Sun, 22 July 2007

Permalink 01:58:10 am

Evesham Floods July 2007

Of particular interest as I have family living in Evesham, albeit well out of harm's way. I was there for the Easter 1998 floods, but a roving reporter on the ground (my Mum) tells me these are worse.

There are a few photos of the floods on the BBC and Sky news sites, but as usual it's the blogs and forums that have the most extensive coverage.

A series of photos showing the rising water level:
5.12pm 20th July
6.28pm 20th July
8.03pm 20th July
5.51am 21st July

Some photographs on the ukworldweather forum. The helicopter shot on page 2 of this thread is as good as any you'll ever see in a newspaper:
Evesham Flood Rescue

More here at the Volkszone Forum:
More Flood Photos

A report by someone trapped in their riverside flat:
Trapped by the floods

And finally, a few photos taken by my Mother:
Port Street Floods
Evesham Floods Rescue
Port Street Floods
Lower Leys Floods

Sat, 16 June 2007

Permalink 11:11:56 pm

Danny Baker Podcast

Terribly sorry, where are my manners. A perfectly good website here and a podcast that deserves promoting.

Not content with a radio show on a small, provincial station, Sony award-winning Danny Baker has gone global with a daily one hour(ish) podcast, the All Day Breakfast Show. Everything you'd expect from Danny, David Kuo, Baylen Leonard and Amy Lame, just without the news and travel getting in the way.

Visit the website, or subscribe to the show on iTunes.

I'm not usually a podcast kind of person - I don't own a portable MP3 player for a start - but I'll be making an exception for this.

Sat, 19 May 2007

Permalink 08:23:30 pm

Matched Betting

Fancy some extra cash each month? Yes, me too. Most online bookmakers offer a free bet when you open an account with them, usually after having placed an initial qualifying bet. If you bet 'normally' with them you risk losing your qualifying bet and your free bet, ending up out of pocket.

Matched betting involves laying (hedging) your bets at a betting exchange so you always end up in profit, usually by about 90% of the free bet amount. I've been doing it for just a week, and with 2 free bets I've made just short of £30; by the end of tomorrow that should be around £40. Sure, it's not enough to retire on, but it will certainly help pay the bills.

The javascript calculator that I was alluding to in the previous post is a matched betting calculator, which tells you exactly how much you should be staking at the betting exchange.

Visit Matched Odds for more information, a step by step guide and to follow my progress.

Sun, 08 April 2007

Permalink 10:04:45 am

Mortgage Calculator

Just me playing around with Javascript, although some people may find it useful. I have a much larger calculator-type page planned and this was just to warm up.

Mortgage Calculator

Wed, 20 December 2006

Permalink 01:13:46 pm

More Hard-To-Find Telephone Numbers - Amazon and Home Delivery Network

Fairly well hidden, although it is available via a ring-back service, the Amazon customer service number is 0800 2796620 **now 0800 4961081**.

Home Delivery Network don't have a number anywhere on their website. Their telephone number is 0870 1545400.

** 4 December 2009 **
From the comments it seems like nothing has changed in the 3 years since I made this post. If you get any problems your first course of action should be to phone the retailer. Hassle them every day until you receive your delivery. If you spend time chasing HDNL yourself - phoning depots and customer service or even driving to the depot - the retailer gets off easy. And if they start putting the pressure on then perhaps things will change...

If you must contact HDNL then the latest advice, from a comment left here, is:

"dial the 0871 977 0800 number, it initially says it's an automated service but if you let it go through the options and do nothing you get the option to press * for the menu, if you do that and go through the options again you get to press * again to speak to a customer services advisor."

Wed, 20 September 2006

Permalink 11:15:54 am Telephone Number

For those who were as frustrated as me at not being able to find a phone number for Lastminute on their website, their main call centre number is:

0871 222 3200

Their head office number is:

020 7866 9200

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