What a Greenie!
My current favourite pasttime is eating peanut butter on crispbread while watching Bless This House with Sid James then George and Mildred on Paramount Comedy for 2 hours.
I think I may have had my first fraud on eBay. I sent off a cheque for a radio microphone to a company in Northern Ireland with a feedback of over 100 positives. After the guy had cashed the cheque and about 2 or 3 weeks of nothing arrived, I checked his feedback again and it's had about 6 negatives about things not arriving, which he's responded to by saying there's a postal strike where he is. He's a non-registered user now due to all this negative feedback. But I can't stop this cheque now 'cos he's cashed it. But of course, the ever-helpful (not) HSBC bank say nothing can be done, but if I am sent a cheque that I bank the funds can be withdrawn from my account if there's anything wrong with the cheque up to 6 months afterwards! Where's the fairness in that!?!?!
After a day of consideration, I've decided to only purchase one promotional item for the company. A biodegradable pen made from maize. Alright, 250 of them then. I don't think I would ever have been able to give away 1,000 plastic Bic pens. There were a few offers on with the printing companies where I could have bought several items for the same amount, but ultimately naff scratchy pens that don't write get chucked out! So I'm pooling my brands together into one with one pen with one URL. The pen biodegrades totally within 3 months of being put in landfill / ground. Very green, eh?
There's quite an odd change to overnight television on ITV1. No more Prisoner Cell Block H and low-budget music features. Now there's non-stop Quiz Mania. Essentially, a live presenter hosting a telephone game show where viewers call a premium rate number costing 60p each time, to get the chance to guess the answer to the puzzle on screen. Puzzle makes it sound complex - it isn't. But not every call gets through to the studio. "Set you limits" the presenters say. "For this game I'd maybe call 15 times to get through" they say. Yikes! £9! I need to be in the telecommunications biz. Anyway, last night they gave away £10,000 then £25,000 within about 30 minutes. There's no adverts (even though this is in itself a huge 4 hour advert), and Quiz Mania has its own Sky Channel. But it just has "ITV1 has sold out" written all over it!
I DO NOT get the new ITV1 idents AT ALL. Totally random and leaving me more dismayed than 'seared' with their brand. And on one of them, when a black car drives past, you can see the film crew in the reflection on the door!
My old hospital radio station called me the other day and asked if I wanted to present a show again. It's been about 9 years since I last hosted a show, which was in their old studios. They've since moved to new posh ones.
The central heating test is now over. We're keeping it on all day with the radiators turned down slightly, as it's actually slightly cheaper than having on a timer for mornings and evenings with the fire on all day.
Let's see what next week brings!