Out of Focus - the diary of a student radiographer.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Excuse me, but I need to have a small rant

Considering the amount of buisness I have put the Royal Mail's way lately due to eBay sales and plenty of transactions via the Lush forum, they are really doing their best to piss me off.

Yesterday, a item I sold on eBay in August finally arrived at its intended destination. The postie on a particular round in Oxford, upon finding the intended recipient (to whom I shall refer to as Fred) not at home one fine August day, failed to leave a card announcing the attempted delivery of said parcel. After leaving a decent interval, Fred e-mailed me, concerned as to the non-appearance of his parcel. I asked Fred to check with the sorting office in Oxford, which he did, and drew a blank. Having prudently obtained a proof of posting, I set about the tortuous process of applying to the Royal Mail for compensation. Last week, I went to pick up a parcel from my local sorting office only to find it was the missing parcel! Oxford sorting office had decided in September that Fred wasn't coming to collect his parcel and sent it back to me, but heaven only knows where it been since then.

I re-sent the parcel on Monday and it arrived in Oxford on Tuesday. The Royal Mail have yet to reply to my complaint e-mail.

Today in an unrelated incident, I tried to post a parcel and failed. This side of town used to have 4 post offices but they closed down 2 to save money. The nearest one to me was saved but is now temporarily closed as Tesco bought the shop and kicked the post office out. Despite having over 6 months notice they still haven't managed to replace it, though they say they indend to. Now, the 4th post office is also temporarily closed for refurbishment. Good planning someone! I couldn't to out to a village post office as they close early on Wednesdays and I really didn't want to go to the town centre and pay to park the car just to post my parcel.

So I came home and shouted a bit.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Hello from Forren

Forren is cold and rainy - well, this bit of it is anyway.

Adam and I are having a 'bit-longer-than-a-long-weekend-but-not-as-long-as-a-week' break in Copenhagen. We came here mostly because EUJet had started doing scheduled flights from Manston airport in September and Copenhagen was on the list of destinations, was somewhere we wanted to visit, the flight was cheap and Manston is quite close to us. Then EUJet cancelled their flights to Copenhagen due to lack of demand so we had to rebook with EasyJet flying from Stansted which cost twice as much and was twice as far to travel.

We are staying in a 'B' - that is, it would be a B&B but they don't serve breakfast, which seems to be the norm around here. It is also 4 floors up in a building with no lift, the bathroom is across the corridor and neither of us brought nightwear or dressing gowns but the big plus point is the room has a PC connected to broadband and we can use it for free! Yay!

Did I mention it rains a lot here?

It doesn't sound it but we are enjoying ourselves and we are getting some caching done too. The food in the restaurants is good and all the cafes do hot chocolate with whipped cream on top which is also good.

We have also done lots of walking and I really wish I had brought my pedometer with me so I could impress with some suitably large step stats. Oh, well, it was probably about 15,000 steps or so today. In the rain.

Friday, October 08, 2004


I have started a new blog. I have had a back problem for a while now and when I see my GP or my acupuncturist about it I have trouble remembering what has been happening with it, and when. This is a blog purely for my own purposes but, what the hell, you can read it if you ar interested.

I still may blog here if I feel like it.