Friday, July 29, 2011

You've Won A Jaguar...eh No You Haven't

An Irish "National Lottery has apologised after an error on its website last night led to a host of prize winners thinking they had won a Jaguar XK convertible. The car, worth €150,000 was up for grabs as part of a special promotion. However, it was only supposed to go to whoever won the jackpot. But an error on the National Lottery website meant that anyone who checked their ticket online and won a prize was told they also won a new convertible.

The National Lottery said it was very sorry for the mix up, but would not be offering any compensation."


That would be disappointing. Now if it happened in the USA...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Complaints To Councils - Extracts From Letters #2

I find it amazing anyone could write these comments on the complaints form without thinking what they were actually putting down. I must warn sensitive readers that some of the comments have a double meaning:

Our lavatory seat is broken in half and now is in three pieces.

I want to complain about the farmer across the road. Every morning at 6am his cock wakes me up and it's now getting too much for me.

The man next door has a large erection in the back garden, which is unsightly and dangerous.

Our kitchen floor is damp. We have two children and would like a third, so please send someone round to do something about it.


I am a single woman living in a downstairs flat and would you please do something about the noise made by the man on top of me every night.

Please send a man with the right tool to finish the job and satisfy my wife.


I have had the clerk of works down on the floor six times but I still have no satisfaction.

This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is broke and we can't get BBC2.

My bush is really overgrown round the front and my back passage has fungus growing in it.

He's got this huge tool that vibrates the whole house and I just can't take it anymore.

Complaints To Councils - Extracts From Letters #1


I find it amazing anyone could write these comments on the complaints form without thinking what they were actually putting down. I must warn sensitive readers that some of the comments have a double meaning:



It's the dogs mess that I find hard to swallow.

I want some repairs done to my cooker as it has backfired and burnt my knob off.

I wish to complain that my father twisted his ankle very badly when he put his foot in the hole in his back passage.

Their 18 year old son is continually banging his balls against my fence.

I wish to report that tiles are missing from the outside toilet roof. I think it was bad wind the other day that blew them off.

My lavatory seat is cracked, where do I stand?

Will you please send someone to mend the garden path. My wife tripped and fell on it yesterday and now she is pregnant.

I request permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen.

50% of the walls are damp, 50% have crumbling plaster, and 50% are just plain filthy.

The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared.

Will you please send a man to look at my water, it is a funny colour and not fit to drink.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Annoying Phone Call


A married couple were asleep when the phone rang at 2 in the morning. The wife, picked up the phone, listened a moment and said 'How should I know, that's 200 miles from here!' and hung up.

The husband said, 'Who was that?'

The wife said, 'I don't know, some woman wanting to know if the coast is clear.'

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Tywyn Train

It is 100 years since the birth of Thomas the Tank Engine creator, Rev W Awdry. When I went on a train ride in Wales some years ago, I wondered why the train had a Thomas the Tank Engine face on it. Apparently, the narrow-gauge former slate railway running inland from Tywyn in mid-Wales was the world's first preserved line, its society being formed in 1951 and WV Awdry was one of its earliest members. "He came and volunteered for the first time in '52. He and his family had a fortnight's holiday in Tywyn and he worked as a guard," says David Mitchell, the line's former managing director. "He used to come and oil fishplates and work on the track and things like that in his younger days. And when he died he left us the contents of his study which we have recreated here."

I can only assume his connection with the rail line led to the face. Whether I am correct on that or not, the article I read at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13872542 reminded me of that trip. The photograph below I took the day I visited.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cruel Advertisement

When you put up a web page explaining a phobia, inserting an advertisement that may evoke that very fear would be cruel, don't you think? Well, that is what one website did.


I cannot believe this was an accident. How often do you see and advert with a duck looking at you? Yet it appeared on a page featuring a phobia of people fearing a duck is looking at them. An unusual phobia I agree, but to do this was cruel indeed...