After an 18 month home broadband and telephone contract with Sky, this week we are changing our provider.
Now while I have no problem with the service with which we have been provided, which has on the whole been very good, I do have a problem with a company who in my opinion do not care about their customers.
About 6 weeks ago we were notified by Sky that our contract was coming to a close. They made an offer to keep our business which was nothing short of pathetic to say the least. They suggested we paid £5 a month more for the same service as before. Now this all comes to me similarly as a red rag to a bull and if I can find a better deal elsewhere I will generally be off like a shot. .
Recently Sky have been advertising on TV and in the press of some tempting cut-price offers, but when we get down to the nitty gritty, it seems these are only to tempt new customers and existing clientele can take a run apparently.
I even gave them the opportunity to keep our custom. I rang them up, waiting 20 odd minutes to get through, explaining that I had an offer from a rival company which was actually cheaper than what we had been previously paying. I told them if they could match the price we had been paying throughout the length of the contract we would stay. Sadly my call obviously went through to an Indian call centre as the lady could barely understand what I was saying and in the end I just gave up.
It has to be said that we also take TV and mobile phone services from Sky and when these contracts come to a close we may well be looking elsewhere for these as well.
So tomorrow I will have the fun of trying to install our new service. The router box arrived in the post today and after reading the accompanying paperwork, it all seems pretty straightforward.
We have agreed to another 18 month contract paying £2 a month less than what we were paying Sky and we also receive a gift card as a thank you for changing. But I am under no illusions here - in 18 months, when this new contract comes to a close, I will probably be writing a similar post about the new company while getting ready to install another new system.
It all just goes to prove that companies who provide our services really don’t give a damn about our custom knowing full well that they will replace it fairly easily.
I have been spending the last day or so planning my gardening exploits for the year and sowing a few seeds here and there.
In recent years this would have been split between growing a few crops in the garden and greenhouse, finished off by the bulk being grown at our allotment. This year things are different as I have had to give up the allotment due to the osteoarthritis in my knee becoming more severe and I would not be able to manage the workload. Last summer I struggled and we made a conscious decision that sadly the plot just had to go.
This year the garden and the greenhouse will have to do and therefore, as I said, I have been planning what goes where and when etc. I came across a few 4x1 planks of wood at work that were surplus to requirements and have cut them into lengths ready to build some raised beds.
Along with numerous pots, troughs and growbags there is no telling to the crops I am planning on growing. The only problem will be keeping Ruby dog away as she does like to have a dig, and generally not where I want her to dig!
So far I have sown some lolla rossa lettuce, cos lettuce, savoy cabbage, peppers and tomatoes, all in propagators. The first 3 have all sprouted and when the others follow suit I will continue their growth in the heated greenhouse.
From then I will move on to celery and well, the possibilities from there are endless.
In my early 60s and I pull a muscle in my back filling up sand buckets at work.
It was agony I can tell you. The only way I could avoid the pain was to lie still in bed and to pop painkillers like they were Smarties, Yet once I managed to get up, standing and walking about wasn’t quite so bad as trying to rest as I was instructed to do.
The week before "Her indoors" had told me off when I agreed to work a couple of night shifts to help out. At that time my back had just started to become rather painful and when that overtime caused me to eventually have to take a few days off due to the discomfort, all I got was the “I told you so” look!
So let me introduce myself. Male, in my sixties, hence the sexagenerian tag, with a body that is all too quickly (it seems) falling apart, trying to plough through life in the same sorry, carefree way I seem to have always done.
It wasn’t always that way, mind. I seem to have been lucky, managing to get through to this ripe old age without too many medical emergencies and being what I would consider to be in pretty reasonable shape. Over the last year or so however the old body has started something of a decline down a very slippery slope and the aches and pains are noticeably more achy and painful.
The thing is that I don’t particularly feel much different to how I did 30, or even 40 years ago. The body is still willing and, in my mind, is still capable of everything it ever did before. It seems rather strange when you start to struggle walking up a hill, or maybe start to feel the strain on your body when crouching down for longer than a minute. I can’t understand it, I'd say, I used to be able to do that, but not any more. Indeed I now often have a desire to have a nap in the afternoon! What’s going on here? You’re getting older my son, that's what!
It is considered you become more agreeable with age and are likely to be less inclined to get angry. Your hormones change causing, for example the hair on your head to get thinner, but conversely get thicker in your ears and nostrils. Apparently you become more of a morning person, waking earlier and feeling tired earlier in the evening. These may be true, but if I remember rightly I was generally pretty grouchy when I was younger anyway, my hair has been receding for years and I’ve always been more “with it” in the mornings.
But the longer you live, apparently the more gravity brings you down. The space between your vertebrae get closer together meaning you could be maybe an inch shorter than you were back in your heyday. So not only is the body falling apart, it seems it is getting shorter as well.
Shame my weight doesn’t get smaller at the same time!