I have two weeks annual leave from today. I’d booked a course on EFT but unfortunately it’s been cancelled. I don’t think they had enough bookings. It’s saved me over £800 – course and hotel fees. However, I was looking forward to doing the course. And it would have been a nice break 😦 It’ll probably be next year before I get the chance, or the money, to try it again.
I’ve been off work for the last two weeks and have enjoyed the sunshine. Looks like summer has finally arrived in the UK. About time too.
We’ve had some lovely weather during the last couple of weeks. I’ve sat in the garden working on the laptop and getting a tan. My daughter, who works from home normally, has joined me. So there we both were working away, in the sunshine, in the garden, with our ice cream. Now this is how work should be. Not sitting in a dark room that feels like a prison cell with freezing cold air conditioning.
I could seriously get used to this life.
Yes I watch Eurovision. I’ve watched it every year since 1991. I really don’t know why and I’ve tried to figure it out. You can’t call it riveting TV. We’ve come bottom every year since 1991, so it’s not exactly British pride. But something makes it un-misable TV. So what exactly is the attraction of Eurovision? Why is it a party night for so many people?
Is it the many talents that appear on the show? There are times when I can’t help but ask myself: ‘What the hell…?’ I think the attraction of watching the acts is waiting to find out which one looks the weirdest. Which one is the strangest. Which one has the most outlandish costume. Which one has the strangest dance routine.
Is it the humorous comments of the late Terry Wogan, or the sarcastic, cynical, caustic jibes of Graham Norton? Their narration has certainly been entertaining, and at times annoying. Not afraid to voice their own opinions and blatantly say that they dislike an act. But Eurovision would not be the same without them.
Is it the stage sets? Some of them have been pretty spectacular. Some of them crap. The act from Israel this evening was interesting. It looked like a large cannabis leaf lit up under his feet. (Not that I would know what a cannabis leaf looks like. I’m just guessing.) While the Polish set in black and red reminded me of vampires.
Is it the way so many countries in Europe come together one night of the year to show off a talent? Or what they think is talent.
Is it the voting at the end? This never fails to annoy people. It makes me laugh. I think it’s hilarious. The Scandinavian countries voting for each other. Nobody voting for the UK. Countries ostracising countries they don’t like. Like it or not it’s political voting.
Is it the flag waving, cheering Europeans, screaming for their country representatives in the audience? The atmosphere is palpable. Even watching on the TV. I reckon being there in the arena would be an unforgettable experience.
Is it the fact that it’s European and the UK is part of the EU? Well other European countries in the contest are not part of the EU. For instance, Azerbaijan, Israel, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Australia. Hang on, that one’s not even found in Europe. Could this be a UK ploy to get votes?
Whatever the reason is it’s addictive viewing. One thing is for sure – if we leave the EU we’ll still be in Eurovision.
I recently had to buy car insurance and sat for a few hours scouring the web for the cheapest. After finding the cheapest I then began to get quotes including family members as named drivers. I found that there were a few factors that influenced the price, such as: a) when you want it to start; b) occupation; c)other cars. This is in addition to usual things like no claims discount.
a) Starting the cover at a later date lowered the cost for me. So try getting a quote a few weeks before you need it to see if it works out cheaper.
b) Find your occupation but try different words. My job is in customer service and sales and the words advisor, representative, officer, and administrator, all apply to the job I do, but each one affected the price of the car insurance. So it’s worth checking under your own job description if there are several different words you could use.
c)When adding family members to my insurance the question was asked as to whether they had their own cars and if they were named drivers on other insurance. The two people I wanted to add on both have their own cars and are also named drivers on each others. However, I was not able to tick yes for both options on the application, the answer required was one or the other. So I tried it with both. Using the named drivers option worked out cheaper.
This may not apply to all car insurance providers but it’s worth you spending some extra time trying different things. I managed to save £400 on the original quote. That’s not bad for a couple of hours work.
I have to work a certain amount of Saturdays in the call centre, and the last few months my department has been required to sit at other desks. This is because the department downstairs is required to sit upstairs with us, so they are given our desks! That’s right. We have to move elsewhere so another department can sit at our desks! And boy, have some of them been messy.
We’ve had dirty cups and dirty tissues left on the desks. I’ve had rubbish left in my draws. My department colleagues have had things removed from their draws and tampered with. Chairs have been altered when there is a notice asking for them not to be. And there’s even been chewing gum left under the desk.
These are people working for the same company. Some of them seem to be dirty scrubbers. We shouldn’t be thinking of our work colleagues in this manner, but if they act like it, then…
What is it with this country now? Why are people not taught manners or consideration for others? Is this the fault of their parents? I don’t think so. Adults know right from wrong. These people are dirty and lazy.