as — at least for this week and next week — I’m working six nights a week: at my own request.

Purely to be able to afford the rent and pay the bills.

It means several things.

Firstly?   I’ve money to pay the bills.

Secondly?

I’ve less time to watch a film.

Or a TV series box set.

I’m trying to run a blog, here, AND get a social life.

Remind me to keep doing the latter, people keep telling me they’re fun.

At ANY rate!

At any rate, tonight was my night off.   Tonight was a night with nothing to do … 

Except catch something on TV.

A film?

Was out of the questions.   Frankly, nothing on iTunes was catching my attention.

A TV series?

Was an option.   Although Penny Dreadful is now finished, Dr Who isn’t on until later this year, The Strain’s fourth series is available, yet.

And, whilst Taboo and series four of Sherlock are both looking good?   Neither are on until the weekend.

So … ?

Well … ?

I know that — sitting on an extra hard-drive on my computer — is a copy of series one of Amazon Prime hit, Mr Robot.

Something that had been there for a while.

Something I’d not — between one thing and another — manage to sit down and watch.

Tonight?

I thought I should remedy that: an catch at least one episode.

Just to sample the goods, mind.

~≈⌘≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 11-1-2017

Right … 

You’ve possibly noticed something, just recently: the simple fact that I’ve had my router replaced.

The new one seems to be working well: although the real test comes when I stream some media through it.

We’ll have to see, won’t we?

At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, I’ve picked up my payslip for the week: I know how much I’ll be getting paid this week.

I think I owe a vote of thinks to the gods of overtime.

I’m also thinking of something else.

I’m thinking I’ll have enough in the bank to fund a shopping spree.

I’m thinking either a book or two or three.

Or that, considering I had more fun with them an my six year old nephew?   That a great big Marble Run would be good … 


~≈◊≈~

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 10-1-2016

Just in case you’re reading me, here, but not following on Twitter?

You’ll possibly know I’ve had router trouble.

I finally managed to send the old HomeHub3 back, yesterday: having found a large enough box to put it — and the modem it needed to interact with my fibre optic connection — in.

You’ll possibly realise I managed to trudge up to Brentwood High Street, yesterday: print out the relevant label, tape it to the box, and cart box, label and carcass, over to the post office.

I did shopping.   I wandered around, window shopping.

I wondered home.

And, in a bureaucratically skewed move worthy of Brazil and Paranoia … 

Found BT had sent me a second new router … 

Oy … 

Veh … 

~≈Ê≈~

Monday, 9 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 9-1-2017

Hmmm … 

I think we can say it’s Day Two of ownership of my new router.

And … ?

It’s not fallen over: yet.

Cynic that I am?   I’m wondering when that’s going to happen.

We’ll have to see, when I start locally streaming media: the old HomeHub3 were — in my experience — bad at that.

My only problem at the moment?

Is finding a cardboard box.

I’ve got an official label that let’s me send the old router back to BT.

Hmmmm … 

~≈Î≈~

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 8-1-2017


Oh … 

Right … 

Think I lost that bet.

Over the past few days, I’ve been waiting for a new HomeHub from BT: after my old one contributed to a net failure on Tuesday night.

I’d been told the thing would get to me by Monday: after being told it would get to me by last Thursday.

It actually turned up — and got set up — yesterday.

So far … ?

So far, web pages seem to be loading up slightly more rapidly than they were: which is all good.

And the one use I’ve had of my Apple TV?

Seems to have gone well enough: at least, the one episode of QI I’ve watched on iPlayer?   Didn’t stutter, slur, buffer, disconnect or fall over.

Here’s hoping that keeps up.

~≈Ÿ≈~

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 7-1-2017

Bleugh … 

I think I’m getting too old for early mornings.

But?

I can at least be grateful that — right now — I’ve got my health, my wits, and an internet connection.

Oh … 

And had enough of a connection to do some online shopping.

I’ve now got Moorcock’s Behold The Man, LeGuin’s The Other Wind and Keyes Flowers for Algernon — arguably one of the best SF novels ever written — on order.

I’m looking forward to reading them.

But?

I’m wondering what’s going to turn up first: them, the new router, or the spare ethernet cable I’ve got on order.

What do you think … ?

~≈Ê≈~

Friday, 6 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 6-1-2017,

Oh, they’re having puppies … !

You’ll recall that — on Tuesday night — my internet connection went down: seeming as a result of an outage BT were having.

By Wednesday?

This still hadn’t corrected itself: and that I was told — on Wednesday — the problem was my router.   I was also told I’d be getting a new one: free of charge.

By today, at the latest: but by yesterday at 6, at best.   Indeed, BT sent me a text message to say so.

I rang them to chase this up.

And … ?

It turns out the relevant routers were out of stock: and that a replacement would be with me … 

By Monday … 

By … soddin’ Monday … !

Can someone ask BT to get a bloody GRIP … !

~≈Ê≈~

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 5-1-2017

Hmmm … 

Wouldn’t you just know it … 

If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll have realised that I was having problems: connecting to the internet.

Getting frequent ‘You Are Not Connected To The Internet’ messages.

I first noticed it on Tuesday night, when I got home from work.

I got it, again, yesterday.   Which was annoying: I fancied a film, but couldn’t guarantee being able to watch one.

One thing I did do, yesterday?

Was phone BT to chase up what was happening with the situation.

According to them?   The problem was not the connection, as originally thought.

No.

It was the router.

The dratted HomeHub3: the one they’d originally replaced for me, a couple of months ago.

After I’d complained about the thing!

Thankfully?   BT’s Sending a replacement.

But, LORD, I’m not happy!

~≈Ê≈~

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 4-1-2016

Well, THAT was odd … !

As much as I complain about the router I have — a BT HomeHub3 — my internet service provider, BT … ?

Usually manage to do a good job of making sure the signal from the net keeps coming down the pipes.

Even if I wish those signals … you know … moved a bit faster!

Last night, though?   After I got home from the office?

I was faced with a ‘You are not connected to the Internet’ message.

With no problems at my end: at least, my bills are paid, I’d cache cleaned my browsers on everything, restarted the router, modem and my devices … 

Still not a sausage.

It was only after waiting for a while, that things righted themselves.

I did manage to contact BT, though.

Apparently?   They’re having issues that they’re working to resolve.

But are going to be affecting lines, intermittently, over the next forty-eight hours.

JUST in time for my two days off.

Yeah … 

Thanks, BT … !

~≈Ê≈~

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 3-1-2016

Hmmm … 

Ageing fan of role playing games that I am … ?

I’ve just literally had had an eye on the RPG’s I remember from my young adulthood.

I’ve just had a look at a few on Amazon!

Eye watering prices, here!

I might just have to look elsewhere!

A shame in one way.

Runequest, in particular, had one of the most interesting background worlds.

I’d love to re-visit Glorantha, at some stage … 

~≈Ÿ≈~

Monday, 2 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 2-1-2017

*Yawns* … 

You know, I think I need to go back to bed!

AFTER writing this post … 

And after mentioning Amazon.

I managed to order a few DVDs, and some new shoes, from the site: with some cash I’d been given for Christmas.

Work stuff and entertainment, basically.

Stuff the site told me was due to be delivered, last Thursday.

I wasn’t too worried: as, if I was out, it would be left with neighbours: neighbours who’ve been happy to do so for some eighteen months, and whose address Amazon have had for about the same sort of time.

It took them three days to do so.

Three days, a whining email to Jeff Bezos, and a lot of time on the phone.   Explaining that, not, I hadn’t updated my details, that the neighbours concerned were still happy to take packages in, and at the same address.

And, talking of which … ?   Why on Earth should I have to put that address on Amazon’s systems: when they should’ve been there in the first place?

It took a lot of talking with a Customer Services wonk to get that updated: and I finally got the goods, yesterday.

That … and a tenner’s worth of free credit in my Amazon account.

I can’t complain too much.

A tenner’s a tenner, after all.

But for Amazon to have lost some details?

Sounds a bit … 

Odd.

~≈Ç≈~

Sunday, 1 January 2017