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The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: Yesterday at 07:50:46 pm »
Just moved flat, need some extra shelving. Already got a decent pile from Ikea which I can add onto, so I decide to get some bits to do just that.

Ikea's delivery time is about two and a half weeks, and I have no motorised transport. Could do without taking that long; you know, you don't want piles of books, dvds etc all over the floor. But I've heard about a company that go to Ikea, pick up what you want, deliver it, you pay shelf price and a delivery charge (which is less than Ikea's own delivery charge). And they reckon they'll turn orders around in three to five days. And they've got good testimonials on their website.

So, whatever, let's give 'em a go. Order on Sept 25th. Automatic acknowledgement of order. Five days later, still no further feedback. So I email. I should have received an email, they tell me, but they're processing the order now. Bit busy, delivery will be another week. So, delivery slot comes and goes, no delivery. Another email to them. Where's my stuff? Oh, sorry, we did text you the other day to say Ikea were out of stock so it would be delayed 24 hours. So, second delivery slot, and the order finally turns up tonight. Most of order correct, but the one thing I need to be able to use all the others was the wrong item - apparently they picked up the wrong item in the warehouse. So, I've been left with half an order and have to now arrange a third delivery slot, which is almost certainly going to be next week now. Which means this three to five day turnaround/delivery is going to have taken longer than Ikea's own. And it was the speed of delivery that was the original deciding factor - wanted to get properly unpacked and settled in new home as quickly and stress-free as possible. And all I'm saving on the delivery charge is six measly quid. WON'T be using this company again.

The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: Yesterday at 04:58:00 pm »
Ryan Wigglesworth was conducting at Birmingham Symphony Hall the other night. Some fellow from the Guardian was there to listen...

…exceptionally well…
…astonishingly precocious…
…tinglingly vivid…
…admirably lucid…
…abruptly truncated…
…expertly polished…

The Coffee Bar / Re: Happy Birthday
« on: October 07, 2015, 01:40:59 pm »
Opus Blowoutcandlesisticum - belateds for yesterday to ahinton:)

News and Current Affairs / Re: Party Conferences 2015
« on: October 05, 2015, 04:28:01 pm »
Jeremy Hunt, today:

We have to proceed with these tax credit changes because they are a very important cultural signal. We want this to be one of the most successful countries in the world in 20, 30, 40 years’ time. There’s a pretty difficult question that we have to answer which is essentially: are we going to be a country that is prepared to work hard in the way that Asian economies are prepared to work hard, in the way that Americans are prepared to work hard? And that is about creating culture where work is at the heart of our success.

That's right, we need to punish the poor by cutting tax credits because the workforce isn't already sufficiently exploited like they are in China/USA poor don't work hard enough. FFS.

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: October 05, 2015, 01:17:09 pm »
'Some' would also include me. It's the only piece I can remember walking out of in my life. 'Vulgarity' doesn't do it justice.

I didn't know it till yesterday. Watched it on youtube. Wish I still didn't know it today.

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: October 03, 2015, 02:15:49 pm »
And in another email from Kings Place this morning, I'm invited to...

rehearse Stephen Montague’s iconic threnody for the atomic bomb victims

and clicking on the link, I learn that I can

Rehearse this iconic threnody for the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the course of the day

Now, if I'm thinking iconic, threnodies and victims at Hiroshima, Stephen Montague's name is not the first that comes to mind.  ;)

20th Century / Re: 20th Century Music Waffle
« on: October 02, 2015, 11:46:22 am »

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: October 01, 2015, 03:37:39 pm »
King's Place reminds me... on the page for this event the composer of tendril for harp and electronics was given as one Richard Abbott. I wrote to them politely pointing out the correct spelling of this composer's name, they promise to correct it, then get it wrong again.  ::)

At least it's in the right ball park this time... ;)

Thanks for the pointer to the concert.

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: October 01, 2015, 02:16:13 pm »
This just received on a marketing email from King's Place:

Two knighted performers lead this week’s classical highlights as Sir Willard White and Dame Emma Kirkby take to the stage...

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: September 25, 2015, 01:38:44 pm »
TYRANY spelt with two "t"s (as should "Elliott" be when it prefaces "Carter")...

TTYRANY doesn't look right... ;)

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: September 24, 2015, 05:22:40 pm »
Delia rations artisanal gnocchi, outraging Norwich.


Cinema / Re: Doris Day (don't worry, not an RIP!)
« on: September 22, 2015, 02:09:17 pm »
Off at a slight tangent but I noticed that my step-mother's care home has arranged, to go with the coffee mornings and bingo evenings, a 'Doris Day Afternoon'. 

Just an afternoon?! Surely one should just go the whole hog and have a "Doris Day Day".

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: September 18, 2015, 10:02:11 pm »
Okay... GHOSTS.

Getting haughty over six, then seven.  ;)


The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: September 17, 2015, 09:02:19 am »
Ah, fantastic news Jonathan. Next round's on you, then?!

I'm going to have a rant myself this morning...

Moving house in a couple of days. My current landline/broadband/tv package is with Virgin Media. They can't provide that service to the building I'm moving into (even though it's literally 150 metres from the flat in which I currently live). So, they've had to terminate my contract. Fair enough. But this week they've had the cheek to tap me for a "contract cancellation fee". It's not exactly a massive fee, but by crikey I don't want to pay when it's not my decision to terminate the contract - oh, and not only am I being financially penalised because of their inability to provide the service, it's also leading to having a further financial penalty in as much as I'm having to pay a "new customer / installation charge" with another provider. Sheesh. I'm trying to battle it out with Virgin in public (have started an exchange on Virgin's facebook page - figured if they're not going to be embarrassed enough to try and sort it out, at least other people will be able to witness their crap customer service), but all I'm getting is fairly patronising cut/paste "terms & conditions" responses which aren't actually answering my specific questions! Ah well, c'est la vie...

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