Monthly Archives August 2007

Tax Refund Information Notice from HMRC

I’ve just received a supposed notification from HMRC that I am eligible for a £225 refund. The HMRC logo is at the top, there is a picture of a stack of pound coins down the side and there is a link at the bottom of the email which I am required to click to process a ‘Tax Refund Request’. The problem is the email address to which this notification came is not one I would have given to HM Revenue & Customs because it’s not one I use very much. Secondly, the link at the bottom does not point to any of the official government
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Kuti’s Southampton, Bad Singing and a Moldy Cake.

Went out for a meal with some friends for my brother’s birthday last night to Kuti’s in Southampton. It’s quite a nice Indian restaurant with a good reputation in quite a nice area of the city. There was champagne, poppadoms and a varied selection of exotic dishes. All in all, a pretty good evening. Then came the cake… This was not organised but the restaurant was aware there was a birthday in our party. The Maitre de, a slim blonde well presented woman approached our table with a microphone and announced to the entire restaurant that there was a birthday
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An Expensive Bargain

I recently paid £5 for something I could have bought for £2 but the alternative could have cost as much as £25. Anyone who uses Nokia mobile phones will know that several months ago Nokia changed the size of the charger adapter plug. Not so bad because you are usually supplied a new adapter with each new phone. Unfortunately you are not supplied with a replacement car charger so, because you’re old one no longer fits, you have to buy a new one. The old car charger then just gets thrown in the bin which a complete waste of resources or, it
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Staggering BT Incentives for Switching to Direct Debit

From the 1st of July, BT introduced a discount for customers paying by direct debit or Monthly Payment Plan. This discount will run for 18 months from the 1st of July to December 2008. Exclusions include BT Mobile, BT Business Total Broadband and OneBillPlus customers. But how much is it? What’s the discount? It is, an amazing, £0.50 a month. 50p OK, so over 18 months it does stack up to quite a hefty £9…. So that’s the carrot but… NOT paying by direct debit will now be subject to a fee!! Of £1.50 per month!! Their recent circular explaining
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