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You may or not have heard of Coinstar.
It’s a simple format, pour your loose coinage into the big machine and they count it, sort it and convert it to notes. I went along to Tesco in Lisburn on Saturday morning with a bag of coin, hit the start button and poured it in. I would have been happy with around £15 however to my shock I had managed to gather up £50 in coin which worked out at around £45 after their 8.9% commission.
Some might think that 8.9% commission to convert coin into notes is a steep price to pay, however I had over 1800 1pence pieces and I can’t imagine I would have sat down and counted that myself by hand. To me, like most people bronze coin is dead money and you forget it is actual money as you can’t spend it in any great quantity so to me the £45 was just like getting free money. Read the rest of this entry »
In April of 2009 I purchased a November registered 2006 Octavia vRS from Mervyn Stewart (MS) / Skoda in Belfast. I love(ed) it, I had been searching for a car for work, parenting and scouting for some time and it ticked all the boxes, whilst not being too common and still a bit cool. One of my biggest concerns with buying a used or ‘pre enjoyed’ car (in particular a Skoda), was the warranty as my father had had serious problems a number of years ago with the computer on his Octavia.
The dealer ‘ Richard’, in fact the ‘Manager’ said, “The warranty is up on that car in Nov 2009 and we will extend it by 2 further years” . Happy days ! Or so I thought until Saturday 9th January. When I was driving down the motorway, all power was lost and the car came to a stop and would not re start.
The following timeline then occured
Sat 9th Jan :
Car looses all power on the motorway. I call Skoda assist who tell me, ‘this car is out of warranty, call someone else’ After some explaining to them that the dealer extended the warranty they sent out the RAC who pulled in the computer which showed there was a fuel injector fault. He could not fix it so he suggested he would tow me into Skoda Belfast (Mervyn Stewart or MS as we will now call them). Read the rest of this entry »
On Tuesday I wrote on my blog about how Google were about to go to war with the Chinese government in an attempt to un censor their service there after an attack on their servers, probably by the Chinese government themselves.
I’m almost reading between the lines on this and thinking that Google are simply coming right out and saying to the Government, look we know it was you – enough is enough. Read the rest of this entry »