Monthly Archives: January 2012

Why does no one want to talk anymore?

Technology is a wonderful thing. No really it is. It’s amazing. It’s transformed the world around us and I love it. But (and this is a big but) sometimes you just need to talk to someone. I found myself in this exact situation yesterday. I needed to talk to someone. Namely a bank. I wasn’t fussy about which bank. I would have preferred my own but I was willing to be flexible. You must all know the saying ‘If needs must” and my needs definitely needed someone that wasn’t a computer to talk to.

So with all of this in mind I begin with my bank Natwest. I track down a number for the branch that I need. Sadly it’s an 0845 number and all I had was my phone. For those of you in the States, you might not understand what this means so let me explain. An 0845 number will cost you an arm and a leg when you’re not calling from a land line. If you happen to have only a mobile you need to brace yourself for an almighty bill at the end of the month if you call any number that begins in these 4 digits. Unfortunately I was on a tight schedule and so I had no choice but to call that horrid number.

The phone doesn’t even ring before I’m told that all their advisors are busy and that I should try to solve my problem online. I am very aware of their online features and know that my problem cannot be solved that way. If it could I wouldn’t have bothered wasting my money on the very expensive call. I eventually manage to get through to someone who again tries to send me online. I explain to them – very nicely – that my problem is one that I would like to talk to someone about. He tells me he can’t give me branch specific information because I haven’t been connected to the branch.

If I could have done I would have reached through the phone and slapped him.

I had looked for the number for the branch and he tells me that it isn’t who they’ve put me through to. Frustrated by my bank whose slogan by the way is “helpful banking” I say goodbye and try another bank.

Bring on Barclays I think!

I call Barclays go through the same automated service only this time they’re having me talk to a machine to get any where.

Machine: Please tell me which branch you wish to speak to.

Machine: Please tell me what banking service you require.

Blah, blah, blah!

I just want to talk to a real person!!

However, I do as asked and tell the machine what I want only to be confronted with the same natwest problem. I do NOT reach the branch. I reach another call centre despite dialling a number that was meant to be for the branch. This guy gives me a direct number for the branch.

Hallelujah I think! I can finally speak to someone that will be able to help me with my problem.

I dial the number. The phone rings. I wait. The phone keeps ringing. I wait some more. I wait one minute. The phone is still ringing. More waiting. I wait two minutes. The phone cuts out.

Clearly no one wants to talk to anyone anymore. Maybe what I should do is just cancel all my bank accounts. If they don’t want to speak to me why should I bother allowing them to hold on to my money?

Rant over!

The moral of the story? Don’t call a bank from your mobile. You will just be frustrated at your mounting phone bill. Call them from the comfort of your home when you can put them on speaker and do other things.

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Posted by on 26/01/2012 in Blogging 365, Funny, Life, Rants


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The Magic of Disney – Life Lessons

I saw a poster advertising the lion king the other day and suddenly remembered an important life lesson it had to teach you.

Do not trust your uncle, he is out to get you!!!


I am also almost overwhelmed by the desire to see the film again. I loved the Lion King! Hakuna Matata everyone.



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The magic of Disney – Life Lessons

So I’m going to do another Disney special in my bid to achieve blogging 365!

This time we’re taking a trip to France for Beauty and the Beast. What could this tale of love overcoming outward appearances have to say that isn’t rainbows and lollipops I hear you ask. Well, let me think….

It tells children breaking and entering is not a crime. Under normal circumstances if you wandered into someone else’s house they would have you arrested.



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The Magic of Disney – Life Lessons

I love Disney films and I’m not afraid to admit it! I don’t think anyone can ever truly outgrow the magic of disney particularly when you’re a writer…but a few friends and I were talking about Disney the other day and we had a hilarious time pointing out the bad life lessons that Disney films show and so I thought as part of my blogging 365 we could take a stroll down memory lane and see some of the less fantastical aspects of Disney.

P.s. Don’t shoot me. Remember, I love these films!

Sleeping beauty – Not listening to your parents/guardians is a good thing. Someone will come to get you!

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Posted by on 22/01/2012 in Blogging 365, Disney, Sleeping Beauty


Blogging 365 – What a writer is thinking when they look at you

Have you ever had some stare at you intensely when you’re out and about? Well if they’re not crazy or a stalker  they may very well be a writer. This is not a bad thing! When we stare and look at you our minds are racing with ideas. Here are a few potential ones.

– I wonder what would happen if my character did that?

– Would my book benefit from having someone like you in it?

– I like your eyes/cheeks/smile/hair etc I think I’ll give that to my character.

If there are any writers out there I’d love to hear what you’re thinking when you watch people and I know you do it too, it’s part of the job description!


Posted by on 21/01/2012 in Authors, Blogging 365, Writing


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Blogging 365 – 20th January

Two quotes coming your way at 11.35pm.

1) “Better late than never!” I normally make this post in the morning but I made today by the skin of my teeth ^_^

2) “Bad ideas always seem like good ones in the beginning.”

I’m not saying that blogging 365 was a bad idea but I think limiting myself to one subject is going to get very boring very quickly so I’m going to switch it up. The subjects may vary but the premise remains the same. 365 days of blogging. Wish me luck!


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Blogging 365 – 19th January

So another day, another quote!! I’m in a rush this morning so this is going to be short but inspirational!!

Nothing can do what a book can do. Lifts you out of your life… to a whole new world, whole new perspective. A book is like a dream you’re borrowing from a friend.

Doesn’t that sound like such a beautiful way of saying what a book is? I think it’s great! I’ve got to be on my way but note how I’m sticking to the daily blogging promise? A pat on the back for me!

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Posted by on 19/01/2012 in Blogging 365, Books, Happiness, Quotes


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