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One or two paintings are referenced but not illustrated. I think copyright issues.
Toggle Commented 14 hours ago on Your Paintings at A Don’s Life
what a lovely idea! i should look at when I have the best gap in the prog
Toggle Commented yesterday on Your Paintings at A Don’s Life
Here is (sorry) wiki on Moocs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course
Toggle Commented yesterday on Your Paintings at A Don’s Life
I think that is rather unfair actually. I am certainly not asking for special treatment. However, there is a purpose in exposing likely idiocies. The point about the carhire is, as I said (and thought I had lightly implied in the original, but far too lightly I can see) that there was no explanation that was plausibly given. It is possible that there is an insurance rule (but that was not said). We were told "the rules" and security". What this means is that the people working in the store have been given no responsibility or discretion (that's easiest for the firm...but it is treating people as automatons..). (Interesting contrast with John Lewis, where people in the firm saw that this couldnt be right.. and started investigating and fixing not just for me but for everyone. I was pleased that I had brought my little problem into the open)
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life
I am afraid that you missed the implications (about employment etc) that I discussed in my last comment. There is subversion (and more importance than may be obvious at first sight) in tales of the everyday. And sure.. no one suggest a car hire deal has the same importance as world poverty but does that mean that stupid practices in the UK (still) just get off without comment.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life
That is absolutely true, but i worry about the dismissal of 'first world problems'. The fact that one might want to get minor sillinesses here put right (or even just exposed) doesnt mean that one ranks them above the big issues of world poverty etc. You might say similar for ancient history. Why waste time writing about the controversies of 63 BCE when so many in the world are starving? Well I think we know the answer to that. In this case the issue I think (as some have seen) does not come down to my inconvenience, but to the nature of employment, to the company's lack of trust in the judgment of employees, and to the fact that it is easier to hand out a rule book and say do not deviate an inch.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life
I am sure you are right... but a little complaint might help 'get it off the chest'. The HSBC assured him that so far as they knew there was NO reason at all for the card to be eaten.. there were sufficient funds etc etc
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life
yes indeed, but he was trying to move all his belonging back to Cambridge before moving to Egypt.. and they would hardly fit as train handluggage!
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life
I don't want to be responsible for companies losing cars. But I don't see why there is any less security in me going to Cambridge office with card and licence and him being in Edinburgh with licence -- compared with us both being in same office. I thought that might be one of the advantages of a company with many branched.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life
why is that not ensured by me turning up at the cambridge office of the same company?
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life
for the record, i dont reckon much to my 'fame' but if I can make any inroads into silly rules for everyone's sake I am pleased. To suggest I want special treatment sounds like a silly and unwarranted insult. But i will take it in the generous spirit i am sure it was meant xxx
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Car hire rage. at A Don’s Life
Dear All.. I am sorry to say that I am publishing no more comments on Scottish Independence, especially those attached to a blog on Post Offices! Apologies to those of you who have submitted very sensible and courteous comments that wont now get published, but I have had too many emails from people complaining that I have published a comment I shouldn't have, that I havent published a comment I should have, that I have "edited". Enough, everyone, is enough. Lets move on
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Disappearing post-offices at A Don’s Life
My Thank You particularly related to Mima's nice comments on the blog!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Disappearing post-offices at A Don’s Life
the husband is taking it to the post office today ! There is a bit of a happy ending though. When I talked to the daughter later full of fury (me not her) she said she wouldn't have been in to sign for it in Thursday morning. I hadn't thought actually to check. So the almighty was on my side in a funny kind of way.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Disappearing post-offices at A Don’s Life
yes i did know... assumption correct!
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2014 on Chapter four at A Don’s Life
thanks all.. sorry brunt seems so antiquated. i have always enjoyed it , though some of that is memory.. i am thinking a lot about origin stories in chapter two thats too for stuff about new yorker... and i shall tell that to the next samnite i meet, Mr Bulley
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2014 on Chapter four at A Don’s Life
yes hoping to discuss all this...finding attractive way to do it is the key!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2014 on Chapter four at A Don’s Life
thank you v much.. and yes i do read the comments!
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2014 on Scotland the brave at A Don’s Life
Thanks so much. I havent actually dared to read the profile yet. Yes I am sorry about the "greengrocer's (? -cers') apostrophe. The sloppy punctuation has become a bit of a cause celebre among commenters. It started in the way you hint... late a night, just a bit sloppy, and spell check being a devil. Now I shove in a few deliberate mistake to keep the readers on their toes.
Oh blimey, yes.. how did that happen? will change.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2014 on Scotland the brave at A Don’s Life
sorry I was travelling and on a long plane journey!
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2014 on A level hype at A Don’s Life
Maybe I wasnt clear it was 9% of total school population, not of those at grammar school.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2014 on A level hype at A Don’s Life
Ok another fair hit. The think is that I have quite a lot of "rewards" from credit cards and I do redeem some of the vouchers etc for stores. But in the end I would just rather cheaper prices and not the sense that I would ratchet up my credit card bill for an MandS voucher
Oh dear I am outed!
They have long left home and their is no maid. '