Archive | July 2012

I am NOT stessed out


I try to escape. Go for a long walk – alone. I dont want to talk about the situation that stressed me out. Its a matter of refocussing, cooling off and composing myself.

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APOCALYPTIC AFTERNOON


AN APOCALYPTIC AFTERNOON

Thursday afternoon, when it went suddenly dark, dark as night in the North East of England, everyone was afraid it was then end of the world.

Us South Africans who have never seen a real storm in England thought it was going to snow.  When it snowed in the 80’s in South Africa, one of the two times I saw snow there, it did the same, it went pitch black, then it began to snow.

So when the sky’s closed this afternoon in what was a beautiful afternoon.  It had looked like it was cheering up after a few hours of steady drizzle.  Looking out our kitchen window my son drew my attention to the strange type of darkness it was, something like a twilight evening but with a blue glow. It reminded me immediately of the morning in the 80’s when I was at school and it suddenly got dark – with a glow.  I remember too how everyone was saying it was the end of the world – that is until we saw all the tiny white flakes.  It was the beginning of a day that many South Africans will never forget – the first time they saw snow.  It snowed very thick but within 48 hours it was gone again, melted away by the warm spring sun.  The only other time it snowed while we were in South Africa, the sky also went pitch black before it started.  This was the only time my kids had ever seen snow.

So the afternoon’s apocalyptic darkness was a sure sign that it would snow – amazing to us was that it was followed by a thunder storm.  The only time we have seen lightning in England.  It actually made me a little home sick for South Africa because there are some of the worst electric storms one can imagine.  In summer it was called a 4.30 special.  Just as we were leaving work there would be a torrential downpour, worse than anything experience this afternoon in the north east.  This was accompanied by the most wild lighting you would see cracking right across the skies. It was frightening but at the same time, awesome.

Never in a million years did we imagine that such a mild downpour would cause such flooding.   Within half an hour the radio was broadcasting all the metro’s underwater, roads closed left right and centre and the final loud crack of thunder accompanied at the same time by a flash of lighting was basically the end of our first English thunder storm.  We were amazed though at the amount of flooding it caused.  This is what we would consider to be a mild, small storm.

My son and his friend went investigating straight away, the two of them are real paparazzi in the making – always in the middle of anything that is happening here.  With their phone camera’s they took some shots of the after affects of the strange afternoon storm.

 Stanton on Wallsend golfcourse.

Words are cheap?


Some say words are cheap but when I think of the most memorable, romantic or saddest tragic stories.  The words used in these stories are what provokes one to think of the story, event or people involved.  Just a few words can make you visualise an entire scene. It is the words that are used.

  • You complete me
  • My world would not be a world without you in it
  • Romeo, where forth art thou,

to name a few,

It amazes me how words, a simple line or phrase you have heard in life can conjure up an entire scene, you can almost feel the moment.

Songs I have loved have been those with lyrics that were meaningful to me and clever lyrics,

  •  round, like a circle in a spiral or a wheel within a wheel never ending or beginning in an ever spinning reel.
  • picture yourself in a boat on  the river, tangerine trees and marmalade skies.
  • Never seen you looking as lovely as you do tonight
  • a man who will fight for your honour

all words that just hearing them make me think of people, times in life and things that have happened.  Just hearing a couple of words from a song usually gets me humming or singing all the words to the song.

No, I don’t think words are cheap.  I think our world would be much poorer without them.  Well, my life would be.

Bank on me


Ever heard that saying ‘bank on me’ well my bank would never get away with using that saying.  I am one of the VICTIMS of the current bank crisis / IT crisis.Image

Since 18th June til yesterday there was no money deposited into our or at least my, accounts.  I have had to borrow money left right and centre.

Well I am a believer in not bitching about things that go wrong.  I try to find a way to ensure it doesnt  happen again.  I thought I had my banking problem figured but I just keep hitting walls.  Yesterday, in a plight of desparation I called the bank to see when they would eventually be putting our money into our accounts.  I was shocked, apalled, disgusted and disappointed to find that the call went to an automated answering machine which just apologised about the fiasco.

The bank claims our credit worthiness will not be affected.  How the hell can they say that?  I tell BT, Virgin, 02 and my landlord that I cannot pay until the bank has got itself sorted out but they don’t feel diddly squat about the bank’s problems.

I called my credit card (same bank 😦 ) and asked them to give me an additional amount on my credit until THEIR bank has sorted out everything.  They had the cheek to tell me I am already over my limit for credit – when I asked why they said because I hadn’t paid yet this month.  Hello!?!?!?!? I did explain that I had tried to pay them electronically in case they would like to check up on me.  The only reason it was over limit is because I wasn’t able to pay them.  The accounts are linked, my current account and credit card. 

Didn’t help, I was talking to a call centre who are told what to say and people who are not permitted to think or act out of the box.  Well he then brought up that the account was over credit the previous month too. Why????????  I told him the reason being that paypal had just deducted money without me first authorising the payment.  Guess what – struck a blank!

So today I checked my account again.  Luck – they have deposited one of the amounts (the smallest one).  Well at least I could draw that and buy some milk and cereal for breakfast.  The other £600 is still sitting in some limbo account belonging to the bank.  Earning the bank interest.

Just think for yourself – over 100 thousand customers are affected.  All our money has been held ransom since 18th June and still not sorted out.  I think the banking sector should force the bank to take all the interest they have made over this period and compensate their customers for this inconvenience.  I doubt that will happen though, I personally think it was manufactured to earn the bank a huge sum of money quickly.

Well, tomorrow I will be going to another bank and getting sorted and ready to move everything over as smoothly as possible.

It is disgusting that a bank is permitted to get away with this.

I know one thing for sure, they will no longer bank on me.

Bank on me


Ever heard that saying ‘bank on me’ well my bank would never get away with using that saying.  I am one of the VICTIMS of the current bank crisis / IT crisis.Image

Since 18th June til yesterday there was no money deposited into our or at least my, accounts.  I have had to borrow money left right and centre.

Well I am a believer in not bitching about things that go wrong.  I try to find a way to ensure it doesnt  happen again.  I thought I had my banking problem figured but I just keep hitting walls.  Yesterday, in a plight of desparation I called the bank to see when they would eventually be putting our money into our accounts.  I was shocked, apalled, disgusted and disappointed to find that the call went to an automated answering machine which just apologised about the fiasco.

The bank claims our credit worthiness will not be affected.  How the hell can they say that?  I tell BT, Virgin, 02 and my landlord that I cannot pay until the bank has got itself sorted out but they don’t feel diddly squat about the bank’s problems.

I called my credit card (same bank 😦 ) and asked them to give me an additional amount on my credit until THEIR bank has sorted out everything.  They had the cheek to tell me I am already over my limit for credit – when I asked why they said because I hadn’t paid yet this month.  Hello!?!?!?!? I did explain that I had tried to pay them electronically in case they would like to check up on me.  The only reason it was over limit is because I wasn’t able to pay them.  The accounts are linked, my current account and credit card. 

Didn’t help, I was talking to a call centre who are told what to say and people who are not permitted to think or act out of the box.  Well he then brought up that the account was over credit the previous month too. Why????????  I told him the reason being that paypal had just deducted money without me first authorising the payment.  Guess what – struck a blank!

So today I checked my account again.  Luck – they have deposited one of the amounts (the smallest one).  Well at least I could draw that and buy some milk and cereal for breakfast.  The other £600 is still sitting in some limbo account belonging to the bank.  Earning the bank interest.

Just think for yourself – over 100 thousand customers are affected.  All our money has been held ransom since 18th June and still not sorted out.  I think the banking sector should force the bank to take all the interest they have made over this period and compensate their customers for this inconvenience.  I doubt that will happen though, I personally think it was manufactured to earn the bank a huge sum of money quickly.

Well, tomorrow I will be going to another bank and getting sorted and ready to move everything over as smoothly as possible.

It is disgusting that a bank is permitted to get away with this.

I know one thing for sure, they will no longer bank on me.