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Welcome to an all-new blog!

// February 19th, 2012 // 2 Comments » // General

Regular visitors will have noticed that I haven’t made any blog posts for a long time, since July 2011 in fact! Why is that? Well… it’s been for so many different reasons. Being in and out (and back in) of work, moving, Birthday, Christmas, to name but a few! I simply haven’t had any time to settle and get any posts written. (more…)

New Year… New Phone… New Contract

// January 12th, 2012 // No Comments » // General

I’ve had a terrific Pay As You Go tariff over the last few years: top up £15 per month and in return I got 300 free texts and 150 cross-network off-peak minutes included. I arranged with o2 to get 500Mb of data per month as well at £7.50, so half of my monthly credit was taken up but, because of the included texts and minutes, the remaining credit was barely touched. Since it was PAYG I didn’t even have to top up every month either. When I had a lot of saved credit, I’d go a month without topping up, so I save £15 every 3 months or so. I was even getting 10% of my top ups back every quarter, thanks to o2’s Rewards scheme. On top of that, I got 15 free picture messages every month courtesy of o2 Treats. As you can see, it was an excellent all-rounder tariff.

Over the last few months though, I’ve been noticing that I’m sending more texts, making more calls, and finding my credit has been running down more and more than normal. A few times I’ve even topped up twice in a month, when before I’d sometimes only be topping up once in a two month period. It seems that I’ve finally outgrown the tariff after all these years, and it’s time for a new one. On top of all that, my Nokia N97 is really starting to show it’s age. It’s a neat phone with a good physical keyboard, but it’s horribly slow (so much so that I’ve lost my temper with it on more than one occasion) and no one seems to be making apps for Symbian now; it’s all iOS and Android these days. Looks like a new phone is on the cards as well. What’s the easiest way to do both at once? Move to Contract…


Happy New Year!

// January 1st, 2012 // No Comments » // General

Happy New Year everyone except people I hate and so on, yadda yadda yadda…

Post Office and BT finally get their finger out

// November 21st, 2011 // No Comments » // General

I moved to my new home about 5 weeks ago, and only now have I got an internet connection at home! “Why?” I hear you ask. I get my phone line through the Post Office and they couldn’t get an engineer out any sooner than early November to connect my phone line, and it took BT another week and a half to get the internet sorted out!

So, for all my waiting, what speeds am I getting? I’m supposed to be getting 4Mb but at the moment it’s no higher than 1.5Mb, but there’s still the 10 days grace period where BT try and figure out what speeds I can actually get. Still, anyway, I’m back online now!! Not limited by my phone and tablet anymore 🙂

Zelda Skyward Sword

// November 19th, 2011 // No Comments » // General

After many months of waiting, the day has finally arrived! Zelda Skyward Sword for Wii finally hit UK shores! My copy arrived today, a day after the launch (no thanks to Amazon delivering it late).

Zelda Skyward Sword packaging


Now I’m 29… time really does fly!

// October 29th, 2011 // No Comments » // General

Well this is it… my 29th birthday! (cue cake!) So what did I get? Before I get into that, I want to share a revelation with you.

If there’s anything that I’ve realised as I’ve gotten older, it’s that you look forward to your birthday less and less as each year goes by. This isn’t to say that I dread my birthday when it comes along – in fact I still enjoy them – but they’re not filled with the excitement and wonderment that you used to get when you were a kid. It’s the same with any other kind of celebration or holiday that you encounter each year. (more…)

So long flat… hello HOUSE!!!

// October 15th, 2011 // No Comments » // General

After almost 3 1/2 years of living in a flat, I have now moved into a fully-fledged house!!

Why did I move? Well first and foremost it was cheaper, £85 cheaper a month in fact! That’s a HUGE difference, and should make getting by every month that bit easier. Secondly, it’s larger. The flat was a single bedroom place, whereas this is a 2 bedroom house. There’s definitely more room here, and the 2nd bedroom means I can have people stay over… or simply turn it into a study. Thirdly, it’s part-furnished. The flat I used to live in was fully furnished – sofas, bed, TV, fridge/freezer, washer-dryer, everything was included. Sure, that means that if anything goes wrong I don’t have to foot the bill and, instead, the landlord would take care of it, but it also meant that I couldn’t get anything of my own in that place. (more…)

Damn You Autocorrect

// July 27th, 2011 // No Comments » // General

A website that I tend to enjoy most lunchtimes is Damn You Autocorrect. For those who don’t know, it’s a website full of screencaps taken on mobile phones, mostly the iPhone, where hilarity ensues when the phone takes it upon itself to “autocorrect” what you’ve typed in your messages, assuming you meant something else. Some of the pictures submitted to the site are questionable, but most of them are absolutely hilarious!! (more…)